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

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Our main story tonight: Looking for a parking space.

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Hundreds of protesters are outside the Bath Guildhall as councillors

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decide where the new Park and Ride will go.

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Upstairs, the council is hardening the new park and rides will help

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future proof bath but here the mood is different.

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Our other headlines tonight: A 75-year-old woman is left

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like this after an attackers steals her handbag whilst

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A father's petition for longer sentences for dangerous driving,

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after the boy racers who killed his son will

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And a world record for a BMX rider - as he takes us

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Hundreds of people have gathered outside the Guildhall in Bath

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tonight to protest against plans for a new Park and Ride.

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The discussions are now underway on which greenfield site to choose

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with a vote expected later this evening.

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It sounds pretty lively. Still they protest and they have been here

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since 4:30pm although the numbers have dwindled, and still the message

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remains that they don't want a park and ride to the east. I want to show

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you some pictures from honourable when it was at its height. We had

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banners, beekeepers and even bagpipes at one point. They see this

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as their final chance to tell the council they don't want the park and

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ride to the east of Bath. Let's have a look at Bath in more detail. There

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are currently three, to the north and west and south. There has long

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been talk of a fourth and in the last few years, the council has

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looked at 21 potential sites. Last week they announced they narrowed it

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down to just two, both to the east on green belt land and right next to

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each other. The council wouldn't talk to us before the meeting

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started but last week when the plans were announced the leader said, this

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is all about future proofing Bath, that with 7000 new homes and 11,000

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new jobs, that park and ride would help alleviate the traffic. The

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protest are certainly don't agree with that. The costs are escalating

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and it has gone from 10 million to 17,000,040 park and ride that won't

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do anything while at the same time they are cutting services left,

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right and centre so it is disgraceful and very disappointing.

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The campaigners were also keen to tell me that one of the early as

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this is designed to help will be the London Road and I was here this

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morning to see what people using it think of the plans. It is the school

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run that causes all the disruption and when there isn't, this road is

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absolutely fine. It is an area where people walk and enjoy the pleasure

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of it and they are going to sell it as a car park and they don't see

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where it will solve the problem. Who isn't going to stop not less. They

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have got a nice place they can have up at the old aerodrome. They have

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got the A46. It is part of my childhood and I used to play down

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there and also we are worried about getting flooded. The meeting goes on

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upstairs and the voters and expected for another hour or so but we will

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have result of that in the ten o'clock News and whatever they

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bought for today it is still not over. The application goes to

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planning and we know from history there might still be some hurdles to

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overcome. Thank you and we will have result later.

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The search has continued today for a 24-year-old man who went

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missing after a night out in Bristol.

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Deakon Wilkins from Worle was last seen on CCTV leaving Motion

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Police divers spent the morning searching the nearby Feeder canal.

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His family has also been handing out leaflets.

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A 75-year-old woman has suffered injuries including

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a fractured eye socket, after an attack in a Bristol park.

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It happened in broad daylight on Monday.

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Naomi Roberts is now recovering in the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

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It's one of Bristol's most popular parks 75-year-old Naomi Roberts

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of an attack that's left her with shocking injuries.

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Her face is bruised and swollen With fractures to her cheek bone

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and eye socket and to her collar bone too.

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I saw her wheel then on a trolley with her face looking absolutely

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horrendous. Her daughter Joanna says she is worried it could now take

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months to recover. Inevitably, it is going to have a really significant

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impact, not just on her but on other people as well, other older people

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who might use that park who will feel unsafe to go out so it has a

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huge knock-on impact. On quality-of-life. She only saw

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herself for the first time this morning. She was really shocked and

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upset at how she looked and also worried about, she is going to look

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like that for quite a long time. People will think I'm a monster when

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I am walking around! She was walking her dog in Eastville

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Park on Monday afternoon and it appears she was attacked from behind

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and her handbag pulled off her shoulder and she fell flat on her

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face. She doesn't remember what happened but she has told her

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daughter she thinks she remembers seeing a bike circling around before

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the attack and she saw somebody cycling away when she was on the

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ground. Police have called the assault

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on Naomi despicable and asked for the public's help

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to trace her attacker. They've appealed for anyone

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who was in Eastville Park on Monday lunchtime to get in touch with any

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information they might have. Frightening. You're watching BBC

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points West on the last Wednesday in January.

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And stay with us tonight as there's much more

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still to bring you - including.

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The swan shot with a crossbow in Cheltenham -

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And meet the mums and children whose allotment in Bristol is now helping

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raise money for refugee families abroad.

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First, an update on a story we brought you last night.

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Two Bristol University students are to make a formal complaint

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to the police after being racially abused on social media.

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Timi Areeyo and Tami SoTeer told Points West yesterday about how

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they'd been subjected to bullying and offensive comments

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Today they also agreed to talk to the university's pro vice

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chancellor who emailed them this afternoon to arrange a meeting.

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Lee Madan's report starts with a shocking reminder

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of what the two students have had to cope with.

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This shocking video about University of Bristol student Timi Ariyo

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was shared between hundreds of students around

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Timi, and his friend Tami Sotire, told Points West yesterday how

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it was sent to them as part of a campaign of racist abuse

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by a group of 15 young men - many of them they know

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They say the reaction from viewers has convinced them to now report

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From the public support I know these people are in the minority

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and should be brought to justice for the stuff they've

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I guess we'd like to see something done to these people even if it's

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just speaking to them letting them know they can't carry

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The young men who've been targeting Timi and Tami include a law

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student at Cambridge, a medical student at Plymouth

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The University of Bristol told Points West yesterday it couldn't

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investigate until Timi and Tami made an official complaint,

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but today it reached out to them, inviting them

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They've decided to accept and want all the universities

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involved to take action against their students.

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These are future lawyers, future doctors, future politicians,

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I wouldn't want to have my doctor spew racial slurs in his youth

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and have that mentality carry on into adulthood,

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you shouldn't want to put these people out in public it reflects

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badly on your establishment so surely should want to do

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something and stamp it out before they graduate.

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I think it's a shame it took it being on Points West

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to get it on TV for reaction it should be the university

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They say they'll approach the meetings with an open mind,

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and hope something can be done to change the attitude of the young

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A man from Wiltshire whose son died when he was hit by a car is calling

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on the government to increase sentences for death

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Major Richard Gilbey's son James was knocked over and left for dead

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by two men who were jailed for eight years.

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Today, he handed in a petition to Number Ten.

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In a moment, I'll be speaking to his local MP -

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but first here's our Home Affairs Correspondent,

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This is just another step in Major Richard Gilbey's fight

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At the door of 10 Downing Street - handing in a 16,000 strong petition

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asking the Prime Minister for her support.

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We are just handing that in in the hope it will help support the public

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consultation and raise awareness and take this forward another step to

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get justice for James and others and an increase in the maximum sentence

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and a change in the sentencing guidelines.

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It is a campaign he wishes he'd never had to be part of.

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But in July 2015 his 25-year-old son James was mown down and left

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The two men responsible had been racing through Leeds

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at speeds of up to 80mph - James didn't stand a chance.

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Malik and Mahmood were sentenced

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but are likely to be released after just four.

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Malik, the driver who hit James,

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had 35 previous convictions for motoring offences.

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We no longer live, we just exist. They gave James a death sentence and

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they gave me, my wife and my daughter a life sentence.

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give in these cases is 14 years - but the average time offenders spend

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That according to Major Gilbey and others is simply not enough.

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Under new plans being considered the government could extend

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the maximum sentence to life imprisonment - that's

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We know that nothing is enough for taking someone's life and sentences

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can't really reflect that. It's going to mean that judges who are

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deciding on these cases, trying to work out what sort of sentences

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should be imposed, I'm going to have more scope to add greater punishment

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to those who have been involved in the most serious cases.

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also support the introduction of a life sentence for those

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who kill whilst driving dangerously or whilst drunk.

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The couple died when their tandem was hit by a man driving

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The Ministry Of Justice today told me they 'are determined to make

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sure those who drive dangerously and kill face the full force

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Their consultation ends in one week and should report back

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Joining us now from Westminster is the Conservative MP

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for Devizes in Wiltshire, Claire Perry.

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Thanks for coming on the programme. How likely is it that the sentences

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available to the courts will be increased? I think it is very

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likely, we have heard all the way along since we started this campaign

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back in September just how many cases there are clearly sentencing

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guidelines currently don't seem to fit the crime. We know

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constituencies right across the country including the Prime

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Minister's have had the sorts of awful, dreadful tragic accidents,

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crimes, happening. I am very confident the consultation will

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result in changing the law for the worst sort of death by dangerous

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driving to be tried on the same tariff of manslaughter, which it

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effectively is. As your report pointed out very well, that is not

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enough because what we need to make sure that if we start from that

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level you don't then have sentences winnowed down. I wanted to ask you

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about that. The judges already have the power to sentence for 14 years,

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so longer sentences are available already but they are not being used.

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There is a series of reasons. One as they say we need to reserve most

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serious sentences for the most serious crimes. In the case of James

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who was mown down by two men who stopped only to retrieve their

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number plate, you have to ask yourself how bad is the case have to

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be? There are all sorts of automatic deductions under sentencing

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guidelines would really need to be reviewed so I think we will see a

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very strong signal from government that the maximum tariff needs to go

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up to life and what we want is clear guidelines on why those longer

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sentences can be applied. Just looking at James's terrible tragedy.

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The driver already had 35 previous driving offences on his licence. It

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doesn't make sense that someone with that sort of dreadful driving record

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can still be on the road? And the judge made it very clear that he

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wanted to be able to sentence for a longer. I as I understand that under

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the current rules are fewer not tested as positive for drink-driving

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at the scene, that counts in your favour but in this case the driver

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fled the scene, Bond has clothes and had the car so it was impossible to

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prove whether or not he was drunk or on drugs at the time, so there are

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totes that frustrate the legal system and mean these awful crimes

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are not being accompanied by the late sentence.

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A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson

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following a fire in a first floor flat in Trowbridge.

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Firefighters were called to Woolpack Meadows just

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One person was taken to hospital after breathing in smoke.

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A man's been given a two year Criminal Behaviour Order to stop him

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42-year-old Paul Charlton is also not allowed to give bird food

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The council prosecution follows complaints that his actions have led

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to a rise in the number of pigeons in the city centre.

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A fund to pay for treatment to a swan shot with a crossbow

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George the swan was found on Pitteville Lake yesterday

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with the bolt from the crossbow in his neck.

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He's still in a critical condition at the Vale Wildlife Hospital.

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Our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs, has been to see him.

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Welcome to the Vale wildlife Centre. They have letters to see George and

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he appears his cage. You can see the patch over his left eye, he has lost

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that I. Currently stable but in a critical condition so not out of the

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woods, and public support financially his treatment is well

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over ?3500 and the reward offered for information leading to the

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conviction of the person responsible stands at ?3000 to the public

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support is incredible. We can speak to the assistant manager, tell us

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more about George's injuries. The bolt went in through his left eye

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and it has actually exited on the bottom right hand side of his lower

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jaw. When he came in, the ball was still in situ and when we removed it

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it haemorrhaged really badly. We at one point thought we would lose him

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on the table due to bleeding but since then we have managed to stop

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the bleeding and he has been on IV fluids, antibiotics and

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anti-inflammatories and pain relief and he will get for the treatment

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once he has stabilised. I understand it was only millimetres from his

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brain. Where does this rank? This is the worst we have witnessed because

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it was definitely an intentional injury. It is absolutely horrendous

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when you consider to such a beautiful bird, but reaffirming your

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face then human nature, that public support. It really has. We will of

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course keep you updated about George's progress. Just horrible.

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A BMX rider from Bristol is now the holder of a world record

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for the most 'death spins' in a minute.

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The move involves balancing with just the rear wheel

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of the bike on the floor and spinning 360 degrees.

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Matti Hemmings - who is 29 and lives in Portishead -

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His attempt has now been ratified by the Guiness Book of World records

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It means nobody has to climb on a bike. Congratulations. First of all

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this is your second time breaking the world record? I did it before a

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live on blue Peter, no pressure! After I did that somebody else beat

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it and got the record. Somebody you know? Yes, I like challenges,

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sliders again and managed to achieve 46 so it is great. Major pressure so

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we will have a look at that now just to see what you do. We will speed up

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work because obviously it takes a bit of time for you to do that. We

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are almost there, and then we see you get of the bite. What did you

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need to be? 44. You sounded pretty happy! And quite busy! Busy, there

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was a lot of pressure on my leg so I had to swing my body and to keep the

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rotation is going so a lot of bombing in the legs. When did you

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start doing this? I started when I was about 11 so been riding for a

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number of years and saw it at a BMX event, saw a guy spinning around and

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started asking loads of questions. They gave me loads of advice, where

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to go, and started going from there. You can offer you advice to other

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people because you have done us a little guide. On how to do a death

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spin so offend with one stenosis, stamped by and press record. -- if

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any body wants to know. Grab the peg, over the top. Using my legs to

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pump. And when the smoke, grabbed the peg and the handlebars and

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finish off on the pedals. You are not even in the saddle. And

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with that he was gone. That is amazing. I know BMX folk will know

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this but it is very small. How do you get that sort of

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manoeuvrability? A lot of practice involved in the lot of momentum.

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Being able to ride on one wheel as well, so a lot of practice goes into

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that, and then after that you develop the tricks. You start from

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the basics and work your way up. But this is your life? I am lucky to be

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will to write. I do it full time so I do lots of events and shows and I

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compete at the highest level. Do lots of school shows as well.

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Teaching. So if you want to have a go! I will see you after Rod six

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you're sort of BMX royalty so we bow before you. Or do a death spin or

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whatever it is called! A group of mums from a children's

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centre in Bristol have raised money The Speedwell nursery and children's

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centre have been meeting and transforming an allotment

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for two years. They've used it to bring

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their children together as well as raise money

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for displaced families. Tommy is here on a regular basis. He

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is part of a group of children and their mums who have transformed this

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council allotment. We turned it from really being full of rubbish, we got

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rid of six giant bags just of crushed beer cans. With bunting it

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has now become an all leases in this urban part of Bristol. At home we

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only have a little decked area. I don't think you'd actually seen a

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worm until he came here! Or my goodness, he needs to come and be

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able to play in the mud and just get dirty and he absolutely loves it.

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It's taken two years of hard work. It's good for growing and stuff, I

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really like it. I googled blueberries for me to eat. Besides

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growing fruit and vegetables for themselves, the group decided to

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help other families in greater need. We made ?600 on the jams stall which

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really surprised us, we didn't expect to make that much, and we

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teamed up with a city farm and they offered us to run the bar at their

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bonfire night event and we made ?5,000, and we didn't expect to do

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that. The money was given to refugee families. The group feel their

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greatest achievement is how the allotment has brought them together.

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Looks very tasty as well! And what a gorgeous day. Speaking of which, Ian

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is on the roof. Tomorrow will be colder? Tomorrow

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will be bitterly cold compared to conditions of late because the winds

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have been very light but that won't be the case tomorrow and already the

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breezes packing up, and it will be accompanied by a lot of close around

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through the course of the day but by late afternoon, some brighter

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weather starts to emerge from the south. The reason for the change of

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conditions is a pool of very cold air across the continent now being

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dragged across the English Channel. Associated with that tonight, the

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cloud is thickening up and we could see a disturbance higher the

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atmosphere, which will deepen the cloud significantly to bring

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sprinklings of light snow, maybe some the result which will tend to

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freeze on contact with objects and as we head to lose tomorrow, as you

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can see from the south, we start to lose the cloud cover but it'll be a

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process reserved for later in the day. We are thickening up the cloud

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from the south-east with the breeze picking up at the same time and into

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the second half of the night you will see just a sprinkling of some

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of this very light snow, not expected to settle, just something

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you may spot if out and about, and the temperature for all of us

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dropping to freezing or below around minus 1- minus three. A cold start

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and already a brisk breeze with the wind chill becoming very much a

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factor through the course of tomorrow associated with that will

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be this area of cloud and through the South you can see how it starts

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to brighten up and it will be too late to make any difference to the

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temperature because the ambient air temperature probably only 2-4. If we

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then add on the effect of the wind, this by midday is the sort of feel

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of the temperature, about -3, minus six.

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A viewer wrote to me and said as he really outside? I can assure you it

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is not faked! Now we will have all the other

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letters RADIO: 'The UK has voted to leave

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the European Union by 52% to 48.

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