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In tonight's programme: so it's goodbye from me,
Six weeks on, six people are still homeless
following an explosion in their block of flats.
Also tonight, re-united - the lorry driver meets
the woman who saved his life, when his heart stopped beating.
and later on , the weekend's football -
could this be the start of a great escape for Swindon Town?
A housing company says it's still working to find permanent
places to live for people left homeless following
Ten one-bedroom flats in Gibbs Crescent were destroyed
The remains of one resident were found in the rubble.
Habiba Gudal washes dishes in her communal kitchen.
She was moved into this flat after her home was destroyed
It was meant to be a temporary solution.
Now she says it's prolonging her nightmare.
First of all it's tiny, very small. Second, it's not easy for transport.
Plus, you know, I'm sharing with people I don't know. I'm really very
depressed and frustrated. Peter Schoen also had to move
out after the blast. Now in a room opposite Habiba, and
sharing the facilities, he too has frustrations. We're far away from
the city. It takes a good half hour to get to the city. That's the
frustration that I have difficulties with. On the weekend, you have to
get the bus right, if you get the bus wrong, you stand there for
hours. Thames Valley Police have finished their inquiries into the
cause of the explosion. It's passed its findings onto the Coroner.
Habiba says the uncertainty of her future is agonising. We've been kept
in the dark, when, how and if I get house even, what do I have? Nothing.
Everything's been lost. The flat operators A 2 dominion said they had
done everything possible to help affected residents. A statement
said: For Habiba, it doesn't look
like a solution will be found soon. Women, travelling from the Banbury
to Oxford to give birth, are facing journeys of more than 90
minutes, according Victoria Prentis is campaigning
against a plan to permanently downgrade the maternity unit
at the Horton Hospital, so that women with more complicated
pregnancies have to go to the John She tried out the journey with our
political reporter, Bethan Phillips. We are just leaving the Horton
maternity hospital, where I was born. We're driving to the John
Radcliffe maternity wing. This is a journey that hundreds
of mums to be are now facing, after the downgrade
of the Horton hospital. And Banbury MP Victoria Prentis says
a survey of nearly 400 patients has found that people are finding
the drive takes 80 minutes, I've had lots and lots of responses
to my travel survey and what the consensus of that has shown me is
that most people allow about two hours to make the journey. And also
to park. We might get there in an hour if we're lucky, we might not.
What it won't be, I'm sure, is the sort of journey, described by the
Trust and the clinical commissioning group in their evidence, which is
just taken from Google Maps. It's a journey currently
being contemplated by Heidi Yates, who's 35 weeks pregnant
with her second child. Theo arrived just an hour
after her waters broke. So she's nervous about
having to get to the JR. It's something that I'm trying not
to think about, whilst a lot of people think you're very fortunate
to be able to have a quick labour and in most cases, I've been very
lucky, but the prospect of that becoming a major concern about my
not making it to the hospital, it's not something that I'm feeling
particularly lucky at having. Meanwhile, on the road
from Banbury to Oxford, I feel so sorry for the dads. We're
an hour and five minutes into this journey. We are stuck in almost
stationary traffic. By this point, if the labour is progressing well,
their partners will really not be feeling great and will be quite
frustrated by being stuck in traffic. It must be awful to be the
dad and just feel completely powerless to do anything to help.
This journey took us one hour and nine minutes.
The clinical commissioning group - which is behind the plans to change
health services in Oxfordshire - says it will consider the survey
of journey times carried out by Victoria Prentis.
Two men have been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment
with a minimum term of 30 years each, following a murder
Mohamed Noor, on the left, and Albert Prempeh approached
a house in Osprey Close at 5am on the 13th September last year.
Noor pointed a gun through an open window and fired, shooting
He later died at Milton Keynes General Hospital.
A ?6 billion contract to decommission a dozen Magnox
nuclear power stations, including site being decommisioned
at Harwell, has been scrapped after what's been described
As a result, around ?100 million has been paid out in compensation
The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, told the Commons that an independent
inquiry would now take place, with the possibility
A lorry driver has been reunited with the woman who saved his life,
after he had a cardiac arrest while on a delivery in Cirencester.
Stuart James returned to the spot where he died,
then came back to life, just three weeks ago,
Without you, I wouldn't be here today. It's an emotional time.
Holding hands with the woman who saved his life, lorry driver
and father of two young children Stuart James is back
Stuart was delivering a sofa with his colleague Craig,
when he collapsed on the pavement and had a cardiac arrest I looked
I looked round a I thought, he's gone. I said, are you OK? He wasn't
breathing. He was purple and not responsive. At that moment an
eyewitness ran into the dog groomers opposite, knowing Drawn, who worked
there, had been in the Army. She came straight outside to help Stuart
and at that point, her military training kicked in. I made sure his
airway was clear. I checked his pulse. There was absolutely nothing.
I started two rescue breaths and then the chest compressions. Dawn's
quick actions kept the blood pumping around Stuart's body bringing him
Stuart was airlifted to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
When he woke up a few hours later he had no idea what had happened.
I just thought I might have passed out and banged my head,
then to be told I'd died and been brought back, it's quite
I can't thank her enough for giving me a second chance.
Knowing I can still see my kids grow up.
Dawn is now raising money for a defribrillator to be placed
outside her dog grooming shop, so that others can be saved
A boy from Aylesbury has been told his life-threatening
Ollie Gardiner was given just months to live,
after being diagnosed with cancer of the brain and spine in 2015.
After a number of failed sessions of chemotherapy,
his community raised more than ?400,000 so he could
Matt Graveling has been to meet him.
In this house, even the most mundane of moments are cherished.
10-year-old Theo and 11-year-old brother Ollie.
Sorry, 12-year-old brother Ollie, have an extra special bond.
Ollie is currently battling cancer, but with the love of his
...and cat Lucy, Ollie is winning his fight.
One year ago, this normal life seemed gone forever, but now,
thanks to a huge fundraising drive to pay for private treatment,
Here we are at, this is where Olly goes to school as a year nine. He's
going to be doing his GCSEs here... Actually I'm in year eight. This is
a hard job, do you think you can do better? I think I can do a lot
better. Give me the microphone. Hi, I'm Olly. In 2015, I was told that I
had cancer in my brain and my spine. I had ten sessions of chemotherapy
and 34 sessions of radio therapy, but this didn't work. My treatment
now isn't available on the NHS, so lovely people have raised ?400,000
for me. We've been stopped in the street and he gets a hug and people
just love him. They've taken him to heart. The fundraisers and
donations, without that, Olly wouldn't be here today. Last week, I
was told my tumours are shrinking. After my treatment, I hope my
tumours will be gone forever. Olly's such a positive young man. He comes
into school and the school community love to see him. He comes back with
piles of marking for teachers and he just approaches everything with such
fortitude that we're really proud of him. That's how you do it. Right,
can I have my job back now please? No. Olly gardener, BBC South Today.
One of the best pieces of this programme for a very long time. Snvm
Follow that Sally Taylor. Bye for now.
A care home in West Sussex says it will have to close within a month,
The Abbeyfield in Bognor Regis provides shelter for up to 18
elderly people, but at a time when many areas
are struggling to find accommodation in care homes and nursing homes,
it's having to give up due to lack of demand.
Lunchtime for the few remaining residents at Abbeyfield.
It's provided sheltered accommodation for 60 years
and additionally a care home for two decades.
However, a ?30,000 boiler replacement bill caused budget
The boiler issue was resolved, but in the meantime, nine of the 14
care home residents left, and it's now unviable
The home, rated good by the Care Quality Commission,
says it's offered rooms to help relieve hospital bed-blocking
Twice a week, the hospital sent it to
others to see what bed availability we have.
We tell them, but we never hear anything back.
My chairman last year, when there was a lot of talk
in the media about it, she wrote to Worthing Hospital,
Bognor Hospital, Sir Richard's at Chichester and
social services to say we had rooms and respite rooms available for
people and not one of them replied, nobody.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said it provides a list
of care and nursing home vacancies to patients who cannot return
to their own home, but it doesn't make recommendations.
The Bognor home is an independent local charity but affiliated
to a national umbrella group called The Abbeyfield Society,
which says it has been financially supporting the Bognor home recently
and will continue to do so until all residents are re-housed
when the building will be sold to recover costs.
No date has been confirmed for the closure.
Police are appealing for more information
after a body was discovered in Winchester last week.
Police have released this photo of the victim,
His body was found at a house in Birch Court
in the Stanmore area on Wednesday afternoon.
A 58-year-old man from Winchester who was arrested on Friday has
The Bournemouth East MP and Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood has
said he's "heartbroken" that he couldn't do more to help
the officer killed in last week's attack on parliament.
Mr Ellwood gave first aid to PC Keith Palmer after he was stabbed
by Khalid Masood at the gates of the Houses of Parliament.
Mr Ellwood said in a statement today that he was "deeply
"humbled and overwhelmed" by messages of support.
Tributes are being paid to the leader of West Berkshire Council
who has died five weeks after he was involved
70-year-old Roger Croft was seriously injured
in the collision last month, which killed his wife, Zelda.
I think he was a very no-nonsense character,
he knew what he wanted and was not afraid to say it, which
But he also listened, and I think that is
extremely important for us to remember.
He did listen to others and he did lead
Modern-day piracy may seem a world away from the south.
But the trauma of kidnappings at sea are now at their highest level
for a decade with obvious implications for a region which
Now a Hampshire-based charity has launched a crisis response
network to help victims of piracy and trauma.
When I got to the captain's room, the pirates were shouting,
They did not know that he was already dead in the engine room.
32-year-old Adi Manurung from Indonesia was one of 26 people
kidnapped when the fishing boat he was on - the Naham three -
was seized by pirates, just off The Seychelles.
These BBC News pictures show the crew's release last October.
They forced us to eat one by one and we were frightened.
The food was terrible and we ate mice and wild cats to survive.
Thousands of miles away in a corner of Hampshire
the Southampton-based Sailors' Society are helping people like Adi.
Their crisis response network means they've trained 20
They offer 24 hour support to victims of piracy
And if you think about coming out of a trauma and having no support
which for many of these people that's the case, you know
the majority of seafarers now come from developing countries and that's
where we step in so, yes, it's invaluable.
It comes just a few weeks after this: Somali pirates
hijacking an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia.
There was no hope, but I just kept praying anyway.
Adi says it's thanks to his faith that he survived five
He now want to help others like him to rebuild their lives.
Now for the sport. Where are we at as far as the takeover is concerned?
So many people will remember that the dreadful, dreadful fall from
grace Portsmouth had and lived it, they will want to be reassured that
of an overseas investors coming in, it is absolutely for the right
reasons. He's taken a big interest in the club and is monitoring things
very closely. Portsmouth's prospective
new owner was among those celebrating their victory
on Saturday as Paul Cook's men pushed closer to
promotion from League Two. Carl Baker played a lovely ball
into Kyle Bennett as Pompey took It was 2-0 after the break when
Conor Chaplin set up Kal Naismith. But the Welsh side did show some
fight and pulled a goal back Pompey held on and the win
was greeted by this tweet from American Michael Eisner
who listened to the commentary Portsmouth have a six-point lead
over Stevenage in fourth and a much They remain seven points
behind Plymouth who won Pompey face Hartlepool, Yeovil
and Plymouth in their next three. There were goalless draws for both
Oxford and MK Dons this weekend United keeper Simon Eastwood saved a
penalty as Oxford held Northampton. Meanwhile a priceless win
for Swindon, in the 94th minute of their game with Millwall,
substitute Conor Thomas secured a 1-0 win to keep their hopes
of avoiding the drop alive. An Aldershot Farnham and district
runner mixed with the best cross country athletes in the world this
weekend Louise Small put in a very
creditable display in breaking the top 40 in the women's race
of the world cross country In a field dominated by Africa's
traditionally strong runners, Small finished 37th out of 106
in a quick race which finished The National League season and with
Reading dropping to third after losing a close game at... The
rockets are now set to face the kestrels at the end of the season.
The scale of the challenge facing Sir Ben Ainslie and his Portsmouth
based team competing in the America's Cup is highlighted
by the latest results from practice races in Bermuda where the cup
will be defended by America this summer.
Britain won two of the ten races it competed in last week,
while the Americans dominated the field winning nine
BAR have released more images of their boat and the team hard
60 days until racing starts for real, but the phoney war
Five of the six teams that will compete in the America Cup racing
These first images from the British team's
drone show the race boats are one, hitting the water and at times,
They won two of their ten practice races last week, so Ben
Ainslie described it as a useful few days going into the next design
No new team has ever won the cup at the first attempt.
Ainslie once again is trying to make history.
A host of golden daffodils in Thatcham - Dot Williams
A lovely day for a walk in Emsworth - here's a brave poodle
And this is Harnham Bridge in the lunchtime sun -
It was a glorious day in the region with sunshine and temperatures of 16
Celsius. What of the week ahead have in store? There will be sunny spells
throughout and the warm air that goes with it, too. But things will
become a bit more showery from midweek. For tonight, a clear night
and a bit of mist and fog by dawn for some places, but not too bad.
Most places having lows of around seven Celsius. Same for tomorrow
morning, and any mist and fog burns off quickly when the sun comes up.
Good sunny spells and a bit more cloud through the afternoon. A odd
shower coming from the south-west. Tomorrow's high, 15 Celsius. A bit
cooler along the coast. Through tomorrow evening, cloud builds and
we may see rain, especially for the southern part of the region, but the
cloudy skies, temperatures not dropping much below double figures,
tender Celsius mostly. Looking to Wednesday, it is a cloudy picture,
but many places are staying dry throughout the day. We had this rain
band to the north and it is never far away. It may just wiggle in now
and then. Most places will spend the day dry with a high of 14 Celsius.
Looking toward Thursday, we will see high pressure moving away to the
continent and a cold front moving in from the West will impact things.
Some cloud on Thursday, bright spells, too. By Friday, it is a
better picture. Cooler, fresher conditions and some rain coming
persistence for a while. For the weekend, we are looking at: showery
conditions on Saturday and Sunday, a ridge of high pressure builds up and
we may see sunny spells. Thank you, Sam.
It's one of the oldest heritage sites in the South
and was the capital of England's cultural and political life
But despite their international significance, the ruins
of Reading Abbey have been closed for eight years since
Now, after years of delays and wrangling over cost,
work has started to repair the crumbling walls ahead
of the grand opening of the town's Abbey quarter,
It was built by Henry I for the salvation of his soul.
Nine centuries later, the ruins of Reading Abbey
These techniques actually go back over 10,000 years
and it's one of the earliest forms of building, and it's literally
within the last two or three years that we're really re-learning
and re-discovering how these buildings were actually originally
built, and there's nothing better for the building itself
then using the material it was intended to be built with.
This hot lyme mortar is exactly what Henry used
What's left though is just 20% of a vast complex that stretched
Pretty much every King or Queen came here.
they might have been here staying with the Abbot.
There's a thousand years of history here.
It's internationally important history, it's
not just local history, and Reading needs to shout about it
and that's what this project's about.
Henry is buried here, but there were worries that he wouldn't
has closed the ruins for the best part of a decade.
In 2009, repairs began but the damage was more
In April 2011, plans for an eight million pound
But it was late 2015 before funding was finally secured
Back in the 1100s, Reading Abbey would have
taken 40 years to build, the equivalent cost in modern times
But the team here have just one year to complete this before it
The total cost of the restoration, about three million pounds.
A figure that may sound like a king's ransom,
but less than half has come from the council coffers.
Reading obviously is associated with commerce,
and that's great, but also Reading is also placed with a fantastic
cultural offering and we believe we can build on that,
develop the Abbey Quarter as a cultural attraction
and attract a wider public to Reading.
Once finished, the ruins will re-open as the centre
of the new Abbey Quarter, taking its rightful and original