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how far can authorities go to clean up our polluted air?


Police and the football authorities investigate,


as a non-league football match is abandoned following


A family tradition lost in the post -


the birthday card sent between father and daughter for over


First tonight, the head of the World Health Organisation


says more than 90% of the world's population


breathes poor-quality air, presenting a greater health problem


But this isn't only a problem for Beijing, Rio de Janiero


Cherwell District Council has estimated as many as 10%


of adult deaths in Oxfordshire may be due to air pollution.


Toxic pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, particularly from diesel


vehicles, are at dangerously high levels in many towns and cities.


Oxfordshire's lead GP for respiratory conditions thinks air


condition is having a direct effect. People come and see me and say they


have been much better until they came to Oxford city, whereupon they


got their symptoms back. Equally you will find people who have struggled


to control their asthma and then they moved back home or go away from


the Thames Valley only to discover their symptoms get better. Pollution


levels in Oxford have been cut by a third over the past decade but the


city and county councils want to do more. One idea is to create a zero


emission zone, only accessible to electric vehicles, cyclists and


pedestrians. It has to go in those streets where pollution is


dangerously high. It has worked very successfully in the high street


where we say only buses during the daytime so it is a similar sort of


thing. People are used to not ringing their cars into Oxford and


it will have to continue. It is not just the city. Pollution targets are


being breached in 11 areas across Oxfordshire, including the market


town of Wallingford. Here there are proposals to close the main ridge to


try to reduce the amount of vehicles travelling through the time but the


idea has divided opinion. I think closing it will be really difficult


for a awful lot of people. It will certainly make it more pleasant


walking across the bridge so maybe it will be a good idea. It is a


possibility if it helps but I am not sure it will be as convenient as we


all want. Environmental campaigners say lives are at risk if not -- if


more action is not taken to cut emissions. We are specifically


talking about the air quality management action zone in the centre


of town which has had a legally toxic limits that break the EU


directives for 12 years. -- illegally. Back in Oxford,


councillors said attitudes to how we get around need to change. It is


investing in electric charging points and hopes zero emission zone


will be in place by 2020. So what does all this


pollution do to us? Earlier I spoke to Dr Matt Loxham,


who studies airborne pollution So when we inhale air pollution,


and it's this mixture of particles and gases,


what it does is it enters our lungs, and it can cause our lungs


to become inflamed. Now, in people who are otherwise


healthy, they might just get a cough or a sore throat,


but in people who are at risk, and this can be asthmatics,


it can be very young people, very old people, we see a whole


range of health effects that we wouldn't see if they weren't


in polluted environments, things like asthma attacks,


heart attacks, strokes, they are all linked to exposure


to air pollution, and right across the life course,


from very young children to elderly people, you see these affects of air


pollution that you wouldn't see When we cover stories


like this we often bombard Is there really a safe


level of pollution? That is one of the things


we are pretty sure about, there is no safe limit,


so however low it goes, as long as there is pollution there,


it's still damaging your health. The good news is that if you make


any reduction it will result in an improvement to health,


so any reduction is better than nothing but there's


always further you can go. Lots being said today about,


for example, the effect What would you say to those


arguments, about maybe banning The first question is,


do diesel vehicles have an affect? Diesel vehicles are probably


the major polluters They're by no means the only


polluters but pollution from diesel vehicles can constitute a large


amount of air pollution, but banning them is very difficult,


because if you ban people who bought diesel cars in good faith


from using their cars, how are they going to


replace their cars? Maybe you want them to use


public transport, what if there isn't public


transport provision? It becomes apparent very quickly


that this is a really complex difficult to solve without really


joined-up thinking. So in brief there is no


straightforward one bullet It's got to involve a lot


of joined-up thinking, a lot of activity from a wide range


of contributors, whether this is big companies and big organisations


or people at the individual level as well, and it's got to involve


commitment from all of those groups of society as well, and only


then, with all this joined-up work, will we really see a major impact


on air quality in our cities. So no one thing can change


the air pollution levels, but many want to try


and do something. Milton Keynes has been given


?9 million by the Government to cut vehicle emissions and to get


everyone driving electric. David Whitely has been to the town


to see how many people have plugged A quarter of a million people


live in Milton Keynes, The population is predicted


to double in the next few years. Milton Keynes is one of four places


in the UK to get government funds The aim is to reduce harmful


emissions and also cut the carbon footprint, but just how realistic is


all of this? I have come to quiz the council's


head of transport innovation. The take-up of people buying


electric cars in this country at this current moment isn't that


great, only a few thousand, compared to millions of traditional


style cars being driven. There's a long way to


go yet, isn't there? There is a long way to go,


but results are showing that by having this type of investment


and thinking that We've seen over the past 12 months


200% increase in the number You are right, it is small numbers,


we've gone from 220 to 660, It's not just private road


users that are being Milton Keynes has the country's


first wirelessly charged electric bus service and it's pushing


for more of its 1200 taxis Say everybody in Milton Keynes


overnight decided to change their vehicle to an electric vehicle


the next day, how would we cope with that in this country


with our electricity production? If you did that at that


sort of speed you'd have You'd overtax the electricity


distribution system. But we've also been working


here in Milton Keynes on smart energy systems,


where you can actually have more flexible grids that can cope


with the demands on electric vehicles, so for example we've had


some work done with ourselves at the Open University on how people


can charge their electric vehicles from their solar


panels on the house, and that helps to stop any


stress on the electricity Other news now, and officials


at Didcot Town Football Club are counting the cost after a pitch


invasion by away supporters saw their stadium vandalised


and players abused. The match against league leaders


Hereford descended into chaos in the 87th minute when


the visitors went 2-1 ahead. Fans invaded the patch and match


officials abandoned the game. Fans and stewards spill


from the terraces and onto the turf, in a scene more resembling


of a bar-room brawl Today staff at Didcot Town FC


were assessing the damage, after their home game with Hereford


FC turned into chaos. We were being battered at that time


so we knew we weren't And then all of a sudden


we saw a ruckus on the pitch, our goalkeeper


was surrounded by a few supporters and our own players trying


to protect him, and, yeah, This stadium has a capacity of more


than 3000 people but for Saturday's visit of Hereford


there was a gate of 796. Now, 700 of those were away


supporters, and all was fine, until the 87th minute,


when Hereford took the lead. Luckily we had TV footage available


to us, we had a company which was filming this game,


so we've got everything, in HD, wonderfully, so, yeah,


we'll be presenting that to the Southern League and the FA


when we're called upon to do that, and they hopefully have captured


everything that went on. Two men have been arrested


following the incident, and in a statement a spokesperson


for Hereford FC said... It's yet to be decided


if the result will stand, or whether a potential rematch will


be played, behind closed doors. Bus drivers in Oxford have gone


on strike for a second day in a dispute sparked


by Christmas pay. Unite union members


at the Oxford Bus Company are demanding payment for working


five holiday days over Christmas. For an update on the dispute,


earlier I spoke to our reporter David Lumb, who has been covering


the story. If you ever wanted an indication


of the strength of feeling around this, you could see it


quite clearly today. There were more than 100 workers


on the picket line - lots of them with placards,


flags, vuvuzelas. It was really, really


emotional and strong. A number of services


have been disrupted. They include the x90 bus service


between London and Oxford. The Unite union, which has been


backing these workers, says taking industrial action wasn't


a decision that was taken lightly. However, the passengers


and the public have been really We humbly apologise


for the disruption but at the end of the day you have to make a stand


and the only way you can make a stand is to do what the guys


and gals are doing behind me. On the face of this it's a dispute


about how much workers should get In practice, though,


the union says that that is just the straw that broke


the camel's back. It says workers have deep-rooted


frustrations about the pay and working conditions


they are having to deal with. I did speak to Phil Southall


from the Oxford Bus Company. He says that he's made


a number of offers, Well, today we've managed to get


around 90% of the service out. We are focusing on minimising


the inconvenience to our customers, so we've got a really good level


of service out, we've had more people coming to work


than we were expecting and therefore we have tried to minimise the impact


in what was very difficult Two more days of strike action have


been scheduled for next Friday Both sides say they hope


an agreement can be More than 100 people have


taken part in a women's The event in Cowley over


the weekend included practical workshops about improving


strength and flexibility, There were also talks from female


champions and local cycling clubs. Part of my journey in cycling has


been finding other women like me who are inspiring and encouraging


and I want to be able to share that Representation is also really


important when it comes to cycling, be it if you're a woman of colour,


if you're a woman of a certain age as well, it feels


like there shouldn't be any barriers to it, so having events


like this going on, like, across a whole weekend,


is amazing, to encourage about a family tradition


lost in the post - the birthday card sent between


father and daughter for over A former army officer from Sussex


has been shot dead in Kenya. Tristan Voorspuy was


the founder of the luxury He was killed by rural herdsmen


while inspecting one of The Foreign Office says


it is supporting his family. Southern Health is to face


prosecution over alleged failings The Care Quality Commission said it


follows an incident at Melbury Lodge at the Royal Hampshire


County Hospital in Winchester. In December 2015, a patient


suffered serious injuries The CQC said the alleged offence


by the trust was failing to provide A week after its principal resigned,


dozens of jobs are likely to go Bosses at the Isle of Portland


Aldridge Community Academy say they need to axe a minimum of


45 jobs to balance the books. It's currently facing


a deficit of ?2.6 million. In January the academy was rated


"inadequate" by Ofsted, with governors,


senior leaders and teachers The BBC's North America Editor


is giving a lecture at his former Jon Sopel, who started his career


at BBC Radio Solent was appointed Pro Chancellor


of Southampton University last year He covered the US presidential


elections for the BBC and tonight's talk focuses


on Donald Trump's election Donald Trump as a nominee, at the


candidate, as President, has defied every rule, has defied political


gravity, and you keep thinking, you can't say that, you can't do this,


he does, he has got a very strong support base, a lot of American


people love him. I'm sure a lot of people in Europe think he is not


going to last very long. I think you cannot say that at all.


What a time to be the BBC's North American correspondent!


On to sport, Tony is here. Feisty adult Trafford and we're talking


referees again? A week ago it was about the offside


law and we are talking about things officials did not actually see on


Saturday but of course, television cameras did and there could be a


price to pay for Bournemouth. Both Tyrone Mings and Zlatan


Ibrahimovic have been charged with violent conduct by the FA


and Mings is facing a lengthy ban after the pair clashed in Saturday's


1-1 draw at Old Trafford. An action-packed game was already


level at 1-1 after Marcus Rojo had put United in front,


only for the Cherries to equalise But just before half-time,


Mings appeared to stamp Moments later, the Swedish


striker threw an elbow Neither player was sanctioned at


the time, but in the ensuing fuss, Andrew Surman did see red


for his complaints. Ibrahimovic stayed on the pitch


but saw a second-half penalty saved, a big point for Bournemouth,


but at a cost. It was a good battle. You know what


you're going to get and it was a good battle all afternoon. On the TV


you can see the images. In my situation, I jumped up, I jump high,


I protect myself and I am unlucky, he jumps into me and he jumps into


my elbow. On many times this occasion happens, and I hope he did


not get injured. Quote of the weekend, he jumped into


my elbow! Southampton are up to tenth


in the Premier League after a 4-3 win at Watford


on Saturday. They fell behind early on


to Troy Deeney's well-taken goal, Dusan Tadic fired them level


from just inside the box. Then Nathan Redmond gave


them a half-time lead Southampton didn't capitalise


and Watford pulled the game level at 2-2, but new striker


Manolo Gabbiadini continued his terrific start as a Saint


when he followed up Redmond produced a classy finish


to make it four and although Watford pulled a goal back in the final


seconds, Claude Puel's side clinched From the Premier League


An above average 18,500 was at Reading's Madesjski Stadium -


they will hope for another bumper crowd tomorrow night


This wasn't a classic, but Yann Kermorgant put them


in front just after half-time with that deflected


It was a lead that would not last long.


Ben Marshall with the leveller for the visitors, and suddenly


But it was a set piece which provided the winner.


Jaap Stam still believes the play-offs are a long way off,


but Reading are fifth after Paul McShane's goal.


Brighton have had a bad week, beaten by Newcastle.


They slumped at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest.


This is a disputed goal, Zach Clough claiming it,


David Stockdale presented Forest with a second -


in the 89th minute, it was really game up after this moment.


Chris Hughton admitted the goals conceded were poor,


the third actually a spot kick, and today the news that Shane Duffy


is out injured for the next six weeks with a foot injury.


Tomorrow, they go to rock bottom Rotherham, defeat there unthinkable.


In League 2, what do you make of Portsmouth?


A big win at Carlisle last week, then a point from two home games


The winner there coming 13 minutes from time.


Elsewhere this weekend, Basingstoke Bison are just


a point off third in ice hockey's Premier League.


In the National League, struggling Worthing Thunder had


Lyonell Gaines scored 24 points as the Thunder won 67-60.


Reading Rockets are second after a 17th consecutive win.


And in rugby, a chance to bring you some London Irish pictures.


Irish, still based at Reading's Madejski Stadium,


made it 16 wins from 16 in the Championship when they won


20-14 at Yorkshire, including this try from Ben Franks,


keeping them on course for an immediate return


When the Americans entered the First World War in 1917,


they had a tiny, unsophisticated air force.


But they established five airbases in West Sussex, including one


It was a pivotal moment in the establishment


of what is widely known as the "special relationship"


But little is known about life on the bases, until now,


The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 sparked off rapid


improvements in aircraft design across Europe.


Basic observation planes were soon being replaced with faster,


it seems almost unbelievable, but when the United States into the


First World War, they were miles behind the British, Germans and


French in terms of aviation technology. They ended up having to


buy European planes, like this one. The Wright Brothers Wine in 1904 and


by 1914 you have advanced military aircraft. United States is way


behind the curve and it is only with the advent of the First World War


they begin to develop this area of technology. To try to catch up, the


Americans set up five airfields in West Sussex, including one here at


Tangmere, where pilots and ground crew could be trained.


In a century, life has turned full circle at Tangmere.


It was a farm, became an airbase in two world wars,


A great deal is known about Tangmere's role


in the Second World War, but details of what the Americans


did here in World War I are very sketchy, which is why the research


What we're hoping to do is track down the biographies of Americans


who served in the area, to find out their reactions, their responses to


something arising in Sussex in that time.


Tangmere's role was to train American crews to fly the big


Handley Page bombers that were coming into service.


Britain had helped the Americans by giving them the designs,


the first of many defence collaborations.


It sets the agenda for the special relationship, which is then going to


characterise the rest of the 20th century. So Tangmere is a place


where we see the special relationship begin to bloom.


So far, no-one has even been able to find photographs


of the Americans at Tangmere, but it is hoped the research project


will uncover a treasure trove of archive material.


I have no doubt that somewhere in a loft or in a drawer, people perhaps


have had it handed down to them and never bother to look, I'm sure there


are lots and lots of stuff and it is our history, and it would be


wonderful if anyone did have something like that that we could


get our hands on. The big idea is to hold an exhibition in September, so


the researchers can share what they have discovered. Steve Humphrey, BBC


South Today, Tangmere. On to the weather, Alexis is here.


We will look ahead to the whole week. A bit of a mixed picture but


turning milder from 30 onwards. -- Thursday.


Christopher David took this great shot of Horton Tower in Dorset.


Heather Brooks photographed a robin at Hunston near Chichester.


And Colin Lee captured a carpet of crocuses in Lyndhurst.


Some decent amount of sunshine today, but that ten hazy and will


see similar conditions tomorrow. A bright start but clouding over


through the course of the day. This week there will be sunny spells at


times but a fair amount of rain, not too heavy, but turning milder


particularly from Thursday on words. South-westerly wind started to


develop. Tonight with light wind and clear skies, there may be some


showers initially, but things will dry out and temperatures will fall


away to around one or two Celsius in the countryside. There may be some


frost first thing tomorrow, blue skies overhead first thing that that


will not stay that way, we expect increasing cloud from the West,


turning sunshine hazy. During daylight hours, it should be mainly


dry. You can see a weather front waiting, that will move towards us


tomorrow evening. Temperatures tomorrow to around eight or nine


sources. Tomorrow night, the breeze will increase and the cloud will


thicken and the rain will move in. Could be heavy at times during


Wednesday one. A fair amount of cloud tomorrow night with lows of


six to eight Celsius. A damp start on Wednesday, but we'll see


outbreaks of rain during the course of the day, particularly in the


morning. Drying out during the afternoon. The breeze and starting


to develop from the South West, drawing in milder air, allowing


temperatures to be up to around 12 or 13. A dry end to Wednesday but


further showers are possible on Thursday, spells of rain at times.


This one front will introduce the milder air through the course of


Thursday into Friday. Temperatures on Thursday with the rain and the


cloud could still reach highs of 12 to 14. A similar day on Friday, a


fair amount of cloud, 12 bright spells, highs of 11 to 12 and


outbreaks of rain are possible. The weekend, still a few days away but


we expect some brightness, it will be showery at times and the wind


will be fairly strong on Saturday. It's a treasured keepsake


and a symbol of deep affection Stephen and Claire Fuller have been


exchanging the same birthday card, sending it back and forth,


for more than three decades, each time putting


a fresh message inside. But although Stephen posted the card


as normal at the pillar box near his home in Thame last month,


it failed to arrive It is so lovely when it arrives in


the post, I look forward to it. And look forward to trying to find out


where he has written his message. These photos - taken the last time


Claire received the card - show just how many times birthday


greetings have been scribbled - every year, once to her from


her dad, then from her But after 33 years,


this year, it didn't turn up. It's been a month and is now


presumed lost forever. It is sad, I mean, I don't hold out


a huge amount of hope, because there was no return address on it, but


hopefully somebody who might receive it by accident opens it and realises


that this is a special thing and hangs on to it rather than throws it


away. Claire's an author,


and shared her sadness about Her message has been


shared thousands of times, with many saying they now intend


to copy the idea of re-sending Forgive me for saying, but it is a


bit cheap! Recycling the same card for more than 30 years. What was the


thinking behind it? Because of the money we save!


Royal Mail have acknowledged the loss and advise that anyone


sending something of value through the post should use


a special delivery service, so they can track its journey.


That said, they also accept the sentimental value of this


particular birthday card, and are are doing what they can


There's still hope that Claire will get her belated


and a treasured family tradition can go on.


Allen Sinclair, BBC South Today, Winchester.


Such a pity! Lets hope it turns up. It goes without saying, if you have


knowledge of this or maybe you just want to share the story with


somebody, and certainly share the photo of the card, just go to our


Facebook page and you will find all the information there. That's all


from us this evening, more at eight o'clock and then at 10:30 and were


back tomorrow at 6:30. Join us if you can good night.


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