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And we will ask why so many more people over the age of 65 are

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Welcome to South Today. getting married these days.

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Coming up: A murder investigation is underway

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His body was found at a house in Faringdon.

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A 40-year-old woman has been arrested.

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Also, how doctors in Oxford are using virtual reality to help

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Ladies day at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a boy's body

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Officers were called to a cottage near the centre of the town

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A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out today.

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The cottage cordoned off by police after finding

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Officers were called to this main road in Faringdon

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yesterday afternoon, just a short walk away

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A forensic tent is now in place while detectives continue

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Yesterday afternoon police officers were called to an address in

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Farringdon where they discovered that a boy of Premier school age

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tragically died. This came as a shock to everyone. Next of kin have

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been informed and are being supported by specially trained

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police officers. People here have been paying their respects by

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leaving flowers and cuddly toys. One message says rest in peace young

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man. Farringdon is a small town in the cottage is just off the main

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road and people nearby have been telling me they are completely

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saddened and shocked by the news. Totally astonished. Complete shock.

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Never thought anything like that would happen here. You don't think

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of that happening in a small town like this. But it's the world. It's

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shocking. You don't expect these things to happen in a small market

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town. People on Facebook are rallying around and looking after

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each other. But hopefully it's an isolated incident.

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A 40-year-old woman from Faringdon has been arrested

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Police have released CCTV images of two men they'd like to speak

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to following disorder at the football match between

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Fans invaded the pitch at the County Ground

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Three men have already been charged and this week police have made

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Workers at BMW's Mini plant in Oxford have staged a protest over

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plans to close the final salary pension scheme.

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The UNITE union claims workers could be thousands of pounds

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The protest comes ahead of a vote to strike.

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The ballot for industrial action closes at the end of the month.

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BMW says it prides itself on offering staff excellent pensions

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Swindon's largest country park will be run by a new local charity

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The town's Conservative administration had been looking

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for bidders to take over the maintenance of Lydiard Park,

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saying it could no longer afford the running costs.

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Tonight councillors have agreed they want the community-run

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Lydiard Park Heritage Trust to take over next year.

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Doctors at the University of Oxford are using virtual reality

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The technology is a low cost way of providing training overseas

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that should lead to more lives being saved.

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The virtual world this headset transports you to is a reality for

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In this scenario, a baby's unconscious.

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It's so difficult to give high quality training in places like

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Kenny were training centres are disbursed. With this technology you

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can put the expert in the room with people at a relatively low cost.

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Child mortality is a major problem in Africa.

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One in ten dies before their fifth birthday.

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It's hoped the headset can drastically reduce this.

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If we can improve life-saving skills there's huge

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And for staff without access, there's a mobile phone

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The first app we're doing is to resuscitate a new-born baby

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so the key steps you need to do we've tried to put in

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There will be multiple choices and a 3D hospital

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The technology's still being tested but it's hoped it could soon be used

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Developers are appealing against the refusal of planning

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permission in Aston Clinton near Aylesbury after being told more

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homes would harm the character and appearance of the village.

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A public inquiry has opened into plans for 85

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A separate planning application to build 400 new homes has also

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Campaigners say the area isn't ready for that level of growth.

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Most of the development is taking place on greenfield sites and most

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of those greenfield sites surround the old part of Aston Clinton.

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The roads therefore are country lanes and in certain places

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we are being asked to accommodate hundreds and hundreds of more

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We are completely sick to death with applications that

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are in and also the approvals that have been done.

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We are going to be completely under siege.

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Reading's Caribbean community will host a carnival for the first

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The once annual event began forty years ago,

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but it hasn't been run since 2014 due to a lack of money

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The unmistakable colour and sound of Carnival.

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This was until a few years ago a popular annual event in Reading.

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It's not been held for the past two years, a lack of organisation

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and money to blame, but it's back this year with new organisers hoping

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to draw on the event's past as they shape its future.

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There is a lot of history in Reading and a lot of passion and feeling

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It's something that belongs to all the community

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We are really proud to be hosting it.

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Artist Philbert Herman will help children make costumes this year.

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He organised the carnivals in the early days and has fond

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memories of the very first one in 1977.

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It rained and the people still came out because there were a lot

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of street parties to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

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The West Indians were out there dancing with bin liners

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and brollies regardless of the weather.

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They just came out and celebrated with all the community.

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?10,000 of lottery money has been awarded this year.

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Organisers say they still need more but crucially they want support.

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Keep the last bank holiday Monday in May free, it's carnival day.

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Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival brought fascinators,

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feathers and fashionistas to the racecourse.

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The weather was on their side for showing off their clothing

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All the Irish women wear green to represent their country

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so I thought this year I would go for red, representing England.

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Obviously it goes with my brunette hair and brown eyes.

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It took me about six days to do in total

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I think it's time for us to step up to the plate now,

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hence why I've gone all out because why has it just

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got to be ladies day, why can't the gentlemen dress up?

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I think the time is changing and I've seen a few blokes today

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who are looking on point so maybe in a few years' time you'll see

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But I do like seeing the ladies dress up,

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You can dress up on any of the days but this is particularly a good

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opportunity to do it and showcase your race fashion

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Andy Howard, BBC South Today, at Cheltenham.

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After a lovely spring day today, Alexis has the outlook

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It was a globally stay with a high of 15 Celsius but tomorrow will be

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different. A lot of cloud and mist and fog. A chance of mist and fog

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overnight and it will be cloudy but clear spells initially following the

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lovely clear spells we had today. The cloud will filter in during the

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early hours of the morning. Publishers will fall away to six or

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seven Celsius. Quite a mild night. Quite a misty and murky start to the

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day tomorrow and a lot of cloud through the course of the day. It

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will stay like that and they will be limited brightness with chants of

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outbreaks of rain in the afternoon. Temperatures were reached double

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figures. Through Friday we start on a fairly bright note but clouding

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over during the course of the afternoon and a band of rain will

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arrive and the wind will be brisk as well from the West. The change in

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the weather comes about through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Looking

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ahead to the weekend, a lot of cloud tomorrow and mist and fog patches

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first thing. The cloud will break to allow forward to brighter spells.

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Cloudy on Friday a bright start. Rain is expected during the

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afternoon and into the evening. It will feel fresh on Friday. Over the

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weekend, it stays dry I will be surprised.

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Here is Nick with the national headlines.

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For large parts of Wales and England there was blue

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