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I would like the police force to come out openly and say this
investigation is at an end and there is no foundation for believing the
rumours. We'll hear more about
what's been reported Arrests are made over
the trouble which marred A day of action to highlight
the role that migrant workers play And we meet the man who has
immortalised the journey of one of the last travelling mail trains
for a first class stamp. There are calls tonight
for Wiltshire's Chief Constable to explain how details
of his force's investigation into Sir Edward Heath ended up
in a Sunday newspaper. Officers have been
investigating the former Prime Minister as part of a wider
sexual abuse enquiry. Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Charlotte Callen reports. It all started here at
the gates of Sir Edward I am appealing to anybody that has
been a victim of crime or a witness to something that may have taken
place concerning Edward Heath. At a cost of more than ?800,000
Operation Conifer has been trawling through every aspect of the former
Prime Minister's life Wiltshire Police say
they have a duty to properly investigate all allegations
of historical sexual abuse. Newly elected, Heath takes his place
in Number Ten in 1970. Now his place in the history
books is uncertain. With such a high profile
investigation, there's no surprise None more so than from friends,
like his former agent, a woman who worked with
Sir Edward for many years. It should have stopped months
and months and months ago. It is destroying the idea of a man
who is blameless. are concerned about apparent leaks
or briefings to the Mail on Sunday about operational details
in this case. Yesterday the paper
claimed that more than 30 alleged victims had come forward,
that the Chief Constable, Mike Veale, was certain
allegations were 120% genuine. The level of detail contained in the
newspaper reports has led some comic including friends and politicians
wonder whether there was a leak within the investigating team. I
asked the police today if they had been involved in any way with this
story but they refused and Sir. I asked them if the 30 plus figure
five victims was also correct but again they refused to mention
anything. The Chief Constable has
always said he is in sole charge of Operation Conifer
and that no details on numbers of alleged
victims would be released. I rightly accept the scrutiny and it
is important to affirm to the public and my staff that the conduct of
this investigation is my responsibility and my responsibility
alone. This afternoon the
Conservative MP James Gray told me if the leak came
from the Chief Constable, And that this kind of briefing
risked prejudicing the inquiry. So far there have been two arrests
from the investigation but they have no link
to Sir Edward Heath. For now his life remains
under investigation. Charlotte joins me now. Where is
this investigation now and where does it go? The police have issued a
detailed statement. They are keen to clarify that they have to fully
investigate these allegations brought to them by victims and will
do that without any fear or favour. Saying they will not be swayed on
this investigation. They have said speculation that is happening in the
newspapers is unhelpful to be investigation but they are yet to
give us any clarification on how they may have got those details. We
are ?890,000 -- there is ?890,000 that has been spent on theirs. By
the end of the year, it could be more like ?1 million being spent on
it. What I have been told by friends of Edward and MPs is that when that
report comes back, they wanted to have a conclusion. He guilty of
sexual abuse or was he not guilty? What they won't accept is a report
that he is protected from the public eye or comes to no. We are getting
breaking news that will ship a loose is -- Wiltshire Police are digging
at two properties in relation to Christopher Halliwell. This is one
of the largest investigations they have had to had to deal with.
Progression is happening today. Sean memory had opened the investigation
into whether Christopher Halliwell killed more victims. He killed Becky
Godden and Sean O'Callaghan in 2011. He is serving life for those murders
and he is serving a sentence. Questions about whether he could
have killed more people. Today they have issued a statement saying that
specialist officers are carrying out excavation work within the gardens
of two properties in broad Street as part of their ongoing investigation
being carried out by the major crime investigation team. This relates to
intelligence that the force has received and they say they are
unable to comment further. We will bring you more as we get it.
An inquest's been told that a patient who took her own life
at Bristol's Southmead Hospital wasn't being supervised
because vital information wasn't handed over between staff.
Carolyn Brock fell to her death in August last year.
Pam Caulfield reports from Flax Bourton Coroners Court.
Carolyn Brock was admitted to hospital on 4th of August last year
as a voluntary patient. She wasn't detained under the Mental Health
Act. She has been treated before anxiety and depression and tried to
take a knife in July and there was a family history of suicide her son
committed suicide in 2014. Five days before her death, on the Wednesday,
Carolyn had made a statement on the ward round and said she wasn't going
to recover and was going to die. It was at that point that they agreed
her risk of suicide should be raised from medium to medium to high and
she should have to be accompanied on leave. She shouldn't be allowed to
go around the hospital grounds and escorted. The consultant
psychiatrist said the staff were told about this and there was a note
made in records. That was a Wednesday. The Sunday after, to took
the lift the fifth floor of the hospital and jumped into the atrium
and died of multiple injuries. The incident has been investigated and a
report found there was in effect of communication from the handover from
the week to the weekend. The nurse in charge at the weekend had
assessed Carolyn Brock before she let her go but the report found that
the care plan was not sufficiently robust enough to assess her suicide.
The trust are due to give a statement at the end of the inquest.
The family have been at the hearing. It is due to conclude tomorrow when
the coroner will give her verdict. You're watching BBC
Points West with Liz and Seb - thanks for starting
your week with us. Minus the migrants -
campaigners show how the economy And a diet to conquer the ice -
the team needing 5,000 calories a day to achieve
their Antarctic dream. A driver's been sent to prison
for more than seven years after an accident in Nailsea
in which a teenager died. 23-year-old James Bisset from Yatton
in North Somerset hit a group of pedestrians
on Valentines Day last year, fatally Bisset was jailed for dangerous
driving, and was banned from holding An Army Sergeant accused of trying
to kill his wife by tampering with her parachute will go
on trial in October. Victoria Cilliers, who's 40,
was seriously injured during a jump Emile Cilliers has pleaded not
guilty to two charges He was released on bail
until the trial. Police say they'll be studying CCTV
pictures of crowd trouble at Bristol Rovers' game
against Port Vale at the weekend. Four people, including a match day
official, were arrested. Staffordshire Police say more
than 30 Rovers fans were thrown out of the ground during the game -
some for racially abusing stewards. Our sports reporter
Damian Derrick joins me. What more have to police said about
what happened over the weekend? There was no indication of any
problems and no history between these clubs.
This all seems to have come about because of trouble
in the away end of the ground during the second-half of the match.
There is some suggestion that it started because of a row
over a lack of seating but that is yet to be confirmed.
We do have some more detail on the arrests.
A 52-year-old man was arrested for racially aggravated abuse
Another 23-year-old male has been arrested
One match day official has been arrested for assaulting
a Bristol Rovers fan and another 52-year-old man for the assault
of a police officer - all have been released on bail.
And it wasn't just inside the ground -
there was more trouble after the game?
Yes Staffordshire Police say that afterwards,
about 50 Rovers fans were in one of the car parks
and that a disturbance broke out there between stewards
Just to be clear, not all the rovers fans
were involved in that, in fact one supporter told us he got
caught up in it and was knocked to the ground as a policeman swung
He also claims pepper spray was used.
The police say trained officers were deployed to get
We also know that four men and two women suffered minor injuries -
they were treated on site by St John's Ambulance and got
Not a word from Port Vale but Rovers have released a statement.
Because the match took place at Vale Park, any investigation
into the incidents has to be led by Port Vale and
They say they've been inundated with eye witness accounts
which they've sent on to Port Vale and Avon and Somerset Police,
They finish by saying because investigations are ongoing,
it would be inappropriate for the club to make any
Bristol's in the the top three cities in the country for the number
The city's problem is up there with London and Manchester
despite dozens of extra emergency beds.
Now a charity's urging people to help out
by helping them track down rough sleepers.
And ready support workers are ready hit the streets.
I touched base with him to see how he was doing and gave him a hot
coffee. I will come back tomorrow to get support to get him off the
street. There are around 70 people sleeping
rough across Bristol. Many hidden in doorways
and car parks. And that's where the outreach
team wants your help. Using the street link
website you can tell them It might be the first night that
they have slept rough but we can go to them and get them off the
streets. The longer they are, the more dangerous it is for them.
Paul Britton's used the street link website.
As a security guard at the Galleries he's witnessed
And did his bit to alert the outreach team.
Anybody can use it. It is there, it is easy and people can get the help
that they need. The outreach team can
get rough sleepers Keith Hathaway became
a drug addict at 15. He spent years in and out
of prison and homeless. They caught me on that day and it
was a window of opportunity and I grabbed hold of it and I found
myself in recovery. Bristol's laid on 70 extra
emergency beds recently. But rough sleeping's
still a major problem. This is a league table
of rough sleeper numbers in the eight major English
cities outside London. Bristol is caught in a spike of
housing demand coming from people moving into Bristol and commuting
from elsewhere and people at the bottom end of the rental market who
are struggling to find somewhere to live.
The City Council is promising 800 affordable homes by 2020.
But with Bristol in the grip of a housing crisis.
It's as well help is just a website away.
Events have been taking place across the West to highlight migrant
workers and their place in the local economy.
This was one gathering in Bath this morning as part
of the One Day without Us campaign with another at
With Brexit about to begin, Robin Markwell has been exploring
what the future might hold for migrants already
The lunchtime rush at Los Gatos in Swindon.
It's not just the dishes here that have a continental flavour.
I am Max and I'm French. I am Irish. I am Spanish. I am Spanish.
For Jose and Max - Brexit has made them think again
If we have to live in England, it is good to come here. If people don't
come, we lose our job. Brexit is a big thing which will make me stand
up for myself and think about my future.
So tonight, for one night only, the restaurant owner has asked
all her European staff to stay at home.
She wants to prove just how reliant her business has
We don't set out to employee Spanish people and European people. We
advertise locally and have never done anything else. People apply for
jobs and we hardly ever get any local people applying for jobs to
work here. The dicey issue for
Government is this. Until Brexit negotiations get
underway, there's unlikely to be any cast-iron guarantees
for the European nationals It's a matter not just
for Westminster then Their position does not change. We
are hopeful in the re-negotiations, we will stabilise not only their
position but the position of 1.3 million Britons in the EU. Let's not
forget them as well in this equation.
In Swindon's Park Estate, they voted heavily for Leave.
It was a decision driven by uncontrolled
They come over here and haven't been in the country five minutes and they
are getting all our benefits. I voted out because of the foreigners.
Not our country any more, is it? Public pressure on tightening our
borders remains intense. But first politicians must
reflect on the future A fundraising page for a Somerset
man who suffered a severe electric shock has reached
its ?100,000 target. Jamie Mines had his hands
and a leg amputated after Thousands of people from around
the world have donated to support him and his family
through his recovery. He was known as the Usain Bolt
of the water, but after Olympic gold, World and European titles,
Ed McKeever has The sprint canoeist
from Bradford Upon Avon won the men's single kayak
at London 2012 but missed out on retaining his Olympic
title in Rio last year. His 17-year career was recognised
with an MBE in the 2013 Last month on Points West we
introduced you to the Ice Maidens - elite soldiers who want to be
the first all-woman team They were testing their mental
toughness at Larkhill You could be more patient. You need
to be more open. You need to be an little less productive.
Fighting talk there from the Ice Maidens!
Eventually, they'll be whittled down to a team of five.
But for now, they've been out to Norway
to work out the rations they'll need for their three-month
A frozen Norweigian lake where drifting snow,
and the biting cold, make just putting one ski in front
Here keeping active and staying warm is crucial for staying in one piece.
There's a potential I'm going to lose a finger or two
so that's in the back of my mind but that's not enough to stop me.
The determination of the Ice Maidens may not be in doubt,
but there's a science for survival in the South Pole.
It's a science that's so far only been written for men.
There is no evidence on how women cope in these kinds
of environments so if we can provide that evidence for future
expeditions then they can have a much better idea of how
to compose their rations and prepare.
On this latest trip to Norway, the Ice Maidens are monitoring
their food intake closely as they work out what
We have a 5,000 calorie a day diet so for breakfast
Then have an evening meal which is another dehydrated meal
so everything is dehydrated, melt the snow, boil the water,
then throughout the day we have about 2,500
But, of course, eating has its consequences.
So how does an Ice Maiden answer a call of nature
We've each got individual pee funnel that means you reveal
the least of you to the wind and to the elements as possible
but if you need something a little bit more, build yourself a little
wall, squat behind it trousers down do your business into the bag,
you've got tissues to sort yourself out with then wrap bag and it goes
in your polk and you drag that for the rest of the expedition.
The expedition is expected to take 75 days.
The only trace the Ice Maidens intend to leave
behind is a place in the history books.
Now we're bringing together what must be two of the nation's
most popular hobbies - stamps, and trains.
A set of stamps has been launched at Swindon's Steam Museum
celebrating the history of our mail being carried by train,
something immortalised in W H Auden's poem The Night Mail.
Well, one of the stamps was designed by artist
Ian Cryer from Keynsham, who's with us now.
Crossing the border, let for the rich, letters that the poor,... One
of the series of stamps was designed by a man who is with this now. Ian,
here is your fine painting that features in the series. You come to
secure this amazing commission? I had done a series of paintings for
the people that operated the trains for the Post Office. When I heard
the post offers trains worth finishing, I recorded the scene
inside the carriage of the men sorting them out. What is it like
that? It is like going back in time. It is a fantastic atmosphere. You
wouldn't have thought it was 2003 when I painted it. What does it mean
to secure something like this? It is a great passion of mine and the film
made in 1935, the great romance, the intrigue about the Royal Mail
travelling through the night. There is lots of interesting stories about
the people who worked on the trains. It is a very human thing and about
the people. Was the poem running through your head when you are in
this train? It did indeed. It is that rhythm that is picked up in the
poem. You don't just paint train scenery. What else are you
passionate about? I am a landscape painter. I also paint a lot of
interiors, particularly public house interiors. I love the
characterisation of the people drinking. That must be hard work
with a pint in my hand. I never drink when I am painting. You have
the stamps there, haven't you? Looking at them now, that picture is
going to be immortalised. Are you happy with it? Delighted. It was
2003 when I painted it. I painted it on is back. It wasn't a commission
at the time but it was taken up by Royal Mail and present to the stuff
that was sadly made redundant by the reorganisation. -- staff. What
memory will you take from that train journey? Trying to paint at 90 miles
an hour was difficult. When I stopped for ten minutes while they
sort of the mail, it was heaven. Thank you very much for coming in
and bringing the painting. Thank you.
Good evening. We have some quiet weather for the next few days unless
you live high up. Anywhere above 800 feet, there is a lot of low cloud
and Hill fog. The saving graces it is relatively mild with temperatures
around 12 Celsius. The possibility of some patchy drizzle around. We
have one weather front that stretches in front of us. This will
be a pain. Very slow-moving. This is it this evening. Tomorrow, even by
Wednesday, it is still here. The low pressure brings us some windy
weather on Thursday. Until then, we are into that mild westerly flow
which means a lot of cloud and a fair amount of drizzle coming as
well. A lot of low cloud and extensive hill fog and an unusually
mild night. For tomorrow, we are expecting to see a lot of cloud in
general. It stays pretty much overcast. There might be a few
breaks in the cloud. A brisk westerly breeze and the temperatures
getting up to 11 Celsius. I mentioned as we move towards the end
of the week, a different feel to the weather. This is Thursday. Deep low
pressure and brisk winds flooding in introducing lower temperatures. It
will feel quite a bit colder through Thursday. By Friday, quite a nice
day although Friday morning could stop with a touch of Frost. The
general outlook towards the weekend is for us to cool down. Temperatures
down to three Celsius on Thursday night. Also on Thursday, it will be
quite a windy day with those wins coming in from the West which could
be touching gale force through the Bristol Channel and the Somerset
Levels. Colder and brighter into Friday. That is all from me. It has
been milder. Shame to hear it is going to change. Good time for a
train journey. Just in case you didn't get a real view of that
stamp, here it is. It is absolutely beautiful. He described himself as a
modern Impressionist and you can see that. Beautiful. Amazingly, he has
had no formal training. Quite incredible. He had to pay that at 90
mph. Pretty good. Pretty steady hand. Thanks for watching. Goodbye.