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I'm Katharine Carpenter. news teams where you are.
A review into the death of a baby in Luton, who was murdered
by his mother's partner, has found failings
in the way the local authorities handled his case.
The family had moved from west London and the report
calls on councils to do more to share information
Know that was just 13 months old when life was cut short. He suffered
multiple injuries over a sustained period. Should more have been done
to protect know ya? The -- Noah. The family moved to Luton weeks before
Noah's death. A Serious Case Review highlighted multiple failures in the
sharing of the information. There is concern that information is not
transferred between councils which means vulnerable children can slip
through the net. Health visitors described as the crucial eyes and
ears of the safeguarding system, but there are critical vulnerabilities
and flaws highlighted which lead to predictable errors. It means there
is no clear understanding of the risks the children, where there is
domestic abuse, better training and extra resources are needed, the
report says, to enable cases to be investigated more thoroughly.
Melanie has been a social worker 19 years. These findings were no
surprise to her. Every Serious Case Review says the same thing - social
workers need to step away from some of the bureaucratic processes and we
need to be allowed to work with families more, we need to be allowed
to spend more time on the ground. We are building that relationship with
families, young people, we need to do that, with professionals and then
in termsinformation, I think the information would flow more easily.
Both Luton and Ealing council say this review increases the need for
national guidance on transferring cases between boroughs. They insist
cases have been strengthened, but Noah's death brings into focus the
tragic cost when the system fails. The blow that killed a Polish man
has been described as a Superman punch in court. He died in a
shopping centre in Harlow last year. The defendant was 15 at the time,
he's not sitting in the dock, but behind his defence counsel and
beside his father. He is of small build and was wearing a shirt and
tie. No-one in the court is wearing wigs at all, not even the judge, the
idea behind that is to make the court less formal so that the
youngsters felt more comfortable giving evidence. Opening the case
for the prosecution, they were saying that the victim was out in
Harlow, he had been drinking vodka, eating pizza and they were drunk.
Their attention was drawn to a group of youths cycling around the area
when something was thrown or kicked in their direction so two of them,
including the victim, went over to talk to them, although his English
was poor and he couldn't say much to them. He said that there was some
laughter about his English. The court heard the defendant moved
deliberately around the back of the victim to take him by surprise and
that the 16-year-old jumped from the ground, used his full force and hit
him on the head and, as he fell to the ground, the youths scattered.
The victim was found with a pool of blood around his head. He suffered
catastrophic brain injuries, he never regained consciousness and
died in hospital two days later. The prosecution says the defendant will
claim he was acting in self-defence but there was that there was no
threat from the victim, so that there was no need for self-defence.
The prosecution say the defendant took a decision to use unlawful
violence. Plans to increase opening
hours for shops, museum, galleries and theatres
in the capital have been The industry is already
worth ?26 billion and the Mayor, Sadiq Khan,
hopes his 24-hour vision for the city will help bring
about further growth to the sector and not just involve
late night drinking. There are some parts of London where
there's not really much of a night-time economy at all and I
would like to see the possibility of our being able to even out provision
so as to provide greater jobs for local workers, so as to reduce some
of the stresses within the hotspots so as to improve sustainability and
so as to bring the economic opportunities to the night-time
economy to all parts of London. It's 100 years since the start
of one of the most bloody battles The Battle of Passchendael saw
the British launch a series of failed assaults against German
forces overlooking the city Nearly half 1 million
men lost their lives. Today a special sculpture has been
unveiled in Trafalgar Square It was one of the deadliest episodes
in one of the deadliest wars this country has ever known. The Battle
of Pashen deal near Ypres in Belgium. Exactly a hundred years on,
relatives of the victims have been paying tribute beside a specially
commissioned sculpture -- Passchendaele. Father and son Harry
and Ronald Moore house were killed on the same day. They were both in
the same battalion and when Ronald was wounded, the son was wounded,
the father set out to find a doctor. He was insistent that he'd get some
help for him, but unfortunately, he was shot as he went out to find a
doctor and by then Ronald was dead anyway so it was all a hideous waste
of life. This sculpture is made in part from the earth taken at
Passchendaele, earth which turned to mud in battle, killing thousands.
And whilst legions died, some survived, albeit with horrific
injuries. He was taken to a field hospital in Bologna, the 83rd Dublin
Hospital and he was there for about five months before he was then
transferred to Sidcup Hospital in Kent where there was some pioneering
plastic surgery going on. William Henry Nicholl lived until the ripe
old age of 91, one of the lucky ones. This mud soldier will survive
for the next four days in Trafalgar Square where it will eventually be
worn away with water, a symbol of the mud and slaughter of this
senseless battle. Now let's check on the
weather with Kate. How is it looking?
Not too bad. An improvement on the last few days. A bit of blue sky and
sunshine which is working a treat out there at the moment as the
temperature is rising that bit higher. It felt fresh yesterday.
Today is feeling a bit warmer. Brighter spells this afternoon and
yes, temperatures continue to rise. There is a fair amount of cloud
around but it should stay dry. We are getting some breaks in the cloud
or at least some thinner spells, so we are looking at some bright
spells, maybe a glimmer of sunshine, especially further west later
Onthank. The temperature, 23 is the maximum. If you manage to see some
sunshine, it will feel pleasant. A nice, fine dry evening with evening
sunshine. Overnight, we'll start to see a bit more cloud moving in from
the weather. Minimum temperature, dropping down to around 15, 16
Celsius, so it's going to be a mild night. For most of us, it will be a
grey start tomorrow morning. A bit of cloud around again. The settled
weather won't last. This rain pushes through. Heavier spells in there. It
will fragment in the afternoon turning lighter, so less persistent.
It's going to be that bit cooler tomorrow. A maximum of 21. The
weather fronts move away overnight Wednesday and through Thursday, we
are looking at a more showery regime, so there is still going to
be quite a lot of dry weather around, but the chance of some
showers over Thursday and through Friday and even into the weekend, it
stays changeable. Thank you very much.
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