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It wasn't built in a day, I have been working on it for ten years and
it is lovely to have it in a state to release it to the public.
South Today has discovered that mental health patients
are being placed into overstretched A departments - as police
crackdown on the number locked up in the cells.
People are often detained under the Mental Health Act
Across the South, there's been a big fall in holding
them in police cells - down by more than 800 in two years.
But there's been an increase in the numbers taken to casualty
or mental health units - up by more than 800
Guidelines state patients should only be brought
to hospitals by police if they have a physical injury.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent Peter Cooke reports.
Strained, stressed - a system under pressure.
A departments say they're increasing resources to deal
with a rise in mental health patients.
Police forces say custody isn't a suitable place for those people.
But often there aren't enough places in mental health
units, so emergency departments are used instead.
Doctor Ann Hicks spent 17 years as the mental health lead
for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
and says it is a real issue.
What's happened is the emergency departments have become
the default setting, because the police are under a lot
of pressure to not detain mental health patients
in the cells, which is fine, but there hasn't been consistent
commissioning across the country to provide an alternative venue.
Surrey Police now provide facilities called safe havens for people
but admit A is sometimes the only option.
We also recognise that shifting the demand from custody to
health-based safety to an A department
is not always helping the
So as a concordat we have taken a decision to look at
what we can do collectively to reduce demand.
One reason police forces want to limit people in crisis
being taken to stations is to avoid deaths in custody.
In 2014, Brandon Barry's wife, Martine, was
arrested for carrying a knife in Eastleigh and died in Southampton
custody after choking on her underwear.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission found four
staff had committed misconduct linked to the case.
The rules at the time said if she had a weapon, she
had to be arrested and not taken to a place
Police Commissioner said at the inquest that you know it
would have been dealt with differently if they
The Government says one in four people
has a mental disorder at some point in their life and has promised more
But mental health trusts in England say
they're still having their budgets cut.
And tomorrow Peter will report on the mental health projects
making a difference to how patients are managed.
The words of Philip Hammond as he started his first Budget -
and to show the Chancellor was in listening mode,
he unveiled measures to help small businesses.
They'd complained about changes to business rates, as many
Let's join our Business Correspondent Alastair Fee
The business rates revamp is a big change for small businesses -
not least because many still don't know exactly what they'll have
And the new valuations have led to some big fluctuations
Let's look at an average restaurant in Worthing and one in Shoreham.
They have similar rateable values at the moment.
But from next month, there's a 13% increase in Worthing,
while in Shoreham it's a 13% decrease.
So Worthing will have rates bills that are a belt-busting 30%
The change has also got the owner of this deli puzzled.
They were expecting to pay more than double the bills next month. Meet
Rowland, for 15 years he and his business partners have been running
a small deli. They pay about ?2,000 a year in business rates. The new
valuation doubles their bill. I'm not quite sure who came up with the
idea of let's increase business rates for people like us, but in
areas not far from here they're bringing the rates down. I don't
quite get where the calculation was sort of coming from. The system has
long been criticised, value wangss are confusing -- valuations are
confusing. Meaning businesses in more affluent areas of the South
often have higher bills. This isn't a property that we own, we only rent
it. There is no benefit to us in the property price going up, all that
happens is our rent goes up. So we have rent and rate increase and we
get a double whammy. Without help from the Chancellor today, that
could mean cutting some staff hours and putting prices up. The Budget
has been eagerly anticipated by people running small businesses,
joining me is Rowland. We know small businesses are losing small business
rate relief and will only have a rise of around ?50 a month following
the Chancellor's announcement. Has he got far enough? It is good in the
short-term, but we are not able to plan further on than that. I feel
what the Chancellor has done here is he has panicked a bit following a
campaign in the press and thrown some money in a short-term way to
reduce the problem. Long-term, who knows? Thank you very much. Sally.
Sbl A couple of other
measures from the Budget. The National Insurance contributions
for the self-employed will go and no extra increases
in alcohol or tobacco duties. What else might have caught the eye
of the commercial sector? Proposals for a ?16 million 5G
mobile phone technology hub will be watched with interest
at Surrey University, which is already
a leader in this field. Almost ?700 million will be up
for grabs for the best And a new technical qualification
to match A-levels - called a T-level -
will be career and skills focused. There is a host of individual
measures, but it is also about the impact of the Budget as a whole? The
other big question is how this affects consumer confidence? We are
still a nation of spenders, not savers. I have been to one street in
Dorset to try and get a feel of whether people sense their better or
worse off at the moment. Where better to test the temperature than
a road that shares the temperature than a road that shares the name
with the Chancellor. Having moved here last year,
Mark has been kept busy He's self-employed and works from
home selling merchandise online. Everyone seems OK. Petrol has been
going up a bit and food. As long as you're sensible, you can ride the
storm. If anything, the economic forecast
has been unpredictable. We've weathered the immediate fall
out from last year's referendum, but it's left some worried
about what's on the horizon. I am wary and I wouldn't take the
gamble to think I will buy X or Y, because I think it is going to hit I
eventually and that makes me wary of spending if I don't need to.
Hammond Avenue shows all the signs of a thriving community -
some are putting their cash into home improvement,
while others are moving in and moving out -
what some might point to as the green shoots of growth.
I caught up with local businessman Tristan,
For me, to carry on with the lifestyle I have enjoyed and still
keep spending and have a nice holiday and upgrade the car, means I
have to work harder. And that is what I'm prepared to do.
Mark says he thinks he can manage the 60p extra a week he'll have
to pay in National Insurance, while Tristan is pleased
He says that will stop people who don't pay proper taxes.
As suspected there was no pot of gold at the end
of Philip Hammond's first and last spring budget, but he did
The other big concern was the pressure on the
There's an extra ?2 billion for social care, but also money
to help next winter by putting more GPs into accident and emergency
departments for patients who don't need hospital treatment.
Our Health Correspondent David Fenton is outside
the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth.
David, they're already doing this at the QA?
They r they have been doing it for a couple of years. There is a GP in a
room next to the A department 10am until 10pm seven days a week and it
is their job to look after patients who are not emergencies. So looking
at thing like colds, bruises, that sort of thing. And it is taking the
pressure off the A The Chancellor is putting up ?100 million for a
hundred similar schemes. And an extra ?3 billion for social care.
What impact will it have? Well, it is a lot of money isn't it? But it
is a huge problem. Basically how to get elderly patients out of hospital
beds when they don't need to be there and what is stopping them from
going home often is a lack of proper social care. Now, this money will go
towards helping sort that problem out. But a couple of thoughts on
that. Firstly, a lot of the money may go on increases in the minimum
wage for care workers. But it is not all about money. 24 authorities
account for about half of all the so-called bed blocker in the
country. So some are doing a better job than others and the Government
and the NHS will be looking at those who aren't doing so well and trying
to help out. Thank you. Lewis Coombes has the sport
in a moment and here's Sarah Farmer. After today's wet weather, things
are looking much more promising for I'll have your forecast
later in the programme. Back to the Budget and alongside
the economic assessment, there are measures which are also
political choices, such as 100 extra Education and social care
are largely delivered by councils so they will have
been watching closely. A little earlier our
Political Editor Peter Henley gathered reaction from two Surrey
county councillors The Chancellor does seem to have
listened to local councils who said they needed more money for social
care. ?2 billion for England, but over two years, front-loaded. Kit
Malthouse, will this be enough to take care of the growth in need? In
the short-term we think so. Longer term we will have to think about how
we fund social care with the ageing population. For the moment, it is a
great move. Do you think Surrey council will be happy with this
much? Well personally I don't think it is enough. Although I welcome the
extra money, I don't think it is enough. The Liberal Democrats had
asked for an extra ?billion for the first one -- ?2 billion for the
first year. This is only ?1 billion. So that is not to tackle the social
care crisis and I doubt it will solve the problems. Jeremy Corbyn
made a great deal about what happened with the secret recording
we heard, is this evidence that Surrey have been well treated. Where
is this deal? Somewhere, somebody's not telling the truth. One minute we
are told there is no deal and then we discover that David Hodge has got
something in writing. But one thing is sure that Surrey needs more money
nor adult social care and what is being offered is not off. Surrey,
like many other count Yip is in desperate need for more money to
deal with social care. Just not enough for local authorities they
say and it is going down. Well look, the Chancellor is doing what he can
in a difficult envelope. He said the economy is strong, but our debts are
rising. The money has to be found from somewhere. It will plug a
short-term gap now we have space to think about that. I don't think he
is pretending it is the entire solution, but it is on top of money
that councils can raise themselves. You wanted 15% in Surrey, do you
think you may have to ask for that? I'm opposed to the 15% increase that
was proposed. You just want hand outs. There is a need for national
Government to solve the crisis and it has to be funded from Government
and can't come from Council Tax. It is not reasonable. Would you have
voted for the 15%? No I would say Labour would look at the whole
structure of local government that is top heavy with 12 councils and
dozens of Executives and 600 councillors. So there is a lot of
councillors and a lot of democracy, but it is not producing money for
social care. Thank you very much. A budge tote do with local
authorities. One thing we didn't see was a taxation on diesel, but we may
see that in the next budget. And there's more analysis
and reaction at bbc.co.uk/budget. They're images designed to stir
emotion and patriotism. And a century on, they've lost
none of their power. Dozens of propaganda posters
produced by the American War Department went under
the hammer in Newbury. The unique collection
was featured a few years ago And as Allen Sinclair reports,
given the content, it was no surprise today's sale attracted
a lot of transatlantic interest. Although originally produced
in their thousands, it's rare to see these century old prints
in pristine condition. The patriotic posters feature
Uncle Sam, the Stars and Stripes, and urge Americans back home
to support their boys Who wants these posters. They're
mainly American. Also graphics as well. Prop Afghanistan dachlt we
don't get these posters -- propaganda. We don't get these
posters any more. This is really in your face.
The collection was amassed over many years by the late David Schwartz,
who took them along to the BBCs Antiques Roadshow to be valued.
The colours were so vibrant and I was entranced and bought one and I
saw others and over the years kept picking them up. How many do you
have now? 85. Such a large collection, very good condition. He
never looked at them, he kept them rolled out and they haven't seen the
light of day for 20 years. It is exciting. It has been a special day.
I my husband wanted to sell them in 2017 to Mark the centenary of the
start of the war in America. I have done what he wanted I hope.
The collection sold for around ?20,000
and thanks to internet bidding, a great many of these
evocative images are heading back to the States.
They look good. And sport and Lewis is here. Now, Bournemouth not such
good news, what is going on? Was it a stamp was it not a stamp. Tyrone
Mings alleged to have stamped on the head of Manchester United's
Ibrahimovic. Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings
will serve a five-match ban after being charged with violent
conduct by the FA. Mings had denied that he intended
to stamp on the head of Manchester United Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
during Saturday's 1-1 draw. A player who himself received
a three-game ban for elbowing The club have said in a statement
they are "extremely Reading manager Jaap Stam
has defended his policy Last night the Dutchman made four
changes for the visit of leaders Newcastle and hinted more rotation
would be on the way After a night that also saw Brighton
close the gap at the top, it could be an exciting end
to the season for the South's teams Reading have made the Madejski
something of of a Royal fortress - nine wins from their previous
eleven home games. Lewis Grabban could and
probably should have sent them on their way with another
one against Newcastle. Another former
Bournemouth star, Matt Ritchie, struck the post
with a low shot for And Gareth McClearly almost netted
a late winner, only to see his stoppage time shot
skim the cross bar. Reading the first team to hold
Newcastle to a goalless draw Well I think it's a good point
and this kind of game is all about just one chance to take
and nobody took that chance and as a team,
as a performance, I think we are very happy
to get the clean sheet. With Newcastle dropping
points - a rarity of late - Chris Hughton knew
Brighton had to capitalise and - as so often this season -
Albion delivered. Knockaert adding the finish
to Baldock's initial effort. In a dominant display that brought
22 efforts on the goal, A much-needed win to keep
the promotion bid on track. Here's how it affects
the Championship table then, Brighton are now just three points
behind leaders Newcastle, after The Royals are 10 points off
the automatic promotion places Elsewhere in the Football League,
Oxford came up just short against League One
pace-setters Sheffield United. Defender Chey Dunkley
headed home to put the U's in front at half-time,
but three goals in 21 second half minutes - including a brace
from former Saints striker Billy Sharp - put
the Blades in control. Toni Martinez' low angled drive
in stoppage time proved only While second-half goals
from Christian Burgess and Kyle Bennett boosted
Portsmouth's hopes of A 2-0 win at Crawley moves Pompey up
to third in League Two. The BBC understands,
Southampton's Director of Scouting and Recruitment,
Ross Wilson, has turned down the chance to become Rangers'
Director of Football. The 34-year-old Scot was offered
the chance to lead the Ibrox side's playing structure,
but has opted to remain Petersfield cyclist Joe Truman has
been named in the Great Britain squad for next month's track world
championships in Hong Kong. It'll be Truman's first
appearance at the event, which is second only to the Olympics
in terms of prestige, It comes on the back of two
golds in the team sprint Good for him. Very good. And Tyrone
Mings will miss five important games. Including the game with the
Saints and Liverpool and Chelsea. He will be a big miss. Thank you.
You all know the phrase "friends, Romans, countrymen -
We'll on this occasion it's a call to "reach
That's because it's the best way to view a new 3-dimensional virtual
You can see the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus
The computer model has been designed by Reading University
and has been a decade-long passion for one academic.
Up until now, this has been the only way to really explore ancient Rome.
But now anyone can strap on their virtual sandals.
This is us walking into Rome in 315AD.
Walking into the city of Rome as it appeared some
time around the early 4th Century, that's right.
This is when the city was arguably at its prime and of the
hundreds of places here, even the 4th Century fourist
Should we have a look at the colosseum?
I think everybody likes the colosseum.
So let's go the gladiator's eye view down into the arena.
You can a use a variety of modern methods to explore
You can have a look at it on your desk top
computer, or you can go the whole hog and go for full immersive
As they say, all electrodes lead to Rome.
A lot of people are interested in ancient
Rome, would like to know more about it and the ruins are wonderful
Sometimes it is a bit hard in the mind's
eye to put them back in the
state they would have been when they were new buildings.
But how does it stack up with the real city?
Obviously it's very different from what it
open museum, with missing bits, but you can imagine what it would
The free course launches next weekend, so it is a case of friends,
Romans, countrymen - lend me your VR.
It does look good. It is fabulous. Sarah is with us, and we are going
to look ahead at the weather. Nice tomorrow you said? Yes, which we are
all glad of after today. It has been soggy today. We start off with our
wonderful weather watchers' photographs and even when it is
raining we get some wonderful pictures. Look at these dramatic
clouds over Banbury. Some rain drops here at St Leonard's and Ziggy
captured about two thirds of the tower and the gloomy conditions. We
are not done with that wet weather yet. We will see more of it through
the course of the night, but things will start to dry out. It is
southern coastal areas that will see the worst weather tonight.
Temperatures at around nine or ten degrees. So a mild night. Tomorrow
morning, we see that wet weather slinking away and it is a dry affair
through much of the day. More in the way of cloud to the south of the M4
corridor. To the north the best of any brighter skies, but sunny at
times. Temperatures up to 14 or 15 degrees. And that is above where it
would normally be. Tomorrow evening we see that cloud thickening from
the south-west and we stay dry through much of the night but we
will see murky and damp conditions working in towards dawn.
Temperatures over night around six or seven. To round off the week,
Friday is a settled day, but on the gloomy side with cloudy conditions
and some damp weather and some mist and murk. But it stays settled and
calm. So nothing too wet to worry about. Now the summary, during
tomorrow we will see a bit of cloud through the south, but further north
doing best. And the temperatures 14 or 15 degrees. Into Friday and it is
a gloomy day with some dampness and the weekend, we start with a band of
rain on Saturday morning. But that clears for cheerier conditions
later. Cooler on Sunday. At least the weekend is not a washout. You
know we are marking the 200th anniversary since the death of Jane
Austen, well tomorrow, you may think you know everything about the
author, but we will tell you something that may surprise you.
Thanks for watching. Good night.