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Killed by a hit and run drunk driver.


As the Government reviews sentencing for road offences,


his parents call for manslaughter to be the charge.


What message does it give to the criminal?


"Oh, don't worry, you're just a bit careless.


Four children were taken to hospital after it was thought they'd


A Formula One style makeover for sailing's oldest trophy.


Could the America's Cup become as popular as motorsport?


A couple from Hampshire whose son was killed by a drunk driver say


a consultation about tougher penalties doesn't go far enough.


28-year-old Wayne Moores died after a hit and run crash


involving his motorbike on the M4 in 2010.


The driver was given a six year prison sentence.


The maximum possible penalty for drivers who cause deaths


through dangerous or careless driving under the influence of drink


But in practice the average sentence given


The government is considering introducing life


sentences saying offenders should face the full force of the law.


But Wayne Moore's family say all such cases should be


Deeply spiritual, had a huge sense of fun,


was prepared to stand up for things that were wrong.


Wayne Moores's parents remember their son,


A talented blacksmith, Wayne had been working in Wales.


In September 2010, he was travelling home to Hampshire on his motorbike


when he was struck by a drunk driver who fled the scene.


Nothing can prepare parents for seeing their child


Every day, I have that vision, comes into my mind.


The driver, Donna Hackett, was given a six-year sentence


for causing death by careless driving while under


Wayne's parents feel the current wording of charges and the penalties


given don't reflect the seriousness of road deaths.


There's nothing careless about drink-driving.


What message does it give to the criminal?


"Oh, don't worry, you're just a bit careless.


The Government is consulting on whether the maximum sentence


for such crimes should be increased from 14 years to to life.


Wayne's parents believe that needs to backed up by tougher


Why when you get in the kind you dry drunk and you kill somebody,


-- Why when you get in a vehicle and you drive drunk


It needs to looked at seriously and, as we say, the careless driving


whilst under the influence to be abolished and instead


make it manslaughter, make it about people,


Wayne's parents will continue to push for the law to be rewritten,


a move they hope might change attitudes and save lives.


A short time ago I spoke to the legal commentator


Joshua Rozenberg and asked whether the introduction of life


sentences would actually mean much longer sentences for offenders.


Sentences for this particular offence are around the five-year


mark, but there was one quite recently where a sentence


of ten years was upheld by the Court of Appeal,


So, it is possible to get quite close to the maximum of 14 years,


and if the maximum were raised to life, then that would bring up,


I think, all the sentences for this particular sort of offence.


It would be a message to the courts to treat them more seriously


and the general level of sentencing would go up.


We've heard from the family that they are concerned


They say that "careless" trivialises this and especially


where there is an aggravating factor that


"manslaughter" would be more appropriate.


Would changing the wording make a difference?


You can charge someone with manslaughter if they kill


somebody as a result of a traffic accident.


It used to be more common, but juries were quite reluctant


to convict people of homicide, of manslaughter, which is


More significantly, it is very difficult to prove.


You have to show that the motorist was grossly negligent in order to


With causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink


or drugs, you just have to show a momentary lapse in attention


or driving just below the standard expected of a careful driver.


Other families we have heard from here want the law changed


so that if you kill more than one person that sentences


run consecutively, rather than concurrently.


How likely is it that the Government would adopt something like that?


What the judge has to do in sentencing somebody is look


Obviously, if you kill more than one person


feature and you're likely to get a longer sentence but you're not


likely to get twice as long because, after all, your bad behaviour,


case was the same whether you killed one person or two


I don't think that people would be very happy,


to be told that the sentence would be lower because only one


A school in Poole has written to all its parents after four


children came into contact with cocaine on the school premises.


One child was found in possession of the drug at Broadstone Middle


school and the teachers say the children believed


Anjana what do we know about what happened?


It happened on the 3rd of January, the first day back after the


Christmas holidays. The skills they a fairly chilled with three other


children in possession of an unknown substance, a white powder that they


believed to be drugs. The school says the children believed it to be


sweet, possibly Sherbert. They phoned the police and the ambulances


and they treated the children on the scene and took them to hospital.


They established that the children hadn't ingested any of the drug,


they were fine and they were discharged on the day. This skill


she has around 500 pupils aged between nine and 13. We don't know


the ages or the genders of the children involved. I was here as


school ended today speaking to parents. Most didn't want to speak


to as and said the school didn't want to speak to us but I did manage


to catch up with two dads. I'll be making an appointment with


the headmistress and speaking to her and hear the facts from different


people. I've got nothing to say, really. I have heard it is under


control. They have elected -- reacted quite well. Due to other


parents have been given enough information? We have been kept


informed, that's fine. As the school had anything more to


say about it? The school says it has written to


parent and carers and assured them it was an isolated engine --


incident. The police have confirmed it was cocaine and have arrested a


30-year-old man and he has been bailed pending further enquiries.


A Southampton man's been shot dead in Thailand.


It's reported by the Bangkok Post that father of two Tony Kenway


was killed in the drivers seat of his red Porsche in the car


park of a sports club in the resort of Pattaya.


The Foreign Office has confirmed it is in contact with local police.


The Shoreham Airshow has been cancelled for this year,


and a decision for next year is yet to be made.


11 men died when a vintage jet crashed on the A27


Yesterday, a raft of safety measures recommended in the wake of the air


disaster were accepted by the aviation regulator.


Next some developing news tonight and South Today has been told that


plans to devolve greater powers from Westminster to councils


along the Solent are now dead in the water.


The idea had been to give councils more control over transport,


housing and infrastructure, along with extra funding.


Our political editor Peter Henley is here.


This was contentious from the start so what's brought it to an end?


Disagreement and contention over exactly the right way forward. The


government wanted to hand money and more power to local councils,


particularly in the south of England, having done it for the


North of England. ?900 million of investment was what they said had


been earmarked and almost got into George Osborne pars last budget and


was pulled at the last minute because Hampshire County Council


said they didn't agree with the way that Portsmouth, Southampton and the


Isle of Wight were prepared to go on and bring in other district


councils. There a crunch meeting this afternoon. It was all the MPs


at Westminster and a lot of the council leaders. It was intended to


find a way forward. With the Isle of Wight having changed from


independent control to Conservative control and the Conservatives think


they wanted nothing to do with Portsmouth and Southampton, it


seemed clear, I am told by MPs, that there was no way forward. Now the


council leaders are saying it is dead in the water. ?1 billion of


government money has gone away and it will be sometime before they find


a way to bring that back again. What happens next? The councils will


have to think about mergers. This is what is


happening Dorset, they are talking about forming super councils.


There's a meeting tomorrow. It is happening in or Oxford as well. The


organising along government structure, rather than taking


existing councils, taking a mere and creating an authority. In the end,


it is about setting the course forward for the next decade. All the


potential money for social care in particular could have come at this,


it looks as if that won't happen and we will have to go back to the


drawing board and find some other way, I am told there was well in the


room for some kind of combined transport authority for Hampshire,


that is different to a devolution deal.


The cold weather means it may be taking longer to get


to work in the mornings, and that's certainly the case


in parts of Berkshire where roads are being dug up to fix


Thames Water says it's dealing with more burst pipes than usual,


This one in Reading was in danger of flooding homes.


The company says it has extra staff at it's call centres and out


We've got around 500 engineers out across London


and the Thames Valley, looking at leaks, trying to get them


fixed, an 160 crews actually there, digging holes in the ground


and fixing these pipes, but it's still a struggle


because we've got so many coming in, so we're doing everything we can


to keep up, but the message is please be patient with us.


A High Court ruling has paved the way for the removal of a protest


camp over oil drilling at Leith Hill in Surrey.


It had been set up in protest over Europa's plans to site a test


drilling well in the Area of Natural Beauty.


The company believes that a substantial reservoir of oil


could exist beneath the Surrey Hills.


It's expected that bailiffs will arrive to evict the protestors


and demolish the camp within the next few days.


Still to come in South Today, it's a crunch night for the Saints.


Southampton potentially 90 minutes away from a trip to Wembley as they


take on Liverpool. The mother of a man from Surrey


who was accused of trying to assassinate Donald Trump,


says she's looking forward to him 20-year-old Michael Sandford


was arrested at a Trump rally His mother Lynne has been speaking


to our reporter David Allard. This footage shows the moment


Michael Sandford tried to snatch a gun from a police officer


to shoot Donald Trump. Absolutely horrified. My heart


stopped beating and I burst into tears. I couldn't believe it. I was


our police. He is quite, loving lad. He has struggled throughout his life


with a variety of physical and mental health problems.


Though Lynne says Michael was in a better state of mind


when he travelled to the USA for a gap year.


Then, when he didn't make contact for weeks,


It has always been a worry of errors, when he goes on the


Internet, has who -- who has he been mixing with. He has been diagnosed


with having had a psychotic episode at the time.


A BBC documentary followed Lynne and Michael's father Paul,


as they attended his sentencing in the States.


Michael pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien


in possession of a firearm and disrupting government business.


The judge could clearly see that make call was clearly an misguided


lad. Clearly he deserves a second chance.


From his maximum security prison Michael is allowed one 15


And just so ashamed of what I don't and I just fuel -- waffle about it.


-- offal. -- awful. What do you think will


happen when he gets released in May? I hope he comes home to his loving


family. You will get the care he needs, meditation and support and


restart his life. And you can see the full


story in the documentary, It's available now on the BBC


iPlayer and also on BBC One Now onto sport and a big


night for Southampton. They're in Liverpool


tonight for the second leg Just tonight's match between them


and a Wembley final. Kris they're one up from the first


leg but still a lot ITN -- like 10pm tonight, the fans


will be celebrating our coming home. -- or coming home. Since of course


warmed up for the squid ministry with the- Isidore Cruise past


champions Leicester at the weekend. That leaves them in good form.


Liverpool, by contrast, lost in the year-long unbeaten home record year


against Swansea at Anfield. That was rather surprising. Contrasting form


lines for the two sides. If you want another positive statistic as well


as Southampton content, they are yet to concede a goal and this years


competition. If you keep a clean sheet tonight, they will be going to


Wembley. It is exciting times. Let's hear from both managers.


It would be a mistake to think about a final


and to dream to go to Wembley, because we have nothing,


It was only 1-0 and that's for us no difference.


If we'd been on 3-0, then we have to think about a few


things but this is only 1-0 and still everything


As far as the team news is concerned, Saints have a big


concern over newly-installed captain Virgil van Dijk,


who limped off against Leicester at the weekend.


He's undoubtedly the Saints' talisman, and would be a big miss


It's sure to be a dramatic night here on Merseyside,


if the scores are level after 90 minutes, then it's extra time.


Follow the game live with BBC Radio Solent this evening.


Brighton Hove Albion returned to the top of the Championship,


as one goal was enough to see off Cardiff at the Amex.


The Seagulls took the points thanks to Tomor Hemed's goal


Brighton back above Newcastle at the summit.


Meanwhile it was a tale of two penalties at the Madejski Stadium,


The Royals missed their spot-kick when John Swift's was saved,


but Roy Beerens tucked home the rebound.


Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi was then the late hero,


You can sense make it to Wembley? We will be back at 10:30pm with the


answer. -- Saints. Radical changes to the format


and structure of future America's Cup competitions


were announced in London today. Among the changes, the Cup,


which was first contested off the Isle of Wight in 1851,


will be staged in two year It's all designed to give


the event more mass appeal. Five teams have signed up,


but New Zealand are yet to formally Our sports editor Tony Husband


was at the press conference. New rules, new teams, more venues,


a defining moment, they are saying, The announcements were made this


afternoon here in London. Martin Whitmarch and Ben Ainslie


both in attendance. Martin, you spearheaded


the press conference, you laid out the future


of the America's Cup. Is this one of the most important


days, off the water, I can't vouch for a 166-year


history, but I think, for all the teams here,


we know it's an important day We have to capitalise on that


excitement we have around the sport, make it bigger and better,


bring more teams, have more races, make it continuous,


more stakeholders but, As part of today's announcement,


and America's Cup every two years. We are out there in Bermuda now


getting ready for this competition. The stated goal is to


bring the cup home. Regardless of where the cup is,


now that we have this agreement, Martin has been very modest


because he has been instrumental in putting this all together,


certainly for our team that's part of our vision to build a sustainable


America's Cup for the future. Jamie Spittle, who will captain


of course the defenders, the Americans, in Bermuda


this summer called it a defining moment, a pivotal day in the oldest


trophy in international sport and of course it will be contested


in Bermuda this summer. Days of sub zero weather has led


to long stretches of the Kennet Many narrowboats are trapped


in the ice, unable to move. It's also causing problems


for the Canal and River Trust, which is trying to keep its winter


maintenance and repair Encased in ice, these boats


are going nowhere anytime soon. While the frozen layer


isn't especially thick, driving forward in these conditions


risks forcing up sheets of ice, potentially damaging to both


boats and the banks. It's also hampering efforts


by the Canal and River Trust to carry out routine repairs,


like here at Benham, While we have this in place,


boats are not allowed to move If the ice reaches a certain


thickness, and it does cause us we will create a plough wave


in front of us, of solid ice, basically, it causes


problems with moving boats. The locks are mostly Grade


II listed structures, so we have to use authentic


materials, lime water and you can't Repairing and re-mounting the lock


gate should take three weeks. This crane boat arrived on site


before the waterway froze and they're hopeful the ice


will thaw long before This is pretty


run-of-the-mill work for us. The We've de-watered the top gate


so we can actually lift one of the gates off and replaced


the anchor stone, which has failed, and while we're doing that,


we will do some brickwork repairs and also we will reline the gates


so the water will hold from the canal and it doesn't


doesn't fill the lock constantly. While the ice looks fairly


solid in places, it's deceptively thin in others


and there's a warning not to risk stepping onto the surface,


especially as temperatures are expected to rise


in the coming days. Allen Sinclair, BBC South Today,


in West Berkshire. debt is bitterly cold tomorrow.


Let's talk about your weather. Many of you have been out and about, even


in the foggy conditions. This was the scene this morning in Berkshire.


Thick fog through the morning and into the afternoon. On the parts of


Dorset saw any sunshine. Foggy conditions from those in Highcliffe


Dorset. Quick and easy picture. But, it was very tropical, tropical


weight, should I say? In Weymouth. Through the course of tonight, we


are expecting clear spells but generally it will be cloudy, they


chance of frost in places, a fair amount of cloud. Less on the way of


Falkirk -- but still a fair few patches here and there. In


attendance and cities, he'll go off at freezing order in 2-2 C in parts


of Oxfordshire. A cold start to the day tomorrow and it will fuel


bitterly cold. Be cloudy start in places. I can to get one to when


they sure as first thing and then this is those make an appearance for


coastal areas and the Isle of Wight. Temperatures reach three or four


Celsius but few are more in freezing -- more like freezing because of the


winter chill. An A/C went coming over from the near content. Europe


is bitterly cold. Through the course of tomorrow night, we expect


including skies, the chance of one or two showers, the chance of the


word snow shower but otherwise it is a it with temperatures following


below freezing in the countryside. Through the course of Freddy, mail


order appealed to slightly colder -- slightly less cold and the wind


starts changing direction, the cold air will turn to a more mailed


earful from the south-west, bringing in one an isolated showers during


the course of the day. Not amounting to too much, mainly light and


patchy. As we look to the rest of the week, we will see the best of


searching through the afternoon, what that cloud lifting northwards


and will be a bitterly cold north and south easterly wind. Patchy rain


on Friday, the chance of the order of thunderstorm on Saturday, some


great spells and we will see some sunshine on Sunday.


There'll be a news summary at 8pm and we'll be back at 10.30pm.


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