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Hello and welcome to South Today. news teams where you are.
In tonight's programme: The mother jailed for manslaughter
after her baby daughter drowned in a bath.
A report says social workers couldn't have
If there is one thing we can do in her memory is to improve the
services in a way where independent authors have suggested that we
shared. -- that we shared. We made this video to help you keep
yourself safe on the Internet! Why pupils made a video about
the dangers of sharing information. And later on: Despite two female
Prime Ministers why are there so few The death of a baby - who was left
in the bath by her mother - couldn't have been prevented
by social workers, according The findings come despite
social services having an official protection plan
for the 14-month-old, Jasmine Gregory, seen
here in the hooded coat, is serving a three year sentence
for the manslaughter of her daughter, Robyn,
who drowned in the bath in Grove A serious case review investigated
whether professionals could have Today's report talks
about an immature mother While the report says that the death
of this baby could not have been prevented by any of the bodies
in the building behind me, It suggests that some
of the administrative processes, particularly in risk
assessments, were inadequate. It talks about the communication
between agencies and how that Despite the review's
findings to the contrary, one charity believes more effective
communication and intervention from professionals
could have saved Robyn - who is known as Child Q -
in the report. This is a tragic example
where clearly opportunities were missed to safeguard Baby Q,
and I think our view at the NSPCC is that there is further work that
needs to be understood in relation to the complexities of neglect,
and what needs to be done to ensure that children in the circumstances
are adequately safeguarded This family was known
to social workers. At one point the baby was taken
into emergency foster care. In another instance,
Robyn was strapped into her pram for a day while her mum
was at the pub. You must get a careful balance
between supporting the parent, where they are not appropriately
parenting their child, challenging them if they do not
improve sufficiently, and, if necessary, intervening,
if that improvement does not meet the threshold that would lead
you to be assured of The council has already made
improvements to identify and support those at risk of neglect in light
of the review's findings. Children's services
in Buckinghamshire are steadily improving -
according to Ofsted. The department was rated
"inadequate" in 2014. New findings have been
published in a letter - following a second visit last
November. Inspectors found social work had
improved for children entering care. In a statement, the council conceded
there was still more work to do. Police investigating the theft
of ?100,000 worth of computer equipment have released a picture
of a man they believe can help. Up to five men stole MacBook
computers from a firm in Bletchley. Officers believe it
happened between the 22nd A campaign to highlight journey
times between Banbury and the John Radcliffe Hospital
in Oxford has the backing It's part of an ongoing protest
at downgrading of services The idea was launched by Banbury
MP Victoria Prentice. People are being asked
to time their journeys by car or public transport to getting
to hospital in Oxford and then Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has lead
a debate in parliament on how to spend proceeds from the new Sugar
Tax. The government wants to give more
funding to schools for sport - Justin Tomlinson wanted to convince
ministers that the approach used by a Swindon after-school sports
camp could hold the key to success, The skies may be grey,
it may be cold and wet, but these children in Swindon
are getting active and having fun. They're at Draycott Sports Camp
at Oakhurst Primary School. It's an after-hours club and helps
to target the children who aren't I enjoy it because we get
to go out, and get fit. And enjoy some new sports we've
never heard of before. Children, particularly at a primary
level, it get home and cannot wait to get on their iPads,
They can't wait to get their Xbox. Although I do believe
that there should be a balance, I love the thought of children
choosing to play sport, be active, But I think that we are really
trying to encourage that firm But I think that we are really
trying to encourage that fun Figures from the Department
of Health say three out of five children aren't taking part
in any activity clubs. That's what the government
wants to address. It's hoping to use money
from the new sugar tax, which will be introduced next year,
to help fund more clubs. I love the idea of 100 sports camps
going on around the country, and as many sporting
clubs as possible. If I had my way we
would do 50, I think. It is a great way of
spending the money. Today MPs have been discussing how
best to use that money. This club is being held up
as an example where it is working. And they want many
more just like it. A group of pupils from Oxfordshire
have been recognised by Thames Valley Police for a video
they made into online safety. The project was part
of a competition run by the police to raise awareness of the dangers
faced by children sharing We tweet, we stream,
we vlog, we blog. We Instagram, Facebook,
like, share and comment. But just how safe is
this virtual world? It's a question asked
to students here at St Helen Hello, I'm Marina... Josie...
Lottie... And Rosie... We made this video to help you stay safe on the
Internet. The video shows a girl
inviting someone she thought she knew to her party,
but her plans spiralled out of control when her home address
was shared with hundreds It's one of the real danger is that
they may face. We have to celebrate what they can do with the Internet
and social media. And the tremendous power that it has. But, it is a risk
factor and we had to share that with them and help them develop maturity
to make good decisions, be decent human beings online.
The lessons are welcomed here at the Oxford Internet Institute
where research shows the real life pressures of our virtual world.
One of the things that most concerns me at the moment is around the use
of things like texting and mobile phones for the exchange of sexual
content between kids. It is a new risk and not one we are dealing
with, and it is more of a worry that they may see adult content online
and make it, and exchange it with your peers. It is hugely alarming.
continue to tackle the dangers of life online...
So what if you are a parent and want to have a conversation with your
children about staying safe online? How do we do it? The aware of
technology and make sure your child is comfortable telling you. Make
sure your children are open and share their accounts and profiles
with you. Ask children how things work which helps. Let them show it
to you and what they can do on it. Then you have more of an
understanding with it and help if there is a problem.
And tomorrow on BBC Radio Oxford's Breakfast Programme Howard Bentham
will be asking how parents can protect children from seeing
inappropriate images - when the material is so readily
The 80's music festival Rewind - which has been held in Henley
for the past 8 years - is to be sold as part
Rewind attracts around 40-thousand people each year -
and is staged across a weekend in August.
Its been purchased by Global Radio - and will remain in the town
The line up for 2017 is due to be announced in the next two weeks.
From David Bowie to Adele, it seems a surge in record sales
is giving businesses in Oxfordshire a boost.
2016 saw the highest sales of vinyl for 25 years.
Katharine Da Costa has been to meet some of the businesses cashing in.
I really like live recordings because they're on a good system,
they're so much more realistic and you can hear all the little
For collectors and enthusiasts, vinyl's never really
gone out of fashion - but it's not since the early
90s that record sales have fared so well.
And for this distribution company in Didcot, demand for high spec
turn tables has doubled in the last five years.
When you download an MP3, your physical interaction
with it is through your phone, which you do a myriad
Vinyl makes music a special experience that you can really
enjoy, and the more that you commit to it, there is the associated sound
benefits that come with it as well, you can enjoy it in much higher
Over the last 10 years sales have grown by 1,500%.
However a recent survey found nearly half -
We've got things like the first printing of Led Zeppelin
which is worth about ?100 - in mint condition things
The Music Box in Wallingford first opened in 1959,
when all the latest hits were played on vinyl.
But with the rise of the digital age and streaming,
many of the specialist record shops - including Wallingford's -
back in a million years, let alone selling records, vinyl.
Now in a new permanent town centre location,
I must admit in the last year it's gone crazy,
people want something physical - they don't want to pay for something
They want something they can hold, like the artwork and the sleeve.
Just listen to it, and the whole concept of an album.
I find with vinyl, it sounds so much better than downloads or CDs.
When you buy limited edition ones, you open it up and you find out
It is great just going through the records and you find
something a bit odd or a bit strange, and you can
There is definitely a social thing to it.
Vinyl sales may still be dwarfed by streaming and digital downloads,
but music fans say it's the nostalgia of rediscovering
the old classics hidden in the bargin bins that keeps them
An Oscar winning sound designer and mixer from Wheatley near Oxford
Niv Adiri's won an Academy Award in 2014 for his work
His BAFTA nomination is for Fantatsic Beasts
His BAFTA nomination is for Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them - a spin off from the
He'll find out if he's won on February 12th.
I'll have the headlines at 8 and a full bulletin at 10.30.
Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.
Still to come in South Today: Closing in on history.
Gosport sailor Alex Thomson is set to take the Vendee
Women have come a long way since the first female MP
was elected to parliament almost 100 years ago...or have they?
Despite boasting a second female Prime Minister,
the UK is 48th on the global league table for female politicians.
Now the Basingstoke MP, Maria Miller, who chairs the Commons
Women and Equalities Committee says parties should be forced to do more
Currently only 30 per cent of our MPs are women.
I spoke to her a little earlier and asked her why so few women
I think across the country still we do not see enough women in
leadership positions to encourage women to come forward.
Also, I think people see some of the harassment
and the online abuse that
women can endure and also the tragic murder of Jo Cox
last year, I don't think that is encouraging women to come into
That's why this report is so important.
Talking about introducing targets and founding
political parties and forcing positive discrimination, that
doesn't necessarily get you the best candidate, does it?
And in a way, it demeans women as well.
Look, we need more women to consider coming into
politics, but I don't think anybody would argue that aren't enough women
with the right sort of experience out in our communities who could
And you seem to have all the leaders of all the
parties sort of in general agreement, a consensus, but there is
no action, really, nobody is doing anything about it.
Do you feel slightly frustrated by that?
I think there is a huge frustration there,
because all of the party leaders have told us that they think
parliament would be a better place with 50% female MPs, but they don't
really have the strategies in place to make it happen yet.
At the next general election, there are big
boundary changes, 21 women look set to lose their seats and if parties
do not act, we could see the number of women going back in 2020.
And we heard the Green Party, fielding two
female candidates wanting to job share.
So women are up against that kind of thing?
Obviously, we have to modernise Parliament, and that has
been happening over the last decade, but there is more to do.
You've women on South Today listening to
you now, tell them why they should go into politics, in 15 seconds.
If you want to change your community for the
better, if you want to ensure your community is the best it can be,
then you have to take responsibility, stand for election
and make sure women have a strong voice in Parliament.
Last January, quite a lot of us registered to give blood.
But fewer than half of those who signed up actually
This year the NHS says it needs at least ?200,000
new blood donors, to replace people who've had
to stop giving because of their age or health.
Nikki Mitchell reports from Berkshire.
People with O negative blood like Sheila here
are much in demand as donors.
That is because their blood can be given to almost any patient
and is so often used in emergency situations.
Sheila began donating after her father was diagnosed with
I couldn't help my father, he died, sadly.
But I carried on and they said we need
your blood, so I have done this since then, since...
I was 18 when I started, it was just something
I wanted to do, but then, I've been so glad I could do it all
It is so easy for me to just sit here for a few minutes.
I can get a cup of tea and a biscuit!
The NHS needs new donors of all blood groups, but it is
particularly keen to encourage younger people and people from black
Donors that can donate need a place so we can
make sure we get the
It is always something people think though,
I must come along and give blood and then you forget about it.
So, a new year, we're just hoping people will sign up but also book
that appointment and walk through the doors to come along and donate.
I've always wanted to do some good with
my life during the year, so I just thought, what's better
than donating a pint of blood every couple of
My best friend, my school friend, she had to have a blood
transfusion and that inspired me to give something back, really.
All donors must register before making an
appointment online, via an app or over the phone.
At least 100 pints of blood were collected during this
session and each pint has the potential to save
And if you'd like more information on becoming a blood donor,
There's also a mobile app called 'NHSGiveBlood'.
The sport. Tony husband is here. We were talking about Alex Thomson last
night, this is the sport. Tony husband is here. We were talking
about Alex Thomson last night, this is because Paul yes, there's a great
sense of anticipation there and the feeling that their manner could
catch the leader and he could win. could catch the leader
and he could win. as Sir Ben Ainslie attempts to win
the Americas' Cup, but just days into the new year, our sights
are fixed on the toughest offshore Tonight, Alex Thomson remains
in the hunt to make history as the first Briton
to win the Vendee Globe. say on current projections, it
will go down to the wire next week. All this despite losing
one of his boats foils I've been to see his
team today in Gosport. Staff glued to their computers,
tracking the race data in the But in the offices of
Alex Thomson Racing, they are also preparing to head for
the finish in western France. I think everyone throughout
this has different His family and friends are very
different to the team. I feel we are good at
concealing it, we are all pretty happy we have come
to the finish, but I think the emotions will probably go wild
when he 65 days ago, Thompson
left for the French He has broken three
speed records already on the journey around
globe against the prevailing winds and tides.
He is currently second, with 3,000 miles to the finish.
But projections are that there could be
as little as three hours between the two leading
Thompson is chasing the prerace favourite.
In the north Atlantic, you are dominated by the high
pressure and there is a high pressure there, so it looks like
whoever is in the lead can't really run away
from a second or third, so
I think we will see as the race comes to the closing stages that
tactically, the sailors will have some big challenges.
Four years ago, Thompson finished third.
No British person has ever won the race.
I remember coming of the canal with Alex and third and we both
looked at each other and said, we are coming
You think back to all the great British sailors and
they've all led and been part of this great sport which is a single
person setting out on sale around the world alone, nonstop.
It is a phenomenal sporting challenge and to
win it would be amazing for all of us.
A place in history is in touching distance.
The website has posted the latest positions in the last hour and Alex
is just over 100 miles behind the leader, but as we deny reports, it
is likely to close up in the next few days.
A new record's been set for the number of entries
Organisers say the 340 boat limit was reached
The 47th edition of the race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight
to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock will set off on Sunday
A new record's been set for the number of entries
Organisers say the 340 boat limit was reached
The 47th edition of the race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight
to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock will set off on Sunday
And Reading's under-23 side face Yeovil tonight in the last
Thank you. Just before the weather, we want to show you these fabulous
pictures. This was sent in by photography
student. Isn't that wonderful? Joanne Porter captured Cirrocumulus
clouds over Frimley in Surrey. Gaz McLean photographed
a Giant Otter at the New Forest And Martin Perry took this
picture of the bright spells in Freshwater Bay
on the Isle of Wight. We are expecting clear skies in some
places but cloud foremost and a bit of a drizzle here and there. A lot
of dry weather, too. Temperatures will fall to 7-8 C, fairly mild. The
breeze will increase to the west in the early hours of the morning.
Quite a grey, start tomorrow. The rain clears eastwards. Sunny spells
with the increasing breeze and there will be a wind chill. Temperatures
of 8-11 C, but feeling lower in many locations because of the wind-chill.
Tomorrow night, the odd spot of rain, patchy cloud, still a brisk
north westerly which will make it feel chilly. A chilly start on
Thursday with lows of 3-5 C tomorrow night. A cold and damp starts on
Thursday. Ahead of this band of rain which could turn to sleet or even
snow showers. The Met office have issued a snow warning for Thursday.
More likely over the Chilterns and Cotswolds. You need all the
ingredients to make the snowfall. We have the northerly breeze and moist
air from the Atlantic, so we could have some snowfall, we are not
expecting anything significant or anything to settle. If it does, it
will be most likely over the Cotswolds and Chilterns. The Met
office warning is in the fourth through Thursday, when we may
potentially see snowfall. Friday and Saturday, things brighter note that
it would bitterly cold. Temperatures are for - five Celsius, but with the
wind chill, feeling more like freezing or just above in many
locations. As we head through the week, there's a chance of snow and
it is getting colder. Now on this day at this
time in 1941, the people minutes away from the start
of the worst bombing raid But amidst the devastation,
a war artist was at work, but incredibly, it's never been
displayed in Portsmouth until now. It's now gone on show
at the city's museum. Our reporter Steve Humphrey
is in Portsmouth tonight. Steve - it's a painting that
captures the mood of the time? Yes, it was just after seven
o'clock on January 10 1941 It total, 300 German aircraft swept
in across the harbour behind me - their target the Naval
base - and 76 years ago where I'm now standing
at Gunwharf was part The attack continued
through the night. By the time it ended, 170 people had
been killed and hundreds But out of the onslaught
emerged a famous painting that managed to capture
the city's mood of defiance. It is clearly showing a war scene,
but showing the resolve of people to get on and deal with it and get
through it. I don't think there is a street and this is that was bombed
at some point or another. Was one of the most heavily bombed cities in
this country during World War II. Portsmouth's suffering on this night
76 years ago was immortalised by War artist Richard Eurich. He has this
access the not even the press would have had. It is an amazing insight
into part of the city that is normally underrepresented. It was
such a uniting thing as well as being a desperately awful situation.
Even as the country battle for survival, art had its place. As
Winston Churchill visited the city to boost morale, Richard Eurich was
a work on his painting. You can use art as a propaganda tool as opposed
to photography. You can change it to how you want things to be perceived
in a positive light. But the heart of the painting is HMS victory, an
enduring symbol of previous battles but amid the devastation of the 20th
century, sent out a powerful message. It is kind of like the
heart of the dockyard. She is there and does not seem to be affected by
all parties going on around. Another artist, Edward King, also painted
Portsmouth's ruined streets. There were a total of 76 bombing raids.
930 people were killed and 3000 were injured. The Royal Garrison Church
near the seafront hearing Portsmouth was amongst the buildings that were
badly damaged, back in 1941. It has been left as a permanent memorial to
those who were killed and injured. Richard Eurich's painting has been
left to Portsmouth Museum by London's Tate Gallery. It is a
remarkable reminder of the city's suffering during the Second World
War. As we reach 7pm, the moment when German planes flew over
Portsmouth on this day in 1941, we will leave you with this remarkable
painting which captures the devastation of the bombing of that
city. Good night.