02/04/2017 Points West


02/04/2017

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A Wiltshire soldier who was awarded a Victoria Cross

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in the First World War has been honoured in his home town.

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William Gosling defused a British bomb which had misfired

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and landed in front of him, saving dozens of lives.

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A Wroughton farmer remembered for one act of extraordinary

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courage, almost 100 years ago to the day.

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On April the 5th, 1917, 24 year-old William Gosling found

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A faulty bomb fired from his own side landed in the mud just yards

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in front of his line, but didn't explode.

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William immediately jumped out of the trench to defuse it.

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His act was recorded in the London Gazette that same year.

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"Sergeant Gosling, sprang out, lifted the nose of the bomb,

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Unscrewed the fuse and threw it on the ground where it

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This very gallant and prompt action, undoubtedly saved the lives

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This event, 100 years on has given an opportunity for people

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to remember that extraordinary presence of mind that he had.

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How long did he have before it went off?

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Well, I understand about ten seconds.

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Today's ceremony is part of a nationwide move to honour

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all of World War One's Victoria Cross recipients.

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It just feels so nice the whole village came out.

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The service in the church was really lovely and I think

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people have thought, "this is our boy,

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And also the fact that William's daughter Marion

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I think that was really nice and there can't be many people

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from the First World War whose children are still alive.

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It makes the history of the Great War seem not

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A woman in her 40s has been arrested in connection with an incident

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on the Gloucester Road in Bristol, where a car hit a cyclist

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The cyclist, a 31 year-old man, remains in a life threatening

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The way the traffic flows in the area around

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Bristol's Hippodrome has been permanently changed

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It paves the way for the Metrobus and is meant to simplify

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the layout for motorists, reduce congestion and make more

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space for pedestrians cyclists and public transport.

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There's more detail about exactly how things have altered at...

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Meanwhile bus company First Bristol has brought in a 30p fare

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increase from today, for people who buy their

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They say they're trying to encourage passengers to buy tickets

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via the company's mobile ticket smartphone app or its Touch smart

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card, where there'll be no price rises.

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The aim - to encourage quicker boarding and improve journey times.

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There's been a show of solidarity this weekend

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at the Stroud Subscription Rooms by people wanting to save the venue.

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The Support our Subs group linked hands around the building

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to try to raise awareness and attract more

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The District Council has said it can no longer afford to run it.

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The building is an entertainment venue as well as a tourist

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Organisations who may want to play a part in its future have

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until the 12th of April to come forward with ideas.

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Gloucester Rugby are in the semi-finals of

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the European Challenge Cup - they beat Cardiff Blues 46-26

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at Kingsholm last night to set up a semi-final in France

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against La Rochelle later this month.

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They scored six tries against their Welsh opponents,

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but it wasn't a whitewash, Cardiff were six points up

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early in the second half but this try from Jonny May,

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Gloucester's third, and on his birthday,

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To football and here's a chance to look over

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Bristol City's four-game unbeaten streak came to an end.

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They're now just one point above the relegation zone

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in the Championship after a 2-0 defeat at Brentford.

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Billy Bodin hit a second half double as Bristol Rovers kept their slim

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League One play-off hopes alive with victory over ten-man Shrewsbury

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Nicky Ajose further boosted Swindon's hopes of League One

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survival with his late winner against Fleetwood.

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Cheltenham boosted their survival hopes with a home win over ten-man

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Morecambe - man of the match Harry Pell with two

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Yeovil lost 2-0 at home against Carlisle and had

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And Forest Green's automatic National League promotion hopes

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were dealt another blow as they were beaten 1-0

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It's been a beautiful warm sunny day today.

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It certainly brought the crowds to Minchinhampton Common

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in Gloucestershire where they were holding a kite festival.

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The perfect spot to enjoy a few spring rays and watch some aerial

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acrobatics and there was some flying, but they could have done

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with a little more wind to give things a bit more of a lift.

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I, for one, am not complaining though.

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Let's see if there are more blue skies ahead, here's Holly Green.

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We've had some lovely sunshine for the day.

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We have got some more sunshine in the forecast but we've also got

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a bit of rain to come as well, although not too much of that.

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Isolated showers may be but generally dry night.

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Clear skies overhead, light winds and the potential

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for some mist and fog to form and it will be quite chilly as well.

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As we head into tomorrow morning, the mist and fog will lift.

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It will be quite cold at first, but a nice feeling day in general.

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Some decent spells of sunshine to be had, maybe just a bit more cloud

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Temperatures getting up to around 14, maybe 15 degrees.

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We do see some spells of rain into tomorrow night.

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That should clear for Tuesday and then it's dry and bright

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with decent spells of sunshine through a good part of the week.

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And that's it, we're back later in the Ten o'clock News.

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Thanks for watching and enjoy the rest of your evening.

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It was a lovely second part to the weekend for most parts of the UK,

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lots of sunshine, more cloud to the east but in the last few hours it

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started to melt away and the process will continue, most places seeing

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lengthy clear spells overnight and much like last night it will turn a

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bit chilly. We might see mist and fog, like winds, more of a breeze in

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the north and west, cloud and patchy rain approaching the Western Isles

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by the end of the night. Eight or 9 degrees but in rural parts of

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Scotland England and Wales it will get to the bottom end of single

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figures. Frost will not last long in the morning nor will the mist and

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fog, England and Wales will have a lovely day with good sunshine and

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wins coming up from the

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