05/03/2017 Points West


05/03/2017

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First tonight, burglary is on the rise again

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in Avon and Somerset and in Wiltshire.

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In recent years there's been a downward trend,

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but latest figures are showing an increase in some areas.

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Here's our Home Affairs Correspondent Charlotte Callen.

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We have been doing some revisits on burglary visits today.

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This is real neighbourhood policing, the kind the public

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These police officers are responding to another report

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They are determined to catch a man or woman,

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All services are having to deal with less but burglary

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But it is also about the public helping us in taking a bit

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of responsibility for themselves by making sure their

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Even if you try the odd front door, they are always open,

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so it is a polite reminder for people to review their security.

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Avon and Somerset have seen a 36% increase in burglaries.

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But in Gloucestershire, the figures are down by 10%.

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An increase in crime has put pressure on local teams like these.

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All our forces say they are feeling pressure of years of

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The thin blue line is being stretched ever further here.

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20% of their budget has been cut since 2010.

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They also say they have fewer front line officers than other similar

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forces because of the way funding is shared out.

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Wilts police also claimed the Government's funding

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formula is bad for them, meaning they can't afford as many

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And like in Avon and Somerset, both Wilts police and Gloucestershire

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police have seen real terms cut backs in their funding.

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These two are off to meet another family who have been burgled.

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This kind of policing remains a priority for many.

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The consultation on proposals to make changes to the A303 past

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The controversial plan is to create a tunnel past the ancient monument -

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it's part of a ?2 billion government scheme to upgrade

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sections of the road - campaigners say a tunnel could do

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irreparable damage to the historic landscape.

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Laurie Fisher's future as head coach at Gloucester Rugby is in doubt

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after he referred to "making room for someone else"

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It follows Saturday's dramatic 30-27 defeat by Harlequins at Kingsholm.

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The club says it's aware of the tweet but can't comment further.

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Bristol's bid for Aviva Premiership survival suffered a crushing blow

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at Sixways as their relegation rivals Worcester cruised

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There were three tries from Bristol - including this -

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Tom Varndell caught up the intercept to run in from 70 metres,

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but the damage had long been done - Bristol now seven points adrift

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A mixed martial arts fighter from Somerset has won the biggest

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Mark Godbeer from Bridgwater scored a unanimous judges' decision

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in a one sided contest against American Daniel Spitz at

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the Ultimate Fighting Championship 209 event in Las Vegas

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The former plasterer has already excelled on the British circuit -

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Finally a look ahead to an Inside Out West item

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coming up tomorrow - meeting the family of

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a Bristol-based playwright, who have come from Canada

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Alfred Fagon was also a poet and actor - he was honoured

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for his accomplishments with a statue in the

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He also has a prestigious award named after him.

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His family said visiting the memorial was a truly

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guess the true cliche is you are bigger than yourself after you die.

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And this is a true testament to the legacy of Alfred Fagan.

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Good evening. We have seen all sorts today. Some rain, some hail, some

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snow and even a bit of sunshine. Things are calming down for the most

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part but still a bit damp in some eastern counties overnight and some

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showers in the western side of Scotland with a touch of frost

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already here. And another weather system bring rain and snow towards

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the south-west by dawn, it's quite chilly 3-5 will be fairly typical. A

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little snow to be had over the tops of the moors in the south-west of

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England but generally a lot of rain. Not a great commute. Some might

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fringe nooted south of Wales. But generally speaking through Wales,

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Midlands, and south-east a reasonable start. Although for many

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eastern counties a fair bit of cloud and pockets of light rain and

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drizzle. Further west that bit brighter. A decent start in Northern

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Ireland. Maybe a

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