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experts tell the grenfell tower inquiry that advice to stay put had effectively failed within around half an hour of the blaze starting. a report said there was an "early need" for a total evacuation but it wasn't an easy decision to make. more evidence on the cladding around the tower — experts suggested there was no understanding of how it would react in a fire the fundamental question which lies at the heart of our work is how, in london, in 2017, a domestic fire developed so quickly and so catastrophically. and the inquiry hears the first 999 call from the burning tower block. flat 16, what is the postcode? w11... come quick, please.” flat 16, what is the postcode? w11... come quick, please. i have to get the address, 0k. the fire
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brigade on their way. we'll bring you all the details from this morning's events at the inquiry. also this lunchtime: m15 is to share more information on uk terror suspects, in a new strategy unveiled by the home secretary. the mayor of manchester says strip northern rail of its franchise if it can't end the chaos caused by new timetables. they shouldn't be allowed to inflict their miserable substandard services on the public of the north on an ongoing basis. at least 25 people are dead in guatemala after a volcano near the capital erupts violently. and hidden for decades — a suitcase full of photographs that offer a wonderful glimpse of life in pre—war london. and coming up on bbc news, the pfa young player of the year — manchester city's leroy sane — is a surprise omission from the world cup squad of defending champions germany. good afternoon and welcome
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to the bbc news at one. the grenfell tower public inquiry has been told that the london fire brigade's advice to residents to stay in their flats as the fire spread up the building was wrong and that an early evacuation was needed. the expert evidence said the "stay put" strategy failed at 1:26 in the morning, half an hour after the fire was first reported. the blaze, which happened lastjune, killed 72 people. the inquiry was also told the materials used in the cladding system and by windows didn't comply with recommended safety standards and allowed multiple fires to take hold throughout the building. daniela relph‘s report contains images viewers may find distressing. the anguish and emotion of the
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bereaved families remain at the heart of this inquiry, but in this next stage, it is now examining the technical detail of what happened on june the 14th last year. technical detail of what happened on june the 14th last year. the fundamental question which lies at the heart of our work is how, in london, in 2017, a domestic fire developed so quickly and so catastrophically that an entire high—rise block was engulfed, and how it was that 71 people lost their lives in a matter of hours, leaving families and friends in the shock, grief and bewildered. to help the inquiry, five expert technical reports have been published today. one examines the fire protection measures. it found the multiple failures. the report looks at the fire service advice to stay in your flat. it says, the stay put strategy
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effectively failed by 1:26am, around half an hour after the fire started, and there was an early need for total evacuation. the stairwell was quickly smoke locked, it was the main escape route. the author also says, flat doors didn't meet fire regulations, doors going to the stairs did not appear to have been upgraded since 1972, fire lifts couldn't be used properly, and the water supply system meant firefighters couldn't get adequate amounts of water to the upper levels. the author also says that at one point a body was used to hold open a fire door to a stairwell. a number of the reports highlight the failure of the cladding to meet fire safety sta nda rds. failure of the cladding to meet fire safety standards. one says the main reason for the rapid spread was the polyethylene in the cladding. as it burned, that material drift and flowed downwards, sideways and upwards. another document looks at the cause and spread of the fire. it
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confirms that the blaze started in a kitchen of flat 16 on the fourth floor of the tower and, more likely than not, in or around a fridge freezer. the events that unfolded at g re nfell freezer. the events that unfolded at grenfell tower... freezer. the events that unfolded at grenfell tower. .. and expert analysis provided to the inquiry described in adequate fire testing methods. it says the complex material now used in construction and cladding makes some fire safety procedures totally insufficient. this is an inquiry that wants to provide answers. what did the professionals know and do in respect of the cladding and the active and passive fire safety systems more generally in the building? how did so generally in the building? how did so many people sign this building off safe ? so many people sign this building off safe? was saving money put before saving lives? next week, around the first anniversary of the fire, the inquiry
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won't be sitting, to allow families to remember those they lost. this public inquiry aims to proceed as quickly as possible, to minimise any future risk to public safety. daniela relph, bbc news. our correspondent tom burridge is at the inquiry in central london. tom, a lot has been covered this morning, what would you single out? well, reeta, ithink morning, what would you single out? well, reeta, i think these reports, commissioned by the inquiry and carried out by experts in fire safety a nd carried out by experts in fire safety and fire engineering, are telling, and they are painting a picture that grenfell tower was a fire hazard, and it was a tragedy waiting to happen. dr barbara lane, one of the authors of the reports, talks about a culture of noncompliance. she says there was no evidence that those who river brit g re nfell tower, evidence that those who river brit grenfell tower, the multiple companies, the council, understood how the cladding system would perform in a fire. —— those who refurbished. she said the materials used were not appropriate for a
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building that height, that there we re building that height, that there were multiple catastrophic fire spreading roots in the building, that there were unprotected openings surrounded by combustible materials, and she said there was no evidence that the fire barriers, meant to stop fire spreading from one flat to another, had been tested in conjunction with the type of cladding used. she said the doors we re cladding used. she said the doors were not compliant in terms of and the smoke ventilation system in the stairwell simply failed, as did the lifts. she said that, interestingly, the stay put advice used by the fire brigade, telling people to stay in their flats, the hope brigade, telling people to stay in theirflats, the hope being that they could contain the fire in that flat and it would not spread to the rest of the building, was inappropriate given the type of materials used on grenfell tower, and she said it also became ineffective 30 minutes after the fire started, but, incredibly, the strategy remained in place for an hour and 20 minutes. after 30 minutes, the stairwell was smoke clogged, the only escape from the building was simply blocked by smoke. and we also heard that 999
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call from the gentleman who was the occu pa nt of flat call from the gentleman who was the occupant of flat 16 on the fourth floor of grenfell tower, where the fire started. you could hear the urgency in his voice as he kept telling the lady on the end of the phone that the fire crew needed to get there quickly. they did, the first fire engine arrived just five minutes after the fire began, but we're getting a wealth of evidence today, these expert reports painting a picture of the failures in the run—up to grenfell tower and the fire that killed so many people. tom, thank you. our correspondents tom, thank you. our correspondents tom burridge there at the grenfell inquiry. the home secretary, sajid javid, has said the security services must change their approach to fighting terrorism and learn the lessons of last year's attacks in london and manchester in which 36 people died. in a speech in london, he said they were currently involved in more than 500 investigations involving 3000 potential suspects. our security correspondent frank gardner reports. britain, we are told, faces at least
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two more years of age to be a terrorist threat from both jihadis and right—wing extremists. in response, the government is announcing today a revised counterterrorism strategy. we know that the way that terrorists attacks are now planned and conducted has changed. people are increasingly being radicalised by their computers and smartphones. they are using everyday objects, such as knives and cars, as weapons. and the length of time between radicalisation and the attack is getting shorter. the threats are evolving — we must evolve too. the security service, mi5, is evolve too. the security service, m15, is to declassify its secret intelligence on some of the 20,000 suspects on its database, then share this more widely with police forces and even local government. last yea r‘s and even local government. last year's manchester and even local government. last yea r‘s manchester bombing and even local government. last year's manchester bombing that killed 22 people was an intelligence
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failure. the bomber, solomon a baby, was one of 20,000 people listed on mis's was one of 20,000 people listed on mis‘s database as a former subject of interest. if more people knew about such potential terrorists, the theory goes, the better the chances of stopping them. but this theory carries its own risks. there is a concern that some innocent people get caught up in it, but the bigger concern is more around information leaking out, information leaking out from security services identifying an individual as a person of consent, that being shared with the local council, then getting into the public domain. the westminster bridge attacker, who drove a hired van last year into pedestrians, was another name on mis‘s database. now greater efforts are to be made to quickly detect and act on any suspicious transactions by suspects, including right—wing extremists. but there is an underlying problem — police officers say that budget cuts have left them under resourced at a
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community level. you are pouring money into counterterrorism policing and intelligence, but at the same time community policing is being starved of funds. isn't there a risk that we end up being like brussels, where community policing simply doesn't have the on the street intelligence to inform about terrorist attacks? since 2015, we have protected police funding over what we might call communities policing, and in fact, what we might call communities policing, and infact, in what we might call communities policing, and in fact, in the last year, in this particularfinancial year, in this particularfinancial year, we have increased the total amount of cash available by {a60 million, one of the biggest increases that we have seen. so we do recognise that there is a need for more resources. starting this summer, counterterrorism officers will be deployed to multi—agency centres in london, manchester and the west midlands, to put the new strategy into action. the aim is to deny terrorists any safe space and avoid a repeat of the terrible
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attacks of 2017. frank gardner, bbc news. the mayor of greater manchester, andy burnham, has said northern rail should be stripped of its franchise if it can't end the chaos caused by new timetables. about 2,000 services have been cancelled since new schedules were introduced just over a fortnight ago. northern has now published a new emergency timetable with fewer services, but today has seen more frustration for passengers. downing street says the disruption is "totally u na cce pta ble". our correspondent charlotte gallagher is in preston. people here at preston station and at stations across england were hoping these new emergency timetables would fix this ongoing crisis, but today people are still facing long delays and last—minute cancellations. a new emergency timetables, the same old problems. it has been two long
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weeks of misery for rail travellers across england. thousands of last—minute cancellations, long delays, and the dreaded rail replacement buses. and commuters today aren't impressed by the effo rts today aren't impressed by the efforts to fix the crisis. it'sjust been horrendous, so cancellations all the time, you are just waiting on the platform probably for like 30 minutes, then they can sell it. hoping to get to work at eight o'clock in the morning, i work in manchester, the 7:07am has been cancelled will probably get in at 8:40am, just a disaster, don't know what to do with it. my train has been cancelled, so i was supposed to start work at 7:30am, but i'm not going to get there until eight. embarrassed -- mps are meeting the transport secretary today to express their frustration. most of the people making decisions about transport in the north never it
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travel on those networks, don't understand the human cost of the decisions they are making, we have ended up in this mess, and now the government has to show that it understands the frustration and the anger in the north and is prepared to act. there are now calls for the company is to be stripped of their franchises. people are on warnings at work because they are late so often, or not able to pick up their kids aren't paying for extra childcare, getting taxis or hotels. they shouldn't be allowed to inflict their miserable substandard services on the public of the north on an ongoing basis. today northern rail and govia thameslink introduced new reduced timetables in a bid to deal with what has been described as a total shambles. but more than 100 trains have still been cancelled at the last minute or delayed. trains have still been cancelled at the last minute or delayedm trains have still been cancelled at the last minute or delayed. it is really tough for our customers, since the new timetables was introduced, the service just hasn't been good enough, and we are really sorry about that, and we are putting
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in place an interim timetabled to help sort this out. commuters are being warned that services could get worse before they get better. stretching people's already frayed patients to the absolute limit. commuters we have been speaking to here at preston station are so fed up here at preston station are so fed up with this situation, reeta, and they are just wondering when it is going to get any better, when they are going to stop missing appointments, being late for work, and lakes to even pick up their children. charlotte, thank you. at least 25 people have died, including children, and hundreds have been injured, after one of latin america's most active volcanos erupted suddenly. at least one village near the fuego volcano has been buried in ash and lava, and the main airport in guatemala city, 25 miles away, has been closed. a state of emergency has been called in much of the country. will grant sent this report. volcan de fuego's awesome power is well—known in guatemala. it is one of the most active
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volcanoes in latin america, with local people used to living in its shadow. however, moments of this magnitude are rare. eyewitnesses described a river of fire spewing down the mountainside. the victims and many of the injured were caught in its path, unable to react before their simple homes were swept away by the lava. translation: not everyone escaped, i think they were buried. we saw the lava pouring through the cornfields, and we ran towards the hill. ash has fallen across a wide area, even reaching the capital guatemala city, some aokm away. meanwhile, falling molten rock remains a real threat to villages in the vicinity. evacuations are under way, the emergency services doing what they can amid the treacherous conditions, the recent rains complicating their rescue efforts. the president has called a state of
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emergency. translation: we are considering the need to call for a state of emergency. we have to see, according to our legislation, what can help us to do this. we think, until now, that there is a state of devastation in at least three areas. the international airport in guatemala city has been closed through poor visibility, and roads have been cut off in several departments of the country. the last time locals remember seeing fuego was so active was in the mid 1970s. with the number of dead steadily rising, and emergency services in the impoverished nation stretched, it is now a race to ensure communities in the affected area are safe. will grant, bbc news. a suspected taliban bombmaker planned a "deadly terror attack" in westminster and was arrested on whitehall carrying three knives, the old bailey has heard. khalid ali, from north london, denies preparing acts of terrorism and two counts of possessing an explosive substance with intent.
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our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, was in court. watmore was said this morning? this was the first day of the trial of khalid ali who was arrested so publicly on april 27 last year by armed police officers has he made his way up towards whitehall. the jury his way up towards whitehall. the jury were told by the prosecution, brian altman qc, today, that at the time he was carrying two knives, one in his right and leftjacket pockets, and a large knife in the waistband of his tracksuit trousers. brian altman told the jury that the defendant went armed with three knives for one reason, to launch a deadly terror attack at the heart of this country's moxie by killing a police officer, payment of the military or even a parliamentarian. brian altman qc pointed out this happened just four weeks after the
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westminster bridge attack last year by khalid masood. he said in interview with the police, khalid ali told the police he had come to deliver a message that the west should leave moslem lands, that palestine should be returned, and the west should release its prisoners of war. he went on to say this wasn't the full story of khalid ali. injuly of 2011, he was reported missing by his family and the prosecution say he had been a bomb maker for the taliban the prosecution say he had been a bomb makerfor the taliban in afghanistan. khalid ali has denied all three counts and the jury was told the trial could last up to four weeks. daniel sandford, thank you. our top story this lunchtime. the inquiry into the grenfell tower fire is told that advice to residents to "stay put" had "effectively failed" within half an hour of the blaze starting. coming up, a former american president and the world's best—selling novelist team up for a thriller. coming up on bbc news... serena willimas expresses
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disappointment after maria sharapova reveals she cried after being beaten in the 2004 wimbledon final. the pair meet in the french open last 16 this afternoon. there'll be a new addition to the traffic on motorways from today — vehicles with l plates. learner drivers in england, scotland and wales will be given lessons in driving at speed if their instructor thinks they're ready. they can only take lessons with approved instructors, and in cars fitted with dual controls. but some say the way we learn to drive needs a full overhaul, as graham satchell reports. five o'clock this morning and jonathan davies is heading onto the motorway. a slightly nerve—racking experience and a small piece of history. it's the first time learner drivers have been allowed on the motorway. i think it's brilliant, long overdue. i think once you have passed your test, before this, you
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we re passed your test, before this, you were going on the motorway on your own for the first time, which would be daunting in any situation, so now having the chance to have a lesson or three or however many you want on the motorways will be great. jonathan's instructor is teaching him how to get on and off the motorway and lane management, giving him the confidence to drive safely. i've had people phoned me up three weeks after passing their test, they we re weeks after passing their test, they were on the motorway, they got scared, they were in tears. these days, i would go on the motorway beforehand days, i would go on the motorway before hand and she days, i would go on the motorway beforehand and she wouldn't have that fear or panic. motorways are the safest roads in the country, but a fifth of all fatalities on the roads in 2016 involves crashes with drivers under the age of 25. the hope is today's changes will improve safety. but there are a couple of caveats. only qualified driving instructors with dual control cars can take learners onto the motorway. you can't go on with your parents.
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and the lessons will be voluntary. driving on the motorway will not become part of the test. do the changes go far enough? the road charity brake wants to see more action. this is a step in the right direction, but sadly it is just a small step. young people are disproportionately at risk on our roads and we need a system to address this. that's why we are calling for graduated driver licensing. a system like that would ensure that when somebody passes the test they are confident in all road environment and that's to the safety of all road users. at highways england in birmingham they monitor all the roads. they say experienced drivers will have to get used to l plates on the motorway. we have all been learner drivers and when we do see them, we have to respect them and recognise they need a bit more space. but when they are on the motorways, they will be test ready, confident i can experience. back on
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the road, jonathan is finessing his lesson with expert advice. shouldn't bea lesson with expert advice. shouldn't be a daunting experience for him when he has passed his test. graham satchell, bbc news, birmingham. a comedian who has cerebral palsy and uses a voice synthesiser to speak has won the final of the itv show britain's got talent. lee ridley, who's known as lost voice guy, will receive a £250,000 prize and a spot at the royal variety performance. he said that when performing, he felt as if he'd finally found his voice. i started off in a disabled steps tribute band. we were called ramps. cheering and applause. congratulations, lee, the lost voice guy. our entertainment correspondent,
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lizo mzimba, is with me. it's a significant win, this? yes, let's remember he won because he's a very funny comedian with a great track record. he won the bbc‘s new comedy award in 2014. he's had a sitcom on radio 4. but with people with disabilities being so underrepresented on screens, it will be seen inevitably by many as really symbolic, seeing him win in front of millions of viewers on a programme like britain's got talent. look into the future, some have done better than others. two have had films made about them. pudsey the dog. susan boyle, who came second to diversity, she didn't win but she sold millions of records globally since her appearance on britain's got talent to stop potential opportunities for lee ridley lying ahead. and there can only be good things in seeing more people with disabilities being portrayed on our screens.
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the former us president bill clinton has told the bbc that far more needs to be done to safeguard elections from cyberattacks. mr clinton said america faced a serious risk from hacking which could disrupt voting. he was speaking to our arts correspondent rebecca jones to mark the publication of a thriller that he's co—written. he used to be the most powerful man in the world. and he's the world's bestselling novelist. meet a writing team like no other. there is an old saying, at least in american—english, that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. i'm an old dog and this is a new trick. at the age of 71, bill clinton finally got round to fulfilling a lifetime's ambition. i love thrillers. i read huge numbers of them every year. we had met once before, i have always wanted to do it and he was willing, we started and that's what happened. what you're going to get here is what it would be like to be president under
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the most extreme circumstances. the novel sees a fictitious commander—in—chief battling to save the free world from a devastating cyber attack. it's a plot both men say is all too plausible. what's happening in north korea is nothing compared to the threat of cyber terrorism. i hope and pray that this effort with north korea succeeds, not because i think north korea is about to drop a nuclear bomb, because it would be the end of their country, they know that. but this cyber threat could kill a lot more people in a lot less time just by shutting down things. malicious cyber attacks are not confined to the pages of fiction and despite the use of electronic voting machines in america, the former president thinks a return to old—fashioned pen and paper is the best way to prevent the democratic process from hacking. at the computer hacking convention that's held every year in las vegas, the governor of virginia sent his voting machine and his expert and it took them six minutes to hack it.
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so they went to paper ballots and nobody complained about the election, and they were counted just as quickly. and the most important thing is, until we get this straightened out, every state should go to some sort of paper ballot system. the tv rights have already been sold. who should play the president? george clooney? that would be good. there's a lot of... a very good actor. well, he looked great at the wedding, didn't he? not as great as amal did, but he looked great. do you think he'd make a good president? in the movies. in the movies, yes, i do. how much fun was it being the president again? it was a lot of fun. i loved it the first time. i told somebody, i was glad we had a two—term limit because otherwise i would have made them carry me out in a pine box or vote me out. rebecca jones reporting there. how much do we really know about our parents? for one woman, from deal in kent, an old suitcase hidden in an attic
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has revealed that her father who died more than 30 years ago had a secret life. these are just a few of hundreds of photographs that have won plaudits, with plans now for a book and an exhibition. david sillito reports. john turner was a model of bowler hatted 1950s respectability. john turner was a model of bowler hatted1950s respectability. that was the man that got on the eighth 15 am train every morning and earned the money to look after us all. he worked as a property manager for a big firm of estate agents in london. but he had a secret passion. this suitcase was hidden in the attic, and its secrets have onlyjust been discovered by his daughter, liz, more than 30 years after his death. there are hundreds of photographs. quirky, candid, a window on a lost world. he had quite an eye for the fleeting moment. elephants in the centre of london. yes! salsbury
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avenue? i should think so. why? the circus is in town. there is a lot of comradeship in that picture. looks like they might have been on hard times, but supporting each other. here she is, style, look at her. butterfly glasses. and the dog looking at her. the jumping polar bear. two women are strolling down a road suddenly breaking into a nazi salute in 30s berlin. these precarious football fans. john turner didn't show these photos to anyone. his family knew nothing. however, now they have been made public, there's been quite a reaction. we've got interest in producing a book, which would be wonderful. and hopefully an exhibition, we've had interest in that as well. but having offers arriving daily now, so so we're just
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waiting to see which one is right when we've had time to think about it and gather them all together. you are meeting a new father here, aren't you? yes, but one i always suspected might be there. the man in the bowler hat, he had a secret life. he did, yes, i'm very glad to say. workmen pondering a piece of modern art. the collector for the pdsa. and this rather rakish self—portrait, with a cravat, the john turner before family and responsibilities. this is a suitcase with more than a few surprises. david sillito, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. nothing changing very quickly


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