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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.