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Staff assaulted by absconding psychiatric patient

A man has absconded from a psychiatric hospital in east London, after assaulting two members of staff.

Police are warning the public not to approach Paul Williams, 48, who left the hospital in Stadium Road, Woolwich, shortly before midday yesterday.

A short time later, he assaulted the driver of a car in Stadium Road, before stealing the vehicle and carrying out a burglary at an address in Caldwell Close, SE18.

Neither the car driver nor the victim of the burglary required hospital treatment. The car has since been abandoned.

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Demand for children going into care increasing

Baby Peter died in 2007 at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend. Credit: Family Photo

A report by the National Audit Office has found that media stories on the death of Baby Peter led to a rapid rise in the number of children being taken into care.

Coverage following the toddler's death at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend is thought to be one of the main factors contributing to the numbers of children in care reaching their highest level for 20 years.

The report found that the demand for care is increasing and varies significantly across England. More than 68,000 children were being looked after by local authorities at the end of March 2013.

Health chiefs set to discuss future of London healthcare

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Health officials and experts will meet at City Hall later to discuss the future health of Londoners.

More than £4million was spent on the independent London Health Commission Report, which set out 64 recommendations, directed towards more than 20 different organisations and bodies.

The London Assembly Health Committee will meet at City Hall later this morning to discuss what needs to be done next.

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London Ambulance staff on strike

Around three quarters of staff at the London Ambulance Service are expected to go on strike today between 7am and 11am.

The action is part of an an ongoing row over pay. Four weeks ago 77% of staff joined the picket line in protest at not receiving a recommended 1% pay rise.

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LAS says contingency plans are in place to provide a service for London during strike action. The plans include support from the police and military personnel. Ambulances will only be sent to cases that most seriously need paramedic assistance.

If a major incident in London happens during strike action, staff have agreed to return to work.

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