this is bbc news. the headlines at four. the former royal marine ciaran maxwell has been jailed for 18 years after he was found guilty of making bombs for the continuity ira. remembering the fallen — 100 years after the start of the world war one battle of passchendaele — commemorations are taking place in belgium. thousands of descendants of the dead joined dignitaries, including members of the royal family, for a ceremony of commemoration in belgium. the battle we know today as passchendaele would last for over 100 days. we remember it, not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here. ministers insist they can deliver
thousands more staff in england, despite questions about whether it's feasible. calls to cancel a controversial programme about diana, princess of wales which is due to be shown this weekend. and not on the pitch but in court — cristiano ronaldo has given his testimony as he faces accusations of tax fraud. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. a former royal marine who made pipe bombs for a dissident republican group has been jailed for 18 years at the old bailey for preparing terrorist acts. ciaran maxwell, who was originally from northern ireland but lived in somerset, stashed anti—personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 1a pipe bombs at locations in england and northern ireland. sentencing him, thejudge
said his actions had been a "flagrant breach of trust and a betrayal of his position in the armed forces." our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. ciaran maxwell appeared the proud commando, posting his training exercises on facebook. but even before he passed out, he was the enemy within the royal marines, living the most audacious double life. throughout his military career, he was making bombs for the dissident irish republican group, the continuity ira. he was a very accomplished and sophisticated bomb maker who could have supplied these devices over a long period of time to dissident republicans and undoubtedly, i believe, that by being caught now, lives have been saved. four of maxwell's bombs were used by the continuity ira in residential areas and two of them went off. no one was hurt. he built 1a bombs and he knew those he was servicing were intent
on attacking police stations and killing officers. maxwell had researched over 300 targets. he was from the northern irish town of larne and using his military id, he would regularly travel back here carrying bullets and bomb—making components. it was near larne that police uncovered the first of a series of hides used by maxwell to store his lethal stashes. these included antipersonnel mines. as a member of the royal marines elite a0 commando unit, ciaran maxwell was based here in somerset, and this is where he was arrested. for years, without ever being caught, he had been systematically stealing british military ammunition and adding it to his terrorist arsenal. as well as the locations in northern ireland, he had a further network of hides in the west country, close to his home in devon. in all, he had 43 hideaways
for his deadly caches. as a teenager, ciaran maxwell was badly beaten by a loyalist gang. he was a catholic growing up in a unionist area. as a result, he suffered from post—traumatic stress disorder. but the prosecution said they did not believe this was at the root of his offending. a former army officer and now northern ireland politician doug beattie, is astonished that maxwell got away with his extraordinary double life for so long. we could be looking at loss of life perpetrated at the hands of a serving soldier of the british military. if we don't have a look at our security checks and how we vet people before theyjoin the military, we will have problems in the future. the ministry of defence said all personnel were subject to security checks throughout their careers. ciaran maxwell, the rogue marine, now begins his jail term. are correspondent nick beake is at
the old bailey. what did the judge have to say. the judge has been giving us insight into the extraordinary double life kiran maxwell was leading. as a royal marine he vowed to serve his country but he was creating bonds knowing all too well but the continuity ira would be able to use them and he could attack police stations and kill police officers. the big question lots of people were asking, what was his motivation injoining the royal marines in the first place backin the royal marines in the first place back in 2010? thejudge the royal marines in the first place back in 2010? the judge said there was insufficient evidence that maxwell had any sinister motivation injoining the royal maxwell had any sinister motivation in joining the royal marines when maxwell had any sinister motivation injoining the royal marines when he did. that said, he said it was clear that he was motivated by sympathies
for the dissident republican movement, and also because of a hostility towards the united kingdom. he talked about him being a prolific and skilful bomb maker and said that was an asset which was considerable utility to an organisation he described, a terrorist organisation he said, like the continuity ira. that is some of the continuity ira. that is some of the thinking behind his decision to jail him for at least 18 years. he said he was a dangerous, dangerous man. thank you. commemorations have taken place to mark the centenary of the start of the battle of passchendaele. around half a million allied and german soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing in three months of fighting. prince charles, along with the duke and duchess of cambridge joined 4000 guests to remember the sacrifice made by so many in a battle that has come to symbolise the horror of world war one. robert hall reports.
there are few more peaceful places than the gentle slope of tyne cot. today among its white headstones, families looked back across the years to another big push. at ten to four in the morning, less than five miles from here, thousands of men drawn from across britain, france and the commonwealth attacked german lines. the battle we know today as passchendaele would last for over 100 days. we remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here. tyne cot overlooks the rolling farmland, streams and woods
that were once no man's land. a scar of liquid mud and stagnant, stinking craters. this rare film held by the australian national archive gives a sense of the struggle to gain ground as more and more men were thrown into the attack. bert ferns joined the lancashire fusiliers with a school friend at 18. he struggled up slimy duck boards to reach his starting point. we were often taking a quarter of an hour to go a couple of yards, because some of the duck boards were tilted to one side or another. others were sliding off them, falling into shallows. we got some out and there are some we couldn't get out. the point was, was it worth rescuing two men's lives to save one? private edward michael batten,
13th platoon, d company, 44th battalion, australian... private james munro. 0ne south african infantry regiment... my great great grandfather... my great, great uncle, private walter stevenson... voices and stories from around the world. in the army, men from distant corners of the empire fought and died alongside each other. bert began his attack here beside the german bunkers that now lies within tyne cot cemetery. the lancashire fusiliers made its way up here towards passchendaele village and a spot bert later said he would never forget. we came across what would be
about 100 yards square of bodies that had been caught in an artillery shrapnel attack. they were absolutely massacred. tyne cot may not see an event on this scale again, but it has been a place of pilgrimage for a century and is likely to remain so for generations to come. among the people at the commemoration were 100 british teenagers brought to belgium as volunteers by the youth programme — the national citizen service. earlier sophie raworth went into the cemetery to meet two of them. morgan, what made you want to come
here? at first, i thought it would be an amazing opportunity to get involved but as i was doing my research, i realised i had a personal connection to my ancestors who fought in the war. tell us about the role they played here? one of my grandmother's uncles fought in the battle of passchendaele and died in september 20 1917. battle of passchendaele and died in september 201917. it is battle of passchendaele and died in september 20 1917. it is very difficult to imagine standing here today that the battle was fought here. we have had so many tours of the cemeteries and still the numbers are getting to us. something which has impacted on me, i'm a similar age to the soldiers who fought. 100 yea rs age to the soldiers who fought. 100 years ago, this would have been us fighting so i think it is so important to keep young people involved and all generations. makes, you can hear and had a surprise when
you can hear and had a surprise when you discovered your own election? when i first signed up i thought it would be a nice trip and make some friends and have an amazing opportunity but when i began my research for the event i found that i had research for the event i found that ihada research for the event i found that i had a relative who was actually my great great grandmother's cousin. it was really nice to find a connection with the event when before i had no idea. you have spent the past few days escorting some of the descendants of the people who fought here around at these events. what has that been like? it has been quite warming to hear other people's stories. i have my own story but it is incompatible to some i have heard. it has been amazing how much time has been put into people's research and found what they have found out. people find it incredibly moving. you see woody ‘s names and they spot their own and sister and it isa they spot their own and sister and it is a really poignant moment?” think everybody has a connection
with this, whether they know it or not. whether it has been some relief from their village or town or somebody who has gone to connect with someone in the war, it is something everyone can connect to andi something everyone can connect to and i think it really bonds us all. i'm hoping with the crossgenerational work we can work to make sure nothing like this happens again. it is the centenary and it is your generation that must keep this alive? especially with the involvement of the national citizens service, i hope young people understand they are vital and it is important to have all the young people working together. do you think it will be possible to keep people fascinated and remembering events like this? absolutely. the amount of involvement we have had i think will be continued for many more years to come, i think it is essential. max and morgan, thank you. earlier our reporter ben brown spoke to gerry white, who is the head gardener at the tyne cot cemetery, and asked what today meant to him.
we feel really lucky to have the privilege to create such a corner of england for these men to rest in, and to bring so much comfort to the many relatives and descendants who have come today. it is a heavy burden on you to keep the places as those descendants and relatives would want it. there are 12,000 buried here. just under 12,000 buried here. just under 12,000 buried here. just under 12,000 buried here. five years before the ceremony, we started planning the kind of work we would need to do to deliver a really top—quality performance here today. we replanted the ceremony, up to 40,000 herbaceous plants and 3000 roses, to try and make it look its best for people who have come from all around the world. you have been blessed with great weather, unlike the weather during the battle of passchendaele. absolutely. today is a perfect day. it shows off the
pla nts a perfect day. it shows off the plants in the ceremony. —— cemetery. we are here all year round. sometimes you get a sense of how the men had to battle the elements as well as the enemy. the fields around us are so green and well as the enemy. the fields around us are so green and peaceful, these flanders fields, but we were looking at some of the archive pictures from 100 years ago and the battlefields we re 100 years ago and the battlefields were muddy swamps, weren't they? that is right. we have created something where people can reflect on those times but also see what people expect from the commonwealth war graves commission in delivering a resting place, if huge tribute to the sacrifice that so many men made. last night we had a ceremony at ypresjust down last night we had a ceremony at ypres just down the road. at menin gate thousands of paper poppies were released into the evening sky. you we re released into the evening sky. you were in charge of that and each one representing one of the missing at menin gate listed on the wall. that is right. that is something we been
have doing for a number of years. every year on november the 11th we doa every year on november the 11th we do a poppy drop. it is a very emotional moment for everybody, one p°ppy emotional moment for everybody, one poppy representing emotional moment for everybody, one peppy representing each emotional moment for everybody, one poppy representing each name listed on the menin gate. why is it so important 100 years on to remember the sacrifice that there was at the battle of passchendaele where, as i was saying, half a million casualties on both sides, such an enormous loss of life. i think people learn from history. it is releva nt people learn from history. it is relevant today with wars going on around the world, that we look back and see one of the biggest wars in the history of our country. there are millions of visitors who come through here every year. they are looking for some kind of peace and some kind of explanation for what happened and we try and give them a beautiful resting surroundings. and important for future generations to keep coming here and keep coming to
tyne cot cemetery to remember what happened and pay their respects to the dead. absolutely. the nicest thing to see other groups of schoolchildren who come here more and more now. it is part of the sylla bus and more now. it is part of the syllabus in england. we try and engage with them and teach them a bit about what happened here in these fields. ben brown talking to these fields. ben brown talking to the head gardener at tyne cot. former royal marine ciaran maxwell has been jailed for 18 years after he pleaded guilty for making bombs for the dissident ira. 100 years on from passchendaele, descendants of the dead have joined dignitaries and members of the royal family for a ceremony of commemoration in belgium. the government announces plans to recruit thousands more mental health workers despite questions about whether those targets are feasible. in sport, england's recruiters have gone 2—1 up in the test series against south africa. moeen ali
racked up the victory with a hat—trick. the final test starts on friday. manchester united's philjones has been fined and banned for two european matches after verbally abusing a doping official. the reintroduction of safe standing at premier league games could have moved a step closer after a liverpool fans group voted overwhelmingly in favour of rails seating. i will be back with a full update in 15 minutes. president trump and the japanese prime minister have discussed the latest intercontinental ballistic missile test by north korea. mr trump and shinzo abe committed to increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on north korea, calling its missile programme "a grave and growing, direct threat". the president again accused china of not doing enough to restrain north korea. live to washington and our correspondent, barbara plett—usher. but we don't need to worry because donald trump says when it comes to
north korea, it is ok. he is saying the united states can handle whatever is coming out of pyongyang but it is bluster because it is a very difficult issue that previous administrations have grappled with without success and the pressure is on because the north koreans are making technical advances in their ballistic missile out acknowledge it, faster than the white house expected and now they are predicting that he could have a nuclear capable missile which is capable of hitting the united states by next year. there is certainly a growing sense here that this is becoming the main crisis facing the united states internationally. but as you said, at the cabinet meeting, mr trump was asked about it briefly. this is what he had to say. we will handle north korea. we are able to handle them. it will be handled. we handle everything. thank you very much. the
difficulty is that because of the technical advances being made by north korea, it is possible that the goal of any sanctions may no longer be achievable and that goal is the nuclear in. then what to do? do you accept that and freeze the nuclear missile programme through the negotiations, something the us is not open to at this point. there are military options, something the pentagon does not want to do. there are no good options really, but as mrtrump says, are no good options really, but as mr trump says, the us will handle it. and he now has someone to share that heat with and that is his new chief of staff? that is a whole other war. the west wing has been pretty much in turmoil over the past few weeks, with political battles going on with staff members. the chief of staff was pushed out late last week. mr trump has brought in some on here demise very much,
generaljohn kelly, the former director of homeland security. this isa man director of homeland security. this is a man who could potentially impose order on the chaos of the white house, because he has a history of enforcing it. he is a former military general from the marine corps. he has worked in government before and he would be somebody who would want to put ina would be somebody who would want to put in a single chain of command three him to the president which is what a chief of staff is supposed to do. it will not only be up to him. there are different factions in the white house who have their own lines to the president. will the president allow himself to be disciplined, even though he likes military men, will he let mr kelly do his job? that is what many people are wondering and many people are hoping. on top of that we have a tit—for—tat retaliation in moscow, picking out a number of those who
work in the us embassy there. we'll donald trump react? i have not looked at twitter in the last 30 seconds, i don't know if he has done anything yet but you don't know, do you? that is one of the criticisms, of course, that he conducts foreign policy and even domestic policy by twitter. last week he really crossed the line by issuing policies payment on the ban on transgender people in the military without having consulted the pentagon or having any policy work done around it. he is somebody who has upset many different ways of working here. in terms of russia, it is not going the way he hoped it would go. he wanted warmer relationships with russia. congress was worried it would be too warm and has slapped sanctions on moscow, which makes the sanctions more difficult to lift and ties mr trump's hand. he has to consult them
now which is why you have this move on the diplomatic staff. but mr putin did allow some room for manoeuvre. he made the announcement after the congress vote but before mrtrumpfinds it after the congress vote but before mr trump finds it into law, so i think the messages it is not a direct hit on mr trump,... inaudible . barbara plett usher, thank you. the government has pledged to recruit another 21,000 mental health workers in england over the next four years. the health secretaryjeremy hunt says it's time to end the "historic imbalance" between mental and physical health services, and wants an extra 1 million people to be treated by 2021. the royal college of nursing says more money is needed to be able to train new staff on time. here's our health editor hugh pym. underfunded and not prioritised, mental health care has suffered in recent years according to campaigners and charities, with patients often experiencing long waits for nhs treatment. the government says that is changing with new investment and an expansion
of the mental health workforce in england. we have worked out exactly how me more doctors, nurses, therapists we need, we have worked out where we think we can get them from, and like all plans it will be challenging to deliver it but we are determined to hold true to our promise to transform mental health services. the plan involves an extra 21,000 mental health staff in england by the 2020 financial year, including children's services, adult talking therapies and crisis care. official figures show that there was a fall in the number of mental health nurses of more than 6600 between 2010 and 2016. the move has been welcomed by the royal college of nursing, though leaders are sceptical about what can be delivered. how are we going to do that in such a short timescale when other government policies are getting in the way of that? we already know we have one in ten posts in mental health vacant, we will have to fill
those as well as putting additional nurses in. campaigners warned it would not address all the problems of recent years but it was a step in the right direction. because mental health services have been underfunded for so much time, this initiative by itself fails to give the parity of esteem that so many of us want, but what it will do it set the foundations to be able to look forward to future where mental health is treated on an equal footing to physical health. labour argued that by keeping a lid on public sector pay, the government was making it harderfor the nhs to recruit and retain staff. to expect that people are going to flock when nothing is being done about pay, where there are real workload problems and morale problems, it is not realistic. a key part of the government's plan is to encourage psychiatrists and mental health nurses who have left the nhs to return. whether that
can be achieved is farfrom clear. we can talk now to the chief policy adviser at the charity young minds. this parity between mental health and physical health, we have heard this before. we have. we have heard it from successive governments but this is an opportunity to put the workforce in place to meet the needs of children. what specifically would you like to see? the number sounds quite impressive, but it takes more than that, doesn't it? it will take a huge effort because we are talking about upscaling is huge workforce. that means retaining the great staff in the nhs but bringing in a new group of
professionals. i'm glad to see the government put an emphasis now on crisis care which we know is really stretched. there is a big rise in demand from children and young people so this is the time to invest. i want to talk about the increase on the pressure by young people. why is that? we do young people. why is that? we do young people are able to talk about their mental health which is a great thing, but they are only able to do this if they can turn to a professional. long—time waiting for an assessment for six months is not good enough. just one in three children and young people with a diagnosis of a mental health condition will have their needs met by the nhs by 2020. still two thirds of those children will be left in the community, reliant on gps, md, their school teachers and their pa rents. their school teachers and their parents. what does that mean for that two thirds? if they are not getting the proper treatment, the proper care and time that they need,
what happens to them over the next couple of years? this is white building the mental health workforce is important. we have to have an equal focus on is important. we have to have an equalfocus on building capacity within schools, in training at gps to understand how to reach for, for instance, the referral for therapy or to some kind of social prescription, rather than just the antidepressants. and also as pa rents, antidepressants. and also as parents, carers and guardians, we need to know how can we have those difficult conversations with our children and friends about how they look after their own well—being ? doctor marc bush, thank you for joining us. two men have beenjailed for trying to pass off horse meat as beef. the
plot only came to light after horse identification chips were found in the meat by inspectors in 2012. a three—day strike by bank of england workers will go ahead tomorrow after talks at acas ended without agreement. workers at the unite union will walk out for three daysin unite union will walk out for three days in a dispute over pay. it will be the first time in more than 50 yea rs be the first time in more than 50 years that the bankers faced a walk—out by staff. the prime minister's spokesperson has insisted that the free movement of people will end in march 2019 when the uk leaves the european union. after a series of interventions by senior ministers in recent days, downing street said it was wrong to speculate on the sort of immigration system which would need to be implemented after brexit. 0ur political reporter emma vardy gave us more details earlier. we have seen this run of stories and interviews with different ministers setting
out their vision for brexit. lots of gossip and rumours of cabinet splits. but really today the prime minister's spokesman was seeking to rein in that speculation and seeking to clarify the government position. they said that the government position has not changed from that which the prime minister set out in her big lancaster house speech at the beginning of this year. they said that freedom of movement will not continue after brexit and that it is not after a deal that will punish britain, we would reject that, and not after an off—the—shelf deal that would keep us in the single market, and reiterated today that new immigration rules were coming in due course. if you are watching us on freeview or youview some channel numbers are changing on wednesday afternoon. bbc news is moving to channel 231, whilst bbc news hd will remain at 107. some tvs will update automatically but you may need to retune your freeview or youview tv or box. for help on how to retune you can go to freeview channel 100 or visit freeview. co. uk/retune.
sky, freesat and virgin media viewers are unaffected. 0nce once again, i am not coming round to retu ne once again, i am not coming round to retune your ball —— box personally! let's look at the weather. it is not that windy out there but it is not the story everywhere, some sunshine across the west and —— but across the west and north—west, some showers, some thunder and hail. many eastern areas tend to dry up but the north and west continue to see showers overnight. rumbles of thunder into the early evening. showers across the western coasts and hills by the end of the night,
elsewhere largely drive. rural spots will be a little colder. early on, showers across the north and west of the uk, some thunder and hail, then drifting eastwards, but a high chance of a shower in the east midlands, east anglia. sunshine and showers to the rest of today and tomorrow, mid week sees more persistent rain spreading from the south—west towards the north—east, then we are back to breezy and showery conditions. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. a former royal marine who supplied bombs to dissident republicans, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. the judge said ciaran maxwell's actions had been a "flagrant breach of trust and a betrayal of his position in the armed forces". commemorations have been taking place in belgium to mark the centenary of the start of one of the first world war‘s most brutal battles, passchendaele.
theresa may and prince charles were in attendance to pay tribute. the government insists it can recruit another 21,000 mental health nurses in england over the next four years, despite criticism from the royal college of nursing that the time frame for training additional staff is unrealistic. family and friends of princess diana have urged channel 4 not to broadcast controversial tapes of her discussing her marriage with her voice coach. much of the footage has already been aired in the us, but never in britain. and footballer cristiano ronaldo has appeared before a court in madrid accused of tax fraud. the real madrid player, who is alleged to have evaded £13 million in tax since 2010, has previously denied the allegation. time for the sport. good news if you are an england cricket fan. england's cricketers have gone 2—1
up in the test series against south africa. the tourists were looking to bat out the final day at the oval for an unlikely draw. but england bowled them out after lunch for a 239 victory. moeen ali finished them off with a hat—trick including dean elgar‘s wicket. the opener made 136 and had been south africa's only hope of salvaging something from the match. the final test starts this friday at old trafford. england came into this test match picking three new players. we saw a decent and division from tom westley and a big contribution from toby roland—jones. for much of the game there bowling point of view, england benefited from cloud cover, though seaming conditions, but moeen ali to advantage of the pitch wearing a bit. there was a contracts from how they felt at the close of the last test match. i reckon the crowd was around half full, and if you paid
£20 i think you got a good day of cricket. manchester united defender philjones has been fined and banned for two european matches for verbally abusing a uefa anti—doping officer after the europa league final. team—mate daley blind has also been fined around £4,500. jones' was an unused substitute in the win against ajax and it's understood he was angry with the official for not letting him pose for a team photo after the game. he'll miss next week's european super cup against real madrid and their first champions league group game. blind, who played for the whole match, was charged with failing to report for a doping test immediately. the club was also fined almost £9,000. they do have the right of appeal. staying with united, they have confirmed the signing of chelsea's nemanja matic for £40 million. the serbian midfielder has signed a three—year contract. his move to united re—unites him withjose mourinho, who brought him to england from benfica when he was in charge at stamford bridge.
it's a massive week for england's footballers at the women's european championship in the netherlands. they have a semifinal against the hosts on thursday. jodie taylor scored her fifth goal of the tournament as england beat france 1—0 in the quarterfinals, the first time they've beaten the french in 43 years in the quarterfinals. after germany's defeat, england are now favourites for the title. they are good on the ball. they have shown this tournament, the wingers have been playing well and we have to stop that. there are places to exploit, especially with someone like jodie up top scoring goals. all of our strikers have scored in this tournament and it shows that they had to be ready for us, but it will be a different task and we will be ready. the world athletics championships starts in london friday and one of its biggest stars has pulled out. the 800 metre 0lympic and world champion david rudisha has injured a thigh muscle.
this is the kenyan winning the world title in beijing two years ago. he also holds the world record, a mark he set at the london olympics in 2012. the hosts ireland have some bad news ahead of next week's women's rugby world cup. their captain niamh briggs has been ruled out of the tournament with an achilles injury. ireland's first match is against australia on ninth august in dublin. briggs, who missed the six nations because of a hamstring injury, suffered this latest setback in training. munster‘s louise galvin will replace briggs in the squad, while a new captain will be named later this week. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the actor sam shepard, known for his work in black hawk down and the right stuff, has died. he was 73. he
is survived by his sisters and children from his marriage and his long—term relationship with the actress jessica lange. long—term relationship with the actressjessica lange. his family we re actressjessica lange. his family were with him when he died. let's return to the news that the government has pledged to recruit another 21,000 mental health workers in england over the next four years. our health editor hugh pym has been working with our reality check team to look more closely at the announcement. jeremy hunt said today it was time to end the "historic imbalance" between mental and physical health services in england. the aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra 1 million patients by 2020—21. the government wants to create 21,000 extra posts. it says an extra £1 billion already promised for mental health services in england would fund the scheme, part of a pot of £1.3 billion committed in 2016 to transform provision.
but is that enough? critics including the royal college of nursing are questioning the figures. for example, the government says it want to increase mental health nursing posts in crisis care services by 4,600. but the rcn says that overall under the current government there are around 5,000 fewer mental health nurses since the conservatives came to power in 2010. experts say this money is enough to create new places but it will have to be taken from other parts of the budget — there is no new money from the treasury. there are also questions over recruitment. so the nhs can create the posts, but can it fill them? the government's plan says it will make up the 21,000 by training new staff, upskilling existing staff, encouraging those that have left the nhs to return, and recruiting from overseas. critics say the task will be all the harder at a time of public sector pay restraint, and with free tuition costs for nurse trainees in england about to be ended. think tank the king's fund says this
is a very challenging target, although it's not impossible. a controversial documentary about the late diana, princess of wales is to be shown on channel 4 this weekend. there are some calls to cancel the programme which will show recordings that haven't been played in the uk before, in which she discusses her marriage, and relationship with a royal protection officer. 0ur correspondent matt cole told us more. it is considered very controversial because the recordings were not interviews ever intended to go to air. this is recording work of princess diana, the late diana, princess of wales, recorded in 1992 and 1993. about five hours' worth of tapes as she did work with her speech coach rehearsing her speaking voice ahead of one big interview ultimately she gave in 1995 to the bbc panorama programme but that was the only interview she gave to martin bashir and this was the sort of prep work leading up to it to get the confidence to do
an interview like that. in it her speech coach got her to talk about all sorts of personal things, her sex life with prince charles, her attitude to their marriage, she gave away details like the fact that they had only met 13 times before their wedding day, these were very personal and deep things that were shared, but with the intent that it was all about her being able to deliver those phrases rather than actually put them to air. suddenly the man who owned the tapes subsequently, peter settleton, her voice coach, sold them on. they had been sold on in the states before but this is only for the uk. it is going into this documentary next sunday and a lot of people close to princess diana are very angry. but channel 4 say they are very important historical documents and they say they have considered very carefully
which clips to use from the five hours of broadcasting, although it should be pointed out that many of those five hours will be simply voice coaching work but channel 4 insisted this is a legitimate journalistic use of these tapes, as was explained earlier today to bbc five live by ralph lee, the head of factual for channel 4. there were two factors in deciding to air the tapes, one is we can argue about things becoming history, but 20 years have passed by. she says these things comfortable in front of the camera and is happy to be recorded. when people see that, they will see a relaxed, informal diana comfortable talking about her own story, and the process is bringing her stories to life, not concealing it, it is actually a process about channelling her natural voice and using her personal experiences to inform that voice. one of the world's highest—paid
sports stars, cristiano ronaldo, has appeared in court in spain, accused of defrauding the authorities of millions of pounds in tax. prosecutors say the real madrid star used a company to hide his true income. ronaldo has allegedly evaded paying more than £13 million in tax since 2010. his earnings last year amounted to £72 million — which included his salary, bonuses and endorsements. ronaldo has denied the allegations, saying in a previous statement that his conscience is clear. earlier richard conwayjoined me from madrid and i asked him who was advising ronaldo. the super agent who looks after cristiano ronaldo has made it clear it was not him. he said he did not give any advice to cristiano ronaldo about his tax affairs. we have had a statement from court in the last couple of hours detailing some of the testimony that cristiano ronaldo gave to the judge today. he said i have no intention of defrauding the state. i did not evade tax, it was not my intention. he went into some detail about the company structure he established.
he said he set it up in england when he was playing for manchester united and although there were some changes over the years, it was essentially the same. a strong denialfrom cristiano ronaldo. he was very angry when the allegations were made. he threatened to leave spain, he would leave real madrid, such was his displeasure with being charged and being an alleged tax evader. that seems to have diminished slightly and it looks like he will stay with the club. today at the courthouse, it is a calm but this morning there was a full media circus present. at one stage a glass lectern was brought to the courthouse steps, about 120 journalists present and 40 tv cameras, we were told that cristiano ronaldo would speak to the media but in the end he did not go through with that. we heard he was advised not to do that in the end. there was quite a bit of drama in and around that with people
expecting to hearfrom ronaldo. we will see if the judge wants to take it to a full trial. we know from cristiano ronaldo, that denial, that pledge of innocence, he will continue that he feels he has done nothing wrong. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first the headlines on bbc news... the former royal marine ciaran maxwell has been jailed for 18 years after he pleaded guilty to making bombs for dissident republican group the continuity ira. 100 years on from passchendaele, descendants of the dead havejoined dignitaries, including members of the royal family for a ceremony of commemoration in belgium. the government announces plans to recruit thousands more mental health workers in england over the next four years, despite questions from those working within the services about whether such targets are feasible. hello, i'm egon cossou.
it's been a strong day on the ftse here in london — with the market making solid gains. let's have a look at some of the stories making the markets — here and overseas. cigarette companies have been under pressure after news that us regulators might limit the amount of tobacco they can put in their product. in the us, shares in snapchat‘s parent company have fallen again. those shares now a long way below what they initially went on sale for. a different story for hsbc — where stronger than expected profits really pleased investors. let's get more on this with our a nalyst let's get more on this with our analyst whojoins let's get more on this with our analyst who joins us. hsbc, let's get more on this with our analyst whojoins us. hsbc, what let's get more on this with our analyst who joins us. hsbc, what has been driving their profits?m
analyst who joins us. hsbc, what has been driving their profits? it is an across—the—board been driving their profits? it is an across—the—boa rd rebound been driving their profits? it is an across—the—board rebound in their earnings. it is good news for investors. we a re earnings. it is good news for investors. we are seeing a broad recovery and some of the board restructuring over the last five or six years, focusing on asian earnings, is starting to bear fruit. i think also the impact of those earnings translated back into sterling because of the move in currency over the last year also plays positively. and bearing down on costs. it is a stronger story with the prospect of higher interest rates globally possibly adding to investor cheer because there is a large stock pile of cash coming back. why? if you have excess cash you can do one of several things, either a look at buying additional businesses or leave it on the bounce sheet and do very little or give it back to shareholders to boost your equity value. in the context of
banks being questioned about drawing ever bigger, there is little benefit or aptitude in terms of hsbc to buy other businesses so it makes sense for them to hand back some of the stockpile above the regulatory levels to investors. let's look at the parent company of snap chat.” think it is a classic story with a high—tech company, the age—old issue of the ability to generate profit. that is the ongoing concern. there are issues where some are fearful about the number of users and whether those will steadily grow, but it is the ability to turn the users into revenue generators and create profit and that is the concern for investors. that $17 price in march seems a long way away, and some of the internal
investors are having the opportunity to lighten their holdings and it may be the case that we see the share price coming under further pressure as some of those investors look to crystallise some of the cash from the business. thank you very much. that's it from me. the bbc presenter, vanessa feltz, has said she was "extremely upset" by a sunday times column, which suggested she earned a high salary at the corporation because she wasjewish. she described the piece, written by kevin myers, as "so obviously racist it's surprisingly hurtful". a short time ago our media editor amol rajan talked us through the usual process of publishing a story. the columnist published a column where he said some outlandish things, that vanessa feltz and claudia winkleman were only top paid because they were jewish, and he managed to be anti—semitic and misogynistic and said that maybe some women have junior positions because they get
pregnant and men do not. the column was intellectually incoherent. as a former newspaperman i thought it was very strange that this went through the various layers of bureaucracy. usually you have an editor speaking to the columnist who will ask what they're thinking about writing, and then they will write it and give it to an editor but at some point someone should have read it and thought it seemed barmy. it has offended a huge number of people including vanessa feltz who addressed the issue on her radio show. when you write something it is read by a sub editor, features editor, whoever puts it to print, arranges it on the page, by the legal team, and the editor. it is not like you just write it and it is in the paper. i couldn't understand how all those layers of command allowed something so blatantly racist
to be put in the paper. i am just wondering what the future is for the editor. martin ivins, the editor of the sunday times, would reasonably argue that he doesn't actually see everything that goes in the irish edition, which has its own editor, who in his statement says he takes full responsibility, deflecting responsibility from martin ivins. news uk gave a clear message, not only would kevin myers not be writing for that newspaper any time soon but probably not any murdoch newspapers. the sunday times have made an open apology with the removal of kevin myers
they can move on. we do not know if a law has been broken, it could be incitement to racial hatred but i don't think that is relevant here. it comes down to an editorial rather than legal judgment. as an editor you have to work out whether an upside in being controversial and putting radical opinions out there is outweighed by the fact you will offend a huge number of people. it is notjust that this piece was anti—semitic and misogynistic, it was intellectually incoherent. there are big questions still to be answered not only by martin ivins but the editor of the irish edition. now, how many of you used to rush home from school, call for your friends, and then spend hours playing in the road before being called in for your dinner? it's a tradition that has virtually disappeared, because of concerns about safety
and traffic issues, not to mention the attraction of gadgets but, as graham satchell has been finding out, there is a movement to get children back out playing in the street. we're in north london. the street is closed, the bunting is up, it's time to play. i'm rolling! for many of these children, it's the first time they've ever played out on the street. five—year—old noah is doing noughts and crosses with his dad and brother, and loving it! i think it's quite amazing and i like that we're having a party! yeah, man, a big party. party, let's go, party! 0rganised street play sessions like this started about five years ago in bristol. today groups of residents from across the country are applying to local authorities to close roads and let their children play. i have two kids and they spend quite a bit of time inside the house
and it's old school. it's how i used to play back in the day. we used to go outside and play on the streets, so bringing it back. it's like reliving your childhood. through my children. a series of studies published today show these play projects have increased children's physical activity, improved their mental health and their social skills, but the advantages are even more widespread. it's not just about the children playing out, it's about the neighbours starting to know each other. there is a nice community here and having the chance to get out and see each other and relax is nice, and it reminds us of what it was like when we were kids, i guess. there are now more than 500 streets in 45 locations doing play sessions like this, but today's study does say that there would be more if local authority procedures were streamlined and some cost barriers removed. local authorities need to make it as easy as possible for residents to do so that there is not lots of bureaucracy and people can
simply reclaim their street for a couple of hours monthly with minimal paperwork. i think there would be a much bigger uptake. meanwhile, noah has been trying to draw... a snake man — half snake, half man. perfect. carry on, young man. time for a look at the weather. temperatures got up to 24 degrees in the south—east today. we have seen sunshine and showers. similar tomorrow. more persistent rain spreading across many parts in the middle of the beat. then it turns breezy with more showers towards the end of the week. low pressure in the
north and west of the uk and the closer you are, the showers are heaviest. they will continue to be quite heavy in the north and west overnight. this is the sequence today. we started with sunshine in the south—east. 0ne today. we started with sunshine in the south—east. one or two fleeting showers but most have been in the north and west. some rumbles of thunder and hail. that continues over the next few hours but they become lighter and less frequent across western areas as we go through the night. some eastern areas should be dry with clear spells. it will become fresh overnight. double figures in towns and cities but rural spots in single figures. early on tomorrow, showers in northern ireland and parts of scotland, although the north—east should be dry and bright. although a fair number of showers across southern scotland, maybe into the far north of northern england. mostly in the west of england and wales we see showers. further inland, a dry and bright start to
the day but still quite fresh. if you start to dry and bright in the south—east, cloud will build and you will likely see a shower tomorrow. showers becoming widespread in the north and west. in the afternoon, some rumbles of thunder and hail mixed in. temperatures similar to today. tuesday night, down to the south—west, this weather system is heading our way. more rain heading from the south—west on wednesday, moving into wales and northern ireland. the further north and east, not such a bad day. hanging onto dry weather into the afternoon. but overnight the weather pushes northwards and eventually it will clear from northern scotland and then we're back to where we started with breezy conditions, some sunshine and showers, some of these
could be heavy, temperatures in high teens are low 20s. for more details, go to the website. this is bbc news. today at five... commemorations have been taking place in belgium to mark the centenary of one of the bloodiest campaigns of the first world war. descendants of those who died in the battle of passchendaele have been remembering the fallen at a commemoration service at the tyne cot cemetery near ypres. the ceremony was led by prince charles, who praised the "courage and bravery" of the men who fought at passchendaele. the battle we know today as passchendaele, would last for over 100 days. we remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here. i'll be reporting live from tyne cot cemetery, and talking to some of the descendants about the sacrifice of their ancestors.