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Farmers in Somerset say they're hopeful


a new way of tackling rural crime will help protect their livelihoods.


Farm machinery and livestock are regularly stolen here in the west.


Now though, with the help of a new text message service,


police hope to catch more of those responsible.


Sunday morning - but there's no rest for Rob Walrond,


These ewes have lambed early - and he's keeping a close


eye on them, especially after what happened here


We had a 140 sheep stolen from a field overnight.


They were taken to another field and just loaded up


I couldn't believe how professional they were being,


The sheep that were stolen were worth some ?14,000


it's a bitter pill to swallow, but Rob's not alone.


Livestock rustling is nothing new but farmers working in this area


say they've seen noticed a dramatic rise in recent years


of the numbers of animals going missing.


Within two hours or three hours of others being told about the lands


Now though the police are fighting back - via technology.


We launched this text back system on Tuesday, 81819,


where the farmers and the rural community can text does with any


information or intelligence they want to get to others.


The new text messages are coming through a lot quicker and it's also


Most farmers are going around with mobile phones anyway


so they can send details in very quickly.


Whilst protecting livestock and machinery from criminals


will always be challenging, it's hoped that this modern


initiative will be a significant step in the age-old fight


Laura Jones BBC Points West, Langport in Somerset.


Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare


of a missing 24-year-old man from Weston super Mare.


Deacon Wilkins left Motion nightclub in Bristol


in the early hours of last Saturday, and hasn t been seen since.


Today police released this CCTV image showing the clothes


A bike ride was held in Gloucester this afternoon


in memory of Zac Evans, the 19-year-old who was killed


in a machete attack outside a pub in Tuffley two years ago.


The route took friends and family past St Margarets,


Zac's final resting place, and ended at the place


Zac's mother was keen for her son to be remembered,


and to raise awareness about the danger of


The MP for Bristol East has signed a letter to the Prime Minister


Kerry McCarthy is one of dozens of Labour MPs to write directly


to Theresa May to advise against taking the UK


with no trade deal out of the single market


She told today's Sunday Politics West programme that if MPs get


the right to vote on triggering article 50


- she doubts she'd give her support without further safeguards.


I think, unless Theresa May comes forward with a white paper with


clarity, unless she explains how on earth she thinks she's going to


manage to get this deal on the table with about 18 months negotiations...


Mr Corbyn said on Friday that he expected all Labour MPs


Yeah. I'm aware of that.


A 10-try thrashing of Bayonne last night at Kingsholm secured


a home quarter final for Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup.


Scrum half and captain Willi Heinz scored a hat-trick


And onto football - lets look at the weekend's goal action.


Eight straight league defeats for Bristol City now -


they're two points above the relegation zone


after yesterday's 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.


Bristol Rovers' league one play off bid was hit by a sixth straight


defeat away at Walsall - Final score 3-1.


Matty Taylor's late response was consolation only.


Swindon lost at home against Peterborough -


their unbeaten start to 2017 coming to an end in a tense game


Cheltenham were beaten 2-1 at home against Plymouth -


Dan Holman levelled for the home side after the break


but a stoppage time goal snatched all three points.


Yeovil earned a point against Blackpool -


They took the lead after 34 minutes with this from Francois Zoko.


Darren Ward made it 2-1 late in the game but Blackpool scored


even later, in added time, to draw level.


And National League title chasers Forest Green lost further ground


on leaders Lincoln City after a 1-1 draw at home to Braintree -


the visitors scored first, then Liam Noble's free kick


was nodded in firmly by defender Charlie Clough


Finally, our congratulations to newly-weds Marlene Robinson-Franklin


The couple who are 79 and 85 from Uley in Gloucestershire


with Marlene wearing a bright pink gingham dress.


You can see their story in full on Points West tomorrow evening!


Well, some of those have seen a fair amount of cloud through today.


We've had a fair amount of brightness but tonight,


particularly for eastern parts, where we get those clear skies,


we could see a sharp frost and the risk of some fog.


Further west, it will tend to be cloud.


Further east, you are more likely to see some fog and,


with many places below freezing, it is going to be freezing fog.


It could be quite stubborn to clear first thing tomorrow.


If you get the fog it's likely to linger


through the morning, perhaps even the day in some places.


I think, away from the fog, some decent spells of sunshine.


of freezing fog. Already warnings in place from the Met office. I will


concentrate on the fog as we go through the night. It will become


quite dense late on in the night. When you have cloud cover you so


much fog and that emojis .4 solo but as you saw last night potentially we


could see values are a lot lower than this where the skies remain


clear. Tomorrow morning


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