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


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


Plans to transform Fawley power station


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


Bold promises that things will get better for passengers


on South West Trains from its new owners.


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


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


Running trains linking Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Dorset,


Let's join our transport correspondent Paul Clifton


who is at Southampton Central station.


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


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


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


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


faster journeys, eight minutes faster from Southampton to Waterloo,


11 minutes faster from Salisbury. Presumably by missing out some


stations along the way. South West trains is the only


franchise to have remained in the same hands since


privatisation, 21 years ago. The service has consistently


been rated From August, we will see a new


owner, which has rarely scored has The three clear priorities


are a more reliable railway, better handling of destruction,


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


on or at least standing First Group runs Great Western,


Hong Kong owned MTR will It also means coming


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


offering season tickets for people who only need


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


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


flexibility, but also We are delivering mobile


ticketing, bar code mobile Hang on though, they will


take charge in August. Right in the middle


of a massive, disruptive By far the busiest


station in Britain. Less crowding, so you


don't have to get rush-hour trains


and sit on the floor. I think the service


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


see more trains, but The simple issue that any


operator could do is make sure that if there


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


for Portsmouth are in fact Rejected by South West trains 15


years ago, rejected by Gatwick They are 30 years old


and There's also precious little mention


of it Isle of Wight Trains. There will be more


capacity, more reliable services, more frequent services


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


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


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


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


commuting. Passengers will like that. The railway companies average


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


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


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


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


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


a cancer doctor. She offered false hope to a patient


suffering from a terminal condition. In reality, Higgins


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


died just weeks after Today, Judge Donald Tait felt


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


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


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


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


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


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


would often intend appointments dressed in what seemed to be a


paramedic uniform. When they discovered another patient given a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


towered over Hampshire But now there are plans to turn


it into a restaurant and viewing platform,


offering a view that would dwarf the likes


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


do some things spectacular. Architects are drawn up initially


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


internal brick and constructing lift shafts to access a restaurant and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to achieve. There will be public consultations on a planning


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


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


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


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


was found by police soon after in woodland at


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


A man arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs and possession


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


Two others have been released without charge.


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


Air sea rescue teams were sent out and three men


repairing 900 years of crumbling walls.


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


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


The Abbeyfield in Bognor Regis provides shelter for up to 18


elderly people, but at a time when many areas


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


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


Lunchtime for the few remaining residents at Abbeyfield.


It's provided sheltered accommodation for 60 years


and additionally a care home for two decades.


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


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


care home residents left, and it's now unviable


The home, rated good by the Care Quality Commission,


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


Twice a week, the hospital sent it to


others to see what bed availability we have.


We tell them, but we never hear anything back.


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


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


Bognor Hospital, Sir Richard's at Chichester and


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


people and not one of them replied, nobody.


Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said it provides a list


of care and nursing home vacancies to patients who cannot return


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


The Bognor home is an independent local charity but affiliated


to a national umbrella group called The Abbeyfield Society,


which says it has been financially supporting the Bognor home recently


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


when the building will be sold to recover costs.


No date has been confirmed for the closure.


Police are appealing for more information


after a body was discovered in Winchester last week.


Police have released this photo of the victim,


His body was found at a house in Birch Court


in the Stanmore area on Wednesday afternoon.


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


The Bournemouth East MP and Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood has


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


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


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


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


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


"humbled and overwhelmed" by messages of support.


Tributes are being paid to the leader of West Berkshire Council


who has died five weeks after he was involved


70-year-old Roger Croft was seriously injured


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


I think he was a very no-nonsense character,


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


But he also listened, and I think that is


extremely important for us to remember.


He did listen to others and he did lead


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


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


for a decade with obvious implications for a region which


Now a Hampshire-based charity has launched a crisis response


network to help victims of piracy and trauma.


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


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


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


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


was seized by pirates, just off The Seychelles.


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


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


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


Thousands of miles away in a corner of Hampshire


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


Their crisis response network means they've trained 20


They offer 24 hour support to victims of piracy


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


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


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


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


It comes just a few weeks after this: Somali pirates


hijacking an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


very closely. Portsmouth's prospective


new owner was among those celebrating their victory


on Saturday as Paul Cook's men pushed closer to


promotion from League Two. Carl Baker played a lovely ball


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


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


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


was greeted by this tweet from American Michael Eisner


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


over Stevenage in fourth and a much They remain seven points


behind Plymouth who won Pompey face Hartlepool, Yeovil


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


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


penalty as Oxford held Northampton. Meanwhile a priceless win


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


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


of avoiding the drop alive. An Aldershot Farnham and district


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


weekend Louise Small put in a very


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


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


traditionally strong runners, Small finished 37th out of 106


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


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


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


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


based team competing in the America's Cup is highlighted


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


will be defended by America this summer.


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


while the Americans dominated the field winning nine


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


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


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


These first images from the British team's


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


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


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


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


Ainslie once again is trying to make history.


A host of golden daffodils in Thatcham - Dot Williams


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


And this is Harnham Bridge in the lunchtime sun -


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


cloudy skies, temperatures not dropping much below double figures,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


better picture. Cooler, fresher conditions and some rain coming


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


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


we may see sunny spells. Thank you, Sam.


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


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


But despite their international significance, the ruins


of Reading Abbey have been closed for eight years since


Now, after years of delays and wrangling over cost,


work has started to repair the crumbling walls ahead


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


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


Nine centuries later, the ruins of Reading Abbey


These techniques actually go back over 10,000 years


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


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


and re-discovering how these buildings were actually originally


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


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


This hot lyme mortar is exactly what Henry used


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


Pretty much every King or Queen came here.


they might have been here staying with the Abbot.


There's a thousand years of history here.


It's internationally important history, it's


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


and that's what this project's about.


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


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


In 2009, repairs began but the damage was more


In April 2011, plans for an eight million pound


But it was late 2015 before funding was finally secured


Back in the 1100s, Reading Abbey would have


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


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


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


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


but less than half has come from the council coffers.


Reading obviously is associated with commerce,


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


cultural offering and we believe we can build on that,


develop the Abbey Quarter as a cultural attraction


and attract a wider public to Reading.


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


of the new Abbey Quarter, taking its rightful and original


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