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Tonight the verdict on the Prime Minister's exit Strang. Join me now

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Hello, welcome to South Today. on BBC Two.

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Coming up, the crime of organised dogfighting.

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Animal charities want tougher sentencing, saying six months

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Service families say their complaints for improved

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And three-year-old Marla's delight with her prosthetic hand

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Here, the crime of organised dog fighting.

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The RSPCA wants tougher sentencing, saying six months

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400 incidents have been reported to the RSPCA

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Nationally, only around 3% of cases end in a conviction.

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Peter Cooke has the story, which contains some violent images.

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Bloody and brutal - the hidden world of illegal dog fighting.

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But animal rights groups say it's also being found on our streets.

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Rival gangs using animals as weapons - it's called a gateway crime.

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There is a strong link to dogfighting with crimes such

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as domestic violence and violence towards the elderly,

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violence towards young people, children.

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And that's why it needs to be a recordable offence,

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rather than something that isn't properly recorded by

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the Home Office, because if it isn't recorded properly,

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then the resources aren't put in to investigating

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The activity's prosecuted by the RSPCA but those involved

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Now politicians and animal welfare groups want the current maximum

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six month sentence extended up to five years.

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Mike Butcher's been trying to catch those using dogs to fight

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Even for any form of cruelty, six months nowadays is just outdated.

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You get five years abroad in Europe and longer than that in America,

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and we are in this country prosecuting more dogfighters

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than anyone else probably, we catch more dog fighters

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than anybody else, yet we have the lowest sentencing

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Both animal welfare groups are also calling for a register

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of banned owners and a review of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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The Government says it already has the right laws to tackle those

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Military families have told us that they're still living

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in damp and decaying homes, six months after they were told

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The firm in charge of maintaining the properties was threatened

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with losing its multi-million pound contract unless it improved.

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The Public Accounts Committee says it has, but that's not

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the experience of residents, as Lewis Coombes reports.

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It's the battle that's closer to home, a fight for an acceptable

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Living conditions like this in Farringdon just one example

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of what military families are having to endure.

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Kim is married to an RAF pilot based in the south.

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After 13 years, he's decided to leave his job partly due

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A small leak from their boiler resulted in their lounge ceiling

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being replaced as it took nine months to fix what

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Kim was heavily pregnant and recently diagnosed with cancer.

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I just don't know what happens between the people being called

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The process doesn't seem to work, the administration or the computer

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It did affect my health because I was just so stressed

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about it and so focused about it, and I felt so helpless.

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47,000 homes are maintained by CarillionAmey in a five-year

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If CarillionAmey are being paid to do a certain job,

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they're just not doing that job so why should they be paid?

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BBC South has been inundated with families on e-mail talking

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about their experiences but unwilling to do so on camera,

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over fears that the consequences that could have on their jobs.

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It includes a soldier of 22 years who is weighing up

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whether to leave the military because he is embarrassed

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about the standard of accommodation he is providing his family.

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A group of MPs have been tasked with holding those in charge

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Those wives are looking after three children and the husbands

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Serving personnel feel under pressure not to talk to their MPs

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and that is something they continue to work with but the spouses

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are free to do so and I know have a confidential line that

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families from across the country can contact me personally on.

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MoD figures show the average rent for an unfurnished three-bedromm

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service home is almost ?300 per month.

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Families feel more investment is needed.

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It doesn't seem that we are important enough to care

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We expect our homes to be up to standard and it

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CarillionAmey has apologised to Kim and insist it's working hard

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for service personnel and their families,

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and focusing on how they can improve things further.

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In a statement, the MoD said they would absolutely not hesitate

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to take further action if deemed necessary.

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An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after a stabbing

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26-year-old Daniel Lavender is believed to have been attacked

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Brandon Lavender will appear in court tomorrow,

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A man from Abingdon, who duped teenagers into performing

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sexual acts online, has been jailed for six years.

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They took place between 2012 and 2015.

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The decision over who's going to run council services

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in Buckinghamshire is now in the hands of the government.

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Aylesbury Vale District Council has sent its plan to run everything

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in the Vale from collecting rubbish to providing social care

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It's in direct conflict with the plan he already has

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From fixing potholes and picking up our recycling, to determining

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where and how Buckinghamshire's houses or roads will be built.

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This discussion is all about who should have responsibility

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At the moment, Buckinghamshire has one county council

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This week, the districts agreed a plan to scrap all those

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and replace them with two authorities called unitaries.

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One for Aylesbury Vale and a second merging Wycombe,

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The red area at the top there - that's Milton Keynes

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and that is already a unitary authority.

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The County Council meanwhile has already submitted its plan

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to effectively take over the districts.

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It would be the sole authority and responsible

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The Vale say just one large authority wouldn't work...So why

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The geography is Buckinghamshire so different.

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I believe having two different unit as we can focus our attention

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on the specific demands of the respective authorities.

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Why are these changes being proposed?

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are facing funding difficulties and these authorities agree

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Both proposals aim to save money- money that could be used to deliver

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The backers of the two unitary plan say it

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will save tax payers almost ?58 million over a five year period.

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Buckinghamshire County Council says its suggestion could save even more,

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Whichever option is chosen, we know Buckinghamshire will see

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The Secretary of State won't make any decisions until at least March.

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3D printing technology has been used to make a prosthetic hand

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for a three year old girl for a fraction of the cost

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Marla Trigwell, from Newbury, was born without a left hand.

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This was the moment Marla opened her very special Christmas present.

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And it's a psychological boost for her.

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So, when she meets people, instead of that, "Oh, poor you,"

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Marla's hand was made at a community workshop

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Members of this club, who love working on technical

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It was done in multiple sections, so we've got the fingers,

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the palm, the lower arm, the upper arm,

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Put them together, and you get something that will...

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I'm quite proud that this has turned out better than I'd expected.

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And it's really changing the life of young Marla and her family.

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Materials for this hand cost only ?30.

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More traditional prosthetics are thousands.

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And Marla wouldn't be able to get one of them

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The NHS can't provide a functional prosthetic, really,

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until they are much older, apart from the split hook,

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whereas with the 3D printing, they're available now.

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They can have them from just three and a half,

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Marla is very able with just the one hand.

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And she and her parents may decide never to wear a more

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But by using this lightweight plastic hand, she will be better

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The weather forecast is coming up ne Alexis has the details.

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It was a frosty night last night in some places.

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And tonight will be very similar, although it is a north-south divide.

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The further north you are, you'll have more cloud.

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And, here, temperatures will be above freezing.

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The further south you are, the clearing skies in

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the countryside, we could see loads of minus three Celsius.

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And cloud will start to sink its way southwards

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So, frosty in some places first thing tomorrow morning.

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And some sunny spells through the day as well.

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A very slim chance of a shower, and we may have some lingering fog

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patches in a few places, particularly over higher ground.

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Through the course of the day tomorrow, in any sunny spells,

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But, under the cloud, a high of five Celsius.

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The winds will be fairly light tomorrow as well,

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and it will be mainly dry during daylight hours.

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We are expecting more cloud during the course of Friday.

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High pressure will remain in charge of our weather,

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and the cloud will sink its way southwards across the

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country, arriving from the Midlands and the North.

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With that cloud cover through Friday daytime,

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we may have the odd spot of light rain and drizzle, which won't amount

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And then maybe also some bright spells as well.

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Looking ahead to the rest of the week, the potential

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for a frost tomorrow morning, a chilly start to the day

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More cloud around on Friday and over the weekend,

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but there will be some bright and sunny spells.

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next few days, no great changes over the next few days, more sunshine on

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the way. Despite high-pressure sitting across

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the country

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