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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Natalie Graham.
The footage released by a desperate mother who says her family can't
cope with her violent son - and is being let
He is the best and his self-esteem is at rock bottom because he has no
friends and cannot access Bencic in the wider community.
A trebling in reported rapes across Kent and Sussex -
We'll be talking live to Kent's Police and Crime
Brighton's heroes will tour the city in an open top bus -
to celebrate the Seagulls rise to the Premier League.
Drama King - the teacher who's become the first person to win
a prestigious award for his work inspiring his Kent pupils.
Rampage until we stand strange, right now...
And we meet Kate Tempest - the performance poet who's also
the youngest ever director of the Brighton Festival.
The mother of an 11-year-old boy with violent behavioural problems,
says her family is in crisis after his school said
he is too disruptive, and must be taught at home instead.
Holly Batten, from Sedlescombe, says the council can't fund
an alternative school place - and that she's desperate for help.
Her son Rupert has Asperger syndrome -
She's given us video footage of him when he loses control,
to try and explain how difficult it is for the family to cope.
In this exclusive report, she told our Education correspondent
Bryony Mackenzie that she believes that system is letting her,
Roberts's mother, Pauline, has released this
footage to show how children with Asperger's can become anxious
Went out right onto the top table of the roof and
we had to call the fire brigade. To help him down.
He had a really bad experience, he was really, really
Rupert's behaviour, as a result of his
Asperger's, means he is now not allowed back to his special needs
Despite East Sussex County Council funding ?40,000 for
his place there, he is now being offered minimal home tuition.
I do not believe that one hour per day at
home is a suitable education for a child.
Rupert needs to be in a provision that can
Just having one teacher turned up for one hour per
Gets out of control and become monsters in
Highly intelligent, Rupert himself is aware of his own
Why don't you? I was different.
I don't know why, I just felt different.
You'd like to go to school where you feel happy?
The family want Rupert removed from the school and quickly placed
at a special needs school in Hampshire.
They say they are consulting with other
Lots of parents and families out there are
What we are seeing is a lack of provision locally to do with
the full spectrum of needs that comes with autism.
Tonight, the school says they will give Rupert
2.5 hours per day children, and help fight a permanent solution.
We are a family in crisis, definitely.
At the end of the day, Rupert is the child stuck in the
The number of rapes reported to police in Kent and Sussex has
nearly trebled over the past four years - to more than
But the number of convictions has remained roughly the same -
Police say investigating rape is a priority for them and one
victim is tonight urging people to come forward despite facing
But charities say more effort needs to be made to convict offenders.
Raped repeatedly by her husband. At first, Carol, whose identity we have
protected, stayed silent. It was only when he was arrested for
indecent images, she decided to report to the police. Although it
was going to be grooming, two or three days of sitting giving
evidence -- gruelling, you know you will have helped put a dangerous
person behind bars. Just watching some of the things on television
where rape does not get a proper coverage, you see whether in a
marriage or a relationship it is a crime. It should not be accepted.
Inc and, more than 1300 reports last year. Up from just under 402,000 12.
In Sussex, 1000 reporting 2016 compared to 460. Across the two
forces, the nub of -- number of convictions has remained roughly the
same. Many reports we receive are not made by the victim with any
intention of supporting the police prosecution. We want accurate data.
Charity say it is encouraging to see more victims, including historic
offence victims, are going to the police. But they say the conviction
rate is still too low. The people who start in the process are the
ones who may drop out when it comes to fruition. If you can keep the
person in the process mentally, they are not going to go forward
physically. -- if you cannot keep them mentally. The husband is now in
jail and she urges people to pursue a conviction no matter how difficult
the circumstances. We can talk now to the Police and Crime Commissioner
for Kent. How concerned are you about this dramatic rise in reported
rapes? I am concerned because behind every number is a human being, a
victim who has been through something very substantial and
heinous. It is my final two to make sure those people see justice. I
think we can be confident that more people are coming forward because
they believe that police training means a lots more effort will be
placed around the victim's need, but we need to do more work with people
in the criminal justice system to listen to victims and make the
process quicker and more simple. The danger is that if conviction rates
stay so low, and they have been using for four years, people won't
want to go to the police with a gruelling process with no realistic
conviction? I agree. There are another -- and above reasons for so
few convictions, including one or two light years to get from
reporting to court. Because of that, sometimes they choose not to take it
further to court. My concern is that people have the confidence to come
forward to the police and there are support services in Kent and other
parts of the country so the victims can get help they really need.
A raw deal for muscular dystrophy sufferers in Kent
and Sussex say campaigners - with no NHS specialist care
Brighton and Hove Albion's achievement in winning promotion
to the Premier League will be rewarded with an open top bus
The Council announced it will happen on Sunday the 14th of May.
One more victory will see them go up as champions.
It caps a remarkable turnaround for the club which almost went out
of business 20 years ago, and spent more than a decade
without their own ground. Ian Palmer has more.
Writing, writing, writing. Scenes at the annexed the game when the
Seagulls booked their place in the Premier League. They are being
honoured with an open-topped bus tour through the city. It is the
tradition for teams winning trophies or getting promoted. Hopefully
writing will have the championship trophy to show off, one more win for
the title. Playing in arguably the world's biggest domestic football
competition will bring around 2 million to the club. People are
delighted they are being honoured on and off the pitch. I am glad. It is
wonderful and I am glad the city is salivating. Great, good news, why
not? -- this was the reception in 2004. And the crowds were just as
big seven years later following promotion to the championship. One
person definitely at the parade will be Don, who has followed around the
country. I have loved every minute of it. At today's press conference,
I have to raise student if he had walked through the city of Brighton
since Monday. My normal routines are home and training ground. I am very
conscious of the excitement out there and what it means to the city.
Chris Hughton and his players will get their chance to say thank you to
the city. The best bit, you have been invited, too.
Ian, do we know what route the parade is likely to take?
Rob, after the near misses, the failure to get into the Premier
League, I don't think anyone wanted to transfer by preplanning this
tour. It has not been planned. It is being planned. There will be a civic
reception for the players and the staff somewhere in the city. And
then the tour will start somewhere on the seafront and come along here
on Madeira Drive. It will be busy, so if you intend to come, get here
early. We have just heard that... Nigel
Farage will not be standing for election in the general election. He
is a reader of a group in the European Parliament, he said, and
that did not compare to being a backbench MP. He will be around
tomorrow for a social event. A gang of burglars trying to blow up
a cash point in Southborough early this morning was foiled by a member
of the public - There's a growing trend
across the country for criminals breaking into cash machines
using flammable gas. Three men were arrested
by the Metropolitan Police's flying squad near Pembury at 6.30 this
morning. Meanwhile a former Medway Labour MP
and a veteran member of the party has announced he's moving
to the Liberal Democrats. Bob Marshall Andrews represented
Rochester from 1997 to 2010 He described Labour under Jeremy
Corbyn a "political basket case". People supporting patients
with the muscle-wasting condition Muscular Dystrophy say they're
getting a raw deal from the NHS in Kent and Sussex ,
because there are NO specialist care advisers here -
while other similar regions More than 70,000 people
across the country have Muscular Dystrophy or a related
condition - and around 5,000 of them live
here in the South East. but campaigners say the NHS
could save around ?5 million pounds a year in unplanned hospital
admissions if it funded Our Health Correspondent
Mark Norman has more... I am pressing the button to see
if I can change the TV channel. Dan is a big sports fan
and loves television. He has all the latest technology
to help control the screen. His mother leaves that NHS funded
care advisers are vital to help They help out with the family, right
from the word go with diagnosis, they can then support the family
through the terrible grief And as time goes on,
they can help signpost them A leading charity uses this video
to show how it works Care advisers funded by local NHS
health commissioners. In other regions,
they found the money, The South East the only place
in the country without this The real problem about that is,
there are no special But many people are still hundreds
of miles away from those Most of the time, atom,
in the team unity where they need The charity believe it
would save the NHS money to pay for the care and avoid
unplanned hospital admissions. You feel as though you are battling
the system the whole time. Philippa has been campaigning
about this for almost a decade. It seems bizarre that we are
the only area in the country - we are supposed to be the affluent
South East - that does not have And in response to Dan's campaign,
the NHS tell me they are working to develop the role of care advisers
and are bringing together all to develop the role of care advisers
and are bringing together all commissioners across the Southeast
in the coming weeks to ensure that the service is provided
as soon as possible. The mother of an 11-year-old boy
with violent behaviour problems says the family are in crisis now that he
has to be taught at home. The school will not expel him and the council
cannot find an alternative place. 40 years after Virginia Wade won
Wimbledon, can Johanna Konta from Eastbourne match that
achievement in a few months' time? And it has been a cheery, dry but by
day. Will we see an end to the fine weather? You can find out shortly.
They're usually the preserve of the country's most accomplished
actors and directors - but for the first time
the Olivier Awards - the Oscars of the theatre world -
have rewarded other people who make a unique contribution to drama.
One of the winners was Stuart Clement -
he's a teacher at a special needs school in Thanet and won the award
Peter Whittlesea has been to meet him for tonight's special report.
The Oliviers are recognised as the highest honour in
I'm Kenneth Branagh, and welcome to the Olivier
This year, alongside the famous faces from the West End,
Clements for the award for his
My name is Donna, and I nominated Stuart
Clements for the award for his
infectious enthusiasm and his ability to inspire a love of drama
in young adults on the artistic spectrum -- autistic spectrum.
Back at school, Stewart's students were
proud their teacher had won such a prestigious award.
It is not everyday you get of those teachers,
I don't know what it is about him, but he is just very special.
I'd say he is just an awesome drama teacher.
He is a good teacher, a funny person, I do like Mr Clements.
He is great in general as a tutor, and I really like him.
Mr Clements says his students are the
And admits he enjoyed his day in the spotlight.
Then you get used to seeing famous people about the place.
It became a little bit blase at the end by the time I got to
the after show party, it was a bit like, oh, yeah,
The names that you see, the faces you
They are standing right next in me. Brian May walked past me.
He says it is an experience he will never forget, but says the real
reward is building children's confidence through drama.
An artist, performance poet and playwright -
Kate Tempest has been described as one of the brightest
British talents around - and this year her talents have been
recognised by being named as this year's guest director
She's the youngest person to do the job and follows in some
Vanessa Redgrave and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Lets cross to Chrissie Reidy in Brighton now and Chrissie
she says she wants to open up the festival to people who think
She does. She says she does not want any walls around the arts. Not
purely around red carpet events, but for everyone. Community stages
directed at the Whitehall estate -- white hawk.
Rapper and poet Kate Tempest, she performs passionately and right say
passionate home. As the guest director of the Brighton Festival,
she follows Brian Eno and company. When I read the rest, it was
daunting. -- the list. I was awestruck. I am looking forward to
spending more time here as the festival kicks off. And feeling how
the energy might change. Follow that light with your tired eyes, it has
been a long day, I know. In 2013, she was awarded the Ted Hughes
award. Her debut album, the Mercury prize nomination. I thought it was a
runners-up prize. We were like, oh, my God. I have personally been
making music for over a decade by this point. With very little
success. As this year was my guest director, she says she wants to
bring down the walls surrounding the arts, encouraging people to look
with fresh eyes. If anyone is thinking of coming to check out
anything, I would encourage them to do it and not feel like any
particular piece of programming is not for them. Kate hopes her love of
words was due to everyone and people will immerse themselves. It was a
joy chatting to Kate Tempest. She really doesn't like talking about
herself. It is fair to say, it is a treat is having her on the
programme, and hopefully you have been inspired. We have, thank you.
This summer marks 40 years since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon.
Since then British tennis has struggled to find someone
But Sussex star Johanna Konta is the most credible hope in years.
Now 25, she's already our most successful female tennis player
And it's been a remarkable rise over the last couple of years - in June
of 2015 she was ranked 146th in the world - now, after winning
the Miami Open last month, she is ranked number seven
And she harbours increasingly realistic ambitions
to become world number one. Charlie Rose reports.
It was 1977 when Virginia Wade won her Wimbledon singles title.
And Eastbourne's Johanna Konta would love to follow in her steps.
This year, she became the first British woman to win the Miami open,
meaning she is now the most successful British woman on a tennis
I have still got a way to go to match Virginia.
She has a grand slam title to her name.
I think she was as high as number two in the world.
It is an honour to be mixed in with names such as hers,
and also just even current players, to be just alongside those names,
I think it is a great time to be part of women's tennis
But Johanna Konta instead of having a pushy dad,
He told me that if I wanted to be the best player I knew
You know, we need to get up in the morning before
Once my dad realised I was really going to be waking him up
at the crack of dawn every morning, and initially he was
And it was then that she knew she wanted to be world number one.
That has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl.
Will always be as long as I am playing this port.
Like I have also said, I need to keep focusing on my work.
Because I know that will bring the best out of me.
Ranked 146 in the world two years ago, she has now
climbed to number seven, ready for another
It has been so dry in April. The pattern is set to stay. We had a
frost. The lowest temperature was minus two minus two. Most stuck at
around... Overnight tonight and this evening, the cloud will thicken.
Light and well scattered showers, nothing significant. With more
cloud, not as cold tomorrow morning. Starting the day at 8-9d. Some
brighter spells coming and going on Friday. Still cannot rule out light
showers, but most places will miss them and stay dry. Lighter winds
compared to today. Similar temperatures, but feeling my other.
As we start the weekend, not particularly cold. Overcast skies
persist, and a week weather front keeping the patchy rain. Nothing
useful for gardeners or farmers at significant wet weather.
Temperatures down to 12-13. Later on, eventually some brighter skies.
A cold front is moving through, clearing away the cloud, and high
pressure builds in for the second-half the region. Clear skies,
colder nights, chilly first thing on Sunday. At the moment, it looks like
being the brighter day of the weekend. The temperatures staying
around about average. Monday, temperatures falling away. More
typical April weather with some showers and sunshine. I bet all the
heavy weather is waiting for the school summer holidays. We do need
the rain, so we will not complain. That is it for you! But I will be
back with the eight o'clock and the latest news. -- late news.