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That's Newsnight with Evan.
Good evening from BBC London News.
First tonight, it's claimed that
a healthcare company which employed
a care worker who stabbed
a 90-year-old was told she had
a previous conviction for assault.
Pamela Batten's family says
theya are extremely angry
and are considering legal action.
One charity has told this programme
the home care sector is in crisis.
Yvonne Hall reports.
90-year-old Pamela Batten left
disabled and very frightened
by a so-called carer
who tried to kill her.
Her son Sammy has filmed
his mother for us.
This is what the so-called
carer did to Pamela.
She hit her over the head
with a hammer and stabbed her
in the neck for cash.
She's been jailed for 21 years
for attempted murder.
She had convictions for assault
and burglary and should never have
been given a job looking
after vulnerable people.
I'm really angry.
It may not look it from the outside,
but I'm very, very angry.
The company who employed the carer
has always insisted that
despite robust safety checks,
it was not told by the government's
criminal records checking system,
the DPS, that the carer had previous
assault and burglary.
It says it would not have
employed her if it had been told.
But today, the DPS said it had
warned Avant about the applicant's
violent past and added,
this certificate listed Beavis
convictions, serious offences such
as ABH would not be filtered
and would be disclosed.
This was Pamela Batten's
I am surprised, because they always
said they didn't know
anything about it.
So I am surprised.
Her son Sammy is furious and is now
considering legal action.
I'm really upset.
All through this, I've been calmly
upset, but now I'm extremely angry
and I want something done.
And I want to see it done,
I don't just want to hear words.
I want to see positive actions and I
want something done about this.
A charity campaigning for more
protection for elderly people says
it's concerned that others also
be at risk.
The reality is that the care sector
has been in crisis for a long time.
People are making decisions
that are expedient, that
are there for the moment,
and they are starting to disregard
the protection of vulnerable people.
We have been trying all afternoon
to get some response from Avant
health care services to the DBS
statement saying the company
was warned about the applicant's
violent background, but so far,
nobody from turkey
has been available.
nobody from Avant
has been available.
As well as action to stop anyone
else going through what she has,
Pamela would also like an apology.
I mean, I haven't heard anything
from them apologising or anything.
The new Justice Secretary,
David Gauke, has announced a review
of procedures following the ruling
of the Parole Board to release
the London taxi driver John Worboys.
The decision to free the serial
sex attacker nine years
after he was sent to prison has
prompted anger from victims.
Frankie McCamley joins me now.
absolutely. Now one of the main
things that went wrong following
this parole board hearing was how
victims were told. What we know is
that these victims that were
involved in the trial were either
notified via letter, e-mail or phone
call. Those who received letters or
e-mails, some didn't get through for
one reason or another and they found
out through the media. We have also
heard from one of his victims today,
she didn't want to be identified,
but she spoke to the BBC and what
she's demanding is an answer and to
find out exactly why Worbooys was
released. She said the law must be
changed and is asking for this
transparency and she says, I quote,
until that happens, we can have zero
confidence that he won't re-offend.
Now with with a new Justice
Secretary has anything changed?
Well, in the Commons we did hear
from the new Justice Secretary and
he echoed the statement made by his
predecessor that he is ordering an
urgent review with a report by
Easter into the transparency of
these decision-making process and
exactly how the victims are told.
Although that will be welcomed, this
doesn't really get to the heart of
what most of these victims are
concerned about and that's his
release date. They were wrongly
informed by the police that he would
be released after serving around ten
years. But now they are facing the
prospect that he will be released.
Should parents of premature babies
be given more paternity leave?
Around one in every 13
is born prematurely.
Now one London borough is believed
to be the first employer
in the country to give extra time
off to people to care
while their premature
newborns are in hospital.
With more details
here's Tolu Adayoye.
Imagine spending the start
of your new baby's life in hospital,
worried about their health instead
of at home, enjoying watching
them grow and develop.
Granny had to wait more
than six weeks to hold you.
That's what happened to Katrina.
Her son Samuel was born at 30 weeks.
She says she then had
to go back to work before
she or Samuel were ready.
We were in hospital for eight weeks
before bringing him home,
and then when we came home,
he was very tiny and it was
difficult to bond with a baby
that had been taken away
from you at birth and
you had to leave him
in the hospital for so long.
And within months, it was time to go
back to work and for me,
that was too soon, but I had no
option but to return to work.
In the UK, maternity
and paternity leave start the day
after a baby is born.
Katrina has been campaigning
for extra leave for parents
of premature babies,
and her charity has
its first real victory.
Waltham Forest Council is thought
to be the first to decide
to change its policy on leave,
even though there is
no legal requirement.
For every week before the due date,
the parent will be entitled
to full pay and leave
for maternity and paternity.
It's the right thing to do
for the right reasons to make
a difference to our staff,
to be a good employer
and to hopefully be a beacon
to others to follow suit.
For example, once a baby is home,
there are likely to be further
hospital appointments and follow-up.
Often, sadly, there are also often
medical conditions that follow
from a premature birth,
so keeping that understanding
going beyond the return to work
and looking forward is also
should be looking at.
The idea to extend leave has been
discussed by MPs, and there
are guidelines advising employers.
Waltham Forest Council is a start,
but Katrina says she will keep
fighting until more parents
of premature babies get the leave
she believes they need and deserve.
A trip to the circus these days
can be a spectacular
sight, with acrobats
and cutting-edge visual effects.
But the attraction has a long
history which started
here in the capital 250 years ago,
as Wendy Hurrell reports.
Horses in head addresses, clowning
cricket, the ringmaster, all under
the Big Top tent. Circus has been an
enduring family entertainment. But
the history goes much, much further
back than this mid-century archive.
It was on this day, 250 years ago,
that an ex-cavalry man roped off an
area here in Waterloo and performed
tricks on horseback. Later he filled
his shows with astonishing acts,
jugglers and tumblerers, it was the
world's first circus.
married an expert horsewoman and she
did an act where she dipped her
hands in honey and bees were
attracted to her hand. She would go
around the ring with bees around her
Londoners have made of this
I think they thought it
was absolutely wonderful and it
attracted them to the South Bank of
the river which was the rather side
of the theatre for entertainment.
Back north of the river today's
circus isn't about equines, rather a
theatrical show of super human
strength and skill.
As demonstrated here. This is at the
Royal Albert Hall this week.
traditional circus still exists and
it's important to maintain that
history and culture. In 1984 we took
away the animal aspect and focus on
the strength and amazing aspects of
what people can do. We have been
able to take those crafts and grow
with them and modernise them and
bring it to a new level.
Quite a sight.
I'll say goodnight and it's over
to Stav for a check on the weather.
I'll say goodnight and it's over
to Stav for a check on the weather.
Thank you very much. A disappointing
cloudy grey, cool day today with
drizzle around. We are going to see
a change as we head overnight. A
weather front slowly moving in from
the west is going to introduce
outbreaks of rain. It's going to
slow down as it continues to move
eastwards. By the time we reach the
end of the night it will be across
our patch. We will start off with
that rain through the morning. It
will slowly clear its way eastwards
but there could be a handback. It
looks like eastern parts of the City
and to Essex e forescompl Area of
low pressure clears away and we see
a weak ridge of high pressure
building in across the country. That
means with light winds and clear
skies it's going to be a chilly
start to Thursday. There will be
mist and fog around. It's going to
be on the cool side. That's how it's
going to be towards the weekend, on
the cool side with cloud around