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Left homeless after an explosion at a block of flats.


A week after the blast, 13 households don't have


Also, despite bringing home a medal from Rio,


GB Badminton fails to overturn a decision to axe


We talk to the driver who proved some parking spaces


Emergency services have spent the weekend continuing


their investigations into the cause of an explosion and fire


Human remains were discovered at the site in Osney Mead


on Saturday, but a post-mortem examination was inconclusive.


Tenants at 13 properties on Gibbs Crescent are still waiting


to hear where they'll be housed long term.


Katharine Da Costa has been to meet one woman made homeless.


This is currently home for Habiba Gudal.


Nearly a week on from the explosion and fire that ripped


through her block of flats on Gibbs Crescent in Oxford,


she still has nightmares about what happened,


and hasn't been allowed back to get her possessions.


I am devastated and I cannot sleep at night. I have every five seconds


I sleep I had to wake up. I listened to the noise, the explosion, it


makes me scared. She's one of 13 households who've


been told it's not safe Today, the housing association


A2Dominion held a meeting to discuss Oxford West and Abingdon MP


Nicola Blackwood says it's been extremely distressing


for all those affected. It is clearly a hugely shocking


incident to happen right And for residents to


have their whole lives disrupted in such an abrupt


and unexpected way. And I think that we have to give


huge praise to our emergency services for responding in such


a quick and comprehensive way. Three flats were destroyed


in the blast, five more look Investigators discovered human


remains on site on Saturday, thought to be those of missing man


Guido Schuette who lived But more tests will be needed


to identify the remains and cause of death after post-mortem


results were inconclusive. Behind me, 12 fire officers have


spent the day sifting But, as yet, there has been no


confirmation about what caused The Fire Service said it hopes


to hand back to the landlords Meanwhile, other local residents


have started a fundraising campaign Habiba and the remaining tenants


are still waiting to discover Three police officers have appeared


in front of a misconduct hearing following a fatal car


crash in Buckinghamshire. Two men died in the crash


in March 2014 on the A413 Police attended an earlier incident


in which one driver was injured but didn't close the road


despite icy conditions. The Independent Police


Complaints Commission called They won a medal in Rio


but badminton players in Milton Keynes will no longer get


funding to train for Badminton England, based


in the town, has lost its appeal against the decision by UK Sport


to withdraw its funding. The ruling puts facilities and jobs


at risk, as well as being a major It was always good to be a decisive


day the badminton, its funding stripped by UK Sport not convinced


it's players could win medals in Tokyo.


Their futures betting on the results of the appeal.


It is 11:30am and in that building behind me, a June Christy is taking


a phone call from UK Sport to find out the result of their appeal. It


will have a massive impact on the future of the sport.


It was bad news, the appeal had failed.


Everyone in Milton Keynes must be frustrated.


We are, but we are incredibly resilient and equally determined. It


is a big blow. We were looking for ?1.2 million a year to get us to


Tokyo. But it is a tough hurdle to overcome. It is not something that


will deter our ambition to still deliver medals for Great Britain.


Every four years, UK Sport distributes public money in the


pursuit of medals. For London, Badminton got ?4.7 million, in Rio


it was reduced to ?5.7 million. Which helps when the first Olympic


medal in Badminton the 12 years. A few years later, its entire funding


was cut. After Rio, we were so positive,


there was such a buzz in the centre, Wiwa feeling like Milton Keynes,


National Badminton Centre, we will go upwards post-Rio. I feel like it


has deflated everyone. Unlike 31 other sports, Badminton


will get nothing in the run up to Tokyo. The number of players


training here will be cut and staff at headquarters in Milton Keynes


have been warned of redundancy. I knew the appeal was imminent, not


today. Bad news, unbelievable. They have


had the centre in Milton Keynes for a while, it may threaten that.


Badminton once more moments like this but these to pick itself up and


come up with a plan for Tokyo. BMW has met with union officials


at the Mini plant in Oxford The Unite union has balloted


its members over the possibility It's about planned changes


to the pension scheme which BMW More than 7,000 workers


across several car plants including Oxford and Swindon


would be affected. Plans to build on a Didcot parkland


as part of its Garden Town The town council says it won't hand


over its land in Ladygrove Park The plan was to include


a new technology campus. South Oxfordshire District Council


says it's "disappointed" It adds that no decision has yet


been made on the full proposal. We're all used to the idea


of airports, but detailed plans to create the country's first


spaceports are being They'd be used to transport rockets,


with commercial satellites being launched within three years,


and could even lead Firms in our region are hoping


to grab a share of an industry that could potentially be worth


billions of pounds. Lift-off of the Falcon 9


to the space station. Once the exclusive playground


of the superpowers, space is more accessible than ever,


and the Government wants the UK The economic benefits of hosting


a spaceport a very enticing. At the aerospace park over there,


they already employ 3,000 people. It's believed they could take


on another 2,000 in this area generation of aerospace travel,


they are even more significant. Here in Oxfordshire


they are developing the next generation of aerospace engines


capable of flying at five times the speed of sound


in the atmosphere, and space flight, the air-breathing sabre rocket


engines will revolutionise travel. London to Sydney


in just a few hours. Space, the final


frontier is no more. Sabre could open up a whole


world of opportunities. There's been a significant gap


between the last big But this potentially is the closest


we will get to a whittle jet engine The Government's target


is to see the first launch For a burgeoning and already


very successful space industry worth ?250 million,


this is a crucial piece in the jigsaw,


and could be in place soon. To be classified as a spaceport,


sites will need to be licensed. The Civil Aviation Authority has


short-listed Campbelltown, Glasgow Prestwick and Stornoway


in Scotland, Newquay in Cornwall It won't need to undergo major works


but will have to refuel rockets. The vast majority of take-offs will


be horizontal rather than vertical. At first, the commercial spaceports


would launch satellites and could also bring zero gravity


flights to the UK. Then, ultimately,


even space tourism. The opportunities are huge and not


even the sky is the limit. The weight of vehicles passing over


Marlow Bridge is to be checked, after major problems caused


by a 37-tonne lorry. The Grade 1 listed bridge has


a three-tonne limit. It had to be closed


for two months last autumn Engineers had to assess if any


structural damage had been caused. Police are warning drivers of larger


vehicles and vans not to attempt to cross the bridge which is only


around six feet wide. Now more of today's


stories with Sally Taylor. a five-year prison sentence


on what are described And also later for a special


announcement... I've got some amazing news for all


the Southamptoners out there. Well, right here on Saturday,


I'll be telling you Frustration is growing in Berkshire


over repeated delays to the opening The Shinfield Eastern Relief Road


has been dogged by setbacks and should have been


finished last summer. Local businesses say it's


killing their trade and residents The Swan Inn at Arborfield Cross


reopened for business last summer, about the same time the new relief


road should have opened. Expected profits are


down by at least 15%. We've got quite


a good reputation so far, but to try and get


here, it's impossible. We lost a lot of trade


when they actually stopped work for a week because some


of the signs never got moved and basically,


it closed down, which no one knew


it was supposed to be opened and it wasn't open and it did


cost is major problems. When they've got that road closed,


the detour is miles, so I tend if I've got to go that


way, I don't bother. I'll go to Aldershot


or somewhere instead. It's a nightmare here


for traffic in the mornings, Melina Harrison says patients


at her clinic are often late We're in our 14th year


here and I've never known Even getting the business off


the ground was easier They're getting so frustrated


with the traffic that they actually missed their


appointment and, you know, when you're trying to get somebody better


and maybe are rehabbing them after they've had disc surgery or


something like that, the timing of appointments is really important


to their well-being. The road will serve


Reading University's huge new Science Park


currently under construction. But with so much house


building also underway here, it's vital to the local authorities


future development plans. In a statement, Wokingham


Borough Council told us it shares people's frustration


with the delays. It says it doesn't have any control


over the contract but it's working with Hochtief


and the University of Reading to get


the project finished and open. It says though, with


complex projects like this, there are always


unforeseen problems. Currently issues include water


seeping up through the road The contractor Hochtief UK has


apologised for the delays and says it's brought in significant extra


resources to address the unforeseen challenges


it's facing. The road should be open


within the next couple of months. Parking and issue but this story is


very different. South West Trains is having


to repaint part of its car park at Southampton Central station


after a driver proved some Jago Lawless got a penalty notice


because his car overlapped one And that's when he turned


to his tape measure, he proved that the car park


doesn't actually meet Keeping between the lines


isn't always easy. And it's even harder these days


because cars are bigger, but I've been to meet one man who has


proved in his case it wasn't It was just over a week ago,


46-year-old Jago Lawless was issued a penalty notice because his car


just overlapped one of the spaces at


Southampton Central Station. My front wheel, where I had pitched


the front of the car over so I could actually get out


of the door, the front of the car had moved over an inch,


two inches over the line. But he felt something wasn't right


and as a naval architect by day, who reviews detailed


measurements, he took out his own measuring tape to find out


what was going wrong. When I first measured the entrance


into the car park bay, But because they have


angled parking bay over, the parallel with between


the lines is actually only 1.978 metres wide which is too small


for the After he highlighted


the issue to South West South West trains says the car park


was painted out before the Government advisers came in and the


fee was withdrawn. But it appears small


parking spaces isn't In general, all parking spaces


are way too small for today's cars. My personal opinion


is that I have two children with disabilities


and that's even worse because if you don't qualify for a blue badge,


you're forced to park I find that parking spaces are a bit


too small because whenever I go out with my fiancee,


he invariably has to let me out beforehand otherwise I can't open


the door properly and squeeze out. Jago tells me he's happy


that the company is taking positive steps to widen the spaces and


I'm sure that will be thankful that one man


really had it taped. Southampton's Craig David has


announced he's to play a one-off gig The singer shot to fame


as a teenager at the end of the '90s after growing up


on a Southampton council estate. He's currently enjoying


a spectacular career comeback, with a number one album,


and a nomination as best solo male # I feel nothing like this, like


this # I have felt nothing like this,


like this... This is what is taking Craig David back to the top. 16


years since his first album went to number one, he would did it again


stopped on the 1st of September, he will play for founds new and old at


the Ageas Bowl. The generation think of people who are now discovering my


music who would have only followed my last album. The were kids who


only just found out about my music. Calling me a new kid! I loved the


new kid thing, I will run with that. And then there was a generation who


grew up with my stuff from back in 1999. Last year, things really took


off again for Craig David. He had a residency and I be there with his DJ


sets TS five which she also performed at Southampton's Common


people Festival. But the date at the Ageas Bowl will be his first


headline show in his home city. You can take the boy out of Southampton


but you can't take Southampton at the boy and it's true. Wherever I


go, as soon as I come back down the avenue, I feel like I'm home and the


crowd responds in that way and any shows that I've done here, either at


the Guildhall or at Common People, I could feel that there was an


ownership of coming from here and we've got your back. A source on his


ties with home that this afternoon, Craig took the time along with his


manager to talk to and perform for students at the city's Solent


University. When you meet your favourite artist, you kind of get


disappointed but I don't feel like that. I was like, yeah, man! That


was exciting. To see an idle but is performing five metres from you,


it's amazing. Craig David's story is about talent and staying power.


Through it all, he has never forgotten his roots. Tickets for his


Southampton concert go on general sale this Friday.


I like that line, talent and staying power. We know all about that, don't


we? I met Craig before the FA Cup final


in 2003 and I'm still here! I could be on stage with him. Big


Southampton fan and we will hear his spots about that EFL Cup final which


is going to dominate the week, really. Later in the week though, so


as was his concert, he was keen to talk about saints. Football to start


with as well tonight. The two horse race at the top


of the Championship saw Brighton leap above Newcastle and back


into top spot, although could return to the top if they beat


Aston Villa tonight. A double from Sam Baldock


in the second half at Oakwell was enough to hand Albion their 20th


win of the campaign, Reading on Saturday,


then Newcastle a week tomorrow. Meanwhile with no Premier League


action this weekend, Good luck to Sutton United


and their former Eastleigh boss Paul Doswell, the Surrey club take


on Arsenal tonight live on BBC One. Oxford United's cup dreams ended


on Saturday and we start Three and a half thousand Oxford


fans were in the north-east aiming for a giant-killing at the home of


Premier League opposition. For the first hour, that seemed highly


unlikely after Stewart Downing was bundled over in the box, Grant


Leadbeater scored from the box. United had been unable to weather


the early storm and it got worse. Acrobatics put Middlesbrough two up


before the break. But it was far from over. Chris Maguire placed this


free kick perfectly to pull a goal back just after the hour mark. The


momentum of that goal was ensemble. Within 60 seconds, they swept


forward again and although Maguire's effort was boiled, Toni Martinez


followed up to level the scores. A replay would have been the right


reward for Oxford's endeavours, but four minutes from time, their hearts


were broken. We've got one big semifinal coming up that we're all


looking forward to and then to be fair, we have about 16 cup finals is


well on the way, so we've still got two great opportunities to have a


little bit of success this year and we're not going to let go of that.


In the two, Portsmouth remain on course for the play-offs but ahead


of a huge travelling contingent, they fell behind at Barnet through


this free kick. Inspiration was in short supply until Conor Chaplin


stepped up late in the game with a brilliant long-range effort,


probably his best. In week one, MK dons were beaten at home by this


goal at the Stadium MK. A big game for Reading the championship


tomorrow night. It was a successful weekend for some


of the country's top university sports stars


in the British Universities Rhys Gray from Southampton


University took the honours with this performance


in the elite men's trampoline. The 22-year-old is a former


Great britain trampolinist who left the national programme


to pursue his academic studies. And a reminder this week


is all about the EFL Cup final. Southampton take on Manchester


United on Sunday in their first major cup final at Wembley


for 38 years. We'll be building up to Wembley


where Claude Puel's men go for glory and we want to hear


from you, wherever you might How will you be watching the game,


how far have you come to be here. Give us a shout


via our Facebook page. We would love your video


messages to the team. We will play them out on Friday


night. It's each week for Southampton.


We will look forward to that. It was a terrible maritime disaster


but the sinking of the SS Mendi is a story that remains largely


unknown in the UK. More than 600 people


lost their lives when the troopship went down off the Isle of Wight


exactly a hundred Most of those onboard


were black South Africans, travelling to France


to assist the allies. Today their loss was commemorated


at a service attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne


in Southampton. I'm driving to honour lost


countrymen, members of the South African Navy have sailed 6000 miles


to Southampton to commemorate a tragedy their nation has never


forgotten. In February 1917, the trip ship the S S Mendi was on the


last leg of her journey from Africa to France. She carried members of


the South African native labour corps, forbidden to bear arms, they


were recruited to build trenches, railways and roads for the Allied


forces. In thick fog, south of the Isle of Wight, the Mendi collided


with the much larger ship. There was effectively cut into by the impact,


take relatively quickly in only a matter of minutes so many of those


who lost their never even made it out into the water. Many of those


who did drowned and many of these men had never even seen the sea, let


alone been to see before. It must've an incredibly harrowing experience.


More than 600 men died. A few bodies washed ashore and were buried but


most were lost at sea, their names recorded here in Hollybrook


Cemetery. Natalia is here on a pilgrimage to remember her


relatives, the Reverend Isaac Job. Survivors said he calmed the men as


the ship went down saying to them, we are the sons of Africa, let us


die like brothers. It is very emotional to be here, but it is also


pride in the sense that they did not die in vain. 100 years later, they


are brought to life with this commemoration. Though long honoured


in South Africa, in the UK, the recognition for trips lost on the


Mendi have taken time, the story only becoming more known after the


wreck was discovered by an Isle of Wight diver in 1974. It is just a


horrendous story of loss of life. Almost half the loss of the number


of the Titanic and here it is of the Isle of Wight. There are two ways of


looking at it. Either it was covered up by the Admiralty for propaganda


reasons and row or we have to look the other aspect of was it because


they were black people and they were considered, you know, not as


important as white people and unfortunately we had to consider


that aspect. Now the story of the SS Mendi is being taught to a new


generation and in the centenary year, two nations stand together to


remember the contribution and sacrifice of men who died far from


home in very different things. -- very different times.


Remembering the SS Mendi and those who lost their lives. Moving ahead


to the weather now. Very mild today with a high of 17 Celsius. That is


around 8 degrees above the seasonal average.


So, we sat some sunshine today and through the course of this week, we


will have some brighter spells here and there. But there will be a great


deal of Plaid as well and the chance we could have some outbreaks of


rain. Mild start to the week but turning cooler with a brisk, called


Westerly winds from Thursday onwards. Through the course of two


nights, there will be a good deal of cloud, outbreaks of rain here and


there. Could be on the heavy side as well with one or two heavy bursts


and president for a time before temperatures fall away by Don to


around nine or 11 Celsius so a mild night. It cloudy start to the date


tomorrow. Slow, improving picture has to ring for the morning, we will


start to see one or two brighter spells more likely the further north


and west you are. Generally, cloud tomorrow and another mild day but


today's temperatures, culturally different from tomorrow. High today


of 17, high tomorrow of 12. Through tomorrow night and the early hours


of Wednesday morning, the winds will increase from the south-west. Quite


a cloudy night tomorrow night with outbreaks of light and patchy rain.


Drier interludes as well with temperatures falling away to around


nine or 10 Celsius. A cloudy day on Wednesday. Outbreaks of rain at


times and winds will strengthen to touch the force. Even stronger winds


inland with one or two brighter spells. Highs of ten to 11 Celsius.


On Thursday we start to drop in Calder, Westerly air. That will


bring us an area of low pressures of the chance of deals and again. A


real squeeze on the isobars. Very cold winds coming directly down from


the north and there will be spells of rain during the course of


Thursday daytime with a great deal of cloud so a fresh feeling take and


it will also feel very cold on Friday with it the chance of the


wintry showers. A bit of sweet and even the stall shower here and there


with height of 8-7 Celsius. Frost on early Saturday, wet for a time and


showers on Sunday. That's always got time for this


evening. There is more at 10:30pm tonight and will be back tomorrow at


6:30pm tomorrow. Join us then if you can, but have a lovely evening. Good


night. You're sponsored to swap


clothes? I don't get that. Maybe you wear your mother's


clothes? Cool. Yeah, finally. What? I don't get it, what does she wear?


No, no... Like, she wears someone else's.


Cool, yeah. No, she's... OK, that's too complicated.


Do another one. So, like, you get sponsored to let


people lick stuff off you for a day. Ugh. No, but, like, you get these


flavoured... Not going to happen. You take a selfie and post it on


social media or whatever, and then people have to pay


to guess who it is? That's a no-brainer,


we love the secret selfie.


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