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In tonight's programme: In pain and struggling to cope.


Claims a shortage of carers is leaving people


with mutliple sclerosis without the support they need.


Also, how firecrews in Oxfordshire will be helping paramedics treat


And later on: The soaring numbers of red kites,


the birds of prey now flying high after being once on the


A third of people with multiple sclerosis say they're


not receiving enough, or any, support.


The results of a survey by the MS Society have just been published.


We'll be hearing from the charity in a couple of minutes.


First though, we've been to meet one man and says he isn't


getting the care he needs, after being told there


Brian Cook, who lives in Lower Heyford near Bicester,


Stuart Tinworth has been to meet him.


Brian's been living with MS since 2004.


He's gone from walking, to a wheelchair, and can no


He also says he no longer has guarantees for continuing care,


It is hardly a way to live not knowing what is going to happen next


week or the week afterwards. I am not sleeping very well. I think I


had about three hours sleep for each of the previous four nights.


Brian says his care package ended at the start of this month.


Care agencies are taking on more work with less and less carers. They


are working on zero our contracts and they are being paid ?1 more than


the living wage and they can earn that sort of money working in a


shop. The MS Society says


Brian isn't alone. government for social


care is to blame, claiming providers are struggling


to recruit and keep The county council however


is insistant it's trying to help. In a statement they stress:


Mr Cook has not been left And sufficient funds


are in place, so he can And they add - we will work with him


to look at alternatives in the short-term, whilst sufficient


care is identified. The council says it's also investing


?1 million in a range of initiatives aimed at strengthening the social


care market, with new training and measures to improve worker


recruitment but concerns remain. the corner for new retail projects


at Westgate and Bicester village, the carer market could be


squeezed further still. The Multiple Sclerosis Society has


surveyed more than 11,000 people Earlier I spoke with


Genevieve Edwards from the charity and asked her how common


Brian's story is. I'm afraid Brian is not alone, by no


means. And it is really distressing to see the situation he has been in


and how he has really struggled to get the care he needs. Our research


shows we hear from people with MS every single day that this is


happening up and down the country and what we are seeing now is that a


third of people in the most severe needs are struggling to get even


basic support like help with dressing and washing. What else did


your survey reveal? The needs of people with MS had been going up


steadily and yet the care that is available to them has been reducing


and some specifics around that, we found that if you are a young person


with MS, you were less likely to get the care that you need around social


care needs which is really distressing. And we are also seeing


that more and more people are trying to fund their own care or they are


turning to friends and family for help, or they are just not coping.


What more needs to be done? If an arm of the care workers there, what


can be done? Part of this solution is funding. Of course everyone talks


about the need for funding for social care but it is a really vital


part. We have had an extra 2 billion in the budget this year but that is


not going to last. We need a long-term sustainable funding


solution but the other point that you raise and this is something that


Brian has experienced is that there are quite often just not enough


trained, skilled care workers so we really need to focus on that


workforce issue to make sure we have people that can come into those jobs


and to make sure that people like Brian can have needs met.


An arrest warrant has been issued for a man charged with a racial


attack on a pregnant woman in Bletchley.


David Gallacher was due before Aylesbury Crown Court but failed


He's accused of assaulting a woman in Bletchley,


Gallacher, who's 37 and of no fixed abode, is also charged with three


counts of assaulting a police officer.


Homeless people in Oxford will be allowed to live, temporarily,


The Open House movement has previously set up home in a vacant


restaurant in Summertown, a disused powerstation


in Osney and a former car show room in Iffley.


Last night Oxford City Council approved proposals to allow


the squatters to stay in vacant buildings owned by the council.


Firefighters are treating a fire at a derelict building


Specialist fire investigation officers are working with police


to work out what caused the fire on the Curbridge Road overnight.


The roof collapsed, making conditions difficult


The building is owned by the Diocese of Birmingham.


Oxfordshire's fire service is helping ambulance crews get


The six month trial will see fire crews aiding paramedics


in medical emergencies, like when they need


Before now, police would aid ambulance crews when necessary.


Today's scenario in Didcot was a mockup, but Darren Weston has


been called to numerous real life emergencies.


He's saved many lives, but often the issue isn't


so much treating patients as getting to them.


The problem in gaining access into modern properties these days is


harder than ever before. We could be faced with an unconscious patient


and capable of -- incapable of answering the door. Every second can


literally make a difference to the outcome and survival.


If you need to get to the first floor from outside, fire crews


The three emergency services are now working together


Police or ambulance crews can call on the fire brigade for help.


It is really important and one of the main reasons is for the people


out there. We want to make sure we deliver the best service for them


and times are hard. We have to make the most of the money that is made


available to us. By working together, we can deliver better


services, simpler and smarter and cheaper for the public.


The six month trial has started well.


Local fire crews have been called to 15 emergencies


If successful, the three-way partnership is likely


There are more than 6,000 suicides in the UK each year,


that's about one suicide every two hours and at least ten times that


Now a woman who founded of a suicide crisis centre in Gloucestershire


wants to open a similar personalised service in Oxford.


Joy Hibbins set up her charity after struggling to access support


Five years ago, Joy Hibbins had a traumatic


experience which left her with post traumatic stress disorder


Having struggled to get the right support herself,


a year later she set up her own suicide crisis centre.


Today at St Edmund Hall in Oxford, she told mental health professionals


about the personalised service her team provides.


We work very tenaciously but it is also the way our services are set


up. As well as having a suicide crisis centre where people can come


and be safe, we also do home visits so we are actually going out to


people who are at risk and I have got absolutely no doubt that going


out to people when they are at risk is one of the reasons why all of our


clients have survived. The Mental Health


Foundation say suicide is the leading cause of death


among young people. While four times as many


men die as a result But Joy says men are seeking help -


50 to 80% of her clients are men. Tom was only 22 when he thought


about taking his own life. A serious car accident


followed by his brother's Everything just seemed so dark and I


didn't have anyone else to speak to. And I found suicide crisis online


just by googling help for suicidal thoughts and things like that. The


next day, I went along. The main thing that I got from it was the


one-to-one. I went in and I saw joy and she would sit with me for as


long as I needed. It was incredible to have that human connection.


Joy says one-to-one support in a safe environment


with specially trained councillors could have a significant reduce


the numbers of suicides each year and hopes to one day see independent


crisis centres like hers in every county.


Oxfordshire's longest-serving Member of Parliament has today


made his final speech in the House of Commons.


Labour's Andrew Smith will stand down at the general


He's represented Oxford East for 30 years.


In his final speech, he thanked his supporters,


his constituents and his neighbours in Blackbird Leys.


I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have helped me


serve for 30 years for the wonderful constituency of Oxford East. My


family and friends. My neighbours. Our party members and supporters. My


trade union. My office staff and party organisers across the years.


And most of all, my constituents. Thank you.


A man from Oxfordshire has completed a 1,500 mile walk across India


63-year-old Patrick Baddeley is raising funds for Future Hope,


a charity providing opportunities to vulnerable children in Kolkata.


Patrick first became aware of the charity


when he accompanied his daughter Katie on a school trip to India.


Works by distinguished sculptors from South Oxfordshire will go up


The collection includes images of Churchill,


the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and Freddy Mercury.


They were sculpted by Franta Belsky and Irena Sedlecka, who lived


Estimates for the sculptures range from 100 to ?10,000.


I'll have the headlines at 8pm and a full bulletin at 10:30.


Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.


concerning and I will be very happy to look at that issue.


Later in sport, Lewis Coombes is in training.


We are on the bikes in Portsmouth to see how football is helping the


local community. The Conservative MP


for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, has announced he's standing down


from Parliament at Mr Tyrie, who is 60,


has been the MP there for 20 years, and says he will remain deeply


committed to public service, and hopes he is young enough


to contribute in other ways How would you like a litter bin that


told you when it needed emptying? Or a smoke alarm that


knew the difference Well, councils in the South


are joining forces to build a new network for the emerging


"Internet of Things". The aim is to make the network


available to companies as an alternative to wi-fi


or bluetooth as our political editor We live in the wireless era. Our


phones connect us to the Internet, but what if everything we use could


feed us data about what is -- what it is up to. An oven could tell you


how long it has been on. It is perfect for smoke alarms. Attach it


to your bike in case somebody ran off with it. Students at Eastleigh


College found it easy to think up uses for the database of the


Internet of Things. The South East will have a network of devices. The


Hampshire Fire Service and local councils are developing an


information superhighway. With a mobile network, fantastic, gets


everywhere. With a mobile network, to power a device for more than a


couple of weeks, we need to carry up battery with us. Southampton council


has experimented with bins that tell staff when they are full and they


see huge potential for the Internet of Things. You have elderly people


who might be a bit in the firm, and you can have detectors in the


housing to see if they are moving around or whether somebody needs to


see if they are OK. Using technology to solve all problems is what we are


about. You can see how far smartphones have spread and become


part of daily life. The Internet of Things is likely to find its own


uses just as quickly. The network is already being installed and it is


down to the imagination of its users to see what could be connected in


the future. Once on the verge of extinction,


the red kite is a bird that's now thriving -


particularly in urban Reading. Many people are choosing to feed


them, encouraging them New research from the University


of Reading shows how the huge birds of prey are adapting to live


alongside us, just as we're getting more used to seeing them


wheeling in the skies above. Red kites circling high,


and swooping low, have become a common sight in built-up


parts of Berkshire. Scientists initially thought they'd


moved into urban areas roadkill for the carrion


birds to feed on. But we surveyed, there's


very little roadkill, our local councils are very good


at keeping the streets clean, and instead we did questionnaires,


we asked local people what they do. We found that, certainly well over 1


in 20 local households here in Reading have fed red kites


at one point or another, and so it's that feeding


that's attracting them in. It's a very regular occurrence


to drive through some of the suburbs of reading and see a dozen,


two dozen red kites circling over a house where people clearly


have been feeding them. As many as 400 red kites now


regularly seek food, like scraps of chicken on the bone,


in urban Reading. Their sheer size, and the fact


that they often fly in groups, means they're unmissable -


and research has also found both adults and children can identify


red kites more easily The breed was virtually


wiped out in the British Isles in the '60s and '70s,


mainly because they'd eaten poisons and pesticides that these


days are no longer used. Conservationists began


re-introducing breeding pairs to the wild more


than 20 years ago. What the red kite shows


is that we have an icon of conservation success,


where people made the effort, reintroduced the species,


and now it's in our skies over much of southern England,


it's very widespread here. Experts say there's no real downside


to having so many red kites And their population is thriving -


with or without us feeding them. Beautiful birds and great pictures


there. Hampshire firefighters will soon be offering exercise classes


for the over-65ss. The course is being funded by the local NHS. One


for us for the future! Shall we start with the football,


because it is about the good that clubs can do and celebrating that.


The clubs get a bit of bad press, the prices they charge, moving


matches around to suit the TV schedules, but it is time to give a


positive spin on this. All 72 English Football League clubs


came together today to showcase the positive impact the sport has


within communities up The EFL Trust's Day of Action saw


players engage with support groups and activities at a number


of our clubs here in South. I joined Pompey defender


Christian Burgess at a cycling Wheels For All is just one scheme


run by Pompey in the Community. Each week a team of volunteers help


over 100 people in the area Little bit hard to spear but -- to


steer bet it is good. Libby thought her days


of cycling were behind her. Motorcycle accident 25 years ago,


but I actually lost my leg 12 years ago. Riding a normal bike is quite


hard so using a hand one is so much easier. I actually didn't know this


place existed but now I do I will be here, definitely.


An affiliation with Portsmouth Football Club has


helped to attract both sponsorship and awareness.


Pompey in the Community can advertise us, they have the


wherewithal to make people aware that we exist and we are trying to


get enough money together to why extra bicycles. There are 72


community trusts at each of the English football league clubs.


Events were held at all Football League clubs in the South today,


in Reading defender Paul McShane visited


Schemes like this and the one in Portsmouth further proof


You have just done a few laps on the bike, what was that like? I am a bit


out of breath. It was good fun, people riding around and it means


they come out and have a bit of exercise and it is great to be part


of it. Southampton take centre stage


in the race for the Premier League title tonight as they travel


to current leaders Chelsea. Manager Claude Puel,


who is yet to pick up a league win against a top-six side,


says his side will relish it. To play against a great team


like Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, it's a good


motivation, and it's important to Full match commentary on BBC Radio


Solent. Surrey batsman Jason Roy has been


named in the England cricket squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy


and South Africa series. There was no place in the squad


for Hampshire's Liam Dawson. Eight teams will compete


in the One Day competition, to be held in England and Wales


at the beginning of June. Hampshire cyclist Dani King


is contemplating competing for Wales The Olympic gold medallist


from Hamble represented England at Glasgow 2014, but now meets


the qualification criteria The South may not be


the heartland of rugby league, but a Hampshire-raised player has


won his first call-up Mike McMeeken, who's


from Basingstoke, now plays He moved north after learning his


trade with London Broncos. McMeeken is part of the England


squad to face Samoa That is great because of the new


think of rugby being a northern game but good luck to Mike.


They made history as the first all-female crew to sail


in the Whitbread Round the World Race.


The achievement made the yacht Maiden and her skipper


But Maiden fell on hard times and was discovered


But she's to have a new lease of life.


Today the boat arrived back in Southampton,


where she'll undergo a full restoration, as Steve


27 years after sailing into the history books on board


Maiden, Tracy Edwards and some of her crew were reunited


with the famous yacht that helped them change so many perceptions.


They were the first all-female crew to complete the Whitbread round the


world race. They had been written off but nine months later they were


receiving a heroine' welcome. People did come round, a few people said,


they will never do it, and they came to me and said, proved wrong, I


admit it. Only in England could this happen, great maritime nation.


For everyone on board, it was a life-changing experience.


Everybody said no, and we were built with that funny little button that


made us carry on. After passing through many


hands over the years, the yacht was found abandoned


in the Seychelles. The plan is to carry out


a bow-to-stern renovation, and then she'll be used


by the Maiden Factor project to promote girls'


education around the world. I was expelled from school when I


was 15, through away and education that was handed to me on a plate.


Now I know that 69 million girls worldwide are denied an education so


I do quite a bit of work with girls' educational charities, and I thought


we could use Maiden to promote girls' education, and when we do our


world tour, after the Restoration, that is what we will be doing.


It was backing from the Jordanian royal family that


got Maiden and her crew on the start line for the Round the World just


over a quarter of a century ago - and now they're also supporting


We were a bit of a fairy tale to some extent and this is the next


chapter of the fairy tale, and it is a great one.


Great to see the girls back and lovely that Maiden is going to go on


to a new adventure. We will be following it on South Today.


You just said we have had practically everything today in


terms of weather. Whether bingo, frost, sunny spells,


blue skies, sleep... -- sleet. We have seen some hefty downpours,


more to come in the forecast. We have seen a little of everything


just about today but boy has it felt cold. We have a bit more of this


arctic air mass for the next 24 hours or so. You can see the yellow


colours working in towards Thursday and Friday of this week. -- the next


48 hours. We will start to see the showers clearing tonight but this


evening there are one or two of them and they are on the heavy side as


well. We could see that wintry theme to them so some sleet and hail still


to be had. Temperature wise we are looking at low as close to freezing


in many spots across our region. We could see a touch of frost


particularly through western parts first thing tomorrow morning. Chilly


and bright start to the day, cloud bubbling up, and showers working


their way back in a little sooner than they did today. They could he


heavy, thunder, hail, sleet all a possibility, and the winds will be


whipping up as well. Temperature wise we are looking at 11 or 12


degrees the high. Those showers will tend to fade away in the evening and


we have clear skies across the region through tomorrow night. It


looks like Wednesday will be the coldest night of the week, we expect


a widespread frost and one or two pockets of mist and fog. Thursday,


bit of a chilly start but we will start to see the cloud thickening as


this weather front sinks southwards. That will bring patchy at wrecks of


rain but it is the start of the slightly milder conditions, so


becoming less cold through the course of the day on Thursday. The


summary for the next few days, chilly conditions with one or two


turning milder towards the tail end turning milder towards the tail end


of next week. Cyclone, tornado. While you were


doing before cast I was desperately trying to think of other words. We


are back tomorrow at 6:30pm. Good buy.


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