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Hello and welcome to South Today. and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

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In tonight's programme: A big rise in recorded sex

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Figures show they're up by more than a third in the Thames Valley,

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so how much of that rise is down to online grooming?

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Also: described as a tragic case, an inquest hears how four-year-old

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Barnaby died after he was run over by his father.

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And later on: Telling a story, the artist working

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on a larger-than-life project of the author Terry Pratchett.

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The number of child sex offences recorded

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by Thames Valley Police increased by more than a third last year.

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Figures obtained by the NSPCC show just under 2,500

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The charity says the figures may be down to the rise of online grooming,

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as well as survivors feeling more confident in reporting abuse.

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Here's our Home Affairs Correspondent, Peter Cooke.

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This Thames Valley father knows more than most about child sex offences.

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His daughter was groomed online and abused by this man, Billy Byrne.

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The then 22-year-old took explicit pictures of three underage girls

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and blackmailed them into having sex.

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How did they come to be on your mobile phone?

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Byrne is currently serving a ten year sentence for his crimes.

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His victim's father was grateful for the support

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We've protected his identity for his daughter's safety.

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The special unit they've got in the local police station was very

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homely and the officers were very caring.

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She was losing weight but she confided in a teacher.

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They should talk to their teachers initially and then

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Figures obtained by the NSPCC show a significant rise in recorded child

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sex offences by police forces across the South.

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Only Wiltshire Police saw a reduction.

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But there was nearly a 40% rise in the Thames Valley.

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The crime recording processes have changed so we are much better,

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much slicker at recording the right crimes, which is very positive

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and it demonstrates that people are happy

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They are confident in the service that we provide.

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They say they understand youngsters may not always

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We are working proactively to encourage people to come

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forward, through schools, education and through

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voluntary sectors that have contact with children.

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And using our best detective skills to then follow-up

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and to give the best service to the victims and give them

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Some of these offences are historical, but the force

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insists it'll take any reports seriously when victims feel

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Today's figures were published by the NSPCC.

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Earlier I spoke to Chris Cloke, the charity's head of

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He told me the growth of online grooming is having a major effect on

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the figures. We know that both family

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members can sexually abuse children in their families,

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and, you know, we've always said that a major threat in terms

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of sexual abuse comes from other family members or people

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who are known to the child, but online abuse is also

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increasingly significant. And with online abuse

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we know that abusers can, may be abusing several

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children at one time, What can be done to reduce

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the number of children We need to see prevention starting

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early and we need to see, we need to see children being warned

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about the dangers of child sexual abuse, and this can be done

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in a nonthreatening way. The message that we really need

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to encourage all children to hear is that if they have got concerns

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that they are at risk or are being And that maybe somebody at school,

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it might be a parent, and of course at the end of the day

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children can always telephone Childline,

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we're here 24 hours a day. What more can the police

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do, do you think? I think there is a need

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for training, and certainly in releasing these statistics today

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the NSPCC is calling for police We know that police officers

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are under a lot of pressure, a lot of stress, they have got

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a huge workload. We need to make it easy

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for policemen and women to do their jobs and so part

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of that is trading and we think they need to have training

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in dealing with online abuse. Of course, this abuse doesn't

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just affect the child at the moment it's happening,

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it can live with them That is absolutely right,

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and again the NSPCC is calling for improved treatment and recovery

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services for children And you're absolutely right,

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child may be being abused, but the actual impact might not

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happen until much later. So we need to have flexible packages

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of support and this needs Next, Thames Valley Police says it's

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working closely with local communities to allay fears linked

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to yesterday's terrorist It says it has a particular focus

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on supporting Muslim communities It says there is no intelligence

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to suggest a specific terror threat Questions are being asked

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about whether national security forces could have done more

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to prevent the London attack. What happens to people

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when they come across MI5's radar is that they are divided into one

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of two categories. Essential targets

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or Desirable targets. The London bombers of 2005 did

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come across MI5's radar, they were deemed to be Desirable

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but not Essential. An inquest has heard how a family

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day out to a swimming pool ended in the death

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of a four-year-old child. Barnaby Cork's father reversed

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over him in the car park of the leisure centre in Thame,

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two weeks before Christmas. The Coroner recorded a verdict

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of accidental death, Barnaby's parents, Stefan and Ela,

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didn't attend today's hearing The Coroner, Darren Salter,

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said the facts were not contentious and therefore there was no need

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to add to the family's distress. Barnaby had travelled

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with his family to Thame Leisure His father had parked

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in a disabled bay. The children got out

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of the car to go swimming, while the parents made arrangements

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to meet up later. Stefan then reversed, not

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realising his son was behind him. He said he didn't realise

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he'd run him over. Barnaby was airlifted to hospital

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with serious head injuries. The family launched a Just Giving

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page for the charity Our thoughts are very much

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with Barnaby's family at the moment and we were incredibly grateful

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and humble but they chose donating to us as one way of remembering

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Barnaby, and we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support

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that we've had. Closing the hearing,

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the coronor recorded that Barnaby He offered his condolences to the

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family on the loss of a young life The mother of an Oxfordshire

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teenager who died after taking Ecstasy wants all drugs to be

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legalised for over-18s. 15-year-old Martha Fernback

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died after taking MDMA Her mother campaigns for drugs to be

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regulated and licensed. Plans for a single unitary authority

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for Oxfordshire have been Oxfordshire County Council along

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with the district authorities in South Oxfordshire and the Vale

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of White Horse want to see a single But West Oxfordshire,

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Cherwell and Oxford City Education leaders in Swindon have

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set out their vision for improving It's after Ofsted published

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a letter in November, claiming pupils there

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were being failed The Swindon Challenge Board is now

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aiming to make sure that every school is rated good or better

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by Ofsted by the year 2020. The RSPCA are appealing for help

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in finding a home for one Tyson came to the charity after

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a cat scratch cost him his eye. On average, most dogs get

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re-homed within six weeks. Despite extensive social media

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campaigns Tyson has spent 10 months at their animal

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shelter near Aylesbury. Katharine Da Costa has

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been to meet him. Tyson is a five-year-old

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Rottweiler cross. As you can see he has

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only got one eye. So he came into us because in his

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previous home a cat attacked him, which meant that he had

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to have his eye removed, and sadly his previous owners

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couldn't afford the operation, so they signed him over

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to the RSPCA care. Obviously with his one eye,

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we do call him Captain Tyson and we have done a few Facebook

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posts where we've dressed It does suit his temperament as well

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because he is a little explorer. We do like to say that he's

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Captain Tyson, looking We have been mixing him

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and he has made a friend She is a nine-year-old crossbreed

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and she only has three legs so they are kind

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of the missing parts club. It is quite unusual for him

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to be here for so long A lot of dogs don't really show

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themselves to their best in the kennel and people forget

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that, so it is quite a high stress environments,

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with lots of dogs barking and lots of people walking around,

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so I think he just gets overlooked. He is very relaxed

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in his temperament. He really likes to just sort

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of lounge about during Like I said, he's got a very good

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sense of smell so he likes We are looking for a nice sort

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of loving family really. He can live with children

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over the age of 12. That's mostly because of his size

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really, and he could possibly live with another dog,

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a female would be good No cats though, which I think

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is quite understandable because he didn't like

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the last time. Yeah, I would be very sad to see him

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go but also if we find him the right Maybe someone will take

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Tyson and Lexi, then I'll be back after tonight's

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extended ten o'clock news. Now more of today's stories

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with Sally Taylor. Later, Sarah Farmer

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has the forecast. We've got a blustery

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couple of days to come. But a promising weekend

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on the horizon. Join me later for

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your full forecast. A decision is expected

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shortly on the future A government minister has been

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asked to decide if nine It would save millions of pounds,

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but would getting rid of local councillors make

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decisions less, well... Our Political Editor

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Peter Henley reports. Olive bottling in deepest Dorset.

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Olives Et Al have their production Buying the best olives

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from around the world and exporting globally,

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too, but they rely on local councils Getting a decision can take too

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long, they say, and as a result, the county's businesses aren't

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prospering as they should be. It's trying to find the right mouth,

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the right person to speak to. And inevitably, when you have spoken

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to one, you have to speak And I think this whole idea

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about trying to streamline the local authorities into just two

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will simplify that beyond belief. From Sturminster Newton

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to the world, the olives bottled here travel down in Dorset's

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superhighway, the A35. And according to the leader

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of Dorset Council, reducing nine councils to two will really help

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keep the wheels of the Surveys have shown that in general,

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people quite like decisions That's what we're

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seeing with Brexit. But in a modern, increasingly

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complicated world, it's one way of saving money

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and providing simplicity. Three councils are against

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the merger and the Christchurch MP Christopher Chope has been urging

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the Secretary of State not Can we have an early debate on how

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to prevent ineffective and wasteful councils seeking to seize

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by compulsion the assets and powers of their financially

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sound neighbours. He's talking about this man,

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the council leader in Bournemouth. The criticism is that overturning

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years of history to form one new super council in the urban east

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of Dorset will lead I think with the right councillors

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doing the job that they are elected to do and being accountable to local

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residents, it's the local residents The mayors' portraits tell

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the story of changing local We'll find out soon

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whether the government wants that Peter Henley, BBC South

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today, Bournemouth. A new temporary service station has

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opened at Fleet on the southbound M3 after the building was gutted

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by fire in December. The flatpack structure was formerly

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used as the food hall for Olympic athletes during the London 2012

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Games. The old building, badly damaged

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by a fire which started in a coffee machine,

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will be demolished with a new permanent service

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station opening next year. The fire was a terrible thing

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to happen, but primarily, no-one was injured,

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that was the main thing. And the fact is that

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when it reopens, it will be The original site opened in 1974,

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and since then, there have been But 44 years later,

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when it does open in 2018, it will be a brand-new building,

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it will look completely different to the way it did, and again,

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we'll have everything that's behind us inside and maybe some

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other things as well. Disney, Pompey, Mickey Mouse, surely

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there is a film to come out of it? It could be a film. Big development

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story today. Portsmouth's Chief Executive has

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told us fans should be cautiously optimistic after it was confirmed

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Pompey were entering formal talks to sell the club to the former

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Disney boss Michael Eisner. Trevor Birch will advise the club

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during negotiations, he was the administrator who helped

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save Portsmouth from extinction. We can reveal tonight US investment

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firm Inner Circle sports of other English clubs

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including Liverpool. There's nothing Mickey Mouse

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about Eisner's credentials. He is a man who led Walt Disney into

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the millennium, seen here opening Euro in Paris. The Disney culture

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came from Europe. Michael Eisner left behind that world in 2005,

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turning to other ventures. Football and Portsmouth could be next.

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Judging by his Critically today, Eisner has developed a soft spot

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during several months of research. There are no informal talks which

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could lead to a sale. He is an individual, with a proven track

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record of dealing in a responsible manner. He is heavily committed to

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community, charitable causes back in the States, so he takes a lot of

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boxers. He has gone over the lot of hurdles to get to this point. I

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think it's great for Pompey fans in general, the excitement is good.

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From our point of view, it's good for us to concentrate on the

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promotion, but this is great for everyone, so we will watch this

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space, like everyone else and fingers crossed, it goes well.

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Portsmouth's decline followed a highly public meltdown in 2010. Fans

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took control in 2013. And the winds of change may not be restricted to

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Portsmouth. While Eisner heralds American interest in Pompey,

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Southampton remains linked with a takeover from a sports within China.

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Eisner himself was linked with rating last year. But tonight, if

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Pompey are at the start of their own March two the Magic Kingdom.

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We will keep a very close eye on what happens at Portsmouth in the

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days and weeks to come. Interesting times. Moving across to Southampton

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now. Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse

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and Nathan Redmond made their international

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debuts last night. 25 minutes of England's defeat

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in Dortmund while Hampshire born Ward-Prowse was a late sub

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alongside his former team-mate Luke Shaw,

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now of Manchester United. Both stay with the squad

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for this weekend's world cup A foundry in Basingstoke is busy

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casting a series of bronze busts of the fantasy author Sir Terry

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Pratchett. They've been designed by Paul Kidby,

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who did many of the illustrations It's just a warm-up

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to a much bigger project - to create a larger than life statue

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of the man - to be placed not far The warm and mischievous expression

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of a local literary legend, emerging Welded, polished and brightened

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under the blowtorch. The artist's work

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is done, the experts at the foundry take it from here,

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making the vision into a bronze Paul Kidby was Sir Terry's

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artist of choice for well To him, it has been

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so important to get it right. Our relationship was,

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I loved his writing, And it seemed to be

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a mutual respect. So I have tried to capture Terry

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as best I can, really, from working with him, so the expression

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is really the expression I remember So, yeah, it's lovely

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to have been asked. Sir Terry died two years ago, eight

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years after being diagnosed with During his career, he wrote more

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than 70 books, including the passionate fans will forever be

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thankful for the worlds he shared with them, and will no doubt support

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Paul's next project is to create It's sort of an informal

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sculpture of Terry that ideally

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people will engage with. And hopefully, it will be

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intriguing, so there will be a few of Terry's characters

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there somewhere for you to find. I know what having

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a seven foot statue in the centre of Salisbury

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would mean to Terry. He would consider it

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completely ridiculous. However, he did feel

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that it would give the pigeons somewhere to rest,

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so he would find that quite amusing. But he would look at

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all of this and find it all rather bizarre,

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but I think secretly, very proud

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that we are doing this for him. There is a determination

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never to forget. An exhibition this

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autumn at Salisbury Museum will pay tribute,

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and friends say having these about the place will bring the man

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they miss a Amanda Parr reporting

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there from Basingstoke. I love a good statue and it would be

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lovely to see that in Salisbury. Did you think the likeness was

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extraordinary? Superb job. Sarah is here tonight

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with the weather. It has been a lovely day today, blustery. We have

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had glorious weather pictures. Grey and gloomy for some

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of our coastal spots today - this was the scene in Swanage taken

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by Gill Richards. This little robin is looking

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a little windswept - caught on camera by Dulcie Levett in

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Chichester. And a lovely scene at

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Cobler's Lock On The Kennet And Avon Blustery scenes today and more of

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that come in the next couple of days. Tonight is no exception. There

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is a split between wet and dry conditions tonight. For the coastal

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areas and the Isle of Wight, we have some rain nudging in along the

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coastal stretch here. That rainbow Centre, go through the course of

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tonight. Drier conditions the North. Where we stick with those east and

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north is, it will feel a little on the chilly side and those winds

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should do just enough to keep the frost at bay for most of us. A grey

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start tomorrow, perhaps damp for parts of Dorset first thing. But the

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cloud will gradually ease away, so brighter skies as we go into the

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afternoon. The keen easterly breeze will take the edge off the

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temperatures, so it will feel chilly with the wind. It looks like people

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start to lose any cloud through the course of tomorrow evening and it is

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a clear nights to come. Temperatures will take a job as a result and we

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can expect temperatures in our towns and cities to head down to two or

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three degrees. The breeze is still around and it will prevent a frost

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for most of us, but some sheltered spots could see a little frost. As

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we journey into Saturday, the high pressure is still in charge.

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Saturday is set fair, we will see decent, brighter skies through the

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course of the day. The good news is the winds eased down as well and

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decent sunny spells on the cards, particularly for Saturday. Sunday is

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still a largely dry picture, although a little cloudier. 35

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coastal areas tomorrow, but brighter further north. Cloudier for a Sunday

:23:24.:23:27.

and proud once again to start the new week.

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