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Welcome to BBC London News with me Victoria Hollins.
New figures suggest London has the worst domestic abuse conviction
rate in the country with a figure that's 10% lower than
The charity, Women's Aid, says that means victims
are being let down by the police who should be better at tackling
the issue of coercive control, as well as physical abuse.
Alex Bushill has been speaking to a victim in Surrey.
I met Laura at this refuge in Surrey.
If the figures today underline how the Metropolitan Police could be
doing far more to convict abusive partners, her story drives home
I feared that night I would have ended up dead had I not left.
He had smashed candles over my head, glass candles.
I was in the corner curled up with my hands over my face
She is a survivor of coercive control.
In her case, her partner used the threat of suicide
to force her to stay in a deeply abusive relationship where
Complete blackmail, for me it was the reason
I could not leave permanently, because I did not want
the conscience of his death, I didn't want it
Coercive control is an area which charities say explains why
64% of Met prosecutions result in conviction,
significantly ower than the national average.
If they don't understand coercive controlled and all they are looking
for is a black eye and broken bones, they can underestimate the impact
of coercive control and may not necessarily even think to look
no physical assault, therefore the story ends there.
Unfortunately for that victim when the police walk away
A charity is calling for police training which is
what the Met is doing, with more specialist
People my not even realise they are themselves a victim
of coercive control because it is the way
it manifests itself, slowly and over time.
Our officers are getting a better understanding reflected
in the amount we are recording on an annual basis
The leadership is there but for Laura and so many like her,
it is about delivering on those promises, raising awareness
and knowledge amongst officers across the force.
The owners of a retirement complex in Surrey have been fined nearly
half a million pounds for safety breaches which contributed
87-year-old Irene Cockerton perished in a fire at Gibson Court
The flames destroyed an entire block in a matter of minutes.
Today, a judge said "extensive and substantial" safety failings had
put residents in danger, as Marc Ashdown reports
Every time I close my eyes, I could see those flames.
It was six years ago but May Moorhouse is still haunted
Within minutes, fire ripped through the Gibson Court retirement flats.
87-year-old Irene Cockerton was overcome by smoke,
her body was found in a wardrobe in her room.
The blaze started after another resident's TV caught fire.
Surrey Fire Service brought a health and safety case
against the company which owned the apartments
They hadn't carried out a suitable risk assessment which the judge said
Fire dividing walls in the loft space were described as inadequate,
Greasy vapours had built up in kitchen vents which opened up
Managers had not been trained properly and there was no clear
All this had been flagged up by previous safety inspections
First Port Retirement is a very different company today
We have new owners, a completely new management team,
and as the judge has previously noted, a much improved
safety environment, including stronger policies,
So we are sorry, we have applied the lessons,
and safety is our number one priority.
Walking around the corner to see the whole building alight
Annie's mother Mary lived close to Irene and May.
The family still feel they have not had the proper support
after the fire and trying to resettle.
At that time of their lives when they needed to be somewhere
I feel now we should receive some compensation for the trauma
Fire-fighters were praised in court for their bravery,
tackling the huge fire, and for bringing this
prosecution which highlighted what were described as substantial
First Port faces a fine with costs of ?460,000,
But no fine, said the judge, can compensate for the loss
The father-in-law of Gordon Ramsay has pleaded guilty to conspiring
to hack a computer system relating to the celebrity chef's
Chris Hutcheson, who's 68, admitted plotting to unlawfully
access the computer system of Gordon Ramsay Holdings
Two of his children, Adam Hutcheson and Chris Hutcheson Junior,
They could face up to two years in jail
The friend of a British man who was killed in the terror attack
in Stockholm says he's still making sense of a world that doesn't
Chris Bevington was one of four people who died when a hijacked
lorry was driven into shoppers last Friday.
He'd been working for the music streaming group Spotify.
He was the most amazing father, husband, son, brother and friend
We are obviously all going to miss him terribly.
He loved his family, he loved his friends,
Piles of rubbish bags in the street, overflowing recycling
These are just some of the problems faced by people living in one part
of south London after the local council changed their rubbish
Sutton Council has now apologised for the problems.
Frustration today in a queue for a council recycling depot.
Hundreds of cars, many waiting more than half an hour.
Sutton have changed their collection of bins, OK, and I don't think
people quite know where to throw all the stuff.
One resident, Bert, showed us how he now has to use five bins
Garden waste, paper and card, non-recyclable rubbish.
Bottles, tins and plastics, food waste.
He says not only is it confusing, his food waste
As you can see, it is really festering by now
It seems they have been inundated by calls and are not coping.
Some Sutton residents have been posting pictures
of piles of rubbish, on social media.
And this man witnessed another long queue at the weekend
People went to B to get a free bin because Sutton Council
told thousands of people that free bins were available.
It caused a vast queue, lots of very angry people,
and families were there forced to stay there for hours on end,
This opposition councillor says it is all because a new waste
collection contract has been agreed but not introduced properly.
If you don't get your message clear, chaos ensues.
Sutton Council says improved recycling will save
But today, along with the new contractor, it admitted
We recognise people are unhappy, they have every right to be so.
We have been working on this hard but in the first week things didn't
In every service change, especially of that magnitude,
This one is probably a bit more difficult than we expected.
The council says 90% of collections have now been made
Residents will no doubt be watching their bins
That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up to
Thank you. This one was sent in by our Weather Watcher this afternoon.
As we get through the middle part of this week it will be cloudier and I
do not think we will be seeing such blue sky as we started the week.
There is a little bit of a breeze blowing tonight. That tends to keep
things stirred up. It will not be quite as cold as last night. There
will be some brightness first thing tomorrow morning. Maybe even some
sunny spells, make the most of those. It will cloud over from the
north. It will be a breezy day. Temperatures will get to 16 degrees
as the day goes on. Not very much rain at all. As we get to Thursday,
it is a generally dry day again. There will be plenty of cloud
around. Temperatures up to 14 degrees. Not much sunshine around.
On Good Friday, a similar sort of day. We may start Saturday with some
rain but it will be brighter later. On Sunday, on the cool side for East
itself. Good evening. Grace of all it -- it
is greatest of all in Scotland. A weather front is on