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Hello I'm Sally Taylor. Welcome to South Today.


A violent attack on young gay women by up to 30 men.


Complaints that their case is not being treated seriously enough.


I was hit, and in that hit I felt all of my jaw just shatter.


A dreadful thing to do, says a judge after a hospice


manager steals money from the most vulnerable.


Who looks after Nathaniel when his parents aren't there?


With the rising cost in our care system, who pays the bill?


Not knowing where he was, was he safe, was he happy?


And training in the tunnels, the First World War soldiers


underground in Wiltshire ahead of the horror that was to come.


Punched in the face so hard one of them lost seven teeth.


Bruised internal organs, dislocated knees and shoulders.


These are the injuries sustained by a group of young gay women


on a night out in Portsmouth in what's believed to have been


Today, there was concern and bitterness, among


some of the victims, that the police were not doing


Recent Government figures show that the number of recorded


There were just over 7,000 such crimes in the past year,


At the same time, research by one gay charity showed that half


of those who reported hate crime said they did not feel


Our reporter Steve Humphrey is in Portsmouth for us.


The group of women were walking home from a local pub when it happened.


They were passing the snooker club just behind me


They say it happened out of the blue and it's shattered


Some of the victims have told us they are unhappy with the way


Bruises, black eyes, teeth knocked out.


In total, five women were hurt as they made their way home along


They were repeatedly punched and kicked by a group


The woman whose teeth were knocked out is amongst the victims


Before I even got to turn round, I was hit and in that hit,


I remember I could feel something had moved in my mouth,


but at that point, I didn't know it was my teeth.


I was just crying and screaming frantically.


The victims think the men who attacked them were Polish


and believe they were targeted because they are lesbians.


They say they are upset with the way Hampshire Police


I don't think they handled it well at all.


We were telling the police who assaulted people


and they were letting them go in taxis.


Neither witnesses got called to give statements.


There was 20 to 30 men involved, I don't understand how only


They didn't even come over and check if I was OK.


We had no photos taken of the injuries.


I've been groped and grabbed as well as the other girls.


We should have had a female officer there.


Hampshire Police say an ambulance was requested by officers as soon


as they arrived at the scene in Kingston Road.


The police have also revealed that four men -


one from Portsmouth and three from London - were arrested


They have been released but remain under investigation.


Well, today Hampshire Police declined an invitation


They say they can't comment on the details because it might


However, they say the victims are in regular contact with the force,


including a lesbian and gay liaison officer.


The force also says: "We have explained our complaints procedure


Robbie De Santos is from the gay rights group Stonewall.


I spoke to him earlier, from our central London studios,


and I started by asking him if homophobic attacks


Unfortunately, six in ten lesbian, gay and bisexual people have


experienced a hate crime in the last three years.


So they're actually quite common, really.


And that increase in the numbers that you talk about,


how much of that is the willingness of victims to report the crime?


We may be seeing a little bit more confidence from victims of hate


crimes, but it's still a drop in the ocean compared


So there's still a lot of work to be done building the confidence of LGBT


And is that because there is so much discrepancy between police forces


So we've seen a lot of police forces engaging really positively


with the local community, going to prides, running campaigns


specifically for them, but that isn't the case everywhere


and we'd like to see equality training across every


force in the country, so that everyone's got a really good


police force who understand LGBT hate crimes.


And what's your message to those victims of crime who don't to report


Please do come forward and report your hate crime


because every crime that's reported means that we can help the police


and the Government take it more seriously.


But we do need the Government to reconsider how hate


We want them to be seen as aggravated offences,


so that they carry a more weighty sentence and so that there's


more that can be done against the perpetrators


"You deserve to feel shameful for what you have done."


The words of a crown court judge today as he sentenced a hospice


finance manager for stealing thousands of pounds


Simon Plummer was given an 18-month suspended sentence


for taking the money from Oakhaven Hospice, in Lymington.


He used it to fund building work on his own house in Sway.


He was trusted to take care of the money at a place


What do you say to the staff and patients at the hospice?


But Simon Plummer abused his position to steal more than ?13,000.


Southampton Crown Court heard that between November 2015 and August


2016 Mr Plummer had diverted cash and cheque donations from being paid


Instead, he used the money to cover the cost of building materials,


The fraud was uncovered when the building company


Travis Perkins began sending invoices to the hospice.


After an internal inquiry, Mr Plummer was dismissed


from Oakhaven and the police were informed.


In court, he pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.


Taking that into account, Judge Francis Burrell gave


Mr Plummer an 18 month suspended sentence and told him...


No-one from Oakhaven wanted to appear on camera


"This has been a very sad and difficult period for us


We have in place a strong set of financial procedures


so the public and all our supporters can be assured that fundraised


income and donations are safe and secure."


And maintaining that goodwill from the public is crucial.


Like other hospices, Oakhaven only gets around 10%


a year through donations, legacies and fundraising.


Mr Plummer has written to staff at the hospice


expressing his remorse, but declined to comment


A long-serving black member of staff, working


for Thames Valley Police, says she felt bullied,


harassed and violated after a black toy monkey was allegedly put


Detective Sergeant Andrew MOTT-OWW is accused of making racist


comments and inappropriate behaviour last year.


Adina Campbell has just sent this report from Thames Valley Police HQ.


Detective Sergeant Andrew Mottau had been supervising a south-east


counter terrorism unit when these racist allegations were made


against him by a black female colleague last year.


At this stage, we can't name the woman for legal reasons


but she was working as a special investigator within his team.


At the time, she was only black person in the department and we


heard both she and Andrew Mottau had known each other for


This afternoon, we've been hearing details about how tea making duties


were divided up between team members last summer.


It's claimed Detective Sergeant Andrew Mottau had introduced


a black toy monkey - about the size of a key ring -


as a prop to signal whose turn it was to make tea and coffee.


After returning to work following leave, the black


investigator said on her first day back to work last August,


without any explanation, the toy had been placed on her desk.


Speaking in front of the hearing panel this afternoon she said...


"I'm a black person, serving the public.


I was shocked and offended to see a black money on my desk.


He was jeering me and harassing me about the black monkey.


I felt violated and grabbed my fags and walked out.


I felt offended by it and some members of my team


This gross misconduct hearing will continue


here at Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington


If these allegations are found to be true,


Detective Sergeant Andrew Mottau could lose his job.


It's been described as a ticking time-bomb inside our care system.


A new report, published by Healthwatch in West Berkshire,


reveals the failure of many councils to put adequate plans in place


to look after vulnerable people with learning difficulties,


when their carers can no longer look after them.


As Nikki Mitchell reports, many parents are terrified


about what will happen to their children,


Severe autism means Nathanial is more like a two-year-old


He's a big baby and he's lovely, but we've had a toddler for 18 years


But what are the next 18 years and the 18 years after that?


Our social care system has neither the time or the money to plan


for what should happen when parents and carers can care no longer.


If I suddenly had to go into hospital long-term or god


forbid anything else happened, he could just be whizzed from this


safe environment and put anywhere with strangers.


He's not capable of communicating his displeasure, his needs,


We need an action committee formed of key professionals,


the voluntary sector, the parents and carers,


to actually look at potential solutions, and who knows, perhaps


This is a national problem, it's not just West Berkshire.


This piece of land is a desolate reminder of a supported living


The sort of community 45-year-old Karen Winters may have been able


to move into when her parents could no longer cope.


We wanted to be around to move her into something that...


To support her while she did the move.


The council just won't entertain anything other


The plain fact is that there is less accommodation


than the number of people we would like to provide for it.


And, therefore, perhaps we do step in rather later than some


We are hoping to put a proposal towards the council,


which will help to increase our capacity, and that would enable us


to perhaps step in a little earlier than we do.


The distress, for me, would be acute, not knowing


where he was, was he safe, was he happy?


Mummy! Yes!


An off-duty police sergeant will have to pay more than ?1600


after he head-butted a woman whilst wearing a crash


helmet during a row at a petrol station in Hampshire.


Worthing Magistrates heard Sergeant David Sanderson became


involved in an altercation on the forecourt, at


Chandler's Ford, over the woman's alleged use of a mobile phone.


He assaulted her, leaving her with a lump on the head.


He was fined more than ?800,000 plus costs and compensation,


If you want to know what the weather will be like this week stay with us.


I will look ahead to the weather for the rest of this week, we have got


an arctic blast were a couple of days but becoming less cold towards


the end of the week. Sussex Police still need


to do more to recognise the crime of stalking,


according to the county's Police It's emerged that more


than 200 people reported An investigation is already


underway into the force's treatment of Shana Grice,


a young woman who was killed by a stalker last summer.


John Young reports. Shana Grice is the name that


haunts Sussex Police. More than five times she told them


that Michael Lane was stalking her, but on one occasion they told her


she was wasting their time. Today, the county's Police


and Crime Commissioner admitted to the BBC that the forces' respond


to stalking in general, as she put it, wasn't


what it should be. I think it's very difficult


for police officers to understand in the first instance the severity


of the crime of stalking, because often incidents are reported


in isolation and what we want to see is police officers actually


joining up the dots and understanding that this


is about a pattern of abuse. So in a training centre


in Worthing today, officers Anything that sounds


concerning to you. The training, organised by a victim


of stalking herself, who now runs courses


to raise awareness. It's extremely encouraging


and they are engaging well with us, and that's the whole point


of what we're doing. We need to increase


the communication between all the services and to get


people to thoroughly There's plenty of evidence


it is a real problem. This man is pretending to be


a hospital doctor to get A stash of weapons was


later found in his van. The singer, Lily Allen,


helped campaigners by talking publicly about the moment a man


who'd harrassed her for seven years broke into her bedroom


when she slept. It's far too frequent that we hear


victims of stalking say to us that they've reported to the police


but they have been dismissed. The police have said they'll come


back when he does something or he may just go away or that


doesn't sound very serious. The research we've released this


week really does underline how The research has also led


to a list of tell tale signs from the obvious, perhaps,


hanging around outside a house, to the more bizarre -


rearranging furniture in a victim's garden,


or falsely reporting a victim to social services


for poor parenting. Victims that come forward


will often talk about, "I've asked them to stop


and told them no," therefore And I think that's a message


I would like to get across today is that actually be really clear


about what is wanted and unwanted. And if you do, Sussex Police


are now promising we will Time for sport now. You might


remember if you are watching on Friday, we were all excited as far


as Brighton and Hove Albion were concerned. They didn't do it. They


haven't done it yet. It is the waiting game. It will be like that


until the hopefully eventually live that title. The need to beat Norwich


to win the title but they had bad luck. Two own goals of the


goalkeeper and know they are relying on Newcastle not to do them a favour


tonight. Onto football, and after failing


to beat Norwich on Friday, Brighton now await to see


if Newcastle slip up If they lose, Chris Hughton's side


will be crowned Champions. We will have an update on our late


news this evening. While in the Premier League,


it was a successful weekend for Bournemouth which is where


we begin our goals round-up. 96 seconds is all it took


Joshua King to set the tone here. And in truth, the game


was all but over after 20 minutes. Benick Afobe doubled the lead,


before ex-Saint Gaston Ramirez turned sinner,


Boro soon down to ten. Marc Pugh's curling


effort made it 3-0, before Charlie Daniels


danced his way through the Boro We got where we got last year,


we want to finish high, we want to try and get


in the top half if we can. But it's such a difficult


league to get results in. We're not taking


anything for granted. Two goals from Assombalonga helped


Forest race into a 3-0 lead. And all but end Reading's


automatic promotion hopes. Yann Kermorgant scored


a brace of his own late-on, but it was too little too late


for the Royals who look Conor McAleney scored twice


as Oxford stunned promotion chasing The U's, who are just out


of play-off contention, made it 3-0 Not the way MK Dons wanted to sign


off their home campaign. Champions Sheffield United


celebrated in style with a 3-0 win. Portsmouth celebrated


their promotion from League Two A first-half strike from Karl Baker


and a superb free-kick from Kai Naismith eased


Pompey to victory. They just keep rolling on, don't


Luke List? On to cricket and Sussex have signed


West Indian pace bowler While in the County


Championship, Hampshire's bowlers were frustrated


by Yorkshire's Garry Ballance who batted for nearly eight hours


on his way to a double century While, at Edgbaston, Surrey also had


to settle for a draw, Tom Curran took 8 wickets,


but Ian Bell's knock of 99 ensured A fundraising appeal for Surrey


teenage driver Billy Monger has reached nearly three quarters


of a million pounds. The money raised is to help


Billy's rehabilitation, following his double leg


amputation last week. Fellow drivers, who carried stickers


of support during racing, will now join friends and family


at a fundraising event called Walk For Billy around


the circuit of Thruxton race track during the British Touring Car


Championships next month. Billy himself has


vowed to drive again. Surrey Scorchers are


through to the play-offs 18 points off the bench


for Gabriel McCray helped Scorchers to a 93-70 win over Plymouth


Raiders. They'll now play Leicester


Riders over two legs. The first will be streamed live


on the BBC Sport website on Friday. Isle of Wight athlete


Kelly Sotherton is set to be upgraded to her third


Olympic bronze medal. Sotherton who originally finished


fifth in the heptathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics,


now climbs to third after a second athlete was disqualified for testing


positive for steroids. Congratulations to the thousands of


runners who took part in the Southampton and London marathons


yesterday. The first full marathon in the city for 30 years was won by


David Coke. It is his first ever marathon, not a bad start. He got


round in just under two hours and 14 minutes. Fabulous. Andy, for errors.


Fantastic effort. Also raising money for charity and as all those runners


at Southampton did as well. We saw one athlete helping and other in the


London Marathon, which was lovely. It was the novel "Birdsong",


by Sebastian Faulks, which most notably gave an insight


into the horrors of tunnel Well, now, a network


of First World War tunnels has been discovered -


NOT in France but on Ministry The tunnels were part


of an army training ground, used to get men ready to fight


in and under the trenches They were found on land set aside


for hundreds of new homes Larkhill, a building site today,


but home to an army secret This is the extraordinary system


of tunnels and trenches Built in 1917 to recreate


an entire battlefield, this was the Somme on Salisbury


Plain. Archaeologists say this was as close


as it came to warfare before troops They were using live ammunition,


they were training 24 hours a day on occasions in some


pretty hideous conditions, particularly in '16 and '17,


when the brutal winter kicked in. And this was the brutality


of the First World War the training tunnels and trenches


were designed to recreate. Thousands of troops passed


through Larkhill to get Dozens were killed through


accidents and exposure. Special computer mapping


shows the extent of The largest system of its kind


anywhere in Britain. In fact, they found around 8km


of tunnels and trenches here, and the emphasis across this whole


landscape was realism, right down to digging out the chalk


- the same kind of rock they encountered at the Battle


of the Somme. Some soldiers left their mark


on the walls here before Two sides facing off


across No Man's Land... Historians say military commanders


learned from earlier mistakes They're taking guys


who are no more soldiers than you or I and they put


them into a completely They have to learn how


to live in it, fight in it, survive in it, repair it,


build it, eat, drink, live, sleep. 450 homes will soon be


built here for troops The many tunnels and trenches,


with their wooden struts World One War from Wiltshire


to the Western Front. When you see something like that, it


brings it home to you. It is extraordinary. It is incredible what


those men went through. You have the weather for the whole week. So down


comfortably, we are about to begin. Some cool weather but warming up a


touch towards the end of the week. A beautiful start to


the day at Avon Beach. Some rays of sunshine too,


at Blandford in Dorset. And there may have been


grey skies in Farmoor, but the blossom certainly cheered up


this scene from Anthony Morris. We did have quite cloudy conditions


through much of the day, starting to see some outbreaks of rain through


the afternoon and we are continuing to see those through this evening.


We are turning cold for a little spell and we could see one or two


wintry showers, but Thursday and Friday we start to see those


temperatures going back up again. Overnight tonight, the cloud and the


fragmented rain gradually things southwards. By 10pm, clear of any


wet weather and clear spells overhead. We are into the Arctic air


mass, temperatures close to freezing in many parts, we will spot could be


a touch below. A wide spread frosty start the day first thing on Tuesday


morning. A bright start with some good sunny spells to get the day


going. The cloud will start to bubble up through the afternoon.


Given some good sunshine, highs of around 11 or 12 degrees. Sheriff


starter arrived through tomorrow afternoon and it looks as we go into


the latter part of the afternoon, they will become heavier and more


wintry, seeing some sleet, hail, possibly a rumble of thunder. They


do tend to easily through the course of tomorrow night, we are seeing


once again dry conditions and clear spells, a return to those frosty


conditions as temperatures near freezing. As we start the day on


Wednesday, a similar picture, some good brightness, feeling rather


fresh, showers earlier in the day but the -- they could be on the


wintry side. Hail, sleet and thunder possible. Top temperatures of 1112.


Thursday, milder conditions. We have a weather front thinking favoured


bringing extra cloud to the chorus every day. Patchy light rain towards


the end of the day, meant to Friday it looks as though we will see a


cloudy day in the most part, limited brightness but one or two showers


are possible. Look ahead to next weekend, quite cloudy, we will see


some good dry weather but the odd shower here and there.


That's it from us this evening. Do you remember Tracy Edwards and her


crew? We've got some news tomorrow about that. Thanks for watching,


goodbye. Good night. There are times in the life


of a nation when the choices we make define


the character of our country, times when people stand up


and demand real, significant change. we have the chance to shape


a brighter future for Britain and I believe we have the vision


and the plan to do it. That is why I have set out


my plan for Britain. It is a plan to make the most


of the opportunities ahead -


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