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In tonight's programme: A reunion with the people


Five years after his releasd in Beirut, Terry Waite


where he spent his first days of freedom.


It's a place that will alwaxs be in my mind, but not just thd base,


Also: Getting the most from your motor.


The car challenge that's not about speed but who can use


And later on: The children supporting the campaign to keep


a treasure trove of rare Rolan coins close to where they were fotnd.


The former hostage Terry Wahte has returned to the Wiltshire ahr base


he flew into 25 years ago after his release.


Terry Waite spent his first days as a free man at RAF Lynehal


with a team of experts who helped him prepare


Now, in a visit specially arranged by BBC Wiltshire, he's been


Coming home in a storm, Terry Waite's plane bumped


through the Wiltshire cloud and then he was back...


Never had rainswept England looked so good.


Home after five years as a hostage in Lebanon.


Home, the special envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury


who was captured while trying to negotiate the freedom


Now, 25 years on, he has returned to Lyneham with the psychiatrist


who reintroduced him to the outside world.


Well, the plane landed here right on this runway.


It was a rainy day, it was blowy, it is blowy today but it


And I looked around and I couldn't believe it because here


was a welcome sign and the place was absolutely full of people


I have never seen so many press people together.


And because of the weather, they decided to have the prdss


So I went across to the hangar and I had written a few notds


on the plane because I had been told it would be the best thing to give


a statement to everybody and then meet my family.


Ladies and gentlemen, I think you can imagine that


after 1,763 days in chains, it's an overwhelming experidnce


to come back and receive your greetings.


Today, the station is no longer an RAF base, it is a training


In the chapel, Terry Waite takes a moment for reflection.


I have come back and unforttnately there are still many people


who are prisoners of conscidnce held captive in many parts


of the world, so today I have lit that little candle in memorx


of all those around the world who are held against their will


BBC Wiltshire arranged for Terry Waite to come to Lyneham


again with the team that organised his reception and helped


The family are actually aware that the person who has been


returned to them is not the same and they fret about that


and they develop anxiety and depression sometimes as well.


And we have to take all that into account.


So the idea of a controlled re-entry into the family holds good,


just as well as it does for the analogy of a shuttld


The teams here at Lyneham g`ve Terry Waite has life back,


he could get to know his falily again and start paying his lortgage


which had never stopped during his years held in captivity.


But he says it wasn't only the people inside the RAF station,


the whole community showed him kindness.


And those kind strangers had another surprise in store.


One night my wife and I, we heard the bells ringing.


I said, "Oh, they must be practising, the bell-ringers."


And she turned to me and she said, "They are ringing


Yes, the bells peeled again for Terry Waite


at Lyneham's Parish Church, 25 years after they rang out


And if you'd like to hear more from Terry Waite


on his return to Lyneham, he spoke to BBC Wiltshire's


Marie Lennon on her programme this morning.


You can listen again to that on the BBC iPlayer.


The Prison Officers Association says it was "extremely concerned" that


five serious assaults at Bullingdon Jail had not


been reported in line with national guidelines.


A government spokesperson initially said they hadn't taken placd.


But the BBC has obtained a letter written by Paul Baker from the


National Offender Management Service confirming the attacks.


Checks at Bullingdon are now being made to find


out whether procedures are being followed.


People in Swindon could havd to pay for new parish councils


The Borough Council says it can no longer afford to manage


It's proposing three new parishes are set up to take


It's estimated taxpayers wotld have to pay up to ?70 more a year.


It is not just the grass th`t is getting trimmed in Swindon. The


local council here has said that central government cuts means it


cannot afford to do jobs like this for much longer. We are fachng


unprecedented budget pressures and we are facing unprecedented


pressures on our services for vulnerable people, adults and


children. That disgraces thd important local services like street


cleaning and grass cutting, looking after playgrounds and this provides


us a mechanism to ring fencd that money. Many of our main councils are


trying to get the smaller p`rish councils today, responsibilhty for


services like street cleaning, grounds maintenance and grass


cutting and even some libraries But where Swindon is taking it `


stepfather is that it plans to create the brand you Parish councils


were none currently exist to take on responsibility for services it has


said it can longer afford. @t a recent consultation events, the idea


did not go down well. Campahgners fighting these plans what the


council to go back to the drawing board. These proposals do not


actually work and the public have told the council again and `gain


that they do not work and wd do not want them. They save a small amount


of money, ?2.6 million, which could be paid by a small increase in the


council tax and it would be a more appropriate way to keep the town


together so that we all bendfit from the economies of scale of rtnning


our own town. But for the Conservative administration here,


getting local taxpayers to fund these new councils is the only way


that they can see keeping sdrvices going. Daniel Bryan, BBC Sotth


Today, Swindon. -- Daniel Bryan The Ministry of Defence has


confirmed staff from Oxfordshire are involved in the RAF operation


to support the Iraqi RAF Typhoon and remotely piloted


Reaper aircraft have carried out air They have been supported


by air-to-air refuelling Voxager planes, which are based


at RAF Brize Norton. Within the past hour,


European scientists say thex've successfully put an unmanned


spacecraft into orbit around Mars. They're waiting to find


out whether a probe, sent to land on the Red Planet,


has made it to the surface. Dr Manish Patel, who's


an Open University space schentist from Abingdon and is closelx


involved in the mission, Fantastic result, excellent result.


I have got most of my career on that or putter and it has gone into


orbit. So, thank God! That instrument is like a child to me, I


have two lovely children at home and a wife I meet building this


instrument and now I have another child around orbit in -- in orbit


around Mars. It covered 185 miles,


lasted 15 days and needed the help of 15 dogs,


but this afternoon an action group has completed a canine


relay across Oxfordshire. The challenge was designed


to raise awareness of Mast Cell Activation Syndrole -


a newly recognised disease that Our reporter Matt Graveling


has the details... If you're going to tackle four


and a half marathons, what better help than with four extra ldgs?


Meet Chris....and his For the past two weeks,


Chris has been walking the 185 mile Thames Path


to raise awareness of Mast Cell Activation


Syndrome or MCAS. Bit of a to block the Thames in 15


days but I thought it would be more interesting to walk it with a dog,


then I thought why not do it 15 dogs. So that is what I am doing.


On some sections he's been joined by his friends, but along the whole


Lending a paw we had Scout, Duke, Alfie, Zeppo,


Billy, Otto, Maisie, Ben, Wilson...and of course


And they were all walking in aid of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome -


a newly-recognised disease that attacks the immune system.


Earlier this year, Chris helped form a new charity to raise


awareness after his daughter was diagnosed with the condhtion.


The consequences are that when all your cells are being triggered by


inappropriate things like food, drink, temperature change, xou are


flooded with chemicals your body does not need and laid low. It is to


raise awareness of this disdase and help people like my daughter, that


is why I am doing it. The Thames Walk Challenge h`s


already raised more than ?9,000 helping raise awareness of LCAS


something Chris knows is a helpful first step for what will be


a very long journey. Football now, and there


were mixed results for our A win for Swindon, a high-scoring


draw for Milton Keynes Swindon Town remain a singld point


outside the drop zone but phcked up a first win in five


with a comfortable The visitors arrived


at the County Ground victories but first half strikes


from Furlong and Nathan Delfouneso A penalty award gave


Dale hopes of a comeback but Ian Henderson failed to find


the net and Rochdale were ldft Swindon sealed a win


through Thomson but the reldgation MK Dons went close to ending


their winless streak at homd but were denied at the death


by Bristol Rovers. After Dean Bowditch had


given MK Dons the lead, George Williams headed in hhs first


for the club and it all seeled set Matthew Taylor pulled one b`ck


for Rovers but Reeves restore With three minutes left the


capitulated. Seven games now without a victory at their home grotnd.


Oxford United ended Bradford City's winning streak on Saturday but could


not follow that up on Saturday against Coventry. Oxford's Coventry


born midfielder claimed a l`te consolation but it did little to


ease the disappointment for the 2000 strong travelling support.


And there's more sport later in South Today


Before that though, motorsport competitions tend to be


about to who can go fastest but fuel consumption rather than spedd has


been the aim of drivers takhng part in the MPG Marathon.


They've covered more than 400 miles over two days -


the winner will have used the least fuel.


One by one they set off from Heythrop Park.


The winner will achieve the best number of miles per gallon possible.


It's also a chance to showc`se efficient driving.


It is to show people that the way in which the drive has a huge dffect on


the fuel consumption that they get from their vehicle. Over thd years


we have found has been a lot of media attention on the way that some


vehicles cannot manage what the manufacturer sets and we have shown


that they can. As well as being BBC South's


transport correspondent, Paul Clifton is also the current


MPG driving champion. This year he's driving a Honda


built in Swindon. He says success comes


down to teamwork. You and your team it have to be like


an old married couple. You have to finish each other's thoughts and


complete each other's sentences When he looks left, I would write


and between us we have a colplete understanding of what is gohng on


around us. Organisers tracked the progress


of the cars as they made thdir way to the first stop -


Silverstone race circuit. The route through North Oxfordshire


wasn't straightforward. The problem is you are trying to


drive slowly and not hold up other road users, but you have got to keep


the momentum going. So you `re looking at roundabouts and xou want


to fly through them but you have people behind you that are pushing


you and they do not underst`nd that you are trying to go slowly. Lots of


hills, ups and downs. We nedd some clear and open roads to get some


decent economy but we will get there and we will stick at it, it is a


challenge. Like any marathon, it's a tdst


of concentration, The winner's will be announced later


in the week. Now more of today's


stories with Sally Taylor. Later we heard in Milan with Saints


finds classless. The childrdn supporting a campaign to kedp a


treasure trove of Roman coins in Hampshire.


It may be home to some rathdr old and unusual contraptions -


but Reading's Museum of English Rural Life has rdopened.


After investing more than ?3 million over the last two years -


the museum has undergone a state of the art refurbishment, whth no


They might be from other rural past but the machines and contraptions


that revolutionised our world will be brought back to life in ` modern


dislocated in the countryside and dislocated in the countryside and


also from some of the machinery and the hand tools that were usdd in the


old days, so we have created an interpretation scheme where we allow


people to learn about the objects for the first time, particularly


thinking about younger people who will not remember any of thhs. The


museum was established in 1851 and in 2005 moved to its current


premises. It's been closed for two years but that didn't cause the


backstop it causing a storm on social media. A 2000 year-old most


trapped in storage actually a mouse! The grand reopening is this weekend.


We want to make it relevant because it is relevant, in terms of where


food comes from, our leisurd experiences, so the countryside is


still relevant and we want to reflect that. Town and country have


always been closely related and they wanted to get that idea across that


they are not opposing each other. Town and country coming


an urban setting. On to sport and an urban setting. On to sport and


Joe Kent is with us, and I want to get that feeling of Italy! Xou have


got the Facebook out! If only we were over there. -- phrase book


Yes, it's the big sports story Southampton's most prestigious


This time tomorrow they'll be in action at the San Siro -


one of Europe's biggest stadiums, 80,000 seats, and home


Thousands of Saints fans have made the journey to watch


And our Sports Editor Tony Husband jetted off this morning


ahead of the game - we can join him now from Milan


and Tony, you've been having a look at what's in store.


Yes, what an atmosphere we have already got building here in Milan


today, the first of the 7000 Southampton fans have been `rriving,


lots of different routes, from airports and some driving down


through France and Switzerl`nd, but they are all here to the inside the


stadium and 40 Stadium, one of the most famous venues in the


footballing world, the San Siro They were champions went Sotthampton


were playing the likes of Swindon and Oldham. Southampton arrhve in


confident mood with the Italian side struggling somewhat having lost


their last few games. South`mpton on a roll, seven unbeaten, and in the


press conference, Dusan Tadhc and Claude well have been given as their


thoughts. We expect an open game because both teams like to play good


football and to win matches and do football and to win matches and do


dominate possession and the game. I think it will be an interesting game


to see for fans, but I hope we will be the stronger team and take three


points. Of course, to play `way and to play Inter Milan, it is dxciting,


but for us just a game. It hs important to try to take thd points.


I must say, I have been fortunate in this job to go to some great venues


down the years, but this ond really is special. It is absolutelx huge,


and 7000 Saints fans will bd any crowd tomorrow night, the locals not


as enthusiastic as the visiting fans. We have been talking to some


of them visiting the stadiul today. A dream come true. You don't come to


places like this very often and most of us have supported Saints for a


long time, 40 odd years for some of us, and this is great. You come here


to the San Siro and it is a dream come true for everyone. Everyone


around the world is coming `nd we sold 7000 tickets and there will be


fans all over the place. I don't think Milan has been this btzzing


for a long time, for any gale, so it is a dream. I travelled homd and


away all over the country soul to go from each used in eight in old onto


a night in San Siro is unbelievable. Going through the divisions and back


up, something you never expdct, a one off, and you hope it can happen


again. This is our year and we have to grasp it. A quick word whth Dave


who will be in the commentary box tonight, and some great


anticipation? The family sahd that the club, now an established Premier


League club with that finance and there they are playing in the San


Siro. Do Southampton try to win less, Inter Milan at a low dbb?


There is a possibility but H will be happy to try and take a point. You


get the feeling from the Sotthampton supporters, I met them on the plane


and in the airport coming over to the stadium and around it. They are


in fine form. They are delighted to be here and they are loving it. They


are really looking forward to this game, 7000 fans. We have had an


extended chat on our Facebook page struggle under that when we preview


that match but for now, arrhvederci! Well, from the San Siro now


and a bit closer to home and the Amex Stadium,


where a win for Brighton last night saw the Seagulls


go third in the table. On-form Sam Baldock scored


the only goal of the game, heading home to put Brighton ahead


against Wolves 16 minutes in. But not such a welcome


outcome for Reading - who went down to Aston Vill`


shortly before the break. Yann Kermogant then salvaged


an equaliser off a penalty rebound, but the Royals then conceeddd a 90th


minute penalty to seal their defeat - ending their unbeaten homd record


in the Championship. Surrey cricketers Gareth Batty


and Zafar Ansari could be in line for roles in the first test


against Bangladesh Spin-friendly conditions


in Chittagong are likely to suit the two players -


who are at opposite ends It could be a test debut


for 24-year-old Ansari, while Surrey Captain Gareth Batty


will be making a return to Test cricket after 11


years, at the age of 39. He will be the second oldest test


player. And only 39! It is every metal detectorist's


dream - unearthing Roman trdasure. Two years ago, a hoard


of ancient coins was found Some are so rare there


has been interest in But a campaign to keep them close


to where they were found is gaining some high profile support


as Briony Leyland reports. Preparing to get hands


on with precious pieces of history. These coins are just a fraction


of the Boldre Hoard. More than 1,600 roman coins


were found by a metal detectorist They date back to


the 3rd century AD. I know Thracians and is real but I


didn't know I would never hold some. The coins, made of silver


and bronze, bear the images Significant finds like this often


end up in national museums. Locally based historian Dan Snow


is backing the campaign to keep them I want the coins to stay here, not


going off to London where they will be in a store room! They have too


much stuff up there already, they can stay down here where thdy were


found. Somebody in our area, one of our ancestors, head these coins


maybe he was under attack, `nd they were found right here where we are


standing and they deserve to be kept here to inspire young peopld and


give them a love of history and teach them about the extraordinary


past this area. Local people are being recrtited


to raise ?30,000 to bring the coins We hope to be able to get someone


who knows a novel lot more `bout it at the museum to be able to come in


and research the coins and tell us a more about it, but also that we


might be able to do some excavation around the find spot to see what


else was going on. The more excavation we can do the more we are


able to find out and it can hopefully give us a better hdea


Often we can never say for sure why it was buried.


The campaign's foot soldiers were busy making their own


The hope is before long the real thing will be on display close


Those children clearly love that bit of history! I will be gentld with


her because she has been very poor labour comes back bravely btt I will


sit over here! I have some pictures for yot yearly


forecasts, many of you have been out, the blue skies overhead in


Berks. A tranquil scene. Sunny spells for those walking along the


beach in West Sussex. Overnhght we expect increasing cloud and the risk


of the odd isolated shower but you will be unlucky if you do c`tch one.


We have clearing skies for western parts and the chance of a touch of


frost. With increasing cloud and lows in towns and cities of 8-9dC


and the countryside possiblx down to three. HLA start for some of the lot


of cloud to the day which whll thin and break to allow for some sunny


spells but the odd isolated shower and if you draw a line north from


the Isle of Wight North words, the further least you are the lhkely are


you are to see showers. The temperature similar to todax with


the northerly breeze which will take on the edge of the temperattre.


Tomorrow evening is the match, cloudy skies and four kick-off we


are looking at a high of around 14, but during the match the telperature


slides to around 12, and more can be found on BBC radio tomorrow evening.


Tomorrow we're expecting cldar skies and the South and the risk of the


odd shower but most places staying dry with the temperature dipping


down to low single figures hn the countryside. We continue to have


northerly breeze which takes the edge of the temperature but there


may be the odd pocket of frost and mist first thing on Friday. Friday


is a marquee start with high pressure are still dominating, low


pressure over the neo-con dhthered and that means they will be like


authority on Friday and through Friday there's the chance of mist


and fog Friday late into Saturday morning. Tomorrow, some sunny spells


that very cloudy start and ` breeze coming in from the North whhch will


take the edge of the temper`ture, feeling fresh during the dax, more


close around on Friday and the chance of mist and fog first thing


on Saturday. Well done, mord at 8pm and 1030 tonight and tomorrow we are


back in Milan so make sure xou're with us, goodbye.


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