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Welcome to BBC London News
with me, Chris Rogers.
After a 90-year-old
woman was stabbed
by a carer, who had a previous
conviction for assault,
there are calls for an urgent review
of how criminal record checks
are carried out.
Pamela Batten was attacked
at her home in Hillingdon
and nearly bled to death.
The company who employed her
assailant says it did carry out
checks but they didn't flag up
all her convictions.
It's prompted serious questions
as to how this could have happened.
The Home Office, which is in charge
of criminal records checks,
is refusing to comment.
Yvonne Hall has this
Guilty of assault, burglary,
stealing from an employer and fraud,
but Abosede Adeyinka was given a job
as a carer, sent into the homes
of vulnerable elderly
people to look after them.
This was the result - 90-year-old
Pamela Batten nearly died
when Adeyinka tried
to kill her for cash
at Pamela's home near West Drayton.
This is where the attack happened.
Amazingly, the frail
grandmother managed to pull
the knife out of her neck
and scare her attacker off.
Adeyinka has been jailed for 21
years for attempted murder.
My mum had two injuries
on the head from the hammer -
one to the front
and one to the back.
And she had a knife wound
on the right-hand side,
and the knife went
in five centimetres,
just missing her spinal cord.
I cannot believe...
I really can't believe that
someone with that amount of
convictions can be still working
with vulnerable people.
Without a doubt, the law,
it's not just what I
want, the law should be changed.
It's got to be changed.
This is Pamela now, left disabled
and very frightened of strangers.
Her son has filmed her for us.
Adeyinka, also a Sunday-school
teacher, had been employed
by Avant Healthcare to help look
after Pamela's sick husband.
Avant Healthcare Services are based
in this office block in Hounslow.
Nobody wants to be interviewed,
but in a statement, the company said
it had thoroughly vetted Adeyinka,
including criminal records checks
through the Government's
Disclosure and Barring Service,
and it said her convictions
for assault and burglary
were not revealed.
It added, if Avant Healthcare
had been aware of the assault
conviction, Abosede Adeyinka
would not have been employed.
So how did the safety
checks fail Pamela?
The Home Office is in
charge of the system
to check criminal records.
It's called the Disclosure
and Barring Service, or DBS.
We've repeatedly asked officials
here how Adeyinka's convictions
appear not to have been included
in a DBS check.
But nobody here will tell us how it
happened, or what is being done
to stop it happening again.
A charity campaigning for new laws
to protect older people is now
demanding to know how many other
carers have convictions
for violence too.
It's a huge concern,
because where else is it happening?
There is blame somewhere, we need
to establish where the blame is.
Thinking about your own parents,
would you be happy with the idea
that somebody with those sorts
of serious convictions
are coming into somebody's home?
Pamela wants answers too.
Well, I'm shocked as well,
it surprised me,
because it makes you wonder now
just what is going on.
Yvonne Hall, BBC London News.
Detectives are trying
to piece together the last known
movements of a father and daughter
found dead at a home in Deptford.
The bodies of Noel Brown,
who was 69, and his 41-year-old
daughter Marie, were discovered
in the early hours
of yesterday morning.
Detectives say someone had forced
entry into the house.
Police said they're investigating
multiple lines of inquiry
The Mayor of London has announced
City Hall will spearhead a global
partnership to tackle air pollution.
The capital is set to get a new air
Sadiq Khan made the announcement
in Delhi - on the third day
of his trade visit to India.
From where, our political
correspondent, Karl Mercer,
sent this report.
Take a look at Delhi if you thought
London traffic was banned.
And take a look at Delhi
if you thought London had
a bad pollution problem.
Here the state of the atmosphere
is front-page news and in the next
ten days all 6000 traffic police
here will be tested for lung disease
and a couple of months ago the Test
match between India and Sri Lanka
-- a couple of days ago, the Test
Match between India and Sri Lanka
saw these scenes. Play held up.
Players wearing masks, some being
As he's done in London, the mayor
has made air pollution one of the
key issues on his tour of India. The
scale of the problem here in Delhi
is like nothing London has ever
seen. Experts say not only is this
one of the most polluted global
sittied, but also -- cities, but
also spending a day here is like
smoking 50 cigarettes. The mayor
thinks the two cities can learn from
each other. You can make new friends
if you like. Today, he announced
£750,000 would be spent on new air
monitoring stations in London.
have monitors outside schools, care
centres and other places then take
local action. It's not a one size
fits all approach. We can monitor
particulate matter. We will use this
as a way of cleaning up the air in
London sooner rather than later.
The school that welcomed the mayor
to Delhi is doing a lot of work on
Is this a high level
or low level?
It's a growing
problem according to the head
Initially it was not
that bad a condition, which has
started in three years or so. Since
three years, it has really gone bad
and we are worried about it. Before
that, it was not that bad. Now we
are taking it up at a very high
level so it stops and within a year
or two, we're able to manage it.
business of the trip is done in
grand rooms not classrooms. The
mayor meeting India's Finance
Minister and then, its commerce
minister. Once, of course, he'd
finished his last minute paperwork.
The Chancellor, the second most
powerful politician in India,
according to the experts I speak to,
was keen to reassure me he
recognises that London is open. He's
heard the phrase. He believes it's
meaningful. He's pleased to hear
that notwithstanding Brexit, London
is open and will continue to be
Business aside, this is also a
trip about sybolism, London's Muslim
mayor at the giant Hindu temple
today. Among the greeting party, a
swami who started life in London.
Yes, I studied at Woolwich college.
I lived in Elton. You don't lose it,
Whatever the mayor
says about shared city problems,
this, at least, is one London
More now on the findings
of a major terror review
ordered by the Government.
The report highlights how the leader
of the London Bridge attack,
and the man who targeted Westminster
bridge, had both been
on MI5's radar previously.
Marc Ashdown has more
details on the findings -
Unlike Manchester, as we've heard
tonight, there aren't questions
about whether these attacks could
have actually been prevented, but
more details are emerging.
anticipated really. What we learned
from the review was firstly that the
Security Service was actively
investigating the ring leader of the
London Bridge attack, when it
happened in June this year. Now from
mid-2015 Khuram Butt was under
scrutiny by MI5. It was called
operation hawthorne. It was set up
because they had information he
wanted to carry out an attack on the
UK. Let's look at the time line of
what happened: In 2015, an
assessment concluded he represented
a medium risk. It says he had strong
intent but weak capability. Early
the following year, the operation
was suspended, mainly because of
resourcing problems after the Paris
attacks. Then it was downgraded all
together. But two weeks before the
London Bridge attack, hawthorne was
re-opened. New material had come to
light, been received, but it didn't
indicate atrocities that Khuram Butt
would go on to commit when he and
two others killed eight people on
What else did we
learn about the man responsible on
the attack -- for the attack on
was also known to MI5. He was under
surveillance for associating with
extremists. He wasn't being
investigated at the time of the
attack in March. Indeed the report
does say it could not have been
anticipated. But it does reveal in
the days prior to the attack, he
carried out reconnaissance missions
to Westminster. He'd been browsing
YouTube videos on terrorism. Now
important to point out really today
that this report says there's no
suggestion either of these attacks
could have actually been prevented
by the Security Services. The the
Met Police Commissioner said today
she feels she needs new technology,
more resources to tackle, to fight
this growing problem. She says there
are significant challenges and the
environment is more intense than
ever for those fighting terror from
within the Security Service.
thanks for talking us through that.
That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's
Thank you. It was cloudy and mild
today. We saw highs of around 10
Celsius. It will feel a touch milder
tomorrow. But a mixed bag for the
rest of the week. Milder tomorrow,
then feeling much colder for the end
of the working week. It's going to
be very windy indeed on Thursday
morning with the risk of some wintry
showers a bit later on through the
week as well as some sunshine.
Overnight tonight, it's really quite
cloudy out there. The south-westerly
breeze will start to pick up. We
start off the day tomorrow on a
reasonably mild note at this time of
year, six or seven Celsius. Then
this is tomorrow morning, perhaps a
few spots of drizzle, otherwise dry.
We'll see brightness through the
afternoon, but the wind will start
to really pick up, becoming quite
brisk I think. Some brightness
around and temperatures even higher,
12 degrees Celsius. But then it's
going to turn very windy indeed on
Wednesday night into Thursday, a
mild, wet, windy start to the day on
Thursday. This is the outlook then: