The latest news, sport, weather and features from Oxfordshire and the surrounding region.
Browse content similar to 04/04/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Hello, welcome to South Today. and now on BBC One, let's
In tonight's programme, has passion to save health services
Market researchers claim they were intimidated by people
in Banbury as they carried out interviews about changes to the NHS.
Also, the police officer who has died after being critically injured
stopping a stolen car four years ago.
The driver may now face further charges.
And later on, ready for take-off: the company that has won
multi-million pound backing to develop a workable flying car.
A market research company has refused to return
to Banbury after alleging its staff were intimidated.
consultation on planned changes at the Horton Hospital.
The plans and the consultation process, which ends on Sunday,
Adina Campbell has been finding out how divisive the issue has become.
This was one many protests last year before maternity services
were temporarily downgraded at Banbury's Horton hospital due
But more changes could be on the way - including fewer births in Banbury
Adding to more controversy about the hospital's future.
It's claimed this intimidating behaviour took place
here in Banbury last month, where this market research company
had been doing face-to-face interviews with people
here in the town about proposed changes to the Horton Hospital.
As a result, the company claims of its staff had been intimidated.
It says it informed the police as well as Oxfordshire clinical
commissioning group, where it said it would not be coming
back to angry again to do this kind of survey.
I'm concerned that they're intimidated,
The reason being that we are really passionate about our health.
It's certainly created a lot of controversy,
If people feel strongly enough about something,
Campaigners have criticised the consultation process but deny
We approached the group to find out what they were doing,
They said they were carrying out a survey, but we couldn't take part
Angry comments have also been written on the campaign
nears its end, some doctors have raised concerns about what it
describes as "potential intimidation" if they're known
Of course it's awful if people feel intimidated,
and it's very important that they are able to give
their views, particularly those with real knowledge of the system.
They can always do that via me, and via my questionnaire,
The consultation ends on Sunday and a judicial
For now, the Horton's future is still controversial and unclear.
A 50-year-old man from Swindon has been arrested on suspicion
of murder following the death of a baby.
The 3-month-old was taken to the Great Western Hospital
ten days ago, but died at Bristol Children's
A postmortem examination is due to be carried out this week.
The man had previously been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A woman from Milton Keynes has been jailed for seven years
after she was found guilty of having sex with underage boys.
38-year-old Amanda Tomkins admitted a number of sexual offences
activity with a male under the age of 16.
She was sentenced to a total of seven years
A former Thames Valley Police officer who was critically injured
four years ago when he tried to stop the driver of a stolen car
PC Gareth Browning had needed constant care
28-year-old Luke Haywood was jailed for nine years -
Earlier, Joe Campbell told me what happened four years ago.
Police were here on that November evening, trying to stop a stolen car
which had been taken just a few days earlier.
PC Gareth Browning was here on the road using what's called
a stop stick to try and pierce the tyres of the car
Instead, he was hit and thrown into the air, suffering
catastrophic head injuries, which resulted in brain damage.
Now, he was placed in a medically induced coma at the time
to try and save his life, and he didn't actually
But ever since then, frankly he suffered life changing injuries.
And finally after several years of actually having very serious,
care that he needed to receive, he passed away on the 1st of April,
Thames Valley Police say they'll be talking
Well, the car that night was being driven by Luke Haywood.
He was described at the time as a career criminal.
In fact, he was on day release at the actual time
And he drove just a short distance away from here,
where he dumped the car on a nearby suburban street.
He was, however, arrested and subsequently was taken
to Reading Crown Court, where he was jailed for nine years
Now, the situation is that Thames Valley Police are now waiting
to see what the outcome is of any postmortem examination.
It's no doubt, of course, that Gareth Browning's life
was changed by what happened here that night.
The question now is did his injuries result in his death?
Dependent upon any postmortem examination, the police
now want to go back to the Crown Prosecution Service
and see if they can actually bring fresh charges against Luke Haywood.
The problem is that because PC Gareth Browning survived for three
years, and also because Luke Haywood has already been dealt
with by the courts, the only way they can do that is by getting
250 troops have flown out of RAF Brize Norton to join
They'll be selling with others from France and Denmark.
in the country in the largest deployment of Nato troops
Andrew Plant has sent this report from Brize Norton.
Hundreds of pairs of British bids on the move, brought in by bus to Brize
Norton this morning from their base camp in Bulford. Their ride was
already waiting on the runway as the UK moves troops into the Baltic
state of Estonia, part of an international force, a demonstration
of strength to their Russian neighbour. There's a series of
measures that Nato are activating at the moment in order to deter that
Russian adventurism that we have seen in recent years. The deployment
of the battle groups is an element of that. The 250 troops flying out
of here today will join a similar amount already in Estonia.
Eventually, there will be 800 UK troops there. The country's largest
contribution to a major deployment since the end of the Cold War. -- a
Nato deployment. It's not just troops. Lastly, these heavy duty
Green machines headed out ahead by boat. -- last week. Vehicle
supporting the 1100 soldiers being stationed in Estonia for the next
eight months. Estonian troops, French troops, American troops.
Different nations, taking out exercises in Poland as well. It's
important that we all bound together, show solidarity if nothing
else. British troops will make up the bulk of the Nato force there,
joined by French, Estonian and Danish soldiers, too. Essentially,
they are called and enhanced forward presence. They are, though, a
warning against any form of hostile action in the area.
There are still long delays around Oxford following a lorry fire
Emergency services were called to the scene at midday.
The driver escaped and no-one was injured and the lorry
but one lane remains closed northbound between the Hinksey
Delays are stretching back for seven miles.
As the charity Oxfordshire MIND celebrates its fiftieth year it's
calling for more housing for people with mental health problems.
A shortage of supported housing and affordable homes means many
Or in hospital wards for longer than needed.
26-year-old Peter from Oxford suffers from bipolar disorder.
He was discharged from a mental health hospital six months ago,
and is now supported by Oxfordshire Mind to live
It's been good to have liberty and be free
to independent life, because it's very
The thing about recovery is you need to, each individual, move forward,
if we haven't got the space to move people forward they're
The charity's celebrating its 50th anniversary and says a lots
Here in Oxfordshire, the number of people being sent out
of county for treatment is at a record low, but its chief
executive says there's still a shortage of housing.
We have a waiting list of people wanting to come into our housing,
Also people who are ready to move on, but there is no available
housing. We need more affordable homes,
more bed spaces, council needs to make more space available,
simple fact is looking after people in that way is much
cheaper than having them There is huge pressure
for new homes across the board, and Mind has been involved
in the design of the new Barton development on the edge of Oxford,
with plenty of open spaces and communal areas to improve
people's wellbeing. While there is more on offer now
for people with mental health problems than there was 50 years
ago, there is still a lack of money and charities are sceptical
about promises from government A 12-year-old boy has
become the youngest person ever to play the organ
for an Oxford University college. Louis Moss, from Chipping Norton,
has only been playing the organ for just over a year -
but he's gained a scholarship to play the instrument
at Jesus College, where he will Lucy Bickerton has been to see him
practicing in the college's chapel. Louis has certainly struck the right
note with the college, and alongside his school work,
will be an organ scholar Although still in practice mode,
it won't be long until he's performing up on the balcony,
with an audience below. At the moment I've just been pulling
out stops and turning pages and helping out
with the undergraduate But next term I'll be
playing a few hymns and a voluntary, a Bach Voluntary,
which will be great. Louis first began learning
the difference between an octave and a melody at the age of six
when he took up playing the piano, but at his local church he made
the next step onto the organ. It's thought he's only one of 750
young people in the UK The scholarship could help boost
the number of people playing They don't have to be older chaps
looking rather smart, but they can just be young,
fun people who are enjoying an amazing instrument
and all the possibilities His enthusiasm and
commitment is great. The whole issue for us is to try
and encourage people from local state schools to see Jesus College,
to see Oxford as a place Looking ahead, where does Louis see
this opportunity taking him? I do think I would like to take
a musical career path but not necessarily on the organ perhaps
composing or conducting For now, it's practice,
practice, practice. And in the coming months,
Louis will become the youngest known person to play the organ
for an Oxford College. I'll have the headlines at 8pm
and a full bulletin at 10:30pm. The grant from the Coastal
Communities fund will go Stay with us to hear how a Hampshire
amateur golfer's off to tee with some of the best in the game
at the US Masters in Nicola came from Andover is one of
750,000 people in the UK affected by an eating disorder. His anorexia was
so severe that at one stage she ended up in intensive care. But
Nicola has found an unusual way to fight back. She has turned to
body-building, and last weekend took top prize in a national obsession.
This report includes a graphic image of Nicola when she was very
underweight. Nicola suffered from anorexia, and nearly lost her life
to this illness. It was a surprise victory. I remember them calling out
my number, and I just froze. The girl next to me was knocking me. I
was so overwhelmed, I was an emotional wreck, really. I was
squeezing my husband's hand, saying do you think she will do it? And
when she did, wow. She was shocked as well. It was just a wow moment,
it really was. From the age of 16, Nicola King, now 24, had anorexia.
More than two years she was in and out of hospital, at times close to
death. Even at that point, I was convinced I did not need help. I
would pull out the tubes when they tried to feed me. When you have
reached the stage when you are in hospital and your child, you are
told that she might not survive the night, purely because we took her to
hospital. If we had not taken to hospital, she would not be with us.
This was no overnight transformation. Although still
desperately ill, in 2013, Nicola boarded a flight to Mexico and spent
three months on her own, gradually starting to eat. It is a date she
remembered with a tattooed. When she was stronger she started to go to
the gym, and last year she took up body-building. If I can show people
that I can do it, then hopefully they can see there is light at the
end of the tunnel. Anorexia you see nothing but death. Does it scare
you, how close you came to that? It does now. At the time, I didn't feel
anything. I think the fact that three thoughts in my head, I nearly
a VAT on my life. An inspiring story.
Now, a big night for the promotion chasing teams.
Absolutely, we have got Redding in action. Brighton are trying to inch
ever closer to the holy Grail, which is automatic promotion to the
Premier League. We will be at both grounds at the moment. But I love
this sporting week of the year. It is the first golf major.
Waterlooville golfer Scott Gregory will tee it up with the greatest
golfers in the world at this week's US Masters.
The 22-year-old secured a golden ticket to three of golf's majors
by winning the British amateur title last year.
We caught up with him at his home club, Corhampton Golf Club
in the Meon Valley, before he left for Augusta.
Scott Gregory's life changed when he became
First he played in the Open Championship.
Now, he's preparing for the US Masters at the lush surroundings
I've watched a lot of stuff on YouTube, I've got all the pins
from the last four years for each day, so I know roughly
where the pins will be because actually they don't change
them too much each year, which is quite interesting.
So I've got a good idea where I need to be practising to.
22-year-old Scott, who plays at Corhampton Golf Club,
has his own Open Championship experience to fall back on.
At the Open, I have never been so nervous in my life.
But you have almost got to convince yourself that I've just hit five
of these on the range and all of them went down
the middle, so there's no reason why this one can't.
It will be the same at the Masters, I just have to focus on the spot
and blank out everything else, and just hit the shot like I would
He'll find a fellow Hampshire man on the field at Augusta.
I'm going to ask if I can play him in the par three, or something.
Just to be able to mix with people like that, like Rose,
they are out there doing what I want to do for
Just to get to speak to them and see what makes them so good,
First aim is to make the cup, and once I've made that,
To be playing in one of the most select tournaments in the world
at one of the most glamorous locations is a dream, but Scott
And Scott will play with former Masters winner Sandy Lyle
and American Sean O'Hare in his opening two rounds.
The event is live on BBC television Saturday and Sunday night. There is
also coverage on five live for the whole week.
The race for the Premier League resumes tonight with both Brighton
The Albion are getting closer to a return to the top flight
for the first time since 1983, while Reading have the
In a moment we'll hear from Tim Dellor at The Madejski
stadium, but first, Johnny Cantor previews Brighton's home
Step-by-step and little by little, the seagulls seem to be edging
closer to Premier League football for the first time in their history.
Saturday certainly felt like a pivotal day in the chase for
automatic promotion, but the site will have to back it up with a wind
against Birmingham city this evening. 20 clean sheet has been the
foundation for success this season. There are matchwinners as well. As
for the visitors this evening, Birmingham City have only won twice
under their manager, and that is since he joined back in December
last year. Elsewhere in the championship this evening, Redding
take on back Rovers. Tim della previews this for us.
Redding have been in terrific form a this season. 13 wins the sofa,
including the one on Saturday against Leeds. Tonight it is back
burner, who lost to Brighton at the weekend. And for Redding, the
opportunity to go third. It is all about reaching the play-offs and it
does not seem too far away now for Chamakh reading. Another giant step
in that direction. "Here At 8pm. It's one year to the day
until the Commonwealth Games begin on Australia's Gold Coast,
and later this week South Today will be meeting the Bournemouth-based
players hoping to be Britain's first male representatives in beach
volleyball at a games. We caught up with Jake Sheaf
and Chris Gregory at training today. As you can see, they have got a
weatherproof environment to work in. It be a lot nicer on the Coast,
though. Yes, it will be a good event to cover. Hand eye coordination,
beach volleyball is not for me. So, what's the best way to get young
people interested in art? Hold an exhibition in a school,
and then throw it open That's the thinking behind a huge
display in Godalming, made up of hundreds
of painting and sculptures. Let's join Alexis Green
who is at Prior's Field School. Yes, around 650 pieces of artwork
here in Surrey, made all over the country, from this beautiful
ammonite in Norfolk, to this large eagle, which was produced in Wales.
Here at Prior's Field School near Godalming in Surrey
is one of the largest art exhibitions outside London.
Inside the school has around 500 works of art, but outside,
It's in its 22nd year, and a couple from Hazelmere who made
that possible are Evelyn and Gwyn Phillips.
As you have said, there's a lot of sculpture,
and in fact many of the sculptors are members
We are standing alongside one of the most prestigious,
which is Sarabande by Philip Jackson.
What is going on inside the building, Evelyn?
Inside the building we have got a wonderful exhibition,
and an incredible eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures
What is nice about this exhibition is that families are welcome,
it is free of charge, and people bring their friends to mix and see
I have just been told that the artwork is selling like hot cakes at
the moment, so do get down here. It is open from 10am - 4pm until Easter
Sunday. She has always got her eye on a
Just 30 seconds long, showing a robin landing on a mother's hand
But the story, and the emotions behind it, are so powerful that over
ten million people have now watched it via Facebook.
One brave little robin, and a moment that reduced
The robin appeared by the grave of Jack Robinson, who died
He is on the right here with his brother Liam.
Three years ago, Jack developed a brain tumour and died
A few days ago, we were coming up to Jack's third
anniversary of him passing, and I said, "Jack, if there's
anything you can show Mummy, today would be a really good one",
so I came up, sat down next to him, and with that I had a robin.
Marie put her camera into video mode, and this is what she got.
Marie posted the film on her Facebook page three days ago.
This afternoon, the number of views passed 10 million,
and messages have come in from all over the world,
many from people who have been through similar bereavements.
To me, when we see a robin, that's Jack.
If we have gone on holiday, we have had a robin land at our table.
If we have gone walking, we have had a robin sitting on a bench.
What an extraordinary story. And capturing that moment on your camera
phone, you have always got to be opposed. Dash-macro poised.
Susan Hutchins took this picture of Guildford Castle in the sunshine.
Hamworthy was looking beautiful in the spring sunshine -
thanks to Amanda Farrell for this one.
And there was some spring colour at Burnham Beeches for David Dixon.
Alexis is in amongst the sculptures this evening. What have we got to
look forward to? It is looking fairly good over the
next few days. This is my favourite sculpture, a lady blowing in the
wind. The wind was fairly brisk today. You can see a clearance of
cloud was the north and east, and that clearing sky is going to push
further south and east overnight flight, allowing temperatures to
fall away in the countryside with lows of two or three Celsius. In
urban areas, temperatures will drop to 5-7 C, so quite a chilly start to
the day tomorrow, but with clear skies tonight, it means lovely blue
skies tomorrow morning. A lovely start to the day. Temperatures will
ride through the afternoon to 11-13 Celsius with plenty of sunshine.
During the latter part of the morning, cloud will still south and
turned the sunshine hazy, so the best of the sunshine will be fought
southern coastal counties and the Isle of Wight in the afternoon.
Feeling pleasant in any sheltered spots in the sunshine. Tomorrow
11-13 C, slightly above today. 11-13 C, slightly above today.
Through tomorrow night, the cloud will increase and we will see the
chance of some outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain, with
temperatures falling away to 6-8 C. Temperatures slightly lower in the
countryside. Here is the outlook for the rest of the week. A fairly
cloudy start to the day, the cloud will thin and break through the
morning, leaving sunny conditions, though further cloud will fill in
tomorrow evening. The rest of the week will start on a cloudy note,
but it will brighten up in the afternoons. Over the weekend along
the coast there will be a sea breeze. Inland, height of 16
Celsius. Thank you. It is a shame you are
missing tomorrow, because we have got kids learning to play snooker
and they are really good. That's it for this evening. We are
back with the headlines at 8pm and a full programme at 10:30pm. Good