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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me,
Welcome to BBC Points West with Sabet Choudhury and Alex Lovell
The Cheltenham woman killed by her ex-husband
Police and social workers s`y more should have been done to stop him.
He should have been convictdd and he should have been challenged by
everybody who he came into contact with.
We'll find out what changes have been made to help those in need
The widower told he can't ptt flowers on his wife's grave
to understand the lives of the oppressed.
Hi, join me later in the programme to find out why I am coming to
Bristol on Sunday. A review into the death
of a Cheltenham woman murdered by her ex-husband has found
authorities failed to understand Jane Wiggett was murdered
by Danny Spencer three years ago, Here's our Gloucestershire
reporter, Steve Knibbs. Jane Wiggett lived all of hdr adult
life suffering psychological and physical abuse at
the hands of Danny Spencer. When she went missing
in 2013, police were told that Spencer had been
in contact with Jane. So they called him, but he lied
because he'd already killed her And why is it that
she's not speaking to So have you got a telephone
number for her? Today a review into Jane's lurder
found that during 40 years of abuse she'd done everything right
as a victim - seeking help and advice from organisations that
should have made a difference. But over time she lost confhdence
in them and withdrew, trying to manage
the situation herself. The warning signs were
there for decades that Danny Spencer was dangerous,
but there was a systemic failure in recognising
the danger that Jane was in. Every agency that Jane went
to seemed to fail to recognise the seriousness of her
situation and she felt in the end The review found that Jane's
death was predictable because Danny Spencer displ`yed
"consistent abuse, control, But it found that her death wasn't
preventable because there w`s no information that "there
was an immediate But since Jane's murder,
and other similar cases, organisations in Gloucestershire
have overhauled We hold a daily meeting
with partners to unpick all of the domestic `buse
that has happened in the last So do we understand it,
do we have all the informathon, are The most challenging
victims, the ones who This is where Jane
Wiggett lived near the centre of Cheltenham and died
at the hands of Danny Spencdr. While a lot has changed in how
victims of domestic abuse are helped in Gloucestershire,
there is acknowledgement th`t more can be done, especiallx when it
comes to dealing with the Ultimately the themes surrotnding
Jane Wiggett's death are all too familiar - a historic and ctltural
failure of organisations to understand and share with each
other the risk she faced from Steve Knibbs, BBC
Points West, Cheltenham. Sally Morrissey manages
the Gloucestershire Domestic Could Jane 's death have bedn
prevented here? At the time, not enough people had enough information
about how the situation was as risky for her. The problem was, although
she talked to a lot of people and a lot of different agencies, that had
not been joined up. And if ht had been joined up, as it would be
today, then the seriousness of the situation would have been estimated
probably -- properly. You wdre part of the panel looking into the case,
and that joined up service xou are talking about now exists now, but it
is too late for her and there are other victims who can now t`ke
advantage. Sadly it is too late for Jane. Today in Gloucestershhre we
have a daily meeting every day for all of the domestic incidents that
the police are called out to and agencies such as ourselves, social
services, the police, we all sit around and share information so we
have a full information of everything going on for the victim
and perpetrator. Why do you think it's taken so long for that to come
along? I think, for years, the police response was not verx good.
They did not take things seriously. I think a lot of other agencies did
not take things seriously and I think since the government lade
legislation there had to be a review after every domestic homicide, and
it started to come out that the answer in a lot of these cases is to
share information, for thosd agencies to come together and put a
plan in place to support thd victim. The sad fact is there are probably
lots of other people in Jand's position. How do you stop -, spot
the J -- danger signs? What anybody feeling uncomfortable tonight,
thinking could this happen to me, you need to phone up helplines like
the ones we do, like the wolen's aid helpline and talk it through with
someone and we will be able to talk to you about the sorts of bdhaviour
that you should be alarmed `bout if it is happening in your
relationship. I have to ask you this, the numbers of people being
abused rising at the moment? It s difficult to know if the nulbers are
rising. There are certainly more people coming forward than there
ever was, which is a good thing because it means we can get support
to people. And hopefully a lot early on in the situation so things don't
escalate to the point that they did with Jane.
A man who pretended to be a taxi driver and falsely imprisondd two
women has been sent to jail for a year.
Anthony Cox picked up his two victims from the taxi rank
He later told them he wasn't a taxi and refused to stop.
They jumped out when he slowed down and took a picture of his c`r.
Cox has also been banned from parking in a taxi rank
and being in a vehicle with women he doesn't know.
The West Country-based cigarette company Imperial Tobacco
is appealing against a decision forcing them to use plain p`ckaging.
Uniform packaging rules for tobacco were introduced
Imperial is one of four companies making the appeal,
after a legal challenge against the decision
The case is expected to last four days.
A man from Wiltshire is being told he can't have a vase
on his wife's grave because it's against new church rules.
Peter Walker's wife Diane dhed in May, and he wants a memorial
plaque with a vase for flowdrs in the churchyard at St Andrews
But the Diocese of Salisburx has brought in new rules and saxs
cutting the grass will be more difficult with the vase.
Here's our Wiltshire reporter Will Glennon.
For Peter Walker, a hard tile has been made worse.
His wife was killed in an accident in May.
She's been cremated and he'd like her ashes under a plaqte
in St Andrew's churchyard, with a hole for a flower vase.
The stonemason rang me up and said that I was not allowed to h`ve a
It is so insensitive and cold-hearted, I
They say it is due to mowing and upkeep cost.
If that comes above my wife's tablet...
The diocese of Salisbury brought in new rules this summer.
So even though many of the other stones have vases, no
It's meant to bring churches in line with others across Britain.
It's always difficult because you feel
sympathy for someone who is
grieving, but at the same thme we need certain standards across
Partly it is to do with health and safety, because we need to
It does make it easier to mow churchyards if everything is
Other parishioners say it does not affect the mowing at all. Wd could
not believe it. We could not believe the diktats had come out from
Salisbury. This is all voluntarily maintained and we pay a loc`l man to
know this. It isn't going to cost any more to have it done with or
without the flower vases, it is the same place, so it makes no sense to
us at all. Peter has been told he can
appeal the decision, but it'll cost almost ?300 this
time, and every future time someone Will Glennon, BBC
Points West, Wiltshire. Thanks for your company
here on Points West this evdning. Do stay tuned because we have plenty
more still to bring you, including: Betty excavation Ah Ki have been
articulated. -- Betty! I have been articulated.
We chat to the man behind Frank Spencer, and so many other
great comedy performances, as he prepares to be
And ahead of the world championships we'll meet the runner who rdfuses
A new telephone helpline has been started by the Bristol based charity
Unseen to try and help people who are the victims
The charity believes there are currently
13,000 slaves in the country right now.
Their new helpline is the fhrst of its kind in the UK.
Maybe you are a front line professional, doctor Aurora police
men, and you are worried about something you've seen a car wash, a
nail bar, a fruit farm. You will be able to call and get advice on what
you can do and give that intelligence and information.
Here is the number. We will check that number because it was slightly
different, but the one on the screen was correct actually.
Slavery has, of course, been around for centuries.
A new project at the University of Bristol has brought together
archaeologists and a group of writers to study what it felt
Together they examined the human remains of slaves,
found on plantations in Gran Canaria and Barbados.
They handled bones and learned about slaves' bodies,
and as Liz Beacon reports, it's prompted some
In the light of the sun, my mouth is covered, sealed.
During this project, Claudi` was one of the writers who handled human
Talking about the pain slavds endured has shaped her
What teeth are left are a shame that I won't show, yet they will stay
My head bent towards the ground my eyes cast down.
The artists involved have all been moved by what they've learndd.
They talk of backbreaking work that slaves were subjected to.
They've witnessed and touchdd worn and malnourished bones and ht's
Usually when writers write about slavery,
they might begin with historical fragments.
So things like legal documents or newspaper clippings
They are documents written from the view of the coloniser, the person
who is enslaving. So what we wanted to do was use
the bodies of enslaved people themselves as the starting point
and to think about the information that archaeological science can give
us about those bodies. They studied the archaeologhcal
histories of eight slaves, learning what they did, what they atd and
where they worked. They werd handing this bone saying it was frol a
plantation in Barbados, and that is like a stone 's throw from St
Vincent, the Caribbean island where my family is from and you start to
think that this is actually a lot closer. For me, I went on mx own
journey. I had to take that away and try and unravel what that khnd of
meant for me. On Saturday here in Bristol's
Georgian House these women A journey through a period of time
when humans were objects. I am to say nothing,
think nothing, feel nothing, be nothing,
but answerable to endless whims It's uncomfortable hearing
about slaves suffering when stood in a house built on slave trade
profit, but it forces those listening to confront a harsh
and painful past. Liz Beacon, BBC
Points West, Bristol. A wildlife charity is offerhng
a ?1,000 reward for anyone with information about the shooting
of a crane in Somerset. Swampy was reared by
the Great Crane Project, a programme to increase the birds'
population in the wild. But Swampy was found dead bx a local
farmer after being shot. A chef who threatened to pohson fans
at the Bristol Rovers game against Gillingham at the wdekend
could face criminal charges. Security at the ground were alerted
when the man wrote on Facebook that he planned to undercook food
meant for Rovers fans. The man was a member of agency staff
employed on matchdays. The club says he was escortdd
from the premises and no-ond The comedy legend Michael
Crawford is being honoured this weekend with an award that
recognises his contribution You'll probably know him best
as the actor who brought the accident-prone, yet lovdable,
Frank Spencer to our screens in the hit comedy
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. On Sunday, Michael will be talking
to an audience at St George's in Bristol about the
role of Frank Spencer And he'll also be presented
with the annual Aardman Slapstick Earlier, we asked
what it means to him. Well, rather unusually,
I'd never been considered just finished a really dram`tic role
in the West End, so it's gohng to be It's like going back to the early
years and things that truly made my name,
by doing Some Mothers, I did, but I'd done a lot
previously, because it was just really like being back at school
and doing things that you actually didn't get into trouble
for doing when you did them on the screen,
you got paid for them,
so I thought it was a reallx good way of earning
a Frank Spencer was one of those
enduring characters. Did you immediately
love him as soon as you Well, I'd done a play where I had
created this character, characterisation, who began to build
into something, and he was so sympathetic and childlike that
I thought I would love to bd able to use this in something in thd future,
in a play called No Sex, Pldase We're British, and it was the
longest-running comedy in the West So along came a script for le,
out of the blue, from the BBC, and it had been turned
down by Ronnie Barker And I found something very `musing
about it and we changed it ` There was a character and I wanted
him to be able to do stunts. Things will always went wrong
for him, but let's do them `nd take it back to physical comedy,
which was Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd
and Buster Keaton were Being a boy, you wanted to do this,
roller skating behind a bus, how can you ever think of anything better
than doing something like that and Well, we did it for Sport Rdlief,
in March this year, I redid it for Sport Relief and recreated
that whole scene. kind of full circle, really,
because you have this wonderful character that people still smile
at the mention of his name,
and then you wanted to be t`ken very There was such a change and now
you are being honoured for I'm certainly not complaining
about the success I had with Some Mothers, because ht was
unbelievable to have 26 million people tuning in every week
and saying they liked it and laughed Every generation of
the family was watching. That is something I am very,
very proud of, Michael, your favourite Frank
Spencer moment? I suppose the
roller-skating sequence was really one of the most
satisfying, because it was so much Going over the edge of the cliff was
quite exciting too. And the church roof
as well, we forgot that Yes, the church roof
and a helicopter taking me off. Nobody warned me that
when the helicopter brought me back down-to-earth,
there would be static and I had the biggest electric shock
I had in my life. I thought I had dropped
You still stayed in character though?
Michael, it has been an "oooh" of a pleasure.
Thank you very much for takhng the time to speak to us.
Thank you, Alex, thank you, Seb.
What a delight, we will put that on the social media, because it was
lovely. It's a big night for Taunton Town
and their supporters with a place in the first round of the [email protected]
Cup at stake. Taunton are away to Hemel Hdmpstead
in their cup replay - a team that plays two
divisions above them. The winners will face Barrow
in the first round proper. Taunton haven't made it that far
in the competition I think we've got a good ch`nce I'd
tell you what, it will be a tough game and I think it could even go to
penalties. It will be tight. We are going to do it. We are going to be
Manchester United in the thhrd round at Old Trafford. -- beat Manchester
United. And three of our teams are hnvolved
in league games tonight. Bristol City and Bristol Rovers
are both away, while Swindon Now if you see an army
of Peter Pans in Bristol They're trying to break a world
record for the most people dressed up as the famous character
in one place. Some have already started to appear,
but the official count is outside the Victoria Rools
at nine o'clock tonight. They need 300 Pans to fly
into the record books. We just thought we'd do somdthing
creative and fun that would get people talking as well, so we
decided to break a world record because it is unique and no one has
done it in Bristol before, so it will be really fun tonight.
And we will have those picttres on our late bulletin at 10:30pm
I think we have spotted somd. I hope there will be more than just those
seven. We have to find out what the collective is for Peter Pan.
Our next guest is likely to put us all to shame.
Pat Gallagher, who lives in Portishead, is a juniors' running
coach who works in Bristol and South Gloucestershire,
and has been running since she was a young girl.
She's getting ready to go off to Australia this week to t`ke part
enough, Pat, I hope she won't mind me sharing, is 70 years old.
I am, yes. You look amazing, and you look even better when you are
running. Tell us about the dvent. It is for people aged 35 and over. Men
and women. It goes up in five-year bands. The distances are from 1 0
metres up to 10,000 metres. There are other field events. What are
your events? I am doing the 801 000 500. You've done it before? -- the
800 and 1500. What you get out of doing it away from home? I couldn't
run just to keep fit. I likd to compete. The competition gets
satiated with this. You are off to Perth tomorrow, is that right?
That's right, yes I am. When you have to be ready to compete? I have
nine days. That's not long to prepare. That's all right. Xou can
get some sightseeing. Songs get over the jet lag. You coach runnhng as
well, so can you tell me about what should try to pass on to yotr
students? The love of running. I started with my own two goals - two
girls, and it's gone on frol there. It can be quite an impactful
activity with running on thd knees and joints. Your knees start going
downhill once you are 21 anxway You've been saying that for a while.
Yes, and they have gone downhill. They are obviously still working
well enough for you to compdte. What is a competition like in Perth? It's
going to be tough. There will be the hardest thing? It will be hot as
well. I don't mind the heat, I don't like the cold. You don't like
running in this country that much then. Once you are out therd, are
there other people who you know who will be running? Yes, loads. You
know your competitors, you see them every year, every two years. Some
have a break and do not comd back until they are in the new age group.
Have you beat any of them? We have but we will wait and see thhs time.
Will you let us know? I'm not as fit as I was a few years ago. You are
fitter! Well, good luck, and have an amazing time. I'm sure I will.
Thanks ever so much and letters know how you get on. From the thought of
Perth we go to the thought of what is happening out there.
A look at the weather now with Alina Jenkins.
No weather like Australia at the moment and the warmth of September
is a distant memory as we are in an autumnal chill. The early r`in
cleared away but behind it we had cool and fresh conditions ptshing
across, so despite sunshine across the region this was a fairlx typical
scene, with highs of 16 Celsius but this afternoon more like 11 or 2
they get used to these scends, dry, bright and settled as a lot of it is
in the forecast will stop this evening and overnight there could be
one or two showers but some places will be dry and skies will become
increasingly clear. In the countryside we could see
temperatures down to four or five Celsius but holding up to ehght or
nine in the centre of town. We see an area of low pressure pushing
eastwards tomorrow with high pressure building but allowhng a
north-westerly wind, call dhrection at any time. We get off to ` chilly
start but bright. Clouds will bubble up through the day and spre`d out
and it brings the chance of showers. Many places might stay largdly dry.
With a north-westerly wind, highs of 13 or 14 always on the cool side.
Tomorrow evening in a simil`r fashion, quite quiet, incre`singly
clear skies so it will be a touch colder am a big a touch of frost in
rural spots as temperatures go down to three Celsius. At the end of the
week the high-pressure dominates the weather story so it keeps things dry
and settled. Thursday will be a fine day with good spells of sunshine. We
cannot rule out a shower but I suspect many people will avoid them.
There will be plenty of sunshine through Thursday afternoon so even
though we have a north-westdrly wind, in the sunshine, 12 or 13
quite typical for the time of year and it should feel pleasant. If you
are looking for any more rahn there is none in the forecast and the
high-pressure keeps things dry and settled through the end of the
weekend and into the weekend, there is an increasing chance Apache Frost
and fog, and turning windy `nd quite cool at the weekend -- Apache Frost.
I feel inspired and yet a bht useless to be sitting next to Pat
looking so fit and great. You need to take up running now, with your
bad knees as well. We are b`ck later in the ten o'clock bulletin with
hopefully some extra Peter Pan costumes. Good luck on that one