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

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Tonight's top stories: Two centuries of military tradition under

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threat claims an MP, as a petition's launched

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to save a Kent barracks the Government plans to close.

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We're live at Invicta Barracks in Maidstone.

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Grammar schools may ask parents for hundreds of pounds

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a year headteachers warn because of concerns

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Also in tonight's programme: The smartphone app pioneered in Kent

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that is helping relieve pressure on A departments.

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The time-travelling photographer who's created a series

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of images of Tunbridge Wells, now and then.

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The Sussex exhibition which aims to explore how people interact

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The Government's been accused of breaking more than two centuries

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of military tradition with plans to close a Kent Army barracks,

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as a petition to try save it is launched

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Helen Grant says shutting Invicta Barracks in Maidstone

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would have a detrimental impact on the town.

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The closure was announced last November as part of a swathe

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The Government is aiming to build more than 55,000 homes

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Hundreds of years of military history is set to come to an end

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when the army march out of Maidstone for the final time in

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Launching a petition against the closure,

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the local MP says it will have a huge impact,

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particularly on the Gurkha soldiers who served there.

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800 soldiers and their families will have to move.

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There will be a huge impact on the town, not just

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And there will be a break in 200 years

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The barracks were first established in Maidstone

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in around 1797, with the threat of Napoleon across the Channel.

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The site's been home to the 36 Engineer

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Regiment since 1959, but it was announced late last year

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Our state has failed to adapt. It is inefficient and costs ?2.5 billion a

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year to maintain and 40% of our built assets are more than 50 years

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old. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said the sale forms part of

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a better defence estate strategy and ensure a modern estate fit for

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personnel and their families. They say there will be better facilities

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to train Armed Forces and more stability for those in the military

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network. In Maidstone, not everyone see the logic. A shame, because it

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has been here a long time. I haven't got a clue what will happen to the

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Gurkhas, so that's a concern. I think the Gurkhas are very decent

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people and well liked here. So you'll be sad to see them go? Yes.

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So it is to be closed in ten years? It is not so good. The clock is

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ticking towards closure. Simon in in Maidstone now -

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Simon, how likely is Helen Grant's Well, she said she will fight to the

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end and is planning to present the petition to the Ministry of Defence

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by Easter time. She said she does not want this barracks to go and be

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replaced by thousands of houses. But there is a form on this because a

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barracks in Canterbury has been and housing is earmarked for that site.

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The Connacht barracks in Dover has been closed for that reason, too. So

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you can see the direction of travel for the Government, so she may have

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a tough fight. The head teacher of a Kent Grammar

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school says they'll be forced to ask parents for a voluntary contribution

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of almost ?200 a year Cranbrook School says it's due

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to consult with parents This comes as the Grammar

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School Heads Association of its members will be the biggest

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losers under planned That's despite Government plans

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to create new grammar schools. Our Education correspondent

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Bryony MacKenzie has more. Held up as an example of educational

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excellence by the Government, controversially given the money for

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expansion, but is the financial rug being pulled from underneath some of

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the best performing schools in the country? We are very perturbed about

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the scale of what is proposed. Unfortunately, in order to do some

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of the things we've traditionally offered it, particularly sporting

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and creative, sometimes in supporting individual students with

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special needs, we will need parents to help us with our annual giving

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scheme. This school will ask for voluntary amount of

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?180 a year. According to the grammar school heads Association,

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103 of the 163 grammar schools nationally will lose funding under

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the proposed formula. Eight will lose out in Kent and four are set to

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lose almost 3%. School funding has become a hot issue. Every secondary

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headteacher in west Sussex wrote to their MP asking for short. The

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addressed and warned of shorter school days and bigger classes. On

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average, schools facing cost increases of about 8% over the

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course of this Parliament. Schools are winning will receive at most

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around 5.5%. It is not fair, because not everyone has that money. People

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work hard to get into grammar schools and sugar free schooling

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like everyone else. I would be happy to contribute, I think it is a

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nominal amount and worth it. Grammar schools have far fewer disadvantaged

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children, which is all funding is formulated. The Department for

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Education says the new formula is based on need rather than postcode

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and is fairer for all. It's hard to see grammar schools

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as needing more money when you compare them to schools

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in disadvantaged areas. Absolutely. There is only one pot of

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cash, so grammar schools want more, are they taking from schools who may

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have more less well off people's? The grammar heads Association says

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they need a minimum funding for everyone and many grammar schools

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are not getting out. Grammar are funded at the same as nonselective

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is, but it may be that some of the parents of grammar school pupils

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from more middle-income families. But today, I was told there is lots

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of support for grammar schools from the Government, incentives and money

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for expansion, but when it comes to the court funding, all schools are

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in the same boat. Coming up: how a third of Kent

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Police time is now spent dealing with people undergoing mental health

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issues. Extra funding has been pledged to help.

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A new smartphone app pioneered in East Kent to help ease pressure

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on A departments has proved so successful it could be rolled

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It allows patients to compare waiting times at A E departments

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The app also shows people where their nearest urgent care

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centre is, and the quickest route to get there.

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It's been used more than 25,000 times in its first month.

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Peter Whittlesea is at the William Harvey hospital in Ashford.

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A are expensive to run and staffed by specialist to can deal with any

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eventuality. If you have a minor injury, you not only cut the waiting

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time here, but also save the NHS money.

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The crisis in A is a national problem. As more and more patients

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turn up at hospitals, waiting times have soared. We need to go to A I

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can't, I will be there for hours! I've got a wedding to go to. I have

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a nap on my tells you the best way to go. This advertiser is the new

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app. Their ages -- fame is Tuesday knowledge a and free up resources in

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A and cutting waiting times. This has been in operation in East Kent

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for a month. We've had 20,000 users and already, we are detecting

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slightly less demand in A and more demand in the minor injury units.

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The ambition is to get this accepted nationwide and help the whole of the

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NHS, not just the NHS hearing East Kent. How does it work? It at the

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latest information on waiting times and patient numbers at all nearby

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minor injury unit and A departments. It also calculates

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travel time from your location. By combining information, it provides a

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list of the best places to go to. I've not been here before and it was

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number one on the list for less waiting time, so here we are. How

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did it work? Came in, registered, were seen within ten minutes and now

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we are ready to go home. It is quicker than A Also, we are not

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using up services needed for more urgent cases. Did you believe it

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when you first saw the app? No, but I do now. Could this app really

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relieve the pressure on overstretched A? Increasingly, the

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NHS will have to use modern technology in a way it isn't. It is

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still using faxes and such. The power in your pocket to save you

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time and the NHS money, it is hoped this free app will catch on.

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This app is updated every four minutes so I can present it and see

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the waiting time here is 21 minutes. Down other minor injuries unit, it

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is just six minutes down in Folkestone. It may be quicker to

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drive there to get treated if I've just got a minor injury, like a

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fractured wrist. A man who carried out a series

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of sexual offences against children in the Tunbridge Wells area has been

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sentenced to nearly Ian Tucker's abuse of

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five victims spanned His crimes came to light when one

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of his victims contacted Kent Police a year ago,

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which led to other Southeastern train services

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will not return to normal for the rest of this week

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following yesterday's The track was damaged

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by the carriages and around a 50-metre stretch of railway

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needs to be replaced. Passengers delayed by 30 minutes

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or more as a result of the incident can claim double the normal

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amount under Delay Repay. The meeting is under way to discuss

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whether Canterbury and Dover should go ahead with creating a new single

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council for East Kent. A final decision will be taken, but the

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public will need to be involved and approval will be required from the

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Secretary of State. The merger would create the largest District Council

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in the country, achieving ?6.8 million of savings over two years.

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Kent Police need to undertake a "revolution" in the way they deal

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with people going through mental health issues, according to the

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He's announced that ?250,000 will be dedicated to help

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It's estimated as much as a third of police time is now

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taken up with people and cases involving mental health issues.

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It comes on the day the College of Policing has issued

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new guidelines for how police restrain people in crisis,

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Kent Police officers now spend a third of their time dealing with

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people suffering mental health problems. In this place it takes

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more than half of police time. The police and crime commission now

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wants revolution in the way people with issues are dealt with. It is a

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pressure for vulnerable people but also officers whom though may be

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trained to handle these situations are not mental health professionals.

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For all the time they spent waiting with people dealing with these

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particular issues, that is time they are not out and about tackling crime

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or outing communities as a visible presence. This month, the Prime

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Minister said mental health have been dangerously disregarded as she

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launched her vision for a shared society. Left unaddressed, it

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destroys lives, separates people and deepens the divisions within our

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society. In Kent, this quarter of million pounds funding means

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charities and community groups can get councillors for people in

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crisis. If I turn up in uniform to turn -- deal with somebody with

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mental health problems, I can give the perception I'm criminalising

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their ill-health and I can add to that stigma and research would

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suggest that makes it take longer for them to recover from a crisis it

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police officers are involved. For the past year, Mind has provided

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councillors in Kent Police call centres. This art group run by the

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same charity is an informal setting where people can access help. They

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want to extend the services to meet demand. When all the nine to five

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services are shut, turn off out of hours help would be fantastic.

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People can go along, meet workers, and we see that kind of one to one

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support so they're not calling ambulances and presented themselves

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at A, calling the police. This will not support or replace NHS

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services, but provide alternative help.

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A petition has been launched to try and save a Kent barracks that is set

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to close as part of wider Government plans to build more housing. The

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Conservative MP for Maidstone says shutting Invicta Barracks would end

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two sentries of military tradition. Also, the artist who has been taking

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things lying down. An exhibition celebrating the recumbent in Sussex.

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And it has been a foggy and dull day today. Brighter tomorrow, but still

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bitterly cold. I will have the forecast later.

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Outside of science fiction, time travel is, of course, impossible -

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That's because photographer Jonathan Bolland has teamed up

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with local historian Ed Langridge to capture a series of startling

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images that match up pictures of the town taken a 100 years

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For tonight's Special Report, Chrissie Reidy

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I have. What is extraordinary when you look at the photos of then and

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now, yes, there is far more traffic around now, and of course, people

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were wearing different clothes at the turn of that century, but

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architecturally here, it is very much still intact. If you take this

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book shop, it has been here since 1898 and the front is very much how

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it was in 1900. A time travel tour

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of Tunbridge Wells with early 20th-century photographs

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merged with modern day. A couple of my photographs

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will show people in Edwardian times, for instance,

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walking down the high street and walking past some

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cars in modern day. So it's in the context

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of how people's lives have changed in terms of,

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say, Only possible because

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so much of the town's What resonates is the fact

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he hasn't changed. You put that picture

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against 100 years ago You've got advertising

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signs, yes, but After receiving positive

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feedback from the few that were posted online,

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Jonathan decided to explore further. You go out and take

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the equivalent photograph the site you are and it is a bit of

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a transposition in our photographic software to layer the

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photographs together. And you take elements out of one

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photo and put them on the other. Wandering round the streets

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of Tunbridge Wells, it's a chance to You look at the buildings and wonder

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who's walked through here. It's gentry who used

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to live here, isn't it? And now, you know,

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you just can't quite picture it, but to seeit like that,

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you can actually see what it was Over 100 years may have

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passed since the original photos were taken, but with a little

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help, the town's rich heritage has Certainly an interesting take,

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contrasting the past and present. Of course, Tunbridge Wells was very

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much the place to be at the turn of the 20th century and I think what

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this book highlights is how rich in history the spa town of Tunbridge

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Wells still is. Thank you. It's An Art Show With A Big Title -

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In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive And

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You Were Full Of Joy. Curated by Turner Prize-winning

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artist Elizabeth Price, it features some big names

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including Henry Moore, the Lumi re Brothers

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and Bridget Riley. As Piers Hopkirk

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reports, the Exhibition at the De La Warr Pavillion

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in Bexhill on Sea aims to explore how important it is for human

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beings to lie down, weather sleeping, working,

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mourning or dancing. A's an extraordinarily eclectic mix

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of art and artists, linking the historical with the contemporary.

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The brainchild of Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price, it is an

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examination of a very specific artistic device. The reclining human

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form. The show opens with images of sleeping. When you look at the image

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of a sleeping figure, you think of what they may wake up to do, but

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also you think of the internal life and their dream world. So I guess

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one of the ideas of the narrative in the exhibition is that as we go

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through it, maybe we can pursuing through the dream logic of the

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sleepers we encounter at the beginning. Featuring the work of

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more than 50 artists, a Rangers from woodcuts to video installations, the

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subjects from the homeless and downtrodden, to royalty. This giant

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plaster cast of Eleanor of Aquitaine is on loan from the Victoria and

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Albert. What is interesting about this, is the way in which the figure

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is presented so benignly, so peacefully, the way the fabric is

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contoured round her body, very languidly and gently, as though she

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might move or stir one leg. Behind-the-scenes, work on

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exhibition continued today ahead of its opening this weekend. This

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exhibition is an enormous privilege for us to host and we been working

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with the Hayward touring exhibitions in order to post it here at the De

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La Warr Pavillion. What's extraordinary about it is the great

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range of types of work in it. It is an amazing chance to see this great

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swathe of practice across history telling a particular story that

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Elizabeth has devised. The exhibition runs until May.

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Brighton and Hove Albion are back on top of the Championship table

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after a 1-0 victory over Cardiff last night at The Amex.

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The Seagulls were frustrated by Cardiff for much of the match,

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until Tomer Hemed smashed in the only goal in the 73rd minute.

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Chris Hughton's side are now two points clear of Newcastle.

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Visually-impaired skier Millie Knight from Canterbury

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and her guide Brett Wild have won Downhill Gold

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on the opening day of the World Para Alpine Skiing

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The 18-year-old, who was GB's youngest athlete at the 2014

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Winter Paralympics, completed the course in just over

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one minute, 13 seconds to take Gold by over a second

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Sussex rugby star Dylan Hartley has been confirmed as England's captain

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for the Six Nations, two days after his six-week

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suspension for hitting an opponent ended.

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The 30-year-old, who grew up in Crowborough and played

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for the town's rugby club, was shown the third red card

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of his career for striking in December last year.

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Eastbourne's Johanna Konta is out of the Australian Open

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after being beaten in straight sets 6-2 6-3 by former

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Konta went into the quarterfinal in the form of her life,

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but came up short in her first meeting with Williams,

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The world number two was just too strong

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the British star's nine-match winning streak to an end by knocking

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I think she played at a higher level than I did today and I think she is

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one of the best of all time, so I think, yeah, I really

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enjoyed my time out there on court against her and

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Well, I hope I can bring a lot away from it and

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things I'll be able to reuse and hopefully get

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And if she does, she will take heart from the fact the

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American did not have it all her own way in this match.

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Having lost the first set, Konta fought

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even harder, managing to break Williams's serve.

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It's that sort of form which prompted her opponent to describe

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her as an Australian Open champion of the future.

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Playing really well and I think it's so important.

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This has been coming for her for

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She's been wanting to win grand slams and to do well.

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was the best experience of her life and by reaching the quarterfinals

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here, she could well retain her position in the world's top ten.

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It has been very foggy today. Yes, lots of fog around today causing

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real problems. But it should be shifting in time for tomorrow, but

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it will stay bitterly cold. Earlier today, dense mist and fog patches

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didn't even clearer in many places and there was a good deal of cloud.

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The dull, cold there. It will change tonight. The winds start to pick up

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from the South East, so bitterly cold air from the near continent.

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Overnight tonight, we see clearer skies around and temperatures are

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once again falling to around -2 or -3 in rural spots. We should avoid

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much of the mist and fog thanks to the winds. First thing tomorrow,

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bitterly cold and blustery. As you can tell, those winds will pick up

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as we head through the day. It will be bright, and by the afternoon,

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temperatures do well to get above three degrees with the wind chill

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factor though, it will feel more like freezing. As we go from

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Thursday to Friday, a bit of a shift. The winds go back to south

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westerly direction, so it will be a little less cold. Overnight

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temperatures will still drop to minus one degree in more rural

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spots. Just above freezing along the coast. Friday, we will potentially

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see patchy drizzle and it is less cold. Highs of 8-9 . The unsettled

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at the weekend. Rain on Saturday, but dry by Sunday. Sunshine

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tomorrow, but wrap up warm. Thank you, Rachel. I will be by

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later. Goodbye.

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