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That's it from us. They will be continuing coverage throughout the

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night Today's main headlines

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in the South East... Mr Farage won't stand

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in the general election. We're live in Ramsgate

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with the details. And the footage released

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by a desperate mother who can't cope She says they're being let

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down by the system. And it was a frosty start for some

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of us, but more clout is building. We learnt tonight that

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Nigel Farage won't be standing The South East MEP and former Ukip

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leader had suggested he might stand again as a candidate

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in the South Thanet constituency - a seat he failed

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to win two years ago. He now says won't try to become

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a Member of Parliament anywhere - he's going to focus on his role

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in Europe instead. Jessica Banham's report contains

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some flashing images. It is scenes like these

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that we will not be seening When Nigel Farage stood

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in South Thanet two years ago, the constituency came under

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the spotlight during Tonight on his radio show,

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he explained why he would rather focus on his role as an MEP

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this time round. I have done it because I genuinely

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think I can do more for Brexit leading a group

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in the European Parliament than I can as a backbench

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MP who probably would Mr Farage has failed to get elected

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to Parliament seven times. His first attempt was

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in 1994 when he stood It was in 2001 that he was

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a candidate for the first time in the South East,

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in Bebexhill and Battle. On his second attempt

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in South Thanet in 2015, he narrowly lost to the Conservative,

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Craig McKinley. Farage made a difference

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in the South Thanet last time, and certainly his name recognition

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allowed Ukip to run the Tories I think it is going to be

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a much more difficult seat for Ukip this time round,

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and I think the Conservatives will certainly be much

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happier this evening. Mr Farage says he will continue

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to support his Ukip colleagues, but the party will now need

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to decide who will wear its colours Jessica Banham, BBC

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South East Today. Chrissie Reidy is in

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Ramsgate for us now. So, what's the reaction

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there, Chrissie? Just a few moments ago, one person

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here said they think Nigel Farage is far more effective outside

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Westminster than in. Others have said they think it is the right

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decision. If you does not want to stand, it is wise that he is not

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here. But I have to do say that if he had, Ukip would have had a good

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chance of winning. I am not surprised at all. I think he has run

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his course. I think he thinks so as well. He what he wanted to do was

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get the Brexit vote, which he got. Of course, he may not have won here

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two years ago, but his presence is guaranteed massive courage. Early

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this evening, we spoke to the format you keep -- Ukip leader. It was

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right for Nigel Farage to focus on Brussels, he said. Probably worth

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mentioning that Nigel Farage will be visiting Thanet, but we understand

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it is due early for a social event. Thank you, Chrissie.

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The mother of an 11-year-old boy with violent behavioural problems

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says her family is in crisis, after his school said

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he is too disruptive, and must be taught at home instead.

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Holly Batten, from Sedlescombe, says she's desperate for help

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with her son Rupert who has Asperger's syndrome.

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The family have given us video footage of him when he loses control

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to explain how difficult it is for them to cope.

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Our education correspondent Bryony Mackenzie has

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Rupert's mother Holly has released this footage to show how

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children with Asperger's can become anxious and physically violent.

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Rupert ended up right on the top gable of the roof and we had

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to call the fire brigade round to help him down.

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He just had a really bad experience where he was really,

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Rupert's behaviour, as a result of his Asperger's,

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means he is now not allowed back to his special needs school.

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Despite East Sussex County Council funding ?40,000 for his place there,

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he is now being offered minimal home tuition.

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I do not believe that one hour a day at home is a suitable

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Rupert needs to be in a provision that can meet his needs,

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and just having one teacher turn up for an hour a day is

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The hurry urges get out of control and become monsters in our minds.

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Highly intelligent, Rupert himself is aware of his own challenges.

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I do not know why, I just felt different.

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So you would like to go to a school where you feel happy?

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The family want Rupert taken off the school roll and a place,

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instead, funded at a school in Hampshire, but it

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East Sussex County Council says they always consider a parent's

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preferred option for their child, but have to consider how this can be

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achieved with efficient use of taxpayers' money.

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They say they are consulting with other education providers.

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Lots of parents out there are struggling,

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and what we are seeing is a lack of provision locally to deal

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with the full spectrum of needs that comes with autism.

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Tonight, the school says they will give Rupert

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2.5-hours-a-day tutoring at home and help find a permanent solution.

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We are a family in crisis, definitely.

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And at the end of the day, Rupert is the child stuck

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in the middle at home with no education.

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Bryony Mackenzie, BBC South East Today, Sedlescombe.

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The number of rapes reported to Kent and Sussex Police forces last

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year have nearly tripled in the last four years.

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Figures show that in 2012, just under 1000 reports of rapes

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Last year, that number shot up to nearly 25000,

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The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner says he still wants

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to encourage people to report the crime.

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It is a very gruelling process that can take well over a year,

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sometimes two years, to get from reporting

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through to court, and sometimes, because of that, victims choose not

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But my concern is that people are aware that they can come

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Brighton and Hove Albion's promotion to the Premier League will be

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celebrated with an open-top bus tour through the city.

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The council has announced it will take place

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The Seagulls' achievement caps a remarkable turnaround

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for the club, which almost went out of business 20 years ago

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and spent more than a decade without its own ground.

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Scenes at the Amex this week when the Seagulls booked their place

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Now heads have cleared, the party will soon begin again,

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because Brighton and Hove Albion are being honoured with an open-top

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It is the tradition for teams winning trophies or getting

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promoted, and hopefully the Albion will have the Championship Trophy

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to show off, one more win to win the title.

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Playing in what is arguably the world's biggest domestic

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football competition will bring a cash windfall of around

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In Brighton and Hove, people are delighted

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the players are being honoured on and off the pitch.

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It is wonderful they have been promoted, and I am glad the city

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These were the scenes in Brighton when the team won promotion

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This was the reception in 2004, and the crowds were just

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as big seven years later following promotion

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One person who will definitely be at the parade will be Dot Purvis,

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who has followed the Albion right around the country.

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Yeah, nobody wanted to come, so I went.

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At today's press conference at Lancing, I asked Chris Hughton

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if he had walked through the city of Brighton since Monday.

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My normal routines are very much training ground based and home -

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But at some stage I will, but I am very conscious

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of the excitement out there and what it means to the city.

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So, Chris Hughton and his players will get their chance to say thank

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you to the city of Brighton, and the best bit is you have

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You have the national weather in a moment. Now for the local weather.

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It was very chilly today. But tonight, we are going to see more

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cloud around and as that builds, we will see temperatures held up. It

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will not be as cold night, and we may see light and scattered showers.

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Friday morning, we are looking at eight, nine Celsius. A touch my

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older around the coast. Temperatures may stay in double figures. There

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will be a fair amount of cloud, but we may see bright spells coming and

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going, small chance of an afternoon going, small chance of an afternoon

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shower, but most places will miss them and stay dry. Lighter winds

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today, so temperatures should reach 14 Celsius, so it should feel

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milder. A week weather front is moving its way down and it may bring

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more overcast skies on Saturday with patchy and light rain, but for many

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places, we would like more than that. It will not be very

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significant, it will come and go. Plenty of cloud to the day. Called

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north-easterly breeze. To the evening, some will finish on a

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brighter note. The clear skies are because our high pressure is

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building in, and on Sunday, we will have another school -- cold start to

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the day. Take a look at the forecast and the outlook coming you can see

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it week for much of the UK and for more

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority

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of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was

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