Skip to main content

tv   BBC News at Six  BBC News  October 27, 2017 6:00pm-6:31pm BST

6:00 pm
spain in crisis. catalonia's politicians trigger independence, but the national parliament approves imposing direct rule. catalonia's pro—independence politicians opt to split by 70 votes to ten — but the ballot is boycotted by the opposition. cheering. joy on the catalan streets — where earlier this month 90% of those voting in a referendum supported leaving spain. cheering. the spanish prime minister calls an emergency cabinet meeting, and urges the country to remain calm with spain now facing a huge political challenge, we'll be asking where this crisis goes next. also tonight... christopher lythgoe appears in court accused of encouraging the murder of a labour mp. has the nhs learned the lessons of the cyber attack in may that saw operations cancelled and gp surgeries shut? and england cricketers deny a drinking culture in the camp as they focus
6:01 pm
on the ashes in australia. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, defeat for england in the opening match of the rugby world cup. they were beaten by the hosts and defending champions, australia. good evening. the constitutional crisis in spain escalated today — with catalonia's regional parliament in barcelona voting for independence from spain — and the spanish parliament in madrid voting to impose direct rule over catalonia. the independence vote triggered jubilation from crowds in catalonia, but the situation has caused alarm in europe. spain's prime minister mariano rajoy called for calm, and promised to "restore legality" to catalonia.
6:02 pm
spain's crisis was triggered on october first, when catalans voted to split from spain in a referendum — a poll that was declared illegal by the spanish government. from barcelona, here's our correspondent james reynolds. for centuries, catalonia has been pa rt for centuries, catalonia has been part of the kingdom of spain. this afternoon, after years of growing crisis, those who seek a state of their own and took their chance. in barcelona, catalan independence was declared. cheering and applause. some campaigners here have worked for decades for an independent catalonia
6:03 pm
and they believe this is now their moment and that they should be free from spain. this independent state, such as it is, has no control of its opposable orders and no single country has come forward to recognise it. but to these demonstrators, the declaration feels real. translation: we are finally free. we are pressed here. we are fighting for our freedom. are pressed here. we are fighting for ourfreedom. finally are pressed here. we are fighting for our freedom. finally catalonia will be a free country. but you know that madrid has the power to stop all this. no, madrid has nothing. we have the reason, we are the people. lam thinking have the reason, we are the people. i am thinking about my parents and my grandparents and also my children and my grandchildren. just around the corner, we found a man waving a spanish fly, and anti—independence
6:04 pm
emotions. translation: i am emotions. translation: iam not emotions. translation: i am not happy. emotions. translation: iam not happy. i emotions. translation: i am not happy. i am not represented. the catalan people asa not represented. the catalan people as a whole did not vote. it is disastrous. the result of extended manipulation that does not reflect the will of the catalan people. earlier in the regional parliament, pro—and anti—independence groups argued about the declaration. the opposition speaks for around half the population here which does not wa nt to the population here which does not want to leave spain. but in parliament it was outnumbered. some walked out. those on the other side u nfu rls cata la n walked out. those on the other side unfurls catalan flags to mark their territory. the yes vote came out ahead. citizens of catalonia there are times when we will have to, mice, they're coming to an end. the
6:05 pm
central government in spain will not let the independence declaration stand. to spain it is a simple matter of obeying the law. the senate will give the prime minister mariano rajoy emergency powers to ta ke mariano rajoy emergency powers to take control of catalonia. translation: we are not prepared to allow some people to liquidate our constitution and rules that have served our country for the last a0 yea rs. served our country for the last a0 years. tonight, catalan leaders stand on land they now claim as their own. but they and their opponents in madrid are now both in unknown territory. james reynolds, bbc news, barcelona. joining me is our europe editor katya adler. what an extraordinary day, what happens next? here in catalonia where we experienced a surreal situation, after weeks of will they will pay,
6:06 pm
today they did, there was the declaration of independence and even though i was standing in that huge crowd of people dancing and singing and crying, all the while there was spanish national police helicopters circling overhead and on the ground amongst those celebrating, that feeling of joy gave amongst those celebrating, that feeling ofjoy gave to anxiety about how the spanish government will react and reacted definitely well. the spanish prime minister is holding an emergency cabinet meeting and as we heard, the spanish senate has already given him at the paris to sack the catalan government and its leader and in catalonia there are two different parallel realities between catalans who want independence and believe they are already living in an independent republic and catala ns already living in an independent republic and catalans who do not wa nt republic and catalans who do not want independence, who are waiting for the spanish government to intervene and return what they see as normality. both sides and across spain and eu, everyone is happening
6:07 pm
—— michael hoping that there will be no violence. thank you. an alleged member of the banned far—right group, national action, has appeared in court this morning — accused of planning to murder the labour mp, rosie cooper, with a machete. the 22—year—old man is charged with terrorism offences and threatening to kill a policewoman. he appeared at westminster magistrates along with five other men. they were all remanded into custody. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford reports. arriving at westminster magistrates‘ court this morning in a police convoy from manchester, the two men accused of a neo—nazi terrorist plot to murder a labour mp. in all, six men appeared in the dock. all are charged with being members of the banned neo—nazi group national action. one of them cannot be named for legal reasons. the allegations are that the six had been meeting in this warrington warehouse which they had converted into a gym and in a pub nearby. the charge says that from the day national action was banned in december last year until the day they were arrested in september, all six men had remained members. the prosecution say that
6:08 pm
christopher lythgoe was their leader and he is also charged with encouraging murder, in fact with giving permission for one of the group to kill rosie cooper, the mp for lancashire west, on behalf of national action. the man he's accused of encouraging, the 22—year—old who cannot be named, has been charged with preparing a terrorist act by buying a machete with which to murder rosie cooper mp. he also faces a separate charge of making a threat to kill a detective who was investigating him. all six men said they would plead not guilty and will remain in custody until they appear at the old bailey next friday. before national action was banned last december, it had been most active in northern cities. the home secretary said it was a racist organisation which glorifies violence and which had absolutely no place in britain. daniel sandford, bbc news at westminster magistrates‘ court. two lorry drivers involved
6:09 pm
in a fatal accident on the mi in august have pleaded not guilty to eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving. both men will stand trial in february. rizard mazerack also denied causing death by careless driving while over the alcohol limit. the other driver, david wagstaff, who's 53 and from stoke, admitted causing death by careless driving. a minibus driver and seven passengers were killed in the crash near milton keynes. the department of health and the nhs have been told to "get their act together" and improve their cyber security, following a major hacking attack in may this year. the national audit office said more than a 3 of trusts in england were affected, with around seven thousand appointments cancelled. our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones reports. it was a cyber attack that laptop
6:10 pm
computers around the world with a message demanding a ransom payment but the nhs was among the organisations worst hit and it was not ready to deal with it. 81 health trusts across england were affected. more than 19,000 appointments were cancelled, including 139 potential cancer referrals. everything we do is based around the use of computers for the records so when you don't have that it's basically impossible to work with any degree of efficiency. this gp surgery on rosie merseyside was among nearly 600 this gp surgery on merseyside was among nearly 600 whose work was disrupted, with no clear instructions about what to do. in medicine we have this thing called the golden hour. when anything major happens, that first hour is critical. nothing happened, there was no "please check business continuity is accessible, you might want to print off your list of patients this afternoon, you might want to put some contact numbers in there, you might want to do social media" or whatever. all that side of communications was absent. this, the royal london, was one of the most affected hospitals, with ambulances having to be diverted to other a&e departments.
6:11 pm
there was a national plan to deal with the cyber attack but it hadn't been rehearsed at local level. that meant people didn't know who to contact and the fact their computers weren't working made it even trickier. all this could have been avoided if health trusts had followed instructions to apply security patches which would have stopped the ransomware in its tracks. it wasn't a terribly sophisticated virus and so the patches that are issued nationally by nhs digital and updated locally by those bodies, in some cases that hadn't happened and so it was quite simple for the virus to get into those organisations. now the nhs has been told it needs a clear plan to respond to future cyber attacks. we have been getting our act together, we are getting our act together, we are putting funding in, we are putting education in. we are rolling out the programmes that were in place before this attack, and we will continue to improve over time. the government now says north korea
6:12 pm
was behind the wannacry ransomware and further attacks can't be ruled out but hospitals are warning that cyber security is costly and they will need more money to shore up their defences. rory cellan—jones, bbc news. downing street has said any allegations of sexual harassment and abuse at westminster are "deeply concerning". it was responding to claims reported by the sun newspaper made by researchers and assistants on social media. our political correspondent ben wright is in westminster. where have these allegations come from? no complaints have been made and no mps have been named, but the prime minister's official spokeswoman was responding to a report in the sun today which claimed some female researchers working at mess —— michael westminster for members of parliament have been sharing
6:13 pm
m essa 9 es parliament have been sharing messages about allegedly sleazy and inappropriate behaviour by some mps. we do not know if this group exists but downing street did respond and the official spokeswoman for the prime minister said any reports of sexual harassment work concerning and allegations will be taken seriously and urged anyone with information to contact the authorities. that view has been echoed by the house of commons which pointed out that many researchers are employed directly by mps, there isa limit are employed directly by mps, there is a limit to how much authorities can intervene although the spokesperson for the house of commons said there was a helpline that anyone could contact at any time. thank you. the time is 18:15. our top story this evening: catalonia celebrates as its political leaders vote for independence, but the government in the spanish capital, madrid, says no. and still to come... we meet the model with down‘s syndrome challenging perceptions of beauty on the catwalk. coming up on sportsday, on bbc news:
6:14 pm
how big a miss will harry kane be for spurs? they face manchester united in the premier league tomorrow without their star striker. there are more than 100,000 children in ukraine who live in orphanages — that's the highest number in europe. nearly a third of them have a disability, with many severely disabled, and some have become adults there, living in appalling conditions for decades. parents were encouraged to leave their children there, but now the government wants to shut down them down and improve the children's lives. our disability correspondent, nikki fox, has been investigating. you may find some of the scenes in her report distressing. crying. this is life for thousands of disabled children in ukraine. legally, parents can leave their disabled child in a state—run institution, and it's encouraged. this 15 year old has lived
6:15 pm
here since he was four. he has a family, as do more than 90% of those living in institutions in ukraine. now, the government wants them all closed. but what will the future hold for so many who have only ever known this kind of life? i've been given special access to a government—run institution — home to 86 disabled men and boys. for most, this is all they've ever known. how long have some of the kids or adults been here? the nurse tells me that this man has been here for 20 years. she says he's 32. but even at this age, they're still seen and treated as children. efforts are made to keep everyone engaged, but activities are sporadic. andriy was left alone in a room to die. born with cerebral palsy,
6:16 pm
his mother was told the best place for him was an orphanage. tatyana lives in a remote village, with no services, a common problem in ukraine. she felt her only choice was to give andriy up. translation: ifi had known back then that they would treat him badly, i would never have trusted them, but i did put my trust into them. i felt horrible, it was terrible. i still cry every night. andriy was eventually rescued from the institution. now he has a future, living with a foster family. but adoption is still a possibility. the neglect many experience in care was highlighted in a report by disability rights international. institutions for the disabled child can stunt not only their physical growth, but also their psychological growth. sometimes, it's as a prison, or even worse than a prison. huge reforms to close all institutions across ukraine are under way, but the government
6:17 pm
admits it needs help. we need support. i am talking with international organisations and with different governments, of different countries, about support for ukraine. because no one country — poland, bulgaria, romania, any other countries — didn't do this themselves. progress is already under way. a new law means that all schools in ukraine must now teach disabled children, like artem. he can now make friends and learn, and hope for a betterfuture. but there's still an acceptance here that if you have a child with a disability, they will go into an institution. ukraine is changing, but for those who have spent a lifetime in care, real change will take time. nikki fox, bbc news, ukraine. and you can see more on that story on our world, on the bbc news channel, at 9:30pm on saturday
6:18 pm
and sunday night. historians, journalists and conspiracy theorists have spent the last 2a hours poring over the thousands of newly—declassified files relating to the assassination of presidentjohn f. kennedy. president trump has opted to keep hundreds of other files secret, but said today he hopes to get all of them made public. our north america editor, nick bryant, is at the national archive in washington. so what have we learned? i was hoping i would have the case solved for you by tea—time, but no, no eureka moment, no bombshell revelation. that is partly, as you say, because the crownjewels, the most classified and since about —— says the materials are still being held under lock and key in the national archives behind me. donald trump wants to release those in six
6:19 pm
months‘ time. but there is some good stuff, mmo for instance from that then at ti directorj edgar hoover after the death of lee harvey oswald saying how important it was the show to the american public that he was the assassin. that speaks to me of a rush tojudgment. the assassin. that speaks to me of a rush to judgment. and there the assassin. that speaks to me of a rush tojudgment. and there is the assassin. that speaks to me of a rush to judgment. and there is this fabulous document from the cia station in london talking of an anonymous phone call to a british newspaper, the cambridge news, 25 minutes before jfk newspaper, the cambridge news, 25 minutes beforejfk was killed, as his motorcade was going through the streets of dallas, telling a reporter to ring the american embassy because there was going to be big news in the offing. that is intriguing. it could be completely irrelevant, but it shows that this document which was supposed to kill off the conspiracy theorists could end up killing them. thank you. royal bank of scotland has announced a £392 million profit for the third quarter of this year. it marks its third consecutive quarter in the black. the bank made a £a69 million loss
6:20 pm
in the same period last year. rbs is still 72% owned by the taxpayer, following a bailout after the financial crash. hotel booking sites are to be investigated by the uk‘s competition watchdog to see if consumers are being misled. the competition and markets authority said it was concerned about clarity and accuracy on the sites. the investigation will examine hidden charges, search results and discount claims. the england cricket captain, joe root, has told the bbc that the team are preparing to be without ben stokes for the entire ashes tour. the all—rounder won‘t be leaving with the rest of the squad tomorrow morning, after being suspended following an incident outside a bristol nightclub last month. root also denied there was a drinking culture amongst the team — as our sports editor, dan roan, reports. his team—mate currently hold ashes
6:21 pm
tea m his team—mate currently hold ashes team currently holds the ashes but captainjoe team currently holds the ashes but captain joe root team currently holds the ashes but captainjoe root knows the team is about to be tested. here at lord‘s today, he said australia may have underestimated the tourists. today, he said australia may have underestimated the touristslj today, he said australia may have underestimated the tourists. i see a squad of players more than capable of going over there and giving it something special. you look around the dressing room and we spoke about ita the dressing room and we spoke about it a lot in the last week or so and if you do not believe you can go and do something good and come back winning, there is no point getting on the plane. i look around everyone in the eye and they are all keen to go out there and is determined to win and come home successful. but england will depart without arguably their most important player, top all—rounder ben stokes is not being considered for selection while he waits to hear if you will face criminal charges after footage emerged of the street fight outside a bristol nightclub last month. and today, root spoke publicly about the incident for the first time along
6:22 pm
with the issue of player behaviour. it has been suggested this may be a culture issue with this site, a drinking culture, does there need to bea drinking culture, does there need to be a change? i don't think there is a drinking culture in cricket in our side. i think we have addressed the issue as a side and make sure the situation like this does not happen again. of course, no one wants that. we are grown man, we know how to behave and we will make sure that we conduct ourselves well on this tour. we know what has happened has not been good enough and we are determined to get that right. after losing 5—0 last time they toured australia, england regained the ashes two years ago, but they travel as outsiders despite a promising summer. on the summer, joe root‘s captaincy has got off to a great start winning his first two test series, but this has been a troubled build—up to cricket‘s ultimate challenge and england realise that when they leave for australia
6:23 pm
tomorrow, they have to produce something special if they are to retain the ashes. belfast fashion week is under way and, tonight, one of its shows will feature a teenager with down‘s syndrome. kate grant‘s mother posted pictures of her on social media after getting no response from modelling agencies. now she‘s urging the industry to challenge its perception of beauty. chris buckler is at the event in belfast for us now. chris. the cathedral makes quite a setting for belfast fashion week and the seats alongside this catwalk will be filled with people here to see the latest styles and trends. and one of the genuine stars of the show will be not a big—name super marco —— a big—name supermodel but instead, a teenager with down‘s syndrome. fashion is an industry where looks matter. what‘s seen on the surface can sometimes be judged as the substance. but not everybody gets the opportunity to stand out as special in this world. kate grant is 19 and she
6:24 pm
wants to be a model. oh, that‘s lovely. however, she was only given the chance to pose for pictures after her mum complained on facebook about the attitude of modelling agencies. she believes they didn‘t see potential in kate because she has down‘s syndrome — and that post has been liked and shared tens of thousands of times. whenever i applied for a few places for her to be a model, er, they really didn‘t want to know once it came down to that she had down‘s syndrome. to me, beauty is in everyone. and, erm, ifelt that the people were very narrow—minded. my body is so, so special. everyone is. i'm a 19—year—old woman and i want to be a model. i want people to believe in me and trust in me. some have accused fashion brands of having a very narrow
6:25 pm
view of what beauty is, but there are companies who are trying to be more representative of society in who represents them. last week, the clothing chain river island launched a new campaign featuring joseph, an 11 year old with down‘s syndrome. the company says it was a deliberate attempt to be more inclusive. the industry is changing and it's changing for the better because, you know, we are accepting people of, you know, who don't look like cookie—cutter kind of models. and that's fantastic, you know, because society's like that. and tonight, alongside professional models, kate will take to this catwalk as part of belfast fashion week. seeing me catwalk, i believe it. my dream has come true, like, all of it. it's brilliant. and, one... there is a trend towards change, but greater representation will take time.
6:26 pm
in the fashion industry, there aren‘t that many overnight sensations. chris buckler, bbc news, belfast. woo—hoo! time for a look at the weather. here‘s ben rich. big thick coats on the cat work in all fast maybe. —— the catwalk. chilly this evening in places where it has been draped —— bright today, but a change taking place further north with more cloud across western scotland, north west england, north west england, wales and the south—west, misty and strictly for the hills. fairly mild by the end of the hills. fairly mild by the end of the night, but what the south and south east, a touch of frost. generally speaking, tomorrow is a cloudy day, quite a breezy day, but at the same time, a little bit milder. westerly winds bringing milder. westerly winds bringing milder and a lot of cloud, particularly in west and north west areas with drizzle and mist and hill
6:27 pm
fog. eastern scotland and north east england, some spells of sunshine and gusty winds seeing 50 mph gusts at at times. towards the south east, not as much sunshine as today, but some brighter spells as temperatures 13-16, a bit some brighter spells as temperatures 13—16, a bit up on web they have been for most abuzz. tomorrow night is in the south, north, we start to see a change. northerly winds all the way from the arctic, bringing cold air in our direction, most keenly across northern and eastern areas through the day. a call today for many and at the same time there will be less cloud and more blue skies —— a call today. lovely looking day for most. the wind bring showers in the eastern coastal areas across northern scotland and the northern isles but showers could be wintry and 9 degrees at best in aberdeen, 1a—15 towards the south—west. if that is not autumnal
6:28 pm
enough, try this, the clocks go back one hour on saturday night so enjoy an extra hour in bed. have a good weekend. a reminder of our main story: catalonia celebrates as its political leaders vote for independence, but the government in the spanish capital madrid says no and orders direct rule. that‘s all from the bbc news at six, so it‘s goodbye from me. and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good evening, this is bbc news with me, chris rogers. the headlines... the parliament of catalonia declares independence from spain — in response, the spanish senate has approved imposing direct rule from madrid. britain says it wont recognise the move. britain says it won‘t recognise the move. the cyber attack which crippled much of the nhs in may could have been prevented with basic security, says an investigation. files about the assassination oijk are released — but some are held back, at the request of the cia and fbi. in a moment it will be time for sportsday, but first a look
6:29 pm
at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news... at seven o‘clock we‘ll be live in barcelona for more reaction to catalonia‘s vote for independence from spain. nearly two months on from hurricane irma, we‘ll ask how the clean—up operation is going on the tiny caribbean island of anguilla. that‘s at 8.30. and later in the film review at quarter to nine, we‘ll find out about andy serkis‘s new film ‘breathe‘, which tells the story of a man paralysed by polio. that‘s all ahead on bbc news.
6:30 pm


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on