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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: the bbc understands a third woman has come forward accusing harvey weinstein of rape. british actress lysette anthony says he attacked her in her home in the 1980s. a warning of steep rises in food prices if we leave the eu without a trade deal, ministers insist the uk will succeed "come what may". the car maker vauxhall says 400 jobs are to go at their plant at ellesmere port in cheshire by the end of the year. patients in england who go to see their doctor or attend a hospital appointment may be asked to declare their sexual orientation. also in the next hour: hurricane ophelia heads to ireland. troops are mobilised and schools closed in the south as they prepare to be battered by gusts of up to 80 miles per hour. and we'll have a round up of sport at half past including newcastle's draw against southampton. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. british police are now investigating claims by three women — one of them the actress lysette anthony — that they were sexually assaulted by the hollywood film executive harvey weinstein. ms anthony, who stars in the channel 4 series hollyoaks, says she was raped by weinstein at her flat in the late 1980s. the metropolitan police say a second victim has alleged that she was assaulted in westminster in 2010 and 2011, and in camden in 2015. in the last few minutes we've heard a third woman has reported an allegation of sexual assault in westminster in 1982. here's daniel sandford. guys, i'm not doing 0k. being battered by a storm of sexual abuse allegations in america, the clouds are gathering over harvey weinstein in the uk too. this was british actress lysette anthony in 1982,
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19 years old and at the start of her career, filming the science—fiction film krull. that was when she met harvey weinstein. and in today's sunday times, she claims that a few years later, he raped her at her london home. now well—known for her role in channel 4's hollyoa ks, she told the paper... while harvey weinstein has conceded he's made mistakes and needs help, he's so far categorically denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. the metropolitan police, which was already investigating the allegations by lysette anthony, now says a second woman has come forward who claims harvey weinstein sexually assaulted her in london in 2010, 2011 and 2015. british actress alice evans says harvey weinstein asked to feel her breasts
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in cannes in 2002. she avoided his further advances, but thinks he damaged her career. it was very odd. the overtures were nothing to do with, wow, you're really pretty. or, you know, i'm really enjoying your... it was nothing to do with me. it was, i want to touch your... they say your blood runs cold, but it's not really your blood, it's almost like your stomach turns. last night, the academy of motion pictures, which hands out 0scars, expelled harvey weinstein, but he now faces the real possibility of a criminal prosecution in america. and when that's over, increasing chances of a prosecution here in britain, too. daniel sandford reporting and daniel joins us now, we have heard in the last few minutes about a third alleged victim? yes, the police
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today having the allegation made today having the allegation made today by this third victim against the same man who we understand to be harvey weinstein and the allegation is that he sexually assaulted her in westminster in 1992. so quite an old allegation which will of course give the police problems, they will need to find evidence from the time that took place. it's difficult for detectives to investigate these historical allegations. of these three women who have now come forward , three women who have now come forward, one is reasonably recent but two of them are quite old, the offences taking place quite a time ago. how likely is it we might see some sort of case against him? ago. how likely is it we might see some sort of case against him7m the police can get enough evidence together to want to charge they will wa nt to together to want to charge they will want to do that. the problem is if police in america are doing the same thing and decide they would like to charge in america then the american courts will want to deal with all of those cases in the states before
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looking at any extradition request from britain. it's a lot you would have to serve prison time before any case could come here but if all the cases in america fall apart and the ones in britain stand up there is the possibility he comes here for trial. the importance difference is you do not run out of time in this country to give the bring a case against someone. they might guess, some places in america the statute of limitations for these kind of charges are quite short. in britain that doesn't apply, as we know from recent history, lots of people since thejimmy recent history, lots of people since the jimmy savile a recent history, lots of people since thejimmy savile a fair have been prosecuted for offences along time ago and it does not represent the problem here. the problem is getting the evidence, it's not a legal problem. thanks daniel. and we'll find out how this story —
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and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight is the entertainment reporter, caroline frost and parliamentary journalist tony grew. a cabinet minister has said that british farmers would produce more food for the nation, if the uk left the eu without a trade deal. chris grayling was responding to a warning from the chairman of sainsbury‘s, of a sharp rise in food prices if there's no brexit agreement. mr grayling said that in any case, he believed the talks with the eu would lead to a deal. here's our political correspondent ben wright. no deal is better than a bad deal, that's what the government keeps telling us, but what might that mean for your supermarket shop? the retail giant sainsbury‘s has warned that food prices could go up by 22% if britain leaves the european union without a trade deal. if that happened, one minister says
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we'll have to grow more of our own. what we will do is grow more here and we'll buy more from around the world. but, of course, that will mean bad news for continental farmers and that's why it won't happen, because it's actually in their interest to reach a deal. so, are warnings of higher prices frightening shoppers? this part of south london voted remain, but i did find two leave supporters who thought a hike in the price of food would be worth it. personally, i think that this is yet more scaremongering and it'sjust an extension of project fear. a short—term hit, possibly. long term, will it all be fine? i'm not bothered about having to pay a little bit more, as long as we're out of it. and the risk of food going up, do you think that's a real risk and would it be enough to... do you think that should be sort of focusing minds? i think it's a real risk, you know. we've got deals around europe of food coming in and if there are tariffs, if we don't have a deal, there'll be tariffs, so food will go up, which will hit your everyday consumer. i think if they go up a little bit, it's kind of... you can probably manage it. if they go up a lot,
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then your quality of living is going to go down and that's not what anyone wants. it's notjust the price of food that could ride without a brexit trade deal. new tariffs could clog up seaports like dover, with lorries waiting to clear xustoms. with lorries waiting to clear customs. there is a risk no agreement on aviation might ground planes, although the transport secretary dismissed that possibility today and insisted a deal would be done. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. in brussels, brexit negotiations are deadlocked. the uk wants to talk trade, but the eu insists the term of divorce must be sorted first. so to prove it‘ prepared to walk away, the government has said it's planning for the possibility of no deal being reached. but parliament is gearing up for a fight, with labour vowing to join forces with some tory mps to try and change the government's eu withdrawal bill. their aim — to close down the option of leaving the eu without any agreement. i think on a cross—party basis, you will see in the debates in the coming week the government will get a message, there will be a deal. when we amend the legislation — which i think we will, i think there's a majority to do that — we'll have a meaningful vote, which is what we've said all along.
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we'll be able to say to government, whatever you're negotiating, it will not be on the basis of no deal, because the damage to this economy would be so great. we will be out of the eu by march 2019, but the lay of the land is still very uncertain. we don't know what our long—term trading relationship will look like, but as far as the future of eu citizens goes, one brexit minister has now said they would be able to stay in the uk whatever happens. ben wright, bbc news. the car maker vauxhall says 400 jobs are to go at their plant at ellesmere port in cheshire by the end of the year. the car maker is moving to just one production shift a day because of a fall in demand. it says it's struggling in european markets — and there's a general fall in demand for new cars. i'm joined now from birmingham by david bailey — he's a professor of industrial strategy at aston business school and has written extensively about uk car manufacturing. thank you very much forjoining us,
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tell us if you would some of the background to the current woes vauxhall are facing? a number of things have come together, there is a shift in demand away from conventional car is towards sports utility vehicles and crossovers which is affecting demand for cars made there. but i think peugeot are wrong to say it's nothing to do with brexit, we have seen since the brexit, we have seen since the brexit for a significant reduction in the value of sterling which has pushed up the cost of importing components and given that many components and given that many components going into cars made at els newport are imported that means it's a more expensive plant and will struggle to compete with other pla nts struggle to compete with other plants in europe. put that together and there's big uncertainty going forward. when brexit finally happens and there is more certainty around and there is more certainty around and maybe the pound recovered is, how helpful that beef vauxhall? getting a trade deal would be very
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helpful, the next generation of astra is due to be built in 2021, a decision on that was likely to be made later this year or 2018, right in the middle of those article 50 negotiations. is peugeot going to make a decision to invest significantly in the uk given the uncertainty over if there will be a trade deal is open to question especially when the company needs to make significant cost cuts to make the takeover of general motors europe worthwhile. so there is massive uncertainty over the future of the plant anyway and the brexit uncertainty adds to that. what sort of new model do they plan?l replacement for the astra, it is important it is notjust like her light but there is also a version of it which is more of a crossover which appeals to more general audience given the way the market is changing. hopefully this will be a car which has a crossover version and maybe a hybrid to it as well give is a shift away from diesel.
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how much are they pinning their hopes on this new model? ultimately, every time a car maker launches a new model it scouts its plans in europe and place them off against each other, workers have to work more flexibly and the government has to offer support and it's a pretty brutal game and it's a game their workers and managers at ellesmere port have been good at playing to win contracts. it's just getting harder giving the excerpt of the over brexit. it will look through juice costs and has greater switch options. it is a more difficult task to win the new contract but they have to do to survive going forward. so hundreds of jobs have to do to survive going forward. so hundreds ofjobs are likely to 90, so hundreds ofjobs are likely to go, where will those people redeploy their skills? that's an important question, they will need to find somewhere else in the economy to go. broadly the automotive industry has
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been doing well in the uk. however again the uncertainty over brexit has seen car sales in the uk going into reverse and huge uncertainty over output as well. an industry which has been growing quickly has been facing uncertainty because of this broader issue about our relationship with europe. thank you very much for talking to us this evening. the headlines on bbc news: the bbc understands the metropolitan police are investigating a further three sexual assault allegations made by one woman against harvey weinstein. they relate to incidents in london since 2010. warning of steep rises in food prices if we leave the eu without a trade deal but a cabinet minister has said british farmers would produce more
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food the nation and food prices could rise sharply in the event of an ordeal brexit. vauxhall says 400 jobs will go at their plant at elsner port in cheshire by the end of the year. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. let's start with the premier league, two goals from gabbiadini rescued southampton as they twice came from behind to salvage a 2—2 draw against newcastle. after a month out with injury the italian striker levelled just after the break. newcastle restored their lead 87 seconds later, perez finding the net from the angle. the visitors were denied victory when gabbiadini scored from the penalty spot after shane long had been needlessly bundled over.
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brighton were heading for victory against everton bid wayne rooney scored a 90th minute equaliser from the penalty spot. the seagulls had taken a deserved lead inside the last ten minutes to anthony knockaert, both teams three points above the relegation zone and it's a result which will do little to ease the pressure on everton boss ronald koeman. just two wins in eight despite the heavy spending over the summer. despite the heavy spending over the summer. the battle for the number one spot in tennis continues and victory for roger federer over rafa nadal at the shanghai matters takes him a step closer to finishing the year at the top of the rankings. he beat his old rival in straight sets, his fourth win over the spaniard this season and his sixth title of the year. meanwhile maria sharapova has won his first tournament since returning to the circuit after her 15 month doping ban. she won in straight sets, the teenager had a
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led 4—1 in each set but could not convert to win. saracens have begun their defence of the european champions cup in emphatic style with a crushing victory over northampton. 57-13 at a crushing victory over northampton. 57—13 at franklin ‘s gardens. patrick gearey reports. crossing paths with saracens is pretty much inevitable if you want to win the champions cup, northampton would be forgiven for wanting a later date. they are not slow starters, quick hands and over wendy williams at a canter. ten hands and over wendy williams at a ca nter. ten minutes hands and over wendy williams at a canter. ten minutes later over when the maul. much of the team took the strain, brad barritt. saints on the floor, conceding 55 points to saracens on the opening day of the premiership season and could not keep them. williams again then calum clark. tough enough for northampton
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but with courtney lawes in the sin bin saracens knew the wall was wea kest a nd bin saracens knew the wall was weakest and sent in the bulldozer. dyla n weakest and sent in the bulldozer. dylan hartley not the match he would wa nt dylan hartley not the match he would want his boss to watch but eddie jones could only admire saracens who ran in eight tries. they passed 50. they seem unstoppable. scarlets kicked off their campaign at toulon, after a poorfirst scarlets kicked off their campaign at toulon, after a poor first half the welsh side came back from 18 down to lead by two thanks to 15 points from leigh halfpenny. but toulon picked up the win, a ninth straight defeat on the road in the champions cup for scarlets but they did pick up a losing bonus point. 0spreys were in action against clermont, the french side starting quickest with two tries in the opening ten minutes and adding more through the boot of morgan part.
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0spreys head back with three scores of their own. 21—26 the final score. munster of their own. 21—26 the final score. mu nster started of their own. 21—26 the final score. munster started with a 17—17 draw at french side castro. it's not been a bad birthday week for tyrrell hatton, after defending the dunhill links championship last weekend he's gone and snatched a 1—shot victory at the italian open ending with a superb final round of 65, winning two tournaments in a week earning him around one and a half million pounds. that's all the sport for now, more later this evening, goodbye. voting has ended in austria's snap general election with exit polls indicating that the country soon have europe's youngest leader. but 31—year—old conservative party leader sebastian kurz may have to rely on a coalition with a far—right anti—immigration party in order to take power.
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a projection for the austrian broadcaster 0rf suggests the conservative people's party, rebranded by kurz as his personal "movement", will win just over 31 percent of the vote, followed by social democrats on 27 percent and the anti—immigration freedom party on 26 percent. 0ur correspondent, bethany bell who's in vienna gave us an update on the predicted results. the latest projections still show the conservatives in clear first possession but the social democrats are now just ahead possession but the social democrats are nowjust ahead of the possession but the social democrats are now just ahead of the far possession but the social democrats are nowjust ahead of the far right freedom party in second place. the social democrats at 26.9%, the freedom party just social democrats at 26.9%, the freedom partyjust behind at 26%. this means sebastian kurz‘s choice of college and partner is open, he can choose to go back into coalition with the social democrats although
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that could be difficult because their last coalition collapsed acrimoniously earlier this year. his other choice is to go into coalition with the far right freedom party and some people say that's more likely. particularly because both parties campaigned so strongly against stopping illegal migration here in austria. that could be complicated for sebastian kurz because that kind of coalition would be controversial and it would be a headache for the eu ata and it would be a headache for the eu at a time when nationalist parties are gaining strength in countries like germany and hungary and poland. what might we expect from sebastian kurz as europe's youngest leader? he has voted to slash red tape, he says he has the chance to bring around real change in austria, for more than ten years there has been a grand coalition led by the social
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democrats and then the conservatives and there has been a sense here in austria that things have been stuck in the mud because the two parties have just been beckoning. in the mud because the two parties havejust been beckoning. sebastian kurz has promised change and if he goes into a coalition with the freedom party he might be more likely to achieve that but of course asi likely to achieve that but of course as i say that would be quite controversial. he says he wants to revitalise things and make them easierfor business revitalise things and make them easier for business and bring revitalise things and make them easierfor business and bring in structural reforms. the ambulance service said the boy had lacerations and was taken to the royal belfast hospital for sick children. a man is assisting police with enquiries and a postmortem examination is due to be carried out. ireland is bracing itself for the arrival of hurricane 0phelia. this video released by nasa shows
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the hurricane gusting at winds in excess of a hundred miles an hour. 0phelia is due to hit in the early hours of tomorrow morning and it's expected that by that time it will have been downgraded to a tropical storm. 0ur correspondent chris page spoke to us a little earlier from belfast — where authorities are warning of a danger to life. even though it will officially be a former harry cane by the time it reaches ireland a tropical storm with winds up to 80 mph mean it. potentially cause some real bandage. the weather forecasting agency issued a red weather warning for coastal areas around the southern and western coasts and the government in dublin has held a meeting of the special emergency task force and decided to close all schools in the areas where the gusts will be strongest. the storm is expected to hit northern ireland tomorrow afternoon, the warning here not as severe as that in the irish republic, and amber warning but that
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significant, it means forecasters think there is a potential risk to life because of flying debris and falling trees. more than 200 people are now known to have been killed in yesterday's truck bombing in the somali capital mogadishu. hundreds more were injured in the blast in a packed shopping area. it's unclear who was responsible, but it's one of the deadliest attacks in somalia since the islamist al—shabab movement began its insurgency ten years ago. people who kill someone on the roads could face life sentences under new laws being proposed by the government. motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or driving while on a mobile phone are among those who could face the maximum penalty. andy moore reports. joseph brown—lartey was known to his friends as the gentle giant. at six foot six, he towered over his parents. he was killed three years ago in rochdale by a driver travelling 80 miles an hour in a 30 mph zone. addil haroon was sentenced to six years in jail. the government says drivers like him could now face life behind bars. we do think the courts should have
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power to impose life sentences for the very worst reckless life—changing cases perhaps with multiple victims, or they've been speeding or racing or looking at a mobile phone. the wreckage ofjoseph's car was displayed in front of the houses of parliament by the road safety charity brake. the organisation has welcomed today's announcement. it is a victory, really, for years and years of campaigning by families of bereaved, crash victims and charities including brake, but we would like the government to go further and also increase resources for enforcement so the law can be properly enforced. the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety said there was no evidence that tougher sentences would act as a deterrent. i think it's understandable where it's coming from, but i think there is a danger that it will disappoint the victims' families and have no effect on road safety. this lorry driver, tomasz kroker, was scrolling through music on his mobile phonejust seconds
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before he ploughed into a line of stationary traffic, killing four people. he was sentenced to ten years in jail. the government says cases like this should be seen as similar to manslaughter and the prison term should reflect that. andy moore, bbc news. us—backed forces who are battling to capture the syrian city of raqqa say they have launched their final assault on the city. local forces began the offensive on sunday — after a number of so—called islamic state fighters and their families left the city. nice to see you. thank you for
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coming in. how likely is it that this is a tipping point because we hear about final assaults and they are never as final as you think. hear about final assaults and they are never as final as you thinkm will be the final assault but what you might get based on what has happened in mosul is pockets left behind, desperate people who want to do suicide attacks, hiding in buildings or tunnels to attack the occupying forces, we might get a few of those from time to time but in terms of clearing the city it does peer bogey appear it's the final stages but it will take a long time for normality to resume, the city has been devastated. it's hard to tell the exact figure, over the several years this conflict has been raging thousands, hundreds of
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thousands have left in this recent evacuation, thousands evacuated. it's difficult to tell how many, i would hope there are only a few, because it's not a pleasant place to be. 0ver because it's not a pleasant place to be. over the next few days and weeks there will be fighting and danger for all particularly vulnerable people, old and children. looking at these pictures of the devastation which has been caused new wonder how readily people would want to go back anyway, what are they going back for? that's a good question, not only is there devastation in terms of going back, the main issue is their security and who is in charge? 0ne their security and who is in charge? one of the problems we have around raqqa is elements have been liberated by the kurdish fighters supported by the us led coalition and other elements have been freed by the government forces so there is
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going to be an even bigger question of who's in charge and who will provide security and who will provide security and who will provide the reconstruction of this city. so this is the beginning of the follow—on problem and if this problem is not resolved what we will get, as we have had in iraq and other parts of syria, ungoverned spaces re—emerging where the extremists can return and fill the void. it's essential this clearance of isis from raqqa is followed swiftly by a political and economic development plan that provides security for ordinary people. what then, what shape is is in the leadership of melted away, how likely is it can they regroup and re—emerge somewhere likely is it can they regroup and re—emerge somewhere else funded by who knows what? it's very likely. we know this from previous examples or
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situations of extremists. because whenever you allow ungoverned spaces to exist, whenever you allow grievances to exist, whenever there is an absence of good governance and political and economic development i'm afraid the extremists are always there to fill the void. many critics would argue that president assad's regime is not capable of good governance in a city like raqqa or many other places but how likely is it his government will decide to try to get it back under control? well, good governance is a relative term and what president assad's regime and what president assad's regime and what president assad's regime and what even president saddam hussein's regime provided was stability and a degree of prosperity which has not existed subsequently. soi which has not existed subsequently. so i think we need to be pragmatic about what good governance is and
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certainly though western led coalitions which have replaced the regimes, the poor and corrupt regimes, the poor and corrupt regimes in iraq and libya have failed to provide a level of governance that existed during the time of these dictators. doctor, thank you very much for coming in. let's get a look at the weather. fine end to sunday across many parts, rain at the moment in parts of northern ireland and southern scotland, that will work its way north most of the country, england, wales, northern scotland patchy mist and fog, the winds will be liked and then strengthening to the south—west, still feeding and a lot of mild and muggy air. the big story the remnants of what is


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