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Good evening. stories on the BBC News Channel.

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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 of a 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 100 members of the emergency services

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and voluntary organisations have been called out.

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They are searching land and also this vast expanse of

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water, this huge lake here in the park.

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To narrow down such a search, they rely on statistics and research.

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One in five missing people have mental health problems.

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We are using an international database to look at what they are

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likely to go in the areas they are likely to be found in.

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We can target resources in the right place as best

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Calls about missing people are rising.

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Wiltshire's Chief Constable is the national police

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There is a lot more people who are trying to pull young,

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vulnerable people away from their families.

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There are certainly more pressures on people in society.

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The hardships of people living in deprivation, suffering from

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financial burdens, that all adds up to a toxic mix of pressures on our

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society and that is probably the reason why we see a huge

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increase in the number of missing people.

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With a higher demand on rescue teams, they're aiming

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In this practise exercise, the fake subject's found just in time.

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

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Police in Wiltshire have launched a murder inquiry after a man

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in his twenties 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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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

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

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all the time and I was in hospital. all the time and I was in hospital.

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Talk about it my family every day. And you can find out

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more about Zac's journey And more than 15,000 runners took

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on the Bath Half today. The fast flat course makes it

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one of the most popular Cool and dry, perfect conditions

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for trainers on tarmac! There were a record number

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of charity fundraisers this year, This year's winning woman

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was from Wiltshire. To have all this crowd here,

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the shouting, the clapping, I can't It makes you feel like you have

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to crack on, finish the race and hopefully inspire some younger

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female athletes to go out and give It was the end of a 200 mile

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challenge for one Bristol man. John started on Thursday and has run

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15 half marathons in a row! Very, very tired, but so happy

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and I've met so many happy But with more people managing

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to finish the race than expected Organisers have apologised

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and promise they will Here's the late

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forecast now with Holly. After having quite a cloudy day,

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it'd actually clearing up Starry skies overhead

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and a dry night on the way. It actually gets quite

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chilly, we could get some spots getting a touch

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of frost perhaps. Although although these

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are typical temperatures in Certainly, a nippier start

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for tomorrow morning then we have Good spells of sunshine to be had,

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but gradually a bit more cloud. So some hill, coastal,

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sea fog a possibility. It is mild, we are looking

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at highs of around 14 or 15 As we head into Tuesday

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and Wednesday, more cloud, A bit damp, but mostly

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dry and staying mild. We're back tomorrow,

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have a great week! But from all of us here,

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have a good night. Good evening. For many places it was

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a fairly cloudy day on suspend but there was sunshine for western areas

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during the afternoon, and here are the clear skies at sunset in

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Northern Ireland. Thanks to weather watcher Robin for this picture,

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those clear skies have been making their way further east ward.

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Temperatures are dropping away, we have seen temperatures of freezing

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in parts of Northern Ireland. More cloud rolling in during the latter

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part of the night but towns and cities down the five and six m the

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countryside many of us will see the temperatures a degree or so above

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freezing, so a slight touch of frost across the rural parts of England

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and Wales for instance, Scotland too. We will see more cloud on

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Monday edging south-east wards across England and Wales, the far

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south and south-east holding on to more in the way of sunshine and here

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the highest temperatures 15 or 16, also

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