30/12/2016 Points West


30/12/2016

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Good evening. news where you are.

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Police are searching a block of flats in Bristol in connection

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with a man who was found dead on Christmas Eve.

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Mohammed Abduerezak suffered multiple stab wounds.

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The 31 year old, who friends say was an asylum seeker,

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was found in the village of Siston in South Gloucestershire.

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And the communal bins outside these flats in Bristol.

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Dumped by a roadside in the days before Christmas.

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Police say Mohammed Abdurezak died from multiple stab wounds.

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He was discovered in the village of Siston on Christmas Eve.

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But officers believe he was killed elsewhere.

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This morning on a housing estate in Bristol, several police vans

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converged on these flats and taped off the area.

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A shock to those living nearby. So far no weapon's been found.

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There has been quite a bit of activity with the police fans, but

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no one knew what was going on. It is a nice place to live. Well

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maintained, well looked after. No trouble as far as I know. So far no

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weapon has been found. It's believed Mr

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Abdurezek lived here. Several police vans arrived here

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today and they have been searching, not just in, but outside over the

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past few hours. They are looking through the bins, we do not know

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what they are looking for but we know that when the body was

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discovered, there was no wallet and also his mobile phone was missing as

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well. This picture shows him

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in October before running He was also keen on football

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and a friend described him as a joyful character

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who was seeking positive Rest in peace Mo.' Police

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are working to trace his missing personal belongings and piece

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together what happened A fund set-up to help a scaffolder

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from Somerset who was badly injured following an electric shock has

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exceeded its target. Jamie Mines had to have a leg

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and hand amputated after the incident in Swindon just before

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Christmas. A GoFundMe page has raised more

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than twenty one thousand pounds. The Health and Safety

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Executive is investigating. There's a call for more people

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in the region to give blood Filton in Bristol is home

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to the biggest blood More people miss their appointments

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at this time of year so they need A couple from Wiltshire are taking

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on an aviation challenge that's Julian Midder and Sarah Brown

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are going to fly the Paris to Dakar Rally route

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in a microlight. If they make it, they'll

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set a new world record. Here's our Wiltshire

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Reporter Will Glennon. They regularly are seen

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in the skies over the West, but how about flying thousands

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of miles in a microlight? Julian is an instructor

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at Membury Airfield and his partner is Sarah, known as Jez,

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also a qualified pilot. They want to take on the Paris

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to Dakar Rally route. It is going to take us to parts

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of the world we have never been to and it will stretch our flying

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experience into new ways. Microlights look like small planes,

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but the wings are essentially made of thick fabric,

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the panels are extremely thin The couple will take off

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from Wiltshire, flying down through France and Spain and then

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across to Africa, to Morocco, western Sahara and Mauritania

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to Dakar in Senegal. The terrain will be

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remote and inhospitable It is called the Skeleton Coast,

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there are literally miles where the Sahara desert goes

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straight into the Atlantic Ocean We are a very long

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way away from help. There's really not much

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between you and the outside world. Microlights do not have

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complex instruments, Bad weather, even the cloud

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can force you down. This is a little cockleshell

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of a plane and if that changes, if it gets windier or it looks

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like there might be rain to content with, we effectively

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have to fly around it, Julian and Jezz hope to raise money

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for the charity WaterAid but before that they still need about ?10,000

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in sponsorship to cover costs. They are hoping to set off

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sometime next spring. Will Glennon, BBC

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Points West, at Membury. Football now and four

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of our teams play tonight. In the championship Bristol City

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are away at Ipswich. In league One, Swindon

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take on MK Dons. League Two Cheltenham host

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Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Now as the end of the year

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approaches, keepers at Bristol Zoo have been busy counting

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all the animals. The annual census

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revealed they have 14,200 One of the biggest challenges was

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working out what's in the aquarium! The count helps the zoo keep

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track of species that Well, the keepers know their animals

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very well and for animals like meerkats, we know we have got

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ten animals in here, and it is something

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that is easy to do. Seven gorillas, three pygmy hippos,

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but when it comes to big colonies of leaf-cutter ants or spiny mice,

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something like that, or bees or something, then of course

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it is much more difficult. To help stay on top of things

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the zoo also keeps a daily Let's get the weekend weather

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forecast now with Ian. Thank you. Met Office provisional

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figures suggest that 26 team will be the warmest year on record for the

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UK going back to 1910. We will start 2017 on a decidedly cold note, but

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prior to them, through the course of tomorrow, it will be a fairly mild

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day, it is looking dry or thereabouts but by the time we get

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to midnight and into New Year's Day, there might be some rain around but

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most of the rain will arrive in the early hours and it is behind that

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that we find colder air appearing from the North, quite quickly. Here

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is a wider look at how the story unfolds. A warning for fall, not as

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extensive as this morning. You will notice the cold front running

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southwards, through late tomorrow night and in comes the colder air

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which we can trace all the way back up to the Arctic Circle. For

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tonight, temperatures should remain frost free. There will be fog

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around, quite dense in places, watch out for that tomorrow morning,

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particularly in parts of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. When that

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clears, we will have generally a lot of cloud, some brighter spells, it

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will remain dry in the South West until we get laid into the evening,

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approaching midnight, in comes the cold front. -- late into the

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evening. Most of the rain holding off until the early hours of Sunday.

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Temperatures will be fairly mild, between nine and 10 degrees, but

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watch the change as we head into New Year's Day and I think it will be

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even colder as we head into Monday. That visit from me.

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I'm back with an update in the late news.

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Good evening, fog has been a problem in recent days, slow changes over

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the next 48 hours or so as this weather front moves south bringing

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rain and behind it, much cleaner, cold arctic air which will sweep

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that

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