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In tonight's programme: When your life changes in an instant.


How Jamie Mines lost a leg and two hands


in a work accident - and his friends' efforts


The overcrowding since Chiltern Railways extended


We'll tell you about a storytelling cottage industry that's now


A father of baby twins who was electrocuted in a freak


accident in Swindon has had a second hand amputated


The Health and Safety Executive is investigating what happened


to Jamie Mines, who's also had a leg amputated after the incident


But life changed for Jamie Mines, in an instant and forever.


Jamie was working on this industrial estate in Swindon as a scaffolder


just days before Christmas when in a freak accident


He remains in a critical but stable condition in Southmead hospital


having now had two hands and a leg amputated.


The initial target was ?10,000, which I think was achieved


within about 24 hours, which is extraordinary.


Friends have set up an internet fundraising page


He and his partner have twins aged five months.


The timing of such an incident before


It makes people realise things can change just like


Jamie is a very strong, fit, healthy young man whose life is


going to change so we will need to be there for him.


Jamie is a strong character and he is a strong guy.


If he comes through this, and we are all hoping that he does,


his two little girls will keep him strong,


The circumstances of the accident here are unclear -


but the Health and Safety Executive is investigating.


Whatever the cause the outcome is plainly devastating for a young


A man who was critically injured in a fire in Swindon


in hospital since the fire two months ago.


Their families have thanked staff who cared for him and have


asked people to pray for their 17-month old daughter


An inquest has opened into the death of Barnaby Cork -


the four-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car


It happened just weeks before Christmas


after enjoying a morning out with his family.


Stuart Tinworth sent this report from Oxford Coroner's Court.


Opening the inquest today into the death of four-year-old


Barnaby Cork, the coroner here described this as a tragic case.


We heard how Barnaby had been at Thame


Leisure Centre on the morning of Saturday the 10th of December, out


with his family, when he was hit by a reversing car.


He suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to the


But doctors were enable to save his life.


He was pronounced dead by 11.30 that morning.


The death of Barnaby has sparked a huge online fundraising


campaign, started by his father, raising money for the Air Ambulance,


and the total has almost reached ?30,000.


Back in December, Barnaby's family released a statement saying


They thanked the doctors for all their efforts in trying


to save Barnaby's life and thanked the people of Thame,


saying that they had given them support


when they had needed it the


Today the coroner explained a full inquest will take place in


March and stressed that the police investigation into what happened


There have been long queues near the M4 in Swindon all day


A 100 metre cordon was put in place around the junction


for West Swindon after contractors hit the pipe this morning.


Junction 16 has been closed to traffic coming on or off


You may have noticed it's costing more to fill up your car.


The RAC says fuel prices in December were at their


to a combination of the low pound and the rising cost of crude oil.


David Lumb has been looking at the effects here.


Well, the price rise is hitting consumers, but also those


But if you're prepared to look around, you can save a lot of money.


There's almost 20p difference between the cheapest and most


for example, they're selling standard unleaded


At Hartwell Ford in Oxford it's higher, selling at 122.9p,


while the most expensive in the region is 133.9p a litre.


People I've spoken to today are definitely noticing a change.


That is going up faster than inflation. That goes up and down. It


does not make much difference to me. There is nothing you can do about


it. If you shop around you are going to use more fuel.


station themselves - particularly the independents that


One owner told me he's had to start selling food


Certainly if we carried on like we were in a few years ago


when we were just selling fuel, we wouldn't be


We had to bring in other things to actually


make sure that we can stay in business.


And I'm afraid, whether you're buying or selling,


The Petrol Retailers Association fears prices could continue to rise


Sales of the BMW Mini have reached their highest level


Nearly 70,000 vehicles were sold last year -


But sales of the car in America fell sharply in the same period -


The new rail line from Oxford to London Marylebone appears to be


Chiltern Railways says more people are using the route than expected.


Commuters are having to stand during the rush hour.


Customers, customers and more customers.


It s a good sign for any business but questions are being asked


about how Chiltern Railways is running the line.


An enormous number of people commute into Oxford who cannot afford to


live in Oxford. There is what we call suppressed demand for public


transport. The service has been running for one year. Overcrowding


has got worse since the line was extended into the city centre last


month. Chiltern Railways said last month


it was monitoring the number The company said it was


open to making changes. The company is now looking at how it


can appease customers who are having to squeeze in. I am sorry if they


have not had the service that they want and expect. But we are


listening. It is early days. We want to understand when people are


travelling and get the right service for them. Bear with us and we will


get that service. One idea is to make busy trains longer. Extra


services could also be brought in. But no take skills have been set for


any improvements. The future of 200 jobs at RAF


Brize Norton has been secured with a new multi-million pound


contract from the The deal with Airbus means the A400M


aircraft will continue to be serviced and maintained in West


Oxfordshire. The A400M is the RAF's


newest transport plane - Here's our Business


Correspondent, Alastair Fee. This is the future


of troop transport. deploy soldiers by air or land


in the most hostile environments. A 200-strong team of engineers


and mechanics that keep it flying The airbase is one of our key


employers in West Oxfordshire. Further investment is very welcome.


There is a high level of eight commuting where people work outside.


Anything that helps get jobs is very welcome.


The ?410 million deal with Airbus secures a further 200


positions in companies within the wider supply chain


We have got a firm basis to support the new aircraft and in particular


what it does is that secures a lot of jobs here and an Oxfordshire. And


beyond Oxfordshire down in Bristol and in Gloucester. It marks a


statement of intent. This is the base for the transport for the


foreseeable future and we are here to make a long-term investments.


While the RAF currently has 14 new planes,


the fleet will increase to 22 within two years.


This announcement means the maintenance, upgrade and repair


will stay in West Oxfordshire well into the next decade.


Oxfordshire saw a record low this winter of minus 8.1 Celsius.


Alexis will be revealing how cold it's likely to be tonight a bit


Before that here's Sally with the rest of South Today.


Don't go away because Tony's here with all the sport


in a few minutes' time, and Alexis will tell us if last


Last night was the coldest night of the season. Tonight will not be as


cold but still pretty chilly. I will have the forecast for you shortly.


It's the argument at the heart of the year-long dispute that has


wrecked services for hundreds of thousands of commuters.


Plans to run driver only trains between Horsham


and Bognor Regis are safe, according to the Chief


He's carried out months of research into Southern Railway's plan


for drivers to operate train doors on the route, instead of conductors.


The rail unions which are striking over this issue dismissed the report


Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton is at


Does this report prove the unions are wrong?


Sally, there have been many reports into the safety of driver controlled


operation. Everyone, without exception, has concluded that it is


safe. So what makes today's report different? It was carried out on


Southern Railways on the exact route through West Sussex that the system


is being extended across. It has been carried out by the most senior


safety expert in the industry, a man who is widely respected.


Driver only operation can be operated safely in compliance


with the law on Southern Railways and we have told Aslef


The safety inspector ran tests on the Horsham to Bognor Regis route.


They looked at the union claims that cameras on trains were unsafe in


poor light and at night-time. Deficiencies were found at some


stations, so Southern is more lights. The inspectors looked at


whether cameras can see small children adequately. They also


looked at leaving the door cameras running as the train starts to move.


This offers clear safety benefits compared to using a guard, they say.


But the drivers union is pressing ahead with next week's strike. It


says the two sides are on different planets.


The reality is that there has been no real move to address


the fundamental issues that are at the heart of the deal.


It is about the imposition of a system and breaking of agrrements


And if everything is done by imposition in the future,


then the reaction is always going to be the same.


What other reaction do you get from anybody in any other walk


of life if they're forced to do things?


But every safety report, every statistic I have ever read, on


driver door operation, says it is safe. But the RMT union called


today's report a total whitewash, which proved the safety authority is


no longer fit for purpose. The union even said there was no longer any


independent safety regulation of Britain's row ways. So, sadly, the


two sides are not in any mood for compromise.


Portsmouth port will lose about a third of its cruise ship


trade after a holiday company went out of business.


All Leisure holidays went into administration yesterday,


affecting Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery.


The City Council, which owns the port, says the expected loss


will be less than 1% of the ?15 million generated


Two friends, working in a converted shed in rural Berkshire,


producing audiobooks for blind people.


They're still doing that, but the initial idea has morphed


They're now producing recordings of stories that,


thanks to the internet, are reaching people


If you're sitting comfortably, Allen Sinclair has the story for you.


He slipped his finger to the tail section of the blueprint.


In the back would be another smaller...


Creating audio books is a lot more involved than simply recording


Can we actually have that heaving sigh?


You need a soundproof studio, the kit, vocal talent,


and an ability to judge pace, passion and pitch in a performance.


We don't want that, that's the wrong one.


Then a way to get the finished work out there.


You'll agree this is certainly interesting.


Matt is almost totally blind and set up Living Audio as a social


Initially to produce recordings of fan fiction featuring


He even got JK Rowling's blessing, because it was


They were released, really, to benefit blind and print


disabled people, and they've been very popular.


And many, many blind and dyslexic people and people with other various


disabilities that prevent them from reading have come


back and said, you know, these are absolutely amazing.


That led the friends to seek out collaborations with other,


It was very much working with books that wouldn't normally be


Even when we do commercial books, we're producing audio to the best


quality that we can do, knowing that blind, print disabled,


anybody that can't hold a print book or read it comfortably,


will have the best production we can produce.


The UK spent ?12 million on digital downloads in 2015.


The business is still finding its feet but audio books recorded


here in Berkshire are now being downloaded daily


Excellent work. On to sport, Tony is here, cricket in a moment and think


of the summer. Still frost on the ground but let's


talk about winter first. Southampton say captain Jose Fonte


has asked to leave the club. The 33-year-old has been


in a contractual impasse with St Mary's officials


for several months. Southampton say he turned down


a pay rise in the summer but the Portuguese defender,


who is the only survivor from their time in League One,


wants a longer term deal. Saints Executive Director Les Reed


says the club are yet The question of another year,


we haven't rejected that. He has turned down the opportunity


to increase his salary, and he's turned down the opportunity


to get another permanent That interview is in full


on the BBC sport website. Meanwhile Portsmouth could close


the gap to just a point on the promotion places


in League Two tonight. They're at the leaders Doncaster,


you can hear it live on BBC Radio Solent and we'll


have the goals at 10.30pm. Some big news from Hampshire cricket


today, and a signing which has sent shock waves


through South African cricket too. Fast bowler Kyle Abbott has


turned his back on his international career to sign a four year deal


at the Ageas Bowl ending his Test match career,


amid controversy back home. He'll become the latest


player to use a freedom of movement law, known in sport


as the Kolpak agreement. Abbott himself revealed


he was joining Hampshire after South Africa's test victory


over Sir Lanka in Cape For Kyle Abbott,


a huge life decision. I'd like to take this opportunity


to announce that I have signed It has been one of the hardest


decisions I have had to make. But at the end of the day


it is the right decision for me. Abbott will play as a non-overseas


player under the Kolpak agreement. South African citizens have the same


freedom of movement as EU citizens, but it means the end


of his international It has been a few evenings


where I have gone to sleep thinking, But I have always woken up


the next morning knowing I have had a great run


with Cricket South Africa, I have no regrets at all,


I have been involved And I'm incredibly


grateful for that. And I just feel it's a time


in my life where I have The 29 year old signed


a four-year contract. He's a well considered man,


and he's decided this is the right And we're obviously the club


that he's chosen to come to and we're delighted that he's


on board with us. Abbott's move is emulated fellow


South African Rilee Rossouw, a batsman and another Kolpak player,


who's agreed three-year deal. Meanwhile Hampshire all-rounder


Liam Dawson arrives in India tonight to play in England's


one-day international series. The one-day cricket we've played,


in the last sort of two years, So hopefully can continue that


in the next in India. Dawson will be in the squad


for three one-day internationals Another step towards becoming


a regular in the national setup. Gold medal winning diver


Chris Mears from Reading, says he's angry that his coach has


quit to join the Australian team. Ady Hinchliffe is moving


to Australia to become lead Mears says Hinchliffe should have


been offered a full time British Diving says it began


discussions but timescales didn't It's led to frustration and anger


from the winning pair Ady has taken me from a boy


with a lot of dreams to a man able It is a massive shame


from the bottom of my heart to say He has his reasons for why he's


leading, and I think to be honest, he's been forced to leave,


which is a shame, for what he's done The three time Olympic rowing


champion Pete Reed has announced that he will bid to compete


in the 2020 Games. The Caversham based rower has


returned to the gym this week and will be aiming to match


Sir Matthew Pinsent's haul of four Reed will be 39 come Games time


and faces four years of gruelling training,


including rowing more I made sure I had a good break,


I had a lot to do in that time off after the Olympics,


and you can see we are back at Caversham now, this


is not Rio de Janeiro, I haven't got a suntan,


I feel, to be quite honest, And this is day three of training


for me, I'm already aches But yeah, a big decision


and definitely the right one It is a gruelling schedule. 25,000


miles on the water! You can hear more on the BBC Berkshire site.


Next year marks the centenary of the end of the first world war


and to mark a significant milestone, a monumental sculpture has


Made as a tribute to all those Tommies who lost their lives,


it is a six metre high soldier forged out of scrap metal.


Clinton Rogers has had a preview of a work


He is a monument to bravery, but also recycling. At the Dorset Forge


where he was created, they pieced together pretty much everything they


could get their hands on. From car parks to spammers. -- parts of cars


to spammers, changed to garden forks, and the result is impassive.


Only when you stand next to the -- impressive. Only when you stand next


to the sculptured EU get a true sense of scale, it is 5.8 is tall


and weighs one and a half tonnes and took three and a half months to


build. It is called The Haunting and it has been made for a local man who


wants to remain anonymous. It is a commission for a local author who


came to us and ask if he could build a ghostly figure of a First World


War soldier. This is what we have ended up with an I think it fits the


bill spot-on. It is going to be featured in the book, at the moment


that is as much as I can say. As it stands proudly waiting for delivery,


the sculpture is certainly attracting admiring glances from


passers-by. I think it is just incredible. The more you look at it,


you see so many little bits that he missed and it's absolutely wonderful


-- that you missed and it is a wonderful tribute, beautiful. Though


younger admirers are not sure who it is. What do you call him? The DFG?


He might be! He is a giant and friendly, and I think that depends


on which side you are on. The Haunting will go on public show, but


when and where that will be for now remains a mystery.


That is magnificent, I hope we get an opportunity to see it. Onto the


weather, very cold. I had the thermals on walking the dog this


morning. My hands were white 30 seconds after stepping outside the


front door. The temperatures in a minute, but here are some pictures.


It was the coldest night of the season last night, with temperatures


plunging down to minus eight Celsius, -7 at Bournemouth Airport


and freezing us elsewhere across the region. It will not be as cold


tonight but chilly temperatures for the widespread frost and freezing


fog patches. The fog will develop through the second part of the


night. Temperatures in towns and cities down 2-3 C, but in the


countryside, we could get to minus five. Slightly more cloud arriving


in western areas during the second part of the night. The fog will


clear around 11am and once it does, sunny spells. Sussex and Surrey


holding onto the sunshine but Al where the cloud will increase,


turning the sunshine hazy. The odd spot of frames in northern and


western areas. Temperatures -- the odd spot of rain. Temperatures will


not be as low as today. Feeling my -- milder tomorrow, and a band of


rain will be coming through tomorrow night. The odd moderate to heavy


burst in there. Temperatures will fall away tomorrow night to milder


47 Celsius, maybe some mist patches to start the weekend. The weekend as


a whole -- 4-7 C. The weekend as a whole will be milder. High pressure


will be building but there will be cloud associated with it. The odd


spot of drizzle cannot be ruled out over the weekend, more likely


Saturday. Temperatures will reach high of ten to 11 Celsius. The


outlook, a frost tomorrow in some places, a bright start to the day


but cloud increasing and rain arriving by dusk and into the


evening. Over the weekend, mainly dry but fairly cloudy.


Tomorrow we are looking ahead to the FA Cup? Yes, Reading at Old


Trafford. That is it from us, good night.


We're looking for someone who can sing, someone who can move.


Someone who can keep an audience on the edge of their seat.


Something like this could change my life.


When you're born to perform, Let It Shine...


Magical new drama... The Worst Witch.


Shall we? Absolutely. ..DI Goodman...


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