06/01/2017 South Today


06/01/2017

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Good evening to you, I'm Laura Trant with the news in the South.

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There are calls for tougher laws to crack down on laser pens

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following a spate of incidents near Southampton Airport.

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Four aircraft were targeted by green laser pointers in separate incidents

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The flights continued as planned but, with laser

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incidents on the increase, the Pilots Association

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says the devices are being used as weapons.

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Take-off and landing are the most crucial times for pilots,

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But it's also when they are most susceptible to laser beams

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Here in Southampton, there were 11 incidents last month

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In the first, a laser was shone into the flight path of a plane

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Three days later, a laser was focused

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The next night, a plane was targeted as it took off over the M27 motorway

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and then another inbound aircraft with the light beamed

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We're talking about high-powered green lasers, which can be

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PC Andy Sparshott from Hampshire Police showed me

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how clearly they work, even in daytime, and said he was in

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a cockpit of a police plane when it was targeted on take-off.

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There was a lot of brilliant white light flickering

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The pilot took action, looking at the instruments, making

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sure everything was OK, and then he was satisfied it was not on fire.

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Public Health England say they are extremely dangerous.

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Last February, a Virgin flight had to return to Heathrow after take-off

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after a laser was shone at the cockpit, causing a medical

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As of 2010, it's illegal to shine a light to dazzle a pilot.

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But the police and the Pilots Association want to make it

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an offence to be in possession of a laser pen.

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The police are prosecuting but the problem is their hands are tied

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because they don't have the correct powers at the moment.

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We are expecting to see some laser-specific

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legislation coming out relatively soon.

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We need police to have the power so they can

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stop the people who are shining lasers and arrest them and get them

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to justice and get them in prison because it's a really

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Police say there's always a spike of activity around Christmas

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as people receive laser pens as presents but they stress

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that they're not toys and the Pilots Association describes

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Luckily, in the recent cases, the planes have all been able

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A former senior NHS official has been jailed for three and a half

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years at Guildford Crown Court for accepting ?80,000 in bribes.

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57-year-old Peter Lewis from Windlesham worked

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He admitted receiving the payments in return for awarding a computer

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contract worth ?950,000 in the first year.

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Surrey Police say they're now focusing on recovering the money

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Mr Lewis made from his crime and returning it to the NHS.

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The medical director of the South East Coast Ambulance

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Service has resigned, BBC South Today understands.

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Dr Rory McCrae has left for what he calls personal reasons.

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Secamb, which is currently in special measures,

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was at the centre of a scandal involving the reassessment of some

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Plans to build a 25 megawatt solar farm in Dorset have been scrapped.

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Wildlife charities opposed the development at Rampisham Down

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near Dorchester, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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The developer, British Solar Renewables, has decided

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to shelve the application, which was approved two years ago

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but was then subject to a public inquiry.

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A smaller farm will be built on an alternative site nearby.

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A 108-year-old man living in Alton is now Britain's oldest man.

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Bob Weighton inherited the title when a man

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He lived in Japan in the run-up to the Second World War.

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When Roger Finn went to see him at his care home,

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Bob told him what it meant to be Britain's oldest man.

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I do not seem to feel any different in myself.

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But everybody else I meet will remind me of the fact.

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He spent his childhood in Hull and was part of a large family.

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In the 1930s, he travelled to Taiwan and Japan, where he worked

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He married his British sweetheart but the couple were forced to leave

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They and their three young children spent the war in Canada

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and the USA where Bob broadcast propaganda to the Japanese.

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Throughout his long life, Bob has held Christian

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The most important thing I have learnt is that it is far better

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to make a friend out of a possible enemy than it is to make an enemy

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What would you say is the key to finding happiness?

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I do not think you find happiness by looking for it.

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I think happiness comes when you do certain things.

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I have got to ask the cliched question, what is your secret

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It is nothing I have actually done or a regime I have followed

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at all because I have had such a varied from existence.

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I have eaten all sorts of things I never thought I would eat and been

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to places I never thought I would visit.

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I have no clear answer to that question at all.

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We're back tomorrow at 5:30pm and there's more

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But now Sarah is here with our weekend weather forecast.

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We have got some outbreaks of rain through the course of the night but

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that band of rain is gradually easing south-eastwards. We will

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start to see drier conditions developing. Albeit on the murky

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side. Some hill fog and patchy drizzle lingering towards dawn.

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Temperatures, lows of three or 4 degrees. A grey and murky start the

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Saturday morning, hill fog lingering and patchy drizzle as well. Quite a

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bit of cloud in the picture for tomorrow, they enough to produce

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rain. There will be brighter breaks but they will be limited.

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Temperatures look to peak at ten or 11 degrees. On Sunday, another

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cloudy day. Brighton is possible and if you spots of rain here in there.

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Breezy with outbreaks of rain. Good evening. The weather has been

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turning milder and also cloudier through the course of the day. We

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did see some clear spells moving in from the North will stop this was

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the sunset, captured in Dundee. Some clear spells as we headed through

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the course of the afternoon into the evening. Really, through the

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weekend, wiki with a similar theme. Much milder than it has been. A lot

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of cloud around in general, but for most of us think. Dry. Not dry

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everywhere at the moment, particularly across central and

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southern parts of England and Wales. We have a lot of cloud, bringing

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outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. The patchy rain will ease away

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slowly towards the south through tonight and further north across the

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country, drier conditions. Wherever you are, it's pretty cloudy. Mostly

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frost free to start the weekend, but there could be frost across the

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central glens of Scotland. A chilly start, but quite a lot of cloud,

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some pockets

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