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Welcome to Points West.
The headlines this lunchtime:
Attacked in his own home.
A 96-year-old man is hit
with a hammer by a stranger
at his front door.
Anger as EDF changes the way it
handles radioactive waste.
And Bath market opens but with extra
security in place this year.
A 96-year-old man has been attacked
with what's thought to be
a claw hammer by a burglar
at his home in Taunton.
He's in hospital
with serious injuries.
Lee Madan is there now.
Lee, what do we know?
Police say they believe the attacks
started as a distraction burglary.
Between four and 5pm yesterday, the
victim, 96 man answered his front
door to somebody asking if he wanted
work to be carried out on his home.
When he refused, the man attacked
him with what police say they
suspect was a claw hammer. The
victim received serious injuries to
his head and body and he felt the
floor. He managed to alert neighbour
who got him to hospital where he is
being treated with life threatening
injuries. We are told his family by
Hibs side. -- his side. The police
have told us about the man they are
looking for in connection with the
At the moment the
description given is a white male,
around 30 or 35 years of age,
clean-shaven, darkish hair,
described as athletic, stocky build.
No real accident noted. No height
was given. -- no real accident. He
was wearing jeans and dark clothing.
Neighbours I have spoken to this
lunchtime say they are shocked at
their street has been at the Centre
of such a brutal attack. The police
want anyone who might have seen
anything suspicious to get in touch
with them by calling 101 or
There's been a major police incident
in Swindon this morning.
Armed response officers were called
out to Devizes Road in Old Town.
Five people were arrested
and are currently in custody
at Gablecross Station.
Wiltshire Police say
they are still investigating.
The Vice Chancellor
of Bath University has narrowly won
a motion of no confidence.
Dame Glynis Breakwell faced
criticism over her salary
350 staff called her for resignation
but in a meeting of the university
senate, she beat a motion of no
confidence by 19 votes
to 16 with two abstentions.
Plans by the French energy company
EDF to change the way it handles
high level radioactive waste
at Hinkley Point in Somerset
is causing anger locally.
The company wants to double the size
of a proposed waste store
on the Hinkley C site.
It also wants to introduce
a system of encasing
the waste in concrete blocks.
Clinton Rogers has been
assessing local reaction.
It's the idea that it is our
grandchildren's grandchildren that
will pick up the pieces.
be ex-amount of nuclear waste that
will never go away.
And it is the
Among those who live
in the shadow of Hinkley Point
there is a mixture of fear and fury.
My concerns are about the long-term
effects of having a lump of concrete
on the edge of an area of
outstanding natural beauty that is
going to be there essentially for
ever because they haven't sorted out
what their going to do with the
nasty substance inside it.
EDF has always said that all high
level radioactive waste
produced by Hinkley C,
including spent fuel rods,
will need to be stored on site.
Right now there is nowhere else for
it to go.
But now it's applied to double
the size of its waste store and it
also wants to change
the way it handles high
level radioactive waste,
changing to a system
where it is encased in concrete.
In a statement, EDF has told us
that it is a safe and robust system
used across Europe and the USA.
But opponents say switching
from a method where the high level
waste is held in water to what's
known as a dry system has dangers.
The problem with a dry storages that
it relies on the integrity of a
concrete block, but a concrete block
containing waste material will last
The leader of West Somerset Council
says he's more concerned
by the plans to increase the size
of the storage building.
It will be the last building left on
site. When the decommissioning takes
place, which is going to be a long
time from now, the reactors will go,
but that building will be left there
when the rest of the site has been
when the rest of the site has been
EDF says there is no plan
to increase the amount of waste
stored on the site merely
to change the system.
It's the Environment Department
which will make the final decision,
but that won't be for
some while yet.
The University of Bristol has
revealed plans for its new £300
It says they wants to transform
the seven-acre site by Temple Meads
to create education and research
facilities and accommodation
for 1,500 students.
It will also be a car-free
zone with the aim
of being carbon neutral by 2030.
Extra security measures
are in place at this year's
Bath Christmas Market.
Large concrete bollards have been
positioned around the main
pedestrian areas for public safety.
It's in line with other
cities who've stepped
up their security as the UK
terror threat remains at severe.
Imogen Sellers reports.
From humble beginnings 17 years ago,
the Bath Christmas market has become
one of the UK's favourites. But with
that success comes increasing
security risks. Organisers have two
strike the balance between people
having fun and people staying safe.
This year lots of extra security has
been brought in, including Lance all
around the city centre.
notice some differences as we have
put restricted access for vehicles
and we are working with the council
and Southgate to make sure that the
city is as face -- safe as we can
possibly make it. We are not under
any particular threat and we don't
think there is any additional
measure to take, but we want people
to be reassured that it is the
primary importance, visitor safety.
At the end of the day, come and
enjoy it, it's a wonderful city.
This year the market has extended to
three more streets in the hope that
it won't feel quite so busy, because
believe me, it gets absolutely
rammed. Thousands of tourists come
here every day, but some shopkeepers
worry that their trade is taken away
by the stalls at the Christmas
market. Dave Dixon is from the Bath
chamber of commerce. How do you
respond to those concerns?
fortunate to have thousands of extra
people in the city centre. A great
response, someone walking by me
said, let's go up to the White
Company, here are the Christmas
market, but exploring what else the
city has two offer.
-- here for.
Very more coming from a festive
feeling Bath at half past six to
A little boy from Somerset is having
the birthday of a lifetime.
When Officers discovered 5 year
old Jayden was very poorly
and waiting for a heart transplant,
they decided to pull out
all the stops on his special day.
They picked him up from his home
in Midsomer Norton, and took him off
to practice being a policeman
for the day!
You can see just how it all went
on Points West tonight.
Isn't that glorious?
Now the weather with Alex Osborne.
Now the weather with Alex Osborne.
Turning colder through the rest of
the day but most of us will see
plenty of dry and bright weather,
and that is going to continue into
the afternoon. Staying dry for most
of us with good spells on sunshine.
A risk of an isolated shower in the
Bristol Channel but most of the
stage right, feeling chilly and
breezy with highs of 11 Celsius.
Through the evening and overnight,
it will be dry for a time, the cloud
will thicken and bring outbreaks of
rain, fairly rapidly clearing into
the early hours with a chilly night
to come with temperatures dropping
into low single figures. Friday is
mostly dry and bright, good spells
of sunshine, lighter winds but it
will feel noticeably colder with the
wind in the north-westerly direction
with temperatures only at eight
Celsius. Take care.
It's going to be getting colder and
Ian will have a good look at the
forecast this evening. A quick
update on travel.
And if you're taking the train
today, there are replacement buses
running between Swindon
and Didcot Parkway
in both directions.
That's it from us.
Join us again at 6:30 p:m.. Goodbye.