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A reminder of the day's main story... The

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

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Warnings that computer failures at a fire service

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Going nowhere - Portsmouth harbour comes to a standstill.

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The detonation of an unexploded Second World War bomb.

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The banner that says it all - 38 years since Saints

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were in the league cup final and this fan is hoping

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

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in this painting which has come home to Salsibury.

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

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

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with the computer system handling calls for Dorset

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Wiltshire Fire Service The system crashed at least

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ten times last year. One control room operator has

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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dial 999. Thousands of people have,

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

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

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hours of this morning, disrupted rush hour travel

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on the roads, rail and The bomb was towed out

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to sea and detonated Allen Sinclair is at

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Gunwharf Quays tonight. This is getting to be

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a frustratingly frequent Sally, four times in recent months

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

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

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

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dropped 75 years ago. It's been undisturbed

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

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

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

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fixed their own explosives, That was around 11

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o'clock this morning. The man in charge says

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while he appreciates the disruption caused,

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

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

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

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understand the environment they are working in and

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are working very hard. They have been working since 0300

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this morning and know how important it was to ensure

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

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

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

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

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trains and ferries. People I've spoken to seemed

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resigned to the disruption, but 900 passengers were stuck

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on cross-Channel ferries At least one operator is finding

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

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

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particular incident it was dealt with quickly and professionally

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

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

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

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more bombs coming up There's been another day of

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disruption for many rail travellers. Train conductors who are members

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

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

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and the move to make drivers responsible for operating

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train doors instead. Sean Killick is at

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Chichester station. What effect is this having

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

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

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

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delays and cancellations. But according to Southern

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

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dispute between Southern and its guards but more services

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were running than on other strike days, including once west

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

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a good service today. I was expecting to get

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a taxi to Chichester so I was pleasantly surprised

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there were some trains running. It was really peaceful,

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

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because hardly anyone was travelling One of the best journeys

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

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a wheelchair and his brother Brian raised concerns

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about the staffing changes. He videoed problems

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he experienced recently boarding A member of staff did appear,

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

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which were closing on her and Michael had to say three

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

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

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

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

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often when they're down Southern has apologised to Michael

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

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urgently re-briefed It added that what happened

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

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to every train where previously there was a conductor

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and because they wouldn't have to operate doors,

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

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with this dispute? Well, this latest strike

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ends at midnight. Talks between Southern

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

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by the company has been rejected. And industry experts say

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a resolution to this dispute The Shadow Health Secretary has

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

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

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was awarded to Coperforma, It struggled from the start

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with hundreds of patients missing appointments and,

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last November, agreed These are drivers for the NHS

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nonemergency patient transport service in Sussex. The shack --

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Shadow Secretary of State for Health is making political capital that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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experienced it first hand, obviously. Standards are not as

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

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

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

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

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

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

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take over completely in April. Having recognised the problem and

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

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

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

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The Southampton Professor has planned -- criticised the government

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over plans regarding obesity. Reports are strong actions were

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

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

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

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

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

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stronger statutory controls on advertising, on the formulation of

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foods and on exercise and diet in schools.

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

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of England served it with an eviction notice.

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The Parish of Sonning and Charvil wants the local preschool out

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

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Four-year-old Molly arrives for her daily session

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

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part of her daughters routine until September when she starts

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at the nearby primary, but now the preschool has been

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given its marching orders by the building 's owners.

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

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

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The Jubilee Hall is owned by the local Anglican parish,

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

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

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this turned into a battle between church and preschool,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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other areas and buildings but there isn't anything.

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So, come May, it seems preschool will be out

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Onto the sport and starting with leading?

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

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

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

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

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the resulting spot kick The Huddersfield winner came

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eight minutes from time Reading stayed eight

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points behind Brighton. Oxford United meanwhile

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

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

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

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Charlton loanee Conor Oxford six points off sixth,

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with two games in hand. Elsewhere, big-spending

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

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as director of football, after sacking their third

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manager of the season. The Spitfires today dismissed

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

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players during Allen's 2 Chairman Stewart Donald

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

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

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against Manchester United. Saints' last appearance

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

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in March the country These shots of Lawrie McMenemy squad

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training ahead of the final show just how wintry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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on our Facebook page. Roy Simmons first of all.

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

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will get through some more this week.

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

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

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The famous British artist painted 'Salisbury Cathedral

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The huge canvas is notable for its dramatic rainbow,

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

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Jo Kent takes up the painting's story.

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

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It's long been suspected its famous rainbow may have

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

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

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

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

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it adds an extra layer of personal meaning.

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Likewise, the lighting and cloud formations,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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There's speculation this is John Fisher who Constable came

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The painting came about because of encouragement from his friend which

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

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

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the addition of rainbow. A treasure -- treasured friendships

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immortalised. I love the good story behind the

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painting. We've all done - struggled

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

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

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no location was too exotic. But he then eventually decided

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

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

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

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was a chance to surprise He joined me on the sofa

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earlier but first, The male trees also produce pollen

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

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they release their pollen And Kingly Vale wraps

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

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smoke. What surprised you

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about South Downs. Woodland and virtually

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every single species of bat in the UK, Adams

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

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of the rarest butterflies So, you know, for me

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

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

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

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

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there on the day, much to the annoyance

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of the cameraman who had been

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waiting several days. We know it happens within a two

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or three week window and I happened to know turn up

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

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that 200 years ago William Blake was inspired

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

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

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of the South Downs? That moment that he had,

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he looked up towards what's called the Trundle

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and he was inspired to write the words for

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There is something about the Downs that is uplifting.

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

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

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might call geographical neatness of other national park.

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And that was a real challenge with the storytelling.

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

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

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

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programme about dolphins and the babies you filmed.

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I have to say it ranks higher than virtually

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

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

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Great to see you again and lovely film.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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rush. Staying mild tomorrow. Tomorrow morning the wind will

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

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

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South. For Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire we may have an amber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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countryside on Friday morning. These are temperatures in towns and

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

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

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

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

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

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Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire tomorrow. Decent amounts of sunshine

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

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

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

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six. Thanks for watching. Good night.

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Good job, guys. We totally nailed it.

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

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