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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.