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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me
Welcome to South East Today, I'm Rob Smith.
A pedestrian dies after being hit by a car pursued
by police through Brighton - tonight two men hand themselves in.
Southern take fresh legal action to stop further rail strikes,
but the Aslef Union say they won't back down.
Calls to change the law to ban lorries from parking in lay-bys -
and create a series of truck stops to end noise and litter
30 years ago it started to snow, and didn't stop for four days -
we remember the great winter storm of 1987.
It's all right, I'll get another one in London.
Remembering the real Pocahontas - 400 years after her
Two men have handed themselves in after a pedestrian was hit
and killed in Brighton city centre by a car being pursued by police.
The 78-year-old man died last night, after he was hit
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now
Friends of the victim say they're "shocked and numb"
A police chase turned into a tragedy. The victim, a 78-year-old
man named locally as John. Originally from Hungary, he used to
regularly meet his friends in the area to go batting. Koloamatangi it
is very sad that it has happened to him. I've only heard this morning
that it happened and I still can't believe it. I was only chatting to
him yesterday afternoon. He was a very nice man, very quiet. Very
friendly sort of bloke. Never seems to trouble anybody. At around 10pm
last night, a Vauxhall Astra failed to stop for police in the Bear Road
area of Brighton. The pie was then chased by police officers into the
city centre, where it hit the man on the pedestrian crossing on the
junction with Saint James Street. But the car didn't stop there. It
was found abandoned just a short distance away on Madeira Drive.
Officers had seen a Vauxhall Astra shortly before this incident and it
attempted to stop it but it failed to stop. The officers continued
after the vehicle but lost sight of it. The IPC see is dealing with that
aspect of the investigation and I cannot comment further. Blue lights
were flashing. We look across and it was clear there was no arguments
there. There was one police car, I think, and a body. People were
crouched around looking at this person in the road. This morning,
33-year-old man handed himself in to police. This afternoon, 35-year-old
man did the same. Both from Brighton. They have both been
arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving,
drink-driving, failing to stop for police and failing to report an
accident. Leanne Rinne reporting,
and she's in Brighton for us. Leanne, what more do we know
about the hit-and-run victim? Police tonight still haven't
confirmed his name, but having spoken to people in the area, it
doesn't seem like John had any family here. We believe he could
have been homeless, regularly using one of the drop-in centres nearby.
Within the last hour, the Independent Police Complaints
Commission have told us and confirmed that they are launching
their own investigation. They have already spoken to the police
officers involved in that pursuit and they have given them their
initial accounts, their initial version of events of what happened.
Thank you. Southern Rail are taking fresh
legal action tonight, Virtually all Southern trains have
been brought to a standstill for the second day running
by a drivers' strike - over whether it's safe or not
for drivers rather than guards Four further strikes
are planned this month - but Southern managers believe
the industrial action Let's cross live to our political
editor Helen Catt in Westminster. Helen, they've already tried
and failed to stop these Yes, absolutely. Late last year, at
macro Southern took Aslef to the High Court to try to stop strikes of
the European law. That failed, and appeal failed and now they're
escalating it the Supreme Court. Despite all of this action, it
implies that Southern doesn't expect a resolution any time soon. Earlier
I spoke to the general secretary of Aslef and tried to find out his red
lines. I asked if he would be happy for drivers to close the doors on a
train if there was an else on the train to a standard he agreed with.
No, because the bulk of the dispute, the issue is around having a second
present evacuates the train that can actually go on the track, deal with
a train fire, deal with incidents of violence or illness or actually
assist the disabled. It is a second part of why we are. If they could do
all of those things but not close the doors, would that be acceptable?
No, because the platform train interface is the concern. A train
runs in and somebody shouts out, there is another one in two minutes,
and nobody steps back and somebody then makes a valid judgments,
whether a train manager operated, platform dispatch, where trains
leave the platform and those who are clamouring to get on don't step back
a safe distance and that second pair of eyes allows us to do this. What
indemnifies the driver to do the job they are meant to do, looking
forwards, not looking backwards is the person on the platform that says
it is safe to go. We hear a lot about this being a bit of a proxy
war between the unions facing off against a Tory government and vice
versa. Is it? Yet if it were a Labour government, we would be doing
the same. We would hope they listen to our voice, but in the same
situation it would apply. I was asked if Sadiq Khan took over the
running of the trains, would we have the same problems? If he was putting
the same process in place, we would have the same problem. As technical
solution can be found, this isn't a political dispute. If you can find a
technical solution between the two sides, this could be over. This is
industrial trade dispute about having DOI forced upon us in
circumstances we don't agree with and its inherently safe. -- or any
other lines of communication open? Quite often online as well as
online. We never close those doors, we keep them open. We you are
talking? We haven't this week. They want to talk to us in a week of
action. If they had come to us for talks, I would be willing -- or
would be willing to talk, we would have. We have never refused a
meeting and will not be doing so in the future. How far are your members
willing to go? Are we looking at strikes the months, years? That
depends. The members themselves have a real concern. They did not choose
this battle or the battle ground. I make that clear. We have not been
involved in the last nine months. We have only just come to this. Those
members will tell us when they've had enough. It is those numbers who
are telling us this is what we want, this is where we need to be. We will
listen to our members. The Conservative MP Tim Lawton has
told us the backs taking further action. There are three more strike
dates after this Friday. No more scheduled after that, but we
understand that the executive committee of Aslef meets next week.
We will hear them if any further action is plan. Thank you.
Later in the programme we'll hear from Sussex business leaders who say
the ongoing rail dispute is having a devastating impact on trade.
In a moment: Fighting for funding - hundreds of Sussex headteachers
write to MPs, claiming their schools need more cash.
A change in the law is needed to make it illegal for lorries
to park on residential roads and in lay-bys - that's the call
from Kent County Councillors as they try to tackle the littering
and noise making people's lives a misery.
More than two million lorries came into Kent through Dover
While plans being drawn up for a series of lorry parks
are being put out for consultation, it's not clear who would
actually pay for them, or where they would go.
Sandra Mallory and Janet Watton, who live near the port of Dover,
say up to 30 lorries park up their street each night, keeping
Urine in bottles - when it's in a bottle -
You can't walk up there with your children or your animals
This police patrol off the A2 found lorry after lorry
A bit further on, one has even decided to stop
Lorry drivers parked up legally here today say it can be difficult
Seven o'clock at night, you will not get in here.
That's when you see them parked on slip roads.
They need a lorry park and they need lots of them.
It will upset locals, but they've got to go somewhere.
In England, it is difficult, parking.
I am driving very long time here, I know where you are parking,
where is the possible bays, where is the toilet, shower.
In 2015, two million HGVs entered through the Port of Dover
and Eurotunnel from Europe, with over 10,000 lorries
The number of freight vehicles using the Dartford Crossing
A big lorry park is already planned at Stanford to counter Operation
Stack, but Kent County Council is proposing up to five new lorry
parks, potentially near Sheerness, Dartford, Maidstone and Tonbridge,
though it wouldn't identify precise locations.
It believes a change in the law would necessary.
I've asked the minister and his offices to look
at the concept of a law which says that you cannot park a lorry
for longer than perhaps three quarters of an hour -
which is the time that you have to rest up every so often -
unless you are parked in an authorised place.
But the big question - you would pay to build the parks?
Simon Jones joins us live from Dover.
Simon, how likely are these proposed lorry parks to become a reality?
It's going to be tricky. To show you why residents say action is needed
now, take a look at the hedgerow that. It is strewn with litter that
people say, from lorry drivers. Some brands there are clearly from abroad
and down the road we've seen a number of lorry drivers parking up
for the night. The big challenge is, even if land is found for new lorry
parks, it has to go through the planning process. That is likely to
be controversial and there is the cash needed. Kent County Council
says it won't pay, it would need the private sector. That will only
happen if they get the change in the law. Thank you.
A Kent pub has been destroyed by fire.
Fire crews rescued a man from a flat above the Victoria Cross
pub in Chatham in the early hours of this morning.
Local people were asked to keep their doors and windows
closed because of the risk of breathing in toxic smoke.
Hundreds of headteachers in West Sussex have written to MPs
warning that the government's latest funding settlement has failed
to tackle "extremely bleak" budget shortfalls.
Their letter asks politicians to decide how they should cut
spending - whether to lay off teaching staff, reduce
school opening hours, or axe services for pupils.
The Government launched a new schools funding
formula last month - but campaigners in West Sussex say
they're still getting a raw deal, as our Education Correspondent
If you think about that one, you have just told me that from your own
knowledge. Rated outstanding by Ofsted this week, Downs community
School is one of many in West Sussex to be high performing. Last month,
it was announced West Sussex schools would get more money, but they say
they are still the bottom of the pile. Generally in West Sussex,
heads and those involved in schools really think we are approaching a
tipping point and that is, will we be able to continue to provide the
quality education that we've been able to provide up to now? And so
the tipping point means that we are really looking at class sizes, what
can we do to survive in this funding situation? The head teacher here was
one of 300 in the county to write to MPs will stop in the letter, they
say proposals under the new funding formula do not provide meaningful
remedy. No matter how clearly we state our position, Newell
improvements are made. They accuse... All of West Sussex MPs
have joined together to make the case for interim school funding and
supported the teachers campaign which has already seen them handed a
petition to Downing Street. So far, there has been no resolution.
Parents here are concerned. If the funding isn't improved, obviously we
cannot be sure that the same amount of classes will be available. If
class sizes go up, children get less attention in classes. There is such
a range of things on offer here, if that was reduced, that would really
concern me. The Department for Education says overall funding for
West Sussex schools will go up by 3.5% under the new proposals and
that it will work according to peoples' needs rather than their
postcode. This is our top story tonight:
Two men have handed themselves in after a pedestrian was killed
in Brighton city centre - hit The 78-year-old man died last
night, after he was hit The Independent Police Complaints
Commission is investigating. There is so much we can teach you.
We've improved the lives of savages all over the world. Savages? Not
that you are savages. Just my people!
Remembering the real Pocahontas - who died 400 years ago in Kent.
With no end in sight to the bitter industrial dispute that's brought
the Southern Rail network to a halt again today, local
businesses say it's having a devastating impact on trade.
It's estimated that the strikes will have cost the UK economy almost
?400 million pounds by the end of this month.
And house prices across the Southern network area
have grown by just 1.4% over the past six months -
compared to a 3% average elsewhere in the UK.
And some small businesses in Sussex say their takings have
Our reporter Ellie Crisell is in Eastbourne -
how are people coping there after another
It's very difficult here. It's been extremely quiet. It is the 32nd day
of strike action since last April and businesses in places like here
in Eastbourne are starting to feel the bite. Some small business owners
told me today that things are reaching crisis point.
Empty trains, an empty station and an empty shop. A lack of football at
Eastbourne station means a sharp downturn in business for this copy
shop owner. It is heartbreaking because we feel we are held ransom
because we really do not know what we can do about things getting
better. We are relying on commuters, we are losing that business because
people are losing confidence. Half of the staff have been laid off here
within the last year and owner Bella is worried that instead of
celebrating the cafe's third anniversary in May, she will be
closing the doors forever. Other independent retailers are also
suffering. I used to coming early to get the commuters going to work and
stay open late. This morning, I was in at 7:30am. I had my first cousin
at 9am. It is not just a lack of commuters impacting on trade. I was
told by a local business consultant about the unreliable transport is
preventing company growth. I'm cancelling opponents, --
appointments, postponing them. It is an awful image for a professional
company. The CEO Eastbourne's chamber of commerce met with the
rail minister yesterday. We were concerned that it was all about
commuters. It is important, don't get me wrong, but they also need to
be aware of the impact it is having on the economy. We were disappointed
that they actually said they are not prepared to meet with the RMT or
Aslef until they suspend the strike. The stark warning here is that if
the rail dispute isn't resolved soon, it will be the end of the line
for many small businesses in Eastbourne.
One business owner Tommy today that the impact of these rail strikes is
becoming as negative on her business as the recession was and what most
people seem to be saying is, they want the government to step in and
sort this out before, for some businesses, it's too late. Thank
you. She's probably best known
to lots of people today But the reality of life
for the legendary 17th century Native American Pocahontas was far
removed from a children's movie. After marrying a tobacco
planter in the early 1600s, she travelled to the Kent
town of Gravesend. And, as Ian Palmer reports,
special commemorations have been taking place there today to mark
the 400th anniversary of her death. Let go! No, I'm not letting you
leave. The story of Pocahontas told by Disney is a love narrative. But
the tale of this remarkable woman is much more than that. She is with you
to some extent because she is buried here. Here at Saint John's catholic
school in Gravesend, pupils learn about the life of a woman that tried
to bring Britain and the US together. She was a peace
ambassador. She was able to create peace among her people and the
English. Partly by that marriage. You could look at her as a diplomat,
an ambassador or perhaps an intriguer, someone working between
the cultures. Pocahontas was a member of a tribe. In 1616, she
travelled to England with her husband John. On her way home, she
became ill and died in Gravesend. We commissioned a piece of art from
Ethan Brown, young artist in her tribe, and this is his art. He has
depicted Pocahontas in the afterlife, according to traditional
beliefs. To mark the 400th anniversary of her
death, the US ambassador to the UK attended a special ceremony. Here,
he's seen talking with the direct descendant of Pocahontas. Travel is
fatal to prejudice. So good! I try to get writers to try to sit inside
another so that they can do the bridge building you talk about. I
loved your talk. The legacy of Pocahontas 's unity and bridge
building. Some would say those two virtues are needed now more than
ever. The Met Office is predicting
that we could see significant snowfall this week -
but fortunately it's not predicted to be quite as bad as 30 years ago,
when it started snowing on the 11th of January, and didn't
stop for four days. As Peter Whittlesea reports,
entire communities were cut off, hundreds of schools closed,
and supermarkets started running out of food,
as the transport network was brought to a halt in the great
winter storm of 1987. Several tonnes of food were moving
out of Maidstone as more supplies When an arctic blast hit Kent 30
years ago, it was so cold, the army had to be drafted in,
taking urgent supplies through the snow drifts
to cut-off communities. For the intractable
corners, the last resort 33 Engineer Bomb Disposal Commando
Unit, which is used to this sort of stuff in Norway,
loaded up with baby food. Babies' milk, coal, mainly
bread and cheese, pies. And the temperature still hadn't
climbed above freezing. The fact the BBC called upon war
correspondent Kate Adie to do a weather story highlighted
the extreme conditions In the Medway towns,
Kent, it was -13, and the thermometer in the Weald
only rose to -9 - 15.8 during the day,
which made it actually the coldest The North Downs didn't escape
the cold snap, either. Back then, it was more
like the tundra. Emergency vehicles were unable
to reach the village. A middle-aged man had
had a heart attack. Neighbours administered first
aid for several hours Give an injection to kill the pain
and hope he'll see his way How long will it be before
the ambulance gets here? No idea, they've got a long
way to come and it's In 1987, it was the weather that
ground the rail network to a halt. British rail have been
working to clear the lines, but traditional methods have failed,
so they've imported the snow No Scottish snowblowers
are on stand-by at the moment, so perhaps those record low
temperatures of 30 years ago It makes you cold just looking at
it! Rachel - we know that there could be
some snow on the way - but is there any danger it could be
as heavy as that? Nothing that bad. We're expecting
perhaps three or four centimetres. 30 years ago, the reason that we saw
that bitterly cold weather and all that snow was actually an area of
high pressure over its Siberia. It gave us bitterly cold easterly winds
and this very cold air from Russia meant we saw so which snow. 30 years
ago, we sold nearly 40 centimetres of snow. Further snow fell into the
13th, giving us half a metre of snow. With strong winds, we saw
drifts over six metres. Nothing like that in the forecast, but we have
got warnings out about snow. They will be valid for tomorrow and
particularly during the tail end of Thursday, into Friday. That is when
we expect to see the snowball. There is also going to be lots of rain
around. Some sleet mixed in with that and as we see temperatures
freeze tomorrow night, potentially some problems on the roads and
indeed on the railways. Through tonight, we are going to be staying
dry and quite mild. Temperatures drop to around two or three degrees.
If you are up early, it will be dry first thing, but very quickly we
will see this band of rain. That moves up from the South West into
this bitterly cold air. As it meets it, it's going to be turning into
sleaze, potentially some snow mixed in with that, and particularly
during the tail end of the afternoon, we expect to see some
snow. During the morning, it is falling mostly as rain first thing,
but as we head through the afternoon, those heavy bursts within
that. Temperatures will reach highs of seven or 8 degrees. It will feel
more like two or three. As we go from Thursday over into Friday, lots
of white on the map. Expecting perhaps three or four centimetres of
snow fall widely and lower ground. The bitterly cold start to the day
on Friday with a hard frost. Take care on the roads. Essentially
problem is with black eyes on the roads. Friday, potentially more
snow. Lots to look forward to that. Thank
you. I will be back at 8pm and 10:30pm.
Hope you can join me then. I will see you tomorrow.
Have a good evening. Goodbye. Stay warm.
I think my political beliefs are really quite straightforward.
I believe that our country needs to work for everyone.
Not just for the rich, not just for the privileged,
not just for those who know the right people or who've got
the loudest voices, but a country that really works for everyone,
has the opportunity to be who they want to be.
In order to make sure that the country works for everyone,
Standing up for the vulnerable, for the voiceless,
against those who feel that they're strong and powerful.
If you're doing the right thing, then you must do that however
difficult it is, even if there seems to be an easier path to take.