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Welcome to South Today. for the news where you are.

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Coming up: Claims a young offender's institution has

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A report says there aren't enough prison officers to keep

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The homeless people who've moved into a disused car showroom -

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The boulder that fell onto a railway line -

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I will have the weather for the week ahead shortly.

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Staffing cuts have put inmates and workers in danger -

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according to a report on Aylesbury Young

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The Independent Monitoring Board says pay and conditions for staff

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The report also warned of rival gangs of teenagers

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Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution houses some of the most

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violent and disruptive young men in the country.

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Keeping around 400 inmates in order is inevitably a challenge,

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and the Independent Monitoring Board says there simply are not

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The report says cuts to the number of staff have made this place

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more dangerous for prisoners and workers.

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Also, there is a gang culture which is making it difficult to run

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some training programmes and get prisoners around the prison.

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The Ministry of Justice says 2500 extra prison officers

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But the Prison Reform Trust says wages are too low

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to attract skilled workers to Aylesbury.

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The young men in Aylesbury are not being kept occupied,

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their energy is not being used and they're not spending

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And some of that is simply because the money hasn't been found

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to recruit the people to keep workshops open,

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so good facilities are standing idle.

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The report highlighted the hard work staff put in to identify potential

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In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said:

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The prison is also working more closely with police

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so inmates who break the rules are properly punished.

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Campaigners angry about the lack of provision for homeless people

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in Oxford have taken over a former car show room.

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They've created sleeping areas, put a new lock on the entrance

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A petition asking the site owners for permission to stay until March

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has been signed by hundreds of people.

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Welcome to Oxford's unofficial homeless shelter.

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For the past two years, this former car dealership has been empty.

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But some residents decided to move in after finding

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Personally, I'm here because I don't want to see anyone freezing to death

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That is something that has happened in other cities around

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the country and I think that's completely unacceptable.

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You know, buildings lay empty while people freeze,

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And yes, it's not the most beautiful building, but it's safer and warmer

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14 homeless people are now living here, benefiting from a roof

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It's a bit of a godsend, really, because

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I feel like I can get somewhere, you know?

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Like, I can start applying for university and get things done.

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We don't want to be a thorn in anybody's side,

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We've seen an opportunity, a building that's not being used,

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that can be utilised and can take a lot of people, and we have people

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here to make it safe, so there is no hazards,

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no danger, in fact, if anything, it's a life-saver.

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It is not the first time a disused building has been taken over

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This site is owned by Wadham College.

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It said it had not decided whether to take legal action

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Rail services have been disrupted after a large boulder fell onto the

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track in Gloucestershire. A boulder, six feet by four,

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which came tumbling down a steep It was fortunate a train

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on the other line spotted it first Engineers have been on the track

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near Kemble all day, It had clearly broken

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through metal netting and cables, to minimise the impact of

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landslides. We have had some minor

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falls from time to time, to help the cutting wall stay

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in place. Well, it was not designed, built,

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to cope with anything of the size that we saw falling

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onto the track today. Trains from Gloucester to Swindon

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have been able to pass through here at five miles per hour,

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but commuters wanting to get from Swindon to Gloucester have had

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to use a bus service. That may continue while

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Network Rail's investigations We need to check that

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all the signalling equipment and the actual track itself is safe

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to run trains over. It is pretty robust,

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but it had a serious knock today. We are also taking some

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investigations into what is still up there on the cutting wall,

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to see if there is anything else which is likely to come down

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and what we need to do about that. The tight, rocky ravines

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here are a known problem It is close to the Sapperton Tunnel,

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which has undergone major repairs in recent years

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because of instability It could be that CCTV or remote

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movement sensors could be installed here in future,

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which would raise the alarm A man's been seriously injured

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in a crash where a lorry shed part of its load of Cotswold stone

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onto a car. It happened on the A429

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near Northleach this morning. Two of the people involved were left

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with minor injuries. Next: What cyclists see

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on rubbish collection days - Drivers have been on bikes -

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as part of a safety awareness Swapping the comfort of their heated

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HGVs for handlebars and These bin men and women are seeing

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what it is like being a more vulnerable road user

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and have been taking part in a safety course

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with Cyclists come in your blind spot,

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it makes you more aware, doing this I had a scary experience

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with an articulated lorry overtaking me so I am

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highly aware of cyclists. It is quite scary being out

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there on the road and It is the first time

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Aylesbury Vale District Council has brought in this type of course,

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which works out to be about ?90 per To put them in the position

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of somebody cycling or on a horse or whatever, gives them the benefit

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of seeing what it is like from where their position is in

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the road, and I think they will benefit from

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that Three months ago,

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this lorry driver was sentenced to ten years

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in prison for driving his lorry into the back

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of queueing traffic on the a 34,

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killing a woman and three children. He had been using his mobile phone

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will stop most lorry drivers do take care when out on the roads

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and the idea of this course is to develop

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their skills even further. These lorry drivers

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are testing their coordination and awareness skills

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by looking out for different hazards and trying to stay

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as safe as possible. The course also involves

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some class relearning. But for now, the drivers

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can forget about their bin loads and focus on brushing up

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on their bike skills. Adina Campbell, BBC

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South Today, Hillsborough. The government has committed to ?50

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million worth of improvements to the a 54. One will see improvements to

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the pear interchanges in Oxford and the other involves installing CCTV

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traffic sectors and driver information displays on the road.

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The weather is next. After a mild start to the week, some

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sunny spells and from midweek, it will feel colder so through

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Thursday, that is when the really cold air will set in. Overnight we

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are looking at clear skies. The winds will start to increase and

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temperatures will fall to three or four Celsius so it will be a cold

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but many dry start the day tomorrow. A bright start of the cloud will

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increase quickly during the latter part of the morning and through the

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afternoon we may see some outbreaks of rain. A lot of dry weather as

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well and temperatures will reach a high of seven or eight Celsius.

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Through the cause of tomorrow night, patchy rain is still a possibility.

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Burying an answer cloud, some clear spells and are continuing brisk

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wind. Temperatures tomorrow night down to a mild seven Celsius. It

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will be a mild start on Wednesday. We're expecting a jump-start with

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drizzly conditions first thing about writing through the afternoon sun.

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Still a fair amount of cloud and also the as C in the afternoon with

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temperatures reaching nine or 10 Celsius. It is through the latter

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part of Wednesday and into Thursday that really cold air will start to

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dig in. Straight from the north, coming in from the Arctic and on

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Thursday there is the chance almost anywhere that we could have a wintry

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showers. A mixture of rain, sleet and even snow, but we are not

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expecting any regulations. Through Friday, a similar scenario, quite a

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brisk northerly wind with one or two isolated wintry showers.

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Temperatures on Friday is struggling to a high of just two or three

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Celsius so it will feel bitterly cold. This is the weekend, still

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remaining chilly with a northerly wind setting in and will be some

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wintry showers at times so it is certainly going to feel cold over

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the next precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty

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nights. The national weather

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