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Hospital trust in court facing manslaughter charges

Frances Cappuccini Credit: Kingsley Napley LLP

The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust is expected to become the first trust in the country to go on trial for corporate manslaughter later today.

It follows the death of expectant mother Frances Cappuccini while giving birth at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

One of the doctors, Errol Cornish, 67, who treated her is also facing a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Dr Errol Cornish Credit: PA


Snow falls across parts of Kent and Sussex

Snow falling this morning in Tunbridge Wells Credit: Grey2Black Photography

Parts of the UK have seen a flurry of snow as Britain prepares for a "bitterly cold" weekend.

Snow started to fall as far south as Eastbourne in East Sussex, with Beachy Head seeing a light dusting this morning. Parts of Kent, including Tunbridge Wells, and Essex have also seen snowfall.

Snow is largely unexpected for tonight, but there is an ice risk for Sunday morning as a result of the night's frosty conditions. The Met Office said Sunday will be another cold but sunny day and added that there will be further showers on the coastal areas throughout the day.

"It will still be cold tomorrow but perhaps not as cold as it feels today because the winds will be just that little bit lighter."

"There will be a return of milder air from the Atlantic next week, which will cut off this weekend's Arctic chill but will bring showers across the country."

– Spokesman for the Met Office

World Championship Silver for Kent windsurfer Shaw

Kent windsurfer Bryony Shaw in action Credit: Jesus Renedo

Windsurfer Bryony Shaw from Tunbridge Wells in Kent has won silver in the RSX World Championships in Oman.

The 32-year-old has already been selected to represent Britain at the Olympics in Rio. She won bronze in 2008 in the Beijing Olympic Games, and said the week of competing in Oman had been relentless, but she was glad with her resilience.

“This was a target event and one I wanted to peak for.

“Mid way through the week I could see that it was going to be a really tough fight and come down to the medal race. It’s great that I’m able to perform on medal race day, it seems to be a strength of mine, and certainly sailing on the fin now it seems my speed has really improved.

“All of those things coming together and the board speed stuff really helps when you’re trying to perform at your peak regatta. It’s all those hard yards put into practice.”

– Bryony Shaw


Flash floods cause thousands of pounds of damage

Home owners and businesses in Kent and Sussex are counting the cost of flash floods after a night of torrential rain.

The town hardest hit was Tunbridge Wells in Kent, where damage to buildings and stock runs into tens of thousands of pounds.

With more heavy rain forecast tonight there are fears of a second deluge.

Watch Derek Johnson's report:

Clearing up after flash flooding in Kent

It was a busy night for Kent Fire & Rescue as flash flooding hit Tunbridge Wells town centre.

Over the course of the evening and into last night they took over 60 emergency calls regarding flooding, most of which were in and around Tunbridge Wells town centre.

Officers were sent to assess each call, in many cases the flood water was already receding or there was nowhere to pump water without affecting other properties.

Kent Fire & Rescue focused their resources on the following locations:

  • Nevill Street, Tunbridge Wells: 2 fire engines pumped out water from two properties in Nevill Street.
  • Market Street, Tunbridge Wells: 2 fire engines pumped out water from two properties in Market Street.
  • Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells: 1 fire engine pumped out water from flooded basement and garden using a light portable pump.
  • Firefighters were not required to carry out rescue of any casualties and there are no reports of any injuries.

Heavy rain causes flash floods across Kent

This dress shop has been damaged by the floods Credit: ITV NEWS

The owner of a dress shop says her stock has been ruined.

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