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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.

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Our main story tonight, the police doctor who couldn't be trusted.

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Doctor Bunting abused recruits during examinations -

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his victims speak out, and say opportunities

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This wasn't right but what do you do? She knew that we needed to get

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through the medical and he had the power to abuse his position.

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We'll find out whether the force could now face legal

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Our other headlines tonight, tackling the budget -

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businesses gather at a rugby club to assess what it means for us.

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The dreaming spires - Somerset's plans to become

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And it should be a piece of cake - an olympic rowing gold medalist

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joins the paddle from Wiltshire to Westminster.

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Police recruits who were groped by the force's own doctor

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during routine medical examinations say they feel let down

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Dr Reg Bunting, who is now dead, worked for Avon and Somerset Police

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His victims were mostly men who were undergoing a physical

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An independent investigation has found that chances

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John was a police officer with Avon and Somerset.

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But he was on the front line more than 20 years.

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None more so than the police doctor, surely?

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Doctor Reg Bunting was a GP whose medical career

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But he's been accused of groping, fondling and even reportedly sexual

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assault, mainly on new recruits like John

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I thought, this wasn't right, but what do you do?

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He knew that we needed to get through the medical.

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He had the power to abuse his position and do what he wants.

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I don't think anyone would have complained

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because it was a hard job to get into.

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An independent report commissioned by Avon and Somerset Police found 44

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cases where Bunting's medical examinations fell below a common

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And that police had missed three chances to intervene

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Little if anything was done and the police watchdog

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In their response, Avon and Somerset Police acknowledged

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They also said that had Doctor Bunting been alive,

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there was enough evidence to interview him under caution.

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And they apologised, praising those like John

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A couple of the other victims I've spoken to say

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they haven't been well treated by Avon and Somerset.

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One said they felt they had been treated as a

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In the initial stages they assumed it was a group

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of injured officers trying to cause trouble.

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The way police treat their own officers, there's not one

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mention of sexual assault in that report.

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The report does make a number of recommendations which police

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But for John and others, this is a painful chapter that

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Dickon Hooper, BBC Points West, Bristol.

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Could there be further action on this?

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Yes, my understanding is that there could.

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The report makes clear that another doctor -

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who is not named but is dead - carried out two medicals that

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for the police and I understand they could face legal action -

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especially from Bunting's victims who were serving officers

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Most though were new recruits - desperate to get in -

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And where does the force go from here?

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Well - physicals are no longer routine to get

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into the police they told me - and they're determined staff

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should have the confidence to come forward in future.

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This of course a reference to the fact that concerns

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were raised about Bunting but nothing was done.

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This will take a cultural change in the force,

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Pressure is growing on Wiltshire's Chief Constable

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to explain how a newspaper obtained details about an investigation

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Operation Conifer is looking into allegations about the former

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Prime Minister as part of a wider sexual abuse enquiry.

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The former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Armstrong, told the House

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of Lords if the leaks came from within the force,

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The Chief Constable of Wiltshire has gone beyond the police duties

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pronounced a verdict of guilty on the late Sir Edward Heath

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in respect of allegations of child abuse and

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has done that even before his enquiry is complete.

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Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson,

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says he remains satisfied with how the operation is being handled.

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He says the force has followed national guidance

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It was a budget that was far from flashy but today Philip Hammond

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He answered some of the concerned raised

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by West councils over the

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There is to be an extra ?2 billion over

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It was a budget that was far from flashy but today Philip Hammond

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He answered some of the concerned raised

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by West councils over the

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There is to be an extra ?2 billion over

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In education there was also one third of a billion pounds

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for new free schools in England which controversially could mean

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more grammar schools and there was some support

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for businesses which faced the rise in their rates after

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But many were struck by the lack of mention

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for the elephant in the room, that's Brexit.

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There is still huge uncertainty over what Brexit means,

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what the negotiations are going to look like,

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and what hard Brexit is as compared to a soft Brexit.

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We just don't know the outcomes of that so that is a cause of concern.

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Particularly for those businesses who export at the moment

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or trade internationally, who want to know what the outcome

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of the negotiations is going to be and what impact that is going

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to have on their staff and their businesses.

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As the Chancellor delivered his speech in the Commons,

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they were listening intently here at Gloucester Rugby club.

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Dozens of firms had gathered to hear what he

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Some were taken aback by the rise in taxes for higher earning

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That will affect people like business

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consultant Rupert Walters who must pay more into his national insurance

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It's an increase in tax for me which means I will have to

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pass it on to my clients or just take it as a tax hit.

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But essentially I have to really think

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about what I do now in relation to tax and how I make

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And there was good news for the high-tech sector currently

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A fund of ?500 million was set aside which could

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benefit firms like this one in Cheltenham which makes the

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revolutionary new material, graphene.

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?500 million investment in our sector shows that they are

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confident, that they see that these industries are really going to take

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off and they are really getting behind things like graphene which

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are going to be the new industries of the future.

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So winners and losers from today's budget but as ever with

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these big political moments, the devil is

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always in the detail and

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that will come out in the next few days.

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Thanks for joining us here on BBC Points West -

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Alex and David with you on this Wednesday evening.

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Plenty more still to come, including...

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It isn't only banter - Leroy Rosenior calls

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for more to be done in football to combat racism.

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The jump jet which needed a helicopter's help to hover.

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A firm has been fined ?600,000 after a sub-contractor hit

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an 11,000 volt cable whilst working in Gloucester.

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Steven Brown, from Swindon, suffered serious burns to his hands,

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face and arms when he dug into the live cable

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He spent two weeks in an induced coma.

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Today Amey LG Ltd admitted breaching health and safety legislation.

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The supervision and sector is below what would be expected for this kind

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of work and the basically failed to manage the permit to dig system for

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this activity which resulted in a failure to communicate and

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coordinate the work on-site. In a statement, Amey said

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that they regretted the incident and injuries to Mr Brown,

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and have now reviewed their procedures to stop anything

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similar happening again. Tributes have been paid

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to a teenager who died at Bath's Southgate Shopping Centre

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at the weekend. 15-year-old Chloe Gilbert

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from Seend in Wiltshire Chloe was allergic to dairy

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products, and her family say they believe her death may

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have been as a result Police are appealing for more

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information about a missing junior Lauren Phillips' car was found

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in Woolacombe in Devon last week. The 26-year-old works

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for North Bristol NHS Trust, who say she's a valued

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member of staff. The first steps towards creating

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a university for Somerset Within the last hour Bridgwater

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and Taunton College has launched what it's calling

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the University Centre for Somerset. It will offer degree level courses

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ranging from fine art Clinton Rogers is at

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the launch ceremony Now there are already

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colleges across the county - inc this one in Taunton -

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offering degree level courses. But we don't have a dedicated,

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properly accredited university. Now in academia Somerset is regarded

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as a Higher Education cold spot. In other words fewer than average

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number of young people going on to higher education -

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and the vast majority of those So that is what tonight

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is all about - kick starting a process to establish

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a Somerset University. The educational landscape

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in Somerset is being redrawn. Their own promotional video

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is nothing if not dramatic. But what exactly is

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going to change here? All these students are already

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studying for a degree. Though right now this

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isn't a university. The courses are accredited

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elsewhere, sometimes In future, their degrees

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certificates could be branded Somerset University,

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but will that matter? I think it does because I think then

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we can go on and we have From today, all 1,000 students

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on degree courses at Taunton and Bridgwater Colleges,

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which merged last summer, The college insists this is more

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than just a name change. For one thing they plan to launch,

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new degree courses from nuclear We won't be offering traditional

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history degrees and geography This is very much about a sharp

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focus on industry and the type So it won't be in the traditional

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university format. One of the aims is to prevent

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a brain drain of higher One of the big challenges

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for employers is trying to find the right talent and we have over 2,000

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people living to go to universities across the region and nationally,

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Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol etc. It could take years before

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the college achieves There are many hoops

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to jump through yet. But it is now a declared aim,

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part of a campaign to persuade more higher education students

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to study locally. Now one tangible example

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of the new degree courses they hope to create here as they strive

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to become a fully fledged are Bristol, Plymouth

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or Bournemouth. They hope to have that up

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and running by early next year. A footballer has spoken out

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about the horrific racial abuse Leroy Rosenior has written about his

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life in football at different clubs, including several in the West,

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during the 80s and 90s. Our sports editor Alistair

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Durden went to meet him. Leroy joined for West Ham before

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joining Bristol City but as a black footballer in the 1980s he says he

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faced racism on a daily basis. It got so bad at one point that his

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family stopped coming to watch him play. I don't with racist tributes

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and bananas and monkey chants and spitting on a regular basis. At a

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Leeds United game we were 1-0 down and one of the black players on the

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pitch went to get the ball and the whole of the Leeds stand at a Nazi

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salute towards us. I was 17 at the time. Home waste spread was the

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racism? Other players would you this and that and you could see players

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getting visibly upset that I did it if I said I wasn't happy I would be

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labelled with one as a problem who couldn't be integrated in to the

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side so I had to keep quiet. During his time as player coach at

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Gloucester City he says he was refused entry into an opposition

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boardroom full stop Leroy was one of the country's first black managers

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and there are still only a handful. Clubs wanted a big black strong

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striker and we went captains are leaders of people who could

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organise, people didn't perceive you to be able to do that and because of

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that we have never had any black managers and when I was a manager

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there are only two or three in the football league and I would say

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don't you want to do coaching badges and they would say that was no point

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and they wondered whether the pathway was for them to become a

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manager but what I need to do is make sure there's an even playing

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field going forward for everyone and I think I might be in a position to

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influence that a bit more. Know a successful football pundit, Leroy

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still campaigns to break down racism and the game and 12 things are

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improving he says there are still a lot of work to do.

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Joining us now is Roisin Wood - the Chief Executive Officer

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of the organisation Kick It Out, which works to tackle

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Leroy's experiences of the game in the 80s and 90s are shocking -

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I think is important Leroy shares that with everybody and he is not

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alone. There is so much for us to do and we have to keep working hard and

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tackling not just racism but all forms of discrimination and

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acknowledge that by working with people like Leroy who has a great

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ambassador for the game but also clubs and managers and the football

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authorities themselves. point about the number of black

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players who stay within the sport once their playing careers are over

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- is there a still issue with the move into management,

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coaching, the administration I think there is encouraging about

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diversifying the whole of football. We feel strongly about

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diversification in the boardrooms and throughout the game at every

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single level of the game, there has to be more women and people from

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different backgrounds and people with disabilities because the more

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diverse football can be, the stronger it will be both as a sport

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and as a business. It's shocking when we see really outrageous

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examples of racism and football in this day and age, it's never right

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obviously but certainly in the day and age are still can't believe when

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I hear something. How far I really getting with it? We have come a long

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way but there is still a long way to go. We are an independent reporting

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bureau and we actively encourage everybody as ACR here any form of

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discrimination at a football game to report that and that is really

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important. We launched a campaign this year called time on heat and we

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recognise there is still hate and prejudice and society and that will

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be in football. We have to work together and push forward to make

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sure that football takes and responsibilities seriously but also

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as a fan that if we see something that we report it an striker Willie

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had to make football bodies deal with it seriously as and as from

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transparently as possible. Thank you very much.

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Gloucester Rugby have spoken for the first time since parting

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company with their head coach on Monday night.

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After their defeat against Harlequins on Saturday,

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Laurie Fisher said on Twitter that he'd had enough and was leaving.

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He joined Gloucester in 2014 but there has been little

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improvement on the field in that time.

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Gloucester say they hope to announce a replacement head coach

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I'm bitterly disappointed but we don't think that it is broken and I

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think we have recruited well for next year but we just ask our

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supporters and stakeholders that are out there the same thing I keep

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asking them to stick with us and keep the faith because it will turn

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at some stage. a replacement head coach by the end

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of the month. And that's not been the only

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exit from one of our Bristol City sacked assistant head

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coach John Pemberton ahead of last The club also announced their head

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of scouting would be leaving. City drew 1-1 with Norwich,

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meaning they stay in Eddie the Eagle has

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returned to the ski jump Here he is back in Calgary -

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where he rose to fame The 53-year-old's furthest jump this

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time around though was 24 metres - less than half the distance

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he jumped almost three decades ago. Bath's double Olympic

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champion Helen Glover is about to take on a new challenge

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with a new partner, her wildlife She's taking a crash

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course in kayaking, so they can paddle all the way

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from Wiltshire to Westminster. Helen may be a world champion rower

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but this is uncharted water - so it's down to hubby

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and experienced kayaker Steve When the day is like

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today and it is blue skies and sunshine,

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all you want to do is get on the water

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but so far we have had driving rain, gale force winds, we were paddling

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in storm Doris in the dark at night, 30-year-old Helen's a double

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Olympic gold medal winner But paddling 125 miles in a kayak

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from Devizes in Wiltshire I'm used to racing a seven minute

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race but this is going to be, So it is entirely different and that

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has been part of the fun of it because I have been trying

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to perfect the sport for ten years, trying to be the best

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in the world and this is just the opposite,

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this is just trying to learn the sport

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within about six weeks. Steve Backshall's used to toughing

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it out on his travels. Many of his series have been filmed

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for BBC's Natural history The money the couple raise

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is going towards protecting We saw this opportunity

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and we thought we had to do a big challenge to raise enough

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money to make a difference. But also for me coming

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off the back of an Olympic year, a challenge like this

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kind of gives me a goal and focus. They've not got long left to train,

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as the contest gets underway Now, a whole new meaning

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to offering someone a lift. A Sea Harrier jump jet

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arrived at the new Bristol Aerospace Museum today

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- by helicopter! The jump jet was too wide

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for local road bridges, so an RAF Chinook was brought

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in to make the special delivery. The Sea Harrier will be

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one of the exhibits at Aerospace Bristol,

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which is due to open this summer. I loved that. It has been a bit

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dreary today. Something of a gloomy day although

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some bricks in the cloud as the day wore on and it has felt pleasantly

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springlike. Some people don't consider spring to start until after

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the Equinox on the 20th of March but in terms of meteorology and claim it

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to reconsider the whole of March to be a spring a month and we have

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milder air with us so it is no feeling springlike. E-mailed error

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has come with cloud and a bit of patchy rain as we go through the

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night and into tomorrow starting to pull away nicely so maybe a little

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bit of drizzle around through this evening but it is clearing up

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properly not as much as this blue would suggest that by tomorrow

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morning we are dry and still have the cloud around and still the

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milder air with a switch is the story for the next few days.

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Tomorrow we start with temperatures in double figures. We have to get

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rid of that cloud tomorrow but we are optimistic it is going to

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happen, the window breaking up from the north saw ended to

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Gloucestershire and eventually rupture and perhaps not sweat so

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much into Somerset. To see good sunny spells and bricks farther

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south. Really nice for the time of year, maybe 13 or 14 degrees about

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three or four Mac degrees above average but when you get the spring

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sunshine on your back you notice the difference. Tomorrow an area of high

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pressure means it is fizzling out but we have a gloomy day and

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prospect for Freddie with still e-mailed error and you can see some

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mist and bits and pieces of patchy rain or drizzle and that is what the

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Tomic two. Another fairly grey day for Freddie and southerly winds will

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help the temperatures still at 13 degrees so you don't even need the

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sunshine to be above average. For the weekend some high pressure for a

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time but on Sunday and this little front will make its way in and

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nudges the high pressure out of the way before that rebuilds so in terms

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of the weekend, if you have outdoor plans like the bath half marathon on

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Sunday, Saturday is the drier day of the two. Thank you. I'll be

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gardening on Saturday. We see you tomorrow goodbye.

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