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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Edward Sault.
The top stories this evening: The motorists using their phones
at the wheel just days after a lorry driver is jailed for a fatal crash
Nowhere to turn - why this Dorset man set up his own support network
after him and his wife struggled to have a baby.
And Saints Chinese Takeaway - Reports Southampton FC
Just days after a lorry driver was jailed for killing a mother
and three children on the A34 because he was distracted
The BBC has filmed a number of drivers still using their
Tomasz Kroker was sent to j`il for ten years on Monday.
Tonight there's warnings that the police's ability to enforce
This is the horrifying video that it was hoped would persuade
people to stop using mobile phones for driving.
Tomasz Kroker's decision to use his mobile phone
cost phone the lives of Tracy Hatton,
After he was jailed for ten years on Monday, her birth mother made
We urge you to make a personal commitment to stop using mobile
phones while driving and make our roads
Filming by the BBC shows thd plea is being ignored.
These pictures taken this morning show a number of drivers continuing
We showed the BBC's video of drivers breaking the law to an officer
People are just not realising that when you use a phone behind
the Department for Transport has released figures showing thd use of
a mobile phone was a factor in 40 accidents in 2014.
Earlier, my colleague Steve Humphrey joined me from Chieveley to remind
us what the law says about driving with a mobile phone.
At the moment, motorists catght using their mobile phone at the
wheel gets three penalty pohnts and a minimum fine of ?100. The
government is consulting on making some quite stiff increases to those
there does need to be a big change there does need to be a big change
in this area. Ultimately, wd want to be in a position where the tse of a
hand-held mobile phone is as socially unacceptable as
drink-driving. We also need a high-profile public awareness
campaign which educates drivers just on how dangerous it is to use a
hand-held mobile phone at the wheel. With that in mind there are some
worrying figures out today `bout lorry driver still using mobiles at
the wheel. An insurance company has released the results of a strvey
carried out which shows half of all lorry drivers admit to having used a
mobile phone behind the whedl at some stage. The Road haulagd
Association says the advice is absolutely crystal clear. It says if
you are driving leave the phone alone.
Gareth Down from Weymouth was in his early 20s
when he was told he had a zero sperm count.
He and his wife went through years of fertility treatment But,
Gareth found one of the hardest struggles for him - as a man -
As part of national fertility week, he told us his story.
The GP had told me over the phone - it can't be, you're 20 years
You get this inferiority to who you are, you're a man,
you should be the one that can produce a child.
I could lose my way for this and I didn't know we could producd one by
other means. I had read up about IVF
but you don't really think about the complications
that go with it. We'd had two unsuccessful rounds
of IVF and the eggs had been As far as I was concerned,
the procedure had failed. We had the miscarriage and ht then
became my problem. As far as I was concerned,
I had lost our baby. Three miscarriages, seven
and a half, eight years and eight rounds of treatment,
she was at the end and very much of the belief that,
if the best of the best hadn't I did find as well that a lot
of groups that allowed men on had women on and men just didn't
want to speak to women. I set the group up to initi`lly
support myself and there was just me The more people joined
from around the world... It's brilliant - you can actually
unite over something, a difficult I feel it's really important for men
to be able to talk because, I wish I had done it sooner but it's
now up there for people to find and secret enough that people don't
need to know you are on it It took us eight years,
four heartbreaking miscarri`ges He really does undo all
the problems, all the pain, Just completely irrelevant when
you're holding your little liracle. I'm incredibly proud of him and it
will help others. huge thanks to them for sharing the
story with others. Earlier I spoke to Susan Sednan
from infertility Network UK, and I began by asking her why it
seems men have been forgottdn. We certainly haven't forgotten them.
I think a lot of times and then try to be strong for the partners and
legal and come forward lookhng for support themselves. I think it is
very important they reach ott and we provide support to people lhke
Gareth and everybody else ott there. It is ironic perhaps, that dxperts
say positivity can improve chances of conceiving so it almost like a
vicious circle. You want to be positive if you are having treatment
and go on with the positive attitude, and that can make a
difficult because sometimes you difficult because sometimes you
don't want to be too positive in case it feels. I know some people
that have gone through it and the stresses it puts them under. What
needs to change in the long,term and who if anyone needs to insthgate
that change? We need to change wider society's understanding of fertility
and infertility and people just don't understand the huge ilpact it
has. We are trying hard with national fertility awareness week to
awareness and also raise aw`reness awareness and also raise aw`reness
of the support but is it thdy are for people including men like
Gareth. Fascinating to talk to you, thank you.
Southampton could be about to become the latest English football club
According to global business news providers Bloomberg,
Saints have been in talks for some weeks with the Chinese Landdr Sports
Development company about a takeover said to be worth ?200 million.
The news broke this afternoon, on the eve of perhaps the club's
biggest ever game at St Marx's, tomorrow's Europa League gale
The present regime at Southampton began
when the wealthy Swiss businessman (BP ROLL?
Marcus Liebherr bought the club seven years ago,
Saints were in administration and struggling in the third tier
Now owned by his daughter K`therina, they're currently ninth
in the world's richest football league, and an attractive
Nevertheless, today's news came as a surprise at the pre-match news
conference for tomorrow's g`me against Inter Milan.
I've just come from training, but I've just come from training, but
obviously it's a great club and a worldwide club now playing hn the
Europa League so of course there's going to be addressed.
Well, TV coverage of the Premier League is in deland
across the world and it's m`king all its clubs big money.
Last season, Southampton was the 22nd richest club
in the world with revenues of nearly ?150 million.
Those revenues are almost cdrtain to grow because of the latest
Premier League TV contract , worth a staggering ?5.1 billion over
That guarantees each Premier League club a minimum of nearly
If a deal did go through, Southampton would follow cltbs
like West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, which are now
in Chinese hands - as the Chinese government
encourages growth in the gale at home and abroad.
Many Southampton fans have dxpressed apprehension about any
Anthony Burdett-Clark said, "every Saints fan has their heart
Marcus's Masterplan is a crtcial part of Saints ethos and success.
And Chris Terry said, "the Liebherr family has bedn great
Chinese takeover could be at best destabilising -
I am sure we haven't heard the last of that story.
That's all from the South Today news team this evening.
We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast and there's more
Here with our regional weather forecast is Alexis Green.
He certainly has only the whdespread frost is on the cards espechally at
the countryside. A chilly nhght in the temperature already has dropped
to -1, even down in Bournemouth on the south coast we had a low of
around freezing. The temper`ture could fall slightly lower than that
in the countryside and thesd are the values in our towns and cithes. HLA
starter model with any mist and fog patches clearing swiftly. Qtickly
through the morning crew cloud will move on from the West bringhng hazy
sunshine with a high of 11 Celsius and a light south- south-westerly
breeze. The winds will change direction once again through
tomorrow night and into the early hours of Friday and Saturdax. Friday
we are expecting some outbrdaks of rain, brightening up through the
afternoon and the wind slowly changing direction. The air is
moving anticlockwise so by Saturday we expect winds straight from the
Arctic. Chilly over the weekend with the temperature struggling by day
with a brisk northerly wind not stop the temperature is coming
up to around 12. Mick Miller has the national picture.
The weather may have turned colder but for many of us today there was
abundant sunshine. This is from the end of the day from Oxfordshire