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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 Amanda Parr and Sabet Choudhury
The special school under threat.
Coln House in Gloucestershire could now be closed for good.
There are no children at Coln House. Now it has emembers of the juried
that the school faces closure. We speak to the wife
of Sergeant Al Blackman serving life Explorer David Hempleman-Ad`ms
returns from the Arctic with tales of disappearing sea ice
and everything's set for renewed rivalry at The Rec as Bristol run
out at Bath for the first The future of a special school
in Gloucestershire is in dotbt tonight after the council rdvealed
it's no longer financially viable. All the children at Coln Hotse
in Fairford were removed in the summer after concerns
were raised about pupil safdty. A consultation begins next week
with the council saying that the possible closure
of the school and the investigations into what went
on there are unconnected. Here's our Gloucestershire
reporter, Steve Knibbs. Even before Ofsted published
the results of its inspection earlier this year the counchl
was told of worrying concerns. Most notably a high number
of physical restraints being used on pupils and a failure
of the schools management As a result the County Council
stepped in and removed the pupils I understand the headteacher
and three non-teaching membdrs of staff have been suspended,
an interim head has been brought in as well as an interim bo`rd
of governors after the orighnal As to why the children were removed?
Very little is being made ptblic. I don't want to prejudice an on going
investigation. There are cldarly a number of concerns about chhldren's
safety. There were no alleg`tions made as far as I'm aware regarding
sexual abuse, I know that h`s been a rumour that's been going around I
want to Scotch that straightaway. The council says that demand for
Coln House has dropped and they will not be able to keep it open. That
means the school will be making a crippling loss. By 2018, 2009 we
will have to find ?2.5 millhon to deal with the deficit. Unions say
they believe the council mishandled the removal of the pupils. Teachers
at Coln House are being givdn extra training and others are at
placements in other schools. The union accepts that the school won't
be able to stay open. Whilst we are saddened by the fact that it will
probably mean the loss of another school that's been popular. So the
needs of the community well, the case for the lack of financhal
viability is quite strong. @nd I think it is fair to say that having
talked to members, we're quhte resigned to the fact that the most
likely outcome is closure at some point next year.
All of the children removed from here in the summer
are now at other schools - it now seems increasingly lhkely
they'll become the last int`ke pupils to be taught at Coln House.
It's emerged that a year seven pupil took a knife to school in Bristol.
The item was confiscated from the girl who was seen with it
Avon and Somerset Police ard currently holding a knife alnesty.
There are secure bins across the area from Patchw`y
in South Gloucestershire to Taunton in Somerset.
A man wanted in connection with a fraud case in Bath is now
Mark Acklom, who is 43, is accused of disappearing
with more than three quarters of a million pounds.
The money was lent to him by a woman he was in
Mr Acklom has now appeared on a list of ten most wanted Britons hn Spain.
There's been a fire at Bath's oldest department store.
Jolly's on Milsom Street had to be evacuated this afternoon.
Smoke could be seen inside the building and emergency
crews discovered the fire h`d started in a communal
stairwell in a residential part of the building.
It was extinguished by the sprinkler system.
Supporters of a former Royal Marine from Somerset convicted of lurdering
an Afghan insurgent say del`ys in reviewing his case
Al Blackman, who held the rank of sergeant,
is serving a life sentence for the killing.
Those campaigning for his rdlease are planning a rally
Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton Rogers has been speaking
For the past three Clares Clare Blackman has been campaigning to get
her husband out of prison. She was heartened when the Criminal Cases
Review Commission decided to take a fresh look at his case, but that was
almost a year ago. We were lindful that, you know, it wasn't going to
be a quick process and we obviously want them to do a truly thorough job
of reviewing the case. We c`n't to have confidence in the decision when
they reach it. But that said, you know, this is another ten months
that Al is not home and the waiting is the hardest part. In 2013, former
sergeant Al Blackman became the first British servicemen to be
convicted of murder on the battlefield since the Second World
War. His life sentence was for shooting a wounded insurgent in
Afghanistan. His action and his words leading up to it were captured
by helmetcam ras. His supporters who have verx
publicly campaigned for his release, this is the last time they took
their protest to the streets of London, say he has been harshly
treated for a moment of madness on the battlefield.
Among them, the best selling author Frederick Forsyth who is highly
critical of the body reviewhng the case. They were given flat
instructions that this was to be a level one, meaning immediatd, with
total urgency applied to it. Since then both the defending barrister,
he is one of the best defending barristers have been bewilddred by
the fact that they dawdled `nd dawdled. Very, very slowly passing
the documents from desk to desk and saying nothing.
Commission says the criticisms are unfair. It is treating the case as a
priority. But it is a compldx one with a large volume of written
argument to consider. One of the main platforms for an appeal now is
that the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of
diminished responsibility w`s never considered at the original court
marshal. A decision on that, whenever it is, will determhne how
much longer the former Royal Marine will spend in Wiltshire's Erlestoke
Prison. His wife says the c`mpaign to free him will continue.
It's Amanda and Sabet with you this Thursday evenhng.
The team that brought us the fabulous Warhorse prdsents
a new puppet play with its roots firmly here in the West.
Yes, it's a big egg, but what on earth did
All will be revealed later in the programme.
It's now only a matter of days before America
The contest is being followed especially closely
This evening a full house is expected for a lecture
by North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees Mogg -
who once said he would back the Republican candidate,
Let's join our political editor Paul Barltrop.
Well, people have been having their drinks and they are starting to come
in. The lecture starts in a few minutes time. 120 seats in this
venue. It sold out very fast indeed. Jacobries mooing is the draw. He is
talking about Britain in a post Brexit world building up tr`de with
the United States and of cotrse enormous interest in that US
Presidential election. Well, Jacob Rhys Mogg ruffled feathers when he
said if he was an American he would be voting Republican for drfrp, but
he changed his mind and he has been explaining why.
In the normal course of events I would vote for the Republhcan
candidate who happened to bd Donald Trump.
The tape recording that camd out was extremely disagreeable
and I would find it not possible to vote for somebody who had said
On the other hand I am not a Democrat so I would not bd voting
for Mrs Clinton and rather Feebly and uncharacteristically
Of course, we've had more allegations today from another woman
talking about what Donald Trump may or may not have done. Here with me
is the director of the Amerhcan Museum. How much interest do you
think there is this side of the Atlantic in what's going on back in
America? It used to be the case that people
would ask me all the time what's happening at the American Mtseum?
How is it faring? For the l`st 4 or 15 months I have only been `sked one
question - what do you make of Donald Trump? So there is enormous
interest, I think, in the election. Trump himself is a phenomenon.
Certainly his ascendancy to the nomination is unprecedented and I
think even though Hillary Clinton seems to be drawing ahead at this
point, and for many fairly obvious reasons, there still could be
surprises in the next three weeks. Briefly for you, as an Amerhcan
living over here, what do you think of it all? Well, I think it is
fascinating. I think that wdaring my director's hat, I can't say
anything, but wearing my own hat, so to speak, I hope that the bdst woman
wins! Richard, thank you very much. Of
course, 19 days to go. It whll be interesting to see what Jacob Rhys
Mogg has to say about the United States and possible next prdsident
of it in his speech beginning here in a few minutes time.
The Duchess of Cornwall has officially named the area ottside
Swindon's railway station after a famous engineer.
Sir Daniel Gooch Place celebrates the man who helped Brunel establish
His effort and ideas gave bhrth to the Swindon we know todax,
but he was responsible for so much more, as our Wiltshire Reporter
Arriving on one of the new GWR trains into the railway
The Duchess of Cornwall bringing royal approval for the man
Her Royal Highness named the square outside the stathon
as Sir Daniel Gooch Place.
I'm really pleased. It is a great honour to have Her Royal Highness
with us today. Swindon is a really important place in the history of
Great Western Railway and it is great to celebrate that and
particularly celebrate the really important role of Sir Daniel Gooch
who isn't someone that the railway talks about as much as we should do.
A ceremony, a plaque a royal unveiling, Sir Daniel Gooch must
have been important and he was. The father of Swindon's rail works he
went on to become chairman of the GWR, an eng engineering and pioneer
and for 20 years an MP. Born in 1816, Gooch built
locomotives, employing thousands. It was thanks to him
the Severn Tunnel was compldted He was known to royalty but also
to thousands of ordinary people After unveiling the plaque Camilla
was shown extracts from the Gooch exhibition from the nearby
Steam Museum, and a specially Daniel Gooch was the person who
brought the Great Western R`ilway to Swindon. He was very interested in
Swindon and developing it and looking after the workers and the
community. He did a lot of benevolent work for the people of
Swindon. He was a great, grdat man. He was not a fuddy-duddy engineer,
he was an entrepreneur. He was a forward thinking man. He loved
engines. In his day Gooch's brilliance
was widely recognised, but over time, he faded
into Brunel's shadow. Maybe now the memory
of one our greatest Victori`ns The Transport Secretary Chrhs
Grayling has announced a multi-million pound motorway
improvement programme It includes work on the M4
at junction 15 for Swindon ?5 million has been earmarkdd
for the project and ?750,000 is being committed to improvements
at the M5 junction 21 for Wdston. It has been confirmed that Radiohead
will headline Glastonbury ndxt year. Rumours that the band would return
to Worthy Farm began to circulate yesterday when the Radiohead logo
appeared in the grass It's now been made official that
they'll top the bill One of English rugby's biggdst
rivalries is rekindled tonight It's been seven years since the two
clubs met in a competitive fixture. This evening they're
playing at The Rec in the European Challenge Cup,
and our sports editor This might not have the importance
of a Premiership match, but these two clubs have wahted
so long to play each other `gain that there's a real appetitd
and excitement for the game. Their rivalry goes all the way back
to October 1888, 128 years `go and it's Bristol who have enjoyed
the more wins - 132 to Bath's 8 . It's almost neck-and-neck
here at the Rec Bath 50 wins But of course most of those games
came in the amateur era. Since rugby went profession`l Bath
have dominated here - This will be a special night
for Andy Robinson who played his entire career with Bath,
winning derbies and trophies. He still lives in the city too,
but these days he's Bristol's At least there shouldn't be too many
surprises for him tonight. When the boys walked down
from the hotel on Thursday They'll understand what it hs like
to play at a fantastic stadhum, but also iconic pitch reallx,
you know, to play and I think what we're all looking forw`rd
to is how we perform. Well, Markry Gan played for both of
the clubs down the years. M`rk, it is great to have the fixturd back on
the calendar, isn't? Yes. I played here in March 2009. A great
occasion. Andy has spoken about it. Not too serious, but they whll want
a huge win the the guys havdn't won here for a long timement thd
youngsters will want to put in a good performance. Would a whn mean
more to Bristol than Bath tonight? Ah, hugely. We played seven and lost
seven. Come to Bath, perforl here as well, a good objective, it hs
rekindled old friends and old foes together today. Old rivalrids and
leave here on a high and obviously the next objective will be to get a
good performance in ten days time and we can rest up and I look
forward to the premiership latch. Where the tackles that little bit
harder when you played Bath or Bristol whichever side you were on?
Yes, they were indeed. They are bigger, faster and stronger now and
the guys are physical and there is so many cameras around now ` days,
you play the game very fair. Not when I played! Who are you going for
tonight? Who is going to win it I think Bristol! You think Brhstol!
I'm there or thereabouts on the fence, but I would love to see
Bristol perform and play re`lly well go out and perform and put their
hands up for selection. Neither side are picking their first chohce team,
but Bath have included one of their cult heroes on the bench. It is his
final game before going back to Australia. Leroy Houston and they
are giving everyone one of these tonight, what do you reckon, an
improvement? STUDIO: No, Ali! A sea of Ldroys
will be exciting, won't it? The director and puppetry tdam
behind the massively successful Warhorse have created a new musical,
set in Bristol. It's based on a 19th
century Victor Hugo novel. It opens to the public
at the Bristol Old Vic tonight. Alice Bouverie's been
along to rehearsals. They're saying it's
a musical unlike any other. Tragedy, comedy, a love
story, even puppets. Whatever is happening internally or
whether he is trying to say something. The internal process
needs to be bigger. The play reunites Tom Morris,
the creative genius behind Warhorse, with two of the puppeteers
from the original production. We found a lot of understanding of
how to use puppets in Warhorse. Now we are starting with that
information and being able to programme it into the show from the
beginning. So that's great. All this year, the Bristol Old Vic
has been celebrating This musical, one of
the flagship productions. This theatre is 250 years old and it
is easy to think of it as a historical theatre, but the only
reason that it survived for 250 years is because it has alw`ys been
looking forward, it has alw`ys been inventing new kinds of theatre and
it has always been taking rhsks If we want to honour the history of
this place, we have to keep doing it. That's what we love doing and
that's what we will be doing with this show.
The music was written by two local composers.
An imaginary Stokes Croft in Bristol is the setting for the storx.
And one of the stars of the show is herself a Bristol girl.
I never done anything in Brhstol, performed here before. So to be part
of a huge celebration like this is such an honour.
And it is nice to represent Bristol and for Bristol to be sort of
pioneering and bringing out something new for the rest of the
country to see. Everyone hopes this show will make
it to the West End. The first British team
to circumnavigate the North Pole in a single season has returned
to the West. The yacht, Northabout, saildd back
into Bristol this morning, The crew including our
very own adventurer, David Hempleman-Adams are trying
to highlight what's happening A landscape very much on thd change
I guess? Yeah, the first tile I went out to the Arctic was in thd 80s and
it was very different of thd there was lots of ice. Thick ice `nd lots
of volume. Now, we went arotnd the north-east and the north-west
passage in one season which is unheard of. It is rather sad that
you've come back this quickly? Unbelievable. The north-west passage
we did in 14 days. Before that, it would take two or three seasons You
didn't know what you would face when you headed out there. What was going
through your mind at that point Well, the problem because it would
take me four years to get the expedition together and I ndver knew
if it was achievable. So I wasn t sure if this boat would be stuck
somewhere and over winter lhke the other teams that had tried. So at
back of my mind I was thinkhng, "How far will we get?" Once we got to
half-way around the north-e`st passage, then all the ice wdnt and
we had a really quick trip `round. Seeing that, and realising what that
meant... It was shocking. H`lfs it like? Shocking. The north-wdst
passage, there wasn't one bht of ice not enough ice for a gin and tonic.
It is extraordinary and it hs scary as well. It will impact on ts
eventually and we just seem to hide from it.
You can hide from it, but the consequences are going to bd really
terrible, isn't it? Absolutdly. Things are changing so quickly. In
my lifetime to see so much change. Is there any way back? The
scientists say there is a thpping point and in 20 years time, there
won't be any ice at all the North Pole during the summer and ht will
have dire con qens of coursd. What do you want to achieve from here? It
is a very visual thing. It hs a huge achievement for you guys to have
done this. And obviously, everybody has been watching you. What would
you like to happen next? Thd only reason I actually did it, it was
nice to do the adventure, btt the main thing was awareness. Wd set-up
a charity called Wicked Weather Watch, this is for youngsters, they
can log on and find out mord about it. It is about the science and
actually see what is happenhng. We are going to keep the boat hn
Bristol and put on an exhibhtion so schoolchildren or schools c`n come
down and visit and they can make up their own mind because my
generation, we've messed it up and unfortunately, these youngsters have
inherited it. One of the advantages of your crew, I remember, when you
set off, you have a very yotng crew member as well, Ben? Yeah. How did
he get on? Well, Ben started off in Bristol. Went around the whole route
and this poor lad, he had to put up with some grumpy old men! Hd's 4?
14. He went out a boy and c`me back a young man. He was an extr`ordinary
to put up with it. But I thought it was very important rather than me
sort of banging on, I thought it was important that his peer grotp, his
age grourngs he blogged on `ldaily basis so he could put his vhews
across to that generation which was very important.
David, it has been amazing to talk about this subject. Stay with us,
because you have seen extrory things in your life, but I want yot to take
a look at this! A little earlier we showed
you pictures of a very big dgg. It was laid on New Macdonalds Farm
in Box in Wiltshire. But take a look at what happened
when they cracked it. Yes, inside there was,
in fact, another egg Have you seen anything like that? I
have seen a few things, but never saw that. How did that happdn?
Apparently it is not completely tun heard of and we have had messages
from people on Facebook who have had an egg within an egg. Hello both.
Just returning to what David was saying about the sea ice, this is
something we keep a close on at this time of year in terms of looking
towards the seasonal forecast into winter. It may seem
counter-intuitive, but we know through research when we get
exceptionally low amounts of sea ice this actually can have an effect as
we look into the winter in loading the dice in a colder winter for our
neck of the woods. At the moment we have low sea ice in that arda. It is
one that we are keeping abrdast of. We will keep you updated on the
winter thoughts as we get into November. Let's talk about something
chilly closer to the current time because it will be a cold nhght We
will be under a ridge of high pressure. That means that there is
the risk of fog around as wdll. But once we clear that out of the way
tomorrow, we should be in for a pleasant enough day. Varying amounts
of cloud and sunshine and lhght winds and dry. A wider look at
things shows the access of the ridge of high pressure across the top of
us, hence a greater risk colpared to recent nights of frost and fog and
as we run through into tomorrow we continue with this benign p`ttern
and it will be set as we he`d into the weekend turning breezy `nd more
particularly so as we get through into Sunday. There had been showers
running in from the north. The forecast model deficient on those.
We could catch a few of those into Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. But a
temporary phase. Through tonight, a good deal of clear sky around.
Decent for those of you watching for the meteor shower. But also decent
conditions to get some fog forming and some of those could be dense
patches where we get them and equally some parts of the
countryside could see frost unsuppliesingly with air
temperatures as low as two or three Celsius for some. Now I would
caution where we have patchds of fog, this isn't just for thd West
Country, it could be further on your travels, it could take to mhd-or
late morning. But once that process is complete, all of us seeing a
decent day and varying amounts of sunshine, light winds, not dxpecting
any showers through the course of tomorrow. Temperatures in a range of
11 to 13 Celsius. Saturday looking dry. Varying amounts of clotd. The
breeze picking up towards the end of the day. There we go. Thank you
Ian. This is where we say goodbyd. You're
back later. Yes, I'm back in the Ten O'Clock News. Until then, goodbye.