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That's all from me,
here on BBC One it's time
I'm Asad Ahmad.
Over 40 years after
being wrongly convicted
for a crime he didn't commit,
a businessman from Dorking
has been cleared.
Stephen Simmons has always
protested his innocence of stealing
mail bags from Clapham in the 1970s,
but it wasn't until he got
onto Google that he started
to uncover the truth
about the arresting police officer.
Mr Simmons feelings
towards him today?
Here's Charlotte Franks.
The face of a man who's
just had his conviction
quashed after 40 years.
Stephen Simmons has spent decades
wondering how and why he was found
guilty of stealing mail bags
from a train at Clapham Junction.
It was a crime he never committed,
but it led to eight
months in a borstal.
Hard to describe.
Best feelings I've
ever had in my life.
I'm not a criminal any more.
I'll try to cry, I've got
the biggest smile ever.
So, yeah, what could go wrong?
Stephen was arrested in 1976
by an officers from the BTP
named DS Derek Ridgewell.
Years later Stephen searched
the officers name on the internet
and discovered DS Ridgewell himself
had also been jailed for mail bag
theft and eventually died in prison.
After contacting the Criminal
Cases Review Commission,
Stephen's case was referred
to the Appeal Court citing
unreliable police evidence.
Research also revealed
there were fabricated confessions
in other cases where DC Ridgewell
was the lead officer.
I just feel hatred for that police
officer for what he done.
You know, he's ruined three lives.
Ones dead, one's ill and I've
survived, but you can't go
round ruining people's lives.
Winston Trew was one
of those forced to confess.
He was part of a group of young men
who became known as the Oval Four.
They were arrested for a string
of robberies on the Underground
in the 1970s, but have always
maintained their innocence.
It's now thought that today's
could help others like Winston
to have their cases quashed too.
I'm absolutely elated,
over the moon.
It's a great day.
Stephen's won his case.
I'm very pleased for him.
It now opens the gate for me
to bring my case back to the Court
of Appeal because we lost the first
appeal in 1973.
In summing up Lord Chief
Justice Burnett said,
"we quash the convictions.
We would wish only to note our
regret that it's taken so long
for this injustice to be remedied."
Now Stephen Simmons has promised
to do all he can to help
Winston Trew with his case.
After all, both men are now friends
despite it being a friendship formed
out of unfortunate circumstances.
Charlotte Franks, BBC London News.
Bus drivers in London
who move from one company
to another are to remain on the same
pay rather than having it lowered.
That's how it's worked until today,
when the Mayor of London
announced the change,
a change that's been described
by unions as a win-win.
Our Transport Correspondent Tom
Edwards has the details.
The son of a bus driver today
meeting workers at Merton bus depot.
The Mayor hailed this deal a win-
win. Now, bus drivers in the capital
moving to another company will
remain on the same pay grade.
Previously, their pay would have
This deal means if you are
an experienced driver and you leave
one company and moved to another,
they will recognise the experience
you have, which will lead to more
professional drivers and a better
quality service for commuters.
are over 6 million bus journeys a
day, more than the tube and the
trains. At the Capitol's bus drivers
have been fighting for better
conditions for years. They have
already seen a minimum wage of
£23,000, now this.
What we have got
here is a Mayor of London saying he
will treat people with respect, and
we will get a quality service at a
good price, and everybody will
benefit, so it is a win- win
TEFL says the new scheme
won't cost any more and bus
companies will save on training. For
these bus drivers, it is welcome. --
It is important to carry your
experience with you when you
It is important, and I
believe it is challenging out there,
so having that same, equal level for
all drivers is going to be very
important and appealing.
driver concerns have been addressed,
but for these key transport workers
today, some good news. It could now
be copied elsewhere. Tom Edwards,
BBC London News.
Two victims of the serial sex
attacker, John Worboys,
have launched a legal challenge
against the Parole Board's
decision to release him.
They're demanding to know
the reasons behind it.
A crowdfunding appeal has also been
launched to support them.
Louisa Preston has more on this.
The campaign is being spearheaded by
a woman who was attacked by Worboys
back in 2007. She was sexually
assaulted by the black cab driver.
There is also another woman who says
she was sexually assaulted by John
Worboys back in 2003, but the case
never came to court. Together, they
are launching this legal challenge
and they are trying to raise £10,000
through a crowdfunding website. They
are trying to force the parole board
to make it public into why they
believe John Worboys is safe to be
back, released into the community.
We know Worboys was convicted of
assaulting 12 women, but the police
believe he assaulted more than 100
The case was discussed in the
Commons today, wasn't it?
Yes, we know that the public is
outrage, but also politicians, and
among those calling for a review is
Zac Goldsmith, the former
Conservative candidate for Mayor of
John Worboys is likely to be
one of the worst sex attackers our
country has ever known. He was
continuing to deny his guilt until
two right years ago, dismissing his
crimes as banter, and only last year
he was deemed too dangerous to be an
open release conditions. This is an
insult to his victims and shows a
contempt for justice.
Minister has said she does
appreciate the sensitivity of this
case, and she said that the new
Justice Secretary definitely made
the right decision in getting his
own legal advice on whether he could
challenge the parole board.
Obviously, that would be unusual if
it happened. The Prime Minister said
the parole board is totally
independent, so no minister should
mean on it. The news that we know
tonight is that John Worboys will be
released by the end of this month.
There's been a surprise
vote to block plans
to redevelop the Elephant and Castle
shopping centre and other
including the tube station.
After more than seven
hours discussing the
multi-million pound plan,
councillors decided they weren't
happy with the proposals
because it wasn't in the best
interest of local people.
Tolu Adayoye has been to the area.
It was an unexpected decision.
Even those who were opposed
to plans, which included
and Castle Shopping Centre,
were surprised when Southwark
Council didn't approve them.
Many, like Sharon, who live
and work in the area,
felt the changes would be bad
for local people.
It's not going to be inclusive,
as far as I'm concerned.
Dare I say it's for the haves
rather than the have-nots.
So I guess that things do have
to move on and things
do have the change.
But, I don't know, I just don't feel
that it's including the people
who've been born and bred
in the area.
The developers had promised
a brand-new shopping centre,
a new building for the London
College of Communication,
as well as 1,000 new homes,
a third of which
would be affordable.
And from the roof of the Elephant
and Castle shopping centre,
all you have to do is look up to see
the changes already in this area.
But it appears this
is a development too far.
In a statement, the council said:
This development plan
would essentially mean the social
cleansing of the area.
UAL are currently
complacent in that.
Despite so much talk
of a commitment to social justice
and widening participation,
its involvement proves the utter
hypocrisy of their statements.
A bingo hall sits
at the top floor of
the shopping centre.
Its owner was another objector.
He says it wasn't factored
into the plans at all, and
shows the developers
are out of touch.
This is vitally important
of the social life of
thousands of people
in the area every week.
Everybody wants the Elephant
and Castle to develop, right?
But they didn't want
this particular one, it
just didn't make any sense.
The developers have said that 90%
of people who they spoke
to were in favour of the plans.
They want their supporters
to make their voices
heard ahead of a meeting at the end
of January, when the next
steps for this part
of London will become
That's it for now from me,
but let's find out
what the weather's
up to, with Chris.
Windy weather could cause problems
for the commute tomorrow morning.
Look at how the isobars are squeezed
together across eastern England as
the low works out into the North
Sea. There is where the strongest
winds will be. The Met office have
issued this yellow weather warning
for strong winds which will pick up
through the course of the night. 70
mph in coastal parts of East Anglia.
Strongest of the north of central
London, where we are most likely to
see disruptive weather tomorrow
morning. There will be sunshine, but
in the afternoon, the wind comes
down a bit, still blustery. And
showers moving. Some wintering --
wintry showers over higher ground.
It has milder but