17/01/2017 South East Today


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Today's main headlines in the South East:

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The family of a Sussex soldier killed in friendly fire

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say his comrade has "blood on his hands",

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The Aslef drivers' union suspends next week's rail strikes ahead

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We're at Three Bridges with the latest.

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And we have a bitterly cold night to night, lots of sunshine for tomorrow

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and another cold crisp winter 's day.

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A Sussex soldier shot dead in Afghanistan in a so-called

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"friendly fire" incident lost his life because a comrade

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"did not take sufficient care" and fired in the wrong direction.

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That's the conclusion of an inquest into the death

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The coroner criticised the Ministry of Defence for showing

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"a complete lack of empathy" towards the Brynin family.

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Bonds Corporal James Brynin was described as an outstanding soldier

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who was immensely popular. His dental in Afghanistan cannot at the

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hands of the Taliban but instead a comrade. Lance Corporal Mark Kelly

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shooting James dead under fire in the wrong direction during a million

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operation. The coroner said today there was insufficient evidence to

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return a conclusion of unlawful killing. The obvious disappointment

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of his family. Whilst we are very upset and disappointed that having

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waited so long for this lengthy process to conclude, no charges and

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punishment and genuine guilt has be acknowledged, it is and has always

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been our opinion that Kelly knew what he had done within moments.

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Rather than acknowledging he did run he instead stays to step back and

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the simple fact remains that his errors led directly to our son's

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death, he has and for ever will have James's blood on his hands. Gems of

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the 400 member of the forces killed in Afghanistan. The event by Mr paid

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this tribute. He was a highly talented and professional soldier,

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and our thoughts are with his family friends and colleagues, at this very

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difficult time. He has made the ultimate sacrifice and we must never

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forget him. It was on October 15 2015 Lance Corp will brine and was

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killed. Bullet analysis to revealed it was friendly fire. In March 2015

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and inquest was adjourned over it concerns it may have been homicide.

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In November his family were told no charges would be brought against

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Lance Corporal Mark Kelly who fired the fatal shot. James Brynin's

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father appeared on a reality show. Did you do this because you wanted

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to feel what your son has been through? I think there is an element

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of that. If Dems had not been killed, I probably wouldn't be here.

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The report concluded that James Brynin had been killed at the hand

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of a disoriented colleague, who had simply not taken enough care was

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cheating. -- whilst shooting. Well our reporter Charlie Rose has

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been following the story. Charlie what else did

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the coroner have to say? the coroner said she would write a

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letter of concern to the Ministry of Defence over the way it has managed

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the family. The inquest heard they had only found out it was friendly

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fire three months after his death. The coroner said there appeared to

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have been a complete lack of empathy and the family had been let down,

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she said. Tonight, the Ministry of Defence said it would consider

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criticisms, and consider them carefully. It said this evening its

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thoughts were with Lance Corporal brine in's family and friends.

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The train drivers union Aslef has suspended next week's strikes,

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with talks with Southern Rail management set to

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The talks will be jointly chaired by the general

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secretary of the TUC - and the human resources director

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of rail company Abelio, which runs ScotRail trains.

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From midnight tonight the overtime ban which had caused continuing

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In addition three days of strike scheduled for Tuesday 24th,

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Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th next week have all been suspended.

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But the RMT union which represents conductors is not involved

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in the talks, and their strike set for next Monday is currently

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We opposite Leask duck and where the network grows to a halt is when

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train drivers refuse to operate the Trent at all. That is what the talks

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are trying to solve. It is probably best where if we start the train

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drivers and then once we have solved that dispute and I hope we can we

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pick and then talk to the RMT to try and solve their dispute as well. I

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implore both sides and government to get round the table, do so with an

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open spirited manner, and do what it takes to be on the side of

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passengers. Both sides be open to concession. Both sides be open

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spirited, let's get this done. We are already over the cliff, we

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aren't on the cliff edge, we are over the cliff, we have one chance

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to get back on top. Let's take it well at seems it with both hands.

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We are joined by three Bridges railway station. These talks have

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been described by the Department for Transport as intensive, Southern

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says it's important and significant developments. What kind of reactions

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have you found among commuters this evening?

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Rob, I'm afraid I didn't sense much hope from commuters arriving home

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here at three bridges, if anything, I sensed the frustration and anger

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that this dispute is still ongoing. It's just gone on so long. I just

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don't know who's right and who's wrong any more. Not very optimistic,

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of course, the whole process is the worst it has been in 30 years, I

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have committed 30 years and something must change. I am very

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frustrated and annoyed, disappointed, wondering when it will

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end. And I can't CNN an end to really. Despite their frustration

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and anger, those talks are taking place, the Aslef strike action has

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been suspended but of course the RNC action is still going ahead. Yes,

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the Aslef say they have suspended the strikes. That doesn't mean they

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are withdrawn. If these talks tomorrow with the TUC 's collapse,

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the strike could still go ahead, and of course Aslef is mainly for the

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drivers, and there is a massive impact when they go on strike. The

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RMT strike is expected to go ahead on Monday but one thing that is

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still unclear is that there are still a handful of RMT drivers that

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usually mirror the Aslef strike, and it is unclear as yet what they will

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do. I guess it depends on how productive these fresh talks are

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tomorrow. Christie, thank you. A businessman accused of blighting

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a Kent village with a mountain The University of Sussex has issued

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a face-to-face apology by a student attacked by her lecturer. The

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lecturer was allowed to continue for ten months until resigning last

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year. The University reported on the case come out with concluding it

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and failed to communicate with its and failed to communicate with its

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effective in a professional manner. An 18-year-old boy has been taken to

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fast food are struggling Brighton fast food are struggling Brighton

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this evening. Sussex Police were called to the incident on London

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Road and McDonald's before five o'clock. They were looking for a

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mixed-race man in his late teens with a scar above his eye.

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A businessman accused of blighting a Kent village with a mountain

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of discarded mattresses was operating illegally

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Lewis Bertram is accused of allowing thousands of mattresses,

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bed frames and textiles to be dumped at the site

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The Environment Agency brought the charges

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Sara Smith has sent this report from Canterbury Crown Court.

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The view from the air of one area of the estate. Mattresses piled five

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metres high and weighing more than 2000 tonnes a jury heard. Defendant

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Lewis Bertram who ran his business he had a licence to recycle

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mattresses at the site, but breaking them down into textiles was his

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goal. The limit was 1000 tonnes. All storage and processing had to be

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carried out inside the buildings. The jury was told the huge pile of

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mattresses could be a fire risk and that some material was escaping into

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a nearby watercourse. Posing a possible environmental hazard as

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well. When neighbours complained, the Environment Agency which

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controlled such activities and issues the licences paid the site

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the first of many visits. Today, one of the agency's officers said Mr

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Bertram had been given plenty of time to deal with the mattress

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mountain, but had failed to do so. Instead, continuing to trade here.

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After tonight's FA Cup replay, we now know who Brighton will face

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Lincoln City beat Ipswich Town with a goal in the final

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Their win sets up a match against the Seagulls

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The national weather forecast will be in a moment,

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but first let's get the picture in the South East

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It will be cold overnight? Yes, that's right. A dark and crisp day

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for tomorrow, similar to today. I pressure to thank for that. Lots of

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sunshine this afternoon, highs of three or 4 degrees, and clear skies

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overnight meaning to do is plummet. Temperatures reached lows of -3 or 4

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degrees in moral leg-macro more rural areas. Bitterly cold starts to

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Wednesday but sunshine from the word go, so haute onto the area of high

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pressure for us and the south-east corner, lots of sunshine and a Dane

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a gentle easterly breeze as five to ten mph, and by the afternoon

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temperatures creep up two or three degrees, feeling bitterly cold but

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lots of brightness. Make the most of it, it would be lasting. Wednesday

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Thursday we see more cloud, slightly left cold temperatures above

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freezing along the coast but more rural spots dropping 2-1, so some

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patchy frost as we start Thursday. It is a settled picture lots of

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cloud cover, and temperatures by the afternoon reaching highs of eight or

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9 degrees, similarly on Friday. Here is the outlook

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from time to time. Staying settled still. Nick has the national

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forecast this evening. Hello. If you are watching the

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football earlier it turned out to be an evening for football fans in

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Lincolnshire. This is how it looked at the start of the day. No idea

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whether this weather watcher is a football fan, it's a fan of weather

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that matters here. All sorts of weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to

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two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I wonder if this six in the cloud

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across the Midlands into northern England and parts of Wales felt

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colder, particularly in these misty and foggy conditions in this weather

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watcher view. Some drizzly rain around at times still from the

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thicker cloud into parts of England and Wales overnight, hill fog too.

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Cloud for Scotland and Northern Ireland, although a few breaks in

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eastern Scotland and close to freezing, but the coldest weather

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overnight

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