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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 10:003m. tony blair says eu leaders are willing to consider changing rules on the free movement of people to accommodate britain. majorities in france, germany, as well as the uk as a board changes around things like benefits, around things like people who come without a job who come to europe. laws on buying and carrying acid are to be reviewed by the government following a spate of attacks which took place in london on thursday night. two teenage boys are in custody. it is a ‘postcode lottery‘ as to whether fire services deploy high ladders to major incidences — the fire brigade union say, following the grenfell tower disaster. also in the next hour — hundreds of soldiers in turkey tried, and failed, to seize power in the country one year ago today. events will be held in istanbul and ankara later to mark the first anniversary of a failed coup in which at least 260 people died venus williams will attempt to win her sixth wimbledon singles title this afternoon as she takes on garbine muguruza of spain. and braving the waters of bermuda in the atlantic ocean, the shipwreck capital of the world — that's coming up at 10:30 in the travel show.
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good morning and welcome to bbc news. tony blair has said he's been told that eu leaders are willing to consider changing rules on the free movement of people to accommodate britain. eu leaders have previously said the uk cannot stay in the single market, while limiting the free movement of people. but mr blair said he believed many of the concerns of the british public about migration were shared on the continent. with me is our political correspondent emma va rdy. good morning. this is an interesting intervention from the former prime minister. what is he up to? well, he has made
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several steps to try to influence the debate around brexit. he is on this mission to try to highlight what he sees as the perils of leaving the single market. this key claim that he has now made today is that actually, eu leaders may be prepared to make concessions on freedom of movement to allow britain to stay within a reformed eu so essentially saying, yes, britain can get greater control of its borders and bring down immigration but still remain in the eu. something we thought was impossible. can we really have our cake and he did? tony blair says he is hearing noises that yes we can. some may be rather sceptical around what is the evidence for this but he has told the today programme is that there is com pletely the today programme is that there is completely changed situation in europe and britain can get a better deal on immigration and he has warned against carrying on the part that we are currently on without considering this other option. britain benefits enormously from the freedom of movement but the changes
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are... qualifications to it around the things that concern people. what our poll today shows is that actually, majorities in france, germany as well as the uk support changes around things like benefits, around things like people who come without a job who come to europe. now, i'm not saying these could be negotiated. i'm simply saying, if we re negotiated. i'm simply saying, if were looking at this from the point of view of the interests of the country, one option within this negotiation would be written staying with a reformed european union. it is all very well for him to suggest that he's had conversations to suggest that people may be willing to move on this but there are 27 other countries and presumably you would have to have a consensus from all 2070 even get near the starting blocks. it isa near the starting blocks. it is a big ask. people in the past have tried to reform the eu in this way are not got very far. david cameron before the referendum tried
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to negotiate on freedom of movement rules and did not get very much concessions at all. so really, i read to really believe there is the political will in the eu to do this? tony blair did not give much away about who he is hearing from but he did say he is notjust said their sonic win. the signs elsewhere are very different. of course, just last week the chief negotiator said that the movement of people, goods and services, that is indivisible. and the prime minister to theresa main has said that by leaving the single market britain will get greater control over immigration but nonetheless, tony blair wants to have an influence in this debate. he isa have an influence in this debate. he is a persuasive individual and he knows how to make headlines and he is trying to use some of his own skills to try to steer the country ina skills to try to steer the country in a different direction over brexit. the negotiations continue next week. the next round of
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face—to—face arm resting between the british and the u. that is right. people will be looking and thinking, well if there is any truth to this that the freedom of movement. be changed to make things more comfortable for britain, to stay within the eu, then perhaps that may change some people's mind on this. but we are going to need some pretty stronger assurances than we are hearing so far. thank you. laws on buying and carrying acid are to be reviewed by the government following a spate of attacks which took place in london on thursday night. five people had corrosive liquid thrown at them, including one man who is said to have suffered life—changing injuries. two teenage boys, aged 15 and i6, remain in custody on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent. andy moore's report contains flashing images and some scenes you may find distressing. where's it hurt, mate — your eyes? in the aftermath of the first attack, police doused the victim with water. he was protected by his helmet, and lucky to escape with only minor injuries.
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but even so, it was a terrifying experience. took off my helmet, and i was just screaming for help, because it was getting dry, and as much as it was getting dry, it was burning. i was screaming for water, screaming for help, knocking on the doors and windows. another rider attacked at this location was not so lucky. he has life—changing injuries to his face. the shadow home secretary called the attacks horrific and barbaric. she is calling for tighter controls. nobody in their own home needs pure sulphuric acid. there are different alternatives for cleaning your drains. no—one should be able to buy sulphuric acid unless they're a builder or a workman who needs it in the course of their profession, and they should have a licence. the government says it is working with the police to see what more can be done to combat the growing menace of acid attacks. let's speak now to dr simon harding
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— a senior lecturer in criminology at middlesex university — who has been researching acid attacks. thank you for being with us this morning. what is the scale of the attacks? well, we know that over the past two or three years the number of attacks have been increasing. in the last year, the figures are up perhaps almost 75% on the year prior to that. in london, for example, we have had over 1800 attacks since 2010, 2011. the vast majority of those attacks appear to be occurring in east london so there's a rather strange phenomenon taking place there. but certainly the numbers are up. in terms of the people who are carrying out these attacks, is there any evidence that this is becoming a
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preferred weapon? indeed, that appears to be the case. we have always had acid attacks. maybe not making the news, often used in terms of domestic violence or order based violence. that is the traditional method. but here in the uk we now seem to have men attacking men and it is largely around criminal organisations and urban street gangs. they appear to have adopted this as a weapon of choice and quite often a weapon of first choice rather than last resort. is there a correlation, is impossible to say whether there is a correlation between that, the rise in the use of acid as a weapon and the efforts to restrict, for example, people's abilities to get hold of and use knives and guns? i certainly get this when i speak to young gang affiliated young men. they tell me that they are aware of
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stopping search procedures and the crackdown on carrying knives so some of them tell me that they have switched to acid. it is easier to carry. it is easier to disguise, the police do not look for it when they are doing stop and search. these are men can carry it, transfer it into a sports bottle and carry it that way. it's odourless, colourless and can be thrown from a distance whereas if you are attacking somebody with a knife, you have to get very. he can maintaina knife, you have to get very. he can maintain a distance. so for many young people it's a recognisable weapon and a preferred weapon. when you have these conversations, do they grasp the consequences that can do they grasp the consequences that ca n follow do they grasp the consequences that can follow for a victim from this? because we're talking notjust about some quite grievous injuries. i was listening to the man who was interviewed yesterday who was one of the victims from thursday, saying it felt like somebody had put fire on my face. we know obviously about the
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physical injuries that can follow but the psychological damage as well. yes, i think they do know. i think they're not very empathetic to the idea that this can lead to years of hospital treatment and plastic surgery and operations at a hospital burns unit. i think they really don't care. that's the reality of gang life. these young men operate ina gang life. these young men operate in a world with very different rules to those that you and i i do experience in society. and any opportunity to build their own reputation, to create fear amongst their peer group will enhance their own personal reputation and their own personal reputation and their own level of respect. and in many ways that is what they are looking for. briefly, if you can, finally, do you think that there is much to be gained by talking about further
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criminal sanctions? in particular for these kinds of offences, if that is the attitude of some of the young people who are doing this. indeed i do. i think we need to reduce the availability of these. putting barriers as often as we can. that. the casual offender. the determined defender, that is more difficult. thank you very much. a victim is an astute when shots were fired. no arrests have been made. there are calls for a more consistent response to major incidents from all fire brigades in the uk following the grenfell tower disaster. a bbc news investigation found that crew levels and equipment vary significantly across the country — leading to what the fire brigade union has described as a postcode lottery. holly hamilton reports. more than a month on, there is now a clear picture of how the london fire brigade responded to the blaze.
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last week, it emerged it took more than 30 minutes for a high ladder to arrive after the first fire engine. until grenfell, automatically bringing this piece of equipment was not part of its predetermined plan. but a bbc newsnight investigation has found that is different from 70% of fire services in the uk with high—rise blocks in their region. the investigation also revealed significant variations in the number of fire engines dispatched across the country. it has prompted calls for the government to implement mandatory minimum requirements for fire services who are attending high—rise fires. we have raised concerns about this sort of issue for more than a decade. we used to have national standards of fire cover. we now have local risk management plans. what they are in reality is budget management plans. we have seen the risk assessments over time, as budgets are squeezed, the response has declined over the past few years. since grenfell tower, four services,
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including london and manchester, have changed their attendance plans, while nine say they still would not send an aerial ladder in the first instance. the home office says it is the responsibility of each fire authority to manage their own resources. two german tourists have been killed in egypt. at least four other people have been injured and the attacker then swung to a nearby beach and attacked two more people before he was overpowered by stafford arrested. seven thousand police officers, soldiers, officials and academics have been sacked in turkey, where a national holiday is being held to mark the first anniversary of a failed attempt to remove president erdogan. the authorities have accused them of being members of terrorist organisations or of groups working
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against the national interest. 150,000 people have now been arrested or sacked since the thwarted coup. 0ur turkey correspondent, mark lowen, joins us now from istanbul. if anyone thought that the disputes within turkish society as a result of the crew were over, presumably this announcement further dismissals puts paid to any idea of that? yes. there is no letup at wall in the purge following the failed coup last year. if you doubt in people arrested, 150,000 sacked or suspended. the numbers are quite extraordinary. the government insists that the all somehow suspected of links to the us —based cleric that the government says was the mastermind of last year's attempted coup. and indeed, over many decades, his followers have spread their influence far and wide across turkish society. he endowed schools and universities, he owned
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businesses, he owned media as well. but when you look at the numbers and you meet some of those who have been hit by the purge, actually there are many hit by the purge, actually there are any hit by the purge, actually there are many many more in there with really it appears not willing to talk. an award—winning 80 two rd neuropsychologist who i met. the head of amnesty international techie who was arrested last week on charges of belonging to an armed terrorist organisation. journalists, writers, lawyers, the brightest minds in turkey who are being locked up minds in turkey who are being locked up often without charge. the government says that there is now commission in place to look at all individual cases about when there are mistakes they will be rectified by the commission but of course the criticism over the government's factor continues. it is worth looking back at what happened when you go, it did not look like he would be this powerful year ago, look like he would be this powerful yearago, did look like he would be this powerful year ago, did it? it was arguably the greatest ever attack on the turkish state. commanders were sent in to capture
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him. he was on holiday. rebel tanks and soldiers commandeered tanks and wa nt and soldiers commandeered tanks and want parliament, they bombed government buildings and tried to seize the bridge here in istanbul and other major roads. they opened fire on civilians and at least 260 people were killed. it was a national trauma for this country. and so you can understand why they are commemorating today and celebrating it as a victory for democracy, as many people here see it. the best time of the people stood up to the plans to follow the fifth successive coup in turkish history. but the other half of the country feels that it has become in a sense an excuse for the government to crush all dissent and opponents and to lead this country into dictatorship. but turkey's cousin with the eu has grown ever more to the extent that the president was labouring the german and dutch leaders that and fascists are couple
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of months ago. there is an intense split in this country. it is a deep polarisation and techie feels that it has lost its way. while there will be a lot of celebration today the unity does not run very deep. thank you. the headlines on bbc news: tony blair says that some eu leaders may be willing to consider changes on the rules to freedom of them to help britain stayed in the single market. the government says it is considering more controls on corrosive substances following a spate of attacks in london on thursday night. two teenage boys in custody. the fire unit says it is a postcode lottery over deployment of high ladders in the wake of the g re nfell tower high ladders in the wake of the grenfell tower disaster. high ladders in the wake of the grenfell tower disaster. sport now. for a full round—up of what is going to be a lovely day, not least at wimbledon. good morning. thank you. history could be made this afternoon when venus williams plays in the ladies
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single final. because the house when her sixth title and make the oldest woman at 37 to win a grand slam singles title. speaking earlier on brea kfast singles title. speaking earlier on breakfast the two—time grand slam champion tracy austin said she is backing the units. she has won it five times. her game tra nslates she has won it five times. her game translates so well to the grass with a big serve, her powerful groundstrokes and ability to move forward. she has been dealing with a lot the past few years. her house in the accident about a month ago that was very emotional. then of course last year ‘s, seeing her younger sister just last year ‘s, seeing her younger sisterjust get grand slam after grand slams this is a huge opportunity and i think it cannot be overlooked and i don't think we are. jamie murray and martina hingis are through to the mixed doubles final. and waiting, britain is guaranteed
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success one way or another in the final. gordon reed and ourfeature your trackback had another wimbledon title. they reached the final after early defeats in their singles. they rebranded as a team with victory over argentina. lewis hamilton will be looking for another home win at the british grand prix this weekend. she is already back on track this morning. the final practice. he took the championship boost after his team—mate was handed a penalty for the race on sunday. hamilton says he is feeling confident and happy after practice, saying the car felt fantastic. england's routers are under way shortly. the women's world cup sees england face the west
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indies in theirfinal group game. there are already through to the semifinals alongside australia and south africa with india and new zealand batting it out for the final spots on the men's side at trent bridge today. it is the second day of the second test against south africa. the visitors will resume on 309 for six after an opening day. the second day of the world athletics championships gets underway. a new world record set last night. it was the 100 meter to 34 last night. it was the 100 meter to 3a gold. it was a british one and two. amazing. i've been going round the warm up laps. i was getting bit emotional. the noise so now. we have
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not had that since london 2012. just to be able to go in and put a good performance and it just to be able to go in and put a good performance and itjust means so. hopefully, it is a sign of a good championship to come. there are eight stages to go at the tour de france. crispin will start this morning in white rather than yellow. he is still six points behind but he says he is enjoying racing to try to take the yellow jersey back. it was actually quite a great feeling. to have to go out there and try to race for the winter day as opposed to racing defence of pressure of defending the jersey. that's quite nice to have the shoe on the other foot. that is the other foot. that is obvious but for now i do can keep up—to—date with all those stories on the bbc‘s board website. —— sports website. wages are increasing at their slowest rate for five years according to new research. the resolution foundation — which analyses living standards — says average income growth halved to 0—point—7 per cent in the year
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before the general election, as our business correspondent, joe lynam, reports. when theresa may became prime minister a year ago, she promised to work hardest for those "just about managing." but a year later, those so—called jams have seen the rate at which their incomes grow more than halved. it stood at 1.6%, butjust before the general election, it fell to 0.7%. before the financial crisis in 2008, incomes had grown an average rate ofjust over 2%. incomes for younger families, though, have not risen at all in 15 years. while pensioner incomes have grown by 30% in that time, due to soaring property values. the big winners are those with mortgages, who have seen the interest rate on their mortgage come down significantly. and if they've stayed in theirjobs, yes, they may not get the earnings gain they wanted, but they have benefited from the interest rates. young people are still 10% lower
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than where they were today. and if they're renting, there is even more pressure on the budget. while average households have seen their income stagnate of late, the wealthiest 1% of the population are said to have the largest—ever share of britain's total wealth. identifying inherited heart conditions can save lives — but many of us don't know that we're carrying the gene that causes a disease known as hcm. sir david frost had the condition — and while it didn't cause his death — he did pass it on to one of his sons miles who died at the age of 31. now, his family is trying to help other people to find out if they could be affected. chris buckler reports. there's miles. miles, come here. in every child, you can find something of their parents, and often inherited alongside looks and characteristics are things that can't be seen. miles frost shared with his father david a gene responsible for a heart
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condition that led to his sudden death. for your 31—year—old brother to die, suddenly and unexpectedly, nothing can prepare you for it. and i'll never get over the pain of learning that for the first time. miles loved sport, and he seemed extremely healthy, but he died after going out for a run. his brothers have now set up a fund which, along with the british heart foundation, is paying for people to be tested for an inherited heart condition. miles would have had to adapt his life and stop playing sport, but at least he would be with us. now, that didn't happen, and we can look back and we can complain about that, or we can look forward and make sure three, two, one — go! sports clubs are starting to get to grips with how to deal with the problem. it is impossible to simply spot who might have an inherited
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condition on the pitch, but the gaelic athletic association says being aware of the disability could save someone's life. we've a couple of sudden deaths within our own club, atjust giving advice to people. that doesn't necessarily mean not taking part in sport. it is just changing what they do on the field. most of the risk is thought to be associated with high—intensity sprinting—based activities. so we would normally steer people away from those activities. just do things within parameters. this is one of six centres across the country to be given funding. they will employ staff not just for families who have this gene, which is known as hcm, but also to offer some support to them. when you see it in the book... moira has been identified with the condition, and she has passed it onto her 14—year—old son.
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that means real adjustments for a football and rugby—mad teenager. rugby is a no—no, but he can play in nets, provided that there is that lower level of physical exertion. golf he can't continue with, which he also loves. but it will be a huge impact on him. the bottomline is it is better that he knows, and that we can make those adjustments in his life, and to live with the condition that he has. it is thought tens of thousands of people are carrying the gene in the uk, and targeted screening is at the heart of attempts to make sure they live long and active lives. the us air force thunderbirds team is mostly made up of experienced fighter pilots. now 20—year—old beth moran has become the youngest woman to fly with them — a remarkable achievement —— especially as she only had her first flying lesson a year ago. she took up flying last year because she wanted
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to do something positive following the shoreham air disaster. ben moore reports. coping with a force nearly ten times that of gravity is not bad for a novice pilot. beth moran is the youngest ever woman to fly with the thunderbirds, despite having had herfirst flying lesson just over a year ago. now she is in an f—16 belonging to the top american aerial display team. beth wanted to do something to lift spirits after the shorham air disaster, so she learned to fly. she had contact with the thunderbirds on social media, asking if they would take her up. she was unsurprisingly impressed.
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it still feels surreal that i went up in an f—16 and pulled 9.2gs! it's an experience i will never forget. for being part of such a select team, she got her name on the plane, a round of applause and a framed photo. but this just has to be the best selfie ever. that is quite something. it is a bit of the mixed bag this week in. a lot of the mixed bag this week in. a lot of cloud in the sky to start with and outbreaks of rain. today looks like it will be the better of the two days of this weekend. it is fairly warm and muggy out there. trying up across the midlands, northern england. the rain moves away to the east. some cloud is
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quite close and maybe some spots of drizzle but it will be wettest in the western side of scotland with another band of rain moving south across the northern isles. quite warm. 21 degrees in belfast. through this evening it is pretty wet across west of scotland and northern ireland but that rain starts to work its way south into northern england. a lot of low cloud in the south and west of the uk. the odd spot of drizzle but a warm night. 16 or 17 degrees in the southern half and a little bit fresher further north. 0n sunday looks like the best of the weather will be across ireland and scotland.
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