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Losing livestock because of dog attacks.
The growing number of sheep being killed or injured by pets that
Oxfordshire's new fire officer tells is he wants more women
The loophole in licensing laws allowing airport bars to sell
There are concerns some farmers in Oxfordshire are facing financial
losses because of a growing number of dog attacks on livestock.
The rural insurer NFU Mutual says it paid out more
than ?6,000 in claims in 2016, compared to around ?1,400
It's asking dog walkers to keep their pets on leads in fields.
It was so badly chewed and mutilated that he had to shoot it.
Sheep-worrying is a growing problem for farmer Edmund Strainge.
His flock's been attacked by dogs six times in the past seven years.
One ewe had to be put down after the latest, last month.
The worst thing about keeping sheep is to see this.
Some things you can't control, but you should be
The insurer NFU Mutual paid out more than ?6,000
That's compares with just over ?1,400 in 2015.
There are a number of factors involved.
One is that people with dogs today very often are from urban areas.
They don't have close links to countryside
They don't realise there is the risk of a dog,
and it goes back to its heritage as a wolf, can attack sheep.
It's a criminal offence for dogs to worry sheep on agricultural land.
Owners can be fined up to ?1,000, have their dogs confiscated
by the police or council and, in the worst cases,
where the farmers believe his sheep are at risk of harm,
the farmer has the power to shoot a dog.
One magazine said most owners know the risks.
Mr Strainge is now focused on looking after the rest of his flock.
He hopes his story might prevent further attacks in the future.
A man from High Wycombe will serve at least 24 years in prison
Ahsan Hassan killed 20-year-old Zofia Sadowska at a disused kebab
shop before taking her body back to his home in a taxi last year.
Police say he was consumed with jealousy.
Police are investigating a suspected rape in Banbury town centre.
A woman in her thirties says she was attacked and raped
inside a house in Horse Fair in the early hours
A 35-year-old man from Banbury has been arrested.
It's been revealed that the trust that runs Oxfordshire's hospitals
was targeted by cyber criminals in five separate attacks last year.
No patient data was compromised and the attack levels
But figures from NHS Digital show the number of cyber attacks
on hospital trusts in England have more than tripled in
The head of cyber security for the Oxford Trust
says hackers are likely to increase their attacks,
as patient records are moved from paper to an electronic system.
Oxfordshire's new Chief Fire Officer is calling for more women
Simon Furlong says he wants his force to better reflect society.
He's already planning recruitment drives to employ more women
The biggest changes for me are improving
I want this organisation to reflect the communities we serve in gender
representation and from ethnic minorities, black
We want to represent the diverse communities within Oxfordshire.
We have to step up and carry out more positive action.
There is a short, medium and long-term solution.
We need to learn from the military who have done a great
They have really improved diversity around gender
What can women bring to Oxfordshire Fire And Rescue?
It allows us to understand our communities more,
we can design services that meet needs, gender, ethnic
minories to understand the needs of the community.
As a white male I can never understand those needs.
It is helping to design services and being representative.
Possibly recruitment drives in future?
Probably next year, and in five years, recruiting fire fighters.
We will be advertising have a go days, positive action events.
The public will always hear cuts to the emergency services,
is that something Oxfordshire needs to be worried about?
There is less money in the public purse, we understand that.
We need to do things more efficiently and effectively
by working together and in partnership.
And collaborating with the police, Thames Valley Police and South
Central ambulance, and looking at opportunities, looking at shared
estates, sites at Farringdon. We have to look at every opportunity to
be more effective, efficient and provide value for money for the
communities we serve. Police from across the south,
including officers from the Thames Valley,
have attended the funeral of PC Keith Palmer who was murdered
in the Westminster terror attack. Thousands of officers lined
the streets of central London to witness the procession of PC
Palmer's coffin before his funeral Flags have flown at half-mast
from many police stations, in tribute to the victims
of the attack. Major road works have started on one
of the main routes into Swindon, The work on Akers Way will last 20
weeks and will see sections At the moment, there are roadworks
between St Mary's Church Roundabout and Cheney Manor Industrial Estate,
which will continue Almost ?240,000 has been awarded
for a project to help blue badge holders find empty parking
spaces in Oxfordshire. The county council's been clamping
down on people misusing the badges. 28 badges were seized in one sting
operation last year. The new programme will help genuine
badge holders in Oxford and Witney Candidates for the upcoming
Oxfordshire County Council elections Voters must register by Thursday
to be eligible to vote. Let's get more from our political
reporter Bethan Phillips. Bethan, any surprises over who's
standing for election this year? Any surprises in who's up
for election this year? I think what stands out is who's
not up for election. There's a total of 18 councillors
who've decided to call it a day. Some who have served as councillors
for a very long time indeed. It's also interesting to look
at who is putting up candidates. There was real local
election success across But they didn't win any
seats in Oxfordshire. Then, of course, the county voted
overall to remain in the EU. And I think that might well be part
of the reason that Ukip is only standing this time in 11 of the 63
divisions in Oxfordshire. What can we expect
in election night? So probably a tense night
ahead for everyone. The Conservatives don't have
an overall majority at the moment. So they'll be hoping to pick
up some extra seats. Whereas the other main parties,
Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens, will all be looking to try and stop
that from happening. For voters, you've only got
until Thursday to register. As always, there's been a push
to encourage students to sign up. A big student population in Oxford,
and they're not always known for being very organised
and registering to vote But Oxford University
Students' Union says it's I think it is certainly interesting,
the issues, and once we make the connection between the issues
they are interested and these elections, then suddenly you get
people who are interested, We also have elections coming up
for Wiltshire Council Each of the council websites has
a full list of candidates. A six-year study into puffins
by experts at Oxford University has revealed that birds which stay
closer to their partners The migration pattern of puffins has
been examined using miniature 12 pairs were studied,
and those that stayed on a similar path bred more
successfully later on. The project also looked
at success rates in breeding, and found that female puffins
foraging for food during the winter Gold bars thought to worth
?2 million have been found inside the engine of an old military
tank bought on eBay. Nick Mead, who lives near Brackley,
discovered five gold bars which weigh around five kilograms
each hidden inside the tank The tank is thought to have
belonged to the Iraqi army Nick won't benefit from
the gold, it's been taken I don't knokw whether this
is hundreds of thousands One thing for certain,
I don't want it sitting Now, if you'd like to get in touch
with us here at South Today to tell us about stories you think we should
be covering, you can e-mail us. Our address is
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on our Facebook and Twitter pages. The action from Oxford's
game against Walsall, and the Swindon v MK Dons match
is coming up in a few minutes. Before that, here's
the rest of South Today. to witness the procession of PC
Palmer's coffin before his funeral at Southwark
Cathedral this afternoon. Still to come in South Today,
the agony and the ecstasy - a missed chance to win the Masters, but
Hampshire clinch victory in style. 18 people have been arrested
in an operation by Hampshire and Thames Valley Police,
targeting criminals Officers seized cocaine
with a street value of around Other arrests were made for crimes
including theft and driving Forty-two vehicles were seized
for having no insurance or license. 42 vehicles were seized for having
no insurance or license. People and businesses in
South Reading are calling for more A loophole in licensing laws
allowing airport bars to sell alcohol all day,
and to under 18s, should be closed Sussex Police say they're currently
unable to bring sanctions against bars selling alcohol
to children at Gatwick Airport. One airline says it suffered
more than 250 incidents of alcohol-fuelled disruption
last summer alone. But today Gatwick said it was happy
with an industry code of practice and didn't want to see
the law tightened. A flight is diverted,
and a drunk passenger arrested and later jailed for
assaulting a crew member. At the moment, the
Licensing Act, which controls the sale of alcohol,
does not apply once according to the House of Lords
committee set up to scrutinise it, It can be quite intimidating
to see a whole gang of people board a plane,
obviously the worse for drink, and we believe that the police,
the airlines, and the retailers should have the tools
to do their job, and therefore the The committee heard from one airline
which suffered hundreds of summer. Sussex Police said all but
one outlet airside at Gatwick sold alcohol to an under-18
test purchaser. Certainly, bringing the licensing
laws here at Gatwick into line with those just down the road
in Crawley will do something about the sort of people who cannot board
a flight at 7am without a large gin But ultimately, the public needs
to understand that you cannot get onto an aircraft
when you are drunk, or indeed, This former pilot says airport
and airline crew can usually step in to stop
any potential trouble. As a captain, if somebody walks
into an aircraft, and the cabin crew have any concerns,
they will be straight into the cockpit, they will say we have just
boarded two people, we are not too sure, and straightaway you will just
ask for security to come and look at Both airport operators
and the Home Office say the current voluntary code of conduct
is still the best way forward. The report from the Lords
says it is clearly not Sara Smith, BBC
South Today, Gatwick. People and businesses in south
Reading are calling for more This space behind shops
on the Shinfield Road has But local residents say each time it
fills up again within days and they've so far not been able
to find out exactly The rubbish is often dumped
at night, it attracts rats and people renting garages
here can't get to them. We did once use it for parking and,
obviously, you can't now. It has got a really bad smell
and it is really not There is children coming
out of the houses Nearly four months after it closed,
a community application to reopen a Berkshire swimming pool
is being considered The Arthur Hill Memorial
Baths shut in December after Reading Borough Council said
it couldn't afford to keep it open. Swimmers who used the pool have
submitted an outline business plan and set up a community interest
company to run it if necessary. More than ?10,000 was raised
through an appeal to take Dorset Police's marine unit has been
drafted in to help tackle gangs of poachers raiding birds'
nests in Poole Harbour. Nests of rare and protected
Mediterranean gulls have been disturbed on several
of the islands there. The charity Birds of Poole Harbour
is assessing the damage. The torturers are looking for eggs.
This, a chicken's egg, probably worth about 20p. -- the poachers.
These documents are a delicacy, they are a delicacy, but the higher on
the available for a few weeks a year. -- viz duck eggs. They can
legally only be collected from four sites, none of which are in Dorset.
Such is the capital's appetite, that people are now prepared to break the
law. Poole Harbour is
a haven for wildlife. The Mediterranean gull has made some
of the islands its home, Almost 70% of the colony have
disappeared, been taken. We found the nests empty
and the islands which are uninhabited and have no human access
were crisscrossed with footprints. So we came to the understanding
that, unfortunately, The Mediterranean gull
in the foreground looks very similar And it is the demand
for black-headed gull eggs that is threatening
the Mediterranean gull. Black-headed gull eggs have
been deemed safe to eat However, no-one's ever tested
Mediterranean gull eggs. Now, this is a schedule one species
heavily protected by law, and they are potentially being sold
in areas that no-one knows whether they are
safe to eat or not, OK? So there is a big health
issue attached to this. Now Dorset Police are patrolling
the waters and asking anyone who sees anything suspicious
to contact them. We will be looking at anyone
who should not be on the islands because they are protected islands
themselves. There has been no licence
issued within Dorset. So anyone in the wrong place
at the wrong time and should not be there will obviously come
to our attention. It is not illegal to set foot
on the islands but police want to talk to this
man, seen recently. The nesting sites are being
monitored now as the breeding But the impact is already
being felt elsewhere. An entire brood of tern chicks
on Brownsea were eaten by the gulls Birds of Poole Harbour are keeping
a close eye on what happens next. Interesting issue. Looking lovely in
Poole Harbour. We will have the weather shortly before us, the
sport. If I am a bit bleary eyed, it is because I was watching the
Masters, Justin Rose! You could not leave it. Half past
midnight, could not go to bed. Dramatic night. Lots up injured in
the night. During the evening, breaking news from Reading FC.
Reading's co-owner has told South Today the Thai consortium
who run the Championship club are selling reluctantly but that
a Chinese brother and sister can do a lot better for the Royals.
Lady Sasima Srivikorn talked to South Today after the Football
League cleared the way for a takeover at
But as Ben Moore reports, the Premier League may
Only the Canaries were singing at the Royals' 7-1 drubbing
But although humiliating, the defeat will not realistically damage
The news less than 24 hours later that the Football League have
conditionally approved a Chinese takeover will have
To tell you the truth, we do not want to sell the club.
But we have not much choice, you know?
It is just endless, OK, and very expensive.
This brother and sister made a fortune building underground
The pair are not strangers to English football and tried to buy
Hull last summer but were thwarted because of concerns over
That has led to concerns that there could be another block,
denying the Royals access to the Premier League if they go up.
We like this brother and sister team.
I think they are sincere and they can do a lot
Are you worried at all that the Chinese had their application
to take over Hull FC blocked by the Premier League?
I am not worried because I am sure, at the end of the day, the EPL
And if they pass them, that means it is good.
Reading could face one big change with the possibility of a takeover,
long-time chairman Sir John Madejski could finally take
Reading's defeat doesn't harm their play off hopes.
It was a great weekend for Brighton, whose victory on Friday night at QPR
coupled with Newcastle's defeat puts them back in pole
Technically, they need 7 points to go up, in reality,
Congratulations to Brighton and Hove Albion's Anthony Knockart,
he was named Championship player of the year at last night's
More prizes are coming Brighton's way.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth were named the EFL's
community club of the year, and that's probably not the only
award the Fratton Park club will claim in the next week or so.
Pompey are on course for promotion after this 3-1 over Yeovil.
Gareth Evans' penalty put them in front.
Kal Naismith restored the lead, beating the keeper at the near post.
Jamaal Lowe did the same soon after, 3-1.
Portsmouth need a maximum of 8 points to go up from 5 games.
Golf in a moment, first, the other football headlines.
Southampton showed resilience, flair, and quality in their 1-0 win
at West Brom, and should have scored more than
the solitary goal, the
first in the Premier League for Jordy Clasie.
Tony Pulis' side were threatening an equaliser by
Fraser Forster secured all three points, though, with a
series of saves, including this from Jonny Evans in the last minute.
Bournemouth's five-match unbeaten run has gone a long way to securing
the Premier League status, barring a collapse
in the home straight, and
they gave Chelsea a tough examination on Saturday night.
Diego Costa's slice took a fortunate deflection off Alan Smith
Eden Hazard rounded Artur Boruc soon after to make it 2-0.
They hit the post, and then Josh King fired in
The fightback ended after the break, though.
Marcus Alonzo's free kick unstoppable, just like Chelsea this
Justin Rose played a part in one of the great Masters Sundays
as he and Sergio Garcia battled it out for the famous green
The former North Hants golf club member was beaten in a play off
after a dramatic contest with his Spanish Ryder cup partner,
which saw the players go toe to toe through the back nine
Both missed putts to win the year's first Major on the final hole,
so it went to a sudden death play off.
Rose fired his tee shot into the pines.
And Garcia took advantage, sinking this putt to birdie
Sudden death is sudden death. You're in it and suddenly it is all over.
It was a great day. It really was. We separated ourselves from the
field and you had a great comeback. On 13, we made par through the
trees. That was the turning point for him. I am happy for Sergio. I
would love to wear the green jacket, but if it wasn't me, I feel good for
him. Great sportsmanship in golf. And a tweet from Justin Rose
which has been universally praised. As he congratulates
Sergio and admits "sport in the moment can be tough,
but, it's just sport. Surrey have beaten Warwickshire
by an innings and one run in their opening
county championship match. Meanwhile, Hampshire won their game
at Yorkshire in thrilling style. Gareth Berg hit this six
as the county chased a huge 321 Five of the six teams contesting
this summer's America's Cup are practising in Bermuda, including
the Portsmouth based Landrover BAR There was a dramatic
moment for the defenders Oracle team USA this weekend
when their 50 foot foiling catamaran tipped over in the Great Sound,
the team's own video teams caught It follows a near miss on Friday
with Artemis Racing of Sweden. Dramatic images and a reminder that
when those boats are going at 50 mph, it is pretty dangerous at
times. Great weekend of sport but a great
weekend of whether as well. The barbecues came out, the bikinis came
out... They did indeed. It was the highest
temperature of the year so far. This week, in some places, 10 Celsius
cooler. Shazz Hooper took this picture
of a barn in amongst Colin Lee photographed Watts Park
in Southampton bursting with colour. There was plenty of sunshine and we
will do it all again tomorrow. Temperatures this week slightly
cooler than me whether the weekend. This week, a lot of dry weather in
general. It is only try Easter weekend as well. Only a spot of rain
here and there. Clear skies over me tonight. Any cloud that built up
today will melt up tonight. There are laws in towns and cities of
6-8 C. Cloud. To build during the afternoon tomorrow, particularly for
the North and East. Temperatures could reach highs of 14, maybe 15
Celsius and it will be a breezy afternoon. The breeze is quite
strong for the South coast and Isle of Wight. It is a lovely evening
tomorrow night with lots of sunshine on offer. Cloud. To increase for
some during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Quite a cloudy
start to Wednesday and cloudy in general through the day. Tomorrow
night's temperatures are down to around 6-7 C. They will not be a lot
more clever and on Wednesday. Brightest bells even there. Breezy
day, coming from the west, and liked and patchy rain. More likely in
Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and areas north of Berkshire. Quite a
lot of dry weather around as well, fair amount of cloud with highs of
14 and 15. The winds for later through Thursday and it should be
mainly dry with some bright and sunny intervals, patchy cloud here
and there. Similar scenario on Good Friday. Sunny spells to be had.
Chance of rain after dark but, generally, should be dry during the
course of the day with the high of 12 and 13 Celsius. Looking to the
Easter weekend, Good Friday is mainly dry until the evening,
showers expected on Saturday that will be hit and miss, and dry on
Easter Day and Easter Monday. That is not sound too bad. Thank you
very much. I think we have been quite spoiled!
Thank you very much. There is a new summary at 8pm and we will be back
at 10:30pm as well. Thanks been there. Good night. -- thanks for
being there. There are times in the life
of a nation when the choices we make define
the character of our country, times when people stand up
and demand real, significant change.