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

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Class A crackdown; arrests are made after morning drugs

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The anxious wait for poultry farmers to see if bird flu restrictions

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will mean their eggs lose free range status.

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And, taking a trip down memory lane; are Trams set to make a return

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Thames Valley police raided more than 20 addresses this morning

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targeting organised drug dealing in Oxfordshire.

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At least 12 suspects were arrested at houses in Oxford,

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Operation Stronghold is aiming to stop drugs coming

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Organised policing tackling organised crime.

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This Oxford address one of 21 raided by Thames Valley police in Oxford,

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Over 200 officers were involved in what is called Operation Stronghold.

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The start of a campaign to stop the flow of Class A drugs

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We've made some good arrests today which will have a disruption impact

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on those wanting to deal drugs in our city. We work closely with

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partners to protect the vulnerable people and moving into the future we

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target kilocations that we know the groups have operated within to make

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sure that it's really difficult for them to come back.

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Detectives say gangs from the capital come to the county

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These locations, the police say, are often the homes

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We have criminals operating from the London area that send runners out

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into the counties, for want of a better phrase, and dealing drugs in

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our area. These operations are very organised. They target vulnerable

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people, probably the most vulnerable people in our communities, and

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obviously are a real threat to the local policing of the area.

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Police are continuing to patrol in the areas where the raids took

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place this morning in an effort to reassure the public.

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The force says there'll be similar operations in the future to stop

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drugs gangs operating in the Thames Valley.

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Poultry farmers are waiting anxiously to find out if restriction

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imposed because of bird flu will mean their eggs no longer

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At the moment flocks are being kept undercover to stop them having

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contact with wild birds who may be carrying the bird flu virus.

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These are very challenging times for egg producers. Since the start of

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December, they have had to keep their flocks under cover because of

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the restrictions associated with bird flu. The real fear now is that

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producers could lose their free range egg status. That's a big

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problem because these eggs sell for about 40p a dozen more than other

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categories of egg. The man who runs this farm is Phillip Shepherd. At

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the moment we are running up to that cut-off point, how concerned are

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you? I'm very concerned because we sell our eggs as free range, we get

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a good price for them because they're free range. What do you

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think should happen? Well, it's not our fault, it's not the chickens'

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fault, we are doing it for the well-being of the chickens, so I

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think honestly they should allow us to carry on in the UK. Otherwise you

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would lose a substantial amount of your income? Yes, because if they

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have to go to status of barn, they are not worth the same money. Most

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at the moment are very understanding, the customers, and

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they understand it's for the birds, not for us.

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Thank you very much. Discussions are going on at the moment between the

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NFU and DEFRA to try to find a way forward.

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The Civil Aviation Authority has accepted all 21 safety

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recommendations made in the wake of the Shoreham air crash.

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11 men were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed during a display

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Air accident investigators made a series of recommendations

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about the way former military aircraft are inspected and assessed.

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These will now be adopted by April next year.

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The final report into the crash, has still not been published.

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National survey of passenger satisfaction on the railways shows

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Southern is by far the worst in the country down by 12%

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Most passengers felt the company was not good at dealing with delays.

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A majority thought punctuality was unacceptable.

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A three day strike by a small number of drivers in the RMT

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Meanwhile talks to end strikes by the main drivers' union, Aslef,

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Southern says it is running a full timetable for the first time

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School pupils on Hayling island are taking part in a virtual reality

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trial with Google which could change the way some lessons are taught.

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Pupils have been given headsets which fit smartphones after staff

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The virtual reality lessons give them an immersive

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experience inside the heart, on a World War One

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Teachers say it's a good way to gain and keep their pupils attention.

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It's vital to get the kids' attention. Give them something

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interactive, tangible that they can touch, feel and see. It beats

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sitting there looking at a power point slide at the beginning of

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every single lesson. It's been more than half a century

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since the last tram ran in Southampton but business leaders

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and politicians are now thinking It comes amid claims traffic

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congestion will increase The journey home can take about 40

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minutes to an hour. It was quieter today. I've had to change my hours

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to go in earlier than I can. Fewer than one in ten go to work on public

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transport in the Solent. The feasibility group is looking at

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running trams alongside existing railway tracks through the airport

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to St Mary's, then to a ferry interchange and Central Station with

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later plans to create Park and Ride sites. Isn't this all

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pie-in-the-sky? I think the investment is probably hundreds of

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millions of pounds, but this region's been significantly

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under-invested in by the Government in the recent past. We need to

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change that dynamic. Trams have run for 25 years here in Manchester, 60

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miles of track link the city centre with nearby towns. Where there are

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tram stops, house prices have gone up and there's been a boost for

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businesses. Manchester's turned itself around from a declining

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industrial city to a thriving 21st century mixed economy and

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Metrolink's been an integral part of it. Southampton lost its trams in

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1949. The city council and the LEP want to see six trams an hour

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running between Eastleigh and the city centre in the next few years.

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Getting the plan up and running will require ambition and an awful lot of

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money. Now the weather forecast with Holly. It was a cold start to the

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day, minus five in some places. This weather watchers picture shows fog

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on the grass in Southampton. You can see mist in the background too. For

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many, it was a misty, foggy start and, for many, that mist and fog

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still lingers. The Met Office has issued a fog and ice warning valid

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from 6pm this evening. The weather is how it is because of high

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pressure, but gradually over the next few days, it pushes out into

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the continent. By Thursday, we've got a strong southerly or

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south-easterly developing and that will make it feel increasingly cold.

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Some of us could hang on to the mist and fog. In general for most, a

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bright picture with sunny spells around. Temperatures are tending to

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struggle. If you keep the fog, the

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temperatures really low. Dense patches of fog in places as well as

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ice as temperatures fall towards freezing, so there could be some

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difficult driving conditions as we head into tomorrow morning. In

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general, that mist and fog will lift and much like today we should tend

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to find the visibility improving. The difference for tomorrow is, we

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have cloudier skies overhead, so a greyer day in general, temperatures

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on par. The winds whip up into Thursday making it feel

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significantly colder. Have a good afternoon. Keep that fog away! That

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is it from me. Thank you very much for your company. We are back at 6.

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30. Goodbye.

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