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servicemen and women. an update on the market numbers... here is how london and frankfurt ended the day, and how the dow and nasdaq are getting on. the ftse 100 was down, with nasdaq are getting on. the ftse100 was down, with the supermarket giant morrisons weighing highly on the london market after worrying about imported food prices if the sterling stays at lower levels. the founder ofa stays at lower levels. the founder of a charity which supports people who were forcibly sent abroad as children —— without their parents —— has been giving evidence at the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. margaret humphreys said the deportation of thousands of children was the "most catastrophic children was the "most catastrophic child abuse legacy within living memory." tom symonds reports. margaret humphreys has worked most of her life for the british child migrants. her offices are covered with the pictures of those she's helped. today, 30 years after founding the child migrants trust, she finally got to give evidence to a british public inquiry, and she didn't hold back.
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without doubt this is the most catastrophic child—abuse legacy within our living memory. kidnapping, sexual abuse in the uk before they were sent — before they were sent! between 1945 and 1974 britain accelerated the migration of poor children, in particular to australia. the idea — to reduce the impact on british social services, and bring what was called "good white stock" to the commonwealth. this man in a suit, he came to see me, and he says, "your mother's dead, you know, so how'd you like to go to australia?" the sun shines everyday... the story of margaret humphreys' fight for the migrants was made into a feature film in 2011. she was particularly horrified about the way it stripped them of their identities, and their families. it is a chilling fact of the scandal that many were told they were orphans when that wasn't true. that was, in my view i think, the greatest betrayal of all,
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because it took so much hope from them. the inquiry has heard seven days of evidence, from migrants in their later years, remembering their lives. deprived of good education, love and support. even their shoes were taken away. once in australia i walked with no shoes, and dare i say it, i wonder where, and belive me — you need to do that walk to know how it feels to be nobody. when your feet hurt and they bleed, and nobody, but nobody, to go home to that night. the british government has apologised for what happened, but this inquiry is looking at the legacy it has left, and former child migrants have told me they want more compensation to ease the impact it is still having so late in their lives. tom symonds, bbc news, at the child—abuse inquiry. back to one of our main stories now
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—— and the prime minister theresa may is in brussels attending what's expected to be herfinal may is in brussels attending what's expected to be her final eu summit before she triggers britain's departure from the eu. she's facing pressure over calls for the uk to pay a bill of tens of billions of euros when it leaves. meanwhile, donald tusk has been reconfirmed as president of the european council despite the objections of his own country's government. 0ur correspondent damian grammaticas is in brussels. let's deal with the big exit bill first. why does britain need to hand over so much money? well, we don't know the number that is going to be put on it. there has been a lot of sort of talk about different figures, and we will see once article 50 is triggered. but essentially the discussions will revolve around commitments that have already been made. so that is things like the uk's share of all the pensions that have been built up by eu staff, including british staff who worked
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for the eu, that is something that will exist into the future, how much money should the uk put into that? the uk's share of items that have already been approved, spending that's already gone through but for which the bills have not been paid. there will be quite a lot of those too. and then the last item will be projects and expenditure which has been committed to into the years ahead. things that are already sort of in train, and for which the bills will come up, that will be a much more contentious thing. big projects, you can imagine, once you commit to, should you have to pay a share of that if you pull—out? there will be arguments about all of these things. why isn't poland happy that donald tusk again has been kept in place as president of the european council? well, it's a good question, and you can well imagine, you can ask it. because donald tusk, 2.5 yea rs ask it. because donald tusk, 2.5 years ago, elected to the president
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of the european council, one of the big positions within the eu, one of the two or three very senior positions, the first time it has gone to a new eastern european, or new eastern european member state, a prestigious role to have for poland. 2.5 years on, his own government or opposing him. that is essentially a domestic political dispute in poland spilling over here. between donald tusk and the government in poland, implacable political foes. the dislike for donald tusk being translated here now into a vote by the polish prime minister to say that he should not continue in that role, chairing the meeting is here as president of the european council, the meetings of eu leaders. pollen found itself isolated, one against a 27. —— pollen. everybody else confirmed him in that position. the fallout will be poisoned relations for some time. thank you, damian. we are expecting the prime
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minister, our prime minister, to give a press conference after this summit in brussels. with the bike we can see that the podium is ready, and people asked out together. we will see if she turns up very soon. two men have been found guilty of conspiring to commit fraud by telling businesses they were selling halal lamb meat when it was actually turkey. mahmudur rohman and kamal rahman imported the meat from europe and sold it to dozens of customers for almost double the price, making a profit of hundreds of thousands of pounds. sima kotecha reports. these two men were involved in selling meat on a big scale. in court today, kamal rahman and mahmudur rohman were found guilty of running a fraudulent operation. dutch bangla direct ltd was based in peterborough, but it sold meat to restaurants and butchers here in leicestershire and beyond. the men told their customers, like this butchers, that the meat was boneless leg of lamb. but it was actually turkey, much cheaper, which they then sold
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at double the price. for some of those who were lied to, today's verdict doesn't lessen the pain. i feel betrayed, i feel angry. the people i supply feel angry, they know it's not my fault, i used to supply to restaurants. those restaurants still buy from us but they even felt this, how can somebody do this? there might be some people watching this thinking, hang on, he's a butcher, how could he not tell the difference between what is lamb meat and turkey meat? what would you say to that? they come vacuum packed, we never chopped them or cut them for customers. we don't know what the meat looked like. the colour of the meat is different, but if you look at it it'sjust red lamb meat, you can't tell. we never handled the turkey so we didn't know. this is actually some of the turkey
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meat that was sold off to local butchers as halal lamb meat. authorities raised concerns when meat was tested in the east midlands area in 2013, after the horse meat scandal. that testing revealed that meat in the region was not what it had been labelled as. leicester city council's investigation linked the meat to dutch bangla direct ltd. mahmudur rohman created this fake certificate to make customers believe that the company was a genuine business, when it actually wasn't. the judge told the men their crime was a serious matter, because it was to do with deception. they will be sentenced next month. sima kotecha, bbc news, leicester. a united nations report is to call
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foran a united nations report is to call for an independent investigation into the potential health impact of the uk's largest open—cast cole mine. residents living near the side in south wales have led a long campaign againstairand in south wales have led a long campaign against air and noise pollution, as stefan messenger reports. it's taken over his living room and, he says, it's taken over his life. campaigning against the giant coalmine on his doorstep. so this is the back of your car, basically, covered in dust? yeah, car in the back. yes, you think, well, you know, that's going in my mouth, like, that's going up my nose. we are stinking in pollution here. 0utside, there's more coal dust on his windowsills. terry evans claims it's being blown from just beyond this ridge, 37 metres from his front door. from the air, you can see why — cut into the side of the valley, east of the town of merthyr tydfil, this is the uk's largest opencast mine, ffos—y—fran, the size of some 400 football pitches. since 2007, a private company's been digging here, turning old industrial land back to open moorland as they go. that's why it was allowed to happen
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so close to people's houses. the community were told that modern mining methods would protect them from pollution, but ten years on, some here say they've been betrayed. all of us were well aware of people's concerns and real problems of washing being dirty, of kids being disturbed because they couldn't get to sleep at night. since then, the mine has got a bit deeper, the noise pollution has got less, but nobody believes that the air pollution has got any less. for more than a decade, there have been protests and petitions, attempted legal action, complaints to the local council, the welsh and uk governments. now, bbc news has learned that the united nations is set to make a surprising intervention. a report by its special rapporteur on the human rights of communities at risk of pollution will call for an independent investigation into claims this mine could be harming local people's health. he had met local campaigners as part of an official visit
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to the uk injanuary. i came across a number of pressing issues, but this was definitely at the top of the list. i heard allegations of very high rates of childhood asthma, cancer clusters among the community. i didn't hear any evidence of a strong intervention by the government to investigate. merthyr tydfil council said its findings were based on unsubstantiated claims by the community. the mine's operator, miller argent, said he'd been taken in by fake news, accusing him of being biased and a disgrace to his office. the welsh government said it was supporting local authorities to monitor air pollution. the uk government will respond after mr tunca k‘s official report has been published in september. stefan messenger, bbc news. time tojoin sarah time to join sarah for the weather forecast. hello. hi there. it has been a lovely day across much of the
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country, we have had blue skies and spring sunshine. views similar to this one taken by one of our weather watchers indaba show will stop it has not been clear everywhere. —— in derbyshire. we have had some cloud in the south—west, devon and cornwall and down towards the channel islands. tonight we will see low cloud in western parts of the country, drizzle in northern ireland, central and eastern parts of england and scotland staying clear. here we will have the lowest temperatures, a touch of frost likely across the use of scotland first thing. there will be dry, sunny weather, particularly towards the north—east. for western scotland, 8am tomorrow morning sees cloud and rain, a breeze picking up in the ireland and the north—west of england cloudy and grey. towards the east of the pennines and the use coast it is lovely in the spring sunshine once again. a fresh start to the day in the east. further west we have the low cloud system, fog in the moors of the south—west and parts of wales. the cloud should
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break up throughout the day, we could see some sunshine in the north devon coast, the north—east of england, and down towards east anglia we will hold onto the sunshine for a good part of the day. temperature is not as warm as they have been today. 12 or 13 degrees. it should stay dry in cardiff for the six nations on friday evening. quite mild, about 10 degrees. through the weekend, a bit of a change, weather fronts making through the weekend, a bit of a change, weatherfronts making their way in from the atlantic introducing cooler air during the second half of the weekend. for saturday at is looking like a pretty decent day. a slow—moving front bringing cloud and drizzle across the north—east. to the southeast, the cloud should break up. sunny spells, 15, 17 or possibly 18 degrees. try and write across much of scotland. during sunday, —— dry and bright. bands of rain but not a bright day. blustery
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showers moving in from the west later on. temperatures are a few degrees cooler. saturday brings us a largely dry day with sunshine on offer. sunday, some spells of rain across parts of the country clearing eastwards through the day. things will to feel a little bit cooler. you can find more details on the weather for the week ahead on the website. good evening. how are you? very good, how are you. your show, my family has been nominated for an award. sir lowry welcome to 100 days. the us sends
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