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the push is on to make to Bristol's streets advert free.

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The woman who fought an illness to take on an near impossible dream.

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And meet Missy - a morale officer for one of our councils.

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But now she could be fired because of health and safety.

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Cannabis users in Bristol are demanding the right

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to grow their own drugs - saying what's sold on the streets

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The Bristol Cannabis Club will go on the march this weekend -

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calling for a greater tolerance of their illegal habit.

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But anti-drugs campaigners are alarmed -

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warning that cannabis can cause mental health problems

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Who could be jailed for five years for his Class B cannabis habit.

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Nonetheless - he now wants his cannabis club

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Saying drug dealers have flooded Bristol's streets

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with overly powerful cannabis - known as "skunk".

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Things are added to it, like spice, glass, silica, other compounds to

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give it a higher effect and these are very detrimental to health and

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sometimes fatal. They also want

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a cannabis cafe in Bristol. In the same way users

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of alcohol have pubs. "Good for them", says

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this former govt advisor who's long argued

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that banning cannabis leads Pointing out - 100 million Americans

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now have access to legal cannabis. Skunk and spice our problems caused

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by prohibition. People who don't have prohibition don't have problem

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with these drugs. The dealers will always used the strongest drugs with

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the biggest problems. According to the Home Office -

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cannabis is the nation's But trendy anti-prohibtion arguments

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come with a health warning. That cannabis is a gateway drug

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to Class A substances. And causes a risk of psychosis

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in vulnerable people. It's going to cause harm to your

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mental health especially if there is underlying mental health issues. If

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you start using a substance that changes your mental health, it's

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going to be a problem. Anyone found with a small amount of cannabis is

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usually only given a police caution first.

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Last year in Bristol the police carried out 2,800

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So - there is no tolerance of those who grow the drug.

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It looks as if the Cannabis Club has a long way to march

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Well, David Raynes is from the National Drug Prevention Alliance.

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Thank you very much for speaking to us. Unsurprisingly, you are against

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this. We have laws about drugs, legal and illegal, and they are

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framed to minimise the social and personal harm leading from them,

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that's why there are laws to do with alcohol and tobacco.

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taken a more relaxed approach to cannabis use - why not here?

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This initiative in Bristol is a flash in the pan. Spain is doing it,

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Amsterdam has cannabis cafes, but numbers are reducing. In the

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Netherlands they are concerned about the strength of cannabis and it has

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caused a lot of harm. This club is saying that they are forced to go to

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dealers who are selling stronger cannabis. There is a lot of strong

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cannabis in the marketplace, that is due to public demand. They would

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probably grow strong cannabis. That is what users seem to want.

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Originally, the strong cannabis that came into the Netherlands and then

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to the UK, there's a long history with it. It started in the US,

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actually. Do you think we will ever see a day when cannabis is illegal

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in this country? I doubt it. We have 300 members of the Bristol cannabis

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club. We had a Parliamentary candidate who stood in Bristol and

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got 348 votes in Bristol West. Only 48 MPs turned up to a debate about

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it. Only four voted against it. I can't see it happening.

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Australian police who are investigating the disappearance

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of a three-year-old girl from Bristol in 1970

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are trying to trace witnesses from the UK.

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Cheryl Grimmer vanished from a beach in New South Wales.

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Police now want help to find the Goodyear family -

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who gave a statement to police at the time - and are believed

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A man was arrested last month and charged with Cheryl's murder.

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Mr Goodyear was a sole witness to a male person

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carrying what appeared to be a small fair headed child

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across a car park near the surf club where the young toddler

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Mr Goodyear and his wife both provided evidence

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We believe Mr Goodyear's evidence is crucial and we'd

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like to make contact with him, or other members of the family.

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The suspect charged with Cheryl's abduction and murder is due back

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Two people arrested in connection with child abuse allegations

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against Sir Edward Heath have been released and told they face

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The former prime minister lived in Salisbury until he died.

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Wiltshire Police's Operation Conifer appealed for alleged victims

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They were the only two suspects arrested.

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You're watching Points West with Alex and Sabet on Maundy Thursday.

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Whatever you have planned for the Easter weekend -

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make sure you stay with us tonight because we've lots more

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The woman attempting to cross not one but seven channels in a year.

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And taking the Easter period as a whole, the forecast is looking

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pretty upbeat. The details later in the programme. That sounds good.

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Yes. Campaigners are hoping Bristol

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could become the first city in the UK to ban

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advertising on its streets. A meeting's being held

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tonight to discuss the idea - which has already been adopted

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in parts of France and Brazil. Charlotte Callen is in Stokes Croft

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- where the event's being held. Tonight's meeting takes place here

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in the shadow of one of Banksy's most famous pieces of artwork.

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This is an area long associated with grafftti and thinking

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They say that even if revenue is lost, it will be worth it.

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Adverts are everywhere on our roads and streets.

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To some, it's a financially appealing part of our global world

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while others see it as an invasion of our public spaces.

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It's costly for the advertising companies.

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Going by the title brandalism and under the disguise

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of being official employees, they say they'll risk prosecution

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to take on the advertisers in brush to wall combat.

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Filmed here by the Bristol cable on Bristol streets

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What we wanted to do, by replacing all this corporate

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advertising with artwork is to say, what different type

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Scroll back through the years, these artworks are by Banksy,

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the vandal, the rebel on Bristol streets.

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What he does is also illegal but now his works sell for millions.

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He also wants advertising banned, replaced by public art spaces.

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Bristol has a real opportunity to be the UK leader in creating

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a different type of visual realm for the city.

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Here in Bristol's bearpit, one of the city's most public spaces.

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They know which side of the debate they fall on.

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This is a communal space where nobody is criminalised

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They turned down ?40,000 worth of advertising to keep their plinth

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What Bristol must do is create an example of how

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Bristol is a city that often dares to be different, to think radically.

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You just have to look at its culture of street art,

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But whether the city could really go advertising free, well,

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that will be down to its Mayor to decide.

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A ban is already a reality in Sao Paulo in Brazil

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Having advertising in the city, that mainly focused on cars,

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almost naked woman, alcohol, may not be the most appropriate

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thing that we want to have in public space where,

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actually, we want to have social lives, we want to educate our child.

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Tonight, Bristolians are being invited to have their say

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But, for now, Bristol being ad-free remains a dream for campaigners.

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We tried to contact the companies whose adverts were defaced in that

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film. If they get back to us, we will bring you that.

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The public meeting to discuss Bristol going ad free starts at 7

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It's been organised by Nicola Round from the campaign

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Nicola, the city makes money from advertising boards

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They've got a budget deficit of 100 million.

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So if it's a choice between advertising or money

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for social care why should they stop advertising?

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The revenue from advertising is fairly small. We are covered in

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advertising for unhealthy things, what is the cost of that. It is what

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we need to be looking at. Why could Bristol be the first city to do it?

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We know it is possible. S o Paulo and Grenoble have done it. It is a

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city of green aspirations and sustainable values. We think it's

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time our visual environment reflected the identity of Bristol.

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If any city in the UK is going to go advert free, it is Bristol. The City

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Council has said they realise it is a big issue but at this time

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politically, they are not ready to comment on it.

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Today is the last day that people can register to vote

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There are big council contests taking place

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across Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

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The largest election though will be the one around Bristol and Bath

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We've been quizzing all the candidates this week

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Yesterday it was the turn of the Conservatives and UKIP,

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Our reporter Robin Markwell was at hand to inspect their tickets.

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Back on the road with our double-decker of democracy.

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We represent all colours, not just green.

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But Darren Hall is green to the core.

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He ran Bristol's winning bid to be European green capital.

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Now, he wants this job to bring in clean air

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I'm going to make sure that the Bristol and Bath region

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is a global leader in the next generation of smart

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That means, looking at how we build houses, how we get around,

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and the kind of jobs that people have.

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Just looking through your manifesto, some of your policies,

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Well, a tourism tax would be used to help the tourism industry

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So, my idea for a business investment fund is to identify areas

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where business would like to invest in helping their business area to be

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Were going to go for a quickfire quiz.

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Bristol has its own alternative currency in the Bristol pound.

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Going to have to hurry you. It's there somewhere, isn't it?

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You take the train now and again, I take it.

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Bristol Temple Meads, Keynsham, blank, Bath spa.

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Usually reading the paper on the way past.

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Noone's got any questions right so far.

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Are they that hard? They are random.

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But they were proving harder to crack down on the coal seams that

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used to be mined here in North East Somerset.

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It was in Radstock that we met Labour's Leslie Mansell who wants

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I'm going to achieve the most for everybody right

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So, were going to use the money to the best effect in big-ticket

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areas that the government have set out for as.

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Housing, the economy, transport, and skills training.

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One of your manifesto priorities is free bus travel

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Why are you singling out that group for free travel?

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Because young people have to stay at school until they are 18,

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so if they can get a job, they may be able to fund

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Are you ready for our quickfire quiz?

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No one has got a question right so far.

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Transport will be a key theme for the Metro Mayor.

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There is controversy over a fourth park and ride

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You could have had a Newbridge and Lansdown as well.

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How much does it cost you to get the train, a single ticket,

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from Bristol Temple Meads to Bath Spa?

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I've got no idea because I travel by car and it takes me two hours

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Do you want to have a guess? 20 quid.

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A block of flats at Ashton Gate doubled up as Nelson Mandela

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Well done, Leslie. Our top performer so far.

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Next time, on our political road trip, gridlock on the A4

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and two more would-be mayors tackle our terrifying test.

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That's on Tuesday. It is tricky, we can't ask them all the same

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question. The Easter Bank Holiday is a busy

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time for our football clubs Alistair Durden is here to tell us

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which games we should Every single game. Watch them all.

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Think Things starting to

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sort themselves out. Bristol City could be

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safe by Monday night They have QPR at home tomorrow

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afternoon, followed by that vital game against Blackburn -

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the side currently in recent performances have been very

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good. We're going to need everybody to be

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gung ho behind us, if you like. I thought the atmosphere

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on Saturday was magnificent. If we can recreate that,

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for our final three home I think this is the biggest

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game of our season. All of our teams have something to

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play for. There's a similar call

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for unity at Swindon, who have found some form

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in the nick of time. They're at home to Wimbledon

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tomorrow - followed by Walsall away who haven't won

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in their last five games. So, can Swindon

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pull off a great escape? If you ask most of the people

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at the city, four games ago, everybody was saying

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Swindon was down. Now, we're three points off

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the relegation zone. Everyone is believing

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and the next few games Now is not the time to judge

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us or try to find what The playoff dream is still alive

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for Bristol Rovers. But things are getting tight

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for Cheltenham and Yeovil. Victory for the Glovers at Newport

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would make them as good Just the one game over Easter

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for our rugby clubs. Bath can do their rivals Bristol

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a favour by winning in the Midlands. However, a Worcester win coupled

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by a Wasps victory on Sunday Somerset's cricketers

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finally play their first match of the new county season tomorrow,

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and they have a new captain. Tom Abell was born in Taunton

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and went to school just a couple of miles away from

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the County Ground. And his appointment was a surprise

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to some because of his age. The corridors of the County Ground

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are a gallery of greats The likes of

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Botham, Richards, Trescothick 1993 debut, how old were you then? I

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wasn't born until 1994. Tom Abell is just 23 years old,

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making him one of the county's Very proud moment for myself and my

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family. Slightly apprehensive about the unknown. A few senior players

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put my mind at ease. I'm excited by the challenge. I'm going to have to

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be strong to what I believe in, through action rather than words.

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Not to try and fit into a mould. Tom was born and raised

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in Taunton - he's always At Taunton school, he broke

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all their batting records. His last year, he only batted 11

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times, scored seven centuries, never less than 50, averaged over 150. One

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of the best players in the school has ever seen.

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Hard to believe then, that Tom was almost released

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from Somerset's academy as a teenager.

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Something was gnawing away at the back of my mind that he was going to

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be a good player. I watched him play hockey, to see how he was in that

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environment. He wasn't just a player, he ran the show. His

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character got him reselected. He wont be short of help -

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even if he'll be Makes me feel pretty old. I'm sure

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he will give me a ticking off somewhere along the line but we will

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help him as much as possible. We have to try and make his job as easy

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as possible. He has all the attributes of a good leader.

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It's an appointment for the long term -

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Tom could lead the side for the next decade.

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Do they stand like that all the time? Somerset against Essex

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tomorrow. Interesting that Alastair Cook will be captaining Essex. The

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former England captain. What about that for your first match. Marcus

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Trescothick says it must be some pressure to take that on. But he's

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not the youngest. Graeme Smith, captained South Africa, his country,

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as a teenager. Incredible. And I loved his teacher, wasn't he the

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nicest teacher ever. Now it's a challenge yet to be

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achieved by anyone - swimming seven ocean channels around

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the world in the space of one year. But Beth French, from Somerset,

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is on track to achieve it. Beth - who overcame

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the illness ME as a youngster - has already completed three swims

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in California, New Zealand An early morning pool swim

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for Beth French - is no quick dip My early morning swims start at

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seven but they might finish at four o'clock in the afternoon.

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But then when you're training for seven oceans in 12 months

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Beth mixes pool training with sea swimming -

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getting her used to tides and cooler waters.

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I do a lot of resistance were getting used to conditions. I swam

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through the winter, we went down to 5.5, 6 degrees. So 16 feels warm.

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was swimming the Cook Strait in New Zealand in February.

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She had to abandon one swim but refused to give up and completed

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she was so exhausted she could barely walk.

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Back in the pool she is preparing for the next

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leg of the challenge - the Strait of Gibraltar

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I have four channels in four months to complete the challenge. I have no

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doubt. I know it is possible. The only lock to come into it is to do

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with the weather. We have to get there on time.

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A cat who's made herself at home in a council office

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in Gloucestershire has caused something of a commotion.

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Missy the cat - has been unofficially adopted

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and even appears on their website as "morale officer".

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But a complaint's been made about health and safety

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and now the council are to debate whether she can stay.

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She can't even stay on our screen, never mind the council. Severance

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pay. I hope she gets it. She has got an owner. No severance pay for you.

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Let's get the weather now. A big Easter weekend ahead. I was looking?

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It's looking reasonable. Not like last weekend when we had

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temperatures into the low 20s. With that element missing, it's not going

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to feel as warm but on balance, there will be a good deal of dry

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weather. A few exceptions to that. Including through the cause of

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tomorrow. The amounts of rain are going to be very small indeed.

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Longer range, through April into the start of May, as things stand, it's

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going to see below average parts of rain. Good Friday is going to bring

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a lot of clout, much like today. A good deal of dry weather for the

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first half of it. Through the afternoon, an increasing chance of

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patchy rain. A lot of that will be light. It will certainly be erratic

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in its distribution. You can see the front approaching from the

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north-west. Weakening as it does so. It will have no real force, no

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threat of torrential rain but there could be the odd moderate burst wide

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the time we are through to tomorrow evening. For the rest of this

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evening, dry weather prevails. Certainly for the most part, you

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couldn't rule out a spot of light rain, I suppose. It will not be as

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chilly as last night. Temperatures broadly in a range of about five to

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eight Celsius. Perhaps some brighter spells. As we continue towards

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lunchtime, I suspect most will have had a dry period and through the

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cause of the afternoon, a rather ragged approach of that front. The

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distribution of that is not going to be equal in any one spot. There

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won't be any great amounts of rain. The odd moderate burst of rain

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couldn't be ruled out here or there. Temperatures into the low teens.

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Perhaps up to 15 if the sun comes out. Saturday is looking like any

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early rain will clear. It will dry out. Looking decent through the rest

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of the day. Monday, bit more uncertain but leaning towards

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staying dry as well. That's what we need to hear. Although we do need a

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bit of rain. Sorry, not popular. That's it from us. Have fantastic

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weekend. If you are working over Easter, thank you.

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