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

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Our main story tonight: Reduce speed now.

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A boy who was hit by a driver who didn't stop sparks a campaign

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for a 20 mile per hour limit on his housing estate.

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They use it as a racetrack. I will not lie, they use it as a racetrack.

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We'll be asking how easy it is to get speed limits reduced.

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Our other headlines tonight: Innocent as a lamb -

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why some farmers are dreading the summer because of dog

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Playing in tune with one another - a worldwide campaign to help

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a Somerset musician suffering from cancer.

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During week -- join me with the team leaders -- cheerleaders as they get

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ready to take on the world. Families living on an estate

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in Weston-Super-Mare are calling for a clamp-down on speeding drivers

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- saying their streets The campaign's being lead

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by the mother of a teenager who was knocked off his bicycle

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by a driver who then sped off. Nearly five weeks after being hit

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by a car which drove off. Someone left a 14-year-old

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boy for dead. And the damage isn't

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just to his body. This is going to stay

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with me for life. I have flashbacks,

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nightmares, memories of When I got head -- it, I get the

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feelings of when I got hit, like vibrations.

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Mitchell's mother showed us where her son crawled to

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His shin bone sticking out of his lower right leg.She's

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launched a petition for safer roads on the Oldmixon estate.

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You get more speeding, they are doing 40 and 40 plays sometimes.

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There are a lot of children playing. They watched the roads but to be

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honest, it just takes one driver. There have been calls for more speed

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bumps on this estate but the council say it has to wait for the police

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report on the accident. Then they can be sure what action should be

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taken for the future. Normally these measures are only begotten onwards

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which are proven to be dangers in the long term. But why wait until

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the accidents happen, someone could die next time. We don't want to wait

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for that to happen, Dougie? a 20 zone here would be

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money well spent. The fact Mitchell was crossing

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a rode at night on a bicycle from between parked cars will also

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form part of the police What is clearly inexcusable

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is driving off. Micthell has a message

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for the driver. Just take yourself in and ordered

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out because it is going to make matters worse if you are going to

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matters worse if you are going to keep going.

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We're joined now by Amy Aeron-Thomas who is from the road safety

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Thank you for joining us. We heard an appeal from the victim saying,

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just come forward, how likely is that to happen? I think it is highly

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unlikely unless they are turned on by friends or family. How common do

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you think an incident like this is? Gosh, in 2015 there were 75 people

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killed in hit and run collisions and England and Wales. Every day as

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cyclist is reported seriously injured in a hit and run. It was

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worst ten years ago but it was also better five years ago so we have

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seen get worse in recent years. Why is that? We worry about lack of

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enforcement. Police are not out there and drivers think they can get

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away with it. What about the law, quite often with cases like this, we

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are waiting for the investigations to finish but people will say we

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need to tighten up the law and punishments. Yes, that is a gap, if

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they catch the driver know, unless he is trying to get rid of the

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evidence, he can only be charged with failure to stop. It is a

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maximum six months in prison but only 1% of drivers convicted are

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sent to prison. Only 12% are even banned. It is more appropriate for

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minor damage only. We have been calling for a new charge of

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knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal serious collision. It is

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totally different to leave somebody there in pain and at risk of death.

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How likely is that to happen? It was included in the recent consultation

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with the Ministry of Justice is so we're still pushing for it. That is

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a big gap in our law, it will not go away. We have learned from other

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countries we have to plug this hole or it is an easy incentive for

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drivers who do not have insurance or who have been drinking. It makes

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sense for them to run away from the scene to face the lesser

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punishments. Obviously the family feel they want to do something. How

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hard would it be to change the speed limit where they are? I would like

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to think that in that area, 20 mph is becoming more common. It should

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not take our fidelity or a serious injury collision. At a time when the

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government is encouraging us to walk and cycle more, they need to reduce

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the speed so people feel less intimidated by cars. It has been

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really interesting talking to you, thank you for talking to us today.

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The Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council

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has been named the most expensive public servant in the South West.

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A survey by the Tax Payers' Alliance says over 3300,000

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was spent on Peter Bungard, seen here on the right,

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The County Council said almost ?200,000 was from a one off pension

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contribution it paid after Mr Bungard reduced

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The authority also said that his actual salary had reduced.

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The prison watchdog says not much progress has been made tackling

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violence and drug taking in a Dorset jail.

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An Inspectorate of Prisons report in 2015 called

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Guys Marsh near Shaftesbury a "prison in crisis".

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A recent follow up-inspection found the lack of improvement

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It found assaults on staff have tripled and levels

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a 34-year-old woman died

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after being hit by a vehicle in Cheltenham town

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It happened at the junction of Clarence Street and Crescent Place

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The roads were closed closed for five and a half

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Sheep farmers across the West are being urged to help reduce

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dog attacks, by sharing information about them.

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As we head towards the Easter weekend, walkers are also

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being reminded to keep their pets under control.

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Thousands of sheep are killed or injured every

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year by loose dogs - despite annual campaigns.

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You never know when the next one is going to happen and you see every

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person that comes in with their dog as a

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This is a story we cover a year after year and it

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People still bring their dogs out, off their lead, in fields where

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You can see it is beautiful but this farm

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has 30 fields and 23 of them have public footpaths.

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The farm manager just spent the last three weeks bringing 800 lambs

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into the world, altogether there are more than

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But its proximity to the city, and stunning views, mean that this

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Easter weekend the land will be teeming with walkers -

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We're the one who has to pick up the pieces, once they

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have been here with their dog who have chased the sheep.

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They may not see what happened but we have to

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deal with it, deal with injured animals.

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It also affects people's livelihoods.

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Latest estimates are that up to 15,000

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sheep are attacked in some way every year.

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Now the industry body, the National Sheep Assocation,

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farmers, to find out if there's any more they can do to educate dog

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We got to keep working with the public, to get them to

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recognise dogs running wild and

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attacking sheep is anti-social behaviour but we also have more work

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to do with the farming community to

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make sure they are reporting cases

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And also more work to do with the police to make sure when

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consistent way and in a serious fashion.

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training to help owners control their dogs around livestock.

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These two farmers say they'll help, if it will keep their sheep safe.

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It's Tuesday evening and it's nice to have you with us.

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Yes, stay tuned, we've lots more still to come, including...

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The musical challenge being taken on across the world to help

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We're off to the cheerleading Championships in Florida. Join us

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Engineers from Bristol have developed a type of electronic book

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The prototype will allow them to read using braille,

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which has been in massive decline in recent years.

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Martha Dixon's been to find out more.

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In a community-owned workshop in Bristol,

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engineers are working on a device they hope will save

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This is the prototype, it's called the Canute.

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A series of dots come up and you read the page,

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you then press next page and the next series

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The multiple lines make it stand out from previous more limited devices,

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lines which are vital for reading book, skimming material

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Braille is important because it is the equivalent

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You would not be happy with a sighted child coming back

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from school being told they would not learn to read

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It is much the same with Braille but it is what happens

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Smart phone apps and new technologies have led to a massive

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decline in braille use but they have also meant people

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like 17-year-old Kath can read text and access studies.

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Her pupils did not form in the womb meaning her sight is restricted.

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She is studying at college in Cornwall.

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I was introduced at the age of six to screen readers and voice-over

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software and magnification devices, hand-held or plugged in.

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In the UK a recent study by the RNIB found that just

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28,000 people are braille users, less than 8% of people

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Engineers in Bristol hope their invention will stop

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Braille from dying out, even make it more widespread than it ever was.

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Young people are being warned they're risking their lives

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It comes after a group were spotted walking on top of the arch

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of the Destructor bridge and doing handstands.

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The developer had put up temporary fencing following previous attempts.

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This afternoon it met with councillors to discuss

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A play area in Somerset which was set on fire last

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Vandals destroyed a big wooden castle, which had only recently been

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built at the recreation ground in Wells.

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People living nearby raised extra money to reopen it bigger

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The Bristol charity Jessie May, which cares for terminally

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ill children at home, is celebrating it's

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Since it started, Jessie May has cared for over hundreds of families

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across the South West and they rely completely on public donations.

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This is Ella, enjoying a singalong with her mum and her nurses

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Charlotte and Sam are trained nurses who know all about Ella's medical

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condition and can provide care for her and other children with life

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I think these children are so precious and the fact we can

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The parents trust us to come into their homes and they can go out

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It was started by the mother of Jessie may Purrington

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after the little girl died at the age of just four months.

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There is no support for terminally ill children in Bristol in the home

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which means the children have to spend lots of periods

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of time in the hospital without their family.

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Since that time over 300 families have been helped

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They've been supporting Ella and her family from the time

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she was diagnosed with Dystonia aged just two years old.

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It may only be for three or six hours a month what they can do

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but it makes a massive difference to us.

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The noises she makes, you heard her there,

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the sound of being happy, it is invaluable really,

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The support from the general public is needed for them to carry on.

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The charity relies completely on public donations and will only

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The work that they do is just incredible. There are a lot of kind

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There are a lot of kind people around the world.

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Musicians from around the world are taking part in a challenge

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to raise money to save the life of a Somerset trombonist.

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Stephen Sykes is suffering from a blood cancer

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which isn't responding to conventional treatment.

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His doctors say he needs an expensive drug which ISN'T

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You make your own video of your own challenge.

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To the Band of the Scots Guards.

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Trombonists, guitarists, even people with animal

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Playing a piece of music called The Acrobat -

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on line and then challenging others to do the same.

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To raise money for this man -

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seriously ill with Hodgkins lymphoma.

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In fact they have all been really good.

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Some of them have been so exciting, it is

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Someone is playing a carrot and red pepper.

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Then we had a family from Wincanton with their grandchildren

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in the garden and I think they were playing watering

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The Acrobat Challenge - which aims to raise ?90,000

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for radical cancer treatment - was the idea of another trombonist

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from Cambridgeshire who just wanted to do something to help.

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Wanting to help and thinking about the internet and the Ice

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The Acrobat is a very famous trombone solo so it

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just popped into my head and it sounded good,

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And apparently the tune is so simple - anyone can do it.

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That is the West Country version. I wish I could play something and I

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would give it a go. You could play they hear column. E-mail us.

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Forest Green Rovers season and important match tonight as they look

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to gain their first-ever promotion into the football league. They take

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on Tranmere Rovers who are directly above them in seconds. A win would

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go a long way to confirming their place in the end of season

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play-offs. An historic abbey in Gloucestershire

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is being completely rebuilt over the next six months...using

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small plastic bricks. As part of its 900th anniversary

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celebrations, Cirencester Abbey The hope is that groups

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or individuals will buy the pieces to gradually build it up

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from the floor. It's estimated there will be 70,000

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bricks used in total. Later this month the cheerleading

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world championships Four members of Team England,

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and their coach, come from Bristol. We'll be meeting them shortly,

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but first Lee Madan went along It's a fast paced and energetic

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sport in its own right. the misconceptions of girls with pom

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poms on the sidelines. athletes are centre stage -

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and will soon be swapping their gym in Kingswood for the World

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Championships in Orlando. got to leave it all on the floor,

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it's quite cruel in that way but everyone's got to work together,

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if one element doesn't work then Head Coach Sammi and four

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of the girls she trains have all made it onto Team England

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for the para-cheer category. They don't have disabilities

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themselves, but other The point of para-cheer

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is that it's open to all. Team England have been working

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on their routine since September. It includes dance, lifts

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and tumbles, and even a basket toss But when they're not

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flinging me in the air - they're spending hours

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perfecting their moves to make sure they're ready for the event

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which is taking place What are you most

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looking forward to? I'm excited to perform with everyone

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who were strangers to me but now they're one of my closest,

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many of my closest friends. It's just crazy the whole

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experience but I'm so excited in just three weeks' time the world

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will be watching as these cheerleaders hope to

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be crowned champions. Well, we're pleased to say the team

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and coach join us now. Welcome. You are behind all of this,

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the world Championships, have you ever taking part before? No, so I am

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really excited. It is something we haven't done before. Really looking

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forward to it and I am so proud of these girls from my team. Do people

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know what cheerleading entails? Probably not. They think it is for a

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football match. Within the competition, there will be pom-poms.

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During the chant aspect of the cheer, there are pom-poms but after

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that we put them down and throw people instead. Do you say things

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like give us the B for Bristol. I was going to say a PE for Points

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West. The competition will be fierce because it is the world

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Championships, what will the judges be looking for? We're from team

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England Para cheer so it is a team with and without disabilities so it

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is as close to the scoresheet as possible but takes into account

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creative adaptations to include a disabilities in the team. Who is the

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youngest hear? What got you into it? Our friend started and literally

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funds so I started. Which one of you gets thrown into the ear or do you

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take it in turns? Perhaps because you are the latest, sorry, girls.

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Have they ever dropped you? Yes, they have. As a flier you have to

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know how to bounce. That is frightening. How often do you train?

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We train it three times a week but with team England it is our

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connection with all coaches from across the country and we train once

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every two weeks. Do you get bored of your routine because you have been

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doing the same routines in September # do you have a few routines? We

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started from September so we built up hours routine so we did not know

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it all in September. We finished it for about a month nowt so we have

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just been practising it to make sure we know everything. Do you give it

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your all during training? No, I do not. It is mostly girls but I think

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I saw one or two boys, does it attract boys as well? Yes, it's

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ours. There are a few boys and the team and within the industry.

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Actually it is the smartest thing a boy can do. You are not wrong. We

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will leave that hanging for people to think about. Nice to see you. No

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mishaps. No bones think! -- not bouncing.

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Before we go to the weather, have a look at these stunning

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pictures of the moon with a halo which was seen in parts

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Someone else who was out snapping the moon halo was Ian,

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who can hopefully tell us what causes the moon

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Hello, everyone. Yes, a combination of a very bright moon and a veil of

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verifying service cloud which is composed of tiny ice crystals and

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you get the same artefact on a sunny day, you get a halo around the sun.

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This was it being replicated at night, a fraction of the moonlight

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through the veil of ice crystals. Let me take you to the forecast into

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tomorrow. Two key differences compared to today. It will be breezy

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and generally a lot more close around. Especially early evening,

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there could be a few light showers. Overwhelmingly, a dry picture for

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the majority across our region. High pressure still it towards the west

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of us, that cold front from the north is coming our way but it will

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weaken as it heads south for us tomorrow. So not much rain coming

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from that. You will be hard pressed to find much rain during the course

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of the week ahead. This evening will be a fine evening, temperatures

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around 15 Celsius for many. There will be a fair amount of clear sky

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initially, but the second mate of the night, have the amount of cloud.

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Some rain towards daybreak but most areas will start drive. Temperatures

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dropping to seven Celsius. Brightness for the morning tomorrow,

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pockets will continue into the afternoon. Late afternoon, cloud

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will thicken up through Gloucestershire is that weak front

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approaches. It will head southwards. A few light showers as it passes

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over but many areas will avoid those and stay completely dry. It will be

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a breezy day, temperatures not dissimilar to today. It will feel

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colder, a combination of the disease and less sunshine generally.

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Thursday, the wins will be lighter. A dry and cloudy day. Here is the

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outlook for the bank holiday weekend. We will

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talk about that tomorrow. Yes, we're all thinking about that. It will be

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a nice rest whatever it is like. We will see you again tomorrow. Thanks

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goodbye for There have never been

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so many people in work - that's what the Government

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keeps telling us. But what's the reality of this

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Tory jobs bonanza? Well, if you're one of the millions

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of people working on a contract without fixed hours

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or days, then it's not so good.

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