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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me


In tonight's programme: The cuts it's claimed will lead to more


people with dementia being put into full time care.


There could be less funding for services


like day centres - meaning increased


I know I could have gone under by now if it wasn't for this centre. I


was still have my mother living with us.


Also: the crime described as stealing from your friends,


why a council is determined to catch people committing fraud.


And later on, we revisit the adventures


of Portland Bill, the plasticine characters brought to life


Dementia says proposed funding cuts to day services in Oxfordshire


would result in more people being admitted into full-time


care and extra pressure on hospital services.


Around 10,000 people in Oxfordshire have dementia.


Around 800,000 people across the country are affected.


At present 46 day services share almost a million pounds a year


Proposals would see services having to bid for a share of ?125,000.


82-year-old Jenny has been using Daybreak Oxford's dementia


services twice a week for the past nine months.


But a possible cut in funding from the County Council


I know that if it wasn't for places like this,


There was no way I could still have my mother living with us.


It takes too much out of you, it puts too much of a strain


on your marriage, too much of a strain on the whole family.


I find on the days when she comes here, it's a different story.


Oxfordshire County Council currently funds 46 services like this,


catering for people with a range of needs at a cost


Under new proposals, all charities would have to bid


Daybreak Oxford says its services save the NHS and local authorities


money by keeping people like Jenny out of care homes and hospitals.


In terms of mental health beds, since 2002 I think we've lost six


out of the eight wards that used to exist in Oxfordshire,


there used to be seven day hospitals in Oxfordshire in 2002,


there are now none and it doesn't seem as though there are any


People with dementia should have the opportunity to have a good


Oxford Health denies there's a lack of care for those with dementia.


It says it's been commissioned to help people live independently


for longer and that is offering a more integrated service working


with social workers, care home staff, GPs and families


The county council says it proposes to carry on funding its own dementia


services which are run by the voluntary sector


The Cabinet will decide later this month on the future of daytime


The council says there is scope for a change following this


Police are investigating a rape in Oxford last night.


on Harcourt Hill and then raped in Raleigh Park.


Police are looking for information about a man seen running


They're also linking it to a car accident involving a Black VW Golf


A 38-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested.


A report into mental health at Campsfield House Immigration


and Removal Centre shows an increasing number


of inmates are claiming to be victims of torture.


Inmates are offered counselling and the report praises


the high number of nurses with mental health qualifications.


Detainees spoke positively about health care in general.


Police are looking for a driver who moved an ambulance


Staff were in the back carrying out emergency treatment


It's thought the man released the ambulance's


handbrake to move it and then drove his car


It happened on Pelican Lane in Newbury two weeks ago.


The man's described as white, in his 50s,


Detectives say the patient could have suffered


It was a very reckless act to undertake.


Obviously the ambulance could have moved forward,


the individual would have had no proper control of that vehicle at


the time and anything could have happened.


It could have hit a pedestrian, could have hit another vehicle


and it could have put the lives of the patient


and the crew in the rear of the ambulance at danger.


Councils are turning to Investigation Units to tackle


West Oxfordshire district council is the latest to give its backing


to team dedicated to curbing abuse of the system including council


Fraud is estimated to cost the authority more than


Last year, in Oxford, the city council recovered


Katharine Da Costa has been looking into the problem.


Investigation units like the one in Oxford cover many areas including


tenancy Ford, council tax, business rates and the abuse of social


housing and the right to buy scheme whereby someone buys a council house


when not entitled to. With such high demand for affordable housing in the


city, it is a key priority. In the last financial year, the recovered


nearly ?4 million. 21 social housing properties were recovered and 33


right to buy applications were turned down. On top of that, last


year the council secured 15 prosecutions, this most serious


offenders can face ten years in prison and unlimited fines. A couple


of years ago, they were investigating housing benefit fraud.


Many disbanded the fraud investigation services. In Oxford we


retained hours and the likelihood that we will recover 400 -- ?4


million suggests it was the right decision. It is important that fraud


is tackled and Pete -- people don't get away with it. Local authorities


are working harder than ever to make sure every pound spent on front line


services. West Oxfordshire and Cotswold district councils are


following in the footsteps by backing plans for investigation


units. The more fraud that is identified, that is money that isn't


as it were. It will help protect front line services and reduce the


cost to the taxpayer. It is estimated by 2020, no -- councils


will not receive any funding. They say a failure to detect Ford will


result in the loss of precious resources.


Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit 40 on-call


There are currently 300 of them, making up more than half


They earn up to ?9,000 a year and receive the same training


Fit and healthy men and women aged 18 and over are being


Two poems written by an 11-year-old George Michael have been unearthed


by an old school friend in West Oxfordshire.


Penny Ling, who now lives in Longcot,


discovered them in her old primary school year book, written


by the singer when he attended Roe Green Junior School in North


As well as writing poems, he was just one of the


We all would soon pop songs and we were both in the school choir. We


both played violin. He didn't stand out, if he wasn't a show off. He was


just one of us. A nine-year-old boy from Swindon has


sent his special motorised wheelchair to a girl in Bosnia


who has the same condition as him. Oscar Moulding has


muscular dystrophy. When he got a new wheelchair


he wanted to give his old one to his friend in Bosnia where access


to such equipment is limited. Thanks to his state of the art


motorised wheelchair, Oscar Moulding can do most


of the things that make him fit in. Whether it's at home or at school,


since he was four-years-old. I play with my brother. I do all the


things that I want. I can race around in my chair a lot. If you


want to sit at the table, it doesn't matter how high the table is. He


needed those facilities to get the most out of life.


but when he grew out of it and got another one,


he wanted his old one to go to Bosnia.


His family are friends with a family there,


They raised the funds to ship it over.


Now little Sophija says it's going to change her life.


I can open the door, I can reach things. She can reach things by


herself and healthy people think that they took these things for


granted. She opened the door for her -- for the first time in her life


and she is almost nine. The families are in touch


regularly and Oscar has already seen Sophija


in her new chair. He's delighted he's


been able to help. I think of her like Oscar racing


around with her friends and going from class to class taking herself


off to dinner and into the playground. Just joining in with


life like everybody else does. Do you think it will make a really big


difference? It will change her life completely.


They raised enough money to pay for any future


maintenance, so the chair should be good for many years to come.


A simple act of kindness that's brought joy to two young lives.


Alexis is coming up with the weather forecast later in the programme -


Later, we revisit an 80s children's TV series.


Come with me the BBC South Today, where the weather is still to come.


We will travel to 1983 with Portland Bill.


A new centre using state-of-the-art simulators to train nurses


and midwives has opened in Reading at a time when the NHS is struggling


to recruit enough staff to care for mums and their babies.


Part of the problem is finding enough hospital placements


for trainees, so could technology be part of the answer?


The bump may feel real enough. But the patient most definitely isn't.


But this is no dummy. Linda gives birth like a real mum. So realistic,


it is not the time viewing. The centre has opened. We were able to


practice in our own time for our exams. It has been very valuable for


us to have this invested for us and for the rest of the students within


the university. My name is Claire, I am one of the nurses here. The


mannequins come in all shapes and sizes and just like a flight


simulator, the force trainees to make life or death decisions. The


whole point of the Centre is that students can reserve their skills.


They can learn in a safe environment and it is safe but also safe for


patients. Midwife numbers in the Thames Valley have risen 10% but


live births are up half as much. The biggest problem is finding hospitals


with the budget to find clinical placements for these trainees.


Simulation centres are very important because we can do a lot of


our training within the simulation centre and help relieve the pressure


of the amount of places we need in practice. The need for trainees to


metaphorically get their hands dirty, practising on real-life


patients, is not going away any time soon.


If you've got young children, did they have you up in the night?


Many parents struggle to get their babies and toddlers


into a good routine but, for some families, the problems


BBC South has had special access to the work of


Southampton's Sleep Disorder Service.


It's just for children and, in recent years, the clinic


It's under the leadership of one woman, Dr Cathy Hill.


She's on a mission to give desperate mums and dads a good night's rest.


Imogen has a typical light tap routine. She however wakes


repeatedly through the night. She sleepwalks around the house and


frightens her parents. Even though the wise up wide-open, she is sat


bolt upright and is rocking. She walked down the stairs, completely


asleep. Southampton's specialist leet service treat children with


complex sleeping disorders, the hardest cases. By the time we see


bees families, quite often those problems have been going on for many


years. The parents have forgotten what it is like to sleep. Building


on work that began in 1980, Cathy has done much to develop the


service. It is now based in Southampton hospital and sees


children from around the UK. The strongest, most powerful trigger the


sleepwalking, if you have got those other tendencies there, is not quite


getting enough sleep. Cathy is quick to diagnose imaging with behavioural


insomnia and sleepwalking. Children will have a night terror or


sleepwalk within one or two hours of falling asleep, and what is


happening is that the child's brain is half asleep and half awake, so it


will do complex things like walk around, climb, but they have no


memory of it or no awareness of what they are doing. The brain is


obviously. That is the slave wage of sleep when our brains are vulnerable


to do this funny switch. -- that is the stage of sleep. She has really


gone into not just image and ask, down to what she's doing at bedtime,


why she's getting up. She gave us advice we need. We will. By


measuring from just between your eyes to the back of your head. In


Southampton, this high-tech sleep lab is used to investigate the most


difficult disorders. Cathy designed it based on similar setups in


Australia, adapting adult testing to sue for younger patients. Some of


her other patients do not need help with sleeping but with staying


awake. Falling asleep in class, falling asleep as soon as we get in


the car, falling asleep at home and at times, in weird places. This is


nothing unusual among college students per right now Chloe is


medicated to stay awake. Her narcolepsy need careful management.


My eyes are watering. Carefully timed daytime sleep has been part of


her routine out the three years whether she is but a condition


called cataplexy has been harder to solve. She collapses, she drops


things, she cannot hold onto anything, all her grip is gone. Her


head will go and she would just collapse and she slurs her words,


her mouth goes to one side. She copes with it very well. It is what


is, it makes who she is, and there is nothing we can do about that


other than support her. We have a cheesy strapline. We want them to be


at and achieving. Six weeks on, imaging and her family have made


progress. You might not have heard of them but sleep fairies are


everywhere. I just want to say well done for good sleeping. Cathy has


suggested Imogen should have happened sleep very. She visits a


night-time when image and sleeps well, leaving encouraging little


letters. She has a sleep Ferrador that the fairy visits. I have had to


be a bit more strict bedtime. The last couple of weeks have been great


so we're doing really well. A full night's sleep for everybody.


Onto sport and big night of football for Southampton in the League Cup


semifinal and a trip to Wembley up for grabs.


It's 30 years since Southampton last contested a League Cup semifinal


and, such is the way that the footballing fate works,


that was against Liverpool - the same opponents they face this


evening in the first of two legs for a place in the final at Wembley.


For Saints, it's part of a hugely busy January


in which they could face as many as nine games.


The halo has slipped slightly for Claude Puel's side


in the last few weeks - three straight Premier League losses


were followed by a frustrating FA Cup draw at Norwich at the weekend.


This game against Liverpool, a good team, it is a good thing for us. We


need to try to have good result. It is a fantastic opportunity for us.


We did well to stop it was only a draw in the end. A really good


performance. Sometimes, the temptation can be to rotate the


squad. We know that Claude Puel well has rotated to some effect.


On the team news front, Puel said that he wouldn't be


playing want-away captain Jose Fonte, so Maya Yoshida


is set to continue alongside Virgil van Dijk.


Adam Larner is in the Liverpool side, Flamini, Sturridge.


You can follow all the action, of course, live on BBC Radio Solent


with Adam Blackmore and the former Saints manager, Dave Merrington.


Dorset's Scott Mitchell has seen his bid to win a second BDO


World Darts Championship end in tatters today.


The Bransgore farmer, who won the title two years ago,


crashed out this afternoon at the Lakeside to Belgian


Mitchell, himself seeded number two, suffered a 4-2 defeat after missing


He exits in the second round in Frimley Green.


Staying on a Wembley theme, Oxford United moved a step closer


to a quick return to the Arch in the Checkatrade Trophy.


Do you know any of these iconic names?


They're locations in the BBC Radio 4 shipping forecast.


But, as well as being coastal stations, they also became


the characters of a children's TV series, which first


Alexis Green went to meet the man who co-wrote the music


The 1980s saw the birth of the large number of children's TV programmes.


But one that sticks firmly in my memory is based on this lighthouse,


the adventures of Portland Bill. Oh, come with me to the rolling sea,


where the weather is calm still... It was the brainchild of John Grace.


Sadly, you passed away in 2004 but his colleague, Nick Parsons,


co-wrote the music. John entered a photographic competition and won it.


It was based on the three plus the scene characters. As a result of


that, he was contacted by a film fare who made the wombles in


Paddington. The director asked if you would like to make the series


and John said, I will write the script, would you like the music? So


we collaborated. It was a nice project to work on. One day, Ross


was having a terrible time, trying to scrap the steps clean. Most of


the characters were named after sea errors and coastal stations around


the British Isles. West 40s, north-westerly, six -- eight.


Portland Bill was the main character and manned the lighthouse. Two


Seabees altogether, 26 episodes and stories. The theme tune is the most


memorable. Come with me, to the rolling sea, where the weather is


common still. We will have some fun, the adventures of Portland Bill! It


has lasted for years and even now my students will come to me and say, do


you still write music for Portland Bill?


Overnight tonight, we are expecting very chilly conditions and tomorrow,


the chance of snow. A lovely scene today. Blue skies overhead. Very


chilly conditions overnight. The winds will increase in strength,


very windy. Coming in from the north-west, taking the edge of


temperatures, but mainly dry by the odd isolated shower. Temperatures


could drop as low as three Celsius. The winds will be very strong


tomorrow. Light spells first thing but clouding over very quickly and


the Met Office have issued the yellow snow warning. The risk of


heavy snow in many places tomorrow, which could cause is. Through the


day, rain first which will help temperatures rise joined the


morning. A northerly breeze digging in. The potential for snowfall. More


likely for air is not a boxer. Intense rain at times, up to 30


millimetres in an hour, and the strength of the winters well. You


need keep three key ingredients for snow, the cold air from the north,


the right wind direction and intense rainfall. The risk of snow


everywhere tomorrow evening, whisking eastwards and clearing most


places tomorrow night but then the big risk is following the snow and


rain. Temperatures tomorrow night, in the countryside, minus three


Celsius. In our towns and cities, minus one Celsius. A risk of snow


and ice with this feature drifting down the eastern part of the


country. We could see snowfall for the rush-hour. Really intense winds


coming in from the north, making it feel bitterly cold. The big risk of


snow tomorrow almost anywhere. Stay tuned to the forecast annual local


radio station. Don't forget to send us photos as well if you can.


I think my political beliefs are really quite straightforward.


I believe that our country needs to work for everyone.


Not just for the rich, not just for the privileged,


not just for those who know the right people or who've got


the loudest voices, but a country that really works for everyone,


has the opportunity to be who they want to be.


In order to make sure that the country works for everyone,


Standing up for the vulnerable, for the voiceless,


against those who feel that they're strong and powerful.


If you're doing the right thing, then you must do that however


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