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Today's main headlines in the South East:

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Two men hand themselves in after a pedestrian is killed

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after he was hit by a car being pursued by police.

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The train drivers' union say they won't back down as Southern

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takes new legal action, trying block further rail strikes.

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And we have Met Office weather warnings out tomorrow about the risk

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Two men have handed themselves in after a pedestrian was hit

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and killed in Brighton city centre by a car being pursued by police.

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The 78-year-old man died last night, after he was hit

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now

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Friends of the victim say they're "shocked and numb"

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A police chase which ended in the death of an innocent bystander.

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The victim, a 78-year-old man named locally as John.

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Originally from Hungary, possibly homeless and yet

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I think it is very sad that it has happened to him.

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I've only heard this morning about it happening

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Because I was only chatting to him yesterday afternoon.

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At around 10pm last night, a Vauxhall Astra failed to stop

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for police in the Bear Road area of Brighton.

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The car was then chased by police officers into the city centre,

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where it hit the man on the pedestrian crossing

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It was found abandoned a short distance away on Madeira Drive.

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Officers had seen a Vauxhall Astra shortly before this incident and had

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attempted to stop it but it failed to stop for them.

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The officers continued after the vehicle but lost sight of it.

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The IPCC is dealing with that aspect of the investigation.

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There were blue lights were flashing.

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So we looked across and it was clear there was no ambulance there.

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There was one police car, I think, and a body.

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People were crouched around looking at this person in the road.

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At separate times today, two men, both in their 30s and from Brighton,

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Both were arrested on suspicion of causing death

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Sara, how is the investigation progressing?

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I spoke to Sussex Police a little bit are and they said the two men

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were still in custody, held on suspicion of causing death by

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dangerous driving. There are still no word on why the police were

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interested in the Foxhall Astro in the first place, the one involved in

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the pursuit and then the trash. The independent press -- Independent

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Police Complaints Commission has started an investigation. They told

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us this evening they would examine the actions and decisions of the

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police officers in the area at the time. They have the initial accounts

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from those officers but they will also be looking at any available

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CCTV footage and gathering and other evidence, also we can build up a

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picture of what happened here 24 hours ago and re-established the

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sequence of events. A Kent pub has been

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destroyed by fire. Fire crews rescued a man from a flat

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above the Victoria Cross pub in Chatham in the early hours

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of this morning. Local people were asked

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to keep their doors and windows closed because of the risk

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of breathing in toxic smoke, Southern are taking new legal action

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to try to halt further rail strikes. Nearly all Southern trains have been

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brought to a standstill for a second day this week in a dispute over

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whether it's safe or not for drivers rather than guards

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to control train doors. And it's been estimated

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that the strikes will have cost the UK economy almost ?400 million

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by the end of this month. Empty trains, an empty

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station and an empty shop. A lack of football at Eastbourne

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station means a sharp downturn in business

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for this copy shop owner. It is heartbreaking

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because we feel we are held ransom because we really do not know

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what we can do about things getting We are relying on commuters,

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we are losing that business because Half of the staff have

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been laid off here within the last year and owner Bella

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is worried that instead of celebrating the cafe's third

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anniversary in May, she will be Other independent retailers

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are also suffering. And no further action. It's a

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measure backed by the local MP. They have an obligation to the hundreds

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of thousands of passengers who pay and are not getting the service they

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pay for or that they need. It is entirely appropriate that any

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action, legal action or whatever, is taken to try to bring these strikes

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to an end. But with three more strikes scheduled, local businesses

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are calling for the government to intervene.

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A statement has been issued in the last half-hour. The put a full and

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comprehensive offer on the table. They say there are still waiting to

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hear back and they also say that the lines of communication are no open

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with the RMT and their door is always open and they are trying to

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resolve this dispute. Meanwhile, Eastbourne chamber of commerce

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middle of the real minister and they said that the real minister needs to

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understand that this isn't just impacting on commuters, it is

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impacting on the communities up and down the economy.

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A change in the law is needed to make it illegal for lorries

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to park on residential roads and in lay-bys.

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That's the call from Kent County Councillors in response

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to the littering and noise making people's lives a misery.

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Now, plans are being drawn up for a series of lorry parks but -

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as Simon Jones reports - it's not clear who would pay

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Sandra Mallory and Janet Watton, who live near the port of Dover,

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say up to 30 lorries park up their street each night, keeping

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Urine in bottles - when it's in a bottle -

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You can't walk up there with your children or your animals

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This police patrol off the A2 found lorry after lorry

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A bit further on, one has even decided to stop

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Lorry drivers parked up legally here today say it can be difficult

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Seven o'clock at night, you'll not get in here.

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That's when you see them parked on slip roads.

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They need a lorry park and they need lots of them.

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It will upset locals, but they've got to go somewhere.

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In England, it is difficult, parking.

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I am driving very long time here, I know where you are parking,

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where is the possible bays, where is the toilet, shower.

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In 2015, two million HGVs entered through the Port of Dover

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and Eurotunnel from Europe, with over 10,000 lorries

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The number of freight vehicles using the Dartford Crossing

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A big lorry park is already planned at Stanford

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to counter Operation Stack, but Kent County Council is proposing

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up to five new lorry parks, potentially near Sheerness,

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Dartford, Maidstone and Tonbridge, though it wouldn't identify

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It believes a change in the law would necessary.

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I've asked the minister and his officers to look

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at the concept of a law which says that you cannot park a lorry

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for longer than perhaps three quarters of an hour -

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which is the time that you have to rest up every so often -

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unless you are parked in an authorised place.

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But the big question, who would pay to build the parks?

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Residents wanting an end to the noise and litter say

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But even if land is found for new lorry parks, it has to go

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through the planning process, there's likely to be quite some

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opposition and there is the question of who is going to pay for them.

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The county council says it doesn't have the cash and it would have

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Simon Jones, BBC South East Today, Dover.

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Just time to let you know that tomorrow morning Radio Kent will be

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looking at how GPs have been posted to accident and emergency

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departments at the QEQM Hospital in Margate,

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to try and cut down on unnecessary admissions.

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But that's it from me, we'll have the national

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weather in a moment, first here the forecast

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Today was dry and mailed and quite different from tomorrow. Warnings

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particularly for the tail end of the afternoon. Also a good deal of rain

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and some truly blessed today, bitterly cold winter as well.

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QuickCam through tonight. Overnight lows of two or three Celsius,

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initially try if you're up early for Thursday and temperatures initially

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not too bad. If anything, rising first thing as we see that rain. The

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wind coming from a north-westerly direction and bitterly cold beer

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meeting that agreement will turn it to snow and sleet, particularly

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during the tail end of the afternoon, we will expect to see

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more in the way of snow. Temperatures tomorrow reach highs of

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seven or eight Celsius, with the wind

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potentially leading us into a chilly start to the weekend. Time for the

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national weather prospects if you are on the move.

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Good evening, a lot going on with the weather in the next few days,

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numerous weather warnings in for so buried in mind if you have travel

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plans. Lots of isobars on the chart overnight which means it will be

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windy for all. The strongest winds in Scotland, lots of wintry showers

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with snow getting down to increasingly low levels and some

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wintry showers in Northern Ireland and northern England. A cold night

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for Northern England, particularly in more rural spots, frosty and I

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see for some and some of the snow really blowing around over higher

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ground in Scotland. Strong wind and further snow to take us into

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tomorrow. It may well make for some tricky travelling conditions. The

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forecast for tomorrow in the southern half of the UK's quite

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tricky. We have got mild air bumping into colder air. The boundary

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between

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