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In tonight's programme: The body of a solider killed in Iraq is flown
in West Oxfordshire to pay their respects
to Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington.
Also: what next for Reading's Hexagon -
as plans to replace it with a bigger theatre suffer a setback.
Two ladies recreating a rally and sure some fond memories.
Dozens of people have turned out in West Oxfordshire -
to pay their respects to a soldier who died in Iraq.
Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington was killed in a shooting
His body was brought back to the UK through RAF Brize Norton.
Members of the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
carry one of their own back onto British soil.
Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington died ten days ago just one month
The 22-year-old was one of 500 British soldiers helping train Iraqi
and Kurdish security forces to fight so-called Islamic State.
He died in what's believed to have been an accidental shooting.
His family including his girlfriend and baby daughter had
travelled from Manchester to receive him home.
We've taken this situation, it's a horrible
situation repatriation, but we're here to support this family.
They are a very strong family and Scott was very
dearly loved, that's come across quite clearly today.
Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington is the 98th
from Royal Wootton Bassett back in 2011.
Dozens of strangers from across the country
have come hear today to recognise the sacrifice of the man known
as Snowball to his regiment made in serving his country.
We have people that would have come from further north but the
weather is bad and people who would have come from London
We have people who have come from the Manchester area.
I have only comes 50 miles, so it is a small trip.
But we will always endeavour to be here.
Lance Corporal Hetherington's coffin has been taken
to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
An inquest and his funeral will take place in the coming weeks.
Police are trying to trace a driver who knocked
down and killed a man - and then drove off.
It happened on the A361 Northbound, just outside Lechlade
Police say the driver who failed to stop was in a Ford Transit van.
An inquest has been opened into the death of a woman
who was killed after four crashes on the A40 in Witney.
21 cars were involved in crashes, three days after Christmas.
Deborah Blood, from Gloucester, died and several other
Her inquest has now been adjourned until May.
A man being questioned on suspicion of rape has been
The woman says she was held at knife-point and raped
near the Oxford Brookes University campus in Botley on Tuesday evening.
Police want to hear from anyone who saw vehicles being driven
erratically along the northbound carriageway of the A34,
particularly near Wytham or the Botley interchange.
A man from Swindon has been jailed. He admitted multiple charges of rape
and indecent assault involving five children. The offences took place
over five decades. He was sentenced at Swindon quartz.
A man from Banbury found with knives near Buckingham Palace has been
John Bolton was caught with three lock knives
at Hyde Park Corner in June last year.
It happened two days before the official celebration
The 48-year-old has been given an indefinite Mental Health order
at a sentencing hearing in court in London.
Oxford's only gymnastics club are set to lose their new home
after a planning decision was overturned.
which has a four-year waiting list - was originally given the green light
to move into a warehouse in Blackbird Leys three months ago.
The club has also spent around 20 thousand pounds converting the unit.
But last night councillors reversed their decision -
because the warehouse is a "key employment site".
From a personal point of view it is stressful,
not knowing where we are, having to pay the rent and work out
where we may be in three months' time and obviously we have a lot of
worried parents and gymnasts in tears and upset,
not knowing if they can keep doing the sport
Police say the Home Secretary's speech at a Conservative Party
conference has been logged as a "hate incident".
after an Oxford University professor reported Amber Rudd -
claiming she used "hate speech" at the conference last Autumn.
The Home Secretary suggested tightening rules that allow UK firms
The Home Office insists it was NOT a hate crime and says Amber Rudd has
made "countering hate one of her key priorities."
Plans for Reading's Hexagon theatre to be replaced
by a new 2,000 seat venue, have had a setback.
The borough council has found that while there is demand
for a new facility - it would need subsidising.
And that amount money needed isn't available.
This was the Hexagon's best ever pantomime season.
But it is an old building and not as versatile as it could be.
As you can see, it has seats behind it does not have any wings
space so an actor waiting to come in, you have to draw back his
-- these curtains or wait behind the doors or squeeze in there.
That works really well for things like stand-up
comedy and music but it doesn't work so well for street theatre and
People won't come here unfortunately and as such people do not
see things like the RSC, the Donmar and these great
That's why Reading council wants a new 2,000 seater theatre to house
big shows but it hopes appear to be just that.
It's own consultation has found that such a facility cannot be
built or run without a large council subsidy and that right now is not
Reading - like a lot of councils has suffered a lot of cuts.
We have lost about ?60 million of funding which we got from the
These big scale capital projects have to be prioritised but
in the future I would be hopeful that we can deliver a replacement
The market does suggest it would be a good option.
So - disappointing news for many but with such varied productions
being staged in other venues, some
question whether focusing on a large theatre was the right
Does Reading need a 2000 seat theatre right now or in
I do not know that it necessarily would so I wouldn't
have new project by South Street, Reading Rep have new writing
I am sure all the other arts organisations around Reading
have a lot more to give which is equally exciting.
So the Hexagon will remain Reading's largest venue but arts
communities here are determined to continue developing the town's
An art sculptor, who helped organise exhibitions
and festivals across Oxfordshire, has died.
Lendon Scantlebury in 2015 - when he helped transform a village
near Wantage into an outdoor art gallery.
The exhibition was part of Oxfordshire Artweeks.
His family says he died peacefully at the John Radcliffe
The former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been added
to the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary
The book recognises people who have helped shape Britain's history.
Before she became prime minister, Baroness Thatcher was a student
The entry also includes her time as a junior minister and her
leadership of the Conservative Party.
An eight year old girl and her classmates have been given
an unexpected science lesson by a leading Professor
Connie Gordon wrote a letter to Dame Carol Robinson
after seeing her picture in Oxford City Centre.
Connie wants to follow in her footsteps and become a scientist.
Dear Professor Robinson - I saw your picture in the Square.
And when I grow up I want to be a professor of chemistry like you.
I would love it if you could come into my class and talk to us.
I have a chemistry set in my house that I could show you.
A letter sent - not expecting a response.
And Connie got to meet and learn from her heroine.
I've realised how chemistry is useful to
the world and how it can help people because
I knew it was making medicines and things like that but I did not
know you could make drugs that could save people and travel
the world to give it to people who
Dame Carol is the first female Professor
She met, spoke to, and gave examples of experiments to Connie
But what advice did she give to Connie - and others -
who also want to become an eminent scientist like herself.
I had no plans ambitions at that age but think you
do what you're passionate about,
keep going and maybe one day you
For now, Connie says she'll study hard,
in the hope that one day she too will get to wear a white overall
And just before we go - it's snowing in some part
of our region and we're being warned to expect freezing temperatures
This sleet seen here was filmed in Nuneham Courteney in south
The Met Office says the cold weather will continue into tomorrow -
with the possibility of ice in the morning which may cause
I'll have the headlines at eight and a full bulletin at 10.30.
Now more of today's stories - including the snow -
Later, warnings of icy conditions tonight.
Here's Alexis braving the wintry conditions.
Snow has been falling in many places, but wanted clears, big issue
tonight will be ice. I will have the details for you shortly.
Many of you may have seen snow today.
In some parts of the South, it's been a light flurry
And, as temperatures drop, people are being warned to stay safe
in the icy conditions, Let's join Ben Moore in Reading,
Yes, I'm sorry to disappoint you, we had quite a lot of snow and sleet at
about five o'clock until six o'clock, it cause a lot of problems,
but now we barely got a rather cold drizzle. It seems like a lot of
people left to work early expecting the snow, and it has calmed down.
But other travel, the airport around Southampton and Gatwick have
survived their dusting of snow, any problems they have were because by
those flights that were cancelled at Heathrow. The message from them is
do check before you travel. As Alexis just mentioned briefly, the
big problem tonight is going to be ice. The local authorities across
the South are saying this now that has fallen has melted, a lot of
water on the roads, with the freezing temperatures and night,
very icy conditions expected tomorrow. When the road will be
busiest at rush hour. The message is, do check everything, take the
roads, check the airports before you travel tomorrow. Whilst we may have
survived the worst night, it could cause trouble tomorrow. Alexis is
coming up shortly. Now, yesterday, we had an exclusive
insight into the work of the Children's Sleep Service in
Southampton. They treat highly unusual sleep
disorders, conditions In a moment we'll hear just why
childhood sleep is so important, first Chrissy Sturt reports
on another difficult case. He's very cheeky, since he was
a baby he was walking early, talking Ever since he was born,
Lucas has woken He screams and screams and screams
and screams and we don't know what's It's like he's almost having
a fit, you can't even You've literally just
got to let him ride He struggles the next day,
his behaviour is really changing. He's not getting
the sleep he should. He should be getting at least
12, 13 hours a night. You never get a chance to actually
catch up on your sleep, you need to sleep for months,
I think, to be able to feel normal Lucas's broken nights seem severe,
but this family don't meet the strict criteria for a referral
to the Southampton sleep clinic. It would absolutely not be
right for every child with a sleep problem
We should only be seeing probably 5% or
less of children with sleep problems.
That leaves a care gap of families like this.
Too complex for health visitors, but not severe
enough Cathy's team at Southampton's sleep disorder service.
enough for Cathy's team at Southampton's
The answer is to train more community nurses
who can visit families in their own homes.
Rachel has now received such specialist help.
The vast majority of children can be taught how to
settle themselves to sleep that night and how to settle themselves
back to sleep when they wake up at night, which they will do naturally.
Cathy's aim is to train many more community nurses to meet these
You've got to be living it to realise how stressful and how bad it
Not only is the child not sleeping, the parents aren't
And we all know what that feels like, maybe on one tonight,
And we all know what that feels like, maybe on one night,
but what we don't know what that feels like it if it is happening for
Even though he's tired, and he tells me he's tired,
It can break marriages, it can ruin families, it
Earlier, I spoke to Dr Cathy Hill, who runs the clinic,
and she began by explaining why sleep is so important for children.
So, I think the starting point is, children spent half their lives
So, I think the starting point is, children spend half their lives
If there wasn't something fundamentally important about that,
So sleep cuts through everything in terms
terms of your mental health, so we tend to be only interested
in sleep when we're not getting it, and we
forget that when we are asleep, there are lots of amazing things
happening in the brain and in the body.
So, example, healing, learning, things that you've learned
in the day are actually stored away in your brain,
So, when this goes wrong, it has a big impact later in life,
Well, that's a really interesting question, potentially yes.
That information and research has just
started to evolve, but there's some very interesting data that suggests
So what is it, then, that triggers the sleep
So there is a whole array of sleep disorders in
The one that we most commonly see is what we call
behavioural insomnia, and the main principle
to understand that is that
all children, in fact all of us, naturally wake up multiple times
We don't remember it, they're often brief awakenings.
And what children have to learn to do is settle back to sleep after
And that's why it often goes wrong in young
And it's interesting what you have said in the films we've
seen, that children can learn and do learned how to sleep
seen, that children can learn and do learn how to sleep
So, is it our fault as adults that we are not teaching them
There's often reasons we can find as to why
Sometimes perhaps a child has got a physical illness,
and that makes it much, much harder for parents
And one of the top tricks for young children, and the
parents of young children, is to teach the child to self
soothe, to settle themselves to sleep at the
And how do you do that, what are the tricks?
Because there's something called sleep hygiene you talk about?
One of the things we say to parents is
imagine when your child naturally wakes at perhaps 11 o'clock at
Does their bedroom look exactly the same as when they
settled to sleep at the beginning of the night?
And almost always when we see children in clinic, there is
Whether it is the light show on the ceiling
when a child is falling asleep, the music that is playing,
the parent that is sitting alongside them,
And imagine yourself, if you woke up and your
room suddenly look different, you would struggle
You are one of only a few centres in the UK, you've got a huge waiting
You can't take all the referrals that come to you.
How frustrating is it that you can't help
practically every day, saying, when am I going to be seen?
And that's very frustrating, but obviously we
have the resources we have, we'd love to have more resources, and we
So it all comes down to money, does it?
And, if you'd like to find out more or support
Dr Hill and the team at the Southampton Child Health
Health Sleep Clinic, visit their website on
On to sport, with football. Saints won a 1-0. How we feeling? They will
feel all right, good results. There's just something in the back
of a mind which is they have some good chances maybe when 2-0,
Liverpool didn't do too much. They will be stronger at Anfield. That's
not complain, it's needed that is good. -- lets knock on playing, it
is good. 30 years ago Liverpool came out
on top when these two sides contested the semifinal
of the same competition. Last night it was Southampton
who dominated for long The only concern that they didn't
score more in this first leg. A minute after missing
out on a chance, Nathan Claude Puel's men were
playing with a flourish, something Saints fans haven't
always seen this season. Redmond nearly doubled
the lead before the break. A two-goal advantage
to take to Anfield Cedric made the wrong
choice here with a great And late on, Redmond
came agonisingly close Should they have got
more than one goal? Hopefully we can do the same
in a fortnight's time. Definitely should have had more
than one, but they should have had more than one as well,
more than We stopped the rot, we had a draw
at the weekend, we've got Fantastic game against a great
team, great players. I think it is the first
time since the beginning of the season, Liverpool, with
the one chance here in the game. Jurgen Klopp bemoaned
his side's lack of For Saints, Wembley is one step
away, but that is still a big We will be at Anfield
in a couple of weeks. Reading hope to secure a 9th home
win in 13 matches in the EFL Jaap Stam's men will no doubt be
hoping for a performance to erase memories of that 4-0 defeat
at Manchester United in the FA Cup. It will be a different game tonight,
and more important, that 4-0 defeat you mentioned at Old Trafford made
the headlines, but priority number one is promotion to the Premier
League. Reading so good in the championship, here at home where
they are looking for a six consecutive win. They will have to
do it without their captain Paul McShane, Cullen Harriet also out.
Reading third, QPR down in 17th, a win and they will move up to three
pints of second-place Newcastle. The weather isn't a worry, there has
been talk of snow. Cold and wet, but snow won't be an issue denied. The
goals at 10:25pm. Alex Thomson says his last chance
of winning the Vendee Globe races rests with a ridge of high pressure
close to the finish line off He still lies around 250 miles
behind the leader in the single There's less than a week
remaining for the front pair, Thomson and Armel le Cleach
as they sail north The Frenchman is maintaining his
lead despite the Gosport sailor gaining more speed
in the last few hours. Back in 1970 Bronwyn Burrell
was the youngest driver in the World Cup Rally from London
to Mexico, now half a century later she's been reunited with her car
and is competing again. At the age of 72 and living
in Hampshire village of Milford on Sea, she's planning to re-stage
the first leg of John Maguire caught up
with her in training. Wembley 1970, had a car rally marks
the handover of the World Cup hosting duties from England to
Mexico. Sir Alf Ramsey waves them off, and in car 20, three women
about to start a 16,000 mile race. We were away for six weeks, it
seemed like a lifetime. It wasn't a lifetime, it was a flash. Gosh,
there is those in our lovely green dresses and red jackets. On the
ramp, we are starting our huge adventure. We were young. I think I
was the youngest. The team was well-prepared, mechanically and
personally. We decided the best bet was to have paper knickers, so we
could discard them, not worry about washing. Such ingenuity might return
as almost 50 years on, she has recently bought the original car,
nicknamed Puff the Magic wagon, and they are ready to race again. What a
shame, she is no longer with us. She will love it. We are going to miss
her, we have to change a tyre. Should we take her out? See if we
can still do it. She hasn't driven competitively since the early 70s,
but you would never guess. In April they will drive to Portugal once
again, this time in a classic car rally. It's a bit more control
because of health and safety. You can't do what we used to do, please
do have one night sleep, not any more. The sport may have changed,
but the car and especially the driver looked as fast and furious as
ever. Come on, go, girls. Fearless! What a
ride. OK, onto the weather, you want to know what's going on. Still the
risk of snow and ice is the big issue.
Angela Walters took this photo of the snow settling
in the Chilterns this evening near Princes Risborough.
David Ryves sent us this picture via twitter of the snow
And Dot Williams took this picture of her snow man in Thatcham.
A few centimetres over the Chilterns and higher ground in Oxfordshire.
Overnight, once the rain, sleet and snow clears, there is a big risk of
ice on untreated surfaces. So the chance of one to snow showers
drifting in from the north-west, but mainly dry overnight tonight, and
through clearing skies, temperatures will fall away into minus figures,
even in towns and cities. In the countryside we could see a low of
minus four Celsius. A cold, frosty and very icy start to the day
tomorrow, the ground is damp. A big risk of ice do stay tuned to your
local radio station for the latest on the travel. Through the morning
tomorrow, we may see the odd snow shower, particularly the eastern
part, Berkshire, Surrey and also west Sussex, but otherwise a dry day
with plenty of sunshine, with feeling cold, bitterly cold north
westerly breeze digging in. Temperatures up to around four to
seven Celsius but feeling more like two or three, given the wind-chill.
Tomorrow evening and overnight, the chance we could have the odd snow
shower. It should stay dry and once again, with a light wind, a
widespread frosty start Saturday. Cold temperatures as well, falling
to around -1 Celsius in urban areas. Cold, frosty potentially icy start
to the weekend, but Saturday should be mainly dry, although there will
still be that keen northerly wind driving in that Arctic air, taken
the edge of temperatures. Feeling chilly with the weather front moving
south on Saturday, which may produce a wintry weather. Some rain and
sleet moving its way south across the country. As we look ahead to the
rest of the week, and into the weekend, lovely sunny conditions
both tomorrow and Saturday, although that cold, strong northerly winds.
That starts to ease over the weekend and we draw in some slightly milder
air from the Atlantic. Sunday, the chance of rain, also some rain on
Monday, but the