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

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A business that offers adult services used teenagers, under 16,

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I've seen a lot in my time, yeah, that I should not have seen.

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The local council knew about it but the premises are still open.

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A weekend brawl at a pub in Trowbridge.

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A policeman says it's the worst fight he's seen in 20 years.

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Hundreds of musicians volunteer for bone marrow testing

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And forget the limousines, why a borrowed van made this bride's

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A BBC investigation has found evidence of teenagers

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being exploited by a brothel in Weston-Super-Mare.

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The seedier side of the Victorian seaside town has been uncovered

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Confidential documents show the authorities discussed vulnerable

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teenagers handing out leaflets for Butterflys, which claims

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it's a massage parlour but in reality is a brothel

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Matthew Hill has been investigating the story and joins us now.

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Well, the sign above it says massage parlour, open 24/7,

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but really Butterflys is a brothel which has been operating

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It's less than 500 yards from the council and the police station.

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"So what?" you might say.

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But we've uncovered evidence that girls as young as 15

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have helped out here, and it's still open

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Just a warning that my report contains undercover filming

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inside the massage parlour with graphic content.

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The Class A drugs are from around the Bonville area.

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She had a difficult adolescence, including

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At her most vulnerable, she handed out leaflets

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We had to make sure that we would look OK and that we had basically

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dressed like a load of prostitutes, stood on a street corner.

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Did social services know about you being there?

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People were telling them that I was walking around dressed

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like that, handing out a load of leaflets in town,

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These are not the leaflets but she says she even

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used her own image on them and that she helped out inside.

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I have cleaned quite a few rooms in there before and, like,

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The way that it's all done, it's like a show.

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It's like they're ready to show off their bodies and a man would sit

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in a chair and all the women would walk in in their underwear

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and he would literally get to pick which one he wanted.

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You were seeing things that a 15-year-old girl shouldn't see.

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I have seen a lot in my time, yeah, that I should have not seen.

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For the last ten years, the woman with the lease

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on the brothel has been Natalie Davis.

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It is clearly more than a massage parlour.

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There is Natalie's mobile number, and it says, "We aim to keep

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Working in a brothel is not illegal but running one

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We sent in an undercover reporter to find out.

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At this point, we made our excuses and left.

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These confidential documents show that the council and Avon

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and Somerset Police discussed Butterflys and teenage girls

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At that time when she came to us we gave her advice and very

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strong support around how dangerous that was.

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Staff should have been aware of that.

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Well, my staff passed that information on to the police

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in regard to an establishment that was a massage parlour

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using a 15-year-old to distribute leaflets and the police took that

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information and then did some checks and we have had no more referrals

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through to us around young people frequenting that establishment.

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The council and Avon and Somerset Police say

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they are proactive and serious about safeguarding and will act

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Police say they found no evidence of underage girls

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Despite all the problems in Weston, Amber has turned her life around,

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but it hasn't been easy, and what about all the other

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This was an Inside Out West investigation.

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The story is really asking questions about the culture

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of North Somerset Council based on internal documents

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and talking to many people about how they look

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Now the council insist safeguarding is a priority

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But we've discovered disturbing posts on pictures of young girls

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on the Facebook account of a council employee.

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And we've uncovered evidence of a known sexual predator operating

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on the town's estates here before his death last year.

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There are questions there about whether the council missed

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an opportunity to gather DNA evidence of a sexual assault.

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And the full investigation will feature on Inside Out West.

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That's with Seb, here on BBC One tonight at 7.30pm.

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A man's been arrested in connection with the death of a 43-year-old

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She was found on Hill Street in Kingswood early yesterday morning.

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A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death

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by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

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A man who died in Trowbridge after allegedly being tackled

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by a security guard for suspected shoplifting has been named.

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Kieran Church died on Thursday in The Shires car park.

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Today his family said Kieren was a much loved son, brother,

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A 20-year-old man from Trowbridge who was arrested on suspicion

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of manslaughter has been released on bail.

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A Gloucester man has been charged following an alleged hate crime

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Jeffrey Warren is accused of the racially motivated

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assault on Petrus Undari, in Great Western Road in November.

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He's also been accused of the same offence against a police

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Jeffrey Warren, who's 46, is due to appear at Gloucester

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A brawl in a pub in Trowbridge at the weekend has been described

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by a veteran police Sergeant as the worst he's seen in more

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One of his colleagues was injured and we know of at least one pub-goer

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who had to be rushed to hospital after being hit with a bottle.

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Film footage shows dozens of people in the bar fighting.

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The Albany Palace bar in Trowbridge, erupting into violence in the early

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I've never seen nothing like it, mate.

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21-year-old lorry driver Tommy Arkle from Devizes filmed

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His friend had to be rushed to hospital in Bath, covered in blood.

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I walked down to the bar with a few mates and had a few drinks.

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Turned round and then next minute a bottle came across,

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hit me on the head and then I think I got hit on the eye as well

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You wouldn't expect in a little town, just to call out

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for a couple of drinks, come back and...

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This police Sergeant knows Trowbridge well.

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I think there are always incidents where alcohol is involved,

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always the possibility of there being disorder,

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but I think it is unusual to have that sort of scale of disorder

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Wetherspoon's says the fight caused distress for customers

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One-off, perhaps, but it still raises concerns about safety

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Usually the little ones can be controlled and it doesn't really

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bother you but when something like that big is happening you just

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want to kind of step back and there is no way to get out.

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It doesn't make you feel very safe, no.

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I see little fights all the time, but they get controlled,

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and big ones like that don't seem to occur regularly.

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But, no, I think they should be ashamed of themselves.

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Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed

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It's David and Alex with you this evening and it's nice to have

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Stay tuned we've got lots more still to come, including...

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Keeping the water pumping, we're find out how the oldest steam

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engines in the world are getting an overhaul.

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And something old, borrowed and blue.

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Radio Bristol helped one bride get her dream carriage.

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Some of the children with the highest levels of need

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are being let down by their local authority in South Gloucestershire.

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A report by Ofsted describes some of the services as "inadequate"

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When it comes to looking after the most vulnerable

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children in society, it's councils who have to step in.

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But, in the report released this morning, Ofsted found

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South Gloucestershire's approach showed some "critical weaknesses".

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There were concerns over leadership, for the care of children at risk

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of sexual exploitation, and for those with disabilities.

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Staff shortages have meant 170 children with disabilities

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were having to wait and wait for their assessments, in one case

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We're very sorry that this has occurred.

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We're quite determined to improve our services, and,

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as Ofsted observed when they came, when they drew this to our attention

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I can assure that all of those cases identified by Ofsted have now been

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allocated to social workers and are receiving a service from us.

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It is not just here in South Gloucestershire

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that the children's services department has had

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In fact, nationwide, around one in four council

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children's departments are reckoned to be failing.

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Many councils say it is down to difficulties in recruiting

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There is an issue with churn of social workers, both at manager

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and standard social worker level, and it is having that stable

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workforce that is essential to a service being able

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This council aims to climb from "inadequate" to

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It has already set out its own improvement plan,

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but with shrinking budgets and a scarcity of trained staff,

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South Gloucestershire knows reversing the failings identified

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today will be anything but child's play.

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Robin Markwell, BBC Points West, in Kingswood.

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Bristol Rugby have been cleared of any wrong doing

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by the Rugby Football Union following an investigation

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into passing on of confidential information by former

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Tom, who has since been sacked, was found guilty of passing on team

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information to his brother Luke, who plays for Bristol,

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when the pair met up ahead the match on New Year's Day.

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However, the RFU concluded that Bristol had not changed their game

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strategy and did not breach any regulations.

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Brass players in the South West are coming together to help

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a talented musician who is battling an aggressive form of cancer.

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Stephen Sykes needs a stem cell transplant,

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but despite a worldwide search, a match hasn't been found.

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Hundreds of fellow musicians are now getting tested,

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This is Stephen Sykes playing solo at a concert last summer.

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As a talented trombonist, he has played with orchestras

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But he has been unable to perform since this video was shot.

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Chemotherapy doesn't appear to be working.

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His cancer is aggressive - stage four.

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Doctors say he needs a stem cell transplant.

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The cancer's got into my bone marrow which means that

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without a stem cell transplant, it's not looking too good, really.

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Normally this would be OK because there is the donor system

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now, but they can't find a donor for me anywhere in the world,

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They need to get as close a match as possible to avoid additional

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feeling like I ought to stand outside the supermarket and sort of

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With their connections with the music world,

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his family have appealed to other musicians.

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In Cornwall, members of St Austell Town Band

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Take the swabs out, swab inside of your cheek and just put

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them back in here and we'll send them back off and then

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see if it is a match for anybody to help.

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Are you quite impressed with the way the brass community has

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I'm not surprised but, yeah, I'm impressed.

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We've got the whole band and also the whole banding world in Cornwall.

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Yesterday, Facebook and Twitter just went wild with people

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from all over the county saying, "My pack's arrived,

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There were so many people yesterday just doing it

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He got this guitar just before Christmas.

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Stephen Sykes knows a transplant is his only chance but he also hopes

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that, as more potential donors come forward, their samples could also

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Eleanor Parkinson, BBC Point West, Shepton Mallet.

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I hope we can give a positive outcome from that. If you want to

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share it, go to our Facebook page. Work is underway to repair

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a set of historic steam engines on the Kennett

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and Avon Canal near Marlborough. The Crofton Beam engines

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are the oldest in the world but still do the job

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they were made for. They were built to pump water

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to feed the canal, where one section The repairs are to the steam boiler,

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they cost 45,000 pounds, and our Wiltshire reporter

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Will Glennon has been to see them. It's a skilled physical job,

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in cramped conditions but essential work for the future

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of the Crofton Beam engines. A pair of powerful steam engines,

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to pump the water uphill. The canal here rises 40 feet

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and without artificial Old men loves to come and play with

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our machines but it is more than that. It is the historical content.

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When this was built, it was rural Wiltshire. It must have been just

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like the iPad coming now. The social impact of these machines. It is

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seeing somebody standing here, driving this machine, making it

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work, and there is nothing like it today.

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The original engine dates back to 1812,

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But the steam boiler needs repairs to keep going.

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The rivets that need replacing in this boiler are getting burnt out

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largely, some are cut out, but burnt out, punched out, and then hopped

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rivets replacing them. The main complication is getting to them.

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They are in awkward places to reach. An electric pump now

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mostly does the work. But sometimes it fails,

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so the steam needs to be used. Plus it's run through

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the summer for visitors. The work they're doing on the steam

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boiler is vital because it is the steam that powers the piston which

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powers the beam engine and that pumps the water into the canal.

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That's when the Crofton Beam Engines will re-open to the public

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and the canal will be filled by steam power once again.

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Now, when a bride from South Gloucestershire decided

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a Bedford Rascal would be just the thing to get her

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to her wedding on time, there was a very special reason.

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Hannah Allen wanted the van as a tribute to her late father

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So her mum Wendy went on Radio Bristol to ask

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Alex is outside now with the happy couple.

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I just popped outside the studio. Isn't it gorgeous? Wouldn't you love

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to turn up in this van? How did this all come about? We got approached by

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Wendy, Hannah's mum, asking if we could help her find a word-mac for

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her daughter's wedding. -- Bedford Rascal. We found one but

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it failed its MOT. We managed to find one down, in Bedford of all

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places, so on Thursday I drove there and picked it up and here it is. And

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you kept it a secret. Hannah did not know anything throughout, despite

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the fact we were following the cycle on radio Bristol. Give us a marker

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two. BEEP!

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Here is the happy couple. Congratulations. What did it mean to

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you to have this van turned up on your wedding day? It is a memory of

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my dad who passed away about three years ago and I have always known

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him to own a Bedford Rascal, in a variety of colours, but not this

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gorgeous blue, and he was a Rovers supporter as well so the fact it

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came in this colour was amazing as well. It made the day, it was like

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he was here, sitting next to my mum driving to the venue. My mum drove

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it. I believe James, who picked it up, had to learn to drive with a

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choke. And James it was a special moment. You are in on it? Wendy and

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I had looked online for a while to try to find one anywhere and it

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didn't come to any luck at all and then we got a call -- I got a call

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from Wendy to say she had e-mailed BBC Bristol and everything has been

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fantastic. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped. What a

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lovely tribute to your dad as well. I think some of our viewers might be

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wondering why you are here! Shouldn't you be on your honeymoon?

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Well, we are not going until April so we are letting this soak in,

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although at the moment, your wedding is a dream but this is just an real.

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Gosh, when this Bedford Rascal turned up I was beside myself, I

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couldn't hold back the tears, it brought that so many memories. And

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there is a nice story, sad but sweet, about the lady who had the

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van. Her husband died at Christmas so she was really pleased that this

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was given four year celebration. -- for your celebration. His little

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treasure became our little treasure. Now this is a true love story

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but of course tomorrow is that fun time of year,

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if also quite commercial, when people might be

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talking about love. Last week I visited

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Tickenham Primary School in North Somerset to ask the pupils

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for their thoughts I should mention it's the school

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that has a dachshund called Gatsby to help the pupils learn respect,

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compassion and empathy. That will explain why

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he keeps popping up. Do you think that at home

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there will be a Valentines theme? Can you text somebody,

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because we are in a world of technology now and just say,

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"Hey, I really like you"? See you text someone,

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"I love you," four hearts or Xs or So if you really like

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someone, how do you tell them if you're not

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sure how to tell them? If you like somebody

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in school, do it at break time or at the end of school or at

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the start of school, don't do it If you like maths and the person

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you like likes maths, you could do like, "Me

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plus you equals..." I think my Valentine

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might be Gatsby. It depends cos I might

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get there first. Oh, well how do we resolve

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this if we both like the They were so funny. Thanks for them

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to letting me film with them. I really want will a Bedford Rascal.

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And we wish that couple very well. Let's catch up with the weather.

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We felt the difference today. We had some weather watcher pictures. The

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blue skies are set to last into Valentine's Day. It looks like it

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will be very cloudy with a little bit of patchy rain. This evening and

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overnight, clear skies that they will not last. The cloud will come

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in from the west. Part of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire might

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hang on to clear skies and the temperature will drop to 2-3. On the

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whole, 4-5 is the low. Gloucestershire and culture might

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see brightness first thing but we will see outbreaks of mostly light

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and patchy rain during the day, bringing up from the West in the

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afternoon. The wind is much lighter from the south-east tomorrow.

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Tuesday into Wednesday, clear skies for a time that the cloud will come

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in again ahead of the next weather system coming in for Wednesday.

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Temperatures dropping to 6-7 into Wednesday morning. A misty and murky

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start on Wednesday. Some showers in the afternoon, some on the heavy

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side but later we will see brighter spells as well. Temperatures

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creeping up every day, 10-11 on Wednesday. On Thursday, the weather

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front bringing showers on Wednesday will clear away gradually and

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high-pressure builds from the self, but it is bringing a lot of cloud so

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we do not expect the skies and sunshine for the weekend. Tomorrow

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it will be fairly mild but we will have a little bit of rain in the

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forecast. Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures getting to 10-11.

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Milder as we head towards the end of the week.

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That is not bad news. You are looking springlike.

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Thank you. I feel springlike. Have a good Valentine's Day tomorrow. If

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you get a card, congratulations, if not, it's just a load of old rubbish

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anyway! when farmers leave

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their daily routines behind... Right, here we come, Dorset!

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..for a show day.

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