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we are notjust talking about all blacks, i've jsut spotted dylan hartley. funnily enough, he was never an angry man at school, he was a good young man. he contributed well to our xvs programme. with no room for england's captain on this tour, warren gatland has others to lead the lions. ireland peter 0 mahony will captain the side. sam warburton will be on the bench. he was meant to be joined there by owen farrell, before the fly half was ruled out with a thigh strain. with the test a week away, this was expected to be a first choice team. we've got to make sure we are not fully showing our hand, keeping some combinations back. we need to keep the all blacks guessing a little bit about what the final squad maybe. so far, in new zealand, the lions have found hazards at every turn. the maoris will be no different. this is their moment and they intend to seize it. good news for those who like the warmer conditions i think? it will
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turn hot for some of us. a few like that sort of thing you are in for a treat. a nice start to the day in some parts of the uk with some good spells of sunshine. many of us will be worn with good spells of sunshine but maybe not for all. it has been a bit cloudy in wales but that cloud is showing signs of breaking up. macleod was the north—west. that brings a little bit of rain with it. winds from the south—west and that brings increasingly warm air. we see those temperatures on the rise. wetter weather to be had in the north—west of the uk. the rain is not overly heavy and not much gets across to the eastern side of scotland. up until aberdeen we sit the maxi temperatures up into the upper teens. rain into the north of england. temperatures and high teens low 20s of peaking at 2223 in the south—eastern corner. lots of sunshine down towards the south—west and the cloud breaking up across
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wales. across england, wales and the south—west high pollen levels. through this evening will see that patchy rain move across the north and west of scotland. elsewhere it isa and west of scotland. elsewhere it is a tri— night with clear spells. wind coming in from the south—west. it will be a warm night. temperatures no lower than 16 or 17 so temperatures no lower than 16 or 17 so it will be quite a difficult night for sleeping. it is a one stop to what will be a very warm or even a hot weekend. we look towards the south and some very hot weather here and that is roughly where our air is coming from on that south—westerly breeze so yes, as coming from on that south—westerly breeze so yes, as we go coming from on that south—westerly breeze so yes, as we go through the weekend we see temperatures soaring to rant about 30 celsius. away from the north—west we see the best of the north—west we see the best of the sunshine. in the north—west breezy and cloudy. from its places it isa breezy and cloudy. from its places it is a lovely day on saturday. it was ten pretty hot in the south—eastern corner. the middle 20s quite widely elsewhere. 0n
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south—eastern corner. the middle 20s quite widely elsewhere. on sunday a similar day. the north—west sees cloud of outbreak survey but most other places are five and dry. in central london probably up to 30 or 31 degrees. it will probably do it again on monday. another hot day for much of england and wealth. not quite so one further north and on tuesdayit quite so one further north and on tuesday it looks like we will see those temperatures in cardiff and london creeping backdown. thank you. in reminder of our main story: the number of people known to have died in the grenfell tower fire has risen to at least 30. police say they believe the final total will be higher again. it is goodbye from me and wejoin higher again. it is goodbye from me and we join the news teams where you are. good afternoon. you're watching bbc
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news. start with tennis because the british number one is through to the semifinals of the nottingham open after a straight sets win over australia. she broke her opponent twice in the first set to win it six games to three and while there was little more competitive second set she broke again later to win 7—5. aiming to win herfirst she broke again later to win 7—5. aiming to win her first wta title on home soil. not such good news at the ricoh open. britain's numberfour has been knocked out at the quarterfinal stage. has been knocked out at the quarterfinalstage. rugby has been knocked out at the quarterfinal stage. rugby union and the lions head coach looks like he's going to call for reinforcements for his squad and he is likely to turn to be wales and scotland camps for help. both teams are on tour in the southern hemisphere with wales in action early this morning. beat tonga 211—6. don't forget the dragons. new
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zealand wash of and black this summer, here it was different teams, same colours. wales telling their inner all—black early on. this was just in touch, denying him a try within two minutes. a positive start for the standard coach and one which wales built on. cuthbert was instrumental in their opening try. he toyed with the lines four years ago and proved his worth in this wales tea m ago and proved his worth in this wales team lacking in experience. tonga kept in touch with them not only with the boot but with brute strength. the tourists responded with similarfashion. strength. the tourists responded with similar fashion. sam strength. the tourists responded with similarfashion. sam davies found his range to keep them ahead while mcbride could look on in pride asa while mcbride could look on in pride as a marauding maul was rewarded with a late penalty try. a win and a performance that mayjust bear fruit for some of these welsh players with the lions head coach is looking to bulls to his numbers in new zealand.
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meanwhile, 0wen farrell's injury has overshadowed the build—up to the lions biggest match of the tour so far. he may miss the first tests a week on saturday after an injury in training. jonny sexton is likely to fill in for him. it has been a mixed tour so far for the alliance with two wins and two defeats. now they come to face the all blacks here. in need of a win as well. not just to all blacks here. in need of a win as well. notjust to give them a bit of momentum ahead of that first test but to give them a much—needed boost ina row but to give them a much—needed boost in a row as well. it will be easy against them. this is seen as the fourth test which is ominous news for the lions who have found the going tough year in new zealand and it is also a side packed with experience. they have got nine all blacks in their team but is is the backline which is eye—catching. it
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is not going to be easy for the lions. they will be without their fly— half lions. they will be without their fly—half 0wen farrell who as a injury and faces a race against time to be fit for the first test. a little bit of pressure onjonny sexton who will wear the number ten shirt here. it will be a big game to four sean 0'brien who has a chance to nail down the number seven shirt with the tour captain sam watson on the bench. all the ingredients for a really exciting game here for the lions this could be taught to finding. and the all blacks have given the lines are clear one in ahead of next week's first test. they demolished samoa 78—0 this morning. there were 12 thais and total in what was a really impressive showing from the world's best team. a reminder of the test that the lions have ahead of week tomorrow. before we get let me bring you up—to—date with the latest from the second round of the us open taking place in wisconsin. some of
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the players are out on the course for that second round. but the leaders for the moment, rickie fowler head of the field. a couple of english men in the mix. paul kesey ‘s matt casey just of english men in the mix. paul kesey ‘s matt caseyjust one behind the leader. the top six golfers in the world failed to make it to break par. look at dustinjohnson failed to make it to break par. look at dustin johnson here failed to make it to break par. look at dustinjohnson here who is the world number one. rory mcilroy way down the field. much work to do for the top golfers in the world as the second round gets under way and you can second round gets under way and you ca n follow second round gets under way and you can follow that on the bbc sport website. as more for you in the next hour. thank you. you're watching bbc news. let's get more in our main story of a devastating fire which has destroyed a london tower block. the death toll from the place has risen to at least 30, that figure is expected to rise. the bbc understands that could be as many as
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76 people missing after the fire. a short time ago the police and fire service gave us this update. so the metropolitan police is leading the investigation and we have primacy. we will work with our collea g u es have primacy. we will work with our colleagues from london fire brigade and the health and safety executive. the purpose of that investigation will be to establish the facts. this will be to establish the facts. this will be to establish the facts. this will be about providing as best as we possibly can answer for those who have been so deeply and tragically affected by the terrible fire here at grenfell tower. the investigation will look into what criminal offences may have been committed. it will be undertaken by a number of specialist detectives using expertise and specialism from other organisations where required. now,
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sadly, as i've said before, we a lwa ys sadly, as i've said before, we always knew the number of those that died would increase and i am able to say at this point in time we know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire. sadly, and tragically, that includes one person who was taken to hospital and despite the very best medical care from the nhs, has now sadly died. 12 of those victims have been taken to the mortuary and a number of those bodies sadly still remain here within a grenfell tower. and in a moment i will cover the work we're doing with colleagues from the lsp and others to recover them as quickly as we possibly can. the latest update from hospitals is that
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we still have 2a people who are being treated, 12 of those are in critical care. we have specialist and dedicated family liaison officers supporting 36 families. through our casualty bureau and through the reception centre and through the reception centre and through indeed the coverage that has been out in the media in the last couple of days i have a request that if you are a family member and a police officer has not yet contacted you directly, if you are able to, please go to the westway reception centre or phone the casualties bureau. a specialist officer will be in touch with you to support you. in relation to the scene, richard will talk through the work they have been doing overnight but at this point in
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time there are no fires within the building. 0urspecialist investigators and experts have examined what we believe is the original location of where the fire started. and based on what we know, there is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately. as we've said before, the conditions within grenfell tower are particularly hazardous. it is going to take us a considerable period of time to fully work through g re nfell tower over period of time to fully work through grenfell tower over the coming weeks to ensure that we complete our investigation here within the building itself. there is an absolute priority, what were all doing is as quickly and with as much dignity as we can for covering those that are still inside. and sadly we do not expect there to be any survivors. 0nce
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do not expect there to be any survivors. once again i would like to pay tribute to the local community here and indeed the residents of all of the areas around here for the patients and forbearance with all of us as the emergency services. it is really important that we can get on and do the investigation with colleagues from the agencies that i've just talked through as swiftly and as comprehensively as possible. it is important that we can find the a nswe rs important that we can find the answers as to what has happened and why. at this point i would like to hand over to richard, if i may. thank you. good afternoon. my name is richard mills, assistant commissioner for the london fire brigade and current incident commander. as my colleague said from the police, we had that crews here since the start of the incident. currently we have six pumping appliances, fire appliances, and six
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fire rescue units. we also have specialist teams here in urban search and rescue. their role is to help support the police in the extrication of the victims and the stabilisation of the building. we anticipate this is going to be a considerably protracted incident and we will remain on scene for as long as necessary to ensure that we give as necessary to ensure that we give as much support as possible to our other colleagues and that we reunite the victims as best we can. with their relatives. we are very clear that this is subject to an investigation and as yet, we're not prepared to comment on the cause of the fire until that investigation has been fully concluded. from the fire service would like to thank all the support of the community and the help that they've us throughout our time here and we will endeavour to support the police and other agencies to resolve this incident as quickly as possible. what i would
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also like to say is that it gives me huge pride that the amount of community spirit and also the amount of work that was done by the emergency services to help deal with this incident and resolve this incident going forward. 0ur reports are very much with the family and friends of those involved and we give ourdeep friends of those involved and we give our deep condolences. thank you. the news conference in the last hour. this afternoon the prime minister will chair the so—called g re nfell tower recovery taskforce at a meeting in whitehall. let's get more from our political correspondent eleanor garnier. 0ne one of the first thing the prime minister will have is this letter which has arrived from the mayor of london. that is right. he has published an open letter that he has sent to the prime minister which raises a number of concerns that he says he has received from local people in the area. he starts off by saying there
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isa area. he starts off by saying there is a sense of a lack of information on the ground about the number of people who have died in this horrific incident. but also a lack of information for victims who have survived. and the support for them on the ground in terms of housing, he says there has been a confusion on the ground. notjust among those who have been directly affected but confusion among those of been trying to automate the response on the ground. he also raises concerns about those people who are living in towers that are similar to the g re nfell tower, towers that are similar to the grenfell tower, and whether there are sufficient enquiries and inspections going on and sufficient reassurance given to those people living in those towers will stop and also touches on the public enquiry because of course we know the prime minister said there would be a judge let a big enquiry that would look into exactly what has happened and what lessons need to be learned. siddique khan saying that there
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needs to be an interim report because people are demanding answers on the ground and often these public enquiries can take a considerable amount of time. clearly lots of questions that are being asked of the incumbent government but it is important to say that there are layers and layers of responsibility here. notjust layers and layers of responsibility here. not just locally, layers and layers of responsibility here. notjust locally, so from the housing association, the local authority and the developers but also stretching back perhaps over a generation to when tower blocks like this were originally built in the 19705. so, yes, the incumbent government facing questions but i think some questions will go back over a generation. to theresa may, yes questions criticised for not visiting victims when she went to the scene of this tragedy. she saw emergency services and got an update from them and also some of the charities working down there. i think there is no awareness of that
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criticism in downing street. we saw her this morning visiting one of the hospitals where some of those who have survived this tragedy are being treated and we know now that she will be chairing a committee of senior ministers in whitehall later on today. initially that was going to be chaired byjunior minister and now we know the prime minister is going to be leading that committee. i think the government basically saying we are in control of the situation. we are doing all we can and we know that the community secretary was also down at the site earlier today, he was saying this morning the government would do all it can to reassure people to live in the 4000 or so similar high rise flats across the country, saying that local authorities were already and fire authorities were already making checks to make sure those blocks are safe. and we know that some of those checks have already been made. he said that cost would
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not be an issue and it has to be said that cost could be considerable. i say could be, said that cost could be considerable. isay could be, if there is deemed to be a need to make changes or rehouse people in some of those blocks. thank you very much. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour, but first, the headlines on bbc news. the number of people known to have died in the grenfell tower fire has risen to at least 30. police say they believe the final total will be higher. the queen and prince william visit a relief centre helping victims of the grenfell tower fire meeting residents, volunteers and emergency services staff. and a man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife outside the palace of westminster. british airways cabin crew are to stage a fortnight long strike.
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members of the unite union and the so—called mixed fleet will walk out during the first two weeks ofjuly. we will have more on that story coming up. we will have more on that story coming up. britain's largest supermarket group tesco is cementing its recovery in the uk after its first—quarter sales growth beat expectations. in the uk, fresh food in particular helped to boost the figures performing well between march and may, with like—for—like sales up 1.6%. more on that in just a moment. shares injapanese car parts maker takata were temporarily suspended ahead of expected bankruptcy. the company is reported to be preparing to file for bankruptcy after its faulty airbags led to the biggest safety recall in the car industry. the filing could come next week in both japan and the us. let's return to our top story now and british airways cabin crew are to stage a two—week strike in a long—running dispute over pay and travel concessions. members of the unite union working in the so called mixed fleet division will walk out
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between saturdayjuly1st and sundayjuly 16th at peak holiday season. the union also announced it would vigorously pursue legal action against the airline on behalf of 1,400 cabin crew, who say they were sanctioned for taking previous strike action. it comes as the parent company of british airways put cost yesteday on the it glitch last month. it estimated it cost the airline around £80 million. for more on this, let's talk to the travel expert and writer simon calder. this is peak holiday season. how disruptive will it be for bea customers? british airways has not yet told me. this news came out in the past 45 minute or so survey of not yet prepared response but having covered the previous 26 of strike action i can tell you that in those days, their line was that we will get everybody where there needs to go. they typically will cancel maybe a
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relatively small percentage, certainly single figures percentage of the operation because mixed fleet crew only cover about one third of the airline's total operations and most of the routes will be u naffected. most of the routes will be unaffected. and be a will be combining flights and also chartering in capacity from other airlines and it will also of course be hoping that it can persuade as many people in mixed fleet to turn up many people in mixed fleet to turn upfor many people in mixed fleet to turn up for work. this is turning very, very bitter indeed. there was a four—day strike due to begin today. the union called it off to have talks. those are gone nowhere so we have, you said two weeks but i make it 16 days and a very length of that strike means that probably it will be significantly more disruptive. most passengers, as they say, will be actually unaffected. so what is at the heart of this dispute? it would be very helpful if both sides could agree on that. it is
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paid, basically, or that sides could agree on that. it is paid, basically, orthat is sides could agree on that. it is paid, basically, or that is how it started. ba said that the average mixed wheat member of crew, set up in the wake of the last cabin crew strike in 2010, everyone since then has been taken on one of the new conditions, ba say that the lowest paid member turned £21,000 last year. the union says, no, the average income is £16,000. so they can't agree on that. but certainly the union says these people are woefully underpaid and are having to ta ke woefully underpaid and are having to take extra jobs and sleep in their ca rs take extra jobs and sleep in their cars at heathrow between shifts they are so badly off. and on top of that, of course, ba playing hardball in saying we will take away your travel concessions. the union wants to bring those back and that is why it is taking legal action as well strike action in a bid to stop what it says is british airway victimising people. this has come at a time when ba is not having the greatest of weeks anyway. had a
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baggage bell yesterday, as you mentioned, £80 million attributed to last month's it collapse and who knows where it is going to end. the message ba will want to get out is that most people will be travelling absolutely as normal. the union is a cause of wanting to press home its point. many thanks for that. in other business stories we're following today, mobile phone provider three has been fined £1.89 million forfailing to ensure customers could contact emergency services at all times. it follows a temporary loss of service for customers in kent, hampshire and parts of london on 6th 0ctober. networks are supposed to allow emergency calls to be connected, even when they experience technical problems, but 0fcom said vulnerabilities in three's network made this impossible. spending by foreign tourists in the ukjumped 20% in april compared with the same month a year ago. that's according to the office for national statistics. the rise is due to the fall in the pound since the brexit vote,
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which has made visiting britain cheaper. the 0ns data also shows that uk residents made 6.1 million visits abroad in april, up 2% compared with april 2016. the card game bridge is a sport and should be exempt from vat. that's according to the top adviser to the european court ofjustice. in an ongoing case brought by the english bridge union, advocate—general yves bot said it was a sport because it required mental effort as part of a challenge. eu law has no definition of sport beyond excluding games of chance. the comments are not legally binding, but are normally followed by uk judges. it comes after hm revenue and customs had refused to reimburse the english bridge union for vat payments on entry fees to tournaments. defensive stocks have helped bolster britain's blue chip index — the ftse 100 today, but it still remains on course for its widest weekly loss in two months after a week of political uncertainty and jitters
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about the consumer engine of the uk economy. investors were putting their money into perceived safer stocks like british american tobacco and international household goods giant unilever. tesco shares reversed course, erasing early gains to trade down 0.5% after weak international same store sales overshadowed the retailer's strongest uk sales growth in seven years. the numbers appear to show that the small ticket. less discretionary spending is proving quite resilient. that's all the business news. thank you. headlines in a feud minutes but first let's cut up the weather. good afternoon. a pretty decent start to the day for many places. good spells of sunshine to ta ke places. good spells of sunshine to take us into the afternoon. we will
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ta ke take us into the afternoon. we will take a look at the satellite sequence which showers many places have had a decent day. cloud in the north—west been driven by this went from the south—west. bringing mild air. most places in the upper teens low 205. temperatures back a little bit in the north—west rehab that cloud and outbreaks of rain. lower levels of pollin. for much of england and wales pollen levels are high or very high. patchy rain for northern and western scotland this evening and overnight. variable amounts of cloud elsewhere. it will bea amounts of cloud elsewhere. it will be a very warm night. it will be a difficult night for sleeping. a warm start what will be a very warm or even a hot weekend for some. away from the north—west weather will be cloud and rain. for many, lengthy spells of sunshine. and it will be a one such the weekend. middle 205 from many but hot in that south—eastern corner. 28 or 29 degrees. this is bbc news live
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in west london, where police say that at least 30 people are now confirmed to have died in the fire that engulfed grenfell tower. the queen and prince william have been visiting a relief centre which has been helping victims of the fire the bbc understands that as many as 76 people are dead or missing, many of them had been trapped on the upper floors of the building. the mayor of london adds his voice to the growing number of calls for answers, actions and justice, a march of local residents is planned for this afternoon. the prime minister has visited survivors in hospital this morning,
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