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controversial plans for a third runway at heathrow are approved by ministers. mps will vote within weeks. campaigners say the move would damage the environment but the transport secretary says expansion will benefit the economy. expansion at heathrow will bring real benefits across the country, including a boost of up to £74 billion to passengers and the wider economy, providing better connections growing world markets and increasing flights to more long haul destinations. we'll assess the government's difficulties in getting the plans thorugh parliament and getting the runway built. also this lunchtime... the grenfell tower inquiry is told people who escaped owe their lives to chance, rather than risk assessment and planning. in the second decade of 21st—century london, governed by a regulatory framework designed to ensure fire safety, a local authority instigated and oversaw the refurbishment of a social housing high—rise tower block in such a way as to render it a death trap.
comedian michael mcintyre has been robbed by thieves on a moped who smashed his car window with a hammer. the first funerals are held in guatemala after the country's most violent volcanic eruption in more than a century. and the cost of petrol rose last month at its fastest rate for 18 years. and coming up on bbc news... former manchester city midfielder yaya toure claims his old boss pep guardiola often has problems with africans — wherever he goes. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. plans for a new third runway at heathrow airport have been
approved by the government. the proposed expansion has faced fierce opposition from campaigners who say it will breach the uk's legal limits on air pollution, but the transport secretary, chris grayling, has told the commons that expansion will allow britain to keep pace with other international economies, and that the benefits of the scheme will stretch far beyond london. the proposals will be voted on by mps within weeks. our business correspondent theo leggett reports. this isn't down on the farm, it is london's vast airport at heathrow, a scene of dense daily activity. when first build, heathrow was meant to provide all the airport capacity needed by london. when finished, the result will be an airport worthy of the world's metropolis. 70 years later it is bursting at the seams, there is not enough space for
more flights. politicians have been arguing about how to expand airports capacity in the south—east for decades, but today the government threw its weight firmly behind a third runway at heathrow. expansion at heathrow will bring real benefits gci’oss at heathrow will bring real benefits across the country, including a boost of up to £74 billion to passengers and the wider economy. providing better connections to world markets and increasing flights to more long haul destinations. so what is being planned? this is heathrow today, with the north and south runways. the new third runway would be built to the north—west and would be built to the north—west and would pass through whether village of harmondsworth currently stands. two other villagers would be affected. heathrow‘s owners say the cost of the project would be £14 billion, opponents say it could be rather higher. nearly 800 homes would have to be able to handle hundreds
of thousands more take—offs and landings and more than 50 million extra passengers per year. the villagers of harmondsworth have fought against this plan for years. it lies bang in the middle of the most densely populated residential region in the country and it is almost inconceivable you could have 250,000 extra flights with all the vehicular journeys 250,000 extra flights with all the vehicularjourneys in terms of road journeys and freight without having serious impacts on the air we breathe and the noise people suffer. those in favour of a third runway believe it will bring significant economic benefits, notjust for london and the south—east but the country as a whole. the crucial thing to understand about a hub airport like heathrow is that bigger writs to cities like new york are fed by smaller feeder planes that includes rather than exclude other parts of the uk. we need to start taking a long—term view on infrastructure. that the plan has to be approved by the house of commons, and many london mps are unhappy. they think
the new airport will bring not only more planes but more noise and pollution, blighting the lives of local residents. they include members of the conservative party ‘s ranks. this is a massively expensive than polluting proposal to expand heathrow, also i think people would prefer a regional airport strategy with the connections they need on their doorstep rather than going hundreds of miles to london to fly from heathrow. it is a 20th—century strategy in a 21st—century point—to—point world. there is no doubt that today's announcement brings the prospect of announcement brings the prospect of a third runway at heathrow closer, but opponents remain determined to make their voices heard and are unlikely to back down until the tarmac has been laid. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. this has been a controversial topic for so long, what sort of battle as
the government basing? on some level you might think mrs may has had a rush of blood to the head to press ahead with a decision that successive prime ministers, frankly, have run away from, when she already faces a series of epic parliamentary battles over brexit. did she really wa nt battles over brexit. did she really want another one when she knows there are probably around 30 tory mps who will defy hair and vote against it, including the foreign secretary, borisjohnson. and yet mrs may has decided to go for it, and the reason is because she can probably count on the support of a large number of opposition mps. whateverjeremy corbyn eventually decides, there is a fairly solid block of labour mps likely to back a third runway, similarly the snp. as for the risk of the likes of boris johnson resigning because of this, that has also been taken care of. mrs may has agreed that those ministers with a long—standing
record of campaigning against heathrow will be free to vote against it. either way, this morning mrjohnson a player ‘s to play down the prospect he would be lying down in front of a bulldozer, as he had previously suggested —— mrjohnson appeared to play down the prospect. if mrs may pulls this off, expects her team to cite this as a rebuff to ditherer charge, but she is so weak and indecisive she cannot do anything. they will say she has pulled off which successive prime ministers have been unable to do. however, when it comes to heathrow we know nothing is easy and nothing is quick. i suspect the best advice is quick. i suspect the best advice is to fasten your seat belt and prepared for lots of political turbulence to come. thank you, norman smith. a lawyer representing victims of the grenfell fire says survivors and the bereaved are coming to the inquiry in a "calm rage". speaking at the second day of evidence to the inquiry, danny frieman qc said the refurbishment of the tower
block, overseen by the local authority, had left it as a death trap. the inquiry was also told that companies involved in the refurbishment are refusing to say whether the changes were in breach of building regulations. richard galpin has this report. it's almost a year since the devastating fire at grenfell tower, and the inquiry has heard damning evidence from experts about fire safety failures there, leading to the deaths of 72 people who were not able to escape the ferocious flames. today, it was the turn of lawyers who represent the victims. the bereaved and the surviving people of grenfell tower come to this inquiry in a calm rage. the basic facts are stark. in the second decade of 21st century london, governed by a regulatory framework designed to ensure fire safety, a local authority instigated and oversaw the refurbishment
of a social housing high—rise tower block in such a way as to render it a deathtrap. the cladding used to renovate the tower block a year before the fire has been singled out as one of the main causes of the disaster because it was combustible. the companies involved in supplying the materials have this morning been sharply criticised for not providing an explanation so far. the corporate silence deprives the families of the degree of resolution and understanding to which they are entitled and has only served to increase their pain and uncertainty. it is inhumane to remain silent when so many seek understanding and answers — answers which are within the corporates' gift. one of the companies said it would not be in a position to make a detailed statement until it had received all the relevant documents and had had
access to the site of the fire. but today the london fire brigade has also come under scrutiny. despite acts of individual heroism, lawyers representing the victims said firefighters had failed to realise the futility of trying to tackle such a big blaze. they also highlighted the failure of the decision to tell residents to stay in their flats, and how their kit crowded the exits and meant doors were left open, letting smoke into the stairwells. for the survivors and those who lost loved ones, their focus is notjust on this inquiry. they're also looking to the criminal investigation, which is also well under way. it's hoped that during the intensive criminal investigation which is currently taking place, that at the end of it the criminal procedure is initiated where people are convicted and are punished duly. and this is something that has been stated by the residents from the beginning. it is not enough to simply focus on any
financial aspect, because no amount of money would bring back the lives of those that have gone. but this will not be a quick process. it's likely to be several years before anyone could potentially be put on trial and convicted. tom burridge is at the inquiry hearing in central london. there have certainly been some damning allegation so far today? very much so. the most damaging allegation that the companies involved with the refurbishment of g re nfell tower involved with the refurbishment of grenfell tower have been accused this morning of not fully engaging with the public inquiry. the refurbishment grenfell tower was a complex web of the main contractor, various subcontractors, the council and the tennessee management organisation working on behalf of the council. the opening statements have been published this morning
from some of those parties and they give us a flavour of what their defences might be in the coming months. the council says it was the duty of the companies it paid to design the building to make sure the building was safe. the company is in itself, kensington and chelsea council has said those companies had that responsibility. the main contractor points out it was an industrywide problem but flammable compostable cladding was used and experts had failed to flag the problem. but a representative of the relatives of those killed and the survivors has said that the main contractor was being disingenuous by suggesting it was not responsible for critical decisions. she said it had an obligation to warn the council that hazardous materials we re council that hazardous materials were being used. we learned about the last pair assessment is made g re nfell tower the last pair assessment is made grenfell tower which incredibly found there was only a risk of slight harm in the event of a fire. tom burridge at the inquiry in
london, thank you. the comedian michael mcintyre has been robbed by thieves on a moped, as he waited to collect his children from a school in north london. his car windows were smashed by two men wielding a hammer, who then stole his watch and sped off. the incident was one of several robberies carried out by people on mopeds in london in the last 24 hours. david sillito reports. this footage taken just minutes after the attack clearly shows the broken car window and comedian michael mcintyre speaking to the police. witnesses described how men riding on a moped hammered at the window and forced michael mcintyre out of the car before robbing him. a police statement said the victim was stationary in his car when two males on a moped smashed the car windows with a hammer before stealing properties. hello! michael mcintyre, one of britain's most successful comedians, were said to be uninjured in the assault.
—— was said to be. one onlooker said he was seen comforting his very shaken children. then today, this. as the pizza delivery bike pulls out, we see a second moped travelling at speed after an attempt to rob a nearby shop. on the other side of the road, the gang were being taken on and chased by bystanders. and these weren't the only moped—related crimes of the last 48 hours. however, the head of the metropolitan police, speaking today to the commons home affairs committee, said the number of incidents overall is declining. when i came in as commissioner in april 2017, moped enabled crime had been going up like that in the previous year, and like most violent crimes the start of it was in 2014. for the last several months, we have seen, now, 50% reduction, it's coming down and down and down. we have done that through new tactics, better intelligence, and more focus on particular spots. nevertheless it still leaves
the number of moped related crimes in the thousands. and hammer wielding thieves smashing their way into a stationary car? thankfully, michael mcintyre was said to be fine. a woman in a similar assault that day is now in a critical condition. but it was clear this was a terrifying ordeal for him and his children. david sillito, bbc news. a court has heard that an alleged taliban bombmaker was being followed by surveillance officers in the days before he was arrested by armed police on whitehall. khalid ali from north london, denies preparing acts of terrorism and two counts of possessing an explosive substance with intent. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. it was april last year, barely a month since the westminster bridge attack, when heavily armed officers arrested a man walking into whitehall. the suspect, khalid ali, the prosecution say, was carrying the three nights.
—— three knives. today, brian altman qc told the jury that khalid ali had been under surveillance in the week leading up to his arrest. he'd first come to attention in 2010 on an aid convoy to gaza. soon afterwards he disappeared and his family reported him missing. he re—emerged in britain in 2016, telling police he'd been travelling in pakistan. but the prosecution case is that he did in fact been an al-qaeda supporter, making bombs for the taliban. at one point he told police he'd detonated 300, but he later backtracked on that. the fbi discovered his fingerprints on 42 bomb components found in afghanistan. in april last year, khalid ali's mother called police to the family home in north london, concerned that he had knives in his bedroom. the officers told him to leave the house. the next morning, according to the prosecution, he bought three sa batier knives
in wilko's in ealing. and that afternoon he set off for westminster, dumping a phone on the river thames and then heading towards whitehall. the prosecution say that as khalid ali entered parliament street, he was stopped by armed police officers and arrested. as officers searched him they found the three nights that —— three knives that he'd purchased earlier, two in the outer pockets of his jacket and one tucked down the front of his trousers. khalid ali denies charges of being in possession of explosives substances overseas and of preparing a terrorist attack in london. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the old bailey. the cost of petrol rose last month at the fastest rate in 18 years. figures from the rac show that rising global oil prices helped put up fuel costs by nearly 6 pence a litre in may. the organisation says a combination of higher crude prices, and the weaker pound, is to blame for the increases. jon kay is at a petrol station in yeovil.
i spoke to a lady this morning who said she was so fed up with having to spend so much of her money every month on petrol that she is now thinking of moving house so she can afford to be closer to work. what goes on in the boardroom of big oil companies eto barak international currency speculation, were me talk about tension in the middle east, all of that seems a world away from all of that seems a world away from a petrol station here in yeovil. but it is in places like this in the pumps where it is really being felt. going up — again. in the last month, petrol and diesel have both increased by an average 6p per litre — that's biggest monthly jump in nearly 20 years. here in rural somerset, where many people rely on their cars, they are feeling it. i drive about 35 miles a day to get to work four times a week. i work in dorchester.
so, over the course of a year, it's about £1000 a year for me on petrol. i've got a disabled mother who i have to take places as well. itjust goes, doesn't it? you skimp on everything else, you skimp on the luxuries. you don't go out as much because you have to get to work. it's your priority, isn't it? it is disgusting how expensive fuel prices are. why has it gone up again this time? the cause of this has been as a result of a double whammy, effectively. we've seen the cost of a barrel of oil go above $80 in may. what we've also seen is the weakening of the pound. that double whammy, as oil is traded in dollars, means wholesale costs have increased, which translates to higher prices at the pumps for drivers. in may, diesel increased by an average of 6p to £1.32 a litre. petrol also went up by 6p. it is now £1.29 a litre. it means the average tank of fuel has gone up by £3.29 in a month.
experts say there are signs the oil price has cooled a little in recent days, which means prices might have peaked for now but economists and politicians will be watching closely. opec, the organisation that represents petrol producing countries meet than a couple of weeks' time. they are expected to increase supply of fuel which means prices come down. next month we might be talking about a dip. the time is1:20pm. our top story this lunchtime. controversial plans for a third runway at heathrow are approved by ministers. mps will vote within weeks. and still to come... over a week after his costly mistakes in the champions' league final, doctors say liverpool goalkeeper loris karius's performance could have been
affected by concussion. coming up on bbc news... the government will review the issue of standing at matches in the premier league and championship. more than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for safe standing. the first funerals have taken place in guatemala for people killed by the most violent volcanic eruption in the country for more than a century. at least 69 people are now known to have died and dozens are still missing after sunday's eruption. more than 1.7 million people, about 10% of the country's population, are at risk from ash and toxic gases from the fuego volcano, 25 miles from the capital guatemala city. aleem maqbool is in guatemala and sent us this report. the first funerals tell of just how cruel the eruption was, and the victims it took. here they carry the coffin of three—year—old jenifer andrea
morales. six other members of her family were killed too. the volcano remains shrouded in smoke, but gives away little of the sudden catastrophic violence it wrought. the land tells a different tale, scarred and suffocated by lava and ash. more eyewitness footage has emerged of the eruption. this was taken several hours after the main explosion, yet lava and gas still spew out. thousands of people from the area around the volcano have been displaced and they're coming to churches and government buildings and schools for refuge. many of them have no idea when they'll be allowed back home, and what's left of their possessions. and it's clear, speaking to people of the area, they are traumatised by what they've gone through. "when this all happened we couldn't figure out what to do," she says. "i felt i had no options,
that i wasn't going to be able to get out." they are now also fearful of further eruptions. it's why more refuges could be opened. translation: the evaluation to allow more shelters is already under way, to give people basic necessities so they have no problems at the moment they have to evacuate their communities. the guatemalan president jimmy morales has visited those affected by the disaster, declaring three days of national mourning and calling for the country to pull together to support those affected. with so many still missing and most bodies as yet unidentified, people here will need more strength in the days to come. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in guatemala. newspapers across the north of england have joined forces to call on the prime minister to "get a grip" and deal with the delays and cancellations
on the rail network. they have urged theresa may to call an emergency summit to find a solution to the disruption caused by new timetables. danny savage is at leeds station. shia weeks ago the new timetables came into effect and chaos institute with tens of thousands of commuters having journeys disrupted with trains cancelled, often because there was not a driver available because not enough had been trained to cover the number of services that are on the timetable. yesterday a new emergency timetable was introduced, axing a load more services. still things are not quite right across large parts of northern england. for the first time ever 25 papers, both regional and local across northern england have come together with the same editorial on their front together with the same editorial on theirfront page together with the same editorial on their front page telling theresa may that enough is enough. the yorkshire post is also going for the transport
minister, chris grayling, saying they have no confidence in him and calling for him to be replaced, saying his performance yesterday when he was defending what was going on and trying to explain what was happening just was not good enough. they are calling for more priority to be given to a new rail link across the pennines but that should be just as important, across the pennines but that should bejust as important, if not across the pennines but that should be just as important, if not more so, banned the crossrail services that are being proposed in london in future. deep frustration in the north about the situation and sending a clear message to london. the crown prosecution service has revealed that 47 cases of rape and sexual assault have been dropped after vital evidence was withheld from defence lawyers. well, with me is our legal correspondent, clive coleman. this is about disclosure. explain more. disclosure where the police gather evidence and prosecutors look at it and the defendant is entitled to any evidence that assist the defence case or undermines the prosecution. last year high profile rape trials collapse for failure to
disclose evidence to the defence. as a result of that, this review was instigated. today we found out that asa instigated. today we found out that as a result the cps looked at all the rape and sexual offence cases that had been charged. 47 have been dropped, five where disclosure was the main issue, 42 where it was an issue. as a result of that, 14 defendants who were in custody or remand have been released. alison saunders gave evidence to the justice committee this morning. she pledged the cps will tighten things up pledged the cps will tighten things up and look at charging decisions, early charging decisions, and scrutinise them earlier. also we will look at the early identification of electronic evidence on people's bar and devices. —— mobile phones. less than 10% of the plastic ever manufactured has been recycled, according to a united nations report. the un says says more needs to be done to stop the vast
flow of plastic waste into rivers and seas. our environment analyst roger harrabin reports. another heartbreaking plastic story. this pilot whale in southern thailand swallowed more than 80 plastic bags weighing more than eight kilos — another victim of our throwaway society. south east asia is afflicted by plastic pollution. this is indonesia, where the army has been brought in to clear great matts of plastic waste clogging up rivers. it's in the early stages of tackling the plastic scourge. india is more advanced. mass clean—ups have been arranged for beaches, although the problem keeps recurring because there is no system for collecting waste in many of the slums. several african nations have led the way on tackling plastic pollution. here in kenya there are now big fines for using plastic bags. the un report says good policies in some african nations are undermined though by weak enforcement of laws. we have solutions, we know what to do. it is more about getting the political will, getting the business leaders to act, the civil society, and all of us as a
consumer, we can do something. this map shows levels of public concern about plastics worldwide by monitoring twitter. the darker the red, the greater the number of concerned tweets. kenya is top, followed by india, with the uk fifth. fewer than a third of people in the uk think their supermarket has done enough to reduce plastic packaging a poll today suggests. but things are starting to change. take this somali refugee camp. this man was mocked when he started gathering plastic waste but he has not been deterred. we are refugees and we do not have any money. so, we continue our work. the scale of the challenge though is vast. a start is being made towards limiting the flow of plastics into the sea but this problem could take hundreds of years to solve. roger harrabin, bbc news.
doctors in america say that tests on liverpool goalkeeper loris karius show that he sustained concussion during their champions league final defeat to real madrid. karius made two big mistakes leading to two goals in the game, and doctors at a boston hospital say it's possible the injury "would affect performance". andy swiss reports. it was a story of one big goalkeeper and two terrible mistakes. karius! oh, it's gone in! oh, no... loris karius bore the blame for liverpool's champions league heartache after a pair of seemingly inexplicable blunders. but was his calamity actually the result of concussion? just before his errors, karius had received a blow to the head. he has since undergone a scan in the united states where doctors now believe he was concussed. in a statement, they said his symptoms suggested... adding...
well, after the final, loris karius told liverpool fans he was infinitely sorry. he said he messed up and let them all down. he even received death threats. but now it seems he wasn't in a fit state to play when he made those mistakes. among the supporters, though, sympathy is still mingled with frustration. i do feel sorry for him, like, but if he felt like he was concussed maybe he should have just said something to the gaffer and said, "listen, i don't feel 100% here." i don't think we need excuses. i don't think he needs to look for excuses. i think we just let it be. certainly these new findings won't erase the disappointment. but they may help explain the reasons for one man's sporting nightmare. time for a look at the weather.