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Passengers locked out as rail chaos deepens

Rail unions say we're on the edge of a disaster. MPs say there could be serious injuries - or worse. The Mayor of London says Southern should be stripped of its franchise.

And the tens of thousands of commuters caught up in the chaos of delays in Sussex - and the closure of Brighton station last night - say the situation has become intolerable.

It's been a long dispute between Southern Rail and the unions. And, the delays and overcrowding are getting worse.

Malcolm Shaw heard from passenger Pam Roach, and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.


Murder detectives name Bournemouth victim

Detectives leading a murder investigation in Bournemouth have named the victim as 17-year-old local boy Jack Gudge.

Officers were called to reports of a fight outside Tesco Express on Wimborne Road in Winton around 12.55am this morning.

Jack was found unconscious with serious injuries and was taken to Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place later today.

A cordon has been set up along Wimborne Road at the junctions of Brassey Road, Victoria Park Road and Castle Road to allow crime scene investigators to examine the scene.

Three men aged 27, 24 and 23, and a 15-year-old boy, all from the Bournemouth area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Devoto, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We are still in the early stages of the investigation and are in the process of establishing exactly what happened.

“Specially trained family liaison officers continue to update Jack's family with the developments and our thoughts are with them at this tragic and most difficult time.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information that could assist with my investigation should contact police.”

Local Police Inspector Matt Chutter, said: “This is a tragic incident that has understandably saddened and shocked the local community.

“I would like to reassure the public that we have an expert team carrying out the investigation into Jack’s death and a number of arrests have been made in relation to the incident.

“Specially trained officers are supporting the family throughout this ordeal and I would ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

“There will continue to be a heightened police presence in the area while enquiries take place. Our local Neighbourhood Policing Team is there should any residents have any immediate concerns.

“Again, I would like to thank the community for their assistance, support and cooperation.”

Armed robbers jailed in Bournemouth

Alex Kapuscinski Credit: Dorset Police

Two men have been jailed following an armed robbery in Bournemouth.

Alex Kapuscinski and Connor Smart, both aged 19 and from Bournemouth, pleaded guilty.

Kapuscinski receiving 3 years and 10 months imprisonment in a Young Offender's Institution and Smart was given 4 years and 4 months imprisonment for his involvement.

Connor Smart Credit: Dorset Police

Kapuscinski and Smart entered a flat in Holdenhurst Road in Boscombe on Saturday 12 March 2016.

Kapuscinski hit one of the 4 men in the flat on the head with a metal pole.

Smart then used a stun gun on another man, before the pair demanded the victims "give them their stuff."

Kapuscinski and Smart took £30 in cash and a small amount of herbal cannabis before fleeing the flat.

Detective Constable Ben Griffin, of Bournemouth CID, said: "This was a vicious attack and I would like to praise the victims and witnesses for coming forward and supporting the prosecution.

"I hope the sentences handed out by the courts act as a warning to others that such offences will not be tolerated. We will actively pursue anyone involved in such criminal behaviour."

Powerful Refugee artwork opens in Cathedral

Shadows of the Wanderer Credit: Chris Ison

Chichester Cathedral is staging an exhibition by acclaimed sculptor and artist Ana Macheco - looking at the plight of refugees.

The Cathedral’s entire North Transept has been taken over by a powerful set of sculptures, called "Shadows of the Wanderer. The artist says it "depicts a scene that resonates with some of our most pressing contemporary issues."

Artist Ana Macheco Credit: Chris Ison

It deals with current debates about exile, migration, and the displacement of people who are trying to escape persecution. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of supporting events, including new ‘People on the Move’ workshops uniquely developed with Amnesty International UK, specifically to explore the refugee experience.

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, says: ‘We are delighted to be supporting this timely and poignant installation at Chichester Cathedral – visitors will experience not just their own reaction to the two desperate figures that flee, but also the varied and complex reactions of the other carved figures that witness their suffering. How we choose to respond to refugees is one of the most important questions on our national and international agenda.’

Events to support ‘Shadows of the Wanderer’ include: 'The Representation of Suffering: the Work of Ana Maria Pacheco' Tuesday 19th July at 6.30pm. A lecture by Christopher Wintle, Honorary Senior Research Fellow/Emeritus Senior Lecturer, King's College, London. In the Cathedral, with free entry.

'People on the Move: Exploring Refugee Experience' Selected dates September to October A series of workshops for schools and colleges developed in partnership with Amnesty International UK.

‘Colin Wiggins in Conversation with Ana Maria Pacheco’ Thursday 6th October at 6.30pm.

The exhibition opened today (July 16th) and will remain on display until November 14th. Entry is free.

Roy of the Royals

Roy Beerens signs 3 yr deal Credit: Reading FC

Reading Football Club have signed Dutch winger Roy Beerens from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

The 28-year-old has signed a 3 year deal for an undisclosed fee. The Royals say he joined Reading ahead of a number of other clubs interested in his signature.

Manager Jaap Stam: “Roy has a lot of qualities – he is a winger that can play on either the left or the right, and technically he is very strong. He has pace, he can score goals and create chances for others.

“I think he is going to be a player the fans will enjoy watching. We want players who are comfortable on the ball, can use possession and create things. So when the opportunity to sign him arose, Brian Tevreden began talks with his agent immediately and now we’re very happy that Roy is joining us.”

Beerens began his career at PSV Eindhoven, representing the Eredivisie giants in his teenage years before a loan spell at NEC Nijmegen in 2007. Beerens moved to Heerenveen where he really rose to prominence during four years in Friesland.

There he won the Dutch Cup, featuring in the final which was won after a penalty shootout against Twente in Rotterdam in 2009. He also formed part of a side which took on the likes of AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Hertha Berlin in the Europa League.

Beerens also broke onto the international scene whilst in Heerenveen, first representing the Netherlands in the 2008 Olympics. In Beijing, he played alongside the likes of Ryan Babel, Jonathan De Guzman, Roy Makaay and former Royal Royston Drenthe in the Dutch side which bowed out in extra time to Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero’s Argentina.

A regular under-21 for Holland, Beerens went on to make two appearances for the senior Dutch side – debuting in a friendly 1-1 draw with the Ukraine in 2010 before replacing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in a defeat to Germany in Hamburg a year later.

In 2011, the fleet-footed midfielder signed for AZ Alkmaar and more Europa League experience came in the form of meetings with Valencia, Anderlecht, Udinese and Benfica amongst many others. And Beerens won his second Dutch Cup in 2013, helping his newest team overcome the challenge of his former side, PSV Eindhoven, with a 2-1 win in the Final.

In 2014, he left his native Holland to sign a contract with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, scoring four goals in 26 starts whilst playing his football in the German capital.

He will now link up with Jaap Stam’s squad next week, upon their return from a training camp in Oosterbeek.


Counting the true cost of "meet & greet" parking

Trading Standards in Sussex say they have now received more than fifty complaints about damage to cars at off-site car parks around Gatwick Airport.

Last month, ITV Meridian highlighted one case in which more than a thousand cars were left unattended in a muddy field.

We've since heard of drivers whose cars have been returned with major bodywork damage and empty fuel tanks.

Malcolm Shaw has been back to Gatwick to investigate.

Exhibition explores Picasso's life in Sussex

He was one of the towering figures of twentieth century culture.

But to a little boy from Sussex, Pablo Picasso was a kindly family friend.

Antony Penrose's parents welcomed Picasso to their farmhouse in the village of Chiddingly.

Now, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings is hosting an exhibition recalling their time together.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Antony Penrose, and Kate Giles.

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