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


Our main story tonight: The children in lockdown.


They were in Parliament when the lone terrorist attacked.


Their relieved parents pay tribute to the teachers who got them to sing


My message for the Prime Minister is at this school and those teachers


need to be honoured. In the West country,


leaders have been meeting Our other headlines


tonight: Arrested 50 years after the disappearance of a Bristol girl,


who vanished when her family I'm not getting into the specifics


of the actual details of the offences, but I can say they are


quite horrific and they will be unfolding tomorrow at court.


And the rents that take half your salary.


The parents of school children who were caught up in yesterday's


attack in London have called for their teachers to be


More than 50 pupils from Bridgwater spent two hours trapped


inside Westminster within earshot of the carnage


They kept their spirits up by singing to hundreds of others


who were told to stay inside the Central Lobby


For some of these ten-year-olds, a very first trip to London.


But shorlty after these photos were taken, they were trapped


Today, a parent of one of those children was still visibly upset.


If the first time I've ever let my son go


anywhere so far away without


He was very cuddly when he saw the first


The 53 children and seven staff were ushered to


A safe place, but still within 50 metres of where the police


The deputy head kept spirits up by singing hymns.


We had a lovely ripple of applause at the end.


And beautifully, loss of MPs and people


of the layout congratulated our children on how they sang and


Meanwhile at the school, texts were sent to worried parents.


We said to parents they could come in and we set aside a


room and had tea and coffee and the Salvation Army were here and our


local vicar all helping parents to process what was unfolding in front


Today at the school, we're told everyone's well,


the hymns having helping to drown out the gunshots.


And back in the Commons, the Prime Minister also impressed


It must've been particularly difficult for those


children who were here and being caught up in this the work of their


We should commend that their teachers in offering them that


The deputy head is more modest and thinks it


Safety in numbers inside the Central Lobby.


There may have been some horrific things


happening outside, but we were having a lovely time.


We were completely unaffected by it and it


certainly will not stop us from doing things we want.


But in the very worst of circumstances.


Today, people have been paying tributes to those


Aysha Frade, a mother who worked at a London college,


Courtney Weeden from Gloucestershire is a former colleague.


Kind, funny, very respected member of staff, definitely, she had been


And just a dedicated colleague, really,


she came to work, did her job, went home to her family.


Security around the Houses of Parliament has remained


tight, but the message from inside the Commons today


Staff and MPs were being allowed through to get to their offices.


Our reporter Steve Knibbs is in Westminster.


It has been an incredible day today to be in London. We've been driving


around and looking at a city when nothing much has changed. This city


has got back to normal and got back on with business. Within the houses


of parliament, that is very important, too. I spoke earlier to


one of our local MPs for Taunton Deane and said it was important to


get back to normal. It is crucial to show solidarity amongst politicians


and prove everyone that we will not be deterred in our free speech and


running our democratic society and in running efficiently and


effectively and in a calmer manner our oldest parliament in the world.


And with me now is the MP for Bath. Rebecca said about back to normal,


but what was the mood like within the house? Not nervous, but a great


deal of respect for what happened yesterday, but it really was


business as usual. As the Prime Minister said, the country deserves


for us to go back to work just as everybody else must and carry on


with their lives, otherwise the terrorists get their own way. We saw


emotional scenes today when remembering the victims. Yet I been


working in and around Parliament for ten years and I've seen Keith and


his colleagues every day and every day the public walk up to them take


photos with them and but through the gates every day. We were incredibly


sad to have lost him. As we drove around today, we saw on the


billboards the adverts and we are not afraid slogan comes up. They are


very defiant. Indeed they are. There are tourists back on the bridge


again as if nothing has happened. And that is the best thing about


defiance against terrorism. They will never win against us. Howard


does this resonate away from the capital? What does it mean for the


people in the West Country? The vigilance carries on outside of


London doesn't it? There's been no change very security information but


please keep vigilant and keep on with your lives also. Residents of


Bath need to be aware that they are in an internationally famous city


and they need to be careful, but we shouldn't change our behaviour on a


day-to-day basis. This is a city and you can see the Houses of Parliament


behind and Westminster Bridge and everything is back to normal after


an incredible 24 hours. The police at the House of Commons and in


Downing Street are amazing. They treat you in a very respectful and


friendly manner. You're watching Points West


with Alex and David, with you a little later this


evening, due to an extended Still to come on this


evening's programme... Our Home Affairs correspondent asks


what's being done in the West And the cost of a cottage


in the Cotswolds. We reveal how much of your salary


you'll have to sacrifice. A man's been charged


with the murder of a three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer's family emigrated


to Australia in 1968. At that time, thousands of Britons


were encouraged to start new lives down under by the offer


of cheap passage. They were known as


the "ten pound poms". New South Wales and in 1970


were enjoying a day out at the beach Give us something so


we can go and mourn. A heartbreaking appeal to the public


from Cheryl Grimmer's brother speaking in


December last year. Part of a reconstruction by police


of her last movements before the three-year-old


vanished into thin air. That appeal that led to fresh


information and this morning, Do you know anything


about Cheryl's disappearance? A man charged with


Cheryl's abduction and murder 47 years


after she disappeared. The man we have in custody


was a person of interest. We centred our


investigations around him. As a result, we have gathered


information and corroborated certain information and stamens


back in the original investigation and it


will Cheryl's family emigrated


from Bristol in In January 1970, she was


an Fairy Meadow Beach in the seaside town of of Wollongong, with her


mother and three older brothers. Her father was away


working in the Army. The children went


to the shower block, boys on one side, Cheryl


on Decisions I made


on the day were wrong. In this appeal last year, it was


clear the pain of losing their sister has never softened


in the decades since. Cheryl's parents died never knowing


what became of their daughter, like the Madeleine McCann


case here in the UK, every Australian parent knows


Cheryl Grimmer's cautionary tale. The media interest


has never gone away. The 63-year-old suspect


would have been He will appear before


a judge in Australia Rents are rising sharply, according


to new research by Points West. In parts of the region


tenants are spending With so many finding it hard


to afford a place of their own, we asked our business correspondent


Dave Harvey to find out just how And Dave - the numbers


are pretty high, aren't they? Through the roof pretty much


describes the rental market. I've looked at the official


stats on average rents Bath and the Cotswolds,


both over a thousand pounds a month. Around Bridgwater and Gloucester,


both around ?600 a month. We compared this to the same


figures five years ago - It's particularly tough in


the Cotswolds, which is constantly being voted the "loveliest


place to live in the UK", but as I found out, that only


seems to push rents even If you are earning average wages


or part-time because you have A busy medical secretary


in the morning, Natalie is even busier with little Oliver


and his big sister Heidi She and her husband


moved five times in the last eight years, battling


ever rising rents. I do not know anyone privately


renting, because the And what you are getting


for your money is not Our last place was quite expensive


and the heating did not work properly


and it was just not ideal for


bringing kids up What really matters is how much


of your income goes on rent and that's why we have come


here to the Cotswolds, because here, we've discovered that rent takes


a bigger chunk out of people's


which than anywhere else In fact, announces a Government


official figures showed that for every ?100 of wages here


in the Cotswolds, ?46 goes on rent. Firstly because it is


the Cotswolds, then because there is been


a shortage of housing in the recent past,


so therefore prices are being forced up


on supply and demand. How can young people get


on the housing ladder Prices may be high,


but there's a queue Landlords tell me they are finding


tenants faster than ever. When the property became empty


in November, I thought, this is a great time, with Christmas,


nobody will want to move. But actually, we were


incredibly lucky, and within three weeks,


we had some new tenants moved in. A few miles outside Tetbury,


we look around a typical ?1200 a month -


and you'd better be quick. We would be hopeful


of getting somebody in in And that is the sort of turnaround


we've seen recently, properties go What about those who live


in a town and do not However, properties are still


renting very quickly. with so many positive


factors, it really helps property fly off the shelves


on they go quickly, in a We can't really argue


with that, as estate agents. Tetbury's answer is to


build like never before. Literally - 900 new homes


are going up, and if you live there, you don't need me to tell


you how controversial that's been. Some - around 250 -


are what they call affordable homes, in fact Natalie and her family have


just moved into one of those. Plenty of you getting involved


on our Facebook page on this. Cathy says she left Cirencester


solely because the rents were so extortionate -


"I now live in Torquay in a lovely We'll take a look at some other


solutions tomorrow night, How about knocking down old church


halls and vicarages to make way Police investigating a fire survey


found a body in the property. Earlier today one was rescued from


the house and taken to hospital with serious injuries. Emergency services


were called to this street just before 8am and police said they are


treating the death and because of the ballets unexplained.


Ram-raiders have struck at a shop in Bristol.


They drove a blue van into the front of the premises in Alma Vale Road


Police said they escaped with a large haul of cigarettes


The chairman of Network Rail has said the line through Bath may


Last autumn, the Government deferred electrification


work between Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads


New trains will have to be converted to run on diesel


Today Sir Peter Hendy, who lives in Bath, said he wouldn't


worry if the missing section was never completed.


Won anti-terrorist experts say the keys to report anybody at risk of


being radicalised. A bomb plot was foiled after a member of a mosque


report suspicious behaviour to the police.


A sign of respect and support from Bristol to London.


Here in the West, like in in Westminster,


there's a sense of calm reflection and a determination not


Kalsoom Bashir advised the Government on preventing


extremism and has worked with counter-terrorism


We can't let terrorism divide us and undermine the stability


In Bristol today, life goes on as usual, that


we all have to be aware that there are those who are looking to


radicalisers anybody that they can reach.


we are kept safe by a constant web of surveillance,


be that from CCTV cameras, the police


Here at Bristol's newest shopping centre, they've even been


But the most important information comes from within


from blowing up the Galleries Shopping Centre in


and caught here on CCTV planning his attack.


Had he succeeded, I think Bristol would still be suffering


That was a call from a representative of a mosque saying,


we don't like what we are seeing, we don't


like what we are hearing, we


the police and fire and ambulance regularly train to deal


they are monitoring events in London and remain committed


And among those on Westminster Bridge who witnessed the attack was


the Somerset author, Steve Vogue. You may have seen among the national


news yesterday. As the chaos of older Commies Eddie try to stop


people going on the bridge. He joins us now from his home. How all the


events of yesterday resonating with you now? Is still seems surreal. I


just keep remembering what a beautiful afternoon it was and I


walked past Parliament Hill saw the police laughing and joking with a


group of teenage pupils walking past and it seemed like a very happy


scene and I walked onto the bridge and within a few seconds, everything


changed. Reminders about your part, what you did. -- remind us. I had


everybody screaming and above that stopped next to me and people are


getting off and there was screaming and crying and I thought some TDL is


further away was also screaming, so I thought that somebody had been


knocked over, so I ran to see what had happened and if I could help at


all and I saw a shoe in the red underbody in the road also and I saw


another body a bit further up when I looked over the side of the bridge,


I saw a body lying in the water and I realised something really bad must


have happened all be happening and I could see people are still coming


onto the bridge and I realised that it wasn't a safe place to be, so I


just try to stop people and pushed them back until the emergency


services arrived. Very brave, because she didn't know what else


was going on. It must be harrowing to talk about, but in these


situations, nothing will ever be the same. The message coming out of


Westminster today is business as usual. What have you thought some of


the rhetoric? Well, one of the things that was so strong about the


whole thing was the children and the way that they carried on. They were


inside and stuck and one of the things I would say to young


children, because it is difficult to try and explain these things to


them, my thought would be to try and say these things are thankfully rare


and bad things do happen, but just look at all the good things. It was


an awful afternoon, but I saw so many good people and brave people


trying to help. That is the thing we have to hold onto. While a gradual


children's author. That is good advice. Thank you for joining us. --


and you are a children's author. Now for the weather.


Bit of rain in the south to start things off. A lot of cloud, too.


Brighter spells through because of the day and less windy. If the sun


breaks through, it will feel comparatively mild. Here is a wider


look and out of the south, low-pressure running up these bits


of rain it southern districts. Through tomorrow, high pressure


builds from the north and that bodes well for the weekend. For this


evening, again, the chance of some of these patchy outbreaks of rain


toward the south may creep a bit further north and you have seen


their run up a bit of uncertainty. The further north you are, a better


chance of staying dry. Remaining windy tonight and temperatures 5-6


else's. Into tomorrow, a cloudy start. Through the afternoon, that


becomes more fragile and lifts outbreaks with uncertain scope, but


by the evening, the skies will clear. Temperatures tomorrow getting


up to about 12 Celsius. Maybe even a 15 given the sunshine. It looks good


for the weekend. Bullock on Saturday, looks like a beautiful


day. Still a bit breezy, but pleasantly warm in the sunshine. A


similar story Sunday, too. And that is where we have to leave


things tonight. We are back tomorrow. Goodbye.


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