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Today's main headlines in the South East: Families

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of the Shoreham aircrash disaster say a new report into airshow

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safety has left them still waiting for answers.

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She visited Deal for the New Year's Eve celebrations,

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now the hunt is on for the man who left this Kent

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It is horrible. So much pain for days afterward. And another bitterly

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cold night. With warnings of dense fog for tomorrow's rush-hour.

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Families of the Shoreham air disaster victims say

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they are still waiting for answers, even though all 21 recommendations

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of a major new report have been accepted by the

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11 men died when a vintage jet crashed on the A27

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Today's report from the Air Accident Investigation Branch is designed

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to make sure a similar catastrophe can't happen at an

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But the families say they're no closer to knowing where blame

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Nearly a year and a half on from the catastrophic crash that

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claimed 11 lives at the Shoreham Airshow, today

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confirmation that the regulations surrounding future airshows will be

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The Civil Aviation Authority agreeing to all 21 safety

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recommendations put forward by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

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These are perhaps things that should have happened some time ago and I

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think are common sense so that we can go forward, that we can still

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have a airshows in the future which really are as safe as possible, not

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just for the people up in the air but for the people on the ground

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The recommendations include that the CAA

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will conduct a review as to

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whether there should be a minimum differences between display aircraft

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That risk assessments for displays must

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include the manoeuvre to be performed by display pilots and that

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the CAA are not satisfied with the risk assessment, they may refuse

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permission for the event to go ahead.

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But the announcement is little comfort for those who await

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answers for the fundamental questions of what went wrong and who

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Why have we waited 17 months and we still have no answers?

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How difficult has it been not having those answers and having to wait?

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It is hard enough for us,

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They played for my football club, they became friends.

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I cannot imagine how it is for the families.

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It is just ridiculous that it has taken

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The crash happened back in August 2015, prompting a series of

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A police investigation into the pilot's

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actions, an inquest into the death of the 11 men killed and an air

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accident investigation enquiry into how it happened.

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To date, none of these have concluded.

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What everybody wants to know now is how did this happen and

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the final judgment will be in the final report.

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And it will then be for the CAA, the coroner and indeed

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all the legal departments in the country to the NSS what action needs

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For the families of the 11 men are commemorated here, the long wait for

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the truth goes on. Well, our reporter

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joins us in the studio. Juliette, what else have

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the families had to say today? We spoke earlier to the solicitor

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representing the families involved here and he told us that their focus

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was on a weighting that final report by the air accident's investigation

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Branch and on the pre-inquest review to take place in March. As for the

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future of the Shoreham Airshow is self, a spokesperson said earlier

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appropriate to do so, they will appropriate to do so, they will

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explore the possibility of a 2017 airshow. But in the meantime, they

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say they are fully operating with the ongoing investigation. Baggie.

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A derailed freight train has been causing major delays for commuters

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today AND train operator Southeastern is now warning

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passengers that the disruption will continue tomorrow.

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All trains from Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross

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and Cannon Street were cancelled completely after a train carrying

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sand derailed near Lewisham station at around 6am this morning.

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Plans by East Sussex County Council to cut funding to the Duke

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of Edinburgh's award scheme have been shelved.

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A petition was handed in to the council today

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as the cabinet was meeting to discuss the council Budget,

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where it was decided not to go ahead with axing the scheme.

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A woman left blinded in one eye after getting caught up in a fight

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on new years eve says she's been left angry, and unable to move

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on with her life until those who caused her injury are caught.

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Cora Mitchard was at a fireworks display in Deal when a fight broke

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out near her, and she was hit in the face with a beer can.

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Doctors say she has lost 85% of vision in her eye.

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She remembers New Year's Eve for the wrong reason.

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Celebrating outside a pub, someone threw a beer

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The impact fractured her eye socket and blinded

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It's awful, not being able to see anything but hearing

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everything going on, it's so different.

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So much pain for days after that, all the bruising came up

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The 24-year-old came to this pub on New Year's Eve to enjoy

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Her boyfriend went inside to buy some drinks.

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Cora was here just three minutes before the

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We were told there was a possibility she

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might lose the eye, so we were pleased

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when she was told she was

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not going to lose the eye, even if there is no sight there,

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After the incident, police interviewed a number

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Detectives say they want anyone who is there to come forward

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I make an appeal to the people involved in this to

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come forward and allow us to understand what has gone on so we

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can resolve this matter and give justice to the victim.

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Cora lives on a houseboat on the peninsula.

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Since being blinded in one eye, she has

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found it difficult to move around the boat.

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It is completely blurred at the moment, I have got nothing

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Coping really well with it, a lot better than I

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Still learning to get around and do everyday activities like normal,

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The 24-year-old will have more surgery on her eye

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Her vision will never be the same again.

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50 new schools will need to be built in Kent over the next

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five years to meet a population boom that requires an additional

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Kent County Council say some 47 new schools are needed

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across the county and the leaders at the council

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But there is a warning that the authority may not meet

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demand if planned free schools are not opened on time.

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The local authority has the statue duty to make provision of those

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places, yet a Whitehall department is predominantly responsible for

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delivering those new school places so we don't have the control that we

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have had in the past and we have delivered

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right number of school places in the right

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place at the right time, we

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question whether the education funding enters the Whitehall

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department with a structured record is capable of delivering at the

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right time in the right place and at the same cost.

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Simon Jones is at County Hall in Maidstone.

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Why is there such a big rise in the number of school places that

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Bred the council says over the past few years it is created a new 10,000

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places, but if it's going to create another 23000 by 2022, new schools

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will be needed, because there has been a big baby boom in the area and

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on top of this, London councils are increasingly sending families down

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to live here. That has been an influx of families from eastern

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Europe and there is a huge house-building programme in the

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coming years. The council says if new schools are not built Benny

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Mayotte educate children in mobile classrooms. We're the Department for

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Education for a comic, but they did not provide one. -- we as the

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Department audit aged. In tonight's football,

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Brighton have returned to the top of the Championship

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with a 1-0 victory over The Seagulls are now two points

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clear of Newcastle having played In a moment, the national

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weather forecast, but first, let's get

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the picture in the South East,

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