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In tonight's programme... takeover offer for Unilever.

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The social-media boasting by a gang of girls

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after they violently attacked a 14-year-old

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Home, sweet home - new life for a Victorian jail,

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but where's the quota of affordable housing?

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An emotional moment - a deaf husband and wife hear

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I love sound and I want to be able to hear more.

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And four boys get a chance at the big time.

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I will be putting these would be Billy Elliots through their paces.

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Show us your stuff, boys. That is good.

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Three young women have been sentenced for attacking

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a 14-year-old girl with a wheelbrace in a Guildford park

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The victim suffered head injuries and is still

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The women had originally denied using a weapon until messages found

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on their phones revealed they'd discussed how to clean

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Let's join Ben Moore outside Guildford Crown Court.

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It was indeed, an attack with a heavy metal wheel brace that left a

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young girl with severe injuries, all because of a Facebook 's back. There

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were three defendants, Sophie Burrows, Lauren Putney and a

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17-year-old girl who can't be named. They left their victim with several

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injuries. The court heard that as well as the physical injuries the

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girl is also suffering depression and is afraid to go out. Her mother

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spoke to us on these steps exclusively but anonymously about

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how it has affected her daughter's life.

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Only recently she's started going out again.

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Had to change schools, and just change everything really.

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She changed her name on Facebook, load of different stuff, just...

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She don't want no-one to know this is what happened to her.

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The court heard after this Facebook row in January last year the trio

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made a considerable dry to a park in Guildford to confront the girl.

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Sophie Burroughs wrought with her a 30 centimetre metal wheel brace.

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They confronted the girl, told her to fight, when the girl through the

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first punch they set about her. In the days that followed a sent a

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series of text messages, one girl said, it is good, I cut her head

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open. Another said, she chose to fight, now she is leading hard.

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Electric Communications eventually led the girls to give themselves up

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at Guildford police stations. A media appeal was issued

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following the incident and it was the attention on social

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media that led to the girls eventually handing themselves

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in at Guildford police station. At first they denied using any

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weapon of any kind during the attack but messages were found

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on all of their phones mentioning the assault and the crowbar and how

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to clean it and all three Sophie Burroughs was sentenced to 14

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months in a young offender's institution, Lauren Cove had her

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sentence suspended the two years and the 17-year-old was referred to the

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youth court. The judge said they had genuine removals but he said it was

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caused by a ridiculous and stupid argument on Facebook.

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A major town-centre development in Dorchester has been waved

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through, despite the fact that the 180 new properties will not

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Last night the council gave planning permission to a scheme to convert

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The entire site will now go for high-end housing,

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after the developers argued affordable units would damage

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These thick walls, designed to imprison, will soon be used to

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impress. There will be 60 apartments in the old prison and many more in

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the new block. All at a premium price. The local Labour group is

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furious note affordable homes will be on offer. It is all very well

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having wealthy retirees or wealthy families moving in, that is great

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but we want balance. Where is the provision for local people? The plan

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is to retain the old Victorian prison, making this an expensive

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build. For that reason the developers have been able to

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successfully argued that to include affordable housing would simply make

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the scheme and viable. West Dorset council usually insists on 35% of

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affordable homes. Developers can negotiate that down but it is very

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unusual for there to be no requirement at all.

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What do you say to local people who feel disappointed? We would have

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loved to have affordable homes on the site, we tried my macro hardest

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to put forward affordable homes in West Dorset. -- we tried our

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hardest. There should be a affordable houses for the young

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people. They will never get on the ladder for housing. People are

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buying just to rent out and it doesn't give local people a chance.

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Disappointing because you have to have affordable housing for local

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people otherwise they will not be able to live in the county,

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especially young people. The developers told us...

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So regeneration now begins here but probably not without recrimination.

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A fresh attempt to scrap charges for residents taking DIY waste

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to their local tip has failed in West Sussex.

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Many councils have introduced fees for things like rubble

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and plasterboard as their budgets have come under pressure.

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The amount of material being brought to the recycling centres has already

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fallen and there are fears that fly-tipping will increase,

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as well as questions about whether the charges are lawful

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Sean Killick is down at the dump near Chichester.

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Tips like this are gearing up for the busy season when we start spring

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cleaning and doing DIY projects around the house and garden, but in

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the future if you'd ring a bag of rubble it will cost you ?4 to get

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rid of. -- if you bring. I spoke to people here and many didn't like the

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idea of paying a tip tax. Alan Walker is redecorating

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a room in his house. He's stripped off seven

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bags full plaster, Getting rid of it here

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today cost ?4 a bag. Alan wasn't too happy about that

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and others here agreed. I think it will discourage people

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from coming here with rubble and they will end up dumping

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it somewhere else. I think it's far too expensive

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for a wee bag of rubble. If you've got a really

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lot of them, if you've got a whole delivery,

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yeah, I agree, but Fees for dropping off rubble

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and other building rubbish vary In West Sussex it is a flat

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rate of ?4 per bag for In Hampshire and Dorset, dumping

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plasterboard costs ?10 a sheet, but in Wiltshire there is no fee

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for DIY waste. Some have accused councils

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of profiteering but the boss of a Hampshire-based waste-disposal

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firm believes the charges are fair. My instinct tells me that it's

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inevitable that there will be these charges and these charges have been

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introduced I think fairly. I think the research shows

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that the councils aren't looking to profiteer from this

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but they are actually looking to recover the costs

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that they are incurring The county council is bringing

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in the charges to help balance its budget but

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the lower-tier district councils are concerned it could cost them

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thousands because they are responsible for clearing

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up fly-tipped rubbish. If people don't put

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hard-core into the bins But there is an even worse trouble,

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people put it in their residual waste bin, and that has a potential

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to damage the refuse freighters and damage the ultimate

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processing of waste. Horsham District Council has

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released pictures of rubbish fly-tipped in its area in recent

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months but West Sussex County Council says there has been no

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noticeable increase in fly-tipping Opposition councillors tried

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to scrap the charges at today's West Sussex County Council budget

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meeting. Some have questioned

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the legality of the charges. West Sussex told us today

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they believe they are acting Meanwhile, Hampshire County Council

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has written to the Government asking A man who shot seven cats in less

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than a fortnight in Surrey has been Franky Mills from Long Gore

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in Farncombe shot four cats in one day alone -

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one had to be put down. Still to come in this

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evening's South Today... The scheme that's inspiring

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and supporting youngsters who've One of Reading's most-loved arts

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venues reopens tonight following a major refit,

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two years after facing The South Street Arts Centre has

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hosted acts like Mumford and Sons, Radiohead and Michael McIntyre

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before they were famous but Reading Council considered shutting

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the venue to save money. A campaign by loyal

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customers forced a rethink. Just move the light

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to the other side. Technical preparations for one

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of the first productions New and improved lighting

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and a reworking of the studio space makes this a much better place

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for performers and audiences. It just has a much more

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contemporary, really vibrant feel A lot of musicians and

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actors and performers of cut their teeth here,

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so it is kind of integral for the development of artists

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from Reading who can go on to greater things,

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but also it serves audiences who are looking for something a bit

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different, a bit more unusual, When you wake up in

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the middle of the night... Just two years ago, the arts centre

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faced an uncertain future. Reading Borough Council

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considered closing it, but South Street's loyal audience

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rallied - as did those who've performed here,

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who hold it in high regard. I remember when there

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was the potential that We were like, no, you can't

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close it, because it's got so much, I guess,

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history, and on the circuit of contemporary theatre in Britain

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it's a really important venue. The Arts Council agreed,

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offering half a million pounds of public money to improve

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and extend the building. That helped convince the council

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it was worth saving, so it too chipped in just

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over half that. This is a huge boost

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for a town keen to continue Controversial plans to knock down

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a hotel in the New Forest to build retirement flats have been rejected

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by the park authority. Lyndhurst Park Hotel

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once had connections Campaigners objected

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to the proposals to demolish the building and build 75 flats

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for pensioners and 12 holiday lets, saying there was a desperate need

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for affordable housing Pegasus Life says it's

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disappointed with the decision. It's a disease that can kill

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and scar young children for life. How to you help someone who has lost

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a limb to meningitis deal with it? Today a leading charity that

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supports young people who've lost limbs to meningitis has held

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an event to inspire them in Reading. All the children in this game have

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lost limbs through meningitis. Overseeing the enthusiastic training

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is Paralympian Aaron Phipps, who For me, it's just, it's the young

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people getting to meet other young people in the same sort

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of circumstances as them. One little boy arrived, looked

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at another little boy and went, More than 100 families have come to

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the Pushing The Boundaries day. Eleanor was eight months

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old when she fell ill. Originally diagnosed with a throat

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infection, she nearly died. I was really ill,

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and they had to chop It is something she will have to

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deal with the rest of her life. Coming to places like

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this really helps her see very positive role models

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who have had the same amputation but are going on and doing everything

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in life that they want to. The foundation helps survivors with

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things like state-of-the-art prosthetics but also funds research,

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and the main research in that respect is bacterial meningitis,

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which can be all around us. A few people carry it in their nose and

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throat, which can get into the system and attack the body. That is

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why in many cases amputation businesses are. In many ways those

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here are lucky. The infection can kill in just 12 hours.

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For those who've come through it, days like these

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fuel their ambitions so they won't let this awful

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An important day and a fun day called Pushing The Boundaries. It

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has been a day of recognition and a special day for our Olympians and

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Paralympians. After a memorable summer of sport

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at the Olympics and Paralympics, many of the South's gold-medal

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winners were today honoured Prince Charles was on hand

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to welcome the latest Members of the Most Excellent Order

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of the British Empire. Great Britain have won

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the Olympic gold medal! A golden Olympic moment for GB's

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women's hockey team, that today continued to bring

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rewards in the form of more medals. Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh given

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an OBE for services to hockey. Her team-mates, including partner

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Helen and Southampton's Alex Danson, were all awarded MBEs

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for their triumph in Rio. While for Hannah Russell,

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who joined Guildford Swimming Club at the age of 12, an MBE

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is the icing on the cake after two golds and one bronze

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at the Paralympics. Absolutely incredible, something

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that not many people get awarded. 13 years of hard work I've put

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into this sport and to come out As parents we are really

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proud of everything she has done and it is lovely

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to come to the Palace today and see Hannah get presented her

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MBE by Prince Charles. We have followed Bournemouth

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schoolgirl swimmer Alice Tai through the years and after

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taking Paralympic bronze in September today there

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was more reason to cheer. Who could forget these

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scenes on the Olympic Dorset's Hannah Mills

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and Saskia Clarke recognised along with Giles Scott for services

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to sailing. Top honours too for Hampshire

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golfer Justin Rose, while Alton's Paralympian

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Georgina Hermitage, Surrey paracanoeist Anne Dickins

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and Berkshire's Liam Heath A summer of sport that

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will live long in the memory. Congratulations to all recipients, a

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fantastic day for the athletes and their families.

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Bournemouth have been charged for breaching

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the Football Association's rules on anti-doping.

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Clubs are required to provide accurate details of training

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sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for drug

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It's alleged the Premier League side failed to do so.

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The club has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

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As well as Oxford's trip to Middlesborough in the fifth

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round of the FA Cup, there's football league

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Brighton's trip to Barnsley is manager Chris Hughton's 100th

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A win could see the Seagulls re-take top spot in the Championship.

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In League One, MK Dons host Fleetwood.

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Swindon welcome Oldham to the County Ground.

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Defender Gareth Evans is a doubt for Portsmouth,

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Surrey Scorchers continue their push to make the British Basketball

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They're only points difference outside the all-important top eight

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as they prepare to welcome sixth-placed Plymouth Raiders

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That match is live on the BBC Red Button and the BBC website.

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Swish. Sorry storm start their netball season earlier in the week.

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A couple from Salisbury who've been married for 12 years are hearing

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each other's voices for the first time after having Cochlear implants.

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50-year-old Helen Robinson and her husband Neil,

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who's 54, have been deaf since birth.

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They're believed to be the first couple in the UK to be "switched

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on" at the same time - and they can't believe

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Half a century without sound, changed with the flick of a switch.

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Neil and Helen have been married since 2005.

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They've both been deaf since birth because of a genetic condition.

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They could hear some muffled noises but now the cochlear

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implants are sending electrical signals directly to the brain which

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I didn't realise that the sound was coming from inside my head. I

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realised it was a different sound from the sound I am hearing normally

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with my hearing aids. It has led to a passion for awesome

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audio. I love sound and I want

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to be able to hear more. You'll be surprised

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at what's caught their ears. You know the car,

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when you are changing For me, I knit, and when I'm

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doing the knitting I can hear the needles clacking together

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and it's a nice sound. Their new fifth sense can be

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overwhelming at times and clinicians also have to adjust

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the volume as they become They are the latest among more than

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a thousand patients treated by the university team. It is exciting to

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do a first session for somebody come you never know quite how it will be

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go and whether the person is quite excited or anxious and nervous.

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The new device can be switched off, which may have

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I can call her now and also learning to put up with

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Apparently Neil was saying that he could hear the birds for the first

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time and Helen was saying, I could hear our cat.

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First it was a hit film, then a successful stage musical.

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Billy Elliott is the story of a boy who trades boxing

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gloves for ballet shoes, when he discovers

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It's all set against the backdrop of the miners' strike in the '80s.

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This week pupils at Ringwood School in Hampshire are staging

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And who better to offer some advice to the boys

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sharing the lead roles, than the stars of the West End

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version, currently on at the Mayflower Theatre in

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So at final rehearsals the pressure is on for the four boys who share

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the roles of Billy and his best friend Michael.

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The ballet has been quite difficult because it pushes you to limit that

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you don't want to go to but you have to. And the tap is quite hard. I

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loved performing since I was little, I danced around the kitchen. I have

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done singing in past shows that I think the acting is kind of the

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thing that I had to work on. It is quite funny doing the swearing

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because not many little kids do that and the audience loved it because

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they are not expecting it. I went to an audition like, I won't get much

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of a part, and they said, you have got Billy Elliot!

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With six performances this week, the boys have a busy schedule.

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But they've taken time out for a special trip.

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The West End production of Billy Elliott is now

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on at the Mayflower in Southampton, and the lads have been

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invited to get some tips from the professionals.

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Come on in. Welcome to the Mayflower. What do you think?

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Massive. How many seats to you think that is? That is a few, isn't it?

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Martin Walsh plays the role of Billy's dad.

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Who wants to be an actor when they grow up? All four of you? Why not,

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that is how I started out, showing people what you have got and doing

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it with an open heart and just going for it.

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All right boys, time to show us what you do. That is good.

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You can't make kids do things like this, they either want to or they

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don't, so it is good, it reminds me of my youth, getting up there.

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So now it's back to school, with an added spring in their step.

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That Ringwood School production is sold out.

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You can see Billy Elliott at the Mayflower Theatre until March 4th.

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On to the weather for the weekend. Fraser on Friday.

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It has been really mild through the half-time, -- half term, why bother

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with Barcelona when you can have Basingstoke?

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It was a very pleasant day across the region, springlike, with

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temperatures up to 11 Celsius widely. That mild theme continues

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for a few days. For tonight we are dry and cloudy, the cloud coming and

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going through the night. There will be breaks in it as well and with the

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light winds mist patches forming by dawn here and there. Not a chilly

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night, temperatures not dropping much below six Celsius. Moving on

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Saturday morning, that the lawn is rather grey and dreary, low cloud

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and mist, but that will lift and clear through the morning. To the

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east, good spells of sunshine, bit more cloud to the West but mild

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everywhere, temperatures at 11 Celsius while widely and light

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breezes. There is a rainy front coming through overnight, bringing

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spits and spots of rain, but under the cloudy skies it will not be

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chilly, 67 Celsius in most places. Sunday, that rain sticks around

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first thing for a time but it will clear away as the morning wears on

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and the bulk of Sunday is looking try and find. Bright spells

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developing and some warm air being brought in on a westerly airflow. It

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will feel very unusually mild, 12 Celsius the most places, and that

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warm tropical air is set to stick with us on Monday. Temperatures on

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Monday up to 14 Celsius. Let's look at the outlook, and half term is a

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fantastic start, dry and bright, 12 Celsius and light winds. Monday,

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dreary start but we will see some bright spells and very mild. --

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Sunday. Monday, 14 Celsius but cloudy. Cloudy and mild but Tuesday

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as well. I enjoyed that, normally you are

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telling us about storms. That is it from us. More at 10:25pm

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tonight. Have a good weekend what ever you are doing.

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