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me now on BBC Two. That's Newsnight with Emily in

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Washington. Today's main headlines

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in the South East: A call for urgent action to tackle

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the gangs exploiting children Children as young as 11 are being

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used as drug mules. Selling drugs or hiding drugs for major drug dealers

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coming from London. Accused of breaking legal

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limits with a mountain of discarded mattresses,

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a Kent man claims the figures And we have another bitterly cold

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night tonight, with warnings from the Met Office this cold

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weather lasts till Tuesday. A national plan is needed urgently

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to crack down on the criminal gangs exploiting inner-city children

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as young as 11 to sell That's the view of councillors

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from 19 local authorities who've written a joint letter

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to the Home Secretary, claiming the issue "has the potential to be

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the next grooming scandal". It's been likened to a poison

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spreading out from the capital At the last count, more than 181

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urban gangs sending upward of 800 people into counties like Kent,

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Surrey and Sussex. Children allegedly, as young as 12,

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acting as carriers. From London, it's very easy

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to travel into Essex, into Kent, Sussex, Surrey,

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Hampshire, Wiltshire, Thames Valley. They are not travelling

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any further than that Francis is a former gang member,

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who now runs a charity helping They are exploiting young

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children to sell drugs. The impact on that

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young child is huge. They are grooming children

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to become drug dealers, or to sell drugs for major

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drug dealers from London. So it's a safeguarding

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matter, we can't just Today, in what was called

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an unprecedented move, 19 London boroughs have written

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to the Home Secretary They say gang leaders

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are using serious violence, kidnap and weapons, and ruthless

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debt control to They say they believe it

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has the potential to be We've been worried for some time

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that there have been London gangs coming down to Kent,

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particularly in Thanet, where it is often reported London

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gangs are responsible for a lot But the thought of young vulnerable

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children being sent for this Nick is the former head

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of Kent Police's drug squad. They are using vulnerable people,

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people who they know have probably got no-one to report to,

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come back to, their parents, it's probably a dysfunctional family,

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and they use that vulnerability to their own advantage

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and don't give a damn With the threat of drug gangs

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seemingly driving deeper into the South East,

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a call today for new measures, to battle a trade now

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using child exploitation Our reporter Charlie Rose

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has been following the story ? Charlie, what has

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the Home Office had to say? Just to be clear, those 19 London

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borough is called for a clear national strategy and action plan

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from the Government. Tonight we put that to the Home Office, they said

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this issue is being addressed and they have a programme to end gang

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violence. They told us they are working with law enforcement

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agencies and local charities to tackle the problem, and she says

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they have formed a new partnership to support local areas facing gang

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problems. A businessman accused of blighting

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a Kent village with a mountain of discarded mattresses has told

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a court his personal life was "an absolute living hell"

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at the time he was trying Lewis Bertram - who ran a recycling

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business in Smarden near Ashford - is accused of having more

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than double the amount He told Canterbury Crown Court today

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that that figure was "impossible". Piled high, a potential fire

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risk and environmental Lewis Bertram's business took

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on mattresses, and recycled The jury was told he had a strict

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limit of possessing 1,000 tonnes of textiles at a time -

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the Environment Agency believes the total weight

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on site was 2,300 tonnes. Lewis Bertram, though, described

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that as an "impossible" estimation. Physically, he said,

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it's impossible to carry that sort He told the court there was

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500 to 800 tonnes maximum. He said he didn't store

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mattresses outside. He admitted he'd been going

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through a difficult time personally. He said he had been surviving

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on two hours' sleep per night. Mr Bertram admitted the site

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was never going to look He said he'd paid for

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a shredder to help clear it, He insisted he had been

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trying his level best to appease He described himself

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as passionate about his business. Lewis Bertram denies knowingly

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permitting the deposit of waste on land without an environmental

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permit, and failing to comply The notorious road rage

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killer Kenneth Noye, who stabbed a man to death on a Kent

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motorway, has launched a High Court appeal for the right to be moved

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to open prison conditions. The 69-year-old was given a life

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sentence for the murder of Stephen Cameron on the M25

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at Swanley in 1996. Southern Rail managers have urged

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the RMT union to call off a 24-hour It follows the suspension of three

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days of strikes that the Aslef union Aslef and Southern have spent

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a second day in talks aimed at ending their industrial dispute

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over the safety of driver-only operation - but the RMT are angry

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that they've been excluded. Council tax in West Sussex is set

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to rise by almost 4% under proposals put forward

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by county councillors today. The authority is facing a budget

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shortfall of more than ?41 million - and says the council tax increase

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would raise more than ?15 million. The Historic Dockyard in Chatham

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is to receive almost ?5 million of Heritage Lottery money to restore

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one of its most important buildings, The Fitted Rigging House,

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which dates back as early as 1793. The lottery funding will enable

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its conversion to become the dockyard's archive

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and volunteer centre. Transformed by the magic

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of television into a street scene from the East End of London

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in the 1950s. But inside the brick

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buildings made famous by Call The Midwife,

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is an empty shell, unused since the dockyard closed in 1984 -

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but now it's going to get its own dramatic new lease of life,

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thanks to a lottery grant. The Heritage Lottery Fund that has

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been announced today is absolutely essential in bringing these

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buildings back to life. It will help with the initial

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restoration and repair, but in turn it will make

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sure that commercial opportunities can come in here,

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businesses can come in here Built just after Victor Hugo

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wrote Les Miserables, it was a fitting tribute

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the Hollywood movie was filmed here. But these naval buildings

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will no longer just be Part of this project

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is about commercial return - creating offices, basically -

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but also of course, being a charitable trust

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that is about education, we want to develop the museum,

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the reading room and the library and archive, and make that

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much more publicly accessible. ARCHIVE: If all 7,000 people

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in the dockyard are dismissed, Chatham's unemployment rate

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would shoot up from And when that happened,

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the Rigging House was redundant. But finally finding a new role

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for this Grade I listed building, The building was used

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as a storehouse right up until the Navy board left in '84,

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and this is how we found it, nothing Its sheer size has

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hindered its restoration - but now, thanks to millions

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of pounds of funding, Peter Whittlesea reporting,

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and Chrissie Reidy is Chrissie, it's a building well known

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to millions of TV viewers, isn't it? I used to think the historic

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dockyard was one of the best kept secrets, but it does seem that more

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and more people are cottoning on to this little gem, especially

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movie-makers. Kanye West filmed a music video as well, Mr Selfridge,

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and you might recognise this street from: the midwife. -- call the

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midwife. The new series starts on Sunday evening on BBC One.

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That's it from me; we'll have the national weather

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in a moment, first here's the forecast for the

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It's been a very cold, crisp day and we've got warnings out from the Met

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Office that this cold weather is set to continue. Very cold air from the

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near continent is being dragged up towards us, and we have an area of

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high pressure giving as very settled, bright days, but those

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clearer skies mean particularly overnight those temperatures are

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plummeting. Overnight lows in more readable sports tonight once again

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dropping as low as may be minus six degrees and even in towns and

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cities, -1 or minus two. Once again a frosty start of the day, lots of

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sunshine from the word go. This area of high pressure giving us a settled

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day. Light, easterly winds, and by the afternoon temperatures creeping

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just about to 45 degrees. But if you wrap up warm, a very pleasant day.

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Very similar as we look towards looks as though we can, a bit more

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cloud on Sunday. Now the national picture.

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Good evening, it will gradually get colder in the UK in the next few

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days, something we don't have to worry about in Australia at this

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time of year. Of course it's the Australian tennis open at the moment

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and there's a big storm moving through Melbourne at the moment.

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Hopefully it will have cleared through by the time of Andy Murray's

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