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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.
Our main story tonight: The Battle to stay in Britain.
A seriously ill grandmother pleads with Number ten to let her live
out her life with her family in Bristol.
My grandmother is one in a lillion kind of grandmother and we `re
hereto played to be able to love and care for her in her time of need.
She needs dialysis and her family say she would die,
Have a heart - an appeal for foster carers to look after the refugee
children from Calais as the first arrive.
A river of tears - the launch of the poppy appdal
And the fastest milk machine in the west -
the latest way of getting your dairy fresh from the cow.
Even though a doctor's said she's too ill to fly -
the Home Office says Irene has to go home.
I am still on dialysis, that will not stop me. I don't like it but I
will still do it because I want to be with my family. We would be
broken if she was to be put on a plane and sent back to South Africa.
So please Theresa May and the government show compassion `nd allow
my grandmother to remain in the UK for the last few years of hdr life.
They brought more than a 100,00 signatures to Number Ten.
But - it was delivered on the day the NHS was criticised.
For not meeting a target of recovering ?500 million spent
The cost of her dialysis is more than ?30,000 a year.
Tell us why you think you should be able to stay in the UK?
The family were asked about health costs on the Victoria
I classify myself as British, have been your long enough and some of my
have paid to the government and I have paid to the government and I
have a responsibility to look at -- look after my parents just like
This Bristol-based consultant helped analyse NHS spending
The annaul estimate is one half a billion pounds of a total
It is not a huge number in the context of the whole spending of the
NHS but that money does spend a lot of research and treatment.
NHS costs for dialysis weren't part of the Home Office
Offcials say it was based on immigration rules -
and the decision was upheld at an independent tribunal.
Another frail South African grandmother - Mytle Cothill -
won the right to stay earlier this year.
Irene Nel will meet with Hole Office officials in Bristol on Thursday.
James Davies is an immigrathon adviser from the charity
He joins me now. Thank you for coming on. Do petitions likd this
cut any ice from Downing Street Good evening. Yes, I think they do.
The government is responsivd to public opinion. The case th`t I
dealt with, the Home Office responded to medical evidence that
was prevented before the petition was presented to Downing Street The
Home Office is reluctant to send out a message, to set a precedent? They
do not like presidents and the consequence of that is the content
to be light on compassion when you're to be more compassionate
This lady needs dialysis and I understand the cost is around
?30,000 a year. Can you unddrstand why some taxpayers might thhnk, she
is not entitled? Of course H can appreciate that. Certainly we are
all concerned about public spending and the NHS but the issue hd was
about family. The way the immigration rules are constructed at
the moment is that it is allost impossible for families to care and
provide for their elderly rdlatives if they are not British or Duropean
and that does not seem to bd right. Do you have a legal right in any way
to be near your appearance `nd care for them? I think you have ` legal
obligation, sorry not a leg`l obligation but a moral obligation
rather than a legal right. People will be watching saying that how
come people who have raped `nd murdered can stay but an elderly
lady in his family has been told she lady in his family has been told she
has to go? Yes, certainly. What are your options now if the pethtion
feels? Is at the end of the road to? I am not closely acquainted with the
case so that I do not know hf there are other options, if that hs more
medical information which c`n be provided. I suspect it requhres a
change of heart on behalf of the politicians. Good to talk to you.
Thank you very much indeed. A crash in Stroud yesterday
which killed a 70-year-old cyclist has been referred
to the Independent Police Complaints Commission,
because the car involved had failed to stop for officers
shortly beforehand. Three men arrested on suspicion
of causing death by dangerots Gloucestershire Police say they re
waiting to find out whether the IPCC South Gloucestershire has bden rated
among the worst places An NHS report looking at mortality
rates, the number of mums who smoke, and the choices available s`ys
the area's Clinical Commisshoning Group is among 11 in greatest
need of improvement. The CCG says it's working
to address the issues raised. It's an issue which affects one
in five women and one in ten men. But a West Country campaign to get
more protection for victims of stalking today missed out
on a hearing in Parliament. The call from Gloucestershire MPs
Alex Chalk and Richard Grah`m for the maximum prison sentdnce
to be doubled was prompted A local GP, she was stalked
for seven years by a former patient. It's very very worrying and anxiety
inducing and I don't like to Over 100 incidents of him w`lking
up and down past the surgery, round the surgery,
parking outside the surgery, watching it for hours every
day that I was there. Was he trying to get an ide`
of my timetable so he could I think it is not knowing what's
going on in their mind. The worst thing is you start
to imagine the worst. MPs ran out of time today to debate
those plans for tougher sentences, which were in a bill put forward
by the Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk Are you disappointed they dhd not
have time for it today? Yes, I am disappointed. A lot of the time was
spent on a good cause, the homelessness reduction bill. A bit
disappointing but it has gone off until the 14th of November `nd we
just have to keep trying. It is so important, I will not let it rest.
What kind of will do you fedl is behind it, in terms of the public
and also Parliament? One affects the other. I have had a huge amount of
support from across the country for this campaign through
Facebook. The extraordinary thing is Facebook. The extraordinary thing is
the breadth of society affected by this issue, not just famous people.
Parliament tends to reflect that so it is a case of using that `nd
explaining to ministers this is important and you must act on that.
There is a huge amount of stpport across Parliament for this `s well,
we need to translate that into action. How quickly do you think it
will translate into action? It takes longer and longer to get thhngs
going? Absolutely, changing the law is not an easy thing, it dods not
fall into your lap. Ron was not built in a day. I have to kdep
plugging away at best, keep having conversations with ministers and
lobbying the Secretary of State I think we will get the but wd just
have to keep up the fight and it is such an important issue we have to
change the law. I know you're focusing on cases like Doctor
ineffectiveness of restrainhng ineffectiveness of restrainhng
orders, could more be done `t that level as well? I think it is
important that this happens. The problem with restraining orders is
they do not tend to work. Whth reluctance, I am seeing you have to
take people out of circulathon because restraining orders `re not
that effective for people who are fixated in that we which is why we
are focusing on giving propdr sentencing powers to the cotrt
because of some and keeps the teaching restraining orders, the
judge has to say, to protect the victims you must go inside. Please
stay in touch with us and ldt us know how things progress.
You're watching Points West with Alex and David -
thanks for your company on this Friday evening.
A whole new meaning to pulling a pint.
Find out what's so unusual about these bottles of milk.
And the weekend weather looks quiet, milder than average and effdctively
drive. Details at the end of the programme.
Children from the Calais refugee camps in France have begun
being transferred to the West Country.
The UK has agreed to take some of the most vulnerable and those
Around 150 Bristol families have already signed up with one charity
to foster refugee children , but as Dickon Hooper
Early morning in Bristol and a group of volunteers
are on their way to help in the Calais camp known
Conditions reported to me are really dreadful and
really down at heel now, wondering
Well, this: thousands of people were bussed out this week
the thousand or so unaccomp`nied children who've been living here.
We have seen great things from the government
It would be great to hold them to
account for that and say we have
promised to welcome some of these
The second thing is to say we are
willing to make this capacity in the
She's one of 150 Bristolians signed up with a charity
More than 1000 people have signed up across the West Country.
It's a very big undertaking but with love and care, anything can be
The council told me they were committed
to taking Bristol's fair sh`re of unaccompanied children.
And there are now more than 50 being looked after here.
But some think this is the wrong focus.
I personally think we should be focusing our
efforts on the camps in
If you emptied the whole calp at Calais, very shortly in ` few
Goodwill in Bristol though has spilled onto the streets.
Because the Calais camp may have gone, but the refugees and
You may remember these picttres from a couple of years ago ,
hundreds of staff at GCHQ in Cheltenham creating
an incredible image to launch Gloucestershire's poppy appdal.
Well, it was such a success that now they're trying to top it.
This year they've made a waterfall of poppies inside the buildhng.
Our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs, was invited
In the entrance to the iconhc GCHQ building another iconic
image of remembrance - the poppy cascade is a symbol
to the intelligence agency's long links with the military.
Claire, who's identity we have to protect,
was one of the staff who helped create it.
relationship and to mark Remembrance Sunday as well,
I think is really special for an awful lot of people
Obviously this is not a norlal job for GCHQ but being a building full
of mathematicians, they madd it from scratch. They have used somd of the
latest technology and they `re -D printed. There are some black
poppies to commemorate the work of minorities in the Armed Forces and
we also have rainbow poppies to commemorate the service of lembers
of the LB GT community. It's hoped this new poppy
creation will be a focus to help the Royal British Ldgion in
Gloucestershire raise over ?650 000 to continue supporting veterans and
their families. There are more and more people
from current conflicts who are suffering from
physical or themselves back into
a proper life in society today and
it is through the goodwill of the public
and their donations that we
are able to do this. Launched with the Innsworth military
wives choir, thousands of extra GCHQ and next month part of the poppy
cascade will go on public dhsplay A Somerset farmer has found
a high-tech solution to getting his produce to the public
- selling milk using People can fill up by the lhtre
at Josh Hares' farm gate. He joins us now from his
dairy farm near Wells. It's been very popular so f`r, we've
only been trading since last Saturday and there has been
tremendous local support and people have been coming some distance to
buy milk. What is the benefht of your milk rather than the mhlk at
the supermarkets? Reproduce it and pasteurise it on site. We do not
standardise it so it is as fresh as it can be. It has a great flavour
because we pasteurise it slowly How long has it been out of the code
before you get it? We start milking in the morning and we pastetrise it
in the morning and it is on sale by four o'clock so normally a latter of
hours. I presume you still have the same kind of quality check hf we
were buying milk the superm`rket? Yes, very much so. We have done
extensive testing with the help of the Food Standards Agency and the
council. We run all local tdst. Do you offer any other drinks from your
machine? At the moment, we have only been going 60s so it is just our
fresh milk. It is a great product and local support has been great.
This is a good business ide` for you, we hear to help. Thank you very
much. Thank you for the pint of milk you give us earlier today. That is
E. In these Brexit days who knows what it is. That is a litre. By the
way it is delicious. The West could be celebrating
a double promotion this weekend with both Yeovil Town ladies
and Bristol City women hoping to go Alistair Durden is here
to explain the maths! Two teams will be promoted,
and three are in contention - Yeovil who are top,
plus Bristol City and Everton If both our clubs win they'll
both go up. Bristol City have been in the top
division before but this wotld be new territory for
Yeovil Town Ladies. A small club that's making big
sacrifices to get to the top. Yeovil's players meet twice a week
for training, travelling Midfielder Danielle Carlton has done
a four hour commute to be there I love football and where
we are in the league, Come Sunday we could be
promoted so all the hours in I have a full-time job
as well so I have to lose money to be here but I
would not have it any other way Yeovil's squad is made
up of 20 players - 11 of them on part-time contracts
earning between 150 and 650 pounds Another nine get just
their expenses paid. A housing officer,
and also an army engineer. How long have I have
been playing football? Captain Ellie Curson is trahning
to be a teacher. She can see a day when the women's
game goes fully professional. You would never see a women's
football game on the TV when I was growing up whdreas now
you're guaranteed a match that Women's football is
steadily growing. There are about 50 girls pl`ying
I can't see why it shouldn't be at the same level as the men's game.
Promotion would mean a placd alongside heavyweights like Chelsea
They have full time professhonal players, and huge budgets clip.
If you take the current chalpions, currently were operating on a tenth
That will be hard to compete with if we do get
promoted but we hope local businesses will get behind ts.
The vision was always to make this club
I've seen it come from one lan and his dog, families and friends
to what we have at Yeovil, 850 people coming through
the door to watch us play football is a hell
They're aiming to attract a crowd of over a thousand for the last
game of the season - which they hope will be a
Good luck to Yeovil and Bristol city.
Bristol City women are away to Everton tomorrow -
That bottom one is first ag`inst second in the National Leagte.
Finally congratulations to the Somerset Rebels who last
night regained speedway's Premier League title.
Their win over Sheffield Tigers means they've done the leagte
The achievement was marked with fireworks, and a fair bit
of champagne, before they took the trophy over to their supporters
We missed out last year by two points and we had to make it up
today. We had a bit of an inexperienced team this year but it
has worked well. That is so much work that goes on behind thd scenes.
It just sends goose bumps through your system, definitely.
It just sends goose bumps through your system, definitely
Not all the celebrations went quite to plan - watch this.
There we go, it is a dangerous sports. He was all right. What about
the champagne? They could h`ve had milk.
50 years ago today, a nightclub opened which would bring sole
of the biggest names in music to Bristol.
Not only did the Bamboo Club in St Paul's help unite
people in the city - it went down in music folklore.
Lee Madan has been looking at what the venue meant
In 1960s Bristol black people complained about the way
they were treated in pubs and clubs in the city.
You walk in there no one would talk to you - they look
at you strange so you didn't bother to go.
service, their change was almost chucked on the counter just put it
down and walk away like you're not there and basically you'd go home
stressed out why are people being so nasty to us.
So Tony Bullimore - who later became famous
as a yachtsman - and his wife Lalal -
As a mixed race couple in the 1 60s they experienced abuse first hand.
They wanted a venue where anyone would feel welcome.
The club is actually a West Indian club but it's not solely
for West Indians, the club htself is for anyone who wants to tse it
- we've got people from all over the world signing on as members
But after being open for just 1 years the club caught fire hn 1 77 -
a week before the Sex Pistols were due to play .
I just watched it burns, it was terrible.
But for some the legacy it left behind can still be felt today.
I think the club played a m`jor part in helping to even out
racism and make Bristol a mtch better place for everyone to live
I think it helped break the barrier down between bl`ck
This week hundreds turned ott to remember the club
Back in the day there were lots of musicians in Bristol. It is a place
we want to showcase ourselvds. It is part of the fabric of Bristol
history because the bamboo club was the place and I don't think it will
with a huge history still remembered today.
And you can hear a document`ry about the Bamboo Club
on BBC Radio Bristol tonight at seven o'clock -
Time now for the weather, the dark nights are coming. That is the big
light on the roofs in the form of our weather presenter. Hdllo
everyone. This is going to be a weekend which
is quite a quiet affair. It is generally quite dull outlook. The
cloud cover will be quite extensive. Some areas will cede brightness
around, a better chance on Sunday. Barring some drizzle, it will be a
dry weekend for the vast majority. Light winds and temperatures above
average for the time of year. There could be some fog and a lot of that
will be across cross buns r`ther than a global level. The clocks go
back on Sunday. Just a little remainder. Let's take a widdr look
over the next couple of days. Hydration dominates the pattern as
it has done over the latter stages of the week. -- high pressure. This
keeps temperatures up. The cloud cover will be a dominant part of the
forecast but later into Sunday, signs of that getting whittled away
south-east. For the rest of this south-east. For the rest of this
evening and tonight, a lot of cloud around. There could be one or two
breaks and this could mean cloud at low -- fog and low level. Upland fog
courtesy of the low cloud. Ht will be a case of temperatures are
unlikely to drop below double figures. Many areas will relain
around ten or 12 Celsius. Tomorrow, some areas might get brightdr,
perhaps in coastal parts of West Somerset but generally therd will be
a lot of cloud. Some drizzld might appear, over high ground
predominately. Most areas whll be dry. The winners will be light and
temperatures should reach the mid-teens, 14 Celsius will be
typical. An identical story into Sunday. Perhaps a better ch`nce of
same. Nothing will spoil our same. Nothing will spoil our
sporting or Halloween events. Still the same for next week. Things will
cool down for the first few days of November. Have a great weekdnd.
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