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"You can get in but your dog will have to go in the boot."

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The response from one taxi driver to a blind woman from Hampshire

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who was trying to get home with her guide dog.

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Madeline Close from Fareham says she regularly experiences cabbies

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refusing to take her on journeys, even though it's against the law.

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A survey by the Guide Dogs Association found 42% of people

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with assistance dogs were refused by taxis.

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In the course of her community work, Madeline Close, with guide

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dog Deano by her side, is out and about each day,

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In Eastleigh this morning, they had a very good

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experience but Madeline, who's registered blind,

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says at least once a month taxi drivers refuse to take her

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It makes me very angry, it's very annoying and it is very

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inconvenient because you can end up needing to be somewhere or having

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a meeting or something and not been able to get a taxi.

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Around 7,000 assistance dogs currently work in the UK.

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The law says that taxis must accept assistance dogs

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unless they have a medical certificate proving

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Private hire drivers risk prosecution or their

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Rrecently, at her local station in Fareham, a fellow passenger told

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Madeline a cabbie took one look at the dog and rejoined

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the back of the queue to avoid picking her up.

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They are providing a service, they get paid, they are charging.

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My dog's a lot less trouble than some other passengers.

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He always sits in the footwell, he doesn't sit on the seat,

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so I don't see why they can't take him.

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The Taxi Association in Fareham says it's doing what it can

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I am disappointed, especially in this day and age when we know

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that disabilities are out there and we have our job to do.

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The taxi driver's job is all about trying to please.

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Fines of up to ?1,000 can be imposed.

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The Guide Dogs Association is pressing for better

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We've done a survey of 500 guide dog and assistance dog owners

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across the UK in 2016, and it's prevalent.

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From Cornwall up to Scotland, guide dog owners and assistance dog

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owners are being refused access to taxis.

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So far, the number of prosecutions has been small but Madeline says

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she's determined to make the discrimination that she and

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others like her encounter a thing of the past.

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Briony Leyland, BBC South Today, Eastleigh.

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A Hampshire toddler is beginning his recovery from major surgery

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Two-year-old Freddie Hunt and his family have received

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a huge amount of support from the community in Yateley.

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Local people have made a tremendous effort to raise nearly ?370,000.

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Church bells were rung when he came out of surgery.

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Another ?100,000 is still needed, though, after the operation was more

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Freddie, at the moment, he still hasn't opened his eyes,

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He's not out of the woods yet, by any means.

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I don't think the eyes have been dry for more than about three minutes.

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It's been...to say emotional would be an understatement.

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It's something I wouldn't really want to ever go through again

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but we're not sure whether we're going to have to.

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16 years after it first opened, Southampton's main West Quay

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It cost ?85 million and is being heralded

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as an example of the strength of the city's economic revival.

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But is it the type of growth the city needs?

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Here's our business correspondent, Alastair Fee.

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For years, Southampton was on catch-up.

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The trend to shop, eat and be entertained began long ago.

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It is a catchment that we go out to that spreads right the way

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along the south coast, and we've now got an offer

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here that means that we can compete with anything,

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whether it be shopping or leisure, within that catchment.

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To complement the shopping centre, visitors have more

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A ten-screen cinema completes the package.

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This will undoubtedly improve Southampton's

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That's good for quality-of-life and consumer spending.

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But critics question whether this strategy will bring sustainable,

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If you just rely on retail, then you are not heading down a road

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of really long-term, sustained, high-value

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growth because that's not what retail is about.

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It's a perfectly respectable industry or sector and they're

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perfectly decent jobs, but it's not the sort of thing

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that we could be doing, and other cities in the south

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The City Council has seven large development

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projects worth ?3 billion in investment opportunities.

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It says half of that has been achieved already.

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A report on urban economic well-being by business advisers PwC

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ranks Southampton third in England for good growth.

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But another report by the Centre for Cities ranks Southampton

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And on several other economic measures, it's

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We are trying to make the most of what we've got.

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We're trying to make Southampton a place that people want to come

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and visit and do business in so people will base their company

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in a place that their employees want to live in and want

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The fanfare tonight was aimed at drawing in the crowds who,

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until now, will have travelled along the coast for the same experience.

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The city will need to look beyond consumer spending

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if it's to really light up its long-term future.

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Gosport sailor Alex Thomson's expected to get a hero's welcome

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He finished second in the world's hardest sailing

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challenge, the Vendee Globe, when he circumnavigated the globe

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A flotilla will start out tomorrow at Spit Bank Fort at 10:15am

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He's expected to arrive at the Gosport ferry pontoon at 11am

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and there'll be a civic reception at 11:20am in Falklands Gardens.

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After the formalities are over, Alex will meet members

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Tonight will be cloudy and cold, very like recent nights, and a

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chance of snow showers. The showers mainly to a dusting of snow in

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places but will not amount to much and temperatures will plunge away to

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minus one Celsius. The showers more likely the further north and east

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you are. The risk of a frost first thing tomorrow morning. A cold,

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cloudy, frosty start with the snow showers continuing through the day

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tomorrow. They may lead to a dusting in places and through the afternoon,

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you are more likely to see rain showers than snow showers and

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reaching a high of 3- fool self says. But the continuing risk of

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that cold north-easterly wind. Temperatures will be slightly higher

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on Sunday. And finally, we will see the sunshine on

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exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be

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a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold

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However I paint this weekend's picture, I'll need a palette of

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grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud around but I managed to find some

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sunshine. I don't know how but there was a couple of hours towards the

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south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful day. The south-west saw glimpses of

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sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold and grey with winds off the North

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seep and a scattering of wintry showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a

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dusting at lower levels through the day. It brought this beautiful

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picture on the outskirts of Aberdeenshire. But enough of the

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