this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: 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. plans for fewer patients in england to be given nhs treatment for a range of conditions, including tonsils removal and breast reduction. tata steel, which owns the port talbot plant, has confirmed merger plans with germany's thyssenkrupp. tens of thousands protest across the united states over president trump's hardline immigration policies. good evening.
four young men, three of them teenagers, have died in a crash in leeds. they were in a vehicle which collided with a taxi early this morning. two teenage girls who were in the car are in hospital — one is in a critical condition, and the taxi driver is also said to be seriously hurt. police say it appears the car was being driven at speed on the city's outer ring road in horsforth at the time of the collision. sarah walton sent this report. the sound of this morning's crash walk many of the residents here on leeds‘ outer ring road. a car carrying six people collided with a taxi at about 2:40am. those living nearby were some of the first to help. we didn't think it was this serious. i took some blankets and just some water. i thought, it'sjust a car crash, and we probably should come and help them. but then when we went outside, we saw the scene, like, you know, it was horrible.
four men aged between 18 and 21 were declared dead at the scene. a 16—year—old girl who was also in the car is in a critical condition, while another passenger — a 17—year—old girl — and the driver of the taxi are being treated for non—life—threatening injuries. police are investigating, but say they believe the car was travelling at speed. it was absolutely devastating. a really significant impact. and, as i say, we have four young men, between the ages of 18 to 21, who died at the scene. some in the area say this stretch is known for speeding. we get woken up all the time with people putting their foot down. i mean, it's a0 mph — they're clearly going a lot faster, and i said last week to our lass, "something bad's going to happen on this road," and lo and behold... the car was travelling in this direction when it collided with a taxi coming the other way. the impact was so big that it took police more than ten hours
to examine the scene and reopen the road. through the day, friends and relatives of those who died have been leaving tributes beside the road. police are now asking anyone with information to help with their inquiries. sarah walton, bbc news, leeds. the nhs in england is proposing to restrict the numbers of patients being offered treatments such as the removal of tonsils or varicose veins, and haemorrhoid surgery. the move to cut down on procedures deemed ineffective or risky is likely to affect 100 thousand people every year, and save the nhs an estimated £200 million a year. richard lister reports. skin grafts, as you can see, i had plastic surgery to try to rebuild it... samantha lilley‘s spent much of her life in and out of hospital. she has a rare genetic syndrome which causes limb defects and skin lesions. surgery can ease her pain, but access to such procedures could be restricted under these new proposals,
and she's worried about her future quality of life. i shouldn't have to live with something that causes me pain and suffering when the nhs is supposed to be there, its purpose was to make people's lives easier, not just to save them. the skin lesion surgery samantha has had in the past is one of the treatments nhs england says may have more risks than benefits. among the others are surgery for snoring and varicose veins, tonsillectomies and injections for nonspecific back pain. altogether, there are 17 procedures which nhs england thinks should no longer be offered routinely because other treatments may be more effective. this is not stopping things from happening. this is looking at things more critically. something that is ineffective is obviously something that will be unnecessary, and even more than that, it can potentially harm patients, things that do not work.
any drug that you take, any intervention that you have, potentially carries harm. nhs england believes physiotherapy, injections or changes to diet could often be more effective alternatives. the plans will be open for consultation next week and health officials say they could prevent 100,000 unnecessary operations, saving £200 million each year. but as thousands gathered in london to mark the 70th anniversary of the nhs, the british medical association said the government's focus should be on expanding healthcare options, not reducing them. lancashire fire and rescue service have declared a major incident, after two large moorland fires near bolton in lancashire merged. the public have been urged to stay away from the fires on winter hill and scout road. several roads in the area have been closed. firefighters tackling the blaze say it will take days to extinguish, but there are fears that it may take much longer. tata steel and the german industrial
group thyssenkrupp have agreed a merger that will create europe's second—biggest steelmaker. together, they'll have a workforce of around 48,000, with the merged group anticipating costs savings of £350 million to £440 million a year. unions have welcomed the agreement as it will ensure britain's largest steel plant, at port talbot in south wales, stays operational until at least 2026. tomos morgan reports. over a shroud of uncertainty, sacrifices have been made over the past two and a half years — sacrifices to ensure tata remains operational in the uk. jobs are being cut, pension terms reduced, but now it seems the steelworkers have some security. port talbot is home to almost half of tata's british workforce, and today's news is most welcome to scott bamsey, who along with several family members has worked in the steelworks all his adult life.
morale has been really low over the last five years. i think today has given us some sort of clear future, and a bit of a weight off our shoulders. within the merger is a commitment to invest in extending the life of the blast furnace — a key part of production here in south wales. without this commitment, the rest of the uk operation suffers. something the unions have been battling for all along this process. what we need now is a period of stability. not worrying about their jobs or the security, for them to get on and do, and make steel, what they are best at. around 10% of tata's current uk business is shipped to america, so the creation of a larger european giant, better equipped to deal with the world market, comes at a crucial time, as the imminent threat of the recent us steel tariffs and its knock—on effect looms over the industry. there will be some voluntary redundancies as part of its merger, mostly in administrative roles,
but there will be no compulsory redundancies for the steelworkers at port talbot, and tata's other uk factories. some certainty, some security — for now at least — after what's been such a turbulent few years. tomos morgan, bbc news, port talbot. talks aimed at stopping the fighting between government forces and rebels in southern syria have ended in failure. the rebels were attempting to negotiate a ceasefire with the government's russian allies in order to stop a major offensive by syrian military forces in deraa province. but the rebels have reportedly rejected what they called a humiliating demand that they surrender. thousands of people have been holding demonstrations across the united states, to protest against president trump's immigration policies. the rallies were organised before mr trump ordered an end to the widely criticised practice of separating the children of suspected illegal immigrants from their parents. the protesters say government efforts to reunite those families are completely inadequate, as our washington correspondent chris buckler reports.
no trump, no kkk, no fascist usa. a nation that was built on the back of immigration seems more than ever divided by the issue. vote them out! no hate, no fear. no trump, no kkk, no fascist usa. across america, tens of thousands gathered, to protest at how people are treated when they arrive at this country's borders. from new york to san francisco, families marched together in support of otherfamilies. no kids should be put injail. in washington, on a stage that could be seen from the white house, children were among those sending a message to president trump. you could imagine if someone took away our kids, you know, under the guise of giving them a bag. it's horrible, we want the families together, we want them to be together as soon as possible. and you know, we're here to make our voices heard.
cheering. it was public anger that forced donald trump to change his policy of separating families however there is concern here that many parents have still not been reunited with their children. there's also a worry about what will come next. this suggestion that families could simply be held together. but president trump knows among his supporters there are many who want this border with mexico to remain secure. and he believes america couldn't cope with the huge numbers that want to make the country its home. i can't imagine being these people. i can't imagine not speaking the language. i can't imagine not having lawyers. i can't imagine not knowing what's going to happen to you. this day of action was planned before the outcry over family separations but the white house knows the president's polarising policies will remain under close scrutiny. it's emerged that the environment secretary, michael gove,
tore up a report on theresa may's preferred option for a new customs relationship with the eu. he was said to be livid when presented with the document, as it wrongly suggested his brexit working group had agreed the plan was viable. 0ur political correspondent, chris mason, told me more about what had happened. michael gove was presented with this summary of his working groups discussions around this really thorny issue of the customs arrangement after brexit. most of the people on his subcommittee are sceptical about this idea of a new customs partnership which is favoured by the prime minister. the summary was presented by civil servants for him to look at. he looked at it and felt it didn't accurately reflect his deep scepticism about this particular model, which he thinks would be too bureaucratic to implement. so that is one of the models. the other is called maximum facilitation, or maxfac, for short.
that is the one brexiteers prefer? yes, maximum facilitation, a reliance on technology, is broadly favoured by brexiteers, but the subcommittee of ministers looking at it has a more remainy bent to it, people who had advocated remain during the referendum, so they have been looking at that. michael gove and his colleagues have been looking at this other option and we are in this countdown now, as we always are in the brexit process, towards the next big moment coming up on friday, this chequers meeting taking place on friday where the prime minister gets a senior team together at this country house in buckinghamshire and they attempt to reach some sort of agreement, which is going to be a nightmare for the prime minister because we know of the divisions that exist. and this is all prior to this white paper that is going to be unveiled, this government
consultation document effectively setting out what they hope will be their big pitch to brussels before this big summit that comes up in the autumn. so october is now the date we are looking forward to. we had the summit last week. in the end, we didn't expect much progress and there wasn't much progress when it came to brexit, but this decision next week has to be made if we are going to get any progress by october, does it? it does. how much we learn immediately after that get—together in chequers, who knows, because they will be able to say after it, wait for the white paper, this document that will set out their ideas. that will be scrutinised by brussels over the summer, although brussels pretty much packs up and disappears throughout august. when you start looking at the number of working weeks between now and that summit in october, psychologically, 0ctober seems a million miles away because we're in the middle of a heatwave and the rest of it. in terms of working weeks, it's not that many. and there is a reasonable chance that come 0ctober, things mightjust drift towards november and there could be a further delay. but by that stage, you are very much weeks away from brexit happening at the end of next march.
and you don't envy the prime minister trying to bring these big characters in her cabinet together, to bang their heads together, if you like, to get some sort of agreement. the power of the individual cabinet members, i guess, is being shown by them feeling that they can say what they like in public, and the idea of cabinet responsibility seemingly gone by the wayside. yeah, the relative power of those individual voices, coupled with the relative weakness of a prime minister who was wounded as a result of the general election from a year ago. the best spin she can put on it, and it's true, is that her cabinet, like her party, is divided in the way that the country is on brexit. but she has to plot some way through it. it has arguably been sensible for her to play for time up to now, defer things and try and avoid confrontation, but there is only so long you can do that when you're confronted with trying to secure a deal and the deadline to do that getting ever closer. 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 haemorrhoid surgery. tata steel, which owns the port talbot plant, has confirmed merger plans with germany‘s thyssenkrupp. sport, and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here‘s azy fani good morning, evening. there will be no more lionel messi or cristiano ronaldo at this world cup. that‘s after messi‘s argentina were beaten by france and ronaldo‘s portugal were beaten by uruguay in the first of the last 16 matches today. in sochi, uruguay went ahead afterjust seven minutes when edison cavani converted from luis suarez‘s cross. but his side conceded their first goal of the tournament early
in the second half when pepe equalised for the reigning european champions. cavani, though, secured uruguay‘s quarterfinal place when he steered a brilliant shot past goalkeeper rui patricio for his 45th international goal. heartbreak then for cristiano ronaldo, who at 33, may just have played in his last world cup. in today‘s earlier game, two former winners came up against each other, france and argentina, and what a match it was. seven goals in total, and with messi at the departure gates, a new star was showing — kylian mbappe announcing himself on the biggest stage with two fine goals in a brilliant individual display. nick parrott has this report. number ten is often worn by great players, but at 31 times, running out to match the glory of maradona.
still a teenager, his searing pace caught argentina out from the start. reason might have scored, but the goal was made by franz‘s number ten. argentina has been in turmoil at this tournament, but they should never be written off. it took like they turn things around, levelling before half—time. they were ahead thanks to messy‘s assist. front were back on terms when pub ask what his first goalfor his back on terms when pub ask what his first goal for his country. with things in the balance, someone needed to shine, and they were quick to steal the limelight, putting france ahead... and then extending their lead. it was too late to stop them from sending argentina home. away from the world cup, and dina asher—smith has won the 100 metres title at the british athletics championships in birmingham.
the british record holder set a new championship record, running in 10.97 seconds to finish ahead of daryll neita in second and bianca williams in third. reece prescod won the men‘s 100m to retain his british championship title. he ran it in 10.06 seconds to finish ahead of zharnel hughes and reigning diamond league series champion cj ujah. in netball, defending champions wasps will play loughborough lightning in the netball superleague grand final after beating team bath. table toppers wasps won 54—39 at the university of worcester arena to record their 17th win in the last 19 matches. meanwhile, loughborough beat manchester thunder 59—50 at the leicester arena. the grand final takes place at the copper box arena on saturday. tennis now, and germany‘s mischa zverev is eastbourne champion after beating lukas lacko this afternoon. zverev won in straight sets, 6—4, 6—4, to take his maiden title at the age of 30,
eight years after his first appearance in a title match. his victory means that he and world number three alexander are the first brothers to win a singles event in the same season since 1989. in the women‘s final, top seed caroline wozniacki has claimed her second eastbourne title, nine years after her first. the world number two beat aryna sabalenka in straight sets, 7—5, 7—6. sabalenka, who‘s ranked 45th in the world, served for both sets and led 4—1 in the tie—break, but wozniacki held strong to take her second title of the year after the australian open. that‘s all the sport for now. tomorrow‘s world cup matches will be spain versus russia, and denmark versus croatia. you can follow those and our other stories on the bbc sport website. that‘s bbc.co/sport. thanks very much. now, it‘s armed forces day,
and for only the second time, the main celebrations were held in wales. princess anne took the salute as thousands of people filled llandudno‘s sea front. the celebrations included a flypast by the red arrows, and performances by brass bands. roger pinney was there. the starting gun fired from hms somerset, moored out in the bay. and with the salute taken by the princess royal, a march past, soldiers, sailors and their men and women, all three services parading through applauding crowds. the last on the main armed forces day was held in wales was in 2010 inkatha. we have been told to expect around 100,000 people today. i do think anybody is counting, but there are large crowds. the marching band are a amount —— amazing. i enjoy seeing
the vehicle than the uniforms. lovely weather. everyone has come out applauding. that is good. just to say thank you. whether it is on the sea, in the air on land, we are rightly proud of our armed forces, and they have come out in force to show and demonstrate that. not eve ryo ne show and demonstrate that. not everyone approved. there was a small protest by peace campaigners. while the military, this was about putting ona the military, this was about putting on a show, a public demonstration. some thrilling displays. a lot of people to work behind the scenes, they are not getting credit for what they are not getting credit for what they do. it is good for their families for people to understand what they do, especially when we have the marchers and getting a public event, people here to celebrate. unmistakable drone of world war two, merlin engines, than battle of britain memorial flight, a lancaster flanked by a battle of britain memorial flight, a lancasterflanked by a spitfire. there was a feel about it today, the
armed forces that their best. roger pinney with that report from llandudno. 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 is two years since this moment. the eu referendum, and it read 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 for which the bbc has received figures. this compares with 5025 in 2016, and
1825th team. it is really a sense of still having that door open and being able to get up and go if you really wa nt being able to get up and go if you really want to. most of the people we know are getting citizenship in other european countries have no intention of living there. it is just knowing that the they have that citizenship in their back pocket. the most frequent new nationality was german, with a twelvefold increase between 2015 and 2017. french was the second most popular nationality, and in belgium. 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 dependent right such as the tens of thousands using their parents grandparents to claim an irish passport. it has been a week since boys went
missing in thailand. the bbc‘s howerd johnson spent the day outside the cave to see how they were coping. relatives of the missing 13 have been waiting inside this tent at area for a week. they have heard very little from search and rescue teams in their boys went missing inside the caves which were flooded following heavy rain. in times like this, families come together to pray, each together and comfort one another. 0ne mother said it would be depressing to stay at home waiting for them. staying together helps to give moral support, she said. they are part of a wider community here, and central to the support effort is food. it is what really bonds the people. these meals have been provided by the king. there are also hundreds of civilian volunteers helping out. this morning i saw three of going into the hills behind us
three of going into the hills behind us to find them. this woman has come along to help with her translation skills. why did you decide to come along and help m i watched the news from the first day and i have my own children at home and i thought if they are in the cave, i could not sleep or eat, so i come, maybe i can support and help. what is one of the most prestigious monks to give a ceremony. sometimes it can get a bit chaotic er. there are hundreds of search and rescue workers here waiting to be called to action. the moment the boys are found. the conditions here are tough. there is mud everywhere. it
is hot and humid, tough. there is mud everywhere. it is hotand humid, and when tough. there is mud everywhere. it is hot and humid, and when it rains, it is torrential. now, all they can do is be patient and wait for news on the teams inside the caves. a great white shark has been spotted near spain‘s balearic islands for the first time in around 40 years. the 5—metre shark was spotted by conservation workers on thursday. it is the first confirmed sighting since a fisherman caught one in 1976. now, it‘s time for a look at the weather. we will see it is sunny and hot weather will continue. at the moment, it is still 23 degrees in bristol and also cardiff. today we didn‘t manage 30 celsius, but very close. 29.5 in hampshire. empty of sunshine across the uk today, and probably for tomorrow as well. not everywhere seem hot and sunny weather because you have the
chance of some showers and storms in the south—west. this is higher base cloud, rotating slowly around an area of low pressure which is drifting towards our shores. the wind direction is changing slightly, drawing up some more heat from the continent. also, higher humidity across southern parts of the uk. at the moment, dry weather, clear skies across the border. may well find a little grubby stemmed low cloud forming in central scotland and north—east england. some cloud wandering towards the north—west. it will be a really warm night here. by the morning, some storms not far away from the channel islands, lifting their way into devon and cornwall. at the same time, cloud is working its way into northern ireland, bringing a few spot of rain into north—west scotland. elsewhere, dry, sunny, high 20s widely to england and wales. possibly 30 plus
around long —— london. they focus on this rain. storms, we have a thunderstorm warnings are safe wales and south—west england. 0ne thunderstorm warnings are safe wales and south—west england. one of two storms not far from and south—west england. one of two storms not farfrom london into the south midlands. but it is developing situation. we shall see how things turn out. that low pressure is moving to the south western pressure is building across the north. the most parts of the uk, a dry day on monday. lau breaking up in scotland, but the chance of a few storms not far away. away from here, can‘t see any rain really on the charts on monday. can see more heat particularly across england and wales. 30 or 31 quite likely, and humid boom. 0rthe first wales. 30 or 31 quite likely, and humid boom. or the first week of july, at much on the whole. it will be warmest in the south. we have the
chance of a thundery downpour during the early part of the week. as the week progresses, it is high pressure that will dominate and keep you dry. hello. this is bbc news with eleanor garnier. we‘ll be taking a look at tomorrow morning‘s papers in a moment. first, the headlines at 11:30. four young men have been killed after two cars crashed in leeds in the early hours of this morning. police are appealing for information. patients in england may no longer be able to have some procedures that are deemed ineffective. new proposals mean treatments ranging from tonsil removal to haemorroid surgery will be offered to fewer people. tata steel, which owns britain‘s largest steel—making plant at port talbot, has confirmed merger plans with the german industrial group, thyssenkrupp. tens of thousands of people have protested in america against president trump‘s immigration policies. the largest demonstrations were in washington, new york and los angeles.