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In tonight's programme: Another day, another strike on Southern rail.

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The leader of the union behind today's industrial

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Members will tell us when they have had enough.

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The medical mannequins helping trainee midwives get hands-on

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The special clinic for children that helps them and their families get

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And we revisit The Adventures Of Portland Bill -

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the plasticine characters brought to life in a popular TV series.

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There's still no sign of a let-up in the misery for Southern rail

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passengers as a second drivers' strike this week draws to a close.

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The company did manage to run a very small number of trains today

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but most services were scrapped, including these carriages

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Commuters in Sussex who tried to drive into London found

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themselves caught in the backlog of a 13-car accident on the M23.

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In a moment, we'll be speaking to the leader of the union

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First, Steve Humphrey has been hearing about the impact

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It is very, very congested indeed and, of course, on the trains,

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I blame the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, and the government.

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They have had nine months to rectify the horrible situation of 300,000

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Once again, the drivers' strike has left most of Southern's

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trains in the sidings, and commuter Darren Ball has been

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I think I've stretched the goodwill of my bosses or my managing director

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as much as I can in order to have as many work-from-home

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A director of a city recruitment firm, Darren moved

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from Greenwich to Sussex three and a half years ago.

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So really stressful in terms of your relationship

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Yes, and my relationship with my partner and my stepson.

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They don't know what time I'm going to get home.

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Darren and his fellow commuters have suffered nine months of delays

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and cancellations on Southern and, when we went for a cup of coffee,

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he told me one of his biggest concerns is overcrowded trains.

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You've got anything up to about 100 people,

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all trying to squeeze in the one train door to get into

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Darren took these photos at London Bridge station.

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He says the situation is made worse when trains with fewer carriages

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It's a crush, it's a push, it's a shove.

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I'm pretty good-natured, I'm a pretty relaxed guy,

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but there have been some quite sort of shoulders and elbows and things.

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The long-running dispute on southern centres on the plan to give more

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drivers responsibility for opening and closing doors.

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Getting a train 35 or 40 miles from Hayward's Heath or East Grinstead

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in the London Bridge is not that complicated.

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The dispute centres on who should close the doors on the trains.

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It had been the guard's job but the company thinks drivers can

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do it after checking CCTV cameras for door obstructions.

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It's called Driver Only Operation or DOO for short.

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Mick Whelan is the General Secretary of the train drivers' union, Aslef.

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I asked him why Southern drivers were on strike when the union

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already has drivers opening doors on other services.

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Because we are an honourable organisation. We continued to do so.

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We seek to find a way forward. I accept that you are honouring an

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agreement that you said that safety is paramount. Either it is safe or

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not safe. Our view is that in the increasingly longer trains, 1100

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people, 13 platforms, and nobody on the train. The safety report

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recognises that some of the technology needs to be upgraded.

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Southern rail says it will do that so why not sit down with the table?

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We will sit down at the table when it is shown to us it is safe to do

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so and when the people have the ability to make an agreement. People

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are saying they were just upgrade the TV cameras. The ability for my

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people to assimilate 24 images and two seconds to is not exist. Read

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the first lines of the many repeated back to me. Tomorrow, a train will

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go to Brighton with just a driver on board yet there will be another

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train on the same line in the same type of train and a driver and the

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guard. Both drivers will be an Aslef. Where is the issue with this

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if one is on the track with a driver and be at the has a guard? Also, not

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all lines have the same method of working. That's from the same line.

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I was just about to explain that even on the same line, not all

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trains have the same method of working. Some of the trains have

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other people to dispatch them. Note to trains operation is identical. Do

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you go on the DLO train? I have driven them. I have experienced an

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everyday scene things that should not be happening. So you would not

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do it if it was not safe? I'd do like the rest of the public because

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there is no alternative for choice. Even non-strike days, you have got a

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continuing overtime ban running. Why? You are really holding

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passengers hostage here. You want my people to be working 12 hours a day?

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What we have found up the company who has run this for the last 14

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years, they had been under resource in the service and the state the

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High Court that they could not run 25% of their services without

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overtime. So you want goodwill on one part but want to disregard the

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very people who say it is unsafe. Is there anything you want to say the

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passengers? What we do normally is spent 90% of our time seeking

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investment in railways, seeking cheaper fares and a greener railway.

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We operate and campaign on behalf of the taxpayer. We do not want to be

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in this position and we do not want them to be in this position but

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we're not doing this for money and we're not doing this for better

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conditions, it is purely for safety. How much longer can your members

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strike and go on like this? We do what our members asked us to do.

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19,000 active train drivers nationally say that DOO is unsafe

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and want it challenged. We are doing that and members will tell us when

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they have had enough. The owners of southern rail to go to

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the Supreme Court in another attempt to stop the Aslef strikes. That will

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not be before the next ruck on Friday.

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Special armed police who guard the Berkshire factory

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where Britain's nuclear weapons were made feel they were made

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scapegoats for the failings of their senior commanders,

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A Ministry of Defence investigation into police patrols

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than 50 officers leaving the force or facing misconduct proceedings.

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But now an independent report has found that officers further up

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the chain of command were not considered for disciplinary action.

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Ben Moore joins us now form our Reading studio.

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Concerns were raised in spring 2013. There were even reports the officers

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were falling asleep on duty. The MoD launched an investigation.

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As a result, six officers were dismissed for gross misconduct,

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25 officers resigned and 19 officers were required to attend

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But a freedom of information request has now found no-one above rank

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of sergeant was considered for disciplinary action, prompting

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This independent inquiry was carried out by an independent member

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"A lack of direction resulted in the investigating team on site

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"focusing on the low-hanging fruit rather than addressing the root

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The report strongly criticises senior MDP officers for a lack

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of proper supervision and a lack of response to problems

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Those who watch the site say, because of the secrecy

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surrounding the AWE, it's unclear whether these

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senior officers have faced or will face any action.

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There's no accountability, really, here and the Ministry of Defence

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police need to come clean with the public, be a lot more open

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about what's happened, what went wrong, why it went wrong

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and what they're going to do about it.

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But one thing we do know is that there is now a huge feeling

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of resentment across the Ministry of Defence police force -

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not ideal when guarding the UK's nuclear arsenal.

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The MoD says police officers are held to the highest standards

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and there was never any threat to the safety or security

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Police are looking for a driver who moved an ambulance

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Staff were in the back, carrying out emergency treatment

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It's thought the man released the ambulance's handbrake to move it

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and then drove his car into the empty space.

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It happened on Pelican Lane in Newbury two weeks ago.

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The man's described as white, in his 50s and driving a red Mini Cooper.

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Detectives say the patient could have suffered serious consequences.

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It was a very reckless act to undertake.

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Obviously, the ambulance could have moved forward.

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The individual would have had no proper control of that vehicle

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at the time and anything could have happened.

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It could have hit another pedestrian, it could have hit

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another vehicle and it put the lives of the patient and the crew in

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A controversial proposal to raise the salary of the chief executive

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of Arun District Council by nearly 6% will be voted on by

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The council says that the increase, to just over ?117,000,

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will bring Nigel Lynn's pay more into line with comparable

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councils and includes a performance-related award.

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Opponents say it's unfair at a time when other council employees

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are seeing a 1% increase in their pay.

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Later, we revisit an 80s children's TV series.

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Come with me the BBC South Today, where the weather is still to come.

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We will travel to 1983 with Portland Bill.

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A new centre using state-of-the-art simulators to train nurses

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and midwives has opened in Reading at a time when the NHS is struggling

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to recruit enough staff to care for mums and their babies.

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Part of the problem is finding enough hospital placements

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for trainees, so could technology be part of the answer?

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The bump may feel real enough. But the patient most definitely isn't.

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But this is no dummy. Linda gives birth like a real mum. So realistic,

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it is not the time viewing. The centre has opened. We were able to

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practice in our own time for our exams. It has been very valuable for

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us to have this invested for us and for the rest of the students within

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the university. My name is Claire, I am one of the nurses here. The

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mannequins come in all shapes and sizes and just like a flight

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simulator, the force trainees to make life or death decisions. The

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whole point of the Centre is that students can reserve their skills.

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They can learn in a safe environment and it is safe but also safe for

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patients. Midwife numbers in the Thames Valley have risen 10% but

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live births are up half as much. The biggest problem is finding hospitals

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with the budget to find clinical placements for these trainees.

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Simulation centres are very important because we can do a lot of

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our training within the simulation centre and help relieve the pressure

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of the amount of places we need in practice. The need for trainees to

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metaphorically get their hands dirty, practising on real-life

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patients, is not going away any time soon.

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If you've got young children, did they have you up in the night?

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Many parents struggle to get their babies and toddlers

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into a good routine but, for some families, the problems

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BBC South has had special access to the work of

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Southampton's Sleep Disorder Service.

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It's just for children and, in recent years, the clinic

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It's under the leadership of one woman, Dr Cathy Hill.

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She's on a mission to give desperate mums and dads a good night's rest.

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Imogen has a typical light tap routine. She however wakes

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repeatedly through the night. She sleepwalks around the house and

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frightens her parents. Even though the wise up wide-open, she is sat

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bolt upright and is rocking. She walked down the stairs, completely

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asleep. Southampton's specialist leet service treat children with

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complex sleeping disorders, the hardest cases. By the time we see

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bees families, quite often those problems have been going on for many

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years. The parents have forgotten what it is like to sleep. Building

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on work that began in 1980, Cathy has done much to develop the

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service. It is now based in Southampton hospital and sees

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children from around the UK. The strongest, most powerful trigger the

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sleepwalking, if you have got those other tendencies there, is not quite

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getting enough sleep. Cathy is quick to diagnose imaging with behavioural

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insomnia and sleepwalking. Children will have a night terror or

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sleepwalk within one or two hours of falling asleep, and what is

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happening is that the child's brain is half asleep and half awake, so it

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will do complex things like walk around, climb, but they have no

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memory of it or no awareness of what they are doing. The brain is

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obviously. That is the slave wage of sleep when our brains are vulnerable

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to do this funny switch. -- that is the stage of sleep. She has really

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gone into not just image and ask, down to what she's doing at bedtime,

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why she's getting up. She gave us advice we need. We will. By

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measuring from just between your eyes to the back of your head. In

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Southampton, this high-tech sleep lab is used to investigate the most

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difficult disorders. Cathy designed it based on similar setups in

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Australia, adapting adult testing to sue for younger patients. Some of

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her other patients do not need help with sleeping but with staying

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awake. Falling asleep in class, falling asleep as soon as we get in

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the car, falling asleep at home and at times, in weird places. This is

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nothing unusual among college students per right now Chloe is

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medicated to stay awake. Her narcolepsy need careful management.

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My eyes are watering. Carefully timed daytime sleep has been part of

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her routine out the three years whether she is but a condition

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called cataplexy has been harder to solve. She collapses, she drops

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things, she cannot hold onto anything, all her grip is gone. Her

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head will go and she would just collapse and she slurs her words,

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her mouth goes to one side. She copes with it very well. It is what

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is, it makes who she is, and there is nothing we can do about that

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other than support her. We have a cheesy strapline. We want them to be

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at and achieving. Six weeks on, imaging and her family have made

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progress. You might not have heard of them but sleep fairies are

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everywhere. I just want to say well done for good sleeping. Cathy has

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suggested Imogen should have happened sleep very. She visits a

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night-time when image and sleeps well, leaving encouraging little

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letters. She has a sleep Ferrador that the fairy visits. I have had to

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be a bit more strict bedtime. The last couple of weeks have been great

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so we're doing really well. A full night's sleep for everybody.

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Onto sport and big night of football for Southampton in the League Cup

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semifinal and a trip to Wembley up for grabs.

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It's 30 years since Southampton last contested a League Cup semifinal

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and, such is the way that the footballing fate works,

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that was against Liverpool - the same opponents they face this

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evening in the first of two legs for a place in the final at Wembley.

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For Saints, it's part of a hugely busy January

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in which they could face as many as nine games.

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The halo has slipped slightly for Claude Puel's side

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in the last few weeks - three straight Premier League losses

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were followed by a frustrating FA Cup draw at Norwich at the weekend.

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This game against Liverpool, a good team, it is a good thing for us. We

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need to try to have good result. It is a fantastic opportunity for us.

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We did well to stop it was only a draw in the end. A really good

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performance. Sometimes, the temptation can be to rotate the

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squad. We know that Claude Puel well has rotated to some effect.

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On the team news front, Puel said that he wouldn't be

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playing want-away captain Jose Fonte, so Maya Yoshida

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is set to continue alongside Virgil van Dijk.

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Adam Larner is in the Liverpool side, Flamini, Sturridge.

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You can follow all the action, of course, live on BBC Radio Solent

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with Adam Blackmore and the former Saints manager, Dave Merrington.

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Dorset's Scott Mitchell has seen his bid to win a second BDO

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World Darts Championship end in tatters today.

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The Bransgore farmer, who won the title two years ago,

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crashed out this afternoon at the Lakeside to Belgian

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Mitchell, himself seeded number two, suffered a 4-2 defeat after missing

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He exits in the second round in Frimley Green.

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Staying on a Wembley theme, Oxford United moved a step closer

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to a quick return to the Arch in the Checkatrade Trophy.

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Do you know any of these iconic names?

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They're locations in the BBC Radio 4 shipping forecast.

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But, as well as being coastal stations, they also became

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the characters of a children's TV series, which first

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Alexis Green went to meet the man who co-wrote the music

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The 1980s saw the birth of the large number of children's TV programmes.

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But one that sticks firmly in my memory is based on this lighthouse,

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the adventures of Portland Bill. Oh, come with me to the rolling sea,

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where the weather is calm still... It was the brainchild of John Grace.

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Sadly, you passed away in 2004 but his colleague, Nick Parsons,

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co-wrote the music. John entered a photographic competition and won it.

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It was based on the three plus the scene characters. As a result of

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that, he was contacted by a film fare who made the wombles in

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Paddington. The director asked if you would like to make the series

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and John said, I will write the script, would you like the music? So

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we collaborated. It was a nice project to work on. One day, Ross

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was having a terrible time, trying to scrap the steps clean. Most of

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the characters were named after sea errors and coastal stations around

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the British Isles. West 40s, north-westerly, six -- eight.

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Portland Bill was the main character and manned the lighthouse. Two

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Seabees altogether, 26 episodes and stories. The theme tune is the most

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memorable. Come with me, to the rolling sea, where the weather is

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common still. We will have some fun, the adventures of Portland Bill! It

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has lasted for years and even now my students will come to me and say, do

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you still write music for Portland Bill?

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Overnight tonight, we are expecting very chilly conditions and tomorrow,

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the chance of snow. A lovely scene today. Blue skies overhead. Very

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chilly conditions overnight. The winds will increase in strength,

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very windy. Coming in from the north-west, taking the edge of

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temperatures, but mainly dry by the odd isolated shower. Temperatures

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could drop as low as three Celsius. The winds will be very strong

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tomorrow. Light spells first thing but clouding over very quickly and

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the Met Office have issued the yellow snow warning. The risk of

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heavy snow in many places tomorrow, which could cause is. Through the

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day, rain first which will help temperatures rise joined the

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morning. A northerly breeze digging in. The potential for snowfall. More

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likely for air is not a boxer. Intense rain at times, up to 30

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millimetres in an hour, and the strength of the winters well. You

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need keep three key ingredients for snow, the cold air from the north,

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the right wind direction and intense rainfall. The risk of snow

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everywhere tomorrow evening, whisking eastwards and clearing most

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places tomorrow night but then the big risk is following the snow and

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rain. Temperatures tomorrow night, in the countryside, minus three

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Celsius. In our towns and cities, minus one Celsius. A risk of snow

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and ice with this feature drifting down the eastern part of the

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country. We could see snowfall for the rush-hour. Really intense winds

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coming in from the north, making it feel bitterly cold. The big risk of

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snow tomorrow almost anywhere. Stay tuned to the forecast annual local

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radio station. Don't forget to send us photos as well if you can.

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I think my political beliefs are really quite straightforward.

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I believe that our country needs to work for everyone.

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Not just for the rich, not just for the privileged,

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not just for those who know the right people or who've got

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the loudest voices, but a country that really works for everyone,

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has the opportunity to be who they want to be.

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In order to make sure that the country works for everyone,

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Standing up for the vulnerable, for the voiceless,

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against those who feel that they're strong and powerful.

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If you're doing the right thing, then you must do that however

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difficult it is, even if there seems to be an easier path to take.

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