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theresa may promises compensation to windrush migrants and whatever it will take to resolve their difficulties. i have lived there since i was seven. i have lived there since i was seven. whitfield francis lost his job four years ago when he couldn't prove his british citizenship. i'm begging from my mother, because she's a pensioner, i'm begging from my sisters, i'm begging from friends. the windrush row has overshadowed the commonwealth leaders‘ summit where it's been agreed prince charles will eventually succeed the queen as leader. also tonight: the end of an era as, after 22 years, arsene wenger is to leave arsenal. residents of salisbury are told the city is safe, but nine sites could still contain dangerous levels of nerve agent. caught on camera and jailed for 16 years — the attacker who scarred two people for life. a warning of an epidemic of diabetes in pregnancy, which increases the baby's chances of getting it too. and if you can't stand the heat, get out of the costume —
the weather warning ahead of this weekend's london marathon. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: a big game in the championship, as promotion—hunting fulham take on play—off hopefuls millwall at the den. a thunderbolt! good evening. the prime minister says she is prepared to offer compensation to windrush migrants, following the government's treatment of them. she told commonwealth leaders at the closing of their summit in london that the government will do whatever it takes — including, where appropriate, payment of compensation — "to resolve the anxieties and problems that some have suffered". 286 people have now contacted the government helpline. so far, eight cases have been resolved. adina campbell has been speaking
to some of those affected. in jamaica, they couldn't find work, discouraged but full of hope, they sailed for britain. they were invited over to help rebuild britain after the war. their right to remain was supposed to be legally guaranteed. why have you come to england? to seek a job. how many have been detained as prisoners in their own country? can she tell the house... problems with paperwork have dominated politics all week. this is a day of national shame! theresa may has now confirmed that the government will make compensation payments. the uk government will do whatever it takes including, where appropriate, payment of compensation to resolve the anxieties and problems which some of the windrush generation have suffered. if a human being wants to move from one place
to another to feed their family... and some of them were here today in south london along with campaigners to show their support. many felt action was long overdue. it's not good enough. sorry, it doesn't make it ok. sorry doesn't bring backjobs. sorry doesn't take away the pain and suffering that people have gone through. so, sorry is not enough. those personally affected also shared their stories. i've never left the country. so i'm definitely suffering. but compensation would be really useful, you know, because we've suffered a lot. anxiety and stress, you know, and right now, i just feel like i've suffered so much. despite numerous apologies by the government and measures in place to tackle this issue, here, there is still a sense of anger and discontent and injustice. and one man still suffering is whitfield francis, who came to the uk from jamaica in the 1950s. unable to prove his legal status and unemployed for the last four years,
he can't look after his family. i'm walking with a begging bowl. and i'm begging from my mother because she is a pensioner. and i'm begging from my sisters and begging from friends. after a while, as i said, people get bored of it. for the first time, he is now calling a new government helpline for commonwealth citizens, worried about their right to remain in the uk. i've lived here since i was seven. the home office says it's changing its process to speed up these cases. so there we go, that's it. it says your whole name. and it's until 202a. some have had their cases solved. michael braithwaite finally got the news he was hoping for. fantastic, it has given me a sense of freedom. but this is only the beginning. it
is thought to tens of thousands of people could still be in limbo. adina campbell, bbc news. the row over the windrush migrants has overshadowed the meeting of commonwealth leaders in london. at the close of the summit today, the leaders confirmed that prince charles will eventually succeed the queen as head of the organisation. prince charles says he is deeply touched and honoured. our diplomatic correspondent, james landale, reports. changing the guard at windsor castle. only today, it wasn't just the soldiers. world leaders gathered beneath the battlements to decide who should replace their host as head of the commonwealth when her reign ends — a role that's never been hereditary. last night, the queen treated her guests and herself to a much—needed drink. and gently reminded them she had a son who could take on the job when the time came. but today, she stepped back and gave them the run of her castle for their private deliberations. without advisers or even a table.
and they decided the prince of wales would, one day, be their next symbolic leader. a decision by consensus, according to one president, but by unanimity, according to the prime minister. his royal highness has been a proud supporter of the commonwealth for more than four decades and has spoken passionately about the organisation's unique diversity. and it is fitting that one day, he will continue the work of his mother, her majesty the queen. and in a statement, prince charles said he was deeply touched and honoured by the decision. but this summit wasn't just about agreeing the future leadership of the commonwealth. it was also about agreeing its future role. so amid all the grandeur, the leaders also agreed plans to boost trade and cyber security, protect the world's oceans and support the international rules—based order. and zimbabwe's foreign minister was told by borisjohnson that britain would support his country
rejoining the commonwealth if it embraces free and fair elections. so, a picture of the commonwealth's future is emerging. the task will be to keep it in focus. james landale, bbc news, at the commonwealth summit. our deputy political editor, john pienaar, is in downing street for us this evening. there are so many things the prime minister wanted to talk to commonwealth leaders about but it has been overshadowed by this row over windrush, it has not been a good week. no, to put it mildly. this was supposed to be the week the uk was walking tall, but instead, the country's reputation is seen as having been tarnished and theresa may is having to get out one way or another of the deep political hole. it was bad enough having to apologise to members of the windrush generation for their mistreatment, people who are absolutely within their rights to be in this country. it was worth it was done at the home
office where theresa may was home secretary was six years, where a strict policy of a tough approach to immigration was followed by the successoi’s, immigration was followed by the successors, amber rudd, which was described as appalling. the spectacle this week of the prime minister saying sorry to caribbean leaders, but the country once as friends and needs onside for future trade discussions, that was just the start and there will be compensation we now know. notjust for costs and expenses, but for other issues like lost jobs, lost expenses, but for other issues like lostjobs, lost income, downing street clearly wanting to be seen to be making amends. climbing out of that hole. maintaining britain's influence and standing and its weight in the world with brexit approaching, that was always a challenge and there will be many more challenges as time draws by. but i think the windrush scandal may just have made that mission that much harder. outside number10, thank you. after 22 years in charge, arsene wenger is to leave arsenal at the end of the season.
under his leadership, the club won three league titles, a record seven fa cup victories, and qualified for europe's elite champions league every season, until this one. the 68—year—old frenchman helped transform the game, as the premier league became a global success story. recently, though, he's faced growing criticism, as arsenal struggled to compete with the biggest clubs. our sports editor, dan roan, reports. he was the game—changer, revolutionising english football both on and off the field, but today — amid growing fan frustration — the game was finally up for arsene wenger. arsenal's players arrived for training this morning unaware they were about to be told his 22—year—long reign would soon come to an end. first of all, i was shocked. you know, i didn't see it coming. i know he had another year left on his contract and i thought that he would do it but, you know, unfortunately, he's not. you know, i'm sad.
ijust had a's press conference, wenger gave little away. look, my personal situation is not so much my worry at the moment, as you just said. my worry is to transform a season with many disappointments away from home. in a statement, wenger said... this evening, arsenal's chief executive refused to be drawn on precisely how the decision was reached. he spoke about the departure of a man who has been synonymous with the club. wenger often said his aim was to leave the club in a better position than when he found it. well, we're in a better place today than we could have ever imagined 22 years ago. many asked ‘arsene who?‘ when an unheralded wenger arrived in 1996, but he set about transforming arsenal — with new training methods, savvy signings and a thrilling
style of play. what a way to clinch the championship! a remarkable period of success followed. three premier league titles in six years, including two league and cup doubles. and perhaps his greatest achievement — an entire season unbeaten, with a team known as the invincibles. without equal, without doubt, the best team in the land is arsenal! he really changed the way you think about things and the way he wanted you to improve, because it's the right thing to do and it will be brilliant for you to do. it was a whole different way of thinking about playing football. they chant: we want wenger out! we want wenger out! but after such success came a long struggle, many fans turning against wenger after no league title for 11! long years. with arsenal overtaken by their biggest rivals, this season, the club lies sixth, at risk of missing out on the lucrative champions league yet again. today, outside the stadium wenger helped to build, the fans were divided. a couple of cup wins have
glossed over the cracks, but i think it's, er, the right time. i'm very sad that he's going. erm, i wonder who we're going to get next. a sign ofjust how far arsenal have fallen is the 33 points that separate them from the newly crowned champions, manchester city. their manager, however, today recognising wenger‘s contribution. the premier league is thankful for the things that he has done. he arrived, and his vision, a lot of respect for the football. i wish him all the best. it's been a long and painful goodbye for wenger, and even his departure from the training ground this afternoon wasn't without incident. bleep! who done it?! so long was his reign, it has become almost impossible to imagine arsenal without wenger, and such longevity and control at a club is highly unlikely to be seen again in english football. the challenge now for arsenal — to get used to life without the man who, for a generation, defined the club and transcended the sport.
dan roan, bbc news, at the emirates. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories: the parents of the terminally ill toddler alfie evans say they'll go to the european court of human rights, as they continue their legal battle to prevent doctors in liverpool from switching off his life support. earlier today, tom evans and kate james lost a case at the supreme court, which approved a plan for withdrawing treatment. a woman has died in a fire at a block of flats for adults with learning disabilities in chingford, in essex. more than 70 firefighters were called to the blaze, which took hold in the early hours of this morning. it's still not clear what caused the fire. police investigating a burglary that led to one suspect being stabbed to death have arrested a second man in connection with the crime. 28—year—old billyjeeves was detained in north kent. two men are believed to have broken into the home of pensioner richard osborn—brooks in hither green on april the 4th. there could still be dangerous levels of nerve agent in salisbury after the poisoning of sergei and yulia skripal last month.
at a public meeting last night, a senior government scientist told residents that nine locations had yet to be decontaminated. but he insisted that salisbury is safe, and residents need take no extra precautions, as daniel sandford reports. almost seven weeks on from the salisbury poisoning, the city is still sprinkled with no—go areas — cordoned—off zones, where scientists fear there could still be hotspots of the deadly novichok nerve agent. the nine zones include detective sergeant nick bailey's home, the central police station and sergei skripal‘s house, as well as the pub, restaurant and park where the skripals went after becoming contaminated. and at the nine sites this week, the cordons, instead of being removed, are being strengthened and reinforced, as salisbury prepares for a clean—up that could last months. the man leading the city's recovery told me why it's taking so long. every site will be
sampled, cleaned, tested. if there's any trace remaining, it will be cleaned again. even to the point of removing soil and in brickwork, if necessary. but the russians have another explanation for the salisbury decontamination. we get the impression that the british government is deliberately pursuing a policy of destroying all possible evidence, clarifying all the remaining materials and making an independent and transparent investigation impossible. when the prime minister came to salisbury five weeks ago — promising to get the city back on its feet — the first place she visited was dinghams cookshop. but today, becca hardingham, who runs the shop, says takings are still down. well, we were hoping it wasjust going to be a few weeks and we'd be able to just go past it and get on with life but, yeah, it's been a struggle.
it feels frustrating. business is struggling and we're just a bit worried that salisbury‘s just going to die from it. this week, the first pictures emerged in russia of yulia skripal leaving moscow airport on the day before the attack. friends have now confirmed that it is her. she left hospital 11 days ago, and while her father is still an inpatient, his health is improving and he too could be discharged soon. daniel sandford, bbc news, salisbury. the health charity diabetes uk is warning of an "epidemic" of diabetes in pregnancy. gestational diabetes can lead to babies growing too big in the womb — which can result in difficulties during labour and conditions such as pre—eclampsia. and children are seven times more likely to develop type two diabetes if the mother has the condition. the bbc‘s tulip mazumdar has been finding out more. they're exploring an exciting underwater world, while their mums get a bit of exercise in the pool.
gestational diabetes is affecting an increasing number of women, but there's not much awareness about the condition. i think it's linked to the sugar that you eat. i knew about diabetes, but not really in pregnancy. it's when women develop high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. anyone can develop the condition, but women are at higher risk if they are obese or from certain ethnic backgrounds. i'm considered high risk. i'm from a south asian background, i have a family history of type two diabetes. i'm not overweight, but i do have a very sweet tooth. my blood sugar levels are normal for now, but for many women finding out that they do have gestation diabetes, this can be a very anxious time. the babies can grow bigger than average, which can cause problems for mum and baby at the time of birth. sometimes it can increase the risk of developing a condition
called pre—eclampsia, and we know that there's a slightly higher chance of having a stillbirth. many affected women, like this woman here at guy's and st thomas' hospital in london, are on daily medication and have to have finger prick tests several times a day. 50% go on to develop type two diabetes. there are concerns too about the impact on the baby. research under way here and in southampton is looking into whether gestational diabetes could be fundamentally changing the dna in developing foetuses, making it more likely that those babies will go on to develop type two diabetes themselves, or become obese. we have an epidemic of gestational diabetes and that's because obesity is on the rise. what we would really like to do is say at the beginning of pregnancy, when a woman comes to her first appointment, we could do a simple test and say you are very likely to get
gestational diabetes and then to institute treatment early. we all want to have a safe pregnancy and a happy, healthy baby at the end of it. results from the latest research looking into the long—term impact of this condition is due out later this year. tulip mazumdar, bbc news. health officials in gaza say four palestinians — including a 15—year—old — have been shot dead by israeli forces during the fourth consecutive friday of mass protests on the border with israel. more than 200 other protesters were injured by gunfire or tear gas, as thousands again took part in the demonstrations. at least 35 palestinians have been shot dead by the israeli army since the protests began about the right of palestinians to return to their former homeland. what appears to be a white united nations vehicle has entered the syrian town of douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack near damascus. but investigators have not yet been able to inspect the area, after an advance team came under
fire there earlier this week. the united nations envoy to syria, steffan de mistura, has called for the inspectors to be able to get on with the job of investigating the alleged attack without any interference. a man has beenjailed for 16 years for randomly attacking an aspiring model and her cousin with acid on her 21st birthday. john tomlin's victims suffered horrific facial and head injuries in the attack in east london lastjune. they've both attempted to take their own lives since the attack. tolu adeoye reports. this is the momentjameel muhktar and his cousin resham khan came under attack, squirted with acid in mr khan's car in east london lastjune. today, the man responsible, john tomlin, was sentenced to 16 years in prison. he did not know the pair. in court, thejudge said there was no evidence the attack was racially motivated, and dismissed claims he was mentally incapable at the time.
both cousins were left with life—changing injuries. it's ruined my life. i can't do day—to—day tasks. i hardly leave the house. i'm just in pain 21w. i'm just paranoid. i still have nerve pain, i can't turn my neck left to right. i need operations. resham can no longerfully close her right eye and has had skin grafts after suffering severe facial burns. it was her 21st birthday that day. i tend to not think about it. i don't talk about it, and i don't think about it so i don't have to remember it. ahead of delivering the sentence, judge sheelagh canavan referenced the rise we've seen in acid attacks. she said they'd become too common and were seen as a fashionable form of assault, when in fact they were a dreadful weapon which could have life—changing effects. i'm not happy, i think he should have got a lot more. mr mukhtar and miss khan received an apology from tomlin in a statement read in court.
he said he understood the horror he had caused, actions which they will now suffer the consequences of for life. tolu adeoye, bbc news. one of the world's biggest electronic dance music stars — swedish dj avicii — has died in oman at the age of 28. avicii — whose real name was tim bergling — was best known for his million selling uk number one single "wake me up". he had been nominated twice for a grammy award, and played to thousands at festivals around the globe. avicii had retired from touring in 2016 due to health problems — but had been releasing new music. the cause of his death is unknown. the dj avicii, who died today. britain's most successful athlete begins his attempt to become the country's best ever marathon runner on sunday — in the next chapter of his career. mo farah is competing in the london marathon, with one eye on the next olympics. his fellow runners might also have an eye on the weather, as it's forecast to be one
of the hottest race days ever — asjoe wilson reports. this is the same mo farah. what's different is the distance and the scenery. on the track he beat everyone, everywhere, but moving to the marathon — 26 miles, 35 years old — he warns us to be realistic. the best runners do turn up here, so sunday's race is going to be a difficult one. i'm ranked number 27, so we'll see. but the thing is, mo, knowing you, you're not going to have gone on this marathon journey without thinking it's going to end in glory. it has to end in tokyo with a gold medal, doesn't it? it is possible and my aim is to run as many marathons as i can, to learn about them, and to run decent times. mo farah should not be bothered by london heat, having prepared in ethiopia. he's ended his association with alberto salazar, a controversialfigure, and is now coached by gary lough, husband and former coach of paula radcliffe, who sees farah's prospects this way.
it's a big ask for someone who is world class at 1500 metres, the best in the world at 5000 and 10,000 metres, to then come in and dominate at the marathon. that's not going to happen, but he can be competitive and it depends how the race pans out. the london marathon is a mass display of stamina and eccentricity. 26 miles is nothing unless you do it as a rhino, ora pillar box, ora...that. every year the dress becomes more fanciful. each outfit is a world record. but be careful, organisers warn. if it's 20s degrees on sunday, should you really run in a fake fur coat? it's hard enough in a vest. 12 months ago, david wyeth was led and cajoled to the finish by matthew rees — two strangers united. and they're back this year, urging competitors to be sensible. you've got to pay attention to the weather, you have to rein in the pace. maybe this year isn't the one for a pb, but it's certainly one to be enjoyed. and you're not going to be stopping for this guy this year, no? well, i hope not.
we'll both run our own race and see each other at the end. matt is a great runner and he's even more inspired these days to get out in front and stay in front — don't cross paths with me! the pose, mo, well, there we are. this man has perfected winning, yes, but the finishing line is now a marathon away. joe wilson, bbc news, tower bridge. good luck to all of them. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. today hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm lizzie greenwood hughes,
the headlines tonight. the end of an era — arsene wenger will step down after nearly 22 years in charge of arsenal. the question now is who's next? wenger‘s former captain patrick vieira is amongst the names being touted. fulham take a step closer to getting back in the premier league, beating play off hopefuls millwall. and gloucester are on their way to bilbao. through to the european challenge cup final. so tonight it's mostly about arsene wenger who, despite plenty of speculation, still managed to stun the footballing world by announcing he's retiring from managing arsenal football club at the end of the season a year before his contract runs out.
wenger is the longest serving manager in the premier league, in charge of arsenal for 22 years, winning 3 league titles and a record 7 fa cups. currently though they're 6th in the table and heading for their worst league finish under the frenchman. so the decision has been coming and the fans have been voting with their feet. but as the club's chief executive ivan gazidis explained to the media this afternoon, he is not going to be easy to replace. he set a new ambition, notjust to win, but to win while making perfection, making art out of football and he was always true to that ambition. and incredibly he achieved that with arsenal's
invincibles season. i'm joined achieved that with arsenal's invincibles season. i'mjoined by martin keown. what is your reaction to the news? it feels like a sad day and the end of an era and anyone who has worked with arsene wenger will say it was an honour to work with him. a great man first and foremost and he loved football to the nth degree and arsenal to go with it, and i'm indebted to him as a player because he got the best out of me. simplicity in the way he lived his life and he took that on to the football field. one of the all—time greats, incredible manager and an incredible man to be around. was this the right time for him? of course, you like to think of the great leaders, they find the right time to go, and maybe he stayed on just a little bit longer, but you can forgive him that. he loved the clu b
can forgive him that. he loved the club and he was emotionally attached and he couldn't detach himself from that and maybe stayed on a bit too long. but i can understand that. leaving arsenal was one of the ha rd est leaving arsenal was one of the hardest things i had to do myself and i'm not sure i'm over it now either. it will take in time to come to terms with it, and i would like to terms with it, and i would like to see him kept at the club, such wisdom and intelligence, he should clearly go and work upstairs somewhere within the club. clearly go and work upstairs somewhere within the clubm clearly go and work upstairs somewhere within the club. it has not work that well for him at the moment, sixth place would be the worst finish under arsene wenger, so what is not working now that was working back when you were playing? at the moment we have a situation where supporters are not coming to the games, but i now think people will come back in numbers and they will come back in numbers and they will give arsene wenger the fanfare he deserves. hopefully the pies will give him a trophy because there's an
opportunity to win the europa league, a huge prize at the end of that, to get into the champions league, and then arsene wenger leaves with an even better opportunity for the new man who comes in. if it wasn't already a great opportunity as it is. who is the new man going to be?|j great opportunity as it is. who is the new man going to be? i don't think today is the day for that because to work out who is coming m, because to work out who is coming in, even busy this —— ivan gazidis now needs to find the right man to come in and replace arsene wenger. it is not as difficult as it might have been, maybe ten years ago, when all of those successes were coming, and this is now an opportunity, they may be finishing sixth place in the table, to build on that next season, and arsene wenger leaves the club in and arsene wenger leaves the club in an incredible position.