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That's all from the BBC News at Six.
Welcome to South Today.
In tonight's programme: They carried
out a five-year campaign of abuse.
Tonight an Oxfordshire couple
jailed for child cruelty.
Also tonight, enhanced security
or just plain cruel?
Critics say boarding up shop door
ways leaves Oxford's shop
keepers out in the cold.
It is a kick in the teeth.
I think if you were sleeping
on the streets at the moment
and you work up on Monday
and Tuesday and saw this,
I think you would feel
the tide was against you.
And later on - the beach volleyball
players who've got the call
to represent England
at the Commonwealth Games.
An Oxfordshire couple has been
sentenced to a total of 11 years
behind bars after being found guilty
of multiple child abuse charges.
Lisa Pratt and Andrew Clent
attacked two children
over a five-year period.
Jeremy Stern was in court today.
Jeremy, remind us about
the background to this case.
Mack and Clent targeted two boys and
the court heard they were abused
mentally, fis Klein emotionally. --
physically, and emotionally.
The court heard they were abused
One of the boys was
strangled with a towel.
Their eating was
controlled by Pratt.
At times they were force fed.
Sometimes they were not allowed
to go to the toilet.
They were forced to take
scalding hot showers.
They were hit for no reason.
The list goes on.
And this abuse went on for several
years from 2010 to 2015.
It came to a head when a neighbour
saw Pratt attacking
a third boy in a garden.
The NSPCC says this
is a horrendous case.
This sustained abuse and neglect,
over a period of a number of years,
can have a devastating
effect on children.
We know, from talking to children,
young people who have been
abused, that they will often say
the physical abuse they can
recover from quite quickly,
but it's the
emotional effects that
have the lasting impact.
What did the judge say?
Judge Zoe smith also talked
about the impact that this
had had on the victims.
She said, "Clearly these boys
were deeply troubled.
They were treated abominably.
They continue to struggle
with feelings of low self-esteem
Pratt was sentenced to seven
years in prison.
Clent to four years.
Thank you, Jeremy.
An international cosmetics company
has apologised to the homeless
people of Oxford after they boarded
up their shop front.
Two properties in Cornmarket Street
had their entrances sealed off
after both Lush and Next relocated
to the Westgate Centre -
a move the Green Party
has called "cruel".
It comes as the latest figures show
the number of rough sleepers
in Oxford has almost doubled.
In the latest street count,
61 people were found sleeping
on the streets.
That's compared to 33 last year.
The city council has admitted it did
raise concerns with the managers
of both properties over anti-social
behaviour outside their stores.
Matt Graveling has
It's a kick in the teeth, I think
if you were sleeping on the streets
at the moment and you woke up
on Monday and Tuesday and saw this,
I think you'd feel the tide
was against you.
This doorway is often used
as a shelter for Oxford's
But now, as stores relocate
to the new Westgate Centre,
they are being blocked off.
The manager of this property,
previously occupied by Next,
said his boards were
for security reasons.
Nobody would suggest
for a moment that sleeping living
in a doorway is an ideal solution
but for many people here out
on the streets at the moment
there isn't another option
on the table and I'm sure
there are ways of securing these
buildings without actually closing
up the whole shop front.
The issue of homelessness has never
been far from the headlines.
In December last year,
a group of homeless people moved
into an empty car showroom owner
by the university but
were later evicted.
They occupied a further two empty
buildings before being moved on.
Then in February City councillor
John Tanner came under fire
for branding Oxford's homeless
people "a disgrace".
He has since apologised.And then
in July - the City council pinned
notices to sleeping bags warning
of fines if possessions
were left in doorways.
A petition against the policy
followed and it's now under review.
This latest development
continues to divide opinion
in the city centre.
If they are leaving a mess, which
they do most of the time, I don't
agree with it.
I say generally
people, European people are more
aloof about caring towards others.
My thought is that it would be
better if the council could avoid
some kind of housing for them.
The city council insist they did not
instruct either store
to board up their doorways.
They didn't raise concerns about
the homeless but about individuals
taking drugs and leaving needles
on private land.
They suggested taking out
injunctions against those involved.
But an email from a city council
official, seen by the BBC and sent
to agents acting on behalf of one
of the stores, said: "We are keen
to ensure the visual state
of the area is good,
we have a widespread
issue with rough sleepers
in the city centre...
and there are several ways
we could look to tackle the issue."
Lush have since apologised
to the homeless of Oxford for making
one less place of safety for them
and will be removing
the hoarding immediately.
Matt Graveling, BBC South Today
And tonight we have learnt that
members from the health service,
police, council, homeless charities
and homeless people themselves
will be meeting next Tuesday.
They'll be discussing ways
to tackle rough sleeping.
The leader of Milton Keynes council
says he's disappointed
by the decision from
the European Commission to no longer
allow the UK to be in the running
for European Capital of Culture
The town was one of five places
to put its hat into the ring
and launched its bid
just last month.
The council says it won't be
withdrawing from the process
voluntarily and remains hopeful that
a compromise may be found.
They may say they're
just doing their job
but Thames Valley Police officers,
who helped solve two high-profile
murder cases last year, have just
been commended for their work.
Chief Constable, Francis Habgood,
gave out awards to staff who helped
to investigate the murder
of antiques dealer,
Adrian Greenwood in Oxford
and the killing of mother of three,
Natalie Hemming, in Milton Keynes.
Sarah Lowden has more.
In April last year,
the body of Adrian Greenwood
was found slumped in his hallway.
The 42-year-old had been
stabbed 16 times.
The Oxford book dealer
was well-known for buying
and selling first editions.
His killer - Michael
Danaher - had found out
Mr Greenwood had a rare copy
of The Wind in the Willows,
He murdered Mr Greenwood,
while stealing the book
which he later tried
Danaher got a life sentence.
And although he wasn't previously
known to the police,
these officers tracked
him down in four days,
tracing Mr Greenwood's phone,
which Danaher had also
They've now been
commended for their work.
An exceptional sentence of 34 years
shows the effort that went into it.
But more rewardingly,
we got justice for Adrian's family
and that's what drives us every time
we come to work.
In May last year
Thames Valley Police were involved
in one of their biggest ever
missing person searches.
Natalie Hemming hadn't been
seen for three weeks.
The mother of three's
partner, Paul Hemming,
was physically and mentally abusive.
He had killed
her in the family home.
The children asleep upstairs.
It was a complicated case,
involving an extensive search.
Paul Hemming had dumped
her body 30 miles
away, all the while denying
he'd hurt Natalie.
Natalie was reported
missing on 3rd May.
He went out on 2nd May
to a zoo on the second
of May with the children -
leading what could appear to be,
to anyone else,
a normal regular life.
At that time he had disposed
of Natalie in woodland.
And these police staff have been
recognised for helping
We've got some really fantastic
people who are doing willing some
extraordinary things and it's brill
yapt we recognise them
Letters have emerged showing
how a Cabinet Minister
reversed his decision over
whether to intervene
in a planning row -
after the intervention
of a Conservative MP.
The Local Government Secretary Sajid
Javid had initially turned down
a request from labour-run
Milton Keynes Council to take
the final decision over
the site at Woburn Sands.
But after receiving a letter
from the Milton Keynes South MP -
he changed his mind.
Here's our political
reporter Tom Barton.
At Woburn Sands, near Milton Keynes,
a proposals to build
more than 200 homes,
a recommendation from officers
that the plans were approved
but the decision, by
councillors, to reject them.
The developers decided to repeal
against that decision.
When they z councillors,
from the local Labour-run
Milton Keynes' council,
wrote to the Secretary of State
for Local Government to ask if he,
rather than the planning inspectors,
would make the final decision
about what happens to this land.
The Secretary of State wrote back
and told them he wouldn't,
that it wasn't an important national
issue, but, when he was contacted
by the local Conservative MP,
it seems he changed his mind.
In a hand-written letter
to the Secretary of State,
the Milton Keynes' South MP,
Ian Stewart wrote, "I implore
you to intervene in any way you can,
to at least delay the announcement
of the inspector's decision."
He added, "Please do all you can
to intervene at this late stage."
And Sajid Javid listened,
three weeks later indicating he had
decided to take the final
That kind of reversal
is clearly very unusual,
particularly in a development,
which, frankly, is not of national
significance and should have been
dealt with at a local level
by the planning inspector, who is
an expert trained in the area.
But the MP says there's nothing
unusual about the case
and that he was simply raising
an issue on behalf
of his constituents.
This is what Parliament's about.
I'm responding to the direct
wishes of my constituents
and raising it with him
and he is going to look afresh
at the case in the broader context
that I've outlined and that's how
this place works.
So, I absolutely stand
by what I've done.
The Secretary of State
won't make his final decision
about this site until he's received
the planning inspector's report.
In a statement his department said,
"He will reach a view based
on his consideration of the fact."
on his consideration of the fact."
Plans are under way to renovate
a music venue in Oxford
that was under threat of closure.
The Cellar's landlord had
submitted an application
to redevelop the basement venue.
But after a petition to keep it
open was signed by more
than 13,000 people -
the application was withdrawn.
Now the venue is negotiating
a new lease and they want to start
renovating their lighting,
sound system and bars.
And students have been queueing up
outside a letting agent in Oxford
for 36 hours to try and sort
out their accommodation for next
North Oxford Property services
in Walton street released their list
of student houses this morning.
There are currently 31 thousand
students at the university.
That's all from me for the moment.
Later, Europe's first majority black
and ethnic minority orchestra
comes to Southampton,
to share a stage with 270 children.
I bet you are feeling peckish
looking at that!
Reading University scientists have
found cooking in fat is helping
to keep the planet cooler.
Fatty acids from cooking create
little molecules that end up
in the atmosphere, and then
have an effect on cloud formation.
But researchers have dismissed
the idea that cooking fats
could be used as a way
to reduce global warming.
Allen Sinclair has been
finding out how more.
Fish and chips, we love them, and
nearly 400 billion meals are served
up by the UK's 10,000 chippies each
year. But as if we needed any
excuse, there could be another
reason to indulge in the nation's
Chips can prevent global warming.
New research is underway at wedding
and they have made a discovery, deep
frying foods sends tiny molecules of
cooking fat into the atmosphere. It
hangs around hoping they can clouds
and it helps keeps temperatures
These molecules in large quantities
in urban areas make it easier for
clouds to form.
Clouds have a massive impact
on climate change because clouds
are generally believed to cool.
If you have more clouds,
it could potentially
lead to increased cooling,
so, a lower temperature
counteracting global warming.
Here in Redding there is every hope
their new-found eco-status will
encourage more of us to opt for some
There's some good news
for coffee drinkers.
in the British Medical Journal
suggests that drinking three to four
mugs of coffee a day,
compared to drinking none,
is "more likely to benefit your
health than cause harm".
The findings come from researchers
at the University of Southampton.
They say it's linked to a lower
likelihood of developing
If you're drinking three or four,
you can carry on as usual.
What I should mention
is that we are talking
about healthy coffee.
This research is about coffee,
it's not about sugar and syrup
and some of the things we might eat
at the same time as drinking coffee
which we know aren't necessarily
good for us, and have standard
health messages around.
If you're drinking coffee,
enjoy it, try and make it
There is the advice.
Children from schools in Southampton
had the chance to make music
with some of the world's top
classical musicians today.
Formed two years ago,
Chineke is the first majority
black and ethnic minority
orchestra in Europe.
As Briony Leyland reports,
its members are passionate
about inspiring people of all creeds
and colour to get involved
in the music they love.
the Chineke Orchestra in action
at this year's BBC Proms,
showcasing the talent of black
and minority ethnic musicians
who haven't always been fairly
represented on the classical scene.
Chineke comes from the Nigerian
for a guardian spirit
which creates good things.
Part of the orchestra's
mission is to take that
spirit into the community.
Today's workshop in Southampton
brought together 270 children
to play alongside Chineke.
In recent weeks, many have
been getting to grips
with instruments for the first time.
Can everyone point to someone
standing up here playing the same
Loads of clarinets.
Trumpets? Anyone got a trumpet?
The thing I love is the music, it
lighters your heart, you feel really
good even if you have had a stressed
day at school which you always have.
What is it like seeing those
professional musicians on stage?
I am really happy, this is the first
time I have seen them playing and
altogether, I am really happy about
The members of Chineke,
very happy to provide
the role models for the next
generation of musicians.
It is important classical music can
reach out to all types of community
and by bringing an orchestra of
people who are black and Hispanic
and Indian descent, it is going to
be easier to access those
communities, ethnic communities.
If we show it is possible for
everyone, any creed and colour to do
it, there might be more incentive
Today's event was organised
by the publicly-funded Southampton
Music Hub which is offering
pupils follow-up lessons
to build on the happy
sounds of new beginnings.
Those children had fun.
Looks like the children had a great
time at today's workshop.
Well, tonight, the full Chineke
orchestra is performing
at the Turner Sims Concert
Hall in Southampton.
Briony Leyland is there
with the founder member
of what is an inspirational
group of musicians.
The stage is set for the concert
tonight, most of the musicians have
nipped off for a bite to eat but not
our bassist, the founder member.
Why is the orchestra needed?
classical music industry looks like
the last bastion of the arts which
is underrepresented by our
community. In towns and in cities,
like with any industry, the greater
diversity there is, it just adds
more to the mix.
I want to be in a profession that
truly represents the community I
It is not just who plays in your
orchestra but what you play?
Here, we have up to 40 nationalities
now. It is not interesting for me to
put an interesting arrangement of
every shade of brown on stage but it
is so important from the back of the
stage to the front is represented,
including the music.
Every single concert we will play a
piece music written by a range of
There are some tickets still
available, the concert begins at
Thank you. Sorry we lost a little
bit of a sound at the beginning.
The orchestra is on tour. You may
see them somewhere else. Fabulous.
Time now for the sport.
Tony Husband is here.
The build-up to the Ashes and a
A pretty good start. This is the
second day. We were at Hampshire
last night and the Catrin, James
Vincent, nearly wrote his name in
the record books. His first big
innings in Test cricket, nearly a
Vince found himself at the crease
inside the first half-hour
of the Ashes series at the Gabba,
and he took his opportunity.
The 26-year-old Hampshire skipper
faced 170 deliveries, as he dug
in for a first Test
50 of his career,
scoring 12 boundaries.
He was dropped in the 60s.
But then, with a memorable
century in sight,
he was brilliantly run out
by Nathan Lyon for 83.
England finished the day on 196-4.
It was good.
I think the anthem is a nice
start to the day, it gets
shivers going down the spine.
I was out there pretty early,
so I didn't have too much to
The support from the
Barmy Army was amazing.
You try to take a
bit of it in while you are batting,
but maintain focus at the same time.
Lots of people watching and
Last night, Kris Temple was settling
down for a night under the covers,
watching the cricket, as Hampshire
staged a special screening
of the first day's play.
It was a long night,
as play started at the Gabba
at midnight our time,
but they had a comfortable view,
and were entertained by former
England internationals Nick Knight
and Marcus Trescothick.
Kris didn't last the first session.
We can carry on if you like!
to both beach volleyball
pairings based in our region,
after Commonwealth Games England
confirmed the selections
of Bournemouth-based Jake Scheaf
and Chris Gregory in the men's event
at the Gold Coast next year.
It'll be the first time the sport
features in a Games.
There was also good news
for Bournemouth's Victoria Palmer
and Worthing's Jess Grimson.
They're on the way too,
and I went to meet them
on a sunny day in Boscombe.
It's not always as glorious
as this when Jess Grimson
and Victoria Palmer train,
but it seemed fitting this was one
of their first full sessions
on Boscombe Beach since discovering
they were going to the Commonwealth
The news came while they
were competing in China.
We were literally
bouncing around the room.
We found out, and it
all depended on points.
For us, that night,
we didn't have any sleep.
We didn't believe it.
We had to check about ten
times, can this be?
We had to wait for the next day
to officially find out.
Even on the day, we got to
the meeting, Vicks, we've done it.
We didn't believe it at the time.
Training here on Boscombe Beach
on a sunny morning is one part
of Vicky and Jess's lifestyle.
They are unfunded which means
they have to raise all the money
they can find for competition.
they are off to work.
I am a Dorset Police
community support officer.
So, I go around in communities
and help them out
with lower level crime.
At the weekends, we are here
training three times a day trying
to get as much as we can
in when our coach comes down.
We have to be really
dedicated to make it work.
We never had funding,
and so it is not like we feel
disgruntled because it
was taken away.
We have always self-funded.
If we got funding,
it would be amazing.
Jess doubles up with work
as a sports therapist.
Despite splitting their time,
they have forced themselves
into the world top 50 in 2017.
And now the pair have their
sights set a lot higher
at the Games next April.
We've come up against most
of the teams we will be playing.
It is a case of getting the real
hard work in to give ourselves that
opportunity to get that medal.
Already making history
by representing England in beach
volleyball in a Commonwealth Games.
Their ambitions don't end there.
Good luck to them.
Now, it's time to
talk pints and paws,
as we reveal the Berkshire pub that
has been voted Britain's
most dog-friendly pub.
The Fox And Hounds in Theale
has regular visits from
and it seems they're
more than welcome.
One of the regulars
is Rodney the dog.
I truly believe that a dog
is part of your family,
and we are very family-orientated.
We feature a woofer
of the week on Facebook.
And, at the moment,
we have just met a St
Bernard puppy who is to die for.
He's only 11 weeks old.
Seriously melt your heart.
They definitely get
loads of cuddles and
lots of attention.
We also do dog treats that
are free to have on the bar.
Dog beds, dog towels.
And we do have doggy ice cream.
So, we are perfect for
every aspect of a dog
If you don't have a dog,
you can borrow Rodney, he's fine.
I think I'm a little bit quirky.
If you have a doggie, get down
there. If you haven't, get down
there. If you are a doggie, get down
Time now for the weather.
Wintry showers, maybe snow on the
Jeff Daish photographed
the Kelvin Helmholtz clouds over
Woodley in Berkshire,
which occur when there
is a strong vertical
shear between two air streams,
causing winds to blow faster
at the upper level than
at the lower levels.
A simpler one here.
Martin Dolan photographed the cloudy
skies at Sandbanks this morning.
And Colin Lennox-Gordon took this
picture of the blue skies
We had some lovely, sunny conditions
today but it is all change. We are
seeing a band of rain from the
south. Not everyone will see rain.
It will be chilly with the lowest
temperatures in the first part of
North of this, you won't see much
rain. Elsewhere, heavy bursts which
will clear in the morning. A low of
Tomorrow, the risk of a shower along
the south coast and Isle of Wight.
Elsewhere, decent amount of
sunshine. Lighter winds band today.
Temperatures reaching 10 Celsius.
Feeling more pleasant with lighter
winds in sheltered spots.
A lovely day tomorrow but tomorrow
night the skies were clear and the
risk of a wintry shower. There may
be a dusting of snow over the
Chilterns, Cotswolds and downs.
Elsewhere, a widespread frost. The
chance of ice on untreated surfaces
on Saturday morning.
A mainly dry day on Saturday but a
slim chance of the odd isolated
wintry shower. A dusting here and
there. Mainly dry, plenty of
sunshine, the winds increasing. A
high of just seven Celsius in the
In the weekend, some sunny spells
and wintry showers, a northerly wind
and frosty nights on Saturday. The
winds will pick up on Sunday which
will prevent a frost.
A good deal of cloud tomorrow. It
will brighten, a sunny day. Stronger
winds on Saturday, bitterly cold,
just seven. A shower risk over the
weekend. Rain on Monday.
That is getting colder. That's all
from us. Chris was a bit of a
lightweight not staying up for the
Ayew staying up? Yes. Headphones at
There'll be a news summary at 8pm.
And we'll be back at 10.30pm.
Have a good evening.