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All non-urgent operations have been cancelled
at the John Radcliffe Hospital today and Monday - due to the pressures
Squatters win a reprieve, which means they have shelter from the
winter weather for another seven days. It means we have more time to
plan stuff, rather than worrying where I will sleep or eat. They know
they have shelter the week, and hopefully longer. And the talented
Mr Webster, a gallery shows off the diversity of his work -- Whistler.
All non-urgent operations have been cancelled
at the John Radcliffe Hospital today and Monday - due to the pressures
In a statement, the hospital trust said everybody
Peter Cooke is live for us tonight outside the JR.
Peter, what more do we know? Hospital trusts in Oxford,
Buckinghamshire and rubbing our monks 25 who said they'd been under
serious pressure -- Reading are monks. They issued a statement. She
said they had taken this decision to help with the flow of patients
through the hospital, Tilse to ensure they can continue to see
patients in the emergency department is in a timely way. She added, all
of those affected have been notified, all urgent emissions and
day cases would still go ahead. Staff at the hospital have been
asking people to consider all options before going to A We've
been speaking to members of the public to see if they have any
sympathy with the situation. There is a disparity between what the
public expect from NHS and what they deliver. I can't fault the staff at
all, they treated me well. Quite a lot of people could either be seen
by doctors or be seen by the pharmacist. The picture here is very
much reflected of course in other parts of the country. More than ten
hospitals in England have had to cancel routine treatments as we've
seen in Oxford. Basically, they are not seeing patients quickly enough.
They've had to bring an extra staff to cope, and given the current
pressures on the NHS in the country, many trusts are warning we are
likely to see further cancellations in the weeks ahead.
A man's been arrested in connection with a rape investigation in Oxford.
Police have today been continuing their searches
of the area surrounding Raleigh Park and woodland close to the A34.
The man has been detained in Eastbourne in Sussex.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident -
adding evidence may have been thrown from a moving car.
A shop keeper near the Cowley road has pleaded guilty to 16
offences relating to selling unsafe legal highs.
Darren Manley admitted selling the products -
including King B and Charlie Sheen - as research chemicals
from his Red Eye store, which has since closed down.
Trading Standards launched an investigation into the substances
and found them to be illegal and dangerous.
Next, inspectors at the troubled Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes
have raised concerns over staffing levels in a damning new report -
The Care Quality Commission findings - published today -
criticise the level of mental health care.
Today's findings will do little to allay the concerns of embattled
over its safety procedures, Woodhill's high suicide rate has now
The report underlines the prison's ongoing problems with recruitment.
Inspectors found the mental health team was insufficiently staffed,
with just three registered nurses and one lead clinician.
Half the roles within the main healthcare team
The conclusion, there was a potential risk to
There are glimmers of hope in this report.
There are plans, for instance, to open a specialist 12 bed
mental health care unit, and all prisoners
entering Woodhill at the
weekend are assessed for signs of mental illness.
An improvement, inspectors say, on the previous
Improvements that came too late for Kevin Scarlett.
Found hanging in his prison cell in 2013, an
inquest found the 30-year-old, who had a history
of mental illness, was
Nobody actually believes he wanted to kill
It was a cry for help, the prison guards should have found him,
should have treated him medically, and then should have dealt with his
Last year it emerged Woodhill Prison had recorded
the highest suicide rate amongst inmates over the past three years.
The authors of today's report seem to suggest those numbers could drop
The mental health services at the prison are run by Central
and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
The trust's clinical director of offender care,
Dr Shamir Patel, says the picture is a complicated one.
Death in custody and deaths in prison is a complicated question,
depends on a number of factors. If it was an easy question we'd be able
to solve it quickly, but what we see is an ageing population, an
increasing number of psychoactive substances in our prisons, including
Spice. And also the complex is he of the environment. We must bear in
mind Woodhill is a category a present, therefore the compact
cities of the prison and the environment asked by the unique in
themselves. I think we can do more and if we have more stuff we can do
more interventions. At the moment the staff is to be higher than that
which was identified by the CQC, because we have moved on since other
weeks. It is interesting the report concluded the staff were
compassionate and enthusiastic about their work.
Campaigners squatting in a former car show room in Oxford say they've
claimed a small but important victory for those needing shelter.
They've been at a court hearing in the city today -
where the case to remove them was adjourned.
Protestors say it gives people with nowhere warm to sleep another
Adina Campbell has been following developments.
Cuddle time to Lewis and his dog. For the next seven days at least,
he'll be able to stay on living here in this former car dealership in
Oxford. This is your room. You've made it into your own. Big up I have
it's an upgrade. How long were you in the tent? Four nights. It felt
like an office in the first night, so I did something to make at my
own. Campaigners say they were relieved after a judge at the County
Court in Oxford adjourned the hearing which could have seen the 16
homeless people living in this building addicted. They decided to
move in on New Year's Eve after finding the property and occupied
and open. Since then, thousands of people have signed a petition to
keep them here, and donations have been flooding in. Lots of warm
clothes, we've got bedding, beds, someone donated and there are today.
A couple of sofas, we've got Hobbs, fridges, cooking equipment. Pretty
much everything you need. The building is owned by the college, is
says it is profoundly sympathetic to the plight of homeless people but
plans to use the site for student accommodation. The college, however,
that is to mid County cooperative, who've told us in a statement they
requested and a German today to give the homeless time to time to
continue to work towards a collaborative outcome. With
temperatures set to drop to -3 overnight, this is welcome news for
the people who been using this building to keep warm. But this may
not be a permanent decision, and even though they will be able to
stay here for the next few days, that could change of course
depending on the outcome of next week's hearing. Police say eight car
has done 131 mph on the macro goal M4. It was spotted this morning in
freezing conditions, a 31-year-old man is due to appear in court -- M4.
Two years on from a fire that completely destroyed
South Oxfordshire District Council's offices near Wallingford,
residents say they're frustrated the site remains derelict.
The building was one of the targets in a series of arson
Critics have dubbed the burnt out remains an eyesore.
SODC says it's investigating a number of options
for the future of the site - but must consider value for money.
People with impaired sight are now be able to enjoy
A guided walking group's been launched by the charity BucksVision.
Despite the weather - Angela Walker joined
There is quite an interesting story about this, it is a site of a civil
War battle. A quick briefing from members of BucksVision's newly
formed walking group, a little snow and ice was not enough to stop these
visually impaired and blind people from taking part. If you are a cane
user, it is difficult to walk at speed. Because of the hazards and
everything around. To be able to walk with a partner and to be guided
and to know you can trust our partner and then you can walk at
speed and enjoy it, enjoy the countryside, enjoyed the birds. As
well as being a chance to socialise, these guided walks aimed to help
people with sight problems become more confident. Too often or not we
are so involved with everyday life we never go outside, and when you've
got a visually impaired person, that's magnified even more. So just
to get outside and have a bit of pressure is just wonderful for their
body, spirit and mind. A lot of those are isolated at home, no one
to talk to, nothing to do. And when events like this happen, it gets us
talking. I love it, because you're getting help, I used to be very
frightened to go out by myself. The charity BucksVision start of the
walks to meet demand. We had quite a few of our members who were
interacting with a local walks put on by the council. But obviously
because there's not always a possibility of getting the right
guide, sometimes they can't go on those forks, so that when we
thought, why don't we set up our own walking group? BucksVision is
looking for more visually impaired people to take part and is also
appealing for more people to become walking guides, special training be
provided. Finally - have a look
at this snowy scene. We may have missed the brunt
of the winter weather, but this aerial shot
across Stokenchurch and the Chilterns shows a fair
spread of the white stuff. The shot was captured
by the police helicopter. We'll have a full weather update
later in the programme. The forecast for the weekend
is coming up in a few Now more of today's
stories with Sally Taylor. We are expecting some flood alerts,
and we have some flood alert in place already across West Sussex
and Hampshire tonight. And we do have one flood
warning in place at Bosham. Anjana Gadgil meets a hunter that
scares the pidgeons. Willow flies outside
the hospital three times a day She's really become
a local celebrity. Environmental concerns have been
raised over plans to build new homes on and around a lake near Theale
in West Berkshire. It's not the first time the site has
been targeted and developers says they'll provide much needed housing
while also taking measure Opponents think it could put
the area at greater risk. It may look a little barren
and grey in the rain, but this lake formed
from an old gravel gravel pit This is a very important site
for wildlife, primarily for the birds that breed here,
but we're also concerned While the Wildlife Trust understands
the need for housing in this area, we think that developers should look
elsewhere, and there are spaces in Berkshire that we think are more
appropriate for this They fear house-building will harm
and land protected nightingales. It's one of the most important sites
not only in the county, The damage that it would do,
it's just unacceptable. More than 200 houses
could be built here, including 24 floating homes
on the water. But this part of West Berkshire
is prone to flooding, and the Environment Agency has
concerns about the plans, as do The developers say their proposals
go far beyond the new homes They say they're investing
substantially in local infrastructure, and designing
a flood alleviation scheme which will bring
relief to nearby homes. The developer will provide
it with new facilities There's a lot for planners
to consider, but the demand The Thames Valley as a region
is growing very quickly. There's industry is coming in, a lot
of businesses want to be based here, and so that is attracting a lot
of new families. You've got to couple that
with the existing population who want to have homes
for their children and grandchildren Where to put those houses
is a very emotive subject, and this is one of the sites
that is up for discussion The council is due to make a
decision about the plans next month. A drive to save money could see bin
collections in Basingstoke reduced The proposal comes as Hampshire
County Council is cutting opening Basingstoke and Deane Council's due
to discuss the idea next week. It says fortnightly collections
are now common elsewhere. Pigeons nesting at Southampton
General Hospital created four So to deal with it they employed
a full-time Falconer. And each day Andy Crowle goes
to work, he's reminded of his late wife because Sue was treated
for cancer in Southampton. Before she died, she encouraged
Andy to pursue his dream That's her rousing and getting her
feathers in place for flying. High-level operations
above Southampton General Hospital. Willow the Harris hawk casts
an eye on the ground. The aim is that they see
a predator on site, and it deters them from nesting,
and so in that way we Once pigeons have bred here,
it's their home, and they're almost Willow and Rogue are well rewarded,
and they're well-suited to the job. They're very easy to train,
they're very easy to get to do And they're almost like
the Labrador of the bird world. They will follow you
around wherever go. So, Willow flies outside
the hospital three times a day She's really become
a local celebrity. Andy started working
with birds in March, He was encouraged
by his late wife, Sue. Two years ago, my wife bought me
a falconry experience day. And it really sort of unlocked the,
unlocked the lid of that Sue came to Southampton
for her treatment, giving Andy's She would probably be furious
that I dug up the garden But actually, it was Sue
that started it all. You know, she enabled
me to do this, so... I feel that she's had
a hand in it, really. As well as caring for the birds,
Andy's own brood has grown. The day I met him, he became
a grandfather for the second time. We are going to talk about football,
we're going to talk a little bit about what's going to be happening
off the pitch in the new future with Reading. I feel like we have kind of
been here before. Because we have. This has been ongoing for several
years now. Now, that brought some stability, but they want to move on
themselves. Now the question is, is the latest planned takeover going to
happen? Reading were beaten by QPR
at the Madejski stadium on a night where the ongoing impasse over
the protracted takeover of the club by a Chinese brother and sister
pairing was brought to the fore A frustrating night for Reading,
only their second home league defeat of the season. Nevertheless, Jaap
Stam's engineered a fine campaign on the pitch, with the club pushing for
promotion. It has come against a backdrop of more confusion over the
ownership of America. The Royals are currently controlled by a consortium
from Thailand. They're keen to sell. -- the ownership of Reading.
Potential buyers are brother and sister from China. One is a property
developer. They tried and failed with others to buy Hull city last
year. Senior figures at the stadium see the Chinese offer is the dream
ticket, but the Premier League, who still have a say in takeovers of
clubs who could compete in their early, are thought to be cautious.
Last night, Jaap Stam's frustrations over the takeover were made public.
It annoys me that there's nothing told yet. Basically, that they want
to sell the club. I don't know if we can still build the team for next
season or the season after, but we can achieve, you know? There needs
to be structure within the club, the owners and the team need to have a
certain vision within what they want to achieve. I don't know if it's
there at the moment, to be fair. So, well, we need to wait and see what's
going to happen. Former Royal Jamie got this goal just before the
half-hour. This was the closest equalising, just off the bar. Matt
is becoming off the pitch serious, too. -- matters becoming. Fans and
staff are pressing for answers. Indeed.
Here's a look at the top of the championship,
Reading stay third but could be down to fifth by the end of this
Chris Hughton's men have gone 18 league games without defeat,
a run which stretches back to September.
It's seen them overtake big spending Newcastle at the summit,
tomorrow the Albion travel to Preston, managed
Of course, our games against them in recent seasons,
We certainly know what to expect, and the manager has done very,
very well in the time that he's been there, since they were promoted.
In the Premier League, any hopes Bournemouth had of signing
John Terry appear over after his manager ruled out
the prospect of the defender leaving Stamford Bridge this month.
The Cherries are at Hull tomorrow Southampton
are on the road as well, they're at Burnley.
In league one, Swindon are at Bolton, Oxford
In league two, Portsmouth host struggling Leyton Orient,
Pompey have lost just once in the league since November.
BBC Local radio has full commentary of all the games.
One other line of football news tonight.
Basingstoke Town have announced plans to go
The southern league premier division club held a special meeting this
week to plot the way forward after owner and chairman Rafi Razzak
announced he was to step down at the end of the season.
Town now want to launch a drive to gain support from the Basingstoke
community to take the club into their hands.
Our nightly update, because it is getting to the wire.
Gosport sailor Alex Thomson is clawing back the deficit to
There's likely to be just six more days of racing before the boats
arrive in the French port of Les Sables D'Ollonne.
But the leader Armel le Cleach has hit an area of lights wind.
He was moving at a speed of just one knot, while Thomson is moving along
further south in the atlantic at ten knots.
He's bidding to become the first Briton ever to win the single handed
It's a massive weekend, I think in that race now. He needs to narrow
that gap in the next couple of days. I think it's exciting, given that
they've gone right round the world and it's coming down to last few
days. Amazing, isn't it? By Monday night, we'll know just how close
it's going to be. In the 1930s he was one of Britain's
most prolific artists. Rex Whistler produced
everything from romantic portraits to theatrical sets,
book covers to giant murals. He also spent eight months creating
a stunning drawing room So it's appropriate that Mottisfont
is now hosting a major David Allard has been
finding out more. He grew beautifully, just with a
pencil. He was like Spencer. A great, great draughtsman. He was
very humorous. He got on well with people. Portraits, particularly. He
seemed to did get into the heart of people. The sugary seemed to get.
You can't pigeonhole Rex Whistler - as the volunteer guides
at Mottisfont have discovered. From high society portraits
to a soldier's despair, Rex Whistler's life is reflected
He's doing advertisements, commercial work, murals, constantly
coming up with ideas and jotting down and making beautiful pictures.
Interesting, complex person who was working hard. Quite an ordinary
actually. -- an ordinary background. Mottisfont is already home
to Whistler's last great work - In 1939 he designed,
remodelled and painted this drawing The curtains are real, the permits
an optical illusion. It's just a great example of painting that is
designed to trick the eye. He painted the smoke billowing out, and
it's just the most wonderful effect. A new exhibition draws together all
aspects of ten mayor's work, from his juvenile sketches to his final
pieces, documenting his time with the Welsh Guards. In this room, we
have one of my absolute favourite pieces in the whole exhibition. It
is this one, which is Sergeant Isaacs, the regimental clock. It is
fantastic, as an example of somebody who is planted here, this is the
backbone of the British Army. I just think he has such presence. Rex
Whistler died in action in Normandy in 1944. He was just 39. Some feel
his was a talent cut short. This exhibition helps us we discover a
singular artist. -- rediscover. An exhibition where synchronising your
agree. Onto the weather, it's going to be called this weekend.
We have had a few showers today, and still lying snow in a few places, so
the risk of ice in many locations. Lewis Horsley photographed the snow
and sunrise near Basingstoke. Jill Grimwood took this picture
of the snow falling first thing this And Robin Boultwood photographed
the sunshine and highland Many of us saw the sunny spells,
little more cloud in part of Oxfordshire, and a few showers
drifted through Oxfordshire down towards Berkshire and Hampshire.
Showers mainly falling as rain, and overnight we could see the odd
wintry showers the risk of ice. There is a Met Office ice warning in
force through parts of oxygen. We'll see more cloud spill in from the
north-west, but generally we are looking at clear skies, and
temperatures will fall away in the countryside 2-4 C. These are
temperatures in our towns and cities. Met ice warning -- minus
four Celsius. Ultima, ice during the morning. The could be wintry in
higher part of Oxfordshire, showers. Temperatures ranging between four
and seven Celsius, but a key north-westerly wind. Not as strong
as today. It will take the edge of two bridges. A lot of sunshine
tomorrow, the possibility of some patchy rain at times. Where we have
clear skies towards the east, temperatures will fall away to
around two or three Celsius. Showers in some places in Oxfordshire could
be wintry at times, but mainly rain showers during the early hours of
Sunday morning. Things are starting to turn a bit milder. More so as we
head into Sunday, because we are expecting that milder air to move in
from the Atlantic from the west, and with it some outbreaks of mainly
light and patchy rain. Sunday will be a complete contrast from
tomorrow. Tomorrow is the better day of the weekend. Sunday will see our
breaks of rain at times, it will be quite grey and murky particularly
over Hilltop errors. No pressure well in charge of our weather.
Similar on Monday as well. Tomorrow a lovely sunny day, more cloud
filling in through parts of oxygen, Buckinghamshire during the
afternoon. And the chance of a wintry showers. Rain at times on
Sunday, a lot of cloud on Monday and the first part of Tuesday. Late on
Tuesday, it becomes brighter and colder. A cold weekend, at least the
start of it. That is it from us this morning. We have more for you in
bullet in the APM and temperature again. We are back on Monday at
6:30am. Enjoy your weekend. Goodbye. Parents are facing an explosion in
the number of children saying