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Good evening. late news at 11pm.


More details have emerged about the millions of pounds


The singer died at his home in the Oxfordshire village


Today, the founder of Childline, Esther Rantzen, said he had helped


hundreds of thousands of children, by donating more than ?2 million


She spoke to our reporter Ben Moore from her New Forest home.


This is the song that showed not just a musician's talent,


but also revealed George Michael's extraordinary generosity.


All the royalties from his number one hit Jesus to Child


He didn't want razzmatazz, he didn't want publicity of any kind,


he just wanted to help us and he did,


As fans are still flocking to the singer's home village


of Goring in Oxfordshire to pay their respects,


it seems the scale of his charitable donations


might have come to the surface in 2017.


A concert had been planned to say thank you to him


as part of Childline's 30th anniversary celebrations.


You don't really understand a person until


And I think the public are understanding perhaps for


the first time how much George Michael gave.


Not only in terms of his music but in terms of his


personal generosity, vision, sensitivity, imagination


So as news of George Michael's philanthropy spreads,


over what was until now, a very hidden generosity.


As you may have heard, the Hampshire author


Richard Adams has died. He was 96.


He was best known for his novel, Watership Down,


It was set in the northern Hampshire town of the same name,


He spoke to South Today about the novel in 2014.


Because it's about the country where I was born and grew up,


Berkshire, Hampshire is my country, I know where I am, I know


what it smells like, and I think, to have written, if it is immortal,


an immortal book about my home ground is what pleases me most.


Richard Adams who has died at the age of 96.


It was a mixed afternoon for our regions football sides yesterday.


Just two wins from the six games played.


But victories for promotion chasing Reading and Portsmouth.


Bournemouth suffered their third defeat


in four games away at Chelsea yesterday.


Pedro scored the first for the home side after some good build up play.


Eden Hazard made it 2-0 from the spot,


after being brought down by Simon Francis.


Chelsea added a third deep in injury time


when Pedro's shot deflected off Steve Cook.


Reading are now five points off second place Brighton


in the Championship, after a 3-1 home win


Yann Kermorgant headed the Royals ahead before the visitors equalised.


A penalty after a handball was finally scored by Garath McCleary,


and Callum Harriott got a fantastic third from a tight angle.


Disappointment in League One for both Oxford United and MK Dons,


who both lost home games 1-nil against Northampton Town


There was also defeat for Swindon beaten 2-0 away at Millwall.


But it was a better afternoon for Portsmouth in League Two.


They fought back from 2-0 down to win


Danny Rose and Enda Stevens levelled the match before Kal Naismith


made amends after missing a penalty winning the game


And this evening, Brighton have gone two points clear at the top


of the championship after beating Queens Park Rangers


Gosport sailor Alex Thompson has passed Cape Horn at the southern tip


of Chile in the solo round the world race the Vendee Globe.


Well, here is the famous Cape Horn! Woo hoo!


It's great to be here, great to be here so quickly.


Shame I'm not here in the first place, but full credit to Areml


for that, he's done a great job, and I've got to try my hardest


He is currently in second place and is slowly catching


the Vendee Globe leader Armel Le Cleac'h,


who is 380 nautical miles ahead of Hugo Boss,


as they turn the boats north and head for home.


Onto the weather, and Sarah Farmer is here.


Truly, this morning? Yes, very chilly. Some spots last night at


minus five. Another cold night tonight. Frost some parts early, and


a warning from the Met officers from midnight tonight to midday tomorrow


for patchy fog, quite widespread by the time we reach first thing my


morning, freezing fog in the mix as well. A chilly and great start for


the day, some fog lingering through the day, stubborn, but some brighter


spells at times. Good brightness up to 9 degrees, but is cloud and fog


much cooler indeed. Cloudy conditions for the end of the week.


Our next programme is at 11.10 tonight.


Good evening. It's a wintry night out there. Temperatures as low as


minus three in one or two places already. For some of us the frost


never shifted all day long. This shot was taken in Somerset. Tonight,


some frost free places in Scotland. Fog will develop as we work through


the night. It becomes wide spread. That's the issue in the morning,


disruption certainly possible with a lot of people on the move. Check out


local radio stations for the latest updates. Warnings in force from the


Met Office. Parts of south-west Wales and England seeing early


sunshine. Generally a lot of freezing fog around, which will be


hard to shift through the day, as we'll see in a moment. The odd


pocket of frost further north. Temperatures higher in Northern


Ireland and Scotland. Drizzly rain across the western Highlands.


Something of a breeze here, but further south, the winds


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