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That is it from us.
Welcome to BBC London News
with me Chris Rogers.
First tonight: A burglar
so sophisticated and violent police
believe he could be the work
of a 'highly professional soldier'.
A series of burglaries
across London, Kent and Surrey have
been carried out using cable ties,
covert surveillance and extreme
violence - he's been
dubbed the Night Watcher.
Tolu Adeoye has met one
of his victims who lost hundreds
of thousands of pounds worth
of jewellery and possessions.
Waiting for the perfect moment to
invade a house he's been planning to
steel from. The burglar police
believe may have had military
training. He enters through unlocked
back doors and windows usually while
victims are inside their homes.
was at my computer and I heard a
very loud voice behind me. I turned
around and saw a very, very large
man dressed all in black with the
balaclava. He shouted very loudly, I
want the jewellery, take me to the
Susan Morris was alone at home
back in October when she and her
home came under attack.
He hit me
three times on the face, it was
very, very painful and I could not
believe the blows kept coming. I
took him to the jewellery. I gave
him the jewellery. It had already
been very frightening. But he
actually said to me, get on the
floor. I actually thought he was
going to rape me.
It was the latest
of seven and violent burglaries all
targeting affluent homes and police
believe the same man is responsible.
These are some of more than £1
million worth of jewellery and
watches which have been taken over
We do not believe this
is an amateur, this is someone with
specialist skills. He uses firearms
and cable ties to do this. He has an
immense amount of planning and
prepping before he goes to commit
There are trade
crafts we generally only see by
people with specialist or former
military experience which include
identifying pattern is of life, of
the owners of these properties.
Looking at the arcs of cameras and
their locations. Even the methods of
Despite the Ministry of
Defence seeing it is working with
the police investigation it is
asking for more evidence saying we
are unable to share unique taken
from personnel before they are
deployed on military operations as
it is restricted under data
protection. If service personnel are
convicted of a crime or under
suspicion DNA records are shared
with police. For his victims they
are now pervades the place they
should feel more safe.
the dog out, we turn the alarm on
before it comes back, we lock
internal balls from the hallway into
the kitchen. It's not good.
moral leads police say it's
important anyone with information
comes forwards before he strikes
A school in Isleworth could become
the first in England
to reduce school hours by closing
lunchtime on a Friday to save money.
St Mary's Catholic Primary
School, are consulting
parents on the proposal.
Many are concerned about the extra
child-care costs they'll face
and say the process
has been mismanaged.
But is there a bigger picture?
Here is our Education
Reporter Marc Ashdown.
In classrooms across London the
school day finishes around 3:30pm
but here in aisles worth pupils
could be heading home on a Friday
almost three hours early. Due to
pressures on the budget the
governors at Saint Mary 's school
are proposing a move to a four and a
happy week. Which presents a
headache for parents like Marlon.
They are ten and eight.
are at school of course but come
September he has already been told
to start thinking about childcare
The lack of consideration
for working parents is quite
striking. So at the moment, that is
the main problem, both the cost for
some parents and also the logistics
of actually who will pick up the
The school wrote to parents
explaining the savings it has made
over the past five years, vacant
posts have not been filled, and
Italian language teacher was
replaced by a volunteer and some
music lessons have been cancelled
and the parent fund was sent up for
supplies like colouring pencils and
glue sticks. The school run a
consultation with the idea with £400
voluntary donation from each parent
and considered cutting classroom
It is upsetting because
this will affect our children's
education. It is going to happen all
over the country.
Many of us have a
lot of suggestions we would like to
bid forward to try to help
supplement school funds. We need to
On the half of the
school Hounslow Council said a
consultation are still underway and
no decision will be taken with the
backing of parents. The issues with
funding are being felt at schools
across London, headteachers far and
wide grappling with how to make the
figures add up. Last year a
delegation of heads descended on
Downing Street with a petition in
effect begging for more money. The
Department for Education says it
trusts heads to structure the school
day to support pupils learning and
says it is investing an extra £1.3
billion in schools.
They have not
taken into account the fact that
pensions are increasing, school
inflation is running higher than
normal inflation. All these
pressures are coming to bear on our
school system and that is why you
see schools making these decisions.
It is not clear if the shorter week
will now go ahead but schools facing
a similar squeeze will be watching
Knife crime in England and Wales
jumped by more than 20% last year.
On New Year's Eve alone,
four young men were stabbed
to death in London -
and teenage knife murders are now
at a ten year high in the capital.
But what about the loved
ones left behind?
Our Home Affairs Correspondent Nick
Beake has spent time with a family -
to hear the devastating impact that
knife crime can have.
Behind the police tape,
behind the forensic
search and behind
headline that will appear
in the newspaper there is a face.
And a family beginning to grieve.
We first met Michael's dad
and brothers the day
after the 17-year-old
was stabbed to death.
Michael said, daddy.
Did you cry?
But two months on relatives have
gathered in south London to say
I love him to the bottom
of my heart, rest in peace, Michael.
I know you are with
the angels in the
sky, it breaks my heart
to know you are gone.
It is really horrible,
it is really horrible, it is really
How can they do it?
So many of them.
is on your shoulders.
Kill me today, you cannot
kill me tomorrow.
Michael was one of 20
teenagers stabbed to death
in London last year.
Our young beautiful boys
are going and I don't
know what to do is parent.
Knife crime is rising
across the country.
Families who should be organising
birthday parties are instead
organising where to
bury their loved ones.
I am hoping that my son, Michael,
will be the last one and
my son, Michael, his death
will change the world.
Six teenagers aged between 14
and 19 had been charged
with Michael's murder.
But case against them
has just been dropped
because of a lack of evidence.
Michael's brother has
a message for the
We don't know what Michael
was going to be and now we will
never get to know what
he was going to be.
Because of you and your
All I can tell you is you need
to look into yourself
and sort yourself out.
The Jonas family are
pleading with those who
robbed them of this young life
to come forward and confess.
Their faith in divine
justice remains strong.
This is a family willing to forgive,
but will never be able to forget.
Let the balloons free!
The first public consultation has
started into the expansion
of Heathrow Airport.
The airport's owner has put forward
a number of ideas for how
the project could be carried out.
One of them is to move part
of the M25 into a tunnel.
That's it for now from me,
but lets find out what the weather's
up to with Elizabeth Rizzini.
Thank you, early signs of spring
spotted today by weather watches,
happy daffodils blowing around in
the sunshine and will be more
sunshine for much of the rest of the
week. Also showers notably so
tomorrow. And it will be quite
chilly. Sunshine around by day, dry
weather and clear spells at night so
if you want to see the super bloom
and tomorrow evening I think your
chances particularly first thing
will be good. A lot of clouds
tonight and it is quite breezy. A
few showers around. Different start
to the day tomorrow, we started this
morning -2, -3 saw a lot more mild
tomorrow morning but it might be wet
for your commute to work. Those
showers were clear, on and off
through the afternoon but also
bright and sunny spells in between.
Breezy, top temperature and 9-10.
North-westerly wind developing on
Wednesday night so dry with sunshine
but still quite chilly