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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Polly Evans.

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A huge jump in the number of people smuggling operations disrupted -

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as MPs discuss issues uncovered by this programme.

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A vicious attack left Alfie Peak severely disabled -

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His partner Tanya talks about their remarkable relationship.

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Life has been really, really hard. Emotionally, really draining and

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really difficult. The inspirational teacher whose son

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has made a documentary on his battle License to sell - gadgets designed

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for real life British spies are set And the Sussex folk star

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who couldn t sing for 30 years is recognised for her huge

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influence with a national award. BBC South East Today can exclusively

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reveal that there's been a significant spike in the number

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of people smuggling operations The 32% jump was revealed

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at a special meeting called which discovered smugglers in Paris

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putting people on lorries transporting produce

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for the supermarket chain Lidl Here's our Special Correspondent,

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Colin Campbell. It was an investigation revealing

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how Paris had become a hub for TRANSLATION: They will fit

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you in a way that even the We exposed a gang offering

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us guaranteed passage to England in the back of trucks,

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transporting produce for the Our findings prompted

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two Kent MPs to demand a private meeting

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with Government ministers. What the BBC did was

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absolutely fantastic. That was the sort

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of evidence I think They can't be everywhere

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at all times. Top marks to the BBC

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for what they did. Let us hope that that is

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another route into the country, big smuggling operations,

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worth ?5,000 per person, big. show an increase in the targeting of

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smuggling gangs by the authorities. In 2015, 140 smuggling

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operations were disrupted. Last year, that figure

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went up to 185. We understand the Home Office

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expects the figure for this While some consider

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positive news, others believe their fight against

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smuggling gangs is being hindered. We will argue they are not

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succeeding in combating illegal We're having some success,

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but the sad reality is we are increased attendance

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of getting across the borders. As we showed last autumn,

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the demolition of Calais' migrants can has resulted

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in gangs targeting UK bound vehicles The Home Office say

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they are working closely with their French counterparts to break

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up the smuggling operations. Carling, your investigation has been

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dropped -- brought up at a Government level. Will there be a

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change in border protection? The French police are actively

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investigating this gang which we infiltrated. They are now the focus

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of a French and British joint investigation. Ongoing. Cooperation

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between the French and British authorities is essential to crack

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down on this kind of organised criminal gang network which crosses

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borders, as we discovered. The Home Office says that is what is

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happening, good cooperation with the French authorities. The union you

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had fun in my reports say they are concerned. 15% cut which they are

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worried to have a significant impact on the border force's ability to

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fight crime. An MP said he was encouraged, but is concerned about

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the reef forming of camps in France. -- reef treble.

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Four years ago, Alfie Peak was beaten almost to death

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in Bexhill after an argument over a bag of chips.

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The four men who kicked and punched him unconscious

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were jailed last october for a total of 55 years.

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Despite suffering life-changing injuries,

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which have left him only able to communicate though a keypad,

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Alfie and his partner Tanya have now had a baby -

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Nine months ago, their little boy, Marley, was born.

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Jon Hunt has more on their remarkable story.

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Father and son. Alfie and eight-month-old Marley.

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Bringing joy to a family after so much sadness and tragedy.

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He is really giving us something to look forward to.

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And a future, really, which is something we kind

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Our future had gone, it has been taken.

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That is exactly how Alfie described it to people before,

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that he felt his life was over with, really.

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Alfie Peak suffered a catastrophic b injury after being set

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upon outside a takeaway in Bexhill in 2013.

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Four men were jailed for the attack in October

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which left Alfie unable to walk or talk.

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Alfie was unconscious on the floor, and he was continued to be beaten

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Tanya White has stood by Alfie throughout his long rehabilitation.

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He is trying to learn to walk again, the signals from his brain

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It has put pressure on the couple, and Tanya admits that there have

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been times where she has wondered if she could stick with it.

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Everything is really difficult for him.

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That has spilled out onto all of his family and friends.

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Emotionally, really draining and really difficult.

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I know you feel because you cannot do all those other things that it

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But one day you will realise that you are an amazing dad.

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The couple say the attackers took everything from them.

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But their bubbly new baby boy is making life worth living again.

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Well, Jon Hunt joins from Bexhill where the family home is.

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Jon - Alfie is clearly on a journey of rehabilitation -

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He is determined to walk again. He has yet to take any steps on his

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own. He is being helped out physiotherapists using a walking

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frame. He was present at the birth of his son and would like to have

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two my children in addition to the two that he already has. -- two more

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children. In terms of the attacker, the couple say they feel nothing but

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hatred and anger towards them. Alfie is upset by the length of their

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sentences. He says he is suffering a life sentence and sees no reason why

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they shouldn't either. In a moment, the Sussex man

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who survived breast cancer - urging other men to look

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for the telltale signs he missed. When English teacher

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Paul Norman started to have difficulty moving normally,

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he was at first diagnosed Tragically, he was actually

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suffering from a rarer and even more devastating condition -

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Multiple systems Atrophy - which gradually shut down

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all his body's physical systems. His son Will, a student

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at Sussex University, has released a documentary

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about his father's last months - including the moment he went back

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to his old school to deliver What do you think of alcohol? It is

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good. You have tried it? Yes, sir. You don't have to call me serve.

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This, says will Norman, was typical of his father's teaching style,

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funny, unorthodox, inspiring. He was channelling Kilroy or Jerry Springer

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offers he like to get the to think differently. Slowly, and at a was

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ravaging his body. -- Multiple systems Atrophy. His son wanted to

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get his father 's thoughts while he still could.

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We'll organised -- Multiple systems Atrophy organised him to go back to

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his old school. People think because the body doesn't function properly

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that the brain doesn't operate as well. I feel like Steven Hawking,

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except I have a better voice. People have said, oh, hi, I was taught by

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your dad. They said they didn't like school but your dad made it worth

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it. He shaped the two who I am. He was a great English teacher. I love

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English so much and I think it is because of your teaching and the way

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that you inspired me. Paul Norman loved making this film, says his

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son. For city-mac, it is a reminder, if he needed one, of his exceptional

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father. -- for Will. Rescuers searching for a kayaker

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missing in Scotland since Dominic Jackson, who spent most

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of his life in Sussex, was reported missing

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on Sunday night. He'd failed to return from a sea

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kayaking trip in Portsoy, A kayak believed to belong to him

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was recovered earlier this week. Scottish Police said a body

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was recovered from the water The bosses of a carehome

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in Herne Bay have pleaded guilty to health and safety failings that

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led to the death of Joan Daws was a senior carer

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at the Laleham Residential Home when she suffered fatal crush

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injuries after a large chair tipped The case has been sent to Canterbury

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Crown Court for sentencing. Brighton has spent nearly half

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a million pounds on a set of a 100 new high tech bins -

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which keep rubbish completely The council says the new solar

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powered bins can hold eight times more rubbish -

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because they compact it down - and they contain special sensors

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which email the refuse team to let Our environment correspondent

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Yvette Austin has this report. Stealing a chip.

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It is what seagulls do. Our seafront restaurants and cafes

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are a prime destinations for But they are not

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welcomed by everyone. Rodney Posner, who runs

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the Meeting Place cafe in Brighton has been shooing

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them away for years. You have to be firm

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with these birds. If they come up to you,

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you need to be firm and shoo them The birds learn very

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quickly, this is I will hang around,

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jump on the table. And when it gets too much

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to bear, people are calling John Butler, an expert

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in bird control. We've put up wires and a system

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to keep the seagulls away because they have

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been taking the food because they have been

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taking the food off people's tables whilst

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they They might go on the lamp

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post, on the statues, on People are talking about a cull,

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but it won't happen. There is a suggestion

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that the council's new Costing ?500,000 for

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100, they alert to the Most importantly, they close

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completely, meaning the seagulls You have to shut the

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lid, which is great. I can't see a seagull

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getting in there. We have open ones on my

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road that seem to be I don't like them because it is not

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nice catching the bin because it is I don't like them because it is not

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nice touching the bin because it is But I suppose if it stops seagulls

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going in there and it For many, the birds

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are peoples friends. And so food will always

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be found in the city. This was discussed in parliament.

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joins us from Brighton. This was discussed in parliament.

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Will it help? David's -- David Cameron's Government committed money

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for a cull Baty did happen. Herring gulls are on an endangered list.

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Their numbers have declined by half since 19 69. Many people love them.

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There will be no quick fix. Kent County Council has agreed

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to increase council tax by 4%, that will add around an extra

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45 pounds a year The extra revenue will help

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fund adult social care. Councillors have also agreed

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measures to save the council millions of pounds after Government

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funding cuts. A pedestrian's died after being hit

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by a car on the A27 The driver of the car,

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a 58-year-old man from Climping, has been arrested on suspicion

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of causing death Despite treatment by paramedics,

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the 59-year-old victim The road was closed

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for much of the morning, Four years ago, Roy Collins

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from Bexhill was diagnosed It's incredibly rare for men -

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only 350 cases a year are recorded - After chemotherapy and

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a mastectomy, Roy has now been But he's urging other men to check

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themselves regularly. He only discovered the problem

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when his wife realised What you can see is all that

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remains, a nice, neat scar. Roy had to have a large

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tumour removed. He was diagnosed with

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breast cancer after his wife, a nurse, noticed

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something wasn't quite right. I was climbing out of

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the shower one day and Theresa noticed there

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was something wrong with my right nipple,

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it was a little bit inverted

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and she asked me what was wrong with it and I said,

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I don't know, it's probably

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just COLD or some such. Roy went to his Dr Who

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referred him to the I'm being told it's a six

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centimetre lump, needs to be removed along with

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the rest of the breast. It's also gone to the lymph nodes,

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so they'll have to come And I said to her, look, whatever,

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whatever you need to do, if it's radiotherapy,

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chemotherapy, drugs, whatever, crack on and do it,

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you are the experts, just get rid of Roy says he just did not know men

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could get breast cancer, and Certainly there are a lot of men

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who are not read that breast cancer can affect them,

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and that's probably because the disease is a lot

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more common in women. Over 50,000 women are

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diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK and for men

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that figure is 350. Roy has now been

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given the all clear. His message to others

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who find changes in their The number of people smuggling

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operations disrupted jumped by a third last year -

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the spike was revealed at a meeting between MPs and the Government,

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prompted by our investigation into smugglers putting

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people on lorries in Paris Winger Tom Varndell is poised

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to break the Premiership's all-time She's one of folk music's most

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revered song collectors and vocalists, but for more than 30

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years she was famous Shirley Collins from Lewes last

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recorded new music nearly forty years ago by which point her voice

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was, she claimed, But now she's been nominated for two

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prestigious music awards, The 81-year-old singer's work has

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influenced the likes of Billy Bragg And is now in line to win Radio 2's

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Folk Singer of the Year. # Is labouring boy #.

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With her strong singing style and story telling, Shirley Collins... I

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was so shocked that I lost my voice. I could not sing the songs I was

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required to do. It was relating. -- humiliating. A Hastings girl, she

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was at the core of the folkrock seen in the 19 cities. There are so many

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songs connected to Sussex that's not a a lot of people know about. It is

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the most beautiful music. Now 81, 58 years since her last performance,

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she is back with a new album. # I met an old man #.

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The reason behind her return, possibly coaxing by her fans. She

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has a fire you don't see with many people. It is wonderful to behold.

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Her enthusiasm for talking about the music, relaying the stories around

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the music, it has was been there. It is back that she is -- it is good

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she is back performing. The award ceremony live on BBC Radio 2 is on

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April the bed. How would an 81-year-old celebrate her when? I

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wouldn't hardly's. If I lose, I will be gracious.

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A rare collection of original hidden weapons and secret gadgets

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designed for British spies, and troops caught behind enemy lines

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the kind of things that inspired Ian Fleming

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when he created James Bond, are being auctioned

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They date from the Second World War onwards and include a fountain pen

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concealing a dagger spike, and a watch that doubled

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Robin Gibson has been to take a look.

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They look like props for a vintage James Bond movie.

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Oddball gear designed by white coated boffins who spent

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their days thinking up as our weapons and secret gadgets to break

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their agents on the ground and of one tight spot or another.

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To the naked eye, this looks like an ordinary fountain pen.

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When it unscrews, it reveals quite a sinister dagger.

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This would have been used by an agent, if need be,

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to fight his way out of a corner or to eliminate an enemy sentry.

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This watch concealed a microphone to record conversations.

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A garrotte made of jagged wire conveys its horrific use.

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They all dates back to the Second World War, and were

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issued to agents and commandos dropped behind enemy lines.

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The items range from the gruesome to the

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Here is a uniform badge which unscrews to

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reveal a compass, useful for an escaping RAF pilot.

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A key, the end unscrews to leave a compartment useful for a

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They are keeping it to keep the history and

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Edward Toms, who is now 96 and lives in lives in hive, was attached

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to both the SAS and special operations executive during World

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We all have buttons that could be used as compasses.

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The SOE laboratory was in the natural

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The SOE laboratory was in the Natural

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And it was where all these gadgets would be

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Murderous weapons may not be everyone's cup of tea, not least

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that the auction takes place on Valentine's Day.

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But the collection is expected to go for thousands of

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As Wales and England prepare to go head-to head

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But one Kent-born player will be concentraing firmly

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Winger Tom Varndell is poised to break the Premiership's

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Varndell was born in Ashford in 1986 and started to play rugby

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He has actually played for four times for England

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But one more try will see him pass Mark Cueto's record of 90 -

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and become a rugby legend in his own right.

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His side Bristol face Harlequins tomorrow night,

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There are not many who can keep up with Tom Varndell.

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One of the fastest rugby players around.

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You usually have to wait for the replay

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With Leicester, Wasps and Bristol, he has turned

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So many, one more try this season will take the

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On the wing, on the end of most of the

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moves, and any player least -- wants to leave their mark on the game.

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If I can do that with my try scoring then it would be fantastic.

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The Ashford born winger has played 12

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seasons in English rugby's highest level.

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He has run in 90 tries, a figure that putting puts him level

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with Mark Cueto, the master try scorer from sales charts in England.

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A man who knows the miles that goes into every finish.

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All was one of the fastest guys in the premiership.

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From an athletic point of view, there isn't anyone

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I think he is creeping into his 30s now, so to still keep in the

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shape that he is in is doing really well.

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But there is a difference between the two men.

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Mark Cueto played 55 times his country, the Kent

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born speedster just for

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COMMENTATOR: Dream debut for Tom Varndell at 20.

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England represent a Varndell rarity - a chance missed.

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I would have loved to have more opportunity.

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I would love to have had a bit more of a shot, I think.

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What I like about the England setup at the

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moment is they are giving young boys a chance.

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If you play out wide, there is no time for looking back.

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As he prepares to go full throttle into

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his next record, against Harlequins on Friday, but Varndell's career has

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taken him from Kent, Leicester, London and Bristol, a career that

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There is a major house fire in Saint Leonards on West Hill Road. The Fire

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Service cannot confirm whether there was more than one person at the

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property. The police and six Fire crews are there on the scene. Road

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closures in place. Now, we will check the weather. You

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mentioned snow and they are. I wouldn't get the toboggans out

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quite yet. But when Terry mist to come. Certainly over the next couple

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of days. Today was cold and clothing. We have a drizzle coming

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out of the cloud. The sun has set and it is falling as flurries. Over

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the next 36 hours, the risk of wintry weather. The winds are

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slightly changing direction through Saturday. A north-easterly. From the

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North Sea, increasing the risk of potentially seeing some of the white

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stuff. As we head into the weekend. Let's see what is going on overnight

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tonight. Some showers coming through here and there. Not too much in the

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way of settling snow. Other higher ground, a dusting perhaps,

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temperatures in our towns staying ever so slightly above freezing.

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Another cold, cloudy and grey day. Maybe I slowly at times.

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Temperatures once more will struggle, like today. Not much above

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two or three degrees. Here is the good stuff. If you like something

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wintry, overnight into Saturday we will see showers pulsing to worse

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as. Where they do fall, especially over higher growth, you can... Lower

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levels, really just a dusting of snow to start your Saturday. Through

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the day on Saturday, still the risk of showers. The temperatures have

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started to come up a bit on Saturday. It will be still be a cold

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day because it will be rather windy. But we will lose the risk of snow.

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Back later, goodbye. OK, everyone, have you got

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your bamboo sticks? If you just paint

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what you want to paint, I've turned around,

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my painting washes away. ..and take on

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The Big Painting Challenge. Remember, you're not painting

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a pond.

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