26/01/2017 Points West


26/01/2017

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The economic boom that's making it harder for young people to rent.

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The petition to pressure the PM into knighting the last

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British Dambsuter Johnny Johnson is finally delivered at number ten.

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And the compelling stories of young soldiers that's become a stage

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The Bristol and Bath area has bounced back from the recession

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and is now leading the country with rapid rates of economic growth.

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But a report out today shows the rise in living standards

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is being cancelled out by a sharp increase in house prices

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It's up, up and away for Bristol's booming economy.

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Other cities still lag below where they were before the financial crash

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but a report out today shows Bristol soaring above them all.

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only London has outpaced it in terms of economic growth and the really

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employment rate rising and rising amongst the highest in the country.

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For estate agents in the city - they've never had it so good.

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We've seen an increase in prices of 10%,

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Southville 12%, a steep rise for one year.

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What others are struggling to keep This is the dining room, it's a

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small, two bedrooms terrace and its ?800 per month in rent. That is

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able. She actually took this

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without seeing it. I have a child, work part

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time, have a good job uyet my wage is less than my rent

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so I live off tax credits baffling uyet my wage is less than my rent

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so I live off tax credits, baffling not ideal difficult I'm by no means

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the only person in this situation. Two Bristol University students

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who've been targeted on social media by racist bullies have this morning

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made an official complaint to Timi Ariyo and Tami Sauteer handed

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over a file of evidence about the young men who've

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been attacking them. They decided to do this

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after the response from The bullies include a University

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of Bristol politics student, a Cambridge law student

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and a medical student in Plymouth. Bristol Prison had the second

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highest number of suicides last year Five inmates took their own

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life while in custody. There were also twice

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the number of assaults Last year, 201 attacks took place

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on either staff or other inmates. The Government have said this number

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is too high and they are committed As we saw on the national news,

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Carol Vorderman and the Gulf War a petition to Downing Street to get

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a knighthood for the last Johnny Johnson from Bristol was part

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of the bombing crew that destroyed some of the Nazi dams

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in the Second World War. He's been nominated

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for a knighthood, but wasn't recognised in the New Year Honours

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list - well Alice Bouverie Thank you. Yes, you join me in

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central London, at a memorial opened in 2012 to 355,000 young men of the

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RAF who died in the Second World War. It was here that the press

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gathered to meet Carol Vorderman John Nichol to talk about their

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campaign to campaign for a night to do for Britain's bastardising

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dambuster, George Johnny Johnson. They want through the park, Pat

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Buckingham Palace to ten Downing St where they handed in a petition

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which has grown in just three weeks to 235,000 signatures. Carol has a

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personal interest in this as she met Johnny, the art AF cadet, at

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celebrations last year. He was part of 617 Squadron, an elite squadron

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of bombers who went on some of the those bearing raids in the Second

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World War but they have never been recognised with a campaign medal.

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Carol wants to change that. I think it shows the depth

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of respect that we have, both from Johnny Johnson as an individual, but

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also for whom he fought with and for those he said that, if you are

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offered a knighthood, he would Those are the 55,573 men

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who died as a part of Bomber Command and at what is

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important that we are standing here, in front of this magnificent

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statue, which represents the seven Along with the position, they also

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handed in a new nomination form, hoping that in the Queen's birthday

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honours later this year, finally recognition will come for George

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Johnny Johnson. Thank you. More on that tonight at six 2pm.

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Councillors in Dorset are to vote for a new local governing

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structure that could see many of them without jobs.

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Services in the county are currently delivered by nine

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councils, but under proposals to save money they'd be

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Members of West Dorset District Council will meet

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today to debate the plan, with their counterparts

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The experiences of young men joining the army

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and going to war have been collected by a poet.

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Owen Sheers' book was so moving it was made into a radio play

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and is now a stage performance at the Bristol Old Vic theatre.

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Pink Mist tells the story of three young men and the physical

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Tracey Miller went to watch the rehearsals.

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physical and mental, that war can lead to.

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Dan Crickler plays one of the leading It's all about how

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relationships can be affected after you come back from war as well.

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The story has been created by Poet Owen Sheers

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but the people it's based on are very real.

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This issue of the aftermath of conflict and the long shadow of

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conflict is very much an issue that is still with a lot of people now.

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And fortunately one of the men I interviewed for this piece actually

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just quite recently took his own life, so that brought into sharp

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focus for me again how important it is that this story get out to places

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where people are still living it. The title Pink Mist refers

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to the spray of blood that hangs in the air when a soldier

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is blown up. Pink mist is a phrase that came at

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the post-911 conflicts and a lot of the people that I spoke to had

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mentioned it. When you do that at what it means, it is shocking. --

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9/11. Pink Mist started as a book,

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then went to Radio thanks to BBC bristol, it's now about to tour

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the Country as a stage play. Three boys went to Catholic. It was

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January, snow pitching only seven. Tracey Miller, BBC

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Points West, Bristol. We've got a cold, south-easterly

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breeze coming from the continent. It has been pretty cloudy so far,

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but that cloud should Though, I suspect

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Gloucestershire staying When you factor in this brisk wind,

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it feels a bit older Heading into tonight, our lingering

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cloud continues to clear. Under those starry skies,

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we can expect a frost. Into the early hours,

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the risk of a little rain, drizzle, maybe some wintry flurries and some

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icy patches as well. We head into tomorrow

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morning on a cold note. Fairly cloudy, bit of hill

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fog, you may see a few bright spells but they will

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be in short supply. A chilly day, not as cold

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as today with outbreaks of rain arriving as we head

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into the afternoon. It's freezing. Staying in if you

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can. That's it from me. See you again at 6:30pm here. Goodbye for

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now. TV: He's not your father.

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