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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Jo Kent.
The top stories tonight: Venting their frustration with flowers.
A peaceful protest from Southern Rail passengers but there's
a glimmer of hope as driver strikes are suspended.
An inquest finds a Sussex soldier was killed in friendly fire
in Afghanistan because his comrade didn't take enough care.
And heading for a nail-biting finish.
Can sailor Alex Thompson succeed in his ambition to win
There've been a few glimmers of hope for long-suffering Southern rail
passengers today ? a three-day strike next week by Aslef
The company's accepted the union's offer of talks at the TUC.
It's also been revealed that season ticket holders may be
able to get compensation through their credit cards.
Roger Finn's at Chichester Station with the latest.
Another day of delays and cancellations but
some good news too - fresh talks between Southern and Aslef.
And this time, they'll be chaired not by Acas but jointly by the TUC
As a result, Aslef's called off strikes planned for Tuesday,
A little boost for passengers who need it badly.
To no-one's surprise, today it was revealed that Southern
has been ranked lowest of all train companies in the annual survey
of customer satisfaction by the consumer organisation Which?
Nearly half Southern's passengers said their last journey was delayed.
Today commuters turned the tables on the company
with their own protest - flowers were laid at stations
The idea is to mourn and pay tribute to what used to be a decent service.
People are laying flowers and notes to the powers that be,
so people have got an opportunity to express their anger
at the situation, so that's been a success.
One other Southern passenger managed to persuade his credit card company
to give back half the cost of his season ticket on the grounds
that Southern rail had failed to deliver the service it promised.
Experts believe that could start a trend.
If a few companies are starting to pay out credit cardholders,
and we have one case, well, then it becomes standard
industry practice and, even if you own a credit card
company rejects you, you can then go to the ombudsman
and it may well say, others have done it because of
Southern rail's dire service, you are entitled to some
season-ticket money back, you are also going to be paid out.
But for those simply hoping the commuting nightmare will end,
I haven't got a massive amount of hope, I guess,
because I've lost faith in the fact that anything will ever be resolved.
What people don't realise is that, when the strikes stop
being in the news, we just go back to the delays that we've always had.
One sign of the passions the disruption's causing -
at Bognor Station yesterday, just down the line from Chichester
here, a passenger went into a train cab and abused the driver.
Apparently, he swore at the driver and demanded to know why
A union official described it as a serious breach of safety
and said the driver was so upset, he decided not to attempt to drive
Well, earlier, I spoke to our transport correspondent,
Paul Clifton, and asked him whether commuters should be
Just last week, the head of the drivers' union said the two
sides weren't so much on different planets as occupying
So let's be clear - we are a long way from a deal.
But Aslef, the company and the government are all making
Maybe this time really will be different.
The difficulty is this - a dispute about the safety merits
of some specific aspects of Driver-Only Operation on Southern
routes has been masked by the wider political battle.
The government and the union have each invested too much political
Neither can afford to be perceived in public as the loser.
But next week's Aslef strikes are suspended.
The overtime ban, which has caused the cancellation of one
in four services every day, is suspended too.
The RMT union, which represents conductors, has asked
But for now, its separate strike next Monday is still on.
So, for passengers, this is the most encouraging day in a long time.
But let me repeat - we have been here before.
A 22-year-old soldier from Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex
lost his life in Afghanistan because a comrade did not take
sufficient care and fired in the wrong direction.
That's the conclusion of an inquest into the death
of Lance Corporal James Brynin, who was killed in a so-called
Lance Corporal James Brynin was described as an outstanding
His death in Afghanistan came though not at the hands of the Taliban
but instead a careless comrade - Lance Corporal Mark Kelly shooting
James dead after firing in the wrong direction
The coroner said today there was insufficient evidence
to return a conclusion of unlawful killing to the obvious
Whilst we are very upset and disappointed at having waited
so long for this lengthy process to conclude, and no charges
or punishment and no genuine guilt has been acknowledged by the MoD
or Lance Corporal Kelly, it is and has always
been our opinion that Kelly knew what he had done within moments
of firing the round that killed our son, James.
Rather than acknowledging he did wrong, he instead
The simple facts remain that his errors led directly
He has and will for ever have James's blood on his hands. He was a
highly talented and professional soldier, our thoughts are with his
family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time. He has
made the ultimate sacrifice and we must never forget him. Today his
family are having to come to terms with the coroner's conclusion that
James died at the hands of a colleague who became disoriented in
a firefight and did not take enough care.
A van driver who was texting at the wheel when he hit and killed
a cyclist has lost his appeal to have his sentence reduced.
Lee Martin was taking part in a cycling event when he was hit
by Christopher Gard's van on the A31 near Bentley in Hampshire
Gard was jailed for nine years for causing death
He had seven previous convictions for using a mobile
It's sailing's toughest race and the Gosport sailor Alex Thompson
is tonight edging closer to his Vendee Globe dream.
Thompson is aiming to be the first British winner of the single-handed
non-stop round-the-world race and is still closing the gap
on the leader with less than 48 hours to go.
The 73rd day of racing and the Alex Thompson, there could be barely two
more to go. The pair are heading for the finish line on the French coast.
Thompson is currently moving more quickly at 15 knots. He is gaining
on the Paul Lawrie race favourite with every update. A week ago, it
was more than 200 miles. It has been predicted the finish will be very
close. A view shared by the man who was the first to sail around the
globe nonstop single-handed. His performance so far in this race has
been really incredible. The speeds he has been achieving, just
phenomenal. He has gone five times faster than I did 48 years ago. It
is just remarkable. Taking the right course, judging the weather
patterns, this race for the line could still be at the mercy of the
nation. The 2-mac readers will have a say in weather conditions. 10-15
knots in the South East and the winds will become light. The winds
will switch direction to a North westerly airflow, dragging in
bitterly cold air, and the air, with a high-pressure, will become very
unstable. Irregular wind directions and speed. At the hands like this,
there is still a good chance. He can still pull it off, which would be
phenomenal. Organisers now believe the first boat to arrive on Thursday
morning. If previous finishes to be repeated, the scenes could be
special. But will be the British special. But will be the British
flag flying high in France? Alex Thompson has closed the gap
further. For some of us, a frost, for others, a good deal of cloud. A
cold night for many places. More cloud the further north and west you
are. The frost will develop down to the south and east and towards the
south coast. Temperatures even in towns and cities could drop the
freezing waters below. Cold, frosty and a misty start the day tomorrow.
There is that North West, South East are split. The best of the sunshine
down towards the south coast and Southeast and for the Isle of Wight.
Temperatures will struggle to rise to a high of 3-5 Celsius. Through
the cause of tomorrow night, the cloud will pick even further. We may
have low cloud, Mr Fog patches and places. High pressure will dominate
our weather. A misty and murky start. Most places will stay dry.
Thursday is a very similar data Friday. A fair amount of cloud, a
lot of dry weather but on Friday, outbreaks of light rain and drizzle
during the middle part of the day. Over the next few days, the winds
will be fairly light but coming in from the north-east, dragging in the
cooler air. from time to time. Staying settled
still. Nick has the national forecast this evening.
Hello. If you are watching the football earlier it turned out to be
an evening for football fans in Lincolnshire. This is how it looked
at the start of the day. No idea whether this weather watcher is a
football fan, it's a fan of weather that matters here. All sorts of
weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I
wonder if this six in the cloud across the Midlands into northern
England and parts of Wales felt colder, particularly in these misty
and foggy conditions in this weather watcher view. Some drizzly rain
around at times still from the thicker cloud into parts of England
and Wales overnight, hill fog too. Cloud for Scotland and Northern
Ireland, although a few breaks in eastern Scotland and close to
freezing, but the coldest