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tonight at ten: police are still questioning a man in connection with a terrorist attack near a mosque in north london last night. it happened when a van was driven into worshippers just after midnight. the driver was pinned down by local people until police arrived. he was shouting, where are all muslims? i want to kill all muslims. literally he said that. the man arrested has been named as darren osborne, who's 47 and had been living in cardiff. 11 people were injured at the scene and one man died — though he'd collapsed before the attack and the cause of his death isn't clear. there is no place for this hatred in our country today and we need to work together as one society, as one community, to drive out this evil that is affecting so many families. we'll have the latest from the scene and we'll have reaction from politicians and community and faith leaders. also tonight: a minute's silence for the victims of the grenfell tower fire, as the number of dead has been revised again to 79. 12 months after the referendum,
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the official brexit talks get under way between the united kingdom and the european union. in central portugal, extensive areas have been evacuated as forest fires continue to spread — at least 62 people have died. and, a cultural giant reborn — we visit dublin to see the wonders on display at the new—look national gallery. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: a morale—boosting win for england, as the under—21s come from behind to beat slovakia in their european championships‘ group game in poland. good evening. police are still questioning a man on suspicion of terrorism offences, after a van was driven into a crowd of worshippers last night
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near a mosque in north london. witnesses say the driver shouted that he wanted to kill muslims. the attack happened in finsbury park shortly after midnight. 11 people were injured and one man died — though he'd collapsed before the attack and the cause of his death isn't clear. a van was driven onto the pavement, hitting people in its path. bystanders held the driver until police arrived. a 47—year—old from cardiff, named as darren osborne, has been arrested under the terrorism act. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is at the scene tonight. yes, we have entered the last week of muslim holy month, a time of fasting during the day and coming together as a community at night to break the fast and pray. but last night on a sweltering summer evening, the community was subjected
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toa evening, the community was subjected to a brutal attack. my report contains distressing and flashing images. it was just after midnight in london and the third attack using a vehicle injust three months. this and the third attack using a vehicle in just three months. this time the muslim community was the target. basically drove on the pavement, coming straight towards all the muslims and as he is coming to them, he hit them. after the van had crashed through worshippers marking the holy month of ramadan, men who had been to prayers found themselves wrestling the driver. had been to prayers found themselves wrestling the driverlj had been to prayers found themselves wrestling the driver. i asked him why, why? innocent people. he goes, i want to kill muslims. he said i wa nt i want to kill muslims. he said i want to kill all muslims. after a
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struggle, the suspected driver was arrested. the imaam had intervened to prevent violence and the suspect was handed over to the police. why did you do that? we flagged them down, told them the situation, there isa man, down, told them the situation, there is a man, he mowed down a group of people and there is a mob attempting to hurt him if you don't take him, god forbid he may be hurt. he said he had rushed there to a help a cousin. i couldn't believe it. what i saw there, i was like, oh, cousin. i couldn't believe it. what i saw there, iwas like, oh, like cousin. i couldn't believe it. what i saw there, i was like, oh, like a field full of... flesh, people screaming. half of them were teenagers. i was telling everyone, look, you know, we can't do nothing about him. we need to focus on these people. try and get help to these people. try and get help to these people. there is one ambulance and... you know there is other people injured. we have got cars.
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the 47—year—old suspect is believed to be darren osborne, a father of four from to be darren osborne, a father of fourfrom cardiff, to be darren osborne, a father of four from cardiff, unknown to be darren osborne, a father of fourfrom cardiff, unknown to to be darren osborne, a father of four from cardiff, unknown to mi5. he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and then of terrorist offences. as he left, he waved to the crowd. can we take any more terror prime minister the prime minister arrived at the scene, visiting finsbury park mosque. the terrible terrorist attack that took place last night was an evil act borne out of hatred and it has devastated a community. i'm pleased to have been here to see the strength of that community coming together all faiths, united in one desire to see extremism and hatred of all sorts driven out of our society. there is no place for this
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hatred in our country and we need to work together as one society, as one community, to drive it out, this evil that is affect soing many family —— affecting so many families. the prime minister's visit came i2 families. the prime minister's visit came 12 hours after the van ploughed into a came 12 hours after the van ploughed intoa group came 12 hours after the van ploughed into a group of worshippers, theresa may clearly wanting to be seen among the community that was attacked, as soon as possible. jeremy corbyn, who is the local mp, was up much of the night talking to his constituents. and visited the scene with the labour mayor of london, sadiq khan. throughout the day, the enormity of what happened appeared to weigh on the shoulders of politicians. what happened appeared to weigh on the shoulders of politiciansm what happened appeared to weigh on the shoulders of politicians. it is a terror on the streets and of the people i'm proud to represent. that is why i'm here. all around the politicians visiting a huge police operation was under way. the focus — this white van rented in wales. it
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had turned off the main seven sisters road into a cul—de—sac, hitting people as it went through. some of them were treating a man who was apparently suffering from a heart attack. the man later died. this was clearly an attack on muslims who looked like they were probably muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting. we treat this as a terrorist attack and we in met are as shocked as anybody in this local community or across the country at what's happened. in this local community or across the country at what's happenedm this year of terror, the muslim community of north london was a new target. but the consequences of the violence were the same — some people in hospital have potentially life—changing injuries. as we've heard, the bbc understands the suspect
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to be darren osborne, who's 47 and a father of four, who'd been living in cardiff, but is believed to be from somerset. police have been searching a residential address in the pentwyn area of the city, as our wales correspondent sian lloyd reports. more than a 150 miles from finsbury park, this house in cardiff is a central part of police investigation. the home of darren osborne, originally from weston—super—mare, who has been living here for ten years with his partner and four children. this woman and her family moved partner and four children. this woman and herfamily moved next door. darren osborne had helped her with diy. usj a shock. -- just a shock. he seemed an every day guy, i see walking the dog and taking the kids to school. he was never up pleasa nt to kids to school. he was never up pleasant to me. did you see him at
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the house yesterday? yes, he was singing at dinnertime the house yesterday? yes, he was singing at dinner time with his kids as normal. his family issued a statement saying: this family run—company has played a pa rt this family run—company has played a part in the investigation. the vehicle used in the attack came from here. managers at the company said they're shocked and saddened by what happened in finsbury park. they say they're helping the investigation. police continue to guard the family home, during the afternoon i spoke to many people who live in the
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street, who knew the family, and they're overwhelming feeling is of shock. over the coming days, the questions will continue — what was it that led to this terror attack? as we heard, the metropolitan police commissioner said this was ‘clearly an attack on muslims' in one of the most diverse communities in london. there have been growing calls for action to tackle the growth in islamophobic hate crime, especially since the london bridge attack. our religious affairs correspondent, martin bashir, has spent the day talking to people near the finsbury park mosque. with temperatures and tensions rising in this multiethnic part of north london, the chairman of finsbury park mosque offered words of unity. an attack on one faith is an attack on all faith and communities. those who try to divide us and who aim to spread fear, hatred and division will not succeed. but the events of last night have
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shattered the peace in north london. now no one feels safe. we can't go to the mosque without looking behind our back. who's going to want to go to mosque now? we have to look behind our backs, just to practice our religion we have to look behind our backs. we are living in fear about that. we shouldn't have to live like this. the aftermath when i was here talking to some of the people, there was a lot of anger and a lot of hostility because once again muslims have fallen victim to another terrorist attack. we have allowed in this country for islamophobia to grow and thrive. communities secretary sajid javid came to visit the crime scene. as he spoke to reporters he was interrupted by an emotional muslim mother. as a muslim how do i keep my son and i safe? because we don't, we don't feel safe at the moment. i don't even want to send him to school. well, first of all, i'm a muslim. i have children. and i know many members of the community across britain that will express a very similar feeling to what you've just said.
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sajid javid tried to offer some consolation. this is my community, to hear all these things happening in london, as a muslim you feel so pushed out. whilst religious leaders have condemned this attack in unison, many in this community are angered by the media coverage and what they say is the rush to connect acts of terror with islam, but a reluctance to do so when the victims are muslim. other faith leaders argue that if muslims are being asked to help in the fight against radical extremism, then the least they deserve is fairness when they become the victims. i think islamophobia probably has lurked below the surface for a while. and i think sometimes incidents like this happen and it brings it to the surface and i think the community leaders have a real responsibility to speak out and say this is not acceptable. those community leaders will now
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play a central role as people in north london respond to this latest terror attack. martin bashir, bbc news, finsbury park. the muslim council of britain condemned the finsbury park attack saying this was the most violent manifestation to date of islamophobia and called for more to be done to protect mosques. theresa may chaired a meeting of the government's emergency committee this morning and announced extra police to be deployed around mosques and she urged people to come together in the face of extremism, as our security correspondent frank gardner reports. this attack targeting british muslims, has been labelled one of britain's most violent incidents of islamophobia to date. it took the governmentjust eight minutes to call it a terrorist attack. the
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attack tar getted the ordinary. the prime minister called it as sickening as the other attack this year and repeated her intention to set upa year and repeated her intention to set up a commission to counter extremism. but while police and emergency services were soon on the scene, there are suggestions that policy makers may have underestimated the threat from far right extremism. the whole counter extremism agenda has focussed on islamist extremism and we have seen a growing concern around the far right and individuals who adhere to extremist ideologies, but haven't been tackled. far right extremism in britain is a growing problem. in 2012 to 2013172 extremists were referred to police. by 2015 to 16 it
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has increased. less is known public about these cases, there isn't the same level of prop gran da as that put out byjihadist and there is no international organisation driving it. they're harder to detect. the nature of these incidents, we have a lone individual using rudimentary tools, to launch a terrorist atrocity against a range of targets, if they haven't told anyone it is difficult for the security services. now this will be looked again with earlier assumptions being examined. tracking far right extremism is the job of the police and counter terrorism. but they're dealing with lone individuals and knowing when they move from violent ideas to
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action is extremely difficult. let's return to finsbury park and speak to our correspondent daniel sandford. what is your assessment to night of the way this investigation is coming together and the mood in finsbury park? clearly the police have one suspect at the moment and he is in custody. so far as the mood is concerned, there is no doubt that overnight there was raw anger and even at dawn this morning groups of very angry young man who witnessed the incident were expressing their raids. the mood tonight has moved more towards one of solidarity. it isa more towards one of solidarity. it is a mixture of the old, white, working—class community with immigrants from the west indies and north africa and more recently middle—class professionals like lawyers and bankers who have lived and moved into the area. this is an
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area where i will hamza was in charge at finsbury park mosque and they got through that. theresa may was visiting that mosque today and this feeling of solidarity which has developed through the day is represented by the fact that most of the people who are leaving flowers this evening are not from the muslim community. the number of people believed to have died in the grenfell tower disaster in west london last week has risen to 79. the metropolitan police have warned that they may never be able to identify all those who died. a minute's silence for the dead was observed at 11 o'clock this morning across the uk. the bbc has seen letters which reveal that four government ministers received warnings that fire regulations were not keeping people safe in high—rise blocks like grenfell tower. our home editor mark easton has more details. there have been too many days like this. the firefighters of red watch, first on the scene last wednesday,
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linking arms with others across the united kingdom, the country pausing to reflect on the grenfell tower tragedy, a nation once again standing silently united in grief. parade, dismiss! and then for red watch it was back to their harrowing work in the tower. as the official count of those now presumed to have died in the fire rose to 79, police today confirmed that 24—year—old khadija saye, 65—year—old tony disson and 39—year—old abutars ibrahim were among the dead. and tonight it was announced that 52—year—old khadijah khalloufi also lost her life in the blaze. this was the reaction of firefighters when they raced to the scene last wednesday morning. how is that possible? it emerged tonight that one crew had extinguished the blaze that started the fire and were leaving when it was realised flames
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were rising up outside the block with a ferocity that shocked emergency services. i've investigated major crime for most of my service and i've seen some terrible things but i don't think anything prepared me for what i was going to see when i was in there. the grenfell fire response team, including the red cross, london boroughs and whitehall departments, is now providing financial, physical and psychological support to more than 2000 people. over £200,000 in aid has been given out, hotels and estate agents are helping find temporary bed and permanent homes. but why did it take so long? is almost as though you have arrived three days too late. the arrangements were not invoked by the royal borough of kensington and chelsea until friday afternoon. why not? at that point that is when we can step in. why didn't they ask for help earlier? that is obviously something that people would want to look to see why. some residents from evacuated homes next door to grenfell tower say
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they have been told their only option is to return to the flats. one resident, joe delaney, says a number of his neighbours are now in homes without hot water and other amenities. without hot water and with water coming from a tank that is under that charred husk of a tower, yes, that is where we are being asked to live at the moment. the authorities say no one has been forced to move back. the blackened shell of grenfell tower stands against the clear blue sky on a summer's day and seems to challenge all those who stand in its shadow to demand answers and to demand justice for the scores of people we now know lost their lives here. but what does justice mean? tonight a bbc panorama broadcast details some angry letters sent to government ministers by mps on a fire safety committee. the mps say, can we really afford to wait for another tragedy? they complain life safety implications are not
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considered to be urgent. and just two months ago they were still warning the government it is now time to listen. the government said tonight that work on new fire regulations was under way with a consultation due this summer, although after the grenfell tower tragedy they would reflect on the correct next step to take. meanwhile, a criminal investigation is under way with scotland yard promising to go wherever the evidence takes them. where offences have been committed i will do everything within my gift to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. this evening a silent protest in the shadow of grenfell tower from a community that says it hasn't been listened to for far too long. the government has now started to make emergency fund payments to those made homeless by the fire
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at grenfell tower. ministers say every surviving family will get £500 pounds in cash and £5,000 paid into their bank. our special correspondent lucy manning reports on the impact of the relief effort and the continuing search for survivors. she is called firdaws, just 12 years old, but those who know her say she is a remarkable young woman. firdaws starred in a comic relief debate just two months ago. i unrealistically think that poverty is just going to disappear like this, but as bill gates said we have to raise the bar. now firdaws, her six—year—old brother, 13—year—old brother and parents are feared to have been killed in the fire. there is no doubt that she and the other children all had wonderful, wonderfulfutures. sean and hadil took the children away on activity trips and ran after—school clubs for them. they were very sensible, always asking intelligent questions and she was also very inquisitive. she had this thirst for knowledge. she was always learning and teaching
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the younger children and yahya, the oldest child, absolutely loved football. he was always making jokes, had a brilliant sense of humour. two really beautiful souls. the youngest child, yaqub, was just a bundle of energy. they could have been alive today but they were neglected because they were poor. so many children lost in this community, a community still struggling to get all the help that it needs. miguel alvez lived on the 13th floor of grenfell and now his home is a room on the 14th floor of a hotel with his wife and two children. they promised me that they will do something in the next three orfour weeks. so you think you will be in a hotel for three to four weeks? i really don't know but i expect that, yes. so you had to ask the council for help? yes. they didn't come and offer it to you? no, nobody contacted me. miguel‘s family did receive £500 from them yesterday,
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but miguel is struggling to get new documents and needs his family's cars stuck by the tower block. and the youngest need help too. ryan and tina write a message for six—year—old yaqub who was their friend. their mum was happy for them to talk about him. he was so good at handwriting and good at running and scooter bikes. he sounds like a really nice friend so you have good things to say about him. everyone from the royal family are keeping on coming and making sure and double checking that everyone in this country is actually safe. and some of the parents here believe their children will need support and soon. twelve months after the united kingdom voted to leave
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the european union the first formal talks to set the terms of departure have taken place in brussels. michel barnier, the eu's chief negotiator, said he hoped the talks would be held in a constructive atmosphere. for the uk the brexit secretary, david davis, talked of forging a new and special partnership. mr davis said he'd secure a deal "like no other in history". our europe editor katya adler is in brussels with the day's events. today was just day one of what will now be many rounds of eu — uk brexit negotiations, but it was a historic day for the uk where many do dream of new beginnings and for the eu as well, which up until now as a union has only grown in size, but today began those exit talks for one of its prized members. hanging onto that handshake as hard as he could, this was david davis's show of strength today, the first
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day of face—to—face brexit negotiations almost 12 months since the uk voted to leave the eu. negotiations almost 12 months since the uk voted to leave the eui negotiations almost 12 months since the uk voted to leave the eu. i am here in brussels today like michel barnier to begin the next phase of our work, to begin anew, deep and special partnership. determined to sound confident and upbeat everyone knew the secretary of state carried british political uncertainty in his back pocket and he knew that they knew. fast forward through this first day of negotiations were brexit divorce details like the irish border, citizens‘ rights and a possible exit bill were discussed and it became clear that david davis had given in on what he pledged would be the row of the summer, his demands to talk trade with the eu from the start. there were the closing press conferences at the european commission, there was one brexit promise he insisted he was sticking to. can the eu trust that what you ask for today or tomorrow
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will eat what you ask for in a few days‘ time considering the political confusion in the uk? the position has not changed. because the membership of the single market requires the four freedoms to be obeyed and we want to bring back control of our laws and borders, we will be leaving the single market. he said the uk would leave the european customs union as well. i then michel barnier‘s intentional upbeat mood erupted into this. translation: the uk decided to leave the eu, not the other way round, and the eu, not the other way round, and the consequences are substantial, human, social, financial, legaland political. this is not about punishment and revenge, but do not underestimate those consequences. the two men did agree that this must be an orderly brexit and this is the eu proposed timetable. phase one,
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which began today, focuses on the divorce, the uk and tangling itself from 44 years of eu membership. brussels hopes to start phase two by the end of this year, sketching out the end of this year, sketching out the future relationship, including trade and security cooperation and deciding whether a limited transition agreement would be needed. phase three before negotiations legally end in march, 2019, parliaments in 27 eu countries, the european parliament and the british parliament will vote on the final brexit deal. time is very tight, which is why the uk wa nts to very tight, which is why the uk wants to talk about trade and its future eu relationship from the word go. whatever happens, brexit negotiations will be tough, peter mandelson told me. he was eu trade commissionerforfour mandelson told me. he was eu trade commissioner for four years. the whole negotiation will be messy, fraught, unhelpful, two from both
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sides and whilst there will be some give and flexibility, at the end of the day the european union will negotiate and reach an agreement on the basis of its laws and until people understand that, it will not be within hailing distance of getting that final agreement. david davis today declared himself a determined optimist, but the eu warned a path to a fair deal for both sides is fraught with risk. insiders at today‘s talks insist the mood was positive and constructive, but how much hard bargaining can you do on day one? the uk and the eu both want a good deal, but what is good for one side is not always good for the other and with brexit so politically sensitive on both sides of the channel compromises will be ha rd to of the channel compromises will be hard to reach. our europe editor in brussels. in portugal emergency workers have been evacuating areas in the path of major forest fires which so far
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are reported to have claimed the lives of at least 62 people. hundreds of firefighters are tackling the fires which are thought to have been started by a lightning strike on saturday. our correspondent james reynolds has been to the region where relief aid is being delivered. these are the flames of portugal‘s worst disaster for more than a quarter of a century. for a third day here in the centre of the country, forests burn. on saturday, flames quickly engulfed this road. the fire caught families who‘d been trying to drive to safety. it‘s hard to conceive of their last minutes. portugal has more forest fires than any other country in southern europe. it‘s had years to make proper preparations,

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