29/12/2016 Points West


29/12/2016

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Hello from Points West. on the BBC News Channel,

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A man charged with the murder of his baby daughter in Bristol

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on Christmas Day has made his first appearance in court.

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Britton Gardens, in Kingswood, where six-month-old Aya Parker died

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on Christmas morning. Police and paramedics were called

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here in the early hours, but could not revive her.

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Aya's death was treated as unexplained, at first,

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until the results of a postmortem examination.

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Her father, 33-year-old Lee Parker, was arrested.

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Yesterday, he was charged and, today, he was in court.

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Lee Parker's appearance here at Bristol Magistrates' Court

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He confirmed his date of birth and his address.

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He was told that he had been charged with the murder

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of his baby daughter and that his case would be taken

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Because of the Christmas break there, in practice,

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that means he will be back here tomorrow morning,

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Andy Howard, BBC Points West in Bristol.

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A woman from Gloucestershire has described a new law to protect

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the victims of domestic abuse as a "life saver".

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Mandy Scrivens, from South Cerney, suffered terrible emotional abuse

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for 12 years, at the hands of her ex-partner.

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The Coercive Control Act came into force exactly

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a year ago today and, because of it, Mandy's

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She has been speaking exclusively to our reporter, Laura Jones.

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Looking forward to a brighter New Year

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For Mandy and her four children, it is a fresh start,

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away from her abusive and violent ex-partner.

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So, Zack was about four and Lee smashed the door on Zack,

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He hurt Zack. He would sometimes pick

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up Leon and throw him at the top of the stairs.

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He would not even have to touch you for you to be terrified.

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His language and his body language. He is just so big.

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Although Mandy's former partner was a very angry man, he was

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controlling every detail of Mandy and the children's lives.

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It took years, and many attempts, before she finally

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The thing with the control thing is that

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they get in your head and convince you that you would never be able

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to have another partner. I am actually struggling.

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He said that I could never cope and look

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I would never have any money and all that sort of stuff.

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I never had a car. He used to take the car.

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I couldn't have a car, because he put it in his name.

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Christmas and New Year can often be a difficult, and often

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dangerous, time of year for those living with domestic abuse.

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But this year, for the first time, something has changed.

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It means the sort of behaviour Mandy is describing is now

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That new law is called the Coercive Control Act

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and it is because of it that Mandy's ex, Lee Coleman, is now

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serving three years in prison for his bullying and controlling

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It is a good result for Gloucestershire Police,

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but investigating this sort of activity is tough.

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It is a very different matter for the police to understand and get the

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head round. If someone is injured and it is tangible, we can ask that.

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We can deal with it then. But it is much more difficult when someone is

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being controlled, maybe in terms of the money and what they are doing on

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the computer, that is much more challenging in terms of

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investigating. It has been a very difficult year for Mandy but she is

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determined to pick the past behind her and focus on the future. They

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speaking out, she is hoping to help others in the same situation have a

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happier Christmas and New Year. And if you need any support

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and advice about coercive control, you can call

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the Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre on 01452

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526770, or the police, on 101. A man who was jailed for leaving

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bacon at a Bristol mosque has died in prison.

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Kevin Crehan, who was 35 and from Knowle, was given

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a 12-month sentence in July. It followed an incident

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in which rashers of bacon were placed on the mosque door

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handles in Totterdown. We understand there were no

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suspicious circumstances An appeal to build a new base

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for Weston-Super-Mare's lifeboat station has raised

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more than ?500,000. The organisation has being trying

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to find a permanent home 12 possible sites have been

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rejected, but the RNLI says it hopes to make an announcement

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in the New Year. Finally, a gull that fell into a vat

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of curry near Tewkesbury has been listed by the RSPCA

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as one of its top ten most The bird's feathers were dyed

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orange, after it slipped into a container of chicken tikka

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masala, while trying to scavenge a piece

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of meat in a food factory. Staff at the Vale Wildlife Hospital

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used washing-up liquid to clean his feathers -

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and nicknamed him Gullfrazie! Now what has the weather

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got in store for us? A much reduced chance of seeing mist

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and fog tomorrow. The reason for that is a much more in the way of

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cloudi our own. If we look at the chart, it is rather be named. The

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fog towards eastern parts of southern England tonight. Sue the

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course of tomorrow, it is looking effectively dry and rather a quiet

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day for the weather. A quiet night coming up tonight. Some areas

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getting down to below freezing. The odd bit of fog forming during the

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evening. That should be restricted tomorrow morning. For most of us, a

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lot of cloud our own. That sets the tone for Friday. A few spots of

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drizzle possibly in the north of the region. Temperatures tomorrow

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ranging between 6-9 C. Talking about a change of temperature, as we head

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into Saturday night, we can see this weather front pushing in from the

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North into the region in the first part of Sunday. Much colder by the

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end of Sunday and as we head into the start of the new week.

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I am back with another update at 11.10pm.

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In the meantime, have a lovely evening.

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