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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.