05/06/2017 South Today


05/06/2017

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

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18 years in prison for murdering his partner's young son.

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Joseph Eke is sentenced for killing Harry House who was two years old.

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Also, struggling to keep staffing levels safe -

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the health services here with an ongoing recruitment crisis

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And we've got some very wet and windy weather to come today. Will

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that last all week? The full forecast later in the programme.

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A man from Dorset has been sentenced to a minimum

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of 18 years in prison for murdering his

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Joseph Eke kicked and punched two-year-old Harry House at his home

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in Broadmayne last May while Harry's mother was out shopping.

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Anjana Gadgil is live from Winchester Crown Court

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A horrific case for everybody involved.

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Little toddler Harry died from a blow to the abdomen

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A post-mortem examination showed he also had a fractured skull

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Last month 22-year-old Joseph Eke, the partner of Harry's mother

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Lauren O'Neill was convicted of Harry's murder.

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The trial heard that Ms O'Neill had gone to buy washing powder but had

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returned to find her son turning white and his lips turning blue.

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Eke denied his guilt all along and today Dorset police have issued

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this footage of Eke being questioned after his arrest.

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I've not assaulted him, I've not ever laid a finger on him.

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Ms O'Neill was emotional throughout the trial and again

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today during sentencing - and declined to talk to us

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but Dorset police said they were pleased with the outcome.

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Harry should be a three and a half-year-old boy.

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He should be looking forward to school over the next year.

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Unfortunately, that life has been taken from him.

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So, the whole investigation team is very sad.

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We've had a picture up of Harry in our crew room for the whole time.

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I'm pleased that justice has been served but it's a sad day.

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In sentencing, the judge at Winchester Crown Court,

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Ms Justice May, said, "No-one will ever know the extent

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of your mistreatment of Harry over the last few days and weeks

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You wilfully, fatally failed Harry when you assaulted

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Three lanes of the M3 Northbound in Hampshire are to remain closed

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for the rest of the afternoon after a serious crash this morning.

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Three lorries and a car are reported to have been involved.

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It happened between junctions nine and ten near the Winnal roundabout,

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an Air Ambulance was called to the scene.

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Investigations are continuing into a murder of a man

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in Blackbird Leys - as Thames Valley Police have told

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the public they "won't tolerate violence of this kind"

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Yesterday police confirmed five people aged between 16

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and 27 had been arrested in relation to the incident.

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They have appealed for anyone who was near the Premier shop

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on the junction of Pegasus Road and Crowberry Rd from 10pm

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There's been increased police presence across parts of the South -

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following the terror attacks in London.

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Extra officers have been out on the streets and attending busy

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There is currently believed to be no specific risk to the region,

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but the police are urging us to keep alert.

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Meanwhile four thousand worshippers observed a minute's silence

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led by the Archbishop of Canterbury inside Winchester Cathedral

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as a mark of respect to those killed and wounded

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We acknowledge, as Christians, or we should, the reality of evil.

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Of deep and profound wickedness and of the

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anger and grief and sadness and compassion for those affected that

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every single person here will be feeling.

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Health services across the South are struggling to keep

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staffing levels safe because of an ongoing

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Latest figures from NHS Digital show our hospitals,

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community health trusts and ambulance services

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have a combined total of well over 4,500 vacancies.

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Our Health Correspondent, Nikki Mitchell, reports.

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With 30 years experience, Bridget Catterall is much in demand, filling

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shifts which different hospitals can't fill because they have too

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many vacancies. I work as an agency nurse. I'm there because there is a

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shortage of nurses. People going home company lead to moral eyes to,

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depleted. I have felt the same myself. Those sort of shifts when

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your workload is intense and you're not getting breaks, going home very

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late. That is very frequent. Unfortunately the situation is

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becoming unsustainable and we need to look to a future government to

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put in a strategy that meet the needs of patients. We want to start

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a national workforce strategy. We want to make sure EU nationals

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currently working in the NHS and care sector can remain here with an

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NHS passport to remain here. We want to make sure bursaries are given to

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nurses who want to train and we want to remove the pay gap because in the

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south-east and the south it is very expensive to live. We want to focus

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on training people without compromising standards and we need

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to make sure that people feel their work is rewarding, not overburdened

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by bureaucracy and that they do get a reasonable reward. First thing we

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would do is remove the 1% pay cap so the staff can earn a decent wage.

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Secondly, guaranteed you workers can stay after Brexit. Thirdly, to

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provide more support for student nurses. We need to expand training

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places and restore the bursary for NHS students. We need to value staff

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and make them feel welcome and supported at work. We need to stop

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people leaving. In its manifesto you -- Ukip says...

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Bridget is keen to stress that being a nurse is hugely rewarding. She

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just wishes that there were enough of them to meet soaring demand. In

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the past I've not wanted to talk to watch about the staffing crisis

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because it worries the general public. I personally think it's time

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for people to become worried. Given the years it takes to train nurses,

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doctors and health professionals, unions believe it will take

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successive governments to solve the NHS's critical staff shortage once

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and for all. We'll have more on that tonight at 6:30pm.

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Time for the weather with Bee Tucker.

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We have got some wet and windy weather spreading in

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We've seen very little in the way of sunshine.

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We've had a lot of cloud already today and we're starting

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This week generally is going to be unsettled.

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Spells offering push in, heavy at times, often quite windy too.

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There will be dry and bright spells but over the next few days

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You can see the bulk of the rain out towards the West.

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A few holes, generally fairly cloudy.

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That rain will only get heavier as the afternoon goes on.

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Southerly winds pick up along the south coast.

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I think, in rush hour, that rain could be quite heavy,

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coupled with strong winds could lead to some fairly challenging

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The rain continues for most of the night.

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Eventually, as the low pulls away, will see the rain easing.

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Most parts dry by dawn, still quite windy, so no

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Tomorrow, I think we'll see early rain clearing and then a mixture

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We pick up northwesterly airflow tomorrow.

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So, it is still going to be a very windy day.

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That will feed in some showers, heavy at times.

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Perhaps even the odd rumble of thunder.

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More sunshine, more dry weather than many of us have seen today.

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Unsettled as we head through the week.

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Another fairly windy day on Wednesday

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Towards the tail end of the week, the winds ease and things

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