14/04/2017 Points West


14/04/2017

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People travelling on the M4 motorway in the West were stuck in their cars

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for hours this afternoon after a gas tanker caught fire near Chippenham.

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The road had to be closed in both directions, meaning long delays

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for those trying to get away for the Easter weekend.

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The last thing anyone wanted on one of the busiest days

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Miles of tailbacks and motorists going nowhere fast.

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A tanker carrying compressed gas caught fire at around half past 12,

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completely shutting the M4 between Chippenham and Bath.

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Dozens of people got out of their car because it was

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a particular spectacular sight as you can imagine.

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This was before any of the emergency vehicles got there,

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People were having a look into the police came past

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on the hard shoulder telling everyone to get back in their

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Another driver told the BBC she had been stuck in traffic for two hours,

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Stationary for two and a half hours. Traffic is now moving.

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The RSPCA in the West is warning people not to use glue traps

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to catch pests after two owls got stuck.

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The birds are currently being cared for at the West

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This one was unable to move its wings when it was found

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and was exhausted from trying to get free.

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Young homeless people in Bristol are being offered the chance

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to renovate derelict council houses which they can then rent

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The city council is looking to do up its old properties,

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while giving young apprentices the skills they need to find work.

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It's a radical approach to the city's growing housing crisis

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18-year old Sophie has been through tough times.

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She found herself homeless after troubles with her family.

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Now a pilot scheme has given her somewhere to live

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Yeah, painting and decorating, that's what I want to do.

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The council provides once derelict homes for free.

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A charity supplies the funding to do them up.

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A local college does the training and young people end up

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with new skills and a place to live for a peppercorn rent.

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What happened here is that the ceiling came down

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completely and there was damp everywhere on the walls.

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For those behind the project it's one way of tackling the rising

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numbers of young people caught up in the housing crisis.

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So Bristol predicts there is going to be over 700 young

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people homeless this year, but that really hides the people

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who are sofa surfing or living in other difficult circumstances

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where they don't come to the forefront, so the predictions

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are that it's getting worse and actually it's getting worse cos

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people can't afford anywhere to live and that's the difficulty.

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We need newer, cheaper housing options.

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So far, this approach is small scale.

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They are currently renovating two homes in Bristol.

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But, having proved it can work, they are now looking for many more.

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I think if there are properties that need to be brought back into use,

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then we are more than happy to get behind them and provide funding

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for projects like this that help to get young homeless people

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back into employment, but also bring old empty housing

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It's an idea then that could spread and generation rent needs every

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After 90 years performing at shows and events,

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the Royal Signals White Helmets team is being disbanded.

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They're famous for their death-defying stunts -

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feats of balance and acrobatics on motorbikes.

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The Army says it's keen to move with the times and so the display

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team based at Blandford Forum in Dorset will hang up their hats

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They are recognised by many as the best in the world,

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immaculately turned out and capable of any number of

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Since the very first public displays of joint precision horsemanship

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and motorcycle riding, they've travelled the length

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and breadth of Britain, amazing the crowds and keeping

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In the old days, the Army used motorcycles to carry messages.

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Times have moved on and the Army's decided it's time to reflect that.

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The world changes and these represent the former

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communication days when we used tdispatch riders.

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Communications today is fantastic and very much electronic

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and the Army must live with those times.

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And the Royal Corps of Signals in particular is a very

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But so many remember the White Helmets from the local

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shows of their childhoods and there is a feeling

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A lot of children and families enjoy this sort of display.

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They are such a good group of guys and the teamwork and effort

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To lose them, it is just such a shame.

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And so this will be the last season for the motorcycle display team.

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These volunteer soldiers will go back to the regular post

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in September and nine decades of discipline, courage,

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trust and agility will become a very special part

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Onto football now, and it was a mixed Good Friday for our teams.

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In the Championship, Bristol City secured

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Not such good news for Bristol Rovers who lost 3-1 away

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at Gillingham or for Swindon who failed to score at home.

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In League Two, Yeovil lost away at Newport and Cheltenham

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Better news in the National League though - Forest Green Rovers best

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And Chippenham Town have been crowned league champions,

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They take the Southern Premier title because second-place

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Leamington failed to beat Biggleswade this afternoon.

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The Bluebirds will now play at their highest ever level.

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Let's find out what the weather is looking like for the rest

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of the Easter weekend now with Sarah Farmer.

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Hello, and a very good evening to you.

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Now, this Easter bank holiday weekend certainly looks to be

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fresher than last weekend and that is courtesy of this area

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of high pressure just to the south-west of the country,

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which is drawing in a north-westerly flow.

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So, a cooler feel to things through the course of this weekend.

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Into this evening and it looks like we will see that cloud

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continuing to thicken and some outbreaks of rain

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Patchy and generally light in nature, and it will tend to ease

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through by the time we reach the early hours.

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Our overnight temperatures holding at around 8, 9 degrees.

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So a bit of cloud lingering into first thing tomorrow morning,

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perhaps some spots of dampness as well but that should clear

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through and we will see some brighter skies developing

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Some sunny breaks here and there, temperatures up to 12, 13 degrees.

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Taking a look through the rest of the weekend, cloudy conditions

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for much of Easter Sunday, possibly seeing some rain later,

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one or two showers could be on the way come Monday.

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We're back with an update in the late news.

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For now, from me, have a lovely evening.

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To think that this time last weekend, temperatures were in the

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20s. They got up to 25.5. Much cooler across the country this

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weekend. And this headline is true for the weather next week. That cool

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air stream from the north will persist. The mild air tries to get

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in, but never really wins. What have we got for the rest of today? The

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rain we had across Wales earlier will move southwards, but once the

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rain reaches you, it will be much lighter. Across many northern areas,

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the skies will clear up altogether. It will be a nippy night. Certainly

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a touch of frost northern areas, but not in the south. There will

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