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The campaign to get a fossil of this dinosaur on display in Oxford.
Basingstoke's pride, as the town prepares to commemorate
It would be the biggest political shake up of how services
Plans have been unveiled to abolish all six councils in Oxfordshire
and replace them with a unitary authority, responsible
Supporters claim millions of pounds would be saved every year,
The proposal is at odds with a rival plan being put forward
A plan to abolish six councils and replace them with one.
At the launch, councillors from three political parties called
themselves the turkeys voting for Christmas, but they said
they could save ?20 million a year to provide better services
The savings come because we are joining services
together, so planning would join with highways.
It would be more integrated and we would make sure
the back-office costs like HR, finance, collection services,
Customer services, all under one roof.
Labour county councillors back the plan because it offers
"That is not our problem, it is the county's".
It is difficult for someone vulnerable who is looking for help.
They are offering all sorts of guarantees, particularly
to Labour-run Oxford City Council, that they won't be taken over
But there is a rival plan from the districts,
which involves a combined authority with an elected mayor,
something the government is looking for, to devolve powers
The other five councils say they are more in touch
Talking to local people and businesses, they all say we need
And if we are able to get a devolution deal, we will be able
to get money out of government to put towards infrastructure
improvements, such as improving roads and rail and other services
Both plans are just draft ideas at the moment.
The government will hope agreement can be reached between them
Peter Henley, BBC South Today, Oxford.
A teenager's appeared in court charged with murdering
Police were called to reports of a stabbing at Brompton Close
26-year-old Daniel Lavender was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital,
18-year-old Brandon Lavender is accused of killing him.
A family's being supported by specialist officers
after an 11-year-old girl was approached
by two men in Caversham and possibly abducted.
It happened near Caversham Primary School yesterday afternoon.
A letter sent to parents at the school today says the girl's
Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.
The Childcare Minister has visited two nurseries in Oxford to promote
a Government scheme enabling parents to get 30 hours free childcare.
Caroline Dinenage first stopped at Rose Hill Nursey, where she played
with children and discussed the scheme with staff.
Later, she officially launched the Old Station Nursery
We know that for some hard-pressed families,
the cost of childcare is one of their biggest expenses,
and it is often one of the biggest barriers to women being able to get
back to work, or do more hours, which is why we are investing
?6 billion a year by 2020 to roll out this offer of 30 hours childcare
for the working parents of all three and four-year-olds by September.
Scientists in Oxfordshire hope a new ?50 million
project will change the way we produce our energy.
The team, based at Culham Science Centre,
on their latest machine called Mast Upgrade.
When finished it will explore ways in which we can make
Matt Graveling has been to find out more.
Whether you are sending an e-mail, charging your phone or just watching
the news, electricity powers almost every aspect of our lives.
Depleting levels of coal, oil and gas mean we need to find
And the answer to this global problem is being addressed right
We all know about climate change, about the need to find ways
of powering our world which do not produce CO2, carbon.
Fusion offers the potential to be that perfect,
It is low land use, has effectively limitless resources and is very
When you fuse hydrogen atoms together, they give out heat.
This heat is then used to turn water to steam,
It is a topic that has been researched here for decades.
Inside this complex machinery, scientists are trying to make energy
They now hope their latest project can help give an answer
Regular viewers of BBC South Today may remember in 2013
when our reporter went round the fusion experiment.
Well, fast forward four years and I am here on top
It is a third of the size, and more importantly, it is cheaper,
It is hoped this experiment might make fusion technology more
As we saw with the recent Hinkley Point power station,
at ?20 billion, that takes a lot to get off the ground.
If we can reduce the cost of fusion power plants,
it gives more chance to get these up and running and sited in cities
Testing will begin in autumn, when the inside of this machine
will become hotter than the sun, and the team hope the findings
will help to shine new light on their search for affordable
A new workshop warning young people about the dangers of gambling
According to a survey from the Gambling Commission,
rates of problem gambling have increased year on year, and are
The Young Gamblers Education Trust wants to make sure people
More workshops are planned over the coming months.
From my experience, having spoken to people with gambling problems,
there is definitely a stigma attached to coming out
and being openly honest about having a problem with gambling.
It is that stigma which prevents people from asking for help,
which is a big problem because there is a lot
Having come through the process of dealing with my addiction
to gambling and treatment, I wanted to turn around
A museum in Oxford's secured ?90,000 to help display the fossil
The long-necked plesiosaur roamed the oceans 165 million years ago.
The Museum of Natural History still needs more money though before
visitors will get a chance to see it.
This monster of the deep could soon be on show in Oxford.
Seen here in this reconstruction, it weighed more than 600lbs and fed
on marine animals such as fish and shellfish.
Behind closed doors, Juliet has the painstaking task
of scraping away clay, millimetre by millimetre, in order
For me, to just scrape off the clay matrix and reveal bones
after 165 million years is quite extraordinary, like opening
Christmas presents, revealing a little bit more and a bit more.
Archaeologists discovered the 165 million-year-old
reptile bones at a quarry in Cambridgeshire in 2014.
Now, museum bosses want to display the bones next to another plesiosaur
It had a neck of 2.5 metres and a body of five metres,
with large wing shaped flippers and a stubby tail.
We don't have anything like that today so it would make a striking
display and something that would catch people's eyes
and get them engaged with our amazing fossil heritage.
They have already received ?90,000 to help them complete the project.
But they still need another 20,000 to buy new cases,
artwork and digital screens, in order to bring
For now, this Jurassic giant lies in waiting before the time
An 80-year-old man from Harwell could be the oldest
paperboy in Oxfordshire, and possibly in Britain.
John Hunt delivers papers around the village five days a week.
Lucy Bickerton joined him on his round this morning.
An early start, and John doesn't look like your average paperboy
arriving to work. Unlike most, he is not doing the round before a day at
school. So how did a retired engineer get onto this unlikely
career path? I used to walk around the village to pick up my paper in
the morning anyway, and one morning I came into the paper shop and I
think it was the lady in the shop who was saying that one of the boys
wasn't available to take the papers out. So I said, I will take them
around, I know where to go. And the next day it was, you wouldn't mind
doing it again, would you? So it started and I've done it ever since.
For the past five years, John has delivered the papers five mornings a
week. And by doing the job in a tight-knit community, he has become
well-known at almost a celebrity in the village. I meet people walking
their dogs, jogging, driving off to school in their cars. One particular
lady who comes to that almost mornings to say hello, and we chat.
She gives me a pot of marmalade every now and then, which is rather
nice. Hello. Good morning. Here we are again. Are you OK? He is lovely.
He comes every day. He never lets us down. If anybody takes a day off, he
does an extra round at short notice. John says that the hour and a half
walk around the village keeps him fit and helps him wake up in the
morning. His boss will be pleased to hear that for now, he has no plans
to stop. I'll have the headlines at 8pm
and a full bulletin at 10.30pm. Council says it carried out a survey
to ask residents how much extra council tax they could afford to
pay. Two thirds of residents survey said they would accept a 3.75
increase because they understood the challenges that are before us, and I
am grateful for that. We are just 2.5 over that. We know costs are
increasing and petrol prices are going up, food prices are going up,
but also the demands on this council and the lack of central funding is
also putting huge pressures on us. Some opposition councils are warning
that some of the social care reductions could cause problems in
future years. Despite all this, tens of millions more savings will be
needed in the next couple of years. The budget proposal will be
discussed at a council meeting next month. Thames Valley Police is
considering redeveloping its traffic base. The proposal appeared on
Slough Borough Council's website. The document was written by the
Berkshire property partnership, a consortium consisting of local NHS
Trust 's, Thames Valley Police, and all of the world county's councils.
Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have taken part in training
for how they would respond to a terror attack or a chemical spill.
Actors were used in exercises at Gibraltar barracks along with
emergency services. Scenarios included a chlorine gas attack at a
leisure centre and an unidentified white powder being spilt. The
training looked at how the crew would cope in vital minutes before
specialist teams arrive. It is 200 years since the death of
one of Britain's's most celebrated authors. Jane Austen was a Hampshire
girl, born and bred. Her anniversary will be marked with a number of
events near where she lived for many years, and in Winchester, where she
died. She is also getting a permanent memorial in Basingstoke,
just a few miles from where she was born.
I am in the library, the octagonal room, at Farley house. Quite a crowd
has gathered and they are here to see this, the model of what we
believe will be the first public statue of Jane Austin in the world.
As you mentioned, plenty of places lay claim to the author. Alton,
Bath, Winchester, but it is Basingstoke where she was born.
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like, wrote Jane
Austen in her novel Persuasion. It is hoped that Basingstoke will echo
that sentiment over a bronze of the world renowned Hampshire author. My
vision is that she is walking in the square and it is as though someone
has said good morning and she has said it back. She was a real person.
She was a headstrong woman of her time, living in her time, but she is
relevant for us today walking past her, because her novels are still
there. The statue has certainly taken shape from early sketches but
finding a real likeness of Jane Austin has been a problem as only
two portraits were ever done. I have to study from life, so I have to
read between the lines of what was written about her and pulled
together a real face. Jane Austen was born a few miles outside
Basingstoke. The house is long gone, but 200 years later, Basingstoke is
staking its claim. Jane Austen new Basingstoke well, attending social
gatherings at the assembly halls that stood here in Market Square,
where her statue will be. It was all such a great influence on her that
while she was here, she wrote the first draft to Pride And Prejudice.
Many other places have been better at trying to claim Jane Austen, so
on the 200th anniversary of her death, we want to have a permanent
memorial to the fact that she is our most famous of residence. The final,
rather in delicate, work on the main statue has begun and it will be cast
in April. It will leave the town with a sense of pride, not
prejudice. Well, the real statue will be
unveiled quite quickly, in July 2017, in the marketplace in
Basingstoke Centre. Basingstoke say it is re-claiming its favourite
daughter, and as Jane Austin wrote in, there is nothing like staying at
home for real comfort. He was one of the country's greatest
pilots. Eric Winkle Brown holds the world record for the most aircraft
carrier take-offs, as well as being the first pilot to and land a jet
aircraft on a seat carrier. He died last year aged 97 and now his log
and medals have been saved for posterity, thanks in part to the
efforts of an 11-year-old from Dorchester who launched a letter
writing campaign after striking up a friendship with the pilot. I thought
he would never write back but luckily he did, so I thought I could
exchange letters with him, I could write to him and he would write
back. And then I would write to him. And he would write back. What was he
saying? ICU want to be a test pilot. On to sport.
The battle on the water in the vendee Globe is now over. Alex
Thompson put up such a fight. As we speak, down in France, the man who
has one is addressing the media. We can see live pictures from France
right now. That is the man has delivered the victory. He was the
favourite and he is speaking to the media now, on dry land. But if we
look at the pictures of him finishing this afternoon, this
happened after he completed the voyage into western France. What
pictures, as he approached the finish line. This was just after
3:35pm. After 74 days, 35mm and 43 seconds at sea, he won, and admitted
he had faced a formidable rival in Alex Thompson. He did a very good
race. He has a good boat. It was very, very difficult with him. He
was very near to me. I am very happy to win, and it is a very good
second. A good second. Let's talk to Natalie Pirks. A remarkable welcome
for the French winner, first of all. We have had fireworks, music and
tears earlier. It is a very, very popular win here, because he is a
Frenchman. And no one other than a Frenchman has ever won this race in
27 years. Not only were their 100,000 people estimated to be
around port waiting for him, but people were piled onto boats and
they went out to see him cross the finish line. A very popular winner,
but wouldn't Alex Thompson do well and didn't he give him a run for his
money? As for Alex, when are we expecting to see him finish? We are
expecting him at 6am UK time. At times, the gap was a lot closer. At
one point yesterday it was 34 nautical miles separating them. To
put it into context, Alex is only the second British sailor to come
second in this race, after Dame Ellen MacArthur in 2001. Three
people have died trying to do this race in its 27 years. It is both
physically and mentally draining. His wife, Kate, told me earlier that
she had to put that to the back of her mind, to not think about how
dangerous it is, in the three months he has not been around. He has
missed his six-year-old son's birthday. He missed Christmas as
well. She is very much looking forward to getting him back on dry
land, giving him a hug. And he is looking forward to having a burger
and a much deserved cold beer. I bet! Thank you for joining us live
from France, Natalie Pirks. Southampton are through to the
fourth round of the FA Cup after what many described as a diary play
against Norwich last night, setting up a home tie with Arsenal, in what
has become one of the busiest seasons in the club's history.
This was not an FA Cup tie to capture the imagination,
particularly with Southampton so close to the EFL Cup final. Less
than 14,000 were in the stadium as the Saints boss rotated his squad
again. Southampton had six Academy graduates in the starting line-up
and enjoy the bulk of the -- possession, but chances were at a
premium. Championship opposition Norwich, whose season is sinking
fast, failed to land a blow on goal, not managing a shot on target all
evening. On a freezing night, no one fancied extra time with another 30
minutes looming, Shane Long bundled home the winner. It was an ugly goal
to settle an ugly game, but something to celebrate on his 100th
appearance. I just headed it down. I think I was in a headlock, but it
was still in. We are in with a shout. They face Leicester on Sunday
and then go to Liverpool for the EFL Cup second leg. It is a season being
fought on multiple fronts. A Hampshire goal for Scott Gregory,
who remains on course for another major victory in a year which will
see him take part in the US Masters and Open Championship softer winning
the British amateur title. He reached the last 32 of the matchplay
part of the tournament in Australia and will now play a local player
overnight. Meanwhile, the Hampshire player also plays at the same stage
of the competition. It has all been about the end of the
sailing and tomorrow we hope to speak to Alex Thompson. You can see
the scenes in France. You know what a popular winner he is. He is hugely
popular in France and they were delighted. There are more French
sailors in this race than any other nationality and they absolutely love
it in France, because it begins and ends in France. And there is a
hugely popular winner. Record-breaker, first-time winner
and keeping the French domination going in the race.
Shall we get onto the weather, because it is looking a little cold.
I like this weather. Blue skies for many places across
the South. Cast your mind back to the early hours of the morning when
it was minus six Celsius. Tonight, it could be colder. Through tonight,
we expect a widespread hard frost to develop. Freezing fog as well during
the early hours of the morning. Slightly more cloud further north
but generally clear skies for most with freezing fog more likely for
areas north of Berkshire. In towns and cities, down to -2-macro, but in
the countryside, possibly minus seven. Tomorrow will be cold, very
like today. Temperatures will struggle to rise to a high of six
Celsius. With light wind, we are looking at lots of sunshine. Iggy
cloud for some, Fairweather cloud building during the afternoon. All
in all, a much better day than originally thought earlier this
week. More sunshine on offer. Clear skies tomorrow and another
widespread frost. To start the weekend, each day over the weekend
will be frosty at first perhaps with freezing fog as well. The difference
on Saturday, slightly more cloud for south-western parts. Further east
and further north, more in the way of sunshine. Cloud syncing south and
east across the region. Low pressure starting to swing in from the
Atlantic. It will stay settled over the Atlantic. The high pressure will
hold on through Saturday and into Sunday. Bitterly cold to start the
day tomorrow. Widespread sharp frost with some freezing fog patches, and
that might linger through the morning until lunchtime. Saturday
and Sunday, it will feel bitterly cold. The wind will be variable and
light over the weekend. More cloud on Sunday but some bright spells and
we expect some freezing fog first thing on Monday.
Gosh, it is getting cold. That's it from us. Thanks for
watching tonight. Goodbye.