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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Rob Smith.


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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