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Hello, and welcome to South Today. I'm Edward Sault.
The top stories this evening - support for Billy.
More than ?500,000 is raised for this 17-year-old
from Surrey, who's had both legs amputated
Police investigate the horrific killing
They say it could be linked to others around the UK.
It is unimaginable what happened to such a dear, sweet
And the not so smart card ticketing system
that's millions of pounds over budget
He was tipped as a Formula One star of the future,
but in a split second his life changed forever.
17-year-old Billy Monger from Charlwood in Surrey was racing
in last weekend's British Formula four championships when he crashed
His injuries were so bad he's had both his lower legs amputated.
But now an online appeal for him has already raised more
than ?500,000. Lewis Coombes reports.
It started as just another race for a young driver
This footage from Billy's on-board camera
He was trapped for 90 minutes after colliding
with another Formula 4 car, which appeared to have
He has actually had the lower leg, just before his knee
He has actually had the lower leg, just below his knee
on his right leg, removed, and then his left leg
it is halfway up his thigh, where it has been removed.
It is obviously devastating news for us
all, but I think the main thing is to keep a brave
he seems to be doing well and holding up well.
Those in charge at Donington, where the incident took
place, say the accident will now be examined in full, but given a strong
safety record, racing continued today at Thruxton, with cars
displaying stickers carrying Billy's name.
I cannot remember another serious accident of that nature for
many, many years, and given the number of race miles that are
completed, you know, it has the safest record
of any racing series, bar none, I would suggest.
News of Billy's accident has echoed around
An online appeal to raise funds for his
rehabilitation has raised over ?500,000
likes of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton pledging their support.
One of the few people that you will always know will light up
He is an incredibly personable young guy, incredibly
passionate about motorsport, and seeing the next generation of kids
Looking after a lot of kids from eight years old with
go-karts, so he is incredibly passionate about about what he
does, and he just loves the sport.
And to see that happen to such a lovely guy is such a
But, at the same time, you can see the
incredible support he has got, and that is testament to just how
Tom Ingram, a close friend of Billy, ending that report,
Now, all the money raised for this trust
fund is going to help Billy and his family on that
undoubtedly long road of recovery and rehabilitation.
Next month here, at Thruxton, each of the
32 British touring cars are going to carry messages
of support for Billy on their bonnet.
It is clear he is a popular young man in the world of
Police say confidence in reporting sexual crimes could be behind
the sharp increase in reported rapes in Sussex and Surrey.
Figures have more than doubled in four years.
In 2016 there were over 1,000 reports in Sussex,
Surrey Police say they've seen a 30% rise over
There were more than 500 reports last year.
This rape victim - who doesn't want to be identified -
says it's encouraging more people are coming forward
Although it is going to be a very gruelling two or three days of
sitting there, giving evidence, you know that you will have helped
and that, to me, was really, really important.
But some charities in the South say the conviction rate
I would like to see a shortening of the timescale
The people who start in the process are the ones who may well dropout
The people who start in the process are the ones who may well drop out
And unless you can keep someone safe during that process, mentally, then
they are not going to go forward physically to stand in a courtroom
A man questioned on suspicion of arson
following a fire at a stately home in Dorset
has been released under investigation.
The blaze at Parnham House near Beaminster broke out on Saturday,
A Roman coffin on display in Prince Charles' urban development
in Dorset has been badly damaged by vandals.
Police say the 1,600-year-old sarcophagus in Poundbury
Police in Portsmouth are investigating the horrific
killing of a cat in Southsea over the Easter weekend.
They're linking it with two other similar attacks on cats in Hampshire
and the Isle of Wight, and with many more attacks nationally believed
to be the work of one individual known as the UK cat killer.
Jo Kent is in Southsea tonight. Jo, what happened?
It was outside this shop that Poppy, a two-year-old cat and much loved
her body dumped across the road for passers-by to find.
It's just yards from her home and it is believed that it happened
between 10.30 at night and 1.30 in the morning from Easter Sunday
Her death is devastating for her owners, but all the more
so because of the horrific nature of how it happened.
She was just such a friendly little thing, and I've
We would come down the road, we live in a small cul-de-sac,
and Poppy would run up to greet us when we were on our way back from
At the moment, it is very difficult to sleep, because you
Last night, I could not leave the baby in
the nursery, because I just felt unsafe.
It is unimaginable what happened to such a dear, sweet
Well, initially the person who found Poppy's body was told it
wasn't really a police matter but it soon emerged that this may not be
an isolated case and is probably linked to a number of other killings
into which there is already a police investigation.
In the South, Hampshire Police are now linking it to two other cases,
one also in Portsmouth at the start of April,
and another in Sandown in the Isle of Wight last summer.
So, what do we know about the 'UK cat killer'?
Killings were first reported in 2015 and were largely happening
Now it's believed there are more than 200 cases.
The deaths are similar, with most of the cats,
There's a reward of ?10,000 being offered for information
The concern is that this individual could move
on from killing and mutilating cats to harming humans.
In, the meantime Poppy's owners are urging other owners
It was meant to offer cheap rail tickets to passengers in the South,
but a smart card scheme designed to replace paper tickets has run
millions of pounds over budget and failed to deliver,
Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton has more.
The idea was to help passengers move to smart cards, including
flexible season tickets for people who commute part-time.
The original cost was put at ?45 million, but the final bill
was ?54 million, plus a further ?66 million to make London ticket
machines read mainline railway smart cards.
The business case relied on 95% of season ticket holders
The Government has failed on their 2015 manifesto commitment,
they have failed on delivering a promise back in 2013 to deliver
smart and flexible ticketing, and at the same time,
they have wasted an astonishing amount of taxpayers' money
on a smart and flexible ticketing scheme that has delivered
11 train operators were to offer smart cards.
Only one offers a flexible part-time option.
Southern and South West Trains have done
The back office functions to make these work
do not rely on the Government system.
Train companies have fallen a decade behind the bus industry,
the London Underground has long switched to contactless bank cards,
yet nearly all rail commuters still use paper tickets.
The world's strongest man was in Southampton today,
Zydrunas Savickas was flipping tyres with Aaron Page from Southampton.
It'll be one of the most difficult disciplines in the Ultimate
Strongman World Series UK qualifier being held at St Mary's in June.
That's all from the South Today news team this evening.
We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast, and there's more
Here with our regional weather forecast is Alexis.
Through the course of tonight we are expecting some cloud, it should be
mainly dry with the odd spot of rain, but where we do have clearing
skies, there is the chance of some mist and fog patches. Temperatures
will drop bullied drop around to 5 degrees. Tomorrow is a milder day
than today, a lot of cloud, some brighter spells here and there.
There will be the odd isolated shower. Temperatures may be up to 15
Celsius with fairly light winds. Further cloud expected tomorrow
night, staying milder until the latter part of Saturday when this
cold weather front will slip southwards. Saturday will start on a
fairly cloudy note, you can see this area of high pressure starts to
build in from the Atlantic, settling things down. On Saturday night, we
may have quite a hard frost to start Sunday morning, and another frost
possible on Sunday night as well. A chillier feel over the weekend,
tomorrow is the milder day with highs of 15 Celsius. More
week for much of the UK and for more about that and the UK outlook, Helen
Willetts. The sunshine make such a difference
this time of year, only 12 or so degrees under the cloud today but 19
in eastern Scotland not far away from St Andrews. Also in north-east
England, where we had the majority of the decent sunshine. Even under
cloud it was dry for the most part. We have this week whether forgiving
showers in the south. This weather front starting to pep up in the
North, it'll change