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Today's main headlines in the South East:

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A man's body has been found after a severe

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A man's body has been found after a house fire in Sussex -

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A huge rise in the number of people smuggling operations distrupted -

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MPs discuss issues uncovered by this programme.

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It feels like winter. If you are hoping for a bit of snow, there is

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some in the forecast. I will tell you where and when, at the end of

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the programme. The body of a man has been

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found inside a house Fire crews were called

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to the property in West Hill Road in St Leonards just

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after 5.30pm this afternoon. The cause of the fire is currently

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being treated as unexplained. Our reporter Jon Hunt

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is live at the scene. Jon, what more do we know

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about the incident? Six fire engines were sent to the

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scene along with the police and paramedics and specialist medics

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from the heart team. They are sent to deal with hazardous incidents.

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Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus were here for around five

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hours. But sadly they discovered the body of a man inside the property.

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The property has been significantly damaged by fire and smoke. A lot of

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damage around the entrance hall. There appears to be smoke damage and

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broken windows on the first floor as well. Smoke did spread to a

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neighbouring property and residents in that property had to be evacuated

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as well. Is there any more information about the cause? The

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police say at the moment it is treated as an unexplained fire. The

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scene has been secured. I foresee a significant investigation, probably

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in the morning, with forensic teams working closely with the fire teams.

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Aside from the man who died, police said there had been no other

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injuries. The coroner has been informed. Officers are asking for

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anything or have any information anything or have any information

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about what could have caused this fire. Thank you.

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A body has been found by rescuers searching for a Sussex kayaker

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Dominic Jackson, originally from Uckfield, was reported

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He'd failed to return from a sea kayaking trip off

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A kayak believed to belong to him was recovered earlier this week.

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A pedestrian's died after being hit by a car on the A27

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The driver of the car, a 58-year-old man from Climping,

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has been arrested on suspicion of causing death

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Despite treatment by paramedics, the 59 year-old victim

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The bosses of a care home in Herne Bay have pleaded guilty

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to health and safety failings that led to the death

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Joan Daws suffered fatal crush injuries after a large chair tipped

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against her in a lift at Laleham Residential Home.

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The case has been sent to Canterbury Crown

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BBC South East Today can exclusively reveal that there's been

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a significant spike in the number of people smuggling operations

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A 32% jump was revealed at a special meeting

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It was prompted by our investigation which discovered smugglers in Paris

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getting people to Kent by putting them on lorries owned

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Here's our Special Correspondent Colin Campbell.

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It was an investigation revealing how Paris has become a hub for

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TRANSLATION: They will fit you in a way that even the

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We exposed a gang offering us guaranteed passage

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to England in the back of trucks, transporting produce for the

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Our findings prompted two Kent MPs to

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demand a private meeting with Government ministers.

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What the BBC did was absolutely fantastic.

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That was the sort of evidence I think Border Force need.

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They can't be everywhere at all times.

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Top marks to the BBC for what they did.

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It's been acted upon and let's hope that that is another

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route into the country, big smuggling operations,

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worth ?5,000 per person, you know, this big money,

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The latest figures we have gained show an increase

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in the targeting of smuggling gangs by the authorities.

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In 2015, 140 smuggling operations were disrupted.

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Last year, that figure went up to 185.

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We understand the Home Office expects the figure for this

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While some consider it positive news, others

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believe our fight against smuggling gangs is being hindered.

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We would argue they are not succeeding in combating

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We're having some success, but the sad reality is we are seeing

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increased attempts of getting across the borders.

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As we showed last autumn, the demolition of

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Calais' migrants camp has resulted in gangs targeting UK-bound vehicles

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The Home Office say they are working closely with

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their French counterparts to break up the smuggling operations.

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Our reporter Peter Whittlesea has been following the story for us.

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This programme's investigation prompted the MPs to meet,

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do they feel enough is being done to tackle the problem?

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They said that from the meeting, the gang we exposed in that report were

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actually being looked into by the French authorities. And on this side

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of the Channel, the British authorities are trying to see what

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they are doing here. British and French governments have said for a

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long time, the only way to crack down on people smugglers is joint

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cooperation. The Home Office says it is actually happening, hence the

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increase in detection rates. But the union that represents border force

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workers said that good work could be put in jeopardy because they are

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facing 15% cuts. MPs are concerned migrant camps are reforming and

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people smugglers are returning. You have been to Calais recently, is

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that the situation on the ground? Last week I was in Calais and

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charity workers said there are up to 500 migrants who have returned to

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the Calais area. The official camp at Dunkirk has increased to 1500

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migrants. I spoke to migrants who said there are people smugglers back

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in the area touting for business. This is the concern of MPs like

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Craig McKinley, his say more camps could crop up and more people

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smugglers could be going back to France.

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Four years ago Alfie Peak was attacked in Bexhill

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after an argument over a bag of chips.

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Last October the four men who continued to beat him even

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when he was unconscious were jailed for a total of 55 years.

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Despite suffering life changing injuries, Alfie and his partner

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

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He has 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 me before,

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that he felt his life was over, really.

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Alfie Peak suffered a catastrophic brain 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 which left Alfie

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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's 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 spills 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 that because you can't do all those other

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things that it makes you not a very good dad.

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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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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 South East

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You are quite excited by the talk of snow. I started the programme

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talking about the risk of snow tomorrow. Overnight into Saturday is

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when you are likely to see the risk. We have showers filtering in just

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from the cloud we have had today. The temperatures in our town is

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holding up slightly above freezing, but below freezing elsewhere. Watch

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out for ice tomorrow morning. There might be a dusting on the ground at

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high levels. But it is tomorrow evening when we start to see a risk

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of showers coming through. Temperatures struggling tomorrow,

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two or three degrees. As we go through tomorrow night, a feature

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running in from the North Sea to our part of the world and that is

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introducing some showers as it comes in overnight. We are talking about

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the risk of snow. Let's have a look at how we start Saturday morning. We

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could have, over higher ground, maybe a centimetre or two. They are

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hit and miss. As we go through Saturday afternoon, temperatures

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struggling again but coming up a little bit. Won't feel any great

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shakes, because what is happening through the second half of the

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weekend, the wind will pick up and it will feel raw. N'Gales along the

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coast on Sunday. Any Outlook, temperatures coming up a little bit,

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but it will feel very cold sleet and snow. The outlook, Sunday

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will turn a bit less cold again. All the way up seven Celsius.

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At this time of year we can often get the weather stories that reflect

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