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That's all from the BBC News at Six,
so it's goodbye from me
On the programme tonight...
The 90-year-old stabbed
in the neck by her carer.
It's now claimed the company
which employed her were told
of her previous assault conviction.
All through this, I've
been calmly upset, but
now I'm extremely angry
and I want something done.
I want something done.
One charity tell us the "home care"
sector is in crisis.
Giving parents extra time off
while their premature
babies are in hospital.
The London borough hoping other
employers will follow suit.
From the capital to Canvey
Island - why members
of London Orthodox Jewish community
are relocating to the Essex coast.
And celebrating the circus
as 2018 marks 250 years
of the popular art form in Britain.
A very good evening,
welcome to BBC London News.
First tonight: 90-year-old
Pamela Batten was almost killed
when she was stabbed in the neck
in her home by her carer,
who's been jailed for 21 years
for attempted murder.
But it's now claimed
that the healthcare company that
employed her knew that she had
a previous conviction for assault.
One charity has told this
programme Pamela's case
warrants a major inquiry.
Yvonne Hall has this report.
19-year-old Pamela Batten left
disabled and very frightened by a
so-called character to kill her --
90-year-old. Her son Sammy has
filled his mother for us. This is
what the so-called carer did to
Pamela. She hit her over the head
with a hammer and stabbed her in the
neck for cash. She's been jailed for
21 years for attempted murder. She
had convictions for assault and
burglary and should never have been
given a job looking after vulnerable
I'm really angry. It may not
look it from the outside, but I'm
very, very angry.
The company who
employed the carer has always
insisted that despite robust safety
checks, it was not told by the
government's criminal records
checking system, the DPS, that the
carer had previous convictions for
assault and burglary. It says it
would not have employed her if it
had been told. But today, the Avant
said it had warned Avant about the
applicant's violent past and added,
this certificate listed Beavis
convictions, serious offences such
as ABH would not be filtered and
would be disclosed. This was Pamela
Batten's reaction today.
surprised, because they always said
they didn't know anything about it.
So I am surprised.
Her son Sammy is
furious and is now considering legal
I'm really upset. All
through this, I've been calmly
upset, but now I'm extremely angry
and I want something done. And I
want to see it done, I don't just
want to hear words. I want to see
positive actions and I want
something done about this.
campaigning for more protection for
elderly people says it's concerned
that others also be at risk.
reality is that the care sector has
been in crisis for a long time.
People are making decisions that are
expedient, that are there for the
moment, and they are starting to
disregard the protection of
We have been
trying all afternoon to get some
response from Avant health care
services to the DBS statement saying
the company was warned about the
applicant's violent background, but
so far, nobody from turkey has been
available. As well as action to stop
anyone else going through what she
has, Pamela would also like an
I'm disappointed. I mean, I
haven't heard anything from them
apologising or anything.
Coming up later in the programme...
We meet the woman who suffered
stomach pains for years -
only for doctors discover pieces
of a Heinz sauce sachet
in her intestine.
Now, having a baby can
of course be a daunting
experience for any new parent.
But for those give birth
prematurely, it can be even more
overwhelming and stressful,
often requiring a long
spell in hospital.
Around one in every 13 babies
is born prematurely.
And that's about
60,000 babies a year.
Now one London borough is believed
to be the first employer
in the country to give staff
extended maternity leave to care
for their premature newborns.
Here's Tolu Adeoye.
Imagine spending the start
of your new baby's life in hospital,
worried about their health instead
of at home, enjoying watching them
grow and develop.
Granny had to wait more
than six weeks to hold you.
That's what happened to Katrina.
Her son Samuel was born at 30 weeks.
She says she then had
to go back to work before
she or Samuel were ready.
We were in hospital for eight weeks
before bringing him home,
and then when we came home,
he was very tiny and it was
difficult to bond with a baby
that had been taken away
from you at birth and
you had to leave him
in the hospital for so long.
And within months, it was time to go
back to work and for me,
that was too soon, but I had no
option but to return to work.
But once I was back
at work, it wasn't easy.
I struggled with my own mental
health, but also Samuel's health.
In the UK, maternity
and paternity leave start the day
after a baby is born.
Katrina has been campaigning
for extra leave for parents
of premature babies, and her charity
has its first real victory.
Waltham Forest Council is thought
to be the first to decide
to change its policy on leave,
even though there is
no legal requirement.
For every week before the due date,
the parent will be entitled
to full pay and leave
for maternity and paternity.
It's the right thing to do
for the right reasons to make
a difference to our staff,
to be a good employer
and to hopefully be a beacon
to others to follow suit.
This employment lawyer knows all too
well how challenging it can be
to have premature babies.
Her twins arrived at 33 weeks.
She says even if employers can't go
as far as Waltham Forest Council,
there's lots they can consider
to help support staff.
They might want to think
about additional annual leave.
They can think about unpaid
or paid special leave
and be a bit more flexible
and exercise some discretion.
For example, once a baby
is home, there are likely
to be further hospital
appointments and follow-up.
Often, sadly, there are also often
medical conditions that follow
from a premature birth,
so keeping that understanding
going beyond the return to work
and looking forward is also
should be looking at.
The idea to extend leave has been
discussed by MPs, and there
are guidelines advising employers.
Waltham Forest Council is a start,
but Katrina says she will keep
fighting until more parents
of premature babies get the leave
she believes they need and deserve.
A council leader criticised
for saying "aggressive begging"
should be tackled in Windsor ahead
of the Royal Wedding has
defended his comments.
Simon Dudley, of the Royal Borough
of Windsor & Maidenhead,
said he was referring
to "anti-social behaviour",
The Prime Minister was among those
who disagreed with his views.
This the new Justice Secretary has
announced a review of procedures.
The decision to free the serial sex
attacker nine years after he was
sent to prison has prompted anger
from his victims. Some of the women
he had attacked found out from the
Jo Johnson, the MP for Orpington
and younger brother of former
London Mayor Boris Johnson,
has become Minister for London.
He has been moved in the government
reshuffle to become
a Transport Minister,
moving from Education, where he had
responsibility for universities.
He will also take on responsibility
for the capital, replacing
Trade Minister Greg Hands.
Firefighters are still
on the scene of a huge fire
in Staples Corner in north London.
The blaze which started last night
destroyed a paint factory
and surrounding businesses have been
forced to close.
gallons of flammable liquid
tp stop it spreading
across an industrial estate.
But there are concerns
about the environmental impact.
Victoria Cook has more.
It took more than 100 firefighters
to get this fire at a paint factory
under control. Witnesses described
seeing fireballs shooting into the
The smoke was visible
for miles across London.
No one was injured, but the building
has been completely destroyed.
The problem with a lot of these
buildings is that once
they become involved
with fire, they start
collapsing in on themselves.
That creates pockets
which we can't access
without getting into
the building, and there
are obviously risks associated
with entering a building which has
undergone partial collapse
in this way.
were also forced to close,
the damage clear to see.
The local council says it will help
any businesses affected to try
and help them continue trading.
Not only are the Fire Service
dealing with the damage
to the building from the fire,
but paints and chemicals
from inside the factory have now
mixed with the water from the fire
from the fire pumps,
and it's now streaming down
some of the local roads.
The Environment Agency
are now here on site.
They've erected some of these yellow
barriers and they are aiming
to try and stop this from entering
the local water reservoirs.
We are working to prevent more
material than would cause
a significant pollution incident
to the watercourse, so we are trying
to prevent any fish or aquatic
organisms from being affected
and trying to prevent
anything from affecting
the drinking water supplies.
In today's instance,
drinking water should not be
affected as it doesn't come
from the reservoir, so we are
focusing on the aquatic environment.
The cause of the fire
is not yet known but
an investigation has begun.
The cordon will remain in place
here until at least tomorrow.
Fire crews will continue
to work on the building
throughout this evening.
The Football Association
is to introduce a new process
Today came the admission that it
didn't have the right
climate for players to feel
comfortable airing concerns.
It comes after the high profile case
of discrimination suffered
by Chelsea Ladies player Eni Aluko.
Our Sports Reporter Chris Slegg
joins me with more on this.
Some would say finally, an
Yes, it took
three internal reviews and an
appearance before a parliamentary
select committee to prompt the
reforms we are hearing about today.
The FA was accused of a cover-up,
something it denied, before it was
finally established that the England
women's manager Mark Sampson had
used discriminatory language against
Eni Aluko and her Chelsea team-mate
Drew Spence in the form of what was
termed to be ill judged jokes. By
that point, Mark Sampson had lost
his job anyway for a separate
matter. He was found to have had a
relationship with a player when he
was a manager at Bristol academy,
before he even got the England job.
So badly did the FA and the Aluko
case that there was stinging
criticism against the chairman, Greg
Clark, and the chief executive,
Martin Glenn. There were numerous
calls for them to resign. They have
clung onto their jobs, but have
admitted that the FA is too white,
too old and too male. They have now
brought in this new whistle-blowing
process, which they say should give
confidence to players from any
background to come forward with
concerns they have about bullying,
harassment or any inappropriate
behaviour or language.
The lessons we had to learn
from the Eniola affair
was really one of...
We didn't quite have the right
procedures in place for elite
people to raise concerns.
But I think more subtly,
we probably didn't have the right
climate in place for people to feel
they could raise those
We want to make sure
that anybody who puts
on an England shirt,
male or female, has the opportunity
to air concerns or grievances
in a speedy and prompt manner.
Some would say we have heard these
assurances from previous FA
figureheads, but even Eni Aluko
herself has said on Twitter today
that she is pleased to hear about
these reforms. She appears to have
some confidence that change will now
And the FA announced another
key reform today.
Yes, the Rooney
rule. It was first brought into
American football in 2003, named
after the head of diversity there,
Dan Rooney. It means that whenever a
managerial or coaching vacancy comes
up at the FA, then at least one
qualified candidate from a black,
Asian or minority ethnic background
will at least be interviewed. This
is to try and get rid of the
perception that candidates from such
backgrounds are not given a fair
hearing, that there is some sort of
conscious or subconscious bias
against them. The English football
league, the professional game below
the Premier League, has already
brought us in on a voluntary basis.
The Premier League has yet to do so,
but the FA is bringing it in for all
of its national age-group teams, the
England men's and women's team, 28
teams that the FA overseas, and will
bring in the Rooney rule for any
managerial vacancy in any of those
Stay with us because
still to come...
We are at the Natural History
Museum, where there are circus acts
among the artefacts for a very
And after another day of grey,
the promise of something a bit
brighter, if not sunnier tomorrow.
Join me for the full
details in the forecast
later in the programme.
Before that, we've been to meet
a woman from Slough who thought
They've long had ties
to Stamford Hill in north-east
London, but now some
of the capital's ultra-orthodox
Jewish community are on the move.
They're heading to Canvey Island
in Essex, in what's believed
to be the biggest exodus
since the Second World War.
Part of the reason for the move
is the soaring cost
of housing in the capital.
Tonight, a BBC documentary looks
at the challenges they face
as they attempt to integrate
in an area once voted the most
English place in Britain.
Gareth George reports.
We're more or less keeping
the building structurally as it is.
Joel Freidman shows me plans
to build a Jewish Community Centre
on Canvey Island and he explained
why 35 Orthodox Jewish families have
relocated to Canvey.
The decision was taken simply
because the house prices in London
are through the roof,
and Canvey Island is
the promised land.
This is where they're from,
Stamford Hill in Hackney,
but big families are squeezed
into tiny flats.
In Stamford Hill a four
or five bedroom property
costs £1 million or more.
On Canvey, a similar size
house is half that price.
I'm on my way to
Canvey with Natalie.
The story of the community's move
from London to Canvey is told
tonight in a BBC One documentary
called Canvey - The Promised Island.
One family is amazed at how much
more space they'd have.
What about the garden?
The garden's a good size, again.
This is exactly 12 times the size
of my entire house, the garden.
I'm not talking about the house.
Canvey is in a constituency
which voted overwhelmingly
for Brexit and there were concerns
about the reception the Jewish
families would get, but in a cafe
on the seafront, deputy mayor
Barry Campagna said Canvey
This is the idea of the documentary,
to let Canvey people know about them
and let them know about us.
When they first come down here,
they didn't really say much,
but Canvey people won't let you walk
past without saying hello.
So that's a bit of an icebreaker.
So far, so good.
It's very nice.
The documentary shows the two
communities having a meal together.
Whatever our religion,
whatever our tradition,
what we have in common
is our humanity.
They have many things in common.
For decades, Canvey Island has
provided a home for those
leaving the capital hoping
for a better life.
Gareth Goerge, BBC London News.
You can see the programme, Canvey -
The Promised Island,
tonight at 10.45pm, here on BBC One.
Before that, we've been to meet
a woman from Slough who thought
she had a debilitating stomach
condition for six years,
only for doctors to find pieces
of a Heinz sauce sachet
in her intestine.
a leading Medical Journal
where people have developed bizarre
symptoms or illnesses
from every food, drink
and domestic items.
Frankie McCamley has the story.
This doctor was handed her case.
place that it occurs is in the last
bit of the small bowel. Jo had a
lump exactly in that area. In fact
when I examined her, she had a
tender lump. I will no doubt in my
mind that this was Chron's lung.
realised it had nothing to do with
it when he operated.
piece of blastic popped out from the
middle of a small abscess. That had
clear letters "Heinz" on It was a
I had no
recollection of eating these pieces
of plastic. To this day, I don't
know when it could have happened.
They could have been in there
years... For six years, it could
have been there for how many years.
The team sent her case to the
British Medical Journal. This month
it's been highlighted as one of the
most bizarre symptoms or illnesses
developed from every day domestic
Despite the investigations
that we had, the package would not
show up and it very, very
accurately, to a degree, mimicked
what you can sometimes see in
Jo has made a full recovery,
five years on, and is looking
forward to what the future has to
A trip to the circus these days
can be a spectacular
sight with acrobats,
cutting edge visual effects
and even the odd clown.
But the attraction has a long
history here in the Capital -
250 years in fact.
Wendy Hurrell is at the Natural
Museum History where a special
performance is taking place to mark
this year's anniversary.
I see you found a few friends,
Oh, yes. Welcome to the
Natural History Museum, as you've
never seen it before. Underneath the
blue Whale we have in#kredible
performers. Circus acts. --
incredible. The reason for the
circus theme this year is because
today is a very special anniversary.
Horses in headdresses,
clowning cricket, the Ringmaster,
all under the big top tent.
Circus has been an enduring
But its history goes much,
much further back than this
mid century archive.
It was on this day, 250 years ago,
than an ex-cavalry man, called
Phillip Astley, roped off an area
here in Waterloo and performed
tricks on horse back.
Later he filled his shows
with astonishing acts - jugglers,
acrobats and tumblers.
It was the world's first circus.
He even married an expert horse
woman and she did an act
where she dipped her hands in honey
and bees were attracted to her hand,
and theb she would canter around
the ring with a muff of bees
around her hands.
What must Londoners have
made of this spectacle?
Well, I think they thought
it was absolutely wonderful and
it attracted them to
the South Bank of the river,
it attracted them to the South Bank
of the river, which was
the theatre for entertainment.
Because by this time you'd got
the established theatres
over on the north side,
but on the south side you began
to get all this rather exciting
sort of entertainment.
Back north of the river,
today's circus isn't about equines
rather a theatrical show
of superhuman strength and skill.
As demonstrated by Cirque du Soleil,
which has rolled up
at the Royal Albert Hall this week.
The traditional circus still exists
and it's really important
to maintain that history
and that culture.
What Cirque du Soleil did, in 1984,
was take away the animal aspect
and just focus on the strength
and the amazing aspects
of what people can do,
and we've been able to take those
crafts and grow with them
and modernise them and bring them
to a whole new level.
There will be a lot of circus
throughout this year to celebrate
that anniversary. To tell us more is
a representative from.
This is a
huge celebration of the UK's
creative industries that are our
fastest growing sector. It's
dynamic, cool and fun. We have
circus celebrating 250 years. We are
at the Natural History Museum you
see the whale here, a huge refurb.
That is what makes London amazing.
It's what makes the UK great. It's
really our calling card around the
world and we're here to celebrate
it. 600 guests tonight.
It will be a
great event. Circus is so popular
It is. It's hugely
upon o popular. Look at all our
arts, culture and creative
industries, amazing museums and
galleries, our theatre, people
playing video games, TV,
architecture, fashion, music we are
all there. They are all our members.
It's a growing movement. The really
important part is we have all the
top politicians from all the parties
celebrating the absolutely crucial
economic and social benefit that
this incredible sector brings. This
isn't just entertainment this is
hard benefit for this country.
billion I think it creates in
revenue. Thank you very much for
joining us. That is a celebration
not just of circus, as John said, of
all the creative industries across
London of which there are many,
I love the attendive lion there.
Wendy, thank you very much.
Time for a look at the weather
and Matt is here.
What have you got for us?
What have you got for us?
This weather watchers shot across
the Thames. It has been a grey, damp
and chilly day across the capital
and the south-east. We will inject
more colour back into things
tomorrow. Bringing that change is
what is happening to the west of the
UK. This is a weather front which
will slowly push northwards and
eastwards behind which we have
clearer skies, a little bit of
sunshine for tomorrow. It's across
Cornwall and Devon at the moment.
This evening will be dry, misty and
murky. There will be patchy rain or
drizzle spreading northwards and
eastwards. Light winds but
temperatures should hold between
three and seven degrees into
tomorrow morning. A grey start, a
damp start, patchy rain or drizzle
mainly across to the east by the
time we hit 8.00am. It may take a
while to bright up. It will be a day
of sunny spells rather than clear
blue skies. A big improvement. With
that sunshine and light wind it will
feel warmer. Temperatures to around
10 Celsius for one or two as we
finish the afternoon. Wednesday
night, the temperatures will drop.
We have clear skies to begin with,
light winds. You will notice the
misty hue appearing on the map.
Dense fog patches will form into
Thursday morning and temperatures
close to freezing. We have that
problem for the morning commuters on
Thursday of frost and also dense
fog. . That fog, where it does form,
could linger for good parts of the
morning, if not into the afternoon
for one or two. It will still feel
rather chilly. Temperatures will
drop comparative to Wednesday, down
around six or seven degrees. The
pressure chart, not many lines on it
as we go through are Thursday night
into Friday. Light winds and a risk
of mist and fog to take us into
Friday. It should be dry, but not
particularly warm. To go with the
frost some of the fog will linger as
well. We may go back to the grey
skies after that welcome sunshine
tomorrow. A cheeky smile there.
Matt, thank you.
A reminder of the main headlines.
A court's heard that the former
football coach Barry Bennell
was a "predatory and determined
paedophile alleged to have
subjected a number of boys to abuse
on more than 100 occasions.
He denies multiple historical
sex offence charges.
North and South Korea have
held their first talks
than two years and have agreed
to ease military tensions
in the region.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested
on suspicion of murder
after a shop worker in Mill Hill
was attacked and died
in hospital yesterday.
Officers say when staff refused
to serve them because of their age,
they became aggressive.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have
visited a youth radio station
in Brixton on their first royal
engagement of the year.
Reprezent FM trains hundreds
of young people every year in media
and employment skills.
You can see more on that on the BBC
London Facebook page.
That is all from us for now.
I'll be back with our
late news at 10,30pm.
From me and the team here,
thanks for watching
and have a lovely evening.