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Welcome to the programme. Tonight, coming face-to-face with her


boyfriend 's killer. The meeting between a woman from Swindon and the


man whose careless driving on the A34 led to her boyfriend losing his


life. I want to know how he's feeling now, how it might affect


him. To let him know how I'm feeling, how carbon's family are


feeling. We will also assess it the A34 is one of the region 's most


dangerous roads. The parishes in Oxfordshire putting up council tax


anger in some campaigners. Later, a full round-up of the


football results including wins for Oxford United, MK Dons and Swindon.


These are the faces of people who have died in car


crashes in the south - all of them victims of motorists


This week, a new law comes into force which will double


Well, one teacher here in the south is calling for schoolchildren to be


taught about the dangers of using mobile phones at the wheel.


She has her own personal reasons for wanting to change the culture.


Gavin was an Australian through and through.


We'd talked about holidays potentially going out


It was something we were both really looking forward to.


He was on his way to work and then he was about 6 miles


or so from work and then just didn't make it.


Lewis Stratford - a 24-year-old painter and decorator


from Oxford was driving - and arguing with his


girlfriend on the phone - when he crashed into Gavin's


I wish I could turn back time, change obviously


And from that moment I was just blaming everything on me.


And I didn't want to get better then, I didn't want the physio,


I didn't want the treatments, I feel like I've been kept


here to pay for the mistake that I've made and punished.


Gavin died of his injuries four days after


Lewis has already pleaded guilty to causing his death


When someone gets convicted of a crime or an offence you never


get to see what that person's like and what


Just days before he's due back in court to be sentenced,


I want to ask what he was thinking, what possessed him to pick


up his mobile phone behind the wheel - I want to know


how it might affect him and to let him know how I'm


with our cameras present, and restorative justice


An apology that's given in court is very often mistrusted


by a victim whereas if a victim sits down face to face with the person


who has caused the harm that can be enormously helpful in allowing


victims then to be able to move on from what's happened.


I'll never forget it ever and I'll never be sorry enough


but I can't every time I say sorry it sounds a bit cheap,


it just sounds not good enough but I am.


so many people do it, so many people.


Eventually I will probably be able to forgive you. But I just needed


some questions answering first. about the dangers of using mobiles


behind the wheel before they start And a short time ago, I spoke to Meg


from our studio in London. I asked her if the meeting had


helped give her some I think it has helped put


the hows and whys together. The ifs and buts we had in June


were irrelevant when I met with Lewis and he was very open


with me and answered what I needed. It must have been incredibly


difficult to come face-to-face with the person who killed


your boyfriend. What was that initial feeling,


being in the room with him? The initial anxiety came before


I went into the room just because I didn't know


how I would be feeling, how he would be feeling,


how the conversation would get started, but actually


when we started to talk and we had the mediator


to There was a sense of


determination, I guess, from both of us to get this message


out to people to show the impact of using your mobile phone can


have behind the wheel. Did he have genuine remorse,


did you get a sense of him being He said sorry and he


showed his compassion and I offered him some


of mine as well but he said that it


wasn't about him because he's put people through so much


so yes, there was a sense of compassion there


but You mentioned in the interview you


wanted to forgive him eventually. Do you think there will


ever be a point in your At the end of the day, he's


a human being and he made a very silly mistake,


picking up his mobile phone, and he's now got


to live with the consequences


of it so in time I would You're now calling for


schoolchildren to learn Do you think that will be


a big benefit in the The fact we teach about sex


education, we teach about drugs, alcoholism, all before the legal age


anyway so it is an introduction within personal development days,


having children aware to know the impact of mobile phone


use is going to rub off And you can see the full meeting


between Meg and Gavin - on Inside Out, tonight at 7:30


on BBC One. Meanwhile a report commissioned


by BBC South has found that the A34 isn t more dangerous than other


roads - despite its reputation and the perception of some living


along or regularly using the route. The data has been


analysed by experts. Who could forget the terrible crash


last year which claimed the lives of In the last five years,


the road has been closed 56 times due to accidents


in which people have So, is this road


unusually dangerous? Obviously, there have been a number


of very high profile collisions on this


road but when we look at the collision rate compared


to other roads of a similar type


we actually find it's got Over the last ten years,


the number of crashes has gradually reduced, broadly in line


with the national trend. Some parts of the route


are higher risk than others. The northern and southern


ends are worst. This is a complex picture


and there are different ways of measuring road safety but the crash


rate here on the A34 is around one third less than the national average


for this type of road. The crashes here are,


mostly, due to driver error, not to the design of


the road, or the number of vehicles. Here, just over one vehicle in ten


is a lorry so we looked specifically at crashes involving


heavy goods vehicles. Over the last ten years,


the rate has fluctuated but overall the trend is downwards and it is


ahead of the national average. The A34 has seen some


truly horrendous crashes but putting all the


statistics together, we've found no evidence that the A34


is significantly more dangerous than In other news - a prison officer


is going to be charged with manslaughter and misconduct


in public office, over the death of an inmate in Woodhill


prison in Milton Keynes. Joseph Travers will appear before


magistrates in April. It follows the death of a prisoner


at Woodhill in May 2015. Specialist police officers digging


at the former Swindon home of the convicted murderer


Christopher Halliwell have Investigators began looking


in the gardens and garages of two properties in Broad Street last week


but paused over the weekend. Wiltshire Police says this search


is based on new information. Halliwell is serving two life


sentences for killing Becky Godden A group of squatters who had


until today to leave a former car showroom in Oxford have moved


into another building owned The University says it is aware that


30 people, a mixture of homeless people and volunteers,


have moved into the old derelict power station


building in Osney Mill. A spokesperson says


the university sympathises with their plight and is trying


to resolve the situation. What people have to remember


is that if they're not here, then they're


in the doorways of the city centre


and already we have enough people complaining about how many people


in the city centre are sleeping, begging, drinking


in the city centre. We have to come to some kind


of arrangement with the people of It's been described as a council tax


rise by the back door. Parish councils have increased


charges in Oxfordshire by 17% in the last 3 years according


to new BBC research. Some bills for our lowest tier


of local government have Some campaigners aren't


happy about it. It's not long before council tax


bills will be landing on our mats and if you've got


a parish or town council in your area, you might be in for a shock -


with some parishes by more than 500% district and county councils


are deliberately passing on responsibilities to parish


councils, who aren't restricted by a 2% cap on increases,


that applies to most other Parish councils have the choice of


saying no, we'll do it, or losing the service. They have no cap on the


parish councils. Continuously the government has promised they would


look at it, look at it, but they do nothing about it.


charging the most for Band D homes - they're currently paying nearly ?180


hasn't actually asked for more overall - but the amount of tax


it's been able to raise has been decreasing,


at the same time its list of responsibilities


Budget are being cut at county level, district level and the


parishes are being expected to do more and more. As an individual I am


not averse to local people having local decisions, it does concern me


that as volunteers, were giving up our time to do well by the community


and more and more things are being asked of us.


Carterton Town Council has been helping to keep a children's


centre going in town - after ongoing county council funding


I'm paying council tax twice because you've put our step up but they've


taken the same amount of money but not providing the same service. But


the comment I have had made to me. What do you say back to that? I


would go along the line that we have to keep this service.


to demonstrate restraint when it comes to council tax rises -


but a cap, similar to the one placed on district and county councils,


doesn't seem to be on the cards at the moment.


A company in Oxford is hoping it can become a major contributor


to the future care for elderly and vulnerable people.


Oxe-health - a spin out from Oxford Unviersity's Institute


of Biomedical Engineering - has developed software that remotely


It's been trialled at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire.


A mock hospital room in the offices at Oxford science Park. Cameras with


infrared eliminators are measuring breathing and heart rate. The


patient is alone in this room but his activity is being monitored from


afar. As as there is movement, there is an immediate alert. This is its


breathing rate right now, totally contact free and only a digital


camera and it is medically graded accuracy. Here is the same, live


contact free heart rate so if I put a contact device from a hospital in


the room, it would return the same values. But it also looks at the


activity in the room and says that the patient is in bed. It is


therefore deduced that he is safe. This but the movement. He's going to


get out of bed and there you see we have detected it and the vital signs


have stopped. The software is attracting global attention because


of an increased demand on the care sector. It is of little surprise


that hospitals locally have been trialling it. It can be used in


multiple locations, starting for example in a hospital, going back


into Oxfordshire and testing it both in acute wards, working with the


hospital but also to track help Asians recover after operations in


John Ruddy hospital. The method by which they measure is the same for


everyone but what you get back varies. Babies can get very fast and


slow heart rate, maybe 170 down to 20. They would be very extreme in an


adult. You can build personalised models wherever this person at this


time of day, this is worrying, but this isn't and that is where this


technology will go in the future. This innovation looks set to become


a major part of the world's health technology.


I'll have the headlines at 8 and another bulletin at 10:30.


Sally Taylor is next with the rest of today's news stories.


He was always laughing and joking, always smiling. He was just a lovely


man. Alexis has the weather forecast


later and some people Will the wet and windy weather


continued? Some of us love it and some of us don't.


On to sport and there really is the one big subject to talk about. A


great day out for Saints fans but not the result they wanted and what


about that disallowed goal? We ended a programme on Friday standing here


and waving flags because that is what it will be remembered for. A


flag that was incorrectly raised for offside, by most people's reckoning.


The interpretation of the rule has changed but the current law stands


and it brings into question whether football will change with the times


you bet. And the company behind this new technology. We have featured


Hawk-Eye and this could be one of the companies that comes in to bring


the goal-line technology, or more than just the going technology, the


changing decisions. They are testing it in the likes of Italy and the


Netherlands. Taking goal-line technology to the next phase.


World football's governing body FIFA will meet with the home nations this


Friday at Wembley to discuss extending the use


The venue is apt after what seems another example


of human error in yesterday's EFL Cup final.


Southampton were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United


but they were left to rue a critical early call which denied them a goal


and their new star striker a potential Wembley hat trick.


Full of praise for their team and frustration for the officials. The


ones of this final will take time to heal for the Saints fans. We should


be proud. We are gutted, we should have won that game. The march to


Wembley began at Saint movies and match these don't come much bigger.


Swamped by red and white. 15 days to prepare men they looked fresher


what's on Manchester United fans still arguing the gall to any final


back in 1976 was offside. Perhaps this was payback. Few believe Ryan


Bertrand was interfering with play. You need those decisions to go for


you especially any major final, playing against a team of the


quality of Manchester United. It would have been massive for us as we


got that. A cruel moment ruthlessly exploited by United before the


break. Ibrahimovic's goal priceless. When Jesse Lingard made it two, some


thought it was all over, but the Saints stamped and they grabbed one


back and in a wonderful start to the second half, he would level.


Gabbiadini has done it again! The game then came down to two headers,


but with wood minutes to play, Ibrahimovic's hit the net, and soon


after it was all over. Everyone is very sad. They must be proud of what


we has done and we wanted to feel it. I didn't think we were going to


get a single goal tonight. You could look at it in a negative way and we


were in a cup final! I think we were the better team and the statistics


will say that. We put the ball on the net three times and it should


have gone to extra time. I really thought we had it at one point and


we just needed one more goal. Revenge from 1976 but Saints won't


forget this one in a hurry. A lot of the reaction has focused


on the goal that wasn't In today's Daily Telegraph former


Referee Keith Hackett describes the offside flag as atrocious


and goes onto to say "Either way it should have been an easy decision


and it is one that officials at this Saints legend Matthew le Tissier


kept it short: "disgusting decision" The view from NBC Sports'


Joe Prince Wright: "It was a shocker of a call and ultimately changed


the outcome of the game." One from yours truly as Gabbiadini


scored his second "that's Lloyd sent us this picture


of supporters gathered in Dubai. And here's the red and white


turnout in New York City. Good turnout as well. One other


piece of news from Southampton, the club's director of scouting Ross


Wilson has been targeted by Rangers as their new director of football.


The Glasgow club are restructuring their setup after losing Mark


Warburton. Lots of other football this weekend, here is the round-up.


The first of two mega matches at the annex in four base, well beaten by


an Albion side that fought them on the break. This neat control helped


put Brighton into a first-half lead. Albion picked the moment in the


second half putting the game to bed, Jamie Murphy outpacing the backline.


Chasing the game, the Reading defence was threadbare. The points


sealed ten minutes from time. Tomorrow night a capacity crowd sees


Newcastle visit. Eddie Howe's Bournemouth haven't won in 2017 and


on Saturday they suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the


league. They won an early penalty, but Locke wasn't on the site as the


shot took a wicked deflection to equalise. More eyes on the keeper,


flapping at the corner and suddenly they were 2-1 up. Five points above


the drop zone. Portsmouth are on the up, three goals in the last 20


minutes. Gary Roberts putting them one up and look at this one from


long range. Into stoppage time we go and plenty of space to make it three


goals and points, hunting the top three. Very good. Just to say, a lot


of football the last few days and the big match coming up but also


sailing. The Duchess of Cornwall has praised


the skill and spirit of soldiers returning home


to Hampshire from Iraq. She spoke to soldiers


of The Fourth Battallion "The Rifles", in Aldershot,


about their recent deployment helping to train


Iraqi security forces. Friends and family watched on as it


rained heavily on the parade More to continue and we saw a bit of


a lovely puddle jumping deadlier. We had some lovely rainbows. A bit of a


blustery day and blustery conditions continuing through this week.


It was a cold and wet start to the day on Hythe Pier.


This picture was sent in by Penny Wade.


Camilla Woodhouse captured a double rainbow in Duntish in Dorset.


A cold and blustery start and there will be sunshine at times as well


and a brisk wind on occasion. Clearing skies and that may be the


case overnight with the chance of one to two wintry showers the


further north you head, slightly more rain towards the Isle of Wight


and the temperature falling to freezing. HLA start and mainly dry,


one or two wintry showers and lots of sunshine. During the course of


the day we see the showers rolling and maybe went to the over high


ground but sleeps next and as well, the temperature reaching a high of


eight Celsius and the wind risk from the West. Showers rattling their way


through and the showers will continue for some tomorrow night.


For most it will be dry with a few clear spells and the temperature


falling to freezing in the countryside, these are the


temperatures in our towns and cities, so the chance of ice on


untreated surfaces and a dry and bright start for Wednesday and


through the course of the afternoon rain starts to push up from the


south mainly affecting southern coastal counties, still a bit of


uncertainty as to how far north the rain will be but the further north


you are we hold onto the sunshine through most of the day, highs 8-10.


Thursday is the highest with a rich of high pressure building and decent


amounts of sunshine although the wind starts to increase and the next


weather system will arrive through the course of Friday and that rain


band on Friday could be quite heavy at times. This is just an indication


of the weather on Friday because of his a few days away but we hope it


clears in the evening with the temperature reaching a high of nine.


A few days away, things can change, but rain or showers and feeling


chilly with sunny spells at times. That's it from others, more later


but tonight we leave you with some of the images of the fans from


yesterday's cup final. Good night. To be in the Lords,


you have to be punctual... literally have to slam


the door in somebody's face. What right do they have


to tell ME about my fashion sense.


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