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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Natalie Graham.

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The footage released by a desperate mother who says her family can't

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cope with her violent son - and is being let

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He is the best and his self-esteem is at rock bottom because he has no

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friends and cannot access Bencic in the wider community.

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A trebling in reported rapes across Kent and Sussex -

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We'll be talking live to Kent's Police and Crime

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Brighton's heroes will tour the city in an open top bus -

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to celebrate the Seagulls rise to the Premier League.

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Drama King - the teacher who's become the first person to win

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a prestigious award for his work inspiring his Kent pupils.

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Rampage until we stand strange, right now...

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And we meet Kate Tempest - the performance poet who's also

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the youngest ever director of the Brighton Festival.

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The mother of an 11-year-old boy with violent behavioural problems,

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says her family is in crisis after his school said

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he is too disruptive, and must be taught at home instead.

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Holly Batten, from Sedlescombe, says the council can't fund

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an alternative school place - and that she's desperate for help.

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Her son Rupert has Asperger syndrome -

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She's given us video footage of him when he loses control,

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to try and explain how difficult it is for the family to cope.

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In this exclusive report, she told our Education correspondent

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Bryony Mackenzie that she believes that system is letting her,

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Roberts's mother, Pauline, has released this

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footage to show how children with Asperger's can become anxious

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Went out right onto the top table of the roof and

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we had to call the fire brigade. To help him down.

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He had a really bad experience, he was really, really

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Rupert's behaviour, as a result of his

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Asperger's, means he is now not allowed back to his special needs

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Despite East Sussex County Council funding ?40,000 for

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his place there, he is now being offered minimal home tuition.

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I do not believe that one hour per day at

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home is a suitable education for a child.

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Rupert needs to be in a provision that can

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Just having one teacher turned up for one hour per

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Gets out of control and become monsters in

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Highly intelligent, Rupert himself is aware of his own

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Why don't you? I was different.

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I don't know why, I just felt different.

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You'd like to go to school where you feel happy?

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The family want Rupert removed from the school and quickly placed

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at a special needs school in Hampshire.

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They say they are consulting with other

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Lots of parents and families out there are

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What we are seeing is a lack of provision locally to do with

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the full spectrum of needs that comes with autism.

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Tonight, the school says they will give Rupert

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2.5 hours per day children, and help fight a permanent solution.

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We are a family in crisis, definitely.

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At the end of the day, Rupert is the child stuck in the

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The number of rapes reported to police in Kent and Sussex has

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nearly trebled over the past four years - to more than

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But the number of convictions has remained roughly the same -

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Police say investigating rape is a priority for them and one

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victim is tonight urging people to come forward despite facing

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But charities say more effort needs to be made to convict offenders.

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Raped repeatedly by her husband. At first, Carol, whose identity we have

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protected, stayed silent. It was only when he was arrested for

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indecent images, she decided to report to the police. Although it

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was going to be grooming, two or three days of sitting giving

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evidence -- gruelling, you know you will have helped put a dangerous

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person behind bars. Just watching some of the things on television

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where rape does not get a proper coverage, you see whether in a

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marriage or a relationship it is a crime. It should not be accepted.

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Inc and, more than 1300 reports last year. Up from just under 402,000 12.

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In Sussex, 1000 reporting 2016 compared to 460. Across the two

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forces, the nub of -- number of convictions has remained roughly the

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same. Many reports we receive are not made by the victim with any

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intention of supporting the police prosecution. We want accurate data.

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Charity say it is encouraging to see more victims, including historic

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offence victims, are going to the police. But they say the conviction

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rate is still too low. The people who start in the process are the

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ones who may drop out when it comes to fruition. If you can keep the

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person in the process mentally, they are not going to go forward

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physically. -- if you cannot keep them mentally. The husband is now in

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jail and she urges people to pursue a conviction no matter how difficult

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the circumstances. We can talk now to the Police and Crime Commissioner

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for Kent. How concerned are you about this dramatic rise in reported

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rapes? I am concerned because behind every number is a human being, a

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victim who has been through something very substantial and

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heinous. It is my final two to make sure those people see justice. I

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think we can be confident that more people are coming forward because

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they believe that police training means a lots more effort will be

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placed around the victim's need, but we need to do more work with people

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in the criminal justice system to listen to victims and make the

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process quicker and more simple. The danger is that if conviction rates

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stay so low, and they have been using for four years, people won't

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want to go to the police with a gruelling process with no realistic

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conviction? I agree. There are another -- and above reasons for so

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few convictions, including one or two light years to get from

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reporting to court. Because of that, sometimes they choose not to take it

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further to court. My concern is that people have the confidence to come

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forward to the police and there are support services in Kent and other

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parts of the country so the victims can get help they really need.

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A raw deal for muscular dystrophy sufferers in Kent

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and Sussex say campaigners - with no NHS specialist care

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Brighton and Hove Albion's achievement in winning promotion

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to the Premier League will be rewarded with an open top bus

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The Council announced it will happen on Sunday the 14th of May.

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One more victory will see them go up as champions.

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It caps a remarkable turnaround for the club which almost went out

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of business 20 years ago, and spent more than a decade

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without their own ground. Ian Palmer has more.

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Writing, writing, writing. Scenes at the annexed the game when the

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Seagulls booked their place in the Premier League. They are being

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honoured with an open-topped bus tour through the city. It is the

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tradition for teams winning trophies or getting promoted. Hopefully

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writing will have the championship trophy to show off, one more win for

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the title. Playing in arguably the world's biggest domestic football

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competition will bring around 2 million to the club. People are

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delighted they are being honoured on and off the pitch. I am glad. It is

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wonderful and I am glad the city is salivating. Great, good news, why

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not? -- this was the reception in 2004. And the crowds were just as

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big seven years later following promotion to the championship. One

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person definitely at the parade will be Don, who has followed around the

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country. I have loved every minute of it. At today's press conference,

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I have to raise student if he had walked through the city of Brighton

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since Monday. My normal routines are home and training ground. I am very

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conscious of the excitement out there and what it means to the city.

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Chris Hughton and his players will get their chance to say thank you to

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the city. The best bit, you have been invited, too.

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Ian, do we know what route the parade is likely to take?

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Rob, after the near misses, the failure to get into the Premier

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League, I don't think anyone wanted to transfer by preplanning this

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tour. It has not been planned. It is being planned. There will be a civic

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reception for the players and the staff somewhere in the city. And

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then the tour will start somewhere on the seafront and come along here

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on Madeira Drive. It will be busy, so if you intend to come, get here

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early. We have just heard that... Nigel

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Farage will not be standing for election in the general election. He

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is a reader of a group in the European Parliament, he said, and

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that did not compare to being a backbench MP. He will be around

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tomorrow for a social event. A gang of burglars trying to blow up

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a cash point in Southborough early this morning was foiled by a member

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of the public - There's a growing trend

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across the country for criminals breaking into cash machines

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using flammable gas. Three men were arrested

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by the Metropolitan Police's flying squad near Pembury at 6.30 this

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morning. Meanwhile a former Medway Labour MP

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and a veteran member of the party has announced he's moving

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to the Liberal Democrats. Bob Marshall Andrews represented

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Rochester from 1997 to 2010 He described Labour under Jeremy

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Corbyn a "political basket case". People supporting patients

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with the muscle-wasting condition Muscular Dystrophy say they're

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getting a raw deal from the NHS in Kent and Sussex ,

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because there are NO specialist care advisers here -

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while other similar regions More than 70,000 people

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across the country have Muscular Dystrophy or a related

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condition - and around 5,000 of them live

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here in the South East. but campaigners say the NHS

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could save around ?5 million pounds a year in unplanned hospital

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admissions if it funded Our Health Correspondent

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Mark Norman has more... I am pressing the button to see

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if I can change the TV channel. Dan is a big sports fan

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and loves television. He has all the latest technology

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to help control the screen. His mother leaves that NHS funded

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care advisers are vital to help They help out with the family, right

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from the word go with diagnosis, they can then support the family

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through the terrible grief And as time goes on,

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they can help signpost them A leading charity uses this video

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to show how it works Care advisers funded by local NHS

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health commissioners. In other regions,

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they found the money, The South East the only place

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in the country without this The real problem about that is,

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there are no special But many people are still hundreds

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of miles away from those Most of the time, atom,

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in the team unity where they need The charity believe it

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would save the NHS money to pay for the care and avoid

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unplanned hospital admissions. You feel as though you are battling

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the system the whole time. Philippa has been campaigning

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about this for almost a decade. It seems bizarre that we are

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the only area in the country - we are supposed to be the affluent

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South East - that does not have And in response to Dan's campaign,

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the NHS tell me they are working to develop the role of care advisers

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and are bringing together all to develop the role of care advisers

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and are bringing together all commissioners across the Southeast

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in the coming weeks to ensure that the service is provided

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as soon as possible. The mother of an 11-year-old boy

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with violent behaviour problems says the family are in crisis now that he

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has to be taught at home. The school will not expel him and the council

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cannot find an alternative place. 40 years after Virginia Wade won

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Wimbledon, can Johanna Konta from Eastbourne match that

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achievement in a few months' time? And it has been a cheery, dry but by

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day. Will we see an end to the fine weather? You can find out shortly.

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They're usually the preserve of the country's most accomplished

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actors and directors - but for the first time

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the Olivier Awards - the Oscars of the theatre world -

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have rewarded other people who make a unique contribution to drama.

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One of the winners was Stuart Clement -

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he's a teacher at a special needs school in Thanet and won the award

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Peter Whittlesea has been to meet him for tonight's special report.

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The Oliviers are recognised as the highest honour in

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I'm Kenneth Branagh, and welcome to the Olivier

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This year, alongside the famous faces from the West End,

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Clements for the award for his

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My name is Donna, and I nominated Stuart

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Clements for the award for his

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infectious enthusiasm and his ability to inspire a love of drama

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in young adults on the artistic spectrum -- autistic spectrum.

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Back at school, Stewart's students were

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proud their teacher had won such a prestigious award.

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It is not everyday you get of those teachers,

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I don't know what it is about him, but he is just very special.

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I'd say he is just an awesome drama teacher.

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He is a good teacher, a funny person, I do like Mr Clements.

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He is great in general as a tutor, and I really like him.

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Mr Clements says his students are the

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And admits he enjoyed his day in the spotlight.

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Then you get used to seeing famous people about the place.

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It became a little bit blase at the end by the time I got to

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the after show party, it was a bit like, oh, yeah,

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The names that you see, the faces you

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They are standing right next in me. Brian May walked past me.

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He says it is an experience he will never forget, but says the real

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reward is building children's confidence through drama.

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An artist, performance poet and playwright -

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Kate Tempest has been described as one of the brightest

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British talents around - and this year her talents have been

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recognised by being named as this year's guest director

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She's the youngest person to do the job and follows in some

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Vanessa Redgrave and Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Lets cross to Chrissie Reidy in Brighton now and Chrissie

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she says she wants to open up the festival to people who think

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She does. She says she does not want any walls around the arts. Not

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purely around red carpet events, but for everyone. Community stages

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directed at the Whitehall estate -- white hawk.

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Rapper and poet Kate Tempest, she performs passionately and right say

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passionate home. As the guest director of the Brighton Festival,

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she follows Brian Eno and company. When I read the rest, it was

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daunting. -- the list. I was awestruck. I am looking forward to

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spending more time here as the festival kicks off. And feeling how

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the energy might change. Follow that light with your tired eyes, it has

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been a long day, I know. In 2013, she was awarded the Ted Hughes

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award. Her debut album, the Mercury prize nomination. I thought it was a

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runners-up prize. We were like, oh, my God. I have personally been

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making music for over a decade by this point. With very little

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success. As this year was my guest director, she says she wants to

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bring down the walls surrounding the arts, encouraging people to look

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with fresh eyes. If anyone is thinking of coming to check out

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anything, I would encourage them to do it and not feel like any

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particular piece of programming is not for them. Kate hopes her love of

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words was due to everyone and people will immerse themselves. It was a

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joy chatting to Kate Tempest. She really doesn't like talking about

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herself. It is fair to say, it is a treat is having her on the

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programme, and hopefully you have been inspired. We have, thank you.

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This summer marks 40 years since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon.

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Since then British tennis has struggled to find someone

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But Sussex star Johanna Konta is the most credible hope in years.

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Now 25, she's already our most successful female tennis player

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And it's been a remarkable rise over the last couple of years - in June

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of 2015 she was ranked 146th in the world - now, after winning

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the Miami Open last month, she is ranked number seven

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And she harbours increasingly realistic ambitions

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to become world number one. Charlie Rose reports.

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It was 1977 when Virginia Wade won her Wimbledon singles title.

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And Eastbourne's Johanna Konta would love to follow in her steps.

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This year, she became the first British woman to win the Miami open,

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meaning she is now the most successful British woman on a tennis

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I have still got a way to go to match Virginia.

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She has a grand slam title to her name.

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I think she was as high as number two in the world.

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It is an honour to be mixed in with names such as hers,

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and also just even current players, to be just alongside those names,

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I think it is a great time to be part of women's tennis

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But Johanna Konta instead of having a pushy dad,

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He told me that if I wanted to be the best player I knew

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You know, we need to get up in the morning before

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Once my dad realised I was really going to be waking him up

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at the crack of dawn every morning, and initially he was

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And it was then that she knew she wanted to be world number one.

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That has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl.

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Will always be as long as I am playing this port.

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Like I have also said, I need to keep focusing on my work.

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Because I know that will bring the best out of me.

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Ranked 146 in the world two years ago, she has now

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climbed to number seven, ready for another

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It has been so dry in April. The pattern is set to stay. We had a

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frost. The lowest temperature was minus two minus two. Most stuck at

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around... Overnight tonight and this evening, the cloud will thicken.

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Light and well scattered showers, nothing significant. With more

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cloud, not as cold tomorrow morning. Starting the day at 8-9d. Some

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brighter spells coming and going on Friday. Still cannot rule out light

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showers, but most places will miss them and stay dry. Lighter winds

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compared to today. Similar temperatures, but feeling my other.

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As we start the weekend, not particularly cold. Overcast skies

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persist, and a week weather front keeping the patchy rain. Nothing

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useful for gardeners or farmers at significant wet weather.

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Temperatures down to 12-13. Later on, eventually some brighter skies.

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A cold front is moving through, clearing away the cloud, and high

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pressure builds in for the second-half the region. Clear skies,

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colder nights, chilly first thing on Sunday. At the moment, it looks like

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being the brighter day of the weekend. The temperatures staying

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around about average. Monday, temperatures falling away. More

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typical April weather with some showers and sunshine. I bet all the

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heavy weather is waiting for the school summer holidays. We do need

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the rain, so we will not complain. That is it for you! But I will be

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back with the eight o'clock and the latest news. -- late news.

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