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Hello, I'm Sally Taylor. Welcome to South Today.


The docks that leave you breathless -


Southampton Port is to begin monitoring its air


as the city is named one of the most polluted in the UK.


They are using huge diesel generators to power themselves


We don't know what they are throwing out.


Warnings to the driver of this mobility scooter as he narrowly


avoids being hit on a busy roundabout in heavy rain.


Expensive energy - Greta is shocked as a smart meter


glitch causes her bill to reach over ?30,000 in one day.


Last night, I had a quick look and according to that,


So I said, "OK, tomorrow I'll go down the garage


And lessons from the dawn of aviation -


how an airfield in Sussex paved the way for the special relationship


Southampton's port is the busiest cruise terminal and second largest


container port in the UK, contributing almost


But it also contributes to the city's air pollution.


The council estimates anything from 7% to 23%


But BBC Inside Out South has learned that to date,


there is no specific air-quality monitoring taking place


Last month, Southampton was one of 16 areas of the UK warned


after repeated breaches of legal air pollution limits.


The city is now one of five government Clean Air Zones,


And as Jon Cuthill reports, the port has told the BBC


plans are in place to start monitoring pollution in the future.


Tono argy has a severe form of asthma. Poor air quality can leave


him struggling to breathe. -- Tono Archie. It is a real worry for his


mum. One day when there is an air quality alert on -- or on a Dave


Watts like this when it is very still, he will be more queasy on


those days. Car fumes, things like that, if it is a really strong


noxious smell, that will start as asthma. As well as busy roads, the


city has a busy port. Clean air campaigners are worried ships are


adding to Southampton's pollution problem. The container ship at the


moment are using huge diesel generators to power themselves while


they are in port. We do not know what they are throwing out. Some


ships have the ability to cut their generators whilst in port and plug


into a land based electricity supply. Drastically reducing


emissions. The only problem is, Southampton was not have a socket.


No port in the UK provides short powerful large ships. There is no


one standard for short par, that is now in place and I would like it in


place as soon as possible but I should advise those short power is


not the only answer. That is why we are working with solar power with


hybrid ships because all of them have part to play for the future.


ABB says it plans to start monitoring air quality the port in


the near future. Meanwhile the City Council is planning to introduce a


Clean Air Zone to Southampton by 2020 perhaps residents like Kirsty


can start breathing a of relief. When I see the impact on children


like Archie, I think everybody wants to make air-quality better.


Earlier, I was joined by Dr Matt Loxham,


who studies airborne pollution at Southampton University,


and asked him whether it is an environmental health crisis.


To call it a crisis maybe suggests it is something that


has happened overnight, but it's been going on


About 7 million people a year are killed by air pollution,


and if we don't change things, that is going to continue


into the future, affecting people right across their life,


We've seen some of the effects of what it can do


What is it that is actually causing the problem in the air?


The pollution we talk about is a mixture of gases


and dusts, called particles, and when we breathe them in,


they are effectively delivering these chemicals into our lungs,


where they can cause inflammation, which can cause symptoms


But in people who are predisposed to effects, it might cause


asthma attacks, heart disease in older people,


and we are now seeing links to other diseases such as diabetes


Is it in diesel cars, or is it the shipping,


What is it that is contributing to that?


Diesel cars are undoubtedly a major factor.


Shipping is an unknown, it is likely to be a factor,


but we don't really know enough about it at the moment.


Industry, fuel combustion, so, wood burners and waste incineration,


The Government has identified Southampton as a Clean Air Zone,


so by 2020, they are going to restrict some vehicles


coming into the city, and other things besides.


The evidence is that when these Clean Air Zones


are implemented in other places, they have a few percentage points


of improvement on air quality, and that is mainly


because they don't restrict private cars.


So I think it is a very good first step and I think


the council should be commended for what they are doing,


but I think more needs to be done by a whole range of organisations.


So, with your experience, what is the solution?


I think it needs major change at a societal level.


I think it needs organisations to try and consider


ways in which they can reduce their emissions.


I think it needs people to decide whether they really need to make


certain car journeys, whether they need to use


wood burners, for example, a whole range of different things


need to change, because it is such a tangled web of interactions.


And I suppose the good thing is that we are talking about it?


Dr Matt Loxham, good to meet you, thanks for coming in.


And you can see more on Inside Out on BBC One at 7:30pm,


and you can join the conversation on social media using #ToxicCity.


A 51-year-old man has died after getting into difficulties


while kitesurfing off Hayling Island.


He got into trouble during a sudden squall on Sunday morning.


Sean Killick has spent the day on Hayling Island


Sean, what have you heard about what happened?


Well, I am here at the lifeboat station on Hayling Island.


Volunteers were here yesterday morning on a training exercise when


an emergency call came through. There had been a squally sharp and


after that a kitesurfer found a fellow kitesurfer unconscious in the


water. He tried to tell him back to shore himself but conditions were


difficult so he tied him to a marker buoy at sea and in the meantime


someone on the beach had seen what happened and raised the alarm, and


this lifeboat was on the scene within minutes.


We went alongside, pulled him out of the water, cut his lines and because


he did not look so good, we ran straight up the beach, taking of the


lifeboat and started CPR on the beach. We continued this until the


coastguard helicopter arrived. They took over CPR, put him in a


stretcher and took him to the hospital.


The helicopter had landed on the beach next to an amusement park and


staff rushed outside to see if they could help.


They put in a helicopter and flew off, that is all I can relate Laika


Word Emenike servers at yesterday? The only one, he was sitting on the


beach, he was the one who pulled him in from the water. What weather


conditions like? They were quite bad. About 30 to 40 mph winds. The


sea was quite rough. The man who died, Hampshire Police


say, was a 51-year-old man from Hayling Island.


Last year, four people were injured in Dorset in crashes


Today, footage has emerged of what could easily have been another.


Captured on a dashboard camera, a man leaves the main shopping area


in Poole and drives off the pavement and across three lanes of traffic


on one of the town's busiest roundabouts.


The driver who filmed the incident says more should be done


to educate mobility scooter users in basic road safety.


He came off the pavement where the main shops work, then went across


the roundabout and two or three lanes of traffic.


A mobility scooter driver dices with death on a dark and wet


This footage was captured on a dashboard camera,


I didn't want to take anyone's independents away, but surely there


should be some sort of education for someone owns a mobility scooter to


say this is not a safe thing to do. This is the roundabout


where that footage was filmed. It's busy now, so you can imagine


how it might have been Analysis of government data


published last year showed accidents involving mobility scooters


were on the rise - in 2015, they were involved


in an average of four crashes a week, and eight users


died as a result. It's those sorts of figures


which have prompted calls for more safety training


for mobility scooter users. The SafeWise charity,


backed by the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, started courses


in Weymouth last year. Later this week, they'll


run their first one in Bournemouth. Using a mock-up road layout, users


can get to grips with road safety. What we would suggest to people is


that actually, is there a better way to cross the road? Is there an


underpass? A dye traffic lights? If you're just pressing your thumb


and/or across the roundabout into oncoming traffic, that is just a


recipe for disaster. So, what is the law when it comes


to mobility scooters? On the road, they are allowed to go


at eight miles per hour. If they are on the roads,


scooters must be registered with the DVLA and have lights,


indicators and a horn. And they can be used on dual


carriageway is if they are fitted Clearly there were no lights here


and what is more remarkable is that there is an underpass at this very


roundabout. It is a very dangerous thing to do. He has got away with it


next time -- this time, next time he might not.


A bit of scooter sense could stop them becoming another statistic.


Are you worried about the cost of energy bills?


Well, one solution could be a smart meter,


designed to help you check how much electricity and gas


But for some customers, it's been anything but accurate.


As Laura Trant has been finding out, some people have been shocked


to see their bills running into tens of thousands of pounds.


The smart meter, designed to provide customers with more accurate bills.


But recent calculations - well, not so smart.


In fact, more than ?30,000 off the mark.


-- many thousands of pounds. Last night before it went to bed, I had a


quick look and according to that it was over ?100,000. So I said, OK,


tomorrow I will go down the garage and get the Monopoly money out!


Because it would be nice to have that sort of money.


5 million smart meters have been installed


And it doesn't look good for SSE, or Smart Meter GB,


This was their advert, mocking people who guess calculations.


SSE has blamed the fault on a software upgrade


They say they do not know how many customers will be affected.


But they say customers' billing will not be affected.


It would be very scary for somebody to look at that and think, oh, my


God, I have got all this! Where will I get the money?


The Government wants every home to have a smart meter by 2020.


The average energy bill for a house is ?1,486 annually.


Greta is smart about keeping her bills down -


not that you can tell from her meter.


Laura Trant, BBC South Today, Portchester.


about a family tradition lost in the post -


the birthday card sent between father and daughter for over


A former army officer from Sussex has been shot dead in Kenya.


Tristan Voorspuy was the founder of the luxury


He was killed by rural herdsmen while inspecting one of


The Foreign Office says it is supporting his family.


Southern Health is to face prosecution over alleged failings


The Care Quality Commission said it follows an incident at Melbury Lodge


at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.


In December 2015, a patient suffered serious injuries


The CQC said the alleged offence by the trust was failing to provide


A week after its principal resigned, dozens of jobs are likely to go


Bosses at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy


say they need to axe a minimum of 45 jobs to balance the books.


It's currently facing a deficit of ?2.6 million.


In January the academy was rated "inadequate" by Ofsted,


with governors, senior leaders and teachers


The BBC's North America Editor is giving a lecture at his former


Jon Sopel, who started his career at BBC Radio Solent


was appointed Pro Chancellor of Southampton University last year


He covered the US presidential elections for the BBC


and tonight's talk focuses on Donald Trump's election


Donald Trump as a nominee, at the candidate, as President, has defied


every rule, has defied political gravity, and you keep thinking, you


can't say that, you can't do this, he does, he has got a very strong


support base, a lot of American people love him. I'm sure a lot of


people in Europe think he is not going to last very long. I think you


cannot say that at all. What a time to be the BBC's North


American correspondent! On to sport, Tony is here. Feisty


adult Trafford and we're talking referees again?


A week ago it was about the offside law and we are talking about things


officials did not actually see on Saturday but of course, television


cameras did and there could be a price to pay for Bournemouth.


Both Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been charged


with violent conduct by the FA and Mings is facing a lengthy ban


after the pair clashed in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.


An action-packed game was already level at 1-1 after Marcus Rojo


had put United in front, only for the Cherries to equalise


But just before half-time, Mings appeared to stamp


Moments later, the Swedish striker threw an elbow


Neither player was sanctioned at the time, but in the ensuing fuss,


Andrew Surman did see red for his complaints.


Ibrahimovic stayed on the pitch but saw a second-half penalty saved,


a big point for Bournemouth, but at a cost.


It was a good battle. You know what you're going to get and it was a


good battle all afternoon. On the TV you can see the images. In my


situation, I jumped up, I jump high, I protect myself and I am unlucky,


he jumps into me and he jumps into my elbow. On many times this


occasion happens, and I hope he did not get injured.


Quote of the weekend, he jumped into my elbow!


Southampton are up to tenth in the Premier League


after a 4-3 win at Watford on Saturday.


They fell behind early on to Troy Deeney's well-taken goal,


Dusan Tadic fired them level from just inside the box.


Then Nathan Redmond gave them a half-time lead


Southampton didn't capitalise and Watford pulled the game level


at 2-2, but new striker Manolo Gabbiadini continued


his terrific start as a Saint when he followed up


Redmond produced a classy finish to make it four and although Watford


pulled a goal back in the final seconds, Claude Puel's side clinched


From the Premier League to the main talking points


An above average 18,500 was at Reading's Madesjski Stadium -


they will hope for another bumper crowd tomorrow night


This wasn't a classic, but Yann Kermorgant put them


in front just after half-time with that deflected


It was a lead that would not last long.


Ben Marshall with the leveller for the visitors, and suddenly


But it was a set piece which provided the winner.


Jaap Stam still believes the play-offs are a long way off,


but Reading are fifth after Paul McShane's goal.


Brighton have had a bad week, beaten by Newcastle.


They slumped at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest.


This is a disputed goal, Zach Clough claiming it,


David Stockdale presented Forest with a second -


in the 89th minute, it was really game up after this moment.


Chris Hughton admitted the goals conceded were poor,


the third actually a spot kick, and today the news that Shane Duffy


is out injured for the next six weeks with a foot injury.


Tomorrow, they go to rock bottom Rotherham, defeat there unthinkable.


In League 2, what do you make of Portsmouth?


A big win at Carlisle last week, then a point from two home games


The winner there coming 13 minutes from time.


Elsewhere this weekend, Basingstoke Bison are just


a point off third in ice hockey's Premier League.


They beat Guildford Flames 4-2 on Saturday night.


Surrey Scorchers kept their play-off hopes alive with victory


In the National League, struggling Worthing Thunder had


Lyonell Gaines scored 24 points as the Thunder won 67-60.


Reading Rockets are second after a 17th consecutive win.


And in rugby, a chance to bring you some London Irish pictures.


Irish, still based at Reading's Madejski Stadium,


made it 16 wins from 16 in the Championship when they won


20-14 at Yorkshire, including this try from Ben Franks,


keeping them on course for an immediate return


When the Americans entered the First World War in 1917,


they had a tiny, unsophisticated air force.


But they established five airbases in West Sussex, including one


It was a pivotal moment in the establishment


of what is widely known as the "special relationship"


But little is known about life on the bases, until now,


The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 sparked off rapid


improvements in aircraft design across Europe.


Basic observation planes were soon being replaced with faster,


it seems almost unbelievable, but when the United States into the


First World War, they were miles behind the British, Germans and


French in terms of aviation technology. They ended up having to


buy European planes, like this one. The Wright Brothers Wine in 1904 and


by 1914 you have advanced military aircraft. United States is way


behind the curve and it is only with the advent of the First World War


they begin to develop this area of technology. To try to catch up, the


Americans set up five airfields in West Sussex, including one here at


Tangmere, where pilots and ground crew could be trained.


In a century, life has turned full circle at Tangmere.


It was a farm, became an airbase in two world wars,


A great deal is known about Tangmere's role


in the Second World War, but details of what the Americans


did here in World War I are very sketchy, which is why the research


What we're hoping to do is track down the biographies of Americans


who served in the area, to find out their reactions, their responses to


something arising in Sussex in that time.


Tangmere's role was to train American crews to fly the big


Handley Page bombers that were coming into service.


Britain had helped the Americans by giving them the designs,


the first of many defence collaborations.


It sets the agenda for the special relationship, which is then going to


characterise the rest of the 20th century. So Tangmere is a place


where we see the special relationship begin to bloom.


So far, no-one has even been able to find photographs


of the Americans at Tangmere, but it is hoped the research project


will uncover a treasure trove of archive material.


I have no doubt that somewhere in a loft or in a drawer, people perhaps


have had it handed down to them and never bother to look, I'm sure there


are lots and lots of stuff and it is our history, and it would be


wonderful if anyone did have something like that that we could


get our hands on. The big idea is to hold an exhibition in September, so


the researchers can share what they have discovered. Steve Humphrey, BBC


South Today, Tangmere. On to the weather, Alexis is here.


We will look ahead to the whole week. A bit of a mixed picture but


turning milder from 30 onwards. -- Thursday.


Christopher David took this great shot of Horton Tower in Dorset.


Heather Brooks photographed a robin at Hunston near Chichester.


And Colin Lee captured a carpet of crocuses in Lyndhurst.


Some decent amount of sunshine today, but that ten hazy and will


see similar conditions tomorrow. A bright start but clouding over


through the course of the day. This week there will be sunny spells at


times but a fair amount of rain, not too heavy, but turning milder


particularly from Thursday on words. South-westerly wind started to


develop. Tonight with light wind and clear skies, there may be some


showers initially, but things will dry out and temperatures will fall


away to around one or two Celsius in the countryside. There may be some


frost first thing tomorrow, blue skies overhead first thing that that


will not stay that way, we expect increasing cloud from the West,


turning sunshine hazy. During daylight hours, it should be mainly


dry. You can see a weather front waiting, that will move towards us


tomorrow evening. Temperatures tomorrow to around eight or nine


sources. Tomorrow night, the breeze will increase and the cloud will


thicken and the rain will move in. Could be heavy at times during


Wednesday one. A fair amount of cloud tomorrow night with lows of


six to eight Celsius. A damp start on Wednesday, but we'll see


outbreaks of rain during the course of the day, particularly in the


morning. Drying out during the afternoon. The breeze and starting


to develop from the South West, drawing in milder air, allowing


temperatures to be up to around 12 or 13. A dry end to Wednesday but


further showers are possible on Thursday, spells of rain at times.


This one front will introduce the milder air through the course of


Thursday into Friday. Temperatures on Thursday with the rain and the


cloud could still reach highs of 12 to 14. A similar day on Friday, a


fair amount of cloud, 12 bright spells, highs of 11 to 12 and


outbreaks of rain are possible. The weekend, still a few days away but


we expect some brightness, it will be showery at times and the wind


will be fairly strong on Saturday. It's a treasured keepsake


and a symbol of deep affection Stephen and Claire Fuller have been


exchanging the same birthday card, sending it back and forth,


for more than three decades, each time putting


a fresh message inside. But although Stephen posted the card


as normal at the pillar box near his home in Thame last month,


it failed to arrive It is so lovely when it arrives in


the post, I look forward to it. And look forward to trying to find out


where he has written his message. These photos - taken the last time


Claire received the card - show just how many times birthday


greetings have been scribbled - every year, once to her from


her dad, then from her But after 33 years,


this year, it didn't turn up. It's been a month and is now


presumed lost forever. It is sad, I mean, I don't hold out


a huge amount of hope, because there was no return address on it, but


hopefully somebody who might receive it by accident opens it and realises


that this is a special thing and hangs on to it rather than throws it


away. Claire's an author,


and shared her sadness about Her message has been


shared thousands of times, with many saying they now intend


to copy the idea of re-sending Forgive me for saying, but it is a


bit cheap! Recycling the same card for more than 30 years. What was the


thinking behind it? Because of the money we save!


Royal Mail have acknowledged the loss and advise that anyone


sending something of value through the post should use


a special delivery service, so they can track its journey.


That said, they also accept the sentimental value of this


particular birthday card, and are are doing what they can


There's still hope that Claire will get her belated


and a treasured family tradition can go on.


Allen Sinclair, BBC South Today, Winchester.


Such a pity! Lets hope it turns up. It goes without saying, if you have


knowledge of this or maybe you just want to share the story with


somebody, and certainly share the photo of the card, just go to our


Facebook page and you will find all the information there. That's all


from us this evening, more at eight o'clock and then at 10:30 and were


back tomorrow at 6:30. Join us if you can good night.


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