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Mother's life-saving work born out of son's tragic death

Five years ago, Darran Saunders lost her son Connor when he was fatally injured in an unprovoked attack.

But Darran, from Woodingdean in Sussex, vowed that something positive must come out of the tragedy.

Her tireless fundraising has provided life-saving equipment and training for more than sixty schools and sports clubs.

Now, Darran has been nominated for a Pride of Britain regional award, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Investigation underway after pollution kills 1000 fish

It's feared a stream near Gatwick Airport could takes years to recover fully, after pollution killed up to 1000 fish.

High levels of ammonia were detected in a tributary of the River Mole at Horley.

Mature specimens of Barbel, Chub and Pike were among the fish found dead.

Investigations are underway to find the source of the pollution, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


Council spends £8m buying houses for the homeless

Bournemouth Borough Council has bought 40 houses costing just over £8 million to help in the fight against homelessness - and it plans to spend another £18.5 million to keep people off the streets.

Already 135 people, including 81 children, have escaped emergency accommodation and been given a permanent home. Houses have been bought in the East Cliff, Springbourne and Kinson areas of Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Pier Credit: PA

Its idyllic beaches are part of the problem for Bournemouth, attracting people to the town which has one of the highest rates of homelessness on the south west coast.

The council began buying houses and converting them into homes of multiple occupancy, as one way of coping with the problem. A further £18.5m has been approved to expand the idea into 2020

Mother pays tribute to dead son

The mother of 17-year-old Kent boy Kyle Yule, who police believe was stabbed, has paid tribute to her son.

Kyle was killed after receiving a number of injuries consistent with being stabbed and later died in hospital following an incident in Gillingham.

A number of people were reported to be causing criminal damage to a silver Renault Clio and shortly afterwards Kyle was fatally injured.

Kyle Yule Credit: The Yule family

My beautiful son Kyle much loved, as loved as one could be, for you were everything in life you meant the world to me. Sometimes life can be unkind when hearts are torn in two but nothing ever could compare to the pain of losing you, but all the love you left behind forever will live on, so until we meet again rest peacefully my precious son.

– Mum Nikki Yule

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched a murder enquiry and two people, a 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of Kyle’s murder, and remain in custody.

Police continue to appeal to anyone who may have information which could help their enquiries.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a group of people run from the scene of the incident in East Street towards West Street and onwards. This would have been at about 8.30pm on Friday evening.

Anyone with information should call 01634 792209 quoting reference SI/XY/009396/17.

Jury hears husband "unemotional and bewildered" after wife suffered terrible injuries when parachute failed

The jury in the case of an Army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute heard today he was "unemotional and bewildered" when he visited the airfield on Salisbury Plain the following day. She suffered serious multiple injuries in the incident.


Listen to Sarah Anderson's argument for foster carers having employment rights

Would Councils be able to afford giving Foster parents employment rights? Sarah Anderson is taking her battle to court.

Should foster carers be given workers' rights?

They dedicate their lives to looking after children - often in very challenging circumstances. Being a foster carer is a 24 hour job, but despite this carers have no workers' rights.

According to a survey - carried out by the Fostering Network - more than 50 per cent of foster carers felt their allowance did not cover the full cost of looking after fostered children.

Watch the debate here.

Two more arrests in suspected attempted murder

Two teenage boys have been arrested by police investigating a suspected attempted murder in Sussex

A nineteen year-old was seriously injured after being hit by a pick-up truck opposite the Ladies Mile pub in Warmdene Avenue, Patcham around 8.47pm on Saturday night.

A 15-year-old and 14-year-old boy from Brighton, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Crash Scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A vehicle described as a black Ford Ranger, with a double cab and an open back, is reported to have run over the man before turning around and going over him again as his body lay on the floor. It then made off from the scene east on Mackie Avenue.

The victim had been walking home with friends when the incident occurred. He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he remains in a serious but stable condition. No one else was injured.

A black pick-up truck matching the description of the vehicle involved in the incident was found burnt out at Stanmer Park on Sunday afternoon and recovered by police.

A 17-year-old boy from Brighton, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and theft from a vehicle, has been released under investigation for those offences. The same boy was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Youth Court on Monday (9 October), charged with the theft of a vehicle from Rottingdean.

We have arrested three teenagers in connection with this incident, which we believe was a deliberate act. One has already been questioned and released under investigation, and the other two are currently in custody and will be interviewed in due course.

We’re really keen to speak anyone who may have seen a black Ford Ranger, which was dirty in appearance, driving in or around the area over the weekend

– DI Ian Still

Foster carer in landmark case for employment rights

Sarah Anderson Credit: IWGB

Carer Sarah Anderson and the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) argue that people who foster children should be entitled to holiday pay, among other rights.

If successful the case could open the doors for thousands of foster care workers in the UK to have employment rights recognised.

The IWGB will today submit an employment status and unpaid holiday claim against Hampshire County Council. The union will argue that as a result of the relationship between Anderson and the council, she should be considered a worker and entitled to rights, including holiday pay.

Foster care workers in the UK, while they are paid by local councils, agencies or charities to look after children, are not recognised as workers nor employees.

As foster care workers we are exploited, have no rights whatsoever and are treated as a disposable workforce, when society needs carers more than ever. We can't advocate or look after our children properly if our rights aren't recognised and protected.”

– Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson and husband Tim Credit: IWGB

But the IWGB has started to challenge the traditional employment status of carers. In June, in a case brought by the IWGB in Scotland, a Glasgow employment tribunal recognised two foster carer workers as employees under Scottish law

While in a previous case the Court of Appeal ruled that foster care workers could not be recognised as workers, as they do not have contracts, the IWGB will argue that this case is different on the facts and that under European law contracts are not necessary to establish an employment relationship.

Many foster care workers are highly qualified, put in very long hours, are rigidly supervised and have foster care as their main source of income

This case is not about whether or not foster care is a form of work – that ship has sailed – this case is whether those workers should be entitled to the employment rights the rest of us take for granted.

– Dr Jason Moyer-Lee.WGB General Secretary
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