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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Polly Evans.
Crisis talks as teachers threaten strike action,
after a pupil allegedly carried out a serious attack
A return to a full service on Southern is promised next week,
with Aslef union members suspending strike action.
We'll be live in London with the details of the talks and political
reaction. The Kent family desperate to raise
a quarter of a million pounds for pioneering cancer treatment
for their two-year-old daughter. The last south of Florence willing
to her third birthday is the happiest tumour taken out of there.
-- to have this. The call for a bald emoji
to represent hair loss from a Sussex woman who suffered with alopecia
for eight years. And a rare find - the letters
uncovered in an historic Kent house shining a light on the life
of 17th century nobility. A Kent school has held crisis talks
after teachers said they would go on strike following a "serious"
assault on a member The National Union of Teachers has
accused the administration at St Gregory's Catholic School
of 'failing its duty' to protect staff after the assault,
which is believed to have The industrial action
is being called "unprecedented" and could take place
next week due to concerns that the student involved
had not been expelled Tonight, the NUT said "the safety
and welfare of staff and other Our education correspondent
Bryony Mackenzie reports. The school said the incident
happened before Christmas when the students were described as being in
very high spirits. The people in question was suspended but it is can
now return to school. Parents today were concerned about the situation.
I can understand that teachers want to ballot to strike because of their
safety. The pupils should be expelled or bring the parent into
sort out the situation. In a letter to parents today, the school said,
please be assured the school has followed procedures as they take
such matters very seriously. They say they been working closely with
the union to resolve the issue. A recent survey of teachers found that
four in ten had the violence from pupils. -- experienced violence. The
no touch rule has since been scrapped to give more control to
headteachers to remove pupils from classroom. They watch to weigh up
all the factors. Is it a repeat incident? Is it a particular one of,
strong incident? There are very tight rules. The Government once the
number of exclusions down. You shouldn't feel unsafe in your
workplace. That should never be a scenario that has to happen with a
teacher in position they have the When something happens and a pupil
could then cause trouble again, it has to be stamped out because every
other people seized and he's getting away with it. Talks between the
draft and the union are an getting July. -- the trust. -- are ongoing
tonight. Well, Bryony Mackenzie
joins me in the studio. Do we know what more
happened during this incident? We guarantee. That is the sticking
point. There is clear disagreement between the teacher and head
teacher. The teachers think it will threaten their safety but the
headteacher and it is not serious enough to the pupil. The Government
guidelines say expulsion has to be a last resort and excluding pupils
with special educational needs should be avoided. This is
unprecedented. We are waiting to hear about the outcome of the
meeting between the trust and the union tonight but if this goes
ahead, other teachers who experienced violence in classrooms
will be looking towards this action are thinking, we experienced this
every day, is this something we should consider as well? Thank you.
Hundreds of thousands of long-suffering passengers who use
Southern Rail have been promised the return of a full train service -
The announcement by Southern comes after Aslef, the train
drivers' union, suspended three days of strikes next week,
as well as an overtime ban, to allow fresh peace talks
Southern says it will run more than 70% of its trains next Monday -
when RMT Union action is taking place -
that's 10% more of its normal timetable than operated
And routes which were previously suspended -
to Hastings and Lewes to Haywards Heath -
Could the talks going on behind these walls finally bring an end to
this bitter dispute? Southern's build an announcement that services
will return to pre-industrial action levels suggests the train company is
confident, something even the Prime Minister reflected today. The Prime
Minister read dot-mac share my cautious optimism that this action
from Aslef and Southern can provide a long-term solution? I do. I have
those around the table agreed that we can see an agreement reached
national enable passengers to get on with their lives, jobs and not
suffer the misery brought about them any striker Nicklas Place. -- by the
strike. Amongst all this talk of overtime, strikes, and sickness
days, Aslef announced it would suspend action while toxic place.
They best time, from the TUC, that they will get somewhere. We need to
get this resolved and people say it's time the railway service
divided the service it is mostly. This has been each year for Southern
to restore its full service. That means, in Sievert, getting their
trains back after weeks of replacement bus services. --
Seaford. We have people trying to get to work, university, hospital
appointments. Crucial journeys have become an all-day experience at
times and people will be very Damocles the train service is back.
-- very pleased. How confident are the edge of their back to normal? If
they say it all go back to normal, I am confident because they have been
firmly know so far. 70%. Not confident at all. Why? Because it's
been going on so If they are talking, great. I would like a
resolution, though. The people paying the price are hard-working
people. From staff and passengers the management and ministers, there
will be able to finger crossed over the next few days. There certainly
well. In a moment, we'll be getting
the reaction in Westminster from our political editor,
Helen Catt but first we'll speak to our reporter Sara Smith
who is outside the building where the talks between Southern
and Aslef are being held In the last couple of minutes, we
have been told that those talks have finished for the day. The message
from those sharing the talks is that they had constructive discussions
and are looking forward to continuing tomorrow. -- chairing.
They will be back tomorrow. Southern must be fairly confident things will
be resolved otherwise why make that announcement about the timetable? If
the talks then failed got people's hopes up for no reason. Then the
reputation would be in tatters. The strike goes ahead from Monday but
from Tuesday, normal service should resume. Thank you.
Our political editor Helen Catt is in Westminster.
The Prime Minister said she was optimistic. Do the MPs relay this?
You heard the phrase cautious is correct. It's something that has
filled the post banks of MPs for months now, terrible stories from
constituents but there is a real recognition that resolving the
dispute is just one part of sorting out the longer-term problems on
Southern. -- post bags. If it is resolved, we will see an immediate
switch of political focus back to sorting out the long-term problems.
Getting Government and vestments to sort out the tracks, scrutiny of
southern and how they operate. All those arguments about stripping the
franchise and breaking it up to something small that getting brought
right back to the fore again. Thank you.
How a population boom in Medway means the local hospital
A Kent family say they've been left "speechless" and "humbled"
after more than ?80,000 was raised in less than 48
hours for pioneering medical treatment to save their two-year-old
daughter, who is battling a rare, cancerous tumour.
Carolyn and Rodney Jackson from Tunbridge Wells are desperate
to raise a quarter of a million pounds to fly their daughter
Florence to New York for what they hope is "life-saving" surgery.
They said it's their last attempt after doctors in the UK said
it was too dangerous to remove the tumour.
Due 1/2-year-old Florence is very poorly. She has a tumour in her
abdomen. According to her parents, they say they are unable to remove
it and that Florence may just have weeks to live. But the family is not
giving up hope. -- Two and half years old. We need to get this
tumour taken out of her otherwise it will kill her. You like your child.
You say, no, I'm not giving up. We need to know we've exhausted all
avenues. She is two years old. She doesn't deserve this at all.
Florence's parents are trying to raise money to take her to New York
in the hope that a specialist surgeon then we'll get her
life-saving surgery. They've yet to speak the surgeon concerned and it's
not clear whether or not he can help, but, in little over two days,
the family has raised more than ?80,000. He has a consumers out
there that are deemed impossible to take out any UK, so that's why we
are putting our Lascaux on him. -- he has taken out tumours. --
Lascaux. Florence had surgery last March but doctors were unable to
stop its growth through radiotherapy and chemotherapy. At a charity, we
see this every day, where the options have been explored in the
NHS and families were to travel abroad often to the U S a and that's
where, often, there are clinical trials and new options for treatment
available. -- USA. Florence is being cared for at this hospital, who
wouldn't tell us why surgery was not possible. Her parents say she is due
to have more chemotherapy this weekend in attempts to reduce the
tumour's size. A Surrey police officer has been
convicted of sex offences and sentenced to seven
and a half years in prison. PC David Harriott, aged
61, was on secondment to the National Police Air Service,
from 2012-2015 and previously the Air Support Unit at the time
of the offences and has been suspended since his
arrest in July 2015. A handyman has been
jailed for stealing from 66-year-old Michael Ward,
from Chatham, was sentenced to ten months in prison after the court
heard he stole jewellery worth around ?2,000 from the victim
between 2013 and 2015. Eurotunnel has told the BBC
that it has stopped 21,000 migrant attempts to get
into Britain in 2016. The company unveiled its latest
security initiative today, a fleet of drones -
which, combined with 570 cctv cameras and miles of fencing,
have created what it calls Both the British and French
governments have backed the initiative and tonight the MP
for Dover called the figures from Eurotunnel shocking and said
they demonstrate why it was vital A fancy video and a fanfare praising
French and British co-operation has resulted in Fortress Eurotunnel.
That is the view of one French official at the launch of new
security measures today. The boss of the Channel Tunnel said cutting edge
technology has made the site safer than ever before. We have electronic
sensors, cameras, barriers, anything we can do, day or night, full
control of the general. A major improvement in security and that is
because last year, Eurotunnel said there was 21,000 attempts to break
into the side. Despite that, no services were halted as an addition
to this, Eurotunnel has committed to spend 20 million euros each year on
security. This has all been welcomed by the UK border force. A new, 2015,
people were literally walking in, thousands the night. Can that happen
now? I would say the measures we have taken place, the figures are
seeing as resulted in a massive decrease in this. Infrastructure
measures have slowed the building down. No, we will not get to those
levels again if we are honest. The new security centre, with its
grounds and 570 cameras, costs 3 million euros. It's unclear how much
is paid by the British governments. --. A secure Eurotunnel site in
Calais, it said, is good for Britain. We want a strong message to
get out. Don't try to make your way towards Oracle PL with the help of
coming in without papers. Because the border is secure. You'll
detected and that's not a way into the UK. -- Calais. Even though the
so-called jungle migrant camp has been demolished, the threat is still
there. One of the country's biggest
hospital trusts could be forced to relocate as council bosses assess
the impact of a planned population The Medway Maritime Hospital
in Gillingham currently serves 100,000 patients at its A
department each year - some 55,000 more than it
was built to cope with. Medway Council this week
launched a consultation looking at the possibility
of moving the Hospital. There was unprecedented demand
on Medway Maritime's emergency department over Christmas
with little let up since. 300 patients still seeking
treatment every day. In the short-term, a new ?18 million
extension to A is near In the longer term, health
bosses say relocating the hospital to a new site may be needed
in the next 20 years. For Joyce Simmons and
her daughter, talk of change is worrying, even though
they see services are stretched. They are on the gall
every time I'm there. I mean, my mum lives
at the bottom of She can't get here, so I've got
to be here to take her up. If it was further afield,
I don't know what would happen. Medway already has high
levels of obesity. Life expectancy for men is below
the national average. By 2035, it's predicted
there will be an additional 31,000 residents
over the age of 65. Medway Council's local plan
is looking at what services I think we're all aware
of what has been going on, certainly over
the last year or so, with Medway
Foundation Trust and in fact with many of the hospitals
across the country, say that they are beginning
to creak at the seams. Therefore, we believe
that the time is right to... Let's just have a look
at what may be But one big question,
who would pay for any We need to see the health
service resourced properly I'm concerned we don't
have the resources coming that we do need today, let alone
in 20 years' time. We need to make sure
that as well as plan we need, as well as houses,
we need infrastructure, Some big issues that may need
some radical solutions. Simon joins us from outside
the Medway Maritime Hospital now. Simon, how likely is
it that the hospital Well, if it happens, it will be
quick because a local plan is examining the period until 2035.
There are also a separate plan being produced by the health bosses for
the next five years and that makes no mention of moving the hospital.
If it happens, it'll be ten or 20 years before it does. The population
of Medway is going to grant by 60,000 over the next 20 years.
That's why it has to look at all possibilities but it's stressing
this is a consultation just going them are getting underway and no
final decisions have been made. --. Thank you.
It's has just gone 15 minutes to seven, this
A Kent school has held crisis talks after teachers said
they would go on strike following a "serious" assault
The National Union of Teachers has accused the administration at St.
Gregory's Catholic School of 'failing its duty' to protect
staff after the assault which is believed to have
Hidden under the floorboards for centuries - the historic letters
that reveal more about life among Kent's nobility in the 1600s.
And we had to of minus seven Celsius in rural sports last night. Will it
be as cold tonight?- the details later in the programme. -- lows.
Three letters written in the 1600s have been
unearthed beneath floorboards at Knole Park in Sevenoaks.
It's one of those discoveries which set tongues wagging among
experts and historians - because they're in excellent
condition after centuries abandoned in dust and rubbish.
They were found during early work in ?20 million project to open
secret parts of the National Trust property to the public.
Robin Gibson was given exclusive access.
I pray provide to be sent to moral in a cart. Their paper time
travellers, re-materialised after more than four centuries. Slightly
worn but still readable. One great fire shovel for your nursery. It is
an earth shattering stuff. More every notes about everyday things.
Like messages between people of the 1600 who didn't make the history
books. But somehow, that is better. We were just investigating what was
under the floorboards, basically. In this area. Even better that they
were discovered by chance as a volunteer archaeologists pick his
way through the tender during conservation work. You certainly
feel that the centuries have disappeared briefly. Looking into
the past and wondering exactly how things were at the time. The
discovery came about because the National Trust is conserving these
vast attic spaces at the back. We're not the first people to be under the
floorboards. There have been people doing things. That has meant
disturbing the floor. In that instance, they swept up and didn't
put in dustpan at the brushing it altogether. They've never thrown it
out. They left it there and watched it on the carpet, the floorboards.
The letters have now been carefully considered for public display. Even
just to CD quality of the paper, a little notes, the nuances of the
handwriting. It's beautiful, you have to say. -- to see the. They are
just bits of paper, but they do bring us closer to people who lived
and worked hair any 1600. It makes you think what other historic gems
are lying, waiting to be discovered here. -- here in the 1600s.
When she was 16, J Jarvis from Eastbourne started losing her hair.
She found it very strange full -- stressful. She wants the world's
smartphone makers to make an OT is of bald people. The -- emojis..
Emojis are little pictures used on smartphones -
and they've become increasingly popular - but also controversial -
Back in 2014 Apple announced plans to increase the ethnic diversity
of emojis after complaints the majority were white.
In 2015, 1000 people backed a campaign to
Jade Jarvis wants emojis of bald men and women to help represent
Eric Kay, said, it started on this side. J Jarvis manages to keep her
hair was well hidden. This site is worse. -- Jade Jarvis. Now 24, her
alopecia started when she was 16. It was really difficult and first.
Really stressful. It was only a knee side of a 50p piece at first. As
much as it was stressful, it was easy to disguise. It wasn't until it
started spreading up the side of my head that it was harder to deal
with. -- the size of. I wouldn't leave the house without a hat or a
food that I could put up. -- hood. When looking through her phone, she
realised there was no emoji with no hair to represent her, so she
decided to speak up. We've got many people who are looking, not just
people with alopecia, so I thought I would speak under half of the whole
hair loss community to try and get Apple to install it. Jade had served
hair that she has lost will grow back Monday but has to be there for
the worst. -- has hoped. Alopecia affects 10% of the population so
it's good to raise awareness. It is also seen as a bit of a taboo at
times with women not wanting to admit they have it. Jade hopes this
will change with a new emoji. It's time for a check on the
weather. Glorious today, Rachel. Yes, hopefully more of the same
tomorrow. Yes, we saw temperatures dropping at
as low as minus seven Celsius. Sir Edward 's good budget is cold.
Glorious sunsets here as well. Average is really poorly denied
again. -- temperatures really fall away again tonight. Not quite as
chilly but still dropping below freezing. Miners to Celsius in more
cruel sports. Just hovering above freezing along beaches. A good deal
of sunshine around. Still this area of high pressure and, for us in the
south east, we still have this really cool air that we are dragging
in from the continent. Lots of sunshine during the morning. By the
afternoon, still some cloud cover around. Quite a bright day. Still
cold. Metal band to day. Today, we reached highs of 2-3 C. Tomorrow,
5-6. Into Friday, less cold. Temperatures hovering around
freezing. Staying drive. There will be some sunshine around. Size of
eight Celsius. Thanks to much, Rachel. That's it
for now. I'll be back at HDM and at 10:30pm.
Hello. I hope you're well. I really do.
Because if you're not, then chances are the NHS won't be able to
look after you as well as it should. And that's wrong.
Because the Labour Party created the NHS 70 years ago on