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Support for a Hampshire family's fight to free a mother imprisoned
We weren't expecting this much support.
It helps lift spirits and drive this campaign.
Without local support our campaign wouldn't get off the ground.
A Portsmouth mother is convicted of murdering her baby son.
Jake was just 19 days old when he died.
Pagham residents face an anxious Christmas after makeshift sea
The changing face of the cornershop, and how it's fought
Christmas is a difficult time if you're separated from your family.
So imagine what it must be like for the young mother who's been
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested while returning home
with her two-year-old daughter, after visiting her parents.
She's currently serving five years for offences relating
to national security, although the charges against her
Her husband Richard, who's from Fleet in Hampshire,
continues to campaign for her release.
Tonight, he's taken that campaign to Downing Street.
Our political editor Peter Henley is there.
Peter, there's a festive theme to the protest
It is, joyful in many ways which is not what is in the hearts of the
people singing here opposite the gates of Downing Street.
It is a long way from here in London with the London Knights, to a jail
in Tehran when Nasa name is in solitary confinement. But many of
her family have made the check up from Hampshire to raise awareness
because what they really want is that the case will be raised by the
Government and that the Iranians will bring her back to pretend.
There is a growing campaign -- back to Britain.
Christmas is the time of friends and family which is why today
on the last Monday before Christmas, Nazanin's family and friends have
joined forces to raise awareness of her plight in an Iranian jail.
They are doing that with Write For Right,
writing letters of support which she may or may
It is a message of solidarity and is in conjunction
At the moment she is not very well at all.
She has lost a lot of weight, a lot of stress, a lot of hair.
She is a British citizen and that is what we can't understand.
Why she has been left to hang out to dry for the last nine
months with very little British consular support.
I understand the British Government's reasons behind that.
She is a British citizen, with a British child,
Today is a peaceful protest against a frustrating process.
We weren't expecting this much support.
It helps lift spirits, drive this campaign.
Without local support our campaign wouldn't get off the ground.
Nazanin, who is a British Iranian charity worker, was arrested in Iran
in April at the airport with her daughter Gabriella.
They had been on holiday visiting relatives.
Her family says they don't know why she is being jailed,
only it is a matter of national security which they say is absurd.
Nazanin's 30th birthday is on Boxing Day, a birthday
that is likely to be behind bars unless her family's one
Laura Trant, BBC South Today, in Fleet.
A lot of the messages on those placards addressed to Boris Johnson,
Foreign Secretary, some are quite touching. The Government is saying
of course publicity could cause problems. They want to deal with
this in a low-key way. Richard Radcliffe, if I can get you away
from the supporters. In some ways it could be damaging, this could rile
the Iranians? I don't think so. Everyone is
showing how much they care, they want Nazanin home. That is an
understandable reaction from us. Iran is a good family nation, they
will understand. It is an intolerable situation and needs to
end as soon as possible. Is there any sense things are
moving? We have been overwhelmed by the
momentum here. There is movement about whether
Gabriella should be in prison or not. There was due to be an appeal
date in January. We live in hope for having her back by Christmas.
23,000 letters? 20 6000.
That makes a difference? The fact people care and writing. The
authorities know they are being watched and people care about
Nazanin. In the end that will make a
difference. The protest will be continuing here this evening. Some
of the Twitter messages are getting through even if the letters aren't,
they have provoked quite a reaction in Tehran.
-- Iran. A Portsmouth mother has been
convicted of murdering her 19-day-old son, exactly two years
after he died. Nicola Brown protested her innocence
from the dock as majority She was also found guilty of causing
grievous bodily harm with intent Her husband Jason Brown was found
not guilty of causing or allowing A serious case review is now
underway, as the family were known to social services and the NHS
before the baby's death. Baby Jake suffered a series
of injuries during his short life. He died on this day exactly two
years ago after receiving a severe blow that fractured his skull
and caused a brain injury. Today, his mother Nicola Brown
was convicted of murdering her baby son and causing fractured ribs
on previous occasions. The boy's father Jason Brown left
court after being found not guilty of causing or allowing the death
of a child. As the jury returned its verdict,
Nicola Brown shouted repeatedly from the dock,
she said, "I didn't do it, I did not do it, they have
made a huge mistake. I hope this haunts you
until the day you die." Senior detectives say
it was a difficult case. The treatment of newborn Jake
is shocking and very sad. It has been a complex investigation
piecing together the short It is important for us
to establish who has been The family was living
at Agincourt Road in Portsmouth. During the trial, Nicola Brown,
on the right, described how the lights went out in her baby's
died when she was feeding him. Baby Jake died later
that day in hospital. The jury was told Mrs Brown had
anxiety issues, was taking antidepressants and had been
in denial about her pregnancy. The court was told social
services had been alerted He had been deemed at risk
but not at immediate harm. Midwives visited the family twice
but no concerns were raised. The Portsmouth Safeguarding Children
Board is now conducting Nicola Brown continued
to sob and say, "I did not told her she would be sentenced
in the New Year after a psychiatric Steve Humphrey, BBC South Today,
at Winchester Crown Court. Their bungalow is at risk
of being demolished, but an elderly couple from Newbury
are fighting to stay put. Homes in Hutton Close in the town,
owned by Sovereign Housing, are due to be knocked down next year
and replaced with modern houses. But Graham Hillyard and his wife
Wendy say they want to keep their home as it is,
and they'll stay Their bungalow was part
of a sheltered housing scheme when they moved
here eight years ago. The warden used to keep an eye
on Graham and Wendy Hillyard is long gone and now
many of their neighbours The main reason we came
here was to get out a three-bed house into a smaller property
as this is. To spend the rest of our lives
with people of our own ilk. We were a very nice,
small community. I thought we'd be here for the rest
of our lives but obviously not. They wanted us to move out
by the 16th of December. We were very upset about it,
being turfed out of our houses Sovereign Housing Association says
these properties are too expensive to heat and maintain,
and it struggles to find tenants It believes its redevelopment plan
will be as positive as they have The 60-year-old flats
here were demolished and a mix of modern housing association
and shared ownership and private In terms of reassurance,
we have done this many times before Most people, when they find a house
they like, do realise where they are isn't as good
as it could be. Structurally there is
nothing wrong with them. A house is a house,
but this one is our home. Sovereign says it is hoping to find
the Hilliards a new home If planning permission is granted,
building could start before Thames Valley Police
is using unmarked lorries in an attempt to get tough
on drivers using In the space of five hours last
week, officers caught 12 people The latest crackdown comes
after a lorry driver was jailed for killing four people
as he changed the music on his phone Jay's big day out in Bournemouth
give Saints bragging rights in the south coast
Premier League derby. Sussex Police says it's
investigating six separate reports of historical sexual abuse
at football clubs in the county. None of the claims relate
to the county's league sides Brighton and Hove Albion and Crawley
Town. The force says the offences
were allegedly committed by six Across the UK, there have been
reports of abuse relating Residents at Pagham in West Sussex
will be keeping an anxious eye on the weather and tides over
Christmas, after new measures to protect their seafront homes
from flooding were washed away. Last week, shingle designed to give
winter protection had been But Friday's high tide
made short work of that. Householders have been waiting more
than a year for a decision on a planning application
for substantial defences. But it was a different
picture here on Friday. Just days after the local
council put 10,000 cubic metres of shingle down,
a tidal surge coincided That has resulted in the loss
of the majority of shingle that had been put to increase the depth
to the beach crest. They will be concerned because this
was a defence for the winter. We have two very high tides
over the coming months. That will be the protection that
has been washed away. I'm not aware of any other emergency
work being undertaken. The district council says it
will undertake work as resources allow and it has carried out
significant works in recent years including building a rock
revetement, and it believes the work carried out last week reduced
the effect of the tidal surge. One beach-front resident at risk
from flooding is David Huntley. It was very different
when he moved here 20 years ago. Also, in the summer, we would get
five metres of beach added. In the winter, three
metres taken away. I was worried they would
build houses in front. We had the tidal surge come
through two metres above normal. It came as far as the edge
of the vegetation which is Pagham parish council wants to cut
through a shingle bank which has appeared in recent years,
altering the currents, and the council believes
causing beach erosion. The council hopes an agreement
is close on the planning Whatever happens with the planning
application, work won't be getting underway in the next couple
of months which means the residents in the seafront properties
here will remain vulnerable to the worst of the storms
for the remainder of this winter. Sean Killick, BBC
South Today, Pagham. The Mid-Sussex MP Sir Nicholas
Soames is backing calls for new laws to curb strikes,
as industrial action continues There were delays and cancellations
this morning due to strike action by the RMT union,
and an overtime ban by the drivers union Aslef over changes
to the role of guards. Shoreham MP Tim Loughton
is bringing his Rail Ombudsman Bill forward tomorrow, calling
for tougher penalties for rail operators for
delays and cancellations. They've been a fixture in towns,
cities and villages for decades and, tonight, the cornershop
is the subject of a Booze, Beans And Bhajis looks at how
we've come to love the corner shop It's presented by journalist
Babita Sharma whose parents owned Earlier, Babita came into the studio
to talk to me about the film, and this is the moment they go back
to their cornershop. Today, I am going back
to our old cornershop. VP Superstore in Reading,
owned and run by my mum and dad. For me and my sisters,
the shop was our home, What was it like
living over the shop? It is only now I am a bit
older that I think of it as being so different because,
to me, it was normal, when you spend 15 years of your life
living over the shop. Stacking shelves was part
and parcel of what you do. Walking in the front door
of the shop to get to the back area where you might sit down,
take your satchel off, was normal. Most people don't do that
when they walk home from school. You have others in your front living
room doing an exchange of goods Bizarre when I think
about it but so special. The thing that comes over
from the programme is the cornershop is the heart of the community,
where the gossip is, where the shopkeepers
know their customers. I had a customer who was a very
educated man, very well spoken. I said, "What is the matter,
you look very upset and sad." I came out and put my
hands on his shoulder, "what is the matter,
Tom?" He put his head on my shoulder,
and he started crying. I am not only a shopkeeper,
I am part of the community. I like to think of it
as where the art of conversation Where else do you get
such a mix of people? You wouldn't get that in any other
kind of space but there. It shows, over the decades,
the movement and migration of people, and the impact that had
on our culture. It's extraodinary to think how many
migrants actually did take If you were an immigrant,
the chances of gaining That has carried on with a new
generation of immigrants today, You get to work for yourself,
if you're willing to work hard, The cornershop has had
to fight for its survival We could not believe doing
the research how many times it After World War II, the emergence
of the big supermarkets, the glamour and Americana
of refrigeration that To the change in Sunday
trading laws in the 1990s. Because we all need
our milk or newspaper. The future of the cornershop,
is it safe or not? As long as people are willing
to come through the living room, my home as when I was a child,
I think we will be OK. And Babita's programme,
Booze, Beans and Bhajis: The Story Of The Cornershop
is tonight at ten o'clock A big match yesterday. Do recall in
a south coast derby? Some people do. -- do you call it.
It was a big game. It was decided by one man.
Jay Rodriguez' first Premier League goals since August gave Southampton
With the winners moving up to seventh in the Premier League,
it's Saints that have the momentum going into the Christmas fixtures,
The crowd came expecting a festive cracker, and it began with a bang.
Acrobatics from Ake just six minutes in made it the perfect
Jack Wilshere's first assist for the club,
But Southampton having scored just three goals in their previous seven
Ryan Bertrand waltzing into the box and arrowing
Steven Davis, on as a second-half substitute, had an immediate impact.
Combining well with Sofianne Boufal to gift wrap a goal
Rodriguez, who has hardly played for the past two
years due to injuries, proved he could also
do it from distance, producing the defining moment
20 yards out, five minutes left, one top corner found.
A significant moment in Rodriguez' long road back to recovery.
It is nice to be part of the team and scoring and be sharp.
I think the main thing is the three points.
The lads worked really hard, against a good Bournemouth side,
three points in the Christmas period is good.
I felt we weren't at our best level today.
Physically, technically, we didn't play as well as we have
Credit to Southampton, they deserved to win today.
Southampton move up to seventh, three points
Elsewehere, in the Football League, a number of our teams left it late,
Kris Temple's round-up of the action starts with the Seagulls of Brighton
Lukas Jutkiewicz put the hosts in front, but the Seagulls once
Anthony Knockaert's volley levelling things with eight minutes left.
Before deep into injury time, Glenn Murray was on hand with a cool
head to move Brighton eight points clear of Reading in third.
The Royals themselves left it late, but got the job done at Blackburn.
Dominic Samuel fired the visitors in front,
before Danny Graham levelled just before the break.
Liam Kelly's fine strike was denied by the woodwork,
but Liam Moore's chest put Reading back in front, albeit in less
But Rovers returned again to make it 2-2.
With the draw looking likely, up popped George Evans
with seconds remaining, taking all three points
Oxford are unbeaten in eight, after coming from behind
Chris Maguire's free kick first cancelled out James Vaughan's
After falling behind again, up stepped Maguire.
Another free kick, cue another equaliser.
With momentum on their side, Oxford's pressure paid off.
Greg Leigh turning a low cross into his own net.
MK Dons' boss Robbie Neilson saw his side lose for the first time.
Cody McDonald's strike enough to give Gillingham the win.
Dons now three points above the relegation zone.
Luke Norris's close-range header put Swindon in front
Only for David Ball to equalise ten minutes later.
Michael Doughty had the opportunity to seal the win
Portsmouth couldn't find a way past former goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
The Hartlepool shot-stopper pulled off three superb saves including
Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson has taken his maiden Test wicket
trapping Murali Vijay lbw in one of few highlights for England
Dawson later removed Jadeja, ending with figures of two
A four-point weekend moved Basingstoke Bison back up to third
The first goal of their 4-2 home win over Bracknell Bees on Saturday,
sparked a torrent of bears being thrown on to the ice,
as part of Bison's annual fundraising collection for Naomi
The two sides faced off again on Sunday, with Bison
And now for proof that practice pays off.
81-year-old Dickie Borthwick from Dorset, who we featured last
week, is looking for a football club to join.
Obviously got his eye in as he slotted penalty
after penalty past me, as this weekend Dickie
made his debut for Portland Town in a charity match.
He played over 70 minutes and scored a penalty with five minutes to go!
well done to him. You are part of it giving him all
that training. The board names for South West
trains has made it a festive celebration at train stations. And
sweets were being given out with tickets!
Wish I was there. You don't see that on trains I go on.
Let us take a look at your weather pictures.
Jamie Fielding took this picture of the murky conditions in Midhurst.
Harry Harman photographed the cloudy conditions in Poole.
And this close-up of a robin was taken at Rowlands
This week, we start with a misty note, outbreaks of drizzle. A fairly
cold start. Today a high of just seven Celsius. Overnight, Chile as
well. Rain or drizzle, some sunshine. Towards the Christmas
weekend, things turned a little wet and windy.
Clearing skies for some overnight, a touch of frost in the countryside,
down to freezing. In general, three Celsius. A chilly
night with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle.
We start the morning tomorrow with a fair and much of cloud, drizzle is
likely along the south coast and Isle of Wight. Showers inland. Dry
inland for most places, temperatures reaching seven Celsius.
Another chilly day. Tomorrow, the card will gather.
Outbreaks of drizzle at times. The risk of frost in the countryside.
In band of rain moving in in the second part of Wednesday.
Temperatures falling to three Celsius. A pretty wet start to the
day on Wednesday. The rain booth at the way, a drier
interlude with sunny spells in the middle of the day before the next
band of rain arrives in the afternoon.
Some dry spells, a high of 11 Celsius.
The winds will increase through the latter part of Wednesday.
Thursday, rain showers at times, patchy drizzle.
Drier conditions in the evening, and an overnight frost.
Friday, a dry start. Going downhill later. We have a deep
area of low pressure from the Atlantic.
The winds will increase. Rain moving in by evening.
And gales along the south coast. The weekend will be cold, heavy rain, a
chance of a storm. Not what we were hoping for! Snow.
We could even have Storm Barbra, the second of the season.
Ben dropping a frozen turkey on Mum's foot.
Put me down! No, we talked about this.
Taser him! That is a video game, isn't it?
I'm going to need at least another 15 years to recover from children.