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In tonight's programme... takeover offer for Unilever.
The social-media boasting by a gang of girls
after they violently attacked a 14-year-old
Home, sweet home - new life for a Victorian jail,
but where's the quota of affordable housing?
An emotional moment - a deaf husband and wife hear
I love sound and I want to be able to hear more.
And four boys get a chance at the big time.
I will be putting these would be Billy Elliots through their paces.
Show us your stuff, boys. That is good.
Three young women have been sentenced for attacking
a 14-year-old girl with a wheelbrace in a Guildford park
The victim suffered head injuries and is still
The women had originally denied using a weapon until messages found
on their phones revealed they'd discussed how to clean
Let's join Ben Moore outside Guildford Crown Court.
It was indeed, an attack with a heavy metal wheel brace that left a
young girl with severe injuries, all because of a Facebook 's back. There
were three defendants, Sophie Burrows, Lauren Putney and a
17-year-old girl who can't be named. They left their victim with several
injuries. The court heard that as well as the physical injuries the
girl is also suffering depression and is afraid to go out. Her mother
spoke to us on these steps exclusively but anonymously about
how it has affected her daughter's life.
Only recently she's started going out again.
Had to change schools, and just change everything really.
She changed her name on Facebook, load of different stuff, just...
She don't want no-one to know this is what happened to her.
The court heard after this Facebook row in January last year the trio
made a considerable dry to a park in Guildford to confront the girl.
Sophie Burroughs wrought with her a 30 centimetre metal wheel brace.
They confronted the girl, told her to fight, when the girl through the
first punch they set about her. In the days that followed a sent a
series of text messages, one girl said, it is good, I cut her head
open. Another said, she chose to fight, now she is leading hard.
Electric Communications eventually led the girls to give themselves up
at Guildford police stations. A media appeal was issued
following the incident and it was the attention on social
media that led to the girls eventually handing themselves
in at Guildford police station. At first they denied using any
weapon of any kind during the attack but messages were found
on all of their phones mentioning the assault and the crowbar and how
to clean it and all three Sophie Burroughs was sentenced to 14
months in a young offender's institution, Lauren Cove had her
sentence suspended the two years and the 17-year-old was referred to the
youth court. The judge said they had genuine removals but he said it was
caused by a ridiculous and stupid argument on Facebook.
A major town-centre development in Dorchester has been waved
through, despite the fact that the 180 new properties will not
Last night the council gave planning permission to a scheme to convert
The entire site will now go for high-end housing,
after the developers argued affordable units would damage
These thick walls, designed to imprison, will soon be used to
impress. There will be 60 apartments in the old prison and many more in
the new block. All at a premium price. The local Labour group is
furious note affordable homes will be on offer. It is all very well
having wealthy retirees or wealthy families moving in, that is great
but we want balance. Where is the provision for local people? The plan
is to retain the old Victorian prison, making this an expensive
build. For that reason the developers have been able to
successfully argued that to include affordable housing would simply make
the scheme and viable. West Dorset council usually insists on 35% of
affordable homes. Developers can negotiate that down but it is very
unusual for there to be no requirement at all.
What do you say to local people who feel disappointed? We would have
loved to have affordable homes on the site, we tried my macro hardest
to put forward affordable homes in West Dorset. -- we tried our
hardest. There should be a affordable houses for the young
people. They will never get on the ladder for housing. People are
buying just to rent out and it doesn't give local people a chance.
Disappointing because you have to have affordable housing for local
people otherwise they will not be able to live in the county,
especially young people. The developers told us...
So regeneration now begins here but probably not without recrimination.
A fresh attempt to scrap charges for residents taking DIY waste
to their local tip has failed in West Sussex.
Many councils have introduced fees for things like rubble
and plasterboard as their budgets have come under pressure.
The amount of material being brought to the recycling centres has already
fallen and there are fears that fly-tipping will increase,
as well as questions about whether the charges are lawful
Sean Killick is down at the dump near Chichester.
Tips like this are gearing up for the busy season when we start spring
cleaning and doing DIY projects around the house and garden, but in
the future if you'd ring a bag of rubble it will cost you ?4 to get
rid of. -- if you bring. I spoke to people here and many didn't like the
idea of paying a tip tax. Alan Walker is redecorating
a room in his house. He's stripped off seven
bags full plaster, Getting rid of it here
today cost ?4 a bag. Alan wasn't too happy about that
and others here agreed. I think it will discourage people
from coming here with rubble and they will end up dumping
it somewhere else. I think it's far too expensive
for a wee bag of rubble. If you've got a really
lot of them, if you've got a whole delivery,
yeah, I agree, but Fees for dropping off rubble
and other building rubbish vary In West Sussex it is a flat
rate of ?4 per bag for In Hampshire and Dorset, dumping
plasterboard costs ?10 a sheet, but in Wiltshire there is no fee
for DIY waste. Some have accused councils
of profiteering but the boss of a Hampshire-based waste-disposal
firm believes the charges are fair. My instinct tells me that it's
inevitable that there will be these charges and these charges have been
introduced I think fairly. I think the research shows
that the councils aren't looking to profiteer from this
but they are actually looking to recover the costs
that they are incurring The county council is bringing
in the charges to help balance its budget but
the lower-tier district councils are concerned it could cost them
thousands because they are responsible for clearing
up fly-tipped rubbish. If people don't put
hard-core into the bins But there is an even worse trouble,
people put it in their residual waste bin, and that has a potential
to damage the refuse freighters and damage the ultimate
processing of waste. Horsham District Council has
released pictures of rubbish fly-tipped in its area in recent
months but West Sussex County Council says there has been no
noticeable increase in fly-tipping Opposition councillors tried
to scrap the charges at today's West Sussex County Council budget
meeting. Some have questioned
the legality of the charges. West Sussex told us today
they believe they are acting Meanwhile, Hampshire County Council
has written to the Government asking A man who shot seven cats in less
than a fortnight in Surrey has been Franky Mills from Long Gore
in Farncombe shot four cats in one day alone -
one had to be put down. Still to come in this
evening's South Today... The scheme that's inspiring
and supporting youngsters who've One of Reading's most-loved arts
venues reopens tonight following a major refit,
two years after facing The South Street Arts Centre has
hosted acts like Mumford and Sons, Radiohead and Michael McIntyre
before they were famous but Reading Council considered shutting
the venue to save money. A campaign by loyal
customers forced a rethink. Just move the light
to the other side. Technical preparations for one
of the first productions New and improved lighting
and a reworking of the studio space makes this a much better place
for performers and audiences. It just has a much more
contemporary, really vibrant feel A lot of musicians and
actors and performers of cut their teeth here,
so it is kind of integral for the development of artists
from Reading who can go on to greater things,
but also it serves audiences who are looking for something a bit
different, a bit more unusual, When you wake up in
the middle of the night... Just two years ago, the arts centre
faced an uncertain future. Reading Borough Council
considered closing it, but South Street's loyal audience
rallied - as did those who've performed here,
who hold it in high regard. I remember when there
was the potential that We were like, no, you can't
close it, because it's got so much, I guess,
history, and on the circuit of contemporary theatre in Britain
it's a really important venue. The Arts Council agreed,
offering half a million pounds of public money to improve
and extend the building. That helped convince the council
it was worth saving, so it too chipped in just
over half that. This is a huge boost
for a town keen to continue Controversial plans to knock down
a hotel in the New Forest to build retirement flats have been rejected
by the park authority. Lyndhurst Park Hotel
once had connections Campaigners objected
to the proposals to demolish the building and build 75 flats
for pensioners and 12 holiday lets, saying there was a desperate need
for affordable housing Pegasus Life says it's
disappointed with the decision. It's a disease that can kill
and scar young children for life. How to you help someone who has lost
a limb to meningitis deal with it? Today a leading charity that
supports young people who've lost limbs to meningitis has held
an event to inspire them in Reading. All the children in this game have
lost limbs through meningitis. Overseeing the enthusiastic training
is Paralympian Aaron Phipps, who For me, it's just, it's the young
people getting to meet other young people in the same sort
of circumstances as them. One little boy arrived, looked
at another little boy and went, More than 100 families have come to
the Pushing The Boundaries day. Eleanor was eight months
old when she fell ill. Originally diagnosed with a throat
infection, she nearly died. I was really ill,
and they had to chop It is something she will have to
deal with the rest of her life. Coming to places like
this really helps her see very positive role models
who have had the same amputation but are going on and doing everything
in life that they want to. The foundation helps survivors with
things like state-of-the-art prosthetics but also funds research,
and the main research in that respect is bacterial meningitis,
which can be all around us. A few people carry it in their nose and
throat, which can get into the system and attack the body. That is
why in many cases amputation businesses are. In many ways those
here are lucky. The infection can kill in just 12 hours.
For those who've come through it, days like these
fuel their ambitions so they won't let this awful
An important day and a fun day called Pushing The Boundaries. It
has been a day of recognition and a special day for our Olympians and
Paralympians. After a memorable summer of sport
at the Olympics and Paralympics, many of the South's gold-medal
winners were today honoured Prince Charles was on hand
to welcome the latest Members of the Most Excellent Order
of the British Empire. Great Britain have won
the Olympic gold medal! A golden Olympic moment for GB's
women's hockey team, that today continued to bring
rewards in the form of more medals. Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh given
an OBE for services to hockey. Her team-mates, including partner
Helen and Southampton's Alex Danson, were all awarded MBEs
for their triumph in Rio. While for Hannah Russell,
who joined Guildford Swimming Club at the age of 12, an MBE
is the icing on the cake after two golds and one bronze
at the Paralympics. Absolutely incredible, something
that not many people get awarded. 13 years of hard work I've put
into this sport and to come out As parents we are really
proud of everything she has done and it is lovely
to come to the Palace today and see Hannah get presented her
MBE by Prince Charles. We have followed Bournemouth
schoolgirl swimmer Alice Tai through the years and after
taking Paralympic bronze in September today there
was more reason to cheer. Who could forget these
scenes on the Olympic Dorset's Hannah Mills
and Saskia Clarke recognised along with Giles Scott for services
to sailing. Top honours too for Hampshire
golfer Justin Rose, while Alton's Paralympian
Georgina Hermitage, Surrey paracanoeist Anne Dickins
and Berkshire's Liam Heath A summer of sport that
will live long in the memory. Congratulations to all recipients, a
fantastic day for the athletes and their families.
Bournemouth have been charged for breaching
the Football Association's rules on anti-doping.
Clubs are required to provide accurate details of training
sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for drug
It's alleged the Premier League side failed to do so.
The club has until Thursday to respond to the charge.
As well as Oxford's trip to Middlesborough in the fifth
round of the FA Cup, there's football league
Brighton's trip to Barnsley is manager Chris Hughton's 100th
A win could see the Seagulls re-take top spot in the Championship.
In League One, MK Dons host Fleetwood.
Swindon welcome Oldham to the County Ground.
Defender Gareth Evans is a doubt for Portsmouth,
Surrey Scorchers continue their push to make the British Basketball
They're only points difference outside the all-important top eight
as they prepare to welcome sixth-placed Plymouth Raiders
That match is live on the BBC Red Button and the BBC website.
Swish. Sorry storm start their netball season earlier in the week.
A couple from Salisbury who've been married for 12 years are hearing
each other's voices for the first time after having Cochlear implants.
50-year-old Helen Robinson and her husband Neil,
who's 54, have been deaf since birth.
They're believed to be the first couple in the UK to be "switched
on" at the same time - and they can't believe
Half a century without sound, changed with the flick of a switch.
Neil and Helen have been married since 2005.
They've both been deaf since birth because of a genetic condition.
They could hear some muffled noises but now the cochlear
implants are sending electrical signals directly to the brain which
I didn't realise that the sound was coming from inside my head. I
realised it was a different sound from the sound I am hearing normally
with my hearing aids. It has led to a passion for awesome
audio. I love sound and I want
to be able to hear more. You'll be surprised
at what's caught their ears. You know the car,
when you are changing For me, I knit, and when I'm
doing the knitting I can hear the needles clacking together
and it's a nice sound. Their new fifth sense can be
overwhelming at times and clinicians also have to adjust
the volume as they become They are the latest among more than
a thousand patients treated by the university team. It is exciting to
do a first session for somebody come you never know quite how it will be
go and whether the person is quite excited or anxious and nervous.
The new device can be switched off, which may have
I can call her now and also learning to put up with
Apparently Neil was saying that he could hear the birds for the first
time and Helen was saying, I could hear our cat.
First it was a hit film, then a successful stage musical.
Billy Elliott is the story of a boy who trades boxing
gloves for ballet shoes, when he discovers
It's all set against the backdrop of the miners' strike in the '80s.
This week pupils at Ringwood School in Hampshire are staging
And who better to offer some advice to the boys
sharing the lead roles, than the stars of the West End
version, currently on at the Mayflower Theatre in
So at final rehearsals the pressure is on for the four boys who share
the roles of Billy and his best friend Michael.
The ballet has been quite difficult because it pushes you to limit that
you don't want to go to but you have to. And the tap is quite hard. I
loved performing since I was little, I danced around the kitchen. I have
done singing in past shows that I think the acting is kind of the
thing that I had to work on. It is quite funny doing the swearing
because not many little kids do that and the audience loved it because
they are not expecting it. I went to an audition like, I won't get much
of a part, and they said, you have got Billy Elliot!
With six performances this week, the boys have a busy schedule.
But they've taken time out for a special trip.
The West End production of Billy Elliott is now
on at the Mayflower in Southampton, and the lads have been
invited to get some tips from the professionals.
Come on in. Welcome to the Mayflower. What do you think?
Massive. How many seats to you think that is? That is a few, isn't it?
Martin Walsh plays the role of Billy's dad.
Who wants to be an actor when they grow up? All four of you? Why not,
that is how I started out, showing people what you have got and doing
it with an open heart and just going for it.
All right boys, time to show us what you do. That is good.
You can't make kids do things like this, they either want to or they
don't, so it is good, it reminds me of my youth, getting up there.
So now it's back to school, with an added spring in their step.
That Ringwood School production is sold out.
You can see Billy Elliott at the Mayflower Theatre until March 4th.
On to the weather for the weekend. Fraser on Friday.
It has been really mild through the half-time, -- half term, why bother
with Barcelona when you can have Basingstoke?
It was a very pleasant day across the region, springlike, with
temperatures up to 11 Celsius widely. That mild theme continues
for a few days. For tonight we are dry and cloudy, the cloud coming and
going through the night. There will be breaks in it as well and with the
light winds mist patches forming by dawn here and there. Not a chilly
night, temperatures not dropping much below six Celsius. Moving on
Saturday morning, that the lawn is rather grey and dreary, low cloud
and mist, but that will lift and clear through the morning. To the
east, good spells of sunshine, bit more cloud to the West but mild
everywhere, temperatures at 11 Celsius while widely and light
breezes. There is a rainy front coming through overnight, bringing
spits and spots of rain, but under the cloudy skies it will not be
chilly, 67 Celsius in most places. Sunday, that rain sticks around
first thing for a time but it will clear away as the morning wears on
and the bulk of Sunday is looking try and find. Bright spells
developing and some warm air being brought in on a westerly airflow. It
will feel very unusually mild, 12 Celsius the most places, and that
warm tropical air is set to stick with us on Monday. Temperatures on
Monday up to 14 Celsius. Let's look at the outlook, and half term is a
fantastic start, dry and bright, 12 Celsius and light winds. Monday,
dreary start but we will see some bright spells and very mild. --
Sunday. Monday, 14 Celsius but cloudy. Cloudy and mild but Tuesday
as well. I enjoyed that, normally you are
telling us about storms. That is it from us. More at 10:25pm
tonight. Have a good weekend what ever you are doing.
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