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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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