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Welcome to South Today. The headlines tonight.
Our mon got cancer from smoking and then died in 2013 because of it.
A heartfelt plea by two sisters on the consequences of smoking as they
start a campaign to get people to give up.
Why has the council put up signs to direct lorries through a tiny Dorset
village? I see further destruction of the
village and I don't think that is worth saving drivers are few
minutes. The red kites now flying high after
being on the verge of extinction. Maiden took the first all-female
crew around the world and now she is back on try-line and -- dry land as
she is prepared for a new challenge. Two young sisters whose mother died
from cancer caused by smoking Isabelle and Grace feature
in a new short film commissioned by Portsmouth City Council as part
of its drive to reduce smoking. One in five adults
in Portsmouth smokes - that's higher than the national
average of one in six. Every year there are almost 1,400
smoking-related hospital And there are significantly
more deaths in the city attributable to smoking compared
to the national average. James Ingham has been hearing
about the devastating consequences It is a note my mum left me. I am so
sorry for leaving you while you are so young. Five is no age to be left
without a mum. Paula Hutton was just 45
when she died from cancer in 2013. Her daughters Issy and Grace
were seven and five. They were having a barbecue and they
were all sitting at the table, laughing and eating, and we were at
the little table. That is the memory I have of her. I think more happily
about it, because she is probably more happy now than when she was
alive. Because she was ill? Yeah. Issy and Grace talk about their loss
in a hard-hitting film. Issy hopes by sharing
what happened to her mum, I would say they should probably at
least try to stop, if they do start, and if you haven't started I don't
think it is worth it. I hope they think twice about their families and
the consequences of smoking and cancer.
Portsmouth City Council's made the film to try to reduce
More people smoke here - and more die as a result -
It would be amazing if she was still here but I have a grandad who is
like a mum to me so that makes it better.
But Granddad has a lung condition also brought on by smoking that
limits his ability to join in family fun.
He's given up now, but warns others who haven't what they could lose.
You will not be able to enjoy the things you did and ultimately you
won't be able to enjoy your life, if you are taken prematurely, so don't
do it. Please don't be too angry like I know that you will be
sometimes. Read this and know that I see the joy you ring and the total
love I feel for you. -- Chory you bring. -- Chory.
Rachel Oritt is from Cancer Research UK.
I spoke to her a little earlier and asked her whether hard-hitting
campaigns like the one we've just seen actually work.
It is really important that national strategies are backed up
by local strategies, so for example the work
We can't just rely on government-level interventions,
it needs to be brought through at a local level too.
How significant are the socio-economic factors
We do know that more deprived groups are more likely to smoke,
so it's important that any interventions work for those
groups of people and not just people as a whole,
that we're actually targeting groups of people
It is ten years since the smoking ban came in.
Have you seen any evidence that it is having an impact?
When the smoking ban first came in we saw
rates and we're hoping, because the lag time
for lung cancers related to smoking is quite long,
we are hoping to see reductions in lung cancer going forward,
caused by interventions like these, so it is not just about the smoking
ban but other interventions, increases on taxes for tobacco
And now I understand that we're getting proof of a link
between cancer and alcohol, so are we now looking
at alcohol being, if you like, the new smoking?
It actually causes seven different types of cancer and we know
it is significant in the UK, but if you compare that to smoking,
smoking causes at least 14 different types, it is still the most
It is the biggest cause of cancer not just in the UK but worldwide,
so it is still our primary concern, closely followed by obesity,
but we're also very interested in alcohol.
The RMT Union and Southern Rail have adjourned talks after two days,
as they to try to resolve their bitter dispute over
Tomorrow union members will be demonstrating outside
Parliament to mark a year since the Southern strike began.
Members of the RMT union have taken the equivalent of a month's
worth of strike action, causing ongoing misery
Our reporter Sean Killick has been following the story
Good evening. This is one of the busiest stations on the network,
thousands of commuters coming home tomorrow, it will be a very unhappy
anniversary. The 38 billion pounds -- 30 ?8 million bill has been
fitted by the taxpayers. Tomorrow an anniversary that nobody will be
celebrating. Horrendous, really awful. I am having to get other
people to get my children out of school at the last moment, leaving
at six o'clock in the morning, it has been awful. I am self-employed
so I have probably lost thousands. Horrendous. It has been life
changing for a lot of people. Not since the miners strike has an
industrial dispute rumbled on for so long, so why has it proved so
intractable? Behind the scenes, rather like in the miners strike of
30 years ago, the government is trying to force management to take a
pretty tough line, and in this case, with the franchise arrangements of
Southern rail, the government has quite a strong hand to play with
management in being tough with the unions, so it is an intractable
situation. At the heart of the dispute, the introduction of driver
only operated trains and changes to the roles and responsibilities of
drivers and conductors. In 26th of April the action started. 364 days
on, still no resolution in sight to either dispute. What do politicians
say? I would call on both sides to carry on their talks, compromise is
always needed on both sides. As an unwelcome anniversary dawns, still
no end in sight. "Stop sending heavy goods vehicles
through our village". That's the plea from residents
of Melbury Abbas in Dorset. The road is just four metres wide
at one point called Dinah's Hollow, and people there have questioned why
the county council has put up signs This is happening a lot
in Dinah's Hollow. Lorries getting stuck,
attempting U-turns, causing jams. A truck got jammed in the road, it
had to reverse and it ran right back into the sign and lopped off one of
the arms. And there's more to see -
a shattered wing mirror, a boulder knocked over,
lorry tracks up the grass bank. Outside one house, a tally
of today's incidents. William Kenealy's kept a record
of all the problems. The average time of delays has been
27 minutes. One of the residence is disabled and dependent on texts go
delivered groceries and they did a risk assessment and said it was too
dangerous for the drivers to pull over and delivered to their house.
There's no motorway north to south through Dorset.
So the County Council wants lorries travelling south to take
And those coming north to take the A350.
They say that's to reduce the conflict between HGVs
through the narrow points of both rural roads.
But the signs are only advisory - so sometimes this happens.
The one-way system at the moment will never work because it is just
too narrow to get trucks through. The A350 is a much more suitable
be another public consultation But for now residents
will have to put up The issue of so-called "sex
for rent", which a BBC investigation uncovered,
has been raised in the Commons. The Sussex MP Peter Kyle asked
the Justice Secretary for support in tackling adverts that offer free
accommodation in exchange for sex. Charities say the practice
exploits vulnerable Websites such as Craigslist are
being used by corrupt individuals to advertise free accommodation
in return for sex. Will the Secretary of State agree
that this is happening at the moment within the law and that a review
needs to take place so that people who are doing this and exploiting
extremely vulnerable young women Well, I agree with the honourable
gentleman that this is concerning and I will be very happy
to look at that issue. Later in sport, Lewis
Coombes is in training. We are on the bikes in Portsmouth to
see how football is helping the local community.
The Conservative MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, has
announced he's standing down from Parliament at
Mr Tyrie, who is 60, has been the MP there for 20 years,
and says he will remain deeply committed to public service,
and hopes he is young enough to contribute in other ways
How would you like a litter bin that told you when it needed emptying?
Or a smoke alarm that knew the difference
Well, councils in the South are joining forces to build
a new network for the emerging "Internet of Things".
The aim is to make the network available to companies
as an alternative to wi-fi or bluetooth as our political editor
We live in the wireless era. Our phones connect us to the Internet,
but what if everything we use could feed us data about what is -- what
it is up to. An oven could tell you how long it has been on. It is
perfect for smoke alarms. Attach it to your bike in case somebody ran
off with it. Students at Eastleigh College found it easy to think up
uses for the database of the Internet of Things. The South East
will have a network of devices. The Hampshire Fire Service and local
councils are developing an information superhighway. With a
mobile network, fantastic, gets everywhere. With a mobile network,
to power a device for more than a couple of weeks, we need to carry up
battery with us. Southampton council has experimented with bins that tell
staff when they are full and they see huge potential for the Internet
of Things. You have elderly people who might be a bit in the firm, and
you can have detectors in the housing to see if they are moving
around or whether somebody needs to see if they are OK. Using technology
to solve all problems is what we are about. You can see how far
smartphones have spread and become part of daily life. The Internet of
Things is likely to find its own uses just as quickly. The network is
already being installed and it is down to the imagination of its users
to see what could be connected in the future.
Once on the verge of extinction, the red kite is a bird
that's now thriving - particularly in urban Reading.
Many people are choosing to feed them, encouraging them
New research from the University of Reading shows how the huge birds
of prey are adapting to live alongside us, just as we're getting
more used to seeing them wheeling in the skies above.
Red kites circling high, and swooping low, have become
a common sight in built-up parts of Berkshire.
Scientists initially thought they'd moved into urban areas
roadkill for the carrion birds to feed on.
But we surveyed, there's very little roadkill,
our local councils are very good at keeping the streets clean,
and instead we did questionnaires, we asked local people what they do.
We found that, certainly well over 1 in 20 local households
here in Reading have fed red kites at one point or another,
and so it's that feeding that's attracting them in.
It's a very regular occurrence to drive through some of the suburbs
of reading and see a dozen, two dozen red kites circling over
a house where people clearly have been feeding them.
As many as 400 red kites now regularly seek food,
like scraps of chicken on the bone, in urban Reading.
Their sheer size, and the fact that they often fly in groups,
means they're unmissable - and research has also found both
adults and children can identify red kites more easily
The breed was virtually wiped out in the British
Isles in the '60s and '70s, mainly because they'd eaten poisons
and pesticides that these days are no longer used.
Conservationists began re-introducing breeding
pairs to the wild more than 20 years ago.
What the red kite shows is that we have an icon
of conservation success, where people made the effort,
reintroduced the species, and now it's in our skies over much
of southern England, it's very widespread here.
Experts say there's no real downside to having so many red kites
And their population is thriving - with or without us feeding them.
Beautiful birds and great pictures there. Hampshire firefighters will
soon be offering exercise classes for the over-65ss. The course is
being funded by the local NHS. One for us for the future!
Shall we start with the football, because it is about the good that
clubs can do and celebrating that. The clubs get a bit of bad press,
the prices they charge, moving matches around to suit the TV
schedules, but it is time to give a positive spin on this.
All 72 English Football League clubs came together today to showcase
the positive impact the sport has within communities up
The EFL Trust's Day of Action saw players engage with support groups
and activities at a number of our clubs here in South.
I joined Pompey defender Christian Burgess at a cycling
Wheels For All is just one scheme run by Pompey in the Community.
Each week a team of volunteers help over 100 people in the area
Little bit hard to spear but -- to steer bet it is good.
Libby thought her days of cycling were behind her.
Motorcycle accident 25 years ago, but I actually lost my leg 12 years
ago. Riding a normal bike is quite hard so using a hand one is so much
easier. I actually didn't know this place existed but now I do I will be
here, definitely. An affiliation with
Portsmouth Football Club has helped to attract both
sponsorship and awareness. Pompey in the Community can
advertise us, they have the wherewithal to make people aware
that we exist and we are trying to get enough money together to why
extra bicycles. There are 72 community trusts at each of the
English football league clubs. Events were held at all Football
League clubs in the South today, in Reading defender
Paul McShane visited Schemes like this and the one
in Portsmouth further proof You have just done a few laps on the
bike, what was that like? I am a bit out of breath. It was good fun,
people riding around and it means they come out and have a bit of
exercise and it is great to be part of it.
Southampton take centre stage in the race for the Premier League
title tonight as they travel to current leaders Chelsea.
Manager Claude Puel, who is yet to pick up a league win
against a top-six side, says his side will relish it.
To play against a great team like Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester
United, Arsenal, it's a good motivation, and it's important to
Full match commentary on BBC Radio Solent.
Surrey batsman Jason Roy has been named in the England cricket squad
for the upcoming Champions Trophy and South Africa series.
There was no place in the squad for Hampshire's Liam Dawson.
Eight teams will compete in the One Day competition, to be
held in England and Wales at the beginning of June.
Hampshire cyclist Dani King is contemplating competing for Wales
The Olympic gold medallist from Hamble represented England
at Glasgow 2014, but now meets the qualification criteria
The South may not be the heartland of rugby league,
but a Hampshire-raised player has won his first call-up
Mike McMeeken, who's from Basingstoke, now plays
He moved north after learning his trade with London Broncos.
McMeeken is part of the England squad to face Samoa
That is great because of the new think of rugby being a northern game
but good luck to Mike. They made history as the first
all-female crew to sail in the Whitbread Round the World
Race. The achievement made the yacht
Maiden and her skipper But Maiden fell on hard
times and was discovered But she's to have
a new lease of life. Today the boat arrived
back in Southampton, where she'll undergo a full
restoration, as Steve 27 years after sailing
into the history books on board Maiden, Tracy Edwards and some
of her crew were reunited with the famous yacht that helped
them change so many perceptions. They were the first all-female crew
to complete the Whitbread round the world race. They had been written
off but nine months later they were receiving a heroine' welcome. People
did come round, a few people said, they will never do it, and they came
to me and said, proved wrong, I admit it. Only in England could this
happen, great maritime nation. For everyone on board,
it was a life-changing experience. Everybody said no, and we were built
with that funny little button that made us carry on.
After passing through many hands over the years,
the yacht was found abandoned in the Seychelles.
The plan is to carry out a bow-to-stern renovation,
and then she'll be used by the Maiden Factor
project to promote girls' education around the world.
I was expelled from school when I was 15, through away and education
that was handed to me on a plate. Now I know that 69 million girls
worldwide are denied an education so I do quite a bit of work with girls'
educational charities, and I thought we could use Maiden to promote
girls' education, and when we do our world tour, after the Restoration,
that is what we will be doing. It was backing from
the Jordanian royal family that got Maiden and her crew on the start
line for the Round the World just over a quarter of a century ago -
and now they're also supporting We were a bit of a fairy tale to
some extent and this is the next chapter of the fairy tale, and it is
a great one. Great to see the girls back and
lovely that Maiden is going to go on to a new adventure. We will be
following it on South Today. You just said we have had
practically everything today in terms of weather.
Whether bingo, frost, sunny spells, blue skies, sleep... -- sleet.
We have seen some hefty downpours, more to come in the forecast.
We have seen a little of everything just about today but boy has it felt
cold. We have a bit more of this arctic air mass for the next 24
hours or so. You can see the yellow colours working in towards Thursday
and Friday of this week. -- the next 48 hours. We will start to see the
showers clearing tonight but this evening there are one or two of them
and they are on the heavy side as well. We could see that wintry theme
to them so some sleet and hail still to be had. Temperature wise we are
looking at low as close to freezing in many spots across our region. We
could see a touch of frost particularly through western parts
first thing tomorrow morning. Chilly and bright start to the day, cloud
bubbling up, and showers working their way back in a little sooner
than they did today. They could he heavy, thunder, hail, sleet all a
possibility, and the winds will be whipping up as well. Temperature
wise we are looking at 11 or 12 degrees the high. Those showers will
tend to fade away in the evening and we have clear skies across the
region through tomorrow night. It looks like Wednesday will be the
coldest night of the week, we expect a widespread frost and one or two
pockets of mist and fog. Thursday, bit of a chilly start but we will
start to see the cloud thickening as this weather front sinks southwards.
That will bring patchy at wrecks of rain but it is the start of the
slightly milder conditions, so becoming less cold through the
course of the day on Thursday. The summary for the next few days,
chilly conditions with one or two showers possible, chilly at but
turning milder towards the tail end turning milder towards the tail end
of next week. Cyclone, tornado. While you were
doing before cast I was desperately trying to think of other words. We
are back tomorrow at 6:30pm. Good buy. -- goodbye.
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