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tonight at six, a damning report says bristol's police and council were guilty of institutional racism. bijan ebrahimi was beaten to death and his body set on fire. he was a victim of collective failure. don't you dare take pictures of me! despite years of complaints, officials repeatedly sided with those who abused him. absolutely shocking and devastating, especially as a family, if these things happen, it's just unacceptable. but no individuals have been blamed, we'll be asking why. also tonight, the prison branded the worst in the country — inmates describe rats and cockroaches everywhere. in the last hour, a hasn't trained in america derails while crossing a bridge, we will have the latest. two die in a blaze at one of scotland's top hotels, other guests are in hospital. it's all over, england lose the third test and the ashes. now the aussies target a 5—0 whitewash. more than eight million of us will live till we're 100,
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but how do we stay healthy? and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, we'll be looking back at a night of sporting celebrations and surprises after mo farah is crowned bbc sport personality of the year. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. an official report into the case of an iranian refugee who was murdered in bristol has concluded there was institutional racism on the part of the authorities who dealt with him. bijan ebrahimi was killed by a neighbour in the summer of 2013, and his body set alight. today's report, by the safer bristol partnership, found that avon and somerset police and bristol city council repeatedly sided with those who had
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abused him over a period of years. but while the report found evidence of collective failure, it said that individuals were not intentionally racist. jon kay reports. he came to britain for safety, but bijan ebrahimi was brutally beaten to death and his body set on fire. don't you dare take pictures of me, all right?! this is the neighbour who killed him — lee james, now serving life for murder. but this was not the first attack. today's report says, time and time again, at different addresses over several years, bijan alleged he'd been attacked by a number of different people. but this report says he was treated as a nuisance by the authorities in bristol, with police and council staff often siding with his alleged abusers, rather than helping him.
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absolutely shocking and disgusting... now, bijan‘s sisters have been told there was a collective failure by avon and somerset police and bristol city council, which amounted to institutional racism, a phrase used nearly 20 years ago in the stephen lawrence inquiry. these are not the words that we should hear this day and age. you don't want to see, you don't want to hear any more about this, it's been dealt with so many times before, and seeing it is happening again is truly shocking. we are very angry, as my sister said, and it's very shocking and upsetting as a family. today's report says no individual members of staff here at bristol city council, or at avon and somerset police, were intentionally racist themselves, but it says both organisations had an ingrained view of bijan ebrahimi which affected the way they treated him and that he didn't get the support or the level of service that he should have received. the report says, as an iranian man,
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bijan was put at a disadvantage because the way the authorities dealt with him was discriminatory. that is why, it concludes, there was institutional racism. it's a word that's rarely used, it's a finding that's rarely found, because one would hope that institutional racism is not a common problem. but the family's concern, in fact, is that it is much more common than it is found. last year, two members of police staff were jailed for misconduct. the force apologised to the ebrahimi family then and, along with the city council, has now accepted today's report in full. they say lessons have been learnt. bijan‘s death won't be in vain, and it will be the basis of this authority, and i'm sure many institutions around the city, having a look at what they do and the way they do it. nearly five years after he was killed here, bijan ebrahimi's family say his voice has now finally been heard.
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jon kay, bbc news, bristol. our home editor, mark easton, is here with me. so there is institutional racism but no individual is to blame, how does that work? well, institutional racism is obviously a troubling phrase but a complicated concept. in this case, the inquiry said there was no evidence that anyone from the police or the council intentionally behaved in a racist manner, nor that they had policies or procedures were schwerner in any way racist, but the definition of institutional racism is laid out in the macpherson report utterly stephen lawrence inquiry, it includes attitudes and behaviours which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping. it is shocking that the phrase is still being used almost 25 years after stephen lawrence's murder, but it is also a
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reminder of how hard it is to change deep—seated, hidden, and conscious bias is from affecting the way that professionals deal with often very challenging, complex and sensitive situations. there are recommendations in today's report to introduce additional oversight and checks into the system to protect against that. clearly, for mr ebrahimi family, they hope they will not make the same mistake again. all right, mark, thanks very much. in the last hour, emergency services have been responding to what's being described as a major incident in the united states after an amtrak passenger train came off a bridge and onto a highway in washington state. the local sheriff's office says there have been multiple fatalities. 77 people have been taken to hospital. james cook has the latest. it was the height of the rush—hour on the busy i—5 motorway, and the train was reportedly travelling at more than 80 mph. the local sheriff says it came off the rails near the
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bridge at 7:40 in the morning, smashing onto cars and at least one lorry on the road below. multiple agencies are responding. when we got to the scene, it was obvious that there were some but allergies and there were some but allergies and there were some but allergies and there were a lot of injuries, and some people were able to get off the train. the train was being operated by amtrak, the major us rail passenger company. it was travelling from seattle in washington state to portland in oregon, and amtrak say there were approximately 78 passengers and five crewmembers on board. ina passengers and five crewmembers on board. in a statement, the firm said it was aware of the incident but gave few other details. passengers spoke of a rocking and creaking noise as the train rounded a bend, followed by crushing and screening. to escape, said one survivor, they had to smash windows as the doors could not be opened. the governor of washington thanked the emergency services for their swift response and urged americans to pray for eve ryo ne and urged americans to pray for everyone on board. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. here, inmates at liverpool prison
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are being kept in the worst living conditions inspectors have ever seen. that's according to a leaked report seen by the bbc. prison inspectors found rats, cockroaches and exposed wiring when they made an unannounced visit to the prison. a lack of leadership at all levels, including government, was the chief cause of the problems. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan has this report. behind the walls of liverpool prison, more than 1100 men live in squalid conditions. rats and cockroaches are rife. pools of urine seep from broken toilets. if you put a dog in a place like this, people would come and take you away and lock you up for cruelty to animals. darren hurley spentjust over two years in the prison after being convicted of drugs offences. released in the summer, he told me what life on the inside was like. cockroaches, rats. rubbish just getting left inside the buildings, rather than put out at the end of the evening. does it smell?
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yeah, it smells terrible. basically, like living in a tip. the report we've seen followed an unannounced inspection in september. the inspectors wrote they could not recall having seen worse living conditions. there is a backlog of over 2000 maintenancejobs. i think it's as bad a report as i've ever seen. this former chief inspector of prisons is exasperated by the failings. i ask the head of the prison service, how on earth do it he allow the prison to get into that state? because the management was clearly incompetent in the prison itself. and how could anyone come up from headquarters and go into liverpool and see that, and not feel ashamed, and do something about it? somebody i showed this report to said to me this is england's worstjail. i wouldn't dispute that.
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the inspectors agree, blaming the failure of liverpool notjust on the governor, but on senior officials at the ministry ofjustice. local prison managers had sought help, said the report, but their requests had been met with little response. perhaps most damningly, the inspectors write, "we could see no credible plan to address these basic issues." this liverpool prison officer says the ministry ofjustice are responsible. it is not the fault of staff or management, this is firmly with the ministry and the government. start investing in the prisons and give us the resources to do ourjob. the ministry ofjustice said they would not comment on lea ked said they would not comment on leaked documents but they did appoint a new governor recently. former prisoners we have spoken to be released in recent weeks say the conditions inside remained dire. the victorian era jail abiding victorian
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living conditions in modern britain. michael buchanan, bbc news, liverpool. us military personnel fired shots today at a suffolk airbase used by the american air force, as they stopped someone who tried to force their way in. raf mildenhall was locked down by security staff, after reports of an individual ramming the gates with a vehicle. the suspect was arrested. the base hosts the 100th air refueling wing and some special operations squadrons. a review of fire and building regulations following the grenfell tower disaster says the current system isn't fit for purpose and a culture change is required to ensure safety is prioritised over cost. damejudith hackitt, in her interim review for the government, says the rules should be simplified. let's speak to our home affairs correspondent tom symonds. how significant is this, and what are the implications? well, very significant, george, this is a senior engineer setting up some of
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the problems with the building regulation system that may have led to the tragedy here. she says the system is so complicated that her staff had to draw up a map for her to try to understand it, and it is very complicated. she said that this has so many loopholes that if you wa nt to has so many loopholes that if you want to get away with checking standards, then there is very little chance of you being caught and very few penalties. she is the health and safety executive, and she says she wa nts a safety executive, and she says she wants a change as big as that which happened in workplace safety over the last ten years, but she says she is not really here to come up with particular technical standards. mps today wanted her to say that she would ban the use of so—called limited combustibility materials on towers like g re nfell tower, limited combustibility materials on towers like grenfell tower, which is just over their plans. she said that was not so much herjob as coming up with a system that will maintain safety in future. she will produce a final report, george, next year. police in lebanon have arrested an uber driver in connection with the murder of a 30—year—old
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british diplomat in beirut. the body of rebecca dykes, who worked at the british embassy in the city, was found beside a motorway over the weekend. officers say she had been strangled and sexually assaulted. tonight, her family said in a statement that rebecca was "imply irreplaceable". from lebanon, our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville sent this report. becky dykes fell in love with lebanon. she had onlyjust moved here full—time, but she was deeply committed to her work, helping the country cope with the influx of refugees from syria. there was a final night out before she returned home for christmas — a colleague's leaving do here at this bar in gemmayzeh. at around midnight, she called a taxi, an uber, to take her home. she was never seen alive again. she was driven out of beirut. her body was found by a highway the next day. she'd been strangled and sexually assaulted. a 35—year—old lebanese man is in police custody.
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the suspect is believed to be an uber driver. he's worked for the company for a short period of time. here in beirut, uber‘s generally seen as a safe way of getting about, especially by women on their own. the company responded in a statement, saying that it was horrified by this senseless act of violence and that it's fully cooperating with the police investigation. lebanon's dark days lie mostly in its past. in these neighbourhoods, there's now a relaxed approach to personal safety. this is not the first attack of its kind, but they are rare. we all drink in this area, we go out on friday and saturday nights in this very neighbourhood, which is usually very, very safe. so i think we're alljust deeply saddened that one of our friends left by herself and just didn't come back. at the british embassy, staff are heartbroken. the ambassador took to social media and said, "the whole embassy is deeply shocked, it was a tragic loss." embassy staff are now providing
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consular assistance to the family of one of their own. becky dykes hadn't been in lebanon long, but she'd already made a big difference. her friends say that's how they want to remember her — as someone who cared, a bright star just beginning her career, and a woman who'd already helped improve the lives of the most vulnerable here in lebanon. quentin sommerville, bbc news, beirut. in south africa, the african national congress, which has ruled the country since the end of apartheid, has elected a new leader. cyril ramaphosa will replace the controversial jacob zuma as party leader. under mr zuma, who faces hundreds of charges of corruption, south africa's economy has stagnated, and the political climate has become more divisive. let's talk to our africa editor, fergal keane. what does this mean for the party
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and for the country? potentially it isa and for the country? potentially it is a huge step forward. cyril ramaphosa am pained for the post of president promising to restore the moral values associated with the party of nelson mandela and those great anti—apartheid campaigners. you have to look at this result and ta ke you have to look at this result and take into account the fact that elected as the deputy president is someone who was a strong loyalist of president zuma. so the scope for radical attacks on corruption is going to be limited. i have been watching cyril ramaphosa since the 19th 805 watching cyril ramaphosa since the 19th 80s here, when he was a union negotiator, very tough man but also one who seemed to know when to strike a deal. i saw him help to negotiate a new constitution for south africa. also we have to remember his role in the irish peace process , remember his role in the irish peace process, where he was brought in to oversee decommissioning of ira weapons. in all of those roles he has had tacked, patience and steel.
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he's going to need all of those in trying to sort out the problems here. our top story this evening... a damning report says bristol's police and council were guilty of institutional racism in the case of a murdered refugee. and still to come... handsha kes all round, as england lose the ashes, but is there anything the team can do to avoid a whitewash? coming up on sportsday on bbc news... what next for england after the ashes are lost? it used to be a rare occurrence that deserved a special letter of congratulations from the queen — but new figures show that one in eight people in the uk is projected to live to at least 100. that's around 8.5 million people. it's part of a global trend. but how do we make sure more of us remain healthy — becoming so—called "super—agers".
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becoming so—called "super—agers" ? in the first of a series of reports, our medical correspondent fergus walsh has been to california, a centre for research into ageing. on your marks... to me, i don't think about age as being a handicap. set... it's just a process. you live, you die. so, why not live? irene 0'bera is 84. she makes old age look like an irrelevance. irene's been breaking world records for four decades. it takes effort. when she's not training at this track near san francisco, she's in the gym. her philosophy is simple. live the life you love, and love the life you lead. and a quitter never wins, and a winner never quits. and i want to be a winner. we're living in an ageing world. by 2050, the number of people aged
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65 and over is projected to triple globally to 1.5 billion. in the uk, the number of people aged 80 and over is projected to more than double to 7.5 million by 2050. and the number of centenarians to increase sixfold to 94,000. it's a whole body movement... so, what can we do to increase our chances of spending those extra years in good health, like irene? she speaks french it's notjust about exercising the body, but also the mind. that's because keeping the brain active can lower the risk of developing dementia. she speaks french ijoined a french language class in berkeley, across the bay from san francisco, where all the students
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are in their seventies. my mother had alzheimer's. so, i mean, there's part of me doesn't want that to happen to me. i do believe that, erm, intellectual stimulation is important. and science may be able to help. in the hills above silicon valley sits the buck institute. researchers there are working on how to delay the way our bodies age. this is our building... this could increase the healthy years of life, free of conditions like cancer, arthritis or heart disease. we predict that there will be drugs that will treat ageing, instead of each disease individually. people themselves would be able to look forward to the last decade of their life still being vibrant, engaged, healthy. just like irene, who challenged me to a friendly race. she can run 100m only seven seconds slower than usain bolt. so, despite my 27—year advantage,
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the winner was never in doubt. that was fantastic. so, i'vejust been beaten by an 84—year—old, but i've been beaten by a super—ager — and i think that's pretty inspiring. thank you! fergus walsh, bbc news, california. two people have been killed in a fire at a luxury hotel on the banks of loch lomond. police scotland say the cameron house hotel has been extensively damaged. around 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel after the alarm was raised early this morning. james shaw reports. the fire started before dawn, and as the sun rose, a huge plume of smoke was visible rising from the central building of the hotel. one person died at the scene — another died later in hospital. three other people, including a child, were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation. the fire and rescue service's
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condolences go out to the people who were involved in this tragic incident, and our thoughts are very much with the family and the friends of the two people who have lost their life this morning. the hotel itself was badly damaged, and is expected to be closed for some time. other businesses in the area, which is a major tourism destination in scotland, are offering to help. the cameron house hotel is one of the most famous luxury hotels in scotland. but today, it was the scene of a mass evacuation and desperate attempts by hotel staff and firefighters to save lives. an investigation to find the cause of the fire has already begun. james shaw, bbc news, on the banks of loch lomond. theresa may says there's no place for threats of violence and intimidation against mps. she made the comments after it emerged that several conservative mps have received dozens of abusive
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emails and tweets because of their views on brexit. 0ur political correspondent vicki young is in westminsterfor us. vicki — how bad is the problem? well, several mps have described what they say is a febrile atmosphere, particularly surrounding the brexit debate. last week, of course, theresa may suffered her first defeat on all of this. several conservatives voted against their own government to inflict that loss on theresa may, and some of them have now gone to the police after m essa 9 es have now gone to the police after messages that they have received. the bbc has seen some of them that have been sent to, including an e—mail which says, you should hang for your crimes. another said, i hope you do live the rest of your life looking over your shoulder in fear. and there was one tweet which said, you have committed treason and your heads belong on spikes outside
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westminster, hashtag jo cox, a reference to the labour mp who was murdered last year. mps are trying to get to a point where they can have a passionate debate which they feel very, very strongly about, but without it tipping over into intimidation. in the last few minutes the home secretary has stood up minutes the home secretary has stood up and said that this threatens democracy, because in the end people might be put off going into public life completely. the right reverend sarah mullally has been named as the new bishop of london, making her the most senior clergywoman in the history of the church of england. she became a priest in 2006 after spending over 35 years working as a senior nurse for the nhs. bishop sarah, who is 55, will be the third woman to run a diocese and will take up a seat in the house of lords. cricket, and australia have taken an unassailable 3—0 lead in the ashes series, after england were bowled out for 218 in the third test in perth. for 218 in the third test in perth. as andy swiss reports, the result raises some serious questions for the england camp. it had been coming for a while,
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but for australia, stilljust as sweet — for england, just as painful. joe root‘s side began the day with an unlikely lifeline. 0vernight rain had leaked onto the pitch, an army of leaf blowers were deployed, causing a three hour delay. but australia made up for lost time. jonny bairstow clean bowled by one that barely bounced. dawid malan, one of the few successes here, briefly gave hope with a gritty 50. but when his resistance ended england's last hopes left. chris woakes was caught behind, australia's victory party began. england once again whacked at the waca, and faced with ashes failure. it is bitterly disappointing. 0ne frustrating thing is we haven't been blown away, we have not been completely outplayed. we've put up some really good performances, just for not long enough, simple as that.
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once again, the scoreboard in perth makes sorry reading for english cricket. to lose the ashes afterjust three matches will be a crushing disappointment, but this is a team which has had problems both on and off the pitch. their star player ben stokes didn't even travel after an incident outside a nightclub. other big names like stuart broad and alistair cook have struggled. england were the underdogs here — as it turned out, with good reason. i've not been surprised with what i have seen. if you look at the england tool box they have arrived with, they were missing a spanner, screwdriver, no one with real pace. not having their best player in ben stokes would always be a big issue. let's have a look at the weather,
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with tomasz schafernaker. we are in for some really sick fog over the next 24 hours. this is just a great picture. it is no laughing matter, because this could be really dense fog and it could be disruptive to some of us fog and it could be disruptive to some of us tomorrow fog and it could be disruptive to some of us tomorrow morning, not just on the roads, there might be delays at the airports as well. this evening at fog will become more widespread and thicker across many parts of england, particularly central england, eastern england and the south. freezing fog is a possibility with those temperatures. further north i don't think there will be too many fog problems. it will be too many fog problems. it will be too many fog problems. it will be a bit milder there. this is about six o'clock in the morning, so approaching rush—hour. we are not talking about fog patches, this is widespread, extensive fog across the
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south. in some areas it might stay for the whole morning and possibly the whole day. this time of the year, when that happens, the temperatures are barely above freezing. more conservative estimate might be 4—6 degrees in the south—east. but look at the temperature in aberdeen, almost tropical, relatively speaking. and this is the following evening, tomorrow night, a weather front approaching and bringing some weather in the north—west. but the fog reforming across southern areas. wednesday looks cloudy and to really, a bit of drizzle around some western and northern areas. the best of the sunshine i suspect across scotland. double—figure temperatures across scotland. double—figure temperatures a cross m ost scotland. double—figure temperatures across most of the uk. and the rest of the week looks pretty foggy and often cloudy. that's all from the bbc news at six. so, it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one, we nowjoin
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the bbc‘s news teams where you are. fog tomorrow morning. it could be on the disruptive side. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: a train derails from a bridge onto a busy road below in the us state of washington — the county sheriff says there are multiple fatalities, and about 80 people have been taken to hospital. an inquiry into the murder of an iranian refugee finds evidence of "institutional racism" by bristol's police and city council. bijan ebrahimi was beaten to death by a neighbour injuly 2013. the south african deputy president cyril ramaphosa has been elected leader of the governing party, the anc.
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