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return to snow showers as we head
into Friday. That's it for now. Many
Tonight on BBC London News.
The 90-year-old stabbed in the neck
by her husband's carer -
who had a previous conviction
for assault that wasn't
revealed in criminal checks.
It is not even one thing she has
done, she has done several things,
ABH, stealing, and it seems like it
is always the vulnerable she has
Her son calls for an urgent review.
On the day the first electric
blackcap goes into service we are
with the mayor in India.
I am in
India, Delhi, one of the most
polluted cities in the world.
And is the only way rebranding?
As a think tank is set up improve
perceptions of an Essex town.
Any improvement is a good
improvement. We could be more like
Southend, which has a better
atmosphere. This really has not got
Good evening and welcome
to the programme.
After a 90-year-old woman was
stabbed by a carer with a previous
conviction for assault there are
calls for an urgent review on how
criminal record checks are carried
out. The company who employed the
woman's assailant said they carried
out checks but it did not flag up
all convictions and it has prompted
serious questions as to how this
could have happened. The Home Office
is refusing to comment. We have this
Guilty of assault, burglary,
stealing from an employer and fraud,
but Abosede Adeyinka was given a job
as a carer, sent into the homes
of vulnerable elderly
people to look after them.
This was the result - 90-year-old
Pamela Batten nearly died
when Adeyinka tried
to kill her for cash
at Pamela's home near West Drayton.
This is where the attack happened.
Amazingly, the frail
grandmother managed to pull
the knife out of her neck
and scare her attacker off.
Adeyinka has been jailed for 21
years for attempted murder.
My mum had two injuries
on the head from the hammer -
one to the front
and one to the back.
And she had a knife wound
on the right-hand side,
and the knife went
in five centimetres,
just missing her spinal cord.
I cannot believe...
I really can't believe that
someone with that amount of
convictions can be still working
with vulnerable people.
Without a doubt, the law,
it's not just what I
want, the law should be changed.
It's got to be changed.
This is Pamela now, left disabled
and very frightened of strangers.
Her son has filmed her for us.
Adeyinka, also a Sunday-school
teacher, had been employed
by Avant Healthcare to help look
after Pamela's sick husband.
Avant Healthcare Services are based
in this office block in Hounslow.
Nobody wants to be interviewed,
but in a statement, the company said
it had thoroughly vetted Adeyinka,
including criminal records checks
through the Government's
Disclosure and Barring Service,
and it said her convictions
for assault and burglary
were not revealed.
It added, if Avant Healthcare
had been aware of the assault
conviction, Abosede Adeyinka
would not have been employed.
So how did the safety
checks fail Pamela?
The Home Office is in
charge of the system
to check criminal records.
It's called the Disclosure
and Barring Service, or DBS.
We've repeatedly asked officials
here how Adeyinka's convictions
appear not to have been included
in a DBS check.
But nobody here will tell us how it
happened, or what is being done
to stop it happening again.
A charity campaigning for new laws
to protect older people is now
demanding to know how many other
carers have convictions
for violence too.
It's a huge concern,
because where else is it happening?
There is blame somewhere, we need
to establish where the blame is.
Thinking about your own parents,
would you be happy with the idea
that somebody with those sorts
of serious convictions
are coming into somebody's home?
Pamela wants answers too.
Well, I'm shocked as well,
it surprised me,
because it makes you wonder now
just what is going on.
Yvonne Hall, BBC London News.
Plenty more ahead including:
One of our first black MPs
is honoured with a portrait
in Parliament 17 years
after his death.
We'll reveal who later
in the programme.
The Mayor of London has announced
that City Hall will spearhead
a global partnership of up to 20
other cities to tackle
global air pollution.
The capital is also set to get
a new air monitoring system.
Sadiq Khan made the announcement
in Delhi - on the third day
of his trade visit to India.
From where our political
correspondent Karl Mercer
sent this report.
Take a look at Delhi if you thought
London traffic was banned. And take
a look at Delhi if you thought
London had a bad pollution problem.
Here the state of the atmosphere is
front-page news and in the next ten
days all 6000 traffic police here
will be tested for lung disease and
a couple of months ago the Test
match between India and Sri Lanka
saw the scenes, players wearing
masks and some being sick. In London
the mayor Sadiq Khan has made
pollution a key issue but the scale
of it here in Delhi is nothing like
London has seen. Experts say it is
one of the most polluted cities, but
spending a day in smog and traffic
here is like smoking 50 cigarettes.
The mayor thinks the city 's convert
from each other. Make new friends,
if you like. Today he announced
£750,000 will be spent on air
monitoring stations in London.
can have them outside schools,
social care centres, and take
action. It is not a one size fits
all approach. We are going to use
this as a way of cleaning up sooner
rather than later.
The school that
welcomed the mayor to Delhi is doing
a lot of work on pollution. It is a
growing problem according to the
headteacher. Initially it was not
that bad, since three years it has
really gone bad and we are worried
about it, before it it was not that
We hope that within a year or
two we are able to manage it.
business on this trip is done in
grand rooms not classrooms, the man
beating the Finance Minister and
commerce minister, once he had
finished his last-minute paperwork.
The Chancellor, the second most
powerful politician in India, was
keen to reassure me he recognises
London is open and he is pleased to
hear that notwithstanding Brexit,
London is open.
Business side it is
a trip about symbolism. London's
Muslim mayor at this giant temple
today. Among the greeting party, a
swami who started life in London.
studied at Woolwich College and I
lived in Eltham. You do not lose it
Whatever the there
says about shared city problems this
at least is one London does not
So as Karl mentioned, tackling
London's air pollution is one
of the Mayor's key policies.
And today the first fully electric
black cab hit the capital's streets.
From the new year every
new cab will have to be
electric - and it's hoped there'll
be more than 9,000 of them
on our roads within two years -
that's roughly half
the current fleet.
It could cut London pollution,
like nitrogen oxides by 3.5%.
Here's our transport
Correspondent Tom Edwards.
This is the T X E city, London's
Electric cab, picking up fares today
for the first time. John Dowd has
been a cabbie for nine years and has
trialled this one for seven weeks
and loves it. Really impressive.
have you found it? It is like
nothing else I have driven as a cab
driver. It is incredible, no
comparison to any thing in the trade
What has the reaction been
about it, the space and luxury, the
suspension. Everything. And it is
quiet. It is a new experience for
passengers and drivers.
striking is the roof, completely
see-through and you can see
everything. It has a range on the
battery of 70 miles, but that can be
extended with the petrol generator
to about 370. Built in Coventry, the
technology has been tested in the
harsh environment of the Arctic.
£55,000, it is not cheap, but the
manufacturer says there are savings.
The average cabbie will save £100 a
week in fuel. There are concerns
about the lack of rapid charging
points in London. Transport for
London and the borrowers cannot
between them get is more than two
charge points in central London, two
within six miles of Charrington
cross. We have nowhere to charge it.
A disgrace. TfL said there will be
150 rapid charges by the end of next
year and the on-board generator
means taxes will not end up
stranded. Why are there not more
rapid Charger is ready?
have a city full of rapid charges
and no vehicles to use them. This is
a progressive thing. From the 1st of
January, only zero emission taxes
like this can be licensed for the
first time that we will see an
increase of charging points.
a few hundred electric camps have
been pre-ordered. All new camps must
be zero emissions from the New Year
so you can expect to see more of
these on the streets of London.
Detectives are trying to piece
together the last known movements
of a father and daughter found dead
at a home in Deptford.
The bodies of Noel Brown,
who was 69, and his 41-year-old
daughter, Marie, were
discovered in the early hours
of yesterday morning.
Detectives say someone
had forced entry into
the house on New Butt Lane.
There are increased police
patrols in the local area.
So far no-one's been arrested.
The McDonald's security guard who's
accused of telling a Muslim woman
to remove her headscarf
has been suspended.
In this video posted on social
media, the 19-year-old student
is heard asking the guard why
she cannot come in.
a matter of taking it off."
The incident took place
last Thursday night
at the Seven Sisters Road
branch in Holloway.
McDonald's has apologised
and says it has launched
an internal investigation.
Three prisoners have been found not
guilty of killing a fellow inmate
at Pentonville Prison.
Jamal Mahmoud was fatally
stabbed after a row over
The jury at the Old Bailey heard how
the 21-year-old has taken a senior
role in a gang linked to drugs
and violence before his
death in October 2016.
The three men accused
of killing him were ALL cleared
of murder and manslaughter.
More on the findings of a major
terror review ordered by the
government. The report highlights
how the leader of the London Bridge
attack and the man who targeted
Westminster Bridge had both been on
MI5's radar previously.
have we learned? We have learned the
security service was actively
investigating the ringleader of the
London Bridge attack when it
happens. From mid-2015 Khuram Butt
was being investigated in operation
hawthorn because they had
information that suggested he wanted
to carry out an attack on the UK. In
September 2015 and assessment
concluded he represented a medium
risk and they said he had strong
content but weak capability. Early
the following year the operation was
suspended because of resourcing
problems after the Paris attacks and
it was downgraded. Two weeks before
the attack, Hawthorn was reopened
after new material was received but
it did not indicate the atrocities
the man would go on to commit.
about the man responsible for the
attack on Westminster Bridge?
Masood was known to MI5 and had been
under observation for associating
with extremists, but he was not
being investigated at the time of
that atrocity. The report said his
attack could not have been
anticipated but it reveals before
the attack he did reconnaissance
work at Westminster Bridge and had
been looking on YouTube for videos
relating to terrorism. There is no
suggestion in the review the attacks
could be prevented by the security
services but the Metropolitan Police
Commissioner said she needs more
resources to fight the growing
problem and said there are
significant challenges in an
environment that is more intense
than ever for those fighting terror.
Still to come this Tuesday evening:
Challenging stereotypes. Why an
Essex town is spending thousands on
rebranding. Plus. I will have your
weather forecast from the Tate
The Labour leader has accused the
government of damaging London's
global reputation far higher
education and research after the
American academic was refused
indefinite leave to remain.
Jennifer Wexler is married
to a Londoner and has lived
and worked here for years,
including as an archaeologist
at a London University
and the British Museum
for the last four years.
Our education reporter,
Marc Ashdown, has the story.
So this paper will focus on our work
in connection with the Bronze
collections at the Age British
Expert archeologist Jennifer Wexler,
presenting a talk recently
on the Bronze Age.
An American who's lived and worked
here for ten years, the Home Office
has refused her right to remain
in the UK.
To be honest, I was completely
shocked and appalled
that the Home Office had given me
permission to undertake
a certain type of work,
connected to also my specialised
training and then were
telling me that essentially
that work wasn't valid.
The trouble is that Jennifer
sometimes travels abroad
representing the British Museum,
the Government says she's been out
of the country too many days,
even though they originally approved
all the travel.
Husband Sam, a leading
archeologist, born and bred
in the UK, also had a shock.
He was told he could just go
and live in the US too.
I just couldn't understand how it
could be so casually said
within such a letter.
Somebody who is born
in the United Kingdom and has
been here for 40 years,
contributing to the UK,
and then suddenly just to be said -
you know, well, you can just
go somewhere else.
I was completely shocked with this
and, fundamentally, it kind of...
It just really suddenly
challenges your idea
of what it is to be
a British citizen.
What status that means.
Their local MP, a certain
Jeremy Corbyn, has taken up
the case, describing Jennifer
in a letter to the Home Office
as an obvious asset to the UK.
Some say all this is symptomatic
of wider issues for all
sorts of applicants.
Only apply for something
in which you think you're
going to qualify for.
Don't expect the Home Office
to exercise any discretion
because the current state of affairs
and the current political climate
is that they're not all going to be
friendly towards people
who want to settle here
because the whole purpose of this
Government is to reduce the amount
of people settling here.
I'm not the only one
who's been through this,
I know a number of colleagues who've
had similar responses
from the Home Office.
I mean, I think it sends a very
clear message that the UK is not
that interested in supporting
and, not only
that, is that they actually
are targeting them as people
that they think they can easily
get rid of and easily
reject for settlement.
The Home Office says it can't
comment on an active case.
Jennifer is nervously waiting
for news of her appeal.
Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.
He was one of Britain's first black
MP's who went from a rail clerk
to the corridors of power.
Bernie Grant was outspoken,
controversial, allegedly saying
of the race riots in the '80s
that the police received
a "good hiding."
To others he was a uncompromising
civil rights campaigner.
Now, 17 years after his death,
the Tottenham MP is to be
immortalised with his own
portrait in Parliament.
Wendy Hurrell was at the unveiling.
During the Broadwater Farm riots
in 1985, Bernie Grant stood
beside the people of Tottenham,
it was the defining
moment in his career.
In terms of the damage
to the community, well
It was not without controversy,
some branded him anti-police,
but to many Bernie Grant was a hero.
It's hugely important
for generations after this to be
able to look back and recognise
the huge contribution that Bernie
made to a multi-cultural London
and a multi-cultural Britain.
I do solemnly, sincerely and truly
declare and affirm...
From the moment he was elected
as a Labour MP, in 1987,
and attended the State Opening
of Parliament in traditional
Ghanaian dress, to his death in
2000, Bernie Grant was a charismatic
and outspoken figure.
I think that we need to channel
the energies of the young people
into political action.
The job of immortalising him
in an artwork fell to this Tottenham
artist, who had to find ways to get
to know his subject
without ever having met him.
Sometimes you have to like ruffle
the feathers in order to have
change, and he wasn't afraid to do
that, which is kind of were my
inspiration for him kind of led him.
Knowing that regardless
of the resistance and the barriers
that people try to perturb you,
he was passionate and he wanted
to get his word across, you know
pioneering for change and equality.
I had audio, I heard his voice.
The work is entirely in pencil.
The first in this medium that
will hang in Parliament.
It took 180 hours.
The portrait is now here
at Portcullis House and will hang
alongside former colleagues
of Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott
and Paul Boateng who were elected
to Parliament that same year, 1987.
It feels like I could
reach out and touch him.
Bernie Grant's widow has
complimented the artist
on the likeness he has captured.
I think the portrait is important,
not just from the point of view
of him, his acceptance
and his family, I think it's
probably an honour too
for a whole generation who felt
that he reflected their experience
and they will feel that perhaps
somewhere in the House of Commons
there's somebody that is listening
to them and what their
When you think of Basildon,
what do you think of?
Well, hopefully, it isn't white vans
and stiletto heals as the Essex town
has just set up its own think-tank
to try and rebrand its image.
We sent Tolu Adeoyay to find
out what people think
of their neighbourhood.
Welcome to... Basildon. Home to
180,000 people and 7,000 businesses
and just 35 minutes from central
London by rail, Basildon has a lot
going for it, but it has suffered
from a bit of a reputation.
Basically, a mess, to what it was.
Definitely needs a lot doing to it.
If you mention Basildon it's like
--ing oh, no. God, tutting. The
council wants to turn things around
it has set up and independent
commission to give this town a
People don't always see
what a place is really like. They
know the cliche, the stereotype.
Actually, part of this is about
really identifying and communicating
what Basildon really is, both the
good and the bad. What is great
about it, what is not so great and
how can we improve it?
the first time there has been talk
of boosting Basildon. Back in 1948 a
Government minister came to Basildon
and said - Basildon will become a
city that people from all over the
world will want to visit. It will be
a place where all classes of
community can meet together on equal
terms. How far has it come? Trip
advisers lists this theatre as one
of the town's Big Draws. It's Panto
star say there is is a lot going for
it. Across there from the theatre, I
walk my dog in between shows. It's
like just trees and everything for
miles. It's really nice.
of really salt of the earth people.
It's a good humoured place. I'm a
northerner. It's similar, great
At this pie and mash shop
locals told me what could improve
Tidy up, more cleaner.
Less pound shops.
Southend. Southend has a Bert
atmosphere. This hasn't really got
an October moose fear. I don't think
Any improvement is a good
improvement, aren't they.
Commission will work to boost the
town and their recommendations could
become real policies so maybe one
day basil Don could rival that other
place with a famous sign.
Now, if you're out and about it is
of course the time of the year
for twinkling lights marking
the festive season, these
are the ones on Regent Street.
Some of London's landmarks are also
getting in on the act,
including Tate Britain,
and that's where we can
join Elizabeth Rizzini.
Hello. Thank you.
Hello. Thank you.
like Christmas by the river at the
Tate Britain. These are not just
Christmas lights. No, this is
actually high end art. Yes, it is.
It's the latest installation here
it's done by an rtist who mixes high
end cull with something more
grounded and accessible. All of
these Christmas lights can be found
off the shelves. I will look out for
the reindeer and the Christmas
pudding later. If you want culture
down here at Tate Britain this is
available to see every early morning
and evening right up until the 6th
January. What sort of weather
conditions will we view it all in
this week? Actually, we've got a
mixed bag, as we like to see. There
will be a little bit of absolutely
everything, I have to say. It's
going to be turning milder. It will
turn colder. We will talk about
sunshine and also rain. It will get
very windy indeed on Thursday
morning. There could be a little bit
of snow, perhaps snowflakes by the
end of the working week. Overnight
tonight it will stay dry and it will
stay reasonably mild for this time
of year. You won't need all you have
of your layers on. You won't need
your hat and gloves tonight. We will
end the night at six or seven
degrees Celsius. A dry start to the
day tomorrow morning. There might be
spits and spots of drizzle around,
but it will look dry. It will feel
windier tomorrow. We have a brisk
south-westerly wind that will drag
in milder air. Temperatures will be
slightly higher by the time we get
to the end of the day, maybe 12 or
13 degrees Celsius. The wind will
mix the air up a touch. We could see
something brighter going on through
tomorrow afternoon. Brighter than it
was earlier on today. It will kick
off on Wednesday night. That is when
we will start to see the big change.
It will turn windy indeed. Wednesday
night right through to Thursday
morning. This is Storm Caroline we
have been talking about on the
national forecast of course. It's a
cold front coming through, windy
conditions indeed. When you wake up
on Thursday morning you will be
surprised just how mild it is, it
will be wet and windy too. We could
look at gusts on Thursday morning of
up to 40 to 50 miles an hour.
Nothing to be alarmed about, not
particularly unusual for this time
of year. It will be a very windy
start to the day. By the time you
get home in the evening on Thursday
it will be colder. There will be
sunshine just before the sun goes
down as well. A big dip in
temperature by the time we get to
the end of the week. I will not rule
out wintry showers on Thursday night
into the start of the day on Friday.
Widespread frost around as well.
Feeling colder, perhaps more like
Christmas, not as Christmassy as
these lights. , sparkling away
there. Thank you.
Recapping the day's headlines:
A BBC investigation into three live
streaming apps has found evidence
of men trying to groom children
by asking them to carry-out sexual
acts and exposing them
to obscene material.
The terror attack on
the Manchester Arena,
in which 22 people were killed
in May, might have been prevented.
A report says the bomber had been
a "subject of interest"
and opportunities to stop
him were missed.
The Democratic Unionist Party says
the Irish government and the EU
are to blame for a failure in Brexit
talks, that's despite the DUP's
rejection of the latest proposals
for resolving border
issues in Ireland.
More from us during
the Ten O'Clock News.
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