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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at ten. this is the scene live in hong kong where around 100,000 people are gathered for more pro—democracy protests for the eleventh week running. the prime minister will go to germany and france next week to insist the uk will leave the eu at the end of october with or witout a deal. the home secretary is examining how the families of police officers killed or injured on duty can be better supported after the death of pc andrew harper in berkshire. a suicide bomb attack on a wedding in the afghan capital, kabul, kills more than 60 people and injures 200 others. the three remaining cooling towers at didcot power station
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in 0xfordshire have been demolished this morning in a controlled explosion. good morning if you havejustjoined us. good morning if you havejustjoined us. welcome to bbc news. riot police have cleared roads in hong kong after a brief stand—off with pro—democracy protesters, as the political crisis in the city continues into its eleventh week. this is the scene live in hong kong at the moment. protesters are preparing to march from victoria park to chater garden, without official permisson from the authorities. they are hoping to travel from there
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to chater garden, but without official permission. it is a thoroughly miserable day in hong kong, hence all the umbrellas, but they are hoping to at least lighten they are hoping to at least lighten the mood with these demonstrations and keep them in a more positive atmosphere than was the case last week when we saw those confrontations between police and protesters inside hong kong's airport. earlier i spoke to professor rana mitter from oxford university's china centre, who said the authorities in hong kong needed to make a gesture of unity to help solve the crisis. everyone was very relieved, and media in hong kong reported relief that there was no tear gas, as they called it. there were significant demonstrations, including by school teachers, an important grouping within hong kong. so far it does appear that we are talking
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about non—violent protest. we should stress that the majority of the protests have been non—violent over the last few weeks, it is just the violent ones that attract the headlines. difficult for those other people involved in these demonstrations to kind of take any measures to prevent them turning violent, because in a sense there is one organisation behind this, the civil rights group, but effectively it is leaderless, it doesn't have a kind of structure of which it is able to impose any kind of discipline on the protests. that is exactly right, and i think that is the single factor that has most disconcerted the authorities in hong kong, and also in beijing. in that sense it is different from the organisation you mentioned in your report in 2014, the umbrella protest, which had clear leaders, some of whom went to jail or have been released from jail, people like benny tai and joshua wong. this is leaderless.
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it is more like a howl of outrage by different parts of hong kong civil society against the feeling that they are slowly having their rights in terms of free media, academic rights, assembly and so forth, not removed in some sudden swoop but just slowly worn away like sandpaper, and that is really i think why it has been such a grassroots movement. and why it is so hard for the authorities to work out what to do next. given the way it's developed, given that that sense of unease has built up over several years, perhaps they weren't expecting it and therefore they don't know how to kind of reverse it or at least what moves on their part might actually be enough to get most people back off the streets. i think some of them do know, and what i would say is the single issue that might make a difference, and again local media have said quite a lot about this in hong kong, is a sort of big gesture which is about trying to bring people together. that sounds like a cliche slogan, any politician might use it, but hong kong today really needs that. it needs a chief executive, and carrie lam is the current
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incumbent, who can make a really big charismatic gesture about opening up a new dialogue. that is the kind of thing that might have the capacity to bring all these different groups together. but right now the authorities seem to be almost hiding away inside the headquarters. and as we have said, the demonstrators don't have one single body of people who are there to open the dialogue with, so there is still some way to go before that dialogue can open, but i think most people think that is what has to happen. and the prospects in the meantime of keeping this under control? i think actually the signs are that the violent protests do seem to be dying down, and it is very good news that we haven't seen any of that in the last day or so. the prospects of hong kong civil society simply going home and not demonstrating any more, i think that is more difficult. the genie is now out of the bottle. i think things like the siege of the airport which we saw a couple of days ago, unlikely to happen again, not least because of new security measures, but people gathering and making it a regular weekend appointment at victoria park to go into these public spaces and seek permits
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for that sort of demonstration, that is much harder to stop, and of course under hong kong law it is perfectly legal. borisjohnson is to meet top eu leaders in the next few days as he makes his case for a new brexit deal. the prime minister will meet the german chancellor, angela merkel, on wednesday and the french president, emmanuel macron, on thursday in mrjohnson‘s first foreign visit. meanwhile, leaked government documents have warned of major disruption in the event of a no—deal brexit, including shortages of food, fuel and medicines. john mcmanus reports. 0peration yellowhammer, marked 0fficial, sensitive, not meant for public eyes. it's the government's own comprehensive assessment of the implications of a no—deal brexit. boris johnson, who became prime minister less than a month ago, is adamant that britain will leave the european union on the 31st of october, come what may. that robust position reflects his assertion that the withdrawal agreement must be dropped. the eu says that's not on the cards. what happens, then, if neither side budges?
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among the consequences envisaged in the leaked report, major disruption at channel ports because up to 85% of hauliers are not ready for french customs procedures. that could mean long queues for lorries, and blocked roads which could last for three months. there would be disruption to supplies of fresh food, meaning price rises hitting the poorest hardest. medical supplies, three quarters of which come via channel ports, may be delayed, and there could be clashes between eu and british fishing vessels in uk waters. the report's authors also warn that rising tensions will lead to protests and a jump in crime. perhaps most damagingly, the report says efforts to prevent the return of a hard border between the republic of ireland and northern ireland will probably be unsustainable. this leak from the government published in the sunday times makes for stark reading. the cabinet office is the department tasked with coordinating the government, that is, the prime minister's objectives. borisjohnson has said that much of the preparation
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for a new deal has been done. this report contradicts that. as leaks go, the timing couldn't be more embarrassing. borisjohnson is due to meet european leaders later this week. supporters of brexit have labelled concerns about a no—deal as project fear, and past warnings of economic meltdowns have proved wide of the mark. but it seems that some in government are forecasting the worst. john mcmanus, bbc news. with me is our political correspondent mark lobel. i suppose these headlines in the sunday times, which will be read with interest in berlin and paris might not actually help boris johnson very much in his argument about the need for the european union to move. they might well say, this is what your own government is going to happen, why don't you move? that is absolutely right, boris johnson wanted to go this week and
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convince emmanuel macron and angela merkel that parliament can't block brexit, but he is getting into a lot of trouble back home. things are not going his way. this league is not something he would have liked are not something number 10 is going to comment on, they do not comment on lea ks, comment on, they do not comment on leaks, but comment on, they do not comment on lea ks, but privately comment on, they do not comment on leaks, but privately they are not saying it's not true. the former head of the civil service, bob kerslake, came head of the civil service, bob kersla ke, came out head of the civil service, bob kerslake, came out to say it looked like a credible document, and it should make people sit up and pay attention to the dangers of a no—deal brexit, but this is a political football. lord kersla ke himself is advising the labour party, he is in favour of a second referendum, and speaking just now to sky's sophy ridge, this is what kwasi kwarteng had to say. there is a lot of scaremongering around, and a lot of people are playing into project fear and all the rest of it. the previous prime minister created dexu, and she said the mandate was to prepare for no deal, and i was working in that department. now we have a prime
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minister who is very much focused on that, the scale of those preparations are increasing, and we will be prepared to leave without a deal on the 31st of october. interesting to hear him use the phrase project fear, we expect that might be something he would say. it is important to know that this operation isn't 0peration black swan which is the worst case scenario, this is something that civil serva nts this is something that civil servants really believe might happen, and so you can see kwasi kwa rteng happen, and so you can see kwasi kwarteng saying that this will be used by people as a political football. what about labour? we haven't exactly had an enthusiastic response to jeremy corbyn‘s haven't exactly had an enthusiastic response tojeremy corbyn‘s noble offer to ta ke response tojeremy corbyn‘s noble offer to take the job of prime minister if boris johnson offer to take the job of prime minister if borisjohnson is booted out next month? jeremy corbyn has said he will hold a vote of no confidence as soon as he thinks he can win it, and that could be in a
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couple of wea ks' can win it, and that could be in a couple of weaks' time. the problem for him came when he said he would lead the caretaker government if there was a vote of no confidence that went through. politicians have 14 days to find some else to command the confidence of the house. conservative mps, independent group mps came out and said, we would support it, but not with you leading it, they suggested former chancellor ken clarke orformer it, they suggested former chancellor ken clarke or former deputy leader harriet harman, for example. but jeremy corbyn insisted he should be leading it, and this is what a member of his front bench, the shadow business minister, laura pidcock, said. i think it is quite strange, if i'm honest, that we are considering other options. constitutionally that is the right thing to do, but let's consider the inverse. if jeremy wasn't doing this, if he wasn't trying to reach across to all sides of the house of commons, what would people say? he is absolutely doing the right thing to avert this no—deal brexit that we have said in oui’ no—deal brexit that we have said in our manifesto, that we have said time and time again in the house of commons, that other political parties have committed to. the only way to do that is to get behind
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jeremy corbyn so that he can have this time—limited period as a caretaker prime minister to avert a no—deal brexit. so, the more these issues are discussed, the idea of legislation to extend article 50, the thing the anti—no deal mps to extend article 50, the thing the anti—no dealmps can to extend article 50, the thing the anti—no deal mps can bring, the harder it makes borisjohnson‘s task this week of convincing european leaders that parliament can't block brexit. mark lobel, thank you very much. let's return to hong kong, and another look at the pictures. these are live pictures from hong kong. they are still in victoria park, the business district of hong kong. they are planning to march to another pa rt are planning to march to another part of hong kong. none of these are very great distances we are talking about, this is a very built—up area, but nonetheless the police are determined to prevent a march, because the march but was not given permission, the gathering was given permission. there is another demonstration taking place
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simultaneously not very far away, and that is a demonstration of supporters of the hong kong government, which you can see here. they are gathered actually outside, not in any of the parks, but they are not that far away, and bisla the police's challenge is to try to keep the two of them apart. we hope to be checking in with our correspondent in hong kong in a short while but this is just to give you a picture of the sense of the scale of the people, the protests, and no suggestion that these are diminishing in size. what everyone involved seems to be most concerned on this weekend is ensuring that they remain good—tempered, and that there are none of the kind of clashes that we saw in hong kong's airport just clashes that we saw in hong kong's airportjust a few days ago. so that is the scene in hong kong, and we will bring you more as soon as we can get it here on bbc news. let's return now to news here. the home secretary, priti patel, says more needs to be done to support the families of police officers who are killed or injured at work. pc andrew harper died of multiple injuries as he responded to a suspected burglary in berkshire on thursday night. charlotte simpson reports.
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colleagues, friends and the local community pay tribute to police constable andrew harper where he lost his life. almost exactly a month ago, the pc was getting married. he should have been heading off on his honeymoon next week. a postmortem showed that the police officer died from multiple injuries. detectives are still trying to establish why a call to investigate a burglary ended in tragedy. his death has highlighted the danger that officers face in their everyday work. the home secretary says the country must do more to recognise the sacrifice made by officers. writing in the sunday telegraph, priti patel says she has instructed the home office to urgently explore what we can do to better support the families of our brave police officers, who are seriously injured or worse by cowardly criminals. she said pc harper was the very best of british policing. the hunt for evidence continues at a council—run caravan site in west berkshire. several road closures in
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the surrounding area are in place. detectives now have until midnight tonight to question the ten people currently being held in custody. the thames valley force has described this as a complex investigation, both a professional and personal challenge, as they try to solve the murder of a much—loved officer who was one of their own. charlotte simpson, bbc news. well, sir peter fahy is the former chief constable for greater manchester police. hejoins me now. thank you for being with us on bbc news this morning. terrible incident on thursday night with the death of pc andrew harper. there has been talk in recent years of something similarto talk in recent years of something similar to what exists with the military, something akin to that for police officers. if the government we re police officers. if the government were to go down that route, what sort of things do you think it would need to be looking at?|j sort of things do you think it would need to be looking at? i think it is a very good analogy. it is great to see that the sacrifice of the
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military both in terms of soldiers and service personnel that are killed or seriously injured is now better recognised and better supported, but it does mean that police officers do feel that they don't get the same treatment or the same regard. certainly it seems like when somebody is convicted of the murder of a police officer, that life should mean life. it is often ceremonial things like last month we had a national service for the families of officers that had been killed on duty. no ministerfrom the home office attended, and it is about the long—term support for families moving forward, and particularly also for officers that are injured on duty. there have been some awful cases over the last month where officers have been very seriously injured, the public have shown great concern, but it is inevitable that some of those offices will eventually be medically retired out of the police force. that will be a very traumatic experience for them. and they will get some compensation, but they will then suffer, you know, physically
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and mentally, a great deal of trauma, because a criminal act has forced them to leave the job that they love. so there is a whole series of issues like that, but i think the crucial thing in the review announced by the home secretary should be that the families of those officers are at the centre of that, and their experiences listen to. it is interesting, in a sense a lot of this is about tone in terms of how officers are treated, and i suppose the idea that people at the top, whether it is politicians or other figures in public life, they kind of set a tone that then others will cow, set a tone that then others will copy, and so if there is hostility at the top, that can translate down. i wonder if you think that some of the things that were said perhaps back when theresa may was home secretary, and the only time she was prime minister, that the number of police officers didn't affect the rate of crime, that perhaps police representatives should shut up about going on about extra money and get on with thejob going on about extra money and get on with the job rather than criticising politicians, that some of that had an effect? it did have
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an effect, it wasn'tjust of that had an effect? it did have an effect, it wasn't just about a reduction in the number of officers, you are right. it was about the tone. it was a failure to recognise the daily reality of what police officers deal with. increasingly they deal with less and less crime asa they deal with less and less crime as a proportion of their workload, they having to deal with more and more issues around mental health, vulnerable people, when there are wea knesses vulnerable people, when there are weaknesses in other agencies, the police have to fill in, but it is also things like there will be some changes to legislation around bail, and when officers can make arrests, and when officers can make arrests, and again, the police have not really been able to see huge public benefit in that. and yes, it is that tone about the way of whether it feels like politicians understand what the police do, and respect the professionalism of the police. i think another feature is that the police absolutely know that they have to be accountable, when things in inverted commas go wrong. that the system is in balance, and there have been recent cases of officers being prosecuted and juries throwing
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those cases out. so there is a whole series of issues there where it is just really about politicians understanding the difficult job just really about politicians understanding the difficultjob that police officers do, you know, and showing that respect and giving that support, and in no way getting away from the fact absolutely that the police have to be recognised for the job they do. you were the chief co nsta ble of job they do. you were the chief constable of one of the largest police forces in the country, greater manchester, during a period when you had to make quite big reductions in staff, including front line officers. how difficult do you think it is going to be to fulfil the prime minister's aspiration of 20,000 extra officers within five yea rs ? 20,000 extra officers within five years? there will be real practical, logistical challenges. what would be concerning me is whether there is enough people out there that want to be police officers. it is very striking when you go to london now, there are adverts on the side of police vans already looking for recruits, and that was before the additional target that the met will have to meet. but i think it is also
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about that wider level of support, it is not just about that wider level of support, it is notjust about about that wider level of support, it is not just about the about that wider level of support, it is notjust about the number of police officers, this is about looking closely at what police officers have to do day in day out, and it is about whether there is more funding, which has been announced, the crown prosecution service said that more people are convicted, more cases going to the court, and the government looks at some of the legislation and asks, is it getting the right balance between the rights of suspects and what the police need to do? because i think there is concern out there that the public are losing confidence, not in the profession of the police officer, but they are losing confidence and whether that police have got the opportunity to take on some of the serious criminals, and they have the level of resources to be able to respond to that and provide what the public need, and all that is really important in addition to pure numbers. but as you say, it is about the tone, and it is about recognising that the police do about recognising that the police do a very difficultjob. i always find it remarkable that police officers just respond to a call on the radio,
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they will go to an incident, they will question it, they won't challenge it, they willjust go and respond, there could often be difficult issues, aggression, threats of violence, and very different parties at each other‘s throats, and the police officer has to be there in the middle to try to calm things down. there is just that recognition of the difficultjob that police officers do. just getting the balance right, particularly as i say because it is really important that the public have the confidence in the capability of the police, otherwise they will just resort to their own private security measures, which then means those that can't afford that end up being more vulnerable. sir peter fahy, former chief co nsta ble of sir peter fahy, former chief constable of great amounted to police, thank you very much for speaking to us this morning. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0llie foster.
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tension mounting ahead of the cricket. certainly, and so much play loss because of the rain over the last four days, the first day was wiped out at lord's, but we could still get a result on the final day of the second ashes test. england leading by 104 runs. they have six wickets in hand as they look to level the series. australia resumed on 80—4 yesterday, steve smith again the chief run scorer, he brought up his half—century. then he was forced off the field for medical checks after this ferocious bouncer from jofra archer hit him on the back of the neck. he returned to make 92, but it was a real scare for all concerned. australia 250 all out in the end. play starts again at 11. if england make a big enough lead, they could declare. that will be brave, see if they can bowl australia out, and steve smith due back in to bat. it could be a very tense final day at lord's, but every thankful that steve smith is ok and fit enough to bat again, it seems.
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manchester city thought they had scored in injury time winner, and there were no complaints from totte n ha m there were no complaints from tottenham either at the etihad stadium, but the cameras picked up a stray manchester city hand ball that had led to the goal, so it was ruled out. 2— to the final score on the final whistle, but the var debate goes on. ben crouch reports. be it confusion, acceptance, anger. everyone's got their own angle on var. you can see why. manchester city thought they had snatched a win against tottenham. did you spot anything wrong with it? this is the premier league turned big brother, cameras everywhere. there is always someone watching, and they spotted this handball in the build—up to gabrieljesus's gold. what can we say? we would like to win for the chances we create, but in the end we didn't. city did play well and thought they were headed for a 16th straight league win when sergio aguero flicked them ahead before half—time, but tottenham twice came
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from behind to level the match, lucas moura equalising 19 seconds after coming off the bench. but when it seemed all hope was leaving the etihad, along with some of the fans, jesus popped up for the most dramatic winner, only for the even more dramatic twist. commentator: hold on a second.” think commentator: hold on a secondlj think the enjoyment factor watching foot ball think the enjoyment factor watching football supporters is becoming less because of the handball rule and because of the handball rule and because of the handball rule and because of var personally, but this is about the handball rule. that should never on any playing field, any country anywhere, be disallowed. it was introduced to put an end to the errors and clear up the debate, but whatever your viewpoint, var and these new rules still keep us talking. ben croucher, bbc news was. two tea ms talking. ben croucher, bbc news was. two teams in the premier league have a 100% record. liverpool top of the table a 100% record. liverpool top of the ta ble after a 100% record. liverpool top of the table after a 2—1win at southampton, sadio mane and roberto firmino putting them 2—0 up with 20 minute left to play before a bit of a howler from adrian minute left to play before a bit of a howlerfrom adrian in minute left to play before a bit of a howler from adrian in the liverpool goal made things interesting. danny ings pulling one
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back. arsenal made it two wins out of two, and there were victories for everton, norwich and bournemouth. two more ties today in the scottish league cup, places in the quarterfinals at stake. james forrest scored the winner for celtic against championship side dunfermline. a lot of matches went to extra time. now, some terribly sad news in rugby league. but she bulldogs archie bruce has died. the 20—year—old made his debut yesterday against toulouse, came on as a replacement. he was found dead in his hotel room in france this morning. the club say they are deeply saddened, and they are supporting his family. the french authorities are investigating the possible cause of death. we will have more on that story as we have it. wales are top of the rugby union world rankings for the first time after they beat england in cardiff
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in the second of their world cup warm—ups. the only try of the match came in the first half of the match, george north latching onto a kick from dan biggar. england beat wales last weekend, but they went down 13-6 this last weekend, but they went down 13—6 this time. that result means that new zealand's ten year reign as number one is over. with the world cup injapanjust number one is over. with the world cup in japan just over number one is over. with the world cup injapanjust over a month number one is over. with the world cup injapan just over a month away, there is a bit of work for scotland to do. they suffered a heavy defeat to do. they suffered a heavy defeat to the french. 32—3 the score in nice. that is all your support for now, and i will have more sport for you in half an hour. see you then. 0lly foster, thank you very much. the afghan government says at least 60 people have been killed in a bomb explosion at a wedding reception in the capital, kabul. a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the reception hall. the taliban have denied carrying out the attack. richard forrest reports. this is the aftermath inside the wedding hall. it had been packed with people celebrating a marriage in a minority shi'ite neighbourhood in the west
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of the city. eyewitnesses said the bomber detonated his device in the men's reception area. translation: i was in the kitchen, and was coming to the hall when i heard the huge sound. my ears couldn't hear anything, and there were lots of injured people. everybody was running away. several of our waiters were killed or injured. most of the victims were men or boys. the injured taken to hospitals across the city. there were so many, they were crowded into corridors. people rushing to the hospital trying to find missing relatives. translation: i was in the wedding party when the blast occurred. it was very powerful, and the situation was terrible. i saw many children and people hurt. these wedding halls have become big business in kabul as the afghan economy slowly picks up and families spend more on celebrations. but they are seen as soft targets. last november, at least 40 people were killed at a wedding in kabul. the attack came as the taliban and the united states are trying to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of us forces from afghanistan in exchange for a taliban commitment on security and peace talks with the us—backed government.
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from afghanistan in exchange for a taliban commitment on security and peace talks with the us—backed government. richard forrest, bbc news. a waiter near paris has been shot dead by a customer who was reportedly angry because his sandwich was not prepared quickly enough. police say a murder investigation has been launched after the incident on friday evening in the east of the city. the suspect fled the scene and has not been caught. ambulance crews tried to save the 28—year—old waiter, who had been shot in the shoulder, but he died at the scene. his colleagues told police that the customer had lost his temper at the pizza and sandwich shop because of the length of time it had taken to prepare his meal. the search is continuing this morning for a six—year—old boy who's
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thought to have fallen into a river in kent. the boy is believed to have fallen into the river stour near the town of sandwich. fire and rescue crews joined police and coastguards after the boy was reported missing on saturday afternoon. the three remaining didcot power station cooling towers have been demolished in a controlled explosion this morning. minutes after the demolition, thousands of people in the area said they had suffered a temporary power cut, although sse said the fault was unconnected to the demolition. the coal—fired station was turned off in 2013, after more than 40 years in service. our correspondent louisa currie is there with more. well, the skyline here is very different to what it was just before seven o'clock this morning. these cooling towers have dominated the skyline here in didcot for more than half a century, but it took just seconds for them to be demolished and come tumbling down. now, we have been told that there was a power cut shortly after, 7:04, 49,000 houses in the area affected,
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but the local supplier does say that the two incidences are not connected. demolition has been going on here since the site was turned off in 2013. the six cooling towers originally here, three of those were demolished in 2014, and hundreds of people turned out to watch, as they have done today. in 2016, though, tragedy struck, and you might remember four men were killed. they were working on preparatory works on another building on site here which collapsed. three years on, there is a huge investigation into what caused that collapse. thames valley police and the health and safety executive are trying to establish if there are any charges to be answered, potentially manslaughter charges or any breaches of health and safety guidelines. but today the demolition centred around the three remaining cooling towers, and it really is the end of an era for didcot, a complete change to the skyline. it leaves just one large chimney remaining, which is due to be finally demolished in the autumn.


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