09/08/2017 London News


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Good evening. I'm Katharine Carpenter.

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A fantasist who killed a man in West London before fleeing

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to Italy, has been found guilty of murder.

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Jason Marshall strangled another man there, and pretended to be a police

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officer and secret agent during his attacks.

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It was thought his first victim had died in an accidental fire,

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until a relative stumbled across a video recording

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent, Nick Beake, has the story.

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A bungalow in a quiet street in west London. A visitor arrives. He has

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come to kill. Over the next few hours while acting out the role of a

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policeman, he will attack his victim and leave him for dead. It is all

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captured on this CCTV. But Jason Marshall nearly got away with it. On

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his way out, he set fire to the property. In 2013, investigators

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concluded Peter Fasoli, a 58-year-old with heart problems, had

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died in an accidental blaze. Some of Peter Fasoli's possessions,

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including his computer, had been recovered from his flat after the

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fire. They were kept in storage for more than a year. But then his

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nephew, out of curiosity, thought he would have a look at the hard drive.

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And at that point he discovered the video that showed his uncle had been

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murdered. It is obviously disappointing that the CCTV wasn't

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seen until 18 months later, but I'm satisfied with the initial

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investigation into the cause of the fire was sufficient. And again,

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there was no pathological evidence to suggest third-party involvement.

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Marcia Ladd smothered his victim while classic FM played in the

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background. He then drained his bank account and fled the country. Three

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weeks later, at this flat in Rome, he strangled a 67-year-old, who had

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also -- who he had also met online. Days later, posing as an official

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from the British Embassy, he tried to kill another man. Marshall was

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caught and jailed in Italy for both crimes and brought home to stand

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trial for the West London killing. In the dock at the Old Bailey he

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claimed he had no memory of the attack. A killer who thought he had

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covered his tracks and food investigators. But the emergence of

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this evidence has now brought him to justice.

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Another teenager has been been stabbed in London,

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the second fatal attack in just 24 hours.

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When the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner took

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office a few months ago, she made it clear that

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tackling knife crime would be a "top priority".

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Cressida Dick says "using stop and search" would help "bring

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We'll hear more about that in a moment but first,

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Sonja Jessup reports from Thornton Heath.

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Yet another police cordoned in London. Yet another young life lost

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to knife crime. This one, a schoolboy just 15 years old. This

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latest stabbing happened in Thornton Heath last night. Police and

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paramedics rushed down here but couldn't save the teenager. He was

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pronounced dead just before midnight. Local residents say they

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are sick of the violence. This man told me he is leaving the area. I

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was speaking to the guy in the cafe the other day and he said there had

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been about 12 stabbings in three weeks. It is madness. They are

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killing one another. It is silly. Now I can see lots of changes and

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it's hurtful really because a lot of it seems like black gangs, and

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they're fighting against each other. Why, I don't know. The murder of the

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15-year-old comes just 24 hours after another stabbing, a

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19-year-old man killed on the Old Kent Road. 13 victims are known to

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have lost their lives to knife crime in the capital so far this year.

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That is already more than the previous year, when 12 teenagers

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died. And every month, almost 650 young Londoners are victims of

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serious violence, most from the poorest and most disadvantaged

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communities. It has sparked calls for more use of controversial stop

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and search checks. The Home Secretary and the Metropolitan

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Police Commissioner Saeed is a useful tool to tackle knife crime.

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About one in three stops and searches result in some positive

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thing being found in London. It is something you shouldn't have in

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essence. So that is quite a high proportion. It's like we're living

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in the wild West. Despite the fear over knife crime, some residents are

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furious about the use of stop and search. This woman says many don't

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trust the police. Thy can't come with their stop and search. They

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have been doing it for the last time many years around here. That don't

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go down too well. A lot of the officers think because they have got

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on that uniform, they think they are Almighty God and they come with this

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overpowering aggressiveness. No. A 15-year-old boy who died here has

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not been officially identified but he has been named locally. So far,

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no arrests have been made. With more on that story,

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Charlotte Franks joins me now. What more do we know? As you

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mentioned earlier, the Metropolitan police commissioner says tackling

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knife crime is her main priority. Cressida Dick has said in the past

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she wants her officers to use stop and search. Today the Home

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Secretary, Amber Rudd, wrote an open letter in the Times newspaper where

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she supported the use of stop and search. Three years ago the previous

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Home Secretary, Theresa May, told officers to stop using the tactic.

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She said it had been used too much. It was reduced by around 60%. Today

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there is a move to increase it. It is something they mayor Sadiq Khan

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has been talking about. Nobody is suggesting we should have stopped

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and search used on an industrial scale. Nobody is saying there should

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be indiscriminate use of stop and search. I understand. I have been

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one of the biggest critics of the disproportion is use of stop and

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search. -- disproportionate. But the game changer is not simply better

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training of police officers, but the video means when you encounter a

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police officer, that encounter will be recorded. Body worn video is the

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largest in the world. The true test of course in this increased use of

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stop and search will be whether or not it does bring knife crime down

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in the capital. Thank you very much. They're better known

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for transportation than trendy restaurants,

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but shipping containers are fast becoming the new home of shops

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and businesses in the capital. The latest temporary

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development will be in a car park in Camberwell, where

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the news has received a mixed reception, as Gareth Furby

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has been finding out. It's a car park in Camberwell,

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but soon it could be filling up with these,

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shipping containers, and turning into a new restaurant

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and retail centre based on a new use If it happens, it'll be

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the fifth in London. In Shoreditch, where this

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all started back in 2011, the businesses inside

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the boxes seem happy. Tristan pays ?40,000 a year in rent

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for two units for his fried chicken It's in desirable locations

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and the property scene in London is almost unattainable

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at many levels. So you can do it with a little

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capital and a little For this man, a cook, it meant

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he could stop working for others Once you get used to the small

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space, it's absolutely fine. It's actually quite

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exciting knowing that this is a shipping container

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and what you kind of like do. In Camberwell, where the debate over

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plans for the latest container retail park is just beginning,

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some high street shops I know they've got something similar

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in Brixton, just down the road, and to bring it to Camberwell

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as well, it's definitely an up-and-coming area,

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I think it's fantastic. There's always going to be

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competition in London, I've always been in business

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and I've always thrived on it because it keeps

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you on your toes. But some residents who live

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near to the proposed Camberwell It may be trendy, but I

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think it's quite ugly. I think that they could

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have something more Kieran, a youth worker from Brixton,

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says such gentrification could end up effectively segregating people

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on high streets based on income. The speed it's happening

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in south London and in areas like Brixton and in Woolworth,

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Elephant Castle creates a separation between the people that

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are able to consume new pop-up products and those that are not able

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to consume those things. But many who use these

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places disagree. The Camberwell project is said

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to be at an early stage and there will be further

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discussions with nearby residents. But let's find out

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what the weather's up Conditions can't get worse in August

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than they did today. Tomorrow is looking better. Dry with sunny

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spells. Overnight it will take a while for the cloud and rain to

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clear away. Dreyer across London and the Home Counties. -- drier. A

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chilly night. Into Thursday, a cloudy start. Outbreaks of rain

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across Kent and showers into the afternoon. But generally speaking, a

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better afternoon. Sunshine and feeling quite warm. As we head

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towards Friday, a glorious start for a tent and London. Lots of sunshine

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before the next weather system moves in. Thicker cloud, strengthening

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breeze, outbreaks of rain. The rain will clear away on Friday night and

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it is looking pretty good for the weekend. Plenty of sunshine around.

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Temperatures 22 degrees. Stay tuned for the national weather.

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Hello once again. If

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