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

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

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as Southampton fans look forward to a trip to Wembley,

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a Chinese company seeks to buy a stake in the club.

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A devolution deal dead in the water but will taxpayers

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And a heart-warming tale of the kindness of strangers.

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Southampton football fans continued their celebrations today,

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after the club secured its place in the League Cup final at Wembley.

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They've also been taking in the news that a chinese company has moved

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If the deal goes ahead, Southampton will follow

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other big European clubs, who've also had significant stakes

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Our reporter Lewis Coombes is at St Mary's tonight.

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News emerged through the stock exchange in the Far East

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that a Chinese company by the name of Lander Sports Group had reached

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an agreement to purchase a stake in Southampton Football Club.

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This then triggered the club to release their own statement,

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but notably with a more cautious tone.

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The clubs owner Katarinha Liebherr spoke of a "potential partnership"

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and that any "possible deal" would only be done

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if in the best interests of the club.

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So early stages and any details of the size of stake

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But it is the first time Saints have gone on the record

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that they are looking for outside investment.

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For investors the Premier League represents the richest

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and most-watched football league in the world.

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There's been a growing trend of investment from China -

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a country keen to boost both its own domestic league,

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and its standing as a major world player in the sport.

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Southampton is the latest club to be linked -

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West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Birmingham City

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have all recently been sold to Chinese owners,

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while Manchester City sold a minority stake in their club

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for $400 million dollars just over a year ago.

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A Chinese consortium is also currently in the process of trying

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Lander has been shopping around for investments in the UK

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There have been intermediaries working actively on

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their behalf to build links with football clubs but,

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beyond that, there's something about

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Southampton's location, as a port city,

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the Chinese tend to invest in clubs,

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They often tend to look at the broader

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industry and broader economic benefits.

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And Southampton know who they will face in the AFL cup final at

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Wembley. Yes, after the excitement

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of last night's win at Anfield - fans now know

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it will be Manchester United who stand in their way

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of winning a first piece The club's only major

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cup victory in it's history. The opposition that day, of course,

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Manchester United. Saints have been given just over

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31,000 tickets for the final which go on sale to season ticket

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holders from next Thursday. While potential Chinese investment

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in the club could be lucrative, for fans the sight of seeing

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their players lift a trophy, It was the deal

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that promised more money, more control and more

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joined-up thinking. But, as we reported yesterday -

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devolution plans for parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

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appear to have been scrapped. It follows months

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of planning and discussions. Now, instead of bringing

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councils closer together, Our political editor, Peter Henley,

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has been gathering reaction. This was the meeting

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in a Westminster committee room that finally saw the death

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of the Solent devolution dream. Portsmouth City Council

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leader Donna Jones telling councillors that time had run out

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for approval and they must At the moment, the money's all going

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up north to the Northern Powerhouse and to Sheffield and to Leeds,

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we are losing out because we haven't got our act together and

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I am deeply, deeply disappointed. We've missed the opportunity to be

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the Southern powerhouse and to be the first combined authority

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in south-east England. The Portsmouth leader,

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a Conservative, blames another Southampton, Portsmouth,

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and the Isle of Wight all said they wanted to create

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the new authority, East league, Eastleigh,

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Fareham, Havant and East Hampshire would have all joined

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in but Hampshire County Council and under Roy Perry

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wouldn't back the plans. The combine authority would have

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been given ?900 million in government funding to be spent

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over 30 years but Hampshire's leader says that wasn't worth splitting up

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the historic county. That the division and disagreement

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is what's led to the failure of taking power away from Westminster.

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How do you feel, personally? Personally, I feel my responsibility

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is for this area to see that we have good services,

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efficient services, Hampshire is one of the best,

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most respected And these rival plans

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for council reorganisation Surveys and expert opinions,

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all of which seem to What the public really

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wanted our simple delivery of quality services,

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particularly when money is tight. And, today, a third

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conservative entered the fray. Chancellor Philip Hammond

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visiting Microsoft in Reading. He gave his views on why no southern

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council was getting an elected mayor It started as a city-based

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approach and it's evolved. I think it's just a pipeline issue

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and I'm sure we will see some deals coming through in the less urbanised

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parts of the country in the future. So, perhaps a minister's door

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could still be pushed open, though with Brexit taking up so much

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energy, paying for local services may mean the back

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of the queue for some time yet. More news today about how our

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councils might look in the future. Earlier I asked about plans four

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authorities in Dorset to merge. Everybody is racing to get some of

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this money before the tap is turned off. Dorset thing that rather than

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having a mayor and combined authority they think they can save

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money by merging councils together making it simpler. But to councils

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don't want to be taken over so it has become a test case for the

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government whether they force councils to go along with the merger

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arrangement. It's a strange situation where you've got the

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government saying we want local people to work out what they want

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but it's down to Westminster to approve which ever plan. It in some

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ways, are watching for signals but they are very important sums of

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money and decisions for lovers in terms of the services we get.

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Now - here's a tale to restore your faith in human nature.

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It starts with a letter taped to an empty bike rack

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The letter was addressed to the thief who'd stolen a brand

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new bike, belonging to someone who'd saved-up for a year to buy it.

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A passer-by saw the note, and decided to do something

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about it, as Allen Sinclair reports.

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Flapping from an empty bike rack, this letter caught

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Rachel's eye as she was walking along Reading's

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"Dear bike thief, have you ever thought that you make

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"You might have seen that the bike is new and

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"Letting you know that I could only afford that bike after one year

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"I was saving and dreaming of having a new bike one day."

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Well, it's a pretty forlorn looking note, as you can see.

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Everything I read just make me feel sad for the person, really.

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It was signed, "From Alex", who added that he or she would wait

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by the bike rack at 6pm each evening this week in the hope that

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It's not a great welcome that, is it?

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I've lived here for coming on 17 years now and, actually,

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And that's what motivated me to do something.

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Within half an hour, Rachel had set up an online appeal

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aiming to collect enough money to buy a replacement bike,

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24 hours later, the total had already reached over ?700.

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I've got no idea but Alex says that they will be here at 6pm.

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I don't know if Alex is male or female, even because it is a name

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But I will be here at 6pm, hopefully, to give Alex

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Hi. My name's Rachel.

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Alex, understandably wary at first, was deeply moved to know

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It's given back my faith in humanity.

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All the money left over after buying a new bike and a decent lock will go

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to a cycling charity helping provide affordable bikes for Reading people,

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a charity which Alex says he'd now like to join as a volunteer.

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

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

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Here is our regional weather forecast.

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Temperatures falling below freezing. Already, we are down 2-3 in the

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countryside. The winds will be brisk from the south. The chants in West

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Sussex and Surrey of patchy ice where we have wintry showers

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trysting in during the early hours of the morning. A chilly start. Mist

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and fog will lift. Patchy rain will spread in, mainly light in nature.

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Temperatures will rise to around nine Celsius, in contrast to today

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when we saw a high of just three Celsius. Feeling less cold also into

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Saturday. The rain moves eastwards during Saturday morning. Following

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eight, sunny spells and the chants of a sunny shower. A fair amount of

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cloud and also the risk of a weekend. It's swings and

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roundabouts, higher temperatures but some rain as well.

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Good evening. It's been dry so far this January but as it draws to a

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close it looks like we will see some rain at last. It's been an

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interesting today a bitterly

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