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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Polly Evans.
Families of the Shoreham air crash disaster say a new report
into airshow safety has left them still waiting for answers.
We'll be live in Shoreham with the details.
Not quite a full service on Southern Rail -
but bosses say Aslef drivers did cross RMT picket lines.
And disruption continues for passengers on Southeastern
following a freight train derailment in south east London this morning.
the New Year's Eve celebrations - now a Kent woman could lose
the sight in one eye after a fight broke out.
A signature collection, featuring Winston Churchill
and Rudyard Kipling goes under the hammer in Sussex.
This is as dangerous omission as we have ever undertaken together. -- a
mission. And a brave new challenge
for Our Girl's Ben Aldridge as the actor swaps the small screen
for a one man stage play in Kent. Families of the Shoreham air
disaster victims say they are still waiting for answers -
even though all 21 recommendations of a major new report have been
accepted by the Civil Aviation 11 men died when a vintage
jet crashed on the A27 Today's report from the Air Accident
Investigation Branch is designed to make sure a similar catastrophe
can't happen at an But the families say they're no
closer to knowing where blame The pilot Andy Hill,
who survived the crash, is being investigated for possible
manslaughter charges Nearly a year and a half
on from the catastrophic crash that claimed 11 lives at the Shoreham
airshow, today confirmation that the regulations
surrounding future airshows will be The Civil Aviation Authority
agreeing to all 21 safety recommendations put forward by the
Air Accident Investigation Branch. These are perhaps things that should
have happened some time ago and I think are common sense so that we
can go forward, that we can still have a airshows in the future which
really are as safe as possible, not just for the people up in the air
but for the people on the ground The recommendations include that the
CAA will conduct a review as to whether there should be a minimum
differences between display aircraft and the public. That risk
assessments for displays must include the manoeuvre to be
performed by display pilots and that the CAA are not satisfied with the
risk assessment, they may refuse permission for the event to go
ahead. But the announcement is little comfort for those who await
answers for the fundamental questions of what went wrong and who
or what is to blame. Wedding United lost two players -- Worthing. Why
have we waited 17 months and we still have no answers?
How difficult has it been not having those answers and having to wait? It
is hard enough for us, we are just friends. They played for my football
club, they became friends. It is really tough. I cannot imagine how
it is for the families. It is just ridiculous that it has taken so
long. The crash happened back in August 2015, prompting a series of
investigations. A police investigation into the pilot's
actions, an inquest into the death of the 11 men killed and an air
accident investigation enquiry into how it happened. To date, none of
these have concluded. What everybody wants now is how did this happen and
the final judgment will be in the final report. And it will then be
for the CAA, the koruna and indeed all the legal departments in the
country to the NSS what action needs to be done. -- the koruna. But those
who continue to grieve, the long wait
What else have the families than saying today?
Earlier we spoke to James, he is the solicitor acting for the victims
families. He says that their focus really was an awaiting that final
air accident investigation Branch report and on the pre-inquest review
which is due to happen in March. As to the future of the Shoreham
airshow, a spokesman has said this, when and if it is appropriate to do
so, we will explore the possibility of a 2017 airshow. In the meantime,
they say they are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.
Thank you. Southern Rail's claiming tonight
that members of the train drivers union Aslef have crossed picket
lines manned by co-workers with the RMT Union today -
which is striking over The rail company says it's been able
to run a full service, despite the RMT urging Aslef members
not to cross pickets. It comes as the influential
Transport Select Committee of MPs published a letter
from the Rail Minister stating that in order to keep the franchise
Southern will need to prove it's poor service has been a result
of industrial action At a time when relations between the
IMT union and Southern are miles from getting back on truck, a
gleeful solidarity. -- are empty. It is a fundamental right not to be
forced to cross a picket line. It is not a case of what union in, it is a
case of what side you on. According to information from the rail
operator, looks like that call was ignored by Aslef union members.
Morning, Southern's parent company told me that all Aslef drivers have
crossed picket lines and reported for work. It said there had been a
few cancellations involving the nonavailability of train crew that
these were done to sickness and a train planning error. But the RMT
says at least 15 Aslef members walked away from picket lines and
more than 80 trains were cancelled. Southern says there were 40
cancelled trains. It comes as talks are underway aimed at resolving the
dispute between Southern and the train drivers union Aslef over the
role of guards. The talks brokered by the trade union Congress do not
involve the RMT union. They have to be equal, they should not be
facilitated talks on members that we are negotiating for which drivers
and guards without us being in the room. I really do not know what they
are playing out. So is split developing between the RMT and
Aslef? I don't think so. There may be lip service towards solidarity by
the officials of the two unions. And tonight, more pressure for Southern.
Calls on the Government to get a move on and decide whether the
company is inadequate service was caused by strike action. I don't
think there is a holy grail answer to this because ultimately we need
someone to run a very challenging network. I think I would rather that
the Government and Southern come to some form of agreement as how this
franchise can be wrong, doesn't need to be brokered up, handed an early?
It is done by agreement rather than this matter ended up in the courts
which I can see happening. It is a problem with no immediate end in
sight. Charlie, the release of this letter
from the rail minister to the chair of the transport select committee
shows that whether or not the strikes come to an end,
problems for Southern continue. This is all a subplot to the strike
action. The transport committee 's view is that the Government should
be considering all options including restructuring or termination of
Southern contract following a poor service. That cannot happen until
Southern has been a strike a prove that its poor service was all done
to strike action. No time and has been given for this but person
continues. The latest on the talks between Southern and Aslef is that
we have been told progress continues to be made and the talks will start
tomorrow. Thank you.
A derailed freight train has been causing major delays for commuters
today and train operator Southeastern is now warning
passengers that the disruption will continue tomorrow.
All trains from Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross
and Cannon Street were cancelled completely after a train carrying
sand derailed near Lewisham station at around 6am this morning.
This evening, some trains between London and Tunbridge Wells
are being diverted and tomorrow trains between Cannon Street
and the Medway Towns will run from London Blackfriars instead.
Our reporter Chrissie Reidy is at Tonbridge station now.
Chrissie, services there have been affected all day and Chrissie
there are fears that parts of the network could still be
There is still certainly destruction. I spoke to Network Rail
about an hour ago and they said that destruction will continue this
evening and is very likely to continue into the rush-hour tomorrow
morning. It caused significant damage to the tracks. Early this
morning, what does that mean to you if you are travelling? It means
delays, cancellations and a number of changes to some of the roots.
Trains coming into town bridge this evening, many of them are coming
from London Victoria as a prose to London Bridge and vice versa. That
will continue into tomorrow morning, check before you travel anywhere.
Neither green nor pleasant - the land earmarked for a food waste
power generator that's rousing strong passions in Sussex.
A workman left blinded in one eye after been caught up in a fight on
New Year's Eve. Cora Jess was watching
the fireworks when a fight She was taken to hospital
and following surgery has been told Kent Police is appealing
for witnesses to come forward. She remembers New Year's Eve that
the wrong reason. Celebrating outside a pub, someone threw a beer
can in her face. The impact fractured her eye socket and blinded
her right eye. It's awful, not being able to see anything but hearing
everything going on, it's so different to when you had two sons
was there. So much pain for days after that, all the bruising came up
instantly. The 24-year-old came to this pub on New Year's Eve to enjoy
the fireworks. Her boyfriend went inside to buy some drinks. Cora was
hated just three minutes before the big can hit her face. -- Cora was
here for just three minutes. We were told there was a possibility she
might lose the eyes so we were pleased when she was told she was
not going to lose the eye, even if there is no side bar, she has still
got the eye. After the incident, police interviewed a number of
people. Detectives say they want anyone who is there to come forward
with information. I make an appeal to the people involved in this to
come forward and allow us to understand what has gone on so we
can resolve this matter and give justice to the victim. Cora lives on
a houseboat on the peninsula. Since being blinded in one eye, she is
found it difficult to move around the ship. It is completely blurred
at the moment, I have got nothing there at the moment. Coping really
well with it, a lot better than I thought I was going to. Still
learning to get around and do everyday activities like normal
which is one eye. The 24-year-old wanted more surgery on her eye next
week. Her vision will never be the same again. And nor will her life.
Kent will need 37 new primary schools and a further ten
secondary schools by 2022 to meet growing demand.
That's according to Kent County Council,
in setting up new Free Schools could leave them with a shortfall
The local authority has the statue duty to make provision of those
places, yet a Whitehall department is predominantly responsible for
delivering those new school places so we don't have the control that we
have had in the past and we have delivered very successfully the
right number of school places in the right place at the right time, we
question whether the education funding enters the comedy Whitehall
department with a structured record is capable of delivering at the
right time in the right place and at the same cost.
Simon Jones is at County Hall in Maidstone.
Some tough words from the Council leader there.
Why is there such a big rise in the number of school places that
Kent County Council says over the past three years it has managed to
find an extra 10,000 places by expanding existing schools. Why so
many places needed? A large number of couples are some families down
here, a baby boom in Kent, as in other parts of the country, an
influx of families from Eastern Europe bringing children with them
and every the next four years we are going to have a huge number of
housing estates being dealt with families moving in. It is worried
that if the schools are not Bill, children might have to be educated
in mobile classrooms. No response site from the Department for
Education. Proposals to create a pioneering
waste facility in Sussex, that would generate power from food
waste, are facing ferocious opposition from local residents
who are organising a petition to have it removed
from the local plan. Brighton and Hove City Council
earmarked the site at But local people worry it will lead
to a constant stream of lorries, be a blot on the landscape,
and encourage rats to the area. Despite Brighton having the only
Green MP in the country, it was recently was ranked
near the bottom in the country This site where the South Downs
meets the edge of the city has been at the centre of debate
and discussion over Part locked behind gates
for security following a number of illegal traveller entries,
this council owned area is also home to
horses and wildlife. Some residents here feel very
strongly that rubbish It is not suitable for
a waste transfer site. The lorries will be coming
24/7, day and night. They have got to cross this busy
road which is going to hold up it's an exceptionally
busy road anyway. This site is ideal for housing,
there is housing at the back of it, they're not going to
want the smells and the noise that And also their house
prices will depreciate. A local and sustainable
energy company now intends to develop part of
Hangleton Bottom with a food waste facility which they say could give
cheap energy back to the local We just finished the first phase
of feasibility so we feel confident that we can make it
work economically and create value So the second phase
is now going to be starting the planning permission
process so we're just looking at raising money for that in order
to start the application. This plant in west London
has a similar setup. The company behind
the Hangleton scheme say much of their activity would be
below ground, reducing smells They also claim much of
the agricultural land here would A planning application
is expected to be submitted Juliet is in Hangleton now. What
have local residents been saying today?
While we're speaking to the company behind the scheme, we were
approached by some of those who own horses here and there was a heated
discussion. They did not want to appear on camera and they were
concerned about the impact of any waste facility of the land here.
Nothing will be certain until a planning application is submitted
and the council says that planning application will be subject to the
usual normal strict planning roles and there will be a full public
consultation. Councillors here say they are determined to start a
petition and get rid of that waste facility altogether.
Thank you. Our top story tonight, families of
the Shoreham airshow disaster say they are still waiting for answers
even though all 21 recommendations major new report had been accepted
by the Civil Aviation Authority. 11 men died when a vintage jet crashed
on the A27 in August 2015. Let's make a moment to remember
rather than want to forget. Our Girl's Ben Aldridge hopes
audiences will have a memorable night out as he brings his one man
stage play to Kent. After a foggy start, a bright
afternoon. Warnings out this evening about fog. I will have the details
for you in the programme in the forecast a little later on.
Britain's first Prime Minister Robert Walpole,
and its most well known, Winston Churchill.
Just two out of a thousand signatures in an incredible
collection auctioned in Sussex today.
Amongst the items, a signed cheque from Charles Dickens
The signature of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong ?2,500
with Rudyard Kipling's autograph raising ?423.
In total, the collection raised ?42,000.
In this room, there are 1000 signatures of people who have made
history. From Robert Walpole, our first Prime Minister to a recent
resident of number ten, this Ron Charles Dickens is no autograph for
a fan, rather a cheque he signed. There is a letter from the polling,
a postcard from the great train robbers. When the auction is well as
invited to view the collection, they had no idea what to expect. When
they spotted the centre of the man you had lived here, it really piqued
the interest. Rudyard Kipling's autograph was hanging in the hallway
as the home of John Evans, a performer and magician in the 30s
and 40s. It was his collection but with his death, the details of how
he managed to build it. Today, am famous figures am more used to
giving photographs then signatures. I think signatures will continue,
it's not part with self photographs today. Today's auctions, the bits
came from home and overseas. The autographs of the men who conquered
Everest reaching more than ?800, that of the man who first stood on
the move, ?2500. Churchill's name on a Whitehall may lead it went to
?700. From George III to Elizabeth II, the founder of the Labour Party
to a Tory peer, this unusual crowd now each heading off to their new
homes. Two friends of a student
who is blind, have designed a unique Steve Martin from Sevenoaks
and Kristian Harrison have created the special 3D printed map to help
Elliot Roberts feel where he is in the hope it'll help him
to become more independent. It's a simple idea of a map
and no ordinary bat, one that could change
a friend's life. Using a 3-D printer,
Steve and Kristian have created a tactile map of college
mate Elliot's student accommodation with different shaped raised areas
representing rooms, corridors, It's to help Elliot
get around his home. He's blind and has limited
sensitivity so can't read Braille, he also finds it difficult
to remember his way around. I can be more independent
when I leave college. The map has gone through several
designs with feedback from Elliot on what does
and what doesn't work. I am really excited about a project
and how I can help others. Happy that it's being used and a lot
of hard work has paid off. Yeah, it's all about
making something which has made Elliot's life a bit
more easier at Elizabeth House. It's thought this might
be the first time a 3-D map has been used
in such a personalised way. The students are so pleased
with invention that they are taking it to an educational
technology exhibition in London this week, which could mean
their simple idea for a friend might one day help many others
to get around. The actor Ben Aldridge
is best known for TV roles like Our Girl,
Pramface and Lark Tonight though he opens in a brand
new stage production Run The Beast Down
is a first for him - a one man performance with live
electronic music and effect. Is a bit of a first for me. Today
I've appeared on a Twitter account known as the Oldridge army which I
think it is his female following base on his TV roles. This is a new
play, it's a monologue for him and it is something new for the Marlow
on the main stage tonight, this comes out of the Marlow studio
upstairs. It is new writing, something completely different and
the challenge I think for Ben Aldridge.
They moulded around my body and I smiled.
A challenging solo performance in the intimate
Run The Beast Down is new writing by playwright
Titas Halder, it is one of the first productions commissioned and
It's a kind of fantastical, exhilarating,
very unique piece involving me, it's a one-man show, it's a monologue.
And it's got a live score, mixed along to it live so it's
soundtracked throughout which is very unusual,
A hard-working, ever popular actor, there's quite a long list of things
Now this is as dangerous a mission as we've ever
I'm trying to trace someone hereabouts.
I am a journalist from the Oxford Post.
The beast of the play is the urban fox, it's among a
series of fantasies in the mind of the central character Charlie.
His girlfriend just left him and he kind
of descends into a world of insomnia.
And he starts to believe that we have kind of got it wrong, that
humanity has got it wrong and that the city foxes have got
a plan to reclaim the world back into nature.
It's new, fresh and challenging and the first
Eightfold for the rest of the week and tickets are available to members
of the Aldridge army and others. It is a new development for the theatre
and it comes on a nightly city covers are discussing whether the
Theatre in future should be run by a trust. Robin Gibson has its own fan
base. Time for a check on the weather.
More fog. Temperatures dropping again below freezing. A foggy start
to the day but by the afternoon we were seeing lots of sunshine, a bit
more cloud around more than yesterday. Highs of three or four
Celsius. Once again as we head to tonight, we're good to be seeing
some really dense mist and fog. Warnings out from the Met office
about the poor visibility. Heading to tonight, clearer skies once
again, temperatures are going to be plummeting. Rural spots of minus
four Celsius. Once again, everything start to the day. It is misty and
foggy. Slightly milder along the coast. An area of high pressure.
Tomorrow is going to be a dull day. Still by the afternoon, we should
start to see some brightness. The mist and fog really stubborn to
clear. By the afternoon perhaps some breaks but definitely it is going to
be duller than today. Temps are staying cold, highs of three or four
Celsius. The winds are coming from a south-easterly direction. It is
bitterly cold air. As we go to tomorrow night, it is colder still.
Temperatures in towns and cities -1 or minus two Celsius. We should not
be seeing much anyway have way of mist and fog because those with
pick-up as we head through the day. They are dragging up the cold air
from the near continent. Said Thursday, we will do well if we see
temperatures above freezing. Perhaps two or three Celsius. Friday, the
windows back to a south westerly direction so it is slightly less
cold. We are going to the less cloud around, start the day dry that by
the afternoon we are good as the outbreaks of rain. As we look
towards the weekend, it's going to be less cold but slightly unsettled.
Take care if you're going to be out and about on the roads, poor
visibility and freezing and lots of fog.
Now you may remember we covered a story a couple of years ago
about Budi the baby orangutan, who suffered months of starvation
and neglect before being helped by a rescue team from Sussex.
International Animal Rescue, based in Uckfield, took little Budi
to their conservation centre in Borneo, where he has been
He's up in the trees and enjoying himself. It's good to see him so
much better. And he is he as it suggests. I will see tomorrow.
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