05/01/2018 London News


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Now on BBC One, it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening and welcome

to BBC London News,

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with me, Louisa Preston.

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The family of a grandmother killed

by her former partner has

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described him as an "evil

and calculating" killer.

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Theodore Johnson murdered

Angela Best at his Islington home.

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He had been jailed for

two previous murders -

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one committed on day release

from a psychiatric centre.

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Today he was jailed

for a minimum of 26 years.

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Frankie McCamley has the story.

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An inspiration to her family,

Angela Best was someone

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who would help anyone who needed it.

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But it was this kind of nature

that led to her murder.

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As she made her way to this

flat in Tufnell Park

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to help her former partner,

she was brutally killed with a claw

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hammer, before being strangled

with the belt from a dressing gown.

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Today, Theodore Johnson

was sentenced to at least 26 years

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behind bars after changing his plea

at the last minute from

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guilty of manslaughter

to admitting to her murder.

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This convicted murderer

tried to play the system,

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as he has successfully done

so twice before.

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He used diminished responsibility as

the cause for his murderous actions.

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He knew exactly what he was doing

when he planned and executed

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the horrific murder of our

beautiful, beloved Angela.

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The 64-year-old already had

previous convictions

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for killing two other women.

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In November 1981, the garage

worker was convicted

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of killing his wife,

Yvonne Johnson, by pushing

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her over the balcony

of their ninth-floor flat.

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Then in March 1993,

he was convicted of killing his

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partner, Yvonne Bennett,

by diminished responsibility.

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23 years later, Johnson

killed his most recent

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partner, Angela Best,

after their relationship broke down.

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I have just spoken to one

of Theodore Johnson's former

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colleagues, where he worked

in Tottenham as a mechanic.

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He didn't want to come on camera,

but said he was shocked,

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couldn't believe what had happened,

but he was also angry,

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questioning how Johnson was able

to kill for a third time.

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He will have been probably subject

to multiple interventions

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from police, probation,

health and mental health services,

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possibly substance misuse services.

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There are a number of different

agencies who have to examine

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what action they took

and whether they can defend

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the decisions they made.

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Sat in a wheelchair in court

after trying to take his own life

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by jumping onto railway tracks,

Miss Best's family heard how Johnson

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met Angela while on day release

from psychiatric hospital,

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keeping their relationship a secret

from the authorities.

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Leaving today, though,

they say this is the start

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of their life sentence

of grief and pain.

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A former executive at

an international entertainment

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company who used a hidden pen camera

to film up women's skirts

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has been spared jail.

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Andrew MacRae, former vice

president of ticketing

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company LiveNation,

took almost 50,000

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images of strangers.

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He was caught when an off-duty

police officer noticed a pen-shaped

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camera protruding from a laptop bag

he placed between a woman's legs

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on a platform at Clapham Junction.

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Former Ukip and Conservative MP

Bob Spink has avoided

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going to prison after tricking

elderly people into

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signing electoral forms

backing local candidates.

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The 69-year-old from Essex was given

a suspended sentence and 150

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hours of unpaid work

for the electoral fraud.

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The head of one of London's busiest

A&E departments has urged

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patients not to visit

unless it's absolutely necessary.

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North Middlesex Hospital's

chief executive has been

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speaking to Victoria Hollins

about the pressure her

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staff currently face.

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Staff at this emergency department

know what it means to be busy.

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They've seen on average 500 patients

a day over the Christmas period.

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Yesterday the number peaked, at 599.

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It's a challenging time of year

for the new chief executive.

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We are under pressure at the moment.

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There is always pressure every

winter but we anticipate

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the pressure and start planning

for it in October, so we overbook

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for extra staff, we put

on a range of shifts,

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we open up extra capacity

across the hospital

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so we can take more people.

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This isn't exceptional,

but with a growing, ageing

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population with more complex needs,

each winter gets busier.

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We are really urging people to try

and use alternative services

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unless they really are needing

absolutely emergency care.

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Please use GPs, please use 111,

or some alternative.

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On any measurement, this

is a very busy hospital.

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Over the Christmas period almost

every bed has been full,

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and with the weather getting colder,

the pressure is only

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going to increase.

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So the question every day is how

you go about freeing up bed spaces.

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The solution can come

from unexpected places.

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So are you on the mend, Frank?

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I'm getting there...

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Frank couldn't be discharged

from North Middlesex Hospital

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because he hadn't got any shoes -

they'd been lost after he was

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brought in by the ambulance.

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The finance director

heard about his plight

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during the daily beds meeting,

so offered up his own.

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Did you manage to get them on?

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Cos I'm only a size eight, you see!

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But they were a big size eight.

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It helped to get Frank

and frees up a bed.

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It helped Frank and frees up a bed.

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The shoes have enabled me to get

home now, so, yeah, that's great.

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I shall be passing them

on to either a charity,

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and it probably will be a charity,

but maybe I might even go out

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in them, one little dance.

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I'm absolutely overwhelmed

by the response this relatively

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small and spontaneous action has

had, and I would like to

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emphasise that our staff,

who number over 3,000,

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will do something like this every

day which will go unnoticed.

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More imaginative ways to free up

beds could well be needed.

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Winter pressure is

unlikely to ease soon.

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That's it for now from me,

but let's get the weekend weather

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with Helen Willetts.

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Not a great start, we have showers

with us at the moment. They will

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keep going through the night.

Gradually we will find them

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diminishing towards the north with

temperatures falling close to

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freezing, with some fog developing.

If you're travelling tonight or

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tomorrow morning, it could be quite

dense towards the north of London by

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that state. But it should start to

clear away with temperatures rising

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a little tomorrow. But we will

notice the chill. We will keep a lot

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of cloud during the day. They risk

of showers only slowly easing. The

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big change is the pick-up of the

north-easterly wind to make it feel

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colder tomorrow and through the

weekend. 6-8dC. A bleak day, but the

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showers will ease tomorrow night.

It's much colder tomorrow night and

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sunnier on Sunday but still the risk

of cloud to the south and a stronger

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north-easterly by that stage so

quite a biting wind. Here's the

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local outlook until

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