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a crackdown on gambling — the government looks at reducing the risk to gambling addicts and children. one proposal is to reduce the maximum stake on machines that let you gamble £100 every 20 seconds. i lost thousands of pounds, got into thousands of pounds of debt, and i think that really capping the maximum stake at £2 a spin would reduce the harm that this product causes. the review will also look at the explosion in online gambling — the betting industry warns there could be big job losses. also tonight: a woman tells the bbc how a senior labour party figure persuaded her to drop allegations of rape by a party member. police confirm a man and five of his children died in the devastating house fire yesterday in mid wales. a man is convicted of murder after running over an ex—navy officer with his own car in a robbery gone wrong. the winner of the great british bake off 2017 is... or do you know already? how one of the judges let slip the name of the winner in a tweet. and coming up on bbc news in
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sportsday, damaging allegations in paralympic sport. athletes are being threatened with not being selected if they cheat the classification system. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the government is looking at tightening the rules around the most addictive types of gambling in betting shops and online. it's launching a 12—week consultation which will look at whether the maximum stakes for fixed—odds betting terminals should be reduced. currently you can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds. ministers are looking at whether that should be reduced to £2. the review is also looking at how to protect players against the explosive growth of online gambling fuelled by smartphones. it's now believed almost a quarter of gamblers online are "at risk" of addiction. and new guidelines on gambling advertising will be drawn up,
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over concerns children are often being targeted. 0ur media editor amol rajan has this report. it's an industry that is centuries—old and attracts millions every year, but gambling can also breed addiction, and the fixed odds betting terminals targeted in today's review cluster in areas of deprivation and high unemployment. over 2 million people in britain are either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction, according to the gambling commission. many problem gambler start out with small bets of £1 or £2, but soon get addicted. matt zarb—cousin quickly went from tiny debts to a debt of £20,000. i started to stake up beyond what was affordable to me, and very quickly ended up staking up to the maximum £100 a spin, and at that point obviously i was very addicted, and i lost thousands of pounds, got into thousands of pounds of debt, and i think that really capping the maximum stake at £2 spent
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—— a spin would reduce the harm that this product causes, and it would eliminate the roulette content on there. traditionally most gambling was done in public places, such as this street in sheffield, with several betting shops bunched together to tempt punters in. but the intranet and smartphone technology has changed this business forever. nowadays you don't have to go to the gambling — instead, it comes to you, around the clock with a flurry of adverts that some people find hard to resist. david bradford went to jail forfraud after running up hundreds of thousands of pounds in debt as a gambling addict. it was through ads on his laptop and mobile phone that he became hooked. i think they're carrying a message. here's some fun where you could actually make some money. the truth of the matter is, and it's something maybe advertising standards ought to look at, is every one of those adverts, if it was being true, would be saying, come and play this — you're going to lose.
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his son adam now campaigns for greater protection around gambling, and says the impact on the family has been devastating. we are never ever going to recover from it. the debt that my dad has, let alone the threat of losing the house that we've had since we were kids. the debt will never go, and i don't think my dad could ever make a dent in it. and we are always haunted by gambling. inside sky gambling in leeds, which is 80% owned by private equity, the shift from retail to online has powered a doubling of staff and revenue is growing at 40% annually. it's only really been regulated in the uk context for around three years. technology is changing very quickly. i think we need to grow up as an industry and be more responsible and be seen to be more responsible. a liberal wordview may have it that fully informed adult gamblers are free agents, responsible for their own failures, but as the experience of countless addicts can attest, the explosion of ads on and off—line has huge consequences for society in which we all have a stake. use me as an example.
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i don't respect myself, i question all my decisions twice now because i don't trust myself. others don't trust me, others don't respect me. and you can't put a value on any of that. it absolutely makes you feel like life isn't really that worth living — and i'm not talking like a suicidal here, butjust in weighing things up. it'sjust so exhausting, just to stand still. so look at me, and don't be me. amol rajan, bbc news. a former member of labour's national executive committee has told the bbc she was raped at the age of 19 at a party event by a party member, and was then persuaded by a senior labour official to drop her allegations. bex bailey is now calling for an independent agency to investigate reports of assault and harassment within the party. 0ur political correspondent vicki young reports. bex bailey has decided to speak out.
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she hopes talking about her personal ordeal will help change the way all political parties handle allegations of sexual misconduct. she says she was raped at the age of 19, and the party didn't do enough to help. was raped at the age of 19, and the party didn't do enough to helplj was seriously sexually assaulted at a labour party event by... it wasn't an mp, but someone who was more senior. to me, i told a senior member of staff. it was suggested to member of staff. it was suggested to me that i not report it. i was told if i did it might damage me. i wasn't given good advice, i wasn't given a procedure when i asked for it so that i could see what would happen if i did reported then make a decision. it seemed to be there wasn't one that existed. bex bailey believes this is a problem that goes right through politics at every level. yesterday mps called for a change, and the need to give people confidence their complaints would be
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taken seriously. one of the things it needs is an element of independence. women need to be able to report to an independent agency so to report to an independent agency so that they know that these issues will be dealt with fairly, that the political bias will be taken out of them, and so that they feel they can have the confidence to report these difficult issues without feeling that they will be penalised as a result. the labour party has responded to the interview, saying," we would strongly recommend that the police investigate the allegations of criminal actions that bex bailey has mentioned. " they also say they will want an independent investigation into claims that an employee acted improperly over these 2011 allegations. there have been rumours at westminster over sexual behaviour and the bbc has seen a list of claims, many unproven, against several conservative mps and ministers, but the real concern here
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is that all political parties have been too slow to support and encourage those who want to speak out about bullying, harassment and sexual assault. this summer, labour beefed up its procedures to deal with complaints of sexual harassment to make sure they are dealt with sensitively. my leaderjeremy corbyn ta kes sensitively. my leaderjeremy corbyn takes this issue very seriously. we ta ke takes this issue very seriously. we take a zero tolerance approach to any allegations of harassment, both within parliament and our party, and he said he will work with theresa may to find an overarching system where people can feel confident that if they make a complaint it is dealt with seriously. everyone seems to agree that the system must improve, but taking the politics out of these sensitive issues will not be easy. micky young, westminster. —— vicky young, westminster. the metropolitan police are now investigating sexual abuse allegations made by seven women against the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein. the incidents are alleged to have taken place between the early 1980s and 2015, in london and outside the uk.
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weinstein has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non—consensual sex. our special correspondent lucy manning has been hearing from one woman whose allegations aren't yet part of the police investigation, and has this exclusive report. sophie morris wasn't in the film world. back in the early 1990s she did two days temping work at harvey weinstein‘s film company. she was sent to the savoy hotel to work from his suite there. i'd just met him. i was an admin girl, who looked about 16 or 17. i wasn't in that world. sophie said she was shocked by what she claims happened there. he was naked in the bath, and was asking me to come in, and i said no. and i went back and sat down, and he called me again, and he was naked on the bed. he had a horrible rash all over his body. which he said was a medical condition, and he was getting it sorted out. he asks me to give him a massage. he basically was then sexually explicit with. ..
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massage. he basically was then sexually explicit with... a lot of words, and i then... he asked me to ta ke words, and i then... he asked me to take my top off, and either he tried to ta ke take my top off, and either he tried to take an off or because i was scared i tried to take it off, and there was a moment where ijust suddenly thought, what am i doing? and ijust stopped, and put it back on and walked out the room. she said she told some friends and others who worked at the company about the film producer's behaviour. 0ne asked if she wanted to report it to their boyfriend, a policeman. she wanted to report it to their boyfriend, a policemanlj she wanted to report it to their boyfriend, a policeman. i remember writing it down, so i have to presume that it was actually reported to the police. i don't know that 100%. sophie said she dropped it after harvey weinstein tried to call her in the weeks after the alleged incident and she became scared. the metropolitan police says it is making inquiries, however paper records from that time are usually destroyed. ms morris is the
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first british woman making allegations about harvey weinstein to give a television interview but she said she felt it was important. why have you decided to speak out now? i felt it was incredibly important to speak out to see it happened to me with this very intimidating powerful man who then got away with it for all those yea rs, got away with it for all those years, and how can i not also support all of these people, were very serious things have gone on as well? today the metropolitan police confirmed seven other women have now made 11 separate allegations against harvey weinstein. he denies any allegation of nonconsensual sex. what do you think should happen to harvey weinstein? i think the police should do something, whatever the next stage or whatever they need to do, because otherwise, if they don't, then potentially none of this will matter, and nothing will change. sophie morris says she
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intends to speak to the police again. lucy manning, bbc news. a man has been found guilty of murdering an ex—royal navy officer by running him over with his own car. ryan gibbons has been convicted of twice running over mike samwell, 35, as his wifejessica samwell watched in horror. gibbons had been trying to steal the car when mr samwell tried to stop him and was killed. dan johnson was at manchester crown court. mike samwell served his country aboard a navy submarine but he was killed at home, trying to protect his wife, his home, his car. a sudden nightmare sprung in the early hours, all for an audi that had been dumped in the streets of manchester. ryan gibbins admitted stealing the keys and taking the car but said he never saw mike samwell shout, never saw him. the detective on the investigation says this was alive.
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we knew from the start that gibbons knew exactly what he had done and equally we believe he showed no remorse whatsoever in actively evading the police. mike and his wife jess were here evading the police. mike and his wifejess were here at home when they were woken at three in the morning by the sound of someone breaking in. mike came downstairs to investigate and salt from the back of the house, someone kicking his car. jess told the court she followed her husband outside and saw her husband on the ground with the wheel of his audi on his chest. mrs samwell described how she saw the car reversed then drive over her husband again. she describes how she was left in tears holding her husband's hand as he lay dying. cctv pictures showed the car driving away and also cot was raymond davis, who drove gibbons to the house and later helped him escape. he has been convicted of manslaughter.m
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convicted of manslaughter. it has been just over convicted of manslaughter. it has beenjust over six months convicted of manslaughter. it has been just over six months since we lost our mike. in a statement read out by his family, mike was described as a hero, with boundless energy and enthusiasm, and they said they were relieved to hear these verdict. the two men responsible for his death had their own noisy reaction as they were taken away. they can expect long prison sentences. we will be back here tomorrow morning to find outjust how long. and this case has been a reminder of just how hard it is for families when someone has been killed. jess samwell‘s evidence was emotional in court, but it also showed how a pair of carefree criminals who acted without considering the consequences of their actions had managed to com pletely of their actions had managed to completely destroy the lives of an ordinary decent hard—working couple. dan at manchester crown court, thank you. police say they now believe one man
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and five of his children, aged between four and 11, died in the fire that ripped through a farmhouse in mid wales yesterday. tributes have been paid to david cuthbertson, who lived at the property with other members of his family. three children managed to escape unharmed. an investigation into the cause of the fire is under way, as our wales correspondent, sian lloyd, reports. flowers and messages, remembering five children who died. the youngest was four, the eldest 11 years old. the farmhouse where they lived with their father david cuthbertson was completely destroyed. police believe the 68—year—old also died in the fire in the early hours of yesterday morning. the damage is so severe police can't yet formally identify the victims. mary ann gilchrist is a family friend. she describes david cuthbertson as a devoted father, who also had grown up children living nearby. i mean, what i find so horrific is that one of the people who were responding was his son—in—law who works for, you know, our retained firemen.
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can you imagine? his children are all sweet, intelligent, and he should... i'm sure he was very proud of them. but i really don't think i can say any more, not at the moment. i'm sorry, it's too raw. that sadness is shared in the local village. in the post office, funds and clothes are being collected for the three children — aged 13, 12 and 10 — who managed to escape the fire. we just wanted to feel that we were doing something as a community, and we've had people putting piggy banks in there, their piggy bank money in this morning. in the local church, thoughts and prayers are with the family. a book of condolence has been opened, and its planned that a special service will be held later. more than £6,000 has been raised for
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the family so far. the three children who managed to escape are currently being treated in hospital. their condition is not described as life—threatening. they are being supported by specialist officers and family members. meanwhile, members of the fire investigation team continue their work up the lane behind me at that remote farmhouse. they are still trying to find out what caused this devastating fire. sian, thank you. our top story this evening. a crackdown on gambling, the government looks at reducing the risk to gambling addicts and to children. still to come... what parenting tips did prince william get from a four—year—old? coming up on sportsday on bbc news... jose mourinho looks to plot an early route to the knock—out stages of the champions league for manchester united by beating benfica tonight at old trafford. there have been warnings that brexit
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could lead to a crisis in the fruit and vegetable picking industry, but now concern is growing about how the dairy industry could be similarly affected if it can't hire eu workers. almost 60% of dairy farms employ people from the eu, many in permanent skilled roles, amid difficulty in recruiting british employees. but some farmers are seeing brexit and the potential for international trade deals as a new opportunity. as part of our series counting down to the day we leave the eu, claire marshall looks at how the dairy industry is preparing for it. imagine pure english pasture with contented cows, farms that have high welfare standards, producing high quality milk. this is all material for a powerful sales pitch, and it's helping to open up markets outside europe. at this plant in birmingham,
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something is happening that's never been done before — fresh british milk is packaged up to be sent 4,000 miles to qatar. and now milk from here in cheshire and the surrounding counties is soon to be transported even further afield, to china. the chinese have said they find it more simple to dealjust with the uk rather than the whole of europe. would this be happening without the brexit vote? i believe not. we were sat with some very high decorated officials from the chinese government and one of the comments that was made was that, look, it's very easy to do a deal with one country, very difficult to do a deal with 27 countries. the brexit deal is crucial to the industry, the vast majority of...
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let's have a look at some of the figures about the industry. the number of dairy farmers has shrunk dramatically. around 20 years ago, there were some 35,000 dairy farmers, now that's down to around 13. and as for the average price of a pint of milk, that has gone up, by not very much though, from around 36 pence to around 43 pence, and many dairy farmers say that's not enough for them to earn a decent living. one of the main concerns for dairy farmers now is labour. go on. it takes skill to operate the machinery and handle the animals, but few in the uk want to do the job, so now almost two—thirds of dairy farms employ foreign staff. david brookes relies on his family to help run his farm in staffordshire. what would it mean for the dairy industry if controls were placed on migrant workers? any farm that's been reliant on migrant labour force, and there a good many that have built up their business models with large labour requirements, i think they'd struggle, certainly. this is one of the cheshire farms now providing the milk
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to qatar and china. james and rhiannan had been considering giving up their family business, but not now. we feel hopeful and it gives us a chance to feel, right, we can start to continue to invest in this business and improve it. but specific talks over a future trade deal haven't even started. it's up to those around the negotiating table to decide the future of the uk's farming landscape. claire marshall, bbc news, cheshire. 3,000 civil servants vant jobs 3,000 civil servants vantjobs have been created with the job of leaving the eu. there would have to be changes to the customs arrangement at british ports even if there was a final deal on trade. david davis said he felt there would be
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agreement on other fundamental issues. the perils of social media. tonight is the final of the great british bake 0ff on channel 4, the result is supposed to be one of television's most closely guarded secrets. but this morning the newjudge, prue leith, accidentally named the winner in a tweet. she says she's "mortified" as our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, reports. and don't worry, he won't tell you. hello, thank you all for coming. the moment's here, i'd like to ask the three finalists to step forward. this was supposed to be the moment that the winner of the great british bake 0ff was finally revealed. millions were expected to tune in tonight to find out whether it would be kate, sophie or steven. the winner of the great british bake off 2017 is... no longer a secret after prue leith, one of the judges, mistakenly revealed the result on social media. in a hastily deleted tweet she said... — followed by the name
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of the winner, which we have of course removed. prue leith, who's currently in south asia, quickly apologised saying... all something of an embarrassment for the show‘s first final on channel 4 after it moved from bbc one. now last year's final was watched by around 16 million viewers. the figures for this year's series have been around half that. that is still a big, big hit forthe been around half that. that is still a big, big hit for the team here at channel 4. 0n a big, big hit for the team here at channel 4. on top of that, today's accidental revelation means that on social media anyway, the programme is still being talked about more than ever. that's for sure. lizo, thank you. the duchess of cambridge has carried out her first solo public
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engagement since announcing she was expecting her third child. she's had to cancel a number of engagements due to severe morning sickness in the early weeks of her pregnancy, but today she paid a visit to the lawn tennis association. 0ur royal correspondent, daniela relph, reports. she arrived dressed down, ready to play — the weeks of chronic pregnancy sickness seemed to be over for the duchess of cambridge. a keen tennis player herself, she took part in some children's lessons at the national tennis centre. she told coaches that she's keen for her own son, prince george, to play, but said for now he just wants to whack the ball. a patron of the lawn tennis association, this was a chance to see how tennis is trying to get more young people to pick up a racquet. it was actually really exciting because the first time meeting the royal family, i nearly screamed! and it was so fun as well. last night, it was the turn of duke of cambridge to be charmed
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by the children he met here at the pride of britain awards. suzie mccash was one of those honoured, she was just four years old when her mum collapsed at home. suzie called the emergency services and was keen to tell the duke all about it. it seems the stories of bravery beyond their years will be taken home to kensington palace. daniela relph, bbc news. time for a look at the weather, here's philip avery. you softie. dramatic skies rather
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than anything more spectacular. wap toured by one —— captured by one of our can weather watchers in yorkshire. the rain keeps on coming for the rest of the night. thanks to this weather front. away from that it will be a decent sort of night. not particularly cold. there is cloud around and the breeze is in the south—west. a word to the wise, if you are starting your day across the central belt of scotland tomorrow watch out there will be an awful lot of surface water around. it has rained for much of today. it doesn't quit the scene until late on on wednesday. around the inverness there will be sunny spells and showers. the rain flirting with northern ireland first up. as we come further south the odd mist and fog patch across parts of england and wales where the skies will have been clear for and wales where the skies will have been clearfor some of and wales where the skies will have been clear for some of the night in some locations. again, quite a bit of cloud to start the day. i'm
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hopeful that as the day gets going the rain will pull away from the central belt of scotland. it will ta ke central belt of scotland. it will take a long time and it will be a bother for northern ireland take a long time and it will be a botherfor northern ireland in places. further south the cloud will break and the temperatures will respond. it will be a very pleasant day, 13—15 degrees. sunny spells and showers to the north of that weather front. from wednesday on into thursday, so the journey of this weather front continues apace towards the southern parts of england and wales. weakening all the while, a band of cloud with the odd spot of rain. brighter skies and dryer conditions behind it. not warm, 9,10 or11 dryer conditions behind it. not warm, 9,10 or 11 degrees or so. friday, another set of weather fronts for the north—west of scotland, north—west of northern ireland. elsewhere cloud, the odd passing spot of rain. fiona. thank you. before we gom there's just time to tell you about a special report coming up at10.000pm. ed thomas investigates knife crime on our streets. every 1a minutes there's a knife crime across england and wales. did he knock that guy off his bike?
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yeah. who knows what it's been used for. my heart is beating, i'm actually terrified. if you decided not to carry a knife, then it's one less problem on the street. yeah, that's one less person carrying a knife. there are how much other people carrying a knife? that report coming up later. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news with me rebecca jones. the headlines. a woman tells the bbc how a senior labour party figure persuaded her to drop allegations of rape by a party member. a man is convicted of murder after running over an ex—navy
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officer with his own car in a robbery gone wrong. police confirm a man and five of his children died in the devastating house fire yesterday in mid wales. the government's plan to crack down on problem gambling could see maximum stakes reduced from a hundred pounds to just two on fixed odds machines. british police confirmed they are investigating 11 allegations of sexual assault against the american film producer harvey weinstein. in a moment it will be time for sportsday but first a look
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