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I'm Edward Sault with the news in the South.


It's a job where you're saving lives every day -


So South Central Ambulance opened its doors to the public today


Currently, around 15% of posts are vacant


Unions say attracting and retaining recruits is a problem


because of the pressures staff face, but the trust says it offers


I'm just going to listen to your chest for a second.


Showing off their skills for an audience who may


This open day at South Central Ambulance's headquarters in Bicester


More than 400 vacancies across a wide range


The thought of caring for people, being there for them when they are


in their time of need, I think really just appeals to me.


If you become a volunteer first responder,


as I want to start with, one day, I might become


Last year, South Central Ambulance, which serves Hampshire,


Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, became the first


ambulance service to be rated good in England.


The unions say the pressures members face here and at


other trusts make recruiting and retaining staff a big issue.


Unfortunately, our ambulance crews are going out to call after call at


Now, it's a stressful job and the more stress you are


under, the more you are likely to think, well, maybe I should be


It is a very pressurised environment, but what we


hope to be able to do today is to attract


despite those pressures, it really is a rewarding job and one that


The trust sometimes calls on agencies to fill apps.


Reducing those costs is one reason why


With another opened a planned soon in


Hampshire and an ongoing search overseas, it says it is doing all it


can to attract new talent and to support existing staff.


A family with young children were threatened by three masked men


who forced their way into their home in Poole last night.


The gang stole high-value Asian jewellery and cash


Police say no-one was injured in the ordeal.


All three suspects are described as white, in their early 20s


In the '50s, she was known as Britain's blonde bombshell -


and became a successful film and TV actress.


Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck in Swindon in 1931.


Today, her son and grand-daughter unveiled a blue plaque honouring


the late star at her birthplace in Kent Road.


It followed a campaign by the group Swindon Heritage.


It's really quite flattering to know that my grandmother


is still so well-known and still so well thought of.


She was a very business minded woman.


She worked very hard for everything and she was an incredible actress


Onto this afternoon's football and in the Premier League,


a penalty from Junior Stanislas gave Bournemouth an early lead at Hull.


But the home side, who started the day at the foot of the table,


And no better news for Southampton fans, I'm afraid.


It's now four league defeats in a row for Claude Puel's men,


In the Championship, Brighton lost 2-0 at Preston


and saw their lead at the top of the table cut to two points.


In League One, Oxford were beaten 2-1 at Wimbledon.


MK Dons' match at Port Vale was postponed because of snow.


And in League Two, Portsmouth beat Leyton Orient 2-1 at Fratton Park.


Before the weather, just to let you know our current affairs


programme the Sunday Politics will be taking a look at the issues


That's tomorrow at 11 o'clock on BBC One.


Now it's the weather with Bee Tucker.


We have still got the risk of some showers heading through the night,


we could see some sleet mixed in as well.


Most towns and cities staying above freezing but rural


areas could see a touch of frost first thing.


And that brings the risk of some ice, particularly further east.


A cloudy day tomorrow, any wintry stuff quickly turning


to rain as we get this milder air pushing in.


Lighter winds but a damp day, a lot of mist, low cloud and hill fog.


to rain as we get this milder air pushing in.


Getting the detail of this cold snap is proving to be challenging and


will continue to be so over the next 24 hours. Ice around across eastern


parts after the earlier showers then rain pushing in from Northern


Ireland across Scotland and a period of snow across eastern Scotland


temporarily. It will extend into northern Wales and England too. A


chilly night across the East, much milder. Tomorrow, everything nudges


further east which gives us an issue because a period of snow across


Lincolnshire and East Anglia could give a


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