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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.
Our main story tonight: Disabled by an accident at work.
Jamie, who was a keen sportsman, has lost a leg and two hands.
Now the community is raising money to help him rebuild his life.
Frome is a great little community in that respect and everyone
does pull together and, as soon as we heard, we knew
we wanted to do something to help, much the same as everybody else.
Our other headlines tonight: Under pressure.
Six hospitals across the West are on the highest alert.
A strain of bird flu is detected at Slimbridge.
Vehicle restrictions are in place to stop contamination.
The actor Joe Sims reports on Concorde as part of our
A father of baby twins, who was electrocuted in a freak
accident in Swindon, has had a third limb amputated
Jamie Mines, who is 33, was working as a scaffolder
when he received a severe electric shock just before Christmas.
Now the community in his home town of Frome have set up a fundraising
campaign to support him and his young family.
A young father, a talented sportsman, a great character.
But life changed for Jamie Mines in an instant and forever.
He was working on this industrial estate in Swindon as a scaffolder
just days before Christmas when, in a freak accident,
He remains in a critical but stable condition in Southmead having now
The initial target was ?10,000, which I think was achieved
within about 24 hours, which is extraordinary.
Friends have set up an internet fundraising page
He and his partner have twins aged just five months.
The timing of such an incident before Christmas is awful and it's
about how it makes people realise that things can change just
Jamie is very strong, fit, healthy young man.
His life is going to change so we all need to be there for him.
Jamie is a strong character and he is a strong guy.
If he comes through it, which he will, hoping that he does,
his two little girls will keep him strong and to pull through it.
Jamie was a talented footballer who played
for a number of local clubs, including Frome Town.
Now they have joined the fundraising campaign.
We are going to do a little collection on Saturday,
which is our first home game since it happened.
But also, we are looking to arrange a day for Jamie
We will have a little football tournament and a fundraiser that day
and support everything else that is going on.
The circumstances of the accident here are unclear but the Health and
Whatever the cause, the outcome is plainly devastating for a young
The fundraising campaign for Jamie is trending. The target is ?100,000.
Six hospitals in the West are tonight struggling to cope
The Bristol Royal Infirmary, the Childrens Hospital,
Southmead and Weston hospitals along with Yeovil in Somerset and the RUH
in Bath are now on the highest possible alert and asking people not
to go to emergency departments unless it's life-threatening.
They're also having to consider cancelling some operations.
Joining us now is one of the people trying to cope with this very
pressurised situation - Dr Peter Goyder, who's the clinical
I know you are on call and very busy. How bad is out there? The
hospital is a very busy at the moment. The numbers they are seeing
are high and the complexity of patients is very high. We have had a
lot of patience in the children's Hospital and people are getting
older and frailer and needing longer lengths of stay, and that has
particularly been more marked in the last week or two. We have always
been expecting a win to squeeze but the weather is still quite mild so
what is going on? I think the weather is extremely cold. It is a
prolonged cold over the last week or so and that has a big impact. We
have also got a lot of other illness is about. If you are older, frailer,
that has a great impact. Are people using the services appropriately?
Most people are the tip we can reduce the pressure on the emergency
departments, if someone has a simple matter the committee managed in the
pharmacy or general practice, it is much better to use it in those ways.
We know that many people will not be able to be seen in primary care but
we know that GPs prioritise sink the urgent need and will always talk to
someone and assess what level they need. Otherwise, there is 111 who
can get you to the right place to see the right people. But what you
do no want is people thinking, I must not bother the doctor, even
though they may have symptoms which are worrying. Absolutely. If someone
has a conditional symptom they are not sure about, talk to family, the
pharmacy, the GP, 111, and through those roots, people will get the
care they need. If someone does have severe breathing difficulties or
chest pains or a significant broken bone, the A departments are the
right place to be, but we can make sure other people are seen in much
more community-based settings where their care can be effectively
managed. Are you saying the conditions this week with these
hospitals on the highest alerts is being made worse by people who do
not really need to be there? Gives examples of people who turn up and
should not be there. An example across the whole system is people
often call 999 and if you have an ambulance tied up with someone who
is not that seriously ill, that is an ambulance less for someone with
chest pains or a stroke. We have patience with infected toenails
going to the A Department only yesterday, and those things should
be managed in primary care. Gosh! Are A departments on high alert
safe places to be? Yes, they are. That is why we have got the
escalation processes to make sure we can get in the right number of
clinicians in the support. It's the first Wednesday of 2017
and you're watching BBC Points West Stay with us too as there's
plenty more still to bring you including: New Year,
new images on BBC One. We meet some of the stars
of the new idents fresh And the skies continue to play this
evening into the night. That will lead to a widespread frost tomorrow
morning. Your weather details at the end of the programme.
A man's been charged with murder in connection
The body of Mohammed Abdurezek was discovered in undergrowth
42-year-old Karl Cullen is accused of killing him and is due before
A second man aged 22 is still being questioned by police.
And in Wiltshire, a 34-year-old man has been charged with arson
and criminal damage in connection with a fire at a primary school.
The fire began at the Avenue in Warminster shortly after 3am
and was extinguished in about an hour.
The children's centre and nursery will be open as usual tomorrow.
Four birds have died of avian flu at the Wildfowl Wetlands Trust
A strain of the virus has been spreading across Europe.
This afternoon, Defra also announced restrictions on all poultry
will remain in place until the end of February.
Our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs,
It sounds serious on the face of it and staff are taking it seriously
but there are thousands of birds here on the reserve. Perhaps it is
not unexpected. Staff have been tracking the movement of avian flu
across Europe and they have been outbreaks in Wales and Somerset so
maybe it is not too surprising it has happened here. Over Christmas, a
number of birds died on the reserve. They were sent to laboratories for
analysis and four of them came back to have had the disease. A
relatively small number but there are still a lot of migration due to
happen over the winter so staff watching things very closely here.
At the forefront of their minds is the risk to people not captive birds
and poultry farmers nearby so extra bio-security measures are being
brought in, vehicle restrictions in place as well as disinfectant mats
vehicles have the drive over. The reserve is still open to the public
but there will be extra disinfectant mats for people to walk over and
hand sanitises for people feeding the birds here. But important to say
that Defra have extended their restrictions for poultry owners and
owners of captive birds to how those animals until the end of Bradbury.
Those restrictions were due to end shortly but that has now been
extended until the end of February, also asking owners of those birds to
increase their own bio-security measures because at the forefront of
everyone's minds, difficult to control wild birds but controlling
the spread of the disease amongst captive birds, very important.
They've ranged from a revolving globe to a balloon
We're talking about the idents - the images you see between
Now they've been given a makeover by the acclaimed Bristol documentary
He was asked to capture an evolving portrait of modern Britain
The campaign launched on New Year's Day with the image
of a group of swimmers from Clevedon in North Somerset.
In a moment, we'll be hearing from Martin Parr
but first our reporter, Pam Caulfield, has been
It wasn't a one-off just for the cameras.
This group swim in the sea all year round in all temperatures
It makes you feel well. If you are grumpy and tired, when people come
out today, the difference in their attitude is mentally uplifting and
really good for you. Lovely! Marvellous! Does a marvellous job to
the brain. I get lots of back pain so it really helps me. You get in
there and you cannot feel anything else. It is all about swimming and
being healthy and happy and just loving what we have got here.
At temperatures of 6 degrees, most are out in minutes.
But not this brave lady - the last one in the water!
How do you stay so long and there? Do you get better at it?
The group were chosen because they're so close.
They were filmed in November but didn't know their film would be
New Year 's morning, I woke up with a thick head to find people phoning
me and saying, do you realise you on BBC One? Then it was shown all the
time. I will be swimming for the rest of my life.
While it might be a short moment in the limelight,
it's a snapshot of a hobby that lasts a lifetime.
A little earlier, Martin Parr joined us in the studio to talk to us
I began by asking him how he chose his subjects.
They wanted to start with a new year swim so I came up with this idea of
going to the Cleveland swimmers. I knew what a great group they were
and the BBC liked this. They were very happy to oblige. It is a
massive brief you were given. It it is quite difficult to interpret. The
idea is to show different people who come together for different reasons,
in this case, the swim together, some are work-related. But the idea
is to show people who come together all the way around the UK. We have
done two in and around Bristol and two in Wales and now we're going to
London, North of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the whole of the
UK. We started here and will work our way around the country. We had
the swimming hippos and the kites and the helicopter and they were on
our screens for years and yours is a very different style. Why have
people been saying? I am surprised how big these have become. We say to
people, you will be on the BBC and you suddenly realise, when you watch
the telly, that it is a huge thing. I heard a few of the swimmers
talking this morning on the radio that they were amazed to see
themselves time and time again. These will run for a year. The hippo
has run for 40 years. Certainly this year but they may go beyond that.
Have we seen or the West Country once it? So far, yes. We have done
two. Much as I'd like to do it around Bristol, we do have to share
it. It is rather nice to be included in it! I think you will get an
invitation from the Cleveland swimmers now! I am a bit busy.
Now, as you may have heard, Points West celebrates its 60th
birthday this year and, to mark our diamond anniversary,
we've invited some celebrities with West Country connections
Tonight, we start with the Bristol actor Joe Sims.
Joe is perhaps best known for his role as Nige,
the creepy plumber in the ITV drama Broadchurch.
For us, Joe has been behind the scenes of the new aviation
museum in South Gloucestershire, which will open this summer
with the star attraction - the West's most iconic aircraft,
Concorde thundered across the Bristol skies on a November day back
in 2003. Ready for a final touchdown. The winter weather did
not stop thousands of people turning up to welcome her in. Some risking
life and limb to catch a glimpse of the supersonic jet, a performer to
the end. And since then, she has been waiting patiently on the
tarmac, just a stone 's throw's away from where she was born, waiting for
the next episode of her adventure. She is truly like family. My dad
works on the Olympus engines just over there on Rolls-Royce.
216 was one of 10 Concordes built at Filton in the 1960s and '70s.
It was built by an army of local engineers and designers.
After her first UK flight from Filton to RAF Fairford
Once in operation, the aircraft cruised at more than twice the speed
of sound, flying at an altitude of 60,000 feet.
Passengers lapped up the fine dining and paid thousands
The fleet was eventually grounded over financial and safety concerns.
But although 216's champagne days are over, she is about to be
Later in the year, Concorde is going to be moving here,
where she is going to be the star attraction of Aerospace Bristol,
a ?19 million museum dedicated to the aviation history
When it opens in the summer, this attraction will take
visitors on a journey, from 1910 when Sir George White
turned tram sheds into an aircraft factory in Filton.
Stories about the earliest flight in box kites over the Downs,
the Concorde years, and of course, the latest aerospace technology
will all be captured under one brilliant Bristolian roof.
The museum's taking shape but now an enormous technical
Actually getting Concorde in here is going to be one heck
of a piece of logistics, which means dismantling some
of the building and tarring all the way across the airfield.
She's got to come right into position, because all
the stairs coming off here will be there ready to meet her.
So she has got to get there within about a centimetre or so.
That is the margin for error, a centimetre?
A centimetre here and a metre or so coming in through the building.
You are feeling confident, everything is ready,
I feel like Jim Collins! But first, a little breather. Alan started as
an apprentice in 1975. How did you feel when Concorde was
decommissioned? A bit of sadness or cause I was a Bristol boy, so if
flying over the house. But we have to move forward with the aviation
industry. Thousands of people still work for the aerospace industry in
this part of Bristol and apprentices are looking at new technologies and
how they will propel us into the future. I'm excited to see how the
new materials and star Mark materials or impacts both the
function, design of the plane that also had a passenger interacts with
the plane. There may be changes in store for the passengers on board
the flight and how it might play out for them. All the best for your
career. It's going to be such
a big year for Concorde. Joining us now is actor Joe Sims
and Lloyd Burnell, who's in charge Concorde means a lot to you,
obviously. That in aviation industry is woven into the fabric of
Bristolian life. This was a real hot Marsh to a lifetime's work for a lot
of people. If you were a Bristol kit, you will know an uncle, aunt,
father or mother involved with Concorde. That's right. My own dad
worked on the Olympus engines so it personally gives me pride. So when
you got the chance to do this, was this a first for you? I had never
been an Concorde or ever thought I would get the opportunity. Like a
kid in a sweet shop? Pumps was sweating, I did not know why would
do. But to walk in the same businesses Joe Collins all of these
fancy people. How many selfies? She had two. She did not like to fly out
with anyone, apparently. She was won a apparently. What will it be like?
These things can be dry and dull. What are you doing to make a
standout? There will be a fantastic light and sound show projecting on
the surface of the aircraft so that will be a big thing for when people
come in. As well as all the exhibitions. In the other buildings
we have got, there is all the aviation heritage and learning
centre with immersive technology. It will be a great family attraction.
Has your heart always been in this? Was it before or is this a love
affair that has grown? It is a love affair that has grown with the
determination and steeliness to see this through to its fruition. It
would mean so much to so many people in the Bristol region. Before we go,
what plans have you got this year? Lots of actor type things? I felt
terrible for saying this, but if you chewing on the ITV take GM, you
might see me in Midsummer murders! Is a long part or do you die
quickly? I could not possibly say. I love that show! It is great. Thank
you so much, really great to see you.
Finally tonight, i9t was a bespoke limousine once built
especially for Donald Trump, billionaire businessman and now
President-elect, now owned by a mechanic in Gloucester.
The limo may be 30 years old now but it has all the gadgets
the 80s had to offer, as Tracey Miller has
Designed and made for one of world's most famous billionaires.
And it was actually made for Donald Trump, wasn't it?
When they got made, obviously Donald Trump never ordered the rest,
so there was only actually two, but only one of these Gold Series.
And what is in here, because it is incredible, isn't it?
It's got all sorts of things that you would have been
Besides the safe to keep Donald's cash, there's a TV
A fridge for Donald's ice and a specially designed drink
dispenser that will give you gin, vodka - what ever you fancy,
The limo is now 30 years old and was a wreck
We just got it up together over the last nine years.
And it's just something he loves to keep?
It wasn't bought for any other reason, than he just
I think it's got more sentimental value to him
Yes, it's little piece of history, I think.
I think it's the White House for you.
I think it would have a Twitter button. Better not go there. I said
it was a mild winter but I was corrected by the doctor.
As I mentioned yesterday, the extreme cold will head out towards
the Balkans, Greece and parts of Turkey as we head over the next few
days but for us, we will get a taste of something colder and that will
bring a widespread frost which will be with us tomorrow morning and then
we are in for a beautiful day. Clear blue skies and remaining that way
from start to finish. Here is a wider look at how things are shaping
up. We have had a weak cold front today. You see the blues appearing
on the map. Another northerly flow and plunge of cold air. Not quite as
cold as PM Mass we had early this week but nonetheless, when you reach
for the ice scraper tomorrow morning, you will think it is
identical. For the rest of this evening, the last of any patchy
cloud departing, the sky is continuing to click on the north and
the war widely do so through the course of the night. The frost
extends its reach as the night wears on. The temperatures we expect by
the end of the night will be from -2 to -4, some locations getting down
to minus six. The Hawthorn deposits not as a bun didn't but that does
not mean it will not be a frosty start. But it means there will be
the odd patch of bruising fog around, shallow nature by tomorrow
morning. It will disperse quickly. Through the rest of the day,
beautiful day, light winds, but a sign that through the far west, it
will encroach there and that will become more of a feature as we
continue overnight towards Friday. Temperatures tomorrow in inherently
cold, too -- four Celsius, but the winds will be light, so no
wind-chill. With the sunshine, it should be a pleasant day to be out
and about. Friday, for more abundantly out towards the far east
of the region and hill fog and rain pushing across as it turns milder
from the south-west. It is not look that way into next week. I think
that is the trouble, we have had a bit of everything. It has been mild
in very cold. Anyway, the Trump Mobil is waiting to take us home.
Let us hope it does not crash into any walls
as he explores Naples, Venice and Florence.
It's like we're walking through a giant's armpit.
We can follow the escape route of Michelangelo.
Mildred is our first student from a non-witching family.
'I've got a good feeling about this year.'