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


Our main story tonight: The Conservatives in the clear


These five West country candidates who were under police investigation


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


penalty for the allegations we were facing was potentially a jail


sentence. The inquiry related to costs


of a party battlebus - Our other headlines tonight:


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


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


one last single. The centre celebrating 50 years


transforming the lives of young people with physical


and learning difficulties. And mine's a pint -


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


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


vote. Five West Conservatives got the news


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


general election expenses. James Heappey from Wells was one


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


James Heappey of Wells, Stroud's Neil Carmichael,


Luke Hall of Thornbury and Yate and Alex Chalk


of Cheltenham didn't realise. Today in his office


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


who've decided he and his fellow All today have


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


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


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


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


a political hot potato. I am so relieved.


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


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


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


battlebus was not decisive in any way whatsoever.


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


Her party also fell foul of Electoral Commission rules.


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


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


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


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


making sure to stay within the rules.


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


pint to anyone who's recently registered to vote.


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


electoral roll, so is this the answer.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


changing the lives of young people with disabilities.


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


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


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


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


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


Her husband Edward had told a GP he was feeling anxious


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


A man from Chippenham has been arrested on suspicion of murder


after police and paramedics were called just after


A 32-year-old man was found critically injured


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


The police say that they believe that no else was involved


but they are appealing for witnesses.


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


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


ended because of prostate cancer are suffering in silence


As our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill reports,


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


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


An operation to remove his prostate cured him but had


I didn't go into any conversation that might


lead down to any form of


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


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


When medication fails and as a last resort,


there is a remedy that involves major surgery.


It involves an inflatable penile implant.


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


The operation costs between nine and ?10,000


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


Where you live has a big impact on your


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


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


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


It means patients are facing delays in getting treatment.


It has quite significant psychological, physical


and social effects, relationship breakdowns.


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


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


And this man says it is seriously affecting


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


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


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


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


setting up a designated centre in the South.


Until then, it says patients will continue to be seen


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


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


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


The National Star College in Gloucestershire has been


celebrating its 50th anniversary today.


For half a century it's helped transform the lives


of hundreds of students with physical and


Our Gloucestershire reporter Steve Knibbs


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


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


right across the country. The birthday celebrations have been in


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


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


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


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


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


officially recorded as useful therapy and an important means of


The fire escape was also pretty basic.


Ranjit Bhamra was a student here in the 1970s and


remembers attitudes to him and his friends in wheelchairs were often


I went to the cinema and they had no seating for


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


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


He said, you will be the last one out.


That was the sort of attitude in the 1970s.


But what Star gave then and today is opportunity encouraged by


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


It gae me the confidence to stand ony two feet.


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


In the Star you had to be a strong character


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


Being able to stand up for yourself and being


able to fend for yourself, put your point across.


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


be able to achieve whatever you want to achieve.


From its early days, National Star has helped


to pioneer assistive technology.


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


software helping students with everyday tasks.


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


a typist but only having one hand meant holding


So one engineering apprentice was broken to design a


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


When you took your foot off the spring brought it


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


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


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


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


To listen to what she has done and the difference


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


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


right across the country, but the focus hasn't


changed in half a


century, offering opportunities for everyone to fulfil their


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


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


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


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


of the operation that has increased significantly. We talk about


attitudes and technology and opportunity changing, but the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


inspirational stuff and all that campaigning as well and there is


more on BBC Breakfast tomorrow. Recognition indeed.


Now what do Eric Clapton, Tears for Fears and the


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


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


But two years ago he was diagnosed with Leukaemia.


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


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


Our Bath reporter Imogen Sellers was invited to go


and talk to Jimmy who's now sadly dying.


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


From performing live in front of thousands at Knebworth with Tears


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


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


Chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant both failed -


Jimmy may now only have weeks to live.


But, with a little help from his friends -


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


Bad Company and Goldfrapp as well as his son -


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


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


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


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


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


So determined to get it finished Jimmy recorded


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


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


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


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


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


matter. Modest to the end, as we're


finishing off of our interview he casually mentions running


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


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


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


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


you to all the staff that have cared for him.


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


Fought a remarkable man. Inspirational.


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


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


Tonight, we're launching a fabulous new project -


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


natural progression because I studied photography and a year ago I


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


involved. Ten films will be selected to be


shown at the Encounters Film Festival at the Watershed in Bristol


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


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


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


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


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


conditions, you would have been quite certain. The forecast


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


tomorrow with the likelihood of seeing some showed early in around


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


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


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


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


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


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


through the afternoon you will see some showers developing across some


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the day will be characterised by partly cloudy, partly sunny


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


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


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


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


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


rest of the day. Lots of people are getting in


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


he is raising. You can buy the single and more information on our


Facebook page. That's it from all of us including our film-making


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