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so it's goodbye from me -

and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

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Welcome to BBC London News.

I'm Tolu Adeoye.

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BBC London has learnt

an increasing number

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of care homes are thought to be

"cherry-picking" their residents.

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Some have blamed a lack of funding

and more demand for places -

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leaving them unable to look

after those with the

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highest care needs.

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The Government says it

will publish plans this Summer

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to reform social care.

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Helen Mulroy reports.

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Back to work for Alex Turner.

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It's been a long time coming

for the graphic designer

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after he was forced to take a career

break at just 26 when his

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mum Sue was diagnosed

with early-onset dementia.

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I'd get five or six phone calls

a day, members of the public

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would find her or the police

would pick her up or she'd be

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in different hospitals

around our area and I'd have to go

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and collect her a lot of the time.

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When she was living at home, there'd

be different carers everyday.

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She wouldn't want to let them in.

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They haven't been trained

as to how to do that.

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So, full-time jobs were impossible.

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Alex became his mum's main carer,

even living with her for a period

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of time, but her condition worsened

and she went into hospital.

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By then, it was clear that the only

option was a care home.

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For the next year,

Alex looked at over 20 homes,

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and applied for a place at more

than ten of them.

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But, at each one, after assessing

Sue, who was still relatively young,

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physically fit, and mobile,

none could offer her place.

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It was a really depressing

and demoralising and I felt really

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unsure about where she was going

to be going.

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It wasn't a nice time.

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Sadly, Alex and Sue's

story is far from unique.

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Our helpline increasingly gets

calls of this nature.

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We find that care homes

are picking and choosing people

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that they accepted into their homes,

largely because they don't

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have the funding to be able

to provide the specialist support

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needed to help people with dementia.

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With wages going up soon,

the property and the upkeep of that

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property, particularly in London,

that can be extremely expensive.

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In contacting the government,

we asked the Department of Health

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and social care what they are doing

about the lack of appropriate

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care home places.

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They told us that they have invested

an extra £2 billion in social care

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and that over the summer

they are publishing planned reforms

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to make the system more

sustainable for the future.

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But for Sue and Alex,

any such reform is too late.

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I've missed a chunk of my career.

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I just couldn't get a job.

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My mum wouldn't have

been happy about that.

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It would have been incredibly

upsetting for my mum to know

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what I've gone through.

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Helen Mulroy, BBC London News.

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The last few people

who were squatting in a central

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London building have been evicted.

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Bailiffs and police arrived to find

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the building on Great Portland

Street mostly empty.

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Around 150 people had occupied it

since the start of March.

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The majority left on Monday

after the owner won a court order.

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Dog owners are being urged

to keep their pets on leads

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in the countryside,

it's after two dogs killed 13 sheep

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in Hertfordshire.

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Across the country around

15,000 sheep were killed

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after being attacked in 2016.

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Some argue more bans on dogs

in parks around London could be

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making the situation worse.

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Sarah Harris reports.

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Three times in as many years,

Tim's sheep kept in the countryside

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close to Watford

have been attacked by dogs.

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The scale of such incidents is huge.

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POlice were called to a nearby farm

this week where to dogs took out

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almost the entire flock.

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Though was a total of 13 sheep,

being a mixture of fully grown ewes

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and newly born lambs that have been

slaughtered and there are a further

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six lambs that the farmer was able

to take back to the farm that had

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been injured,

some of them quite severely.

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Legal proceedings are ongoing

against the owner and the pictures

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are too harrowing to broadcast

but the research shows there

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are thousands of attacks

in the countryside around

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London every year.

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Tim doesn't just keep sheep,

he also advises the government

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and the police on how to deal

with the problem of

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livestock worrying.

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He said it often boils down

to the owner's naivete.

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People walking a dog

and it's not under control,

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on a lead, and they see sheep,

the dogs see sheep,

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the dogs run off and attack

and the owner can't recall it.

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Because the dog is going back

into primitive hunting mode.

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And this is all dogs.

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This isn't particular types of dogs.

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This is large, small, all breeds.

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And it simply, in this case,

the owners just do not understand

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that their dog will go back

to its hunting instincts.

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Very seldom is it

the fault of the dog.

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With Easter coming, the police

are keen to get the message

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across for owners to keep their dogs

on a lead in the countryside.

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If things do get out of hand,

they may face criminal charges.

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Sarah Harris, BBC London News.

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A boxer from Gravesend has

been selected to represent England

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at the Commonwealth Games.

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Chev Clarke learned

to box in his home town -

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he now spends the week training

with the national

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squad in Sheffield.

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But most weekends,

he's back in Gravesend.

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And that's where Ian Palmer

caught up with him.

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He's won the heavyweight amateur

boxing title twice now,

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Chev Clarke is aiming to become

the Commonwealth champion as well.

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I feel very good.

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Very confident.

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I'm looking forward to it.

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Looking forward to performing,

going doing business.

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Chev Clarke was born

in Jamaica, he moved

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to Gravesend when he was 14.

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A talented footballer, he didn't

take up boxing until he was 18.

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Chev's best friend Sanjay,

who he met at the beginning

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of his boxing career ten years ago,

explains why his body is so good.

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His mental strength,

more than anything.

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I know he's in great

physical shape and people always

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look at him and think,

you've got these muscles,

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or whatever, but mentally

there's not many people like him.

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He has got this resilience

to everything and he can

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bounce back from anything.

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That's mainly the reason

why he's so successful.

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He represented Jamaica

in the Commonwealth

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games four years ago.

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In Glasgow, he roomed next door

but one to the sprinter Usain Bolt.

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The 27-year-old says representing

England in Australia is an honour

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and he's ready for the challenge.

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I'm very confident

myself and my team.

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Unbelievable amount

of talent up there.

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I take that back, unbelievable

amount of hard work back there.

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So, expect a whole lot of trophies.

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This going to be great.

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Yes.

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His first bout in Brisbane

takes place on April 6th.

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Ian Palmer reporting there.

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That takes us to the weather.

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Kate Kinsella is here with me now.

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How's it looking?

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Not too bad. Pretty good today. A

cold and frosty start today. Maybe a

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little below in one or two places.

But we had blue sky and sunshine,

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really quite pleasant. Yes, a bit

chilly but the sunshine makes

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everyone feel a little better.

Further sunny spells. There may be a

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little bit in the way of patchy

cloud as we had through but

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hopefully we will see sunny spells.

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Temperatures rising quite steadily.

Up to about 10 Celsius. Not

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especially warm but feeling nice in

the sunshine. This evening, the high

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cloud thickens and increases coming

down from the North. It's not going

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to get quite as cold as it did last

night. It will also bring some

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outbreaks of rain. A damp start

tomorrow. The minimum temperature

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above zero. A reasonably mild start

tomorrow, if a little damp at first.

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Gradually, that. The clear.

Temperatures are little bit milder

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through Thursday. Looking up at a

maximum getting up to around 12

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Celsius. Towards the end of the

week, various weather fronts coming

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in from the E -- the Atlantic. Some

showers, a bit of a breeze.

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Temperatures cooling off a little

bit into the weekend and next week.

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Then temperatures start to rise

again.

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Thanks, Kate.

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That's it from me -

Asad Ahmad will be here

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with our 6.30 programme.

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But for now, from us all,

have a very good afternoon.

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