13/04/2017 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News,

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Serious failings have been found in children's

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Ofsted inspectors have rated the services as inadequate and said

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there's insufficient scrutiny at all levels.

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Officers and councillors say they were unaware that children

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were being left in harmful situations, but the authority says

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it will make it an absolute priority to improve things.

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Here's our education reporter, Marc Ashdown.

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Tower Hamlets looks after 333 vulnerable children,

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Ofsted says too many children here are being left in situations

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Inspectors found widespread and serious failures throughout

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There was insufficient scrutiny at all levels.

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Officers and politicians across the council didn't know

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New managers uncovered a deeply worrying picture,

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yet there was still insufficient rigour in challenging

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Ofsted said children living with abuse wait too long for help.

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And there was a failure to consider whether children had been trafficked

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The last Ofsted inspection was in 2012.

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Children's services were found to be good with outstanding features.

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Since then, inspectors say there's been a significant

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22 children were taken into care in January.

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Three very young children had to spend the night in a police

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station as there was nowhere for them to go.

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I blame the previous administration, but the current administration

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has not tightened up what they inherited.

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There's evidence senior members were not going to committee

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meetings, evidence of reports being lost, data not being provided.

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That needs to be tightened up so we can ensure our young people

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I deal with a lot of vulnerable women facing domestic violence.

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It is significant that the lead member, the chief executive,

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They say clearing up the mess left by the previous

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Lutfur Rahman administration, of which Councillor

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She maintains the current mayor inherited a flagship service.

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You have been in there for two years.

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It takes time to turn organisations around.

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Looking at the Ofsted recommendations, if I had known

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then what I know now, we would have knuckled

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The headline is this is an improving service.

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There are areas of positive development.

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But it clearly criticises the way we have been doing

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More than 3000 children in this borough require some kind of help

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Ofsted has made a raft of improvements to ensure the most

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vulnerable young people are failed no more.

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Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment a bus passenger

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Just to say we're about to show the amateur video of the struggle,

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which could be uncomfortable viewing for some.

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It happened in Stoke Newington on Tuesday.

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An eyewitness told the BBC that the two men had been arguing

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The attacker ran off after being disarmed, and the passenger

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It was a brutal murder more than 30 years ago that's

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Clara Kirton was found dead in her Southwark flat in 1985 -

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a broken beer bottle one of the only clues left at the scene.

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Now police are offering a ?20,000 reward to help catch her killer.

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Sonja Jessup has been speaking to her son.

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There's a photograph of my mother with her brother.

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This is how Brian Kirton would like to remember his mother,

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Not how he found her that day in November 1985.

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Clara had been murdered in her own home.

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This frail 86-year-old grandmother the victim of a violent attack.

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There's never a day goes past now where I don't remember it.

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A police hunt has been launched for the vicious killer

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of an 86-year-old woman in south London over the weekend.

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Mrs Clara Kirton was attacked at her home...

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The case then and now has baffled detectives.

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It is thought this was a burglary which went horribly wrong.

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Drawers in the flat were thrown open.

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Police believe she may have known her killer,

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who panicked and then attacked her when

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Police appeals at the time focused on a broken beer bottle and a bloody

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trail of footprints left at the scene.

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Detectives today have no new evidence.

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They're offering a ?20,000 reward for information.

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We've looked at forensic opportunities.

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We still have some unidentified fingerprints.

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If anyone wants to put somebody forward, we could easily eliminate

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Brian Kirton says the death of his mother has devastated his family.

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But he's never stopped hoping her killer can be caught.

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I know somebody out there knows something or knows somebody.

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I would love to see justice for my mother.

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Now, if you're thinking of visiting the cinema over Easter

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and enjoy watching films, Brexit may have a bigger

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A Booker prize-winning novel now turned into a film,

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made by a company which has received about ?170,000 from

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Money that boss says is vital for development, finding ideas,

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seeing if they will work, help in the early stages.

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It gave us some space and time and an extra energy,

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I think it would have happened anyway, but it certainly

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made it a lot easier, having this EU grant.

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The Creative Europe Fund has nearly 1.5 billion euros to distribute

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across the continent between 2014 and 2020.

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So far, over the last three years, 56 million euros has gone to the UK,

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Most public help for films comes in the form of tax breaks.

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But exclude that and this money has accounted for about 9% of public

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London is the creative industries, and to have that European funding

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directly going into that art - and it's not subsidy, it's not good

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money going after bad - it's absolutely central

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And for the success of this great capital city.

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But others are welcoming the Brexit separation,

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deploring a subsidy culture which they say tends to help

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It can't be the purpose of any grant or subsidy body to be funding either

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multimillionaires who could actually fund themselves on their gold cards,

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The media class in the UK is treating Brexit and the loss

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of EU funding, or the potential loss of EU funding, as if there's been

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In fact, in the short-term, there's been one specific Brexit benefit.

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As a direct consequence of Brexit, I've moved my next film

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Brexit meant the currency went down about 11%,

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so we're getting a lot more bang for our buck.

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The government says it's invested more than ?400 million in UK film

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last year through tax breaks and grants.

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But once it's no longer paying into the EU, will there be more

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To mark two decades since her death, a new memorial garden has opened

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at the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales -

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Called the White Garden, it's filled with flowers that

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are inspired by memories of Diana's life, style and image.

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Formerly the Sunken Garden, it can be viewed from a public

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walkway and will be at its best until September.

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I'll say goodnight and hand you over to Nick Miller to find out

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what the Easter weather will be up to.

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Not much sunshine, not much rain. There are some sunny moments on the

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way for the first day of the long weekend, which gets off to a fine

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start tomorrow. Tonight, quite a bit of cloud, some clear spells.

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Temperatures heading down into single figures. Some spots may be

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cooler than this as we start the day tomorrow. Tomorrow, just like today,

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there will be quite a bit of cloud in the sky. There will be breaks,

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allowing some sunny spells to come through. When the sun shines it

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feels pleasantly warm. The temperature degree or so higher

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compared with today there's a chance of light rain late tomorrow evening.

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Not as much as gardeners would want. For Saturday, some sunny spells

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especially during the first part of the day. Later, more cloud. There

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may be the odd shower around. Saturday is the coolest day of the

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weekend. For Sunday, Easter Day, a good deal of cloud around. It's not

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out of the question there could be a spot of light rain from that cloud.

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We will keep We will keep you updated. Now with

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the National Outlook, Tomasz Schafernaker.

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Good evening. It's not exactly cracking whether this Easter. I

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think the main message is there's going to be a lot of dry weather,

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just a little bit of rain from time to time. Not so bad overall across

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most of the UK, wherever you are hopping to and from. From today we

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have a fair bit of cloud around. We had some cloud around earlier on

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today. It's going to stick around through the course of the night. A

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few spits and spots of rain here and there towards the south, clearer

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skies, may be turning quite chilly

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