14/04/2017 South Today


14/04/2017

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Hello, I'm Allen Sinclair with the news from South Today.

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There's a warning to those enjoying the countryside this

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weekend that huge areas are at risk from heathland and grass fires.

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Hampshire firefighters have dealt with more than 50 incidents over

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The ground still smouldering in parts of the six hectares

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The recent warm weather has created a perfect storm -

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vegetation is dry and people are around.

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Bottles, broken glass on the ground there,

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another example of whereby the sun can react to it like

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Another potential cause for the start of the fire.

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I'm not saying that this was the one on this occasion,

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but take your rubbish with you take a glass home you,

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This was the Yateley fire at its height, one of 52

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Hampshire Fire Rescue dealt with within the week,

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The devastation caused by this fire is all too evident.

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Wildlife animals will have perished in this fire, but thankfully,

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no people were injured, although it came close to houses

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It can't be ruled out that this fire was started deliberately.

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It's the loss of the land, it's the damage the environment -

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it will take years to recover from this.

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Let alone, further still, the risk to the public,

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These fires can take flight very, very rapidly, hence,

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we quite often term them as a wildfire.

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Whilst the preservation of these vulnerable open spaces is key,

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the message is if you do encounter a fire, report it and don't try

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Poultry farmers are allowing their birds outdoors again

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for the first time in months, after restrictions to prevent

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the spread of bird-flu from wildfowl were lifted.

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Normally, free-range hens have had to be kept indoors.

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That's meant that, since February, boxes of free-range eggs have

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had to carry a label, pointing out that the birds

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have been been kept inside for their welfare.

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When these hens were first shut inside the barn,

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dozens died of suffocation as they crushed up inside against

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They did get used to it, but now the restrictions have eased,

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When these hens were first shut inside the barn,

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Production, I think, probably was affected a little bit.

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They certainly ate more food, because obviously when they're

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outside, they're grazing, weeds, grass, slugs,

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They were marked as barn eggs rather than free range.

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As from yesterday, they are now free range again, which is great.

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This easing of restrictions by Defra comes with a warning attached.

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All keepers must still comply with strict bio-security measures,

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because the risk of a flock like like this one contracting bird

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And the worry here on New Farm is the hens may have

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to spend every winter inside until a vaccine is developed.

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The distinctive drone of its engines has been heard in the skies over

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but the aircraft that's shuttled tens of thousands of passengers

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between the city and the Channel Islands has touched

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As Edward Sault reports, the Trislander plane,

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built on the Isle of Wight, has made more flights than any other

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Almost 33,000 flying hours and over 105,000 landings,

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but this Aurigny Trislander has landed for the last time,

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To think that this aeroplane has retired after so many flights

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and moving so many thousands of people around, it does

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This Trislander, known to many over Southampton, isn't going far.

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It is destined for here at the Solent Sky Museum

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and whilst it linked Alderney with the mainland, its connections

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It's very important, actually, as a local

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aviation story because, of course, Britten-Norman

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started their activities on the Isle of Wight

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and we have their very first aeroplane.

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It has almost become a part of Southampton life, if you like,

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and that was because of the distinctive engine noise.

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As soon as you heard that, you knew there was a Trislander

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Oscar November, as this aeroplane is known, will be on show

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in its new home in six to nine months.

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It's Good Friday of course, and worshippers at Christ Church

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Cathedral in Oxford have been re-enacting the Easter story.

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They held a procession around the cathedral,

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stopping to perform scenes for the public.

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The aim of the event was to help children to better understand

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the events leading up to the crucifixion.

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Sometimes people just go straight into Easter and they don't actually

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know the story of what happened at the end

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a way of trying to tell what is a difficult and complicated

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it is story in a way that is accessible and for

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younger people, as well as, I hope, quite moving for all ages.

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Onto football, and Brighton are still on track to secure

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automatic promotion to the Premier League

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and remain top of the table, after winning away to Wolves.

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But a win from third-place Huddersfield means guaranteed

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promotion spots are still too close to call.

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There were three games in League One.

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Oxford United lost 1-0 away at Bradford.

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Swindon managed to salvage a point at least

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after a goalless draw at home against AFC Wimbledon,

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but the Robins remain in the relegation zone.

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In the two of the Fort Hood. They went a goal down at Fratton Park.

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They had hoped to win today would secure their will then move up to

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lead one but Pompey are hot on their lead one but Pompey are hot on their

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heels in third point -- third place. Results elsewhere guarantees them a

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play-off place. OK, onto the weather then,

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and Sarah Farmer is here. Bit gloomy today, can

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we expect better for the rest too but certainly fresher then it

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was a week ago. Some outbreaks of rain, nudging themselves across our

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part of the world. Patchy in nature, it will tend to come and go.

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Clearing towards the south coast through the early hours.

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Temperatures down to eight or 9 degrees. We start tomorrow on a

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cloudy note, any remnants of that cloudy weather clearing.

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Temperatures up to around 12 or 13 degrees. Looking ahead to the rest

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of the weekend, Sunday start on a cloudy note with some rain arriving

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later in the day. Monday the odd shower is possible, and there may be

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a touch of frost on Tuesday. Rain from my Easter a camp? Thanks a lot,

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Sarah. We are back at 10:20pm tonight have a great evening,

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goodbye. To think that this time last

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weekend, temperatures were in the 20s. They got up to 25.5. Much

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cooler across the country this weekend. And this headline is true

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for the weather next week. That cool air stream from the north will

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persist. The mild air tries to get in, but never really wins. What have

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we got for the rest of today? The rain we had across Wales earlier

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will move southwards, but once the rain reaches you, it will be much

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lighter. Across many northern areas, the skies will clear up altogether.

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It will be a nippy night. Certainly a touch of frost

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