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Welcome to South Today. and Emily Thornberry of Labour.

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Coming up: 22 arrests in one morning - the dawn raids to tackle organised

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Also: The motorist who was using his mobile phone when he killed

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And from exploring virtual worlds to interacting with robots -

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the university hoping to benefit from Government

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Police have arrested twenty-two people in a major operation

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to tackle organised drug dealing in Oxfordshire.

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In a series of dawn raids, officers targeted almost 40 homes in Oxford,

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Organised policing tackling organised crime.

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This Oxford address is one of 37 raided by Thames Valley Police

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in Oxford, Abingdon and London this morning.

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180 officers were involved in what the force is calling

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The start of a campaign to stop the flow of Class A drugs

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We've made some really good arrests today.

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That'll have a disruption impact on the people

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One of the things we'll look at is working with partners

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We want to target key locations in future that we know these

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We want to make it very difficult for them to come back.

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Detectives say gangs from the capital come to the county

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These locations, the police say, are often the homes

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We have criminals that often operates through

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runners out into the counties, dealing drugs in our area.

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These operations are very organised and they target vulnerable people,

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probably the most honourable people in our communities.

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An obviously a real threat to local policing of the area.

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Police are continuing to patrol in the areas where the raids took

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place this morning in an effort to reassure the public.

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The force says there will be similar operations in the future to stop

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drugs gangs operating in the Thames Valley.

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A motorist from Oxford has admitted he was using his mobile phone

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when he caused a fatal crash on the A34.

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Lewis Stratford veered across the central reservation

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near East Ilsley last summer killing 28-year old Gavin

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He's pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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It was late in the evening of Saturday 11th of June

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when Lewis Stratford seen here entering court today

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was going southbound on the A34 near East Ilsley.

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Over a 35-minute period, he was said to be speeding

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and to have made three emotional phone calls.

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It was on the third of these that he lost control of his car

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and crashed through the central reservation and into

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That car was being driven by 28-year-old Australian Gavin Roberts

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He was on his way to work for Network Rail.

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Mr Roberts was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital

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but died of his injuries four days later.

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Following his death, Gavin's girlfriend Meg

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I was due to wake him up at home on Sunday morning and I just wanted

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I wanted to stop him from going to work on Saturday night.

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It genuinely didn't feel real, sitting at his bedside.

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As much as the machines were keeping him alive,

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he was still warm and he still looked like Gavin because,

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head to toe, all he looked like was just a bruise

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and on his right eye and the rest of him was perfect.

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The defence argued that Stratford had not been holding his phone

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They it was in a cradle attached to his dashboard but admitted it

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Representatives from Thames Valley Police

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were also in court today, with the force keen to stress

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When we do a live at these scenes, people expect you have mobile phones

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seized if we believe they have been utilised at the time immediately

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We seize the phones and download the information kept on that phone

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to try and interpret whether it was in use

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Stratford has been disqualified from driving with immediate effect.

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He will be sentenced next month and has been told a custodial

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A mother whose baby daughter drowned after she left her in a bath has

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had her jail sentence increased by 18 months.

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Judges at the Court of Appeal said Jasmine Gregory's three-year

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sentence for manslaughter was too lenient.

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She'd been drinking cider on the morning she left 14-month

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old Robyn the bath at their home in Grove in 2014.

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Three people have appeared before magistrates, charged with the murder

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outside the Co-op in Great Linford early on Saturday morning.

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Thames Valley Police's response to his death has been referred

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to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Funding is to be stopped for most of the day centres run

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Money will only provided for 8 of the 22 centres which provide

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support for older people and those with learning disabilities.

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The change is to save more than ?3 million.

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The council says it will still help people in need of support.

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Staff and students at Oxford Brookes University are hoping

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to benefit from a Government pledge to invest an extra ?2 billion a year

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They showed off their work in the robotics laboratory

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to the chair of the MPs' Science and Technology Committee.

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Robot Tai Chi - just one display on show for MP Stephen Metcalfe

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on his tour of Oxford Brookes University.

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This was a chance for the chair of the Science

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and Technology Committee to see some of tomorrow's technology today...

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It's really important that universities and particularly

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scientists in universities have a good connection with Government,

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which will open the way for future development and funding sources.

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A quick gear change from robots to racing in the university's

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Students here hope they'll benefit from an extra ?2 billion a year

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of Government funding for research and development.

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Oxford Brookes is in the perfect location,

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right in the heart of the Valley, teaching hands on experience

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Back in the robotics lab, students are taught about artificial

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intelligence, a robot's ability to think and act like a human.

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You'll like what experience will you be taking away with you today?

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Apart from having the opportunity to sit in a Formula 1 car,

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I will take some information back to Parliament about where this

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The robotics team has now applied for funding for its next project,

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and now have all eyes on the Government to

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This week we're looking at the life-saving work carried out

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at the Oxford Children's Hospital as it marks its ten

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Tonight, how the staff helped four-year-old Alan from Banbury,

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who was diagnosed with blood cancer last year.

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A chance to play with his friends and enjoy himself.

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Up until last September, he was a healthy, boistorous,

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young boy, but when Alan's stomach swelled up and he had trouble

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breathing, his parents took him to the doctor in Banbury.

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Within days, Alan was in intensive care at the children's hospital.

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He made no fuss about anything that was done to him,

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which is amazing, considering some of the things he went through.

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Some of the side effects of the first two rounds of chemotherapy

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I think a grown adult would probably cry and lose patience

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His mum has no doubt that the commitment of staff

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at the children's hospital went a long way towards saving her son.

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Friends and parents at Alan's nursery group in Banbury also

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He is part of the nursery family, and a lot of the families here know

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It was really important for them to feel like they were

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We are really pleased to see him do what a four-year

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Alan is still here with us and he's pretty much back to normal.

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We could see that quite early on in the treatment,

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that Alan was starting to come back, but there were periods

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I hope the worst times are over now and there

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Alan's mother ending that report by Jeremy Stern.

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A tough 2016 - we wish Alan and his family well for 2017.

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Overnight tonight we're expecting some freezing fog patches

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and the possibility of ice as well, which is why the Met Office have

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issued a fog and a nice morning through the course of tonight

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There's the possibility of disruption to travel.

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Widespread fog overnight tonight and also freezing in places

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with temperatures dropping to around -1 Celsius in towns and cities,

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Widespread frost tomorrow morning and that freezing

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Once it does, we're expecting one or two bright spells,

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more likely the further west you are, slightly more cloud

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for eastern areas and generally it's quite a cloudy day all in all,

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with temperatures reaching a high of 4 to 6 Celsius with light,

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Through the course of tomorrow into Thursday, we're expecting some

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very cold air to push up from the south-east and the breeze

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will increase as well, so on the face of it,

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on the thermometer, we're expecting a high of 4 to 5 Celsius,

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but feeling more like freezing with the wind strength

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As we look ahead to the rest of the week, a cold day tomorrow.

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Sunny spells, but bitterly cold on Thursday, and the chance

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For all of us, it'll get colder and then milder again come the weekend.

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This shot taken earlier by a weather watcher in East Anglia. The fog

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becoming extensive over the next few hours in many south-eastern parts of

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England. Much, much milder, further north and

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west. Let's concentrate on that fog. I think it is going to be a problem

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