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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11pm: britain says gibraltar can't be a brexit bargaining chip. but spain insists it will have a direct say on the territory once the uk leaves the eu. translation: on gibraltar, no agreement between the european union and the uk will apply without the consent of spain. at least 150 people are reported to have been killed by a massive mudslide in southern colombia. the mud engulfed homes and roads — hundreds of families are missing. a hate crime investigation as a teenage asylum seeker is left in a critical condition after being attacked by a gang of youths in south london. we believe it is a hate crime. prior to the attack taking place, the young person was asked where they we re young person was asked where they were from. when they said that they we re were from. when they said that they were an asylum seeker, that is when that frenzied attack took place.
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nearly half of people who used the government's help—to—buy scheme to purchase a house did not need it, according to new research. also in the next hour: at least 150 people are reported to have been killed by a massive mudslide in southern colombia. johanna konta wins the biggest tennis title by a british woman in a0 years, beating caroline wozniacki in the miami 0pen, making konta world number seven. and in the papers in half an hour, the sunday telegraph reports that britain's airports and nuclear power stations need to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the government has said that britain will defend the interests of gibraltar in the brexit negotiations following warnings that spain is attempting to use the process to pursue its claim to the rock. the eu has suggested that a brexit deal won't cover gibraltar without a separate agreement between london and madrid.
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labour say it's vital the people of gibraltar aren't used as a "bargaining chip" in negotiations. richard lister reports. this rock looming up from the med is casting a shadow over britain's brexit talks, and the people of gibraltar are also wondering what the future holds. they voted almost unanimously to remain in the eu, giving spain hopes of taking the territory back. just this week, theresa may said that wouldn't happen. we are absolutely steadfast in our support of gibraltar and its people and its economy. 0ur position has not changed. but the european council position has changed. in its draft negotiating guidelines, it says after the uk leaves the union, no agreement between the eu and the uk may apply to the territory of gibraltar without the agreement between the kingdom of spain and the uk. translation: on gibraltar, no agreement between the european union
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and the uk will apply without the consent of spain. we won't accept any agreement that undermines spain's position on gibraltar‘s sovereignty or that harms spain's economic interests. and madrid has other grievances, too, like gibraltar‘s low tax economy enabling the smuggling of cheap cigarettes into spain. brexit mayjust have given the spanish a bit more negotiating leverage, to the annoyance of politicians on the rock. these are draft guidelines, but already we see spain making the moves that people were expecting she might have made up five minutes to midnight with an agreement ready. she's doing it now and frankly, i think it's singling out gibraltar unfairly. theresa may's letter triggering article 50 and the brexit process did mention northern ireland's border with the irish republic, but not that of gibraltar with spain. critics have said that was a mistake which emboldened the spanish. and a spanish veto could mean
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choppy waters ahead. spain hasn't been shy of confronting britain in the past here over fishing rights off the gibraltar coast. so will britain be more likely to compromise on gibraltar in the interests of a bigger eu deal? it's absolutely wrong that any future free—trade agreement or any future security bilateral arrangements or anything else should depend on britain giving some concession to madrid over gibraltar. let me tell you, that will not happen. spain is putting gibraltarfirmly in the middle of britain's road to brexit, raising the question of what other eu member states may demand from the uk as the price of a deal. a mudslide in southern colombia has left more than 150 people dead. police and rescue teams are at the scene, but their efforts are being hampered by poor weather conditions. the local governor has called
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an unprecedented tragedy. sangita myska reports. urged on by soldiers, people living in the city of mocoa run for their lives. there is no time to collect possessions, because this is what's coming. deadly mudslides have engulfed parts of southern colombia, submerging homes, businesses and people. 0ver150 are dead, and hundreds more are injured. as rescuers continue the search for survivors, the president today declared a state of emergency across the region. unusually heavy rains flooded the mocoa river, bursting its banks and those of three tributaries. it created what eyewitnesses called an avalanche of mud that has pulled buildings apart, devastating towns and leaving residents amazed and appalled in equal measure. as families continue to flee,
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the emergency services pick their way through the debris in treacherous conditions. the red cross have tonight warned that the death toll is likely to rise. a teenage boy has been critically injured in a gang attack in south london. it's understood the boy was set upon at a bus stop in croydon after the group discovered he was an asylum seeker. police are treating it as a hate crime. chief superintendentjeff boothe is the borough commander for croydon. he's described the attack. i would say it was a frenzied attack. a large number of people, with a young person on the floor, kicking this individual repeatedly. by all accounts, members of the public asked them to stop. they continued. it was only at the sound
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of police sirens that this horrific attack stopped. for me, that is completely unacceptable. there was no place for this type of crime to take place. we believe it's a hate crime. prior to the attack, the young person was asked where they were from and when they said they were an asylum seeker, that is when that frenzied attack took place. bbc news has learned that only 5% of prison staff in england and wales will be entitled to new pay allowances of up to £5,000. the payments were announced by the ministry ofjustice two months ago. they were aimed at tackling claims that low pay and morale had led to a recruitment crisis. the prison 0fficers‘ association has described the situation as "totally unacceptable." mark fairhurst from the prison officers association said giving some staff pay allowances and not others was demoralising their members and failing to get to the heart of recruitment problems.
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those of us who are not experienced are very demoralised because we haven't had a pay rise in over seven yea rs, haven't had a pay rise in over seven years, and those new recruits, for example, a recruit at birmingham, at the newjail, will receive £22,000 a year, the newjail, will receive £22,000 a yea r, yet the newjail, will receive £22,000 a year, yet someone with the same level of experience as them with only ten weeks in the job working in brixton will receive £31,000 a year. that is no incentive to stay in the job. they need to tackle the real issue, which is we cannot retain staff, because of the violence, the working conditions, the severe lack of support from management when we deal with that violence. the other issueis deal with that violence. the other issue is the starting salary throughout the country apart from the 31 sites that have been identified simply isn't sufficient. it doesn't compete with other industries. it was meant to help those who couldn't afford to get on the housing ladder
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buy theirfirst home. but it's emerged nearly 4,000 families earning more than £100,000 a year have benefited from the help to buy housing scheme in england. our business correspondent joe lynham has the details. but for the government's help to buy scheme, lina hannon and her husband would have needed an additional five to ten years before they could afford their own place in harrow. she does worry, though, that some high earners are also allowed to use the scheme. it does bother me a bit that some people that didn't really need the scheme use the scheme. but, to be fair, i think that the fact that the scheme was able to help people like me, and i know that a lot of people benefited from this scheme, it makes me feel happy. introduced four years ago to encourage house—building and help mostly first—time buyers get on the ladder, 250,000 properties have been bought using the help to buy schemes. but research suggests that existing homeowners from wealthy households have benefited as well. using official data,
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research found that around 4,000 households in england earning more than £100,000 used the help to buy equity loan scheme, and 20,000 households used it even though they weren't even first—time buyers. this scheme, in place, playing a valuable part in helping people get into the housing market for the first time, should only be there for first—time buyers, and really shouldn't be there for people who are earning over £100,000 per year. itjust doesn't make sense. the help to buy equity loan scheme offers buyers up to a fifth of the cost of a new—build home so they only need to provide a 5% deposit. the government says almost 400,000 people have been helped and £8.6 billion has been promised for it in england until 2021. the fact that the help to buy scheme has helped existing and sometimes wealthy households will worry some economists. they have long seen concerns
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about consumer indebtedness, rising house prices and savings at an all—time record low. if the cost of living continues to rise as it has in recent weeks and months, that will make the problem even worse. joe lynam, bbc news. nottinghamshire police are appealing for help finding a woman who's suspected of abducting her two young sons. it comes after a family court warned that samantha baldwin, who's 42, posed a "risk of harm" to them. peter harris reports. this is samantha baldwin, not seen since monday. she is believed to have abducted her two sons in the hours after a court ordered they be removed from her care. the police say nine—year—old louis and six—year—old dylan are at risk of harm from her. they are asking the public to help find them. samantha quek missing, having left court shortly after 11am. we are working on the notion
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that they remain together. we are concerned that samantha poses a risk to the boys and we have a 100 strong team of dedicated officers working around the clock to trace her and return the children safely. the two boys have been made wards of court. this is now an abduction enquiry. samantha baldwin was last seen here in nottingham city centre on monday. the police are not ruling out the possibility that somebody else might be involved and could be harbouring her. two women arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have now been released on bail. peter harris, bbc news. a man whose wife was murdered in mauritius six years ago has returned to the island to seek more information about her death. john mcareavey from northern ireland has told the bbc that he's prepared to "go to the ends of the earth" to ensure thatjustice is achieved for his wife. michaela mcareavey was found strangled in a bath at a luxury hotel 12 days after
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the couple's wedding. no—one has been convicted of her murder. an unexploded world war two bomb is believed to have been discovered on the banks of the river thames in putneyjust a day before the oxford cambridge boat race. scotland yard said it was called to an area of the chelsea shoreline this afternoon. a decision on the boat race going ahead will be made by organisers in the morning. let's have a quick look at some of the front pages. the mail on sunday continues its campaign against videos on google and youtube which show violent or terror related content. tomorrow's story highlights a video showing how to penetrate britain's airports and nuclear power stations need to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks, according to a story on the sunday telegraph's front page. british passports could soon be returning to theirformer dark blue livery following brexit, according to the sunday express. the sunday times headlines the news that some peers are claiming thousands of pounds worth of expenses for attending the house of lords, despite making little contribution
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to debates or committees. and the observer highlights pressures being put on the government by some cross—party mps who want to guarantee that eu nationals would still be able to work in the nhs after brexit. and don't forget to join me and my guests at 11:30pm this evening for a more in depth look at some of those stories in the paper review. the headlines on bbc news: britain says gibraltar can't be a brexit bargaining chip. but spain insists it will have a direct say on the territory once the uk leaves the eu. at least 150 people are reported to have been killed by a massive mudslide in southern colombia. the mud engulfed homes and roads. hundreds of families are missing. a teenage asylum seeker is critically ill after being attacked at a south london bus stop. police are treating
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it as a hate crime. sport now and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's reshmin. hello, there. british tennis number one johanna konta has won the biggest match of her career, beating former world number one caroline wozniacki in straight sets to take the miami open title. konta broke wozniacki, who's currently 14th in the wta rankings, in the first game. and despite nerves from both players, she won it by six games to four. and konta broke the dane twice in the second set, taking that 6—3. the win moves her up to a career high of seventh in the world. leaders chelsea suffered a shock 2—1 defeat to crystal palace at stamford bridge today. it cuts their lead at the top of the premier league table to seven points. all the goals came in the opening 15 minutes. cesc fabregas had put the blues ahead, but palace hit back straight away through wilfried zaha.
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and christian benteke secured the points with a lovely dinked finish. it lifts them four points above the relegation zone. now it is important to prepared for the next game. for sure there's a bit of disappointment for the final result. i think we deserved at least the two. but this is football and we must accept this result. second—placed tottenham took full advantage of chelsea's slip up, with a 2—0 win at burnley. the breakthrough, thanks to goals from eric dier and substitute heung min son. it's spurs‘ fourth league win in a row, but it came at a cost. winks was seen leaving on crutches, with his leg still in a brace.
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liverpool maintained their impressive record in the merseyside derby, as they beat everton 3—1 at home. they haven't lost this fixture for over six years and 1999 the last time everton won at anfield. he scored the winner at goodison park in december and sadio mane opened the scoring today, although he went off injured later. matthew pennington equalised with his first goal for everton. but a stylish move from phillipe coutinho restored liverpool's advantage, before substitute divock 0rigi sealed it with a third goal. a very good performance. under the circumstances, both teams, with the break and coming back. the start was open but then we got the control of the game and did really well. you have to play football, but the side need to be ready for a fight and
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obviously we were. all of them were good goals. elsewhere, hull city came from behind to beat west ham 2—1. leicester's good run continues. they beat stoke 2—0 with goals from wilfred ndidi and jamie vardy. man united were held to a goalless draw at home by west brom. the south coast derby between southampton and bournemouth also finished 0—0. watford beat bottom of the table sunderland1—0. david moyes‘ side are seven points from safety. celtic will win the scottish premiership tomorrow if they beat hearts. there were four games today. hamilton are off the bottom of the table after a 1—0 win over st johnstone. the winner coming in the 89th minute. stjohnstone had two of their players sent off at the break for fighting with each other. inverness are now bottom after a 1—1 draw with kilmarnock. partick thistle came from behind to beat ross county 2—1. rangers and motherwell drew 1—1 at ibrox. rangers are now ten points behind second placed aberdeen. they played last night,
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beating dundee 7—0. wasps are out of the european champions cupm —— cup, losing 32—17 to leinster. the irish side put four tries past the premiership leaders to set up a semi—final against either clermont auvergne or toulon. they'll be joined by rivals munster in the last four, who thrashed toulouse 41—16. charley hull remains in contention. that's a first women's golf major of the year. this is how the leaderboard looks at the moment. charley hull is six under overall. that's all the sport for now. thank you. millions of people over the age of 25 shold be better off from today as the national living wage goes up. it's increased by 4% from £7.20 an hour to £7.50. however, those between the ages of 21 and 24, who receive the national minimum wage, will get a rise of only 1.4%.
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katherine chapman from the living wage foundation says the raise is still well below what it actually costs to live in the uk. we work with over 3000 employees who are already going further than this new minimum floor and paying a real living wage, it's a real living wage because it is based on what it actually costs to live in the uk, so actually costs to live in the uk, so a separate calculation to what it's been increased by the day. that's £9.70 an hour in london. why are your rates higher than the government? our rates... you are right, about £2 higher than the current government minimum wage. that's because it's based on what it actually costs to live, so it is calculate it completely separate to the minimum wage. it is based on a basket of goods and services, so what the public think is needed for
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an acceptable standard of living. that includes things like food, transport, childcare, all of those everyday living costs to make sure that when somebody is earning a living wage they are struggling to get by at the end of the month. craig beaumont from the federation of small businesses says most of their members already pay their employees more than £7.50 an hour. the vast majority of employers already pay over —— over £7.50. so if you look at that, most of those will be looking at how they can come up will be looking at how they can come up with that extra money. this isn't big businesses with big accounts, these are nurseries, pubs, the small business on the high street. if you look at those, how will they cope? most of them will say they have to reduce profitability. what is fundamentally really important is that the one person in that business who probably isn't earning £7.50 is the business owner. music often provides an escape
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from the real world. but in hull, one sound installation aims to give listeners a better connection to their surroundings. the work celebrates the humber bridge by incorporating sounds made by the structure. visitors can listen to the music as they walk across the bridge. lucy hester reports from the uk's city of culture. here in leeds, something magical is taking place here. musicians from 0pera north are putting the finishing touches to a recording which will invoke the essence of one of yorkshire's most iconic sites, the humber bridge. many of us will have driven across the bridge, taking in the sights of the humber river. but this unique project is hoping to inspire people to walk along its mile—long length and get lost in incredible sounds. 0pera north is working with norwegian composers jan bang and arve henriksen to create this musical guided walk. it's a fantastic construction
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and it's so much bigger than i expected. it's been interesting to walk across the bridge and to actually hear the sound of the bridge. meanwhile, the opera north orchestra is recording its part. it's a truly beautiful sound produced by top—class musicians. how can we blend different instruments into that and then build things on top of chords and sounds? the music just felt like it was natural blood running through your veins. some of these musicians are using their instruments in a very unusual way. the opera north chorus also has a part to play in creating the soundscape. it's very atmospheric. part of the problem is that we only know our bits and there are at least seven other layers, as far as we can tell. so i have no idea what the other end
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product is going to be. the finished piece will be heard through headsets as people walk across the bridge. what's particularly amazing about it is that it makes you look at everything completely differently, when you are listening as well. it creates a completely... you look at everything much more carefully. it's really great. lucy hester reporting. now, you may remember the story of the brightly coloured car that's causing consternation in certain quarters for spoiling the view in the picturesque cotswold village of bidbury. its owner peter maddox was criticised for parking outside his own cottage. today, a hundred strong convoy of fellow yellow car owners from around britain have driven through the village in a very bright show of support. here's alice bouverie. it was a day to celebrate all things yellow in bibury. an act of solidarity — over 100 yellow cars driving through the cotswolds,
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coming from as far afield as north yorkshire tojoin in the rally. they came in support of local pensioner peter maddox, who until earlier this year had parked his beloved yellow car outside his home. until, that is, someone vandalised it. it was apparently spoiling the view of the picture postcard village. it was a very sad moment for him. he was very shocked. he got up early in the morning and found his car with broken windows and scratches. peter's not a man to make a fuss, so he sold his car and replaced it with a grey one, one which blends in with the background of this famous view. but other indignant yellow car drivers took up the fight on his behalf. quite simply, when i saw that his car had been vandalised, it made me so angry and upset because of the reasons why and the fact they said it was a blight on the landscape. and the fact that he is a pensioner, i felt something had to be done. ijust had a little idea and i put it forward to a few friends and it's mushroomed from there.
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and it clearly made peter's day. how do you like all the yellow cars? lovely. do you have a favourite yet? yes, i have. the lovely finale to this is that a car company has agreed to name a paint after peter, so he will forever be immortalised in maddox yellow. now it's time for the weather. we are in green this evening, the chosen colour of the day. quite springlike. springlike weather is on the way. tomorrow we had our april downpours today, thunder and hail around. we've had some fantastic weather watchers pictures. this was an milton keynes. the top of a thunder cloud. we've also had more sedate weather watch pictures, showing cloud around through the day. this was sent through earlier
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in the afternoon. and we had some sunshine as well. quite a bit of cloud here and sunshine in between. the day ahead looks much more promising. dreyer, with warmth and sunny spells. but it will be quite actually start. through the rest of the reasoning and overnight, showers are fading fast. we will still probably keep some showers in the north—east of england, but otherwise it is dry, fairly good, clear spells, allowing temperatures to fall away, sam frost in the glens of scotland, ruled moral —— northern ireland. even a bit of mourning mist and fog. that should king —— clear quickly. chilly, as i say, but enjoying beautiful weather up and about. for eastern england we will probably have the overhang of this evening and overnight‘s showers, so still quite a bit of cloud east of the pennines. possibly the odd light shower but nothing more than that. a
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chilly start with rural frosty northern ireland, otherwise fair. the odd showerfor northern ireland, otherwise fair. the odd shower for the northern isles. the majority of the country most of day will be dry. the best of the sunshine inland. as the day wears on the cloud bubbles up. fair weather cumulus so dry. the chance that there could be thicker cloud in the east, giving us a shower, but dry by and large. with the sunshine the winds are light and it will feel pleasant. 13— 17, so on a par with today, a little above average. we should have fine weather if the boat races should have fine weather if the boat ra ces ta ke should have fine weather if the boat races take race and it won't be as choppy as last week. some sunshine as well for the premier league practice tomorrow. 0n taking place in swansea, one in london. more cloud around in the afternoon. fair weather cloud keeping it right. as weather cloud keeping it right. as we look further ahead the high pressure stays with us through tomorrow night, so a chilly start on monday morning. a little bit of mist
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and fog. we have weather fronts advancing of the atlantic, so a different day for northern ireland and western scotland. hello. this is bbc news. i am martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. first, the headlines at 11:30pm: britain says that gibraltar cannot be used as a bargaining chip in brexit negotiations. but spain insists it will have a direct say on the territory once the uk leaves the eu. translation: on gibraltar, no agreement between the european union and the uk will apply without the consent of spain. at least 150 people are reported to have been killed by a massive mudslide in southern colombia. the mud engulfed homes and roads. hundreds of families are missing. a hate crime investigation is under way after a teenage asylum seeker was attacked by a gang of youths at a bus stop in south london, leaving him in a critical condition. we believe it is a hate crime.
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prior to the attack taking place, the young person was asked where they were from. when they said that they were an asylum seeker, that is when that frenzied attack took place. research says that nearly half the people who used the government help—to—buy scheme to purchase a house did not need it. hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are anne ashworth, who's the associate editor at the times, and bonnie greer, playwright and writer for the new european. very glad you have hung around for the next review. i would be no good on my own.


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