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so it's goodbye from me -
and on BBC One we now join the BBC's
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Tolu Adeoye.
BBC London has learnt
an increasing number
of care homes are thought to be
"cherry-picking" their residents.
Some have blamed a lack of funding
and more demand for places -
leaving them unable to look
after those with the
highest care needs.
The Government says it
will publish plans this Summer
to reform social care.
Helen Mulroy reports.
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 early-onset dementia.
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 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 everyday.
She wouldn't want to let them in.
They haven'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 that 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 place.
It was a 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.
Our helpline increasingly gets
calls of this nature.
We find that care homes
are picking and choosing people
that they accepted into their homes,
largely because they don't
have the funding to be able
to provide the specialist support
needed to help people with dementia.
With wages 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 are doing
about the lack of appropriate
care home places.
They told us that they have invested
an extra £2 billion in social care
and that over the summer
they are publishing planned reforms
to make the 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.
The last few people
who were squatting in a central
London building have been evicted.
Bailiffs and police arrived to find
the building on Great Portland
Street mostly empty.
Around 150 people had occupied it
since the start of March.
The majority left on Monday
after the owner won a court order.
Dog owners are being urged
to keep their pets on leads
in the countryside,
it's after two dogs killed 13 sheep
Across the country around
15,000 sheep were killed
after being attacked in 2016.
Some argue more bans on dogs
in parks around London could be
making the situation worse.
Sarah Harris reports.
Three times in as many years,
Tim's sheep kept in the countryside
close to Watford
have been attacked by dogs.
The scale of such incidents is huge.
POlice were called to a nearby farm
this week where to dogs took out
almost the entire flock.
Though was a total of 13 sheep,
being a mixture of fully grown ewes
and newly born lambs that have been
slaughtered and there are a further
six lambs that the farmer was able
to take back to the farm that had
some of them quite severely.
Legal proceedings are ongoing
against the owner and the pictures
are too harrowing to broadcast
but the research shows there
are thousands of attacks
in the countryside around
London every year.
Tim doesn't just keep sheep,
he also advises the government
and the police on how to deal
with the problem of
He said it often boils down
to the owner's naivete.
People walking a dog
and it's not under control,
on a lead, and they see sheep,
the dogs see sheep,
the dogs run off and attack
and the owner can't recall it.
Because the dog is going back
into primitive hunting mode.
And this is all dogs.
This isn't particular types of dogs.
This is large, small, all breeds.
And it simply, in this case,
the owners just do not understand
that their dog will go back
to its hunting instincts.
Very seldom is it
the fault of the dog.
With Easter coming, the police
are keen to get the message
across for owners to keep their dogs
on a lead in the countryside.
If things do get out of hand,
they may face criminal charges.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
A boxer from Gravesend has
been selected to represent England
at the Commonwealth Games.
Chev Clarke learned
to box in his home town -
he now spends the week training
with the national
squad in Sheffield.
But most weekends,
he's back in Gravesend.
And that's where Ian Palmer
caught up with him.
He's won the heavyweight amateur
boxing title twice now,
Chev Clarke is aiming to become
the Commonwealth champion as well.
I feel very good.
I'm looking forward to it.
Looking forward to performing,
going doing business.
Chev Clarke was born
in Jamaica, he moved
to Gravesend when he was 14.
A talented footballer, he didn't
take up boxing until he was 18.
Chev's best friend Sanjay,
who he met at the beginning
of his boxing career ten years ago,
explains why his body is so good.
His mental strength,
more than anything.
I know he's in great
physical shape and people always
look at him and think,
you've got these muscles,
or whatever, but mentally
there's not many people like him.
He has got this resilience
to everything and he can
bounce back from anything.
That's mainly the reason
why he's so successful.
He represented Jamaica
in the Commonwealth
games four years ago.
In Glasgow, he roomed next door
but one to the sprinter Usain Bolt.
The 27-year-old says representing
England in Australia is an honour
and he's ready for the challenge.
I'm very confident
myself and my team.
of talent up there.
I take that back, unbelievable
amount of hard work back there.
So, expect a whole lot of trophies.
This going to be great.
His first bout in Brisbane
takes place on April 6th.
Ian Palmer reporting there.
That takes us to the weather.
Kate Kinsella is here with me now.
How's it looking?
Not too bad. Pretty good today. A
cold and frosty start today. Maybe a
little below in one or two places.
But we had blue sky and sunshine,
really quite pleasant. Yes, a bit
chilly but the sunshine makes
everyone feel a little better.
Further sunny spells. There may be a
little bit in the way of patchy
cloud as we had through but
hopefully we will see sunny spells.
Temperatures rising quite steadily.
Up to about 10 Celsius. Not
especially warm but feeling nice in
the sunshine. This evening, the high
cloud thickens and increases coming
down from the North. It's not going
to get quite as cold as it did last
night. It will also bring some
outbreaks of rain. A damp start
tomorrow. The minimum temperature
above zero. A reasonably mild start
tomorrow, if a little damp at first.
Gradually, that. The clear.
Temperatures are little bit milder
through Thursday. Looking up at a
maximum getting up to around 12
Celsius. Towards the end of the
week, various weather fronts coming
in from the E -- the Atlantic. Some
showers, a bit of a breeze.
Temperatures cooling off a little
bit into the weekend and next week.
Then temperatures start to rise
That's it from me -
Asad Ahmad will be here
with our 6.30 programme.
But for now, from us all,
have a very good afternoon.