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Killed by a hit and run drunk driver.

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As the Government reviews sentencing for road offences,

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his parents call for manslaughter to be the charge.

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What message does it give to the criminal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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involving his motorbike on the M4 in 2010.

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The driver was given a six year prison sentence.

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The maximum possible penalty for drivers who cause deaths

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through dangerous or careless driving under the influence of drink

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But in practice the average sentence given

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The government is considering introducing life

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

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

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Deeply spiritual, had a huge sense of fun,

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was prepared to stand up for things that were wrong.

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Wayne Moores's parents remember their son,

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A talented blacksmith, Wayne had been working in Wales.

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

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

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Nothing can prepare parents for seeing their child

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

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

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for causing death by careless driving while under

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

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given don't reflect the seriousness of road deaths.

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There's nothing careless about drink-driving.

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What message does it give to the criminal?

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

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The Government is consulting on whether the maximum sentence

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

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

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

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

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

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whilst under the influence to be abolished and instead

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make it manslaughter, make it about people,

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

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a move they hope might change attitudes and save lives.

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A short time ago I spoke to the legal commentator

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Joshua Rozenberg and asked whether the introduction of life

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sentences would actually mean much longer sentences for offenders.

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Sentences for this particular offence are around the five-year

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mark, but there was one quite recently where a sentence

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of ten years was upheld by the Court of Appeal,

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

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

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

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

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and the general level of sentencing would go up.

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We've heard from the family that they are concerned

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They say that "careless" trivialises this and especially

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where there is an aggravating factor that

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"manslaughter" would be more appropriate.

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Would changing the wording make a difference?

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You can charge someone with manslaughter if they kill

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somebody as a result of a traffic accident.

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

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to convict people of homicide, of manslaughter, which is

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More significantly, it is very difficult to prove.

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

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With causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink

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

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

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Other families we have heard from here want the law changed

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so that if you kill more than one person that sentences

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run consecutively, rather than concurrently.

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

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What the judge has to do in sentencing somebody is look

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Obviously, if you kill more than one person

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

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

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case was the same whether you killed one person or two

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

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

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

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children came into contact with cocaine on the school premises.

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

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school and the teachers say the children believed

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Anjana what do we know about what happened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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parents have been given enough information? We have been kept

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

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say about it? The school says it has written to

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

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

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

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A Southampton man's been shot dead in Thailand.

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

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

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park of a sports club in the resort of Pattaya.

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

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The Shoreham Airshow has been cancelled for this year,

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

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11 men died when a vintage jet crashed on the A27

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

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disaster were accepted by the aviation regulator.

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

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plans to devolve greater powers from Westminster to councils

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along the Solent are now dead in the water.

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

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housing and infrastructure, along with extra funding.

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Our political editor Peter Henley is here.

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

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Disagreement and contention over exactly the right way forward. The

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

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

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

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

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was pulled at the last minute because Hampshire County Council

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

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

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

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

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

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independent control to Conservative control and the Conservatives think

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they wanted nothing to do with Portsmouth and Southampton, it

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

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

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

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

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have to think about mergers. This is what is

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happening Dorset, they are talking about forming super councils.

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

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organising along government structure, rather than taking

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

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

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

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

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

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room for some kind of combined transport authority for Hampshire,

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that is different to a devolution deal.

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The cold weather means it may be taking longer to get

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

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

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

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This one in Reading was in danger of flooding homes.

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

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We've got around 500 engineers out across London

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

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

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

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

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

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

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camp over oil drilling at Leith Hill in Surrey.

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

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drilling well in the Area of Natural Beauty.

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The company believes that a substantial reservoir of oil

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could exist beneath the Surrey Hills.

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

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and demolish the camp within the next few days.

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

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

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take on Liverpool. The mother of a man from Surrey

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who was accused of trying to assassinate Donald Trump,

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

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

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to our reporter David Allard. This footage shows the moment

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Michael Sandford tried to snatch a gun from a police officer

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to shoot Donald Trump. Absolutely horrified. My heart

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

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

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with a variety of physical and mental health problems.

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Though Lynne says Michael was in a better state of mind

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when he travelled to the USA for a gap year.

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

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

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

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with having had a psychotic episode at the time.

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

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as they attended his sentencing in the States.

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Michael pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien

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in possession of a firearm and disrupting government business.

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

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lad. Clearly he deserves a second chance.

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From his maximum security prison Michael is allowed one 15

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

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

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

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

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restart his life. And you can see the full

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

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

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night for Southampton. They're in Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It would be a mistake to think about a final

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

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

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

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things but this is only 1-0 and still everything

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

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concern over newly-installed captain Virgil van Dijk,

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who limped off against Leicester at the weekend.

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

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

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

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Follow the game live with BBC Radio Solent this evening.

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Brighton Hove Albion returned to the top of the Championship,

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

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

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Brighton back above Newcastle at the summit.

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

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

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but Roy Beerens tucked home the rebound.

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

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

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answer. -- Saints. Radical changes to the format

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and structure of future America's Cup competitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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afternoon here in London. Martin Whitmarch and Ben Ainslie

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both in attendance. Martin, you spearheaded

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the press conference, you laid out the future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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getting ready for this competition. The stated goal is to

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

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

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because he has been instrumental in putting this all together,

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

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

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of course the defenders, the Americans, in Bermuda

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

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trophy in international sport and of course it will be contested

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

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to long stretches of the Kennet Many narrowboats are trapped

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

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

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maintenance and repair Encased in ice, these boats

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are going nowhere anytime soon. While the frozen layer

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isn't especially thick, driving forward in these conditions

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risks forcing up sheets of ice, potentially damaging to both

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boats and the banks. It's also hampering efforts

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

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

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

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

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

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problems with moving boats. The locks are mostly Grade

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II listed structures, so we have to use authentic

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

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

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before the waterway froze and they're hopeful the ice

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will thaw long before This is pretty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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solid in places, it's deceptively thin in others

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

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especially as temperatures are expected to rise

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

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in West Berkshire. debt is bitterly cold tomorrow.

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

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

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

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Dorset saw any sunshine. Foggy conditions from those in Highcliffe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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searching through the afternoon, what that cloud lifting northwards

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

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

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great spells and we will see some sunshine on Sunday.

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

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