News of the day: Live blog (19th November 2020)



And that’s a wrap! Thank-you for keeping updated throughout the day, we will be back next week with another newsday live blog.

Your live bloggers today have been @paigecreaney, @evapaldamova and @Hannah_boltz.


3:30 update

Lauren Siggery is about to go live with the final update of the day. Tune it to keep informed of the latest news developments.


Brexit talks suspended

Brexit trade talks will be suspended “for a short period” at a senior level after one of the EU’s negotiators tested positive for COVID-19.

More information here


Marwell Zoo urges people to donate

Marwell Zoo has joined Amazon Smile. They urge people to donate on black friday by making the zoo their chosen charity when they shop through the amazon smile portal.

This will come at no extra cost to the shoppers.


Cineworld to close cinemas across the UK

The UK’s second largest cinema chain, Cineworld could be closing UK cinemas due to lockdown restrictions.

The chain is looking to cut its property costs. Cineworld is already fighting a court battle with one landlord, AEW, which claims that Cineworld owes it £308,000 in unpaid rent.


The Southampton Dolphin Art Project

A Dolphin Art project will be set up in Southampton as a plan to give a boost to local artists and small businesses in Southampton which have been hit by the pandemic.

This project was announced by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and is planned to begin in August 2021 with 30 unique dolphins popping up around the city, before being auctioned off for charity in October.

Find out more here


2pm update

Millie Jenkinson is about to go live with your latest news updates


BBC Radio One will air censored version of Fairytale of New York by The Pogues

Released in 1987, the song contains the words “faggot” and “slut” which will be removed by the BBC for radio one while radio two will continue to air the original. 

The BBC said: “We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience,” implying sensitivity varies between Radio one and radio two.

Some people are outraged by the news, what do you think of this?


£1.225 Raised for Green Travel in Southampton

Southampton City Council has received £1.225 million from the Active Travel Fund set up by the Government for Green Travel. This is a 25% increase of the fund they were expecting.

The money will go towards better spaces for cycling and walking, including easier access to General Hospital by cycling.

For more information see


Fire crews called to two separate bush fires in Hythe

Crews from Hardley Fire Station were called at 11.36pm last night to a bush fire on Roman Road, Hythe.

The blaze is said to have been quickly extinguished using one hose reel and one thermal imaging camera.

Read more here


Covid-19 marshals to be deployed in Southampton.

Coronavirus guidance enforcement officers will be deployed across the city to encourage residents to socially distance and wear a face covering in public.

This comes under the second lockdown which will be ending December second.

A further 207 positive Coronavirus  cases have also been recorded in Hampshire.


Sainsbury’s and ASDA online shopping prices increase

ASDA online shopping prices increase for delivery, vulnerable customers will now also have to pay for delivery.

Recurring delivery slots will also be scrapped over the Christmas period.

While in Sainsbury’s all orders below £40 will charge £7 for delivery, this decreases to £2-4.50 for orders over £40 and all orders over £100 will have free delivery.

Find out more here


Isle of Wight residents felt an explosion this morning

Residents in the north side of the island said they felt an explosion this morning.

Fawley power station was demolished this morning with the explosions used to bring down the building. Isle of wight residents felt the explosion with many calling the police.

The station went down this morning to make room for new homes. The power station, previously seen as a landmark, will turn into a community of 1,500 planned homes, a primary school, a new nature park, and more. The infrastructure development is set to start in 2021.

Credit: @watersidecops


Southampton Primark to extend opening hours

Primark are to extend their opening hours when they reopen to ensure shoppers can get their Christmas shopping in. The news comes after the company had to shut their stores across the UK after the government announced non essential shops had to close due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Shoppers can take advantage of the new 8:30am – 9:00pm opening hours, dependant on if lockdown measures don’t get extended beyond the 2nd December.


PS5 launch day crashes UK retailers 

The new PlayStation second launch day and first for European retailers has caused chaos with many online shopping sites crashing, Curry’s PC World, one of the many retailers effected, has entirely cancelled its planned launch day sales.

Curry’s also unintentionally opened sales early, then cancelled all ps5 purchases made before its official opening time. delaying its launch day sales, the retailer has now said that it will no longer sell new PS5s today.


12pm radio update

Shivalika Puri is about to go live with your latest news updates


Boris Johnson announces an extra £16.5 billion will go towards defence spending

The prime minister has announced that the UK military will receive an extra £4 billion per year for the next four years. He said ‘This is our chance to end the era of retreat, transform our Armed Forces, bolster our global influence, unite and level up our country, pioneer new technology and defend our people and way of life.’ 

The money will fund new artificial intelligence and the creation of a national cyber force and a new “space command,” which will be capable of launching a rocket in 2022.


Southampton City council scrap proposal to end parking fees 

The council debated last night in a meeting over a proposal to end fees for parking until spring 2021. It was proposed by the conservative party to encourage people to come to the city and support businesses said Councillor Dan Fitzhenry. 

The short-term plan was rejected. Councillor Christopher Hammond, Labour, statedWe are working for the long-term, for investment in the city and a one-off approach seems to be the only policy they can come up with.’

Our presenter Shivalika Puri will have more on this story in the 12 o clock radio bulletin:


Disney Ship docks in Southampton

The Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship docked yesterday in Southampton, this ship is the first Disney ship to dock in Southampton in 21 years. It left the harbour around 4pm to sail back to the USA.


Firefighters to start using body-cams

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is calling for all UK fire services to use body cameras, following a spate of mindless attacks on crews.

 In a video shared on NFCC’s social media channels, footage of firefighters being pelted with fireworks and verbally abused by members of the public. Between 2015 and 2020 there were more than 3,800 attacks on firefighters, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service called the Attacks on any emergency service workers as ‘unacceptable. These are ordinary people doing an extraordinary job.’


International Men’s Day in the UK

Today is international men’s day with this year’s theme being “Better Health for Men and Boys” it aims to make practical improvements to the health and wellbeing of the male population.


Southampton weather

A dry weekend for the city going into the week with spells of rain. High’s of 13 degree’s with low’s of 8.

Get your rain coats and wellies on if you’re planning on going for a nice walk during the week.


Bargate Lions to be taken down for repair

Southampton City Council confirms that the Bargate Lions are being taken down after 275 years to repair cracks and damages. The repairs will include replacing the original internal iron work to make them stronger, and re-painting the statues to restore them to their original look.

The work is expected to take 3 months.

Find out more information on the repairs:


Anti-bullying week 2020

Anti-Bullying Week is an annual UK event held in the third week in November which aims to raise awareness of bullying. ABA are the official charity of Anti-Bullying Week 2020 which is taking place this week from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November 2020. 

The charity encourages people to get involved and raise money for anti-bullying awareness by dressing up as a hero or take part in Odd Socks Day.

Find out more information on Anti-bullying week.


Southampton school closes after positive Coronavirus case

The headteacher at Abbotswood school in Totton sent a letter to parents to confirm the news and that the school would be shutting for the forceable future.

There is no concern that the virus has spread elsewhere within the school and all pupils remain safe and well.

Read more on the story here:


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