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Welcome to South Today. for the news where you are.
Coming up: Claims a young offender's institution has
A report says there aren't enough prison officers to keep
The homeless people who've moved into a disused car showroom -
The boulder that fell onto a railway line -
I will have the weather for the week ahead shortly.
Staffing cuts have put inmates and workers in danger -
according to a report on Aylesbury Young
The Independent Monitoring Board says pay and conditions for staff
The report also warned of rival gangs of teenagers
Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution houses some of the most
violent and disruptive young men in the country.
Keeping around 400 inmates in order is inevitably a challenge,
and the Independent Monitoring Board says there simply are not
The report says cuts to the number of staff have made this place
more dangerous for prisoners and workers.
Also, there is a gang culture which is making it difficult to run
some training programmes and get prisoners around the prison.
The Ministry of Justice says 2500 extra prison officers
But the Prison Reform Trust says wages are too low
to attract skilled workers to Aylesbury.
The young men in Aylesbury are not being kept occupied,
their energy is not being used and they're not spending
And some of that is simply because the money hasn't been found
to recruit the people to keep workshops open,
so good facilities are standing idle.
The report highlighted the hard work staff put in to identify potential
In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said:
The prison is also working more closely with police
so inmates who break the rules are properly punished.
Campaigners angry about the lack of provision for homeless people
in Oxford have taken over a former car show room.
They've created sleeping areas, put a new lock on the entrance
A petition asking the site owners for permission to stay until March
has been signed by hundreds of people.
Welcome to Oxford's unofficial homeless shelter.
For the past two years, this former car dealership has been empty.
But some residents decided to move in after finding
Personally, I'm here because I don't want to see anyone freezing to death
That is something that has happened in other cities around
the country and I think that's completely unacceptable.
You know, buildings lay empty while people freeze,
And yes, it's not the most beautiful building, but it's safer and warmer
14 homeless people are now living here, benefiting from a roof
It's a bit of a godsend, really, because
I feel like I can get somewhere, you know?
Like, I can start applying for university and get things done.
We don't want to be a thorn in anybody's side,
We've seen an opportunity, a building that's not being used,
that can be utilised and can take a lot of people, and we have people
here to make it safe, so there is no hazards,
no danger, in fact, if anything, it's a life-saver.
It is not the first time a disused building has been taken over
This site is owned by Wadham College.
It said it had not decided whether to take legal action
Rail services have been disrupted after a large boulder fell onto the
track in Gloucestershire. A boulder, six feet by four,
which came tumbling down a steep It was fortunate a train
on the other line spotted it first Engineers have been on the track
near Kemble all day, It had clearly broken
through metal netting and cables, to minimise the impact of
landslides. We have had some minor
falls from time to time, to help the cutting wall stay
in place. Well, it was not designed, built,
to cope with anything of the size that we saw falling
onto the track today. Trains from Gloucester to Swindon
have been able to pass through here at five miles per hour,
but commuters wanting to get from Swindon to Gloucester have had
to use a bus service. That may continue while
Network Rail's investigations We need to check that
all the signalling equipment and the actual track itself is safe
to run trains over. It is pretty robust,
but it had a serious knock today. We are also taking some
investigations into what is still up there on the cutting wall,
to see if there is anything else which is likely to come down
and what we need to do about that. The tight, rocky ravines
here are a known problem It is close to the Sapperton Tunnel,
which has undergone major repairs in recent years
because of instability It could be that CCTV or remote
movement sensors could be installed here in future,
which would raise the alarm A man's been seriously injured
in a crash where a lorry shed part of its load of Cotswold stone
onto a car. It happened on the A429
near Northleach this morning. Two of the people involved were left
with minor injuries. Next: What cyclists see
on rubbish collection days - Drivers have been on bikes -
as part of a safety awareness Swapping the comfort of their heated
HGVs for handlebars and These bin men and women are seeing
what it is like being a more vulnerable road user
and have been taking part in a safety course
with Cyclists come in your blind spot,
it makes you more aware, doing this I had a scary experience
with an articulated lorry overtaking me so I am
highly aware of cyclists. It is quite scary being out
there on the road and It is the first time
Aylesbury Vale District Council has brought in this type of course,
which works out to be about ?90 per To put them in the position
of somebody cycling or on a horse or whatever, gives them the benefit
of seeing what it is like from where their position is in
the road, and I think they will benefit from
that Three months ago,
this lorry driver was sentenced to ten years
in prison for driving his lorry into the back
of queueing traffic on the a 34,
killing a woman and three children. He had been using his mobile phone
will stop most lorry drivers do take care when out on the roads
and the idea of this course is to develop
their skills even further. These lorry drivers
are testing their coordination and awareness skills
by looking out for different hazards and trying to stay
as safe as possible. The course also involves
some class relearning. But for now, the drivers
can forget about their bin loads and focus on brushing up
on their bike skills. Adina Campbell, BBC
South Today, Hillsborough. The government has committed to ?50
million worth of improvements to the a 54. One will see improvements to
the pear interchanges in Oxford and the other involves installing CCTV
traffic sectors and driver information displays on the road.
The weather is next. After a mild start to the week, some
sunny spells and from midweek, it will feel colder so through
Thursday, that is when the really cold air will set in. Overnight we
are looking at clear skies. The winds will start to increase and
temperatures will fall to three or four Celsius so it will be a cold
but many dry start the day tomorrow. A bright start of the cloud will
increase quickly during the latter part of the morning and through the
afternoon we may see some outbreaks of rain. A lot of dry weather as
well and temperatures will reach a high of seven or eight Celsius.
Through the cause of tomorrow night, patchy rain is still a possibility.
Burying an answer cloud, some clear spells and are continuing brisk
wind. Temperatures tomorrow night down to a mild seven Celsius. It
will be a mild start on Wednesday. We're expecting a jump-start with
drizzly conditions first thing about writing through the afternoon sun.
Still a fair amount of cloud and also the as C in the afternoon with
temperatures reaching nine or 10 Celsius. It is through the latter
part of Wednesday and into Thursday that really cold air will start to
dig in. Straight from the north, coming in from the Arctic and on
Thursday there is the chance almost anywhere that we could have a wintry
showers. A mixture of rain, sleet and even snow, but we are not
expecting any regulations. Through Friday, a similar scenario, quite a
brisk northerly wind with one or two isolated wintry showers.
Temperatures on Friday is struggling to a high of just two or three
Celsius so it will feel bitterly cold. This is the weekend, still
remaining chilly with a northerly wind setting in and will be some
wintry showers at times so it is certainly going to feel cold over
the next precipitation we get will be of a
wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend
outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty
nights. The national weather