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we are back with the late news at 11pm, now on BBC One it's time

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Hello, I'm Jo Kent with the news here in the south.

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The Debenhams department store in Portsmouth has apologised

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after a homeless man, who was sleeping outside

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on Boxing Day, had his bedding drenched with water

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The store says it was an accident, but there has been an angry reaction

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from many in Portsmouth, as Roger Finn reports.

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Russell Allen was sleeping in a doorway at Debenhams

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in Portsmouth, on Boxing Day morning, when he was woken

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by a security guard and told to move on.

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Sneaky little comment as he walked away.

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I argued back, said to him, there's no need to be like this, you

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don't realise what people are going through.

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He just continued being rude, walked off.

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I've gone to pack up all my bedding and whatnot,

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lifted up my sheet and it's absolutely soaking, and I don't mean

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just a little bit - it was absolutely drenched.

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There was an outpouring of sympathy on social media,

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We could all be in that situation one day, who knows?

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I think it's awful, to be honest with

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I don't know how, with the Christmas spirit,

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I've been homeless over the years myself and I wouldn't

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In a statement, Debenhams say they take

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this matter seriously and have investigated it.

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They say it was an unfortunate accident, in which some

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routine cleaning on the inside of the fire exit resulted in the

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gentleman's property on the outside of the fire exit becoming wet.

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Debenhams have apologised to Russel Allen and provided him

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But there have been threats against members of their staff

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and one local councillor, who has been homeless himself,

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This isn't just about this incident - it's

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And it's an opportunity for us to raise awareness for the homeless

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and hopefully bring the business sector a bit closer to working

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with us for the greater understanding of the homeless.

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A man's appeared in court in Portsmouth charged

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with manslaughter, following the death of a man

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57-year-old father of two Nick Medlin, a prison

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officer at Parkhurst, was pronounced dead at the Rose Inn

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on Pier Street in the town, in the early hours of the morning.

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32-year-old Michael Hudson, of no fixed address, has been

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charged with his manslaughter, and was remanded in custody.

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He'll appear at Winchester Crown Court in January.

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St Mary's hospital on the Isle of Wight remains on black alert

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today, meaning planned operations are being cancelled after very high

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But the operations director's told the BBC, this morning,

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the pressure has eased slightly with extra nurses and doctors

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being brought in to deal with demand, and more

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The outgoing chief executive in charge of three of Hampshire's

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hospitals, has spoken about the difficult times facing

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the health service as she comes to the end of 40 years working

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Mary Edwards is responsible for Hampshire Hospitals Trust,

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with sites in Winchester, Andover and Basingstoke.

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She's been speaking to our reporter, Joe Campbell.

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Mary Edwards isn't saying goodbye just yet,

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but come the New Year this will no longer be one

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That doesn't stop her noting the emergency department here hasn't

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been spruced up under the last three Prime Ministers.

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Really we ought to be investing in new lifts so we didn't

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have to keep repairing, but each lift is probably up to ?250,000 and

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at the moment we can't prioritise that above other things.

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One priority will be keeping overseas staff,

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many of whom have been unsettled by the past year's events.

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So what does she say to those negotiating Brexit?

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I would be asking them to do their best to try and

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make sure we don't destabilise those people who work in an

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We need staff from overseas, and we need them to feel

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Soon there will be a new picture hanging here and, after

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forking out a hefty sum for health care to visit family

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in Australia and the US, on her retirement Mary Edwards

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for one remains convinced the NHS is still a bit of a bargain.

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Onto football, and Southampton will not appeal against the decision

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to send off Nathan Redmond in last night's 4-1 home

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defeat against Spurs, despite their manager Claude Puel's

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belief that referee Mike Dean got it wrong.

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Redmond was red carded for this challenge on Dele Alli,

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Saints had taken the early lead in the game through

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But though Harry Kane missed the penalty awarded

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when Redmond was sent off, Spurs went on to win the match

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Now if you've ever tried to hula hoop you may have found

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But a little girl from Oxford has really mastered it.

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Poppy Campion decided to use her hula hooping talents

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Thousands of pounds have now been pledged, for a charity

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As Jeremy Stern reports, Poppy had the idea after her

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It's an unusual skill that is tricky to master.

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Nine-year-old Poppy says it's all in the hips, and set herself

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a target of hula hooping for 30 minutes.

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I have never really had people watching me doing hula

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hooping, I have never really had the encouragement for it.

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I do it but I just never thought I was...

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Poppy has raised ?2500 for the Oxford charity

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Seesaw, which supports children who have suffered a loss.

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In March, Poppy lost her grandfather - ex Royal Marine Graham Campion.

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She was the light of his life from the moment she was born.

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They both loved each other very dearly and she made him

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feel so much better when she would visit him

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in hospital, as she did most days.

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People can still donate online through her Justgiving page.

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Now let's take a look at the weather, with Dan Downs.

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We're seeing a few subtle changes in our weather as we

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The high pressure which has brought us a couple of settled days is

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slipping away to the south, the isobars squeezing up behind it,

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And then this weather front's moving down,

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bringing us rather cloudy conditions to start the New Year,

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Behind that, though, it does turn a lot clearer and colder.

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Tonight we're seeing the return of a lot of fog patches

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around, maybe not quite as dense as the past couple of nights,

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with a bit more breeze around, but it will be a cold night,

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quite a widespread frost, as temperatures dip towards

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Tomorrow, a much cloudy day than today.

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We start off rather cold and foggy again, and then one

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or two breaks are possible but generally a lot more cloud around

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and not feeling particularly warm - a bit more of a breeze around, and

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temperatures of around 7 or 8 degrees.

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As we end the year it stays rather cloudy through Saturday.

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Milder than recent days, though - temperatures just scraping into

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But it turns rather damp to start New Year's Day, before

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brightening up later, and then colder but clearer

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There's more on the BBC News website.

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Our next programme is tonight at 11:10pm.

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Temperatures have dropped away shortly and we have seen some fog,

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particularly through the Midlands. We do have some clout drifting in

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from the west. By the end of the night, towards the East Midlands as

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well. Further north, more of a breeze from the south-west, bringing

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in a weather front. Keeping the temperatures at seven or 8 degrees.

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Freezing or just below to the south-east corner. Fog will live to

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low cloud and generally speaking a lot more cloud than we saw today.

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Northern Scotland is the focal point for wet and windy weather. Confined

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to the north and west of Scotland where temperatures will be quite

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mild, ten or 11 degrees for Glasgow,

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