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And we will ask why so many more people over the age of 65 are
getting married these Today's main headlines
in the south-east: Aslef and Southern agree a new deal
to try to end their dispute over We're live with the
latest this evening. The super scaffold is up
as Canterbury Cathedral's And it was the warmest
day of the year so far, A fresh deal has been agreed, aimed
at resolving the bitter industrial dispute between Southern Railway
and Britain's biggest train drivers' union, Aslef,
over driver-only operated trains. The offer, details of which have
not been made public, will now be put to Aslef members
in a referendum. A previous deal between the two
sides was rejected in February, but union leaders say they believe
the new agreement offers solutions It has been deal then no deal,
now it's back on again. Leaders of the train drivers' union,
Aslef, say the new agreement offers solutions to all the
concerns after a previous proposal was turned down
by their members last month. Commuters tonight still
expressed concern. For God's sake - they really ought
to get on and agree it. They've had enough
time to debate it. This is just history repeating
itself, over and over again. Yeah, I don't know if the end's
in sight - it's probably not. People are getting very despondant,
very annoyed with the whole affair. And I think it's great - if the end
is in sight, then brilliant. The director of Govia
Thameslink Railway, the company that runs Southern,
said today, " We've had constructive talks with
Alsef and pleased we are able to He said it has been an
extraordinarily difficult period for passengers and said we look forward
to restoring good industrial I earnestly hope now they have
done enough to persuade their drivers that this style
of operation driver-only is safe and they can vote this deal through
and we can get back to a reliable You can bring this to an end,
you can stop the strike. It has been and remains
an fierce fight, For the conductors' union
and the RMT it has been a long-running dispute
with the union having now taken 30 days of strike action over the past
year, the most recent But it will not be
involved in the talks. If it is a safety requirements
and it's critical, then I feel quite bitter about what has
happened, but I can only assume some of the Aslef drivers who have been
very supportive of my members feel The RMT said tonight they had
not seen the details of the proposed outline agreement,
and are requesting a full copy as it goes to the heart of their
dispute with the company. In the meantime, they say,
they are pressing yet again for their own urgent talks
with Southern. Let's cross live to Simon,
outside East Grinstead station. Simon - fresh hope tonight
for commuters, but how likely is it Don't forget we have of course been
here before. Bosses at Aslef Aachen vent convinced it is the right deal
and should be accepted. But we don't know what is in the deal. The last
time there was an agreement there was a news conference to announce
it. Today just statements and they said they would say nothing more
until the route results of the ballot on April three. But even if
this dispute is resolved, the dispute with RMT is still ongoing.
An open verdict had been recorded over the death of a 36-year-old
Sussex woman which had been investigated as murder.
Emma Crowhurst, who was addicted to drugs and alcohol,
died after being found with serious head injuries in
Despite witnesses reporting hearing her argue with a man
before her death, the coroner said there was not enough
evidence to prove she had been unlawfully killed.
A teenager from Kent who claims she was beaten up
by her ex-boyfriend has made a formal complaint to Kent Police,
after they failed to bring assault charges against him.
Melissa Caffell says she suffered head injuries during an incident
at her home near Faversham, two years ago.
Sean Cheeseman was convicted of criminal damage,
But he never faced prosecution over her injuries,
because the police investigation wasn't completed within
Melissa was just 17 years old when she says her boyfriend lost his
temper, punched her in the face and smashed up her bedroom.
I went to bed and he came upstairs and he started screaming
Two years later, she is receiving counselling for
PTSD and still suffers from a lazy eye.
I didn't want to go out, I just wanted to stay in.
While her boyfriend Sean Cheeseman was
convicted of causing criminal damage, no
connection with the alleged assault which he previously said was in
Melissa was told the police officer involved missed the
deadline for a common assault charge.
They said that because he didn't put the evidence in
within six months, that's why they couldn't.
This is a particularly unfortunate case where the officer
has made a very honest and very genuine mistake.
And as a result, we have missed the opportunity to
charge someone with the common assault offence.
Melissa has been so distressed by what happened at home,
here on this street in Teynham, that she had her mum
have decided to move to Wales to try and build
But finding closure has been difficult, particularly as
she feels her opportunity for justice has been denied her.
I have come across quite a lot of these cases
where the criminal justice system, particularly since 2010, has been
creaking under the weight of work and with a lack of resources.
Kent Police and the Crown Prosecution Service
Melissa says she wants to make sure other people
aren't put off by her experiences from reporting
Normally All Access Scaffolding in Margate would be involved
in helping people re-point a chimney, or install
But they're currently working on a project in Canterbury that
It involves some eight and a half miles of tubing and covers an area
It's all for a ?24.7 million conservation project to protect
and restore Canterbury Cathedral - inside and out.
This is one of the more unusual building sites you'll ever see.
More than 50 feet above a working cathedral, the team of Margate
scaffolders pause to allow a moment of peace.
Then they continue on with their task of building a
giant working platform the size of a sports
pitch, another day in an
No one has seen this up here before in our lifetime.
Apparently I am the first geezer up here to have a selfie.
So you aren't going to do that anywhere else, are you?
You clearly need a cool head for heights,
clambering amongst the miles of steel poles up here.
It is atmospheric, surroundings which would
encourage anyone to enter into the spirit of the place.
The cathedral's open for business so we've got to take that
into factor to make sure everyone can
still do what they need to do in the cathedral.
We are as close to these wonderful vaulted ceilings
in Canterbury Cathedral as the builders were - so
Through the efforts of the scaffolders, we have a room,
I have been up on the deck 20 or more times but every
time I come up here it is extraordinary.
It is such a privilege to have this once in a many,
many generation's opportunity to see it.
?24.7 million - the knave roof is one aspect, conservation
of Christ Church Gate, re-landscaping the precincts,
western towers, along with lots of learning
It is about heritage but it is also about people
and communities and actually engaging people with the building -
It is more than just the work itself, it's
Future generations may well look back on our time as
the era when the Cathedral was saved and wonder how
That's it from me, your national weather forecast is coming up,
but first let's get the picture in the south-east
Good evening. It was the warmest day of the year so far. We had 19
degrees in Gravesend in Kent. For tomorrow temperatures not quite
reaching 19 but it does stay mild. There will be some sunshine. It is
all change so as we look towards all change so as we look towards
Friday on the weekend. It will be cooler. The wins will pick up and it
will be wet at times. Trish might we will stay dry, a mile night,
overnight temperatures of just six or seven. We'll see clearer skies
and mist or fog. A cloudy, misty, murky start to tomorrow. Eventually
we will see this cold front tracking eastwards. First thing there will be
a good deal of cloud then it brightens up for a time. During the
afternoon the cloud thickens and temperatures will be widely 12 or 13
degrees. We could see 14 or 15. Into Friday we see outbreaks of rain and
behind the cold front things starting to feel fresher.
Temperatures into Friday dropping to four or 5 degrees. A cooler feel to
the start of Friday. By the afternoon temperatures in the low
teens and eventually, as we look to the weekend, it will turn wet and
windy. Here is the been. The outlook, rain around, if
it stays dry I will be surprised. Here is Nick with the national
headlines. For large parts of Wales and England
there was blue sky and warmth. Warmest day of the year, a clumsy
way of saying the UK had the highest temperature