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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


new week.


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