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Hello, good evening, I'm Tom Hepworth.


Coming up on South Today: The private units making


money for our hospitals, but is it at the expense


The fly-tippers targeting the New Forest, leaving potentially


hazardous waste in the National Park.


Health managers at the South's hospitals are increasingly investing


in facilities for private patients as a way of plugging


At Southampton General, it generated ?5 million while the QA


Hospital in Portsmouth treated 1,000 private patients.


Our health correpondent, David Fenton, sent this report


from a new private unit opening at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.


An empty bed, and you don't see many of those in NHS


hospitals, but this bed is for private patients only.


Within the unit, we have four ensuite bedrooms fully


equipped with satellite TVs, and we have a treatment room


All of the proceeds of any private practices undertaken


here at the Bournemouth private clinic all goes back


into the NHS to fund equipment, staffing, facilities.


So every single penny comes back into the NHS.


And this treatment room I'm very, very proud of.


This unit will treat about 800 patients a year -


He is on a trial drug that's not available on the NHS.


I think they've done an amazing job with not just myself


But having that private opportunity as well,


if you can get the money and the funding, like myself,


It may sound strange, treating private patients


inside public hospitals, but it's a way of bringing


much-needed cash into the NHS - ?4 million for this hospital alone.


This is about offering local people a choice between NHS


What we know is that there are still a significant number


of people that actually want private care.


And the first private patients will begin arriving next week.


Well, I asked the chief executive whether he could really promise that


NHS patients would not suffer because of the work that's


No NHS patient should be displaced as a consequence of the private


So no delays, no problems, no lack of staff, anything like that?


No, what we've seen over the years, actually, is our private services


OK, finally, what are you going to spend the money on?


So what we are going to do is we are going to buy more


state-of-the-art equipment and kits that will enable us


to provide a wider range of services to NHS patients.


This is becoming big business now for many,


many hospitals in the NHS and I think they believe that,


as long as the money goes back into the NHS to help patients,


David Fenton, BBC South Today in Bournemouth.


A law student's gone on trial for the killing of a father of ten


on the Isle of Wight with a single punch.


Gary Stacey died from brain injuries after a night


21-year-old Ryan Cooper denies manslaughter,


The jury at this trial have been told there's no dispute that


a punch killed this man, Gary Stacey.


But they'll have to decide whether Ryan Cooper threw that


punch in self-defence, as he claims, or whether,


as the prosecution say, he was spoiling for a fight.


Outlining their case, the prosecution said Cooper had


recently split from his girlfriend and got together with friends


at his parents' house, where they got drunk.


He also used drugs, which he told friends about in a Facebook message.


I just did the biggest line of cocaine," he wrote.


A little later, he messaged, "I feel like I'm invisible."


The group went to a bar and continued drinking heavily.


Cooper posted another message, saying,


"Mate, the Isle of Wight is so different.


Later, in this street, Cooper and his friends


were approached by Mr Stacey, who they'd had some


The jury was shown CCTV footage of the moment


We're not able to broadcast these pictures, but they show


He fractured his skull, sustaining brain damage.


The following day, Cooper told friends that Mr Stacey


had threatened him, swearing and shouting.


In police interviews, he said Mr Stacey had come


"He looked like he was going to hit me," he told police,


"so I just jabbed him to get him away."


He said he punched him in self-defence.


The trial is expected to last two weeks.


Fire crews have spent most of the evening at the scene


of a blaze at a school in West SussexT.


The fire, at the Weald secondary school in Billingshurst,


The leisure centre next door was evacuated.


It's thought the fire started in a ground-floor classroom.


Serial fly-tippers who've dumped hazardous waste on the New Forest


have been accused of putting people and animals at risk.


The National Trust says cleaning up the waste,


which includes asbestos, will cost thousands of pounds.


It's one of the most beautiful parts of the New Forest and a site


But Furzley Common near West Wellow has become a dumping


Time and again, household rubbish, building materials and even


dangerous asbestos has been tipped on this National Trust land.


Everybody likes to walk around in it.


You've got animals and everything wandering around here, dog walkers.


And to leave hazardous materials here, it is


What on earth do these people think they are doing?


I don't know where people are coming from, to think it is OK to dump it


in a place like this. There are sharp edges


and goodness knows what. Furzley Common isn't


the only part of the forest A big pile of old tyres was also


left on National Trust land at Linwood on the western side


of the forest. In the last week alone,


we have had over four different fly-tipping incidents


in the last seven days. I would estimate that has cost us


?3000 in National Trust charitable funds, which could be


spent on conservation. In 2017 alone, we are up to 15


separate incidents of fly-tipping. Across the south of England,


fly-tipping is on the rise. Last year, there were


nearly 38,000 cases, Back on the New Forest,


there are calls for greater vigilance by residents


to catch those responsible. The district council says it's


working with the National Trust to investigate the recent


series of incidents. So what action can councils take


to catch the fly-tippers? David Allard is at Damerham


in the New Forest tonight. This is another village that's


seen its fair share of fly-tipping. The local authority


is New Forest District Council. They told me they used to use mobile


CCTV cameras at fly-tipping hotspots But there's been a change


in the law - the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act,


or RIPA. It now means, if councils


want to use CCTV to monitor suspected criminal activity,


they have to apply to a magistrate and prove the action


is reasonable and proportionate. So people in this village decided


to gather evidence themselves. It's very difficult for individuals


or parish councils to actually Local authorities have got powers


to do so although obviously You find that individuals will have


to comply with various regulations about how the images are stored,


where they are accessed, who's got access to them


and obviously have to supply copies Of course, parish councils


are made up of volunteers. Many simply won't have the time


or resources to do that. So the main plea tonight


from people in Damerham, New Forest District Council


and the National Trust Report any cases of suspected


fly-tipping because, as we've heard, it's costing thousands to clear up -


money that could be spent on far That's the latest,


thanks for being there. We're back with bulletins in BBC


Breakfast tomorrow morning, but now here's Alexis


with your weather forecast. Rain is on the cards overnight. Many


light and patchy and mild. Temperatures in most areas remaining


in double figures. These are the values in urban areas but in the


countryside lows of eight Celsius. Patchy rain will be with us first


thing. And through the morning, the rain will ease and we will see


brighter skies. Still a fair amount of cloud. Temperatures will reach a


high of 14 Celsius for any prolonged periods of sunshine, a high of 16


Celsius, very similar to the day's temperatures. Cloud and outbreaks of


rain on Thursday, the weather front pulls away and move northwards. We


will start to see brighter skies to the course of the day, possibly hazy


sunshine, but it will feel warm. We drag up that mild an through Spain


and France and temperatures on Thursday could reach a high of


17-18 C, the warmest day of the week. Through Friday, temperatures


fall back to the seasonal average. The chance of rain at times. Cloud,


bright ASBOs tomorrow and Thursday. of year. This stay tuned for the


national weather forecasts with John Hammond.


Good evening. Your parents might have told you once that life 's not


fair and they were right. He is the proof. Over the next few days some


of us will enjoy some lovely sunshine, temperatures in the low


20s. It will feel like early summer. For others, quite a lot of rain


around and it will feel like late March. This is showers earlier on


today and dampness this evening in the West Country and Wales. That is


heading north eastwards. A different sort of night. A lot of cloud


around, quite damp and misty in places. Cloud cover will prevent


temperatures falling much at all. A much milder my than we have seen


recently. Except for the North of Scotland, but elsewhere in double


figures. It will be a Graeme Murty start of the day for most


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