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Pilots say pointing them at planes is like using them as weapons.

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It really scares me, the fact he could be flying an aircraft at any

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moment, and your pilots are temporarily blinded.

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A royal return for the Dutch master at Old Trafford but will his team

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He was a world-class player but going back to old Trafford, you will

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get an unbelievable reception. Derelict and forlorn, the building

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transformed into an outdoor And the colourful life

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of Britain's oldest man. At 108, he has some

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wise things to say. I do not think you will find

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happiness by looking for it. Happiness comes as a surprise.

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There are calls tonight for tougher laws to crack down on laser pens

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following a spate of incidents close to Southampton Airport.

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Four aircraft were targeted by green laser pointers in separate incidents

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The flights continued as planned but, with laser

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incidents on the increase, the Pilots Association

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says the devices are being used as weapons.

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Let's join Anjana Gadgil, who is live at the airport.

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Take-off and landing are the most crucial times for pilots,

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But it's also when they are most susceptible to laser beams

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Here in Southampton, there were 11 incidents last month

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In the first, a laser was shone into the flight path of a plane

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Three days later, a laser was focused

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The next night, a plane was targeted as it took off over the M27 motorway

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and then another inbound aircraft with the light beamed

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We're talking about High-powered green lasers, which can be

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PC Andy Sparshott from Hampshire Police showed me

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how clearly they work, even in daytime, and said he was in

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a cockpit of a police plane when it was targeted on take-off.

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We thought the engine was on fire. There was a lot of brilliant white

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light flickering on the underside of the wing. The pilot took action,

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looking at the instruments, making sure everything was OK, and then he

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was satisfied it was not on fire. So what effect can

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the lasers have on a pilot? Public Health England say

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they are extremely dangerous. Last February, a Virgin flight had

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to return to Heathrow after take-off after a laser was shone

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at the cockpit, causing a medical As of 2010, it's illegal to shine

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a light to dazzle a pilot. But the police and the Pilots

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Association want to make it an offence to be in possession

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of a laser pen. The police are prosecuting but

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the problem is their hands are tied because they don't have the correct

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powers at the moment. We are expecting to see

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some laser-specific legislation coming

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out relatively soon. We need police to have

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the power so they can stop the people who are shining

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lasers and arrest them and get them to justice and get them in prison

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because it's a really Police say there's always a spike

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of activity around Christmas as people receive laser pens

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as presents but they stress that they're not toys

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and the Pilots Association describes Luckily, in the recent cases,

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the planes have all been able The marine industry on the south

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coast is calling for the Government to push ahead with leaving the EU

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after business picked up 2016 was a strong year

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for the sector, thanks largely to marine tourism benefiting

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from more people Our Business correspondent,

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Alastair Fee, reports from the opening day

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of the London Boat Show. This company teaches a range of

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water-based sports and 2016 was a boom year. What we saw was a lot of

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new people to the sport as well as a lot of returners who had a taste of

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it the year before, decided to come back, get involved again. This

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sector is the latest to be reporting a strong performance despite Brexit.

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We have the market what we are good at, good design, good quality

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innovation. We have got to be get at getting our message open about what

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the British leisure industry has to offer. There is plenty of positivity

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here but much of that is of the back of the boost exports. But the sector

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fears political uncertainty. Despite those negotiations, the festival

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will host the first and very possibly last European marathon time

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day conference in the UK in May. There is an irony there. But I do

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not think it makes a great deal of difference. We would be 100%

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committed to it anyway. We are putting 100% of our effort into it.

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Further evidence of a buoyant Maritime holiday industry, beds on

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board this company. But the home stays on boats. I strategic effort

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is more on UK outbound. A two-hour flight to the UK makes up 80-90%

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about bookings to date. Tens of thousands of members, thousands of

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boat owners. As well as a reputation for design and quality, businesses

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are now can boast good value for money. Britain builds good boats,

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building confidence will be the big challenge of the months ahead.

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Now, this time next year, you could be swimming in a heated

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outdoor pool with snow gently falling on the water.

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A Reading landmark that was left derelict for decades

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is on track to reopen as a completely

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The Edwardian swimming baths at Kings Meadow

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are being painstaking restored and transformed into an upmarket

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We are leaving the restaurant and heading out into the pool area.

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Far from finished, but the man in charge

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says his vision for this building is coming together.

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That piece of glass just slides sideways now.

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The Kings Meadow Pool opened in 1902.

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It was ladies only and fed by the nearby River Thames.

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It's been boarded up since the early 70s and gradually fell

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into such poor repair at Reading Council announced plans

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to pull it down and sell the land to developers.

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That sparked a campaign to have the building listed.

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A decade later, it was finally sold to someone

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Albeit as a very different venue to the one older Reading

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It is totally preserved as it was, but now it is protected

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Behind the glass wall is the old setup, the old layout.

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It is in my interest that every part is preserved.

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The newly renamed Thames Lido will be a ?3 million destination -

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The colder the weather, the nice it is to be in a hot pool, particularly

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if it is snowing. That is really exciting. But it will cost more

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because it does not pay for itself. There is not one swimming pool that

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pays its own way. They are very expensive things to run.

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There's no fixed opening date as yet.

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Arne says it's like a theatre and, after fading for 40 years,

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Excitement is mounting as thousands of Reading fans head north this

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weekend for what many have hailed a dream FA Cup tie

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In his first season in management, former United defender Jaap Stam has

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pushed Reading up to third in the Championship.

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He's likely to get a great reception at Old Trafford.

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But, as Nikki Mitchell reports, when the whistle blows,

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In the same year he helped Manchester United win the FA Cup, he

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helped earn the trouble and now he is going back at the helm of the

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Reading side to be reckoned with. He spent three seasons at Manchester

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United, he is a legend. He won three Premier League titles, a

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championship trophy. Very ambitious as a manager. He was a world-class

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player but going back to Old Trafford, you will

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get an unbelievable reception. But despite acknowledging how good his

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time there was, he says this third-round tie is not about him. It

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is about what the Royals can do against big opponents. Everybody

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wants to play these games. Eventually, everybody wants to get

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up there to that level. It is one where they can show themselves and

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how far they are individually but also as a team. It will not be easy

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but we have nothing to lose. Most fans are too young to remember the

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last time we beat the Giants. We have never beaten Manchester United

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for 90 years. David Downes has a souvenir biscuit tin from 1927. Like

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many fans, he has faith. Any sentiment shown towards him once the

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game kicks off but a lot of players who can do it. He has been an

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inspiring manager. He has done a great job for us so far. He set us

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up in the right way. It means we can go there and be not afraid. I am

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excited. It will be a really good game, we have a lot of potential to

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go forward, and why can we not when it? Win or lose, fans are hoping for

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a thriller of the sort delivered in 2007. Sadly, this five goal

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nailbiter ended in defeat for the Royals.

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Still to come: Meet the man of many millions.

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The Gosport man honoured for his charity fundraising.

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Residents in a village near Basingstoke are fighting plans

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for new homes on a field which they say regularly floods.

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It once again highlights the dilemma of where to put new homes that

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On the other side of Basingstoke, there are plans for 10,000 new homes

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built as a garden town, which the Government hopes is one

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way to get local people on board with new developments.

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Ena Miller starts her report in Cliddesden.

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This community is worried about the future of their village. An

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application has been applied to build 40 homes. Locals oppose this.

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The filter has already been considered by Basingstoke and Deane

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council and was refused because they said it would be overdeveloped in

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the village and affect the conservation area. The other thing

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is about drainage. The village pond overflows and empties into the

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field. Campaigners handed in a petition to Basingstoke Council. In

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a statement, the say... . This is not the only field that has

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been considered in the area. 15 minutes down the road in that

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direction, thousands of homes there are being proposed. After an 18

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month public consultation, a revised application for the first phase of

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3200 homes will be resubmitted. We need to work through what the right

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type of infrastructure, schools and roads, and what is the right type of

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community infrastructure. The bigger plans for 10,000 homes as part of

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what has been called Basingstoke's garden town. It has already received

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?850,000 of government money. You can build primary schools. It is a

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cheap thing to do. But where are the surgeries? Hospitals? They are

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talking about children and young people. As people get older, what

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happens when they get older? There is no planning will fall for the

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about what that mixed population will do on that site. There is a

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determination to fight for what is best for the future. Open fields or

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more housing? In this corner of the world, villagers feel it is the view

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that matters. A former senior NHS official has

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been jailed for three and a half years at Guildford Crown Court

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for accepting ?80,000 in bribes. 57-year-old Peter Lewis

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from Windlesham worked He admitted receiving the payments

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in return for awarding a computer contract worth ?950,000

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in the first year. Surrey Police say they're now

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focusing on recovering the money Mr Lewis made from his crime

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and returning it to the NHS. Plans to build a 25 megawatt solar

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farm in Dorset have been scrapped. Wildlife charities opposed

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the development at Rampisham Down near Dorchester, which is a Site

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of Special Scientific Interest. The developer, British Solar

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Renewables, has decided to shelve the application,

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which was approved two years ago but was then subject

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to a public inquiry. A smaller farm will be built

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on an alternative site nearby. A 108-year-old man living in Alton

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is now Britain's oldest man. Bob Weighton inherited

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the title when a man He lived in Japan in the run-up

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to the Second World War. When Roger Finn went

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to see him at his care home, Bob told him what it meant to be

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Britain's oldest man. I do not seem to feel any different.

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In myself. The everybody else I need to will remind me of the fact. Bob

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was born in 1908. He spent his childhood in Hull and was part of a

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large family. In the 1930s, he travelled to Taiwan and Japan where

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he worked as an English teacher. He married his British sweetheart but

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the couple were forced to leave as the political situation worsened.

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They and their three young children felt spent the war in Canada where

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Bob broadcast propaganda to the Japanese. Throughout his long life,

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Bob has held Christian and left-wing principles. The most important thing

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I have learnt is that it is far better to make a friend out of the

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possible enemy than it is to make an enemy out of a possible friend. What

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would you say is the key to finding happiness? I do not think you find

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happiness by looking for it. I think happiness comes when you do certain

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things. And happiness comes as a surprise. Bob moved to alter and in

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1969. His wife died 20 years ago. I have got to ask the cliched

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question, what is your secret for having such a long life? I am just

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very fortunate. It is nothing I have actually done or a regime I have

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followed at all because I have had such a varied from existence. I have

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eaten all sorts of things I never thought I would eat and been to

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places I never thought I would visit. I have no clear answer to

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that question at all. Onto sport and it's FA Cup

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third round weekend, which kicks off tonight live

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on BBC One. Tony is here to look ahead

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to the ties involving our clubs, starting with that date

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at Old Trafford. Jaap Stam won three Premier league

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titles and an FA Cup during a three-year spell

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at Old Trafford. They still sing his name

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there on occasion. Tomorrow, the Royals

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put their promising league campaign to one side as they attempt to cause

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one of the upsets of this year's competition against Jose Mourinho's

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in-form United, who have It will make some changes. But our

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players are all good players. I trust them all. We played against

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very good opponents, I repeat, very good, but I trust my players and, if

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we earn the right frame of mind, it will be difficult

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but I think we can do it. A chance to contest ourselves and we can play

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well in the league this season. It will be an opportunity to go there

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and see what stage we are at ourselves.

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And Reading's trip to Manchester United features

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in a special edition of BBC Radio Berkshire Sport.

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Southampton have insisted defender Virgil Van Dijk is not for sale

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ahead of their trip to Norwich of the championship.

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Bournemouth also face second tier opposition as do Oxford United,

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Once again, it's Eastleigh who fly the flag for the non league teams.

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They've come through replays at both Swindon and Halifax

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to reach round three for the second consecutive season.

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Tomorrow boss Martin Allen revisits former club Brentford

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The Spitfires are taking their largest away following ever

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to a game with 1500 fans travelling to West London.

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Going back first time with the team to walk out there in that tunnel

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will be special to me but my job is to look after my players and put a

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good performance on for our supporters and of course my boss,

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good account of ourselves on the pitch. I am not worried about the

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reception I will get from the Brentford supporters.

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Brighton and Hove Albion's main target is promotion

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They're top of the championship so the FA Cup is likely to take

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It is quite difficult to sit here and speak about the values of the FA

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Cup and your feelings on it. Perhaps, some people might feel, why

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are you making changes? Our main focus is the league.

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All the goals from the FA Cup will go online shortly after 5

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o'clock tomorrow on the BBC Sport website.

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Portsmouth missed out on the chance to close the gap

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They lost 3-1 on a freezing night at top of the table Doncaster.

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Former Pompey striker John Marquis opened the scoring before

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But the home side restored the advantage when Tommy Rowe

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blasted in a second approaching the hour.

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Then Marquis pounced to settle the game.

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Double Olympic rowing champion Alex Gregory has

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announced his retirement from the sport.

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The 32-year-old, seen here in the bow of the boat,

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rowed to gold alongside Pete Reed in the coxless fours in 2012.

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Yesterday Reed announced he was returning for Tokyo 2020.

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Gregory then took gold last summer in Rio.

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British rowing describe him as one of the greatest the sport has

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Last week, the New Years Honours list recognised the achievement

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of sports people, celebrities and those from other walks of life.

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But there's another honour which is also announced this time

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of year that you might not have heard of.

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The British Citizen Awards recognise ordinary people who work

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tirelessly to make a positive impact on society.

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60-year-old Les Heyhoe from Gosport is getting one

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He's raised almost ?12 million helping dozens of charities.

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Earlier he joined me on the sofa to explain his first big fundraising

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idea as a sixteen year old Navy recruit.

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It was collecting aluminium from tin cans because in those days, they

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were ten counts. Aluminium at that time was expensive so I expend to

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the wrinkles and came up with the idea to give less a ring. How many

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did you collect? 380 million. How much did that raise? ?1.2 million.

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So you got a love for it from their? It was a nice feeling. I started

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fundraising from then on. Why do you do this? Over the years, you have

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raised ?12 million for so many different charities. It is the

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sincere thank you. If I receive a sincere thank you, that means

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everything. Give me a flavour of the things you have done. I have become

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the Tango man, abseiled down the Norwich house. I organised that.

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Cycled from Buckingham Palace to Cardiff Castle with a good friend

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who was a blind veteran. Close race evenings. So you arrange and

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organise events as well? I am the man they call the man who can! Do

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you think over the years, the wave fundraising is change? Yes, it

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certainly has. In my days, it was a case of doing it because you want to

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do it and be part of the community. Now, fundraising is a business. Is

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that a business? It is good in some instances but bad in others. When I

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say good, everyone gets noticed is out there the community. But it is a

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business so some people will say, what is in it for them? The money is

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then is persuading people to donate. You clearly have got a knack. What

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is the secret? I am a great believing fundraising, so it is the

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fun. I am blowing my own trumpet here. But they know they will have

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fun first and the money will follow. I think you should blow your own

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trumpet because you deserve it. Congratulations on your British

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citizens award. You must feel proud. It is a delight to meet you.

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Raymond Slack caught some blue skies on camera,

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And Robert Bigwood sent us this photo of a deer in the rain

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Those outbreaks of rain are still with us. The band of rain is pushing

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its way out across the south coast. We will start to see them clearing.

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Gloomy conditions the round of the night. That band of rain will come

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and go and be patchy in nature and there will be one or two hefty

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bursts in the mix. Clearing through as we enter into those early hours

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but drizzly spells and hill fog. Temperatures, a stark change. Loads

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of three or 4 degrees. A grey and gloomy start. Still some of that

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hill fog lingering and patchy outbreaks and is the first thing.

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But as the day draws on, things dry out. That cloud could be big enough

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to produce rain at times. There may be one or two brighter breaks and

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that will be limited. Temperatures ten or 11 degrees. As we take a look

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ahead to tomorrow night, a quiet night to come. We will stick with a

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fair amount of cloud. Some hill fog and patchy drizzle as possible as

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well. Temperatures holding at five or 6 degrees. To round up the

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weekend, for Sunday, another quiet day. Staying predominantly dry. We

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are still with a fair amount of cloud. Murky conditions at times but

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there may just be one or two brighter breaks here and there.

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Let's take a look at the summary. Through the weekend, we stay with

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cloud. Breaks are possible. Hill fog murkiness at times. But as we go

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through the new working week, a breezy affair and a band of rain

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arriving. Tuesday, we will finally see more in the way of brightness

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before we return to the unsettled theme head into the middle part of

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this week. Have a good weekend. Enjoy the FA Cup. Very good luck to

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the Royals. Panorama investigates

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the deadly terrorist attack and should British tourists

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have been warned about the risks?

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