24/02/2017 London News


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The mother of a man who was killed when he was attacked on a night out

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in south east London says "no parent should have to make

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the decision to switch off their child's life support".

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30-year-old Oliver Dearlove was killed when Trevor Timon

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punched him in Blackheath Village in August last year.

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Oliver Dearlove was 30 years old. He worked in banking. The judge

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described him as a young man of fine character with long and promising

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career in front of him. He had been out in Blackheath and was waiting

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for a taxi home. He started chatting to a group of women. Trevor Timon

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from Plumstead didn't like what he saw. He went over to Oliver

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Dearlove, punched in the side of head and knocked him to the ground.

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Mr Dearlove was airlifted to hospital, but soon passed away. A

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postmortem examination found he died of bleeding to the brain. We spoke

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to his mother about what happened that night.

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We had a WhatsApp message come through about 4am,

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because there's no signal where we were, and the children

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We were told that Oliver had been assaulted and it was quite

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serious, so we jumped in the car straightaway.

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We slung our clothes in the boot and started to drive

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as fast as we could, really, to get to the motorway.

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The police tried to help us by blue lighting us,

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but we never actually caught up with them, so we just drove

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Then Clare came back to us and told us there was nothing

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So that was the worst car journey ever.

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Tell us what happened in court today.

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Trevor Timon was jailed for six years for manslaughter at the Old

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Bailey today. The judge said it was an unprovoked and gratuitous act. He

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was given five years an extended licence because he was considered as

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a significant risks to the public. The court learned he had previous

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convictions for other violent incidents.

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The fact they gave him six years, he must do six years,

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and he's got five years on licence, is quite a long time

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I feel the law needs to be changed and maybe take

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What she has been referring to there is what is described as the one

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punch law. A few states in Australia introduced it because they had

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similar incidents. It meant tougher sentencing for assaults involving a

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single strike while influenced by drugs and alcohol, but its

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effectiveness is still being debated by some.

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A very sad case, thank you for that. 15 people, believed to be from Iraq,

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have been found hiding inside "pallets of fruit"

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in the back of a lorry at Police say the people

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include a family of five - Kenneth Noye, who is serving a

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sentence for a road rage attack, has won a decision to refuse to move him

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to an open prison. He stabbed Stephen Cameron to death over 20

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years ago in Kent. He had argued it was unfair and irrational not to

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allow him to go to jail with lower security.

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Eight years after a fire claimed the lives of six people in a tower

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block in south London, the local council has today admitted

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Southwark Council were taken to court by the London Fire Brigade

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after what happened at Lakanal House in Camberwell in 2009.

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It started as a fire in a ninth floor flat.

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It could and possibly should have stayed that way.

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But poor fire safety at Lakanal House meant the blaze

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Flats above and below caught fire and six people lost their lives.

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It later emerged that the block had not had a proper

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An assessment that could have saved lives.

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I had a doctor's appointment in the morning but I would

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I saw the fire developing and it was terrifying, to be honest.

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It started in one dwelling and within about three quarters

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of an hour it had spread upwards and downwards.

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Falling debris in the case of the downwards spread,

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Today, Southwark Council pleaded guilty to four fire safety charges

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Despite the block being renovated three years before the fire

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the court was told there were no seals on any of the fire doors,

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there were problems with poorly boxed in wooden stairs

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and there were no partitions in suspended ceilings.

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Put together, it meant the smoke and fire spread more quickly.

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What happened was - it was laid out in court today -

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is investment in order to improve these flats for the people

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who were living in them, turned them instead into a death trap.

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The council failed to supervise the work being done to make sure

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that it complied with fire safety standards, and they failed to do

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risk assessments after the work was completed to ensure

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that the buildings were not only improved for the tenants,

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Lakanal has been closed since the fire but will reopen next month.

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It will once again how is Southwark tenants.

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Today, the council's barrister expressed sincere regret.

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I would go further than that, it should never have happened.

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People lost their lives and it is awful, it really is.

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I would go further than sincere regret, I would say

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Southwark says it has learned the lessons of the tragedy. It says it

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spent ?60 million on fire safety improvements across the homes it

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runs in the borough. Southwark will be sentenced early next week. They

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are likely to face a fine. That's it for now from me,

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but let's find out what the weather's up to with Stav

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Danaos. It was a lovely day today, compared

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to Thursday Storm Doris. Overnight we're the man next weather system

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moving in. More cloud, outbreaks of rain. Temperatures on the mild side.

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It's milder this weekend, it will be blustery, and there will be rain at

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times. Not particularly heavy but more of an annoyance. It will be

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rather cloudy through the day, glimmers of brightness, spits and

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spots of light rain moving up from the south-west and a strong

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south-westerly wind. Those are the temperatures in the capital, into

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double figures. Through Saturday night it turns a bit drier as the

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weather system moves away. Tightly packed isobars for Sunday. Most of

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the range of the north and west of our region. We could see brightness

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here and there. 12-13 . For the next few days it is that the stay miles.

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Outbreaks of rain few days it is that the stay miles.

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Outbreaks of rain at times particularly as we head into Monday.

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A much calmer day today after the nasty storm yesterday. Let's look at

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your pictures, tranquil from Hampshire, on the edge of the new

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Forest. Nice cumulus clouds from Hartlepool. Still a bit stormy, that

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sea. We are starting to get more pictures of bass coming through. The

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1st of March, the first day of meteorological spring. We like it in

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three months blocks. This weekend, things are going downhill again.

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After this day, where we had the sunshine,

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