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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Laura Trant.

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Some restrictions are lifted after the bird flu outbreak.

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Innovative and life-changing - doctors from around the world gather

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in the South to learn pioneerling techniques in keyhole

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As efforts continue to prevent a spread of bird flu,

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some poultry farmers have today found themselves facing continued

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restrictions which they say threaten their livelihoods.

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All poultry owners have had to keep their birds

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inside since December, and while those measures will be

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lifted for many from next month, some areas of the country have been

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labelled high-risk so controls will remain in place.

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Lewis Coombes is live at one such farm in Berkshire.

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Riverways Farm here in Twyford usually has around 5000 chickens

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running around outsid, but since an outbreak of avian flu

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just before Christmas at eight sites across the country

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they've been told to keep inside instead.

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Today they've found out that restriction remains, as this

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farm is close to water where wildfowl gather.

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The problem with that is when chickens are kept

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inside for over 12 weeks their eggs can no longer be labelled

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as free-range, which affects their price.

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For other farmers, outside the high-risk zone, today has

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Well, it's really good news for me, we will be able to carry on our

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The cash flow is what's the best thing, because we

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know we will still get the same amount of money for the product that

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we sell that we have been doing all the time,

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so it will make our lives not easier but take a lot of pressure

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away from us, you know, the worry of having our eggs downgraded.

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So Phillip in Hampshire wiping his brow, not the case

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for Andrew Cardy here in Berkshire and other egg producers who fall

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It must be frustrating that some farms are affected and you are one.

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Very frustrating. This morning I was very pleased that some farmers but

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it is worrying for all of us. Free range is a brand you are hoping to

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protect? Very much so. We are lucky, we sell most of our eggs locally and

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our customers will support us, but larger farms tied into supermarket

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contracts, will they maintain the same price? It remains to be seen.

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Free range is a product people are prepared to pay for. Farmers have

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invested millions in their farms, we can only be free range when we have

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roam around, and the reduction in roam around, and the reduction in

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price from free range to barn eggs could hurt a lot of people, there

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will be farmers going out of business to be sure.

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If you keep poultry or other birds then you can find out if you fall

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within a higher-risk zone by typing in your postcode on an interactive

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This than maybe extended but hopefully it will be over soon for

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farmers like these. -- this ban may be.

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There's a new case of female genital mutilation, or FGM

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as it is known, every 90 minutes in the UK.

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That's according to the charity Plan International UK.

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It has been illegal to carry out FGM in the UK since 1985,

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but there has not been a single prosecution.

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In Reading, an area with a high prevalence of FGM,

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a new centre is being opened to tackle the issue.

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I was at an age of four or five years old when my grandparents

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started speaking to me about being cut.

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Jennifer comes from an influential east African family but she only

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avoided female genital mutilation by running away from home.

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Now living in Berkshire, the cutting tradition

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still casts a long shadow over her and her mother.

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She says that her life has been ruined by me not getting cut.

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She gives examples of where she has received death threats,

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Sometimes she would go back home to her family in the village

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and they literally would not accept her, nobody

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In 2014, Reading was declared one of 11 hotspots for FGM

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Mandatory reporting has uncovered more than 40 cases

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Initial research suggests that the actual figure is far higher.

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This week campaigners were preparing for the launch

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It is the first organisation of its kind bringing together

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professionals and those groups where the practice continues.

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The ultimate aim is to end FGM and community engagement

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Now a mother herself, Jennifer worries for her daughter,

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for even though the little girl's parents have decided she won't be

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cut, both mum and dad are under pressure from the wider family.

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Despite female genital mutilation being banned in the UK since 1985,

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it continues to happen - figures suggest more than 130,000

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women and girls in Britain are affected,

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with 5,700 new cases in 2015 to 2016.

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That's the question I asked Jacqui Hunt from Equality Now.

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It is a huge problem in the world, 3 million women and girls

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are at risk every year of FGM, and there is still a sense

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I think more and more, and increasingly in the UK

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and globally, with the leaders from African countries,

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we are seeing it as a human rights abuse that has to be addressed

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by everyone, so even though the figures are really large

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and very disturbing there is more political will now to address it

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Because we have the legislation in place but in fact there have

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been no prosecutions, even though it's been

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That's true, there have been no prosecutions.

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I know there's a push to try and get a prosecution,

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not for the prosecution's sake but to show that we're really

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I think what you have to do is have a multi-sectoral approach,

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so you have the Health Department working on it, you have social

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services, teachers becoming more aware and the police as well,

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and communities being very much organised.

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But how will that actually change, because this is a hugely sensitive

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issue immersed in cultural practices that have existed for

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How do we actually go about creating change?

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I think we create change from within the communities

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themselves, and also showing the support of the broader community

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that it is a human rights abuse, and that change is coming.

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We work very much all over the world, in Kenya particularly

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Local communities are talking about the practice,

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they're getting together, they're having alternative rites

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of passage, to keep some of the culture but remove the bad

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bits of the culture, the harm to the girls

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being done, and so there is an enormous change happening.

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I think when you look at it here it's very difficult,

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because the diaspora community sometimes is far away

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from the progress that has actually been happening at home.

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operations that helps patients recover more quickly

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and frees up hospital beds is being pioneered in Southampton.

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Today nearly 100 specialists from around the world

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As our health correspondent, David Fenton, reports,

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patients are already seeing the benefits.

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Georgina Westbrook had 60% of her liver removed

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I was told that they only ever do the liver with open surgery

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but I was fortunate that I entered a trial which resulted in me

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randomly being picked out for laparoscopic surgery.

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That means keyhole surgery, and it worked.

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36 hours after the operation, Georgina left hospital.

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For my family, for myself and for the NHS.

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Keyhole surgery is used for all sorts of procedures.

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But today nearly 100 specialists from all over the world met

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at Southampton General, where new keyhole techniques

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Southampton has a unique position in that type of surgery,

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so they have a lot of input and innovation in the procedure.

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Now the surgeon behind many of those innovations says more NHS

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Our patients suffer less, they do much better,

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they have less complications, they go home much quicker.

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And I think that patients across all the UK should

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have the possibility to have the same treatment.

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Not everyone can have this type of surgery but,

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three weeks on from her operation, Georgina's recovering well.

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That's all from the South Today news team this evening.

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We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast and there's more

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Here with our regional weather forecast is Alexis.

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Good evening. Lots of cloud tonight. Where we have clear spells the

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chance of frost in the countryside and the chance of isolated wintry

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showers. Chairing the early hours maybe a dusting of snow, more likely

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for eastern parts of the region, but they could push westwards, and

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bridges will drop to freezing in towns and cities, slightly lower

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temperatures in the countryside. An increasing easterly and

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north-easterly wind tomorrow, bringing in those wintry showers, a

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dusting of snow possible, but drying out through the afternoon. Still the

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increasing breeze and a high of just two or three Celsius in some parts

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but feeling more like freezing with the wind. A cloudy night tonight,

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Maura the chance of a dusting of snow over high ground. -- more of a

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chance. We could see sleet or even snow on Saturday. The cold

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north-easterly wind will stay with us tomorrow and Saturday. Still

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quite a windy day on Sunday, sleet and snow. The outlook, Sunday

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will turn a bit less cold again. All the way up seven Celsius.

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At this time of year we can often get the weather stories that reflect

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the battle between winter and spring, and that's what's

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