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more in the way of sunshine and temperatures up to around 22 degrees. you can find more details on our website. goodbye for now. flammable cladding has already been found in seven buildings. one london borough has started to remove it. here's what the residents think. just scared — really, scared. every night i'm awake just thinking about it. ijust feel like i don't want to live here anymore. we'll have the latest on those tower block checks. theresa may's first eu summit since the election. she has an offer on the rights of eu citizens in britain. the church of england bishop who was jailed for sex abuse — a new report says senior clergy helped to hide his activities. makram ali suffered multiple injuries in the finsbury park terror attack — his family pay tribute to a loving father. we wish everyone to know what a lovely man he was. he spent his whole life without any enemies,
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choosing a quiet life instead. no child should have to do that. prince harry remembers walking behind his mother's coffin. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news... crystal palace are set to go dutch for their new manager. frank de boer saying they are his preferred option. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. ever since the grenfell tower disaster last week there's been one question uppermost on our minds — how many other tower blocks are at risk 7 around 600 high rise buildings across england have cladding and checks are being carried out on them. already seven buildings in four local authorities have been found
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to use flammable cladding. our home editor mark easton has been to camden in london where the council has decided to remove the cladding. the consequences of the grenfell tower the consequences of the grenfell kensingtaw i;that ' — kensingtan arethat ' — kensingtan arethat tested — north kensington are being tested from tower blocks and other public buildings. cladding on seven blocks infour buildings. cladding on seven blocks in four local authorities have come back as combustible so far, including here on the charcot estate in camdena including here on the charcot estate in camden a few miles from the g re nfell tower in camden a few miles from the grenfell tower tragedy. this resident is horrified to learn his block has exactly the same panels on the outside. just scared really. scared full every night i am awake, thinking about it. i have not
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stopped talking about it. none of the residents have stopped talking about it since that day. these blocks have non—come after the fibre installation behind the cladding. as of now fire wardens will patrol 2a hours a day until every panel has been removed. council says it was misled about the fire resistance of the cladding. we never felt the need to ta ke the cladding. we never felt the need to take off the panels and have them tested to watch them burn. we thought we were dealing with reputable companies. we feel let down and our tenants feel let down. our priority is to make sure our tenants feel safe. this test put on by one company a few years ago shows the difference between external wall insulation material. noncombustible on the left and combustible plastic based on the right. it is illegal in some countries to use combustible cladding and installation in tower blocks but not here. combustible
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cladding is not bad. government building regulations permit its use even on tabla is like this one. it is used on hundreds of public buildings all over the country. one question, are the regulations good enough? as the government confirmed that panels from 600 high—rise buildings are being tested for combustibility, the prime minister was repeatedly asked about the legality. was cladding of the type used in grenfell tower compliant with the fire safety and building regulations applicable at the time when the refurbishment was undertaken? yes or no? they are testing the cladding on the building and they expect to make the results of this public in the next, i think, in the next 48 hours. the cladding on the tower is a standard product thatis on the tower is a standard product
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that is available for sale. i do not understand why the prime minister cannot tell us whether that product is compliant with building regulations for a tower that is this high. remember there is a criminal investigation taking place in relation to this matter. the testing of the cladding, the testing of the materials used is being undertaken and a statement will be made by the police and the fire service within the next 48 hours. tower blocks in plymouth have also been found to have combustible cladding on the outside as the scandal widens. today, the chief executive of kensington and chelsea was forced to resign over the council's handling of the tragedy, an event which looks destined to become a watershed moment forfire safety destined to become a watershed moment for fire safety regulation. mark easton is here with me now. ifi if i were watching your report and lived in a tower block, i would be very worried tonight. after the
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g re nfell tower very worried tonight. after the grenfell tower de kammerer urgent questions about fire safety across britain. sprinklersystems, questions about fire safety across britain. sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, fire alarms and so on. many residents will be really anxious putting the kids to bed tonight. is it safe? i do not think it isa tonight. is it safe? i do not think it is a time for panic. we don't know what caused the fire. we don't know what caused the fire. we don't know if any other tower block has the same fire system management. you can use combustible cladding ber have other measures which make the building as safe as it needs to be full of this is a moving scenario. councils have said they do not want to wait for a public enquiry. they wa nt to ta ke to wait for a public enquiry. they want to take down the cladding. we have seen the beginnings of a nationwide review into what we think are acceptable safety standards in oui’ are acceptable safety standards in our high—rise towers. are acceptable safety standards in
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our high-rise towers. thank you. theresa may is in brussels — and she's about to address the 27 other european leaders for the first time since the general election. she won't actually be doing any negotiating today but all eyes will be on what effect her weakened position at home will have on her status abroad. the president of the european council says he dreams of getting britain to stay in the eu. as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. no victory lap, no majority, no expectation of an easy ride she comes here with plans for eu citizens here and at home. how can you carry on with your version of brexit when a mandate you decide to strengthen has weakened ? brexit when a mandate you decide to strengthen has weakened? i'm pleased to be at the european council following the constructive start of negotiations for the united kingdom to leave the european union. what am going to be setting out is how the united kingdom proposes to protect
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the rights of eu citizens living in the rights of eu citizens living in the uk and see the rights of eu citizens in the uk protected. eu citizens in the uk protected. eu citizens already in britain will be allowed to stay. a lot more will be said across the table before there is anything like a detailed deal. the uncertainty after the election has allowed some eu enthusiasts to ponder if brexit will really happen. the european union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve. so, who knows? you may say iama achieve. so, who knows? you may say i am a dreamer but i am not the only one. in this political circus, with its store works and rising stars, all must parade, if not wink for the waking cameras. there is not expectation that britain will change
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its mind but some may sniff more of a chance of getting the uk to listen. i hate brexit from every angle. my dream would be we will come to an end state, or intermediate and state, for the coming years in which the united kingdom with stay connected to the internal market. for me, the priority is shaping the future of the 27 countries. that comes before brexit. leaving the european union, they took nine months to write a letter to trigger article 50. the situation now was so easy and without consequences. we are waiting. the prime minister asked for your votes to give more power among these leaders and back home. that has backfired so badly that they cannot be sure that she will be they cannot be sure that she will be the one to see the deal through. commiserations perhaps among those
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few who put themselves to the public test. theresa may's pain in this moment could be a taste of what is ahead. despite turmoil at home, the government is trying to crack on with this process. the brexit secretary has been to italy, spain, poland and latvia as a warm up act. theresa may will present her proposals as to what happens to the millions of eu citizens living in britain and the brits abroad in other european countries. theresa may has said she wants to make a generous offer. i understand no european union citizen living in britain will be asked to leave. there will be clashes over the details. when will the new rules apply? what will be the cut—off
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date? third of all, who will be in charge? in this building, the brussels establishment is adamant the european courts will be in charge of the new system. for the british government, it is a red line that only british courts can do the business. it is only one of the first aspects in all the complicated negotiations that lie ahead. the population of the uk has seen its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years. the office for national statistics says from june 2015 to june 2016 the population rose by 538,000 people. that takes the total estimated population of the uk to more than 65.6 million. it's thought the change has been
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driven by immigration but also more births and fewer deaths. senior figures in the church of england helped to hide historical sexual abuse by a former bishop. that's the conclusion of an independent review. peter ball, who's now 85, was jailed in 2015 after admitting the offences. today's review criticises the former archbishop of canterbury, lord carey. and the current archbishop, justin welby, has asked lord carey to step down from his position as an honorary assistant bishop. here's our religious affairs correspondent, martin bashir. and what hurts our hearts most... charismatic and ambitious, peter ball, like his twin brother michael had been a bishop in the church of england. theirjoint achievement being heralded on national television. and making spiritual noises. but in 1993, peter ball was forced to stand down as bishop of gloucester after accepting a caution for gross indecency. despite his admission, he continued officiating in churches and several public schools. any message for the victims? very, very sorry. a second police investigation led to him being jailed at the old bailey in 2015 for abusing 18 adolescents and young men. today's review, entitled an abuse of faith, says the church
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colluded with peter ball instead of being concerned for the welfare of his victims. they didn't follow any proper process in considering the evidence that they had. they did not think about survivors. they approached it again confused by the sense of peter ball being fundamentally innocent. one of the witnesses says this review should provoke immediate change to church practice. i think the church has demonstrated it can no longer be responsible for policing itself. i think safeguarding in the church needs to be in dependent of the church and i think safeguarding should be nationalised and overseen by an external body. the most striking revelation in today's report concerns several letters that were sent here to lambeth palace by victims of peter ball in the early—1990s. then archbishop of canterbury george
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carey chose not to pass those letters on to the police. today, lord carey apologised, saying he regretted his failure to do so. lord carey has been asked by the current archbishop, justin welby, to step down from his position as honorary assistant bishop. the church of england says that safeguarding will now be central to its practice. martin beshir, bbc news, at church house in london. single parents with a child under two have won a court challenge against the government's benefits cap. a high courtjudge said the cap was not intended to cover such households and the failure to exempt them was discriminatory. the government has said it will appeal. the family of the man who died in a terror attack outside a mosque in north london say he was a gentle and peace—loving grandfather. makram ali, who was 51 and from haringey, was struck
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by a van in finsbury park on monday night. a post—mortem examination has found that he died from "multiple injuries". our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. it now seems clear that makram ali was killed in the attack. his death from multiple injuries can only have been caused by the van. 51 years old, he moved to britain from bangladesh at the age of ten. he had six children and two grandchildren. we wish everyone to know what a lovely man he was. he spent his whole life without any enemies, choosing a quiet life instead. we as a family have always believed that the actions of one person cannot be a reflection of a whole people. and i have no doubt that our father would not wish for there to be any retaliation or recriminations, and would urge people to remain calm and to pray for peace in these difficult times. makram ali suffered from a weak leg
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and had collapsed that night on the way back from the mosque. he was being helped in this cul—de—sac a few yards from his home, by other worshippers, when the white van sped round the corner and crashed into them. the van with its distinctive yellow logo was hired in pontyclun near cardiff on saturday. police are asking for information on its movements over the weekend, and for people who spoke to the driver. we need to hear from those people — what conversation did they have, what do they know about this person? and that 48—hour period is incredibly important. but of course if you knew him in the days and weeks leading up to this attack, please come forward — we want to hear from you too. 47—year—old darren osborne from cardiff is still being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorist offences, but he has not yet been charged. daniel sandford, bbc news. our top story this evening:
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600 high rises across england are being checked after the grenfell disaster. flammable cladding has been found on seven buildings. and still to come: why these boys turned up to school wearing skirts. coming up in sports day on bbc news, on ladies day the favourite is pipped on the line in the ascot gold cup as "big orange" holds off a late challenge by "order of st george". prince harry has suggested that no one in the royal family wants to be king or queen. in an interview with an american magazine, he said the royals were acting for "the greater good of the people". the prince also criticised the decision to make him walk behind his mother's coffin
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at herfuneral, when he wasjust 12. here's our royal correspondent peter hunt. it's a moment seared on the nation's psyche, the funeral of a princess killed in her prime. her 12—year—old son on unforgiving display. 20 years on, prince harry is critical of those who put him there, and he's voiced his considerable discomfort in an american magazine. the enduring diana fascination is global. my understanding was that they chose to do it, they were not coerced in any way. but, of course, harry was just 12 years old. the whole process of his mother's death will have been horrendous for him. a monarch and three heirs, an hereditary system secure. now harry is suggesting that
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while the windsors are selflessly focusing on the greater good, none of them is desperate to be sovereign. is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? this interview will irritate republicans who seek an elected head of state and upset some monarchists who believe that in return for a privileged palace life, like the one harry enjoys here, royals should step up to the mark without a fuss. i don't think it's such a good idea to be quite so open. he has done a lot for mental health in bringing out his own true feelings, but i think we've got to a point now where enough enough. harry is desperately seeking the increasingly unattainable — a relatively ordinary life. inspired by his mother's example, the personable prince insists he's not completely cut off. older royals, like prince philip who left hospital this morning after treatment for an infection,
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know all about balancing the private and the public. they are a grandson and a grandfather who know about service, duty and occasional eyebrow—raising public utterances. peter hunt, bbc news. it was a mosque sacred to iraqis, one that had withstood 800 years of history. today the al—nuri mosque in the iraqi city of mosul lies in ruins, destroyed by so—called islamic state. the iraqi government, which is fighting is, says the mosque's destruction is a declaration of defeat. orla guerin reports on the battle to re—take mosul. an amatuer recording captures a key moment in the collapse of the caliphate — the destruction of the al—nuri mosque and its landmark leaning minaret. now rubble remains in place of one of iraq's great treasures, which had stood for eight centuries. iraq's prime minister says in destroying the mosque, so—called is has officially
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admitted defeat here. the bbc‘s arabic service managed to film the al—nuri mosque just hours before it was levelled. these are probably the last images of the minaret still intact, with the black is flag flying. it was inside, at the pulpit, that the is leader, abu bakr al—baghdadi, proclaimed himself leader of all muslims, in july 2014. now he's in hiding. and nearby his men are surrounded. iraqi forces are hunting them down, street by street, house by house. but the troops are facing fierce resistance — the militants are going down fighting. as they make their last stand, civilians are fleeing the city — at least those who can find a way.
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but for many, like this man, it is a struggle to escape the battlefield. "may god oppose the militants," he said. "i spit on them." the destruction of the mosque is not the end of the fight to free the city. but iraqi military sources say they hope they can now advance more swiftly, closing in on the last pocket of resistance. they say is is down to just a few hundred men, and they are hemmed in in the old city. orla guerin, bbc news, western mosul. now, we know that the future of workers moving across the eu will be a key aspect of brexit talks. at the moment, around 80,000 seasonal workers pick and process fruit and veg in the uk every year, but a bbc survey of soft fruit and salad growers has found that there's already a problem with supply of workers.
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one in five farmers say they already have fewer workers than they need, with seven out of ten saying they'd consider cutting production if there are future restrictions on seasonal workers. our business correspondent, emma simpson, reports from tiptree in essex. perfectly ripe and ready to be picked. the harvest is in full swing. right now there are small armies of workers dotted around the countryside. work that needs a human hand. all this produce is home—grown but not home—picked. that's because just about everyone here is from eastern europe. it's tough seasonal work, especially in this heat, and with the weak pound and brexit looming, these jobs just aren't as appetising as they used to be. next time i'm going to germany or the netherlands, or bulgaria. because the money is better?
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yes, it sure is better. but what's coming down the track after brexit? the boss of this farm told me he's already got 20% fewer workers than he'd like. this industry won't survive, he says, if access to eu workers is restricted. without a seasonal workforce to pick our crops, we are not going to get them picked and the logical extension of that is that we will need to import produce from europe or elsewhere in the world. why can't you get british workers to pick the fruit? we do try very hard but our experience has been challenging over the years. the fact that it's a seasonal operation makes it difficult for people, and as well unemployment is very low in our part of the world. they have been picking strawberries for decades in this corner of essex. the nationalities have changed through the years. but if we want to keep buying british, then growers say they need
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a seasonal workers permit scheme. the government says it also wants this industry to thrive, but that there is insufficient evidence for such a scheme right now. emma simpson, bbc news, essex. schoolboys in devon have been forced to resort to extreme measures to deal with this week's heatwave. when male pupils were told they couldn't wear shorts and had to wear trousers, they decided to wear skirts instead. jon kay reports. not your typical class photo. around 30 boys wore skirts at isca academy today — borrowed from their sisters and theirfriends. what does it feel like to wear skirts? it feels comfortable. really nice. cheering it's a protest... we want shorts! ..because they are not allowed to wear shorts, even on hot summer days. they are fed up with long trousers and, in a co—ed school, skirts are officially part of the uniform. girls are allowed to wear
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skirts all year round. and then they get cold legs and we have to sit there sweating. i think it's good. if they can't wear shorts then they have to wear skirts. i don't think it's right, then being told off for having hairy legs, though. the headteacher wasn't available today. in a statement, she said she might allow shorts in future, but needs to consult parents. and she says the boys have not been disciplined for wearing skirts. there is an irony here because on the very day they have decided to step up their protest the temperature has dropped by 12 degrees and it is actually quite breezy. how long do you think you will continue with this protest? as long as it takes, to be honest. what about in the winter, when it gets really cold? i think we can bear that, to be honest. tights? yeah, they can do. until a final decision is made, the school says boys can loosen their ties in lessons. john kay, bbc news, exeter. time for a look at the weather — here's sarah keith—lucas.
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it is much cooler than it was yesterday, the heatwave over for now but we have still seen some sunshine. this was the view in hailsham. there have been blue skies around but for many scenes like this one, quite a lot of cloud captured in county down. overnight many of us dry for the moment, then we will see rain moving in, turning quite breezy, but you will be relieved to hear probably that temperatures are much more comfortable for sleeping overnight. temperatures around 14 degrees first thing friday morning. friday starts off on a drying out across much of england and wales. the weather front will be shifting its way further south through the day so really through the central swathe of the country, that's where it will be quite cloudy with patchy
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outbreaks of rain. to the south of that largely dry with some sunny spells, in southern england temperature is still around 20 degrees. in scotland and northern ireland its return to sunshine and scattered showers. heading into the weekend, on saturday we will see the wet weather in the south—east at first but they should clear away to leave sunny skies. a few showers moving through, and temperatures 15 in the north, but 23 degrees further south. should feel pleasant enough. breezy again on sunday but the wind is not quite as strong and we will have fewer showers around. temperatures much cooler than in recent days, around about 15—22d. for now the heat is behind us but we still have a lot of dry weather over the next few days. that's all from the bbc news at six so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: flammable cladding has been found in seven buildings after 600 high—rise blocks were checked in the wake of the tower fire. the blocks were checked in the wake of the towerfire. the prime minister said steps are urgently being taken to check residents' homes are safe. the relevant local authorities and local fire services have been informed, and as i speak they are taking all possible steps to ensure buildings are safe and to inform affected residents. donald trump says he does not have any secret recordings of his conversations with sacked fbi directorjames comey, despite earlier speculation caused by the president saying, "james comey better hope that there are no "tapes"
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