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South's failing schools to be turned into academies

Failing schools across the South will be forced to turn into academies under new rules announced by the government.

Up to a thousand primary and secondary schools nationwide could be taken out of local government control if the new bill goes ahead. Critics say the proposals are undemocratic. Eastbrook Primary at Southwick in Sussex became an academy two years ago. Since then, results have improved dramatically. Here's what the headteacher Julia Sherlock had to say.

Rescue operation to free women trapped under tree

Three people have been injured as strong winds, the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo, buffeted the south today.

Three women were trapped when a tree fell at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex. One was in a mobility scooter. They were all taken to hospital.

The incident happened minutes after the Met Office upgraded it's weather warning to include the South of England. That remains in force until eight o'clock tonight until which time further disruption to travel and further damage is a possibility. Malcolm Shaw reports:

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Statement on fallen tree in Southwick

“This must have been a terrifying incident for all concerned and the Councils are doing everything in their power to ensure that our parks are safe for all to enjoy. Adur District Council is responsible for the Recreation Ground and takes the safety of all visitors extremely seriously. Our investigation will be immediate and thorough, and we will make the results public as soon as we have them. Our thoughts are with the ladies involved - we all wish them a speedy recovery and wish to thank our 999 response teams for their swift and decisive actions.”

– John Mitchell, Director for Communities at Adur & Worthing Councils

Three injured by fallen tree in West Sussex

Three people have been injured by a fallen tree at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex just before 10am this morning.

Two women, who were trapped underneath, were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, suffering from back, neck and pelvic pain, and one suffered a head injury, a South East Coast Ambulance spokesman said.

A third casualty, who police believe was a woman in a wheelchair, was taken to Worthing Hospital by ambulance.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance also attended the scene.

Sussex Police said the casualties were all conscious and breathing when they were taken to hospital.

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