this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm: police are considering a range of offences in connection with the grenfell tower fire, including manslaughter. detectives revealed today the cladding and insulation used on the building failed preliminary safety tests. theresa may defends her proposals on the status of eu citizens in the uk post brexit — after they were criticised by the european council president. the uk's offer is below our expectations, and it risks worsening the situation of citizens. i think we've made a fair and serious offer, to all those, confirming and giving reassurance to all those eu citizens living in the united kingdom. a former loyalist paramilitary turned supergrass admits 200 offences including five murders. meanwhile, in other news: the glastonbury music festival begins in somerset with security tighter than in previous years. it opened with a minutes silence to
honour those affected by recent tragedies in london and manchester. a group of schoolboys who wore skirts in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts in the heatwave, will now be able to wear them from next year. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the cladding and insulation on grenfell tower has failed initial fire safety tests according to the police. they say they are now looking at criminal offences including manslaughter — and documents and materials have been seized from a number of organisations. at least 79 people are known to be dead or missing after the blaze at the tower block last week. the nationwide hunt for high rise buildings with flammable cladding continues. the government says 15 buildings across nine local authorities
in england have the potentially dangerous cladding, none in wales or scotland, one building is being checked in northern ireland. tom symonds reports. in the first horrifying minutes of the disaster, a resident of grenfell tower escapes and looks back at what's unfolding. oh, my gosh! a rapidly spreading inferno, which police today confirmed had its origin in a kitchen of a flat low down in the tower. it began, they said, with a hotpoint fridge catching light. witnesses say flames escaped through the window, where they began to race up and across the outside of the building. which is why the focus right from the start has been on what was added to the tower during its refurbishment. aluminium cladding and foam insulation. and right from the top,
police wanted to know how fire resistant was it? preliminary tests on the insulation samples collected from grenfell tower showed that they combusted soon after the tests started. the initial test on the cladding tiles also failed the safety tests. such are our safety concerns on the outcome of those tests, we have shared our data with the department for communities and local government. the cladding and insulation simply should not have burned so quickly. instead of a fire which devoured the tower, the damage should have been little more than this — a fire in camden in 2012, a fire contained. so the police test have thrown up a string of questions. how did it spread? the materials used are under suspicion. that was the design of the refurbishment also to blame? did the work completed last year breach building regulations? and are the laws governing building standards clear
enough and tough enough? this is a criminal investigation. police are seizing documents from the companies that managed and refurbished grenfell tower. and they will consider potential criminal charges, breaches of health and safety, or even corporate manslaughter. although that is difficult to prove. for several decades now, councils have been putting up cladding to improve the look and insulation of their ageing tower blocks. now in what amounts to a crisis for that strategy, some of it being taken down. in islington, initially for testing, but next week for good. everyone in the block is saying if you live in a tower block, it could have been us. especially now that it's in our cladding. it makes you feel quite tearful, actually. all we want is some
strong reassurance. there's a lot of, shall we say, stressed people at this present moment in time. in wandsworth, where this fire broke out in 2010, 100 tower blocks are to be fitted with sprinklers. but there is grim, unfinished business back at grenfell tower. everyone‘s been accounted for in this flat, but police need help to ensure that identified all victims. their message today — if you know someone that was there for whatever reason, we need to know. there are concerns about high rise buildings across the uk, in salford nine buildings will have cladding removed after tests show it was made of similar material, salford city council say although more tests need to be done they will remove all cladding to assure all residents. last night he was told the cladding
on the tower block was similar to that used on grenfell tower will but it's still unclear how safe his home is. the main thing is people want a nswe rs is. the main thing is people want answers and people want answers now. there is a lot of stressed people at this present moment in time. people that don't know what is going to be around the corner. a total of nine tower blocks in salford have the cladding which is causing concern, like grenfell tower it is made from aluminium. tests are still being done to see if the panels or fire resista nce done to see if the panels or fire resistance but this afternoon the council said whatever the results show this cladding would be removed. if you were living in a block and knew you had aluminium composite cladding would you want that removed or would you want it to stay? i would want it removed and i think doing the morally right thing is what we are doing here, removing the
cladding. graham said he does not feel reassured, you showed me around the tower block and said he has been worried about fire safety for months. it only goes off on the ground floor, you cannot eat throughout the building. ruth was on her own on the fifth floor, she is 85 with little vision. you cannot sleep very well because you think is anything going on? how do you manage getting down the stairs?” anything going on? how do you manage getting down the stairs? i cannot use my stick and i cannot use the trolley. the housing association run all nine tower blocks and tonight they say they will offer a vulnerable residents other accommodation until the cladding comes down and there will be security patrols 21w. but one group which advises on safety says more should be done. we think the residents should be offered alternative accommodation until the cladding can be removed and their
homes can be made safe. we think the risk and the fear and excite it would be so great. it could take weeks to remove the cladding, graeme does not think he will sleep well until he has a 100% guarantee his tower block this safe. 0ur reporter kim riley is outside the celotex factory in suffolk — the company today announced it would stop supplying cladding for use on tall buildings. tell us more about the company? it's a well—respected company, producing insulation materials for about a0 yea rs, insulation materials for about a0 years, it is, it has a huge range of products and has a big base here on this industrial estate. it provided this industrial estate. it provided this installation to the grenfell tower refurbishment. it has a class zero rating under the building regulations in the uk meaning it has
the highest rating for preventing the highest rating for preventing the spread of flames. but the company always admitted it will burn if exposed to fire of sufficient heat and intensity. the police today as you heard saying per 18 tests is showing the installation burst into fla mes showing the installation burst into flames quickly. a statement from the company said it is shocked by the tragic events at the tower, we want to do everything we can to support the government ‘s ongoing response and will cooperation. it notes the comments made by scotland yard today, in view of the focus on cladding systems such as these and installation forming part of them, celotex believes the right thing to do is stop the supply of this product in buildings over 18 metres tall. with immediate effect. basically they want to wait for a further clarity to get to the bottom of this problem, what exactly caused that terrible inferno at grenfell tower? thank you very much. european union leaders have given
a cool response to theresa may's proposal to guarantee the rights of eu citizens living in the uk. the president of the european council, donald tusk, calls the plans ‘below expectations' and says they risk making the situation for eu citizens worse. under the plan — which the prime minister describes as "serious and fair" — people from eu countries who've lived here for five years would receive similar rights to british citizens. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports from brussels. goodbye to the flag, goodbye to this town. a year ago today, britain decided this place would be written out of our future. but what the picture outside will look like for millions who have made their lives around the continent is now starting to become clear. we've set out what i believe is a serious offer, a fair offer,
that will give the reassurance to eu citizens living in the uk. 0ne—two—one attempts to sell her plans. but citizens who have lived in the uk for five years can remain for good. and until we leave the union, others could come. but her eu rivals have plenty of questions. what about spaniards now in the uk with family abroad — or anyone else? is the cut—off date when the brexit process started, or the moment when we actually leave? not until monday will ministers at home be ready to give those answers. are you getting a clear idea of the kind of brexit that the uk government wants? no. translation: it's vauge. we want to be sure the rights of citizens are protected. that's important for us. there are a lot of our citizens who are not covered with mrs may's proposal. she might not have gone far enough here, but for many at home is theresa may's plan tough enough?
it gives those 3 million eu citizens in the uk certainty about the future of their lives, and we want the same certainty for the more thani million uk citizens who are living in the european union. you've always said voters gave politicians a clear instruction to control immigration. but under your plans, for nearly another two years, as many europeans as they like can still come to live in the uk. for many voters, do you think that will really sound like taking back control? what voters voted for when they voted to leave the european union was to ensure that outside the european union, the united kingdom could establish our own rules on migration, on movement of people from the eu into the uk. away from home, there is relief that at last the uk's putting things on the table. but for europe's new power couple... translation: it's a good beginning, but not a breakthrough. we've understood the uk doesn't want to give you citizens full rights.
they, just as they left together, will decide together with the rest of the eu how they feel about that. my first impression is that the uk's offer is below our expectations. and that it risks worsening the situation of citizens. reservation is shared by the opposition. who, in contrast, their leader is loving his time in the sun. we should not be negotiating like this. what we should be doing is unilaterally saying, as labour has said from day one after the referendum, but all eu nationals should be given permanent residence' rights. concerns over these proposals reflects theresa may's 3—way bind. a united in opposing front here in brussels, clashing expectations among the public at home, and at her back inside her own party, different strands of thinking and demands. and even a leader at the peak of their powers would struggle to deal with all that. prime minister, did your
proposals go far enough? relieved, perhaps, to be leaving. but relieved, perhaps, too, to be away from hostility at home. but governing is doing, notjust fending off enemies. theresa may, at least today, has been doing that. let's speak to ros atkins who is in brussels. they don't sound very impressed yet. that's definitely one way of putting it! i think there was a hope certainly among theresa may's team that the proposal she was offering, this serious and fear proposal as she put it would improve the mood music around this issue but frankly that did not seem to happen. i think that did not seem to happen. i think that was for a couple of reasons, one, the eu wants to keep these scheduled summits which happen four
times a year, keep these for eu matters, matters for the future. they want to say brexit negotiations are over there, michel barnier and david davies will deal with those, we do not want brexit interfering with the dynamic at the summit. inevitably a lot of the questions we re inevitably a lot of the questions were around that proposal. that is one reason they have been a bit cool one reason they have been a bit cool, the second is simply they don't like what they are hearing. i spoke to the maltese prime minister and he said look, as this proposal looks this would be a worse deal for eu citizens than what they have at the moment and that's not acceptable to us. the other pressure i should mention is one of time, the austrian chancellor i also spoke to and he said the uncertainty is unacceptable. there is a pressure to get this resolved, we will have to see if they are prepared to compromise to get the resolution as quickly as they would like.
compromise to get the resolution as quickly as they would likem compromise to get the resolution as quickly as they would like. it must appeal to everybody that they have got a long way to go, this is early days and it is one of the first things they are talking about. you are absolutely right. let's remember that this issue perhaps more than any other issue relating to brexit is one on which the eu and great britain agree. theresa may motivated to get the issue resolved and the eu say it's the number one priority. i think the expectation was perhaps from the british side that by laying out this proposal this would be a significant first step to more detail being delivered next week and then a resolution being found sooner rather than later. but instead what we've ended up with as the dutch prime minister told us yesterday, thousands of questions we still want a nswered thousands of questions we still want answered and i was on bbc news channel last night and for the hour we we re channel last night and for the hour we were diligent with viewers both in the uk and across the eu saying
what about this or that or this or that? it has highlighted how incredibly complicated this issue is going to be and the broader exits of brexit will be. for now, thank you. let's speak to our political correspondent chris mason who is at westminster. it's a year are pretty much since the referendum, how much further forward a re the referendum, how much further forward are we? kill mac not very i think is the two word summary but i think is the two word summary but i think you want more than that. we are not much further on, there has been a huge amount of rhetoric on both sides and a huge amount of rhetoric over the last couple of days on both sides and incredibly complicated and not a negotiation to come and what is striking is the whole business of citizens rights was meant to be the low hanging
fruit, the relatively straight forward pa rt fruit, the relatively straight forward part at the beginning of the negotiations for both rude to enter the bet which will be even more complicated but you can see with the discussions in the past few days because of longevity of the uk relationship with the eu and the whole business of organising an amicable separation, it's going to ta ke amicable separation, it's going to take time. theresa may has a new catchphrase, serious and fair. we got variations on disappointing, a lu kewa rm got variations on disappointing, a lukewarm reception from senior figures in brussels. they are clearly not there yet in hammering out a deal. you are far too modest to tell us about it yourself so give us to tell us about it yourself so give usa to tell us about it yourself so give us a plug for your podcast all about
the twists and turns. chuckles if you are riveted by the intricacies of brexit, and i realise it might fall into a category of niche but we are doing a brexit podcast, a chat about the intricacies of brexit which as we have discovered the last ten minutes there rather a few. if you go to your podcast provider you can find us, laura kuenssberg will be with us this week and so will other brussels thinkers. we will attempt in a informal and light—hearted way as possible when talking about the brexit process, to an picked exactly what's going on, a podcast that could last, well, two years or more. not the one you will download, more how we will keep on doing it. what have you signed up for? thank you
chris! police investigating the van attack near finsbury park mosque in north london in the early hours of monday morning have charged darren 0sborne with terrorism—related murder and attempted murder. the a7—year—old has appeared at westminster magistrates' court. one man died at the scene and nine other people were taken to hospital. a former loyalist paramilitary commander — who became a so—called ‘supergrass' — has pleaded guilty to 200 terrorist offences, including five murders. gary haggarty, who used to run a unit of the ulster volunteer force, admitted the crimes as part of a deal to give evidence against other paramilitaries. the son of one of his victims said haggarty‘s hands are deep in blood and he should never go free. there's some flash photography in chris page's report. during the troubles, the uvf took more lives than any other loyalist paramilitary organisation. it killed more than 500 people. one of its commanders was this man, gary haggarty. he's pleaded guilty to 200 offences. the prosecution case document runs to around
12,000 pages, covering 16 violent years from 1991. two of the five men who haggarty has admitted murdering were gary convie and eamon fox. the catholic workmen were shot dead at a building site 23 years ago. haggarty was an informer for the security forces at the time. eamon fox's son believes his father's death was preve nta ble. i don't care about the uvf. they'll meet their maker some day. but it's the police, the people who are in authority to protect and serve, they didn't protect my family. they didn't protect this man's family. haggarty had a double life as an agent of the state and as a chief in a sectarian gang. he was from north belfast, where his group had a particularly murderous reputation. so this investigation into the uvf is set to go on to another level. in 2010 gary haggarty signed an agreement in which he offered to give evidence in court against other paramilitary leaders in exchange for a shorter sentence for his crimes. he is the most senior loyalist
ever to turn supergrass. it's understood up to 15 uvf members could be charged if prosecutors accept that the former commander's evidence is credible. the police intelligence officers who had contact with haggarty could also be brought to court. it is the examination of their conduct and their directions and their criminal liability which will now fall to be assessed. the detective who is leading the current inquiry says today was a breakthrough. this allows us now to move forward to the next phase of the investigation where it is my intention and my hope that we will bring others who are responsible for those crimes before the courts as well. there will be more waiting for the relatives of uvf victims. for now gary haggarty is in solitary confinement in high security prison. in court appearances in the future he may be in the witness box not the dock.
chris page, bbc news, belfast. to get more on this story i'm joined from our belfast studio by denis murray, a former bbc ireland correspondent. great to have you this evening, thank you, lovely to see you, in offering to give evidence against former uvf colleagues how credible witness will gary haggarty be? that cuts right to the heart of the matter and the public prosecution service has until september the 8th which is the date agreed to come forward and say whether they are going to proceed in cases using him asa going to proceed in cases using him as a witness. he will not be sentenced on the other charges until the end of september. today he was given the automatic life sentences for the five murders but since those murders were committed before the good friday agreement the maximum
sentence you could serve would be two years and he has already served at least three, three and a half yea rs at least three, three and a half years in prison beforejoining witness protection. that's the big question, it want just witness protection. that's the big question, it wantjust be if they decide to proceed, if they find him a credible and reliable witness they will not be proceeding against other members of the ulster volunteer force, the real question is will they be proceeding against former members of the police, the royal ulster constabulary? in all those interviews he has named two police officers now retired who were what i suppose would be called his handlers who not only protected him from prosecution but he says even directed some of the crimes to which she has today pleaded guilty. yes, the timing of some of these offences he was already signed up as an informant. not sure about that. he's beenin informant. not sure about that. he's
been in prison for a long time and he, it's thought he was paid informer the entire time he was the leader of the uvf but in that particular area, but there have been other offences committed after that. 0n other offences committed after that. on top of the 200 things he has pled guilty to, there were more than 300 other offences taken into consideration, this unit that he led, a catalogue of dreadful criminality but the cases which have gone to the prosecution service are to do with 1a, we understand 1a otherformer to do with 1a, we understand 1a other former or to do with 1a, we understand 1a otherformer or present to do with 1a, we understand 1a other former or present uvf members but also police officers and the reports coming from the ombudsman ‘s office. some of the offences to which he has pleaded guilty happened after the good friday agreement and therefore would not, under the amnesty. i think his sentencing would depend on whether he continues to be an offender, if they decide to
continue using him as a witness are whether the whole thing ends in september the 8th and the public prosecution service to not proceed any further. what impact make a case like this have on community relations? i'm not sure it will do much to community relations. part of the problem was it was alleged three yea rs the problem was it was alleged three years that this particular uvf was full of police informers. it rips open all these accusations of collusion. how far did police and in some cases army handlers of agents go? they used some of the information to prevent crimes happening but did they actively encourage these people to go and commit crimes, crimes as serious as murder? and then did they prevent them from being prosecuted? that opens an enormous can of worms. will
the establishment and judicial system prosecuted two former police officers were breaking the law in that respect? because their defence will be that we were not the only ones and we were following directives from higher authorities. so it's a huge question for the public prosecution service to decide, whether a man who has pleaded guilty to five murders among 200 other crimes, whether he can be treated as a reliable witness before the courts. thank you very much for your time. virgin media has warned more than 8,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked. an investigation by the consumer group which found the super hub two internet router was vulnerable to hackers. it was one of several products, including wireless cameras, which were found to have a security flaw. the 35th glastonbury festival, which is expecting to play host to more than 100,000 music fans over the weekend, has opened with a minute's silence to remember those affected by the recent terror
attacks, and the grenfell tower fire. the crowd at glastonbury today. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba joins us now from glastonbury. so many people they are reflecting on those tragedies, very moving. yes, it was a particularly poignant start to the festival. the manchester atrocity happened at a music concert itself hosted by ariana grande but everybody has been affected by the tragic events of the last few weeks both in manchester and london and peoplejust last few weeks both in manchester and london and people just wanted here at the festival to reflect that
in some way even though they are coming here for a weekend of enjoyment and fun. everyone attending has been advised security checks will be different, will be greater this year. yes, there is a lwa ys greater this year. yes, there is always quite a lot of security here at glastonbury but understandably that has increased, they have spend a lot more and there is a more visible police presence around the venue, police are being body searched and even within the festival its self random checks are going on. it's making them feel safer and more reassured. everyone we have spoken to about this if self say they feel very safe and don't particularly have any worries because of those enhanced security measures and the large numbers of police people see around glastonbury. who is the special guest that got a personal
invitation? there are many celebrities here over the weekend, brad pitt has been here, people have been talking about david beckham who is here for the first time with some of his family for his very first glastonbury at the age of a2. laura jones caught up with him a few hours ago. i'm excited. slightly nervous because i don't know what to expect. but obviously apart from the great acts and people having fun but i am looking forward to it. what are you most looking forward to? radiohead tonight i must admit. butjust the atmosphere, i think what michael has created here is incredible and has been so popular and made so many people happy for so many years and what he's doing here and creating here is incredible so it's an honour for me to be part of this and i am excited for the festival as well.
and you're not on your own. nicked, my son is here. what will he make of it? he's been to a few festivals, he is well prepared. it's nice to do it with them. are you camping in a tent? i am not, as much as i would love to be i am not that you as well as the word for music, the other m word associated with manchester is mad. but the heatwave over the last few weeks may have dissipated, but it is very dry and warm here. we have not had any rain so far, so for the first time in a while, festivalgoers are looking for ata while, festivalgoers are looking for at a music filled, mud free weekend. what a joy that must be. thank you very much. there he is in glastonbury. i don't blame david
beckham for not camping. boys who wore skirts to school and a protest in devon have won the right to win shorts to class. the boys from an academy in exeter turned up in skirts during the heatwave after being told that shorten a part of the uniform. the school has now said, as summers are becoming hotter, shorts will be brought in next year. hotter, shorts will be brought in next yea r. let's hotter, shorts will be brought in next year. let's look at the weather forecast. after the exceptional heat we had earlier this week, it feels like things have gone back to something more like normal, just in time for the weekend. today brought some cloud, some sunshine as well, and thatis cloud, some sunshine as well, and that is the story through the next few days. mixed prospects actually. during tonight a lot of cloud and patch rain moving southwards across england and wales, patchy rain into northern ireland as well. clear spells and showers across scotland, and afairly spells and showers across scotland, and a fairly cool and fresh night. tomorrow there will be large areas of cloud across england and wales, bring some patchy rain at times, but equally some brighter glances. northern ireland and scotland, in extra sunshine and showers, but
across goal and particularly it will be windy, guilty at times, and a decidedly coalfield in the day, but still into the 20s from norwich and london. this is the forecast for sunday, fewer showers or dry weather. some spells of sunshine and so by cool and fresh meal, with a blustery wind up towards the north—east. and if staying on the cool site for the most part next week. hello, this it bbc news at 7.30pm. police are examining a range of offences in connection with the grenfell tower fire, including manslaughter. detectives revealed today the cladding and insulation used on the building failed preliminary safety tests. tonight more local councils in england report that buildings are failing safety tests, and at least 1a of them are having cladding removed. theresa may defends her proposals on the status of eu citizens in the uk post—brexit, after they were criticised by the european council president,
who said they were "below expectations". a former loyalist paramilitary turned supergrass admits 200 offences, including five murders. let's return to the news that the prime minister has told eu leaders that the uk will create a new "settled status" for european citizens living in the uk. but eu leaders have criticised the plan, saying it falls short of what they wanted. let's take a look at what we know about the proposals, and it's not a lot. theresa may has suggested those who've been living in the uk for at least five years will continue to be allowed to do so. it's understood that they're likely to keep their access to the nhs, education, benefits and pensions. but number ten says the deal will have to be reciprocal, and uk citizens elsewhere in the eu must be allowed to enjoy the same rights. but it's raised many questions — let's look at the unanswered questions. we don't know when the five—year cut—off date for remaining will be,
will it for example be the date of last year's referendum, or when article 50 was triggered? we don't know what will happen to the relatives of eu citizens who remain in the country — will spouses be able to stay too? and we don't know how the rules will be enforced — ministers have told the bbc that a new international court could be the arbiter of citizens' rights, but some eu leaders have said it must be the european court ofjustice. theresa may's proposals for european citizens living in the uk appear to have raised more questions than they've solved. earlier today our presenter ben brown spoke to professor catherine barnard, an expert in european law at the university of cambridge, and she attempted to clarify the situation. good afternoon. and thank you. the good news is for eu citizens that those who have been here for five years will be entitled to stay, and crucially they do say that the paperwork will be reduced. it will be a light—touch administrative regime. that is all good because at the moment there is an 85—page form
to battle with and that takes time. but that is all very well to say five years, but how do you show you have done five years? if you work for a university or the nhs, you will have a contract of employment, paperwork to wave under the nose of the home office. but what if you have done various agriculturaljobs out in east anglia, where the paperwork may not be so good? how do you show you have done five years? will it be the burden on you to show you have done five years, or the burden on the home office to show you have not? what about relatives and spouses and children and so on? what is your view on that? that is a really good question. it has not been clarified today and it is something eu nationals want to know, because at the moment the eu regime for bringing in spouses and families is more favourable than the regime that applies to british nationals.
so if i am a polish national living in the uk, with a pakistani husband, he can come in and my children can come in, all under eu law. if i was a british national with a pakistani husband, i have got to show a minimum income of £18,500 before my pakistani husband can come and join me. so eu nationals are in a better position than uk nationals, and they want to know, can they keep their pakistani spouses, for example, in the uk with them? and then, if they can on the more favourable terms, might the british say, actually, we should be able to enjoy those more favourable terms too? it is quite complex. and there is complexity as well about who arbitrates all of this. i know there is an idea could be the european court ofjustice, but a lot of brexiteers are very hostile to that idea. because it could mean
that the european court ofjustice still has some sort ofjurisdiction in this country for decades, and generations to come, potentially. absolutely, and this is where there is something in the dialogue of the death, because the eu set out its stall over a month ago and said very clearly that in respect of eu nationals in the uk, and uk nationals in the eu, those rights would have to be enforced by the european court of justice throughout the lifetime of the eu citizen. and if that applies to babies who are born to eu migrants in 2019, with a life expectancy of 99 or 100 years, european court of justice would have jurisdiction the entire time, but that is unacceptable to the uk. the uk is talking about another court or enforcement body. but the crucial thing the eu will want is that there has got to be an easy access to the courts, and the uk would say, well,
actually, there is nothing to stop eu nationals going to the british courts or the british courts, which are independent, and they will enforce the right. but even still, the eu will say, we still need to have overview and the overview being done by the european court ofjustice in luxembourg and the european commission in brussels. thank you, professor catherine barnard, at cambridge university, an expert on the european union. the stakes in the diplomatic stand off between saudi arabia and its allies and neighbouring qatar have risen dramatically. the saudis backed by bahrain, the uae and egypt have issued a list of 13 demands they say qatar must meet within the next ten days. this includes closing the broadcaster aljazeera, closing a turkish military base, and ending support for the muslim brotherhood and a host of armed islamist groups. james menendez has more. it's the worst political crisis in the gulf region for decades. now qatar has been given just ten
days to comply with a list of demands if the blockade is to be lifted. you are a saudi arabia, egypt, the united arab emirates and bahrain accuse the gulf state of funding terrorist groups, and fostering regional instability, something qatar vehemently denies. so what's on the list? according to a leak, qatar has been asked to curb diplomatic and trade relations with iran. another demand is the closure of a turkish military base, something ankara says it is unwilling to do. and then there is aljazeera, supported by qatar's government, the network is one of the most widely watched arabic channels. according to the list of demands, qatar must shut down the channel and all of its affiliates, and that presumably would include its english network too. qatar has been subject to more than two weeks of unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions. earlier this week, the us state department expressed
its frustration over the stand off, saying qatar's neighbours needed to set out a series of what it called reasonable and actionable conditions for lifting them. now that it has been two weeks since the embargo was started, we are mystified that the gulf states have not released to the public, nor to the qataris, the details about claims that they are making towards qatar. so the list has been made public but we're still waiting for a response from the government in doha. however, it does include demands that qatar's already insisted it would never be willing to meet. james menendez, bbc news. return to the status of eu citizens in the uk after brexit talks. the changing europe... let's get more on this with simon usherwood a member of uk in a changing europe, an independent think—tank which looks at the uk's relationship with the eu. why do you make of the approach the
uk is taking to these talks? age of extinction what do you make of this? the british government does not look as though it is fully engaged in this process, one year on from the referendum, we still don't have a pool position elaborated on citizens' rights or other areas of brexit. —— we don't have a full position. theresa may's intervention last night at the european council highlights the not quite make it up as you go a long approach, but certainly one that is still in development, and i think the consequence of that really is going to be frustration across europe, with national capitals who want to get this process moving. couldn't the same be said of the eu 27, the other members? because in any negotiation, both sides are going to have to compromise, so can only have so many red lines if you wa nt to only have so many red lines if you want to have a deal. this is true, but, as your earlier
piece was highlighting, once theresa may unveiled last night this thing, it was only the outlines of a policy, and writing for publication ofa policy, and writing for publication of a more detailed document on monday. it is hard for european leaders to know quite what the uk is pushing for in detail. that is without the documentation... so, yes, there will be give—and—take, but the starting point for that has to bea but the starting point for that has to be a full expose of positions, and we still don't yet have that for this particular issue. there are so many conflicts issues that need to be addressed, but how sensible and workable is it for them to try to compartmentalise everything down to small units won so much is interconnected? there are lots of big issues, but it is actually much more manageable in negotiation terms to turn it into a much larger pile of small issues,
small things that can be dealt with in isolation, and then you come back to it and you start seeing what that produces as an overall picture. but the difficulty, we have seen that here with citizens' rights, is it also has implications forfree movement, which, as we know, is one of the things that theresa may, even in her weakened position since the general election, really is very determined to reassert british control over. and i think that this is going to be a recurring theme over the next months, that she's going to want to try to balance making progress in these negotiations with defending the particular red line. i have a suspicion we may be speaking again if you times in the next two years, but for the moment, simon from the think tank uk in a changing world. thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news: police are considering a range of offences in connection with the grenfell tower fire, including manslaughter. detectives revealed today the cladding and insulation used on the building failed preliminary safety tests.
theresa may defends her proposals on the status of eu citizens in the uk post—brexit, after they were criticised by the european council president. a former loyalist paramilitary turned supergrass admits 200 offences including five murders. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. the london market was rooted in the red, as you can see. blue—chip stocks continued to suffer in response to the weak oil price. the funerals of two more victims of the manchester arena attack have been held today. alison howe and lisa lees were good friends from 0ldham. they were among the 22 who died when salman abedi blew himself up. dave guest reports. they were friends who died together, and alison howe and lisa lees were doing what mums do
when they died, waiting to collect their daughters from that ill—fated concert at the manchester arena. it was only fitting their families should choose the same church in their home town to say their final farewells. first it was the turn of alison's loved ones to say their goodbyes. her cortege arrived at st ann's church beneath the leaden sky of an unseasonable june morning. a friend read this eulogy on behalf of alison's husband steve. alison was without doubt the strength behind me and the children. she was strong, witty, loving and thoughtful. and then this on behalf of her mother. you are the reason my heartbeats, my world, my everything. i don't know how we will go on without you. and then this from one of the couple's six children. you were so special, so wonderful, so beautiful, so true. if you can hear me now, alison howe, we all love you.
applause this afternoon, it was time for lisa's loved ones to say their goodbyes. the vicar at st ann's, james reid, read tributes from members of lisa's family. we laughed and cried, and had ups and downs throughout her a3 years. my darling daughter, i treasured every minute of it. night—night, sweetheart. you were everything to me. best wife a man could ask for. night—night, my gorgeous wife. love always and forever more, anthony. and so two more families devastated by the arena attack have laid their loved ones to rest. sadly, though, there are still more funerals to come. ramadan is coming to an end
with the festival that follows — eid — just days away. but recent events mean londoners have experienced a very different holy month. 0ur reporter ayshea buksh has been talking to people in the capital about what it means to them, and joins us now from finsbury park mosque. for muslim londoners, it's been a ramadan like no other. during this holiest of months, islamist extremists attacked london bridge and borough market. the grenfell tower fire in north kensington claimed many muslim lives. and worshippers were mowed down after praying at the mosque in finsbury park. for 30 days, observers fast from dawn to dusk. this time of year, that can mean hours without food or drink. many muslim aid workers and volunteers have been working with local people affected by the grenfell tower fire. as a volunteer, it's definitely been one of the hardest ramadans i have faced, working here
in this tragic scene. so many loved ones are still looking for answers and this is going to be one of the hardest ramadans they have ever had. a long day of fasting is broken by a late evening is broken by a late evening meal. the spontaneous gathering outside the westway sports centre near the grenfell tower tower was more meaningful than ever. oh, my god, guys, can we please look at how amazing this is? during ramadan, muslims also give more than ever to charities than at other times of the year. this is known as zakat. charities, people, mums and dads wills would have been making food in their homes and thinking, let's take it wherever we need to take it. so lots of people came with lots of food, and it was like, we are here to give and help and feed people. a project also served free meals at
g re nfell tower a project also served free meals at grenfell tower and held open events we re grenfell tower and held open events were anyone to attend. it is an opportunity to say no to fear and yes to hope and yes the tradition is like this in spaces like this, we have a safe space for all to integrate together and join together and to truly appreciate and understand each other‘s differences. ramadan may soon be coming to an end but its spirituality will continue to sustain many. because of ramadan, people were able to call on their neighbours and warn them. they were the alarm and the point of contact that actually saved lives. all able to come together and do something really special, and at the same time, pay our respects and remember to love same time, pay our respects and rememberto love and same time, pay our respects and remember to love and care for each other. one of cricket's most recognised voices for over half a century is retiring after a5 years in the commentary box. henry blofeld — or blowers — as he's known to his fans described himself at 77 as the last of the old farts and said it's time
to hang up his microphone. my dear old things, well, i'm afraid all good things come to an end. i've decided the time is right now to hang up my microphone. you'll have me for three more test matches, i warn you. it's in now to flintoff, flintoff heaves at that, it's over the pavilion! it's an enormous six! my goodness me! you won't see a bigger six in 100 years! i've just seen a crane at lord's actually moving, doing some work. i've seen cranes all round this ground for years, and they've always been still. that big white one there is moving. a moving crane, a yellow helicopter, what more has the day got to offer? it ballooned into the air and bell dived forward, like a porpoise after a fish and came up with a winner. there's a pigeon. he's come in absolutely on cue.
how splendid! flying over the proceedings, beating his wings quickly, rather cheered by this partnership, i think, because he's an english pigeon. here's willis, in, bowls to bright, bright's bowled! the middle stump's out of the ground! england have won! they've won by 18 runs! always good to beat australia, isn't it? and thank you, all of you very much for listening for all this time. joining me now is peter baxter, friend of henry and former test match special producer. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. i start by asking, how do you produce a commentator like blowers? you wind him up and letting go. he comes with the spring quite well wound already. he takes criticism quite well, and the funny thing about blowers, for all of the buses and pigeons and the rest, he was just about the best that giving the score of any of them. i never had to
remind him of that. he knew the essentials. he was a keen player himself at one time, wasn't he? he knows his stuff. and might have been very much better. when he was 17 and captain of eden, a lot of people said he was inevitably going to be a test player, those who had seen him. he cycled under a bus at eaton and was in fray long time, and never was quite the same player again. he won a blue at cambridge but i think the wicketkeeper. .. he had a blue at cambridge but i think the wicketkeeper... he had slightly gone off the boil and made first pass 100 or can't have been all bad. indeed. but unruly and you had to ta ke indeed. but unruly and you had to take are ones. why was that? yes, there were only two people i ever had to take off the error, because they had had a glass or two, and he was one of them. he had been and he was one of them. he had been a bit...
and he was one of them. he had been abit...i and he was one of them. he had been a bit... i hold him off the airand he said, i'm not drunk! and i said, it is me you are talking to. and he said, there are enough. sponsored... i shall have to remember that, as a euphemism. tell us about the incident at trent bridge when he got something wrong. that has been 20 years ago now. the commentary box moved from the pavilion end to the newsstand under ratcliffe road end, and that means you get a different view. blowers in his element realised he could see all of the buses going down the road into westbridge and was delighted, but then he spotted a church on a hill beyond the pavilion, until he waxed lyrical about that for the first day. on the second day, a column of smoke when up from the churchyard, and blowers got excited about this and said the vicar was having a barbecue. what a splendid figure he must be! and at this point to members of the nottinghamshire committee arrived in double quick to tell us this was a crematorium.
laughter but there is nobody better to have any commentary box shirley and as many days in cricket where rain stopped play. they can fill the time. absolutely, and he is such an enthusiast for the game and has a good memory, incredibly good, for the history of it. all the things that have happened under the blue blade, which is invaluable, as you say. you have been touring with them for quite a while, in a two—man show. what will happen with that? there is a good question, because he has been doing another show with graeme swann, and another reprise of his one—man show in the new year. i think our latest incarnation of our show, we had been doing it forfive yea rs, show, we had been doing it forfive years, it is called rogues 0n show, we had been doing it forfive years, it is called rogues on the road, with very little cricket in it but a lot of humour, that's... we are available for bookings, that is the thing to say.
we don't mind allowing you a blog. but how do you replace blowers on tms? have things moved on and there isa tms? have things moved on and there is a different style needed these days? a different style... people said, how would you replace john a different style... people said, how would you replacejohn or brian johnson, you can't. these people are unique and also unique to that time. and blowers a person of this time... something with pg woodhouse, i think, is his sort of thing. but you want, and you would be wrong to try to replace it. what he does emphasises the need on radio particularly to have distinctive voices, and his was distinctive. they knew immediately who you were listening to. i could say the same about you, peter baxter. thank you are talking to us. now let's take a look at the weather. after the hit earlier this week it feels like things have gone back to something more like normal to take
us into the weekend. there has been some sunshine, and the best found across southern part of the country and also across northern parts of the country. in between, a cloudier affair to the day, courtesy of this wriggling weather front. affair to the day, courtesy of this wriggling weatherfront. not affair to the day, courtesy of this wriggling weather front. not moving quickly at all, a band of cloud bringing some outbreaks of mostly light and patchy rain, so a mixed day, really, and the next story into the weekend as well. sunshine and showers, quite breezy and windy at times across the north, and generally a fairly cool feel. during this evening tonight, our weather front will be very, very slowly moving southwards and eastwards, taking a cloud of patchy rain across england and wales, and more patchy rain into northern ireland later. clear spells across scotland with just the odd shower and a fairly cool and fresh night. into tomorrow morning, sunshine and showers across much of scotland. increasingly windy, particularly across the north. the wind a big future of the weather physical injury tomorrow, not knowing getting tedious to a decent start with some sunshine, as
we get down into northern england and north wales more cloud in some patchy rain. another area of cloud and rain across part of east anglia, south—east england stretching back across the south coast, and this could make for a pretty damp start to the day. at glastonbury... leading to significant in the way of rain, and gradually as we go on to the day, then you should brighten up and you may even see some sunshine to the afternoon. some areas of the country struggled to brighten up across the far south—east, but might stay cloudy and damp for a good part the day. part of wales and damp for a good part of the day. part of wales in by patchy rain. across scotla nd wales in by patchy rain. across scotland meanwhile able to increasingly windy with it the chance for gales and places, unusual for the time of year. a mixture of sunshine and showers across the northern half temperatures 15 to 23 celsius. when the weather across the north comes courtesy of this belly deep area of low pressure, drifting eastwards as we go on into the sun. still blustery tour the north—east. some showers here into the
south—west later on. generally not a bad day on sunday. lots of dry weather in some spots of sunshine. we stick with that cooler, fresher feel. 16 celsius in glasgow and a high of 23 celsius in london. this is bbc news. the headlines that opium. camden council are to evacuate 161 households from a high—rise block following news it has similar cladding to that in grenfell tower. police are considering a range of offences in connection with the grenfell tower fire, including manslaughter. theresa may defends her proposals on the status of eu citizens in the uk post brexit — after they were criticised by the european council president. the uk's offer is below our expectations, and it risks worsening the situation of citizens. i think we've made a fair and serious offer, to all those, confirming and giving reassurance to all those eu citizens living in the united kingdom. a former loyalist paramilitary turned supergrass admits 200 offences including five murders. meanwhile, in other news.