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


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


I hope they find the space to report something.


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


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


Could the answer be found in the community?


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


The building industry encourages young recruits


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


The murder that shocked a whole community.


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


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


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


But they're hoping new forensic techniques will provide


Her family have been back to the scene for the first


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


Our home affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen has


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


She loved everybody, there was nothing mean about her.


The pain of losing Helen still haunts her family.


Coming here today has been an emotional journey.


We just really hope somebody will look into


There is still family who loved her and we do


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


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


Helen had taken her two dogs for a walk.


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


She had been brutally beaten, stabbed and then strangled.


Police are yet to discover a motive for her death.


So why and who killed Helen remains a mystery.


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


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


Tonight's final reconstruction is from Avon and Somerset


and the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare.


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


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


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


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


despite interviewing over 1,000 local people.


We do believe the key to unlocking this crime


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


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


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


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


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


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


The police would like to hear from you.


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


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


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


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


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


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


and now runs 400 food banks across the country.


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


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


You can see the breakdown by county, with Gloucestershire


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


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


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


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


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


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


To collect a three-day emergency food parcel.


It is finding a job to fit around the hours


The benefits aren't enough to cover the bills?


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


According to the Trussell Trust, almost a third of referals


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


In six years, these volunteers in north-west


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


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


free meals so they come to us for extra food.


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


There's also fuel banks, and debt advice.


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


I didn't know about making soup from scratch.


So food banks are growing and diversifying.


But a rise in handouts remains a potential


Both left and right have accused the Trussell Trust of overstating


These volunteers say they're just meeting a demand.


People were saying before they would have stolen things,


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


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


We are really supporting other services working hard


The volunteers limit handouts to ensure no-one becomes overly


But no-one here thinks the queue for their food


Scott Ellis, BBC Points West, Avonmouth.


Well, someone who has expressed concern about the number


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


More than 50 years after he made the documentary film


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


about homelessness which is being shown on BBC One tonight.


And he says this dependence on charities is evidence


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


people will have to choose between heating and eating,


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


That is a consequence of this Government and its press


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


for the Trussell Trust, and she's in London


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


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


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


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


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


community response to a community need.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


30%. Bristol food bank has been going the


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


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


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


will ensure people come fewer times because there are immediate crisis


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


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


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


you. And as we mentioned a moment ago,


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


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


with David and Alex. Gloucester Rugby reveal


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


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


has pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty


after being secretly filmed kicking, hitting and stamping


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


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


footage of the assault, This is the shocking footage that


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


is seen kicking and hitting a cow, throwing and stamping


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


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


the Animal Welfare Act. The magistrates were shown


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


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


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


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


Equality. Nichol was sacked straightaway,


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


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


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


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


and a ban on keeping Sally Challoner, BBC


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


seriously injured in Swindon He was being cared for at


Bristol Children's Hospital after first being seen


at Great Western He was initially found badly hurt


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


by police remains on bail. Racing authorities say


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


jockey at a meeting James McNeile, who was 57


and from Devizes, suffered brain damage when he fell


in the race at Larkhill. West Country builders


are running out of staff. The construction industry is flat


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


station, new road schemes, universities expanding,


and thousands of new homes But there aren't enough


builders to go round. Tonight, the construction industry


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


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


tonight at Bridgwater College, and our business correspondent


Dave Harvey is there for us. Builders and teachers


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


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


Point. But also thousands of new homes,


especially round Taunton, Here's how many more


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


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


want to go into nowdays. Mahal puts it pretty


bluntly but she's right. And at this Keynsham


construction firm, The average age of


construction worker is 49. Mike Holt started this


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


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


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


people like you guys to get interested, and regenerate


the whole industry. To inspire a generation


of builders, they've Taking students to see


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


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


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


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


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


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


work on a building site. We need architects, quantity


surveyors, estimators, accounts people all involved in construction


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


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


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


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


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


building industry exciting? It is about inspiring people. You


get to them before they get prejudices. Minecraft is hugely


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


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


opportunity in this wonderful world of construction where they can have


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


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


by recession, job scope is it a risky job?


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


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


career to get into. Well, these people certainly think


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


Thank you. It started with a simple


admission of a phobia. Our colleague Ali Vowles told


everyone on the radio Paralympic champion swimmer


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


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


stepped out to face her fears. Alongside multiple medal


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


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


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


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


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


can do anything. When Ali


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


to learn to swim. After being rescued


from nearly drowning, It was when she told


BBC Wiltshire listeners during her morning radio show,


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


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


water, then move into swimming very slowly.


Are you offering to teach me to swim?


Definitely. Ali went slowly, from learning


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Gloucester Rugby Club have appointed the former South Africa


international Johan Ackermann as their new head coach.


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


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


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


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


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


leading them to the grand final last season.


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


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


and he's been telling the South African media


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


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


and experience something different, new competitions.


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


Well, the South African rugby journalist Brenden Nel told me


a little earlier that Gloucester have got themselves one


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


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


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


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


What style of rugby do his teams like to play?


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


really great, entertaining rugby and fast paced rugby.


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


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


Before Johan Ackermann arrives, Gloucester still have the chance


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


league leaders La Rochelle in the semifinals of


And it's also France against the West Country


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


On Friday, we told you about Heather Fell,


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


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


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


and the marathon run in ten hours 46 minutes.


And she was still standing at the end!


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


Scott Sinclair, who's originally from Bath,


scored a hat-trick to seal the Scottish League title


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


Thank you. Now, many of you join us


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


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


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


out in the dead night in Bristol, putting right


those punctuation wrongs. And you can delve into the dark


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


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


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


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


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


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


half of the day and progressively through the afternoon it should


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


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


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


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


it. The rain at the moment has been


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


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


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


temperatures broadly between eight and nine Celsius by daybreak.


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


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


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


with more brightness and sunshine spreading eastwards through the


afternoon. Temperatures tomorrow a little bit


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


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


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


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


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


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