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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.


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