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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.