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Drunk passengers: we join police on the frontline

There has been a big rise in violence and sexual offences on the South's railways according to new figures from the British Transport Police. But the force say overall crime is down for the eleventh year in a row.

In our region, there were more than 11,500 crimes on the rail network in the past year - that's down 7 per cent.

There were 13 per cent fewer thefts reported.

But drunk passengers on our trains remains one of the key problems. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, spent the night with officers on the frontline in Brighton.

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Drinking to excess - mother talks about her addiction

Alcohol misuse is a well-known leading cause of disease in Britain. It costs the NHS in England around three point five billion pounds a year and is responsible for around 7,000 deaths a year. But there are signs that the health message might finally be getting through. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that in the last eight years, the number of adults who are tee-total has risen by 40%. In the South East, 18% of all adults never touch alcohol. Tom Savvides has been speaking with mother of three Emma Bushen from East Malling in Kent, who says her family was almost torn apart by her battle with drink. He also talks to Emma's husband James Bushen and son Luke. Jackie Ballard from Alcohol Concern also features in this report.