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BBC website. That's all from the BBC News at Six. It's goodbye from me.

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On BBC One Welcome to BBC Points West

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with David Garmston and Alex Lovell. Our main story tonight: The elderly

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people being ripped off. They're losing so much money that

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some will no longer be able They go on to a list and their data

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is sold all round the criminal Our other headlines tonight: The two

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sisters diagnosed with cancer A wheelchair - designed

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in the west - is named as one And it's all in the beat -

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a heart warming start to Christmas - with a new charity single

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from a cardiologist. Trading standards officers

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are warning that the state may end up picking the bill to look

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after more and more people in their old age,

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because they're losing their life The victims are often

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elderly, and are vulnerable to fraudsters who target those

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who are isolated and lonely. Raymond Rose is a full-time carer

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for his disabled wife - The letters promise him

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lottery draws and prizes. So Raymond has sent,

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and lost, more than ?3,000 - It's brought me down a lot because,

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with the small amount of money that we get,

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we really can't afford it. So, what's that,

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there's probably about Yes, that's one man's mail

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over a two-month period. A typical case - but just

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the tip of the iceberg. The concern for us is that because

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people are ashamed and embarrassed when they realise they have been

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scammed, they are very unlikely to report and they will go to huge

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effort to not tell their What sums of money have you seen

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that have been lost? Anything from a few hundred

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pounds to a few thousand. And in the worst-case

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scenario, ?150,000. All this has a massive impact

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on the victims and their ability to look after themselves

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in old age. You see depression,

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you see a lack of trust You see people change

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their mind as to whether they want to live alone any

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more, and independent any more. So you find that our older residents

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are more likely to go into a nursing The people who could fund

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their care have lost their money to scammers

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who are abroad, and now the state They do often have

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certain characteristics of being elderly, sometimes living

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alone, isolated, looking for And these unscrupulous

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fraudsters will absolutely target these individuals,

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as they feel that's where they get Stopping scams at source is very

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difficult, so tackling the root problems of social isolation

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and loneliness is the priority. This English language class is one

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of 50 projects in Bristol running When people are more

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socially isolated, they have fewer social contacts,

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they are a lot more vulnerable. If people improve their

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well-being, they are less likely to be targeted by scams,

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and especially something where somebody's improving their language

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skills and their communication - But speaking out means

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others might not fall victim to a problem that,

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in the end, affects us all. A little earlier I spoke to

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Clare Jackson from Citizens Advice. I began by asking her how big

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a problem these types of scams are. Scanning in general has become

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really widespread and it's becoming increasingly widespread

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actually I'd say. I think in the first part of 2016,

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the first six months, there were over one million recorded

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incidents of financial scams. That's the trouble,

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as well, it's the recorded ones against the ones

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that aren't, isn't it? Numbers are increasing,

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could that possibly be encouraging, that people

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are talking about it? I think that's one of our key

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messages, is touring courage people So much of what stops people

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from talking about it is the shame, the victim blaming,

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the feeling really gullible and really silly, because there is this

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pervasive idea that you have to be foolish or gullible to fall

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for a scan when, in fact, you don't. And also they are becoming

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so sophisticated now that actually even people

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who are pretty savvy do not realise they are being scammed,

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so we really have to But where is the line,

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where do we draw the line that you don't know whether you're

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talking to your bank or talking to a company

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the phone, how do we try to unravel that?

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There's a couple of key things to look out for, and I think one of

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those is anything that is unsolicited.

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If you are not expecting to hear from your bank, if

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you are not expecting a call from a company, then those should

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immediately make you a little bit suspicious.

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And I think in those situations it is always find to

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check if it is a legitimate phone call, if it is a legitimate company

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trying to get in touch with you, they won't mind.

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I suppose sometimes they play on this feeling of panic,

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"Your account's been hacked" or this has

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happened in your bank, so you are so keen to sort it

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out very quickly this is where the problem comes.

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So I guess we have to remind people to

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Sometimes in the moment when you are under pressure it is so

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easy to just fall into that trap, and that emotional manipulation is

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definitely a key tactic that a lot of scammers use.

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They will either make you scared or they will make

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you feel like you have a very limited amount of time to maybe

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respond to something in order to win a prize.

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So giving you time limits and trying to pressure you into a quick

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And, just to reassure any elderly viewers who do feel embarrassed

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about this, as we are saying, it is across the board.

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I've been scammed, lots of people have, so it's good to

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That's one of the things that we want to do is just to get the

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We found that loneliness and isolation and not

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having anyone to speak to about these things just makes

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The jury in the trial of three men over a fatal tipper truck

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crash in Bath has retired to consider its verdict.

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Four people died after being hit by the 30 tonne vehicle on a steep

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hill in Lansdown Lane, in February last year.

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The driver Phillip Potter, the owner Matthew Gordon

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and mechanic Peter Wood, who are all from Wiltshire,

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Drivers faced long delays on the M4 in Wiltshire this morning

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after a fire involving a car carrying gas cannisters.

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The road was closed for more than two hours between Bath

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and Chippenham, while fire crews were at the scene.

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The police say they're "no closer" to finding out who murdered

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a former Bath conman - and that thousands of people had

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John "Goldfinger" Palmer was shot six times in the chest in his garden

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Officers today told the inquest into his death

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that he was the victim of a "contract-style" killing.

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Gareth George was at the hearing in Chelmsford.

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John Palmer, AKA Goldfinger. He got the rumour amidst rumours heat

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melted down Gold billiard bullion after a heist, but speaking in

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Tenerife he denied having anything to do with it. I'm completely

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innocent of anything to do with this so called bullion ride. I know

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nothing of it. In June last year, shortly after these pictures were

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taken, he was shot six times at his home in Essex. Four days people did

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not realise he had been murdered, thinking he had died as a result of

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gall bladder surgery. They have since risen apologised for the

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mistake. Today the coroner concluded he had been unlawfully killed. There

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was only one member of his family present at the inquest and that was

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the partner of John Palmer's daughter. He is seen here on the

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right leaving the hearing with the Detective chief inspector. The iced

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DCI Jennings gave evidence and said the investigation was ongoing. One

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problem the police have is the sheer number of people who might have had

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a motive to kill Palmer. There were listed up to anything up to and

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above 16,000 victims. That means they could be 16,000 reasons he was

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killed just in relation to that. And we know the number of people

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involved in the crime taking place is also a consideration. And another

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possible involvement? We know he had associated people with the Hatton

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Garden crime. Police say someone involved in the criminal underworld

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and who killed John Palmer and after today's inquest officers renewed

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therapy for anyone with information to come forward.

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You're watching Points West - thanks for joining us this Tuesday

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The design changing lives, and taking its place

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And we have some light rain on the way tonight and some heavier rain

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later. First, though, two sisters from

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Wiltshire say they are grateful to be alive this Christmas after being

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told they had breast cancer just three weeks apart. Amy was 35 when

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she was diagnosed. That made her older sister Kate examine herself

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and discover a cancerous lump. I've got my CT scan

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on the 11th of January, And we stayed in the

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same ward as well. And it all happened

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three weeks apart. A few weeks before last

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Christmas, these two sisters To hear one family member has got

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cancer is one thing. To hear, three weeks later,

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a second one has it is Kate Evans and younger sister Amy

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both discovered lumps, both diagnosed with cancer

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and told there was no underlying genetic cause,

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it was just coincidence. They gave me a diagnosis

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on the 30th of November, last year, of I think it was stage

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two breast cancer, is that right? That's right.

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Stage two, stage two. I'm not very good

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with all the numbers. And it hit me like

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a tonne of bricks. Six days later,

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I was lying in bed, it was a Sunday night, I was lying

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in bed about 2am, couldn't sleep, and I turned over in bed

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onto my left side, and I caught myself and

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thought, oh, something's sore. So I thought, just have a quick

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feel, see what's there. So I went in - mammogram

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by 9:30am, ultrasound by 9:40am and I was told

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I had cancer by 9:50am. I think that was the bizarre thing,

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that two of us with cancer, under the age of 50, is,

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you know, quite unusual. So it couldn't possibly

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happen to both of us. Kate and Amy are helping

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to raise awareness this Christmas, as Cancer Research UK

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launches a new campaign highlighting I sort of always felt

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that any sort of I sort of always felt

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that Amy sort of saved my life, really,

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because if Amy hadn't had the cancer diagnosis I probably would never

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have found my lump. So I'm here now, today,

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because she had a cancer diagnosis. Cancer came as a double blow

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to Kate had Amy's families. But it meant that,

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throughout their ordeal, they always had each

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other for support. I am just so grateful

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that we are still here this Last Christmas we both

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thought that maybe this Christmas we wouldn't

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be here to see it. So it's wonderful news

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that we're still here. The Government is being warned that

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Brexit could harm universities in Bristol and Bath and the local

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economy. Universities and some MPs say they're worried it could deter

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European students and academics from coming here. The MP for Bath is

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worried that a clamp-down on immigration could mean fewer

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students spending money in the city. What we have to be careful of is

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suggesting that to the public that all immigration is a bad thing. 75%

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of the public believe that international students are a very

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good thing. So we need to split them from the overall immigration figures

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and extend better to the public what immigration looks likes because

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otherwise we lose the opportunity. This issue was raised during a

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debate in the Commons yesterday with the Government saying it has no

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plans to cap the number of international students.

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A Gloucestershire conservationist has been at Downing Street today

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armed with a petition. She was dubbed the human swan after flying

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more than 4000 miles from Russia to Slimbridge in a para- motor,

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following migrating swans. She wants the Government to do more to protect

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the species. A wheelchair invented by a North

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Somerset 's charity to help people in developing countries has been

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recognised up one of the UK's best inventions. 20 years after being set

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up, Motivation has been seen as has seen one of its models added to the

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design Museum in London. David Charity has helped tens

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of thousands of people around the But it all began when his own

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life changed for ever. When I was 201I had

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a diving accident when I dived into a shallow pool of water

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in Australia and broke my neck which left me paralysed from

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the shoulders down. With no hand function

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and ability to walk. And so, from that day,

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I needed to use a wheelchair. The old chrome wheelchair

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was designed in 1932 and they were still

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handing them out in 1982. And we see this all

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the time in developing People are given a one size fits

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all solution that swamps them. You see the wheelchair

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before you see the person. He and a friend spent six months

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in Bangladesh producing a From Bangladesh to Backwell in

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Somerset. In 1991, he set up

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the charity motivation. In 1991, he set up

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the charity Motivation. So it is again, three wheelers

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to get over rough to rain, but it's made of cheap you steal

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tubular steel, it's repairable The chairs are flat packed,

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making it cheaper to ship them, but staff also visit the countries

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to make it easier to fit them. Josie has just returned

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from Tanzania. Lots of houses have not been

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modified for wheelchair users so But also the stigma

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and discrimination against people with disabilities

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is extremely high, so unfortunately there are lots of people actually

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trapped in their homes, unable to And, back in the UK,

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their work is being recognised. The Design Museum has just opened

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in London and displays the best inventions

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from across the centuries. Among them one of

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Motivation's chairs. I never thought this

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would happen when we But it's a very proud

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moment for all of us. A lot of team effort,

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and great staff and great partners. As he looks back on 25 years,

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the charity is also looking forward, developing chairs for different

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activities and areas, allowing thousands more the powerful

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freedom of movement. By now you've probably

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got your Christmas tree up, having spent a frustrating day

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untangling the lights When I was a boy we used to have

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tapped ten or 20 lights. Now we have 400.

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Imagine having to set up one of the largest displays in the West.

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For years the Brailsford family lights in Bristol have

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captured the city's imagination of the city, so how does this

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I don't know about you but I'm a little underwhelmed. It's a nice

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tree but they must have had some cutbacks. Oh... There's a plunger

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here. I know this is live, but do I push it? It would not be complete

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without a plunger. No, don't! Hurray! That is more like it. That

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is watched 200,000 light bulbs look like. And when they turned on for

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real here at the beginning of December there were 200,000 people

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in the streets of this place to see it. The man who has to take it up

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and down all each year is Lee. I have had some rumours this year that

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this is the last one? No. It's just a rumour. They will happen every

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year until I am too old to do it. They will be here every year. You

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must get asked this a lot, but why do you do it? We just love it, for

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people who come and see it but we are also running an appeal, we are

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on ?41,000 and we are hoping to get to the ?50,000 total this year. I'm

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sure with the hope of all our supporters and visitors we will hit

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the target. Does it ever get to the point around September that you

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think, oh, no, I have to get it all out again! I start to have funny

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dreams about it and things not working. But in all fairness, I do

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look forward to doing it every year and getting the lights out. I

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understand this year was a record? Yes, we did it in ten days. It

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usually takes about 12 to 14 days. The weather was kind to us so we

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rammed it. It is not just us in Bristol who are feeling festive

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tonight. It is less than a week now until we find out who has won the

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Christmas number one slot this year. It could be a surgeon and a special

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nurse from the hospital in Swindon. # A long time ago on a cold winter

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's night #. This doctor is a cardiologist and

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one of his specialist heart nurses is joining him. It is called Yahweh

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Christmas chair. When I wrote the song 18 months ago and I didn't have

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enough confidence to produce it last year. Eventually I played it to

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Harriet, it comes from my heart, it is my song and I wanted to convey

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the true meaning of Christmas to all. They are supported by children

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of the ward staff members and money raised will be split between the

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British Heart Foundation and Swindon's own Brighter Futures

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radiotherapy. I think it was brilliant. I liked how he played

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guitar and it was very good. I think it's really good that they did it

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for charity. The song is available as a download from the Internet and

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it is doing pretty well. It is already featuring in some charts. It

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is a time for giving, and for doing things for other people. So it is

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the perfect time to do something for charity. I am not used to singing

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without colleagues so I am not -- and I am not a born performer but it

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is great fun. Their day job is on the cardiac ward. They are involved

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in diagnosis, consultation and operations and know how important

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health care is. With less than one week to go they might not make

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Christmas number one but if the money this song raises helps towards

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a new cancer treatment centre compact, that will be their

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Christmas wish come true. And a worthy wish indeed. Ian is on

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the roof, with the weather. Comparatively chilly, nothing too

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bad. Let me take you through the forecast into tomorrow. We will find

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some rain developing during the course of late this evening tonight.

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Nothing particularly heavy. They will all be put fairly light. But as

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that clears away, after drier and brighter weather, there will be the

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risk of further rain developing and this time there is it is likely that

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we'll be heavy. The change is on the way. That cold front pushing away

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high-pressure out towards the east of us and we started to enter into a

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much more mobile and vigorous regime of weather lasting up to the

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Christmas period, not raining all the time but we do have the risk of

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this ripple on the front giving us some heavy rain tomorrow afternoon.

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For the rest of this evening, some of you have seen a few showers but

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most areas are dry. Once the rain starts to arrive it will be fairly

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light, the odd moderate burst, and fairly patchy in nature. That is its

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position by about six or seven o'clock tomorrow morning.

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Temperatures dropping to two to five Celsius tonight. Tomorrow those in

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the East may still wake up to light rain but it will quickly clear out.

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Conversely, cloud and rain coming through the afternoon turning

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heavier. All in all, a bit of a sandwich of a day. Into the evening

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the start the skies start to clear and get into a dry setup and it be

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chillier. Prior to then it will have been milder, getting up to about 10

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Celsius. As we head into Thursday it will be a Chilean night with perhaps

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some frost and patches of fog. And this oscillating Pat and of

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temperatures, as we get towards Friday we are looking at the

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development of storm Barbra which will bring some wild weather to the

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north-west of the British Isles by the tail end of Friday into the

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morning of Christmas Eve. It will be windy with rain developing on

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Friday. This is the outlook towards that period and we will keep you

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up-to-date with the kit Christmas period itself. Thank you, Ian.

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Now all this weekend we are getting you in the mood for Christmas and

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tonight a choir is going to sing us out. They are made up of the staff

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at great Western Hospital's trust. # Have yourself

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a Merry Little Christmas # From now on our troubles will be

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out of sight # Have yourself a merry

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little Christmas # From now on our troubles

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will be miles away # Here we are as in olden days,

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happy golden days of yore # Faithful friends who are dear

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# Through the years we all will be together

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# Hang your shining star upon the highest bough

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# And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

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# Faithful friends who are dear to us

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# Through the years we all will be together if the fates allow

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# Hang your shining star upon the highest bough

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# And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

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You only grow old once, so you might as well enjoy it.

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