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Ask yourself how you'd feel to lose someone so special.


That's the plea from a man appealing for help


after his mother was killed by a gang in Milton


Six men broke into the home of Hang Yin Leung, pinning her down


The 65-year-old died of her injuries ten days later.


Police are treating her death as murder.


To me, what's been taken cannot be replaced.


So, please, if you have any information on the events that took


place on the 31st of January, please contact Crimestoppers


Today, Keith Leung paid tribute to his mother,


and spoke of the lifelong friend he had lost.


I'll just remember her as somebody that was bubbly and energetic,


as the way that she would want to be remembered.


Mrs Leung's house in Orne Gardens, Milton Keynes, was picked out


by the gang of six men who returned on the 31st of January.


It was on this night they forced their way inside,


Police today were keen to stress that this is no longer a burglary


but a murder investigation and they are appealing


for the public's help to find those responsible.


I'd ask anybody who has travelled between Milton Keynes


and Aylesbury on that evening, Tuesday the 31st of January,


between 6:30pm and 9:30pm, if they've noticed a car driving


erratically, dangerously, with possibly up to six


persons in that vehicle, to please contact the police.


The thieves that targeted Mrs Leung's home took a number


of possessions including a Gold Oyster Rolex


and her long-service police medal from Hong Kong.


Police want to hear from anyone who may have information about these


items and wish to reassure the public that a team of 30


officers are dedicated to catching those responsible.


Oxford Bus Company says it ran 80% of its


services as normal today despite strike action


by hundreds of drivers, a claim disputed by the Unite union.


But tonight both sides are saying they're willing to enter into talks.


Away from the delays and cancellations, there was one


benefit for passengers - a flat fare of ?1.


William Davies joined the morning and evening commuters to find out


8:00am, morning rush hour in Headington.


Fewer buses than normal, longer queues and disgruntled


commuters texting in to say they'll be late.


Most routes run by the Oxford Bus company were running -


although with limited service - but some were cancelled entirely.


I was waiting for the X90, as I usually do in the morning,


but I'm surprised to find out there's a strike and there's


There are two bus companies operating in the city.


Stagecoach drivers are not involved in this dispute,


so although their buses were busier than usual, people were still


11am, Cowley Road, after the rush hour -


Today's strike is over pay and especially pay on bank holidays -


whether or not the 27th of December and the 2nd of January should be


classified as such if the previous days fall on the weekend,


The company says no, the drivers on strike, yes.


It's not all about the money, it's about the strength of feeling


of what he's doing because he's beginning to attack their


Having this action is no good for anybody.


I've been in daily contact with the Unite regional officer this


week, either by e-mail or telephone, and I will do so again today.


I do hope we can enter into meaningful discussions.


1:00pm here in Kidlington and, as you can see, there's no one


waiting at this bus stop, an indication perhaps


that the impact of today's strike hasn't been too severe on people


5:00pm, St Giles' bus stops and buses are full.


Both sides in this dispute blame each other for holding up talks,


but for passengers the real hold up is getting home.


Three Thames Valley Police officers have been disciplined following


A panel decided PC David Stamp, PC Hugh Flanagan and PC Caroline Irwin,


seen here walking at the back, did not warn drivers of the dangers


on the A413 near Great Missenden after a car accident in March 2014.


This led to a further crash in which two people died.


The officers have given official warnings and will


-- have been given official warnings.


An inquest into the deaths of the two drivers


A council chairman in Oxfordshire has been thrown out of the ruling


Conservative group after criticising planners.


Last night, saw residents in Sonning Common protesting over


plans to build one hundred homes - when they'd agreed to just 26.


Paul Harrison from South Oxfordshire District Council said planning


officers were "too keen" to approve housing developments.


A short time ago, our political reporter Bethan Phillips told me


Well, lots of areas in our region have agreed neighbourhood plans.


Sonning Common voted on theirs last year -


deciding on where homes can be built.


One field was supposed to have 26 homes on it.


But then a planning application came forward for 95 homes.


And there was outrage from residents when officers from


South Oxfordshire District Council recommended that for approval,


saying it would provide much-needed affordable homes.


Campaigners went along to the decision meeting last night


to protest and in the end councillors did refuse


But the chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council had


made comments at a previous meeting which have led to him being excluded


He said that planning officers were too keen to push


through applications - and he's standing by his comments.


Certain councillors there did not like me criticising officers


But I'm not prepared, as an individual, to cover up


The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, John Cotton,


has said the comments were totally unacceptable, they amounted


to personal attacks on officers and that's why he's been excluded


Is this raising even more questions about these neighbourhood plans?


Well, there is huge pressure for councils


to get homes built to deal with the housing crisis.


And I think this case may well make other areas nervous about how


robust their neighbourhood plans are - albeit councillors did


It does also feed in to wider concerns about


The charity Shelter says it's producing high-value,


poor-quality homes, rather than much-needed starter houses.


A tribunal has ruled Oxford City Council is able


to charge leaseholders for renovation work to the tower


Residents who own their flats are disputing bills of up to ?50,000


for work to five buildings in Blackbird Leys,


But they say they were under no illusion that the charges


A three-day hearing to determine how much they have to pay


Pupils at a school near Reading have been getting to know


their new classmates - a herd of goats.


They're not the first students to get hands on experience -


the Warriner school in Bloxham runs a farm.


But there was no denying the excitement in Earley.


Joe Campbell has been finding out more.


Most schools would be content with a couple of gerbils,


maybe a hamster or a rabbit, but not here.


When I heard that there are goats in our school,


I thought it was just, like, a joke because you don't


Even though there are a bit smelly, they are really fun to take care of.


The goats first arrived here back in September.


Since then, they've become very much at home.


The youngsters have learned how to do take care of the goats.


And looking after these new kids has been something


I've learned a lot, I've made some mistakes and it's


All the children know which one's the naughty one,


But it now looks like the goats are here to stay.


I'm back with headlines at 8:00pm and another bulletin at 10:30pm.


Sally Taylor and the team are next with the rest


of today's news stories - including Oxford United


heading off to Wembley after a thrilling win last night.


After today's glorious sunshine, there's a scent of spring in the air


but sadly, that's going to be washed away with the arrival of rain.


Hampshire and Sussex Police have both been judged to "require


improvement" in a report by Her Majesty's


The forces have been told they need to raise standards on keeping people


It says it's "unacceptable" that two-thirds of Hampshire's


investigations into domestic abuse don't progress, because the victim


Sussex was found to be "inconsistent" in the quality


Portsmouth has been named as one of 11 locations that has submitted


a bid to become the UK City of Culture for 2021.


The city is of course most well known for its rich naval heritage.


And how can it beat off competition from the likes


Edward Sault is live at Gunwharf Quays.


Ed, this isn't the first time Portsmouth has thrown


Portsmouth and Southampton joined forces in the past to become UK


cities of culture the 2017 but unfortunately, it was not meant to


be and they did not make the short list, Hull and Leicester battled it


out instead. Portsmouth have regrouped and they want to go it


alone in 2021 and they are pretty convinced they can make a go of it.


Do you think you can win it this time?


If you're not in it, you can't win it anyway, can you?


So our view is that we feel we have such a lot to offer in this city.


We have got huge areas of deprivation.


To be able to regenerate those areas would be just wonderful.


And of course, this would help immensely.


Of course, this is something that brings in millions of pounds


?3 million alone is guaranteed by the Heritage Lottery fund.


So what's Portsmouth got that its competitors don't?


I've been asking people in the city today.


I think they've got a great football club.


And you can tell by the fan base what it's all about, really.


Massive naval history, military history, beautiful Guildhall,


I can't put it in words. I just love it!


Some came for the America's Cup, of course, and some come


for Victoria's festival, so we're beginning to get more


of a reputation and I think to build on those things,


to bring people into Portsmouth and see what we can offer


to the nation, well, to the world, it would be a really


Well, Hull is the current title holder.


At the beginning of this year, they had a huge fireworks display


to celebrate the start of their year as City of Culture.


Hull's had over ?1 billion of investment as a result.


But what has Portsmouth got to do to win? They had this piece of advice


from Hull earlier. What I would say to Portsmouth


and what we learned, an awful lot of the world's history


was made a new waterfront an awful lot of the world's history


was made on your waterfront and your communities were shaped


by what happened on the waterfront. And it's about celebrating that


and really projecting just what Portsmouth did and what Hull


has done for the world. And I'm sure that Portsmouth


will want a piece of Hull's success. 11 cities vying for the prize which


will be narrowed down to two. Portsmouth will be keeping their


fingers crossed that they finally make the short list. Back to you.


Ed, thank you and good luck to Portsmouth.


It was the place where she wrote or revised all of her novels.


Jane Austen lived in a red brick house in Chawton


in Hampshire for eight years, until shortly before


For her fans, the house - now a museum - has always offered


a glimpse into the kind of life she led.


But now, as the bicentenary of her death is marked,


the interior has been recreated to make it even more authentic.


James Ingham is live at the house now.


It is quite something to be standing in the very room where one


of our most cherished authors penned her great works,


This is the table where Jane Austin were dashed down to and right after


breakfast every day, novels like Pride And Prejudice. The house has


been a museum since the 1940s but is still revealing its secrets. Tiny


fragments of Regency wallpaper founded out of the way corners in


the house have allowed curators to reinterpret the interior and these


little fragments tell a fascinating tale about the life of the Austin


family. -- Jane Austen's family. Specialist decorators and restorers


have been working hard to refurbish Jane Austen's home,


paying close attention to detail. This wallpaper has been recreated


by architectural historians, based on what was left


of the original, but it There was a motif in this one


which they could not make sense of. And after some puzzling,


they realised that there was a manufacturing fault


in this paper. This meant it was probably


a second, and cheaper. Wallpaper was an expensive


and heavily-taxed luxury There was a missing detail,


which meant the paper There's a central motif that looks


a bit like a little spider. That was meant to


have a rosebud there. The person who was hanging the paper


didn't have that to go on. If it had been there,


he would have understood immediately To commemororate the bicentenary,


the museum also has These are two of the treasures,


a gold and turquoise ring, and this. The three-volume first edition


of Pride And Prejudice, And she described her first bound


copy as "my own darling child". Pictures have been hung on the walls


this afternoon and overseeing all that is the curator, Mary, who joins


me again now. Tell me a bit more about your plans to celebrate the


bison centenary. It is a very important year for the Jane Austin


community and the museum. We are delighted with the way the houses


looking after two months of redecorating. But we have got plans


to do much more in the future. After we have raised the money. This year,


we have launched Jane's Fund, a big public appeal for the funds that


will allow us to undertake vital repairs, and we will then roll out


the redecoration through the house. It is such an old house, I imagine


there's a lot of structural work to do as well as decoration. It is,


there's a lot of work in different areas of the house and it is a grade


one listed building so it needs to be done very carefully. Thank you


for joining us. The house reopens after two months tomorrow at


10:30am. I'm sure everyone here is ready for an influx of guests keen


to see some of the changes that have been made.


And Chawton is just one of the locations in the south


which will be celebrating Jane Austen's life and work


I'm sure you know all the others. And it has a nice tea room.


I've been there, very recently. You know all the best


tearooms. And where they serve the best cake.


Tony is here with the sport. In a moment, we will meet our 85 Rod


cricketer, Jean. I'm looking forward to that. A great character who


embodies what community sport is all about. But first, Wembley last


weekend and more coming. Oxford United have booked


another trip to Wembley. They'll play Coventry on April 2nd


in the Checkatrade Trophy. The competition was controversial


this season as for the first time, Premier League and Championship


sides could field Under-23 teams. It led to some farcical moments


in the early rounds but ultimately two lower league clubs


are in the final as The sweet sound of the final


whistles. Oxford United are still in the hunt for promotion from League


1, but they already have a date at Wembley in their diaries. They came


through a tricky semifinal at Luton, a scrambled effort from Phil Edwards


and a deflected shot from Marvin Johnson put the visitors firmly on


course for a second successive trip to the National Stadium. I must


admit, it's different to last year, it is a fantastic feeling to get


there. Last year was more, probably getting there than actually


thinking, what we were going to do once we were there. This year, we've


got the opportunity to play another showcase final. Now we want to go


ahead and win it. It was a nervous night as the Hatters refused to roll


over. Isaac Vassell reduced the deficit and then former Oxford


striker Danny Hylton equalised with just eight minutes to go. The tie


looked set for penalties but United's Magic Johnson still had


something left in the box of tricks. I had nothing in my mind other than


try to hit the target and I caught it well. Getting to Wembley,


arguably the most famous football stadium in the world, what does it


mean? It's massive, I've not played there before so it would be good for


me but obviously, quite a few of the boys went there last year and it


ended in disappointment so they have a second chance to correct it. Last


year's finals are an exodus of over 30,000 fans from Oxfordshire. The


match against Barnsley ended in defeat. This year's game against


Coventry on the 2nd of April second chance at national silverware. Ross


Eden, South Today. Now it's time to meet the country's


oldest blind cricketer. Jean Sparrowhawk from Dorset didn't


intend to start playing cricket in her retirement,


but she soon found it was more interesting them some of the more


mundane parts of life. Training hard with


the Dorset Dolphins. It's not what 85-year-old


Jean Sparrowhawk envisaged I have a great retirement


because I don't do any of the things I ought to do like ironing


or dusting or any of those things. Jean is the oldest visually impaired


cricketer in the country. She tried archery after losing her


sight and the retired headteacher is now a fixture


on the cricket field. But I had no intention of ever


playing proper cricket. I thought their cricket


was the sort that I would play with my grandchildren


or my children, you know, on the beach or in


the local park, not, Dolphins play in the Southwest


Development League. Every player must have


at least 50% impairment so there are various


keys to success. Did you see us playing,


and if you think it is an aggressive sport at times with the way we shout


but again, a lot of They all have loud voices so that


if I'm fielding, Sam particularly, I often field near him,


he shouts in a loud So I know it is coming


in my direction. On the global stage,


England's team recently lofted On the global stage,


England's team recently lost a World Cup semifinal


against Pakistan but here in Dorset, proof that the sport brings a lot


more than just competition I would say, if anyone suggests that


you have a go, have a go at it! Quite right, too, have a go if


anyone asks you and she's a great example for all of us at 85 years


old. Great to meet her. Staying with cricket now.


Sussex Cricket have reported a small profit in their latest


A decline in match income was offset by a strong commercial


The club's profit for the year was ?1000 but represents


an improvement after posting a loss of ?139,000 in the year to 2015.


Chairman Jim May says the club is in good shape.


You may remember we featured the junior golfers from Romsey


in Hampshire, who were off to represent England


in the home nations tournament being staged in the Algarve.


Well, the seven-strong team finished runners-up,


winning through the knockout stages only to fall just short


against another English club, Beadlow Manor from Bedfordshire.


The final was halved but they lost on holes won in the match.


Rather frustrating for them, a tough way to lose, not even a play-off!


No, but how well do they do! And a great early golfing performance.


Hundreds of pupils in Basingstoke are hoping to get into


the Guinness Book of World Records by getting hit in the


The Costello School hopes to create "The Longest Pie Train" to raise


Determined to get it right, the students pied each other


in slapstick Mexican-wave style today, as a rehearsal ahead


More than 250 people are needed to break the record.


When you get hit, it is just like the adrenaline just wants you to do


it to someone else. Watching everyone else go, and then me, I was


like "Seriously, do I have to do this?" It's not bad, went in my face


and was disgusting. It's not like gone off ice cream.


And don't forget, if you're doing something funny


for money for Comic Relief, let us know ahead of


And the obvious link would be cream pies, now, wouldn't it? I was going


to start at present and then move down. I have to do the weather with


custard pie? And get paid lots of money for it. I tell you what, they


wanted 250 people to break the record and they have 249, Alexis.


Great minds think alike! Let's get onto the weather. That is far more


important. Lovely day today and sadly it is all


over because we're going to see some rain. These were the blue skies over


Gosport in lunchtime. John Booth but took this picture of a daffodil in


the sunshine at head end. And Martin took this of the sand dunes at West


wittering. Stand-by, Alexis, here come the pies!


Not yet. Lovely blue sky overhead today but tonight we are looking at


the arrival of rain. Clear skies initially so the first part of the


night, temperatures at their lowest, and they will start to rise by Dawn.


The cloud and rain will arrive and it could be heavy at times in the


early hours of the morning. There will be a wet rush-hour drive to


work. Temperatures falling to a mild five, to seven Celsius. Quite a


soggy start to tomorrow. The rain slowly but surely moving northwards.


The wind will pick up with the rainfall and it will clear eastern


part of the region in the afternoon but through parts of Dorset and


Wiltshire, still the likelihood we will see rain during the afternoon,


mainly light and patchy with the odd moderate burst and the front still


lingering through part of Oxfordshire and gusty shared through


the latter part of tomorrow afternoon. Highs of 9-11. A wet end


to the day for many other rain showers will continue during the


early hours of the morning on Saturday. But drying out by Dawn on


Saturday so dry start to the weekend. Lowes tomorrow night of


7-8. The breeze coming in from the south, drawing in milder air from


the near continent. A cloudy day on Saturday in general. There will be


the odd shower and low pressure starts to slowly pull away. That may


bring one or two scattered showers but for the bulk of the day it


should be mainly dry and we will see some bright or sunny spells,


possibly more clout than sunshine and there will be some rain.


Saturday night in the early hours of Sunday morning. Saturday is probably


the best day of the weekend. Taking a look ahead to the rest of the week


and into next, Friday, tomorrow, rain at times which could be heavy


for the rush-hour drive to work. The winds will pick up with the


rainfall. Saturday mainly cloudy with some bright spell through the


day, the risk of the odd isolated shower. Quite soggy on Sunday with


rain at times which could be heavy and places. And the chance also some


thunderstorms tomorrow night. Sally? That is it from us, more again at


eight o'clock and then 10:30pm and we are at tomorrow morning. --


tomorrow evening. Join us if you can at 6:30pm. Good night.


WHISTLING: Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II


the gap between the richest and everyone else


And while the funding for our schools and hospitals is being cut,


many of the largest companies and wealthiest individuals


And the tax dodgers are getting away with it


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