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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.
The rough sleepers at risk as the cold spell bites 100
100 emergency beds are set up to help
homeless people get through the weekend.
I'm sick of living like this. It's a Catch-22.
The West's getting more money to help,
A warning from the police after Asian families are targeted
How the Severn bridge tolls are to be halved.
We meet the woman caring for 20 injured bats in her own home.
More than 100 extra beds are being set up tonight
to get rough sleepers off the streets and into the warm.
Councils are worried that prolonged cold weather has left
many of the homeless in poor health and even at risk of death.
And tonight our region will be gripped by freezing
Scott Ellis is a hostel in Bristol for us now.
This shelter in Saint Pauls opens at 9:30pm tonight. I can hear people
queueing up outside. There will be beds, meals and even spare clothing.
It's normally open five nights a week, but because of the cold
weather they are going up to seven nights per week, in addition to the
extra beds being laid on in the city. But the homeless charities say
it's not just their job to help rough sleepers, you may be able to
help too. It's a tent pitched at the back
of a city centre car park. He says he tried to get
into a hostel last night. There were 32 people last night,
waiting for 16 beds? Tonight, he should have somewhere
else to go with 100 extra beds being set up in Bristol and another
30 in Bath. Charities hope it'll
tempt in entrenched rough sleepers like Dan,
who normally avoids hostels. They are full of drunken idiots and
they kicked you out at 6am in the morning. I don't like being woken up
by people kicking off. It's been shown in the past that when we have
had these cold snaps, we can engage with people who usually avoid us.
Another night in a car park's getting to John.
Yesterday I had enough. I'm getting sick of this. Sick of living like
this. But he has Bill to cheer him up,
a passer-by who's become a friend. Hungry and cold the last couple of
months, so we've got eight up of tea for John with his usual five or six
sugars. Homeless charities want more
volunteers especially to help In the last five years, the number
of rough sleepers in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
has remained low. In the Bath area,
a recent rise has eased. But look at Bristol where
rough sleeping's gone up The Government's given the city more
than ?2 million this year to tackle homelessness,
a problem made worse And rising rents in the private
sector leading to more evictions. It's a staggering rise. We have our
guest, Richard runs this shelter. When I started volunteering here, we
just used an open the door at 9:30pm and let people sort themselves out.
But we haven't been able to do that. We had to take a list of people in
the queue because numbers have gone up so much. We haven't been empty
for any night I've been working here. Nevertheless, you don't think
shelters and emergency beds are the long-term answer? No. They are not.
It's helping people in the immediate cold, arts the long-term answer is
to firstly help them off the streets, but more importantly, stop
more people coming onto the streets or becoming homeless who might end
up rough sleeping. What else can the public do as well as volunteer? Be
aware of the risks of homelessness. More than the people you see rough
sleeping and drug and alcohol problems which is what people
immediately think. People can be homeless because they don't have an
income to support them rent, they have relationship issues. The
counter people in your family and think, how long can you survive if
something goes wrong? Thank you for your time. Scott, thank you.
Police say a car's been clocked doing 131 miles an hour
The car was spotted in the early hours of the morning
A 31-year-old man's due to appear in court.
It's been revealed that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath
has had a pay rise of ?45,000 according to a Freedom
Professor Glynis Breakwell now earns ?451,000.
Critics from the local Labour party say this is 30 times
higher than some employees at the organisation.
The university says the pay rise was decided by an independent
committee, and is in line with other top universities.
Police say there's been a big increase in the number of Asian
families being targeted by burglars because of the amount
In some cases more than ?100,000 worth of gold has been
that's more than in a typical bank robbery.
In the last 6 months in Avon Somerset there were 137
Wiltshire had 21, Dorset 20 and in Gloucestershire there were 5.
Lee Madan's been to meet one family who've been affected.
So they opened all the wardrobes up and everything was on the floor.
A trying start to the new year for the Godbole family
So my children are five and eight and they are terrified.
It was very scary knowing that someone might be watching.
Detectives say there's been a big rise in of burglars
It's because they often have high quality, 24 carat gold jewellery.
Even when it's well hidden, the burglars don't give
So they didn't find what they were looking for in here.
So they came up here, in the storage area where the jewellery was hidden
For burglars, this type of crime has become one of the most lucrative.
There's often in one high value gold burglary,
more in value stolen than in a typical
In the past, jewellery was stored inside safety deposit boxes
But, of course, in recent years, many local branches like this one
have been closing down, leading to an increase in the amount
of gold being kept at home, something which police
Don't turn your house into a gold mine.
Instead, store your high-value gold jewellery at professional safety
In the last three months, Avon and Somerset police have set up
a task force specifically to deal with this type of crime.
Since then, there have been 33 arrests and 10 people charged.
A message to the burglars from detectives is clear.
We are hunting you down and we will catch you,
and we will bring you to justice for these offences.
Despite this reassurance, the Godboles say there
is still widespread fear among their friends
about who is watching and who might be targeted next.
You are watching BBC Points West. It's Friday the 13th. Stay with us.
There's lots more to come. Including: A decade since they last
met here, Bath and Bristol face off in the European challenge cup. Did
you have to dig at yorker from the snow this morning? We will have the
best pictures of the West getting a dusting.
The cost of crossing the Severn bridges is to be cut
It's expected the new tolls will come into force next year
and the amount drivers pay will be halved.
For 50 years, the seven Bridge has been the fastest way into Wales. But
the bridges will soon pass back into public ownership, so how much, if
anything should drivers be paying? A magnificent bridge over be River
A magnificent bridge over the River Severn.
The Queen and Prince Philip were spared the toll charge.
A trip across would cost you 2 shillings and sixpence.
30 years later, a new bridge was opened.
The second severn crossing, coming with a cost of ?330 million
By then a crossing by car costing ?3.80 charged just in one direction
to stop traffic backing up onto the bridge itself.
Debate's raged ever since about what should happen when these
privately financed projects passed back into public hands,
The Government says it wants to see the charges
I've got some people arguing that they should be no tolls at all, even
though there is a debt still. But there are others saying it should be
paying to keep traffic down. ?13.40 for a minibus ?20
for anything larger New plans New plans are for charging
in both directions. ?1.50 each way for a car or minibus
and a fiver each way 50 years since Her Majesty
oversaw it's opening, 50 years since Her Majesty
oversaw its opening, the Severn Bridge and its younger
brother have almost been paid off and will pass back
into public hands next year. They generate around
?80 million a year. Many now feel that they've been
thoroughly paid for, The Government says those new
charges won't be to make a rough it but for the future upkeep and
maintenance of the bridge. They were saying they would try to reduce the
charges in future. But they face opposition. Road user Association
says people already pay for the upkeep of roads through their road
tax. A toddler from Wiltshire who has
cystic fibrosis is to be one of the first in England to get
a life extending drug. William Foord is
nearly two years old. Previously the treatment called
Kalydeco was only available Our Wiltshire reporter,
Will Glennon, went to meet him. William Foord's not quite two yet,
but already he's survived three life saving operations
and several scares. It's a genetic problem that means
mucus builds-up in his body. His lungs will easily get damaged,
and it shortens his life. I was devastated. It was, to me, I
saw William's life flash before my eyes. I saw him not living to old
age, not been able to have children. I felt that his life was over before
it had even started. A new drug called Kalydeco isn't
a cure, but it is being called It balances salt and
water in the cells, keeping the lungs clear of mucus
The first one is before Kalydeco, So it can reverse the
effects of the disease. It was only licensed
for children over 6, but will now be available
for younger ones. Myself and my husband felt that we
had a weight lifted off our shoulders. We really thought that it
wouldn't happen through William. We thought we would have to wait until
he was six. So to find out that news, it was splendid.
At the moment, William's functioning well.
The hope is the drug will keep it that way.
The drug has been approved on the NHS for children over the age of tea
which means William should get this in the next few weeks. His
quality-of-life will be better bringing hope that this family and
many others. Darren O'Keefe from
the Cystic Fibrosis Trust It's been described
as a wonder drug. I wouldn't call it an overstatement.
What we have here is the first treatment for cystic fibrosis that
tackles the defect causing the problem and not just the symptoms.
It's made an incredible difference Judy Spires. What other stories are
you hearing? People on this drug are talking about a huge boost in their
lung health. And the key to it is it works over time. There's been a
dramatic reduction in hospital admissions, so we are talking about
the possibility of people living a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis.
Doing the things that we would normally do and take for granted.
I'm guessing it would help many people? What is particularly
encouraging is that at the age of two, the drug's got far more of a
chance to make a difference at that early stage because it halts decline
in lung function, so the earlier patients can get on the drug the
better. So it really is fantastic news. Will it help everyone? Its
treatment targeted at a particular mutation, so at around 4% of people
have this in this country. We have a pipe lines of treatments targeted at
other mutations. There's a treatment that is licensed at the moment but
not available, that is targeting a mutation of which 40% of people
have. We dare dream of a situation in the future where the majority of
people with cystic fibrosis could be on a similar drug. Darren. Thanks
for speaking to us. That's really good news.
Before we get the sport, we just wanted to tell
you about another boy from our region who's
You may remember we met eight year old Bailey who was facing
Christmas in hospital as he was being treated for cancer.
His family and friends had put out an appeal for cards
He just needs one more block of chemotherapy and the best bit -
You can hear from him on our Facebook page.
Rugby and it's Bristol against Bath tonight.
The third time the sides have met already this season.
This is a European Challenge Cup game, and it's taking
Our sports editor, Alistair Durden, is there.
Someone's told me its three degrees here. It feels it, but the pitch was
covered overnight so it's absolutely fine stop the game will go ahead for
just the fourth time in this fixture's illustrious history. Just
over a decade since the last happen. A decade since the last -
when the game attracted a crowd of over 20 thousand and Bristol ran
out winners to go top But they haven't managed
to beat Bath since. Tonight it's about Europe -
either of these sides can still make the quarter finals
of the Challenge Cup and have named strong teams -
Bath have five England But it's Bristol coming
into the game in better form. Bristol have obviously had to rest a
few players, they've not had many consistent games. I think the mood
with the squad seems to be upbeat. I'm hoping we will win to keep up
the momentum we've had. Put one over on Bath. If we win this we should
then go through. I think we will get it right tonight. But it will be
very, very close. Let's grab a word with Martin Haig, who played for
Bath for many years and is coached too. Who do you think will win? I
think app Bath. Some great results however for Bristol. There is all to
play for. Are you surprised that Bath have gone so strong on this?
No, they are coming back from a few losses, so they need is a momentum.
They could also qualify. Cardiff are level points with them so it's a big
game for them. You can hear more from Martin on BBC Gloucester
tonight. There is also football here at Ashton Gate tomorrow.
Bristol Rovers could give a debut to defender
Joe Partingdon who they've signed today from Eastleigh.
As for the rest, Swindon, who signed three Chelsea
youngsters earlier this week, are at Bolton.
All of those could feature in the game.
Goalkeeper Scott Brown has rejoined Cheltenham and should play tomorrow.
That's all the football. I think I going to find another layer. It
could be a cold one. BBC radio 's Bristol and Somerset belief all
game. A new group's been set up
in Somerset to help rescue bats The county is a specialist
conservation area as it's home to all 16
British species. Frome Bat Care takes in ones that
have been grounded or injured and Pam Caulfield went to meet
one of the volunteers. The thought of having bats
in your home might scare you. She's been taking them
in for the past year, converting her attic
into a bat cave! We've got some whiskered bats. Some
hip strolls. She's rescued around
60 bats and currently She's trained to handle them
so we're allowed a quick look, but if you find bats in your home,
you shouldn't disturb them. They are protected by law. Sometimes
they wake up and it's warm so they think they will be insects around.
And Liz has to sift a lot of meal worms.
The most common pippestrelle species can eat up to 3,000 insects a night.
With the babies need round the clock care,
she even took one to a wedding, hidden in her outfit!
I had a little baby, it was about as big as my arm. It was on milk, so I
spoke to my trainer. She said to him in a little bag in the front of your
close, then keep it warm. In the wild, they are tucked under their
mum's wing. In the Spring, her spare room
becomes a flight training centre. They might seem scary to us but bats
themselves are under threat. It's about putting them back in the
wild. We've become more developed in Britain, more intensive with our
farming and we've used pesticides as well, which has impacted on bats and
they declined by 70% after the war. It is hoped with a bit of care and
compassion that that decline will be reversed. I think they are lovely,
but I think some people probably think they aren't.
On our Facebook page there's a little film showing
you what you should do if you find a bat that needs help.
We did have a sprinkling of snow, although it didn't hit us like it
did in the Scottish Highlands. chance of that for a lot
of us this morning. But parts of Wiltshire were white,
there was a thin blanket over Bristol, and Gloucester
was glistening a bit. Some had to dig the car
out with a spoon. Others just had a colder
breakfast than usual. But, some like Harry
on Exmoor, managed it here, MUSIC: Do you want
to build a snowman? Any more snow? I'm not overly
concerned about the threat of snow, in fact, the wintry element of the
forecast will diminish by detailing that Saturday. Let me take you
through the weather for the course of the week and our viewer pictures.
A dusting of snow out near Bath. For a while, certainly over the uplands,
still running into cold air, certainly through the night and
indeed, tomorrow. A bit less cold than today. Heading through for
Sunday, milder. Temperatures will push upwards and equally give us
more in the way of some patchy rain. Here is a wider look at how things
will shape up. Still caught in this north westerly flow, cold
conditions, occasional streams of showers running down from the
north-west and then as we get through tomorrow, and beyond that
into Sunday, we can see that warm front running through, introducing
warm air. It's certainly not mild that the moment, as I can attest.
The high ground of Wales doing an effective job of soaking up some of
that cold air but some of it will get through. For all of us, it will
be cold. Some spots up above 1 degrees, but most, freezing or
below. There could be some areas prone to seeing some of those
showers, that the character of Saturday, prolonged dry spells,
still a fairly keen wind. Note that towards the evening, the cloud is
increasing. We will turn our attention to the patchy rain so the
winter is -- will have gone by them. It will be fairly cold but not so on
Sunday. It will be a marked change. There will be cold rate to the South
East and moulded to the north-west. Have a lovely weekend. It was lovely
to see these snow today. I was staying in Gloucester where my
parents are and there was a blanket of snow. Not just a sprinkling? No,
it blanket. Have a lovely weekend, whatever you do. Goodbye.