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welcome to bbc news. the headlines: large amounts of drugs — and thousands of mobile phones — were found in prisons last year — the ministry ofjustics says it's unacceptable. the parents of charlie gard deliver a petition to doctors at great ormond hospital in london, to allow the terminally ill baby to travel for experimental treatment. sir vince cable — tipped to be the next leader of the liberal democrats — says he believes brexit may never happen. a business tycoon submits plans to build a third runway at heathrow — which he says would be 5—billion pounds cheaper than the current scheme. and in half an hour here on bbc news, dateline london takes a look at the 620 summit in hamburg, and asks what the world leaders might be able to take from it. good morning and welcome to bbc news. new figures show more than 200 kilograms of drugs and 13,000
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mobile phones were found in prisons in england and wales last year. the government says measures are being put in place to disrupt illegal activity in jails. james waterhouse reports. many will say this continuing trend of contraband being smuggled into jails through whatever means possible only highlights the scale of the challenge facing prison officers, who've had to deal with staff cuts and growing violence over recent years. just in april, a european watchdog warned that incidents in ukjails were spiralling out of control, making a number of them unsafe for both prisoners and staff. the latest ministry ofjustice figures say there are 86,000 inmates in england and wales. 7000 mobile sim cards were also found in 2016, along with 13,000 mobile phones. they're a valuable resource behind bars, too, sometimes being rented out for up to £1000. along with the seizure
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of more than 200 kilograms of illegal drugs last year, it's the scale of the problems that forces the government to act once more. the trade builds on a very, very strong market, and although this is good news and it's good that these measures are being taken, the next step is for the government to ask itself why demand for drugs and phones is so high in prisons. 0fficials point out the £2 million investment which has seen technology brought into every prison which can detect phones. 300 dogs have also been trained to find drugs, and these will have no doubt helped with this recovery. ministers acknowledge they can't stop there, though. the government has recently had a recruitment drive, saying it is on track to bring in 2500 more officers by 2018. this morning, the secretary of state forjustice david lidington spoke to andrew marr about the problem. i'm not content with the state of prisons. frankly, this is a state of affairs that has gone back under successive governments.
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what i'm determined to do is to try to bring about improvements, build on what my predecessor, liz truss did in getting extra prison officers, in putting in place effective measures to detect more accurately the problem we have with drugs, the new challenge we have with drones and mobile phones of prisons, so they're more secure place. but also i want to see us get better, as a country, at using the time during which we have people in custody to get them better educated, get them better trained, more employable, so there's a stronger chance they lead a law—abiding life they get out. since 2010, attacks on prison staff have gone up by 81%. sorry, attacks on staff have gone up by 1a0% and prison assaults are up by 81%. why? i think it's a number of different things. i think one reason is that, in recent years, we have had this new problem of what used to be called legal highs,
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psychoactive substances, artificial drugs coming into prisons in a big way. we find a prison population that has shifted in character over that period of time. we've got more gangsters, we got a higher proportion of the prison population that are sexual and violent offenders. it's not just your young burglar that's in now. so you need more people to look after them. you cut, as a government, 7000 front—line prison staff. i know you are hiring a few more thousand now, but you're still way down on 2010 and that is also, surely, part of the story? what happened in 2010, the case with my ministry, as with every other ministry, is that in the face of the deficit some very tough decisions had to be taken. what happened in the years since then is that, as we have managed to bring the deficit down, have restraint on public sector pay, take through some of the welfare reforms, it's bought us the breathing space to hire extra staff in areas like prisons where we do need to deploy them. the parents of charlie gard are expected to join supporters
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to deliver a petition to great ormond street hospital in london, calling on doctors to allow the terminally ill baby to travel for experimental treatment. the petition has been signed by more than 350—thousand people. the petition has been signed by more than 350,000 people. the 11—month old boy's case is due to return to the high court tomorrow after the hospital said it had seen claims of new evidence relating to a potential therapy. earlier i spoke to our correspondent anisa kadri, and asked her about the petition. you'll remember that charlie's parents actually lost their lengthy legal battle, which meant that doctors here could switch off his life—support machine. butjust a couple of weeks on, they say the fight is not over and we are expecting them here around two o'clock this afternoon with supporters, and that petition that you spoke about. that petition is actually calling for charlie to be allowed to go abroad so that he can get experimental treatment. charlie, he can't move, he can't breathe unassisted. it's because of a rare genetic condition. all along, the hospital has said that treatment
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will not make a difference. but they now have been presented with new evidence from medical experts abroad, which says, actually, they can offer charlie some hope. the hospital isn't holding out hope. it still believes that this probably won't help charlie's brain condition. but they are leaving the decision in the high court's hands. they have secured a hearing at the high court that starts tomorrow. of course, this has been a really emotional case, with president trump and the pope some of the people backing charlie's parents here. we are expecting charlie putnam the parents come in a few hours, to deliver that petition. sir vince cable — who is likely to become the next leader of the liberal democrats — says he is "beginning to think brexit may never happen".
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he told the bbc‘s andrew marr show that the problems were too enormous, and the divisions between the two major parties too great. and did not like the idea of brexit but this is quite an intervention, isn't it? —— we know that the lib dems did not like the idea. it was their policy to put forward a second referendum on the deal that was reached with the eu. which could stop the process effectively. that didn't get a particular amount of traction. vince cable likely to be the leader of the lib dems. he's the only contender to put his name forward. he is a seniorfigure and well respected. former business secretary in the coalition government with the conservatives.
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wea government with the conservatives. we a referendum. article 50 has been triggered. have begun. —— we had a referendum. there are some stumbling blocks which could lengthen the process. and perhaps stop it altogether. vince cable made those remarks this morning on the andrew marr show. i'm beginning to think that brexit may never happen. really? i think the problems are so enormous, the divisions within the two major parties are so enormous, i can see a scenario in which this doesn't happen. certainly, our policy of having a second referendum, which didn't really cut through in the general election, is designed to give a way out, when it becomes clear that the brexit is potentially disastrous. if it comes to pass over the controversial. in the referendum we voted to leave. this indicates there
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will be... whether it was the supreme court case ordering parliament should have a say on triggering article 50, of a cabinet minister is airing their views in public about what brexit should look like. there have been difficulties at every stage and it is unlikely to be plain sailing from here on. iraqi state television is reporting that government forces are on the verge of retaking the city of mosul. it was seized by so—called islamic state more than three years ago. after nine months of intense fighting, iraqi soldiers have been celebrating on the streets, as our defence correspondent, jonathan beale, reports. it's been the fight of their lives. their battle to retake mosul from the group calling itself islamic state started in october last year. they've lost many comrades along the way. but today the iraqi security forces were firing their weapons in celebration, claiming victory over their enemy. translation: this joy has been achieved by the sacrifices
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of our martyrs and the blood of our wounded heroes. god willing, may happiness prevail in iraq. after nearly nine months of brutal street—to—street fighting, these iraqi security forces now believe they have defeated is in a city that was once their stronghold. but there are still pockets of resistance, the occasional sound of gunfire. but look everywhere around you and you'll see that pretty much every building has been damaged or destroyed. if this is victory, it's come at a cost. no—one yet knows how many civilians have lost their lives in this city. it's still a fight for survival. translation: hunger, thirst, fear and aerial bombardment. we lived in a cellar. look at this. our house was destroyed on top of us. the extremists‘ reign of terror in mosul may be coming to an end. but they're by no means finished in iraq. a ceasefire in south—western syria
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has just come into effect. this latest agreement to end fighting between the syrian government forces and rebels was brokered by the us, russia and jordan. the deal was announced on friday after a meeting between president trump and president putin at the g20 summit. washington is describing it as an important step towards ending the country's civil war. a wealthy businessman has submitted alternative plans for a third runway at heathrow, which he says would save more than £5 billion. the hotel tycoon, surinder arora, suggests changing the design of terminal buildings and reducing the amount of land needed. earlier i spoke to mr arora, and i asked him why he was submitting the plans i've spent all my life around the airport, ever since i've been here, for 45 years, and i think being the 21st—century it's good
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to have competition rather than just assuming it is there for the airport, and we live in a world where heathrow is the busiest, notjust the busiest but the most expensive airport in the world from the airlines‘ and passengers‘ point of view. what are your proposals? how do your proposals differ from the existing ones? well, our proposals differ big time in a sense that we‘ve taken more input and feedback and working with the airlines, because we see the airlines as part of the team, as the customers of the airport, and asking them what works for them. so we actually made the terminal buildings and the taxiways a lot more efficient, we‘re taking 23% less land than previously recommended. and not having the transit system, there is a remote terminal north
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of the a4 which was not really that efficient from an airline perspective, from a passenger perspective. and not putting the transit in, and all that will obviously come to huge savings. making the buildings more efficient, not doing the transit system, using 23% less land, that can‘t be bad news. i think there was also, one of the big issues has always been the motorway, the m25 motorway, the busiest in the country, would have to be closed or severely disrupted. your plan, i think, avoids that. how can you do that? heathrow have been working on these plans for years. we‘ve got the world—leading expert in infrastructure projects, who worked around the world on different infrastructure projects, and working with them we have come up with a scheme that was put forward to the commission with the 3500 metre runway over the m25.
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one of the things we started asking and questioning saying, why do we need firstly 3500 metre runway? to my surprise, none of the airlines were ever consulted on the length of the runway or the location of the runway, so if you look at airports such as manchester and birmingham, which do take the wide—bodied aircraft, do take a380s, manchester works on a 3000 metre runway, so why can‘t we do that? our plans, although we have worked with advisers and the airlines, are obviously at an early stage but we do feel that we can have further efficiencies and savings on these plans by working with our partners. and do you think that you are the man or you have the organisation to do the job? is that why you‘re so interested? well, i‘ve always been one of
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the folks living in the real world. i‘m not an expert at everything. going back to the 90s, late 90s, i had never built a hotel or run a 4—star, 5—star hotel and i said, i won‘t be doing it all myself, i‘ll make sure i have the best team around me to deliver the projects. and the dream i always had in any business, when we were building our first hotel, was, "can we build a 4—star hotel with 5—star service at 3.5—star prices?" and we can‘t continue at being the most expensive in the world, otherwise no—one will benefit from that, including heathrow airport. the headlines on bbc news. hundreds of kilograms of drugs and thousands of mobile phones were found in prisons in england and wales last year.
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the government has described the situation as "unacceptable". the parents of charlie gard are delivering a petition to great ormond street hospital in london, calling on doctors to allow the terminally ill baby to travel to america for experimental treatment. sir vince cable, who‘s favourite to be the next leader of the liberal democrats, says he‘s "beginning to think brexit may never happen". sport now — and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here‘sjessica. a pretty busy morning. england‘s women cricketers are under way in their world cup match against holders australia at bristol. the hosts won the toss and chose to bat, and they‘ll be disappointed with the early loss of lauren winfield — who madejust one run. but sarah taylor and tammy bowmont will be hoping to steady proceedings and are going well. england currently 52—1 off 11 overs. —— england currently
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52—2 off 12.4 overs. the men are also under way at lord‘s on day four of the first test against south africa. england resumed play on 119 for 1, with alistair cook having already made a half century. he‘s batting alongside gary ballance, and are currently on 129—1, which is a lead of 53. nottinghamshire bowler luke fletcher is expected to be released from hospital today after suffering a head injury in yesterday t20 match against birmingham. fletcher was hit by a straight drive, and was bleeding, but managed to walk off the pitch with the help of a physio. it was confirmed that he had a concussion, and he was kept in hospital overnight as a precautionary measure. notts said they would "continue to monitor him very closely." striker romelu lukaku says he didn‘t need to think twice about agreeing
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to move to manchester united, describing them as the biggest club in the world. lukaku, who‘s set to have a medical with united after an initial £75 million fee was agreed with everton, is currently on holiday in the us. he‘s been spending time with united‘s paul pogba and even been meeting some of his new fans. lukaku said a move to old trafford is the perfect opportunity. meanwhile it‘s looking increasingly likely that wayne rooney will be leaving old trafford and heading back to everton. he was seen yesterday at their training ground. manchester united and england‘s record goalscorer signed from everton 13 years ago. the british and irish lions head coach warren gatland says people will look back on the new zealand tour as a success. the lions drew the final test match 15 points all, meaning the series against the world champions was shared. it was a thrilling finish to the game in auckland — 0wen farrell‘s late penalty kick drew the lions level in the game.
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a disputed offside decision denied the all blacks a further penalty so the series ended 1—1. it means the lions still haven‘t beaten the all blacks in a test series since 1971, but one man who played in that tour says this result will play a big part in the future of the team. i think this really come in many ways, has saved the lines. the concept was really unique. it‘s gone for well over 100 years. it would be dreadful in this professional era if it was ever messed around with. the one thing that i feel sorry about is that the tour is too short. rugby is the biggest team effort. they‘ve done remarkably well to pick the tea m done remarkably well to pick the team together that they did. this is an amazing story. 14—year—old amateur
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atthaya thitikul has become the youngest known winner of a professional golf tour event after winning the ladies european thailand championship. the thai player finished five under after a level par final round, two shots ahead of mexican ana menendez. thitikul turned 1a in february. fantastic. mo farah will continue his build—up for next month‘s world championships when he races in the 3000 metres at london‘s anniversary games later today. the world championships will be farah‘s last track event but it‘s understood he will continue competing on the road. it will be interesting to see how he gets on. coverage starts from 12:15pm. looking forward to that. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour a protest is expected in turkey
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against president erred again. it will start from the capital. it was organised by the opposition because of the sackings which followed the coup last year in the country. —— against president erdogan. electrical storms in canada have been blamed for starting scores of wildfires that are burning across british columbia. a state of emergency has been declared and thousands of homes are being evacuated. georgina smythe reports. columns of smoke black out the sky as wildfires rage across western canada. about 2000 firefighters are on the ground attending over 180 fires believed to have been started by lightning strikes. local media says 7000 people have been forced to abandon their homes and animals for evacuation centres. it was very emotional driving away, and seeing the flames and the smoke, and the whole village just surrounded by fires. there are lots of people who have no
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connection to it at all, but they're here and we are trying to support everybody. we ask everyone to be patient, it takes a long time to register people and we are trying to help as best we can. it is the worst wildfire emergency the country has seen in 1a years, and there are fears the raging fires could join together. pretty close. they were hitting the town, i could see that from the house, which was definitely a sign we had stayed too long. about 300, 400 metres away. the fire we were able to watch from where we were. i think i still smell like smoke. it was getting close. air tankers are dropping water in an attempt to contain the blaze but hot, dry, and windy conditions are expected to continue for several days, hampering the efforts of firefighters. researchers in leeds say that potentially harmful chemicals —
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used to waterproof raincoats, rucksacks and outdoor gear — are unnecessary and a source of environmental pollution. fluorochemicals are one of the most common treatments used to waterproof items. scientists say new coatings being developed are more environmentally friendly. 0ur science reporter, victoria gill, has more. the great british summer. but with british weather, the chances are it won‘t be long before you‘re reaching for your raincoat — an unlikely source of pollution. one of the most common treatments used to make ourjackets waterproof, fluorochemicals, can pollute the environment. the problem with fluorochemicals is that they‘re very persistent. they stick around for a really long time, they don‘t break down and could last for hundreds of years. that‘s why these scientists are testing new, more environmentally—friendly waterproof coatings using indoor rain. this is the rain room here at leeds university,
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and apparently it‘s set to a manchester drizzle. this is the mannequin wearing a raincoat to be tested, so if we just switch on the rain... yeah, that is a pretty accurate artificial manchester drizzle, so i‘m just going to leave. the team used industry—standard tests to see how waterproof fabric stood up to everything from drizzle to a simulated downpour. new repellent coatings that are not based on fluorochemicals are just as good as fluorochemical water repellents. the fluorochemicals are unnecessary. new non—fluorochemical coatings are still being developed, but the researchers now hope the industry will start to roll them out to protect us from the elements without damaging the environment. a ceremony will be held today to remember the 843 men who lost their lives when hms
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vanguard sank off 0rkney injuly 1917. it was one of the worst naval tragedies of the first world war. to mark the centenary, a team of divers has been given special permission to document the wreck. 0ur scotland correspondent, lorna gordon has more. in the cold northern waters of scapa flow, the final resting place of hms vanguard, a dreadnought battleship from world war i. the bow and stern almost entirely intact after 100 years under the water. this the first group of civilian divers to be given permission to document the wreck since it was designated a war grave. i think the loss of life was never very far away from my mind as we‘re diving on the ship. that said, we had a job to do, and an obligation to do thatjob to the best of our ability. so you got on with the work but, yes, parts of the wreck are very emotional.
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very emotional indeed. newsreel: ships were steaming into their war base at scapa flow... along with many other ships of the royal navy, vanguard had been anchored in the seas off 0rkney. she‘d seen action at the battle ofjutland, but on a summer evening injuly 1917, the entire ship was destroyed after a magazine exploded. she sank almost instantly, with the loss of almost all her crew. 843 men died. only two of those on board at the time survived. the team of volunteer divers spent hundreds of hours surveying the wreck, piecing together its story. lying at a depth of around 100 feet, and among the many artefacts they discovered, the telegraph, a main anchor, cutlery lying half buried in the sand around the wreckage. as part of the commemorations, vanguard‘s white ensign was recently replaced by divers. a century on, honouring
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the many lives lost in what was a catastrophic accident. the lake district should find out today whether it will be given unesco world heritage status. if successful, it would become the uk‘s 31st such site, as caroline rigby reports. from the great barrier reef to the taj mahal and grand canyon, they‘re some of the most recognisable sights in the world. soon, the lake district could be a member of their prestigious club. later today, delegates from unesco will announce whether they deem the region irreplaceable and inspiring enough to be protected under world heritage status. it would be lovely if it did. it would be great if it was voted as one of the top places in the world to see. i've been coming here for over 40 years. it's changed a lot. it's really popular, but there are so many beautiful things here that need to be recognised and protected. with its towering peaks
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and glistening waters, the national park currently attracts around 18 million tourists a year, who contribute over £1 billion to the local economy. but critics worry obtaining world heritage status could see even more visitors descend on the region, putting extra pressure on the landscape. 0thers argue it would mean greater funding and investment. a world heritage site, it would really demonstrate the changing landscape, because it‘s not natural, that‘s shaped by people, farming practices, poets. they‘ve all talked about this landscape, and people will come and see it. it will draw new customers, new visitors who‘ve never heard of the lake district. it‘s quite a tick—box to visit a world heritage site. poet william wordsworth once described the lakes as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". but will unesco agree? if successful, it would become the uk‘s 31st world heritage site, joining the likes of stonehenge, hadrian‘s wall, and the houses of parliament. a bit ofa
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a bit of a change in some places in the weather. let‘s get the details. you are right, we will lose this humidity. if you are like me, i don‘t like it, it will freshen up. that said, a lovely day ahead for many parts of england and wales. this was north yorkshire about half an hour ago. plenty of sunshine around but it is different across northern ireland and scotland. heavy pulses of rain coming in. it would bea pulses of rain coming in. it would be a great day for central and southern scotland and northern ireland where there will be further pulses of rain. to the north of that front, very dry and clear. to the south, light showers in western areas. the heat could spark late afternoon thunderstorms, but foremost it is a lovely day. very warm the south, warmer than
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yesterday. any storms that develop will rumble through the evening. 0vernight we could pull in thundery weather from france. we 0vernight we could pull in thundery weatherfrom france. we keep the humidity. fresh behind the weather front of the north. showers tomorrow, so starting a change, but we still have that risk of heavy, thundery downpours, and the heat and humidity in the far east. this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: hundreds of kilograms of drugs and thousands of mobile phones were found in prisons in england and wales last year. the government has described the situation as unacceptable.


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