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Hello, good evening, I'm Tom Hepworth.


You're watching South Today, good to have you with us.


Coming up tonight - the city struggling to breathe -


Southampton's named as one of the most polluted in the UK.


The port will begin monitoring air quality for the first time.


Warnings to the driver of this mobility scooter


as he narrowly avoids being hit on a busy roundabout.


And this week, there will be rain at times,


some drier interludes as well and it will turn milder by


the end of the week. I'll have the details shortly.


Southampton's port is the busiest cruise terminal and second largest


container port in the UK, contributing almost a billion


But it also contributes to the city's air pollution.


The council estimates anything from 7% to 23%


But BBC South's Inside Out programme discovered there's no specific air


quality monitoring taking place within the port.


Last month the city was warned for repeatedly breaching legal air


pollution limits Southampton is now one of five government


Clean Air Zones with nearly ?900,000 being invested .


And as Jon Cuthill explains, the port says plans are now in place


to start monitoring pollution in the future.


Ten-year-old Archie has a severe form of asthma.


Poor air quality can leave him struggling to breathe.


It's a real worry for his mum, Kirsty.


One day when there is an air quality alert or on a day like this


when it is very still, so the pollution's pushed down,


he will generally be more wheezy on those days.


Car fumes, things like that, if it is a really strong,


noxious smell, that will start his asthma off.


As well as busy roads, the city has a busy port.


Clean air campaigners like Colin McQueen are


worried ships are adding to Southampton's pollution problem.


That container ship at the moment, they are using huge diesel


generators to power themselves while they are in port.


We do not know what they are throwing out.


Some ships like the Queen Mary II have the ability to cut


their generators whilst in port and plug into a land-based


electricity supply, drastically reducing emissions.


The only problem is, Southampton does not have a socket.


No port in the UK provides shore power for large ships.


There is no one standard for shore power, that is now in place


and I would like it in place as soon as possible but I should advise


those that shore power is not the only answer.


That is why we are working with solar power now, hybrid ships


now, because all of them have a part to play for the future.


ABP says it plans to start monitoring air quality


Meanwhile the City Council is planning to introduce


a Clean Air Zone to Southampton by 2020, so perhaps residents


like Kirsty can start breathing a sigh of relief.


When I see the impact on children like Archie,


I think everybody wants to make air quality better.


Could the creation of a Clean Air Zone


It would mean some vehicles would be restricted amongst other measures.


We asked Dr Matt Loxham from the University of Southampton.


The evidence is, when these clean air zones are implemented in other


places, they have a few percentage points of improvement on air quality


and that's mainly because they don't restrict private cars.


So I think it's a very good first step and I think


the Council should be commended for what they are doing,


but I think more needs to be done by a whole range of organisations.


You can see Jon's extended report on Inside Out South


A 51-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty


He was found unconscious in the water by another


It's thought he'd been caught in a squall.


The RNLI's Hayling lifeboat was called but efforts


Last year, four people were injured in Dorset in crashes


Today, footage has emerged of what could easily have been another.


Watt the driver who filmed the incident says more should be done to


indicate mobility scooter users in basic road safety.


He came off the pavement where the main shops were,


then went across the roundabout across two or three


A mobility scooter driver dices with death on a dark and wet Friday


evening in Poole town centre. This footage was captured


on a dashboard camera, belonging to Jeff Taylor-Jackson.


I don't want to take anyone's independence away,


but surely there should be some sort of education for someone owns


a mobility scooter to say, this is not a safe thing to do.


Analysis of government data published last year showed accidents


involving mobility scooters were on the rise - in 2015,


they were involved in an average of four crashes a week,


It's those sorts of figures which have prompted calls


for more safety training for mobility scooter users.


What we would suggest to people is that actually,


is there a better way to cross that road?


Are there traffic lights you can use?


If you're just pressing your thumb and going across a roundabout


into oncoming traffic, that is just a recipe for disaster.


So, what is the law when it comes to mobility scooters?


They are allowed to drive at up to four miles per hour on pavements.


On the road, they are allowed to go at eight miles per hour.


If they are on the roads, scooters must be registered


with the DVLA and have lights, indicators and a horn.


And they can be used on dual carriageways if they are fitted


Clearly there were no lights here and what is more remarkable


is that there is an underpass with a ramp at this very roundabout.


When the Americans entered the First World War in 1917,


they had a tiny, unsophisticated air force.


But they established five air bases in West Sussex, including one


It was a pivotal moment in the establishment of what's known


as the "special relationship" between the US and the UK.


But little is known about life on the bases, until now


The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 sparked off rapid


improvements in aircraft design across Europe.


Basic observation planes were soon being replaced with faster,


It seems almost unbelievable, but when the United States entered


the First World War in April 1917, they were miles behind the British,


Germans and French in terms of aviation technology.


They ended up having to buy European planes, like this SE5A.


The Wright Brothers fly in 1904 and by 1914 you have


The United States is way behind the curve and it is only with


the advent of the First World War that they begin to develop this area


To try to catch up, the Americans set up five


airfields in West Sussex, including one here at Tangmere,


where pilots and ground crew could be trained.


A great deal is known about Tangmere's role


in the Second World War, but details of what the Americans


did here in World War I are still very sketchy, which is why


the research project has been launched.


What we're hoping to do is track down the biographies of Americans


who served in the area, to find out their reactions,


their responses to suddenly arriving in Sussex in that time.


So far, no-one has even been able to find photographs


of the Americans at Tangmere, but it is hoped the research project


will uncover a treasure trove of archive material.


I have no doubt that somewhere in a loft or in a drawer,


people perhaps have had it handed down to them and never


I'm sure there is lots and lots of stuff out there.


The big idea is to hold an exhibition in September,


so the researchers can share what they have discovered.


Steve Humphrey, BBC South Today, Tangmere.


Finally some sad news tonight, Southampton-based athletics coach


Mike Smith, who nurtured the talents of Olympic, Commonwealth


and European medal winners has died after a short illness.


In a career spanning five decades, he helped guide the success


of hundreds of athletes, among them household names


like Roger Black, Donna Hartley, Kriss Akabusi and Iwan Thomas.


He was also a regular voice for many years on BBC Radio Solent


That's the latest, thanks for being there.


We'll be back with bulletins in BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning


but now here's Alexis Green with your weather forecast.


We are expecting fairly unsettled conditions this week. Taking a look


at the week ahead, there will be some rain at times, some brighter


and sunnier spells and it will start to turn milder from Thursday


onwards. Overnight tonight, there may be some frost in the


countryside. These are temperatures for the towns and cities. A sunny


start to the day tomorrow. Sunshine will turn hazy with the arrival of


high cloud, that ahead of a weather front with thickening cloud for


western parts late in the afternoon. It should stay dry for many places


in the day with highs of eight or nine Celsius. Tomorrow evening, the


rain will quickly move in and the breeze will increase. The rain could


be heavy tomorrow night, lasting into Thursday morning and we may see


some mist and fog patches over higher ground. Temperatures tomorrow


night, a contrast, mild six to eight Celsius and a wet start to the day


on Wednesday. The rain slowly clearing eastwards and through the


afternoon, things will start to dry out with the south-westerly breeze


bringing in some mild air. Milder still on Thursday. We are in this


warm front and some spells of Ranger in Thursday daytime. The warm front


will bring in milder air from the Atlantic. That's also the case


through Friday, a similar data Thursday, as is Wednesday so we are


expecting a fair amount of cloud. Milder temperatures. That mild


south-westerly breeze will continue through the working week. It will


fall away, as will the temperatures, into the weekend.


cool, it will be windy at times as well and still rather unsettled with


some blustery showers around. That's the London forecast and now for the


National forecast, over to Nick Miller.


North-west France and Plymouth were miles apart weather-wise. This


southern flank in north-west France there was a wind gusts of 120 mph


which we just dodged. That area of low pressure continues to move


quickly south-eastwards so that by tomorrow it is in Italy on its


southern flank, stormy in Sardinia and around it strong winds blowing


through south-east France. We've got a little bump in the ice bars with


lighter winds, a brief ridge of high pressure, things briefly settled


going into tomorrow, overnight there are some showers around moving


through western Scotland and north-west England and the Midlands,


clearing Wales, one or two in the east, the North Sea tip of high


pressure, things briefly settled going into tomorrow, overnight there


are some showers around moving through western Scotland and


north-west England and the Midlands, clearing Wales, one or two in the


East, the North seat above Aberdeenshire,


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