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Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Good evening and welcome
to BBC London News,
with me, Louisa Preston.
The family of a grandmother killed
by her former partner has
described him as an "evil
and calculating" killer.
Theodore Johnson murdered
Angela Best at his Islington home.
He had been jailed for
two previous murders -
one committed on day release
from a psychiatric centre.
Today he was jailed
for a minimum of 26 years.
Frankie McCamley has the story.
An inspiration to her family,
Angela Best was someone
who would help anyone who needed it.
But it was this kind of nature
that led to her murder.
As she made her way to this
flat in Tufnell Park
to help her former partner,
she was brutally killed with a claw
hammer, before being strangled
with the belt from a dressing gown.
Today, Theodore Johnson
was sentenced to at least 26 years
behind bars after changing his plea
at the last minute from
guilty of manslaughter
to admitting to her murder.
This convicted murderer
tried to play the system,
as he has successfully done
so twice before.
He used diminished responsibility as
the cause for his murderous actions.
He knew exactly what he was doing
when he planned and executed
the horrific murder of our
beautiful, beloved Angela.
The 64-year-old already had
for killing two other women.
In November 1981, the garage
worker was convicted
of killing his wife,
Yvonne Johnson, by pushing
her over the balcony
of their ninth-floor flat.
Then in March 1993,
he was convicted of killing his
partner, Yvonne Bennett,
by diminished responsibility.
23 years later, Johnson
killed his most recent
partner, Angela Best,
after their relationship broke down.
I have just spoken to one
of Theodore Johnson's former
colleagues, where he worked
in Tottenham as a mechanic.
He didn't want to come on camera,
but said he was shocked,
couldn't believe what had happened,
but he was also angry,
questioning how Johnson was able
to kill for a third time.
He will have been probably subject
to multiple interventions
from police, probation,
health and mental health services,
possibly substance misuse services.
There are a number of different
agencies who have to examine
what action they took
and whether they can defend
the decisions they made.
Sat in a wheelchair in court
after trying to take his own life
by jumping onto railway tracks,
Miss Best's family heard how Johnson
met Angela while on day release
from psychiatric hospital,
keeping their relationship a secret
from the authorities.
Leaving today, though,
they say this is the start
of their life sentence
of grief and pain.
A former executive at
an international entertainment
company who used a hidden pen camera
to film up women's skirts
has been spared jail.
Andrew MacRae, former vice
president of ticketing
took almost 50,000
images of strangers.
He was caught when an off-duty
police officer noticed a pen-shaped
camera protruding from a laptop bag
he placed between a woman's legs
on a platform at Clapham Junction.
Former Ukip and Conservative MP
Bob Spink has avoided
going to prison after tricking
elderly people into
signing electoral forms
backing local candidates.
The 69-year-old from Essex was given
a suspended sentence and 150
hours of unpaid work
for the electoral fraud.
The head of one of London's busiest
A&E departments has urged
patients not to visit
unless it's absolutely necessary.
North Middlesex Hospital's
chief executive has been
speaking to Victoria Hollins
about the pressure her
staff currently face.
Staff at this emergency department
know what it means to be busy.
They've seen on average 500 patients
a day over the Christmas period.
Yesterday the number peaked, at 599.
It's a challenging time of year
for the new chief executive.
We are under pressure at the moment.
There is always pressure every
winter but we anticipate
the pressure and start planning
for it in October, so we overbook
for extra staff, we put
on a range of shifts,
we open up extra capacity
across the hospital
so we can take more people.
This isn't exceptional,
but with a growing, ageing
population with more complex needs,
each winter gets busier.
We are really urging people to try
and use alternative services
unless they really are needing
absolutely emergency care.
Please use GPs, please use 111,
or some alternative.
On any measurement, this
is a very busy hospital.
Over the Christmas period almost
every bed has been full,
and with the weather getting colder,
the pressure is only
going to increase.
So the question every day is how
you go about freeing up bed spaces.
The solution can come
from unexpected places.
So are you on the mend, Frank?
I'm getting there...
Frank couldn't be discharged
from North Middlesex Hospital
because he hadn't got any shoes -
they'd been lost after he was
brought in by the ambulance.
The finance director
heard about his plight
during the daily beds meeting,
so offered up his own.
Did you manage to get them on?
Cos I'm only a size eight, you see!
But they were a big size eight.
It helped to get Frank
and frees up a bed.
It helped Frank and frees up a bed.
The shoes have enabled me to get
home now, so, yeah, that's great.
I shall be passing them
on to either a charity,
and it probably will be a charity,
but maybe I might even go out
in them, one little dance.
I'm absolutely overwhelmed
by the response this relatively
small and spontaneous action has
had, and I would like to
emphasise that our staff,
who number over 3,000,
will do something like this every
day which will go unnoticed.
More imaginative ways to free up
beds could well be needed.
Winter pressure is
unlikely to ease soon.
That's it for now from me,
but let's get the weekend weather
with Helen Willetts.
Not a great start, we have showers
with us at the moment. They will
keep going through the night.
Gradually we will find them
diminishing towards the north with
temperatures falling close to
freezing, with some fog developing.
If you're travelling tonight or
tomorrow morning, it could be quite
dense towards the north of London by
that state. But it should start to
clear away with temperatures rising
a little tomorrow. But we will
notice the chill. We will keep a lot
of cloud during the day. They risk
of showers only slowly easing. The
big change is the pick-up of the
north-easterly wind to make it feel
colder tomorrow and through the
weekend. 6-8dC. A bleak day, but the
showers will ease tomorrow night.
It's much colder tomorrow night and
sunnier on Sunday but still the risk
of cloud to the south and a stronger
north-easterly by that stage so
quite a biting wind. Here's the
local outlook until