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Bereaved parents accuse church of being 'heartless' for removing toys and trinkets from graves

Bereaved parents have accused church authorities in Kent of being heartless for taking away much-loved toys and trinkets from childrens' graves.

The Church of England claims graveyard rules don't allow them.

St Peter's Church at Bredhurst is in the Diocese of Rochester.

The parish authorities say they did put up notices saying the ornaments must go and gave families notice to remove them.

Now a big pile of these toys, flowers and cards lie at the side of the churchyard.

As Abigail Bracken reports.

Abigail spoke to mother Tammy Reavell, mourner Cheryl Tutt and mother Charlotte Day.

Bereaved women step closer to changing dangerous driving law

Two women whose partners were killed by a drunk driver have today moved a step closer in their campaign for a change in the law.

Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay, from Berkshire, along with their local MP Alok Sharma, met the Prisons Minister in London.

They're calling for tougher sentences for those who cause death by irresponsible driving.

As Sam Holder reports.

Sam spoke to campaigners Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay as well as MP Alok Sharma.


Kent school pupils to go phone-free for three days

A teenager and a mobile phone are not easily parted but one boarding school in Kent plans to do just that, for three days.

The 550 girls at Benenden School are bracing themselves for a phone-free three days.

The idea is not really to push up exam results but bring down addiction to social media, which new studies show has an effect on young people's mental health.

As Tony Green reports.

Tony spoke to headmistress Samantha Price, prefect Alyssa Cho and head girl Victoria Molloy.


Final Shoreham air crash findings to be published

The final safety report into the Shoreham air crash which killed eleven men on 22nd August 2015 is to be published next week.

A Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 in West Sussex during the Shoreham Airshow.

The jet failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt.

The long-awaited findings, to be published on 3rd March, by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are likely to have an impact on future air shows.

Credit: PA

Tougher safety regulations are already in place following the disaster.

The pilot Andrew Hill survived the impact whilst flying the 1955 plane.

The Shoreham Airshow will not be taking place this summer for the second year running.

Events planned to mark anniversary of Jo Cox death

Jo Cox Credit: PA

Street parties, picnics and bake-offs are just some of the events planned as part of The Great Get Together in honour of Jo Cox.

Her widower today launched the UK-wide event which is planned for the weekend of 17th and 18th June this year to mark the first anniversary of her death.

The public are invited to come together with friends, neighbours and other people they don't yet know to celebrate all that Britain's diverse communities have in common.

A street party during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The Yorkshire MP was murdered on 16th June last year in her home constituency by Thomas Mair, who is serving life in prison for her murder.

Mair, 53, shot and stabbed the 41-year-old mother-of-two in the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire, as she arrived at the village library to hold her constituency surgery.

It is hoped to be the biggest street party since the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The aim is to spread the message that 'there is more that unites us than divides us'.

Family's plea for treatment to be made available on the NHS - that could have saved young father's life

National charity Anthony Nolan is calling on the Government to intervene on behalf of cancer patients they say have been 'abandoned' by the NHS.

They're asking Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to overturn a decision stopping the health service from funding stem cell treatments if a previous transfusion has failed.

The procedure costs between £50,000 and £120,000 - yet without it one young family from Sussex say they have lost a father and a husband.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Lisa Hepburn.

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