20/04/2017 London News


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A couple who pretended their baby had fallen ill on a London bus -

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to hide the fact she'd died at home - have been convicted of 'causing

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But Jeffrey Wiltshire and Rosalin Baker were cleared

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of murdering four month-old Imani, who suffered multiple injuries.

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A warning, that Richard Lister's report contains details some viewers

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Rosalin Baker and Jeffrey Wiltshire, the parents of four-month-old Imani

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whose violent death they tried to cover up.

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On September 28 last year, Baker was spotted on CCTV in a shop

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near her home in East London carrying Imani in a sling.

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Imani's face is obscured by a piece of cloth.

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Minutes later we see Wiltshire pushing their other child

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They kiss and as the doors close Wiltshire gives her a thumbs up.

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But both parents know Imani is already dead.

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It's not until half an hour later that Baker calls out for

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This woman immediately checks on Imani and alerts other passengers,

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one of whom rushes to tell the driver what's going on.

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Baker is still on the phone but she doesn't

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The jury was told that when medical teams finally

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examined Imani they found she'd been dead for some time and had a string

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of terrible injuries, 40 rib fractures, a broken wrist, and a

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fractured skull, which is what caused her death.

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Baker and Wiltshire were acquitted of murder

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but found guilty of causing or allowing Imani's death and Judge

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Nicholas Hilliard said they were facing a substantial

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Now to June's general election, and there's news that some political

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parties might just be looking at encouraging tactical

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Louisa Preston can tell us more about it -

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and how it's already been used in London to great effect.

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It's always been used to great effect in London, hasn't it? The

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Greens in Richmond Park in the by-election before Christmas didn't

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put a candidate forward, giving the Liberal Democrats a massive boost to

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beat Zac Goldsmith. We're hearing the Greens may not put a candidate

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forward in that seat in this election so it raises questions of

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whether this could happen elsewhere. We know in areas like Kingston and

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Twickenham if the Greens didn't put a candidate forward it would give a

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big boost to the Liberal Democrats to try and defeat the Tories. Where

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not hearing anything from the Liberal Democrats but we are also

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hearing tonight the Greens aren't keen on that idea in Kingston. This

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is the message from the top. This is absolutely about locally driven

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arrangements in a handful of constituencies, we're not expecting

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it to happen everywhere by any means but if there are marginal seats in

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particular whereby some kind of cooperation we can keep out of

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Parliament and out of government, an extreme form of Tory candidate, then

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I think that is a positive thing. We understand there is news tonight of

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an intervention by the businesswoman Gena Miller? That's right, many

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people will probably remember Gena Miller brought forward a legal

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action against the government of article 50. She's involved in a

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campaign on pursuing tactical voting and starting crowdfunding, promising

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to back candidates that will put the best case against Brexit. We've

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heard some more MPs are standing down, including Labour MP Jim Dowd

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from Lewisham and Fiona McTaggart in Slough. I've spoken to Fiona

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McTaggart this evening and she is expected to make more statements

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tomorrow. Police officers are being told

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they may have to shoot terrorists behind the wheel of a car -

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if it's being used in an attack. It goes against previous advice

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NOT to shoot drivers of moving vehicles -

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but comes a month after Westminster Nice in France, last year,

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a 19 tonne truck ploughs into crowds Westminster last month,

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four dead when hit by a car on And Stockholm, another crash

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lorry, four more dead. Terrorist vehicle attacks, simple,

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ruthless, and being used with As an emergent tactic

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in terrorism it's becoming Last year, for example,

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we recorded data that for the first time ever there were more casualties

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caused by this form of terrorism than any other form of terrorist

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attack in Europe for the first time Now the police themselves

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are recalibrating. Previous advice was against shooting

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at moving vehicles, if possible to avoid

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collateral damage. Now the National Police Chiefs

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Council has dropped that guidance in perceived

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terror related incidents. Now it's about taking aim

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at the driver and stopping the An important change,

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say some experts. When you're talking about terrorism

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and the use of HGVs in circumstances like this, there

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had to be a developed tactic to go with it and there had to be

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a broader acceptance of what might Visibly that is what

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has gone on now. But it isn't just vehicle attacks,

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counterterrorism specialist firearms officers are being trained

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to storm tubes and train carriages in the event of a marauding

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gun man attack. It's inspiring a recruitment drive

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of specialist firearms But that's being jeopardised,

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according to the Police Chiefs I've heard that said

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but I haven't seen any evidence in terms of the numbers of

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people that are applying the number The other thing that

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I would say from our point of view is that no

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firearms officer should feel that they have anything to fear from

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independent scrutiny by the IPCC. You think we will see

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more of this in Europe? Is in this light that the Met are

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increasing their armed officer count For many, not just

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a target, but a necessity. The number of buses on Oxford Street

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will be almost halved It's to reduce congestion

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and air pollution - and goes some way to meeting

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the Mayor's pledge to fully pedestrianise the street

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in a few years time. We sent out Sonja Jessup and Marc

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Ashdown to consider its impact. We are at the start

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of Oxford Street, Marble Arch Yeah, so fewer buses,

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I wonder what effect that will have on how people get

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from one end to another. I've got slightly better shoes on,

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it's a nice day, I don't I wondered whether my fellow

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passengers would be happy with fewer No, because I use them all the time

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when I come to London and Do you think it's a good

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idea then, fewer buses? So the traffic isn't

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too bad at the moment. But the idea of changing

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these 23 routes is to cut congestion, to try to make

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services quicker and more reliable. Are you on one of these

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buses behind me? No, we're making very

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good progress actually. There has been a bit of traffic

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but at least we got a We are motoring, I'm

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at Oxford Circus. Get your skates on,

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there's lots of traffic. Regent Street's going to see big

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changes too with far fewer buses. And of course, it's

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also about safety. Two years ago Tom Kearney

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was left in a coma after he was hit in the head by a bus wing

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mirror at this junction. So, what do you think of having

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fewer buses on Oxford Street? This is something the mayor

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has committed to, this campaign, and this is hugely

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important, a 40% reduction in buses. To be honest, you could not design

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a more dangerous And safer streets are more

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attractive for shoppers too. Well, fantastic news

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for our businesses and for our Less traffic, less

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buses in the West End, Too much pollution,

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and just too many Well, this is about

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encouraging more cycling too. And I see you got

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yourself a bike too. Well, it was hardly scientific

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but it was good fun. All right, listen, I'd

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better get this back. They had a well earned coffee when

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they got back. The weather with Nick. It looked nice out there, but

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chilly at times. Tomorrow you'll notice it's warmer.

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Today gardeners were teased with a trickle of rain. No substantial rain

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tomorrow. Into the weekend some occasional sunshine and it'll feel

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warmer especially tomorrow. Overnight tonight it won't be as

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chilly as it's been an recent nights. Some clear spells, cloud at

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times, temperatures in single figures but not as low as they've

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been. A fine start tomorrow morning and through the day tomorrow the

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cloud will come and go, occasional sunshine, small chance of a light

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shower. But for the vast majority looking dry. In the sunshine, that

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warmth around. Maybe even 19 Celsius. This is Saturday. More

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clout. Might be a light shower. The emphasis on dry weather. Not just

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Saturday, part two of the weekend as well. The weekend may even be bright

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on Sunday after call start. The London Marathon runners would

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appreciate that. Much colder next week for much of the UK and for more

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority

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of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.

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We have this week whether forgiving showers in the south. This weather

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front starting to pep up in the North, it'll change

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