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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.
Two West primary schools were on trips to Parliament.
The children were on lockdown and sang songs to keep their spirits up.
Well, it's great relief for the parents in Hotwells today
as the the children from year six in the school had been
But now they're all safely on a coach and heading home.
We'll have the latest reaction from west country
I'm particularly concerned about my staff, who witnessed the whole
thing. It's deeply upsetting. We immediately after informed their
families that we are all safe. We are all shocked.
100 thousand pounds for the parents of a boy who died after being moved
And the Harbourside plays a major role in a new film starring
Children from the West on a school trip to Westminster were put
into lock down this afternoon, as a terror attack
The groups are from Hotwells in Bristol and St John
St Francis Church School in Bridgwater.
One of the teachers put a message on social media saying
they were singing songs as a distraction to
Tonight both primary schools say everyone is safe and they're
trying to get them home as soon as possible.
In a moment we'll be live at Hotwells school,
but first our reporter Robin Markwell has been hearing
from other eyewitnesses from the West caught up
The attack on the Bridge and then inside Parliament
Journalists and politicians from the West found
themselves in the middle of the unfolding drama.
We'd heard a bang. Me and my colleagues in round 12 of Parliament
were looking to see what that was and we suddenly saw a policeman
being pushed into the yard. It was strange because normally nobody is
allowed in the apart from MPs and those with passes. Suddenly, she was
pushed and lunged at many times. The attacker had a knife in his hand.
From what I then saw, a policeman approached him, dressed in black and
fired two to three shots anti-crumpled on the floor.
They were told to stay inside their offices.
Among those caught up in the lockdown, the Cotswold MP
I'm particularly concerned about my staff, who witnessed the whole
thing, which is deeply upsetting. Of course, immediate -- immediately
after it happened we all informed their families that we are safe. We
are shocked. We are a couple -- we are locked in the middle of
Parliament. We don't know when we will be allowed out.
The Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire took
to Twitter to describe the "frightening scenes outside".
Salisbury MP John Glen sent his "thoughts and
And the Wells MP James Heappey praised the doorkeepers inside
Parliament for their "unflappable attitude" A children's author
from Midsomer Norton happened to be on Westminster Bridge at the time
I was walking that -- across the bridge and suddenly a bus stop that
people started screaming. People came off the bus and seemed upset
and I saw what appeared to be a trainer by the side of the road. On
the other side of the vote, there was a body and when I would further,
there was another body and then when I looked over the side of the
bridge, they appeared to be a body in the water as well.
The Prime Minister is to chair an emergency meeting later.
A counter-terrorism inquiry is underway.
But for now many are still coming to terms with the shocking
I have just spoked to the MP for Wells, James Heappey,
I asked him to describe what is going on around him.
I am inside the Houses of Parliament. There are a lot of MPs
sat around, some pacing around. We can endure for a couple of hours and
I as I understand that we would be moved until the whole of the Palace
of Westminster is cleared and secured and then they will move us.
What did you see and hear? So, I was already working in the Palace of
Westminster when the division bell rang and this all happened, during a
vote this morning. So I just went straight to the division lobby and I
was 14, actually just behind the Prime Minister, and I saw somebody
her ear and she was taken away and I now understand that was harder being
taken off to a secure location. Really, the first I but it was when
colleagues started to arrive for voting, looking pretty flustered and
they had been on their way across from the office blocks on the other
side of the Parliamentary estate when happened. Some of them were
asked to get on the floor and take cover and it was really quite
dramatic. You say you saw the Prime Minister in front of you. What was
her reaction, as far as you could tell, from worried you where, when
she got the news that this was happening outside? I can't tell you
exactly which was told. She may have simply been told that there was an
incident and could they go with her. She remained as calm as you would
expect and was taken away. As I understand it, she was removed
immediately from the Parliamentary estate, but to me, in the QB entered
the fort, she was just being told something quite normal, as far as I
could tell. We know that there were two parties of Westminster School
children in the Palace of Westminster when this all unfolded.
They have also been involved in the locked in as well. I have heard
that. In fact, some children were even in the House of Commons at the
time that the Loughton happened and they were still up in the public
gallery and hour and a half later, which acted quickly scooter for
them. You are an ex-military man, aren't you? You have seen conflict
of course, as it were. What are your personal thoughts about this? I
mean, the obvious thing to say is that not the policeman who was the
first line of defence on the gates of Parliament has tragically lost
his life, the reality is that the security effort around Parliament
appears to have worked very effectively. The incident seems to
have been brought to an end very quickly indeed and the house
authorities, working with the police, having run the process for
containing the incident and securing the Palace of Westminster. It seems
to me to have been done very efficiently and very effectively and
I think we are all very grateful to them for being as good as their jobs
as they are. Thank you for joining us.
Our reporter Tracey Miller is outside Hotwells Primary School
in Bristol where a group of year sixes, 10 and 11 year olds,
were on a trip to Parliament today when the terror attack unfolded.
Yes, we know that they are safe but the parents have had a very
stressful afternoon. The children from year six had been on a trip to
Westminster today. In the last few minutes, the headmaster has released
this statement saying that the children were not directly caught up
in it where -- but when you at the scene and they worked closely with
the police to put forward an emergency procedure and of they are
heading home and are safe, they are not aware of what has happened in
Westminster today. Earlier I spoke to a member of staff who was working
in the school today. When we came in all the teachers
were on edge, you could tell. And when they were talking,
you could hear something The caretaker said that year six
were on a London trip. We pieced it altogether and realised
that there was something going on. Another skill was also visiting
Westminster today. They were inside the Palace of whispered to win the
attack happened and were caught up in the Loughton but they managed to
put out a tweet from inside the building and they said that we are
all sat in the centre of the house of parliament, we are safe, happy
and lightening the middle of a song. -- likening the mood with a song. We
don't know what time the children will be getting home but the schools
are keeping the parents are home and I am sure they would be very
relieved to have them back tonight. This is a story we will stay with
the seating. Thank goodness they are safe.
The parents of a 7-year-old who died after heart surgery
at Bristol Children's Hospital have been awarded ?100,000 compensation.
Luke Jenkins was moved out of intensive care just days
after his operation, because of a lack of beds.
Our health correspondent Matthew Hill reports.
Stephen Jenkins has been unable to work since witnessing the death
We raised the alarm. We were the ones saying that they needed to get
somebody in here now. After life saving heart
surgery, Luke came here. He'd been discharged early
from intensive care. At the time, unlike other hospitals,
Bristol had no high dependency beds. A new report by the health service
ombudsman says Lukes parents were misled by staff about ward 32
being a high-dependency unit. We were saying that she was bleeding
and with the doctor to come and look or someone from the outreach team
and they were saying yes, yes, and they just weren't listening to us.
The HSO report also found maladministration in the Trust's
complain handling and that, "This has led to an injustice
It says, "Doctors and nurses failed to recognise and manage signs
of Luke deterioration", while he was on ward 32.
Luke should have been admitted to intensive care
And because of poor record keeping, they could not establish if these
According to this recording the Jenkins made of a leading doctor
from the childrens hospital, Luke's death was avoidable.
If it hadn't happened, she would still be alive. These are quite
difficult things to correct and we will do our best to correct them.
But despite this the HSO report concludes that because no obvious
cause of the catastrophic fatal bleed has been established,
they are unable to link Lukes death to any of the failings.
At the time, we believed we would get something from the inquest. We
put all hopes in the truth finally coming out and we walked away from
their just being a whitewash anything else.
The hospital say they have developed an action plan to address
the failings identified by the ombudsman.
In a statement they say, "The care Luke received has
been subject to several, independent, expert reviews,
none of which showed that we caused his death.
We fully accept, however, that there were failings in the care
and treatment we gave him and we also accept that,
after his death, we compounded the pain and grief of his family
by giving incorrect and incomplete information in response
We are deeply sorry for everything we got wrong and we have apologised
to Luke's parents for letting them down so badly.
The compensation awarded today means Lukes parents can now begin
to rebuild their lives, but they will always be
haunted by the question, would Luke still be alive if he had
Thanks for joining us this evening here on Points West.
We'll keep you up to date on events in Westminster before
We hear about the divide between urban and rural classrooms.
How the West features in a new blockbuster opening around
A teenager charged with the murder of a man in Trowbridge has been
Jordan Taylor, who was 25, died from stab wounds
after being attacked near the town's community hospital
This morning Hayden Maslen who is 18 and from Park Street in Trowbridge
didn't appear in court and made no bail application.
His trial is due to start in September.
Disruption caused by a derailed freight train in Somerset is likely
Replacement buses are running between Westbury and Castle Cary,
with many trains delayed or cancelled.
Network Rail says some of the wagons which came off the track
were carrying stone or sand, and more work's needed
Princess Anne has told the BBC she believes genetically-modified
crops have important benefits in providing food The Princess Royal
The Princess Royal has told Radio 4's Farming Today
to use GM for crops and livestock on her own farming estate own land
I do think that in the future your gene technology has real benefits to
offer which will have, maybe, and occasional blindside, but I suspect
not very many. Princess Anne's views have today
been criticised by Green MEPs, who say she "doesn't speak
for the average UK farmer". Her position also appears
to put her at odds with her brother, Prince Charles, who's warned that GM
crops could cause an There's more from that
interview with Princess Anne on Farming Today tomorrow morning,
that's from 5.45am on BBC Radio 4. Rural schools in the West are
calling on the government to push The plans which are proving
very controversial, with the Prime Minister Theresa May
and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn battling it out in the Commons
today on the issue. When there's not enough money to go
round, changing who gets I think there is to be
a serious reconsideration Yet everyone agrees
the old system needs reforming. Some London boroughs get nearly
twice as much per pupil as the lowest-funded
areas of England. Under the proposals,
for the first time, the difficulties faced by rural schools
are being factored in. The school faced a kosher 17 years
ago for being too small and now it is one of the biggest winners, its
budget going up 23.5%. But even the winners are not that happy. On the
face of it, it looks marvellous for school, but in the small print you
can see that in the process of implementation of the new formula,
it means that there will be a cap on the first year of just 1.5%, so to
give a very long time for us to get the money.
At Misterton First School near Crewkerne in Somerset,
Under the proposals, they'll get an extra ?44,000.
It means they might be able to go from two classes back to three.
We are thrilled that the balance had been redressed and that
It has been really tough for small, rural schools.
The proposed changes are supposed to make the system fairer so you can
get access to a good aggregation, no matter where you are. The problem is
that what is good in one size is not necessarily end and others.
It's the cities which are feeling the biggest pinch.
A recent survey suggested Bristol's primary schools will lose
It's difficult for headteachers in Bristol to see the impact
of the proposed national funding formula changes as fair,
if it means that we get less money coming into schools to provide good
quality education for children across the city.
With schools already needing to find ?3 billion worth of cuts by 2020,
this review has stirred up a hornet's nest of discontent.
Last week, the Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown warned
the Prime Minister she could face a backbench Tory rebellion
Forest Green Rovers head to promotion rivals Lincoln
on Saturday with their noses in front at the top
Victory last night against Solihull Moors and defeat
for Lincoln meant the to two sides swapped places.
Forest Green left it late, with the winner coming
Bristol's harbourside is the backdrop for
which hits our cinema screens from this Friday.
Another Mother's Son, which stars Ronan Keating and Jenny Seagrove,
tells the true story of woman living in Nazi-occupied Jersey.
Prince's Wharf in Bristol like you've never seen it before.
In the new film Another Mother's Son it doubles
In 1942 it was the post that saw Englishman who hadn't been born on
the island reported to Germany and men who had been captured in Europe
brought the island and to work. The film tells the story
of Louisa Gould, whose son She takes in a Russian prisoner
of war and pretends he is her son Edward to save his life,
hoping it's what another mother This study of a mother and her love
and it's about community and courage and because it is a true story, it
mattered to us that we did it justice.
And part of that relied on recreating wartime
Today it's too modern, so the film turned to the westcountry for help.
Wells Town Hall became the Nazi's headquarters.
And do you recognise this 1940's steamship?
It is of course The Balmoral on the Bristol Harbourshide.
To go back there and have an old board and soldiers coming off, Nazi
soldiers, and the pitch yourself and imagining, something that we did it
all the time, all, my God, this really happened. It was very
distressing, actually. And so was what happened
to Louisa's brother Harold, He was the only Briton who survived
Belsen concentration camp. In total, the Bristol
scenes involved around 100 They will use accommodation and all
the knock-on effects. They will have eaten in the city. ?20,000 a day,
?40,000 in 2-D -- days and also the profile on the screen as well, it's
really important for Bristol. it's the bravey of Louisa Gould
and her community that they hope the audience will be left
remembering. Now we return to our top story
tonight and this afternoon's Joining us now is Professor
Bill Durodie, an expert in counter-terrorism
from the University of Bath. I guess this wasn't a huge surprise
but what is your assessment of these events? You're absolutely right, I
think this kind of attack is becoming all too predictable now.
Events in Neath last summer, through the attacks on the German Christmas
market at Christmas to this today, the one thing I would say is that
there appears to be a diminishing rate of return for the perpetrators.
Obviously, this is a terrible tragedy for all those caught up in
this incident, but we are looking now, really, at individual attackers
who, I would say, are so completely misguided that they have completely
lost any sense of having a moral anchor. Professor, what is your
assessment of the reaction to the events by the security forces today?
I think it is understandable that, considering the location that
everything has gone into Loughton, but I also think and I suspect the
authorities will concur, that the sooner that we can return to
normalcy, the better, because otherwise, we end up completing
every act of terrorism. This two elements to an act of terrorism. The
event itself and how society response to it. I think the best
thing we could do is to say, this is the lone individual who is obviously
not just misguided, without any moral attachment to any community
and it's an act of criminality, more than an act of terror and we now
need to get on with our lives because we have more important
things to do than to give too much airtime to individuals like this.
This happened in one of the most heavily guarded areas of the
country, of course, in Parliament. What must be a neat mirror scenario,
I suppose, is something happening here, or out in the provinces, where
there aren't armed officers available so quickly. Yes, obviously
we can think that way, but I think the important thing is to speculate
and extrapolate too much. The fact that that has happened where it has
happened should teachers that there is no level of security that can be
assured to all people in all places, at times. It enters the security
myth that no doubt members of Parliament will be propagating soon
after these events, to say that we need even more security. There's a
limit to what we can do and, as I often see as the stains, what we are
facing here is not the much a security problem as a social
problem. There are individuals who are so thoroughly misguided in our
communities, it asks awkward questions as to who is guiding them
and what our role is in providing direction and moral values to
society. Certainly, the Home Secretary is Colin and urging calm
and Theresa May is going into Cobra now. Thank you for joining us.
Good evening. Certainly decent enough well the sunshine was around,
much like yesterday, some of you had a different experience with the
number of showers around. As we head into tomorrow, it will be the study
of some early rain, which is likely to be heavy and places. That will
clear the way out to watch the west of us. I suspect many other
districts will be dry but there is a risk of further in and -- affecting
southern areas and the question is how far north that might stretch or
not. For lovers, noticeably windy day with wind coming in from the
north-east. That inevitably means there will be another sheer wonder
child to add to proceedings. No pressures to think the worst parts
of France and I the BDO where we we will see a in situ for the rest of
the weekend. We have these areas of rain and sure affecting those at
least two stages through the course of the model and you can see that
for coming in from a north-east a quarter which, still at this time of
year, there's still a cold direction. For the rest of this
evening, one or two showers left, particularly over Somerset. Tending
to die -- tending to die away. Turning cold as well. This area of
rain starting to come in from the south-east as we head through the
second half of the made, such that there is position will be roundabout
when you see there by 6am. A decidedly wet start for many of you,
but not necessarily all of you. Temperatures dropping low enough
that they could have a touch of Frost before that grin appears.
Through the course of tomorrow morning, bad rain will run its weird
to the west, so freely heavy. As it does so, the fit next -- the next
feature of interest will be the South. There is uncertainty how far
north that and will be no stretch. As you can further northwards, as it
stands, it is looking drier and perhaps somewhat greater of the
afternoon, but if you been watching the wind arrow sticking around, they
are quite pronounced. Temperatures up to nine or other than Celsius,
but as I mentioned, if you're exposed to the wind, it will be
feeling that bit more cold. That will be the case into faded, not
dissimilar in some case -- respects some areas of rain, generally
lighter, certainly a lot of cloud around and make time to break up --
tend to pick up later. From the north, that high-pressure starting
to Dublin and build and that bodes well as we head into the weekend. A
cold night, certainly. Still that north-easterly breeze.
Before we leave you, a reminder of today's main news.
There's been a terror attack in the heart of London.
Four people including a police officer are now
known to have been killed close to the Palace of Westminster.
More than 20 people are in hospital tonight,
some with what's being described as "catastrophic injuries."
The Prime Minister, Theresa May will hold an emergency meeting
of the Cobra committee tonight, in response to the day's events.
We heard the MP from Somerset saying that she was behind the Prime
Minister she was given the news. We are back in again at 10am.