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Reformed gangster turned preacher asks jail - why have you banned my books?

A reformed gangster turned preacher, who's held workshops for prisoners around the globe, has spoken of his shock after Lewes Prison banned his books.

John Lawson's given talks in some of the world's most dangerous prisons in the hope of transforming people's lives. Yet, when his books were requested by Lewes Prison's chaplain, they were rejected on the grounds of security.

With prison libraries containing books on the Krays, among others, John says he fears he's being discriminated against - either as a former prisoner or a Christian. Andy Dickenson reports.


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The Last Word, October 2017

Are the Government bungling Brexit? Did Jeremy Corbyn sabotage the Remain campaign? And how long should you stay in the bath? Bob Marshall-Andrews was a Labour MP in Kent - he's now a Liberal Democrat. Rosie Duffield pulled off the shock result of election night by winning Canterbury for Labour. Kit Malthouse used to be Boris Johnson's deputy - he's now Tory MP for North West Hampshire.

Parents, hit by cars, call for improved safety

Two parents who were hit by cars outside a Reading school have started a campaign to improve safety. The pair were hurt in separate incidents during the school run at Albert Sutton Primary in Wokingham Road. Now they are planning to raise awareness of the problems - before anyone else is seriously injured. Mary Stanley reports.

Brexit sparks 'ever worsening' NHS staffing crisis

Hospitals across our region are bracing themselves for an ever worsening staffing crisis - because of growing fears about Brexit.

New research reveals a double-edged threat with more people from the European Union leaving the NHS and fewer joining. But the reason is the same - concern for the future after Britain leaves the EU.

It comes as Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launches a new video campaign in a bid to recruit 150 nurses.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Dame Donna Kinnair, director of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, GP Dr Hubertus Von Blumenthal, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the British Medical Association, Diane Hull, Chief Nurse of Sussex Partnership Trust, and John Richardson, filmmaker and former service user.

Schoolchildren take part in biggest outdoor virtual reality classroom

The biggest virtual reality primary school lesson outside of the classroom has taken place on Brighton's beach.

Under the gaze of the i360 and next to the historic West Pier, 140 children journeyed to Rio de Janeiro and Mont Blanc.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to organiser Mark Slade and Tracey Bower from Hertford Infants School.


Road closure to allow children to play safely in street

A road with traffic problems at school drop off and collection times has been closed to traffic all together to allow children to play freely.

Fairisle Road in Southampton shut for four hours as part of moves to raise awareness of the problems - and encourage more families to walk, cycle and scoot to school.

Christine Alsford went to see the benefits - and spoke to deputy headteacher Bev Bessey and Ray Craig from the green transport charity Sustrans.

Headteacher: School run traffic is "accident waiting to happen."

Growing numbers of schools say inconsiderate parking at drop off and pick up times is putting children's safety at risk. One headteacher in Hampshire says the problems are so bad at his school - which is in a cul-de-sac - that it's "an accident waiting to happen". Christine Alsford joined the morning school run at Fairisle Road in Southampton to see what goes on - and what might be done to tackle the problem. She spoke to parents, pupils and headteacher Peter Howard.

A nursery where children use hammers and drills!

Imagine a nursery where the tiny tots use hammers and drills, make their own toys and even do their own risk assessments!

Is it somewhere you would send your child? At the Dandelion Nursery all of that happens - as well as tree climbing, tyre-rolling and mud-pie making. Raveena Ghattaura reports.

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