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The ugly side of the South - Reports of hate crime
But what can be done to tackle the problem?
We see a connection between hate crime and international and national
events. Preparing for the "perfect storm" -
The project to map worst-case scenarios along our flood-threatened
coastline. Right next to Stonehenge 100 years
ago this was the middle of a huge military airbase. We have found some
unseen photographs of it. And all hail to the Boss -
Gosport's Alex Thomson joins us on the sofa to talk
about his round-the-world It's an ugly image repeated
in many parts of the south. A young man struck in the face
in a Bournemouth street - just for speaking Spanish
to his girlfriend. Figures for hate crime,
recorded since the Brexit vote, show that the number of reported
offences are up - and at record In fact, in the three months
after last year's EU referendum, Dorset had the highest percentage
increase in the whole of England and Wales,
up 100% on the previous quarter. In Wiltshire there
was a 38 increase. Hampshire and Sussex
went up by 33 and 32%. And Thames Valley saw
an increase of 20%. Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Emma Vardy has more. This was the moment a man was hit
with a plank of wood in Bournemouth. His attacker shouted
"Speak English!" This extreme incident,
was one of an increasing number of hate crimes recorded
by Dorset Police last year. There was a handful of incidents
that we think could have been directly linked to the referendum
results. We see a connection between hate crime taking place and
international and national events. Last year of victim support says it
helps more than 16,000 victims of hate crime across England and Wales
and saw a spike in the immediate aftermath of the referendum. But
there was also noticeable increases following the terror attacks in
Paris and Denise. -- in Nice. Most incidents are much less serious
than the attack in Bournemouth, and police say that they're
receiving historical reports too, Attacks amongst Muslim communities
are also a concern for police. A group of boys came up to me and
started telling me to get out of the country and calling me a terrorist.
They pushed me into the traffic. At the Bournemouth Islamic Centre,
they say hate incidents have not been a problem,
but that the Brexit debate We did not see an increase in hate
crime or anything that tells us it was a difference before and after
Brexit. Some argue the result of Brexit means equities are more
divided. It is maybe something that was not visible for us and the weed
their whole process was conducted has highlighted the issues we have
of immigration and so on. A human rights organisation
has said the country should prepare for
possibility of further spikes in offences once
There's been a protest in Southampton this afternoon over
claims that care packages for people with disabilities could be
It's been sparked by leaked emails which appear to show agency staff
being offered financial incentives to find savings.
Southampton City Council says no-one has been incentivised
Anger - aimed at Southampton City Council and the company Capita -
brought in to help review and assess a backlog of social care packages.
These campaigners say leaked emails raise questions about how that work
An email from one member of Capita staff dated September 2016 refers
to an "extra incentive scheme" it says?
..if a person manages to improve their performance?
This can be measured across both productivity levels
Another email sent in November says..
"The senior managers who are leading this transformation
want to know why it appears we are failing to realise
the results in service delivery and savings they anticipated"
much as if the workers are being pressured,
highly pressured, to go in and to make savings and to cut
That is really concerning because according to the Care Act
you cannot go in with a view to make cuts.
You have to look at the assessed needs first.
Capita says it has spoken to the members of staff
involved, it told us: "Capita and its employees delivering this
service have never been incentivised to deliver savings.
The employees' idea was clearly inappropriate and they did not
have the authority to suggest it, share it with the team
The scheme was never considered an appropriate proposal
Southampton City Council says all reviews have been completed
in accordance with the law following eligibility criteria
The city council says that of the care
have stayed the same, 1% have increased and of the remaining 20
percent care is bein gprovided in a different way at lower cost
the inroduction of annual review of care packages arguing it puts too
What they did in the since this try to catch up on a backlog of those
assessments by bringing Capita to fix those assessment. We see from
the e-mail they were struggling to keep up. And put out some pretty
dumb e-mails in the process of doing that.
Southampton city council says it's committed to meeting people's
to live independent lives - campaigners say they will be
It's called a "Black Swan": the worst possible combination
of unexpected storm surges and high tides to cause damage
Now a project is using computer simulators to map out the nightmare
scenarios for flooding along coastal communities, in the hope that
realistic predictions can be made and solutions found.
Let's join Sean Killick at Pagham tonight.
Good evening. There has been significant coastal erosion here in
recent years. Many of the homes are noticed the pebbles threw away from
a high tide line. But the project you referred to in hopes to help
residents at risk of flooding not only ever alongside course. -- right
along the south coast. This was the scene at Pagham
just before Christmas. A tidal surge from a low pressure
system in the Atlantic Sea water flooded past Packham yacht
club but thankfully there was no Residents were grateful
it was a windless day, otherwise the sea could have
been far less forgiving. At the National Oceanography Centre
in Southampton, they are leading a group of scientists
from across the South in studying existing storm
data from recent years. Then they will use a computer
model to create factual to predict future
worst-case scenarios. We're going to take some storms,
things that you might call near misses,
and deliberately adjust them and make them go
in a slightly different direction and
make the winds stronger so we can see what those extreme
conditions might look like. Then we should hopefully
have an improved understanding of the protection that
we've got the course. We do know that the average
sea level is rising and that's the thing that we need
to take measures against. We don't know whether weather
systems are going to One of the things we're doing
is providing that additional The Met Office and
the universities of Southampton and Reading
are also working on project. They are highlighting
the case of Portsmouth, which after London and Hull
is the city most at risk from The Eastern Solent
Coastal Partnership plans up to ?100 million of coastal
defence work here in the The Storm Prediction Project
scientists say their work could help provide information
for projects such as this to protect residents from the worst-case
flooding in the years ahead. the scientists are keen to point out
their project merely highlights the risks. After that it is going to
planners and politicians and pots of money. Here they are still waiting
for planning permission for a project they have for coastal
defence work but they are still hopeful they will get work here this
summer. The family of Kaden Reddick,
who died in an accident on Monday, said today
"He was a loving, cheeky, energetic boy" whose death
would "leave a huge empty hole The ten-year-old was seriously
injured in an incident In a tribute today the family of
Kaden Reddick said his death will leave a huge and empty hole in the
lives of everyone who knew him. He died from head injuries in an
incident involving store furniture at Topshop in Reading. Today the
company has removed the display units from every one of its stores
across the country. Inside the closed Reading branch investigations
are still under way by the company and Thames Valley Police and Reading
by the council. The boy 's family said he loved coming to school and
the headteacher issued a statement saying how shocked everyone is by
the death of such an energetic young man who enjoyed helping others. His
family say the hardest part of his death is knowing he will never be
able to fulfil his potential. He looked forward to riding his older
brother is more bed and becoming a teacher. This it is impossible to
comprehend he will never be able to do any of this. It is half term here
this week saw no pupils are at school. When they return on Monday
they will be offered specialist support.
Another strike has been announced on Southern Railway.
Train crews who belong to the RMT union will hold a 24 hour
It follows the failure of talks yesterday.
The drivers' union, Aslef, has done a deal with the company
to modernise working practices and is balloting its members.
A 52-year-old man from Chichester has been jailed for four years
after admitting a number of fraud offences.
David Coombs from Hunston Road in the town carried out the frauds
across Hampshire and Dorset targetting people he met
on dating websites and in hospitals across the south.
A former governor at a Hampshire school which is threatened
with closure or being merged, says parents are being mislead.
Hampshire county council has launched
a consultation on the future of Fort Hill Community School
in Basingstoke because of falling numbers of pupils.
One option is merging with Cranbourne business
Here's a message from our guest tonight.
You don't normally see me in a suit. The I'm here tonight.
"A very steep downward spiral," the words of one military veteran
who found himself with mental health and drug issues after
There are, in fact, between 3,500 and 5,000 veterans incarcerated
Now a Hampshire charity has called on the government to do more to help
A middle-aged military veteran who, a fortnight ago,
He spent nearly a decade behind bars for a serious and violent
Because he's trying to turn his life around,
Everything just exploded one day and the support that I had,
The substance abuse became worse and it then became a very steep
He's being helped by Hampshire charity Care after Combat,
who've put him up in this home while he finds his feet.
But why do service personnel need extra support?
Coming from the service life myself it's just they've
The impact can be just straight-forward things -
It's always been done for them within the service
I think the public say, "OK, mate, you're a veteran, you've screwed up,
you're going to get another chance, care after combat, we're not
going to give you a handout, we're not going to spoon-feed you -
If you're not going to work, off you go."
The charity has had great success using ex-military mentors to help
people back to civilian life, but it's also warning there are too
many veteran groups all trying to do the same thing.
We sent them away, we should deal with the consequences
I believe that with so many charities pushing their services
onto the veterans, A, it is confusing,
and B, they might think, hang on a minute, if I'm
playing my cards right here, I don't have to go to work.
We don't really want to kill a veteran with kindness.
Steve says he's lucky he has found the help he needs,
and is looking forward to turning his life around.
I feel that I've served my sentence and now it's time to rebuild.
Everything they're giving me now, I'm going to pay them back
Chris Temple is here. We will start with football. Thousands of people
watch football last night. There was a full programme
of Football League fixtures last night, and wins for Reading
and Portsmouth kept their promotion And it's with the Royals, that we
start our Valentines night round-up. After two draws Reading got
themselves back on the winners against Brentford. This could put
them ahead. Just after the hour Brentford scored two goals in three
minutes. But a triple substitution paid dividends. Williams got the
equaliser. Before a generous charity hand-out for the winner. A moment to
forget for the Brentford goalkeeper. Reading are now five points behind
Brighton in second after the seagulls were held by Ipswich.
Chambers gave the Suffolk side an early lead. But a file and Bruno led
to this chance to even the score. -- a file. Evans set Portsmouth on
their Blackpool. This goal from Doyle ensured a second win in four
days. It was a largely pushy tonight in League 1. Oxford saw their run of
five straight wins ended by Southend. MK dons drew nil nil at
Bury. The own goal at Southampton by Jones was cancelled out by Morris.
More matches on Saturday. And some sides involved in the FA Cup. It's
100 days till the America cup. Today marks 100 days
until the America's Cup But it's been nearly a month now
since Gosport-based sailor Alex Thomson finished a magnificent
second place, in the gruelling solo round the world
race, the Vendee Globe. We followed his story
closely of course over A little earlier, Alex came
in to join us here on the red sofa, and share his experiences
of the race, and life since. I'm certainly not back
in normal life yet. There have been lots of parties
lots of media stuff and I've been to Last night we were
at the world sports My feet have hardly
touched the ground. That takes its toll
mentally and physically. It must be difficult
when you get back to dry land to It is quite daunting
when you you're on your own for so long and the thought of thousands
of people arriving, it was very And I'm sleeping
really well already. In fact have got to go back
to the gym because I've lost a lot We know about your
starboard foil breaking. Let's look at this clip
from mid-race, towards the end of It's at that point you are thinking
am I going to catch him? It really is about trying to get
as close to our man as possible and But one thing you can count
on is that I will fight to the end! He certainly did fight
to the end, Alex. Was there a point when you realised
you were not going to catch? You always have to fight in this
race and I said from the beginning you have to expect an expected and
even when we went towards the Scilly Islands, to tack on the port tack
to make a finish it was pretty done and dusted then but anything
could have In 2020 you've announced that
you're going to do it. You asked your wife
and she has said yes. I was third last time,
second this time servers What we're trying to do know is see
if you can put the sponsors together and put the team
together because most important thing in this
is the I have been very fortunate to work
with some very talented people the right team
we have a chance. Will you use the same boat
will you build a new boat? There's a potential rule change
coming in April and we will have to look at what the rules
are and decide whether we can do it. The technological
advances we mentioned earlier on the 20 million people
on Facebook saw the shots from the Do things like being able
to Facetime your wife and son when you're deciding
to be away from your You can actually stay
in touch much better My son, Oscar, was quite upset
at the first two weeks of the And his school gave me a little
cuddle turtle called Speedy. I thought I'd do a little videos
so every a little video, kind of Trying to make him
and his friends laugh. Thanks for mentioning
the Facebook page of That day in the Southern Ocean
was mad because I was there eating my porridge
and a French helicopter came along. I was a bit grumpy and
I wasn't going to go outside and I can't believe it was
seen by over 20 million people. Believe it or not, my wife
booked a sailing holiday. She's getting her own back
on you for going in She's booked a Dream Yacht charter
and we're off to the She says it's not fair
that you're having Congratulations again
and thanks for coming in. 20 million people have already seen
the pictures from the Southern Ocean and we're putting them back up on
our Facebook page. Now, we've reported on many rows
about the impact of roadbuilding But what might surprise
you is the amount of concrete Tonight we can reveal
previously unseen pictures of a World War I aerodrome,
a huge military base just a few It was damage caused by that
aerodrome which first prompted calls to clean up the area and restore
the World Heritage Site. Our transport correspondent
Paul Clifton reports. Stonehenge today, with open
grassland all around. Look in the background
at the First World War airbase. There were giant hangars for bomber
aircraft and 800 men lived here. The road through the middle
is today's A303, and curving away to the right
is a railway line. During the 1920s the area became a
pig farm and then it was pulled down.
Where we are standing pretty much is where the main hangars work,
but they were, sort of, facing in the direction
Today only a few fragments remain visible.
Where we are standing, by mid-1918, was the busy part of the Aerodrome -
it was the technical buildings, the main accommodation block,
So there is still concrete under here?
There will still be some concrete under here, yes.
The line of the longest military away in the country is still visible
in the landscape. There were more hangers on the north
side of the airfield, many of them. They were beside the road
that runs between the stones There is almost no
evidence of them today. Are there any Americans in,
ladies and gentlemen? To mark a century since
the Royal Flying Corps arrived, English Heritage brought
a First World War plane The presence of that era drum in
this ancient setting actually sparked the debate as to what was an
appropriate setting for Stonehenge for the Stones themselves and the
ancient landscape that surrounds Stonehenge. Almost within state of
Stonehenge was a second huge airfield called Lake down. Today we
coloured Druids Lodge. A water tower and a handful of buildings remain.
There is now a big debate about the benefits or otherwise
of a new road tunnel through the World Heritage Site.
It is worth remembering just what the landscape looked
Paul Clifton, BBC South Today, Salisbury Plain.
Great photos. I never knew anything about that. Wonderful to see.
Did you get caught in the rain today? More rain to come? Will we
get a dry spell? The next few days into the weekend. Sunday has the
possibility of some patchy rain but dry until then and fairly meld as
well. Many of you have been out and about today despite the rain taking
pictures. Let's take a look at the first portal which was quite a soggy
scene. Down the Forest. But things brightened up after the rain started
pushing through. A rainbow came out in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. We
also saw sunshine in Hampshire. Sunny spells broke through during
the latter part of the day and the rain slowly moved northwards. Rain
is currently all the of Oxfordshire eventually quitting north eastwards
through this evenings. Mist and fog patches are a possibility through
tonight and will become quite dense and places. We may have the odd
isolated shower tonight should be mainly dry with a few clear spells.
A little cooler than last night but temperatures falling from five
Celsius to eight Celsius. Fairly light winds. Tomorrow morning mist
and fog may be stubborn to clear but what does an improving picture. The
odd isolated shower. Sunny spells breaking through the afternoon. A
lot more sun than recent days. Temperatures reaching highs of 10
degrees to 11 Celsius. A pleasant enter the day tomorrow. Tomorrow
night summer two tonight. Patchy cloud with mist and fog patches
developing in the early hours of the morning. A fair amount of cloud with
temperatures falling to 6 degrees seven Celsius. The winner will be
like. This is why the fog foisting on
Friday morning may be slow to clear. What it does and improving picture.
A cloudy start. Sunshine breakthrough in many places. Hard to
say with the sun will be but there will be increasing cloud with this
fragmented weather front arriving Friday night producing a little rain
in the early hours of Saturday morning. I pressure is not far away.
It will stay with us during the weekend. Tomorrow after a cloudy
start mist and fog will eventually left. We will see some lovely
conditions. A cloudy start to Friday. Saturday. Very similar days
with sunny spells breaking through on both days. Fairly light winds
coming up in the south. At the moment Sunday looks like a fair
amount of cloud. One to brighter spells but the chance of patchy rain
at times. The bestie of the weekend is probably Saturday will it should
stay mainly dry to daylight hours. If you would like to become one of
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