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Come what May - The Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn do
battle in the South Today, with education the big issue..
The Dorset newly-wed, robbed of his voice,
who's speaking up for young stroke victims across the south.
The high-flying Seagulls and the supporters who stuck
with them through two decades of struggle.
The thing about being a supporter of this football club, URL A14, no Home
Secretary will let you out, once you are in your end. -- you are our
And The magical modelling of Mr Brown.
What did a retired county planning officer do with his time?
The south became the battle-ground for the opening shots
of this election today as Prime Minister Theresa May
and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the region.
And one of the main issues today was not Brexit BUT education.
Our Political Editor Peter Henley is live for us tonight in Maidenhead.
Peter, what brought them both down to the M4 corridor today?
the Prime Minister came to her constituency, Jeremy Corbyn to
Swindon. Six junctions apart on the M4. They were miles apart of course
in terms of leadership style and policy. Jeremy Corbyn promising to
reduce class sizes in schools, Theresa May hero at a school telling
sixth formers they were spending a record amount of money. It is a
sheep of the contest to come. -- sheep.
Inside a toothpaste factory in Maidenhead, staff waiting to ask
And so the traditional fabric of election campaigning
Just a few words, compared to David Cameron, Theresa
Genuine questions were asked and answered, on the high cost
of living in the Thames Valley, Student fees and apprenticeships
and an EU national keen to continue to live in Britain.
how can you reassure me that my level not change after Brexit? I
see, as I sit around that table, a lot of goodwill on that issue. I
hope we will be able to give reassurance at an early stage.
but these apprentices, voting for the first time,
hadn't seen a Prime Minister close up before.
Are you excited about it? Yes. To here her without that background
To here her without that background noise will be great.
Meanwhile 50 miles down the road the Labour leader was a t
Not quite the same cavalcade of cars.
We are 72 hours into this election campaign, 72 hours into the
opportunity of our lifetime to challenge the inequality and
injustice which exists in Britain today.
The audience was more fired up than in Maidenhead,
though he is talking to his own supporters.
Lovely to meet you. I am ahead of English. If you could do something
for us, that would be great. We need teachers.
A pledge from Mr Corbyn to try t reduce classroom sizes,
a pledge from Mrs May to maintain the spending on foreign aid.
And she visited Cox Green School where the Head allowed sixth
Expect more promises, more speeches, more visits,
and neither side should count their chickens.
Mrs May will have to get away from her security detail and loosen up a
bit. As for Jeremy Corbyn, he will have to get out on the doorstep, a
dangerous place as Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband found but we are seeing
It's been revealed that emergency admissions to hospital,
for stroke sufferers, have increased by 30 percent
But - despite this specialist care - the number of people dying
from the condition hasn't improved for nearly a decade.
More people are aware of the warning signs
but the British Heart Foundation said today that more needs to be
done to develop research and spread the message.
In the South West, almost 120,000 people
are living with the after-effects of a stroke.
In the South East, it's more than 150,000.
It's commonly thought of as a condition for older people.
But, in the UK, a quarter of strokes happen to people under 55.
Lewis Coombes has the story of how its affected one young couple.
Today's the day you will always remember, the greatest in anyone's
You will start the day is just two people in love but end up as
Words spoken at Russel and Rachel's wedding two and a half years ago.
The happiest of days, with no clue of what was soon to come.
Just weeks later, at the age of 35, Russell was hospitalised
He would no longer be able to tell his wife he loves her.
It doesn't feel like it is our lives sometimes.
Russel had a heart attack in his twenties, which is believed to have
At one point, I thought I may have been a widow five weeks
Having Russell still around and him still being
him, his personality has not changed.
He just cannot communicate very well.
had to leave his job, while at home rely
If I say a word or Russell hears the word, then he can
repeat it by trying to find that word is what he struggles with.
So we have adapted and this is our life now.
It is very different to how we thought it would be.
Around a quarter of strokes happen to people under 55.
No treatment currently exists to bring back Russell's voice.
The British Heart Foundation is campaigning for more
We might be able then to use drugs which reduce
the amount of brain damage and if we do that we
disability that a person has to sadly live with for the rest of his
It is a shame that isn't anything out there that six months
or which would be additional to help the brain repeat itself.
Extra research into that to develop something would be great.
All your hopes, and your dreams be real, may success
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
Rachel and Russell Hanford ending Lewis' report.
The British Heart Foundation website has more information on this subject
John Gooch is 84 and is a full-time carer for his sick wife.
Recently, he was shocked to discover he'd fallen victim
to a telephone scam, with thousands taken
Bad enough, you might think - but now John is having to fight
John is a full-time carer for his wife, who is terminally ill with a
chronic lung conditions. I have to do just about everything for her.
John started receiving phone calls claiming to be from his internet
provider after reporting problems with his e-mail. They wanted my bank
details which I refuse to start with. We went on and own and
eventually they wanted a card reader and they gave me a number to Putin.
Eventually it came up on the screen, NatWest is secure. HSBC banking is
secure. The scammers to ?10,000 from their net -- NatWest account and
?2000 from the HSBC account. NatWest were very good about it. They got
the security people and said, no worry, that will be back in your
account and sorted but HSBC, different kettle of fish. HSBC wrote
to the family last week to see that inquiries had found the transaction
to remove money had been authenticated by their secure key
device so there are further bank could not accept liability and would
not reimburse them. I thought with these little keypads everything
would be great. But tonight HSBC told us each cases looked at
individually. # case is looked at. It was the novelist Iris Murdoch
who wrote that: "the bicycle is the most civilised
conveyance known to man." Well, now another new scheme to get
the South's commuters onto two wheels has been launched
and there's a plus. The Bike Smart project in Reading
is offering special perks to commuters who rack up miles
using pedal power. When our towns and cities are trying
to get people out of their cars, we usually hear about the problems
of pollution and congestion. In Reading a new scheme is all
about the carrot, not the stick. We want people to track
their cycling and earn rewards so through this Bike Smart app,
you log on, track your cycle and you will get points at the end
of the programme to award yourself or you can donate those
points to charity. At the moment nearly half
of people coming to Reading use public transport,
one fifth use their car but only 2% cycle and the town wants to double
that in the next year. The app works by monitoring your
location and how fast you move between points so can tell
if you're cycling or walking You get ten points for every mile
you cover and that can be used to spend on things like cups
of coffee, high street shopping vouchers and even a prize draw
where you could win a bicycle. But is that enough to tempt people
back into the cycling? It will be interesting
because I would be racking up the points because I live
30 miles away. Arthritic knees might
not help but yes. Bike Smart also wants
to help would-be cyclists with things like the safest,
quietest commuting routes. Many people haven't had their bike
out for many years. Then they need to repair it before
they can get it back on the road so we're offering free bike
maintenance, bike maintenance The funding for Bike Smart comes
from the EU, not the council so Reading wants to make sure
commuters sign up now before Brexit. A 68-year-old man questioned
on suspicion of arson following a fire at a stately home
in Dorset has been released Fire crews were called
to the Grade One-listed Parnham House, near Beaminster,
on Saturday morning. The building, designed in part
by the famous architect John Nash, Later in the programme twenty years
since the Seagulls left the Goldstone ground -
supporters hope tonight they can add the championship
trophy to their promotion There are concerns tonight over
the lack of specialist care for families with muscular dystrophy
in the south. The South East has 5,000 people
living with the condition. Most regions have three
or four care advisors I am pressing the button
to change the TV channel. Dan is a big sports fan
and loves his television. He has all the latest technology
to help them control the screen. His mother believes NHS funded care
advisors are vital to help They help out right away
with diagnosis, they can support a family through the terrible grief
and as time goes on they can signpost them to
specialist services. A leading charity uses this video
to show how it works Care advisers funded by local NHS
health commissioners. In other regions they find the money
but not in Kent and Sussex. The south east, the only place
in a country without There are no specialist
centres in those areas, everyone goes to London but many
people are still hundreds of miles away from the specialist centres
and spent most of the time at home in the community where they need
that expert support. The charity believes it
would save the NHS money to pay for the care and avoid
unplanned hospital admissions. This woman has been campaigning
about this for a decade. It seems bizarre where
we are the only area, the affluent south-east,
which does not have this facility. In response to the campaign,
the NHS tells me they are developing the role of care advisers
and brnging together all the commissioners
from across the south-east in the coming weeks to ensure
the service is provided On to spot no. -- now. They just
have to beat Norwich tonight? Yes, that is correct. Fingers crossed.
With promotion to the Premier League already guaranteed, Brighton
and Hove Albion can tonight put the icing on the cake, knowing a win
at Norwich would clinch the Championship trophy.
Johnny Cantor is at Carrow Road for BBC Radio Sussex, where Seagulls
It would certainly cap a wonderful week for the Albion supporters,
promotion was the most important thing but especially for their
players, they want to go up as champions. One win would do it and
winners medal would be a fine memento. The Albion manager would
probably also like to seal the deal tonight against his former club.
Norwich City removed him from duties in his second season in charge. He
He led them to 11th in his first season.
It's hard to believe that, 20 years ago, Brighton
were facing extinction, without a ground, and
with only a slim hope of staying in the league.
What's happened since is a triumph for the club Chairmen
who wouldn't be beaten, Dick Knight and Tony Bloom.
But it's also a great moment for the bloody-minded fans
Bob Everett has been talking to two of them.
It is 20 years almost to the day since Brighton played their last
game at the Goldstone ground, sold off without the fan's
The old place was torn apart for souvenirs.
Back then the club fanzine editor and an accountant
among fans who fought to keep the club going.
In the club museum and it is all history now.
For Paul and even still it's a vivid memory.
I have never been back to the Goldstone ground.
I have never seen the pictures of the West stand
It was a mixture, a mishmash of emotions.
The rain was pouring down, there I was with a
hammer and spade, sitting in my seat, about to demolish it and take
Two seasons in the wilderness followed,
fans were forced to travel 75 miles to Gillingham Town for home games.
We just had to go there, the first season,
young family, I did not go as much as I should have done.
It was unreal, four motorways and a funeral.
The PA announcer did not pronounce the team's names
A return to Brighton was vital, even if that was to an
It gave the club and supporters a 12 year toehold in
It was brilliant, but it was a hand to mouth existence.
This is ideal, a permanent stadium with
22,000 seats where generations can watch Brighton and Hove Albion for
The fight turned fans into TV reporters and even
Absolutely, it is critical on an employment basis
and economic bases and community basis.
The benefits of stadium can bring can be enormous.
Faced with that kind of determination, the
In 2011, club and supporters were back in
The whole Albion story is the community.
What gives me the greatest buzz is sitting in
my seat here, seeing all the families, all the people
who support Albion and they are all familiar
They are all from Sussex and beyond and are all united.
Perhaps the ultimate destination for these campaigners finally arrived on
Monday, the Premier League. What gives me a buzz is when you're out
and about and there are kids in Brighton shirts, playing football in
the park. When we left in 1997, we lost a whole generation. The thing
about being a supporter of this club, you are a life. No Home
Secretary will let you out. Once you are in, you are in. 2017, what a
year for Brighton. You must remember it? I do, they have not changed a
bit. If there ever was a club where the supporters are the heart of it,
it is Brighton. I wish them all the best tonight. Another club as well,
Bournemouth taking on Middlesbrough at home.
Reading can guarantee their place in the Championship play-offs
In League One, Oxford travel to Millwall, MK Dons
host Sheffield United, while Swindon need a home
win against Scunthorpe in their fight against relegation.
In League Two, Portsmouth welcome Cambridge to what's sure to be
a party atmosphere at Fratton Park following their promotion.
Now, thousands of runners are resting their legs and loading
up on the carbs ahead this weekend's marathons.
Southampton hosts its first full marathon in more than 30 years
It falls on the same day as the London Marathon -
among those taking part will be Bronte Randle-Bissell
from Winchester - who aged 18 years and three days -
will line up as the youngest runner competing.
Good luck to everyone taking part, including a reporter from BBC says.
He will be wearing bright yellow. Let us get on to the weather for the
weekend. Not doing badly but we have cooler conditions to come next week.
Let us take a look at your weather pictures.
Gloomy skies above Sherbourne St John in Hampshire -
Becca Collacott sent us this photo of the Great Haseley Windmill
And here's a splash of colour from Ginny Boxall at Freshwater
skies for much of today. Generally quite cloudy picture. Cloud is a key
feature. We will see cloud through much of the region tonight. One or
two holes appearing in the cloud and temperatures hold around ten or 9
degrees. Temperatures could take a tumble with the clear spells. To the
north, we could see spots of rain pushing their week in towards dawn.
Some dampness to get the day started first thing on Saturday but
generally dry picture too much for Saturday. Quite a bit of cloud. By
the middle of the morning, we can see Brighton is developing. Into the
afternoon, sunnier spells. One or two blue skies to look for. Highs of
15 degrees and light winds so feeling pleasant when you catch
sunshine. Through tomorrow evening, we will see less cloud than tonight.
Temperatures will respond accordingly, to six or 7 degrees.
Perhaps in the it could go further still, perhaps a touch of grass lost
worst thing on Sunday morning. Sandy Hook stride and we will see a lot of
cloud to start. -- Sunday looks dry. Feeling pleasantly warm in the
sunshine, light winds and sunny skies. Things are set to change.
After a few weekend with decent wants, we will see a bit of a change
on Monday. -- decent wants. We start Monday with cloud and rain band
arrives. Cold conditions overnight into Tuesday. Some breakers on
Tuesday but one or two when to apply these and cold winds as well. Thank
you very much. When a person retires
from work after a long You'd think they'd like to
have a bit of a change. But when Roger Brown left his role
as a county planning officer. He couldn't resist directing his
energies at something which had more Roger spent the next nine years
of his life building a 15-feet scale model of Winchester,
based on an Ordnance Survey But the extraordinary work has
never been exhibited Miniature Winchester, the city as it
was in Victorian times. This intricate model, the work of a man
with a passion for buildings and a great deal of patience. It was only
that of love that lasted nine years. I don't know what his wife had to
say about that. We do know that she complained for nine years they could
not park the car in the garage. It was never intended to be just a
private project. It was always meant to be for other people to enjoy. It
has only ever been on short tempered Adelaide, a permanent home could not
be found but no, 20 years after it was completed, the model forms the
centrepiece of a revamped city Museum. Roger has to be just over
two years ago, but I know she would have been thrilled to bits to see
adhere. Roger bases model on an ordnance survey map which showed
huge detail of the city layout. The model captures Winchester Ju --
during her Victorian expansion. This was not year when the survey took
place in 1870 but when it was printed three years later, it's
foundation stones had been lead. The statue of Alfred also did not appear
for another three decades. Before that, Cannon, a trophy for the
Crimean War students please. Even that has made it this model.
Although a lot has changed, much of Winchester's past is still present
in this model helps keep its history alive.
It is amusing because when you look at it, we are so high-tech with
drones, you think I am looking at this with the drawing. Fabulous.
That's it from us, have a good weekend, good luck to all the
marathon runners and Brighton and Hove Albion. Good night.