31/07/2017 London News


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An 82 year-old grandmother who was attacked on her own doorstep

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after being targeted by a female stranger says it was

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Catherine Smith, who was strangled with a dog lead, says

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she wants her attacker caught before it happens again to

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She's been speaking to Tolu Adayoye about her ordeal.

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I pushed the door and as I pushed the door she pushed it back on me

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and then she knocked me down on the floor.

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She grabbed me and said, give me your money,

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82-year-old Catherine Smith was attacked on her own doorstep

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last week in what police have described as a vicious

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Now recovering at her home in Streatham, she believes

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she could have lost her life that day if she hadn't fought back.

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It's an instinct, you know what I mean.

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She grabbed me and I grabbed her because I really had a go

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at her as best I could, you know what I mean.

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I was surprised how strong I was in my left hand

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because I've got arthritis in the fingers and that.

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But I grabbed hold of anything I could get hold of.

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Police believe the suspect saw Catherine here in

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Palace Road Nature Gardens while she was out on her mobility

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She then a followed Catherine home, repeatedly asking her for money.

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When Catherine tried to go inside her home,

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When that was refused she became aggressive,

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pushed the front door open, causing Catherine to fall back

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She then grabbed Catherine's dog lead and started to strangle her.

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I thought, no, I'm not having this, I'm not going to die here.

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So I got hold of the lead and I pulled it down quick

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She has been described as a black woman, about 5'5" tall,

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She was wearing a khaki coloured zipped coat,

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I got here and open the door and there was blood all up

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the side of the stairs, all up the banister.

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Catherine's son said it crucial she's caught before

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She's beat my mum black and blue for ?60.

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And she needs to be taken to hospital.

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She's done this to my mum, she could do it to anyone else.

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Press the green button for about five seconds

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Catherine now has a panic alarm but she's worried for those

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She is urging anyone with information to contact the police.

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I mean I'm vulnerable enough but people that

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are worse than I am, you know, that won't

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If I hadn't have done that, she'd have strangled me to death.

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There are reports of a serious disturbance tonight

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Riot trained officers have been sent the male prison.

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The Ministry of Justice says there is an ongoing incident

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but the facility is secure and there is no risk to the public.

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Adina Campbell has the latest from Bovingdon.

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What is the latest you are hearing? In the last hour or so the Ministry

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of Justice has confirmed to us that this disturbance has now been

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resolved and authorities are back in control here. The emergency teams

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were called at around two o'clock this to new after reports of a

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serious disturbance. Specially trained prison officers were called

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to two wings which housed up to 230 inmates but we know that the

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Ministry of Justice has told us that significantly fewer inmates were

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involved in the disturbance. There have been reports recently of a

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concern about staff shortages and the day to day running of the prison

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but Mount prison is a category C prison, category A being home to the

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most dangerous criminals, it is home to more than a thousand prisoners

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and has been open since 1987. A recent inspection in 2015 found the

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prison was performing well but there will be concerns tonight and ongoing

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questions about how peaceful the prison will stay. Many thanks.

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EU countries have until midnight to bid to host two agencies,

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currently based in Canary Wharf, that will move after Brexit.

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Between them, they employ just over a thousand staff.

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Sonja Jessup is here with more details.

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Given these are European agencies, this was on the cards

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That's right. We are leaving the EU after all and losing the European

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medicines agency which monitors the safety of medicines and the European

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banking authority that deals with banking rules but you only have to

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look at the competition this has sparked between different countries

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to get an idea of what we could be missing out on. They are pitching

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with glossy brochures, promotional videos, it has been likened to the

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Eurovision Song Carr says -- contest. The agencies employed

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around a thousand highly skilled staff, and of course they come with

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their families and bring a lot of business. 36,000 visitors came to

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the BMA in 2015, that is 30 dozen hotel nights between -- to the EMA.

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There has been a lot of talk of companies relocating so put this in

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context. It is a blow but we should be cautious about seeing this as the

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start of some sort of mass exodus. It is true that some banks have

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looked at moving out of the capital but the Centre for London think tank

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says we should be cautious at seeing this as an example of that with

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these agencies and it is not a typical example.

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It was inevitable once we voted to leave the EU that these agencies

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What they do remind us of is the huge contribution that

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high skilled organisation businesses like these make to London

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London is a tenth of the population roughly,

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a court of the economic activity, a third tax take so we can't afford

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to lose these really important high skilled businesses.

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He went on to say that he thinks this is where a transitional deal is

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needed as soon as possible to stop as falling off a cliff edge as he

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said. As for the agencies and their staff, they are waiting to find out

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where their jobs are going to go and it is understood there are around 20

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countries involved in the bidding process. Frankfurt is thought to be

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the favourite to host the EBA but we have to wait until November to find

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out. Thank you. A study by two London universities

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says offering routine HIV tests to people when they register

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with a new GP in high risk areas could be cost

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effective and save lives. One charity is calling

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on healthcare commissioners Tom was diagnosed with HIV six years

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ago after a routine screening They kept calling me and calling me

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and I didn't want to pick up because I was on holiday and having

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a good time. And I finally gave in and picked up

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and they told me I had It wasn't really the best way

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to find out I don't think. He would have preferred to have

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been told by his GP. I think I would have preferred

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to have found out about my HIV diagnosis from a doctor in person,

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the doctor that is just around the corner from our house rather

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than having to go into the city I think if we are doing HIV testing

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clinics in GP surgeries, that normalises HIV testing as well

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and it puts it in the same bracket as diabetes and I think

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that's good for everyone. A simple finger prick test

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which costs the NHS around ?25 is all that's needed to find out

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whether you are HIV positive or not. But, despite this, it is thought

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more than 13,000 people in the UK are living with the virus that

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causes AIDS and don't yet know it. A trial by two London universities

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involving nearly 90,000 people from 40 GP surgeries tested how

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effective it would be to offer finger prick testing

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when registering with a GP. They found it led to a fourfold

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increase in the HIV diagnosis rate. Now they are calling for HIV tests

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to be offered to everyone registering with a new GP living

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in a high-risk area and here in London that would mean making

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them available to people Having an HIV test at your surgery

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will allow you to have access to excellent treatment but then also

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prevent you from passing But with estimated roll-out costs

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of around ?4 million and huge pressures on NHS budgets already,

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health bosses will have to decide whether this is an area where much

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needed cash should be spent. I'll wish you a very goodnight now

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and leave you with Wendy The weather for the week ahead is

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the second week of the unsettled conditions but that does mean we

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will have some bright and bright spells but with that some rain and

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it will be somewhat breezy. Not all bad even in this unsettled spell,

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this was the London sky with a few clouds tonight and the shower

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bearing clouds kept a bit away from us. One or two across Kent but most

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of north-west London across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire

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and ethics and the capital itself stayed largely in the sunshine --

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Essex. It will be clear and dry mostly tonight with temperatures

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falling back to around ten to 13 degrees and we will start the

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morning with some sunshine. Once again, the cloud will start to

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bubble up but we are looking for the same places with the showers,

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Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and one or two heavy

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showers. London and south-east of Beckham 's Ntep and temperatures up

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to 23 degrees. -- and South East of there. The breeze will pick up on

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Wednesday and the rain comes in in the evening and overnight and it

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will be heavy going through and we'd resume with the sunshine and showers

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at the end of the week. As for the weekend, we will have bright and

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breezy conditions, mostly dry and the temperatures will be average

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with high pressure building on Sunday.

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with high pressure building on Sunday. Now the National forecast

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with Nick Miller. Another summer months nearly gone but let's face

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it, the weather has not covered itself in glory in the past few

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weeks, just a few moments of summer sunshine. It was Merseyside today

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and in Kent, they might avoid the showers tomorrow but the rest is not

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so lucky. Sometimes the showers fade away through the evening and the

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night and some have but some continue as you see in the past few

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hours in the western UK and there is a threat later in the night and the

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first part of tomorrow of some more prolonged, intense downpours in

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parts of north-west England and Wales so be aware of that. Elsewhere

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it is mainly dry with some clear spells and temperatures lower than

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this rate -- away from town and city centres so tempted into single

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figures. Some sunshine to start the day tomorrow, a

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