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In tonight's programme: so it's goodbye from me,

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Six weeks on, six people are still homeless

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following an explosion in their block of flats.

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Also tonight, re-united - the lorry driver meets

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the woman who saved his life, when his heart stopped beating.

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and later on , the weekend's football -

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could this be the start of a great escape for Swindon Town?

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A housing company says it's still working to find permanent

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places to live for people left homeless following

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Ten one-bedroom flats in Gibbs Crescent were destroyed

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The remains of one resident were found in the rubble.

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Habiba Gudal washes dishes in her communal kitchen.

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She was moved into this flat after her home was destroyed

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It was meant to be a temporary solution.

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Now she says it's prolonging her nightmare.

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First of all it's tiny, very small. Second, it's not easy for transport.

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Plus, you know, I'm sharing with people I don't know. I'm really very

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depressed and frustrated. Peter Schoen also had to move

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out after the blast. Now in a room opposite Habiba, and

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sharing the facilities, he too has frustrations. We're far away from

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the city. It takes a good half hour to get to the city. That's the

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frustration that I have difficulties with. On the weekend, you have to

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get the bus right, if you get the bus wrong, you stand there for

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hours. Thames Valley Police have finished their inquiries into the

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cause of the explosion. It's passed its findings onto the Coroner.

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Habiba says the uncertainty of her future is agonising. We've been kept

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in the dark, when, how and if I get house even, what do I have? Nothing.

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Everything's been lost. The flat operators A 2 dominion said they had

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done everything possible to help affected residents. A statement

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said: For Habiba, it doesn't look

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like a solution will be found soon. Women, travelling from the Banbury

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to Oxford to give birth, are facing journeys of more than 90

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minutes, according Victoria Prentis is campaigning

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against a plan to permanently downgrade the maternity unit

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at the Horton Hospital, so that women with more complicated

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pregnancies have to go to the John She tried out the journey with our

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political reporter, Bethan Phillips. We are just leaving the Horton

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maternity hospital, where I was born. We're driving to the John

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Radcliffe maternity wing. This is a journey that hundreds

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of mums to be are now facing, after the downgrade

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of the Horton hospital. And Banbury MP Victoria Prentis says

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a survey of nearly 400 patients has found that people are finding

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the drive takes 80 minutes, I've had lots and lots of responses

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to my travel survey and what the consensus of that has shown me is

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that most people allow about two hours to make the journey. And also

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to park. We might get there in an hour if we're lucky, we might not.

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What it won't be, I'm sure, is the sort of journey, described by the

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Trust and the clinical commissioning group in their evidence, which is

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just taken from Google Maps. It's a journey currently

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being contemplated by Heidi Yates, who's 35 weeks pregnant

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with her second child. Theo arrived just an hour

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after her waters broke. So she's nervous about

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having to get to the JR. It's something that I'm trying not

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to think about, whilst a lot of people think you're very fortunate

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to be able to have a quick labour and in most cases, I've been very

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lucky, but the prospect of that becoming a major concern about my

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not making it to the hospital, it's not something that I'm feeling

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particularly lucky at having. Meanwhile, on the road

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from Banbury to Oxford, I feel so sorry for the dads. We're

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an hour and five minutes into this journey. We are stuck in almost

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stationary traffic. By this point, if the labour is progressing well,

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their partners will really not be feeling great and will be quite

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frustrated by being stuck in traffic. It must be awful to be the

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dad and just feel completely powerless to do anything to help.

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This journey took us one hour and nine minutes.

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The clinical commissioning group - which is behind the plans to change

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health services in Oxfordshire - says it will consider the survey

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of journey times carried out by Victoria Prentis.

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Two men have been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment

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with a minimum term of 30 years each, following a murder

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Mohamed Noor, on the left, and Albert Prempeh approached

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a house in Osprey Close at 5am on the 13th September last year.

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Noor pointed a gun through an open window and fired, shooting

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He later died at Milton Keynes General Hospital.

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A ?6 billion contract to decommission a dozen Magnox

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nuclear power stations, including site being decommisioned

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at Harwell, has been scrapped after what's been described

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As a result, around ?100 million has been paid out in compensation

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The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, told the Commons that an independent

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inquiry would now take place, with the possibility

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A lorry driver has been reunited with the woman who saved his life,

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after he had a cardiac arrest while on a delivery in Cirencester.

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Stuart James returned to the spot where he died,

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then came back to life, just three weeks ago,

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Without you, I wouldn't be here today. It's an emotional time.

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Holding hands with the woman who saved his life, lorry driver

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and father of two young children Stuart James is back

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Stuart was delivering a sofa with his colleague Craig,

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when he collapsed on the pavement and had a cardiac arrest I looked

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I looked round a I thought, he's gone. I said, are you OK? He wasn't

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breathing. He was purple and not responsive. At that moment an

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eyewitness ran into the dog groomers opposite, knowing Drawn, who worked

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there, had been in the Army. She came straight outside to help Stuart

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and at that point, her military training kicked in. I made sure his

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airway was clear. I checked his pulse. There was absolutely nothing.

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I started two rescue breaths and then the chest compressions. Dawn's

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quick actions kept the blood pumping around Stuart's body bringing him

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Stuart was airlifted to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

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When he woke up a few hours later he had no idea what had happened.

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I just thought I might have passed out and banged my head,

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then to be told I'd died and been brought back, it's quite

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I can't thank her enough for giving me a second chance.

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Knowing I can still see my kids grow up.

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Dawn is now raising money for a defribrillator to be placed

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outside her dog grooming shop, so that others can be saved

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A boy from Aylesbury has been told his life-threatening

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Ollie Gardiner was given just months to live,

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after being diagnosed with cancer of the brain and spine in 2015.

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After a number of failed sessions of chemotherapy,

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his community raised more than ?400,000 so he could

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Matt Graveling has been to meet him.

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In this house, even the most mundane of moments are cherished.

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10-year-old Theo and 11-year-old brother Ollie.

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Sorry, 12-year-old brother Ollie, have an extra special bond.

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Ollie is currently battling cancer, but with the love of his

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...and cat Lucy, Ollie is winning his fight.

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One year ago, this normal life seemed gone forever, but now,

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thanks to a huge fundraising drive to pay for private treatment,

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Here we are at, this is where Olly goes to school as a year nine. He's

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going to be doing his GCSEs here... Actually I'm in year eight. This is

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a hard job, do you think you can do better? I think I can do a lot

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better. Give me the microphone. Hi, I'm Olly. In 2015, I was told that I

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had cancer in my brain and my spine. I had ten sessions of chemotherapy

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and 34 sessions of radio therapy, but this didn't work. My treatment

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now isn't available on the NHS, so lovely people have raised ?400,000

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for me. We've been stopped in the street and he gets a hug and people

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just love him. They've taken him to heart. The fundraisers and

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donations, without that, Olly wouldn't be here today. Last week, I

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was told my tumours are shrinking. After my treatment, I hope my

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tumours will be gone forever. Olly's such a positive young man. He comes

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into school and the school community love to see him. He comes back with

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piles of marking for teachers and he just approaches everything with such

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fortitude that we're really proud of him. That's how you do it. Right,

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can I have my job back now please? No. Olly gardener, BBC South Today.

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One of the best pieces of this programme for a very long time. Snvm

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Follow that Sally Taylor. Bye for now.

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A care home in West Sussex says it will have to close within a month,

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The Abbeyfield in Bognor Regis provides shelter for up to 18

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elderly people, but at a time when many areas

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are struggling to find accommodation in care homes and nursing homes,

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it's having to give up due to lack of demand.

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Lunchtime for the few remaining residents at Abbeyfield.

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It's provided sheltered accommodation for 60 years

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and additionally a care home for two decades.

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However, a ?30,000 boiler replacement bill caused budget

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The boiler issue was resolved, but in the meantime, nine of the 14

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care home residents left, and it's now unviable

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The home, rated good by the Care Quality Commission,

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says it's offered rooms to help relieve hospital bed-blocking

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Twice a week, the hospital sent it to

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others to see what bed availability we have.

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We tell them, but we never hear anything back.

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My chairman last year, when there was a lot of talk

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in the media about it, she wrote to Worthing Hospital,

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Bognor Hospital, Sir Richard's at Chichester and

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social services to say we had rooms and respite rooms available for

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people and not one of them replied, nobody.

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Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said it provides a list

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of care and nursing home vacancies to patients who cannot return

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to their own home, but it doesn't make recommendations.

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The Bognor home is an independent local charity but affiliated

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to a national umbrella group called The Abbeyfield Society,

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which says it has been financially supporting the Bognor home recently

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and will continue to do so until all residents are re-housed

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when the building will be sold to recover costs.

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No date has been confirmed for the closure.

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Police are appealing for more information

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after a body was discovered in Winchester last week.

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Police have released this photo of the victim,

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His body was found at a house in Birch Court

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in the Stanmore area on Wednesday afternoon.

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A 58-year-old man from Winchester who was arrested on Friday has

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The Bournemouth East MP and Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood has

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said he's "heartbroken" that he couldn't do more to help

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the officer killed in last week's attack on parliament.

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Mr Ellwood gave first aid to PC Keith Palmer after he was stabbed

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by Khalid Masood at the gates of the Houses of Parliament.

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Mr Ellwood said in a statement today that he was "deeply

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"humbled and overwhelmed" by messages of support.

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Tributes are being paid to the leader of West Berkshire Council

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who has died five weeks after he was involved

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70-year-old Roger Croft was seriously injured

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in the collision last month, which killed his wife, Zelda.

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I think he was a very no-nonsense character,

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he knew what he wanted and was not afraid to say it, which

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But he also listened, and I think that is

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extremely important for us to remember.

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He did listen to others and he did lead

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Modern-day piracy may seem a world away from the south.

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But the trauma of kidnappings at sea are now at their highest level

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for a decade with obvious implications for a region which

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Now a Hampshire-based charity has launched a crisis response

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network to help victims of piracy and trauma.

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When I got to the captain's room, the pirates were shouting,

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They did not know that he was already dead in the engine room.

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32-year-old Adi Manurung from Indonesia was one of 26 people

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kidnapped when the fishing boat he was on - the Naham three -

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was seized by pirates, just off The Seychelles.

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These BBC News pictures show the crew's release last October.

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They forced us to eat one by one and we were frightened.

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The food was terrible and we ate mice and wild cats to survive.

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Thousands of miles away in a corner of Hampshire

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the Southampton-based Sailors' Society are helping people like Adi.

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Their crisis response network means they've trained 20

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They offer 24 hour support to victims of piracy

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And if you think about coming out of a trauma and having no support

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which for many of these people that's the case, you know

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the majority of seafarers now come from developing countries and that's

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where we step in so, yes, it's invaluable.

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It comes just a few weeks after this: Somali pirates

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hijacking an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia.

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There was no hope, but I just kept praying anyway.

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Adi says it's thanks to his faith that he survived five

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He now want to help others like him to rebuild their lives.

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Now for the sport. Where are we at as far as the takeover is concerned?

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So many people will remember that the dreadful, dreadful fall from

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grace Portsmouth had and lived it, they will want to be reassured that

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of an overseas investors coming in, it is absolutely for the right

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reasons. He's taken a big interest in the club and is monitoring things

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very closely. Portsmouth's prospective

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new owner was among those celebrating their victory

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on Saturday as Paul Cook's men pushed closer to

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promotion from League Two. Carl Baker played a lovely ball

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into Kyle Bennett as Pompey took It was 2-0 after the break when

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Conor Chaplin set up Kal Naismith. But the Welsh side did show some

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fight and pulled a goal back Pompey held on and the win

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was greeted by this tweet from American Michael Eisner

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who listened to the commentary Portsmouth have a six-point lead

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over Stevenage in fourth and a much They remain seven points

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behind Plymouth who won Pompey face Hartlepool, Yeovil

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and Plymouth in their next three. There were goalless draws for both

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Oxford and MK Dons this weekend United keeper Simon Eastwood saved a

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penalty as Oxford held Northampton. Meanwhile a priceless win

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for Swindon, in the 94th minute of their game with Millwall,

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substitute Conor Thomas secured a 1-0 win to keep their hopes

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of avoiding the drop alive. An Aldershot Farnham and district

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runner mixed with the best cross country athletes in the world this

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weekend Louise Small put in a very

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creditable display in breaking the top 40 in the women's race

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of the world cross country In a field dominated by Africa's

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traditionally strong runners, Small finished 37th out of 106

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in a quick race which finished The National League season and with

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Reading dropping to third after losing a close game at... The

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rockets are now set to face the kestrels at the end of the season.

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The scale of the challenge facing Sir Ben Ainslie and his Portsmouth

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based team competing in the America's Cup is highlighted

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by the latest results from practice races in Bermuda where the cup

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will be defended by America this summer.

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Britain won two of the ten races it competed in last week,

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while the Americans dominated the field winning nine

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BAR have released more images of their boat and the team hard

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60 days until racing starts for real, but the phoney war

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Five of the six teams that will compete in the America Cup racing

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These first images from the British team's

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drone show the race boats are one, hitting the water and at times,

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They won two of their ten practice races last week, so Ben

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Ainslie described it as a useful few days going into the next design

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No new team has ever won the cup at the first attempt.

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Ainslie once again is trying to make history.

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A host of golden daffodils in Thatcham - Dot Williams

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A lovely day for a walk in Emsworth - here's a brave poodle

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And this is Harnham Bridge in the lunchtime sun -

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It was a glorious day in the region with sunshine and temperatures of 16

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Celsius. What of the week ahead have in store? There will be sunny spells

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throughout and the warm air that goes with it, too. But things will

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become a bit more showery from midweek. For tonight, a clear night

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and a bit of mist and fog by dawn for some places, but not too bad.

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Most places having lows of around seven Celsius. Same for tomorrow

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morning, and any mist and fog burns off quickly when the sun comes up.

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Good sunny spells and a bit more cloud through the afternoon. A odd

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shower coming from the south-west. Tomorrow's high, 15 Celsius. A bit

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cooler along the coast. Through tomorrow evening, cloud builds and

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we may see rain, especially for the southern part of the region, but the

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cloudy skies, temperatures not dropping much below double figures,

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tender Celsius mostly. Looking to Wednesday, it is a cloudy picture,

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but many places are staying dry throughout the day. We had this rain

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band to the north and it is never far away. It may just wiggle in now

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and then. Most places will spend the day dry with a high of 14 Celsius.

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Looking toward Thursday, we will see high pressure moving away to the

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continent and a cold front moving in from the West will impact things.

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Some cloud on Thursday, bright spells, too. By Friday, it is a

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better picture. Cooler, fresher conditions and some rain coming

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persistence for a while. For the weekend, we are looking at: showery

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conditions on Saturday and Sunday, a ridge of high pressure builds up and

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we may see sunny spells. Thank you, Sam.

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It's one of the oldest heritage sites in the South

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and was the capital of England's cultural and political life

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But despite their international significance, the ruins

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of Reading Abbey have been closed for eight years since

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Now, after years of delays and wrangling over cost,

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work has started to repair the crumbling walls ahead

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of the grand opening of the town's Abbey quarter,

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It was built by Henry I for the salvation of his soul.

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Nine centuries later, the ruins of Reading Abbey

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These techniques actually go back over 10,000 years

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and it's one of the earliest forms of building, and it's literally

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within the last two or three years that we're really re-learning

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and re-discovering how these buildings were actually originally

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built, and there's nothing better for the building itself

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then using the material it was intended to be built with.

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This hot lyme mortar is exactly what Henry used

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What's left though is just 20% of a vast complex that stretched

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Pretty much every King or Queen came here.

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they might have been here staying with the Abbot.

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There's a thousand years of history here.

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It's internationally important history, it's

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not just local history, and Reading needs to shout about it

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and that's what this project's about.

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Henry is buried here, but there were worries that he wouldn't

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has closed the ruins for the best part of a decade.

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In 2009, repairs began but the damage was more

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In April 2011, plans for an eight million pound

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But it was late 2015 before funding was finally secured

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Back in the 1100s, Reading Abbey would have

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taken 40 years to build, the equivalent cost in modern times

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But the team here have just one year to complete this before it

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The total cost of the restoration, about three million pounds.

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A figure that may sound like a king's ransom,

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but less than half has come from the council coffers.

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Reading obviously is associated with commerce,

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and that's great, but also Reading is also placed with a fantastic

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cultural offering and we believe we can build on that,

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develop the Abbey Quarter as a cultural attraction

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and attract a wider public to Reading.

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Once finished, the ruins will re-open as the centre

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of the new Abbey Quarter, taking its rightful and original

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