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and on BBC one we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.

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Our main story tonight: The Conservatives in the clear

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These five West country candidates who were under police investigation

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You know in the back of your mind that it is hanging over you and the

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penalty for the allegations we were facing was potentially a jail

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sentence. The inquiry related to costs

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of a party battlebus - Our other headlines tonight:

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When the music stops. Big names from the world of rock

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and pop help fulfill the dying wish of a Bath drummer to record

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one last single. The centre celebrating 50 years

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transforming the lives of young people with physical

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and learning difficulties. And mine's a pint -

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why some pubs are offering I'll be live with the landlords

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finding out if his new incentive has persuaded anyone to register to

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vote. Five West Conservatives got the news

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they'd been waiting for today - no charges to answer over their 2015

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general election expenses. James Heappey from Wells was one

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of those under investigation He's been talking to our political

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editor, Paul Barltrop. Not all battlebuses are the same -

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and the electoral rules On the left: the 2015 bus that

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carried David Cameron, On the right: a bus full of Tory

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activists taken to marginal seats... Five West country Conservatives,

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who won, got a visit - and should have included it

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on their election expenses. But Yeovil's Marcus Fysh,

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James Heappey of Wells, Stroud's Neil Carmichael,

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Luke Hall of Thornbury and Yate and Alex Chalk

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of Cheltenham didn't realise. Today in his office

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James Heappey showed us They'd sent a file to prosecutors,

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who've decided he and his fellow All today have

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expressed their relief. I can't tell you what a weight has

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been lifted from my shoulders. We knew we didn't file a false return

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and had done as we were told but the result was that nagging doubt, what

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if the bottle at or handed over to the courts because it is too much of

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a political hot potato. I am so relieved.

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was the culmination of two years of campaigning, with a million

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By contrast, the battlebus was around for just a few hours.

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They spoke to a few hundred people at most and I won by 7500 votes. The

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battlebus was not decisive in any way whatsoever.

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His Liberal Democrat rival hopes all can now focus on the issues.

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Her party also fell foul of Electoral Commission rules.

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Every party was criticised but it is really important money doesn't come

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to the fore in any election. It is important it is focused on ideas and

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policies. There will be plenty of battlebus is crisscrossing the west

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country over the next few weeks. All parties will be campaigning but

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making sure to stay within the rules.

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A campaign aimed at encouraging people to vote is offering a free

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pint to anyone who's recently registered to vote.

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It starts around 5 million people in the UK are signed up on the

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electoral roll, so is this the answer.

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Fiona Lamdin is in the pub in the center of Bristol this evening.

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This is the poster around it is pretty clear that if you register as

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a new boat you qualify for a pint. This is the landlord and it is all

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his idea. Tell us how it works? Register, bring your confirmation in

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and we will give you a free pint. I didn't used to vote for years and

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today it is so important in the current political climate that we

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thought we had better get people to vote. Has there been much take-up?

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Really good. Five people in already and the gentleman has just done it

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just now and we have 24 different pubs doing it across the country and

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they are all getting people to register to vote. Jack has literally

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just been given this pint and you didn't pay a penny? Tellers, would

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you have registered had you not had this incentive? I was considering

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it, but it is always good to have the extra kick to make you actually

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get off the sofa and do it and get yourself down better. Thank you very

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much. Obviously a first-time voter. We can meet Vicki who doesn't have

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free pint because she alleges that the couple of weeks ago but you are

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new voter? What was the kick? The referendum. I feel like now is the

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time to exercise your rights. Would-be pint have helped? Edward

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have made me think about it but not necessarily sign up. People are

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talking about this and if you haven't registered yet, the clock is

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ticking. Just two weeks left for new people to register. We've just

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registered and will be deleted on! It's been a beautiful day

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and it's a lovely evening - Stay with us as there's much more

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still to bring you tonight. For the last 50 years they have been

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changing the lives of young people with disabilities.

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We want young people to make us a film for our 60th birthday -

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An inquest's heard a 70-year-old woman was stabbed to death

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in bed by her husband - who then died when his car hit

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a tree at high speed near Weston-super-Mare.

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The body of Ann Furneaux was found at the couple's home

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Her husband Edward had told a GP he was feeling anxious

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His seat belt in the car was undone - but the coroner said he couldn't

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A man from Chippenham has been arrested on suspicion of murder

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after police and paramedics were called just after

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A 32-year-old man was found critically injured

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on the road and later died at the scene from injuries.

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The police say that they believe that no else was involved

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but they are appealing for witnesses.

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The busy London Road has been closed for investigations but they hope

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BBC Points West can reveal that men in the region whose sex lives have

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ended because of prostate cancer are suffering in silence

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As our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill reports,

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it's now emerged more patients are now being refused funding.

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This man was in his 40s when he was told the devastating news he had

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An operation to remove his prostate cured him but had

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I didn't go into any conversation that might

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lead down to any form of

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relationship, just in case we got to the stage where she would realise

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that I didn't have any use of my appendages.

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When medication fails and as a last resort,

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there is a remedy that involves major surgery.

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It involves an inflatable penile implant.

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FLuid is taken from the reservoir inside the patient's abdomen.

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The operation costs between nine and ?10,000

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The confidence I have in talking to women and stuff is priceless.

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Where you live has a big impact on your

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In 2015-16, hospitals there performed just six operations,

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compared with 53 in the north-east, so men are 19 times more likely to

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have surgery in the north-east converge with the south-west.

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It means patients are facing delays in getting treatment.

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It has quite significant psychological, physical

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and social effects, relationship breakdowns.

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If you have had breast cancer surgery, the NHS on the whole

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will fund reconstruction but it is not true for men who have

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And this man says it is seriously affecting

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Apart from that, I am thinking about it constantly and get

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very depressed and it is difficult to talk about even as a married

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It is not once a month or once a year, a daily

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NHS England want to put an end to this lottery -based

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setting up a designated centre in the South.

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Until then, it says patients will continue to be seen

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But surgeons I have spoken to say in reality there simply is

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not the funding so it seems men will continue to suffer in silence.

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It is good when people talk out about issues like that.

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The National Star College in Gloucestershire has been

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celebrating its 50th anniversary today.

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For half a century it's helped transform the lives

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of hundreds of students with physical and

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Our Gloucestershire reporter Steve Knibbs

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A beautiful evening as well. This is where it all started back in 1967

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with just ten students but it has transformed over the last 50 years

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right across the country. The birthday celebrations have been in

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full swing with lots of dancing and full swing with lots of dancing and

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singing and I can tell you this lot know how to dance. Over the last 50

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years, attitudes, opportunity, technology has changed, and we have

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been to meet two students whose lives have changed by coming here.

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Alongside arts, English and social studies, typing was a vital subject,

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officially recorded as useful therapy and an important means of

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The fire escape was also pretty basic.

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Ranjit Bhamra was a student here in the 1970s and

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remembers attitudes to him and his friends in wheelchairs were often

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I went to the cinema and they had no seating for

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I had to be taken out of my chair, sat in a normal

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seat, and the person with me said what happens if there's a fire?

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He said, you will be the last one out.

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That was the sort of attitude in the 1970s.

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But what Star gave then and today is opportunity encouraged by

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his art teacher he fell in love with painting and has become

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It gae me the confidence to stand ony two feet.

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I have never stood on my two feet but it does.

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In the Star you had to be a strong character

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because there were a lot of strong characters at the time.

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Being able to stand up for yourself and being

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able to fend for yourself, put your point across.

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It's what gives you the confidence later on in life to

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be able to achieve whatever you want to achieve.

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From its early days, National Star has helped

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to pioneer assistive technology.

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What was once large, slow and clunky is now portable with

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software helping students with everyday tasks.

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Lorna was a student in the 1970s with aspirations to be

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a typist but only having one hand meant holding

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So one engineering apprentice was broken to design a

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special pedals you could use and today they have met for the first

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When you took your foot off the spring brought it

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I couldn't believe it would work but it did.

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It wasn't long at all before it made all the

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difference to me and I used it right through the Star centre and the

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first few years of work until I got an electric typewriter.

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To listen to what she has done and the difference

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it made to her working life, and she could hold down a job

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Today it has grown working with 1,500 students a year

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right across the country, but the focus hasn't

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changed in half a

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century, offering opportunities for everyone to fulfil their

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With me as the chief executive and first-year student Alicia Williams.

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It is difficult to sum up the achievements of National Star and 50

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years but give it a try. You look at the numbers and we started with ten

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students in 1967 and this year we have over 1500, so it is the scale

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of the operation that has increased significantly. We talk about

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attitudes and technology and opportunity changing, but the

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provisions are still in great demand. How do you make it more

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available? It is in great demand and we usually have a waiting list. Part

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of it is National Star supporting local providers to skill up the

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staff in mainstream colleges and schools. Part of it is about

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National Star expanding its work and we have opened up new services in

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Hereford and Wales are looking at other areas we can open up a new

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National Star premises. You made it in. Tell us the difference it has

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made to you. It has made a spectacular difference because I

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have achieved a lot, met a lot of new friends and that kind of thing.

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And what will it mean for you in future? This is all about

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independent living in integration and living your life? Yes, and I am

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doing this interview today and I want to carry on campaigning for

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people like me and telling them that it is OK, because people will be

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there to help you at the end and somewhere like National Star helped

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me. I was in the same school for about ten years, so it was a big

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move for me to make that I decided to leave a year earlier because I

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thought if you don't you're not going to do it. I know it has made a

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big difference to you and all your friends and colleagues. Plenty of

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inspirational stuff and all that campaigning as well and there is

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more on BBC Breakfast tomorrow. Recognition indeed.

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Now what do Eric Clapton, Tears for Fears and the

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Jimmy Copley has played for all of them - in fact he's

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widely regarded in the industry as one of the country's

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But two years ago he was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

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Now he's recorded a single to say thank you to the doctors

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It's called Live on Through the Music - and this is it.

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Our Bath reporter Imogen Sellers was invited to go

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and talk to Jimmy who's now sadly dying.

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From playing with Paul Weller, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton,

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From performing live in front of thousands at Knebworth with Tears

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for Fears, Jimmy Copley is considered one of the Uk's

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But in December of 2015, he was told he had Leukaemia.

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Chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant both failed -

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Jimmy may now only have weeks to live.

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But, with a little help from his friends -

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who just happen to be musicians from Dire Straits, Manfred Mann,

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Bad Company and Goldfrapp as well as his son -

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he's recorded his final track called Live on Through the Music.

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He wants all the money raised to go to the Haematology wards

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I've known since last August that I was going to die. I just thought I

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want to leave something new, new music, and all proceeds are going to

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the wards. That was my dream and I have pulled it off!

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So determined to get it finished Jimmy recorded

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And with a final contribution from actor Anthony Head who has sung

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A remarkable soul, a remarkable drummer, a remarkable man. His

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contributions to rock and roll, phenomenal. It is worth buying

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anyway just because it is a great piece of music. It is also worth

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buying because whatever it raises will find its way to people that

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matter. Modest to the end, as we're

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finishing off of our interview he casually mentions running

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into a young David Bowie. He wrote Ziggy Stardust at my dad's

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studio in north London. They kept rehearsing. I thought, that's a nice

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riff, and they kept rehearsing over and over and all of a sudden I

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heard, Ziggy plays guitar. I thought, what a load of rubbish!

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you to all the staff that have cared for him.

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And a thank you for the music that has always been his passion.

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Fought a remarkable man. Inspirational.

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We're in the business of telling stories here at Points West -

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and as part of our 60th anniversary celebrations, we'd like young people

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Tonight, we're launching a fabulous new project -

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it's called 'What's Your Story?' and here's Sarah-Jane

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It's all summed up in the three words behind me, What's Your Story?

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We are looking for young people to tell us their stories about the West

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Country in a short film. You have to be between the ages of 16 and 30 to

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get involved. The film needs to be a story which relates to the West

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Country, the points West transmission area. It can be about

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anything, what makes this alias special or perhaps it is something

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that frustrates you? Perhaps you want to tell us about yourself

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somebody know. Short and sweet is best, no longer than 90 seconds. We

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thought you might need some inspiration so I asked cIARA, a

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young film-maker from Bristol to tell us her story. I'm 24 and live

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in Bristol, these are my two dogs. A year ago if you asked me if I could

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film and edit my own film, I would have told you I couldn't but then

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something happened. I experienced loss. My friend passed away due to

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cystic fibrosis. I also have cystic fibrosis. I have been taking photos

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documenting my life and as long as I can remember and in one moment I

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went from being behind the camera to in front of it and decided to make

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it public statement about my condition. I don't think enough

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people know about it and that is the reason I decided to make videos. To

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raise awareness and get a better understanding of what life is like

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living with a chronic illness. Although my life is determined by a

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strict medical regime, I am embracing my life in a way I never

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thought I could, and most of all I am having fun doing it. We're living

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in a digital age that enables us to sheer so much. We have the ability

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to tell stories which can in turn inspire change and motivate others.

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This is my story. What is yours? And Ciara is with me

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now - a great film - I use this camera and also my phone

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but the good thing about this issue can flip it up and I am recording is

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right now. And how easy did you find it to get into film-making? It was a

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natural progression because I studied photography and a year ago I

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went through some personal loss and I decided to put my grief into

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making videos about my condition, cystic fibrosis. I know some of your

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pictures have gone on your YouTube channel, so what reaction have you

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had? It's been incredible. The support from my friends and family

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and people all over the world has been overwhelming. People relate to

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my story because it is personal and authentic. The film is on the points

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West website this evening and also the BBC page and that is how you get

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involved. Ten films will be selected to be

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shown at the Encounters Film Festival at the Watershed in Bristol

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- And we'll be showing My camerawork is awful. You haven't

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seen it back yet! Thank you for coming in. Thank you. So talented

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and lovely to have you here. We will hand that back. It has been a

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gorgeous day, as we have mentioned. However, is it possible?

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A gorgeous day if you're after sunshine and try and find

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conditions, you would have been quite certain. The forecast

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tomorrow, for some of you, a different story by about this time

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tomorrow with the likelihood of seeing some showed early in around

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to the course of the morning but the amounts not of great consequence.

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Further into the afternoon, we start to see the desk of some heavy

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downpours and the risk of turning thundery but in between, a good deal

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of dry and noticeably warm weather. For the time being, a quiet story as

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we head into the course of tonight but watch the first easy of showers

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moving up into the early hours, drifting away to the north, and

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through the afternoon you will see some showers developing across some

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areas as well and as we head into tomorrow night, another radio of

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rain pushing up and that will be more widespread. The best

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opportunity of seeing rain across the West Country. A fine evening

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following on from the rest of all other regions, and through the

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course of tonight, cloud moving up, fairly high up, so the showers

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ranging from light to moderate and a very low risk of lightning. The

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temperature broadly in the range of 6-9. Tomorrow morning, the showers

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drifting northwards, not everywhere are seeing those, and a fair part of

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the day will be characterised by partly cloudy, partly sunny

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conditions. As we head into the afternoon, showers popping up. It

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could be lively with heavy downpours and through the night, rain pushing

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up from the south. The temperature tomorrow getting into the high

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teens. If we get enough sunshine, 21, 22 possible. Friday morning, the

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early rain will have pushed away and looking largely drive through the

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rest of the day. Lots of people are getting in

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contact to ask how they can donate towards Jimmy Copley and the money

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