26/02/2017 Points West


26/02/2017

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Good evening from Points West. news at 10 o'clock.

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A BBC Inside Out West investigation has found an increasing number

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of students in the West Country are turning to sex work

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As the cost of higher education has risen,

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so has a new phenomenon called sugar dating.

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reports, universities seem reluctant to acknowledge the problem.

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It is a world where the women are called sugar babies and the men

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Look online and you will find dozens of students posting adverts

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It is like online dating but with one big difference.

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The man pays the woman for her company.

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Coco has been doing this for two years.

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She lives in a bedsit in Gloucester and dropped out

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of her college course last year because she couldn't

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Is there an expectation that you will have sex at some

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I mean, for me, it's just like a normal relationship,

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She is a growing number of young people funding

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A recent study by Swansea university found that 4.8% of UK students

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Ron Roberts is a psychiatrist who is concerned about the impact of this.

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As debt becomes more prevalent, so is the proportion of people

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who openly talk about working in the sex industry.

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What has the response been from universities?

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I wouldn't even say they ignore it, but they try to brush

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it under the carpet, deny it, deny there is a problem.

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We contacted all five universities in the West Country to find out

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if they offered any help or advice for students involved in this.

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Only one acknowledged that students are working in the sex industry

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and none had any support available for those who are.

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Rachel Stonehouse, Points West, Gloucester.

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And you can see the full report on sugar dating on Inside Out West

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The government is set to announce an eight million pound deal

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with Leonardo Helicopters in Somerset to help develop

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The Ministry of Defence will work with the company to see how

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the technology could be used to support the military in future.

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There was a rare chance to walk inside a canal

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The lock at Bradford on Avon has been drained

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Today the Canal River Trust invited the public to climb down

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some temporary stairs into the chamber.

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Bristol Rugby beat Bath 12-11 at Ashton Gate,

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to record a vital win in their fight against relegation.

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Gavin Henson kicked all 12 points for Bristol,

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Semesa Rokoduguni scored the only try of the game for Bath,

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but Rhys Priestland missed the conversion - and Bristol held

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on to move just two points behind Worcester in the Premiership table.

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Bad news for Gloucester who lost 35-22 away to Wasps

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The Cherry and Whites sit in ninth after the defeat,

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and have lost their last five away games in the Premiership.

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All our teams were in action this weekend.

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Bristol City remain just one place above the relegation zone after a 2

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City who had lost 10 of their previous 13 games, took

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a shock lead when Aaron Wilbraham headed one home.

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They soon made it 2 nil, but an own goal and a late goal

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from Newcastle evened out the scoreline.

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In League one An own-goal by Bristol Rovers captain

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Tom Lockyer earned promotion-chasing Scunthorpe a point at

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The hosts had taken the lead six minutes before the break but under

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pressure in the 73rd minute Lockyer pushed it passed his

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Swindon strengthened their chance of League One survival with 3 -1

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They remain 4 points adrift from safety sitting

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In League two Cheltenham Town took a valuable three points

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in their quest to move up the leaderboard with a one nil win

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away at Leyton Orient. No goals though for Yeovil away

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It was a game of very few chances but Yeovil kept a clean sheet

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Forest Green edged a win over Woking in a seven-goal

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thriller at the New Lawn in the National League -

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the visitors clinching the match 4-3 as they climb to third in the table.

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And finally more than 400 students from across the UK have been

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competing in the final of a national robotics competition

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The First Lego League is a science and technology challenge

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Teams of students aged between nine and 16 have to solve a real-world

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problem with the help of a Lego robot.

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The judges said all the teams showed great talent.

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Let's get the weather now with Emily Wood.

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We have fairly unsettled weather over the next few days. Some rain

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for a time this evening is clearing away to the east followed by some

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drier and clearer weather for a time but some showers will arrive by the

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first thing tomorrow morning, when the overnight as well and fairly

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cool, lows of five or 6 degrees. Then tomorrow morning, heavy showers

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throughout the day, the risk of some hail and thunder next end turning

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wintry for a time of higher ground. A windy day and feeling cooler,

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highs of between seven and 9 degrees. On Tuesday, showers, a bit

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more sunshine, but still feeling cooler and breezy and on Wednesday,

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south-westerly winds bring milder air and we will also see some rain.

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

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Good evening. The fifth named storm of the season has been affecting the

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west of the UK, and it was named Ewan by the Irish meteorological

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service because that is where the impact was expected, but it has been

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quite wet for

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