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In tonight's programme: Blocked from his own land -
the farmer who can't access his crops after Network Rail
But about unless you can aircraft a tractor in, we have no way of
farming. Also coming up, the campaign
against plans to build a garden town The kindness
of strangers, a heart-warming tale which all started when a Reading
woman spotted a note Campaigners claim plans
for a "garden Town" in Oxfordshire aren't living up to their name
because of proposals Didcot's one of a number
of new Garden Towns that've been announced in our region,
including Bicester and Aylesbury. Hundreds of people have now signed
a petition against building flats and a "technology campus"
on a section of Ladygrove It may be a cold January day,
but dogs, joggers and toddlers alike are still out enjoying
Ladygrove Park in Didcot. But there are fears this area
could soon look very different if newly released plans get
the go ahead. This field area is about the only
place we can go within walking distance when a whole family can let
off a bit of steam. We come along and bring our grandchildren here. We
need a bigger part cars it is very well used.
Not all of the park will be built on, but as the plans stand,
there will be a new road through the park, flats
and a "technology campus" on part of the space south of Tyne Avenue.
Campaigners say it's worrying and not in keeping with the idea
We will lose half of the place apart. This is enjoyed by mums and
their children, and we will have the loss of a garden in the middle of a
garden town. How can it be a garden town?
South Oxfordshire District Council says that overall the Garden Town
plan will mean more green space for Didcot and more
Plus there will be improvements at Ladygrove.
Gamut of new buildings is tiny in comparison to what is there already.
The vast majority of existing space will be exactly as it is, and there
will be many improvements. New facilities in terms of children play
areas and so forth. The public's now being asked
for their opinion on the draft plans A final version is set to be
published this spring. 19 people have been charged
following a series of police raids in Oxfordshire
and London on Tuesday. Nicknamed Operation Spires,
the raids were aimed at suspected 12 of those charged
are from Oxfordshire. They'll appear in court in Oxford
in the coming weeks. Six others arrested have been
released on police bail, whilst one was given
a police caution. A group of homeless people living
in a former car showroom in Oxford have been told they will need
to leave by the end of next month. The former dealership had been empty
for months before local residents Wadham College, which owns the site,
has been given planning permission to build student accommodation
on the site. Work is due to start
at the end of February. The Schools Minister Nick Gibb
has been visiting two Swindon secondary schools,
following criticism of the local education system
by Ofsted inspectors. They include Swindon Academy
and Nova Hreod Academy, The North Swindon MP
Justin Tomlinson's showed And you see schools like this that
are demonstrating the way ahead, and in the Swindon Academy,
where huge progress is being made in the last few years in transforming
those schools into places where children are learning,
where they are getting the qualifications,
where they are improving their life chances, and that is what we want
for every school in Swindon. A farmer from Aylesbury says he's
devastated after discovering he's been blocked from accessing 90 acres
of his own land. The Owners of Fleet Marston Farm
woke up this morning to find Network Rail putting up a metal
fence over a level crossing used to access their fields,
land which they say brings in more The latest recruits in four
generations of farming. For 80 years, the Hunters have sewn,
fertilised and harvested this land, with the wheat they grow
supporting their business, The 400-acre farm is
split by a railway line, For over a century,
the tractors and the tracks I got here to the farm,
heard a bit of noise, looked across the field
and saw what where a pair of gates I seen them cutting the signpost
down, cutting the gates off, For the last 150 years,
tractors have been using this Until November, when a three tonne
weight limit was enforced. Inconvenient, but not a massive
problem, because they could still use the level crossing
down there, until today. So now, the railway line
which once divided this farm The family say they were in talks
with Network Rail after receiving a letter last week,
but this morning's work They now have no way to harvest
the wheat they planted and face losing more than ?50,000,
an amount that will threaten I was actually born
in the spare room They cannot treat
farmers in this way. Network Rail failed to tell us
why they were doing the work, but did say they haven't yet
received a complaint from the farm, Windbag VCS has been closed for
safety reasons. The farmers disagree.
out, because it is not right, it is just devastating.
This week we've been running a series of reports celebrating
the tenth anniversary of the Oxford Children's Hospital.
Tonight we're taking you through the doors of one
of the most highly specialist surgical wards in the country.
The Oxford Craniofacial Unit is one of only four in the UK
and uses ground-breaking techniques to treat rare genetic conditions.
It's the day after the big operation.
Hannah are Tom are waiting for news on their
She was born with an unusually shaped head and referred
to a specialist unit at the Oxford Children's Hospital.
Yesterday was possibly the longest seven hours of my life waiting for
I knew what she was going through and the
potential risks that had been spelt out.
The fact that her dad had had something
similar, and that was his worst fear, that Lucy would end up with
Then you wonder what the implications are for her,
Conditions like this are extremely rare but can cause headaches,
The children's hospital is one of four in the country
with a department for what's called craniofacial treatment.
Surgeons move bone and skin to alter a patient's features.
There are many examples where I've been
doing things for the very first time.
A lot of conditions where you are having
to think on your feet, almost design new operations
About 100 operations take place every year,
Brianne was born with a unique mix of disorders.
If someone had it the same as Brianne then we could compare them
But because no one else has got that
missing genome, they don't know what it is, so, future-wise,
We don't know if she's going to develop normally,
or if it will affect any aspect of
her life, which is quite a scary place to be in.
Brianne's been through several operations.
Psychologists, genetisists and speech therarapists
Her forehead has been rebuilt, and surgeons are hoping
to bring her eyes closer together when she's older.
Back on the ward, there's good news about Lucy.
We took the bottom two centimetres of the bone of the
What is really wonderful is going and seeing
the family afterwards and seeing the parents and telling them that
Watching the emotion change in their face to absolute relief.
We have just been blown away by the care they have given us.
We are so indebted to them that we got her
back yesterday, and she is doing so wonderfully well.
Mr Johnson has just done an absolutely amazing job.
We couldn't have hoped for better, and she couldn't
Patients from all over the country come here.
Her mum and dad say it was well worth the journey as,
like many other children, the treatment Kirsty's
getting in Oxford is setting her up for a happy and healthy life.
This week, people in and around Milton Keynes are celebrating
It's one of the fastest growing places in the UK.
But among those who don't live in the area or have never been
there, a few rather unkind stereotypes have developed.
Clare Burton has been out and about, trying to bust
Welcome to one of Milton Keynes' many roundabouts, and it is the
foundation of myth number one, that Milton Keynes is no more than a
As you can see, there are parks and lakes everywhere.
It is a fantastic place for everybody.
There is nobody that lives more than a quarter of a
mile from a piece of lovely, good quality Park, open space,
We've got it all here, and it really does make for a fantastic
And there is even greenery in the shopping centre, and
it is here that you find myth number two, that it is all chain stores and
chain restaurants, to be blunt, that it is a bit bland with no real
Well, it turns out that Milton Keynes has got
quite a lot of old shops, too, here at the Museum.
Anne, tell us a bit about this place.
Here we are in the heart of Victorian Milton Keynes.
If you go a little bit further down the road to one of the
old coaching towns, you will still find an old-fashioned ironmongers
that people from all over the region come to, because you can get
So, Milton Keynes has its quirks and plenty of
independent traders, but what about the people that live here?
Myth number three would have it that they
haven't got a shared identity, any shared passion.
Not according to the editor of the local paper, the MK Citizen.
People are really passionate about it, particularly
But of course the community is now made up of so many
more people who have come here on the back of a job or move
here because it is a lovely place to live.
When we need to, we do get together and we pull together, so
And finally, the biggest myth of all, that this place is a city.
Milton Keynes, officially, is a town.
I've known Milton Keynes right from the beginning.
I think, with the size of it, it qualifies as a city, but
We call it Milk and Beans, because we are old and, you know...
Everyone here seems to refer to it as a city and that is
If we think it's a city, and we call it a city, it is a city.
Sales of George Michael's music have soared since the pop star's death
The 53-year-old singer was found dead at his home
Thousands of tributes have been placed outside by fans
Since his death, nearly 150,000 albums and more
than 400,000 singles have been sold or downloaded.
I'll have the headlines at eight and a full bulletin at 10.30pm.
Now, more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.
Join us later when we'll be talking about how we become
global and we'll be showing you some of our moves.
Onto sport now and one story dominates tonight.
Southampton are into a major cup final for the first time
since losing the FA Cup final in Cardiff in 2003.
able to go to see them in the EFL Cup final next month?
Well, this afternoon, the club announced that they have got just
over 31,400 tickets for the match against Manchester United or Hull.
That will be on your last Sunday February next month. At the moment,
it is due to be a 4:30pm kick-off. Going into the semifinal,
Southampton were the underdogs. A lot of people felt Liverpool would
be too strong for them. Here, they beat them 1-0. There, they beat 1-0.
Klopp and the Kop no match for Southampton.
Liverpool, with their fair share of ex-Southampton players,
got out of Saint Mary's fortunate to only be a goal
Last night, the expected onslaught for
the Saints' defence, minus Virgil Van Dijk,
Instead, Saints had other chances to bury the tie early on.
But cup heroics come in many shapes and sizes.
Southampton's six foot seven goalkeeper Fraser Forster
used every inch to deny the reds a breakthrough.
A heart stopping moment saw young defender Jack Stephens cleared
They can finish the job here, it's Shane
When we ran out at the start of the game, we could
Obviously they've carried is over the line,
Saints players today were digesting the drama at the training
It was a really big night from me in my career, because it's a
Really difficult game for us, but I'm so
It's 14 years since Southampton's last major cup final, defeat against
Seven years ago, they played at the new Wembley in a Johnstons paint
Trophy, winning in front of nearly 14,000 travelling supporters.
Many of those fans will beginning of victory next month.
As you would expect, social media has gone crazy over this. There was
a video posted of the Saints' dressing room. Look at them going
mad. It is buying the scenes stuff, people love to see it, of course.
All the team celebrating there. We also have some tweets from the
players. Shane Long posting a photo. A lot of fans start in traffic on
the', M6 at the time. I think you've got some tweets to weed out as well.
Yes, very busy day, the timeline flying around but I picked out a
couple. Jamie said he was really happy with the performance. He said
the club and fans deserve this moment and they want to now go and
wind it. More treats are appearing on screen for you now. That gives
you the kind of feeling of global appeal from football these days.
Talking of global appeal, India lost their cricket and we saw something
special to date when Tymal Mills took his first wicket for his
country playing in England's T20 victory today.
Mills dismissed Hardik Pandya, who was caught on the boundary
as England reduced the home side to 147 for seven
A great time for Tymal Mills. However, memorable times at
Southampton here. Still talk of the Franco will be invested from the
Chinese. Also looking at the prospect of the Europa League, which
we saw Southampton in this year against Inter Milan. The League Cup
is probably bottom of their priorities, taking into account the
league as well. They played a stronger side and there are now into
the final. The condition many fans might have written off is the one
that could actually fulfil their dreams for this season and many to
come. Football, a funny old game sometimes. Yeah, top priority now.
Thanks very much. Now, here's a tale to restore your
faith in human nature. It starts with a letter taped
to an empty bike rack The letter was addressed
to the thief who'd stolen a brand new bike, belonging to someone who'd
saved-up for a year to buy it. A passer-by saw the note,
and decided to do something Flapping from an empty bike rack,
in this letter caught Rachel's eye as she was walking along
Reading's Broad Street on Tuesday. Dear bike thief, have you ever
thought that you make You might have seen
that the bike is new and Less you know that I could only
afford that back after one year of I was saving and dreaming
of having a new bike one day. Well, it's a pretty forlorn looking
little note, as you can see. Everything I read just
make me made me feel sad It was signed from Alex, who had
added that he or she would wait by the bike rack at 6pm each evening
this week in the hope the bike I have lived here for coming on 17
years now and I think we're That's what motivated
me to do something. Within half an hour,
Rachel had set up an online appeal, aiming to collect
enough money to buy a 24 hours later, the total had
already reached over ?700. I've got no idea,
but Alex said they will I don't know whether Alex
is male or female, even. I will be here at 6pm,
hoping to give Alex Alex understandably wary at first
was deeply moved to know It has given back my
faith in humanity. All the money left over from buying
a new bike and a decent lock will go to a cycling charity,
helping provide affordable bikes for A charity which Alex now says he'd
like to join as a volunteer. Trying to give back that help
that society gave to me and hopefully, by receiving
and giving back help, So, hopefully everyone will be able
to do that and learn from this unfortunate
event at the same time. The world can be a lonely,
old place but, if everyone chips in, it can be
really, really lovely. I would like to say thank you very
much to everyone who contributed and also "Welcome
to Reading" for Alex. We love stories like that. Well
done, Rachel. What a truly lovely person. Now, we are revisiting a
story you might remember. At the end of last year,
we told you about Fatboyz Dance. They are a group of young
dancers who rehearsed That was until they got spotted
and were chosen to perform at one of the biggest events
in the sporting calender - Well, their performance has put them
on the worldwide stage and they've Earlier, I spoke to Liam
and Shivani from Fatboyz. They told you about their experience
in Abu Dhabi. It was on a completely different level. Our expectations
were here. When we got there, it was there. It was incredible. From the
very get go, get in on the plane, to the minute we stepped off the plane,
to the whole experience. It was nonstop, continuous, get from one
place to the other. The audience kept on bombarding us when we got
there. It was crazy. We're what the fans show up at the. Shivani, think
of the world for you since, haven't they? Yet, since we came back, the
support has been incredible. Local. Seven people coming up to us. It has
been so nice. People asking for our picture. Similar people inviting us
to invent. We've got a festival coming up and a world tour as well.
Wow. You're until? Gill again, our own world tour. We are starting with
the locals of everyone can see our performances and stuff and it is in
Winchester the minute. Natalie May 13. If you want to see it, come
along. We would love to. Have you been surprised by your success? Have
I been surprised? Well, Shivani and me have been working really hard at
this specifically. San Miguel, we work so hard. We haven't expected it
but everything that happens, we are like, well, how is this happening?
But we work hard for it and we don't stop working hard for it. We enjoy
every minute. Thank you so much for coming in. Thank you. Weren't a
great? Really well deserved and they are so talented. You saw a bit of it
then, but very exciting. They done a performance in the studio this
afternoon so, at the end of the programme, you can see them do their
moves. Now, time for the weather
with Alexis Green. It has been freezing today, hasn't
it? Bitterly cold. I will tell you about the temperatures in the
forecast. First, let's have a look at the photographs.
Rachel Baker took this photo of the sun trying
to poke through the cloud at Hamworthy Park in Poole.
Steve Miller took this picture of a New Forest Pony in the cold.
And Longstock, Hants - Sandy Burnfield.
Now, through the course of the day, chilly conditions. Three Celsius the
overall temperature. Tomorrow, looking like it'll be up to eight
Celsius. Duties if you don't like the cold. A frost developing,
though, in the early hours of the morning. Risk winds from the south
and south-east from clear skies. We will see one or two missed catches
and the is an ice warning for Sussex and Surrey, where we will see
someone three showers that could cause problems on untreated roads.
-- slippery. A cold, frosty, potentially IT started the day
tomorrow. Some brightness initially but, three course of the day, travel
increase and we see some patchy rain arriving from the south. That is on
a southerly breeze and the breeze will be strong tomorrow with
cabbages reaching 5-8 C. Through the course of tomorrow night, the rain
will disappear but further rain arrives, more persistent and of rain
during the early hours of Saturday morning. -- temperatures. Milder
temperatures as well. A lot milder than today's values, seven Celsius
now. A mild weekend and staying mild throughout the weekend into the
start of next week. Saturday, patchy rain at times. Thunderstorms during
the course of the day. Some bright and sunny spells and a brisk,
south-westerly winds. As we head to best of the week, tomorrow will be
an icy start in places, frost in the morning. Brightness during the
morning but then clouding over with patchy rain arriving through the
afternoon. Sunshine and the potential for thundery showers to
Saturday. Some rain about on Sunday had quite a cloudy day on Sunday
with further rain possible on Monday. If you're out and about
anywhere, do send us your weather pictures. Thanks very much, Alexis.
Mansell from us evening but, before we get a fantasy that balance
performance the promised you. Being a special performance in all studio,
Basingstoke -based Fatboyz Dance! Einstein replaced Newton's theory
of universal gravitation with a more accurate theory -
general relativity. So, why's my apple falling?
Well, it's not. It is the ground that accelerates up
to meet the apple. So that's why the chair
that I'm sitting on now that actually feels
as if it's accelerating up It's really changed my relationship
with this chair. Mm-hm. The FA People's Cup -
a free five-a-side tournament For information,
go to the Get Inspired website.