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Police and mental health officials missed opportunities to prevent the
killing of a grandmother. Psychiatric patient Nicola
Edgington had warned she might commit murder, but simple checks
failed to reveal she posed a danger to the public.
The Vatican's to hold an inquiry after the former head of the
Catholic Church in Scotland admits sexual misconduct.
A fall in lending by Britain's leading banks despite being given
billions to help businesses access credit.
The Queen spends a second day in hospital as she receives treatment
for suspected gastroenteritis. And a potential breakthrough in the
fight against HIV - in a world first a baby appears to have been
cured of the condition. On BBC London, January's helicopter
crash in Vauxhall may have been averted if safety warnings were
observed. Around one in 20 Londoners have
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BBC News at One. A police watchdog says officers missed opportunities
to prevent a woman being stabbed to death in South London in 2011. Six
years after killing her own mother, psychiatric patient Nicola
Edgington killed 59-year-old Sally Hodkin in Bexleyheath. The
Independent Police Complaints Commission said both officers and
hospital staff failed to use their powers under the Mental Health Act
to detain her. Ben Geoghegan is outside the Old Bailey where
Edgington is due to be sentenced. Yes, within the last few minutes,
the judge has sentenced her to life, and she will serve a minimum of 37
years in prison. The judge said that her actions had demonstrated a
consistent and calculated course of criminal conduct. He said to her,
"You are manipulative and extremely dangerous", but even as she's
sentenced today, it's the police and others who have come under
criticism for not intervening enough to try to prevent her
carrying out her murder. Nicola Edgington warned police she was
dangerous. Today she's beginning a life sentence for murder, but could
she have been stopped? This footage shows her running from the scene in
Bexley, South London, moments after stabbing her victim with a
butcher's knife in October 2011. The jury were told 58-year-old
Sally Hodkin was virtually decapitated in the agau, it wasn't
the first time Edgington had killed. She had stabbed her own mother to
death six years before. Edgington was taken into psychiatric care but
then released back into the community in 2009. In the hours
before she murdered Sally Hodkin Nicola Edgington had been brought
to this South London hospital by police, but the officers who were
with her left after five minutes. Waiting in A&E, she made a series
of 999 calls, pleading to be taken Edgington was transferred to a
mental health unit next to the hospital, but she was allowed to
leave. She then went by bus to Bexley where she attacked one woman
and brutally murdered Sally Hodkin, both of them total strangers. Today
the Independent Police Watchdog said opportunitys to intervene had
been miss. Our investigation found that whilst there was no breach of
conduct by either the police or the staff, there was a missed
opportunity in that they failed to conduct a Police National Computer
check which meant both the police and the hospital staff were lacking
crucial information about Nicola Edgington which potentially could
have changed the way in which she was dealt with at the hospital.
a statement read to the court today, Sally Hodkin's husband, Paul, said
the murder of his wife had destroyed him. "40 years of
marriage," he said had been wiped out in seconds by someone who
shouldn't have been on the streets. It's not clear exactly to what the
judge was referring earlier today when he said in sentencing
Edgington, "I disagree that responsibility for these acts can
be laid at the doors of others", but he said she was responsible for
the attempted murder of Kerry Clark and the murder of Sally Hodkin. He
said he had been moved by the words of Paul Hodkni this morning. He
said nothing we can do or say will turn the clock back. They will
never get over her death. Indeed, Ben, thank you. The Vatican
is expected to hold an inquiry after Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the
former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, admitted sexual
misconduct. Last week, four men accused him of inappropriate
behaviour. Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned shortly after the
allegations came to light. Catholic cardinals from around the world are
gathering in Rome to begin the process of electing a new Pope.
From there Allan Little has sent this report.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that homosexual relations are
sinful and that gay men and women should live celibate lives. Its
priest commit themselves to a life of chastity. Today in Rome, the
former leader of the church in England and Wales told me Cardinal
Keith O'Brien's failure to live up to that commitment did not change
what the church believes. Cardinal O'Brien didn't live up to
the promises he made of - well, that's something, yes, he's very
sorry for, and has apologised. I don't think it takes away from the
teaching of the church and shouldn't do. Cardinal Keith
O'Brien was a powerful voice in Scotland's national dialogue. He
was an uncompromising critic of gay rights and a vociferous opponent of
same-sex marriage. Three priests in his Archbishop and a former priest
accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards them. After
initially contesting the allegations, Cardinal Keith O'Brien
The journalist who broke the story last week said the cardinal had
been in a position of authority over the four men. Who were all
much younger than him. The cardinal earlier in his career was a
spiritual director at a seminary where one of the incidents took
place. You're dealing with very young men, and that was a very
abusive situation where he used his position and abused his position.
This morning, the church's cardinals gathered in Rome, their
first meeting in what's known as the General Congregation to begun
talks about electing Pope Benedict's successor. If the
allegation hadn't been made public, Cardinal O'Brien would have been
here among them even though the church knew of the men's complaints
before Pope Benedict announced his resignation. In Edinburgh, there is
still a sense of stunned belief. The shock waves extend from here to
Rome and around the Catholic world. In just a moment, we'll speak to
our correspondent James Cook in Edinburgh, but first, let's return
to Allan Little, who is in Rome. What's your reading of how much the
scandal could impact the election of a new Pope? There are calls for
a reformer who could repair this now extensive damage to the church.
Yes, there is a great instinct for protecting the reputation of the
Vatican, though, but priests and clerics I have spoken to over the
last week had raised the Cardinal Keith O'Brien matter with me
unprompted. I have detected a pained unwillingness to believe the
allegations, and one or two people have suggested that the timing is
suspicious that perhaps this is some kind of vendetta against the
cardinal, but the cardinal's own admission put paid to that last
night, and so the church knows very well that if it had not been made
public, if it had stayed secret within the walls of the vat wan,
then Cardinal O'Brien would be here with the cardinals, and he'd take
those allegations with him secretly into the Sistene chapel into the
process to elect the new Pope, so when the inquiry comes into the new
Pope, the church will have to look at the response to these
allegations as well as the allegations themselves I would have
thought. They're saying there is disbelief in Edinburgh. How much of
a crisis is this for the Catholic Church in Scotland? I think this is
an enormous crisis for the Catholic Church in Scotland. One leading
commentator saying he believes this is the worst crisis since the
reformation. We now have the spectre really of the most senior
Catholic in Britain as was accused of the most stunning hypocrisy,
having condemned homosexual behaviour in the most trenchant
terms now admitting sexual misconduct of his own. As Alan says
there, what is interesting now is what this investigation will
actually look at. Will it focus on the personal moral failings, as the
church would see it, of this one man, or will it go wider looking at
who knew what in the Scottish Catholic Church, who knew when, how
long did this go on for? Was it coercive, where people were forced
into this kind of relationship with the cardinal? And indeed, were any
other senior figures in the Scottish Catholic Church involved
in the church hasn't been known, it's fair to say, for having open
dialogue in these matters, but there is a lot of pressure now for
lightness rather than dark. Thank you. It's a fall in lending
by Britain's leading banks despite getting billions of pounds from the
Bank of England in a scheme designed to help consumers and
businesses get access to credit. Our chief economics correspondent
Hugh Pym joins us now. Remind us of the background to this. This scheme
was launched with great fanfare last summer by the Bank of England
and the Treasury. The idea of the scheme was the Bank of England
would lend money to banks and building societies at low cost as
long as they passed it on to businesses and consume, and they
got it at a low rate as long as they passed it on, penalised if
they did not. The figures out today aren't that encouraging for the
Government or the Bank of England. Let's take a look. �13.8 billion
has been borrowed by the Bank of England under this scheme, but if
you look at the amount of lending by banks and building societys to
consumers and businesses, that was down at �2.4 billion between
October and December. It should be said RBS and Lloyds and Santander
were down. One or two were up, Barclays and Nationwide.
Embarrassing to the Bank of England this whole scheme? The Bank of
England and the Treasury making it clear they have always said it
would take time to get it going. The cost of mortgages, they say,
have fallen as a result of the scheme. The Chancellor must do more
to explain what he's going to do to help business with the budget
coming up. Thank you. Europe's biggest bank,
HSBC, has reported annual pre-tax profits of nearly �14 billion, a
drop of 6%. The bank had to pay a fine of more than a billion dollars
to settle a money laundering case in the US. Its Chief Executive
Stuart Gulliver received a bonus of just under �2 million.
The Queen is spending a second day in hospital where she's being
treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis. Buckingham Palace
says the Queen was admitted as a precaution and was otherwise in
good health. Our Royal correspondent is outside the King
Edward VII Hospital for us. The hospital, one would expect, saying
very little, but is there much more information at this stage?
there is absolutely no more information at this point, and I'm
not sure that we'll get anymore information during the rest of the
day. It's just not that kind of situation in medical terms where
Buckingham Palace feels the need to be issuing regular bulletins. I
think we must assume that the Queen will have seen the Royal doctors
this morning. They of course want to discover precisely what is
causing these symptoms of gastroenteritis? Is it the
Norovirus winter sickness bug, food poisoning or something else? They
have the opportunity to do that in the hospital environment here. Will
she receive any visitors? Frankly I would doubt it. We were led to
believe yesterday this is going to be a brief visit to hospital. I
think we can expect she'll be leaving hospital within the next,
say, 24 hours, then a period of rest back at Buckingham Palace
before resuming Royal engagements next week, and it's a busy
programme next week with Commonwealth Day, a service at
Guards Chapel, and I'm sure she'll be keen to put this behind her and
$:/STARTFEED. 45,000 in favour and under 11snouz against in the
federation vote. It was not enough to secure a mandate. New, -- now, a
public inquiry has begun into allegations that up to 20 Iraqis
were murdered in a gun battle with British troops.
It is to examine claims that detainees were captured at the same
time. Well, it has been over three years
since this inquiry was first established. It had to be proceeded
by a police-style investigation.En earlier investigation by the Royal
Military Police was judged inadequate, but it is underway. It
has been described by staff at the enquiry as unprecedented. Because
of the scale of the evidence and because the Iraqis and the British
military hotly contest the events in question. Counsel to the inquiry
have spoken of a stark dispute between the two sides over what
happened. It is almost ten years since the
British troops fought their way into southern Iraq. This is the
second public inquiry into allegations of abuse. The chairman
of the inquiry, Sir Thayne Forbes, was the judge in the murder trial
of Harold Shipman. Now it is for him to decide if Iraqis were
murdered after a major gun battle. This is the scene of the fight,
after the Iraqi militia men ambushed British control. The
British Army says that all died on the battlefield. Iraqis say some
were killed after they were captured, including Hamid Al-Sweady,
after whom the enquiry is named. There have been serious allegations
of murder. People killed in detention, deliberately, as well as
torture and ill treatment of detainees. That is by the British
Army, so it is absolutely essential that the victims and the British
public and the world knows what really happened.
Both sides agree that nine Iraqis were detained. They went on to
complain to the Red Cross of mistreatment. Information that the
Ministry of Defence failed to disclose to the courts. It is then
the reason it had to agree to this costly inquiry.
The challenge for the inquiry, it is an unusual challenge, and a
difficult one, it is for the chairman to decide what did happen.
The events that the inquiry is examining are hotly contested. Once
again the reputation of the British military in Iraq is at stake.
Well, the Ministry of Defence has promised its full co-operation with
the inquiry. It has cost �15 million. That figure is expected to
double. This enquiry, the hearings are likely to last for about a year.
They are hearing from some 200 military witnesses and also from
the Iraqi detainees and from relatives of the dead. The inquiry
has heard that the death certificates of three of the Iraqis
issued by the Iraqi authorities said that there were signs of
torture on the bodies. Thank you very much.
Our top story: A report says that the police and
mental health officials missed opportunities to prevent a
psychiatric patient from killing again.
Coming up: Britain's disintegrating masterpieces, the campaign to save
the nation's murals. On BBC London: Defeat for Arsenal
in the North London Derby. We look at the club's future. We may be
getting slightly warmer weather. A full forecast and the rest of the
day's news at 1.30pm. The UK needs to prepare for more
frequent extreme weather events as the climate changes, according to
new research from the Environment Agency which showed flooding in
England and Wales on 78 days last year. Drought was declared for 95
days. Roger Harrabin has more. 2012 was the year of the UK's
weirdest weather. The wettest on record in England that was after
the first three months of drought. New statistics from the Environment
Agency show one in five day there is was flooding, one in four days
there was drought somewhere. Three rivers, the Tyne, the Ouse
and the Tome recorded their lowest level on record and the highest
level on record in four months. Looking at drought we must be
better at preserving the water we have. We have to store more water.
So the Environment Agency are working with farmers and businesss
to do that. In terms of flooding people must be prepared, ready to
think about if they are at risk and seek information from the
Environment Agency's website. Farmers have to build more
reservoirs on the land to capture water to irrigate crops, the
Environment Agency says. Racecourses should collect water
too, to water the course when the going gets firm.
Golf curses are under scrutiny too. It take as lot of water in a dry
summer to keep the greens green. The Environment Agency says that
golf courses should start storing their own water in lakes and ponds.
As emissions of greenhouse grb greenhouse gases continue to rise,
many scientists are warning to expect in the future to face more
droughts and more floods. The Government's considering
changing the rules on some benefits in order to limit claims by
immigrants. The proposed changes come ahead of the unrestricted
opening of border to Romanian immigrants at the beginning of next
year. Norman Smith is here. I am
wondering how much of this is influenced by the Eastleigh by-
election votes? No it is an annoying yes, no, answer.
There have been months of thinking about coming up with a package of
benefits in this situation. We are getting information about the
measures days after the by-election. The details that we are getting in
terms of the NHS, non-UK residents may be charged to see a GP.
Overseas visit overs may have to have private health insurance. You
may not get access here unless you have been a resident for a year. So
it is about the Government's long- term ambition to respond to public
concerns ands about about -- also about the short-term ambition to
wipe the smile off Nigel Farage's face.
The police in Northern Ireland believe that they have foiled an
attempted bomb attack by dissident Republicans after four live mortar
bombs were found in a van. Three men were arrested.
Army bomb disposal experts dealt with the alert.
Chris butler has more. The mortar bombs were primed and
ready to be used in an attack. When the police stopped the van last
night, they found that the roof was cut back. A final preparation to
the four mortars to be fired directly from the vehicle it is
thought that the planned target was a police station.
I have no doubt that they would have caused mass casualties. We
could have been looking at mass murder today. Those devices, had
they exploded to hit the intended target, they could have hit targets
in and around the bases here. The police placed a wide corden
around the van as the army bomb dispose officers moved in to make
this safe. I have had to move.
Three men are in custody being questioned. Two of them arrested
here on one of the main routes across the Irish border. Dissident
Republicans are being blamed for this possible attack. What is being
found here will cause real concern. It is the most significant
discovery of a bomb in some time. The use of mortars, especially on
this scale is unusual. This was an attack in its final stages. Stopped
a short distance from the city centre. The simple fact it was so
advanced will worry both the police and the public.
Researchers in the United States say that treatment on a girl born
with HIV appears to have all but eradicated the virus from her body.
It is the second time it's been achieved, the first when involving
a baby. What has happened here? This child
appears to have been cured of HIV. She is two-and-a-half. Not on any
drug treatment, no medication. What happened was in 2010, the mother
turned up in labour to a Mississippi hospital. Too late to
be given treatment that would have guaranteed preventing the infection
being passed on, but when the child was born the doctors put the baby
on a aggressive combination they werey and continued that for what
they thought would be the child's life. After 18 months the mother
stopped coming to the clinic. When she came back five months later,
they expected the baby's viral low to be high, but they could not find
it. They tested and re-tested and found that the child had
effectively been cured of HIV. are the prospects potentially?
it is one case. It is not yet published in a medical journal. So
HIV researchers are interested, excited but cautious. There is only
one other documented case where there was a cure, a man who had a
bone marrow transplant for his leukaemia. That was seven years ago,
but we still have to be cautious here.
You can spot them on the walls of many buildings, murals make up an
important part of Britain's cultural history. But after years
much neglect, means that some are disappearing. We have been
exploring whether we should try to save these very public works of art.
This is Colin -- this is kolwin's bay's pier. 70 years ago it looked
like this, an Art Deco palace. Made by artists of real standing.
The murals here, it is difficult to see? These are Eric Ravilious?
this is the main pavilion of the old pier. This wall has a great
this is it? It has been papered over? Yes, it has been papered with
a fine layer of plaster too. But what we have seen in there,
inside of the pavilion is not unique to Colwyn Bay. This is a
story that is repeated again and again around Britain.
This report from the '70s, showed the world this huge moral in
Plymouth by the artist, Robert Lenkiewicz. Seen with his begging
bowl. 40 years on, the masterpiece likes like this... For artists such
as Brian Barnes, one of Britain's most prolific muralists, these are
the works that have become too easy to ignore.
It is sad that so much has been lost. If you look at the Rennes,
how sad it would be if Leonardo's Last Supper was painted over.
Can you compare these murals with the Last Supper? Sizewise, I think
I have done more square feet than Michelangelo! Certainly Leonardo.
He hardly did any! Pay more attention as you walk on by. Now it
has been a dark night for a suspected burglar. The police in
Bradford were left speechless as a man dressed as Batman handed in a
suspected thief. The man handed in was charged with handling stolen
goods, but the identity of the caped crusader remain as mystery.
Perhaps not for long looking at those pictures. We shall see.
those pictures. We shall see. Now, to the weather with Darren.
Well, it looks like spring has sprung for some parts of the
country. You can see how we are drawing up
the drier air the cloud has been thinning and breaking, the sunshine
coming through across England and Wales. Still a few areas of stubbon
cloud, but the sunshine beginning to breakthrough across Lincolnshire.
Sun continuing in the Midlands, area, and in the south.
Temperatures warmer for a while. The temperatures at 10 Celsius, but
it is thinning and breaking, we should see the sunshine in Devon
and in Wales. A super day along the west coast of Wales. Cloudy for
most of Northern Ireland. If there is sunshine it is likely across
Antrim and Down. The west of Scotland seeing more cloud. The
eastern side, though, hopefully a bit of sunshine at times.
A lovely day in the sunshine, but we pay for it overnight. With the
clear skies, the temperatures falling sharply.
There will be a mist and a fog developing. Temperatures in the
rural areas, close to if not below freezing. Patchy mist and fog.
Probably most of the fog by the morning affecting the likes of the
A1 and the M1. All the way from the Vale of York in the Trent valley.
Most of the mirs and the fog will soon lift. Taking longer in the
worst-affected areas. When it has gone we have the sunshine. A lovely
day for England and Wales and more sunshine for Scotland and Northern
Ireland. Here, the temperature as respectable six to eight Celsius
but for England and Wales, 13, 14, up to 15 Celsius. Making it the
warmest day of the year so far. So the week ahead it is miler. A few
days of sunshine, then it changes from Wednesday with more cloud and
rain, but it is very different to what we have had over the past few
weeks, the cold dry area of high pressure is in Eastern Europe now.
It is drawing in the breeze from the south. That is where we are
getting the milder air, but from Wednesday onwards, the wind from
the Atlantic is blowing in more cloud. Outbreaks of rain. Still
double figures in the south but chilly in the north-east of the UK.
Here the wind is coming from the cold North Sea. That story will
continue on Thursday. A lot of cloud. A breeze coming in from the
south or the south-east. The temperatures in the south getting
into double figures. The details online.
The top story: A report says that the police and mental health
officials missed opportunities to prevent a psychiatric patient from
killing again. Still to come on the BBC News Channel, hopes of a