19/02/2017 Points West


19/02/2017

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Good evening. on the BBC News Channel,

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First tonight, some Bristol Rovers fans have

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complained about heavy-handed stewarding and policing at

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Others have told the BBC how police used pepper spray on the crowds

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and one man with MS claims he was forced to the ground

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We've contacted Port Vale and Staffordshire Police

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for a response - so far we've heard nothing back.

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We'll have more on this in the ten o'clock news.

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An investigation is underway after a man was found in Bristol

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with serious injuries - he later died in hospital.

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He was discovered yesterday in the Pennywell Road area.

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Police are treating his death as unexplained

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There's been criticism of the Government for delays

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in creating the role of metromayor for the West of England.

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Voters in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath

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and North East Somerset will go to the polls in May.

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But the legislation has only just gone through Parliament.

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On the streets of the West, campaigning's under way.

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Labour brought in shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell,

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to help their candidate Lesley Mansel.

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It came days after Parliament formally approved the creation of a

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My Lords this order brings to life the Devolution

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Bill which the Government agreed with the West of England

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Powers will include transport, with the

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Liberal Democrats keen to focus on railways.

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But they have got little time to get their message across.

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It does present a big logistical challenge,

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particularly as it is such an enormous area.

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For the individual candidates, whether it's

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me as a Liberal Democrat, or the other party candidates,

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this will be the biggest challenge that any

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individual has faced in the whole history of west country politics.

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Voters know little, some confuse it with the new metro bus system.

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I don't know anything about metromayor.

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Just made a real mess at the moment about metromayor.

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The candidates have ten weeks to enlighten voters.

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It is a very large region, covers over 900,000 people,

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nine constituencies, three major councils,

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so when we look at like that it shows how significant and

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So, yes, there is a lot of work to get out

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there and meet as many people and talk to as many people as we can.

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All parties are stepping up their campaigns to tell people what's

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happening, but perhaps what will make the biggest impact is the

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information booklet being planned by local councils.

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It will include details of who is standing and

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It will go out to all voters a few weeks before polling

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Onto football - here's a look at all the weekend's goal action.

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Swindon were held to a goalless draw with Oldham. Despite having the best

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of the chances. This shot in the 90th minute was just off target.

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Bristol drew with port Vale. Cheltenham beat Yeovil two anyone.

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Forest Green's were beaten at Gateshead.

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Judd Trump is battling away in the final of the Welsh Open

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Going into the evening session, Bingham is leading Trump

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by 5 frames to 3 in the best of 17 contest in Cardiff.

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He raced into a 4-0 lead, before Trump, the world number four, fought

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winning a dramatic eighth frame on the pink to cut

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There were more dogs than usual on the Bristol to Bath cycle path

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this weekend as a charity fundraiser practiced his challenge

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to walk a hundred miles with a hundred different dogs.

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Marc Aplin begins his non-stop dogwalk

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It's to raise money for dog rescue centres, where he says twenty dogs

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a day are put to sleep in the UK because there are not enough

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I think it's going to be tough, I think it will be quite mentally

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tough. I hope that every mile the incentive of meeting a new dog I

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think will keep me going. And Marc is still on the look out for more

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dogs to help him with his challenge. Time for a look at the forecast

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as we look ahead to a brand new week A few breaks in the cloud today.

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Further mist and fog patches tonight. For most dry, but murky.

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Temperatures mild down at eight or nine degrees. Tomorrow, it is a grey

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start, with some mist and low cloud. There will be the odd spot of

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drizzle. But in the afternoon the cloud could lift and break and it

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could be one of the mildest days we have seen for some time. Some spots

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could hit 14 degrees. It stays mild but breezy through the week.

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Finally congratulations to Joan and Ken here -

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We featured their love story on Points West.

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Both in their 80s, they met in 1975 in

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Gloucester City Centre - Ken was homeless at the time,

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and Joan took him under her wing when she found him

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We're back later on in the Ten O'Clock News - join us again.

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on and on. It is because of the direction of the wind. Tomorrow's

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temperatures might be higher than today by a couple of degrees. There

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has been a lot of cloud. But we had some lovely pictures coming in. Some

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sunshine, but predominantly the clouds have been -- the skies have

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been cloudy. This will continue as well as a smattering of rain. For

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all those reasons it isn't going to be a cold night. In fact a night's

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temperatures will be higher than the daytime maximum averages for this

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time of year. A murky grey start in the morning. Hill and coastal fog.

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Rainfall western Scotland and Northern Ireland and a real

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buffeting from the winds. East of the Grampians could be particularly

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nasty on the

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