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in the outcome of the tunisian beach attack. injune 2015, an islamist gunman killed 30 british tourists at a beach resort. today the families endorsed the outcome of the inquests. it's particularly heartbreaking to think that if the police had have been called, if the national guard had got there sooner, then lives could have or probably would have been saved. the families of the victims have decided to sue the travel company for not giving sufficient warning of the risks of going to tunisia. if the tour operator, tui thomson, had played their part and said, "look, you know, there's a risk here," and directed them to that, i firmly believe they'd never have gone. we'll have the reaction to the coroner's finding of unlawful killing, as the tunisian authorities say security has been transformed since the attack. also tonigh, a pension deal for former bhs workers — sir philip green will contribute £363 million to help meet the shortfall.
a senior police officer suggests that some men who view child pornography should be rehabilitated, not prosecuted. a special report on poverty in america, as president trump prepares to set out his vision for the next four years. and paying for the privilege — there'll be two fee—paying passengers on a flight into space next year. coming up in sportsday on bbc news, the championship title race is hotting up — brighton and newcastle were facing each other with a point separating the top two at the start of the evening. good evening. families of the 30 british tourists
who were shot dead by a jihadist militant in tunisia have announced that they will sue the tour operator tui. relatives believe the company did not do enough to warn people about the dangers in tunisia. at the end of the inquests today, the coroner refused to rule that the company had shown neglect, but he was highly critical of the response of the tunisian police, as our correspondent daniela relph reports. these are the bereaved — for more than a month, they have listened to chilling details of multiple murder. many of them witnessed their loved ones being killed. the end of this part of the legal process was an important moment. the inquests were about those who tragically lost their lives. they must never be forgotten, and their families hope that no—one else will ever have to suffer the same fate in future. the coroner ruled the 30 british tourists who died that day had been unlawfully killed. the inquest
has established the facts of what happened at the resort. holiday—makers here react to the first sounds of shooting. these were people running for their lives. 0n the beach was the gunman, seifeddine rezgui. his first targets had been holiday—makers killed on their sun loungers. he then moved to the pool and terrace area, causing chaos and confusion. inside the hotel, he roamed around looking for victims. the court was told that he killed for 16 minutes. no—one stopped him. the police delayed their arrival. one of the marine guard fainted in shock. 0thers hid. the coroner today described the emergency response as, "at its best shambolic, at its worst cowardly." this animation shows where each person died. in just about every main area of the hotel, somebody was killed. the families believe the
travel company tui was negligent, but the coroner rejected this, saying there were too many what—ifs and no single thing that could have prevented the attack. judge nicholas lorraine smith told the families, "the simple but tragic truth in this case is that a gunman armed with a gun and grenades went to that hotel intending to kill as many tourists as he could." ray and angie fisher were two of the victims, killed alongside each other on the beach. their family believe tui should have warned of the terrorist threat in tunisia. if they'd have known the reality, and if the tour operator, tui thompson, had played their part and actually said, "look, you know, there is a risk here," and directed them to that, i firmly believe they'd never have gone. the tour company has always denied it was to blame. on that day, the world changed. as an industry, we have adapted,
and we will need to continue to do so. this terrorist incident left its mark on all of us, and its impact will always be remembered. many of the families, though, will now pursue a civil lawsuit against tui. the coroner will also look at whether he can make any recommendations to help prevent such a massacre ever happening again. as the inquest closed, the coroner told the families that they had shown a quiet dignity of which their loved ones would be proud. daniela relph, bbc news, at the royal courts ofjustice. a total of 38 people were killed on the day injune 2015, 30 of whom were british. the families who attended the inquests have been describing having to relive the events in sousse. suzanne evans lost her son, brother and father. and cheryl stollery‘s husband was killed in the hotel car park. they've been speaking to our correspondent sarah campbell. people say to me how do i cope.
and i say, "well, you know, i'm stilla mum," and i'm thankful of that, that i've still got 0wen. and 0wen keeps me alive. the day after this photograph was taken, suzanne's father pat, eldest son joel and her brother adrian were killed. 0nly 0wen, on the left of the picture, survived. he was 16 years old at the time. his grandfather died in his arms. the coroner mentioned your youngest son, 0wen, and his extraordinary courage — how is he coping? he's doing well, he's an inspiration to us all. i often say if 0wen can get up and go to school and do the things that he's doing, then i haven't got any reason why i can't. so we follow 0wen — he's fantastic. cheryl stollery not only has the loss of her husband john to cope with, but the memories of that day. john was shot as both ran from the gunman. my thought at the time was,
"i'm going to die," and where was my son? we were trying to seek refuge, we didn't know where to go, no—one was directing us anywhere, it was just a free—for—all. john was robbed of the respect and dignity by the way he was killed. it's particularly heartbreaking to think that if the police had been called, if the national guard had got there sooner, then lives could have or probably would have been saved. can anything positive come out of what happened onjune 26th 2015? no. we can never bring the people, those 30 people, back. what we have to do is learn to live with that, to try and move on. there's always going to be people out there who want to impose their will, their beliefs on others.
we need to get better at protecting, and looking at ways in which to safeguard, and we can only do that if all the people involved start communicating and working far more closely in partnership. and i will do all i can to try and do my part to make a difference. that was cheryl stollery ending that report by sarah campbell. today, the tunisian authorities have called on the foreign office to change its travel advice, insisting that major security improvements have taken place, and that tunisia is as safe as many european countries. the number of british visitors to tunisia has dropped by 90% since the attack. 0ur correspondent 0rla guerin is in the resort of sousse tonight with the latest. well, tonight, even now on an empty
beach, there are police nearby, but many of the hotels and restaurants in sousse are closed, or half empty, a legacy of the devastating attack on the beach. today the tunisian authorities admitted that the police we re authorities admitted that the police were not properly prepared, but they said this is a young democracy, a country in transition that needs support. local people continue to say they are sorry for the loss of british life, and the dead will never be forgotten, but they hope that tunisia can move on. 0n alert in sousse. a new vigilance that was utterly lacking on the day of the attack. now, permanent checkpoints and patrols by the police and the armed forces. the message is clear — "you are safe, it's a new tunisia." ministers are looking to brighter days, after tourism was gravely wounded in the carnage on the beach. we improve a lot our security, and we think that tourism
will be coming back in the next few months now. we have good indications for summer 2017, and we'd be very happy to see again british coming back to tunisia. do you think it's100% safe? can you say that? yes, absolutely. 10096? 10096. metal detectors are now standard when you enter hotels — even if you own them, like mohammed becheur. he co—owns the now closed hotel where the british holiday—makers were killed onjune 26th 2015. he admits security in tunisia should have been tightened that march, after an attack on tourists in the bardo museum. it should have been stricter and stronger. after the bardo attack, to be honest with you, it should have been. but there is a before 26thjune 2015, and there is an after — this is not the same
country any more. this was the picture when terror came to the beach. locals say the lone gunman was on the loose for a0 minutes. today, at the inquest in london, condemnation of the glaring absence of the security forces. when tourists were being slaughtered here on the sands, police could and should have made an effective response, according to the coroner. he said police could have arrived here in minutes with everything they needed to confront the gunman. instead, they deliberately delayed their arrival. the first officer on the scene stayed outside the main gate and never fired a single shot. mahdi jammeli knows only too well that the police were nowhere to be seen. when the shooting started,
he was on the beach selling rides on jetskis. his response was swift. here he is chasing the killer, armed only with two ashtrays, hoping in vain for help. translation: no-one came, apart from the two guards who did nothing. then when we ran along the beach over there, there were three national guard boats in the sea. they didn't come until afterwards, when he was killed. at the riu imperial hotel, where the gunman claimed so many lives, they are getting ready to reopen in may, hoping tourists will return to the golden sands. sunbathers now have company on the beach — protection that came too late for 30 britons robbed of life on this shore. 0rla guerin, bbc news, sousse. the day's other main story
is that the former owner of bhs, sir philip green, has agreed to pay £363 million to help fund the gap in the company's pension scheme. the collapse of bhs last year left 19,000 former staff facing the loss of their pensions, and sir philip was heavily criticised for his management of the company while the pension deficit grew significantly. our business editor, simonjack, has more details. last summer, sir philip green made the bhs pensioners a promise. we will sort it, we will find a solution, and i want to give an assurance to the 20,000 pensioners, um, i'm there to sort this. what he was promising to sort was leaving thousands of pensioners short—changed after bhs collapsed, having been sold by sir philip a year earlier to a twice—bankrupt retailing novice forjust £1. he has agreed to pay £363 million of his own money to plug a hole in the pension fund
estimated on some measures to be £571 million deep. so this settlement is not enough to give 19,000 pensioners their full entitlement, but it's better than they would have got in the industry rescue fund. the ordinary members of the pension scheme, there are 19,000, 20,000 of them, do 0k out of this, it's an ok deal for them. they're slightly better off than they would be by staying in the pension protection fund, but it's at the margin. anne bostock worked at bhs for 42 years. this deal will improve her pension, but she thinks it could have been sorted out much sooner. i think it's disgusting, i think he should have done it straightaway. he should have been, you know, no questions asked, "i've been found out, i'll sort it." that dark stain you can see up there is all that is left of bhs‘s flagship store here on oxford street, but the debate about the pensions mess left behind, the corporate culture that allowed it all to happen, and sir philip green's
behaviour has raged on. now, he'll be hoping this settlement puts that all behind him. others will see today as a very significant precedent for the future. great value, good quality... sir philip was vilified by the public and politicians who saw him as a mascot for corporate greed. today his critic in chief issued this grudging acknowledgement. it's a very important milestone in getting justice for pensioners and workers at bhs. pensioners have got a better deal than they would have done — they haven't got everything — but there's a long way to go in the inquiries before sir philip green and the bhs book is closed. this settlement was voluntary, but he was being pursued vigorously by regulators, who will now stand down. 363 million isjust over 10% of his net worth — a price worth paying, perhaps, for his reputation and his knighthood. whether he can keep either is still not, in his words, sorted. simon is with me. sir philip green
has been vilified for months. are people today prepared, even grudgingly, to give him credit for this? a little bit of credit. he has a lwa ys this? a little bit of credit. he has always said he would do something to help the pensioners who were shortchanged when the company collapsed. he has done that. he's improved it a bit. the real winners here will be the highly paid staff, his lieutenants back in the day who would have seen their pensions capped at £30,000. that will no longer apply it is not going into the pension protection fund. the regulator will see it as feather in their cap. they are establishing a precedent to go after a rich former owner to make good of shortchanged promiseses on the pension front. we had advisers on this deal waving through what everyone realised was a
doomed transaction to sell it, it will be interesting to see what lessons the government learns. they are currently drafting proposals on changing the way companies around corporate governance rules. it's interesting to see how many lessons they will learn when they draft those proposals in march. thank you. simonjack there, our business editor. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. a 21—year—old man from cardiff has been jailed for life for stabbing his former girlfriend and her partner to death. andrew saunders launched the attack early one morning in september last year outside a city centre store where the couple worked. he was said to have spent weeks planning the murders. staff from southern rail, arriva rail north and merseyrail are expected to go on strike on the same day, march 13th, in a dispute over the future of guards on trains. the rmt union opposes plans to introduce driver—only operated trains. union officials say the move will make services potentially dangerous. in malaysia, two women are due in court tomorrow to be charged
with the murder of the half—brother of north korea's leader. the women allegedly smeared a deadly chemical over kim jong—nam's face at an airport earlier this month. they could face the death penalty if convicted. the senior police officer, who takes the lead on issues of child protection, has suggested that people caught viewing indecent images of children should not always face a criminal charge. simon bailey said police forces were overwhelmed by the scale of the problem and he said police should focus on the most dangerous paedophiles. mr bailey has been speaking to our home editor, mark easton. saying the unsayable, the chief constable who believes paedophiles who view images of child sexual abuse should not necessarily be prosecuted.
simon bailey argues, with resources stretched, those deemed to pose a very low—risk of physically abusing children might simply be arrested, monitored and rehabilitated rather than take it to court. we are arresting 400 men every month for viewing indecent imagery of children. we are safeguarding 500 children every single month, but we are dealing with the tip of the iceberg. the public will say it's not robust enough. if this is the tip of the iceberg, let's get the iceberg? right, but i can't — i don't have the resources to get the whole of the iceberg. what i'm advocating is a proposal that still manages the risk, but it's targeted. police chiefs fear new and historical child abuse cases threaten to overwhelm them. 70,000 investigations in a single year, an estimated annual policing cost of £1 billion and even then just touching the surface, with analysis suggesting half a million people in england and wales have illegally viewed images of child sexual abuse. how can you be sure that somebody who is at home looking at vile pictures of child abuse is not, the next day, going to go out and abuse a child? and i can't be absolutely sure, but... well then, arrest them, deal with them? ..but we are arresting them. as i've demonstrated, 400 every month is more
than any other law enforcement agency is doing, i believe, anywhere in the world. i have to balance our resources against the whole of the risk. police in sussex already visit some individuals found to be viewing online images of child abuse and warn them they face criminal action if they continue. but some survivors believe it's outrageous to even suggest such offences are decriminalised. i think it was an incredibly unhelpful, i would go as far as to say, almost dangerous thing to say, that people who abuse children or who view images and thus pay others to abuse children may escape justice. the home office has distanced itself from chief constable bailey's remarks, saying that ministers are clear that strong criminal justice sanctions remain the response when terrible crimes, like viewing images of child sexual abuse online, are committed. britain is beginning to realisejust how huge a problem the sexual abuse of children has been and continues to be.
now even those charged charged with protecting children admit we cannot simply arrest our way to a solution. mark easton, bbc news. a police marksman in france accidentally fired his weapon while protecting president hollande, who was giving a speech in the town of villognon. gun fire the officer's gun went off as he moved position on a nearby roof. two people were injured when the bullet passed through the canvas of a hospitality tent. in four hours' time, donald trump will address members of congress for the first time since he became president, an event broadcast in prime—time, when he's expected to discuss some of the challenges facing his new administration. he came to power promising to repair what he called the "carnage" in america — crime, drugs, gangs and poverty. 0ur international correspondent, ian pannell, reports now from baltimore where a quarter of the population lives in poverty, according
to official figures, to assess the scale of the challenge. say hello to jackson, a citizen of the wealthiest country the world has ever known, and yet he's clothed in handouts. his parents can't find work. they have no home of their own and every morning they come to the manor house charity where the poor of baltimore meet for a little food, warmth and compassion. what is your message to president trump? come and help us. instead of critiquing us, come help us and you will see we need help — bad. like much of america, this is a story of two worlds. baltimore is actually something of a boom town these days, but it doesn't feel like it in many parts of the city. in this economy, there is no trickle down. gun crime is surging here. baltimore was even more violent than chicago last year, driven by gang turf wars. for some of its residents,
this is a city where selling your body or selling drugs is the onlyjob available. if you want to know what poverty in america looks like, well, this is it. incredibly, this entire block here is pretty much made up of dilapidated, abandoned houses. incredibly, some people are still living in between this, though. under president 0bama poverty grew in america and president trump says he's going to fix it. he's going to deal what he calls the "carnage" in america of crime, of drugs, of gangs, of violence and of poverty. well, there are few places better to try and do that than baltimore. marcus allsop has lived here for a0 years, he repairs the city's homes, an eyewitness to the worst baltimore has to offer. the poor living are in the single houses, the real houses in baltimore city where they're generally rat invested regardless of what you do as a person living there.
roaches, mice, i mean, an epidemic in bed bugs. i mean, the neighbourhoods are falling apart, not because the people are bad people, we're underpaid, undereducated and so many of us have been living like this for the second and third generation until we don't even know how to change. despair is a way of living. this is where it resides, on a bleak row of abandoned homes. this is the end of the line for americans gripped by poverty. here we met the last family living on the block. three generations of the stewart family are crammed in here. they're months behind on the rent, unpaid bills are piling up. not surprising, when they have just $30 a day to survive. i love you, be careful. have a good day. they've been evicted before, forced to live in one of baltimore's many abandoned homes.
it hurts, it hurts that they have to stay wrapped up in blankets every day because they're cold. they don't want to get out of bed because there's no heat to keep them warm. people talk about us. they get bullied in school because of it. it hurts. they got to where they didn't even want to show their faces outside, but we had no choice but to live there because of the economy. i'm struggling for seven years, seven, hard years. what pressure does that put on your relationship together? 0h, we argue and fight all the time, all the time. i love this woman to death, she's my best friend, but to see her go through the things she goes through, it hurts me. it hurts me. for so many people, this is no longer a land of opportunity, hope has given way to despair.
the children who clamour for charity handouts have no american dream. it will be perhaps the greatest challenge for the new president. ian pannell, bbc news, baltimore. so ahead of the president's address, let's join our north america editor, jon sopel, in washington. the inauguration address was notable for its bleakness of its vision, the talk of carnage. are you expecting the same tonight? no, i don't think we will hear the word of carnage at all it will be optimistic, talking about the renewal of the american spirit and what can be done when the american people come together. it will be an appeal for unity as well. conciliatory in tone. we know the things that donald trump wants to do. he was to massively increase defence spending. he wants to
preserve medicare policies and social security payments for the elderly. what we don't know what is on the other side of that sheet, where will the axe fall? what are the things he is going to cut? he's not going to get the support of republicans if they sense that the deficit is going to increase. that said, donald trump says the way you do this is you r rev up the economy and increase growth. he wants to put in place the policies that will allow that to happen. there are all sorts of things where he has big difficulties. he wants to cut the tate department budget. 0ver difficulties. he wants to cut the tate department budget. over 100 tate department budget. 0ver100 generals said, don't do that, you can't afford to do that. 0bamacare, the affordable care actment candidate trump said it's the easiest thing to replace it and make ita easiest thing to replace it and make it a lot cheaper. president trump last night admitted it's turning out to be fiendishly complicated. withhold knew that? one other thing, huw, it has been a month which has been shambolic at times. what he needs to do is that he can turn
chaos into accomplishment. jon, once again, thank you very. much. jon sopel there on capitol hill, ahead of that speech by the president. two amateur treasure hunters have discovered jewellery in a field in staffordshire which could be the oldest iron age gold ever found in britain. the three necklaces and a bracelet are believed to be over 2,500 years old. the metal detectorists made the discovery last december. the british museum has said the find is of "international importance. " the us aerospace company, spacex, has announced plans to fly two fee—paying passengers around the moon. the mission, planned for the middle of 2018, will be the first manned flight into deep space for over a0 years, although it will not involve a lunar landing. 0ur science editor, david shukman, reports. a spacex promotion, bold and often boastful, this young company knows how to whip up excitement. the rocket is the falcon heavy,
it's yet to be launched, this is an animation, but already two tourists are promised seats on it to fly around the moon as early as next year. archive: houston, this is america, you can breathe easier... not since the last apollo mission, back in 1972, have any humans flown anywhere near the moon. the tourists will not be landing on it, but if their trip happens, they'll get amazing views and space scientists say this is plausible. we are really now entering the era where space tourism is a possibility. in fact, a probability. maybe not for another 10, 15, 20 years for ordinary people to be able to afford it, it will be the playground of the rich. the man behind spacex is elon musk and when i met him, he spelled out a startling vision of travel beyond earth. i think we're really entering a new era of space travel that's very exciting. there's a history of spacex promises running late,
but eventually being delivered. 10 days ago, it landed a huge rocket, significant because reusing spacecraft will make launches cheaper. last year, one of its rockets blew up, but spacex quickly got back to its key business of launching satellites and this week its dragon capsule delivered cargo to the international space station. a trip to the moon is obviously harder, but critics say it would just be a joyride. well, it's going to give two rich people a thrill of a lifetime. this is not going to do any science, it's not really exploration, it's repeating missions that have been done a0 plus years before. so it is mainly, basically, an adventure. a thrill ride that demonstrates a new capability. i love space.