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

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The police reopen the murder inquiry into Helen Fleet who was killed 30

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I hope they find the space to report something.

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The two boys who ran away afterwards, where are they?

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They may have seen the body and got scared and ran away

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Could the answer be found in the community?

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We're at the food bank where demand is up by 40%.

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The building industry encourages young recruits

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The BBC's Ali Vowles faces her fear of water,

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The murder that shocked a whole community.

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66-year-old Helen Fleet was brutally killed in broad

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daylight in Worlebury Woods in Weston-Super-Mare 30 years ago.

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The police still have no idea why she was stabbed and strangled.

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But they're hoping new forensic techniques will provide

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Her family have been back to the scene for the first

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time since the murder, convinced that the key to solving it

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Our home affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen has

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She was very tall and regal, and she was a very bright lady.

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She loved everybody, there was nothing mean about her.

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The pain of losing Helen still haunts her family.

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Coming here today has been an emotional journey.

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We just really hope somebody will look into

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There is still family who loved her and we do

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Her murder in these peaceful woods still hangs over the place.

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For people in Weston, this is a crime they will always

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Helen had taken her two dogs for a walk.

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Helen's friend who was also walking in the woods discovered her body.

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She had been brutally beaten, stabbed and then strangled.

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Police are yet to discover a motive for her death.

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So why and who killed Helen remains a mystery.

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Helen Fleet's murder was one of the biggest news stories

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at the time but despite a Crimewatch appeal, her killer has

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Tonight's final reconstruction is from Avon and Somerset

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and the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare.

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At the time, BBC's Crimewatch put out an appeal.

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They wanted to trace two young men seen running away from the woods.

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Yes, anyone in the woods on the 28th March, between the times of 10.45

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Police have never traced these two young men who'd now be in their 40s,

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despite interviewing over 1,000 local people.

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We do believe the key to unlocking this crime

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But we do have exhibits that we can now look to do further DNA

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Helen's family who still live in Somerset hope they can

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Charlotte Callen, BBC Points West, Weston-Super-Mare.

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If you can help Helen's family to find her killer,

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if you have information about that day in March or about anything

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you've heard or seen since then, please do call Crimestoppers

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The police would like to hear from you.

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A food bank in Bristol says it's dealing with unprecedented demand

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with over 40% more people using it compared to this time last year.

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In December, the Bristol North West Food Bank ran out of food completely

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after giving away more than five-and-a-half

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So, let's take a look at some of the numbers.

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We've spoken to the Trussell Trust which was set up here in the west,

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and now runs 400 food banks across the country.

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From spring through summer last year, they helped over 30,000

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people by giving them a three-day emergency food parcel.

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You can see the breakdown by county, with Gloucestershire

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right at the top there, with over nine-and-a-half-thousand.

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And of that total, more than a third who received food were children.

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The picture's been much the same for the past three years.

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Scott Ellis reports now from the food bank in North Bristol.

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Abbey Wylde's a single mother-of-two.

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She's been referred to her local food bank in Lawrence Weston

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To collect a three-day emergency food parcel.

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It is finding a job to fit around the hours

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The benefits aren't enough to cover the bills?

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This week, I am struggling to afford bills at the moment.

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According to the Trussell Trust, almost a third of referals

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to food banks in the UK are because of benefit delays,

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In six years, these volunteers in north-west

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People on such low wages they have problems feeding their children.

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When the children have holiday from school they don't get any

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free meals so they come to us for extra food.

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So well established are food banks, they're now branching out.

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There's also fuel banks, and debt advice.

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And cookery courses for those on low incomes, learning it's cheaper

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I didn't know about making soup from scratch.

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So food banks are growing and diversifying.

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But a rise in handouts remains a potential

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Both left and right have accused the Trussell Trust of overstating

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These volunteers say they're just meeting a demand.

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People were saying before they would have stolen things,

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Local agencies were saying, social workers were paying for things,

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for people out of their own pockets, and couldn't sustain it.

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We are really supporting other services working hard

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The volunteers limit handouts to ensure no-one becomes overly

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But no-one here thinks the queue for their food

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Scott Ellis, BBC Points West, Avonmouth.

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Well, someone who has expressed concern about the number

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of food banks is the film director Ken Loach who lives in Bath.

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More than 50 years after he made the documentary film

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Cathy Come Home, he's been speaking out as part of a documentary

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about homelessness which is being shown on BBC One tonight.

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And he says this dependence on charities is evidence

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We now take it for granted there will be food banks and that

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people will have to choose between heating and eating,

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Even after the war we didn't accept that, but now we accept it.

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That is a consequence of this Government and its press

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Well, joining us tonight is Alison Inglis-Jones who is a trustee

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for the Trussell Trust, and she's in London

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Thank you for coming. Do you agree with what Ken Loach said, this is a

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sign of a broken society? Or of a society compassionate and works to

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help people in need? I will agree on the second point,

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people come to the Castle trust and say they want to set up a food bank,

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they have seen a need in their area. We help them set up, it is a

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community response to a community need.

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This is what is interesting is this isn't just a British phenomenon, in

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France they use food banks more than Britain, in Australia, and

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commonplace across Europe and the US, what is going on?

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Most people who come to the trust will trust food banks as picked up

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in your report is a result of benefit delays and sanctions,

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increasingly, people come as a result of low income. I notice

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increasingly people are trying to hold down a number of jobs and still

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cannot make ends meet. In the south-west according to your

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figures, food bank use is up 3.2% but in the north-east down by almost

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30%. Bristol food bank has been going the

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six years. People are addressing the issue, not simply handing out food,

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but debt advice, finance advice, cooking from scratch. Where the

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community can respond we are able to give this additional advice which

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will ensure people come fewer times because there are immediate crisis

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is addressed through the food but their debt is addressed. Hopefully

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people will come less. The trust will trust is working towards that.

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Everyone would agree you do a great job and help a lot of people, thank

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you. And as we mentioned a moment ago,

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Ken Loach explores the issue of foodbanks in No Place Like Home,

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here on BBC One at 7.30. You're watching BBC Points West

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with David and Alex. Gloucester Rugby reveal

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their new head coach. Find out what happened when our very

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own Ali Vowles foolishly An 18-year-old agriculture student

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has pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty

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after being secretly filmed kicking, hitting and stamping

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on a cow and a newborn calf. Owen Nichol, from Taunton, told

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a court today he was "absolutely Sally Challoner's report contains

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footage of the assault, This is the shocking footage that

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led to today's court appearance, In it, Owen Nichol aged just 18

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is seen kicking and hitting a cow, throwing and stamping

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on a calf just two days old. Today, Nichol, who was an apprentice

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stockman and keeps his own sheep, pleaded guilty to two charges under

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the Animal Welfare Act. The magistrates were shown

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the footage in court and a statement was read out by a specialist vet

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who said it was the worst example of abusive behaviour he's

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seen in a 35-year career. It happened at this dairy farm

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in Taunton, filmed on a hidden camera by the campaign group Animal

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Equality. Nichol was sacked straightaway,

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and the farmer has now run extra I've been an inspector 26 years,

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it's got my hackles up. You can say how someone has been hit

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but you have to see it yourself. Owen Nichol will be sentenced

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in three weeks, and has been told a jail term,

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and a ban on keeping Sally Challoner, BBC

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Points West, Taunton. A three-month-old baby found

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seriously injured in Swindon He was being cared for at

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Bristol Children's Hospital after first being seen

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at Great Western He was initially found badly hurt

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at a home in Swindon ten days ago. A 50-year-old man arrested

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by police remains on bail. Racing authorities say

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they are "deeply saddened" following the death of an amateur

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jockey at a meeting James McNeile, who was 57

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and from Devizes, suffered brain damage when he fell

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in the race at Larkhill. West Country builders

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are running out of staff. The construction industry is flat

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out, with huge new projects like the Hinkley Point nuclear power

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station, new road schemes, universities expanding,

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and thousands of new homes But there aren't enough

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builders to go round. Tonight, the construction industry

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is appealing to schools to help them inspire young people to put

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on their hard hats. A new scheme's being launched

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tonight at Bridgwater College, and our business correspondent

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Dave Harvey is there for us. Builders and teachers

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working together. Ask any builder, and they'll tell

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you it's getting hard to find good biggest building site at Hinkley

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Point. But also thousands of new homes,

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especially round Taunton, Here's how many more

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jobs they need to fill The trouble is, do young people

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think the building trade It's not really a job young people

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want to go into nowdays. Mahal puts it pretty

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bluntly but she's right. And at this Keynsham

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construction firm, The average age of

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construction worker is 49. Mike Holt started this

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company nine years ago. His firm isn't short of work,

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its short of staff. There is a massive shortage of young

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people in the construction industry, and that is why we need

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people like you guys to get interested, and regenerate

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the whole industry. To inspire a generation

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of builders, they've Taking students to see

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what the job is like. We do need to change the perception

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the industry does not pay As a qualified tradesman on-site

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very skilled you could I think that would add a little more

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interest to it definitely. If you do it long enough you can get

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up to 60 grand which is a lot more That's myth one sorted,

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the pay's not bad. Myth two, it's all dirty

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work on a building site. We need architects, quantity

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surveyors, estimators, accounts people all involved in construction

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otherwise the industry will die. People will say it's

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outside, hard work. Whereas I've seen people work

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in offices, admin, a range of It's hoped dozens of other schools

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will buddy up with a builder. If you want to make construction

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call, you need a man from the telly, Martin Roberts, how do you make the

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building industry exciting? It is about inspiring people. You

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get to them before they get prejudices. Minecraft is hugely

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popular, translate that into doing it for real. Going into schools at a

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young age, six, seven years old, making them realise there is an

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opportunity in this wonderful world of construction where they can have

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a great career, make lots of money, have fun. It is not as they think it

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is, let us stop the prejudices. It is often the first industry hit

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by recession, job scope is it a risky job?

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There are so many variety of jobs, PR, construction, there is enough

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opportunity which will go into the foreseeable future, it is a good

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career to get into. Well, these people certainly think

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it is a great industry. Let us see what they make of it in the school.

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Thank you. It started with a simple

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admission of a phobia. Our colleague Ali Vowles told

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everyone on the radio Paralympic champion swimmer

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Stephanie Millward heard about it So today, at Bath Leisure Centre,

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Ali had her first lesson, Filled with nerves, Ali Vowles

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stepped out to face her fears. Alongside multiple medal

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winner Stephanie Millward. I can't deny I am feeling really at

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shows. I know I have Stephanie Meadow me but I am feeling really

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scared. As soon as you get me into the deep and I will start to panic.

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I know how much I love swimming and I know how much she wants to love

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swimming. We can work together. She is being really positive that she

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can do anything. When Ali

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was a little girl, she was told to jump straight in the deep end

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to learn to swim. After being rescued

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from nearly drowning, It was when she told

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BBC Wiltshire listeners during her morning radio show,

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that Stephanie called If you let me teach you how to swim,

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we would walk around the pool to make sure you haven't got a fear of

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water, then move into swimming very slowly.

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Are you offering to teach me to swim?

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Definitely. Ali went slowly, from learning

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to float in the shallow end, from clinging on to the side to

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successfully swimming half a length. Do you know what? That felt amazing.

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I really didn't think I could do that. I haven't done a whole length

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but I have done half a length. The last times I did it, it really felt

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as if something had clicked. In the beginning she was very

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nervous but we defeated it. We got the confidence back again and her

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hot one. -- her heart one over. You have to face your fears.

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It is so encouraging. And not frightened of water anymore which

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means she can have a bath! Will love you! -- she will love you.

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Gloucester Rugby Club have appointed the former South Africa

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international Johan Ackermann as their new head coach.

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He'll join them in the summer ahead of next season.

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Our sports editor Alistair Durden is here to tell us more about him.

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He's got a very good reputation in South Africa.

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And was part of their World Cup winning squad in 2007.

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He's currently head coach at the Super Rugby side Lions,

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leading them to the grand final last season.

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rugby's Coach Of The Year for the last three seasons.

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He'll replace Laurie Fisher who stood down last month,

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and he's been telling the South African media

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It wasn't just a one-day thing, it was quite a long time.

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But it was a rugby decision to get better as a coach

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and experience something different, new competitions.

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And you never know, maybe one day I can put that experience

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Well, the South African rugby journalist Brenden Nel told me

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a little earlier that Gloucester have got themselves one

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Incredibly highly rated, yes, and a very nice guy as well.

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They talk about him being a father figure to them as well.

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We haven't had a couple of good seasons here in South Africa

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and he's the one breath of fresh air in South African rugby and touted

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What style of rugby do his teams like to play?

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They scored the most tries of any South African team last year,

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really great, entertaining rugby and fast paced rugby.

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I would see him bringing the same sort of thing to Gloucester

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and probably looking for the same sort of players if he's

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Before Johan Ackermann arrives, Gloucester still have the chance

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After beating Cardiff on Saturday, they'll be away to French

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league leaders La Rochelle in the semifinals of

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And it's also France against the West Country

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in the other tie, as Bath head to Paris to play Stade Francais.

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On Friday, we told you about Heather Fell,

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the former Olympic silver medallist, who was taking on the Ironman

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I'm pleased to report that Heather finished second in her category.

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She completed the two-and-a-half-mile swim, 112-mile

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and the marathon run in ten hours 46 minutes.

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And she was still standing at the end!

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And a quick mention for a West Country boy done well.

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Scott Sinclair, who's originally from Bath,

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scored a hat-trick to seal the Scottish League title

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I remember him making his Bristol Rovers debut when he was 15.

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Thank you. Now, many of you join us

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after the six o'clock news? In case you missed it,

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we had to share this with you. If you're obsessed with the correct

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use of apostrophes this is for you. There's a man who goes

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out in the dead night in Bristol, putting right

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those punctuation wrongs. And you can delve into the dark

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world of The Apostrophiser, on Radio 4 at eight o'clock this

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evening, as Jon Kay brings you the full account of the secret

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battle against sloppy punctuation. Thank you, good evening everybody.

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We have a change in the way of rain tonight. That will clear away in the

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first part of tomorrow, the bulk will have gone in the second part of

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the night. A lot of cloud around tomorrow. Certainly in the first

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half of the day and progressively through the afternoon it should

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brighten up from the west. This is how things shape up, a cold

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front from the west. That will bring some outbreaks of rain in the night,

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some moderate to heavy, tailing away tomorrow morning with an uncertain

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rate of clearance as will be the case with the cloud following behind

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it. The rain at the moment has been

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moving towards Ilfracombe and it won't be long before you see it over

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West Somerset and moving eastwards. Some will be moderate to heavy,

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light and patchy in many places, hill fog associated with that,

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temperatures broadly between eight and nine Celsius by daybreak.

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Tomorrow, expect a lot of cloud. Further eastwards, Wiltshire,

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uncertainty as to how that cloud will behave and if the light and

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patchy rain associated with it. To the west, these guys will break up

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with more brightness and sunshine spreading eastwards through the

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afternoon. Temperatures tomorrow a little bit

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down on today. About 15 Celsius. On Wednesday, high-pressure

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dominates as it will do through the rest of this week which means a lot

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of dry and settled weather. Day by day, the nuances of the cloud coming

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and going and sunshine will be I Butei. -- the dictating factor.

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Temperatures in the low teens. Certainly if the sun comes out.

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Yesterday was a treat, we got our vitamin de.

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Join us again after the Ten O'Clock News.

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