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Tonight, questions are being asked about how a convicted murderer
was allowed into the UK, where he carried out a horrific
hammer attack on Sussex police officers in Crawley,
Jamshid Piruz from Afghanistan was sentenced at Hove Crown Court
He had previously served seven years in jail in the Netherlands
after slitting the throat of his lodger.
Piers Hopkirk's report contains some shocking images.
Bodycam footage shows officers responding to reports
of a burglary in Crawley, searching outbuildings
What happens next, though, is truly terrifying.
Wielding a claw hammer and brushing off the wires of the Taser
which had been fired at him, convicted murderer Jamshid Piruz
PC Jess Chick is trapped behind a pillar, hammer blows aimed
Finally subdued, Piruz is arrested
and today, sentenced to life in prison,
the officers involved telling the court how
Both genuinely believed that their time was up
and that they were not going to be able to go home to their families
For anyone to suffer an unprovoked attack under such circumstances,
just because they are at work and doing their job,
An attack on police officers is an attack on society.
Piruz was already a convicted murderer, cutting the throat
of his lodger at his home near Amsterdam in 2007.
Today, anger that a man so dangerous should have been
I just think it is very lax at best, and deeply disturbing at worst,
for one jurisdiction not to inform another when somebody clearly
with that kind of serious record is seeking to travel.
Piruz had come to the UK to visit family.
His criminal record, though, was not flagged.
There is a watch list, but it relies on information
from different sources, including other countries,
and if that is not provided to the Border Force,
either by the EU or by the member state concerned,
of course there would be no indicator to the officer
at Gatwick that this person was a convicted murderer.
Jamshid Piruz is tonight beginning a life sentence.
Questions remain, though, about the border system
which allowed him into the UK in the first place.
Piers Hopkirk, BBC South East Today, Hove Crown Court.
Snow and ice brought chaos to the roads and railways
across Kent, Surrey and Sussex today, leaving cars stuck
in snowdrifts or stranded by black ice,
while jackknifed lorries blocked roads.
Several houses in Kent were damaged by a tree falling during the storm,
and a Southeastern train full of passengers was left
Our environment correspondent Yvette Austin has more.
A morning of misery for these commuters.
The 5.45 from Gillingham to Cannon Street
After nearly four hours stranded on the train,
with no heat or working toilets, the 80 passengers were eventually
and walked to the nearest station, Chislehurst.
I feel absolutely shattered, very cold, fed up.
I cannot but help feel like we were simply abandoned there.
It was compacted ice on the live rail which led to the train failing.
Icy roads this morning caused this car transporter
The road will remain closed this evening.
And all the result of last night's snow.
Up to ten centimetres in places, arriving during the rush hour
People have complained the roads were not gritted, so what happened?
It was a difficult forecast because we knew we would have
That is exactly what happened last night.
We cannot send the gritters out to put salt down when we have got
rain because all that will happen is that it will wash the salt away.
So we made sure got the gritters out as soon as the rain stopped,
but of course, as soon as the rain stopped, the snow started.
In short, there was nothing you could have done
I think the timing did not help us yesterday,
and the way the weather turned suddenly did not help.
Elsewhere, it was the wind last night that brought this
Fire crews had to remove branches so that residents in the three homes
affected could get out and spend the night in safety.
The front of my house is damaged, the tiles are off.
I do not know structurally whether there is damage to that,
I will have to get a structural engineer out to reassess my house.
Tonight, the gritters will be out on the roads again -
Yvette Austin, BBC South East Today, Aylesford.
A doctor involved in the care of a mother who died
after an emergency caesarean section had been part of another
serious medical incident seven months previously,
Frances Cappuccini died in 2012 at Tunbridge Wells Hospital
after losing more than two litres of blood, following surgical errors.
Today it was revealed that the anaesthetist, Dr Nadeem Azeez,
had been investigated for mismanaging the resuscitation
of another woman in "startlingly similar circumstances".
The actor who played a young Damien in the 1976 horror film The Omen has
received a suspended prison sentence after a road rage attack in Kent.
Maidstone Crown Court heard that Harvey Spencer Stephens,
who left acting after his infamous role punched two cyclists,
after a dispute on Toys Hill near Westerham.
He pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and two counts
In a moment, we'll have the national weather forecast, but first,
let's get the picture in the South East
Of course, lots of snow in the last 24 hours, we saw four to five
centimetres last night. Further snow flurries early today. We ended the
day with clearer skies and we will hold onto those tonight. Another
bitterly cold night, temperatures in rural spots potentially dropping as
low as -3 or minus four. With some lying snow, potentially problems
with ice first thing tomorrow. Saturday, a dry, bright, bitterly
cold and blustery day. The wind is coming from the North West, so lots
of brightness, but by the afternoon temperatures doing well to get much
above three or four Celsius. With the wind chill, it is feeling a good
deal cooler. Saturday into Sunday, a shift, eventually we will see rain,
it feels less cold, 5-6 is the best we will have. It
stays cold into the beginning of next week as well
stop Good evening, a cold, icy night, but some others have other
concerns. This was the scene earlier today, huge waves crashing on to the
shoreline at Whitley Bay. We still have the peak of the high tide to
come in other parts. This is the flood line number. It's if you have
any concerns. The worst of the wind slowly comes -- subsiding. Wintry
showers across the North of Scotland and some filtering well inland
across the Midlands, giving a light dusting in some places. An icy
night, temperatures widely close to or below freezing, particularly
where you have snow cover. Tomorrow starts