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Pleas from drivers and cyclists not to cut back on inspections
Women mark the spot where they've suffered street harassment,
And later on, one of the most remarkable finds ever -
as the BBC's Antiques Roadshow rolls into town.
Plans to change the way Reading's roads are repaired are due to be
Currently, A-roads are inspected every month.
The council wants to change that to every three months.
Inspections of B-roads will be every six months,
instead of the current three month check.
Those in charge say it's due to Government funding cuts.
One minute you're on a good bit of road and you can have your head up
and you can be looking at the traffic around you,
and the next minute, you're really navigating
some quite bad undulations and potholes.
For Andrew Slater, riding around Reading on his
Motorcyclists and cyclists are the most
vulnerable road users in the
The longer we take looking down at the road
surface rather than up and around at all the other hazards, the more
likely it is that we are going to come into conflict with another road
Well, roads like this one in Reading are checked regularly for
everyday wear and tear, but under new plans, A roads will go
from being inspected every month to every three months.
And B rouds from every three months to every six months.
The council say their hands are tied because of cuts to their
The council shares concerns about the
very substantial reductions in highway maintenance that we have
suffered at the hands of cuts in Government grants.
But the good news is that the council is also spending
the Government's pothole money more effectively than the Government ever
The Government allows ?53 per pothole.
We are doing it for ?43, because we are using
And even the mention of the word pothole is about to get most
In France, when you drive on the road,
When you drive in Great Britain, it's like
Well, at the moment, the potholes are awful.
In fact, only yesterday, I was driving up New Lane Hill
and a new one has arrived and it is huge.
As Andrew gets back on his bike, Reading Borough Council decided they
are going to drive ahead with their plans at the meeting this week.
A three-month-old baby has died after suffering serious injuries
The boy was taken to the town's Great Western Hospital last month
and later transferred to Bristol Royal Infirmary.
A 50-year-old man remains on police bail.
A man's died in police custody in Reading.
The 44-year-old was arrested on Saturday and taken
He was given a medical check on arrival, but
was found unconscious in his cell yesterday.
Thames Valley Police says it's referred itself to the Independent
Police Complaints Commission, because the death happened
Women in Oxford have been writing slogans on pavements in the city
centre to raise awareness of what they're calling
Campaigners are taking part in a global movement -
staging a "chalk walk" about the problem of catcalling,
The group says this kind of behaviour prevents some women
Making their feelings known on the pavements where they have
A timely protest for International Anti-street Harassment Week.
People that have reported harrassment to us
have reported all sorts of different harassment, from groping and
learing to cat catcalling, wolf whistling, cars beeping, that kind
That's the kind of thing uncomfortable that can make
people feel uncomfortable, like they can't
access space the same way that you would if you weren't being harassed.
The campaign website has an interactive map
showing dozens of places in the
city centre where there have been reports of incidents.
I find it happens quite a lot when I'm out running.
So someone might maybe wind their window down
or beep their horn or yell something out of the car as they go past.
And it's just unnecessary and it makes you
I was just talking to some young teenagers,
just over there, and they were saying, "It's
They say, "Yeah, when I get catcalled, I feel naked."
That's such a good way of putting it.
Those are young women experiencing that and as soon as I
started talking to them, they knew exactly what I was
And the feeling that they say, "I feel embarrassed, I feel
That's not OK, so we should be able to stand up and speak out
The group certainly got its message noticed,
Are you yourself, any time, would you say?
And I'm probably not going to stop because of some words on the floor.
But these women hope most people will remember the message
Vehicles that break the weight limit on Marlow Bridge will now be
The Grade One listed bridge closed for two
months last year after a 37-tonne lorry got stuck.
More than 600 vehicles too heavy to use the crossing
have been turned away in the last few weeks.
A Wiltshire soldier, who was awarded a Victoria Cross
in the First World War, has been honoured in his home town.
William Gosling defused a British bomb, which had misfired
and landed in front of him, saving dozens of lives.
A Wroughton farmer remembered for one act of extraordinary
courage, almost 100 years ago to the day.
On April 5th 1917, 24-year-old William Gosling found
A faulty bomb fired from his own side landed in the mud
just yards in front of his line, but didn't explode.
William immediately jumped out of the trench to defuse
His act was recorded in the London Gazette that same year.
Sergeant Gosling sprang out, lifted the nose of the bomb, which had sunk
into the ground, unscrewed the fuse and threw it on
the ground, where it immediately exploded.
This very gallant and prompt action undoubtedly saved the
This event 100 years on has given an opportunity
for people to remember, you know, that extraordinary
How long did he actually have before it
Well, I understand about ten seconds.
It just feels so nice that the whole village came out.
The service in the church was really lovely and I think
people have thought, "Yeah, this is our boy.
And also the fact that William's daughter Marion
Yes, I think it was very nice and there can't be many people
from the First World War whose children are still alive.
It makes the history of the Great War seem
Two teenage footballers from Africa have been passing on their skills
to children at a village school in Oxfordshire.
They're part of project which helps African children
into university or gain a professional football contract.
In Africa, an education is still a privilege,
A recent report shows 30 million primary-age children
But where lessons are lacking, their focus turns to football.
Now one organisation, is combining the two.
My name is King. I'm from Canada. I'm here to teach the kids about
I'm here to teach the kids about football.
King and Clinton, both seventeen, are graduates of Right to Dream,
an organisation that finds, and nurtures, talented
children in West Africa, helping them to further education,
or a career as a professional footballer.
The pair, who have travelled more than 3,000
miles from their home in Ghana, are teaching the children
the importance of sport and education.
Kids at the academy who are coming from a very, very challenging
backgrounds, they are not supported by anything. We look at about 30,000
kids a year and we offer about ten or up to 15 scholarships, so they
have got in. If I was a kid from Oxfordshire, I would be pretty
inspired by that. I would say, if these guys can do it, why cant I?
I would say, if these guys can do it, why cant I?
First launched in 1999, many graduates now play football
It also promotes role models, encouraging former members
to give back, and inspire the next generation.
You find the values which are self discipline, initiative, passion,
giving back, winning. You are ready to listen. It's a really fantastic
opportunity for our students to gain an understanding about how football
works across the world and how sports can change lives. This year
their stories is a really powerful motivator our students. Hashtag to
hear their stories is a really powerful motivator for our stories
powerful motivator for our stories two students.
Right to Dream has recently bought their own professional team
in Denmark and continues to expand in Europe and the USA.
Its impressive growth now means the dream for many African children,
Oxford United may have lost their second Checkatrade Trophy
final in two years, but the match at Wembley made the club around
Back at Wembley this time as favourites.
About 30,000 supporters were hoping the Yellows could avenge last year's
Confidence was high with Coventry bottom
Last year was a really big day out and very enjoyable. I am more
nervous this time, because I want to come away with a win. I am very
excited, it is my first time here. What about you, page? But back I'm
very excited. If they perform... United were careless from the start
allowing Gael Bigirimana to give In the second half,
George Thomas put Substitute Liam Sercombe
got Oxford back into the game, but despite late
pressure, Coventry held on. Obviously, we wanted to win the game
get the result, but, you know... It was a good thing for me, personally.
It will always stay with me now, that score at Wembley. It is a good
thing, personally, but it means nothing at the minute.
Manager Michael Appleton said his team performed well below
the standards they've set themselves.
There is no doubt about it, we knew that we could create chances, as it
happened, we did. But for whatever reason, it didn't happen on the day.
But for whatever reason, it didn't happen on the day.
some Oxford said they won't come back should the U's make it
For most a Wembley final is to be savoured, even in defeat.
Oxford have won the 163rd men's boat race.
They beat rivals Cambridge by just over a length to make it
There were mixed fortunes elsewhere though, with Cambridge
I'll have the headlines at 8pm and a full bulletin at 10:30pm.
Now, more of today's stories with Allen Sinclair.
Coming up later in the programme: One of the most remarkable finds
ever, as the Antiques Roadshow rolls into Reading.
Anything, really, from the same century as him about him
A court has heard how a six-year-old Weymouth girl woke her parents
to tell them there was a man in her bed.
It's claimed the intruder has sexually assaulted her.
The child's step-father initially thought she had
Moments later, he discovered the man asleep in the girl's room.
Jervaise Kevin Jones, who is 25, denies sexual assault.
The prosecution told the jury day at Bournemouth Crown Court that
Jervaise Kevin Jones broke into her house in Weymouth through our
kitchen window. He then went upstairs when he allegedly sexually
assaulted as six-year-old girl who was asleep in bed. Giving Eddie and
is -- giving evidence by video link said she could not remember some of
the details of what had happened. The defence barrister as who had
taken off her pyjamas. She replied, the man. He undid my zip. Ask that
the man had assaulted her, she replied, yes. Mr Robinson said the
man said he was just asleep in your bed. Is that the truth? Known,
replied the girl. The jury was told that after the alleged assault the
girl went into the room of her parents and said there was a man in
her bed and explain to her mother what he had done. The girl's
stepladder then discovered Jervaise Jones asleep in the girl's bed naked
from the waist down. The police were called and Jervaise Jones was
arrested. Jervaise Jones has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a
child and he denies trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence.
The trial is expected to last three days.
A year ago today, Hampshire-based mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was
The charity worker was later handed a five-year prison sentence
after being accused of plotting to topple the Iranian government.
Her family maintain she's innocent and has held an event focusing
on the life she can look forward to, if and when's she's released.
"My fondest dream has always been to arrive at our home,
you ask me if I want to have a cup of tea and then make me one and I'd
That's the image I most had when I was sitting
The words of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, sent
It's now 365 days since she was detained while trying
to leave for home at the end of a visit to see her parents.
For Richard Ratcliffe, the memory of that day is all too vivid.
I got a phone call to say, "Do go to the airport",
I got a phone call to say, "Do not go to the airport",
because I was due to go and pick her up at Gatwick.
I was all disorientated and slightly groggy and couldn't understand it.
And, obviously, that first sort of week or so of understanding
what was going on and where she was and...
We never thought we would still be here, a full year.
Over the next two weeks, the family of Nazanin want people
to tie yellow ribbons like this to trees in their local park,
along with ideas of how to spend one day of freedom.
We've always felt as a family that publicity is the way forward here.
It's the publicity and the worldwide concern for Nazanin and the child,
as well as Richard, will get her home.
But the Ratcliffes feel that more could be done by the authorities
I want to scream at the Government and say, "Look,
We just want people to live in freedom.
The Foreign Office says it continues to reassert strong concerns
about duel British-Iranian prisoners in Iran at the highest levels
In the meantime, Nazanin's family in the UK hope their yellow ribbons
can help cut through the legal red tape and see her returned home.
That is a story we will continue to follow. Tony Husband has joined us
on the sofa. You were at Brighton on the weekend.
Yes, and at this stage of the season it is not about the style, it is
just about winning. It was a weekend where
the Premier League dream moved a step closer,
particularly for Brighton Reading remain in the mix too -
both sides secured crucial victories and in both cases one
goal was enough. Now pushed wide. First-time cross.
Inform Murray! What a delightful finish from Albion's top scorer!
Here is the truth. He smashes a right footed. Unfortunate for the
leads, but he thrashes it into the back of their net from 18 yards out
to make it 1-0 two Reading. Both Brighton and Reading
play at home tomorrow. Brighton's position is strengthened
by Huddersfield losing to a late Reading's win moved them
above Leeds in the table. So we turn to the rest
of the weekend football. Bad luck to Oxford,
who were beaten at Wembley No slip-ups for Portsmouth
in League Two, but that wasn't Let's start at St Mary's
in the Premier League. Southampton and Bournemouth but had
chances to win their south coast clash on Saturday night, bad
finishing and bad luck played their part. Southampton shaved the post in
the first-half. The visitors threatened in the second half. This
glorious chance was spurned. Bournemouth missed two penalties in
the recent game against West Ham, surely they couldn't miss a third in
succession? He lost his footing. There was still time for Adam Smith
to hit a post, but Eddie Howe's Oldroyd at St Mary is continues. His
standing foot slipped. We accept this point. Portsmouth won their
tenth away game of the season against Hartlepool. Stevens's cross
was blasted home by Naismith. Naismith then turned provider for
the second from Gary Roberts. Swindon managed to win again in the
one. To wins in a road keep their of avoiding the drop live. In a
frenetic finish featuring two red cards and late goals, Dean
Bloomington helped the MK Dons to a 3-2 win against Gillingham.
In the non-league, Aldershot won their fourth consecutive
game ? they are firmly in the play-off pack.
Switching codes now, London Irish may well be set
for the end of season play-offs after a strong campaign
in the Championship, but they are out of the British
They lost their semi-final at Reading's Madejski Stadium
yesterday 25-17 against the same Jersey side which inflicted a rare
Kieran Hurn's try and a penalty looked set to hand them a win,
but a late Jersey touchdown from hooker Nick Selway gave
I thought the boys showed so much character out there.
they were our two themes from last week to this week.
There were just a few other areas of the game which perhaps didn't
go our way and we will have to definitely fix those
Michael Carberry marked his return to Hampshire cricket with a century
in the Championship warm-up match against Cardiff University
He received a standing ovation from the crowd.
It's his first first class match for the county since having surgery
Elsewhere this weekend, Surrey Scorchers are hanging
onto a play off place in basketball's BBL.
by the likely league champion, Leicester Riders,
The final score, Scorchers 71, Riders 85.
Meanwhile, in the National League play-off quarter-finals,
Solent Kestrels did a double over Reading Rockets.
On Saturday, the women's team won 72-58 in Southampton.
Then the men went to Reading on Sunday and produced
Poole rider Sam Sunderland enjoyed a stage win
in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, with a three second advantage
over his nearest rival as they move out into the dunes.
Do Reading stand any chance of automatic promotion? I think it will
be between Newcastle and Brighton, it depends which way. The changes --
it changes almost every game. Play-offs don't tend to bring good
history, but we will see. Now, are you a regular viewer
of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow? This weekend's programme was filmed
at Caversham Park in Berkshire and yielded one of the most
remarkable Shakespeare-related finds It's minute - a notebook full
of extracts from the Bard's work, painstakingly written by hand
hundreds of years ago, when his As Nikki Mitchell reports,
the remarkable treasure was Until my mother had died I had never
seen it before. As you can see, it is absolutely tiny. From what I am
told I think it was written about 1650, so only 30 or 40 years since
the death of Shakespeare. John had no idea just how old is handwritten
family hand-me-down was until he brought it to the Antiques road
show's experts here at Caversham Park. I opened it up and I saw
Shakespeare, comedies and tragedies. He is copying by quotes from various
Shakespeare plays. This is incredible. So how did this tiny
treasure" John's family? His ancestors lived here at Caversham
Court whether names are remembered in a memorial timeline. My five-time
great-grandfather was a traveller and antiquarian. He amassed a vast
library of 2500 volumes. I think this little book that must've been
amongst his collection of books and somehow has all these years. When I
heard that the BBC was doing the Antiques road show at Caversham Park
I couldn't resist the temptation. I would love to be shorn to scholars
and have a transcription because I just can't read it. When the value
to scholarship is this great the commercial value has to be great. At
auction, this could easily make upwards of ?30,000. Really? But such
a small item. The best things come in small packages!
You can watch that the addition of the Antiques road show on BBC
iPlayer. This is more like it!
We did have quite a lot of missed and cloud. Further inland
temperatures reached 17 Celsius. More weather like that on the way.
Alan Davis photographed the morning mist on Cranborne Chase.
Harry Harman took this picture of a ladybird
David Sawford captured a male Dunnock at Rowlands Castle
Some glorious sunshine on offer today. Tomorrow there will be
reimbursed high pressure will start to built in from wedding the onwards
and we will see some very settled conditions. A lot of dry weather, as
well, bar the rain tomorrow. There will be some rain tonight, mainly
light and patchy but we could have the odd moderate burst. In the
countryside, temperatures will fall to six Celsius in these other
temperatures for the towns and cities. The low cloud will gradually
ease. Through the course of tomorrow there will be a lot applied,
brighter to the West. It could be outbreaks of brain nearly anywhere.
The maximum tomorrow 12 or 13 Celsius, not as as today. Tomorrow
evening, the rainbow -- the rain will gradually clear. We could see a
touch of the countryside. In urban areas temperatures will drop to five
Celsius. I started the day on Wednesday. From Burton the onwards,
each day through to the weekend will be dry and sunny, the chance of mist
or fog in the morning. Cloud bill through the course of the date with
the outside chance of a shower on Wednesday, but generally dry with
highs of 12 or 13 Celsius. Slowly temperatures will recover to above
their seasonal average. These are the average temperatures for this
time of year, but on Thursday we could see a high of 16 Celsius.
High-pressure continues to building, then the centre of the high moves
towards France by the weekend, pulling away but fairly settled
conditions on Friday and into the weekend. Friday will see cloud
building through the course of the day, and the weekend settled with
lots of sunshine with high pressure in charge.
Join us tomorrow because we are sending this lady here on a special
mission. We will be back with a full bulletin at 10:30pm tonight, do
please join us then. In the meantime, have a great evening.