18/01/2017 South East Today


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Minister's exit Strang. Join me now on BBC Two.

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Today's main headlines in the south-east:

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Crisis talks are held after a teacher was the victim

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of an alleged serious assault by a pupil at a Kent school.

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Southern Rail promises a full timetable next week as Aslef

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suspends strike action and talks are said to be constructive.

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And we started today with the lows of minus seven degrees and another

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bitterly cold night to come. Crisis talks have been taking place

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tonight after a teacher was allegedly assaulted by a pupil

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at a Kent school. Teachers had been considering strike

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action over concerns that the student at St Gregory's

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Catholic School in Tunbridge Wells Following the talks

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the National Union of Teachers say they feel progress has been made

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with the school and that industrial action is no longer

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an immediate prospect. The incident happened before

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Christmas, when students were described as being

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in high spirits. The child was suspended

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but is now back at school, Parents today backed concerns

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raised by the teachers. I can understand that the teachers

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want to ballot to strike I think the child should be

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expelled or bring the parent in to sort out

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the situation. In a letter to parents, the school

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said please be assured that the school

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has followed procedures They say they have been working

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closely with the union A recent survey found four in ten

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teachers have experienced Last year, the Government scrapped

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the no-touch rules that stop teachers removing

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disruptive pupils from class, The head ought to weigh up

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all the factors. Is a particular one-off

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strong incident? And there are very tight

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rules, because government is trying to get the number

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of permanent exclusions down. People I've spoken to here in

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Southborough say we should all feel safe when we go to work,

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and that includes teachers. You shouldn't feel, you know,

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unsafe in your workplace. That should never be a scenario that

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should ever have to happen, that the teacher should feel

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they are in a position When you know that something has

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happened and there is a pupil that could then cause problems again,

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it probably needs to be stamped out because then

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every other pupil sees it Talks between the trust and union

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finished this evening. Chrissie's here now, how much do

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we know about what exactly happened? Well, we know it was serious enough

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for the teacher to have to seek medical attention. As you have

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heard, following the talks earlier this evening, the NUT say they have

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made progress and are not looking at immediate industrial action. They

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say they are trying to put in place a plan other pupil can remain at the

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school and they plan to discuss that with the teachers, but tonight, the

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trust really wants to reiterate that they are fully committed to the

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safety of both the teachers and the pupils the school.

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Hard-hit Southern Rail passengers have been promised the return

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It comes after Aslef, the train drivers' union,

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suspended three days of strikes next week, as well as an overtime ban,

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to allow fresh peace talks to take place.

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Southern says it will run more than 70% of its trains next Monday

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when RMT Union action is taking place - that's 10% more

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of its normal timetable than operated on previous strike days.

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And routes which were previously suspended -

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including Eastbourne to Hastings and Lewes to Haywards Heath -

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Could the talks going on behind these walls finally bring an end

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Southern's bold announcement that services will return

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to pre-industrial action levels next week suggest the train company's

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confident, something even the Prime Minister reflected today.

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I hope that those sitting around the table are going to ensure

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that we can see an agreement reached which enables passengers to actually

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get on with their lives, get on with their jobs and not

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suffer the misery that was brought about by the strike

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After months of disruption from overtime bans, increased staff

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sickness days and all-out strikes, yesterday, Aslef, the train drivers'

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union, announced it was suspending action while talks took place.

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The hope this time at the TUC that they'll get somewhere.

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That's why Aslef has called for these high-level discussions,

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because we need to get this resolved and as people have been saying,

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it's about time the railway started providing the service

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And these talks appear to be the cue for Southern

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This isn't just people going out for a day,

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these are people trying to get to work.

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We have got young people trying to get university,

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because there is no university in the constituency.

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People trying to get a hospital appointments.

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So really crucial journeys became an all-day experience at times

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and people will be very pleased that the train services back.

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How confident are Southern's passengers that all will be

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If they are saying that they are going to do something about it,

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then I'm fairly confident because they seem to have been

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pretty strongly no up to now, so I would say 76%.

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Because it's been going on for so long, I just don't have

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From staff and passengers to management and ministers,

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there'll be a lot of fingers crossed over the next few days.

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This news must come as a great relief for commuters down there?

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Yes, Polly, that's because the people here are finally getting

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their trains back after putting up with replacement buses full such a

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long time. This evening, the latest on those talks between Aslef, the

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train drivers' union and Southern have been described as constructive

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and will resume tomorrow but tonight, the local MP here says

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despite the progress, she plans to hold an adjournment debate on Friday

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because the normal southern rail service is still inadequate, she

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says. A further 532 homes have

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been given planning permission tonight as part

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of the Ebbsfleet Up to 1,500 new jobs will also

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be created on the site of an old cement works,

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as well as food and drink outlets along the Thames

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and pedestrian and cycle routes. 15,000 homes are set to be built

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over 15 years to create the Garden City around the site

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of Ebbsfleet International Station. Hastings is to receive

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a share of ?12 million as part of the Government's

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new "research schools" initiative. It's been chosen as a so-called

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"opportunity area" that will improve the quality of teaching in deprived

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parts of England. The Education Secretary says

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it will build better relationships between schools,

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colleges and careers services. Eurotunel today unveiled its latest

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security initiative - a fleet of drones -

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which combined with 570 CCTV cameras and miles of fencing have

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created what it calls Both the British and

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French governments have The company says there were 21,000

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break-in attempts last year. But despite this, no

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services were halted. In addition to the new measures,

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Eurotunnel has committed to spending 20 million euros each

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year on security. A fancy video and a fanfare praising

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French and British co-operation has That was the view of one French

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official at the launch of new security measures

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in Coquelles today. The boss of the Channel Tunnel says

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cutting edge technology has made We have electronic fences,

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infrared barriers, cameras, and we can do, either day or night,

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full control of the general. and we can do, either day or night,

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full control of the terminal. I witnessed the final days

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of the migrant camp known as the Jungle last year,

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but will the heightened security at Eurotunnel stop services

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being disrupted in the future? I would say the measures

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we have taken place, the figures we now see

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of intrustions into the site has reflected the tremendous work

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that's gone on between governments and with the Eurotunnel to put

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in infrastructure measures The new security centre,

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with its drones and 570 cameras, It's unclear how much of that was

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paid by the British Government. But one MP in Kent says a secure

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Eurotunnel site in Calais It's all about making

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the route secure. We want a very strong message to go

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out, don't try and make your way towards Calais or Coquelles

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with the hope of coming into the country without papers

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because the border is secure. and that is not

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a route into the UK. And the French authorities

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agree the migrant camp has been dismantled,

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they say the threat is still there. we'll have the national

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weather in a moment. First, here's the forecast

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for the south-east with Rachel. Good evening. Well, it has been a

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crisp, cold, winters day. Lots of sunshine and as we go through

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tonight, clearer skies mean once again temperatures plummet. Not

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quite as chilly as last night, we saw loads of -7 but tonight, in

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countryside sports, temperatures likely to drop to -24 minus three.

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So we get a frosty start to Thursday. -- -2 or minus three. For

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us in the south-east corner, a good deal of sunshine, a bit more cloud

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than we have been seen of late so by the afternoon, temperatures a little

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less cold, today we had highs of two or three degrees, tomorrow more like

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five or six. The wind is no from a north-easterly direction but still

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very light as we go into Friday. Again, less cold for the most part,

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temperatures just about hovering above freezing in towns and cities,

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so a cold start to the day for Friday. More cloud around and still

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that area of high pressure, it will be trite and settled, temperatures

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creeping up, highs of eight or 9 degrees and towards the weekend,

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holding on to the area of high pressure, settled picture and

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staying dry. Here is the outlook in the south-east.

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next few days, no great changes over the next few days, more sunshine on

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the way. Despite high-pressure sitting across

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the country so only slow changes in the weather, we have had a variety

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of different

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