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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.

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Shock for the Liberal Democrats in Yeovil.

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Their candidate stands down with just a few weeks to go.

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The South Somerset constituency was Liberal Democrat yellow for more

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than 30 years until the last general election when the Conservatives won.

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Now Theresa May has called a snap election and the Liberal Democrats

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The new service being offered to those at risk of being stalked.

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The secret tunnels under the Wiltshire countryside

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and the vital role they played in World War I.

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And the Robins are relegated from League One.

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Swindon lick their wounds after a season to forget.

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The woman hoping to be Yeovil's next Member of Parliament has

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shocked her party by announcing she's pulling out of

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Daisy Benson was picked by the Liberal Democrats to stand

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in the constituency, which they dramatically lost

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Here's our Somerset correspondent, Clinton Rogers.

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The South Somerset constituency - Liberal Democrat yellow

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The heart of Paddy Ashdown territory.

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That was until the last general election, when,

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for as far as the eye can see, the political landscape turned blue.

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Nationally, the bookies may have the Conservatives

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But around here, both parties still view this as a winnable seat.

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And both parties point to the history books.

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After the First World War, Yeovil returned Conservative MPs

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for 65 years, the last 32 of those exclusively by John Peyton.

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That was until former Royal Marine Paddy Ashdown

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painted the town yellow, as first a Liberal then

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His successor David Laws lost the seat in 2015,

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handing Yeovil back to the Tories after a 32-year break.

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The yellow team have been buoyant in Yeovil since the snap

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election was called, an opportunity, they say.

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And they had big hopes for their young candidate, Daisy Benson.

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Until today, that is, when she suddenly announced she'd

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pulled out of the race, for personal reasons.

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So in Lib Dem HQ she's now a discarded poster in the corner

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While upstairs, volunteer supporters continue to stuff canvassing

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I think life never is a straight road and things appear and you deal

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As if the town doesn't have enough to think about,

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the football team battling to stay in League two, the biggest employer

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So on the streets what's the big issue?

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Well, you stopping me and stopping me going into Marks Spencer's.

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What matters to me is that we can run our own country.

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Does that mean that the Liberal Democrats, pro-European,

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Wherever you look, the Tories are just wrecking everything

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so there is another way, there's a choice, so it's

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He may know what party he's voting for about the big question is whose

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Our political editor Paul Barltrop is here to help us

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Yeovil is a really important seat, isn't it?

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So this must be causing some concern for the Liberal Democrats.

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It certainly is. The whole south-west is so vital to the party

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and if you look at Somerset, until the last election the help all but

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one seat. They lost to the Conservatives although by not very

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much, a majority of just over 5000. It is a top target for the Lib Dems.

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Today's news for the sitting MP Marcus Fish should put a smile on

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his face as he tries to hold onto his job.

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We've actually got a huge list of achievements.

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I was probably more in doing mode and getting things

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set up for the future, thinking had a few more years

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to communicate that, but I've got to do it in seven weeks

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so that's where we are and I'm looking forward to cracking on.

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We heard one voter in the piece talking about Brexit. How much will

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it influence the vote? The difficulty is that Yeovil

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actually voted Leave. Lib Dems hope it will go down better in other

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areas of the region where there are still people who want Britain to

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remain in the EU, for instance Bath which is a key marginal. Michael

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Fallon visited the Bristol and Bath science Park and was stocking up the

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need for a bigger Conservative majority.

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Voting Lib Dem will simply weaken Theresa May's hand

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If people don't like Brexit, they may want to do exactly that.

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Well, we decided on Brexit last year with one of

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Get on with it! And they have to because time is ticking by. There

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must be a rush to find the candidates for all parties.

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Yes, and the Lib Dems have a number of other seats where they had

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selected people and some of the candidates are saying they cannot do

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it. Labour are also doing their selections. Coming back to Yeovil,

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speculation as to whether this prime target for the Lib Dems could

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actually see a big name being parachuted in. Speculation as to who

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that might be. Graham Watson, former MEP, will not go for it because he

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is recuperating from a serious illness. We asked the chairman of

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the local party, Lord Paddy Ashdown, if he could give us any clues.

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You are a very good journalist and you are now trading in areas

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I am the chairman of my constituency.

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I have to be impartial in the process and I'm certainly not

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giving an indication of what kind of person might be elected.

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That is not up to me, that is up to our members.

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Of course they have to get their skates on. All those members and

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party officials, and a couple of key dates to mention. May 11, all

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nominations must be in for candidates. And you have to register

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by the 22nd of May. Postal votes, the deadline is one days later. And

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there are local elections in nine days.

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So many dates! So much to think about.

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A perpetual state of election. You're watching Points West

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with Alex and Seb at Still to come on this

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evening's programme... Join me in the World War I tunnels

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and trenches found under Salisbury Plain and find out why

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they were so vital in training our And a little bit of kindness

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in Keynsham, the town People at risk of being

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stalked will get more help in Gloucestershire from today,

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thanks to the Hollie Gazzard Trust. Hollie was murdered by her former

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boyfriend in the hairdressing But now money raised in her memory

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will be used to fund a new case worker who,

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alongside the police and others, will help identify

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those most vulnerable. Here's our Gloucestershire

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reporter, Steve Knibbs. In February 2014, Hollie Gazzard

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complained to police that her former boyfriend,

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Asher Maslin, was harrassing Now the trust set up in her name,

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headed by her dad Nick, wants to stop that happening

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to others and is paying for a case worker to help high-risk

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victims of stalking. Early intervention,

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looking at behaviours, not just actions but intentions,

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even the small elements of stalking can lead further down the line

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to rape and homicide, so we must take it seriously,

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get professionals keyed up as to what to do,

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get the police keyed up, get them, in terms of the stalking clinic,

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ready to deal with high-risk stalkers and then provide that

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support to victims so they do not go Awareness of the new support

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available is key to this project and will involve the likes

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of the police, clinicians and probation, who will

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all identify and work Ellie Aston is a Gloucestershire GP

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who was stalked for nine years. Nobody should have to go

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through nine years of living in fear and really not knowing where to go,

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who to go to, how to manage the situation, and this

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is gone to put experts here in Gloucestershire

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who are going to be able to help Today's launch comes

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on the day that the University of Gloucestershire published

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research showing that 94% of homicides had

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elements of stalking, such as obsession, control

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and surveillance, and often That is the biggest number of cases

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and I have worked on cases where there have been cameras

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in the home that the person didn't know about, there

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has been GPS tracking, tracking on the car,

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bugging devices. Those are all really serious

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stalking behaviours and those Stalking is a growing problem,

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with easy access to online data This new support clinic wants

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to make sure that anyone who feels threatened now has the confidence

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to ask for help in the knowledge The MP for Cheltenham, Alex Chalk,

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successfully fought for tougher sentencing for stalkers and he joins

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us from Westminster. Do you think enough people are

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coming forward and reporting stalking? I do not and that is part

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of the problem. We are starting to understand that at the beginning of

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some of these horrible offences, violence or even murder, stalking is

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taking place but sometimes people do not recognise it. This is an

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exciting development which will hopefully stop some of this serious

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offending. Is there enough help? It is a growing and changing landscape.

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As recently as 2012 there was no offence of stalking. We now realise

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this is a really serious matter. I think the police have been fantastic

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at changing their attitudes towards this and recognising how serious it

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is, and there is now greater sentencing power. This comes on the

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day that the University of Gloucestershire published research

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that 94% of homicides had elements of stalking. If someone is being

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stalked what are they meant to do with that information? It will worry

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them more. That is staggering. We found similar evidence not as stark

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when we were doing research in Parliament. People who are being

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stalked need to take it seriously, don't panic but take it seriously.

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If they need to get support and intervention, even if it is fairly

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small-scale, they have reassurance. They cannot have the case like my

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constituent who went seven or nine years without it being solved. This

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gives hope that these problems can be addressed early on. There is an

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element of reaching out to grassroots, people identifying

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stalking, and the perpetrators. The last point is important. The

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overwhelming priority is the victims but we also have to rehabilitate

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stalkers. These people often have borderline mental health problems

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and we want them to have the intervention that they need so they

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can be brought back into society. Victims, yes, but perpetrators as

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well. Police have issued CCTV images

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of a missing Bristol woman who hasn't been seen

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for nearly two weeks. 27-year-old Anna Lewis,

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who's from Fishponds, was last seen leaving

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Southmead Hospital just after midday Anna is a trainee nurse studying

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at the University of the West of England and was working

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at the hospital on placement. A strike by taxi drivers

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at Temple Meads railway station this morning added to rush hour

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congestion throughout They circled the station

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in their blue hackney cars The taxi drivers were

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protesting about changes How much do you think a first class

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train ticket from Taunton Nope, according to two

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websites, the hour-long The price was spotted earlier today,

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and has been put down It's a nice trip, but I'm not

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sure it's that nice. A huge network of World War I

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trenches and tunnels has been discovered at Larkhill on Salisbury

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Plain. They were built to train soldiers

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for battle but have lain They were only unearthed

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after the Army started Here's our Wiltshire

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Reporter Will Glennon. Hidden under the chalk of Salisbury

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Plain, trenches and tunnels from the First World War. Designed to be as

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real as possible, they were used for training soldiers for fighting in

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France and Belgium. You think an enemy are tunnelling towards you.

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You have picked them up, listening on stethoscopes, and right at the

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back it looks like a rabbit burrow but that is where they have used a

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device to put a charge towards the enemy tunnel and you wait until you

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think you're next to or just behind them coming towards you and you blow

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their charge and you either kill them or bury them alive. They were

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found when the army began work to build more than 400 homes here for

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today's soldiers. Archaeologists have been amazed at the detailed

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system. It is a timeline to the front line, and trench warfare. We

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had no idea at the extent of the training grounds are peer of the

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World War I period. There were hints there would be some year but we had

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no idea it would be so large and so intact. It is an incredible sight

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and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and all of our archaeologists have

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been profoundly affected. Many tunnels have graffiti on the walls

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with names and dates so the exact history can be traced. There are

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thousands of soldiers here from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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Many died in training before even seeing action. Archaeologists have

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learnt what they can from these incredible trenches and tunnels

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because soon they will be gone. The Army has to build over 400 homes

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here and will cover these up, consigning them back to history.

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Swindon Town's Chairman has estimated that relegation will cost

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But what will the drop to League two mean for the fans,

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Our sports editor Alistair Durden is here.

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Chairman Lee Power says he will be staying, but the future of head

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coach Luke Williams is less clear cut, as well as director of football

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There's likely to be a big turnover in players again too.

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But there was little doubt on Saturday what supporters thought.

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Many are angry at how the club has been run this season.

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Fingers pointed firmly at the boardroom.

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With relegation confirmed, some angry supporters gathered

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outside the County Ground to make their feelings clear.

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He has wrecked this club. I am gutted. The chairman appointed the

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manager on the cheap, no preseason recruitment for two years. We get

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what we deserve. I can see us going down with the sky in charge.

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Lee Power took over the club in 2013.

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The blueprint - clear the club's debt and bring in promising young

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It almost won them promotion two years ago, before defeat at Wembley.

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But this year, a young squad has been beaten 23 times.

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The arrival of director of football Tim Sherwood in November was hailed

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as one of Swindon's best ever signings, but it hasn't worked.

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And the chairman has promised a full review.

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There needs to be a complete clean out, no two ways about it. Review

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everything top to bottom at the club and one thing is for sure, the hard

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work starts again and I will not rest until the club is back in

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League 1. The Swindon Supporters Trust believe

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there could be worse to come, The attendances have been going

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down, nearly 20% over the last couple of seasons, and you have seen

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more and more lack of engagement with the fans. What you have to do

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is come together and take action. There is no point sitting there and

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taking it from the sidelines. We would like to have a majority owned

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by the fans' football club. The future of head coach

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Luke Williams and many of his Gloucester Rugby fans have been

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snapping up tickets for next month's They went on sale to priority

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groups at midday today. Gloucester beat the French

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league leaders La Rochelle on Saturday to reach the final,

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with Billy Burns scoring They'll now face Stade Francais

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in Edinburgh on the 12th of May. Getting to play at Murrayfield,

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fantastic stadium. I'm sure Stade will give us

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a fantastic game and then hopefully previous form goes with us and we'll

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win it again, yeah. We've got a good chance and,

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credit to the lads, they cut the mustard and earned their wages

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on Saturday night, I've not stopped smiling

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since we got back to Southampton last night from La Rochelle

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and I just hope we can do it and win Bath were close to making it

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a West Country final. They led Stade Francais

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with ten minutes to go, George Ford missed this penalty

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with the final kick of the match, which would have taken the tie

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into extra time. Despite finishing top of the league,

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they lost yesterday's Premiership final to Aylesford 17-8

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despite this second-half try. So it was runners-up medals

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for the Bristol players after a fantastic season that's seen

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them win 13 out of their 16 matches. I think we have to be massively

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proud of what we have achieved. It has been a hell of a season and to

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be able to win 13 out of 16 games, that is not too bad and I don't

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think any other team has done that so I am really proud of all of the

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girls. It has been a really emotional season, it has been great.

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In cricket, Somerset have lost again in the County Championship.

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Gloucestershire's match in Division Two against Durham

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was drawn, after the first three innings in the game all

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What's the kindest thing you've done today?

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I made you a hot lemon drink for your properly throughout.

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Well, if you live in Keynsham, you might have a long list.

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That's because today was Kindness Day in the town

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and organisers hope it might lead to something more.

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Monday morning and children here at St Kenya Primary

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They sing it every morning in assembly but today their song

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about the importance of being kind is especially significant.

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That's because this is officially a town-wide day of kindness

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here in Keynsham and most pupils think it's a great idea.

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I think it is important because if you are kind then it makes people

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feel happy and joyful and if you are not kind it can make people a bit

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sad if they have had a bad day. I help my friends feel better if they

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feel sad buying making them laugh but it can be tricky. I think

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kindness is the best way. Across town, bathed in yellow,

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the main event was showcasing Not just to one another,

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but to ourselves, our environment There is a lot of kindness but we

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live in a world full of doom and gloom, all the news is gloomy and

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there are things that are quite depressing, so this is a way of

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trying to counterbalance it with something more positive that is a

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bit more up beat and that can help people to connect with each other.

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Many more events are planned over the next few months,

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some with a serious message, to help those suffering

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Others simply to put a smile on someone's face.

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Just before we go to the weather, a man from Wiltshire could be

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heading for the record books after having his 53rd

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Ricky Viner, from Warminster, loves the cartoon character

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so much he's had him inked all over his body.

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He could soon hold the record for the highest number of tattoos

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of the same character, once it's all been verified.

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Who knew? There are some achievements that

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leave you speechless and this is one of them. Over to you for the

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weather, Ian. It will be a quite marked change in

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the weather conditions. For a few days, a chillier and colder regime

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of weather. At times there will be showers around. Many gardeners have

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been crying out for some substantial amounts of rain. Given the potluck

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nature of sharia outbreaks of rain, I cannot promise that, but the key

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message for those of you in the gardening community is the risk of

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frost. That will get underway tonight so we sacked tomorrow on a

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cold note. The first part of the Felix generally and bright. Through

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the afternoon some areas will remain that way and others will see fairly

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heavy showers. The reason for the change is a northerly cold front

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running through us at the moment and starting to bring in colder air. Not

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unusual for this time of year, we saw something similar last year at

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this time, but given the mild conditions we have experienced, you

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will notice this key change. We have some showers at the moment across

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northern and eastern districts which will move south. The sky will tend

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to become clear through tonight and call their will -- cold air will

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come in from the north. Some areas will get down to freezing, possibly

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even a degree or two below. There is a risk of frost for some of you

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tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning, apart from one or two showers, it

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looks mostly dry. We should hang onto those conditions and other

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afternoon and then we have the risk of some showers. There will be a

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component to those likely to bring some hail and some lightning in some

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spots. But it will be potluck. You will see these great cumulonimbus

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clouds in some places but could stay dry. Temperatures on the getting up

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to 10-11. Wednesday is broadly similar. Temperatures will go the

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other way towards the end of the week and next week looks warmer as

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well. At least Richard Viner and cover his

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tattoos until next week. There are times in the life

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of a nation when the choices we make define

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the character of our country, times when people stand up

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and demand real, significant change. we have the chance to shape

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a brighter future for Britain

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