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A reminder of the day's main story... The
claims that lives have been put at risk after the computer system
handling calls for one of our emergency services failed.
It's simply been a matter of chance that lives have not been lost today.
Safety has been compromised and it is taken as longer to deploy fire
engines. Avon and Somerset police say they're
investigating two allegations There are calls for more to be done
to change cultural perceptions. The rates lottery -
we'll be looking at who'll end up paying more and less
as the Government And meeting the sitcom stars -
the siblings from Cirencester who've turned their childhood
into a hit BBC show. It's claimed that failures
with the computer system handling calls for Dorset
and Wiltshire Fire Service The ?7.5 million system,
which is also used by the Devon and Somerset service,
crashed at least ten One control room operator has told
us she's ended up using online Dorset and Wiltshire Fire
and Rescue Service have responded to more than 42,000 calls
since the new call handling system, provided by Capita,
was put in place in the It's designed to break
down borders between the three fire rescue areas it covers
and deploy fire engines from the closest
station to every incident. Well, just on Monday,
we had two very common faults Kate Scott is a control room
operator and local rep The system fails and we're unable
to mobilise fire engines. trying to do the best you can for
that personal the end of the phone. When you cannot do that as
effectively as you would like, it is both frustrating and stressful by
the operators. A Freedom of information request has revealed
that they have been several problems of the last 18 months. This includes
the system failing to work and the calls come to be taken by different
control rooms. The union says that the system must be fixed. It's
simply been a matter of chance that lives have not been lost today. But
safety has been optimised and it has taken as longer to reach some
incidents because of this system. We have seen a fire engines mobilised
from the wrong fire station. The three areas using this system all
insist that it is safe. Of course we are aware that their urban problems
and we doing everything possible we can it to ensure the problems are
resolved. There is no risk of us not responding. In the event of a
emergency, dial 909 and we will respond and be with you as quickly
as possible. -- dial 999. The company says that it will continue
told the issues are resolved. -- the told the issues are resolved. -- the
Fire Service so that the issues are resolved.
Earlier I spoke to the MP for South West Wiltshire, Andrew Murrison.
I asked for his reaction to the computer failures.
I think we're all used through computer glitches
in our daily lives but this is in a different league
something where life and limb could be at risk and serious damage
to property, so I think this is something we can
It's just not acceptable to have ongoing glitches of this sort.
The Fire Brigades Union want it taken to a Public
That's something you could help with.
Yeah, I think both the south-west and London appear to have had
I think the first thing we need to do is get the Home Office take
on this matter because I think overall it probably
is the Government department with the overview of this
and needs to, I think, look at places where it has been
a problem and try to get to grips with why it's happened
I think it's important to say that this sort of software is great
in improving response times and generally improving the service,
We certainly do need to make sure that any glitches are dealt
with as a matter of priority and also that there is a plan B that
doesn't put the operators that you have described in the invidious
position they clearly have been in when the system crashed.
So how would you reassure your constituents going forward that this
will be treated with some sense of urgency?
Well, as I said, I think it is urgent because they cannot
accept this sort of thing happening regularly in a system
which is safety critical, whereas we would perhaps excepted
-- perhaps accept it in ordinary computer terms,
clearly this software is special and I am alarmed that both
in the south-west and in London we appear to have a system that
routinely goes down for protracted periods of time in the way
So what is the first action that you are going to take on this now?
Well, I'm going to write to ministers find out
what overview they have taken, whether they share my concerns,
which I sincerely hope they do, and what they will do
Will you come back to us so that we can follow up on this?
I think this is something we need to deal with as a matter of urgency.
Forensics officers are continuing their investigation of a former home
of the convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell.
Gardens and the garages behind two properties
Halliwell is serving a "whole life" sentence after killing Becky Godden
A teenager's been taken to hospital after a tree fell
It happened on the Bath Road in Brislington this afternoon,
when the large tree came down near a pedestrian crossing.
The road was closed for several hours and emergency services were at
the scene. Avon and Somerset Police say
they now have two active investigations into cases
of female genital mutilation. It's illegal here but it's
common in many African countries and is a particular
concern in areas of Bristol where Today a leading FGM charity held
a meeting to share ideas on how The majority of the women in this
room will have suffered But to speak of it
is still shameful. There's a culture of
silence, which makes A lot of these women have also been
through multiple kinds of trauma. They may have come from countries
where there has been war You have the FGM, you have
the conflict from the war, so you have to sort of unpack
and unpick all these issues and ensure that the woman
is adequately supported. Many women here grew up
in African countries In Somalia, Sudan, even Egypt,
80% of girls have their genitals cut or changed for no
medical reason whatsoever. The police and social services
are doing what they can to try These communities come
from countries where they have actually been persecuted,
they are fearful of You know, I think if we spoke to any
person in Bristol and said, social services and the police
are coming to your house, But they go to houses
for every form of child abuse and FGM is just another form
of child abuse and we need to reassure them that we don't treat
this any differently. In a short space of time,
perception has started to shift. The message about the risk
to women's health is But new women and refugees continue
to move to this city, so the work to spare future
generations from this brutal Joining me now is Detective Chief
Inspector Leanne Pook from Avon and Somerset Police -
she's the lead officer in the South West on FGM
and was at today's conference. You've been the lead officer in the
Selt west. Do you think this is a fighting tide? Can you win against
this? I absolutely believe we can. We have developing a really strong
relationship with affected images. Some really tremendous individuals
within these communities that are trying desperately hard to educate
people about the half-point winters. If I didn't believe that we could
engage together, I wouldn't be here. -- to educate people about the
health risks. Prosecution is one part of a really bigger and much
more complex approach to ending FGM. Anybody would tell you that
education and prevention is priority. Some of our job is around
prevention and education. You've been here for five years, the
communities are crawling, how do you come -- how do you combat this? --
the communities are growing. If it were done to police to do all the
policing... Does the community police itself? You don't have to
rely on the community to come forward with these sort of stories.
have to rely. We do not get enough have to rely. We do not get
intelligence from the communities intelligence from the communities
and we are trying to address that. We're performing these
relationships. You get information and you work towards amending
have mutual trust. These people have mutual trust. These people
often come from countries in which police are not to be trusted. It is
a slow burning piece of work. You do not gain trust and mutual was begged
overnight. We are getting there. -- mutual trust overnight. What about
the men in the community? How are you targeting them? The has-beens
and real progress with the men. They are posting in their own way. Quite
often they work alongside the woman but not publicly. Increasingly, we
are involving men and young men as well. That is very important. We
have challenges, particularly youth charities, who have really good
representation of young men that are tomorrow's dads. Holiday period is
coming in. This must be a time when you monitor family is coming apart.
Did I feel like they are being targeted when you visit them? I
think they might. How do you combat that? Through dialogue and
discussion. As a police officer that would like to integrate probably in
these communities and stand alongside them, I don't only go and
speak to them about FGM. I've become a no decrease in that community and
that's happy you begin to develop these relationships. -- I've become
a known face in that community. We don't have a different approach. We
have a series of risk factors to look at and apply to risk
situations. The world in general is uncomfortable with risk. FGM isn't
really like that. We are working together to try and address that.
Thank you for talking to us. Thanks for watching BBC Points West
on this Wednesday evening. Cutting off a rat run -
the plants being used to keep school And tomorrow's weather story is all
about the storm. What is the impact in the rest?
Two Avon and Somerset Police officers are being investigated
for gross misconduct after a man was mistakenly tasered in Bristol.
It's part of an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints
Commission into what happened during the incident in January.
Our home affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen reports.
Filmed on a phone by a neighbour - this is Ras Adunbi being confronted
He was on his way home after walking his dog in Easton.
I see him every day walking his dog, he's a lovely bloke.
Police think - mistakenly - that he's someone they want to question.
Then the female officer fires her high voltage taser.
Shot in the face - Ras was taken to hospital.
Then to a police cell in Patchway - before
The incident was refered to the Independent Police
Today they've served two officers with gross
misconduct notices advising them that their conduct is now
They have always denied any wrongdoing.
Avon and Somerset Police say they will cooperate fully.
Big changes are on the way for business rates in our region.
In April, the Government wants to look again at the amount
businesses pay so that it matches changes in the property market.
For much of the west it's good news - rates will go down.
The biggest winners include south Gloucestershire,
where, on the whole, business rates are set to fall
by 10%, Taunton Deane, where it's an 11% reduction
and Swindon, where they'll go down by 12%.
But the story is very different in the West Somerset council area,
where firms are facing one of the biggest increases
in the whole country - up an average 66%.
And even if businesses are in the same street,
they could end up paying very different rates.
Clinton Rogers has been finding out more.
It is, says this Minehead businessman, the most confusing
But what he does know is that he's about to face a 28% increase
The rateable value of shops like this is set as pounds
per square metre and yet, oddly, not all figures are the same.
You only have to cross the road to see a slightly different picture
because under the new figures shops over here will have a rateable value
If you go down to the corner, there is a shop there actually
Why it must be, because we get the morning sun.
It must be a mistake and yet the valuation
Just across town, this joinery workshop is facing a 60% increase
Are you talking about losing people or what?
We've just taken on two apprentices but it's dodgy.
The average increases in west Somerset are skewed significantly
by one rise in particular - here at Hinkley Point B
The figures here are breathtaking - from ?8 million now
EDF says politely it is in talks with the Valuation Office Agency.
Council leaders in west Somerset say the Hinkley figure makes no sense.
They are an independent organisation and when we question them
about Hinkley Point B they've said, we have done the figures and this
The Valuation Office Agency says it won't comment on individual cases.
But that rateable values are influenced by a number of factors -
including the potential rental value of properties - which leaves
business owners here wondering whether spotting a unicorn is more
likely than successfully appealing the new figures.
Children say they feel safer now that a popular rat run cutting
through their primary school in Bristol has been
After parents campaigned to make the crossing safer,
the City Council decided to block off the road for 18 months
More than 300 pupils go to Ashton Gate Primary School.
Until recently, they've had to cross a busy road
to get from the playground to their classroom.
In the morning, there would be cars rushing up and down here,
people parking all over the place, it was absolute chaos.
It was a bit dangerous because you had to look
out for the cars coming across and you could have the chance
We've had some abusive drivers, we actually had a driver once stick
But this trial closure over the next 18 months means those drivers can
These planters came from a local nursery.
The council did consider barriers and pop-up bollards
but says this is a cheap, quick, effective way to close the road.
It would just make it so much easier for staff.
They won't have to worry about stopping cars.
It feels much safer and parents don't have to worry so much.
When the planters first appeared, they did cause some confusion.
Others are angry that it's a full time closure.
Children are at school from 8:30am-3:30pm so I think that
Not all the time, not when the school's closed
This is a bit of an experiment - the council wants to
But for now drivers will have to find another way round.
Bristol City take on Fulham tonight at Ashton Gate
City are currently one place and two points above
They'll have to do without their leading scorer Tammy Abraham
who is out for at least two to three weeks with a leg injury.
A Bristol teenager has moved a step closer to a career in Formula One
after being snapped up by the McLaren racing team.
They've signed Lando Norris up to their young driver programme,
saying he's a "fabulous prospect" in the sport.
This year the 17-year-old will take part in the European
Formula Three series - where Lewis Hamilton once raced.
What? Just the excitement. You don't know what to do with that.
The Cotswolds is often used as a filming location.
In fact, Northleach was recently used for JK Rowling's
But now the town is the location for a new BBC mockumentary that's
It's written by and stars a brother and sister from nearby Cirencester
who wanted to show a different side of the Cotswolds.
Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.
Northleach - a textbook Cotswold town.
And in This Country it's home to cousins Kerry
I was walking in the Co-op and he came out and he said after year and
I said, no, after you. He's so humble.
In real life Kerry and Kurtan are brother and sister
What's it like to work together as brother and sister? It's really
annoying. Our mum has two split up a reverse. You're really annoying. No,
you're really annoying. The show isn't the view
of the Cotswolds that you'd normally expect -
and that's deliberate. You love the Cotswolds. We want to
do shall decide that we knew and grew up with. -- we wanted to show
the side that we grow up with. We love living here and wouldn't want
many big characters. You find out a many big characters. You find out a
lot about people and provide to stand.
So you get to hear about the frustrations of the annual
scarecrow competition, their excitement at the death
of a teacher they hated and meet the locals like Mandy -
Who is that? That is grant from Eastenders.
But many of the stories are based on Daisy and Charlie's
real life experiences - like this...
Somebody has been throwing fruit at my house. We have a tree growing up
in our garden and we had so many children throwing fruit at ever has.
My dad was just Jason. This Country reflects the rawness
of real life and definitely isn't family viewing
so hasn't been everyone. But how's it gone
down in Northleach? I think that the language could be
toned down. If you don't think that this is a documentary, it is just a
comedy programme done well. People have been amazing and it means so
much trust. It is a dream come true. But do you think your impact on the
image of the Cotswolds will be? Getting chucked out. Getting fruit
thrown at us. Yet, getting pretty thrown at us.
Daisy and Charlie's irreverent take on where they grew up, This Country,
is on iPlayer and on BBC One on Saturday nights -
you think? It's great. I love the you think? It's great. I love the
fact that you can have a drive-bys with plums!
Let's find out if Storm Doris is approaching?
Yes, she is approaching. That will be taking place in the course of
tomorrow. The forecast is dominated by the windy conditions. We will all
weather in the morning. Once that is weather in the morning. Once that is
out of the way, the afternoon will be greatly improved and beat try and
breaker. It will remain decidedly windy. The Met office has two
warnings for our ever. The yellow warning as for the whole of the
Points West region. In the north of Gloucestershire, that is an ample
warning. The average north of the, into the Midlands, it could be
pretty dangerous for the winds. There is potential for damage and
Eagles to be knocked over. -- and vehicles knocked over. Towards the
north-west, that is Storm Doris forming quickly. That is a weather
bomb as you read in newspapers. These and other areas is where the
hazards are combined with strong winds, potentially destructive
spell. -- potentially destructive snow in Edinburgh. For the rest of
this evening, the winds are already gathering attention. They will
continue to be prominent throughout the night. Outbreaks of rain
throughout the region. Throughout the night, a cold front is coming.
Storm Doris is starting to gather pace. It will have been a mild bout
-- a mild night. The winds will be behind the rain and it will be
perhaps 50 mph. Some areas potentially 60, even more. The
coastal fringe of the Bristol channel. Equally in other areas were
there as elevation. That could bring some trees down and bring a threat
to high sided vehicles in the M5. Temperatures tomorrow will be mild
nonetheless. It might be a decent enough story. Yet, he just got to
get tucked away first. Thank you very much for that. Storm Doris. He
just slipped those terms in to the vernacular. Join us later on.
Good job, guys. We totally nailed it.
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