this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy. the headlines at four. four serving members of the army — alleged members of a banned far—right group — have been arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. the toddler murdered by her own mother — an apology from social services after a review finds the child's needs were overshadowed by concerns for the parent. i've apologised to the family and i'm truly sorry that on this occasion we didn't prevent her death. a show of strength from south korea's navy; president trump says america will sell military equipment to seoul and tokyo to counter the threat from the north korea. first minister nicola sturgeon promises an end to the public sector pay cap in scotland, as she sets out her legislative programme for the coming year. with inflation on the rise, it's not sustainable. our nurses, teachers, police officers and firefighters deserve a fairer dealfor
police officers and firefighters deserve a fairer deal for the future. and a french celebrity magazine is ordered to pay one hundred thousand euros in damages for publishing topless photos of the duchess of cambridge. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. four serving members of the army have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to a banned far—right group and planning terrorist offences. the men aged between 22 and 32 were arrested this morning in england and wales in an operation involving the police and the army. earlier i spoke to our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani and i asked him how the operations to arrest the men unfolded. it started with the west midlands counter—terrorism unit, one of the largest in the country, working with colleagues in wales and the east midlands. they've obviously been trying to investigate this group, national action, which was banned last year.
the four arrests, three are men in their 20s, so they were arrested in birmingham, ipswich and northampton, the fourth man who is 32, he's arrested in powys, we are not quite sure where but we know it's certainly in powys. addresses have been searched. then we discovered that these men were all serving members of the army and the ministry of defence has confirmed that they are serving in the armed forces and it's been providing support to the police during this operation. we have no information about where the men were arrested, whether it was on ministry of defence property, such as at a base or whether it's at home addresses, we are trying to clarify that at the moment. all the men now are being held in birmingham and are being held on suspicion of two charges, suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism and suspicion of being members of national action which has been banned since last year.
that latter allegation, if proven in court, could lead to up to ten years in prison. what happens next? the police have m days to hold the men, or up to m days and then they have to either charge or release them. i think what is interesting about this is that to arrest four people in relation to a banned neo—nat digroup is quite unusual. people in relation to a banned neo—nazi group is quite unusual. usually we are talking about islamist extremist groups such as al—muhajioun group, in this case four members. the group was banned after some of its members applauded the murder ofjo cox mp and the group's staged a number of confrontational, albeit small, but confrontational and belligerent rallies across the uk, waving nazi flags, giving the hitler salute, that kind of activity and effectively calling for violence. that was enough to push it over the threshold to be banned under terrorism legislation. since that's happened, a number of the counter—terrorism units around the country have been increasing their focus on national
action trying to work out what it's up to and to arrest four people in one go on submission of being members is quite a significant chip in their activity. a french celebrity magazine has been fined 100,000 euros for publishing topless photos of the duchess of cambridge sun bathing on holiday five years ago. we have had a statement from kensington palace saying that the duke and duchess are pleased a french court has found in their favour over the publication of their favour over the publication of the photographs and it goes on "this incident was a serious breach of privacy and the royal highnesses felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies. remedies." they wish to make the point strongly that this sort of unjustified intrusion should not happen. that is from kensington palace in the last few minutes. we'll get the latest from paris later on. ayeeshia jayne smith was only 21 months old when she was murdered by her mother. a serious case review has found that
social workers weren't focussed enough and care professionals allowed concern for the toddler's mother to overshadow the child's needs. kathryn smith was jailed for at least 19 years, for stamping on her daughter at her home in burton—on—trent in staffordshire in 2014. phil mackie reports. the smiling face of ayeeshia—jayne smith, or a], as a family called her. only 21 months old, she was murdered by her mother during a savage outburst. my daughter is not breathing... this was the 999 call kathryn smith made after stamping on her daughter so hard that the child's heart was literally broken. she's not breathing. can you hear anything coming from her mouth? no, there's nothing. she's gone. smith is serving a 19 year prison sentence for murder. her partner matthew rigby three and a half years for allowing the death of a child. even during their trial it was clear social workers and medics might have missed opportunities to spot the abuse. today's serious case review
identified 17 different agencies involved in aj's care and made the recommendations. social workers showed a lack of professional curiosity and were too quick to believe kathryn smith's lies and it tragically reveals there was a growing sense of unease and that a meeting was held to discuss aj. it happened the day before she died. i just want to recognise that ayeeshia—jayne‘s death was an absolute tragedy. it's been devastating for everybody involved in her care. but mostly for her family. i have already met with her family and we accept all the findings. i accept all the findings of this review. and for those errors of practice which should have been stronger, i have apologised to the family and i am truly sorry that on this occasion we were not... we did not prevent death. medics who treated her at the queens hospital in burton also missed signs of abuse.
thinking she had suffered a fit brought on by a childhood fever, known as a febrile convulsion. we had two instances where he definitely didn't exhibit where we definitely didn't exhibit enough professional curiosity and ayeeshia—jayne‘s attendance. it turns out it wasn't a febrile convulsion. we didn't go into family situation as much as we should have done and didn't ask enough questions. the report highlights some other problems including an intervention by the child's natural father who was ignored when he raised concerns. since the death since her death social workers have been since her death social workers have been
issued with new guidance. but it was too late for what was described as a loving and lively toddler. the russian president vladimir putin has warned of a "global catastrophe" if military tensions with north korea continue to increase. he was speaking after south korea's navy staged a major exercise off the country's east coast as a show of strength following pyongyang's latest nuclear test. 0ur correspondent, robin brant, reports from the south korean capital. for the second day running, south korea has been displaying its military might. this time it was the navy, in what was described as a massive live firing exercise off the eastern coast. to show how this country could defend itself or attack. there's no doubt the military is stepping up its readiness. the ministry of defence said the us had agreed to sell south korea more weapons. that was after approval was given
yesterday to install the us missile defence system here known as thaad. but all this could lead to a global catastrophe according to the russian president. he said tougher sanctions wouldn't work either. translation: the use of sanctions of any kind in this case is already useless and inefficient. as i told my colleagues yesterday, they will eat grass, but they will not give up this programme if they do not feel safe. but further sanctions with the threat of military action is exactly what the americans told the united nations is the answer. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. we don't want it now. but our country's patience is not unlimited. the recent self—defensive measures by my country, dprk, are a gift package to none other than the us. the us will receive more gift
packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the dprk. this is north korea's border with china, where further sanctions would bite. but beijing is reluctant to cause any further waves yet. you could forgive people heading home here in seoul this evening for perhaps feeling a little bit confused. 0n the one hand they have seen images of their military preparing maybe for a confrontation. and yet they have a president here who has talked instead about a new round of economic sanctions. and now russia, not far to the north, has stepped in and labelled those useless and may be ineffective. and maybe ineffective. as the around the chance of conflict increases, there was this injapan. a silent protest in hiroshima. a place where they know what nuclear devastation looks like.
robin brant, bbc news, seoul. china's role in handling pyongyang is complex: it has made clear it does not want to see a nuclear—armed north korea — but neither does it want to see the regime there swept away — partly because millions of refugees would flood into china. 0ur china correspondent john sudworth is in dangdong, on the border between china and north korea. the chinese city of dangdong is a very good place to contemplate china's position in the north korean nuclear crisis. if we pan across the river you can see just how close the two countries are at this point. they are connected by that iron bridge behind me and almost all of north korea's trade in goods, as well as its vital crude oil supply, flows across this border. you can see an antiquated north korean power station on the other side there. a sign ofjust how dilapidated its energy infrastructure is. donald trump's argument, of course, is that china could, if it wanted to, simply force
north korea into submission by turning off this lifeline, but when you look at this proximity, you can see why the chinese leadership see things very differently indeed. their fear is that pushing north korea towards regime collapse will bring chaos and instability, factional infighting, possibly even war, right up against this border, and that is why beijing is insisting that it will not contemplate a total trade embargo. it will not contemplate talk of military options. all it wants to see is a return to dialogue and that has been its position all along. in the past half an hour, president trump has said that he would allow japan and south korea to buy more us military equipment. they will make sure they have forces
strong enough to deter any north korean action but also potentially to defend themselves if that happened. we don't know what the americans are going to give, we know they've already relaxed some restrictions on the range and payload of south korea's missiles. they were the restrictions going back to the late 70s which have been progressively relaxed as the crisis has gone on in previous years. they've been significantly relaxed, enabling the south koreans to range of weapons that can be taken in by north korea. we are going to see a significant bolstering of missile
defences in the region injapan and south korea where american systems are already deployed and, of course, thatis are already deployed and, of course, that is something that does have wider ramifications, the chinese don't like missile defences in south korea orjapan. they see that as beginning to imping upon the effectiveliness of their own nuclear deterrent —— impinge upon the effectiveness of their own nuclear deterrent. you can see how once more r deterrent. you can see how once more weaponry flows into the region, so you have repercussions which make the whole situation ever more complicated. the headlines: four serving members of the army allegedly members of a banned far right group have been arrested on preparing acts of terrorism. social workers missed danger signs around a toddler stabbed to death by her own mother according to a serious case review.
russia's president putin says increasing military pressure against north korea may lead to global catastrophe. he's going to meet with the south korean president tomorrow to discuss the crisis. hurricane irma is due to move over islands tonight around antigua. 0ur weather presenter is here. actually, there's growing concern by the hour about what's happening here? yes, thatis about what's happening here? yes, that is right. category 5 storm, the strongest hurricanes get. this is irma, you can see the satellite picture, a really amazing eye there in the middle of the hurricane. you get those really biggees. it's about 30 miles across the eye there. you get those forming when you have extremely powerful hurricanes. you mentioned the wind of 175mph, the
gusts on this go up to 210mph. it's, according to the national hurricane centre from america, the strongest atla ntic centre from america, the strongest atlantic base hurricane on record so. atlantic base hurricane on record so. there have been stronger ones in the gulf of mexico and the caribbean sea but this is number one in terms of strength, they've never seen anything like this across the atla ntic anything like this across the atlantic basin and it's coming into antigua. so what is going on? it's a busy season for sure, it's partly to do with how the atmosphere is set up around africa. it originated from senegal bringing heavy rain there. it's a year that is very, very active. as far as where the hurricane is at the moment, it's 200 miles east of antigua, working straight towards antigua. it might bend up towards barbuda. 0ne straight towards antigua. it might bend up towards barbuda. one or two of the islands are going to get hit in the next 12 hours. the 210mph
winds will be bad enough but there isa winds will be bad enough but there is a massive storm surge. because the air pressure in the hurricanes is so low, the sea bulges up underneath them and this storm surge could be about 11 foot high and it will wash into islands that are actually quite low in elevation. so it's going to cause absolute catastrophic damage. that's the ninth named storm of 2017 already, there's a tenth named already, tropical storm jose, threatening a similar picture. people say global warming, but when we are talking about such unprecedented storms, it's difficult to explain otherwise isn't it? there are lots of things that make hurricanes. 0ne isn't it? there are lots of things that make hurricanes. one thing is el nino which we don't have this year, but when we have warm waters in the pacific we find the atlantic ocean basin can be quiet. we have had el nino years recently, that tends to suppress activity in the atlantic, it does that because it
puts winds in the atmosphere that are not favourable for hurricanes to form. we don't have el nino so we don't have that suppressing fabbing, to but what we do have, where the storms form off africa, they come off easterly waves, which are clumps off easterly waves, which are clumps of thunder storms which originate from ethiopia, they go across africa, it's probably linked to the torrential rains we have seen affecting sloan this year, you will remember the flooding and devastating landslides that killed over 1,000 people in freetown, that is linked to why we are getting an act ‘til hurricane season. they've been spinning up and getting energy across the atlantic and that's part of why we are seeing an active hurricane season which was expected. i know you get cross when i use phrases like global warming, you can tell me off later on. but thank you very much! the pictures, taken at this chateaux in southern france were indeed, said the court, and evasion of the royal
couple's privacy. the criminal case has dragged on ever since with two executives and two photographers at the magazine answering charges they violated the royals‘ rights to a private life. the criminal case has dragged on with two executives and photographers at the magazine answering charges they violated the royals‘ right to a private life. at the trial, in may, a lawyerfor prince william said memories of his own mother, princess diana, made the afayre all the more stressful. it‘s exactly 0 years since she died in a car crash in paris chased by paparazzi. the —— 20 years. the sum is damages may fall short of the
figure asked by the royals but it‘s extremely high, reflecting the court‘s view that this was a glaringly shameless offence. coming just after the news of their third expected baby, news of thisjudgment in paris may be an unwelcome reminder of an unhappy episode. the royal couple have made their point, in the battle for prif circumstances they‘ll fight back. —— battle for privacy, they‘ll fight back. news in from washington from reuters. we are hearing jeff sessions, the us attorney general has said the trump administration has said the trump administration has decided to rescind the so—called dreamer‘s programme, shielding some immigrants who came to the united states illegally as children. jeff sessions saying that he will announce the programme was effected under the 0bama administration is now being rescinded. that is the
dreams programme shielding from deportation some immigrants who came to the us illegally as children has been rescinded. more from washington later on. an inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of eight people on a motorway at a weekend. today‘s inquest in milton keynes confirmed the identities of those who died and was then adjourned pending the outcome of criminal proceedings. the government has taken control of croydon‘s childrens services after an 0fsted report revealed widespread and serious failures were leaving youngsters at risk. it blamed weak management of the south london borough at all levels for failing to ensure social workers followed protocols for missing children and those at risk of sexual abuse. croydon council says it‘s working with 0fsted to implement changes. a man who was swept to sea off cornwalling yesterday afternoon has
died he was one of two men who were washed off rocks while push fishing near padstow. a search for the second man has been stood down. nicola sturgeon‘s said the 1% cap on public sector pay rises in scotland will be scrapped next year. the scottish government‘s largely stuck toa scottish government‘s largely stuck to a uk—wise 1% limit on pay rises that was introduced in 2013 after a two—year freeze. after she outlined her government‘s plans for the next year, she said future pay rises would be based on the cost—of—living. ican cost—of—living. i can confirm that we will lift the 196 i can confirm that we will lift the 1% public sector pay cap. the pay cap, while never desirable, was necessary to protect jobs and services. however, with inflation on the rise, it is not sustainable. 0ur nurses, teachers, police officers and firefighters, deserve a fairer dealfor the future. and firefighters, deserve a fairer deal for the future. indeed the need to recruit the staff that public services depend on almost demands a
new approach. we‘ll therefore aim to secure pay rises next year which are affordable but which reflect financial restraints our public services workers face. ruth day sidson said although she broadly supported the key proposals, there was much to be sceptical of, as well as criticising the party‘s record on delivering legislation, she attacked the attitude to nhs staffing accusing nicola sturgeon of hiding behind the fig leaf of brexit. we have for years been talking about workforce planning that's not worked in ten years under this snp government. they may choose now to hide behind the brexit fig leer, but what were they saying a year ago, two year ago, five years ago, what were they saying ten years ago, what were they saying ten years ago when labour, us and the liberal democrats and the green party brought workforce planning to this chamber? they said nothing,
absolutely nothing. bell pottinger has been thrown out of the industry‘s trade body was a campaign which stroked racial tensions in south africa. they were alleged to have spread misleading information. the chief executive resigned over the weekend and they say they accept that less certains need to be learnt. post—apartheid south africa was meant to be the rainbow nation. but over 25 years, one family has acquired a degree of power and influence that critics say is anything but democratic. the three gupta brothers only conglomerate with interest from mining the media. with close links to jacob zuma, they are accused of rampant corruption, which they deny. but with a reputation to salvage, they gave the british pr firm bell pottinger a call. for several months, bell pottinger ran a disinformation campaign stoking racial hatred, and targeting hostile journalists.
all the journalists who were writing about state capture who were interested in this new crony network, really, you could see almost daily there would be, largely driven on twitter and social media, quite insulting images of them made. and only now do you understand that it was actually a constructed campaign. the scandal has claimed the scalp of several staff at the firm including partner victoria geoghegan and ceo james henderson. now the trade body that represents britain‘s your industry has chucked out bell pottinger. it is the harshest penalty available to was and the harshest we have ever imposed on members and that reflects the fact that it was the worst piece of pr work that i have seen in ten years. the pr industry is overwhelmingly professional, bell pottinger neither of those. last night, the former
adviser to margaret thatcher who founded the firm but left after falling out with mr henderson said the was finished. i think that it probably is getting near the end, yes. you can try and rescue it but it will not be very successful. this scandal has sent shock waves through the british br industry and also young democracy of south africa. the pr -- but the prca is a trade body rather than a regulator and when some very rich individuals or families are prepared to spend huge sums to burnish their reputation, frankly, some pr firms like bell pottinger in london will take the money. and a ticking off and temporary ban from a trade association is not going to change that. but for opponents of president zuma, this is not so much about the state of pr is the state of south africa. 0ne family‘s grip on power is tightening, even as the reputation of their pr advisers is now in the gutter. last year, 29 sperm whales became
stranded on beaches in the uk and elsewhere in europe. it puzzled scientists because they were all young and healthy. now they think the whales may have been victivelies of solar storms which played havoc with their navigational abilities. crowds gathered at hunstanton on the coast of norfolk in february 2016 to see this ocean giant washed up on a popular tourist beach. all around the north sea, more than two dozen other sperm whales were found stranded in the first two months of last year. scientists were extremely puzzled. the creatures were young, healthy and generally disease free. now it‘s thought the northern lights may have played a role in the losses. the auroara are the visible evidence of large visible storms which distort the magnetic field, causing species that rely on that for navigation like sperm whales to lose their way. after solar storms in
2015, scientists say the confused creatures swam into the shallow north sea and beached themselves trying to find a way out. researchers at london zoo autopsied a number of the whales stranded on british shores. sperm whales around the north sea formany years have been swimming around the north sea, and it‘s a possible factor that they got into the north sea and once in there, can‘t find their way out and become disorientated, dehydrated and sfranded. why did they end up there, to be honest, we‘ll never know, there is too much uncertainty around there is too much uncertainty around the events in terms of where they came from and so on, so we‘ll probably really never know. proving the impact of geomagnetic storms on strandings of sperm whales may well be impossible, however researchers here at london zoo and a team at nasa are actively investigating the impact of solar activities on strandings of species around the world. the results in that study are due in the next month. that might
shed some definitive light on the role of solar storms on species. more from chris now with the weather. just 12 hours from disaster, hurricane irma is heading towards antigua and barbuda. you can see the eye in this powerful storm, winds gusting to 210mph, the strongest atla ntic gusting to 210mph, the strongest atlantic hurricane basin there‘s been on record. incredible storm. here, we still have patchy outbreaks of rain. it‘s continuing to feel humid as well. that will get pushed away as the cloud and rain eases away as the cloud and rain eases away from eastern counties. temperatures 11 or 12 as a low, is going to feel pleasantly fresh compared with recent nights where it‘s been humid. no mist and fog
wednesday morning, clear skies and sunshine to start the day. fair weather cloud will bubble up. in scotland, a few showers could develop. it‘s going to feel cooler and fresher. hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy. the headlines at a.30pm: four serving members of the army have been arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. the men, aged between 22 and 32, are alleged to belong to the banned neo—nazi group, national action. a serious case review into the death of 21—month—old ayeeshia jane smith finds social workers missed signs of danger before she was murdered by her mother. president trump ended an amnesty that protected thousands from deportation. the amnesty was put in place by former president, barack 0bama. the russian leader, vladimir putin, has warned that "military hysteria" over north korea could lead to a global catastrophe. mr putin also dismissed america‘s call to impose further sanctions on pyongyang, saying the country‘s leadership
would rather "eat grass" than abandon its nuclear programme. the duke and duchess of cambridge have been awarded 100,000 euros in damages by a french court after a magazine printed topless pictures of the duchess five years ago. kensington palace said "this incident was a serious breach of privacy, and their royal highnesses felt it essential to pursue all legal remedies". scotland‘s first minister, nicola sturgeon, has been outlining her legislative programme at holyrood. she has confirmed that her government will aim to scrap the 1% cap on public sector pay rises in scotland next year. hurricane irma is reclassified as an extremely dangerous category 5 storm as it picks up pace towards the caribbean and the southern united states. it's it‘s time for the sport. with the news, here is lea. wales will be looking to maintain
the one hundred percent home nations record during the international break. they beat austria 1—0 in cardiff on saturday. they‘re in kishinau for tonight‘s match against group d‘s bottom side moldova. gareth bale and his team—mates are two points behind the republic of ireland in second spot and four adrift of leaders serbia. they play each other tonight so it‘s a chance for wales to make up some ground. we have said we‘ve got four finals to keep our hopes alive. if we win all four we have a great chance of being top, if not, we get into the play—offs. yes, one down, three to go. this one is still as important as the last. we will be going into the match prepared very well, prepared very confident and yeah, we know they‘re going to make it difficult for us, but we will be giving everything to get those three points and to put ourselves in an even better position. liverpool right—back nathaniel clyne has been ruled out for a significant period of time due to a back injury. clyne hasn‘t played since pre—season and wasn‘t named
in liverpool‘s champions league squad for the group stage. managerjurgen klopp says the reality is that the england defender won‘t be back playing for "some time". england‘s women‘s manager mark sampson says his "conscience is clear" following the allegations of bullying, discrimination and racism made by striker eni aluko. sampson was cleared by an internal football association inquiry into aluko‘s claims and by an independent investigation. sam son has named a 26 player squad for their opening world cup qualifier against russia. bath have announced that head coach tabai matson is to leave the premiership club forfamily reasons. matson arrived at the rec from new zealand side crusaders with director of rugby todd blackadder injuly 2016. the 44—year—old will return to new zealand after bath‘s premiership game against northampton saints on friday. the world heavyweight champion anthonyjoshua has
confirmed his next fight will be in cardiff at the principality stadium on 28th october against the bulgarian kubrat pulevjoshua holds three belts and pulev is the mandatory ibf challenger. joshua‘s last fight was the unification spectacular bout against vladimir klitchko at wembley stadium, the ukrainian has since retired ruling out a rematch. the 36—year—old pulev has only lost one of his 26 pro—fights and that was to klitcshko two years ago. greetings fight fans. i hope you‘re all well. 28th october i will be defending my ibf and ibo heavyweight title of the world against, kubrat pulevjoshua. he is game. he‘s ready and it has been a long time coming. i can‘t wait to get back into the ring. joshua says all three belts
are on the line, but it mayjust be the ibf by fight night. the wba and the lesser regarded ibo may take those titles out of the equation because he isn‘t facing their challengers. england‘s bowling coach 0tis gibson expects james anderson to continue playing international cricket beyond this winter‘s ashes series. england‘s leading wicket taker goes into thursday‘s third and deciding test against the west indies at lord‘s three wickets short of 500 in tests. he‘s turned 35 this summer and is sixth in the all—time list of test wicket takers. ultimately he is only playing one for mat of the game. he is only playing test match cricket. if you say to him, "look, i want you to get yourself fit to play ten games of cricket a year." i‘m sure that‘s something he would snatch your hand off for that situation. like i said, he enjoys going back to lancashire as well and contributing there. he
just loves the game, you know, and i think whilst he‘s still fit and strong and so on, i think he will wa nt to strong and so on, i think he will want to continue for as long as he can. that‘s all sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour. thousands of people are continuing to escape from myanmar — formally known as burma — into bangladesh after fighting in recent weeks that‘s left at least 400 people dead. it‘s rohingya muslims — a minority group — who are being targeted in the mainly buddhist country — and its forced tens of thousands to flee over the border according to the un refugee agency. officials say that 37,000 people have arrived in bangladesh in the past 2a hours alone, taking the total number of refugees to more than 123,000 in less than two weeks. 0ur correspondent, sanjoy majumder, is at a refugee camp in bangladesh near the border. these are the latest batch of rohingya refugees who‘ve arrived into bangladesh from myanmar. lots of children, as you can see, a lot of women. they‘ve been walking for days.
they‘re exhausted because whatever food they had to eat along the way has long run out. some of them are dehydrated. but the biggest thing for them is, they‘ve made it to relative safety. now, over on that side is myanmar‘s rakhine state where, over the past few days, we‘ve seen fresh fires break out, apparently from burning villages. there‘s no way, of course, to verify this, and these people are all fleeing for their lives. what they‘ll do now is head to any temporary shelter they can find — by the side of a hill, inside a building, just to get a little bit of protection. it‘s starting to rain. the biggest thing now is, even though they‘ve got here to safety, what‘ll happen to them next? they have to be fed and then, eventually, they need to find some place to live, some place to build their lives again. that was sanjoy majumder reporting there from the bangladesh border. some residents who escaped the grenfell fire are
finally getting some of their possessions back. the victoria derbyshire programme has been told that, so far, 12 families from grenfell tower have received property from their old homes. one of those is 69—year—old rumayatu mamudu who escaped from the first floor in her dressing gown carrying her 12—year—old adopted grandson. ashleyjohn baptiste has been following her story. we‘re at a hotel in west london where some grenfell survivors are being reunited with personal possessions that survived the fire. we‘re here with rumayatu mamudu, a grenfell resident who we‘ve been following since the fire. we‘re here to see some of the items in my flat. and what thoughts do you have on that? how are you feeling about seeing some of the items that have been in your flat at grenfell tower? mixed feelings. yeah? let‘s have a look.
yay! my gemini stone. is that really important to you? it is. it‘s my birth stone. we are pulling from that. we are going to cross to the commons and david davis. i rather wondered whether they‘d fall for that. i wonder how they will explain to their constituents that they don‘t care about the pensions and health care of four million people. i‘d like to thank all the officials who have been working hard at home and out in brussels to make this happenment our colleagues will have received my letter following july‘s negotiating round. iset
received my letter following july‘s negotiating round. i set out the dynamics of that round in detail. these rounds are not about establishing joint legal text, they are about reaching a detailed understanding of each other‘s position, understanding where there might be room for compromise and beginning to drill down into technical detail, the number of issues. during both rounds discussions took place on all four areas including the specific issues relating to the rights of citizens both sides, northern ireland, the question of financial settlement, and a number of technical separation issues. i‘ll speak briefly about eachin issues. i‘ll speak briefly about each in turn. 0n citizens rights making progress on citizens rights has been an area of focus for both negotiation rounds and we took significant steps forward in both july and august. we‘ve published the joint technical paper. updated following the august round. this underlines both the significant alignment between our position and vow vids variety in areas where we have not reached agreement. injuly, we reached a convergence on the
scope of residents and social security, under the scope of the withdrawal agreement and a shared commitment to make the citizens application processes as streamlined and efficient as possible. in august, we agreed to protect the rights of workers, to cover future social security contributions for those citizens who are covered by the withdrawal agreement, to maintain the rights of citizens in the uk and vice versa and that we should protect existing health care rights and arrangements for eu 27 citizens in the uk, and uk nationals in the eu. these are the european health insurance or ehic arrangements. this is good news. they may sound technical, but they matter enormously to individuals, something which the members opposite my think about when thinking about their own constituents. the
agreement on health care rights, the agreement on health care rights, the agreement on health care rights for example will mean british pensioners living in the eu will continue to have their health care arrangements protected both where they live and when they travel to another member state. where they will be able to use the card. qualifications, we have made progress in protecting qualifications for british citizens resident in the eu 27 and eu 27 citizens resident in the uk. in fa ct, citizens resident in the uk. in fact, each one of these areas is resip fact, each one of these areas is resi p rye fact, each one of these areas is resip rye cold. these areas of agreement help provide certainty and clarity for eu 27 citizens and uk citizens of the eu 27. they will make a tangible difference to these people‘s lives. i hope everyone recognise the importance of that. the outcomes of the discussions demonstrate we have delivered on our commitment to put citizens first and to give them as much certainty as
early as possible in this process. of course, there are main areas of difference which we continue to work on. for example, we will need to have further discussions on the specified cut off date and on future family reunion and compliance and enforcement. progress will require flexibility and pragmatism from both sides. during the negotiating rounds a number of issues emerged that will need further consideration. the european union does not plan to maintain the existing voting rights for uk nationals living in the eu. we have made it clear that we will protect the rights of eu nationals living in the uk to stand and vote in elections. similarly, the eu proposals would not allow uk citizens currently resident in the eu to retain their rights if they move within the eu. even areas where there have been progress, more is needed. while the eu has agreed to recognise the qualifications of
citizens resident in the eu and vice versa, citizens resident in the eu and vice ve rsa , we citizens resident in the eu and vice versa, we believe this should go much further. the recognition must extend to students who are currently studying for a qualification, it must apply to onward movement by citizens in the eu and should extend to protect the livelihoods of thousands of people which depend on qualifications which will be begined before we exit the eu. the eu‘s proposals fall short of ensuring uk citizens in the eu and eu citizens in the uk and continue to live their lives as they do now. on separation issues, there is a technical area, we have established a number of sub groups. they made progress in a number of areas. i‘m pleased to say we are close to agreement on post exit immunities. we have agreed on our mutual approach to shared
information post exit. with respect to nuclear materials we held discussions around the ownership of material and the responsibility for radioactive fuel and spent fuel hell here and there. this is important, we reiterated a strong mutual interest in ensuring the uk continue to work closely together in the future as a part of a comprehensive new partnership. with respect to legal cases pending before the court ofjustice, the legal cases pending before the court of justice, the ecj legal cases pending before the court ofjustice, the ecj the parties discussed and made progress on the cut off points for cases defined as pending. there is progress in discussions concerning the uk‘s role before the court while the pending cases are being heard. with respect tojudicial cases are being heard. with respect to judicial co—operation in civil and commercial matters and criminal matters, we made good progress on the principles of the approach and providing legal certainty and
providing legal certainty and providing unnecessary disruption to courts, businesses and families. both parties reiterated the importance of providing legal certainty to businesses and consumers across the uk and the eu at the point of departure. we emphasised that the broader principles outlined in the uk‘s position paper seek to minimise the type of uncertainty and disruption for business which we are working to avoid. we remain committed to making as much progress on those issues which are related to our withdrawal. 0ur which are related to our withdrawal. our discussion have demonstrated yet again and exposed yet again that the uk's again and exposed yet again that the uk‘s approach is substantially more flexible and pragmatic than that of the eu as it avoids unnecessary disruption for british business and consumers. i‘ve urged the eu to be more imaginative and flexible in their approach to withdrawal on this point. 0n northern ireland and ireland, i‘m pleased to report there have been significant concrete progress in this vital area. the
negotiation co—ordinators explored a number of issues including the belfast good friday agreement, the group had detailed discussions on the basis of the uk position paper as both michel barnier and i said at last week‘s press conference there isa high last week‘s press conference there is a high degree of convergence on thoseissues is a high degree of convergence on those issues and we agreed to work out shared principles on the common travel area. we agreed to carry out technical work on under the belfast agreement. the key issues in relating to cross—border and economic co—operation and energy will need to form an integral part of discussions on the uk‘s future relationship with the european union. now, finally on the financial settlement. we have been clear that the uk and the eu will have financial obligations to each other that will survive our exit from the european union. in july, that will survive our exit from the european union. injuly, the commission set out the european union position. we have a duty to
our taxpayers to interrogate that position rigorously and that‘s what we did line by line. it maybe a little bit of a shock to the commission, but that‘s what we did line by line and the august round we set out our analysis of the eu‘s position and had in—depth discussions on the european investment bank and other budget issues. it‘s clear that the two sides have very different legal sta nces, sides have very different legal stances, but as we said in the article 50 letter, the settlement should be in accordance with law, and in the spirit of the uk‘s continuing partnership with the eu. michel barnier and i agreed that we do not anticipate making incremental progress. generally we should not under estimate the usefulness of the process so far, but it is clear there are significant differences to be bridged in this sector. initial discussions were held on governments and dispute resolution. these provided an opportunity to build a
better shared understanding for forcing the withdrawal agreement and resolving any disputes that might emerge. we have published a number of papers which set out our thinking regarding our future special partnership with the eu. these partnership with the eu. these partnership papers are different from our papers that set out the position for negotiations under our withdrawal agreement. future partnership papers are part of a concerted effort to drive the progress we all want to see. all along, we have argued that talks around our withdrawal with not be treated in isolation from the future partnership that we want. we can only resolve some of these issues with an eye on how the new partnership will work in the future. for example, on northern ireland, it would be helpful to our shared objectives and avoiding a hard border to begin discussions on how future customs arrangemed will work. if we agree a comprehensive free
trade agreement we are seeking, solutions in northern ireland are, of course, then easier to deliver. a second example is on financial matters. as i‘ve said, the days of making vast yearly contributions to the eu budget will end when we leave, but there maybe programmes the uk wants to consider participating in as a new partnership that we seek. naturally we need to work out which of those we need to work out which of those we wa nt we need to work out which of those we want to pursue. we need to discuss them as part of our talks and withdrawal from the eu and our future as a long—standing friend and closest neighbour. a third example is on wider separation issues. now while we‘re happy to make progress on separation issues, it is our long—term aim that many of the arrangements will not be necessary. now with the clock ticking to quote mr barnier it would not be in either of our interests to run aspects and negotiations twice. last week, we turned our contribution to the next round of talks and in that, my message to the commission was let‘s
continue to work constructively, but people above process. to that end my tea m people above process. to that end my team will publish further papers in the coming weeks, continuing to set out our ambition for the negotiations and a new deep and special partnership for the uk, the uk once we deal with the eu. ultimately businesses and citizens on both sides want us to move swiftly on to discussing the future partnership and we want that to happen after the european council in 0ctober, if possible. as colleagues know, at the start of the negotiations, both sides agreed that the aim was to make progress on four key areas, citizens rights, financial settlement, northern ireland and ireland, and broader separation issues. we have been doing just that. and i have always said — nobody ever pretended it would be simple or easy. i always said the negotiation would be tough, tough, complex... tough, complex,
and at times confrontational. so it has proved. but we must not lose sight of our over arching aim to build a deep and special new partnership with our closest neighbours and allies whilst also building a truly global britain that can forge new relationships with the fastest growing economies around the world. the speaker: sir keir starmer. this statement, can i also thank him for what i hope will be his agreement that he will update the house in this fashion after every round of the talks? i think he can agree that and has agreed and i‘m grateful. we accept that these negotiations are complex and difficult. and i understand the secretary of state‘s frustrations at points with the process. and i sympathise with the view that some phase one issues cannot be fully resolved until we
get to phase two and i think northern ireland is the classic example of that. although he won‘t say it, i‘m sure he‘s equally frustrated by deeply unhelpful go whistle comments and blackmail comments from some of his own colleagues. i‘m sure that colleagues and officials in his department are working hard in these difficult negotiations and pay tribute to what they‘re doing behind the scenes. but the state of affairs and the slow process of progress are a cause for concern. the parties appear to be getting further apart rather than closer together. round three of five in phase one is gone. we would expect agreement to be emerging on the key issues. the last round is in 0ctober the key issues. the last round is in october and that should be for formal agreement. there is huge
pressure on the negotiating round in september. and the consequence, mr speaker is this, if phase two is pushed back, there are very serious consequences for britain and no deal, which i had hoped had died a death since the election, could yet rise from the ashes. the second cause for concern mr speaker is this, it is clear that the prime minister‘s flawed red lines on such issues as the role of the european court ofjustice or any similar body are at the heart of the problem. particularly progress on eu citizens here and abroad and the secretary of state, the prime minister needs to be more flexible on that issue. because i fear these are notjust exa m ples because i fear these are notjust examples which will be crop up in phase one, these flawed red lines will bedevil the rest of the negotiations. it is a fantasy to
think that you can have a deep and comprehensive trade deal without shared institution and the sooner we face up to that, the better. that brings me to my third concern, mr speaker. we‘re reaching the stage of negotiations where fantasy meets brutal reality. the truth is that too many promises have been made about brexit which can‘t be kept. the secretary of state has just said that nobody was pretending it would be easy. mr speaker, they were pretending it would be easy. the international trade secretary promised that negotiating a deal with the eu would be one of the easiest deals in human history to negotiate. a year ago, a year ago, in the early days of his job, the secretary of state wrote, "within two yea rs before secretary of state wrote, "within two years before the negotiations with the eu is likely to be complete, well be able to negotiate
a free trade area massively larger than the eu." we're going to leave the house of commons there. the brexit secretary, david davis, being jeered at the start as he took to his feet when he said there had been concrete progress in the third round of talks with his counterpart, michel barnier. mr davis saying the eu and the uk have reached agreement on issues including eligibility and pensions for uk citizens at the eu which will make a tangible difference to people‘s lives. he said there remains some areas of difference including family rights and voting rights over uk citizens in the eu. keir starmer still on his feet. a full look at that, huw edwards will bring you that at 5pm. before that, let‘s get a weather update. chris fawkes has the latest. hurricane irma has strengthened.
yes, it is now got gusts of wind of 220mph. it is on a collision course with antigua. we will see devastating impacts here. barbuda as well. devastating storm there, but for us, it isa devastating storm there, but for us, it is a quiet weather system. we have got patchy outbreaks of rain across england and wales. the humidity will ease as the rain clears from eastern counties. yes, there will be a few showers across there will be a few showers across the north—west of the country, but it will feel fresher compared with recent nights. temperatures 11 or 12 celsius. tomorrow, a decent day. it is dry with sunny spells, but there will be showers particularly for north—west scotland. dry elsewhere. temperatures lower than recent days and feeling fresher with highs between 15 celsius and 20 celsius. that‘s your weather. today at 5.00pm: the british soldiers arrested
on suspicion of belonging to a banned far—right group. the four soldiers, some thought to be from the royal anglian regiment, are arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. the men arrested across england and wales are alleged to be members of national action, a banned neo—nazi group. we‘ll have the latest and we‘ll be talking to an expert on the group in question. the other main stories on bbc news at 5.00pm: the little girl murdered by her mother — a serious case review says that social workers failed to spot signs the little girl was being abused. we accept all the findings, i accept all the findings of this review and for those areas of practice that should have been stronger. i‘ve apologised to the family and i‘m truly sorry. president putin warns of a "global catastrophe" if military tensions continue to increase around north korea.