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this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at 2pm. appalling conditions in youth custody centres make a tragedy inevitable, according to the chief inspector of prisons, who says he's staggered by the decline in standards in england and wales. inflation is now at 2.6% — the first fall since october — but prices are still rising faster than wages but prices are still rising faster than wages. president trump's efforts to replace barack obama's healthcare system suffers another setback as some of his own senators refuse to back his latest proposals. a bbc investigation has found that only a fraction of the money donated to the grenfell tower fire appeal has so far reached survivors, or relatives of those who died. improvements in life expectancy almost grind to a halt in england, a leading health academic says austerity may be having an impact and, adverts that endorse gender stereotypes could be how cana how can a pretty wife make such bad copy? how can a pretty wife
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make such bad coffee? adverts that endorse gender stereotypes could be banned under new plans from the advertising standards authority. a reward of £500 has been offered after two blocks of award—winning cheese were stolen from an agricultural show. a report into youth custody centres in england and wales has found a staggering decline in safety at youth jails. in his annual report, the chief inspector of prisons peter clarke said the some places were so unsafe that a tragedy is inevitable mr clarke reported that he hadn't inspected a single establishment which was fit to hold a young person. the reality of the violence that is
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going on, we take that into account when we make ourjudgment and we got to the point in february this year ‘s where we were unable to say that any of the youth facilities, we couldn't consider any of them safe to hold children and young people and that is what will be written to ministers. i want to know why the state, having accepted my responsibility, then fails in its gt two keep me safe and secure, and help me turn my life around to enter the community with hope that the future. i've made it clear that some sort of tragedy would be inevitable u nless sort of tragedy would be inevitable unless there was some firm action taken to make this place safer. within four weeks of my letter, there was nearly such a tragedy at one of the training centres where a very young member of staff was
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attacked. i want to know the aspirations for the future. i hope these plans are being turned into reality. our home correspondent danny shaw had this to say. he's right to the minister in february and said something has to be done about this. he is worried about the levels of violence. he says there a vicious circle in this training centres whereby a young boy is violent, they then had restrictions placed on what they can do. perhaps they are locked in their ring for longer, and able to do activities. that leads to them being more frustrated which in turn leads to more violence. in a statement, the department ofjustice said that safety of every young person is their absolute priority and that more needs to be done. it goes on.
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the rate of inflation slowed unexpectedly last month, according to official figures. consumer price inflation — the rate at which the price of goods and services bought by households rise or fall — stood at 2.6 percent injune, down from 2.9 percent in may. it's the first fall since october last year, and is thought to be our economics correspondent andy verity reports. this carpet factory in kidderminster has been stepping up production to meet growing demand,
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with orders up 30% from one year ago. the devaluation of the pound before and after the brexit vote pushed up the cost of importing wool to make the yarn that goes into its carpets. with higher wage costs, it can't trim much from its production process. so, it moved its product upmarket, and convinced retailers it's worth paying a little bit more for its designs. our prices have had to go up. we've increased prices by around 2% this year. and that's been a natural consequence of increased wage costs, yarn costs and energy costs. we have had to pass that on to our customers. by and large, customers don't like price increases in a time of economic instability, i suppose, the uncertainty that we're facing at the moment. but there's also an understanding that that has to take place. higher costs of imported raw materials caused by the drop in the pounds value is still feeding through to prices. 11 months ago, the bank of england's big fear wasn't too much inflation, but too little. and it cut interest rates to their lowest ever level. but now that's changed, there are more voices calling
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for interest rates to return from emergency levels back up to something more normal. the fear now is that inflation isn't temporary, and that it might become embedded. those voices will be a little quieter now that the figures have revealed some relief from rising inflation last month. between may and june, furniture, furnishings and carpets rose by i.6%. but recreation, everything from concerts to games and hobbies, dropped 0.1%. and fuel prices fell back on the month by i.i%. it looks as if inflation might be dampened a bit by softer fuel price growth over the next few months. but underlying price pressures from post—brexit falls in stirling are still there, and they look set to continue to push inflation up a bit further as we move towards the end of the year. for now, the pressure on the bank of england to slow inflation by raising interest rates has lessened. in the city, they're still betting a rise in interest rates will be needed, but not until next march.
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andy verity, bbc news, kidderminster. with me now is ben bland. as we heard in andy's report, inflation makes importing more expensive. the cost will pass on to shoppers like you and me. that is why inflation is expected to continue to rise. it is worth pointing out prices are going up worth pointing out prices are going up butjust worth pointing out prices are going up but just not worth pointing out prices are going up butjust not as quickly as they did in may. wages aren't keeping up and that creates its own dynamics. it's the cost of living squeeze. wages on average are only increasing at 2%, whereas prices are increasing
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at 2%, whereas prices are increasing at 2.5%. that is outstripping what we are taking home. the government has been told it must stop this living squeeze. many living people are caught in a bias, britain needs are caught in a bias, britain needs a pay rise across the public and private sector. the treasury says, while it is encouraging that inflation is low, we appreciate that some families are worried about the cost of living which is why we have introduced a national living wage and tax cuts for millions of people. if people want to see how their own wages compared in terms of inflation, and what kind of pay rise they would need, there's a simple calculate —— calculator on our website. we always think inflation with a rising interest rates. the
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savers, a rise in interest rates could be quite good? we've had interest rates at unprecedented lows for some time now. people aren't getting good returns on their savings, on the other hand however, it is keeping mortgage levels down. the bank of england are unlikely to put up interest rates, because if people have greater mortgage costs then they will less likely to go out spending and therefore this will cause more economic problems. after enjoying the pomp of bastille day in paris last week, president trump has returned to the us to find some of his key policies under threat.
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his attempt to replace his predecessor's health care system have been dealt another major blow — two more republican senators have refused to back his latest plans, making it impossible for the bill to pass in its current form. richard galpin reports on a visit to paris last week, donald trump basked in the warm welcome from french president emmanuel macron. mr trump looking reluctant to leave. and no wonder. returning to washington has meant facing once again the grim reality that his administration is bogged down by a long list of crises. top of that list, the opposition to the president's plans to abolish health—care reforms brought in by his predecessor, which have enabled more than 20 million americans to get affordable health insurance. introducing legislation to replace obamacare with trumpcare was one of mr trump's key campaign pledges. the house bill ends the obamacare nightmare, and gives health care decisions back to the states and back to the american people. now, with some politicians from his own party
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pledging to oppose this, there's no chance the bill will be passed. and it's the same story with another controversial trump policy, which has sparked mass protests. the limited travel ban preventing muslims from several countries from entering the united states. donald] trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states... but the president's executive orders have frequently been blocked or amended in the courts. it was just last month that mr trump made another huge announcement. the united states will withdraw from the paris climate accord... but once again, he's come under intense pressure to change his mind, from the international community and back home. particularly here in the key
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state of california, which has just voted to extend its laws to cut carbon emissions. plagued by so many problems, the president's approval rating has now dropped to just 36%, according to the latest opinion poll. and this after only six months in office. and of course, there's the other growing crisis looming over the administration, the scandal over russia's interference in the presidential election, allegedly to help mr trump reach the white house. richard galpin, bbc news. a bbc investigation has found that only a fraction of the money donated to the grenfell tower fire appeal
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has so far reached survivors, or relatives of those who died. nearly 20 million pounds has been raised, and a0 thousand boxes of goods have been donated. but only half a million pounds of that has so far been distributed to families. tom burridge reports. this is the grenfell tower fire appeal in action. a red cross sorting centre in cheshire. donations in the green bags will be sold in red cross shops. black bags are for recycling. brand—new items will go straight back to survivors of the fire, or relatives of those who died. it's about turning all of the different donations we've had into cash, which automatically will then go to the appeal. to appreciate the scale of donations, you have to fly through this london warehouse a week after the fire. it's estimated 174 tonnes of stuff was donated. so far, they've sorted half of it. and ten tonnes has gone back to the victims. no amount of money is enough for the loved ones of those who died. research by the bbc shows that several appeals and charities have
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now raised nearly £20 million. some question why only a small part of that has made it through. you'll feel that it's betraying the public‘s generosity, because they gave money to help directly those who are affected. and they're not too clear that it's happening, it's like this, so... and organisations are getting financial support. charities say the complexity and scale of what happened here means that everything takes time. the thing about these things that we've learned from the 7/7 attacks and indeed the response to the manchester attacks, it takes longer than you might think for people to come forward to seek their funding. thelma stober lost her left foot in the london 7/7 bombings. she received money donated by the public. you are in a state of confusion. a lot of people are suffering from post—traumatic stress. you were trying to understand what has happened, the implications for your life going forward,
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it's changed forever. it took 15 months to distribute all of the money raised for victims of those attacks, like thelma. thelma is now a trustee of the london emergency trust. it's distributing £4.8 million of the grenfell appeal. so far, 16 people have received payments. whether donating an old top or a tenner, people have been moved to act. the challenge for charities is ensuring it all benefits those who lost so much. tom burridge, bbc news. appalling conditions in youth custody centres make a tragedy inevitable, according to the chief inspector of prisons, who says he's staggered by the decline in standards in england and wales. inflation is now at 2.6% — the first fall since october —
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but prices are still rising faster than wages. president trump's efforts to replace barack obama's healthcare system suffers another setback — as some of his own senators refuse to back his latest proposals england are 219 in the winning's world cup cricket. casey stoney has been ruled out of the women's european championship, england versus scotland with a hamstring injury. and johanna konta says she is working towards becoming the world number one. she reached the semifinals of wimbledon. we will be back with more sports stories at half—past. theresa may has told conservative mps to end what she called the ‘backbiting' over disagreements within the party. at a reception in the commons last
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night, the prime minister warned that the alternative to her in number 10 isjeremy corbyn. at cabinet this morning, mrs may is believed to have reminded ministers keep their discussions private. let's go to a chief political correspondent, vicki young smith, in westminster. someone has described this about trying to have control over a sack of ferrets? they are all having parties, discussing what is going to happen. theresa may knows she has been weakened by the election result. there is speculation about the kind of brexit the uk will have, a leadership contest, all mixed in a cup tale of gossip going around westminster. after last week's cabinet meeting, a version of it appeared in the sunday newspapers. she wants to reiterate to her colleagues that the same thing will not happen again. she says she wants to have an open style of policy discussions which means there will be better decisions made by deed government, but she says
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collea g u es by deed government, but she says colleagues can't have those discussions if they are not private. she says the shenanigans over the weekend mean that colleagues have not been taking this seriously. she was clear that she did not want them to go off on holiday... how likely is this? quite unlikely. they know she is weakened. there is the prospect of another general election, which most tories do not want. they are worried jeremy corbyn bowen. but on the other hand, they don't believe they can keep theresa may there. they want her to go, sooner may there. they want her to go, sooner rather than later, and let's move on. once they all get together at their conference in october, then
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of course, anything could happen. overshadowing all this is the brexit negotiations. i don't know if you heard a story this morning from someone heard a story this morning from someone travelling in a taxi, pictures of david davis with the eurocrats with piles of paper. that's what someone said, this is why we are leaving, all that bureaucracy! david davis says he's going in to get the best possible deal. he thinks he can still do that, but what is interesting is the alignments within the cabinet. is philip hammond speaking to david davis about a certain kind of brexit, transitional arrangements, or do we carry on as we were? all those things are interesting, what is going on behind—the—scenes. the issue of europe is dividing the
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conservative party. we could do with a holiday, couldn't we? we are wise to stay quiet! thank you very much. a leading health academic has warned that improvements in life expectancy have almost ‘ground to a halt‘ in england. professor sir michael marmot, from university college london, says the rate of increase — which has been rising for decades — has halved since 2010. he says it is entirely possible that austerity is affecting how long people live, but the government says its policies aren't responsible, as sara smith explains. while he can't make any firm conclusions, what he describes as miserly health—care spending could
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be contributing. it's entirely possible and it is urgent that we sorted out. we need to work out if it has and if it has, then it's one more argument as to why we should be so more argument as to why we should be so much more more argument as to why we should be so much more generous more argument as to why we should be so much more generous in our expenditure, to embrace the quality—of—life for older people, and if we want to address inequalities in health of all ages. for every five—year slater you were born you would expect a longer life span, it used to be 3.5 years the men, but since 2010, it only increases every ten years for women and every six years for men. care for the elderly was pressing because those with dementia would need more not less funding. when this women's father developed dementia,
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it was a struggle. unfortunately for us, he was admitted to hospital. people are dying because of that lack of support. we are an affluent country. we should be able to support people with dementia as well as we support those with cancer or heart disease but currently we cannot provide that support. more money is allegedly going into the nhs, so that life expectancy can continue to rise. the family of a 7 year old autistic boy with a rare condition that puts him at risk of severe brain damage are beginning a high court challenge to an nhs decision which has denied him a life—changing drug.
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nhs england says the effectiveness of the drug, which would cost 100 pounds a day, hasn't been proved. our legal correspondent clive coleman explains more... this young boy, who we are calling david, for legal reasons suffers from pku, a disease which means he cannot digests proteins. he has severe autism, though he does not understand that he cannot eat the foods he wants. i spoke to his father earlier. if we are eating, he will literally take food off the plate. he doesn't realise he cannot have certain things. when he gets upset, he really gets upset. it's physical with us, with his siblings. he will break things in the house. it's a meltdown really. david's nhs co nsulta nt wa nts it's a meltdown really. david's nhs consultant wants him to have a drug which would make him metabolise
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protein, allow him to have more of it. it's very expensive. £100 a day, and nhs england have turned that down on the basis that it's not effective clinically effective in the long term. it's been argued in the long term. it's been argued in the high court that this does not ta ke the high court that this does not take into account the health of this child. it will mean that the nhs would have to put the welfare of the child at the centre of decision—making when it comes to these drugs. it could have huge cost implications but it will mean that children will get the drugs that they and their parents both desperately need and want. adverts showing women cleaning up — or men failing at household chores the advertising standards authority says commercials that endorse gender stereotypes can be socially irresponsible. but are those stereotypes having a damaging effect?
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here is our media correspondent. oven pride, so easy a man can do it! so easy a man could do it? orthis? girls do ballet and of course, boys, maths, or this. the advertising standards authority is looking at tightening up its rules on how men and women are portrayed in adverts. women, don't expect any help on a thursday. it's going to be ok for an ad to show a woman shopping or cleaning, it's going to be ok for an ad to show a man doing the diy task in the home. what are you going to be looking at is at that go beyond, ads that paint a picture that it is, for example, the woman's role to tidy up after her family, who trashed the house, that's herjob in life.
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they're worried about that sort of depiction. similarly, adds that might mock men for being hopelessly performing straightforward parent or household tasks just because they're a man. "look like a girl but think like a man if you want to be the boss." or this... "are you beach body ready?" the asa's concerns are about stereotypes or ads that pressurise women and men to look and act in a certain way. of course, things have changed since then he has produced this. of course, things have changed since an era that produced this. the question is, what is the dividing line? how can such a pretty wife make such bad coffee? i heard that! nannette newman spent years over a washing—up bowl. at what point does that become gender stereotyping? one of the argument is that ads are too orientated towards making women buy products that are for cleaning, cleaning the toilet, cleaning the house, washing—up and everything, well, you know, so what, really? people can either take it in or not and so often, those women who are watching those ads, their husbands in the kitchen
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doing washing—up anyway. and some feel the asa is beginning to stray into politics. its primary role is to ensure advertisers are not misleading there audience. they shouldn't be making arbitrary judgments about gender stereotypes that they randomly decide they don't like. it's got nothing to do with them. and this isjust an organisation trying to put their left—wing agenda onto the free—market and it has no place there. why? a move then against the sexist ad, the challenger deciding what that exactly means. david sillito, bbc news. the duke and duchess of cambridge have been visiting a former concentration camp as they continue their tour
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of poland and germany. our royal correspondent peter hunt reports from stutthof concentration camp. i'm afraid there is something wrong with that report. let's get our weather update. here is chris, i hope. they will be a change in the weather across south—west england, across parts of devon, cornwall and dorset. the highest temperatures are to the west of london, peaking at 28—29dc. warmerfor west of london, peaking at 28—29dc. warmer for scotland, overnight, storms driving down into parts of england and wales. storms varying a lot from place to place, some areas picking up half a month's of rainfall. power supplies could be
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affected and transport disrupted. further storms on wednesday, it might ease off for a time, but nasty in wales and northern england. temperatures peaking into the low 30s in eastern england. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the chief inspector of prisons has given a stark warning that the decline in youth centres in england and wales will make a tragedy inevitable. inflation has unexpectedly fallen to 2.6% injune. in it's the first fall since october, 2016, although prices continue to rise. president trump has suffered another setback as his proposal to replacement for barak obama's health care system have collapsed due to opposition by two republican senators. the bbc finds that only a fraction of the money, donated as part of the grenfell tower fire appeal, has so far reached survivors or relatives. the impact of austerity is being blamed for the halt in improvement for life expectancy according to a leading health academic.
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the now the sport with hugh ferris. fifth good afternoon. england have just begun their chase in the women's cricket world cup semifinal. needing 219 to reach the final. they restricted south africa to 218—6 in their 50 overs in bristol. and in reply, england are currently 28—0. -- 41-0. it —— 41—0. it was a fairly comfortable win for england in the group stages. they qualified top of the group for the last four. australia and india play tomorrow for a place in the final. england hoping to make sure they secured their place today against south africa. england defender casey stoney has been ruled out of their opening match of the women's european championship against scotland. stoney wasn't expected to start but withdrew from training as a precaution
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with a hamstring injury. the lionesses are tipped to have a strong tournament and will be hoping to improve on their impressive third place at the 2015 world cup. a few of the girls have said, we have had bronze, silver, we arejust after gold now. it will not be easy, it will be difficult, but as a team, we are together and it is about getting through the hurdles. at the end, hopefully it will be worth the rewards. former chelsea captain marcel desailly believesjohn terry can play football for another two seasons at least. he's 36 years old now and after nearly two decades with the club has joined aston villa on a free transfer. and desailly, who moved to stamford bridge in the same year terry made his debut, was asked how his old teammate's future looks now he's no longer a chelsea player. very good. nobody should blame him because he has gone to another club. i think he still wanted to play
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football, he is still fit, you can see on his social media, and he is going to be the captain that we know and this team will need him and he will show that he can play another two seasons. for him to retire peacefully, he has done his duty, maybe come back as a coach, because ican maybe come back as a coach, because i can see he is very motivated to continue in this business. the head of the spanish football federation has been arrested as part of a corruption investigation. angel maria villar was one of a number of people taken into custody in spain and it's been reported he was arrested on suspicion of embezzling funds. media reports indicate his son, gorka, has also been detained. villar is also both a fifa and uefa vice president. britain'sjohanna konta has told the bbc that she's working towards becoming world number one. the latest rankings have moved her up to four after she reached the semifinals at wimbledon where she lost to venus williams. konta is the first british woman to reach the last four at the all england club in 39 years.
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i have always believed in my own ability, but i can be at the top of my game, i have always wanted to be at the top of the game. every experience i have had, every step of the way, i have tried to use that to my advantage and to use it in a way thatis my advantage and to use it in a way that is only making me better and i am really enjoying myjourney. i am trying to maximise every day and i think i am doing that, 95% of the time. great britain have two athletes through to the final of the men's 200m t54 at the world para athletics championships in london. richard chiassaro finished third in his heat to grab one of the automatic qualification spots for tonight's final. teammate nathan maguire finished fourth in his heat and looked to have missed out. but a disqualification has seen him sneak in. and britain's sammi kinghorn, who already has one gold in the t53 200m, came second in her a00m heat to reach tomorrow night's final. that's all sport for now.
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if you would like to follow the cricket, you can do on the bbc sport website or on the radio bbc radio 5 live sports extra. i'll have more in the next hour. this is what is happening in poland. prince william and the duchess of cambridge are there, about to attend a street party. that is the scene. we will go there once it gets under way. they are on a five—day visit. more on that later. relatives of a woman shot dead by police in minneapolis are demanding more information about why she died. justine damond, an australian living in the us, made an emergency call on saturday night to report a disturbance near her home. she was shot by one of the responding officers. tom donkin reports. a cry for help that went horribly wrong. shortly before midnight on saturday, police in minneapolis received a report about a possible sexual assault.
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ao—year—old justine damond made the emergency call, explaining the crime was under way in an alleyway close to her home in a quiet suburb of the city. two officers arrived and shortly after, one of them draws their weapon, fires, hits and killsjustine. how and why she was shot dead remains a mystery. police have said little. except that the incident was tragic and they are investigating. thank you to those of you who are here. justine damond was due to be married in august. she is an australian who moved away from family in sydney to be with herfiance in minnesota. they all are now grieving their sudden loss. justine was a beacon to all of us. if we only ask that the light ofjustice shine down the death ofjustine is a loss to everyone who knew her. the
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she touched so many people with her loving heart. love and kindness. as her loved ones mourned her death, they also pressed police to reveal more information about why body cameras worn by the officers were not turned on during the incident. a call echoed by the city's mayor. i have a lot of questions about why the body cameras were not on, questions that i hope and anticipate will be answered in the next few days. and i share those questions with the community. the two officers who responded to the 911 call have now been placed on leave. in a tweet, their chief of police says she has asked for an accelerated investigation so that answers can be provided quickly to help many come to terms with this heartbreaking tragedy. tom donkin, bbc news. buying a knife over the internet is set to become more difficult under government proposals,
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which aim to restrict children's access to weapons. customers in england and wales would be required to collect their knife in person and show id. a similar proposal is already being considered in scotland. our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds, has more. this is the sharp end of the battle against knife crime in britain. police in birmingham make yet another stop and find yet another knife. without good reason, it is illegal to carry anything bigger than a three—inch penknife. these are the sorts of knives police in london have found or had handed in, including a so—called zombie knife, shown here to the home secretary. why? i agree. absolutely.
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it is illegal to buy a knife if you are under 18. 16 in scotland. but some young people are getting them delivered. the plan is to change the law so knives purchased have to be picked up in person with id. some types of knives cannot even be sold or passed around. police may also get stronger powers to seize them. we want to make sure we extend the power of police to take away these dangerous knives and to make them less available to young people, so we can start to break that cycle of danger and violence that is so blighting communities. after all, police—reported knife crime has started rising. scotland is already considering the changes proposed today in england and wales. this young man did not suffer a serious injury, despite being stabbed, but every knife on the streets can result in at least one life lost. tom symonds, bbc news. let us take you back to poland, the duke and duchess of cambridge are there. they are scheduled to take pa rt there. they are scheduled to take part ina there. they are scheduled to take part in a street party. everybody there ready for that. waving union
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flags. they continued their royal visit. some disappointment, i suspect, because prince george and princess charlotte are not with them on this particular part of their royal tour. this trip has included everything so far from touring concert halls to shakespearean theatre. this morning, they visited a concentration camp, 20 miles away from gdansk, which of course was the birth of the revolutionary movement in poland. so, there you are, good... that they are. the faces of the duke and duchess of cambridge, as they continue what has been described as a brexit tour of soft diplomacy in europe, as well as poland, they are, after poland, going to germany. the phones are out, the pictures are being taken,
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and william and kate are going down well in poland. we will have more on that later on. there's been a staggering 23% rise in the number of homeless people in la county in the last year alone. it's being blamed on high rents and a lack of affordable if homes and hollywood is particularly badly hit. peter bowes reports. the land of make—believe, hollywood boulevard, home to the oscars and tourism mecca, it is also an epicentre for the homeless. there haves and have nots converge. you get off the freeway, you see tents all along the edge, it is really disheartening. my kids are kind of afraid to come down on the off chance someone will come up to us and try to talk to us or ask us for money orfood. and try to talk to us or ask us for money or food. many of hollywood's homeless came here in search of fame and fortune. but more often than
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not, the city of stars the villains in the macro delivers shattered dreams. you have people who say, i am an actor, i play the guitar, i wa nt to am an actor, i play the guitar, i want to be a musician. they have a ha rd want to be a musician. they have a hard time making it. it is a good economy in general right now for young people, but couple that with your desire to somehow make it in the entertainment is industry, this isa the entertainment is industry, this is a brutal place to come. brutal because the cost of living just existing in los angeles, is sky—high. affordable housing, even for those in work, is scarce. living on the breadline easily turns into living on the streets. this is an increasingly common scene, a makeshift homeless encampment, in this case right next to a recreation centre, and we are in the heart of hollywood. it is a far cry from the image of tinseltown. across la county, an estimated 58,000 people are homeless. it is a problem that
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extends far beyond hollywood and it is aspiring stars —— it's aspiring stars. kitty and her daughter thought they could build a better life here but it has not worked out. we originally came from north—eastern nevada, but from there we went to idaho, lost ourjobs, went down to arizona with family, could not find a job there and became homeless, and then came out here to start over. we are going to go out and actually try to engage. there is help on offer. outreach workers from the city funded only homeless services authority, they tore the streets every day. they hand out water and blankets and provide information about medical facilities. in march, residents of la county voted for a tax increase to fund rent subsidies and services for the homeless. $3.5 billion over ten years. at the same time we have
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this population rising so dramatically, the voters have recognised and given us the resources to attack it. that is where the optimism comes from. optimism toa where the optimism comes from. optimism to a point, but la la land looks different from the inside. you would not expect people on every corner, clothes everywhere, trash... yeah, people come here to make their dreams come true, i do not think they do that so much anymore. the underbelly of a city in dire need of a reality check. peter bowes, abc news, los angeles. in a moment, a summary of the business news this hour. but first, the headlines on bbc news. appalling conditions in youth custody centres make a tragedy inevitable according to the chief inspector of prisons who says he is staggered by the declining standards in england and wales. inflation is now 2.6%, the first fall since
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october, but prices are still rising faster than wages. president trump's effo rts faster than wages. president trump's efforts to replace barack obama's health care system suffers another setback as some of his own senators refused to back his proposals. in the business news... inflation has fallen for the first time since october — to 2.6%. but prices are still rising faster than wages. inflation's gone up sharply since britain voted to leave the eu, partly because the pound fell, which makes it more expensive to buy goods from abroad. adverts that show men messing up household tasks, leaving women to do the cleaning up, could soon be banned by the advertising watchdog. it's cracking down on ads that peddle stereotypical gender roles. it says these ads create "costs for the economy and society". insurance premiums have gone up at their fastest rate for five years, according to the industry. they're around 11% more expensive
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than they were last year. that means the average policy now costs around £1184 a year. this could put pressure on the government to scrap plans which would boost payouts to accident victims, but also raise premiums. meanwhile, it's been a busy earnings morning over on wall street. some of the biggest names in banking reporting quarterly numbers — including goldman sachs and bank of america. samira hussain is on the floor at the new york stock exchange. good morning. let us start with bank of america, higher than expected results ? of america, higher than expected results? bank of america is doing well and the reason is, it is considered the biggest mortgage lender. interest rates are on the way up so that is actually quite a big boost for bank of america because they are lending out so much money, higher interest rates mean they will get a little bit more money. the last quarter was pretty
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good for bank of america and going forward , good for bank of america and going forward, if we think we will see more interest rate rises, it could also be pretty good for them. on the flip side goldman sachs, they have reported their earnings and there was a big drop in their bond trading. dropped by a0%. the other banks that reported on friday, we also sought their trading desks lose, but goldman sachs lost the most when it came to the trading desks. they are the most dependent bank on that kind of trading. they are trying to diversify and get their fingers are trying to diversify and get theirfingers into are trying to diversify and get their fingers into different areas of the banking world, but right now, they are still pretty exposed. let us they are still pretty exposed. let us look at the sector as a whole. some results already and yet more to come. what is the picture emerging of the overall health of the sector? really, i mean, since the election of donald trump, we have seen the
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banking sector skyrocket in terms of their stock value. that is because of some of the legislative promises mrtrump has made, of some of the legislative promises mr trump has made, especially reforming the tax code here in the us. also, of course, rolling back some of the banking regulations that we re some of the banking regulations that were implemented after the financial crisis. there is a lot of talk, however, about when some of that will come tumbling down a little bit because... let mejust will come tumbling down a little bit because... let me just come over here so you can still see me. there is worry about when it will come down because there are worries about whether or not mr trump will be able to get any of those pieces of legislative agenda through. can you tell of those people interrupting your shot! thanks very much. let us
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catch up with other business stories we are following. netflix says it now has about 104 million subscribers — half of them outside its home market of america. it says investing on shows like house of cards and orange is the new black — and in new movies — is really paying off. the final design of the new plastic £10 note is going to be unveiled by the boss of the bank of england mark carney. this is him with an earlier version. the new note will feature a picture of jane austen and should be available from september. you'll soon be able to judge the punctuality of your train journey to the minute. that's thanks to a shake up by the industry's trade body. at the moment, a train is said to be "on time" if it arrives within ten minutes of the scheduled arrival. but now punctuality will be measured much more tightly. let us have a quick look at the markets. not a particular pretty picture. the ftse has been giving up
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earlier gains despite the fall in the pound which helps companies sell more overseas. the fall in sterling has happened because of the surprise fall in the inflation rate, making it much less likely the bank of england will raise interest rates. the euro is also trading higher. simon. good to see you! cannot be said of all your guests! thank you very much. as schools prepare to close for the holidays, mps are warning that as many as 3 million children could go hungry this summer. some local councils in deprived areas of scotland and wales provide free meals for children outside of school terms and there are calls for this to be rolled out nationally. in thanet, in kent, the charity end child poverty, claims 34% of children live below the poverty line. the victoria derbyshire programme went there to speak to one mother who is concerned about how she will cope. wow, you lot have really caned this cheese. if
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i bought this on friday. cereal and toast in the morning. for lunch, it would be, again, something basic. more bread, cheese and ham. some cucumber for a bit of nourishment. i know it sounds awful. so, you've got your crisps and you've got... we need to get some fruit in, the cheapest fruit, something like apples. can i have a vanilla milkshake? vanilla milkshake? i am actually registered disabled. i am also going through a separation which means a new claim for employment support allowance. my housing benefit has been stopped, so i am going to hugely struggle in the holidays. at the moment, how much do i have to spend? i look at it and i think i actually don't have anything, but... yeah, my shopping bill's got down to about £30 a week.
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for how many? five of us — four children and myself. and that's while they are at school. so, that will double. that is going to actually double the balance of what i need at the supermarket. at least £50 a shop, i'm going to need. are you worried? yeah, the more i talk about it! i am petrified, to be honest with you. we are in one of the most deprived areas in the uk. the huge problem we have got around here is the lack of employment. up to half of the children in this area are living in poverty. how are families around here going to cope over the summer? i think it is going to be something that comes up and hits people in the face. it is all happening the same week as we have got universal credits being brought in, being enrolled into the thanet area
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and thanet postcodes. that is going to be another huge shock. if somebody, a family, needs to make a fresh claim during the summer holidays, they are going to be facing huge problems. so, do you think children around here are going to go hungry over the summer? i can see that happening, yes. i think a lot of people would not want to admit they can't feed their children. it's notjust families on benefits. it will be the working poor that suffer too. but it is just so hard and so gut wrenching and stressful, extra worries put on top of extra worries, and this is what we are seeing so often. there's so little support for so many. with these guys, they don't obviously see the... i don't want them to see
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the panic of how desperate we are for the food. it's not as some politicians will say, to buy a new widescreen tv. we are not saving pennies for anything like that. we are saving to buy butter, milk and bread, and it is literally as tight as that. that was from the victoria derbyshire, earlier. snow, driving winds and plunging temperatures might not conjure up images of your perfect wedding day. but for one british couple, antarctica proved to be the ideal if location for a white wedding. tom sylvester and julie baum said their vows at the rothera research station on adelaide island, to the west of the antarctic peninsula. the bride's dress had orange fabric from an old tent and their wedding photos were taken in temperatures of minus nine degrees. they both got cold feet! if mps
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disagree in the house of commons, they debate. not in taiwan. scuffles broke out as the opposition proposed the bill put forward by the ruling party. fights are commonplace in the taiwanese parliament, with the opposition often seen brawling. the stand—offs can last for hours, even until the middle of the night. an award—winning cheese maker is offering a reward of £500 to track down the thieves who got "a—whey" with stealing two blocks of cheddar cheese from a country show. richard clothier, a third generation cheddar maker and managing director of whyke farms in somerset whose cheese was taken explained what happened. my my family have been making cheese for hundreds of years and we still make this vintage cheddar to the
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100—year—old family recipe. my grandmother was the first one to write down the recipe and to start making the cheese in a really high quality way. she would have been really proud of us winning awards like this, so it is a fantastic accolade for the whole team at wyke to wina accolade for the whole team at wyke to win a prize like this, so for it to win a prize like this, so for it to be snatched away from us on saturday night is a tough pill to swallow. i hope whoever has stolen it will enjoy it as much as we do, but there are some conspiracy theories. we are selling cheese now in the 160 countries around the world and cheddar is getting really popular, so that our some conspiracy theories about because they are prize—winning cheeses that have won fantastic prizes at a local show, maybe they were stolen. kind of cheese collector for an export market or some kind of bitter competitor. people in the cheese world a re really competitor. people in the cheese world are really friendly so i doubt it would be a competitor, it is more
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likely some prankster on the way back from a club on saturday night, decided to steal something that was probably a lot more valuable than they realised, and hopefully they might return it now. as publicity goes" might return it now. as publicity goes... let us have a look at the weather. becoming very warm if not hot with sunny skies. but there will bea hot with sunny skies. but there will be a change in the weather across south—west england with thunderstorms this afternoon. temperatures, the highest temperatures to the west of london, peaking at 28, 29 today. much warmer for western scotland, north—west england and west and wales. overnight, the storm ‘s drive north across england and wales. the amount of rain will vary from place to place. some areas could pick up over half a month's worth of rainfall in the space of a few hours. the risk of localised flooding. lots of lightning, power supplies and
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transport could be disrupted. further storms expected on wednesday. it might ease off for a time but nasty ones later in the data across parts of wales and northern england. hot and humid with temperatures in the low 30s in eastern england. this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at 3pm. appalling conditions in youth custody centres make a tragedy inevitable, according to the chief inspector of prisons, who says he's staggered by the decline in standards in england and wales. inflation is now at 2.6%, the first fall since october, but prices are still rising faster than wages. president trump's efforts to replace barack obama's healthcare system suffers another setback as some of his own senators refuse to back his latest proposals. a bbc investigation has found that only a fraction of the money donated to the grenfell tower fire appeal has so far reached survivors, or relatives of those who died. after 100 years of progress,
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