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That's Newsnight with Evan.

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Good evening from BBC London News.

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First tonight, it's claimed that

a healthcare company which employed

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a care worker who stabbed

a 90-year-old was told she had

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a previous conviction for assault.

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Pamela Batten's family says

theya are extremely angry

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and are considering legal action.

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One charity has told this programme

the home care sector is in crisis.

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Yvonne Hall reports.

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90-year-old Pamela Batten left

disabled and very frightened

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by a so-called carer

who tried to kill her.

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Her son Sammy has filmed

his mother for us.

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This is what the so-called

carer did to Pamela.

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She hit her over the head

with a hammer and stabbed her

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in the neck for cash.

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She's been jailed for 21 years

for attempted murder.

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She had convictions for assault

and burglary and should never have

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been given a job looking

after vulnerable people.

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I'm really angry.

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It may not look it from the outside,

but I'm very, very angry.

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The company who employed the carer

has always insisted that

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despite robust safety checks,

it was not told by the government's

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criminal records checking system,

the DPS, that the carer had previous

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convictions for

assault and burglary.

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It says it would not have

employed her if it had been told.

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But today, the DPS said it had

warned Avant about the applicant's

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violent past and added,

this certificate listed Beavis

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convictions, serious offences such

as ABH would not be filtered

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and would be disclosed.

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This was Pamela Batten's

reaction today.

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I am surprised, because they always

said they didn't know

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anything about it.

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So I am surprised.

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Her son Sammy is furious and is now

considering legal action.

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I'm really upset.

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All through this, I've been calmly

upset, but now I'm extremely angry

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and I want something done.

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And I want to see it done,

I don't just want to hear words.

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I want to see positive actions and I

want something done about this.

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A charity campaigning for more

protection for elderly people says

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it's concerned that others also

be at risk.

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The reality is that the care sector

has been in crisis for a long time.

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People are making decisions

that are expedient, that

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are there for the moment,

and they are starting to disregard

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the protection of vulnerable people.

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We have been trying all afternoon

to get some response from Avant

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health care services to the DBS

statement saying the company

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was warned about the applicant's

violent background, but so far,

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nobody from turkey

has been available.

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nobody from Avant

has been available.

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As well as action to stop anyone

else going through what she has,

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Pamela would also like an apology.

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I'm disappointed.

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I mean, I haven't heard anything

from them apologising or anything.

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The new Justice Secretary,

David Gauke, has announced a review

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of procedures following the ruling

of the Parole Board to release

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the London taxi driver John Worboys.

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The decision to free the serial

sex attacker nine years

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after he was sent to prison has

prompted anger from victims.

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Frankie McCamley joins me now.

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Understandable concern.

Yes,

absolutely. Now one of the main

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things that went wrong following

this parole board hearing was how

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victims were told. What we know is

that these victims that were

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involved in the trial were either

notified via letter, e-mail or phone

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call. Those who received letters or

e-mails, some didn't get through for

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one reason or another and they found

out through the media. We have also

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heard from one of his victims today,

she didn't want to be identified,

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but she spoke to the BBC and what

she's demanding is an answer and to

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find out exactly why Worbooys was

released. She said the law must be

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changed and is asking for this

transparency and she says, I quote,

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until that happens, we can have zero

confidence that he won't re-offend.

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Now with with a new Justice

Secretary has anything changed?

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Well, in the Commons we did hear

from the new Justice Secretary and

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he echoed the statement made by his

predecessor that he is ordering an

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urgent review with a report by

Easter into the transparency of

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these decision-making process and

exactly how the victims are told.

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Although that will be welcomed, this

doesn't really get to the heart of

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what most of these victims are

concerned about and that's his

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release date. They were wrongly

informed by the police that he would

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be released after serving around ten

years. But now they are facing the

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prospect that he will be released.

Thank you.

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Should parents of premature babies

be given more paternity leave?

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Around one in every 13

is born prematurely.

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Now one London borough is believed

to be the first employer

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in the country to give extra time

off to people to care

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while their premature

newborns are in hospital.

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With more details

here's Tolu Adayoye.

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Imagine spending the start

of your new baby's life in hospital,

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worried about their health instead

of at home, enjoying watching

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them grow and develop.

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Granny had to wait more

than six weeks to hold you.

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What?

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That's what happened to Katrina.

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Her son Samuel was born at 30 weeks.

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She says she then had

to go back to work before

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she or Samuel were ready.

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We were in hospital for eight weeks

before bringing him home,

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and then when we came home,

he was very tiny and it was

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difficult to bond with a baby

that had been taken away

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from you at birth and

you had to leave him

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in the hospital for so long.

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And within months, it was time to go

back to work and for me,

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that was too soon, but I had no

option but to return to work.

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In the UK, maternity

and paternity leave start the day

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after a baby is born.

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Katrina has been campaigning

for extra leave for parents

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of premature babies,

and her charity has

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its first real victory.

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Waltham Forest Council is thought

to be the first to decide

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to change its policy on leave,

even though there is

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no legal requirement.

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For every week before the due date,

the parent will be entitled

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to full pay and leave

for maternity and paternity.

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It's the right thing to do

for the right reasons to make

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a difference to our staff,

to be a good employer

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and to hopefully be a beacon

to others to follow suit.

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For example, once a baby is home,

there are likely to be further

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hospital appointments and follow-up.

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Often, sadly, there are also often

medical conditions that follow

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from a premature birth,

so keeping that understanding

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going beyond the return to work

and looking forward is also

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something employers

should be looking at.

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The idea to extend leave has been

discussed by MPs, and there

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are guidelines advising employers.

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Waltham Forest Council is a start,

but Katrina says she will keep

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fighting until more parents

of premature babies get the leave

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she believes they need and deserve.

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A trip to the circus these days

can be a spectacular

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sight, with acrobats

and cutting-edge visual effects.

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But the attraction has a long

history which started

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here in the capital 250 years ago,

as Wendy Hurrell reports.

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Horses in head addresses, clowning

cricket, the ringmaster, all under

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the Big Top tent. Circus has been an

enduring family entertainment. But

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the history goes much, much further

back than this mid-century archive.

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It was on this day, 250 years ago,

that an ex-cavalry man roped off an

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area here in Waterloo and performed

tricks on horseback. Later he filled

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his shows with astonishing acts,

jugglers and tumblerers, it was the

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world's first circus.

He even

married an expert horsewoman and she

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did an act where she dipped her

hands in honey and bees were

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attracted to her hand. She would go

around the ring with bees around her

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hands. Extraordinary.

What must

Londoners have made of this

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spectacle?

I think they thought it

was absolutely wonderful and it

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attracted them to the South Bank of

the river which was the rather side

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of the theatre for entertainment.

Back north of the river today's

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circus isn't about equines, rather a

theatrical show of super human

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strength and skill.

As demonstrated here. This is at the

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Royal Albert Hall this week.

The

traditional circus still exists and

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it's important to maintain that

history and culture. In 1984 we took

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away the animal aspect and focus on

the strength and amazing aspects of

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what people can do. We have been

able to take those crafts and grow

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with them and modernise them and

bring it to a new level.

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Quite a sight.

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I'll say goodnight and it's over

to Stav for a check on the weather.

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I'll say goodnight and it's over

to Stav for a check on the weather.

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Thank you very much. A disappointing

cloudy grey, cool day today with

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drizzle around. We are going to see

a change as we head overnight. A

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weather front slowly moving in from

the west is going to introduce

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outbreaks of rain. It's going to

slow down as it continues to move

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eastwards. By the time we reach the

end of the night it will be across

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our patch. We will start off with

that rain through the morning. It

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will slowly clear its way eastwards

but there could be a handback. It

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looks like eastern parts of the City

and to Essex e forescompl Area of

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low pressure clears away and we see

a weak ridge of high pressure

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building in across the country. That

means with light winds and clear

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skies it's going to be a chilly

start to Thursday. There will be

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mist and fog around. It's going to

be on the cool side. That's how it's

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going to be towards the weekend, on

the cool side with cloud around

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