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Crunch time as judges pick the best apples

Now, what makes an apple tasty? Do you prefer a Gala, a Granny Smith or a Pink Lady? Or do you like experimenting with some of the newer varieties? Well dozens of farmers from across the country, including Kent, Hampshire and Essex, have been displaying their crops at the National Fruit Show. It has been taking place at Detling near Maidstone and the results of the judges are in. Tom Savvides explains.


Historic gems added to 'at risk' register

The Gothic Temple at Shotover Park in Oxfordshire Credit: English Heritage

The Bell Tower at Chichester Cathedral, Mersham Court Barn in Kent and Fort Purbrook in Hampshire are among the 28 historic gems newly added to Historic England's Heritage At Risk Register 2016 in the South East.

However 53 entries have been successfully removed from the Register this year in the South East including the Gothic Temple at Shotover Park in Oxfordshire, Sheerness Dockyard Houses in Kent, and the Romano-British villa site in West Sussex.

Saltdean Lido is under reconstruction Credit: ITV

Historic England's Heritage At Risk Register gives an annual snapshot of the condition of some of the South East's most important historic buildings, sites, monuments and places.

Over the past year, Historic England has offered £471,000 in grants to help 13 of the region's best loved and most important historic sites.

Mum's wait for justice over daughter's death

Alison Patterson with her daughter Lauren in 2012 Credit: Facebook / Alison Patterson

The mother of a Kent teacher killed in Qatar says she's angry and frustrated about delays in putting the man accused of her murder on trial for a second time.

Alison Patterson from West Malling has just returned from the Arab kingdom in Middle East after the latest adjournment in the case. Her daughter Lauren was found dead in the desert two years ago.

A man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death - but later acquitted. An appeal is now under way and the next court date has been fixed for next month.

Derek Johnson reports.


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