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tonight at ten, criminal charges will be brought against six people in relation to the hillsborough disaster nearly 30 years ago. 96 liverpool football supporters lost their lives because of overcrowding at sheffield wednesday's ground. among those facing trial is the senior police officer in charge on the day, david duckenfield, who is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence. relatives of the victims were told of the charges at a private meeting with the crown prosecution service. it's about all of these families, 28 years they've had of torture, really. it's been hell on earth. and they need an end to this. and now this, hopefully, this is definitely the start of the end. we'll have more detail of the charges being brought and reaction of the families. also tonight... pay in the public sector — the cap on pay rises could be reviewed later this year, according to some ministers. police investigating the grenfell tower fire say they may not be able to confirm how many died before the end of the year.
we talk to the police officer who fought off the london bridge attackers and undoubtedly saved lives. ijust had one voice in my head saying, "don't go down, don't go down." and all i know is, i was just swinging all over the place. and tributes to the author who created paddington bear, one of the best—loved children's characters. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news, business as usual for bolt as the legendary sprinter eases to victory in the first european 100m race of his farewell season. good evening. nearly 30 years after
the hillsborough disaster, six people, including former police officers, are to face criminal charges. 96 liverpool fans died in a crush at the football ground in april 1989. new inquests last year concluded the fans had been unlawfully killed. today, it was announced that former chief superintendent david duckenfield is to face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence, and five other figures will also be prosecuted. campaigners say the charges "send a message about accountability", as our correspondent judith moritz reports. they've had inquiries, investigations and inquests, but the hillsborough families have never had public prosecutions. they've fought for nearly 30 years for this moment. i'm absolutely delighted. we've got today everything we could've asked for. the decisions by the cps, in my opinion, were correct, or are correct. and we look forward to the due process through the courts of law. in 1989, the police officer
in charge at hillsborough was david duckenfield. he will now face prosecution. there is sufficient evidence to charge former chief superintendent david duckenfield with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children. the match commander ordered the opening of an exit gate, through which the fans poured onto overcrowded terraces. he is charged with the manslaughter of all but one of the victims. tony bland died four years later, too late to be included in the charges. in the years after hillsborough, sir norman bettison rose through the ranks to become chief constable of merseyside and later west yorkshire. he is charged with misconduct in a public office, accused of lying about the fans being to blame. he said he is disappointed to be charged, and will vigorously defend his innocence. andrew brookes is one of those killed at hillsborough. he was 26. his sister louise has long
campaigned for justice, and was in warrington today to hear that charges will be brought. it's another event where my parents haven't been alive to... to see it or to hear it, and it's notjust my parents — it's other hillsborough families who have gone to their graves never seeing today. the families were told that 23 suspects were originally considered for prosecution. in the event, six will face trial. graham mackrell was the sheffield wednesday company secretary — responsible for safety, he is accused of failing to carry out his duties. peter metcalf was the solicitor acting for south yorkshire police. he is charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to amendments made to police statements. at home today, he would not answer questions. any comment to make at all? no comment. just the same as ever. right. former chief superintendent donald
denton, in the middle here, is also charged with perverting the course of justice, said to have overseen the process of altering the statements. former detective chief inspector alan foster faces the same charge, accused of being central to the process of changing statements. although individual people face trial, organisations including sheffield wednesday and the former south yorkshire metropolitan ambulance service won't be charged. prosecutors say it's because over the decades, they have been restructured completely and it's no longer legally possible. amongst the families, there was therefore a range of emotion including some disappointment about those who won't face action. a mixed bag. a couple of names that we didn't expect, and a few that we think have been omitted. there will be six people facing criminal charges who might not have done if we hadn't have been resilient and all stuck together and fought this long fight. professor phil scraton has spent years working to expose what happened at hillsborough,
and says the passage of time must have had an effect on the number of charges. if we'd had the kind of investigation then that we have had now, and the kind of attention paid to the detail of prosecutable charges then as we have now, i think we would have seen a lot more prosecutions. the youngest to die at hillsborough was just ten years old, the oldest, a pensioner. they were all unlawfully killed. there have long been calls for justice. now, nearly 30 years after they died, those said to be responsible will face trial, and the prospect ofjail. judith moritz, bbc news, warrington. our home editor mark easton is in warrington tonight. it is entirely understandable that the persistent message from families
today has been to do with the length of time that this has taken? the campaigners who came to this building in warrington today to learn of the cps decision have been ona learn of the cps decision have been on a very long journey. for some of them, it has preoccupied almost their entire adult lives. but actually, the hillsborough campaign across almost 30 years has also been across almost 30 years has also been a factor in some significant social change. i would a factor in some significant social change. iwould pick a factor in some significant social change. i would pick out the renaissance of the city of liverpool itself, its reputation, its self—confidence, its economic prospects were pretty bleak in the late 1980s. now, it's an optimistic, self—confident city with a clear voice. the other area i would pick is in the relationship between ordinary people, if you like, and the establishment. the cps decision announced here today is a reflection ofa announced here today is a reflection of a change in the balance of power between the public and the people who have power over them, the accountability. the hillsborough
campaign has been a factor in that change. and i would say it is still having an influence right now. the political response to the grenfell tower tragedy, almost immediately announcing a criminal inquiry and a public inquiry, is a recognition of the mistakes that were made after the mistakes that were made after the hillsborough tragedy and indeed, the hillsborough tragedy and indeed, the dignity and resilience of the campaigners who fought long and so forjustice. mark easton, thank you. some senior conservatives have suggested that the cap on pay rises in the public sector could be reviewed and that the 1% limit imposed in 2013 could change in the budget later this year. but downing street says there's been no change in the policy as it stands. earlier this evening, labour's attempt to end the cap by amending the queen's speech was defeated. the government won the vote with the support of the democratic unionists. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has more details. governing feels a bit like a work in progress right now. that more of the tories‘
plans will simply disappear. mr gauke, is it time to lift the pay cap? excuse me, thanks very much. but other ministers weren't so guarded — willing to say the limit on public sector pay might go. we have had to take some tough decisions and in the wake of the general election, we are going to have to think through what we do come the next budget. this is obviously something we have to consider, not just for the army, but right across the public sector as a whole. chanting: what do we want? fair pay! when do we want it? now! nurses, teachers, most public sector workers in england, wales and northern ireland have been limited to 1% pay rises for five years now. scrap the cap! it was meant to save £5 billion by 2020, to help close the gap between what the government takes in from our taxes and it spends. scrapping the cap was a big part of labour's election campaign. questions to the prime minister! at the first prime minister's
questions since, nearly every labour frontbencher had the message pinned to their chest. the public sector pay cap is hitting recruitment and retention. but one of the architects of the original plan thinks now it's time that the protests were heard. many public sector workers are now paid less well than comparable people in the private sector. and therefore gradually, you have to adapt to that reality by doing something about public sector pay. # 0h, jeremy corbyn... using their new—found force to get rid of the cap would have been a huge win for this new gaggle of labour mps, with their extra members. but the attempt to make the government change policy in a vote tonight fell short. jeremy hunt! this was all ministers were willing to promise. we will not make our decision on public sector pay until the pay review body has reported, and we will listen to what they say and we will listen to what people in
this house have said before making a final decision. the labour attempt failed. the ayes to the right, 309, the noes to the left, 323. despite ministers‘ public hints, by late afternoon number ten said that nothing had changed. 0ne cabinet minister told me theyjust don't know what they are yet going to do. but carry on with the cap, and the government looks deaf to concerns that they have themselves acknowledged. ditch it, though, and it costs the taxpayer billions. 0r make no decision — the alternative is confusion, perhaps for many more months. it looked as though this morning, the government was starting to move on this. that nothing has changed is really worrying and should send out alarm bells to conservative mps that thought they could change something. numbers 10 and 11 say there is no difference in their positions
despite suggestions that the treasury was less than impressed. but the problem of public sector pay for the main resident of this street — add it to the list. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the debate about public sector pay and the wider debate about the pros and cons of fiscal austerity comes amid signs that public attitudes could be changing. the british social attitudes study suggests that almost half of people think government spending and taxes should rise. it's the highest level of support for more taxation and spending for over a decade. 0ur economics editor kamal ahmed has been studying the potential implications. chanting: no public sector cuts! it has been a clash of cultures. 0n the one side, anger at public sector cuts. 0n the other... because of our plan, things are getting better. but there is still a long way to go. a government, past and present, which says we must fix the public finances. i've come to ealing in west london.
before the election, this was a marginal seat, with the conservatives just a few hundred votes behind labour. now, it is safe labour. thousands turned out for the local candidate. does that mean that voters want more taxes or want more public spending? i'm here to find out. i earn in the top tax bracket. do you think you should be paying more tax? i think i should be paying more tax, absolutely. i would pay more tax so that... i don't have children myself, but so that i know that children are going to better schools. would i want to pay more taxes? no, i think i would rather see the taxes that we are paying spent more efficiently. i already pay enough tax. this is the big tax and spending debate, and attitudes are certainly changing. in 2010, 32% of people questioned supported increasing taxes and spending more. that figure has risen to 48%. at the same time, those who support keeping tax and spending at the same level has fallen,
from 56% to 44%. that significant shift comes as austerity has bitten. government spending as a share of our overall economic wealth has declined. and taxes have also increased. the question now, could they go higher? if you want something that is a game changer, something that's going to result in you having tens of billions of pounds of additional revenue to spend, you can'tjust do that from the rich or, indeed, just from companies. you have to have a broader—based increase in tax as we see, actually, in many other competitor countries which have higher levels of spending and higher levels of tax. today, a hint — the public sector pay cap could be reviewed, but every 1% pay increase could cost £2 billion. increasing spending might be popular, but take care. in principle, if you increase spending, you will increase growth, at least in the short—term. but it is very important to think about what that
spending is going on. because that will influence the longer term growth prospects of the economy. plenty of people might want a change of direction, but the big question to answer — who is going to pay for it? the number of people who died in the grenfell tower disaster will not be known until at least the end of the year, when the search and recovery operation and identification process is over. police say the latest estimate is that 80 people lost their lives in the fire on 1athjune. survivors and relatives of those who died have expressed frustration at the progress of the investigation so far. many families affected by the disaster say they still haven't found suitable accommodation, as our special correspondent lucy manning reports. 23 flats where no one has been found. 23 flats in this charred shell of a building,
where police now presume no one has survived. sajad jamalvatan rushed home with his sister as the fire burned. his mother made it out from the third floor, but the family are still suffering. we are a very vulnerable family, my mum, my sister and myself. we need immediate help. he'sjust had bad news. his sister has taken an overdose, but luckily isn't in danger. is your sister 0k? well, she's dizzy at the moment. and the ambulance should be nearby. i think they will take her to hospital. i am honestly begging for help, and i don't think it's really fair for us to beg for help. we don't deserve that kind of life. sajad is gathering his own list of survivors and missing, one of many here who don't accept the numbers.
i do not believe the official figures. i really want to know what happened to my best friend. what happened to my neighbour. the police did give a lot more detail today, much of it hard to contemplate. from the 23 flats where no one has been found, 26 999 calls were made during that night. the residents of the block started to move up to escape the flames, and it's thought that many of them did gather in one flat. we've looked at many lists given to us by government, by local communities, and also from other companies such as fast—food delivery companies. we're going everywhere to try and get a true number, and i believe that number will rise. for the survivors, there is still too much sadness and anger that the housing minister confronted.
i want permanent accommodation. i'm not moving my child from here to here. if you don't give me permanent accommodation, i'm not going to accept it. if you give me a house i don't want, i'm not going to take it. what we're guaranteeing them is that they will have an offer of a home within a three week period. the inquest today heard about the death of syrian refugee mohammed alhajali, found outside the building. mother and daughter rabiya and husna begum, found on the 17th floor. mohammed neda, a taxi driver, found outside the tower. 77—year—old abdulsalam sedha, who died on the 11th floor. eight—year—old malak and her sister, little lina, just a baby. malak and lina and her parents were buried yesterday, lina, the youngest victim of this fire.
she had lived forjust six months, and died in her mother's arms. lucy manning, bbc news, west london. a police officer who was repeatedly stabbed during the london bridge terror attack has been speaking about his ordeal for the first time. 38 year—old pc wayne marques is an officer with british transport police. he was one of the first on the scene as the attack took place on the evening ofjune 3rd. he's been speaking to our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. clear the area now! it was just after ten on the 3rd ofjune when three men started their attack on london bridge. pc wayne marques of the british transport police had just come on shift and walked out into the scene of chaos. i am about to get my radio out and i hear a woman screaming, sort of behind me but from the right hand side and when i look i see
a woman, a young white lady, and she has been attacked. then he told me before he had collected his thoughts he saw a man knocked to the ground, a knife man standing behind him. he was on the floor, pleadng for his life, and the first attacker, without any mercy stands over him and continues attacking him. i take my baton with my right hand like a racket, full extension, and i take a deep breath and i charge him. i try to take the first one out in one go and i swing as hard as i can, everything behind it. i aimed straight at his head. while i'm fighting the first one, i get a massive whack to the right side of my head. i felt metal, i thought maybe
it was a metal pole or bar at first. afterwards i realised it was an knife. pc marques was temporarily blinded in one eye. the first attacker was still on the floor, but soon the second attacker was joined by a third. i'm fighting the two of them and while i'm fighting my left leg starts wobbling. just waving, wobbling. and i am thinking, "what the hell's wrong with my leg? what's wrong with my leg?" and i look down and i see there is an knife in the side of my leg. he fought all three men off before collapsing and being taken to hospital, but he had bought crucial time, allowing people to escape, reducing the time the attackers had before they were shot by armed officers. i'd just like to think that i did what i did to keep the people that i saw being attacked and being hurt, keep them alive, keep them out of danger as best as i could, and that is sll i tried to do
was just keeping them alive. get them away from danger. pc wayne marques, speaking publicly for the first time about the london bridge attack. last night, we reported on the challenges of tackling domestic abuse, with the number of cases in england and wales reaching record levels. many women seek support from police and nhs staff, but they also receive longer term support in the community. there are currently 276 refuge centres across england. they have spaces for over 3,800 women and children to rebuild their lives. 0ur uk affairs correspondent jeremy cooke has been given special access to one of them in north—east england. # when i was just a little girl. # i asked my mother, what would i be? it is a house...
# would i be pretty...? a home. a hidden sanctuary for women and children, for victims of domestic abuse. sometimes that's all you need, a hug. and for a few days we've been invited in — a unique chance to see and hear from victims who are also survivors. last night on bbc news we met diane, who took an overdose after suffering a series of abusive relationships. she was brought here from hospital to a place of safety, a place to reflect on a troubled life. i would have to have his tea on the table straightaway when he came in, otherwise i'd geta hiding. i was just totally controlled. terrifying? definitely. at 42, diane has seen it all. substance abuse, homelessness, violence. broken ribs, broken arm, he wouldn't let me go to hospital. lock me in my bedroom, wouldn't let me out.
he's kicked me up and down the stairs, rived me by my hair. i've been black and blue constantly, in and out of hospitals — when i could get there. he was always beating me up. near enough every day. for nothing. domestic violence helpline? so he's turning up at your house? will you need to phone the police to come and get him removed? some women, like diane, arrive at the refuge from hospital. 0thers call the local helpline, which operates 21w. i'm able to offer you space in refuge today for yourself and your two children. last year here they took 1700 calls and 325 women and children were given refuge. so many broken families coming through these doors to a new beginning. it's not about reducing the short—term risk. it's about us bringing them here and empowering them to be able to rebuild themselves and move on. michelle has suffered some physical violence.
but domestic abuse is also about psychological cruelty. controlling behaviour, which is now a criminal offence. i'm trying to think of a high, and i can't think of one. processing the pain takes patience and time. i can't believe i've let myself get... into this. it was the words. he was chipping away at an ice block, and that's how i felt. he was chipping away at me all the time until there was nothing left for him to chip. how long was all that going on? on and off for five years, but i think for the last three years he just got worse and worse. and i've got a couple on my phone of the vile things he was saying, because i wanted to take them to remind me, when i did leave, why i left. because i still do love him.
she's coming on canny since she's come in here. many women here can reflect on brushes with death, close escapes. all live with the legacy of what happened. what has all this done to your life, do you think? ruined it. it has, it's ruined my life. my children have been took away from me... it's just been really hard. i miss my children the most, that's what hurt me the most in all this. what have they done to help you? loads. budget cuts mean some refuges are fighting for survival, but they are still changing women's lives with the help of staff and, crucially, the help of each other. jeremy cooke, bbc news, wearside. passengers flying to the united states are to face
tighter security measures in response to what officials describe as a "spiderweb of terrorist threats". commercialflights into the us from 105 countries will have to comply with the new department of homeland security rules. they include enhanced checks on electronic devices, as well as increased passenger screening. the changes will cover more than 300,000 air passengers entering the country each day. earlier this year, we reported from west africa on the trafficking of baby chimpanzees and the poachers who were convicted. among those chimpanzees was nemleyjunior, who'd been rescued from traffickers after being offered for sale to an undercover reporter. the latest news is that nemleyjunior has died of an infection and the poachers found guilty have already been released. conservationists say this case highlights the scale of the challenge they face, as our science editor david shukman reports. 0rphaned by poachers, this is the baby chimpanzee
nemleyjunior, fighting for his life. we by disease. seized and then rescued after a bbc investigation, he recently became so ill that he was cared for 2h hours a day. i was really struck by how strong he was and how hard he fought, up until the very last moment. 30 minutes before he passed, he was still fighting. it was late last year that nemleyjunior was about to be sold by wildlife traffickers in ivory coast. a pitiful sight that will provoke outrage around the world, and our investigation led the police to intervene. nemleyjunior was discovered and handed over to officials of the government of ivory coast. we saw him a few months later in the zoo in abidjan. he had gained weight and confidence, but then his life turned for the worse again. abidjan zoo is overcrowded
and underfunded. we received offers from sanctuaries to give him specialist care, but ivory coast officials refused to let him leave the country and soon he began rocking back and forth, a typical response to stress. after constant pressure on the authorities from us and from wildlife groups, nemleyjunior was allowed special care, but chimpanzee experts say infants need constant support. the tlc, the love that they need, they need that in order to be healthy psychologically, but also healthy physically. and unless they receive that, they can really struggle. our investigation led to the first convictions for wildlife crime in the history of ivory coast. ibrahima traore and his uncle mohammed were jailed for six months, but they've now served their time and have been released. so the plight of nemleyjunior shows just how hard it can be to clamp
down on wildlife trafficking, and to save the most endangered animals from extinction. david shukman, bbc news. the author michael bond, who created one of the best—loved children's characters, paddington bear, has died. he was 91. michael bond said paddington, the bear found at a railway station, reminded him of refugees during the second world war. his books sold more than 35 million copies, as our arts correspondent david sillito reports. it was just over 60 years ago on christmas eve that a young bbc cameraman, michael bond, saw a lonely toy bear sitting on a shelf in a department store. it inspired him to write a bear called paddington.