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Building for the future, the prefab homes that could bring
jobs, affordable housing and profit to Southampton and beyond.
It's a way of actually bringing housing supply -
bringing more houses in the system than currently big
A moment to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the Westminster
Hoping to lead Pompey to the Magic Kingdom, the former
Disney boss in talks to buy the football club.
And telling a story, the artist working on a
larger-than-life project of the great author Terry Pratchett.
Do we need to go back to the future to help solve our housing crisis?
After the Second World War, prefab properties provided a ready
They were built in sections in factories and then
South Today can reveal that Southampton is to become the first
council to revive the idea with ambitious plans for its
own housing factory on the site of the former Ford Transit plant.
Let's join reporter Matt Treacy who's in the city.
Matt, this is all about more council houses?
Yes, it's aiming to help the nearly 8000 people on the council waiting
list. In the future, the buildings might look the same on the outside
as the baby are constructed. Their cost and the speed they are going to
be put up, that will be very different indeed.
Coul this be the solution to the South's housing crisis?
The different parts of modular homes are built in modern factories
They're then bolted together on site, far quicker than a normal
We can put a singular house up in one day to weather-tight,
and we can build a row of housing, a row of terrace houses, in a week.
ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: Houses...and quickly!
These pre-fabricated houses were the quick and cheap way
to solve the post-war housing crisis, but they weren't
One Hampshire company that's worked on modern prefabs says
We are living in a time that we actually have improved
systems, so we've had no improvement at all in house delivery
We're looking at the provision of widely available,
energy efficient homes, which actually fit the vision
The City Council says it doesn't just want to buy new modular homes.
I understand the plan would involve a new ?2 million factory
on this iconic site - where parts for the Spitfire,
and, more recently, Ford Transit vans were built.
The city's politicians say this will be a game-changing project,
bringing with it new council houses, new jobs and maybe even profit.
We're trying to have a project which not only employs Southampton
people in the skills of the future, but delivers homes for
Southampton people on either affordable or market rent,
but with Southampton City Council as the landlord.
The council hopes that if this ambitious project goes ahead,
they could soon be selling houses to other council across
the south, with the profits going back to the city.
this happen? They are still plans, nothing has
been signed yet, as we speak, but I understand that the funding for that
factory is already in place, so it could be starting as early as the
end of next year. Down the road from me, we might see modular houses even
sooner. It might be brought in from another place and built by the end
of the year. There's been a marked increase
in the number of child sex offences recorded by police forces
across the South. Our six constabularies recorded more
than seven and a half thousand In most areas the figures have gone
up by more than twenty per cent. Some of the cases may be non-recent
offences, as more people come forward about past events -
although the NSPCC says the real level of child sex
offences may be even higher. Here's our Home Affairs
Correspondent Peter Cooke. This Thames Valley father knows more
than most about child sex offences. His daughter was groomed
online and abused by The then 22-year-old took explicit
pictures of three underage girls and blackmailed them
into having sex. How did they come to be
on your mobile phone? Byrne is currently serving
a ten-year sentence for his crimes. His victim's father
was grateful for the support We've protected his identity
for his daughter's safety. The special unit they've
got in the local police station was very homely,
and the officers were very caring. She was losing weight,
but she confided in a teacher. They should talk to their teachers
initially and then Figures obtained by the NSPCC show
a significant rise in recorded child sex offences by police forces
across the South. Only Wiltshire Police
saw a reduction. But there was nearly a 40% rise
in the Thames Valley. And detectives think they know
why. processes have changed,
so we're much better, much slicker at recording the right crimes,
which is really positive. And it demonstrates that
people are happy to come They are confident in
the service we provide. But there's also a negative
reason for the increase. Online abuse is also
increasingly significant, and with online abuse,
we know abusers may be abusing several children at one time,
so it's a real threat. Some of these offences
are historical - but all the forces insist they'll take any reports
seriously when victims feel Flags have been flying at half
mast today, in tribute to the victims of yesterday's
attack at Westminster. The south's police forces
are reviewing security arrangements. And the Prime Minister
has praised the efforts of Bournemouth East MP
Tobias Ellwood, a former Army officer, for his actions in trying
to save the life of PC Keith Palmer. Across the South, tributes have been
paid to those who died or were injured in yesterday's
attack, with flags at half-mast at civic buildings, including
here at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. Police forces have paid
their respects to PC Keith Palmer This was the minute's
silence at Surrey police Officers at Sussex police
headquarters also stood And there has been praise for those
who tried to help at the scene, including Bournemouth East MP Tobias
Ellwood. The Prime Minister in the Commons
reflecting on the fact that Mr Ellwood's brother Jonathan
was killed during a terrorist Not only did he show huge
professionalism in putting his past training to the use and the hope
that he had of rescuing the life of PC Keith Palmer, but of course,
it was at the middle of a terrorist attack, and our right honourable
friend is somebody who knows the trauma and tragedy of losing
somebody in a terrorist attack. Tobias Ellwood had tried
to save the life of PC Keith Palmer. He gave him CPR and tried to stem
the flow of blood from his wounds. Tony Davies, a former soldier
and now a boxing coach, I was shouting, weak pulse,
he's got a weak pulse! Meanwhile, it is understood officers
investigating the attack have carried out searches or arrests
at locations, including ones And forces across the South say
they are reviewing security arrangements in light
of this attack. The funeral has taken place of a man
from Chichester who died Police are trying to identify
two men who broke into Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower
and parachuted from the top of the one hundred
meter high structure. It's an activity known as base
jumping and the police say the pair put themselves
in considerable danger. Let's cross to Sophia Seth
in our Portsmouth studio. The incident happened two weeks ago.
It's the latest incident involving base jumping, that's when people
jump off and made structures. That could be jumping off cliffs, the
tops of buildings or other structures. A famous example was
jumping off the tallest building in the world in Dubai. What do we know
about the men involved? Police have released CCTV images of the two men
involved. Both are described as white, one described as in his late
20s, early 30s. And the other in his mid-20s. One had distinctive
tattooed on his forearms. It took place on March nine at 915 at night
and the two men forced entry into the Spinnaker Tower before jumping
off the base of it. And this is not the first time someone has
parachuted off the tower, is it? No, it's not. Back in 2005, before the
opening of the Spinnaker Tower, in August, it happened. A man broke
through security during the night to base jump over 100 metres from a
platform here. He landed in a service yard, where he was picked up
by a waiting car. You at the Spinnaker Tower, there are security
cameras and it's just either complex, whether our security
guards. But on both occasions, though they were caught by CCTV, no
one was able to stop the act. Thank you very much.
The funeral has taken place of a man from Chichester who died
fighting with Kurdish forces against so-called Islamic State.
Ryan Lock died in December during a gunfight.
He'd travelled to Syria last year to fight the so-called
It's thought he may have taken his own life to avoid being captured.
Friends and family gathered yesterday for a private service.
Later, Sarah Farmer has the forecast.
We've got a blustery couple of days to come.
But a promising weekend on the horizon.
Join me later for your full forecast.
A decision is expected shortly on the future
A government minister has been asked to decide if nine
It would save millions of pounds, but would getting rid
of local councillors make decisions less, well...
Our Political Editor Peter Henley reports.
Olive bottling in deepest Dorset. Olives Et Al have their production
Buying the best olives from around the world
and exporting globally, too, but they rely on local councils
Getting a decision can take too long, they say, and as a result,
the county's businesses aren't prospering as they should be.
It's trying to find the right mouth, the right person to speak to.
And inevitably, when you have spoken to one, you have to speak
And I think this whole idea about trying to streamline the local
authorities into just two will simplify that beyond belief.
From Sturminster Newton to the world, the olives bottled
here travel down in Dorset's superhighway, the A35.
And according to the leader of Dorset Council, reducing nine
councils to two will really help keep the wheels of the
Surveys have shown that in general, people quite like decisions
That's what we're seeing with Brexit.
But in a modern, increasingly complicated world, it's
one way of saving money and providing simplicity.
Three councils are against the merger and the Christchurch MP
Christopher Chope has been urging the Secretary of State not
Can we have an early debate on how to prevent ineffective and wasteful
councils seeking to seize by compulsion the assets and powers
of their financially sound neighbours.
He's talking about this man, the council leader in Bournemouth.
The criticism is that overturning years of history to form one
new super council in the urban east of Dorset will lead
I think with the right councillors doing the job that they are elected
to do and being accountable to local residents, it's the local residents
The mayors' portraits tell the story of changing local
We'll find out soon whether the government wants that
Peter Henley, BBC South today, Bournemouth.
A new temporary service station has opened at Fleet on the southbound M3
after the building was gutted by fire in December.
The flatpack structure was formerly used as the food hall for Olympic
athletes during the London 2012 Games.
The old building, badly damaged by a fire which started
in a coffee machine, will be demolished with
a new permanent service station opening next year.
The fire was a terrible thing to happen, but primarily,
no-one was injured, that was the main thing.
And the fact is that when it reopens, it will be
The original site opened in 1974, and since then, there have been
But 44 years later, when it does open in 2018,
it will be a brand-new building, it will look completely different
to the way it did, and again, we'll have everything that's behind
us inside and maybe some other things as well.
Disney, Pompey, Mickey Mouse, surely there is a film to come out of it?
It could be a film. Big development story today.
Portsmouth's Chief Executive has told us fans should be cautiously
optimistic after it was confirmed Pompey were entering formal talks
to sell the club to the former Disney boss Michael Eisner.
Trevor Birch will advise the club during negotiations,
he was the administrator who helped save Portsmouth from extinction.
We can reveal tonight US investment firm Inner Circle sports
of other English clubs including Liverpool.
There's nothing Mickey Mouse about Eisner's credentials.
He is a man who led Walt Disney into the millennium, seen here opening
Euro in Paris. The Disney culture came from Europe. Michael Eisner
left behind that world in 2005, turning to other ventures. Football
and Portsmouth could be next. Judging by his Critically today,
Eisner has developed a soft spot during several months of research.
There are no informal talks which could lead to a sale. He is an
individual, with a proven track record of dealing in a responsible
manner. He is heavily committed to community, charitable causes back in
the States, so he takes a lot of boxers. He has gone over the lot of
hurdles to get to this point. I think it's great for Pompey fans in
general, the excitement is good. From our point of view, it's good
for us to concentrate on the promotion, but this is great for
everyone, so we will watch this space, like everyone else and
fingers crossed, it goes well. Portsmouth's decline followed a
highly public meltdown in 2010. Fans took control in 2013. And the winds
of change may not be restricted to Portsmouth. While Eisner heralds
American interest in Pompey, Southampton remains linked with a
takeover from a sports within China. Eisner himself was linked with
rating last year. But tonight, if Pompey are at the start of their own
March two the Magic Kingdom. We will keep a very close eye on
what happens at Portsmouth in the days and weeks to come. Interesting
times. Moving across to Southampton now.
Southampton duo James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond made
their international debuts last night.
25 minutes of England's defeat in Dortmund while Hampshire born
Ward-Prowse was a late sub alongside his former
team-mate Luke Shaw, now of Manchester United.
Both stay with the squad for this weekend's world cup
A foundry in Basingstoke is busy casting a series of bronze busts
of the fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett.
They've been designed by Paul Kidby, who did many of the illustrations
It's just a warm-up to a much bigger project -
to create a larger than life statue of the man - to be placed not far
The warm and mischievous expression of a local literary legend, emerging
Welded, polished and brightened under the blowtorch.
The artist's work is done, the experts
at the foundry take it from here, making the vision into a bronze
Paul Kidby was Sir Terry's artist of choice for well
To him, it has been so important to get it right.
Our relationship was, I loved his writing,
And it seemed to be a mutual respect.
So I have tried to capture Terry as best I can, really, from
working with him, so the expression is really the expression I remember
So, yeah, it's lovely to have been asked.
Sir Terry died two years ago, eight years after being diagnosed with
During his career, he wrote more than 70 books, including the
passionate fans will forever be thankful for the worlds he shared
with them, and will no doubt support Paul's next project is to create
It's sort of an informal sculpture of
Terry that ideally people will engage with.
And hopefully, it will be intriguing, so there will be a few
of Terry's characters there somewhere for you to find.
I know what having a seven foot statue in
the centre of Salisbury would mean to Terry.
He would consider it completely ridiculous.
However, he did feel that it would give the
pigeons somewhere to rest, so he would find that quite amusing.
But he would look at all of this and find
it all rather bizarre, but I
think secretly, very proud that we are doing this for him.
There is a determination never to forget.
An exhibition this autumn at Salisbury
Museum will pay tribute, and friends say having these
about the place will bring the man they miss a
Amanda Parr reporting there from Basingstoke.
I love a good statue and it would be lovely to see that in Salisbury. Did
you think the likeness was extraordinary?
Superb job. Sarah is here tonight with the weather. It has been a
lovely day today, blustery. We have had glorious weather pictures.
Grey and gloomy for some of our coastal spots today -
this was the scene in Swanage taken by Gill Richards.
This little robin is looking a little windswept -
caught on camera by Dulcie Levett in Chichester.
And a lovely scene at Cobler's Lock On The Kennet And Avon
Blustery scenes today and more of that come in the next couple of
days. Tonight is no exception. There is a split between wet and dry
conditions tonight. For the coastal areas and the Isle of Wight, we have
some rain nudging in along the coastal stretch here. That rainbow
Centre, go through the course of tonight. Drier conditions the North.
Where we stick with those east and north is, it will feel a little on
the chilly side and those winds should do just enough to keep the
frost at bay for most of us. A grey start tomorrow, perhaps damp for
parts of Dorset first thing. But the cloud will gradually ease away, so
brighter skies as we go into the afternoon. The keen easterly breeze
will take the edge off the temperatures, so it will feel chilly
with the wind. It looks like people start to lose any cloud through the
course of tomorrow evening and it is a clear nights to come. Temperatures
will take a job as a result and we can expect temperatures in our towns
and cities to head down to two or three degrees. The breeze is still
around and it will prevent a frost for most of us, but some sheltered
spots could see a little frost. As we journey into Saturday, the high
pressure is still in charge. Saturday is set fair, we will see
decent, brighter skies through the course of the day. The good news is
the winds eased down as well and decent sunny spells on the cards,
particularly for Saturday. Sunday is still a largely dry picture,
although a little cloudier. 35 coastal areas tomorrow, but brighter
further north. Cloudier for a Sunday and proud once again to start the