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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


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