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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me.


Hello, I'm Sally Taylor, welcome to South Today.


In tonight's programme: "Notice to quit!"


A council seeks to remove 160 migrant workers who have arrived


A possible breakthrough in the fight against the killer dust.


Could a new drug help save victims of asbestos?


Knife crime on the rise in many parts of the South.


We hear from one man whose son paid the ultimate price.


I'd tell anybody this - if you walk with a knife,


you will go to jail, and you may not see


And could it be Dannie, champion of the world?


The Southampton city-born lad who's confounded expectations by making it


There's controversy tonight after 160 migrant workers were told


they would have to leave a disused holiday park in West Sussex where


Chichester District Council has issued a notice saying


that the company housing the Eastern European


workers was in breach of planning regulations.


Some locals had complained about the young Eastern Europeans


in the small seaside village of Bracklesham Bay.


But others claim they're vital to the local horticultural business.


Earlier this afternoon I spoke to John Hall,


from the West Sussex Growers' Association, and Alp Mehmet,


But first, Sean Killick reports from Bracklesham Bay.


When you spend your days working in the fields or greenhouses,


you appreciate the little benefits of living at a former holiday camp,


The firm in charge here has invested ?100,000 on furniture,


new kitchens, 100 fridges, 35 microwaves and so on.


But Chichester District Council says the site only has planning


permission for holiday use and it's served 28 days' notice.


However, the man running the operation believes the issue


only relates to part of the site and he'll submit a planning


What that'll do is give the local residents the opportunity


to voice their concerns and we hope we can work with the council to come


Shouldn't you have done that first, though, before you set this up?


We could have done things differently and better.


We felt that we were using the site for a legitimate use.


As I said, the history is very complex.


In the village itself, the new neighbours have


I understand they're working people making a good living


and good luck to them, I say.


The only thing I don't like is when they go around in,


It's a good use for the old holiday camp.


They're all walking around the village and everything.


Do they cause a problem at all, do you think?


I don't think they cause too much problem.


Some locals are trying to build bridges, helping with language


They're not trying to be intimidating, they're just doing


They're walking around and they're shopping.


I mean, they've come here to work and they're just being pushed out.


The village shop yesterday began stocking Eastern European groceries


Have you had many people complain about them?


Er, positive and negative, to be honest.


A lot of people are saying, don't be discriminating,


don't be this, don't be that, and other people are swearing


But, you know, everyone's going to have their say


and it's a village at the end of the day.


John Hall is from West Sussex Growers' Association. Let me come to


you first. Why do you need these migrant workers? How crucial are


they? Well, West Sussex Growers' Association with its members employs


between eight and 9000 people and produces ?1 billion worth of produce


annually mostly from the Chichester and Bognor Regis areas. We only have


an unemployment figure of about 1% or less in this area, so we can't


get enough workers from the local community, so we have to employs


some non-European, sorry, non-British workers. How many of


those are migrant workers of the 9000? Probably about 40-50% though


we don't have an exact figure. Why not employ British workers? If you


can shoot people in from other countries, why can't you ship them


in from other parts of the UK? -- if you can get people in from other


countries? The industry would be very happy to employ local people


and they advertise locally every time there are jobs, as well as


regionally, and moving people down to this area is difficult, where we


have limits on accommodation. You have 160 migrant workers living in a


disused holiday camp in a small village, but clearly, as you heard


from John, they are needed. Yes, they are needed. Nobody denies that.


It's really a case of where they are coming from. If you look at those


who have been coming over the years, the Eastern European is over recent


years, they are still here, and what I don't think is reasonable is to


bring in and continue bringing in a stream of people from Eastern


European countries, for example, and then that being used as a device for


long-term migration. I don't think that's acceptable. Do you think this


comes down to money? Of course that has something to do with it but


living conditions, working conditions, money, salaries, of


course it matters. John, how much are you paying these migrant


workers? Is it the minimum wage, over 25, ?7.50 an hour? They are


paid the same as British workers. The point to make here is that it's


not just the base level of workers, just those doing some of the


ordinary, everyday jobs. Many of the workers come to us with high skills


from abroad and many are working in management. They are supervisors.


They are packed house managers, IT managers, managers. What are you


going to do with Brexit and the possibility of no free movement of


migrants? What happens to your business? We are very concerned


about this, obviously. We are having very serious discussions with DEFRA


ministers to argue the case to continue use of these migrant


workers, because quite frankly, not just our industry, but the care


industry, hospitals won't be able to go forward with out these other


workers. And that's the point. If we look at those who have been coming


in for the higher skilled jobs, that is no more than about 25-30,000 a


year. The next level of jobs, again, probably around 20,000 a year, have


been coming in your area, it is a microcosm of the wider problem,


where you have large numbers, usually young people, young men,


coming in. Of course that produces its own wider issues that we have to


deal with. That's a fair point, isn't it, John? Because you had some


reaction, well, very negative reaction from the local community


towards these people coming in? We understand the argument but the


British public wants food from a home produced source seven days a


week, 365 data year. We are looking for food security, plant security.


-- 365 days per year. We locally just don't have workers. Hopefully


we will talk longer again. Thank you.


The scourge of mesothelioma, a cancer mostly caused


by exposure to asbestos, seems to have been


But it's still as much of a killer as it always was.


There were nearly 3,000 new cases in 2013, the most


But now patients with this hard-to-treat type of cancer


are being given new hope in a ground-breaking clinical trial


It's on your clothes and in your hair and you've already breathe it


in. Ray Nye spent his working


life in dockyards. I shook his clothes before I put


them in the washing machine and I never realised the dust that was all


over him was asbestos. Seven years ago Mavis


was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining caused


by exposure to asbestos. After unsuccessful chemotherapy,


she signed up for a trial testing an immunotherapy drug which works


by boosting the body's own immune It worked, and she's


now in remission. I was coming back, I could walk


again, I was getting my strength back. Gradually I could come back


into the human race where I thought I was dying.


Scientists in Southampton hope their trial will


It's bigger than the one Mavis was involved in.


More than 300 qualifying patients will be able to try a drug that's


already proved effective for some skin and kidney cancers.


There is already evidence that immunotherapy has a positive effect


in mesothelioma but we haven't got sick -- sufficient number of


patients to prove beyond reasonable doubt and put hand on heart and say


the NHS should be providing this for all our future patients, and that's


why we need to the trial. -- need to undertake the trial.


The university is building the first centre in the UK dedicated


The trial has been funded by Cancer Research UK.


The UK has one of the highest rates of this cancer in the world. It's


very aggressive and difficult to treat. But we are very excited about


immunotherapy as a new area of Cancer Research.


If results are good, the treatment could be


There are concerns tonight about an increase in knife crime


Although over-all the picture is mixed, figures have gone up


The latest figures show that crimes relating to possession


of an offensive weapon have gone up by 14% in Hampshire.


In the Thames Valley, the increase was just under 20%.


And Wiltshire has seen an increase of nearly 70%.


One man who knows the true cost of knife crime is Paul Spence.


His son, Robert, died in an attack in Reading.


Our home affairs correspondent Peter Cooke reports.


Almost a decade on since losing his son, Paul Spence says


17-year-old Robert was stabbed by three men during a night


Just one of many young lives lost to knife crime.


People say it will get easier... But to me it will never get no easier. I


always say it better it was me than him. He was just a happy-go-lucky


chap. You know what I mean? Always laughing...


These are some of the deadly weapons now off the streets of Southampton.


Hampshire Police collected 163 items in amnesty bins


The force says knife crime remains a serious problem.


There are young people involved in carrying weapons and fortunately


supplying drugs in Southampton. We work closely with schools and other


youth agencies to try to educate young people and raise awareness,


that the fact is young people carry knives for a number of reasons. One


reason could be that they are in fear. But the knock-on effect of


that is that if you carry a knife you are more likely to be a victim


yourself. And it's not just


an issue in Hampshire. There have been significant


increases in the possession of weapons across Wiltshire


and the Thames Valley. Paul Spence says too many young


people think carrying It's like putting your shoes on all


your coat on in the morning. I don't understand that. If you know you're


going to go to jail for something, why carry it? I tell anybody this -


if you walk with a knife, you will go to jail, and you may not see the


streets again. 16 people, including a 15-year-old


boy, were arrested for carrying knives in Southampton last month,


many of them bringing drugs Hampshire Police say the campaign


has been a success and they've seen knife crime reduce by a third


during the amnesty. A father from Hampshire found


guilty of the manslaughter of his seven-week-old daughter has


been sentenced to seven years 20-year-old Joshua Martin's baby


Ezmai died with injuries the prosecution say were consistent


with being shaken. The incident happened


at their family home Later, the weather for weekend


from Alexis, and she's There might be blue skies here at


the moment but today there's been some really quite torrential, heavy,


thundery downpours. I'll have the weekend weather shortly.


A sixth person arrested in connection with the murder of


Bournemouth man has been in court. It's been a critical year


for business since the EU referendum result, but uncertainty over Brexit


doesn't seem to have impacted on economic growth for everyone,


despite predictions to the contrary. So what assurances are businesses


seeking from our politicians in Our business correspondent


Alastair Fee joins us So it hasn't been a case of choppy


waters for everyone. The weather down here has been good


but I do get a general sense of positivity, too.


The marine industry here, for instance, is reporting growth


That doesn't mean it's been plain sailing for everyone, though,


and the cloud of uncertainty that Brexit brings with it will be


Despite the rise of goods, splashing out on leisure time has been on an


increase this year. Spending has been quite literally buoyant, and


that's been good for businesses on the water in Dorset and many inland


are reporting growth as well. The Nuffield industrial estate is home


to 100 businesses covering most sectors of the economy. I last came


here six months ago. So what has changed? Despite the political


climate, this shop that is as busy as ever, but it is new hotels and


bars in London driving growth. Orders from the rest of the South


are slow. From the election we want stability. Stability for the country


which will bring stability for our company and others also. Hopefully


we will have British -- better trade links which will help build our


business for a sustainable future as opposed to something which is in


continual flux. The prospect of leaving the EU has definitely caused


a wobble but nothing as choppy as some had feared. The fall in the


power and has been the biggest balancing act for businesses as


they've had to much higher prices of imported materials with increased


good for demands made here now they are cheaper for those buying from


abroad. This electrical company is making a steady profit but the


exchange rate in the months since the referendum has really hurt. The


question now is, will this election stir things up, too, or make things


easier? We definitely want to get to the other side of the general


election just so it gives the market more confidence. At least then we


know where our future is and we can plan for it. At the moment, business


can't really make plans, it can't invest. It's almost stuck in limbo.


There's been much talk of the squeeze on consumer spending. This


small business has seen a change. If it's not coffee and some are just,


it's one, not both, at the moment, and some people come out less to


these places at this time of year. And some buildings still to let


since last year, so haven't seen an improvement there either at the


moment. So what is the one thing they all want from this election? I


ask this business to sum up their hopes. For Mark, it is stability and


the end to uncle -- a climate of uncertainty. Les once more


confidence. And Marie wants a climate where people start spending


again. -- Les once more confidence. Thank you for joining us this


evening, can you tell me how things have been in the period since the


referendum last summer? Things stalled for a while. There was a


period of uncertainty and people obviously didn't feel secure enough


to splash out on luxury items. So it started to improve from September


onwards and it's made a steady recovery since. And of course we are


in another period of uncertainty now. What are your hopes once the


election is over? I think we need to approach the next year or so with


cautious optimism. Not to go too far into the future with plans but to


take each month as it comes, and I think the leisure industry generally


will get going. Mike, thank you for joining me here at the boat show.


There's a general sense this period has held back sales and people are


just looking forward to getting back to business as usual.


Thank you very much. Looking lovely there, because we will be joining


Alexis shortly. She will have the weekend weather for you from the


boat show. Evidence is mounting of the benefits


of using dogs to help pupils concentrate and deal with


behavioural problems but there are worries from some in the field there


could be problems with unsuitable dogs, leading to calls for a code of


conduct. In a strange way, they see the dogs being able to follow


instructions -- instructions and directions and then the children do


the same. It has also help with managing their behaviour. It's like


having a real-life teddy bear. If you are stressed you have a


real-life teddy bear with a heartbeat and a hug. It is lovely


when they work so well with children. Particularly lovely. What


is it now, nine months? Gas, nearly all over. The Premier League. --


yes, nearly all over. The first thing is, you can't take anything


for granted. You can easily drop and find yourself in trouble.


Claude Puel faces a fight to stay in his job as Southampton manager as


Saints are in eighth place going into Sunday's


finale against Stoke, and despite some notable


achievements, Puel's position is in doubt amid reports of player


unrest and an underwhelmed mood among the fan base.


Southampton's chairman told us this week there's much to be positive


If you think of us having 18 players with three years or more


left in their contracts, 12 with four years or more,


we decide what happens through the summer.


We are in a position irrelevant of names to make decisions


of who goes in and who goes out, and that feels good.


Meanwhile, Bournemouth go to Leicester knowing that they could


That hasn't happened since the 1958-59 season.


Eddie Howe's side are tenth in the table.


They're looking for their 100th goal as a Premier League club at the end


of another successful season, their second in the top flight.


Both county matches in cricket affected by rain today. The home


side has been put in a strong position. Surrey made it to 265-5.


That was before rain ended the day's play early. So Hampshire and Surrey


continuing through the weekend. Now, here's an extraordinary story


about a young man who grew up in a non-horsey family in the city


of Southampton, who, against expectations,


is making a name for himself at the highest levels


of the equestrian sport. Dannie Morgan, who still lives


in Millbrook in Southampton, is getting used to being referred


to as "an up-and-coming star", Chrissy Sturt has been to meet him


in Colden Common, where he trains. Dannie Morgan is as flash


on the flat as is he is in the air. Few riders can switch


from the demands of dressage to the craziness of cross-country


with such ease. Dannie is now competing


at the highest levels in both. Now that I've got my foot


into the dressage a bit, I'm really enjoying it,


and I'd love to be able to ride at Grand Prix level as well as do


the eventing to a high level. He recently took two horses to


the British Dressage Championships, coming away with a fistful


of rosettes and national It gives you such a buzz to ride


at the Championship level and it was a great feeling


to actually, you know, be national champion,


and it just makes you hungrier to try to improve and get


better all the time. Life now is pretty different


from his childhood in inner-city I've always had that sort of drive


to do it and have always been quite clear-sighted in what I wanted


to do, so just got to keep pushing Elite rider Alice Oppenheimer


spotted Dannie's He's now helping bring


on her youngsters. Because he's shown confidence,


nothing worries him, so then he sort of passes that


confidence onto the horses, so because he's so calm,


relaxed and confident, even if the horse is a bit unsure,


he's like, "There's no problem," so they're like,


"All right, off we go." Dannie is aiming to compete


internationally, but for now it's He's good, isn't he? Yes, and also


nice to Cialis Oppenheimer as well. Let's get onto the weather. -- nice


to see Alice Oppenheimer. Let's look at the pictures before the weather.


Breezy where you are. Certainly is. In the distance behind a camera, I


can see a cumulonimbus cloud, a storm cloud, so a lot of


thunderstorms moving across the region with torrential rain in


places. Let's look at the satellite picture from earlier on. A lot of


cloud over the South with showers moving further inland and across


coastal counties. Quite torrential at times with lightning strikes as


well. Hail mixed in with the showers with temperatures reaching 15-16.


Tonight, we're expecting the showers to fade away and the skies to clear,


with temperatures falling away down to 6-10, so a fresh start tomorrow.


In the countryside temperatures could be up for- five. First thing


tomorrow, temperatures will be 11-12 and the showers are starting to


creep in. -- temperatures could be up to 4-5. Showers will develop


further through the course of tomorrow and they could merge


together to form longer spells of rain with the risk of hail and


thunder, and possible lightning strikes, so very hit and miss, like


today, but you will be unlucky if you catch one after another, after


another. Temperatures reaching 14-15 in the afternoon. A repeat


performance of tonight tomorrow night. Any rain showers will fade


with temperatures falling down to 7-8. Cool start tomorrow and then on


Sunday. Sunday is the better data the weekend, drier as well. -- the


better day of the weekend. Tomorrow we will see the thunderstorms with


the risk of hail and lightning. Those will merge together in some


places to form longer spells of rain. Monday starts to get a bit


warmer and we could see highs of 20. A good deal of cloud, though, with


patchy rain later in the day. A similar scenario on Tuesday and then


high pressure starts to build for the rest of next week. So from the


lovely conditions here, back to you in the studio.


Now, you may remember earlier this month we told


you about four-year-old Sebbie Smith from Winchester, who has a rare


cancer-like condition and who loves pirates.


Two weeks ago the charity Make-A-Wish arranged


for him to light up Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower


to summon pirates for a special party onboard a tall ship


Well, we were so taken by Sebbie's story, we got dressed up,


As you can see, he's making good use of them...


They sent all their stuff to me! They have sent all their stuff to


me! Yes, I think we have! Enjoy it.


Thank you for watching us tonight. We'll have more view on Monday. Have


a great weekend. We are going to leave you with a lovely shot of


Poole town harbour. It's cold.


Tastes a bit like avocado. And soon we're all


going to be eating them. Four crickets have the same amount


of calcium as a glass of milk, and a dung beetle,


twice the protein of beef.


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