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That's it from us. They will be continuing coverage throughout the
night Today's main headlines
in the South East... Mr Farage won't stand
in the general election. We're live in Ramsgate
with the details. And the footage released
by a desperate mother who can't cope She says they're being let
down by the system. And it was a frosty start for some
of us, but more clout is building. We learnt tonight that
Nigel Farage won't be standing The South East MEP and former Ukip
leader had suggested he might stand again as a candidate
in the South Thanet constituency - a seat he failed
to win two years ago. He now says won't try to become
a Member of Parliament anywhere - he's going to focus on his role
in Europe instead. Jessica Banham's report contains
some flashing images. It is scenes like these
that we will not be seening When Nigel Farage stood
in South Thanet two years ago, the constituency came under
the spotlight during Tonight on his radio show,
he explained why he would rather focus on his role as an MEP
this time round. I have done it because I genuinely
think I can do more for Brexit leading a group
in the European Parliament than I can as a backbench
MP who probably would Mr Farage has failed to get elected
to Parliament seven times. His first attempt was
in 1994 when he stood It was in 2001 that he was
a candidate for the first time in the South East,
in Bebexhill and Battle. On his second attempt
in South Thanet in 2015, he narrowly lost to the Conservative,
Craig McKinley. Farage made a difference
in the South Thanet last time, and certainly his name recognition
allowed Ukip to run the Tories I think it is going to be
a much more difficult seat for Ukip this time round,
and I think the Conservatives will certainly be much
happier this evening. Mr Farage says he will continue
to support his Ukip colleagues, but the party will now need
to decide who will wear its colours Jessica Banham, BBC
South East Today. Chrissie Reidy is in
Ramsgate for us now. So, what's the reaction
there, Chrissie? Just a few moments ago, one person
here said they think Nigel Farage is far more effective outside
Westminster than in. Others have said they think it is the right
decision. If you does not want to stand, it is wise that he is not
here. But I have to do say that if he had, Ukip would have had a good
chance of winning. I am not surprised at all. I think he has run
his course. I think he thinks so as well. He what he wanted to do was
get the Brexit vote, which he got. Of course, he may not have won here
two years ago, but his presence is guaranteed massive courage. Early
this evening, we spoke to the format you keep -- Ukip leader. It was
right for Nigel Farage to focus on Brussels, he said. Probably worth
mentioning that Nigel Farage will be visiting Thanet, but we understand
it is due early for a social event. Thank you, Chrissie.
The mother of an 11-year-old boy with violent behavioural problems
says her family is in crisis, after his school said
he is too disruptive, and must be taught at home instead.
Holly Batten, from Sedlescombe, says she's desperate for help
with her son Rupert who has Asperger's syndrome.
The family have given us video footage of him when he loses control
to explain how difficult it is for them to cope.
Our education correspondent Bryony Mackenzie has
Rupert's mother Holly has released this footage to show how
children with Asperger's can become anxious and physically violent.
Rupert ended up right on the top gable of the roof and we had
to call the fire brigade round to help him down.
He just had a really bad experience where he was really,
Rupert's behaviour, as a result of his Asperger's,
means he is now not allowed back to his special needs school.
Despite East Sussex County Council funding ?40,000 for his place there,
he is now being offered minimal home tuition.
I do not believe that one hour a day at home is a suitable
Rupert needs to be in a provision that can meet his needs,
and just having one teacher turn up for an hour a day is
The hurry urges get out of control and become monsters in our minds.
Highly intelligent, Rupert himself is aware of his own challenges.
I do not know why, I just felt different.
So you would like to go to a school where you feel happy?
The family want Rupert taken off the school roll and a place,
instead, funded at a school in Hampshire, but it
East Sussex County Council says they always consider a parent's
preferred option for their child, but have to consider how this can be
achieved with efficient use of taxpayers' money.
They say they are consulting with other education providers.
Lots of parents out there are struggling,
and what we are seeing is a lack of provision locally to deal
with the full spectrum of needs that comes with autism.
Tonight, the school says they will give Rupert
2.5-hours-a-day tutoring at home and help find a permanent solution.
We are a family in crisis, definitely.
And at the end of the day, Rupert is the child stuck
in the middle at home with no education.
Bryony Mackenzie, BBC South East Today, Sedlescombe.
The number of rapes reported to Kent and Sussex Police forces last
year have nearly tripled in the last four years.
Figures show that in 2012, just under 1000 reports of rapes
Last year, that number shot up to nearly 25000,
The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner says he still wants
to encourage people to report the crime.
It is a very gruelling process that can take well over a year,
sometimes two years, to get from reporting
through to court, and sometimes, because of that, victims choose not
But my concern is that people are aware that they can come
Brighton and Hove Albion's promotion to the Premier League will be
celebrated with an open-top bus tour through the city.
The council has announced it will take place
The Seagulls' achievement caps a remarkable turnaround
for the club, which almost went out of business 20 years ago
and spent more than a decade without its own ground.
Scenes at the Amex this week when the Seagulls booked their place
Now heads have cleared, the party will soon begin again,
because Brighton and Hove Albion are being honoured with an open-top
It is the tradition for teams winning trophies or getting
promoted, and hopefully the Albion will have the Championship Trophy
to show off, one more win to win the title.
Playing in what is arguably the world's biggest domestic
football competition will bring a cash windfall of around
In Brighton and Hove, people are delighted
the players are being honoured on and off the pitch.
It is wonderful they have been promoted, and I am glad the city
These were the scenes in Brighton when the team won promotion
This was the reception in 2004, and the crowds were just
as big seven years later following promotion
One person who will definitely be at the parade will be Dot Purvis,
who has followed the Albion right around the country.
Yeah, nobody wanted to come, so I went.
At today's press conference at Lancing, I asked Chris Hughton
if he had walked through the city of Brighton since Monday.
My normal routines are very much training ground based and home -
But at some stage I will, but I am very conscious
of the excitement out there and what it means to the city.
So, Chris Hughton and his players will get their chance to say thank
you to the city of Brighton, and the best bit is you have
You have the national weather in a moment. Now for the local weather.
It was very chilly today. But tonight, we are going to see more
cloud around and as that builds, we will see temperatures held up. It
will not be as cold night, and we may see light and scattered showers.
Friday morning, we are looking at eight, nine Celsius. A touch my
older around the coast. Temperatures may stay in double figures. There
will be a fair amount of cloud, but we may see bright spells coming and
going, small chance of an afternoon going, small chance of an afternoon
shower, but most places will miss them and stay dry. Lighter winds
today, so temperatures should reach 14 Celsius, so it should feel
milder. A week weather front is moving its way down and it may bring
more overcast skies on Saturday with patchy and light rain, but for many
places, we would like more than that. It will not be very
significant, it will come and go. Plenty of cloud to the day. Called
north-easterly breeze. To the evening, some will finish on a
brighter note. The clear skies are because our high pressure is
building in, and on Sunday, we will have another school -- cold start to
the day. Take a look at the forecast and the outlook coming you can see
it week for much of the UK and for more
about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.
The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so
degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away
from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority
of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was