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The family of a Swindon woman brutally murdered by her partner say

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they will never get over what happened.

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We missed out so much and our lives have been devastated by the acts of

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one evil, vicious, selfish, manipulative and cowardly

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individual. Fearing the worst -

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the terminally ill grandmother facing possible deportation

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back to South Africa. Whether you wanted it to rain or

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whether you wanted to avoid it, we have mixed fortunes in the weather.

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Details at the end of the programme. A man's been jailed for life today

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after setting his partner alight 32-year-old Anthony Porter admitted

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murdering Andraya Lyons in December. Her family's appealed to any one

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in a violent relationship Scott Ellis' report does

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contain disturbing details A fun loving and bubbly mother,

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someone who saw the good in They expressed their grief

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outside court today. We miss her so much

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and our lives have been completely devastated by the act

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of one evil, vicious, selfish, manipulative and

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cowardly individual. Her partner Anthony Porter had

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a problem with drink and drugs and a history of violence

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towards women, including Andraya. The court heard that on the night

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of the 9th of December they were at Andraya's works

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Christmas party at a hotel in Swindon

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when Porter became aggressive and Andraya left with friends saying

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it was over between them. But Porter got back into her house

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drunk and using cocaine. He beat her with an iron,

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broke her nose, stamped on her, before dousing her with white

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spirits setting the house Post Mortem examination show Andraya

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was unconscious but still breathing Porter gave himself up

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to the police, saying But the judge didn't accept that,

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saying he clearly intended to kill Andraya, adding what he did to her

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unconscious body was appalling. She had tried to separate from

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Porter but he was still living with her because she does

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want him to be homeless. I would simply say to people

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they can come forward and speak to the police with

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the confidence they will treated If they can't speak to the police,

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there are other agencies such as Women's Aid who will give

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that help and support. Porter will serve 17 and a half

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years in jail before being considered for parole,

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and will remain under licence A South African grandmother staying

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in Bristol with her family because she says she's too ill

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to fly home fears her deportation Irene Nel's visa has

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expired and the Home Office But her family say she

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won't get the treatment 73 years old and living

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in constant fear. For nearly five years now

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the South African grandmother has been fighting for the right to stay

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here in the UK with her daughter Desree, her three sons

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and seven grandchildren. I'm terrified, I can't

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take that any more. The day they come to arrest me

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and say I must go, that is going to It was during a visit here back

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in 2012 when Irene fell ill and was diagnosed

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with kidney failure. She's still very ill and needs

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dialysis three times a week to stay alive,

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treatment that the family say she But the treatment is expensive,

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legally Irene has no right to be here, and so the Home Office have

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been warning for more than a year that she will have

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to be deported. It has caused so much

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stress and worry. I am terrified they are going

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to come back and say, Today, Irene and Desree need

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to head to a police station for Irene to sign on to prove

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she's still in Bristol. They have to do this regularly

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but there's always the fear that this might be the day they get

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the news bad news. Although Irene and Desree

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dread their visits here, the visits themselves are normally pretty

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straightforward and don't take very long at all,

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sometimes just a matter of minutes. However, today, something that

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seemed to be different. They have been in there for more

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than an hour already. We don't know what

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is going on, we will They've done a medical

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assessment on mum. To me, that looks

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like they are trying It just shows they are not going

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to sit back and go, let her stay. They are going to try

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and get my mum out. So this evening, after yet

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another difficult day, there are still no answers

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and the future for Irene The deadline has passed to stand

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in the general election, and things have taken an intriguing

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turn in parts of the West. In our 31 constituencies

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the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats

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all have a full slate of candidates. The Greens are contesting

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nearly every seat. But with just 14 candidates,

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Ukip have far fewer than last time. And in places like Cheltenham it

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could be very significant as our political editor

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Paul Barltrop reports. It should be one of the top

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contests. Last year people voted to remain in the European Union. It

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ought to be a good prospect for the Lib Dems but it has been complicated

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on who and who isn't standing. When they counted the votes two

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years ago, thousands went to Labour, Ukip and the Greens,

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though they were a long way This time around the line-up

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of candidates will be similar but shorter,

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Ukip are out, but after much debate Their agent tells me

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their hopes of an anti-Tory deal in Gloucestershire

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had been rebuffed. At the moment, in Stroud, Cheltenham

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and Gloucester, there are three Conservative MPs and it was a really

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great opportunity to return three candidates from Greens, labour and

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Lib Dems across that seat if we cooperated. Frustrating that we

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didn't get to the stage of talking to the other parties.

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And turning Cheltenham yellow again may be made harder

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People and children won't have a are likely to back the blues.

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People and children won't have a Ukip candidate so I would hope they

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will look at what they want to achieve. Look at the manifestos,

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listen to the arguments and make the best choice for them. Brexit would

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be a top priority? Yes, it will. Visiting Cheltenham today

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and putting on a brave face, They hope to persuade

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people to vote tactically. The only person that can beat them

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is Michael Horn. I trust them to do that.

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Whether their candidate is also embraced by voters we'll find out

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Research led by Bristol University suggests that HIV patients can now

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expect to live close to the same age as the general population.

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The study, published in the Lancet, points to the success

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of treatments in Europe and North America over

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Because of better drugs, easier to take, fewer side effects, less

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likely to develop resistance and more drug options if the virus you

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are infected with does develop resistance. Patient starting therapy

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these days, providing they start early, can expect to live a near

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normal life span. Finally, today is Somerset Day

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and to celebrate the county's heritage and history,

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BBC Somerset's breakfast presenter Claire Carter has

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recorded her own version of the famous Wurzel's

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song Combine Harvester - # I've got brand-new combine

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harvester. # I'll give a key.

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# Come on, we'll get together with perfect harmony.

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# I've got 20 acres, you've got 43...

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#. The showers certainly visited us for

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Somerset Day. Another warm and humid feeling day and a mixture of clouds,

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some sunny phases and some of you sing showers. Some may have more

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prolonged spells of rain. -- some of you seeing some showers. There is

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another band of rain moving in from the south-east. That will spread its

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way north and north-west woods during the course of tonight. Those

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of you that missed the showers today may be in with some locked night. It

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is mild and humid night. There will be low cloud around and some areas

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of Lane in one or two spots but many areas starting on a dry note.

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Towards the west, some periods of rain in parts of Exmoor. In the

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north, some showers and they could be heavy where we catch them.

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We want to see the economy work for everybody, not

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Now the weather. , yes a humid dead. We have had

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photographs of the

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