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First Group - but can they deliver? so it's goodbye from me,

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The con artist who pretended to be a cancer doctor and gave false hope

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Plans to transform Fawley power station

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as Sir Ben and his team prepare for the ride of their lives

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Bold promises that things will get better for passengers

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on South West Trains from its new owners.

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Britain's second biggest train operator is to be taken over,

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in August, by a joint venture between First Group and MTR.

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Running trains linking Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Dorset,

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Let's join our transport correspondent Paul Clifton

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who is at Southampton Central station.

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Bred and the new operator is making any promises to improve the services

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for passengers. Here are some of them. Anyone 2p investment over

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seven years, there will be 90 new new trains. Others will be

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refurbished, many are nearly 20 years old and need it. There will be

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faster journeys, eight minutes faster from Southampton to Waterloo,

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11 minutes faster from Salisbury. Presumably by missing out some

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stations along the way. South West trains is the only

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franchise to have remained in the same hands since

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privatisation, 21 years ago. The service has consistently

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been rated From August, we will see a new

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owner, which has rarely scored has The three clear priorities

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are a more reliable railway, better handling of destruction,

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more trains and more seats, if not more chance of getting

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on or at least standing First Group runs Great Western,

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Hong Kong owned MTR will It also means coming

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in with new and flexible ticketing. For example, we will be

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offering season tickets for people who only need

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to travel three days a week. We are extending child discounts

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to 16-18 -year-olds. So it is just about

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flexibility, but also We are delivering mobile

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ticketing, bar code mobile Hang on though, they will

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take charge in August. Right in the middle

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of a massive, disruptive By far the busiest

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station in Britain. Less crowding, so you

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don't have to get rush-hour trains

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and sit on the floor. I think the service

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as it is now is fine for me. Of course we would like to

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see more trains, but The simple issue that any

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operator could do is make sure that if there

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a delay, then at least us. The better trains promised

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for Portsmouth are in fact Rejected by South West trains 15

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years ago, rejected by Gatwick They are 30 years old

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and There's also precious little mention

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of it Isle of Wight Trains. There will be more

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capacity, more reliable services, more frequent services

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and indeed, faster services, This station, Southampton, will get

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a long overdue rebuild. A look at it. Changing times. For 200,000

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passengers a day and four and a half thousand staff. A season ticket that

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works 34-macro days a week will better fit changing patterns of

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commuting. Passengers will like that. The railway companies average

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less than 2% annual profit. They've taken a gamble with these numbers.

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Faster trains on what is already Britain's busiest railway, a driver

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asked me how? And shook his head. "The misery and anguish

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you inflicted were quite appalling." The words of a judge today,

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levelled against Julie Higgins, a Dorset woman who pretended to be

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a cancer doctor. She offered false hope to a patient

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suffering from a terminal condition. In reality, Higgins

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was just a first-aider. And her patient, Angela Murray,

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died just weeks after Today, Judge Donald Tait felt

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so strongly about the case that he apologised to Mrs Murray's

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family for not being able Hiding from the world, the dying

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relatives of this dying woman who this doctor give false hope to. She

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fool people into believing she was a surgeon and great and is,

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specialising in cancer care. Those of the local supermarket, people who

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attended nearby keep fit class women at this hairdressing salon where she

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would often intend appointments dressed in what seemed to be a

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paramedic uniform. When they discovered another patient given a

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terminal diagnosis, they put the two in contact. It was an act of charity

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that they have come to regret to this very day. Angela Murray was

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told to stop taking medication prescribed by her GP and placed on

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stand-by for a life-saving heart and lung transplant. But eventually, she

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learned it was all lies. Angela died four weeks after we found this woman

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a fraud. -- was a fraud. She suffered a hundred times more than

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we did, all the hope was dragged from her. And she went downhill

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rapidly. This woman is now free to walk the streets and do the same

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again. All I could ask was that if anybody is out there who has

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suffered at the hands of this woman, please get in touch with Bournemouth

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police. The courts gave Ms Higgins a 12 month community order and told

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her to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. The judge to her victim's

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family. -- the judge apologised. We bring her back. I'm devastated. The

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court pointed out she does not wear medical clothing or pretend to be a

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doctor again. If she breaks those restrictions, Julie Higgins could go

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to prison. As landmarks go, it's probably fair

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to say that this one splits opinion. But - love it or hate it -

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the 200-metre-high power station chimney at Fawley has

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towered over Hampshire But now there are plans to turn

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it into a restaurant and viewing platform,

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offering a view that would dwarf the likes

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of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower We have the tower in Portsmouth and

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Mashhad in London, but could the Fawley power station chimney, just

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catching the last of the setting sun at this evening be a new landmark

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for the 21st-century? I have been hearing about plans from the man who

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has bought this site to turn it into a merchant city for the south coast.

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The redundant oil fired Fawley power station was bought last year for

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redevelopment. And the man behind the scheme says they are determined

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to hang onto its crowning glory, the foot chimney. She says they can

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redevelop as a tourist attraction. It would be mad to knock the chimney

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down. It is our signature bit of infrastructure. It is there. Every

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link on the money people spend building the tower in Brighton, this

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building is already there. So with relatively little investment, we can

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do some things spectacular. Architects are drawn up initially

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designed and say little structural work is needed. Just taking out

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internal brick and constructing lift shafts to access a restaurant and

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viewing area. The plan is still on to demolish this building and some

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will be pleased to see it disappear from the national park. But for

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others, it is a true landmark, a cathedral on steroids with the

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chimney dominating it. At 663, the tallest structure south of the

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shard. As you can see, the Fawley project towers over the Blackpool

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Tower and the tower Brighton and Portsmouth. It is not quite reach

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the loft the heights of the tower in Dubai. Along with the tower, a

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high-tech business centre and waterfront housing is also planned,

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connected by a 15 minute ferry to Southampton. There will be

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affordable homes and expensive homes also. There will be everything as

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you would expect in a normal town when you have a full range of

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services and housing on offer. It would be built in one go? No, it

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will be long-term, probably 20 years and I think will mature change over

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a lifetime. So the big question, the $60 million

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question is, will this actually happened? Well, probably converting

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the chimney is the simplest part. It is the schools, houses, getting

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permission for new jobs in this part of the world that will take longer

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to achieve. There will be public consultations on a planning

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application submitted by the end of the year. Thank you.

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A soldier has gone on trial accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend

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Natasha Wake was found at her home with multiple stab wounds.

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Her former partner, 26-year-old Jay Nava,

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was found by police soon after in woodland at

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Hengistbury Head, where he'd attempted to take his own life.

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A man arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs and possession

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of a Class B drug after a boat crash in Cowes Marina has been bailed.

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Two others have been released without charge.

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Police were told a boat had collided with an obstruction in the water

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Air sea rescue teams were sent out and three men

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repairing 900 years of crumbling walls.

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A huge restoration project begins on the ruins of Reading Abbey.

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A care home in West Sussex says it will have to close within a month,

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The Abbeyfield in Bognor Regis provides shelter for up to 18

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elderly people, but at a time when many areas

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are struggling to find accommodation in care homes and nursing homes,

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it's having to give up due to lack of demand.

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Lunchtime for the few remaining residents at Abbeyfield.

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It's provided sheltered accommodation for 60 years

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and additionally a care home for two decades.

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However, a ?30,000 boiler replacement bill caused budget

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The boiler issue was resolved, but in the meantime, nine of the 14

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care home residents left, and it's now unviable

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The home, rated good by the Care Quality Commission,

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says it's offered rooms to help relieve hospital bed-blocking

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Twice a week, the hospital sent it to

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others to see what bed availability we have.

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We tell them, but we never hear anything back.

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My chairman last year, when there was a lot of talk

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in the media about it, she wrote to Worthing Hospital,

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Bognor Hospital, Sir Richard's at Chichester and

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social services to say we had rooms and respite rooms available for

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people and not one of them replied, nobody.

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Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said it provides a list

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of care and nursing home vacancies to patients who cannot return

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to their own home, but it doesn't make recommendations.

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The Bognor home is an independent local charity but affiliated

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to a national umbrella group called The Abbeyfield Society,

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which says it has been financially supporting the Bognor home recently

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and will continue to do so until all residents are re-housed

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when the building will be sold to recover costs.

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No date has been confirmed for the closure.

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Police are appealing for more information

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after a body was discovered in Winchester last week.

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Police have released this photo of the victim,

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His body was found at a house in Birch Court

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in the Stanmore area on Wednesday afternoon.

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A 58-year-old man from Winchester who was arrested on Friday has

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The Bournemouth East MP and Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood has

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said he's "heartbroken" that he couldn't do more to help

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the officer killed in last week's attack on parliament.

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Mr Ellwood gave first aid to PC Keith Palmer after he was stabbed

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by Khalid Masood at the gates of the Houses of Parliament.

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Mr Ellwood said in a statement today that he was "deeply

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"humbled and overwhelmed" by messages of support.

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Tributes are being paid to the leader of West Berkshire Council

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who has died five weeks after he was involved

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70-year-old Roger Croft was seriously injured

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in the collision last month, which killed his wife, Zelda.

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I think he was a very no-nonsense character,

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he knew what he wanted and was not afraid to say it, which

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But he also listened, and I think that is

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extremely important for us to remember.

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He did listen to others and he did lead

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Modern-day piracy may seem a world away from the south.

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But the trauma of kidnappings at sea are now at their highest level

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for a decade with obvious implications for a region which

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Now a Hampshire-based charity has launched a crisis response

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network to help victims of piracy and trauma.

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When I got to the captain's room, the pirates were shouting,

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They did not know that he was already dead in the engine room.

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32-year-old Adi Manurung from Indonesia was one of 26 people

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kidnapped when the fishing boat he was on - the Naham three -

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was seized by pirates, just off The Seychelles.

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These BBC News pictures show the crew's release last October.

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They forced us to eat one by one and we were frightened.

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The food was terrible and we ate mice and wild cats to survive.

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Thousands of miles away in a corner of Hampshire

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the Southampton-based Sailors' Society are helping people like Adi.

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Their crisis response network means they've trained 20

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They offer 24 hour support to victims of piracy

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And if you think about coming out of a trauma and having no support

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which for many of these people that's the case, you know

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the majority of seafarers now come from developing countries and that's

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where we step in so, yes, it's invaluable.

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It comes just a few weeks after this: Somali pirates

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hijacking an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia.

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There was no hope, but I just kept praying anyway.

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Adi says it's thanks to his faith that he survived five

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He now want to help others like him to rebuild their lives.

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Now for the sport. Where are we at as far as the takeover is concerned?

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So many people will remember that the dreadful, dreadful fall from

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grace Portsmouth had and lived it, they will want to be reassured that

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of an overseas investors coming in, it is absolutely for the right

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reasons. He's taken a big interest in the club and is monitoring things

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very closely. Portsmouth's prospective

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new owner was among those celebrating their victory

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on Saturday as Paul Cook's men pushed closer to

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promotion from League Two. Carl Baker played a lovely ball

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into Kyle Bennett as Pompey took It was 2-0 after the break when

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Conor Chaplin set up Kal Naismith. But the Welsh side did show some

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fight and pulled a goal back Pompey held on and the win

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was greeted by this tweet from American Michael Eisner

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who listened to the commentary Portsmouth have a six-point lead

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over Stevenage in fourth and a much They remain seven points

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behind Plymouth who won Pompey face Hartlepool, Yeovil

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and Plymouth in their next three. There were goalless draws for both

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Oxford and MK Dons this weekend United keeper Simon Eastwood saved a

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penalty as Oxford held Northampton. Meanwhile a priceless win

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for Swindon, in the 94th minute of their game with Millwall,

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substitute Conor Thomas secured a 1-0 win to keep their hopes

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of avoiding the drop alive. An Aldershot Farnham and district

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runner mixed with the best cross country athletes in the world this

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weekend Louise Small put in a very

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creditable display in breaking the top 40 in the women's race

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of the world cross country In a field dominated by Africa's

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traditionally strong runners, Small finished 37th out of 106

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in a quick race which finished The National League season and with

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Reading dropping to third after losing a close game at... The

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rockets are now set to face the kestrels at the end of the season.

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The scale of the challenge facing Sir Ben Ainslie and his Portsmouth

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based team competing in the America's Cup is highlighted

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by the latest results from practice races in Bermuda where the cup

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will be defended by America this summer.

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Britain won two of the ten races it competed in last week,

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while the Americans dominated the field winning nine

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BAR have released more images of their boat and the team hard

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60 days until racing starts for real, but the phoney war

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Five of the six teams that will compete in the America Cup racing

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These first images from the British team's

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drone show the race boats are one, hitting the water and at times,

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They won two of their ten practice races last week, so Ben

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Ainslie described it as a useful few days going into the next design

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No new team has ever won the cup at the first attempt.

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Ainslie once again is trying to make history.

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A host of golden daffodils in Thatcham - Dot Williams

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A lovely day for a walk in Emsworth - here's a brave poodle

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And this is Harnham Bridge in the lunchtime sun -

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It was a glorious day in the region with sunshine and temperatures of 16

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Celsius. What of the week ahead have in store? There will be sunny spells

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throughout and the warm air that goes with it, too. But things will

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become a bit more showery from midweek. For tonight, a clear night

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and a bit of mist and fog by dawn for some places, but not too bad.

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Most places having lows of around seven Celsius. Same for tomorrow

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morning, and any mist and fog burns off quickly when the sun comes up.

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Good sunny spells and a bit more cloud through the afternoon. A odd

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shower coming from the south-west. Tomorrow's high, 15 Celsius. A bit

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cooler along the coast. Through tomorrow evening, cloud builds and

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we may see rain, especially for the southern part of the region, but the

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cloudy skies, temperatures not dropping much below double figures,

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tender Celsius mostly. Looking to Wednesday, it is a cloudy picture,

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but many places are staying dry throughout the day. We had this rain

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band to the north and it is never far away. It may just wiggle in now

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and then. Most places will spend the day dry with a high of 14 Celsius.

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Looking toward Thursday, we will see high pressure moving away to the

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continent and a cold front moving in from the West will impact things.

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Some cloud on Thursday, bright spells, too. By Friday, it is a

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better picture. Cooler, fresher conditions and some rain coming

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persistence for a while. For the weekend, we are looking at: showery

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conditions on Saturday and Sunday, a ridge of high pressure builds up and

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we may see sunny spells. Thank you, Sam.

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It's one of the oldest heritage sites in the South

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and was the capital of England's cultural and political life

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But despite their international significance, the ruins

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of Reading Abbey have been closed for eight years since

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Now, after years of delays and wrangling over cost,

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work has started to repair the crumbling walls ahead

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of the grand opening of the town's Abbey quarter,

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It was built by Henry I for the salvation of his soul.

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Nine centuries later, the ruins of Reading Abbey

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These techniques actually go back over 10,000 years

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and it's one of the earliest forms of building, and it's literally

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within the last two or three years that we're really re-learning

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and re-discovering how these buildings were actually originally

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built, and there's nothing better for the building itself

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then using the material it was intended to be built with.

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This hot lyme mortar is exactly what Henry used

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What's left though is just 20% of a vast complex that stretched

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Pretty much every King or Queen came here.

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they might have been here staying with the Abbot.

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There's a thousand years of history here.

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It's internationally important history, it's

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not just local history, and Reading needs to shout about it

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and that's what this project's about.

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Henry is buried here, but there were worries that he wouldn't

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has closed the ruins for the best part of a decade.

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In 2009, repairs began but the damage was more

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In April 2011, plans for an eight million pound

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But it was late 2015 before funding was finally secured

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Back in the 1100s, Reading Abbey would have

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taken 40 years to build, the equivalent cost in modern times

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But the team here have just one year to complete this before it

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The total cost of the restoration, about three million pounds.

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A figure that may sound like a king's ransom,

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but less than half has come from the council coffers.

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Reading obviously is associated with commerce,

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and that's great, but also Reading is also placed with a fantastic

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cultural offering and we believe we can build on that,

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develop the Abbey Quarter as a cultural attraction

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and attract a wider public to Reading.

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Once finished, the ruins will re-open as the centre

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of the new Abbey Quarter, taking its rightful and original

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