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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Laura Trant.
What now for passengers as drivers on Southern Rail defy their union
The scheme helping violent offenders once they are
And, a double blessing - the operation that saved
the lives of these twins when they were still in the womb.
It was almost all over, but it seems there's no end in sight
to the long running dispute at Southern Rail.
They've rejected a deal to end a series of strikes which have
The union held 11 days of talks with the company.
It reached a deal and recommended it to drivers.
Here's our Transport Correspondent, Paul Clifton.
The prospect of a deal with drivers was a rare ray of sunshine
for passengers, who endure the poorest performing rail
Tonight, that ray of sunshine has gone out.
The drivers have rejected a key principle in specific circumstances,
they were being asked to operate the doors when a second member
For example, when a conductor becomes ill or arrives late.
In particular, they were unhappy of the quality of the CCTV cameras
Julia Parkin spoke to one driver who did not want to be identified.
I think our union don't realise the strength
of feeling the drivers have, that we are prepared
The concerns we have is that eventually someone will get
The driver won't see them on the cameras,
which are very poor at the moment and we'll end up in court.
And as soon as we move, those camara images go off.
So if anyone has run from somewhere to try and get on the train
and slipped between the platform, we will not see them.
What is the way to get this network running again
and running efficiently for the benefit of passengers?
Get in that second person to check that it is safe
A separate dispute involving conductors is still on.
The RMT met the company earlier this week, but made no progress.
So a 29th strike day will be held next Wednesday.
Southern expects to run four out of five trains.
But the drivers' dispute is effectively now back on as well.
For passengers, it's like turning the clock back two months.
But I don't think Aslef will strike just yet.
It will go back to the company and will ask for a slightly better deal.
Both the union and the company were taken by surprise
And the union leaders will want to talk before they walk.
Paul Clifton, BBC South Today, Chichester station.
It works with some of Hampshire's most violent offenders
The Violent Offender Intervention Programme has run for almost 10
years and claims to have successfully stopped hundreds
of people from re-offending, but it can't continue
after the programme's main source of funding was withdrawn.
It's a decision that comes down to the local police
and crime commissioner, as our home affairs correspondent
I was literally self-harming, I was overdosing, I threatened
In trouble with police since he was a teenager,
Lesley had four spells in jail over a decade.
Someone would start on me and I would say, "come on then.
And if they had weapons, I would just grab anything
I could get a hold of, like a crowbar or something.
So basically, I was very out-of-control.
He was in a downward spiral and could not see a way out.
Jack Briggs, an ex-special forces man now runs the Violent Offender
Intervention Programme for Hampshire which is about to lose its funding.
People that are generally referred to as are the most difficult
People that are generally referred to us are the most difficult
to handle and represent the highest risk of harm to the community.
He has helped me with keeping out of prison, got me
They need a seamless service that works for them when they are also
in prison to ensure there is not a large gap that exists
The number of violent and sex offenders being monitored
in the community after leaving prison has risen by
Figures released by the Ministry of Justice, showed there are more
than 70,000 people under supervision in England and Wales.
Last year 15% of violent and dangerous offenders managed
in the community were returned to custody for a breach
The Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner,
Conservative Michael Lane, told us that he is supporting other
projects through grants totalling ?1.7 million,
and that money has been allocated to achieve maximum impact
He said some organisations will be disapopinted,
but he is looking for other ways to help.
Now the project which changed Lesley's life, must now find other
funding to continue, or it will come to an end.
There are questions about the future of Guildford cathedral as it's plans
to sell off land to raise funds have failed.
The trustees of Guildford cathedral say there is no plan B to save it
after it lost a housing application, which could have secured its future.
The cathedral wants to sell off nine acres of land it owns
But, last night, the plan was rejected by councillors.
It costs over ?1 million a year to run.
It's a delicate and risky operation carried out on babies
when they're still in the womb, but a family from Dorset say it
Sarah and Dan Maund's sons, Sebastian and Henry had 48 hours
to live when medics realised they had twin-to-twin
Only 10% of twins have the condition and it can only be treated
At 20 weeks I started getting pain, and then we had the devastating news
at 22 weeks that they had something called twin-to-twin
We did not know whether they would survive.
Sarah was rushed to hospital in London, both her twins
were in immediate danger and surgeons had 48 hours
Henry and Sebastien shared one placenta in Sarah's womb,
which meant they were not getting enough blood, and this
This is rare, only 10-15% of twins suffer from twin-to-twin transfusion
syndrome and need laser surgery to save their lives.
The blood vessels that connect the babies are connecting them
in an uneven fashion, so the treatment is to put
a tiny telescope in, it is about two millimetres
in diameter, and through that we can identify the blood vessels that join
the two placentas and using an even smaller laser that goes
through the same telescope we can block the vessels that connect
But now one Hampshire-based charity is leading the campaign to make more
of us, including hospitals, are aware of TTTS.
From their base in Aldershot, they have helped create a register
Individually they may see a couple of dozen cases each year,
and by bringing this data together and this knowledge,
they will have a far broader, more in-depth picture
of what is successful and where they might be able to make
changes to improve outcomes in the future.
Back in Dorset, and Sarah and Dan are now looking to their future.
We are just very lucky we have the two boys and we take
We do as much as we can when we get a chance to take them out
The same goes for Henry and Sebastian.
They are waving goodbye to a troubled first few years.
It was once the fastest car in the world.
Now, 90 years after breaking the world land speed record,
the Sunbeam 1000 is to be restored by a team of engineers in Hampshire.
In 1927, driven by Major Henry Segrave, the car reached more
than 203 miles an hour, at Daytona Beach in Florida.
The vehicle is now on display at the National Motor Museum
in Beaulieu, but its two engines are severely corroded.
Work's now starting to rebuild them and it's hoped the Sunbeam can run
And one quick bit of football news tonight.
Southampton has completed the signing of the Uruguayan
The 29 year-old defender has previously won a host of trophies
with Barcelona and most recently with Juventus.
He's joined Saints on a short-term contract
That's all from the South Today news team this evening.
We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast and there's more
It has been. But there will be rain and it could linger for Northern and
western areas through the night. It will start to dry out and the skies
were clear to the south-west allowing fog and mist patches to
form. With the light winds, the mist and fog might be slow to clear
tomorrow morning. But once it does we could see some sunny spells. More
cloud than we have seen today, so hazy sunshine at times. Ten to 11
Celsius. Winds are liked from the West or south west. Tomorrow night,
it is a repeat performance. Clouding over, the chance of rain here and
there and maybe mist and fog patches to stop the weekend. After a cloudy
start, things will improve. Some bright spells to have. Ahead of this
weather front that will arrive Saturday evening into the early
hours of Sunday morning, may produce some rain. Not amounting to too
much, but Sunday might start on a damp node. As we look to the
weekend, it stays mild with temperatures in different figures.
Cloud around forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick
Miller with a resume of the National weather picture.
Hello, rain for some of us today although it won't make much of a
dent in the dry winter so