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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.'