19/12/2016 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News.

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A man who killed a mother-of-two, while her husband listened

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helplessly on the phone will spend an indefinite time in

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Nicola Cross was stabbed to death by a complete stranger as she tried

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to stop him from kidnapping her two children at the family

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Her family said she enjoyed the perfect life.

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37-year-old Nicola Cross from Hemel Hempstead had a

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loving husband and two adored young children but a random and brutal act

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Warehouse worker Marcin Porczynski was suffering from paranoid

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schizophrenia when he broke into her home in September last year,

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It led to an outpouring of grief on Dunlin Road

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where Mrs Cross was a much loved member of the community.

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In sentencing Marcin Porczynski, the judge said the circumstances

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in which you killed Nicola Cross were utterly horrific

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and senseless and represented every parent and husband's worst

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He said, you've left the Cross family utterly devastated and two

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young children without the wonderful mother who so loved and cared for

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When she discovered the break-in, Nicola called her husband

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Danny, seen here leaving the court, who was away for work.

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He told the judge in a statement, that phone

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call plays over and over in my head along with Nic's screams

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I will never forgive myself for not being there to protect her.

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And he could see no future happiness, no

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end to this trauma until my life comes to an end.

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With no history of violence, experts say there was no way of predicting

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I think here, that it was really a tragic and unforeseen incident.

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I don't think there should be much blame attached to anyone.

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The person was extremely ill and what happened could not really

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Friends and neighbours who live on this tight-knit estate

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in Hemel Hempstead supported the family through the court

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proceedings and the judge paid tribute to the dignity

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Marcin Porczynski admitted killing Nicola Cross,

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telling doctors he had to sacrifice her to

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He will serve an indefinite term at a psychiatric unit.

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The judge described the young mother as heroic but ultimately defenceless

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Now, you'd expect the London Ambulance Service to be busy

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at this time of year, but it's just recorded its busiest

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It says incidents involving alcohol were the most common cause

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for a call-out to people in their twenties and Londoners are

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Gareth Furby's report does contain flashing images.

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We're with a paramedic whose duty is to respond

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in minutes to emergencies, but in the early hours

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of Saturday morning, he is dealing with something else.

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Honest truth, he's only just sort of started coming around.

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This call is to a kebab shop in Hackney, to a 25-year-old

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What's going on tonight, what's happened?

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What's happened is too much to drink, a condition

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that is entirely self-inflicted, but the emergency services

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It seems that she does need to be looked after and is vulnerable.

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She needs to be somewhere to be for a few hours just to get

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to a level where she can get home safely by herself.

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That safe place was at hospital and at the weekend it seems this

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In London, there were more than 16,000 emergency calls

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to the ambulance service, making it their busiest

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Another call-out was to the City of London where they were several

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exclusive Christmas events, but at one, a man was

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I think he'd been out on a work do and a lot of people were intoxicated

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and caused a fight and he's taken a few punches to the face.

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An arrest was made, but after being examined by the paramedic,

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the victim decided to decline hospital treatment and

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But in many other cases at the weekend, it was a different

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story and pre-Christmas drinking was often to blame.

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If someone is unconscious, we need to get to those

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patients really quickly because there could be an underlying

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condition like a serious head injury or a serious illness that is causing

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So we have to prioritise those patients.

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And clearly when it is just alcohol-related we do have other

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critical patients that we need to get to so we've managed it,

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But on the street, it was often challenging.

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Here, the paramedics' vehicle was flagged down

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And there were no weapons? No.

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And the paramedic called the police as well as treating the man.

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Londoners will continue to celebrate the build-up to Christmas,

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but the emergency services have to deal with the fallout

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London schools could be facing bigger class sizes and fewer

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That's according to the out-going chief inspector of schools.

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Sir Michael Wilshaw leaves office next week after five years.

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He also said it's essential that schools do all they can

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to prevent vulnerable pupils being exposed to radicalisation.

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Our Education Reporter Marc Ashdown has been speaking to him.

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"Ofsted rates the school as" - one phrase which can make or break

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For five years, Sir Michael Wilshaw has been at the helm.

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London schools, he says, are in the best year ever,

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but a new funding formula is likely to hit many.

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I think it's going to be more difficult.

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There's no question any funding cut or any funding

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It might mean there will be reductions in staffing.

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It might mean that schools might not be able to appoint support

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staff in the numbers they were previously doing.

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For most of his tenure, Michael Gove was Education Secretary.

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To say he was controversial is an understatement.

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I obviously didn't agree with him on everything but I suppose

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the questions that have to be asked are, is giving more power to people

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Was our curriculum too soft? Yes.

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Was our examination system not competing

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Yes, it wasn't competing, so he addressed those issues

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and somebody had to do that and he did it.

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And occasionally heaps of opprobrium were poured upon him,

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but I supported him in doing those things.

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He cites the Trojan horse affair as his biggest challenge.

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Fears surfaced of possible plots to radicalise schools,

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One of the great dangers of autonomy in some of the schools,

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most of the schools we're talking about in the the Trojan horse

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Those governors with malign intent did what they did partly

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because they realised that there wasn't sufficient

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The local authority had washed its hands of these schools

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They felt that they could bring in their own particular ideologies

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and I think we've got to learn from that.

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We don't do enough to promote good leadership in the country.

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I'm sad at the demise of the National College

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of School Leadership, which was Tony Blair's idea,

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How do we get great leaders into unfashionable places?

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That's going to be the big challenge over the next

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few years, particularly with diminishing budgets.

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Do you think it has been an outstanding performance?

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That's for others to make a judgment.

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I've challenged the education system in this country to do better.

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That's caused trouble from time to time, and I have spoken

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out from time to time, and I have challenged

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But hopefully people, when they look back at my time

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in office, will say, he was in it for the right reason,

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because he wanted to see children getting a good deal.

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Sir Michael Wilshaw talking to our Education Reporter Marc Ashdown.

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up

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It's feeling a bit colder this week with temperatures actually going up

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and down for the next few weeks or so. We have some cheery Christmas

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lights in the market here. And here in Trafalgar Square. We have the

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weather for the week ahead in the run-up to Christmas. It will be

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really quite changeable this week. No two days will be the same.

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Tomorrow will be dry and bright with sunshine. After that it will turn

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quite unsettled. Some rain around at times and quite blustery as we head

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to the end of the week heading towards Christmas. Overnight

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tonight, a rain system clearing westward. Some clear spells here and

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there with temperatures of five or six as we head into the morning.

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Some rural spots could see frost on the grass and isolated mist and fog

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patches, but it will not be the widespread mist and fog we've seen

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over the last few days. Tomorrow will be dry and bright with sunshine

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around as well. Not a bad looking day, but it will be a touch cooler

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with temperatures between six and eight Celsius. Wednesday, turning

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mild again. Temperatures peaking at nine or 10 Celsius, but some

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outbreaks of rain here and there and it will be great, drab and gloomy.

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That's how we will start the day on Thursday as well. Heading towards

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the end of the week, cooler and turning windy. Will it be a white

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Christmas? Probably not across London. It's quite likely it might

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be across the rest of the country, so keep an eye on the National

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forecast. It will stay quite windy. That's what we know about Christmas.

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around, windy, but with dry and around, windy, but with dry and

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bright spells. Heavy weather is brewing, it will

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not reach us just yet. It will take a good few days before the stormy

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weather reaches us. At the moment, it's just potential, nothing is

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certain, but it will be different to what we've had over the last few

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weeks, it's been so calm. We have a jet stream raging out of North

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America making a beeline for the UK. It has peaked at jet level height,

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blowing in excess of 200 mph, and it might whip up to max storms we are

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watching. Friday had coming close to northern Britain, and then another

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