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Gang jailed for trafficking women

Five people were jailed for trafficking women into the UK Credit: Home Office

A gang that trafficked dozens of Hungarian women into the country to work as prostitutes has been jailed for a total of 23 years.

Hove Crown Court heard that Victoria Brown, Mate Puskas, Zoltan Mohacsi and brothers Peter and Istvan Toth trafficked more than 600 women.

The gang were convicted following a ten-week trial at Hove Crown Court.

JAILED: Human trafficking gang behind bars

Five members of a gang have been sentenced to a total of twenty-two years for bringing Hungarian women into Britain and forcing them to work as prostitutes.

The women were made to meet up with men in rooms in Kent and Sussex including a flat at the University of Sussex campus in Falmer. The gang of four men and one woman spent almost two years trafficking victims into the country and putting their details on a website that advertised sexual services.


"Lives at risk" say campaigners

'Our lives are at risk' - the message to the Prime Minister from blind and partially sighted people campaigning to stop more town centres adopting a new road system.

Shared spaces as they're called are aimed at giving drivers, cyclists and pedestrians equal priority in the road. For people with little or no sight the open plan design can be a nightmare to navigate.

Nashreen Issa talks to campaigners Daniel Brookbank from the East Sussex Association of Blind & Partially Sighted People, Steve Saunders and Sarah Gayton.

Flight path plans take-off into controversy

by Mike Pearse, Transport Correspondent
BA jumbo jet takes off over Terminal 5 at Heathrow Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

While many could see fewer planes flying over them others could see more and that will prove highly controversial.

The move will lead to the current flight path map being ripped up and redrawn and should also see delays cut, less fuel burnt and emissions reduced.

A passenger plane comes in to land at Heathrow Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is part of a new directive from Europe to simplify and make airspace more efficient and cope with increasing demand. It is not connected with the current review of runways by Sir Howard Davies.

But the move could allow for half a million more planes over the south east a year in a thirty year period. That is the Government forecast to allow for passenger growth.

Some flight paths could be altered or moved altogether. At the moment flight paths are over a wide area.

Using new technology there could be more accurate routes with increased numbers of flights concentrated on them. That means fewer planes flying over a wider area and more on the new routes.


VIDEO: Kent robbery victim speaks of ordeal

A woman has been speaking about her terror when three men burst into her home in East Kent and threatened her before stealing jewellery and cash.

The men who took part in two burglaries and two robberies in less then two days have been jailed for a total of thirty years. Toni King was grabbed around the throat and threatened with a hammer at her home in the village of Aylesham

Robbers jailed after crime spree

Three men who committed two burglaries and two robberies in less than two days have been jailed for a total of 30 years.

Their crime spree began in January when a house was burgled in East Farleigh in Maidstone and the victim’s Saab car was stolen using car keys that the offenders found at the address.

The Saab was driven to Cranbrook where it was then involved in a second burglary. At the scene the offenders dumped a child car seat from the car on the victim’s driveway and then stole electrical items and jewellery.

Following the two burglaries, the car was driven to Ayelsham, Canterbury where the team's next team victim was alone.

At around 2pm, the 37 year-old reported seeing three men walking past her window and she went to investigate. As she opened the door three men barged past her into her home, and she was grabbed around the throat and threatened with a hammer. Jewellery and cash was stolen from the address.

Two days later a second robbery was committed. A 52 year-old woman in Folkestone was threatened with a large kitchen knife and pulled to the floor by her hair, causing a lump of it to fall out.

She managed to escape and attract the attention of a passing motorist. Some of the jewellery that was taken was recovered by officers. A car was also taken.

Having viewed CCTV from the property, detectives from Maidstone police station identified the suspects. Jeremy Waller, George Dunn and Anthony Wood have been sent to prison.

Disabled passengers get raw deal

If you use a wheelchair getting on and off buses and trains can be a real headache. Some buses don't have ramps, and if they do not all drivers are happy to use them. If you want to use a train you have to make arrangements two days in advance.

Heather Edwards spoke to wheelchair user Adrian Money and Peta Wilkinson from the Enham Trust.

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