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An 82 year-old grandmother who was attacked on her own doorstep
after being targeted by a female stranger says it was
Catherine Smith, who was strangled with a dog lead, says
she wants her attacker caught before it happens again to
She's been speaking to Tolu Adayoye about her ordeal.
I pushed the door and as I pushed the door she pushed it back on me
and then she knocked me down on the floor.
She grabbed me and said, give me your money,
82-year-old Catherine Smith was attacked on her own doorstep
last week in what police have described as a vicious
Now recovering at her home in Streatham, she believes
she could have lost her life that day if she hadn't fought back.
It's an instinct, you know what I mean.
She grabbed me and I grabbed her because I really had a go
at her as best I could, you know what I mean.
I was surprised how strong I was in my left hand
because I've got arthritis in the fingers and that.
But I grabbed hold of anything I could get hold of.
Police believe the suspect saw Catherine here in
Palace Road Nature Gardens while she was out on her mobility
She then a followed Catherine home, repeatedly asking her for money.
When Catherine tried to go inside her home,
When that was refused she became aggressive,
pushed the front door open, causing Catherine to fall back
She then grabbed Catherine's dog lead and started to strangle her.
I thought, no, I'm not having this, I'm not going to die here.
So I got hold of the lead and I pulled it down quick
She has been described as a black woman, about 5'5" tall,
She was wearing a khaki coloured zipped coat,
I got here and open the door and there was blood all up
the side of the stairs, all up the banister.
Catherine's son said it crucial she's caught before
She's beat my mum black and blue for ?60.
And she needs to be taken to hospital.
She's done this to my mum, she could do it to anyone else.
Press the green button for about five seconds
Catherine now has a panic alarm but she's worried for those
She is urging anyone with information to contact the police.
I mean I'm vulnerable enough but people that
are worse than I am, you know, that won't
If I hadn't have done that, she'd have strangled me to death.
There are reports of a serious disturbance tonight
Riot trained officers have been sent the male prison.
The Ministry of Justice says there is an ongoing incident
but the facility is secure and there is no risk to the public.
Adina Campbell has the latest from Bovingdon.
What is the latest you are hearing? In the last hour or so the Ministry
of Justice has confirmed to us that this disturbance has now been
resolved and authorities are back in control here. The emergency teams
were called at around two o'clock this to new after reports of a
serious disturbance. Specially trained prison officers were called
to two wings which housed up to 230 inmates but we know that the
Ministry of Justice has told us that significantly fewer inmates were
involved in the disturbance. There have been reports recently of a
concern about staff shortages and the day to day running of the prison
but Mount prison is a category C prison, category A being home to the
most dangerous criminals, it is home to more than a thousand prisoners
and has been open since 1987. A recent inspection in 2015 found the
prison was performing well but there will be concerns tonight and ongoing
questions about how peaceful the prison will stay. Many thanks.
EU countries have until midnight to bid to host two agencies,
currently based in Canary Wharf, that will move after Brexit.
Between them, they employ just over a thousand staff.
Sonja Jessup is here with more details.
Given these are European agencies, this was on the cards
That's right. We are leaving the EU after all and losing the European
medicines agency which monitors the safety of medicines and the European
banking authority that deals with banking rules but you only have to
look at the competition this has sparked between different countries
to get an idea of what we could be missing out on. They are pitching
with glossy brochures, promotional videos, it has been likened to the
Eurovision Song Carr says -- contest. The agencies employed
around a thousand highly skilled staff, and of course they come with
their families and bring a lot of business. 36,000 visitors came to
the BMA in 2015, that is 30 dozen hotel nights between -- to the EMA.
There has been a lot of talk of companies relocating so put this in
context. It is a blow but we should be cautious about seeing this as the
start of some sort of mass exodus. It is true that some banks have
looked at moving out of the capital but the Centre for London think tank
says we should be cautious at seeing this as an example of that with
these agencies and it is not a typical example.
It was inevitable once we voted to leave the EU that these agencies
What they do remind us of is the huge contribution that
high skilled organisation businesses like these make to London
London is a tenth of the population roughly,
a court of the economic activity, a third tax take so we can't afford
to lose these really important high skilled businesses.
He went on to say that he thinks this is where a transitional deal is
needed as soon as possible to stop as falling off a cliff edge as he
said. As for the agencies and their staff, they are waiting to find out
where their jobs are going to go and it is understood there are around 20
countries involved in the bidding process. Frankfurt is thought to be
the favourite to host the EBA but we have to wait until November to find
out. Thank you. A study by two London universities
says offering routine HIV tests to people when they register
with a new GP in high risk areas could be cost
effective and save lives. One charity is calling
on healthcare commissioners Tom was diagnosed with HIV six years
ago after a routine screening They kept calling me and calling me
and I didn't want to pick up because I was on holiday and having
a good time. And I finally gave in and picked up
and they told me I had It wasn't really the best way
to find out I don't think. He would have preferred to have
been told by his GP. I think I would have preferred
to have found out about my HIV diagnosis from a doctor in person,
the doctor that is just around the corner from our house rather
than having to go into the city I think if we are doing HIV testing
clinics in GP surgeries, that normalises HIV testing as well
and it puts it in the same bracket as diabetes and I think
that's good for everyone. A simple finger prick test
which costs the NHS around ?25 is all that's needed to find out
whether you are HIV positive or not. But, despite this, it is thought
more than 13,000 people in the UK are living with the virus that
causes AIDS and don't yet know it. A trial by two London universities
involving nearly 90,000 people from 40 GP surgeries tested how
effective it would be to offer finger prick testing
when registering with a GP. They found it led to a fourfold
increase in the HIV diagnosis rate. Now they are calling for HIV tests
to be offered to everyone registering with a new GP living
in a high-risk area and here in London that would mean making
them available to people Having an HIV test at your surgery
will allow you to have access to excellent treatment but then also
prevent you from passing But with estimated roll-out costs
of around ?4 million and huge pressures on NHS budgets already,
health bosses will have to decide whether this is an area where much
needed cash should be spent. I'll wish you a very goodnight now
and leave you with Wendy The weather for the week ahead is
the second week of the unsettled conditions but that does mean we
will have some bright and bright spells but with that some rain and
it will be somewhat breezy. Not all bad even in this unsettled spell,
this was the London sky with a few clouds tonight and the shower
bearing clouds kept a bit away from us. One or two across Kent but most
of north-west London across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire
and ethics and the capital itself stayed largely in the sunshine --
Essex. It will be clear and dry mostly tonight with temperatures
falling back to around ten to 13 degrees and we will start the
morning with some sunshine. Once again, the cloud will start to
bubble up but we are looking for the same places with the showers,
Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and one or two heavy
showers. London and south-east of Beckham 's Ntep and temperatures up
to 23 degrees. -- and South East of there. The breeze will pick up on
Wednesday and the rain comes in in the evening and overnight and it
will be heavy going through and we'd resume with the sunshine and showers
at the end of the week. As for the weekend, we will have bright and
breezy conditions, mostly dry and the temperatures will be average
with high pressure building on Sunday.
with high pressure building on Sunday. Now the National forecast
with Nick Miller. Another summer months nearly gone but let's face
it, the weather has not covered itself in glory in the past few
weeks, just a few moments of summer sunshine. It was Merseyside today
and in Kent, they might avoid the showers tomorrow but the rest is not
so lucky. Sometimes the showers fade away through the evening and the
night and some have but some continue as you see in the past few
hours in the western UK and there is a threat later in the night and the
first part of tomorrow of some more prolonged, intense downpours in
parts of north-west England and Wales so be aware of that. Elsewhere
it is mainly dry with some clear spells and temperatures lower than
this rate -- away from town and city centres so tempted into single
figures. Some sunshine to start the day tomorrow, a