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The son of a woman who was crushed to death while working at a care

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home in Kent says he's relieved that bosses have finally admitted

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Joan Daws died five days after she was pinned to the wall

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of a lift by a snagged chair at the Laleham Care Home

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KCRH Limited has now admitted health and safety breaches -

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something Simon Daws, Joan's son, told our reporter

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Sara Smith, should never have taken so long.

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For 11 years, Joan worked as a carer here,

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but in 2013, what should have been a straightforward task,

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moving a weighing chair from one floor to another, cost her life.

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She became trapped in the old-fashioned lift at

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It was later revealed that it hadn't been serviced and didn't

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My mum's death could have been avoided by just following

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If you have a lift, they're meant to have it inspected.

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They will give you recommendations for any safety work that needs to be

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If they had put this light sensor in, the accident would never

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Today, the home is under new ownership, but the

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owners at the time have now pleaded guilty to two health

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What this really highlights is that people have

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a responsibility not only for the people who use

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their services but also to the people they employ.

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Joan Dawes died when the handles of the

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weighing chair became trapped in the grill style

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Colleagues heard her scream that she was unable to breathe.

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By the time the fire brigade released her, she

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She fell into a coma and died five days later,

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suffering asphyxia, brain damage and broken ribs.

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The care home's first reaction, he says, was to blame his mum

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Now at last they have accepted wrongdoing.

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We're now at just over three years where they have

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finally pleaded guilty, and I'm glad that we are near

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the end of the process, but nothing brings back my mum.

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They will be sentenced at Crown Court where

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they will be expecting hefty fine.

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A man's been arrested after more than ?17,000

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worth of fireworks were stolen from a storage

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The 26 year old was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen

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goods and has now been released on bail.

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A Bulgarian gang which smuggled nine illegal immigrants through the Port

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of Dover have been jailed for a total of 28 years.

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Maidstone Crown Court heard how they used garlic bulbs to put

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They hid the migrants - which included a family

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from Afghanistan - in special containers inside a van.

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The judge called it a "sophisticated, well-organised

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Sussex Police are appealing for information after the body

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of a man was found inside a house following a fire in St Leonards.

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This footage contains flashing images.

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Fire crews were called to the property in West Hill Road

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The cause of the blaze is currently being treated as unexplained.

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East Sussex Fire and rescue were already convincing. Unfortunately,

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when they went into the premises they found one deceased male,

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identity unknown at this stage. We are following up from there.

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Obviously there is a lot of forensic examination to go this time.

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Hundreds of drivers in the South East have been flouting

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the law by illegally using disabled parking permits - some even

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using permits belonging to relatives who have died -

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Nationally, more than 2.4 million disabled people

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But East Sussex County Council says it believes as many as 1 in 5

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And since January last year, more than 300 badges have been

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Five days a week, he's on the streets of East Sussex,

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a colleague covers Brighton and Hove.

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With identification badge on display,

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there is nothing secret about these investigation officers.

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They probably know more than you think.

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From the front of the badge, we can establish a bit of information.

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We can establish the sex of that badge-holder, and also the age.

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From that, we would also have a look within the vehicle, maybe look at

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seating positions, depending on whether it was a male or female,

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but we would also look for any signs of disability equipment,

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This car caught the inspector's eye this morning.

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The interior didn't suggest an elderly

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lady driver, but it turned out no offence had been committed.

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Some people are repeat offenders, though.

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This doctor was recently convicted in court for using his

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dead mother's badge, and as he left court,

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it turned out he had parked illegally for the court

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It is cases like that which have made the two local

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councils join Sussex Police to produce a video.

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I could be ill for days because somebody has not

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They can go five minutes away and walk

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The video now forms part of a training course

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offered as an alternative to a court appearance, a ?1000 fine and a

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On the streets today, full support from the blue

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I think it is the best thing, because there are so

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many people who are abusing them, and as soon as they get caught it

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gives people who need the space more chance.

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I have personally seen people going into Tesco and parking in the

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disabled bay, getting out of the car and then running into Tesco and I'm

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How difficult could it be for you if you can't

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Well, if I can't park, I have to go home.

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A high percentage are going to be family

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members, whether it is with the badge holder's

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We may find that people, either through ignorance or lack of

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education, are carrying out those errors and we're trying to that out.

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Hello, can I have a quick check please?

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Other councils and police forces, including Kent and Surrey,

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are now considering using the Sussex and Brighton scheme themselves.

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That's it from me, your national weather forecast in a moment,

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but first let's get the picture in the South East

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It is still looking quite wintry through the remainder of tonight and

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for the first part of the weekend as well. The Met office has issued a

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warning for snowfall across the rest of the region for tonight and

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tomorrow. Not all of us will see snow showers but it will be quite

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heavy around eastern Kent and at lower levels, mainly falling as snow

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-- rain and sleet. With temperatures below freezing, it could be an icy

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start to Saturday morning. Looking grey with further showers, and

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feeling really cold. Just two or three degrees with a wind chill as

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well. Sunday, a similar sort of day, starting with sleet and rain showers

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but brightening up by the course of the afternoon. Not quite as cold.

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Temperatures at 46 degrees. I'll leave you

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exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be

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a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold

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However I paint this weekend's picture, I'll need a palette of

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grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud around but I managed to find some

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sunshine. I don't know how but there was a couple of hours towards the

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south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful day. The south-west saw glimpses of

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sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold and grey with winds off the North

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seep and a scattering of wintry showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a

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dusting at lower levels through the day. It brought this beautiful

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picture on the outskirts of Aberdeenshire. But enough

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