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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC Points West.

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Families of the victims break down in court as two men await

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their sentences for the Bath tipper truck crash.

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Remembering the revolutionary eye doctor from Cheltenham,

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we look at the legacy this man has left behind.

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Bristol City head to Burnley aiming for an FA Cup upset.

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The families of four people killed in a tipper truck crash in Bath have

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broken down in court as the men responsible await their fate.

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Company boss, Matthew Gordon, and mechanic, Peter Wood,

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were convicted after the brakes on a lorry failed on Lansdown Lane,

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killing three men from Wales and four-year-old Mitzi Steady from

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Our Bath reporter Imogen Sellers is outside court for us this lunchtime.

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It has been a very emotional morning in court here in Bristol this

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morning. Next month it will be two years since that 32 tonne truck

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careered out of control down Lansdowne Lane, killing four people.

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As we heard, three men from Wales old died and four-year-old Mitzi

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Steady was also killed. Now after their two-year ordeal, the victims

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families will soon learn the fate of two men who are held responsible

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today those victims families told the court of the devastating

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emotional and physical impact this accident has had on the. The owner,

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Matthew Gordon and his mechanic, Peter Wood were both found guilty of

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manslaughter last month. The driver of the truck on the day of the

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accident was cleared of all charges. Today in court, Mitzi Steady's

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mother spoke with huge courage on the Everest devastating impact of

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this accident. This look of their lively, beautiful, vibrant little

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girl will never have first day at school, never be allowed to learn to

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read. She's folk of the impact the accident had had on her mother who

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lost both of her legs during the accident. Matthew Gordon and Peter

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would urge you to be sentenced for those charges of manslaughter after

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lunch. Thank you very much for the update.

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The Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire is to rebel

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against her party's leaders orders by refusing to back Brexit in a vote

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She says she is reflecting the wishes of her constituents

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who voted strongly for remaining in the EU.

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But her decision is made all the more complicated by the fact

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she's a party whip and is meant to be telling other MPs

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This lunchtime - she refused to say whether she'll resign her position.

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I am making a difficult decision along with lots of other colleagues.

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The Labour Party has got a really challenging job to do.

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Kier Starmer is doing a brilliant job of trying to find a consensus

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and away through this because we represent the 25 most

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Remain constituencies as well as the 25

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We have got to try and represent them all.

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Every colleague is going to make their decision in a different way,

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it's based on their understanding of the situation and

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I am representing Bristol West and the people in Bristol West.

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A group which supports young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender

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people in Somerset - will carry on running

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2BU had been facing closure after the County Council

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said it would be ending its contract with them.

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But after a campaign to save it, the council has given the group

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Family and friends will come together in Cheltenham this weekend

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to celebrate the life and contribution of a man who's been

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described as a rock star in the world of opthalmology.

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Rob Johnston was a top eye surgeon and innovator based

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at the Cheltenham General eye department..

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He died last Autumn at the age of fifty -

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and left an enduring legacy - as Amanda Parr reports.

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His skill has saved the eyesight of thousands of patients.

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Those he's helped, those he's worked with -

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remember his rapport, his drive, his energy.

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I mean, he was a surgeon to his core.

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He had fantastic surgical results, but after friends and colleagues,

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He came up with a new electronic patient record system

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It was revolutionary - award winning - allowing teams

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to record and analyse the results of treatments - improving

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It's the only tool in medicine that I'm aware of that has been designed

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purely by a clinician for other clinicians and it has the ability

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with no extra effort on the part of the doctors,

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who are seeing the patients on a daily basis, to actually

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acquire that very important information and shape

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Rob also transformed this place - the outpatient facilities.

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Despite failing health he chased funding, helped plan the layout -

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chose seat colours, flooring and artwork.

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There's loads of space, the corridors are nice and wide.

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It's really been thought out very carefully as an ideal environment

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And a really special legacy from Rob, I guess?

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Another one of this very special legacies.

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Although you are looking after patients, obviously you want

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the atmosphere and everything to be like this.

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But staff were determined to surprise him on opening day -

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sneaking a plaque onto the wall, to thank him.

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Tomorrow many will gather to remember Rob Johnston.

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A man described as unfailingly modest - but one of the most

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influential opthalmologists of his generation.

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Amanda Parr, BBC Points West, in Cheltenham.

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A swimming pool in Wiltshire is to be renamed after the Paralympic

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swimming champion Stephanie Millward.

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The swimmer from Box won five medals at the Paralympics in Rio last year.

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Her local pool in Corsham will change its name

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to the Stephanie Millward pool the day before she receives

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Bristol City can put their league troubles aside

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for a few days as they head to Premier League Burnley

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in the fourth round of the FA Cup tomorrow.

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This week the club's owner and the players have been uniting

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behind under-fire head coach Lee Johnson.

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His job is under fierce scrutiny and Lee Johnson says

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But after a club record eighth league defeat in a row,

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City's owner has this week given the head coach his

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He's never faltered or wavered from being as supportive

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and as consistent as his message was to everybody.

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I'm very, very resilient and I've got a belief in the squad,

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a belief in myself and my staff, and we turn up every

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He's also found an ally in star striker Lee Tomlin whose recent

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absence from the team had sparked rumours of a major fallout.

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There's no arguments like too far this way the other.

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My performances have been nowhere near what I'm capable of.

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For me, if I was on top of my game and he won't play me,

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then I think everyone would know if we had had an argument.

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Burnley's manager, Sean Dyche, knows all about knows all about

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He traces his own success back to an ill-fated spell as a City

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I learned more from two years of it not going right in my career

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than I did for the rest of my career.

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So it was invaluable to understand more about myself,

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And Lee, I know what he's going through, what his team

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is going through, but the challenges of a team is to be consistent,

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Tuesday's league game will be more significant.

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But tomorrow is a chance to show some strength of character.

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Alistair Durden, BBC Points West, Bristol.

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Time for the weather now with Dan Downs.

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Well our weather turning more unsettled as we head

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into the weekend, already seeing a lot of cloud across the region

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and some patchy rain moving up from the south,

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that spreading to more areas throughout the afternoon.

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Not as cold as it felt yesterday but temperatures still struggling

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today to get much above six or 7 degrees.

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It stays rather cloudy overnight, still with some rain around,

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As you would expect with that cloud and rain,

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been during recent nights, down to

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Where we do see some clear spells in Somerset for example,

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maybe just the chance of some ice forming on those damp surfaces.

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So a rather grey and damp start for tomorrow but that rain does

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eventually clear away to the east, some brighter

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Still the chance though of some showers, there could be some heavy

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That is it from us for now. Join us again at 6:30pm as we take you

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through to the weekend. Have The FA Cup fourth round,

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next weekend, across the BBC. It's incredible, the changes that

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have occurred in just 50 years. Oh, my goodness me,

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I don't like the look of that. The Robshaws are going back in

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time again... Feel a little bit

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overwhelmed at the moment. How people did this every day,

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I don't know. Calf's head. Leave the teeth

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out of it, won't you? It's incredible, the changes that

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have occurred in just 50 years.

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