09/05/2017 London News


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In current circumstances, I'm not how many votes will get.

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First tonight, with six teenagers stabbed to death

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in the capital so far this year, knife crime is a key issue

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for police and politicians in the run-up to the election.

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In a moment we'll look at how the parties intend

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First, here's our home affairs correspondent,

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Nick Beake who's been speaking to one father devastated

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17-year-old Jamal Boyce was stabbed in the heart outside

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Paramedics brought him back from the dead.

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But seven months on, this is his life.

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There is no form of communication with him.

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He can't move, he's blind, there is no speech.

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He cannot feed himself, he gets fed by a tube.

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So it's a very low level of life he's got.

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Jamal had never been in a gang, never carried a knife,

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never been in trouble with the police.

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What I thought was important is not important no more.

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Well, spending time with people you love and who love you.

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That's what I've realised throughout this whole experience.

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Epidemic. It's insane.

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It's like demons have just taken over the youth of today.

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There is no morals, no love, it's insane.

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One with a grey hoody, backpack, jeans, blue jacket.

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This week we went out to see how police are tackling knife

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And this is how the police are tackling knife crime

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Here in Lewisham, this boy has been stopped because teenagers have been

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He's one of 400 people arrested in the past week

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Obviously in the moment you are more aware that these

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people might have knives, and where he was wrestling with me,

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obviously he was bigger than me, I have to be mindful where his hands

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In this case, despite an extended search, no weapon is found.

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Michael Gallagher nearly died 35 years ago when he was stabbed.

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Now he's the officer leading the Metropolitan Police's crusade

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A crime which has jumped by a quarter in the past year.

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Yes, it is worrying, yes it is tragic, but we will work

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through this as a society and I am confident we can fix it.

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I'm not going to sit here and say we're going to allow it to go up,

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we're going to everything within our power legally in order

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to make sure we bring this under control and reduce victims.

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Please, I am begging you, I cannot take no more.

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The anguish of a mother who will never see her son again.

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One of so many young Londoners stabbed to to death.

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One of so many young Londoners stabbed to death.

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This weekend the families left behind came together

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The people on this march are of one voice.

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But when it comes to the best way of tackling knife crime in our city,

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But how would this dad even begin to tackle this problem?

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To get these children into employment, into

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That would be such a fantastic thing, if these guys

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want to go out killing people, bring back...

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A lot of these children have single parents,

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they've got no father, they are the father in the house.

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They have never been disciplined, so there is no boundaries

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It's not just my son I've lost, I've lost my friend,

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Nick after hearing Patting trick there and the Met, give us a sense

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of how the parties are tackling knife crime? We are waiting for the

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specifics of the manifestos, it's difficult, will there be new radical

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ideas? Labour will fund an extra 10,000 police officers they've said

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across the country, many would be in London. Today the Mayor of London

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suggested that his party would reverse the ?400 million of cuts

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that skward faces in coming years. -- Scotland Yard.

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My worry is if the Tories win the general election we'll face not

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just those cuts but some more, as well.

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So a Labour Government won't have those cuts but also we'd have

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additional uniformed officers which means a safer London.

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So a Labour Government would reverse all those cuts?

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I am saying to the Labour Party we shouldn't be having those

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cuts already announced by the Conservative Party but also

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we can't have any further cuts after the general election

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and I welcome the additional uniformed officers.

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The Conservatives? Well, we asked the Conservatives for an interview

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but they weren't able to provide anyone for that today. However, they

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told us they've introduced tougher sentences, particularly if you are

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caught with a knife for the second time. Also they've taken action on

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the sale of Blades to children. They make the point knife crime is down

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compared with 2010. In light of this recent rise, told us today they take

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any increase extremely seriously and will continue to work closely with

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the police. As for the Liberal Democrats, they say that more

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funding is the key to this, specifically more community

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policing. In other words, more bobbies on the beat.

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Visible policing increases trust and confidence.

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If you know your local police officer, you can

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If the police officers know who's carrying the knives, they can target

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stop and search more effectively, you get community intelligence.

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Overall, crime will reduce because the police and the community

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What about other parties? The Greens say it's important to invest in

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youth services, more engagement in schools. Ukip haven't given

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specifics yet but previously they've criticised the mayor for focussing

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more on online crime, rather than tackling knife crime, which as we

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heard in my report many families believe is now an epidemic. Thank

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you very much. A jury has ruled that excessive

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force by 11 police officers contributed to the death

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of a mental health patient. 23-year-old Olaseni Lewis died

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in 2010 while being restrained at a psychiatric hospital in south

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London. His mum described him

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as her gentle giant. Olaseni Lewis was 23,

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an IT graduate with no He was very popular,

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lots of friends. He hated injustice,

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stood up for people, marginalised people,

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he tried everything. In 2010, Seni went out with friends

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over the August bank holiday, and returned home complaining he had

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been spiked with drugs. The following day his behaviour

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became erratic so his mum took him He was transferred to

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Camberwell and detained under the Mental Health Act,

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but after a short time with no beds he was discharged and voluntarily

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travelled for further treatment. Seni had been restrained

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by staff twice, and then He died in hospital

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three days later. A postmortem examination found his

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brain had been starved of oxygen. Today, an inquest jury unanimously

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found the level of restraint was unnecessary and unreasonable,

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saying the officers had It has taken nearly seven years

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for this inquest to be heard. Originally, the Independent Police

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Complaints Commission Then in 2013, there was an external

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review of the evidence by a QA. In 2015, the Crown Prosecution

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Service said there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges

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against any of the They have not faced

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misconduct charges either. This is not the first time that

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restraint has caused the death of someone,

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and it is not the lasting. What we're calling upon today

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is for the Home Office, the Department of Health

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and the Metropolitan Police to urgently respond to the shocking

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evidence in this case, We have worked tirelessly to improve

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our training and services we have got. I hope I would give the public

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confidence around that but it's absolutely right we go back and

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reflect on what happened in 2010 to make sure if there is more learning

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to be drawn out, we very much do that.

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I do not want to see another parent going through this.

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After so many years of bringing up your children, caring for them,

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providing them love, educating them, for this

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to happen when you take them to a place of safety...

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The verdict could have far-reaching implications. For Seni's family it's

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a kind of closure seven years after they lost him. Now here is the

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weather. Thank you.

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The red sky tonight will be a delight tomorrow. It's also a

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warning for gardeners, under clear skies now it's going to turn frosty

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tonight. A widespread frost on the grass. In some places as skies stay

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clear and winds fall light we could be as low as three, lower than that,

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we could have an air frost in some prone spots rurally. It will be a

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nippy start to the day tomorrow. But the temperatures will pick up

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quickly because the winds are light. The sun will be shining throughout.

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We should get to 18 in London and somewhere further west of there. For

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Thursday, it's a little more cloudy again. Temperatures up to 19.

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Increasing humidity. You can see that will start to produce heavy

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showers around on Friday. A lot of fine weather over the weekend. Now

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for the fine weather over the weekend. Now

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for the national forecast here is Tomasz.

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Good evening. Beautiful day today across many

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parts of the UK. Here is a picture from Wales, sunny skies and more of

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the same tomorrow. In fact for many of us even better. There is that

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last little lump of cloud across central and eastern areas, it's in

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the process of melting away. Skies are clearing across most of the

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country so that promises a beautiful day tomorrow. It's going to be

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chilly, really chilly tonight. The stars are out, clear right across

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the country. Eventually by the early hours of Wednesday morning

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temperatures in the middle of towns and cities around six or seven. But

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in rural spots, or even outside of town two or three and at its coldest

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it could dip down to minus two. A nippy morning on the way for many

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but a beautiful start to the day. Let's look at the afternoon.

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Scotland, not so sunny everywhere because here northern parts of

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