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Writing for right. is all


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.


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