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

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Our main story tonight: The children in lockdown.

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They were in Parliament when the lone terrorist attacked.

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

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

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need to be honoured. In the West country,

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leaders have been meeting Our other headlines

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

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

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

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quite horrific and they will be unfolding tomorrow at court.

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And the rents that take half your salary.

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

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attack in London have called for their teachers to be

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More than 50 pupils from Bridgwater spent two hours trapped

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inside Westminster within earshot of the carnage

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They kept their spirits up by singing to hundreds of others

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who were told to stay inside the Central Lobby

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

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But shorlty after these photos were taken, they were trapped

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

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

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anywhere so far away without

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He was very cuddly when he saw the first

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The 53 children and seven staff were ushered to

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

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The deputy head kept spirits up by singing hymns.

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We had a lovely ripple of applause at the end.

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And beautifully, loss of MPs and people

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of the layout congratulated our children on how they sang and

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

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

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

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

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

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the hymns having helping to drown out the gunshots.

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And back in the Commons, the Prime Minister also impressed

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It must've been particularly difficult for those

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

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We should commend that their teachers in offering them that

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The deputy head is more modest and thinks it

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Safety in numbers inside the Central Lobby.

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There may have been some horrific things

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happening outside, but we were having a lovely time.

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We were completely unaffected by it and it

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certainly will not stop us from doing things we want.

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But in the very worst of circumstances.

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Today, people have been paying tributes to those

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

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Courtney Weeden from Gloucestershire is a former colleague.

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

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And just a dedicated colleague, really,

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

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Security around the Houses of Parliament has remained

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tight, but the message from inside the Commons today

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

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Our reporter Steve Knibbs is in Westminster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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running our democratic society and in running efficiently and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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emotional scenes today when remembering the victims. Yet I been

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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behind and Westminster Bridge and everything is back to normal after

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

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

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friendly manner. You're watching Points West

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with Alex and David, with you a little later this

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evening, due to an extended Still to come on this

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

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

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in the Cotswolds. We reveal how much of your salary

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

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

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

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were encouraged to start new lives down under by the offer

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of cheap passage. They were known as

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

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

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

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from Cheryl Grimmer's brother speaking in

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December last year. Part of a reconstruction by police

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of her last movements before the three-year-old

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vanished into thin air. That appeal that led to fresh

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information and this morning, Do you know anything

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about Cheryl's disappearance? A man charged with

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Cheryl's abduction and murder 47 years

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after she disappeared. The man we have in custody

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was a person of interest. We centred our

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investigations around him. As a result, we have gathered

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information and corroborated certain information and stamens

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back in the original investigation and it

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will Cheryl's family emigrated

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from Bristol in In January 1970, she was

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

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mother and three older brothers. Her father was away

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working in the Army. The children went

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to the shower block, boys on one side, Cheryl

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on Decisions I made

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

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clear the pain of losing their sister has never softened

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

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what became of their daughter, like the Madeleine McCann

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case here in the UK, every Australian parent knows

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Cheryl Grimmer's cautionary tale. The media interest

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

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would have been He will appear before

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a judge in Australia Rents are rising sharply, according

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

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tenants are spending With so many finding it hard

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

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

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

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

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stats on average rents Bath and the Cotswolds,

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

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

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figures five years ago - It's particularly tough in

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the Cotswolds, which is constantly being voted the "loveliest

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

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seems to push rents even If you are earning average wages

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or part-time because you have A busy medical secretary

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in the morning, Natalie is even busier with little Oliver

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and his big sister Heidi She and her husband

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moved five times in the last eight years, battling

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ever rising rents. I do not know anyone privately

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renting, because the And what you are getting

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for your money is not Our last place was quite expensive

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and the heating did not work properly

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and it was just not ideal for

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bringing kids up What really matters is how much

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

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

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a bigger chunk out of people's

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which than anywhere else In fact, announces a Government

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official figures showed that for every ?100 of wages here

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

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the Cotswolds, then because there is been

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a shortage of housing in the recent past,

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so therefore prices are being forced up

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on supply and demand. How can young people get

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on the housing ladder Prices may be high,

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

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tenants faster than ever. When the property became empty

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

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nobody will want to move. But actually, we were

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incredibly lucky, and within three weeks,

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

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we look around a typical ?1200 a month -

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

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

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

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in a town and do not However, properties are still

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renting very quickly. with so many positive

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factors, it really helps property fly off the shelves

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

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

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build like never before. Literally - 900 new homes

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

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

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

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

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

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solely because the rents were so extortionate -

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

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solutions tomorrow night, How about knocking down old church

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halls and vicarages to make way Police investigating a fire survey

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

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

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

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treating the death and because of the ballets unexplained.

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Ram-raiders have struck at a shop in Bristol.

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

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Police said they escaped with a large haul of cigarettes

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

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Last autumn, the Government deferred electrification

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work between Chippenham and Bristol Temple Meads

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New trains will have to be converted to run on diesel

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

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worry if the missing section was never completed.

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

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

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report suspicious behaviour to the police.

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A sign of respect and support from Bristol to London.

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Here in the West, like in in Westminster,

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

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Kalsoom Bashir advised the Government on preventing

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extremism and has worked with counter-terrorism

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

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In Bristol today, life goes on as usual, that

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

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radicalisers anybody that they can reach.

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we are kept safe by a constant web of surveillance,

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be that from CCTV cameras, the police

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

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But the most important information comes from within

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from blowing up the Galleries Shopping Centre in

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and caught here on CCTV planning his attack.

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Had he succeeded, I think Bristol would still be suffering

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

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

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like what we are hearing, we

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the police and fire and ambulance regularly train to deal

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they are monitoring events in London and remain committed

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And among those on Westminster Bridge who witnessed the attack was

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

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

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

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

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just keep remembering what a beautiful afternoon it was and I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of rain it southern districts. Through tomorrow, high pressure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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becomes more fragile and lifts outbreaks with uncertain scope, but

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

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

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

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

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

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things tonight. We are back tomorrow. Goodbye.

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