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In tonight's programme: Chaos in the control room?


Warnings that computer failures at a fire service


Going nowhere - Portsmouth harbour comes to a standstill.


The detonation of an unexploded Second World War bomb.


The banner that says it all - 38 years since Saints


were in the league cup final and this fan is hoping


And, a tribute to a friend - the rainbow added later by Constable


in this painting which has come home to Salsibury.


The power of it is the fact it's here in Salisbury, the city that


inspired constable the first place. It's claimed that failures


with the computer system handling calls for Dorset


Wiltshire Fire Service The system crashed at least


ten times last year. One control room operator has


told us she's ended up Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue


Service responded to more than 42,000 calls since the new handling


system was put in place in the summer of 2015. It's designed to


break down borders between the three Fire and rescue areas it covers and


deploy fire engines from the closest station to every incident, but


there's been problems. Well, on Monday we had two very common faults


we experience. Kate Scott is a control room operator and local vet


for the Fire Brigades union. The system failed and we are unable to


mobilise engines. When you're answering 909 calls you try to do


the best you can for the person on the phone and when you can't do that


as effectively as you would like it's distressing for the operators.


A Freedom of information request reveals that over the last 18 months


there have been several problems, including the system failing to work


and calls having to be taken by different control rooms. This covers


all of Dorset. The union says the system must be fixed. It has been a


matter of chance lives have been lost today but safety has been


compromised. It has taken us longer to reach some incidents because of


the system. We've seen appliances mobilised from the wrong station.


The three areas using this system all insist it is safe. Of course we


are aware there have been problems and we are doing everything we


possibly can with our partners, Capita, to ensure that is resolved.


In the event of an emergency that requires Fire and rescue response,


dial 909 and we will respond and be with you as quickly as possible.


Capita says it's system was introduced after robust testing --


dial 999. Thousands of people have,


once again, been caught up in the chaos caused by an unexploded


bomb dredged from the sea bed The discovery, in the early


hours of this morning, disrupted rush hour travel


on the roads, rail and The bomb was towed out


to sea and detonated Allen Sinclair is at


Gunwharf Quays tonight. This is getting to be


a frustratingly frequent Sally, four times in recent months


we've reported a bomb being Again the authorities have stressed


how the situation's been safely But there is a sense that


each time this happens, It was a 500lb German bomb,


dropped 75 years ago. It's been undisturbed


in the silt of the harbour all that time, but still -


potentially - deadly. So, it was towed out to an area off


the Isle of Wight this morning before Royal Navy divers went down,


fixed their own explosives, That was around 11


o'clock this morning. The man in charge says


while he appreciates the disruption caused,


his team has one thing in mind. We need to ensure


that we do not cut any corners and we never will and,


as we have seen this morning, the operators of the company


understand the environment they are working in and


are working very hard. They have been working since 0300


this morning and know how important it was to ensure


that the commuters in the area can return to work as soon as possible


so full credit to Sally, the all-clear was given


during the morning rush hour, but, of course, that didn't help people


who'd already set off for work - with closed roads, and cancelled


trains and ferries. People I've spoken to seemed


resigned to the disruption, but 900 passengers were stuck


on cross-Channel ferries At least one operator is finding


the deja vu annoying. It is not the first time we have had


this and it may not be the last time but I think fortunately with this


particular incident it was dealt with quickly and professionally


as you would expect and delays were kept to a minimum but delays


the wear and that is frustrating for We have six months work ahead


to make the harbour deep enough It's likely we'll see


more bombs coming up There's been another day of


disruption for many rail travellers. Train conductors who are members


of the RMT union are staging another one-day strike in their long-running


dispute with Southern Rail. It's over changes to their role,


and the move to make drivers responsible for operating


train doors instead. Sean Killick is at


Chichester station. What effect is this having


on passengers today? Well, on the face of it, it's looked


fairly normal here today. The union says the strike is solid,


around 500 guards have walked out, and there have been many


delays and cancellations. But according to Southern


around three quarters It's the 29th strike day in this


dispute between Southern and its guards but more services


were running than on other strike days, including once west


of Chichester to and from Hampshire. Passengers said it was quite


a good service today. I was expecting to get


a taxi to Chichester so I was pleasantly surprised


there were some trains running. It was really peaceful,


hardly anyone on it. I don't know if that's


because hardly anyone was travelling One of the best journeys


in a long time with Southern. Meanwhile, Michael Angus who uses


a wheelchair and his brother Brian raised concerns


about the staffing changes. He videoed problems


he experienced recently boarding A member of staff did appear,


put the ramp down the wrong way up and she struggled with the doors


which were closing on her and Michael had to say three


times it wasn't right. He wasn't put in a disabled bay


so there wasn't access to a toilet or an alarm and when he got


to Clapham Junction they were He often finds a catalogue of errors


when he tries to travel on the train and I'm sure that will happen more


often when they're down Southern has apologised to Michael


saying an inexperienced agency staff member was to blame and it's


urgently re-briefed It added that what happened


was nothing to do with the changes. It's assigning onboard supervisors


to every train where previously there was a conductor


and because they wouldn't have to operate doors,


it will allow them to provide more So, Sean, where are we now


with this dispute? Well, this latest strike


ends at midnight. Talks between Southern


and the guards broke down last week. An offer made to driver


by the company has been rejected. And industry experts say


a resolution to this dispute The Shadow Health Secretary has


called for an inquiry during a visit to Hove into the controversial


contract for non-emergency patient The multi-million pound deal


was awarded to Coperforma, It struggled from the start


with hundreds of patients missing appointments and,


last November, agreed These are drivers for the NHS


nonemergency patient transport service in Sussex. The shack --


Shadow Secretary of State for Health is making political capital that


Coperforma won't run the service on the 1st of April and is calling


answers as to what went wrong. There are serious questions that need to


be answers and I hope there will be an enquiry had -- into how the


contract was awarded because it was not in the interest of the taxpayer


or patients. Over the last year drivers have had issues with pay,


pensions and working practices. It has made them uncertain about the


new contracts with the new provider. We are going through training at the


moment before we start with the new company. We are all apprehensive,


especially after what happened to us. The NHS is therefore the public


not for Private people to come in and take that away because we've


experienced it first hand, obviously. Standards are not as


good. That political debate over the NHS and the way its run was the


subject of a feisty exchange at Prime Minister's Questions. Why is


it that one in six of NAND units in England are set for closure or


downgrading? -- accident and emergency units. We are giving it


more doctors and we are giving it more funding. In Sussex, NHS bosses


are planning for the new transport provider to start work next week and


take over completely in April. Having recognised the problem and


cancelled the contract after just a few months they will hope for a


smooth transition, unlike last year. Later: the stunning pictures of an


unusual phenomenon and in a film about the South Downs National Park.


The Southampton Professor has planned -- criticised the government


over plans regarding obesity. Reports are strong actions were


watered down but ministers insist no country has set out such ambitious


plans. But the author says the UK has missed an to show global unison


-- leadership. It's true the UK is working -- leading the way in this


and I can see the global picture. But the suggestions and


implementation are largely voluntary and to a certain extent, we need


stronger statutory controls on advertising, on the formulation of


foods and on exercise and diet in schools.


A children's nursery in Berkshire is facing closure after the Church


of England served it with an eviction notice.


The Parish of Sonning and Charvil wants the local preschool out


And as Joe Campbell reports, searches a suitable new site have


Four-year-old Molly arrives for her daily session


at preschool, her mum, Rebecca, had expected this would be


part of her daughters routine until September when she starts


at the nearby primary, but now the preschool has been


given its marching orders by the building 's owners.


I believe it is the fourth nursery to close in the last


Every other nursery locally is oversubscribed so Molly won't be


The Jubilee Hall is owned by the local Anglican parish,


the Church of St Andrew's and said it wanted the building back


The vicar here has declined to give an interview saying he does not want


this turned into a battle between church and preschool,


but in a statement he said that St Andrew's can simply no longer


afford the losses incurred by the hall, in large part due


He said there had always been a substantial fall in attendance. We


had 24 on our books in July and 18 were going to school in September so


there is an automatic drop-offs and we will and we have picked that up


since then. The borough council is looking for a new site but so far


the search has been fruitless. There's nothing. We've looked into


other areas and buildings but there isn't anything.


So, come May, it seems preschool will be out


Onto the sport and starting with leading?


Yes, two teams chasing promotion. Reading's automatic promotion hopes


in the Championship took a knock, as they lost an entertaining game


at fellow high-fliers Huddersfield. The Royals survived a first-half


scare when Liam Moore was penalised, but Royals keeper Ali Al-Habsi saved


the resulting spot kick The Huddersfield winner came


eight minutes from time Reading stayed eight


points behind Brighton. Oxford United meanwhile


boosted their chase for a League One play-off place,


with a win at Charlton. Michael Appleton's side scored


the only goal at The Valley, and it came from Oxford's former


Charlton loanee Conor Oxford six points off sixth,


with two games in hand. Elsewhere, big-spending


National League side Eastleigh have re-instated former boss Richard Hill


as director of football, after sacking their third


manager of the season. The Spitfires today dismissed


Martin Allen, who won only 2 Eastleigh also turned over 32


players during Allen's 2 Chairman Stewart Donald


"unreservedly apologised" to fans There's just four days to go


until Southampton's return to Wembley, for the EFL Cup Final


against Manchester United. Saints' last appearance


in the League Cup final was 1979, and even though it was played


in March the country These shots of Lawrie McMenemy squad


training ahead of the final show just how wintry


the conditions were. We've been asking for your memories


of that day, if you were part of it. One person who got in touch


was John Godfrey, and I went John Godfrey was 22 when he watched


his club take on Nottingham Forest in 1979. 38 years on his back to


Wembley again this weekend. The old Wembley Stadium was an iconic


structure. I much preferred standing on the terraces and swaying with the


crowd, jumping up and down when a good tackle when teen or a goal was


scored. Something else that has survived is a banner that he made


for that game. In those days, it was traditional to have a banner and it


was great waving it at Wembley and walking with a draped over your


shoulders. But we lost 3-2 and I felt totally deflated. The banner


behind me being waved throughout the game but afterwards it was rolled


up. Too embarrassed. His lumberjacks may have had their act is blunted in


79 but what about this time around? If we win on Sunday it will make the


season because we've actually won something. Will the banner make a


trip to Wembley again? If I lose it I've lost it forever. So... Make the


on the day. I like the banner. He hasn't washed


it for nearly 40 years. And there are other lovely memories


on our Facebook page. Roy Simmons first of all.


Wembley traffic, it can be bad. Keep your memories covering -- coming and


will get through some more this week.


It's been said that every painting has a story,


but now a new tale has emerged about one of the great


The famous British artist painted 'Salisbury Cathedral


The huge canvas is notable for its dramatic rainbow,


but experts now believe it was added later as a tribute to a great friend


Jo Kent takes up the painting's story.


It's considered one of the greatest masterpieces of British art.


It's long been suspected its famous rainbow may have


We know it was first exhibited in 1831, but in the descriptions of it


at that time there is no reference to a rainbow which is quite


surprising considering it is the one thing that immediately comes to mind


today. It's probably the most striking feature, isn't it? Yes and


it adds an extra layer of personal meaning.


Likewise, the lighting and cloud formations,


Now, following years of research, there's an explanation.


A rainbow is a bit like a clock. We've been able to date the rainbow


to the day his best friend died. Not only is the rainbow equivalent to


that day, but also the end of the rainbow Falls on to John Fisher's


house. The rainbow is such a symbol of hope, it's a universally


understood symbol and I think it was something very beautiful to honour


his friend. It can't be far from here from the spot that he first sat


to make his first sketches for the old and suggested he may have done


that in the company of his great friend, Archdeacon John Fisher.


In the bottom right of the sketch, a man is shown walking his dog.


There's speculation this is John Fisher who Constable came


The painting came about because of encouragement from his friend which


we have documented in their letters. It completes the circle, doesn't it?


It starts with the idea of John Fisher and it comes back to him with


the addition of rainbow. A treasure -- treasured friendships


immortalised. I love the good story behind the


painting. We've all done - struggled


to notice something that's And that's the same for film maker


Nick Stringer from Chichester. Nick has filmed all over the world -


no location was too exotic. But he then eventually decided


it was time to turn his camera on the landscape on his own doorstep


- the South Downs. It's been cherished for generations


but as a new national park, Nick's documentary for BBC4


was a chance to surprise He joined me on the sofa


earlier but first, The male trees also produce pollen


to fertilise the female yews in the Once a year, over just a few days


they release their pollen And Kingly Vale wraps


in clouds of yellow smoke. -- it wraps in clouds of yellow


smoke. What surprised you


about South Downs. Woodland and virtually


every single species of bat in the UK, Adams


and very rare butterflies. The Adonis blue, it's one


of the rarest butterflies So, you know, for me


it was an absolute treat to be able to make this film


and I'm still finding out more. trees we saw, how long did that take


to get because timing for that must Yes, I confess I didn't do


the hard work, but I did witness it and I was


there on the day, much to the annoyance


of the cameraman who had been


waiting several days. We know it happens within a two


or three week window and I happened to know turn up


on the day it happened and it is It's extraordinary


that 200 years ago William Blake was inspired


by what we've seen here and yet we're still finding out new things


and it is still true today, isn't it,


of the South Downs? That moment that he had,


he looked up towards what's called the Trundle


and he was inspired to write the words for


There is something about the Downs that is uplifting.


You sort of get above the world and you're away from it all.


Yet it doesn't seem to have that, what I


might call geographical neatness of other national park.


And that was a real challenge with the storytelling.


the USP for the South Downs National Park is that we have an unbroken


human history that goes back right to the Neolithic times and I think


And you have travelled the world and we've spoken years ago on this


programme about dolphins and the babies you filmed.


I have to say it ranks higher than virtually


This is the only film I've made in the UK in


its entirety so, for me, it was just a treat, a personal voyage


Great to see you again and lovely film.


We could see wind gusts in northern parts of Oxford and Buckinghamshire.


Blustery winds elsewhere so we could see some fallen trees. Many of you


have been out and about. It has been gloomy today. This was the scene on


the Isle of Wight this morning with Hill missed in the distance. But


better in Henley-on-Thames this afternoon. So we did see some


sunshine. We will see patchy rain in places tonight with dry interludes.


The odd moderate to heavy burst is a possibility ahead of the main band


of rain expected to arrive tomorrow morning which could be heavy in the


rush. Staying mild tomorrow. Tomorrow morning the wind will


strengthen to gale force and severe gales expected for northern parts of


the reason -- region so a Met Office wind warning for the whole of the


South. For Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire we may have an amber


wind warning with potential gusts to 70 or 80 mph. The wind will


strengthen from the south-west and showers will follow. But some


sunshine, especially on the south coast tomorrow afternoon. Wind gusts


up to 70 mph widely all northern parts of the reason but maybe up to


80 mph. -- parts of the region. Tomorrow evening the wind will ease


and then we will see clearing skies with the rain clearing as well and


temperatures will fall away. Possibly a touch of frost in the


countryside on Friday morning. These are temperatures in towns and


cities. Friday is a much quieter day with brighter spells and staying


mainly dry. The odd isolated shower is a possibility. A ridge of high


pressure is building in. Through Friday and into Saturday it stays


mainly dry and Saturday itself should be mainly dry and a lot


milder than Friday. The Aber wind warning for northern parts of


Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire tomorrow. Decent amounts of sunshine


on Friday which is a complete contrast to storm Doris which is


expected to arrive tomorrow. A lot going on so take care. We will


have more news for you tonight. We will be back tomorrow at half past


six. Thanks for watching. Good night.


Good job, guys. We totally nailed it.


This year, fundraising kits are going to be sent through the post.


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