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Good evening. so it's goodbye from me


A head teacher in Wiltshire is warning that his school is one


of hundreds in the West that are losing out under changes


Class sizes will be increasing. Parents will see older textbooks and


fewer resources and some things never used to do, we won't be able


to. We will see the benefits from funding plans and who is losing out.


The Wiltshire couple murdered in the gun attack


An inquest hears about their final moments.


Carol Vorderman targets Number 10 in her campaign to win a knighthood


And we look back at the village which kept its own


A head teacher in Wiltshire is warning that his school is one


of hundreds in the West that are losing out under changes


Tim Gilson from Marlborough School in Wiltshire says


But whilst some school are suffering under the changes,


Our political editor Paul Barltrop reports from Wiltshire.


After years of pleading for help, schools across the West hoped last


month's announcement would be the help they needed.


But after looking in detail at the figures, many


For while overall nearly 900 schools across the region


will get more funding, 340 will get no increase.


In fact, most will be worse off, including this one.


This school is officially outstanding. Raised by step, pop


Europeans and facing a financial hit that has bunting ahead to go public.


-- that is prompting. It is important everyone understands they


will be locations. I have to say to parents that they will see class


sizes increasing, older textbooks, they will see fewer resources and


some things we used to do, we won't be able to do the same. Today,


parents suggested the letter from the school warning of cuts. The


Government's claim that an unfair funding system is being fixed rings


hollow. We are in the bottom of their 10% in


the country for funding. It seems incomprehensible. If something


should not be cut, it is education, especially a school like this, which


is doing very well. Teachers, especially at the school,


are so dedicated and passionate. I just think it is a real shame that


what they do is going to be compromised. Healing about maths


teaching at the Gloucester primary school, the shadowy Education


Secretary. Teachers here and everywhere feel that the Government


has got its sums wrong. They are trying to hoodwinker parents.


Parents are not stupid. They concede and sells schools have the moment.


The school here today are concerned that if they have more money cut


from their budget, it will impact on staffing levels and the ability to


provide some great resources that are seen in the school at the


moment. Hoping to taste success, the Schools Minister. Each the secondary


school in Swindon, a bowler his skills will on average gain. But he


says the Government simply does not have the money to give more


everywhere. After every national formula change some will win and


some will lose. We have capped any losing school to 1.5% per year, 3%


in total. It is a fairer system that reflects more accurately the needs


of schools. The Government is standing firm. Despite the


controversy, the changes will be in by 2020.


Well, as you heard there, it's a mixed picture.


Some schools will get more from the new way


in which the funding will be calculated, but others fear


they'll lose out and have to make serious cuts.


Overall in Wiltshire, they'll be just over


?6 million a year better off, although as Paul explained,


that won't mean more money for every school.


It's the same picture in Swindon, where in general, schools will be


more than ?3.5 million better off, although the local council is clear


that there'll be winners and losers there too.


13 of its primary schools will get less money.


South Gloucestershire schools are getting a similar


Somerset looks to gain the most overall with ?13 million more


available, with secondary schools there on average getting


In Dorset, the budget's going up overall by ?4.5 million,


but the council's told us that there, 15 primaries


and two secondaries will see their budgets cut.


In Gloucestershire, the overall budget is up


However, it's a very different outlook in Bristol.


There, the council says it expects its schools to be


about ?2 million worse off - with primary schools losing


Just looking at that list, it seems every area apart from Bristol has


more money. Yes, because broadly more money is


going into education. This new formula was meant to correct some of


the unfair aspects of the old formula, which had long been


complained about. But if you look at the bigger picture, what we have the


moment is more children going into schools, going through schools.


Schools frankly after do more work. And we have rising costs. The pay of


teachers going up, pension contributions going up. The


apprenticeship levy going up for schools as well. The national living


wage coming in as well. School say that overall, a lot of things they


routinely do cost them more. Even those with a bit more money might


not feel better. In one of the skills you went to today, it was


built under the Private Finance Initiative. The cost fixed and they


cannot spend less, for example, on maintenance. You have his contract


and get nice new buildings but they are maintained and serviced and so


on. For instance, you cannot save a bit of money by not painting your


conscience or cleaning as much. Where can you save money but you


might things like teachers and textbooks, and that has an impact.


Schools in Swindon are under huge pressure to improve standards. How


can a manager with their settlement? Swindon did see something of a rise


but even then, a mixed picture. Some of the schools, I think 16 and total


will either have the same money or less than before. One of the reasons


the minister Wenger today is because of step, the inspectors, had been so


critical of the schools there a few weeks back. Local MPs are unhappy.


Schools are unhappy. The minister came in today. He was unapologetic


but he did say that standards were starting to rise in Swindon and he


was encouraged by what he saw today. Briefly, Bristol has seen his budget


going down. Yes, urban schools generally getting less money.


Bristol was not one of the biggest funded and it is not one of the


biggest losers. An inquest into the deaths


of a Wiltshire couple who died in an attack on a Tunisian beach


resort has been told Eileen Swannack and her partner


John Welch were among 38 people killed when an Islamist gunman


targeted Sousse in June 2015. Our Wiltshire reporter Will Glennon


was at today's inquest Here today at the Tunisia inquest at


the Royal Courts of Justice, the court heard about John Welch and


Eileen Swannack from Welch. John was 74 and Eileen was 73. They were on


holiday together and where on the beach outside their hotel in Sousse


on June 26 2015. A gunman went on the rampage, killing 30 people,


including 30 from the UK. -- 38 people, including 30. This computer


animation shows how the gunman left the hotel grounds, turned to his


right and shot Eileen and John. Sergeant Paul Griffiths was part of


the British police team that try to reconstruct what happened. Because


there were no British suspects, there has been no criminal


investigation. Today, Sergeant Griffiths confirmed that John was


found dead on the beach. He had been shot in the neck and chest. Eileen


had also been shot dead. Moving portraits were painted of John and


Eileen. She has been described as full of energy, with a lust for


life. She loved Tunisia and this resort in particular. She was a


great-grandmother but had a real sense of fun and enjoyed


socialising. Scores of people turned out for her funeral in the village


of Biddestone in Wiltshire. John was also a great grandparent and a keen


sportsman. He was a healthy man who, it was said, had years of life left.


He was kind, caring, generous. He knew many people in the local area


and is greatly missed. The inquest will continue into next month as it


tries to establish exactly what happened in Tunisia. Whether proper


travel advice had been given to people beforehand and whether the


Government did actually believe that there was any risk of such an attack


taking place. Just before we move on, a quick


correction to our top story. We mentioned Marlborough School, but


that was incorrect. That was my mistake.


The family of a 24-year-old who's been missing for almost two weeks


say they just want him to get in touch.


Deakon Wilkins, from Worle, disappeared on the 14th


of January after leaving a nightclub in Bristol.


The search for him continued today, as Andrew Plant reports.


We are outside Motion nightclub here in Bristol.


That is the car park where, right now, police are meeting


What they are doing is organising what they are calling a more


thorough search of the local area to try to figure out what happened


to Deakon after he left the club here in the small hours 12 days ago.


But at exactly the same time, if you look through this hole


in the wall, you will see police teams over there using divers


to search the water, which is just a few metres away


Deakon vanished after leaving the nightclub at 4.30am


His family and friends have spent 12 days desperate for news.


We have got 20, 30 people coming up today.


People we don't even know coming to help out,


through social media, to help try and find him


Today, they walked different routes he could have taken.


Miriam taking a week off university to help search the streets


Any kind of sign, just to get it out there so people know that


And if they know anything, to get in contact with us


Today, Deakon's family and friends searched along pathways and nearby


parks and handed out leaflets to the public, hoping someone


Meanwhile, police continued to search the water nearby


as the mystery of Deakon's disappearance goes on.


Alex and David with you, thanks for joining us.


Carol Vorderman leads campaigners to Downing Street demanding


a knighthood for the last British Dambuster,


Looking back 100 years to when a Gloucestershire village


That is still to come. First, an update for you.


Two University of Bristol students who've suffered racist abuse


on social media have today made an official complaint


Timi Ariyo and Tami Sotire handed over a file of evidence showing how


they've been targeted in offensive messages and a video


by a group of young men, including another student


They said they were pleased with how the meeting went.


Following the statement they made on the BBC the other day, I didn't


But the university is showing a lot of support and I think some good


We are looking to start disciplinary procedures quickly,


with the individual who is one of our students.


And we're also looking to work with other universities for other


The University of Bristol also says it's also looking at ways to make it


easier for students who are dealing with such abuse to come forward.


A secondary school in the Forest of Dean has shut its doors


until Monday because more than 150 students and staff are unwell.


In a letter to parents, the head of Dene Magna


says they are suffering from a sickness bug.


Professional cleaners are being brought in to sterilise the school.


The National Trust says it won't support plans for a park


The preferred location for the scheme, at Bathampton Meadows,


was approved by councillors last night, despite


The National Trust says it believes it will scar


Carol Vorderman and the Gulf War veteran John Nichol have taken


a petition to Downing Street to try again to get a knighthood


for the last surviving British Dambuster.


George "Johnny" Johnson, from Bristol, who's 95,


which became famous for destroying some of Germany's dams


Johnny Johnson was one of 125,000 men who served under


None of them ever received even a campaign medal.


Then Johnny was snubbed in the New Year's Honours List.


If those other people deserve their awards, that's fine,


Today, Carol Vorderman and former Gulf War veteran


John Nichol marched on Downing Street -


with a brief stop outside Buckingham Palace -


to deliver a petition to knight Britain's last surviving Dambuster.


This is overnight. Overnight, yeah.


100 since we have walked from the park.


Tell me about your personal involvement with


He is representative of every single one


of those young men of Bomber Command.


People forget the level of the sacrifice.


If you served in Bomber Command, there was almost a


50-50 chance that you would die during the war.


Half of the Royal Air Force has been killed.


Half of an army regiment has been killed.


Those figures now would bring down a government.


It would bring down a government if that


Back then, it was a simple fact of life.


After the war, the men of Bomber Command were held at arm's


There had been massive loss of life when they


But in the last three weeks, over a quarter of


a million people have signed a petition to recognise


Johnny Johnson and, by extension, all his comrades.


Johnny is pleased and the veterans


and their families are pleased that


attention has been given to them once again.


And I think it shows the depth of respect that we have both


for Johnny Johnson as an individual, but


also for who he fought with, and those he says that,


if he were offered a knighthood, he would accept on behalf of.


And those are the 55,573 men who died as a


One of the surprising things about today is


There is no march, it is just Carol


Yet this story has captured the imaginations of news


If public opinion carries any weight, Carol


hopes Johnny's name will be on the next Honours List in June.


A new report says the Bristol and Bath area is now leading


the country with their booming economy and seeing


That same report warns that many aren't feeling the benefits,


because there's also been a sharp increase in the cost of house prices


Robin Markwell is in Bristol for us this evening.


I am at the launch of this new report by the Resolution Foundation


here. The panel includes a Mayor of Bristol, just about to discuss the


findings. The news contained inside is bittersweet. Like London, the


economy in Bristol is doing very well indeed. Also like London,


Bristol is becoming a place where Bristolians cannot afford to live.


They will uses event tonight to Colin and new politicians here -- to


call on the new partition being elected here in May, the metro


Mayor, to do more. It's up, up and away


for Bristol's booming economy. Other cities still lag below


where they were before the financial crash but a report out today shows


Bristol soaring above them all. Only London has outpaced it in terms


of economic growth. From a living standards perspective, the


employment rate has kept rising and it is the highest in the country.


While the economy hots up, the housing market


For estate agents in the city, they've never had it so good.


We've seen an increase in prices of 10%,


New figures show the cost of renting across Bristol and Bath has soared -


up an average of ?100 a month in the last five years.


Rising house prices also means it's harder for young people


In 2001 around seven in ten of 25 to 39 year olds


owned their own home here in the West.


Last year that figure had fallen to just over half.


For Angie Palmer - who lives in Bristol's Bedminster area -


This is the dining room. The kitchen is out there. Two-bedroom terrace


and it is 920 5p per month in rent. Leg-mac that is a lot. -- ?920 per


month in rent. She works as a graphic-designer


but it's still not enough to cover Demand for properties on her street


was so intense she took this place I have a good job, get my wage is


less than my rent. It is baffling but that is the situation and I am


not the only one in this situation. I live off tax credits. It is not


ideal and it is difficult. But it is how it is.


Politicians are all too aware of the scale of Bristol's housing


shortage and the new metro mayor elected this May is being urged


Without enough affordable housing in the city,


Bristol's economic successes could be short-lived.


Earlier, we were talking about the sacrifices of the previous


generation. Johnny Johnson and Bomber Command.


But the experiences of young men joining the army


made into a performance at the Bristol Old Vic.


Their stories were collected by poet Owen Sheers,


whose book was so moving that it was made into a radio play.


The drama tells the story of three young men from Bristol.


It is the story of their service but the story of their


It is about the aftermath of conflict, and really


How those concentric circles of damage can spread


from the individuals, through families,


The story looks at the physical and mental scars of war,


and the film rights for it have just been bought up.


The spacecraft which took Tim Peake to the International space station


and back has gone on display at London's Science Museum.


The Soyuz capsule, complete with scorch marks from re-entering


Earth's atmosphere, was unveiled by the man himself.


The Wiltshire astronaut, who wants return to the space station soon,


said he hoped the display would inspire the public.


As he does. Gosh! That capsule would really


primitive, doesn't it? -- looks really primitive.


The extraordinary story of a Gloucestershire community


and its resident gorilla has been brought back to life in a new book.


The village archivist in Uley stumbled across pictures


of the gorilla, called John Daniel, which had been kept since the 1900s.


The gorilla, called John Daniel, or Johnny to his friends, became a


member of the village of Uley in the early 1900. He was bought from a


department store in London as a gift to Alice Cunningham who lived in the


village. She treated him like a human child. He had free reign. He


just loved the children. They loved him as well. His bet a lot of time


with the children. Also, he used to sit in the village green outside the


pub, hoping the folk would come out and give him a glass of cider. He


adored cider. He was a bit of a drinker? He was! In 1989, the BBC


made a documentary about him, complete with re-enactments and


memories. We treated him like he was one of us. The other difference was,


she was a gorilla and we were humans. When he lost his temper...


He would stomp is -- thump his hands. He would take your hand and


go to school with you. The teacher gave him a still to sit on and he


would sit with someone one day and another person the next. John Daniel


played with the children on this clean. But having cider at the local


pub was shot left. -- shoplift. He was sold to America. She thought he


would be for a home in America but she was diseased. He was going to a


circus. Bannerman Bailey's Circus. He just didn't cope with that at all


after life he had in Uley. Alice was ardently sent for in a new life in


America, but the guerrilla guide before she could reach. It was said


he died of a broken heart. The story is being told again thanks to


Margaret. We were lucky to have him and it is that the village on the


map again, hasn't it? Is that for real? It is so sad. I am


sad now. Who died of a broken heart? The


gorilla. Yes, died of a broken heart. I think


we should move on. I know... We will look at the weather for a pick-up. I


have to lift everyone's spirits now? Something much better in terms of


the weather story. Change on the way. I have heard words like roll


and bitter. -- raw. Some sunshine came through but with the winds, it


has felt very raw indeed. Change coming in the way of the stripe of


cloud to the West. And what is behind that as well. We will lose a


dominating high pressure that has been with us for the past few days


and see whether systems shifting in from the south and West. That starts


tomorrow afternoon. It is a slow process but eventually in the coming


days things are becoming that bit more unsettled. And with it, as you


might expect from the south-west, something a bit milder. There will


be spells of rain at times and that will continue to be quite breezy.


That change does not start until tomorrow afternoon. So, tonight,


we're looking at a pretty settled night of weather. You can see,


though, because we have blues to the north and east, already we are


starting to see something that little bit less cold nudging in from


the south and West. There is a bit of a spread in temperatures. We're


all quite close to freezing but probably, Gloucester and Wiltshire,


yes, subzero temperatures overnight, whereas just like the above towards


the south and West. Might see a flurry of snow but it is generally


dry. Might have some bargain and first thing tomorrow, though. A dry


start, brightness and fast. In the afternoon, that rain band suites in


from the South West and that will bring us the change. Temperatures


around three or four Celsius but as he got through tomorrow evening,


temperatures continue to lift. Up to 78 Celsius. That rain pushes on with


the milder air. -- seven or eight Celsius. For Saturday's cell, a


little dry weather around. You could pick up a shower. If you do, it is


more likely towards Gloucestershire. If we are trying to be clever about


it, the Bristol Channel. Temperatures knocking on the door of


double figures. I think we will see those double-figure is eventually on


Sunday, although eventually this low pressure brings more rain. You can


see frontal systems in from the south and West as we go through the


second after the weekend into next week. We can see the impact on the


temperatures here, back to double figures.


Good news. It has been boning freezing. A little bit more good


news. -- blooming freezing. George this one, who was said with


crossbows in the head, is now standing up, drinking on his own and


a bit better. The fund for his treatment is now ?5,000. --


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