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this is bbc news — i'm chris rogers. the headlines at 4: eight people are killed in a crash involving a mini bus and two lorries on the m1 near milton keynes. three officers are injured, while arresting a man with a four foot sword outside buckingham palace. counter—terrorism police are investigating. cs gas was used as part of the arrest, and during the struggle, the individual repeatedly shouted the words "allahu akbar". in texas, hurricane harvey weakens after battering the coast with heavy rain and winds of 130 miles per hour. thousands of rail passengers face disruption as major train stations are affected by bank holiday engineering work. also in the next hour... lewis hamilton equals michael schumacher‘s all—time pole position record. the formula one star reached the landmark in qualifying for tomorrow's belgian grand prix. and in half an hour — with brexit talks about to re—start, has the blizzard of british policy papers dazzled or dazed the europeans?
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dateline london will discuss that, and more. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. we start with a very sad story. eight people have died in a crash involving two lorries and a minibus on the m1 motorway in buckinghamshire. it happened on the southbound carriageway near newport pagnell in the early hours of this morning. four people have been taken to hospital and two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. our correspondent jenny kumah reports. the crash happened at around 3:15am on the m1 southbound between junctions 15 and 1a near newport pagnell. one vehicle was a fedex uk lorry,
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the other from aim logistics. police believe the minibus was travelling from nottingham. eight people have been confirmed dead. four, including a child, were taken to hospital and are seriously injured. two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. they are in police custody. our correspondent laura trant is at the scene now. i believe a few more details have come in about those caught up in the crash? chris, this is the bridge overlooking the mi. i am standing on junction 14. in the early hours of this morning, about 3:15am, emergency services were called. eight people died when the minibus they were travelling in crashed with two lorries. people also injured,
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including a child. it happened on the southbound carriageway. you can see the cones behind me between junctions 15 and 14 near newport pagnell. the drivers of the lorries we re pagnell. the drivers of the lorries were arrested in connection with the incident, a 53—year—old from stoke—on—trent and another man from worcester. both in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. and the 31—year—old on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit. thames valley police say they believe the lorry was driving from the nottingham area and appealed for anyone with information to come forward. thank you. counter—terrorism police have said a man suspected of deliberately driving a car at police officers outside buckingham palace last night, also had a four—foot long sword. they say the man repeatedly shouted the words "allahu akbar". three policemen were injured as they arrested the 26—year—old close to the mall roundabout. chi chi izundu reports. concerned tourists looked
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on after reports of a terror incident at one of the country's most high—profile destinations. london's metropolitan police say at around 8:30pm a blue toyota prius was driven at a marked police car in a restricted area near buckingham palace. the car stopped and when officers went to investigate, they were attacked by a suspect with a four foot sword. cs gas was used as part of the arrest, and during the struggle be individual repeatedly shouted the words "allah akhbar". the individual was quickly brought under control. he is a 26—year—old male from the luton area and is now in custody at a central london location. detectives believe this was an isolated incident but confirmed their search is going on at an address in a luton area. we now know three police officers were injured in the attack. no members of the royalfamily were present in the palace at the time, and an official has confirmed it is business as usual
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with the summer open tours. two of the officers involved have been treated in hospital and have since been released. there is heightened security across the capital over the bank holiday, particularly for events like the notting hill carnival where a ring of steel has been promised to protect people from a barcelona style attack. police are still appealing for information on last night's incident. the us national hurricane centre says the powerful storm which brought winds of 130 miles—an—hour to the coast of texas has weakened to a category one hurricane. thousands of people were left without without power, as hurricane harvey made landfall overnight near the city of corpus christi on the texas coast. catriona renton reports. powerful, dangerous and terrifying. hurricane henry hit texas overnight, with high winds and heavy rain. when it made landfall, it was a category four hurricane capable
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of causing catastrophic damage. this is a hurricane that will come inland, and then is going to hover for a long period of time. it could be days. harvey has been billed as the most powerful storm to hit the us mainland in more than a decade. the strongest to hit texas in over 50 years. this is harvey from above. the storm system is ten miles wide, bringing winds of up to 130 mph, and a metre of rain is expected to fall. corpus christi was in the eye of the storm when it hit. the streets are now deserted here after the rush to evacuate. 20 miles inland, in the city of victoria, they are preparing for the worst. what is your worst case scenario? h—a—r—v—e—y, that's about as worst—case scenario for a community the size of victoria. we've never seen a forecast for that
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kind of localised rain. it's the most dangerous forecast we've ever seen. president trump has signed a disaster proclamation for texas to free up federal aid. harvey is stubborn and isn't planning on leaving any time soon, bringing several days of storm force winds and rain ahead. two men in a small plane have died as it crashed in dorset this morning. it came down close to compton abbas airfield near shaftesbury. the pilot and passenger in the tiger moth were both in their 60s. the air accident investigation branch has been informed. north korea has fired three short—range ballistic missiles, according to the american military. two of the missiles failed in flight, the third blew up almost immediately after it was launched. the latest firings come during a joint us—south korea military exercise, which has been strongly criticised by pyongyang. millions of travellers on the move
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this bank holiday this weekend are facing disruption because of major rail engineering works. the south east of england will be badly affected with station closures at charing cross, euston and liverpool street. there will be limited services at other stations. in the north west of england, engineering work will affect stations in manchester, preston, blackpool and bolton. 0ur correspondent spencer stokes is in wigan. network rail say the reason why they choose bank holidays is because there are fewer people travelling, up to 5 million less people travelling, so it makes sense for them to do the work now. although, if you are trying to get away over the bank holiday, it can seem to be an extremely bad time to do this work. being summer, there are fewer commuters travelling into the main railway stations. wigan is affected today — not because of engineering work directly happening here, but 200 miles away, at the other end
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of the west coast main line down in london, at euston station, where preparatory work for the new hsz, the new high speed rail line out to birmingham, is beginning to get getting underway. so that means all the west coast main line trains from the north—west travelling down to london are stopping at either rugby or milton keynes and passengers from wigan, here for example, wanting to get to london are being told to travel via manchester and then sheffield to st pancras station. there was one group of passengers this morning who could have been quite severely affected, and that's the fans of wigan warriors rugby league team, who are competing in the challenge cup final at wembley in one hour's time. many of them were expecting to travel by rail, but it seems the message about the disruption got through and instead, they took coaches to the capital instead. there is some engineering upgrade work happening at other stations around here, bolton station, for example, just a few miles away, is virtually all closed, with trains diverted between manchester and preston,
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as an upgrade takes place there. this is all putting added pressure on the east coast main line from the north—east down to london, as passengers are told to travel over to the east of the country, if they want to head down south towards london. a demonstration is being held in barcelona to denounce the terror attack last week which left 15 dead. king felipe willjoin the march at 6 o'clock local time this evening. 0ur correspondent tom burridge is in barcelona and told us there's a atmonsphere of defiance following the deadly attack. look at this and think about how many people have come here, to leave a flower, light a candle, or write a message. the atmosphere here on las ramblas is heavy. there's a real sense of grief and defiance, more than a week on, now, from the attacks here and on the coastal resort nearby.
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on this, what is really a day of remembrance in the city. hundreds of thousands of people expected to walk down one of the main avenues near here, and the theme, the title of that march, will be i am not afraid. the king, joined by politicians from spain, catalonia, and at the front of that demonstration we're expecting real people. taxi drivers who gave people lifts amidst the chaos in this area. shop owners who took people into shelter them, and the police, who patrolled the streets and, in the following days, hunted the terror cell down. more on that when it happens here on bbc news. president donald trump has pardoned the controversial former arizona sheriff, joe arpaio. he had been convicted of criminal contempt, because he defied a court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants. mr arpaio said the pardon was a great honour. he's a big supporter of law enforcement.
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i know it came from his heart. two years ago, i supported him, first rally, and i always said, regardless of pardon or no pardon, i'll be with him till the end, and i say that. arizona lawmakers have vowed to fight the president's decision. he made a cowardly and pathetic move, and let me say that again — it was a cowardly and pathetic move, by a cowardly and pathetic man, to wait a few days while we're in the midst of a hurricane, where people's lives are in danger, to try and slip this part in under the radar. this is about as far under the radar as he can possibly get it, and it should be under the radar, because he's ashamed of it. he should be ashamed of it. that is the reaction to the decision by president donald trump to pardon a controversial sheriff who many campaigners declare as being the
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right wing. let mejust right wing. let me just tell you about another story emerging from india. security has been tightened in at least five north indian states where... nearly 30 people died in the violence that erupted after the conviction for rape of a self—proclaimed religious leader. thousands of supporters of gurmeet ram rahim singh went on the rampage in reaction to the courts verdict in the town of punchkula. police used live rounds to try to stop the violence and 2,500 people have been arrested. 0ur correspondentjustin rowlatt is near there. now we've been trying to get as close to the prison where the guru is being held as we can, and look at this. this major highway is completely closed. the press have been allowed into this area, but get this, it is a kilometre away from the prison. you can just make it out behind those white buildings on the horizon there, and these restrictions are a measure ofjust how anxious the authorities are about crowds of the guru's followers building up; about a repeat of the terrible violence that we saw here in north india yesterday. now that has been condemned
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from the very top downwards, from narendra modi, the prime minister, downwards, have said that they want calm here in india, but there is still a great deal of tension and fears that clashes could again break out. the headlines on bbc news: eight people are killed in a crash involving a mini bus and two lorries on the m1 near milton keynes. two people have been arrested. three officers are injured while arresting a man with a four foot sword outside buckingham palace. counter—terrorism police are investigating. in texas, hurricane harvey weakens after battering the coast with heavy rain and winds of 130 miles per hour. a late raheem sterling goal and manchester city victory over bournemouth. he was sent off for his celebrations that followed, but the goal meant his side didn't drop any
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points for the second time in a week. james anderson took two wickets at the start of the david kraigg brathwaite has made his century to move within 41 runs of england's first—innings total. and hull are looking to retain the challenge cup as they take on wigan at wembley this afternoon. a try has given hull the lead. just getting underway in the second—half, hull leading 12—10. more on all of those stories at around 5:30pm. to thailand now, or affairs there anyway. the former thai prime minister ying—luck shinawat has fled to dubai, after she failed to appear at a court appearance in bangkok. local media say she escaped via cambodia and singapore, before travelling to the gulf state, where her brother, thaksin — also a former thai prime minister — lives in exile. ying—luck shinawat is facing a sentence of up to ten years in jail if she's found guilty
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of criminal negligence charges. the deputy head at eton who circulated questions from an a level—equivalent economics exam before the test had been taken, has left the school. mo tanweer, who was also head of economics, left following an investigation by an exam board. eton has confirmed some pupils received confidential information and were awarded marks based on an average of the rest of their work. it says it co—operated fully and was deeply upset this incident occurred, adding the pupils had done nothing wrong. extra police are on the streets of manchester this weekend as thousands of people attend the city's pride event. following the manchester arena bombing in may, security has been increased, though the police stress there's no evidence of a specific threat. andy gill reports. well before the official start of manchester pride, the party for many was in full swing. gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from all over
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europe getting together to celebrate who they are. 50 years ago this would not be allowed so it is a great way to celebrate this. we can celebrate what those people have done for us and it's a great achievement and we still have a long way to go. everyone has different issues through the year. it is one chance to relax a bit. out of this world. it is the only one to talk about. if you want to do pride, it has to be manchester pride. the organiser is promising a four—day feast of fun. it is a fantastic celebration. we still face discrimination and pride events like this are key to show we can all stand together united as one, to work towards eradicating discrimination. but there is a serious side to pride this year. police say there is no specific intelligence of a terrorist threat to the lgbt community or greater manchester, but after the attack in may and more recent atrocities in europe, they have reviewed security.
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we will look at a number of security measures around the site. and wider areas in terms of any threats or risks. there are events across the bank holiday weekend, ending in a candlelit vigil on monday night to remember those lost to the hiv virus. andy gill, bbc news, manchester. the national trust has accused some visitors to the lake district of treating the landscape like a music festival site. the organisation says the increasing popularity of wild camping, where people pitch a tent away from organised areas, is threatening the beauty of the region. dave guest reports. wild camping is about getting closer to nature and getting away from civilisation. it's about spending a night high upon the hills, away from civilisation, often away from other people. and spending that night with nature under the stars in a very self—sufficient, low—key manner. responsible wild campers,
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like these, make sure they are discreet, do not cause damage, and take everything home with them when they leave. it is traditionally something done on the high hills. what is the change you've noticed? i think new audiences have come aware of wild camping and are treating it in a different manner. there seems to be a more disposable culture coming into what people perceive to be wild camping. that is now coming within 500 metres of car parks and carrying in as much as they need. and as for taking everything home, this is what national trust rangers are finding. ranger simon hill is spending more and more of his time chasing off and cleaning up after clueless campers. we have pulled out countless tents and inflatable mattresses, batteries... so, this is evidence of the remains of a fire site. it is quite often the sort of remnants that we will come across. we have had experiences
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where we have taken trailer loads of rubbish out. it has become commonplace for festival—goers to abandon tents and camping clutter at the end of a festival knowing someone would clean it up. but this is not a festival site. the national trust say they are not trying to stop all wild camping in its traditionalform. they are just trying to be responsible. if you want to find out how, go to the national trust website. let's get more now on the situation in texas, where the authorities are warning of continued catastrophic impact as hurricane harvey slowly makes its way through the state. the storm made landfall overnight with winds of up to 130 miles an hour but
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has since we can. jon champion for the cbs network in the us is one of many journalists the cbs network in the us is one of manyjournalists reporting from corpus christi. earlier he described what it was like that. about 30 miles away from where the storm made landfall late last night, in the town of rockport, already this morning significant damage is being reported there. numerous collapsed buildings, walls that have fallen down, and, of course, a lot of damage right along the coast there, from the very powerful storm surge. the sun is rising here, and that will begin to reveal a lot of the damage that harvey caused overnight, but this is really only the start of this slow—moving disaster, if you will. now that the storm has made landfall, at last check it is still a category one hurricane, centred well north of where we are, but it's still dropping torrential rain already in several places. nine inches of rain has already fallen, and this is going to be now and inland disaster,
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now that the storm is going to be meandering over this part of the state. many places could see well over 30 inches of rain from this storm over the course of the next four days. so again, this is a slow motion disaster that is really just underway. what is hurricane harvey doing now? when hurricane harvey made landfall during the early hours of saturday morning in texas, it was a category four hurricane, bringing winds of 130 miles an hour, with stronger gusts. you can see this very clearly defined eye of the hurricane, the strongest winds rotating around it. it has since been downgraded to one hurricane and is soon forecast to become a tropical storm, but it's the amount of rain that brings us concern over the coming days. while the winds do ease down, the rain keeps on falling.
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it's a very slow—moving system. to put it into context, we could well see the same amount of rain in the next three or four days as somewhere like manchester would see in an entire year — up to a metre of rain, which equates to around a0 inches. this is likely to bring life threatening flooding, and that rain will keep on falling over the coming days, something that we'll keep a close eye on. let's speak to an expert. let's talk to dr mark powell, a hurricane specialist from the company hwind. he's based in florida in the us. are you one of those crazy people who flies on a plane through the eibar the storm? yes indeed. earlier in my career i did do quite a bit of hurricane flying. how important is it and how easy is it to get the kind of data you need to now? without having to fly into the eye of the storm, to find out what hurricane like this is capable of
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doing and where it's going? we really do rely on the hurricane hunter the continents —— reconnaissance aircraft and from the air force reserves, who fly most of the hurricane reconnaissance missions. no for having actual measurements in the storm. they collect data which is a difficulty for other systems to get to. it just seems a crazy way of doing it but i guess you're right, you have to fly in the eye of the storm to know its personality. talking of which, tell us personality. talking of which, tell us about this one. what do you know about it and what is it going to do over the coming days, even though it has weakened now? this storm reminded me a lot of hurricane andrew, which i went through 25 yea rs andrew, which i went through 25 years ago, a couple of days ago.
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andrew intensified as it was approaching landfall and andrew was approaching landfall and andrew was a very compact storm. those two characteristics in common with harvey. harvey wasn't as strong as andrew... inaudible 0r confined very close to the centre of the storm, no more than 10—15 miles out from the centre. and because of that, harvey was not able to push quite as much water as a big storm might, like hurricane mike from 2008, which impacted the houston area. by our calculations, it looks like hurricane harvey only had about 20% of the energy that the
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wind can put on the ocean's surface. 0nly wind can put on the ocean's surface. only 20% of what mike had when it made landfall. we have a bit of a problem with the sound, you sound like a dalek at the moment, don't know if it's the hurricane making havoc with the communications. we will try another question. what a lot of people don't seem to understand when you look at some of the questions being asked on social media, particularly here and in america, why is a category one storm like this still going to the catastrophic damage we are being told about from experts like you? if it's only category one, why is there so much damage on mayhem? of course, this storm slowed down quite a bit. the big threat from the storm now is rainfall, for the next 2—3 days. the storm well meander around south—eastern texas, dumping rain.
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it's the rain, it will cause a lot of problems, and the storm surge as well. many thanks for joining of problems, and the storm surge as well. many thanks forjoining us on the bbc. sorry about the slight loss of sound. just so you know, the bbc weather tea m just so you know, the bbc weather team have done a great explanation on how storms like this are created, if you've ever wondered. you can find it online. we will try to bring it to you in the next hour on the news channel as well. let's have a look at the weather here for the bank holiday. some spells of sunshine to end the afternoon for many but still some showers chiefly affecting scotland and northern ireland. for many it becomes mainly dry overnight, just a few showers lingering. the odd patch mist and fog, temperatures holding up mist and fog, temperatures holding up between 15—16. much of the country tomorrow with a fine and dry day. good spells of sunshine. to the far north—west of scotland, the
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breeze will strengthen and the cloud will increase, some patchy rain here. temperatures won't get much higher than 16, compared to 21—25 for much of the country. the temperatures keep rising in england and wales this bank holiday but for northern ireland and scotland, wet and windy, highs of 27 in east and south—east england. just bring you up—to—date on hurricane harvey, now downgraded to a category one storm and over the coming days we will see and over the coming days we will see a lot of rain, bringing from catastrophic flooding. the headlines: eight people have died ina the headlines: eight people have died in a crash involving a minibus and two lorries on the' one near milton keynes. four people including a child were taken to hospital. three officers have been injured while arresting a man with a four foot sword outside buckingham palace. hurricane harvey weakens
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after battering the coast of texas with winds of up to 130 mph. it is the first major storm to hit the us mainland in12 the first major storm to hit the us mainland in 12 years. thousands of rail passengers face disruption as major train stations are affected by bank holiday engineering work. more on those stories at five p:m., but now it is time for dateline london. welcome to dateline london. this week with brexit talks dazzled about to restart, has the blizzard of british policy papers dazzled or dazed the europeans? is china open to discussion or has the
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mood darkened for free—speech? could it be regime change in the gulf state of qatar? my guests, henry chu, international editor of variety, writer and broadcaster isabel hilton, editor of china dialogue, portuguese writer eunice goes, and abdel bari atwan, an authority on arab affairs. a warm work you all. british laws


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