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In tonight's programme. day and it gets cold next week.

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legs have been amputated after a motor racing accident.

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A warning to pet owners as several cat deaths

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in Portsmouth are being linked to the "UK cat killer".

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It's a shame what happened to such a dear

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A campaign to bring back oysters to the Solent.

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And the TV stars marking a million pound milestone for a new children's

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He was tipped as a Formula One star of the future -

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but in a split second his life changed forever.

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17-year-old Billy Monger from Charlwood in Surrey was racing

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in last weekend's British Formula four championships when he crashed

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He's since had both his lower legs amputated.

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But fans have rallied round, and an online appeal has already

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raised more than half a million pounds.

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Lewis Coombes is at Thruxton in Hampshire where many

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of Billy's fellow racers will compete this weekend.

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Sally, Formula four is seen as a low-cost

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entrance to car racing - aimed at young drivers

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The next step on the road to Formula One.

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Today we've seen drivers whip along the straights here at speeds

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had learned of the news surrounding their friend

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and colleague known as Billy Whizz...

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It started as just another race for a young driver with eyes for the

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top. It ended in tragedy. This footage from Billy's on-board camera

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captures captures the seconds before impact. He was trapped after

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colliding with another formula four car. He is the obliteration Jesper

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neon the right leg. His left leg is halfway up his five where it has

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been removed. Devastating news for us all. The main use to keep a brave

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face for Billy. He seems to be doing well, holding up well. Those in

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charge in Donington where the incident took place says the

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accident will be examined in full. Given a strong racing record, racing

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continued at Thruxton, with cars brandishing stickers with his name.

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I can remember accident without nature for many, many years. Given

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the number of race miles completed, the safest record of any racing

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series bar none, I would suggest. News of Billy's accident has echoed

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around the world motorsport. An online appeal to raise funds for the

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rehabilitation has raised half ?1 million in just 24 hours. With the

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likes of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton pledging support. The few

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people you know will light up the room when it comes in, incredibly

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likeable guy. About motorsport. Seeing the next generation of kids

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come through, looking after kids eight years old in go-karts.

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Passionate about what he does he loves the sport. To see it happen to

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such a lovely guy, such a heartbreaking thing. At the same

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time we can see the incredible support he has got. That is

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testament to how well loved for years. Tom Ingram, a close friend of

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Billy speaking to me earlier today. The money raised, ?570,000, is going

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into a trust fund for Billy and his family. British touring cars will

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carry messages of support for him. Clearly a popular man in the world

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motorsport. 50 firefighters have been battling

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a blaze in the St Denys Fire crews got the call

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to Empress Road just before midday. No one was inside the commercial

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garage at the time and everyone Fire crews are still on the scene

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and the fire is now affecting The Ambulance Service has warned

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people nearby to close windows Police in Portsmouth

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are investigating the horrific killing of a cat in Southsea over

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the Easter weekend. They're linking it with two other

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similar attacks on cats in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and with many

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more attacks nationally believed Jo Kent is in Southsea tonight -

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Jo, what happened? It was outside the shop that Poppy,

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a two-year-old cat and much loved Her body left across the road

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for passers-by to find. It's just yards from her home

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and it is believed that it happened between 10.30 at night and 1.30

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in the morning from Easter Sunday Her death is devastating

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for her owners but all the more so because of the horrific nature

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of how it happened. Such a friendly little thing, I have

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a young daughter. We had come down the road, coming down the

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cul-de-sac, Poppy would come and meet us. At the moment very

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difficult to see it in me can't help but think about it. Last night I

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could not leave the baby in the nursery. I felt unsafe. And what

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happened. To such a dear, sweet creature. -- and a

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Well initially the person who found Poppy's body was told it wasn't

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really a police matter but it soon emerged that this may not be

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an isolated case and is probably linked to a number of other killings

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into which there is already a police investigation.

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In the South, Hampshire Police are now linking it to two other cases -

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one also in Portsmouth at the start of April and another in Sandown

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So what do we know about the 'UK cat killer'?

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Killings were first reported in 2015 and were largely happening

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Now it's believed there are more than 200 cases.

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The deaths are similar - with most of the cats -

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There's a reward of ?10,000 being offered for information

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The concern is that this individual could move

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on from killing and mutilating cats to harming humans.

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In the meantime Poppy's owners are urging other owners

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A 68-year-old man is still being questioned on suspicion

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of arson following a fire at a stately home in Dorset.

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The blaze at Parnham House near Beaminster broke out on Saturday

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Police say the man arrested is from the local area.

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Teachers, support staff and parents have revealed the impact of cuts

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More than fifty schools in the county are planning to reduce

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staffing in the next academic year, as they struggle to

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Almost half of those responding to a survey by Unison had been

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affected by restructuring in their schools,

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with most of them saying it had lowered morale,

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increased stress and damaged educational outcomes.

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James Ingham has been looking at the findings.

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Because of the way funding is allocated, schools in West Sussex

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receive two hundred pounds less per pupil than the average school.

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That will change under plans to even out discrepancies,

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but they'll still be worse off than most.

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As a result, 53 schools out of around 330 are considering staff

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This is about there being simply not enough money to educate children in

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the ways they need to be educated. Making sure there are not support

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staff to support children in classrooms, particularly vulnerable

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children who may have difficulties or behavioural issues. That affects

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all children in schools. Unison's survey in West Sussex

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schools, shows staff morale has been hit and workload and stress

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levels have increased. But it's the impact

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on children that's most stark. Around half said pupils

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attainment had got worse, and more said special educational

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needs provision had suffered. One teaching assistant has told us

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how worried for pupils she is, but she's also fearful

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about her future prospects, The children in my school will not

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have access to somebody they can talk to. They will continue to be

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abused. They will continue to cause disruption in the class. They will

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continue to stop other children having a right to their education.

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So every single child will be affected, because these children do

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not have somebody to turn to. Don't have someone who can spend time

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listening to them. Parents are also noticing

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the impact of cuts. Sarah Maynard has children

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at primary and secondary Her son's primary is losing seven

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teaching assistants. They generally enrich our children's

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daily life at school, and they will be gone. That is damaging for the

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school, obviously. That will have an impact on other members of staff

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with workflow. More significantly, it is damaging to our children's

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education. The government says school funding

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is at record levels, but it's also told us that it

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recognises schools are facing cost pressures -

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and they'll be offered support to help them use their

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funding cost effectively. West Sussex County Council also

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acknowledges the pressure many are under, telling us that it

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will offer support and help during what it describes

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as "this difficult time". An adoption charity from Reading has

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created a short film to help a five Robert is one of two thousand

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children nationally who are seen as "hard to place" which means

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they either have special needs That's because most couples

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prefer to adopt babies. The charity Parents And Children

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Together - or PACT - hopes the video will highlight

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the issue. Sadly he has had to break those

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attachments because having to move on.

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The south could lose two of its Marks Spencer stores

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as the retail giant seeks to adapt to changing shopping patterns.

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This store at Wokingham in Berkshire and another

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at Portsmouth are part of plans to close six stores in England.

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A number of new food stores are scheduled to open over the next

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six months and the company's Chief Executive says

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workers will be redeployed to nearby M outlets.

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Aldershot MP Sir Gerald Howarth has confirmed that he will not be

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The Conservative MP and former Defence Minister has

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represented the constituency for the past 20 years.

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Later in the programme Alexis is looking ahead

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Lovely spring sunshine this weekend. All eyes looking forward to next

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week in the Arctic air. It was meant to offer

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a new style of rail tickets But a government-led smart card

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scheme to replace paper tickets has run millions of pounds over budget

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and failed to deliver - Our transport correspondent

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Paul Clifton has more. The idea was to help passengers move

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to smart cards, including flexible season tickets for people who

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commute part time. It has not gone well. The original cast was put at

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?45 million. The final bill was 54 million. Plus a further 66 million

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to make London ticket machines read mainline smart cards. The business

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case relied on 95% of season-ticket holders switching. So far 8% have

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done so. The government has failed on the 2015 manifesto commitment.

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Failed on bringing a promised back in 2015 to bring flexible ticketing.

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At the same time they wasted is an astonishing amount of tax payers

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money on a smart and flexible ticketing scheme which has delivered

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almost nothing for passengers. 11 train operators were to offer smart

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cards. Only five do so. Only one offers a flexible part-time option.

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Southern, Gatwick Express and South West Trains have done smart cards

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there own way. The back-office functions that make them work do not

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rely on the government system. This month the Department for Transport

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has ended the south-east flexible ticket programme, saying the private

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sector should lead the way. The bottom line is that train companies

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and the government have not come together with a common standard

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across the network. They have fallen a decade behind the bus industry,

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where smart cards are standard. Three years ago the London

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Underground moved on to contactless bank cards, a runaway success. Yet

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millions of two metres, four years to come, will use paper tickets.

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Something the Victorians who built this railway would still recognise.

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Drivers faced long delays on the Adrian Surrey tunnel. Bail out back

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north bound for a time. Nobody was hurt, structural engineers have been

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checking the tunnel today. The Solent was once the biggest

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oyster fishery in Europe. 450 boats caught 15 million oysters

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a year in the 1970s. But overfishing killed the industry

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and the last fishery shut in 2013. Now an attempt is under way to bring

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sustainable oyster fishing back. Hundreds of baby oysters

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are being put into the water Here's our business

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correspondent Alastair Fee. These oysters carry the hopes

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of environmentalists, On a pontoon at the Hamble -

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volunteers were today weighing, measuring and then carefully

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returning them to the sea. Most of them will be prisoners the

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idea is silent. Through overfishing and disease, predation, the native

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oyster almost died out in the 2013, the fisheries closed because of his

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stock The broadcaster Ben Fogle -

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a former Portsmouth student and keen conservationist was among

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those helping out. We hope these oysters will change

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the whole dynamic of the silent. Improving the water quality,

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bringing back bringing injection into the economy, tourism. The cost

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of a dozen succulent oysters is a relatively common problem for the

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gourmet. Intensive fishing of oysters began

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in the 19th century. At it's peak the industry

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kept 700 men at sea. But the native Oyster population has

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halved in the last 25 years. This year one million oysters

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will be re-introduced to the Solent. Every month at six locations

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they will be studied It knew that these ponds in mean on

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the monitor them easily. Assuming these young molluscs

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are back in abundance.The ambition is to have a sustainable fishery

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back in business in ten years. A big milestone's been reached

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in the campaign to create a new children's emergency

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department in Southampton. A million pounds has

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now been raised. The appeal has been helped

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by a charity set up by the actors The couple became involved

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after the care received by their baby daughter Ella-Jayne,

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who sadly died at just eight months Fresh from our screens

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in ITV's Broadchurch, actor Sarah Parish enjoys plenty

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of work and a high profile - but it's this role which is closest

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to her heart, as a charity It was the tragic loss

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of their baby daughter Ella-Jayne which has closely linked the couple

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to Southampton General. Sarah and James see

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a new hospital as her legacy. They're at the forefront of a push

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to build a brand new emergency department in southampton,

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just for children. When your Child is in an accident

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you want them to get the best care this trauma centre will give them

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back. Specialist x-ray rooms, 11 observation areas. Anything a child

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needs when they are critically ill, this place will have. Giving them

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the best chance of survival. Today was about celebrating

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the money already raised - which takes the total

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to one million pounds. We provide a major trauma so if

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dealing with seriously injured children from the Channel Islands

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was an environment where the people can work

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effectively for them. At the moment the building

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is an empty shell and there's a lot of hard work ahead There's

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still one and a half million pounds The search is on four major donors,

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businesses or individuals prepared to donate hundreds of thousands of

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pounds for none naming rights, a plaque above the door. Still ?1.5

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million to raise in just over one year. Going from strength to

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strength. Onto sport, and Michael Eisner,

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the man who wants to buy Portsmouth Football Club,

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is to come to the city to make a personal pitch to shareholders

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before they vote on his offer The former Disney Chief

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Executive and his family will talk to members

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of the Pompey Supporters Trust at the city's Guildhall

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on Thursday May the fourth. Voting packs will be sent out

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to shareholders next Monday. The ballot will close

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on May the 19th. Meanwhile, after clinching promotion

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to the Premier League on Monday, Brighton Hove Albion

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are being honoured with a civic Tens of thousands of fans who're

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probably only just recovering from Monday's celebrations,

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will be able to cheer their heroes again on Sunday May the 14th

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as they parade along the seafront The exact route and timings

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for the bus tour are A win for the Albion tomorrow night

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against Norwich would see them Thousands of runners

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are preparing for the 2017 For Chris Arthey from Godalming,

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Sunday will be the fifth But it will be the first time he's

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run it since being involved I lost my spleen, broken ribs,

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punctured lung, bad concussion. We both had broken arms and hands.

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Denise's lead was lost straightaway. While fulfilling a lifetime ambition

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to ride a motorbike across America, in 2008, they were hit by a drunk

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driver, veering into their lane at 80 miles an hour. Crisp' left leg

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was very badly damaged. They put me in a medically induced coma, tried

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to save the leg, but after ten days that did not work out. They took my

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leg. Chris had always competed in enduring sports. Denise made this

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promise to is surging. He will run another marathon. That is his drive,

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he is a runner. That does not change, losing your leg does not

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change EU are. I knew he would do it again. This leg I am wearing is a

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walking leg. The breakthrough came from Chris when he found the right

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prostatic to compete with. For running a use this one, same socket,

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but it has no need. It has this blade, which you can bounce on. With

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a sole unit fitted. Before the accident Chris had completed five of

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the world marathon majors, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York and

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London. His personal best time was just under three hours. He is

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setting himself a tough target for this Sunday as well. The training

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has gone fairly well. Four and a half hours plus a bit, I would be

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very happy. It has been a long road to recovery, the only thing that

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should hold Chris' progress on Sunday is the finish line. Good luck

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to Chris and already taking part in the London marathon this weekend.

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The world's strongest man was in Southampton today

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Zydrunas Savickas was flipping tyres with Aaron Page from Southampton.

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It'll be one of the most difficult disciplines in the Ultimate

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Strongman World Series UK qualifier being held at St Mary's in June.

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When I was 13 years old I came to strongman competition. For me,

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something amazing. I decided I wanted to be strong. It is good to

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compete. Nice when people enjoy it. He is handy if you break down! I

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would have in my car. Carrying tyres. Change my diet.

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Onto the weather. What we talking about, Arctic chills. We have some

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really cold air coming in next week. A chance we could have wintry

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showers, bitterly cold. Gardeners, beware.

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Steve Regan photographed the sunset at Man O'War beach in Dorset.

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Jacqueline Rackham's dog Louis enjoyed running

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And Ryan Curtis took this picture of Christchurch Harbour from the air.

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Lovely sunny spells today, a fair amount of cloud as well. This

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evening we are seeing the sunshine, cloud returning overnight. One macro

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clear spells. We could see some mist and fog patches. Where the cloud is

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thickest, the odd spot of drizzle. Temperature is not as cold as last

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night. Dipping to around five Celsius. Fairly cloudy start of the

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day. But. But the degree of Doctor bridges reaching 14- get border

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tomorrow. A good deal of cloud tomorrow. The odd spot of drizzle.

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One or two macro clear spells allowing mist of folk to form.

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Foremost we're looking at lows of 9-10dC. Quite a cloudy start to the

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weekend. We will see the cloud gradually thin and break thanks to

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this cold front moving southwards. The odd spot of rain for eastern

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parts of Bucks. Otherwise dry, more in the way of sunshine for the

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afternoon and evening. Through the course of Saturday, high pressure

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building behind me. That will settle things down. Overnight Saturday cold

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air is settling in. Next week old is still in from the Arctic. Some

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wintry showers through the course of Monday. In fact more so on Tuesday

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evening and overnight into Wednesday. One or two macro showers

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possible through the course of the weekend. Staying mainly dry. A good

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deal of cloud tomorrow, and also the start of the" right running up in

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the afternoon. Lovely spells of sunshine on Sunday. Monday the odd

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spot of rain, thunder storms possible on Tuesday.

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Two Maronite we will take a look around a 15 foot model of

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Winchester, finding out why this action may labour of love for the

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person who made it. Thanks for watching.

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NEWSREADER: 'The UK has voted to leave the European Union

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'Ukip leader Nigel Farage celebrated the result,

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'declaring that dawn was breaking on an independent nation.'

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'Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to resign

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'The pound fell sharply as the referendum result became apparent,

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'and traders are bracing themselves for panic when the markets open.'

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