A teenager with a severe nut allergy died following a combination of human and system error, a coroner has ruled.
Shante Turay-Thomas died after she had a severe reaction to eating a hazelnut.
The inquest heard a series of failures meant that an ambulance took more than 40 minutes to arrive at her home in Wood Green, north London.
Call staff for the NHS’s 111 non-emergency number failed to appreciate how her worsening condition was typical of a severe allergic reaction to nuts.
A telephone recording of the 111 call, made by Ms Turay-Thomas’s mother, Emma Turay, at 23:01 BST on Friday 14 September, 2018, revealed how the 18-year-old could be heard in the background struggling to breathe.
“My chest hurts, my throat is closing and I feel like I’m going to pass out,” she said before asking her mother to check how long the ambulance would be, before adding: “I’m going to die.”
The inquest heard Ms Turay-Thomas had tried to use her auto-injector adrenaline pen, however it later emerged she had only injected a 300 microgram dose, rather than a 1,000 microgram dose that was needed to stabilise her condition.
It also emerged that she was unaware of the need to use two shots for the most serious allergic reactions and had not received medical training after changing her medication delivery system from the EpiPen to a new Emerade device.
The inquest at St Pancras Coroner’s Court was told an ambulance en-route to the patient had been re-routed because the call was incorrectly categorised as requiring only a category two response, rather than the more serious category one.
It eventually arrived more than 40 minutes after she first contacted the 111 service. Ms Turay-Thomas died later in hospital, with a post-mortem examination identifying acute anaphylaxis as the cause of death.
Coroner Mary Hassell said she would have survived had she been given “appropriately robust training” about treating her condition and administered the correct dose, and had the 111 call handler responded correctly to her condition, and had NHS Digital categorised anaphylaxis as requiring a category one response.
“It only remains for me to say I’m so very, very sorry for the loss of such a young girl,” she added.
A man who stabbed a teenager to death on a busy south-London estate has been found guilty of murder.
Fernando Pope had denied killing Cheyon Evans, 18, who died after being repeatedly stabbed with a large knife on Deeside Road, Wandsworth.
Pope, 21 and of no fixed address, was convicted after an Old Bailey trial and is due to be sentenced on 7 February.
Cheyon’s mother said his murder had left “a permanent hole in my heart that can never be filled”.
Pope was identified via CCTV from the estate and was arrested on 20 June, 2019. He was charged the following day and remanded in custody.
The motivation for the murder has never been established.
In a statement, Mrs Evans said: “Losing Cheyon has affected so many of his family and friends.
“It has truly been the most devastating, traumatic and surreal thing that could’ve happened.”
Det Ch Insp Helen Rance, said: “Pope is clearly a dangerous man who was intent on causing serious harm that afternoon in broad daylight on a busy residential estate.
“Cheyon’s family have been left completely devastated by their loss and our thoughts remain with them at this time.”
The body of a man who went missing over Christmas has been found by police who say his death as “unexplained”.
Dennis Farnell, 62, was found dead in John Sayer Close, Barking, east London on 28 December.
Four people were arrested by the Met Police on Christmas Eve over his disappearance, including a man and woman in their 20s, who were bailed.
A man, 53, and woman, 47, arrested on suspicion of robbery and kidnap have been released under investigation.
Mr Farnell was reported missing from his home address in Stanley Avenue, Barking, on 21 December.
A post-mortem examination was carried out at Queen’s Hospital in Romford on Sunday and police are awaiting the results.
His next of kin have been informed.
Freddie Ljungberg will remain on the backroom staff at Arsenal, new head coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed.
Ljungberg, who played for Arsenal between 1998 and 2007, was caretaker boss before Arteta’s arrival but they only won once in his six games in charge.
The Swede had been assistant to Unai Emery, who was sacked in November.
Spaniard Arteta takes charge of the first game of his managerial career at Bournemouth on 26 December.
He is also a former Arsenal midfielder, although joined the club four years after Ljungberg’s exit.
“I spoke to Freddie after the [Everton] game,” he said. “I told him my idea and the people I wanted to bring to form my coaching staff, their roles and responsibilities of each of them.
“I wanted to know what he was feeling, I wanted to know what he had in mind, what his expectations were. We talked and we made a decision that the best thing was for him to stay with us.
“I think he knows the players, he knows the situation, he knows the history of where we’re coming from and also his knowledge of the game is going to really help us to be better.”
Arteta has not named his coaching team yet but former Everton and Manchester United assistant boss Steve Round will be involved.
One of London’s largest regeneration schemes has lost £250m of government funding after abandoning plans to buy a plot of land.
The Old Oak and Park Royal (OPDC) development in north-west London had claimed it would create up to 25,500 homes and 65,000 jobs over 30 years.
Flats planned for Old Oak North are longer viable due to “rapid increases” in land prices, OPDC said.
The project could now produce fewer homes and jobs, the Conservatives said.
The OPDC was launched in April 2015 by the then mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to create a new development at the site where HS2 meets Crossrail.
It is the UK’s largest regeneration project since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The original plans included building homes on a 54-acre site owned by car company Cargiant.
Developers applied to buy the the land, adjacent to the new HS2 Old Oak Common station, through a compulsory purchase order.
But the second-hand car company Cargiant disputed the sale of the land, which made up about 20% of the development’s footprint.
In September the Planning Inspectorate supported Cargiant’s opposition to the purchase.
Without the land OPDC will only be able to build 14,200 homes, the inspectorate said.
OPDC no longer intends to acquire that land and will be making amendments to its local plan draft, the office said.
The site will instead remain a business and employment location.
Susan Hall, a Conservative London Assembly member, said: “It’s disappointing that the OPDC has had to go back to the drawing board after failing to reach an agreement with Cargiant.
“We warned the mayor that this project was in troubled waters and asked him to step in to help the OPDC reach an agreement with Cargiant, but sadly Sadiq Khan failed to act.”
OPDC will switch its focus to large public-sector land holdings near the existing Willesden Junction station.
The OPDC also said it would not be “taking forward” the provisional award of £250m of funding from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.
David Lunts, the OPDC’s interim chief executive, said the new approach “makes good sense given the dramatic changes in market conditions over the last year or so”.
“But this in no way undermines our ambition for thousands of new homes and jobs as these can be achieved on many nearby public-sector sites where we are already working closely with our colleagues at Network Rail and HS2,” he added.
The union at the centre of the dispute over guards on trains has set out six points it wants sorted to reach a deal.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on South Western Railway (SWR) began 27 days of strike action on Monday 2 December.
The union says the dispute now centres on whether guards should have a few seconds to ensure the safe despatch of trains from stations.
SWR said it welcomed RMT’s ideas but said it had yet to receive the plans.
In over two years of strikes the two sides have not budged on the matter.
On new trains due to start running next year, SWR wants drivers to operate the doors at every stop to save time.
Union members want guards to decide when to close the doors.
The RMT said the plan showed “just how achievable a settlement is if the company agrees to add a few seconds to the despatch time”.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “We are literally three seconds away from a deal that would achieve both our objectives and the company’s, and I would appeal to SWR to get out of their bunker and back into Acas with the union to bolt down a settlement.”
SWR said it wanted a guard on every train, with a safety-critical role, but it wanted them to spend more time helping passengers, including those in wheelchairs and with buggies.
In response, a SWR spokesperson said: “We actually agree with most of the RMT’s points, but on a busy metro network like ours every second counts and we cannot have unnecessary and inefficient practices that increase delays for passengers.
“The best and safest way to operate the new trains we will introduce next year is with the driver closing the doors, as the industry’s own safety body, the RSSB has said.
“Only by doing this can we free up guards to offer the customer assistance the RMT describes, making our trains more accessible, and providing better customer service to everyone.”
At the weekend travellers on South Western Railway (SWR) faced further disruption with engineering work running alongside the strike.
The strike means hundreds of services are being cancelled each day and many commuters have complained about overcrowded trains.
The union is calling for fresh talks at the conciliation service Acas – the BBC understands a date has yet to be set.
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Vigils for the victims of the London Bridge attack have been held in London and Cambridge.
Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were commemorated at the services, which included a minute’s silence.
They were stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, at a prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday.
The BBC has learned Khan was under investigation by MI5 when he left prison a year ago but given one of the lowest priorities.
Mr Merritt and Ms Jones were both graduates of the University of Cambridge’s institute of criminology and had been taking part in an event for its Learning Together programme – which focuses on education within the criminal justice system – when they were attacked.
Mr Merritt’s family and his girlfriend attended the service in Cambridge outside the Guildhall.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were among those at the vigil at the Guildhall in the City of London.
They were joined London Mayor Sadiq Khan who said the best way to defeat the hatred shown in the attack was to focus on the values of hope, unity and love.
“The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another, but it’s by focussing on the values that bind us, to take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and our emergency services who ran towards danger, risking their lives to help people they didn’t even know,” he said.
The London service happened less than a mile from Fishmongers’ Hall, where Usman Khan launched his attack on Friday.
Bishop of London Sarah Mullally said the vigils remembered “academics celebrating rehabilitation and finding only danger”.
She paid tribute to the workers at Fishmongers’ Hall, who she said went to work to offer hospitality, but found themselves needing to give protection.
A book of condolences is open at Guildhall Art Gallery and members of the public are invited to lay flowers outside nearby Mansion House.
The victims’ families paid tribute to their loved ones over the weekend.
Mr Merritt was a co-ordinator of the Learning Together programme and Ms Jones a volunteer
Ms Jones’s family said their daughter, from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, had a “great passion” for supporting victims of criminal justice.
In a statement, Mr Merritt’s family described him as a “talented boy” who “died doing what he loved”.
Mr Merritt’s father went on to criticise the Daily Mail and Daily Express newspapers for their coverage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise to review licence conditions placed on convicted terrorists released from jail.
On Twitter, David Merritt shared images of the Mail and Express front pages – which reported a “blitz on freed jihadis” – and wrote: “Don’t use my son’s death, and his and his colleague’s photos – to promote your vile propaganda. Jack stood against everything you stand for – hatred, division, ignorance.”
Cambridge University’s vice-chancellor Prof Stephen J Toope said he was “devastated to learn that among the victims were staff and alumni”.
Toby Williamson, chief executive of Fishmongers’ Hall, praised the bravery of his staff who intervened to stop the attacker, hailing their actions as “extraordinary things done by ordinary people”.
Mr Williamson told how Polish chef Lukasz suffered five wounds to his left-hand side as he fended off the knifeman with a narwhal tusk during “about a minute of one-on-one straight combat” – allowing others time to escape danger.
Two others grabbed makeshift weapons including a fire extinguisher before the attacker fled down a staircase and then got trapped in reception.
Dr Vin Diwakar, medical director for the NHS in London, said two people injured in the attack remained in a stable condition in hospital, while one had been able to return home.
Khan, who was released from prison in December 2018 after serving half of his sentence, was shot dead by police on London Bridge.
The BBC understands Khan was formally under investigation by MI5 as he left jail but placed in the second-to-bottom category of investigations as his initial risk to the public was thought to be minimal.
This was consistent with the grading given to most other convicted terrorist offenders as they go back into the community under a release licence.
A low level of prioritisation is assigned to offenders such as Khan because their release comes with a strict set of licence conditions.
These conditions theoretically provide suitable monitoring and oversight, such as alerts if they contact other suspects or travel outside an approved area.
Khan, the BBC has learned, was on the highest-level of such community monitoring. The overall package, in theory, relives pressure on MI5 so the security service can focus on more immediate threats.
The prime minister said on Sunday that 74 people jailed for terror offences and released early will have their licence conditions reviewed.
Later that day, Staffordshire Police said a 34-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts – but added there was no information to suggest the man was involved in the London Bridge attack.
The man has been named as Nazam Hussain, who was jailed in 2012 alongside Usman Khan and received the same sentence – 16 years with half of that served in prison – after pleading guilty to preparing acts of terrorism.
Following his arrest, Hussain was recalled to prison due to a suspected breach of his licence conditions. Inquiries by detectives into the potential terrorism offences are continuing, police said.
Another man, Yayha Rashid, 23, of north London, has been charged following his arrest on Sunday on suspicion of breaching notification requirements.
The Metropolitan Police said Rashid’s arrest was not connected with the London Bridge attack.
Friday’s incident comes after the UK’s terrorism threat level was downgraded on 4 November from “severe” to “substantial”, meaning that attacks were thought to be “likely” rather than “highly likely”.
The terror threat level is reviewed every six months by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which makes recommendations independent of government.
Friday’s attack took place close to where eight people died and 48 were injured by three men who drove into pedestrians on London Bridge, before stabbing people in Borough Market in June 2017.
Jayson Molumby could return to the Millwall squad after missing Saturday’s win at Swansea with a hip problem.
Frank Fielding (quad), Jason McCarthy (toe), Ryan Leonard (knee) and Tom Elliott (hamstring) are all continuing their rehabilitation.
Wigan Athletic will be without defender Danny Fox, who is unlikely to be fit until the turn of the year after surgery on a groin injury.
However, Cedric Kipre is available to return from a one-match ban.
Wigan are without a victory in five Championship games, losing four of them, and are yet to win away from home this season.
- Millwall have lost just one of their 13 home league matches against Wigan (W9 D3 L1).
- Wigan are looking to win consecutive league games against Millwall for the first time since March 2005.
- Since Gary Rowett’s first game in charge on October 26, only West Brom and Leeds (10) have picked up more Championship points than Millwall (9).
- Only Luton Town (0) have picked up fewer points in their past five Championship games than Wigan (1), who have drawn one and lost four of their last five.
- Millwall’s Jed Wallace has scored five goals in his past seven Championship games. He now has seven league goals for the season, his best league tally since netting 14 for Portsmouth in League Two in 2014-15.
- Chey Dunkley is Wigan’s top scorer in the Championship this season with five goals – no other player has scored more than once for the Latics.
Bleed control kits are to be installed in 320 late-night venues in central London in a bid to reduce deaths from knife attacks.
It is part of an initiative by Lynne Baird who believes her son Daniel could have been saved by such a kit when he was stabbed in Birmingham in 2017.
City of London Police said the move would “help Daniel’s memory go on in the lives that will be saved”.
It is working with the foundation set up by Mrs Baird in her son’s name.
The specialist kits, which have already been introduced in Birmingham, include items such as a tourniquet, bandages and a foil blanket.
Mr Baird, 26, was stabbed to death on a night out in Digbeth, following a row with a stranger.
Carlton Donaldson, 24, was jailed for life in February.
Without a first aid kit available on the night, he died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding, City of London Police said.
The force, which is funding the roll-out of the kits to venues in the Square Mile, said the move would make the area as “safe as possible”.
Alistair Sutherland, its assistant commissioner said it was proud to support the initiative “as part of Lynne’s passionate campaign in memory of her son”.
“Daniel’s death was a tragedy that no parent should ever have to suffer,” he said.
Mrs Baird said she hoped other forces would join its campaign and “help make these kits available up and down the country.”
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The first Olympic medals to be won by a black British athlete have been put up for auction.
Valued at more than £3,500, the medals belonged to John “Jack” London, who won silver and bronze medals at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.
The collection featured on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow when his great niece Christine Downham, from Rossendale in Lancashire, had them valued.
She said the collection “deserves to be in a museum”.
Mr London was born in 1905 in British Guiana (now Guyana). He moved to London as a baby and returned to British Guiana before eventually settling in London.
He won a silver medal in the 100m sprint and a bronze medal in the 4×4 100m relay in 1928.
The collection also includes a number of other athletics medals and a commemorative Olympic medal, which London had gold-plated “to create a full set”, a spokesman for Hansons Auctioneers said.
Mrs Downham said the medals had “just been stuck in a cupboard where no-one can see them”.
She added: “Because my great uncle was the first black athlete to win Olympic medals for Great Britain, perhaps his collection deserves to be in a museum.
“We’re very proud of his achievements.
“The medals came to me after my dad passed away four years ago. He loved talking about Jack.”
The 60-year-old retired pub licensee said she had learned about Jack from her father.
“Apparently, he was quite a character and a bit of a ladies’ man,” she said.
“He was very talented. He was academic, brilliant at sport and very musical. He ended up on stage and in a film.”
Experts on the BBC show valued the medals at £3,500 and they will be sold, along with other items, including a trophy, photos and relay batons, will go under the hammer at the auctioneers in Derbyshire on 19 November.