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Our other headlines tonight: A shocking report into the project
to electrify the railways - MPs say the western line
The well heeled donor who left a thousand pounds in a sock
The South Korean teaching us how to talk Bristol.
A group of street salesmen from Bristol who say they're raising
money for good causes deny they've been misleading the public.
They sell leaflets across the country in the name
But concerns have been raised that they could be
mistaken for a charity, when they're not.
Scott Ellis has this exclusive report.
Two street vendors from the Bristol based organisation.
Filmed by a passerby in Northampton recently.
Their leaflets offer dietary advice - in exchange for donations.
What worried the man filming was what appeared to be
charity fundraising was in fact a business.
One I was the well-intentioned that people should give money in the
belief that they were giving to charity. It is certainly the case
that everyone who gave thought they were donating to charity.
Dan Plews called for a council licencing officer.
Who arrived and said the leaflets were misleading.
Because they featured the names of two charities.
Since they weren't licenced for charity collections
There have been others who've raised concerns about the street vendors.
This is the same vendor being questioned by police
Dan Budd says he spotted a vendor in Thornbury last year.
Having lost his younger sister to cancer,
he tried investigating more about where the money was going.
There is no information at all about what percentages are going towards
the publicity costs, staff costs, the people collecting or obviously
ultimately what percentage is going to charity.
The group behind the leaflets is called "Salubrious Periodicals."
Their website has been taken down recently.
It has a mailing address here in the centre of Bristol.
But we managed to contact them by email.
"A representative told us they set up Salubrious Periodicals
after their son had to undergo tests for cancer.
Saying they want to expose carcinogenic foods sold to children.
They say the vendors we've mentioned thought they were acting legally.
And they'll take steps to maintain good conduct.
They add that if any customers feel they "misinterpreted
the transaction" then they can have a full refund."
They wouldn't tell us what per centage of their money
The two charities mentioned in the leaflets told us
And now they want their names taken off the leaflets.
This former employee who worked for them but was an anonymous contact
us. He left after four months saying that he discovered while he was
there that the organisation was not linked to charity. It was not a good
thing he was doing if you not being a charity because he was not proving
to us he was paying a charity, we did not see any preferred evidence.
We contacted the company about the claim that they have not replied.
The Charity commission say they are aware of the concerns raised in the
sub -- raised in this report and they say that street fundraisers
should have a local authority licence. Adding that transparency
with the public is key. Gerald Oppenheim is Head of Policy
at the Fundraising Regulator - I asked him how people can be sure
about where their money is going when they donate
in the street? Look to see whether the person
asking you for money is wearing something that identifies them
clearly from a charity, check they have some identification and check
that they know what they are collecting four. It is fine for them
to ask these questions before they give? Absolutely because you need to
be sure you're giving to something that is real. It is not illegal to
sell leaflets but some people are finding it confusing and assuming
that anyone holding a bucket in the street is from a charity. Does the
need to be a change in the rules to make that clear? I think the rule
change by the become located because there are things given out on the
street, morning newspapers, that that is Beverley legal to do that so
you would not want to catch things like that in changing the law. The
important thing is if you think somebody is doing something they
shouldn't that you report them to the police or the local authority.
Lots of money is collected on the streets and health charities usually
but what is your advice on the best way for members of the public to
give? The best way is to take your time and make your own decisions
about what you want to give to, how much you want to give up when you
want to do it. All good charities have websites these days, you can
donate online or you can even send an old-fashioned check if you want
to. Thank you. A police search at the former
Swindon home of murderer Christopher Halliwell has finished
with no significant discoveries. Specialist officers have
been checking the garden and garages of two properties
for nearly two weeks. Halliwell's serving two life
sentences for killing Becky Godden A driver who crashed well using his
mobile phone and killing a man from Swindon has been jailed. He was
arguing with his girlfriend when he caused the crash on the 34 in June.
28-year-old Gavin Roberts died, his girlfriend met Stratford
face-to-face as part of a scheme called restorative justice.
The scheme to electrify the Great Western Railway has been
The Public Accounts Committee say it's a "stark example of how not
The work is already up to 3 years behind schedule and more
Now there's concern that several sections, including around Bath,
will never be electrified - even though 130 million pounds
has already been spent on preparatory work.
Our political editor Paul Barltrop is at Temple Meads now.
What has gone wrong? I am sure plenty of passengers would like to
know. This is the busiest station in the West Country, 10 million
passengers a year make their way through the beautiful building in
me. And it is one of the last major links in the country, not yet to be
electrified. The line from here to London. This was the plan, they
wanted to run electric wires from Paddington down to Swindon, on to
Bristol Parkway and on to Cardiff and there would be a sudden spurt
splitting Swindon, going through Chippenham, Bath and future Bristol.
But the project ran into trouble and the education was then disturbed in
places from Chippenham three here to Temple Meads, and from here to
Parkway. The last few months MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have
been trying to find out why it all went so wrong.
The report by MPs highlights the millions of pounds paid to lease
new electric trains, which can't yet use the tracks.
Installing the wires has proved very challenging,
With costs soaring the government indefinitely deferred
electrification on the section between Chippenham and
The report demonstrates how badly planned, conceived and delivered
this whole project has been in for us in Bristol it is really worrying
because we were promised certification but now seems unclear
what the benefits are or indeed if it will ever happen.
All the electric trains are having to be fitted with diesel engines.
On a visit to a Wiltshire firm which provides parts
for the new trains, the Rail Minister
Technology means we have combined trains, that can run an electric and
diesel. That is a compromise, it is not about mentally clean. It brings
benefits to the passengers, more rapidly than would otherwise be the
case. the ?130 million spent preparing
for electrification in places where it's now been deferred,
such as here in Bath where line was shut for six weeks in summer
2015 - and there are more This time the work's
definitely needed. They're lengthening the platforms
to take the new trains which will But it means more
inconvenience for passengers. It's just makes it so frustrating,
trying to get somewhere, using what is the alternative? I can drive by
the traffickers is a nightmare. There is no alternative. It is just
a pain because you have to find another way. It is ridiculous.
Network Rail insist the project is now on track
for completion by the end of next year.
It must be said that the MPs are not quite so confident, they say
December 2018 might be optimistic and are also looking at the budget,
2.8 billion for the whole project, they are not entirely sure if it'll
stick that plan. Thank you.
A tree's been planted today in memory of Bijan Ebrahimi,
a disabled man who was murdered in a vigilante attack in Bristol.
Last year, a police constable and a community support officer
were jailed for failing to protect him.
And today the chief constable gave another public apology,
There's a new tree in Queen Square today.
In 2013, Bijan Ebrahimi repeatedly called the police
Two days before he died, he filmed this encounter with Lee James,
the man who would later punch and kick him to death.
But he was seen by the police as a time-waster and a nuisance.
A lot of his life was a tragedy, and avoidable tragedy. We should have
saved him. Political leaders, senior police
officers and a choir joined Bijan's It is the first time actually that
we could celebrate, get together and remember him as the Love the guy
that he was. It is an emotional day for us.
A police officer and community support officer were jailed last
year after being found guilty of misconduct in a public office.
But the time for anger has passed, say Bijan's sisters.
They hope the police have learned from the mistakes they made.
Wants more including... They have in Mecca, the story of a giraffe who
cleans windows is put to music. And it is a battlefield in the
commonly surprising number of people with wartime relics in the back
gardens. Police are trying to trace the owner
of a pair of socks that were handed to a refugee
agency in Taunton, because there was a thousand
pounds tucked inside. No-one knows if it was a genuine
donation or a mistake! Small wonder they're checking
the donations more closely today. Just imagine the surprise
of volunteers at this refugee aid warehouse when they came
across a sock which was, well, slightly heavier than normal,
inside was ?1,000 in cash. We are used to be giving -- given
donations and taking changing everything, but ?1000 is a lot of
money to finance a sock. The thing is the charity isn't
sure whether this was a genuine, We have plenty of socks still here,
not so I am afraid the ?1000 writing. They were taken to the
police have now backed the cash while they try and solve the mystery
but we do have a picture. Take a look at this and tell me, in these
socks yours? Because if they are the police and the charity would be keen
to hear from you. From this warehouse in Taunton
the agency collects donations It's been running for more
than two years now. Plainly the hope is
the donation is real. We can do so much with that money,
support a lot of refugees in Syria and Greece and we can provide food
and nappies, toiletries, a lot of aid to them.
Not a glass slipper maybe, but this is a story with a real
I wonder if it is someone being very generous! Or someone is missing a
thousand quid. Her Majesty the Queen
came to the West today. She visited the Royal Welsh
at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth, armed with leeks to present
to the soldiers. It's part of her role
as their Colonel in Chief. She also met this goat -
which is the regiment's mascot. Of course it was Saint Davids day
today. The world premiere of a new piece
of classical music will be performed in Bath tomorrow and it tells
the story of a Roald Dahl classic. It's been written by the author's
official biographer and is the first time 'The Giraffe and the Pelly
and Me' has been set to music. Michelle Ruminski joined
the choir in rehearsal. 'The Pelicantata' sets
the Roald Dahl classic, The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me
- to music. It's a story about a ladderless
window clearning company, whose employees - a giraffe,
a pelican and a monkey - use their physical attributes
to get the job done. The new work's been commissioned
by Stroud Choral Society. We are thrilled, it is amazing to be
able to do something new, big, world premiere. At a liberal style, one of
the reasons we went to him was he used to say to me, children in
schools today are not getting exposed to good classical music. I
think he would have loved that. His widow Felicity loved the idea
too and invited Roald's Tries to have his voice in my mind,
whole time I like it, what would he have said? Would he have like this
are not like that? Hanging on that magical imaginative inventive
spirit. And helping to tell that
story are the Minpins, a newly created children's
choir, named after one of And the actor Tony Robinson will be
the narrator on the night. The world premier of
the Pelicantata is at Bath Abbey tomorrow night
But the hope is a simpler version of the work will be sung in school
classrooms around the world. Michelle Ruminski, BBC
Points West, Stroud. It's the battle of the bottom two
in rugby's Premiership this weekend, Ali Durden is here
with tonight's sport. Not too much time left for Bristol
to save themselves is there. Six games to go, and that's why this
one is so important - If Bristol lose, it's hard to see
how they'll make up the gap. Lets have a look at the remaining
games for both clubs. After this weekend,
Bristol have a home derby Then in April they play
all of the top three - wouldn't expect them to get much
change out of those games. They finish Newcastle at home
on the last day looks a must win. As for Worcester, tough
home games for them. Sale and Newcastle
away will be targets. And finishing with a difficult
game against Leicester. So, the first task for Bristol
is to ensure their fate is in their own hands by winning
this weekend's game. Worcester have been playing very
well at home, they got some big scalps there. They have got to be
visit this weekend but we are going there with ambition and will turn
them over. We win on the weekend and we go two points above them, we
again have a two and a half week break before Gloucester. Then the
three top teams coming up, and we're not looking at the fate of the
moment, let's get Worcester out of the way!
Whoever is relegated to the Championship will be playing
It's a team made up partly of students who squeeze in rugby
The Gloucestershire club could clinch their promotion
from National League One this weekend - and they're on course
for a perfect season, having won every single game.
There's no late nights and lie-ins for these students.
Reporting for training at 7.30 so they can get
It's a combination of work and play that's taken them
We are in a unique environment year with a college of 16-18 -year-olds,
young players they have the background of a degree going forward
and sport, it encourages them to train and read/write, and it is
second nature to them now. Gloucester and England wing
Johnny May is a famous name to have Winger Jonas Makalcius
hopes to be the next. He's in the third year
of a sports condition degree. But he'll be heading
to Premiership Harlequins once he's This is a brilliant place for your
future career and to pursue your goals and all that and at the same
time study, so I'm very happy with my decisions.
Hartpury have dominated National League One -
scoring nearly 50 points a game on average.
But can they make the step up sucessfully?
Next year I think will be a huge challenge, certainly with the
professionals and professionally environment. We will stay part-time
and train three mornings a week, we do not have the funding to go
full-time. We will have to train harder. The challenges week in week
out will be tough. They are seven games away
from completing the perfect season. First, promotion is
possible this weekend. Elsewhere, Bath are at home
to Premiership leaders Wasps - and it's Gloucester against
Harlequins. In football,head coach Lee Johnson
has described Bristol City's game Only goal difference is keeping them
out of the relegation zone. Swindon are going for a third win
a row against second It is that time of the year, the
results feel more important. I can't believe it is that the early six
more matters to the end of the rugby season. Where does the Yugo? March
already! Now last week we told you about this
world war two gun turret from a Lancaster Bomber,
which was found in someone's garden and fetched more than two and a half
thousand pounds at auction. We thought having one
of those outside your back door would be unique,
but since then, we've First, we head of one in Bath, being
used as a greenhouse. We genuinely don't know how this ended up here.
Then Sheila said in a photo of one of her house and Winterbourne. And
here in a back garden in Swindon is another, same thing, aluminium frame
and Perspex gnome. And this one does not looking bad neck. It sits in the
garden and gets under way, nine times out of ten. When we had a cat
the cat used to shelter under it. This Lancaster bomber turret belongs
to Mike, the body 23 years ago for what seems like a bargain. ?20. And
you know the one we featured last week when the 2600. Tempted? I am
very interested in two and half thousand pounds but we have no
interest in selling it. Why are these the Second World War and it's
popping up here in the West Country? The heritage centre as one possible
answer at its current exhibition. It goes back to the 1930s to a factory
in the town called particles. And territory being mass-produced that
Parnell aircraft, and following the bombing of the factory dispersal
sites in Kingswood and nearby were also making these gun threat, a
vital part of the war effort. There were more people working for Parnell
aircraft on the books than there are in the parish of yet at that time.
The 3000 staff made thousands of West Country wartime turret so it is
maybe not so much of a surprise that a few of them are still about. Just
70 years on. Now we have an unlikely internet
sensation to show you. You are looking for suggestions?
Soccer challenge? Best bits from Sunday politics? Worst bits from
Sunday politics? No - the latest star
of the web is Korean Billy. He's based in South Korea
and spends his time making videos teaching people to talk
in different dialects. Our colleagues at BBC Radio Bristol
joined up with him and his unique take on Bristolian has already had
nearly half a million views. The evil! -- there you go. I think
he did jolly well. Spoken like a true local.
The whole video is on Radio Bristol's Facebook page.
Let's go up to her outside weather studio and unions there. Good
evening everybody, let's take you through the forecast for the
weekend. It is going to be one that will see some periods of rain, yes,
but equally some dryer faces and indeed for some of you, some of the
dryer faces will be quite dark, more noticeably during Saturday. A number
of district will enjoy a comparatively dry day and as we head
to Sunday we find a band of rain moving up from the south-west in the
morning. Some of that were quite heavy. Wanted clues to their will be
a window of some dryer and probably sunny weather for a time before we
see a returning risk of showers into Sunday afternoon. He is a wider look
at how things are shaping up, low pressure dominating the path of the
jet stream, high-altitude ribbon of wind across the Atlantic gearing up
to well over 200 mph, driving a sequence of areas of low pressure
towards us and as we head to the weekend they are never too far away,
as will be the risk of showers and bands of rain about. That is what we
see moving stooges in the course of Sunday morning. But the rest of this
evening we still have some shadowy outbreaks of rain about, some of
those looking quite heavy. So tonight this will fade away and so
we are looking increasingly at a dry slowly starting to emerge as the
night wears on. Temperatures will be rightly in the range of 5-7d by the
time we get towards daybreak tomorrow. It looks like a dry start,
right across the board, to get Saturday under way in for some of
you it will be a grey start as well. It will -- we then started pick-up
the risk of some rain coming out of the West initially and as he the
afternoon we see some of that is migrating eastwards but still
populated by dryer faces as well. The further east you are, the lions
share of the dry weather lasting longer. Temperatures are around ten
or 11 degrees. The temperatures will go down about as we head into
Sunday, there will be rain in the morning moving away and the brighter
phase and further showers as well. We continue any similar theme as we
head into the start of next week. Whatever you're doing have a grey
weekend. Thank you. It is time for us to
review. Cheers for now. It's like bake a cake,
but we flipped it. Oh, my God, we love flipping.
Cake-a-bake. Cake-a-baking. I love it.
I so love it when this happens. 15 celebrity acts
are coming together to Sing And Dance
For Comic Relief. # And the haters gonna
hate, hate, hate, hate, hate