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theme. up to 27 in the south—east of england by saturday. it looks like the temperatures will taper off as we go further on through the weekend. we are not done hopefully with summer just yet. authority services? after warnings from suppliers, some councils are planning for possible food shortages, to hit schools and care homes. there will be challenges around availability, there will be challenges around many things. currency fluctuations, and impact on pricing. so, what are council plans to cope with a ‘no deal‘ brexit? also on the programme: prince andrew says he's appalled by the crimes of his former friend and convicted paedophile, jeffrey epstein. three years after the measles virus is virtually wiped out in britain, world health chiefs say it's back. police escape injury in a bomb attack in northern ireland. dissident republicans are blamed.
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and, one of the biggest challenges facing farming. how is british agriculture dealing with climate change? and coming up on bbc news: the brain injury charity headway urges cricket to change its rules on concussuion after steve smith's injury. good evening, and welcome to the bbc news at six. councils up and down the country are figuring out how they're going to cope if the uk leaves the european union on october 31st without a deal. documents seen by the bbc reveal that some authorities fear not being able to supply some foods
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to schools, care homes and food banks because of possible shortages or higher prices. it comes after a government report was leaked this weekend, warning of potential supply problems forfuel, medicine and food shortages, in the event of a no deal brexit. our economics editor, faisal islam, reports now from hull. the fully—stocked shelves of one of the depots that helps feed britain. this warehouse in slough is one of the largest providers of food for care homes, schools, hospitals and prisons, and here they are now having to prepare yet again for no—deal brexit and not being sure of being able to obtain some of their staples. a lot of the stuff like your chopped tomatoes, your chickpeas, your baked beans, the majority of those products are manufactured in spain or italy so therefore you have to import them, otherwise you won't have the volume is that you need. britain's food supply takes for granted these complex international supply chains.
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for central government there is no specific problem in general about a no—deal brexit, even the worst—case scenario. but the internal deliberations of local councils, charged with delivering those services and seen by the bbc, show that there are very specific concerns and some extraordinary forms of planning to keep the wheels turning. the plans and registers of risk from around the country do echo the government assessment that higherfood prices and a restriction of choice will be the main impact, but some go further. including north tyneside, saying no deal means a high risk of increased use of tins and frozen goods and special dietary requirements being difficult to meet. north ayrshire council anticipating the government might need to amend school nutrition standards. in bedford, care homes advised to hold four—to—six weeks supply of nonperishable foodstuffs. and in hastings, there's a reference
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to "there might be the need for rationing." councils responsible for school and care home meals were told by government earlier this year to prepare for reasonable worst—case scenarios for no—deal brexit. these documents are the result of that exercise and one top representative of caterers say they are necessary. i don't believe they are going over the top, i really do believe they need to plan hard on this. so there will be an instant, i believe, where certain nutritional standards will have to be altered and adapted for a short if there is no deal? if there is no deal. schools and hospitals? i believe schools and hospitals. would care home stockpile? they will have to stockpile, yes, but is whether they've got the space to do that. rationing, a bit over the top? unless it's long term. yes, i think rationing is a bit over the top, —— yes, i think rationing is a bit over the top, unless it's long term. back at the depot, bidfood, one of the biggest suppliers, have meticulously gone through its 30,000 products and identified 400 at risk from no—deal brexit on a red,
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amber and green scale. they say they are ready. we have identified the key customers, the vulnerable customers, that we need to take care of. we've got the plans in place to carry on providing a great service. there will be challenges around availability, there will be challenges around delays at ports, around currency fluctuations and the impact on price. we have been here before. they had to buy up refrigerated warehouse capacity in march that was basically a waste of money. they will prepare again in october, but these are the big boys of the food supply industry. the question is about the smaller links in the food supply chain. and local public services, for example the new wave of hospitals, are simply not built to hold stockpiles of food like this. the government yet to come knocking here. at the end of the day we are the people who deliver the product to the hospitals, the schools, the prisons, etc. i would have you on speed dial! are you getting that problem? no, we have had no direct engagement yet as the person who pulls
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the contracts with those end—users. the government reiterated it sees no impact on food supply from a no—deal brexit, but local councils at least are privately planning for scenarios that do affect schools, hospitals, prisons and food banks. the longer any no deal stand—off with the eu lasts, the more likely they will become. is this prudent planning or is it scaremongering on the part of council? public opinion is likely to be split on this. sensible planning, important to remember, this is the result of central government asking local government to plan against their scenarios, and, remember, local government to plan against theirscenarios, and, remember, they are the key legal deliverers of these services to standards that are set at a very high level. —— at very high levels and for some of our most vulnerable fellow citizens. there are some pretty hairy things in those planning documents, important to state that things like the reference that we saw two rationing,
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it is not talking about wartime ration books, but it would be referring to local government stopping people stockpiling. extraordinary that we are talking about that and there are some viewers who will say this is not what we expected from brexit. 0thers will say this is sensible planning that helps resilience for a no—deal brexit and so in itself is a good thing. a lot boils down to this word, ready. we hear people say it, that doesn't mean there is not going to be an impact potentially to some of our most vulnerable citizens. well, borisjohnson has insisted that britain will be ready to leave the european union at the end of october, "deal or no deal." but the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has accused the government of driving the country "towards a cliff edge" and called for a general election so that voters can decide the country's future. here's our political correspondent ben wright. exactly how bad will a no—deal brexit be? clutching their folders tight, ministers in charge of no—deal brexit planning
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brushed off questions about possible food, fuel and medicine shortages, travel disruption, and protests. are there going to be food shortages? no, not at all. it's entirely manageable. the details of secret whitehall documents leaked to a newspaper yesterday and presented at a government planning meeting just three weeks ago. an out—of—date worst—case scenario, claim ministers, but visiting a hospital in truro, borisjohnson was vague about the likely disruption. there may well be bumps in the road, but we will be ready to come out on october the 31st — with or without a deal. the prime minister will meet the leaders of france and germany this week, hoping they might yet bend and redo the existing brexit deal. our friends and partners on the other side of the channel are showing a little bit of reluctance, at the moment, to change their position. that's fine, i'm confident that they will, but in the meantime, we have to get ready for a no—deal outcome. but opposition parties say a no—deal
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brexit should be stopped. and to do that, jeremy corbyn wants mps to bring down the government and back him as an interim prime minister who would then delay brexit and call an election. we will do everything necessary to stop a disastrous no deal, for which this government has no mandate. applause but the lib dems and potential tory rebels have said they will not put mr corbyn in number 10. it is clear that you do not have the cross party support in parliament to be a caretaker prime minister, so would labour back somebody who can? all the constitutional precedents are, when a government collapses, it is the leader of the opposition that takes over. and he made this uncompromising appeal to mps. if you are serious about stopping a no deal brexit, then back my motion
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of no confidence to stop this government taking us over a cliff edge on the slst of october. jeremy corbyn is talking today about trying to stop brexit by working cross—party, but make no mistake, this is a labour leader putting his party on a general election footing. the labour leader was in corby, a marginal midlands seat, setting out his plans for number ten, which is where he hopes the brexit turmoil might take him. ben wright, bbc news. prince andrew has attempted to distance himself from his formerfriend jeffrey epstein as further questions are raised about his association with the convicted paedophile. buckingham palace says the prince is "appalled" by new allegations epstein faced of sexual abuse and trafficking in young girls. the statement was issued after a new video emerged of the prince at epstein‘s home shortly after the financier served a prison sentence for a sex offence with a minor. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, has the latest.
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they are images which will haunt him — prince andrew at the home of a convicted paedophile. caught on camera as young women come and go, despite andrew's apparent efforts to be as discreet as possible. the video was taken outside the new york home of andrew's friend jeffrey epstein in 2010, two years after epstein‘s conviction. and there at the door, amid the comings and goings, the queen's second son. epstein was an associate of andrew's for a number of years. it is even suggested andrew took him once to balmoral. this photograph was taken in 2001. andrew at one of epstein‘s parties with a then—i7—year—old girl called virginia roberts. her claim to have had sex with andrew was dismissed by a us court. 2008, jeffrey epstein faced court in the united states, charged with having sex with a minor and procuring an underage girl for prostitution. he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. soon after his release in 2010, andrew was photographed with him walking in central park,
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new york. last month, epstein was arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking minors. he was found dead in his prison cell on the 10th of august. prince andrew has always denied that he has been involved in any impropriety with underage girls. last night, buckingham palace added this: the denials of impropriety are emphatic, but what the palace cannot do is explain why prince andrew chose to continue his friendship with epstein or why he was at his home in new york. it all raises questions about the judgment demonstrated by the queen's second son. nicholas witchell, bbc news, buckingham palace.
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thames valley police have been given another 2a hours to question ten people, including a 13—year—old boy, about the murder of pc andrew harper in berkshire. the officer was dragged under a car as he responded to reports of a burglary last thursday. today, several of his colleagues paid tribute at the scene where he died. three years after the measles virus was virtually wiped out in the uk, the world health organisation says it's back and has removed the country's "measles—free" status. last year, there were almost a thousand cases in england and wales, three times as many as the previous year. take—up rates for the mmr vaccine have been falling, with one in ten children in england not fully protected. here's our health correspondent, sophie hutchinson. well done. it's hard to believe now, but little alba was dangerously ill earlier this year with measles. her mum says that, at one point, she thought she might even lose her.
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alba had been too little to be vaccinated against the disease. there was a day where she got really, really sick and that was when it hit me then. i thought we might not be bringing her home. so, it went from being a very serious concern of losing sight, losing hearing, having brain damage because of it, to actually not having her here anymore. oh, my days! children are given the first mmr vaccination to protect against measles when they are 12 months old. the second dose comes just before going to primary school. but the latest figures suggest this autumn in england one in seven children will begin primary school without their second dose of mmr. that increases to one in four children in london and, even more worryingly, that 30,000 children in england have never had either dose and have no protection against the disease. if your child is completely unvaccinated against mmr, then the chances of them getting measles are very, very high.
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even though measles is now rare in this country because we have high uptake, when it comes, it spreads very quickly. it is the most infectious disease we know of, really. and so, it can get into a school and spread and pick out all those children who are unprotected very quickly. measles is highly infectious. it can lead to serious health complications such as deafness, learning disabilities, and cause fatal pneumonia. three years ago, there were so few cases in the uk it was classed as having been eliminated, but that has changed. this year there have been 231 cases. we are welcoming the government's announcement today, but what we have anti—vaccination campaigns on social media have been blamed. the prime minister is inviting companies to a summit to discuss it and asked gps to promote catch—up jabs. we are welcoming the government's announcement today, but what we have not seen from the government is how these efforts will be funded. we need adequate funding to make sure that parents and the general public are aware of the
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importance of vaccines. this year, cases of measles have trebled globally, with outbreaks rising in the us, france, germany and italy. many agree that urgent action is needed to protect children like alba. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. our top story this evening... councils are planning for shortages of some foods for schools and care homes in the event of a no—deal brexit. coming up, concerns for cricketers' safety, after austalian batsman steve smith is floored, in the latest ashes test. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... bolton wanderers — already in adminsistration — postpone tomorrow's league fixture with doncaster amid welfare concerns over their young squad. farming leaders say climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture,
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with a recent un report highlighting the world's high consumption of meat and dairy produce as a driver of global warming. for the first in our series focus on farming here's our environment and rural affairs correspondent, claire marshall. she examines how uk farmers are coping with the climate change challenge. the rich produce of the fertile fens. more than a fifth of england's flowers and bulbs are produced here, and more than a third of its fresh veg. but this is a man—made landscape, it's been drained for centuries, it is a constant battle to keep water levels down. climate change, with predictions of sea—level rise and flash flooding, could tip the balance. from up here it's really clear to see just how vulnerable these areas of eastern england are. just turn around a bit and you've got the whole expanse of the fens. if you look, the level of the two barely changes.
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all you have got protecting this land from the sea are these defences that, frankly, from up here look quite puny. when the tide turned the water ran over that bank. farmers here are worried. they want more investment. we need to make sure that our sea defences on the wash are fit for purpose for the next 50 to 100 years, whether that is adding a metre to them or widening them, strengthening them. but we should plan and start doing it now. at the moment it's piecemeal. lincolnshire in june. this is what happens when flood defences fail. the government has said it's put aside £2 billion for climate change. agriculture is a key driver of global warming. nitrogen in fertiliser is a potent greenhouse gas. in the amazon the astonishing rate of deforestation is largely fuelled by beef production. trees absorb carbon dioxide, but the cattle that have replaced the forest emit methane,
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which also warms the planet. here in devon an experiment is under way to test and breed cows that produce up to 40% less methane. we might be able to come up with a selection strategy, whereby we can keep more environmentally friendly cattle in the future. we went to a country show to see what people thought. it worries me because thinking about the future and my children and my grandchildren. we will have to change our farming practices, we will have to adapt to the changes that are happening that the weather systems bring. i'm not on a one—man crusade, i'm not a tree hugger. fred chugg wanted to lower his farm's emissions and so designed his own electric quad bike. he now exports to 20 countries. we can't all stand back and anonymously throw our arms in the air and say, "this is not my problem." this is our problem.
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we are starting to see the problem is occurring now in the environment and we all have a responsibility to try and do something about this. scientists agree, saying humans must change how they use the land or the current cycle of rising temperatures will never be broken. claire marshall, bbc news. police in northern ireland say a bomb which exploded near the irish border, was a sinister attempt to lure officers and soldiers into the area, to murder them. it's believed that a dissident republican group was behind the attack in county fermanagh. our correspondent emma vardy is at the scene. what more have the police been saying about this? they believe it is either the new ira or the continuity ira who were behind this attack. police were called out to investigate one device and it was during that investigation that a second device went off with the teams narrowly escaping injury. this
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is the fifth attempt by dissident republicans to try to kill police officers this year. they say they have seen an increase in activity from the continuity ira who were behind a similar attack a few weeks ago. what was noticeable today was the frustrated reaction from police. we saw the deputy chief constable saying with this making a wider appeal to the lack of devolved government at stormont, and an appeal to ireland's politicians, saying with the uncertainty over brexit and with the continuing dissident threat, that we are in danger of the progress made in northern ireland are now slipping back. emma vardy in county fermanagh. emma vardy in county fermanagh. around 9,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, on the spanish island of gran canaria, because of wildfires. they've been burning for more than a week, advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area. in some places, the flames have been so high, aircraft have been unable to fly, to drop water. officials have described the fires as causing "an unprecedented environmental tragedy".
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a leading consultant is claiming that the failure by doctors to identify and treat a rare spinal condition, is costing condition is costing the nhs hundreds of millions of pounds a year. cauda equina syndrome requires specialist surgery within 2a hours to avoid severe damage to a patient‘s organs and lower limbs. missing it can mean huge complications. here's our legal correspondent, clive coleman. i picked my bag up and something happened in my back, it was excruciatingly painful. i had never even heard of cauda equina syndrome. i didn't know there was a ticking clock above my head. i woke up a couple of hours later struggling to move my legs, with numbness and pins and needles, and eventually unable to urinate. i'm catriona and nine years ago i picked up a bag and damaged the nerves in my back. my life changed forever.
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these are for your bladder spasm. catriona is now reliant on herfrail 74—year—old mum margaret, who has become her carer. her legs, bowel, bladderand sexual organs are all severely damaged. this was catriona before her injury, a gifted dancer with dreams of becoming a choreographer. assessing how many people have cauda equina syndrome is difficult as some nhs hospitals don't log numbers. however, there were 981 surgical decompressions to treat it in england alone in 2010 and 2011. cauda equina means horse's tail in latin and it describes the spray of nerves that come off the bottom of the spinal cord. they activate the bladder, bowels, sexual organs and lower limbs and if a slipped disc hits them, as you can see it doing here in this mri scan, that's incredibly serious and urgent medical treatment to remove the pressure is critical.
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the nhs says compensation claims between 2014 and 2016 will cost £68 million and this leading consultant thinks is far higher. it's difficult to get a precise figure from all the various information sources about the frequency of delays in diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome, but i would estimate that it is something in the order of about 150 million to maybe £200 million a year. red flag signs for cauda equina syndrome include pins and needles around the rectum and nerve pain down both legs. the nhs says it is committed to highlighting these warning signs and reducing avoidable harm. the condition has changed catriona and margaret's lives forever but it hasn't broken them. the worst bit for me is seeing catriona in constant pain. the best bit has been how proud i am.
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that report from clive coleman. the third ashes test gets under way at headingley on thursday, but there's controversy over whether the australian batsman steve smith should be allowed to play. he was hit on the side of the neck by a ball travelling at 92 miles an hour on saturday in the lords test. after retiring hurt, he returned to the crease just an hour later, but was disgnosed with delayed concussion the next day. other sports like football, rugby and hockey have a mandatory recovery period after concussion, but not cricket. here's andy swiss. hit in the neck at 90 mph. and the ball which struck steve smith has now sparked a far broader debate. why? well, after leaving the field for assessment, smith was allowed to return. just a0 minutes later, he was back batting again. but then, the next morning, he complained of headaches and was ruled out of yesterday's final day. so, should smith have ever been allowed back on? well, one leading brain injury
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charity believes not. i was surprised, i was disappointed and i was worried. the reality is that it is too short a time to accurately diagnose whether or not he was concussed and to then go back out to face 94 mph bouncers from jofra archer. it is only five years since another australian cricketer, phillip hughes, died after being struck in the neck. since then, helmets with the neck guards have been developed, but they are not compulsory. and some players, including smith, have preferred not to wear them. well, steve smith is being assessed by medical staff to see whether he can play in the next ashes test here at headingley on thursday, but whichever australian batsmen emerge here, they will be bracing themselves. the electrifying pace ofjofra archer shook up notjust
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smith, but most of his team—mates too. but such spectacular speed inevitably comes with a risk. from a batsman's perspective, yeah, there is fear, but i think that it makes the game special, but at the same time, you know, safety has to be put at the forefront of one's mind. indeed, fast and often ferocious bowling has long been part of the sport's tradition. the challenge now for cricket is to preserve that drama and yet, also protect its players. andy swiss, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. it has not been the best start to the week with heavy showers and heavy downpours and thunder and lightning. we have got a few more of those in east anglia. coming in from the west it is a bit drier to end the west it is a bit drier to end the day and the showers fade away over the next few hours. it is this area of cloud that is coming down from the north—west that will affect
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northern ireland and southern scotla nd northern ireland and southern scotland and the far north of england by the end of the night. temperatures easily into single figures in the rural areas. tomorrow most figures in the rural areas. tomorrow m ost pla ces figures in the rural areas. tomorrow most places will have a better day, but showers will push eastwards across scotland and the far north of england. it clouds over again in northern ireland, the far west of wales and south—west england. temperatures tomorrow similar to today. as we head towards the middle pa rt today. as we head towards the middle part of the week high pressure is trying to come in. a big blow in the atla ntic trying to come in. a big blow in the atlantic will push in this next weather front. it will start to dry in most places and some showers will break out in western areas. cloud increases on wednesday, the wind picks up and blows in this rain into northern ireland. ahead of it it will be dry in the south east and east anglia and it should be warmer.
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signs of some changes towards the end of the week. for most of the august month we have had the jet strea m august month we have had the jet stream in this position. as we head to the end of the week it heads further north and pushes areas of low pressure into the far north of the uk. later in the week it should be warmer and also drier. later in the week it should be warmer and also drier. that is it. now on the bbc it is time tojoin the that is it. now on the bbc it is time to join the news channels where you are.
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hello, good evening. councils prepare for possible food shortages to hit schools and care homes in the event of a no—deal brexit. to hit schools and care homes in the
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event of a no-deal brexit. there will be challenges around availability,


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