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the salisbury nerve agent attack — more details are revealed about the russian military doctor who's been named as the second suspect. alexander mishkin claimed he was a tourist — but in fact he was a hero of the russian federation who worked for their military intelligence agency, gru. they are a military outfit that is very aggressive and ambitious in doing things. they don't necessarily ca re doing things. they don't necessarily care as much of the consequences as your more traditional secret agents. we'll have more on the latest revelations this lunchtime. also on the programme... a waste disposal company is stripped of its nhs contracts after hundreds of tonnes of medical waste from hospitals — including body parts — were allowed to pile up. in brussels to talk brexit — the leader of the democratic unionists, arlene foster, insists again that she won't accept any customs barriers within the uk. we could not support any arrangement which would give rise to either
customs or regulatory barriers within the uk internal market. the amount of taxpayers‘ money spent on international aid could be cut by millions of pounds after brexit, says the international development secretary. and the strictly curse strikes again — seann walsh's now ex—girlfriend hits back, saying she is not a victim. and coming up on bbc news, former manchester united captain wayne rooney defends manager jose mourinho, but others insist he's not the man for the job. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. more details are being revealed this lunchtime about the second man suspected of carrying out the salisbury nerve agent attack. he has been identified as a doctor
with the russian military intelligence agency, the gru, who was made a hero of the russian federation — the country's highest honorary title — four year ago. the investigations website bellingcat has named him as alexander mishkin. the bbc understands british officials are not disputing the identification. naomi grimley reports. until now, this man has been known to the world as alexander petrov. he isa to the world as alexander petrov. he is a suspect in the salisbury poisoning case, which started as an attempted assassination of a former russian spy and his daughter and then, three months later, led to the death of a british woman, dawn stu rg ess, death of a british woman, dawn stu rgess, after death of a british woman, dawn sturgess, after she accidentally handled the deadly nerve agent. the website bellingcat, run by investigative journalists, have revealed the man's real identity is
alexander mishkin. it even obtained images of his passport. what do we know about him so far? he was born on the 13th ofjuly 1979 in northern russia. was born on the 13th ofjuly1979 in northern russia. his rank is unknown but he is believed to be a military doctor. he was recruited by russia's military intelligence agency, the gru, asa military intelligence agency, the gru, as a student, and until september 2014 hits registered home address was the address of the headquarters of the gru in moscow. unlike the other suspect in this case, who has already been named as anatoliy chepiga, mishkin has less ofan anatoliy chepiga, mishkin has less of an online presence. it has taken longer to establish his true identity, down to his hometown. he grew up in a remote village in the north of russia which has less than a thousand residents. it is permafrost and i'm constantly covered in snow. 0ne permafrost and i'm constantly covered in snow. one might remember
this person's allegations on television but he decided to come back from salisbury because there was some slush, it is a village that lives in slush. 0nly last week we learned how the gru sends a team of spies to the hague to try to hack the computer systems of the 0pcw, the body responsible for testing samples of another chock nerve agent. the dutch authorities laid out an embarrassing detail of the workings of a spy mission gone wrong, which should have been top secret. they are a military outfit that is very aggressive and ambitious in doing things, and they do not necessarily ca re things, and they do not necessarily care as much of the consequences as your more traditional secret agents would. all the investigative digging of the intelligence agencies and journalists means that the stories the two salisbury suspects told about visiting the city's famous
cathedral spire is looking ever more threadbare. ben ando is in central london, where those details about alexander mishkin have been revealed. what more can you tell us? elliott higgins and other people behind bellingcat, the online research groups that have found this information out, have been giving members of parliament a private briefing inside the house of commons. we expect them to come out $0011 commons. we expect them to come out soon and say publicly what they have been telling them about. exactly what is the evidence they have that leads them to suggest that alexander petrov, the man we knew as that, is actually alexander mishkin, this decorated member of the gru russian military intelligence, someone with a background of being trained by the russian navy, who clearly is not the harmless tourist they had claimed that they were. the information has come up through their digital footprint,
the information has come up through their digitalfootprint, information phones by facial recognition software, looking up passport details, all this sort of stuff —— information found out by. in terms of the spying and what they are doing, it is interesting how easy it has been for a group like bellingcat to find this information, i am sure that will cause some embarrassment in moscow. ben ando in london, thank you. a clinical waste disposal firm has been stripped of nhs contracts after allowing body parts to pile up at its facilities. healthcare environmental services had been responsibile for removing medical waste from many hospitals in england and scotland. 0ur health editor hugh pym is in central london. we are talking hundreds of tonnes of clinical waste, including body parts. reminders how we got to this position? the story only emerged at the end of next week even though the environment agency informed the government injuly environment agency informed the government in july that there environment agency informed the government injuly that there was a problem with medical waste from hospitals going to sites in england
and scotland, and that at some there was a backlog building up, it was not being disposed of in a timely fashion, was not going to incineration in the time that should have been allowed. what has happened today is that the company that had this contract with about 50 hospitals has been stripped of that contract at 15 of them. the government made a statement this morning. another contractor has been found cause matey, well—known in the outsourcing world, they have taken over that contract. —— another contractor has been found called mighty. in due course, the other contracts will be moved from hes. there have been assurances that will be no harm to patients, but those hospitals will need contingency plans. ministers have been criticised for not telling the commons about this. matt hancock, the secretary of state for health
and social care, chaired an emergency cobra meeting much earlier but it only emerged at the end of last week. they said they had to get the contract in lime before they could make an announcement. the leader of the democratic unionists — arlene foster — has been holding talks in brussels with the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, ahead of next week's crucial eu summit. the irish border remains the key outstanding issue. this morning arlene foster again insisted that she will not accept —— this morning the international development secretary penny mordaunt refused to give explicit backing to theresa may's chequers plan for brexit, but says the prime minister can count on her support. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo reports. back to work in westminster this morning, they know it is crunch time for brexit talks. the prime minister hopes her top team will stay backing her approach. to face down discontent within her party. and after a speech in london this
morning, one of the leading brexiteers in the cabinet for the first time publicly gave her view on the government's plans. the prime minister can count on my support, but what i would say is we don't know where this will end up. we are at a critical moment. the current issue is that the ball is formally back in the —— family back in the eu's court, we await their response. brussels has dismissed as unworkable the government's offer of what has become known as the chequers plan for a future relationship. the issue of stopping cheques returning to the irish border is holding up negotiations. —— stopping checks. northern irish parties, including primers's westminster allies, the dup, where in brussels today. there cannot be barriers to trade in the uk internal market, which would damage the economic well—being of
northern ireland. we could not support any arrangements which would give rise to customs or regulatory barriers within the uk internal market. evenif market. even if they brexit deal is agreed in the coming weeks, it must be approved by parliament. peshmerga evenif approved by parliament. peshmerga even if our brexit deal. never mind the opposition parties, it is people within the conservative party who are criticising the agreement theresa may hopes to strike. to carry this deal the prime minister needs to bring the conservative party together with dup allies, that is the only way she can be certain to get it through parliament, meaning involving the chequers proposals more in the direction of the comprehensive free trade deal which the eu has made clear is on offer. the absolute irreducible core of colleagues who will not support a check —based end state is 40 to 45. it will come down to numbers in
winston instead if and when a deal was brought back. an agreement is still to be reached with brussels, but that might prove the easy part -- it'll but that might prove the easy part —— it'll come down to numbers in westminster if and when a deal is brought back. in a moment we'll talk to our assistant political editor norman smith who is in westminster, but first lets speak to damian grammaticas in brussels. the irish border is the big stumbling block and that does not seem to be much movement on either side? yes, and this is the key thing to watch at this point. what we have from here today is not great news for theresa may. the dup is not great news for theresa may. the dup as critical as to whether she agreed here, and there are only two weeks to agree, through parliament. arlene foster saying today the proposal she has seen so far from michel barnier is not acceptable, she does not want any of the new checks. this is all about the issue of the irish border. this is key to the withdrawal treaty negotiated. what you hear about
chequers is not being negotiated at the minute. there will only be broad outlines brought back, most likely, but there will be detail on the irish border. arlene foster says there is only one red line to protect northern ireland's position in the uk. checks would not be a cce pta ble in the uk. checks would not be acceptable in this backstop insurance idea that the eu has on the table. there are already checks on animals crossing, she was asked, and this would expand some of those. she said she did not want any more checks in any way. she asked whether the alternative, a border between north and south of ireland, would be acceptable. she said many backers who share our view, by which i think she means of the brexit backing mps you are about to hearfrom. let's go to norman smith in downing street, theresa may facing so much opposition over brexited leaves you wondering how she will get this through parliament?
at first glance you would think mrs may is heading into a parliamentary brick wall. i think a strategy will be to embark on an elaborate game of chicken, too daring piece to vote down her deal and say to hardline brexiteers, you vote down my deal and you could end up with a second referendum which could scupper brexit altogether. to say to the dup you might not like me and my chequers agreements but if you reject it you could have a general election and end up with the jeremy corbyn government, who you really do not like. two stated torrie remainers i know you want to stay closer to the eu, but reject idealised you handover party to the likes of boris johnson jacob rees—mogg mark, who you really do not like —— to say to torrie remainers. and to say to others, if you vote down my deal, you could end with no deal, which would be very damaging to your constituents. it is hope that all these groups will
chicken out. it is a high risk strategy, at the moment there is no sign of them all disappearing off stage left in a flurry of chicken feathers. norman smith, thank you. the issue of the irish border continues to dominate the brexit negotiations and the government is expected to publish new proposals for the irish border in the coming days. 0ur reality check correspondent chris morris explains why the border issue has become so important. yes, we know that there is onlyjust over a week to go now until the next eu summit, so it really is coming close to crunch time. but why is ireland such a big issue in these negotiations? well, the map tells the story. after brexit, the land border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland will also become the only land border between the uk and the eu, and they will be two separate economic areas. both sides have agreed that there should be no new infrastructure or checks on the border, basically keeping things as open as they are now. and they've agreed that there should be a backstop plan, or guarantee, to avoid a hard border in all circumstances. now, they hope that they can solve
all these border issues as part of a long—term agreement on a future trade relationship. but the backstop would automatically kick in if there was a delay or an outright failure to secure such an agreement. so what does that mean in practice? well, back in february, the eu put out a draft legal text for the backstop that would in effect keep northern ireland in the eu customs union, with no customs checks or payments, and in the single market for all trade in goods and agriculture, following all eu rules. but that would mean you'd need checks between northern ireland and great britain instead. no way, said the government, that would break up the uk, but eight months later, we're still waiting for detailed alternative proposals which may emerge this week. they're likely to include a plan for the whole of the uk to stay in a customs union with the eu for some time after brexit, and a compromise which would seem some checking of goods, in particular of food and animals, moving between great britain
and northern ireland. which brings us to this. no border in the irish sea. and the democratic unionist party, on whose support the prime and it depends in parliament, is not alone in insisting that any suggestion of a border would be unacceptable. —— the prime minister depends in parliament. but the eu and, it seems, the government, will argue that it won't be a border, just a series of checks that few people will notice. in the longer term, though, if northern ireland was tied more closely to the rules of the customs union and single market, and great britain wasn't, then those trade deals the government might be able to negotiate in the future with other countries around the world, they wouldn't apply to northern ireland. that's a big problem which could be very difficult to fudge. but if there is no backstop agreed, then there would be no overall withdrawal agreement, and then the uk could leave the eu with no deal at all. chris morris, thank you. brett kavanaugh starts work today
as a supreme courtjudge after a confirmation process that has divided america. last night president trump apologised to the judge, saying he had been proved innocent of allegations of sexual abuse during his nomination and had endured a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. peter bowes reports. i, brett m kavanaugh, do solemnly swear... after weeks of political rancour, a ceremonial swearing—in ceremony for justice brett kava nagh. greeted by an extended standing ovation from his supporters, the new member of the us supreme court took the 0ath of office with his wife and daughters by his side. less than two weeks ago, he angrily denied a charge that sexually assaulted christine blasey ford when they were both teenagers. president trump said mr kavanaugh was owed an apology. on behalf of our nation, i want to apologise to brett and the entire kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. justice kava naugh thanked the president for what he called his
steadfast, unwavering support throughout the process. i'm grateful to you and mrs trump for the exceptional, overwhelming courtesy you have extended to my family and me. mr president, thank you for everything. applause. but mr kavanaugh also adopted a tone of reconciliation. the senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional. that process is over. my focus now is to be the bestjustice i can be. this chapter in the extremely acrimonious appointment of a supreme courtjudge may be closing, but with the us mid—term elections just four weeks away, the politicalfallout could be critical to the future of donald trump's presidency. peter bowes, bbc news. a new report says a man with a history of mental illness had
told nhs staff that he had fantasies about murdering and raping women before he killed a young teacher in a horrific sex attack. carl langdell was jailed for 26 years two years ago after admitting the murder of 23—year—old katie locke. but the review found that there had been systemic missed opportunities in his care. let's talk to our correspondentjo black. there are two reports out today. talking about what was happening backin talking about what was happening back in december 2015. car langdale sexually assaulted katie locke and strangled her. he was known to police here and also in the south—west. the reports say he was emotionally unstable and his
behaviour could be volatile times. he was also known to the police and probation service, and as you were just outlining, he talked nhs staff about fantasies of killing and raping women, and he had also threatened a community psychiatric nurse, threatened to kill her, so in these reports there are lots of recommendations that are made, but also opportunities were missed to share information between agencies, these reports say, mean that there was a gap in mr langdale's care, and the risky post wasn't fully understood. the agencies involved say lessons have been learned, and changes will be implemented locally and nationally. jo black, thank you. the time is 20 past one. our top story this lunchtime. the salisbury nerve agent attack — more details are revealed about alexander mishkin, the russian military doctor who's been named as the second suspect. and still to come: the strictly curse strikes again — the now ex—girlfriend of comedian seann walsh says she is leaving him after he admitted kissing his strictly come dancing partner katya jones. coming up on bbc news.
england's lionesses are set for another stern test this evening when they take on australia as their preparations for next year's world cup continue. more than a hundred people in the uk take their own lives every year while receiving treatment at mental health hospitals. while the number of deaths is lower than a decade ago, health officials say the figures are still far too high. graham satchell has been to meet two families, devastated by suicide. zoe watts was a brilliant athlete, part of the gb trampolining squad. she started having mental health problems when she was 14, and, after a series of attempted suicides, was admitted to a secure mental health unit. did you think, when she was in the institution, that she was safe? yeah. that's the only reason she was there. zoe's room hasn't been touched since she took her own life last year. she died in hospital the day before she was due to be discharged.
at the inquest, her parents discovered there had been significant failings in her care. it's very hard for us to live with that, knowing now that zoe's life could have been preserved if things had have been done the way they should have been done. she wasn't safe. and that's hard. figures out today show the number of inpatients who've taken their own lives in the uk has fallen from 166 in 2006 to 106 in 2016. but the numbers have plateaued, and experts say more needs to be done. i take the view that every death has something preventable about it. now, that's different from saying it should have happened, or that somebody is to blame because it didn't happen. this montage was made by sophie payne's family for her funeral. sophie took her own life in hospital last year.
she was 22. sophie was a very warm, caring, very loving person. didn't have a bad bone in her body. it was just the illness that...sometimes took over. it's just a gaping void that can never, ever be filled. the inquest into sophie's death also found serious failings to report incidents, to assess risk, to plan for sophie's care. if they'd followed the trust's policies and procedures, she wouldn't have died on that day. the department of health and social care in england has committed to reducing the number of suicides in hospital to zero. the nhs trusts where sophie and zoe were inpatients have told us they've improved their procedures, but both families have been left devastated, knowing their daughters died
in the one place where they were meant to be safe. graham satchell, bbc news. if you would like details of organisations which offer advice and support, go to bbc.co.uk/actionline or you can call 0800 066 066. the international development secretary has outlined plans to cut the amount of taxpayers' money that is spent on international aid after brexit. she said it could save millions of pounds a year. 0ur political correspondent chris mason is in westminster. and just how much of the budget is she talking about cutting? that is the key question, because you will recall in the distant past when politics ranged across a plethora of topics and politicians could get through a sentence without uttering the word brexit, there was a frequent and noisy debate about international aid, and that's because david cameron when he was
prime minister made the law of the land that 0.7% of income should be given over in international development assistance, meaning that if the economy was growing, international aid would increase evenif international aid would increase even if there were cuts elsewhere. what penny morduant wants to do is redefine what counts as 0.7%, and that could mean hundreds of millions of pounds being saved as far as the taxpayer contribution is concerned. separately, she wants more private sector involvement in development aid as well, encouraging pension funds for instance to invest in developing countries. but as far as this redefinition is concerned, it will take time, years, and it won't save a vast amount of money, and already some critics are saying the government is running away from its responsibilities. chris, thank you. a convicted british paedophile is being sued for damages by five young people who claim they were sexually exploited by him while he was living
in the philippines. douglas slade was jailed for 24 years in 2016 for abusing five boys here in the uk. angus crawford is at the high court the first witness appeared on a big screen in court 20, live on a video link from manila. he was only referred to by the initials pbx, but ina referred to by the initials pbx, but in a statement already submitted to the court, he said he was first sexually abused in 2009, and that lasted until 2014. he claims his abuser was douglas slade. a dangerous and manipulative paedophile. briton douglas slade now behind bars in the uk. but for 30 years, he lived here, angeles city in the philippines. it's claimed he would entice children into his home and abuse them. whenever i remember the things he did to me, the way he abused us, it comes back to my mind. everything he did. a member of the notorious paedophile information exchange,
two years ago he was extradited, tried and convicted of sex offences against children in the uk in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. but today he faces a new legal battle. five young people in the philippines are suing him over the abuse they say they suffered. it's thought to be the first case of its kind to reach the high court. i think the message needs to be sent out to those who, in the west in particular, who think that they can go to far—away places such as the philippines and sexually abuse children and young people that you are not beyond reach. slade may spend the rest of his life in prison here, but children on the other side of the world are still seeking justice. slade also appeared on video link
from parkhurst prison on the isle of wight. he sat in a wheelchair in a small white painted room with a prison officer binding. his case should last another three days. thank you. and finally: the girlfriend of comedian seann walsh has insisted she is leaving him and that she is "not a victim" after he admitted kissing his strictly come dancing partner. rebecca humphries said she had suspected something was going on but that her boyfriend had denied it. lizo mzimba has the story. seann walsh and his partner katya jones wowing the audience and the judges on saturday night's strictly. applause. watched by millions at home and cheered on by walsh's girlfriend, rebecca humphries. but soon afterwards, a newspaper revealed that after a day of rehearsal, seann walsh had kissed katya jones after a night out. they both apologised, walsh saying, "this is no excuse, but it was a one—off drunken mistake
which i am truly sorry for." walsh's girlfriend, rebecca humphries, responded on social media, saying she was ending the relationship. she said that early on the night in question, which was also her birthday, she voiced her suspicions about walsh and his dance partner. humphries wrote: there's a lot of pressure on people to look good, isn't there? go on these extreme diets. even i'vejuiced. over the past few years, walsh has become increasingly popular as a stand—up comedian, performing around the uk and on tv. no solid food, just guinness... because of the allegations made against him by his now former
girlfriend, if he does appear on strictly this weekend, it's uncertain what kind of reception he'll receive. lizo mzimba, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. it's rather lovely out there, isn't it? it is, and nothing has changed since yesterday's forecast. the indian summer is upon us, and tomorrow we are expecting the best day of the week overall across the uk, with temperatures way above the average for the time of year. this is where the air is coming from, the uk, europe, spain, and the air is coming all the way out of africa. it also affects scandinavia and a large swathe of europe, so it isn'tjust asked