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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.


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