20/01/2017 London News


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Good evening - I'm Alice Bhandhukravi.

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A jury has found that neglect by the Prison Service and a private

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healthcare provider, contributed towards the death

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Dean Saunders, who had mental health problems,

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electrocuted himself while in Chelmsford prison.

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A two-week inquest heard he'd been let down by serious failings

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Dean Saunders, a loving father and much loved family man.

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But in December 2015, with no previous

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history of mental health issues, out of the blue he suffered a paranoid

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episode which resulted in him grabbing a knife and stabbing

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He was arrested for attempted murder and taken to

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But after a few days of being on constant

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observation a decision by staff was taken to reduce that monitoring.

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They feel that 30 minutes is sufficient and I said, "I'm telling

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you now, if you do not put my son back on constant watch he will

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You won't be able to say you didn't know, you hadn't been

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told, you wasn't aware, because you know.

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And if he kills himself it will be your fault."

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Failed attempts to find a place in a secure unit

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On January 5th he committed suicide, electrocuting himself using

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Today, an inquest concluded that Dean's death was

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contributed to by neglect and multiple failings, a key fact that

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his family learned was that none of the people who decided

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to reduce his monitoring were medically trained.

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I don't want another Dean or another family

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I'm just so grateful that someone's finally listened to us.

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Much too late in the day but they finally listened.

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Words can't describe how much we miss him, how much of a

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The blessing is we've got a little bit of him in his son who

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will grow up knowing that his dad was a proud dad.

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And he will, in turn, know the injustice against him.

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After the verdict was returned, Care UK, the private

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company that provided health care in Chelmsford Prison, announced that

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they were to end their present contract.

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they were to end their prison contract.

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In a statement they said that the level of resources the

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prison planned to make available is insufficient to meet

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For the family they're urging the coroner to issue a report

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highlighting the failings so a similar tragedy can never

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Train conductors on London Midland are to vote over strike action.

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The rail union - the RMT - said it was "left with no option

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but to ballot" its members over plans to put private

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security staff on trains - a move the union says

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Plans to build three concrete factories next

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to the Olympic Park have been rejected by the London Legacy

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Development Company - over environmental concerns.

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More than 11,000 people petitioned against the proposals.

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They feared the development would have a negative impact

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on the health of residents and schools close to the site.

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City Hall has invited independent companies to bid to carry

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Thames Water have admitted they are too slow to react

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to flooding and say they have no clear idea which of their pipes

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It comes after a number of major floods around

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Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from their homes

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and businesses because of burst water mains.

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Chris Rogers went to speak to some of those who say they're

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Yet another burst water main in Brixton.

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Many residents were unable to shower this morning.

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They got off relatively lightly compared to other areas hit over

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And during that time, we have filmed the lives and businesses

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devastated by London's 150-year-old water pipes.

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In December, Jackie tells us she's waiting for repairs

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And in Streatham we met 92-year-old Sydney.

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And in Streatham we met 92-year-old Sidney.

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Today he remains upstairs escaping the damp

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In Blackheath in Islington and Angel we filmed the

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Water poured like a river into John Watts's hairdressers.

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Well, almost a month later many businesses remain

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closed here in Camden Passage in Islington.

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Condensation still in this property here.

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They're struggling to get back on their feet

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because they are still waiting for the help

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promised by Thames Water and their insurance companies.

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Questions are now being raised about a company that has made huge

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profits over the last couple of years and

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why they're not investing some of that money in kit that could

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pre-empt what's happening beneath our feet.

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Last year, Thames Water made ?750 million profit.

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I think it's not beyond the wit of man or

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woman to spend some of that money on getting that

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kit into those pipes so

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we can detect the leaks as early as possible.

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A lot of leaks reported, a lot of them are on very small pipes

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The leaks on the big pipes happen very rarely but

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when they do they can be devastating.

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In each of those cases, of course we wish we'd reacted much

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Before we close the road we need to plan the repair work carefully.

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But even before that we've got to find out which pipe is

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actually causing the leak and that does take time.

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We can't just go in and dig the street up willy-nilly

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Thames Water is reviewing how they identify potential leaks

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They're due to report back to the London

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Too late for this art shop in Islington -

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and dozens of other businesses and homes.

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

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There is a frozen over pond. More water if you can bear it.

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Romford Tom provided some of the graphics last night, picking up on

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some chilly weather in the countryside. Buildings looking their

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best in the sunshine but the payoff with clear skies is that we start

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cold, already -2 at Gatwick. It is this area of high pressure keeping

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things essentially dry. Off and running into another frosty start,

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-4 in the countryside, something of that order, but there will be decent

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spells of sunshine, East elite to south-easterly breeze putting an

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edge on the field, I felt cold today, three or 4 degrees at best

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tomorrow and then we do it all again tomorrow. The real variable is the

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amount of cloud. If you are stuck in the shadows with a bit of breeze and

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there isn't that much around it will feel cooler. Can we keep it going

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until the start of the new week? I suspect we can. Unconfirmed about --

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concerned about the fog around. Here is Helen with the national picture.

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Good evening. The weather is upon us. The cloud has made all the

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difference this week in particular. We have had some wonderful weather

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watcher pictures, this is Marlowe in Buckinghamshire, this was Conwy

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earlier in the day. Some areas still have the cloud. What a difference

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that makes. Edinburgh, the central lowlands, plagued by this band of

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narrow cloud, overnight more areas share in the frost. Pretty

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widespread, the frost overnight, cold across northern England,

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Southern Scotland and Northern Ireland than it has been this week.

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These are town and city temperatures but in the countryside a harsh frost

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and sharp in some areas and colder than it has been. Because we have

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had

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