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Detectives investigating the murder of Jordan Taylor

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say four men could hold vital information.

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As Marine A is cleared of murder, we hear from the man

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who launched the campaign to have the conviction overturned.

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We're back to a cloudy tomorrow and rain also. The details later.

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The police are trying to find four people who were in Trowbridge

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within minutes of a young man being stabbed to death.

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Jordan Taylor died early on Sunday morning.

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Detectives believe the four people may hold the key to what happened.

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Here's our Wiltshire Reporter, Will Glennon.

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The pictures aren't easy to make out, but police think

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someone out there will know who these people are.

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The footage was all taken in the centre of Trowbridge -

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near Prospect Place and Timbrell Street -

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at the weekend, in the early hours, as Saturday night turned

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We have evidence which can eliminate these

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people from all enquiries, so we would urgently like to hear

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from them or anybody who might recognise these individuals

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It is likely some of the four would just walking home from a night out,

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they all passed closely to the incident and they may hold

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They're especially interested in a white man with receeding hair,

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wearing a green parka, carrying a black bag.

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We are certain that someone knows this man and he might be

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If you think you know any of the people in the CCTV,

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I would urge you to get in touch with us.

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Also, we are interested in speaking to anyone who matches

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the description and who may own a Star Wars logo bag.

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Most of the police cordons in place on Monday have now been removed.

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The searches for physical evidence are almost complete.

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Just one side road remains sealed off.

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Flowers and messages are still being laid outside

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the community hospital, the spot where Jordan collapsed

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and died after struggling there with his friend.

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When you look at all the flowers and read some of the tributes,

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you can tell Jordan was a popular person.

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His mum described him as "The funniest, most loving young

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She said he loved life and lived it to the full.

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Jordan's brother, Damian, said they'll always be

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Now as we've been hearing on the national news,

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a former Royal Marine from Somerset jailed for shooting an injured

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Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, had his murder conviction

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Alexander Blackman is now awaiting a new sentence,

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after five judges agreed he was mentally impaired

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People on both sides of the argument gave

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I can understand how he did what he did, but I don't

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We have rules, we have to keep them, otherwise we are

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While he behaved in the most despicable way, what he was

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He was mentally ill when he did

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He had not been looked after by his chain of command and he had seen

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things that would have snapped the will and senses of anybody.

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And what he did was awful - truly, truly

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awful, but it was not murder, it was manslaughter.

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Well, earlier I spoke to John Davis, who led the drive to get Alexander

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I asked him why he started the campaign.

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I didn't know Al at all at the start of this,

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but nobody else was doing anything and one of the main parts

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of being a Royal Marine is to look out for each other and that is what

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keeps us alive on the battlefield and that is why

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You've got to know Alexander Blackman and have visited

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What kind of strain has this taken on him?

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Every time I have been to see him, he's

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always tried to be as normal as he can and it's really difficult,

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this has put immense pressure on him inside,

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knowing he shouldn't have been there

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in the first place and just trying to deal with it day by day,

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exactly like you would do on tour,

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you know, out on the battlefield, so it is an immense strain.

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A lot of people would say, she is under immense strain and of

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course she is, but she is a tremendous woman and I really don't

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know how she does it, how she keeps her strength, day in,

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day out, and she always puts other people first.

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So although the strain is there, she very, very rarely shows it.

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You have of public support, but also a lot of

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voices have not agreed with what you are trying to do.

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We get a lot of people who do not look at the ins and outs of the

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case and obviously, those comments are discarded, but a lot of people

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come out with very reasonable arguments and I think it is

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important we look at both sides of the arguments and be objective

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There are lessons to be learned from this?

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view, which are not for me to speak about, and we need to look at those

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from the well-being perspective of the men on the ground, the

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equipment, the manning and so forth, and also from the court martial side

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of things, where so many elements of that were

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highlighted to be flawed, in effect,

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and errors were made, so, I think a review of both would be

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And you can see a special edition of Panorama about Marine A in just

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Now it's been Ladies Day at Cheltenham Festival and that

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meant a huge occasion for one young jockey.

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Fittingly, Lizzie Kelly made her professional debut at the event.

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And she did well, finishing in fifth place.

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This Friday she becomes only the second woman ever to take

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Damian Derrick's been to the family yard to meet her.

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I wanted to dress like a male jockey, you know,

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with all the right gear, the proper riding out boots

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and the proper britches and everything.

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I had to do more to fit in and look the same as all the lads.

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Lizzie hasn't just fitted in, she's stood out,

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making her own piece of history along the way.

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A first ever grade one win for a female rider.

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That win at the highest level in jump racing 15 months ago

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The confidence side of that, you know, really was massive.

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It set in stone sort of where I was going,

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Being able to say, look, I've won a grade one to myself

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when things are, you know, a bit bleak.

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Despite her success, opportunities are limited for Lizzie.

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Many owners and trainers are still reluctant to expose women

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The majority of her rides come from the family, not that she is

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She is not given anything, she writes for us

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and we run a business and if we do not get success,

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we will not be here, so it is not a gift, she has

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And I feel very proud that somebody can be that dedicated

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And it is that sheer hard work that Lizzie

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And although long since used to being outnumbered

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in the weighing room, she does understand the significance

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of being the first female jockey in 33 years to ride in the Gold Cup.

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I think more than any other girl reference, I've really,

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Riding in the Gold Cup is massive because it's such an elite race,

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reserved for the best horses, the best trainers

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And in such illustrious company, Lizzie has already

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Now just one football result to give you tonight.

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Yeovil managed to get a 2-2 draw earlier away

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The visitors scored in the 91st minute to equalise, after Barnet

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took the lead just a few minutes before.

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Some of Bath University students are conferred in an International

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science competition and created a device that people can breathe on

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the moon. If they can secure UK funding, they will see their design

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built. Today, we saw cloud breaking up to

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be replaced by sunshine. Through tonight, we will bring that cloud

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back and forth tomorrow, there will be extensive amounts of it around.

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Equally, as we get late into the afternoon and evening, there is

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liable to be some patchy rain. But that will be fairly light. Tonight,

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temperatures will drop to about 5-7 sources, perhaps a little below in

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one or two spots. We've also seen fog forming in North Somerset and

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all is well. As the night wears on, there will be low cloud developing

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in the south-west. By tomorrow morning, extensive overcast skies

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across the West Country and for many of you, that is how things will

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remain. Coming in from the North West, a weak cold front. The first

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will come through in the afternoon, the second into the evening. Two

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phases where we will see some light, patchy or showery rain running

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across all of our district. But it will be particularly heavy.

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Temperatures tomorrow down on today, 11 Celsius. A cooler theme on

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Friday, turning windier, dry and bright

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been. The outlook, rain around, if it stays dry I will be surprised.

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Here is Nick with the national headlines.

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For large parts of Wales and England there was blue sky and warmth.

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Warmest day of the year, a clumsy way of saying the UK had the highest

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temperature

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