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Today's main headlines in the south-east:

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After serious injuries in a balcony collapse in Sussex, warnings tonight

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Millions are needed to tackle illegal immigration says a Kent MP,

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calling for an EU visitor tax to pay for it.

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And after a crisp winter afternoon we have a hard frost due tonight.

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The boom in private holiday lets has led to a warning tonight that

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a relaxing getaway can turn into a disaster - if proper safety

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It comes after four people suffered serious injuries when a balcony

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collapsed at an Airbnb flat in Brighton last year.

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue is urging anyone involved

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in short-term lets to make sure that safety measures are taken

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Our Special Correspondent Colin Campbell reports.

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Four people hospitalised, left seriously injured, one impaled on

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It was the collapse of the balcony at this flat last

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summer that has prompted East Sussex Fire And Rescue to issue

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People that use these premises, they're typically not familiar with

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They might be down just for a weekend break, with

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people they might not know that well, they might turn up at the

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They're invariably having a good time and the last thing

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So the people that own these properties

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and rent them out need to be aware of the responsibilities and make

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sure the properties are safe, and the first

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thing they need to do is

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The flat where Jessica and her friends sustained their injuries

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I've got fractures in my pelvis and my back.

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I think everyone was worried that my back was more seriously broken.

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While Holiday rental agencies have been around for

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a while it's the growth of online platforms

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like Airbnb that has fuelled a

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huge growth in people letting out their rooms for first time.

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Airbnb was founded in San Francisco in 2008.

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It is a website which allows independent hosts to offer

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There are more than 2 million listings online

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currently around the world, and

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more than 60 million people have used it to

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More than 300 of those properties are in Brighton.

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The Fire Service's safety message is aimed at all who rent out holiday

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and party accommodation in Brighton, but some traditional letting agents

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believe it has developed into an uneven playing field.

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We are losing business because these other

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platforms don't insist on the safety checks that we insist on.

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Brighton's short-term holiday letting market is booming.

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East Sussex Fire And Rescue hope their

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intervention will prevent further serious injury or tragedy.

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Our reporter Jon Hunt has also been following this

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story and is in Brighton, where the balcony collapse happened.

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Jon, do people really consider safety when they

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I've been talking to quite a few people tonight who use these

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services regularly, both for work services regularly, both for work

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if safety is their top priority. if safety is their top priority.

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make bookings and on the whole they make bookings and on the whole they

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have had good experiences. and on the whole they have

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had good experiences. Compared to hotels, it

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just gives you more... I don't know, you feel more

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part of the city cos Everything they advertised

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on the website was Jon, what is the Fire Service doing

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to help ensure party They've been warning landlords that

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in some cases these decorative balconies do pose a hazard, not

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strong enough to carry people. They have also been inspecting some of

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these party homes in East Sussex and they say in a number of cases in the

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last few months they have found some to be so dangerous they have had to

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shut them down straightaway. The Government must increase

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the budget for the UK Border Force by ?250 million to crack down

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on illegal immigration. That's the view of Dover and Deal

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MP Charlie Elphicke, who says the money's needed

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to tackle people smuggling. His report cites BBC South East's

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exclusive investigation revealing how illegal migrants are offered

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Channel crossings in the back of Lidl supermarket lorries

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for thousands of pounds. Our Political Editor

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Helen Catt reports. Caught on camera - an agent

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for a gang of people smugglers offers to hide our undercover

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researcher on a lorry This BBC South East Today

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investigation showed people smuggling across

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the Channel is still a There's a lot of money there,

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an enormous amount. And if you've got the right

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people, the amount of money available, you can get

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anyone into the UK by sea. And the Government's adviser

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on terrorism law has now warned that remote beaches could even be used

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by returning fighters from Syria It's really important

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we make sure that we secure the English Channel,

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so that people can't just turn up on beaches like this, here,

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that we make sure we have action to stop people smuggling

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into Britain in lorries, and also to investigate intelligence

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so we can go after people traffickers and end their evil trade

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and modern slavery. And he thinks Brexit

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could be an opportunity to Under a visa waiver scheme

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he wants to introduce, EU visitors would have to pay ?10

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and fill in a form to visit the UK. Charlie Elphicke estimates

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that could raise ?250 million, which could

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partly be used on enforcement. I mean, if we can't help

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out our own people... I've lived in America

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for a while as either People can enter the UK legally

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with a visa and then Again, that's a very different

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policing operation to what's being But, certainly, the large

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proportion of people who are illegally resident in the UK have

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come into the UK perfectly legally. Responding to the report,

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the Home Office told us it is committed to ensuring

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Border Force has the necessary resources to keep the UK

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safe from a range of threats. Our reporter Piers Hopkirk has also

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been following the story. And depends what sort of deal the UK

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is able to secure post Brexit. If that means an end to freedom of

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movement, this might be something the Government considers,

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effectively taxing EU visitors to the UK and using the money to

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bolster border security. The question is what difference would it

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make, what impact will it have? It was interesting listening to the

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professor in the report. He said the bulk of illegal immigrants are

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people who have come here legally. Thank you.

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A mother who died at Tunbridge Wells hospital,

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lost more than four pints of blood, an inquest has heard.

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Today a doctor told how she tried to combat "alarming" levels

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of acid and carbon dioxide in Frances Cappuccini's blood

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At the coroner's court for the inquest into

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Frances Cappuccini's death, the family were here for a second

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Mrs Cappuccini died after an emergency Caesarean section.

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Today, the inquest heard how she lost 2.3 litres of blood.

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Doctor Gabriela Gray, a registrar obstetrician involved in

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her emergency care, says she managed to finally stop the bleeding once

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a piece of placenta left behind in the patient's

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Frances Cappuccini died in 2012, and in April 2015 two doctors

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The following year, a doctor and hospital trust were

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cleared of manslaughter following the collapse

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Soon after, charges against another doctor were dropped.

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Today, details emerged of the time leading up to

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The court heard how problems developed with

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Doctor Gabriela Gray said the high levels of Mrs Cappuccini's blood

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acid and carbon dioxide were alarming.

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Later, she was asked by the family's legal

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counsel what she found alarming about it.

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She replied, "The severity - I had never seen a patient with such

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Frances Cappuccini went on to have a cardiac arrest.

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A six-day strike by drivers on Southern Rail next week has

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been cut to three days, but three new strike days have been

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Members of Aslef were due to walk out on Monday -

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they'll now strike from Tuesday to Thursday.

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And a reminder that we're hosting a special debate about the ongoing

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crisis on Southern Rail services, this Sunday the 8th of January.

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If you want to be in the audience, email bbcraildebate@bbc.co.uk

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with your details and how you've been affected.

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The programme airs on Monday the 9th of January, at 7.30pm, on BBC One.

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Gillingham Football Club have appointed Adrian Pennock as head

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coach, a day after sacking former manager Justin Edinburgh.

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Pennock, a former defender at the club, will be assisted

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by coaches Steve Lovell and Jamie Day.

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The three have been appointed with immediate effect

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That's it from me, we'll have the national weather

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in a moment, first here's the forecast for the

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We had a cloudy damp start of the day but by the afternoon once again

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lots of sunshine. Those clearer skies also mean a chilly picture as

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we go into tonight. Once again temperatures will be plummeting.

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Lows of -2 or minus three degrees. A frosty start tomorrow. The highs

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tomorrow struggling to get much about four or 5 degrees. Tomorrow

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clear skies and perhaps the odd scattered shower. A really chilly

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picture as we start tomorrow. First thing to Thursday, lots of is -- by

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the afternoon those temperatures will struggle. We have highs of

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around three or 4 degrees and gentle breezes. He was a closer look at the

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rain by Friday afternoon. Temperatures creeping up a notch or

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two and turning milder into the weekend.

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A guarantee on your journey to work tomorrow, if you are nipping out to

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the shop for a paper, somebody will talk about how cold it

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