25/07/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News with me, Victoria Hollins.

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Noah Serra-Morrison was just 13 months old, when he was killed

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The family was known to children's services in London,

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but when they moved to Luton, social workers didn't properly

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Today a review into the killing found serious failings in the way

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the local authorities handled Noah's case.

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Noah Serra-Morrison was just 13 months old when his life was so

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violently cut short. He had suffered multiple injuries over a sustained

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period at the hands of his mother's boyfriend. The couple's life

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revolved around drink and drugs. This video was shown in court. No

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was alone in the next room. Hardeep Hunjan was jailed for life last

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year. His mother, Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, was jailed for six

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years. But could more have been done to protect him? The family was known

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to social services in healing but they move to Luton weeks before

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Noah's death. Today a serious case review highlighted multiple

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failures. There is concern that information is not transferred

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between councils, which means vulnerable children can slip through

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the net. Health visitors are described as the crucial eyes and

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use of the safeguarding system. But there are critical vulnerabilities

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in a system which lead to errors. There is no clearer understanding of

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the risks to children whether its domestic abuse. Better training and

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resources are needed to enable cases to be investigated thoroughly.

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Melanie has been a social worker for 19 years. These findings were no

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surprise to. I think every case review says the same thing. Social

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workers need to step away from some of the bureaucratic processes and we

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need to be allowed to work with families more. We need to be allowed

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to spend more time on the ground. In terms of information, I think the

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information would flow more easily. The report stresses the difficulty

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of dealing with on cooperative or avoidant parents. Noah's mothers

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spent days getting high drugs. When Hunjan battered him to death, she

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waited three hours before calling an ambulance and claimed he had fallen.

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He is out of his cot and he is not breathing. The NSPCC is concerned

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that the pressure on children's services mean anyone in science can

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be missed. Sadly although organisations often talk about early

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intervention, what happens in reality does not match the rhetoric.

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There is not enough early intervention and therefore families

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can slip through the net. Both Luton and Ealing councils say this review

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increases the need for national guidance on transferring cases

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between boroughs. They insist measures have been reviewed and

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strengthened. But this case brings into view the tragic cost when the

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system fails. Two teenagers have been

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injured in a suspected acid Emergency services were called

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to the scene in Bethnal Green at about seven o'

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clock this evening. It's the latest in a spate

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of attacks in recent week. Dan Friedman is in Bethnal

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Green this evening. This is the car behind me were two

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young men were travelling in when a corrosive liquid was sprayed in

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through the window. It hit them. That was a three minutes Drive away

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from here. They got here as quickly as they could to go to a local shop

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to access some fresh water. You can see some footage of the fire brigade

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and police a short time afterwards, posing one of these young men down.

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The two young men are in hospital. There have been no arrests. If you

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look closer at the card, you can see where the acid has started to

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corrode the bodywork. Earlier I spoke to the shopkeeper who treated

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them. Two young Bengali boys came into my shop asking for water. I

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gave them some water to wash their face. I was calling an ambulance for

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them as well. There have been a spate of

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incidents, haven't there? Yeah, particularly in this part of London.

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Less than two weeks ago, there were five acid attacks in less than 90

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minute in this part of town. And only yesterday police said they

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would issue a thousand acid kits, response kits, to the Metropolitan

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police. That includes five litres of fresh water as part of their rapid

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response to this. So that when police get on the scene they can

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treated quickly. I am joined by Rabin can, an independent councillor

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from Tower Hamlets. We saw some officers on the scene earlier. Do

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you believe this is gang-related? We should leave that to the police to

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investigate it and we support them. We have certainly seen a spike in

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acid attacks in east London. In Tower Hamlets, we have had 84

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attacks. We need to realise that predominantly it has been a weapon

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of choice and has disproportionately impacted on women. We are now seeing

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that it is being used by young people in gang rivalry, it is being

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used as part of hate crime, as part of burglary and robbery. We have to

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make sure we support the police their investigations. The mayor of

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London has called for a life sentences for people carrying it. Do

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you believe in that? I think it is very important. We need to make sure

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that young people do not access the sale of corrosive substances. Thank

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you for joining us. Eight penguins have been killed

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by a fox at Chessington World of Adventures, according to staff

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at the resort. It's believed the animal managed

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to get into the birds' enclosure. The remaining 20 have been moved

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to a safer area while security Penguin Bay was only built in 2015

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and had special measures put in place specifically to deter foxes

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and we are therefore shocked The remaining penguins have been

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relocated while we make additional measures to secure Penguin Bay

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which we hope to reopen It was one of the bloodiest battles

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of the First World War, in which nearly half a million

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troops were killed or wounded. The Battle of Passchendaele saw

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the British launch a series of failed assaults against German

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forces in Belgium. Today, relatives of some

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of the soldiers who died attended the unveiling of an art installation

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made in honour of the victims. Over the top and into the unknown,

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this was the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest

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episodes of the First World War. 100 years on,

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a specially commissioned sculpture was unveiled

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in Trafalgar Square. Rebecca's great-grandfather

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and his son were killed on the They were both in the same

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battalion and when Ronald was wounded, the father set

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out to find a doctor. He was insistent he would get help

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but unfortunately he was shot as he went out to find

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the doctor by then Ronald was dead anyway.

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It was a hideous waste of life. 500,000 people were wounded

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or lost their lives. It was one of the biggest

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and bloodiest battles It is important because it shows how

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intense and appalling the First It was one of the darkest

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years in British history. Driving rain turned the battlefield

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into a city of mud which drowned The sculpture is to

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remember the men who It is not the only way

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Passchendaele is being To help the next generation

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understand the brutality of the battle, the British Legion

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has created these videos. Like these cadets,

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they want the public to You get more respect

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for how horrific it All the effects are so much

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more real like the It definitely gives depth

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to the You get to see lots of

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different bits around you. Also the information is given

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to you, you take it in much better. The mud soldier will be worn away

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by rain, falling to the air. But hopefully the

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memories it invokes But let's find out what

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the weather's up to, with Wendy. Thanking you. It was a beautiful end

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to the data across London and the Home Counties. This is looking along

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the Thames from Wapping. I don't think it will look like that of

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tomorrow. We'll get some rain and it will turn breezy the rest of the

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week. Nothing much to worry about. There is patchy cloud. That will

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increase as we go through the night. Mainly light winds. It is feeling

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quite warm. If you get help super early tomorrow, you will see some

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brightness in the sky before the cloud comes in. The rain arrives in

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Surrey at 11 o'clock. It sweeps through pretty quickly and is light

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and patchy. It will be a breezy day. Towards the end of it you may see a

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return of some sunshine west of London. Temperatures 19 or 20

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degrees. Low pressure prevails through the end of the week. We have

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an active jet stream hushing tonnes of stuff towards us through the

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Atlantic as we get to the weekend. On the outlook you can see, Thursday

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start sunny. Heavy showers in the afternoon. Probably less of them on

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Friday. At the moment it looks like there will be further rain over the

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weekend as well. there will be further rain over the

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weekend as well. More on that pesky jet stream with Matt Taylor.

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Good evening. Temperatures for the rest of the week fall below

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expectations. That all comes after a spell of wet and windy weather

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tomorrow. If you are on holiday, do not despair. There will be some dry

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moments. The rain courtesy of this son of cloud. It will take most of

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the night before the rain settles in Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and

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south-west England. Patchy rain in the north-east of Scotland. Most of

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you drive. Mostly clear skies tonight. Temperatures in the

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countryside could drop into single figures. Most in the teens. The big

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driving force behind not only tomorrow's weather but the rest of

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the week is this area of low pressure. These weather fronts will

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bring a wet and windy start to the west. In the eastern half of the

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country, this is the best part of the day. Enjoy

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