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Rush to the thrush - twitchers flock to the region

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as a rare visitor brings a windfall to a local charity.

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The Manor Formula One team, based in Banbury,

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is on the brink of collapse after being put into administration.

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More than 200 staff work at its headquarters.

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But the team now need to find new investors before the 2017

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Just like the weather, staff here at the Manor Racing

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headquarters in Banbury are likely to be feeling cold and dreary.

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The team are officially in administration after failing

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It means 212 members of staff are now facing an uncertain future.

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Putting a Formula One team into administration is the last

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resort anybody would want to do becuase when you put a team

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into administration, you essentially void its entry.

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What's fasincating today from a legal perspective is that

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while the team itself has been put into administration,

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the company that owns the entry, we found out, is a separate entry.

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It's not the first time this has happened.

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Back in 2015 when the team were known as Marussia,

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administrators were brought in because of debts

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But a new investor was found at the last minute -

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that being the current owner Stephen Fitzpatrick -

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and the team rebranded under their original name Manor.

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The team have been in talks with new investors but so far no

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It's a big blow for all those involved, with high hopes

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for the year ahead after finishing bottom of the championship

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In a statement by the administrators, it said no

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redundancies have been made so far and all staff were paid in full up

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But of course the ongoing staff situation depends

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on if a new investor can be found in the limited time available.

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The new F1 season starts in March, but we'll just have to wait and see

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A newspaper claim that a major crime unit was investigating the death

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of George Michael is false, according to Thames Valley Police.

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Tributes have been placed outside the Goring home of the 53-year-old

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The Sun newspaper claimed that major crime officers

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Thames Valley Police say it's not a force investigation,

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but detectives were working on behalf of the county's coroner.

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Oxfordshire's secondary schools are seeing some of the highest rates

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Some pupils are missing more than a tenth of all

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There are now calls for a review of why the problem's

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Our political reporter Bethan Phillips has the story.

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If your child misses more than 10% of their lessons during a year,

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then they're classed as being "persistently absent".

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And that's a big problem in Oxfordshire.

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Last year, more than 4,300 students were repeatedly skipping school.

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That's nearly 14% of secondary school students in the county,

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and it's well above the national average of just over 12%.

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In fact, these figures mean Oxfordshire is one of the worst

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counties in the country for young people repeatedly skipping school.

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John Howson is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education

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He says he believes some teenagers are being put off school

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because of the emphasis on academic subjects.

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The concern is that, in that crucial 14-16 age range,

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if they lose the desire for education, it can

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affect their adult life, their working potential,

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their earning potential, and because we want them to stay

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in learning until they're 18 now, they won't be able to do

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the right sort of courses in the further education sector.

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Oxfordshire County Council has pointed out that almost

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all of our secondaries are now academies - they're

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independent from the council, and so responsibility for truancy

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But it has said it's written to schools offering to work

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with them to address the underlying causes of the problem.

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It says if there's not an improvement, then there may be

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a case for the Government's regional schools commissioner,

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who oversees academies in our area, to step in.

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A charity in Buckinghamshire is trying to raise ?15,000

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to continue helping the county's young carers.

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Last year Carers Bucks launched The Own Zone,

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a space where young people, who look after a parents

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However, the project is now in danger of closing

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This may look like a normal classroom,

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This is an Own Zone, run by the charity Carers Bucks,

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it gives young people the ability to be themselves.

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Grace is 12, her brother Callum is 11, and their

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We like coming here because it's easier than being at home,

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where we have to do a lot of stuff to look after our mum cos

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I usually have to make mum a sandwich and in the weekends

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when we need to tidy, we need to help our tidy.

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But these facilities don't come for free and children

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are to keep using them, the charity must now raise ?15,000.

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We're funded by the county council for most of our

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of young carers we work with has doubled in the past few years,

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there are 800, so we need to find money from the community,

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from local businesses church groups to help fund the ongoing work

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It's nice to have other people to talk to who are in

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Having siblings with needs or people you have to care for,

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it's just kind of nice to have them talk to you and you

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The former Henley MP, Lord Heseltine, has been fined

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after admitting knocking a cyclist over near his Northamptonshire home.

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He appeared at Northampton Magistrates and pleaded guilty

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The cyclist suffered shattered knees and a broken in arm in the incident

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at Thenford near Banbury in June last year.

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The 83-year-old former deputy prime minister was fined ?5,000 and handed

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A Reading landmark that was left derelict for decades,

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is on track to re-open as a spa and restaurant.

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The Edwardian swimming baths at Kings Meadow

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are being painstakingly restored and transformed as

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We're leaving the restaurant and we shall be heading

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Far from finished, but the man in charge says his vision for this

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That piece of glass I just slid sideways, it weighs

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The Kings Meadow pool opened in 1902.

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It was ladies only, fed by the nearby River Thames,

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but it has been boarded up since the early '70s and gradually

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fell into such poor repair that Reading Council announced plans

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to pull it down and sell the land to developers.

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It sparked a campaign to have the building listed

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and a decade later it was sold to someone determined

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It's totally preserved as it was, but now it is protected

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by all this surrounding glass, so behind the glass wall

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It's hoped the newly renamed Thames Lido,

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with its restaurant, spa and open-air pool,

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The Blue Rock thrush hasn't been seen in the UK for ten years.

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But in recent weeks it's taken up residence in Stow

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on the Wold in Gloucestershire, attracting hundreds

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And a charity that allows older people to stay in their homes says

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a rare bird has helped them raise much needed funds.

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Trying to catch a glimpse of history in the making -

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these bird-watchers have come from across the country,

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all in a bid to see something rarely seen -

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It's a big adrenaline rush and it's an even bigger rush

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The guy who found this must have been, like, "Yes!"

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It's just the seventh confirmed siting of this bird since 1985.

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Bridget Jennings spotted it in her garden just before Christmas,

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but didn't initially realise its importance.

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It looked like a cross between a blackbird and a starling,

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but in the light it was a bluey colour and we weren't

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A picture was posted online and since then,

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enthusiasts have been flocking to the area from

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We didn't realise what a furore it was going to cause,

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but with all the people coming, it was quite a surprise.

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The appearance has even boosted a charity that

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These volunteers have been keeping the bird watchers fuelled

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with teas and coffees, raising ?2,000 in donations.

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This little bird has done so much, cos it's going to help people.

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This bit of money he's raised is just incredible.

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No-one knows exactly how long the blue rock

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Experts believe it could stay until the spring.

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For now it's proving a popular attraction in this

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Oxford United have announced the death of their all-time

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Graham Atkinson passed way yesterday morning aged 73,

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He joined United in 1959 alongside his brother Ron,

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before going on to make 394 appearances for the club,

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I'll have the headlines at 8 and a full bulletin at 10:30.

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Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.

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a thriller of the sort delivered in 2007. Sadly, this five goal

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nailbiter ended in defeat for the Royals.

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Still to come: Meet the man of many millions.

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The Gosport man honoured for his charity fundraising.

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Residents in a village near Basingstoke are fighting plans

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for new homes on a field which they say regularly floods.

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It once again highlights the dilemma of where to put new homes that

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On the other side of Basingstoke, there are plans for 10,000 new homes

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built as a garden town, which the Government hopes is one

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way to get local people on board with new developments.

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Ena Miller starts her report in Cliddesden.

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This community is worried about the future of their village. An

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application has been applied to build 40 homes. Locals oppose this.

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The filter has already been considered by Basingstoke and Deane

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council and was refused because they said it would be overdeveloped in

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the village and affect the conservation area. The other thing

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is about drainage. The village pond overflows and empties into the

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field. Campaigners handed in a petition to Basingstoke Council. In

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a statement, the say... . This is not the only field that has

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been considered in the area. 15 minutes down the road in that

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direction, thousands of homes there are being proposed. After an 18

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month public consultation, a revised application for the first phase of

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3200 homes will be resubmitted. We need to work through what the right

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type of infrastructure, schools and roads, and what is the right type of

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community infrastructure. The bigger plans for 10,000 homes as part of

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what has been called Basingstoke's garden town. It has already received

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?850,000 of government money. You can build primary schools. It is a

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cheap thing to do. But where are the surgeries? Hospitals? They are

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talking about children and young people. As people get older, what

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happens when they get older? There is no planning will fall for the

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about what that mixed population will do on that site. There is a

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determination to fight for what is best for the future. Open fields or

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more housing? In this corner of the world, villagers feel it is the view

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that matters. A former senior NHS official has

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been jailed for three and a half years at Guildford Crown Court

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for accepting ?80,000 in bribes. 57-year-old Peter Lewis

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from Windlesham worked He admitted receiving the payments

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in return for awarding a computer contract worth ?950,000

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in the first year. Surrey Police say they're now

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focusing on recovering the money Mr Lewis made from his crime

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and returning it to the NHS. Plans to build a 25 megawatt solar

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farm in Dorset have been scrapped. Wildlife charities opposed

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the development at Rampisham Down near Dorchester, which is a Site

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of Special Scientific Interest. The developer, British Solar

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Renewables, has decided to shelve the application,

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which was approved two years ago but was then subject

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to a public inquiry. A smaller farm will be built

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on an alternative site nearby. A 108-year-old man living in Alton

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is now Britain's oldest man. Bob Weighton inherited

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the title when a man He lived in Japan in the run-up

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to the Second World War. When Roger Finn went

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to see him at his care home, Bob told him what it meant to be

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Britain's oldest man. I do not seem to feel any different.

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In myself. The everybody else I need to will remind me of the fact. Bob

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was born in 1908. He spent his childhood in Hull and was part of a

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large family. In the 1930s, he travelled to Taiwan and Japan where

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he worked as an English teacher. He married his British sweetheart but

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the couple were forced to leave as the political situation worsened.

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They and their three young children felt spent the war in Canada where

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Bob broadcast propaganda to the Japanese. Throughout his long life,

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Bob has held Christian and left-wing principles. The most important thing

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I have learnt is that it is far better to make a friend out of the

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possible enemy than it is to make an enemy out of a possible friend. What

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would you say is the key to finding happiness? I do not think you find

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happiness by looking for it. I think happiness comes when you do certain

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things. And happiness comes as a surprise. Bob moved to alter and in

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1969. His wife died 20 years ago. I have got to ask the cliched

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question, what is your secret for having such a long life? I am just

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very fortunate. It is nothing I have actually done or a regime I have

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followed at all because I have had such a varied from existence. I have

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eaten all sorts of things I never thought I would eat and been to

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places I never thought I would visit. I have no clear answer to

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that question at all. Onto sport and it's FA Cup

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third round weekend, which kicks off tonight live

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on BBC One. Tony is here to look ahead

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to the ties involving our clubs, starting with that date

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at Old Trafford. Jaap Stam won three Premier league

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titles and an FA Cup during a three-year spell

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at Old Trafford. They still sing his name

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there on occasion. Tomorrow, the Royals

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put their promising league campaign to one side as they attempt to cause

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one of the upsets of this year's competition against Jose Mourinho's

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in-form United, who have It will make some changes. But our

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players are all good players. I trust them all. We played against

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very good opponents, I repeat, very good, but I trust my players and, if

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we earn the right frame of mind, it will be difficult

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but I think we can do it. A chance to contest ourselves and we can play

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well in the league this season. It will be an opportunity to go there

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and see what stage we are at ourselves.

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And Reading's trip to Manchester United features

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in a special edition of BBC Radio Berkshire Sport.

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Southampton have insisted defender Virgil Van Dijk is not for sale

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ahead of their trip to Norwich of the championship.

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Bournemouth also face second tier opposition as do Oxford United,

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Once again, it's Eastleigh who fly the flag for the non league teams.

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They've come through replays at both Swindon and Halifax

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to reach round three for the second consecutive season.

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Tomorrow boss Martin Allen revisits former club Brentford

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The Spitfires are taking their largest away following ever

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to a game with 1500 fans travelling to West London.

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Going back first time with the team to walk out there in that tunnel

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will be special to me but my job is to look after my players and put a

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good performance on for our supporters and of course my boss,

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good account of ourselves on the pitch. I am not worried about the

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reception I will get from the Brentford supporters.

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Brighton and Hove Albion's main target is promotion

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They're top of the championship so the FA Cup is likely to take

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It is quite difficult to sit here and speak about the values of the FA

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Cup and your feelings on it. Perhaps, some people might feel, why

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are you making changes? Our main focus is the league.

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All the goals from the FA Cup will go online shortly after 5

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o'clock tomorrow on the BBC Sport website.

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Portsmouth missed out on the chance to close the gap

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They lost 3-1 on a freezing night at top of the table Doncaster.

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Former Pompey striker John Marquis opened the scoring before

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But the home side restored the advantage when Tommy Rowe

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blasted in a second approaching the hour.

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Then Marquis pounced to settle the game.

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Double Olympic rowing champion Alex Gregory has

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announced his retirement from the sport.

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The 32-year-old, seen here in the bow of the boat,

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rowed to gold alongside Pete Reed in the coxless fours in 2012.

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Yesterday Reed announced he was returning for Tokyo 2020.

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Gregory then took gold last summer in Rio.

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British rowing describe him as one of the greatest the sport has

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Last week, the New Years Honours list recognised the achievement

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of sports people, celebrities and those from other walks of life.

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But there's another honour which is also announced this time

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of year that you might not have heard of.

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The British Citizen Awards recognise ordinary people who work

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tirelessly to make a positive impact on society.

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60-year-old Les Heyhoe from Gosport is getting one

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He's raised almost ?12 million helping dozens of charities.

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Earlier he joined me on the sofa to explain his first big fundraising

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idea as a sixteen year old Navy recruit.

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It was collecting aluminium from tin cans because in those days, they

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were ten counts. Aluminium at that time was expensive so I expend to

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the wrinkles and came up with the idea to give less a ring. How many

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did you collect? 380 million. How much did that raise? ?1.2 million.

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So you got a love for it from their? It was a nice feeling. I started

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fundraising from then on. Why do you do this? Over the years, you have

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raised ?12 million for so many different charities. It is the

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sincere thank you. If I receive a sincere thank you, that means

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everything. Give me a flavour of the things you have done. I have become

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the Tango man, abseiled down the Norwich house. I organised that.

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Cycled from Buckingham Palace to Cardiff Castle with a good friend

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who was a blind veteran. Close race evenings. So you arrange and

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organise events as well? I am the man they call the man who can! Do

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you think over the years, the wave fundraising is change? Yes, it

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certainly has. In my days, it was a case of doing it because you want to

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do it and be part of the community. Now, fundraising is a business. Is

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that a business? It is good in some instances but bad in others. When I

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say good, everyone gets noticed is out there the community. But it is a

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business so some people will say, what is in it for them? The money is

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then is persuading people to donate. You clearly have got a knack. What

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is the secret? I am a great believing fundraising, so it is the

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fun. I am blowing my own trumpet here. But they know they will have

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fun first and the money will follow. I think you should blow your own

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trumpet because you deserve it. Congratulations on your British

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citizens award. You must feel proud. It is a delight to meet you.

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Raymond Slack caught some blue skies on camera,

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And Robert Bigwood sent us this photo of a deer in the rain

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Those outbreaks of rain are still with us. The band of rain is pushing

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its way out across the south coast. We will start to see them clearing.

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Gloomy conditions the round of the night. That band of rain will come

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and go and be patchy in nature and there will be one or two hefty

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bursts in the mix. Clearing through as we enter into those early hours

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but drizzly spells and hill fog. Temperatures, a stark change. Loads

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of three or 4 degrees. A grey and gloomy start. Still some of that

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hill fog lingering and patchy outbreaks and is the first thing.

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But as the day draws on, things dry out. That cloud could be big enough

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to produce rain at times. There may be one or two brighter breaks and

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that will be limited. Temperatures ten or 11 degrees. As we take a look

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ahead to tomorrow night, a quiet night to come. We will stick with a

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fair amount of cloud. Some hill fog and patchy drizzle as possible as

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well. Temperatures holding at five or 6 degrees. To round up the

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weekend, for Sunday, another quiet day. Staying predominantly dry. We

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are still with a fair amount of cloud. Murky conditions at times but

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there may just be one or two brighter breaks here and there.

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Let's take a look at the summary. Through the weekend, we stay with

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cloud. Breaks are possible. Hill fog murkiness at times. But as we go

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through the new working week, a breezy affair and a band of rain

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arriving. Tuesday, we will finally see more in the way of brightness

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before we return to the unsettled theme head into the middle part of

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this week. Have a good weekend. Enjoy the FA Cup. Very good luck to

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the Royals.

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