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Here in the South East tonight... for the news where you are.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for Southern Rail

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to be renationalised, as strikes halt the service again.

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We'll be live in Hove with the latest.

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Creating more grammars is a distraction, says

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the new head of Ofsted, sparking a political row

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Although we stayed dry and mild for tomorrow, warnings of snow for

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Thursday. -- although we stay. There's still no end in sight

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to the latest strike hitting Southern Railway,

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which has seen hundreds of thousands of travellers in the South East

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experience another The walkout - over the role

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of conductors on trains - is being backed by Labour leader

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Jeremy Corbyn, but the Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle,

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says there is "a lot of blame to go round" while passengers

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continue to suffer. Day 31 of the Southern strike

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and these were the reactions of people returning

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to Tunbridge Wells tonight, some of them having travelled

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three hours to get home. All I say is the Government,

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the unions and the franchise people, Govia, get together, get your heads

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together, because it's There's nothing we can do,

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they need to sort it out. People losing their jobs,

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that's the worst thing. So the unions have got

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something to answer for. That certainly wasn't

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the view of the Labour leader this morning, though,

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telling national BBC radio that the Government was simply

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protecting a failing company I would want that franchise brought

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back into the public ownership and public sector,

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because after all we provide the rails, we provide the trains

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and they make the profits Reacting to that on BBC

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South East earlier tonight, it was clear Labour are not united

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on this issue. What really worries me

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about Jeremy's comments today and the Government's comments is it

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does seem that both of those groups The Government refuses to criticise

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Southern, Jeremy refuses Meanwhile the two sides paid

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to provide the service continued The train company relied once again

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on the latest findings Last week the Chief Rail

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Inspectorate has said that the way that we're operating is perfectly

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safe and that DOO The unions stressed once again

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that they are not prepared to run trains with only one member of staff

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on board to watch the doors. Southern say they will always aim

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to have two on board but if one is sick the train

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will still depart. It is the big sticking point

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but the word compromise We've tried to negotiate

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with the company to find a solution to the issue

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of driver-only operation. You know, we have been

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prepared to compromise, despite what the company

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are telling the public. So another day of disruption

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on the Southern rail network. And there are still five more strike

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days planned this month, including action tomorrow

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and on Friday this week. Well, John Young joins us now

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from outside Hove station. It is all quiet there this evening,

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what can we expect tomorrow? More of the same. Extraordinary scenes

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tonight, all locked up and everybody has gone home. This time yesterday

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viewers who were watching may remember I was reporting on

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Southern's plans to lay on buses to take passengers to the South Eastern

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trains. Some people said, please don't use them too much because it

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could be very crowded. It seems that people heeded the warnings. What

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happens next? The buses will be laid on tomorrow and Friday but Southern

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told me they would review the situation and decide whether they

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will offer the bus service again for the strikes at the end of this

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month. A woman whose partner was killed

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in the Shoreham Airshow disaster has Giovanna Chirico, from Worthing,

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was due to marry Mark Trussler, who was one of 11 men killed

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when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed She's due to appear before

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magistrates next month, charged with possession

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of the Class B drug amphetamine, A plane made an emergency landing

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this morning at Gatwick Airport after a bird strike damaged

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an engine as it took Passengers described a loud thud

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from the left engine They were transferred

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into an alternative flight 12 acres of Thanet parkland will be

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restored to its Victorian heyday, thanks to a ?1.7 million grant

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from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Ellington Park in Ramsgate

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was created in the 1890s, but has suffered decades

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of damage and neglect. The money will help reinstate

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original Victorian features, improve play facilities and provide

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a cafe. A jury has been told a woman

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from Sussex who was killed by her ex-husband had her body

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hidden under rubble for 12 years Natalia Wilkanowska,

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from Eastbourne, disappeared after travelling to Luton to meet

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Gerald Doherty in 2003. Her body was finally found in 2015

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in a garden in the town. Sara Smith has been following

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the story and joins us now. Sara, it's her two former

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brothers-in-law who are Yes, her ex-husband killed himself

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in 20th -- in 2003, just before she went missing. In court it was said

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that his elder brother many years that his elder brother many years

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later told the family that he, the -- he and the ex-husband had killed

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her. Her body was found in a garden in Luton owned by another brother,

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buried under piles of rubble. Both brothers, Joseph Doherty and Daniel

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Doherty, are on trail for both hiding the fact of her death and

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hiding her body. What more to the court say about her death? The

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pathologist told the jury she had been killed by a blow to the head

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caused by a third party. The cause of death could not be established.

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The couple had been married for 23 years, separating just a couple of

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years before this happened, and the two brothers who are in court now

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denying all of the charges against them.

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The new Chief Inspector of Schools for England has sparked

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a political row tonight, after describing government

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proposals to create more grammar schools as "a distraction".

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Amanda Spielman, who's just taken over at Ofsted,

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says Theresa May's plans won't help to make

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But Kent MPs who've campaigned to create new grammar places

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are saying she was wrong to "step out of line" and speak out

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Building new grammar schools is currently illegal

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but here in Sevenoaks work is well under way on the first new

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This, however, is classed as an annexe to an existing

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Critics say that's a way of bypassing the law but Theresa May

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wants to allow new grammars in their own right.

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In an interview with The Guardian, though, Ofsted chief inspector

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Amanda Spielman says, "For me, it's a distraction

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I don't see it as something that has much to do with making

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the most of every school, of Ofsted making the most

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of its work and contributing to system improvement."

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Her comments have angered supporters of Theresa May's plans.

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A new flagship agenda for this government is widely supported,

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particularly by people in Kent, and civil servants should not step

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out of line and start talking against the Government's agenda.

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Now it is time for civil servants to do what they should be doing -

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supporting the Government and advising the Government

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in private but not going public with their concerns.

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But opponents of grammars say Amanda Spielman is quite

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It is only her first few days as Chief Inspector

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and she is plainly determined to base her policy judgments

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In Sevenoaks, set to benefit from new grammar places,

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there is no shying away from the debate.

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It is very hard for them at ten to take the test.

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We should look at other ways of the children

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I'm a real fan of aspiration and allowing children to be given

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the best education that we can through the state system.

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I think there are certain pupils that are at that level,

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that have got that sort of knowledge already inside them, that should be

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The Government didn't want to comment today on the criticisms

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from the new Ofsted chief other than to say expanding and creating

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new grammar-school places would create more good school places.

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As regards this site, when it opens later this year those

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behind it say it will be a major milestone in the

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Now let's see what's in store with the weather for the next couple

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Rachel, not looking too bad tomorrow, but...

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But then as we get to Thursday the risk of some snow. For tomorrow we

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will be staying mild, temperatures in the morning nine or 10 degrees,

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but this bitterly cold north-westerly wind. By the time we

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get to Thursday the risk of some snow, with weather warnings in

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place. Earlier this afternoon clearer skies, which we hold onto

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overnight tonight initially but there will be a bit more cloud cover

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towards the hours of tomorrow morning. Very mild overnight lows of

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around six or 7 degrees, very mild. Initially dry but then we have this

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cold front, behind it much colder air and breezy as well. Some patchy

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drizzle around and temperatures reaching nine or 10 degrees. Once

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the front clears through, behind it temperatures fall away, more like

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six or seven by the end of the day. Wednesday into Thursday we hold onto

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that bitterly cold north-westerly wind. Overnight temperatures around

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two or three degrees, feeling a lot cooler. Initially dry but we will be

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seeing rain and the risk of some scattered snow showers, particularly

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at the tail end of the of the week, and to start the

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weekend as well. For more on that snow situation, over to Jay Wynne

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