24/07/2017 London News


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Now on BBC One, let's join our news teams where you are.

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Good afternoon and welcome to BBC London News.

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One in four terminally ill people are struggling to get the end

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And their families aren't being given enough support,

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The charity Hospice UK says people from deprived areas,

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or from black and ethnic minority communities, are at particular

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Dan Freedman is at London's first modern hospice,

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I'm at St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham, which today

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is celebrating 50 years providing end of life care to patients

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When it was started in 1967, it was the world's

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And Dr Heather Richardson is the Chief Executive.

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Dame Cicely wanted something that was radically different

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She wanted care that was really focused on their symptoms.

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She wanted to look after their families,

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she wanted them to be in the picture, and she wanted them

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It was founded on the basis of equal access to all communities,

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To some extent, but we could do a lot better.

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And in particular, we want to reach people who either don't know

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about hospice care and palliative care

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and could benefit, or people that

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know about it but are concerned that they might not get

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To that end, we are providing a whole variety of services,

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but also working with communities so that we can help get it

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We've been talking particularly today about black and ethnic

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minority communities, as well as the LGBT+ committees,

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how can you access them, and why are they not accessing

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I think they have a history of thinking that they

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may not be welcome. We would welcome anybody here.

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But importantly, we need to have conversations with them

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to know what they want, and we also need to connect

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with people that they trust, help them to do end of life care,

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too, and work in partnership with them.

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Dr Heather Richardson, thank you much, celebrations

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will continue here through the day to mark 50 years here

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A man's appeared in court charged with the murder,

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rape and kidnap of a 19 year old woman in south west London.

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Her body was found at a house in Kingston on Wednesday.

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The 33-year-old man, who's also accused of

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raping another woman, appeared at Wimbledon

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Magistrates Court, alongside a second man who's has

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been charged with kidnap. They've been remanded in custody.

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There's growing anger in parts of East London

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after a 20-year-old man died while being arrested by police.

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Rashan Charles was chased into a shop in Haggerston

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in Hackney by officers, thrown to the floor and restrained.

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Scotland Yard says he'd tried to swallow an object,

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and that officers had tried to prevent him harming himself.

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

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A mother from Surrey, whose son has down syndrome,

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has called for doctors and midwives to be given better advice

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on how to talk to parents if their baby is diagnosed

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Sarah Roberts from Woking feels the language used

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when she was told her son Oscar was affected left her

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She wants other parents to have better support.

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Like most toddlers, he's a bit of a handful.

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When Oscar's mum Sarah Roberts first found out her eldest son

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had Down's syndrome, she admits it was hard to accept.

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I'm going to be completely honest with you, it was

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absolutely devastating. I thought the world had ended.

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I thought, you know, that was it for our life.

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Oscar is now five and doing well, but Sharon believes the language

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used by midwives and other health professionals around his

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diagnosis was negative, unsympathetic and out of date.

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If the medical professionals were starting off their conversation

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with, "This is the statistics, you have a one in 50

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chance of having a baby with Down's syndrome..."

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I don't think that mother would potentially panic as much

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as she would if she heard the word "risk".

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She was so concerned about the effect it had

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on her and other mums she knows with Down's syndrome

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children, she decided to do something about it.

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I've called my blog Don't Be Sorry, because first thing

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the paediatrician said to me when they delivered the news was,

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We suspect Oscar has Down's syndrome."

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I feel like if she'd opened it with, "First of all, congratulations.

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You have a beautiful baby boy. I'm going to tell you something that

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isn't exactly the news you were expecting,

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I don't think I would have felt quite so sad for as long.

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Sarah hopes her blog will help others understand that having

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a child with Down's syndrome isn't the end of the world,

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and she hopes more training and guidance for midwives

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There's a lot of training and education going on

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And I think we will include discussions about language in that.

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Sarah says her family wouldn't be complete without Oscar at its heart.

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Now, if you don't like rodents, you may want to look away.

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Harrow, in North West London has been nicknamed Rat Land

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with locals saying the situation is out of control.

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A video's emerged online of the problem

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showing a large number of rats swarming around bin bags.

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Victoria Cook's here, you've been looking into this-

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just talk us through what we can see in this footage?

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You have looked through this, talked us through what the footage shows.

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Let's look at the video straightaway. You can see the

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problem instantly. There are bin bags on the floor, this is the

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middle of the day, not a secluded area, an area in Harrow, and you can

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see the numbers there. It is hard to see how many there are, but I would

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say more than 20. This was captured by a local councillor, Susan Hall.

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It is so bad in Harrow, 600 people have created a Facebook group to

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raise awareness of the environment a problem in Harrow. They say an

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increase in rubbish and rats, that kind of thing. This is not an

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isolated video. I have another one to show you. This one shows rats

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scurrying around, a bit more spread out, later in the day, but no

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rubbish to be seen in this particular video. But again, the

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rats very big. Lots of people commenting on line, saying things

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like the bins are collected fortnightly, what do you expect?

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Local citizens have themselves to blame for fly-tipping, they enjoy

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the conditions they deserve. What has the local council had to say

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about this? We spoke to them and they acknowledge there is a real

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problem in Harrow. They say they are addressing the problem urgently.

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They are putting more rat traps in the area, and are talking to local

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traders to explain how to dispose of waste properly. Victoria, I am sure

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you will keep us updated, thank you very much.

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Many of the services into Britain's busiest rail station, Waterloo,

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have now been restored, following major

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You will have seen it on the travel bulletins this morning. South West

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trains advised commuters this morning to avoid travelling into

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Waterloo altogether because of a signal failure. Most trains are

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running again, but services between Woking and Surbiton still have

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delays of around 45 minutes, so do be warned. Network Rail says it is

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sorry for the disruption caused to passengers.

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Well, let's get the weather now with Georgina Burnett.

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Well, what a dreary, damp start to the day.

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And we continue in that vein for the afternoon.

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This was captured by a weather watcher this morning.

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I'm sure there will be further puddles on the way, as we

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are seeing more outbreaks of rain, some of us anyway,

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and fairly light for the most part.

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We're likely to seem more brightness this afternoon, but not

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everywhere, and there is that north-westerly breeze.

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Temperatures struggling to get above the mid-teens for some of us,

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and where they are high, probably feeling a good few degrees below.

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But through the night, we see that rain clear away,

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and we are left with a fair amount of cloud,

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temperatures down to around 13 or 14 degrees.

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But tomorrow is a different day altogether.

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Largely dry and fine, not quite as breezy as

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today, and a good deal of sunshine around as well.

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One or two very isolated showers, most of us having

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Temperatures getting up to 22 or 23, possibly even a touch above that.

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As the band of rain pushes eastwards, and a fairly wet

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day altogether. The wind picking up.

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That stays with us for the rest of the week.

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Thursday and Friday look more settled, sunshine with a few

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Temperature wise, always in the mid to low 20s for the

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There'll be much more on our evening programme, of course,

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Victoria Hollins will be here at 6:30. Bye bye.

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