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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.