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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.


Our main story tonight: A reality after 80 years.


of Bristol is opened which should help traffic move again.


We were gradually being cut off in the south of Bristol. This will go


some way to making them better and it is great news for the area.


The new road makes it easier to get to Bristol Airport -


Our other headlines tonight:


The reducing chances of having a baby -


the NHS cuts back on fertility treatment.


another defeat for Bristol City piles the pressure on Lee Johnson.


the restoration starts tonight on the clock that


Business leaders in Bristol have welcomed a major new road


which could help to create over 2,000 jobs in the


The link road was first suggested in council documents over


80 years ago but today the route road connecting Hartcliffe to


Here's our Business Reporter Robin Markwell.


It might have been gloomy in South Bristol.


But a gathering of high vis brightened things up.


A major transport scheme in Bristol finally complete.


Instead a minister moved a symbolic concrete block.


First mooted in the 1930s - 80-something years later


the South Bristol Link Road finally open.


The three miles of new tarmac now connects the south


On some maps online this road still does not exist, it is so new. This


road is not cheap. But it is... as well as improving


links to the airport. It will help with reliable journeys,


faster journeys to the Passengers will be able to get


to the airport in more Environmental campaigners


complained it would increase pollution as well as cutting


through the Green belt. At the Cater business park


they took a different view. This printing and plastics


firm has long been Having to ship their signs through


the centre of town was proving to be One of the concerns


was we were gradually being cut off and the south Bristol


routes weren't good. This will go some way


to making them better and it can only be great


news for the area. The South Bristol Link Road


is the first piece in a jigsaw puzzle of schemes that


arrive this year. It'll join up with the Metrobus


network due to open this autumn. Then motorists will be able


to judge if it's the answer And Robin joins us from


the South Bristol Link Road now. Given it's only opened first thing


this morning there has been a steady stream of traffic up and down this


road. Proof that there is demand for the road. It is significant because


the forecasts for growth are impressive. 2500 jobs. A quarter of


?1 billion of investment because of this tarmac. It is also supposed to


reduce congestion here and in surrounding villages. But as this


road opens another piece of work is set to begin around the corner. The


disruption is not over yet. Thank you.


A man from Somerset has been sentenced to 25 years in prison,


after being convicted of sexually abusing children since


It's been described as an unusual and shocking case.


Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton Rogers reports.


The prosecution called him a disturbed child who had


an obsessive interest in sex from the age of eight.


And today Andrew Margetts, now 31, was convicted on 23


charges including rape, indecent assault and


two girls and a boy, were aged between six


and 11 when the abuse took place in the '90s.


Throughout this week-long trial the court has heard that


Margetts subjected his young victims to sustained abuse


Sometimes he would gag or tie up his victims.


He threatened one with a knife saying, If you tell


prosecutor Sean Brunton said it was an unusual


The jury told they were entering a twilight world


The NSPCC told the BBC in fact a third of sexual abuse crimes


against children are committed by people under the age of 18.


But not unheard of and at the NSPCC we have


rare cases of seven and eight-year-olds also perpetrating


The judge said that the lives of the young victims in


you were doing was wrong, seriously wrong.


years in prison he told him, you are a wicked, depraved man.


It is the start of another week in January.


Stay with us tonight. We have much more.


I am reporting live from Yeovil hospital as we find out how


pressures in hospitals are affecting patients.


And weather forecast at the end of this programme.


Swindon has unveiled plans to reduce the number of IVF cycles funded


Until now the town's been the most generous place in the West


Tonight Inside Out West is back on our screens


and the new series starts with a look at rationing


As its presenter Seb Choudhury has been finding out,


the most controversial cuts have been to IVF.


For those embarking on their first treatment of IVF the forecast is


looking increasingly uncertain. At the moment, we've just


started our IVF treatment. We have been accepted


for two cycles of IVF so we're hoping that we will get


another go after this. But I understand that


CCG have changed The NHS guidelines recommend a three


cycles but in the West most areas fund one cycle. At the moment only


Swindon offers the complete recommended service but that is


about to change. Swindon will be reducing our IVF


provision from three fresh cycles to one fresh cycles and two


frozen embryo transfers. It puts us in line with our local


partners including Wiltshire and it helps us to stay


within our spending budget. If, as Jade fears, her


local NHS doesn't pay she'll be left to cover


the costs herself. Like Paula - she had to find ?33,000


for her two lovely children. I know if I lived in


a different part of the country, I would have had more


rounds funded for me. It wouldn't have mattered


if my husband had had children from a previous marriage,


that I would be entitled to some form of funding


and I wouldn't have had


to sell my house. However unfair it might seem,


with growing demand on NHS budgets - future funding for services like IVF


is unlikely to increase As we've been hearing, the NHS


continues to be under pressure. This winter, emergency


departments have had to cope with an unprecedented rise


in patients, coupled Now we've discovered this is having


a real impact on the patients who're critically ill,


with some hospitals left without any Our Health Correspondent


Mathew Hill is at Yeovil Staff here are pulling out all the


stops to make sure patient demand is met. That includes opening day case


alias, pitting beds in those areas. The Royal College of Surgeons says


that no more than 85% of beds in hospitals should be occupied at any


one time. We have looked at figures for intensive care and we have found


that for instance Southmead Hospital, in December, the figure


was 92.5% of beds occupied on average. Here in Yeovil the figure


is 82%, so that means that four days in the month of December, there were


no intensive care beds available. Great Western Hospital in Swindon,


78% occupancy for December. Western General Hospital, 17 days in


December there were no intensive gear beds available. In


Gloucestershire the picture is better, they are around 50% of the


time beds were empty. Joining me now is the medical director of the


hospital. How do you cope with demand when all your intensive care


beds are a fool? We have plans in place internally to manage most of


those instances. -- beds are full? There have been signs that there is


no intensive care beds you have got to be redeployed elsewhere, that


will have an effect on patients? Its Kurds but we have the ability to be


flexible and in the last six months we have not had to transfer patients


were nonclinical reasons to other hospitals. How is demand this


evening? Demand is high, the hospital is under a lot of pressure.


The entire system, not just the hospital. We are managing well.


Staff are working hard and we want to thank them all, the community


staff, as well as our primary care colleagues. Thank you very much. But


as the situation here tonight. Back to you in the studio.


Well let's discuss the Winter crisis in our hospitals a bit further.


who's in charge of Urgent Care across Bristol,


Helen Ryan who's the Director of Nursing at Yeovil,


and Morgan Daly, the Director of Healthwatch for


What is life like on the front line as a nurse? It is incredibly busy.


Nobody will be surprised to hear that. There is a lot of pressure on


the nursing staff, they are doing an incredible job. But it is very busy


and it is relentless. Is there anything that could have been


preplanned to dry and ease this period? We know what happens every


year. Yes, and we do a lot of planning, all the way through the


summer we talk about I went to plan, but what is happening now is that


winter is starting in summer. These pressures are continuing --


continuous. The plans we have put in, they are working well, but a lot


of goodwill and effort from the start it those plans work. Is it


more money that is required or reform? More money is always helpful


but we are in a system where that money is the money. My job is to try


and get the best out of the money, the resources, the people that we


have. I think we need to change how our system is balanced so that we


looked to be able to support more people in the community, we look to


use the hospitals for complex parts, acute assessments. We have heard


that over the years, ever since I started in journalism, hospital


bosses have been telling me we need fewer dead because people are


treated in the community, but there's any beds -- we need fewer


beds. Many patients who because of our system end up in hospital


because it is the only place where they can be kept safe. That is often


about care rather than about health. We need to make sure that the social


care services, the primary care service, the community care service


is able to manage and support patients. This care being rationed?


Are you having to cancel, postpone cancer operations to make way for


people turning up at a and E? Looking at our system, because of


the plan, patients with cancer are not being cancelled. There are a


small number of routine patients who are being cancelled at the moment,


and a number of outpatients are being cancelled, to cope with some


of the peaks and troughs, but the patients who desperately need the


surgery are having the surgery. What is your take on this? Is there


anything as patients we could do? Are we savvy enough to know when to


go to hospital, the GP, the pharmacist must remark you talked


about messages for patients earlier, winter planning, and we know that is


vital. We have been working to help the public understand these messages


this winter. The point where making if we tell patients to go to the


pharmacy, or in use 111 before Accident and Emergency that is great


but there needs to be sufficient investment in those services to make


sure that the work well for patients so they do not default to going to


the default -- going to their GP or Accident and Emergency. What about


beds in your hospital tonight? If you had ten people through the


hospital could you cope? Yes, if we only have ten we can Corp. We are


quite full this evening but we have got enough beds to get us through


the night. It is our by our at the moment. Is it getting to you? Do you


think, and other day, another crisis? I would be lying if I said


it does not get to you, of course it does. What we have to do is pick


ourselves up and get on with it. You are a GP? I am. There has been


criticism about GPs not been open long enough hours to see people. Do


you accept that? In Bristol and across this local area GPs do work


long hours, many practices are open 8-8, Monday- Thursday, sometimes


weekends, together with slightly shorter on a Friday, what we do have


however, general practice 24 hours per day, seven days per week, but an


out of hours that is delivered by an out of hours provider, and that is


staffed by GPs with support by nurses, paramedics and others. We


have a very safe system. I believe we have primary care 24-7. What do


you think? Vast majority of patients in the public do not want to see


items with health professionals, they value the service they get, and


actually we need to really value the provision, and if you look at the


feedback that we get from patients in the public, they received


excellent service. I do not think it is an issue. Good. Thank you. Thank


you all for coming in. Thank you for all you do at the sharp end.


Health funding and IVF will be the main topics for discussion tonight.


And Seb will also be trying to make us laugh on what's dubbed the most


A school in South Gloucestershire's been plunged into controversy over


racism and bullying - with the head teacher


Ofsted inspectors say the incidents haven't been dealt with properly -


although parents we've spoken to say they've not heard of any problems.


The verdict of Ofsted inspectors who visited Meadows Primary


Their main concerns were weak leadership


And a failure to improve on problems highlighted at the previous


there have been anti-social incidents in school,


We spoke to parents about those claims this afternoon.


If I thought that was going on there is no way my children would be going


there. I have got four children, three of which I know at secondary


school, and I have never had an issue. I am surprised. We feel the


same. The teachers do a great job. Our children have flourished here.


It does not been any sense. The staff here work so hard. It is not


fair. The local council says


its disappointed at the report. Saying it's ranked 34th out 152 -


based on Ofsted school inspections There is a new headteacher and a


deputy head from another local school to address some of the issues


in the report, to try and get this time around as quickly as possible.


The report did highlight the school's strengths.


Including above average results in reading and writing.


And a recent parent survey found 80% thought the school was well led.


Governors at the school CD are also surprised and disappointed by the


ruling, nonetheless the school is no in special measures, it will have to


take steps to become an academy which will mean it will no longer be


under the control of South Gloucestershire council.


He may be under pressure, but Bristol City head coach


Lee Johnson says he still has the 100% backing


City lost their seventh game in a row at the weekend,


with some fans now calling for a change.


But Johnson says he's certain he will turn things around.


Facing the media this morning to talk about tomorrow's FA Cup replay,


but with as many questions about his own future. On Saturday City back


another lead slip on their way to equalling a club record of seven


league defeats in a row. It is soul destroying. Of course it is. The


recent run of results. Do I think our performances warrant our bad run


of form? Absolutely not. Can become out of this? Absolutely. The support


has been top-class and it always has been at this club. They know I am


passionate about the club. They see the work rate we're putting in but


we have two hold our nerve and continue the progression. Since they


beat Blackburn last October City have won just once in 12 league


games, that has seen them drop from six, pint in 19th place. The problem


during this time has been weak schools. Nine of them conceded in


the last ten minutes of matches. -- the problem has been leaked goals.


The players sometimes come out of it. We have got to take


responsibility. There is good things beer at the same time. We do not


want to be negative. That is the last thing we need right now. We


need positivity around us. That is what we are trying to do. Tomorrow


they play Fleetwood who are unbeaten in 13 games. Defeat against the


League 1 side would only add to the pressure.


A bubble blowing clock that has been entertaining shoppers


in Cheltenham since 1985 has been stopped for a face-lift.


The huge Wishing Fish Clock in the Regent Arcade


is being dismantled tonight as parts of it don't work any more.


It was designed by Kit Williams, who was famous


in the '70s for Masquerade and the search for the golden hare.


Steve Knibbs, our Gloucestershire reporter,


Here editors, behind me, the iconic wishing fish clock. For the last 30


years on the half-hour and on the hour it has been playing music and


blowing bubbles. Apparently the original plan was for a cliched view


of Cheltenham, thankfully the orders of the arcade at the time chose


something more exciting and iconic. For over 30 years the mice have been


sneaky, the snake has tried in vain to catch them,


and the fish has blown bubbles to be I remember coming to Cheltenham on


special shopping trips with my mum and just being amazed that all these


bubbles were coming out. It is just lovely. It is nice having his


experience of something that I have been through as well. It is a great


attraction for the kids. Whenever you come here and there is always


children running around and enjoying it.


a timepiece that was magical, theatrical and fun.


Everybody is excited by bubbles. And the painting, which goes round and


round. There were lots of different aspects to it. Even the music. You


hear that music. of capturing the imagination -


in the '70s he wrote Masquerade, that, through a series of clues,


led readers to a jewelled But as for the clock,


time has taken its toll, and things need fixing,


like the infinite stream As they pass into the clock itself,


then the ball disappears and goes around the rest of the clock and the


empty cup comes back up again, where as it goes over the top, it is


falling down again. That is a simple check.


The new, improved clock will soon be back to grant wishes to everyone


The clock is going to be dismantled tonight. The goose, the fish, the


snake, and the mice are going to be restored, and in some cases improved


because originally they ran out of budget and could not meet the


original design. But the bubbles and the balls will all be back.


Time to catch up with the weather forecast. Let us go up to the roof


where Ian has the forecast. Good evening. Let me take you through the


forecast as we enter into a week which will be predominantly a


driver. There will be phases with some drizzly rain but certainly no


great amounts in any one spot. There could be great amounts of clouds to


chase around. That's more than anything is the forecast difficulty.


The knock-on result that all have in terms of temperatures by day and


night. Tomorrow there will be for the most part cloud, particularly


West and north-west. Conversely through the afternoon we will see


some sunny skies starting to emerge towards the south-east. For all of


us it will be a mostly dry day once we are to the early part of the


morning. We have high pressure building, but this beach-front is


moving from East to West, hence the drizzle, the low cloud, that


staggers towards the West, the rain dies away but the cloud remains. But


the skies are clearing and from the East, south-east, as dry area comes


from the new continent. For the rest of this evening they tonight we have


got this slow-moving band of drizzly rain. That will tend to die away but


that will leave a legacy of low cloud until fork which has been a


feature for much of the day. We will not see much frost tonight. Expect


tomorrow to be a start at least with low cloud, hill fog towards the


West. From the East, south-east, the skies are starting to clear. There


will be a tight delineation between the cloudy zone and the sunny zone.


Better chance of sunshine towards the south-east. Grealish skies just


north-west word. Tomorrow temperatures are in the range of


4-6 C, by tomorrow night I wager risk of seeing frost, some areas as


low as minus four. That does make me feel a bit blue


this Monday. And Julia wrote to us and said it is


blue Monday, Akanji have a mention? I sit, no. -- can she have a


mention. Goodbye. Let me see them hands up.


Let's do this. Glastonbury!


Make some noise! How you doing, Big Weekend?


Get ready. Go solo, Hyde Park.


Don't believe you. Secure your place at


the 500 Words Final, BBC Radio 2's writing competition


for kids with our honorary judge her Royal Highness the


Duchess of Cornwall. # Knees and toes and eyes and ears


and mouth and nose... #


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