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I'm David Allard with the news in the south.

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A Hampshire man has condemned a court in Iran for rejecting

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an appeal against his wife's five-year prison sentence.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested and later jailed

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on what's been described as security-related charges,

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when she took their daughter to visit family in Iran last year.

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Her husband Richard had hoped a visit by a Foreign Office minister

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to Iran last week would help secure her release.

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Today he accused Tehran of toying with the lives of his family

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and said the campaign to free Nazanin would continue.

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It's obviously nonsense, the idea that, because someone

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is protesting their innocence, they must be guilty.

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And, if anything, I think what they want most of all is to try

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There's not much I can do to disrupt that apart from to keep

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raising it so I'm sure it's what she would want.

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People in Worthing who failed to block a 15-storey development

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on the edge of the beach say it will destroy the

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The council says it's the only way to regenerate the old Aquarena site.

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But many residents believe it will set a precedent for other

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high-rise developments along the seafront.

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Michael and Jane Janney have been enjoying the winter

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This drawing shows their home next to the new development.

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What it doesn't reveal is the 15-storey block at its heart

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that they fear is about to quite literally cast a shadow

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Presumably, when the tower block is up, it will take sunlight

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from our balcony from about three o'clock in the afternoon,

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This week, councillors took the plunge in granting permission

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for the development on the site of this former swimming pool.

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Now closed and derelict, nobody denies the site

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Local politicians out meeting electors say what's now been given

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I think it's a good thing for Worthing and it provides some

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I think it's good for the economy as well and, finally,

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it's a site that is in desperate need of regeneration and my personal

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view is those plans we have seen look really good.

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The apartments will sell for between half a million

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In my view, there aren't very many people who can afford those

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and we could end up with a lot of wealthy people coming from London

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or Brighton who just spent the weekends here.

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Nobody will be surprised to find that the developers have expressed

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pleasure that the decision has gone the way it has.

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What they say is they now intend to work with the council and local

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people to ensure that what arises from the site beyond us

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here is something that everyone in Worthing can be proud of.

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The developer has won awards for other buildings like this

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on the seafront but, far from pride, many feel this

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is a decision Worthing will live to regret.

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Around 50 firefighters have spent the day tackling a large barn fire

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It's thought cars, including some luxury vehicles,

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One witness said a number of small explosions could be heard

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Farnborough is the latest town in the South to launch its own

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The new half marathon attracted nearly 2,000 runners today and looks

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set to become a fixture in the calendar.

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It was designed as a post-Christmas run to help people keep up

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It's the brainchild of a man who has won the London marathon and says

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more and more people are taking up the sport.

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It's the biggest growing sport in the country still.

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The estimate is something like 1.5 million people taking part

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in a running event each year and 800,000 take

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That's quite a lot of people, so the demand for events

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It was just about enjoying the day and seeing my friends.

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Lost about five stone, so just continued running.

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Made loads of great friends over the time.

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On to football and there was a welcome win for Southampton

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Saints dominated from the opening whistle and went ahead

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through James Ward-Prowse's first goal in 22 games.

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Ward-Prowse's free-kick helped set up the second for Jay Rodriguez,

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before Dusan Tadic's late penalty set the seal on a 3-0

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Time now for the weather with Bee Tucker.

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We've had some sunshine today, but over the last few hours this

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afternoon we've had some cloud pushing in.

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Further east where we've got those clear skies,

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temperatures already rapidly dropping and I think a bit

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Further east we'll get a frost and indeed some freezing

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So some of us may well stay above freezing tonight.

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But many of us dipping to around minus two, minus three.

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And that freezing fog, as is the case at this time of year,

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will be very slow to clear, if at all, so some parts

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particularly through the morning will stay grey, overcast.

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For some of us, that fog lingering into the afternoon.

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Still some sunshine and that will have an impact

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on the temperatures, so under the fog, just

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Away from it more like eight or nine.

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And it's a similar story for Tuesday.

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The risk does become less as we head through the week as the breeze picks

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up and it does turn milder into next weekend.

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of freezing fog. Already warnings in place from the Met office. I will

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concentrate on the fog as we go through the night. It will become

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quite dense late on in the night. When you have cloud cover you

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