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


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


Doctor Bunting abused recruits during examinations -


his victims speak out, and say opportunities


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


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


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


Our other headlines tonight, tackling the budget -


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


The dreaming spires - Somerset's plans to become


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


joins the paddle from Wiltshire to Westminster.


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


during routine medical examinations say they feel let down


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


His victims were mostly men who were undergoing a physical


An independent investigation has found that chances


John was a police officer with Avon and Somerset.


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


None more so than the police doctor, surely?


Doctor Reg Bunting was a GP whose medical career


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


assault, mainly on new recruits like John


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


He knew that we needed to get through the medical.


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


I don't think anyone would have complained


because it was a hard job to get into.


An independent report commissioned by Avon and Somerset Police found 44


cases where Bunting's medical examinations fell below a common


And that police had missed three chances to intervene


Little if anything was done and the police watchdog


In their response, Avon and Somerset Police acknowledged


They also said that had Doctor Bunting been alive,


there was enough evidence to interview him under caution.


And they apologised, praising those like John


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


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


One said they felt they had been treated as a


In the initial stages they assumed it was a group


of injured officers trying to cause trouble.


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


mention of sexual assault in that report.


The report does make a number of recommendations which police


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


Dickon Hooper, BBC Points West, Bristol.


Could there be further action on this?


Yes, my understanding is that there could.


The report makes clear that another doctor -


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


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


especially from Bunting's victims who were serving officers


Most though were new recruits - desperate to get in -


And where does the force go from here?


Well - physicals are no longer routine to get


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


should have the confidence to come forward in future.


This of course a reference to the fact that concerns


were raised about Bunting but nothing was done.


This will take a cultural change in the force,


Pressure is growing on Wiltshire's Chief Constable


to explain how a newspaper obtained details about an investigation


Operation Conifer is looking into allegations about the former


Prime Minister as part of a wider sexual abuse enquiry.


The former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Armstrong, told the House


of Lords if the leaks came from within the force,


The Chief Constable of Wiltshire has gone beyond the police duties


pronounced a verdict of guilty on the late Sir Edward Heath


in respect of allegations of child abuse and


has done that even before his enquiry is complete.


Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson,


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


He says the force has followed national guidance


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


He answered some of the concerned raised


by West councils over the


There is to be an extra ?2 billion over


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


He answered some of the concerned raised


by West councils over the


There is to be an extra ?2 billion over


In education there was also one third of a billion pounds


for new free schools in England which controversially could mean


more grammar schools and there was some support


for businesses which faced the rise in their rates after


But many were struck by the lack of mention


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


There is still huge uncertainty over what Brexit means,


what the negotiations are going to look like,


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


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


Particularly for those businesses who export at the moment


or trade internationally, who want to know what the outcome


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


to have on their staff and their businesses.


As the Chancellor delivered his speech in the Commons,


they were listening intently here at Gloucester Rugby club.


Dozens of firms had gathered to hear what he


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


That will affect people like business


consultant Rupert Walters who must pay more into his national insurance


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


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


But essentially I have to really think


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


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


A fund of ?500 million was set aside which could


benefit firms like this one in Cheltenham which makes the


revolutionary new material, graphene.


?500 million investment in our sector shows that they are


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


off and they are really getting behind things like graphene which


are going to be the new industries of the future.


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


these big political moments, the devil is


always in the detail and


that will come out in the next few days.


Thanks for joining us here on BBC Points West -


Alex and David with you on this Wednesday evening.


Plenty more still to come, including...


It isn't only banter - Leroy Rosenior calls


for more to be done in football to combat racism.


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


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


an 11,000 volt cable whilst working in Gloucester.


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


face and arms when he dug into the live cable


He spent two weeks in an induced coma.


Today Amey LG Ltd admitted breaching health and safety legislation.


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


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


this activity which resulted in a failure to communicate and


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


that they regretted the incident and injuries to Mr Brown,


and have now reviewed their procedures to stop anything


similar happening again. Tributes have been paid


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


at the weekend. 15-year-old Chloe Gilbert


from Seend in Wiltshire Chloe was allergic to dairy


products, and her family say they believe her death may


have been as a result Police are appealing for more


information about a missing junior Lauren Phillips' car was found


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


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


member of staff. The first steps towards creating


a university for Somerset Within the last hour Bridgwater


and Taunton College has launched what it's calling


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


ranging from fine art Clinton Rogers is at


the launch ceremony Now there are already


colleges across the county - inc this one in Taunton -


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


properly accredited university. Now in academia Somerset is regarded


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


number of young people going on to higher education -


and the vast majority of those So that is what tonight


is all about - kick starting a process to establish


a Somerset University. The educational landscape


in Somerset is being redrawn. Their own promotional video


is nothing if not dramatic. But what exactly is


going to change here? All these students are already


studying for a degree. Though right now this


isn't a university. The courses are accredited


elsewhere, sometimes In future, their degrees


certificates could be branded Somerset University,


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


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


on degree courses at Taunton and Bridgwater Colleges,


which merged last summer, The college insists this is more


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


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


history degrees and geography This is very much about a sharp


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


university format. One of the aims is to prevent


a brain drain of higher One of the big challenges


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


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


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


the college achieves There are many hoops


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


part of a campaign to persuade more higher education students


to study locally. Now one tangible example


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


to become a fully fledged are Bristol, Plymouth


or Bournemouth. They hope to have that up


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


about the horrific racial abuse Leroy Rosenior has written about his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Gloucester City he says he was refused entry into an opposition


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


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


striker and we went captains are leaders of people who could


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Joining us now is Roisin Wood - the Chief Executive Officer


of the organisation Kick It Out, which works to tackle


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


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


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


tackling not just racism but all forms of discrimination and


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


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


authorities themselves. point about the number of black


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


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


coaching, the administration I think there is encouraging about


diversifying the whole of football. We feel strongly about


diversification in the boardrooms and throughout the game at every


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


different backgrounds and people with disabilities because the more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sure that football takes and responsibilities seriously but also


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


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


transparently as possible. Thank you very much.


Gloucester Rugby have spoken for the first time since parting


company with their head coach on Monday night.


After their defeat against Harlequins on Saturday,


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


He joined Gloucester in 2014 but there has been little


improvement on the field in that time.


Gloucester say they hope to announce a replacement head coach


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


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


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


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


at some stage. a replacement head coach by the end


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


exit from one of our Bristol City sacked assistant head


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


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


meaning they stay in Eddie the Eagle has


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


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


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


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


champion Helen Glover is about to take on a new challenge


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


course in kayaking, so they can paddle all the way


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


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


and experienced kayaker Steve When the day is like


today and it is blue skies and sunshine,


all you want to do is get on the water


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


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


Olympic gold medal winner But paddling 125 miles in a kayak


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


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


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


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


in the world and this is just the opposite,


this is just trying to learn the sport


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


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


for BBC's Natural history The money the couple raise


is going towards protecting We saw this opportunity


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


money to make a difference. But also for me coming


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


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


as the contest gets underway Now, a whole new meaning


to offering someone a lift. A Sea Harrier jump jet


arrived at the new Bristol Aerospace Museum today


- by helicopter! The jump jet was too wide


for local road bridges, so an RAF Chinook was brought


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


one of the exhibits at Aerospace Bristol,


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


dreary today. Something of a gloomy day although


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Gloucestershire and eventually rupture and perhaps not sweat so


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


gardening on Saturday. We see you tomorrow goodbye.


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