11/04/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News with me Victoria Hollins.

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New figures suggest London has the worst domestic abuse conviction

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rate in the country with a figure that's 10% lower than

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The charity, Women's Aid, says that means victims

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are being let down by the police who should be better at tackling

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the issue of coercive control, as well as physical abuse.

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Alex Bushill has been speaking to a victim in Surrey.

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I met Laura at this refuge in Surrey.

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If the figures today underline how the Metropolitan Police could be

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doing far more to convict abusive partners, her story drives home

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I feared that night I would have ended up dead had I not left.

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He had smashed candles over my head, glass candles.

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I was in the corner curled up with my hands over my face

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She is a survivor of coercive control.

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In her case, her partner used the threat of suicide

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to force her to stay in a deeply abusive relationship where

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Complete blackmail, for me it was the reason

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I could not leave permanently, because I did not want

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the conscience of his death, I didn't want it

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Coercive control is an area which charities say explains why

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64% of Met prosecutions result in conviction,

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significantly ower than the national average.

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If they don't understand coercive controlled and all they are looking

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for is a black eye and broken bones, they can underestimate the impact

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of coercive control and may not necessarily even think to look

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no physical assault, therefore the story ends there.

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Unfortunately for that victim when the police walk away

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A charity is calling for police training which is

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what the Met is doing, with more specialist

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People my not even realise they are themselves a victim

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of coercive control because it is the way

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it manifests itself, slowly and over time.

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Our officers are getting a better understanding reflected

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in the amount we are recording on an annual basis

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The leadership is there but for Laura and so many like her,

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it is about delivering on those promises, raising awareness

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and knowledge amongst officers across the force.

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The owners of a retirement complex in Surrey have been fined nearly

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half a million pounds for safety breaches which contributed

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87-year-old Irene Cockerton perished in a fire at Gibson Court

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The flames destroyed an entire block in a matter of minutes.

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Today, a judge said "extensive and substantial" safety failings had

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put residents in danger, as Marc Ashdown reports

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Every time I close my eyes, I could see those flames.

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It was six years ago but May Moorhouse is still haunted

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Within minutes, fire ripped through the Gibson Court retirement flats.

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87-year-old Irene Cockerton was overcome by smoke,

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her body was found in a wardrobe in her room.

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The blaze started after another resident's TV caught fire.

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Surrey Fire Service brought a health and safety case

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against the company which owned the apartments

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They hadn't carried out a suitable risk assessment which the judge said

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Fire dividing walls in the loft space were described as inadequate,

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Greasy vapours had built up in kitchen vents which opened up

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Managers had not been trained properly and there was no clear

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All this had been flagged up by previous safety inspections

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First Port Retirement is a very different company today

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We have new owners, a completely new management team,

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and as the judge has previously noted, a much improved

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safety environment, including stronger policies,

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So we are sorry, we have applied the lessons,

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and safety is our number one priority.

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Walking around the corner to see the whole building alight

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Annie's mother Mary lived close to Irene and May.

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The family still feel they have not had the proper support

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after the fire and trying to resettle.

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At that time of their lives when they needed to be somewhere

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I feel now we should receive some compensation for the trauma

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Fire-fighters were praised in court for their bravery,

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tackling the huge fire, and for bringing this

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prosecution which highlighted what were described as substantial

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First Port faces a fine with costs of ?460,000,

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But no fine, said the judge, can compensate for the loss

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The father-in-law of Gordon Ramsay has pleaded guilty to conspiring

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to hack a computer system relating to the celebrity chef's

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Chris Hutcheson, who's 68, admitted plotting to unlawfully

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access the computer system of Gordon Ramsay Holdings

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Two of his children, Adam Hutcheson and Chris Hutcheson Junior,

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They could face up to two years in jail

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The friend of a British man who was killed in the terror attack

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in Stockholm says he's still making sense of a world that doesn't

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Chris Bevington was one of four people who died when a hijacked

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lorry was driven into shoppers last Friday.

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He'd been working for the music streaming group Spotify.

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He was the most amazing father, husband, son, brother and friend

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We are obviously all going to miss him terribly.

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He loved his family, he loved his friends,

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Piles of rubbish bags in the street, overflowing recycling

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These are just some of the problems faced by people living in one part

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of south London after the local council changed their rubbish

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Sutton Council has now apologised for the problems.

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Frustration today in a queue for a council recycling depot.

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Hundreds of cars, many waiting more than half an hour.

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Sutton have changed their collection of bins, OK, and I don't think

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people quite know where to throw all the stuff.

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One resident, Bert, showed us how he now has to use five bins

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Garden waste, paper and card, non-recyclable rubbish.

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Bottles, tins and plastics, food waste.

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He says not only is it confusing, his food waste

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As you can see, it is really festering by now

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It seems they have been inundated by calls and are not coping.

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Some Sutton residents have been posting pictures

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of piles of rubbish, on social media.

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And this man witnessed another long queue at the weekend

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People went to B to get a free bin because Sutton Council

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told thousands of people that free bins were available.

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It caused a vast queue, lots of very angry people,

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and families were there forced to stay there for hours on end,

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This opposition councillor says it is all because a new waste

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collection contract has been agreed but not introduced properly.

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If you don't get your message clear, chaos ensues.

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Sutton Council says improved recycling will save

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But today, along with the new contractor, it admitted

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We recognise people are unhappy, they have every right to be so.

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We have been working on this hard but in the first week things didn't

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In every service change, especially of that magnitude,

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This one is probably a bit more difficult than we expected.

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The council says 90% of collections have now been made

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Residents will no doubt be watching their bins

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

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Thank you. This one was sent in by our Weather Watcher this afternoon.

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As we get through the middle part of this week it will be cloudier and I

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do not think we will be seeing such blue sky as we started the week.

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There is a little bit of a breeze blowing tonight. That tends to keep

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things stirred up. It will not be quite as cold as last night. There

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will be some brightness first thing tomorrow morning. Maybe even some

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sunny spells, make the most of those. It will cloud over from the

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north. It will be a breezy day. Temperatures will get to 16 degrees

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as the day goes on. Not very much rain at all. As we get to Thursday,

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it is a generally dry day again. There will be plenty of cloud

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around. Temperatures up to 14 degrees. Not much sunshine around.

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On Good Friday, a similar sort of day. We may start Saturday with some

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rain but it will be brighter later. On Sunday, on the cool side for East

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itself. Good evening. Grace of all it -- it

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is greatest of all in Scotland. A weather front is on

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