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Two students at the university of Bristol say they have

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suffered a two year ordeal from online bullies.

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Some people think they can pass everything off as a joke but for

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somebody who has never experienced that it is difficult to understand

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how it can affect people. Churches open their doors

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to rough sleepers - And fog and dice for some areas at

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least tomorrow. Brian settled, details at the end of the programme.

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Brian settled, details at the end of the programme.

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Two University of Bristol students have told us they're being subjected

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to racial harassment on social media, including by another

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Timi Ariyoand Tami Sotire are speaking out after a video

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From the very beginning of Lee Madan's report,

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there is extreme racist and offensive language -

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we've decided to broadcast it to highlight what the students have

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They have called me "a dirty stinking coon".

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They have called me "an S-word flinging ape".

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They have called me "a gorilla who has thrown

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They have called me the N-word flat out.

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A lot of monkey jokes, like Bobo the ape, or Bubbles the monkey,

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after Michael Jackson, and just things like that.

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Timi Ariyo and Tami Sotire have spent the past year being targeted

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It led to this video being sent to hundreds of students on Snapchat.

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So many of my friends from Bristol and friends

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from home saw the video, and were like, wow, I've never

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seen anything like that, I didn't know it still happened

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The University of Bristol students were also sent racist comments

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on the instant messaging service What'sApp, as well as

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And I do think it is like the pack mentality, obviously.

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They feel like if they say it in a group, they're less likely

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for one person to get in trouble because they do it, like...

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They all comment together or they will all say the same things

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on a group chat or tweet the same thing, so it is hard to kind

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One of the bullies is also a student in the University of Bristol.

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They have not reported the bully into the University

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because they told me they do not know how to, and say they are not

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confident race issues would be taken seriously.

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During freshers', so many people were like, oh, my God,

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The university now need to take it on themselves to protect

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all of the students of every single race, every background,

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and make sure we are all treated fairly and equal.

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The university says it is saddened and shocked by what has happened and

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insists it takes a zero tolerance approach to racism and hate crime.

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They say they cannot investigate until a complaint is made. They can

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raise it in the first instance with their personal tutor. They can raise

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it with the warden and their halls of residence of that is where the

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incident took place, or if they felt more comfortable they can go to the

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students union which has a just ask service which is designed to be

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there for students to raise any issues and get guidance about how to

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take it forward. Timi and Tami hope that

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by speaking out now, they can help spread the message

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that racism will not be tolerated. Chante Joseph the chair

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of Bristol's Student Union's Council and the President of the University

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of Bristol's African How have other members of the group

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reacted to the abuse. A lot of people were not shocked but they

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find it disgusting and it allowed us to have an open conversation about

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our experiences, especially about racism, and a lot of people have

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experienced quite uncomfortable situations. Art lot of people might

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say, why wouldn't the students go to higher authority with the

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complaints? I feel like the students want to go and complain and they

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want to say something but they never know when it is important enough. We

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have a culture that demonises calling out behaviour and we cloak

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it as being too PC or too dramatic and saw a lot of people don't find

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these things relevant enough to raise even though they are

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ridiculous. They have actually said today that she fears reprisals, that

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is a great fear to live under, is that the case? And even in the

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interview they are saying they have lost friends because they have had

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to call out behaviour they deem abusive. You already feel ostracised

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as an ethnic minority and you don't want to do more to make yourself

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stand out by saying something Mitch you feel uncomfortable because it

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makes you feel more different. The university have said they have put

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certain mechanisms in place so why has this not happened? It goes back

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to this idea of culture. Even if the mechanisms are in place to report

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issues, if the environment tells you that your issues are not as

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important as others and that you shouldn't be wasting valuable

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resources, then no one is going to see anything. We need to have a more

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supportive environment which doesn't seem to exist. Do you think it will

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get better or worse? I don't think it will get any better until we

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unlearn this idea that it is too PC culture, it would get better until

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we do that. What do you think needs to happen? We need to have open and

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frank conversations about experiences that are unfiltered and

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allow people to have a space space to do so they feel more comfortable

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in knowing what they are experiencing is not wrong -- safe

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space. Police divers have joined the search

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for a missing 24-year-old who hasn't Deakon Wilkins from Worle was last

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seen at a nightclub in Bristol. Today his family have been handing

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out leaflets to shoppers, Police out searching today

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revealed Mr Wilkins hadn't used his bank account or phone

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since he disappeared. Police are investigating after

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a swan was shot with a crossbow Staff at Pitville Park found

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the injured bird this morning, which is now being cared

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for at Vale Wildlife Hospital. A fundraising page has

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been set up to help pay As the temperatures fall

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below freezing tonight, charities are warning the number

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of people sleeping rough For the first time some

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of the city's churches are offering Andrew Plant has been out

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at one of them tonight. The Mayor of Bristol lending

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a hand to volunteers These 12 beds will all be occupied

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by people who would otherwise In Bristol that's

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more than 75 people. People like this man who says they

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are ardent enough beds in night shelters with people renewed them

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often taught the way. If you're 19 or 20, sometimes you lose the bed

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and you stay outside all night. If you're lucky security people don't

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kick you out. There are a maximum of 65 beds

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available in shelters The charity St Mungo's says

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they're often all taken Leaving dozens more

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outside in the cold. What is different now is the local

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authorities and central government have less money to help pay for

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solutions so we need to think of creative and innovative ways to

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approach the problem and working together and coming up with those

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options is one of the ways. Bristol's Mayor started this

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scheme Persuading churches around the city centre To take

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turns giving 12 more rough sleepers a hot meal

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And a place to sleep But he knows far more are needed

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And it's the root cause of homelessness he says That he's

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determined to tackle. We are focused on getting houses

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built and unlocking the land with planning permission and making sure

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houses go for word on that land so we're looking at the bigger

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structural challenges but we also faced the immediate challenge

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tonight in Bristol of people sleeping on cold streets.

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This pilot will run for another 2 weeks

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Then Bristol will go back to having at most 65 emergency beds

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with at least double that number who need them.

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That's it from us tonight with more news on the BBC website and your

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local BBC radio stations. We're back with breakfast tomorrow from 6:30am

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for now the forecast. Thanks very much and good evening. Feels like

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the forecast is being repeated every night recently! For good reason

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because a very similar day of whether continuing tonight into

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tomorrow compared to that we have seen over the last 24-48 hours. The

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risk of fog, generally across more eastern parts. The risk of icy

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strictures on roads tomorrow, they are of sunshine and cloud and once

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again we have another Met Office warning in force for the risk of

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some quite dense fog forming, freezing fog and places, and also a

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warning for icy strictures on roads. More the eastern parts of the region

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at greater threat of any fog developing through tonight. The

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temperature reflecting that as we get below freezing across many parts

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of Wiltshire and early as doing likewise but equally one or two max

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spots around 1-2 C only of mix and match. By tomorrow morning, any fog

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will less and foreign banks of cloud which will linger as linger as well

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as fog for some part of the day and towards the West, the best chance of

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some early sunshine and we also have a bit of a mix of cloud and bright

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spells as we continue into the afternoon, the temperature tomorrow

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in a range of 5-7 for most. Beyond that into Thursday, feeling bitterly

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cold compared to tomorrow with a For all of us, it'll get colder and

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then milder again come the weekend. This

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