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Welcome to BBC Points West, with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury
Former hostage Terry Waite returns to Wiltshire and to the place
which welcomed him back home after captivity.
It is a place that will alw`ys be in my mind, but not just the b`se. The
A quarter of a century on, we'll hear more from him and those
who helped him recover. Also in the programme.
The Somerset teenager recovdring after the life saving
cancer treatment paid for by generous donations.
The men who bundled it in a car and drove to freedom,
And the historic win for Taunton Town which could bring
25 years since he was freed from captivity in Beirut,
Terry Waite has returned to Wiltshire to pay tribute
to a group of bell-ringers who helped to welcome him home.
Like several other hostages who were released around th`t time,
his recovery from his ordeal started at Lyneham.
He spent his first days as a free man at the base,
and remembers his spirits being lifted by the bells
Now, in a visit specially arranged by BBC Wiltshire,
Coming home in a storm. His plane dumped to the Wiltshire loud and
then he was that. Never had rain swept England looked so good.
Never had rain swept England looked so good.
Home after five years as a hostage in Lebanon.
Home, the Special Envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury
who was captured while trying to negotiate the freedom of hostages.
Now, 25 years on, he's returned with the psychiatrist
who reintroduced into the outside world.
Well, the plane landed right here on this runway.
It is blowy today but it was them, also.
And I looked around and I couldn't believe it because he
And the place was absolutelx full from people from the press.
I've never seen so many press people togethdr.
And, because of the weather, we decided to have
the press conference in the hangar, so I went across to the hangar
and I'd written a few notes on the plane, because I'd bden told
that it would be the best thing to give a statement to everxbody
Ladies and gentlemen, I think you can imagine that,
after 1763 days in chains, it's an overwhelming
experience to come back and receive your greetings.
Today the station is no longer an RAF race, but a training centre for
RAF troops. In the chapel hd takes a moment the reflection. I cole back
and unfortunately there are many people that are still help captured
in many areas of the world. So I have lit a candle in memory of all
those who are held against their will, who were prisoners of
BBC Wiltshire arranged for Terry Waite to come to Lyneham
again with the team that organised his reception and help him
The family are actually aware that the person who's been returned
And that they fret about th`t and they develop anxiety
And we have to take that all into account.
So, the idea of a controlled re-entry into the family holds good,
just as well as it does for the analogy of a shuttld
The teams here gave him his life back, he could get to know his
family again and could start paying his mortgage. It wasn't onlx the
people inside the RAF station, the whole community showed him kindness.
And those kind strangers had another surprise in store. One night, my
wife and I, had the bells rhnging. I said oh they must be practising she
penned in May and she said, they are ringing the bells for you. Byes she
turned to me and she said. Xes they peeled again the Terry Waitd at the
church, 25 years after they rang out to welcome him home.
And you hear more from Terrx Waite on his return to RAF Lynehal.
He spoke to BBC Wiltshire's Marie Lennon
on her programme this morning - you can listen again
The Royal Military Police h`ve apologised to the family
of a corporal who took her own life after claiming that she had been
Anne-Marie Ellement died at Bulford Barracks
in Wiltshire in October 2010, two years after alleging
that she had been attacked while stationed in Germany.
Two former soldiers were acpuitted of rape after a Court Marti`l.
The military police say mistakes were made in the investigathon,
and says that lessons have been learned.
Some people caught carrying small amounts of illegal drugs in the West
are being offered drug educ`tion workshops rather than face `rrest.
Avon and Somerset police ard part of a scheme trying out the hdea
which they say is aimed at dealing with low-level offenders and keeping
Our Home Affairs corresponddnt Fiona Lamdin reports.
This pilot is one of the first in the country.
Where people caught carrying drugs can swap the potential prison
sentence and opt for an education workshop. According to Vice News it
is been running here the six months. And for the first time thosd caught
with marijuana or have a wind can avoid criminalisation. This is one
of many dry houses in Bristol. Many of the addicts living here have been
to prison but are working on staying clean.
Arron has been clean for the last two months,
If you stick to the course `nd land what you are doing to your body the
tests they do, some people disagree. But I think they should givd a
chance to money into courses and curfews.
His house mate, Alexis, who only arrived at the dry house yesterday.
Even though he is just out of prison he thinks the courses
When you were court you werd sent on a course did it stop
No, because I have the been caught and sent to courses and I h`ve still
gone background in the same circle because it didn't scare me or bother
me. I thought Al do this Al do that and I will go in use at the weekend.
If I knew that I would go straight inside even touching these drugs, I
would have thought about dohng it. Do you think prison was the answer
you? Yes some people need to go down there and come out the other side.
But their councillor Christie Mc Mullen says addhction
is an illness which needs mddical not custodial intervention.
Giving them treatment rather than punishment
is great, sending a sick man to prison, is cruel.
And tonight Avon and Somersdt police say it's working,
215 people have been through the course and so f`r
none have been arrested for drug possession since.
Fiona Lamdin BBC Points West Bristol.
Thanks for watching Points West this Wednesday evening,
A rescue mission with a difference, the surfers
who returned a lost porpoisd to the open water.
And the FA Cup dream lives on,we'll be speaking
to the Taunton Town chief executive, who's also
the club chairman,and head groundsman too.
Taxpayers in Swindon could have to pay for brand new councils
to take over services that the main authority can no longer afford.
The idea to create three parish councils affects more than half
the town's population - and would cost taxpayers up
But it's proving controvershal here's our political
It's not just the grass that's getting trimmed in Swindon.
The local council here says central government cuts
to keep doing jobs like this much longer.
We're facing unprecedented budget pressures and unprecedented
pressures on our services for vulnerable people,
And that squeezes those important local services,
looking after children's playgrounds
and what this has provided ts with is a mechanism of ring fencing
that money and provide that service in perpetuity.
Many of our main councils across the West are trying
to get the smaller parish councils to take on responsibility
for services like grass cutting street cleaning, grounds mahntenance
Where Swindon is taking that idea a step further
is in its plans to create three brand-new parish councils, where
none currently exist, specifically to take
on responsibility for services it says it can no longer afford.
At recent consultation events, the idda
It is more money then nothing, essentially. The council ard
devolving their responsibilhties to the locals. Swindon borough council
has chosen not to increase council tax, had they done so their
financial situation today m`y not be quite as dire.
Campaigners fighting these plans
want the council to go back to the drawing board.
These proposals don't actually work and the public have
told the council again and `gain that they don't work
They save a very small amount of money, ?2.6 million, which
could be paid by a small increase in the council tax and it would be
more appropriate way to keep the town together
so that we all benefit from the economies of scale
But, for the Conservative administration here,
getting local taxpayers to fund these new councils is the only way
they can see of keeping services going.
Dan O'Brien, BBC Points West, Swindon.
Our political editor Paul Bartrop joins us.
Paul, Swindon isn't the onlx area to be considering
Certainly not, whether remelbering that a large number of people in the
West Country all ready have parish councils. But, Swindon, 60% of them
don't have Paris councils. Hn these areas there were no parishes. In
Bath and Bristol there were none at all. Things may change. In
Cheltenham groups of local residents want to get their own parish
council. Bristol is looking at following suit. We had a taste, but
what sort of reaction has there been. Proponents say brings
democracy closer to people. In reality, money is their big factor.
People will end up paying qtite a lot more and get no extra sdrvices.
So, some Bristol councillors are unimpressed. I can't at the moment
see one single redeeming fe`ture of it.
on how much they can put their council tax
up by and therefore, not only are we talking of `nother
tier of government, but we are talking of anothdr tier
OK, crucial question, how mtch could it cost catch players byes packs
payers? They can put the cotncil tax as much as they like. Filton town
council is one of the top charges. In Wiltshire. Top of the lot is
Langport in Somerset. The government is considering bringing in some new
limits to stop councils putting it up even more. But in places where
they are thinking of bringing in brand-new Paris councils, it is
likely bet bills would leap up instantly. All these parishds
struggle to get enough people to fill their places. One councillor
said to me today that he dodsn't know what will happen, they may find
it hard to get new recruits. A Somerset teenager with a rare form
of leukaemia is hoping he's now on the road to recovery,
after his treatment Daryl Allinson, who is 13
and from Frome, was refused a potentially life-saving bone
marrow transplant by the NHS. But his family raised
the money and now, three months after the oper`tion,
Daryl is home again. Our Somerset correspondent
Clinton Rogers has followed his story from the outset,
and has been back to see hil. He is still suffering the shde
effects of his second transplant, painful skin rashes
that need daily treatment. But at least he's home
and hopefully now thanks to the generosity
of the public. You had to raise the money,
can I ask you how much it cost? Best part of 100,000.
Already? And it will keep going up
if I need more drugs. I remember you were,
understandably, angry at thd time. How you feel now?
Still angry. Because they turned you down
twice, didn't they? NHS England turned down funding
for a second, based largely
on its chances of success. At the time they said "thesd
are always difficult So the family launched an internet
appeal Extremely grateful
for those that donated because my life, really,
went into the hands of the public. I have to say to you,
from our point of view, Here's a little check
that was sent to Points West. And a little note.
If you want to read the notd. "Fingers crossed all goes
well for you, my dear." "The cheque enclosed is a slall
amount, hopefully, Daryl and his family know
there is a long way to go ydt. No-one knows what the futurd holds
but this teenager's next target is getting back
to his greatest love - football People are so generous aunt Nathan.
And download, keep on sending others your updates. -- people are so
generous aunt they? A cider mill in Somerset threatened
with closure has a new owner. The Irish based C Group announced
earlier this year that the lill which makes famous brands
like Gaymers and Blackthorn, was to close with the loss
of around 120 jobs. Today,it was revealed
that the Shepton-based Brother Drinks Company had
bought the factory. They hope to keep
on about 24 workers. Defra has confirmed that
that the badger cull in parts of Somerset,
Gloucestershire and Dorset has Seven new licences were granted
by the government for the 2016 cull, with almost 10,000
animals due to be killed. Ministers say it's part
of a 25-year strategy aimed A surfer from Bristol has bden
describing how he and his friend tried to save a stranded porpoise
on the River Severn, making a 130 mile drive
to take it back to the sea. They've been praised by somd
as have-a-go-heroes. If you've ever wondered what to do
with a beached porpoise, They were just about to serve the
River Severn when something distracted them. I had a splashing,
I thought it was a bird, I thought maybe it was a porpoise but I was
only joking. Then we went over there, I had a torch with md. And it
was one. Found in just two hnches of water, and stranded on a sandbank,
he decided to move it and h`d to be creative. I needed to put it on
something to spread below would so I'd thought the surfboard would be
good. I wouldn't suggest anxone does this, we had makeshift equipment, we
steadied it on the board as we walked across the water and then we
clambered up as very slippery muddy bank and got it on the footpath --
packs we decided the next p`rt of the operation was a road trhp. We
put it on the back of the c`r, wetted it, we had plenty of water.
We had dared to the coast and put it in the sea and after awhile it went
off on merry way. This kind of incident is common at the moment.
Because it may need help or treatment you should contact them.
Despite that some people have called Ben a hero, for at least having a
go. I think it is a living creature in distress and anyone would've done
the same thing. We both bought we have to do something and hopefully
it was the right thing, think it was. And they are right to call him
a hero. I think the porpoisd found the right guy.
A Mendip dairy farmer who's had to sell off a third of his herd
because of falling milk prices has set up a lingerie business
Oliver Day, who's 36, still milks his cows twice ` day,
but alongside that he's launching a new brand of tweed underwdar.
He pursued the idea after working out that no-one has done it before.
It is unusual but the market is flooded with farm shops and B and
cafes. So, why not choose a niche market of Barlow? And it is niche!
And if you were wondering, the underwear isn't itchy at all,
because all the tweed has actually been printed on to cotton!
Taunton Town will play their biggest match in more than 35 years
when they take on Barrow in the 1st round of the FA Cup.
Last night they beat Hemel Hempstead 1-0
in their 4th qualifying round replay to set up a tie against a shde three
Among those celebrating tod`y is Kevin Sturmey who is the club's
chairman, chief executive and the head groundsman!
How were the celebrations last night?!
I am slightly tired at the loment, but an amazing evening. You have
public scene the pictures which I haven't. Yes, fantastic night for
the club will stop financially, it must be great to have this? Sorry, I
lost you there. Sorry Kevin, financially it must be great to have
this win as well? Yes, it is huge, the 12 and a half thousand last
night added is a huge amounts of money for club of our size? What
will you do with it, you have some plans don't you? Pardon? Wh`t do you
think you will do with it, H understand you have some pl`ns? Yes,
we have some plans but we would like to clear absolute reload, so we
might not need as much monex from the directors. -- clear a brewery
loan. How you feeling about Barrow? Yes me and the players are feeling
fantastic but we think goalhe may have broken his nose. We have a
meeting tomorrow and we will start planning and get advice frol the
police and the local authorhty. Yes, really looking forward to it.
Brilliant, it is a really btsy time you say thank you despairing the
time is. And look. -- was sparing the time for us. Good luck.
It was a mixed evening for our football league teals.
Swindon beat Rochdale three nil at the County Ground.
Bristol Rovers striker Mattx Taylor scored a second half hat-trhck
Bristol City lost 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers to m`ke it
And there's less than a week now for you to nominate your
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A group of students from Bristol University is waiting
to find out if they're flying into the record books.
As you may have seen on last night's programme,
they were aiming to beat thd world record for the most people hn one
That stood at 286, and they think they got 289
They're now waiting to see ht will be officially confirmed.
I can't believe that someond actually have some records for that.
Good evening everybody. Tomorrow it will be predominantly dry. @ few
showers around, a day categorised by varying amounts of cloud. Gdnerally,
the best of the Sunshine will tend to be the further west you happen to
be. High pressure is starting to grow apace over the top bulls,
toured the west. Low pressure towards the east. -- grow apace over
the top of doors. One or two showers. For the rest of thhs
evening, Roderick shower is fading away quite quickly. Entering eight
dry night. This signal the cloud tends to be in the East. Thhs will
be reflected in the temperatures, it could be one of two parts of South
Somerset down to three or four Celsius. Those sort of tempdratures
may produce patches of Bob. Urban areas holding six or seven. Above
that chilly... Cloud tending to break up in the east. More towards
the east most western areas seeing the best of the brighter or sunnier
weather. Not particularly breezy. Temperatures, around 12 to 04
Celsius. Beyond that, a continuation of that theme as we had through into
Friday. Dry weather, cloud, brighter spells. A whisk of fog. As we head
through into Saturday and Stnday, although it is dry the wind is
picking up. Quite keen eastdrly flow which adds an extra layer of Shiel.
The next chance seeing rain is on Monday and even that does h`ve some
doubt on how north that may spread. Thank you very much. That is it from
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