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A reminder of the day's main story... The


This simply been a matter of chance that lives have not been lost. But


there has been compromise in safety. Also, the husband and wife forced


to live a thousand miles apart because UK immigration rules say


she doesn't earn enough. The rainbow added later by


Constable in this painting which has It's claimed that failures


with the computer system which handles calls for Dorset


and Wiltshire Fire Service The system crashed at least


ten times last year. One call handler has told us she's


ended up using pen and paper and having to direct fire crews


using maps on the internet. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire


and Rescue Service have responded to more than 42,000 calls


since the new call-handling system provided by Capita


was put in place in the summer of It's designed to break down borders


between the three Fire and Rescue areas it covers and deploy


fire engines from the closest Well, just on Monday,


we had two very common problems we Kate Scott is a control room


operator and local rep for the The system fails and we


are unable to mobilise When you are answering 999 calls,


you're trying to do the best you possibly can for that


person on the end of the phone and when you're not able


to do that as effectively when you're not able to do that


as effectively as you would like, it is very stressful


for the operators. A freedom-of-information


request from the BBC has revealed


over the last 18 months, there have been several problems,


these include the system failing to work and calls having to


be taken by different control rooms. This is a single control room that


covers all of Dorset. The union says the


system must be fixed. It has simply been


a matter of chance that I tell you what, safety


has been comprimised. It has taken us longer to reach some


incidents because of this system. We have seen fire


appliances mobilised The three areas using


the system, Dorset and Wiltshire, Devon and Somerset


and Hampshire Fire And Rescue Of course, we are


aware there have been We have been doing everything


we possibly can with partners Capita and others to ensure


those problems are resolved. There is absolutely


no risk of us not responding, so in the event of


an emergency that requires Fire and Rescue Service response, dial 999


and we will respond and we will be Capita says its system


was introduced after robust testing and it


will continue to work with the Fire Forensics officers are continuing


their investigation of a former home of the convicted murderer


Christopher Halliwell. Gardens and the garages behind two


properties on Broad Street Halliwell murdered Becky Godden


and Sian O'Callahan. The sentence he was given


means he'll never be Police say a woman who died


after an attack at her home in Milton Keynes was


64-year-old Hang Yin Leung. She pushed to the floor


after a group of men forced their way into her home


three weeks ago. One of the men held her down,


while they stole cash and jewellery. Her family have described her


as a dedicated mother who worked A woman from Banbury


says she's frustrated, but not surprised that controversial


rules stopping thousands of British citizens bringing their foreign


spouse to the UK have Mandy Ryder's husband can't move


to the UK from Morocco because she can't prove


she earns enough money. This is the closest


Mandy Ryder from Banbury gets to her husband,


Boubaker, each day. They met in Morocco three years ago


and married last year. But because Mandy is self employed


and doesn't earn enoufgh money But because Mandy is self employed


and doesn't earn enough money to sponsor his visa,


he's not allowed in the UK. You just want to be able to get up


in the morning and do things together and go out


together, like anyone together and go out together,


like anyone else in this country Since 2012, the law states British


nationals must earn ?18,600 a year That increases if a child's


included and goes up again Today, the British Supreme Court


ruled those financial measures do not breach


human-rights legislation, leaving Mandy and Boubaker


alone and separated. They should really look at each


person's, each couple's, situation But as I told you,


I did not expect that it They're just one of thousands


of couples affected by this. What we do know is that around


40% of all people who are working in the UK as employees,


whether they are British citizens or not, are currently not earning


enough to meet the income threshold. Mandy's now trying to earn


the required amount by April to apply for the visa,


but even then there's no A pilot from RAF Brize Norton


is being court martialled for lying about an incident when his aircraft


with passengers on board went into a nosedive


over the Black Sea. The Voyager plane was en route


from the Oxfordshire airbase to Camp Bastian


in Afghanistan in 2014. 49-year-old Fleight Lieutenant


Andrew Townshend initially claimed the nosedive was caused


by a technical fault. But it's believed his digital camera


collided with the control stick, The trial has heard that


many of those on board thought An official complaint has been filed


against an Oxford councillor who called homeless people


in the city a disgrace. Labour councillor John Tanner has


been visiting a soup kitchen in Oxford, to try


to repair the damage The Conservative Party association


of East Oxford has made an official complaint to the City Council


regarding the remark. Well, I was very


pleased to be invited. I thought because of the mistake


I made on Radio Oxford when I was interviewed, it is time that


I ate some humble pie. And it was a real


privilege they allowed me to come and help in the kitchen and


help to prepare the food for this invaluable soup kitchen


in east Oxford. Parking at Charlbury Railway Station


could be doubled in size under plans The company met with town


council officials this week to discuss their plans to greatly


improve parking at the West Use of the station has increased


dramatically in recent years. The firm would like to build


a second car park and a new parking deck to increase capacity


to around 500 cars. A file containing the ceremonial


details and route map of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral


has been sold at auction today. The plans for the wartime


Prime Minister, who was born at Blenheim Palace and is buried


in Bladon, were given the codename The folder was discovered


by the family of an unnamed man, who was involved


with the arrangements The Cotswolds is often used


as a filming location in fact Northleach was


recently used for JK Rowling's But now the town is the location


for a new BBC mockumentary that's It's written by and stars a brother


and sister from nearby Cirencester who wanted to show a different


side of the Cotswolds. Northleach, a textbook


cotswold town. And in This Country,


home to cousins Kerry Over there, we saw Laurence Llewelyn


Bowen once. I was walking in the Co-op and he was coming out and he


said after you and he said no after you. He is so humble.


In real life, Kerry and Kurtan are Brother


Working together as brother and sister, what is that like? A bit


annoying. We row all the time. Our man has to split up our rows. You


are annoying. No, he is annoying. The show isn't the view


of the Cotswolds that you'd normally We love the Cotswolds. It has such a


strong identity and we wanted to show the side that we knew and grub


with not the side that you up with -- read on Kotza bags in. I've got


plenty of enemies. -- read in Cotswold magazine. You end up


finding out a lot about people that we write down in our little black


book. So you get to hear about


the frustrations of the annual And meet the locals like Mandy,


who's just taken up tatooing. Who is that one? That is grant from


Eastenders, but also it could be that the low-cost Masterchef. --


that bloke off Masterchef. But many of the stories are based


on Daisy and Charlie's real life Someone's been throwing plums at my


house. There is a plum tree at our garden, so there are loads of kids


wearing plums at our window, but to make it worse our dad would always


chase them. This Country reflects


the rawness of real life, definitely isn't family viewing


so hasn't been everyone. How has it gone down in Northleach?


I think the language could be toned down a little bit. It is fun. If you


don't like it, turn it off. As long as you don't think that this is the


sort of documentary of Northleach, it is just a comedy programme done


very cleverly. People have been very amazing and it just means so much to


us. It is a dream come true. What do think the impact on the Cotswolds


will be? We will be chucked out. We might get plums thrown at us.


So for Daisy and Charlie's irreverent take on where they grew


up, This Country is on iPlayer and on BBC One on Saturday nights,


I'll have the headlines at 20:00 and a full bulletin at 22:30.


Now, more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.


cancelled the contract after just a few months they will hope for a


smooth transition, unlike last year. Later: the stunning pictures of an


unusual phenomenon and in a film about the South Downs National Park.


The Southampton Professor has planned -- criticised the government


over plans regarding obesity. Reports are strong actions were


watered down but ministers insist no country has set out such ambitious


plans. But the author says the UK has missed an to show global unison


-- leadership. It's true the UK is working -- leading the way in this


and I can see the global picture. But the suggestions and


implementation are largely voluntary and to a certain extent, we need


stronger statutory controls on advertising, on the formulation of


foods and on exercise and diet in schools.


A children's nursery in Berkshire is facing closure after the Church


of England served it with an eviction notice.


The Parish of Sonning and Charvil wants the local preschool out


And as Joe Campbell reports, searches a suitable new site have


Four-year-old Molly arrives for her daily session


at preschool, her mum, Rebecca, had expected this would be


part of her daughters routine until September when she starts


at the nearby primary, but now the preschool has been


given its marching orders by the building 's owners.


I believe it is the fourth nursery to close in the last


Every other nursery locally is oversubscribed so Molly won't be


The Jubilee Hall is owned by the local Anglican parish,


the Church of St Andrew's and said it wanted the building back


The vicar here has declined to give an interview saying he does not want


this turned into a battle between church and preschool,


but in a statement he said that St Andrew's can simply no longer


afford the losses incurred by the hall, in large part due


He said there had always been a substantial fall in attendance. We


had 24 on our books in July and 18 were going to school in September so


there is an automatic drop-offs and we will and we have picked that up


since then. The borough council is looking for a new site but so far


the search has been fruitless. There's nothing. We've looked into


other areas and buildings but there isn't anything.


So, come May, it seems preschool will be out


Onto the sport and starting with leading?


Yes, two teams chasing promotion. Reading's automatic promotion hopes


in the Championship took a knock, as they lost an entertaining game


at fellow high-fliers Huddersfield. The Royals survived a first-half


scare when Liam Moore was penalised, but Royals keeper Ali Al-Habsi saved


the resulting spot kick The Huddersfield winner came


eight minutes from time Reading stayed eight


points behind Brighton. Oxford United meanwhile


boosted their chase for a League One play-off place,


with a win at Charlton. Michael Appleton's side scored


the only goal at The Valley, and it came from Oxford's former


Charlton loanee Conor Oxford six points off sixth,


with two games in hand. Elsewhere, big-spending


National League side Eastleigh have re-instated former boss Richard Hill


as director of football, after sacking their third


manager of the season. The Spitfires today dismissed


Martin Allen, who won only 2 Eastleigh also turned over 32


players during Allen's 2 Chairman Stewart Donald


"unreservedly apologised" to fans There's just four days to go


until Southampton's return to Wembley, for the EFL Cup Final


against Manchester United. Saints' last appearance


in the League Cup final was 1979, and even though it was played


in March the country These shots of Lawrie McMenemy squad


training ahead of the final show just how wintry


the conditions were. We've been asking for your memories


of that day, if you were part of it. One person who got in touch


was John Godfrey, and I went John Godfrey was 22 when he watched


his club take on Nottingham Forest in 1979. 38 years on his back to


Wembley again this weekend. The old Wembley Stadium was an iconic


structure. I much preferred standing on the terraces and swaying with the


crowd, jumping up and down when a good tackle when teen or a goal was


scored. Something else that has survived is a banner that he made


for that game. In those days, it was traditional to have a banner and it


was great waving it at Wembley and walking with a draped over your


shoulders. But we lost 3-2 and I felt totally deflated. The banner


behind me being waved throughout the game but afterwards it was rolled


up. Too embarrassed. His lumberjacks may have had their act is blunted in


79 but what about this time around? If we win on Sunday it will make the


season because we've actually won something. Will the banner make a


trip to Wembley again? If I lose it I've lost it forever. So... Make the


on the day. I like the banner. He hasn't washed


it for nearly 40 years. And there are other lovely memories


on our Facebook page. Roy Simmons first of all.


Wembley traffic, it can be bad. Keep your memories covering -- coming and


will get through some more this week.


It's been said that every painting has a story,


but now a new tale has emerged about one of the great


The famous British artist painted 'Salisbury Cathedral


The huge canvas is notable for its dramatic rainbow,


but experts now believe it was added later as a tribute to a great friend


Jo Kent takes up the painting's story.


It's considered one of the greatest masterpieces of British art.


It's long been suspected its famous rainbow may have


We know it was first exhibited in 1831, but in the descriptions of it


at that time there is no reference to a rainbow which is quite


surprising considering it is the one thing that immediately comes to mind


today. It's probably the most striking feature, isn't it? Yes and


it adds an extra layer of personal meaning.


Likewise, the lighting and cloud formations,


Now, following years of research, there's an explanation.


A rainbow is a bit like a clock. We've been able to date the rainbow


to the day his best friend died. Not only is the rainbow equivalent to


that day, but also the end of the rainbow Falls on to John Fisher's


house. The rainbow is such a symbol of hope, it's a universally


understood symbol and I think it was something very beautiful to honour


his friend. It can't be far from here from the spot that he first sat


to make his first sketches for the old and suggested he may have done


that in the company of his great friend, Archdeacon John Fisher.


In the bottom right of the sketch, a man is shown walking his dog.


There's speculation this is John Fisher who Constable came


The painting came about because of encouragement from his friend which


we have documented in their letters. It completes the circle, doesn't it?


It starts with the idea of John Fisher and it comes back to him with


the addition of rainbow. A treasure -- treasured friendships


immortalised. I love the good story behind the


painting. We've all done - struggled


to notice something that's And that's the same for film maker


Nick Stringer from Chichester. Nick has filmed all over the world -


no location was too exotic. But he then eventually decided


it was time to turn his camera on the landscape on his own doorstep


- the South Downs. It's been cherished for generations


but as a new national park, Nick's documentary for BBC4


was a chance to surprise He joined me on the sofa


earlier but first, The male trees also produce pollen


to fertilise the female yews in the Once a year, over just a few days


they release their pollen And Kingly Vale wraps


in clouds of yellow smoke. -- it wraps in clouds of yellow


smoke. What surprised you


about South Downs. Woodland and virtually


every single species of bat in the UK, Adams


and very rare butterflies. The Adonis blue, it's one


of the rarest butterflies So, you know, for me


it was an absolute treat to be able to make this film


and I'm still finding out more. trees we saw, how long did that take


to get because timing for that must Yes, I confess I didn't do


the hard work, but I did witness it and I was


there on the day, much to the annoyance


of the cameraman who had been


waiting several days. We know it happens within a two


or three week window and I happened to know turn up


on the day it happened and it is It's extraordinary


that 200 years ago William Blake was inspired


by what we've seen here and yet we're still finding out new things


and it is still true today, isn't it,


of the South Downs? That moment that he had,


he looked up towards what's called the Trundle


and he was inspired to write the words for


There is something about the Downs that is uplifting.


You sort of get above the world and you're away from it all.


Yet it doesn't seem to have that, what I


might call geographical neatness of other national park.


And that was a real challenge with the storytelling.


the USP for the South Downs National Park is that we have an unbroken


human history that goes back right to the Neolithic times and I think


And you have travelled the world and we've spoken years ago on this


programme about dolphins and the babies you filmed.


I have to say it ranks higher than virtually


This is the only film I've made in the UK in


its entirety so, for me, it was just a treat, a personal voyage


Great to see you again and lovely film.


We could see wind gusts in northern parts of Oxford and Buckinghamshire.


Blustery winds elsewhere so we could see some fallen trees. Many of you


have been out and about. It has been gloomy today. This was the scene on


the Isle of Wight this morning with Hill missed in the distance. But


better in Henley-on-Thames this afternoon. So we did see some


sunshine. We will see patchy rain in places tonight with dry interludes.


The odd moderate to heavy burst is a possibility ahead of the main band


of rain expected to arrive tomorrow morning which could be heavy in the


rush. Staying mild tomorrow. Tomorrow morning the wind will


strengthen to gale force and severe gales expected for northern parts of


the reason -- region so a Met Office wind warning for the whole of the


South. For Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire we may have an amber


wind warning with potential gusts to 70 or 80 mph. The wind will


strengthen from the south-west and showers will follow. But some


sunshine, especially on the south coast tomorrow afternoon. Wind gusts


up to 70 mph widely all northern parts of the reason but maybe up to


80 mph. -- parts of the region. Tomorrow evening the wind will ease


and then we will see clearing skies with the rain clearing as well and


temperatures will fall away. Possibly a touch of frost in the


countryside on Friday morning. These are temperatures in towns and


cities. Friday is a much quieter day with brighter spells and staying


mainly dry. The odd isolated shower is a possibility. A ridge of high


pressure is building in. Through Friday and into Saturday it stays


mainly dry and Saturday itself should be mainly dry and a lot


milder than Friday. The Aber wind warning for northern parts of


Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire tomorrow. Decent amounts of sunshine


on Friday which is a complete contrast to storm Doris which is


expected to arrive tomorrow. A lot going on so take care. We will


have more news for you tonight. We will be back tomorrow at half past


six. Thanks for watching. Good night.


Good job, guys. We totally nailed it.


This year, fundraising kits are going to be sent through the post.


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