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Prison for the boss of a chaotic transport company.
He's jailed for seven years - his mechanic gets five -
after their truck killed four people in Bath when the brakes failed.
As a company owner, Matthew Gordon had no transport manager and if
loaded every regulation put in place to put public safety in danger. His
mechanic sign of vehicles as safe when they were clearly not.
So how many more cowboys are out there?
We're with the safety inspectors searching for other
All along the' for care, there are cameras starting number plates. John
Meek M4. That means we know what vehicles are coming down towards
them. an event in Bristol to recognise
the man who brought thousands And in football: Bristol City
forget their problems and prepare for better luck
in the FA Cup. A court heard today about the chaos
inside a transport company which was responsible
for the runaway truck in Bath It was said the office
was so disorganised it looked Today, the man who ran
the company and his mechanic The judge said they had
shown a cavalier attitude February ninth, 2015
and a crash that changed But today, Bristol Crown Court
heard how it all could A 32-tonne truck careered down
Landsdown Lane in Bath Three men from Wales
and four-year-old Mitzi Steady Last month, these two men were found
guilty of manslaughter. Today, in court, the judge said
the brakes on the truck, owned by Matthew Gordon,
we so poorly maintained And that the lives of the four
victims were lost due a bodged As a company area, Matthew Gordon
had no transport manager and effectively floated every regulation
would in place to ensure public safety. His mechanic, Peter Woods,
sign of vehicles as they when they were not. Tragically, this incident
and subsequent loss of life, series injury and long-standing effects on
the community were totally foreseeable and avoidable.
Emma Jade Steady, the mother of Mitzi Steady,
told the court of the heartbreak of losing her four-year-old daughter.
She spoke of the devastation that their bright beautiful,
vibrant, outgoing little girl will never have her
first day at school, learn to read or have best friends
She also spoke of the impact on her mother, Mitzi's grandmother,
who lost both her legs in the accident.
Sharon Vorderman, whose husband Stephen was also killed, said they
were robbed of their future. -- Sian Vaughan. We should have never had to
go through all this. If that was the case and it was avoided, we would
have a family by now. Philip Potter, who was driving
the lorry, was also a victim of Matthew Gordon's cavalier
approach to safety. In sentencing the company as now,
Matthew Gordon, the judge said the vehicle was so dangerous a judo
never been on the road in that. He said they have a history of cutting
corners with a reckless disregard for the consequences. He didn't want
to take the lorry off the road for fear of passing of the giants of
work. It was highly variable that death or serious injury would occur.
That would the culture of the business. In sentencing the
mechanic, Peter Wood, he said he had a cavalier approach to safety.
Matthew God was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison, Peter Woods to five
years and three months. -- Matthew Gordon. Now the family can get on
the grieving, knowing the men responsible for this tragedy are
behind bars. The judge said the brakes
of the truck were in an appalling condition and that Matthew Gordon
wasn't concerned for the public, So what's being done now to stop
other companies cutting Scott Ellis has been out
with the safety patrols. This is one way to make
sure HGV's are safe. The operators, when they sign up for
licensing, they say they will their vehicles in a fit and serviceable
condition as we really want to send a message to those who doubt that we
are here, we will stop them and will target them.
The DVSA keep tabs on hauliers - using data such as MOT failures.
That information's used by offciers as they patrol our motorways.
All along the M4, there are cameras watching numberplates, so they know
which lorries are coming down towards them. They can quickly jack
is operating lorry and, if it's someone with a poor track record of
maintenance, they are more likely to be polled in.
Across the UK - the DVSA checks 220,000 lorries
One in three fails some aspect of the mechanical test.
The Road Haulage Association wants more enforcement like this.
And it wants new operators blitzed with an audit
Saying that would have stopped Grittenham Haulage in its tracks.
The complete ignorance of the rules and disregard for the safety rules
would have been learning about. It would have been reported to the
traffic Commissioner and the traffic Commissioner who then, potentially,
have taken action against the operator to curtail the licensed or
force them to actually take action to remedy the problems that existed.
Truck drivers we spoke to hope the Bath tragedy will send
But the reputable drivers worry corners will still be cut.
People are undercutting each other all the time. It is just the
pressure on these companies to make money.
It can cost a ?1000 a month to maintain a truck.
The message now more than ever is profit cannot come safety.
The judge said this 32 tonne trigger top -- o'clock had review safety
warnings. They said company owners must dare to a duty of care to the
public. -- Hella Hewison. -- adhere. Police are setting up a mobile
station outside Motion nightclub in Bristol tonight -
where Deakon Wilkins was last seen The 24-year-old, who's
from Weston-Super-Mare remains missing despite police searching
the land and river Officers will speak to people
as they arrive at the club tonight in the hope
of getting new information. There's been four confirmed cases
of mumps at a school in Bristol. The City Council is asking any
parents who are unsure whether their child was immunised
to check their records. Symptoms include swollen
or tender glands at the side Public Health England says anyone
with symptoms should seek medical attention but phone ahead before
visiting the GP as it's The Bristol West MP
Thangam Debbonaire is to rebel against the orders of her party
leader by refusing to back Brexit She says she is reflecting
the wishes of her constituents who voted strongly for remaining
in the EU. But her decision is made
all the more complicated by the fact she's a party whip and is meant
to be telling Labour MPs She's refused to say whether she'll
resign her position. I am making a difficult decision,
along with lots of other colleagues. The Labour Party have a hard
challenge to do. We want to wade through this. We represented 25
remaining constituencies as well as they leave constituencies. We have
to represent all of them. Everyone has their constituents in a
different way based on their understanding. I rather than Bristol
and the people of Bristol. She is one of three MPs in Bristol. Kerry
McCarthy is consulting her constituents but is expected to vote
against the start of the Brexit process. Karen Smith for Bristol
file will, however, stay loyal to their party leader. We will have
more to that in the Sunday politics west, this weekend from 11am.
You're watching Friday's Points West with David and Alex.
Thanks for starting the weekend with us.
Another historic day to day in the use. Yes, press conference going on
in Washington right now. Stay with us because there is more to come
right now. The man who saved
the sight of thousands. Tributes to one of the West's
and the world's top surgeons. And it's farewell to be culled and
settled spell as the usher in a much more change will happen through the
rest of this month and into the glass of Valkyrie. The gel at the
end of the programme. -- into the month of February. -- more at the
end. Events have been held
across the West to mark In Bristol, there was a celebration
of the work of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 600 children's
lives by bringing them from Prague to Britain and finding
families to take them in. He didn't speak about his work
for nearly 50 years. But when he appeared
on That's Life in 1988, it was very apparent
what a difference I should tell you that
you are actually sitting next to I wore this around my neck and this
is the actual purse that we were given to come to England,
and I'm another of the Is there anyone
in our audience tonight who owes their life
to Nicholas Winton? Well, that wonderful man, Sir
Nicholas, died in 2015. But today his daughter
was in Bristol and Andrew He was 29, he had no authority and
he was told by people in authority that he should not go to the
governments and has permission to bring in children because there was
another organisation dealing with German and Austrian children, and he
was only muddy the water. His was the response was, I'm going to do
it. Organising trains out
of Czechoslovakia In the weeks before
the outbreak of war. I am Soo jail and I am the child of
a Winton child. -- Sue Taylor. Sue Taylor's mother was Separated
from her family at the age of 15. Almost everyone she left behind
Was detained and then killed. He was not somebody who spoke about
the horror of anything very much. I didn't think she ever cooed. All but
one of her family were ready. -- could. -- saved.
Sir Nicholas Winton's daughter Barbara
now uses the story of his life to make sure
the lessons of the holocaust aren't forgotten.
He has a lot of scrapbooks from the time and he kept it.
A priceless record of the lives he saved.
I would not be anything was not from Barbara and her family. -- the here.
The final train Nicholas Winton organised
Almost none of the children on board survived the war.
But for the 669 children able to reach Great Britain,
it was a seat on a train that meant the difference
It's just so moving, isn't it, that footage? And Andrew's report as
well. A little later in the programme
we'll hear from a 92-year-old who was put on a train from Germany
at the age of 14 and taken Then later. First, more news from
across the west. people in Somerset
will carry on running -- A group which supports young gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Somerset
will carry on running 2BU had been facing closure
after the County Council said it would be ending
its contract with them. But after a campaign to save it,
the council has given the group A boy from Wiltshire
with severe cerebral palsy, who learned to communicate
using just his eyes, Jonathan Bryan from
Stanton St Quintin -- is campaigning to help other
children with disabilities. Jonathan Bryan from
Stanton St Quintin Since learning to read and write,
he now composes poetry, Before Christmas, he met his hero -
the author Michael Morpurgo - who talked to him for an hour,
and even read one of his stories. Family and friends will come
together in Cheltenham this weekend to celebrate the life
and contribution of a man who's been described as a rock star
in the world of opthalmology. Rob Johnston was a top
surgeon and innovator based at the Cheltenham General
eye department. Sadly, he died last
Autumn at the age of 50 and left an enduring legacy,
as Amanda Parr reports. His skill has saved the eyesight
of thousands of patients. Those he's helped,
those he's worked with remember his rapport,
his drive, his energy. A fantastic surgeon. He was a
surgeon to its core. He loved operating. He had fantastic surgical
results. As a friend and colleague, Hebrew patients first. -- he put.
He came up with a new electronic patient record
system that's now widely used - it was revolutionary -
award winning - allowing teams to record and analyse the results
of treatments - improving the quality of patient care.
It's the only jewel in medicine, I'm aware of, that has been designed
purely for clinicians by other clinicians. It's no extra efforts to
doctors to acquire that information. -- the only tool in medicine.
Rob also transformed this place - the outpatient facilities.
Despite failing health he chased funding, helped plan the layout -
chose seat colours, flooring and artwork.
There's loads of space, the corridors are nice and wide, it has
been forced out very carefully as an ideal environment for ophthalmology.
And a great legacy for Robert. Yes, another great legacy. It's a great
part of it. You have the patience, but you want the atmosphere and
everything to be like this. It's lovely.
But staff were determined to surprise him on opening day -
sneaking a plaque onto the wall to thank him.
Tomorrow, many will gather to remember Rob Johnston.
A man described as unfailingly modest - but one of the most
influential opthalmologists of his generation.
A party was held at a care home in Bristol this afternoon,
where one of its residents celebrated her 107th birthday.
Lorna Grey used to work as a nurse, loves playing the piano
and says she's partial to a glass of wine.
Bristol City can put their league troubles aside tomorrow as they head
to Premier League Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Alistair Durden is here - so the pressure is off,
No-one is really expecting Bristol City to win but it'd be
a huge confidence booster if they did, but defeat isn't
A break from the league has given City the chance to put out
The club's owner and the players have been uniting behind
His job is under fierce scrutiny and Lee Johnson says
But after a club record eighth league defeat in a row,
City's owner has this week given the head coach his
He has never faltered or wavered from being a supporter and -- as
supportive and consistent as his message was. I'm very resilient and
I got a belief in the squad. A belief in myself and my staff. Read
on everyday our best. He's also found an ally in star
striker Lee Tomlin - who's recent absence from the team
had sparked rumours There's no argument. We sleep each
other every day and I've got so much respect for him. Our performances
have been nowhere near what I'm capable of. If I was on top of my
game and playing, everyone would know if we'd had an argument.
Burnley's manager Sean Dyche knows all about
He traces his own sucess back to an ill-fated spell as a City
I learned more from two years there it's not going right in my career
than I did for the rest of my career. It was invaluable to
understand more about myself, the game and Lee will know what he's
going through, what his team are going through at the challenges to
the ageing consistent, deliver performances, it's soft. -- tough.
City haven't beaten a Premier League team in the FA Cup
since that famous night at Anfield in 1994.
Only one hand, it's a way and we need to focus on the league but it
will be some respite if we get a wind there, and that will help
following league games. Lee is on a hiding to nothing, to tell you the
truth. Tuesday's league game
will be more significant, but tomorrow is a chance to show
some strength of character. Interesting to hear from Sean Dyche
mayor who is one of the leading British managers. I found a bit of
footage hair from 20 years a ghetto, signing for Bristol city. The cat
that. He has not aged at all. On the front row, you might recognise that
chap. Yours truly. It's Harry Potter! You have grown into church.
Yeah, probably the biggest shirt you could ever find. Anyway, enough of
mocking me. The other big match tomorrow is Bristol Rovers visit
Swindon. Bristol Rovers got the points back in September. Steve
White has played up front to both clubs and said Swindon have devised
a way to score more goals. A return of 27 goals in 28 games is not good
enough and that has been a major problem. They are modest but for the
points than Rovers, so they don't get sucked into the bottom fall. Of
course, Rovers abolished prison -- Rovers where political ad. They have
more points than Swindon have scored. If Rovers have the chance to
wind, they could be promoted. That's all the kick-off here, the rested at
3pm. Gloucester centre Henry Trinder
makes his return from a long-term injury in tonight's Anglo Welsh cup
tie against Bath. The 28-year-old was
on the fringe of the England side before a succession of serious
injuries, including This will be his first appearance
since April last year. The only other fixture to tell you
about... it is Holocaust Memorial Day
and for one woman from South Gloucestershire,
that's particularly significant. Hella Hewison escaped
the horrors of Nazi Germany by coming alone as a teenager to
Britain. I'm Hella Hewison. I am now 92 years
old and I feel ancient. I came the age of 14 in 1938. In the gender
transport. My parents could be on the train and saved my life. --
Kinder transport. This country has looked after me well. I came in
England to a family in Knole, Bristol. They stayed with them for a
few months. They were carrying. They could speak no German, so I learned
English and I went to Golden girls school why I was there. My mother in
1942 wrote in one of the Red Cross letters, wishing us goodbye. --
Coldstone. She told me she would be sent by transport from Bell in June
that year, where all the people were taken into the woods and shops. --
from Berlin to Latvia. I have had tremendous support in this country.
I went to a school, worked as a nurse and a health visitor. It is
important that the Holocaust and what has happened to the Germans
during the Nazi period should not be forgotten. We read forget.
Absolutely. It's nearly time to get
the weekend weather with Ian - but just time to tell you that one
woman got more than she bargained for on a night out
in Bristol last night. Normally watching
a musical encourages us Well, I think you can see what's
coming. at the Bristol Hippodrome had
Rachel Robinson going into labour. to hospital where little
Digby was born. Today one of the stars
of the musical, Jason Manford, congratulated the family
on social media. Apparently he waved off off with the
gas as well from the stage door. I didn't even notice. I was busy
getting into the car to get to the hospital. In an tom cat members were
there any audience watching ours get going. He and some cast members. And
my mother managed to have a chat with him as well.
And she managed to get a programme signed by Jason Manford
Many imaginations. What a sweet little baby. I wonder if any viewers
are now having contractions watching ours. I think I had a bit of a
twinge earlier. Is that what it was? Over to Ian on the roof. Still
raining? It is indeed. Can't complain. Earlier this week, I
was trying to think of new way to describe a stagnant weather pattern.
Not so now. A very changeable period carrying out the rest of January. It
seems that this book commence to the first part of February as well. Let
me tell you about the forecast for the rest of the weekend. Rain at
times but, having said that, on Saturday, losing the current period
of rain developing overnight and some wind generally brighter weather
for a while. We will see showers moving in from the west for the rest
of the afternoon. As we head into Sunday, turning wind yeah, but it
might as well. Quite notably, milder as well, with a very big change
eventually pattern we have had every reason days. He is a bigger loot as
to how the weekend shapes up. A window dryer, brighter weather
followed by some writers showers in from the west through tomorrow.
Waiting in the wings, the next system in the Atlantic, that heads
into Sunday. A better finish on Saturday. For the rest of this
evening, period of rain developing quite readily. That whole pattern is
spreading bloodily from west to east. You can see rain coming up
from the south. Temperatures for all of us will be somewhere in the range
of about 4-6 C. Quite a bit of help for the associated with this
particular front. Then it's a question of how that plays away.
Then comes this period of generally drier, brighter weather spreading in
through towards lunchtime on for a while through this afternoon. Rescue
showers to late evening. Some quite lively. Some go all the wind as
well. Temperatures up to around 8-9 C. -- squally. Into Sunday,
temperatures picked up further with a push to 10 Celsius. It's been a
while since we've had these kind of values. Milder still due Monday. We
could see some pretty windy weather developing later on through next
week and anything question of how far into February this pattern
develops. Thank you very much. Have a lovely weekend and I'm glad it
will be a bit milder. Yes. It has been really Jimmy. Really cold.
Reading! Freezing! Me better go. Then forget the sunny politics this
weekend but we will see you on Monday. Thanks for watching.
Goodbye. We know you understand the risks
associated with your pregnancy. Because I'm smaller, people think
my hopes are not so great. You know what it's like when
help is needed. You just jump in. Are you saying that
he's stalking you now?