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humid air so temperatures still getting to around 20 degrees or so. 0ver getting to around 20 degrees or so. over the weekend, the low pressure still with us with more weather froms and rain heading our way to stop that is it, you're up to date, bye— bye. the headlines at 11pm. drug crime in inner cities has risen in rural communities and gangs are targeting the most vulnerable. they are from the most vulnerable. they are from the most vulnerable. they are from the most deprived backgrounds, either they have been in care or they are on registers. boris johnson announces a review of sentencing for violent offenders. all flights violent offenders. all flights to and from one of the world's busiest transport hubs suspended after pro—democracy protesters occupied hong kong airport. women going through the menopause face a national shortage of hrt.
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50 yea rs face a national shortage of hrt. 50 years since the beginning of the troubles in northern ireland, we hear local people's memories. and at 11:30 p.m., oursecond hear local people's memories. and at 11:30 p.m., our second and final look of the night at the morning papers. we've got the chief correspondent of the guardian and the deputy political editor of the spectator, katy balls. stay with us for that at 11:30pm on bbc news. good evening. an investigation by bbc news has found that drug crime is shifting from many big cities to the countryside. in the last five years, the number of offences has fallen in urban areas but risen in rural ones. dealers, known as county lines gangs because they operate across borders, have expanded their networks into suburbs and smaller towns.
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city—based drug gangs use the homes of addicts as a base for their dealing called cuckooing. in a moment, we'll hear about the government's proposals today on law and order, but first our special correspondent ed thomas reports from north wales. his report contains images of drug use. county lines in 2019. they‘ re making thousands, can you blame them? if it was legal, they'd be out of business. protecting users and safeguarding children. say we arrested one or two, you can guarantee there'll be another 10 available. for three months we followed a county line from liverpool to north wales. stay down! police! with teenage drug runners moving heroin and crack hundreds of miles every week. sue's daily routine is 20 years in the making. first heroin, then crack.
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each county line can make up to £5,000 a day. i've just come to have a look. two lines have been in sue's home. it's called cuckooing, when dealers move in selling drugs. first, in 2017, mohammed from a london gang... you've got that there in case you get taxed, haven't you? ..took over sue's flat to deal heroin and crack. then, last year, this teenager, who we can't name, arrived from liverpool. he was caught with thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs.
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you're never going to get rid of the drug problem. in llandudno, pc carl barlow‘s priority is to protect users and children. in the top flat, we suspect some people cuckooing at the moment. day and night, we watched carl visit heroin and crack users. we'll just we'lljust come through here and check there's no—one in... some in crisis, or at risk. carl's worried that there are young teenagers in these flats now selling crack and heroin. there are thousands of vulnerable long—term users across north wales. this woman admitted to using heroin while carl was in the house. you ask any of the users, "have i ever locked them up for having personal bits on them?" are we talking crack here or heroin?
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both. both? because, what's the point? there's no way that i would be allowed access into these properties without a warrant and stuff like that if they knew that i was going to go in there and lock them all up for possessing personal use heroin and crack cocaine. u2 lands have been detained under... and this is why — to safeguard children. how old are you? 16. all right. from liverpool? school—aged children sent to north wales. well, don't come to llandudno selling drugs. i need to get into those addresses to check that there's no kids in there. and if i'm not let in the address, i can't do that. they're all from deprived backgrounds, generally. they've either been in care or on at—risk registers. they‘ re constantly missing from home. then there's the violence. mark mason was chased in a car and then stabbed to death in rhyl by a liverpool gang. in connah's quay, teenager matthew cassidy from merseyside
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was murdered by a county lines rival. nobody here? just have a quick look, yeah? here, police are worried about kate — at risk of being cuckooed. nobody's been here? would you tell us if they had? of course i would. these people need to be told to stay away from me. i don't know what they've done in the past. i've certainly not hurt anyone. i have not sold any drugs to anybody. the message... it's a horrible thing to do. ..has already been sent. it is terrifying. and it's not fair? no, it's not. every single ground floor window apart from the door has been put through. and her biggest concern is that the people who have done this will come back and do it again and again.
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atjust 2a, this woman is using heroin. how long does it take to get heroin and crack on this estate? two seconds. two seconds? yeah. it's quite rare for a 24—year—old to be using heroin. i know. i'm the youngest in the whole town. are you? yeah. only four weeks before this filming, her mum died after using heroin. how many people around here are taking it? near enough the whole town. heroin? yeah. are you shocked? it is never—ending. so what needs to change? it's difficult. the only way you would stop the drug supplies from, you know, the 0cgs, the county
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lines stuff and all that, is if the drugs were legalised. mohammed was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. sue faces eviction. the national crime agency says the police alone cannot solve county lines. ed thomas, bbc news, north wales. drugs offences, particularly those involving violence, are the sort of crimes the prime minister says he wants to target. today, in his latest law and order initiative, borisjohnson ordered a review of sentencing for violent criminals. critics say there is no evidence that more time in prison cuts crime, and that england and wales already has the largest prison population in western europe. here's our home editor mark easton. a drive—by shooting in birmingham, a 20—year—old man killed as he played football. four days on, still no arrests and a community still in shock. i'm feeling nervous, and especially my son, he's scared, he's really, really scared. it's the kind of high—profile crime
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that is feeding current anxiety and prompting a u—turn in government policy. after years of cuts to the criminal justice system, suddenly there is money and resources. i will be passionately backing the police... more cops with more powers, courts locking up more people for longer. amid hints of a general election this autumn, borisjohnson wants to sound tough. i want to see several things happen. i want to see a review of sentencing, because i think too many serious sexual and violent offenders are not getting the sentences that they deserve. what is notable in the prime minister's rhetoric, though, is the absence of evidence, of detail as to how they're going to do this, how they are going to pay for it and how it is going to make a positive difference to violent crime. there's a promise of 10,000 more prison places in england and wales, but it's a promise we heard in 2015 and 2016 and again in 2017.
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britain already incarcerates more of its population than any country in western europe and if they do manage the extra places, it will cost an additional 250 million every year. what i'm very pleased about is not only the 10,000 prison places, but we have now got an announcement of £85 million more for the crown prosecution service. you've already cut £100 million from the crown prosecution service budget, so why is £85 million good news? of course this is fantastic new funding, new support... but you've taken the money away! and i've spoken with the director of public prosecutions this morning and he's extremely pleased. i'm sure he is because he's had £100 million taken out of his budget since you came to power. so there's still a £15 million cut. we're absolutely delighted with the news. can i ask you about the 10,000 prisoners, how much is that going to cost? ifi if i tell you to stop, you stop. against the wall. get against the fence!
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what did i do? police across england and wales have now been told they can stop and search people without needing reasonable suspicion of a crime. earlier this year, the power was trialled in seven force areas but such was the concern about possible damage to community relations that reviews were planned after six months and a year. just three months in and without any formal evaluation the government is expanding it across the country. random stop and search in and of itself does not bring down violent crime and knife crime, it's about what works. crime has risen up the list of public concerns, people want something done. but whether easier stop and search, tougher sentencing and more prisoners is the answer, well, the evidence is thin. mark easton, our home affairs editor. the prime minister has announced in the last half—an—hour at £100 million to help security and cut crime in the british presence, including airport style security to clampdown on drugs, weapons and
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mobile phones getting in. the latest ina mobile phones getting in. the latest in a series of pledges of muggy for the criminal justice in a series of pledges of muggy for the criminaljustice system boris johnson was announced as prime minister a couple of weeks ago —— money. tom barton is in westminster. these are the latest of these announcements, lots of people are questioning where the money is coming from and lots of people making the point these announcements we re making the point these announcements were made by theresa may's government more than once and they weren't delivered. absolutely. there's been a series of announcements this week on law and order and the conservatives trying to focus on that issue. this one sees them focusing on crime inside prisons and trying to reduce that with a particular focus on drugs and violent crime. their committing £100 million to extending a trial, which has already taken place in some jails, to introduce airport style security, including x—ray scanners, signal blockers into the prison
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estate. ministers to save this series of announcements shows they are committed to reforming the criminal justice system are committed to reforming the criminaljustice system —— ministers say. this is part of a package of measures announced in recent days. you've got 20,000 extra police. you've got 20,000 extra police. you seem to 5p invested in new prison places and we've seen this announcement about improving security. taking together, this is a strong commitment to law and order —— you've seen a £2.5 billion investment stop there's a strong commitment from the government to prepare for a possible autumn election, whether it's one they choose to go for one they are full steam to buy a vote of no confidence —— investment. labour are questioning whether these measures are effective and there saying they are plugging a black hole after years of cuts to budgets.
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the government, the conservative government, has cut hundreds of millions of pounds from our prison syste m millions of pounds from our prison system since coming to power in 2010. this, i'm afraid, is too little, too late. it's little more than tinkering around the edges and what it won't do is solve the crisis of overcrowding and violence in our prisons, primarily caused by the conservatives' unnecessary political decision to cut browsing is of prison from our prison estate. a spate of announcements from boris johnson's new government. the conservatives keen to frame themselves as the party of law and order. labour equally keen to continue to attack them over austerity. may be those people who think an election could be on the cards could well be right. silly season not quite with us yet! tom, thanks very much! let's look at the headlines on bbc news and it's exactly 11:15pm: an
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investigation by the bbc has found drug crime has dropped in cities but is rising in rural areas and the gangs are targeting the most vulnerable. borisjohnson has announced a review of sentencing for violent and sexual offenders and tonight further investment in prison security. all flights investment in prison security. all flights to and from one of the world's busiest transport hubs were cancelled today. hong kong's international airport was closed by pro—democracy protesters. one of the world's busiest airports, hong kong international, has been closed for the day, and all flights cancelled, after thousands of anti—government protesters joined a sit—in. there have been demonstrations in hong kong for 10 consecutive weekends about a proposed law that would have made it easier for suspects to be sent to mainland china for trial. the law has been suspended. beijing has called some of the protests terrorism and vowed to respond to violent
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crime with an iron fist. jonathan head reports. as the last flights came in, the passengers were greeted with a chorus of appeals from young people waving posters, pleading for support. they feared the police were about to storm the airport. its sudden closure left travellers bewildered and stuck. catherine morgan and her daughter helena were due to fly back to britain, but their flight was cancelled. we flew in from taipei this morning, and it was fine until we got to arrivals and there was a mass protest and everything closed down. i've got my a—level results on thursday, so i am hoping i get back for them and we're not on a flight. the crowds had built up during the day as more people poured into the terminal to protest at police brutality over the weekend.
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this incident in particular, where demonstrators were cornered, beaten and shot at with pepper guns at the top of an underground escalator, has shocked hong kong. at a press conference, local journalists held up pictures of the injured, demanding better answers from the city's police chiefs. this is now a beleaguered force, detested by many people in hong kong over its handling of the unrest. so, would china intervene to reinforce them? that would be a dramatic and dangerous step. the language from beijing, though, has hardened, describing the protests as "terrorism". and the airport closure will doubtless be depicted by china as yet more unacceptable damage to hong kong's economy. rumours have been swirling that the police are moving in to try to clear protesters
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who are still here. it is hard at the moment to understand how they are going to do that. there are still a lot of stranded passengers sleeping at the airport, but these activists believe that operation is possible and they're deciding what to do about it and whether they resist. suddenly, they were gone. a violent confrontation had been avoided, the airport could prepare to reopen. but the protesters say they will be back. hong kong's season of strife has not yet run its course. jonathan head, bbc news, hong kong airport. one of president trump's senior aides has suggested the united states and britain could pursue a sector by sector trade deal after brexit. speaking following a meeting with the prime minister in downing street, john bolton said the countries could start with areas like manufacturing and car making, and work out more complicated areas later. the family of a 15—year—old girl from london who's been
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missing in malaysia for more than a week are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to her return. nora quoirin, who has learning difficulties, disappeared from her bedroom in a holiday resort the morning after the family had arrived, last weekend. it's thought jeffrey took it's thoughtjeffrey took a zone like while waiting to sentencing on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. the finance year had passed as du donald trump, bill clinton and prince andrew. they have denied any wrongdoing. the leader of the brexit party, nigel farage, has made a series of derogatory comments about members of the royal family. at a political conference in australia, mr farage said the duke of sussex's popularity had "fallen off a cliff" since his marriage to meghan markle and he called the late queen mother "an overweight, chain—smoking gin drinker." there is a national shortage of hrt, hormone replacement therapy,
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which is used by about a million women, mainly to help with symptoms linked to the menopause. many of the most commonly prescribed forms of the treatment are out of stock at chemists. the government say it's a result of manufacturing delays, as our health editor hugh pym reports. according to my doctor there are no batches for at least three months, if not longer. the last time i went to the chemist the pharmacist said we don't know whether we will be getting them back in at all. i'm just afraid that a lot of these symptoms are gonna come back and it really eats into the quality—of—life. really eats into the quality-of-life. these are anxious times for some women on hrt, shortages of some products including patches have caused distress and fear. 0ne campaigner tried to raise awareness of menopause told me even the thought of not getting hrt is alarming. i suffered very, very badly. i had depression, i had
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paranoia as well as the physical symptoms. the idea that i would go to my doctors are not be able to get hrt is worrying. i don't want to go back to being a hormonal anxiety mass. the government advises alternatives are available in patients should consult their gps, though doctors say that isn't as easy as it sounds. the product they are used to and stable on and happy with may not be available. they have to go to their gp for alternatives, sometimes they have to go back and forth between the pharmacy and the gp. 0ne forth between the pharmacy and the gp. one of the challenges we have is that gps don't know anyone time what products are available at the pharmacy. and switching to an alternative itself can cause side—effects. alternative itself can cause side-effects. i was given the last ta blet side-effects. i was given the last tablet they had available which cost terrible side effects which are almost as difficult to live with as having no hrt. supply problems can
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happen in the pharmaceutical industry. but this time they've had a ripple effect. it seems to be, my understanding, a lack of a particular ingredient with a particular ingredient with a particular manufacturer which has caused a knock on for other manufacturers having to breeze their supply to meet demand. -- increase. there have been complaints of sorts edges of some drugs advantages —— some sorts of drugs at some pharmacies. the hrt issue underlines that shortages come with a human cost. hugh pym, bbc news. this week marks 50 years since the beginning of the troubles in northern ireland — a conflict which lasted three decades, claiming 3,500 lives. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy has been speaking to people in belfast about their memories of the sectarian fighting which led to the british army being deployed
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on the streets of their city in august 1969. i was iwas in i was in my house that night and the land rovers and vehicles we saw passing by. ithought land rovers and vehicles we saw passing by. i thought what are they here for? if you would have guessed. this was to be the start of one of the most prolonged military deployments in british history. -- you would have. ifelt deployments in british history. -- you would have. i felt bad deployments in british history. -- you would have. ifelt bad because these guns were pointing at me.l civil rights campaign and street protests aimed at ending discrimination against catholics escalated into violence between the nationalist and unionist communities. people sometimes had wardrobes in front of their windows and furniture was shifted around just in case a stray bullet would have come in. nina lived in a mainly protesta nt area have come in. nina lived in a mainly protestant area at the time, just streets away, catholics were being driven from their homes. you'd see the flames and the shooting. whole
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streets were burned to the ground. bombay street was gutted and the smell, signs, even the wood still splintering after two weeks. patricia, seeing british soldiers in catholic areas was a relief, but it was short—lived. catholic areas was a relief, but it was short-lived. people here gave teachers soldiers. that was part of the irish tradition, you welcome a stranger. we thought they were going to stop — get all this stop and —— stopped and it just to stop — get all this stop and —— stopped and itjust didn't happen. provisional ira began a armed campaign, its name, removing british presence in ireland. i was a 20—year—old, we were going to call up 20—year—old, we were going to call up and turn out. but the smell, the acrid smell of dust. 0ur
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up and turn out. but the smell, the acrid smell of dust. our policy was sea of life, c of property. a curfew was imposed as thousands of troops carried out house—to—house searches. like many in her area, producer joined sinn fein, the political wing of the ira. -- patricia. ithink that was the turning point of the catholic population, how the nationalist population saw the british and then they became the enemy. nationalist and unionist communities became further divided. here the catholic community of ardoyne separated from their protesta nt ardoyne separated from their protestant neighbours just across the road. and 50 years after the barricades first went up, these two communities still live apart. northern ireland is now very different place in the dark days of the summer of 1969 —— of the. this
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has brought prosperity but divisions remain. scars but are difficult to heal. the hardest part i would say is waking up every morning and finding more catholics killed. i found that — that would make me think we need to stop you. do you believe the ira attacks were justified? yes. yes. two you cannot qualify or quantify the harm the troubles or conflict has done to ireland. will we get back to normal ain? ireland. will we get back to normal again? well, i don't know. looking back at the start of the troubles, 50 years on. it's time for the weather, and matt taylor is with us. hello. we've seen quite a dramatic turnaround in the weather in the past week or so. so where are the clues? they're all in the jet stream. in july where are the clues? they're all in the jet stream. injuly we had this big meandering pattern across the atlantic. we were to the south of
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it, pulling in warmerairfrom atlantic. we were to the south of it, pulling in warmer airfrom the continent. this month it has flattened out somewhat pushing to the south of the uk, putting us on the south of the uk, putting us on the coldest side of the jet stream. that northern edges where we are going to get big areas of rain bearing low pressure. and that has meant huge amounts of rain has fallen in some parts of the country. all these areas have been seeing well above for the time of month so farand well above for the time of month so far and we're only halfway through, if even that. heathrow, eight millimetres although that is being topped up by thunderstorms throughout the day on monday. we saw that area of low pressure pushing away, taking us into tuesday. north—westerly airflow, equal start and still around, but overall one of the dry days of the week with them or reducing the sunshine. and don't forget, it's or reducing the sunshine. and don't forget, its august. the sunshine is still pretty strong so it will feel nice when you are under those sunny conditions. temperatures below 20 degrees in most parts of the country. and equal night to follow
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tuesday into wednesday, cloud building from the south and west, bringing some outbreaks of rain and keeping temperatures across that south—western corner. but as we go to wednesday that next area of rain bearing low pressure moves its way through. get your wet weather plans in place because central wales is likely to see rain. but for southern scotland, northern england, northern ireland, those could stay dry. so that break from the rain will be quite welcome. and as you going to wet thursday, that area of low pressure pulls away back into north—westerly winds on the back edge of that. we maintain the cool trail, so i was pushed down in that north—westerly airflow but a good chance of sunshine in between, certainly compared with what we've seen on wednesday. by the end of the day it will be largely dry. temperatures giving up given the dry
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conditions. thejet temperatures giving up given the dry conditions. the jet stream takes a wobble further north on friday, that means more of us will be in the windy conditions on friday. 0utbreaks windy conditions on friday. outbreaks of rain spreading their way slowly from west to east. some of the rain could be torrential and thundery in spots. something broke out towards the west later but the wind starts to strengthen, that will have an impact on the way today feels, maybe slightly more humid for that south—east corner. that area pushes its way now. the question is how deep that cell is. there is potential for some very windy weather, much like we saw last weekend. it doesn't look like the wind will be strong but not much rain except for northern ireland and wales. temperatures mostly in the teens although 20s. and even into next week the jet stream remains
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largely to the south of us. but you will notice that breaking out a little bit and weakening a touch there. any showers that come our way won't be quite as potent. it will become less windy after a blustery weekend and hopefully some longer dry spells, too. i'll keep you updated. see you soon.


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