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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 103m: the australia cricket captain steve smith and vice captain david warner are to stand down after the ball tampering scandal. an extra 3000 midwives are to be trained in england to ease staff shortages and improve care. borisjohnson describes claims that vote leave broke electoral spending rules during the eu referendum as utterly ludicrous. in the next hour: france remembers the police officer and three other people killed in the terror attack on friday. a memorial service is under way in the tiny southern french town of trebes led by the bishop of carcassonne. and in half an hour: sex, lies and murder on the high seas. we take a look at new evidence shedding light on the porthole mystery. good morning and
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welcome to bbc news. in the last few minutes the australian cricket captain, steve smith, and his vice—captain, david warner, have both stood down for the rest of the current test against south africa as the ball tampering scandal deepens. smith and the australian batsman cameron bancroft both admitted trying to change the condition of the ball during the game in cape town yesterday. smith told a news conference that the team's leadership group had spoken about the tampering plan. holly hamilton is at the bbc sport centre. sensational developments this morning. just bring us right up to date with what is happening in the australia camp was yellow good
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morning. this really is a shocking story, isn't it? the whole world of bee? story, isn't it? the whole world of 522" this story, isn't it? the whole world of many ee", this story, isn't it? the whole world of many genie this story, isn't it? the whole world of many sang in - this story, isn't it? the whole world of many genie in this te; 7 %fi, 3 %fi, fi sometimes by edging eut the sides of and sometimes by edging out the sides of and in this instance by ruffling it, and in this instance by ruffling besides, it was picked up by television cameras yesterday. —— roughing up the sides. bancroft was seen using sticky tape to rub dirt into the ball and then trying to hide the take down his trousers when the umpire thought there might be something wrong. he told the umpires that the item was his sunglasses in an attempt to cover it up. it was in fa ct an attempt to cover it up. it was in fact the yellow tape. the cricketing world and cricket fans have reacted to this with absolute horror in the
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last few hours. especially when ba ncroft last few hours. especially when bancroft appeared alongside the captain, steve smith, who admitted that the team's leadership group had discussed ball tampering in this manner beforehand. this morning we had the australian government speaking out on this calling for steve smith to be suspended along with anyone else who might have been involved. and in the last hour, both he and the vice captain david warner have stepped down from their positions for the rest of the third test. they will continue to play and tim paine will be captain for the rest of the match. cricket australia released a statement from chief james sutherland. he said all australians want answers and they will keep us updated with the findings as a matter of priority. this issue will rumble on and we can expect further reaction throughout the day. it is unlikely that this will be the end for steve smith. there in mind that this is somebody at the start of the year, during the
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ashes, was one of the main aim is that we had in the australian team, something he would have been remembered for. —— one of the main men in the australian team. it would bea men in the australian team. it would be a shame if this is his legacy. i've been speaking to lawrence booth, editor of wisden cricketers' almanack, who told me what the australians were attempting to do by tampering with the ball. they were essentially trying to rough up one side of the ball so that it has different properties from the smoother side, which affects the way the ball swings through the air essentially. it is an attempt by unfair means to gain an advantage over the batsman. the skill of cricket is mostly batting and bowling. you're not supposed to bring outside agencies into it. most agencies will tell you ball tampering has been going on since time immemorial and the worst
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crime is getting caught. this has gone further because the australian team has upset many over many years with their sledging and attempts to claim the moral high ground. many people will say this is the true face of australian cricket. in modern test cricket there are so many cameras everywhere so it is pretty foolish to try anything like that because you will get spotted sooner or later. that is right. it is a ham—fisted attempt to tamper with the ball and cameron bancroft himself said that he thought it would be risky with the cameras around. you don't say! you have some sympathy for him because he is 25, the youngest guy in the team, and he is the one taking the rap for this. 0n the other hand, what was he thinking? he must have known he would get caught. from the beginning of the story to whatever the end is, the whole thing beggars belief. lawrence booth, editor of wisden cricketers' almanac. a church service is under way in the southern french town of trebes this morning, in memory of the four people killed in a series of attacks by an islamist gunman. a national memorial
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service will be arranged in paris in the coming days. this is the service currently under way in trebes, remembering the four people who died in the attacks by that islamist gunman. 0f people who died in the attacks by that islamist gunman. of course a police officer is being hailed a hero after dying after trading places with a female hostage. lucy williamson reports from ca rcassonne. this attack has become not the story of a gunman but the story of a hero. arnaud beltrame, the man who made astonishing bravery seem natural, almost routine. flags were lowered to half—mast at his former base and at units across the country, paying homage to their colleague and friend. he was remembered here too by those who never knew him. another tribute every few minutes. he's a hero for me because he has
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given his life for a lot of people. he knew it was dangerous, what he did, but he did it. the gendarmerie said beltrame's death was a reminder of their daily commitment to protect the people. for the people themselves, his actions are a defiant response to the country's would—be attackers, a reminder of the best of france. by the morning after the attack, the supermarket, the site of so much drama, was a chilled and empty crime scene, the car park still littered with the debris of a terrified and desperate flight. inside this building on friday, arnaud beltrame offered up his life in place of others. his mobile phone, secretly connected to colleagues outside, giving the operation a vital edge. his mother said she was not
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surprised at what her son had done. "that's the way he lived and the way he worked," she said. "he used to tell me he was just doing hisjob, nothing more." lucy williamson, bbc news, carcassonne. it is eight minutes past ten and you are watching bbc news. let's go back to the news from the australian cricket camp that steve smith and david warner are now stepping down as the australian ball tampering scandal deepens. we can talk to our correspondent phil mercer in sydney. what has been the reaction in sydney? australia is a country of cricket fans. they love their cricket, they love their national team, and this really is a huge scandal just team, and this really is a huge scandaljust beginning team, and this really is a huge scandal just beginning to team, and this really is a huge scandaljust beginning to unfold. yes, i think many australian fans will realise that the news for their cricket team is only going to get worse. cricket australia, the
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governing body, is sending two officials to south africa to try to work out how and why this ball tampering scandal was able to happen. 0n the face of it, it is beyond belief that cameron bancroft, the australian player, thought he could get away with tampering with the ball with dozens of tv cameras covering the game in cape town. i think the prime minister, malcolm turnbull‘s words, saying he was shocked and disappointed, really do some of the way that many australian fa ns some of the way that many australian fans feel about their beloved cricket team, and of course the reputation of that cricket team now lies in tatters. at the news conference they appear to be remarkably honest about what they had done. they said this was something the leadership of the team had agreed to, which suggests the wider conspiracy, if you like. we are starting to find out exactly how
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far this conspiracy goes. we are now being told that both the captain, steve smith, and his vice captain, david warner, had agreed to stand down for the remainder of this match. steve smith, in his post—match conference yesterday, did say that the leadership group of the team, that is senior players, had come together to hatch this plan. there is a degree of sympathy, i think, in australia for cameron bancroft. he was the man filmed tampering with the ball. apparently using dirt stuck to sticky tape to rough up one side of the ball. there isa rough up one side of the ball. there is a feeling that as a junior member of the team, a younger member of the team, cameron bancroft has, in the words of one australian commentator, been thrown under the bus by his skipper. this investigating team from cricket australia will have a lot to unravel to get to the bottom of who knew what and why they thought they can get away with it.
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thank you. lots of questions, as you say. phil mercer reporting from sydney. an extra 3000 midwives are to be trained in england over the next four years. the move will see 650 midwives start training next year. it is one of a number of proposals to be formally announced by the health secretary jeremy hunt on tuesday. the royal college of midwives has welcomed the news but says the plans need investment and time to work. like other parts of the nhs, maternity units have been under pressure. the birth rate has been rising, and some hospitals have been unable to accept any more expectant mothers. nursing unions have also blamed what they call chronic shortages. the government has insisted more midwives are being trained all the time. now, though, plans for 3000 extra recruits and support staff in england are due to be announced.
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the move is notjust about boosting numbers. currently, depending on the trust, women can see several midwives over the course of their pregnancy. jeremy hunt is expected to pledge that by 2021, most women will have a named midwife. he says figures show dedicated staff reduces stillbirths, miscarriages, and neo—natal deaths. this announcement comes after the lifting of restraints on pay rises in the health service, which means that a newly qualified midwife will begin on a salary that is about i2% higher by 2020. but it is not yet clear where the funding for extra staff will come from. and while welcoming the move, given the time it takes to train, the royal college of midwives says it doesn't help mothers now. lebo diseko, bbc news. let's speak to denise linay, head of organising and engagement at the royal college of midwives. what is your position on this? you welcome the news? it is something we
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do welcome and we have campaigned for this for many years so it is something we welcome but we can't underestimate the complexities of getting the new midwives into the service. what other perplexities and why is it so hard to train them quiz .it is why is it so hard to train them quiz . it is notjust about training them, that isn't hard. there need to bejobs and them, that isn't hard. there need to be jobs and then we need to make sure the nhs is a place that people wa nt to sure the nhs is a place that people want to work. retaining them has been a real problem. lots of people have been trained and then lost the job in recent years. yes, when the reality is have become apparent after the first year even. many midwives are retiring or going back to the eu because of brexit. and just the challenges of the job. i am sure that midwives currently in the
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system will welcome the announcement but it will take four years to get there. what about pay as an added incentive? we know that pay is going up incentive? we know that pay is going up in the nhs. it is going up and we welcome the announcement this week but it is only a small step towards making up the ground we have lost over the last few years of pay restraints and pay freezes. it is going in the right direction, which is welcome, but midwives in the field will be saying it needs to go a bit further. the health secretary is also talking about the need for more continuity. so that a mother has fewer midwives looking after her in the course of a pregnancy. is that something you would welcome? most certainly. the evidence is there that if you have a relationship with one midwife in your pregnancy, you're less likely toa your pregnancy, you're less likely to a stillbirth. is that practicable? not at the moment. that is why we welcome the extra 3000 midwives. the only other issue we
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have got is thatjeremy hunt is saying that there will be continuity of care for most women by 2021 but these new midwives will not be trained until 2022. these new midwives will not be trained unti12022. thank these new midwives will not be trained until 2022. thank you very much. denise from the royal college of midwives. the headlines at 10:15am: the australia cricket captain steve smith and vice captain david warner are to stand down following the ball tampering scandal. an extra 3000 midwives are to be trained in england to ease staff shortages and improve care. borisjohnson describes claims that vote leave broke electoral spending rules during the eu referendum as utterly ludicrous. let's get more sport now and more on
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that ball tampering scandal. holly is here with the details. good morning. we start with the scandal unfolding in australian cricket this morning and the news that captain steve smith and vice captain david warner have stood down from their positions for the remainder of the third test against south africa. smith had admitted his involvement in that ball tampering row, which has cast a shadow over the sport. pressure had been mounting on cricket australia to act with famous names showing disapproval on social media, including michael vaughan. he said leadership needs to be replaced, saying his position is untenable, and it is disgraceful behaviour by senior pros to let the young bancroft have thatjob. meanwhile cricketing legend shane warne said he was very disappointed with the actions taken and called for captain and coach to clean up the mess. kevin pietersen believes australia's actions have disgraced a great cricketing nation as well as
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test cricket itself. australian cricket fans want to be proud of their cricket team. they want to be proud of the australian cricket team. ithink proud of the australian cricket team. i think this morning they have every reason to wake up and not be proud of the team. it is a very sad day for australian cricket. 0ne proud of the team. it is a very sad day for australian cricket. one of the unique things about the game of cricket is it is to be played not only within the laws of the game but with the spirit of the game. and activities on the field yesterday in cape town were neither within the laws of the game nor the spirit of the game. back to the action now and england captain joe root the game. back to the action now and england captainjoe root was dismissed with the last ball of the day to leave england trailing new zealand by 237 runs going into the last eight of the first test in auckland. after declaring on 427 — eight, the home side got alastair cook out early in the second innings
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we re cook out early in the second innings were just two runs. cook out early in the second innings werejust two runs. stoneman reached his fourth test half—century but he was out next ball, caught by trent bolt. joe root also reached 50 but shortly after took a nasty hit to the glove by trent bolt and needed lengthy treatment. he was dismissed next ball leaving england on 132 victory at the close. they must bat out the final day for draw. —— 132-3. and out the final day for draw. —— 132—3. and why it hit a brilliant century to beat india in the match in dubai. she helped england reach the target of 199 with eight deliveries to spare. india had earlier posted 198—4, the highest score made against england, who now top the table with two wins from two after also beating australia. and to australia we go now whether formula
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0ne season has returned for 2018. it began with a bitter blow for lewis hamilton who finished in second place after a spot of bad luck allowed ferrari's sebastian vettel to overtake him to claim the chequered flag. hamilton started on pole position for the opening race this season ahead of kimi raikkonen of ferrari and sebastian vettel. he got off to a good start but on the 25th lap after miscalculation by mercedes and a safety car, sebastian vettel was able to pass the champion to lead the race. the germans club to lead the race. the germans club to be claimed as 48 formula one victory with hamilton second of kimi raikkonen third. —— the german co mforta bly raikkonen third. —— the german comfortably claimed his 48 formula 0ne victory. two returning rugby stars made all the difference for saracens. liam williams and england
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back row marat 0j scored for the european champions. cardiff blues step closer to sealing a play—off spot with victory over ulster. they now face the tricky task of reaching the postseason matches. the blues ran infour the postseason matches. the blues ran in four tries to secure a 35—17 bonus point win. that is all the sport for now. for the latest on that developing story around ball tampering in australian cricket head over to the bbc sport website. i will have more for you in the next hour. fascinating stuff. thank you. see you later. the foreign secretary, boris johnson, has dismissed allegations of cheating by the leave campaign during the eu referendum as utterly ludicrous. in interviews with channel 4 news and the observer, a volunteer for vote leave has accused the official brexit campaign of breaching electoral spending limits. vote leave has denied this. 0ur political correspondent susana mendonca is here.
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this is quite a conjugated story but talk us through it. vote leave was the official campaign for leave during the referendum said they were allowed to spend up to £7 million, that was it spending limit. if you area that was it spending limit. if you are a smaller group campaigning to leave, you could spend up to £700,000. this former volunteer has been saying that vote leave gave £625,000 to a different campaign group, a campaign group called beleave, which was a youth campaign led by a student called darren grimes. vote leave did give that money to that group but that is not against the rules in itself because you can give money to different groups, provided that the groups are not part of your campaign and they are separate. that is what vote leave did and they checked it with the electoral commission. what this former volunteer has been saying is
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that this money that was given to this other group was actually used by vote leave, that it was a front campaign and actually the digital advertising was something that vote leave used. vote leave deny that but it has come under criticism. we have heard from vote leave and also boris johnson, who was something of a figurehead for the vote leave campaign during the eu referendum. he has tweeted to say that vote leave won fair and square and this is utterly ludicrous. there has been criticism from a number of different people. caroline lucas, the co—leader of the green party, has been talking about this. she is concerned not just about the latest allegations with regards to vote leave but also the company that did the digital advertising may have had links to cambridge analytical, which is involved in the issue around facebook and the perhaps misuse of facebook and the perhaps misuse of facebook profiles. that has also
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been denied by vote leave but caroline lucas says all of this raises questions that need to be answered. links with vote leave are pretty clear in terms of the allegations that have been made. for sure we need more of an investigation and that is what i am calling for. what i want to see is a real investigation into exactly who knew what. the ministers associated with the vote leave campaign, what did they know about the money that was going to beleave? what was the relationship between vote leave and beleave and what was the relationship between beleave and the aggregate iq based in canada? this isa aggregate iq based in canada? this is a complex network but big questions need to be asked and it goes much wider than just the referendum. caroline lucas saying it goes wider than the referendum. what are the political ramifications of this? in terms of the investigation by the electoral commission, they are looking at the number of different allegations with regards vote leave. they have looked allegations already. twice last year
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they looked at various issues and took no action. but the reality is they don't have the power to rerun they don't have the power to rerun the referendum so there is no question of that happening as a result. but people are saying that caroline lucas and tom watson from labour are talking about how the prime ministers should give the electoral commission more powers to actually take action if any breaches have happened. we don't know if breaches have happened and vote leave have said they haven't. but all of this gives you the impression that perhaps things did not go as they were supposed to know and if that was the case, does it bring into question the legitimacy of the referendum and all of that? it is certainly not the kind of news that vote leave campaigners would want to hear. as they point out, they say there is no evidence. thank you. susana mendonca, our political correspondent. a reminder this coming thursday marks one year to go before the uk
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leaves the eu. and throughout the week we will be putting your questions to a range of experts. you can tweet us your questions using the hashtag bbcaskthis or texting us on 611211. back to our breaking news this hour that the australia captain steve smith and vice—captain david warner have stepped down from their positions for the rest of the third test against south africa a day after admitting to ball tampering. we can now speak to the cricket analyst and editor of the cricketer magazine, simon hughes. hejoins me via webcam from west london. thank you for being with us. what do you make of this extraordinary story with yellow it is extraordinary. that is the best word for it. it is outrageous antics by the australians to not only indulge in the attempted ball tampering, but then to totally admit it was a team policy and com pletely
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admit it was a team policy and completely premeditated. it is exceptional. i have never heard anything like this before. in the past when teams have tried to ball tampering in different ways, it has all been a bit surreptitious and one person has kind of accepted the blame later. it never has it been done like this with the whole team buying into it, apparently. and then the player that actually indulged in it confessing it was a team policy and the captain admitting total guilt and that they were getting desperate to try and find a way of getting a wicket, so they talked about it at lunchtime and then carried out this idea. actually it is just madness as well. there are 30 cameras covering international cricket. to imagine you can get away with this kind of thing isjust insane. is this something you think the australians have been up to for a long time? maybe other international teams have been up to it for a long time. is this a
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rarity? i think it is rare. all teams are trying to get the ball different using legitimate means. you can polish the ball to get it to swing in the air but over the last 20 years it has become more trendy, more popular, to rough up one side of the ball, which encourages movement through the air. when the ball is older we call it reverse swing but basically it is roughing up swing but basically it is roughing up one side and keeping the other side shiny and dry. the legitimate means for roughing up one side throwing the ball into the dirt, throwing the ball into the dirt, throwing it from the boundary on the bounce, aiming at stumps from the infield to try and hit the stumps, bouncing the ball off the pitch to do that, and also bowling the ball ina do that, and also bowling the ball in a different way, holding it in a different way so that it lands on the leather to rough it up. those are all completely legitimate. umpires try to control that and to
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stop players from bouncing the ball in from the boundary, and deliberately landing it on old pictures to rough it up. —— pitches. there are people using other ways of doing it and we saw one captain sucking on it and transferring the saliva onto the ball to get more polish. —— sacking a mint. there are various tactics but players are not stupid enough to try anything u ntowa rd stupid enough to try anything untoward because they know they will get caught. so what does ramifications for australian cricket now? and steve smith comeback from this? he is a great cricketer and he has been lauded as a modern—day bradman. certainly his batting is outstanding. i have never been convinced that he has much integrity asa captain, convinced that he has much integrity as a captain, actually. ever since the incident outlawed a couple of yea rs the incident outlawed a couple of years ago when ben stokes, i thought, inadvertently put his hand
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up thought, inadvertently put his hand up to protect himself from a throw when he was batting. he stopped the ball with his hand. i think you thought it was going to hit him in the face. the australians appealed for obstructing the field and he was given out and smith upheld that decision which i thought was slightly against the spirit of the game. but obviously this, you can't see how he could come back as captain, because he has completely contravened any kind of spirit of the game, any kind of leadership. he has really exhibited the total moral vacuum. i don't see how he can be captain again. thank you very much for explaining the intricacies of ball tampering to us. simon hughes, thank you very much. editor of cricketer magazine. simon king has the weather. we've had a lovely start to the day across many northern areas of the
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uk. we start off british summertime with some sunshine. this was the scene earlier across the north of wales in conwy, some lovely, blue skies. for much of scotland and northern ireland, sunshine. still a bit of cloud towards the south—east of england but even that will gradually clear away. some showers affecting northern areas but they are few and far between, with light wind and that sunshine, temperatures getting into double figures, it should feel a bit more like spring out there. this evening and overnight, clear spells mean it will turn quite cold quite quickly, into tomorrow morning, temperatures below freezing in northern and western areas, perhaps not quite as cold in the far south—east but a bright start for many of us on monday, cloud increasing from the west as the day goes on, rain spreading into northern ireland, south west of scotland, west wales and the far south—west of england and temperatures again in double.
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