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Small fishermen welcome lifeline from High Court

Coastal fishing fleets in the south-east - many of them facing financial crisis - were thrown a lifeline in an historic High Court ruling today.

Small-scale fishermen with boats under ten metres long are being handed some of the fishing quota currently held by the consortiums that control bigger vessels.

Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Jerry Percy from the fishermen's campaign group - the New Under Ten Fishermen's Assosiation. She began by asking him what the landmark ruling means for coastal fishing fleets in Kent and Sussex.

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Firefighters' firework factory death 'could easily have been avoided' - full report

They lost their lives in the name of duty - killed instantly when a factory packed with fireworks exploded as they battled a fire inside.

Today the families of two firefighters killed at the Marlie Farm fireworks factory in Sussex six years ago began legal action in the High Court against the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. They claim it was negligent and exposed the men to unnecessary risk.

The court was told the deaths of Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge was a "catastrophe that could easily have been avoided". From the High Court, Malcolm Shaw sent this.

Dead firefighters families fight for compensation

Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge died after an explosion at a fireworks factory in Sussex

The families of two firefighters killed in a fireworks explosion in Sussex in 2006 are taking their claim for compensation to the High Court. Brian Wembridge and his colleague Geoff Wicker were killed in when a fireworks factory caught alight at Marlie Farm near Lewes.

Pompey fans pleased with court hearing

The value of Fratton Park is a key issue in the sale of the club Credit: Press Association Images

The Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) say it's pleased after the latest court hearing regarding the future of the club. The club has been in administration since February last year, with millions owed to creditors and the tax man. The PST want to take over the running of the club.

PST chairman Ashley Brown said: 'As presented in court today our bid is fully funded and ready to go and we hope a date can be found in the near future to resolved this matter so the Trust can start the job of rebuilding the club.

'The Football League has also cleared up any confusion by making it clear for a third time that it will only consider a bid from PST."

Administrators respond to Portsmouth FC court date

The administrators of Portsmouth Football Club, PKF, have responded to the news from the High Court that the case to determine the future of the team will take place by 19 April at the latest.

The club has been in administration since February 2012. A collective of fans and supporters The Pompey Supporters' Trust are hoping to buy the club. The court case hinges on the ownership of the side's Fratton Park ground.

“We are pressing ahead with the case that is seeking the court’s consent for the disposal of Fratton Park to the PST (Pompey Supporters Trust).

"The court has this morning confirmed that the case will be heard by 19 April at the latest, which will enable us to meet the Football League's deadline for the sale of the club, subject to a favourable ruling. We hope that, in the next few days, the court will be able to set a specific date for this hearing.

"The court was also made aware that correspondence has been exchanged between the Football League and Portpin which seems to lead to some ambiguity with the League's previous public statements that no other bid would be considered at this late stage. We will be seeking clarification from the League as a matter of urgency."

– Spokesman for PKF, Portsmouth Football Club administrators

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High Court: No regrading for disputed GCSE papers

GCSE students whose exams last summer were marked on a harsher scale than the papers sat by their counterparts a few months earlier, have reacted with disappointment - after the High Court rejected calls for the papers to be remarked.

Our Social Affairs correspondent Christine Alsford has been following the story. The interviewees in her report are: Jo Landles - Vice Principal, Totton College; Caroline Santer - a teacher at The King's School; and Paul Johnson, Headteacher at The King's School.