The latest news, sport and weather from London.
Browse content similar to 21/03/2018. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
A quick reminder that Newsnight is
Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad.
The wife of an academic
who was stabbed to death
in Islington two years ago,
says she's having to 'crowdfund'
in order to get legal
representation at the inquest.
Dr Jeroen Ensink had just
become a father and had
gone to the post box
to send cards to mark
his daughter's birth.
Metres from his home
he was attacked,
by a man with mental health problems
who, just days earlier,
had charges against him dropped
connected to knife crime.
The widow has been
speaking of her loss.
Caroline Davies reports.
There were three police officers
standing in front of our door
and I just opened the door
and you just know, your entire
They hadn't even said said a word.
They hadn't even said,
"Is this your husband?"
You just know.
This was the last photo taken
of Nadja's husband, Jeroen Ensink.
His little daughter, Fleur,
had been born just 11 days before.
He left the house to
post cards announcing
her birth, when he was
attacked and killed.
Jeroen was killed by a man he'd
never met, Femi Nandap
was suffering from a cannabis
rage when he stabbed the academic.
Today he's serving an indefinite
sentence at Broadmoor Hospital for
Nandap had a history of severe
mental health problems.
In May 2015, he was
arrested and charged
for wielding a knife in public
and attacking a police officer.
He was released on bail.
In December, the charges
against him were dropped
because of insufficient evidence.
Six days later, he killed Jeroen.
Nadja hopes the inquest into his
death will give her some answers
about what happened,
but while the CPS and the police
will have legal representation
at that inquest, paid
for by the public purse,
she's been denied legal aid.
And without legal representation,
I won't be able to
get the answers we need.
As if it's not important enough.
As if we don't count.
The Met told us that while there had
been no misconduct, there
had been areas of learning.
The CPS said that
the case against the
previous knife offence should never
have been discontinued.
The Ministry of Justice
have said they're
committed to reviewing the situation
on legal aid for bereaved families,
but that review is delayed.
In the meantime, Nadja
is crowdfunding for
All this is going on,
I still believe in the goodness of
people, because it's out there.
But I don't believe in the system.
Caroline Davies, BBC London News.
BBC London has learnt
that an increasing
number of care homes appear
to be 'cherry-picking'
the patients they take-in
to keep costs down.
A lack of funding and
increasing demand for places
means those who need the most care
are sometimes overlooked.
The Government accepts the system
is under huge pressure.
Here's Helen Mulroy.
Back to work for Alex Turner.
It's been a long time coming
for the graphic designer,
after he was forced to take a career
break, at just 26, when his mum,
Sue, was diagnosed with
I'd get five or six phone calls
a day, members of the public
would find her or the police
would pick her up, or she'd be
in hospital, in different hospitals
around our area and I'd have to go
and collect her a lot of the time.
When she was living at home, there'd
be different carers every day.
She wouldn't want to let them in.
They hadn't been trained
as to how to do that.
So, full-time jobs were impossible.
Alex became his mum's main carer,
even living with her for a period
of time, but her condition worsened
and she went into hospital.
By then, it was clear the only
option was a care home.
For the next year, Alex
looked at over 20 homes
and applied for a place at more
than ten of them.
But at each one, after assessing
Sue, who was still relatively young,
physically fit and mobile,
none could offer her a place.
It was really depressing
and demoralising and I felt really
unsure about where she was going
to be going.
It wasn't a nice time.
Sadly, Alex and Sue's
story is far from unique.
The Alzheimer's Society helpline
increasingly gets calls
of this exact nature.
We're finding that care homes
are picking and choosing the people
that they accept into their homes,
largely because they don't
have the funding to be able
to provide the specialist support
that is needed to help
somebody with dementia.
The national living
wage is going up soon.
The property, and the upkeep of that
property, particularly in London,
that can be extremely expensive.
In contacting the Government,
we asked the Department of Health
and Social Care what they're doing
about the lack of appropriate
care home places.
They told us that they've invested
an extra £2 billion in social care
and that over the summer they're
publishing planned reforms to make
the social care system more
sustainable for the future.
But for Sue and Alex,
any such reform is too late.
I've missed a chunk of my career,
I just couldn't get a job.
My mum wouldn't have
been happy about that.
It would have been incredibly
upsetting for my mum to know
what I've gone through.
Helen Mulroy, BBC London News.
There's been a lot of talk
about driverless cars on our roads
and one of the largest city trials
has been taking place in Greenwich.
Our transport correspondent,
Tom Edwards, has been there to find
out how safe we feel
in the vehicles.
For 18 months these driverless
shuttles have been running around
the Greenwich peninsula,
testing how they react to people,
other vehicles and even dogs.
In that case the onboard
safety pilot intervened,
and here they're also trying to find
out our reactions to the pods.
It felt very safe.
The vehicle itself was very
cautious, it was very aware
of its surroundings.
I didn't feel at any point
that we came up to an obstacle
and it wasn't going to stop.
I've been following the technology
for a while, so it's been quite
exciting to finally get in one.
Although our pod today
was misbehaving initially.
According to those behind
the scheme, the technology has
performed well, even
in the recent poor weather.
Of those people who you use
these pods in Greenwich,
47% had a positive experience.
43% though had concerns,
mainly around cyber
security and road safety.
And driverless technology has been
in the headlines after a pedestrian
died after being hit
by a self-driving car in the US.
Some have called that a wake-up
call for the industry.
Others say the technology shouldn't
yet be on the roads.
So safety is always
going to be a priority.
We've got a lot of work
to do to develop trust.
Some people need to feel
trust in these vehicles
and the technology.
London still wants
to be at the forefront
of this new technology.
There's still some way to go
to convince everyone that this
is the future of transport.
Tom Edwards, BBC
London News, Greenwich.
A memorial has been laid in honour
of two soldiers from Islington
who were awarded the Victoria Cross
in the First World War
for their immense bravery.
Lance Corporal John Sayer
and Lieutenant Colonel Frank Roberts
were remembered at a ceremony
in north London.
Charlotte Franks was there.
It was where some of the bloodiest
battles were fought
during the First World War.
Millions died on the Western front,
amid the lines of mud trenches
and fortifications dug to prevent
the enemy from advancing.
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Roberts
lived in Highbury.
But in 1914, 26 years old, he left
to fight on the front in France.
On one occasion, the enemy
attacked a nearby village,
but Lieutenant Roberts led
a counterattack, driving
them away temporarily
so troops could withdraw.
The fight was basically
round the church.
But you've only got to look
at the commendation,
the number of people he killed
and took prisoner.
For his courage, he received
the Victoria Cross.
John Sayer, also from Islington,
single-handedly seized and defended
a strategic post close
to the Hindenburg Line
in northern France, in 1918.
For this deed, he too
was awarded the VC.
Today, both soldiers were remembered
by their families as memorials
were unveiled in Islington to mark
the sacrifice they made fighting
on the Western front.
The countryside was churned up
by heavy shelling from both sides.
It was covered in barbed wire.
The weather made the ground
impossible in many places.
But despite those difficult
conditions, John Sayer
would never forget his family,
writing to his children
on each of their birthdays.
"Dear Eric, I'm writing this hoping
you will get it on your birthday,
to wish you many happy returns..."
The letter is very quiet
and personal and it makes no
mention, really, of war
and what he must have been
going through at that time.
It's hoped that by laying these
stones, the memory of both soldiers'
achievements will be kept alive,
as well as educating future
generations about the Great War.
Charlotte Franks, BBC London News.
That's it for now from me,
but let's find out what
the weather's up to with Stav.
the weather's up to with Stav.
Beautiful day at times today? That
is right. Temperatures have been
recovering in fact after that very
cold weekend and ha that disruptive
snow. It will be mild as we head
into the weekend. Tomorrow you will
notice that when you step out of the
door. Much milder than it was this
morning. We should get sunny
intervals as well. Overnight there
will be quite a lot of cloud around.
Thicker cloud drifting down from the
north anded it could just squeeze
out a few spots of rain,
particularly towards the eastern
side of the capital. Look at the
temperatures. First thing Thursday,
five or six Celsius. There will be
some cloud around through the
morning. It will clear away,
probably taking its time from the
eastern side of the country.
Bubbling up again. This is over
doing it. We should see sunny
intervals. Temperatures up to 12-13
Celsius given the sunshine. Winds
will be light, coming in from the
south-west. Then really it's looking
dry for the next few days and into
the weekend. Sunday is looking like
being the best day of the weekend.
It will be very mild indeed. Stay