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Good evening. Families of elderly residents at two

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Sussex care homes say they are upset and disgusted after being told

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they are closing. These are the second and third

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homes in St Leonards that the New Century Care company

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has shut in under a year, blaming the national funding climate.

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52 residents will be displaced and there are fears more care

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homes are set to close. Jon Hunt reports.

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Marjorie is facing her second care home move in the space of the year.

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Last March, the same company closed the home she used to live

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We have got to find another home for my mum.

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She is very frail. She is 88.

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Something has got to be done about it.

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95-year-old Alice has dementia and her daughter

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says she will struggle with the change.

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She can't do anything for herself. She has to be fed...

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Everything has to be done for her. She doesn't know what's going on.

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New Century Care blamed the national funding problem.

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Linda used to be a manager with the company and says

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the minimum wage, pension obligations and pressure

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from the regulator mean homes cannot afford to run on the fees

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that local authorities are prepared to pay.

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The government need to put more money into social care,

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I think there will be more and more providers who will 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 today, the Prime Minister said

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she recognised there are pressures and said more money is being

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This is an issue that has been ducked by governments for too long.

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That is why I have set up work to say, we need to find a solution,

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so we have a long-term sustainability of our

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Back in St Leonards, relatives tell me finding new homes

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

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It could be judgmental to her health and it's a very worrying moment.

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The county council said it would explore all potential

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alternatives to closing the two homes and will be making contact

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Jon Hunt, BBC South East Today, in St Leonards.

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A man has died after being hit by a car in Swanley.

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The 29-year-old was walking on Maidstone Road near the junction

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with Hockenden Lane just after 10 o'clock last night.

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He was struck by a silver Renault Clio.

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Police are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to contact them.

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The search for a man who jumped off a motorway bridge

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into the River Medway has been called off for the night.

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Police and the coastguard were called to the M2

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A helicopter and divers were involved in the search

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and the footpath between Junctions 2 and 3 was closed for several hours.

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It is expected to resume in the morning.

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More strike action begins on Southern Rail

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The RMT union is launching a 24-hour strike over

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the role of the conductor starting at midnight.

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Southern Rail insists 705 of its trains will run and a full

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service will resume on Tuesday. The union says Southern needs

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to "engage" with them, to deal with safety issues.

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The RSPCA say a dog is "lucky to be alive" after she was 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 a field on Snodland Road

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in Birling, having been thrown over a six-foot fence.

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She is now recovering at an RSPCA centre and animal inspectors

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are trying to find those responsible,

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Now, we can catch up on the weather, with Elizabeth Rizzini.

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It was a very cold start to the day today.

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Minus 7 Celsius degrees in some of our more rural spots.

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Most of us were cheered up by blue skies and sunshine.

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The fog, however, is coming back overnight.

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In rural areas, we are talking about minus 5-6 Celsius.

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This time, though, there is a Met Office yellow warning

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It could possibly cause some travel problems tomorrow.

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Poor visibility on many of the roads and it will be very dense in places.

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Quite slow to lift and clear in many places.

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Possibly just brightening up as we head into the afternoon.

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It will be dry, but feeling cold, too.

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Top temperatures of just 3-4 Celsius, for the most part.

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The fog could return on Tuesday morning.

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It will stay dry, but rather chilly, for the rest of the week.

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We are back with updates during Breakfast tomorrow morning

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from just before 6.30am. Goodbye.

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Good evening. If you are dreading the trudge back to work in the

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morning I'm not going to help matters. There is the prospect of

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nasty, freezing fog over the next couple of days. Quite localised but

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tricky out there on the roads. Disruption possible. Check out your

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BBC local

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