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Hello and welcome to South Today. eight. And that is

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In tonight's programme: The snap general election.

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Could Theresa May's decision change the political map

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I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability

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for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek new support for

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the decisions I must take. I am staggered. I am disappointed. I

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would have thought that everybody would have got behind her.

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Also, the charity that needs to raise ?15,000

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to pay for the extra animals it's taken in.

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And later on: The disappearing act of the coach

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company that's taken bookings but left customers disappointed.

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Almost a year since the EU referendum, voters will be

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going back to the polling stations in June - for a general election.

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The Prime Minister has announced plans to call

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It's a chance for people to vote again on the issue of Brexit

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which split the South, as it split the country.

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Our Political Editor Peter Henley has spent the day in Theresa May's

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home village of Sonning on the Oxfordshire-Berkshire border.

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Conservative MPs on the site have always said the danger was going for

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a snap election is that it could be seen as political opportunism,

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taking an advantage of a Labour Party that is not doing so well. I

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wonder if to reason me consulted the former MP for Witney, David Cameron.

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He treated today that it was a brave decision, but the right decision.

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This is what people then this constituency thoughts today. I am

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disappointed. I thought everybody would have got behind her and

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supported her. She didn't want to leave the EU, but she did the decent

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thing and went with what the majority of the people in this

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country voted for. I am staggered by that. I wouldn't have believed it.

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Why? I don't think there's any need for an election. The need to start

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addressing the young people, the people that need to be up and

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coming, rather than the people that have already established themselves.

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They do not need their position secured. What is the purpose for it?

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She has got a mandate to do what she is doing. What Theresa May has

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gained as the element of surprise. The Labour Party still have to

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select candidates. Will it be Andrew Smith in Oxford East? An Oxford West

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and Abingdon Liberal Democrats might have a strong campaign last time,

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they will be fighting on the issue of Brexit. Something that the Prime

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Minister a few in her constituency sees is the key to wanting an early

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election. The news that the PM has gone to the country, despite fixed

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term parliaments, we will be voting on June the 8th, if Parliament

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approves, and there was excitement in the Prime Minister's

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constituency. It is a good thing. After the Brexit thing, people did

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not have a chance to have their say. It is southern. I heard it on the

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news. I am staggered. I can't see the reason why. I know there is a

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lot going on and there is the question about Brexit. But I was

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quite astounded. The local Conservatives see this will give a

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stronger position to negotiate from in Europe. I do not know what to

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expect. It has got to be serious because prime ministers do not make

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announcements from the steps of number ten and most bit as serious,

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and it was. Maidenhead is a safe Conservative seat. Other

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Berwickshire MPs said it was worth going to the country to strengthen

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her position in Parliament. It is important to have strong backing in

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Parliaments to reach that deals cannot be turned down at the last

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minute, to make sure the primers are's and is not force at any stage.

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She has to be any strong position to be sure we get the best for Britain.

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What you get? Is the fate sealed? Or will they still get supporters? If

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they don't, which party will be switched to? So many questions to be

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answered in the next seven weeks. What we probably will see is more

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clarity as the parties publish their manifestos over what they think is

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the way forward on the big issue of Europe.

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Our political reporter Bethan Phillips is with me now

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and has been following developments throughout the day.

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Bethan, we heard some reaction from Witney there -

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what have politicans been saying to you so far?

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People are surprised despite all the rumours.

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I spoke to the Conservative MP for Banbury, Victoria Prentis,

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earlier and she seemed very taken aback, but she's put out

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a statement saying she does believe it's the right thing to do

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One Ukip politician told me he would have done the same

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And some are clearly already thinking about their campaigns -

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my Twitter feed is full of tweets urging people to register to vote,

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sign up to different political parties and get campaigning.

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I think Witney could well be interesting.

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Conservative Robert Courts - who took over from David Cameron,

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of course - has only been an MP for six months.

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And he did lose quite a lot of ground to the Lib Dems

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It's an area that voted to stay in the EU -

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and the Lib Dems will be running on a very pro-Remain ticket -

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so we'll have to see how that affects the result there.

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Oxford West and Abingdon was one of the country's most marginal seats

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a swing seat between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems.

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Conservative MP Nicola Blackwood really did consolidate her majority

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there last time around - but post-referendum,

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we'll have to see if she can hold on to that support.

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And Oxford East is our only Labour seat, of course.

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But I think voters will be giving their verdict on party

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leaders as well as local MPs - so interesting whether or not

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Oxford Labour voters will want to support Jeremy Corbyn.

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A teenager from Oxfordshire who was over the drink-drive limit

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when he caused the death of a motorcyclist has been

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18-year-old Daniel Beaumont was driving

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on the A4074 at Ipsden near Wallingford when he

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caused a crash between a motorbike and a lorry.

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Michael Dix, who was riding the motorbike, died at the scene.

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Work on the next phase of Oxford's Access to Headington

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transport improvement scheme is due to start this week.

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between Old Road and the mini roundabout at the junction

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of Hollow Way and Horspath Driftway and will take about 26

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The charity the Blue Cross in Burford says it's taken

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in so many more animals than expected, that it needs

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to raise ?15,000 to pay for their care.

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Staff say they can't find the money, they may struggle to take in more

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unwanted animals over the coming months.

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Among the rescue animals so far this year - 20 horses,

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Easter may be over but these bunnies aren't going anywhere just yet.

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Their mum gave birth to them just a week after being taken

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And although they might be cute - they're not cheap to look after.

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It costs us money to house these babies,

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mares in the past few months - 15 of them pregnant.

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Now they're asking the public for help.

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It sounds like a lot. But a cult-like this week course ?1600 to

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look after. -- but it a colt. She was rescued from behind the wall

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of a hotel near Cirencester At this time of year

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we need a lot more money because there are more

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animals in our care. If we do not get to the money, we

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will not be able to help as many animals.

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Last year the Blue Cross helped 1,700 animals in Burford it's

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expects it'll have to help more this year.

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A Sikh group in Swindon is marking its first anniversary

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The Sikh Seva Society has been providing hot meals once a week

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in the town centre - making around 30 meals each time.

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The service was set up after a man who was sleeping rough was found

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dead in a car park in Swindon last February.

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Today it's Sunny and Navdeep's turn to cook.

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They're part of a group who donate their time and food

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to make meals for those that need it.

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Some weeks we have traditional food like samosas.

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Latest figures show there are nearly five times more

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The Sikh Seva Society decided it was time to help.

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We were made aware last February of a gentleman that

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passed away due to the cold weather

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That is what motivated us a bit more to get

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We have taken the principles of Sikhism on board as

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well and got together and come up

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When I was underneath the Wyvern they used to come down there.

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sudden they came round here so I have been coming every Wednesday.

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It is making a huge difference to you?

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Some people just need someone to talk to.

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And we try and provide that here as well.

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It's about building friendships and relationships with everyone here.

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The Sikh Seva Society says their group will

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It started life as one of the first village schools in the country,

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before later being turned into a museum.

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Now, staff at Tom Brown's School museum in Uffington want to use

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the building's 400th birthday to engage the community

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Since the year 1617, this small, unassuming building,

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And now 400 years on, you can step inside and see

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At just 600 feet it's thought this is one of the smallest

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museums in the country, but it didn't start life that way.

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400 years ago the building was founded by Thomas

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He built the school for just 12 worthy boys.

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It was very unusual in the 17th century

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Although the school is no longer used,

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history continues to be taught here, with more than 7,000

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Many of the artefacts at the exhibition give a

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glimpse into what school life was like in Uffington through the ages.

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At that time, if you were naughty, you might have got a few

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And it was this kind of education that caught

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the imagination of one of Uffington's most famous

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The museum is named after his most famous novel, Tom Brown's School

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Days, and 136 editions now have pride of place

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alongside some other gems from years gone by.

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What we have been able to include in our display is things

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like a school photograph from 1910, and if you look closely there's two

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ladies there, looking out the window.

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They wanted to be in the photograph but were not

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From books to bones, the exhibition covers

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all aspects of village life, including the age old upkeep

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They were able to establish that there had been continuous

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habitation down at the bottom of the hill here around the village for

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The continuous habitation must have tended the

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That must have been done on a regular basis, at least

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Otherwise the horse would have disappeared.

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and with admission free, staff want you to join them,

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Now, more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.

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what a properly un-run a club should do, we have allowed the fans to make

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the decision, the fans will make that decision and the decision will

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be huge and whoever takes on the role, I wish them the best.

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Good to talk to you, we'll be watching carefully. Thank you very

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much. He weather is lovely

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at the moment will it stay? Glorious day today, but will be

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swimming into summer for the rest of the week?

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A Hampshire swimming club claims it's been left high and dry

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by a coach company that appears to have gone into liquidation.

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Victory Travel in Portchester has disappeared after taking

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bookings and then failing to provide transport.

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These young athletes from Havant Waterlooville Swimming Club

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are destined for a three-day intensive swimming session that

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Just days ago, the coach operator, Victory Travel,

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suddenly disappeared, leaving them ?500 out of pocket,

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and no way of getting to Crystal Palace.

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Then we found out at the last minute, no reply.

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Obviously, this left us a bit in the lurch.

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It's unprofessional, and when you've got kids' wishes

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and dreams and goals here, I think they should have stepped up

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to the plate and been a bit more on this.

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Not having on-course training will effect us badly,

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because it's part of our important schedule, because that is

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the pool we race in, and it will impact us massively.

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After lots of ringing around and another coach bill,

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Pete's Airlink Minibus has stepped in as a last-minute replacement

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Just one of many clients who claim they've been left stranded.

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We've come along to the registered address here in Portchester,

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The firm that shares the building says the company has closed down,

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and that we're not the first people to come looking for the director

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We've made a number of attempts to contact Paul Donald,

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but tonight our calls and e-mails remain unanswered.

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And the company's website hasn't been operational

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Hampshire Trading Standards is urging anyone affected to contact

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the Citizens Advice consumer helpline.

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On to sport now, Tony Husband's here. A lot of celebrations across

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this place today. Portsmouth in Brighton both promoted. Both are

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difficult times recently? Definitely, a moment to compare and

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contrast. I wore blue for the occasion, because those are the

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colours the fans of celebrating tonight. Football is so much about

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cycles. Back in 2003, Portsmouth got promoted to the Premier League.

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Right-on were playing in athletics stadium and that time. Look at them

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the other way round now, it falls apart. Right-on had been a Premier

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League club in all but name for a long time. They have had a habit

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embedded in the community of getting things right. Portsmouth, it is now

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a way back. They have both got dedicated fans,

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great support. The critical decision for

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Portsmouth, to the go for the overseas investments? We talk

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Brighton first, they had been the most consistent club in any league

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in Europe over the last few weeks. Their 2-1 victory over

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Wigan yesterday was their Glenn Murray got the opener

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in front of just under Local boy Solly March then found

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an angle to make it 2-0. Wigan got one back, but it proved

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only a consolation and it didn't affect the Albion fans

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starting their party, which went on long into the night

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and included the news that Huddersfield had only drawn,

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meaning promotion was confirmed. We go lives to the Amex now, and a

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man who described every kick of Albion's promotion. What kind of

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challenge of facing the Premier League?

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And think it's difficult to say in the immediate aftermath of the

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ecstasy of promotion. Certainly, the hard work starts now. The Albion

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have fielded on average the oldest side in the championship match this

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season, and that's what will need refreshing. The chairman and owner

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has invested heavily here at the Amex and at the training ground. But

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this is a new challenge for this football club, and survival is

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certainly tough. Saying that, Bloom, by profession, is a gambling man,

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and it would take a brave person to bet against him.

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They give very much. A great season commentary from BBC Sussex, and

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three games to go. They can win the title sooner.

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So along the coast to the celebrations for Portsmouth.

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They needed to better Luton's result at Mansfield and with the Hatters

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losing, this 3-1 win at Notts County guaranteed a spot in League One.

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After Gareth Evans' penalty had been cancelled out by Jorge Grant,

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Jamal Lowe, who was playing in the nonleague at the turn

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of the year, came of the bench to score twice to seal

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5000 Pompey fans were there to see what they hope will be just

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Live now to BBC Radio Solent's Andy Moon, the voice of Pompey

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What challenge awaits in League 1? No question League 1 will be a step

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up Pompeii, but not one that will be beyond them, given what they have

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achieved this season. Looking at the squad, most played in the third tier

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already, if not higher. While players out of contract, many of

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them will be retained going forward. The challenge for Pompey this season

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has been breaking down opponents who played very defensively against

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them. That will change when they make the step up, and a different

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style may suit them. The last time Paul Cooke was promoted from League

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2 with Chesterfield, in his first season they made the play-offs. That

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may be asking a lot of Pompeii, but I expect them to be a top hat team

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next season. Fratton Park was the scene are quite

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a party last night, regular much indeed.

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The promotion drama is far from over.

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Reading picked up six points from Easter weekend,

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including this 2-1 win over relegated Rotherham yesterday,

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The play-offs seem a certainty for Jaap Stam's side, but it's not

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inconceivable they could catch Newcastle.

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Lewis Grabban scored as they came from 1-0 down to seal

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That was John Swift to make it 2-1. And don't forget, Aldershot up to

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fifth in the National League as well, there could be successful at

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them. I can't ever remember the football being quite this good on

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South Today. Three Premier League teams make season, amazing!

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Ulick happy. I'm please.

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Legs get the weather. It is lovely, it's about chilly

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across the coast. It will feel warmer.

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Steve Miller photographed the sunrise in the Meon Valley today.

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Martin Perry took this picture of the blue skies at Colwell Bay

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And Terry Martin captured the sunny spells at Fobney Lock near Reading.

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Some glorious sunshine today. Some sunny spells this week, but the

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weather for the week ahead will be dry. Through April, it has been a

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fairly dry already. Just tomm in many places. Many the rain because

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of the dry weather. Bright and sunny spells are possible overnight and

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through the course of the week. Overnight, we're looking at dry

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nights. Tonight, we could expect loads of minus four Celsius.

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Generally, five Celsius the lower in urban areas. A frosty start in many

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areas, but the surgeon what an hazy with high and medium level cloud

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arriving through the afternoon. Temperatures up to around 12

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Celsius. In chartered spots, a high of 14 Celsius. The winds will be

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fairly light. Site, the cloud will increase. It won't be as chilly as

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tonight. The odd bit of frost down to the southeast. Temperatures

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falling to around six Celsius. Thursday a cloudy day. Through the

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day we may see light showers. Most places will stay dry, with sunny

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spells at times. Temperatures very similar to tomorrow, highs of 13

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Celsius. It wants up slightly through the course of Friday, high

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pressure not far away. Through the course of Friday, we see a cold

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front moving southwards. That will produce showers and increasing

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cloud. The air behind the cold front coming straight from the North.

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Friday feeling cooler, especially in the evening, and the weekend as

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well. The weekend will be similar to this weekend, in north in 3rd

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northwesterly breeze, sunny spells and possibly cross.

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Be with us tomorrow if you can, because we have an exclusive report

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on how overcrowding in prisons is causing staff to fear for their

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safety. I was knocked out about a year ago

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by a prisoner in a spice attack. Head-butted me from nowhere, knocked

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me out. I have been spat at, verbally abused. You have that every

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single day, there is a dead AI goes through my job I don't get verbally

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abused. And very candid interview with a

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prison officer. We'll about tomorrow night. It's editor of this evening,

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the late news this evening slightly later at 10:50pm, that is part of an

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extended ten o'clock news. Bye-bye.

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