12/03/2017 Points West


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12/03/2017

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First tonight, search and rescue teams have been

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training in Wiltshire this weekend in a huge exercise to

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test how they respond to a missing person operation.

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Recent figures show police in England and Wales receive

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a call every 90 seconds about a missing person,

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This is a mock-up search for a high risk missing person.

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He's a 46-year-old man with a history of depression.

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The police have traced him here, Coate Water Park in Swindon.

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More than a hundred members of the emergency services

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and voluntary organisations have been called out.

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They're searching land and also this vast expanse of water,

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there's a huge lake here in the park.

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To narrow down such a search, they rely

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One in five missing people have mental health problems.

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We're using an international database to look at what

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they're likely to go and the areas that they're normally found in.

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So we can target our resources in the right place

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Calls about missing people are rising.

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Wiltshire's Chief Constable is the national police chief

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There's a lot more people that are trying to pull young, vulnerable

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There's so many more pressures on people within society

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and other hardships, people living in deprivation,

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people who are suffering from financial burdens.

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Those all add up to a toxic mix of pressure within

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our society and that's probably the reason

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why we're seeing a huge increase, actually, in

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they're aiming to approve their response.

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In this practice exercise, the fake subject's

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They hope, as a result, real lives will be saved in future.

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Pam Caulfield, BBC Points West, Swindon.

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Police in Wiltshire have launched a major investigation after a man

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in his 20s was fatally injured in a serious assault in Trowbridge.

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It happened in the early hours of this morning

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in the Timbrell Street area near Trowbridge Community Hospital.

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A friend with him also received minor injuries.

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Police are calling for any information.

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An inmate has been arrested after a fire was started on the roof

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of Guys Marsh prison in Dorset on Friday.

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It caused some damage to the site near Shaftesbury

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and 64 inmates had to be taken to a secure area.

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A prisoner has been arrested on suspicion of arson

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A quick review of the weekend's goal action.

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Aden Flint scored a late winner as Bristol City climbed out

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of the Championship relegation zone with victory at Wigan.

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Goals from Billy Bodin and Rory Gaffney strengthened

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Bristol Rovers' play off challenge as they beat Southend.

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Swindon Town lost 3-2 away to Port Vale.

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Nicky Ajose started the scoring but the hosts rallied.

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Luke Norris managed a late second but the damage was done.

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A 3-1 victory for Yeovil at Morcambe, with this

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Ben Whitfield's cross found Alex Lacey in just the right

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place and Bevis Mugabi headed in the third.

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Cheltenham were beaten 2-0 by Doncaster.

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Will Boyle sent off for two bookable offences.

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And Forest Green lost 2-1 at Dagenham and Redbridge.

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A rugby player from Cheltenham, who was told he would never walk

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again after a tackle left him with a broken neck,

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24-year-old Zac France was playing for the Cheltenham Phoenixes

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He also suffered a bleed on the brain.

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He was paralysed from the neck down but with tremendous

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determination and training, he's back playing the game he loves.

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I've played rugby since I was six years old and I can't imagine

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I mean, I wake up thinking about rugby.

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Every time I was in hospital, I talked to my family

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And you can find out more about Zac's journey

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And more than 15000 runners took on the Bath Half today,

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the fast flat course makes it one of the most popular

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Cool and dry, perfect conditions for trainers on tarmac.

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There were a record number of charity fundraisers,

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This year's winning woman was from Wiltshire.

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To have all these crowds here just shouting

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and clapping, I can't tell you what it does for you.

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It really makes you just feel like you're going to crack on,

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finish the race and hopefully, you know, inspire some

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younger, female athletes to get out there, give it a go one time.

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It was the end of a 200-mile challenge for

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John started on Thursday and has run

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Very, very tired but so happy and I've met so many

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It's been an absolutely incredible day.

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But with more people managing to finish the race than expected,

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Organisers have apologised and promised they'll

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Many of us have had a fair bit of cloud around for today

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but the skies are clearing as we head into tonight.

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Any patchy rain continuing to wend its way through

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and then underneath starry skies, it gets quite chilly, in fact.

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We could see a touch of frost for some prone cold spots.

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These are typical temperatures in towns and cities.

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It's a bit of a nippier start tomorrow morning

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than we've seen of late but nice and bright,

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good spells of sunshine for tomorrow.

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Though gradually you can see cloud starting

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So, greyer into the afternoon, some coastal fog and

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But it ismild, temperatures getting up to

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Now, cloudier skies work in for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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A little bit damp maybe but it does stay mild.

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We're back later in the ten o'clock news.

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Hello, the weather was hit-and-miss today across the UK, bit of

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sunshine, a few spots of rain, the skies are clearing now, particularly

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in western area, and unlike the last few nights, this coming night, it is

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going to turn chilly, there is a touch of frost on the way,

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