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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 8pm. the government sets out the plans for more than three million eu citizens if they want to remain here after brexit. the home secretary says it will be a simple process involving three questions. the need to prove your identity. that you, number two, that us in the uk, proof that proof that you actually live in the uk at number three, that you have no serious criminal convictions. the bank of england holds interest rates, as the chancellor prepares to make his annual mansion house speech on the state of the uk economy. a report finds the racist murder of an iraqi asylum seeker could have been avoided. the us first lady, melania trump visits a child migrant detention centre on the us—mexico border, and says she's there to learn. also in the next hour, can argentina get back to winning ways at the world cup? croatia have the best
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chance in the group d clash — but the game remains goalless at half time. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the government has set out details of its plans to allow more than three million eu citizens to apply to stay in britain after brexit, if they want to. ministers say the application process will be simple. it will cost £65 and applicants should know whether they can remain here or not within days. to apply, eu citizens will need to provide documents to prove their identity, show that they are resident in the uk and have no serious criminal convictions. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. what is the hardest job you have done? cooking?
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cleaning? across the country, there's a chance eu nationals are doing jobs brits can't or won't do. living on low wages and promises they can stay after brexit. elena? cheese omelette, please. 0k, thank you. at this blackpool seafront hotel, elena has been worried about her future. i am worried because i don't want to come back to italy. it was always my dream since i was a child to live in england, so now i realise my dream and i want to continue it. the government minister, they say you can stay? yes, but i'm still worried anyway. how can i help you? i have been here for five years now and blackpool is now my home. my boyfriend, he is spanish, as well, we are planning to stay here for a long time now, yes. we're not planning to go to spain. today, for those settled in this traditional of this resort towns and across the country, the future has become
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clear. i know you are going to tell me the future. notjust predictions and vague promises. settled status will be open to around 3.3 million eu nationals, here for five years by 2020. there will be checks for id and criminal records. close relatives would be allowed tojoin their families in the uk. applications would cost £65, that's less than a passport. and half that for children under 16. we will not be looking for excuses at all to try and not grant status. of course not. it will be variously driven by default view that if you provide this information, and if you are not going to be granted status, there has to be a very good reason why you are not going to get that. change might have come too quickly for some. you don't get more british than blackpool. voters here also voted two to one for brexit and views on migrants are mixed. i know you could say these europeans will take more menial jobs, which they will,
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cleaning and things like that, but i say if we need the work in this country, it's got to go to the british people. you think they are taking british jobs? i do, really. they're going to take those jobs which they find they can do. if the brits were there to do them, then they would have taken them themselves. so i don't see a problem with him coming over here at all. this is about more than the needs of business or the rights to remain. britain is redefining its role in the world. welljulien hoez is a french citizen and a spokesperson for the three million campaign a group championing the rights of eu citizens in the uk. he told us his reaction to today's announcement from the home secretary. we do not know what is going to happen. we do not for example that if my papers, despite having been born and raised here my whole life, will be enough. we do not know what the errors are going to be in the
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system. we do not want to know what breakdowns. originally, this was supposed to be in place in august, thenit supposed to be in place in august, then it was pushed to october and now saying it will be early next year. it seems like there are a lot of errors happening just in the testing stages and while that is good they are delaying it, if they are now adding more pressure to the system, a lot of people who will be applying straightaway. our political correspondent jonathan blake is in westminster. encouraging words, but i suppose people compare that to the department's track records in terms of processing applications, not least of course when we think of windrush. yes, the home secretary was at pains today to present this asa simple was at pains today to present this as a simple straightforward and user—friendly system. a friendly face of the government making things sound and appear as if they will be very straightforward for the eu nationals who are living in the uk
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and want to stay here after brexit. you heard the details there in the piece, simply proving your identity, also where you live, and that you have no criminal record. but also, the home secretary answer questions on this as well today, as you suggest, there was a very recent example of the government getting it wrong in terms of how immigration policies is implemented and the impact that has on peoples lives. the windrush scandal seeing people threatened with deportation and denied public services and access to health care in response to that health care in response to that health care in response to that health care being misinterpreted. what you have here is on the face of it, i straightforward what you have here is on the face of it, istraightforward plan, and what you have here is on the face of it, i straightforward plan, and we will have to wait until it is implemented, we understand it will be in the next couple of months, opened more broadly from autumn onwards, but as to how it operates, it might be very straightforward for people who have proof of address a drivers licence, and no criminal
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convictions at all but then there are those who may have been cash in hand jobs, moved around a lot, for whom it could be more difficult to prove their status, but certainly the home secretary today saying the emphasis will be, if you like, rubber—stamping people applications to stay here rather than looking for reasons why they cannot. but the proof will be when the system gets up proof will be when the system gets up and running and help people find it to use. thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at the later time of 10:50 and again at 11:30, because of world cup coverage, this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight a re steven swi nford, who is the deputy political editor at the daily telegraph, and the editor of politico's london playbook, jack blanchard. the bank of england has held interest rates at 0.5%, but signalled a rise is likely soon. the decision came ahead of speeches by the chancellor philip hammond and the governor of the bank
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of england mark carney at the mansion house in the city of london. our correspondent andy verity is at the mansion house in the city. let me ask you about the speech. what are the signals we are expecting to get and what are the tra nsferee expecting to get and what are the transferee suggesting the chancellor may be going to say? well, it is all to do whether taxes are going to rise or not. i think he may confirm they make in order to find this extra boost for the nhs. just to you a word about this occasion, every year, it has been traditionally opposed for assumptions banquet, a five course meal for all the rates and goods, certainly the ridge of the city, now until last year, there we re the city, now until last year, there were happy to be public about it, to tell everyone what they were eating, to have cameras in, to film them sitting down and eating his magnificent banquet. but this year, they are not. last year it was
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cancelled because it was in the wake of the rental tragedy. and there is some sensitivity on letting the cameras in. what we do feel that is would happen if it his way to be the date when the chancellor confirms that taxes are going to have to rise and that is something that is against before the next general election, and you the conservatives, thatis election, and you the conservatives, that is the way you guaranteed your taxes would not rise. what the decision we had today, in a sense, interest rates being left on hold is kind of no news, but people are reading a lot more into what was said and the voting ballots between what one might call the hawks and doves. that is right. it is not about what just happened doves. that is right. it is not about whatjust happened but doves. that is right. it is not about what just happened but about what is about to happen, and what people anticipate. the big difference today is you had the bank of england's chief economist saying he would now like to raise rates. he
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voted for. three of the members of the nine members, of the policy committee that sets rates, say they walk rates to rise. there is a division here, from the people who walk rates to rise the economy is doing well, and the slowdown was only temporary, and those who are not so sure and think it may be more lasting and want to wait for further data before they decide that a rate rise is on the cards, but if you think about it, we have not had a day like this for a while, where people say taxes are going to rise and interest rates are going to rise. perhaps as early as august. back to the future. i look forward to talking to you after we have heard exactly what the chancellor and governor had to say. we have coverage for this live, and by the chancellor. they are expected to begin at about a quarter to 9pm this evening. hampshire police have apologised tonight for not
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investigating properly the deaths of hundreds of elderly patients who died prematurely at gosport hospital after being given dangerous doses of drugs. the police say they're sorry for the distress caused over so many years to the victims‘ families. an independent report into the deaths was published yesterday. our health editor, hugh pym, has the latest. for tracy, today was the first chance to look at the full report. young that is appalling. listed are the details of her own father's death. he died at memorial hospital at age 70 five. he had been taken there for rehabilitation after breaking a collar born and other health problems. like others, he died after huge doses of painkillers. the report said doctor barton was responsible for work prescribing all the wards in the 19905, prescribing all the wards in the i990s, though other staff were also involved. she was later disciplined but not barred by regulators.|j
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involved. she was later disciplined but not barred by regulators. i am astonished she was not sacked. she was allowed to jump ship, protecting her self and her pension and allowed to move away and continued in her career was successful, and her career was successful, and her career ended successfully with retirement. after leaving the hospital, she worked as a gp at this local practise. one patient told me she was well—regarded. local practise. one patient told me she was well-regarded. she was very brisk and her manner, and did not suffer balls gladly, but she was a very good doctor. we were very happy with her. what do you think, now that you have seen the report? still uncertain, buti that you have seen the report? still uncertain, but i do feel that one person is a scapegoat. i do not think it is right. not if there are others involved. the police pull apologised today for any distress caused because investigations were not high quality. they said they would step back and knit another
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force ta ke would step back and knit another force take the lead. the report of the independent panel published yesterday makes clear that there we re yesterday makes clear that there were numerous warnings about potential problems at the hospital, which went unheeded. some nurses raise concerns about prescribing as far back as the early i990s. one nurse who worked on a different ward at that time, said she and her collea g u es at that time, said she and her colleagues had reservations and now regret not saying more. colleagues had reservations and now regret not saying morelj colleagues had reservations and now regret not saying more. i am ashamed to say we did not, why i have questioned that and myself. because we did say a patient, doctor barton is coming in, and she would put them on anything too heavy. tracy and other relatives are relieved that what they suspected for many years is now confirmed after the first detailed account of what happened. joining me now is georgina halford—hall from whistleblowersuk. you are not the ticket executive.
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forgive me. i am the chief executive of whistle—blowers, we are campaigning. that is your aspiration. forgive me for that. not all. what the health secretary had to say today, and some people have looked at the story and said yes, 45 yea rs looked at the story and said yes, 45 years ago, nurses who raised the statement did not have any protection and felt they were being undermined or ignored, but surely things have changed. undermined or ignored, but surely things have changedlj undermined or ignored, but surely things have changed. i think that this shows things have not changed. there has been a lot of fine words about moving from a blaming culture toa about moving from a blaming culture to a learning culture, but what goes in between? this for the government isa in between? this for the government is a never again moment, we cannot keep having all the scandals, with staff, harvey weinstein, karelian. correct me if i'm wrong, butjeremy hudson said then we need to move
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away from the culture of blame and one of learning and therefore people owning up to mistakes in order to learn from them. absolutely. and out of that came the sir robert francis review, and a lot of people contributed to that. there are still over 600 investigations or reports that were given by whistle—blowers that were given by whistle—blowers that are sitting in a cupboard somewhere. i think all of that demonstrates that while there is good addition in the words, there is no practical way of moving it forward. in terms of your experience in cases that you have dealt with, what have been the nhs saying to you about what has happened, when they have tried to raise concerns? that they have been targeted. they have found themselves on leave, find themselves sent to coventry, their promotions denied, they feel they do not belong. all they have done is speak up. they have done theirjob. they do not think today i will blow the whistle, they err thinking i am going to do myjob. they have been fore nsically going to do myjob. they have been forensically investigated and left, and we find that things like gosport
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are still happening. nobody has looked at the issues they have ways and that is what happened for anita and that is what happened for anita and sylvia, who were the nurses back in the i990s, the ones who first tried, and i cannot the others have not been the same. how can government do something about that? you're talking about legislation, or what are you seeking? we are seeking some legislation, and we are seeking independent office for a whistle—blower, because what we have at the moment is piecemeal. we have tried the national guard, and it has not worked. we have tried all of the other agencies and so on. they have not worked. an independent office with teeth that can actually prosecute, that can order inspections, back and hold people and organisations to account, and if necessary , and organisations to account, and if necessary, send them to jail. you only need one or two chief executives to jail to jail, for them to start to take whistle—blowers seriously. that is where the buck needs to stop, the person at the top. absolutely. whistle-blowers cannot keep being silent. we are lucky that we have now been invited
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by cross party members, like andrew mitchell to set up an all party parliament three group, which launches on the 10th ofjuly. so you are hoping that will act as a way of drawing attention to some of these cases and therefore press the government further to implement the independent office you are talking about. we hope that will provide that, but make organisations realise that, but make organisations realise that they can never again do what they have been to whistle—blowers and silence them. they cannot keep retaliating. whistle—blowers need to be supported, they need to be a financial penalty, but there also needs compensation for whistle—blowers. we cannot keep talking about rewards. americans have got much better system than us. we really have got to see that whistle—blowers who spend their own resources to do a publicjob are compensated. chief executive of whistle—blowers, my apologies for prematurely achieving what you want to achieve, and independent office.
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iam to achieve, and independent office. i am delighted. they do so much. the headlines on bbc news: the home secretary, sajid javid says the government's scheme to allow eu citizens to remain in the uk after brexit will be a simple process. the bank of england holds interest rates, as the chancellor prepares to make his annual mansion house speech on the state of the uk economy. us first lady melania trump visits a child migrant borderfacility on the us—mexico border, and says she's there to learn. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's tim hague. evening. against argentina, croatia are leading. and argentina are in real trouble will stop there to
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iceland at the opener, and now this has happened, and absolute power, from willie, and he punished. croatia won their opening game, so are heading through as it stands, argentina on the other hand, as i said, they are in trouble. they have one point in their two games. group c france are are ready for the last 16 after beating peru, that means the peruvians are playing in their first world cup for 36 years are out. the only goal of the game, and patrick geary reports. no nation sees this as peru does. the problem is that when they get the ball around here, things become distinctly, the latest peruvian to turn down a world cup, it cost them in theirfirst turn down a world cup, it cost them in their first match against denmark and france are more ruthless still. before you know it, the youngest
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frenchman to score at a major tournament. for a time, frenchman to score at a major tournament. fora time, france threatened to get away. peru could not afford to ponder any longer. it nearly worked for pedro, but nearly was nowhere. peru are planning to stay in their first world cup, and last charge they committed evermore numbers and energy to, without the gold they so needed. you could see only glimpses of the force that france could be a qualified team with qualified praise, but two games, two wins, without being too good. france not playing ray, australia had a penalty. awarded through the aar. after dislocating his shoulder yesterday, southgate has a headache to do it today, because he missed training. it seems
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steve holland, the england assistant manager has revealed plans for the starting line—up in his note ca ptu red starting line—up in his note captured by an eagle eyed photographer. you can also see marcus rushford, and another key bit of information on a piece of paper. the players are not fast by this so—called leak. the players are not fast by this so-called leak. we have not been directly told of who is starting in who is not. or the positions are still at and until the manager actually names the team, it does not matter what has come out or anything like that. the lads do not focus on that until he comes out of the managers now. the only words that really matter, so at this moment in time, we are trying not to get caught up in articles and everything like that, which we are for trying to focus on ourselves, and i think until the manager named the team, eve ryo ne until the manager named the team, everyone is still fighting for their position. carl admin is still out,
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after losing his second round against the italian to be andy murray a few days ago, the first set ofa murray a few days ago, the first set of a tie—break, and held on to win in three. joint favourite, has won this year's gold cup, the 7—4 shot, and trained byjohn, was pushed all the way in the closing stages but held on for great when as the colts step what to do when five miles, in the first time in his career. and thatis the first time in his career. and that is about it for sport for now. you can keep up—to—date with everything on that bbc sport website. argentina still losing, 25 minutes to go. i'll have more on all of that in sports. in the last hour, america's first lady melania trump has made an unannounced visit to a border detention facility in texas, where immigrant children are being held. yesterday president trump overturned the policy of separations after it was widely criticised. the first lady thanked staff at the centre for showing compassion to the children who've been
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separated from their parents. i am here to learn about your facility and we know you have children on a long—term basis, and also obliged to ask you how i can help to these children to reunite with theirfamilies. meanwhile the president has addressed the issue of child migrants ahead of a cabinet meeting. i signed a very good executive order yesterday, but that is only limited, no matter how you cut it, it leads to separation ultimately. i am directing dhs and doj to work together to keep illegal immigrant families together, during the immigration process and to reunite these previously separated groups. but the only real solution is for
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congress to close the catch and release loopholes that fuel the child smuggling industry. the democrats are causing tremendous damage and disruption of lies by not doing something about this. they know that. they know that better than anybody out there with a pen. if we do not close these loopholes, there is no amount of money or personnel in the world to address the crisis. predators cormac president donald trump. lets talk to barbara plett usher who is in washington. it has been a busy day there and a busy day in the courts. the president is throwing out lots of additional headaches. is a competent issue. it is his decision to treat illegal immigrants as criminals and he says that is necessary. you heard him there. because otherwise, you would have a flood of immigrants and he says there are criminal element
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amongst them. if you are going to treat them as criminals bent you detain them and to court. but what do you do with the children? and the children can only be detained for 20 days, hence the separation. this is the problem. he has headache should be detained together, but if they are are detained more than 28, the courts come in, and he is appealing to the courts, and there is legislation here on the books that would make it an indefinite period where the children could stay detained with their families, but that legislation ran into trouble today, and delayed development of tomorrow. there are sorts of issues legally and politically in trying to resolve this. thank you very much. a government minister has resigned and now the mayor of london, sadiq khan is threatening legal action over plans for heathrow expansion. this comes days before a key vote in parliament on a third runway. greg hands, the mp for chelsea and fulham, had promised his constituents that he would oppose the scheme. with conservative mps being ordered to support the government, the spotlight is now on the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, who's a long—standing opponent of a third runway.
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tim donovan reports. the plans for a new runwayjust hit some more turbulence. greg hands is away on business, the last such business he will now do, at least for a while, because of twitter today, he said he would honour his campaign pledge to vote against a third runway. and as monday's boats has been whipped, that is it is not going to be a free vote, this means he has resigned. i am sorry to see that greg is that of the government. he has been usually effective. it is a big issue for his constituents so ican a big issue for his constituents so i can understand the decisions he has made. so the sound and the fury start building again, already fees for local councils have vowed to fight expansion in the courts. earlier this week, labour run hammersmith and fulham joined the alliance, and now today, london's
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mayor and city hall said they were in. this will be a critical moment, london is affected, not the least by poorair london is affected, not the least by poor air quality, disruption from noise and the cost needed to improve, i will do what i can to stop these plans. labour's leadership also opposes a third runway, but the abuse will be free to stray from the line. i think it is time we did this. we cannot keep taking it around and we need to make this decision and i hope it goes for heathrow, we also need to watch the cost, and i do not, for my point of view, the scrutiny lobby over. after the vote happened, whichever way it goes, but if it is for heathrow, i will be watching the cost varies closely. he was in poland today, and a hit from the prime minister that he will be awake on monday as well, so avoiding the boat and having to fulfil his own promise, and thus avoiding the dilemma which his
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ministerial colleagues today faced head on. well, we can speak now to rob barnstone, who is the co—ordinator from the no third runway coalition, not difficult to work out your position. presumably, you are please. i think this is a very principled decision. he has made a pledge to his constituents, who he represents, in london, and he has stuck to that pledge. i think too often in politics we see politicians who do not stick to their pledge and not least on this issue, the conservative party, let's not forget the reason why he has resigned. ultimately it is because the conservative party in government has done a u—turn. conservative party in government has done a u-turn. there is a counter argument to that, which is parties, when they are in opposition, want to
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win votes, are particularly keen to gain votes, like those around south and southwest london, so they are opposed to it, and when there are government, they are in favour of. you could say the same about labour, because labour proposes of the first place, and then decided it was against it. the tories were against it and now are in favour of it. there is certainly a lot of political issues going on, but at the same time, the conservative and liberal coalition were opposed to it. it was the first thing they did on theirfirst day it. it was the first thing they did on their first day in office. so this was an national policy. the conservative party has opened pledge. what about boris johnson, because he famously said he would lie down in front of the bulldozers to stop a third runway. we are told, although we have not been offered an explanation, but he will be absent and unable to vote on monday. boris
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johnson has had a long—standing opposition to heathrow expansion. he has always been opposed to it. we all see what happens on monday, but i think orestjohnson will want to represent his constituents in the way that greg hands is representing, and he will not support a third ru nway and he will not support a third runway at heathrow. and he said, or the interest to see what happens. we have not heard from mrjohnson himself. perhaps he will put out a statement at some point. the aviation minister said that much of the capacity will come from a third monday will benefit cities like when you are in, edinburgh, and the regional airport leaks, when it is cornwall, scotland, other parts of england, they'll actually benefit from expansion. it is notjust about capacity, it is passing through the uk on the way to somewhere else.
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this is a national decision. the reason we are opposing this is not just because a lot of our members and supporters live around heathrow, but also this is the wrong decision for the country. the government are going around saying there is one to be lots of flights, thousands more flights for airports across the united kingdom, and that is not actually true, because buried in their own figures, which we have been looking at in the last few days, has actually showing where i am at the moment in scotland, for example, scottish airports are going to get 20,000 fewer flights going in and out of scotland by 2030 and that is not a long way away, and when you try to monopolize uk aviation, everything to heathrow, the effect that that has, is it is going to impact regional imports. , airports.
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it is set to lose 15,000, that is going to be the real impact, and what we are saying to mps ahead of this vote next monday is this what you really want for your region? less flights ? you really want for your region? less flights? and ultimately, less, not morejobs. less flights? and ultimately, less, not more jobs. thank you very much for being with us this evening. let's ta ke for being with us this evening. let's take a look at the weather. here are the details it has been a bea here are the details it has been a be a full day. relatively cool for this time of year. most in some areas, and you can see the motion of the cloud, it has been coming in from the north. this is fresh north atla ntic from the north. this is fresh north atlantic air over us right now, and with the clearing skies tonight, it is also going to turn pretty chilly. even some of the major cities across the northern parts of england made it down to around 6 degrees, itjust
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about double figures in the south. ill start fresh tomorrow morning, sunny and then we're in for a stunning date, with clear blue skies, just a bit of clout there across northern of scotland, but on the south, the weather is looking mostly sunny. 17 in belfast, but beyond that, the weekend and into next week, it looks like those temperatures are shooting up, i am seeing an estimate thereof dosimeters getting up to 30 degrees. this is bbc news, our latest headlines. the home secretary, sajid javid says the government's scheme to allow eu citizens to remain in the uk after brexit will be a simple process. the bank of england holds interest rates, as the chancellor prepares to make his annual mansion house speech on the state of the uk economy. that's in the next half—hour.
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a report finds the racist murder of an iraqi asylum seeker in bristol could have been avoided. the us first lady, melania trump visits a child migrant detention centre on the us—mexico border, and says she's there to learn. and for those expecting meet the author, it's on at a later time of 23.a5pm. that's because of the mansion house speech. this weekjim naughtie speak, to nikesh shukla about his new book, "the one who wrote destiny". the death of a man murdered by a violent schizophrenic patient was the result of racism and could have been entirely avoided, according to a new report. kamil ahmad was an iraqi asylum—seeker. he was stabbed to death by his neighbour, jeffrey barry, who'd been released from a psychiatric hospital just hours earlier. michael buchanan reports. drunk and armed, jeffery barry heads towards his neighbour's flat. a knife is visible, and moments later, it would be used
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in a frenzied and sustained attack that killed kamil ahmad. shortly after dismembering the iraqi asylum seeker, jeffrey barry called the police. today's report says mr ahmad should be alive, and that a failure to recognise his killer's racism contributed to his death. both men had mental health problems, and lived in this sheltered complex. between 2013 and 2016, barry attacked ahmad here on six different occasions. jeffrey barry was obsessed with kamil ahmad because he was an iraqi asylum seeker. he was a racist who was mentally unwell, says today's report, rather than a mentally sick man whose racism was a manifestation of his illness.
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i think they sold barry as having mental health issues... alex riggs runs a charity that helped camille ahmed after jeffrey barry had attacked him. he told us that he'd been assaulted, he'd had teeth knocked out because of the incident. he was being verbally, racially abused and threatened. shortly before he killed, barry had been detained in this psychiatric hospital. he had a long history of violence and schizophrenia. but a mental health tribunal, unaware of that background, decided to release him. the local mental health trust, avon and wiltshire partnership, then failed to properly plan his discharge. jeffrey berry was out with a sheltered housing provider, given just hours to prepare for his return. kamil ahmad's family have called for the chief executive of the trust to resign. i won't be resigning, i absolutely respect their right to comment, but i'm a clinician by background. it's my mission to make our services as safe as they possibly can be. kamil ahmad came to this country seeking refuge.
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instead, he died at the hands of a racist, having been failed by many of those paid to protect him. michael buchanan, bbc news, bristol. a fire brigade report on the grenfell tower disaster has revealed how firefighters made desperate attempts to prevent the flames from spreading. a timeline of the first hour of the blaze showed that crews outside were forced to delay directing their hoses at the flat because colleagues were trying to tackle it from inside. the flames spread out of control within minutes. 72 people died lastjune in the worst residential fire since the second world war. tom burridge reports from the public inquiry. today we got a detailed log of the activities of the london fire brigade in the first hour after the initial emergency 999 call from the occupant of flat 16 where the fire broke out. we learnt from one firefighter that he saw the cladding appeared to be burning 15 minutes after the call. he said it was barking and spitting
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in a way to burning magnesium. at that time, we learned a firefighter outside the building wanted to put a covering jet of water onto the kitchen window of flat 16. he was advised not to because of safety concerns for two colleagues about to enter flat 16 from the inside and fight the fire from inside the building. there was a delay of one minute for the external hose to be put onto that area of the building. but it was a critical moment because the flames did, at that time, spread onto the cladding and quickly up the building. we learned it took 36 minutes from the initial emergency call for the flames to reach the roof of g re nfell tower. remember, it was a 2k story block. six minutes after that, fire crews were trying to work out if they could get to the top of the building to see if they could fight the flames from above. residents were shouting, warning they were thinking
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ofjumping from the building, and firefighters had to persuade them not to, using loud—hailers to shout back at them in the building. we also learned about a firefighter who went to great lengths to rescue one of the victims. he tried on two occasions to get to flat 176 on the 20th floor. the rest of her family made it out, and she was lost in the confusion. when he eventually got to the flat, she had moved on to the 23rd floor to be with some of her neighbours. the information she told a call operator previously relayed to the team of firefighters that went up to try and rescue her. she was one of 72 people who died in the worst residential fire in the uk since the second world war. elm trees in the uk have been in a running battle with dutch elm disease since the 1970s, and they could face a new threat. the zigzag elm sawfly leaves
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a signature trail of destruction, as it chomps on elm leaves. originally found injapan, scientists at the royal botanic garden edinburgh say the signs of the bug have been spotted in the uk. joining me now from our studio in edinbugh is max coleman from the royal botanical gardens in edinburgh who has been working on identifying the pest. thank you so much for being with us this evening on bbc news. you discovered this in quite an interesting way, down to what my call enthusiastic amateurism ? interesting way, down to what my call enthusiastic amateurism? that's right, it's really a case of crowd sourcing. we get sent specimens to identify from time to time, which we re identify from time to time, which were elm leaves. i spotted on the leaves is very unusual zigzag pattern, which is the feeding damage caused by the zigzag elm sawfly. as far as caused by the zigzag elm sawfly. as farasi caused by the zigzag elm sawfly. as far as i was aware, it was the first sighting of that in britain. so what we're sighting of that in britain. so what we' re really sighting of that in britain. so what we're really keen to do is put out a
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call to the general public to get out this summer and look this very distinctive pattern and report it, so we can get proof positive that this insect is actually here. we are seeing some pictures of the markings. it's been described as the markings. it's been described as the mark of zorro, like that swipe across houston get from the sword on the tv series and films. it's hard to mistake it for anything else? it's a very distinctive pattern, so if anybody says anything looks like this, they should report it to a thing online called tree alert, which has been running for many yea rs which has been running for many years which enables people to report health problems entries. if it is not up yet, it will up their very shortly on how to report this very specific past that be think is here. we have not actually seen the incident itself, so we want people to get out there and start looking for. you want to see some larva or pupa i'd —— ideally if people are lucky enough to capture one? that's
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right, it's lucky enough to capture one? that's right, its related to bees and wasps, but what people are more likely to encounter, they might see something that looks a bit like a caterpillar, that will be the larval form of the adult flies. and this could not only be bad news for elms, which is still struggling to rent —— recover after the 1970s, but also for butterflies? that's right, there isa for butterflies? that's right, there is a butterfly which is completely reliant on the elmo. it's caterpillar feeds on the leaves of elms, it's caterpillar feeds on the leaves of elms, its population collapsed when the elm trees got hit badly by dutch elm disease. it has not really bounce back, so anything new that is coming in that could potentially affect elm trees is a worry for this particularly rare insect. just remind us where it was you said people can get in touch if they have
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some evidence that might help? there is an online resource called tree alert, look it up and you will be able to report anything related to tree health. there are a series of things that people are interested in finding out about, and they are highlighted on that website. thank you so much forjoining us this evening. a £100,000 reward has been offered to help find the killer of a notorious criminal. john palmer, nicknamed goldfinger, was shot dead in the garden of his home near brentwood in essex three years ago. palmer was connected with the 1983 brink's—mat robbery at heathrow airport which earned him his nickname, but was cleared of involvement in court. kim riley reports. john palmer in the garden of his home in south weald shortly before he died. nicknamed "goldfinger" after being acquitted of handling gold bullion in the brink's—mat raid in 1983, he took a week to establish he'd been shot six times. at a police briefing today, new crime scene pictures were released, showing one of the five bullets recovered from his body.
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and the fence panel not covered by cctv, where police found a spyhole thought to have been used by his killer. we are looking for two parties, the person that ordered and probably paid for his killing, but also the person that pulled the trigger. we believe he's made a hole in the fence where he could view and seejohn burning documentation in a corner of the garden. he then jumped over the fence and fired six shots intojohn's body. john palmer's family have put up a £100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, supported by crimestoppers. we all knowjohn palmer had a background, but john palmer is actually dead. it was a murder, and there is a contract killer somewhere out loose who needs to be caught. in a statement released today byjohn palmer's partner, christina cantley, she says, "it haunts us every day to think that whoever was responsible was clearly watching john, stalking him like an animal before so brutally and callously ending his life".
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she has appealed to anyone with information to contact crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. kim riley, bbc look east, essex police headquarters. the uk's first zero—emission hydrogen—powered train has been the star of a major railway exhibition at long marston in warwickshire. researchers at the university of birmingham have developed the engine, which is a small narrow—gauge prototype. they say it could have far reaching affects on cleaner rail technology. peter plisner reports. it might be small, but the technology that runs it could be the next big thing on the railways. today's passengers certainly thought so. i think it's one of the ways forward, certainly. i think it's a great piece of innovation, especially if it's good for the environment. this is our hydrogen fuel tank. developed by students at the university of birmingham, the hydrogen hero, like the trains of the past, only emits steam.


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