25/02/2017 Points West


25/02/2017

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Three men have appeared in court after police discovered a cannabis

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factory in a disused nuclear bunker in Wiltshire.

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They've been charged with drug and slavery offences.

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Police raided the bunker on Wednesday night, acting,

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Inside they found 20 large rooms kitted out with equipment to help

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grow cannabis and places for people to sleep.

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Today, in court, three men appeared charged

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30-year-old Ross Winter from Bristol,

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45-year-old Martin Fillery from Bridgwater

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and 27-year-old Plamen Nguyen from Bristol.

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The three men are also charged with conspiracy to keep a person

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in slavery or servitude and conspiracy to steal electricity.

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The nuclear bunker in the wiltshire countryside was built in the 1980s

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to house government officials in the event of a nuclear attack.

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It's no longer owned by the Ministry of Defence.

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Police said the cannabis inside had a street value of around ?1 million.

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None of the three men made any application for Bale and all were

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They will next appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court

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A petition has been set up calling for a pedestrian crossing

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at a Swindon junction where a woman died this week.

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The 32-year-old woman from north Swindon died after being hit

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by a road sweeper outside Arkells Brewery on Beechcroft Road.

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It happened on Thursday afternoon as she was on her way

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Now, more 1,500 people have signed an online petition calling

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for a pedestrian crossing at the busy crossroads.

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There are just over 1,500 signatures so far which is amazing.

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Justin Tomlinson, the MP for North Swindon has been in touch

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also on my Facebook page to say that Councillor Keith Williams

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who is the councillor for highways and roads I believe in Swindon

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is on the ball and hoping to get something done.

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Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold has won bronze at the Skeleton World

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The 28-year-old, who trains at the University of Bath,

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was fastest in the first of today's two runs to climb

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She then held her position in the final run.

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Lizzy returned to competition in December after taking a year

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out and will attempt to retain her Olympic title

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This is what the whole two years has been about,

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coming back and this major stepping stone to the top three.

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I'm on the verge of crying but it means more than I can

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All our football teams have been in action today Bristol City fans

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made the long trip to league leaders Newcastle managing to draw 2-2.

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In League One, Bristol Rovers were at home to Scunthorpe

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but could only pull off a 1-1 drawer.

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In League Two, Cheltenham managed 1-0 away to Leyton Orient.

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But it was a no-score draw for Yeovil away to Notts County.

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In rugby, Bristol winger Amy Wilson-Hardy scored a try

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as England women beat Italy in the Six Nations.

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Amy, who was one of seven Bristol players in the match day squad,

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England eventually won 29-15 to make it three wins out of three and top

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Let's get the weather now with Dan Downs.

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Staying mild but often breezy for the weekend. Rain crosses the region

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this evening. Behind that a lot of low cloud and hill fog. Tomorrow,

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maybe one or two holes in the crowd and maybe some brightness but for

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most cloudy morning and showers around, ahead of more rain in the

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afternoon. Still fairly mild. We hold wind, though. Gusting to 40 mph

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in exposed areas. Colder for the start of next week and turning and

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settled on Monday. Sunny spells and heavy showers and maybe some hail

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and thunder as well. Staying at -- quite breezy also.

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That's all from the Points West team for now.

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For now, from me, have a lovely evening.

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Good evening. Starting with a quick look at the satellite sequence from

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earlier. We started under a big blanket of cloud but Scotland and

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Northern Ireland brightened up as the day went off. Underneath the

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cloud in England and Wales, quite a bit of rain at the moment, drifting

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southwards and East. It will continue to do so. In the small

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hours the rain will become patchy, and most will give way to the

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continent. There will be some breaks, particularly to the East of

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Scotland, where there could be a touch of frost. Next batch of rain

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into the western side of Scotland first thing, moving east with a

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little snow over higher ground. Another pulse of rain coming towards

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the Irish Sea area and with that comes really strong winds, blowing a

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gale, and into Scotland it could get to 50, 60 mph. A lot of rain to go

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with that but not too much for East Anglia and the south-east,

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relatively mild. Double digits in Twickenham for the six

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