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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.
Shock for the Liberal Democrats in Yeovil.
Their candidate stands down with just a few weeks to go.
The South Somerset constituency was Liberal Democrat yellow for more
than 30 years until the last general election when the Conservatives won.
Now Theresa May has called a snap election and the Liberal Democrats
The new service being offered to those at risk of being stalked.
The secret tunnels under the Wiltshire countryside
and the vital role they played in World War I.
And the Robins are relegated from League One.
Swindon lick their wounds after a season to forget.
The woman hoping to be Yeovil's next Member of Parliament has
shocked her party by announcing she's pulling out of
Daisy Benson was picked by the Liberal Democrats to stand
in the constituency, which they dramatically lost
Here's our Somerset correspondent, Clinton Rogers.
The South Somerset constituency - Liberal Democrat yellow
The heart of Paddy Ashdown territory.
That was until the last general election, when,
for as far as the eye can see, the political landscape turned blue.
Nationally, the bookies may have the Conservatives
But around here, both parties still view this as a winnable seat.
And both parties point to the history books.
After the First World War, Yeovil returned Conservative MPs
for 65 years, the last 32 of those exclusively by John Peyton.
That was until former Royal Marine Paddy Ashdown
painted the town yellow, as first a Liberal then
His successor David Laws lost the seat in 2015,
handing Yeovil back to the Tories after a 32-year break.
The yellow team have been buoyant in Yeovil since the snap
election was called, an opportunity, they say.
And they had big hopes for their young candidate, Daisy Benson.
Until today, that is, when she suddenly announced she'd
pulled out of the race, for personal reasons.
So in Lib Dem HQ she's now a discarded poster in the corner
While upstairs, volunteer supporters continue to stuff canvassing
I think life never is a straight road and things appear and you deal
As if the town doesn't have enough to think about,
the football team battling to stay in League two, the biggest employer
So on the streets what's the big issue?
Well, you stopping me and stopping me going into Marks Spencer's.
What matters to me is that we can run our own country.
Does that mean that the Liberal Democrats, pro-European,
Wherever you look, the Tories are just wrecking everything
so there is another way, there's a choice, so it's
He may know what party he's voting for about the big question is whose
Our political editor Paul Barltrop is here to help us
Yeovil is a really important seat, isn't it?
So this must be causing some concern for the Liberal Democrats.
It certainly is. The whole south-west is so vital to the party
and if you look at Somerset, until the last election the help all but
one seat. They lost to the Conservatives although by not very
much, a majority of just over 5000. It is a top target for the Lib Dems.
Today's news for the sitting MP Marcus Fish should put a smile on
his face as he tries to hold onto his job.
We've actually got a huge list of achievements.
I was probably more in doing mode and getting things
set up for the future, thinking had a few more years
to communicate that, but I've got to do it in seven weeks
so that's where we are and I'm looking forward to cracking on.
We heard one voter in the piece talking about Brexit. How much will
it influence the vote? The difficulty is that Yeovil
actually voted Leave. Lib Dems hope it will go down better in other
areas of the region where there are still people who want Britain to
remain in the EU, for instance Bath which is a key marginal. Michael
Fallon visited the Bristol and Bath science Park and was stocking up the
need for a bigger Conservative majority.
Voting Lib Dem will simply weaken Theresa May's hand
If people don't like Brexit, they may want to do exactly that.
Well, we decided on Brexit last year with one of
Get on with it! And they have to because time is ticking by. There
must be a rush to find the candidates for all parties.
Yes, and the Lib Dems have a number of other seats where they had
selected people and some of the candidates are saying they cannot do
it. Labour are also doing their selections. Coming back to Yeovil,
speculation as to whether this prime target for the Lib Dems could
actually see a big name being parachuted in. Speculation as to who
that might be. Graham Watson, former MEP, will not go for it because he
is recuperating from a serious illness. We asked the chairman of
the local party, Lord Paddy Ashdown, if he could give us any clues.
You are a very good journalist and you are now trading in areas
I am the chairman of my constituency.
I have to be impartial in the process and I'm certainly not
giving an indication of what kind of person might be elected.
That is not up to me, that is up to our members.
Of course they have to get their skates on. All those members and
party officials, and a couple of key dates to mention. May 11, all
nominations must be in for candidates. And you have to register
by the 22nd of May. Postal votes, the deadline is one days later. And
there are local elections in nine days.
So many dates! So much to think about.
A perpetual state of election. You're watching Points West
with Alex and Seb at Still to come on this
evening's programme... Join me in the World War I tunnels
and trenches found under Salisbury Plain and find out why
they were so vital in training our And a little bit of kindness
in Keynsham, the town People at risk of being
stalked will get more help in Gloucestershire from today,
thanks to the Hollie Gazzard Trust. Hollie was murdered by her former
boyfriend in the hairdressing But now money raised in her memory
will be used to fund a new case worker who,
alongside the police and others, will help identify
those most vulnerable. Here's our Gloucestershire
reporter, Steve Knibbs. In February 2014, Hollie Gazzard
complained to police that her former boyfriend,
Asher Maslin, was harrassing Now the trust set up in her name,
headed by her dad Nick, wants to stop that happening
to others and is paying for a case worker to help high-risk
victims of stalking. Early intervention,
looking at behaviours, not just actions but intentions,
even the small elements of stalking can lead further down the line
to rape and homicide, so we must take it seriously,
get professionals keyed up as to what to do,
get the police keyed up, get them, in terms of the stalking clinic,
ready to deal with high-risk stalkers and then provide that
support to victims so they do not go Awareness of the new support
available is key to this project and will involve the likes
of the police, clinicians and probation, who will
all identify and work Ellie Aston is a Gloucestershire GP
who was stalked for nine years. Nobody should have to go
through nine years of living in fear and really not knowing where to go,
who to go to, how to manage the situation, and this
is gone to put experts here in Gloucestershire
who are going to be able to help Today's launch comes
on the day that the University of Gloucestershire published
research showing that 94% of homicides had
elements of stalking, such as obsession, control
and surveillance, and often That is the biggest number of cases
and I have worked on cases where there have been cameras
in the home that the person didn't know about, there
has been GPS tracking, tracking on the car,
bugging devices. Those are all really serious
stalking behaviours and those Stalking is a growing problem,
with easy access to online data This new support clinic wants
to make sure that anyone who feels threatened now has the confidence
to ask for help in the knowledge The MP for Cheltenham, Alex Chalk,
successfully fought for tougher sentencing for stalkers and he joins
us from Westminster. Do you think enough people are
coming forward and reporting stalking? I do not and that is part
of the problem. We are starting to understand that at the beginning of
some of these horrible offences, violence or even murder, stalking is
taking place but sometimes people do not recognise it. This is an
exciting development which will hopefully stop some of this serious
offending. Is there enough help? It is a growing and changing landscape.
As recently as 2012 there was no offence of stalking. We now realise
this is a really serious matter. I think the police have been fantastic
at changing their attitudes towards this and recognising how serious it
is, and there is now greater sentencing power. This comes on the
day that the University of Gloucestershire published research
that 94% of homicides had elements of stalking. If someone is being
stalked what are they meant to do with that information? It will worry
them more. That is staggering. We found similar evidence not as stark
when we were doing research in Parliament. People who are being
stalked need to take it seriously, don't panic but take it seriously.
If they need to get support and intervention, even if it is fairly
small-scale, they have reassurance. They cannot have the case like my
constituent who went seven or nine years without it being solved. This
gives hope that these problems can be addressed early on. There is an
element of reaching out to grassroots, people identifying
stalking, and the perpetrators. The last point is important. The
overwhelming priority is the victims but we also have to rehabilitate
stalkers. These people often have borderline mental health problems
and we want them to have the intervention that they need so they
can be brought back into society. Victims, yes, but perpetrators as
well. Police have issued CCTV images
of a missing Bristol woman who hasn't been seen
for nearly two weeks. 27-year-old Anna Lewis,
who's from Fishponds, was last seen leaving
Southmead Hospital just after midday Anna is a trainee nurse studying
at the University of the West of England and was working
at the hospital on placement. A strike by taxi drivers
at Temple Meads railway station this morning added to rush hour
congestion throughout They circled the station
in their blue hackney cars The taxi drivers were
protesting about changes How much do you think a first class
train ticket from Taunton Nope, according to two
websites, the hour-long The price was spotted earlier today,
and has been put down It's a nice trip, but I'm not
sure it's that nice. A huge network of World War I
trenches and tunnels has been discovered at Larkhill on Salisbury
Plain. They were built to train soldiers
for battle but have lain They were only unearthed
after the Army started Here's our Wiltshire
Reporter Will Glennon. Hidden under the chalk of Salisbury
Plain, trenches and tunnels from the First World War. Designed to be as
real as possible, they were used for training soldiers for fighting in
France and Belgium. You think an enemy are tunnelling towards you.
You have picked them up, listening on stethoscopes, and right at the
back it looks like a rabbit burrow but that is where they have used a
device to put a charge towards the enemy tunnel and you wait until you
think you're next to or just behind them coming towards you and you blow
their charge and you either kill them or bury them alive. They were
found when the army began work to build more than 400 homes here for
today's soldiers. Archaeologists have been amazed at the detailed
system. It is a timeline to the front line, and trench warfare. We
had no idea at the extent of the training grounds are peer of the
World War I period. There were hints there would be some year but we had
no idea it would be so large and so intact. It is an incredible sight
and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and all of our archaeologists have
been profoundly affected. Many tunnels have graffiti on the walls
with names and dates so the exact history can be traced. There are
thousands of soldiers here from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Many died in training before even seeing action. Archaeologists have
learnt what they can from these incredible trenches and tunnels
because soon they will be gone. The Army has to build over 400 homes
here and will cover these up, consigning them back to history.
Swindon Town's Chairman has estimated that relegation will cost
But what will the drop to League two mean for the fans,
Our sports editor Alistair Durden is here.
Chairman Lee Power says he will be staying, but the future of head
coach Luke Williams is less clear cut, as well as director of football
There's likely to be a big turnover in players again too.
But there was little doubt on Saturday what supporters thought.
Many are angry at how the club has been run this season.
Fingers pointed firmly at the boardroom.
With relegation confirmed, some angry supporters gathered
outside the County Ground to make their feelings clear.
He has wrecked this club. I am gutted. The chairman appointed the
manager on the cheap, no preseason recruitment for two years. We get
what we deserve. I can see us going down with the sky in charge.
Lee Power took over the club in 2013.
The blueprint - clear the club's debt and bring in promising young
It almost won them promotion two years ago, before defeat at Wembley.
But this year, a young squad has been beaten 23 times.
The arrival of director of football Tim Sherwood in November was hailed
as one of Swindon's best ever signings, but it hasn't worked.
And the chairman has promised a full review.
There needs to be a complete clean out, no two ways about it. Review
everything top to bottom at the club and one thing is for sure, the hard
work starts again and I will not rest until the club is back in
League 1. The Swindon Supporters Trust believe
there could be worse to come, The attendances have been going
down, nearly 20% over the last couple of seasons, and you have seen
more and more lack of engagement with the fans. What you have to do
is come together and take action. There is no point sitting there and
taking it from the sidelines. We would like to have a majority owned
by the fans' football club. The future of head coach
Luke Williams and many of his Gloucester Rugby fans have been
snapping up tickets for next month's They went on sale to priority
groups at midday today. Gloucester beat the French
league leaders La Rochelle on Saturday to reach the final,
with Billy Burns scoring They'll now face Stade Francais
in Edinburgh on the 12th of May. Getting to play at Murrayfield,
fantastic stadium. I'm sure Stade will give us
a fantastic game and then hopefully previous form goes with us and we'll
win it again, yeah. We've got a good chance and,
credit to the lads, they cut the mustard and earned their wages
on Saturday night, I've not stopped smiling
since we got back to Southampton last night from La Rochelle
and I just hope we can do it and win Bath were close to making it
a West Country final. They led Stade Francais
with ten minutes to go, George Ford missed this penalty
with the final kick of the match, which would have taken the tie
into extra time. Despite finishing top of the league,
they lost yesterday's Premiership final to Aylesford 17-8
despite this second-half try. So it was runners-up medals
for the Bristol players after a fantastic season that's seen
them win 13 out of their 16 matches. I think we have to be massively
proud of what we have achieved. It has been a hell of a season and to
be able to win 13 out of 16 games, that is not too bad and I don't
think any other team has done that so I am really proud of all of the
girls. It has been a really emotional season, it has been great.
In cricket, Somerset have lost again in the County Championship.
Gloucestershire's match in Division Two against Durham
was drawn, after the first three innings in the game all
What's the kindest thing you've done today?
I made you a hot lemon drink for your properly throughout.
Well, if you live in Keynsham, you might have a long list.
That's because today was Kindness Day in the town
and organisers hope it might lead to something more.
Monday morning and children here at St Kenya Primary
They sing it every morning in assembly but today their song
about the importance of being kind is especially significant.
That's because this is officially a town-wide day of kindness
here in Keynsham and most pupils think it's a great idea.
I think it is important because if you are kind then it makes people
feel happy and joyful and if you are not kind it can make people a bit
sad if they have had a bad day. I help my friends feel better if they
feel sad buying making them laugh but it can be tricky. I think
kindness is the best way. Across town, bathed in yellow,
the main event was showcasing Not just to one another,
but to ourselves, our environment There is a lot of kindness but we
live in a world full of doom and gloom, all the news is gloomy and
there are things that are quite depressing, so this is a way of
trying to counterbalance it with something more positive that is a
bit more up beat and that can help people to connect with each other.
Many more events are planned over the next few months,
some with a serious message, to help those suffering
Others simply to put a smile on someone's face.
Just before we go to the weather, a man from Wiltshire could be
heading for the record books after having his 53rd
Ricky Viner, from Warminster, loves the cartoon character
so much he's had him inked all over his body.
He could soon hold the record for the highest number of tattoos
of the same character, once it's all been verified.
Who knew? There are some achievements that
leave you speechless and this is one of them. Over to you for the
weather, Ian. It will be a quite marked change in
the weather conditions. For a few days, a chillier and colder regime
of weather. At times there will be showers around. Many gardeners have
been crying out for some substantial amounts of rain. Given the potluck
nature of sharia outbreaks of rain, I cannot promise that, but the key
message for those of you in the gardening community is the risk of
frost. That will get underway tonight so we sacked tomorrow on a
cold note. The first part of the Felix generally and bright. Through
the afternoon some areas will remain that way and others will see fairly
heavy showers. The reason for the change is a northerly cold front
running through us at the moment and starting to bring in colder air. Not
unusual for this time of year, we saw something similar last year at
this time, but given the mild conditions we have experienced, you
will notice this key change. We have some showers at the moment across
northern and eastern districts which will move south. The sky will tend
to become clear through tonight and call their will -- cold air will
come in from the north. Some areas will get down to freezing, possibly
even a degree or two below. There is a risk of frost for some of you
tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning, apart from one or two showers, it
looks mostly dry. We should hang onto those conditions and other
afternoon and then we have the risk of some showers. There will be a
component to those likely to bring some hail and some lightning in some
spots. But it will be potluck. You will see these great cumulonimbus
clouds in some places but could stay dry. Temperatures on the getting up
to 10-11. Wednesday is broadly similar. Temperatures will go the
other way towards the end of the week and next week looks warmer as
well. At least Richard Viner and cover his
tattoos until next week. There are times in the life
of a nation when the choices we make define
the character of our country, times when people stand up
and demand real, significant change. we have the chance to shape
a brighter future for Britain