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good afternoon. 27 high rise buildings around the country are now known to have failed fire tests on their external cladding, according to the government. the safety of thousands of buildings is being reviewed, following the grenfell tower disaster. and hundreds of people in north london spent the night in hotels and emergency accommodation after camden council evacuated four tower blocks at short notice. our correspondent keith doyle is at the chalcots estate. there has been anger and confusion amongst the thousands of residents here at the chalcots estate. they got knocked on the doors and throughout the night telling them to leave, that their homes are on say. why were we all ordered to evacuate at half past eight at night? after a night of disruption and little sleep, residents came face—to—face with the leader of camden council. sleep, residents came face—to—face with the leader of camden councilli
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am so with the leader of camden councilli am so absolutely stressed. why was hotels not looked at before we were all evacuated? i hotels not looked at before we were all evacuated ? i have hotels not looked at before we were all evacuated? i have sat on a chair over here since nine o'clock last night, i over here since nine o'clock last night, lam over here since nine o'clock last night, i am 72 years old. i suffer with emphysema. now i am being told they cannot rehouse me because i have a dog! what do they want me to do with my dog, put it to sleep? last night the council took the decision based on fire service advice, that the people living on the chalcots estate should be moot. some stayed on air beds, others were centre hotels, and some were staying put. iberian cried last night. i am choked up now, it is dreadful. —— i really cried last night. they are saying we have to get out. the council officials came to the door, banging on the door, get out, get out! the chap round the door said
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no, she is not going. she is getting up no, she is not going. she is getting up 80, she is not going anywhere, she has a cat. the cladding on these flats are similar to that on g re nfell tower. flats are similar to that on grenfell tower. the government says that and other fire safety factors means four of the blocks were not say. it is an unprecedented situation. we had 4000 staff —— people in those blocks. we have identified hotel accommodation, we are working with other boroughs, people are moving out slowly. we are having those conversations, people have tired and have had a terrible night, we want to get them into secure night, we want to get them into secure accommodation as quickly as possible. the grenfell tower fire has changed the perception of fires in tower blocks. urgent checks are being done on 600 flats nationwide. 27 flats and 15 local authorities have field fire chief take cheques.
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the government is working with those authorities affected to make sure they can do what is necessary on the ground, to reassure people of the safety of their blocks. the drax stick action taken by camden council has caused queues disruption for people. —— drastic. people could face further similarity. the council says it will take four weeks to remove the cladding and take on other fire safety precautions. people just want to know they are safe in their homes. 0ur political correspondent mark lobel is here. mark — 27 high rise buildings across the uk now known to be affected — it could be many more. this is growing in scale. it isa it is a growing problem and the question is who is going to pay for this problem? 0n question is who is going to pay for this problem? on 26 other areas
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including camden. the government said this morning that it is going to help those local authorities and housing associations that need financial help, but if you look at their situation, they have ad budgets severely cut in real terms over the years. we know housing is scarce, that funding has been cut. we pressed the government as to how much they will help. they said they will help on a case by case basis. if you look at relief effort of the type that grenfell tower was, and the government not stepping in and not coping with the demand themselves, then it might not go as well as it could and that could backfire very badly on the government. thank you for that, mark. events are taking place across the country to mark armed forces day. hundreds of serving soldiers, reservists, veterans and theirfamilies are coming together at over 300 different venues around the uk. the main event this year is being staged in liverpool — with a parade and a red arrows fly—past.
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a huge rescue operation is underway in south—west china for more than a hundred people feared to have been buried by a landslide. the search is taking place in a mountainous area of sichuan province, close to tibet, after the side of a mountain collapsed following heavy rain. iraq's prime minister says mosul will be liberated from so called islamic state militants within days. an estimated 300 to 400 remaining is fighters are battling to keep hold of part of iraq's second largest city. 0ur correspondent 0rla guerin has made it to the front line in mosul‘s old city — along with cameraman nicholas hameon and producer firle davies. her report contains images some may find distressing. a journey to the front line. 0urwindscreen, reminder of the dangers ahead. 0ur escort, from iraq's elite counterterrorism force.
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snaking forward towards an enemy that is still inflicting casualties. like this wounded soldier being rushed away as we arrived. and families fleeing, too, on foot. escaping hunger and fear a beloved city robbed of life. no food, no water, mosul dead. this is the old city area, it's really the heart of the battle. and when you look around you, you get a real sense of how fierce the fighting has been. the damage is immense, in every direction. the narrow streets, a tight squeeze as troops close in on the last pockets of is resistance. we were told the militants were just 300 metres away. some on the receiving end
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of an iraqi missile strike. the extremists are now facing defeat here, but it has taken three years to get this far. and immense damage has been done to the fabric of mosul and the unity of iraq. 0rla guerin, bbc news, in the old city of mosul. with all the sport — here's holly hamilton at the bbc sport centre. it was always going to be a mammoth task. the british and irish lions have been well beaten by the all blacks in the first test in auckland. despite some sparkling moments from the lions, new zealand won by 30 points to 15 — and maintained their 23—year unbeaten run at eden park. our sports correspondent katie gornall was watching. there are a team carrying the hopes
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of four nations on the shoulders. the lions may be guests in new zealand, but they don't intend to leave empty—handed will stop recent results have given these bands genuine hope. but no one thought it would be easy. 0nce genuine hope. but no one thought it would be easy. once again, this was a tale of underdogs. unfancied by almost everyone at the start of the tour and taking almost everyone at the start of the tourand taking on almost everyone at the start of the tour and taking on a fearsome machine. the all blacks just do not do defeat. the lions made a ferocious start. they face danger from every anger “— ferocious start. they face danger from every anger —— angle. this is new zealand and this is total rugby. time for the lives to regroup. we stood firm and then wriggled from the all blacks grass. liam williams, too fast, too good. justifying has surprise selection. finished by bryan, created by many. the all
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blacks, runs through the tourist defends. mistakes were creeping in and the 20—year—old wasn't even born the last time the all blacks lost eden park. at this rate, that may never change. for mean -- family, those are all fixable. they were very direct and upfront. and so we need to make sure that we're better in those areas in terms of combating them for next week. they are down but not out. although no rugby union north— south divide seems wider than ever. elsewhere — scotland and ireland have wrapped up their summer tours —
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gregor townsend suffered his first defeat in charge of scotland as they lost 27—22 to fiji. but ireland completed a series whitewash over japan with a 35—13 win in tokyo. the first match of the women's cricket world cup is underway. hosts england put india into bat in derby this morning, but their bowlers have struggled to make much impact, both indian openers passed 50 with simriti mandha na. the wicket has done little to slow indiasuccess. they were 221 with eight overs posting —— remaining. renault have a race against time to getjolyon palmer into qualifying for the azerbaijan grand prix. the briton's difficult season continued in baku when his car caught fire early in and eventful final practice session. max verstappen dominated practice yesterday, but his red bull broke down with less than ten minutes to go. valtteri bottas topped the timesheets with his mercedes
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team mate lewis hamilton third anc championship leader team mate lewis hamilton third and championship leader sebastian vettel12th. qualifying starts at two o'clock — you can follow it on radio 5 live and the bbc sport website. petra kvitova's form is improving dramatically, on her return to tennis. she's reached the final of the aegon classic in birmingham — only her second tournament since her playing hand was badly injured in a knife attack six months ago. she went through when her opponent, lucie safarova, was forced to retire. that is all your sport for now. back now to chris. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.35pm. bye for now. thanks for staying with the bbc news
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channel. i am chris rogers. let's get more now on our top story — the news that it's now known that 27 high—rise tower blocks in england have failed fire safety tests carried out in the wake of the grenfell tower disaster. last night, camden council in north london ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents in four tower blocks on the chalcots estate, after the fire service said the safety of residents in the blocks could not be guaranteed. the prime minister theresa may's been speaking about the evacuation — she said that government has been working closely with camden council. that is a match of course which the government has been working with without local other authority. we are seeing as a result of what happened of the terrible fire in g re nfell happened of the terrible fire in grenfell fire in kensington, we have urged authorities to send in exa m ples of urged authorities to send in examples of cladding and materials on their tower blocks. these have
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been tested, many have been found not to be to the fire safety standards. that is like action has been taken. in some cases it is possible to take mitigating action. in others it has been necessary to have people move out on a temporary basis. that is what happened in camden last night. it was notjust a question of the cladding in camden. there were a number of issues that came together which meant the fire service was concerned about those tower blocks. you have considered that the grenfell responds amounted toa that the grenfell responds amounted to a failure of the state. what has been done to avoid that being the case in terms of these evacuations? idid case in terms of these evacuations? i did indeed say the initial response to the grenfell tower fire was not good enough. that is why the government stepped in. we have been providing the capacity, the capability, for the kensington and chelsea area. we are bringing other people in so we can see people who
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have seen their homes in the g re nfell tower have seen their homes in the grenfell tower fire being rehoused within three weeks, ensuring that we are providing financial support to people who lost everything. but as pa rt people who lost everything. but as part of that also it is government that have been working with local authorities to ensure they are expecting their tower blocks. we have facilities available for the cladding on tower blocks where they have sent these things in. what those tests find means that local authorities are working with government and local fire safety, to ensure the safety of these people. 0ur priority is people's safety. ensure the safety of these people. our priority is people's safety. in terms of the people evacuated last night, can you guarantee those evacuated will be suitably has, not just put on alan inflatable mattresses and sports halls. can you
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guarantee this? of course what needs to happen is the government is talking with camden council about how long it will take to ensure that these blocks are able to be safe, for people to return to their hearts —— flats. they can pick up belongings they we wish to gather. people will have taken different steps in terms of where they would have been last night. some were placed in hotel rooms. we are making sure the authority has the ability to do what is necessary to ensure people have somewhere to stay and that the work is done so that those tower blocks will become safer than tower blocks will become safer than to to in future. thank you. can i ask one more question. will the government commit to meet all the local authority's costs nb housing and the work? the government is working with those local authorities affected by this issue to ensure that they are able to do what is
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necessary on the ground, to reassure people about the safety of their blocks. if it is necessary to evacuate, people will take action to make those tower blocks safe, the government is supporting local authorities to do that. together we are making sure the resources are there that the resources are there to make sure people as though. earlier my colleague spoke to the leader of camden council — georgia gould, she told us her teams were following advice from the fire brigade — and that resident safety was behind their decision to move people out of the tower blocks. it was a deeply distressing night. i got the news from the fire services that it was believed that their tower block was not safe to be in. we had to act incredibly swiftly to move people out of those blocks. people were having the doors knocked on late into the night. 0bviously people were distressed. we had to give them that accurate information
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at the time. in the morning, having the fire service with us and having those conversations, we will persuade people to move because those blocks are not say. if people do not want to move and they leave their flats to go to work or shopping, would you be in a position to say to them, you cannot allow them to re—enter the building? to say to them, you cannot allow them to re-enter the building? what we're saying to anyone who wants to go back into the building to get possessions, they can get their possessions, they can get their possessions but they will have to leave the building by a half an hour. specifically the people who have refused to leave at this point. if they left for whatever reason, could they re—enter? if they left for whatever reason, could they re-enter? the same would apply, they would have half an hour to go in and get their belongings. more than 100 people spend the night here in the leisure centre behind those. what efforts are going on now, some people have been found hotel accommodation, what efforts are being found to —— going on to find these people accommodation
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question mark we had 4000 people in those blocks. council staff and volu nteers those blocks. council staff and volunteers have been working through the night. we have identified hotel accommodation, temporary housing, we're working with other boroughs. people are moving out slowly, we are having those conversations. people are tired and have had a terrible night. we want to get people into secure accommodation as quickly as possible. where will you be putting them? the possible. where will you be putting them ? the lady possible. where will you be putting them? the lady you are talking about, she is off to britannia would tell which has provision for dogs. the lady with the dog. she has been fa ns the lady with the dog. she has been fans accommodation. we have some council housing we have been building in camden, we have expedited, some people will go into that. we have 270 hotel rooms booked. we have different options, talking to student accommodation, doing everything we can to get people in. some have chosen to go to friends and family, if that is a temporary solution, and they want to
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be rehoused, they should come down to the centre and speak to our staff. you have based your decision to move people out on advice from the fire service. what do you say to people in the manner the evacuation has been carried out, has been a knee jerk reaction and could have been done in a more ordered way, if ican been done in a more ordered way, if i can use that word? i spoke to the fire service at five, they told me it was in their view that the block was not safe. it was friday night, we we re was not safe. it was friday night, we were talking about 4000 people. i was saying, is there anything we can do to keep these people save? can we pay for a fire engines outside the box. we will do anything to keep people in overnight. they said there was nothing we could do to guarantee resident safety that night. in that situation, you know, given the circumstances we are in, i thought we had to act swiftly. just be clear, two days ago i read the
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statement, in the studio announced 24-7 statement, in the studio announced 24—7 fire safety controls. you considered paying fire crews to stay outside the tower blocks overnight. the fire service was saying that will not give a guarantee of safety. they said what you would need is for outside each block. they did not have that. serving the whole of london, that was not possible. what they said that there was nothing we could do collectively, we were working closely together, we could do that night to keep people safe in their blocks. we had to make the decision to move out. 0bviously their blocks. we had to make the decision to move out. obviously we like to do things properly, we would love to have had our residents meeting, had those conversations as we had previously. but we had to act fast to keep people safe. that was annita mcveigh earlier on the scene. there is still a lot of anger and confusion among some of the residents at the chalcots estate to have been asked to move out of their homes. people in 83 flats have
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refused to leave and are still inside theirflats. what information have you been given. the red cross, who have —— i have spoken to, had said that we should be evacuating. i have said i have come here to see i am in the block. i thought that would be responsible. i have got somewhere to stay. she said, she said, eventually the electric and gas will be cut off. so i said, in view of that, i think i will go home and pack a suitcase in case that happens and then i will leave. but what you have just told me and i found somewhat surprising was that until the point you went in and registered, no one had knocked on your door to say you
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should evacuate the block. no. no, i only know from what has been said in the media. 0k, we are now at lunchtime. however many hours, a few hours after other people had been told to leave. but no one had come told to leave. but no one had come to your door? i imagine in an emergency like a fire, that circumstances would be acceptable. but i am not sure about the situation. i would rather stay in michael. until things change. situation. i would rather stay in michael. untilthings change. —— my home. until things michael. untilthings change. —— my home. untilthings are michael. untilthings change. —— my home. until things are different. what do you mean? the council have advised that they have been told by the fire service that people's safety cannot be guaranteed. do you feel safe? i do feel safe. 0k, safety cannot be guaranteed. do you feel safe? i do feel safe. ok, the fire service said it is not safe and i respect that. because we don't know actually what they have found. soiam
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know actually what they have found. so i am open—minded about that. but in view of the fact that the fire service have done safety checks annually, i am service have done safety checks annually, iam not service have done safety checks annually, i am not sure what's different from this time last year. but if services are going to be shut off it will be impossible. we have been told people who have refused to leave so far will be removed. been told people who have refused to leave so far will be removedlj been told people who have refused to leave so far will be removed. i will leave so far will be removed. i will leave if the gas and electricity is shut off and i will be ready. you say you have a friend to stay with. will you be able to stay with that tra nsfer will you be able to stay with that transfer any duration of work, even if that goes into weeks and months. yes. and my daughter, she has somewhere to go to. today is armed forces day. more than 300 events are taking place across the country to celebrate the work of our armed forces. a short time ago, the defence
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secretary, michael fallon, explained why he thought it was still important to celebrate the armed forces. they are doing more and more to keep a safe around the world. there are some 10,000 servicemen and women who are working for others around the globe on operations are in our bases. they have been helping to deal with terrorism, helping to rescue migrants in the mediterranean, the non—nato deployments, bent peacekeeping in size sedan, all of that keeps the receiver here at home. they are out of our sight but they should never be out of mind. and it is very important that we continue to thank them everyday, every year, and armed forces day. the main event has been taking place in liverpool, where a parade and raf flypast have marked armed forces day. a short time ago, our correspondent danielle hewson gave us this update from liverpool. the guns behind me were marked in salute to mark the start of national armed forces day. it is poignant
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just being up the road from manchester where they came in to help victims of that bombing. as well as the gun salute, there was an raf typhoon which marked the start of the parade which passed by here about 40 minutes ago. you can see the confetti littering the floor behind me. there were around 100,000 people who lined the streets to watch active service men and women and cadets and veterans and military bands at, as they pass through the streets of liverpool. they headed up the road to the royal box where they we re the road to the royal box where they were met by the earl of essex and prime minister. it is now the ninth annual national armed forces day, which is all about marking the service of those active service men and women, the decade occasion and sacrifice that they make. —— dedication. there is a replica typhoon on the dock behind me. it has been transformed with a myriad of equipment that people can look
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at. there is the frigate which is up to the way. later on today there will be dragon boat racing and a number of fly pasts. we have seen the amazing red arrows go past a couple of times and we will see the battle of britain memorial flight later on. this has been exceedingly well received by people in liverpool, particularly after what happened in manchester a few weeks ago. radiohead topped the bill on the opening night of the glastonbury festival last night, 20 years after one of their most famous performances at the festival. today will see katy perry and the foo fighters take to the pyramid stage — as our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. hopefully not too much mud. the crowds are building for what is the second day of beers —— music. the morning kicked off with the bootleg beatles performing on the main
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pyramid stage. jools holland is there with his band. jeremy corbyn will be introducing one of the axe. he has arrived on the glastonbury site. he will be speaking to the people assembled here to see acts. yesterday was a wonderful day of music. we had people waiting for dizee rscal. and radiohead who first performed in 1997. # i wish i was special # for thousands of fans, radiohead really are so very special. receiving a rapturous reception in front of a packed pyramid stage. # i'm a creep, i'm a weirdo #. this was the musical climax to a day that featured a few unexpected
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celebrity appearances. # by a tender young maiden #... earlier, kris kristofferson was accompanied on stage by a guitar—playing johnny depp. watching them, another hollywood star, brad pitt. and one more famous face admitted that this was set to be his very first glastonbury. yeah, 42 years old and it is my first festival. first time here. i am excited. slightly nervous because i don't know what to expect but, obviously, apart from the great acts and people having fun. i am looking forward to it. later today, names who will make an appearance on the main stage include katy perry, foo fighters and labour party leaderjeremy corbyn. when ed she wrinkles as the festival
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on sunday night, people will have enjoyed a very music filled and relatively mud free weekend of entertainment. we will find out what is in store at glastonbury weather—wise now. matt taylor has the details foreigners now. matt, is that mud? it is not too much mud. some drizzle tomorrow morning. like most of us, it is pleasant out there. it will continue to do so throughout the rest of this weekend. not the scorcher that some had last weekend, it is easier and cooler thanit weekend, it is easier and cooler than it was. all places will see some sunshine this afternoon. there area some sunshine this afternoon. there are a few showers here and there. the windiest weather is the northern half of the uk. all link to this area of low pressure. deals, severe
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gales during the rest of the day. drizzly across the western side of the pennines, western parts of wales, and into the evening we will see some showers. the vast majority will be dry. we will see some sunshine, east of scotland, temperatures peaking at 17, 18. this is what it will be like in the evening. northern ireland should be dry, northern england, largely dry. cloud across the hills of east lancashire and greater manchester. maybe the odd spot of drizzle. and there will be one or two showers across east anglia, southern england

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