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In tonight's programme: a big setback for the
owner of a children's farm in Oxfordshire
after thousands of pounds of power tools are stolen.
Also on the way: a court's been hearing how sewage
systems, owned by Thames Water, led to serious problems
And later on: a tasty job opportunity in Reading
as thousands of people apply for a job trying chocolate
He says it's caused a big setback, not just financially,
but for the families who use the site.
The owner of a children's farm in Oxfordshire has been
expressing his anger after thousands of pounds worth of power tools
The theft at Fairy Tale Farm in Chipping Norton was caught on CCTV.
Rural crime is something Thames Valley Police says it does
it cost the region three quarters of a million pounds in 2015.
It's the early hours of the morning and a thief is seen on CCTV carrying
away loot after breaking into a farm for disabled children.
He broke into this building here, he forced the door open and now,
He broke in there and he stole all of our power tools.
That was drills, jig saws, circular saws,
lots of other attachments and fixtures and fittings.
The farm reopened this weekend after it's winter break but,
because they've lost their tools, work that should have been
It's expensive, the tools are expensive and going to be
We'll have to replace them over time.
It's almost setting us back to when we first started.
We didn't have all these tools, we had to build them up.
We do most of the work at Fairytale Farm ourselves.
We don't have the funds to bring in lots of contractors.
To not have these tools has just made our life really difficult.
Rural crime in this area is a big issue.
Latest figures from NFU Mutual show that while it
went down in the south-east, it actually rose in Oxfordshire by 16%.
Until about ten years ago, farms were pretty safe from crime.
Unfortunately, they're now pretty much hot targets for thieves
because they've got expensive items, like welders and chainsaws,
that thieves can pick up and sell on for a profit.
Thames Valley Police has started a month-long campaign to crack
It's been holding property-marking sessions and online chats
Fairytale Farm says the response to the break in has been amazing,
with a number of strangers offering to donate tools.
It wishes now to move on from what's happened as quickly as possible.
A man's in a serious condition in hospital
Police were called to Windmill Road in Headington just
A man in his thirties suffered serious injuries.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
It's believed the suspect and the victim are known to each other.
Next tonight, Thames Water has denied acting recklessly in failing
to control sewage spills in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
But the company has admitted breaching a number of environmental
Aylesbury Crown Court has heard billions of pounds
is now being invested in upgrading equipment.
Today we heard more details about how stretches of the Thames
in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire came to be so polluted
And we heard from the company, Thames Water, that's responsible
in what it's doing to make sure that what happened doesn't happen again.
Now, the company breached pollution laws in four sewage
treatment works in Aylesbury, Didcot, in Henley and Little
Marlow and at a pumping station in Littlemore.
Thames Water said it accepts responsibility for damage
done to the environment, but QC Richard Matthews told
the court it was negligence rather than recklessness
It's investing ?4 billion in upgrading equipment.
There have also been changes to the structure of the company
at the top and the QC argued that Thames Water kept a high standard.
Judge Sheridan said the company did not live up to that
standard or anywhere near it in 2013 and 2014.
Thames Water is bracing itself for a hefty fine
and the question was raised in court who would pay for it?
Judge Sheridan said that it shouldn't be the customers
and that the company should be punished.
Mr Matthews promised that customers wouldn't feel
Thames Water will be sentenced on March 24th.
More than 7,000 BMW workers - including those at the Mini plants
in Oxford and Swindon - are threatening industrial action
over plans to close the final salary pension scheme.
The carmaker, which made record pre-tax profits
of more than seven and half billion pounds two years ago,
BMW has previously said the pension schemes are "increasingly
It's agreed to hold talks with the union later this month.
A professional footballer, on loan to Swindon Town,
has gone on trial charged with causing a man
Rohan Ince is accused of deliberately hitting bouncer
Gregor Jurcic with a bottle near the Attic nightclub
in Windsor in the early hours of Christmas Day in 2015.
In court today, the security guards recalled the attack and spoke
Bullying, harassment and abuse by patients affects around
a quarter of staff working at Oxfordshire's main hospitals.
results of a staff survey, at Oxford University Hospitals
It also found that almost 20% of staff there,
say they've been on the receiving end of bullying by colleagues.
The NHS Trust says it aims to empower staff who experience
or witness unacceptable behaviour in the workplace, to
More than 1500 staff and students have moved out of one
of the Oxford University buildings because of asbestos.
It was discovered at the Tinbergen building
The University says it doesn't believe there is, or has been,
But the site has now been shut while removal work is carried out.
Asbestos was first discovered there during a survey last year.
The building is expected to be closed for around two years.
We've been doing some building work on the back of the building
and as we've been doing that building work, we've been
discovering some extra pieces of asbestos that are not contained.
As we've found them, we've encapsulated them or removed them,
but as the process has gone forward, we've discovered that there's
so much of that to do, we can't safely do it,
at least not conveniently, with people still in the building.
This year, it's 50 years since homosexuality became
To mark that and LGBT history month, all the museums and collections
in Oxford have created a special trail to celebrate it.
What kind of things will you see in the trail?
Well, earlier I was joined in the studio by Beth Asbury,
the main organiser of the trail and Clara Barker from the LGBTQ
I went to a lecture in LGBT history month in February last year
by Professor Richard Parkinson and he called for more explicit
rather than implicit representation of LGBT+ people
And the project itself, it's called Out In Oxford,
How did you go about finding the items?
I contacted members of staff and curators from the museums
and collections around the university and encouraged them
to suggest items for inclusion and then I held a workshop in August
with volunteers from amongst the LGBTQ+ community and allies
were invited to discuss the object and think about which ones they'd
The interpretations in the trail booklet are all written by LGBTQ+
It's really introducing accecssibility and multi-vocality
into the museum collections, which is a really important
And, Clare, you're heavily involved in this and you've written
Which ones have captured you the most?
There was a lot of different examples of non-binary
This is sequentially hermaphroditic, which means it changes from male
It means that we're thinking abou the world in a slightly different
way than maybe we're used to when we're talking about humans.
Was there anything like this at all when you were growing up?
I'm a scientist as well and I've met very, very few out LGBT scientists
So I think this is a really important step, that we just need
more visibility and to know that we're not so different.
And, Beth, what's the feedback been like from people who've been
to the launch party and people who are hoping to visit this trail?
We had about 450 people at the launch party on Saturday
and we've got a series of other events throughout LGBT
history month, February, in the Pitt Rivers Museum
And everyone had fantastic big smiles on their faces on Saturday
and had a really good time, I think, so I'm hoping this will be the start
of something really, really positive in the future
Beth, Clara, thank you so much for coming in to see us.
Thank you. Thank you.
Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.
The lights on, the TV cameras have a right. Can must halt their slide
down the Premier League? We will have a preview shortly. -- can
Bournemouth. And it seems that name might be more
apt today than it's ever been. Because a so called "Dad's Navy"
of former sailors is being sought to fill key posts on Portsmouth's
new aircraft carriers and other ships because of a shortage
of skilled personnel. With its ships, submarines and
aircraft, the Royal Navy needs a lot But it has been facing a skills
shortage and to plug the gap, some people over the age of 60
could be allowed to serve. Here in Portsmouth,
the home of the Royal Navy, people I spoke to today said
they don't think that's a problem. I think it is sad
that they haven't got the people that are coming
the bottom as engineers to do it but obviously the experience
All those old seaman who are drifting
around at the moment doing nothing, they could be back on warships doing
If they were trained appropriately, they knew what
They've got skills and experience, yeah.
The latest figures show the Royal Navy
and the Royal Marines have a manning deficit of 2.2%.
An advertising campaign was launched last September to try
The Navy is offering trained ex-regulars
It says there will be opportunities to
serve on the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and
One former naval officer says it's not just the Armed Forces
who are having a problem recruiting engineers.
There is a national shortage of engineers in this
country so the Navy is fishing in quite a small pond to get
It takes a long time to recruit and train people and the
Navy seems to be putting a lot of effort, quite
rightly in my opinion, into retaining people in the Navy of
-- or getting back people who left a year or two ago.
Today, the Navy said in a statement, the upper age for
service is normally 60 but if there is a service requirement or
specialised skills, age waivers may be given on a case-by-case basis.
And with the imminent arrival of the first
of the new aircraft carriers, the Navy's engineers face a very
Hepatitis C patients could be putting themselves at risk buying
drugs online from South Asia because they're being denied
Fewer than 5% of people with the condition in the south
will receive the new more effective treatment in this financial year.
The Hepatitis C Trust unsuccessfully challenged the rationing and says
patients are turning to the internet because NHS England's policy
of treating the sickest patients first means they don't know how long
It's a drug with a cure rate of around 95% and the Hepatitis C Trust
says it could eliminate the disease as a serious public health concern.
But the number of people allowed to have it through the NHS is limited.
Others, like Jaci Fleming, are buying it much more cheaply from
I have paid ?1100 to have the whole three course,
three-month course after years and years of gradual decline when even
to do it privately here, I would have to get a mortgage.
Harvoni, daklinza, viekirax and exviera are
treatments for hepatitis C that were by the NHS in November 2015.
They're considered better than other treatments because they have a
significant high cure rate without the chemotherapy-like side-effects
but they are also much more expensive.
As a result, NHS England has limited their use.
In the Wessex area, 327 of the 6848 patients will
If trusts treat more patients, they face financial penalties.
But buying drugs online could expose patients
People could put themselves in danger and certainly
could put themselves at risk of not getting cured when they could be
NHS England says it is spending an extra
?200 million a year on these new drugs and
it's reduced the number of people dying from
NHS England says the numbers being treated will increase
each year and that it hopes that as the costs of the drugs come
down, it will be able to further expand those numbers.
In the meantime, patients such as Jaci have
Under sport now. Lewis is live at the stadium tonight where
Bournemouth are taking on Manchester city. I suspect fans are expecting a
great game, a cracking game in fact. That is right. When Bournemouth came
to the Premier League, these were the night that the band had been
waiting for. The floodlights are on, the sky TV cameras. Tonight is about
whether Bournemouth can halt their slide down the Premier League, the
form has not been great, without a win this year. Six points above the
relegation zone. Chris has been following bomb this season. Has the
performance in as bad as the results suggest? It is yes and no.
Defensively yes they have been bad. Everton last time out, they have
been ravaged by injuries and suspension but has been a problem.
They have been at the length of Provence is by showing us what
Bournemouth is capable. Actually, they haven't managed to raise their
game against the big teams here and that will keep them in good stead
this evening. -- they have managed. Any indication for this evening? 15
minutes away from getting the official teams, hopefully some good
news as far as the defence of the consent. The racks of Charlie
Daniels and Adam Smith, it looks like they are going to be fit this
evening. That will be abused as well. Captain Simon Francis looks
fit as well. Reverting to some of the former season. Full commentary
on the radio. Bring a scarf, it is cold. Hopefully get the Manchester
city coach arriving shortly. Southampton had a confidence
boosting win ahead of their trip Saints who had lost six
of the previous seven in the league, now head into a two week break
on the back of a 4-0 January signing Manolo Gabbiadini
scored his second and third goals for the club to put
Saints in control. A late own goal and Shane Long's
fifth goal of the season earned Claude Puel's side their first
points on the road this year. They're the right results
for us, you know? We haven't been playing badly
but we haven't been taking opportunities when they come
and sloppy goals and, you know, it all adds up but we
know our ability in the squad. We know that we are
better than what we are showing on the table
at the moment so nice to get another thing under our belts and hopefully
kick on from here. Meanwhile, Brighton continue to go
from strength to strength at the top And that's where we start our
round up of the rest Manager Chris Hughton
says just missing out on promotion last season,
is motivating his side Goals from Tomor Hemed
certainly help. Sam Baldock tapped home from close
range to make it two. And after more good
play from Solly March, Michael Kightly's free-kick
briefly gave Burton hope before Glenn Murray's header sealed
Brighton's sixth successive home league win, another step
towards the Premier League taken. Reading had plenty of the ball,
but couldn't find a way past A combination of wayward shooting
and a goalkeeper in form the reason. Swindon were dragged
into the League One relegation zone after defeat at fellow strugglers
Bury. James Vaughan's 37th-minute
penalty the difference after Raphael Rossi-Branco
was judged to have fouled. Oxford left it late but made
it five wins in a row thanks to substitute
Kane Hemming's glanced header. The U's could've made it two
in injury time But were thwarted not once,
not twice but three times Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke
hasn't scored for over a year, but he took just two minutes
to give his side the lead Substitute Kal Naismith sealed
the victory in added time, slotting home after being sent clear
by Noel Hunt. Pompey back to winning
ways in League Two. Good wins there. The man city coach
has just arrived here at the stadium. ?300 million of talent
getting. The fans out there. Let's do a round-up.
Onto ice hockey and four goals from Vanya Antonov helped
Basingstoke Bison to victory over Hull on Saturday.
Vanya both opened and closed the scoring in a 7-1 win, a match
which saw forward Ciaran Long become the club's record
Bison lost the reverse fixture 3-2 on Sunday.
After finishing second in the Vendee Globe round the world
yacht race last month, Gosport's Alex Thomson has announced
he's going to try again in four years' time!
Thousands of people braved the weather to welcome Thomson home
Despite sailing for much of this year's race with a damaged boat,
he broke several speed records along the way and now hopes to go one
Good luck to Alex. I'm sure we are going to follow his journey.
Manchester City had just arrived. Bournemouth will put on a
performance when the big boys roll into town, hopefully this time as
well. Thank you.
Time for the weather. Alexis is here. It was bitterly cold over the
weekend. We go into double figures in temperatures.
Natasha Weyers took this picture of the sunrise at Southampton Docks.
Cathy Anning photographed a seal after catching a fish
And Richard Welch took this picture on a walk in Petersfield.
Beautiful blue skies overhead. Last week, temperatures struggled to
raise to a high of just for starters. Into double figures today,
13 filters. Some brightness this week. Some patchy light rain at
times and a good deal of cloud as well through the course of the week.
Overnight tonight, eight few clear spells that may allow temperatures
full freezing or just below. These of values in our towns and cities.
The wind will ease by dawn tomorrow. There will be some brightness
berthing tomorrow. It will be fleeting because the cloud will
start to increase from the self and we will see some outbreaks of mainly
like an patchy rain. Not amounting to too much. A lot of cloud as well.
Nine to 11 Celsius beehive. The wind will be fairly light. Tomorrow
night, clear spells are possible. During the early hours of Wednesday
morning, temperatures start to rise. It will be a mild start Wednesday
with losers six to eight Celsius. When state itself, a lot of cloud.
-- when states. The winds are gradually changing direction from
that south-easterly airflow to start date a more south-westerly airflow.
Driving in milder air. Through Wednesday, we are looking at Heise
to ten of 11 Celsius. Thursday, high pressure starts to build an even
further. A lot of cloud around on Thursday that there will be some
brighter and sunny spells and it should stay mainly dry as well.
Friday, very similar to that state. A mild day, ten to 11 Celsius. A lot
of cloud but some breaks in the cloud cover. The wind is fairly
light. As we look ahead to the weekend, mainly dry, high
dominating, the night will be chilly and it will be milder by day.
Temperatures remaining in double figures. Right, the subject.
It may not have escaped your notice that tomorrow is Valentine's Day.
So here's a subject which is close to many of our hearts.
Because, believe it or not, a company in Berkshire is looking
for someone to take on the onerous task of testing their tasty chocs.
We sent along our own "little sweetie", Ben Moore, to apply.
One of the world's biggest chocolate makers
really does want a new taster and it really could be you.
There's no real requirements that you can have for the
job, you know, you can't train for it.
It's basically what is in your mouth, it's the taste buds
Mondelez owns brands like Cadbury and Oreo so this is the big one.
But getting this sweet job won't be a piece of cake.
It was advertised on social media so there
We are not looking to see whether they like the sample, we want them
to taste it and basically say what they see or say what they taste from
the product. It entails a fair bit of training. You would not think so
that you need training to eat chocolate.
Through the tasting hatch, there's a change of mood.
I can assure you it isn't seedy, we use a red light so when
the candidate is assessing the samples, it masks all of the colour
This is where the lucky applicant will be
confined with chocolate for seven and a half hours a week.
So I'm ready to taste my first chocolate samples.
I open the hatch, there we are, three samples.
Now, this one is the control sample, I try this first and
then I have got to decide which of these two it tastes most
like and all the while, writing down what I
think about all the flavours of the chocolate.
Once I've done that, I eat a cracker,
This'll be the test they the short listed candidates over three days.
At the end, there will be left. -- there will be one left.
Yes, you have shown that you can discriminate but
sadly you've not quite made the grade to go onto one
There was no sweet talking my way round it.
But I suppose for times like these, there's
So we weren't going to let Ben have all the fun
We have to try the chocolate in each of these three pots and decide
Slow down. Which is the odd one out? This as number 646. How many
chocolates are there? I have got the answers. I think this is the odd one
out. Probably not great with the cold because I don't think I can
taste as well. I could just keep eating chocolate. Which one? 646.
You'd think that is the different one? 272. I think we should carry on
eating chocolate. Never mind working out which is the odd one out.
Goodbye for now. Good night.