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An unconventional decision and disappointment for

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Why the candidate who'll fight to keep Andrew Smith's seat will be

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Also - A plea to protect badgers by changing planning laws.

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How the animals are dying as housing developments are built.

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The TV stars marking a million-pound milestone

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As Andrew Smith spends his last few weeks as MP for Oxford East there's

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dismay in the local Labour Party that the candidate who'll stand

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in his place will be chosen nationally, not locally.

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The speed of the coming general election has led the party to decide

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on an exceptional procedure for selecting the person

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He's been a local MP for nearly 30 years.

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But the Labour candidate vying to replace him

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Labour's Oxford East candidate will be chosen nationally

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because of timescale of the snap election.

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The party's National Executive Committee will sort

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through applications, interview potential candidates

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That's clearly caused disappointment in the local party.

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"It's with the greatest regret that Oxford and District Labour Party

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members will not be able to select a candidate."

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But they add that it "will not set any precedent for future elections."

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Andrew Smith gave me his reaction to that today.

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Yes, it would have been nice if local members could be involved. We

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have received assurances that in the selection process, very close

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attention will be towards the calibre and relevant experience to

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the candidates and close attention will be given to local links and

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that is very important. Would you be unhappy if someone was parachuted

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into what is considered a safe Labour seat? I have never considered

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anything said Seat, you have to earn your seat. They have to show people

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they are on their side and be in touch with the community. I am

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certain the next Labour candidate is going to do that.

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So what do people in Andrew Smith's Oxford East constituency think?

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It is a shame it won't be a local process, but I can see why they are

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doing it. Local person every time. They know the area and the issues.

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The way the Labour Party is at the moment, I would be a bit suspect of

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the candidate they chose. It doesn't bother me too much, but I think a

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local person has more of an interest and someone you can go to. I don't

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think it will make any difference to how they will perform as an MP.

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Other parties will now be looking at the Oxford East

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Candidates will be announced in the coming weeks

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I hope there will be a bit of time for travel, a bit more time to

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gardening and I would like a new bike.

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A senior prison officer from Woodhill prison

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near Milton Keynes is to stand trial for manslaughter.

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It follows the death of an inmate who was found hanged in his cell

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55 year-old Joseph Travers will appear at the Old Bailey next month.

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He's thought to be the first prison officer to be charged

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with manslaughter after a prisoner's death.

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A group supporting rough sleepers in Oxford is asking homeowners

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if they'd give a room to some of them.

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The Iffley Open House project has squatted a number of empty

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buildings in the city, drawing attention to the large

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Several of them have jobs and are looking

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Julius has recently started working in a pub

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If you are going to manage to get a job while you are on the streets,

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it's going to be really hard for you to move on from that.

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Because you just need a space where you can get back after work,

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have a shower and get some food, get dressed and the next

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More badgers are being killed on the roads and conservationists

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in Oxfordshire say the building of new housing developments

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They're urging planners and builders to do more to protect the animals

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Badgers have lived in this woodland in South Oxford,

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for at least a century but parts of the countryside here,

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and elsewhere in Oxfordshire, have been lost to new buildings.

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Their habitat is being taken for development. They are being squeezed

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out. They are not being able to reach their foraging areas because

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there are not enough wildlife corridors for them to reach them. We

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are seeing more of them being forced onto the roads and killed.

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While badgers are a protected species, there are no accurate

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figures to say for sure whether numbers of badgers

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However given the evidence at Cumnor Hill in the Vale

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there seems no doubt that badger setts are often destroyed

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as development creeps in on their territory.

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Oxfordshire Badger Group is also concerned about the impact

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of hundreds of new homes at Barton Park.

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But the City Council says artificial setts have been built for badgers.

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As any kind of biodiversity, the council takes it very seriously and

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we are committed to protecting them, as well as other wildlife. When a

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development comes into the Council for proposal, we will consider it

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and only permit it if we are satisfied there will be no impact on

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badges and other kinds of wildlife. There are national laws

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for protecting the countryside but some authorities go

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further than others. In Milton Keynes, a charity called

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the Parks Trust has been set up There is wildlife corridors that

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have been put together in Milton Keynes lakes, ponds and natural

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habitats. We have seen a successful development, plus protection of the

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environment working hand-in-hand as a new city is developed. There are

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some good examples in Milton Keynes that might work well in places like

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Oxford. The number of people living

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in Oxfordshire is expected to increase by more than a quarter

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in the next 15 years. The challenge is to build them homes

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without destroying the wildlife. One of the UK's biggest

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energy companies says it's using new technology to improve

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electricity networks for homes The multi-million pound investment

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means a special fleet of aircraft is now being deployed to scan

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the networks and keep Could this be the future

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of mapping our electricity networks? This aerial scanning system

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is being used by Scottish and Southern Electricity networks,

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surveying our power lines, checking for trees and other

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vegetation, which may lead to blockages

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and electricity cuts. Obviously, trees are continuously

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growing and we have to manage them on an ongoing basis and the biggest

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issue is trees falling What we're able to do with this,

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once all the data has been gathered, we can put it into our computer

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systems, we will be able to see which trees will be a threat

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to the lines and which trees aren't That lets us target

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the tree cutting. This innovative mapping

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system is a big investment But it wouldn't be possible

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without the team of engineers With the equipment we have on board,

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it sends out hundreds of thousands of flashes of light every second

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as we fly over the power lines and we get a really,

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really accurate, 3-D record of the line and the

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position of the trees. So when we come back

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we can process that data, serve it up on a 3-D platform

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so the guys back in the office can see exactly where

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they've got problems. Some network operators believe

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the technology could lead to better maintenance work,

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resulting in more A Buckinghamshire charity that

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trains puppies to be the ears of their owner is celebrating 35

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years in operation. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People take

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on 200 puppies a year, teaching them to respond

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to different sounds. This weekend the charity

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welcomes more than 200 dogs on a sponsored dog walk,

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and they want you to come along to. It's time to wake up,

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but you can't hear your alarm. This everyday problem impacts almost

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a million people in the UK. But for three and a half decades,

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a Buckinghamshire charity has been We as a charity, we train clever

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dogs to respond to sounds and to assist people

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who are profoundly or severely deaf. We create a partnership with that

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individual and the dog. It makes a huge difference

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to the lives of those individuals throughout

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its working life. Puppies are trained for up

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to two years to respond to sound such as doorbells,

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phones and smoke alarms. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has

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placed more than 2000 dogs One of those is George Street,

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who is paired with Jake. I had perfect hearing

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until I was about 30-40. Then gradually my hearing

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has deteriorated. He's my key ring carer,

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he's brilliant. He's a companion and a dog that does

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a job all rolled into one. The charity doesn't get government

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funding and relies on donations They help with everything

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from fundraising to maintenance It changed our lives,

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as much as it will hopefully We get that much out of having

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the dogs and it's just wonderful. If you'd like to get involved

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or just want to learn more, the charity is holding a fundraising

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event this Saturday. It's the Great British Dog Walk,

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it's a fantastic family day out. It's a sponsored dog walk event,

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but it's suitable for everybody. You don't have to have a dog to take

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part and children under 11 are free. Already we've got 200 people

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confirmed and we are expecting a lot more to just turn up on the day,

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there's still space is available. There's walks to suit all abilities,

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so whether you are coming with ten legs, six or maybe just two,

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the charity wants your help to make sure everybody can

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hear about their work. You can e-mail us with any stories

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at... Now more of today's

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stories with Sally Taylor. The Conservative MP and former

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Defence Minister has represented the constituency

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for the past 20 years. Later in the programme

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Alexis is looking ahead Lovely spring sunshine this weekend.

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All eyes looking forward to next week in the Arctic air.

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It was meant to offer a new style of rail tickets

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But a government-led smart card scheme to replace paper tickets has

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run millions of pounds over budget and failed to deliver -

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Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton has more.

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The idea was to help passengers move to smart cards, including flexible

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season tickets for people who commute part time. It has not gone

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well. The original cast was put at ?45 million. The final bill was 54

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million. Plus a further 66 million to make London ticket machines read

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mainline smart cards. The business case relied on 95% of season-ticket

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holders switching. So far 8% have done so. The government has failed

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on the 2015 manifesto commitment. Failed on bringing a promised back

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in 2015 to bring flexible ticketing. At the same time they wasted is an

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astonishing amount of tax payers money on a smart and flexible

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ticketing scheme which has delivered almost nothing for passengers. 11

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train operators were to offer smart cards. Only five do so. Only one

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offers a flexible part-time option. Southern, Gatwick Express and South

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West Trains have done smart cards there own way. The back-office

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functions that make them work do not rely on the government system. This

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month the Department for Transport has ended the south-east flexible

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ticket programme, saying the private sector should lead the way. The

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bottom line is that train companies and the government have not come

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together with a common standard across the network. They have fallen

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a decade behind the bus industry, where smart cards are standard.

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Three years ago the London Underground moved on to contactless

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bank cards, a runaway success. Yet millions of two metres, four years

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to come, will use paper tickets. Something the Victorians who built

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this railway would still recognise. Drivers faced long delays on the

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Adrian Surrey tunnel. Bail out back north bound for a time. Nobody was

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hurt, structural engineers have been checking the tunnel today.

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The Solent was once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe.

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450 boats caught 15 million oysters a year in the 1970s.

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But overfishing killed the industry and the last fishery shut in 2013.

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Now an attempt is under way to bring sustainable oyster fishing back.

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Hundreds of baby oysters are being put into the water

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Here's our business correspondent Alastair Fee.

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These oysters carry the hopes of environmentalists,

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On a pontoon at the Hamble - volunteers were today weighing,

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measuring and then carefully returning them to the sea.

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Most of them will be prisoners the idea is silent. Through overfishing

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and disease, predation, the native oyster almost died out in the 2013,

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the fisheries closed because of his stock

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The broadcaster Ben Fogle - a former Portsmouth student and keen

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conservationist was among those helping out.

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We hope these oysters will change the whole dynamic of the silent.

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Improving the water quality, bringing back bringing injection

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into the economy, tourism. The cost of a dozen succulent oysters is a

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relatively common problem for the gourmet.

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Intensive fishing of oysters began in the 19th century.

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At it's peak the industry kept 700 men at sea.

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But the native Oyster population has halved in the last 25 years.

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This year one million oysters will be re-introduced to the Solent.

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Every month at six locations they will be studied

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It knew that these ponds in mean on the monitor them easily.

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Assuming these young molluscs are back in abundance.The ambition

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is to have a sustainable fishery back in business in ten years.

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A big milestone's been reached in the campaign to create

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a new children's emergency department in Southampton.

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A million pounds has now been raised.

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The appeal has been helped by a charity set up by the actors

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The couple became involved after the care received

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by their baby daughter Ella-Jayne, who sadly died at just eight months

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Fresh from our screens in ITV's Broadchurch,

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actor Sarah Parish enjoys plenty of work and a high profile -

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but it's this role which is closest to her heart, as a charity

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It was the tragic loss of their baby daughter Ella-Jayne

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which has closely linked the couple to Southampton General.

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Sarah and James see a new hospital as her legacy.

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They're at the forefront of a push to build a brand new emergency

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department in southampton, just for children.

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When your Child is in an accident you want them to get the best care

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this trauma centre will give them back. Specialist x-ray rooms, 11

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observation areas. Anything a child needs when they are critically ill,

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this place will have. Giving them the best chance of survival.

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Today was about celebrating the money already raised -

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which takes the total to one million pounds.

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We provide a major trauma so if dealing with seriously injured

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children from the Channel Islands was an environment

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where the people can work effectively for them.

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At the moment the building is an empty shell and there's

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a lot of hard work ahead There's still one and a half million pounds

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The search is on four major donors, businesses or individuals prepared

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to donate hundreds of thousands of pounds for none naming rights, a

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plaque above the door. Still ?1.5 million to raise in just over one

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year. Going from strength to strength.

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Onto sport, and Michael Eisner, the man who wants to buy

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Portsmouth Football Club, is to come to the city to make

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a personal pitch to shareholders before they vote on his offer

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The former Disney Chief Executive and his family

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will talk to members of the Pompey Supporters Trust

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at the city's Guildhall on Thursday May the fourth.

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Voting packs will be sent out to shareholders next Monday.

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The ballot will close on May the 19th.

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Meanwhile, after clinching promotion to the Premier League on Monday,

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Brighton Hove Albion are being honoured with a civic

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Tens of thousands of fans who're probably only just recovering

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from Monday's celebrations, will be able to cheer their heroes

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again on Sunday May the 14th as they parade along the seafront

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The exact route and timings for the bus tour are

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A win for the Albion tomorrow night against Norwich would see them

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Thousands of runners are preparing for the 2017

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For Chris Arthey from Godalming, Sunday will be the fifth

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But it will be the first time he's run it since being involved

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I lost my spleen, broken ribs, punctured lung, bad concussion. We

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both had broken arms and hands. Denise's lead was lost straightaway.

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While fulfilling a lifetime ambition to ride a motorbike across America,

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in 2008, they were hit by a drunk driver, veering into their lane at

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80 miles an hour. Crisp' left leg was very badly damaged. They put me

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in a medically induced coma, tried to save the leg, but after ten days

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that did not work out. They took my leg. Chris had always competed in

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enduring sports. Denise made this promise to is surging. He will run

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another marathon. That is his drive, he is a runner. That does not

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change, losing your leg does not change EU are. I knew he would do it

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again. This leg I am wearing is a walking leg. The breakthrough came

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from Chris when he found the right prostatic to compete with. For

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running a use this one, same socket, but it has no need. It has this

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blade, which you can bounce on. With a sole unit fitted. Before the

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accident Chris had completed five of the world marathon majors, Boston,

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Berlin, Chicago, New York and London. His personal best time was

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just under three hours. He is setting himself a tough target for

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this Sunday as well. The training has gone fairly well. Four and a

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half hours plus a bit, I would be very happy. It has been a long road

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to recovery, the only thing that should hold Chris' progress on

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Sunday is the finish line. Good luck to Chris and already taking part in

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the London marathon this weekend. The world's strongest man

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was in Southampton today Zydrunas Savickas was flipping tyres

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with Aaron Page from Southampton. It'll be one of the most difficult

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disciplines in the Ultimate Strongman World Series UK qualifier

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being held at St Mary's in June. When I was 13 years old I came to

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strongman competition. For me, something amazing. I decided I

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wanted to be strong. It is good to compete. Nice when people enjoy it.

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He is handy if you break down! I would have in my car. Carrying

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tyres. Change my diet. Onto the weather. What we talking

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about, Arctic chills. We have some really cold air coming in next week.

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A chance we could have wintry showers, bitterly cold. Gardeners,

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beware. Steve Regan photographed the sunset

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at Man O'War beach in Dorset. Jacqueline Rackham's dog

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Louis enjoyed running And Ryan Curtis took this picture of

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Christchurch Harbour from the air. Lovely sunny spells today, a fair

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amount of cloud as well. This evening we are seeing the sunshine,

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cloud returning overnight. One macro clear spells. We could see some mist

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and fog patches. Where the cloud is thickest, the odd spot of drizzle.

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Temperature is not as cold as last night. Dipping to around five

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Celsius. Fairly cloudy start of the day. But. But the degree of Doctor

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bridges reaching 14- get border tomorrow. A good deal of cloud

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tomorrow. The odd spot of drizzle. One or two macro clear spells

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allowing mist of folk to form. Foremost we're looking at lows of

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9-10dC. Quite a cloudy start to the weekend. We will see the cloud

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gradually thin and break thanks to this cold front moving southwards.

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The odd spot of rain for eastern parts of Bucks. Otherwise dry, more

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in the way of sunshine for the afternoon and evening. Through the

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course of Saturday, high pressure building behind me. That will settle

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things down. Overnight Saturday cold air is settling in. Next week old is

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still in from the Arctic. Some wintry showers through the course of

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Monday. In fact more so on Tuesday evening and overnight into

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Wednesday. One or two macro showers possible through the course of the

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weekend. Staying mainly dry. A good deal of cloud tomorrow, and also the

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start of the" right running up in the afternoon. Lovely spells of

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sunshine on Sunday. Monday the odd spot of rain, thunder storms

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possible on Tuesday. Two Maronite we will take a look

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around a 15 foot model of Winchester, finding out why this

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action may labour of love for the person who made it. Thanks for

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watching.

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