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Hello, and welcome to South Today. news teams where you are.
In tonight's programme, battle lines drawn -
the leaders of the two biggest parties already
on the campaign trail in our region ahead of the general election.
Also, school pigeons - Oxford scientists pull off
a coup with research about the bird's intelligence.
And later on - the magical modelling of Mr Brown.
What does a retired county planning officer do with his time?
The South became the battleground for the opening shots of this
election today as both Prime Minister Theresa May
and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the region.
And one of the main issues today was not Brexit, but education.
Our Political Editor, Peter Henley, has this report
Inside a toothpaste factory in Maidenhead, staff waiting to ask the
Prime Minister questions. Outside, a man and a chicken suit, sent by
eight newspaper, and so the traditional fabric of election
campaigning in Britain begins. Compared to David Cameron, Theresa
May was less polished, crisper, more direct, but genuine questions were
asked and answered on the high cost of housing in the Thames Valley,
student fees, apprenticeships, and there was an EU national keen to
stay in Britain. How can you reassure me that my life will not
change after Brexit? ICA lots of goodwill on that issue, and a lot of
people wanting to do something about that, and I hope to have news on
that soon. I have never voted before. Yarde are you excited about
it? Yes. I think it is more engaging. To hear her with that
background noise is greats as well. Meanwhile, the Labour leader was at
Swindon Central community Centre. Not quite the same cavalcade of
cars. Serve we are 72 hours into this election campaign, 72 hours
into the opportunity of our lifetime, to challenge the
inequality and injustice that exists in Britain today. He got the
audience more fired up than in Maidenhead, but these are his own
supporters. If you could do something for hours, that would be
great. We need some teachers! A pledge from Jeremy Corbyn today to
reduce class sizes, and Theresa May was at Cox Green School, with the
head teacher let her sixth formers do the talking. Neither side should
count their chickens. And a short time ago,
Peter told me the two are quite contrasting
in their leadership style. Yes, quite a contrast,
as you'd expect. Jeremy Corbyn walking into the
Swindon Community Centre on his own, Theresa May with all of her security
around her here in Maidenhead. But then, Jeremy Corbyn
will take some flak for talking to his
own supporters, mostly. He is going to have to get
out on the doorstep, dangerous place though it has been
for Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband He seemed to be enjoying himself,
Theresa May, too, here, was enjoying herself,
and talking to real people. The sixth formers here at
Cox Green School, the staff at the toothpaste factory, those
were not planted questions. They were able to ask whatever
they liked, although it is a very difficult thing, the boss
says to go and stand in a circle, Not the easiest of
situations, but the campaign is underway,
and we are starting Jeremy Corbyn has been
talking about class sizes in schools, something a lot
of parents are concerned about. Theresa May has been talking
about the spending on So, as this campaign goes along,
we are going to see both sides nailing their
colours to the mast. An Aylesbury man has pleaded not
guilty to murdering his brother, 18-year-old Brandon Lavender
stands accused of stabbing Police were called to Meadowcroft
in the town on the 17th of January. Daniel Lavender died later
at Stoke Mandeville hospital. 300 children marched
to the council offices in Milton Keynes today to demand
improvements to the town's red ways. They say the network
of footpaths are neglected, This year the town celebrated
its 50th birthday, and the children are calling for 50 improvements
to be made. The council has said it has
listened to concerns, They are asking for a realistic set
of 50 improvements that we can make, and that is things like filling in
small potholes and changing light bulbs, and I think we can make the
red weighs much better. Formula One equipment will be
auctioned off to the public next month after the collapse
of the Banbury-based are going under the hammer,
including pit lane equipment. Manor started in 2010
as Virgin Racing. and more than 200 staff were
made redundant in January. Homing pigeons may share the human
capacity to build on knowledge across generations,
according to a new The research suggests it helps
with improving their navigational But one long-time pigeon fancier
isn't totally convinced. In a remarkably short
time, the bird returns Pigeons, for years used as military
messengers, due to their Real wings have come
to the aid of mechanical ones. But now it appears we have more
in common than we realised. During a three-year study,
scientists give pigeons a destination, then replaced
birds that new leave it destination, then replaced
birds that knew the route Over time, it appeared
that the original birds were able to pass on their knowledge
to the new ones. Well, for thousands
of years, humans have been trying to come up with inventions
to make our lives easier. It has led to the invention
of the telephone, the What this study shows is that
pigeons have that same Many researchers have
believed that humans, or maybe some primates,
are the only ones who can pass
on knowledge, and then we improve our culture,
but our studies show that pigeons can also do the same thing.
They can actually improve over time. Keith Shipperley has
been racing pigeons He says he has seen no signs
that his birds have learned I just can't see it,
because brothers and race, you know, they don't come
to the lot at the same time. That theory that they
have talked it down. The findings of the study have
been published in the Scientists now wants to expand it
to look at different animals. A mother - who suffered five
separate miscariages - will be taking part
in the London Marathon this weekend to raise money
for a charity that's helped her. Vicky Hodgins, from Bicester, has
already raised ?3,000 for Tommy's. Story time for Vicky
and her two-year-old son, The toddler was born
after just 28 weeks. It is one of five miscarriages
she has had in the past I think part of you feels that
you have let the baby Other people are going around
having their babies, announcing that they are pregnant,
and it is really tough when you are watching
all of this going on, and actually,
you have not managed that, you feel Vicky ran the Brighton
Marathon last year, She is hoping to raise as much
again from the London The money will help fund Tommys'
ongoing research into When we had the first miscarriage,
we searched and searched the internet to find out
why this happened. And there were lots of stories
and information on the Tommy's Stories of other people who had been
in our situation, and that I think that other
mothers can draw real Vicky's family are a fabulous
family, and they are really Joel and his brothers are a real
testament to their positivity, and all the things
they have overcome. Joel's lungs were severely damaged
during the birth, and now he Vicky hopes her story
will give comfort to mothers who have
suffered similar trauma. A family-run Cotswolds bakery
and tearoom have proved Huffkins, who have tearooms
in Witney and Burford, made and sold 14,000 scones
at a temporary tearoom in Tokyo. The firm - which has been named
in a Japanese guidebook to the UK - now has further plans to increase
exports to the Far East. Matt Graveling has
been to meet them. A quintessentially British
tea-time treat, it has Whether your jam or cream goes
on first, there's no denying we love this little cake
more than anyone else, Seconds after opening the doors,
this food hall is full of people running to get their hands
on a scone, and the lady responsible
for meeting their needs is Lorna, bakery manager from
Oxfordshire company Huffkins. We had people out there,
queueing for our cream teas, who had been to Huffkins,
and had been shown scrapbooks, pictures
on their cameras, they love the Cotswolds, they love
the British. This pop-up tearoom saw 14,000
scones made and sold The company have come a long way
since being founded in Burford in 1890, building a presence
locally, but recent trips to Japan have
seen their scones, and merchandise, The traditions of taking tea,
you know, are similar, We are both tea-loving nations,
and you cannot have We are expecting to send our
first exports in May. We are going to be stocked
in several of the largest department store
groups in the country. It's a hugely exciting
prospect for us. And the company's growth hasn't
gone unnoticed at home, as it recently won three accolades
at the West Oxfordshire To go over to Japan,
make 14,000 scones in a glass case being watched by all
the Japanese, it was just A very successful wholesale
business as well as a Are there any signs that
their scones were now big in Japan? We came in with my wife
because she looked through a Japanese guidebook,
and the Japanese guidebook said that this was
the We had a few imitations
in London, but this So what started off
as a very British treat now seems to be an
international delicacy. If you want to try one of the best,
then come down here, Imagine how the Japanese would go
wild if they could watch something as quintessentially English
as South Today with Sally Taylor. the Goldstone ground -
supporters hope tonight they can add the championship
trophy to their promotion There are concerns tonight over
the lack of specialist care for families with muscular dystrophy
in the south. The South East has 5,000 people
living with the condition. Most regions have three
or four care advisors I am pressing the button
to change the TV channel. Dan is a big sports fan
and loves his television. He has all the latest technology
to help them control the screen. His mother believes NHS funded care
advisors are vital to help They help out right away
with diagnosis, they can support a family through the terrible grief
and as time goes on they can signpost them to
specialist services. A leading charity uses this video
to show how it works Care advisers funded by local NHS
health commissioners. In other regions they find the money
but not in Kent and Sussex. The south east, the only place
in a country without There are no specialist
centres in those areas, everyone goes to London but many
people are still hundreds of miles away from the specialist centres
and spent most of the time at home in the community where they need
that expert support. The charity believes it
would save the NHS money to pay for the care and avoid
unplanned hospital admissions. This woman has been campaigning
about this for a decade. It seems bizarre where
we are the only area, the affluent south-east,
which does not have this facility. In response to the campaign,
the NHS tells me they are developing the role of care advisers
and brnging together all the commissioners
from across the south-east in the coming weeks to ensure
the service is provided On to spot no. -- now. They just
have to beat Norwich tonight? Yes, that is correct. Fingers crossed.
With promotion to the Premier League already guaranteed, Brighton
and Hove Albion can tonight put the icing on the cake, knowing a win
at Norwich would clinch the Championship trophy.
Johnny Cantor is at Carrow Road for BBC Radio Sussex, where Seagulls
It would certainly cap a wonderful week for the Albion supporters,
promotion was the most important thing but especially for their
players, they want to go up as champions. One win would do it and
winners medal would be a fine memento. The Albion manager would
probably also like to seal the deal tonight against his former club.
Norwich City removed him from duties in his second season in charge. He
He led them to 11th in his first season.
It's hard to believe that, 20 years ago, Brighton
were facing extinction, without a ground, and
with only a slim hope of staying in the league.
What's happened since is a triumph for the club Chairmen
who wouldn't be beaten, Dick Knight and Tony Bloom.
But it's also a great moment for the bloody-minded fans
Bob Everett has been talking to two of them.
It is 20 years almost to the day since Brighton played their last
game at the Goldstone ground, sold off without the fan's
The old place was torn apart for souvenirs.
Back then the club fanzine editor and an accountant
among fans who fought to keep the club going.
In the club museum and it is all history now.
For Paul and even still it's a vivid memory.
I have never been back to the Goldstone ground.
I have never seen the pictures of the West stand
It was a mixture, a mishmash of emotions.
The rain was pouring down, there I was with a
hammer and spade, sitting in my seat, about to demolish it and take
Two seasons in the wilderness followed,
fans were forced to travel 75 miles to Gillingham Town for home games.
We just had to go there, the first season,
young family, I did not go as much as I should have done.
It was unreal, four motorways and a funeral.
The PA announcer did not pronounce the team's names
A return to Brighton was vital, even if that was to an
It gave the club and supporters a 12 year toehold in
It was brilliant, but it was a hand to mouth existence.
This is ideal, a permanent stadium with
22,000 seats where generations can watch Brighton and Hove Albion for
The fight turned fans into TV reporters and even
Absolutely, it is critical on an employment basis
and economic bases and community basis.
The benefits of stadium can bring can be enormous.
Faced with that kind of determination, the
In 2011, club and supporters were back in
The whole Albion story is the community.
What gives me the greatest buzz is sitting in
my seat here, seeing all the families, all the people
who support Albion and they are all familiar
They are all from Sussex and beyond and are all united.
Perhaps the ultimate destination for these campaigners finally arrived on
Monday, the Premier League. What gives me a buzz is when you're out
and about and there are kids in Brighton shirts, playing football in
the park. When we left in 1997, we lost a whole generation. The thing
about being a supporter of this club, you are a life. No Home
Secretary will let you out. Once you are in, you are in. 2017, what a
year for Brighton. You must remember it? I do, they have not changed a
bit. If there ever was a club where the supporters are the heart of it,
it is Brighton. I wish them all the best tonight. Another club as well,
Bournemouth taking on Middlesbrough at home.
Reading can guarantee their place in the Championship play-offs
In League One, Oxford travel to Millwall, MK Dons
host Sheffield United, while Swindon need a home
win against Scunthorpe in their fight against relegation.
In League Two, Portsmouth welcome Cambridge to what's sure to be
a party atmosphere at Fratton Park following their promotion.
Now, thousands of runners are resting their legs and loading
up on the carbs ahead this weekend's marathons.
Southampton hosts its first full marathon in more than 30 years
It falls on the same day as the London Marathon -
among those taking part will be Bronte Randle-Bissell
from Winchester - who aged 18 years and three days -
will line up as the youngest runner competing.
Good luck to everyone taking part, including a reporter from BBC says.
He will be wearing bright yellow. Let us get on to the weather for the
weekend. Not doing badly but we have cooler conditions to come next week.
Let us take a look at your weather pictures.
Gloomy skies above Sherbourne St John in Hampshire -
Becca Collacott sent us this photo of the Great Haseley Windmill
And here's a splash of colour from Ginny Boxall at Freshwater
skies for much of today. Generally quite cloudy picture. Cloud is a key
feature. We will see cloud through much of the region tonight. One or
two holes appearing in the cloud and temperatures hold around ten or 9
degrees. Temperatures could take a tumble with the clear spells. To the
north, we could see spots of rain pushing their week in towards dawn.
Some dampness to get the day started first thing on Saturday but
generally dry picture too much for Saturday. Quite a bit of cloud. By
the middle of the morning, we can see Brighton is developing. Into the
afternoon, sunnier spells. One or two blue skies to look for. Highs of
15 degrees and light winds so feeling pleasant when you catch
sunshine. Through tomorrow evening, we will see less cloud than tonight.
Temperatures will respond accordingly, to six or 7 degrees.
Perhaps in the it could go further still, perhaps a touch of grass lost
worst thing on Sunday morning. Sandy Hook stride and we will see a lot of
cloud to start. -- Sunday looks dry. Feeling pleasantly warm in the
sunshine, light winds and sunny skies. Things are set to change.
After a few weekend with decent wants, we will see a bit of a change
on Monday. -- decent wants. We start Monday with cloud and rain band
arrives. Cold conditions overnight into Tuesday. Some breakers on
Tuesday but one or two when to apply these and cold winds as well. Thank
you very much. When a person retires
from work after a long You'd think they'd like to
have a bit of a change. But when Roger Brown left his role
as a county planning officer. He couldn't resist directing his
energies at something which had more Roger spent the next nine years
of his life building a 15-feet scale model of Winchester,
based on an Ordnance Survey But the extraordinary work has
never been exhibited Miniature Winchester, the city as it
was in Victorian times. This intricate model, the work of a man
with a passion for buildings and a great deal of patience. It was only
that of love that lasted nine years. I don't know what his wife had to
say about that. We do know that she complained for nine years they could
not park the car in the garage. It was never intended to be just a
private project. It was always meant to be for other people to enjoy. It
has only ever been on short tempered Adelaide, a permanent home could not
be found but no, 20 years after it was completed, the model forms the
centrepiece of a revamped city Museum. Roger has to be just over
two years ago, but I know she would have been thrilled to bits to see
adhere. Roger bases model on an ordnance survey map which showed
huge detail of the city layout. The model captures Winchester Ju --
during her Victorian expansion. This was not year when the survey took
place in 1870 but when it was printed three years later, it's
foundation stones had been lead. The statue of Alfred also did not appear
for another three decades. Before that, Cannon, a trophy for the
Crimean War students please. Even that has made it this model.
Although a lot has changed, much of Winchester's past is still present
in this model helps keep its history alive.
It is amusing because when you look at it, we are so high-tech with
drones, you think I am looking at this with the drawing. Fabulous.
That's it from us, have a good weekend, good luck to all the
marathon runners and Brighton and Hove Albion. Good night.
Why didn't we go to the library today?
Because we don't have a library any more. Why?
The school's had to make big cuts. Cuts like with a knife, miss?
No, it means that the school can't afford to pay for things like
the library any more or shows or books or school visits.
CHILDREN: Awww! No more school visits?