A London borough must improve the way it deals with young offenders, the probation service watchdog has said.
Newham Council does not “adequately assess” the risk posed by young criminals, according to the HM Inspectorate of Probation.
Young people who had committed crimes were also not sufficiently helped to stop them re-offending, a report said.
Newham Council said it accepted the findings and would “bolster” its youth offending team.
Councillor James Beckles, Cabinet member for crime and community safety, said: “We fully accept the weaknesses found in our service and will take the inspectors’ recommendations on board when considering how we ensure the right improvements are made.
“We apologise to our young people who have been let down by the failings highlighted by the report.”
Services are plagued by delays and staff shortages according, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported.
The council’s youth offending team, which supervises people aged 10 to 18 who have been sentenced in court or arrested but not charged, was deemed “inadequate”.
Overall services were reported as “requires improvement”.
Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Staff should work with the young person and their families to develop a robust plan that will deter them from further offending.
“As the plans were not up to the mark, it is unsurprising that the delivery was poor.”
However management were praised for their leadership.
Inspectors said the “tragic deaths of several children in the borough in recent years has resulted in a focus on keeping children safe”.
Newham is the third London borough to be inspected under the new standards and ratings system introduced last year.
Lambeth’s youth offending team was also rated as requires improvement, while Wandsworth was given a good rating.
The family of a teenager with a dairy allergy who died after he unwittingly ate buttermilk in a burger restaurant have called for a change in the law.
Owen Carey, ordered a skinny grilled chicken at Byron burger at the O2 Arena in London.
He told staff about his allergy but was not told the meal included buttermilk.
After a coroner ruled he was not told about allergens that led to his death, Mr Carey’s family said the current policy left too much room for error.
Speaking outside Southwark Coroner’s Court, Mr Carey’s family said: “His death should not have happened.”
They said they wanted something good to come out of their loss and they were calling on the government to change the law.
“It’s not good enough to have a policy which relies on verbal communication between the customer and their server, which often takes place in a busy, noisy restaurant where the turnover of staff is high and many of their customers are very young,” the family said.
“This leaves far too much room for error on an issue we know far too well can cost lives. We hope we can bring about change with Owen’s Law for better allergen labelling in restaurants.”
The parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, who died after eating an unlabelled seed Pret A Manger baguette called the ruling a “landmark judgement”.
‘Severe anaphylactic reaction’
Earlier, assistant coroner Briony Ballard ruled: “The deceased made serving staff aware of his allergies.
“The menu was reassuring in that it made no reference to any marinade or potential allergenic ingredient in the food selected.
“The deceased was not informed that there were allergens in the order.
“The food served to and consumed by the deceased contained dairy which caused the deceased to suffer a severe anaphylactic reaction from which he died.”
The inquest has heard Mr Carey died on 22 April 2017 as he celebrated his 18th birthday with family and friends.
He ate half of his chicken before he felt his lips tingling and experienced stomach problems, the hearing was told.
The teenager collapsed 55 minutes later outside the London Eye.
Members of the public, including an RAF doctor, tried to revive him but when paramedics arrived he was “silent, not breathing and pulseless”, the hearing was told.
Mr Carey, from Crowborough, Sussex, died later at St Thomas’s Hospital in central London.
After the hearing, Simon Wilkinson, the CEO of Byron Burger said: “We take allergies extremely seriously and have robust procedures in place and although those procedures were in line with all the rules and guidelines, we train our staff to respond in the right way.”
He said the company had heard what the coroner had said about talking to customers and added: “It’s clear current rules and requirements are not enough and the industry needs to do more – more to help customers with allergies and more to raise awareness of the risks of allergies.”
Ms Ballard is expected to make recommendations to prevent future deaths at a later date.
After the hearing, Thomas Jervis, the Carey family’s lawyer, said no family should have to endure the heartbreak the family had gone through.
He said: “The food regulations relating to allergy information are clearly not fit for purpose.
“It cannot be right that there is such room for human error on an issue that can be fatal.”
Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse said there were remarkable parallels between their daughter’s death and Mr Carey’s.
They said Mr Carey’s death highlighted the inadequacy of food information in the country, adding: “This verdict is a landmark judgment for millions of allergy sufferers in this country and another clear statement to the food industry that things cannot go on as they are.”
Tube drivers have voted to take industrial action over London Underground track noise levels, describing progress as “too slow”.
More than 95% of RMT union members backed a ballot across the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria lines.
The result, which is for action short of a strike, will be now be considered by the union’s executive.
A broader range of ear protection has been offered to drivers, Transport for London (TfL) said.
RMT’s General Secretary Mick Cash said it was “appalling” that members had to resort to the ballot.
“The health of our members exposed to this barrage of noise night and day is given top priority”, he said.
A TfL said: “We have further meetings scheduled with union representatives and we look forward to working together to make sure that drivers are as comfortable as possible while carrying out their duties.”
In 2018, the BBC used noise meters supplied by the University College London (UCL) to record sound levels at stations in zones one and two.
Dr Joe Sollini, of UCL’s Ear Institute, analysed the data and said “it was concerning” .
A coroner has ruled the death of CBBC actress Mya-Lecia Naylor at the age of 16 was caused by misadventure.
Naylor, who appeared in CBBC shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, died on Sunday 7 April.
CBBC said she was a “much-loved part of the BBC Children’s family and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer”.
South London assistant coroner Toby Watkin said the actress was found dead in a marquee at her family home in South Norwood.
Emergency services were called to an address on reports of a teenage girl in cardiac arrest.
She was pronounced dead at Croydon University Hospital shortly afterwards.
The inquest heard she was found hanged. She had spent the evening before her death watching a film with her family and had been planning for the future.
Her family said she had been grounded and stopped from going to a party and had some worries about her GCSE results being worse than expected but added nothing had suggested she wanted to take her own life.
The coroner said Naylor had no alcohol or drugs in her system and her father Martin Naylor added he had seen her two hours before she was found, and felt it was “a spur of the moment” act and she had not intended to kill herself.
He told South London Coroners Court: “I honestly believe she was just making some sort of point.
“I genuinely believe she did not mean to do it.”
Searches of her phones, laptop, and social media accounts did not present anything suspicious.
Following her death in April, A&J Management said they would “miss her greatly”.
CBBC announced the news of her death on its website, where young fans shared their memories of the actress.
Tributes have been paid to the teenager, who starred as Fran in two series of Millie Inbetween, about two sisters whose parents have split up, and Mya in Almost Never, about a fictional boyband and rival girl group Girls Here First.
Naylor played the lead singer of the girl band, and said in a recent interview that she’d always wanted to sing as well as act. She also said she had some “amazing projects” coming up soon, including another series of Almost Never.
Naylor’s screen debut came as a toddler when she appeared in Absolutely Fabulous as Saffy’s daughter Jane. She also had the title role in ITV series Tati’s Hotel.
Her film roles included Miro in Cloud Atlas, alongside Halle Berry and Tom Hanks.
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A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was repeatedly stabbed.
Perry Jordan Brammer, from Tottenham, died a week after he was attacked on Willan Road, Tottenham, on 30 August.
Romario Lindo, 21, from Enfield, was also charged with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He appeared before Highbury Corner magistrates on Saturday.
He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 10 September.
Four people who were arrested over the stabbing have since been released and will face no further action.
Jo Johnson, younger brother of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is quitting as a Conservative MP and minister, saying he is “torn between family loyalty and the national interest”.
The business minister and MP for Orpington, tweeted that there was an “unresolvable tension” in his role.
Mr Johnson voted Remain in the 2016 EU membership referendum.
He resigned as a minister under Theresa May last year in opposition to the Brexit deal she reached with Brussels.
But he re-entered government during the summer, after Conservative Party members elected his brother as leader.
At the last general election, Mr Johnson held the Orpington seat by a 19,453 majority.
A man has been charged with murdering a 39-year-old who was stabbed to death in south London.
Lee Casey was found with a stab wound on Brixton Hill at 12:07 BST on Thursday and died in hospital two hours later.
Levi Paschal, 33, of Brixton, is due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court later.
Mr Paschal has also been charged with attempted wounding with intent and conspiracy to rob.
Clementine Jones, 30, of Brixton, is also charged with conspiracy to rob and will appear at court later.
Some flights to and from the UK are facing delays because of problems affecting French air traffic control.
British Airways said an “outage” had affected flights travelling through French and Spanish airspace.
Easyjet said it was experiencing disruption due to a “partial failure of French air traffic control systems”.
Paris Airport tweeted that a “national computer failure related to the centralisation of flight plans” on Sunday morning was now resolved.
But it warned that delays are still expected.
National Air Traffic Services (NATS) said it does not know how many flights have been affected but said it is working with airlines in the UK to try to minimise disruption.
Gatwick Airport said passengers should check with airlines on the status of their flights before heading to the airport.
Easyjet said it would publish a list of flights it has been forced to cancel, adding that is was seeing “significant delays”.
British Airways urged customers to check the status of their flights online.
The airline said it expects disruption to services to France and Spain, as well as those which fly over these countries on the way to other destinations.
It said it would offer flexible rebooking options for passengers who want to change their dates of travel as a result of the disruption.
Travel expert Simon Calder said: “France is absolutely at the heart of European air traffic control – some 60% of all Easyjet flights to anywhere go over French territory.
“This appears to be some kind of malfunction which has greatly reduced the flow rate [of flights] so there’s reports of pilots in Lisbon, for example, trying to get to the UK telling passengers we could be five hours late.”
He said affected passengers will not be eligible for compensation, explaining: “It’s not the airlines’ fault.”
But he said the airlines have a strict duty of care, which means they must provide meals and if necessary accommodation to passengers.
He added: “They also have to rebook you on the first available flight, ideally on the same day, even if it means paying money to a rival to get you home.”
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London is set for an extra 10 million landline phone numbers to accommodate growing demand by new homes and offices.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom announced it is introducing a new 0204 number range to help Londoners “stay connected”.
While there are 30 million numbers using (020)3, (020)7 and (020)8, fewer than 500,000 remain to be handed out.
Ofcom said these will be used up within a year as it distributes 30,000 London numbers each week.
Needed for broadband
UK customers spend 44 billion minutes making landline calls every year, Ofcom said, and despite usage being in decline, landlines are still needed for broadband.
In 1958 London was allocated the code 01, which remained until 1990 when it was replaced by two codes – 071 for inner London numbers, and 081 for outer London, Ofcom said.
Five years later, all UK area codes gained a “1” after the “0” to make it clear it was a landline number, and the capital’s codes changed to 0171 and 0181, it added.
In 2000, the UK’s phone numbers were reorganised through the “Big Number Change” when London was given a single area code of 020 and the inner and outer London divide was removed, the regulator said.
The regulator will start accepting applications for (020)4 numbers from October and expects the new numbers to start being allocated to customers from December.