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the cladding, fitted to grenfell tower during its refurbishment, was changed to a cheaper version, saving nearly £300,000. documents, seen by the bbc, show that zinc cladding, originally proposed, was replaced with an aluminium type. meanwhile, downing street has criticised kensington & chelsea council, after it cut short a meeting to discuss the tragedy, because journalists were present. we'll have the latest from west london. also this lunchtime. a coroner will record conclusions shortly about the death of seven men, including five young friends, who drowned off camber sands last summer. the parents of charlie gard — who lost their fight to take him to america for experimental treatment — say his life support will be switched off today. it's going to be the worst day of our lives. we know what day our son dies, but we don't even get a say over what happens to him. parts of president trump's controversial travel ban have come into force, affecting people from six
mainly muslim countries. a rare sea turtle, that washed up thousands of miles off course in wales, is taken to gran canaria to be set free. and coming up in the sport on bbc news, live cricket matches will return to bbc television for the first time in 21 years, after a new deal was done with the ecb. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. it's emerged that the cladding used to renovate grenfell tower — where police believe 80 people died in a fire — was changed to a type which cost nearly £300,000 less. documents obtained by bbc news show officials originally
chose a zinc cladding, but then decided upon a less fire—retardant aluminium version. kensington and chelsea council says safety would not have been compromised to manage budgets. since the fire, all 137 buildings tested in england so far have failed fire safety tests. 0ur correspondent nick beake is at grenfell tower. when you look at the burnt—out shell of g re nfell tower when you look at the burnt—out shell of grenfell tower it's easy to forget this was a newlily refushish building. they spent nearly £10 million here. included in the project was the cladding we've heard so project was the cladding we've heard so much about. now the bbc has learned that a cheaper option was chosen for that cladding and that's
something which has infuriated many people nearby. the families of grenfell tower have long believed they were not valued. poor people living in a rich borough. now they say their suspicions have been confirmed, with the revelation the cladding used for the revelation the cladding used for the refurbishment of the block was changed to a cheaper version. this is like a coffin in the sky and these children are deeply traumatised. the news has enraged those fighting for justice for grenfell. it is just those fighting for justice for grenfell. it isjust further evidence of the, of how little value they attach to people's lives, people who live in social housing and the community, those affected and the community, those affected and the community, those affected and the wider community, are utterly sick of this lack of value ascribed to human beings who pay their council tax, who pay these people's wages. i mean, it's unacceptable. planning documents from 2014
uncovered by bbc news, show that the council saved £293,000 by switching toa council saved £293,000 by switching to a cheaper, less fire resistant option. so instead of the zinc panels with the fire retardant core, which residents were first promised, aluminium panels with a plastic core we re aluminium panels with a plastic core were fitted instead. there's no suggestion a deliberate decision was made to cut fire safety. chaos at kensington & chelsea council last night. the authority had tried to ban journalists from a meeting, but the high court ordered they could come along. just minutes in, though, the council leader wound up proceedings saying what they were discussing could prejudice the upcoming public inquiry, a move criticised today by downing street and others. the residents have a right to meet with the leaders of the council. the leaders of the council have been hiding from the residents for the last week. they should have had the courage to meet with people and answer questions.
the least that we can do is to face the residents face—to—face and they're not prepared to do it. testing of cladding on other tower blocks across the country goes on. every one of the 149 high rise buildings examined so far has failed a safety test. but some believe the process isn't working because the tests focus on the core of the panel, rather than the panel as a whole. they should have been fire tested. the information that we've got now is that they haven't been fire tested. they've just tested the core of the panel. they haven't tested the whole panel. they haven't tested the whole panel. they haven't tested the whole panel. they haven't tested the insulation that sits in the cavity fill behind the panel. tests are too late for the victims of g re nfell tower, tests are too late for the victims of grenfell tower, for survivors, news that they were given a cheaper level of protection only compounds their sadness and anger. there's confusion too because although a cheaper option of cladding was chosen, it had the same
fire safety rating as more expensive options, so clearly there will be questions about the suitability of that testing regime. meanwhile, the metropolitan police continue their criminal investigation. we know we've got a public inquiry too. as we've got a public inquiry too. as we've seen, the local authority here, behind the refurbishment of g re nfell tower here, behind the refurbishment of grenfell tower remains in the spotlight. nick, thanks very much for now. anger still remains within the community, with residents displaced across the city living in temporary accomodation. frankie mccamley has met a father who managed to escape with his family from the ninth floor of grenfell tower, but who are now stuggling with the aftermath and trauma of that tragic night. salaheddine lived on the ninth floor of g re nfell tower with his wife and two children. now, all four of them live a few miles away in a hotel. what is it like living in this room? it is small. you have a double bed and two single beds for your children. it is crowded. it is a nightmare, i tell you.
it is a nightmare. i cannot sleep. i sleep and i wake up. i sleep maybe four hours a day, a night, and in one room with two children who just want to get out, they want to get out. salaheddine's family escaped from grenfell tower with seconds to spare. safe on the ground, his wife called her brother, who lived on the 21st floor. abdul aziz el—wahabi, his wife fouzia, and their three children, nurhuda, who was 15, 21—year—old yasin and mehdi, just eight years old are all missing, presumed dead. a devastating reality that salaheddine's children are struggling to cope with. my son become angry, yeah? very nervous. he's changed. my daughter's situation, it's like a bit, as well. if she ask her to paint something, she will paint the tower
on fire and people jumping. what's it like being a father, seeing your daughter to draw something like that? it's not easy. it's not yet clear when the family will be able to leave this room and move into their new home. they hope to stay in the area and at some point go on a family holiday. a coroner will record conclusions this afternoon about the death of seven men, including five young friends, who drowned off camber sands in east sussex last summer. the five died in august, just a month after two other men drowned in the same area. a total of nine people have drowned on camber sands in the last five years. duncan kennedy is at hastings coroners court. well, the fact that seven men could die in two separate incidents on one
beachin die in two separate incidents on one beach in the space of one month is believed to be unprecedented in britain and finally today, we got an understanding, really for the first time, of exactly how five of those men, those five friends who went down there, came to their deaths. that was the result of expert witness which we'll see in a moment and really, how they died and why they died is exactly why the men's families have come to this inquest. kobi saththiya nathan, kobi saththiyanathan, his brother ken, nitharsan ravi, inthushan sriskantharasa ken, nitharsan ravi, inthushan sriska ntharasa and gurusha nth srithavarajah, the five friends who died ona srithavarajah, the five friends who died on a summer's day out. their families came for the final time to hear what happened to them and why they drowned. it was last august, they'd all gone for a day trip to camber to play volleyball in the water, when this emergency took hold. today a key expert on beaches and currents came the fullest
account and currents came the fullest a ccou nt yet and currents came the fullest account yet of what probably happened of how the five were playing far out to sea on these sand bars and were trapped when the tide turned. dr simon boxall said powering currents and water temperatures 12 degrees cooler than a swimming pool meant the men probably went into shock. the water was cold. they panic, if one of them got into difficulty, for example, the others would try to help. you can see how what started off as a very enjoyable day on the beach could turn into the tragedy that it turned into. rother council has put in life guards now, but said lack of money was partly the reason why there weren't any last summer, despite two recommendations from the rmli. the council said it had put in other measures tone hans safety like beach patrols and signs. just a month earlier, on the same stretch of coast, mohit tried to save
gustava, but both men also drowned. the inquest heard between 1974 and 2012 50 million people visited camber sands without any sea—based fatalities. yet in the space of one month last year, seven men died here. the coroner will begin his deliberations this afternoon. but he's made clear whether or not those five friends who died could swim or not is irrelevant. he said the council, which looks after camber sands, had a duty to look after the safety of everybody that went there and he also said that no matter what, he never wants to see a tragedy like this ever again. the parents of ten—month—old charlie gard, who fought an unsuccessful legal battle to take him to the united states for experimental treatment, have said his life support will be switched off today. charlie gard, who's being cared for at great 0rmond street hospital in london, has irreversible brain damage and cannot
see, hear, or move. his parents say doctors have refused to let them take charlie home to die. kathryn stancheshun reports. we should be over the road, sitting next to our son, charlie gard's bed, spending the last precious few hours with him. but we just thought we would take five minutes out to come and tell you where we are. it's a video no one should ever have to make. in a heartbreaking youtube post, ten—month—old charlie gard's parents say they're being denied their last hope for their baby boy. we've promised our little boy every single day that we would take him home, because that is the promise we thought we could keep. we want to give him a bath at home, we want to sit on the sofa with him, we want to sleep in the bed with him, we want to put him in a cot that he's never slept in, but we are now being denied that. charlie was born with a rare genetic
condition and severe brain damage. connie yates and chris gard have been fighting to keep his life support switched on since march, despite doctors saying there's no hope for improvement. they took their fight all the way to the european court of human rights. but this week, they lost, as judges agreed with the british courts it was most likely charlie was being exposed to continued pain. today, his life support will be switched off. his parents say they're being rushed at the most difficult time of their lives. the 4th of august 2016 was the best day of our life, the day charlie was born. the 30thjune 2017 is going to be the worst day in our lives. great 0rmond street hospital say they won't comment on specific details of patient care, but this is a very distressing situation for charlie's parents and all of the staff involved, and their focus remains with them.
president trump's much—delayed ban on people travelling to the us from six mainly muslim countries came into effect at 1am this morning. the trump administration says the ban is temporary and will stop terrorists from entering the country, but many people have argued that it's unconstitutional and racist. 0ur correspondent richard lister has the details. this was the response when president trump first imposed his travel ban. the courts struck it down but now it's been partially revived and the response looks like this. the travel ban is more limited and the protests are smaller but this is an issue on which america feels deeply. we are in a political climate where muslims are being targeted by bigoted and discriminatory laws. if nothing else, it will make a psychological difference, you know, that we're actually going to do something to prevent terrorists.
most muslims feel this isn't the best way to promote peace and to stop terrorism, which we all want to do. for the next 90 days, non—us visa holders from six predominantly muslim countries will be denied entry to the us but there are some exceptions. those with close family members already in america may be admitted but not grandparents or more extended family. 0 those with us college places orjobs can be admitted, too, 0 but the administration is struggling to explain how exactly these rules make america safer. this has been one of the president's top issues. he has talked consistently about how he believes the united states needs to do more to enhance our screening procedures and to take a better look at people who will be coming into the united states. lawyers are talking to new arrivals at airports around the country to monitor the new arrangements. the rules include a 120—day ban
on most refugees from anywhere. we try to gather the information so we can know for future travellers what to be on the lookout for. if we do need to file lawsuits or habeas petitions, we are also on hand to do so. the supreme court is due to consider the ban in october, by which time, in theory, some of the restrictions will have already expired. richard lister, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime. it's emerged that the cladding used on grenfell tower was changed to a type that cost nearly £300,000 less than alternatives. and still to come on the programme — it's a game they can't afford to lose. the lions prepare to take on the all blacks in wellington. coming up in sport, can great britain's heather watson come from a set down against former world no 1 caroline wozniacki to reach the final of the aegon classic in eastbourne? president xi jinping insisted that
hong kong has a stable future under chinese rule, as he arrived in the territory to mark 20 years since its handoverfrom britain. hong kong police have now released all 26 activists who were detained for staging a protest in advance of the visit, calling for more political freedom. 0ur correspondent in hong kong stephen mcdonell reports. the president of china, xijinping, started the day with a troop inspection at the people's liberation army garrison in hong kong. since this former british colony was returned to china two decades ago, the military has kept a pretty low profile here and is only on show for special occasions. the city itself is also being dressed up for the 20th anniversary, with light shows and performances planned. strong development in the future is one of the key messages being pushed by the central government.
in 1997, hong kong was handed back to the mainland, along with guarantees of an independentjudiciary, free press and freedom of expression. yes, this would be part of china but under the banner of one country, two systems, it would be a region with special privileges. yet the last british governor says he now worried that beijing is not keeping its end of the bargain. the mood has got much more sour in the last few years because while president xi jinping has been in office, just as there has been a crackdown on dissidents on mainland china, so the chinese have been increasing their grip on hong kong's windpipe. a failure to introduce promised democratic elections for hong kong's leader brought hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets three years ago, paralysing the cbd. and more demonstrations are planned for this weekend, to mark xi jinping's historic visit. it would be a mistake to think that the bulk of this city's dissent now revolves around independence.
far from it. on this 20th anniversary, if the opinion polls are to be believed, most people in hong kong still want to be part of china as long as their freedoms are guaranteed. but wherever president xi is, there will be no talk of misgivings or dissatisfaction. instead, he told a banquet with hundreds of selected guests that he remained confident in this city. steven mcdonnell, bbc news, hong kong. fewer people are taking their own life on the railways, and that's thought to be because of a ground—breaking partnership between the charity samaritans and network rail. one in six railway staff and transport police have now been trained on what to do if they see someone who looks vulnerable. 0ur transport correspondent richard westcott reports. every year, more than 200 people take their own life on the railways. people of all ages, from all backgrounds.
the initial shock after 0scar died... you're just numb and then in the weeks and months after you get hit with a tsunami of grief. carmel‘s son 0scar was just 16 when he took his life in 2015. he was smart, fun, popular at school. there was no clue as to how he was really feeling. you feel like your heart has been turned into glass, shattered. you're so vulnerable yourself and at that point you could take your own life. carmel‘s now starting a charity in 0scar‘s name, going into schools, encouraging children to speak out about their feelings. what we do know is that many people who are suicidal, one of the things they are feeling... you can learn how to help prevent suicide. in recent years, nearly 15,000 rail staff and transport police have been on this ground—breaking samaritans course, showing them what to do
if someone looks vulnerable. andy admits he was cynical before the lesson, but he soon relied on it to help a man in real trouble. so i sat down, i spoke to him, asked him if i could help, asked him if he wanted to talk. he said to me he was a coward and that he wanted to die. so i asked him if he would come and sit in the van and let me talk to him. at the time it was the only safe place i could think to get him. he says one thing in particular came back to him. i can remember the instructor actually saying, don't say "i know how you feel". that's always stuck in my mind because it's the type of thing i probably would have said, so that's in your mind, not to say it. rail staff stepped in to talk to a vulnerable person an average of four times a day last year and the number of rail suicides is now going down.
if it was you that was stood there, in that vulnerable position, how would you feel if someone didn't come up and talk to you and you were allowed to go and take your own life? you know, it's horrific, isn't it? you would want someone... you would want to be able to thank someone one day. richard westcott reporting. nurseries in england say local councils are failing to provide enough money to fund more free childcare for three and four—year—olds. from september, children will be eligible for 30 hours of free nursery education if both parents are in work. but the national day nurseries association say the numbers don't add up. 0ur education correspondent gillian hargreaves reports. from september, all three and four—year—olds in england will be eligible for up to 30 hours free childcare to help working parents. it was a flagship conservative
policy in the 2015 general election, and will cost the government an extra £1 billion. however, the national day nurseries association asked 128 local authorities how much they will pay nurseries for subsidised hours from september. the average hourly rate will go up from £3.97 this year to £4.37 next year, an increase of 40p. despite a government proposal that no nursery should receive less than £4 per hour, seven authorities are offering less than that. the association says the rise is too low, and won't cover costs like heating, lighting and a rise in the national living wage, meaning some nurseries will opt out of extended free childcare. the current funding levels are totally inadequate, and if nurseries opt out of delivering the 30 hours' free childcare, that will mean 50,000 children, which is equal to the entire population of manchester, which is equal to the child
population of manchester, are going to miss out on this 30 hours of free childcare. parents dropping their children off at nursery this morning had strong feelings about the issue. it is disappointing because obviously, you know, other nurseries have got that 30 hours free, potentially, which is a bit of a shame. i can understand from their perspective but it is, actually, from a parent's perspective, it will be a bit of a challenge. they should definitely request a bit more money from the government. i know how difficult that is but it is the next phase. the government has committed an extra £1 billion to fund the extension of hours on top of £6 billion already spent on early years education.