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this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. the headlines at 8pm: 17 men and one women are convicted of abusing girls and young women over several yea rs in newcastle. their youngest victim was just fourteen. despite the abuses they've suffered the victims have demonstrated great bravery in recounting their experiences in court. northumbria police defend paying a convicted child rapist 10,000 pounds to assist the investigation. there are dangerous men behind bars and vulnerable people protected, that would not have been the case if we had not used that informant. the us says president trump's warning that he'll bring "fire and fury" to north korea was delivered in language that its leader would understand. the 83—year—old man killed while walking his dogs in norfolk is named as peter wrighton. his family says he was "a lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather". also, ten years on from the financial crisis.
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we find out how some of those affected at the time are faring now. and mo farah starts his campaign for another medal at the world athletics championships, going in the 5,000 metre heats shortly. good evening and welcome to bbc news. 17 men and a woman have been convicted of being involved in the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young girls and women in newcastle. most of the men were from pakistani, indian or bangladeshi backgrounds. their youngest victim was just 1a. the convictions are the result of operation sanctuary. controversially, northumbria police paid 10,000 pounds to a convicted child rapist for information that helped to expose this network of abuse. fiona trott has been
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following this case. guilty of causing girls and women serious harm, court as part of operation sanctuary, one of the biggest sexual exploitation investigations in the north of england. almost 100 perpetrators have already been convicted. 0ne17—year—old was raped at a party session organised by local men. it is a familiar story. i woke up in the morning, the wardrobe was pushed up against the door. her police interview was played to the court. to protect her identity we have asked actors to read what she said. he had had sex with us while i was asleep. i am still a bit confused about it. how did you feel when he told you he had done that to you? dirty, confused. how many sessions have you been to? about 60. it is in houses like these were the sessions took place.
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victims were given drink and drugs and were unable to defend themselves against sexual abuse. but in 2013, two of them came forward. one had been trafficked from a children's home, the other had learning difficulties. it started a long and complex investigation. controversially, officers recruited a convicted child rapist as an informant. he was paid around £10,000. it is not an easy decision, it is a decision we have had to wrestle with ourselves. what i can categorically state sitting here today, there are dangerous men behind bars now and vulnerable people protected that would not have been the case had we not used that informant. what beggars belief is the decision to cross this child protection line about employing a child rapist. most of the perpetrators were from pakistani,
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indian or bangladeshi backgrounds. this city councillor says leaders from all faiths should re—educate local men to stop similar exploitation in the future. people should not be telling the asian community had to live their lives or what to do. it is like saying to the white community we should be talking about whatjimmy saville did. we should not do that. however, there is an opportunity to talk about issues on a regular basis about the rights of women and it is important to use religion, like islam, to educate some of these people. the chief executive of newcastle city council says a serious case review is being carried out but it is not the only authority with problems of this kind. we do not believe that what we have uncovered in newcastle is unique. there has been evidence of similar offending in many other towns and cities. we believe that any area that says it does not have a problem is simply not looking for it.
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it has been a long and traumatic journey for the victims, but their evidence has helped jail four perpetrators. the rest are due to be sentenced next month. in a statement, the ipcc said: we do not play any role in sanctioning the use of police informants. the ipcc did not express any opinion about the suitability of the informant known as xy. xy had claimed he had been responsible for ‘setting up a number of people... at the behest of police officers‘, and the investigation was focused on these allegations. the ipcc investigator found insufficient evidence to support any case to answer for misconduct in respect of any officer', the statement said — adding that there were considerable doubts as to the credibility of the allegations made. and you can see a special inside out documentary
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about 0peration sanctuary here on the bbc news channel at 8.30pm tonight. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has visited the pacific island of guam after north korea threatened to strike the territory which is home to an american military base. it follows remarks from president trump in which he said north korea would face fire and fury if it threatened the us. here's our north america correspondent nick bryant. a far off american outpost in the tropical waters of the western pacific now finds itself at the centre of a dangerous stand—off. this is guam, the site this summer of us military exercises, american territory, that north korea says now could be in the firing line. the warning was delivered on north korean state tv.
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the chilling headline, guam could be targeted by its medium to long range rockets. it came hours after president trump had threatened pyongyang with some of the most incendiary rhetoric used by an american president in decades. north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. and more tough talk on twitter this morning. "my first order was to renovate our nuclear arms strength and it is now stronger and more powerful than ever before. hopefully we will never have to use it, but they will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world." the us secretary of state rex tillerson used more soothing language. he said the island faced no imminent threat and americans should
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sleep well at night. the president is sending a message to north korea in language they will understand because they do not understand diplomatic language. why would they target guam? it is over 2000 miles away from pyongyang, but is a strategic hub for the us military in the pacific. home to 6000 troops on two military bases with a population of 160,000. this american paradise is being disturbed. the first thing that comes to mind, immediately, first word is my family. i am not nervous, i am confident in our military capability. with the rhetoric at such a perilous pitch, there is a danger most sides become captive to their own tough words, that they'd talk themselves into a more serious confrontation. thomas byrne is the president of the korea society and hejoins me
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from our new york studio. should americans be sleeping well tonight? well, they should not lose sleep over this. however, interestingly, surveys have shown that north korea has become, according to american public opinion, a top security risk and a top concern. i would agree with secretary to listen that there is not any secretary to listen that there is notany imminent secretary to listen that there is not any imminent risk of war between korea and the united states. even so, the tensions are at the highest they have been for some time. is there not a danger that someone along the lines of kim jong—il on the way he thinks could actually press that red button? willett there is always the danger of forced excavation, but one thing you should keepin excavation, but one thing you should keep in mind, the us has a strong,
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robust alliance with the republic of korea, south korea, the purpose of the alliances to maintain the armistice was signed in 1953. by the military at the end of the common that ended hostilities on the korean peninsula. that alliance has been successful for many years in preventing hostilities from breaking out. the us alliance is stronger than ever. more over, peace is insured by prowess on the front lines, but also the home front is important. interestingly, recentlya poll done by the chicago council for global affairs showed that the majority of americans, 62%, support the use of us forces in south korea, should south korea be attacked. let me put this to you. a couple years ago i met a military defector who had been vetted by the united nations, he seemed credible, he said that kim jong—un would never press the red button unless he had nothing
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to lose. what he meant by that was, if you lost the power of his country, if you lost the control of his people, and the military, do you agree with that assessment? this is actually more about home politics and home control than the united states or south korea. it is about how he looks to his people. states or south korea. it is about how he looks to his peoplem states or south korea. it is about how he looks to his people. it is certainly not the first time kim jong—un or his father or grandfather used gloucester to threaten south korea are all the united states. a lot of this could be for domestic consumption. —— used bluster. lot of this could be for domestic consumption. -- used bluster. thank you very much. five men, including former senior police officers, have appeared in court for the first time, to face charges in connection with the hillsborough disaster. the men were charged injune, nearly three decades after 96 people died as a result of the crush at the fa cup semifinal between liverpool and nottingham forest. 0ur correspondentjudith moritz was in court. many of the families who lost loved
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ones at hillsborough have become close over the last 28 years. today they were together again in court to see those charged in connection with the disaster and its aftermath. this is the chief constable of two police forces and the families stood outside the magistrates‘ court building as the former officer walked inside. this was the company secretary and safety officer at sheffield wednesday football club in 1989. 96 liverpool fans died as a result of the crash at the ground when the terraces became overcrowded at an fa cup semifinal. nearly three decades later prosecutions are under way. mr mackrell is charged with breaching health and safety and safety as was ground legislation. two senior police officers and a solicitor are accused of perverting the course ofjustice by amending witness statements
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in the wake of the disaster. sir norman bettison is charged with misconduct in a public office, accused of telling lies about his involvement in the aftermath of hillsborough and the culpability of fans. the five men sat in a row inside the glass walled dork of the court. the glass walled dock of the court. they all indicated they denied the charges they are accused of. david duckenfield faces the most serious charges, 95 counts of gross negligence and manslaughter. he did not have to appear in court today because prosecutors must apply to lift an existing court order. the men were all released on bail and they will appear at preston crown court next month. the family of an 83—year—old man who was stabbed to death while walking his dogs have described him as "a lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather".
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peter wrighton was stabbed in the head and neck, while out in woodland on saturday morning in east harland in norfolk. police are still looking for his attacker, as alex dunlop reports. images of peter wrighton, released by police, give an impression of a gentle man, said to have a kind nature. he fostered abandoned dogs and was walking two of them at the wood near east harling where he was murdered. the 83—year—old grandfather lived in a remote cottage just outside the village of banham. a former british telecoms employee who retired to the area 30 years ago. phil knew peter and accepted food parcels from him for the local church. i knew he was a very gentle man, very quiet, unassuming. he would stop and have a chat. loved his dogs, loved his family. and, yes, a very pleasant man. never a bad word said against anybody, he was a very decent man. i can see you‘re quite moved. iam, actually, yes. i‘m very sad, very sad. it will be a shock not to see him around the village. his car, quite often full
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of dogs, barking away, and he would bring stuff to the church, as well. a member of the public found mr wrighton‘s body last saturday morning, close to a path used by dog walkers. he had been repeatedly stabbed in the head and neck. his dogs were found nearby. i would urge anybody out there who knows some information, if you're protecting somebody else and not releasing that information to the police, just think again and look at the pictures of mr peter wrighton. if you've got any information at all, if you have seen somebody who's got blood on their clothing, clothing that has been discarded within your premises or in your garden, or in your bin, please phone us and let us know. local residents have been asked to search their gardens and bins in case the murder weapon has been thrown inside. people have taken notice of that and in fact, this morning, we were talking about it, that we ought to, probably within the five radius, ought to check our bins. 50 officers are now on the case. i still detect, four days on, a real sense of nervousness.
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i visited a campsite about a mile or so up the road and people there are being told, if they want to go for a walk in the woods, to go out in a group and not on their own. the dogs trust where peter volunteered say they‘re devastated by the news. and bressingham steam museum, where he had also helped out, said their thoughts are with his family. police say the help of local people may prove crucial. the headlines on bbc news: 18 people who groomed young women and girls in newcastle are convicted of offences including rape and human trafficking. the us defends donald trump‘s threats of bringing ‘fire and fury‘ to north korea — saying it was necessary to speak to kimjong—un in language he would understand. five men appear before magistrates in warrington charged in connection with the hillsborough disaster in 1989. a fantasist who killed a man in london before fleeing to italy
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has been found guilty of a murder that happened four years ago. 28—year—old jason marshall pretended to be a policeman and secret agent during his attacks. it was thought the victim had died in an accidental fire — until a relative stumbled across a video recording years later. our home affairs correspondent nick beake has the story. a bungalow in a quiet street in west london, a visitor arrives. he has come to kill. over the next few hours, while acting out the role of a police officer, he will attack his victim and leave him for dead. it is all captured on this cctv. but jason marshall nearly got away with it. on his way out, he set fire to the property. in 2013, investigators concluded peter fasoli, a 58—year—old with heart problems, had died in an accidental blaze. some of peter fasoli‘s possessions, including his computer, had been recovered from his flat
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after the fire. they were kept in storage for more than a year. but then his nephew, out of curiosity, thought he would have a look at the hard drive. at that point, he discovered the video that showed his uncle had been murdered. it is disappointing that the cctv was not seen until 18 months later but i am satisfied the initial investigation between the london fire brigade and the metropolitan police into the cause of the fire was sufficient. again, there was no pathological evidence to suggest any third party involvement. marshall had smothered his victim while classic fm played in the background. he then drained his bank account and fled the country. three weeks later, at this flat in rome, he strangled 67—year—old vincenzo iale, who he had also met on the website badoo. days later, posing as an official from the british embassy, he tried to kill another man.
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he was caught and jailed in italy for both crimes and brought home to stand trial for the west london killing. in the dock at the old bailey, he claimed he had no memory of the attack. a killer who thought he had covered his tracks and fooled investigators, but the emergence of this evidence has now brought him to justice. day six of the world athletics championships is well under way. sir mo farah has set off in the 5,000metre first round. let‘s cross over to 0lly foster to get the latest news from the london stadium. evening. he is taking part, the 5000 metre qualification, so mo farrah who won 10,000 metres gold on friday, going for the double here again as he has done in so many
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major championships. these live pictures right now, he is in the final lap. all you need to know, he has to finish in the top five to get through to saturday‘s final. let‘s hand you over to our commentary team with bbc sport. mo is having to work quite hard here, checking around. trying to hang in, finishing quickly, going to get in the top five. they are your top five. when you are watching races like this, you are waiting for something to happen, whether someone is tripping falling. i get so nervous. so mo farrah. he had words with
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those... 0h, getting a big kiss on one of his rivals. there was a lot of talk about what kind of race this would be. it was not particularly quick. all those east africans, the ca nyo ns quick. all those east africans, the canyons and ethiopians who came looking for him in the 10,000 metres, there was some talk they would try and make that race as hard as possible for mo farrah, because that 10,000 metre race, he said was the of his life. we wondered just how he would recover. he did not have tonight, he did not win it, he came second. looks like. yes, he came second. looks like. yes, he came second. looks like. yes, he came second. qualified very easily. just had to finish in the top five. you through to saturday‘s final. will hopefully grab a word with him in the next 15 minutes or so, just to find out how about race was for him. the noise, the cacophony, it was amazing. i‘m sure that that a bit of life back into his legs as well. he is going for a fourth 5000 metre world title in a row, a sixth if you take into account his 0lympic titles as well. a tenth the global
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gold medal, that is how so mo farrah wa nts to gold medal, that is how so mo farrah wants to bow out on the track, because he is going to turn his attentions to road racing and marathon running after saturday‘s final. thanks for talking is through the last few moments about, fantastic. very eventful night tonight at the athletics championship. we will keep you up—to—date from there. we will be joining our sports team throughout the evening, more bits online of course. let us bring you up—to—date with the kenyan electoral commission... the kenyan electoral commission is to investigate opposition claims that its computer system was hacked during tuesday‘s presidential election. raila 0dinga, the opposition leader, described provisional results, which put president uhuru kenyatta ahead, as "a complete sham". there have been violent clashes between the police and opposition forces — a senior opposition figure has been shot dead. six french soldiers have been injured, three of them seriously,
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after a car was driven into them whilst they were on patrol in paris. counter terror police shot, wounded and arrested a man on a motorway north of the capital. the car is said to have hit at least one other vehicle during the chase and the police opened fire several times. the suspect is in his 30s. today is the tenth anniversary of the start of the biggest financial crash since the great depression. the french bank bnp paribas announced that it couldn‘t pay investors who wanted to withdraw their money, sparking a crisis which spread around the world, as banks revealed they had racked up billions of pounds of toxic debts. it led to a series of bank bailouts and a deep recession. our business correspondent emma simpson has been speaking to some of those affected by the crash. two very different tales of jobs lost and lives gradually remade. london‘s canary wharf,
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workers leaving with whatever they could carry. mass lay—offs after lehman brothers collapsed. you think you‘ve made it, think you‘ve got a greatjob and then your whole life is pulled from under you. jennifer duthie had been there only six days as a graduate trainee. she still has the e—mails. but now she is her own boss, swapping finance for footwear. my entire life up until then had been focused on getting myself set up for the best possible career. that got completely taken away and it was going to be starting again from scratch. the ripple effects were felt far and wide as the recession quickly followed. this time last year, did you ever imagine you would be in this situation? definitely not. i thought i would be here for the rest of my life. unbelievable. nine years ago, i met
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the winfields in stoke, their home repossessed. steve lost his job as a kitchen fitter and debts were piling up. today, things are looking different. dianne is now a chef and steve is working as well. it‘s not easy, nine years have not been easy at all, there have been ups and downs but i think finally now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. what lessons have you learned? we use cash only and if we don't have the cash we don't have it. if we can‘t afford it, we don‘t have it. we don't even talk about it, we know what we can afford and we can't and if we can't that's the end of the question. 0lder, stronger...? wiser. definitely. food for thought, perhaps,
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for many households today. emma simpson, bbc news, stoke. let‘s get the weather now. for some it was a very pleasant summers day, for others, it looked an awful lot like this. there was a lot of rain if you were anywhere near to a frontal system, thankfully overnight that will continue its journey down towards the very far south and east. following behind, clearing skies. even in towns and cities, damage is beginning to slip away. in the countryside it will be away. in the countryside it will be a cole stockton thursday. at least that means the skies will be clear, that means the skies will be clear, that translates to a sunny start. save for the far north and north—west. and the south—eastern quarter, the last of wednesday‘s rain eventually pulling away into the near continent. a bit of cloud developing during the day but it will be mostly drive for many parts of the british isles. with the sunshine pouring through, the temperatures are responding, a high of around 22, possibly 23, friday. a
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new set of weather fronts moving from the atlantic, eventually spreading that the threat of rain ever further towards south and east. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8.30. 17 men and one woman have been convicted of abusing vulnerable girls and young women in newcastle. the men befriended the victims luring them to parties with the promise of alcohol and drugs. northumbia police have defended paying a convicted child rapist £10,000 to act as an informant. we‘ll have a special programme on the investigation injust a moment. the us secretary of state has said that president trump threatened north korea with "fire and fury" because he wanted to send a strong message that kim jong—un would understand. five men have appeared before magistrates in warrington charged in connection with the hillsborough disaster in 1989. the defendants included the former chief constable of west yorkshire,
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sir norman bettison, seen here on the left. the family of an 83—year—old man, who was stabbed to death while walking his dog in norfolk, have described him as a "lovely, gentle man". peter wrighton‘s body was found on saturday, near village of east harling. 17 men and one woman have been convicted of abusing vulnerable girls and young women in newcastle. chris jackson now reports in a special edition of inside out on operation sanctuary. vulnerable teenagers, groomed and abused by a gang of asian men in newcastle have finally got justice. a multi—million pound police operation has
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uncovered years of sexual exploitation of children and young women. it‘s a problem that authorities across the country have struggled to tackle. but inside out can reveal how the investigation here came close to collapse after northumbria police secretly paid a man who raped a child thousands of pounds to infiltrate the grooming gang. for the first time, we tell the whole story. police — emergency? if you try anything — you tried it on with us. he tried to sleep with us. a police operator takes a 999 call. there‘s an argument going on. it's (bleep) rape.
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she's my girlfriend, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. go home, take a taxi, yeah. well, go on then. what‘s happening? she just wants to go. i'll go then. no. no, i need to know what is going on. there‘s clearly a disturbance there. what‘s going on? 0k, 0k, it doesn't matter, thank you. after the call, which lasted several minutes, the handler established she was speaking to this man. the police did investigate, but took no further action against minoyee, describing his victim as drunk and abusive. but six years later, this assault was played out in court as part of operation sanctuary, a police investigation finally lifting the lid on the actions of a grooming gang.

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