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Families of elderly residents at two Sussex care homes say

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they are angry and disgusted after being told they're closing.

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These are the second and third homes in St Leonards

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that the New Century Care company has shut in less than a year,

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blaming the national funding climate.

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52 residents will be displaced and there's a fear more

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care homes are set to close, unless the government invests

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home move in the space of the year. home move in the space of the year.

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Last March the same company closed the home she used to live in and her

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family is disgusted. 95-year-old Alice has dementia and her daughter

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says she will struggle with the change. Chicago anything for

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herself, everything has to be done for her, she doesn't

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going on. -- she can't do anything going on. -- she can't do anything

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for herself. She just needs the comfort of home. The care home say:

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Linda used to be a manager with the company and says the minimum wage

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pension obligations and pressure from the regulator mean homes can

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not afford to run on the fees that local authorities are prepared to

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put more money into social care, put more money into social care,

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that's the bottom line. I think more and more providers would be looking

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at the bottom line and thinking, this is just not sustainable.

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Challenged about social care funding, the Prime Minister said she

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recognised there are pressures and recognised there are

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said more money is being made said more money is being made

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available. This is an issue that has been backed by governments for too

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long, that's what I have setup work to say we need to find a solution so

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of our social care provision. In of our social care provision. In

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Saint Leonards, relatives tell me finding new homes is already proving

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difficult. It's just a shame because there isn't anywhere in Hastings, a

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lot of the homes are for, it could be judgmental to her health and it's

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very worrying. The county council said it would explore all potential

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alternatives to putting the homes and will be making contact with the

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families affected. A man's died after being hit

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by a car in Swanley. The 29 year old was walking

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on Maidstone Road near the junction with Hockenden Lane just after 10

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o'clock last night. He was struck by a

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silver Renault Clio. Police are appealing for anyone who

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saw what happened to contact them. Police and the coastguard have spent

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the afternoon searching for a man who jumped off a motorway bridge

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into the River Medway. Emergency services were called to

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the M2 near Rochester this morning. A helicopter and divers

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were involved in the search and the footpath between junctions

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two and three was closed The search has been

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called off for the night From our point of view, with

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temperatures as they are in the water, we have suddenly hours we

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think a body can be retrievable and hopefully can carry out

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resuscitation. We had gone beyond that time now, so the colleagues

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will not carry on the search. Southern rail has called on the RMT

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union to suspend tomorrow's strike The operator says 70

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percent of its trains will run on Monday and a full

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service will resume on Tuesday. The union - which is striking over

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the role of the conductor and who operates the doors -

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says Southern needs to "engage" with them

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to deal with safety issues. The RSPCA say a dog is "lucky to be

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alive" after she was thrown over a six foot fence and abandoned

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in sub zero temperatures in Kent. The spaniel, thought

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to be about a year old, was discovered on Wednesday

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surrounded by frozen faeces in She's now recovering at an RSPCA

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centre and animal inspectors are trying to find those responsible

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plus a new home for her. Football now and Gillingham have

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secured their first point of this year with a thrilling draw

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against League One The Blades' Billy Sharp opened

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the scoring at Bramall Lane. They were later pegged back

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by Josh Wright who scored a quick double for the Gills -

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his first goals since October - before Kieron Freeman

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smashed home the equaliser. It was a very cold start to the day,

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and widespread sharp frost, some of our more rural spots were down as

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was a bit of talk around but most of was a bit of talk around but most of

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us had blue sky and sunshine. us had blue sky and sunshine.

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However, the frog is going to make a comeback overnight. Clear skies,

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temperatures could drop as low as -5 again. They will be freezing fog

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into tomorrow morning. It up weather warning for this blog, it could be

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very dense and widespread, slow to lift and click may leading travel

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issues. The frog slowly lifting, there could be frightening into the

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afternoon, many of us it could rather grey. Martha ground on

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Tuesday money, dry and Chile of freezing fog. Already warnings in

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place from the Met office. I will concentrate on the fog as we go

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through the night. It will become quite dense late on in the night.

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When

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