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Today's main headlines in the South East: Will normal

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service be resumed on Southern tomorrow, with 12 RMT drivers

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We'll be live in Brighton with the details.

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A Kent businessman is found guilty of illegally storing

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And it is another bitterly cold night tonight with warnings out

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about dense fog for tomorrow's rush-hour.

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Southern commuters are waiting to see if the promised normal

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service to the rail timetable will resume tomorrow.

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12 train driver members of the RMT union are on strike tomorrow

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and the union is asking for the train drivers union Aslef

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It comes as a Conservative MP looks to introduce a private members' bill

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to Parliament tomorrow aimed at preventing a repeat

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Any commuter arriving to board a Southern train tomorrow with a

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spring in their step and the promise of a full and normal timetable once

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again could be sorely disappointed. RMT union picket lines are not by

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any means a thing of the past. 12 drivers in the union will strike

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tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday and are asking the main driver's union,

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Aslef, to support them. I think every driver, no matter what union

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they are in, it is their fundamental right not to be forced to cross a

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picket line. This is not a case of which union, but which side. Gods

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walked out today over changes to their role in this dispute. One MP

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is now trying to change the law to restrict further walk-outs. Nobody

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is saying strikes should be banned and I respect the right to strike,

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but he needs to be balanced with the but he needs to be balanced with the

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right of the public to get to work and home to see their loved ones.

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The bill would mean strikes affecting critical national services

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such as rail, tubes, buses and the NHS would have to be

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and reasonable in the view of a High and reasonable in the view of a High

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Court judge. At a basic level of service should be maintained and be

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mandatory to attend talks at the conciliation service to resolve the

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dispute. It is politically charged. But it will make it more difficult

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for unions and workers to take industrial action. The Government

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has not said explicitly if he would back any new law, but there was

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support them on passengers. Something needs to be done. I

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travelled to Tunbridge Wells every day and it's been a nightmare.

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Definitely. The strikes are ridiculous at the moment. Southerner

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says it expects to run a full service tomorrow and commuters will

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perhaps be wise to exercise some caution in their optimism.

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Southern had been keen to say they would be able to run

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a full service tomorrow, so how disruptive do we think

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We are told the main focus tomorrow will be here in Brighton. But it is

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hard to know exactly what the impact of that will be as there are only 12

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drivers within the RMT union and it all hinges on whether or not the

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Aslef drivers cause the picket lines, but they say they weren't,

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while their talks are ongoing. As for the bill go before Parliament

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tomorrow, it does have the backing of several MPs, but without the

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concrete backing of the Government, it is likely to face a real

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challenge. Thank you. And you can follow all the travel

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news and the impact of strikes from 6am tomorrow on our local live

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services.bbc.co.uk/kent or Sussex. A businessman accused of blighting

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a village with a mountain of thousands of discarded mattresses

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has been found guilty of having more than double the amount of waste

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he was allowed on the site. The mess created at Lewis Bertram's

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recycling business in Smarden, was described by villagers

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as a living hell. He amassed a mountain of mattresses

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that blighted a business estate and will cost more

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than ?100,000 to clear. Today, Lewis Bertram was found

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guilty on three counts at Canterbury Crown Court of illegally depositing

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waste and failing to recycle But there's also been

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a financial impact for those who own neighbouring

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business units. Well, it was vacant for 18 months

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so obviously I lost that rental income for the 18 month

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period which is part of my So, yes, it is difficult and,

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of course, if you are looking at selling the unit,

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it diminishes the value Despite the court action,

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the two industrial units and yards The Environment Agency brought this

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prosecution but with tonnes of waste on-site, it is unclear who will foot

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the bill to remove it. It's clear that the person

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who needs to clear this waste is Mr Bertram,

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he brought them in so he needs to clear them and that's

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what we fully expect But we have heard in court,

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he says he has got no money. Again, it's down to Mr Bertram to

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clear the waste and that's what we Nearby businesses claim

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Lewis Bertram has only removed After he told Canterbury

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Crown Court that he earned ?25,000 a year

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from running Eco-Matters recycling business,

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many fear there will have to be

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further legal action before the eyesore is

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finally cleared. Budget pressures on schools

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will mean fewer after-school clubs, and no pastoral support

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and counselling for students struggling

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with mental health issues. That's what Liam Collins,

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Sussex head teacher at Uplands Community College,

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has been telling MPs at The Department for Education said

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that school funding for 2016-17 will be at its highest

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level on record. So this is our other femur,

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what do you think this is? Ofsted said this is a good

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school with teaching both good and outstanding

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but the head teacher here once they face

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the I don't think anyone

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really understands the Today he told the influential

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Public Accounts Committee that with current funding

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levels, his goal will be underfunded to the tune of ?350,000

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within three years. The equivalent of losing no

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fewer than ten teachers. As a parent, I think

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we should be very My son is going into year seven next

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year and I am really worried by him in terms of what kind

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of school he is going to be going The funding concerns have been

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raising an annual survey of more than 1000 schools by National

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Association of head teachers. What is particularly

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worrying about the findings are passed survey is how

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the situation has got worse since We carried out the survey 12

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months ago and what we are seeing, for example, is the number

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of schools that are finding themselves in deficit has gone

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up from eight to 18%. And a number of schools

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are preparing to make significant cuts or having

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to dip into reserves has gone up by 7%

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as Suzanne has three

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children at the school. I think other parents

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are worried as well. I think the quality

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of education might go down, the quality of teaching,

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budgets are being cut. Teachers are getting paid less,

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some teachers may not be Don't be silly with the sharp bits

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and put them in the bin. Huge variations in how much

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cash given her people. East Sussex receives half the amount

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the City of London does. Kent comes out worse,

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receiving just over ?4000 per pupil. Last month, a new national funding

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formula within us to address the disparities that that

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will not kick in until 2018. The NAHT says the Government

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needs to provide more cash still all its pupils

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who will pay the price. Simon Jones has been

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following the story. Dire warnings from one

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headteacher there. What has the Department

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for Education had to say? It says funding for schools is at a

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record level. Some ?40 billion this financial year. It recognises

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however that some schools are facing challenges and they say it is

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available to give advice on how to spend money on a cost-effective way.

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But the National Audit Office reckons that by 2020 there will be a

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?3 billion shortfall in funding. Head teachers say we should see the

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education of children not as a cost for the future, be rather an

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investment. Labour have joined in, saying it is wrong for headteachers

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to choose between laying off staff and investing in new equipment.

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Thank you. A man from Deal has appeared

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in court today accused of stalking journalist and campaigner Jemima

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Khan. 60-year-old Conor Donal O'Mahoney

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is believed to have contacted her on social media and sent a taxi

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to her home address. He is charged with one

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count of stalking, causing serious alarm or distress

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to the 42-year-old mother of two, who is also known

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as Jemima Goldsmith. Now, let's see what's happening

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with the weather for the next few Rachel - the fog is

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causing a real problem. Today we had those stubborn mist and

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fog patches and in many places, they did not clear. More of the same

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tonight. Warnings from the Met office and poor visibility first

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thing tomorrow. What is causing that is clearer skies and lighter winds.

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This is the weather we have had now for quite a few days. There are

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warnings about the risk of high pollution levels tomorrow and we

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have concerns. Overnight tonight, temperatures as low as -5 in a rural

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spots and about freezing in cities. Bitterly cold tomorrow. Take care if

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you're driving in the rush-hour. Visibility is bad first thing. This

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high pressure stays with us and by the afternoon, the sunshine may just

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about beer. Temperatures for - 5 degrees. Light winds and is by the

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brightness, still bitterly cold. Tomorrow night, much of the same.

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Clearer skies, lighter winds, mist and fog and temperatures in rural

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spots minders or -5 and -2 perhaps in towns and cities. Wednesday,

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similar. In the afternoon, temperatures 5-6 . On Thursday, the

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winds now coming from the south easterly and

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For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it

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will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to

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see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving

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to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the

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UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.

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Particularly

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