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

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Jail for the man who left a 17-year-old girl to drown

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in the sea at Ramsgate - actions branded as

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A ?200 million investment in Dover's western docks,

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aimed at keeping the port relevant after Brexit.

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We will be live at the port, with all the details.

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Also in tonight's programme, a woman battling cancer lobbies Parliament,

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to allow others to have the drug she has benefited from.

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It is just shocking that women are not allowed to have it.

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A legal challenge to Eastbourne Council's plan to sell

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And Sussex modernism. How the Downs have been a magnet

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for some of the last century's greatest artists.

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A man who left a young woman to drown in the sea at Ramsgate has

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been jailed for five and a half years.

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Michael Bowditch pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Becky Morgan,

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She was with Bowditch when she fell from the sea wall in the early hours

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of May 1 last year, but he did not contact the emergency services

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The judge condemned his behaviour as "repugnant".

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Becky Morgan's friends and family crowded into the court today,

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to hear a man admit that he had left the teenager to drown.

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Exactly what happened to her that night, they will never know.

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But they do know that he could have tried to save her.

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Most certainly, he could have helped.

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There was a lifebuoy on the side of the harbour arm,

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quite near to where Becky went into the water.

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He had a telephone on him at the time.

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The emergency services could have been alerted.

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Instead, Michael Bowditch, who had only met Becky a few hours

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He would tell police they had been kissing and mucking around,

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when she had fallen off the harbour arm.

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She had been screaming for help and saying she could not swim.

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He later retracted that and said he could not

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What is clear is that they had gone on to the harbour arm just

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after 2am, when Becky had fallen into the water.

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Bowditch only called the police at five o'clock.

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where he had been seen chatting and laughing.

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A little later, Becky's body was found, two and a half miles

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In a statement, Becky's mother said she felt something bright

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All I can think about is her being alone, in the dark, in the cold

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I can imagine that she was calling for me.

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Another family member spoke of their distress.

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All of us are completely devastated, to be honest.

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I know it is real, but I still keep expecting to hear her voice.

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I still find it terribly difficult to believe that

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this wonderful, vibrant, intelligent girl is just gone.

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The judge described Bowditch's behaviour as "repugnant",

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to see that Becky was in trouble, but walk away.

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He said the fact that, while she had been sober,

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he had been drunk and taken cannabis and cocaine was not an excuse,

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He sentenced him to five and a half years.

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A woman from Deal has gone to the Houses of Parliament today,

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as part of her campaign to get the government

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Chantelle Rashbrook has been taking Kadcyla for three years,

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after developing secondary tumours, following breast cancer treatment.

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The drug, which is believed to prolong life, has not yet

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Chantelle will continue to be given the drug,

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but says she wants other women to be given the same chance she has had.

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When Chantelle Rashbrook cancer came back. Treatment, she was given a

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drug, Kadcyla. It is no no longer prescribed for new patients. It is

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just shocking that women are not allowed to have it. Why cannot we be

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given it? They have no taken the campaign to Parliament. People

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living with cancer, especially secondary breast cancer, that we

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have not given up and we want an NHS which provides us all with the

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access to the most effective treatment. Kadcyla Used to treat a

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particular type of cancer, breast cancer which has spread to other

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parts of the body and cannot otherwise be treated. 1200 people

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would be eligible for it. Those who take it can live up to nine months

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longer than those on alternatives, but it costs up to ?990,000 per

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patient, which NICE see as far too expensive. We have raised thousands

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for breast cancer. She herself has raised a lot of money. They are

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drugs which could be helping the research into breast cancer be taken

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away? NICE CVR are looking at the situation. She just wants other

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people to be given what she was given, tame. -- tame.

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Significant improvements for the hospital, but stays in special

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measures. It is being described as the single

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biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover -

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the revival of the Western Docks, to create a new cargo

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facility and marina. And tonight, a consortium of leading

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British and European lenders has agreed a ?200 package

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of loans, to help make Simon Jones is in Dover.

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How are things set to change? The area has looked rather forlorn

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ever since the hoverport move data a few years ago. In all, this will

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cost ?250 million. News today of ?200 million in loans secured. 75

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million of it from the European investment bank. Why is it needed?

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Report says the amount of freight is going to increase by 40% in the next

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15 years. They see it as a clear sign of confidence in the future of

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the port, despite Britain leaving the European Union. They say it will

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make a huge difference. The local MP agrees is in agreement, but says he

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wants to see them getting on with their work, which is not expected to

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be completed for about three years. The trust which runs

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the Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest

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in St Leonards has been told it will stay in special measures,

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despite making The East Sussex Healthcare NHS

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Trust went into special Today's report says a new leadership

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team has had a positive impact, but the trust's A departments

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still need to improve, as our Health Correspondent

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Mark Norman reports. Around 1,500 operations a month

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happen in these theatres. A year ago the staff

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in this department were, I am told, devastated to be

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rated as "inadequate". Today, though, this department

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is rated as "good". It has not been any one

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person, in particular, and from the public's confidence,

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I am hoping that will raise the profile for us and the public

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and our patients will have a Despite now being rated

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as requiring improvement, inspectors say the trust must stay

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in special measures. They say the new leadership team

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appears to have tackled concerns about staff bullying,

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but say, in the trust's A department, there are poor staffing

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levels, poor record-keeping There are a number

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of factors behind at. Clearly, demand on the

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department is growing. It is huge and creating great

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pressure and the trust is struggling to recruit key members of staff

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to support that department. But we feel there are some things

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they can do for themselves which would really help and some

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of that is about rapid reporting of incidents,

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good infection control and good And we feel the trust

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can handle that. Issues the trust's

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new boss acknowledges. It is not where we aim to be.

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It is a milestone on the way. We are on an improvement trajectory,

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as the CQC described it, and we will progress from here,

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through an assessment of good, in due course, and our aim

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is to be an outstanding To achieve that outstanding rating

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would represent a huge turnaround in the space of just a few years,

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but staff here seem to believe today's report is one step

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towards that ambitious goal. The chief executive cannot be

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faulted for ambition. He has been outlining

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to you how he might achieve Indeed. Very confident. He says he

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is confident that people in the south-east are happy about the

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health care they are getting. He has got to separate problems. Accident

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and emergency. He has got problems they had to sort out. Also, with

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them in special measures, the facing a big deficit. They have got to look

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at the long term, but he is confident they will be tunnelling in

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Rome by 2020. -- terming it roamed. There are calls this evening

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for a rail body to be set up, comprising councils,

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businesses and commuters in Sussex, to help decide the way

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the Southern service is run. The leader of Brighton

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Council wants a new body, A similar scheme for the north

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of England has already helped Southern Rail has faced

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months of disruption through strike action,

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but had been facing strong criticism for delays before

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that action started. This is a partnership based

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on what local councils have done across the North,

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in partnership with the Department for Transport, to create a body

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which has the power to give a view on who runs the rail

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services in their area. So, we are proposing

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it is called Rail South - as they do in the North,

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Rail North - and it would sit within Transport

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For The South East, which is a new sub-national body being proposed

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by the Department of Transport. It follows a claim by the RMT union

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that the government could take control of the Southern Rail

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franchise as early as the weekend. It is the latest twist in a bitter

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industrial dispute over the role Our Political Editor Helen Catt

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is at Brighton train station now. It has been quite a day. We had

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these reports suggesting they are plans afoot to take Southern back

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into public ownership. Ten Downing St is dismissing this is

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speculative. The Labour Party has, however, been pleased about this.

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The Shadow Transport Secretary said there was no need for the government

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to prolong the soft suffering of passengers on Southern. There has

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even been temporary support from conservative MPs Farid temporarily

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renationalisation. Today, we saw this announcement looking further

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down the track. Train to give customers the chance to be listened

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to. Still very elderly with regard to that, with regard to the looking

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at the franchise been re-awarded the game.

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A leading environmental lawyer is challenging Eastbourne Council's

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case for selling off around 3,000 acres of its Downland Estate.

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Simon Boyle, who lives in the town, has produced a legal review,

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questioning the council's claim that the land is protected

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Campaigners are concerned about the land's future, if it

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falls into private hands, but the council insists it would

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Our environment correspondent Yvette Austin reports.

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The closely grazed fields of Eastbourne 's downland in the

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winter. The council wants to sell three quarters of it. About 3000

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litres. The council wishes to retain this part. They want to sell off

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this farmland in the middle. Many people who live here are not happy.

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You do not know who is going to purchase it? There is no guarantee

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over who is going to order the land. A local environmental lawyer has

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been digging into the details of the covenants and believe the council is

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from insisting that these will always protect the land. People also

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think that being in a national park provides more protection than it

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does. It offers some protection. But we have seen the likes of pylons and

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solar farms going up and we could see the same sort of thing happening

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here. It will remain farmland. The focus will remain so purpose. There

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will be stringent planning in place which will always protect the

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forums. In the neighbouring area, campaigners are cautiously

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optimistic that no more will be lost. It is a natural area, the rich

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wildlife. Oliver and more is what they should be looking at.

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Campaigners in Eastbourne are hoping that public pressure will persuade

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the councillors to think again. A judge has branded a man who left

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a young woman to drown in the sea Michael Bowditch pleaded guilty

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to the manslaughter of Becky Morgan, He saw her fall from the sea wall,

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but did not contact police He has been jailed for

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five and a half years. How the Sussex Downs as Hill to link

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inspire some great 20th-century art. Join me later for the weather

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forecast later in the programme. A Kent couple say families

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with relatives in care homes should be able to complain about quality

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of care, without fear of reprisals. It comes as the Residents

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and Relatives Association say they have received a 60% increase

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in calls from relatives who say they have been banned

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from visiting spouses or, worse still, had their

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loved ones evicted. Chrissie Reidy has

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tonight's special report. Dorothy was resident at the Key of

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homing deal. After the family raised numerous concerns about her clear,

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she was evicted. We should be free to these consent about our loft ones

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without fear of retribution. If I say something, are we going to be

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stopped from visiting or are they going to be evicted? They have any

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set complaints procedures and people are not frightened to use them. As a

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relative, we are fighting to complain because we are frightened

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what would happen. The majority of care homes are privately run. Some

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see burning or evicting visitors should be the last resort. It is not

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always about the relatives, it can be about the provider on geeky

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stuff. This is where communication breaks down. When you have people in

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a care home, you need to have transparency and good communication.

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George says he was banned from visiting his late wife after

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complaining. A lot of the care home straight and persuade you into

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silence. It is silence. The do not want to think it is the fall. The

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Care Quality Commission said it is not in the arena to mediate between

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relatives and the care homes. But there has been a huge increase in

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both complaints and evictions, according to Residents and Relatives

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Association. If someone has been banned from the premises are being

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evicted, there has to be a very good reason for this. We contacted the

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care home today and they said they would provide does with the

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statement. As yet, we have not received one. With people living

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much longer, family see much more open and transparent complaints

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processes are provided. For Dorothy 's family, it is too late.

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With 19 games to go, Brighton and Hove Albion sit top

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of the Championship table, with the prize of the Premier League

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And a vital part of what the club hopes will be its march to promotion

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is a player born and bred in Sussex - Solly March.

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The 22-year-old winger is from Hailsham and went to primary

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school in Hellingly, before attending Ringmer Community College.

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And he played for Lewes and Eastbourne Borough,

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making his debut at the Amex in 2013.

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He has been chatting exclusively to our reporter, Natalie Graham.

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That was Solly March, scoring on his debut at the Amex -

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a goal that showed Seagulls fans just what he was capable of.

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The stadium was great. So, a great moment,

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And everyone is still talking about that goal.

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I know, I need to redo it. Hopefully, that will come soon.

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He has achieved what most Sussex schoolboys dream of and his path to

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His first club was Lewes, then Eastbourne Borough.

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When I was seven or eight, I always had a ball at my feet and

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it was my aim to become a footballer.

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I suppose, when I was 16-17, I thought I had a chance.

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I seemed better than the people I was playing with,

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so that was when I realised I had to go for it and, why not, yeah.

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And at one of his former schools, Solly is a poster boy for

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I was very proud to see Solly making his debut for Brighton.

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And we have seen him reach other levels.

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Even more proud to see him playing for England under-21s.

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To then see him play Premiership football,

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as long as he does not score against Spurs, who are my team,

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And, hopefully, I would be there to see it.

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And that long-awaited next step to the Premier League is on the

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Solly recently returned from a year off, recovering

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from a knee injury, just in time, as he helps the team push

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How good would it be to start next season in the Premier League?

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It will be like a dream for a lot of us, I think, for the whole club

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It will be a big moment and I think it's probably the best position

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we've ever been in to do it, so hopefully, we can push

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So, you need to repeat that Norwich goal, don't you?

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With 19 games to go, Sussex expects and the pressure is on the boy

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Over the years, why have so many artists, writers and thinkers taken

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to the hills in Sussex, looking for inspiration?

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It is a question that has inspired a major show,

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freaturing artworks and treasures from some of the

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best-known galleries, famous houses and museums in Sussex.

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The story of Sussex Modernism is revealed through

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all sorts of objects, from paintings by the Bohemian

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artists of Charleston Farmhouse, to Brighton Museum's

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famous Salvador Dali sofa, based on movie star Mae West's lips.

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Robin Gibson is at 2 Temple Place in Central London for us now.

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The more shocking in the day, before and after the First World War, model

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challenge people's perceptions about art. But all the artists on short

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year chose to live and work in Sussex. A lot of the images, up some

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of them are rather troubling. I think that is what sets the

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borderless apart. They were treated as strange by Crusaders. The

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exhibition brings them all together. They have raided the Sussex family

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jewels. This has been collected from a variety of different museums. The

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most important purpose is to raise the profile and this -- promote the

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art galleries which are based on West London. The skewed its fame and

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bespoke short for the house. There are some extraordinary pieces

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onshore, including the house itself, which was built from scratch as an

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office for the business magnate, Astor. It was a good place for

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people to escape from the city life. There has been talk about the

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different communities and groups, but they have never been shown

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together. I hoping people will go and see this exhibition and make

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their own connections between things. It tells a colourful story.

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Looks like they have raided the best of all of our exhibitions!

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It has been absolutely freezing today.

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Yes, there has been a lot of cloud and it has been bitterly cold.

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Today, clear skies, so the temperatures plummeting once again.

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Down below zero once again. There is a warning out, much of it will fall

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as rain, but it could set is ice through the data model. The wind

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will pick up as we head through the day. Eventually, it will be a lot

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less cold as we head to the region. Much of the day feeling bitterly

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cold. By the Ulsterman, more cloud around and although temperatures

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look not too bad, they will not feel that Kerry because of the strength

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of the wind. The wind getting up to 15-20 mph. Serena rowing technique

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overnight. But only dropping a DDR salt from the best of the day came

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temperatures. Rain first thing for Saturday. Mostly a dry picture.

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Temperatures getting up to 9-10 C. At the moment, as will towards

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Sunday, there is a level of uncertainty. A ridge of high

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pressure for Monday. On Tuesday, the wind picking up. So, the mean thing

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really is that warning for ice tomorrow. But eventually, a little

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less cold. We are a clock with an update. Goodbye for now.

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Einstein replaced Newton's theory of universal gravitation

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with a more accurate theory - general relativity.

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So, why's my apple falling? Well, it's not.

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It is the ground that accelerates up to meet the apple.

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