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


The extraordinary research into Alzheimer's.


We're in the lab with the very hungry caterpillars helping


scientists find the link between sugar and dementia.


We feed them sugar rich diets, and their proteins in their blood become


damaged. We'll have the latest


from the professor in charge. A council writes to a resident


to take away her tax reduction The football star who may


lose his licence yet again. And happy days for the village


which has just received Finding the cause of dementia is one


of the most pressing challenges in medical science,


and in Bath they could be on to something thanks


to the humble caterpillar. They're feeding the creatures


with the sort of diet they and most of us enjoy,


sugar, and seeing Our health correspondent


Matthew Hill reports. This is the newest weapon


in the fight against Alzheimer's. For some time, scientists have known


that how much sugar we eat So they've enlisted the help


of one of the greediest creatures on the planet -


this very hungry caterpillar. This is kind of almost


the end of the cycle... The clue's in its Latin name -


manduca sexta which We are studying these


because we are interested in the damage that sugars cause


to proteins in the diet. In the colony, we hold


all of the stages of the life cycle. So it goes through all the stages


but it is the caterpillar stage It's been known for some time that


people with Type 2 diabetes are far It's thought that's because glucose


forms a harmful by-product in their blood, which makes it


harder to kill the abnormal proteins known as plaques and tangels,


which form in the brain. The same team of scientists in Bath


have already developed a technique using a flourescent light


to discover the tell-tale It's called glycation where sugar


attaches to proteins Scientists think a substance found


in berries and chocolate, called flavinoids, may


reduce this glycation. So they are adding these flavenoids


to the caterpillar diet to see It's an interesting model system


that we're using to test the effects of high sugar on biological


function, which we hope will give us a way of testing a mechanism that


can be used to screen drugs and interventions to reduce this


glycation that we are seeing Yes, these caterpillars like eating


sugar, so we can mimic that high-sugar environment


that we see in humans. This is the only place in Europe


to culture these caterpillars. They evenually transform


into a moth, and these pests can One essential ingredient


for horn worms is tobacco. They need the smell of it in order


to breed and lay eggs. That is why the university


have a special licence This research project


could take years. But if this greedy caterpillar can


shed light on how diet could reduce the chances of Alzheimer's,


then we may well have Professor Jean Van Den Elsen is from


the university research team. Now, you've not brought any


of the hungry caterpillars with you. They need to be contained because


they are a pest. Not that we grow any tobacco in this country but they


eat potatoes, tomatoes and chilli Peppers.


And your fingers? They were having a bite. For people


at home, they are thinking this. I can see a headline reading:


"Berries and chocolate It is the gist of the story but a


bit more complicated. We feed them high levels of glucose,


we make them diabetic, then we can see similar to what happens in


diabetes, we see damage to the proteins in their blood. We are


trying to find these molecules and stop that from happening. There is


evidence that. Potentially any molecules in coffee, tea, berries


and chocolate, red wine, could stop this from happening.


The flavonoids we were hearing about.


In theory, eating too much sugar could give you diabetes, we know it


can, type two. Eating chocolate or drinking red wine might actually


prevent it or reverse it? We have to take the sugar out of the


chocolate. There is always a catch. There is a


clear link between sugar and diabetes, diabetes and Alzheimer's.


How sure are you? Population studies have shown people suffering from


uncontrolled diabetes type two actually can have a high risk to


develop Alzheimer's disease. This can affect everybody whether


they are worried about their own health or somebody in there found me


-- family. People will look at headlines and think we on our way?


How exciting do you feel this research could be?


It is a great model system to test these compounds and we really


hopeful find something, to use a combination of these southern noise


from coffee, tea, chocolate or red wine, to make the right clock tile


to stop sugar damage. Sugar seems to be number one enemy,


is it a fad or is there real evidence?


There is real evidence. Evidence in the lab has shown people suffering


from Alzheimer's disease have a changed sugar damaged pattern in


their brains, it is clearly linked to high sugar levels in their


bloods. So, that is really good evidence.


And the caterpillars you take care of them?


We look after them. They don't live long enough to


develop Alzheimer's disease. Thank you for coming in. Incredible.


Thank you. Rail services in the west are likely


to remain disrupted for the next two days after a freight train


derailed in Somerset. Replacement buses are covering


the line between Westbury All local services and journeys


from the west to London that use that particular stretch


of track are affected. Network Rail is helping


with the investigation to find out A new line of inquiry


in the Sally Ann John murder case in Wiltshire has come from last


night's Crimewatch appeal. On the programme, detectives


revealed that a postcard existed, supposedly sent by her


after she disappeared The handwriting didn't match


Sally Ann's and police believed it They had eight calls, one of


which was potentially significant. It will send three weeks before she


went missing. We strongly believe it was sent to mislead the league -- to


mislead the police. We believe the person who wrote that card was


coerced or misled into writing that or the person responsible for her


murder. We will never give up for the sake


of the family. We keep reviewing our lines of


inquiring, identifying new lines. We are hopeful we will get the


breakthrough we require. There's a reward of ?25,000


for information that leads to a conviction,


or the discovery Bristol City's star striker


Tammy Abraham could lose his driving On the pitch, the 19-year-old's


delighted fans with his But off it, he faces a court summons


following an accident close to the club's training ground,


as Andrew Plant reports. On loan to Bristol City


from Chelsea, Tammy Abraham has already had a big impact


on the club, scoring The last of those in a 4-0 home win


against Huddersfield on Friday. Quite a day for the 19-year-old,


earlier that day pictured with his instructor,


after success too He later sent him a signed


shirt to say thank you. But it wasn't the first


time he had passed. His previous licence had been


revoked, under rules that prevent new drivers from racking up more


than six points in Now it seems his second full licence


could also be under threat. At the end of January,


Tammy Abraham was leaving training at the club's facilities here,


just outside Bristol, when his car He has since been issued


with a summons to attend court and faces allegations of driving


without a licence or endurance. It means that Tammy Abraham will


need to go to court voluntarily, But those offences can


carry penalty points. So if he is ever found guilty


of them, he could lose that Andrew Plant, BBC


Points West, Bristol. You're watching Points West


with David and Alex. The first day of spring but it feels


like it. Still to come on this


evening's programme. A gritty new movie


set in Gloucester. The makers will be with us


shortly to explain why And find out what happened


when we took a monk to meet A grieving son has branded


South Gloucestershire Council "insensitive" after receiving


a letter about his mother's The letter was addressed to his mum


informing her that she would no longer get a reduction


as she'd "passed away." He got in touch with us,


as he wants to prevent other families from being treated


in the same way. Ada Davies, a much-loved


mother and wife. Described at her funeral as someone


who didn't mince her words. She died aged 95 on


the 27th of February. It's been a difficult time


for those closest to her. A time, her son says,


made worse on receiving this It was addressed to his mum


despite the fact that it explained that her council tax reduction


was being cancelled It even invited her to "make


a new claim" for a reduction, or to "contact" the office


for more information. Another letter has since asked her


to pay her council tax We are thinking about our mother


all the time then you get letters addressed to her stating she is dead


but as if she is alive They can't claim


because she has passed. Some other members of the family


are quite disgusted with it. If the reason for the reduction is


death, don't print, or don't send. To add something like


that to their system. If it was a family much more


distressed by the death, it could have a major


impact on them. Mrs Davies's council tax


account has now been closed Christopher's family now hope to put


the experience behind them, and to focus on grieving


for their mother. A Cheltenham man has been sentenced


to almost 25 years in prison after pleading guilty


to murdering a teenager. 17-year-old Camran Green


was stabbed last October. Steven Sharpe admitted


the killing and also Our home affairs correspondent


Charlotte Callen reports. 17 years old and under the care


of social services, Camran Green Despite having a care team,


he was able to travel by train from Birmingham


to Cheltenham at weekends. Customers ordered drugs


over the phone from him, That's how he met this man,


Steven Sharpe, who let him stay On the 2nd of October last year,


Sharpe tried to rob Camran He stabbed him with this 14-inch


knife, described as a Rambo Police say more young vulnerable


people are getting caught up in drug I think it is an indication of


the world we live in where lots of communications are by mobile phones


and people want things instantly. That's what we're seeing


here in the drugs His mum wants to warn young people


not to carry knives. She's also upset her son wasn't


better looked after. You know, they should have found out


where he was going, who he was with, you know, all that


a mother would do. These care workers should


see him as their child. So I am quite disappointed


and annoyed they didn't The judge here today said the murky


world of drugs had taken yet another Steven Sharpe was given a life


sentence, he will serve at Charlotte Callen, BBC


Points West, in Bristol. A new film set in Gloucester


will receive its premiere It's the work of two brothers-in-law


who were so moved by the number of high-profile stabbings,


that they felt the need to show on screen how


knife crime ruins lives. And we're pleased to say


they've joined us in Let us look at the trailer so we


know what we are talking about. MUSIC it gives us an idea but we


don't see the story. What can we expect? It is a social


responsive film that tackles knife crime, domestic violence, it gives


an insight into peer pressure that make decisions and a better


understanding. We tag line it as a socially


conscious from about how knife crime destroys lives.


Have you been able to work out from making the film by young people feel


the need to carry a knife? We have done a lot of community


conversations with charities that work with young people. There are so


many reasons, for protection, through fear. We decided to create


this form to tackle those issues. You are showing the consequences. It


is big and tough to carry a knife. You have seen what it is like, the


repercussions that they couldn't expect.


That is right. It is analysing things close to home creating a form


that will expand on the knowledge. Where will this film go now? We are


hoping to launch it at Gloucester Guildhall on Friday in May. And get


national distribution so more people can see the film.


Knife crime is a national issue. It is so relevant, talked about day. We


were talking about it in Gloucester. Have you had any input from the


families of the people that have been affected by this. I'm thinking


about Hollie Gazzard and her family. We had a word with Nick, he revealed


his heart. And we spoke to a local charity dealing with young people on


a regular basis, they gave us insight.


You decided to make a film but, as you know, that is an extremely


difficult thing to do, to make a watchable film with a message is


very hard. What expense have you had before this?


Is it a first attempt? We worked on stuff tween us, short films. We


decided to make something that was socially responsive, and get into


the in-depth reasons. We had an insight of Benjamin


Woodward who came on board, and Thomas Sellick Newton, a 23-year-old


university lecturer. Have you enjoyed the process?


As well as educational, it is entertaining as well.


Otherwise it won't engage in the right way.


Good luck with it. We look forward to seeing it.


Nice to meet you. Now we all dream of what we might do


if we were suddenly left But imagine what it would be


like if your whole village Well, that's what's happened


to the people living in the west They're now having to decide


between them how to spend what's being described


as a "jaw-dropping legacy." Our Somerset correspondent


Clinton Rogers reports. As recreation grounds go,


it is already pretty impressive. Now imagine you have nearly


three-quarters of a million Something amazing


for the kids, maybe. Probably build a swimming


pool or something. Because 1,200 letters have been


delivered to people living in the area asking for ideas of how


to spend the money left to them You know one of the more intriguing


things about this story is that very We've not met anyone


who knew her well. All we know is that she was in her


late 90s when she died in December, and apparently she had


no surviving children. And so the bulk of her estate


was left to the recreation And can you just imagine


the surprise of those in charge when they were told there


was a legacy for them. When he came to see me and told me


what the amount would be, ?700,000, possibly a little more,


it was just jaw-dropping. It'll be several months yet before


a final decision is made. Porlock is about to get one


of the best recreation Clinton Rogers, BBC


Points West, Porlock. It is quite remarkable. A lovely


place. A brand new copy of a Georgian


recipe book has just been published which sheds new light


on what was being cooked It chronicled the day-to-day life


at an historic home and was later moved to an abbey in Somerset


where monks rediscovered it. We sent Liz Beacon for a taster


to see if the recipes In the archives of Downside Abbey


there are all sorts of treasures. From 11th century church


documents to relics collected But the discovery of a Georgian


cookbook has been rather special. There's some recipes


for rice pudding. Some chicken, even more


adventurous recipes, things with pigs' feet and calves'


heads that perhaps we wouldn't have nowadays but are really


interesting recipes to have. What is surprising is some


of the ingredients mentioned As Father Christopher told me,


there are examples of the exotic Bristol was the gateway into England


and indeed out of England And so things like sugar coming


from the West Indies, and spices coming from the Far East,


and this house seems to have taken full advantage of that


because there are ingredients The Georgian chicken


curry has caught my eye, so I am taking a monk to meet


a Michelin-starred chef. What surprised me about this


recipe in the 18th century It made reference to three


teaspoons of curry powder. What struck me about that was,


I was thinking, what is Obviously we have curry powder


now that we use but we have It was interesting back then


they had these curry Curry powder, stock, onions,


chicken and thicken with rice flour. Chef Josh Eggleton is following


the recipe word for word. More basic than he's used


to but with surprising results. It is our recipe but somebody else


is cooking so I have to be So, an eight out of ten


from Father Christopher. But for simplicity, flavour


and being ahead of its time, Looks delicious. Quite slimming I


expect. I might have some of that. Now, just before we go


to the weather, today All across the country,


people are wearing brightly-coloured socks to raise awareness


of the condition. Well, you may remember this little


boy here on the left. His name's Seb White and a few weeks


ago he and his mum were guests Well, today, Seb, and all his


friends, wore their coloured socks to school in Bath,


and they certainly look Today I forgot. Tomorrow, I will


wear bright socks. And me.


It is actually a comparatively chilly field to things as we are


under what is the first shower to come across here with great timing.


For many of you in the sunny spells today it has been decent. But


different where you are under the showers, some have been heavy. Over


the next 24 hours, the main story will take shape tonight in the form


of a band of heavy rain. First light tomorrow, that ball straddles the


West Country, particularly to the east, then rotating itself away so


the afternoon will brighten up, punctuated by showers, with light


winds and any sunny spells will make it a sunny affair.


You see that front is developing to the South West peninsular tonight


and straddling tomorrow morning. It arcs its way over the Midlands


followed by a regime of sunny spells and showers which will fade away as


we head through tomorrow evening. At the moment, there is still a


number of showers across the West Country, some quite potent, some


hailstorms embedded. They will die away but watch how that band of rain


develops through the second half of the night, some wintry spells over


Exmoor with wet snow and other spots as well. Temperatures tonight fairly


chilly, 1-4 C, some spots getting close to freezing, like Exmoor.


Tomorrow, some uncertainty, that band will linger during the morning.


From Bristol eastwards, drifting out From Bristol


a brighter story in the afternoon. towards the north to be replaced by


a brighter story in the afternoon. Some showers in the afternoon could


be heavy, the winds and slow-moving. Temperatures


of year. If you are in the sunshine, of year. If you are in the sunshine,


it should be a decent story. That will be dictated by the position of


the showers. Thursday, a notably chilly day with


a north-easterly wind, seminar on Friday but it will improve at the


weekend. Thank you. A fashion tip, if you are


wearing thick socks, make sure you have some nice sandals with them.


Lovely! You know how to dress! Do it tomorrow! Recipes on our


Facebook page to recreate that curry. Goodbye.


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