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two boys aged 15 and 16 are arrested after acid was thrown in people's faces in separate attacks in london. the assaults happened over a period ofjust 90 minutes. the boys, on mopeds, struck at five different locations. there was a scream which was not normal, it was a fearful, petrified scream. after a spate of acid attacks, will be asking what more can be done to prevent them. also tonight: the terminally ill baby charlie gard is to be examined in london by an american doctor who says he can improve his condition. bastille day in france, where two presidents now seem to be the firmest of friends. a jail sentence of 17 years for the tv producer who tried to hire three separate hitmen to kill his partner. and, first set to roger federer,
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seeking to reach his 11 wimbledon final. we will round up all of the day ‘s action from here plus we will be at trent bridge, as england look to recover from a poor start. good evening. two teenagers have been arrested after a string of acid attacks last night in london. five people in separate incidents had acid thrown in their faces, causing in the case of one man "life—changing" injuries. the attacks happened amid rising concern about the number of assaults in the capital involving corrosive substances. the attacks were carried out at five separate locations in east london within the space ofjust 90 minutes.
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this report, from our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford, contains some disturbing images from the start. voiceover: in the aftermath of an acid attack last night... where's it hurting, mate, your eyes? we need to get water into your eyes. keep your eyes open. police officers desperately trying to reduce the burning and save the victim's sight. rushing extra water to the scene. john moody watched the whole thing from the window of his flat. theyjust calmed the guy down. and one of the officers said to him, quite firmly, "i'm going to pour this into your eyes, keep your eyes open." the guy did exactly what he was told because obviously he was in shock. they were just dousing his head and his entire body with water, out of these containers. the attack on a 32—year—old moped driver here turned out to be the first of five over the next hour and a quarter, all in a small area of east london,
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all involving acid being thrown at the victim. at every crime scene, the target had been driving a moped. a 24—year—old man here in clapton was left with life—changing injuries because of the acid used. the prime minister said the attacks were horrific. police have arrested a 15—year—old and a 16—year—old. national statistics for acid attacks are hard to come by but in london, they have risen from 129, two years ago, to 224, last year, and by april this year, there has already been another 66. one of the most high profile recent attacks was last month, when 21—year—old resham khan and her cousin, jameel muhktar, were targeted while sitting in their car at a traffic light. we are concerned because the numbers appear to be going up. we will arrest people, we will enforce the law as we can, and we are working with the home office to see if changes in law are required. stephen timms is one of the mps in east london
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where the problem is most acute, he has been campaigning for a change in the law and will lead a debate on acid attacks next week. i would like the minister to confirm on monday that the possession of acid will be an offence in future in exactly the same way that possession of a knife is an offence today. i would like the law to be changed so that sulphuric acid will only be sold to people who hold a licence. it seems that some criminals are using the laxer rules on acids to avoid the tough laws on carrying a knife. the home office has promised to take action but changes in the law take time. and daniel is with me now. you touched on calls for something to be done, what can be done? no doubt there is a discrepancy on the laws between carrying a knife and carrying a bottle of acid, a knife is more likely to kill, but a bottle
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of acid can cause life changing injuries to the face and eyes, there isa injuries to the face and eyes, there is a call, and it would be possible to clamp down on the most dangerous, common the use acid, sulphuric acid, but governments are always wary about quickly changing the law in response to emerging crime trends. there are already existing offences, for instance, possessing a corrosive substance with intention to cause harm, that could be used. it is already true that if somebody throws acid into somebody else's face, they could face a life sentence under the existing law of causing devious bodily harm with intent. i don't think it is inevitable that the government will respond to this by changing the law. thank you. the american doctor who has offered to treat terminally—ill baby charlie gard is to come to the uk next week to examine him. dr michio hirano is overseeing an trial therapy in the us which he says could improve charlie's condition. the baby's parents are in the high court, asking a judge to reverse his earlier decision
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that their son be allowed to die. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson was in court. what did we learn today? the court was told that the american doctor who is recommending this experimental treatment will be in london on monday and tuesday next week, as you say, he is professor michio hirano, he's from columbia university medical centre, and he is coming to assess charlie at great ormond street, joined by an italian doctor and they will meet the treating team, the medical team treating team, the medical team treating the 11—month—old. the lawyer for the hospital, treating the 11—month—old. the lawyerfor the hospital, great ormond street, said today in court that the professor had been invited to come to london injanuary but had never taken up to come to london injanuary but had never ta ken up that to come to london injanuary but had never taken up that invitation until 110w. never taken up that invitation until now. thejudge said, he never taken up that invitation until now. the judge said, he warned never taken up that invitation until now. thejudge said, he warned in fa ct, now. thejudge said, he warned in fact, he was not likely to be persuaded by someone who had not
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seen charlie, so you can see how important this trip is, and charlie's mother will be at the meeting. was there any more on the ongoing discussion about whether or not charlie is growing? this discussion is focuses on his head size, great ormond street hospital believe that his head is smaller thanit believe that his head is smaller than it should be and this reflects a lack of brain development, they believe he has catastrophic and irreversible brain damage. charlie's pa rents irreversible brain damage. charlie's parents completely disagree and that is one of the reasons why they think this experimental treatment might be able to help their son, charlie's mother says that she has measured his head and come up with a different measurement from the hospital. thejudge has said this has got to be resolved and an independent person has got to carry out an accurate measurement, or, the little boy has to have a brain scan. thank you. a former television producer
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who tried three times to hire a hitman to kill his partner has beenjailed for 17 years. david harris, who's 68, offered three men £200,000 to murder his partner hazel allison. he wanted to inherit her fortune, and to start a new life with a woman he'd met in a brothel. duncan kennedy reports. david harris was with his partner, hazel, for 30 years, unknown to her, he also had a girlfriend, who he had met ina he also had a girlfriend, who he had met in a brothel. to keep her and get rid of hazel, he went looking to high not one, not to, but three hit men, all of whom were completely innocent of his real intentions. he first approach christopher may, a private detective, who secretly recorded harris, suggesting hazel should be killed after a visit to the hospital. once she comes out of that she has five or six days, lessons, i don't know if anything
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could be done then. -- he went looking to hire. harris then made this chilling comment: when christopher backed down, harris turned to duke dean, the pair were seen meeting here, i was told that he was offered £175,000. did you get the impression he was serious about getting rid of hazel? he was stone serious, yes. that is what he wanted, yes. heat it off police, who
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then used an undercover officer to pose as hit man number three. —— he tipped off police. when harris was arrested he told police all he was doing was researching a book on hit men. thejudge rejected that doing was researching a book on hit men. the judge rejected that today, saying his real intention was to kill hazel and get his hands on her money. david harris and hazel allinson did have happy times, but his obsession with another woman, a0 yea rs his obsession with another woman, a0 years younger, led him to push three men to kill, to satisfy his last, greed and distorted fantasies. studio: the boss of a yachting company has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of one of its vessels, the cheeki rafiki, after four crew members were lost at sea. the yacht capsized in the mid—atlantic in may 201a. douglas innes was convicted at winchester crown court, from where we can speak to our correspondent steve humphrey. described to us what happened in court today. another very tense day
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in court, for the families of the four men who died when the cheeki rafiki capsize, four men who died when the cheeki rafiki ca psize, it four men who died when the cheeki rafiki capsize, it is another long wait for the process to end. back in may, 201a, the a0 foot yacht capsized on its way back to the uk from antigua, the three—time keel snapped off. the bodies of the four men who died, andrew briggs, james male, steve warren and paul gosling, had never been found, despite an extensive air and sea search at the time. the yacht was under the management of douglas innes and his company, based in southampton, today, a jury found douglas innes and the company guilty of failing to ensure the safe operation of the yacht. the prosecution told the court there had been a failure to maintain and inspect the yacht and keep up—to—date safety information. in his defence, douglas innes said that reasonable steps been taken. —— james male, andrew bridge, steve warren, paul goslin. he also faces
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four charges of manslaughter through gross negligence. this afternoon, thejury gross negligence. this afternoon, the jury was discharge, after being unable to reach verdicts. there will bea unable to reach verdicts. there will be a retrial, douglas innes denies all of those charges. thank you. two israeli police officers have died after israeli arab gunmen opened fire on them near a sacred site injerusalem. police chased the three attackers into the area known as temple mount or haram al—sharif, where they were killed. friday prayers at the mosque complex were cancelled and the city's top islamic cleric says he's been detained by israeli security forces. president trump has said america's relationship with france is stronger than ever, as he attended the bastille day military parade in paris. the parade marked a hundred years since the americans entered the first world war, but remembrance events have also been held to remember the 86 people killed in the nice attack, one year ago. our paris correspondent lucy williamson reports. applause today's events were not about the
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ties between men but between nations. even so, the growing personal alliance between donald trump and emmanuel macron was on display. they were joined as symbols of their two nations by armed forces from both america and france, beginning with a fly—past from visiting fighter jets. beginning with a fly—past from visiting fighterjets. there are soldiers led the parade together, in tribute to america's role in world war i. the us is an ally of theirs, sometimes you don't think so but france is there for us and we are there for them. i did not vote for president trump but he is the president and we are proud to have him here. speaking to crowds in central paris, emmanuel macron thanked the us for the choice it had made a century ago, and said that france and america would never be divided. translation: the france of today was one of two,
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with a military band playing music by daft punk. the change in culture here is mirrored by changing security threats. -- the france of today was honoured as well. the security threats have changed over the past few years, repeated terror attacks have refocused attention on safety at home and the values that france has chosen to protect. the ceremony ended with a military band playing the city anthem of nice, scene of the last major terror attack in the country one—year ago today. tributes were laid in nice to the 86 people who died in the attack on the city's promenade anglais. this afternoon, president manual macro flew from paris, to join remembrance services. the debate still hangs over this country as it pays tribute today to its values,
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its history, to the idea of france. —— president macron. —— promenade des anglais. our top story this evening: two boys aged 15 and 16 are arrested after five separate acid attacks in 90 minutes in east london — one man has "life—changing" injuries. and still to come: got it. croatia's marin cilic takes the first spot in the wimbledon final, but will it be roger federer or thomas berdych whojoins him? coming up on bbc news. we will round up coming up on bbc news. we will round up the rest of the action on the mend's semifinal day at the all—england club. dementia, in old age, is the biggest cause of death in the uk. but in some families, extremely rare gene mutations can cause alzheimer's disease in middle—age.
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now experts believe that studying the development of the disease in such families could hold the key to treatment in the future. there are currently thought to be around 500,000 people in the uk living with alzheimer's. around 1% of people with the disease are thought to have inherited it. those who inherit alzheimer's often develop it in their a0s and 50s. our medical correspondent fergus walsh spoke to two families, with a history of alzheimer's, both of whom are taking part in a new trial. iam i am almost just i am almostjust waiting for the first sign. the minute you forget something, the mini you cannot find your car keys. so free from suffolk has a 50—50 chance of having inherited a rare gene for alzheimer's. she is now around the same age symptoms first emerged in her mother and aunt. if she has the
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early—onset gene, she could have passedit early—onset gene, she could have passed it on. it is scary, i can almost cope with the thought it happens to me, but i cannot cope with the thought it could happen to my daughter. i don't think i will ever come to terms with that possibility. but what does her 16—year—old daughter thing?m possibility. but what does her 16-year-old daughter thing? it is not like the blue thing to talk about. i know a lot about it. it has brought us closer together. we have always been close, but closer. just cherish every day, really. families from all over the world who carry rare alzheimer's genes are in london for a major conference. might this family from north dakota. dean has early—onset alzheimer's, but is still able to work full—time.”
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think i am doing all right. ijust live day by day with it and keep moving on. i think i am doing well. two of dean's brothers and sister died from dementia in their mid—50s. dean is 5a. the fear now is for their children. we are here because we don't want to watch another generation have to go through my husband and his father and his grandmother have gone through. i worry for my husband, but the fear of the unknown for our children. we will find a cure. dean's son, tyler has been tested. but like sophie, has been tested. but like sophie, has chosen not to know the results. it is our life changing thing. if you find out, it is not only you, it is your family you find out, it is not only you, it is yourfamily and you find out, it is not only you, it is your family and the repercussions it has on them. both families are
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pa rt it has on them. both families are part ofan it has on them. both families are part of an international trial testing alzheimer's drugs. sophie has an infusion every month. they are playing a vital role in the search for treatments. from them, we understand the bio markers, the changes in the body that happen so you can see the disease before it causes symptoms. and finally, we hope we can find a treatment that works within that group and therefore we can extrapolate that to therefore we can extrapolate that to the alzheimer's population in general. there is still no drug that can slow the progress of alzheimer's disease. in the past year, two major clinical trials ended in failure. despite that, there is optimism that decades of research will bear fruit. and forfamilies decades of research will bear fruit. and for families with alzheimer's genes, that would lift a shadow over future generations. fergus walsh, bbc news. people who live in the area of grenfell tower have ta ken part in a silent march to remember those
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who died, and others who are still missing. it's a month since the tragedy and this morning friends and family of five—year—old isaac paulos, one of the youngest to die in the disaster, gathered for his funeral. frankie mccamley reports. carried with love. followed by pain. five—year—old isaac paulos was today described as a smart and generous little boy, who had just learned to read. isaac lived on the 18th floor of g re nfell tower, read. isaac lived on the 18th floor of grenfell tower, he tried to escape but he got separated from his family. his body was found on the 18th floor. we are devastated as a school community. the reception class he was in, just feel something is missing, someone is missing. we are trying our best to support the families and to look out for those children who are really struggling
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with this and the families that are struggling. provide as much support as we can. johnny helped isaac's younger brother to safety, but he lost his best friend in the fire.|j tried to be strong and go back to work, but i couldn't. it is still emotional, even myself. mentally, i am not settled yet. it takes a while. if it is affecting me that much, i don't know. as for those who cannot bury their loved ones because they have yet to be identified, some news today to say goodbye and keep the tragedy in people'sthoughts. a month on and residents and people from the local community have come together for a from the local community have come togetherfor a silent from the local community have come together for a silent march to show support and remember that night but changed their lives for ever. some
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now plan to repeat the demonstration on the 1ath of every month. and a few miles away, another funeral for 82—year—old who lived on the 11th floor. he tried to take the lift because he had a heart condition. he never made it out. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. a member of staff from hospital in car line has been arrested in connection with tampering with say line bags at a hospital. cumbria police have detained the 2a—year—old for questioning, but that say that no patients have been harmed. thousands of people lined the streets for the funeral of six—year—old sunderland football fan bradley lowery, who died last friday from a rare form of cancer. many wore football shirts, including the former sunderland playerjermain defoe, who had become friends with bradley. the budget airline easyjet is setting up a new company in austria, to protect its european business interests after
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britain leaves the eu. under current european law, the airline is able to fly freely throughout the european economic area. but there is no guarantee it will keep those rights after brexit. easyjet europe will be based in vienna. two police forces, devon and dorset have become the first to launch a drone it unit. they can help search for missing people, respond to road accidents and take photographs of crime scenes and are a fraction of the cost of using the helicopter. roger federer is in action on court in the mend's semifinal. marin cilic got the first spot in the final, as joe wilson reports. there is a man transported around the all—england club, as if he was
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the all—england club, as if he was the trophy himself up roger federer is so precious. this is what he looked like in 1998. but then your phone may have been at home and your camera had a film in it. the world changes, but federer‘s appeared timeless. his appeal spanning nations and generations. nobody is perfect, but nobody has seemed closer. first on centre, two the world changes, but federer‘s appeared timeless. his appeal spanning nations and generations. nobody is perfect, but nobody has seemed closer. first on centre, two pretenders, marin cilic versus sam querrey. first set, six games each. before the tie—break, which was won by sam querrey, the conqueror of andy murray. that is power. the american's exertion caught up with them as cilic of croatia won the second set. gently does it... cilic took the third on a tie—break. roger federer waited somewhere. at the
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bottom of the hill, there is a pond, with a screen. don't fall in. then it reached its spring, cilic did it. some fearsome tennis which tested the limits of the players and probably the equipment. and so the tomas berdych and to roger federer. he didn't win this title seven times through brute force, but by manipulating points, moving and timing. but berdych has his own wimbledon pedigree, he has reached the final before beating roger federer before. he went to a tie—break. one by roger federer, under pressure and under control. the evening can be the best part of the day, but at 35, can roger federer be getting better? there was some evidence to suggest it. a good semifinal is a close semifinal. another tie—break and another set to roger federer. another step closer.
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of course, tomas berdych could come back and win this match in five sets. it would be the biggest feet of his career if he did. jamie murray and heather watson are still going in the mixed doubles and the wheelchair tournament is underway. but the hold federer has on this place goes beyond national identity. it is unique as he goes for this record eighth title. well underway on the centre court at the moment. thank you very much, joe wilson. time for a look at the weather, here's nick miller. little bit warm at wimbledon this weekend, but no where near as hot as spain. montero got 2a7 celsius and thatis spain. montero got 2a7 celsius and that is the highest temperature ever recorded in spain. back to the uk and we are in the comfortable range. a few degrees either side of 20 celsius. whilst many have had scenes
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like this this afternoon, breaks in the cloud and sunny spells it is a wet end to the day in northern ireland and some of the rain reaching into western scotland. then going to northern england later in the night and the west of wales. some clear spells in east anglia and south—east england. temperature is not going down too fast. nights getting warmer. we start with sunshine tomorrow in south—east england. that will not last long, cloud and night breaks of rain spreading east across the uk. some splashes of rain at times. southern and eastern parts turn dry again. in the west, a lot of low cloud, health, patchy rain and drizzle and the rain pepping up in the north and west of scotland and then into northern ireland. it is more humid tomorrow and then tomorrow evening we ta ke tomorrow and then tomorrow evening we take rain from scotland and northern ireland and push it into northern england. at wimbledon, there is a chance for rain around lunchtime early afternoon tomorrow.
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although it is warmer on sunday, there is still thick cloud around and a spot of rain or a shower is not out of the question. this weak weather front pushes its way southwards across england and wales on sunday. to the north of that on sunday, sun sunny spells, but with this weak weather front to the south, thicker cloud for time and maybe pick a spot of rain. but it is still warm and humid. that's all from the bbc news at six. so it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. these are the headlines. please arrest two teenagers after a spate of five acid attacks in east london injust 90 minutes, one person is said to have life changing injuries in what police have described as barbaric attacks —— police arrest. thejudge at the barbaric attacks —— police arrest. the judge at the high court says an
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american doctor who has said he will treat charlie gard will examine the terminally ill baby next week. ajail sentence of 17 years for david harris — the tv producer who tried to hire three separate hit men to kill his partner. a company boss has been convicted of failing to ensure the safety of a yacht which capsized in the mid—atla ntic. all four of its crew members were lost at sea. president trump gets to grips with president macron, who says the visit to france is a sign of friendship across the ages. in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look commemoration services are held in france one year after the lorry
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attack in nice which killed 86 people.

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