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Building for the future, the prefab homes that could bring

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jobs, affordable housing and profit to Southampton and beyond.

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It's a way of actually bringing housing supply -

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bringing more houses in the system than currently big

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A moment to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the Westminster

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Hoping to lead Pompey to the Magic Kingdom, the former

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Disney boss in talks to buy the football club.

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And telling a story, the artist working on a

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larger-than-life project of the great author Terry Pratchett.

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Do we need to go back to the future to help solve our housing crisis?

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After the Second World War, prefab properties provided a ready

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They were built in sections in factories and then

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South Today can reveal that Southampton is to become the first

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council to revive the idea with ambitious plans for its

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own housing factory on the site of the former Ford Transit plant.

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Let's join reporter Matt Treacy who's in the city.

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Matt, this is all about more council houses?

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Yes, it's aiming to help the nearly 8000 people on the council waiting

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list. In the future, the buildings might look the same on the outside

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as the baby are constructed. Their cost and the speed they are going to

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be put up, that will be very different indeed.

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Coul this be the solution to the South's housing crisis?

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The different parts of modular homes are built in modern factories

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They're then bolted together on site, far quicker than a normal

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We can put a singular house up in one day to weather-tight,

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and we can build a row of housing, a row of terrace houses, in a week.

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ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: Houses...and quickly!

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These pre-fabricated houses were the quick and cheap way

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to solve the post-war housing crisis, but they weren't

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One Hampshire company that's worked on modern prefabs says

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We are living in a time that we actually have improved

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systems, so we've had no improvement at all in house delivery

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We're looking at the provision of widely available,

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energy efficient homes, which actually fit the vision

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The City Council says it doesn't just want to buy new modular homes.

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I understand the plan would involve a new ?2 million factory

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on this iconic site - where parts for the Spitfire,

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and, more recently, Ford Transit vans were built.

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The city's politicians say this will be a game-changing project,

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bringing with it new council houses, new jobs and maybe even profit.

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We're trying to have a project which not only employs Southampton

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people in the skills of the future, but delivers homes for

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Southampton people on either affordable or market rent,

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but with Southampton City Council as the landlord.

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The council hopes that if this ambitious project goes ahead,

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they could soon be selling houses to other council across

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the south, with the profits going back to the city.

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this happen? They are still plans, nothing has

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been signed yet, as we speak, but I understand that the funding for that

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factory is already in place, so it could be starting as early as the

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end of next year. Down the road from me, we might see modular houses even

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sooner. It might be brought in from another place and built by the end

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of the year. There's been a marked increase

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in the number of child sex offences recorded by police forces

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across the South. Our six constabularies recorded more

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than seven and a half thousand In most areas the figures have gone

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up by more than twenty per cent. Some of the cases may be non-recent

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offences, as more people come forward about past events -

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although the NSPCC says the real level of child sex

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offences may be even higher. Here's our Home Affairs

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Correspondent Peter Cooke. This Thames Valley father knows more

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than most about child sex offences. His daughter was groomed

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online and abused by The then 22-year-old took explicit

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pictures of three underage girls and blackmailed them

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into having sex. How did they come to be

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on your mobile phone? Byrne is currently serving

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a ten-year sentence for his crimes. His victim's father

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was grateful for the support We've protected his identity

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for his daughter's safety. The special unit they've

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got in the local police station was very homely,

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and the officers were very caring. She was losing weight,

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but she confided in a teacher. They should talk to their teachers

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initially and then Figures obtained by the NSPCC show

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a significant rise in recorded child sex offences by police forces

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across the South. Only Wiltshire Police

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saw a reduction. But there was nearly a 40% rise

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in the Thames Valley. And detectives think they know

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why. processes have changed,

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so we're much better, much slicker at recording the right crimes,

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which is really positive. And it demonstrates that

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people are happy to come They are confident in

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the service we provide. But there's also a negative

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reason for the increase. Online abuse is also

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increasingly significant, and with online abuse,

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we know abusers may be abusing several children at one time,

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so it's a real threat. Some of these offences

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are historical - but all the forces insist they'll take any reports

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seriously when victims feel Flags have been flying at half

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mast today, in tribute to the victims of yesterday's

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attack at Westminster. The south's police forces

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are reviewing security arrangements. And the Prime Minister

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has praised the efforts of Bournemouth East MP

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Tobias Ellwood, a former Army officer, for his actions in trying

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to save the life of PC Keith Palmer. Across the South, tributes have been

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paid to those who died or were injured in yesterday's

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attack, with flags at half-mast at civic buildings, including

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here at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. Police forces have paid

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their respects to PC Keith Palmer This was the minute's

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silence at Surrey police Officers at Sussex police

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headquarters also stood And there has been praise for those

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who tried to help at the scene, including Bournemouth East MP Tobias

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Ellwood. The Prime Minister in the Commons

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reflecting on the fact that Mr Ellwood's brother Jonathan

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was killed during a terrorist Not only did he show huge

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professionalism in putting his past training to the use and the hope

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that he had of rescuing the life of PC Keith Palmer, but of course,

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it was at the middle of a terrorist attack, and our right honourable

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friend is somebody who knows the trauma and tragedy of losing

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somebody in a terrorist attack. Tobias Ellwood had tried

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to save the life of PC Keith Palmer. He gave him CPR and tried to stem

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the flow of blood from his wounds. Tony Davies, a former soldier

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and now a boxing coach, I was shouting, weak pulse,

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he's got a weak pulse! Meanwhile, it is understood officers

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investigating the attack have carried out searches or arrests

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at locations, including ones And forces across the South say

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they are reviewing security arrangements in light

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of this attack. The funeral has taken place of a man

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from Chichester who died Police are trying to identify

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two men who broke into Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower

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and parachuted from the top of the one hundred

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meter high structure. It's an activity known as base

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jumping and the police say the pair put themselves

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in considerable danger. Let's cross to Sophia Seth

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in our Portsmouth studio. The incident happened two weeks ago.

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It's the latest incident involving base jumping, that's when people

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jump off and made structures. That could be jumping off cliffs, the

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tops of buildings or other structures. A famous example was

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jumping off the tallest building in the world in Dubai. What do we know

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about the men involved? Police have released CCTV images of the two men

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involved. Both are described as white, one described as in his late

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20s, early 30s. And the other in his mid-20s. One had distinctive

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tattooed on his forearms. It took place on March nine at 915 at night

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and the two men forced entry into the Spinnaker Tower before jumping

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off the base of it. And this is not the first time someone has

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parachuted off the tower, is it? No, it's not. Back in 2005, before the

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opening of the Spinnaker Tower, in August, it happened. A man broke

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through security during the night to base jump over 100 metres from a

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platform here. He landed in a service yard, where he was picked up

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by a waiting car. You at the Spinnaker Tower, there are security

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cameras and it's just either complex, whether our security

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guards. But on both occasions, though they were caught by CCTV, no

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one was able to stop the act. Thank you very much.

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The funeral has taken place of a man from Chichester who died

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fighting with Kurdish forces against so-called Islamic State.

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Ryan Lock died in December during a gunfight.

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He'd travelled to Syria last year to fight the so-called

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It's thought he may have taken his own life to avoid being captured.

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Friends and family gathered yesterday for a private service.

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Later, Sarah Farmer has the forecast.

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We've got a blustery couple of days to come.

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But a promising weekend on the horizon.

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Join me later for your full forecast.

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A decision is expected shortly on the future

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A government minister has been asked to decide if nine

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It would save millions of pounds, but would getting rid

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of local councillors make decisions less, well...

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Our Political Editor Peter Henley reports.

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Olive bottling in deepest Dorset. Olives Et Al have their production

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Buying the best olives from around the world

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and exporting globally, too, but they rely on local councils

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Getting a decision can take too long, they say, and as a result,

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the county's businesses aren't prospering as they should be.

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It's trying to find the right mouth, the right person to speak to.

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And inevitably, when you have spoken to one, you have to speak

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And I think this whole idea about trying to streamline the local

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authorities into just two will simplify that beyond belief.

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From Sturminster Newton to the world, the olives bottled

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here travel down in Dorset's superhighway, the A35.

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And according to the leader of Dorset Council, reducing nine

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councils to two will really help keep the wheels of the

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Surveys have shown that in general, people quite like decisions

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That's what we're seeing with Brexit.

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But in a modern, increasingly complicated world, it's

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one way of saving money and providing simplicity.

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Three councils are against the merger and the Christchurch MP

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Christopher Chope has been urging the Secretary of State not

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Can we have an early debate on how to prevent ineffective and wasteful

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councils seeking to seize by compulsion the assets and powers

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of their financially sound neighbours.

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He's talking about this man, the council leader in Bournemouth.

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The criticism is that overturning years of history to form one

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new super council in the urban east of Dorset will lead

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I think with the right councillors doing the job that they are elected

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to do and being accountable to local residents, it's the local residents

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The mayors' portraits tell the story of changing local

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We'll find out soon whether the government wants that

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Peter Henley, BBC South today, Bournemouth.

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A new temporary service station has opened at Fleet on the southbound M3

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after the building was gutted by fire in December.

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The flatpack structure was formerly used as the food hall for Olympic

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athletes during the London 2012 Games.

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The old building, badly damaged by a fire which started

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in a coffee machine, will be demolished with

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a new permanent service station opening next year.

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The fire was a terrible thing to happen, but primarily,

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no-one was injured, that was the main thing.

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And the fact is that when it reopens, it will be

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The original site opened in 1974, and since then, there have been

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But 44 years later, when it does open in 2018,

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it will be a brand-new building, it will look completely different

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to the way it did, and again, we'll have everything that's behind

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us inside and maybe some other things as well.

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Disney, Pompey, Mickey Mouse, surely there is a film to come out of it?

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It could be a film. Big development story today.

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Portsmouth's Chief Executive has told us fans should be cautiously

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optimistic after it was confirmed Pompey were entering formal talks

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to sell the club to the former Disney boss Michael Eisner.

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Trevor Birch will advise the club during negotiations,

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he was the administrator who helped save Portsmouth from extinction.

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We can reveal tonight US investment firm Inner Circle sports

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of other English clubs including Liverpool.

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There's nothing Mickey Mouse about Eisner's credentials.

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He is a man who led Walt Disney into the millennium, seen here opening

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Euro in Paris. The Disney culture came from Europe. Michael Eisner

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left behind that world in 2005, turning to other ventures. Football

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and Portsmouth could be next. Judging by his Critically today,

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Eisner has developed a soft spot during several months of research.

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There are no informal talks which could lead to a sale. He is an

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individual, with a proven track record of dealing in a responsible

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manner. He is heavily committed to community, charitable causes back in

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the States, so he takes a lot of boxers. He has gone over the lot of

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hurdles to get to this point. I think it's great for Pompey fans in

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general, the excitement is good. From our point of view, it's good

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for us to concentrate on the promotion, but this is great for

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everyone, so we will watch this space, like everyone else and

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fingers crossed, it goes well. Portsmouth's decline followed a

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highly public meltdown in 2010. Fans took control in 2013. And the winds

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of change may not be restricted to Portsmouth. While Eisner heralds

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American interest in Pompey, Southampton remains linked with a

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takeover from a sports within China. Eisner himself was linked with

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rating last year. But tonight, if Pompey are at the start of their own

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March two the Magic Kingdom. We will keep a very close eye on

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what happens at Portsmouth in the days and weeks to come. Interesting

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times. Moving across to Southampton now.

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Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond made

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their international debuts last night.

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25 minutes of England's defeat in Dortmund while Hampshire born

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Ward-Prowse was a late sub alongside his former

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team-mate Luke Shaw, now of Manchester United.

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Both stay with the squad for this weekend's world cup

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A foundry in Basingstoke is busy casting a series of bronze busts

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of the fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett.

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They've been designed by Paul Kidby, who did many of the illustrations

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It's just a warm-up to a much bigger project -

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to create a larger than life statue of the man - to be placed not far

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The warm and mischievous expression of a local literary legend, emerging

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Welded, polished and brightened under the blowtorch.

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The artist's work is done, the experts

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at the foundry take it from here, making the vision into a bronze

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Paul Kidby was Sir Terry's artist of choice for well

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To him, it has been so important to get it right.

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Our relationship was, I loved his writing,

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And it seemed to be a mutual respect.

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So I have tried to capture Terry as best I can, really, from

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working with him, so the expression is really the expression I remember

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So, yeah, it's lovely to have been asked.

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Sir Terry died two years ago, eight years after being diagnosed with

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During his career, he wrote more than 70 books, including the

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passionate fans will forever be thankful for the worlds he shared

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with them, and will no doubt support Paul's next project is to create

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It's sort of an informal sculpture of

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Terry that ideally people will engage with.

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And hopefully, it will be intriguing, so there will be a few

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of Terry's characters there somewhere for you to find.

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I know what having a seven foot statue in

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the centre of Salisbury would mean to Terry.

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He would consider it completely ridiculous.

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However, he did feel that it would give the

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pigeons somewhere to rest, so he would find that quite amusing.

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But he would look at all of this and find

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it all rather bizarre, but I

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think secretly, very proud that we are doing this for him.

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There is a determination never to forget.

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An exhibition this autumn at Salisbury

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Museum will pay tribute, and friends say having these

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about the place will bring the man they miss a

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Amanda Parr reporting there from Basingstoke.

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I love a good statue and it would be lovely to see that in Salisbury. Did

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you think the likeness was extraordinary?

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Superb job. Sarah is here tonight with the weather. It has been a

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lovely day today, blustery. We have had glorious weather pictures.

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Grey and gloomy for some of our coastal spots today -

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this was the scene in Swanage taken by Gill Richards.

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This little robin is looking a little windswept -

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caught on camera by Dulcie Levett in Chichester.

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And a lovely scene at Cobler's Lock On The Kennet And Avon

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Blustery scenes today and more of that come in the next couple of

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days. Tonight is no exception. There is a split between wet and dry

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conditions tonight. For the coastal areas and the Isle of Wight, we have

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some rain nudging in along the coastal stretch here. That rainbow

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Centre, go through the course of tonight. Drier conditions the North.

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Where we stick with those east and north is, it will feel a little on

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the chilly side and those winds should do just enough to keep the

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frost at bay for most of us. A grey start tomorrow, perhaps damp for

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parts of Dorset first thing. But the cloud will gradually ease away, so

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brighter skies as we go into the afternoon. The keen easterly breeze

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will take the edge off the temperatures, so it will feel chilly

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with the wind. It looks like people start to lose any cloud through the

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course of tomorrow evening and it is a clear nights to come. Temperatures

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will take a job as a result and we can expect temperatures in our towns

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and cities to head down to two or three degrees. The breeze is still

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around and it will prevent a frost for most of us, but some sheltered

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spots could see a little frost. As we journey into Saturday, the high

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pressure is still in charge. Saturday is set fair, we will see

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decent, brighter skies through the course of the day. The good news is

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the winds eased down as well and decent sunny spells on the cards,

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particularly for Saturday. Sunday is still a largely dry picture,

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although a little cloudier. 35 coastal areas tomorrow, but brighter

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further north. Cloudier for a Sunday and proud once again to start the

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new week.

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