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MPs call on the Government to deal That's all from the
MPs call on the Government to deal with that strike action that is
upcoming and Southern Rail. Tributes are paid to a Kent father
who died after falling from a pram We're live in Sutton
Valence with reaction. MPs call on the Government
to settle the Southern rail crisis ahead of further strike
action next week. And less than two years
after he joined Gillingham, a home defeat seals his fate
as Justin Edinburgh Sussex MPs are calling
on the Government to announce its plan to end the bitter
Southern Rail dispute. Commuters returning to work this
morning after the Christmas break faced delays and disruption
on Southern services, which the operator is blaming
on the overtime ban by drivers There was an encouraging meeting
with the Prime Minister just before the Christmas break, and we were
told that plans would be in place if the strikes had not been resolved. I
have not had any details of what those plans are, and I will be
pushing ministers and the Secretary of State for more information for my
constituents. What is the plan to help my constituents get about their
daily lives? Well, I'm joined now from Lewes
by our reporter, Natalie Graham. but it wasn't a smooth start
to the new year, was it? No, miserable beginning to 2017 for
rail passengers in Sussex. Many of them beginning the New Year as they
ended the last year, and rail replacement buses, operating as
normal now, even though this is not a strike day. The 72 hour strike
that began on New Year's Day has ended, but there was widespread
destruction this morning. -- disruption. That is because of an
overtime ban from union members. They had this meeting before
Christmas, they believe there has been activity behind-the-scenes at
the Department of Transport and number ten over Christmas, but they
were hoping to have something to report to their constituents by now,
a plan of action to show that this will not go on for ever. Passengers
this morning on the Brighton line had a miserable start to the week.
The Government should stop the fare increase until they have sorted out
what is going on here with Southern Rail. It has gone on for too long.
It is ridiculous. The increases are out of keeping with salary increases
and all the rest. It is a pretty awful situation altogether.
And, Natalie, all this on a day that the rail fares increase?
Indeed. They have risen by an average of over 2%. For Southern
passages in particular, especially those affected by the disruption
today, that feels like insult to injury. The Government says it is
necessary to carry out its programme of modernisation, but that is the
modernising process or as the units would have it, changes that are
endangering passenger safety, but are the heart of this dispute. Thank
you. And a reminder that we're hosting
a special Question Time-style debate about the ongoing crisis on
Southern rail services this Sunday, If you live or work in the south
east and want to be in the audience, send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org with your details
and how you've been affected. A man who died after falling
from a flat in St Leonards-on-Sea has been named locally
as 25-year-old Dan Dawson. It's thought he fell from four
storeys up after an incident in the early hours
of New Year's Day. Two men and two women
from St Leonards have been bailed until March after being arrested
on suspicion of murder. Another man from Hertfordshire
has also been bailed. BBC South East has discovered
websites selling fake degrees for universities in the south east,
despite a major crackdown. The Government has shut down more
than 40 sites in 18 months. But a number of sites in the Far
East are still offering certificates for institutions including
the Universities of Sussex, Tributes have been paid
to a Kent man who died during a charity pram
race on New Year's Day. 52-year-old Francis O'Sullivan,
known as Titch, suffered a head
injury after he fell from a pram at the event in Sutton Valence
near Maidstone His sister has described him
as a great brother, dad and uncle. Our reporter, Chrissie Reidy,
is in Sutton Valence now. What's been the reaction
from people you've spoken to? This village is in mourning today.
People have been coming this morning and yesterday, laying flowers to pay
their respects. But it is still very raw and for those residents I spoke
to this morning, this tragedy still is sinking in.
There have been known incidents in There have been known incidents in
the past. -- no incidents. It is a joy, and it was a shock to everyone.
Everyone is in mourning for this chap. We are very, very sad to hear
the news and shocked. It started off as a day of fun, really, and it was
something look forward to buy the whole village.
Chrissie, this annual event has been held there for more than 30 years.
What response has there been from the organisers?
They haven't said anything yet but, as you said, it has been going for
more than 30 years. A well-established charity fundraiser,
they have raised thousands of pounds over the years. One woman who did
not want to appear on camera said it is a very well marshalled event,
safety has always been a priority, there are bales of hay around the
course. She also said she did see him and his crew dressed in RAF
costumes, they saluted as they went past. In her words, they were going
very fast but they looked happy. Of course, he was airlifted to hospital
having suffered a serious head injury. It was confirmed he died at
about 1am this morning. Thank you.
Gillingham have sacked their manager, Justin Edinburgh,
after just under two years with the League One side.
Yesterday's 1-0 defeat at home to Oxford was described
by club chairman Paul Scally as "the final straw".
The Gills have lost 11 of their 25 league matches this season
Meanwhile, there were impressive wins for Brighton, Charlton
and Crawley yesterday, with the Seagulls' victory at Fulham
sending them two points clear at the top of the Championship.
Brighton continued their impressive form in the Championship
is they beat Fulham 2-1 away from home.
and were awarded an early penalty in the 15th minute.
That was saved by the Seagulls' keeper, David Stockdale.
With their tails up, Fulham opened the scoring.
However, the game turned when their opponents levelled
Lewis Dunk then scored Brighton's winner two minutes later.
Charlton Athletic came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers 4-1
Jermaine Easter was handed a 15th-minute opener
Striker Josh Magennis was the star of the show for the Addicks,
Just after it, Jorge Teixeira made it 3-1 for Charlton
who scored his first hat-trick of his career.
And Crawley claimed revenge for their 5-0 thrashing at Yeovil
a month ago with a comfortable home victory over the Glovers.
First half goals came from defender Josh Yorwerth
and striker James Collins from the penalty spot,
which gave the hosts their first points of the festive season.
Well, we are certainly finishing the day on a much cloudier note
It was cold, it was frosty, it was icy,
and some beautiful sunrises as well, as captured
by our weather watcher Kentclouds in Gravesend this morning.
So thank you very much for posting that.
As we head into the afternoon, though,
Some of us have still got a few bright hours ahead of us.
and that will make quite a big difference to temperatures,
getting up to about five or six Celsius.
As we head through tonight, we are holding onto that cloud.
so it's not going to be quite as cold as it was last night.
But with the north-westerly breeze also picking up,
and that will be quite fresh, temperatures getting down
to about two or three degrees Celsius tonight.
For tomorrow, some of that cloud is going to be with us first thing.
We will also see a few outbreaks of rain.
Not for everyone, and it should be fairly light,
but that cloud should break up fairly early on in the day,
and then we have some beautiful winter sunshine on offer.
So a largely fine and dry day for many of us,
with highs or six or seven degrees Celsius.
Thursday morning, though, we can expect a widespread frost.
A very cold start to the day, perhaps some fog patches,
But some beautiful sunshine later on.
Friday, not so much - a bit more cloud around
as a band of rain pushes southwards later on in the day
But that clears in time for the weekend.
So a largely cloudy weekend with still a little chill in the air.
We're back with the evening news from 6:30pm.