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In tonight's programme: improving the future of UK defence.


A team of engineers in Oxford


the impact of unmanned space warfare and drones.


road users have their say over the safety


And later on: why some feel what's taught in schools isn't preparing


young people for the real world of work.


Unmanned warfare should be the future of UK defence - that's


according to the Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, who's been


speaking at an engineering conference in Oxford.


It's as space warfare and drones, based on dragonflies


and underwater creatures, are being developed by scientists


The technology is part of a new Ministry of Defence


strategy, which will also involve astronaut Tim Peake.


Our Political Editor Peter Henley has more.


It flies at 45 miles an hour, and weighs less


Skeeter is the next generation of military drone.


Developed by animal dynamics, a spin off company from


Oxford Universities Zoology department, it uses two pairs


It flaps like an insect. It has interesting upshot is, it has


natural suspension, it can tolerate high wind and goes to the heart of


what we are about, looking at how you can derive higher performance


and high efficiency by studying natural systems. The Defence


Secretary said the Armed Forces are increasingly at the cutting edge of


technology. I want to make it easier for small high-tech companies to


come to defence, to bring their ideas and products and see whether


they can be used by the Armed Forces. It has been too slow in the


past, too bureaucratic, difficulties getting funding.


Formula 1 motor racing is another area in which British


research leads the world - and the Ministry of Defence


announced a dragons den style panel of experts to help advise


The chief Executive of Woking based Maclaren Ron Dennis


Our voices will be strong but and hopefully people will listen and


this is the minister pushed on me to be disruptive.


Also pushing the frontiers of military kit,


spaceman Tim Peake - an army Major - will join the panel.


From the Spitfire on, Britain has stepped up its


technology in the face of a hostile threat.


Now the Ministry of Defence is warning that to be


If we can develop these weapons, others can too.


A man's died after he became trapped in a shed which


Police and fire crews were called to Badgemore yesterday afternoon.


Paramedics arrived but say they were unable help him.


Police are treating the death as unexplained.


A 39-year-old woman was also seriously injured -


She's been treated at Stoke Mandeville hospital.


A man's appeared in court charged with murdering a man in Oxford,


who was injured in a stabbing more than ten years ago.


Samuel Marriot-Gray died nine years after being stabbed at a party


Charges have now been brought after the case was sent


47-year-old Leonard Morrison, who used to live on Bath Street


in Oxford, has been remanded in custody.


He's due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday.


Next tonight - the A34 isn't fit for purpose and needs to be urgently


upgraded to a motorway - that's according to some people


who've been taking part in a special BBC South debate.


This morning's event was broadcast simultaneously across our region,


It brought together safety and transport


The A34 is a major road - running north to south


through the region, linking to other key routes.


Because of that, it carries huge volumes of road freight


But a BBC study has shown that, despite its poor reputation,


the number of accidents is broadly in line with other


The A34 today, and who would want to be this stranded motorist


or the patrolman coming to the rescue, just


There is no room for driver error, which unfortunately leads to so many


incidents in that short stretch of road.


Hello, and welcome to this special programme.


This morning, BBC local radio stations along the route brought


together those shaping the debate about the A34.


Statistically, a comparatively safe road, high profile


accidents like this one, where a lorry driver


using his phone killed four members of the same family,


It has been shown that mixing fast traffic with slow-moving traffic is


dangerous. What can we do? There is a role for technology


in this and we will await the results of Highways England's


safety review of the road to see whether there is a role


for average speed cameras, Even as the broadcast got underway,


came news of a four-vehicle crash. Well, the road is now flowing freely


once more and this morning's accident was what police describe


as a minor shunt with But within minutes, traffic


was trailing back for several miles It is already at overcapacity


and traffic levels, car and lorry, With demand, you have new systems


with people now buying online, the van market has really


grown in volume. For road users and the families


of those who have died here, People living in a village


in Buckinghamshire say 'everything is converging' on their quiet part


of the countryside. Network Rail and HS2


representatives will meet people living in Charndon,


later this week, to discuss plans Charndon, is a quiet village


on the Buckinghamshire/ Come the next two years it will


change something completely different. And it will become a


village which I do not think people will really want to live in.


Chandon residents have been fighting ther nearby HS2 route


so long the signs have faded, now the East West trainline


plus a planned Expressway between Oxford and Cambridge


It seems as if everything is converging on this, what was, a very


quiet part of the countryside. And nobody is happy about it.


want to build a maintenance depot - right next to a childrens'


playground, bus stops and a war memorial.


It would be used for five years during the construction


But an HS2 maintenace depot already has approval in Calvert -


Why can't it be sited where there are compounds served better by the


road infrastructure. The roads are small and not a good condition, they


certainly could not take the volume of HGVs and workers cars that East


and West Railway meet. Both companies will meet residents


in Charndon this week. Sir Roger Bannister has been made


a Companion of Honour The 87-year-old, who lives


in Oxford, made history by being the first person to run


a mile in under four minutes. He went on to be


a successful neurologist. He was knighted in 1975


for services to sport. Fellow Companions of Honour,


include the physicist Triple Olympic rowing champion


Andy Triggs-Hodge has announced his retirement


from international competition. The 37-year-old won two Olympic


titles in the coxless four in Bejing and London,


before joining the eight to win He was born at Halton Hospital near


Aylesbury but now lives in Oxford. A dog in Bicester has been propelled


to fame after being described Buffy's grin has attracted the


attention of national media groups. The Jack Russell even


has her own Facebook page. Hello, Buffy!


MUSIC PLAYS I posted a picture on a daytime


programme and somebody contacted me from the press office and they were


smitten with a photograph with the big smiley face. It has gone crazy.


# Whether you are brother, staying alive. There is more pictures of


Buffy than me and my brother. She has a massive box of toys at the


back of the room so they are from friends and family when we go away


on holiday we bring her something back. She has been in the Daily Mail


online, the Mirror online and the Metro online. She is very laid back,


she is 14 this year so she is a little old lady. Everybody loves


her. Absolutely loves her and the family adore her. She is quite a


character. # Staying alive! She smiles so much because she is so


loved and is a happy dog. She loves her life and enjoys living with us.


# Staying alive # A kebab van from Thame has


been named the best - Ata-lay scooped the title in front


of more than one thousand business The founder of the awards -


Ibrahim Dogus - praised the awards for celebrating businesses


with a Middle Eastern background - saying kebabs contribute


2.8 billion pounds to the UK Pancake races have been taking


part across our region It was due to have an Agatha


Christie theme but not The event also raises money


for local charities. I'm back with the headlines at eight


and another bulletin at ten thirty. Anjana Gadgil is next with the rest


of today's news stories. Coming up, Tony is here with the


sport and the weather is not getting any better. Today we had some


blustery rain. Tomorrow will be very similar. I will have the details for


you shortly. A care worker from West Sussex,


who is accused of stealing money from a pensioner she was looking


after, has told a jury the man lent her cash


because she had lost her bank card 39-year-old Theresa Stratton


from Littlehampton is accused of stealing ?130 from 74-year-old


David Skerritt at his But she said she only took


?10 with his permission Theresa Stratton denies


theft and the trial The company responsible


for maintaining accommodation for military families has promised


improvements after taking It follows complaints


from several forces' families, including some who claimed


their accommodation was poor. was considering terminating


its multi-million pound contract. The company says the new contractors


will deliver a more efficient Millions of chickens were officially


allowed to roam free again today. They've been cooped up in farms


and homes all over the country since early December to protect them


from an outbreak of bird flu. Today the government


relaxed the rules. And some farmers have


taken the decision not to release their birds even though


they're now free to do so. Roger Finn joins us now


from Woodlands near Totton. Roger, it all sounds


a bit confusing. I will try and explain. Just over


here in the darkness there is now a boundary of great significance for


anybody who keeps chickens. Here the controls have been relaxed. Chickens


are free to roam. That is the situation in most parts of the


country but here we are in a zone designated by the government as


posing a higher risk of bird flu. On this side, chickens have still got


to be kept indoors. The reason is that here we are within five


kilometres of an area that has a big population of aquatic wildfowl and


they are the problem. Wild ducks and geese have caused


a major bird flu epidemic Scientists say the particular


strains of some of these birds spreading this winter is not


harmful to humans, but it is highly infectious


and deadly to birds. That is why all flocks have been


forced inside for the last 12 weeks, including these


on a farm near Romsey. Even though these could now go free,


because the farm is not in a higher-risk zone,


the farmer has decided It might be a smaller chance


but there is still a chance my chickens might get this


disease and it would wipe them out So talking to other


producers alike, they are The welfare of the


chicken comes first One consequence


is this farm and many others now lose their


free range status. That normally attracts a premium


of 40 extra pence per dozen. Many supermarkets have said


they will continue to pay free The farmers are hoping customers


will be understanding. They are still high welfare,


they still roam freely in the barn A single case of bird flu means


the whole flock has to be destroyed, with no compensation


and no insurance. It is devastating for


the farmer and his business. We are sorry some farmers


will experience a loss in We keep it under constant


review so that requirement for housing is not extended


longer than it has to be. The hope is the chickens


will be back in this field and dozens of others


like it across the South in a couple of months,


when the weather has warmed up and the wild geese and ducks have


started heading off. Now, what did you learn at school


that's proved useful in your job? New research shows many young


scientists, IT workers and engineers believe a lot of what they studied


is little use in the real world. The Baker Dearing Educational Trust


says almost half of the young people it surveyed believe technical skills


would have been much more useful than subjects


like history or geography. The Trust promotes University


Technical Colleges to help Nikki Mitchell reports


from one college in Reading. From this device I connect


with that device... He is one of a number of former UTC


students who have secured apprenticeships with


networking specialist, Cisco. His employer sends him


back regularly to help I am trying to get them to use


the technical skills they already have but at the same


time we are giving them the technical knowledge


at the same time. In my old school I would never have


days like this where we basically All of it is practical,


even in the normal day-to-day lessons it is not just


sitting by a computer. It is practical and


hands-on, as well. How useful do students


here think more traditional subjects like history


and geography might be Don't get me wrong, it could be,


but not for me personally. This is more like tech science


that is what I prefer doing. The educational trust which promotes


UTCs says half of youngsters already employed in science, computing


and engineering think traditional subjects are largely useless


for the world of work. With industry struggling


to keep up with the speed of technological advance, what hope


do schools have without We can put that innovation into


the hands of the students themselves They will continue to be at the edge


of things being done in the industry when they join those


particular organisations. There is a great mix


in schools, some schools are fantastic, ordinary


schools, secondary schools, at bringing


the curriculum to life


and making it real. But I don't think it is widespread


enough and therefore some schools are not doing enough


with employer partners, because headteachers are accountable


to the performance tables. But I think there needs


to be just a rethink The National Union of


Teachers is sceptical. It believes if all schools


were properly funded the quality of vocational education


would significantly improve anyway. Tony is here. And I am here! I


imagine you did sport when you were at school. Indeed, quite a lot of


that. I was never good at mathematics but I do know the value


of three points. We know a bit about Chris Hughton and his past with


Newcastle. He said it was his best achievement as a manager, getting


Newcastle promoted to the Premier League. Here he is as Brighton


manager and rapper Benito is in charge of Newcastle, both gunning


for the title and automatic promotion and the Premier league is


where they want to be. It's the biggest match


of the championship season so fdar of Rafa Benitez's Newcastle


if they win tonight at the Amex. The Albion have won


three of their last four as they bid to earn a place


in the Premier Legaue - 20 years after almost dropping out


of the football league altogether. Earlier I spoke to Johnny


Cantor at the Amex. He explains why these two are at the


top of the tree. It is the second consecutive


sell-out at the AMEX. It pits first against second,


the best home record against the best away record


in the championship. It also pits the best defence,


the Seagulls, with 17 clean sheets this season, against the best


attack in the division, the Magpies, who have already scored


64 goals this season. The fans and players know


something's got to give. What we would put in


front is a strong team with a lot of good players and


always it is tougher to play this Of course, a win is not


just three points. It is the confidence


as well, it is a big thing. We know three points is always


important in the league, Johnny. But if Brighton got the win


tonight it could be very significant on several


fronts, couldn't it? Not only would the gap


between Brighton and Newcastle be at four points


but they would also have a 9-point gap between them and third placed


Huddersfield. It would also put more pressure


on Newcastle this evening, because Newcastle have to go


to Reading on Tuesday and before that they also have to


travel to third-placed Huddersfield


on Saturday, as well. As we approach the last ten games


of the season you feel both sides will want the momentum


going into the final run-in and obviously end up with those top


two vital places for promotion. And the game is live


on BBC Sussex with Johnny and Warren Aspinall tonight,


kick off is 7.45. Murry Baldock will start for the


Albion. Elsewhere tonight Portsmouth


could break into the automatic promotion places in League Two


if they win at home to Morecambe They need Carlisle to lose to go


third. There's also a trip to Bradford


in league one for MK Dons BBC local radio has full live


commentary of all the matches. Cricket news and Surrey fast bowler


Tom Curran has been called into the England one-day squad


for the tour of the Caribbean, The 21-year-old has impressed


while touring Sri Lanka with the England Lions,


but is now heading to the West Indies for the series,


which begins on Friday. The Portsmouth-based team hoping


to win international sport's oldest trophy for Britain for the first


time have debuted their boat Earlier this month you may remember


we were on the island to see Sir Ben Ainslie's Landrover BAR


unveil R1, as it is known. Now it's becoming a familiar sight


off the coastline, as crucial early From the symbolism of unveiling


their race boat to the show of strength on the water,


Land Rover BAR are now sound in the boat they hope will win


Britain the Americas Cup. It is 15 metres, or 50


feet long, and has been designed with engineers


from their title sponsors. They are used to providing high


spec off-road vehicles. Now the same technology is helping


one of the most technically There is still rope on board,


but the six-strong crew have 130 metres of hydraulic


pipes and over 1,000 metres of cabling to connect sensors


and video cameras. I think we can see a lot


of the upgrades coming together and increasing the performance markedly,


which is where we need to be. The Americas Cup journey


for the Portsmouth-based This will probably be


the most developed boat from launch we run


through the whole campaign. We have a lot of upgrades


we are currently engineering and developing and now the focus moves


towards bringing those to the boat. Hundreds of hours of


practice will follow. Back in Portsmouth the analysis


for the most marginal of for the summer's America's


Cup racing. Congratulations to the gold medal


winning British hockey team today. Maddy Hinch from West Sussex were


among those at Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE from the Duke of


Cambridge. Maddy said she was less nervous lining up for the final


against the Netherlands but as we can see, she enjoyed a good chat.


It was a very special day for a former South Today presenter.


Mr Bruce Parker, for services to charity and to the community in


Hampshire. Bruce Parker has been awarded


the MBE by Prince William Bruce presented for BBC


South for 35 years. He's chairman of the Friends


of Winchester Cathedral and involved with the Hampshire and Isle


of Wight Air Ambulance, and Leukaemia Busters in


Southampton, among other charities. Congratulations, Bruce. 35 years of


South Today. Very impressive. Now the weather.


Yes, not therefore that long! Well, you never know. Lovely sunshine this


morning. You went for a run in the rain. When it was still sunny. And


then it started raining. I just had a pancake! This was early this


morning in Dorset. Lewis Horsley captured the sunrise in Bloodworth.


And Paul sent this picture from Hampshire. We had some lovely


sunshine this morning. The rain spread north and east in the region


and slowly easing up to night and it will be quite chilly in the


countryside. We might see a local frost in the countryside. In towns


and cities, those 3-5 C, the windfall in lighter in the early


morning. Very light this morning. A dry and sunny start to the day


tomorrow. Very quickly the cloud will turn the sunshine hazy and


rainbow in golf the southern coastal counties. This rain will be very


patchy so there will be some dry interludes, especially further north


in much of the day. Temperatures reaching a high of 8-9 C. Feeling


cold with the increasing breeze and rainfall tomorrow. The wins tomorrow


night will become very strong. It could touch gale forced along


coastal stretches, even inland areas. A chance of a wintry shower


in the early hours of Thursday morning and temperatures falling to


freezing. The winds will ease first thing on Thursday. Very much like


today and tomorrow, some sunny spells to start Thursday. The


difference is it should mainly be dry in the course of the day. One of


the better days this week. But brisk wind from the West, or Southwest.


Mainly dry, some sunny spells and the odd isolated shower. Before we


look at the outlook we will talk about tomorrow. It is the first day


of spring in meteorology. Three days of spring before summer rise in


June. Enjoy the springlike conditions on Thursday. But we will


have some rain tomorrow. It could be heavy and persistent at times. Sunny


spells on Thursday, that is the mainly dry day of the week with


brisk wind. Friday, we are looking at outbreaks of rain in the course


of the day. Moving northwards across the region. Over the weekend, quite


unsettled at times, a cool feeling to things, some rain at times and


some sunshine jihad as well. The rain could be happy here and there.


-- could be some sunshine around as well. We are back at half past six


tomorrow. Hope you will be watching. Good night. Good night.


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