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Hello and welcome to the programme. The top stories... A woman has been
arrested after this fire in a high-rise block of flats. A top
tourist attraction or in poor taste? The replica Titanic causing waves.
And from 24 Celsius yesterday to a cooler 15 Celsius today. I will have
the rest of the week byes-mac weather for you shortly. -- I will
have the rest of the week byes-mac weather.
Police are questioning a woman on suspicion of arson after a fire
at a high-rise block of flats in Southampton yesterday evening.
The fire at Redbridge Towers completely destroyed
No-one was seriously injured and firefighters managed
to prevent the blaze spreading to neighbouring flats.
Fanned by the wind, the blaze on the 12th floor
of Redbridge Towers in Southampton took hold quickly, just before
When I came out, there was flames coming out
of the windows, paper coming out, glass smashed everywhere.
When the windows went out, it went boom.
The woman living in the flat where the fire broke out fled
50 firefighters were sent from Southampton,
A lot of people were panicking, trying to get out of the building
while our firefighters will try to get in.
They were looking to make an attack both internally,
using breathing apparatus, but also making an attack
externally, using our aerial ladder platform.
Fire crews managed to stop the blaze spreading
Other than smoke inhalation, there were no injuries.
This morning, a joint investigation team from fire
Tonight, a 28-year-old woman from Southampton has been charged
with "arson with intent to endanger life".
As the fire crews on the ground were acutely aware, it's just days
since the seventh anniversary of the blaze at another Southampton
tower block, Shirley Towers, which claimed the lives
of firefighters Alan Bannon and Jim Shears.
With the advent of the tragic incident at Shirley Towers,
this was always going to tug at some heartstrings in Southampton.
Also with the crews here, certainly the Southampton crews,
it really does strike a chord with them.
So they are always going to be nervous of an incident like this,
but they are well-trained, very, very professional,
That was Briony Leyland with that report.
Well, our reporter, James Ingham, is with me now.
James, thankfully, no-one was hurt yesterday, but the fire does bring
back memories of the fatal fire at Shirley Towers?
In fact, firefighters from the station that Jim Shears
and Alan Bannon worked at were called to this latest fire.
Some of those attending yesterday would have been
Alan Bannon's sister Lin has today posted on Twitter another call
for all tower blocks to be fitted with sprinklers.
That was suggested by the coroner at the men's inquests.
In Southampton, that will be done in some but not all towers.
The City Council is fitting them to three blocks which have layouts
like Shirley Towers, where flats extend
This complex layout made it harder to bring the Shirley
Just over ?1 million was allocated for that work more than two years
ago and work was due to have begun in autumn 2015, but we've learnt
today that only preparatory has taken place with installation
One expert I've spoken to this evening says
Our hope would be that eventually, all the blocks would be sprinklered.
And I do know that other councils around the country,
such as in Tyneside, London, East Sussex,
Leeds and areas like that, are retrofitting sprinklers
into their high-rise blocks as and when they are able to do so.
The council says all its flats are designed to contain
a fire within its walls, adding, "It must be stressed that
all of the buildings are safe at the moment,
and this is about making them even safer."
It gets a lot of advice from Hampshire Fire
and Rescue Service, which told us, "We will continue to work closely
with Southampton City Council on the retrospective changes
to its buildings and give our full support to their significant
Yesterday's fireball again focus minds on this issue as the council
begins its improvement works. -- yesterday's fire will again focus
minds. A project to create a full-size
replica of the Titanic at a theme park in China has upset relatives
of those on board the doomed liner. Its Chinese backer was at a meeting
of the British Titanic Society in Southampton this weekend to try
and convince them otherwise. But as the ship remains a grave
at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, some believe Titanic II
is in poor taste. Our transport correspondent
Paul Clifton reports. 105 years after it sank
during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York,
work is well under way. The replica will be complete
in two years' time. It will become a static tourist
attraction on a river in south-west China,
700 miles from the sea. The Chinese have come
to the British Titanic Society's TRANSLATION: Yes, Chinese people
are very interested in this project and the Titanic,
especially in terms I am doing everything
in my power to make this thing look like the original,
so we are going to hopefully use Jean Legg's father was
an 18-year-old steward on board Those sights and sounds stayed
with him until the end of his days. I think if he knew this
was being replicated, I think he would be turning
in his grave. But a former captain of both QE2
and Queen Mary 2 approves. What is special to me
about the Titanic replica is this will help to perpetuate the memory
of those who lost their lives. The Chinese are fascinated
with the Titanic story. Eight Chinese passengers
travelled in steerage. Their story will now become
a tourist attraction It's an illness which is
on the increase among students and teenagers,
yet medical experts say awareness A vaccine is freely available
to all school leavers but last year in the South,
fewer than a third took it up. One woman from Hampshire,
who was left severely disabled after contracting a rare strain
of meningitis, is now urging other Jemma developed meningitis halfway
through her law degree. She spent a year in hospital
and lost her independence. I was in an induced coma for three
weeks while the swelling went down. I was on a ventilator
for three and a half months. I pretty much had to learn
to do everything again, from moving my limbs,
speaking, talking, eating... All of those things you learn when
you are little, I had to relearn. In the three years since
she was diagnosed, a vaccine has There are five different strains
of bacterial meningitis, Meningitis B is the most
widely recognised - babies are immunised against it
from eight weeks. But meningitis W is the most
common among teenagers, In Dorset, Hampshire
and the Isle of Wight, cases of meningitis W increased
from 22 six years ago The total number of people who died
rose from five to at least But fewer than a third of young
people leaving school have been immunised,
despite the dangers. Parents are really scared
of meningitis, they know all about it and bring children
to hospital really quickly. But we know that young people,
teenagers and college students, They often come to hospital later
because they just think they have The best way to not get meningitis
is to be vaccinated. People say to me, well,
I am fit and healthy, I don't think it is going to happen
to me, but I was exactly the same. I was fit and healthy,
there was no reason why I got it, I was just the unlucky one that
did get it. That's all from the South Today
news team this evening. We're back tomorrow with bulletins
in BBC Breakfast and there's more Now for our regional
weather forecast. Yes, good deal of sunshine this week
and dry weather as well. The weather for the week ahead is mainly dry
this week, patchy rain at times but it will be quite light. During the
rest of the week, temperatures are average. Over the Easter weekend,
well, a little dry weather as well. Overnight tonight, under clearing
skies, temperatures in the countryside could fall as low as two
Mac Celsius. These are values in towns and cities. We could have
patchy frost first thing tomorrow. Chilly start, especially in the
countryside but lots of sunshine. Very much like today," was up
through the day. Particularly the further north and east you are.
Elsewhere, sunny conditions, temperatures reaching a high of 13
or 14 Celsius, very similar to what today's temperatures were. There
will be a breeze tomorrow and it will continue tomorrow night. Patchy
cloud arrives in the early hours of Wednesday morning. That is all the
change from Wednesday, it will be Claudio during their course of the
day. Temperatures overnight at seven or eight. Quite a bit of cloud on
Wednesday, brighter spells here and there. It will be quite easy and we
could see a mix of mainly white rain with a weather front moving
southwards across the region. Temperatures on Wednesday upturn in
12 or 13. Thursday, more sunshine, mainly dry, winds are lighter.
Thursday is a mirror image to Friday because you will see a lot of dry
weather on Friday, brighter spells here and there, temperatures
reaching a high of 12-13 C. Later on Friday, mainly after dark, there
could be patchy rain. That will push in through Friday evening and
overnight into Saturday. Saturday, we could have the odd scattered
shower with a lot of dry weather as well. Over the bank holiday weekend,
Good Friday, mainly dry, showers on Saturday, dry on Easter Day and
Easter Monday. Good evening. Let's cut to the chase
the first big holiday weekend of the year is on the horizon and if you
consider last weekend as a taster for the summer, this weekend is not
looking too bad. It will be a bit cooler, temperatures this week and
closer to where they should be at this time of the year thanks to the
north-west breed and the reason for that, if we look at the jet stream,
coming across the Atlantic pushing from north to south -- north-west