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The aftermath of Storm Doris - - so it's goodbye from me -


a schoolgirl's in hospital with serious head


injuries, after a ceiling collapsed in Milton Keynes.


Also tonight, searching for a new home -


the squatters who have less than 72 hours to move out of


A trip down memory lane - a new exhibition of artwork


celebrates the best of Ladybird books.


The clean-up continues following Storm Doris,


which saw 60 mph winds hit our region.


Engineers have spent the day clearing up debris after more


than 100 trees and branches came down across Oxfordshire.


Meanwhile, a young girl is in hospital with serious injuries,


after a ceiling collapsed at a school in Milton Keynes.


It was 3:30pm yesterday and there was an after-school club


going on in the sports hall, the building behind me


Now, from the outside you can't see any signs of damage


but on the inside a large chunk of the ceiling,


a big piece of panelling about eight feet wide, fell.


Now, it fell from some height and it struck two little girls.


Now, one of those girls is in hospital with serious


injuries, the other was treated here, and today she's


The MP for this part of Milton Keynes visited the school


earlier and he told us afterwards about the condition of the girls.


Well, some panelling fell on her head and there has been some


injuries to her head and shoulder but, as I say, it's


She is expected to make a full recovery, which


The Health and Safety Executive have been on the site all day,


they've been carrying out their investigations.


The sports hall has been cordoned off, the school is open and the head


Now, she's issued a statement saying the cause of the incident is unclear


and the school is co-operating fully with the investigation,


But there's also relief that it looks like this girl


Police investigating the death of a woman who was hit by a road


sweeper in Swindon are looking to speak to a taxi driver who may


It happened outside Arkells Brewery on Beechcroft Road yesterday.


It's understood the woman, who was 32, was going to collect her


Police say the taxi driver was not involved but could be a key witness.


A five-year-old girl from Berkshire died needlessly


because ambulance staff sent to help her failed to use


a simple defibrillator to restore her heart,


Lilly May Page-Bowden collapsed at Willowbank


It later emerged she had an undiagnosed heart condition.


The coroner concluded she would probably have survived


if she had been shocked with the device in time.


Searches in Swindon at the former house of double-murderer


Christopher Halliwell have finished for the weekend.


Specialist police officers began work in the gardens and garages


of two properties in Broad Street on Monday, and will


Last night, the mother of Christopher Halliwell's final


victim says she thinks it's almost inevitable there are more


Time is running out for a group of squatters who've been living


in a former car showroom in Oxford for the past two months.


They've been told they need to be gone by ten o'clock


The unofficial homeless shelter was set up on New Year's Eve


They're now talking to churches to find somewhere else to stay.


A homeless man being made homeless again.


Karl's among 20 people who've benefited from this unofficial


Now they've been told they all have to move on.


We've all started from being strangers and sort of have


It seems very saddening to be parting.


Campaigners angry about the lack of affordable homes in the city say


they set up the shelter after finding the building


Since then they've received donations such as sofas,


But Wadham College owns the building and wants to use


This place has given me safety, security, support, and without it


Appeals have been posted on Facebook in a bid to find a new home.


But campaigners have been speaking to churches and say they're


hopeful about finding a new location in time.


I'm a little bit optimistic about what can be solved


I think there's a lot of good public will,


and that's what we're relying on to help us find more permanent


homes for the residents here, and the other people


In a statement Wadham College reiterated its profound


sympathy for the plight of the homeless in Oxford.


But it said it's always made clear the squatters could not remain


Karl says he'll find a way to carry on either way.


Next - would banning fast-food outlets from opening up near schools


Milton Keynes Council's considering a 400-metre "exclusion


zone" around primary and secondary schools for all new


They say it's to tackle obesity in the town.


The idea will now be put to the public -


Nicola Haseler has been gauging reaction among parents


As these children start their life in primary school at the age


of four, one in five of them is already overweight or obese.


But by the time they leave and join secondary school,


that figure has risen to one in three.


What are your favourite school lunches?


Children cannot go there day in and day.


Once a week for that type of food is fine.


Down there is the primary school where we have just been.


At the end of this alleyway, the secondary school.


Right behind, a fast-food shop that is full of schoolchildren


It is places like these that will no longer be able to exist within 400


I think they shouldn't have fast-food centres


It is not having a good effect on the children.


I don't think it should be easy to step out


But with seven out of ten adults in Milton Keynes


being overweight, the council says it has to make changes.


Milton Keynes has a higher than average obesity level in adults.


We want to make sure our children are growing up healthy.


The cost of obesity and diabetes and all of those illnesses


associated with being overweight would be a challenge


We have to put plans in place to make sure people


have the option to make good choices in their lives.


If the exclusion zone goes ahead, it won't affect fast-food


People living in Swindon are set to see their council-tax bills


increase by more than anywhere else in the country.


Councillors have voted through the Conservative


As well as charging more, the authority is setting up


new parish councils which residents must pay for.


Bills will rise by between ?90 and ?160.


Oxford's house prices have grown at a faster rate than any other UK


That's according to a new survey by Hometrack.


The organisation says costs rose by 4.1%


Annually, Oxford saw the second-highest price rise,


Campaigners fighting to keep their children's centres


open have secured thousands of pounds of funding.


Oxfordshire County Council pledged more than ?300,000


The Didcot and Wantage Children's Centre was threatened with closure


but now it's been awarded ?10,000 from the county council.


Critics say it's only a sixth of what's needed, though.


Oxfordshire's children's centres were at risk even before


This group here in Wantage is just one example of the many groups


across Oxfordshire to secure more than ?300,000 worth


It's as the council moves to community-led groups rather


than council-led groups at children's centres.


Those who use this service say it's a vital resource.


The services really make a big difference to getting him out


of the house, meeting other people, making new friends with other young


children that you wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.


It also helps if you have or are potentially susceptible


to any mental-health issues such as postnatal depression,


the qualified staff that are there really make a difference


in supporting those people that have those issues as well.


No ifs, no buts, no children's-centre cuts!


Many of Oxfordshire's children's centres were expected


Now volunteers are running similar groups in many of the same


locations, supported by council funding.


In Wantage they've secured ?20,000 - half from Wantage Town Council


and half from Oxfordshire County Council.


We haven't got the three-years commitment that we did want to have


from the county council, so we will have to work


harder on our bid to make sure that we do that.


Oxfordshire County Council says it's helping the Wantage group to compile


more evidence for their next round of applications,


But long-term their future is unstable.


I'll have the headlines at eight and a full bulletin at 10.30.


Alexis will have the weekend weather.


He is getting very excited. I certainly am, Sally!


But can Saints lift this trophy on Sunday?


Claude Puel, Jose Mourinho, Cedric Soares and Peter Rodrigues,


plus a couple of surprises help us preview one of the biggest games


Three people have been charged after a police raid


on an underground bunker in Wiltshire yesterday


which uncovered the county's biggest-ever cannabis factory.


Thousands of plants worth more than ?1 million were found


inside the former MoD nuclear bunker at Chilmark near Salisbury.


The three men, who all live in Bristol, face charges including


and conspiracy to hold people in slavery.


They'll appear in court in Swindon tomorrow.


The threat of having to pay maintenance bills of at least


?20,000 has been hanging over them for two years.


Now, residents of a housing estate in Andover are being taken


to a tribunal by their land owner - the Aster Group.


Many of Asters' leaseholders are living on low incomes and fear


if they're forced to pay, some may lose their


Nikki Mitchell has been to meet them.


I complained bitterly for years and eventually it was fixed but you can


see if made no difference, it was not fixed properly, what is still


running down the walls. Angela Bob, the leaseholder, please ?90 a month


of maintenance but is now facing a one-off bill of 30,000 barrels from


her landlord Michael to follow peers. -- ?30,000. They are causing


extreme distress by asking for huge mix of money we do not have. There


are 125 people in the same situation, people like Sean, who is


worried he will lose his sight if he is forced to pay. Since these bills


I have had trouble sleeping, my stomach doing somersaults, I feel


absolutely dreadful. I don't understand how that bill can be


lumped on people and expect them to pay it. Effectively, young families,


retired people, people with special needs, and it's something that


people have not got a lot of its money. And more estimated demands on


bills keep arriving and all coming with an additional 15% admin charge


I Aster. I am calling on Aster to be transparent on how that admin fee is


made up, calling on them to identify the amount of money in that meant in


this fund that residents pay into, so that could be subtracted from the


overall bill. Piedt clique declined a request for an interview but said


the work is absolutely necessary. -- the Aster Group declined. They have


said they will work with residents who are in any financial problems to


deal with issues. They have said you can play it over five years, but


that is about ?480 per month. ?480 plus mortgage and service charge is


her entire pension gone with no money left for food and bills.


Want to sport, Tony husband is here, we are all wearing some red tonight,


which I think if other important. We can hear you now.


Good job it is all about what you see after some signed problems. Over


130 years of Southampton history only winning one major trophy. At


around half past six on Sunday, could Southampton be lifting the


show see? Fingers crossed. I will not touch it and curse it. Hopefully


Southampton will be the people to get their hands on this.


The team news headlines tonight ahead of Southampton's first major


Boss Claude Puel could keep faith, with 23-year-old defender


Jack Stephens in defence, but he's admitted to being impressed


by recent free transfer signing Martin Caceres,


the former Barcelona and Juventus player.


Saints have been training back at their Staplewood base


for the past couple of days after their camp in Spain.


Another new arrival, Manolo Gabbiadini, who scored


at Sunderland in their last outing, seems certain to start.


Both managers gave their final press conferences today.


History is fascinating when you put these two clubs together.


There's Southampton's surprise victory over United


in the 1976 FA Cup Final, but then, the Reds delivered


perhaps the cruellest blow to Saints in 2005,


winning at St Mary's to relegate them from the Premier League


and start five of the darkest years in Saints history at


Here's messyrs Mourinho and Claude Puel.


It will be fantastic, of course, to take good result,


I can understand, of course, all the good atmosphere around


the team and with the fans, but it's important for us


to keep focus and with good concentration about our game.


If they want more than us, they win. So we have to be...


We have to be sure that they don't want more than us.


That's...that's the point. They want a lot.


Of course they want a lot. But, um, I don't think...


I don't think they want more than us.


Well, Claude Puel said this afternoon he's told some


of the players who will start on Sunday, but not all of them.


One player with major final experience is the Portuguese


He played in his country's Euro 2016 victory over France last summer.


And the chance to lift a trophy at Wembley Stadium inspires him


I think every player knows about Wembley,


about all the history that Wembley has and, to be playing in this kind


of stage, for every player, it should be a reason for them


to be proud, to feel proud, because, when I was young,


I looked to the older players and I saw them playing in these kind


I will have the pleasure to be there, um, and I feel this


is a great opportunity also for me to be enjoying the moment and


that you will always remember in your life.


Southampton's only major cup final victory at Wembley -


setting aside winning the Johnstone's Paint trophy in 2010


- was the 1976 final, when they beat United 1-0,


thanks to Bobby Stokes' late goal in front of almost


100,000 at Wembley, including Her Majesty the Queen.


No apology for showing that to you again.


The man who lifted the cup, Peter Rodrigues, will be at Wembley


on Sunday and he says he'll be delighted to see another


Saints skipper join him for a place in history.


They really play well, they knock it about.


Haven't scored many goals, but they've got the...the new guy


now, who looks pretty sharp, so that's going to be a little,


I'm happy and I'm proud of it and you can't take it away,


but it'd be nice to sort of get another skipper alongside me


Now, Saints were given 32,000 tickets for the game on Sunday, so,


rest assured, pubs and clubs will be packed as fans


who can't be in the capital gather to watch the big game.


It's a 4.30 kick off here, but of course, all around the world,


expat fans and global supporters will be glued to TVs,


Here's a few of them who've been in touch with us.


This is Stella and Damian. We are in Portland, Oregon.


"If you can't win it for us, win it for the puppies!"


On behalf of all the Dubai Saints and all the


fans in the Middle East, I just want to wish Saints


all the best for Sunday. Ring home the trophy, lads.


I'll be in Singapore, but still supporting the boys.


Good luck, Saints, and bring home that trophy!


As well as the support of fans around the globe,


Saints have been given this message by one of Southampton's


I'm really looking forward to this one, do you know what I mean?


Everyone is sort of putting us as the underdog and kind


of Manchester United kind of seem to be the one that going to take it,


but I just feel like, if Southampton play like we know


we can play, and we've seen sparks of brilliance throughout these,


I think we're going to cause some trouble on Sunday, know what I mean?


It's a long time coming, some silverware.


I'd like to think it will be a 2-1 Southampton game.


So match day is Sunday, kick off 4.30 at Wembley Stadium.


You can follow the action online and on the radio.


BBC Radio Solent will have a special edition of the Katie Martin show


live from Olympic Way with all the build up


Join us from around 2 o'clock for a special Facebook


live from the BBC bus, which is stationed on Olympic Way.


Then, from 3.30, Kevan James hosts BBC Radio Solent Sport.


From 4.30, former Saints boss Dave Merrington joins Adam Blackmore


Away from the final, there's a big game in the Championship tomorrow


as second-in-the-table Brighton host fourth-placed Reading at the Amex.


In the Premier league, Bournemouth have returned


from a training camp in Madrid and travel to West Brom looking


Across Leagues One and Two, MK dons Oxford and Swindon


are all in action, while Portsmouth make the long trip


to Carlisle in League Two. Full commentary on BBC local radio.


Excellent! Great to have the trophy. I have some more set dressing. You


have spared no expense. Absolutely, official Southampton cup final


scarf. Looking forward to that. And you have more goodies going there.


Now, they were possibly the first book characters you ever read about.


I'm talking about Peter and Jane, stars of the


Reading University is home to tens of thousands of artworks


from the publisher and it's staging new exhibition


And it comes as the first new illustrations to be commissioned


in 40 years for the titles were about to be put on show.


Now a museum piece, Ladybird's pocket size ideal for little hands


was no mere marketing ploy back in their heyday.


It was this size, because of paper rationing.


So what they had to do was figure out how to create an entire book


in one piece of paper, and that sort of created


the Ladybird book we know and love, and so this was introduced in 1940.


It's also really interesting, because you find this


in what is the story of printing, so this is the actual


If you look very closely, you can see two technicians actually


looking at what is a Ladybird book, with one side and then


If you're of a certain age, of course, it's very likely


that this is one of the first books you ever got to read.


Of course, once you've mastered the basics, well,


that opened the door to an entire world of Ladybird books.


The collection here includes many favourites and thousands


"Jimbo works hard all week and only has a few hours at the weekend


He spends these hours watching sport."


At last night's gallery launch, two lifelong fans, now behind


a successful series of parodies using Ladybird's artwork.


When you got a Ladybird book as a kid, you knew someone


Ladybird isn't a cosy world, but it's quite a reassuring world.


These, though, are left certain times, reflected


in the first factual volume in nearly a generation.


It was all kicked off by a phone call from Clarence House,


where Prince Charles had requested to do a book on climate change,


in a Ladybird format, because he wanted a simple book that


people who didn't understand climate change could pick up,


read and then know more about the subject.


Artwork for the new book, inspired by Ladybird's past,


will be the newest addition to the collection here.


Joe Campbell, BBC South Today, Reading.


We all remember Ladybird books, don't they? And the weather for the


weekend. Yes, but a lot of cloud, some brighter spells, perhaps some


rain. Viktoria Korosi captured the sunrise


at Bournemouth beach. Ray Dittrich managed to spot


a rather aptly names boat And Diana Challen took this picture


of blossom in Midhurst. So beautifully glorious day, more


cloud in the afternoon, but clear skies initially overnight, outbreaks


of rain and increasing light, temperature is lowest during this


evening, maybe laws of four of five Celsius but the the cloud and rain


temperatures rising to five to seven Celsius. Damp start tomorrow and we


are looking at a lot of cloud, some outbreaks of but she initially


during the morning, more persistent during the afternoon, but a brisk


breeze from the south-west which will be stronger along the coast,


the coast, the rain more persistent through the afternoon, temperatures


in two double figures, highs of 9-10 C, Breeze continuing tomorrow


night as well outbreaks of rain. The system during early Sunday, then


maybe some mist and fog, then the rain easing during early Sunday,


temperatures dropping to around six or seven Celsius. Sunday should be


mainly dry, the outside chance of isolated shovels, even some brighter


spells in the morning, -- isolated showers. Cloud increasing through


the afternoon, mild and breezy, and the arrival of a cold front, and


rain arriving through Sunday evening and cleaving through the early hours


of Monday. If you're heading to Wembley, it is looking cloudy, maybe


some brighter spells and some isolated showers. And a brisk


south-westerly wind but it will be fairly mild with a high of 10


Celsius. Bill coverage on BBC Radio Solent and the BBC Sport website.


The outlook for the weekend, some patchy rain, showers on Sunday,


mainly dry during the day, rain arriving during the and overnight.


Monday looking fairly blustery with showers here and there, showers also


possible on Tuesday. Alexis, thank you.


You would think we had planned or wardrobe but this was by accident!


Would you like one of these. We will leave you with a musical trees, fans


will know Saints Brass at home games, but they have been in the


studio tonight and we have record them playing, what else?


MUSIC: When The Saints Go Marching In.


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