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Hello and welcome to South Today. and on BBC One we now join
In tonight's programme: The highly toxic
diet pills not for human consumption.
They've been linked to a number of deaths -
But a BBC investigation's found they're still being sold online
Also on the way: Calling all Specials - why more voltntary
police officers are being looked for in Wiltshire
And the absent parents dodghng child support payments...why you could be
worse off if you live in Milton Keynes.
A BBC investigation's discovered lethal diet pills are being sold
on "hidden" websites, despite a major crackdown.
been linked to a number of deaths in the UK,
including a man from Buckinghamshire four years `go.
Now there are calls for tougher prison sentences for those
who sell the pills - which are currently set at ` maximum
Zoe Curtis has this exclusive report:
Sean Clithero was just 28 when he died after taking
the highly toxic chemical DNP in a High Wycombe gym.
He was hoping to lose weight and his mother Sharon Ayres wants
I was in with him probably H think no more than ten minutes and when I
first got in there he was trying to stand up because he said his back
was hurting and he was just shouting that is back hurt and he wanted to
stand up and he wanted me to help him, and he said I can't st`nd up. I
noticed his stats were really high and the doctor was telling le to
keep calm and lie down, and the sweat that was running off of him
was... I've never seen anything like that.
legally used in fertilisers, dyes and even ammunition.
But it's illegal if sold or marketed for human consumption.
Four people were jailed in connection with Sean's c`se.
The Food Standards Agency is clamping down on underground
websites selling DNP 'as didt pills' and has closed 19 in the last year.
If you are selling it onlind we can track you, we can trace you to your
home address, and we have done on two occasions this year, we've
successfully intervened in those selling it online, thinking they
were selling it in a way th`t could not be traced back actually we
traced them, and they are now active, ongoing investigations
hoping to be result in prosdcution. New figures from the Medicines
Health Regulatory Authority seen by the BBC show it seized
?1.4 million worth of unlicdnsed The BBC purchased pills frol one
of these sites and had them The results showed
they contained 40% DNP. The campaign to clamp down
on the sales is continuing Sean's grandparents just looks. .
It's just aged everybody. They look frail. It's just so hard to live
with. I had Sean when I was 17, so not just using a son, he was like a
little brother to me so it hs very, very difficult when you havd that
bond with someone and all of a sudden they are just gone.
A man from Chipping Norton's been sentenced to 18 years in prhson -
for the attempted murder of his elderly mother.
Steven Williams, who's 44 and from Hailey Road
in the town, was convicted after a seven day trial.
He'd stabbed 72 year old Daphne Williams in the neck six
six months ago, in an unprovoked attack.
Researchers at Oxford University claim the so-called
"weekend effect" at trauma centres across the country isn't valid.
Calls for a seven day NHS h`ve been key to Government changes to working
conditions for doctors, leading to Junior Doctor
such as the John Radcliffe in Oxford.
Last year, The British Medical Journal claimed you're 15
per cent more likely to die, if admitted to hospital on ` Sunday,
compared to a Wednesday. Oxford experts disagree:
One thing we had to do is adjust for different isn't observations I come
to hospitals that we can. The pattern of injuries is a subtly
different at the weekend colpared to the week so we had to use some
statistical techniques to adjust for those differences, but once we have
done that we found no difference in either disability for the p`tients
who are discharged alive, or the number of patients who died.
Next tonight - Specials - or voluntary police officers,
could soon make up around a third of the number of
The force has started a recruitment drive for more, but denies ht's
using volunteers to plug the gap, left by cuts.
Angela Walker has been to Swindon to find out more:
"Yeah, just seen a bmw he's doing 60 mile an hour in a 40.
"He's just up ahead of us so we ll do a compliance stop in a sdcond."
The reason I've stopped you is because you're speedhng
Ian Evans has been doing this job for ten years,
You could be sat round the corner and a call could come in, a distress
call, or someone trying to commit suicide.
It is very satisfying being able to come along and help a melber
of the public and calm them down and let them know, reassure them.
I enjoy that I just enjoy the satisfaction of being able
Nationally, specials make up 16 of police constables.
Wiltshire has around 1000 Pcs and 136 specials.
They want to increase that number to 500.
That would mean a third of its constables
"There's a danger that people will see it as using voluntders
that the special constabulary have a very special place and that
they're there to support the police not to replace
No, no, I mean its fair to say we have fewer officers now
than we did a few years ago but we still have the core strength
and we certailnly would not ever use or expect the specials to fhll
Specials have the same responsibilities and the sale powers
enabling them to take on other, more serious duties.
Wiltshire Constabulary say people wanting to become a special
will receive full, ongoing training and the chance to specialisd
in an aspect of policing, such as cyber crime,
or traffic policing. Angela Walker, BBC South Today.
New research suggests singld parents in Milton Keynes are owed more
money by absent partners, than any other place in the UK.
It's been calculated more than ?12 million
of maintenance payments remains uncollected in MK
Across the country, that figure is ?4 billion.
I virtually have given him shoe sizes, bank account details, and
address, car registration ntmbers, I have given them his information you
could simply Google and get the answers, so if I can get those
answers, why can't they? Despite asking for over ten years, the child
support agency hasn't been `ble to provide any answers to thosd
questions. More importantly, it hasn't been able to provide Laura
with any money, either. It lakes me angry, I suppose, is that what does
message it sent out to thosd children? That they're worthless?
That somebody is allowed to create another human being and then just
walk away. And according to research by the charity gingerbread, the
issue of nonpayment appears to be more acute in this region. Here in
the Milton Keynes constituency, there are over ?5.7 million worth of
arrears. In the Milton Keynds South constituency, that figure is 6.
million. If you add both of those figures together, that gives the
over ?12 million, making it the highest figure in the whole of the
country. Gingerbread is now calling on the CSA and the government to do
more. They have very extenshve powers to enforce maintenance,
making them deductions from earnings, taking money from bank
accounts, and reporting people to credit reference agencies when they
have debts. But the power to report people to credit reference `gencies
was brought in over a year `go, and so far they have not once rdferred a
case will stop the CSA is in the process of being scrapped, replaced
with the child maintenance service, a service the government hopes to do
more. In my roll on the bed head select committee, we are enpuiring
into beat old system so that before the new system is rolled out are
there any tweaks that we cotld make that system better than the old one?
'S the question now is what will happen to the ?4 billion of
outstanding payment? The fe`r is that when the new agency takeover,
unless parents apply to find that money can debt could simply be
written off. A new memorial garden
is being created in Oxford , to commemorate the lives of soldiers
who were killed in Afghanistan. 456 daffodil bulbs have been planted
- one for each of the servicemen Many of the bodies were brotght
to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for a post mortem
examination. Hundreds of mourners would turn out
to pay their respects. A formal ceremony will be hdld
when the daffodils A new magazine is officiallx
on offer in Aylesbury. It's a collection of tales of life
in Buckinghamshire The magazine, written by veterans,
is designed to help them find Brennan Nicholls has been
to the launch: There are about 50 rounds of
ammunition left in each of ly guns, and without thinking I crawled away
and into the front of the m`chine. I conclude that little had ch`nged
from the World War II. The Home Guard was probably thinking them the
For both Amy and Lee this h`s been a voyage of self discovery.
We first met them three months ago as they and other former arled
service personnel produced `rticles for this Maybe Magazine.
The project is designed to help give new skills,
I have actually managed to get a small job working in social
communications and media for a furniture designer in Chichdster
which is directly as a result of being on this programme, so it has
really been great. And lots more stable now than when I first started
the project. I suffer from PTSD and I got involved in the project
because I was on the edge of another deep, dark hole, disappearing into
the house for months at a thme, so I used the project as an excuse to get
out of the house. One of the tales included
within is the story He and fellow crew members of HMS
Bulldog captured a German U,Boat It was brought to Bletchley,
where the 99-year-old now lhves and used to crack the Nazi wartime
coded messages. We got to the submarine, and who
smashed away. We have no tr`nsport. We had to borrow another shhp to
bring us back with all the stuff on, and from there we loaded thd stuff
onto the old dog, all the prisoners on the mess deck.
An online version of the magazine will be launched in December.
It will include some of the audio and video capttred
Other parts of the country `re now looking at the results of this
project and considering running their own version to help more
I'll be back with headlines at o'clock, as well as our latd
Stay with us though - Sally Taylor is next with more
Tireless - the Southampton lan who's no roll over when it comes
to winning a silver medal in the World's Strongest
The A27 through West Sussex is one of the region's
Everyone agrees something needs to be done but they
Hundreds of people are gathdring for a public meeting this evening
Highways England has up to one hundred million pounds to spend
but there's concern some iddas might actually make matters worse.
Good evening. Behind me you can see the mass of people waiting to get
into this meeting to discuss the A27 bottleneck in Worthing. Tod`y, I
discussed the problem with one family, asked them
about the problems they facd on a daily basis.
I lose so much time just sat in traffic permanently.
Trying to get my daughter from school is always
Trying to make it to meetings in time for work,
How long would you be sitting in a traffic jam?
We definitely need a bypass of some sort.
We don't know where it's going to go!
It's very difficult around here because we've got
the green fields at the back with the Downs and things.
Sea to the other side, so there s not a lot of places to go!
Possible answers include a tunnel or so-called three pass, widenhng the
road through the town. One campaign group believes the existing road
should be kept just for loc`l traffic. They want a northern bypass
making use of existing roads. Through traffic would head north and
rejoin the existing dual carriageway at patching.
By definition, a through pass favouring through traffic mtst
disfavour all the locals trxing to cross the road or join the road.
So we are talking about givhng 50,000 people in the top half
of Worthing a problem to favour a few people who want to go
Environmentalists say the answer is to reduce traffic.
Well, we know from history that every time we build a new road,
So that exactly what is going to happen.
If we're going to tackle congestion on the A27, we need
to minimise the demand for people who want to drivd.
And to do that, we've got to give them real choices in terms
of walking and cycling for the shorter journeys,
linking up with buses and r`il for the longer journeys.
They will be opening the doors here in just a minute, and the formal
consultation gets underway hn the With the sport now,
here's Tony Husband. That road will be pretty busy
tomorrow! Many a time I havd driven on A27 trying to get... Or not
driven! Big game for Brighton tomorrow.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton comes up against his former club in this
Albion face Norwich tomorrow, a club Hughton managed in the top
His current club are second in the table -
two places above tomorrow's opposition, who have lost
only once in the last 13 games in this fixture.
Two promotion rivals facing off means three big points on offer
It's also about points that the opposition don't gdt.
Is there any difference in ` game away at Wigan and a
We want to be taking points off our closest rivals if that's how
it's going to pan out towards the end.
The disappointing performance up there.
Bournemouth are on the road at Middlesbrough tomorrow sdeking
a fifth game unbeaten in thd Premier League.
That's a three o'clock kick off Southampton's game against Chelsea
Reading host Nottingham Fordst in the championship,
a win could put them back into the top six.
In league one, Oxford's game against Millwall
is a one o'clock kick off, Swindon are at Scunthorpe.
Portsmouth have only one win in five, so they'll hope
for a positive result at Cambridge tomorrow.
Another impressive round of golf from Stoneham's Richard Bland means
he remains in contention at the halfway stage of the world
The 43-year-old from Hampshhre shot another 68, making him eight under
He's tied for fourth and five shots off the lead held
Now to the world of strongman competition.
In this sport you can often lift, drag, pull and push weights of over
A businessman from Southampton has just returned
from the United States where he earned a podium pl`ce
in his class, but as I find out he won't give up until he's
Tom trains four times a week and often twice a day,
so putting on a show for thd cameras today was no sweat.
He has 26 stone he is about to lift and carry, twice my body wehght He
started entering events in 2012 and won his competition. Last wdek was a
big breakthrough on the loc`l stage. Second place in the world's
strongest man and 90 kilogr`ms. It's hard. There was a different winner
in each event. It was a fierce competition, and as always the most
consistent person won. In world's strongest man,
there are usually about six disciplines, from deadliest
to moving obstacles. 30-year-old Tom will lift wdights
of over 300 kilograms. There is no prize money, we found
ourselves. We are literally competing for a title, that's all it
is about. There is great calaraderie between the different competitors.
It's just a case of you havd these weights and you have delivered them,
push your body to give the best of durability. The way they sahd they
went up, they're always progressing, progressing, always making things
heavier -- the best of your ability. Tom runs a personal trainer
business in Southampton. I'm not going to give up until I win
at least once. He has the mhndset! You didn't give him much of a
helping hand. I couldn't evdn move the trial. Absolutely incredible!
You don't change the tyres on your own hand, why would you be trying
out? Next Monday it is of course
Halloween but in other parts of the world, particularly
in Mexico, it's traditional to celebrate the Day
of the Dead instead. It's an occasion to
honour the ancestors - visiting their graves,
leaving offerings and There's a distinct carnival
atmosphere and that's what they're tapping
into in Basingstoke tonight, with it's own Day
of the Dead parade. I'm surrounded by ghosts and ghouls
to mark the Day of the Dead. Celebrations here in Basingstoke,
and it's all about reconnecting with ancestry. In Mexico, they do just
that. They go to graveyards and have it picnic and reconnect with their
loved 1's past. I'm joined now by Mary from a theatre group. Tell us
about who's getting involved? We have been working with an alazing
company who do this work at Glastonbury every year. We work with
young people in Basingstoke to create the lanterns, face p`inting,
to do dance workshops and theatre workshops. They have been doing
theatre all day. It's been great and they are ready to take part in the
parade. Why is it important to celebrate arts? It brings the whole
community together. The kind of work we do is all about this,
enlightening a community, m`king it a great place to win. -- to live.
You can come down and have ` party, and celebrate where you livd. It
certainly is feeling vibrant. There are also people heavens we have a
dance troupe here. What performance are you doing? The living. Fabulous.
Have a look around this sitd. We have a tiny werewolf. I'm a little
scared of you! I'm going to find our counsellor. Terry, this is putting
Basingstoke on the map in a different way to our part of the
region? We wanted something different, quirky, bit less
threatening than the tradithonal view of Halloween, and something
that brings everybody else from the street in Basingstoke and enlivens
what is the historic part of town. So connecting with ancestors as
well. And you're hoping for great success? Absolutely, it was
fantastic last year. I think the crowds will be bigger this xear and
we have even more happening. It s just exciting. Is half of the parade
is the living. We will join up with a parade of the dead, this spooky
crew! Fabulous, we will join you for our forecast of the
weather. Now, more than 100 footballs
are being sent to Syrian refugee children in Turkey,
thanks to a pack of Cub Scotts. The cubs from the second
New Forest North Group at Copythorne raised ?1000 and this
morning bought the balls from the Saints shop
at St Mary's Stadium. It's the Cub Scout law
to always do your best, think of others before yourself
and do a good turn every dax. And today, this team of young boys
are doing just that. Because of the crisis in Syria,
they've been going to refugde So we've been thinking that we're
so grateful for everything that we play with and footb`lls
so we think that every child should be able to have a go
and have a football. They started at the
beginning of January. They collect 20p, which thex bring
in dribs and drabs They've had kickball compethtions,
they've had car washes, sponsored tractor clean,
which was absolutely amazing First to Calais in France,
where demolition is starting today on one of the biggest migrant
and refugee camps. The Cub Scouts came up with the idea
after watching the news But how much do the younger
generation know about what's There's a lot of killing
and stuff like that. It's interesting learning
about all the different I watched it this morning
about the war. Yeah, I wish I could but I can't
because it's kind of far-aw`y to it. But maybe for young people
like these Hampshire scouts, the only way they feel they can help
is with little acts of kindness Well done to that group. Yot have
done really well. Shall we go back to Basingstoke now `nd join
Sarah? Now time for a look at the weekend
weather, here's Sarah Farmer. It's not looking too terrifxing
This weekend's forecast for the last weekend of October, it's prdtty calm
and mild. You can see from the satellite picture earlier today that
we have a band of thick clotd across the central part of the country
This is actually a weather front that divides the cold northdrn half
of the UK and the warm southern half. That's the mild weathdr for
the last few days and today is no different. We have got cloudy
conditions in Basingstoke this evening, and that's what we will
stick with throughout the course of tonight, a mild one with
temperatures down to 12 or 03 degrees. That is what we wotld
normally see by day during this time of the year. We will see ond or two
patches of fog which could be slowed to lift by first thing tomorrow
morning. A minibus, cloudy picture. A light breeze and as we st`rt to
head towards the afternoon ht lives in some spots. He may be lucky
enough to catch one or two sunny breaks. Most of us see tempdratures
up to around edge you may bd. You might see is up to 16 or 17 degrees
locally. Tomorrow night, thd clocks change so an extra hour in bed. We
will continue the theme of cloudy and mild weather. There may be a few
patches of fog once more. Temperatures down to around 11 or
12, so the mild theme continues Sunday morning, a similar phcture.
We start off with cloudy conditions, a little bit of patchy mist and fog
possible. By afternoon, we could see more bright breaks. Sunny spells
towards the end of the weekdnd. Monday looks like it will bd a
brighter day, and we start to see a fresher feel to things as wd go into
the new working week. By Tudsday, we return to slightly cloudy
conditions. Not too terrifyhng for the celebrations here for
the Day of the Dead. Here in Basingstoke. Thank you, Sar`h. There
is a wonderful woman behind Sarah, those skeletons. You can sed the
parade on our Facebook page and we thought we would leave you with some
great shots from our cameras there in Basingstoke. Enjoying thd Day of
the Dead celebrations in Basingstoke. Have a great wdekend,