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Welcome to BBC Points West, with Liz Beacon and Sabet Choudhury.
Searching the former home of a murderer.
Police in Wiltshire continue their excavation work at a house
The Alloway here is ) second day as specialist police officers search
gardens and dig at the home of -- at the former home of Christopher
Halliwell. Tens of millions of pounds
to save and jobs on the line. Two of our biggest councils meet
to set their budgets. We take a rare peek below water
at a Gloucesterhshire reservoir. And throwing and pinning
her way to the top. The ten-year-old who's already
touted as a judo star. Police searches at a former home
of convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell have
continued for a second day. Officers have been digging
at the back of two terraced houses They say they're acting on specific
intelligence they've received. Our Wiltshire reporter Will Glennon
has been there throughout Good evening. The alleyway here on
Broad Street is closed for a second day as the Major Crime Team
investigation continues. There has been a lot of activity here today.
Officers have been coming and going and it has been very busy behind
that lack tarpaulin. What police have not told us today is what it is
about that specific intelligence that brought them here in the first
place. What is becoming clear is that whatever they are searching
for, they are being very determined. Police searches have continued
on Broad Street throughout the day. As specialist officers combed
garages and gardens, the sound of concrete drilling
echoed down the alley. Neighbours say that they found
all the activity quite surreal. As a community, we felt
quite freaked out about It is a bit too close
for comfort, isn't it? But there's not much
we can do about that. Christopher Halliwell was convicted
last September of his second A taxi driver in Swindon,
he killed Sian O'Callaghan in 2011. But Becky Godden disappeared in 2003
and Halliwell was found Police have kept the family
informed, and for Becky's dad, John, I am really upset.
I am really upset with it all. As a father, that is all I ask.
It is upset for all the families. It all should have been
done six years ago. With eight years separating the two
killings, many people believe that Former Wiltshire Police detective
Steve Fulcher was in charge In September last year, he told
the BBC that there must be more. I mean, I spent a lot of time
with Christopher Halliwell. He was contrite, fully contrite,
crying on my shoulder And there is no question,
from all the information that I gathered when I was running this
enquiry in 2011, that he has Wiltshire Police have not officially
linked any other crimes to Halliwell but they have appealed to him
to tell them anything you knows. There might yet be more victims
lying undisturbed, and the search There has been much better late on
about how many other victims there could be unjust to these people are.
There are a number of missing women across the West and beyond whose
bodies have never been found. Christopher Halliwell's job as a
taxi driver took him across the country but he also had other jobs,
too. Wiltshire Police say that the investigation and search here could
last for another five days yet. Thank you very much. One to other
news. A postmortem examination has
revealed that a man who was tackled outside a shopping centre
by a security guard died Kieran Zac Church, who was 30
and of no fixed address, was confirmed dead outside
the Shires Shopping Centre It's thought he was concealing glass
bottles which shattered A 20-year-old security guard
was arrested on suspicion of A body has been found in Thailand,
after a Gloucestershire Andrew Apperley was last seen
on the popular tourist The 37-year-old, who has a young
daughter, told family he was going to a full moon party
on a nearby island last Sunday Gloucestershire Police say
formal identification has The West's two biggest councils
are setting their budgets today, needing to save tens
of millions of pounds. Wiltshire plans to shed
a hundred jobs in order to balance its books,
but Bristol needs This evening, councillors
are discussing how to cut ?100 million over
the next few years. Let's join our political editor
Paul Barltrop, who's at City Hall. These are difficult days in local
Government. Wiltshire Council met this morning after several hours of
discussion. They voted through the budget, 100 jobs will go. Year at
Bristol, a meeting began this afternoon and it will go on a lot
longer. It is much more controversial. The cuts are much
bigger. Many millions of pounds in next four years and there have been
protests. In the council chamber earlier, there was heckling from the
gallery. The destruction was such that they suspended the meeting and
rejected those causing difficulties. -- the disruption. In the run-up to
this council meeting, there were protests about possible targets for
cuts. This swimming pool in the south of the city so people gathered
outside at the weekend, upset that I could lose some of the subsidy and
beef or -- and be forced to close. People explained why it is
important. It is an important committee resource. If it goes, it
would be a real problem for lots of young people and old people. It does
not make sense to me. It seems like such a busy swimming pool. The
traffic in and out of year is quite high.
It comes at a time of falling central Government fund for
councils, which the Mayor of Bristol says means cuts are inevitable, if
regrettable. Again, in the case of assuming pool, that is the, but we
could say, what about other services? If you are elected, you
want a leader. Only does help people navigate difficult decisions. What
we have is a whole bunch of difficult decisions. If you do not
have the appetite for that, maybe you should think about whether you
should have been elected. One thing it has been referred to
repeatedly in the council meeting today as the financial mess in which
Bristol finds itself. A recent report carried out by a former head
of the commission concluded officers had the Robert -- had deliberately
misled councils about the programme savings in the last two years. It
means Bristol finds itself a long way behind other councils. In
comparison to Swindon just down the road, it has half the population
almost. In terms of libraries, Bristol runs 23. In a matter of
months, Swindon will have five. There is a reflection in council
tax. If you are a band Dee Holder in the areas...
Council taxes at the centre of all this. It will be going up in Swindon
and it will be certainly going up in Bristol. We will find out more after
the results of the council meeting later this evening.
For the moment, thank you. We'll know later where the axe
will fall, but one organisation is warning that planned cuts to HIV
support services will fuel the growing cases
of the disease in Bristol. The Brigstowe charity is waiting
to hear whether it'll If that decision is taken today, it
says it's likely to have to close. Our health correspondent
Matthew Hill reports. If somebody tells you that
you have a disease that can kill There's a lot of people
that don't know I've got This is the first time Nelson Walker
has spoken publically It's a sign of how strongly he feels
about the closure of a charity that It was something I enjoy
doing and I got paid Jodie helped me find the benefit
funding that I was entitled to. My mortgage, I was losing that,
because it was getting to the stage Brigstowe are a Bristol-based HIV
support organisation who have been offering advice and support
to people living or affected by HIV in the south-west
for the past 21 years. The City Council, which is
responsible for public health, is proposing cutting the ?86,000
lifeline that keeps Yes, black minority ethnic groups
are disproportionately The prevalence is higher in those
groups and in addition, the stigma is higher in those
groups as well. So, we come in, as well
as to support people, to work to break down that
stigma as well. And Terence Higgins,
the only other charity in Bristol to offer support,
is about to close its doors. At best, it will only have one
support worker instead of four. Two weeks ago, Points West revealed
how HIV infection rates in Bristol are now over two cases for every
thousand people tested, but despite this, we are not
offering recommended tests to everyone registering
with their GP. It is not just support that is been
cut, but sexual health treatment, One consultant in sexual
health here has told me that the combination of cuts
for both support and treatments Faced with national austerity
cuts of ?170 million over the past six years,
the City Council will today decide on how much it is prepared to spend
on charities like Brigstow. Well, Paul is still
outside City Hall for us. Paul, has there been any news
on funding for Brigstowe yet? One possibly positive bit of news
today from the council meeting is that whilst the ?86,000 is
officially still a proposal to cut from that project, they have now got
another funding stream which they say they will look at and examine
and hopefully find some money for the important work which the project
undertakes. One other thing from inside the meeting this afternoon.
The Mayor of Bristol announced a new father investigation into the
financial mismanagement that went on here over the last few years. Just
look at the finances. This will look at the behaviour of senior managers
within the organisation, some of whom are subsequently left. It will
then take a decision as to whether they should be disciplinary action
taken against some of those who were involved.
Thank you very much for breaking that awful weather out there. More
to come from Paul later after ten p.m..
A parish council in South Glouestershire will hold
a special meeting tonight to publicly complain
Philip Winter was accused last week of posting a racist comment
It led to Almondsbury Parish Council receiving complaints
Mr Winter says his account was hacked, but this
evening his fellow councillors will officially distance
It's Seb and Liz with you this evening.
Yes, and we've got lots more still to come before seven, including...
The schoolgirl scaring her friends with her super strength.
I'm just not going to go near her, I think. Is probably a pretty safe
option. And the knitted guests who've taken
up residence in a West abbey. A coroner has found that failures
in communication at a Bristol hospital meant a vulnerable woman
was allowed to walk around by herself, despite doctors ruling
she should be accompanied 67-year-old Carolyn Brock told staff
at Southmead Hospital that she was going out for a breath
of fresh air, she walked out Carolyn Brock, a 67-year-old
grandmother from Bristol who'd In August last year,
she became a voluntary patient at Southmead's Oakwood Ward,
which treats people But on a Sunday morning in August,
she walked out the ward Carolyn Brock was in
the hospital suffering from anxiety stemming
from her previous Now, because she said she had had
previous suicidal thoughts and had tried to take her own life
in the past, she was supposed to be But that message had not been passed
on correctly and she was able She had been seen by doctors
while in the ward after saying After that meeting, they decided
that she should not be allowed to leave the ward unaccompanied,
but that instruction was not communicated to the people looking
after her that Sunday morning. The trust accept that not
all information relating to Mrs Brock's leave arrangements
and increased risk was handed over, As the coroner acknowledged,
following our own internal investigation, we have made
significant changes to the way information
is shared within the team. Our nurses make difficult
decisions every day, balancing the clinical needs
to detain informal patients The investigation into
Carolyn Brock's death said her care plan had not
been sufficiently robust. Changes have since been made
to try to make sure that every decision is passed on to everyone
who needs to know. It's a marvel of Victorian
engineering that's usually The Hewletts underground reservoir
supplies all the water Now it's being drained
for maintenance - giving our cameras and environment correspondent
David Gregory-Kumar a rare 170 years ago, when Cheltenham
was running out of water, this was the solution the Victorians
came up with - Hewletts Reservoir. And today, we have a rare
chance to look around. This is one of our service
reservoirs, where we keep water before we deliver it
to our customers. We've got it off service
at the moment for part of its routine inspection,
to give it a checkup, because we're looking after these
old Victorian assets and we want to look
after them in the long term. When full, this tank
can supply Cheltenham 45 million litres of clean water,
it is absolutely enormous. So, it is quite hard to get a sense
of just how big it is down here. What we have asked Duncan to do
is to carry on working that way, down to the far end of the tank,
to try and give you an idea It took Duncan a good few
minutes to walk to the far I bet there is a really
long echo in here. It may be huge down here,
but it's also hidden from sight. Most people have no idea
the reservoir exists. As you can see, where we're
standing at the moment, it just looks like a bit
of a green field. People just have no clue
at all about what's This is one of our biggest
reservoirs where we store clean water and we have got about 500
of these across the region. And they range anything
from something kind of the size of your bedroom to this one,
which is absolutely huge. The good news is everything looks
in pretty good shape. So we had it inspected
by the engineer last week All the concrete has been
here for tens of years and we're going to look after it for tens
of years into the future as well. Soon, this vast space will be
refilled, which will take about two weeks, and then Hewletts Reservoir
will continue to quietly supply water to Cheltenham just as it has
done for the last 170 years. Amazing. We really would not know
that was under all those green fields. Let's move on to sport.
Bristol Rugby have brought in experienced coach Alan Solomons
as a consultant in a last ditch attempt to stay in the Premiership.
Following heavy defeats to Harlequins and Leicester,
they are six points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Solomons, who spent three years at Edinburgh before
leaving them in September, will stay with Bristol
I have known Alan for a number of years. I worked with him in 2001 in
Ulster. And Chris and myself had a discussion about it. We thought it
would be a good idea to bring his experience to the club, to help the
coaching setup. Alan arrived yesterday, we had good meetings. It
was our first aid training today and everything has gone very well so
far. -- it was our first day training today.
Bristol take on local rivals Bath on Sunday looking for their first
The favourite for this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup will miss
Thistle-crack, trained by Colin Tizzard
in Somerset, has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
It's not all doom and gloom at the yard as Colin does
still have the second and third favourites, Native
The West has an up and coming judo star
and much of her success is down to her coach.
Only in Charlie Whitfield's case, the coach is her dad.
Gavin Whitfield introduced his daughter
to Judo four years ago and she's already won gold two years
Today, the duo had a family showdown in front of her classmates.
Charlie can, but only because he taught her all his best
She must be really strong because her dad must be really
heavy, and I don't know how she flips him over.
Like, I was pretty scared of her already, but now
I will just not go near her, I think.
Charlie has lost count of the medals she has won in just four years,
including two consecutive golds at the Western area
With dad for a coach, she never stops learning.
We can always muck about in the house or down the street.
We can always do something when we are both together.
Besides her dad, Charlie has another hero.
Sally Conway, also from South Gloucestershire,
The Olympics. Really?
Do you think that is going to happen?
I think if I keep putting the effort in, I will get there.
She is talking Olympic standard, which is quite a high standard
to sort of pitch at such a young age.
But it is also, again, determination and that drive
So it is great that she is talking of that, but I am sort of doing
Charlie is not just a judo star, she is also
And she has to make sure she's keeping up with the class,
despite training and trips away to judo tournaments.
A lot of them don't want to get on the wrong side of Charlie.
But just watching her and how determined she is, and also,
when she doesn't necessarily win every time, she can come back
That is such a great trait for children to see
A week Friday, Charlie is in Croatia competing.
It is all part of her larger judo journey, and who knows
For sure, Dad will always be by her side.
You would want Charlie as a mate, wouldn't you?
Tewkesbury Abbey has been taken over by nearly a hundred knitted monks.
The woolly figures have been made for the Monks In The Abbey
Exhibition and those behind it are hoping there could
Natasha Turney has been to have a look.
Monks have always been a big part of the history of Tewkesbury Abbey.
Around 20 woolly visitors took up residence here a few years ago,
with the collection growing year-on-year.
I thought that as the abbey used to have a monastery attached,
it would be a good idea to celebrate this fact.
And although the monastery has been pulled down now,
we still have this wonderful abbey, and let's celebrate the fact
They may only be ten centimetres tall, but they are proving
It is really, really nice and unexpected.
I am very impressed with the amount of work people have put into this
And I hope it continues for a long time.
Out of the 91 monks that are here, 85 were hand-knitted
Well, they are on outreach in the community, letting people
And soon there are set to be even more.
Well, the Abbey, in 2021, will be 900 years old since
And we hope to have 900 monks here to celebrate a monk for every
That works out at around 120 extra each year,
and so the church are looking for help from the whole community
So, it is going to mean a lot more organising,
knitting, crocheting, putting together, and we just
hope the community will come and join us.
The monks here will stay on display until the end of February.
After that, it is time to get the knitting needles out and start
Can you make? I think I know the answer but I will ask anyway.
I can't, but I am always impressed with people who can. My mother used
to knit my cricket jumpers and then shrink them in the wash.
Sara Thornton is in the BBC Weather centre.
Can you make? -- knit? No, but I know more about the
weather. It is not very inspiring the pictures. Pretty cloudy for most
of us. Some rain in there as well. Heavy rain in the north-west. You
can notice the strike of cloud behind me. That is a frontal system
that will sink towards us tonight and introduce yet more rainforest. A
lot of it will be knocked out by the Welsh mountains. As we had tonight
into tomorrow morning. But there will be some alone, which leads us
to a quite damp 24 hours ahead for us. Little bits and pieces of rain
coming through the night. You can see it as just some towards us.
Crucially, it doesn't quite get to us with any cold the Arsenal will be
another mild night. At 10 Celsius, 50 in Fahrenheit, above what we
would expect by Dave Lewis time of year. Let alone night. We start the
morning on a mild zero, but it is mild and damp and breezy as well.
The winds will be a feature of the weather tomorrow. Bits and pieces of
rain around. The odd heavy bursts potentially but the rain knocked out
mostly by the Welsh mountains. As I said, it is a breezy day and another
mild one again. Temperatures like today, the low teens, 12, maybe 13
Celsius. If you have any interest in the weather and you have been across
the news, you might be aware there is a storm heading for the UK on
Thursday. Storm Doris, a named storm from the Met Office. We see it as
rain through the morning and then strengthening winds as the rain
pulls away into the early part of the afternoon. I want to talk you
through the weather warnings. We're not really affected by the very
worst of Storm Doris. A lot of it was the north of the UK. This yellow
be aware warning for the strength of the wind is just clips into
Gloucestershire. Further south, we could even see significant wind
gusts. From the cold front, that rain battles through in the morning,
it is gone by mid morning and then the sunshine behind it. Temperatures
fall away goes on and the wind gusts will be significant. Here are the
gusts we are talking about, in excess of 50 mph which could be
disrupted for a time. 10 Celsius before that pulls away. Once the
winds get in, it will then feel chillier. Friday could start with
some ground frost. It is cooler feeling on Friday but lack into
double figures by Saturday. Thank you very much. Storm Doris
sound so calm. It sounds like a sweet person, not a horrible storm!
We are back with you in the Ten O'Clock News. We will have the
details from the council budget meeting that we sought Paul at.
Still there in the rain, no doubt! Hopefully he will be back in from
the rain. We will see you for the Ten O'Clock News. Goodbye.
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