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Stopping people with mental health problems ending up


We have exclusive access to the teams who try to get


Also: The growing number of apprentices in the NHS


and what it could mean for you as a patient.


How arsenic may have played a part in her poor eyesight.


BBC South has been given exclusive access to some of the teams


who are trying to stop people with mental health problems


Across the South there's been a big fall in the number ending


up in police cells - down by more than 800 in two years.


But there's been an increase in mentally ill people being taken


to casualty and mental health units - up by more than 800


Our home affairs correspondent Peter Cooke reports.


Side-by-side on the front line, Reading's street triage team links


up a mental health worker and police officer who attend emergency


The team advise those in need about finding suitable care and help


them avoid being taken into custody or hospital.


This man called 999, saying he was depressed


Yeah, it does, but the thing is, when it goes away,


it is still here with me, you know, the mental


Nobody knows what I'm going through, basically.


The scheme will soon be operating seven days a week.


It means that we can do some reviewing in advance


We get some instant updates on the background of people and it


I am hoping that this is something that is going to be seen


as a beneficial service across the whole country


because it will definitely make a big difference,


as it has made a difference in this area.


A team of mental health experts are on hand


at the Royal Berkshire Hospital to support them.


Everyone is now conscious that we need to work as a team.


Most people's problems cannot be solved by a single service,


The team operate 24 hours a day to deal with the ever-increasing


The cost of burying a dead child in Oxford has been abolished


Parents used to be charged ?340 if they lost a child


A small number of councils across the country,


including South Oxfordshire, had already dropped the fees.


A man's been left with back and knee injuries after being


It happened near Serpentine Court in the Water Eaton area.


The 26-year-old man was stabbed several times after a fight broke


out between a group of people on Saturday afternoon.


An investigation's started into a major oil spill


The spill has affected almost two miles of the river.


Booms have been put in the water near Grazeley to stop


The number of apprentices at the John Radcliffe Hospital


in Oxford has doubled in the past year.


The health trust says it's now taking on even more to improve


patient care and tackle the long-term problem of recruiting


17-year-old Olivia has been working at the John Radcliffe Hospital


She is one of almost 30 apprentices here who have taken the decision


At the beginning it was quite scary because you don't really know


anyone, everyone is quite a lot older as well.


And not a lot of people know what an apprenticeship is.


But as they have kind of got to know what I can do,


you do start to feel part of the team.


Clinical apprentice numbers here have doubled in the last year


and Oxford University Hospitals Trust plan to appoint


At the moment we have got about 13 clinical apprentices and 13 business


administration apprentices, and a couple of


But actually, we've had a lot more than that actually move


on to permanent positions or leave to go to university.


So, for a lot of them, it is a real stepping stone into the NHS.


In yesterday's Budget, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond,


pledged an extra ?425 million to the NHS in England


Money for plans to improve local services, but critics say


this is just a cloak to disguise forthcoming cuts.


So, as people continue to fight for their NHS,


is using cheaper apprentices a quick fix to a bigger problem


I do actually want to be a nurse when I'm older,


so I'm going to go down and keep pursuing it.


So I'm not just going to leave it and go and do something else.


Earlier I spoke to Laura Roberts, who's the managing director


of Health Education England - an independent group which sets out


to improve the quality of healthcare through better training.


I asked her who's signing up to be an apprentice in the NHS.


It is a huge variety of people who are signing up at the moment.


We have school leavers, as you say, people particularly


We have apprentices in their 30s, 40s and 50s.


We also, within the NHS, have about...


Over 70% of our apprentices are women.


It is not just about school leavers, it is not just about kind


of traditional manual work, and it is not just for boys.


What about the view that there is a danger of using apprentices


to plug staff shortages, even though they are inexperienced


Oh, I think that has changed quite considerably, really.


The NHS is really keen to almost set the benchmark for high


We produced over 19,000 apprenticeship starts last year


and over 90% of those people carried on working in the NHS at the end


of their apprenticeship, which I think is evidence


that they both received good quality training and there was a real job


From a patient's perspective, in terms of clinical apprentices,


how much responsibility are they given in terms


Oh, they will be very strictly supervised for those apprentices


So they would be ones that are working in, say,


rehabilitation or on the wards and there will always be registered


But apprentices are about way more than just the direct patient care,


we have them in all fields, in admin, in finance,


We have them in gardening, plumbing, electricians.


A marble flowerpot, used in the grounds of Blenheim Palace,


has turned out to be a Roman stone coffin, dating back


The container was discovered by chance when an antiques expert


visited the stately home in West Oxfordshire.


Could this be the most expensive flowerpot in the country?


For many years it was tucked away in the grounds of Blenheim Palace,


but an expert spotted its historic significance - it dates


It's always a lovely surprise to find something like that.


In a place this size, we have so many beautiful artefacts


but it is always surprising to find something you didn't know special


is actually really special, something that you have seen every


day but you did not realise what it was.


It has been valued at ?300,000, but it will not be


It is one of the many treasures of Blenheim Palace.


It was brought here in the early 1800s, you know, why


Visitors to Blenheim can see the sarcophagus but it's not kept


It is inside, given the respect it deserves.


A Harry Potter-inspired sport's tournament is taking place


this weekend, involving a team from Oxford.


Quidditch is one of the fastest-growing


Jonathan Eden has been finding out more.


From the pages of Harry Potter to the fields of Oxford University


parks, Quidditch is fast becoming the most progressive competitive


So it was made about 11, 12 years ago now in America and it


came to the UK a bit later, but it was some people who had


read the books and went, "This would be really cool to try."


So they made it and then obviously, being on the ground,


you have to change some of the rules, but there are things


that are still in the books - both genders playing,


same number of people on the pitch, the same sort of aims,


but it has just become a sport in its own right.


There is basically a new rule book out every year trying to refine


the aspects to make it a better spot.


Each team consists of seven players: A Keeper, three Chasers,


My job is to prevent Hoops and I like it because it involves


less running than a Chaser and I can use my height to intercept.


I'm a Seeker, we come on 80 minutes into the game and the job for us


The Snitch is worth 30 points and when we catch it,


it ends the game, so it is quite make or break.


I'm a Chaser and I play with a Quaffle, and my role


is to throw the Quaffle into the Hoop.


This weekend will see the annual Quidditch Cup with over 30 teams


The team from Oxford University Quidditch Club,


the Oxford Quiddlings, will be battling with clubs


from Reading and Southampton for the top prize.


I'll have the headlines at 8pm and a full bulletin at 10.30pm.


Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.


Hampshire and Sussex border. It happens at Row gate just east of


Petersfield. Stay with us to find out


about the power behind the Wessex Warriors as the team


explains a new style There are calls for the resignation


of Surrey County Council leader David Hodge tonight after further


twists in the "sweetheart Letters released last night revealed


the fury of some MPs who thought the county had been promised


40 million pounds of extra cash. The documents obtained after a BBC


Freedom of Information request detail extensive negotiations


to allow the County Council to be the first in the country to keep


all of their business rates. But in Parliament today


the Local Government Secretary answered Labour questions by saying


no deal was done. The BBC has now published a letter


from DCLG officials showing they did in fact offer Surrey more cash


in a unique deal. Did the Secretary of State


know about that letter Surrey approached the department,


as do many other councils before a financial settlement asking


for more money and they made a request being considered


for business rates retention plan There's been a rise in the number


of babies and very young children At Southampton General


there are currently five children under the age of five


who are waiting for transplants, Many will need regular dialysis


while they wait for surgery. Our health correspondent,


David Fenton reports from inside the special unit that


helps keep them alive. Suleman spends three hours a day


three times a week on a dialysis machine. He was given just a 1%


chance of survival as a baby, but he If he didn't have this piece


of equipment here, I don't know, we would really be struggling


with him, so we are very fortunate he has responded


well to this treatment. The team here sees many children


with serious kidney problems. Within 48 hours he was sitting up


and eating and his denial and since then has been astonishing.


Day-to-day, you wouldn't know to look at him.


But the number of patients under the age of four is growing,


The number under the age of four is increasing


because we are diagnosing them better, looking after them better.


Babies and toddlers can take a full adult kidney and thrive if they can


find a donor. Sometimes that is the hardest part.


Growing up in Hampshire, he was constantly bullied


Later, when Daniel Gray was training to be a teacher, he was advised


to hide his homosexuality being told it would give his students


But now the 32-year-old secondary school teacher is hoping to become


the positive role model he never had.


He told our reporter Nikki Mitchell about his nerve-wracking decision


This assembly hall was packed with students having their daily


assembly. On the big screen was a video of me talking about LGBT


history month and I came out to my students. The build up was


nerve-racking, it was tense. As a gay man, I know how important it is


to grow up with positive role models who support you, understand you and


help you see it gets better. We have set up the culture club... There


were shrugs and smiles and a couple of mouths fell open the generally


the reaction was muted, only after the assembly did the reaction


becomes stronger and more positive. I was relieved it went so well. I


sat in the assembly going, oh, my God. He has come out, what is the


reaction going to be? We are the most accepting generation, people


are fine. I was shocked at first but not in a way, oh my God, she is gay


but he came out and in confidence and I thought it was quite


fantastic. Everyone talked about it but everyone reacted positively. It


is a good feeling to know someone else is different and they are OK.


Because I had such a horrendous experience at school, it has been


important to me to come out to the students because I think I want to


be the role model that I never had. My secondary school experience in


Basingstoke I was bullied everyday for being gay, I did not know I was


and they called me names and push me around in corridors. I was upset


every day going home. The schools did not know how to deal with it but


now the schools know how to deal with it. Our job as teachers is not


just back curriculum but about building young people into


competent, strong and individuals and that is why I have done it and I


hope other teachers will see what a positive impact it can have. He is a


role model. How popular is live music


and is there still an appetite Today there's a big effort under way


to try to check up on the health Southampton is playing a major role


and our reporter Chrissy Sturt has been sampling what


the city has to offer. With these incredible vocals, it is


no surprise this student band loves going to gigs in Southampton. It is


a vibrant, it is always happening, there was always something going on.


The engine rooms by the docks so I knew Southampton would be a great


place to study music. But they need help, if it was cheaper to hire


venues, this band could perform even more. That is the kind of


information the survey is after, who is listening to live music and why?


We have a team of students from Solent going out to survey the live


music scene looking at several venues and they are collecting data


from the venues so we can get an accurate data picture of what goes


on in the live music scene in Southampton.


Let's go live to Chrissy now at The Engine Rooms in Southampton,


where they're preparing to hold a live music event this evening.


600 students have bought tickets to be here tonight in the engine rooms,


great atmosphere, they have come to see a band. Georgia, you are a


student questioning people, what do you want to achieve with a census?


The most important thing about the live music census is to raise


awareness nationwide of how important these venues are. Are they


facing threats? Yeah, there are a lot of things challenging small


venues, the rise in business rates, exchange rates decreasing because of


Brexit so it is a worrying time. And you want to see them survived? Yeah,


it is integral to the music scene to have small venues because without a


small stage artists can develop that sounds to play at larger arenas. And


also promoters need to start somewhere small. Thank you so much.


The Wessex Warriors are one of the newer Powerchair football


Formed 18 months ago they're already making a big impact.


They were named the Dorset FA's outstanding club of the year


recently for the opportunities they're providing to disabled


I went along to meet the players and have a go myself.


They are warriors with heart on the pitch, the Wessex team spans all


ages and disabilities. We tried to take out disability because that as


it is turning up and playing and throughout the community there are


so many examples of this throughout all disabilities. Many youngsters


grow up dreaming of playing football. Power chair football has


been a life changer for those like Adam. It is a sport I would not be


able to do but now I can. I can make new friends and play. Lovely touch.


As you can see, I am still getting to grips with using a chair, it


takes skill and touch and precision, a tiny movement and you can be often


away on the left wing. Each chair costs ?7,000 to buy. The funds are


raised through a variety of sources and with every chair is a new


player. Here we go. Goal! Not everyone can control the chair with


their hands. Keith Harris uses his tongue. I became disabled after


contracting an adult strain of flu. I cannot use my limbs. As a


consultant said, the best muscle in the body is the tongue. You need


many skills, including driving the chair. They are sensitive to drive.


They are hard to drive and it is the first skill and then you think about


the positioning and space and knowing where your team mates are.


For those volunteers the reward is remarkable. I love it. I love to see


them smile and have the opportunity that they would not have and one of


the mums said recently she never thought she would have her sons


football shirt on the washing line and that, to me, just says it all. A


lovely group of people and get along and support them if you can.


The women's lacrosse players... Estate is schools tournament Aogo 20


nations will compete at the event taking place in July for ten days


and starts on the 12th. But one of the UK's greatest authors


would have had trouble reading and writing towards the end


of her life because she may Spectacles belonging


to the Hampshire writer Jane Austen have only just been


tested by optometrists. And thrown up some surprising


results that cast new light Ben Moore has taken an exclusive


look at the evidence. She may have been one


of history's greatest writers, but for Jane Austin,


just reading her novels would have Her spectacles have been


at the British library in her writing desk for 20 years,


but only now can they bring Back in the early 19th century,


there were prescription similar to what we have today,


so what we did was have somebody bring in a portable lens meter


so that we could very, The first pair of glasses


have a low prescription. Her second pair show her vision


deteriorated before the final pair showed she lived


in a very blurry world. This could explain why


she died so young. The possibility of her being


poisoned accidentally We know that arsenic can cause


cataracts now and arsenic was often put into medication for other


illnesses, like rheumatism. The spectacles are 200 years old and


made from natural materials like tortoiseshell and glass but one


thing we don't know is whether they were specifically prescribed for


Jane Austen or whether she just bought them from a travelling


salesman, the same way we do when buying reading glasses off the


shelf. Luckily, using modern optometry we can see just what Jane


Austin's eyesight was like. That is plus one. Quite blurred. But you can


cope. This is plus three. Yeah, that is pretty blurred. Getting


difficult. That is 475. I cannot see your face. I can only see my hand.


So, one of the worlds greatest novelists would have had trouble


reading and writing. She would have noticed the difference when the


light was poor and overtime as she aged it would be have been more


important to have a stronger prescription because your eyes need


more help for reading as you age. The British library 12 in


optometrists to offer opinions. A red chance to see things through the


eyes of one of Britain's best love authors -- a red chance. A great


story. I had no idea! I got my bit in defects but it will be cloudy. --


vitamin de fix. Christopher David took this picture


of the morning sunshine This lovely picture


of Abingdon was taken Lovely conditions and allowing


temperatures to rise to 16 Celsius. In some areas at Heathrow it was


16.9. Overnight, we expect clear skies saved Chile at first, three


Celsius but the arrival of the cloud mean temperatures will start to


rise. -- chilly at first. Temperatures tonight by dawn will be


down to six or nine Celsius. A cloudy day tomorrow, spots of rain


in the morning and a fair amount of mist and fog on the coast and for


the Isle of Wight. Some brighter spells developing for western areas


and temperatures up into double figures, not as high as today. Ten


to 11 Celsius. By the cloud and mist and fog tomorrow night, a good deal


of cloud to start the weekend. It may be dense on Saturday morning and


temperatures falling away to eight or nine Celsius. A good deal of


cloud over the weekend, Saturday is the better day for dryness, they


weather front moves in on Sunday but Saturday sees brighter spells in the


afternoon further east slighty more cloud arriving later on with the


arrival of a weather front by Sunday morning. That weather front pushes


in, still uncertainty as to when we have the rain but some outbreaks of


rain in the course of the day. Dry weather over the next few days,


cloud, brightness tomorrow afternoon, and some mist and fog


possible on Saturday, again, through the course of the day, brighter


spells developing in the afternoon and some rain at times but next week


it will turn more settled because high pressure will start building.


Despite the cloud, send us your pictures. Does that mean next week


is spring? Not officially but possibly. I pressure will develop.


There'll be a news summary at 8pm and we'll be back at 10:30pm.


Oh, the dragon. Dylan Thomas.


Richard Burton. Barry Island.


The River Shannon. We invented the submarine.


with a spectacular Friday night encounter...


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