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the finsbury park terror attack — a man's found guilty of murder and attempted murder after ploughing a van into a group of muslims. 48—year—old darren osborne deliberately killed one man and injured several others near a north london mosque in an act of terrorism. radicalised online within weeks, he wanted to kill as many muslims as possible, and waved as he was arrested. the online material played a significant role in relation to his mindset and how he was radicalised. darren osborne will be sentenced tomorrow. also on the programme tonight: taking tea in china — the prime minister holds talks with the chinese president as brexit troubles continue to brew at home. a warning from england's chief inspector of schools — some parents and religious leaders are trying to "actively pervert" education. calls for more home visits to help the elderly and vulnerable trapped in an endless cycle of avoidable hospital readmissions. and making history — nigeria's bobsleigh team become the country's first athletes to qualify for the winter olympics. and coming up on
sportsday on bbc news: the international olympic committee say the court of arbitration for sport's decision to overturn the olympic life bans of 28 russian athletes "may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping". good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. a man has been found guilty of murder and attempted murder after deliberately driving a van into a crowd of muslim worshippers near a north london mosque lastjune in an act of terrorism. he killed makram ali, who was 51, and injured nine others. darren osborne from cardiff was described as a loner who'd become obsessed with muslims after watching a tv drama and looking at far—right groups online. the 48—year—old told the court he was not mad but angry. daniel sandford reports.
it was an act of terror. a large van, its engine revving, smashing into a group of muslims on a summer night during ramadan. those he injured, terrified the driver was going to attack again. there's a few people who were really badly hurt and couldn't move. i thought he was going to kill us. what did you think he was going to kill you with? maybe guns, maybe a knife. this, a 999 call made at the time. the driver was brought to the ground by the angry crowd. the local imam urging them not to hurt him. when police arrested darren osborne, he waved as he was taken away. part and parcel of living in a big city. later at the police station,
he ranted about previous terror attacks on muslims, saying, "have some of that, have some of your own. at least i had a proper go." at almost exactly that time, 51—year—old makram ali was declared dead at the scene. he had been crushed by the van. darren osborne's route to murderous hate seems to have begun with a bbc drama last may about a pakistani grooming gang in rochdale. i buy you things and you give me things. his rage was further fuelled by last year's attacks in london and manchester. in the fortnight before his attack, he started following this man, tommy robinson, and other anti—islam activists on social media. osborne received a group e—mail in robinson's name saying "there's a nation within a nation forming beneath the surface of the uk. its a nation built on hatred, on violence and on islam." detectives believe material like this had had a powerful effect on osborne.
the people around him described it as having a major impact on him, brainwashing him, and as a result we believe that was, if you like, part of the main driver for why he carried out this attack. but tommy robinson accepts no responsibility. you don't think that there's a chance that somehow the way you were talking about that was inflaming hatred and driving people like darren osborne to violence? no, no. zero chance. on saturday, june 17th, darren osborne decided to act and went to hire a large box van. and that evening he was recorded in a pub in cardiff, writing a hate—filled note later found by police in the van. it caught my attention when he shouted... callum spence was in the pub that night and remembers what osborne said to him. terrorists are all bad, you know, i want to kill terrorists and muslims. i'm going to take things into my own hands. the next day, osborne drove to london.
his original target, this pro—palestinian march, where he says he hoped to kill as many muslims as possible and jeremy corbyn. but road closures meant he couldn't get near so he ended up in finsbury park looking for a mosque. just after midnight he came down the seven sisters rd, swerving across the bus lane at speed and impacting the group of worshippers just here. his foot hard down on the accelerator. he ran three people down, knocking several more to the side, and then smashed into the bollards at the end of the street. his radicalisation complete, he has achieved his aim, to kill. mohammed mahmoud, the imam who saved osborne that night, says his congregation were left fearful. it left people wondering, would there be more, what next? if a car can be turned into a weapon and cause multiple casualties in one go, in an instant, then could this be expected again in the future?
the jury rejected darren osborne's bizarre excuse that a mysterious man called dave was driving at the time of the attacks and vanished, and he nowjoins the growing list of white, far—right terrorists in britain's prisons. darren osborne never really looked worried throughout this trial. at one point, he was asked if he understood how serious the situation was, and he said he did but he wasn't really concerned, and he let the court notes that he was quite determined to kill as many muslims as possible. thejudge said she determined to kill as many muslims as possible. the judge said she will pass sentence tomorrow. because he's been found guilty of murder, a life sentence is inevitable. the only question remaining, what the minimum term will be and whether he will ever be released. the prime minister has held talks with china's president, xijinping, in beijing. on the second day of her trade
mission, theresa may said she hoped her visit would strengthen the "global strategic partnership" between the uk and china. downing street says the issues of north korea, protecting the environment and human rights were also discussed. from beijing, here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. watch what i do, not what others say. theresa may wants you to judge her actions, not her critics words. taking tea with her husband and one of the most powerful men in the world. lapsang souchong, no less. maybe that's what they drink in numberten. herjourney of thousands of miles has been for more than a cup of tea, but a shake on billions‘ worth of business deals. despite frank talk on hong kong and north korea too. i've been pleased to bring a very large business delegation here. we've had a very successful visit. the convoy held up the traffic, a big charm offensive to help business sign on the dotted line.
a brexit—friendly diplomatic visit, complete with bags. there's a real success story here. we've signed agreements on financial services, bp have signed a £750 million deal. one of the biggest chinese e—commerce sellers has signed a deal to sell £2 billion worth of uk goods over the next two years. all of this adds up. we've got to get away in britain from our obsession with europe in terms of its relation to the global economy. is that enough to make our economy roar after we leave the eu? there's menace at home from those who believe are too timid, too slow to decide. what do you say to colleagues who are frustrated either because they think theresa may is backsliding on brexit or they think because she's somehow a hostage to people on the other side? well, i heard some of these arguments back in december. "we'll never get a deal on how we move forward". we did get a deal and now i hear people saying, well,
we will not get an agreement on our trading relationship. yes, we will get an agreement on that and we've got to see that against the government's wider programme of britain's relationship with the rest of the world. people have doubts about her ability to though, don't they? what do you say to those people? when i've been talking to chinese leaders here, they're looking at performance. they're looking to see what the uk is doing, and they look at the prime minister in a different way than some of, let's say, the internal tea room discussions in the uk do. some of your colleagues are too obsessed with themselves, do you think? too obsessed with westminster? i think in britain there is always a tendency to focus on britain. inside europe there's a tendency to focus on europe. both should be focusing on the big world that's outside. but while mr and mrs may were roaming beijing's forbidden city someone who was a crucial part of the tory empire was urging those mps to make her listen. the conservative party must offer to the country a big plan for the future. big ideas, big vision.
whether it's transforming schools in the north of england or a plan to engage with the rest of the world, like china, or a form of brexit which is not as economically damaging as some of the forms being proposed, i would suggest that's what's required. it suits the prime minister's allies to present the ructions at home as parochial difficulties or a few petty disputes, but the divisions matter because before too long she has to make big decisions that will shape all our futures and britain's place in the world. with plenty of others competing to drive, the back seat is getting pretty crowded. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, beijing. the prime minister has signalled that she will fight a demand by the european union that eu citizens who move to the uk during the transition period after brexit in march 2019 will still be given full residency rights. theresa may argues that there has to be a difference between those arriving after the uk leaves and those who came before. here's our home editor, mark easton.
eu migrants arriving in the uk today enjoy all the rights of free movement, but what will happen after brexit in march next year? the prime minister says that moment should mark a real change, and new eu migrants should no longer be guaranteed their right to live in britain. we'll have left the european union and the eu can't expect the same provisions to prevail after we've gone. the uk proposal applies to the hundreds of thousands of eu migrants expected to arrive during the so—called transition phase that follows brexit in march 2019. during that period, they will have to register with the home office but they won't necessarily know what rights they'll have at the end of transition, sometime in 2021. today in brussels, eu citizens living in the uk were telling the european parliament they didn't want to be bargaining chips in the negotiations, and were alarmed that future migrants were having their rights
traded away in brexit talks. if i was still living in the netherlands, where i am from, and i wanted to move to the uk, i'd wait until everything is clear because, at the moment, there is still nothing agreed. time is ticking and we are in the front line, as eu nationals of this brexit saga. after transition, eu migrants will have to apply to stay in the uk, but the details of how that will work are not finalised. there is uncertainty about what that means for those who no longer qualify. will they be deported ? there's also uncertainty around what the rights will be for those that are successful. will they go to bed on the last day of transition with a certain set of rights and wake up in the morning with something very different? for employers, like the nhs, the prospect of eu migration falling further has led to concerns about their ability to recruit skilled nurses. i think, if you are a nurse in an eu country, in france or germany,
you're not going to want to come to this country and put down roots, because it's uncertain. and therefore we won't have the workforce with our current vacancy rate of 40,000 to look after the needs of our people. let's decide to have more people from the european union to come and work in the national health service, by all means. but let us decide that for ourselves, don't let's be dictated to by the european union after we've left. the politics of brexit means the prime minister is looking for ways to demonstrate her determination to take control of our borders at the point we leave the eu. the practicalities make it harder to avoid unintended consequences. mark easton, bbc news. england's chief inspector of schools, amanda spielman, has warned that some parents and religious leaders are trying to "actively pervert" education. she says inspectors are worried about some people using faith to try to narrow children's horizons and they mustn't be allowed to dictate school policy on dress or behaviour.
sima kotecha reports from birmingham. you just wrap it around like a long, long scarf. these teenage muslim girls have been wearing a headscarf for a few years now. their reasons are varied. this is one way i feel modest because i'm not showing off my hair or worrying about my makeup or whatever. people who see me, they instantly recognise me as a muslim and also if i see other people then i know that they're muslim if they're wearing a hijab. but in recent weeks there's been a row over whether schools should be allowed to ban the hijab. in london the head teacher of st stephen's primary school was heavily criticised for banning girls under the age of eight from wearing it. she then reversed her decision because of the uproar. now ofsted has intervened. today, its chief inspector called on head teachers not to give into pressure from religious conservatives.
there is a difficult line between respecting religious requirements, and for some wearing hijab post—puberty is seen as a religious requirement. there's a difference between that and cultural preferences and wearing lipstick and high heels might be one of those. the koran, the holy book of islam, says women should guard their modesty. the text is open to interpretation. some muslim women choose to wear it, others don't, but there are strong feelings around whether young girls should be allowed to cover up in schools. here in birmingham it's not uncommon to see girls who are four and five wearing the hijab with their uniform. critics say that, if its purpose is to guard modesty, it should only be worn after puberty. if not, ofsted says that it could be interpreted as the sexualisation of young girls. all of our lives and all of our cultures... at one school here the head teacher is calling for more debate.
it's not an equal practice. girls wear a headscarf or are expected to or they can when they hit puberty, but boys are not. so it's not an equal practice and you can't say that it is. so you have to be able to expect to have a really clear and open debate about these kind of things. some here argue that banning the hijab could itself undermine the right to religious freedom. one mother says sometimes daughters wa nt to one mother says sometimes daughters want to imitate their elders. children can be quite stubborn and fixed in their ways. what can you do? rather than have tantrums, you have to give in sometimes. if they wa nt to have to give in sometimes. if they want to do it, you know, and the school doesn't have any objections, i don't have a problem with them wearing it. in cosmopolitan britain, where different faiths come into contact with western views, rules in schools can provoke controversy, anger and resentment. sima kotecha, bbc news. our top story this evening:
the finsbury park terror attack — a man's found guilty of murder and attempted murder after ploughing a van into a group of muslims. and still to come: we're the nigerian women's bobsleigh team. we'll meet the so—called ice blazers — nigeria — and africa's first bobsleigh team to compete in the winter olympics. coming up on sportsday on bbc news: super league action returns this evening, with two matches kicking off the new season, including champions leeds‘ trip to warrington wolves. why do so many older and vulnerable people find themselves going in and out of hospital several times a year, sometimes returning within just days of being discharged ? a new report by the british red cross says one reason is that many of them don't feel safe in their own homes when they return. it's thought that over the past five years, hospital readmissions in england
have risen by nearly 23% to more than 457,000. and the number readmitted within 48 hours now accounts for one in five of all emergency admissions. our social affair correspondent, alison holt, reports. i'm a lot more pain today than it was yesterday. cheryl mcnulty has chronic lung disease. in the last few months she's been taken to her local ipswich hospital as an emergency five times. she's then returned to a home where she clearly isn't coping. i get so frustrated because i can see what needs doing and i can't do it. you, like, have panic attacks because you think that you're going to stop breathing, you see. over the months, dust and dirt have built up, aggravating her condition. she also spent three years sleeping upright on her sofa because she couldn't get up the stairs. i was stopping halfway,
with my inhaler. ijust couldn't do it any more. hi, cheryl. hello, love. how are you. today's report by the red cross calls for automatic home checks for patients who regularly end up in hospital. their visit to cheryl picked up the difficulties she was having, and as a result work is about to start to make this a healthier home for her. she will have a dust—free environment. she will be able to keep on top of it all. we could help her get somebody in to do the cleaning and stuff like that. then it will brighten up her life and make her feel valued. with accident and emergency departments such as this one here at ipswich hospital under huge pressure, it's become increasingly important to tackle the underlying issues that mean some people are admitted as emergencies time and again. this was where cheryl was turning up regularly. now a special team works
with frail older people are soon as they arrive. i started looking into the history of why they are here, what's at home and what we might need in making sure they can go home if they are not acutely unwell, and what measures we need to put in place so they stay home safely. it's five months that we've had the community division within the trust... in the busiest winter the hospital has seen, the medical director says they have managed to reduce the number of people being readmitted to hospital. if anybody becomes unwell in the community, we can react and respond in that community setting, using the emergency department when it's needed but only when it's needed. and as such, it's a much more efficient setting. over ten days, cheryl's home is redecorated, de—cluttered, and she has a bed downstairs. my breathing was so bad, when i go, and i'm hoping it's now going to be a lot better. councils who provide people who are eligible with care say
support like this is vital, but the increasing squeeze on their budgets is making it harder to meet the demand for help. alison holt, bbc news, ipswich. the former chancellor, george osborne, is calling on the government to spend more money on education in the north of england to boost british growth. mr osborne, who launched the northern powerhouse project while he was in government, says it's vital for the economy. his comments come as a new report says that northern pupils are on average one gcse grade behind their southern counterparts. nina warhurst reports. can you find whereabouts we live in england? see if you can point to it. six years old and a future mapped out. children in darlington do well at primary level, but come gcses and getting jobs, their life chances slide dramatically. if building a powerhouse means making the north a global, economic force, something isn't quite adding up. today, this former chancellor was hitting out at the current one,
asking him for new money and saying every northern business should be stepping into schools. what we're trying to do here is tackle a problem that has bedevilled this country for 100 years. which is, the south has done better than the north. now i would say there's nothing inevitable about that. let's talk about today's report because you're asking for £300 million of new money for early years. people will say that's pretty rich coming from the man who decided to close down hundreds of sure start centres. when i was chancellor, we turned this country around to a place where lots of people in the north got jobs who previously were unemployed and we generated the money that is required to pay for your investment in your schools. can you see why people will say, "isn't it ironic coming from the man who slashed public services"? you can see we turned around the economy, improvement in schools happened across the north of the england and the rest of the country.
but is thatjob done? of course not. that's because almost 21% of schools in the north—east are under—performing. that's three times the proportion of london. children from poorer backgrounds in the north on average score a grade lower in every gcse than children who are better off. how are you finding the communications time on a wednesday? businesses were today asked to follow the lead of barclays who have more than 500 northern apprentices. why? to retain talent in places like teesside. i think it was an opportunity that i was quite surprised to find that i didn't have to move away for because i think my kind of preconception was — you would probably have to move to have a really good career. the government says it has stepped up by increasing investment, but they're also pleading for patience. this has to be a long—term project. it's about creating a strategic plan for the north of england, which over a long period will close all of those health, wealth and productivity gaps. we're going to do more division. george osborne says the equation is simple — more government cash, plus more business investment, equals £100 billion of new money
by 2050 and for families in the north it matters that the maths adds up. nina warhurst, bbc news, darlington. nigeria has never competed in the winter olympics. but next week the country will make history by entering a female bobsleigh team for the games in south korea. they are the first nigerian athletes to qualify for the winter olympics and they've had to raise their own money to get there. alex ca pstick reports. we are the nigerian women's bobsleigh team. we are the first team from the country of nigeria... the first team from the continent of africa... and the first team to be represented in the winter olympics in the sport of bobsleigh... ..in pyeongchang. they're known as the ice blazers, going where no african has gone before. heading to a bobsleigh track at the olympics. the opening ceremony,
that would be really cool. we were just like, gosh, we are carrying the nigerian flag in a winter olympics. gosh! born in america, like her team—mates, seun adigun qualifies for nigeria through her parents, and it all began in her garage in houston with a home—made wooden sled. cool running! the exploits of the jamaican men's team at the calgary olympics in 1988 inspired a hollywood movie. comparisons are inevitable. it's really honourable, to say the least, that 30 years later people are still singing their praises, and to say that we are along that same path of what people consider to be legendary. it's really humbling and it's an honour to receive. just over a year ago, seun recruited two team—mates who take it in turns to sit behind the driver. they knew nothing about the sport and its risks. after going to whistler,
that's the fastest track in the world, it was like, ok, this sport is actually pretty dangerous. you know, like people can get seriously hurt. behind all the excitement, the fun, the global exposure, is a group of women who have no desire to be considered a novelty act. rank outsiders, yes, but they also want to be taken seriously in their bid to set a new benchmark for africa at the winter olympics. people didn't think we had a chance to make it into the olympics so i think when you talk about things like that, anything can happen and we are here to compete. the team know they are unlikely to become the first africans to stand on the podium at a winter games but they also know the olympics is about more than just medals. alex ca pstick, bbc news, lake placid. time for a look at the weather... here's chris fawkes. and that the moon last night. yes, this was an amazing picture scent of a super blue moon in a shade of
burnt orange. this taken from the richmond park area, you can see the london skyline hiding beneath the supermoon. today our weather has been a mixture of sunny spells and showers and it's been a cold day. a clump of rain has been working in from lincolnshire, further into east anglia, close to the london area and will be clipping into kent before long as well. showers will continue broadly speaking in the same kind of areas where we have seen them by day. there the risk of icy stretches developing on on treated roads where we see in the frost developing but in towns and cities temperatures typically overnight between one and four degrees. showers for eastern scotla nd four degrees. showers for eastern scotland and england, but they will ease off as the day goes by. some showers clipping western wales and running into cornwall, but for most it isa running into cornwall, but for most it is a dry day with sunshine. with the winds light it won't be quite as
chilly. looking ahead to the weekend prospects, we have rain and snow coming our way for saturday. it will often be cloudy with a bitter wind developing across south—east england. saturday's forecast, outbreaks of rain moving in. snow across the high ground of scotland and wales and the peak district. what starts off as cold rain could switch to sleep, maybe some flakes of snow coming down as well but it is going to be one of those cold and dank days with temperatures struggling. into sunday, the weather becomes drier with cloud for england and wales, bitter winds in the south—east and the best of the sunshine across scotland and northern ireland. 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. this is bbc news, i'm rachel schofield — our latest headlines . darren osborne has been convicted of the murder, and attempted murder by driving a van into a crowd of muslim worshippers outside the finsbury park mosque in north
london last year. one person was killed and 11 others were injured. in carrying out the attack, osborne told woolwich crown court he "wasn't mad, just angry". a police recording of him — admitting he drove the van — was played in court. theresa may hails a new golden era in the relationship between britain and china after trade talks with president xijinping. the head of ofsted has warned schools in england are being used to ‘indoctrinate‘ pupils under the guise of religious education and wants teachers to call out practices they think will negatively impact younger people. older and vulnerable people are being trapped in a cycle of avoidable hospital re—admissions , sometimes going in and out several times in a single year, according to a new report