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in the forecast. today at five: hong kong international airport has been the scene of clashes between police and anti—government protestors for a second day. demonstrators staged another sit—in at the terminal, disrupting flights. we'll have the latest from hong kong airport. the other main stories on bbc news at five: the family of nora quoirin, the 15—year—old who went missing in malaysia, has identified the body found in thejungle, as hers. we sent ourforensic we sent our forensic team to the scene of the crime, they have
confirmed that there is a body there, she resembles nora. we join police on the front line as they try to trace youngsters — some as young as 12 — who've been recruited as drug dealers. the church of england commissions an independent inquiry into its handling of allegations, made against a barrister suspected of physically abusing boys he met at christian summer camps in the 1970s. setting sail for new york — teenage activist, greta thunberg, travels carbon—free to the un's summit on climate change. it's five o'clock — our top story: in the last hour, riot police in hong kong have entered the airport where hundreds of protestors have been disrupting flights for a second day running.
angry clashes have once again taken place — one police officer was beaten by protestors and fell to the floor before being help up by fellow officers. the officer in question pulled out a gun during the skirmish and pointed it at the protesters — but no shots were fired. demonstrators have been blocking access to departure gates, and check—in services have been suspended. the hong kong chief executive, carrie lam, has warned that the protestors are pushing the city into an abyss. joining me live from the airport is bloomberg social media editor, aaron mcnicholas. what has been happening there in the last hour? in the last hour, a small number of... in which a man who
brutish so suspected was an undercover police officer from china... i do apologise, we are really struggling to hear you. we will try to come back in a moment when we get a better line alert. let's ta ke when we get a better line alert. let's take a look at some of the pictures from earlier as we tried to speak to joshua wong stopped pictures from earlier as we tried to speak tojoshua wong stopped joshua, can you hear me? studio: where are you now, have you been to the airport in the last hour? ijoined the airport protest today but i left the area. hour? ijoined the airport protest today but i left the areal hour? ijoined the airport protest today but i left the area. i am not challenging your account that many of the protesters are peaceful, but obviously, not all of them are peaceful and we have seen a very
tense situation in the past hour between police and protesters. what can you, as a leading activist, due to help calm this situation which is very fraught for all involved? the only politician accountable and responsible to respond to this situation is not me, it is the executive leader carrie lam. instead of hiding, keeping silent, and doing nothing, carrie lam must respond. perhaps, protest might continue in the next few days or weeks. instead of blaming activist, the only way out is government officials bearing their political responsibility. they are a political price should not override the future of hong kong.
are a political price should not override the future of hong kongli suppose carrie lam and some of your critics might say that there are choices for protesters now, that these scenes undermine hong kong's reputation for order, efficiency, and business reliability. in a way, you are perhaps in a shot at risk of losing the hearts and minds of some hong kong residents, what would you say to critics of that —— that make that argument? if peaceful protests are override dead by police. —— override dead by police. why people need to go to the states is because we are still asking for the fundamental rights enjoyed by people in the uk since the last century. we don't want to be managed by the communist authorities. government
officials continue to condemn these acts without providing a solution. as the ones who lead hong kong, they should not rule about your gas.|j suppose some in beijing listen to your answer to that last question was say that the citizens of hong kong were not promise exactly the advice of the citizens of the uk or other western democratic cities, you are citizens of the people's republic of china, under a one country republic of china, under a one cou ntry two republic of china, under a one country two systems model. so you have cost been won by beijing about these scenes are a life and death struggle, as beijing now sees it, that there is no room for retreat. they have talked of ted r. i do not now concerned about the possible response the mainland ?
now concerned about the possible response the mainland? 2000 canisters of tear gas were fired by riot police in the last two months. 700 of our colleagues were arrested, hundreds sent to hospital, we are fully aware of the crackdown on human rights. now is the time for the beijing to the declaration, they promise to let hong kong people enjoy the right to free elections, universal suffrage and democracy. hong kong should not be at the puppet hong kong should not be at the puppet of beijing, the leader should represent the needs of the hong kong people. i now people are worried, we all live in hong kong. i people. i now people are worried, we all live in hong kong. lam not fully satisfied with what kind of chaos and clashes happening in the re ce nt chaos and clashes happening in the recent months in hong kong. but how can the leader of hong kong just stay behind those right police and allows police brutality, injured protesters, this kind of thing
happening every day. the only way out is for the hong kong government to realise that, when in hong kong, 2596 to realise that, when in hong kong, 25% of the population jointly made it's time to be at respect the was of the people. just imagine that 25% of the people. just imagine that 25% of uk citizens joined of the people. just imagine that 25% of uk citizensjoined a protest, how would the prime minister react? in hong kong, we deserve democracy and there is a david versus goliath battle. thank you forjoining us. i thank viewers for bearing with us with the line quality. we will try to speak to arin again of bloomberg, who is out at the airport. our en can you hear us clearly and can you tell us what has been happening in the last hour? i can hear you clearly. in the last hour, about an hour and clearly. in the last hour, about an
hourand a clearly. in the last hour, about an hour and a half ago, a small number of police not initially dressed in white gear entity terminal building here because in the hours prior to that, you confrontation had been brewing between a section of the protesters and also a man who they accuse of being an undercover police officer from accuse of being an undercover police officerfrom china. accuse of being an undercover police officer from china. that accuse of being an undercover police officerfrom china. that was accuse of being an undercover police officer from china. that was the accusation, they surrounded him and demanded to see identification. they we re demanded to see identification. they were also physically assaulting him as well. that highlights the paranoia that has developed amongst some of these protesters since sunday, when it was revealed that police officers were indeed sending undercover officers into the protesters ranks to try and make arrests. at about quarter to ii, a small number of police moved in, they realise they were outnumbered so they retreated back, the protesters targeted the police vans...
studio: i'm just hoping the line will come back. you carry on, we lost you for about 20 seconds. you we re lost you for about 20 seconds. you were just saying that the police had retreated because they were outnumbered ? retreated because they were outnumbered? they were outnumbered at that time, and then the protesters were throwing objects at the police vans. following that, police dressed in full riot gear did arrive from another location and clashes when in for several minutes. the protesters were throwing whatever objects they had, no police that have but on that and about issues. at some point, the numbers of protesters was still greater, but eventually, the police were able to retreat. i believe some arrests were made, idid retreat. i believe some arrests were made, i did not personally witness any. and also told by another
journalist in the wins and a date that a police officer who was being targeted by some protesters that have to pull out his gun to protect himself. he pulled it out, that is all i have heard. that is the extent of what has been happening in the last hour. i don't know if you have had a chance to talk to the protesters about what they intend next because, of course, it is now the early hours of the morning in hong kong. the question is, are protesters going to paralyse operations at one of the world's busiest airports for a third day? about half an hour ago, the trolleys the process is reason to barricade the process is reason to barricade the gates have been softened to a certain extent so it is easier to move in and out of the terminal building back now. it is hard for me predict exactly how things will
transpire. i understand there are some true democracy lawmakers in the terminal behind me talking to the more aggressive protesters, trying to negotiate a peaceable solution to what is happening. that is what i have a head from a second hand sources, it is a very chaotic situation. it would seem to me that for the next few hours, they will still be here, that's for shower. one of the things that makes it difficult for the authorities to handle, and has been for the last ten weeks or so, and becomes clearer with every passing day is that the harder the authorities push, the tougher the police police this, then at the from the demonstrators? that is absolutely correct. tonight is a very vivid illustration of that. the alleged police violence on sunday, including one incident where a woman
ended up being shot in the eye with a beanbag round by the police. that is fuelling a lot of the anger that you see from protesters here. there we re you see from protesters here. there were some who were surrounding the man who was accused of being an undercover police officer. others we re undercover police officer. others were not doing that. that is certainly a section of protesters here who are same tit—for—tat in terms of responding to the police as being afair terms of responding to the police as being a fair escalation. that is a very concerning development, one makes a very suitable what is going to happen next. while we are talking in the many concerning developments, let's turn to events just across the border between hong kong and mainland neighbours. we seek military and police movements, we have heard ever increasing robust language from beijing and as representatives. as far as you can make out, are the protesters growing
concerned about this manly atomic language from the mainland? the protesters i have spoken to do not mention the chinese military at all. let of the opinion that whether they are right or wrong, let of the opinion that whether they are right orwrong, ...i let of the opinion that whether they are right or wrong, i get the sentiment that there is nothing that the army can do that in these police officers are not already capable of doing. they see that emily —— enemy as the police force. i think it's important when we are talking about this not to over dramatise... important when we are talking about this not to over dramatise. .. i'm afraid that we are losing you again. while we are trying to get the line back up, i'm just going to let the viewer know that there is a statement from the chinese central government saying that it firmly support cat carrie lam and her
government in discharging their duties in compliance with the law. it was on to say that it's support for the police force and the judiciary. that is a statement from beijing. still having difficulties getting hold of arin again at the airport. while we wait for further developments, we will keep an eye on the scene. it has calmed down a lot, the scene. it has calmed down a lot, the pictures from an hour ago where a very worrying when scenes of some panic and chaos in an airport which is normally a model of order and efficiency. just at around 11 o'clock, as we were saying earlier,
...the o'clock, as we were saying earlier, the pictures were coming in of the disorder there as trolleys were being pushed in the way, as i write police were coming in, some pepper spray, some arrests, a police officer or a man down, spray, some arrests, a police officer ora man down, it spray, some arrests, a police officer or a man down, it was unclear whether he was a police officer. a mainland undercover operative, some doubt and suspicion in the minds of protesters because they have had confirmation early today that some police officers were involved in presenting themselves in disguise among the protesters in order to mix arrests easier. that has created great suspicion as the protesters look around themselves and see the other young people in yellow helmets and black t—shirts dressed exactly like themselves, but you will then spring up and arrest them and turn out to be police officers. a lot of confusion, polarised emotion and tension. we can go back to rn at the airport. we
we re can go back to rn at the airport. we were talking about the messages from the mainland. i was also mentioning these statement from beijing, talking about support for carrie lam. she is now under immense pressure. as the weeks go by, the demands of the protesters seem to escalate in relation to getting rid of the extradition bill, getting rid of the extradition bill, getting rid of her, bringing in more democratic procedures for elections in hong kong. reporter: that is true. i would say that ford may be the more hot in protesters here, they are not even that interested in seeing carrie lam step down. they understand that if you were to step down, the person who would take her place would simply be another person appointed bya simply be another person appointed by a pro—beijing committee. because of that, they are not that keen and saintly chief executive stepping
down and they are focusing their attention demanding a complete change to hong kong's democratic system, to allow for more democratic elections and accountability. that is obviously concerning for beijing and the hong kong authorities, because the room for movement in terms of a political conversation with the protesters is obviously very limited. i imagine that there is no way that beijing, having helped out against liberalisation for all these years, it is not going to wa nt for all these years, it is not going to want to lose face by backing down in the face of what it now sees as a conspiracy, on the brink of terrorism. that is true. they used the word yesterday that the protest movement is showing signs of terrorism. significant, not just because of the strength of the language use, but also because that was a word that was not said as of yet by the hong kong police or
government. it was said for the first time yesterday by a chinese government agency in beijing. there is no doubt that there is no room for compromise among the beijing authorities in terms of changing hong kong's political system. they are hardening as a result of the escalation we are seeing in hong kong now. we have talked about the mood in beijing and hong kong government, and the protesters. what about the mid of ordinary citizens of hong kong, because their hearts and minds have been very much in play here. we saw huge rallies earlier in the year. what about the scenes we see now of chaos at the airport, businesses paralysed — are they wondering which side they should stand on? it is too early to tell how people will react to what happens tonight. to give you another example, on the ist ofjuly when...
we are losing you, aren't going to let you go, it may be will speak to you later. i am now going one of our reporters in hong kong, martin. martin, could you answer the question i was putting their about the hearts and minds of the hong kong public more generally, because this is now a hugely polarising and worrying situation at all hong kong residents must question where it goes next? yes, i'm afraid this is a really ha rd goes next? yes, i'm afraid this is a really hard question to answer. you can see from the past two days, these protesters have been thinking that they have been winning public support when they gathered in at the airport since last friday. they have been there for five days but they return for a fourth day because of what happened, those clashes between
protesters and police on sunday that brought them back to the airport. yesterday, we saw more spats between protesters and stranded passengers. also some reports from local media saying that they are dying passengers at the right to use the terminal, they are really reaching a tipping point. —— denying passengers the right to use the terminal. to my best understanding, they are still considering further process at the airport tomorrow, paralysing it so that they can put pressure on the hong kong government to give concession to their demands. as we we re concession to their demands. as we were saying, one of the things that happens in hong kong, or has happened over the last ten weeks is that the harder the police push, they tear gas, the pepper spray, the beanbag in the i live —— then the
more the protesters push back and turn up at the airport. many of them wearing bandages and one eye in a show of solidarity with another protester. that is exactly part of the calculation amongst these protesters. to the observation, and many other people in the city, that we have saw more than one set in protest at the pot for these five days occupation just now. protest at the pot for these five days occupationjust now. nothing happened because with those protests, there was no police presence, nothing happened at the airport, it was all peaceful. they are betting on the eight being the la st are betting on the eight being the last thing that the police would wa nt last thing that the police would want to storm, using tear gas and
all that, that is what they are at the airport. now we have just seen some pictures of police trying to come in and bring out that a sick man with the paramedics, they also spread a bit of pepper spray. it is indeed a saint that if any more police were to turn up at the airport, you just don't know how much more aggressive the protesters would be. the options for the hong kong government— we saw carrie lam several hours ago, yet another plea to the people of hong kong and the protesters to step away from what she called the abyss and dangerous direction of travel of hong kong. we have had increasingly robust language from beijing. i suppose for the hong kong authorities it's quite ha rd to
the hong kong authorities it's quite hard to do where they can move next? there are also local rumours that if they want to use some sort of force, they want to use some sort of force, they could. which would mean if they we re they could. which would mean if they were to ever deploy at the people's liberation army declare all this. —— to clear out this. it would take quite some stats to make it happen legally in hong kong. if carrie lam was to really to go for this, to ask for the help of the central government to release the army into the city, or if the chinese legislator would choose to do the same, passing legislation or a decree declaring emergency in hong kong and bringing in the chips. that isa kong and bringing in the chips. that is a completely nuclear option for
them. everybody observing saying, how there with the use of this means? one thing that puzzles many outsiders is why don't they sit down and talk to each other? what is the problem that stops the hong kong government, the beijing government, and some of these protesters sitting ina room and some of these protesters sitting in a room and having a conversation about how to resolve some of this? yes, that is a question that people have been trying to figure out over the past ten weeks. one possible reason is, at least to the rhetoric of the protesters, they call these on organised protest. they organise amongst themselves, there is now backstage, as they call it, meaning there is no group or leader of these protest. in another sense, there is
no one the government can actually talk to because you cannot organise all the protesters across the city into a place and talk to any representative of the government. it is indeed a hard thing for the two sides to come and talk to each other because we do not even know he would because we do not even know he would be seen as a legitimate representatives of all these protesters. thank you forjoining us from hong kong, martin. if there are immediate of balance there, we will come back to you. let's hear now from president trump who has been speaking in the last few moments in newjersey, saying speaking in the last few moments in new jersey, saying that speaking in the last few moments in newjersey, saying that while the hong kong thing is a very tough situation. very tough. we will see what happens but i'm sure it will work out, i hope it will work out for everybody, including china, by the way. i hope it works out peacefully, nobody gets hurt, nobody
gets killed. that is the message from president trump about the escalating anxiety and tension in hong kong. let's speak to the director of the china institute, steve. steve, you' re director of the china institute, steve. steve, you're old enough to have been a witness to the handover of hong kong in 1997 for stop did you ever of hong kong in 1997 for stop did you ever imagine back then that we would end up where we are now? i'm afraid that was a scenario that was not completely out of my imagination, i was hoping it would never happen, or that it if it was to happen, it would be much later do than today. but it was something i had thought. i suppose the underlying paradox is that you have mainland china, authoritarian one—party state, almost totalitarian under xijinping one—party state, almost totalitarian
underxijinping — one—party state, almost totalitarian under xi jinping — that one—party state, almost totalitarian under xijinping — that you have hong kong with its long former british colonial, commitment to civil liberties, culture. these two we re civil liberties, culture. these two were always keen to be in some tension? i think you are absolutely right. that is inherent tension between hong kong maintaining this way of life and china keeping sovereignty over hong kong. critical thing here is for the hong kong special administrative region government to try and strike a balance between what the chinese government want, and what the people of hong kong want. on this occasion, the chief executive of hong kong has failed spectacularly and we are seeing the consequences of that.|j was seeing the consequences of that.” was there in 2014 with the umbrella protest, it was a different chief executive, protesters were out in
tents for 79 days demanding more liberal democracy. at the time, they got nowhere, the chief executive lost their trust. is it even possible now for a leader in hong kong to have the trust of the public there? i think it is still possible for the situation to be diffused. the problem here is that neither carrie lam in hong kong nor the chinese leadership in beijing is prepared to consider that option for the hong kong government to agree to withdraw the bill and set up a judge led enquiry into what happened in the whole of this summer. and only on the basis of a judge led enquiry will the comment decide whether anybody should be prosecuted at all. i think that will take a look of the wind out of the sails for the demonstrators in hong kong. do you think it will tick enough out of the
sails? that would be a risk for the authorities in beijing and hong kong, because for beijing, which likes to look invincible and invulnerable at all times and where face is incredibly important, that would look like backing down, not supporting police, not being as tough as beijing is used to being? you are right and that is how beijing sees this but doing so would make beijing appear stationary in terms of dealing with a difficult situation without in fact giving up anything. because the view is already that. and having an enquiry feels like it would be at least a year or two years feels like it would be at least a year or two yea rs before feels like it would be at least a year or two years before the enquiry reports. in the meantime they would buy a lot of time from the people of
hong kong and rebuild a good bit of trust. but it would also involve carrie lam going out to speak to the demonstrators in hong kong which so far she has refused to do. we have to leave it there, always great to have your analysis. more on hong kong as we get it. we will be keeping an eye on events at the airport forfurther keeping an eye on events at the airport for further developments. right now we will move on and look at some of the other stories this evening. the church of england has commissioned an independent inquiry into its handling of allegations made against a barrister. john smith, who led christian summer camps in dorset in the 1970s, and died last year, was accused of violent beatings by several individuals. joining me now is our religious affairs editor martin bashir. what happened in these camps? we know from multiple complainants that
john smith, who worked as a volunteer on these summer camps which were designed to reach elite public schoolboys, he would access these boys through these camps and bring them to his home in winchester and allegedly subject them to vicious beatings. one boy who was about 17 claimed that he had to wear incontinence pants to staunch the blood cell these violent escapades continued throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s. then there was some kind of enquiry inside the church or investigation, was he himself ever arrested? what happened was the leadership of this organisation decided to carry out an enquiry. they confronted smith in late 1982 with these revelations. we do not know what happened and what his reaction was but what we do know is that members of the trust
arranged for him to leave the country quietly and discreetly, he fled to zimbabwe and he was never referred to the police. none of these allegations were referred to these allegations were referred to the police and it was only in 2017 when these allegations came to the fore, hampshire police launched an enquiry and they were on the verge of actually extraditing smyth from south africa last year when he suddenly died of a heart attack in august. so this enquiry as the bishop of bath and wells peter hancock told me earlier today, he is the lead bishop in the church of england on safeguarding and he said this is not going to give the victim is any sense ofjustice but at least they will be the opportunity for them to tell the church what happened to them and for them to feel at least the church is hearing them and doing something about what they were subjected to. and that thenis they were subjected to. and that then is the sole purpose know of that independent enquiry?m
then is the sole purpose know of that independent enquiry? it is because smyth is dead, there are other individuals in that trust who we re other individuals in that trust who were co—conspirators but without smyth himself we do not have the perpetrator of the violence and abuse. thank you very much for the update. much more still to come this evening. right now let's take a look at sport. joe root says he is expecting a big response from his england team in the second ashes test that starts tomnorrow at lord's. they suffered a big defeat in the first test against australia and there will be changes tomorrow withjofra archer expected to make his test debut. he missed out at edgbaston with a side strain, but withjimmy anderson out injured, england's pace options are limited and archer's raw pace.
he had to deal with all the pressures of coming into the squad at the last minute. he does not want to shy away from things like that so i think if anything it will motivate him. when he gets his chance he will be desperate to prove to everyone how good he is. the future of bury football club remains uncertain, with yet another match being postponed. their league game on saturday against gillingham will not go ahead, after the football league said they did not receive enough assurances that the club has the necessary finances in place to run the club in the future. they could be thrown out of the league in ten days. stephanie frappart will be become the first female official to take charge of a major european men's game. she took charge of the women's world cup final earlier this summer. she'll lead a team of mostly female
officials in instanbulfor the match between europea league winner chelsea and champions league winner liverpool. there's not much difference because football is the same. teams play differently but with men and women, we cannot referee the same game between women and men but for me referee is the same, football is the same soi referee is the same, football is the same so i will do the same. and we will be heading live to istanbul at half past six. the bbc has seen how criminal gangs are targeting children in care, some as young as 12, and using them to work as drug dealers. vulnerable children are specifically targetted — and then sent to work in towns and cities many miles from home — the phenomenon known as county lines. the police say they are struggling to deal with
the scale of the problem. yesterday, our special correspondent ed thomas reported on the officers trying to tackle the sale and consumption of class a drugs. this evening, his report focuses on the children at the centre of the county lines problem. in care, missing from home. at the moment, in st helens, children wise, we have got three missings. found in north wales. county lines is all over. it's cross border. they have to be controlled. children — exploited to sell crack and heroin. the most vulnerable in our society is the kids. can you protect them? right now, i can't protect those kids because i don't know where they are. this is becoming a daily thing now. it keeps being the kids that have got links to north wales. in saint helens, searching for missing children. by the time it gets to the sixth or seventh address, you start to feel sick. you're just thinking that these kids are not here, they are not anywhere they should be. it's becoming a daily routine. give you some information on the county lines. with searches from day to night. right, we are going to another address of a missing child, but this is the care
home, this is their home address. and in those children's homes, police are hearing the same story. the most vulnerable kids being found in north wales. obviously, we have got massive concern about this north wales link. this is what it's worrying about now? yes, of course it is. we have changed the carers voice to protect the child's identity. he came back, i asked him how he got fit. he said working. i actually said, "what, selling cannabis? " because we know he's a smoker. what's your big worry? i worry that he's getting into drugs. and being exploited? yes. he's a good kid, really. you've got to understand that these children have been ripped apart by family issues, drugs mainly and stuff like that, off their parents. it's not their fault. today, i have been on duty for three hours. and all i've done is missing persons checks. this is the reality for some care children.
arrested in north wales, this teenager has more than 20 grams of heroin and crack hidden inside his body, worth around £3000. six months later, we're back in st helen's, putside his supported accommodation. your door‘s broken. come on, guys. why is the door smashed? officers are searching for a different child — a 15—year—old missing from care, at the risk of county lines. ijust need to check that you're all right. i do know where the door is, all right. police say younger missing care children repeatedly end up here. all vulnerable to exploitation. the missing child who we think is coming and going from wales. yeah. how old is he? he's 15. the lad we're looking for is 15. it really is getting to know our kids from the care homes, getting to know our kids
on the street, and to look out for these danger signs, really. gangs are targeting a network of children's homes to send 50 miles away to sell heroin and crack. i think 14 was the youngest i'm personally aware of that was found drug dealing in north wales. then a couple of weeks later, we had a 15—year—old arrested. it was only when it was looked at — why were these two kids from merseyside, both from care homes, in north wales drug dealing — that we identified that those children are in fact being used, and county lines is a bigger problem. police showed us this footage. in the middle of this... a child in care. although this arrest isn't for a county lines offence. officers say he has already been in north wales. a young child... in crisis.
the kids that do get exploited, a lot of them go through an ordeal that's extreme. these kids are traumatised by it. the care home and the people we have spoke to have said he's lovely. the last few weeks, he is out of control. what is your fear why he is doing this? my fear is that he is becoming exploited. he has gone from being a nice loving child to someone who is dead aggressive now. and that's county lines. this goes far beyond saint helens. across the uk, is believed 10,000 children are involved in county lines drug dealing. it's chaos... we are barely dealing with it now. if it gets bigger and more violent, there is not enough of us. we do not know exactly how many care children are being exploited. but we do know no one has been prosecuted for trafficking kids in the town.
police in malaysia say that a body found near the jungle resort of dusun is that of the missing london teenager, nora quoirin. the 15 year—old disappeared more than a week ago while on a family holiday. hundreds of volunteers joined the search for nora, but today her family confirmed that a body found in nearby jungle was hers. a postmortem examination will be conducted tomorrow morning. richard lister reports. nora quoirin, described by her family as a sweet, sensitive girl with severe learning difficulties. they are convinced she was abducted. rescue teams set off again this morning to search the rainforest around the holiday resort where she disappeared. for ten days, hundreds of people have been probing the dense undergrowth and finding no trace of her. but today, a grim new development —
this man came to police to report the discovery of a naked body at a nearby palm oil plantation. he took investigators to the scene. translation: we have found a body, a woman's body with white skin. right now, we can't confirm her identity. we have contacted the forensic and pathology team to investigate and determine who it is. for nora's parents, meabh and sebastien, this has been the worst kind of ordeal. only yesterday, they announced a reward for information about her. she has been vulnerable since the day she was born. she is so precious to us, and our hearts are breaking. forensic teams are now working in the area where the body was found — it's being treated as a crime scene. the police also brought in a helicopter, which lowered a recovery cage to those on the ground. we confirmed there is a body there which resembles nora. yet to be confirmed by the family. and just now, the body was winched
by helicopter to the hospital. hours later, police confirmed that the search for nora was over. her family has now identified her body. but the question of how she died has yet to be answered. richard lister, bbc news. the irish prime minister leo varadkar has reacted to nora's death by tweeting his support for herfamily, he said "our thoughts & sincere condolences are with nora quoirin's parents, siblings & wider family at this unimaginably difficult time. they have experienced every family's worst nightmare. i'd like to pay tribute to everyone who searched for nora. may she rest in peace." now, since borisjohnson became prime minister last month there's been much discussion around the possibility of a no—deal brexit and its potential effects. mrjohnson has repeatedly vowed to deliver brexit ‘do or die' by october 31st. but what do former government advisers think about his brexit strategy?
with me now is poppy trowbridge who was special adviser to the former chancellor philip hammond from 2016 until his resignation last month. what is your assessment so far of the tougher language we are seeing? you expect me to defend the pursuit ofa you expect me to defend the pursuit of a deal as i worked for hit three yea rs of a deal as i worked for hit three years trying to do that. what disappoints me about the new administration is they're not telling us what they are doing to achieve a new and better deal. accept the argument that the withdrawal agreement was rejected but what are they doing to improve on itand but what are they doing to improve on it and then what would they do to sell it to the nation so we can come out of this more united and less divided, that is my issue and they seem to be taking the language of division and using it as a strategy. i think right now things are so precarious suddenly in the economy for that to be strategy. you do not
think there is some logic to the robustness of the language saying you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs and you have to look tough to get a deal, you have to look prepared to walk away. the only way we will know if that is the case and isa way we will know if that is the case and is a successful strategy is if we see a deal materialised but time is running out and we are seeing some economic indicators suggesting the economy is softening. this is not a time to take such a gamble. i also think there wider point about divisive and competitive language. the prime minister made his first speech in the house of parliament and michel barnier said that sounded very combative. if we are to go our own way and i respect the results of the referendum, we must show that more united than ever before and i think some of this language, if we end up in an election situation
pitting people versus politicians, but is not the kind of division that sets us in good stead when we have to forge our own way in international trade. and it is wasteful and unproductive and i think reckless. talking about going our own way, we just had the national security adviser for the united states in town talking to borisjohnson united states in town talking to boris johnson and many united states in town talking to borisjohnson and many other members of the government, the international trade secretary says where there is a will there's a free trade agreement and we have positive noises coming from the american side. i i encouraged by that? yes, fantastic but it is not going to make upfor fantastic but it is not going to make up for the loss of trade from the eu for example and when you do trade the easiest advantage to note is proximity. the eu is a big trading partner and certain industries could face much higher ta riffs if industries could face much higher tariffs if we do not focus on that. soi tariffs if we do not focus on that. so i would say to the administration great that you've made progress with the us but what are you done to make progress with the eu because that
must be done as well. we were an adviser for three years to the chancellor and what is the kind of position that he is going to take now because there's a lot of discussion and speculation about the possibility of bringing down the borisjohnson possibility of bringing down the boris johnson administration, and possibility of bringing down the borisjohnson administration, and no confidence vote and possible general election, do you have an inside into that? i'm not going to reveal anything from a personal stance. but he is going to be very vocal about that and he has never shied away from his feelings about this. i suspect there will be others that will also join suspect there will be others that will alsojoin the chorus suspect there will be others that will also join the chorus and right now parliament is not sitting but they comeback in september and that is when we will see this anti no deal group start to make their presence felt. however it is not necessarily something i would encourage either because again there
is this division that i think is poisoning our politics at a time when we really should focus on uniting to make the success of this. thank you very much. and next time you have coffee with the former chancellor perhaps you can direct him towards our studio! back to events in hong kong. the former chair of the hong kong centre—left democratic party is joining us on the line. it is the early hours of the line. it is the early hours of the morning and thank you for talking to us at this time, emily lau. what have you made of these pictures from hong kong airport?” am alarmed and concerned. i think that the protesters want to get international support and they have raised a lot of money to try to do that and i hope that will be a successful campaign. but in order to
do that i think we need to send pictures to the world that we are peaceful people and we are trying to get the hong kong government to agree to the demands of setting up an independent commission of enquiry. so i hope everyone will calm down and i do not think that scenes of chaos at the airport will strengthen our case and get more people to support us. as you speak we watching again these pictures of lasers being shown at right police, not clear what liquid is being thrown, the right police themselves preparing to fire a pepper spray and thatis preparing to fire a pepper spray and that is a situation of growing tension and mistrust for the growing paranoia even on both sides. how can it be come down now? you have been a journalist and politician, what would you be telling the chief executive of hong kong carrie lam if
you could speak to her now? of course she will not talk to people like me but i certainly hope the people who can talk to her like foreign governments perhaps would tell her to come out and listen to the very reasonable demands of the people which is to set up an independent commission of enquiry to look at why there have been all these ten weeks of protest. and this city is split, in our hospitals today, i do not not know if you've seen the stories, they were demonstrating, people demonstrating in the hospital against the police they say that the police are treating the people really very badly and some even used the word murdering the people of hong kong. so how has the atmosphere becomes a poisoned and carrie lam must come out and try to heal the rift and try
to listen to the desires, the demands of the people and not to side with the police. 50 the demand that you made of the independent enquiry, as we have all now seen, some of the pictures of police activities in their attempts to control the situation, some of the beatings, some of the use of missiles by the police, the disguising of police officers as protesters, some of these activities now make it very difficult for the police presumably to engage in an enquiry without fearing that they would become the target in the dock? you are right, but it does not mean we should not continue to push for something that we think is correct. that is what the community want and some of the behaviour of the police has enraged many hong kong people.
particularly the parents because many of the protesters are very young people. so to see hong kong being torn asunder like that is terrible. and the head of the government carrie lam must come out and do something instead of every date saying that she supports the police and telling everyone to shut up. you as a person with independent credentials and your experience as a politician and journalist, presumably if you went to the airport to speak to some protesters your voice would carry some authority, do you think it is time for people like you to get out there and tell the protesters that the situation is dangerous and that they should also come down?” situation is dangerous and that they should also come down? i do not think they would listen. this is a complaint with no leaders, no platform, so no one should pretend
that you can talk with authority. that is what they want to do. so in a way it is very difficult because who are you going to negotiate with? then there are these demands which have been set out and if the government would speak to them i think not all but perhaps many of the protesters would be willing to come down and wait to see the enquiry taking place. we will have to leave it there but we are grateful to you for talking to us this evening. and we leave those scenes of disturbance at hong kong airport, normally a picture of order, of efficiency and a prosperous society in asia. you can see the scenes of chaos and of course we will be covering that story throughout the evening here on bbc news channel and we will go back to that as and when we see developments there. the climate change campaigner,
greta thunberg, is in plymouth, where she's preparing to cross the atlantic by boat to attend a summit at the united nations in new york. the journey — on a small yacht called the malizia — has no basic amenities and will take two weeks. the 16—year—old says she's sending a signal by travelling carbon—free. our chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt is in plymouth for us. i might feel a bit seasick, and it's not going to be comfortable, but that i can live with. this boat is a pure wind machine. and if it's really hard ijust have to think it's only for two weeks. then i can go back to as usual. this trip across the north atlantic is even difficult for me. and so we really try to do everything to make it as smooth as possible. greta thunberg is sailing to new york for a un climate summit of world leaders. she wants the trip to be as low carbon as possible. the malizia is fast, but she is not comfortable. so no washing, no shower.
we just put clothes on and we keep them for two weeks. there is no kitchen, no fridge, no heating, and no privacy. so here you have your little intimate corner, you can hide here and use the bucket. this blue bucket is the toilet! so what is the point? by stopping flying, you not only reduce your own carbon footprint, but send a signal to other people around you that the climate crisis is a real thing. the boat's electricity is from solar panels and turbines. the emission of greenhouse gases globally haven't gone down. scientific studies show that around the year 2020 the emission curve must have been bended down if we are to have a chance to stay below the 1.5 or 2 degrees of warming limit.
so this is the bunk where greta will be sleeping. there is a little curtain. should she want it. and look at this, so when boat is tipping over, you can pull this up and kind of wedge yourself and you are actually quite kind of squeezed into the hull so you don't get, you're not going to fall out. and actually, i'll be honest, it's quite cosy. before i felt lonely, both because i have like asperger‘s syndrome and i don't enjoy socialising. but also because it felt like i was the only one who cared about the climate and the ecological crisis. no one i knew cared about this and i felt like i was the only one. it makes me feel good that i'm not alone in this fight and it feels like my life has got some kind of meaning lately that i feel what i'm doing is meaningful.
now time for a look at the weather with susan. the atlantic looking pretty hostile at the moment for the time of year. some deep areas of low pressure rolling across the uk pretty much every other day as the week goes on. we have had a lot of sunshine today and so what is coming tomorrow, low pressure and some wet and windy weather. that starts to arrive into the south west overnight. further east still relatively clear skies and quitea east still relatively clear skies and quite a cool mite across eastern scotland. milder to the west. and then on into wednesday at the rain rolling right across england and wales with some heavy and thundery showers in the afternoon of the midlands and parts of eastern england. things holding back a little for scotland and northern
tonight at six: the vulnerable children who are specifically targetted by criminals whilst they're in care. we join police on the front line as they try to trace youngsters, some as young as 12, who've been recruited as drug dealers. many of the children have simply disappeared. police say they're struggling to cope. we are barely dealing with it now. if it gets bigger, and more violent, then there is just not enough of us. we'll have more in our second special report on the criminals operating so—called county lines. also tonight: police in malaysia say that a body found near the jungle resort of dunsun is that of the missing london teenager, nora quoirin. violence at hong kong international airport as police clash with pro—democracy