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The son of a woman who was crushed to death while working at a care
home in Kent says he's relieved that bosses have finally admitted
Joan Daws died five days after she was pinned to the wall
of a lift by a snagged chair at the Laleham Care Home
KCRH Limited has now admitted health and safety breaches -
something Simon Daws, Joan's son, told our reporter
Sara Smith, should never have taken so long.
For 11 years, Joan worked as a carer here,
but in 2013, what should have been a straightforward task,
moving a weighing chair from one floor to another, cost her life.
She became trapped in the old-fashioned lift at
It was later revealed that it hadn't been serviced and didn't
My mum's death could have been avoided by just following
If you have a lift, they're meant to have it inspected.
They will give you recommendations for any safety work that needs to be
If they had put this light sensor in, the accident would never
Today, the home is under new ownership, but the
owners at the time have now pleaded guilty to two health
What this really highlights is that people have
a responsibility not only for the people who use
their services but also to the people they employ.
Joan Dawes died when the handles of the
weighing chair became trapped in the grill style
Colleagues heard her scream that she was unable to breathe.
By the time the fire brigade released her, she
She fell into a coma and died five days later,
suffering asphyxia, brain damage and broken ribs.
The care home's first reaction, he says, was to blame his mum
Now at last they have accepted wrongdoing.
We're now at just over three years where they have
finally pleaded guilty, and I'm glad that we are near
the end of the process, but nothing brings back my mum.
They will be sentenced at Crown Court where
they will be expecting hefty fine.
A man's been arrested after more than ?17,000
worth of fireworks were stolen from a storage
The 26 year old was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen
goods and has now been released on bail.
A Bulgarian gang which smuggled nine illegal immigrants through the Port
of Dover have been jailed for a total of 28 years.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how they used garlic bulbs to put
They hid the migrants - which included a family
from Afghanistan - in special containers inside a van.
The judge called it a "sophisticated, well-organised
Sussex Police are appealing for information after the body
of a man was found inside a house following a fire in St Leonards.
This footage contains flashing images.
Fire crews were called to the property in West Hill Road
The cause of the blaze is currently being treated as unexplained.
East Sussex Fire and rescue were already convincing. Unfortunately,
when they went into the premises they found one deceased male,
identity unknown at this stage. We are following up from there.
Obviously there is a lot of forensic examination to go this time.
Hundreds of drivers in the South East have been flouting
the law by illegally using disabled parking permits - some even
using permits belonging to relatives who have died -
Nationally, more than 2.4 million disabled people
But East Sussex County Council says it believes as many as 1 in 5
And since January last year, more than 300 badges have been
Five days a week, he's on the streets of East Sussex,
a colleague covers Brighton and Hove.
With identification badge on display,
there is nothing secret about these investigation officers.
They probably know more than you think.
From the front of the badge, we can establish a bit of information.
We can establish the sex of that badge-holder, and also the age.
From that, we would also have a look within the vehicle, maybe look at
seating positions, depending on whether it was a male or female,
but we would also look for any signs of disability equipment,
This car caught the inspector's eye this morning.
The interior didn't suggest an elderly
lady driver, but it turned out no offence had been committed.
Some people are repeat offenders, though.
This doctor was recently convicted in court for using his
dead mother's badge, and as he left court,
it turned out he had parked illegally for the court
It is cases like that which have made the two local
councils join Sussex Police to produce a video.
I could be ill for days because somebody has not
They can go five minutes away and walk
The video now forms part of a training course
offered as an alternative to a court appearance, a ?1000 fine and a
On the streets today, full support from the blue
I think it is the best thing, because there are so
many people who are abusing them, and as soon as they get caught it
gives people who need the space more chance.
I have personally seen people going into Tesco and parking in the
disabled bay, getting out of the car and then running into Tesco and I'm
How difficult could it be for you if you can't
Well, if I can't park, I have to go home.
A high percentage are going to be family
members, whether it is with the badge holder's
We may find that people, either through ignorance or lack of
education, are carrying out those errors and we're trying to that out.
Hello, can I have a quick check please?
Other councils and police forces, including Kent and Surrey,
are now considering using the Sussex and Brighton scheme themselves.
That's it from me, your national weather forecast in a moment,
but first let's get the picture in the South East
It is still looking quite wintry through the remainder of tonight and
for the first part of the weekend as well. The Met office has issued a
warning for snowfall across the rest of the region for tonight and
tomorrow. Not all of us will see snow showers but it will be quite
heavy around eastern Kent and at lower levels, mainly falling as snow
-- rain and sleet. With temperatures below freezing, it could be an icy
start to Saturday morning. Looking grey with further showers, and
feeling really cold. Just two or three degrees with a wind chill as
well. Sunday, a similar sort of day, starting with sleet and rain showers
but brightening up by the course of the afternoon. Not quite as cold.
Temperatures at 46 degrees. I'll leave you
exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be
a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold
However I paint this weekend's picture, I'll need a palette of
grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud around but I managed to find some
sunshine. I don't know how but there was a couple of hours towards the
south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful day. The south-west saw glimpses of
sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold and grey with winds off the North
seep and a scattering of wintry showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a
dusting at lower levels through the day. It brought this beautiful
picture on the outskirts of Aberdeenshire. But enough