15/03/2017 South East Today


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And we will ask why so many more people over the age of 65 are

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getting married these Today's main headlines

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in the south-east: Aslef and Southern agree a new deal

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to try to end their dispute over We're live with the

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latest this evening. The super scaffold is up

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as Canterbury Cathedral's And it was the warmest

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day of the year so far, A fresh deal has been agreed, aimed

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at resolving the bitter industrial dispute between Southern Railway

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and Britain's biggest train drivers' union, Aslef,

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over driver-only operated trains. The offer, details of which have

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not been made public, will now be put to Aslef members

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in a referendum. A previous deal between the two

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sides was rejected in February, but union leaders say they believe

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the new agreement offers solutions It has been deal then no deal,

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now it's back on again. Leaders of the train drivers' union,

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Aslef, say the new agreement offers solutions to all the

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concerns after a previous proposal was turned down

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by their members last month. Commuters tonight still

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expressed concern. For God's sake - they really ought

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to get on and agree it. They've had enough

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time to debate it. This is just history repeating

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itself, over and over again. Yeah, I don't know if the end's

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in sight - it's probably not. People are getting very despondant,

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very annoyed with the whole affair. And I think it's great - if the end

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is in sight, then brilliant. The director of Govia

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Thameslink Railway, the company that runs Southern,

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said today, " We've had constructive talks with

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Alsef and pleased we are able to He said it has been an

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extraordinarily difficult period for passengers and said we look forward

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to restoring good industrial I earnestly hope now they have

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done enough to persuade their drivers that this style

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of operation driver-only is safe and they can vote this deal through

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and we can get back to a reliable You can bring this to an end,

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you can stop the strike. It has been and remains

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an fierce fight, For the conductors' union

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and the RMT it has been a long-running dispute

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with the union having now taken 30 days of strike action over the past

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year, the most recent But it will not be

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involved in the talks. If it is a safety requirements

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and it's critical, then I feel quite bitter about what has

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happened, but I can only assume some of the Aslef drivers who have been

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very supportive of my members feel The RMT said tonight they had

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not seen the details of the proposed outline agreement,

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and are requesting a full copy as it goes to the heart of their

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dispute with the company. In the meantime, they say,

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they are pressing yet again for their own urgent talks

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with Southern. Let's cross live to Simon,

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outside East Grinstead station. Simon - fresh hope tonight

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for commuters, but how likely is it Don't forget we have of course been

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here before. Bosses at Aslef Aachen vent convinced it is the right deal

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and should be accepted. But we don't know what is in the deal. The last

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time there was an agreement there was a news conference to announce

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it. Today just statements and they said they would say nothing more

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until the route results of the ballot on April three. But even if

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this dispute is resolved, the dispute with RMT is still ongoing.

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An open verdict had been recorded over the death of a 36-year-old

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Sussex woman which had been investigated as murder.

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Emma Crowhurst, who was addicted to drugs and alcohol,

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died after being found with serious head injuries in

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Despite witnesses reporting hearing her argue with a man

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before her death, the coroner said there was not enough

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evidence to prove she had been unlawfully killed.

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A teenager from Kent who claims she was beaten up

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by her ex-boyfriend has made a formal complaint to Kent Police,

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after they failed to bring assault charges against him.

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Melissa Caffell says she suffered head injuries during an incident

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at her home near Faversham, two years ago.

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Sean Cheeseman was convicted of criminal damage,

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But he never faced prosecution over her injuries,

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because the police investigation wasn't completed within

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Melissa was just 17 years old when she says her boyfriend lost his

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temper, punched her in the face and smashed up her bedroom.

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I went to bed and he came upstairs and he started screaming

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Two years later, she is receiving counselling for

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PTSD and still suffers from a lazy eye.

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I didn't want to go out, I just wanted to stay in.

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While her boyfriend Sean Cheeseman was

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convicted of causing criminal damage, no

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connection with the alleged assault which he previously said was in

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Melissa was told the police officer involved missed the

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deadline for a common assault charge.

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They said that because he didn't put the evidence in

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within six months, that's why they couldn't.

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This is a particularly unfortunate case where the officer

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has made a very honest and very genuine mistake.

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And as a result, we have missed the opportunity to

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charge someone with the common assault offence.

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Melissa has been so distressed by what happened at home,

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here on this street in Teynham, that she had her mum

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have decided to move to Wales to try and build

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But finding closure has been difficult, particularly as

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she feels her opportunity for justice has been denied her.

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I have come across quite a lot of these cases

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where the criminal justice system, particularly since 2010, has been

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creaking under the weight of work and with a lack of resources.

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Kent Police and the Crown Prosecution Service

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Melissa says she wants to make sure other people

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aren't put off by her experiences from reporting

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Normally All Access Scaffolding in Margate would be involved

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in helping people re-point a chimney, or install

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But they're currently working on a project in Canterbury that

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It involves some eight and a half miles of tubing and covers an area

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It's all for a ?24.7 million conservation project to protect

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and restore Canterbury Cathedral - inside and out.

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This is one of the more unusual building sites you'll ever see.

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More than 50 feet above a working cathedral, the team of Margate

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scaffolders pause to allow a moment of peace.

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Then they continue on with their task of building a

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giant working platform the size of a sports

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pitch, another day in an

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No one has seen this up here before in our lifetime.

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Apparently I am the first geezer up here to have a selfie.

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So you aren't going to do that anywhere else, are you?

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You clearly need a cool head for heights,

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clambering amongst the miles of steel poles up here.

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It is atmospheric, surroundings which would

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encourage anyone to enter into the spirit of the place.

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The cathedral's open for business so we've got to take that

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into factor to make sure everyone can

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still do what they need to do in the cathedral.

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We are as close to these wonderful vaulted ceilings

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in Canterbury Cathedral as the builders were - so

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Through the efforts of the scaffolders, we have a room,

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I have been up on the deck 20 or more times but every

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time I come up here it is extraordinary.

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It is such a privilege to have this once in a many,

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many generation's opportunity to see it.

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?24.7 million - the knave roof is one aspect, conservation

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of Christ Church Gate, re-landscaping the precincts,

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western towers, along with lots of learning

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It is about heritage but it is also about people

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and communities and actually engaging people with the building -

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It is more than just the work itself, it's

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Future generations may well look back on our time as

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the era when the Cathedral was saved and wonder how

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That's it from me, your national weather forecast is coming up,

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but first let's get the picture in the south-east

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Good evening. It was the warmest day of the year so far. We had 19

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degrees in Gravesend in Kent. For tomorrow temperatures not quite

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reaching 19 but it does stay mild. There will be some sunshine. It is

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all change so as we look towards all change so as we look towards

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Friday on the weekend. It will be cooler. The wins will pick up and it

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will be wet at times. Trish might we will stay dry, a mile night,

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overnight temperatures of just six or seven. We'll see clearer skies

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and mist or fog. A cloudy, misty, murky start to tomorrow. Eventually

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we will see this cold front tracking eastwards. First thing there will be

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a good deal of cloud then it brightens up for a time. During the

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afternoon the cloud thickens and temperatures will be widely 12 or 13

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degrees. We could see 14 or 15. Into Friday we see outbreaks of rain and

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behind the cold front things starting to feel fresher.

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Temperatures into Friday dropping to four or 5 degrees. A cooler feel to

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the start of Friday. By the afternoon temperatures in the low

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teens and eventually, as we look to the weekend, it will turn wet and

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windy. Here is the been. The outlook, rain around, if

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it stays dry I will be surprised. Here is Nick with the national

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headlines. For large parts of Wales and England

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there was blue sky and warmth. Warmest day of the year, a clumsy

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way of saying the UK had the highest temperature

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