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this is bbc news. the headlines: police and air accident accident investigators say they are trying to establish the cause of a mid—air collision involving a light air—craft and a helicopter that killed four people. our priorities today remain was investigating the next of kin, finding out who they are, informing them and supporting them with specialist officers as we progress the investigation here on site. the eu tells theresa may she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the eu is to agree to begin brexit trade talks before the end of the year. in zimbabwe, president mugabe is seen in public for the first time since the military takeover. a family renting in west london have been threatened with eviction after complaints that their baby was crying — they were warned also in the next hour, jersey has been left without an all weather lifeboat crew about the closure of the rnli lifeboat station in the island's capital.
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the closure follows a breakdown in the relationship between the crew and the charity. and a dog so brave, he's been given a medal — the story of mali who fought through bullets, explosives and his own injuries to save british troops. good evening and welcome to bbc news. four people have died following a mid—air collision between a helicopter and a two—seater plane in buckinghamshire. the crash happened just after midday, near the village of village of waddesdon, close to aylesbury. police and the air accidents investigation branch have launched a joint investigation to establish what happened. a short time ago, the police gave this update from the scene of the crash. today, just after midday, we had
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reports from members of the public regarding any accident investigation over waddesdon estate. sadly, a light aircraft and helicopter has crashed and four fatalities have resulted. our priorities today remain with investigating the next of kin, finding out who they are, informing them and supporting them with specialist officers of the progress the investigation here on site. we did a giant responds —— joint response with the fire service, ambulance and now they are accident brands are working with us for a joint investigation whilst we establish the cause of the crash. our correspondent ben ando was at that press conference and gave us the latest details. well, this evening, investigations are continuing into the cause of this midair collision which led to the deaths we now know of four people. we do not know their genders, or ages and certainly did not know their identities. this evening, police indicated they were
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still trying to establish who those people were who died and were still trying to track down their next of kin. two people were in the light aircraft, two people were in the helicopter. it all happened just after midday, here in the skies above waddesdon manner. the police also said the crash site of a large area and they anticipate being here until at least monday to secure all of the evidence so air accident investigators have the best chance possible to ascertain exactly what went wrong. was that mechanical failure in one of the aircraft? was it perhaps pilot error? that, at the moment, is unknown. the brexit secretary david davis says the uk has made compromises in the brexit negotiations and hasn't seen the same level of compromise back. he's urged the other eu countries to be more flexible. but at a summit of eu leaders in sweden, the president of the eu council, donald tusk, has insisted the uk has much more work to do if talks on trade are to start next month. and the irish prime minister leo
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varadkar says without a guarantee of no physical border with northern ireland, discussions on trade cannot begin. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports from berlin. here in berlin, where the decisions matter so much, there in dublin, this morning, and almost everywhere, the government mission to persuade the rest of the eu to please move on. the prime minister in sweden admits there is more to do. we are agreed that good progress has been made but there is more to be done. we should move forward together towards the point where sufficient progress can be declared. but someone has to budge to get there. in the european capital that speaks with the loudest voice, the view is that britain must shift. the brexit secretary does not think it is down to him.
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we have made quite a lot of compromises. on citizens‘ rights, we have made all the running. we have not always got that back. you have come to the powerhouse of the european union without an offer on what pretty much everybody on the other side agrees is the biggest problem. eu politician after eu politician has been crystal clear that they are not going to move on in the way that you want to until the uk is willing to make a promise, not to give a figure but to give a promise that you are prepared to write a big cheque. what is also clear is that many of them do want to move on. they see it is very important to them. countries like denmark, holland, italy and spain, countries like poland can see the benefits in the future deal that we are talking about, the deep and
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special relationship the prime minister refers to, a strong trading and security relationship. they all have things to benefit from that. this is not a one—way street, not something for nothing. this benefits everybody. so who is holding out? germany and france holding things up? to be clear, germany and france, the open secret of europe, are the most powerful players on the european continent, of course. and so what they believe is very influential, sometimes decisively so. but it's the whole of europe's decision, 27 countries. why not admit that at some point in the next ten days, two weeks, you are going to have to say that the uk will put a more generous financial offer on the table? nothing comes for nothing in this world. with david davis playing bad cop in germany, he left theresa may looking like an awkward chief constable in sweden. ireland, clearly not
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satisfied over the issue of the cash or the border after brexit. 18 months since the referendum, ten years since people started agitating for a referendum. sometimes it does not seem they thought all of this through. welcome to this press conference. for now, the eu is publicly and resolutely sticking together, demanding more progress, with just a couple of weeks to make it, and suggesting that mr davies' idea that they should come eyes was a joke. —— compromise. i made it very clear to the prime minister, theresa may, that this progress needs to happen at the beginning of december at the latest. i appreciate david davis' english sense of humour. he probably does not like his ideas being called a joke but he has to compete with tory demands at home, too. ministers might have to back down
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over their hope of putting the date of brexit into law. it is a good idea, because it is stating something which is clear government policy, that we will leave on the 29th of march, 2019. how it is done and what form it is will be debated in the house. so you might have to budge? no. it sounds rather like it. no. the whole bill will be debated through the house, the whole of it, and parts of it will change as we go through. we will see where we go. which is harder, dealing with the tory party or 27 other countries? you only described about two thirds of myjob. look, this is the most important negotiation and transition in our modern history, in peace time, anyway. of course it is difficult. people have passionate views. and which is harder?
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i don't know the answer to that, it varies day by day. at home and away, this is no longer about pressing the flesh, as the deadline looms. the talks are getting tougher. the journey to the next phase of brexit, a charm offensive perhaps a little short on charm. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are charlie wells, deputy snapchat editor at the economist, and the huffington post's political reporter kate forrester. the zimbabwean leader robert mugabe has been seen in public for the first time since the military takeover on wednesday. he's reportedly been under house arrest but today he attended a university graduation ceremony in the capital, harare. earlier the military said talks with mr mugabe were continuing and there had been significant progress in the operation targeting what it called
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the criminals surrounding him. in the past few minutes, state tv are reporting eight out of the ten regional branches of zanu—pf have called on him mr mugabe to resign. shingai nyoka's report from zimbabwe contains some flash photography. president mugabe shuffled down the red carpet towards his first public engagement in over a week. the 93—year—old leader remains defiant, despite facing the biggest challenge to his decades—long rule. many hadn't expected him to show up to a relatively insignificant engagement. by virtue of the authority vested in me, i declare this congregation of the university duly constituted as a graduation ceremony. nothing on the surface suggests that this is a crisis, and there is no heightened military presence here. and president mugabe, in his first public appearance,
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is looking relaxed. but then again, this is no ordinary takeover. following guns and explosions on tuesday night, many thought it was the end for the long—time leader, but the violence has been replaced by an almost surreal normal. zimbabweans are new to this and don't know how to react. there are negotiations over whether he should step down, but president mugabe doesn't seem to be losing any sleep. there is no deal yet, no exit package that president mugabe and the military could agree on. sources suggest that he wants to continue as a figurehead until the party's congress in december. the catalyst of this crisis, grace mugabe, has not been seen for days. many suggest that she's confined to their private residence in the capital. it's her ambitions to take over as vice president that set off these events and led to the sacking of the vice president emmerson mnangagwa.
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the army is there to protect the constitution and the republic and everything. we, the war veterans, are there to change things. veterans of zimbabwe's liberation war say a mass rally will be held on saturday to pressure the leader to go. the tables that mugabe turned on so many of his wartime comrades are now being turned against him. the party have already put in motion a series of meetings to consider his expulsion. it's been suggested that the military offered to sweeten the deal — "leave now and face no retribution". it's not clear how long he will hold out before the curtain closes on his career. shingai nyoka, bbc news, harare. let's get the very latest now from my colleague ben brown, who's in zimbabwe. ina in a house arrest, who surprised
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where people to the robert mugabe today? —— given that he is under house arrest. absolutely stunned, frankly, martine. it was extraordinary, that he has been under house arrest since that military takeover on wednesday and then popped up in academic robes and then popped up in academic robes and a mortar board is that nothing had changed in zimbabwe. well, really everything has changed because, effectively, the military are now in power but they are still trying to persuade him to resign and to go quietly if you like. at the moment, he is not going quietly. it seems he is refusing to stand down u nless seems he is refusing to stand down unless they can do a deal with him, the generals who have taken power on wednesday, and they can do a deal in which he agrees to step down and makes way for a transitional government with some members of the opposition taking part in that transitional government. will be military not say that they're looking for those criminals who have surrounded robert mugabe? who are they talking about and what
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do they mean by criminals? well, yes, ithink do they mean by criminals? well, yes, i think this was partly a coverfor well, yes, i think this was partly a cover for a well, yes, i think this was partly a coverfor a military well, yes, i think this was partly a cover for a military takeover that was really a good but they are refusing to call it as such. —— that was really a coup. it is also a power struggle within zanu—pf and you have got to remember that what the military were principally worried about was robert mugabe's wife, grace, who is 41 years his junior, taking power. they fear that robert mugabe was just handing over power to her. they could not stomach her. she has been criticised for a long time for her flamboyant, extravagant long time for her flamboyant, extravaga nt lifestyle. long time for her flamboyant, extravagant lifestyle. she is known as gucci grace here and they could not stomach that. nor, by the way, go to the ruling movement here, zanu-pf. we go to the ruling movement here, zanu—pf. we have heard through the night that eight out of ten provinces have had a no—confidence vote in robert mugabe. they do not wa nt vote in robert mugabe. they do not want him any more. his own party, that is. also, the war veterans,
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those who fought the war of independence with him, they have called for a huge rally tomorrow in the capital demanding that he steps down. so, everyone it seems is now against him. the war veterans who fought with him, zanu—pf, his own movement, and the army. he is running out of friends, he is running out of friends, he is running out of time. you cannot last much longer. ben, thank you very much, in zimbabwe. the headlines: police and air accident investigators are trying to establish the cause of a midair collision involving a light aircraft and a helicopter that killed four people. the eu tells theresa may she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the eu is to agree to begin brexit trade talks before the end of the year. president mugabe makes his first public appearance since the military seized control of the zimbabwean government. sport now. a full round—up from the sports. are
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you sitting comfortably? hyam, but i am trying to get these score of the women's rugby. that is what i am looking for and i have just been given the spore and i will tell you what it is all about. england's women are playing the first of three tests against canada. it is half—time in london and the score, to england, is 29—0. england have seven uncapped players in the squad but many of the starting 15 featured in the world cup final defeat to new zealand in the summer. this is good news. 29—0. canada are a good team in women's rugby. the two sides will play again next tuesday and saturday. elsewhere, there are three domestic rugby league games to tell you about tonight. in the premiership, top of the table saracens are at gloucester and they are 6—3 up at the moment. it isn't all welsh affairs in the
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mate's anglo welsh cup. it is pointless carded against ospreys and dragons are losing 15—3 at home to scarlets. england's women's cricketers have lost their ashes series after a heavy defeat in the first twenty20. australia have an unassailable lead and have regained the payments to be with two games to spare. england started badly, batting first, losing their captain at second poll. at one point, 16—4. wyatt's made and 50 help them to 132— men but it was never enough and australia cruised toa never enough and australia cruised to a six wicket victory with nearly five overs left. mooney hitting 86 not out. i had some concerns over their batting line—up before coming into the series but i think the bones of exceptional bashers and we knew they were going to be a tough tea m knew they were going to be a tough team to beat in australia, in their own conditions, and they certainly seemed to play well at year end it was always going to be a tough challenge but we got a lot to play for, to at least tie the series. i
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know they will get to retain it as they won at last time, but we have got pride to play for. golf. england players are donating the european tour ‘s season ended by after a fascinating second round. matthew fitzpatrick, defending champion, is leading the field but it was this man who pushed him all the way after the round of the day, shooting a 9—under par 63 to take second place. fitzpatrick made a birdie at the last to go one shot ahead of hatton on io—under par and two shots ahead ofjustin rose, third on the leaderboard. the premier league is back this weekend after the international break and second placed manchester united have two key players returning for their game against newcastle tomorrow. france's midfielder paul pogba is fit again after a hamstring injury that is good about since september. zlatan ibrahimovic is also back after damaging knee ligaments in europe but it is an early return than
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expected as jose but it is an early return than expected asjose mourinho admits he thought it would be more like the end of the year. you can clearly see manchester united this season, before paul's injury and after paul's injury. ibrahimovic, last season we played with him every minute almost, until he was injured. this season, we learn how to play without him. but he is a very important player for us. on to tennis, and belgian‘s player com pletes on to tennis, and belgian‘s player completes the semifinal line—up in london. he had to be to dominate in his last team game to progress and he did so in straight sets. including a 15 point unbeaten run, but his opponent in the semifinals this tournament favourite roger federer. there will be another semi. on sir bradley wiggins is set to make his competitive rowing debut in
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next month's british indoor championships. the five—time olympic cycling champion and tour de france winner will compete at the olympic velodrome on the 9th of september. he retired from cycling in december last year and admits he may be a bit delusional. that of the sport for now, more in the next hour. join us then. police in dorset have just released a man they were questioning in connection with the disappearance of 19—year—old gaia pope who was last seen in swanage ten days ago. he is the third person the police have arrested on suspicion of murder and then released. jon donnison has more. the beautiful dorset coast — now the focus of an ugly search. more than 50 officers from the police, fire service and coastguard combing the area above and below the cliffs, just outside swanage. but it's ten days since gaia pope was last seen. the search moved to this clifftop area after police found women's clothes — similar, they say, to what gaia was wearing when she was last seen.
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it was shortly after that discovery that officers arrested 49—year—old paul elsey. this evening, he's been released under investigation. paul elsey lives in one of these flats in this complex of morrison road in swanage. his 71—year—old mother and 19—year—old nephew were arrested earlier this week but have also been released while the investigation continues. this cctv footage shows gaia running up morrison road just before she disappeared. earlier, she'd bought an ice cream at a petrol station outside swanage. and her family want the search to intensify. whatever you're doing, if you're planning on being in this area over the weekend, please do get in touch via the find gaia facebook group, come and pick up some flyers, and get out there looking for her. a week and a half on, police now at least have a focus for that search. but after a day scouring these hills, no further breakthrough. jon donnison, bbc news, swanage.
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bbc news has learned that thousands of people who claim the main sickness benefit — employment and support allowance — have had their benefits wrongly calculated, and have not been paid the full amount they are entitled to. it's understood the department for work and pensions owes up to half a billion pounds in back payments. ministers say they are aware of the problem and have already started making the repayments. our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan has the story. in many of britain's former mining communities, welfare has replaced work. horden in county durham has high levels of benefit dependency, much of it triggered by ill health. old manufacturing jobs maim the body — lack of opportunities maim the mind. peter cartwright has any number of health problems, from osteoarthritis to depression. he used to get incapacity benefit but is now on employment and support allowance. he is astonished the government
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have been underpaying the benefit. it's not as if you can go and get loads of luxuries when you're on this benefit. you have enough to get through, and if people are getting underpaid for it, i mean, that means they're not getting through, they're having to make the choice of either food or heating. a disproportionately high number of people here get esa, and some are now in for a windfall after an extraordinary error. between 2012 and 2015, the government miscalculated. they underpaid the benefits due to people moving off incapacity benefit and onto esa. we've been told officials estimate that claimants are owed £500 million. the error could affect around 75,000 people. based on those figures, the average repayment will be close to £7,000 per person. there will be people who will be angry about it, but i think a lot of people willjust see it as a bit of a windfall and be grateful
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that they're getting that. i think they would just see it as a welcome break from the austerity that we go through on a daily basis. the benefits system is absolutely crucial in communities like this. it is, in many ways, a backbone of the local economy. and in recent years it has become harder to get a benefit and harder to live on benefits. and so the least that people expect is that when they do qualify, the government pays them everything they're actually due. backwards and forwards... employment support allowance, which tests fitness for work, is paid to about 2.5 million people. brought into cut the benefits bill, it hasn't — but has created stress for many claimants. the labour mp frank field has charted the benefit‘s many problems. this latest failure, he says, is of historic proportions. i am gobsmacked at the size and the nature and the extent of people that are being wrongly impoverished.
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horden‘s welfare park affectionately commemorates the village's old mining heritage. but the present matters more than the past, and for many that means adequate benefit payments. ministerial promises to correct this error, to repay everyone in full, must be kept. michael buchanan, bbc news, county durham. more than a million credit card users who are struggling proposals for more than a million new homes have been announced today. coming less than a week before the budget, the plans could add hundreds of billions of pounds to the uk economy. they also include recommendations for a new town. the commission also wants to delivery of the east—west railway line linking
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oxford and cambridge, a new railway station at cambridge files and a so—called east— west expressway that would link the miand mao at oxford. the commission wants more powers for councils to ensure more homes are built. emma reports. a brand—new town taking shape in cambridgeshire, housing the workforce of the future. it could just be the start. we need to boost housing supply so people can get access to those jobs and do not have to travel so far and also so that younger people can get on the housing ladder and stay in the localities, and that is why we are proposing to reopen the railway line that was closed 50 years ago between oxford and milton keynes and cambridge, significant investment in roads so that this can support more jobs and these hugely important to the thriving economies. milton keynes is one of the fastest—growing places in the country, and those trying to bring businesses here say the plan is ambitious. doubling the amount of housing across the
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cambridge— milton keynes, keynes— oxford area is a huge ask. i think it is possible. i come from milton keynes and it is used to build a new places, new ones, and i am quite sure a fairshare places, new ones, and i am quite sure a fair share of that growth will occur here. we always plan on infrastructure before expansion, and providing we follow those rules and get the infrastructure replaced first, yes, we can. but we do need to be sensitive. by knowledge design and understanding, our city model, although the principle that we will be fine. bedford is also in the middle of a building boom, where some are not convinced that infrastructure will come first. we are promised things within buildings, so we were promised a station in bedford and it has not happened, and we have got over 1000 houses and people moving their without the station. people do not believe infrastructure is going to, afterwards and it is important that we have the infrastructure before we
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have the development. cambridge has already had so much growth that it has got a brand—new railway station, and under the expansion plans, it could have another to the south of the city by 2022. well, i think anything of new link is always a goodidea anything of new link is always a good idea but i think they need to follow it up with the infrastructure. a lot of people come into the city for all of the new jobs and industries, but one of my concerns might be more people, we are pretty busy here already. concerns might be more people, we are pretty busy here alreadylj would are pretty busy here already.” would love it if there were a real way to oxford. it is a pity that it has been missing for so many years. building a fillyjoined up east— west rail link is now seen as the key to unlocking the region's economic potential. a military dog who helped save the lives of british and afghan troops in afghanistan is to receive the animal equivalent of the victoria cross — the dickin medal. mali was seriously wounded in 2012, when he entered a building in kabulunderfire, to sniff out explosives and insurgents. despite his injuries he carried
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on, helping to secure the enemy stronghold. his new handler, corporal daniel hatley, says his dog is exceptionally brave. chi chi izundu reports. it's the animal equivalent of the victoria cross, and this year's dickin medal is being awarded to mali, the eight—year—old belgian malinois. in 2012, he was helping british troops in afghanistan when they came under attack. in searching for insurgents, mali came under direct fire. his job was to sniff out explosives, and he was even hoisted up outside the building several times to help find a safe exit. his handler during the operation is anonymous for security reasons. from operations that we'd been on previously, he had shown his... he'd really sort of shown his mettle and built a reputation amongst all the guys. by the time we launched onto this operation, we really felt that we had a guardian angel amongst us. the mission lasted seven and a half hours, and mali's contribution
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to its success is undeniable. the amount of noise, the dust, the smoke, you know, it must have overloaded his senses. he received blast injuries from two grenades that were thrown down the stairs at him, but again, he still carried on after that. the military uses around 500 dogs in a variety of roles from sniffing out explosives to hunting down insurgents. as for that medal, his current handler says mali thought it was an edible treat at first. but having made a full recovery, mali is now passing on his skills at the canine training squadron, which teaches dogs and their handlers about their roles in the military. disappointing to get a medal when you would rather have a biscuit! lets have a look at the weather. where skies are clear, temperatures
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are dipping, a touch of frost overnight but not as widespread as last month because there is some cloud around so the frost may come and go. still a virtue showers across scotland and parts of northern ireland and northern england on a brisk breeze —— a fair few showers. the lowest temperatures in the countryside around freezing for some other going into saturday morning. quite a bit of cloud in northern ireland on saturday, cloudy and patchy rain in wales and the midlands and southern england. a cold feeling afternoon. early showers in northern england but the sunshine comes back and the best will be in scotland although still very breezy. a widespread frost for sunday morning, the best of the sunshine in the east, northern ireland and wales and south—west england, afairamount ireland and wales and south—west england, a fair amount of cloud and a bit of light rain. this is bbc news.
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our latest headlines... police and air accident accident investigators are trying to establish the cause of a midair collision involving a light aircraft and a helicopter that killed four people. the eu tells theresa may she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the eu is to agree to begin brexit trade talks before the end of the year. president mugabe makes his first public appearance since the military seized control of the zimbabwean government. the 93—year—is facing growing pressure from his zanu—pf party to stand down. a family renting a home in london has been threatened with eviction after complaints that their baby's crying was too noisy. attila and ildiko wurth received the warning from their management company, after it said neighbours had complained "on a daily basis". the parents say it is horrible discrimination against families with children. it is stressful.
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wejust moved in, the move was stressful enough. immediately after we said we have to move again. we moved here for a reason so we do not want to live anywhere else because it is pricey accommodation to be close to a good school. if we moved out, our son will not in so we cannot. joining me now is paul shamplina from landlord action who has spent his career helping landlords with problem tenants. thank you for coming in. is this a new one for you? it is actually, in the years i have been running the company we have never had an instruction from a landlord to deal with a family with a crying baby and an eviction. it is heavy—handed tactics in my opinion. what sort of noise complaints do people normally
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make? i think this property was converted and it was not a purpose block so i think there could be soundproofing issues. you can have anti—social behaviour and arguments and stuff and things can be magnified with regard to noise. if there is a complaint, you have to contact the noise abatement team at the council to see if it is loud noise. how clear are the responsibilities of a landlord toward protecting tenants who feel their lives are being disturbed?” think in this case the landlord knew they were renting to a young family and there was a baby that was going to be living in the property and babies do cry. i think landlord have a responsibility, if there are problems with other tenants and complaints from neighbours, i think mediation is the first thing that needs to happen to try to work things out. i suppose you might have
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an issue if you have different landlord looking at the different te na nts ? landlord looking at the different tenants? you might do and the problem is that 20% of the housing market is buy to let and 80% of those landlords have one or two properties so they can change and there is a lack of education out that the landlords. most want to be able to rent a property as long as possible to decent tenant who stay in the property. if you have got people with children as tenants, and children to make noise, what would you do to look after that particular family? i think what i would be doing, if there were complaints for other people i would find out the times of day and when they were taking place. iwould times of day and when they were taking place. i would sit down and try to speak with the actual family and say, these are the complaints are being made. that is the first thing that needs to happen rather than threatening to serve them with an eviction notice and if there are sound issues, as a landlord you have to deal with those if there has to be soundproofing put in with regard
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to the floors and walls, that should be the first port of call. how can a landlord be compelled to carry out that sort of remedial work?m landlord be compelled to carry out that sort of remedial work? if it is expensive, in this day is what might happen... ican expensive, in this day is what might happen... i can tell you that if the landlord tried to take the tenant to court on the ground the baby was crying, i cannot see a judge granting that order in a million yea rs granting that order in a million years but what the landlord can do is end they can and serve a section 21 note is called non—fault. is end they can and serve a section 21 note is called non-fault. that leaves somebody without a home. and it also means that property still is not properly soundproofed. where are the responsible at ease for that? there are building regulations and councils try to make sure they are dear to them, especially if there have been complaints. in this case, if the landlord and the management, he that threatened to carry out eviction decided to end the tenancy, what happens is that they might only went to single people going forward or people with no babies. it is wrong in my opinion and i have never
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come across a case like this. it is interesting. thank you for coming 30 years ago tomorrow, at about 7.30pm in the evening, the deadliest fire in the history of the london underground started. 31 people died as a result of the fire, started by a single match discarded on a wooden escalator. the tragedy brought about monumental changes in fire safety. an inquiry resulted in 157 recommendations being made. some things, like firefighters uniforms, were changed almost immediately. but there were scores of changes on the underground too. tom edwards has been looking at what's changed since the fire. thousands use this escalator everyday and many don't know this is where the worst fire in the history of the tube started. this is as galeta four at king's cross. a lit match ignited chris, eventually
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creating a huge viable —— escalator four. stuart budden is now retired but nearly 30 years ago he was one of the first firefighters to arrive. you heard a dull sound, you could see a thick black wall of smoke engulfing them. it was travelling faster than they could walk. what we did, we were hurrying up ourselves to get out of the station, we were hoovering up people, saying to them, get out. just two minutes after they arrived, the fire had flashed over and engulfed the ticket hall. arrived, the fire had flashed over and engulfed the ticket hallm arrived, the fire had flashed over and engulfed the ticket hall. it was then that we'd heard or started to hear the screams. i thought, there must be loads of people down there, just scream after scream. the soho station officer died in the five his locker space is left empty as a memorial. 30 years on, this official
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report still makes terrifying reading. it describes how this station, full of commuters, turned into a furnace. it also outlines how the response from the emergency services was hampered due to a breakdown in communication and there was a lack of knowledge of the station layout. transport bosses are condemned as being blinkered. the approach to dealing with fires, seriously flawed. the following inquiry led to huge changes to the tube and the fire service's safety regimes. among the many recommendations, wooden escalators should be removed, smoking should be banned and heat detectors and sprinklers should be installed and, crucially, the emergency services should be able to communicate with each other underground. most of the recommendations have since been
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implemented. these types of exercises are now part of training also legislation ensures minimum staffing levels on deep lying stations. although a new radio system stations. although a new radio syste m o nly stations. although a new radio system only introduced after the 7/7 bombings in 2005. there isn't a month goes by in myjob we do not reckford is the king's cross fire. it had such a phenomenal and beneficial effect on the organisation —— do not reference. out of a desperate tragedy, good things have actually come. if you're standing in this great station, one of the things that built it is out that terrible disaster. our should be very reassured but our thoughts are very much with the people who lost their lives and were injured. with cuts due on the tube, the unions say they will resist anything they think could compromise safety and these changes only happened after the deaths of 31 londoners. tom edwards, bbc london news.
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the rnli has shutjersey's main lifeboat station, after a row with the local crew. it's the first time the charity has withdrawn an all—weather lifeboat, the only one the island has, at such short notice. jen smith reports from jersey. jersey‘s only all of the lifeboat on its way to poole this morning. saint telea's lap but will now be in the uk after the rnli closed this station. it follows months of disputes between the crew and the charity over coxswain and the hips. i think everybody would be shocked like we are, horrified, the people who paid for the boat but it was not about making. we tried to tell them and they carried on. they have this massive organisation with so much money and they think they can just do what they like. hopefully the people ofjersey will back us because if they think they do is go to bring in a boatand because if they think they do is go to bring in a boat and get a crew like that, i don't think so. on monday night the bbc reported the
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crew wa nted monday night the bbc reported the crew wanted to ditch the rnli and set up its own lifeboat station. the rnli says it left them no choice but to close the station. certainly that was an influence in the decision but i think that was symptomatic of the relationship breaking down with the crew. we had to make a decision and that's what we've done. the crew at this station is now calling on the states to back it in its bid to become independent. it will cost millions and could be in direct competition. the rnli, it with a desire to return here. so which way will be jersey desire to return here. so which way will bejersey government go? desire to return here. so which way will be jersey government go? at some point in the future maybe we will have to choose between two options but as i have said, we have integrated we will meet the crew and listen to what they have to say about their independent boat. equally we will continue to work with the institution because they have indicated they want to help where they can and maybe they will play a part in the station in the future. ultimately the issue is now safety, leaving jersey without an all—weather boat could put lives at
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risk. the islands harbour master says he will bring in cover from elsewhere. it is a very challenging place to operate and having that all—weather capability is very important and we can provide that in the by using covering stations from guernsey and maybe additional use of helicopters. we will get an extra equipment. we have some contingency plans in place and working towards getting the all—weather capability backis getting the all—weather capability back is a priority. at this stage it could be months before the stores reopen. —— with these doors. the headlines on bbc news. police and air accident accident investigators are trying to establish the cause of a midair collision involving a light aircraft and a helicopter that killed four people. the eu tells theresa may she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the eu is to agree to begin brexit trade talks before the end of the year. president mugabe makes his first public appearance since
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the military seized control of the zimbabwean government. an update on the market numbers for you. here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. the ftse 100 the ftse100 edging into the red. and some breaking news from the football association of wales who are saying that chris coleman has resigned from his position as the wales national team manager with immediate effect. he was appointed injanuary immediate effect. he was appointed in january 2012 under difficult circumstances, says the statement, and has guided the wales team to the semifinals of euro 2016. the chief executive, jonathan ford, said they are extremely disappointed to see his tenure coming to an end. the tea m his tenure coming to an end. the team will be eternally grateful to
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him for thejob he has done over the last six years. they wish him the best of luck as he returns to club management. more on that later in the sports bulletin. now it's time for newswatch. this week samira ahmed hears your thoughts about the bbc‘s brexit coverage. hello and welcome to the show. halfway to brexit so how is the bbc‘s coverage doing? biased, baffling and boring save you ease —— assay viewers. we asked how to inform viewers on this most divisive issue. first, event in zimbabwe which first came to the attention of news desks on tuesday evening. it has been taking a while to work out what exact has happened, it was a military coup or not. the confusion was not helped by the bbc quoting as a source a fake twitter account in


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