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The gangs exploiting children to bring drugs into Kent

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Children as young as 11 are being used as drug mules,

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selling drugs, or hiding drugs for major drug

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Accused of breaking legal limits by stockpiling

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a mountain of mattresses - a Kent businessman tells a court

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We're live at Canterbury Crown Court.

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M25 road rage killer Kenneth Noye launches a legal challenge to be

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The worrying rise in sheep-worrying - farmers say the south east

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suffered more attacks than the whole of scotland last year.

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It's been the set for Call The Midwife, and scores of movies.

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Now, Chatham's historic dockyard will benefit

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A national plan is needed urgently to crack down on the criminal gangs

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exploiting inner-city children as young as 11 to sell

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That's the view of councillors from 19 local authorities

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who've written a joint letter to the Home Secretary, claiming

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the issue "has the potential to be the next grooming scandal".

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They say vulnerable children are being coerced into selling drugs

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in market towns and seaside resorts, but the justice system

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views them as criminals, rather than victims,

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It's been called a poison that is spreading out from the capital and

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seeping deeper and deeper into the south-east. At last count, more than

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181 urban gangs sending upward of 800 people in two counties like

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Children as young as 11 acting as careers. Many

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are groomed into the role. From London, it's very easy to travelling

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to Essex, into Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Thames Valley.

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They are not travelling any further than that because we are the closest

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counties. Francis is a former gang member who now runs a charity

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helping to educate young people. They are exploiting young children

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to sell drugs. The impact on that young child is huge. They are

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grooming children to become drug dealers or to sell drugs for major

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drug dealers from London. So it's a safeguarding matter. We can't just

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turn a blind eye to it. We need to address it. Today in what was called

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an unprecedented move, 19 London boroughs have written to the Home

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Secretary calling for action. They say gang leaders are using serious

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violence, kidnap and weapons and ruthless debt control to manipulate

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young people. They say they believe it has the potential to be the next

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grooming scandal. We've known for some time that there have been

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London gangs coming down to Kent, particularly in Thanet, where it is

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often reported London gangs are responsible for a lot of the drugs

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trade. But the thought young vulnerable children in Centre this

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trade is very worrying. Nick is the former head of Kent Police's drug

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squad. They are using vulnerable people, people who they know have

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probably got no want to report to, come back to, their parents, it's

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probably a dysfunctional family, and they use that vulnerability to their

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own advantage and don't give a dam for the welfare of anyone else. With

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the threat of the drug gangs seemingly diving deeper into the

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south-east, a call today to bring in new measures to battle a trait that

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is now using Child exploitation to maximise profits.

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Piers what has the Home Office had to say tonight?

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Just be clear, those 19 London borough is called for this. They

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called for a clear national strategy and action plan from the Home

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Office. We put that to the Home Office and this is what they told us

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tonight. They said, this was an issue that was being addressed by

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the government. They were looking at this exporting of drug trafficking

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from London. The Minister for safeguarding, Sarah Newton, said

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that we are working with local law enforcement agencies and local

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charities to tackle this and have formed a new agency to tackle gang

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problems. How effective that has been in areas like the south-east

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will be judged in the coming months and years.

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A businessman accused of blighting a Kent village with a mountain

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of discarded mattresses has told a court his personal life

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was "an absolute living hell" at the time he was trying

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Lewis Bertram - who ran a recycling business

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in Smarden near Ashford - is accused of having more

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than double the amount of waste he was allowed on site.

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But he told Canterbury Crown Court today that that figure

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was "impossible", as Simon Jones reports.

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Piled high, a potential fire risk and environmental

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Lewis Bertram's business took on mattresses and recycled

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The jury was told he had a strict limit of possessing 1000 tonnes

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The Environment Agency believes the total weight

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Lewis Bertram, though, described that as an impossible estimation.

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Physically, he said, it's impossible to carry that sort

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He told the court there was 500-800 tonnes maximum.

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He said he didn't store mattresses outside.

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He admitted he'd been going through a difficult time personally.

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"My home life, my personal life, was an absolute living hell.

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It affected my functionality in my everyday life completely.

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He said he had been surviving on two hours sleep per night.

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Mr Bertram admitted the site was never going to look

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He said he'd paid for a shredder to help clear it,

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He insisted he had been trying his level best to appease

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He described himself as passionate about his business.

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Lewis Bertram denies knowingly permitting the deposit of waste

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on land without an environmental permit and failing to comply

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Simon Jones reporting - and he joins us outside

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What happened during Mr Bertram's cross-examination?

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prosecution asked him to look at a number of photos which it said

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showed that he was clearly storing mattresses outside, which he wasn't

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allowed to do. But he said that those photos may have been taken on

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days when new mattresses had just been delivered before being taken

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inside. The judge then asked him to look at three different photo was

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taken over a period of six months and asked him if they showed the

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same waste in those pictures. He said no. This afternoon the defence

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finished their case and the jury is expected to be sent out tomorrow.

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Anger from the RMT, as the union members say

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they'll strike on Monday after being shut out from talks

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The notorious road rage killer Kenneth Noye -

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who stabbed a man to death on a Kent motorway - has launched a High Court

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appeal for the right to be moved to open prison conditions.

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The 69-year-old was given a life sentence for the murder of

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Our reporter Charlie Rose has been following the story

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Charlie, in 2015 the Parole Board recommended transferring

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Noye to an open prison, but that was rejected

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by the Justice Secretary at the time, Michael Gove.

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In the year 2000, gangland criminal Kenneth Noye was jailed for life

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with a minimum term of 16 years for stabbing Stephen Cameron to death.

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In 2015 he may have believed he was on the road to release but the door

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was slammed shut by then Justice Secretary Michael Gove over public

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safety fears. Stephen Cameron's parents were relieved by that

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decision and this is how they reacted at the time.

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We are so relieved that finally, we've got justice again for Stephen.

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It's nice that he's kept in there and can't harm anyone else.

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Kenneth Noye is never very far from my thoughts.

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I hope he comes out of that prison in a wooden box.

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Now Kenneth Noye is in a High Court battle in an attempt to be moved to

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open prison conditions. They judge in London is being asked to rule on

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whether the decision to reject the parole board's recommendations were

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unlawful and irrational with Kenneth Noye's lawyer arguing the Justice

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Secretary at the time didn't give the recommendations enough weight.

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But the current Justice Secretary Liz Truss says there was nothing

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irrational in the decision and the hearing continues.

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Council tax in West Sussex is set to rise by almost 4%,

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under proposals put forward by county councillors today.

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The authority is facing a budget shortfall of more than ?41 million,

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and says the council tax increase would raise more than 15 million.

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A teenager's been arrested following a stabbing in Brighton.

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An 18 year old boy was taken to hospital after the attack at

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19-year-old Elson Brito, from Brighton, has been charged

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Southern Rail managers have urged the RMT Union to call off a 24-hour

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It follows the suspension of three days of strikes that the Aslef Union

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Aslef and Southern have spent a second day in talks aimed

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at ending their industrial dispute over the safety of driver-only

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operation, but the RMT are angry that they've been excluded.

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It's absolutely ridiculous that our members have been out,

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They are not even allowed to come to the table

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If there's going to be any resolution for either of these

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disputes, either the drivers or the guards, then the RMT need

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Our reporter Sara Smith joins us live from Westminster.

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Sara, has there been any news from the talks

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going on between Southern and Aslef today?

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They adjourned for the day about an hour ago. Those chairing them, the

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TUC, said they had made further progress today, and would be

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reconvening tomorrow. The good news, after two full days they are talking

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and will carry on talking. As far as the RMT's comments, a spokesperson

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from the TUC today said that Aslef had come to them asking them to

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intervene. That's what they were focusing on. It was a separate

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dispute, but they would be willing to help the RMT in any way they

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could. Thank you. The issue of dog attacks on sheep

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in the South East is now so urgent farmers have used a meeting

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with the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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to call for tougher action. It follows several serious

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incidents recently, including one just two weeks ago,

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when 10 sheep were The National Farmers Union says

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the cost of sheep-worrying claims here rose by 80% last year -

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the sharpest rise in the country - with claims there were more

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dog attacks in Sussex Sheep have been grazing

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here for centuries. Frank Langrish has been farming

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here his whole life. But dog attacks have increased

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so much, he's had, on occasion, If we find a dog actually attacking

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sheep, and once a dog gets the blood lust,

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it's very difficult to stop them. And so the only way of doing

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it is actually to shoot that dog. Which is very upsetting for,

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not only the dog owner, For Frank, hardly a month goes

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by without incident, Two weeks ago, several ewes

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were killed in Lewes, and last March, 116 were killed

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in what's been described as the worst sheep-worrying attack

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in memory. Farmers say the police

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aren't doing enough. Last year there were 18,000 cases

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of livestock who were either killed Everybody should be

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worried about it. That's a huge number,

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and nobody wants to see animals And in the south-east in particular,

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we have a lot of population, and a lot of livestock alongside

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each other, so we need to take steps And it's not just being attacked

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by dogs that's a problem, At this time of year,

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many of the sheep are pregnant. And if they are chased

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and knocked into ditches like this one next to me, then

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many of them get very frightened The Farmers Union has now appealed

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directly to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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for tougher action. I totally understand

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the strength of feeling. We have a lot of farms,

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we have a lot of sheep. And these incidents

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are particularly distressing. And the farmers are saying,

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are you taking it seriously, And my message to them

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is, yes they are. But my plea to the public is,

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whenever you see it, please do report it,

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because intelligence is vital. Sheep worrying costs the industry

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more than ?1 million, and farmers want persistent

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offenders prosecuted. Claudia Sermbezis, BBC

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South East Today, Winchelsea. This is our top story tonight -

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Nineteen local authorities have written to the Home Secretary

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calling for urgent action to crack down on criminal gangs exploiting

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children to sell drugs They say it "has the potential to be

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the next grooming scandal". Also in tonight's programme -

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the rebirth of the church they call We take a close-up look around

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St Peter's, as the first phase And after another crisp winter's

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day, warnings from the Met office about very cold weather lasting

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until Tuesday. I will have the details and forecast later in the

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programme. The Historic Dockyard in Chatham

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is to receive almost ?5 million of Heritage Lottery money to restore

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one of its most important buildings. The Fitted Rigging House

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dates from 1793, The lottery funding will

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enable its conversion, to become the dockyard's archive

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and volunteer centre. Peter Whittlesea is

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live at the Dockyard. Peter, it's a building well known

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to millions of TV viewers, isn't it? That's right, for the last decade or

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so, the historic dockyard has been a firm favourite with the British

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movie industry. But now the building that always features in the BBC

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series Call The Midwife will get its own face-lift.

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Transformed by the magic of television into a street scene from

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the east End of London in the 1950s, but inside the brick buildings made

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famous by Call The Midwife, is an empty shell. Unused since the

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dockyard closed in 1984, but now it's going to get its own dramatic

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new lease of life thanks to a lottery grant. The Heritage lottery

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fund that has been announced today is absolutely essential in bringing

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these buildings back to life. It will help with initial restoration

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and repair. But in turn, it will make sure that commercial

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opportunities can come in here, businesses can come in and they have

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something to use. Built just after Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables, it

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was a fitting tribute the Hollywood movie was filmed here. But these

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buildings will no longer be a backdrop to blockbusters only. It's

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about creating offices, maximising return and also being a charitable

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trust that is about education. We want to develop the museum, the

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Reading room and library and archive and make that much more publicly

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accessible and create a public centre of excellence. If all 7000

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people in the dockyard are dismissed, Chatham's unemployment

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rate would shoot up from 14.3% to around 25%. And when that happened

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the rigging house was redundant. Finally finding a new role for the

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listing building 31 years on is symbolic. The building was used as a

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storehouse right until the Navy board left in 84. This is how we

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found it. Nothing has happened to it subsequently. This was put up in

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1795-98. It was the largest brick built building at its time that the

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Navy had put together. Its sheer size has hindered its restoration,

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but now thanks to millions of pounds of funding its future has been

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secured. It's hoped the visitor centre will

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be finished and businesses will move in by the end of next year.

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Completing this building's transformation from the supply store

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to the ships that made Britannia rule the waves to now a business hub

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fit for the 21st century. Peter, thank you.

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The latest school league tables have been published today,

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with 10 secondary schools in Kent and East Sussex classed

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as underperforming - including six in disadvantaged

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Many headteachers say they're experiencing a recruitment crisis,

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as they struggle to attract high flyers to vacant teaching posts.

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But one organisation that helps graduates go into teaching says it's

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seeing rising numbers of young people from disadvantaged

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backgrounds applying to teach at their own former schools.

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Our Education Correspondent Bryony Mackenzie has the details.

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They were kids from the Kent coast, and they are now teachers back in

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their classrooms. Hannah is a Margate girl. It's a dance move, the

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dab, where you do that. As well as knowing how to do the dab, she is

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also a high-flying graduate, so why come back here to teach? It's an

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area that I recognise from before, so why would I go anywhere else? I

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come from Thanet, so if I can do it, you can do it. I need to remind them

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of that, that they are capable of more than they perhaps realise.

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Jason is from Sheppey. He now works alongside some of his former

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teachers at his old school. I just wanted to give back, in a way. I

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have been away at university for four years and it's been a while,

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but coming back, like home and it still feels like I need to give back

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a lot to the area for what it's given to me. So there are a lot of

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pupils who maybe haven't had the same experience of school that I

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had, I could show them that there's no reason for them not to achieve,

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just because they are from the Isle of Sheppey. Both have gone through

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teach first, a unique programme that gets top graduate teaching in

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disadvantaged areas. 60% of their teachers stay in the profession.

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Teach first, attracting these very very committed and determined and in

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many ways very tough young graduates, that's definitely one

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road. Especially as we are targeting in the very areas where recruitment

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is hard. But that's where we work, and that's where we will aim our

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resources. Today's new set of results showed disadvantaged pupils

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still make less progress than their peers. Put leading by example be the

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solution? -- could leading by example be the solution?

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Eastbourne's Johanna Konta has set up a third round clash

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at the Australian Open with the former world number

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Konta - who's the current world number nine - eased

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through her second round match against Naomi Osaka

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She'll take on Wozniacki on Saturday, as Ian Palmer reports.

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COMMENTATOR: The performance is pretty hunky dory, too.

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The 25-year-old from Eastbourne is fast becoming

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The named Johanna Konta is on the lips of every tennis fan

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in Australia as a true contender for this grand slam tournament,

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Playing Naomi Osaka from Japan, Konta never looked in trouble.

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In control for most of the match, Britain's number one

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eased into the third round and into the last 32.

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Tougher tests will come, but for now, Konta's pleased

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But I'm looking forward to the challenge, I'm

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I'm looking forward to being out on court competing and ultimately

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and just trying to make my stay here in Melbourne

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Konta's next opponent is Caroline Wozniacki,

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a former number one with plenty of court experience.

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But, like Konta, Wozniacki has never won a grand slam.

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The Dane, who lives in Monaco, says she's confident

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But I'm ready, I'm playing well, and I'm excited for the challenge.

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She's obviously won last week in Sydney.

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She had a good last year, but I'm here to fight and do my best

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Konta will have to find another gear to reach the fourth round.

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But no one in Melbourne wants to see the Eastbourne player leave

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It's known locally as "Brighton Cathedral",

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and the tower of St Peter's Church is a much-loved city landmark

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But now the first phase of a huge ?1.7 million restoration

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project has been completed, which has seen the top section

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of the tower repaired, and the roof replaced.

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And now the church authorities are preparing for the next phase

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of the project - cleaning and repairing the tower's stonework.

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Robin Gibson is live at St Peter's Church.

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You're on top of the tower tonight, how's it looking from up there?

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It's a pretty amazing view, as you can imagine. Looking out here, you

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can see city life going on beneath us. We are about 130 feet in EF.

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Looking back here, this is what's important today. The pinnacles you

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can see lit up, emerging from the scaffolding for the first time. --

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130 feet in the air. The wind chill up here is about -5 tonight. So I

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have an idea of what the building has had to endure through the years.

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The pinnacles of St Peter's, almost shining as they start

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to emerge at last into the light of the winter sunshine.

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It's been a long journey to get here, like the walk to work

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the engineers and craftsmen have taken each day over

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Up on top, the problems are plain to see.

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The wear and tear since the church was built in the 1820s,

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and previous repairs that didn't work out.

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In the 1970s they didn't realise that putting cement on here was a

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bad thing to do. And in this very exposed position, it's amazing how

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much damage gets done. It's fascinating to see life going on as

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normal way down below. Whereas a PR on top of the Cathedral of Brighton,

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even though it's a lovely day, you get a feeling for the elements that

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have so ravaged the stonework. It looks and sounds like a car wash in

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the sky. The craftsman steam clean the Lucent and damaged masonry

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before restoration can start, a painstaking and slow job. But the

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vicar has no doubt about whether a building like this is worth the

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effort. I think it sends a message out. It either looks like God is

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dead and the church is irrelevant if it is crumbling and broken and

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closed. But if you can begin to fix it up a bit, it sends out the

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opposite message, that God is alive and the church has something to

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offer. Not many years ago, St Peter's was on the verge of being

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made officially redundant. But today, the Cathedral of Brighton

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looks to be rediscovering itself. The phrase is often used that a

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church is about people, not just about buildings. Down below us, this

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city centre Church, who work with the homeless and disadvantaged, so

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it's about people as well as stone. On both fronts, they've got their

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work cut out. They certainly have, get yourself inside and get warm,

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Robin. -5 wind-chill! It looks beautiful though.

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It does look beautiful and of course it's bitterly cold. Temperatures in

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rural spots could drop as low as -6 tonight. Warnings from the Met

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office about this spell of very cold weather. High pressure over us

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dragging in cold air from the near continent, so easterly winds will

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stay with us. But what a beautiful day it has been. Frosty to start the

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day. Temperatures dropping as low as -6 last night. Clear blue skies in

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the afternoon and temperatures just about reaching highs of 5 degrees.

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As we go through tonight, clearer skies, and temperatures are

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plummeting. It's feeling bitterly cold. Dropping as low as -1 in towns

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and cities, but several degrees down on that in more rural spots. Once

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again a frosty start to the day on Friday. An area of high pressure

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staying with us in the south-east corner, lots of sunshine around. By

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the afternoon, temperatures perhaps creeping up to five or 6 degrees,

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again feeling bitterly cold. A similar story to today. A gentle

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easterly breeze, not much above 5-10 mph. Spot the difference over the

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next couple of days. Friday into Saturday, once again seeing a frosty

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picture, temperatures in more rural spots at -5, minus six. Perhaps

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dropping as low as -2 in towns and cities. Starting the weekend once

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again with widespread and hard frost. Lots of sunshine around.

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Highs of -5 and minus -- highs of five and six. Take care and make

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sure you keep the heating on. Wrap up warm.

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That's it for us for now. We'll be back at 8pm. But joiners again

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tomorrow. When unlocking the secrets of

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your past... ..you never know what

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the future holds. It's such a rush of history and

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walking back in time. How incredible,

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to have something like this? I feel he was the kind of guy

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I could have got on with. I can't tell you how much

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he looks like my dad. Seeing how these things all

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fit together. Secure your place at

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the 500 Words Final,

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