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this is bbc news. the government promises that no resident of grenfell tower will be forced to move into a home they don't like — and says the pace at which the families want to move has to be respected. hearing the harrowing accounts of survivors has been the most humbling experience of my life. they say it is one of the largest and most complicated in the history of the met police. they say the search and recovery phase won't be over until the end of the year. theresa may and jeremy corbyn clash over the cap on public sector pay — amid growing pressure from members of her own cabinet to relax the 1 per cent limit on wage rises. we'll be speaking to the head of the fire brigades union. victims of stalking are left at risk
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over failings by police and prosecutors in england and wales according to two watchdogs. the german chancellor and chinese president welcome two pandas to berlin zoo. they're on loan from china in a gesture of friendship. and on centre court at wimbledon british number one johanna konta's second—round matches going to the wire as she takes onjohn avec pitch. seven all in the final set. —— donna vekic. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the government has promised that none of the residents of grenfell tower will be forced to live in a home they don't want to move into.
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so far,139 offers of accommodation have been made; of those, only 1a have been accepted. a taskforce will be sent in to take over the running of parts of kensington and chelsea — after severe criticism of the council following the grenfell tower fire. here's our correspondent leila nathoo. the people who lost everything when grenfell tower went up in flames, where were they to go? theresa may promised everyone affected by the fire would be rehoused within three weeks. her deadline, today. this afternoon and update in the commons. i can confirm that every family that is ready to talk to the housing team has been offered a temporary home. 139 have received offers of accommodation, 19 families have not yet been ready to engage in
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the process. we need to respect that. labour says survivors need permanent homes urgently. it's the government actions that count in getting grown gre nfell tower residents the help and new housing they need. and giving them, and the wider community in kensington the confidence that what is promised will be done. i have to say to him the government has been slow to act. it's been off the pace at each stage following this tragedy. this tragedy clearly affecting a minister new to thejob. clearly affecting a minister new to the job. hearing the harrowing accou nts the job. hearing the harrowing a ccou nts of the job. hearing the harrowing accounts of survivors has been the most humbling experience of my life. the families that i've met have been through unimaginable pain. this is a tragedy that should never have
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happened. we are determined to do everything we can to make sure something like this never happens again. the government says it recognises that concerns over the location and quality of alternative homes have rented residents from moving. they say no one will be forced into a home they don't want. don't promise anything to us, that within three weeks we have to move into places. we don't want a place. we want a nice place that we will eventually be calling home. we understand that it is very difficult, there are not so many flats available, not so many houses you can offer us. the council has been criticised for its response to the fire. the government has been under pressure descending commissioners to take charge. now the communities secretary sajid javid has announced a specialist task force will take over the running of key services including housing, regeneration and community engagement. in a statement, sajid javid said: kensington and chelsea council
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is welcoming what it called help from central government here, saying the scale of the disaster had made it difficult to cope alone. but the decision to order in a new team gives the sense the authority has badly handled the aftermath of the fire. with residents still traumatised and waiting to be rehoused, and scepticism about the public inquiry, its chairsirmartin moore—bick has this afternoon said he would like to hear suggestions about the questions he should be seeking to answer. there are no shortage of those. andy moore is at grenfell tower. we heard labour's shadow housing
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minister in the commons earlier saying that the government will now bejudged on not its words, but actions. what is the sense you have from being read today about how people are feeling about what the government is doing? including this task force? we haven't had much reaction to that today. we've heard in the last few weeks a lot of scepticism about grand statements being made by politicians and what happened on the ground. residents have said that they've been given a lot of reassurance, a lot of promises, but that isn't reflected in their experience. we spoke to one resident who said that he'd been offered accommodation but it was too small, not suitable for his family and too far away from his daughter's school. let me show you what's going on behind me. there is work going on you maybe able to see on the left—hand side of the building, the
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most fragile part of the structure, some props have been inserted to it up. the camera travels up, some of those props are being inserted at the moment. now and again you can see workers in fluorescent jackets at the windows. work is going on in the tower, work that we are told will last until the end of the year, you have this ongoing political process of the response team working in the short term being replaced by the recovery tea m term being replaced by the recovery team that will try and address the concerns of residents in the long term. what suggestions are you getting about the reasons for people not necessarily wanting to take up accommodation they've been offered? we've heard 1a families have accepted, 1a out of 139 have accepted, 1a out of 139 have accepted the offer of accommodation. others not yet. that's right. 14
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have accepted, three families have actually moved in. a lots of families are saying that they are in hotel accommodation at the moment. they don't want to move into temporary housing and then moves at a later stage into permanent housing. they'd rather wait where they are until get home that they know they will be able to live in. we heard from the housing minister today, he said there were rumours floating around that people would have to pay higher rent, that they might have to live in tower blocks, that they wouldn't be able to have people to stay overnight. he said as far as he was concerned they were just rumours. he could give guarantees that people would get good, solid accommodation. he said that he offered reassurance that if residents weren't offered that then they should get in touch with him, and he would put it right. thank you for that. theresa may today appeared to be sticking to the government's pay cap of 1% on public sector workers,
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despite growing pressure from members of her own cabinet to relax it. at prime minister's questions, the labour leaderjeremy corbyn accused her of exploiting the goodwill of thousands of teachers, nurses and other employees. earlier the fire brigades union said its members had been offered a pay rise of up to 3%. we'll be speaking to them in around half an hour's time. mrs may said the government had to be fair to public sector workers — and to those who pay for them. let's hear from our assistant political editor, norman smith. there's been growing criticism of the public sector pay cap, not just from labour, but within her own cabinet. we've seen big beasts like borisjohnson and michael gove flexing their muscles, suggesting it needs to be eased. but it can be done without fiscal pressures . but it can be done without fiscal pressures. what we saw today was theresa may trying to douse that whole momentum, expectation that there's going to be any early gift on the public sector pay cap.
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so going out of her way to stress the need to take tough decisions, to get the deficit down and live within1‘s means, saying alternatives would mean going down the road of greece, with cuts to the nhs of up to 30% because they didn't stick to bearing down on the deficit. all this after the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, accused theresa may's government of flip—flopping and floundering over pay. wages are rising by 2.1% while inflation is nearly 3%. 6 million workers already earn less than the living wage. what does the prime minister think that tells us about seven years of a conservative government, and what it's done to the living standards of those people on whom we all rely? to get our public services, health services, delivered to us? striking that theresa may also echoed some of the words of the chancellor in his cbi speech when he tried to push back against the idea that the government might ease off on austerity
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and climb down on the pay cap any time soon. she'd used exactly the same phrase about needing to strike the right balance between taxpayers and public sector workers. it isn't fair to refuse to take tough decisions and to load debts on our children and grandchildren. it isn't... it isn't fair to bankrupt our economy, because that leads to people losing theirjobs and losing their homes. and it isn't fair to go out and tell people that they can have all the public spending they want, without paying for it. in many ways it seems to me the key development on public sector pay has come with this announcement of firefighters to get a rise of up to 3%, well above the 1% pay cap. inevitably, they will be other public sector unions drinking if they've got 3%, why can't we 3%?
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interestingly the conservative councillor in charge of the body which negotiates pay with firefighters said, they deserved a bigger increase. that is the conservative councillor. at a time when inflation is picking up to 2.9%, it is going to be very, very difficult for the government to resist that mounting pressure to give in over the pay cap. students from poorer families in england will graduate with nearly 60 thousand pounds of debt, according to a report by the institute for fiscal studies — because interest rates on student loans are now at over 6%, and those from the poorest backgrounds are likely to borrow more. the government says those from poorer students are now going to university at a record rate. sean coughlan reports. cheering. it is notjust hats that are going up for students. costs are, as well.
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tuition fees are going up in the autumn, to £9,250 per year. and interest rates on loans are going up to over 6%. the poorer students could now leave university with debts of over £57,000. and the average student will have run up almost £6,000 in interest charges before they have even graduated. so, do students think they are paying a fair price for a good investment? yes, i think it is quite expensive for what it is. i do not think it needs to cost nine grand a year, really. you don't get that much for it. the student loan system is a pretty good system to have, but i do not necessarily agree with the amount that tuition fees are at the moment. according to the institute for fiscal studies, raising the cost of these has given universities 25% more funding per student. but the cost has been put on the shoulders of individual students. they are graduating with the highest debt in the developed world. an average of around £50,000. with those coming from the poorest backgrounds graduating
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with the highest debts of around £57,000. the government has defended the tuition fee system as allowing students from any background to be able to afford to go to university. without any upfront costs for fees. this is a unique financial products, the government is making no money on this, it is making a substantial investment in it. and that is to enable more people to go to university, more people from disadvantaged backgrounds than ever before. you are 43% more likely to go to university if you are from a disadvantaged background today than in 2009—10. this has also become a political battle, with labour pursuing the youth vote with calls to completely scrap fees. but in the short—term, at least, higher education is going to mean higher costs. the headlines on bbc news: the government orders a taskforce to take over the housing department at kensington and chelsea council
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in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. the housing minister says the families have gone through "unimaginable trauma". theresa may rejects calls to abandon the one—per cent cap on public sector pay rises. jeremy corbyn has accused the government of "recklessly exploiting the goodwill of public serva nts". students from the poorest backgrounds could leave university with debts of over £57,000. and in sport andy murray is up next oi'i and in sport andy murray is up next on wimbledon's centre court. it could be in the next few minutes against dustin brown. that's after johanna contour is, hopefully, from here point of view heading for victory in a final set, currently against donna vekic. nine, 9—8. when against donna vekic. nine, 9—8. when a tough day on centre court. heather watson had a straight sets win over
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the 18 seed. she isjoined in the third round by the british number three who won in four. chris froome boils into the lead of the tour de france, 12 seconds clear of geraint thomas. more are no stories after 430. victims of harassment and stalking in england and wales are being left at risk because of failings by police and prosecutors, according to an official report. both the inspectorate of constabulary and the crown prosecution service inspectorate found that crimes weren't being recorded, investigations were poorly conducted and legal protection wasn't offered to enough victims. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw reports. an attack by a stalker that could have been prevented. helen pearson suffered neck and face wounds when her neighbourjoseph lewis stabbed her with a pair of scissors. it was the culmination of a five—year stalking campaign that involved vandalism and graffiti. helen made 125 reports
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to devon and cornwall police about her stalker‘s escalating violence, but she wasn't taken seriously and the force has now apologised. we would report this to the police and it was like, it was almost like they didn't want to know, they didn't take me seriously. and then, we later learned that they... i always felt that they weren't believing me, but we laterfind out that it is worse than that, they thought i was doing it to myself. so, they didn't really believe you? no. and how did that make you feel? hopeless. desperate. a new inspection report, living in fear, says police and prosecutors are failing to deal with stalking and harassment at every stage of the criminal justice process in england and wales. it found that allegations weren't being recorded by police. in some forces, there were no risk assessments of the threat posed
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to victims and police were giving official warnings to offenders rather than carrying out for investigations. both stalking and harassment occurs as a result of really pernicious and persistent offending. and officers and prosecutors were missing that, which meant that victims were left at risk. in response to the criticisms, the national police chief's council said it is contacting forces to make sure officers improve the way they use their powers to tackle harassment and stalking. the crown prosecution service says it will make sure every prosecutor undergoes training. danny shaw, bbc news. let's talk to alexis bowater a former chief executive of the network for surviving stalking. whojoins me from our plymouth newsroom. just listening to helen's account there, what is your reaction to the
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disbelief that she came across when she told the police what was going on? unfortunately, she's not alone in reporting responses by police. a report shows it is today. it's frustrating to hear that this misunderstanding of stalking and harassment is still going on. it's a difficult crime understand for deliver when it's happening, let alone when people try to reported. stalking is insidious and equipping crime which can lead on to serious crimes such as rape and murder. statistics earlier this year showed that in 94% of murders stalking was a build—up to that tragic event. in 76% and ex—partner murder stalking has a build—up to that. those statistics show that it's not bad all stalkers are killers, but that 94% of killers are stalkers. so from
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both sides is important to start talking about this crime. a crime for which there is robust legislation and has been for 20 yea rs legislation and has been for 20 years to stop perpetrators in their tracks. even for victims, we find that 77% of victims wait until they've had more than 100 incidents of u nwa nted they've had more than 100 incidents of unwanted behaviour before they tell anybody. that makes it more important that when front line services have this reported to them they take it seriously thereunder then. they need to understand what they can do about it. that's why you will hear more and more people calling for better training. but is helen's treatment the exception or the rule? certainly in your case, the police, the cps, they acted in a way you have praised. i've found, in my case, i had a responsive police force, devon and cornwall police force were great.
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the crown prosecution service were great. there was a clear case of cyberstalking. thejudge great. there was a clear case of cyberstalking. the judge sent the perpetrator down for four years and one month, which was, at the time, the longest sentence for cyberstalking handed down in this country. what i found was it's not so country. what i found was it's not so much a postcode lottery, it is pa rt so much a postcode lottery, it is part luck when you are a victim of stalking. i think when we're talking about dealing with this kind of crime, we need to look forward, not back, and learn from what's happened to helen, which is not good practice. learn from how i was treated which is good practice. we need to try to work together to tackle this crime. many, many people are not able to drill down into, and fully understand. for victims, are not able to drill down into, and fully understand. forvictims, even themselves, a lot of them don't realise they are being stalked and they were within stalking
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behaviours. we need better training for police in orderfor them behaviours. we need better training for police in order for them to recognise stalking when it is reported to them, but also, to recognise and know that there are plenty of things they can do about it. stalking is a serious criminal offence in this country. there are serious piece of legislation to protect victims from perpetrators. a pernicious and a persistent pattern of offending we heard at newport. yet, if those victims themselves don't realise what's going on, it's difficult for police, perhaps, to realise the extent of an offence when someone comes in off the street and says they think they got a problem. exactly. that's a good point, well made. it is difficult to understand this. that's why there needs to be more training. police in what stalking is all about. how it impacts on the victim. if you go back to the
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statistics i mentioned just now, 77% of victims wait until they've had more than 100 incidents of unwanted behaviour before they tell anyone. then you can imagine it's not a great leap of the imagination to understand that when they present themselves to anybody that they are trying to get help from they are going to be in a pretty terrible state. most victims will, within a short space of time, go into a state called hypervigilance. they almost no. most stalking victims get ptsd. the alert the whole time, they don't know what's happening to them. they know what's happening to them. they know that they world is falling apart, and they are under consistent and persistent threat. attack is imminentand and persistent threat. attack is imminent and inevitable at any time oi’ imminent and inevitable at any time or night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. stalking is the hunter, and the hunted. and i
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think, as a society, notjust the police, but as a society we need to get our heads around that and understand that stalking is not a runcorn on wrong. it is not something that we can't tolerate within our society —— not a romantic comedy gone wrong. there are plenty of things in law that we can do to stop it. thank you for your time this afternoon. back to the row over public sector pay. and back to westminster. the prime minister, today, trying to underscore her determination to stick by the 1% pay cap. but how credible is that? we know firefighters have been offered potentially up to 3% from next year. joining me is the man in charge of the fire brigade union. given their deal you've got, how will realistic is it for theresa may to expect
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other public sector workers to stick by this 1% limit? firstly, we haven't got a deal, we've got a proposal with an immediate 2% increase and subsequent things to be discussed including a possible 3%. the fact that local authority employers who employ the firefighters have done this, i think, means... as wellas firefighters have done this, i think, means... as well as comments from ministers, ithink think, means... as well as comments from ministers, i think the 1% is finished. it's a dead parrot, to be honest. it needs to be recognised as such. public sector workers have been asked to sacrifice year, after year, after year, since 2010 their living standards are worse than they we re living standards are worse than they were then. lower than they were then. and it's not sustainable. decent public services mean decently paid public services mean decently paid public servants. the government says that firefighters are different because you don't have a pay review body. your dealers negotiated by the government. is that a significant
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difference? whole chunks of the public sector don't have pay review bodies. we are not alone in that. local government workers, big section of the public sector, do not have pay review bodies. nevertheless, an employers, since 2010, have stuck to government pay policy. there is a marked difference this year. the conservative leader of the employers has very clearly said that firefighters deserve a pay rise. we welcome that. but the details are complex and we haven't reached an agreement on it. it's clearly a signal that even among employers, they recognise that 1% is not sustainable. it needs to be scrapped. so what do you think of unions, the teachers union is reporting this man, what do you think other public sector unions will do? i talked to lots of trade unionists and leaders, i don't think any public sector worker should acce pt any public sector worker should
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accept 1%. we have had enough. we've tightened belts. we are told to tightened belts. we are told to tighten our belts by people far better off than us. enough is enough. the pay cap has got to be lifted. people need a decent pay rise to make up the ground with last. what do you make of theresa may's this lunchtime, very strongly insisting that we have to live within our means, pay the deficit down and that means tough decisions over public sector pay? i think public sector workers, firefighters included, are sick and tired of hearing that. firefighters didn't cause the financial crash of 2008, neither did nurses, teachers oi' 2008, neither did nurses, teachers or those who clean streets but we are bearing the brunt of those mistakes. some people are doing very well in society, our members are not. they want a pay rise. thank you very much. we'll find out, as i say, later this month because the
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teacher's pay review body offers to report. last year they signalled that sometime during this parliament they thought they should be a significant uplift in teacher pay. so will it be this month that they put in for so will it be this month that they put inforan so will it be this month that they put in for an increase is larger than the 1% cap. we will find out $0011. than the 1% cap. we will find out soon. thank you for that. if you are wondering what the weather is like, then louise can tell you what like outside. i will tell you what, norman said it all. a reporter in westminster without a jacket means it's hot out! 29 degrees in the south—east. i can show you a picture almost anywhere today, and there'd be lots of blue skies and sunshine. the exception, unfortunately as the north and east. claudius fu temperatures are better than they we re temperatures are better than they were yesterday. in the south and
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east though, close to wimbledon, 29 celsius the high. it could be harder still tomorrow. sharp showers, some of them thundery. they will drift steadily eastwards, sunshine builds, a dry day for most of us throughout the day. a small chance of review she was again into the afternoon. every, thundery, and you'll know about them if you get them. hot, dry and sunny across much of england and wales. top temperature is 30 degrees, widely into the mid—20s. highest values around 21 celsius into southern scotland. better than we've had so far this week. hello, this is bbc news.
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the headlines at 4.30pm: the government has promised no resident of grenfell tower will be forced to move into a home they don't like — and says the "pace" at which the families want to move has to be respected. so far just 14 offers of accommodation have been taken up. theresa may and jeremy corbyn have clashed over the cap on public sector pay. the prime minister is under growing pressure from members of her own cabinet to relax the 1% limit on wage rises. two watchdogs have found victims of harassment and stalking are being left at risk because of failings by police and prosecutors across england and wales. and the german chancellor and chinese president have welcomed two pandas to berlin zoo. china has loaned the animals to germany for around 800 thousand pounds a year
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in a gesture of friendship. there has just been a thrilling match at wimbledon involving johanna konta. andy murray is knocking up for his second round match at wimbledon against dustin brown. it's a little later than expected after johanna konta survived a marathon three set match on centre court... eventually beating donna vekic of croatia 10—8 in the final set. the british number one was on court more than three hours on a very hot day at wimbledon... but made it through to round three. she will play the world number 101 of greece. it has not sunk in right now, to be
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honest. it's a nice feeling not having to keep going out there. we we re having to keep going out there. we were out there for a long time and both of us battled incredibly hard. whoever was going to come out the, whoever was going to draw the short straw was going to be hurting. i feel very fortunate to have come through that. heather watson had an impressive win, rushing through the first set of her match in 19 minutes, and eventually completing a 6—0, 6—4 victory against the latvian. 6—6, battling not only the bosnian but also the bugs, incredible flying a nts also the bugs, incredible flying ants he had to deal with all afternoon on his court, alijaz bedene, he is through to round three. defending champion chris froome has taken the lead in the tour de france — inheriting the yellowjersey from team—mate geraint thomas. italian champion fabio aru took
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stage five on the climb up la planche des belles filles. behind him, froome finished in third place — ahead of most of his rivals to take the lead by 12 seconds. thomas was tenth on the day to drop to second in the overall standings. at the women's cricket world cup, there's been a record partnership of 275 between tammy beaumont and sarah taylor, as england reached a formidable 373 for five in their 50 overs against south africa. while they lost opener lauren winfield for 24 in bristol, the hosts recovered brilliantly, as both beaumont and taylor got centuries on their way to 148 and 147 respectively. south africa are currently 84—0. a zero, giving ita go on that hefty run chase. to the england men's team now, and two spinners have been selected for the first test against south africa which begins at lords tomorrow. liam dawsonjoins moeen ali in the team. in his first test as captain, joe root has confirmed he'll bat at four, with the recalleds gary balance at three and johnny bairstow at five.
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full—back liam williams is the only injury worry for the british and irish lions ahead of saturday's deciding test against new zealand in auckland. the welshman is struggling with what the lions camp call "tightness" in his leg. leigh halfpenny is the likely choice as cover. warren gatland will name his side at eight o clock tonight. it's about taking it to another level now. we managed to level the series but we know the all blacks will be hurting and they will come backfiring. we need to be able to ta ke backfiring. we need to be able to take ourselves to a place we have never been before, mentally and physically. i think that stresses the importance of how big this week ‘s preparation is going to be. that's all the sport for now. hugh ferris will have more in the next hour. hip and knee replacements were once considered routine operations, but the british medicaljournal says that in england they're increasingly being rationed. the journal obtained data showing a sharp rise in doctors resorting to special appeals to get these and other once—routine treatments for their patients.
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our health correspondent dominic hughes reports. helen is a busy woman, running her boutique hotel is a demanding job, but when her eyesight started to fail, she needed a cataract operation. imagine her dismay when she was told the nhs would only pay for one eye to be fixed at a time. i did not want to wait another year. to have one eye... the imbalance it causes, difficult, it impacted on my life for the i have got to be busy, i have to be able to see to function. a growing and ageing population is placing increasing demands on the nhs and that in turn is ramping up the pressure on finances — so to save money in some areas, funding for common treatments is being withdrawn. when that happens, gps could make individual requests on a case—by—case basis, and an analysis shows that overall these have increased by 47% in the past four years and there has
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also been a rise in requests for hip and knee operations over the same time period. and the number cataract operations for which funding has been sought has also increased. decisions on which nhs services are funded in england are made by local clinical commissioning groups, the national body that represents them says that given a limited budget day off force to make difficult choices. demand increases, the population increases and there is a finite amount in the budget and we have to make difficult decisions. if there was more money we could have a broader sense of how we spend it, but with loads more money in the system we should still be making appropriate choices for the patient. doctors say or health leaders need to be honest with patients about the decisions they are having to make. year after year, we have seen a lack of investment and so local areas are making these really difficult decisions and ultimately in many areas rationing services. the report today
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suggests more and more patients are finding procedures that were once considered routine are becoming harder to access. dominic hughes, bbc news. an unemployed man has been convicted of killing two of his former girlfriends, five years apart, following a campaign by one of their families to getjustice. robert trigg, who's 52, murdered susan nicholson in 2011 as she slept on a sofa. five years before, he had killed another partner, caroline devlin, in her bed. both deaths in worthing, in west sussex, were not thought to be suspicious at the time. borisjohnson has told the italian foreign minister it is impossible to take up the vatican children's hospital's offer of treatment for the terminally ill 11—month—old charlie gard. the foreign minister expressed gratitude for the offer but explained that for legal reasons they could not take it up. the president of the bambino gesu hospital in rome had offered treatment for charlie after pope francis called for the baby's parents to be allowed
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to "accompany and treat their child until the end". an inquest into the death of thomas morris, a prisoner at woodhill prison in milton keynes has said his death could and should have been avoided. he was found hanged in his cell in hmp woodhill in 2016, and was the fourth of seven deaths at the prison that year. our correspondent has been covering the case and expend the background and how much decision was reached. the jury here heard two weeks of evidence, they heard evidence from everyone from the governor of the prison to other inmates. in fact very remarkably, following thomas's death injune of last year,
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67 inmates signed a petition complaining about what had happened. they and his family had warned the prison authorities that thomas morris was suffering from fragility of mind, he had mental health issues, he had been complaining of voices in his head. he had been telling his family that he needed to kill himself. and yet the prison still decided to take him off their mental health observation plan, known as the acct, and transferred him to a single cell, where he was left on his own, and where on the 29th ofjune last year, he hanged himself. the jury here recorded a verdict of suicide, but they added a lot of caveats to that. they said the prison had failed to take account of his mental health, and that had caused or contributed to his death. they said the jail had failed to carry out appropriate reviews of those acct processors, the jail staff had failed to share information about how thomas was feeling with each other that could have made a difference. it was a mistake to transfer him to a single cell. they also failed to implement previous findings. let's not forget that thomas's death was one of 18 prisoner deaths at woodhill prison in a four—year period, from 2013. since his death, those
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changes and amendments that were recommended by previous coroners in previous inquests have been invented. in the last six months there have been no further deaths at woodhill prison in milton keynes. but the coroner speaking after the jury returned their verdict said it was vital that authorities right up to government level learned lessons from this. if changes needed to be made, they should be made. we're waiting here for possibly a statement from thomas morris's family, obviously it is an emotional moment for them. it represents a vindication of theircampaign to have the causes and reasons for thomas's death investigated, and i think they will feel that they have been vindicated in their campaign, trying to highlight problems at woodhill prison. the businessman mike ashley has the told the high court that
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an investment banker, who says the sports direct boss reneged on a 15 million pound deal struck during a night of heavy drinking, is talking "nonsense". jeffrey blue says mr ashley, who also owns newcastle united, did not stick to a commercial agreement. live to the high court and our correspondent emma simpson who's following the case. i think ithink mike i think mike ashley has just left the court. bring us up to date. he left a few moments ago, after sometimes heated, sometimes quite amusing proceedings inside the court. as you say, this all boils down to events in a pub injanuary in 2013, where the complainant geoffrey bloom who has provided services to mike ashley says he was promised in front of witnesses that if he could help to double the price of sports direct shares, then mike ashley agreed to pay him £15 million. mike ashley says that is nonsense. whatever was said that
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night, he does not remember making a deal, it was jets night, he does not remember making a deal, it wasjets a bit of barroom banter. even if a deal of that nature had been struck, the fact that the sports direct prices did double by the next year had nothing really to do with mr bloom at all but is in fact due to the improved financial performance of the company. we have had some very entertaining, sometimes lurid scenes of management meetings held in pubs. they admit that everyone had had a view on the night in question, and we have an insight if you like into the way that sports direct is run. it is listed on the stock exchange but it is not a normal company. mike ashley owns 70% of the shares, he has an enormous moderate —— an enormous amount of influence. one of the maverick characters of british business. geoffrey bloom was myjob was to say that a lot of people felt
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uncomfortable involving in this business because of the steak for example. it was hisjob business because of the steak for example. it was his job to business because of the steak for example. it was hisjob to bring in big investors who felt more co mforta ble, big investors who felt more comfortable, if you like with the sports direct story. mike ashley saying this deal was never struck and anyway, any improvement in the share price was down to the financial performance of the company. avon and somerset police repeatedly failed a disabled refugee who was beaten to death by his neighbour in bristol four years ago. that's the conclusion of the independent police complaints commission, who say officers ignored bijan ebrahimi's pleas for help for years. mr ebrahimi, originally from iran, made dozens of calls to police from a number of addresses over several years, to report racial abuse and threats to his life. jon kay reports. bijan ebrahimi. he told police dozens of times that his life was in danger. to just do whatever you can... what part of "be quiet" do you not understand? shut up! now, a report says that over several years, the iranian refugee
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was repeatedly failed by avon and somerset police, treated as a nuisance, not as a victim. in 2013, he was beaten to death by a neighbour outside his flat and his body set on fire. the independent police complaints commission says there were systematic failures in the way he was dealt with. today's report runs to hundreds of pages and it says this whole case has laid bare what it calls the disrespect, the prejudice and even contempt with which some officers and staff treated bijan ebrahimi in the days before he was murdered here. reading that report, it was devastating. bijan's sisters told me the list of failings published today had shocked them. it was so hard to see bijan all these years had been suffering. and his voice never listened to. he always thought he was in a country where the police was there to protect people. and he couldn't see anything beyond that. last year, pc kevin duffy
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was jailed after being found guilty of misconduct. the jury was played tapes of him responding to one of bijan's calls. it's just bijan ebrahimi on the phone asking for you. no, i've no intention of taking any calls from bijan ebrahimi. community support officer andrew passmore was also jailed. pcs leanne winter and helen harris were cleared by the jury, but were later sacked by a misconduct hearing. his sisters have raised questions about racism within the force. there isn't evidence of institutional racism because we did not investigate the force as a whole, but there are some hallmarks of discrimination that could be construed as race hatred. avon and somerset police say they have improved the way that they deal with vulnerable people as a result of this case. we accept that we failed bijan
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ebrahimi at his time in greatest need and throughout that time he was respectful and he had confidence and trust in the police and we let him down, and for that we are sorry. his sisters have welcomed the apology and the changes. they are still waiting for the local council to issue its report. we arejust we are just hearing from the unite union which has british airways mixed fleet cabin crew will strike for a further 14 days. that is from july 19. a long—running dispute over pgy- july 19. a long—running dispute over pay. that strike to continue for a further two weeks from july 19. it isa further two weeks from july 19. it is a strike which is turning quite difficult because unite says it is challenging, during the 16 day stoppage which is about to get underway, it started last weekend. the union has been staging protests
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outside the london head office of qatar airways, on what is now the fifth day of strike action. a further stepping up of the action in that dispute. the queen and the duke of edinburgh have been leading a flotilla of boats along scotland's newest waterway and have unveiled a plaque formally naming it the queen elizabeth ii canal. it's the final section of a trans—scotland canal regeneration that was launched nearly 20 years ago. it could also be the lastjoint engagement for the queen and the duke before prince philip retires from public life next month. our scotland correspondent lorna gordon reports. a gentle arrival by water to an area transformed. over the years, the queen and the duke of edinburgh have carried out many hundreds of engagements together during their annual visit to scotland, known as royal week. with the duke, who is now 96, due to retire from public engagements, the crowds here were making the most of their chance to see the two together. this is an area much
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changed in recent years. the sculptures here honour the industrial and agricultural past of central scotland. while here, the queen was shown two clydesdales, the breed of horses upon which the sculptures were based. they are named spencer and harry and described as "a little mischievous". but today, they were on their best behaviourfor the queen. the queen knows a thing or two about horses, so i was a bit nervous, but she was very enthusiastic about them and asked me all about the history of the project and the association with the canal and the town of falkirk. it was the crowning glory of a very long project. the crowds were delighted by the royal visitors. a really good opportunity, a once—in—a—lifetime opportunity, probably for these guys. we had the classic wave.
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there was much affection on display here today for the queen and prince philip, on what could be one of their last officialjoint engagements. lorna gordon, bbc news, falkirk. two pandas have gone on public display in germany today, in a ceremony attended by angela merkel and the chinese president xijinping. china has loaned the pandas to berlin zoo — which will pay around 800 thousand pounds a year to host them. as our correspondent johny dymond reports, it's hoped the pandas will help forge closer ties between the two countries. but all the pandas want is bamboo. they may look friendly, but do not get too close. china's loan ofjiao qing — "darling" — and meng meng — "sweet dream" — comes from the global superpower, with a price. it is worth paying attention when germany and china meet these days. germany is europe's undisputed leader.
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china's surging economic power is turning into global political muscle. the chancellor and the president are meeting before the world's 20 biggest economies get together in berlin. once it might have been america around the table. but germany wants chinese help in propping up a world order destabilised by change in washington. and china wants open markets to sell into and allies it can rely on. translation: this is pioneering for our relations. we're happy to note that, thanks to mutual efforts on both sides, chinese—german relations have reached a new phase, in which we are moving on a peak level. the panda special came to britain in the 1970s, as china emerged from decades of isolation. ching ching and chia—chia
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were gifts, part of an effort to warm frozen relations. panda diplomacy, it became known as. now, the new pair are making hearts race in berlin. but these bamboo guzzlers are on loan and they don't come cheap. nearly £800,000 a year. for some berliners at least, they're worth every penny. jonny dymond, bbc news. in recent weeks moscow has been battered by gale force winds and storms that have uprooted trees and filled the russian capital's river with debris. but the authorities say they're managing to keep the city's river clean — thanks to moscow's fleet of russian—built refuse collection boats. our correspondent steve rosenberg went on board. i don't know about you but i find it challenging keeping my own little home neat and tidy with a vacuum
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cleaner and a dustpan and brush, so how on earth do the russians keep all of this clean — 40 miles of moscow river? the answer is this thing — rubbish collector number three — essentially, the moscow litter launch, or the bin boat and it fishes out the items that shouldn't be there in the first place. this man has a long rubbish scraper and he has helped to collect leaves and branches and leaves and put them into the big scooper —— leaves. sometimes the rubbish boat finds other objects, like fridges, cars or dogs. oh, and it seems that they have caught a fish. so, this is what the captain has scooped up so far and it has all been emptied into
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the container down below. well, on average, this clean—up cruise recovers around seven tonnes of rubbish from the moscow ever and as you can see today they have recovered lots of tree, lots of vodka bottles, empty ones, there is a chair — all kinds of things. this will be taken to a moscow rubbish dump, unless the owners are quick enough to claim them — anyone lost a rubber duck? time for a look at the weather... updating you with that news that
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british airways will be striking for a further 14 days, from july the 19th in their long—running dispute over pay. the unite union angered by ba was my decision to use aircraft from qatar airways during the current 16 day stoppage, which started last weekend. the dispute stepping up a gear there. and a response coming from the pentagon to yesterday's intercontinental ballistic missile test by north korea. the pentagon saying the missile was fired from a mobile launcher, they say it was a danger to shipping nearjapan as well as two satellites, and they say that the missile was a new type that the pentagon had not seen before. that response coming from washington to north korea's actions. lots more coming up with ben brown at five. time for a look at the weather... good afternoon. if you are glued to
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wimbledon at the moment you will know it is very hot and sunny out there. 29 degrees. but i have found u nfortu nately there. 29 degrees. but i have found unfortunately some cloud and drizzle. it's been pretty disappointing today across parts of south—east scotland and also in north—east england. but generally, much of the country has seen a mid—to high 20s. underneath that cloud and drizzle, temperatures struggling a little, mid—teens. it will stay disappointing for the rest of the day. we keep that sunshine across central and southern areas, also a beautiful day across the far north of scotland as well. temperatures here have been a bit warmer than in the last few days. highs of 18, 29 in the south—east corner. as we go through the evening, those temperatures are going to fall away the very fast. it will be a sticky night for trying to get a decent nights sleep. warm 18 to 70 degrees across much of england and wales, could trigger some sharp thundery downpours. two areas of
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showery rain tonight. one from northern ireland and western scotland, and all are pushing up with this warmth into that south—eastern corner, good season thunderstorms after midnight and perhaps hanging around for the early morning was rush hour. —— could see some thunderstorms. we are expecting the showers to have eased off before play gets underway at wimbledon. there will be some good strong sign around first thing in the morning. pleasa nt start, around first thing in the morning. pleasant start, similar in northern ireland. cloud breaking up, it will be bright after those showers. still lingering first thing in the morning across western areas. though showers drift east into the afternoon, and it isa drift east into the afternoon, and it is a slow improvement. it has to be stressed that tomorrow will be a dry day for many. it will be hot with plenty of sunshine. but as we start to see this temperatures rise, we could then see what we cool a few home—grown thunderstorms. if you catch those, though there will be isolated, they really could mean business. 30 degrees tomorrow, further north were looking at
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temperatures perhaps mid to high 20s. temperatures perhaps mid to high 205. 21 temperatures perhaps mid to high 20s. 21 degrees not out of the question the southern scotland as well. it bodes well for wimbledon. if you have tickets, the first thing you will need to put in your bag is sunscreen and a sun hat, as temperatures are expected to peak at 30 degrees. similarfor friday. a little more cloud to the north and west, because of this little fella. it will run in overnight from friday into saturday, bringing more rain into saturday, bringing more rain into northern ireland and southern scotland. more importantly, it will introduce something a bit fresher. if these temperatures are too hot, and you are fairly unhappy with that, there is a good deal of dry weather continuing but some showers around as well. today at 5pm: a taskforce will take over parts of kensington and chelsea council after criticism of the way it handled the grenfell tower disaster. the housing minister admits the initial response to the tragedy from the council "wasn't good enough", and there was "a lack of trust."
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during the harrowing accounts of survivors has been the most humbling and moving experience of my life. the families that i've met have been through unimaginable pain. 250 specialist investigators are now working on this enquiry. the met police say it is the largest and most complicated enquiry they have ever had to deal with. the search and rescue phase and the search and recovery phase
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