this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 5pm. four young men have died, and a teenage girl is left critically ill after a collision involving a car and a taxi in leeds. i think it is fair to say that it was absolutely devastating, a really significant impact. patients in england may no longer be able to have some procedures that are deemed "ineffective or risky", including tonsil removal and haemorroid surgery. tata steel, which owns the port talbot plant, has confirmed merger plans with germany's thyssenkrupp. thousands of people have applauded military personnel at the main celebration of armed forces day in north wales. it enables us to say thank you to them and their families who support them and thank you to our veterans. protests against donald trump's immigration policies are taking place across the united states. and coming up at 6.30pm,
as the world cup enters the knockouts stages, we'll have the very latest in sportsday. including frances dramatic 4—3 victory to argentina. four young men have died and three people have been injured after a collision between a car and a taxi in leeds. the crash happened in the early hours of this morning on the a6120, in the horsforth area of the city. the men, all aged between 18 and 21, died at the scene. two teenage girls, aged 16 and 17, were also in the car. one is in a critical condition while the other has non—life threatening injuries.
the driver of the taxi was taken to hospital with serious injuries. chief inspector richard padwell from west yorkshire police gave this update. those that have died and two people who were injured, were in a silver coloured seat leon which was travelling along the ring road at horsforth in leeds and there was a head—on collision with a silver coloured seat alhambra people carrier which was travelling in the opposite direction. we are carrying out a thorough and detailed investigation into the circumstances of the collision and we would be very keen to hear from anybody who has any information about the collision itself or the immediate circumstances leading up to it. the nhs in england has set—out plans to stop hundreds of thousands of patients every year, receiving treatments deemed "ineffective or too risky".
haemorrhoid surgery and treatment for varicose veins are among the procedures that will be restricted under the proposals. it's expected to save the nhs an estimated £200 million a year. katherine stanczyszyn reports. some nhs treatments could be about to become much rarer. plans are being drawn up by nhs england to limit options that they say are ineffective or too risky. it's drawn up a list of 17 procedures, including surgery to treat snoring, tonsillitis or varicose veins, knee arthroscopies for osteoarthritis, and steroid injections for nonspecific back pain. the body says doctors should start to use a much higher bar when it comes to offering these kinds of solutions, and that they should happen only when there are compelling reasons. nhs england says it has come up with these proposals after extensive research, and in most cases alternatives such as physiotherapy or a change of diet
would workjust as well. they are backed by leading health professionals who say it is about providing the right care. something that is ineffective is obviously something that's going to be unnecessary, and even more than that, it can potentially harm patients. things that don't work, any drug you take, any intervention you have, potentially carries harms. it's thought the move will affect around 100,000 people every year, freeing up an estimated £200 million to be used on critical services like cancer care. but some doctors are warning this will lead to patients being forced to pay for private treatment, or missing out altogether. the british medical association has described the plans today as a tough pill to swallow. my worry is that a simplistic approach could deny some patients the treatment they need, and in fact far from saving money, patients could become iller. a child that needs a tonsillectomy, for example, could end up with hearing problems, and that could cost the nhs further.
if agreed following a public consultation which begins next week, the changes will be brought in next year. katherine stanczyszyn, bbc news. thousands of people have taken part in a march and rally in central london in protest at what organisers say is underfunding of the nhs. the demonstration coincides with the creation of the national health service, 70 years ago this week. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has addressed the crowds in westminster calling on the demonstrators to have the "absolute determination that we will go to the end of the earth and beyond to defend our national health service". the government said it was committed to increasing funding for the nhs by 3.4% a year by 2023. events are taking place across the country to mark armed forces day 2018. the national event is being held in the welsh seaside town of llandudno in conwy, whilst hundreds of street parties
and military parades have been taking place across the uk. the annual event is held on the last saturday ofjune, to commemorate the service and sacrifice of britain's military. speaking at the event, the prime minister said the government was committed to keeping the uk as a leading military power. we will ensure we continue to have the capabilities we need we have the biggest defence budget in europe, and we will ensure that we continue to have the capabilities that we need for the future. because it's not just about the that we need for the future. because it's notjust about the money that we need for the future. because it's not just about the money we're spending, but asking what the fat aspects of the future are what do we need to address those threats. that's our moderate —— modernising fences about. it's about making sure that we are equipped to meet the threats of the future. if it means we are no longer a tier one power does that matter to you?
we are a leading defence nation. we will remain a leading defence and nation. we need to ensure that as we are increasing, the money we are spending on defence, it is important to ensure we have the capabilities we need to meet the threats of the future. we owe it to our service men and women. workers, unions, and politicians have been welcoming a deal to create europe's second—biggest steel—maker. indian—owned tata steel uk, which includes the port talbot plant in wales, is to merge with germany's thyssenkrupp. tata said its "ambition" was not to have any compulsory redundancies in the uk. here's our business correspondent, joe lynam. it's one of the biggest mergers in the steel sector for many years. a german giant isjoining forces with a british one to create europe's second largest steel company. considering the stresses on british steelworkers over the past few years, there is a huge sense of relief from unions and the local mp.
i think it's very welcome. we've had a tough time over the last two years in the steel industry, and this is going to help us to get out of the woods and to put the industry on a more solid footing. tata steel employs 7,000 people in wales, most of whom work in port talbot. it had been up for sale two years ago, when steel prices had plunged, but this merger has avoided that. however, 4,000 jobs between both companies will have to go, though none of them will be compulsory. although this merger will secure the immediate future of the port talbot plant, global events could shake things up again. president trump's 25% tariff on all steel being sold in the us has created fears that steel from china or elsewhere might be diverted or dumped in europe, undercutting steel from uk factories. and then there's brexit. what sort of deal does tata steel need? we want free access to our movement of material and also being able to employ people
across nationalities within the eu and uk. when asked what might happen if there's no deal with the eu, mrjha said it would be a sorry state of affairs. so while there is some relief from the workers at this megamerger, events on both sides of the atlantic may yet dilute the benefits. joe lynam, bbc news. the environment secretary has reportedly, physically ripped up a report on theresa may's preferred option for a new customs relationship with the eu. michael gove was said to be "livid" when presented with the document, as it wrongly suggested his brexit working group had agreed that the plan was viable. to tell us more, our political correspondent chris mason joins me. i was going to say ripping it up after he reading it is symbolic, but he didn't! there is no dispute that
he didn't! there is no dispute that he ripped it up, his team confirmed it happen. what it demonstrates is the two fundamental truths, neither of which are surprising. the first is which there are vast divisions within the cabinet on brexit —— brexit. the second of which is this is the latest case today in the breakdown of collective responsibility. that notion that people around the cabinet table who throughout the ages and across the political parties have always been a collection of people with differing views. but in public, they present a united front. we have seen loads of polls recently not on just brexit, but on spending, where pap —— cabinet members have been publicly contradicting one another. that's piece to the relative lack of authority that the prime minister has, tracing it back to the last election result. what this is about isa election result. what this is about is a specific route right at the heart of the brexit conundrum, which is what is being done about customs? what happens on the border between
northern ireland and the republic? a couple of months ago, the prime minister thought she found a way of kicking these issues around by asking those who had backed brexit in the referendum to look at the plan that they didn't particularly like, this idea of a new customs partnership where the uk would collect tariffs on behalf of the eu. those who backed brexit in the referendum would look at this as an option called maximum facilitation that relies on technology. in the hope that they would be able to cook up hope that they would be able to cook up some compromise. what irritated michael gold was that a summary of their findings that had been written by the civil service implied that they could live with this new customs partnership, and it's his view that it's too bureaucratic and wouldn't work. but more probably, away from the detail, yet another detail of these divisions ahead of this big cabinet meeting next friday oi’ this big cabinet meeting next friday or there'll be an attempt, a tricky attempt to find some sense of where they can agree. goodness me, what job she has there. thank you very
much. the army is set to remain in saddleworth over the weekend to help keep on top of the moorland blaze. about 100 soldiers, who initially deployed on thursday, will stay until monday, following a request by the mayor of greater manchester, andy burnham. on friday, the fires were contained, but it could take weeks before they're fully extinguished. water companies across the uk are warning customers to urgently reduce how much they use, amid increased demand during the current heatwave. the first hose—pipe ban to be introduced in northern ireland in nearly 25 years came into force last night, while united utilities has warned a ban could follow in north—west england. peter ruddick reports. as the mercury rises, the water flows. however it is the scale of the increased demand during the recent heatwave that is beginning to seriously worry utility companies. in rugby, bottle stations have opened up as a precaution amid fears a nearby water storage facility
could run dry this weekend. customers are being asked to conserve supplies and it is a story being played out across the country. severn trent says people are using about one third more water than usual. it has led to several disruptions and outages already and they are asking everyone to act neighbourly. in the north—west, united utilities says it needs urgent help or they may be forced to introduce a hosepipe ban on monday. they have asked people not to wash their cars or take baths this weekend. a ban is already in place in northern ireland, it came into effect on friday evening and it is the first to be imposed in the nation for nearly a quarter of a century. the problem is not a lack of water, as reservoirs are actually nearly full after a rainy spring. however, huge spikes in peak—time demand mean companies are struggling to treat the water quick enough, so it is ready to be supplied to our homes. the problem we have got is people are watering gardens and using so much more water that it is going out of the pipes
as fast as we can get it in. some of them are enormous, probably about that size, and some can go down to that side serving an individual street. that size will not get bigger and we can only get a certain amount of water down it. with hot and dry conditions set to continue into next week, both weather and water warnings could be here to stay. peter ruddick, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news. four young men have died, and a teenage girl is left critically ill after a collision involving a car and a taxi in leeds. patients in england may no longer be able to have some procedures that are deemed "ineffective or risky", including tonsil removal and haemorroid surgery. tata steel, which owns the port talbot plant, has confirmed merger plans with germany's thyssankrupp. thousands of protesters have
begun a day of marches in the united states against president trump's immigration policies. crowds in new york were among the first to gather under the slogan, " families belong together". the rallies were organised before mr trump ordered an end to the widely criticised practise of separating the children of suspected illegal immigrants from their parents. 0ur washington correspondent, chris buckler, joins me now from the streets of the capital where one of the rallies is taking place. the rallies were organised before, but the subject matter is still very releva nt but the subject matter is still very relevant today? it was that decision to separate children from their families in detention centres that has really made immigration a very hot topic inside america. make no mistake, immigration in this country's borders have always
divided, but you are seeing right across the us today a series of protests a nd across the us today a series of protests and rallies that really show how angry some people are by the pictures of children being held in cages, of the stories of parents being separated from their children. and this particular protest is happening in the shadow of the white house. whidbey are a couple of protesters. you have come here today, tell me why are here?|j believe today, tell me why are here?” believe that people deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness. families are crossing the border to escape violence and gangs and corruption, and even death. the threats of murder coming from their home countries, they are trying to seeka home countries, they are trying to seek a better life for themselves, and they're not being treated well, they're being separated. children are being traumatised and kept in cages, ordered to appear in front of judges without their parents, alone a three—year—old children. it'sjust wrong, we believe it's wrong.”
suppose the argument from the administration would be that they have listened, they have ended this family separation propers —— policy, and there... i would say that supposedly ended it, but we don't have any sort of real indication that they have done it or are doing it quickly. and instead, they are just indefinitely detaining families forever, that is their solution at this point. i'm not seeing any good developments here for these kids.” can see from your sign is there that thatis can see from your sign is there that that is one of the topics that you feel very strongly about. at the same time, you know that there are people who will say in response that as much as america wants to be welcoming, it can't welcome everyone, it has to have secure borders. all that is true, isn't it? is true that we have to have secure borders, but there's a difference between securing our borders and treating people cruelly. when they try to come here, there is plenty of
border security, but i don't think they're treating people well, they're treating people well, they're treating people with cruelty. when you say cruelty, is that a fair statement to cruelty? guess, i believe that separating children from their parents is cruel, even if or when they are reunited with their families, the trauma will never end. just the act of being separated from their families at such a young age can cause irreparable emotional and mental damage. and they're going to need all the help that they can get from us and anyone who is willing to provide it. what has struck me being here today is the number of families who have come out. this seems to have had a real impact on families, and many people are standing here with her children today. at the same time, you know that this is a divisive issue in america, and this will be very divisive in elections coming up this year in the us. definitely, i would also say that
one of the reasons i'm here today is because dreamers and other immigration activists have been doing this work for a long time, and a lot of usjust haven't been there to support them. sol a lot of usjust haven't been there to support them. so i am really glad that people are finally standing up and paying attention to these dreamers and activists, and saying no, this has to stop. thank you both very much indeed. this protest will lead to a march that will take place down at the capitol building. of course this is itjust an issue for president trump, although it must be said from a lot of the banners and posters here, you would think that he is being targeted and that the m essa 9 es he is being targeted and that the messages are being sent specifically to him. the other politicians also have a role in changing america's immigration policy, if that's what they want to do. i mention this is taking place just in the shadow of the white house, doesn't trump frankly isn't one of their today, he is at one of his golf resorts in another part of the us. just quickly, listening to the two
processors there, i understand that they also are voicing their opposition to the travel ban, which i understand was upheld this week in the us supreme court? yes, the whole issue of immigration, security at the borders, these will be hot topics in the elections coming up in just a matter of months. congressional midterms elections that will test their publican party, but also test the democratic party, as well. and president trump is already rallying in support of some of that, trying to get his weight behind a lot of republican candidates. as you rightly say, that travel ban was upheld this week. five of those countries were majority muslim, and there was a question of whether or not there was being done for religious reasons, that president trump was pushing a policy against mainly muslim countries. alternately the supreme court ruled that they could put that travel ban in place because it was
on reasons of national security, because it was taking into account what policies were in place for security for people coming from those countries to the us. at the same time, it is on —— it has undoubtedly stirred a lot of angry. just as this family separation policy has, going into those elections, the questions of america, america's borders, those will become louder and more vocal, and potentially more divisive. you so much. there's been a surge in uk citizens acquiring the nationality of another eu country, since the brexit referendum, that's according to data obtained by the bbc from 17 eu member states. the rise is thought to be down to britons, who meet the criteria, seeking to keep the legal rights attached to european union membership. matt cole reports. it's two years since this moment. the eu referendum and victory
for the leave campaign. since then, there has been a big rise in the number of uk citizens getting new nationalities. in 2017, 12,994 uk citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states from which the bbc has received figures. this compares with 5,025 in 2016 and 1,800 in 2015. it is really a sense of still having that door open and being able to get up and go if you really want to. most of the people we know are getting citizenship in other eu countries have no intention of living there, it is just knowing the fact that they have that citizenship in their back pocket. the most frequent new nationality was german with a twelvefold increase between 2015—2017. french was the second most popular nationality and then belgiam. nationality and then belgian.
some of these numbers relate to people translating long—term residency of countries into citizenship, though not always included, for instance, are those using family descendant rights, such as the tens of thousands using their parents or grandparents to claim an irish passport. matt cole, bbc news. let's return to our lead story and that fatal crash in leeds, our correspondent sarah walton is there. just looking at the scene behind you, florets or birds are being paid to what has been a tragic incident in leeds? friends and relatives have been coming through here. the news was confirmed that four people had died in this crash very early this morning, at 2:a0am here in leeds. four people confirmed to have died, and they were in a car travelling in
this direction when it got somewhere near this corner here, it collided with a taxi coming in the opposite direction. there were six people in the car, to other people were teenage girls, aged 16 and 17. they we re teenage girls, aged 16 and 17. they were taken to hospital. the 16—year—old is still in a critical condition. all the people that were in the car involved in the accident are from the local area. the driver of the taxi was also taken the hospital, being treated for nonlife threatening injuries. police are still investigating, but they say at this early stage, there are indications that the car was travelling at speed, saying when they got here there was a scene of devastation. it took more than ten hours for police to examine the crash scene and reopen the road. they are still investigating, and they are now asking people with any information to come forward with their investigation. thank you very
much. virgin atlantic says it will no longer work with the home office, to forcibly deport illegal immigrants. it's faced pressure from campaigners, angry about the government's treatment of post—war caribbean migrants, known as the windrush generation. in a statement, virgin atlantic said, virgin atlantic said, "it had informed officials that it would no longer play a part in the enforced deportation of anyone deemed to be an illegal immigrant", adding that, "the decision was in the best interests of its customers and staff". austria is beginning its six—month presidency of the european union, making security and the fight against illegal immigration their key goals. speaking at a handover ceremony in the alps, the austrian chancellor, sebastian kurz, seen here in the middle, said that the motto of his country's six—month tenure will be "a europe that protects". the european council president, donald tusk, told the gathering, that security should not come at the expense of freedom. mr kurz, who is 31, leads