31/03/2017 London News


31/03/2017

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A self-styled Nigerian bishop and a female church leader have

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been jailed for sexual attacks on worshippers.

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They sexually assaulted women from their congregation

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during private prayer sessions at a church in Bermondsey.

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The BBC's religious affairs correspondent,

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That's why we are teaching the topic, intimacy with God. Polishes

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and persuasive. Preaching at the Jubilee Christian centre in south

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London, an independent church, he established 20 years ago. But at

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inner London Crown Court this afternoon, he was silenced. As he

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and the church's so-called profitess were sentenced, having been found

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guilty of sexually assaulting a woman and sexual activity with a

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teenage girl. It was here in the church office that the victims were

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invited to meet privately, with the self-styled bishop. Told they needed

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to be anointed with oil, as part of a prayer ceremony, they were

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stripped naked. The two of them both engaged them in sexual activity. A

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lot of it is about with sexual offences, it's about control, it's

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violence and satisfying their sexual urges that he clearly displayed

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through the trial. His Jubilee Christian centre is one of more tan

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240 black majority churches in the south London borough of Southwark.

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According to research by the University of Roehampton, this is

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the largest concentration of African Christianity in the world, outside

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of Africa. But the growth of these independent churches presents some

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serious challenges. We have a whole range of structures that exist and

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leaders need to be introduced and need to know these opportunities to

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get their churches plugged into an accountability framework so that

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they don't get caught out, when temptations come. The judge said

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both defendants had breached the trust invested in them, that they'd

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carried out their offences in a locked office and that they

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prevented the victims from talking about what had happened. He

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sentenced them both to three years in prison.

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15 current and former officers and staff from Bedfordshire Police

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are being investigated by the police watchdog for gross misconduct,

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for racial discrimination against an Asian police officer.

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Harmit Bahra was awarded more than ?200,000 in 2014,

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after he won an employment tribunal against the force.

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Only three of those being investigated are still working

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A football fan, who tried to punch Crystal Palace's mascot,

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an american bald eagle, has been found guilty of attempted

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Kayla was being paraded around the ground during a cup tie in 2015,

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when Charlton fan Daniel Boylett lent over the barriers

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A leading trauma surgeon has told this programme all school children

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in London should be taught first-aid, after the recent

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He believes it will both save lives and instil the value of a life.

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It comes as figures reveal the number of secondary school

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pupils carrying knives has doubled in the last five years.

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Justin's mum was left horrified when she reached into her son's bag

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My mum took me upstairs to talk to me.

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She got out the knife that I had and she said, did you take this?

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She confronted her son and was left surprised by his reaction.

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Because he saw other students and school kids carrying a knife,

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because it was a trend, and it was cool to do so.

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Latest figures show the number of London school children found

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to be carrying knives has doubled in the last five years.

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A Freedom of Information request revealed that in 2011 just over

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150 school children were found to be carrying knives.

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In 2016 this had risen to nearly 300.

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With London's young people exposed to more knife crime than ever before

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experts are calling for much more to be done.

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One of the capital's reading trauma surgeon says that by teaching

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children how to save lives it could turn them away from being

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You have to start with age-appropriate information,

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not just to install the right mindset and the myths

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and realities around it, but also the value of life and how

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What better way to do that than educating children

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If we had someone, let's say it's me, I have been stabbed in the arm,

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Here at this school a London based charity is delivering

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They say training like this should be rolled out

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If it happens to anyone you know or a family member, you can help them.

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If they're stabbed, raise their arms so the blood starts going back in

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and stop it from dripping and call 999. Until first aid training like

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this is rolled out across schools, London will rely on volunteers and

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charities to provide these lessons and mothers will still worry.

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It wouldn't surprise me if I went to Justin's bag right now to find a

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knife. It would not surprise me at all. I expect it now.

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Finally, today was the last day of trading at London's

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biggest flower market, as it prepares to move again.

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New Covent Garden market has been based in Nine Elms

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in south-west London since moving from the West End in the '70s.

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Three quarters of the capital's flowers are supplied through them.

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From Monday, it moves to a new location half a mile away.

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Time for me to wish you a very goodnight.

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And I'll leave you with Nick Miller and the weekend weather.

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Spring flowers in our garden will get sunshine at times this weekend

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and a bit of rain actually in the forecast, from a showery Saturday.

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It has been so dry. Some gardeners appreciate the possibility of

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showers in the forecast of getting something on the garden. First part

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of tonight is dry and clear. Temperatures are dipping away. It's

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chillier than it's been on recent nights. Cloud will increase later in

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the night. It may just be up and about first thing in the morning,

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there's a brief shower. Much of tomorrow morning is looking dry,

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variable cloud, sunny spells, cloud building will produce showers late

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morning, lunch time, afternoon and into the first part of the evening.

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Some of those can be heavy. Hail and thunder is possible. There will be

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sunnier moments in between. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine in

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between. By Sunday, we've killed off those showers. There'll be cloud

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around and good sunny spells. Light winds and it will feel very

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pleasant. 16 maybe even 17 Celsius. Looking good for those boat races.

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Let's look at your weekend in summary:

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Hello. There the weekend is here and Sunday looks like being the better

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