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british and french fishermen clash in violent skirmishes over scallops in the channel. the dramatic confrontation involved dozens of boats yesterday in a protest over fishing rights, but the british government says ourfishermen did have a right to be there. my heart goes out to the fishermen who've been caught up in this because — they have ll sympathy. they are fishing legally and they have every right to be fishing in those waters. we'll be finding out what triggered the extraordinary scenes. also tonight: surprise, as the former first minister of scotland, alex salmond, resigns from the scottish national party amid allegations of sexual harrassment — which he strongly denies. back the chequers plan or risk a no deal on brexit — the warning to the eu from a senior cabinet minister. an ad for the app that claims to be a natural alternative to contraception is banned for being misleading. and, why the national trust is returning a popular tourist spot in wales to medieval times. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news:
andy murray on court again, as he plays for a place in the third round of the us open. good evening. there've been dramatic clashes between french and british fishermen in the channel over scallops. the french are said to have thrown rocks and smoke bombs at the rival boats as they accused them of pillaging shellfish stocks. they clashed off the normandy coast on monday night in the bay of seine. under eu rules, fishermen from any member state are free to fish in waters more than 12 miles from the coast — the area beyond this red line here — and that is where the british vessels were. but what's annoyed the french
is that their own national laws mean their fishermen can't dredge for scallops in the whole area between may and october to protect stocks. our environment correspondent, claire marshall is at brixham harbour, where the british boats returned after the clashes. french media are saying french fishermen had a fit of anger at the british fishermen, they lost their tempers having to watch all this trawling taking place. there were, as you say, extraordinary scenes. a lot of the fishermen i have spoken to today say they were really scared. they say they say they will go out tonight that fish much closer to home. this does slot into a long and turbulent history of two countries that have had to home. this does slot into a long and turbulent history of two countries that have two share waters and whose fishermen have watch the blue boat, a 200—tonne british scallop trawler. this footage from a french boat shows it colliding with smaller french vessels.
british fishermen say french boats like this surrounded them and started attacking them. just a glimpse of the violent clashes off the coast of normandy in the early hours of tuesday morning. rocks and flares coming across here. right through here? yeah. there was probably about 50, 60 boats around us in the end. do you think our navy should go with you? the only way to deal with it now is to get our navy involved and try and protect us, really. but the french fishermen who got involved are furious. they're banned under french law from fishing in the baie de seine over the summer to preserve stocks. normally a deal is done and larger british boats also stay away. but this year negotiations broke down and the british trawlers moved in. french skippers have had to watch them harvesting these scallop—rich waters just off their coastline, without being able to join in. translation: they have no hours,
no quotas, theyjust fill their boats. they come, scrape and leave. they start working a month before us and they us the crumbs. this was some of the handful of british scallop dredgers arriving in brixham, after fleeing back across the channel. some boats were damaged but no one was injured. they hadn't broken any eu law to land this catch, they had stayed 12 miles from the french coast. they are fishing legally and they have every right to be fishing in those waters and we are talking to the french authorities at the moment, in order to make sure that there can be no repeat of the scenes we saw. dredging is a highly controversial method of fishing. conservationists say it destroys the whole of the sea bed. scallops reproduce in the summer and this is why french fishermen argue that they shouldn't be harvested until ist october. it's a question of sustainability. but, this side of the channel, the view is that there is more than enough to go around. we believe that the scallops are in good condition from the middle of august through the rest of the year.
british fishermen will continue to fish in the baie de seine if we don't do a deal with france. brian and some of the other skippers caught up in the clashes have already lost thousands of pounds. so, what are you going to do, then? well, the only thing we can do next is let the dust settle a little bit and then all the rest of the fleet will go over together, as one big fleet. it's the only thing we can do, just stick together. so you are going to go back out? yeah, yeah, i'm going back over there. translation: we will fight back, we won't let them do it. even if there is damage, i'm ready to go back there. not to risk my life, of course, but i'm ready to return. the french police say they are sending more boats to patrol the area. it's now down to international negotiators to cool tempers. claire marshall, bbc news, brixham. our diplomatic correspondent james landale is here. how serious is this dispute? these kind of fishing disputes
happen from time to time. i remember in the 19905 covering the tuna wars, but i think this is serious. not lea5t but i think this is serious. not least because of the scale of confrontation and it was only by luck that nobody was hurt. the british government is taking it seriously, the british amba55ador has rai5e seriously, the british amba55ador has raise concerns in paris. georgiou i5 has raise concerns in paris. georgiou is therefore have words with his counterpart tomorrow, represented of the fishing fleet on both sides are talking and hoping to arrange a meeting. the impression i get is that both sides want to try and de—escalate this and calm things down. i think there is a hope that maybe the old deal that lasted for the last five years can be revived in some way. e55entially, taking the big british trawler5 out of the area, in return to giving them fi5hing areas elsewhere. area, in return to giving them fishing areas elsewhere. and brexit, doe5 fishing areas elsewhere. and brexit, does it change things? britain if leave the european union will leave
the common fisheries. there are some french fishermen that hope it means british fishermen won't be able to come to bay of seine. but it is more competitive than that. after brexit an independent uk is almost certainly going to negotiate 5ome kind of deal with the eu and that means that the eu, which has huge interest in fishing in uk water5, will probably get some access to its waters in return. that means that brexit might change the rules and term5 brexit might change the rules and terms of the negotiation that these kind of disputes will go on nonetheless. james landale, thank you. the former first minister of scotland, alex salmond, has resigned from the scottish national party, following allegations of sexual harrassment — which he strongly denies. in a video statement posted online, mr salmond said he was resigning in order to prevent opposition politicians attacking the party. our scotland correspondent lorna gordon is in glasgow. dramatic developments tonight. how much of a surprise was this? i think it was a big surprise. make
no mistake, this is an extremely significant moment in scottish politics. alex salmond really has been a colo55u5 of scottish politics. remember, this is the man who took his party, and indeed the country, to within 400,000 votes of becoming independent. he is by many definitions the snp's mo5t 5ucce55ful leader. independents really is in his blood. his party, or his former party the snp, i5 really is in his blood. his party, or his former party the snp, is part of his dna. he has dedicated 45 years of his dna. he has dedicated 45 yea r5 to of his dna. he has dedicated 45 years to the snp, 20 of those as party leader, and yet this evening within the last couple of hours, he i55ued that statement on social media, saying he is quitting a5 a member of the snp. his resignation come5 member of the snp. his resignation co m e5 le55 member of the snp. his resignation comes less than 24—hour i5 member of the snp. his resignation comes less than 24—hour is after he launched a legal case against the scottish government over its handling of the misconduct, sexual misconduct complaints against him, complaints which he absolutely
refutes but he indicated in this statement that his resignation was to avoid potential divi5ions statement that his resignation was to avoid potential divisions within the party and he will be hoping by resigning that ahead of the scottish parliament's return resigning that ahead of the scottish pa rliament‘s return next resigning that ahead of the scottish parliament's return next week, he will be puncturing any pressure the snp i5 will be puncturing any pressure the snp is facing from opposition parties. he did say it is his absolute intention to reapply for party membership once he said he has had the opportunity to clear his name. within the last few minutes, we have had a statement from nicola sturgeon. she has said she feels a huge 5adne55 about the whole situation. she called alex salmond herfriend, her mentalfor almost situation. she called alex salmond her friend, her mental for almost 30 years. she said his contribution to the snp and independence movement speaks for itself but says that whilst the decision to resign has been alex's alone, 5he whilst the decision to resign has been alex's alone, she says the rea5on been alex's alone, she says the reason she understood why he has chosen to separate the questions he i5 chosen to separate the questions he is facing from the day—to—day bu5ine55 is facing from the day—to—day business of the snp and the ongoing
campaignfor business of the snp and the ongoing campaign for independence. thank you. the cabinet office minister, david lidington, has told french business leaders that the european union has to choose between the british government's chequers plan or face the risk of a no deal brexit. it comes as the eu'5 chief brexit negotiator michel barnier 5aid that the eu was prepared to offer britain a unique partnership, different from that agreed with any outside country. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. britain's marriage with europe was never quite a union of hearts and minds, unlike this happy couple, but anyway, it's nearly over. just the divorce to sort out. the government's warning today — an agreement on britain's terms or no deal at all. in paris, the prime minister's right—hand man in cabinet told the eu — take it or leave it. with exactly seven months until the end of article 50 and less than two months ahead of the october council, we face the choice between the pragmatic propo5al5 we're di5cu55ing now with the european commission, or the risk of there being no deal. we5tmin5ter‘s been left
to the tourists, mp5 still on a break, but brexit never stop5, nor do government attempts to sound upbeat, in5isting british plans for a single market in goods and farm produce, but not services, could be the basis for agreement. i'm confident that a deal is within our sights. we're bringing ambition, pragmatism, energy, and if, and i expect it will be, and if it is matched, we get a deal. there were, though, complications — big ones — including avoiding a hard border in ireland, or between ireland and britain. the target date for agreement between the eu leaders might just 5lip. we are aiming for the october council, but there is some measure of leeway. so under the brexit timetable, what happens next? in september, negotiations inten5ify and eu leaders, including theresa may, meet in salzburg. in october, it's the eu summit to agree a deal, unless that 5lip5.
then, a crucial vote in parliament on the divorce deal and future relationship. the following march, the uk leaves the eu. but will bru55el5 agree to british term5? the eu'5 chief negotiator is meeting dominic raab again on friday. plenty of goodwill on offer, but that didn't mean letting the uk pick and choose terms of trade. translation: there will be no a la carte menu for britain, though the uk could still have a closer relationship than any other non—eu state. but the truth is, the government has no wriggle room. any more concessions to brussels and the number of eurosceptic tory rebels will surely grow. parliament may well vote down any deal anyway. there's still no sign of an agreed plan to avoid a hard iri5h border and without one, a no—deal brexit becomes more likely. plans for the future after brexit are still a work in progress, ju5t months before britain peels off and goes its own way. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster.
meanwhile, on the second day of her trade mission to africa to boost ties with the continent after brexit, theresa may has signed an agreement on economic and defence cooperation with the president of nigeria. the two leaders di5cussed 5ecurity, trade and people trafficking. our political correspondent ben wright has been travelling with the prime minister and sent this report. they still honour britain here, but the days of obeying are long gone. thi5 former british colony i5 africa's largest economy and a hot destination for visiting trade delegations and their national leaders. theresa may is the first british prime minister to visit nigeria since 2011. we have long—standing link5 with nigeria, and long—standing, close commercial ties with nigeria. there are british companies that have been here in nigeria for many, many years. we want to enhance tho5e trading link5. i think there are real opportunities for us to do so, as we're leaving the european union.
looking for a new trading direction a5 brexit beckons... but today resisting the temptation tojoin in the dancing. in abuja, theresa may met president buhari, promising him more british military help in nigeria's fight against the militant islamist group boko haram. the first security and defence agreement has been signed by the two countries, but it's business deals that mrs may wants too. nigeria is the largest african economy. its gdp, the value of all goods and services in an economy, wa5 £292 billion in 2017 — higher than the other two countries she's visiting on this trip, south africa and kenya. nigeria also has the largest population in africa, nearly 194 million people, and many of them are young. so, there's huge economic growth potential but currently uk trade to nigeria is low. the latest numbers show we imported
just over £1 billion worth of goods, and exported just over £2 billion. by 2050, a quarter of the world's consumers will be in africa. a scramble for that market is well under way and regardless of brexit, uk businesses need to show they have the products and services africa wants. moreover, for britain to be open for african busine55, such as this recruitment company, who welcomed the prime minister's vi5it. i think it's an opportunity for the united kingdom and nigeria to engage on an even footing when it comes to investment in people in africa. nigerians are a people of enormous potential. there's so much potential in this country, but, unfortunately, a lot of it is untapped. european countries are competing for business but working together, trying to stop the trafficking of nigerians into europe. many end up in the uk and the prime minister met victim5 of modern slavery in lagos, promising more support,
along with france, towards nigeria's effort to tackling the problem. there's still significant poverty here, and that is clear as you drive into lagos from the airport. but this is an economy that is growing fast, and after theresa may's da5h around nigeria today, tomorrow 5he heads to kenya, where she, again, hopes that hi5toric links will help the uk capture a slice of the future. ben wright, bbc news, in lagos. a study looking at the rate of self harming among children in the uk has found just over one in five 14 year old girls has hurt themselves on purpose. the figures — highlighted in a children's society report — examined the state of children's wellbeing in the uk during a 12—month period in 2015. young people who self—harm u5e a variety of methods to intentionally and repeatedly cause pain. 22% of girls admitted that they had self—harmed. 9% of the boys who were 5urveyed also said they had hurt them5elve5 deliberately.
our health correspondent dominic hughes reports. it seemed like taking out on yourself tho5e emotions, that you didn't know how to explain or you didn't know how to deal with, in a healthy way. there was a lot of anger, but it wasn't towards anyone else, it was towards my5elf. i waited till i was like really, you know, at the bottom to seek help. kay ska is one of thousands of young people who struggled with the turmoil of teenage emotions. self—harming became a way of managing anxiety and panic attacks, bullying at school, a collapse in self—esteem. a lot of, like, self—loathing and self—hate and not knowing how to deal with my emotions led me to self—harming. at the time, i thought that was a coping mechanism. i had friends at the time who were self—harming and there were also people who said
how much it helped them, and how much it helped them feel a bit easier. the number of young teenagers who are deliberately hurting themselves in a number of ways, including cutting or hitting, appears to be growing, and that reflects the changing world we live in. particularly the prevalence of social media and the pressures that come with it. we need to think about what is underlying self— harm, what is being communicated to us. are children depressed? are they anxious? is there something happening to them, for example, bullying? through understanding why children are reaching the point where they're experiencing self— harm, we can help them to understand what's happening and help them think of different strategies. children's mental health services have struggled to cope with growing demand. more money has been promised. an extra £300 million for helping english schools, for example. but knowing what to do for a young person in crisis can be hard. some of these things are really scary. if you're worried that your child is self—harming, it might be very difficult to know what to do. there is a lot of help out there,
and we would recommend that parents call the youngminds helpline, which is specifically for parents, and they can give you some more advice about strategies for dealing with this kind of thing. i've recently been experiencing a lot more of the personalisation... now 23, kay is in a much better place. the sharing of her experiences with others online a key part of her recovery. so, if you could go back in time and meet your 14—year—old self who's really struggling, what would you say to her now? i would say — seek help. like, you are not ok, and that is ok. don't feel ashamed for feeling whatever you're feeling. kay ska ending that report by dominic hughes. and if you have been affected by any of the issues raised in that report, you can find details of organisations which offer advice and support on the bbc actionline website — at bbc.co.uk/actionline. a £5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a 21—year—old man wanted over the murders of his ex—partner and her mother. they were stabbed to death
in the early hours of monday morning in solihull. our correspondent sima kotecha is at the west midlands police headquarters. today west midlands police told us that the prime suspect 21—year—old janbaz tarin is still believed to be in the country and is still believed to be in the west midlands. in fact, office rs to be in the west midlands. in fact, officers went as far as saying they think it is very likely he is being harboured by someone else and is being hidden away from the authorities. they said that he has been involved with the police previously over minor offences and that the nature of his relationship with one of the victims who was killed on monday had also been reported to the police prior to the murders. west midlands police are offering £5,000 to anybody who has any idea of his whereabouts. what the families of the victims have
told us is they are still trying to come to terms with what happened earlier in the week. sima, thank you. president trump has called on evangelical christian leaders to help the republicans retain control of congress in november's mid term elections. speaking at a prayer meeting in the white house this week, he warned religious leaders that if the democrats took control they would institute change quickly and violently. but opinions on the president remain split within the church, as our religion editor martin bashir reports. at over seven feet tall this former basketball pro is now a prominent player in washington. he leads a bible study in the white house. i like to influence the leaders of the institutions of state. ralph drollinger is one of 82% of white evangelicals who voted for donald trump. in return he has granted them a weekly gathering at the heart of american power. who attends?
will the vice president? yes, the vice president, the secretary of state, the attorney general, the head of nasa, which isjust across the street here just started coming. i will faithfully execute the office of president... for many christians, voting for donald trump provoked a crisis of conscience. family values voters invited to support a thrice married businessman who was caught on tape bragging about sexual assault. i have to, as a minister, give people a lot of grace, a lot of rope, and hope that they are going to grow from things that are definitely biblically sinful, and i have those hopes for the president. but as president, donald trump is accused of pathological lying, paying off a porn star and encouraging a draconian immigration policy with hundreds of parents separated from their children. because you're worthy! hallelujah!
greenleaf christian centre, a black evangelical church in north carolina. the reverend dr william barber says many christians have dumped their principles in return for access to power. the leadership of evangelicalism, people like franklin graham and others, say that god put donald trump in the white house. but do you agree with that? they can say anything, you know? the slave masters said that god ordained slavery. it wasn't true. that god ordained segregation. it wasn't true. the greatest critique on donald trump is not his personal vices. what is worst is his political vices, is his political agenda. members of his congregation agreed. i think it's disgraceful the way he is treating people of colour. his ideas don't match up with any of what the bible is saying. ralph drollinger says donald trump just needs time to grow.
any person that's young in christ is going to have issues with their demeanour, outwardly, measurably, especially if your whole life's on camera. but peter werner who worked for three republican presidents says donald trump is less a christian and more a hypocrite. i think the damage that trump is doing to christianity and the damage that christians who are trump supporters are doing, is catastrophic and a very harsh indictment of the people who stood by him, who were his sword and his shield. the christians? the christians. with some now questioning their support donald trump planted seeds of fear during a dinner with evangelical leaders at the white house on monday, warning that if they don't vote republican at the mid—term elections in november then there will be civil unrest, even violence. martin bashir, bbc news, washington.
the body of the former us presidential candidate john mccain has been brought to the capitol in arizona, the state he represented in the us senate. among those paying tribute at a short ceremony was his wife, cindy. the vietnam veteran's body will lie there in state before travelling onwards to washington. an endurance swimmer has completed a 348—mile swim from lands end in cornwall to dover in kent in 49 days. lewis pugh wanted to swim the length of the english channel to raise awareness about cleaning up oceans. he started his challenge, swimming 6 to 12 miles every day, in earlyjuly. an advert for a fertility app, which said it was "highly accurate", has been banned after the advertising watchdog ruled the claim was misleading. the advertising standards authority also said the effectiveness of the app called natural cycles
had been exaggerated. the swedish company that developed it says it respects the outcome of the investigation. jean mackenzie has been to meet one woman who got pregnant while using the app. how many months are you now? 34 weeks. so, you know, about five to go. rebecca wasn't planning on having her first child for a few years. i was looking for a sort of alternative to hormonal contraception at the time. i sufferfrom depression and anxiety, and hormone—related contraceptions just seemed to really escalate that. she came across the contraceptive app natural cycles, which tracks women's fertility over the month and tells them when they can and can't get pregnant. she said she started using it after seeing an advert on instagram claiming it was 99% effective. was it based on that 99% that
you decided to use it? yeah. i was sort of sucked into this 99% effective. you know, even more effective than the pill. rebecca says she'd been following the instructions perfectly for three months when she found out she was pregnant. i think this might have to be the going—home outfit. hi, world! just talk to me about the impact that this has had on you over the last eight months. it has been quite high stress levels. because we are selling the flat at the moment and then trying to buy somewhere new. and going to have to move back in with mum temporarily. yeah, just, you know, everything all at once. what, because you weren't ready for it? yes, exactly. you know, i'm only 26. there's been a lot of things that i would have done differently. the advertising watchdog has ruled
that the app cannot be marketed as highly or 99% effective, because the evidence from users shows there is in fact a 7% chance of getting pregnant. if you had been sold it as seven out of 100 women every year will get pregnant using this, would you have used it? no. a year or so ago when i saw it on instagram, i was led to believe it was 99% effective. i think that is definitely misleading. the company says it's removed the advert in question and its current adverts provide women with the necessary information. jean mackenzie, bbc news. it's one of wales's most popular tourist spots, but the agricultural landscape at rhossili on the
gower peninsula has been undergoing a transformation. land managed by the national trust is being returned to how it would have been farmed in medieval times, as sian lloyd reports. returning this landscape to how it would have looked centuries ago. strips of small fields are the last remnants of an ancient style of farming that has all but disappeared. modern farming methods have favoured larger parcels of land. on this headland alone, more than three and a half miles of field boundaries were removed over time. but now they are putting them back. teams of volunteers have been working on this land known as the vile. they have returned six large fields to 17 smaller parcels of land. all the old fencing has just become embedded into the bank, so we want to take it out. and the guys are putting in new straining posts every 50 metres. so we are coming out about a metre, just to make the bank area wider, so it is a wider wildlife corridor. the transformation has been dramatic. this tired looking, over—grazed field, is now a sea of yellow.
a first crop of sunflowers and they've proved a huge hit with visitors who flock to the rhossili on the gower peninsula as an area of outstanding natural beauty. these are almost ready to harvest for birdseed. i think we are trying to demonstrate the model, where nature—friendly farming can work and you can make a profit on the back of that and, hopefully, that model can be shared more widely and maybe go towards creating policy that will instruct governments on how those incentives can be passed onto farmers. they have chosen to grow crops that are attractive to pollinators, like bumblebees. what we have is flower—rich hay meadows, alongside flower—rich crops and a network of boundaries that allow wildlife to move freely around the vile in a protected way. like a wildlife superhighway, if you like.