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Francis Benali describes his 1,000 miles of torture...

Saints legend Francis Benali - who made more than 300 appearances for Southampton Football Club - returned to St Mary's this weekend, at the end of his marathon charity event. His aim - to raise money for Cancer Research - by visiting all 20 Premier League Grounds. He joined Fred and Sangeeta in the studio along with sports therapist Kelly Rutledge

Fred and Francis discuss the 1,000-mile challenge

Fred with Francis Benali after today's interview Credit: David Meikle

He's run the equivalent of two marathons a day for three weeks. In all, 1,000 miles. A test of endurance for any sportsman or woman!

Saints legend Francis Benali - who made more than 300 appearances for Southampton Football Club - returned to St Mary's this weekend, at the end of his marathon charity event. His aim - to raise money for Cancer Research - by visiting all 20 Premier League Grounds.

Francis came in to meet Fred and the team after his 1, 000 mile run.

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Southampton Airport celebrates bumper August

The airport handled more than 200,000 passengers in August Credit: Meridian

Southampton Airport has seen more than 200,000 passengers through its doors this August – the highest number in a single month since August 2007 and representing a 3% increase in passengers over 2013.

The route with the largest growth, year on year, was Guernsey with an increase of 53% more passengers.

The city break destinations experiencing growth include Manchester (43%), Belfast (22%), Dublin (32%) and Amsterdam (19%), compared with August 2013.

Expansion was also seen in the French regional flights to and from Clermont Ferrand, Brest, Rennes, Limoges, Nantes, Bordeaux and La Rochelle. Verona was also up on 2013 this August.

Former footballer finishes cancer challenge

Francis Benali will finish his 'Big Run' in Southampton today Credit: Francis Benali

Former footballer Francis Benali was greeted by thousands of fans today as he finished his 'Big Run' challenge at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton.

The former defender is aiming to raise up to £1m for Cancer Research by running to every Premier League football ground - a journey of 1,000 miles in just more than three weeks.

Liners cause traffic chaos around Southampton Docks

Celebrations at Southampton Docks Credit: Meridian

It's Europe's busiest cruise port welcoming more than one and a half million passengers a year and up to 500 cruise ships. But when the liners come in traffic around Southampton comes to a halt.

ITV Meridian can reveal urgent measures will be taken to stop the standstill on departure days. Roads will be improved and terminals upgraded - ahead of a new generation of superliners arriving in the city next year.

The biggest ship will be 'Anthem of the Seas' - able to carry 6,000 passengers and crew - almost double the size some existing ships. Britannia - built for P and O Cruises - will have up to 5,000 people on board....as will the Royal Princess and the Caribbean Princess.

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Ashya free to be treated in Prague

The parents of Ashya King, who hit the headlines after taking the five-year-old from a Hampshire hospital without doctors' permission have been given the go-ahead to take their son to the Czech Republic for treatment.

A High Court judge tonight said Brett and Naghmeh King could take son Ashya -who has a brain tumour - to a clinic in Prague to receive treatment not available in England.

Mr Justice Baker approved a treatment plan after telephone discussions with lawyers representing Mr and Mrs King and a hospital in Southampton, Hampshire, where Ashya was a patient.

An order made by the judge was released by High Court officials after discussions were held over several hours. Officials said the judge would give more detail at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

Ashya's Prague treatment approved

The parents of Ashya King who hit the headlines after taking their son from a Southampton hospital without doctors' permission have been given the go-ahead to take their son to the Czech Republic for treatment.

A High Court judge tonight said Brett and Naghmeh King could take son Ashya -who has a brain tumour - to a clinic in Prague to receive treatment not available in England.

Mr Justice Baker approved a treatment plan after telephone discussions with lawyers representing Mr and Mrs King and a hospital in Southampton, Hampshire, where Ashya was a patient.

An order made by the judge was released by High Court officials after discussions were held over several hours. Officials said the judge would give more detail at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

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