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Welcome to BBC Points West with Liz Beacon and David Garmston.


Our main story tonight: Face to face with the driver


A Swindon woman meets the man who was on his mobile phone


She wants to highlight the dangers of phoning and driving.


Our other headlines tonight: Death in Thailand.


A family in Gloucestershire look for answers after he sent worrying


As the gripping TV drama Broadchurch returns,


why a support organisation in Somerset is standing by to help.


And Grandad's story - the discovery that took me back


A Swindon woman has met the man who killed her boyfriend in a car


crash, to draw attention to the dangers of using a mobile


Gavin Roberts died last June, when a car ploughed into his.


Meg Williamson says she's determined to make sure other drivers


This is the moment that Meg Williamson came face


to face with the man who killed her boyfriend.


Lewis Stratford caused a car crash while talking on his mobile phone.


He was an Australian living in Swindon.


In June last year, he was driving to work on the A34.


Lewis Stratford was driving on the other way.


Arguing on the phone with his girlfriend.


He lost control, went through the central


reservation, and killed Gavin. I wish I could turn back


I feel like I have been kept here to pay for the mistake I have made.


For Meg, it was important for the meeting to take place.


What possessed him to pick up his mobile phone behind the wheel?


And to let him know how I'm feeling, how Gavin's family are feeling.


I'll never forget it, ever, and I will never be sorry enough.


But every time I say sorry, I think it is a bit cheap.


I don't want to hate you forever, I am not that type of person.


Eventually I will probably be able to forgive you.


But I just needed some questions answering first.


Lewis pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.


She now wants all schoolchildren to be taught about the dangers


Will Glennon, BBC Points West, Swindon.


Can I start by asking how did you get to the point


where you wanted to meet the man who killed your boyfriend?


I had already wanted to meet Lewis back in June of last year. Mostly


because at that point I was quite angry and I needed somebody to


blame. Over time, the compassion starts to set in and you realise


actually this is another person, and their life has been destroyed just


as much as yours. At that point, I had some questions and I thought I


could use it as a deterrent for people so they can see the impact of


using mobile phones can be traumatic. We saw he did apologise.


Did it make you feel as you wanted to feel? I think it answered some


questions I had, for the puzzle I had the pieces that needed to be fit


in. The hows and whys were answered. But for me, the main purpose of the


meeting was to highlight to the rest of the nation that picking up your


mobile phone behind a wheel can not only impact those that are left


behind but also the person that May has caused the accident in the first


place. In a few days the penalty


for being caught using your mobile phone while driving will increase


to ?200 and six points. I'm emotionally charged about this


because I've been involved. I don't think it's enough, if you can drive


a car and afford a mobile phone there should be something harsher in


place, whether it is ?1000 or some form of awareness course, just to


open people's eyes really to what can happen. We treat drinking and


drugs in exactly the same way, so why can't we now introduced the use


of mobile phones behind the wheel as a matter deterrent? I think we all


have a mobile and we all drive. What do you do when you're in the car and


you have your mobile with you? My phone is in my bride, in the boot. I


will not touch it, if it makes a sound I know it is there at the end


of the day. What is your hope? What do you hope to get out of this? I


would like to see this be introduced into schools, I think if we can


introduce it like we have with sex education and drugs and alcohol etc,


with an personal development days, opening up the younger generation to


the impact and hopefully it will filter through up into the older


generations. The bubble, not the norm to pick up your phone behind


the wheel. Meg, think you for joining us. What a powerful


interview. Certainly makes you think.


Police divers searching for a missing Bristol man have found


26-year-old Lewis Ball hadn't been seen since the 5th of February,


The police say that the body has yet to be formally identified,


but that Lewis' family have been told.


Searches have resumed today at the former home of the convicted


Specialist police officers began investigating the gardens


and garages of two properties in Broad Street last week.


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


The family of a man found dead in Thailand say they want answers


Andrew Apperley from Gloucestershire was last seen on a tourist island.


His brother says he sent several messages before he died suggesting


38-year-old Andrew Apperley was an experienced traveller.


His death after a beach party in Thailand has


My mum lost her husband three and 1/2 years ago,


It's literally just me and her left now.


It's created a big loss in our life, and he leaves


Brought up in Gloucestershire, Andrew Apperley was


He flew to Bangkok in early February before travelling on to the resort


On February 12th he headed for a party on the nearby


His body was found last Tuesday, four days after


His brothers found a series of texts messages sent by Andrew


to friends on February 13th, including one talking of "guys


wanting to kill me" and mention of a scary guy with a face mask.


His brother suspects foul play, and is demanding answers


I've got to investigate as a brother.


I can't sleep at night, I've been up sat at the computer for days.


Days and days, running a social media campaign.


I'm not going to go away, the campaign is getting larger.


The amount of hits I'm getting every day, and messages,


This is not going to go away, they need to deal with this.


The Foreign Office and Gloicesterhsire Police


are supporting the family as the Thai authorities investigate.


The family is considering flying out to Thailand, frustrated that


so little has been said to them almost a week since


Thanks for joining us on BBC Points West.


Liz and David here with you on this Monday evening.


Still to come: A step towards the great escape.


There's plenty still to come. A step towards the great Estates. --


escape. Can Bristol Rugby avoid


relegation after beating Bath? tracing the lives


of those who fought The hit TV show Broadchurch is back


on our screens tonight And if you're a keen viewer,


you'll know that parts of the programme are filmed


in and around North Somerset - This time, though, the series has


another, more serious connection with the West,


as Laura Jones explains. Over the years it's been


the backdrop to numerous films, adverts and even pop videos,


most recently to the fictional hit detective programme Broadchurch,


which is mainly filmed in Dorset. This time, though, this place isn't


the West's only connection As always the series deals with some


pretty difficult themes, so when producers wanted advice


they came to a local charity. My name's Ellie, I'm


a detective with Wessex Police. We will find the man


who attacked you. This time the storyline focuses


on a rape investigation, something that producers realised


was going to be difficult So they took advice


from the experts, including those working here at Sarsas,


the Somerset and Avon rape So the impact of somebody watching


a TV drama about rape, which is so visual, can have such


a big impact on their body as well as on memories,


you know, things coming back to them that they may have tried


to repress for a long time. But it's also their body that can


react, because trauma is often held in the body,


so things like people being sick, having watched something,


because the memory of what's happened to them has come forward


so strongly in their minds. Every year Sarsas helps


thousands of survivors of rape and sexual assault,


but money is tight. As a result of the charity's


involvement, the programme's producers are going to help fund


a national rape-crisis helpline, which would normally only be staffed


for a few hours a day. Meaning anybody affected


by what goes on in this seaside Could green-belt land be


the answer to the West's A think tank called


the Centre for Cities admits it's controversial -


but it wants the area's new Metro Mayor to consider building


homes on green fields. Housing will be one


of the Metro Mayor's key responsibilities


when he or she is elected in May. House prices soared


10% last year alone. But is it pricing people out


of living here altogether? She used to work part-time


for the council. A sharp rise in rents means she can


no longer afford to make ends meet, It's a real bad divide


between people who were able to buy, you know, a couple of decades ago,


and people who now can't afford to buy and they're


priced out of renting. And there isn't enough


social housing either. The four local councils


have all pledged to up They're aiming for another 85,000


in the next 20 years. It's the equivalent of building two


cities the size of Bath. But a new report says even that


doesn't come close and it's time to start thinking what some say


is unthinkable and build We think it has to be one


of the options on the table. Actually, the West of England


is quite unusual that much of the brownfield land


that is available is quite small So about 4300 houses could be


built on brownfield land. Clearly that's nowhere


near what's needed. She thinks building on the green


belt should be considered, as it takes up half


of South Gloucestershire and over two thirds of Bath


and North East Somerset. And it's not always


glorious rolling hills. A lot of green-belt land


is low landscape value, it's not a high-quality


environmental value, but because it's called green belt


politicians really run scared of it. We were looking at the maps


on the walls, and Mary's house was under a warehouse,


and my farm was completely Any talk of building


on protected land, though, All this, every bit of green you can


see before your eyes is green belt. Farmer Jill Britton and her


neighbour Mary Walsh have fought off developers from Whitchurch,


south of Bristol, before. With 3500 homes in the planning


pipeline, they're preparing Well, if they want to label


me a Nimby, so be it. I can cope with it, I've


got broad shoulders. But I love my farm and I want


it to stay as a farm. We've been told we're Lambys,


looking after my backyard. Nimbys, Lambys -


whatever the terminology, the debate is set to hot up,


as pressure grows on the Metro Mayor elected in May to put house building


at the top of the to-do list. If you are not quite sure what the


Metro Mayor is, don't worry we are planning a special programme and all


will be explained. Bristol Rugby's "great escape"


from relegation is back on, after they narrowly beat


local rivals Bath. They're still bottom


of the Premiership but are now just two points behind Worcester,


who they play this coming weekend. In the context of Bristol's


Premiership survival, As a rivalry it's been rather


one-sided in recent years. This was Bristol's first win in over


a decade against their nearest Shivering with cold, shaking


with excitement, but just great. We made a few errors,


I think, unfortunately, but I think at the end of the day


Bristol deserved that. I hate to say it but


the better team won the day. Bristol had been badly beaten


in their previous two games. Bath were missing 18 players


to injury, suspension But this was Gavin Henson's day -


the former Wales international making his first start for Bristol


in four months after injury. Now 35, he controlled


the game for the home side, scoring all of their points


as they built up a 12-6 lead. That work was almost


undone by one sloppy pass. Semesa Rokodoguni may


not be able to break into the England side at the moment,


but at club level he's lethal. The conversion would have


nudged Bath in front. Bristol hung on for the remaining 12


minutes to secure a vital win. A lot of people have been writing us


off but I think it showed today that the 23 involved don't believe


that and they're going It's been a tough year and I'm not


the best with injuries, I feel pretty guilty about it,


I haven't done much for the club, so I felt like I owed a big


performance, especially against our rivals,


and where we are in the league, Everyone's lost a few players


and we've got a very deep squad and we've got a lot of very good


players so we're not in a position For Bath a golden chance


missed to strengthen But increasing the likelihood


of these two sides meeting And that wasn't the only


close finish to a game Bristol Flyers basketball team


were trailing 72-70 in the final seconds when Brandon Boggs scored


this amazing three-point shot to win the match against London Lions


right on the buzzer. A hundred years on from


the First World War, we have been paying tribute


to the thousands of men who left the West Country


for the horrors of the trenches. Among them was this man -


he's my grandfather, George - but like most of his generation


he never talked about the war and I didn't have a clue


about what happened to him. That was until I inherited


a biscuit tin, filled with his old documents that


provided some clues. Inside Out West asked


historian Jeremy Banning Here's a clip from


tonight's programme. This is Lancashire Cottage Cemetery


in Plug Street, and we're probably a distance of 400 metres behind


the front line. So this is where your grandfather


George was from April 1915 It's a long way from


Bristol, isn't it? Here we have some of


the Gloucestershire Regiment. Now, these are men of your


grandfather's battalion. And I want to talk about


this young man here. What I have here is the battalion


war diary, and each unit kept a diary of what happened


on a day-to-day basis. "Two rifle grenades fell


in A Company's trenches. Result, six men of A Company


wounded, private OH Badman I would say that your grandfather


would have certainly known him. He lived on a street


called Alma Street. About 200 yards from


where your grandfather lived. Who knows, he might well have seen


this young lad playing down Bristol's a small place now,


so back 100 years ago it was much more small,


wasn't it, and, yeah, they'd have known each


other, for sure. He may well have even


attended his funeral here as well. As he was lowered into


the ground in a blanket. So having been a Saturday soldier


at home, this is really where it goes from being a game


to being reality. Well, I'm pleased to say


Jeremy has joined us Thank you for all of the work you


have put into researching this story, but how common was his


experience? It was interesting because he pretty much was a common


soldier, a territorial soldier, and what he went through millions of men


went through, that experience of leaving the country, going to


France, Belgium, and really it must have been like a completely alien


world, leaving Bristol, going into the trenches. We visited the site


where they went to the trenches and we can't imagine what it must have


been like. So many men would have gone through a similar experience. I


can't remember him ever talking about it, he died when I was about


17. Was that common for people of that generation? I think so. So many


clients I speak to say, I wish I could have spoken to grandfather, or


great uncle. The problem was, who on earth you hadn't been there could


relate to what they went through? When they did open up it was


probably at regimental reunions or Inbee Park with friends who had


served, but otherwise how could you explain to somebody who hadn't been


there? -- or in the pub. One thing I found out, which was quite a


surprise, looking through his stuff, was that his father was German and


yet he didn't have much time for the Germans. He didn't. Your family come


from Bavaria and some interesting history there. Many men with German


heritage ended up fighting for the British army against what had been


their country of birth. It is interesting. Paps that is why I like


order. -- perhaps. I am rather proud to have German blood in me but I had


no idea. Grandpa also had these medals. Is there anything


particularly unusual about these? I will hold them up so you can see.


Most people would have got those automatically. The three on the


right-hand side, this is the 1914-15 Star, so this indicated he went


overseas in 1915. Then we have a war medal and the victory medal as well.


They were given out at the end of the war, over 6 million were issued.


The one on the left is intriguing because it marks him out as


something rather special. That is the military medal, and if you look


on the back you can read the words. I have my glasses actually.


Jeremy, you might find that the subject sometimes might get rather


drive. Didn't make a difference bring it alive the David and seeing


his reaction? A huge difference. Otherwise it is words on a page.


When you take somebody there and have that direct link, when we stood


in the spot where George was 100 years ago, it is a real link,


because otherwise it doesn't have that link. Visiting the battlefields


is sort of a special moment. The medal says bravery in the field, so


I am very proud of him. He was just one of hundreds of thousands of


distal men, so as we tell his story we hope to tell everybody's story.


-- Bristol men. And you can see more on this -


and find out how I got on following in my grandfather's


footsteps - on Inside Out West Many people take pride in collecting


things, be it stamps, A man in Swindon has been collecting


them since he was three. Steve Cook now owns 300 of them,


most of which are in working order. They don't all fit in his


one-bedroom flat, so he also has to rent a nearby garage


to store them. He must have the cleanest apartment


in the West Country. Which one should I use today?


Let's catch up with the weather now. Good evening. I have been roly handy


as the radar suggests more showers are gathering not far from pistol.


-- I have the brolly handy. It will be fairly chilly tomorrow, turning


windy through the afternoon and into the evening. The morning looks


largely dry, possibly completely dry for many of you. The afternoon will


bring the increasing threat of shower readout breaks. We have the


Met Office warning for icy stretches on untreated roads and pavement


through this evening, tonight and into tomorrow. That tells you


something about the coldness of the air we will be experiencing my


courtesy of low pressure to the north of us, dragging colder air to


the British Isles, bringing a mixture of showers, hail, sleet and


even snow at low levels. As we head through this evening a number of


showers around, Western areas especially prone through this


evening and overnight. You can see a wintry mix, hail, sleet and possibly


small accumulations of snow. Underpinning that will be a cold


night, temperatures getting ready close to freezing, perhaps a degree


or two are low in one or two areas. Tomorrow -- a degree or two below.


Tomorrow afternoon as we run into this area of predominantly showery


rain, a bit of a wintry mix in places, there will be pockets of


brighter weather punctuated by the threat at least some areas of


further showers. The wind speeds were increasing through the


afternoon and the evening and that will give another level of coldness


to the feel of things, with temperatures sitting around six to


eight Celsius anyway. Looking beyond that into Wednesday it will be a dry


start to the day, another band of rain moving up from the south, this


time through the course of the afternoon. To the west of us a


sequence of further areas of low pressure, a lot of uncertainties


with that tied in to have elements from the US, which could have


tornadoes, which will have knock our weather.


We have to go, I have two vacuum, you will do the dusting.


We have to get ready for pancake day tomorrow.


Thank you for watching. To be in the Lords,


you have to be punctual... literally have to slam


the door in somebody's face. What right do they have


to tell ME about my fashion sense. Can you now control your


bad language? Yes, I will. Otherwise you'll be,


you know, drummed out.


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