11/02/2017 South East Today


11/02/2017

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Good evening. the late news at 10.15pm.

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A man from Whitstable who has a rare bone marrow disorder is making

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Yevi Ilangakoon is originally from Sri Lanka, but only a tiny

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percentage of registered bone marrow donors in the UK are Asian,

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which decreases the chances of finding a match.

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A winter 's day of Whitstable is a world away from the Sri Lankan

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sunshine. But in South Asian background means he is struggling to

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find a bone marrow donor here in the UK. A search which is becoming

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increasingly urgent. Recently, we had a bone marrow

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biopsy and that showed that the condition had progressed and was

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very aggressive. It is called myelofibrosis, a

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disorder which disrupt the normal production of blood cells.

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He would get quite tired and he is losing weight quite rapidly at the

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moment. Which means that now it is quite imperative that he finds a

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donor, because, you know, that is what is going to sustain him.

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The money with my family managed to get a computer to raise awareness.

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But so far no luck. From the entire register, only 4% from a South Asian

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background and only 3% are from an Afro-Caribbean background. It does

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not mean to say that any other background cannot be a match for my

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dad or anybody else, but the tissue type is more likely to be from a

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salvation background. At the moment we find a perfect

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match for about 60% of white northern European patients who need

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a transplant but that drops to around 20% for anybody, any patient

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of ethnic minority. Experts say joining a register is

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He hopes the search will soon be over.

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A woman from Sussex has been given a 15 month sentence

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after threatening to kill horses at a yard in Shoreham.

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Kirsty Geoghegan, who's 25 and from Hove, tried to blackmail

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stable owners at Buddies Yard into paying her ?5,000.

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The horses had previously had their tails and manes cut off

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The stable owners say they're relieved the judge handed out

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Absolutely gobsmacked that she got a prison sentence but then ecstatic.

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Justice has been served. I mean, we went through a horrendous... It was

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absolutely horrendous, the messages that we received and everything that

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that we received and everything that we went through.

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A historic lifeboat, thought to be among the oldest

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in the UK has been returned to Thanet to be restored.

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The Francis Forbes Barton was built in 1896 and served the community

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It was tracked down to a field in Lincolnshire before being

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Thanet District Council will bid for one million pounds

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of Heritage Lottery funding to refurbish the vessel.

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The team behind Saltdean's ionic Lido development have confirmed it

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will open on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May.

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They've also announced that for the first time in its history,

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Earlier this week Brighton and Hove City Council granted

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a further ?700,000 to the project to renovate

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the library - housed within the art deco building.

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In football, all our teams are in action today:

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In the Championship, Brighton are playing Burton Albion,

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while in League One Charlton face AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham

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Those matches kicked off just over an hour ago.

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We'll bring you all the results in tomorrow's bulletin.

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So what's the weather doing for the rest of the weekend?

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Here's Georgina Burnett with the details,

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Good evening. It has not exactly been very heavy but there have been

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some snow showers. The Met office has the other weather warning in

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place for snow until 7pm this evening. As it turns to slash it is

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not too helpful on the roads. Overnight, quite a lot of cloud

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around. Probably more sleet than snow and some rain as well. But

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these are the wind continuing. Temperatures staying above freezing

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but it may be a little icy and the odd spot tomorrow morning so do take

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care on the roads. Fewer wintry showers and more rain, really. By

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the afternoon starting to break up a little to give us some drier spells

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but temperatures only getting to around four or five Celsius, perhaps

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in some spots 6 degrees but feeling cooler than that with the bitter

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east of the wind. There is change on the horizon as we head through the

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week NBC does temperatures gradually rising and by the middle of the week

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we could see double figures. So does feel after this weekend, like spring

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That's the news and weather from us in the South East for now.

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For now from all of us here have a very good evening.

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Good afternoon. An afternoon to snuggle up in front of the telly and

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watch some rugby. It's been a cold winter's day. Not just for humans.

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This shot was taken earlier. There was some sunshine in Scotland, here

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a beautiful afternoon. That was the expectation for most. It's bleak out

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there. A mixture of rain and snow on the radar. You have to go a long way

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up the hills to find settling snow. Into the evening and temperatures

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begin to fall again, we could see some of the white stuff turning up

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again at lower levels across eastern Counties of England and quite a lot

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of snow piling up over the Pennines in particular on a brisk wind, it is

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going to feel cold wherever you are with temperatures hovering close to

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freezing. Tomorrow another raw feeling day.

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Further rain, sleet and snow. Most of the snow focussed over the Peaks

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