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Hello and welcome to South Today. news teams where you are.


In tonight's programme: A murder investigation is under way


after the death of a young boy in Swindon.


His body was found at a house in Faringdon.


A 30-year-old woman has been arrested.


Totally astonished. Complete shock. Never thought anything like that


would happen. You don't think of that happening in a small town like


this. Also: entering a virtual world


to help saves lives. How doctors in Oxford


are using gaming technology Showing of skills, but should


skateboarders be and from inner-city spaces? -- be banned.


Police have launched a murder investigation


after the body of a young boy was found at a house in Faringdon.


Officers were called to a cottage near the centre of the town


yesterday afternoon. A woman's been arrested.


Adina Campbell is live in Faringdon and has the latest.


More than 24 hours on since the boy's body was discovered in that


cottage behind me. There's still a heavy


police presence here Anyone driving or walking along this


main road will be able to see the forensic tent and police tape


surrounding the cottage at the centre of this


murder investigation. I've spent the day speaking to some


members of the local community The cottage cordoned off by police


after finding Officers were called to this


main road in Faringdon yesterday afternoon,


just a short walk away A forensic tent is now in place


while detectives continue Yesterday afternoon at approximately


1:20pm, police officers were called to an address in Farringdon,


where they discovered that a boy, a boy, of primary school


age, tragically died. This came as a shock,


as you can expect, to everyone. Next of kin have been informed


and are currently being supported by specially


trained police officers. People here in Farringdon have been


paying their respects One message here says,


"Rest in peace, young man." Farringdon is a small town,


the cottage is just off a main road here, and people nearby have


been telling me they're completely Totally astonished.


Complete shock. I never, ever thought anything


like that would happen here. You don't think of that happening


in a small town like this. Not at all.


Not at all. You don't sort of


expect these things to happen in a small market can,


which is what we are. You're already seeing it


on the community groups on Facebook, where people


are rallying around, But hopefully, it's an isolated


incident, and the town will move A 40-year-old woman from Farringdon


has been arrested on Police still haven't released


the boy's name or age of the boy. All we know is that he was


of primary school age. We've been told detectives


are still doing a post Morton examination to establish how


the boy died. In the last hour, some residents


here in Faringdon have told us they've received a letter


through their door, advising them that police


are starting to do house to house enquiries, to see if anyone saw


or heard anything in relation Next, police have released


CCTV images of two men they'd like to speak to,


following disorder at the football match between Swindon


and Oxford last month. Fans invaded the pitch


at the County Ground Three men have already been charged,


and this week police have made Around 250 officers


were on duty for the match. Workers at BMW's Mini plant


in Oxford have staged a protest over plans to close the final


salary pension scheme. The UNITE union claims under


the plans, workers could be thousands of pounds


worse off in retirement. The protest comes ahead


of a vote to strike. The ballot for industrial action


closes at the end of march. Over the years since


BMW took over proper, and we started producing the Mini,


the workforce here have bent over backwards to accommodate


the requests that BMW This is one of the most flexible


plants that BMW has across Europe, We ran a consultative ballot before,


which came out at 96% in favour. So we know we won't get as big


a ballot for industrial action, but hopefully, we'll get a big


ballot to be able to go to Munich if necessary, to say,


you need to change this decision. BMW says it prides itself


on offering staff excellent pensions The future of Swindon's


largest country park is A meeting tonight will


determine who'll take over the running of Lydiard Park,


which the Borough Council says it can no longer afford to maintain.


Here's Dan O'Brien. Swindon's answer to Downton Abbey,


the beautiful Lydiard Park and House, owned and run


by the local council for nearly 70 years,


budget cuts mean it can no longer With the pressure on our services


for elderly people and children, which is recognised throughout


the country, unfortunately, places like the park is no longer


a luxury that the council can no For the last 18 months,


they've been looking Tonight, the town's Conservative


leaders are due to agree the winning Heritage in Swindon


and more generally is an asset And we want, and genuinely believe,


that the economics of this estate can be sorted out


without radical change. It just means the income


that's derived from this estate Eventually, they'll need to survive


without taxpayer support. The success or failure of this plan


has much wider repercussions than just for this park,


because if this new trust manages to pull it off,


we're likely to see a similar model rolled out across the rest


of Swindon's parks and museums as the borough council


tries to cut costs. If plans progress as expected,


the new trust should take over responsibility for


Lydiard early next year. Dan O'Brien, BBC


South Today, Swindon. Developers are appealing


against the refusal of planning permission in Aston Clinton


near Aylesbury after being told more homes would harm the character


and appearance of the village. A public inquiry has opened


into plans to build 85 homes. A separate planning application


to build 400 homes has Campaigners say the area isn't ready


for that level of growth. Most of the development is


taking place on greenfield sites, and most of those greenfield sites


surround the old part The roads, therefore, are country


lanes, and in certain places, we're being asked to accommodate


hundreds and hundreds of more We are just completely sick to death


of all the applications that are in, also the approvals


that have been done. We're just going to be


completely under siege. Doctors at the University of Oxford


are using virtual reality The technology is a low cost way


of providing training overseas that should lead to


more lives being saved. The virtual world this headset


transports you to is a reality for In this scenario,


a baby's unconscious. "Select the best course of action


to take to resuscitate the baby." Players need to make a choice,


will this breathing mask work? It's so difficult to give


high-quality training across huge countries such as Kenya,


where training centres With this type of approach,


you can essentially put the expert in the room with people at huge


distances, and have Children dying is


a major problem in Africa. One in ten dies


before their fifth birthday. It's hoped the headset


can drastically reduce this. If we can improve life-saving skills


for people, particularly around the newborn period,


but also for older children, there's huge potential


still to save lives. And for those without access,


there's even a mobile The first app we're doing


is to resuscitate a newborn baby. So the key steps that you need to do


in order to successfully We've tried to put it into a game


based format where you have multiple choice questions and answers,


and we also have a 3-D environment, which is a hospital that you can


navigate through to find equipment. The technology's still being tested,


but it's hoped it could soon be used to save lives across the world.


David Lumb, BBC South Today. It's Day 2 of the


Cheltenham Festival, and there've been fascinators,


feathers and fabulous This year, festival goers have been


blessed with good weather. Andy Howard has been there, too,


meeting some of the fashionistas All the Irish women, they wear


green to represent their country. So I thought this year I'd go


for red, represent England, and obviously it goes


with my brunette Took me about six days to do, total,


because it's all hand done, yeah. Are you happy with it?


Oh, I'm superlative happy. It goes with your top.


Thank you. I think it's time for us


to step up to the plate now, Why has it just got to be


Ladies Day? And I think the time is changing,


and I've seen a few blokes today, which are looking, kind of,


on point. So maybe in a few years' time,


you'll see a lot of blokes But I do like seeing


the ladies dress up, You can dress up on any of the days,


but this is particularly a good opportunity to do it


and showcase your race fashion. Andy Howard,


BBC South Today at Cheltenham. I think racegoers got the best


weather of the festival. I'll have the headlines at 8:00


and a full bulletin at 10:30. They've just missed out but three


students from Reading still have a chance to send


their invention into space, The issue of slow economic growth


on the Isle of Wight has been raised in today's Prime Ministers


Questions. The island's Conservative


MP Andrew Turner said he was disappointed that the Isle


of Wight was lagging The Prime Minister called


on the business community and council on the island to push


for economic growth. Will my Right Honourable friend to


ensure that more growth funding is targeted at rural areas like the


island, with many small and micro businesses, to deliver a country


that works for all? We have already been able to support the island's


economy through the local growers deal for the Solent and the local


enterprise partnerships, supporting the SME programme, he referred to


rural funding and I want to make sure we make the best of the diverse


strengths of Allbritton's cities, regions and Islands.


The leader of a Hampshire Council has unexpectedly announced


Ferris Cowper says he'll leave his role as leader of East


He also says he won't stand for re-election as a councillor


It was designed to be the dynamic and cultural heart of the city.


But to the horror of some people, it has become a skateboarding mecca.


Southampton's ?50 million cultural quarter complete


with the landmark Guildhall Square.


Aficionados of the sport - which'll feature at the next Olympics -


say the square is better than many purpose built skateparks.


But the City Council is looking at drawing up a Code of Conduct


On a warm sunny day there's a constant stream of skateboarders


doing their flicks and tricks in Southampton's Guildhall Square.


While some people are happy to see and hear


We don't hear it, the windows are good enough.


I don't know where else the kids have got to go.


It's difficult because they ought to provide somewhere for them to do


it, but on the other hand it shouldn't be here.


Skateboarders say the super-smooth Guildhall Square is


The only thing we've harmed is the ?10,000 benches they've done,


which they could invest into a skate park.


I've been skateboarding at Guildhall for five years now,


it's a real important place to me, it's like a second home but I would


Today the City Council has been discussing what should be done.


Ultimately we do need to make sure the square can be used by everyone


coming to Southampton, but hopefully it won't get


to draconian measures, we can do things with consent


A few minutes walk from Guildhall Square is Hoglund's Park,


the skating facility that most agree is well overdue a makeover.


Skaters say it would be used far more if it was upgraded.


Certainly, there would be more people coming down


I don't want to disturb someone else's day so a better


park would be better for everyone, really.


The City Council could use its powers to ban skateboarding


For now it's looking at collaboration


Earlier, I spoke to Iain Borden, who is a Professor of


I began by asking if he thought skateboarders should be


Skateboarders have as much right to use public space as any other


urban citizens and banning skateboarders because of their


activity seems to me to be highly undesirable.


And yet why not use purpose-built areas?


Because some argue that they are spoiling the space and damaging it.


Purpose-built areas like skate parks are great and many skateboarders


like using skate parks as well but they're not really a substitute


Skateboarders like to use urban squares because they are public,


dynamic, there are other people around and to ask skaters to move


into solely purpose-built skate parks would be like telling members


of the public, you can walk but you can only walk around


You advise councils on urban architecture, so what do you suggest


councils do when it comes to public spaces that everyone can use?


There are some places where you don't want skateboarders.


You don't want them on public train platforms or busy roads,


so a certain amount of sensible approach is required,


but generally speaking there's no reason why skateboarders can't exist


alongside people cycling or walking or running or pogoing or playing


music or any of the other things people do in public space.


It's not an innately dangerous or risky or damaging activity.


You're a skateboarder yourself - do you use public spaces?


I tend to use skate parks a lot more.


Some of the people I skate with use skate parks and public spaces.


Professor Iain Borden, thank you very much.


was him there, that bit of skateboarding footage. Let's get on


to the sport. Some good fortune for Pompey last night.


Yes, word getting to march were some of the league to futures will be


decided. In last night's football,


Portsmouth maintained their charge for promotion in League Two,


with their third win in a week. For the rest of the South's


teams though, it was We kick off our round-up


at Fratton Park. It was effectively all over by half


time for Portsmouth, who had fought for the second game in a row. They


had an early lead against Grimsby, but that advantage was doubled when


Danny Rose made at two. Pompey added another on the stroke of the break


when Kyle Baker fired home, and it was for after the interval, when a


rebound fell for Kal Naismith. They now have a 7-point cushion in the


automatic spots. Oxford's hopes took a knock after they went down at all


time. They had drawn level through Chris Knight wire's penalty but the


second half winner came from Lee are one. That woman plunged Swindon


deeper into trouble after they lost to Sheffield United Swindon were


already 2-0 down, then this strike levelled matters at 2-2. A moment


for keeper will Henry to regret. And in the battle of the dons old and


new, Wimbledon prevailed against MK Dons. The second AFC goal came from


former Bournemouth striker Lyle Tate.


Southampton Football Club's latest set of financial figures show


a post-tax profit of almost five million pounds.


Turnover increased by around ten million, to 124 million,


while commercial turnover was up by 21 per cent.


In a four-year period, Saints also published details


of ?175 million in player sales, while spending


With wages added on top, Saints' net investment in the squad


Two Southampton footballers have signed on to support an appeal


to raise funds for a new children's emergency department


James Ward-Prowse and Sam McQueen added their names to a bus which has


the signatures of prominent local people on it.


Organisers hope the VIP bus, which will travel around the city,


will help raise two million pounds for the facility which could treat


It's great to be done here with Sam to help raise awareness for a great


charity, to create the emergency and trauma units at Southampton


Hospital. It's a great initiative to be involved with by using our


profiles to help raise awareness. And the Brighton Hove Albion


manager Chris Hughton is to take a brief break from chasing promotion


to the Premier League next month. The Seagulls boss has been announced


as the official race starter of next He'll set off more than 8,000


runners from Preston Park It was another winning


day for Berkshire-based trainer Nicky Henderson


at the Cheltenham Festival, as he secured a 1-2


in the RSA Novices Chase. 7-2 favourite Might Bite battled


to hold off his stablemate Meanwhile, there was a narrow second


place for Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard in the big race,


the Queen Mother Champion Chase. His horse Fox Norton in the red cap


just failed to catch A couple of thrilling finishes at


the festival. That was an outsider.


Yes, building up to the big one on Friday.


I'm sorry that Thistle Crack is not racing, that would have been a


perfect race. Three students from Reading invented


a device that could one day allow humans to breathe in habitation pods


on the moon. We featured them a few weeks ago


as they took their design all the way to India as part


of an international competition which would see the winner become


part of the first ever Today, they were told they'd


come in third place - but they could still have a spot


on the rocket - at a price, The Moon is still in reach for the


lunar dome team but there is a catch. They will have to pay and the


song is astronomical. $750,000. But it is going to the moon, that's not


cheap. And when you think what it's doing, it's not surprising.


Everything to do with space cost millions. They have come third out


of 3000 teams who were hoping to be on that first commercial craft to


land on the moon. Lunar dome is designed to control their pressure


on the lunar surface, theoretically allowing people to breathe, but only


the two winners from Italy and India will now get free passage on the


team in this rocket. It's a lot of money but we will do everything we


can to support them to secure that funding through whatever means


necessary. Team Indus is locked in the corporate space race of its own


but it says if the money is found, team lunar dome can go on the rover.


I wouldn't see them as having missed something, they got close and if you


can get a British philanthropist to fund them, they govern. But the


chance of a moonshot is fading. Funding needs to be secured by the


end of the month. Obviously were over the moon at our experiment


potentially going to the myth that there is stress on us because we now


have to secure this quickly. So the hopes of the lunar dome team have


not yet been brought fully to earth. That will be a big piggybank,


?650,000, but good luck, guys. Onto the weather. Alexis is here. It was


gorgeous, you were on the golf course. I was not playing like Tony


but we were doing a piece with Scott Gregory. Highs of 16 Celsius,


glorious day but not everyone had the sunshine. We have some lovely


weather pictures to show you, from the weather Watchers, where you can


upload your photos. Today we saw blue skies in West Sussex and clear


skies also for those in Berkshire, glorious day to be had that not


everyone saw the sunshine, spare a thought for those on the south coast


and the Isle of Wight, this fog played the south coast through much


of today and the fog is increasing in many places under clear skies


tonight but we are looking at increasing cloud so by dawn there


will be more cloud and temperatures will rise, so the lowest


temperatures will be at the start of the night, but once the cloud


arrives a low of 6-7. Quite a murky start to tomorrow, after I might


have closed in the morning, but things will brighten up in places.


Generally cloudy, the odd spot of rain for western areas, temperatures


will reach a high of 11. Tomorrow night we will have to weather


fronts, one moving through and then another one, they that second front


there will be cooler air so temperatures will fall to four or


five, a chilly start to Friday but plenty of sunshine first thing.


Through the morning the cloud will thicken from the West and we will


see further cloud through the day ahead of this weather front which


will arrive on Friday afternoon, bringing pulses of rain which may be


heavy at times through the evening and overnight into Saturday. Looking


ahead, a lot of cloud in the next few days, the odd spot of drizzle


tomorrow but mainly dry with one or two bright spells. Friday will have


a good deal of cloud, a bright start in places but clouding over with


rain expected in the afternoon and evening, and over the weekend, the


breeze will increase through Friday and into the weekend, a windy


weekend with spells of rain and temperatures will reach a height of


12 Celsius, so a fresher feeling two days ahead, especially over the


weekend with the rainfall and the brisk winds, which will take the


edge off temperatures. You give with one hand, you take with another!


That could be a bit of high pressure middle of next week.


That is it from us. We will be back with the headlines at 8pm and then


at 10:30pm. Goodbye. 'The UK has voted to leave


the European Union 'Ukip leader Nigel Farage


celebrated the result, 'declaring that dawn was breaking


on an independent nation. 'Prime Minister David Cameron is


expected to resign 'The pound fell sharply as the


referendum result became apparent, 'and traders are bracing themselves


for panic when the markets open. 'and England are confident


of advancing to the next stage 'ahead of their upcoming European


Championship game against Iceland.'


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