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Police arrest the cheats on the streets. Coping with Christmas in
hospital we need a brave eight-year-old who has been
inundated with cards. A labour of love, the sun determined to complete
his late dad's unfinished films. A new service designed
to reduce pressure on A at the Bristol Royal Infirmary has
been suspended, following David Birtwistle from Whitchurch was
treated by out of hours medical staff who sent him home rather than
refer him to casualties. He died two days later.
Our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill is outside
the BRI for us tonight, Matthew what happened?
This front door service is one of 14 that has been set up across the
country. The idea all patients that go to A are seen first and
assessed to see if they need to go to A or if they can be treated and
discharged by Eddie P. On this occasion, it was only operational
for four days before it came to a sudden halt following this death. It
opened between 2pm and 8pm in the evening. I have just had a statement
from the family of David Birtwistle, who was the father of an
18-month-old daughter. His wife said, his death is a complete shock
as he had been fit and well and didn't have any long-term medical
conditions. She says the cause of death is still being investigated
and we don't move the system at A that they contributed to his death.
Dave was an amazing man, loved by all his friends and his sudden death
at such a young age has hit us all hard. He died two days after being
discharged. But there will be a root cause analysis investigation by the
clinical commissioning group, that pay for this service. They will be
looking at exactly what happened. Whether it would been any different
had he been admitted to A and they are trying to find someone who is an
expert to take an overview of this. Someone from outside. So they are
taking this seriously, which is why they are conducting the
investigation, which will feed into the inquest that is due to take
place in March. Still lots of questions, thank you very much.
A former royal marine from Taunton who was jailed for the murder
of a Taliban fighter has been refused bail this afternoon.
It's ahead of a new challenge to his conviction at the Appeal Court to be
Alexander Blackman, who's also known as Marine A,
shot the insurgent in 2011 in Helmand Province.
Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton Rogers has this report.
Surrounded by vocal support, Alexander Blackman's wife walked
into the Court of Appeal with high hopes her husband would be
Two hours later she emerged disappointed but still hopeful
We must remember that earlier this month, the criminal Case review
commission decided to refer the case back to the Appeal Courts. And this
is the most important step towards getting his conviction and sentence
overturned. Blackman's legal team had applied
for bail pending that hearing, which is could be heard as soon
as late January, but until it is heard the former
Royal Marine sergeant will stay In his home town of Taunton
that was a decision Absolutely, should have been allowed
out for Christmas. It is a travesty of justice. To have had bail on this
at this stage would presume the appeal is going to be one. At this
stage, I don't think you can do that. Disgusting, I feel sorry for
his family. He should be let out straightaway.
However, an MP who has been part of the campaign of support
for Marine A and has visited him in prison, says Blackman will not
He will go to bed tonight, not entirely a happy man, he would
rather be at home, but at least he knows in a few weeks this could be
over one way or the other. We have to take the emotion out.
A former Royal Marine colonel told me this afternoon that
unquestionably Blackman had made a mistake in shooting dead
the wounded Taliban insurgent, but others may need to take some
Yes, he has failed, but to an extent, the system has failed. Did
we look after him properly? Did he know exactly what he could and could
not do? If he didn't, then there is a failure in the system because we
should have made sure that he did. And if he was under stress, as some
of the reports suggest, then the system I think, should have picked
him up and supported him before. So his wife will be spending another
Christmas without her husband, but with hopes 2017 might produce a more
positive legal outcome. So with the countdown to Christmas
well and truly underway thanks for your company
here on Points West this evening. Do stay tuned because we have plenty
more presents to deliver including. Some Christmas cheer
from Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley. And celebrating the shortest day
of the year at Stonehenge. I called him Tom because we are so
close. He is coming up anyway! Fortunately not live.
The number of people begging on the streets of Gloucester has
been cut dramatically since a new campaign in the summer.
Financial and housing support has been offered to nearly 40 people
but there have also been arrests of so-called "professional beggars".
Those who ask for money despite being on benefits
Here's our Gloucesteshire reporter, Steve Knibbs.
Since the summer the new team tackling begging and homelessness
in the city have got to know everyone on the streets.
They know this man well, this morning he was given accomodation,
but has once again refused it preferring to beg
Not nice to be at the stage of enforcing action against people, but
that is what will happen if people make the choice to bed to feed their
drug addiction. behaviour order banning him
from the city centre. And it wasn't long before the team
caught someone with an order, Don't talk about it now at the
minute because you are under caution.
They say he was given the order for persistently
begging despite having accomodation and benefits.
It is difficult because there are different profiles are begging. Some
are homeless and genuinely in need and vulnerable. They need to be
supported off the street. There are a large number doing it cynically.
We have been targeting those people. Many homeless people have been found
a place to live and there was good We may have a private landlord who
is willing to take you. As soon as I get my flat in the New Year, my life
will change to Matt Whitley for the better. I need to get off the
street, my health is deteriorating. Those working to tackle begging say
the problem is made worse because people are being kind
and generous, but say money should We see people spending their money
and drugs a lot of the time. Unfortunately, when well-meaning
people give food instead of money that frees up many people would have
spent on food, now to spend on drugs. It has been a long and
delicate job, and some people still do need support.
Spending Christmas in hospital can often be difficult,
and for children it can be especially hard.
Bailey Cooper from Bristol is one young boy facing the prospect
of having to do just that as he undergoes chemotherapy.
Our reporter Chloe Ball-Hopkins also spent time in Bristol Children's
hospital in the lead up to Christmas when she was younger.
Seven weeks ago, eight-year-old Bailey was simply enjoying life.
But life was about to take an unexpected turn.
I don't even know how to explain the feeling.
Our world just collapsed right in front of us.
A GP appointment for a possible chest infection led to a diagnosis.
They took us into a room and just went from there and then we found
out he had to have some more MRI scans and found he had lymphoma,
Since then, Ward 34 has become a second home for him.
To try and keep his spirits up, Christmas cards, hundreds of them
all addressed to Bailey from strangers across the country.
In there are lots of different styles of cards. Today, we delivered
over 100 more, all made by children from Gloucester 's school. He really
does take the time and he looked at every single card. It goes to show
there are some good people out there. Ten years ago I was in the
same position as Bailey, waiting to find out if I was going to make it
home for Christmas. It was making paper snowflakes that ensured that I
did. Going round and sticking bees up was enough to make sure I was on
my feet and went home. These days, it is all about distractions, from
choirs to entertainment, it is jam-packed on the wards leading up
to the big day. And that is made a special as it can be for those
staying. Everyone who can, will come and eat together. We will come and
eat together and presents are handed out on Christmas morning by Santa.
We are trying to make it as Christmassy as we can. We said when
he is out we will do another Christmas day. Bailey's Christmas
list may include Lego and a sleeping bag, but there is one thing he
really wants. I just want to get better. The whole family are hoping
the new year brings a positive prognosis for Bailey. But in the
meantime, there is a small issue of several hundred Christmas cards to
read. We help you out and well soon. We know you have lots of friends
thinking of you and we send our love to everybody in hospital this
Christmas. We are thinking of you. And Bailey's uncle has organised
a charity football match and auction to raise money
for the 'Let's Fight It's next Tuesday afternoon
on Kelston pitches in Yate. The new look for Weston-super-Mare's
town square has been revealed. North Somerset Council says work
will start in January. They want to revive the open space
and Italian Gardens, The council's bidding
for a grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership to help
fund the project. Somerset have named their
new cricket captain, Opening batsman Tom Abell has been
given the job of leading the side The club have described him
as "an old head on young shoulders." It's always been a dream of mine
to play here at Somerset. And now to be skipper,
it's hugely special for me. We've got a great mix of real
talented youth and a lot of quality So it's a great time to be involved
at the club and to be captain is a huge privilege
and honour for me. Jim Allenby will continue to captain
the side in the fifty over The unfinished work of Bristol
animator who died earlier this year may now be completed, by his son.
Terry Brain created some well-known characters such as Shaun The Sheep
and in the 1980s, this was a series called trapdoor. But he never got
the chance to bring a series called weird rhymes to the screen.
It was one of the most-watched children's animations of its time.
Lucky I've got something handy to bonk him with.
Trap Door was broadcast across the world, and made by Dave's dad.
This is what our house was like when we were growing up.
It was just like this all the way through to the back room.
Terry Brain's Plasticine characters were famous.
It was weird, because to me it was just what your dad did.
But in school, I felt like a celebrity because everyone
was like, your dad did Trap Door, amazing.
And from his warehouse in Kingswood, another project started.
He was always reading nursery rhymes to us and stuff but changed
nursery rhymes a bit, would draw sort of odd pictures
together with it and he was said one day I want to animate these.
But other work got in the way over the years.
The Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep took Terry Brain
And then, he was diagnosed with cancer.
He started to get pains in his stomach, so he went
to hospital and it started looking like things weren't looking so good.
But we thought we had a few months to get these finished
and then the next day he was gone, sadly.
So, the job of making Weirdy Rhymes, is now one for his son
He said, the day before he passed, he said, I can't believe I'm
about to kick the bucket and you're going to finish these projects
for me, become millionaires and live that fancy house
What a gorgeous way to remember his dad.
30 years in the making, these nursery rhymes are finally going to
come to life. It is just a shame the man who created them is not going to
see it. What a great legacy. Thank you for sharing it.
Here's a Christmas question for you David...
Can you remember what the three wise men brought Baby Jesus?
The most famous hit of Spandau Ballet.
Well the front man, Tony Hadley is performing tonight on Bristol's
waterfront at the Spiegeltent, that's a travelling marquee of
I caught up with Tony, to hear all about it.
Fantastic band, the Tony Hadley band are great.
Spandau had a very successful year and a half's tour,
My band are brilliant, we have a great
I am enjoying writing new songs and performing new songs and just
What can we expect at the Spiegeltent, what is that?
I have got to say, I went down there today and it's
It's like going back in time, it's like going back to a Victorian,
Beautiful, really Christmassy and stuff.
I've got a stack load of Christmas songs to learn.
I recorded a Christmas album, so that's out at
# Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
# From now on, our troubles will be far away #.
Then of course we've got to do the classic, True, Gold.
And some songs I just love to sing and perform.
So, it's going to be an hour and a half of bing, bang, bong.
And when I'm singing White Christmas you've all got to sing along.
Let's have a little reminder, like we need one, of
# With a thrill in my hand and a pill on my tongue.
# Dissolve the nerves that have just begun.
# Listening to Marvin all night long.
If I walk around London, and I do pretty
much walk everywhere in London, there's no point driving!
And you get the old black cab drivers, "all
That's what I kind of get all the time.
So, if people want to come along, where do they go?
They go to the Christmas Spiegeltent.co.uk
Come down, it's going to be a right laugh, just have a lot of
fun, bit of Christmas spirit and a few beers afterwards.
Tony Hadley, truly one of the nicest people.
And very tall! On Monday's show you may remember
we spoke to Portishead's Ben Smith who completed 401 marathons
in 401 days. Ben won an award for sporting
achievement in the face of adversity at Sunday's Sports Personality
of the Year. When he came in to see us he told us
he didn't have the award, as it was taken off him
at the afterparty! Well Ben's relieved to report that
it's been sent back to him today, Keepers at Bristol Zoo have
announced that their newest gorilla Afia has been hand-reared
since birth by humans. She's been gradually re-introduced
into the gorilla troop - Afia's now busy exploring her new
home back among the other animals. Today is the shortest day
of the year, with less And of course that means it's
the Winter Solstice. Yes it should be getting
lighter from now on. And hundreds of people gathered
at Stonehenge this morning Pam Caulfield's got a snapshot
of the celebrations. As the atmosphere intensified, the
sun began to rise. At 13 minute past eight on the shortest day of the
year. Druids, pagans and the public gathered, with colourful costumes
and characters aplenty. The atmosphere is brilliant. Doing my
music, doing a few pictures, meeting amazing people. Just spreading the
love. Some came to dance. Some came to feel the power of the stones. And
others, just came to relax. It was a coming together of everyone. No
matter what you are, you can enjoy it. The important part of the year,
you've got to remember it just continues. Back continuum is
exciting. As a spiritual place, it is amazing. It is spiritual,
everybody is having a good time and smiling. The winter solstice
happened at 10:44am. For scientists, it is when the North Pole is
furthest away from the sun. For pagans it marks the rebirth of the
sun for the New Year. For me it is almost like we place so much value
in Christmas and buying things, we forget there was something before
that before people did just celebrate the change in seasonings.
It was so wonderful to celebrate with our ancestors and the sun
coming back. It is the first day of winter, the days will be getting
longer now, meaning some is on its way. -- summer.
With talk of summer, talk of the weather is natural.
It is the winter solstice and it does mean we will see the shortest
day today and the longest night. After which, those days should get
longer. It will be a cold night with those skies clearing so it sets us
up for a chilly start of the day tomorrow. Not too bad apart from a
few isolated showers, it should be dry and bright. Tonight, we have
this weather front moving towards the east. Skies have started to
clear here and temperatures are dropping. A cold night and with the
light winds we could see some frost, mist and fog forming. Tomorrow,
sunshine and the further west you are will see some showers. Tonight,
we have rain clearing towards the east, so it should be a dry night in
a couple of hours. Clear skies, light winds and it does mean we
could see some mist and fog forming. I think it will get quite cold
tonight. We could get averages close to freezing. I think there will be
some patchy frost overnight. Temperatures hovering at freezing,
if not that little bit above. Tomorrow, there will be mist and fog
first. Once it lifts, we will seize on sunshine. More sunshine compared
with today. Not everyone, it will be a dry day. The further east you are,
the more likely it is you will have dry weather. More sunshine tomorrow
and temperatures roughly where they should be for the time of year.
Highs of around seven or 8 degrees. As we go through towards the
Christmas weekend, we start to get storm Barbara pushing towards the
north-west of Scotland. For us, it means strengthening of the winds
during the day on Friday. We the gale force gusts. Friday night into
Saturday we get the rain. It does mean as we head into Christmas Eve
itself, things do start to settle down. The Christmas Eve during the
day it should be dry, bright with a lot of sunshine. We should see some
out there pushing in than those temperatures are creeping up as we
head towards Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve night into Christmas
Day, I think we will see some rain. But it should clear early on
Christmas day. Unfortunately if you are looking for a white Christmas,
you might be disappointed as we could see one of the mildest
Christmas is on record. 15 degrees is the temperature to beat on
Christmas Day. I think we could get that somewhere across the West
Country. The wind will start to pick up and we could see rain over
Christmas Day into Boxing Day. It does start to settle down after
that. I had better go, I have some sprouts
to boil. All this week we've had a song
from a different West Country choir It's just been lovely
to hear from them. And tonight it's the turn
of the Bath Youth Gospel Choir. # You better watch out,
you'd better not cry. # You'd better not pout,
I'm telling you why. # He's making a list,
he's checking it twice. # He's gonna find out
who's naughty or nice. # He knows if you've
been bad or good. # You'd better not pout
I'm telling you why. # They're going to build a Toyland
all around the Christmas tree. # You'd better not pout,
I'm telling you why. The roads we walk have demons
beneath them... ..and yours have been waiting
for a very long time. What is this? We can't do this.
Is this supposed to be a game? I thought this was some
kind of... What? ..trick. Of course it's not a trick.
It's a plan. What's the very worst thing
you can do...