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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.

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The rough sleepers at risk as the cold spell bites 100

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100 emergency beds are set up to help

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homeless people get through the weekend.

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I'm sick of living like this. It's a Catch-22.

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The West's getting more money to help,

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A warning from the police after Asian families are targeted

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How the Severn bridge tolls are to be halved.

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We meet the woman caring for 20 injured bats in her own home.

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More than 100 extra beds are being set up tonight

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to get rough sleepers off the streets and into the warm.

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Councils are worried that prolonged cold weather has left

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many of the homeless in poor health and even at risk of death.

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And tonight our region will be gripped by freezing

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Scott Ellis is a hostel in Bristol for us now.

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This shelter in Saint Pauls opens at 9:30pm tonight. I can hear people

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queueing up outside. There will be beds, meals and even spare clothing.

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It's normally open five nights a week, but because of the cold

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weather they are going up to seven nights per week, in addition to the

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extra beds being laid on in the city. But the homeless charities say

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it's not just their job to help rough sleepers, you may be able to

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help too. It's a tent pitched at the back

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of a city centre car park. He says he tried to get

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into a hostel last night. There were 32 people last night,

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waiting for 16 beds? Tonight, he should have somewhere

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else to go with 100 extra beds being set up in Bristol and another

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30 in Bath. Charities hope it'll

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tempt in entrenched rough sleepers like Dan,

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who normally avoids hostels. They are full of drunken idiots and

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they kicked you out at 6am in the morning. I don't like being woken up

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by people kicking off. It's been shown in the past that when we have

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had these cold snaps, we can engage with people who usually avoid us.

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Another night in a car park's getting to John.

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Yesterday I had enough. I'm getting sick of this. Sick of living like

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this. But he has Bill to cheer him up,

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a passer-by who's become a friend. Hungry and cold the last couple of

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months, so we've got eight up of tea for John with his usual five or six

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sugars. Homeless charities want more

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volunteers especially to help In the last five years, the number

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of rough sleepers in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

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has remained low. In the Bath area,

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a recent rise has eased. But look at Bristol where

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rough sleeping's gone up The Government's given the city more

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than ?2 million this year to tackle homelessness,

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a problem made worse And rising rents in the private

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sector leading to more evictions. It's a staggering rise. We have our

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guest, Richard runs this shelter. When I started volunteering here, we

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just used an open the door at 9:30pm and let people sort themselves out.

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But we haven't been able to do that. We had to take a list of people in

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the queue because numbers have gone up so much. We haven't been empty

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for any night I've been working here. Nevertheless, you don't think

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shelters and emergency beds are the long-term answer? No. They are not.

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It's helping people in the immediate cold, arts the long-term answer is

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to firstly help them off the streets, but more importantly, stop

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more people coming onto the streets or becoming homeless who might end

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up rough sleeping. What else can the public do as well as volunteer? Be

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aware of the risks of homelessness. More than the people you see rough

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sleeping and drug and alcohol problems which is what people

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immediately think. People can be homeless because they don't have an

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income to support them rent, they have relationship issues. The

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counter people in your family and think, how long can you survive if

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something goes wrong? Thank you for your time. Scott, thank you.

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Police say a car's been clocked doing 131 miles an hour

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The car was spotted in the early hours of the morning

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A 31-year-old man's due to appear in court.

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It's been revealed that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath

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has had a pay rise of ?45,000 according to a Freedom

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Professor Glynis Breakwell now earns ?451,000.

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Critics from the local Labour party say this is 30 times

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higher than some employees at the organisation.

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The university says the pay rise was decided by an independent

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committee, and is in line with other top universities.

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Police say there's been a big increase in the number of Asian

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families being targeted by burglars because of the amount

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In some cases more than ?100,000 worth of gold has been

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that's more than in a typical bank robbery.

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In the last 6 months in Avon Somerset there were 137

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Wiltshire had 21, Dorset 20 and in Gloucestershire there were 5.

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Lee Madan's been to meet one family who've been affected.

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So they opened all the wardrobes up and everything was on the floor.

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A trying start to the new year for the Godbole family

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So my children are five and eight and they are terrified.

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It was very scary knowing that someone might be watching.

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Detectives say there's been a big rise in of burglars

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It's because they often have high quality, 24 carat gold jewellery.

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Even when it's well hidden, the burglars don't give

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So they didn't find what they were looking for in here.

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So they came up here, in the storage area where the jewellery was hidden

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For burglars, this type of crime has become one of the most lucrative.

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There's often in one high value gold burglary,

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more in value stolen than in a typical

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In the past, jewellery was stored inside safety deposit boxes

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But, of course, in recent years, many local branches like this one

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have been closing down, leading to an increase in the amount

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of gold being kept at home, something which police

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Don't turn your house into a gold mine.

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Instead, store your high-value gold jewellery at professional safety

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In the last three months, Avon and Somerset police have set up

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a task force specifically to deal with this type of crime.

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Since then, there have been 33 arrests and 10 people charged.

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A message to the burglars from detectives is clear.

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We are hunting you down and we will catch you,

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and we will bring you to justice for these offences.

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Despite this reassurance, the Godboles say there

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is still widespread fear among their friends

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about who is watching and who might be targeted next.

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You are watching BBC Points West. It's Friday the 13th. Stay with us.

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There's lots more to come. Including: A decade since they last

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met here, Bath and Bristol face off in the European challenge cup. Did

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you have to dig at yorker from the snow this morning? We will have the

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best pictures of the West getting a dusting.

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The cost of crossing the Severn bridges is to be cut

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It's expected the new tolls will come into force next year

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and the amount drivers pay will be halved.

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For 50 years, the seven Bridge has been the fastest way into Wales. But

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the bridges will soon pass back into public ownership, so how much, if

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anything should drivers be paying? A magnificent bridge over be River

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A magnificent bridge over the River Severn.

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The Queen and Prince Philip were spared the toll charge.

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A trip across would cost you 2 shillings and sixpence.

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30 years later, a new bridge was opened.

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The second severn crossing, coming with a cost of ?330 million

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By then a crossing by car costing ?3.80 charged just in one direction

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to stop traffic backing up onto the bridge itself.

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Debate's raged ever since about what should happen when these

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privately financed projects passed back into public hands,

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The Government says it wants to see the charges

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I've got some people arguing that they should be no tolls at all, even

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though there is a debt still. But there are others saying it should be

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paying to keep traffic down. ?13.40 for a minibus ?20

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for anything larger New plans New plans are for charging

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in both directions. ?1.50 each way for a car or minibus

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and a fiver each way 50 years since Her Majesty

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oversaw it's opening, 50 years since Her Majesty

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oversaw its opening, the Severn Bridge and its younger

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brother have almost been paid off and will pass back

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into public hands next year. They generate around

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?80 million a year. Many now feel that they've been

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thoroughly paid for, The Government says those new

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charges won't be to make a rough it but for the future upkeep and

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maintenance of the bridge. They were saying they would try to reduce the

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charges in future. But they face opposition. Road user Association

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says people already pay for the upkeep of roads through their road

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tax. A toddler from Wiltshire who has

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cystic fibrosis is to be one of the first in England to get

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a life extending drug. William Foord is

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nearly two years old. Previously the treatment called

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Kalydeco was only available Our Wiltshire reporter,

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Will Glennon, went to meet him. William Foord's not quite two yet,

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but already he's survived three life saving operations

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and several scares. It's a genetic problem that means

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mucus builds-up in his body. His lungs will easily get damaged,

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and it shortens his life. I was devastated. It was, to me, I

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saw William's life flash before my eyes. I saw him not living to old

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age, not been able to have children. I felt that his life was over before

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it had even started. A new drug called Kalydeco isn't

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a cure, but it is being called It balances salt and

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water in the cells, keeping the lungs clear of mucus

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The first one is before Kalydeco, So it can reverse the

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effects of the disease. It was only licensed

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for children over 6, but will now be available

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for younger ones. Myself and my husband felt that we

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had a weight lifted off our shoulders. We really thought that it

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wouldn't happen through William. We thought we would have to wait until

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he was six. So to find out that news, it was splendid.

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At the moment, William's functioning well.

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The hope is the drug will keep it that way.

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The drug has been approved on the NHS for children over the age of tea

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which means William should get this in the next few weeks. His

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quality-of-life will be better bringing hope that this family and

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many others. Darren O'Keefe from

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the Cystic Fibrosis Trust It's been described

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as a wonder drug. I wouldn't call it an overstatement.

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What we have here is the first treatment for cystic fibrosis that

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tackles the defect causing the problem and not just the symptoms.

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It's made an incredible difference Judy Spires. What other stories are

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you hearing? People on this drug are talking about a huge boost in their

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lung health. And the key to it is it works over time. There's been a

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dramatic reduction in hospital admissions, so we are talking about

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the possibility of people living a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis.

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Doing the things that we would normally do and take for granted.

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I'm guessing it would help many people? What is particularly

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encouraging is that at the age of two, the drug's got far more of a

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chance to make a difference at that early stage because it halts decline

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in lung function, so the earlier patients can get on the drug the

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better. So it really is fantastic news. Will it help everyone? Its

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treatment targeted at a particular mutation, so at around 4% of people

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have this in this country. We have a pipe lines of treatments targeted at

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other mutations. There's a treatment that is licensed at the moment but

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not available, that is targeting a mutation of which 40% of people

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have. We dare dream of a situation in the future where the majority of

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people with cystic fibrosis could be on a similar drug. Darren. Thanks

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for speaking to us. That's really good news.

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Before we get the sport, we just wanted to tell

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you about another boy from our region who's

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You may remember we met eight year old Bailey who was facing

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Christmas in hospital as he was being treated for cancer.

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His family and friends had put out an appeal for cards

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He just needs one more block of chemotherapy and the best bit -

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You can hear from him on our Facebook page.

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Rugby and it's Bristol against Bath tonight.

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The third time the sides have met already this season.

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This is a European Challenge Cup game, and it's taking

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Our sports editor, Alistair Durden, is there.

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Someone's told me its three degrees here. It feels it, but the pitch was

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covered overnight so it's absolutely fine stop the game will go ahead for

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just the fourth time in this fixture's illustrious history. Just

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over a decade since the last happen. A decade since the last -

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when the game attracted a crowd of over 20 thousand and Bristol ran

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out winners to go top But they haven't managed

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to beat Bath since. Tonight it's about Europe -

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either of these sides can still make the quarter finals

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of the Challenge Cup and have named strong teams -

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Bath have five England But it's Bristol coming

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into the game in better form. Bristol have obviously had to rest a

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few players, they've not had many consistent games. I think the mood

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with the squad seems to be upbeat. I'm hoping we will win to keep up

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the momentum we've had. Put one over on Bath. If we win this we should

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then go through. I think we will get it right tonight. But it will be

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very, very close. Let's grab a word with Martin Haig, who played for

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Bath for many years and is coached too. Who do you think will win? I

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think app Bath. Some great results however for Bristol. There is all to

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play for. Are you surprised that Bath have gone so strong on this?

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No, they are coming back from a few losses, so they need is a momentum.

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They could also qualify. Cardiff are level points with them so it's a big

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game for them. You can hear more from Martin on BBC Gloucester

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tonight. There is also football here at Ashton Gate tomorrow.

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Bristol Rovers could give a debut to defender

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Joe Partingdon who they've signed today from Eastleigh.

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As for the rest, Swindon, who signed three Chelsea

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youngsters earlier this week, are at Bolton.

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All of those could feature in the game.

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Goalkeeper Scott Brown has rejoined Cheltenham and should play tomorrow.

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That's all the football. I think I going to find another layer. It

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could be a cold one. BBC radio 's Bristol and Somerset belief all

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game. A new group's been set up

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in Somerset to help rescue bats The county is a specialist

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conservation area as it's home to all 16

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British species. Frome Bat Care takes in ones that

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have been grounded or injured and Pam Caulfield went to meet

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one of the volunteers. The thought of having bats

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in your home might scare you. She's been taking them

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in for the past year, converting her attic

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into a bat cave! We've got some whiskered bats. Some

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hip strolls. She's rescued around

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60 bats and currently She's trained to handle them

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so we're allowed a quick look, but if you find bats in your home,

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you shouldn't disturb them. They are protected by law. Sometimes

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they wake up and it's warm so they think they will be insects around.

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And Liz has to sift a lot of meal worms.

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The most common pippestrelle species can eat up to 3,000 insects a night.

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With the babies need round the clock care,

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she even took one to a wedding, hidden in her outfit!

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I had a little baby, it was about as big as my arm. It was on milk, so I

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spoke to my trainer. She said to him in a little bag in the front of your

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close, then keep it warm. In the wild, they are tucked under their

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mum's wing. In the Spring, her spare room

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becomes a flight training centre. They might seem scary to us but bats

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themselves are under threat. It's about putting them back in the

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wild. We've become more developed in Britain, more intensive with our

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farming and we've used pesticides as well, which has impacted on bats and

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they declined by 70% after the war. It is hoped with a bit of care and

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compassion that that decline will be reversed. I think they are lovely,

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but I think some people probably think they aren't.

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On our Facebook page there's a little film showing

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you what you should do if you find a bat that needs help.

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We did have a sprinkling of snow, although it didn't hit us like it

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did in the Scottish Highlands. chance of that for a lot

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of us this morning. But parts of Wiltshire were white,

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there was a thin blanket over Bristol, and Gloucester

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was glistening a bit. Some had to dig the car

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out with a spoon. Others just had a colder

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breakfast than usual. But, some like Harry

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on Exmoor, managed it here, MUSIC: Do you want

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to build a snowman? Any more snow? I'm not overly

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concerned about the threat of snow, in fact, the wintry element of the

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forecast will diminish by detailing that Saturday. Let me take you

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through the weather for the course of the week and our viewer pictures.

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A dusting of snow out near Bath. For a while, certainly over the uplands,

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still running into cold air, certainly through the night and

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indeed, tomorrow. A bit less cold than today. Heading through for

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Sunday, milder. Temperatures will push upwards and equally give us

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more in the way of some patchy rain. Here is a wider look at how things

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will shape up. Still caught in this north westerly flow, cold

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conditions, occasional streams of showers running down from the

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north-west and then as we get through tomorrow, and beyond that

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into Sunday, we can see that warm front running through, introducing

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warm air. It's certainly not mild that the moment, as I can attest.

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The high ground of Wales doing an effective job of soaking up some of

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that cold air but some of it will get through. For all of us, it will

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be cold. Some spots up above 1 degrees, but most, freezing or

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below. There could be some areas prone to seeing some of those

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showers, that the character of Saturday, prolonged dry spells,

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still a fairly keen wind. Note that towards the evening, the cloud is

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increasing. We will turn our attention to the patchy rain so the

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winter is -- will have gone by them. It will be fairly cold but not so on

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Sunday. It will be a marked change. There will be cold rate to the South

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East and moulded to the north-west. Have a lovely weekend. It was lovely

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to see these snow today. I was staying in Gloucester where my

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parents are and there was a blanket of snow. Not just a sprinkling? No,

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it blanket. Have a lovely weekend, whatever you do. Goodbye.

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