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In tonight's programme... so it's goodbye from me,


Pausing to remember the four men who died in the Didcot


Their families were in Didcot for a minute's silence -


It is essential that lessons are learnt from this terrible


accident so no family should have to go through similar agony


Her daughter was Christopher Halliwell's last victim.


We speak to Sian O'Callaghan's mother - as police


Pioneering Artificial Intelligence in Berkshire.


It's a year today that four men died, when part


of Didcot Power Station collapsed as they were preparing


The families of Ken Cresswell, John Shaw, Michael Collings,


and Christopher Huxtable have been back to the town to


pay tribute to them - and to attend a minute's silence.


The investigation into what caused the collapse is ongoing.


One year has passed but the memory of what happened will last for much


longer. Both the people in Didcot who witnessed the catastrophic


collapse here and for the families of the men who died. A minute's


silence was held at four o'clock. Exactly a year after a huge part of


the architectural icon for which Didcot is so famous crushed the


ground. The tragedy claimed the lives of four men working there and


injured two others. There are Reuters stood side by side with


representatives of the town to remember. Relatives. Memories of the


day will be hard to shake off after a year and we are reminded of that


daily by the trucks that come up with the rubble and the steel that


comes out through the gates. We are never far away from that and I still


think about that date. I think the town will remember it forever. It is


a sad thing, more than before, but a sad time for us. Earlier in the


afternoon as strong winds howled across the piles of twisted debris


the relatives had gathered together privately on-site. They laid flowers


by a memorial bench. They showed tremendous dignity throughout. It is


essential that lessons are learned from this terrible accident so no


family should have to go through simile agony again in the future.


While Michael Collings body was found on the night of the collapse


it was well over six months before the bodies of Christopher Huxtable,


Ken Cresswell and John Shaw were eventually located and returned to


their families. Ken and John were from Rotherham. There are says their


families still be a bit of being made to wait too long for


information. We have been a victim of something so horrific as that,


you have lost your husband, to have to fight for scraps of information


is not acceptable in this country. Just last month I had to write to


try to get information about timescales for the families.


Suddenly all the came back with was that Thames Valley Police would be


contacting us at some point. In a joint statement today tells you


please and the Health and Safety Executive say they are entirely


committed to uncovering why this tragedy happened and they will seek


justice for those affected should any wrongdoing be found to have


taken place. It is likely though that more anniversaries will pass


before the families of the men who died here will get the answers they


are looking for. An inquest has heard that


a ten-year-old boy who died after a queue barrier fell on him


in a Topshop store was shopping with his mother,


siblings and grandmother. Kaden Reddick suffered fatal head


injuries at the store in the Oracle Shopping Centre


in Reading earlier this month. Police say it happened as his mother


was paying at the till. Topshop has removed all


display stands at tills The inquest has been


adjourned for three months. The mother of Christopher


Halliwell's final victim says she thinks it's inevitable


that there are more She was speaking as police announced


they'll need more time to continue their forensic search


of his former home in Swindon. Halliwell is already serving two


life sentences for the murders of Becky Godden in 2003


and Sian O'Callaghan Sian's mum Elaine has been speaking


to our reporter Andrew Plan. The police search at the bag of


these Swindon houses goes on. A former home of double colour


Christopher Helliwell, the sounds of a mechanical digger echoing around


the terraced streets. Elaine Pickford's daughter Sian was his


second victim. The question now, or the other is lying somewhere


undiscovered? I personally believe the psychopathic nature,


pathological liar that he would have slipped from everyday life and then


whatever his trigger was, would be capable to go out and do what he has


done to not only Sian but Becky and possibly others. Swindon taxi driver


Christopher Halliwell is serving a whole life sentence. He killed Becky


Godden in 2003, Shannon Cocking eight years later, number her mother


believes it is likely there are other victims. Personally believe


once he would have got to that level, been able to commit that sort


of crime and given his nature and history, and his unnatural urges


sexually I think he wouldn't have been able to have contained those


for eight years. Halliwell appeared to try to make a plea bargain during


interviews with police last year. If I confess, he said, will that stop


everything else? Did he fear future accusations? Police say they are


digging here on intelligence they have received. So far they haven't


said what, if anything, they found. Storm Doris has made


herself felt as she passed across our region today,


keeping the emergency services busy. The storm toppled more


than 40 trees in the area. There were also reports of fences


giving way and power cuts. Meanwhile, in Oxford City Centre,


Park End Street was closed while firefighters dealt


with a loose roof. The formal go-ahead has been given


for the first phase of the HS2 high-speed rail link


between Birmingham and London. Supporters say the multi-billion


pound project will boost the economy, but critics say it's


a waste of money. The Transport Secretary,


Chris Grayling, told the Commons consideration was being given


for those living along the route. When a project of this kind


of national importance is constructed, it inevitably has


an affect on some of those And I reiterate that point


that we will do everything we can to ensure that the process


is as reasonable and fair The ?56 billion scheme has proved


controversial and faced It will cut through Buckinghamshire,


Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. More of us are using


the railways than ever before. It means busier stations and busier


trains, and so the Government I'm taking a journey on the first


stage of the route from London to Birmingham to see what impact


it could have. The biggest challenge


is tackling overcrowding. Our current tracks and stations


can't handle many more passengers. But as well as running more


frequently, the trains And that is good


news for passengers. Sometimes you don't get enough


carriages, which can be a problem and then it is really crowded


on the trains and a lot That can make it difficult to get


off the train as well. I regard being on a train as work


time, so if you don't get a sit down, then you feel really


frustrated about that lost hour. But it's not just commuters who


stand to gain from the new railway. We are going to average about 10,000


jobs over the course of the first phase of construction,


peaking at 25,000 jobs a month. And that is just during


the construction phase. When we go into operation,


again we will have tens of thousands of jobs that are maintaining


and running the railway. But there could be an even greater


economic benefit too. We are 50 minutes into the journey,


but if this was an HS2 train we'd And that means spending less time


travelling and more time working. And one estimate suggests


that could add about ?15 The current price tag


is close to ?60 billion. But many say it


could be much higher. 60 ancient woodlands


would have to be bulldozed. 350 homes will have


to be demolished. And thousands of businesses


will be affected. The land will be split


in two when work begins. It's going to completely


alter the way I farm. I would lose half the grazing


that my cows can go out to. I'm not seriously convinced that


HS2 is of any necessity I think we've got far more important


things to spend that sort of money on than on a railway line,


which is in my opinion going to be outdated


within the next ten to 15 years. The first section to the West


Midlands is due to open by 2026. An extension to Leeds


and Manchester will open by 2032. HS2 should make journeys faster


and more comfortable. But keeping the project


on time and on track Emergency services have completed


their investigations at the sight of an explosion in Oxford earlier this


month. A set of flats in Gibbs Crescent


were demolished in the blast on Valentine's Day -


one person is missing, A number of households


have been displaced. The cause of the explosion


is still to be confirmed. The Formula One World Champions,


the Brackley-based Mercedes team, Lewis Hamilton and new teammate


Valterri Bottas were at Silverstone Hamilton described


the new car as incredible. He'll become Britain's most


successful Formula One driver if he can land a fourth world


title this year. The important thing for me


to engage more with the fans, because they really,


really what make There's all the great things,


the car and the team, but when you go to a Grand Prix,


when you're here at Silverstone and those grandstands are completely


packed and the fields are packed, they create the atmosphere


and it is the greatest weekend. The former BBC Three Counties radio


presenter Stephen Rhodes has died. He joined the station in 1995 before


leaving to stand as independent candidate in the Luton South seat


in the General Election. He also filled in for Richard Madely


on ITV's This Morning in the 90s. He was diagnosed with


Motor Neurone Disease in 2014. A pre-inquest review due to take


place next month into the Shoreham 11 men died when a vintage jet


crashed onto the A27 during the Shoreham Airshow


in August 2015. The West Sussex coroner says


the hearing falls too close to the publication of the final


Air Accidents Investigation Branch He's had a ringside seat during some


of the biggest moments As a photojournalist,


Tor Eigeland has captured images of news events


from around the globe. But he's now settled in Dorset


and is showing his work at Duke's Auctioneers


in his new home town of Dorchester. You try to transmit


feelings, events. You don't fake anything,


you do it straight. For more than half a century,


Tor Eigeland has been putting a thousand words


into a single picture. It was hot and this desperate


mother didn't know how Joyous followers of Fidel Castro


sweep triumphantly through In 1959 Tor witnessed


Castro's arrival in Havana, Tor, living closely


with his subjects - here drinking camel's milk -


is saddened by the loss of some A lot of the things I've covered


definitely do not exist any longer. In a way I wish I hadn't


met all those people. After you see what has


happened to Syria, it Well, he may have travelled


the world, but all roads have eventually led to Dorset,


where he is putting on his first exhibition, so local


people can see his work. I think it's just amazing


for Dorchester to have an exhibition Tor has had an amazing career,


he has been witness to some really fantastic events,


but this is the first show with a really global pull


that we have had before, so I wouldn't be surprised


if we have a really wide range His latest work features places


more familiar to us, People here are very,


very lucky to be here, I think. A camel-hair coat and trilby worn


by the actor George Cole in the ITV series Minder has


been sold for ?10,000 The hammer price was around ten


times higher than the figure George Cole - who lived in Henley


for most of his life - played Arthur Daley


on screen for 15 years. That is amazing, that blue shirt


could be worth a couple of bob. I know some shirts that will


definitely be worth a lot. What a great link that was! Southampton


getting ready for the EFL Cup final. If you drive around the city you see


all of the banners going up around the pubs. That is when cup finals


are superb, because they have a way of bringing people who aren't


necessarily the most interested in football together, because it is a


community event. Two past captains of


Southampton Football Club put their support behind the class


of 2017 today. Peter Rodrigues lifted the FA Cup


in 1976, Southampton's only major Meanwhile, Jason Dodd was the club


captain when Southampton lost in Cardiff against Arsenal in 2003,


also in the FA Cup. Both were signing


copies of a new book, Southampton's Greatest Matches,


and were full of praise for Southampton's current


captain, Stephen Davis. The good thing is from that, he's


an international captain as well, and Stephen's one of those,


like we have been this week, he tucks under the radar,


fantastic player who doesn't get the plaudits, in my opinion,


that he deserves. The national manager knows that he's


fantastic and he has been one of the ones,


like us, in this competition that have just tucked under the radar,


and it would top a great couple of months, him being captain now,


to maybe lift the trophy. Manchester United could be


without two midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the winner


for Jose Mourinho's side in last night's Europa League


victory in St Etienne, but he also Veteran Michael Carrick


appears to also be out, United have played twice


in the Europa League since Saints last game,


the 4-0 win at Sunderland. Southampton's tie against


Manchester United at Wembley will be only the third major cup final


the club has played at the stadium. Saints memorably won the 1976 FA Cup


final, but then lost the 1979 League Cup final


against Brian Clough's I've been to chat to the two


men who played in both, They are the pub-quiz answer


which many a Southampton Who are the two players who featured


in both of the club's major Wembley To David Peach and Nick Holmes,


the memories of an FA Cup win The noise of Wembley was something


good, when you came out. I mean, we came out at the end


where the Saints fans The gaffer's talk beforehand


was always that we had more experience when we played


sides like this. Manchester United to


start this FA Cup final. People said we were underdogs


but we had players in our side that Peter Osgood, Mick Channon,


Peter Rodrigues, 60 games Jim McCalliog,


Scottish international. Well, he used to call it his


violinists and his cart horses. The goal was certainly a triumph


of quality over carthorse. It was a great ball from Jimmy


to get Bobby in there, and Bobby smashed it


in with his left foot, Holmes and Peach got


another shot at Wembley. The other full-back is David Peach,


who loves to come forward He is also one of only two


survivors from that FA Cup In midfield there's Nick Holmes,


the local lad who made good, He is the other survivor from


Wembley 1976. In the first half we played really


well and we only got the one goal, whereas they played really well in


the second in the second half -- really well in the second half and


got two. I think losing a final is the worst


thing that I have felt in all my football career. I have lost a


couple of semifinals, which weren't great, but losing that final. We


were in the final and you want to win the final. You don't really get


over it, no? What about the weekend? Can Claude Puel's men out smart


Manchester United? Jose Mourinho is getting somewhere he wants to be and


they are the favourites but as we saw before the so-called favourites


don't always win. They know the manager, they have to get themselves


ready for probably the biggest games of their careers so far, for the


young ones' perspective. Tomorrow night, lots


more on the EFL final - we hear from fans, players


and celebrities, plus a very special musical tribute to Claude Puel's


side as they face Manchester United Don't forget to join


in on our Facebook page with your messages of support,


and do post us your pictures. Are you decking your


house in red and white? The King forward to that. -- looking


forward. Now for a little glimpse


into the future. Behind me is Pepper,


and one day soon robots like this could be greeting us


all in hospitals, shops and schools. Pepper was built in Japan,


but the brains behind its brain are much closer to home


- in Berkshire. Volume, the Wokingham company


responsible for Pepper, specialises Joe Campbell went along


to find out more. You don't get far through


the front door here... ..before you realise this


is a rather different world. Sara El-Hanfy will be


with you shortly. Now, please take a seat, unless you


would like to chat some more. The firm here is one of the leaders


in artificial intelligence, so it's no surprise it's been chosen


as a partner by the latest Standard domestic


programme installed. This is the best thing


you will do for your family. For now, science fact


trails science fiction, as seen through the Channel 4


TV series Humans. Instantly, people think


of things from sci-fi films or sci-fi literature,


because it's been around for so long, but actually,


it's not where we are at the minute. But the technology is


moving all the time. I was born in Paris,


but my heart is here in Wokingham. Oh, and my brain -


the guys at Volume gave it to me. One of those people behind that


brain is Paolo here. Basically we can monitor


all the behaviour of the robot from the screens, so we can see


what the robot can see, we can see the environment around


the robot and how the robot's sensor recognises the environment around,


because we need to create a build application to use the robot


in a smarter way. The team here is working on the kind


of artificial intelligence that may already control your home,


and in future drive your car But it takes a human face for us


to notice artificial As we're born and babies we're given


a companion, aren't we, whether that's a cuddly toy


or a teddy bear or whatever, so I think you're right,


we are hard-wired. I think what we're dealing


with right now is that technology is growing exponentially,


at such a rapid pace, our behaviours really can't


keep pace with that. That's where some of


the issues come in. And whether it's fear


of what all this means for our jobs or simply for the future,


it may just prove I could do with one of those robots.


Very handy. Make tea, coffee, move around the


newsroom. Gusts of between 50 and 60


miles per hour have been recorded in the South,


all thanks to Storm Doris. The driver of this van had a lucky


escape, narrowly missing this falling tree on Hanmore Road


in Basingstoke this morning. The family of this house in Romsey


were unhurt after a tree Numerous trees have also fallen,


blocking several roads around the region, such


as here in Chandlers The stormy conditions


caused delays to flights, with some due to land in Southampton


diverted to Bournemouth. Trains have been disrupted too,


as well as cross-Solent ferries. It was lively, but much worse


further north. Yes, and thankfully Doris has now


moved after the North Sea. -- moved off to.


Through the course of today we saw some sunny spells, the odd isolated


shower, and overnight tonight there will be a few clear spells. Today


the wind gusts were up to 82 mph at the Needles, but widely 50 to 60


miles per out. -- per hour. An isolated shower here and there but


with the wind is falling away we may see a touch of frost first thing


tomorrow and maybe one or two ice patches. The odd isolated shower


will ease and temperatures will fall away to two or three Celsius in


urban areas, one in the countryside. Lots of sunshine tomorrow, the wind


is fairly light from the north-west. Patchy cloud filling in through the


afternoon, turning the sunshine hazy, but it should stay mainly dry.


Bridges not as high as today, reaching seven to nine Celsius. --


temperature is not as high. Tomorrow night there will be increasing cloud


for some and we will see patchy rain here and there in the evening, which


is when the south-westerly winds will increase in strength. Lowes


tomorrow night of five to seven Celsius, milder than the tonight. --


los tomorrow. A lot of cloud to start the day on Saturday but


through the afternoon we should have the odd spot of drizzle. Ahead of


this weather front, bringing rain from Saturday night into Sunday


morning. We expect easy conditions on Saturday, Sunday will be cloudy


but mainly dry with some rain after dark. Further showers on Monday and


as we head through next week we are hoping that high pressure will start


to build in. If you would like to send us your weather pictures, here


is the e-mail address to do that. For the Saints game on Sunday, we


expect mild and dry conditions. It will be great. Join us for


tomorrow's programme, we will of course be looking forward to the


game. I am looking forward to the musical treat.


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