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Hello and welcome to South Today,
I'm Anjana Gadgil.
Tonight's top stories: Sussex Police
say it's "tragically unfortunate"
they didn't catch this man before
he beat someone to death over money
And since when did a soft drink
become synonymous with Christmas?
Not everyone in Bournemouth
is feeling the festive fizz.
Business is booming in Southampton
but what's the cost for the
environment. And since when did a
soft drink become synonymous with
Christmas. Not everyone is feeling
Could Sussex Police have stopped
a violent drunk from murdering a man
in a row over £40?
Duncan Hearsey was jailed for 21
years for beating Alan Creasey
to death in Lancing last year.
But it's emerged that not only had
Mr Creasey called 999
worried for his safety -
but a pub and a kebab shop had also
dialled 999 that night because of
Hearsey's aggressive behaviour.
Sussex Police is reviewing
its handling of the case and said
it's "tragically unfortunate"
they failed to catch him.
Piers Hopkirk reports.
Holding his jeans splattered
in blood from the brutal
assault on his victim,
CCTV shows Duncan Hearsey walking
around his neighbourhood
in Shoreham, at one point
shadow-boxing in the street.
Minutes before, he had
attacked Alan Creasey,
kicking him to death
after apparently demanding £40
for a gardening job.
It's emerged police had received
a series of calls that evening
from two pubs and a kebab shop
reporting Hearsey's hostility.
On the night of the fatal
attack on Alan Creasey,
police were called on three separate
occasions by people concerned over
Duncan Hearsey's behaviour.
Then, at 8:15pm, Creasey
himself called police
after an altercation with Hearsey.
Police attended, but left at 8:30pm
to pursue leads, advising
Mr Creasey to lock his doors.
They returned to Mr Creasey's
home at 9:10pm to find
him seriously injured.
CCTV shows how Hearsey had returned
to Mr Creasey's home
after the police had left,
and kicked him to death.
Sussex Police is now
carrying out an internal
investigation into what happened,
and to examine whether
lessons can be learned.
We do need to investigate the matter
to see if the police
have erred in any way,
and as you've mentioned,
it is a local investigation
so they will be looking to see
whether we did everything
we could and everything
reasonable at the time.
Mr Creasey's neighbours
described him as a troubled man.
He has been a nuisance
to the neighbourhood in general.
Everywhere he went,
he created chaos.
He wasn't a quiet man,
he was a man looking
for a fight all the time.
I can't see the police
have got any blame.
They were trying to do their job.
They were looking for Duncan.
They did tell Alan
to lock the doors.
But Duncan got back in.
David Simmons is a councillor
in Shoreham and a retired policeman.
The nature of the call,
the gravity of the call,
if that was seen as a high priority,
and it clearly was, they will look
at a time it took police to respond,
and whether the police could have
done anything more effectively
to prevent this crime
in the first place.
Hearsey was jailed for
21 years for murder.
Detectives described it
as tragically unfortunate
that he wasn't arrested sooner.
The force's professional
will make its own judgment.
Piers Hopkirk, BBC South Today.
Sangita Lal has been
looking into this story
and joins me now in the studio.
Sangita, why are Sussex
Police carrying out
their own investigation?
If prior contact has been made
between a victim and the police then
a referral to the Independent Police
Complaints Commission is mandatory.
The IPCC have looked into this case
and they don't believe it warrants a
full investigation so they have
reverted back to Sussex Police's
professional standards department
and ask them to carry out their own
investigation into what happened.
And what will the
They'll examine the force's response
to events on that day before coming
back with conclusions -
they'll be looking to see
if anything could or should have
been done differently
and whether any lessons can
be learned following
what happened here back in May.
The jury has been discharged
in the trial of an Army sergeant
who was accused of trying
to murder his wife after it
failing to reach a verdict.
Emile Cilliers was accused
of tampering with his wife
Victoria's parachute -
charges which he denied.
The court had been
sitting for seven weeks.
The Crown Prosecution Service says
it will seek a retrial.
Ships are pouring out "filthy
pollution" across Southampton
and the Solent according
to a leading Professor.
The warning came during a Commons
hearing on air quality today.
Professor Stephen Holgate told MPs
there are currently "no solutions"
in place to the problem.
Earlier this year the World Health
Organisation called Southampton one
of the most polluted cities
in the UK.
Lewis Coombes is live
from Southampton Port this evening.
Big business, isn't it? Cruise ships
and container ships are to love
Southampton's biggest businesses and
both are expanding. Last year there
were nearly nine times as many
passengers compared to 20 years ago
and 85% of them either left that
ended their cruises you in
Southampton but it comes at a cost.
When a cruise ship or
container ship docks here -
they leave their engines running,
burning heavy fuel oil,
which is more polluting
than the petrol in our cars,
in particular it emits
And today a highly respected
Professor from Southampton
University told MPs
that's a problem.
Massive great ships are pouring out
filthy smoke, blowing over the
Solent over the city with the most
toxic pollution. Our big problem is
shipping and we have got no
solution. We need to make sure that
the local authorities take it
sufficiently seriously to encourage
the good health of its populace.
is the situation going to be
improved? The government has set
Southampton targets to clean a third
by 2020. The council says it will
meet with local businesses and tried
to come with this clean their
strategy before the end of the year.
Their own Air Quality Review found
that the port accounts for nearly
a quarter of Air Pollution
in the city, so that's defintiely
an area to focus on.
The cruise industry will soon
build its first ships powered
by cleaner liquefied natural gas,
but they're still a few
years away and so far
only two are on order.
Another option is to charge the ship
from shore when it's docked -
literally plugging it in -
but there isn't the infrastructure
here - as it stands if you took
the power needed for a cruise ship
from the national grid the lights
in Southampton would all go out.
That's not a great plan.
ABP who own the port have told us
in the past this is something
they're going to look at.
P&O cruises told us it is preparing
a new study into its Environmental
performance, which it
will publish before Christmas.
Since when did a soft drink become
synonymous with Christmas?
Every winter Coca-Cola's Santa truck
rolls into town but this year,
not everyone has been sharing
the festive fizz.
The coke team were in Bournemouth
today handing out cans,
but, alongside them,
was another group handing
Steve Humphrey was there too.
It is a festive road show
promoting a soft drink.
Those arriving for some fizz
and photos were greeted
by campaigners with toothbrushes,
urging people to consider
the impact on their dental
health and waistlines.
She doesn't have
them, it is only me.
We don't drink a lot of it
ourselves, we agree.
You have chosen
the zero sugar option.
I would never give full sugar Coke.
The sustainable food partnership
says the message is clear.
A lot more people are aware of
the impact of what you eat and drink
on your health and well-being.
No one from Coca-Cola
was available for interview.
The company said in a statement this
road show is pre-Christmas fun
and it points out only small cans
of drink are being given away
and two of the three drinks
choices are sugar free.
We have a policy not
to market our products to under
12s and will not be providing
drinks to under trials
unless their parent or guardian
is happy for us to do so.
In a twist, Bournemouth council
which backs the sustainable food
city partnership told campaigners
they couldn't give out toothbrushes
as Coca-Cola had booked
the space for its event.
We are not actively being aggressive
to Coca-Cola or anyone else,
it is to get a message out there.
It is disappointing.
The council says the Coca-Cola truck
is very popular but it
says through sports,
recreation and well-being services,
it is encouraging everyone
to maintain a balanced healthy
lifestyle over the
And of course other fizzy drinks are
available to drink over the festive
That's all from the South Today
news team this evening.
The weekend is looking very chilly
but before that we have some rain.
It is moving northwards across the
region and behind that some fog
patches may develop. Not everyone
will see the rain with northernmost
areas as keeping the rain. The
temperature here are falling to 3-4
and a low of 6-7. There may be some
rain first thing and a lot of cloud
but a few showers dotted along the
south coast and for the Isle of
Wight but an improving picture so by
the afternoon many places will have
lots of sunshine and the temperature
reaching a high of 7-11 saw a cooler
day than today, today we saw a high
of 13 Celsius. With clearing skies
the odd isolated when today show
around a bit of hail and sleet and
maybe a snow shower so don't be
surprised if there is a dusting of
snow. Elsewhere, it will fall as
rain but under the clearing skies we
are expecting a widespread frost
first thing. The winds on Saturday
coming in from the north-west
feeling bitterly cold a high of just
6-7. A cloudy start and brightening