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Here, on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.


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


The top stories tonight: The Southern Rail row continues.


Another difficult day for commuters as drivers walk out for the first


Accused of murder over a business debt.


A man goes on trial for the killing of a former bomb disposal expert


who was missing for more than two years.


On this night in 1941 Portsmouth suffered its worst attack of the


Second World War, depicted in a painting that has just gone on


display. First tonight, the Southern


Railway strike continues. Today was the first of three


strike days this week. 1,000 drivers walked out, affecting


about 300,000 passenger journeys. Every service was brought


to a standstill. The first strike ballot by the RMT


union was in December 2015. In April, conductors


started their strikes. Drivers began similar


strikes in December. They also have an overtime


ban every day. Over the last ten months,


there's been one month Southern imposed a new role


of On Board Supervisor last week. An offer to the train crew has been


on the table since August. It promises - no job losses,


above-inflation pay rises for the next two years,


and overall, the same number In return, Southern wants


to run driver-only trains without conductors under certain


circumstances, such Driver Only Operation


is used on almost one in three trains in the UK,


and on the London Underground. And nobody has died as a result


of this way of working. Our transport correspondent,


Paul Clifton, has been Perhaps for the first time ever


passengers have been pleased to see Southern has laid on a bus every


20 minutes to Dorking, station not affected


by today's strike. Normally 10,000 passengers


a day pass through here but it's been very quiet,


just a handful of people It was much the same in Chichester,


from where Ben Moore reports. All aboard the 5%, that's


the proportion of Southern trains being replaced by buses


during this strike. Even so the first commuter services


from Chichester were quiet, and among the passengers who had no


choice but to travel, I have to get to Horsham every day


because I'm a teacher, Well, they're not pushing


their agenda anymore, all this seems to be doing is just


causing discomfort for the sake Normally I'd get an eight


o'clock train but I have a quarter past seven


bus so it is probably another two or three hours


on my daily travelling. I joined a 7.18am bus


to Havant where commuters can catch a Southwest trains


to London or Portsmouth. The earliest connecting train gets


to Waterloo at 9:30am, a late start the working


day for many. I think the government really


need to step in now. If there are safety concerns


than it needs to be looked into but in the meantime we need


a truce so the workers at Southern Railway get


back to work and we, Until that is resolved many Southern


commuters could continue to find It's all closed, taped up even,


and the departure board The industry safety body have made


detailed studies which show the driver only operation is safe,


perhaps safer than The unions strongly


disagree with that, Today the MP for Havant said


in the unions are simply opposing the inevitable march


of new technology. These trains have been working


on the UK rail network for the last 30 years and they operate on around


30% of existing trains anyway but the independent safety watchdog


has said that they are safe and therefore the train drivers


and the unions should get back to work to make sure that people can


get back to work themselves, families can meet up,


and actually our economy Hardly any Southern passengers


have walked through, Hardly any Southern passengers have


walked through here today, and there won't be another


train until Thursday. And then the strike comes


back again on Friday. A bomb disposal expert, who worked


for one of Princess Diana's favourite charities,


was murdered by a business partner in a row over an unpaid debt,


a court has heard today. Mark Manning's body was discovered


in woodland near Slaugham He had been missing


for more than two years. Today a jury at Lewes Crown Court


was told that he'd been beaten to death by a man who owed him up


to ?150,000 pounds. Mark Manning's body


remained undiscovered The bomb disposal expert had gone


missing in 2014, prompting a major It was eventually found in


undergrowth in Mid Sussex last May. Today the jury at Lewes Crown Court


was told that business partner Colin Gale had beaten him to death


in a row over a substantial debt. It is claimed he then enlisted


the help of another man The murder was alleged to have


happened at a car garage Mr Manning's blood was


found on the walls here. The prosecution said that


Mr Manning and Mr Gale worked Mr Manning would loan Gale


money and he would go It's alleged that that debt had


risen to up to ?150,000, enough money, the prosecution said,


for Gale to want Mr Manning Mr Manning had worked


for the Mines Advisory Group, a mine-clearing charity supported


by the late Princess of Wales. The court was told he was very proud


of his work had loved what he did. Mark Manning was last


seen on April 19, 2014. Three days later he was reported


missing by his family. In June 2014 police changed


the enquiry from a missing persons Mr Manning's remains were eventually


found in undergrowth near Slaugham in mid-Sussex last May,


more than two years Colin Gale denies murder


but has admitted preventing Another man, Stuart Robertson,


denies that same charge. There are calls for a permanent


memorial in the Thames Valley village which was home to pop singer


George Michael. Tens of thousands of people have


visited Goring-on-Thames to lay flowers outside the star's


16th century house. He was found dead


there on Christmas Day. On this night 76 years ago 170


people lost their lives in the worst bombing raid


in Portsmouth's history. But throughout the raids,


an artist was at work And today, Richard Eurich's Night


Raid has gone on display It shows the horror inflicted in one


night by 300 German bombers, killing people, destroying parts


of the dockyards behind me and flattening streets but leaving


the unlit HMS Victory The artist Richard Eurich


was from Hythe and was commissioned by the government to document


the effects of war. The painting's on loan


from Tate Britain in London, on display at the Portsmouth


museum for the first time. He has this access that not even


the press would have had, And I think the presence


of the Navy in the background, with the battleship


and the destroyers I think puts across a very strong message that


we're going to get through it. 171 people died that night,


400 more were injured. I asked historian John Stedman


what January 10th, 1941, The noise of bombs and shells


and guns going off. The policy was to get people treated


as quickly as possible. First aid parties were out


during the raids, along with the fire parties,


and rescuing people, giving them first aid treatment


and evacuating them as quickly


as possible to local hospitals. People remained resilient


in Portsmouth throughout. It was a service town and that


helped but it also seems to be true of people throughout the UK,


nowhere was that mass panic Everywhere carried on and that is


certainly true of Portsmouth. The Germans aimed to demoralise


as much as hit military targets. 67 air raid during the Blitz,


with 900 people killed but people carried on despite the face


of their city changing forever. 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. We have snow in the forecast over


the next few days but tonight acquired snowed with a lot of cloud


around and the chance of light rain and drizzle here and there. There


will be drier periods as well with temperatures falling away to around


seven or eight Celsius. A damp and cloudy start of the day, and


improving picture that a fair amount of cloud during the course of the


day. Bright spells brought in by the brisk winds and temperatures will


feel a lot cooler than you can see here. 9 degrees the hive. All highs


are looking ahead to Thursday because there is the potential we


could have snowfall. More likely over the Chilterns and Cotswolds on


Salisbury Plain. Met Office no warning of force over the whole of


the South. As the rain clears away in the cold air sets in on Thursday


night there was the potential for snowfall which may not settle in


places so many of us will see the snowfall but not settle on the


ground. Looking ahead to the rest of the week there are bright spells


hereunder and a brisk north-westerly wind sets in and


of the week, and to start the weekend as well. For more on that


snow situation, over to Jay Wynne now.


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