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Just to see him put one foot in front of the other without tripping


up is just incredible. But do families have to go abroad


to get the help they need? now the campaign to double sentences


for offenders has been won. the Olympic medallist Peter Reed


pledges to make it to Tokyo in 2020. We investigate


the noise inside Stonehenge. A three-year-old boy who went


to America for an operation to help him walk again


is making good progress. Jacob Baird, from Weston-super-Mare,


underwent surgery in the US It wasn't cheap, and doctors say


the surgery is available One day it's hoped the NHS


will offer the operation, for free. Our health correspondent


Matthew Hill reports. After an operation in America last


month, Jacob Baird is already Just to see him put one foot


in front of the other without tripping up


is just incredible. Jacob was born with cerebral palsy,


which makes every step a struggle. But his parents heard


about a surgeon from Missouri who had pioneered an operation


to reduce the spasticity Called selective dorsal rhizotomy,


or SDR, it involves testing which spinal nerves are causing


the leg stiffness, and then The family set a target of ?75,000,


which they have exceeded by ?12,000. The surgery itself was just over


?29,000, and then it's really the rehabilitation,


physiotherapy, that costs the money. People would e-mail me out of the


blue, saying I'm going to do a sponsored walk or run a marathon,


it's just been insane. The operation was available


here at the Children's Hospital, on the NHS, until April,


as part of a national But until those results


are evaluated, you can only get it here privately for around ?20,000,


that's significantly less This Bristol surgeon has just


returned from Russia, where he's been teaching


the operation he learned in America. But he is warning parents to think


twice before going abroad. I would be a bit concerned that


you're having an operation thousands of miles away from your home,


so if there are issues post-operatively, you've got


a clinical team that really would have to look after you back


in the UK, who wouldn't have a full understanding of what's gone


on in the US. Jacob's parents say that there


was never an in-depth discussion with doctors about having


the operation privately in Bristol. They wanted to go to the surgeon


who had the most experience, and who told them he'd developed


more advanced surgery, something disputed by surgeons


on this side of the Atlantic. This is his best shot at being able


to walk independently. But as more and more families look to raise


money for treatment abroad, the NHS is going to have to sell its private


services better if it's going to offer treatment closer to home.


How is supposed to make a decision? Very difficult choice, until NHS


England decide whether they are going to fund this on the NHS,


parents liked Jacob's find themselves in a difficult position.


They are being told by the American surgeon that they have an add-on


operation for which there is no real evidence, and doctors here are


saying they would not do it, and parents need to pick their way


through this. Jacob's parents have raised ?12,000 more than their


target, they are going to donate that to families who are facing a


similar situation. But it's not available on the NHS?


No, it could be some time. Thank you.


A man who was allegedly attacked with acid in Bristol has died.


Mark Van Dongen was injured on Ladysmith Road in


Berlinah Wallace has been charged with throwing


a corrosive fluid at him, with a trial due to start next week.


But it was halted today after Mr Van Dongen's father,


who lives in Belgium, confirmed his death.


The trial is now due to start in April.


An online petition to honour the last British


"Dambuster" has received more than 166,000 signatures.


Last night we told you how TV presenter Carol Vorderman had taken


up the case of George "Johnny" Johnson, who was overlooked


in the New Year's Honours List despite being nominated.


As well as leading the petition, Ms Vorderman is also preparing


a new nomination to get Mr Johnson a knighthood.


The parents of a three-month-old baby from Gloucester who died last


year are to be prosecuted for his manslaughter.


Ah'Kiell Walker died after being rushed to hospital


have already been charged with child cruelty and neglect.


Following a hearing today they were released on bail,


and will appear in court again in April.


The maximum sentence for stalking in England and Wales is to double,


from five years to ten, following a campaign


Alex Chalk fought for the change, after hearing what happened to one


Dr Eleanor Aston was working as a GP when she started


Over seven years he slashed her husband's tyres;


bombarded her with messages; even turned up at her child's party.


She became so anxious, she gave up work.


It's a huge relief for me, and it's going to make a big


difference to me and my family, because although at the end


of the day five years, ten years, it's just a number,


and an end will always come to that period of time,


but it gives us that little bit of longer respite, it gives us


a chance to have a breather, to get back to a normal life,


Not look over our shoulders all the time, which is what we do


One of the MPs who took up Dr Aston's campaign to change


the law was Alex Chalk; he joins us from Cheltenham now.


You must be very pleased - why was this so important?


I'm absolutely delighted, this is the culmination of a long campaign,


but this sends a message out that protecting victims has got to be the


first priority, and the courts have the powers now that they need to do


that. Alan has shown such astonishing bravery, and I am


delighted today. -- Eleanor. Surely this is only


the tip of the iceberg and for very extreme cases -


what more can be done Well, it is critically important


that the courts and the law enforcement agencies have the powers


they need to intervene early, because we did not want things to


get to the stage where people need to be locked up for a long period of


time. Early intervention is key, and the Government has come out with


these national stocking prevention orders so that we can try to nip


these problems in the bud, get medical intervention if that is


required, and it's only for those very serious cases where people need


to be taken out of circulation, that the courts have the powers to do


that. In a statement you said,


"This is the culmination of a long and difficult campaign both


inside and outside Parliament" - First of all, there's the


Parliamentary procedure, you have to build the case, speak to the right


people. Richard Graham and I created a long report which was


evidence-based, so it is all about making speeches in Parliament, and


then it's building that Coalition outside Parliament as well, of


people who recognise the force of the campaign and are prepared to


write in, to put pressure as well on the Government to do the right


thing. So it is inside and outside Parliament, both have got to happen.


Thank you, Alex, for joining us today.


You're watching Points West with David and Alex -


stay with us, as we've plenty more for you including: Lights out time.


But how do you manage when you've got thousands to take down?


And tonight's rain will gradually cleared away towards the south, the


weekend's looking largely dry, but cloudy. Details at the end of the


programme. The number of incidents


of domestic abuse rises at this time of year,


according to a And although the majority


of victims are still female, an increasing number of men


are now coming forward. Paul Chivers from Wiltshire


was physically and emotionally He's been talking to our Wiltshire


reporter Will Glennon. Paul Chivers suffered at the hands


of his wife for ten years. She coerced, humiliated


and isolated him, and she physically There was one incident


where a painting was taken off and my ex-wife split my head open,


and I needed eight staples But that was the turning point


for me, that I decided I could Since 2012, the number of male


domestic abuse reports being reported has increased across all


our forces. That shows more men are willing to


come forward. But the Home Office says men are still far less likely


than women to report abuse. This charity has a campaign showing


actors and hidden cameras to show how quickly the public intervene


when a woman is assaulted, but in the situation where a man is being


abused, he is left helpless. Social Services have started to


realise that men are also victims, so if men do come forward, they will


get a better reception -- reception than they have ever done.


Paul is now putting his life back together.


It was the toughest thing I have done in my life, to make that step


and do it, but I'm so glad that I did. Luckily, there was a


sympathetic ear. Paul says help is still hard


to find, but it can be done. He hopes by speaking out,


he'll encourage others to avoid Family and friends of a missing


paramedic from Bristol have volunteered to help mountain rescue


teams search for him this weekend. David Skeen has been


missing since Tuesday. He left his home near


Brecon in Wales, saying he was going for a run,


but never came back. The 51-year-old moved to Wales


at the end of last year, after living and working


as a paramedic in Bristol. People in Bristol might


already have a Lord Mayor and an elected mayor,


but later this year they'll It's a new job that's been created


by Government to help devolve more money and power to the city


as well as South Gloucestershire, Today, the first candidate


in the contest was announced. The Labour Party has selected NHS


manager Lesley Mansell. She said alerting voters to


the new role would be a challenge. A former Royal Marine from Bristol


who's recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder is now trying


for a world record. Louis Nethercott will try to crawl,


swim and trek his way across the world's five


largest islands unaided. He's already completed the first


stage - the jungles of Borneo. Next he'll head to Papua New Guinea,


then to Madagascar and Greenland, where the temperatures could reach


minus 25 degrees, before finishing We were just completely


on our own in the jungle there, It was an incredible experience,


but it was also incredibly tough. It took just 40 days for former


Marines Louis Nethercott and Anthony Lambert to get


across Borneo, the first of the world's five biggest islands


they are determined to conquer. Loads of people will go to the Poles


nowadays, up Everest - we wanted to come up with one


that was a bit unique. For Louis, the challenge has


become a way of coping with post-traumatic stress disorder,


a condition he developed after returning home from the front


line in Afghanistan. We lost a couple of blokes,


my section lost two guys, and a few others were injured


in a significant blast. I felt like I was


sort of in a different world. I struggled just to be around things


- loud things, busy things. I found it very hard


to relax and chill out, I was always, um, expecting


something to happen. Before you know it, it is all on top


of you. Louis was medically discharged


from the Marines a few months ago. By taking on this expedition,


he wants to raise awareness about the impact psychological


injuries have and raise funds for the Forces charities


that are helping him I'm still pretty tired


and pretty hungry, so... I mean, to think we've got


another four ahead of us, I think we just have to look at


one at a time and put If I think of all four in my head,


it becomes a bit of a disaster! The pair will set off


for Papua New Guinea They hope to finish all five islands


at some point next year. And endurance test that will push


them almost to the limit. But Louis knows it is nothing compared to the


horror he has already seen in Helmand province. What an amazing


thing to do. We wish him well. I was thinking of going to Lundy Island


this year, it's not quite on the same league! I might grow a beard.


You can swim to it. Will the famous old trophy bring


Bristol City a change in luck? We said on Tuesday Bristol City


needed reinforcements. They've not wasted any time -


today Australian defender Bailey Wright has joined


them from Preston. And they've also signed German


midfielder Jens Hegeler on the left here, and Bosnia international


striker Milan Djuric. If international clearance comes


through, all three could play I'm 28 now, and to play in England,


football is huge here and it is something special. I was glad that I


had now the opportunity. Away from the Cup, home games


for Bristol Rovers and Swindon. And there's rugby tonight -


Bath are in Newcastle. Gloucester and Bristol


play tomorrow. Peter Reed, the triple Olympic


rowing champion from Nailsworth, has told me he's determined to make


it to the Tokyo Games in 2020. Several of his team-mates


have retired since Rio, but the 35-year-old says he's


still got more to give to the sport. I joined him for his return


to training this week in Berkshire. Welcome to the Redgrave


and Pinsent Rowing Lake. He's signed up for another four


years of early starts We've got the men's pairs over here,


the training boats. The Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Centre


has been Pete Reed's base COMMENTATOR: And it is Great Britain


in the men's eight, It's helped him win gold medals


in Beijing, London and Rio. Representing my country


is the most wonderful thing, it's an honour that I think


for the first Olympiad I don't want to be lying down


on my deathbed when I'm an old man, thinking, "What if I'd gone


for that last Olympics? I don't want those questions,


I want to answer them now This is where I'll spend


most of the time over the next four years,


and there's this sinking dread feeling to know how


painful it's going to be. His first job is to lose


the ten kilos in weight And he may also need surgery,


to correct a problem with his hips. I think we will do everything


to help him to do a good job. We want him, no question,


he is in a competitive The young guys coming in,


they want his seat - he has to demonstrate


he can earn his seat. Pete will be 39 by the time


the Tokyo Olympics come around - a year older than Sir Steve Redgrave


was when he won his I think it's important to say that


I'm not chasing Matthew Pinsent, and I'm not looking for a fourth


gold because he's got one, or then It's not for fame, it's not for ego,


I really just love my sport. I'm still just Pete from Nailsworth,


just a young lad that's It means his other career


as a lieutenant in the Navy COMMENTATOR: Well done,


Great Britain... This officer is not ready


to abandon his boat just yet. Well, today one of Pete's


team-mates, Alex Gregory, has announced his retirement


from the sport. Alex, who's from Cheltenham,


won gold in the men's four at London 2012 and defended that title


in Rio last summer. If Pete wins another gold, they will


have to rename that rowing centre! I think we should follow him during


his training. I definitely think so too.


Stay with us for a moment and have a listen to this sound.


That's normally the noise that follows my jokes!


It's apparently how Stonehenge may once have sounded.


An archaeologist is trying to recreate the acoustics


of the ruins - and hopes it will unlock some of


The BBC's arts correspondent David Sillito reports.


People have been coming here for at least 4,000, 5,000


years, so we're walking in the feet of history.


When the wind blows, some people say they hear a strange hum.


Thomas Hardy wrote about it in Tess Of The d'Urbervilles,


and Dr Rupert Till is convinced the sound of Stonehenge


You hear between each beat a little echo.


As the sound leaves you, hits the stone and comes


The problem is, this is just a fragment of the sound people


I met the site's historian, Susan Greening.


So, this is the front door of Stonehenge we're


That's right, yes, and we are coming into the central space now.


It does change a bit as you walk through, doesn't it?


It does, you get that feeling of being enclosed within a space.


And that's with many of the stones having gone?


What we're looking at today is the ruin of Stonehenge.


Many of the stones have been taken away from the site,


many have fallen down, lots have been eroded,


So it would've been a completely different atmosphere


What this new VR technology offers is a possibility -


return back and see, and also hear, what this place used


We've reconstructed it by rebuilding Stonehenge digitally, and using


software to reconstruct the acoustics of the space


as it would have been when all of the stones were here.


So how different is the old sound to the sound we have today?


Well, if I tap this drum now, you hear


When all the stones are put in place, there's a much more


powerful sense of enclosure, a slight reverberation,


more echo, and it changes more as you walk around.


And the reason he's convinced ancient people were interested


in sound, is because of his work on caves...


Hundreds of metres underground they've found ancient


So today, it's just a ruin beside a city road.


This, a chance to say goodbye to the 21st century and experience


It's not exactly Julie Andrews, is it, the Sound of music!


Now, it's high time all your Christmas decorations


were taken down - at least according to tradition.


Spare a thought though for those who've got enormous light displays


or entire streets to dismantle - like this one in Burnham.


Our reporter Scott Ellis is at another well-known display


It is bad luck if you have still got your decorations up, if they are


still up you are supposed to leave them up all year now. Given there's


55,000 bulbs here to extinguish, the family behind it have left it to the


weekend. How long will it take? Were hoping to take about three days, as


long as the weather stays nice. Where does it all go? And how do you


know where to start? We basically go backwards. Clear the


garden away, and then the House, the roof, the last stage. As it proved


popular again this year? Yes, I think we've done quite well


with the charity. We've made at least ?7,000, were hoping to hit the


?9,000 to take our grand total to ?50,000. Next year will it be open


for longer? Will probably find some new lights to put up, to keep people


guessing, but yes, it's all happening again next year.


If you don't mind, you've had your turkey, you've had your Brussels


sprouts, and there you go, we are plunged into darkness. But don't


worry, it's only 352 days until Christmas.


And the Easter eggs already in the shops!


Let's catch up with the weather. Good evening, everybody, a fairly


soggy story across the region. It's looking for the majority, that dry


weather will prevail. There will be some damp aspects to the forecast,


more particularly in the shape of light and patchy rain at times over


western parts of Scott -- Somerset, but in between, generally a lot of


dry weather. There will be a lot of cloud around, extensively so, pretty


murky visibility associated with that but it will be a mild weekend.


And it will be one with light winds, so absolutely fine for sporting


events. No risk of frost on football pitches. Here is a wider look at how


things are shaping up. We have this front going south eastwards across


us, introducing the rain. During the course of tomorrow that fades away


southwards, but there is still this -- the hang or certainly not -- a


lot of cloud around, and at times, some spots of rain about as well.


For the rest of this evening, some of the rain is still moderate in


places, most of it fairly light, a lot of hill fog associated with all


of this, and all of this trembling its rate further southwards as the


night waves on. Those of you in northern districts tomorrow will get


underway on a mostly dry note. Temperatures tonight will remain in


a frost free territory, we should be in a range of about two to five


Celsius. The cloud cover will be extensive, a low cloud base as well.


Whether the Upland parts of the region you will notice the


visibility is fairly cloudy all round. It's looking effectively dry


on the whole, winds will delight and temperatures will be mild, and on


average getting up to about nine or 10 Celsius. They will slip back


during the course of December, and next week it is looking brazier and


eventually colder. That's it from us for now, we hope


you have a fantastic weekend, whatever you're doing, and the late


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