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a police officer is killed while investigating a burglary in berkshire. pc andrew harper, who was 28, was married just four weeks ago. it's thought he was dragged along by a vehicle late last night. the murder of pc andrew harper is a mindless and a brutal crime, and obviously all our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his colleagues. 10 people have been arrested, including a 13—year—old boy. we'll be live at the scene. also on the programme... 5,000 jobs at british steel could be saved, as the turkish military pension fund agrees in principle to buy the firm. a week on from the blackout, national grid is to hand a report to the regulator explaining what happened.
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a group of women diagnosed with a rare form of cancer linked to breast implants take legal action. i think when you hear the word "cancer", you just think, i'm going to die. and we cried here, my family. it was awful. and putting more women front and centre — one major orchestra's attempt to find female conductors. and coming up on bbc news... a goalkeeping crisis at liverpool? reserve keeper adrian is a doubt for the weekend after being injured by a fan during the super cup final celebrations. good evening and welcome
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to the bbc news at six. a murder investigation is under way, after a police officer was killed while investigating a burglary. pc andrew harper, who was 28, died late last night near the village of ufton nervet in berkshire. he was married just four weeks ago. it's thought he may have been dragged along by a vehicle. 10 people have been arrested, all males, one a 13—year—old boy. borisjohnson says he's "deeply shocked and appalled" by what happened. 0ur correspondent, daniel sandford, is at the scene in berkshire for us tonight. this evening, this junction this evening, thisjunction on this evening, this junction on the a4 remains a crime scene, the scene ofa a4 remains a crime scene, the scene of a possible murder, but also a place where colleagues are mourning the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the uk in more than two years. on a rural stretch of the a4 outside
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reading, police officers doing what they dread — investigating the death of one of their own. pc andrew harper, 28 years old, married to his wife lissy just four weeks ago, described by his chief constable as highly regarded, popular and a significant loss to the force. the officer was well known across the force. you know, so, it's felt very personal, despite the size of the force, it's felt very personally by the whole of the police family. pc harper was responding with his crewmate to reports of a burglary late last night, a routine call that has ended in tragedy. yellow marks on the road made by scenes of crime officers give an indication of what happened here. pc harper appears to have been struck by a vehicle at the bottom of landon‘s hill and then dragged across the busy all, being left where those blue forensic tents are at the bottom of ufton lane. ten people have been arrested on suspicion of his murder. they are all male, the oldest is 30,
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the youngest just 13. well, the murder of pc andrew harper is a mindless and a brutal crime, and obviously, all our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his colleagues. i think of the risks the police run every day to keep us safe, and that is why we are investing in 20,000 extra officers on the streets to bring crime down across the country. my condolences to andrew harper's family and his colleagues, who must be absolutely devastated. he was doing his duty, examining, apparently, what had happened at a burglary, and was killed in the line of duty. as flags flew at half mast on the force's police stations, the chief constable said that he felt violence against the police was increasing, though pc harper was the first officer to die in the line of duty in the uk since pc keith palmer was killed in the westminster bridge attack. daniel sandford, bbc
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news, ufton green. our home editor, mark easton, is here. picking up on the last point from daniel, how prevalent attacks on the police? thousand police are injured in the course of duty every year. we put two terrible incidents in the last couple of weeks. as daniel said, foran last couple of weeks. as daniel said, for an officer to be killed is tha nkfully said, for an officer to be killed is thankfully rare, perhaps one or two on average per year, but every violent or life—threatening incident isa violent or life—threatening incident is a reminder of what we ask emergency services to do, a reminder of the values which underpin our society, the values of public service. we expect people notjust to do their bit but sometimes to ta ke to do their bit but sometimes to take risks on behalf of wider society for the pc andrew harper wasn't armed, and most officers say they don't want to be armed, because they don't want to be armed, because they don't want to be armed, because they don't want to separate themselves from the people they pledge to protect, and i think that
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speaks to one of the principles of policing to which robert peel gave his name, which says the police are only members of the public who are paid to give full—time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen. perhaps that is what we all need to remember this evening. pc harper died doing his duty, and as citizens we might reflect on the duties incumbent on us all. thank you. a provisional agreement is in place for the purchase of british steel by turkey's military pension fund. a deal could save nearly 5,000 jobs, after the firm went into liquidation in may when rescue talks with the government broke down. 0ur north of england correspondent, judith moritz, is at the british steel plant in scu nthorpe. yes, a third of all the steel made in the uk is produced by this company and used everywhere from istanbul airport to coventry‘s new water park. 3500 people work on this
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site alone. nearly another 1000 work on teesside, and 20,000 in the wider supply chain. all of them hope that this deal is what is needed to secure the future of the company for the long term. scu nthorpe has been fighting for its future — to save the steel and at the same time, the whole community which depends on it, so news of the tentative turkish deal has been met with delight. i think the whole place is relieved. it's a big sigh of relief. i'm absolutely thrilled to pieces and i can't... just it's amazing, great news. it is massive. i've moved out of scunthorpe now but for the people that live here, it would be a ghost town without it. the rails and beams made here are used in construction projects all over the world. it's a community built on steel. the industry came first. the town has grown up around it and suffered unpredictability alongside it. the last three months has
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felt like three years... ..because of that uncertainty, it's the not knowing. this coming out today, yeah, that's removed a lot of that uncertainty and instilled a lot more confidence back in people so, yeah, we are massively more hopeful. to be fair, while this doesn't actually get us over the line, it does get us very close. business after business sit in the shadow of the steelworks, all of them also dependent on its success. eric deighton runs his own sheet—metal workshop, producing for contractors who in turn work for british steel. each company, another link in the supply chain. not every firm has a guillotine or a folder and so i do them jobs that they can't do, that british steel need. it's me but it's places that sell nuts and bolts, and washers, and cafes that supply people with food and things like that, it's everybody. and so, down the road at the cafe, they were relieved too, for the steelworkers who are both their customers and friends. it's the heart of scunthorpe,
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that's why people come to scunthorpe, it's for the jobs, they bring up their families here. to see all that go out the window would be really disappointing and quite upsetting. so, the news today is great? absolutely brilliant. it's hoped that the turkish deal will be finalised in the coming weeks. those whose livelihoods depend on it say it must come with a bold vision for the future, to stop history repeating itself. judith moritz, bbc news, scunthorpe. our business editor, simon jack, is here. the turkish military pension fund. what exactly is that, and how often do pension funds get involved in this kind of takeover? it sounds odd, what are they doing buying up british deal? but it's not that unusualfor some british deal? but it's not that unusual for some occupational pension schemes are some of the biggest investors in the world, like the ontario teachers fund, which used to own hs1. they are big
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investors. the important thing about this particular subsidiary, it is also 50% owner of turkey's biggest steel producer, so it is thought these two businesses could be complimentary. they've got plenty of money, interest in the steel industry, and that is why government sources who worked on the deal told me this has been the favourite above the others for some time, because there are some synergies for the businesses, they got assets of £20 billion, they are prepared to keep morejobs in the billion, they are prepared to keep more jobs in the turnaround plan. this isn't yet a done deal. they've got exclusive rights to kick the tyres and the company do due diligence, and we hope at the end of that they will buy it out of liquidation, so good news, a cautious welcome by the unions, not quite there yet, but a good day for those workers. the ferguson shipyard on the clyde has been taken over by the scottish government. last week, bosses at the yard warned they'd put the business into administration,
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but nationalisation now secures more than 300 jobs. lorna gordon is there for us this evening. there was no up shop —— there was no other option, was there? the scottish government had to step in? quite a lot of money. who pays the cost overruns for two ferries, one of which you can see behind me, destined for scotland's islands? the original contract was for £19 million, but the build proved quite complicated. these are innovative ships, running on dualfools, and the cost has roughly doubled. the 110w owner, the cost has roughly doubled. the now owner, the former owner, the billionairejim mccoll, now owner, the former owner, the billionaire jim mccoll, said nationalisation would be a mistake economically, but the scottish government stepped in, they say, to secure the future of the yard, the ship and hundreds of workers. the conservatives have called it a national fiasco. they say the scottish government has no idea how
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much it will cost to run the yard. but the workers here are relieved, as are the unions. they are putting ina as are the unions. they are putting in a note of caution, saying that nationalisation is not a quick fix, and there may be challenges ahead. thank you, lorna. a man has admitted trying to murder a bulgarian teenager in surrey five months ago in what prosecutors have described as a far—right terror attack. vincent fuller, who'd praised the gunman in the christchurch mosque shootings the day before, pleaded guilty to four charges. he'll be sentenced next month. a week on from britain's biggest power blackout in a decade, the national grid, which manages the network, is about to deliver ts first report to the energy regulator, explaining more about what happened. our business correspondent katy austin is at little barford near bedford, where one of the power stations went down last week. that's right. the report that
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national grid has sent to 0fgem this evening is the first stage of an urgent review the energy regulator told it to carry out, explaining the chain of events that led to nearly1 million people losing power supply temporarily, and to extend its transport disruption one ago today. —— extended transport disruption. how did it happen? trains stopped on the tracks, passengers stranded. major railway stations in chaos. national grid says the incident was exceptional. we already know what triggered it — a power station near bedford and a wind farm off the yorkshire coast both went off—line in short succession. a drop in supply can have serious knock—on effects, so part of the network had to be cut off to contain the situation. it didn't take long to restore electricity, but critical parts of our infrastructure, such as railways and hospital, ended up feeling the impact. even recognising it as being a very rare event and there are lessons
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to be learned and we need to look at great flexibility. also the resilience of the response in terms of critical infrastructure that was disconnected. it's not only national grid facing questions. govia thameslink and siemens mobility are looking into how some trains couldn't be turned back on without a technician. there are questions too about how a back—up generator at ipswich hospitalfailed. today's report is unlikely to provide comprehensive answers. a full report is due in september. well, the overriding question remaining is, put the scale of disruption have been avoided, however rare this event was? was it the necessary resilience in the system there? national grid's report could potentially mention the role of local distribution networks. it's theirjob to take power from the
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national grid to people'shomes, and theirjob to decide when the supply gets switched on or off at a local level, so there could be questions for them in the report that national grid is submitting. meanwhile, a government investigation is under way into what happened, and it will be looking at things including what could be done to prevent the impact being so severe on the public and public services if a future event like this happens again. thank you for that, katy austin. our top story this evening: a police officer is killed while investigating a burglary in berkshire. pc andrew harper, who was 28, was married just four weeks ago. and still to come: england start the day well before rain stops play in the second ashes test. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: the murray brothers go head—to—head for only the second time in their careers later. they're in action in the doubles at the cincinatti masters.
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a group of women who've been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer linked to breast implants are taking legal action against pharmaceutical companies and surgeons for compensation. there have been more than 500 confirmed cases of the lymphoma worldwide, including 57 in the uk. 0ne leading plastic surgeon says women are almost being used as "human guinea pigs" and not told of all the risks associated with implants before they have them. lauren moss reports. ijust wanted to feel a little bit more womanly after... when mum of two linzy bromfield paid thousands of pounds for a breast enlargement, she hoped to feel more confident about her body image, but the boost it gave her later turned into a nightmare. i took the bra off and looked at it and it was massive. i mean, i couldn't get it into the bra. fluid had built up inside one of linzy‘s breasts. she had it drained twice, and tests then discovered she had a new and rare type of lymphoma.
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i cried, really cried, i was angry, i was hurt, i was worried i was going to die. i said to him, am i going to die? linzy‘s surgeon says her case is the first he's come across, but it's not known how common the cancer is, or exactly how it's caused. in 2012, the americans were coming out and saying it was one in a million. the australians are now coming in and saying it is one in 3000. somewhere between the two obviously is the truth. i think if you look through the literature, there's been a huge amount of underreporting or misdiagnosis. more than 1 million implants have been sold in the uk, with thousands of successful operations performed each year using silicone or saline inside smooth or textured outer shells. there are some theories that the cancer could be caused by a reaction to a textured surface or a bacteria. she was diagnosed with lymphoma... charlie's mother, kim phillips, was 48 when she died in 2010, just months after one of her breasts became swollen.
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she was devastated. i mean, we all were, and i guess, to a point, you don't want to believe it and you just keep hoping that they are wrong. the pathologist raised a potential link between the cancer and kim's textured implants, but this was never proven, and it wasn't until the following year that uk surgeons were first warned of the risk. there have been more than 500 confirmed cases of lymphoma associated with breast implants worldwide, including 57 in the uk. last month one company, allergan, issued a voluntary worldwide recall of some textured implants. an independent panel is now monitoring cases in the uk, but those overseeing it are concerned that women still aren't being made aware of possible dangers. women aren't being appropriately warned that these are not for life, necessarily, they have significant risks associated with them, and it does mean that we are using our entire population as human guinea pigs, almost. the uk regulator says, at the minute, any women with these types of textured implants don't
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need to have them removed if they've not developed any symptoms, but surgeons are meant to advise anyone considering breast implant surgery that there is a risk. linzy‘s been free of cancer since her implants were removed, but she needs regular checkups. others are left memories of their loved ones, and many questions unanswered by a cosmetic industry worth millions of pounds. lauren moss, bbc news. the former conservative chancellor, ken clarke, says he would be prepared to lead a government of national unity, in order to stop a no—deal brexit. but he also urged mps to come together first, to try to force the government to delay leaving the european union. 0ur political correspondent, jonathan blake, is at westminster. jonathan, is there a sense now that jeremy corbyn simply wouldn't be able to command a majority in the house if a vote of no confidence went against boris johnson?m
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house if a vote of no confidence went against boris johnson? it looks likely that that may well be the case. ken clarke is parliament's longest serving mp, and he is being looked to by some at least in westminster as the kind of person who could unite mps from different parties and lead a temporary government with the sole aim of avoiding a no—deal brexit. that is something jeremy corbyn himself wa nts to something jeremy corbyn himself wants to do, of course, but a couple of days after he appealed to other opposition parties and conservative mps for support in defeating the government in a vote of no confidence, informing —— and forming his own temporary government to ask for a abrasive thick —— brexit extension and hold a general election, it has become clear he doesn't have the level of support from opposition parties and some conservatives he would need to achieve that. ken clarke and other mps are saying that a temporary government shouldn't be the priority. mps need to come together and unite around legislation, going through the houses of parliament in the short time available before the brexit deadline, to try to force the government's hand and ask for an
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extension to the article 50 process, something of course that boris johnson would never want to do. jeremy corbyn has tonight made it clear that you that is something he is considering as an option, having discussed the plan with the snp. no details and no clarity on how that would work. even at this late stage, while the government is adamant that the uk is leaving the eu, with or without a deal, the majority of mps here at westminster who want to avoid the no deal option can't agree on how to achieve that. jonathan, thank you. riot police in zimbabwe have fired tear gas and attacked more than 100 demonstrators with batons and a crackdown on protests. the protesters try to assemble elsewhere in harare but were again cleared by the police. they are protesting over the worsening economic situation.
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rain has interrupted play in the second ashes test, stopping early england momentum after taking three wickets this morning. australia are on 80 for 4. joe wilson, reports from lord's. you know what they say — floodlights in the morning, cricketers‘ warning. as poor weather looms, artificial light gave england‘s bowler is their chance. near misses and frustrated faces, and the captain did not have england‘s most successful bowler to call upon. james anderson was a life—size cardboard spectator. careful, don‘t give him another injury. joffre archer is anderson‘s replacement. and here it was, his first test match cricket. chris woa kes has an first test match cricket. chris woakes has an outstanding record on this ground, and he struck, khawaja out for 36. that brought you know who to the crease. he gets an ovation before he has hit a ball. steve smith carries the greatest comparison. he is the new don bradman, the greatest australian,
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the greatest batsmen, the man who seemed impossible to get out. steve smith can give you the same impression. he was defending. but travis head was in trouble, lbw to stuart broad, his dismissal approved by the technology and signalled by the umpire belatedly. australia, 178 behind, smith warming up, everything was poised for the next development, which was play abandoned. today, the rain came down just as england were feeling on top, and with two days left in this test match, whatever the two teams do, they must try and beat the weather. cricket floodlights are powerless in the rain. joe wilson, bbc news, lords. just one of britain‘s leading orchestra‘s has a female principal conductor. but efforts are under way to try redress the balance, including at welsh national opera, where a new role of female conductor in residence has been specically created. sian lloyd went to meet tian—yi lu, as she began her
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first week on the job. music plays. taking on one of opera‘s best known and best loved pieces of music in her own way. i think a rehearsal should be like children playing. let‘s try this, let‘s try this, oh, wow, this works, and sometimes an orchestra or a chorus might give me something i hadn‘t thought of. tian—yi lu is one of only a handful of women to have titled roles, the top jobs among the several hundred conductors on the staff of british orchestras. perhaps sometimes, the second beat of the bar, go a little bit. as she begins her position as first female conductor in residence with welsh national opera, she takes that number to eight. even at the very beginning of my career, when i tried conducting for the first time and i loved it, the thought of conducting didn‘t even cross my mind because i had never seen a woman a professional context conducting before at that stage. i therefore didn‘t think it was possible.
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that shortage of role models is something the opera company is trying to change. with this newly created post, it‘s one of a growing network of organisations creating opportunities to give women the means and confidence to conduct. i think it's positive action. we are addressing the gender imbalance in the sector at the moment, and if there is an imbalance, then you've got to do something about changing that and giving people opportunities to progress. already an assistant conductor with the melbourne symphony orchestra, tian—yi was one of more than 50 women who applied for thejob in cardiff. they had all gained experience in leading an orchestra, but the opportunity to also lead voices in an opera was new to many. even the idea of calling yourself a female conductor is unusual. i would love the days when labels are gone, where we just see the person for who they are, and they are creating artwork and we just see the artwork
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that they are making and the story they are trying to tell. that day is now looking closer, although the pace of change could be quickerfor some. sian lloyd, bbc news, cardiff. good luck to her. time for a look at the weather. here‘s chris fawkes. a contrast compared to yesterday. i know you have seen scenes like this across the country as the rain came down quite heavily. if we look at the radar picture, although the rain has cleared from scotland and northern ireland, the majority of england and wales are still underneath this area of rain, which is coming down very heavily. the rain is quite slow moving and it will be the early hours of saturday morning before it clears away from east anglia and south—east england,
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but showers will follow. we have seen but showers will follow. we have seen those for scotland and northern ireland, and some will work into western england and wales as well. a mild night with temperatures of 12-16dc. the mild night with temperatures of 12—16dc. the weekend will be dominated by this low pressure. the closer you are to this low centre, the more showers will be feeding in. showers from the word go for scotland, northern ireland and the north of england. a breezy day for many areas, but through the afternoon, the showers will merge to give lengthy spells of rain across western scotland and perhaps skirting into northern ireland later in the day. with spells of sunshine a run, it won‘t feel too bad when the sun comes out. high temperatures of 18-22dc. the sun comes out. high temperatures of 18—22dc. there will be a little early morning rain on sunday in southern england. further north and west, a familiar scene of showers and lengthy rain in scotland and northern ireland during sunday.
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showers for england and wales, most affecting western areas, the driest weather across eastern parts of england. temperatures in the high teens and low 20s, but cooler for scotla nd teens and low 20s, but cooler for scotland and northern ireland as the winds move to a north—westerly direction. next week, the weather should get quieter with a bit more in the dry weather to come in between the showers. clive. a reminder of our top story: a police officer is killed while investigating a burglary in berkshire. pc andrew harper was 28 and was married just four weeks ago. that‘s it, so goodbye from me. now on bbc one, let‘sjoin our news teams where you are. have a very good evening.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines.
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a police officer is killed while investigating a burglary in berkshire, pc andrew harper was 28 and had got married four weeks‘ ago. the murder of pc andrew harper is a mindless and a brutal crime, and obviously, all our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his colleagues. 5,000 jobs at british steel could be saved as a the turkish military pension fund agrees in principle to buy the firm. a group of women diagnosed with a rare form of cancer linked to breast implants take legal action. before now on bbc news it‘s time for sportsday. hello and welcome to sportsday — i‘m sarah mulkerrins.
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