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this is bbc news. i'm vicki young. the headlines at "pm: the bank of england cuts its growth forecasts and warns that uncertainty over brexit has hit high—street spending and business investment. a seniorjudge condemns mental health support for young people and says the state could have blood on its hands over the case of a suicidal teenager. a british computer expert who shut down the hacking of the nhs has been arrested in america, accused of links to other malicious software. tributes have been paid to the stage and screen actor, robert hardy, who has died at the age of 91. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the governor of the bank of england has warned that the economy
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will remain sluggish because uncertainty over brexit is hitting businesses and affecting households. today the bank down graded the uk's growth forecasts for this year and the next, with mr carney saying a lack of clarity about the uk's future relationship with the european union is holding back investment and consumer spending. he added that real income growth was at its weakest since the middle of the 19th century. interest rates will remain at the record low of 0.25%. here's our business editor, simonjack. there hasn't been much summer cheer on the beach in margate this week, the weather overcast and some bracing headwinds — much like the uk economy, and there was precious little sunshine shed when the bank of england governor delivered its latest forecast. he said the post—referendum fall in the value of the pound was now beginning to hit home. households looked through brexit—related uncertainties initially, but more recently,
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as the consequences of sterling's fall have shown up in the shops and squeezed their real incomes, they've cut back on spending, slowing the economy. the bank cut its growth forecast for this year from 1.9% to 1.7%. it also downgraded its estimate for next year from 1.7% to 1.6%. meanwhile, it pushed up its inflation forecast, saying it will rise from 2.6% now to peak at around 3% later this year, while wage rises remain stuck at 2%. that widening gap is being felt in margate. the price of food has definitely gone up. butter, cheese, bacon, those things have gone up. and yeah, wages aren't going up in line with inflation. bus, transport, everything is so expensive now. i drive now and even then, car insurance has gone up. it's getting ridiculous now, £140 a month. can't afford it. for the same amount of money, you're getting about two thirds of the goods that you used to, so you're cutting back all the time.
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in another year's time, i'll be sitting here a litle skeleton. brexit was the theme that ran through everything the governor said today. the post—referendum fall in sterling has pushed up prices. that in turn is affecting consumer confidence, and businesses faced with uncertainty are not making the investments they otherwise would have made. and all of those pressures are combining to affect the uk economy's long—term ability to grow. business investment is still likely to grow below historic averages, with adverse consequences for productivity, capacity and wages. for many, however, the bank's pronouncements are not only too downbeat, but also stray too far into politics. we should take the bank of england's forecast with a pinch of salt. they are notoriously bad at forecasting. then, of course, we have project fear mark two. the bank of england, the cbi and the treasury department are all ganging up again to make us frightened of brexit. even the bank's own staff
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are unhappy about wages. it's only when pay starts to catch up with prices that we may see interest rates rise. that's not expected until next year. one of the most seniorjudges in britain says society will have blood on its hands if a 17—year—old girl, who's tried to kill herself several times, is released from custody, without adequate supervision. the president of the family division in england and wales, sirjames munby, says it's disgraceful that it's been so difficult finding suitable provision for her when she's released in 11 days time. nhs england says it's making every effort to find appropriate care. our home editor mark easton reports on a case, which highlights a crisis in mental health provision. "a disgraceful and utterly shaming lack of proper provision for young mental health patients in england" — the words of one of england's most senior judges, sirjames munby, head of the family division. he issued an extraordinary statement after being unable to find any suitable hospital bed
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for a suicidal 17—year—old girl, due for release from custody injust over a week. the girl in question is from the north—west of england and is currently so disturbed that she's dressed in clothes she cannot use to hang herself, in a youth custody centre with just a mattress on the floor and no personal belongings. the solicitor representing the interests of the 17—year—old, named only as x, says she's at significant risk. x is a girl who at the moment has a determined wish, it appears, to kill herself. the big problem we've got is that we don't fully understand those needs, and it's on that basis that she needs to be in a clinical setting to be assessed properly. that's part of the
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frustration of the case. that frustration spilt into public from the judge today. the government offered no comment on thejudge‘s remarks. all questions were referred to nhs england, which said tonight that three potential beds have now been identified for the 17—year—old, with a care assessment being conducted tomorrow. but mental health professionals say the problem is not an isolated one. every day we talk to children, young people, parents and carers who are in the community, worried about how they're going to access mental healthcare. there isn't enough support
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in the community, and there are really high thresholds to get into hospital care. meanwhile, people are left without support. a recent survey of people working in child and adolescent mental health services in england found 62% had seen adolescent patients held in inappropriate settings. 77% said young high risk patients were left in the community because of a shortage of beds, with 14% saying young patients had attempted suicide while waiting for a suitable bed. the report urged government to prioritise investment in young people's crisis care as a matter of urgency. the system for people with those sorts of needs is simply not fit for purpose. the nationally commissioned services don'tjoin up with locally commission services, there is no strategic oversight and as far as i can see, and i've been trying to push this at various levels for a number of years, there doesn't seem to be any strategic plan to resolve the matter.
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the government has said it will increase the number of mental health staff working in the nhs in england by 21,000 and the prime minister has promised a revolution in mental healthcare, but the agonies of a judge unable to help a suicidal young woman suggest the revolution has some way to go. a british computer expert, who shut down a world—wide cyber attack that crippled the nhs in may, has now been arrested in the united states. marcus hutchins, who's 23 and from devon, is said to have stopped the wannacry ransomeware virus from spreading further, but is now alleged to be linked to other malicious software targeting bank accounts. 0ur north america correspondent james cook reports. marcus hutchins was hailed as a hero for stopping an attack which crippled the nhs and spread to tens of thousands of computers in 150 countries. his arrest is not related to his role in neutralising the so—called wannacry ransomware, which he discussed in this recent bbc interview. i checked the message board,
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there were maybe 16, 17 reports of different nhs organisations being hit, and that was the point where i decided "my holiday‘s over, i've got to look into this". in the past week, mr hutchins had been in las vegas for the defcon cybersecurity conference. he was apparently arrested at the airport minutes before he was due to fly home. better known as malware tech, his most recent tweets were prescient... "priority boarding so you can add to the time you're sat on a plane that is nowhere near ready to fly", he wrote. we've now obtained a copy of the indictment against marcus hutchins and another unnamed defendant. it reveals they are facing charges in the us state of wisconsin. they're accused of creating and selling a programme to harvest online banking data and credit card details. prosecutors say the arrest here in las vegas came at the end of a two year long investigation.
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cybersecurity remains a top priority for the fbi, says the special agent in charge. marcus hutchins may now face his biggest challenge yet in an american courtroom. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories: a surgeon given a 15 year prison sentence for carrying out needless breast operations has had his jail term increased to 20 years. ian paterson was jailed in may after being convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against ten people. three men convicted of terror offences who called themselves the three musketeers have been jailed for life for plotting an attack on a police or military target. naweed ali, mohibur rahman and kho—baib hussain, who are all from the from the west midlands, were told they'd spend at least 20 years in jail. a fourth man, tahir aziz, was given a minimum term of 15 years. a man who died after an altercation with police in london last month had
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swallowed a package of paracetamol and caffeine, according to the independent police complaints commission. rashan charles, who was followed, then restrained by police became ill after putting an object in his mouth. the investigation into allegations of russian interference in last year's us presidential election has taken a significant turn tonight. the wall streetjournal is reporting that the special counsel robert mueller has convened a grand jury as part of his investigation. 0ur north america editor jon sopel is in washington. well, you almost sense that he signed this piece of legislation with a heavy heart, and one of the short tell—tale signs of that was there were no cameras present to record him signing this legislation into law. and he says it enclosures on executive authority. it is the president who makes foreign policy. he says it will damage american
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companies and it is against european interests as well. but he also said that he recognised that it was the will of the people that it should be signed and so, for the sake of unity, he had gone along with this piece of legislation. and then at the end of the statement he said "i have built a truly great company worth billions of dollars. this is pa rt worth billions of dollars. this is part of the reason i was elected as president. i can make far better deals than congress". so he clearly is unhappy with it but it hasn't stopped a russian counterblast. prime minister medvedev said... it is tantamount to starting a trade warand it is tantamount to starting a trade war and it will be damaging. the trump administration has absolutely no power in reining in congress. what is ironic about what donald trump has said is that he seems to be far more critical of the legislation than he is for the
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reasons the sanctions are being introduced, namely russian interference in the us election. jon sopel there. the actor robert hardy, best known for his role in all creatures great and small, and the harry potter films, has died. he was 91. his family have described him as, "gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, and celebrated by those who knew him, loved him and enjoyed his work." david sillito now looks back on his life. it was all creatures great and small that truly made robert hardy a household name. for 12 years, he played the vet siegfried farnon. biggins? well, i hold you responsible for biggins, james. the character mirrored his own personality, which was described today by his family today as a bit gruff, but also elegant and twinkly. and it was a role that needed a bit of grit. i remember a day when we did a lambing sequence all through the night, in the dead ice—cold of winter, deep snow and endless frost. our own agency —
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an international feature service. it pays well. in the ‘60s, he'd appeared opposite richard burton, his old friend from his days at oxford, in the spy who came in from the cold. often, i don't know who does publish, i confess. we few, we happy few! we band of brothers! his early career was rather shakespearean. he revelled in the grand patriotic speech and will forever be linked with one particular patriotic character. mr speaker, those germans are not looking for equal status! churchill. they are looking for weapons! now, they will soon be looking for war. he played the role six times. we strongly suspect... and when the harry potter films needed a pompous ministerfor magic, it was a part that could have been written for robert hardy. you will escort dumbledore to azka ban. or am i talking the most
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absolute nonsense? like siegfried, it was what he was best at — characters full of bluster and grand gestures that were trying desperately hard to hide the softer, more vulnerable person within. we have our differences, don't we? but we do understand each other, wouldn't you say? robert hardy, who has died today at the age of 91. now, we're just getting breaking news from dubai. 0ne getting breaking news from dubai. one of the tallest residential buildings, the torch tower, has been engulfed in flames for the second time in two years. the authorities say the building has been successfully evacuated and firefighters are


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