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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Ellie Crisell.

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Four of our hospitals on the highest alert,one of them almost

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every day for a month, an NHS director says pressures are

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I was just siting there, I asked them if they had any chance of a

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bed. They said they had none. How hundreds of grammar school

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pupils drop out halfway through their A-levels

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because the school doesn't think Could there be stormy weather

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on the horizon as plans go public to double the size of this

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Thanet windfarm? As the new President takes office,

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a Kent author's novel about Russian spies and US politics hits

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the bestseller list. And seeing the light -

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we get a sneak preview of an illuminating new exhibition in

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Eastbourne. One of the south-east's biggest

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hospital trusts has been on the highest possible state

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of alert since Christmas, meaning that patient safety has been

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compromised every day In addition, this programme has

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discovered that patient groups have been warned

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that the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton is expecting to continue

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in that state all winter. It comes on the day that one

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of the NHS's senior Directors said that pressure on the health service

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is the "toughest" Our health Correspondent

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Mark Norman has more. Another week, another insight

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into the pressure the NHS is under. This trust has been at the heart

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of the highest state of alert every The impact is being

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felt by patients. I was taken to A and I

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had to sleep in A I was just sitting

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there and said, any There are four levels of alert,

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Opel 4 is the highest, The trust told us its

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staff were working hard to give patients the emergency

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care they needed and it was making improvements to help

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with the flow of patients. However, the impact on patients

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is concerning some. Some who have been

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in hospital, as soon as they are ready to go home,

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or likely to be asked to go home, the support systems

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in the community, whether it is family

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or friends or a service that they pay for, provided

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by the local council, they are At least three other trusts

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in Kent and Sussex went to the highest level

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of alert last week. All our trusts failed to hit

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the specific target for A At Durham Valley, they even took

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to social media to encourage former staff members to come

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back and cover shifts. For our members, they would say

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they are at the end of their Most organisations across the system

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had been working at high While Brighton is not in the worst

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performing trust, it is under pressure and is telling patient

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groups it doesn't expect to come out Our Health Correspondent Mark

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Norman is with me now - It is not good news. It is the fact

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they had been on high alert for a month, and other parts of the NHS

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have had to get involved. Nearly a 5% increase in the number of people

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going into it A Delayed transfers of care. The fear is the impact on

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patients. It is serious. I spoke to the Royal College of nurses and they

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said it was more bad weather or a flu epidemic it would take the

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system over the edge. Its being claimed that Kent grammar

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schools are forcing some children to leave halfway

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through their A-level studies because their Year 12 grades

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were not considered good enough. Parents have told us their children

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have been made to feel like failures, separated

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from their friends, and given just weeks to find a new place

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for their final year at There are 32 grammar

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schools in Kent. In the last year, 266 Year 12s,or

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students in the lower sixth form,left by the end

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of the academic year. Invicta Grammar School had

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the highest number leave, Our education correspondent

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Bryony MacKenzie has more. Selective education not just

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from primary to secondary but in many cases

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in year 12 as well. But for one parent

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who wanted to remain anonymous, their child didn't reach

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the required grades at AS-level They claim the policy

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at Invicta Grammar left them We felt not completing her education

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with her peers would be detrimental She just needed more support,

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mainly with revision techniques. Whether they acted legally or not,

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their treatment of our daughter, and the harshness of pastoral care

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we received, was shocking. There is no legislation that allows

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them to remove students on the grounds of performance

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halfway through a course. Students are asked to sign

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a home-school agreement at the beginning of the sixth form

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course, but that actually Invicta's sixth form

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learning agreement states: If a student is allowed to continue

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despite serious reservations... It's a common policy but not

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one that works at every school. A lot of them make significant

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improvements between year 12 and the end of year 13,

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and I think schools need to have faith in their own students

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and to push them hard Invicta Girls' Grammar denies

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the claims and says students are supported and advised

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about what is best for them. Bryony MacKenzie,

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BBC South East Today, Maidstone. Why does one MP says she is dating

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the return to southern rail? Controversial plans to double

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the potential output of the Thanet offshore windfarm have gone

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on display today in Ramsgate. The windfarm owners, Vattenfall,

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want to build up to 34 extra They would be significantly bigger

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and more powerful than the existing 100 and once completed,

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the whole windfarm could generate enough electricity to

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supply up 430,000 homes. But some local industries

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are worried about their impact. Our environment correspondent

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Yvette Austen has tonight's report. Thanet wind farm generating

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electricity on a winter day. The idea is to make it bigger. Reacted

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more top buys of the offshore wind farm. It is a great place to develop

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and extend and we are confident about it. Technology has moved

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answers to that then ten, and by ending 34 more turbines, output

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could double. These turbines look so much bigger up close compared to how

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they appear from the beach. The new ones will be twice the height of

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these at 210 metres tall. This will improve the economies of scale. But

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not everyone is happy with the idea, like the operators of boats who taxi

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pilot to and from container ships to navigate them through sandbanks and

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busy shipping lanes to port. They fear losing an additional 27 square

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miles of seed wind farm, putting ships at risk. The ships require a

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lot of room to manoeuvre. This is where they are slowing down to pick

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the pilots up so they become affected by the tides and the wind.

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This is where you don't want to close in the area. It will be

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uncomfortable if you are the captain of a cargo ship. You would be

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worried about slowing down. Fishermen are worried too. Anything

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that takes up any area that we are working in and reduces our

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capability of catching is a concern. It is said the plan is still an

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early stages and people views would listen to. This is part of a

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consultation process. We have already engaged them I will be again

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about their issues and will be addressing those as a movie project

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forward. Early next week, exhibitions are being held so people

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can learn about the plan and see what it might look like. There is a

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lot to before construction. Yvette Austen joins

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us from Ramsgate now. They look quite sizable

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turbines, Yvette? And they are the latest technology

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capable of generating up to 80 megawatts each. They say that you

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will see little difference from the shore because they are so far away

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and local people say they welcome the boost to economy. I am sure that

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the company would want to see collisions with ships because it is

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the people who are out at sea would be most concerned. We will see how

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it develops. A Sussex teenager who admitted

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selling thousands of pounds worth of fake festival tickets has been

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sentenced to 21 months in a young Benjamin Hyland-Ward from Saltdean,

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left hundreds of people disappointed after taking ?60,000

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for tickets that he failed to produce for the Bestival event

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on the Isle of Wight The 19-year-old had pleaded guilty

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at Lewes Crown Court. Two members of a drugs gang have

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been jailed following the discovery of almost 8 million pounds worth

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of cannabis in Sittingbourne. 57 year Thomas Cullen from Liverpool

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was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 48 year old Joseph Graham

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to 6 years. Kent Police discovered the drugs

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when they searched an industrial A Sussex MP says she "dreads"

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the prospect of returning to what the Southern's operator

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calls a "normal timetable". A full service is expected to be

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restored from Tuesday next week after the train drivers' union ASLEF

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suspended industrial action. Our reporter Juliette Parkin is live

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in Uckfield for us now. Juliette, surely this is good news

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at last for passengers. Then it is understandable. After

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what she calls 18 months of misery for commuters in her constituency

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and elsewhere in the south-east, places like New Haven had been cut

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off at the height of this dispute. Those talks, we have just heard will

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resume on Monday and there is a promise of a fool normal timetable.

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She says even a fool and normal timetable on Southern is inadequate.

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We do dread returning to a normal Southern timetable,

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we want a good Southern timetable, trains that

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turn up on time, that aren't cancelled, aren't delayed, don't

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terminate early at stations, are accessible for all passengers.

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And what was the Government's response today?

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In response, the transport minister said the service has been utterly

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not good enough. He says they have to get back to improving the line.

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There is another union involved, the R in the union, who are angry that

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they have not been included in this round of talks. Southern say they

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are happy to get involved in another round of talks with the RMT. No

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cause this evening for commuters to start celebrating.

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Campaigners in Folkestone have vowed to fight plans to demolish

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a dance studio in the town, which has been teaching dance

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and hosting community events for 80 years.

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The decision to close the Dance Easy Studio in order

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to build 6 private flats comes at a time when traditional forms

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of dance have never been more popular, thanks to shows

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It is a family entertainment show that has millions of fans of all

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generations. Strictly Come Nursing is a successful programme. They last

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dance at this studio in Folkestone. But that hasn't stopped it from the

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threat of been closed down. I causally tell people when they start

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new businesses, to come here. The building came a dance school in

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1934. These dancers have been... The owner was a knock it down and turn

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it into flats and locals are fighting it. There are lots of flat

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already here. There aren't community spaces. When they demolish it, they

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will demolish more than 1970s light fittings and an oak sprung floor,

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they will demolish aspirations of young people. It is for yoga, for

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dancing,... Protesters have produced this video urging people to oppose

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the plan is. The owners bought the dance school in the 1970s. They

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competed as dancers before and after they were married. The only bit that

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persuaded me to do it is that the law was Canadian maple. All the

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professionals have danced on it. They all remarked on the floor.

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Opponents to the plans have until Tuesday to object. If approved, the

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dance Easy studio could be holding its last dance by the summer.

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This is our top story tonight. For other hospital trusts are on high

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state of alert, under pressures one NHS Director

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says are the toughest The Royal Sussex Hospital

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in Brighton has been in that situation every day for a month -

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and warns it will remain the rally driver with a race on her

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hands. Louise Cook puts out charges at Kirby on eBay to raise funds.

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Baulk and if you are enjoying the weather, good news, lots of

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brightness over the weekend. This afternoon Donald Trump has been

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sworn in as the 45th US president. His campaign has been

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controversial throughout, not least because of claims

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and counterclaims that Russian spies were somehow

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involved in the outcome. The situation has led

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to a spy novel written by a kent author in 1980,

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becoming top of the book Ted Allbeury, from

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Tunbridge Wells, wrote a spy novel about how

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the Soviet Union tried to get their own man

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elected as US President. Jon Hunt has tonight's

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special report. Ted Allbeury, A former

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British spy, a prolific He wrote more than 40 novels,

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many from his home. But, in 11 years

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since his death, a book he wrote nearly 40 years ago

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is once again popular. It is all because it

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bears an uncanny resemblance to current

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political events in America. It is about what would happen

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if the Russians were able to effectively get their own

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man in the White House. Sally Bowman is the

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author's daughter. --Boorman She is pleased

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that her father's work is I think it is quite a nice

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testament to my dad, and I think he would

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be quite tickled. I don't think the attention

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is undeserved. Donald Trump was sworn

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in as the new US President today, amid claims that Russian

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intelligence agents hacked Ted Allbeury's spy thriller tells

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a story which has parallels The whole nation is excited that

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they've got a new kind of man, somebody who isn't

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a lifetime professional politician. The author's former agent isn't

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surprised that life appears to be Ted was often described

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as the spy writer's spy Partly because the had a very

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distinguished career in He was very aware of

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the kinds of things that Ted Allbeury is believed

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to be the only secret agent to have parachuted

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into the Germany in World War II. He ran agents during

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the Cold War, and was Speaking to the BBC

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in 1986, he explained that it was his own experiences as a spy

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that made his books authentic. Authenticity comes

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from knowing how you got recruited, knowing what

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the training is like, knowing

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what it feels like when you His book is now in the top ten

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of its genre on one online store, and now there is talk

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of new publishing deals and even the From the time man first

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gripped a paintbrush, artists have been fascinated

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and inspired by the study of light. Now the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne

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is dedicating its major new exhibition to art

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influenced by light. Called 'A Certain Kind of Light'

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the exhibition covers six decades featuring artists from LS

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Lowry to Anish Kapoor. It opens tomorrow but today Piers

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Hopkirk was given a sneak preview. It is somehow fitting that the town

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which boast the Sunnis climate in the UK should devote a exhibition to

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artists and their relationship with light.

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Baulk light has always fascinating artist, both as material and as

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subject matter. What you see here is an extraordinary mirror ball that

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has an is very surface... It's recorded every solar eclipse that

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has been documented. The whole room circles and spends as a solar

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eclipse is place. Dry together paintings, sculpture, installations

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and photography, this is a reflection of British art over five

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decades. This is a work by Anne Easterbrook, one of the great

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British sculptors. He is interested in -- Annish Kappoor. It is was like

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hours going through the rabbit hole. This shoddy editing work oppose the

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Eckstein rephrased to give the exhibition space its own rainbow. It

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is made up of 360 lives and requires twice that. People were being around

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for twice that... Tensioning and walking around. It is quite a

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beautiful thing. You can't visibly see the thread but you could see

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people walking and shipping it around. It's an odd form of my

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neighbours on for days. In the exhibition has been drawn from the

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Arkansased collection, the touted as one of all venues as part of the

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partnership programme. It is brilliant for Towner, it is built

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for Eastbourne developed to bring these big names and lesser-known

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ones together an ease and basses thematic group shows. It is

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brilliant. A certain kind of light opens tomorrow.

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Brighton are hoping to bounce back from their defeat at Preston

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when they face Sheffield Wednesday at home this evening.

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The Seagulls suffered their first loss since September on Saturday,

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but they'll go back to the top of the table if they win

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They are a good side. That showed in the fact that they got in the

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play-off final last season, and I think they have added well to the

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squad. That makes them equally as good if not better than last year.

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Charlton athletic at Scunthorpe. They will travel to Sheffield United

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in League 2. Maidstone rally driver Louise Cook

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is the first woman to win a non-gender FIA rally championship

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trophy, and it's her However, if you're an eBay bidder

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you could be its new owner, she is so desperate to continue her

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rallying career she's been forced to auction it

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online to raise funds. The situation has come

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about after two major sponsors dropped out,

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leaving her needing to find 25 thousand pounds to start her season

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at the Rally of Sweden Louise has been competing

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professionally in rally driving for seven years. In 2012, she became a

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world record in the sport. When I first set foot in a rally car, I

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found it amazing to just be controlling it and instantly hoops.

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It is such an amazing feeling. But now she may be forced to drop out of

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the latest competition. Her main sponsors have delayed their plans.

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She is trying to raise the money herself by putting her winning

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trophy for sale. When effort lifted it, I felt sick, it didn't feel

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right. After a couple of days, I got used to the idea and edges are, I

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would rather let the trophy let the whole season go. Crowd find a group

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set up by supporters have raised enough to halt the option for now,

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but with nearly ?20,000 left in fine, the 29-year-old may still be

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forced to sell. Women face greater challenges in finding sponsorship

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for the sports than men, partly because of the perception of the

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sport, that it is sometimes perceived as a women's sport and and

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so less technical and less valued than men's, partly because of the

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lack of coverage. Despite this, Louise says he's not giving up. The

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higher, crossing the finish is her only option.

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Bravely day. Rachel, is it that continue been a skilled?

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-- this cold? Today we had highs of around two or three Celsius. The

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sunshine will last. Clear skies mean those temperatures plummet tonight.

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Those of around minus five Celsius. It stays dry over the next couple of

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days, lots of sunshine, perhaps a touch more clout for Sunday, but

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very bright and it is going to be very cold. Overnight, like the wind

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and clearer skies, we expect to see some hill fort here and there, and

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once again, the temperatures plummet. Several degrees down on

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that in the rule all spots. Widespread, hard frost is that the

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weekend. Saturday, lots of sunshine from the word go. We are still under

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the influence of this area of high pressure. The wind will change

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direction, but it is light, 510 mph. We will do well with temperatures,

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they will creep up... Keep the heating on, lots of sunshine though,

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but crisp and cold winter's day. You can spot the difference between

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Saturday and Sunday. As we head to Saturday night, temperatures will

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quickly fall away, it is more likely to be a cold night and I'm tonight.

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In towns and cities LB around minus two Celsius. You can see -6 and -7

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in rural spots. Italy killed at least at Sunday. A touch more clout

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cover around, but very similar picture. A good deal of sunshine, by

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the afternoon the temperature will be around for five or six Celsius.

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Many of is still hovering around two or three. Enter the next week, even

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as we look towards Thursday, the high pressure doesn't look to be

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going anywhere. There will be a touch more clout and Tebbit is ever

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so slightly less cold. Sunshine over the weekend but staying cold. That

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is egg from us for the moment. I am back with the late news at 10:30pm.

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Have a good evening. TV: He's not your father.

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WOMAN GASPS so why not pay your TV licence in

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weekly instalments, too? Parents are facing an explosion in

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the number of children saying

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