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Here, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Jo Kent.

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The top stories tonight: The Southern Rail row continues.

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Another difficult day for commuters as drivers walk out for the first

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Accused of murder over a business debt.

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A man goes on trial for the killing of a former bomb disposal expert

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who was missing for more than two years.

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On this night in 1941 Portsmouth suffered its worst attack of the

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Second World War, depicted in a painting that has just gone on

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display. First tonight, the Southern

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Railway strike continues. Today was the first of three

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strike days this week. 1,000 drivers walked out, affecting

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about 300,000 passenger journeys. Every service was brought

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to a standstill. The first strike ballot by the RMT

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union was in December 2015. In April, conductors

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started their strikes. Drivers began similar

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strikes in December. They also have an overtime

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ban every day. Over the last ten months,

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there's been one month Southern imposed a new role

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of On Board Supervisor last week. An offer to the train crew has been

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on the table since August. It promises - no job losses,

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above-inflation pay rises for the next two years,

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and overall, the same number In return, Southern wants

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to run driver-only trains without conductors under certain

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circumstances, such Driver Only Operation

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is used on almost one in three trains in the UK,

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and on the London Underground. And nobody has died as a result

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of this way of working. Our transport correspondent,

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Paul Clifton, has been Perhaps for the first time ever

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passengers have been pleased to see Southern has laid on a bus every

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20 minutes to Dorking, station not affected

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by today's strike. Normally 10,000 passengers

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a day pass through here but it's been very quiet,

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just a handful of people It was much the same in Chichester,

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from where Ben Moore reports. All aboard the 5%, that's

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the proportion of Southern trains being replaced by buses

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during this strike. Even so the first commuter services

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from Chichester were quiet, and among the passengers who had no

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choice but to travel, I have to get to Horsham every day

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because I'm a teacher, Well, they're not pushing

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their agenda anymore, all this seems to be doing is just

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causing discomfort for the sake Normally I'd get an eight

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o'clock train but I have a quarter past seven

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bus so it is probably another two or three hours

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on my daily travelling. I joined a 7.18am bus

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to Havant where commuters can catch a Southwest trains

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to London or Portsmouth. The earliest connecting train gets

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to Waterloo at 9:30am, a late start the working

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day for many. I think the government really

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need to step in now. If there are safety concerns

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than it needs to be looked into but in the meantime we need

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a truce so the workers at Southern Railway get

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back to work and we, Until that is resolved many Southern

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commuters could continue to find It's all closed, taped up even,

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and the departure board The industry safety body have made

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detailed studies which show the driver only operation is safe,

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perhaps safer than The unions strongly

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disagree with that, Today the MP for Havant said

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in the unions are simply opposing the inevitable march

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of new technology. These trains have been working

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on the UK rail network for the last 30 years and they operate on around

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30% of existing trains anyway but the independent safety watchdog

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has said that they are safe and therefore the train drivers

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and the unions should get back to work to make sure that people can

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get back to work themselves, families can meet up,

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and actually our economy Hardly any Southern passengers

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have walked through, Hardly any Southern passengers have

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walked through here today, and there won't be another

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train until Thursday. And then the strike comes

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back again on Friday. A bomb disposal expert, who worked

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for one of Princess Diana's favourite charities,

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was murdered by a business partner in a row over an unpaid debt,

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a court has heard today. Mark Manning's body was discovered

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in woodland near Slaugham He had been missing

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for more than two years. Today a jury at Lewes Crown Court

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was told that he'd been beaten to death by a man who owed him up

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to ?150,000 pounds. Mark Manning's body

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remained undiscovered The bomb disposal expert had gone

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missing in 2014, prompting a major It was eventually found in

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undergrowth in Mid Sussex last May. Today the jury at Lewes Crown Court

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was told that business partner Colin Gale had beaten him to death

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in a row over a substantial debt. It is claimed he then enlisted

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the help of another man The murder was alleged to have

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happened at a car garage Mr Manning's blood was

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found on the walls here. The prosecution said that

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Mr Manning and Mr Gale worked Mr Manning would loan Gale

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money and he would go It's alleged that that debt had

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risen to up to ?150,000, enough money, the prosecution said,

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for Gale to want Mr Manning Mr Manning had worked

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for the Mines Advisory Group, a mine-clearing charity supported

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by the late Princess of Wales. The court was told he was very proud

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of his work had loved what he did. Mark Manning was last

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seen on April 19, 2014. Three days later he was reported

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missing by his family. In June 2014 police changed

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the enquiry from a missing persons Mr Manning's remains were eventually

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found in undergrowth near Slaugham in mid-Sussex last May,

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more than two years Colin Gale denies murder

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but has admitted preventing Another man, Stuart Robertson,

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denies that same charge. There are calls for a permanent

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memorial in the Thames Valley village which was home to pop singer

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George Michael. Tens of thousands of people have

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visited Goring-on-Thames to lay flowers outside the star's

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16th century house. He was found dead

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there on Christmas Day. On this night 76 years ago 170

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people lost their lives in the worst bombing raid

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in Portsmouth's history. But throughout the raids,

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an artist was at work And today, Richard Eurich's Night

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Raid has gone on display It shows the horror inflicted in one

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night by 300 German bombers, killing people, destroying parts

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of the dockyards behind me and flattening streets but leaving

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the unlit HMS Victory The artist Richard Eurich

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was from Hythe and was commissioned by the government to document

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the effects of war. The painting's on loan

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from Tate Britain in London, on display at the Portsmouth

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museum for the first time. He has this access that not even

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the press would have had, And I think the presence

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of the Navy in the background, with the battleship

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and the destroyers I think puts across a very strong message that

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we're going to get through it. 171 people died that night,

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400 more were injured. I asked historian John Stedman

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what January 10th, 1941, The noise of bombs and shells

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and guns going off. The policy was to get people treated

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as quickly as possible. First aid parties were out

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during the raids, along with the fire parties,

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and rescuing people, giving them first aid treatment

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and evacuating them as quickly

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as possible to local hospitals. People remained resilient

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in Portsmouth throughout. It was a service town and that

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helped but it also seems to be true of people throughout the UK,

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nowhere was that mass panic Everywhere carried on and that is

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certainly true of Portsmouth. The Germans aimed to demoralise

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as much as hit military targets. 67 air raid during the Blitz,

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with 900 people killed but people carried on despite the face

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of their city changing forever. That's all from the South Today

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news team this evening. We're back tomorrow with bulletins

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in BBC Breakfast and there's more Here with our regional weather

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forecast is Alexis Green. We have snow in the forecast over

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the next few days but tonight acquired snowed with a lot of cloud

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around and the chance of light rain and drizzle here and there. There

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will be drier periods as well with temperatures falling away to around

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seven or eight Celsius. A damp and cloudy start of the day, and

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improving picture that a fair amount of cloud during the course of the

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day. Bright spells brought in by the brisk winds and temperatures will

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feel a lot cooler than you can see here. 9 degrees the hive. All highs

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are looking ahead to Thursday because there is the potential we

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could have snowfall. More likely over the Chilterns and Cotswolds on

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Salisbury Plain. Met Office no warning of force over the whole of

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the South. As the rain clears away in the cold air sets in on Thursday

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night there was the potential for snowfall which may not settle in

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places so many of us will see the snowfall but not settle on the

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ground. Looking ahead to the rest of the week there are bright spells

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hereunder and a brisk north-westerly wind sets in and

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of the week, and to start the weekend as well. For more on that

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snow situation, over to Jay Wynne now.

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