30/01/2018 London News


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That is it from us.

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me Chris Rogers.

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First tonight: A burglar

so sophisticated and violent police

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believe he could be the work

of a 'highly professional soldier'.

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A series of burglaries

across London, Kent and Surrey have

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been carried out using cable ties,

covert surveillance and extreme

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violence - he's been

dubbed the Night Watcher.

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Tolu Adeoye has met one

of his victims who lost hundreds

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of thousands of pounds worth

of jewellery and possessions.

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Waiting for the perfect moment to

invade a house he's been planning to

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steel from. The burglar police

believe may have had military

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training. He enters through unlocked

back doors and windows usually while

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victims are inside their homes.

I

was at my computer and I heard a

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very loud voice behind me. I turned

around and saw a very, very large

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man dressed all in black with the

balaclava. He shouted very loudly, I

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want the jewellery, take me to the

safe.

Susan Morris was alone at home

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back in October when she and her

home came under attack.

He hit me

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three times on the face, it was

very, very painful and I could not

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believe the blows kept coming. I

took him to the jewellery. I gave

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him the jewellery. It had already

been very frightening. But he

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actually said to me, get on the

floor. I actually thought he was

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going to rape me.

It was the latest

of seven and violent burglaries all

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targeting affluent homes and police

believe the same man is responsible.

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These are some of more than £1

million worth of jewellery and

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watches which have been taken over

three years.

We do not believe this

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is an amateur, this is someone with

specialist skills. He uses firearms

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and cable ties to do this. He has an

immense amount of planning and

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prepping before he goes to commit

these offences.

There are trade

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crafts we generally only see by

people with specialist or former

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military experience which include

identifying pattern is of life, of

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the owners of these properties.

Looking at the arcs of cameras and

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their locations. Even the methods of

entry.

Despite the Ministry of

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Defence seeing it is working with

the police investigation it is

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asking for more evidence saying we

are unable to share unique taken

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from personnel before they are

deployed on military operations as

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it is restricted under data

protection. If service personnel are

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convicted of a crime or under

suspicion DNA records are shared

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with police. For his victims they

are now pervades the place they

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should feel more safe.

Even letting

the dog out, we turn the alarm on

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before it comes back, we lock

internal balls from the hallway into

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the kitchen. It's not good.

With no

moral leads police say it's

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important anyone with information

comes forwards before he strikes

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again.

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A school in Isleworth could become

the first in England

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to reduce school hours by closing

lunchtime on a Friday to save money.

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St Mary's Catholic Primary

School, are consulting

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parents on the proposal.

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Many are concerned about the extra

child-care costs they'll face

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and say the process

has been mismanaged.

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But is there a bigger picture?

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Here is our Education

Reporter Marc Ashdown.

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In classrooms across London the

school day finishes around 3:30pm

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but here in aisles worth pupils

could be heading home on a Friday

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almost three hours early. Due to

pressures on the budget the

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governors at Saint Mary 's school

are proposing a move to a four and a

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happy week. Which presents a

headache for parents like Marlon.

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They are ten and eight.

Today they

are at school of course but come

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September he has already been told

to start thinking about childcare

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options.

The lack of consideration

for working parents is quite

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striking. So at the moment, that is

the main problem, both the cost for

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some parents and also the logistics

of actually who will pick up the

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child?

The school wrote to parents

explaining the savings it has made

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over the past five years, vacant

posts have not been filled, and

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Italian language teacher was

replaced by a volunteer and some

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music lessons have been cancelled

and the parent fund was sent up for

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supplies like colouring pencils and

glue sticks. The school run a

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consultation with the idea with £400

voluntary donation from each parent

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and considered cutting classroom

assistants.

It is upsetting because

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this will affect our children's

education. It is going to happen all

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over the country.

Many of us have a

lot of suggestions we would like to

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bid forward to try to help

supplement school funds. We need to

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move forward.

On the half of the

school Hounslow Council said a

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consultation are still underway and

no decision will be taken with the

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backing of parents. The issues with

funding are being felt at schools

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across London, headteachers far and

wide grappling with how to make the

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figures add up. Last year a

delegation of heads descended on

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Downing Street with a petition in

effect begging for more money. The

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Department for Education says it

trusts heads to structure the school

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day to support pupils learning and

says it is investing an extra £1.3

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billion in schools.

They have not

taken into account the fact that

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pensions are increasing, school

inflation is running higher than

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normal inflation. All these

pressures are coming to bear on our

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school system and that is why you

see schools making these decisions.

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It is not clear if the shorter week

will now go ahead but schools facing

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a similar squeeze will be watching

closely.

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Knife crime in England and Wales

jumped by more than 20% last year.

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On New Year's Eve alone,

four young men were stabbed

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to death in London -

and teenage knife murders are now

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at a ten year high in the capital.

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But what about the loved

ones left behind?

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent Nick

Beake has spent time with a family -

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to hear the devastating impact that

knife crime can have.

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Behind the police tape,

behind the forensic

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search and behind

the

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headline that will appear

in the newspaper there is a face.

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And a family beginning to grieve.

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We first met Michael's dad

and brothers the day

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after the 17-year-old

was stabbed to death.

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Michael said, daddy.

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Did you cry?

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But two months on relatives have

gathered in south London to say

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goodbye.

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I love him to the bottom

of my heart, rest in peace, Michael.

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I know you are with

the angels in the

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sky, it breaks my heart

to know you are gone.

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It is really horrible,

it is really horrible, it is really

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horrible.

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How can they do it?

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So many of them.

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Murderer, blood

is on your shoulders.

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Kill me today, you cannot

kill me tomorrow.

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Michael was one of 20

teenagers stabbed to death

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in London last year.

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Our young beautiful boys

are going and I don't

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know what to do is parent.

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Knife crime is rising

across the country.

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Families who should be organising

birthday parties are instead

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organising where to

bury their loved ones.

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I am hoping that my son, Michael,

will be the last one and

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my son, Michael, his death

will change the world.

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Six teenagers aged between 14

and 19 had been charged

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with Michael's murder.

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But case against them

has just been dropped

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because of a lack of evidence.

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Michael's brother has

a message for the

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killers.

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We don't know what Michael

was going to be and now we will

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never get to know what

he was going to be.

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Because of you and your

cowardly behaviour.

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All I can tell you is you need

to look into yourself

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and sort yourself out.

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The Jonas family are

pleading with those who

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robbed them of this young life

to come forward and confess.

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Their faith in divine

justice remains strong.

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This is a family willing to forgive,

but will never be able to forget.

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Let the balloons free!

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The first public consultation has

started into the expansion

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of Heathrow Airport.

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The airport's owner has put forward

a number of ideas for how

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the project could be carried out.

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One of them is to move part

of the M25 into a tunnel.

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That's it for now from me,

but lets find out what the weather's

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up to with Elizabeth Rizzini.

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Thank you, early signs of spring

spotted today by weather watches,

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happy daffodils blowing around in

the sunshine and will be more

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sunshine for much of the rest of the

week. Also showers notably so

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tomorrow. And it will be quite

chilly. Sunshine around by day, dry

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weather and clear spells at night so

if you want to see the super bloom

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and tomorrow evening I think your

chances particularly first thing

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will be good. A lot of clouds

tonight and it is quite breezy. A

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few showers around. Different start

to the day tomorrow, we started this

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morning -2, -3 saw a lot more mild

tomorrow morning but it might be wet

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for your commute to work. Those

showers were clear, on and off

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through the afternoon but also

bright and sunny spells in between.

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Breezy, top temperature and 9-10.

North-westerly wind developing on

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Wednesday night so dry with sunshine

but still quite chilly

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