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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Jo Kent.


The top stories tonight: A family's heartache


for the young chef from Sussex - who died fighting AGAINST the


A day of protests over rail fare increases -


as commuters say taking the train is now a financial strain.


A night of extreme emotions as Bournemouth take on Arsenal.


He's been described by his family as a "caring, loving boy"


But tonight Ryan Lock's loved ones are mourning his death.


The former chef from Chichester - who had


no military training - ran away to join Kurdish


forces in Syria last year, fighting against the so-called


Our Home Affairs Correspondent Emma Vardy reports.


Ryan Lock left the UK, telling friends and family


On Facebook, he later revealed he was in fact in Syria,


joining the ranks of the Kurdish militant group the YPG.


The YPG are one of the main fighting forces on the ground in Syria,


Over the past five years, it's estimated several hundred foreign


volunteers have travelled to join them.


wounded two months ago by a Turkish airstrike,


posting this picture of his injuries on Facebook.


He lost two of his very close friends


but then after that, he seemed to be more motivated


and actually requested to be transferred to a


unit that was involved in the ongoing operation to celebrate


His family were given confirmation of his death in a letter from YPG


commanders which said he was killed alongside four other fighters.


He's reported to be the third British person to die fighting


Konstandinos Erik Scurfield was the first Briton to be


His father visited Ryan Lock's family himself.


There's nothing that can prepare you for that


be able to talk to them and tell them practical steps and help to get


can and if you are thinking of going out there, please don't.


I think if parents could stop their children going, they would do it,


but these lads and girls are very determined,


so it is do whatever you


can and if you are thinking of going out there, please don't.


His father who lives in Chichester described Ryan Lock as a caring boy,


who would do anything to help anyone.


It's understood his body has not yet been recovered.


Well, BBC correspondent Dominic Casciani follows security


I spoke to him, earlier tonight, and asked just how many British


It's very difficult to say for sure how many are wrote they are fighting


against Isis in Syria or Iraq. Let me give you an idea of some of the


figures. There are about 800 jihadist who have gone out to fight


for banned terrorist groups, and we know there are other Muslims who


have gone out to fight to try to overthrow the Syrian regime, but


they are not fighting necessarily with Islamic state. There is this


third group who have gone out to fight effectively with the Kurdish


forces in Syria and Iraq. As for the number, no one is saying and if our


intelligence services have figured it is not in the public domain.


These seem like very ordinarily people from our region, an IT worker


and a chef, what is the motivation? They are motivated by a sense of


anger and frustration and that is what is coming out. One told my


colleagues last year that he felt he had to go and fight. The government


has advised against all travel to Syria so what are the security


forces doing to stop them from going? The is very little they can


do. One thing they can do is take someone's passport away but you need


to have very good reasons. The key thing is what constitutes an act of


terrorism. If the government can find somebody who wants to fight,


their passport can be removed to stop them leaving the country.


However, the Kurdish troops are not prescribed. On their return we know


some Brits have came back and have been interviewed by the police about


charged with terrorism offences charged with terrorism offences


because by definition they are fighting with groups that are banned


in the terrorism legislation, but it in the terrorism legislation, but it


doesn't mean they can't be charged was something in the future such as


war crimes. The official position is to not go, and Ryan Lock is not the


first person to go in there and I and he may not be the last.


There have been protests at railway stations today over the annual


rise in ticket prices - which have gone up by an average


For passengers on Southern Rail, the fare increase is


It came on the last day of a three day strike by conductors -


and a week before a six day strike by train drivers begins.


Anjana Gadgil is at Southampton Central Station this evening.


Anjana - some real anger tonight among commuters.


Yes, and especially those Southern Commuters.


Today rail bosses and union leaders said there are no plans


to hold formal meetings ahead of next week's strike.


And Southern advised people not to attempt to travel


Yet Southern's rail fares have also increased by 1.8%.


Passengers say this adds insult to injury.


A New Year resolution for passengers, saving money to pay for


Fares are up 2.3%, an average of ?80 a year.


It might make the difference between me


taking the train, which I'd rather, because it is better for the


I have been commuting for ten years now and it has gone up


The government says it is delivering the


biggest rail modernisation programme for 100 years.


The company representing rail operators says 95p


in every pound goes on to improving services.


We need the money to make service improvements, a big


investment in signalling services, or for stations is to enable a


better experience for passengers, or in relieving bottlenecks in the


system, as well as improving technology so people can get tickets


Campaigners say for some passengers it seems like a kick


People using Southern and Southeast have suffered a


year of really substandard service, of delays and standing on station


platforms for hour after hour, and they are right to feel quite angry


about having to fork out an even larger wodge of their wages.


The transport watchdog has called for a


price freeze on Sutherland until the dispute is resolved,


but resolutions could be a long way down the line.


I'm now joined by Ashley Minto from the campaign group Action


for Rail which organised protests at railway stations


Real users are paying the overwhelming amount and also


taxpayers. What we want is a more rational system with a national


network run as a public service for the benefit of the public. But a


national system, the taxpayers would have to pay for it. Is that fear for


people who may not use the train? Obviously real users are going to be


a considerable amount towards the cost of tickets, but across Europe


and in Northern Ireland it is seen as a public service and the public


good, it reduces congestion and good, it reduces congestion and


pollution and it is seen as a good thing. Thank you very much. Some


other suggestions on ways the rail network could be run but her


passengers here at Southampton Central and other stations, it is


that 2.3% in real figures which has already started.


Football - and a night of contrasting emotions


for Bournemouth, in action against Arsenal, in


For a while, it looked like the Cherries had


out-gunned the Gunners, with one, two, three goals


But, in the last 20 minutes, came a change of fortunes -


with the north Londoners scoring three of their own.


Honours even on an extraordinary night.


That's all from the South Today news team this evening.


We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast and there's more


A bit more frost on its way? Last night we had a cold and frosty night


with a low of -6 and tomorrow night could be very similar and even the


chance of frost overnight. One or two fog patches here and there, but


through the course of the night the cloud will move southwards across


many parts of the few clear spells allowing frost patches with the


temperature in the countryside falling to around freezing or just


above. In towns and cities, a low of 2-3. Cloud will thicken through the


morning and we may see some patchy rain at times, not amounting to too


much, but the cloud and rain sink South words and plenty of sunshine


through the afternoon. But despite a high of 7-8, the key north-westerly


wind will take the edge of the temperature and tomorrow night the


temperature will fall like a stone, back to -6 in some parts,


particularly the usual prone sports like Bournemouth Airport, with high


pressure dominating. A cold and frosty start to the deal on Thursday


with some fog patches and also the risk on untreated surfaces of patchy


ice. Looking ahead, tomorrow a cold and frosty start but colder


milder later in the week. That is it from me but coming up next is the


national picture. Good evening. But frost or not of frost, that is the


weather question for tomorrow and the answer is no, probably not


because of this weather front that is slipping south from Scotland,


maybe towards the south-west where we might have one or two pockets of


clearer skies. The real cold


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