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degrees. Fiona. Thank you, Sarah. That's all from the BBC News at Six.
Welcome to BBC Points West with David Garmston and Alex Lovell.
The police call on communities to report drug dealers
as it's revealed their offspring are often badly affected.
An adult has a choice, to take drugs or deal drugs, these kids do not
have a choice. But is appealing to friends
and neighbours likely Welcome home, the famous
Lynx helicopter touches of the last times before flying
off into the sunset. Calling in the beavers,
could the animals be the natural way And in sport, ten games to save
themselves have Bristol city got what it takes to avoid the drop?
Children living in some families where their parents are dealing
in drugs sometimes have the same levels of illegal substances
They've also been found to be living in squalid conditions Now the police
in Bristol are calling on communities to turn
in the dealers for the sake of their children.
The search for illegal drugs in Bristol.
Much of the dealing goes on behind closed doors,
meaning police rely on the public for tip offs.
But in some neighbourhoods, there's a problem.
People are probably scared to come forward, if they know
Someone might come after them, or something, I would think.
They don't want to get involved, in case of comebacks.
Do you think there would be comebacks if you
Well, if anybody knew or grassed them up or anything, yeah.
It's just people's close-knit community, they keep themselves
to themselves and let everybody get on with what they want to do.
I could grass on one person selling but no matter what it will carry on.
But during their work police find children living
Here, they were executing a drugs warrant.
Is this where the child was supposed to be sleeping?
Officers used their powers to remove the children.
The parents pleaded guilty to neglect.
In another case, illegal drugs were found stored in a sweet jar
PC Ben Jeffries has seen many other cases of children condemned
to appalling conditions by drug dealing parents.
When you see young children crawling around on floors, uncapped needles,
foil which has been used to smoke drugs, it's just...
If you could see that, you would be on the phone straightaway.
In this raid, a child was found in a house
It is nasty to an adult, heaven knows what it would do to a
three-year-old's brain. The police safeguarding team say
young lives are at risk. Children have had the same
levels of substance misuse So they are not using the drugs,
but they are living in an environment which is giving
them the same amount of drugs in their system that
you would find in your average - whatever that looks
like - drug user. They are caught in the cycle of what
goes on in that household. That is what the community of got to try and
stop. The police would encouarge
the public to come Scott Ellis, BBC
Points West, Bristol. Joining us now is Lorraine Ball
who's the Chief Executive of Hawkspring a charity which helps
drug addicts in south Bristol. Thank you for coming in. Why are
people not reporting those who have got children living in dangerous
circumstances? Sometimes local residents and people in the
neighbourhood may fear consequences of feeling that they are telling
people, the neighbours. Yes, but if there was child abuse going on they
probably would report it, is there a bit of a blind spot comes to blogs?
I do not think so. I think people should be encouraged and I would
encourage people to report any child safety that they are worried or
concerned about to police first response and speak to a qualified
social worker who can take that will anonymously. People might feel that
if they mingled those children might be taken into care. Quite often,
that is not always the case, we work with a lot of social workers who
will try and support the loved one to get treatment and health. It is
very rare that it just happens like that, they do not go in and just
take children. You'd think children should ever be allowed to be in a
place where there are drugs around, people smoking or west of his being
stored. I do not think so, I do know that we have helped people become
absent from their drug and we work with them the treatment and
obviously some of them are still trying to be good parents. But, it
is a difficult situation and it is very complex. What about this
thought that children are sometimes living in squalid conditions in
chaotic households? Yes, and that is something that quite a lot of the
social care team going into the homes when it has been reported, so
that they can make these differences to try and eradicate that. We're
busy one to help the children, we offer our whole family approach
where we help the loved ones, the family members and the addicts and
the children as young as five upwards. We do programming primer
schools. But, you can't help unless you know about it will stop exactly.
We include people to support when there is concerned. We are more than
happy the people to come to our office, we're based in the heart of
Hartcliffe opposite Morrisons. We're happy for people to come in and get
some support and knowledge about what can be done. Thank you and
thank you to the work we do in the community. Thank you.
It's been announced how much each council will get for adult social
care as part of the Chancellor's budget announcement this week.
Somerset and Gloucestershire get the biggest share.
They'll both receive more than ?21 million
Bristol receives ?17 million and Bath and North East
Fire crews were called to a recycling centre
Breaking news, police are appealing for witnesses after a fire started
in a Bristol school. It was believed to have been started deliberately at
around eight o'clock. It was built in Somerset and it's
seen action around the world. But this month, the Lynx
helicopter will be retired Today one of the last
flew into Yeovilton Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton
Rogers was given unique access We're off to witness a piece
of naval aviation history. This is the very last flight home
flight home from the last mission After 41 years, the helicopter
they call the sports car I've been in the Navy 16 years
and flying this wonderful It is just been
an absolute pleasure. It has proved its combat skills
in the Falklands and in the Gulf. It has chased drug traffickers
in the Caribbean, pirates in Somalia, it has even had royalty
in the driving seat. But in two weeks' time it
will become a museum piece. It is rather sad to think that
at the end of this month that But, on the other hand it is a real
privilege to be flying in one of the last Lynx on one
of its last flight. And so today a Lynx from 825
Squadron came home after nine months the Mediterranean and
the Pacific oceans. For the families, the moment
to capture for prosperity. And for some, well it clearly
could not come a moment too soon. It is been a tough deployment
emotionally, especially missing It's difficult, it's hard
going, glad to be back. It feels like a relief,
because I didn't know So, as one aircraft moves
into the history books, the new kid on the block
takes to the skies. By next month all Navy Lynx will be
replaced by Wildcat, How lovely was that. Mind you, what
that boys about the sacrifice that service family makes. And the worry
they go through. Really scary, but how lovely that are reunited.
It's the end of another working week and we're glad to be easing
Stay tuned, there's lots more still to come including...
Could beavers be the answer to building flood barriers?
One place in Gloucestershire thinks so, we'll be finding out why.
Find out why I swapped my gloves or my ice skates in support of Team
GB's is every increase in Swindon. Tourists in Bath could
face a nightly charge Councillors want to introduce
the tax to help plug a ?37 million But they'd need permission
from the government before they can go ahead -
as Martin Jones reports. It's not hard to see why
tourists flock to Bath, But could they help
the council mend its finances I personally am used to paying it
when I go on holiday to Italy So we're not talking
large sums of money. But what we will get with the number
of visitors that come to the city is a significant increase in revenue
to fill some of that gaps created by changing finances that we're
currently faced with. The council stresses the plan
is at the very earliest stages, Would that put you off
coming to Bath? Because it's a beautiful place
and everything has to be kept up to standard,
so if that's the only way to do it, It's really expensive anyway,
so ?1 is not going to make that One or ?2 should be OK,
but of course we prefer no extra All the hoteliers in Bath I've
spoken to are deeply opposed. At this boutique hotel they believe
that in such a competitive market One of the things that gets quoted,
it works in France, it works Well, it works in those countries
because those countries have recognised the value of tourism,
they have made reductions The idea that you can just come
along and say, well, we'll put another pound or ?2
per night on hotel accommodation is possibly the tipping point that
starts to make people go, It needs a change in the law
before the council could But they're lobbying ministers
for permission to do so. Until then, tourists
here will remain tax free. You can see more on that in this
week's Sunday Politics West, that is on BBC One this Sunday at 11
o'clock. Lots of lively discussion for you on a whole range of
subjects. Beavers could be enlisted help
tackle flooding in one The Forestry Commission
wants to pilot the idea on a site near Lydbrook,
which was badly affected It's hoped the beavers will build
dams naturally to keep storm Lee Madan reports on
the cost cutting idea. They're described as
energetic and enthusiastic, These are the latest recruits
to try to tackle flooding The beavers, long term, will
maintain their dams free of charge.. The beaver family are
currently living in Devon, but the Forestry Commission wants
to move them to Gloucestershire to see if beavers really
can stop flooding. which are naturally sustainable
like mud, rocks, willow. At the end of it all they work very
hard to maintain their dam structures so yes its an extremely
cost effective solution and when it comes to creating one
giant natural sponge the idea of the beaver dams is such
that they are built in a way that storm water goes over the top of
them and does not wash them out. And this is where the
beavers will be kept. A metre high fence will be built
around this 15 acre site and mesh put underground to stop the beavers
from burrowing out. The beavers and their dams will be
monitored closely to see if there really are any benefits
in stopping storm water Lydbrook was badly hit
by floods in 2012. And it's stopping a repeat of that
which means residents For the biodiversity point of view
it is very worthwhile giving it a go. If we can get help from the
animals to get it back to something like what it should be, are the
natural area, that would be wonderful. It is a win-win, how can
you lose? Ecology winter we might just short out the flash flooding.
Not everyone agrees beavers are a good thing,
some question the impact they have on wildlife, and the rate
But if approval is granted these beavers could be setting up home
in the Forest of Dean as soon as this September.
On they sweet? And they do not charge overtime but their work.
Bristol City face arguably their most important game
They're away to Wigan, with both sides in the
Alistair Durden is here how serious is the situation?
It is looking grim just ten days to go.
Interesting stat nearly two thirds of their games have been
That's how fine the margins have been.
Let's see the games they've got left the matches against fellow
relegation-threatened sides have been highlighted.
Going on the average number of points needed to stay
up over recent years, I reckon City are going to need
The club are banking on the likes of proven Championship performer
David Cotterill to dig them out of trouble.
He returned to City in January, 11 years after leaving
The newsstand looks really big, it has changed.
It's a very different Bristol City to the one David Cotterill
Back then he was a wide-eyed 17 -year-old, destined
But City have always remained close to his heart.
Obviously I left as a baby. Not really with any experience. To come
back, there are not too many senior heads around the place, so I think
me getting 14 will help the blend of the squad. There is a lot of games
where we have thought we were the best team, to up against Newcastle,
three against Derby and we have not managed to see it over the line but
hopefully that will happen soon. This week City dismissed their
assistant manager John Pemberton Promoting former City defender
and under 23 coach Jamie McAllister. Another sign that the club
are standing firmly behind In football you can get the bullet
pulled a new at any point, but I want be positive for the players
because it is them who will go out there across that white line. I
believe that they are still fighting, totally. I believe our
fans will fight with those and certainly the staff all is well. --
are as well. despite just one win
in three months. But it's been a season to test even
the most patient of supporters. The fans will support the team to
the bitter end, regardless of the manager. The results aren't coming
at the moment, but we have got the team to do it on the pitch. His
inexperience is showing through and is costing us results, we haven't
been hammered so we can't be miles away. It is a question of luck, we
have not had Lady luck this season and there have been decisions
against us. Staying up? Just. Not of Lee Johnson in charge.
The return of top scorer Tammy Abraham will give City a lift,
but a season that started so well is now a full on scrap for survival.
This is normally the time of the year Bristol Rovers
They're unbeaten in eight games, and take on fellow playoff
Cheltenham are away to the League two leaders Doncaster,
while Forest Green's game is 2nd against fourth in
One of the world's leading para-equestrians has announced she's
Anne Dunham, who lives in Wiltshire, has represented Great Britain
at five para-Olympic games, and won 19 championship gold medals.
She said that at the age of 68, it was time to give others a chance.
She has had a great career. She is amazing. She is a tough act to
follow. Let's hope she enjoys how well-deserved retirement. There is
sport on the telly tonight. Rugby tonight, six Nations. It is up
against gardeners world, though, what to do?
A blind woman from Somerset who only took up running in September
is taking on the Bath half marathon this weekend.
Helen McCann, who's raising money in aid of the guide dog charity
which has helped her - is running with her
They're using the run as preparation for the London marathon next month.
Mandy and Helen are training to run a marathon.
What makes it even more of a challenge is that Helen is blind.
I have a small amount of tunnel vision, a bit
At the age of nearly 30 I was diagnosed with
To be then told you will be registered blind
Since losing her sight, Helen has had the help of a guide
She puts her complete faith in Alfie's abilities.
When Alfie has the harness on, and the lead, he knows
When he is off the lead and harness in the house,
So, he has to stay at home while Mandy becomes Helen's
I have to be very alert, it's quite easy to get distracted
by other things that are around you which may not
But you do have to quickly come back and make sure
Make sure that the pavement on the road you are on is flat.
It is quite a responsibility, and I'm not quite as good as the dog.
They are running to raise money for the guide dog charity.
It costs over ?50,000 to pay for a guide dog over its lifetime. Without
the generosity of the public, because it is a charity, I would not
have a dog. So, this is my way of giving something back. They will be
running the Bath half marathon this weekend in a run-up to the London
Marathon. It is challenging. I have do have 100% confidence in my guide
runner, just because I have 100% confident in my guide dog. -- just
as I have. Good look this weekend. We'll find
out the weather in a bit. Former England football goalkeeper
and Dancing on Ice star David Seaman has given his backing to a figure
skating couple from Swindon. Zoe Jones and Chris
Boyadji are Britain's number one pair and are off
to the World Championships But their sport needs more funding
to help them train and their appeal for help has been supported by David
and his skating wife Frankie. Here's our Wiltshire
Reporter Will Glennon. They are the current British pairs
champions in figure skating. Zoe Jones and Christopher
Boyadji have been a pair But after coming 14th
in the European Championshps, they're off to the
world's in two weeks We feel quite confident, we practice
hard. We're trying the triple twist, I throw is very in the air, she just
three revolutions and eye-catcher. This is a new element we will
introduce it in Helsinki. -- and I catch her.
They have to work full time and train as well.
And there's not enough funding for them to have a full time coach
So when they launched an appeal, former footballer David Seaman
and his ice skating wife Frankie answered the call.
They met through the show Dancing on Ice.
We know what they were doing, what they were up to and when we found
out they were struggling with the money side of it we thought, we
Luddites gating, we have met them before and it was great to see them
in the Europeans as well. Asthma though we love ice-skating. We
thought, let's help. Getting to world-class standard is very
expensive and we wanted to give them the best chance that they had on the
chance Frei path to world. After a 13 year career
break to have children, I was not totally out of the spot, I
was coaching but I wasn't doing anything physical on the ice. It was
very hard to get back into it. I got myself a certain fitness level
before I started the powers. at the World Championships But
they hope the experience The fundraising has only began
a couple of weeks ago but they're already a third
of the way to their target so it looks like Zoe and Chris
will have the funding to go to the next winter Olympics
and it'll give them the best chance Just to let you know, in case you
have missed it... A programme about the Bristol band
Massive Attack which was made by our Inside out West team will be
shown on BBC Four tonight. The half an hour programme, called,
"Unfinished: The Making of Massive Attack"
will be aired at 11pm. It tells the story of the creation
of the band and features a host of Let's catch up with the weekend
weather, here's Ian. Good evening. It is game to be a
clear split between Saturday and Sunday. Saturday has the lion share
of the dry weather and the some of you something a bit brighter
developing through the cause of the day. It will be mild day. By
contrast, Sunday will start with some rain, moderate to heavy for a
while, and throughout the rest of the day there will be dry
interludes, always present threat of further periods of rain about, quite
distinctly different to Saturday. Equally, it will be a bit cooler.
Here is a wider look at how things are shaping up, quite pattern as we
head to the cause of the evening and deeply to night and tomorrow. As we
head into Sunday you will see that cold front towards the was getting
activated in the early part of Sunday. That will deliver some wet
weather across many districts join the first part of the morning before
it fragments and becomes an enough through the rest of the day. This
evening, we have seen some spots of rain about but it is looking dry and
we're expecting it to stay that way the address tonight. A fair amount
of cloud around and as we approach daybreak to my the temperatures will
have drop down to 708 Celsius but most. Some murkiness around
sunspots. The key? Will be about the cloud cover versus the drag
conditions. We will see some of both. It will certainly be mild, you
see there the signals through the evening for some patchy outbreaks of
light rain to arrive. That is all ahead of the cold front starting to
get its act together. Beverages on Saturday will be mild, 13, 14,
possibly even 16. -- temperatures on Saturday. Whereas, Sunday will
reduce us back to about ten, 11, 12 Celsius. It will be at barely
noticeable drop compared to the conditions of Saturday. Heading into
Monday, Tuesday, it is looking fine and dry, varying amounts of cloud
and high pressure dominating. That is your forecast. Thank you, Ian and
have a lovely So, like, you get sponsored to swap
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