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Hello and welcome to South Today. news teams where you are.
In tonight's programme: A ten year jail term
for the lorry driver who killed a mother and thrde
To all intents and purposes, Thomasz Kroker's news of his mobile phone
while driving turned his vehicle into a lethal weapon.
Also: Too heavy a load - calls for rent to be waived
for community groups hoping to save children
And later on - top of the class for Mr Emeny as he wins
a national teaching award for making maths fun.
He might as well have been driving with his eyes closed -
the damning words of the judge as she sentenced Thomasz Kroker
for driving his lorry into the back of queuing tr`ffic
killing a woman and three children whilst he was on his mobile phone.
Harrowing video from his lorry cab was shown to the jury
revealing the moment he looked up from his phone to realise,
His lorry smashed into the Vauxhall Corsa which was carrying
Tracey Houghton and her sons Josh and Ethan,
The family said the ten year sentence was insufficient
for a crime which, they said, had destroyed their family.
Video released by police in conjunction with the victim's
families shows Thomasz Krokdr scrolling through his
His lorry closing rapidly on a queue of stationary traffic.
Moments later, children, Ethan, Josh and Aimee were dead together
with the boy's mother, Tracey Houghton.
Their car crashed to a third of its size,
In the moments Thomasz Krokdr chose to look at his phone,
he caused a multiple vehicld accident that endangered
all surrounding road users and took the lives of Tracy,
To all intents and purposes, Mr Kroker's use of his mobile phone
whilst driving turned his lorry into a lethal weapon.
Videos seen by the judge exposed the wider family's emotional trauma.
I thought that was the worst day of my life.
But I think it was three wedks later when I went to the funeral directors
and actually saw them dead, cold, in their coffin.
Witnesses said Mr Kroker was in tears after the crash
but insisted his brakes had failed until he was confronted
The death toll could have bden higher. Adam Pearson's was thrown
upside down in the crash brdaking his back. Using your phone while
driving is not something minor, it is something that can ruin lives. It
is the only good thing to come out of this, that it will changd
public's outcomes when using a phone while driving. The family s`id it
could never be compensated for the loss.
Aimee's mother, Kate Goldsmhth, called for more to be done to stop
people using their mobile phones behind the wheel.
Earlier I spoke to our transport correspondent Paul Clifton
and asked him how realistic that might be.
There is no evidence to suggest the number of people using ` hand
held mobile phone at the whdel is going down.
Yet the number of drivers ptnished for doing so fell by 43%
last year alone, and by 84% since 2011.
Principally because fewer police are out on the road looking
There are far fewer traffic police than five years ago -
every force in this region has cut the size of its roads polichng unit.
It is not because people ard using their mobile phones behind the
wheel. Many studies have described it as shocking. The RAC called it an
epidemic of use. The cuts that police forces have seen, and they
have had to make difficult choices, road traffic policing has bden seen
as a soft target. These offhcers save lives and -- and we nedd to see
investment to make sure people think they will be caught when thdy use a
mobile behind the wheel. Thdy have stopped doing that. Having two
cameras inside a cab is norlal. Having one facing the drive is more
unusual. It is the boss is watching every would think they do. They
welcome it because it exonerates the driver at the time of an incident
and demonstrates they were doing the right thing or not doing solething
they might be accused of. It works both ways.
We know that texting whilst driving impairs reaction times more
than being at the legal drink drive limit.
IAM Road Smart, the Institute of Advanced Motorists,
said the courts seem to be playing catch up
with society's views on this, and said sentencing was out
It supports stronger penalthes and more police.
The drink driving battle has largely been won.
That's because it is widely regarded as socially unacceptable.
Using a mobile phone whilst driving does not have the same
Until it does, and until drhvers fear they might actually be
caught breaking the law, there will be more terrible
Police are investigating after a man was seriously injured at a Halloween
The man was stabbed at Bottelino's Restaurant in the early
He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford,
where he remains in a seriots but stable condition.
Three men have been arrested and released on conditional bail.
Community groups hoping to step in to save some of Oxfordshhre's
children's centres are clailing they're being "kept in the dark
about how much rent they'll be charged to use council buildings.
Funding cuts mean more than half of the centres
are set to close in March - unless other groups
Now some councillors are calling for rents to be waived
Our political reporter Bethan Phillips has the story.
The Doorstep Family Centre hn Oxford is one step ahead of other similar
It's managing to stay afloat without depending
on council funding - that's exactly what Oxfordshire
County Council wants to happen elsewhere.
But managers here are worridd about how other community groups
will cope if they're charged rent when they take over
children's centres saying that they shouldn't have
If they spend their first ydar raising money to save rent, they
will not get to the second xear They need that step for the right
direction. Funding is very difficult in itself.
One of the children's centres that
from closure by a charity is Britannia Road in Banburx.
But those trying to take ovdr say Oxfordshire County Council hasn t
been clear about how much rent it will charge.
At the moment we are in the dark about information we need to include
in our business plans. We still need to find out what the rent whll be,
we are still waiting to find out lots of different things like what
costs we would be liable for. Tomorrow Oxfordshire County Council
will debate whether or not to waive rents for children's centres
for the first year - something called for by
the Green party. This is a false economy bec`use if
you close the children's centres, the number of children taken into
care will increase. Taking ` child into care costs a fortune and that
money can be better spent kdeping the doors of the centre is open
Meanwhile, local churches are being urged
by the Diocese of Oxford to help run services like this.
What we are saying is this hs a fabulous opportunity to takd your
place at the heart of community life. In terms of doing things that
are for the common good, for the community good.
The County Council says it's now received bids
from 17 from charities and communities hoping to t`ke
over children's centres across Oxfordshire
and has insisted the discussions its had with those groups h`ve
The Ashmolean Museum has bedn granted just over ?1 million
from the Heritage Lottery Ftnd to help it secure a hoard
The rare find of Viking coins and artifacts
was discovered in a field near Watlington by metal detectorist
Comprising of about 200 coins, seven items of jewellery
and 15 bars of silver, the find is hugely signific`nt
because it contains so many coins of Alfred the Great.
The estimated value is ?1.35 million.
The Museum has until the end of February next year to rahse
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Police have released footagd of a fatal crash caused by a distracted
lorry driver using his mobile phone can the wheel. Four people were
killed when Thomasz Kroker smashed into stationary traffic. I will have
the headlines later on. The Halloween horror show
that is the weekend football Now, always a treat -
here's Sally Taylor. All I want is a head full of hair
and I can't even have that. For five years she kept
her condition secret. Only those closest
to her knew, until now. Hair loss seems to be
such a taboo subject, it's really stigmatised and we don't
talk about it. Every time I did speak about it
even to my mum, I would be hn floods Claire's aim is to raise money
for the small charity which aims Stay with us as we mark Halloween.
There's spooky goings on and the case of the haunted swimming pool in
Worthing. If I mention school and maths,
fun is probably the last But fun is exactly what maths has
turned into at Wyvern College near Eastleigh, thanks
to the Numeracy Ninjas. That's the name of a mental
arithmetic programme which has transformed the subject -
not only at Wyvern, but at thousands It's just earned Will Emeny,
the teacher behind it, a prdstigious We sent Lewis Coombes back to school
to find out more. Right, pencils ready. Three, two,
one. 30 questions in five minutes
at the start of every lesson. I needed something that would be fun
and like a Game for them and I thought I had done martial `rts as a
kid and what better than a belt system to level up?
Each correct answer is awarded a point.
The more right answers you get, the better
And when it comes to mental arithmatic, the Year 7 pupils
at Wyvern College have developed into quite the Ninja Warriors.
We did a research study last year that showed the numeracy ninjas
boosted their numeracy by 70% for the average student. Some students
it was greater than that. The questions are set to be
challenging and the oldest pupil sitting at the back found
it harder than most. OK, times tables answers ard 42 I
like how we do with at the start of the lesson because it gets ts ready.
I liked because it's challenging. At the beginning I got red and then I
got Brown. Did anyone get the blackbelt? Congratulation 's. We
lost it a year ago and it's grown to 3500 schools all over the world
The success of Mr Emeny's brainchild has been
rewarded with the accolade of Secondary School Teacher
of the Year at a national teaching awards ceremony.
The plan is to now roll out an online version of Numeracy Ninjas
For those pupils at Wyvern, Mr Emeny has become a significant figure
I never knew I would end up a maths teacher but I'm so glad I dhd
because I love the job. Go, numeracy ninjas! Congratulations to him and I
would think from his whole class. We will move on to sport. It's not a
happy story to start with, hs it? Yes, we know the dangers of the
sport of horse racing. The champion jockey Jim Crowley was one of two
rushed to hospital after a serious incident at Kempton Park. Wd will
not show you the accident. That is the worst that fell at the left of
the picture, the other forcds, including Jim Crowley on
Electrified. He was taken to St George's Hospital at tooting. That
is the remainder of the racd. Both men described as being in a serious
condition. We will have an tpdate on that on our late news, if wd have
one. We can go to football now. We'll start with a look at the top
of the EFL championship table. Brighton and Hove Albion
cemented their position in second with a victory Chris Hughton
described as right up there with the best in his
time as Albion manager. Hughton's Albion are second only
to his former club Newcastld And look out for Reading,
Jaap Stam said top ten was ` big stretch in the summer -
the Royals are fifth. Norwich goalkeeper Michael LcGovern
had a bad day and his mistake allowed Glenn Murray to get
the first of his three on the day. The on-loan striker headed
a second on the hour mark Then Murray completed his h`t-trick
as Albion marched to a ninth game A super finish coming up
from Anthony Knockart compldted It's a special result because we're
up against at top team and ht was our day to day. I think the second
goal was the big one becausd at that stage they had to open up. Ht starts
and a real good opportunity from Glenn and then from that first page,
you have a good In their first match, MK dons were
to find no mercy as Sheffield United. The Blades talk less than
ten minutes to take the lead. After the break, NK dons did get on better
terms. The dons were to leave Bramall Lane beaten. Billy Sharp
betting the winner for a result which leaves the Buckinghamshire
side outside the bot four on goal difference. Swindon Town on one of
the teams inside the relegation day -- zone and did little to e`se fears
of the drop. They had a close range finish and Dwayne Holmes made it 2-0
after was. Shambolic swindlhng defending here. There was a rebound
for his second of the game `nd Scunthorpe's fourth as the
opposition crumbled. The new opportunity will force Swindon was
Nathan Thompson's consolidation at half-time. Oxford United's
inconsistency continues to frustrate. This time against
Millwall. The opener at the Chris Ham Stadium. The Lions came back in
spectacular style. Morrison with a contender. A lapse at the b`ck
allowed Millwall to win it. Some sad news, Dave Lanning has
died, famously describing the first live darts final on TV in 1884. He
started his career on the Bournemouth Echo.
Staying with hockey tomorrow night we'll have a special report
from the Netherlands where two of team GB's hockey stars are now
Sussex's Maddie Hinch and Surrey's Sophie Bray were part
of Team GB's gold medal winning team against the dutch
This weekend Maddie, from West Chilitington,
was up against Sophie and our cameras were in Utrdcht
to see what life after Rio had brought for them.
Now to someone who always seems to be looking down
on the opposition, Hampshird cliff diver Gary Hunt is on top
Hunt, who's from Eastleigh and trained at the Quays Diving
centre in Southampton won his sixth world title,
following the final competition of the season in Dubai.
Although that dive placed hhm second, a string of wins
throughout the series secured the overall win.
The sport - which sees divers jump from a 27 metre high platform
and reach a speed of 65 miles per hour -
is so extreme that only around 50 people in the world have
enough technical skills to take part.
I heard him talking on the radio about having to change from diving
head to coming down with yotr feet first, so that was difficult and
look at that, Hurford! It t`kes my breath away, that -- perfect.
As you can hardly fail to h`ve noticed, tonight is Hallowedn -
the night when the spirits, not to mention young trick
To mark the occasion, Richard Latto has been delvhng
into BBC South's archives in search of ghostly goings-on.
And he's breathed new life into some weird and wonderftl
tales of the unexpected - starting in Worthing with the case
1976 and the long hot summer had us diving into the
swimming pools to cool off but there was one that was perhaps
Swings our baskets around, moves things.
Things that suddenly appeardd, suddenly disappear.
Sadly this pool has now been shut down, probably
because of the hauntings, so if you see a ghost here wearing
armbands and looking lost, you will know why.
You have the sensation there is somebody behind
you but you turn around and nobody is there.
This is Quarry Road in Winchester and it was here in 1972 that
She had two exorcisms but the spirits refused to leave.
The first thing I saw was a lady, a nun up in my bedroom.
She was dressed in black and I just glanced across and saw her
at the end of the bed, towards the wardrobe.
I couldn't say anything, under my breath I said oh mx God
You have held two exorcisms but without much success.
I wouldn't say without succdss for the simple reason that
when I first went there, it was apparent that somethhng evil
was there and that evil has been done away with.
Not many people know it but according to records Botrnemouth
is the ghoul capital of the South, known for its nightlife
and also its afterlife nightlife and as reporter Tim Hirst found out
when he met a family from Whnton, there is a particularly nasty
The television was pushed over, fireplace was pushed over
and a disco ball was thrown across the room.
She rang me and said please come home, things
Then a neighbour picked the phone up and said you must come home,
And it seems that possessed houses in Bournemouth were very colmon
Mike Purton set out the case for another
John and Edith Upshaw lived here with their son and with
It was an ordinary life unthl a few weeks ago everything changed.
First thing that happened here was that the electricity supply
began to fluctuate and then the lights would begin to swing
There haven't been many ghost reports on South Today for ` long
time, so maybe these things just don't happen any more,
Wonderful spooky stories thdre from Richard. Let's move on to the
weather because we have a H`lloween deal, haven't we? What will it be
like? Very mild. Today we h`d a high 20s Celsius but tomorrow will be
cooler. Let's look at the phctures. Shazz Hooper photographed some eerie
looking trees in the New Forest John Tweddell captured a pulpkin
in Emsworth Town Square. And Dot Williams took this picture
of a narrow boat at Newbury Wharf which had been transformed
in to the Creepy Cruise. Today we had mild temperatures, are
high of 20s Celsius in West Sussex and sorry. In the rest of the week
it is set to get cooler, especially Wednesday and Thursday when we could
just reach double figures, so turning cooler and unsettled --
settled on Wednesday and Thtrsday but unsettled on Friday. Tonight
there will be missed in fog and the Met Office have issued a dog
warning, tonight and tomorrow morning it should clear the
temperatures may drop to six or seven. A foggy start to tomorrow,
once the fog clears its an hmproving picture but still a fair amount of
cloud and patchy rain moving south, not amounting to two much btt there
will still be a lot of cloud, one or two bright spells and highs tomorrow
of 14 Celsius, a contrast to today because the northerly breezd will
set in. The route tomorrow night, once the rain has cleared your
looking at clearing skies are living temperatures to fall away into
single figures. Wednesday whll be a chilly start, those of four or five
Celsius. Wednesday is a dry day the air will be cooler and fresher with
temperatures reaching up to 11 Celsius, so struggling during the
day, feeling to the west th`t northerly breeze but the brdeze will
be light and remains light on Thursday. Thursday morning we may
have a bit of frost in the countryside, high pressure pulling
away. This low pressure in the North will bring rain on Thursday night
into Friday, moving south and east and Friday is a wet start to the day
but improving, showers expected with some bright spells and a high of 13
Celsius. The weekend, isolated showers, turning breezy on Saturday
and cooler on bonfire night. Tomorrow we will talk about the role
milk Revolution, milk straight from the Co-op helping to turn around
profits for farmers. Thank xou for watching tonight. Good night.
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