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That's all from the BBC News at Six.
Welcome to BBC Points West
with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.
Our main story tonight -
attacked on his own doorstep.
Jim Booth was the victim
of a distraction burglar
who used a hammer
when he was challenged.
And he was bleeding
all over his face.
We brought him in and
sat him in the chair.
Sat him in here, he'd been
knocked on the head
with a hammer.
It's emerged that Mr Booth
is a war hero
with the Duchess of Cornwall.
We'll have the latest
in the police hunt.
Our other headlines tonight -
a row over nuclear waste.
Plans to store double the amount
at Hinkley within concrete blocks.
A watchful Christmas -
how seasonal markets are being
guarded to prevent terror attacks.
And happy birthday to PC Jayden -
the police give a little boy
waiting for a heart
transplant a special present.
A 96-year-old former naval
officer has been attacked
with what's thought to be a claw
hammer by a burglar
at his home in Taunton.
Tonight, he's in hospital
with serious injuries.
Our reporter Lee Madan
is in Taunton now.
And when Tom opened the door,
Jim said, "I've been attacked".
And that was where it
started, wasn't it, Tom?
And he was bleeding
all over his face.
We brought him in and
sat him in the chair.
Sat him in here, he'd been
knocked on the head
with a hammer.
And he came in here for us to phone
for the ambulance and the police.
Police say a man knocked at Jim's
door yesterday afternoon,
between 4:00 and 5:00.
He asked if he wanted any
work done to the house.
When Mr Booth refused,
the man attacked him with what is
thought to have been a claw hammer.
I saw Jim's son this morning,
because he came here last night to
go to the hospital with him,
and he said he has got a fractured
skull, and he was with the doctor
for a fair while.
And he had a problem
with his hand,
a big bash on his hand.
Mr Booth is one of the last
surviving heroes of World War II,
serving as a Lieutenant Commander
in the Navy,
and played a crucial
role in the D-Day landings.
His latest battle has
seen him take on the man
police are still trying to find.
One male, around 30
to 35 years of age,
clean-shaven, dark-ish hair,
described athletic, stocky build.
No real accent was noted,
no height was given.
He was wearing jeans
and dark clothing.
Mr Booth has been well
known to the BBC.
He featured on Points West
two years ago, when he
danced with the Duchess of Cornwall,
saying he was delighted to have
stolen a dance with her.
Tonight, forensic teams
are still working at
Mr Booth's house, looking
for clues about his attacker.
Police have put an extra patrols all
day today and are keen to reassure
the public that incidents like this
are very rare. Police want to hear
from anyone who witnessed anything
yesterday are have been contacted by
somebody knocking at their door
asking if they wanted work done.
People are advised call 101 or
The jury in the trial of an army
sergeant from Wiltshire,
accused of attempting
to kill his wife, has been dismissed
after failing to reach verdicts.
Victoria Cilliers survived a 4,000
foot fall when her main
and reserve parachutes failed
in a jump at the
Army Parachute Association
Emile Cilliers has always denied two
charges of attempted murder
and a third of damaging
a gas fitting.
The Crown Prosecution Service has
said it will seek a retrial.
Plans by the energy company EDF
to change the way it handles
high level radioactive waste
at Hinkley Point in Somerset
is causing anger locally.
The company wants to double the size
of a proposed waste store
on the Hinkley C site,
and make other changes, too.
Clinton Rogers has been
assessing local reaction.
It's the idea that it is our
that will pick up the pieces.
They said it will be months
with X-amount of nuclear waste
that will never go away.
And it's the high-grade waste.
Among those who live
in the shadow of Hinkley Point
there is a mixture of fear and fury.
My concerns are about the long-term
effects of having a lump of concrete
on the edge of an area of
outstanding natural beauty that is
going to be there essentially
forever because they haven't
sorted out what they're
going to do
with the very nasty stuff inside it.
EDF has always said that all high
level radioactive waste
produced by Hinkley C,
including spent fuel rods,
will need to be stored on site.
Right now, there is nowhere
else for it to go.
But now EDF has applied to double
the size of its waste store,
and they also want to change
the method for handling
high-level radioactive waste,
choosing now a system where
it is encased in concrete blocks.
In a statement, EDF has told us
that it is a safe and robust system
used across Europe and the USA.
But opponents say switching
from a method where the high-level
waste is held in water to what's
known as a dry system has dangers.
The problem with dry
storage is that it relies
on the integrity of a concrete
block, that a concrete block
containing waste material
will last forever.
The leader of West Somerset Council
says he's more concerned
by the plans to increase the size
of the storage building.
It will be the last
building left on site.
When the decommissioning takes
place, which is going to be a long
time from now, the reactors will go,
but that building will be left there
when the rest of the site
has been flattened.
EDF says there is no plan
to increase the amount of waste
stored here, merely
to change the system.
Well, it's the Environment
Department which will make
the final decision,
but that won't be
for some while yet.
You're watching Thursday's Points
West here on BBC One.
Still to come tonight -
they were meant to ease
pressure on the NHS,
but have online GP consultations
been a success?
And the little boy waiting
for a heart transplant who's been
given a very special birthday
treat by the police.
Five people have been
arrested in an armed
police operation in Swindon.
It happened in Devizes
Road in Old Town.
Five people were arrested
and are currently in custody
at Gablecross Station.
Wiltshire Police say
they are still investigating.
Extra security measures
are in place for this year's
Bath Christmas Market,
which has started today.
Large concrete bollards have been
positioned around the main
pedestrian areas for public safety.
It's in line with other cities
who've stepped up their security,
as the UK terror threat
remains at severe.
Imogen Sellers is in Bath now.
Having said all that, it couldn't
feel more festive for the opening
night of the Bath Christmas murky.
Now in its 17th year, it is a good
and ever, but without -- market.
But without wanting to be
bah humbug about it,
events like this present
major security challenges.
And this year, more than ever,
safety is a top priority.
A sign of the times we're living in.
Concrete bollards forming a barrier
around the Bath Christmas Market.
After the attack on a festive market
in Germany last year,
become even more crucial.
Police stress there
is no specific threat,
but organisers are not
Hundreds of CCTV
cameras are in place.
The advice to visitors -
be vigilant, but have fun.
There is no known risk, so it is not
done for any other reason.
We want people to come
to Bath and feel safe,
and we know that we have done
everything we can to protect people
so they can relax and have a nice
time while they're here.
With over 200 stalls,
it would be hard not to
eat, drink, and be merry,
and, of course, shop!
This year, the market has extended
out to three more streets,
in the hope of creating a bit more
space for the thousands of shoppers
that come every day.
And this year, 80% of
the stallholders are from
Bath and the South West.
The last Christmas
market was one of the
best markets from
that point of view.
When I was thinking about trading
here, I came and had a look
last year, and there
were lots of local artisans.
So not stuff that's
imported from overseas.
Previous years, local
complained that the market has
affected their trade.
The Bath Chamber of
It says the whole city
benefits to the tune of
nearly £20 million.
Even yesterday evening,
before the market
officially opened, it was busy.
We had a bustling
town centre, so I see
all these extra people
coming into our city,
wanting to spend money in Bath.
And if the thought of
trying to park in Bath
fills you with dread,
Great Western have laid on
an extra 24 trains into
the city for this weekend.
I'm joined now by
the Chief Executive
of Visit Bath, David James.
David, it feels so Christmassy,
but you've had to take security
extremely seriously this year.
It is always a top priority and we
have had to take extra measures this
year because of the situation. But
our number one priority is safety,
we hope everyone will have a great
You've extended the market, too?
We have 60 extra stalls, spread out
around the city, so you will see a
difference this year. We are very
excited about this change. The grand
opening was about five minutes ago,
so it is now officially opened.
Great atmosphere for a magical
Well, the market is now officially
and this year it goes
on until December 10th.
I'm off to do a bit of shopping.
The University of Bristol has
revealed plans for its new
£300 million campus.
It says they wants to transform
the seven-acre site by Temple Meads
to create education and research
facilities and accommodation
for 1,500 students.
It will also be a car-free zone,
with the aim of being
carbon neutral by 2030.
The Vice Chancellor
of Bath University has narrowly won
a motion of no confidence.
Dame Glynis Breakwell faced
criticism over her salary
350 staff called her
for resignation, but in
a meeting of the university senate,
she beat a vote of
no confidence by 19 votes to 16,
with 2 abstentions.
Now to something that affects
practically all of us -
getting to see your GP.
There's a national shortage of them,
and the average waiting time to
get an appointment is now 13 days.
Online and video consultations
were introduced to try to help,
but they haven't been "the silver
bullet" they were hoped to be,
according to a new report
from Bristol University.
Sally Challoner reports.
They're on the front line when it
comes to keeping us all healthy.
But getting to see your
doctor can take days.
There's a shortage of GPs,
1,000 lost in the last
two years alone.
The government is trying
to recruit, including from abroad,
but something else needs to be done,
like video consulting.
Obviously things like acute chest
pain and life-threatening
illnesses of that sort, bleeding
or the spirit through stress,
they need urgent 999 calls,
but for things
that are not pressing and urgent,
it is a very good addition to the
normal way of seeing your GP.
This surgery in South
Gloucestershire was one
of 36 trialling an e-consultation
system in the west.
They've since changed the system,
and the way they use it,
and take-up is now better.
But does it save time?
It probably adds time. By the GP's
availability, it means that people
will probably consult for a less
urgent things. We have become a
source of advice that could be found
on the web.
The doctors' union, the BMA,
agrees it's just another
route to overworked GPs,
and a face to face consultation
will pick up signals and clues that
could be missed online.
But what do patients think?
I think it is fine but I personally
prefer seeing my doctor in person.
went to my GP today, you have to
ring on the morning at a specific
time and that was not an appointment
when you want it. You can tell
people waste time, going there,
sorting out the appointment, so I
think it is a good idea.
We bank online, shop online,
book our holidays online,
so it's a natural progression.
But, according to this report,
we shouldn't ditch
the good doctor just yet.
Well, Dr Jeremy Horwood
from the University of Bristol
was involved in that study.
Earlier, I asked him
what their research revealed.
We evaluate an online consultation
system where patients can write a
four month and send it to their GPs.
We felt that usage was quite low
during the file. But these things
take time, it took us a while to get
used to online banking and shopping.
40% of those were also a
face-to-face consultation, so it is
maybe people getting the workload
So are you say no to that
system and other online
No, I think are some
things when you have a simple
request, to struggle with quite
good, but other times, GPs need to
see you, so it is not replacing the
In this country, we
have also vital bits for diseases
like cancer, because people do not
go to the GPs hourly enough. We do
not want to discourage the
This could be
something that increases patient
access. But it should not replace
the face-to-face. The problem is
that while it improves patient
access, it could be duplicating the
workload of GPs and putting more
pressure on GPs that are very scarce
at the moment anyway.
Is there a
danger that with increasing
pressure, that everybody might be
fobbed off with an online
consultation with the really need to
be in that surgery?
Yes, lots of
surgeries are basically doing
telephone consultation first, they
are trying to think of different
ways for people who do not have to
go to a GP. Some things can be done
over the phone or online, but some
things need to be face-to-face.
with limited resources, should we
just be aiming for face-to-face
consultations and funding the GP
service as against would still be?
That would be great, but there was
nothing in the Budget about extra
funding for private care.
Interesting to talk to, thank you.
A new way to help people
with hearing problems to communicate
with staff when they have to go
to hospital in Gloucestershire
has been devised.
It's been developed
with the county's Deaf Association,
and is proving so popular, it's
being rolled out across the country.
Andy Howard has been
to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
to see how it works.
They can be dramatic,
and even confusing
places for anyone.
But what's it like
if you can't hear?
You might not even know your
name has been called.
And when you see a doctor,
it can get worse,
like when Kim had
a problem with her neck.
And they put a brace
on, which was really tight,
and I tried to explain that
I couldn't breathe.
It was actually quite
frightening, had to
take my hearing aids and my glasses
off, and I was getting quite
This went on for a considerable
time, and I was quite
tearful, because there
wasn't any communication.
I was told a story of a deaf patient
who died in a UK hospital,
because they couldn't communicate.
And that's where this card comes in.
It has all the information
the hospital needs,
and means an interpreter can
be called to help.
It provides credible evidence of the
need for communication support. We
put this information on Facebook
locally, and within 24 hours, we had
had 10,000 responses.
The idea came
from the NHS in Gloucestershire,
and the whiteboard of Carol McIndoe.
It's now hoped the card will be
adopted across the country.
Absolutely blown away
by the reaction.
There were responses
from all over the UK,
saying, "we want these cards here".
Because our deaf community
experiences exactly the same
problems as yours worth. -- were.
It's the little card
which is already
making a huge difference,
and it started in Gloucestershire.
Sounds like a good idea.
The Gloucestershire paralympic world
champion, Andy Lewis,
was honoured with a doctorate
Andy, who's from Lydney,
became the first ever paralympic
triathlete to win gold
at Rio last year.
He received an MBE earlier
this year, and today
was awarded a doctorate
of philosophy for his achievements.
Since winning gold, he's now given
up his job at Airbus
to concentrate on being
a full-time athlete,
with a focus on defending his title
at the Tokyo games in 2020.
Going back all those years, when I
first touched base with the
University of Gloucestershire to
help me on my sporting journey, to
be brought back your years later for
a doctorate is just fantastic.
Everyone who has just done their
degrees and doctorates now, all the
effort they put into it, I know what
that takes in any sense, because I
have had to do the same thing to get
to Rio, but the way that they have
done it is fantastic and to be
invited here is an honour.
Also honoured today
was Dame Janet Trotter,
the Lord Lieutenant
of Gloucestershire, who became
the University's first
vice-chancellor when it was founded
The BBC has a new home in Somerset.
Staff at BBC Somerset moved
into offices on the edge
of Taunton this afternoon.
As the station approaches its 30th
birthday, the move marks
a significant commitment by the BBC
to the future of
broadcasting in the county.
Charlie Taylor had the honour
of being the first voice heard
from the new studios.
With the BBC Somerset News at two
o'clock, I'm Charlie Taylor.
And if you want to tune in,
remember the frequency is 95.5 FM.
Very smart building. They will be
pleased with that.
Now, what a day it's been for one
little boy from Somerset.
His name is Jayden,
and he's five today.
Jayden's been very poorly,
and desperately needs
a heart transplant.
His family are determined to make
every day count for him.
And today, a team from
Avon And Somerset Police
stepped in to help them take that
to a whole new level.
Here's Amanda Parr.
Birthday presents everywhere,
but they're quickly forgotten
when Jayden hears a siren.
He knew they were coming.
He's been counting down
the sleeps all week.
And, sure enough, first
thing this morning,
and with maximum drama,
two officers arrived
in Midsomer Norton to pick
up their latest recruit.
Pretty soon, they were off
to catch a criminal.
It's not real life,
but it feels like it.
Everyone here is off shift,
and happily giving their own time
to make one little
boy's wish come true.
Absolutely amazing. I don't think
they realise. I thought my family
was at breaking point, and I wasn't
looking forward to what tomorrow
brings at all. But he has made us
smile this week, there are days we
He will fight this, he
is a fighter. He will get the call,
he will get his new ticker as he
calls it, but that is what keeps us
going as a family.
told me that he had this dream of
being a police officer, and it
resonated with me, because I had a
similar dream when I was a young
boy. And that is all I wanted to do,
and I been doing it for nearly
years. And I am lucky enough that I
was able to fulfil and live my
dream, and I thought, let's make
that happen for this boy, even if it
is just for one day.
Policeman to a
five-year-old boy is driving fast,
dogs, horses, so it is all the
excitement of what you see on the
He must have done well -
PC Jayden was promoted at lunchtime.
Quite a step up to Chief Constable,
and the hat may need
a slight adjustment.
But he takes it all in his stride.
He and his family are good at that.
They will cherish today's
Avon And Somerset Police, that was
phenomenal. The boys and girls in
blue have done us all proud. We hope
Jayden gets home soon and kicks down
the door at home. The fair that he
has, it has these hot. -- bear.
Time now to take a look
at the weather forecast.
Ian's up on the roof.
The wind has died down for tonight.
Those of you to the south of
Bristol, parts of North Somerset, we
have had some showery rain which has
affected those areas for quite some
time. The rainfall radar sequence
shows that that remains in place,
but down towards the south-west, we
have the frontal zone developing,
delivering some rain which will rush
along southern coastal counties
during the course of tonight. And
for our region, it is uncertain. For
Dorset and parts of culture, we will
catch some of that. -- Wiltshire.
You can see the area of rain
departing out in to south-eastern
parts of England overnight. Barring
a few showers in the morning for
some of you, a brighter prospect,
but the door is getting opened now
too much colder air coming in from
the north. There is the scene in the
early hours of Saturday morning,
setting us up for a colder weekend.
For the time being, temperatures
around seven or eight Celsius across
the region. Showers will continue
for a while across the northern
areas. And by tomorrow morning, a
few showers out towards the west.
Many areas starting dry tomorrow.
Risk of frost will be higher for the
north, parts of Gloucestershire, but
elsewhere still a chilly night. And
then tomorrow, some of the early
showers tend to fade away. For many
of you, some dry and bright weather
as the day moves by. The winds are
lighter than we have been seeing
over the last couple of days. By the
time we are into the evening,
showers will return to some areas
from the north-east. Temperatures
tomorrow, as you can see, a chilly
day, but at least the winds will be
light enough not to add any
significant wind-chill. Different
story at the weekend, breezy days.
In many respects, Saturday will be
glorious in terms of the amount of
sunshine. Risk of showers out
towards the west of Somerset, and
possibly a bit of snow as well.
Might even turn wintry at lower
levels. But the general theme,
barring Monday which is milder,
colder weather through the rest of
this month into early December.
I judge the weather based on what he
is wearing. Today the brown polo
neck came out.
That's all from us for now.
We'll be back with the late bulletin
after the 10:00 news.
Have a good evening.