03/01/2017 South East Today


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MPs call on the Government to deal That's all from the

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MPs call on the Government to deal with that strike action that is

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upcoming and Southern Rail. Tributes are paid to a Kent father

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who died after falling from a pram We're live in Sutton

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Valence with reaction. MPs call on the Government

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to settle the Southern rail crisis ahead of further strike

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action next week. And less than two years

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after he joined Gillingham, a home defeat seals his fate

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as Justin Edinburgh Sussex MPs are calling

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on the Government to announce its plan to end the bitter

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Southern Rail dispute. Commuters returning to work this

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morning after the Christmas break faced delays and disruption

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on Southern services, which the operator is blaming

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on the overtime ban by drivers There was an encouraging meeting

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with the Prime Minister just before the Christmas break, and we were

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told that plans would be in place if the strikes had not been resolved. I

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have not had any details of what those plans are, and I will be

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pushing ministers and the Secretary of State for more information for my

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constituents. What is the plan to help my constituents get about their

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daily lives? Well, I'm joined now from Lewes

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by our reporter, Natalie Graham. but it wasn't a smooth start

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to the new year, was it? No, miserable beginning to 2017 for

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rail passengers in Sussex. Many of them beginning the New Year as they

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ended the last year, and rail replacement buses, operating as

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normal now, even though this is not a strike day. The 72 hour strike

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that began on New Year's Day has ended, but there was widespread

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destruction this morning. -- disruption. That is because of an

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overtime ban from union members. They had this meeting before

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Christmas, they believe there has been activity behind-the-scenes at

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the Department of Transport and number ten over Christmas, but they

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were hoping to have something to report to their constituents by now,

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a plan of action to show that this will not go on for ever. Passengers

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this morning on the Brighton line had a miserable start to the week.

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The Government should stop the fare increase until they have sorted out

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what is going on here with Southern Rail. It has gone on for too long.

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It is ridiculous. The increases are out of keeping with salary increases

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and all the rest. It is a pretty awful situation altogether.

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And, Natalie, all this on a day that the rail fares increase?

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Indeed. They have risen by an average of over 2%. For Southern

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passages in particular, especially those affected by the disruption

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today, that feels like insult to injury. The Government says it is

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necessary to carry out its programme of modernisation, but that is the

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modernising process or as the units would have it, changes that are

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endangering passenger safety, but are the heart of this dispute. Thank

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you. And a reminder that we're hosting

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a special Question Time-style debate about the ongoing crisis on

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Southern rail services this Sunday, If you live or work in the south

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east and want to be in the audience, send an email

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to bbcraildebate@bbc.co.uk with your details

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and how you've been affected. A man who died after falling

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from a flat in St Leonards-on-Sea has been named locally

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as 25-year-old Dan Dawson. It's thought he fell from four

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storeys up after an incident in the early hours

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of New Year's Day. Two men and two women

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from St Leonards have been bailed until March after being arrested

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on suspicion of murder. Another man from Hertfordshire

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has also been bailed. BBC South East has discovered

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websites selling fake degrees for universities in the south east,

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despite a major crackdown. The Government has shut down more

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than 40 sites in 18 months. But a number of sites in the Far

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East are still offering certificates for institutions including

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the Universities of Sussex, Tributes have been paid

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to a Kent man who died during a charity pram

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race on New Year's Day. 52-year-old Francis O'Sullivan,

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known as Titch, suffered a head

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injury after he fell from a pram at the event in Sutton Valence

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near Maidstone His sister has described him

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as a great brother, dad and uncle. Our reporter, Chrissie Reidy,

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is in Sutton Valence now. What's been the reaction

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from people you've spoken to? This village is in mourning today.

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People have been coming this morning and yesterday, laying flowers to pay

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their respects. But it is still very raw and for those residents I spoke

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to this morning, this tragedy still is sinking in.

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There have been known incidents in There have been known incidents in

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the past. -- no incidents. It is a joy, and it was a shock to everyone.

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Everyone is in mourning for this chap. We are very, very sad to hear

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the news and shocked. It started off as a day of fun, really, and it was

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something look forward to buy the whole village.

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Chrissie, this annual event has been held there for more than 30 years.

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What response has there been from the organisers?

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They haven't said anything yet but, as you said, it has been going for

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more than 30 years. A well-established charity fundraiser,

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they have raised thousands of pounds over the years. One woman who did

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not want to appear on camera said it is a very well marshalled event,

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safety has always been a priority, there are bales of hay around the

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course. She also said she did see him and his crew dressed in RAF

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costumes, they saluted as they went past. In her words, they were going

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very fast but they looked happy. Of course, he was airlifted to hospital

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having suffered a serious head injury. It was confirmed he died at

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about 1am this morning. Thank you.

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Gillingham have sacked their manager, Justin Edinburgh,

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after just under two years with the League One side.

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Yesterday's 1-0 defeat at home to Oxford was described

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by club chairman Paul Scally as "the final straw".

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The Gills have lost 11 of their 25 league matches this season

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Meanwhile, there were impressive wins for Brighton, Charlton

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and Crawley yesterday, with the Seagulls' victory at Fulham

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sending them two points clear at the top of the Championship.

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Brighton continued their impressive form in the Championship

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is they beat Fulham 2-1 away from home.

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and were awarded an early penalty in the 15th minute.

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That was saved by the Seagulls' keeper, David Stockdale.

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With their tails up, Fulham opened the scoring.

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However, the game turned when their opponents levelled

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Lewis Dunk then scored Brighton's winner two minutes later.

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Charlton Athletic came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers 4-1

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Jermaine Easter was handed a 15th-minute opener

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Striker Josh Magennis was the star of the show for the Addicks,

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Just after it, Jorge Teixeira made it 3-1 for Charlton

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who scored his first hat-trick of his career.

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And Crawley claimed revenge for their 5-0 thrashing at Yeovil

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a month ago with a comfortable home victory over the Glovers.

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First half goals came from defender Josh Yorwerth

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and striker James Collins from the penalty spot,

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which gave the hosts their first points of the festive season.

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Well, we are certainly finishing the day on a much cloudier note

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It was cold, it was frosty, it was icy,

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and some beautiful sunrises as well, as captured

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by our weather watcher Kentclouds in Gravesend this morning.

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So thank you very much for posting that.

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As we head into the afternoon, though,

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Some of us have still got a few bright hours ahead of us.

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and that will make quite a big difference to temperatures,

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getting up to about five or six Celsius.

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As we head through tonight, we are holding onto that cloud.

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so it's not going to be quite as cold as it was last night.

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But with the north-westerly breeze also picking up,

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and that will be quite fresh, temperatures getting down

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to about two or three degrees Celsius tonight.

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For tomorrow, some of that cloud is going to be with us first thing.

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We will also see a few outbreaks of rain.

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Not for everyone, and it should be fairly light,

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but that cloud should break up fairly early on in the day,

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and then we have some beautiful winter sunshine on offer.

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So a largely fine and dry day for many of us,

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with highs or six or seven degrees Celsius.

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Thursday morning, though, we can expect a widespread frost.

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A very cold start to the day, perhaps some fog patches,

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But some beautiful sunshine later on.

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Friday, not so much - a bit more cloud around

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as a band of rain pushes southwards later on in the day

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But that clears in time for the weekend.

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So a largely cloudy weekend with still a little chill in the air.

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We're back with the evening news from 6:30pm.

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