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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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