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28/12/2016

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Good evening, I'm Edward Sault. One is at 10:30.

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Police are investigating after a human hand and forearm

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were washed up on an Isle of Wight beach.

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A dog walker made the discovery at Freshwater Bay this morning.

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Hampshire police were called to the scene just after 11am,

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and say initial analysis suggests the remains had been

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They've been sent away for further tests.

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Hospitals across the South have been criticised by patient groups

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for the amount of money they've raised through parking charges.

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This year the University Hospital Southampton took over ?3 million -

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making it the third highest earner in the country.

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Oxford University Hospitals didn't publish its total, but last year

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The hospitals say revenue goes into patient services.

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With parking charges of up to ?4 an hour in the south,

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a hospital visit can come at a price.

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For people in work with a fairly good salary, ?4, two

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You don't know how long you will be here and it is a lot of hassle.

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If you compare it with France, France is completely free.

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The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford made ?1.4 million

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in car park charges last year, Oxford University hospital didn't

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publish its figures but made 3.6 million the year before.

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For university Hospital Southampton a similar amount,

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It says revenue goes into patient services and in Guildford

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it is to keep the car park up and running.

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Car parks have operational costs and development

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costs and we finance it through the collection

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We would rather spend the money we get for clinical care on patients

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The Patients' Association say hospitals take money from vulnerable

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people and they want charges capped or scrapped as in

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They say the charges should be fair and should be concessions

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Meanwhile, St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight has declared

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a "significant incident" because of high pressure

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Planned operations have had to be cancelled to make beds available

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The Hospital says it's responding to the situation

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and IS still treating people, but is urging non-emergency patients

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A man's been charged with manslaughter following a death

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57-year-old Nick Medlin was confirmed dead at

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32-year-old Michael John Hudson will appear before Portsmouth

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Two other men have been released on bail.

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The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Bournemouth has

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become such a concern to churches in the town, they're now providing

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Members from several congregations are running what they're calling

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Dishing up a hot meal and having a comfortable bed to sleep in.

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For those sleeping rough it is a luxury, but no churches

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in Bournemouth have come together to offer that and more.

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Our goal is to get people off and to stay off the streets.

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We ask what they need help with, had to get ID sorted out and benefits,

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maybe getting accommodation somewhere to work.

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All of those things we have seen people sorting out over the last few

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weeks because they have had a decent night's suite.

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weeks because they have had a decent night's sleep.

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The project is running for six months and involves seven

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Each church takes one night a week offering beds to rough sleepers.

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This man has been on and off the streets for 15 years and says

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he has been offered a lifeline to escape the dangers

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You have to watch your back and you always get robbed and have

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It is never showing anyone your money and you have to safeguard

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yourself because no one else will look after you.

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I have seen friends beaten up and stabbed, I have been stabbed.

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They have helped me make a plan of action to move on and be

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independent and it is working pretty well and I have two

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The charity says that rough sleepers are a growing concern in Bournemouth

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and the churches felt it was their turn to step in.

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While many people are relaxing over the holidays, volunteers

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with a Buckinghamshire charity spend their time on standby,

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with the possibility of being flown to a disaster zone anywhere

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For victims of natural disasters or for those in war zones,

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the work of volunteers with charities like MapAction

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can make the difference between life or death.

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It was the Indian Ocean tsunami on Boxing Day that saw

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MapAction's first rapid response emergency mission.

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It deploys volunteers to natural disaster or conflict zones

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to map changes in terrain, access transport routes

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as well as highlighting which areas are worst affected than precisely

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where different aid organisations and rescue teams are operating.

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The charity has grown to 12 staff and 76 volunteers, among them

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Naomi Morris who returned from Iraq a couple of weeks ago

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and juggles her voluntary role overseas with working as a teacher

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and paramedic and mother of a young son.

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Having my little boy is grounding in the work I do.

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His understanding of it grows every year.

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I think at the moment it is very much a case of Mummy is going off

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to do those pictures but he understands those pictures

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help lots of people including other children like him.

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Despite people's seasonal hopes and prayers the New Year will bring

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new disasters and Naomi and her fellow volunteers

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are standing by to ensure the people affected are helped

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Time for the weather now and some beautiful sunshine for many of us

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across the region. We have had fog problems across

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the region through the day today and more to come this

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evening and overnight. Some freezing fog possible

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later on tonight. And in places it will be quite

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thick, stay tuned to your BBC local radio if it is causing problems

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like it did this morning. Along the coast overnight,

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probably remaining frost free but you don't have to go far inland

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to find not only the fog but some The temperature down to freezing

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in some places and some tricky The best of the conditions

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in the south for Hampshire Further north, the mist and fog

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reluctant to go and it may last for some time but come back again

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and where it sticks, Not a lot of promise for a great

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deal of sunshine moving into the New Year and we may find

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that there are some breaks in the cloud but for most of us,

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typical temperatures of 9-10. We're back at 10:40

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when we will have the result of Southampton against Spurs

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in the premiership. Join me for that., until then

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enjoy your evening. Good evening, the weather is proving

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hazardous and the fog now becoming more extensive and causing

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disruption overnight tonight.

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