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A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola Edgington virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin, 58, with a butcher's knife in a random attack six years after killing her own mother.The now…
Leading judges are being asked to rule that a teenager's "prolonged solitary confinement" in detention amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Singh heard on Wednesday that the boy was locked alone in his cell at Feltham Young Offender Institution (pictured)…
Five men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into a video showing the burning of an effigy of Grenfell Tower.The Metropolitan Police said the men, who are all from south and south-east London, handed themselves in on Monday night.A Scotland Yard spokesman said they are a 19-year-old, a…
A mentally ill woman warned she could kill someone to get admitted to hospital hours before she murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) was taken by police to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, on October 10 2011 after asking to be sectioned. She told the A&E receptionist:…
Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin with a butcher's knife in Bexleyheath, south-east London, in October 2011, six years after killing her…
A charity is warning of a "hidden crisis" of childhood poverty after reporting that demand for its services has never been greater. London-based Little Village said it had supported almost 2,000 families since it was set up two years ago, handing out hundreds of cots, buggies and nappy supplies. Half…
Social services bosses at a London council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.Judge Kate Purkiss has criticised managers at Barking and Dagenham Council (pictured) for their failure to monitor the care the teenager…
A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his links with gangs in south London. Judge Mary Lazarus says an opportunity to help the…
A man left paralysed after leaving A&E following "misleading" advice from a hospital receptionist will receive damages after winning a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Michael Darnley was wrongly told he faced a five-hour wait at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London, where he was taken after being struck over…
Undercover police have been testing hotel staff's success at spotting the potential sexual exploitation of children.Officers have over the past week attempted to check into rooms in London accompanied by young cadets while brandishing bottles of alcohol, refusing to show identification and paying in cash.Scotland Yard hoped staff would spot…
A fraudster who went on a spending spree using money stolen from a Grenfell Tower victim fund and the NHS has been jailed for five and a half years. Photos of former finance manager at Kensington and Chelsea Council Jenny McDonagh, 39, captured her lavish lifestyle of dining in high-end…
A family doctor has gone on trial accused of sexual offences against 20 women. Dr Manish Shah, 48, is accused of assaulting female patients at his surgery in Romford, Greater London. He is charged with 75 sexual offences against 20 complainants, who will give evidence during a four-month trial at…
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