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Guilty of illegally storing waste - the businessman behind a mountain
of mattresses described as a blight on a Kent village.
He died 17 hours after he was declared fit
William Romp's widow demands answers.
Her battle with cancer inspired thousands -
now Charlotte Eades family have discovered dozens
more of her video blogs, never seen before.
She just looked at me and she said, "Does that mean I'll never
get married and never have children?"
72 years after he suffered terrible burns in an RAF crash -
Guinea Pig Club member Sandy Saunders takes
And how it's only costing you a fiver to see a Grammy award
winning bluesman Jon Clearly play a pub gig in Sussex.
A businessman accused of blighting a village with a mountain
of thousands of discarded mattresses has been found guilty of having more
than double the amount of waste he was allowed on the site.
The waste at Lewis Bertram's recycling
was described by villagers as a living hell.
Canterbury Crown heard that the site still hasn't been cleared -
and it may cost up to ?150,000 for the waste to be taken away.
He amassed a mountain of mattresses that blighted a business estate
and will cost more than ?100,000 to clear.
Today, Lewis Bertram was found guilty on three counts at Canterbury
Crown Court of illegally depositing waste and failing to recycle
But there's also been a financial impact for
those who own neighbouring business units.
Well, it was vacant for 18 months so obviously I lost that
rental income for the 18 month period which is part of my
So, yes, it is difficult and, of course, if you are looking
at selling the unit, it diminishes the value
Despite the court action, the two industrial units and yards
rented by Lewis Bertram are still full of waste.
Local businesses say the sheer quantity of mattresses
wasn't only an eyesore but a fire risk.
It used to be a commercial vehicle body building business next
door, so had the building caught alight right at the end, it could
potentially set light to vehicles next door and there may be
caused a fire to spread through into my unit.
The Environment Agency brought this prosecution but with tonnes of waste
on-site, it is unclear who will foot the bill to remove it.
It's clear that the person who needs to clear this
waste is Mr Bertram, he brought them in so he needs
to clear them and that's what we fully expect
But we have heard in court, he says he has got no money.
Again, it's down to Mr Bertram to clear the waste and that's what we
Nearby businesses claim Lewis Bertram has only removed
After he told Canterbury Crown Court that he
earned ?25,000 a year from running Eco-Matters
recycling business, many
fear there will have to be further legal
before the eyesore is finally cleared.
Peter, the mattresses are still there but for how long?
It is unclear how long they will still buy. The rubbish out, despite
the jury seen photographic evidence, Lewis Bertram claimed that he never
stored and processed mattresses outside. You can see them, even
today, after he was found guilty, his barrister told the court that
the site was largely cleared. The judge is launching an investigation
into how many mattresses are here. She will give her sentencing of
Lewis Bertram in February. The Environment Agency is saying that
the maximum sentence of this is five years in prison or an unlimited
fine. The big question tonight is who will pay to remove this? Is Mr
Bertram does not have any money, it could fall upon the Land Rover to
meet because of the clear up. -- land owner.
A grieving widow is demanding answers after her husband died 17
hours after allegedly being discharged from hospital
88 year old William Romp, was taken to his Canterbury home
by ambulance after a doctor deemed him fit for discharge.
His family claim he was in fact so ill he couldn't eat or drink
Within half an hour his daughter dialled 999 and Mr Romp was rushed
back to A at the Kent and Canterbury hospital
on December the 5th, the last time his family
Williams Romp have been in hospital for several weeks with a severe lung
condition and dementia. His wife Brenda Romp was relieved to hear he
was coming home, now apparently feeling better and able to get
around. But when she saw him, she said he should never been at the
start. I want to know why these there is a therapist Tommy he can
walk eight metres when he could not stand. -- told me. Why the doctor
told me he was signed off but enough to come home, he could hardly talk.
He could not breathe. I made him a cup of tea but he could not drink
it. Their daughter phoned the GP then Dell 999 and he was back in
hospital within an hour. It was the last time they saw him alive. The
claim he had not been washed up Rob Lee cared for. I knew he was dying
that night. I could not kiss him goodbye. He's not so bad. I managed
to kiss him on his forehead, that was all. His nails were thick with
dirt. Bill died early the next morning before Brenda and her family
could get to see him. Today the east Kent Hospital trust that we are
unable to comment because the matter is subject to a coroner 's inquiry.
It's funny that they send you home to die because they did not have the
room. It would be some sort of answer. -- if they told you. They
didn't. They just sent him home, just to get rid of him, basically.
If he was fit to come home, why did he died the next morning? The family
want their questions answered are pursuing a formal complaint. -- and
are pursuing a formal complaint. Sussex headteachers tell MPs budget
pressures will mean cuts in the number of teachers,
no after school clubs and no pastoral support
for struggling students. Hundreds of thousands of Southern
rail passengers are facing yet more disruption tonight,
with RMT union members on strike in the long running row over
the role of conductors. It comes as a Conservative MP
is looking to introduce a private members bill to Parliament tomorrow
aimed at preventing a repeat of this The bill would mean strikes
affecting critical national services such as rail,
tubes, buses and the NHS would have to be "proportionate and reasonable"
in the view of a High Court Judge, and that a basic level of service
should be maintained and it should be mandatory to attend
talks at the conciliation service Our political editor
Helen Catt reports. Strike action which has crippled the
already underperforming Southern network for much of the year has
today reached its 34th day. Too long says one Conservative MP who will
tomorrow start trying to change the law to restrict further walk-outs in
critical services. This would be adjudicated by a High Court judge,
nobody saying a strike should be banned. I respect the right to
strikes. That needs to be balanced with the right of the public to get
to work and to get home to see their loved ones. He has the public
support of 49 of his fellow conservatives. Although crucially,
the Government has not said explicitly it would back new laws.
It is politically charged, there is no doubt about that. It will make it
more difficult for unions and workers to take industrial action
that has bite. Tonight, the RMT said it would be prepared to break any
such new law. It's a human rights. I'm just laws need to be broken. It
would be absolutely impossible to impose the most terrible
exploitation if this was allowed to become law so we have got to oppose
it. -- unjust law. The polling company says 61% of people it
surveyed said train driver should have the same right to strike as
anybody else. In Bexhill, there with some support for judges stepping in.
Something definitely needs to be done. I travelled to Tunbridge Wells
nearly every day at the moment and it has been a nightmare these last
couple of months. Definitely, the strikes are ridiculous. It is
causing stress to businesses. It would be a good idea because of what
is going on. Does the judge use the trains? He is properly driven
around, he doesn't know what chains. Southern expects to run a full
service to my belief that I'm in a month. Its leaders continue talks
with the company. They talk with the RMT drivers will go ahead and the
units are pleasing Greene appealing to other members not to cross the
pickets. And Helen Catt joins
us in the studio. So, Helen, a number of RMT drivers
are due to go out on strike. As clever as the Nugent is not
making any official statement at the moment. Those talks are still
happening. -- Aslef. It is slightly complicated for them. It is not a
union on strike. While the dispute are about the safety of trains and
driver only operated doors, they are legally separate dispute so it does
make it more complicated as a choice for Aslef members. Southern say the
RMT strikes will not affect it introducing that full service. As
the bill that is going for parliament, it will be put together
tomorrow, but to Parliament, just the first stage, he is not expecting
any opposition at that point. It is a private members Bill, difficult to
get through. If you can not so good Government backing for it, he may
face a challenge. Thank you. -- if you cannot get Government backing
for it. The Home Office have stepped up
border checks following claims a loophole allows passengers
to travel to Britain on the Eurostar A newspaper investigation reported
that journalists were able to travel between Brussels and London
without being checked. The Home Office said
it is the responsibility of Eurostar to ensure that all UK bound
passengers are presented to UK authorities for
examination at the border. A man has appealed in court for the
Limerick accused of stalking a journalist. These beliefs are
conducted her on social media is an centre taxi to her home address. He
has been bailed until next month. The leader of Kent County Council
is calling on the government to cut the foreign aid budget in order
to spend more on the Paul Carter says that adult social
care is near to crisis point and that it will need central
government to fund it properly if local authorities and the NHS
are going to be able to cope Charlotte Eades made a huge impact
during her all too short life - the Sussex teen choosing
to document her brave battle with brain cancer with an online
video blog that she kept going right Now her family have discovered
dozens of previously unseen videos Charlotte made,
as she sought to open up conversation around cancer,
her treatment, and its side effects. Our health correspondent Mark
Norman, who has been to Brighton to meet them for tonight's special
report. So I had just finished my exams
and then I was planning It was actually on the day
of prom I was diagnosed, Obviously that was all taken
away from me after being After she passed away,
Charlotte's videos were nominated for a prestigious online to award
and then, remarkably, her family found dozens of unedited,
unseen video files on her camera. The camera which was very
special to her, obviously, And I thought there was nothing else
on it, I went through the stuff. I've had this memory card for months
and I found a new folder Were you shocked, were
you surprised, were you upset? The most poignant thing is just how
frank they were and how honest. When it came to wearing them this
one was definitely more comfortable. Hey, guys, so I wanted
to make a video today... But with the type of tumour
Charlotte had her condition Nothing is really
working or happening. Charlotte's videos became more
reflective, sometimes difficult to watch, and bringing back
difficult memories for her family. We went to see our consultant
afterwards and he more or less had his head in his hands and said,
it's very, very, very bad news. And she just looked at me
and she said, does that mean I'll never get married
and never have children? This is where Charlotte
was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive brain tumour,
where she spent hours being treated and where, a year on,
doctors still remember her. In children's terms the number
of tumours like Charlotte that That does not mean it is any less
important and so I would say we need to promote awareness of this tumour
and we need to get more people giving money and donating money
to research into glioblastoma, so we can continue to
improve the survival. The need to raise money for research
into this type of tumour is why Charlotte's family have started
a charity in her name. And I promised her
I'll make it work. So obviously, hopefully,
she is proud of just looking after us and the charity and it
will take off, hopefully. Charlotte died a year ago
and her local hospital in Brighton. The family believe her legacy will
live on both through the charity If anything else exciting happens
I will grab the camera again. And you can watch Mark's full report
about Charlotte and her legacy on tonight's episode of Inside Out
at 7.30 here on BBC One. A businessman
accused of blighting a Kent village with a mountain
of discarded mattresses has been Lewis Bertram, who ran recycling
firm Eco-Matters in Smarden, had denied the charge
at Canterbury Crown Court. Join me to meet Jon Clearly, a
Grammy winner, he has played with many of the greats. He is back in
England, in Hastings. Warnings out by the Met office by freezing fog
and mist tonight. I will have the details for you in the forecast
later in the programme. Nearly 72 years ago,
Sandy Saunders suffered terrible burns while training as a pilot,
when his Tiger Moth He not only survived
but went on to become a GP, inspired by the surgeon
who treated him in East Grinstead, His patients received pioneering
treatments such as skin grafts Together, they became known
as the Guinea Pig Club, as many of the operations had never
been tried before altogether he Today, Sandy Saunders,
who is now 94, took to the skies one last
time in a Tiger Moth, The 27th of September, 1945
was a very important day in my life. I hit the ground rather
violently and Sandy Saunders was just 22
when his Tiger Moth stalled and crashed in a training
exercise in 1945. I was covered with aviation
fuel and I was on fire. I got horrible burns
over my entire legs His one piece of good
fortune, to be sent to the Queen Victoria Hospital
in East Grinstead to be treated His magic hands have given new limbs
and new faces to burned Last November, Sandy opened
a permanent exhibition of McIndoe's work at
East Grinstead Museum. Lieutenant Saunders
was one of 649 airmen to be treated in McIndoe's
operating theatre. Instead of feeling ashamed
about their disfigurements, they were proud members
of the Guinea Pig Club. One of its last surviving members,
at 94, Sandy Saunders has returned to the skies
again in a Tiger Moth. The GP for four decades,
inspired into medicine by the treatment he received,
Sandy has tracked the Himalayas, sailed the Atlantic and skied
into his 80s, exactly the full and active life
McIndoe dreamed Sara Smith, BBC South East
Today, East Grinstead. An extraordinary man.
Great pictures. Budget pressures on schools
will mean fewer after school clubs, and no pastoral support
and counselling for students struggling
with mental health issues. That's what a Sussex head
teacher has been telling MPs at a Westminster
meeting this evening. Liam Collins, head of Uplands
Community College in Wadhurst, said budget pressures amounted
to "a cut of ten teachers, no IT However, the Department
for Education said that school funding "will be over ?40 billion
in 2016-17 - its highest So this is our other theme, what do
you think this is? Year 12 biology class in what has. Ofsted said this
is a good school with teaching both good and outstanding but the head
teacher here once they face the prospect of cuts. I don't think
anyone really understands the pressure that we are under. Today he
told the influential Public Accounts Committee that with current funding
levels, his goal will be underfunded to the tune of ?350,000 within three
years. The equivalent of losing no fewer than ten teachers. As a
parent, I think we should be very worried. My son is going into year
seven next year and I am really worried by him in terms of what kind
of school he is going to be going into. The funding concerns have been
raising an annual survey of more than 1000 schools by National
Association of head teachers. What is particularly worrying about the
findings are passed survey is how the situation has got worse since
last year. We carried out the survey 12 months ago and what we are
seeing, for example, is the number of schools that are finding
themselves in deficit has gone up from eight to 18%. And a number of
schools are preparing to make significant cuts or having to dip
into reserves has gone up by 7% as well to 71%. Suzanne has three
children at the school. I am quite worried. I think other parents are
worried as well. I think the quality of education might go down, the
quality of teaching, budgets are being cut. Teachers are getting paid
less, some teachers may not be replaced. Don't be silly with the
sharp bits and put them in the bin. Huge variations in how much cash
given her people. Recent figures show the City of London gets more
than 8500 people compare to East Sussex who receives nearly half that
amount. Kent comes out worse, receiving just over ?4000 per pupil.
Last month, a new national funding formula within us to address the
disparities that that will not kick in until 2018. The NAHT says the
Government needs to provide more cash still all its pupils who will
pay the price. Some dark one is from the
headteacher that. Whatever the Department for Education had to say?
It says school funding is at record levels, ?40 billion for the year
2016 to 2070. A spokesperson told this, we recognise that schools are
facing cost pressures, we will continue to provide advice on
support them to use their funding and cost-effective ways. That said,
the National office believe there will be a shortfall in the education
budget of some ?3 billion in 2020. It looks like it will be a tough few
years to come for schools and for the people who run them.
Thank you. Eastbourne's Johanna Konta
has powered her way through to the Australian Open
quarterfinal - where she'll meet The World Number nine beat
Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-4, which means she's
reached the last eight Gillingham manager Andy Pennock's
secured his first point Billy Sharp opened the scoring
for Sheffield United but the Gills' Josh Wright scored a quick double
to change the game before Kieron He grew up in Kent but these days
Grammy award winning pianist and musician Jon Cleary lives
in his adopted city of New Orleans. The Grammy's are the US
music industry's Oscars and his latest recording,
Go Go Juice, was voted regional He's in residence with his band
at Ronnie Scott's Club in London this week but tonight he's on home
turf playing solo at Robin, it's a bit of a coup
for the pub, isn't it? It has to be. They have got the
current 2016 Grammy award-winning playing here. As you say, he won
that for the regional roots album of the year. The regional roots, they
were talking about, was New Orleans. We of course knew that he grew up in
Kent so he is one of ours. That is a good reason for coming back here, he
is playing for the first time on home soil for years so that people
here can come and see him for ?5 in the pub, if there was a ticket
available. It's the sound and soul
of New Orleans running from his heart right
down to his fingertips. In a way, it's no
surprise Jon Clearly has lived there longer
than anywhere else, meeting and working
with the likes of His place in the musical
hierarchy was marked last year with a Grammy but awards
don't mean much to him. The kind of music I play
has always been off everybody's radar,
you don't expect to do this stuff and get rich
get famous or whatever, it's not the reason you do it.
So that was never my motivation, really, and so stuff like that
A bit strange, it doesn't really quite fit into
down there on the banks of the Mississippi River
On Saturday, he was playing in Dublin
and he has six performances in four days with his band,
the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, at Ronnie Scott's this week.
Tonight though, it's Hastings and a homecoming of a sort.
Used to do lots of gigs here in Hastings.
A lot of the gigs I was doing, a lot of the pubs I was
playing in, I wasn't actually old enough to be in.
I was about 14 when I started playing, doing gigs
He was still a teenager when he took a plane
to New Orleans and his destiny as a musician.
It's like breathing, it's a bodily function,
Music, when you're not, if you're a musician,
you've been a musician for a long time, the music just keeps
The only time anybody else can hear what's going
on in my head is if I'm actively sitting next to a musical
instrument, everybody else can hear it as well.
If you walk away from the instrument, the music doesn't
It's when you sit down, then it all comes out
and everybody else can hear it aswell.
It's roots music, tonight performed where the piano man's roots begin.
A homecoming in Hastings. I can guarantee, as they used to say in
old New Orleans, Hill had to jump in.
Thank you. I checked on the weather now. A foggy day today. More fog on
the way. Lots of you are bleeding the photographs. -- uploading.
Cold in the day. Once again, warnings out about this freezing
fog. Very poor visibility on the roads best thing for tomorrow
morning. Clear skies, temperatures plummeting in the rural spots.
Dropping as low as -4 or minus five Celsius. Dropping below freezing in
towns and cities. The fog is the main story for tomorrow morning.
Still an area of high pressure. While that eventually close, if it
does, we will start to see lots of sunshine again. Bitterly cold
throughout the day. By the afternoon, temperatures doing well
if they reach highs around or five Celsius. A crisp day, still lots of
mist McCann fog as we had through tomorrow morning. Temperatures
rolling away, loads of -4 minus five Celsius in more rural starts.
Wednesday, much more of the same, Thursday, bitterly cold from the
continent. Temperatures not getting above freezing. The main story do
tonight, lots of fog again. Thank you Rachel. I will be back at
eight o'clock and 10:25pm. I will see you tomorrow evening. Goodbye.
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