22/02/2017 Points West


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A reminder of the day's main story... The

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claims that lives have been put at risk after the computer system

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handling calls for one of our emergency services failed.

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It's simply been a matter of chance that lives have not been lost today.

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Safety has been compromised and it is taken as longer to deploy fire

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engines. Avon and Somerset police say they're

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investigating two allegations There are calls for more to be done

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to change cultural perceptions. The rates lottery -

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we'll be looking at who'll end up paying more and less

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as the Government And meeting the sitcom stars -

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the siblings from Cirencester who've turned their childhood

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into a hit BBC show. It's claimed that failures

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with the computer system handling calls for Dorset

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and Wiltshire Fire Service The ?7.5 million system,

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which is also used by the Devon and Somerset service,

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crashed at least ten One control room operator has told

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us she's ended up using online Dorset and Wiltshire Fire

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and Rescue Service have responded to more than 42,000 calls

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since the new call handling system, provided by Capita,

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was put in place in the It's designed to break

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down borders between the three fire rescue areas it covers

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and deploy fire engines from the closest

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station to every incident. Well, just on Monday,

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we had two very common faults Kate Scott is a control room

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operator and local rep The system fails and we're unable

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to mobilise fire engines. trying to do the best you can for

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that personal the end of the phone. When you cannot do that as

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effectively as you would like, it is both frustrating and stressful by

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the operators. A Freedom of information request has revealed

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that they have been several problems of the last 18 months. This includes

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the system failing to work and the calls come to be taken by different

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control rooms. The union says that the system must be fixed. It's

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simply been a matter of chance that lives have not been lost today. But

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safety has been optimised and it has taken as longer to reach some

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incidents because of this system. We have seen a fire engines mobilised

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from the wrong fire station. The three areas using this system all

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insist that it is safe. Of course we are aware that their urban problems

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and we doing everything possible we can it to ensure the problems are

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resolved. There is no risk of us not responding. In the event of a

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emergency, dial 909 and we will respond and be with you as quickly

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as possible. -- dial 999. The company says that it will continue

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told the issues are resolved. -- the told the issues are resolved. -- the

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Fire Service so that the issues are resolved.

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Earlier I spoke to the MP for South West Wiltshire, Andrew Murrison.

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I asked for his reaction to the computer failures.

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I think we're all used through computer glitches

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in our daily lives but this is in a different league

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something where life and limb could be at risk and serious damage

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to property, so I think this is something we can

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It's just not acceptable to have ongoing glitches of this sort.

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The Fire Brigades Union want it taken to a Public

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That's something you could help with.

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Yeah, I think both the south-west and London appear to have had

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I think the first thing we need to do is get the Home Office take

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on this matter because I think overall it probably

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is the Government department with the overview of this

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and needs to, I think, look at places where it has been

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a problem and try to get to grips with why it's happened

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I think it's important to say that this sort of software is great

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in improving response times and generally improving the service,

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We certainly do need to make sure that any glitches are dealt

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with as a matter of priority and also that there is a plan B that

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doesn't put the operators that you have described in the invidious

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position they clearly have been in when the system crashed.

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So how would you reassure your constituents going forward that this

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will be treated with some sense of urgency?

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Well, as I said, I think it is urgent because they cannot

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accept this sort of thing happening regularly in a system

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which is safety critical, whereas we would perhaps excepted

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-- perhaps accept it in ordinary computer terms,

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clearly this software is special and I am alarmed that both

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in the south-west and in London we appear to have a system that

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routinely goes down for protracted periods of time in the way

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So what is the first action that you are going to take on this now?

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Well, I'm going to write to ministers find out

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what overview they have taken, whether they share my concerns,

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which I sincerely hope they do, and what they will do

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Will you come back to us so that we can follow up on this?

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I think this is something we need to deal with as a matter of urgency.

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Forensics officers are continuing their investigation of a former home

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of the convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell.

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Gardens and the garages behind two properties

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Halliwell is serving a "whole life" sentence after killing Becky Godden

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A teenager's been taken to hospital after a tree fell

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It happened on the Bath Road in Brislington this afternoon,

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when the large tree came down near a pedestrian crossing.

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The road was closed for several hours and emergency services were at

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the scene. Avon and Somerset Police say

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they now have two active investigations into cases

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of female genital mutilation. It's illegal here but it's

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common in many African countries and is a particular

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concern in areas of Bristol where Today a leading FGM charity held

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a meeting to share ideas on how The majority of the women in this

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room will have suffered But to speak of it

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is still shameful. There's a culture of

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silence, which makes A lot of these women have also been

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through multiple kinds of trauma. They may have come from countries

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where there has been war You have the FGM, you have

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the conflict from the war, so you have to sort of unpack

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and unpick all these issues and ensure that the woman

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is adequately supported. Many women here grew up

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in African countries In Somalia, Sudan, even Egypt,

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80% of girls have their genitals cut or changed for no

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medical reason whatsoever. The police and social services

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are doing what they can to try These communities come

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from countries where they have actually been persecuted,

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they are fearful of You know, I think if we spoke to any

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person in Bristol and said, social services and the police

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are coming to your house, But they go to houses

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for every form of child abuse and FGM is just another form

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of child abuse and we need to reassure them that we don't treat

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this any differently. In a short space of time,

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perception has started to shift. The message about the risk

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to women's health is But new women and refugees continue

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to move to this city, so the work to spare future

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generations from this brutal Joining me now is Detective Chief

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Inspector Leanne Pook from Avon and Somerset Police -

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she's the lead officer in the South West on FGM

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and was at today's conference. You've been the lead officer in the

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Selt west. Do you think this is a fighting tide? Can you win against

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this? I absolutely believe we can. We have developing a really strong

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relationship with affected images. Some really tremendous individuals

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within these communities that are trying desperately hard to educate

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people about the half-point winters. If I didn't believe that we could

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engage together, I wouldn't be here. -- to educate people about the

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health risks. Prosecution is one part of a really bigger and much

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more complex approach to ending FGM. Anybody would tell you that

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education and prevention is priority. Some of our job is around

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prevention and education. You've been here for five years, the

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communities are crawling, how do you come -- how do you combat this? --

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the communities are growing. If it were done to police to do all the

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policing... Does the community police itself? You don't have to

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rely on the community to come forward with these sort of stories.

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have to rely. We do not get enough have to rely. We do not get

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intelligence from the communities intelligence from the communities

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and we are trying to address that. We're performing these

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relationships. You get information and you work towards amending

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have mutual trust. These people have mutual trust. These people

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often come from countries in which police are not to be trusted. It is

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a slow burning piece of work. You do not gain trust and mutual was begged

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overnight. We are getting there. -- mutual trust overnight. What about

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the men in the community? How are you targeting them? The has-beens

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and real progress with the men. They are posting in their own way. Quite

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often they work alongside the woman but not publicly. Increasingly, we

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are involving men and young men as well. That is very important. We

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have challenges, particularly youth charities, who have really good

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representation of young men that are tomorrow's dads. Holiday period is

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coming in. This must be a time when you monitor family is coming apart.

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Did I feel like they are being targeted when you visit them? I

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think they might. How do you combat that? Through dialogue and

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discussion. As a police officer that would like to integrate probably in

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these communities and stand alongside them, I don't only go and

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speak to them about FGM. I've become a no decrease in that community and

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that's happy you begin to develop these relationships. -- I've become

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a known face in that community. We don't have a different approach. We

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have a series of risk factors to look at and apply to risk

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situations. The world in general is uncomfortable with risk. FGM isn't

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really like that. We are working together to try and address that.

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Thank you for talking to us. Thanks for watching BBC Points West

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on this Wednesday evening. Cutting off a rat run -

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the plants being used to keep school And tomorrow's weather story is all

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about the storm. What is the impact in the rest?

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Two Avon and Somerset Police officers are being investigated

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for gross misconduct after a man was mistakenly tasered in Bristol.

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It's part of an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints

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Commission into what happened during the incident in January.

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Our home affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen reports.

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Filmed on a phone by a neighbour - this is Ras Adunbi being confronted

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He was on his way home after walking his dog in Easton.

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I see him every day walking his dog, he's a lovely bloke.

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Police think - mistakenly - that he's someone they want to question.

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Then the female officer fires her high voltage taser.

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Shot in the face - Ras was taken to hospital.

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Then to a police cell in Patchway - before

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The incident was refered to the Independent Police

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Today they've served two officers with gross

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misconduct notices advising them that their conduct is now

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They have always denied any wrongdoing.

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Avon and Somerset Police say they will cooperate fully.

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Big changes are on the way for business rates in our region.

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In April, the Government wants to look again at the amount

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businesses pay so that it matches changes in the property market.

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For much of the west it's good news - rates will go down.

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The biggest winners include south Gloucestershire,

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where, on the whole, business rates are set to fall

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by 10%, Taunton Deane, where it's an 11% reduction

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and Swindon, where they'll go down by 12%.

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But the story is very different in the West Somerset council area,

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where firms are facing one of the biggest increases

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in the whole country - up an average 66%.

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And even if businesses are in the same street,

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they could end up paying very different rates.

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Clinton Rogers has been finding out more.

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It is, says this Minehead businessman, the most confusing

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But what he does know is that he's about to face a 28% increase

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The rateable value of shops like this is set as pounds

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per square metre and yet, oddly, not all figures are the same.

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You only have to cross the road to see a slightly different picture

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because under the new figures shops over here will have a rateable value

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If you go down to the corner, there is a shop there actually

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Why it must be, because we get the morning sun.

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It must be a mistake and yet the valuation

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Just across town, this joinery workshop is facing a 60% increase

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Are you talking about losing people or what?

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We've just taken on two apprentices but it's dodgy.

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The average increases in west Somerset are skewed significantly

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by one rise in particular - here at Hinkley Point B

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The figures here are breathtaking - from ?8 million now

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EDF says politely it is in talks with the Valuation Office Agency.

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Council leaders in west Somerset say the Hinkley figure makes no sense.

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They are an independent organisation and when we question them

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about Hinkley Point B they've said, we have done the figures and this

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The Valuation Office Agency says it won't comment on individual cases.

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But that rateable values are influenced by a number of factors -

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including the potential rental value of properties - which leaves

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business owners here wondering whether spotting a unicorn is more

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likely than successfully appealing the new figures.

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Children say they feel safer now that a popular rat run cutting

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through their primary school in Bristol has been

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After parents campaigned to make the crossing safer,

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the City Council decided to block off the road for 18 months

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More than 300 pupils go to Ashton Gate Primary School.

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Until recently, they've had to cross a busy road

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to get from the playground to their classroom.

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In the morning, there would be cars rushing up and down here,

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people parking all over the place, it was absolute chaos.

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It was a bit dangerous because you had to look

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out for the cars coming across and you could have the chance

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We've had some abusive drivers, we actually had a driver once stick

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But this trial closure over the next 18 months means those drivers can

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These planters came from a local nursery.

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The council did consider barriers and pop-up bollards

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but says this is a cheap, quick, effective way to close the road.

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It would just make it so much easier for staff.

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They won't have to worry about stopping cars.

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It feels much safer and parents don't have to worry so much.

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When the planters first appeared, they did cause some confusion.

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Others are angry that it's a full time closure.

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Children are at school from 8:30am-3:30pm so I think that

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Not all the time, not when the school's closed

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This is a bit of an experiment - the council wants to

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But for now drivers will have to find another way round.

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Bristol City take on Fulham tonight at Ashton Gate

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City are currently one place and two points above

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They'll have to do without their leading scorer Tammy Abraham

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who is out for at least two to three weeks with a leg injury.

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A Bristol teenager has moved a step closer to a career in Formula One

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after being snapped up by the McLaren racing team.

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They've signed Lando Norris up to their young driver programme,

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saying he's a "fabulous prospect" in the sport.

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This year the 17-year-old will take part in the European

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Formula Three series - where Lewis Hamilton once raced.

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What? Just the excitement. You don't know what to do with that.

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The Cotswolds is often used as a filming location.

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In fact, Northleach was recently used for JK Rowling's

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But now the town is the location for a new BBC mockumentary that's

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It's written by and stars a brother and sister from nearby Cirencester

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who wanted to show a different side of the Cotswolds.

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Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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Northleach - a textbook Cotswold town.

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And in This Country it's home to cousins Kerry

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I was walking in the Co-op and he came out and he said after year and

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I said, no, after you. He's so humble.

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In real life Kerry and Kurtan are brother and sister

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What's it like to work together as brother and sister? It's really

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annoying. Our mum has two split up a reverse. You're really annoying. No,

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you're really annoying. The show isn't the view

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of the Cotswolds that you'd normally expect -

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and that's deliberate. You love the Cotswolds. We want to

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do shall decide that we knew and grew up with. -- we wanted to show

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the side that we grow up with. We love living here and wouldn't want

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many big characters. You find out a many big characters. You find out a

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lot about people and provide to stand.

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So you get to hear about the frustrations of the annual

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scarecrow competition, their excitement at the death

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of a teacher they hated and meet the locals like Mandy -

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Who is that? That is grant from Eastenders.

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But many of the stories are based on Daisy and Charlie's

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real life experiences - like this...

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Somebody has been throwing fruit at my house. We have a tree growing up

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in our garden and we had so many children throwing fruit at ever has.

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My dad was just Jason. This Country reflects the rawness

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of real life and definitely isn't family viewing

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so hasn't been everyone. But how's it gone

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down in Northleach? I think that the language could be

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toned down. If you don't think that this is a documentary, it is just a

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comedy programme done well. People have been amazing and it means so

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much trust. It is a dream come true. But do you think your impact on the

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image of the Cotswolds will be? Getting chucked out. Getting fruit

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thrown at us. Yet, getting pretty thrown at us.

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Daisy and Charlie's irreverent take on where they grew up, This Country,

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is on iPlayer and on BBC One on Saturday nights -

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you think? It's great. I love the you think? It's great. I love the

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fact that you can have a drive-bys with plums!

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Let's find out if Storm Doris is approaching?

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Yes, she is approaching. That will be taking place in the course of

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tomorrow. The forecast is dominated by the windy conditions. We will all

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weather in the morning. Once that is weather in the morning. Once that is

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out of the way, the afternoon will be greatly improved and beat try and

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breaker. It will remain decidedly windy. The Met office has two

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warnings for our ever. The yellow warning as for the whole of the

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Points West region. In the north of Gloucestershire, that is an ample

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warning. The average north of the, into the Midlands, it could be

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pretty dangerous for the winds. There is potential for damage and

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Eagles to be knocked over. -- and vehicles knocked over. Towards the

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north-west, that is Storm Doris forming quickly. That is a weather

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bomb as you read in newspapers. These and other areas is where the

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hazards are combined with strong winds, potentially destructive

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spell. -- potentially destructive snow in Edinburgh. For the rest of

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this evening, the winds are already gathering attention. They will

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continue to be prominent throughout the night. Outbreaks of rain

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throughout the region. Throughout the night, a cold front is coming.

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Storm Doris is starting to gather pace. It will have been a mild bout

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-- a mild night. The winds will be behind the rain and it will be

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perhaps 50 mph. Some areas potentially 60, even more. The

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coastal fringe of the Bristol channel. Equally in other areas were

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there as elevation. That could bring some trees down and bring a threat

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to high sided vehicles in the M5. Temperatures tomorrow will be mild

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nonetheless. It might be a decent enough story. Yet, he just got to

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get tucked away first. Thank you very much for that. Storm Doris. He

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just slipped those terms in to the vernacular. Join us later on.

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Good job, guys. We totally nailed it.

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This year, fundraising kits are going to be sent through the post.

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