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The online racists bullying university students.

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The two victims want more to be done to stop the abuse on social media.

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Two years late - the Taunton road that could cost

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taxpayers ?10 million to challenge the contractor.

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And how bad weather in Europe is putting up the price

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Two Bristol University students say they're being subjected to

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racial harassment on social media, including by another

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Timi Ariyo and Tami Sotire are speaking out after

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Lee Madan's report includes that video, which features racist

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and offensive language, which we've decided to show

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you to highlight what the students have been going through.

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They now what the university to do more to stamp out racism.

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They've called me a dirty, stinking coon, they've called me

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an S-word-flinging ape, they've called me a gorilla

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They've called me a wag, they've called me the N-word flat-out.

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

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after Michael Jackson, and just similar 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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# Timi Ariyo, he swings where he wants #.

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

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I didn't know it still happened in 2017, and it does.

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The Bristol University students were also sent racist comments

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on the instant messaging service Whatsapp, as well as

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The way black people act sometimes makes me genuinely despise them.

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I do think it's the pack mentality where obviously they feel

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if they say it in a group they're less likely for one person

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to get in trouble cos they all comment together.

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They're all saying the same thing like a group chat,

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or tweet the same thing so it's hard to directly address one person.

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One of the bullies is also a student at Bristol.

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Timi and Tami say they haven't yet told the university authorities

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what's happened because they don't know how to.

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The university says it has a zero tolerance approach to any kind

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of racist behaviour, and will investigate immediately

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A new police investigation is to look into the death

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of Josh Clayton from Somerset, who was found dead on Tresco

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Yesterday, his mother Tracey said she was convinced that someone else

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The new inquiry comes after his inquest was halted last

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week by a coroner who ordered Devon and Cornwall Police

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to investigate new evidence which had come to light.

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A review of the first investigation will also be carried out

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Police divers are now searching the Feeder Canal near the Motion

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nightclub in Bristol, where the missing man

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The 24 year old from Weston-Super-Mare now

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hasn't been seen since the early hours of last Saturday.

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This morning his friends and family gave out leaflets in Cabot Circus

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hoping someone may have information about where he is.

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Just holding it together, really. Everyone has been so kind.

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It is just keeping busy. We just want to get him home now.

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Great turnout again. People we don't even know.

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People that saw it advertised. Some family and good friends.

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We are hoping that it keeps in the forefront of people's minds

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to stop and people that haven't seen it will see it as well.

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The BBC understands that a legal dispute over delays to the building

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of a relief road in Taunton could cost the tax payer more

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The Northern Inner Distributor Road is two years behind schedule.

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Now, Somerset County Council is in a legal row with

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the contractors Carillion, as Clinton Rogers reports.

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It remains the road to nowhere - already two years behind

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I think people are getting fed up with it, mainly

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That would sort them out, wouldn't it?

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The mile-long road on the northern side of Taunton is designed to ease

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congestion in a town with its fair share of traffic jams.

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But the project has been beset with technical difficulties,

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not least over the construction of a new bridge.

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I am telling them to get workers out here and

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And this week for the first time the county council,

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which has already paid more than ?11 million on the project

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The big question is who is to blame for the problems and delays?

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And who will big up a bill which keeps getting

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The contractor or the council, they're blaming each other.

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It's a row that's now become a formal legal dispute.

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And the loser could be faced with a very big bill -

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The contractor, Carillion, is refusing interviews

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The council is adamanat, we're not paying a penny piece more.

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I have a duty to protect the council taxpayer pound,

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and I will do everything I can to protect that.

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They want extra money, I am not a charitable person,

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Now, the lawyers are involved in a dispute which could yet go

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to the courts, and push up the bill even higher for whoever has to pay.

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The wet weather in Italy and Spain continues to have a knock-on affect

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on the price and availability of vegetables for us.

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Now, importers in the West say citrus fruits are next.

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Could all this be good news for local growers?

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Andy Howard was up early today to find out.

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By the time the West Country wakes, business is almost done for the day

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This place is open at 2am selling to shops,

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But these warehouses are almost empty.

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When the going is good and all guns blazing,

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Two or three or four pallets deep, full of tomatoes.

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As this time of the year, ?4.50 or ?5.

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You could double that, ?11 plus, right now.

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Just take courgettes, this time of year courgettes can

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?20 a box to buy. Absolutely crazy.

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This is not short term, this is over the next six weeks.

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The question is why, the answer is weather.

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Salva imports fruit to Bristol from his homeland, Spain.

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This year, I think the last around 45% of the harvest.

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All flooded, and in some of the areas we had to do

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And he says a severe shortage of citrus fruit will be next,

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We rely on Spain, Italy and France for more than half our fresh

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produce, but local growers are encouraging us to

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Well, root vegetables, with Somerset kale picked as an alternative

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For many, though, the rain in Spain is becoming more and more of a pain.

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Will be whether the bright and sunny or called?

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Good afternoon, it was a cold, frosty and foggy start for many.

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For some of us, that fog has proved quite stubborn.

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Many are seeing some bright spells through the afternoon.

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Perhaps some cloud thickening from the West, perhaps a spot

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Temperatures around eight or 9 degrees.

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Into tonight, with those light winds, more fog reforms.

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We have a warning for fog and four icy conditions as temperatures fall

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We start tomorrow morning on a cold note, some poor

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Gradually the mist and fog will tend to lift up.

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There will be some brightness tomorrow.

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The best chance of that is out to the West.

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Cloud thickening from the East and temperatures perhaps

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Into Thursday, the winds whipped up, making it feel significantly colder.

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Thanks Holly and the cold means Yeovil's quarterfinal tie at Luton

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in the Checkatrade Trophy is off because of a frozen pitch.

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TV: He's not your father. WOMAN GASPS

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