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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.