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Welcome to South East Today. I'm Rob Smith.
Jail for the man who left a 17-year-old girl to drown
in the sea at Ramsgate - actions branded as
A ?200 million investment in Dover's western docks,
aimed at keeping the port relevant after Brexit.
We will be live at the port, with all the details.
Also in tonight's programme, a woman battling cancer lobbies Parliament,
to allow others to have the drug she has benefited from.
It is just shocking that women are not allowed to have it.
A legal challenge to Eastbourne Council's plan to sell
And Sussex modernism. How the Downs have been a magnet
for some of the last century's greatest artists.
A man who left a young woman to drown in the sea at Ramsgate has
been jailed for five and a half years.
Michael Bowditch pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Becky Morgan,
She was with Bowditch when she fell from the sea wall in the early hours
of May 1 last year, but he did not contact the emergency services
The judge condemned his behaviour as "repugnant".
Becky Morgan's friends and family crowded into the court today,
to hear a man admit that he had left the teenager to drown.
Exactly what happened to her that night, they will never know.
But they do know that he could have tried to save her.
Most certainly, he could have helped.
There was a lifebuoy on the side of the harbour arm,
quite near to where Becky went into the water.
He had a telephone on him at the time.
The emergency services could have been alerted.
Instead, Michael Bowditch, who had only met Becky a few hours
He would tell police they had been kissing and mucking around,
when she had fallen off the harbour arm.
She had been screaming for help and saying she could not swim.
He later retracted that and said he could not
What is clear is that they had gone on to the harbour arm just
after 2am, when Becky had fallen into the water.
Bowditch only called the police at five o'clock.
where he had been seen chatting and laughing.
A little later, Becky's body was found, two and a half miles
In a statement, Becky's mother said she felt something bright
All I can think about is her being alone, in the dark, in the cold
I can imagine that she was calling for me.
Another family member spoke of their distress.
All of us are completely devastated, to be honest.
I know it is real, but I still keep expecting to hear her voice.
I still find it terribly difficult to believe that
this wonderful, vibrant, intelligent girl is just gone.
The judge described Bowditch's behaviour as "repugnant",
to see that Becky was in trouble, but walk away.
He said the fact that, while she had been sober,
he had been drunk and taken cannabis and cocaine was not an excuse,
He sentenced him to five and a half years.
A woman from Deal has gone to the Houses of Parliament today,
as part of her campaign to get the government
Chantelle Rashbrook has been taking Kadcyla for three years,
after developing secondary tumours, following breast cancer treatment.
The drug, which is believed to prolong life, has not yet
Chantelle will continue to be given the drug,
but says she wants other women to be given the same chance she has had.
When Chantelle Rashbrook cancer came back. Treatment, she was given a
drug, Kadcyla. It is no no longer prescribed for new patients. It is
just shocking that women are not allowed to have it. Why cannot we be
given it? They have no taken the campaign to Parliament. People
living with cancer, especially secondary breast cancer, that we
have not given up and we want an NHS which provides us all with the
access to the most effective treatment. Kadcyla Used to treat a
particular type of cancer, breast cancer which has spread to other
parts of the body and cannot otherwise be treated. 1200 people
would be eligible for it. Those who take it can live up to nine months
longer than those on alternatives, but it costs up to ?990,000 per
patient, which NICE see as far too expensive. We have raised thousands
for breast cancer. She herself has raised a lot of money. They are
drugs which could be helping the research into breast cancer be taken
away? NICE CVR are looking at the situation. She just wants other
people to be given what she was given, tame. -- tame.
Significant improvements for the hospital, but stays in special
measures. It is being described as the single
biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover -
the revival of the Western Docks, to create a new cargo
facility and marina. And tonight, a consortium of leading
British and European lenders has agreed a ?200 package
of loans, to help make Simon Jones is in Dover.
How are things set to change? The area has looked rather forlorn
ever since the hoverport move data a few years ago. In all, this will
cost ?250 million. News today of ?200 million in loans secured. 75
million of it from the European investment bank. Why is it needed?
Report says the amount of freight is going to increase by 40% in the next
15 years. They see it as a clear sign of confidence in the future of
the port, despite Britain leaving the European Union. They say it will
make a huge difference. The local MP agrees is in agreement, but says he
wants to see them getting on with their work, which is not expected to
be completed for about three years. The trust which runs
the Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest
in St Leonards has been told it will stay in special measures,
despite making The East Sussex Healthcare NHS
Trust went into special Today's report says a new leadership
team has had a positive impact, but the trust's A departments
still need to improve, as our Health Correspondent
Mark Norman reports. Around 1,500 operations a month
happen in these theatres. A year ago the staff
in this department were, I am told, devastated to be
rated as "inadequate". Today, though, this department
is rated as "good". It has not been any one
person, in particular, and from the public's confidence,
I am hoping that will raise the profile for us and the public
and our patients will have a Despite now being rated
as requiring improvement, inspectors say the trust must stay
in special measures. They say the new leadership team
appears to have tackled concerns about staff bullying,
but say, in the trust's A department, there are poor staffing
levels, poor record-keeping There are a number
of factors behind at. Clearly, demand on the
department is growing. It is huge and creating great
pressure and the trust is struggling to recruit key members of staff
to support that department. But we feel there are some things
they can do for themselves which would really help and some
of that is about rapid reporting of incidents,
good infection control and good And we feel the trust
can handle that. Issues the trust's
new boss acknowledges. It is not where we aim to be.
It is a milestone on the way. We are on an improvement trajectory,
as the CQC described it, and we will progress from here,
through an assessment of good, in due course, and our aim
is to be an outstanding To achieve that outstanding rating
would represent a huge turnaround in the space of just a few years,
but staff here seem to believe today's report is one step
towards that ambitious goal. The chief executive cannot be
faulted for ambition. He has been outlining
to you how he might achieve Indeed. Very confident. He says he
is confident that people in the south-east are happy about the
health care they are getting. He has got to separate problems. Accident
and emergency. He has got problems they had to sort out. Also, with
them in special measures, the facing a big deficit. They have got to look
at the long term, but he is confident they will be tunnelling in
Rome by 2020. -- terming it roamed. There are calls this evening
for a rail body to be set up, comprising councils,
businesses and commuters in Sussex, to help decide the way
the Southern service is run. The leader of Brighton
Council wants a new body, A similar scheme for the north
of England has already helped Southern Rail has faced
months of disruption through strike action,
but had been facing strong criticism for delays before
that action started. This is a partnership based
on what local councils have done across the North,
in partnership with the Department for Transport, to create a body
which has the power to give a view on who runs the rail
services in their area. So, we are proposing
it is called Rail South - as they do in the North,
Rail North - and it would sit within Transport
For The South East, which is a new sub-national body being proposed
by the Department of Transport. It follows a claim by the RMT union
that the government could take control of the Southern Rail
franchise as early as the weekend. It is the latest twist in a bitter
industrial dispute over the role Our Political Editor Helen Catt
is at Brighton train station now. It has been quite a day. We had
these reports suggesting they are plans afoot to take Southern back
into public ownership. Ten Downing St is dismissing this is
speculative. The Labour Party has, however, been pleased about this.
The Shadow Transport Secretary said there was no need for the government
to prolong the soft suffering of passengers on Southern. There has
even been temporary support from conservative MPs Farid temporarily
renationalisation. Today, we saw this announcement looking further
down the track. Train to give customers the chance to be listened
to. Still very elderly with regard to that, with regard to the looking
at the franchise been re-awarded the game.
A leading environmental lawyer is challenging Eastbourne Council's
case for selling off around 3,000 acres of its Downland Estate.
Simon Boyle, who lives in the town, has produced a legal review,
questioning the council's claim that the land is protected
Campaigners are concerned about the land's future, if it
falls into private hands, but the council insists it would
Our environment correspondent Yvette Austin reports.
The closely grazed fields of Eastbourne 's downland in the
winter. The council wants to sell three quarters of it. About 3000
litres. The council wishes to retain this part. They want to sell off
this farmland in the middle. Many people who live here are not happy.
You do not know who is going to purchase it? There is no guarantee
over who is going to order the land. A local environmental lawyer has
been digging into the details of the covenants and believe the council is
from insisting that these will always protect the land. People also
think that being in a national park provides more protection than it
does. It offers some protection. But we have seen the likes of pylons and
solar farms going up and we could see the same sort of thing happening
here. It will remain farmland. The focus will remain so purpose. There
will be stringent planning in place which will always protect the
forums. In the neighbouring area, campaigners are cautiously
optimistic that no more will be lost. It is a natural area, the rich
wildlife. Oliver and more is what they should be looking at.
Campaigners in Eastbourne are hoping that public pressure will persuade
the councillors to think again. A judge has branded a man who left
a young woman to drown in the sea Michael Bowditch pleaded guilty
to the manslaughter of Becky Morgan, He saw her fall from the sea wall,
but did not contact police He has been jailed for
five and a half years. How the Sussex Downs as Hill to link
inspire some great 20th-century art. Join me later for the weather
forecast later in the programme. A Kent couple say families
with relatives in care homes should be able to complain about quality
of care, without fear of reprisals. It comes as the Residents
and Relatives Association say they have received a 60% increase
in calls from relatives who say they have been banned
from visiting spouses or, worse still, had their
loved ones evicted. Chrissie Reidy has
tonight's special report. Dorothy was resident at the Key of
homing deal. After the family raised numerous concerns about her clear,
she was evicted. We should be free to these consent about our loft ones
without fear of retribution. If I say something, are we going to be
stopped from visiting or are they going to be evicted? They have any
set complaints procedures and people are not frightened to use them. As a
relative, we are fighting to complain because we are frightened
what would happen. The majority of care homes are privately run. Some
see burning or evicting visitors should be the last resort. It is not
always about the relatives, it can be about the provider on geeky
stuff. This is where communication breaks down. When you have people in
a care home, you need to have transparency and good communication.
George says he was banned from visiting his late wife after
complaining. A lot of the care home straight and persuade you into
silence. It is silence. The do not want to think it is the fall. The
Care Quality Commission said it is not in the arena to mediate between
relatives and the care homes. But there has been a huge increase in
both complaints and evictions, according to Residents and Relatives
Association. If someone has been banned from the premises are being
evicted, there has to be a very good reason for this. We contacted the
care home today and they said they would provide does with the
statement. As yet, we have not received one. With people living
much longer, family see much more open and transparent complaints
processes are provided. For Dorothy 's family, it is too late.
With 19 games to go, Brighton and Hove Albion sit top
of the Championship table, with the prize of the Premier League
And a vital part of what the club hopes will be its march to promotion
is a player born and bred in Sussex - Solly March.
The 22-year-old winger is from Hailsham and went to primary
school in Hellingly, before attending Ringmer Community College.
And he played for Lewes and Eastbourne Borough,
making his debut at the Amex in 2013.
He has been chatting exclusively to our reporter, Natalie Graham.
That was Solly March, scoring on his debut at the Amex -
a goal that showed Seagulls fans just what he was capable of.
The stadium was great. So, a great moment,
And everyone is still talking about that goal.
I know, I need to redo it. Hopefully, that will come soon.
He has achieved what most Sussex schoolboys dream of and his path to
His first club was Lewes, then Eastbourne Borough.
When I was seven or eight, I always had a ball at my feet and
it was my aim to become a footballer.
I suppose, when I was 16-17, I thought I had a chance.
I seemed better than the people I was playing with,
so that was when I realised I had to go for it and, why not, yeah.
And at one of his former schools, Solly is a poster boy for
I was very proud to see Solly making his debut for Brighton.
And we have seen him reach other levels.
Even more proud to see him playing for England under-21s.
To then see him play Premiership football,
as long as he does not score against Spurs, who are my team,
And, hopefully, I would be there to see it.
And that long-awaited next step to the Premier League is on the
Solly recently returned from a year off, recovering
from a knee injury, just in time, as he helps the team push
How good would it be to start next season in the Premier League?
It will be like a dream for a lot of us, I think, for the whole club
It will be a big moment and I think it's probably the best position
we've ever been in to do it, so hopefully, we can push
So, you need to repeat that Norwich goal, don't you?
With 19 games to go, Sussex expects and the pressure is on the boy
Over the years, why have so many artists, writers and thinkers taken
to the hills in Sussex, looking for inspiration?
It is a question that has inspired a major show,
freaturing artworks and treasures from some of the
best-known galleries, famous houses and museums in Sussex.
The story of Sussex Modernism is revealed through
all sorts of objects, from paintings by the Bohemian
artists of Charleston Farmhouse, to Brighton Museum's
famous Salvador Dali sofa, based on movie star Mae West's lips.
Robin Gibson is at 2 Temple Place in Central London for us now.
The more shocking in the day, before and after the First World War, model
challenge people's perceptions about art. But all the artists on short
year chose to live and work in Sussex. A lot of the images, up some
of them are rather troubling. I think that is what sets the
borderless apart. They were treated as strange by Crusaders. The
exhibition brings them all together. They have raided the Sussex family
jewels. This has been collected from a variety of different museums. The
most important purpose is to raise the profile and this -- promote the
art galleries which are based on West London. The skewed its fame and
bespoke short for the house. There are some extraordinary pieces
onshore, including the house itself, which was built from scratch as an
office for the business magnate, Astor. It was a good place for
people to escape from the city life. There has been talk about the
different communities and groups, but they have never been shown
together. I hoping people will go and see this exhibition and make
their own connections between things. It tells a colourful story.
Looks like they have raided the best of all of our exhibitions!
It has been absolutely freezing today.
Yes, there has been a lot of cloud and it has been bitterly cold.
Today, clear skies, so the temperatures plummeting once again.
Down below zero once again. There is a warning out, much of it will fall
as rain, but it could set is ice through the data model. The wind
will pick up as we head through the day. Eventually, it will be a lot
less cold as we head to the region. Much of the day feeling bitterly
cold. By the Ulsterman, more cloud around and although temperatures
look not too bad, they will not feel that Kerry because of the strength
of the wind. The wind getting up to 15-20 mph. Serena rowing technique
overnight. But only dropping a DDR salt from the best of the day came
temperatures. Rain first thing for Saturday. Mostly a dry picture.
Temperatures getting up to 9-10 C. At the moment, as will towards
Sunday, there is a level of uncertainty. A ridge of high
pressure for Monday. On Tuesday, the wind picking up. So, the mean thing
really is that warning for ice tomorrow. But eventually, a little
less cold. We are a clock with an update. Goodbye for now.
Einstein replaced Newton's theory of universal gravitation
with a more accurate theory - general relativity.
So, why's my apple falling? Well, it's not.
It is the ground that accelerates up to meet the apple.