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Today's main headlines in the South East.

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Jail for the man who left a 17-year-old girl to drown

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He is branded "repugnant" by the judge.

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A ?200 million investment in Dover's Western Docks,

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aimed at keeping the port relevant after Brexit.

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We will be live at the port, with the details.

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And another bitterly cold they can eat, with warnings owed for ice at

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the rush hour tomorrow. A man who left a young woman

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to drown in the sea at Ramsgate has been jailed for five

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and a half years. Michael Bowditch pleaded guilty

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to the manslaughter of Becky Morgan, She was with Bowditch when she fell

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from the sea wall in the early hours of May 1 last year, but did not

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contact the emergency services for two and a half hours.

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Sara Smith reports. Becky Morgan's friends and family

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crowded into the court today, to hear a man admit that he had left

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the teenager to drown. Exactly what happened to her that

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night, they will never know. But they do know that he could

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have tried to save her. Most certainly,

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he could have helped. There was a lifebuoy

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on the side of the harbour arm, quite near to where

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Becky went into the water. He had a telephone

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on him at the time. The emergency services

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could have been alerted. Instead, Michael Bowditch,

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who had only met Becky a few hours He would tell police they had been

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kissing and mucking around, when she had fallen off

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the harbour arm. She had been screaming for help

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and saying she could not swim. He later retracted that and said

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he could not remember what happened. What is clear is that they had gone

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on to the harbour arm just after 2am, when Becky had fallen

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into the water. Bowditch only called

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the police at five o'clock. where he had been seen

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chatting and laughing. A little later, Becky's body

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was found, two and a half miles In a statement, Becky's mother said

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she felt something bright in her life had died.

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A police officer spoke her words. All I can think about is her being

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alone, in the dark, in the cold I can imagine that she

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was calling for me. Another family member

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spoke of their distress. All of us are completely

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devastated, to be honest. I know it is real, but I still keep

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expecting to hear her voice. I still find it terribly

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difficult to believe that this wonderful, vibrant,

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intelligent girl is just gone. The judge described Bowditch's

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behaviour as "repugnant", to see that Becky was in

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trouble, but walk away. He said the fact that,

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while she had been sober, he had been drunk and taken cannabis

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and cocaine was not an excuse, He sentenced him to

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five and a half years. It is being described as the single

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biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover -

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the revival of the Western Docks, to create a new cargo

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facility and marina. And tonight, a consortium of leading

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British and European lenders has agreed a ?200 million package

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of loans, to help make It is believed the port handles

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about 17% of all UK trade in goods, We can cross to Dover now and speak

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to our reporter, Simon Jones. Simon, how significant

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is this investment? This has been described as a once in

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a generation project. Down here, the Western Docks has been rather

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forlorn lover since the four Port closed a number of these as years

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ago. This will revitalise it. There will be a new cargo terminal, as

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well as other amenities. The port has a huge asset and it will remain

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that we are after we leave the European Union. The local MP has

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welcomed the Internet investment that says, we need to get on with

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it, for this project has taken three years to come to fruition. A local

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people see other investment has not done enough for the town only want

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to see this project doing that. There are calls this evening

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for a rail body to be set up, made up of councils,

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businesses and commuters in Sussex, to help decide the way

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the Southern service is run. The leader of Brighton

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Council wants a new body, A similar scheme for the north

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of England has already helped Southern Rail has faced

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months of disruption through strike action,

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but had been facing strong criticism for delays before

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that action started. A man who raped and abused young

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children over more than 30 years 80-year-old Mark Humphreys carried

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out the offences against children, some as young as three, at address

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in Tunbridge Wells and Sleaford. He would give the children biscuits

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or milk after abusing them. He was arrested after one

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of the victims of his historical offences went

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to Kent Police in March 2015. A Kent couple say families

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with relatives in care homes should be able to complain about quality

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of care, without fear of reprisals. It comes as the Residents

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and Relatives Association say they have received a 60% increase

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in calls from relatives who say they have been banned

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from visiting spouses or, worse still, had their

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loved ones evicted. Chrissie Reidy has

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tonight's special report. Dorothy was resident at a care home

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in Deal for seven years. After her family raised

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numerous concerns about the quality of her care,

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they say the 96-year-old We should feel free to raise

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concerns on our loved one's behalf, without fear of thinking,

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"If I say something, are we going to be barred from visiting or,

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worse still, being evicted?" The majority of care homes

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are privately run and can terminate a contract,

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if they cannot provide the level of care

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are expected by the family. But some believe banning relatives

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or evicting patients It is sometimes about the provider,

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about the care staff. This is where communication

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breaks down. And one of the main things

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about having people actually in a care home is that you have

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transparency and you have good The CQC, who regulate care homes,

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say it is not in their remit to mediate between families

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and the care providers. The Residents Relatives

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Association, however, say they have seen a 60% increase

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in calls from concerned relatives. They say homes need to be

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more open to criticism. If someone's visits are restricted,

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there should be very good reasons, like if it is bad for

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the resident, in some way. But we have rarely found an example

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where it is not the result We contacted the care home today

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and he promised to issue a statement But as of yet, we have

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not received anything. With people living longer,

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families say a more open and transparent complaints process

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is needed, but for Dorothy's Over the years, why have so many

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artists, writers and thinkers taken to the hills in Sussex

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looking for inspiration? It is a question that has

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inspired a major show, featuring artworks and treasures

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from some of the best-known galleries, famous houses

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and museums in Sussex. They were shocking

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in their day, before, Modernism provoked people,

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challenged the old order, overstepped marks and ignored

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boundaries. But the thread which runs

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through this show is that all the artists had chosen

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to live and work in Sussex. This is not an exhibition full

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of picturesque Sussex pictures. In fact, often they are

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really quite troubling. And that is something

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which distinguishes a lot They often worked in

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collectives and communities. Regarded as elitist

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and weird, by outsiders, but pretty normal

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for artists of today. The exhibition brings

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all their work together. In a sense, they really have raided

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the Sussex family jewels. There is work here from collections

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in Hastings, Brighton The main purpose is to raise

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the profile and promote these Like we're doing this

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time with the wonderful nine partners from Sussex,

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we bring collections into London and curate them for a bespoke show

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at the house. The extraordinary houses

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is 2 Temple Place, built in the 1890s as the London

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offices for William Waldorf Astor, one of then-richest men

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in the world and a major benefactor to

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Hever Castle in Kent. It is a fascinating

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scene-setter for these works by the Bohemians artists

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and craftsmen of Sussex. I am hoping people will

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come to the exhibition, move around, make up their own

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connections between things. The art of Sussex comes to London,

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to tell a colourful story. We will have with the national

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weather forecast in a moment, but first, we can get the picture

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in the South East, Good evening. Another cold day. Some

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brightness overnight. Clear skies. Temperatures dropping to below zero.

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We are expecting to see some rain first thing tomorrow morning, which

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could be problematic. There is a warning out for ice during the rush

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hour. By the afternoon, more cloud cover and the chance of some

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drizzle, with temperatures reaching 8-9 C. From Freddie into Saturday,

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temperatures rarely falling a couple of degrees overnight.

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weekend. It's swings and roundabouts, higher temperatures but

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some rain as well. Good evening. It's been dry so far

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this January but as it draws to a close it looks like we will see some

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rain at last. It's been an interesting today a bitterly cold in

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Norfolk, way we kept the grey cloud all day and the grey cloud gave a

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dusting of snow in places. This is a lovely picture sent in from Sutton

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Coldfield. Rob Wales and much of Scotland it's been a beautiful day,

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lots of sunshine and temperatures, 13 degrees compared with -2 under

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the cloud in East Anglia. Those temperatures are already down to -3

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or minus four. It's bitter out there, when

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