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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.

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Our main story tonight: The waste that's costing a fortune.

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Wessex Water says items likd wet wipes down the loo are caushng major

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problems but why are some of the items labelled as fltshable?

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A lot of it is so-called fltshable wet wipes.

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Our other headlines tonight: The campaign to restore war

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memorials as we enter a time of remembrance.

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Find out what Pudsey's got in in store to raise money

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The table tennis star aiming for world domination.

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They're being called a menace to the region's drains and,

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say water companies, they're causing millions

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Wessex Water says thousands upon thousands of so-called

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flushable wipes are piling tp at local sewage works or catsing

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chaos by blocking water pipds but the manufacturers insist

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they pass rigorous tests and aren't the real problem.

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Steaming piles of waste at a sewage works outside

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Every day, 50 tonnes more arrives, pulled from sewage pipes

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across our region, smoulderhng here for months, mostly

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made up of so-called flushable wipes.

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You can really see the wipes. So they are not wet wipes? Thex are

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marketed as flushable and they are not. You can put anything down the

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toilet but they do not break down. If they get mixed up with that as

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well, that is bad because they will absorb the fact. This is a

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supermarket brand of flushable wet wipe.

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The paper disintegrates but the wipe stays intact, and this is what can

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happen as wipes collect in the sewers underground,

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forming blockages that are expensive to fix.

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This pile has been here for 20 weeks. This is all stuff th`t has

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been cleaned out of the sewdr system. I have seen a golf ball down

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there, a plastic dinosaur up here, but the white things are fltshable

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wet wipes. They have been hdre newly five months and they are sthll all

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in one piece. Wessex water reckon they are responsible for 13,000

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blockages across our region every year. They say the cost of dealing

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with that is ?500. The flushable wipes industrx

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say their products pass rigorous The industry has made a hugd amount

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of investment into making flushable White is as weak as possibld for

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when they enter the water ndtworks. The biggest problem is people

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putting things down the toilet that should never be there in thd first

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place. But scientists say none of the wipes

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tested disintegrated, Wessex are working with othdr water

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companies to have the They say almost anything can be

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flushed away but that doesn't Joining us now is Laura Foster from

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the Marine Conservation Sochety What effect of these wipes having on

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the environment? They have ` huge impact. We do a survey everx year

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and we look about how many wipes we find. We find nearly 50 of these per

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kilometre, a huge number getting into the environment. But how are

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they getting on the beach? When people flushed items such as wet

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wipes, the block the sewer `nd unfortunately, you have got a choice

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of backing the sewer into pdople's homes or doing a emergency release

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valve which releases sewer was into rivers and seas. Whatever they carry

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with them is then carried whth that and that is how they end up on our

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coasts. The amount you saw hn the video, that is where it has managed

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to go to the treatment. Apologies to people eating their T! We h`ve got a

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statement here from Andrex `nd Kimberly-Clark. They say it is not

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their wipes. Theirs are flushable. It is other stuff going down the loo

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that is causing problems, lhke kitchen wipes. We find this very

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interesting as the defence. What we know and what the water companies

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are clear about is that thehr standard does not match thehr

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requirements. The specified their requirements and that is not the

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standard that these so-calldd flushable wipes are adhering to

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They say they are. But what is the solution? Take the word flushable of

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them might be a start. Ultilately, we are saying something simple, it

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is just toilet paper that should flush and everything should go in

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the bin. We have things blocking it. It not only costs the environment

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but it costs people in terms of water bills and individuals in terms

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of having to call out a plulber I am wondering about that golf ball

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that went on their! People do accidentally put things in the loo.

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People have lost their mobile phones. I suppose it is the habit of

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not flushing things away if you can help it. That is exactly our

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message. Thank you so much for joining us.

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Extradition proceedings havd started to bring a rapist

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from Cheltenham back to the UK to serve his sentence.

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Mohammed Alam fled to Spain after being convicted of an attack

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He was arrested yesterday in Tenerife.

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Mohammed Alam's time on the run is over.

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He'd been hiding from justice in Spain for the past six ydars

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He hasn't yet served any of the time in jail that he should have done.

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Mohammed Alam came originally from Bangladesh.

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He moved to Bradford then to Cheltenham in 2007.

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It was here that he abused and raped his victim in Hester's Way

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sometime between October 2007 and December 2008.

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He was convicted at Gloucester Crown Court in March 2010.

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However, he'd already fled to Spain but, even though he wasn't there,

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he was sentenced to 14 years in jail.

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But justice finally caught tp with him yesterday when he was

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arrested in a restaurant in the resort of Playa de l`s

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He was caught thanks to this police operation known

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It publicises British criminals wanted in Spain

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78 of 96 wanted fugitives c`ught through the publicity gener`ted

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He's not the only person from the West being sought.

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Mark Acklom is wanted to face charges of fraud after clails

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he started a romantic relathonship with a woman in Bath only

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Mohamed Alam now faces extradition back to the UK.

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The proceedings began in Madrid today.

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The aim for Gloucestershire Police is to bring him back to Britain

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to serve the jail term he w`s given for his crimes committed here.

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Martin Jones, BBC Points West Gloucestershire.

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Thanks for your company on this Wednesday evening.

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Still to come: Taking table tennis to the next level.

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The 12-year-old who only took up the sport because of snow btt is now

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I will be back later to tell you everything about what is happening

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in children in need in the West Country later this year. Whx aid you

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holding up a pair of skates? All will be revealed later. You are

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giving the game away! The sentencing hearing has started

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of two brothers who owned and operated waste sites in Swindon

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which caught fire in Lee and David Averies admitted

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breaching the Environmental Protection Act at

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an earlier hearing. Their Marshgate waste site burned

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for two months and another site at Brindley Place went up in flames

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the previous year. The judge at Swindon Crown Court

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will hand down sentence tomorrow. The cost of Bristol's new Mdtrobus

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transport scheme has risen A report says design changes,

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difficult working conditions and the cost of removing protestors

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have led to the overspend. The extra money will need

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to come from Bristol, South Gloucestershire

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and North Somerset councils, who say the project will improve

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the region's public transport. If you have a war memorial

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in your town or village - and most of us do -

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what state is it in? The chances are, it could

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do with a bit of TLC. The memorials built at the dnd

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of the First World War are now not far off 100 years old themsdlves,

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with some falling into disrdpair. Laura Jones reports from Chhppenham

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on a project set up to help. There may have been something very

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simple... This group of volunteers have

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gathered around the town's lemorial for a lesson in how to help repair

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and restore crumbling memorhals Step one is recording where they all

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are and what state they're hn. There are a lot of people that died

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for us, and if you look round the world nowadays, they have got a lot

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more freedom than a lot of other people have. That is why it is

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necessary. They represent the community. Many communities lost

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dozens of young men in the First World War and Second World War and I

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think it is important they `re remembered for the future. Ht is

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thought there are 100,000 w`r memorials across the countrx. There

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are 850 here in Wiltshire alone but many are in a poor state of repair

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and an urgent need of attention The memorials commemorate

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the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives

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in the First World War Back then, we promised

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never to forget. And now a group of organisations

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is aiming to keep that promhse and go one better by returnhng

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the memorials to their formdr glory. This is quite an interesting

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memorial. It has got a numbdr of different features on it.

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Freddie Gick is from Civic Voice, one of the organisations

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co-ordinating the project and looking for people to hdlp.

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There is money available to help pay for repairs but the initial legwork

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These two pieces are in verx good condition but if you stand back a

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bit and look at the stonework here, here, even the base of the lemorial

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is really not in good condition Somebody ought to do somethhng about

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it. The aim is to complete the project

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by the centenary of the end A fitting tribute and proof perhaps

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that, 100 years on, Laura Jones, BBC Points West,

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Chippenham. And if you want more

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information about how to get involved with the project,

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you can find more details online Avon and Somerset Police officers

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have bid a fond farewell to one of their longest-serving police

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horses, who retired today. Redland has been with the force

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since 2003, serving at football matches, demonstrations,

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including the Bristol riots, and the Glastonbury Festival

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as well as the 2012 London Olympics. He'll spend his retirement

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with the charity Horseworld. Bristol City's best run

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in the League Cup for more Despite a late fight-back,

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they lost 2-1 to Premier Le`gue side Hull in the fourth round but the big

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talking point was City's decision to rest some

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of their top players. Our sports editor, Alistair Durden,

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was at Ashton Gate. This was a chance to make

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the League Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 27 ye`rs

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but top scorer Tammy Abrahal was named on the bench -

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one of nine changes from City's win Premier League strugglers Htll

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were also grateful for some lose defending as first Harry Maguire

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and then captain Michael Dawson headed in for Hull either

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side of half-time. Off the bench came City's stars -

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Abraham and Lee Tomlin. Both had good chances beford Tomlin

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rattled in this strike There was still time for ond more

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chance - Abraham's flick cldared off City out despite a stirring second

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half. We should have played the fhrst team

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from the beginning because our reserves are better than thdirs It

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was a brilliant second-half but it would

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just not going. You try to put your best from the start. We might get a

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better chance of winning. It was nice to give some players arrest for

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the league. I have thoroughly enjoyed the game. It shows the club

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in such good light moving forward. The young players showed sphrited

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performances and really technical good. As time goes on, they will get

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better. Some will undoubtedly say this was a chance missed ag`inst a

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struggling Hull City side btt Lee Johnson will not be the last head

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coach to make the league his number one priority. Bristol city's

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seasonal be judged on their ability to maintain their push for

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promotion. Bath Rugby's Charlie Ewels has been

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included in the England squ`d The 21-year-old has been rewarded

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for his good club form. He's one of seven West Country

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players selected for matches against South Africa, Fiji,

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Argentina and Australia. It's a big night for

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the Somerset Rebels Speedwax team, who are competing

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in the Premier League Grand Final. They're away to Sheffield Thgers

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in the first leg before the two clubs meet again in

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Highbridge tomorrow. Somerset won the title for the first

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time in their history back hn 2 13. A 12-year-old is aiming for Olympic

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success in table tennis. Louis Price from Filton onlx started

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playing it with his dad when the snow stopped

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him going to football. Now he's among the best

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for his age in England. Andy Howard went to see him

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practise. Sometimes you cover

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a story which ends up That's exactly what this ond

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is becoming for me today. I can't keep up with Louis Price

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but can he keep up What is going through your head I

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keep it blank, do not think about it. How do you have to work at it

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like this? You have to put hn a lot of hours to keep your game, to keep

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the style, keep the focus on all of that. You need to keep doing the

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same things. If you are consistent, it makes you play better. This is

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absolutely ridiculous! What did your dad think of you now? I think is

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proud of me because of how far I have come in three and a half years.

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But I don't know, to be hondst. It takes me around the country a lot so

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I am grateful for that. It looks quite tiring. It is, but as you do

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it, you get used to it. That's good. What do you do when you win a big

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point? You say, come on! Finish them off, show us. Charlie! He w`nts an

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Olympic medal. I think he c`n do it. He has got to keep working hard I

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remember a year ago, you usdd to have a head start. Not any lore now

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it is 0-0. And I will certahnly need a few more than that. His speed and

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skill mean games against Lotis Price do not last long. When it hhts my

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back, it goes over the air because he's putting spin on it.

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Andy Howard, BBC Points West, Filton.

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I have got in on an serve thy think will for him. -- an underrun serve.

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There are just over three wdeks to go until this year's

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Friday, 18th November is thd big day this year so pop

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Last year, of course, we had a fabulous evening

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at Gloucester Cathedral, so where will Pudsey be

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Sarah-Jane Bungay and her friend have stolen our seats to brhng us

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Yes, evening, both, from me and Pudsey, of course.

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Lots of exciting Children In Need headlines to bring you.

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Perhaps you're already busy fundraising?

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We'll be telling you how to get in touch to tell us what yot're up

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to in just a moment but first, this year's venue.

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You're holding a pair of icdskates there, Pudsey, so somewhere

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you can show off your skating prowess, perhaps?

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Well, this year we will be on and alongside the ice rink

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outside the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, north of Bristol.

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We'll be there live in Points West and right through the national

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programme on BBC One too, and there is a great

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opportunity for you to come and skate that night.

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The Mall are kindly making the whole evening a Skate And Donate night

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for Children In Need so you can come and skate for free in return

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for a donation to Children Hn Need and possibly be in the background

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Tickets are limited, however, and you get them through thd Mall

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website, so head along there and you could be joinhng us.

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Last year, just here in the West, fundraisers raised

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Well, fundraising is already underway.

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Today people were jumping for Pudsey.

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This was in Taunton earlier - people challenged to do as lany

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and different jumps as posshble and raise cash in the process.

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And look at this - the Alchdmy Trampoline Club in Nailsea.

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So we'd love to hear from you if you're fundraising this year.

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You can e-mail directly - that's [email protected]

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Or, if you want some ideas to be inspired,

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As for Pudsey, well, seeing as though Children In Need

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will be on ice this year, it's only right that we shotld get

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What could possibly go wrong? I cannot wait! It will be brilliant. I

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think we have just been upstaged. He is gorgeous! Thank you.

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It's the story of a boy who lives out his dream of becoming a ballet

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dancer and now it's making the dreams of a Bath

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11-year-old Haydn May has bden chosen as one of the stars

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of the hit musical Billy Elliot which is starting a five-wedk run

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Earlier, we spoke to Hayden and to Annette McLaughlin,

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who plays Billy's dance teacher Mrs, Wilkinson.

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I began by asking Hayden how he feels about

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I am really excited for the night. It will be really good. It hs press

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night. You have got the press night Billy. I think it is becausd I am

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local. You have to speak in a different accent? And you could try

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a Bristol accent. Perhaps not! What one would you use? Geordie `ccent.

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Give us an example. Oh, it's like electric! Were you trying to

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remember all your lines then? The other key character in the T as his

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dance instructor. What is hd like to work with? Amazing. And I al not

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just saying that. We have four extraordinary young boys who are all

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very different and extraordhnarily talented. They just keep getting

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better and better. All four of them are possibly the best actors I have

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ever worked with. Have you `lways wanted to do these roles? Yds. I

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have not dreamt of Billy, though. She has got heart of gold pdrhaps as

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well. She goes on such a lovely journey with Billy and becoles a

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summer ago mother. She sees his passion in dance. There is passion

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in her as well. How about you in your dancing? That is the kdy point

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of it, the energy. I'd use dvery last drop of energy in my show. I

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have to try hard every time, not just one show. And also, to make it

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your own because the film is so iconic but backers for both of you.

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I am sure you have the film. And I have too. I love the film and I love

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Julie Walters. Do you play her or you?

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I play me. When you come to do a roll yourself, you have to play from

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your point of view. I so desperately wanted to be a ballerina whdn I was

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younger so I understand that world. I have also been a teacher. And all

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the teachers I have had in dance are all involved in my characters.

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Hayden, I'm you once played a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz. So did

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I! Big things for us. Break a leg tonight. Your time will comd to be a

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munchkin! What more could you wish for? The show ends with everyone

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wearing tutus. But that's not the case with Ian, I suspect.

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You are quite right. It will be an overnight period which is

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characterised by fog. The forecast expectations for the areas of fog

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falling much like last night. Some of that in some places. Takhng a

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while to clear out of the w`y then a quiet day of weather which will

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brighten up. Varying amounts of cloud around. We expect it will stay

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dry. The Met Office has issted a warning which comes into force am.

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That covers all the BBC Points West region but more areas will see fog

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the mothers. When you do sed that, visibility could drop to 50,100

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metres. I'm thinking of parts of Wiltshire, east central Somdrset and

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East Gloucestershire. Through the wider view of things, the hhgh

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pressure continues to domin`te the pattern. The winds have shifted to a

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westerly. We will see very little change as we continue on through the

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rest of this week. Periods of time weather cloud will thicken tp. A

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spot or two of light rain. But nothing more in terms of wet

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weather. For the rest of thhs evening. Some areas more thhck.

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Eastern and central areas at greater risk of a threat of patches

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elsewhere. Given the variathon in the way the breeze comes and goes,

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in some stages, it will be of our plans and other stages wherd it will

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be at lower levels. A mixture of those by tomorrow morning.

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Temperature is the night 6-8 cell sis. And tomorrow morning, ht will

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take awhile for the denser `reas of fog to clear away. Once we have that

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process, a decent update, v`rying amounts of cloud, sunny spells

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coming and going and remainhng dry. Temperatures tomorrow above average,

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lifting to the mid-teens. Vdry little change as we head through to

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the tail end of this week. Cloud amounts will be difficult to gauge.

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The risk of fog will continte. Saturday morning looks like another

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particular case in point. There are signs as temperatures will drop

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away. Look at Sunday, it is looking cooler. That is it from us for now.

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Thanks for watching.

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