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We hear from the parents
of a severely disabled baby boy
who's died after his life support
was withdrawn against their wishes,
after long legal battle.
Right now, all I can feel is pure
anger. All I know is justice was
served at all.
-- was not served.
Medical staff say their thoughts
are with the parents.
Putting their lives at risk -
a mother's warning
against an online craze that
saw her son putting himself
in the path of oncoming traffic.
Plus, the oil slick
which threatened wildlife
on a stretch of the River Lea.
Now the Government reveals it knows
who was responsible.
And, on International Women's Day,
we're on the beat
with head of the Met.
-- with the first
female head of the Met.
She tells us what her late mum
would have thought of her becoming
the first female commissioner.
I think she would have laughed and
been amazed that her little girl had
gone on to do this.
A very warm welcome
to the programme.
The parents of a severely
disabled baby -
who fought against London doctors
over the decision to
withdraw his treatment -
have paid an emotional tribute
to their "brave little boy
who fought all the way".
One-year-old Isaiah Haastrup passed
away hours after being
removed from life support.
It was switched off
after his parents lost
a long-running legal battle.
They told us, they are heartbroken,
as they shared photos of their final
moments with their son.
Marc Ashdown reports.
Isaiah Haastrup's short life came
to a tragic end yesterday evening.
While he's been fighting to live,
his parents have been
fighting his hospital,
determined he should be given
every chance to survive.
He had a little
cheekiness about him.
Especially when you come
beside him and call his name,
when you open his eyes and stuff
and turn his head towards you.
That I'm going to miss, but,
right now, all I can feel
is just pure anger and...
All I know is justice
was not served at all.
Isaiah was born at Kings College
Hospital last February.
He suffered catastrophic
After an investigation,
Kings eventually apologised
for mistakes doctors made that day.
His parents originally
accepted his prognosis but in April
they saw signs of life and disagreed
he should simply be allowed to die.
The hospital went to the High Court
to seek legal backing.
In November, a judge
agreed to a second opinion
from an independent expert.
In January the court ruled life
support could be removed.
After the parents' appeals to UK
and European courts failed,
yesterday, medical support
was removed and Isaiah passed away.
Kings told us they have always
actively sought to involve Isaiah's
parents in his care and have always
acted in his best interests.
They say the decision to apply
to the courts to remove
treatment was only taken
after careful consideration.
The parents still feel let down.
They say in court the doctors
claimed Isaiah could only breed
-- breathe for a few minutes unaided
- he actually survived
yesterday for seven hours.
They'd always argued he'd
have a chance of living
if he was weaned slowly
off life support.
These are Isaiah's
last precious moments.
Parents must be listened to more
and not just say, well,
the doctors have spoken and looking
at the parents from a prism of,
they are in grief or pain.
They don't know what they're doing,
But they allowed you to
get a second opinion?
All the judges agreed
with the hospital.
The attitude of the court is,
well, we don't care.
They're doctors, we are not a doctor
will stop that we are the parents,
and we see our child.
We see him helpless in the bed.
The beauty of it is Isaiah
showed us what he can do
and that he wanted to live.
As a system we let him down again,
even at that stage.
I think we need to review our system
and save more kids.
Kings maintained it was always
impossible to predict how long
Isaiah could breathe
on his own and their priority
was to ensure he was
comfortable with his family.
We kept talking to him,
we kept singing to him,
to encourage him, to let him know
we were here for him.
And he fought,
he fought all the way.
And Marc, a really upsetting
story for all involved.
A sad and tragic end to a difficult
year. Upsetting and distressing for
the family but also for the hospital
staff. There are no villains will
stop their one set out to harm
Isaiah but there are lessons to be
learned. The one at the centre is
about trust. Any hospital manager
watching now will be concerned about
the fundamental breakdown between
parents and the medical experts.
Such a difficult case but not the
only one of its kind.
The young lady
being treated at Kings, we have
reported that story and also Alfie
Evans, the case is being played out
in Liverpool right now. What unites
them is parents are differing wildly
in their views of what is the best
care, challenging the view that the
doctor knows best. Today the parents
are saying, what if? Have we
received the best care? Hospitals
will want to persuade people you can
trust us and they will want to make
parents feel they are fully
involved. Sadly, more of these cases
might crop up.
You're watching BBC London News.
Coming up later in the programme...
I am in Totten is more details
emerge of who caused the oil spill
which aren't wild life on this
stretch of the River Lee. --
A teenager has died
after being shot at a cinema
complex in Wood Green.
Armed police were on the scene last
night along with paramedics.
The 19-year-old was taken
to hospital but died
a short time later.
No arrests have been made.
Here's Alpa Patel.
This was the scene outside a popular
cinema in Wood Green last night.
Today, cordoned off, along with
several restaurants and a bus stop.
While forensic officers conduct a
thorough search of the area after a
19-year-old was shot and killed
before half-past midnight last
night. We met Brian Finnegan, who
was walking home shortly after the
shooting he told us what he saw.
Myself and two colleagues, we were
heading home and we actually saw the
guy. He was on the ground. There
were two girls and one fella. They
were trying to comfort him but, as
far as we know, he was already gone.
Just a terrible scene to see when
you are heading home.
another witness told us they saw the
teenager lying on the ground inside
the doors of the cinema. We have
been speaking to several residents
and people who own businesses in
this immediate area. Most wouldn't
appear on camera out of fear of
being identified. What they did tell
us was about their worries of gangs
operating in and around this
complex. They said that stabbings,
and the sound of gunshots, had
become a regular occurrence around
here. Brian, who lives in the local
area, echoed those views.
were less crime, no knives were no
guns, whatever, it would be a lovely
How bad is the crime around
Well, what has been
experienced in the last few weeks,
Police say they are
looking into whether this murder was
gang-related. They also want to
speak to anyone who saw two people
making off on mopeds shortly after
the shooting. The 19-year-old is the
second person to die from a gunshot
wound this year in London and the
seventh teenager to be killed on
London's streets will stop --
A man, who killed three
former partners, has
had his minimum sentence increased
at the Court of Appeal.
54-year-old Theodore Johnson
from north London, had two previous
convictions for manslaughter
when he was jailed for life
for murder in January.
He was ordered to serve at least
26 years behind bars
but three senior judges said
that the minimum tariff was too
lenient and it's been
increased to 30 years.
The Government is warning travellers
not to repeat the action
of some railway passengers
who walked on the tracks
near Lewisham station last week
when their train was stranded
for four hours.
The Southeastern service
from London Bridge to Dartford
stopped as engineers were unable
to move a broken down train further
up the line amid the snow and ice.
Some of the passengers forced open
the doors to escape.
The deputy leader of
Westminster City Council
has "stepped aside"
while an investigation
into his conduct takes place.
Conservative councillor Robert Davis
declared receiving more
than 500 gifts and hospitality over
a three-year period.
Last month, he referred himself
to the council's monitoring officer.
He strenuously denies any
wrongdoing, but the council's
Labour group says his
behaviour was inappropriate.
It will transform rail
journeys through London.
That's how the new
Jo Johnson greeted plans
for new Thameslink
services announced today.
It'll mean shorter journeys
and capacity freed up on the Tube.
Mr Johnson, whose
surname may be familiar,
also recently became
Minister for London.
Our political editor, Tim Donovan,
joined him on his journey today.
Not just an opportunity to get a
different perspective but for the
new rail minister chance to get good
news on the trains, extra through
service is happening on Tenzing,
joining Cambridge and Peterborough
in the north to Brighton and Horsham
in the south and relieving pressure
on London's choopo. Yell it will
transform services. We're on a train
from Brighton, all the way through
London, to Cambridge was that this
is really transforming journeys for
people. What has happened is the
East Coast Main line has been joined
to Thames -- Thamelink. Thousands of
passengers do not have to get up at
Kings Cross and on again at London
This has opened up and
created a network of further journey
opportunities for passengers.
well as being new rail minister,
this visitor was also a
representative from London.
about looking for opportunities we
have before us. We need a city
attracting inward investment. That
is what I want to work with as the
Mayor of London to achieve. The
previous mayor has a strong legacy
from his eight years as the Mayor of
London and we have seen in many of
the things around us today.
think Sadiq Khan is damaging that
Here's early on in his
mayoralty and has a lot to prove.
What about complaints about the hard
seats on the trains?
I have been
sitting in it for a while but I find
it home and comfortable.
off, in press with what he had seen.
Passengers will find out for
themselves when the new services
begin in May. -- impressed.
The Government says a potential
source of an oil spill
along the River Lea in north east
London has been traced.
Last month plus Max Bill it is being
investigated by the Environment
The Environment Agency
is investigating last month's
spillage between Enfield and Newham.
Let's get more from Louisa Preston
who's on the banks of the river now.
the oil spillage caused chaos and
the clean-up operation is ongoing.
Wildlife was really badly affected.
We saw lots of pictures of swans
covered in black oil who had to be
rescued and then taken to local
sanctuaries where they were cleaned.
It caused chaos for people living on
the river. Basically, people living
on the river had been in lockdown
for the last four weeks. That is
because all of the locks on a four
mile stretch of this river have been
closed. That is to stop the oil
spill from spreading. We heard from
David Lambie he was asking the
environment minister in the House of
Commons as to how this could be
prevented from ever happening again.
Joining me now is Dick Vincent from
the canal and with that trust. Thank
you for joining us. David was saying
that the agencies have to work
together more closely. What do you
make of that? I would like to thank
David for raising it. It is a really
important issue. We need MPs and the
public to make a real change was
this has caused chaos and something
needs to be done.
Do you have any
idea as to who caused the spillage?
We do not know ourselves. We can
speculate. It was on an industrial
scale and has polluted four miles of
canals. It is a criminal act and
that is why we are pleased that
David has raised this. We need a
stronger deterrent to prevent this
kind of thing happening.
say there has to be a stronger
deterrent in place, maybe fines and
things, to stop this happening
It is not for us, as the
charity that cleans up and looks
after the canals, to do that. We
bear the brunt. The real story, the
great story, is we have had help
from the local community and people
living on the boats to help clear up
what is a terrible thing and has
caused terrible damage to wildlife
in the area.
Thank you for joining
us. As you heard the terrible damage
to the environment. This is one of
the most polluted rivers in the
capital but hopefully things have
been done to stop this kind of thing
from happening again.
Still to come this
I was thrilled, humbled and
Getting the top job in
the net on International Women's
Cressida Dick's reaction to becoming
London's FIRST female
A mother of a 15-year-old
who was knocked off his bike
in an online craze -
which sees youngsters try
and swerve in front of a car -
is warning it's only a matter
of time before someone is killed.
Her son escaped with
relatively minor injuries.
She's now helping launch a campaign
to stop the craze spreading.
Yvonne Hall reports
This is the so-called game teenagers
are calling "swerve the car".
But 15-year-old Paul
Belcher pushes his
luck too far and doesn't
swerve in time.
Incredibly, Paul only suffers
bruising in the collision in
I didn't know if he was OK,
if he was dead, if he had
broken any bones, if anyone
else had been there.
The impact of such a stupid game
could have been a loss
of life in so many situations.
For drivers, it is terrifying
and dangerous too.
A pregnant woman in
this car had to be
treated for shock.
This is the roundabout in
Borehamwood and a popular location
for teenagers playing
the so-called swerving game.
You can see how busy it is and how
dangerous it would be
to ride a bike straight
towards these vehicles.
But what a lot of these youngsters
probably don't realise is
their actions are being picked up
on the CCTV camera and it should
lead to prosecutions.
This is really dangerous,
to get as close to the
car as possible, usually
to intimidate the driver and it is
often being recorded,
because it is something
to put on social media
show their friends as a fun game.
Well, our message is
it isn't a fun game,
it is a dangerous game
people will end up getting
killed and injured.
Here a cyclist even
swerves towards a
Officers say the number of
complaints they're getting about the
craze is increasing.
They're now planning
a campaign in schools to
stop more teenagers risking theirs
and other people's lives.
Now to mark International
Women's Day -
this week we're getting an insight
into the some of senior
women who run London.
Yesterday, we heard from the London
Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton.
Today the first woman in charge
of the Met, Cressida Dick,
talks about advice in her early
career, the shooting of an innocent
man and whether the woman in charge
of the largest police force
in the country can ever relax.
I caught up with her
earlier this week.
What was your first thought when you
I was thrilled, I
was humbled, I was astonished and I
thought about my mum, no longer with
What would your mum have
I think she would have
laughed. I think she would be amazed
that her little girl had you know
gone on to do this. How
How did you
cope in the earlies with the canteen
culture and the sexism in the force?
It was a different age. I loved
policing and I was prepared to
challenge. I stood up for what I
believed in. But I remember one of
my bosses saying, if you fight every
battle, you will get shot down and
that will be the end of you. I think
I learned you can't take on every
battle head on. But you should stand
up for yourself.
Do you ever show
I heard myself saying
to my senior officers the other day
that we had had a terrible year and
I knew that some of them would be
feeling like crying and sometimes it
is good for a team to see a boss
making themselves vulnerable.
terms of shooting of a man, you were
cleared of any wrong doing, did you
ever question your judgment after
I don't think you can an
effective operational leader if you
don't ask yourself hard questions.
Absolutely. Did I think that I had
made... You know fundamental error
of judgment in the decisions that I
made based on the information I had?
No I didn't. But a terrible thing
happened, an innocent man was
Does it ever feel like a
personal failure when you hear of
I suppose in a
way... It does. I feel sad of course
for what has happened. I feel sorry
for everybody involved. And I know
that you know the public and the
media are kind of counting each one
and quite right too, because they're
all... You know cherished children.
Ry death is a tragedy and we should
all feel outraged by that.
you want your legacy to be?
to leave a Met that is in really
good slap. More importantly -- in
really good shape and I want London
to be seen as a safe city in which
people can see that we have taken
violence seriously and reduced the
most pernicious sorts of violence
and that we have done everything we
can to prevent attacks. The
terrorist threat is a generational
issue. How long have you been doing
this? Over a year.
Does it help your
partner was in the force and
understands the climate you work? .
It does in some ways, it means if I
need to drop everything and go and I
have to take a phone call, she does
get it. There might be a few down
sides as well.
The nature of the job is
that you are on 24/7, 365 days a
year. So how on earth does the Met
I have got a
great team. Fantastic people. I have
always slept well and I find I eetzy
to relax. -- Easy to relax. Can we
imagine you putting your feet up and
watching a box set? Box sets might
be for retirement.
And tomorrow we'll hear
from the new Bishop
of London, Sarah Mullally -
the first woman to hold the post.
More on International Women's Day
on our Facebook Page.
Talking of positive role models -
how one charity is putting
its weight behind getting
more girls into rugby.
It's still seen as a male-dominated
sport but one London club
is helping to change that.
Emma Jones has the story.
Now then, no roughness, girls! Oh
this isn't a bargain sale. Attitudes
to women playing rugby have
hopefully changed a lot over the
The London Welsh women's team
are top of their league and are keen
to inspire others to take up a sport
that means so much to them.
be offputing to start a sport if you
don't think you're slinky or skinny.
In rugby it is about strength as
well and it can help with your
Being strong, independent
women who play sport is an
attractive thing. It is not worrying
what other people will think about
you, but going for something that
feels right for you.
This season the
team is being sponsored by the
inspiring girls charity. Founded by
international lawyer Miriam Gonzalez
it aims to find role models for
We have more men who say we
want that society with women and
girls feel free to play rugby and
men feel free to do caring jobs and
we kick out the stereotypes. It is
easier than getting the vote.
her husband Nick Clegg know about
I'm optimistic. Some
of us who are older come to equal
opportunities through a process.
These people have it in their DNA.
All we have to do is not ruin it.
With the women's Six Nationses back
this weekend, it seems we are not
too short of candidates for role
Time for a check on the weather.
Ben's joined us -
hard to believe now
what it was like this
time last week.
what it was like this
time last week.
Yes you might have struggled to
believe we could get above freezing
again. But wait until you see the
temperatures for the week. Certainly
we are going to see some mild
weather over the next few days. At
the same time there will be some
rain at types. Most of us got to
enjoy some sunshine today. Some
cloud for our weather watcher in
Hertford but a beautiful scene above
The Shard earlier. We had some area
of cloud. But we have had some
sunshine. Where we have the sunny
skies by day we will have clear
skies at night and temperatures will
dip. Some patchy cloud during
tonight. Some clear starry scars for
most and the -- skies for most and
temperatures just above freezing,
but for many places down to minus
one or two degrees. Some frost in
the morning. And some mist patches.
We get some sunshine, but it won't
last. Because the cloud will be
spreading up from the south and into
the afternoon you can see these
outbreaks of rain. The blue colours
show the rain will be light. But the
odd heavy burst. Won't stop the
temperatures getting up to 10
degrees. Breezy but we say goodbye
to the wet weather on Friday and
Saturday starts off with spells of
sunshine. One or two hefty showers.
But look at the temperatures - 14,
15, maybe even 16 degrees if you're
lucky. Because this area of low
pressure will drive things through
the weekend and yes, it will bring
rain, but it will also give us this
feed of southerly winds. So mild air
continuing to waft in. But some of
us could see a bit of rain clipping
through on Sunday. Particularly in
Essex and Kent. But generally a
largely dry day. Still mild. Next
week not as mild, but still 11 or
12. We might have struggled to think
we would see temperatures like that
again after last week.
we would see temperatures like that
again after last week.
Let me just recap
the main headlines.
The police officer who
helped a former Russian
spy and his daughter,
after they'd been poisoned by nerve
gas is now able to sit up and talk.
But Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey
remains in a serious condition.
A one-year-old from
South London who was left
brain damaged at birth has died,
hours after doctors
withdrew life support.
Isaiah Haastrup's parents had
fought against a decision
by King's College Hospital
to move him to palliative care.
Asad Ahmad will be back later
during the ten o'clock news,
but for now from everyone
on the team have a lovely evening.