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I'm Jo Kent with your news in the South.

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They're designed to keep out dogs, but instead are preventing

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wheelchair users from entering a play park.

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Metal grids placed at entrance gates in Gosport have led one father

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to start a campaign to improve play facilities for children

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Earlier, I joined Daniel White and his daughter

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Ten-year-old Emily wants to be more independent, but when she went

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to meet her friends at this park, she could not get in.

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When we first came here, I thought that it was going to be

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all good, and when we came here it was really bad.

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Please make it possible so everyone can come in.

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She had to go back and get her parents to help.

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She is old enough to come out on her own without us,

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tied to our apron strings, so it would have been

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When we came in, saw the cattle grid, it was like, oh,

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The front wheels of her wheelchair get stuck in the grid.

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The council told the family it is there to stop dogs getting in,

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but our experiment showed it is not always effective.

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Gosport Borough Council told us it has taken the family's complaint

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very seriously and it has looked into what happened.

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It says it is disappointed because it has worked hard in recent

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years to try to improve things for people with disabilities.

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It says it is inviting the family to become part of future

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decision-making by joining the local disability access group.

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If we all work together, things will get done,

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I think that is very gracious of them, to try and initiate

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One of the main things they would like to do is make sure

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play areas in general are more accessible to children

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with disabilities, as once in this park, there is not one piece

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I think all parks in general should be made to be completely inclusive

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and accessible for children of all abilities, because all

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They all like to get outside, regardless

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As for the access issue, Emily and her family say a simple

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gate could fix the problem, allowing Emily to join her

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friends while keeping four-legged friends out.

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A man and a woman have been charged with conspiracy to murder

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It follows a serious assault in Ryde last November that left

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26-year-old Louise Spence and 49-year-old Anthony Booty

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More than a hundred soldiers from Wiltshire have arrived

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The 5th Battalion The Rifles, based at Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain,

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are the first of 800 UK troops that will eventually be deployed.

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They'll offer defence for eastern European members in case of any

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2,000 cyclists pedalled into Reading today.

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They'd cycled 40 miles from London, finishing by the River Thames

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The ride is organised by the British Heart Foundation

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and helps raise tens of thousands of pounds each year to fight

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Somebody said they would give me 20 quid if I would wear this.

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It was a bit windy, but it was all right.

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Probably the best bit is just getting started with friends

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The worst bit was the big hill in Henley.

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Well done to them. Rather than than me. -- rather them.

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Both Bournemouth and Brighton are currently playing

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In League One, Swindon conceded twice in the final five minutes

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MK Dons eased their own relegation concerns with victory over Coventry,

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and an injury-time winner saw Oxford claim the points against Scunthorpe.

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In League Two, Portsmouth, who are third, lost 3-0

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Now for a look at the weather with Dan Downs.

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It's been a rather cloudy and breezy weekend for most so far.

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We hold onto that cloud through the night, some mist

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and some fog patches around as well, and we keep those

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The chance of some outbreaks of light rain

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Temperatures staying mild tonight, not dipping much

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Tomorrow starts off much the same, rather cloudy, one of two brighter

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breaks a possibility further east, and we still have a chance

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Temperatures reaching highs of 12, possibly 13.

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Not a great deal of change into Monday.

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Colder but brighter with some showers on Tuesday.

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Hello, the mild areas going to be with us into next week. Things set

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to be

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