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continuing coverage throughout the night

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Hello, and welcome to South Today. I'm Edward Sault.

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The top stories this evening - support for Billy.

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More than ?500,000 is raised for this 17-year-old

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from Surrey, who's had both legs amputated

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Police investigate the horrific killing

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They say it could be linked to others around the UK.

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It is unimaginable what happened to such a dear, sweet

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And the not so smart card ticketing system

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that's millions of pounds over budget

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He was tipped as a Formula One star of the future,

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but in a split second his life changed forever.

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17-year-old Billy Monger from Charlwood in Surrey was racing

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in last weekend's British Formula four championships when he crashed

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His injuries were so bad he's had both his lower legs amputated.

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But now an online appeal for him has already raised more

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than ?500,000. Lewis Coombes reports.

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It started as just another race for a young driver

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This footage from Billy's on-board camera

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He was trapped for 90 minutes after colliding

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with another Formula 4 car, which appeared to have

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He has actually had the lower leg, just before his knee

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He has actually had the lower leg, just below his knee

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on his right leg, removed, and then his left leg

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it is halfway up his thigh, where it has been removed.

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It is obviously devastating news for us

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all, but I think the main thing is to keep a brave

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he seems to be doing well and holding up well.

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Those in charge at Donington, where the incident took

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place, say the accident will now be examined in full, but given a strong

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safety record, racing continued today at Thruxton, with cars

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displaying stickers carrying Billy's name.

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I cannot remember another serious accident of that nature for

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many, many years, and given the number of race miles that are

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completed, you know, it has the safest record

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of any racing series, bar none, I would suggest.

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News of Billy's accident has echoed around

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An online appeal to raise funds for his

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rehabilitation has raised over ?500,000

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likes of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton pledging their support.

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One of the few people that you will always know will light up

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He is an incredibly personable young guy, incredibly

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passionate about motorsport, and seeing the next generation of kids

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Looking after a lot of kids from eight years old with

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go-karts, so he is incredibly passionate about about what he

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does, and he just loves the sport.

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And to see that happen to such a lovely guy is such a

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But, at the same time, you can see the

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incredible support he has got, and that is testament to just how

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Tom Ingram, a close friend of Billy, ending that report,

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Now, all the money raised for this trust

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fund is going to help Billy and his family on that

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undoubtedly long road of recovery and rehabilitation.

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Next month here, at Thruxton, each of the

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32 British touring cars are going to carry messages

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of support for Billy on their bonnet.

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It is clear he is a popular young man in the world of

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Police say confidence in reporting sexual crimes could be behind

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the sharp increase in reported rapes in Sussex and Surrey.

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Figures have more than doubled in four years.

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In 2016 there were over 1,000 reports in Sussex,

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Surrey Police say they've seen a 30% rise over

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There were more than 500 reports last year.

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This rape victim - who doesn't want to be identified -

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says it's encouraging more people are coming forward

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Although it is going to be a very gruelling two or three days of

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sitting there, giving evidence, you know that you will have helped

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and that, to me, was really, really important.

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But some charities in the South say the conviction rate

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I would like to see a shortening of the timescale

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The people who start in the process are the ones who may well dropout

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The people who start in the process are the ones who may well drop out

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And unless you can keep someone safe during that process, mentally, then

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they are not going to go forward physically to stand in a courtroom

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A man questioned on suspicion of arson

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following a fire at a stately home in Dorset

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has been released under investigation.

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The blaze at Parnham House near Beaminster broke out on Saturday,

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A Roman coffin on display in Prince Charles' urban development

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in Dorset has been badly damaged by vandals.

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Police say the 1,600-year-old sarcophagus in Poundbury

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Police in Portsmouth are investigating the horrific

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killing of a cat in Southsea over the Easter weekend.

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They're linking it with two other similar attacks on cats in Hampshire

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and the Isle of Wight, and with many more attacks nationally believed

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to be the work of one individual known as the UK cat killer.

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Jo Kent is in Southsea tonight. Jo, what happened?

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It was outside this shop that Poppy, a two-year-old cat and much loved

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her body dumped across the road for passers-by to find.

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It's just yards from her home and it is believed that it happened

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between 10.30 at night and 1.30 in the morning from Easter Sunday

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Her death is devastating for her owners, but all the more

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so because of the horrific nature of how it happened.

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She was just such a friendly little thing, and I've

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We would come down the road, we live in a small cul-de-sac,

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and Poppy would run up to greet us when we were on our way back from

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At the moment, it is very difficult to sleep, because you

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Last night, I could not leave the baby in

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the nursery, because I just felt unsafe.

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It is unimaginable what happened to such a dear, sweet

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Well, initially the person who found Poppy's body was told it

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wasn't really a police matter but it soon emerged that this may not be

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an isolated case and is probably linked to a number of other killings

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into which there is already a police investigation.

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In the South, Hampshire Police are now linking it to two other cases,

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one also in Portsmouth at the start of April,

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and another in Sandown in the Isle of Wight last summer.

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So, what do we know about the 'UK cat killer'?

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Killings were first reported in 2015 and were largely happening

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Now it's believed there are more than 200 cases.

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The deaths are similar, with most of the cats,

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There's a reward of ?10,000 being offered for information

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The concern is that this individual could move

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on from killing and mutilating cats to harming humans.

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In, the meantime Poppy's owners are urging other owners

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It was meant to offer cheap rail tickets to passengers in the South,

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but a smart card scheme designed to replace paper tickets has run

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millions of pounds over budget and failed to deliver,

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Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton has more.

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The idea was to help passengers move to smart cards, including

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flexible season tickets for people who commute part-time.

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The original cost was put at ?45 million, but the final bill

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was ?54 million, plus a further ?66 million to make London ticket

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machines read mainline railway smart cards.

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The business case relied on 95% of season ticket holders

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The Government has failed on their 2015 manifesto commitment,

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they have failed on delivering a promise back in 2013 to deliver

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smart and flexible ticketing, and at the same time,

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they have wasted an astonishing amount of taxpayers' money

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on a smart and flexible ticketing scheme that has delivered

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11 train operators were to offer smart cards.

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Only one offers a flexible part-time option.

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Southern and South West Trains have done

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The back office functions to make these work

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do not rely on the Government system.

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Train companies have fallen a decade behind the bus industry,

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the London Underground has long switched to contactless bank cards,

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yet nearly all rail commuters still use paper tickets.

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The world's strongest man was in Southampton today,

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Zydrunas Savickas was flipping tyres with Aaron Page from Southampton.

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It'll be one of the most difficult disciplines in the Ultimate

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Strongman World Series UK qualifier being held at St Mary's in June.

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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 with our regional weather forecast is Alexis.

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Through the course of tonight we are expecting some cloud, it should be

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mainly dry with the odd spot of rain, but where we do have clearing

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skies, there is the chance of some mist and fog patches. Temperatures

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will drop bullied drop around to 5 degrees. Tomorrow is a milder day

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than today, a lot of cloud, some brighter spells here and there.

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There will be the odd isolated shower. Temperatures may be up to 15

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Celsius with fairly light winds. Further cloud expected tomorrow

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night, staying milder until the latter part of Saturday when this

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cold weather front will slip southwards. Saturday will start on a

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fairly cloudy note, you can see this area of high pressure starts to

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build in from the Atlantic, settling things down. On Saturday night, we

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may have quite a hard frost to start Sunday morning, and another frost

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possible on Sunday night as well. A chillier feel over the weekend,

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tomorrow is the milder day with highs of 15 Celsius. More

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week for much of the UK and for more about that and the UK outlook, Helen

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Willetts. The sunshine make such a difference

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this time of year, only 12 or so degrees under the cloud today but 19

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in eastern Scotland not far away from St Andrews. Also in north-east

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England, where we had the majority of the decent sunshine. Even under

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cloud it was dry for the most part. We have this week whether forgiving

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showers in the south. This weather front starting to pep up in the

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North, it'll change

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