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Hello and welcome to South Today. In tonight's programme:
A record fine of ?20 million for Thames Water.
The company let more than a billion litres of sewage
People and animals became ill - and thousands of fish died.
We've never had a longer or more intensive investigation.
Those analyses allowed us to present a picture of systemic failure,
that involve the sewage of 200,000 people.
Also: The developers continuing to build a crematorium -
even though they no longer have planning permission.
From childhood leukaemia, the four-year-old girl
who was inspired by her role models to become a nurse herself.
Thames Water has received a record fine of more than ?20 million
Nearly one and a half billion litres of raw sewage went
The judge said the scale of the problem meant those
at the top of the chain of command must have known.
The River Tame is getting back to its best, but in 2013 a local farmer
was shocked to find sewage flowing downstream. The river was a black
grey colour, it was very smelly. There were dead fish. More than 1
billion litres of untreated sewage were released into the River Thames
and its tributaries between 2012 and 2014. In January Thames water
admitted sewage spills from treatment walks -- treatment works
in Aylesbury, Didcot and little Marlow and a pumping station in
little more. The company also admitted failing to control waste.
After receiving a record fine, Thames Water said it's invested
millions in new equipment since the offences. There have been sweeping,
far-reaching changes across the waste water business. That included
more people, more and better systems, and more investment. And
that is beginning to pay. Our performance has improved
considerably, and were also doing a lot of work in partnership with
environmental groups across our area. The court case followed a
three-year investigation by the Environment Agency. The pattern of
offending was disturbing. It wasn't because there had been new
conditions, it was because basic equipment, screens and pumps, were
not maintained, repaired or replaced. Thames Water's pay for new
fencing to keep the cattle away from the water, but he can't understand
why the pollution got out of control, and for so long. It's
highly irresponsible for such a large company with massive profit
margins to be polluting our waterways. It shouldn't happen.
Judge Francis Sheridan described Thames Water's failings as
diabolical, and entirely foreseeable. He said all of the
problems were avoidable by any competent operator, and summing up
the case before that record ?20 million fine, he said "What a
dreadful state of affairs." Local environmental
groups welcomed the fine. But as the countryside recovers,
their message is that Thames Water simply didn't do its job,
and must change its ways for good. Today's fine is not the first,
for Thames Water is it? There have been a number
of cases over the years. In January 2016, the company
was fined ?1 million because of pollution
on the Grand Union Canal. You're seeing recent pictures here,
but in 2013 there was a leak from a sewage plant in Tring
which polluted the Wendover At the time that was a record fine
for a prosecution of a water company by the Environment Agency,
but this one far exceeds that. Was that a surprise? No, I think
they had been bracing themselves partly for this.
New guidelines were brought in in 2014 for environmental
offences; since then fines have gone up.
Also, the judge said more than once in this case that he wanted to send
a message out to shareholders that pollution on this scale
Bear in mind this is a company that makes ?2 million a day.
One more thing - Thames Water assured me this fine won't be paid
Thames Valley Police say they are reviewing their security
in light of today's attack in London.
In a statement, Chief Constable Francis Hapgood sent out
his sympathies to all those effected by today's events.
He added that the Thames Valley force were reviewing their security
Developers are continuing to build a privately owned
crematorium in Aylesbury - even though they no longer have
The project, in the lakeside village of Watermead, has met
A high court judge said construction could go ahead -
but now the Court of Appeal has overturned that decision.
With an opening date set for June, the developers say
The diggers are still digging, the builders still building.
And that's despite the fact the Court of Appeal has ruled
against the company behind this construction on the shores
The row's been going on for over two years -
the parish council have been fighting it every step of the way,
and they say it's not just because it'll ruin the view of some
The fundamental issue is that there was no sequential test,
which is a test to determine whether or not a site is suitable
for a particular development - in particular in Watermead this
relates to the flood risk, and this has now been proven that
a sequential test should have been carried out.
They say it is the wrong project in the wrong place,
and that plans for another crematorium less than a mile
No-one denies that Aylesbury needs a crematorium; the nearest one
They are often busy, leading to delays for grieving families.
But the row over whether this lakeside location is the best place
That's because the company behind the construction, Westerleigh,
have now submitted all the correct forms to the district council,
and are confident they'll have the permission they need
The planning application now needs to be reconsidered,
but that can be done, and according to the appeals court
judges ought to be done and they expect it to be
So planning permission should come through again relatively quickly,
and from a construction point of view we'll be ready
Both the parish council and the construction firm
are confident they'll win - but it s now up to Aylesbury Vale
District Council to consider the latest planning application.
A decision is expected in the next few months.
Plans to build nearly 200 homes in South Oxfordshire have been
Developers wanted to build 170 houses between Didcot
South Oxfordshire District Council refused the plans; now a planning
Campaigners raised ?10,000 to protect what they
A woman who set up a charity supporting youngsters with parents
in jail has been honoured by the Prime Minister.
Sarah Burrows, from Oxford, launched Children Heard and Seen
after learning two in three boys with a convicted parent
My dad's been in and out of prison for the last 15 years, and I don't
Clayton's parents were jailed for drug offences when he was a toddler.
The 15-year-old and his brother were raised by their grandparents.
I thought I'd only have them for a day or so,
And then within three days, my husband and I knew
that we would end up looking after the children for the rest
I can't even explain to you how difficult that was.
We couldn't be the grandparent any more, we had to be a parent.
That's where the charity Children Heard and Seen came in.
It runs weekly youth groups, and provides mentors.
I used to be an officer at the youth offending service in Oxfordshire,
and a lot of the children that were coming through the criminal
justice system who were offending, I realised had a parent in prison.
So when I started researching why this might be, I then realised
that 65% of boys with a parent in prison went on to a friend.
And thought, actually let's stop this intergenerational offending.
Sarah's received an award from the Prime Minister,
But she relies on referrals to find people who need help.
She says a national database of children with parents in jail
For us it's always having to go out into the community,
getting a referral from school, social care, the police,
probation, whoever, or obviously self-referrals,
but if there was a national database, then those children
could be picked up immediately and support services
For people like me, who have nobody, not even any relatives locally,
And I'd been waiting for that for five, six years.
Now, if you were in Oxford this afternoon, you may well have seen
an unusual horse trotting through the cobbled streets.
The horse puppet was promoting a production of War Horse,
which comes to the New Theatre in December.
The award-winning show is based the novel by Michael Morpurgo,
and follows the fate of a cavalry horse in World War I.
The show has been running across the world for ten years,
and it's about to embark on its second UK tour.
Being able to share a story about war, and about kind of trust
and friendship with everybody, in the centenary year of the end
of the first war is really important for Joey.
A dog walker in Banbury made a startling discovery in a field
near a housing estate - an eight-foot-long boa constrictor.
The RSPCA thinks the snake, who's female, may have escaped
She has been moved to a special reptile unit, until her owners
are located or she can be found a new home.
The RSPCA wants to hear from anyone who knows who she belongs to.
I'll have the headlines at 8:00, and a full bulletin at 10:30.
Now, more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.
Ryan McKinlay was a friend I had known for more than 20 years.
Ryan's death will haunt me for the rest of my life,
but I know that nothing can compare to his family's loss.
My thoughts are, and always have been, with them.
Out of respect to them, I will not be making
Aaron Brown's defence team had called it a tragic accident.
Later in the programme: The four-year-old with leukaemia
who was inspired by her role model to become a nurse herself.
70 jobs are set to go at Hampshire based ordnance survey.
The government owned company, based in Southampton,
They say the job losses are part of a restructuring programme
and existing staff will have to apply for new jobs or take
A consultation involving staff ad two unions is expected
It's a religious relic from one of the most pivotal
parts of our history, and now visitors to The Vyne Tudor
mansion near Basingstoke can immerse themselves in a ritual that was last
performed before one of our most controversial monarchs.
A rare catholic mass from 1535 has been recreated, in sound,
in minute detail and, as Ben Moore reports,
it means visitors can now go back in time to experience for themselves
The last time this Catholic mass resonated around these walls
In the congregation was King Henry VIII.
The chapel as it would've been experienced here is not
as you would think a parish church, you wouldn't have come
in and sat down at the pew and listened to a service.
In fact the Lord of the house would have sat above and looked down
and experienced the worship going on before him.
Choir boys singing the mass, the priest at the altar,
it would have been a completely different experience
The re-creation in immersive sound of Lady Mass at The Vyne Tudor
mansion means you can hear a different part of the service
Bringing it to life has been a pilgrimage, taking sound
technicians as far as Worcester to record a rare Tudor organ.
What you're trying to do is create an audio illusion so that
if you were to walk into the chapel and close your eyes,
you would hopefully get the impression there was a service,
Obviously if you open your eyes there is no one there.
These sounds accompanied a pivotal moment in history.
Henry was on a royal progress visiting his Lords to shore up
This is the very place that on the 17th of October 1535 Henry
would have been to listen to the mass.
It was not just about religious worship.
His courtiers said it was the only time they could guarantee the king
was sitting still long enough to deal with matters of state.
During this mass the King might have secured the loyalty of William,
The other people who are rumoured to have been involved
in the rebellion do indeed rebel, but Sands, the owner of The Vyne,
doesn't, so visits like this can help to get people
onside, helped cement the Reformation, so it is really
Just 20 years after Henry's death this mass was replaced
with a simpler English version but with the political undertones
in the past they can now meet the present in perfect harmony.
The outgoing head of British Olympic sailing has told South Today
that he questioned whether he was doing the right thing,
in taking up a new role with British Cycling.
Stephen Park has been involved in GB sailing success for over 25 years.
He's shortly to move to a sport which has suffered
many negative headlines, including allegations
I went to chat with Stephen in Hamble today, as he prepares
A double Olympian as a competitor followed by 20 years
as administrator and manager of British Sailing.
As he prepares for a shift from sea to land Stephen Park
is heading into choppier waters than he is leaving.
20 years working on the Olympic programme, 16 years managing
the British sailing team, some fantastic performances at
Really excited about the opportunity with British Cycling.
Everyone is well aware there is plenty of challenges
within British Cycling at the moment.
Rio saw plenty of cycling success despite those negative headlines.
Park took the job of British Cycling's new performance
In the ensuing three months he could been forgiven
It would probably be a little bit disingenuous to suggest that I have
not had those thoughts at some time because you wake up in the morning
and you read the stories in the paper and you think,
Park's outgoing Olympics as sailing manager saw GB top the medal table
in Rio with three golds and a silver.
But for a personal highlight Hamble-based Park went
The final race of the star class in Beijing in 2008.
Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson, surfing down the last to the finish
The 2020 Olympics remain Park's focus but while he is in
the velodrome he is confident GB sailing can stay on track as well.
I think the sport is in good stead and I have absolutely no doubt
they are going to be going to Tokyo and we will come home again as one
We wish him success. The weather is not as good in Manchester!
Southampton pair James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond could make
their full England debuts this evening, in the friendly
The two players received their maiden senior
call-ups for Gareth Southgate's first match as permanent
They have both been named on the bench in the last few minutes.
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser could also make his full Scotland
Oxford United missed a chance to close the gap
on the top six in League One, as they went down at home
Oxford were 2-0 down when Kane Hemmings bundled them some
But a Chey Dunkley own goal made it 3-1 to Bolton.
And, despite Chris Maguire's pulling Oxford back into it,
Bolton added a fourth before the end.
Poole Speedway manager Neil Middleditch says he's set
himself a target of winning ten British speedway titles.
After three successive championship wins, Poole missed out last year.
They held their traditional pre-season Press Day today.
Their competitive season starts on Monday, as they defend
I would like to win ten. I have a few years left in me yet and I think
Matt and I have a good partnership together. Matt loves the club as
much as I do and that is a key factor in our success, the fact we
feel for the club. You not that summer is starting when the cricket
and the speedway starts. Clara Markiewicz was diagnosed
with acute myeloid leukaemia Spending months in hospital
and undergoing numerous operations, the nurses around her quickly
became her role models. But now she's in training
in Southampton to become a child cancer nurse herself,
and her career has already taken At the age of four hospital
was a home from home Doctors had diagnosed her
with acute myeloid leukaemia. She was seriously ill
and her parents had been told that she had a 40%
chance of survival. There were often days
when you would wake up and one of your playmates was not
there anymore and your mum would have to try to explain it
to you in a way that was not scary for you, the reality was only
about 40% of us in that ward left. Thanks to a specialist clinical
trial, four rounds of chemotherapy and several operations she came
through the treatment The treatment is cruel,
it is really tough. It is almost worse than
the disease sometimes. It is really strong stuff,
a necessary evil, there's If it hadn't been for the care
I had, for the nurses who were there, every day,
every night, every morning, I would not have
these role models to look up to and these people that made life
so much easier when it was Claro began her studies
at Southampton University In December BBC Radio 1 made
a documentary featuring the 19-year-old's decision to become
a child oncology nurse. As it did the rounds on social
media her face rang a bell with one There's not many people in the world
called Clara and then it was Clara's last name,
which is Markiewicz, which is a name that
you would never forget, One day, maybe in my third or fourth
day here, I was sitting in the staff room having my lunch,
and this woman walks in and you know when you are drawn to someone
and you are not entirely sure why? So I was awkwardly trying to look
at her name badge and she saw me looking and she looked at me
and she looked at everyone else And she stood up and she
was like, it is Clara! I hadn't seen her for so long
and we had a big hug. Kate was the nurse who had
been present when Clara 15 years on the two have been
reunited on the children's ward This time Kate is keeping an eye
on her for different reasons. One thing I think is amazing
is that she has decided to come into not only nursing,
which is a fantastic profession, but she has come
into children's nursing, and that is what I was truly blown
away by, because it is great that she has gone full circle
and she can come and contribute. Sometimes on the ward if it has been
a tough day I am like, well, remember what it is like to be
on the other side of things, and that gives you another aspect
and another perspective, As a little girl the odds
were against her. But the nurses have always been
behind her and as she continues her degree in nursing Clara longs
to make a difference to the lives We wish her all the best in the
future with her new career. Springs through everything it could
act as today. We had chilli winds, sharp showers and plenty of sunshine
as well. Quite a story to tell. It was grey this morning. By lunchtime,
it was looking much brighter here. By tea-time, some sunshine in
Swanage and the blossom stayed on the trees. It is the chilly start
under clear skies at first but showers make their way in through
the second part of the night so dry to start but the rain that moved
west to east through the day starts to move east to west overnight. Some
heavy outbreaks at times. Under cloudy skies looking at lows of five
Celsius by Don. Strong winds overnight. Tomorrow, dull, damp
start with further rain to come through the morning for most places.
The further north you are the more likely you are to the wet weather.
Along the coast we have pretty sharp showers once again. In the best of
the brightness 10 Celsius is our top temperature but a key north-westerly
wind will keep temperatures in tech. Tomorrow evening, low pressure
feeding and showers. It is very stubborn and does not seem to want
to move away. Most places milder overnight, seven Celsius. Looking
ahead to Friday, that stop an area of low pressure still with us
through the morning. You can see the high pressure developing which
pushes the low-pressure away and it starts to take control as we head
into the weekend. A much more promising outlook for Saturday and
Sunday. Cloudy with showers through tomorrow and 18 north-easterly wind.
Friday, cloudy with the threat of rain for a time but the further
north you are the more likely to have a dry day with bright spells,
some sunshine per house for most places by the end of the day and
temperatures getting up to double figures. The weekend, some bright
spells through Saturday and the temperatures on the rise but a leak
easterly breeze will make things feel a little bit cooler. Much the
same story for Sunday, more cloud as well.
Let's return to our main story tonight.
Four people have been killed and 20 injured in a terror
A police officer and a person believed to be the attacker
Much of the area around the Houses of Parliament has been sealed off.
Our Political Editor Peter Henley is there.
This is an attack at the heart of the establishment. Yes, an attack
was feared that the heart of the British government and today those
fears were realised. Police forces here and in the south than the rest
of the UK will be reassessing their security measures and thinking about
how to plan for things like sporting events and incidents in towns and
cities. Security measures at military bases will potentially be
reassessed. The head of MI6 said recently that terrorism threat to
the UK is at an unprecedented level. The terror threat has been severe
since 2014 meaning an attack is highly likely. Today that attack
arrived back in the UK. Thank you. We are going to leave you this
evening with a live shot of Westminster which is in lockdown
with many places sealed off. Continuing coverage on the BBC News
Channel and an extended ten o'clock minutes. -- news. Goodbye.