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tonight at ten, 3 child sex network in newcastle — 18 people are convicted of abusing young girls and women. the men and one woman groomed, drugged and raped vulnerable girls as young as m over a four year period. no—one should underestimate the trauma that these young girls have gone through, but undoubtedly they have made our communities safer places by their actions. but controversy, as it emerges that police paid a convicted child rapist thousands to act as an informer and expose the network. there are dangerous men behind bars and vulnerable people protected, that would not have been the case if we had not used that. the convictions are part of a wider investigation into grooming which could involve hundreds more victims and perpetrators. also tonight... a fresh warning from president trump to north korea — he says america's nuclear arsenal is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. former chief constable sir norman
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bettison appears in court with four others on charges related to the hillsborough disaster and its aftermath. trying to find a cure for type one diabetes — new hope after first trials of a pioneering new therapy that could slow the advance of disease. on his own against the clock. athletics at its best in that sense. and bizarre scenes at the world championships, as botswana's star sprinter — barred yesterday by illness — goes solo for the 200 metres. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news, we will have all the details from the world athletics championships, including sir mo farah's race in the 5000 metres. good evening.
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17 men and a woman who groomed girls and young women for sex in newcastle have been convicted of crimes including rape, trafficking and conspiracy to incite prostitution. newcastle crown court heard that vulnerable girls, one as young as m, were exploited by an "organised, cynical organisation" and passed between abusers. the convictions took place over a four year period. its also emerged that northumbria police paid £10,000 to a convicted child rapist for information that helped to expose the child sex network. fiona trott reports. guilty of causing girls and women serious harm. caught as part of operation sanctuary, one of the biggest sexual exploitation investigations in the north of england. almost 100 perpetrators have now been convicted. 0ne17—year—old was raped at a party session organised by local men. it's a familiar story.
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i woke up in the morning. the wardrobe was pushed against the door. her police interview was played by the court. to protect her identity, we have asked actors to read what was said. he had had six with us while i was asleep. still now, i'm a bit confused about it. how did you feel when he told you he done that to you? dirty. confused. how many sessions would you say you have been to? about 60. it is in houses like these where the sessions took place. victims were given drink and drugs and could not defend themselves against sexual abuse. but in 2013, two of them came forward. one had been trafficked from a children's home. the other had learning difficulties. it started a long and complex investigation. controversially, officers recruited a convicted child
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rapist as an informant. he was paid around £10,000. it's not an easy decision, and i'm not going to sit here and suggest for one moment it was. it's a decision that we've had to wrestle with ourselves. but i can categorically state sitting here today, that there are dangerous men behind bars now and vulnerable people protected. that would not have been the case had we not used that informant, and it's in that context that you have to view those deployments. and yet there are still concerns. a charity that campaigns against child abuse says such an offender should never have been put out in the field. it beggars belief, frankly, the decision to cross this child protection line really by employing a child rapist. in all other aspects it seems to us at the nspcc that a very good job was done by northumbria police, except this very, very concerning situation, where they used and deployed and paid a child rapist. most of the perpetrators were from pakistani, indian or bangladeshi backgrounds.
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this city councillor says leaders from all faiths could re—educate some local men to stop similar exploitation in the future. people should not be telling the asian community how to live their lives and what to do. it's quite important. this is like saying to the white community that we should be talking about whatjimmy savile did. we should not do that. however, there is a huge opportunity to talk about these issues on a regular basis, of rights of women, and i think it's important to use religion, particularly islam, to educate some of these people. what happened on these streets is now the subject of a serious case review. but the council chief executive says it is not the only authority with problems of this kind. we do not believe that what we have uncovered in newcastle is unique. indeed there has been evidence of similaroffending in many other towns and cities. we believe that any area that says it does not have a problem is simply not looking for it.
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for the victims they harmed, it has been a long and traumatic journey. but the evidence they gave has helped to jail four of these perpetrators. the rest are due to be sentenced next month. fiona trott, bbc news, newcastle. our home editor, mark easton, is here. the controversy is over the police paying this convicted offender to help them expose the network. how unusual is it? the police have long been paying informants. it has a lwa ys been paying informants. it has always been controversial but they have always done it because they believe if you can get the prize —— convictions, the ends justify the means. in the last five years, uk police have paid £22 million to criminal informants. it is not rare. this case has an additional moral dilemma. is it justifiable this case has an additional moral dilemma. is itjustifiable to put a convicted rapist in proximity to young women who are being groomed
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for six khan police argue yes. they say that was the only way they were going to smash this gang. i think it is indicative of a new determination among police and prosecutors to do whatever it takes to deal with the scandal of gangs, of predominantly asian men, sexually exploiting predominantly young white women and girls. there have been dozens of these cases now. rochdale, 0xford, derby, cardiff, 0ldham, barking, ipswich, manchester, telford. .. derby, cardiff, 0ldham, barking, ipswich, manchester, telford... the list goes on. having been criticised for not doing enough, particularly in concerns about political correctness, police forces have become much more proactive. officers are routinely briefed on what to look for, the types of abuse, the different locations, the likely victims. prosecutors are advised to think hard about the victims. often these are very vulnerable people who may be in trouble with the police themselves, they may distrust
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authority, they may have become so controlled by their abusers that they don't recognise they are being abused. new guidance tells prosecutors to focus less on the credibility of the victim and more on the credibility of the allegation. and today's convictions may be seen by some as a sign that that new approach is paying off. mark easton, thank you. president trump has issued another warning to north korea telling the country's leader that america's nuclear arsenal is "more powerful than ever before". he was responding to a warning from north korea that it was considering firing missiles at the us pacific territory of guam. the us defense secretary also issued a warning to pyongyang, saying north korea should stop any actions that would lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people". our north america correspondent, nick bryant, reports. a far—off american outpost in the tropical waters of the western pacific now finds itself at the centre of a dangerous stand—off. this is guam, the site this summer of us military exercises. american territory, that
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north korea says could now be in the firing line. from north korean state tv came this chilling headline. that guam could be targeted by medium to long range rockets. and it came just hours after president trump threatened pyongyang with some of the most incendiary rhetoric used by a us president in decades. the words improvised, the tone agreed upon beforehand with aides. north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. more tough talk on twitter this morning. "my first order as president was to renovate and modernise our nuclear arsenal. it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time when we are not the most powerful nation in the world."
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on a refuelling spot in guam, the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, used more soothing language. the island faced no imminent threat, he said. and americans shouldn't lose any sleep. what the president is doing is sending a strong message to north korea in language that kim jong—un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language. this small island is more than 2000 miles away from pyongyang, but well within range of its missiles. with two military bases it is a strategic military hub for america in the pacific and home to 160,000 people. i guess the first thing that comes to mind is, immediately first, where is my family? to come up with a plan if anything happens. i think the response that president trump as presented is pretty much spot on. past administrations have just let it slide and kick the can down the road, so now north korea feels like it can get away with anything. donald trump has vowed that he will be the president to deal decisively
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with the north korean problem. with the rhetoric already at such a perilous pitch, there is the danger that both sides become captive to their own tough words. that they talk themselves into a more serious confrontation. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. our correspondent, rupert wingfield—hayes, is on guam for us tonight. given the threat, what is the mood? there is clearly a deep concern here in guam because the threat against gram made by the north koreans was very specific and very detailed, and that has never happened before. there is also a sense that it is a rhetorical threat, that if north korea really ever did fire missiles at this island, it would be suicidal for the north korean regime. why do it? firstly, as nick said in his
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report, this is a veryjuicy target for the north koreans, strategically important to the united states. there are two huge military bases, a big airbase behind me and a naval base as well. this is also a psychological battle. so after president trump made those remarks about fire and fury, this is north korea firing back, saying, you threaten us, we can threaten you in the same way. our threats are realistic, you must take's seriously and we will not be intimidated. across this region, particularly in south korea and japan, there is a feeling that the way president trump talks about north korea in these on scripted remarks is not the way to deal with pyongyang. rob scripted remarks is not the way to dealwith pyongyang. rob wood -- and q. tensions have been rising in the region since north korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests last year and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. so with america and north korea locked in an extraordinary standoff. what are the options for resolving the crisis? our diplomatic correspondent, james robbins, reports.
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behind the fiery rhetoric from the two leaders, has the threat from north korea increased? broadly, yes. recent tests suggest the country is much closer to being able to launch a long—range missile carrying a nuclear warhead, as far as the united states. the north korean regime and kim jong—un wants nuclear weapons because it believes they are the ultimate guarantee of regime survival. no one is going to risk attacking you once you can respond with nuclear force. but already north korea has massive non—nuclear firepower. its artillery placed seoul, south korea's capital, within easy range. we're not looking at an immediate nuclear war situation right now. but we should also be aware of the opportunities for miscalculation and escalation that could lead to nuclear use. so what should be the international response to the threat? well, years of talks failed
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to persuade north korea to give up its nuclear ambitions, and now it's refusing dialogue. past carrots, including support for a weak economy, also failed. and the stick of limited sanctions, well, that hasn't worked either. the new response is more severe economic pressure. it is now backed by the united nations, including the us, russia and china. although china has yet to show how far it really will go. it leaves the grimmest option of all, american military action. president trump's comments this week only increase north korea's paranoia about the threat from the united states, and it's not going to change north korea's current course of action. we need to get on the road towards dialogue with the north, as difficult as that is, to decrease tensions and find a way out of this crisis. how should world leaders try to balance all the risks? is it an acceptable risks to allow the regime to get its nuclear weapons,
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and then rely on them being rational, like other nuclear weapon states, and to not use them? the answer to that depends on getting inside the head of kimjong—un. but he is harder to read than say, the old soviet union. with the soviet union, we had some reasonable visibility into the system. we don't have that with north korea. and so, although we can hope and assume that kim jong—un is rational enough and sensible enough to understand that any misadventure would attract a lot of retaliation, very few people from the outside have actually met him. that includes chinese leaders. it is because the really tough questions are so hard to answer with any certainty, that the crisis with north korea is very serious. james robbins, bbc news. five men have appeared in court charged in connection with the hillsborough tragedy
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and its aftermath. 96 liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at the fa cup semi—final match, 28 years ago. three of the men who appeared in court today are retired police officers. from warrington, judith moritz reports. many of the families who lost loved ones at hillsborough have become close over the last 28 years. today, they were together again at court to see those charged in connection with the disaster and its aftermath. sir norman bettison has served as the chief constable of two police forces. the families stood outside the magistrates' court building as the former officer walked inside. graham mackrell was company secretary and safety officer at sheffield wednesday football club in 1989. 96 liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at the hillsborough ground when the terraces became overcrowded during an fa cup semi—final. now, nearly three decades later, prosecutions are under way. mr mackrell is charged with breaching both health and safety and safety
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at sport ground legislation. two senior police officers, donald denton and alan foster and a solicitor, peter metcalf, are accused of perverting the course ofjustice by amending witness statements in the wake of the disaster. sir norman bettison is charged with misconduct in a public office, accused of telling lies about his involvement in the aftermath of hillsborough and the culpability of fans. the five men sat in a row inside the glass walled dock of the court, they all indicated that they deny the charges they're accused of. the match commander, former chief superintendent david duckenfield, faces the most serious charges, 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter. he didn't have to appear in court today as before proceedings against him can begin prosecutors must apply to lift an existing court order. the mep were all released on bail. they will appear at preston crown court next
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month. judith moritz, bbc news, warrington. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. the number of tip—offs made by the public to the government's anti—terrorism scheme, prevent, has doubled in the last four months, around the time of the manchester and london terror attacks. police received some 200 referrals between april and july, compared to about 100 in the four months before. figures released by the european commission, after a court battle, show that its 28 commissioners spent almost half a million euros on official travel in the first two months of last year. european commission presidentjean claude juncker spent more than £22,000 on a private plane to take nine people to rome. the commission said the spending was within the eu's rules. the family of an 83—year—old dog walker, stabbed to death in norfolk, have described him as a "lovely, gentle man, who was immensely kind." peter wrighton‘s body was found on saturday, three miles south of east harling. police say they've received over 100 calls in connection with the attack in the last three days.
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two months after the grenfell tower fire in west london, officials say hundreds of people, including large numbers children, are in need of mental health support to deal with the trauma of the disaster. an estimated 80 people were killed in the fire injune and the metropolitan police believe that there were around 255 survivors. our special correspondent, lucy manning, has been talking to one woman who lost five members of her family in the blaze. # you've got the words to change a nation # but you're biting your tongue # you've spent a lifetime stuck in silence # afraid you'll say something wrong #. she could certainly sing, 12—year—old firdaws hashim, a shy smile as the audience join in. # so come on, come on # come on, come on # you've got a heart as loud as lightning
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# so why let your voice be tamed #. her voice would be silenced by the grenfell fire. her aunt watches with tears the home videos she has shared. little yaqub, full of life, inside the grenfell flat where he would die with his sister firdaws, his brother, mum and dad. his small body yet to be identified. six—year—old yaqub, firdaws and 13—year—old yahya loved to dance, their aunt wanted to read these tributes. firdaws, you were the most intelligent, wise... and eloquent girl i ever knew. you were so talented, but still so kind and humble. yahya, my most kind, handsome, pure hearted, sweet nephew. you would have been a pride to islam and humanity. yaqub, he was a very energetic, lively boy. he loved to dance and joke around. assema wants to bury the family
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together but, eight weeks on, there can be no funeral. waiting this long for them to be identified and to bury them and have some type of closure, that is tormenting everybody. two months on and those connected to grenfell still bear a terrible toll. the bbc has learnt more than 500 people have been referred for mental health assessments, nearly 100 of them children. i've been having panic attacks. i'm having trouble sleeping. and it's when... usually you have a support network that will help you get through these times, but a lot of these people that you would normal rely on are in the same trouble as you are. and with only 1a grenfell families rehoused, the council leader still can't offer all the relief of long—term housing. how long will it be until all these families are permanently rehoused? i would say... well, it's quite difficult
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to answer that question, and let me explain why. i mean, a month, two months? it's not from lack of resources. it's not from lack of willingness. we're doing it as absolutely as quickly as we can. the judge leading the grenfell inquiry will write to the prime minister this week to explain what it will cover. the family of these children want the inquiry to look at notjust how they died, but why the fire burned for so long, making identification so hard. lucy manning, bbc news, west london. a man suspected of attacking soldiers on patrol in a suburb of paris, has been arrested after a dramatic car chase along a motorway in northern france. six soldiers were injured when a car was driven at them at speed, in what is being treated as an act of terrorism. the suspect got away, but officers later fired on a bmw to bring it to a halt and took
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the driver into custody. officials in the us have confirmed that the home of president trump's former campaign manager was raided by the fbi last month. agents seized documents and other materials from a property belonging to paul manafort. the raid was part of the investigation into possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia ahead of the 2016 presidential election. the english football premier league season gets under way on friday. spending by clubs is expected to exceed £1 billion for the first time ever this summer, but the league's chief executive says he doesn't expect to see clubs reach anything like the £200 million paid by french side paris st germain for the brazilian player neymar. here's our sports editor, dan roan. pretty good. not bad. it's back, with the help of some famous footballing faces, the premier league launched the countdown to the start of its new season today. amid the usual hype, all the talk on the lengths clubs are going to in the pursuit of glory. so much money is being spent.
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champions chelsea have invested £125 million on players this summer, even their manager is surprised by the amounts being spent. the money is incredible, but it's very important to try to improve our squad and our quality because win one more competition and we needed to prove that the club knows very well, which is my opinion, my ideas about this issue. these are just some of the big—money signings premier league clubs have splashed out on this summer, with a total of more than £1 billion said to be spent. for the first time, the premier league season will kick off on a friday night, here at the emirates, when arsenal take on leicester city, but with the transfer window open until the end of the month, the spending spree is set to continue in a way never seen before, and some are concerned. we sit back and go — wow, what's next? and that's the problem, what is next? in terms of how football
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finance is evolving, it's clear that the top seven clubs are spending more money on bigger transfer fees and that's having a serious effect in terms it's clear that the top seven clubs are spending more money on bigger transfer fees and that's having a serious effect in terms of the financial dynamics of the premier league. the top seven clubs as a group, their economic performance is deteriorating at a faster rate than the remaining 13. gary and alan, like the rest of us, looking forward to a new season, with a new league. 25 years ago, in the first match of the day of the premier league era. since then, ever more lucrative live broadcast rights deals have transformed clubs spending power, but will it continue? when the premier league started in 1992, where it was with our tour neighbour and where it is now, £40 million then, £3 billion now. if you compound that growth, you can't see the next 25 years having that same level of growth. what i can see though is still some reasonably sustainable growth which will allow the teams to continue to grow and continue to invest.
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i don't think, as i say, the thing is out of control. with newly—promoted clubs alongside some familiarfaces, the premier league's all set for its latest chapter. the challenge — to maintain the drama and the interest that's made its first quarter of a century so lucrative. dan roan, bbc news. the uk has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world with 400,000 people currently living with the condition. at the moment it's incurable, but now trials of a pioneering therapy are being carried out to try to slow the advance of the disease. and initial results show the treatment, a form of immunotherapy, is safe and can be used in wider trials. it's hoped it could one day lead to a cure. here's our health correspondent, dominic hughes. two years ago, alex rowlandson‘s life took an unexpected turn. she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, one of hundreds of thousands of people who develop the condition in the uk. but then she was offered the chance to take part in a pioneering new therapy. the results of which now
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show real promise. more optimistic knowing that the study is going well and that they can use that to find further treatments. even if it doesn't help me myself and it might help other people in the future, it's just good to know that i've made a difference. last year, alex was one of 27 volunteers who, over a six—month period, underwent a course of immunotherapy injections. the aim, to stop her diabetes by tapping into the immune system's natural checks and balances. type 1 diabetes is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks specialist beta cells in the pancreas which produce insulin, the hormone which regulates blood sugar levels. the injections contain protein fragments designed to retrain the immune system, so that rather than attacking pancreatic cells, it protects them. the early results from this latest trial demonstrated the therapy was safe and showed signs of slowing the disease. i think it's exciting that we have been able to change the immune system in patients using this
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approach, but it's very early days and we need to know how that translates into benefit for patients in the future. this is the first time this particular technique of trying to train the immune system to slow the advance of type 1 diabetes has been used in humans. it's a very small step in what will be a very long process. but the fact that it's safe and seems to have helped the immune system, well that is a big step forward. there's currently no cure for a condition that, if not carefully managed, can have life—changing consequences. for reasons that aren't entirely clear, the number of people who, like alex, are having their lives turned upside down after developing type 1 diabetes, is on the rise. immunotherapy has begun to transform the treatment of other diseases, such as cancer. the question now, is diabetes next? dominic hughes, bbc news. england's women began the defence of their rugby world cup
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title in style today, as this year's tournament got under way. england beat spain 56—5 in dublin, with four tries from winger kay wilson. but there was no dream start for wales, they lost to the all blacks by more than 30 points. hosts ireland beat australia in a tight match, winning by 19—17. there were bizarre scenes at the world athletics championships in london this evening as botswana's star sprinter, banned from the stadium yesterday after a norovirus outbreak, was allowed back for a solo 200 metre time trial. isaac makwala, forced to withdraw from last night's 400 metres final because he was still formally in quarantine, was tonight allowed back to play catch up. our sports correspondent, andy swiss, reports. yesterday, his dream seemed over. tonight, he's through to the final. for isaac makwala, a remarkable day in his increasingly remarkable story. he began it quarantined in his hotel and barred from competing, despite his protests.
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he said the athletics authorities had sabotaged his hopes. i lost everything. the way they did it, i don't know. there is something they don't want to tell us. something fishy they don't want to tell us. the iaaf insisted such claims were absurd. come the afternoon, a dramatic twist. isaac makwala heading to the stadium having been told his quarantine had finished and he could race his 200 metres heat, some 48 hours after his rivals. how are you feeling? i'm 0k. excited to be racing tonight? yeah. i'm excited. yeah. and so, in appalling conditions for sprinting, the surreal sight of a one—man race. makwala against the clock, he needed 20.53 to make it to the semis, and with the crowd willing him on, it was never in doubt.

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