this is bbc news. the headlines: more than a hundred firefighters battle against a rapidly developing blaze on the moors in lancashire which fire crews say could last the rest of the week. a major incident has been declared here after strong winds caused two fires to merge near communication masts on saturday. the flames have even spread near to the grade ii listed rivington terraced gardens. an investigation is under way into how a young girl died after being thrown from a seaside inflatable in norfolk. the head of nhs england says extensive planning is under way to prepare the health service for a no—deal brexit. at the start of a crunch week for brexit, 30 conservative mps demand the prime minister takes a tough line with eu negotiators. will agree a common position later this week. i think there is no doubt that there are strong views on either side, and that's what i would expect as we lead into the discussions on friday. commentator: iago aspas
for spain's got to score... and has not! a shock win for russia in the world cup — who are through to the quarter—finals after knocking out spain in a penalty shootout. and... andy murray withdraws from wimbledon as he continues to recoverfrom hip surgery. and coming up in half an hour — the travel show is in bulgaria to explore one of the most extraordinary and controversial abandoned buildings in the world. good evening. more than a hundred firefighters are working in what are described as "extremely testing conditions" at the scene of a huge moorland fire in lancashire. yesterday strong winds caused two fires to merge, with the blaze now covering several square miles. officials say it could take at least
a week to put the flames out. more than 60 firefighters will stay overnight in an effort to stop the fire spreading. our correspondent sarah walton is in winter hill in lancashire for us this evening. this is the control centre for the fire on winter hill, and it's here that crews from across the country have been arriving all day. the size of the fire hasn't really changed today. but they have managed to save a crucial tv antenna that's up there that serves about 7 million people. they've dug a trench around it, but that's not enough because there are still large areas of this moor that are on fire. it's hot, sweaty work, and there's no end in sight. firefighters have spent a third full day on winter hill, but despite their best efforts, eight square kilometres of moorland are still alight. there's fires in quite an extensive
area on two faces of winter hill, so we've got two areas, in the region of about four square kilometres each, so significant fire fronts. fire crews have travelled here from as far away as south wales and warwickshire, working in the intense heat and thick smoke, fighting flames not just on the ground, but also from the air. the fire here is spreading notjust through this very dry grass, but also underneath the ground, where the soil is very peaty. firefighters are finding they'll put out one area of fire, but the ground underneath is still so hot that it will be back alight just minutes later. and that's a worry for these workers from rivington gardens — a site of national importance — now just metres from the fire. timber!
they're chopping down surrounding vegetation to try to stop the flames. well, the gardens are listed at grade ii nationally, they're one of the top ten lost gardens in the whole country. the gardens themselves being listed, and 11 of the structures within them mean it's a really important heritage asset. while there are bigger concerns with life and other loss elsewhere, we're desperately trying to make sure the fire doesn't reach them. fire crews will have to leave the moor once the sun goes down. they'll be back at first light, but say it could be weeks before this fire is out. sarah walton, bbc news, winter hill. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. we'll be joined by the former fleet street editor eve pollard and the assistant editor at the times, anne ashworth. norfolk police say a girl has died after reportedly being thrown from inflatable play equipment on a beach in gorleston—on sea near great yarmouth. officers were called just after 11 o'clock this morning. the girl was taken to a hospital where she died.
the head of nhs england says "significant planning" is under way in the health service, for the possibility of britain leaving the eu without a brexit deal. simon stevens said the nhs was working with the government to make sure medical equipment and drugs continue to enter the country "in all scenarios". with the cabinet preparing for a key meeting on brexit this friday, the communities secretary, james brokenshire, says he's confident ministers will reach an agreement. chris mason reports. how does the health service ensure it can get medicine it needs equipment and medicine it needs if the uk leaves the eu
without a deal on future cooperation? that is the question nhs organisations are grappling with, according to the man who runs the health service in england. there is extensive work under way between the department of health, other parts of government, the life sciences industry and the pharma companies. but the attention of ministers this week is not on preparing for no deal, but on getting a good one. we are preparing for all eventualities. the point is that our focus, our attention, all the detail and effort must be about getting that deal. that is what is in the best interests of our country. we must be prepared, and we will be. the cabinet is badly split on what that deal should look like, with several ministers making their personal views publicly known, all of which makes finding agreement and setting out the government's proposals in a so—called white paper in less than a fortnight very difficult. the uk leaves the european union at the end of march next year and has until the autumn to sort out a deal. theresa may is notjust negotiating with brussels but with her own cabinet,
searching for consensus through an ocean of disagreement, it is weird that two years on the government has not produced its white paper. they will have a cabinet weekend in chequers to work out the strategy. and no wonder the eu is asking what is britain's strategy? it's here on friday that the cabinet will gather to try to sort proposals for the future relationship with the eu that all members of the prime minister's team can sign up to. it will not be easy. well, i spoke to chris mason a little earlier and he told me why this is such a crucial week in the brexit process. the challenge this week is trying to reach some sort of agreement within the cabinet. when you speak to people in government and say how are you going to do that
because there are huge disagreements, you do not get much of an answer. it is incredibly difficult and she has to try and find some sort of consensus and then sell it to the european union. there will be a bit of a pr job coming up with the prime minister speaking to lots of european leaders, potentially going on a trip to meet some leaders, speak to others on the phone. we will get ministers fanning out following the publication of this white paper. the tricky thing for the government here is that this white paper has to be pretty specific. in the past, there have been a platter of options, one way of keeping as many cabinet ministers in the tent as possible. brussels is not likely to buy that, they will want to know which things we want and then discuss them. the tricky thing is, how much detail is there in that white paper? i am told on the customs row, which has been rumbling on for ever, particularly around the irish border, you might remember there has been a discussion about two possible options.
0ne one was called the new customs partnership and the other was called maximum facilitation. neither of them were particularly well liked and i am told an alternative has been dreamt up. i do not know what it is, but there is an alternative. so the ministers will meet in chequers in buckinghamshire on friday. there will then be a period of six days until the following thursday, when the white paper will be published and it looks like quite a lot of work will be done on that white paper after the cabinet meeting. they will not be presented with the done deal and told to sign page 76 on thursday, there will still be quite a bit of work done on it after the meeting. the curious thing with this process is that people like me are forever looking to the horizon and saying, there is this big thing coming. the curious thing is, normally when you approach the horizon, the thing gets bigger, but in brexit, it seems to be the other way around.
we get to the big moment and people say oh, is that it? what is the next one? last week at the eu summit they were saying, we need full transparency, we need theresa may to put her cards on the table. does she know what those cards are, given the fact that she has got all this disagreement in her cabinet? she has a reasonable idea of what cards she would like to play, but it is being able to play those while maintaining a semblance of agreement. we know there is not an agreement but is there a document she can draw up that they are willing to put up with? inevitably, anything that they are willing to put up with, some will be more happy with than others and then the reverse might be true on another point. there is also the potential at some stage that some within the cabinet simply cannot live with what is agreed and you get some sort of resignation or walkout or whatever. given the situation the prime minister is in politically after the election, that would pose all sorts of questions which have
popped up every so often since the last election along the lines of, can she survive? we are well into the realms of speculation here, but all these things are possible given how transparent those disagreements are and how relatively politically weak the prime minister is since that reversal at the election a year ago. voting's been taking place in mexico, with the left—wing former mayor of mexico city, andres manuel lopez 0brador, tipped to win the presidency. he's promised to tackle rampant corruption and crime. campaigning was marred by violence, with more than 100 and 30 candidates campaigning was marred by violence, with more than 130 candidates and political workers killed. voters are also electing members of congress, senators, governors, and mayors. team sky say they are confident chris froome will ride in the tour de france next weekend after organisers reportedly tried to block his participation after a dispute over a drugs test. meanwhile, the doctor at the centre of previous allegations against the team, over a mystery "jiffy bag" package
sent to sir bradley wiggins, has broken his silence. in his first interview, richard freeman told our sports editor dan roan that he had severe depression as a result of being investigated, but that he was not guilty of any wrongdoing. he was the doctor at the heart of the scandal that rocked british cycling. richard freeman was the sport's most senior medic, helping sir bradley wiggins and team sky to beat the best. but for two years, he has faced suggestions he misused medical treatment to enhance riders‘ performances, refusing to answer our questions when i approached him in october 2016. now, finally, he has broken his silence. you never helped sir bradley wiggins or anyone at team sky to cheat? no. and your ethics as a doctor were never compromised? never. you were never asked to compromise? never asked. i wouldn't have joined team sky unless they had taken that moral high ground. did they live up to it? i believe they did. are you sure about that? yes. wiggins has denied an allegation he was given a banned asthma drug, triamcinolone, at a race in 2011,
insisting it was a legal decongestant, fluimicil. freeman was the man who took delivery of the mystery medicaljiffy bag. once and for all, on the record, what was in it? fluimicil nebules. freeman cannot prove that because his laptop containing patient data was stolen, but his medical record—keeping was also criticised by uk anti—doping. my travelling medical records were kept on a laptop which were not backed up to my... i am sorry about that. they should have been backed up, but they weren't. this year, wiggins denied an accusation by mps that he crossed an ethical line after freeman gave him triamcinolone for medical reasons before three major races. if you had the opportunity again, would you act differently? unfortunately, on medical grounds, yes, iwould. now, i would also advise him, because i treat a patient holistically, there's a reputational risk here. freeman has been criticised for writing a book, yet failing to attend a parliamentary committee hearing last year, citing ill—health.
the former british cycling doctor says he is sufficiently recovered from the effects of the scrutiny he faced. i had what a layman would call a breakdown and it was the final straw. that was portayed — or seen by some out there — as convenient. that you weren't able to give evidence in person, an excuse. i suffered from a major depressive illness. you can have suicidal thoughts. you can commit suicide. you had those thoughts, did you? yes, yes. this comes as team sky prepare for next weekend's tour de france, but will chris froome be riding? 0rganisers reportedly blocking him from going for a fifth win because of an unresolved anti—doping case after an adverse analytical finding last year. he denies wrongdoing and team sky say they are confident and appeal will be successful. but, for cycling, moving on from past controversies is proving no easy task. dan roan, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... dozens of fire crews continue to tackle an aggressive moorland fire near bolton.
lancashire fire brigade say they expect the blaze to continue for days. an investigation is launched after a young girl dies after being thrown from inflatable play equipment on a beach in norfolk. the head of nhs england says extensive planning is under way to prepare the health service for a no—deal brexit. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's tim. i like your type in! lovely to see you, you always say the nicest things. we start with the world cup. hosts russia have pulled off the biggest shock of the 2018 world cup so far. they are into the quarter—finals for the first time in nearly 50 years, after beating 2010 winners spain on penalties in moscow. the score was 1—1 after extra—time, only for goalkeeper igor akinfeev to save two spanish penalties
and spark wild celebrations. natalie pirks reports. rossiya! rossiya! they came with the hope and belief that anything is possible, but this was david and goliath territory. viva espana! with spain on in two years, russia had to get to grips with them, quite literally. ramos was convinced the goal was his. instead, literally. ramos was convinced the goalwas his. instead, ignashevich became the oldest player to score a world cup own goal. the spaniards we re world cup own goal. the spaniards were dominating but soon the most partisan of crowds had something to scream about. penalty, russia! hands up scream about. penalty, russia! hands up if you just made a big mistake. it's the melee, artem dzyuba was a picture of calm. david de gea was about to guess wrong. russia are level at the luzhniki! the clock was
ticking, but the spanish cavalry we re ticking, but the spanish cavalry were yet to arrive. extra time came, extra time went, and spain still couldn't get past the white wall. russia had never faced couldn't get past the white wall. russia had neverfaced worker penalties before, as the luzhniki collectively held its breath, or had scored before koke stepped up for spain. with everyone else letting their policies, it was down to aspas to save spain from this humiliation. spain are out! the fans went wild. the banner said, we play for you. for spain, this tournament will be one to forget. they never looked convincing, but no one thought the 2010 champions would be beaten by the lowest ranked side in this tournament. germany, argentina, portugal and now spain, gone. this is truly the world cup shocks. so who will face russia in the quarterfinals, denmark or croatia will have that honour. denmark and croatia are planning the
second half of their much. denmark took the lead. denmark took the lead thanks to the fastest goal of this world cup so far. mathiasjorgensen squeezing it past the croatia keeper with just 61 but it was an immediate reply from croatia, and there was a big element of fortune in this one. mario mandzukic eventually found the back of the net. the score is still 1—1 with just over half an hour played in nizhny novgorod. the two—time wimbledon champion andy murray has withdrawn from this year's tournament as he continues to build to full fitness following nearly a year out with a hip injury. in a post on social media, murray said he made the decision with a heavy heart. 0ur correspodentjoe wilson reports. game, set and match, murray. andy murray is a winner. why start a grand slam tournament unless you believe you can finish it with the trophy? we may have just started to imagine him doing this again this month.
he clearly feels his body cannot manage it. in a statement this afternoon, he said: this is a surprise, considering we have seen murray back in action in the last fortnight, at queens, for example. he seemed ahead of schedule, but he thinks long—term. the year began with a major operation. so, the us open in late summer is a more realistic opportunity. that is little consolation to wimbledon right now, where his absence will be felt deeply. kyle edmonds made good progress, but only when andy murray is not there do we truly realise how much british tennis has depended on him. joe wilson, bbc news. it's been an awful day for britain's lewis hamilton at the austrian grand prix. the mercedes driver had to retire from the race and also lost his lead in the drivers‘ championship.
well, the problems started for hamilton when mercedes made a tactical error in this early pit stop. the briton had been leading when he went into the pits, but he came out in fourth and never recovered. he slipped down the field. with his championship rival sebastian vettel one of those to overatake him, but then hamilton had the ultimate setback — a powerfailure in the later stages of the race meant he was forced to retire and end a run of 33 straight races where he's taken points. the win instead went to red bull's max verstappen, to the delight of the watching dutch supporters at the aptly named red bull ring track. vettel takes the overall championship lead. he's a single point ahead of hamilton. that's all the sport for now. lovely to see you. and you! have a lovely evening. a notorious career thief in france has escaped from prison... in a helicopter.
46—year—old redoine faid, who is one of france's most wanted criminals — escaped from jail near paris this morning. what's even more extraordinary is that this is faid's second jailbreak. in 2013 he blasted his way out of a prison using dynamite, as richard lister reports. a career criminal, inspired by gangster movies. redoine faid is now on the run. his escape from this prison in the paris suburbs had all the hallmarks of a film script. as he waited in a visiting area, two accomplices in a hijacked helicopter landed in the grounds. using smoke bombs and heavy tools, they broke through to faid, bundled him onto the helicopter and flew him away. the helicopter was later found 60 kilometres from the prison. its pilot had been seized as he waited to give a lesson. after flying faid and his accomplices out, he was released unharmed. redoine faid had a measure of fame after writing a book about his life of crime during a previous jail term.
he revealed how hollywood had perfected his robbery technique. in the book and in the documentary that followed, he explained that he was fascinated by the cinema, the fact that he used to see hollywood movies with robert de niro, also french movies that talked about spectacular attacks and spectacular escapes. but french police say his crimes often involved heavy weaponry and brutal violence. faid was serving a 25 year sentence after this policewoman was killed in 2010 in a raid he organised. this is actually his second jail break. last time he used dynamite to blast off the prison doors and was on the run for six weeks. another manhunt is under way. richard lister, bbc news. the pakistan army has rescued two british mountaineers from the ultar sar peak in the hunza valley. the army said the climbers' tent had been hit by an avalanche.
bruce normand and timothy miller were rescued by pilots at about 19,000 feet above sea level. another climber, from austria, died in the avalanche. celebrations have been held in tredegar today, as the community remembered its famous son and founder of the nhs, aneurin bevan. its been the culmination of a week of events in the town, where bevan used the local workingman s medical aid society as the blueprint for the national health service — which turns 70 later this week. 0ur wales correspondent, sian lloyd, reports. brass band plays. tredegar took to the streets for bevan day in traditional style. hundreds joined the local band on a banner march to remember this former mining town's famous son, and to commemorate 70 years of the national health service he founded. i think we're all paying homage to nye, and if he were here today, i'm sure he would be incredibly proud. i've brought my son, as well,
who thanks to the nhs, had some life—saving operation when he was six weeks old, so it is really quite emotional to be here today. aneurin bevan was labour minister for health, when, in 19118, a new service to deliver free healthcare for all was launched. what he'd seen in his hometown was said to have provided the blueprint to "tredegar—ise" the uk, as he put it. the town's medical aid society saw miners and steelworkers contribute to a fund that paid for people's healthcare, who otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford it. there were political messages today from senior labour figures, including the leader, jeremy corbyn. but, above all, a festival for localfamilies. among them, three of aneurin bevan‘s great nieces, including nyerie, a nurse named after the man everyone called nye. i just think the health service touches everybody. i mean, if you have babies, if you have parents, everybody uses the health service,
and ijust, because of that, just think it's so special. it treats the many and not the few. a new piece of music has been commissioned, and a miner's lamp will be carried to parliament, a legacy of a collier‘s son. sian lloyd, bbc news, tredegar. the search for 12 young boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in northern thailand, has entered its ninth day. rescue teams have been trying to reach deeper into the chambers of the tham luang cave in the hope of finding the children, who are all aged between 11 and 16. howard johnson reports. water, gushing out of the tham luang cave complex. earlier this week, engineers began pumping it out from a flooded cavern. other teams have also worked to divert streams from flowing into the area. what we are seeing here
is part of a new superjet pump being delivered. it's hoped that when it's fully operational, even more water will be pumped out of the cave complex to the right of me here. the falling water levels have galvanised search and rescue teams. last night, thailand's elite navy seal divers returned to a chamber around a kilometre away from the pattaya beach, a high sandbank where many hope the missing boys and their football coach are sheltering. the team will now use fixed ropes and stockpiled air tanks to attempt to push further into the cave. but downstream from the pumping operation, paddy fields are being inundated with water. this village chief says more than 16 farmers have been affected, but his message to the community is simple — the priority is to save the missing 13. 0ne villager said the fate of the children is more important than her livelihood. translation: authorities need to release water
onto our rice paddy. if it's to save the kids, we say, no worries. just let the water out to save their lives in the cave. and so as the rescue operation enters a critical second week, the people of thailand continue to support it with everything they have. peter firmin — the co—creator of the clangers — has died aged 89. in a career spanning six decades, he helped to create basil brush, as well as bagpuss, ivor the engine and noggin the nog. in 1999, bagpuss was voted the most popular bbc children's programme ever made, and in 2014 peter firmin received a bafta lifetime achievement award. more now on the news that andy murray is pulling out of wimbledon — which begins tomorrow. he had onlyjust started playing again after 11 months out of action with a hip injury,
and said he was withdrawing with a "heavy heart". 0ur reporter simonjones has been speaking to fans outside sw19. well, you can tell we're on the eve of the tournament by the huge number of tents here. there are fans who have arrived already, hoping to get in the queue to try and see some top tennis. and many of them wanted to see andy murray. he's not playing, he says, with a heavy heart. it's a feeling shared by many of the spectators. let's talk to a couple of them now. how are you feeling, hearing the news? yeah, we're a little bit gutted that andy isn't playing. he's such a great sports player, you know, for britain. but other people will take his place, i guess. he has to look after his health and get back to fitness and hopefully he'll come back and do it again. and you've followed him quite a lot? a fair bit, yeah. but then, we like all the british players and we've followed jo konta quite a lot, we've seen her play in various places.
we're always rooting for the brits, to be honest. how disappointing as it? it is disappointing because obviously we are all murray fans. but you've got to appreciate where he's coming from and that, you know, he doesn't want to come out and lose to someone he otherwise wouldn't lose to if he was fully fit. a few weeks ago he lost to his fellow... kyle edmund, 6—4, 6—4. he's never lost to him. he's gone into wimbledon thinking he probably can't win the tournament, and he's a grand slam winner, so why should he play if he can't win it? the tournament about to get under way and the excitement is building nonetheless. essentially, the week ahead looks dry. there will be more sunshine to come, but more heat as well. earlier, we had a few thunderstorms and showers. they are tending to
decay from southern areas and it is becoming dry overnight. and this band of cloud earlier brought a few spots of rain into north—west scotland, bringing in fresh air to the north of scotland. contrast that temperature with the much more human feeling whether we have got in the south. 0ne feeling whether we have got in the south. one or two showers not far from the south coast, from the isle of wight westwards, most of them in the english channel, so a lot of dry weather and sunshine. a bit fresher feeling for scotland and northern ireland. further south for england and wales, that growing heat up to 30 or 31 again. 0ver and wales, that growing heat up to 30 or 31 again. over the week ahead, we are hard pushed to find any rate although the showers are fading away. good spells of sunshine and on the whole, it should feel very warm.