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extensive abuse of vulnerable women is still going unrecognised across the uk, and needs to be urgently addressed. a serious case review following the sexual exploitation of women in newcastle warns that the scale of the problem still isn't acknowledged. it continues, it carries on, i would suggest, in most towns and cities in the uk. we'll have the latest on the warnings from newcastle. also this lunchtime... mistakes in prescribing or administering drugs in the nhs could cause 1700 deaths a year in england, according to a government report. the florida school shooting — an armed policeman on campus has resigned, after it emerged he didn't intervene on the day 17 people died. royal bank of scotland, largely owned by the taxpayer, records its first annual profit in a decade. and crunch time in the curling at the winter olympics — team gb's women are in action
in the semi—final against sweden also in sport on bbc news, another olympic athlete from russia failed a drugs test but they do have a first gold of the games in the figure skating. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. there's a warning that vulnerable young women are being abused across the uk — and that the extent of the crimes isn't yet recognised. a serious case review has been published following operation sanctuary, which saw 18 people convicted for exploiting girls in newcastle over a three—year period. while today's report says police and the council dealt with that situation well, it's calling on the government
to address the issue of adult vulnerability as a matter of urgency. our correspondent fiona trott is in newcastle. today the victims of that sexual exploitation in newcastle received an apology. the expert involved in the review thanked them for coming forward and said they were profoundly sorry for what the girls and women had suffered, and the fact that women were involved in that abuse has raised a new concern to date. the report authors say the extensive abuse of adults will be happening across the uk but it is going unnoticed. it is one of the keyissues key issues raised as part of operation sanctuary. a city coming to terms with sanctuary. the investigation may be over but the report says sexual exploitation still exists, and the police know it. it is white takeaway staff across this city are being trained on how to spot potential
victims. today, a warning to all towns and cities across the uk, the safeguarding of vulnerable adults needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. it was a specific feature of the newcastle experience that it was notjust children who were victims of sexual exploitation. what i would like the government to do is have a really good look at the learning that is now available about abuse of adults with vulnerabilities. on the streets, victims were groomed by men mostly from pakistani, indian and bangladeshi backgrounds. they were given so many drugs and alcohol they could not defend themselves against sexual abuse. their experiences are included in the report. sexual abuse. their experiences are included in the reportli sexual abuse. their experiences are included in the report. i started seeing younger girls there being raped. schoolgirls in uniform with their schoolbags coming from school. i went constantly for the morning after pill, to different places. va nessa, after pill, to different places. vanessa, not her real name, was a victim of sexual exploitation. to
protect her identity we have used an actor's boys. i will see girls begging on the street and a normal man wearing a suit approaches them for sex. i see that all the time. the report says sexual exploitation still exists, charities on the ground tell us 14—year—old girls are still being picked up by men in cars. are you doing enough? we stop it with the assistance of the public so it with the assistance of the public so the first question to the people who have seen that, did they reported to the police? did they ta ke reported to the police? did they take the registration, get details of the people? i would like to think they are reporting it to us. it be naive and wrong for me to would be naive and wrong for me to suggest that because of sanctuary, and at the point the report is published, that this is dropped and that we have solved the problem. we haven't. it continues, it carries on, i would suggest, in most if not all towns and cities in the uk. and thatis all towns and cities in the uk. and that is why today's report said all
towns and cities should automatically assume sexual exploitation is happening on their doorstep. only then can it be tackled properly. the report is also recommending today that research is carried out into perpetrators' backgrounds, their cultural backgrounds, because their cultural backgrounds, because the report author, david spicer, went to visit one of the perpetrators in prison and spoke about a lack of morals in british girls. a government spokesman has said it will now look carefully at the recommendations of today's report. fiona trott, thank you. mistakes when patients are prescribed or administered drugs could be the cause of 1700 deaths a year in england, and contribute to thousands more. a report commissioned by ministers says gps, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes could be making millions of errors a year. the health secretaryjeremy hunt says the system around medciation has to be modernised, but he's acknowledged that staffing pressures are also a factor. here's our health editor, hugh pym.
the report covers mistakes made in the prescribing, dispensing and administering of medication in england. these could involve gps, pharmacists, care homes and hospitals. the research is said to be one of the first exercises of its kind. it found that medication errors could cause around 1700 deaths a year, and perhaps contribute to up to 22,000 deaths. the cost to the nhs could be around £1.6 billion a year. it does note that the vast majority of prescriptions dispensed in the nhs are safe, and mistakes do occur in all health care systems. shirley was admitted to hospital last week with pneumonia. while she was there she was mistakenly given double the dose of her regular epilepsy medication. it was only spotted by her husband after her condition got worse. she was hallucinating, she didn't know where she was. i mean, she doesn't remember what happened now, even today she's still not clear on what happened, her memory‘s still coming back and she's still very modelled from it all.
—— muddled from it all. and i think it really upset my grandad as well to see, it was quite scary. the health and social care secretary, jeremy hunt, said it was a far bigger problem globally than had so far been recognised, causing appalling levels of harm and death. this is not about blaming doctors, nurses, pharmacists who work under a huge amount of pressure, but it's about putting checks and balances in place with e—prescribing systems and making sure the culture is right so that if someone does make a mistake they're not criminalised for it, but we can actually learn from that mistake and stop it being repeated. health unions said it was right to try to reduce mistakes, but said understaffing and pressure of work was the real problem. one of our real concerns is that when we've got a time, which we have at the moment, when there's not enough staff, that people are working not always in the area that they're most experienced, not with the same people every day, not always knowing the patients — that is fraught with danger
in terms of safety. the best thing is to have the right knowledge, the right skills, the right number of people knowing your patient and actually knowing what you're doing. the national pharmacy association said it welcomed the focus on reducing medication errors, but stressed that a culture of learning rather than blame was needed. hugh pym, bbc news. european union leaders are meeting in brussels, without theresa may, to discuss the eu's future after brexit. here, senior cabinet ministers say there was ‘outbreak of unity‘ at yesterday's crucial meeting to discuss the uk's next steps. the prime minister will give more details in a speech next week. our europe correspondent damian grammaticas is at the eu summit in brussels. yes, it has been a busy day already here so farfor yes, it has been a busy day already here so far for eu leaders. they have had one meeting already this morning with north african
countries, then they came across the road and are now in discussions about some of those issues the eu will face after the uk leads, but of course they are all waiting to hear the outcome of those deliberations at chequers last night. the president of the commission, jean—claude juncker, said to president of the commission, jean—claudejuncker, said to me he would not comment until he has seen the detail of what the uk has agreed. in brussels, a busy day of summits, a crush of presidents and prime ministers in town. an unusual sight, the eu's top leaders walking from one meeting . the next, but no uk one meeting to the next, but no uk leader. the day after theresa may and her cabinet thrashed out that approach to future ties, the eu leaders are still waiting to hear what the uk wants. but with this warning... it is not possible to be aligned to the european union when it suits and not when it doesn't, thatis it suits and not when it doesn't, that is not possible. so i think the united kingdom really needs to square that circle and it doesn't appear to me that circle has yet
been squared but hopefully when the prime minister speaks next - the prime minister speaks next week the united kingdom will be more clear! what it wants in terms of the about what it wants in terms of the new relationship, and will back that with real detail. at today's up with real detail. at today's meeting the eu's 27 leaders are starting to tackle some of the tricky issues the uk's exit from the union creates. the most contentious, the hole left in the eu budget. at least 10 billion new rosy year, roughly 10% of current spending. so the dilemma, will some countries pay more 01’ the dilemma, will some countries pay more or will some receive less? and what to do about the uk's seats in the european parliament? 73 uk meps will go, seats will be cut and some we distributed to other countries. but it is the money that will provoke the biggest arguments. some don't want to see their payments go up, denmark is one. is your country prepared to pay more after brexit? know, ifi should keep my answer short i should say no.
britain leaving the eu will not make any of us staying richer so i think we should stay to the idea of putting a limit or cap on our budget. others, like romania, don't wa nt budget. others, like romania, don't want to see what they receive go down. there was a hole in the budget, issue country prepared to accept less and see cuts to spending? you know, if you listen to politicians there is usually a hole in the budget but finally things are financed so if we want to finance more, we have to pay more, it is very simple. so this is just the start of the arguments brexit could trigger among eu countries. the difficulties among themselves don't for now mean any divisions in their approach to negotiating with the uk. and of course the eu countries are keen to hear the outcome of the cabinet deliberations because those will have a very important impact on the discussions, the negotiations, going forward. but if the indications from what we are hearing about what the cabinet may have
agreed right, that the uk wants a trade deal and are negotiating better access on top of that, well, the eu has already been very cold about that idea, so that could be something that is difficult to achieve. it leaves open the question of what would happen in ireland and to the border there, that is still unresolved as well, and unclear. very interesting, thank you, damien grammatical is in brussels. let's talk about that with our political correspondent, iain watson. what is this sense of what the cabinet is thinking and saying? and interesting juncture in all of this? ina and interesting juncture in all of this? in a sense we are a week or two early because this time next week the prime minister will be setting out her vision for our future relationship with the european union, her big speech, but asi european union, her big speech, but as i understand it what emerged from chequers yesterday from eight hours of discussions that the cabinet's subcommittee on brexit decided by and large have signed up to a
recognition. what does that mean? it means a swathe of areas, proposals for the government where we draw our own rules and regulations after brexit and because they will be at the same level or higher than the eu then the government believes trade could continue unimpeded. as we heard, though, from damien, the eu may take a different view when the negotiations get under way. another potential spanner that might be put in the prime minister's works because to have a new customs arrangement, for example, that would affect the irish border, she needs to get her legislation through parliament and some people in her own ranks, some tory rebels, are trying to change that legislation to commit the government to staying in a customs union with the eu, something theresa may does not want to do.
meanwhile, labour seem to be changing their position, more sympathetic to staying in a customs union long—term. they could side with those tory rebels in the weeks ahead and potentially inflict defeat on the government. thank you, for now, iain watson, at westminster. an armed policeman in florida has resigned from his job after a video showed him standing outside the school where 17 people were shot dead by a former pupil last week. scott peterson arrived 90 seconds after the attack began — but didn't go inside immediately to confront the gunman. charlotte gallagher reports. there was chaos as pupils ran to escape a gunman indiscriminately shooting teachers and students with an assault rifle. the school's football coach, who was shot dead, has been hailed a hero for throwing himself in front of a child to protect them. now it's emerged that an armed police officer was at the high school but stood outside as the shooting took place. deputy scot peterson has resigned after being suspended. the area's sheriff said peterson should have acted. scot peterson was absolutely on—campus through this entire event. he was armed, he was in uniform. but what i saw was a deputy arrive
at the west side of building 12, take up a position, and he never went in. as the funerals take place of the 17 victims of the shootings, a fierce debate is raging about how to stop another school massacre. president trump has suggested arming teachers. i think a concealed permit for having teachers, and letting people know that there are people in the building with a gun, you won't have, in my opinion, you won't have these shootings, because these people are cowards. his suggestion has been condemned by many teachers, who say the only way to stop shootings in schools is to have fewer guns, not more. charlotte gallacher, bbc news. a fourth british tourist has died as a result of the helicopter crash
in the grand canyon nearly a fortnight ago. jonathan udall, who was in his 30s and from brighton, was on honeymoon. his wife, ellie milward remains in a critical condition in hospital, along with another british woman and the helicopter pilot. royal bank of scotland, which is majority—owned by taxpayers, has recorded an annual profit for the first time in a decade. the bank made £752 million in 2017, compared with a loss of almost 7 billion the year before. the bank's chief executive says it's a really symbolic moment. our economics editor kamal ahmed is with me. sounds positive, what do we read into this? it is symbolic and good that a bank we have a stake in has made a profit for the first time in ten years, this was a big global whiskey bank. but it has trained up its act to an
extent and sold a lot of foreign businesses, now mostly focused on the uk and republic of ireland, now still there are big risks. facing fines in america for involvement in the mortgage crisis, money to pay to compensate small businesses here, and the big question is, when will the taxpayer get our money back, for all of that money that we put into the bank when it nearly went bust in 2008. a little bit earlier today i spoke with the chief executive ross mckinnon and put that question straight to him. yes they have put in 45 billion but we are going to put in as much so that we can get as much back for the taxpayer as we possibly can. this bank is a really good bang for the uk, and how much money the government gets back will depend upon the market at the time. government gets back will depend upon the market at the timem could be years and years? it could be, and when you are selling 70% of a business, it will take a number of
years to come through. -- ross gzgé 4! "m2 mun-ab the itself has mcewan. the government itself has said they want to start that process in the fiscal year 2018/19, it will ta ke in the fiscal year 2018/19, it will take three to five years for them to get down to a much smaller percentage. so, better news today, still lots of risks, and a long time until we get our money back. our top story this lunchtime. a report warns extensive abuse of vulnerable women is still going unrecognised across the uk — and needs to be urgently addressed. still to come: a new warning about tooth erosion, experts say it is not just what we eat but how and when we eat. in sport, the draw has been made for the last 16 of the europa league, the last 16 of the europa league, the arsenal have a difficult tie, taking on italian giants ac milan. the un security council
will consider calls later today for a nationwide ceasefire in syria to allow for badly needed humanitarian aid deliveries. there were more air strikes this morning targeting the rebel held area of eastern ghouta, near damascus, which has been under heavy bombardment since sunday. more than 400 people are reported to have been killed. martin patience reports. there are some disturbing images in this report, from neighbouring lebanon. another frantic search for survivors. an air strike hasjust hit. shouting a child is brought out of the burning building. buta a child is brought out of the burning building. but a woman is trapped inside. they are struggling
to find her. come down, come down, they are shouting... they find her. in another home, another rescue. but for the dead, there is no peace here. explosions even those burying a victim are running for cover. more than a million syrians have fled over the mountains, into neighbouring lebanon. we spoke to one couple from eastern ghouta. he and his wife did not want their faces shown, fearing reprisals from the syrian government. translation: i last spoke to my cousin three days ago, it was
terrible, he told me that they were waiting to die. he asked me to for give him, if i never heard from him again. his little boy was killed, he was just three and a half. i have not heard from my cousin since. he plays me the last message he got from his cousin. they are destroying ghouta, he says. please pray for us. the valde ofthe'company'thet'rd‘ns has fallen by a billion pounds after the reality tv star kylie jenner tweeted that she doesn't use it anymore. the app had a controversial redesign last year. our technology correspondent rory cellan-jones is here. remarkable what one comment can
a p pa re ntly remarkable what one comment can apparently do! the power of celebrity, on all sorts of social media services. kylie jenner, celebrity, on all sorts of social media services. kyliejenner, very well—known reality star, as a huge following on snapchat and has 2a million twitter followers, 20 following on snapchat and has 2a million twitterfollowers, 20 people saw her tweet. but have a look at it: what a bombshell, because she was one of its biggest supporters, it has had this redesign. the shares fell about 6% after them. you can never actually link an event to a share price movement in that way, it did seem significant, but let's face it, snapchat shares are extremely volatile, this is the company that could grow to be huge, as big as facebook, by some reckoning, but could evaporate within months, according to others. shares rose earlier this month by 50% in one day because it had some good figures out. now it is under pressure
because people are worrying about the redesign which has not been popular with a lot of users. there has been a petition about it, a million users have signed it. we can expect shares to go up and down as people change their mind every 15 minutes about whether or not it is the future(!) sipping hot fruit teas and snacking in between meals can increase your chances of tooth erosion. that's according to scientists at king's college london, who say it's notjust what we eat but how and when we eat that affects our dental health. catherine burns reports. just going to have a probe around the gums. back in the dentist chair, even though she thought she looked after her teeth well, she has tooth erosion, rachel had a bad habit she did not even know about. the way i drink normally, especially if it is flavoured, i drink it and hold it in my mouth longer than the average
person i suppose, perhaps the taste, something like that. again, that more exposure to my teeth, in my mouth longer thanjust more exposure to my teeth, in my mouth longer than just swallowing it down. as vices ago it does not sound so terrible but researchers say that it is bad news for your teeth. we found that one in six people had habits like sipping things really slowly or sipping them around their mouth, rinsing it around your mouth. if you do this on a daily basis for years and years you can cause serious damage to your teeth and that serious damage can mean that your whole mouth needs to be rebuilt! treatment takes an average of more than 20 months, at a cost of £4500 on the nhs and almost £14,000 privately. it is preventable, mostly by cutting back on acidic food and drink, some things, like fruit, are generally seen as the healthy option but from a dental point of view they can erode teeth. this report mentioned adding lemon or lime to
your water, sugar free soft drinks, ranking fruit teas and snacking on fruit... take these grapes, for example, if you eat ten or 20 of them in one sitting, that would be one acid attack on your teeth, if you eat the same amount over a longer period of time, it would be a sustained attack. should people scrap their five a day to protect their teeth, is a resurgence say thatis their teeth, is a resurgence say that is the last thing they want. the advice is to be aware of overall eating patterns and to consider snacks that are less acidic and high in calcium. a fresh doping case has overshadowed the first gold medal for the olympic athletes from russia at the winter olympic games in south korea. elsewhere at the games team gb's women's curlers are in semi—final action against sweden, victory will guarantee them at least a silver medal. but it seems that they are struggling... ! david ornstein is in pyeongchang. it does seem tense in the semifinal,
britain up against to the wire, meanwhile, the day will be remembered for the achievements ofa be remembered for the achievements of a teenage female figure skater. is 15 years of age, the new star of figure skating, dancing for a place in sporting legend, the young pretender, as they have called her, alina zagitova, unbeaten in her debut season, she now faces the biggest test of all, leaving competitors in a spin to stand on the verge of greatness. only one skater could deny her, her compatriot, training partner and archrival, evgenia medvedeva, the two—time reigning world champion looked set for glory, but the judges decided otherwise. commentator: heartbreakfor decided otherwise. commentator: heartbreak for evgenia medvedeva who thought she had done enough. alina zag itova thought she had done enough. alina zagitova could rejoice, second youngest figure skating champion in olympic history. cheering
rigged the first gold medal of these games for an athlete from russia, competing here as neutrals after the country was found guilty of state—sponsored doping, there are national anthem and flag replaced by olympic equivalents. for britain, the besieged of a record fifth medal resumed in the curling arena, traditionally a happy hunting ground. even your head, her team and their supporters looking to at least emulate the bronze medal won in the saatchi games four years ago but a semifinal against sweden beat them in the groups would not be straightforward and the scandinavians made the better start. commentator: that is out. curling often commentator: that is out. curling ofte n co m es commentator: that is out. curling often comes down to the smallest of margins, soon, a moment of muirhead brilliance, britain were level, three apiece at the half level. well done, even muirhead! however, sweden regained momentum and raced into a
convincing lead, 8—3 up with three ends to go. british hopes resting on thin ice. in the last couple of minutes, britain's women have gone out, they can still win a bronze medal and that would make this most successful ever winter olympics for the nation. the ioc international olympic committee have confirmed they have received notification of a positive drugs test for a russian bobsleigh athlete, and if proven, that will be the second russian to have tested positive at these games, it has put a cloud over the possible reintegration, the lifting of the ban, ahead of the closing ceremony on sunday. residents of care homes regularly enjoy special events — everything from art lessons to magicians. but a home in dorset has tried something rather different — when pole dancers
staged a display. some people have criticised the decision: but the ca re criticised the decision: but the care home criticised the decision: but the ca re home owners criticised the decision: but the care home owners say the dancers could be back. here's duncan kennedy. it isa it is a long way from sidoti, but residents at this care home asked for more modern entertainment and this is what they got, and by all accounts, they thoroughly enjoyed it! -- accounts, they thoroughly enjoyed it! —— sudoku. but the pole dancer has sent some local councillors into a spin, with one councillor saying it is completely inappropriate. eyebrows raised, what did you make of that? it wasn't unexpected! eleanor is the co—founder of the company that provided the pole dancers. a supple, seasons dancer herself, she says, come on, it is 2018. yes, it is used to titillate, all of this, that is ok, that is fine, that it is more than just that, it has gone beyond that now, it is taking on its own life form,
just because it has a foundation does not mean it has to stop there. that open attitude is shared by the ca re that open attitude is shared by the care home itself, hearing christ church, ina care home itself, hearing christ church, in a statement they have said that all the pole dancers were wearing gym kit and the residents, some of whom have dementia, were given the option of attending the session. it said both residents and relatives are happy with what happened. the home also says pole dancing could become an olympic sport. but do others think it is right for elderly residents?” sport. but do others think it is right for elderly residents? i think it is quite a good idea, why not, i have worked in old people's homes, andi have worked in old people's homes, and i think they should do what they want, really! why not, enjoy themselves while they can! you might think, why didn't they opt for a different type of dance, but there isa different type of dance, but there is a stigma over paul downton, is it good or bad.