26/01/2017 South Today - Oxford


26/01/2017

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Welcome to South Today. for the news where you are.

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Coming up: Blocked from his own land - the farmer who can't

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access his crops after Network Rail closed the level crossing.

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The Reading woman who saw a plea for help and took

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A farmer from Aylesbury says he's devastated after discovering he's

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been cut off from 90 acres of his own crops.

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Network Rail says it has closed a level crossing which runs

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through Fleet Marston Farm - for safety reasons.

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The farm's owner says the land brings in more than ?50,000

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a year and the closure could jeopardise his business.

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The latest recruits in four generations of farming.

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For 80 years, the Hunters have sewn, fertilised and harvested this land,

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with the wheat they grow supporting their business,

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The 400-acre farm is split by a railway line,

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For over a century, the tractors and the tracks

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I got here to the farm, heard a bit of noise,

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looked across the field and saw what where a pair of gates

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I seen them cutting the signpost down, cutting the gates off,

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For the last 150 years, tractors have been using this bridge

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Until November, when a three tonne weight limit was enforced.

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Inconvenient, but not a massive problem, because they could still

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use the level crossing down there, until today.

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So now, the railway line which once divided this farm has now

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The family say they were in talks with Network Rail after receiving

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a letter last week, but this morning's work was

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They now have no way to harvest the wheat they planted and face

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losing more than ?50,000, an amount that will threaten

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Network Rail failed to tell us why they were doing the work,

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but did say they haven't yet received a complaint from the farm,

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If this is what they are doing along the line, this

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story has got to go out, because it is not right,

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Andy Hunter, ending that report by Matt Gravelling.

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19 people have been charged following a series of drugs raids

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A total of 180 officers raided 24 properties on Tuesday.

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The men and women are accused of drug-related offences,

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including conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

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A group of homeless people living in a former car showroom in Oxford

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have been told they'll need to leave by the end of next month.

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The former dealership had been empty for months before local residents

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Wadham College, which owns the site, has been given planning permission

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Work is due to start at the end of February.

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Campaigners claim plans for a garden town in Didcot aren't living up

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to their name because of proposals to build on a park.

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The plans include building flats and a technology campus

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South Oxfordshire District Council says the overall plan will mean more

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green space for Didcot and more money from the government

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but hundreds of people have already signed a petition

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This is enjoyed by mums and their children,

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and we will have the loss of a garden in the middle

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The amount of new buildings is tiny in comparison

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The vast majority of existing space will be exactly as it is,

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New facilities in terms of children play areas and so forth.

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This week, we have been running a series of reports celebrating

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the tenth anniversary of the Oxford Children's Hospital.

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Tonight we get rare access to one of the most highly specialist

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The Oxford Cranio facial unit is one of only four in the UK -

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and uses ground breaking techniques to alter a patient's features.

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Jeremy Stern has this special report.

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It is the day after the big operation.

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Hannah are Tom are waiting for news on their

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She was born with an unusually shaped head and referred

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to a specialist unit at the Oxford Children's Hospital.

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Yesterday was possibly the longest seven hours of my life waiting

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for her to come through the operation.

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I knew what she was going through and the potential risks

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The fact that her dad had had something similar,

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and that was his worst fear, that Lucy would end up

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Then you wonder what the implications are for her,

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The children's hospital is one of four in the country

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with a department for what's called craniofacial treatment.

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Surgeons move bone and skin to alter a patient's features.

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There are many examples where I've been doing things

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A lot of conditions where you are having

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to think on your feet, almost design new

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About 100 operations take place every year,

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Brianne was born with a unique mix of disorders.

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If someone else had it the same as Brianne then we could compare

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But because no one else has got that missing genome,

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they don't know what it is, so, future-wise, we don't

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We don't know if she's going to develop normally,

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or if it will affect any aspect of her life, which is quite

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Brianne's been through several operations.

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Psychologists, genetisists and speech therarapists

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Her forehead has been rebuilt, and surgeons are hoping

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to bring her eyes closer together when she's older.

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Back on the ward, there's good news about Lucy.

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We took the bottom two centimetres of the bone of the front,

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What is really wonderful is going and seeing the family

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afterwards and seeing the parents and telling them that everything

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Watching the emotion change in their face to absolute relief.

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We have just been blown away by the care they have given us.

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We are so indebted to them that we got her back

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yesterday, and she is doing so wonderfully well.

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Mr Johnson has just done an absolutely amazing job.

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We couldn't have hoped for better, and she couldn't have

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Like many other children, the treatment Kirsty's getting

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in Oxford is setting her up for a happy and healthy life.

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Now, here is a tale to restore your faith in human nature.

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It starts with a letter taped to an empty bike rack

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The letter was addressed to the thief who had

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stolen a brand new bike, belonging to someone who had

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A passer-by saw the note, and decided to do something

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Flapping from an empty bike rack, this letter caught

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Rachel's eye as she was walking along Reading's

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"Dear bike thief, have you ever thought that you make

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You might have seen that the bike is new and will be

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Letting you know that I could only afford that bike after one year

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I was saving and dreaming of having a new bike one day.

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Well, it's a pretty forlorn looking note, as you can see.

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Everything I read just make me feel sad for the person, really.

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It was signed, "From Alex", who added that he or she would wait

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by the bike rack at 6pm each evening this week in the hope that

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I've lived here for coming on 17 years now and, actually,

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And that's what motivated me to do something.

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Within half an hour, Rachel had set up an online appeal

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aiming to collect enough money to buy a replacement bike,

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aiming to collect enough money to buy a replacement bike.

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24 hours later, the total had already reached over ?700.

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I've got no idea but Alex says that they will be here at 6pm.

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I don't know if Alex is male or female, even because it is a name

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But I will be here at 6pm, hopefully, to give Alex

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Alex, understandably wary at first, was deeply moved to know

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It's given back my faith in humanity.

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We are back in BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning,

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Next up, it is the weather with Alexis Green.

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We had a frosty start this morning. Tomorrow will be similar. The wins

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will stay brisk. Coming in from the south-east or the South.

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Temperatures tonight in towns and cities will fall below freezing.

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Minus five degrees in the countryside. We might have some mist

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and fog patches first thing tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, some bright

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spells during the morning. Cloud thickening in the afternoon. Patchy

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outbreaks of range of the afternoon and into the evening. The Wynnstay

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impressed from the South. Temperatures

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tomorrow higher than today. Four or 5 degrees. Today, it was just above

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freezing. Milder conditions tomorrow. Milder still for the

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weekend. Saturday, brisk south-westerly wind and some

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showers. Merging to form a longer spells of rain. Possibly the odd

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rumble of thunder on Saturday during daylight hours. On Sunday, the

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chance we could have a period of rain. Tomorrow starts on a dry note

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with some bright spells during the course of the morning. Patchy

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weekend. It's swings and roundabouts, higher temperatures but

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some rain as well. Good evening. It's been dry so far

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this January but as it draws to a close it

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