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


The student nurse from Bristol who hasn't been seen


The police say they're becoming very concerned.


Also in the programme: With just weeks to go until the election,


we'll asses the impact on the Lib Dems after losing two


The scientists copying the power of nettles to ship


And everyone needs a cuddle - we meet Bristol Zoo's latest


The police say they're becoming very concerned about a student nurse


from Bristol who hasn't been seen or heard from in 12 days.


Friends and family of Anna Lewis are appealing for help,


saying she would often go off camping alone but


The 27-year-old was working at Southmead Hospital the day


she went missing and Scott Ellis is there for us this evening.


The police today have said this remains a missing persons inquiry so


there is no suggestion from anything they have said that there is any


criminality involved, nevertheless, some of the details emerging such as


the fact that Anna Lewis does not have a credit card or any money with


her, raises concerns, not just for the police but for her family that


are based in Dorset. She is living in Fishponds as a student nurse and


taking a student nurse degree through the University of the West


of England. But on the day she went missing, the 13th of April, she had


just finished a chef in the middle of the day here at Southmead


Hospital. -- finished a shift. The family and friends


of Anna Lewis say she loved the outdoors and -


on occasions - solitude. But she'd never go away this long


without getting in touch. She likes her own company,


she's been on trips away to Scotland Detectives searching woodland


in and around Bristol That will be extended


to her favourite areas in Scotland, Officers have had around


ten possible sightings of Anna from the public,


which have to be followed up. Today - as worries mount -


a direct appeal. Anna, I would appeal


to you if you are watching this, There's your family and friends,


they are all worried about you and so, if you are watching


this, please pick up the phone These CCTV pictures show Anna


leaving Southmead Hospital just after 12.15pm on Thursday


April 13th. She left the hospital


grounds nearer 1pm. Anna's a student nurse based


at the University of the West Police say Anna hasn't


got her mobile phone or a credit card with her,


raising more concerns Scott Ellis, BBC


Points West, Bristol. With the general election


just six weeks away, the Liberal Democrats have been


dealt another blow with the withdrawal of another candidate


in one their target seats. Currently, the West's parliamentary


map is almost all blue - And with the Tories doing well


in the opinion polls, they believe even those


are within their grasp. Labour face a tough task to hold


on to the three they have, However, they face a close


fight as Bristol West is the Green Party's


number one target. The Lib Dems hope to win


back the nine seats But they've had another setback


with their candidate in Bath now A week used to be a long


time in politics. But at the current feverish pace,


it feels much, much longer... This time last week Tim Farron


was in the West, talking up We did prepare, we have


prepared for the election, we have candidates selected up


and down the country. But two of those candidates


in key West Country seats Yesterday, in Yeovil,


Daisy Benson ended her campaign, saying she needed time to focus


on buying a house. Today - in Bath -


it was Jay Risbridger's turn. He wouldn't give an interview


but in a statement he said the timing of the snap election


was unexpected and that he needed to focus on moving his business


selling stationary. It came as a surprise


as he was tweeting about being out on the campaign trail


only last week. His Conservative rival saw it


as an unexpected gift... I do believe it's a shambles locally


- three candidates in two years... Don't parachute someone


in for a local dispute, frankly we need someone to provide


strong and stable government. If they can't do it at the local


level, how can they be trusted Candidate or not, the mood in


Lib Dem HQ today was still upbeat. The codename for their campaign


is all about rising from the ashes and they believe they'll take this


latest setback in their stride... The party is bigger than one


candidate and is more important But personally I am very gutted


because Jay Risbridger is a great man and a great campaigner.


However... The Lib Dems hope to


have a replacement candidate to sell They know - in elections


as fast-moving as this - no party can afford to lose any time


getting their message across. Robin Markwell, BBC


Points West, Bath. It is the last Tuesday in April, I


cannot believe how quickly it is going. You're watching BBC Points


West. And stay with us as the lots more to


bring it tonight including... To the races on to stop the closure of a


centre which cares for unwonted pulleys on Exmoor. And he nearly


broke the world record for running a marathon any shoe, he will be with


us shortly to bare his soul about why they did it.


Nettles and their sting have inspired scientists in Bath


to create a new way of transporting vaccines without having


The discovery could make getting vital medicines to remote


or dangerous places much easier, cheaper and safer.


Our health correspondent Matthew Hill reports.


Vaccines save milions of lives - but they only work if they are kept


Keeping them cool in hot countries can prove impossible.


In fact, almost a third of vaccine stock is lost because the proteins


they contain become unusable at room temperatures.


Things could be different, thanks to an idea from


I saw that the doctor removed the vaccination


from the fridge and injected her pretty much immediately.


I asked the doctor, do we need to eat it?


Does it need to be a little bit warmer?


The doctor said, no, it has to be cold.


A team have created a technique which can keep proteins intact


at very high temperatures, by encasing them in silica cages.


They looked to nature for their inspiration.


Nettles make use of nanoscale silica structures to sting


The scientists have managed to mimic this process.


A solution of silica is added to the protein solution found


in vaccines and stirred for 20 minutes.


It is then left to dry into a powder.


And this is the final stage in the process,


minute nanoparticles of silica encase the proteins.


The science is so new they had to invent a word for it.


This thing could be transported for miles and miles


The silica coat can be removed chemically, leaving


If we make this into a tablet, then patients will be able to eat


the tablet and then get vaccinated without even being injected.


Countries like Sierra Leone frequently lose medicine and


I was filming there a year ago with Dr Tim Brooks,


who took his team from Public Health England Porton


There are a lot of problems to go through to get it


through the regulators and to see that it can be made and work.


But at the moment, anything that can preserve a molecule in a way


in which it can still function in the body in the way that it


would do had it not been through the preservative is always


The team from Bath now have to find a pharmaceutical company willing


If it eventually comes to market, it could save millions of lives.


The UK should introduce a Minister For Refugees,


according to a parliamentary group headed by a Bristol MP.


The eight-month inquiry says refugees are welcomed well in the UK


So, how long have you been in Bristol now for? 14 years in


Bristol. How have you found it? Quite welcoming.


Forward was a journalist in Zimbabwe, then a refugee in the UK.


Now he helps others on a similar path.


Behind the word refugee, we are talking about people, we are talking


about people who can contribute to the city.


Provided they get the right support to learn english,


access healthcare, and settle - all recommendations


To highlight some of the things that we do within the sector and that we


are familiar with, but what is important is that that work is being


put together any single report that gives an idea of the challenges that


refugees face. He was a refugee in 1972, when his


family was expelled from Uganda. His warm welcome here


stayed with them all. They were that we felt that we could


give something back and that is what we have done, we have started our


own business. My father never liked the benefit system, and a sense of,


what is this? Likewise, Syed, who's been


in the UK for 25 years, and he still remembers his


most famous customer. Prince Charles came here? Did he buy


anything? He said he did not have any money, only credit.


Syed prefers to help those without - like refugees.


They are suffering from disasters, that is why they come here. They are


welcome, if we do not help them, where do they go?


Many go to refugee camps, especially displaced Syrians,


around 70 of whom have made it to Bristol under the government's


This is a scheme whereby everything, more or less, is taking care of and


who come into this supportive atmosphere from us telling their


that there is a new family coming here, to English support,


individuals abroad. -- individual support.


And so they're more likely to settle and integrate.


But those who don't qualify face a harder journey.


Today's report is aimed at making that easier.


Earlier I spoke to Thangam Debbonaire, the Labour


MP for Bristol West, who chairs the all-party group


I began by asking her how a new Refugee Minister could help


A Refugee Minister could resolve it by working with the Department for


Work and Pensions, across the Home Office, with the Department for


Education to correct the bureaucratic and administrative


errors that have crept into the system and make it difficult for the


refugee to integrate quickly, we are talking about refugees whose status


had been granted. There are all Greasby holes and problems with the


system, but is that not what needs attention at the moment? It has


cross-party support, so it should be possible to change. Yes, it should


be and we know but we need to change. The national insurance


number should arrive with the notice that you got the status of being a


refugee so that that person can get on the booking for a job


straightaway. The residence permit also that allows them to know where


to above, without those two documents people left in limbo. They


want to integrate and get on with advice and contribute to this


country but they cannot both of those things coming at once. It is


fairly straightforward to change. With Brexit, many people voted for


that with immigration at the back of the mind, does go public opinion? I


do not think so, because I think as British, we are naturally hospitable


to people fleeing persecution. If you ask the average Brit do you


think it is fair that we help people who have fled persecution and war


and who need our help and want to contribute, because they want to do


that, and very often they want to go home as soon as the war is over in


the country, I think most Brits would agree that is the right thing


to do and I think most would agree we need to help make the system


works so they can get on with integrating as quickly as possible.


OK, Thangam Debbonaire, thank you for joining us. Thank you.


A centre which cares for unwanted Exmoor ponies and saves them


from slaughter says it may have to close in the summer


The Exmoor Pony Centre is launching a public fundraising campaign


and is warning that, if it has to close, ponies


on the moor may once again have to be shot.


If it weren't for this sanctuary these, Exmoor ponies would probably


have ended up being slaughtered for horse meat.


Well, it would be devastating, it means absolutely everything to me


here. But now the future of this place


is under threat as it It's losing thousands of pounds


and time is running out. It is pretty critical at the moment.


That is due to a lack of funds and we are finding ourselves in the


position where we will have to close at the end of the summer if we


cannot find the extra income. The Domesday Book has


references to ponies on Exmoor They've had a chequered history,


almost becoming extinct in the Second World War


when soldiers used them And it's the gun that


probably would have been the fate of these ponies -


breeders who have no use for male foals often slaughter them if no


alternative home can be found. This centre on the edge of Exmoor


has been that alternative home for around 300 ponies since it


opened 11 years ago. Here they tame them and move


them on to new owners. Volunteers who support the place say


they fear for the future of unwanted Exmoor ponies if this place


is forced to shut down. To see the ponies from falls grow


into adults and go on and happy future, you know, it is just


fantastic. There's no plan to kill these horses


even if this place does close. The centre says they will be


taken care of - somehow. But there will be no new intake -


survival of the next Clinton Rogers, BBC


Points West, Exmoor. Now before we get to June 8th,


there are other very important elections across the West -


local elections for new councillors in Somerset, Wiltshire


and Gloucestershire. The Conservatives have more county


councillors than all the other But all that could change in nine


days' time, with the result giving a good indication what might happen


in the forthcoming general election. Over the next two nights we'll be


looking at the picture in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire,


but first our political editor Leaders of the four parties


on Somerset County Council John Osman's Conservatives


are in charge. They're proud of their


record on council tax though it's risen


two years' running. It is difficult, it is well


documented, we have had our services and budgets reduced by ?120 million,


but we have focused on the key areas, adult social care, children's


social care, highways, transport, we have worked hard to bring new


businesses into the county. They are big rivals, the Lib Dems attack the


cuts but they would have had to have slashed spending. Bus services,


libraries, highways, adult social care particularly is a huge issue.


If you had been running it you would have had to have cut spending as


well. We would have made very different choices. There is no big


pot of money, it is a question of priorities and powers would be


extremely different. The Tories and Lib Dems have long dominated the


council Chamber, Labour hopes of increasing their seats are not


helped by the poor poll ratings for their party leader. We have


traditional heartlands in Wellington, some parts of Taunton


and Bridgewater, but it has not been a good area for many years for us


and nationally it is a tough time. But we think we have good candidates


who are talking about issues that people are interested in. Four years


ago Ukip media breakthrough winning their first seats but this time they


have not found as many candidates. A lot of our membership is elderly,


others are at work and have full-time jobs and they do not have


the time and commitment to stand for county council. It is almost a


full-time job. With two elections coming up, the politicians will


continue to debate, but will voters be interested? Yes, because it


affects our local services. Not terribly this time around, it is all


too much. Explain. With the general election going on as well, it is


just a bit too much. The contest for the county council is being seen as


something as a dry run for the general election by the two parties


that dominate politics here. The Lib Dems hope they can push back the


Tories on the 4th of May and on June eight. Paul Barltrop, BBC Points


West, Taunton. Tomorrow, Paul will be reporting from Wiltshire.


The politicians are going to have to pace themselves in the weeks


to come and our next guest knows all about how to do that.


He's Martin Pearce from Westbury in Wiltshire.


Last weekend Martin just missed out on breaking a new world record


for being the fastest person to run a marathon dressed as a shoe.


But we think Martin Pearce is still worthy of the title


"Shoe-perman" for his incredible effort in the London Marathon.


He did it all to raise money for Children's Hospice South West


and he's decided to give his marathon medal to a very


Why this? I was 15 and another shirt and I normally do an event for


charity once a year, but I thought I would do a whole suite of events. --


I was 50. I wanted a world record. Rather charity point of view I


wanted to raise awareness and also raise lots of funds. This is


fantastic, even like viewers will notice we do not have the sofa


because it is just not comfortable to sit down in. How is it to run on?


It is interesting, I have had it since January, I run with my arms


inside as you can probably see. That means I cannot take things, I have


to run with the backpack and I have to run inside, I can put jails and


things. Comfortable and self-sufficient. White mac that must


be quite hard, running with your arms at your side. If it was easy,


lots of people would do it. You have raised a of money. Yes that


is correct. It is quite a feat. We will have them all coming in.


Martin, why did you decide to give you a medal to Sophie?


Her father contacted me and I have worked with Paul for a number of


years and I have seen the benefit that both Paul, faith and Sophie


received from the Children's Hospital Southwest. That was one


reason to do that charity. I wanted to see where the money went.


Obviously, Sophie has been unwell, she is in hospital today. I will go


up there to give for the medal. I thought she was more deserving than


I am. I think that is amazing. We have a


little surprise for you. If you would like to look at that monitor,


there is a message from this. Hello, Martin, myself and so they want to


thank you for giving her your London Marathon medal, it is a really kind


gesture and thank you so much for raising money and awareness for this


hospice. That must make it all the worthwhile. I was on a few tears


with contacting them. Especially before the marathon. I am beginning


to go again. Sending lots of love to the whole family.


For people, like myself, who has never run a marathon, what is it


like to do that and no... All of your effort is going to a good


cause? It is one of the things that keeps you going. Half the way


through I was feeling OK. I promised my wife if the record was not on


ABDS off and stop it. But with several miles left to go, you


question what you are doing it for and it is the Dr Zogby and the other


children and the farm and was this that keeps you going. You know you


are doing it for a reason. I can recover, my blisters will go and my


aches will go. They are still living with it. Hopefully they will be out


of hospital soon. Thank you so much. It is in pretty good nick. It is


serving me very well, it is looked after, believe me.


Thank you for joining us, Martin. Thank you.


Finally - Bristol Zoo have released the first moving pictures


The baby gorilla or infant - who so far doesn't have a name -


Laura Jones has been along to the zoo for us to find out more.


And facilitating in this strange new world. We do not know whether it is


a boy or a girl but mother and baby are doing well. It is really


special, we are really pleased that mother and infant are doing so well.


Guerrillas are an endangered species out in the wild they are very rare.


Breeding them for us is really important. Last year, the baby at


the headlines at the zoo when she was born by Caesarean section and


had to be hand reared. Thankfully, the birth was a lot less hairy, so


there is able to do exactly what it should be doing, getting plenty of


snuggles and naps with Mama. but today there was snow


across some parts of the West. Look at some of these pictures


you sent us this afternoon. Snow in Gloucester, Bristol


and Weston supermare. Is this unusual?


Sometimes it snows in April, so sign Rounds. These are the cold snaps,


not unusual at this time of year, but it is certainly not a common


sight to see snow getting this far south and that you have said, under


those heavy showers. Let me take you through the forecast. In many


respects, it will be a similar day, again we will start off with the


chilly start, or at risk of frost. Any morning, it is looking


effectively dry and bright, so as you get through to the afternoon


there will be a risk of showers again. More predominate out towards


the east, so the distribution will be subtly different compared to


tomorrow. There will be a number of you who will actually enjoy a dry


day from start to finish. Probably a fair amount of sunshine around.


Things shape up, we are still locked into this especially chilly northern


level, which, of course, has been set, will be at the sunshine, as you


would expect for this time of year, it does not feel like mid-January


for example, but nonetheless, it will continue at pace through the


course of tomorrow with four per showers. So, for the time being, we


are seeing some lengthy, dry, sunny phases, it will take a while this


evening for those that finally died and then we are in for a dry night,


one with varying amounts of cloud but it is unclear whether as well.


Once again, temperatures will drop quite markedly, so we will get down


to freezing in some areas, perhaps a degree or so below and that means


there is the risk of frost which must be taken seriously for the


gardeners and growers amongst you. As we head through to tomorrow


morning, looking a dry and sunny start, there will be some cloud


around and as the day wears on, you will see that by mid-afternoon the


showers will appear. Unlikely to seasonal tomorrow, he'll is


certainly possible, temperatures tomorrow brought around ten, 12


Celsius, that's it for me. Thank you, Ian. That is all from us.


See you later. Goodbye.


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