02/01/2017 South East Today


02/01/2017

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It's emerged tonight that the man who died in suspicious circumstances

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in the early hours of New Year's Day was 25 years old and his

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death is being treated as a major incident.

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The man, whose name hasn't been released, fell to his death

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from four storeys high, crashing through a corrugated

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plastic ceiling at a property in St Leonards.

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This evening, Sussex Police announced that five people,

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all in their twenties and thirties, have been released on bail

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after being questioned on suspicion of murder.

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The two women and two of the men are from the town,

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Rail commuters have been expressing their frustration

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at the annual rise in fares - this year, on average, just over 2%.

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That means an annual season ticket from Brighton

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to London is now ?4,200, for a service that barely

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And as Ian Palmer now reports, the dispute is having

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a knock on effect on some South Eastern commuters, too.

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New year, new rail ticket price rises.

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The increase comes on the third day of an RMT strike.

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Travellers in East Grinstead say they are not happy about paying

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But in view of the problems with Southern Rail in

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the last little while, I'm quite annoyed about it actually.

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I think the price of rail fares now is

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extortionate and I think that it would be a lot easier to tolerate if

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the trains actually ran consistently on time

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and we knew we could get to

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and from work, and to and from London, the way

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I think they've got a bit of a nerve putting

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The annual increase in fares is being introduced because

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the Government wants passengers to fund a larger

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I feel acutely sorry for the Southern commuters who have

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experienced the troubles over the past few months,

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but what we did was say to these people, in recognition

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of the trouble you've been through, we are going to give our regular

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customers on that route a month's free travel.

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In addition to the season ticket holders' compensation

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rebate, Southern says because its services have

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not been good enough, it's also going to freeze its

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cheapest advanced fare tickets for the ninth year in a row.

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But the dispute over the role of conducters on

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The ten month strike has caused misery to

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It's even affecting commuters on the south-eastern line in Kent.

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There's some trains in particular, like the

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6:31 from Sevenoaks, which, on a strike day, you cannot get

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Another strike is due to begin on January 9th.

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It may be a new year, but the old problems have

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Meanwhile, a campaign's been launched to compensate drivers

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who are fed up paying for the Dartford Crossing,

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only to find themselves stuck for hours in queues waiting to use it.

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But as Mark Norman explains, it'll need 100,000 signatures to stand

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Rush hour at the Dartford crossing, and queues,

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like this one, are a familiar sites to those who use it regularly.

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People like Annan, who commutes from North Kent

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For him, what's more frustrating than sitting in traffic

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is the fact he has to pay for the pleasure.

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A situation he has decided to do something about.

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These delays are unacceptable and they're getting worse day by day.

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Therefore, I have launched this petition calling

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for drivers to be compensated in the event of long traffic delays.

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Annan's petition is calling on Highways England to compensate

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drivers who get stuck in traffic and if he manages to get 100,000

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signatures, then the idea will be debated in Parliament.

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One motoring organisation has concerns about the proposal.

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You can never really be completely sure who is to

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It could be on a Highways England managed stretch of

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road or it could be on the crossing itself,

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or it could just be that

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So it's very difficult to be able to pin the blame.

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In practice, it might be a little bit more difficult to operate.

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It shouldn't take me more than 30 minutes,

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but I've spent three or three and a half hours doing the

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If not, at least 50% of the money should be refunded.

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In a statement, Highways England says the Dart charge

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is successfully speeding up journeys at the Dartford crossing

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after being introduced to relieve severe

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congestion and is a medium-term solution.

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Meanwhile, they are continuing to work with partners to

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tackle congestion, especially on the approaches

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For now, Annan's commute continues and whether it changes in the

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future, well, that, he hopes, will depend on the success of

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It is cold and frosty. We got falling temperatures out there. All

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due to clear skies. Wide frost throughout the night tonight,

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exhibitors below freezing in the morning. Even as low as -3 or 4

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degrees. Mist and fog patches first thing. They should clear and we will

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have sunshine for the first part of the day. Workload introduced in the

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afternoon, occasional brighter spells but cloudier than it has been

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today. Top temperatures of four or 5 degrees, still staying cold.

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Throughout much of this week, pressure remains high but there is a

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weak weather front moving through on Wednesday. Again, that keeps the

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feed of Clyde, it may even be thick feed of Clyde, it may even be thick

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enough for the odd spot of rain. It will be quite as cold first thing in

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the morning, in the afternoon we will see tempters recovering to 7

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degrees. Taking a look Good evening. It's been a dry and

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bright day across most parts of the country today. Despite the chilly

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feel to the weather, there has been some sunshine. Clear skies as the

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sun set in east Essex. With those clear skies around, temperatures are

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plummeting, particularly across southern parts. Here we see the

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coldest temperatures. We could see icy stretches on untreated surfaces,

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pavements and roads first thing Tuesday morning. Not quite as cold

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towards the North West. Cloud moving in here through the overnight

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period.

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