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plans for children as young as four to be taught about
The vulnerable brothers in Oxfordshire
sexually and physically abused by the man
There are now questions over how they were placed in his care.
Stupid. I know I shouldn't have for people caught using a mobile
Stupid. I know I shouldn't have texted.
Plus: up close with their sporting heros.
The students in Oxford playing host to the England rugby team.
The school has been incredibly welcoming for us. I think they
enjoyed having the England team training.
And later on: the made-to-measure mini Rolls Royce putting
a smile on the faces of some poorly children.
First tonight: An opportunity was missed to protect two
vulnerable brothers who were seriously sexually
That's according to this report, published today,
which concluded suspicious bruising on the children should have led
The children's carer, identified as Mr K,
has since been convicted of raping one of them.
The parents of the boys were unable to look after them so they were
placed into the care of Mr K and Ms L under what's known
That's because Ms L is distantly related to the boys'
Now the boys both had special needs and neither Mr K nor
The boys lived with the couple for a year until March
2015, but during that year Mr K physically
He was caught, arrested and charged and found guilty of rape.
He was sentenced to a long prison sentence.
Now, the report has found that there was no way anyone could
have known in advance that Mr K was going to be abusive.
There were opportunities to spot and stop the
At one point, one of the boys were spotted with bruises
on his face, but they were explained away as being related to his
The report also says that the desire for the placement to be
successful inappropriately affected the child protection processes.
But under the framework that was in place under
everything was done as it should have been.
The two key areas that we need to focus on are improving our work with
children with disabilities and ensuring that there is a recognition
that they may be a greater risk from safeguarding perspective and
understanding how forensically to test that.
The second, I think, is to ensure that we have robust
arrangements in place to assess those people who come forward to
At the same time as this review was taking place, the
government was also tightening the rules
Now the two boys in this case are now
with new carers, and are said to be recovering well.
People who use hand-held mobiles while driving are facing tougher
penalties in England, Wales and Scotland from today.
Those who are caught, will get six points
In Abingdon this morning, Thames Valley Police
were out stopping drivers still ignoring the warnings.
Using a mobile phone while driving can cost lives.
Undercover and in plain sight, nobody flouting the law
This woman was caught texting in slow-moving traffic.
Because I know I shouldn't have done but I texted that
Because the traffic a nightmare all the way through.
The new rules mean that anyone caught using their mobile phone
behind the wheel now get a ?200 fine and six point on the licence.
New drivers get their licence revoked.
Eleven people were stopped during this morning's operation.
This 19-year-old told me why he was using his
I was just trying to find a garage to get my tyre changed
I didn't know the law was changing but he just informed me it is.
There have been several high-profile crashes involving drivers
Thomash Crowcer was jailed for ten years after his actions led
to the death of a mother and three children.
And earlier this week, BBC's Inside Out broadcast
the moment a driver who killed a man in a head-on crash met his
I'll never forget it, ever, and I can never say sorry enough.
But every time I say sorry I'm thinking it's bit cheap.
It's just not good enough but I am...
Thames Valley Police said it would continue to hold sting
operations to crack down on the problem.
The fact that we've caught 11 motorists today in just
People need to get the message, do not use your mobile
Switch it off, put it in the glove box, put it in the boot.
From next Wednesday, drivers using their phones
in the Thames Valley region will no longer be offered a course
as an alternative to a fixed penalty notice.
They hope it will encourage people to send their texts, outside,
An RAF pilot has been cleared at a court martial
of lying to investigators, after the military passenger jet
he was flying from Brize Norton went into a nose dive.
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Townsend had been accused of lying
in a technical log and service inquiry, when he initially claimed
the incident had been caused by a technical fault.
At a hearing in Wiltshire, he's been cleared of two counts
of perjury and one count of making a false record.
Thames Valley Police is hoping to recruit 200 new officers -
as part of their latest recruitment drive.
Candidates must have two A-level grades, A to E,
The Force says it's lowered the requirement from two
higher grade A-levels, following recent proposals
It's also encouraging applicants from minority backgrounds,
Now, it was last Autumn when a 37 tonne lorry got stuck trying
The driver had ignored a three tonne weight limit,
causing serious damage to the crossing, months of delays
to drivers and hundreds of thousands of pounds of lost trade
Now, a six week campaign has started, checking vehicles aren't
But it is causing some conclusion. -- some confusion.
Van after van, car after car, being turned around at Marlow Bridge
this morning for exceeding the three tonne weight limit.
In the last half an hour there have been 13.
It's part of a police operation after a 37 tonne lorry got
stuck trying to cross the bridge in September.
The resulting damage and testing meant the bridge
While some drivers intending to cross Marlow Bridge Today
were blatantly in excess of the 3 tonne limit, many car drivers
were adamant they weren't breaking the rules.
Many were confused abut the maximum gross weight of their vehicles -
that's the capacity of their vehicle full of people and fuel.
This car could be if it was full of passengers
but I know that it's not overweight at the moment and I know it's not
oversized at the moment so I figured I wasn't breaking the law..."
"Hello i'm atraid you're too heavy to go over the bridge....erm well
I looked up the weight of my car and and it's under three tonnes.
Do you mind turning here and we''ll clarify that but I believe an x5
I've got a BMW and I think it is max.
Last autumn's bridge closure cost businesses
And the rerouted traffic caused long tailbacks on the A404 affecting
very old and the idea of the weight limit is try and reduced
the amount of maintenance and regular wear and tear.
What this operation is about is stopping the overweight
vehicles so we do keep the wear and tear down and that reduces
For the next 6 weeks police will be stopping overweight vehicles
from crossing marlow bridge - in future, drivers who ignore
the limit will have to pay a fifty-pound fine.
Oxford Bus Company is warning passengers to expect disruption
to services because of strike action in the coming days.
It's been unable to reach a deal with the Unite union
in a disagreement over pay during Christmas last year.
Strikes are scheduled tomrroow and next Monday.
It's as the company has seen a drop in passenger numbers,
which it's blaming on redevelopment of the Westgate Shopping Centre.
We're really disappointed and we do apologise to our customers
that their days are going to be inconvenienced on
We do hope that a resolution can be found and we wish to enter
meaningful discussions with Unite to try and bring this dispute
If you live in central or North Oxford you may bump
into some of England's rugby stars this week.
The squad are staying in the city for a training camp.
Eddie Jones's men are currently top of the Six Nations table but don't
England's finest being put through their paces this morning.
The squad will be staying and training in Oxford this week.
Their home away from home, the Randolph Hotel and
It's brilliant that they've come back to Teddy's.
And wonderful for us that they are out there
on our fields, training, using our facilities and so on.
A close encounter causing much excitement for the pupils.
They are achieving their goals by training really hard,
it shows to students at our school that they can in fact
achieve their goals and use them in their sporting endeavours.
It's created a massive buzz around the school when you have your role
models and idols training down the pitches near us,
it's amazing to see just how hard they train and what they do
So what have the visitors made of the city so far?
It's a brilliant place to come and train.
We're staying here in the centre of the city, the school have been
As you see in training this morning, I think they enjoyed having
the England team training there as well.
So what to expect to get out of the week?
We expect a great week's training, intense preparation as we get ready
But despite the sights on offer, it's very much
That's the only thing we are really concentrating on now,
we know what happened before and last week but it has worked well
for us so far in this Six Nations and in the tours before.
Our focus is what comes up in front of us.
Our training weeks are getting better, we are getting more
physical and quicker, the boys are getting better for it.
It's only a matter of time before we do get on that pitch
and everything is flying at the same time.
England is the only team left that could win the Grand Slam.
Next up, Scotland on the 11th of March.
Oxford United are 90 minutes away from Wembley,
They're away to Luton tonight in the semi-final of the EFL Trophy.
Last year more that 30,000 Oxford fans
saw their team lose in the final of the same competition.
Tonight's game is live on BBC Radio Oxford from 7pm.
I'm back again with headlines at 8pm and another bulletin at 10.30pm.
Sally Taylor is next with the rest of today's news stories.
says it's committed to supporting the academy
Later, concern for a charity helping amputees -
and why useful equipment may have to be dumped.
The train drivers' union ASLEF has resumed talks
They're discussing the ongoing dispute over
A previous deal between union bosses and the rail company was rejected
Yesterday, the conductors union - the RMT - announced it
will stage another 24-hour walkout next month.
Now for some good news about a story we've been following.
When May Brown from Weymouth was diagnosed with Leukaemia
she explored all avenues to find a stem cell donor who
It seemed hopeless, until she found out her sister was a match.
But then her sister - Martha - was refused permission to travel
A petition signed by 60,000 people helped to get the decision
reversed and tonight we can tell you that the procedure has taken
Our reporter James Ingham is with the sisters in Weymouth.
The stem cell transplant has taken place and a couple weeks later it
seems to be a success. May, how you feeling? I'm feeling great. I feel
really fine from the last time I was very ill. How do you feel about
which assisted that view? -- about what your sister did for you? What
can you say to somebody who saved your life? I'm feeling very happy I
was able to help save my sister 's life and that it is accomplished.
This nearly didn't happen when the Home Office said your sister
couldn't travel to the UK. Had did that make you feel at the time? I
felt very upset that they couldn't better in the UK. This is somebody
who could help save my life. This was your only chance really. Yes,
the doctor said if I did not have that stem cell I would not see
Christmas, I would die. So I felt really upset and scared at the same
time. Then there was a campaign to try to get the decision reversed.
60,000 people signed it. I felt overwhelmed and grateful that people
could actually come out, members of the public, and show so much love to
somebody had not met and signed a position to help save my life. We
wish you well for your continued company and master after you return
home to Nigeria. -- Martha, for your return home to Nigeria.
A charity which supports amputees by recycling walking aids
and prosthetic limbs is facing closure - after losing
Limbcare, which is based in Camberley - sends
the old items around the world, helping those in need
But it fears if it doesn't find somewhere else to keep the items -
I became a quad amputee in 1987 at the age of 32.
I thought there's no charity that really does what I need
to do to get help and support for myself and the family.
Ray Edwards is the UK's longest surviving quadruple amputee.
He has met the Queen, Princess Anne and endured
the struggle of learning to walk again, but now Ray has
These were in our old storage which we had to get out of.
If we didn't have this space, this type of item or all these items
Limbcare gets calls every week from right around the country
offering mobility aids and even whilst we were filming,
volunteer Tony arrived with more wheelchairs.
But storage is not the only problem facing the chairty,
Not only have they been told they have to give up their storage
facility they've been told they have to move from their Head office too.
Unfortunately the landlord has decided to sell the property
which of course was lovely free of charge offices.
Not only do we need storage for storing the stuff,
Many of the wheelchairs and mobility scooters
are repaired and re distributed through the charitys
Down the road in Farnborugh we meet Kenneth.
His mobility scooter was saved from being dumped,
I love going out in the sun to Aldershot and back again.
As the donations keep on coming its getting
It's hoped more storage and a new home for limbacre will be
found soon so the charity can keep on moving.
And now the sport with Lewis Coombes.
It was a night of what could have been for Brighton. Newcastle and
Brighton head-to-head in the chance for Brighton to lay a marker down
and try to win the title and get promotion.
For the winners, it was billed as 'a huge step towards promotion' -
for the losers a case of opportunity missed.
Brighton went in to their top-of-the table clash with Newcastle knowing
victory would take them nine points clear of third in the race
They ended the night looking over their shoulder.
The Championship's best home record against its best away performer.
Two titans of this year's title race both aiming for top spot.
Ciarran Clark judged to have hauled Glenn Murray to the floor early on.
Murray himself tuned in - to make the Toon pay.
The most critical penalty of the season so far. The keeper could do
little about a freaky equaliser with nine minutes to go.
Mo Diame's heel...knew little about its decisive touch.
As comical, as it was pivitol....You'd laugh if the goal
Now fuelled by momentum...Subsitute Perez punished Albion further
...Leaving the Geordies to laud it at the top of the Championship.
Brighton now have the Terriers of Huddersfield biting at their heels.
Only six points behind with a game in hand.
It was good in the first half but then Newcastle really came back in
the second half. Disappointed. Can you say? Where do they go from here?
They keep their confidence and keep on and go for it and they can do
foot. -- they can do it. Elsewhere in the Football League,
Swindon's second win on the bounce helped
their fight against relegation. After falling behind,
three second-half goals, including this from Jon Obika -
moved the Robins to MK Dons twice let the lead
slip away at Bradford. Goals from Stuart O'Keefe
and George William's miss-hit cross While in League Two,
Portsmouth's promotion charge Kal Naismith's 6th of the season
deservedly put Pompey in front, only for former Southampton defender
Lee Molyneux to level Good luck tonight to Oxford
who play at Luton in the Chekatrade Trophy Semi Final -
the U's one win away from Wembley. Kick off at 1945, commenatry
on BBC Radio Oxford. Bournemouth's Polish
goalkeeper Artur Boruc has announced his retirement
from international football. The 37-year-old said in a statement
the time is right to concentrate Sussex cricketers Tymal Mills
and Luke Wright have pulled out of the Pakistan Super League final
in Lahore, citing safety fears. The pair had helped
'Quetta Gladiators' reach the final with all previous rounds held
in the United Arab Emirates. But with the final itself
being held in Pakistan, both announced on social media
they felt with a high threat of terrorism it
"was not worth the risk". A difficult decision on that one.
Newcastle play Huddersfield max. They are inferred soulfully another
chance to get the top that league. -- they are stirred so hopefully
another chance to get to the top of that league. -- third.
Young patients at St Richard's hospital in West Sussex have been
The team at Rolls-Royce have built an electric car for children
to drive between the ward and the operating theatre.
Nurses and parents say it'll help make hospital
Eight-year-old Molly was a way around the theatre. Now she will
travel to the theatre and stealth. I feel rich when I drive it and I feel
really good. This car will give children a lot
more than what they come here. This car at five and a half foot long is
the smallest Rolls-Royce in the world and the detail that has gone
into the design means it is far from being a toy. The laser cut and
engraved in-house badge is on the front and a miniature Rolls-Royce
numberplate on the fact. The car was custom-built to give children the
paediatric wards are left. For this seminal boy it does more. How do you
feel when you drive this car? Happy. -- seven-year-old boy. The nurses
are pleased it does not have horn but are pleased it is a distraction.
The excitement when they come can override their fear of coming into
hospital. The car is already making hospital visits into memories. Who
else keeps a roller for a runaround? Dear Rolls-Royce. My journey home
would be much less daunting if I had a nice electric Rolls-Royce. Do you
think I'll get it? Onto the weather. Alexis, I don't like it. We have a
good day in store for you tomorrow. This the first day of meteorological
spring but in the astronomical characters calendar it falls on the
20th of March. -- calendar. Also a very sunny picture in Lymington in
Hampshire. But a good deal of cloud across much of the region and this
was the scene in Berkshire. Through the course of the night we are
expecting a few clear spells in one of two showers. The main feature
tonight is the winds. All the higher ground and the coastal could have
some deals. Gusts of 40 mph and across the south coast of the Isle
of Wight of 50 mph. A chance of a few showers and temperatures tonight
will fall waited three Celsius to five Celsius. -- will fall away.
Through the course of the morning we will see some lovely sunny
conditions. Slightly more cloud the further north you are here. We may
have the odd shower. Showers are likely almost anywhere tomorrow. The
winds will ease throughout the afternoon. A high tomorrow of 9
degrees to 11 degrees tomorrow. It will be very springlike conditions
tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow night we will have increasing cloud ahead
of the arrival of a band of rain moving up the south. This will
become quite torrential during the early hours of Friday morning.
Temperatures falling awake to around 4 degrees to seven Celsius. The
winds will be fairly light saw this band of rain will be slow to clear
northwards through Friday morning. We hope it will clear mid to late
morning in most places but falling it will be a few showers. They will
be fairly scattered. Outbreaks of light and patchy rain in the early
afternoon. Low pressure is not far away. That weather will clear during
Friday into the evening. The weekend looks fairly dry during Saturday but
chance of rain showers on Sunday. Tomorrow is a lovely sunny day.
Enjoy the sunshine because through Friday global of rain in the
morning. The breeze coming in from the south. A breezy day on Saturday
that should be mainly dry during daylight hours. The chance of the
odd shower here and there. On Sunday we are looking at a mixture of sunny
spells and scattered showers. We all have the car. -- coughed.
Jane Austen: this year marks 200 years since the author's death
and tomorrow we will be live at the Jane Austen House