good morning, welcome to breakfast with naga munchetty and charlie stayt. our headlines today: arrested and charged — the florida man accused of sending at least 1a letter bombs to critics of donald trump — the president calls it a despicable terrorising act. £1.5 billion is promised to help revive struggling high streets — critics say it's not enough to help small businesses. will it be high fives for lewis hamilton in mexico, as he looks to clinch his fifth world title, his hopes were stalling again in practice yesterday. but even a seventh place finish would win him the championship. after seven days of sport involving 500 wounded servicemen and women from 18 nations, prince harry's invictus games come to a close. good morning. some snow, as you can see, behind me here. mainly over the northern half of the uk. a lot of it will melt today. some showers around, most of those will be rain showers. it's saturday october 27th.
our top story. a man has been charged in the us state of florida in connection with a series of letter bombs to prominent critics of president trump. cesar sayoc is accused of transporting and mailing explosives, and threatening former presidents. mr trump condemned what he described as "terrorising acts" and called for americans to unite following the attacks. here's our north america correspondent, peter bowes. armed with forensic evidence against cesar sayoc, the police moved in. their target, this white van emblazoned with stickers praising president trump and denouncing the democrats. a registered republican whose political allegiances were on display for all to see. he was active on social media, supporting the president and in person, at a trump rally. donald] trump, next president of the united states. cesar sayoc is now facing charges that could result in a prison terms of up to 48 years.
let this be a lesson to anyone, regardless of their political beliefs, that we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts to use threats, intimidation and outright violence to further an agenda. the authorities say there could still be devices in circulation that have not been detected. the latest packages were discovered in new york city — one sent to the former of national intelligence, james clapper, a forthright critic of the president. at a campaign rally in north carolina, president trump said political violence must never be allowed in america. in recent days, we have had a broader conversation about the tone and civility of our national dialogue. everyone will benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction. with less than two weeks to go
until america's midterm elections, the events of the past week highlight once again the polarised and divisive political atmosphere in the country. peter bowes, bbc news. plans for a temporary cut to business rates for small companies have been unveiled by the government in attempt to re—invigorate the high street. the details will be laid out by the chancellor phillip hammond when he delivers his budget on monday. joe miller reports. the shuttered casualty of a bruising year for britain's retailers, and a familiar sight on high streets across the country. on this north london road, one print shop is still going strong, designing posters from local schools and theatres. but its founder, who started in his parents' living room 23 years ago, says an increase in the taxes he pays on the property is forcing him to downsize. our rates have risen from £7,000 to £12,000,
which has a real effect on us. we are making less money and employing less people because we can't afford to keep open, because the government have taken money from us. 200 shops in the local area have closed since the tax known as business rates was rejigged last year, and they have not been replaced. critics of the government say it's notjust the little man who is losing out. they say the troubles at house of fraser and debenhams are made worse because they pay higher business rates than online competitors like amazon. while these measures are welcome, particularly for small businesses, on their own, they are just not enough. with closures and job losses of businesses of all sizes being affected up and down the country. we have a business rate system that is unsustainable and what we need to see is less tinkering and more wholesale reform of the system. other business groups have been more positive about the announcement,
but all agree that more support is needed to bring the high street back to life. joe miller, bbc news. the billionaire sir philip green — who's facing claims of sexual and racial harassment — has accused the labour peer, peter hain, of breaching the house of lords code of conduct by revealing his identity. lord hain has defended his decision to use parliamentary privilege to name the tycoon, defying a court of appeal injunction. sir philip denies all the allegations against him. simon jack has more. lord hain used special privileges enjoyed by members of parliament to speak freely without fear of being sued, to identify sir philip despite the fact the court of appeal had issued a gagging order preventing the daily telegraph revealing his identity because the claimants had signed nondisclosure agreements. it was an interim order pending further legal proceedings. in a statement issued
exclusively to the bbc, sir philip green said: lord hain has denied he knew that gordon dadds were representing the newspaper. lord hain‘s actions have divided opinion. some, like sir vince cable, leader of the liberal democrats, have supported his decision to name sir philip as being in the public interest, while other like former attorney—general dominic grieve have criticised his decision to take the law into his own hands. if mps do this, it undermines the rule of law because the courts are there to decide whether injunctions should be granted or lifted and determine the difficult issues that can often arise between private rights, contractual rights, and the public interest. that is what we put courts there to do. sir philip doesn't deny that nondisclosure agreements were signed and money paid to complainants, but he insists they received independent legal advice and he strenuously denies any allegations of racial or sexual harassment.
he said he'd be lodging formal complaints against lord hain with the relevant authorities in the house of lords. simon jack, bbc news. fracking is due to resume in lancashire later today after it was suspended because of a small earthquake. yesterday, the energy firm, cuadrilla, halted operations at the uk's only active shale gas excavation site for 18 hours — this after a tremor of 0.8 magnitude was recorded. fracking was stopped in 2011 and didn't resume for seven years after being linked with earthquakes. campaigners say plans for a million new homes in central england would change the face of the countryside forever. they'll be built around a new expressway linking oxford, milton keynes, northampton and cambridge in a scheme that has the backing of the transport secretary, chris grayling. a decision on the project is expected in next week's budget. the duke and duchess of sussex will attend the closing ceremony of the fourth invictus games in sydney later.
the sporting event, which was set up to inspire recovering soldiers and help them deal with the traumas of combat, has seen more than 500 competitors from 18 nations take part. let's speak to our correspondent, phil mercer who is in sydney for us. this is the end of what has been a remarkable set of games, not least because of the characters involved, and we have seen some of these individuals, their sporting success is amazing? it is, it has been truly inspiring and great spirit has been shown by these 500 athletes from 18 nations. it's not really about the medals but the spirit and competitiveness of these service men and women, many of whom have suffered horrible physical and psychological injuries. the duke and duchess of sussex attended the finals of the wheelchair basketball this afternoon. they were given a rock star welcome and were joined by
david beckham, an ambassador to the games, and the australian prime minister scott morrison. scott morrison saying the last week had been absolute magic for sydney. this is the last day of the duke and duchess says australian leg of their 16 day tour. they've been to many parts of australia. they've been to fiji and tonga in the south—east pacific. tomorrow they head to new zealand, that lasts for three days. remember, this is their first official royal tour since they we re first official royal tour since they were married back in may. thanks very much, a reminder, half past nine is the closing ceremony. we will try and and have a look that later. the clocks go back later today, we have an extra hour of sleep and an extra hour in bed! tonight when the clocks go back, the majority of us can look forward to an extra hour in bed. but not in morocco. the country has decided to scrap
wintertime at the last minute. the decision was made just days before the clocks would have gone back by an hour. the authorities say the move would save "an hour of natural light". remains the same here, though! yes, don't forget. they go back at... one 01’ don't forget. they go back at... one or two o'clock? umm. .. don't forget. they go back at... one or two o'clock? umm... i don't don't forget. they go back at... one or two o'clock? umm. .. i don't know! so long as you put them back. i thought you just did it in advance? i thought you just went them back to bed. the time you do it is irrelevant. not for those with places to be... or if nightclubs are closing. there is no point, for example, in setting an alarm to change the clock, is there? you just do it at the point you go to bed and thenit do it at the point you go to bed and then it changes. if you trust your clock will do it... did we explained that or not? darren has the forecast, snow in many parts of the country. seven members of a gang which used drones to smuggle drugs and mobile
phones into prisons, have been given sentences ranging between three and ten years. the drones were used to fly mobile phones and more than half a million pounds worth of drugs into eight prisons in the midlands and the north west of england. sima kotecha has the details. there operation was referred to as a spider web of activity. the cctv footage here shows exactly what they did, packaging up drugs and attaching them to drains. inmates instructed the pilots as to where to deliver them. seven of them were jailed while six were given suspended sentences. all for transporting half £1 million worth of synthetic cannabis, crack cocaine and heroin into england's jails. the men and women were told by the judge that this was a sophisticated commercial operation and, due to the high value placed on drugs, it was
designed to make hundreds of thousands of pounds in profit. some of the men rolled their eyes as they we re of the men rolled their eyes as they were being sentenced. richard gill, is the founder of drone defence which looks at the potential harm of drone technology, he's joined by glyn travis from the prison officers association join us now. following the sentencing in mystery, how common is this? the use of drones in the prison system is growing, at an epidemic rate across the estate. not all of it is reported because mostly it is unnoticed or unseen. but, as a trade union, i have colleagues working in the prison system and we recognise that drones are becoming so common that drones are becoming so common that it that drones are becoming so common thatitis that drones are becoming so common that it is almost like ordering a takeaway. and in the delivery, how much is delivered ? takeaway. and in the delivery, how much is delivered? in 2017, it was reported 1.25 tonnes of drugs were found in prisons, meaning that is
the tip of the iceberg. we know there are about 8000 mobile phones found in prisons every day. we need some technology to combat the use of drones to ensure that we minimise the risk of criminality within our prisons in 2018 going forward. we have a drawing here, as we've already explained, it is very easy to buy and operate, i would imagine. what can be done? you would think a drone like this on the table, it costs about £1000. it can be flown for 30 minutes and can be controlled miles away from the prison. it has an hd camera on it which allows the operator to steer it where they want to. that drone can carry a bag of sugar. if you think about the commercial impact on the inside of drugs, weapons and mobile phones, that can deliver too. you make it sound like it is hard to defend against, what can be done? there is
technology out there, this is a technology out there, this is a technology problem needing a technology problem needing a technology solution. there is a prison in guernsey, that has implemented a defence syndrome which stops —— defence system which stops the drone from flying into the prison, it breaks the connection so they cannot deliver the drugs. effectively the drone turns around and flies back. effectively, there isa and flies back. effectively, there is a force field around it that interferes with the controlling mechanism? that is exactly right. is that expensive? you've got to consider the impact of getting drugs into prisons and the disruptive influence it has in the prison with violence, and attacks on prison officers. think about the impact of prosecuting the gang yesterday and how much it will cost order. it's herzlich you are leading to an a nswer herzlich you are leading to an answer that says very expensive. herzlich you are leading to an answer that says very expensivelj think answer that says very expensive.” think it is massively cost—effective. think it is massively cost-effective. but that is
different too expensive. but costs are being squeezed all over. we hear about staffing in prisons. if you are not going to put a price on it, let's a cce pt are not going to put a price on it, let's accept that it is expensive at the moment. in terms of the trade union, when richard talks about the cost element of this, there is a cost element of this, there is a cost element of this, there is a cost element to all security measures. what we are looking at and what we been calling on from the government many years is the fact that the government has to address the technology developments in society. we need to ensure that new and old prisons have technology which combat criminality and the causes of crime, if we are going to address offending behaviours. whilst i appreciate the cost of introducing this technology may be significant, ido this technology may be significant, i do not think it is in line with the reality and realms of new prisons and presents moving forward
in 2019. the prisons minister did issue a statement following the sentencing yesterday. we should mention this, in saying that £40 million per year is being invested to tackle organised crime, including putting up grows and netting —— grilles. investing in body scanners and spending an extra £40 million on safety a nd and spending an extra £40 million on safety and security measures. so effo rts safety and security measures. so efforts are being made? they are the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately. when you look at those in charge of this, this is a major element of where we see the major trafficking of criminality coming in. prisoners are just receiving parcels over prison walls with drugs and mobile phones. this is part of the solution and one should not be dismissed. on the technical side, a lot of prisons are in built up areas. i do what the
technical phrases, i will call it a force field. are there reasons why that cannot happen? because the technology will affect other things? i think there is a perception that might be the issue but in reality it does not affect anything else. the thing that is mostly blocking the adoption of this technology in the mainland is the fact that it is currently illegal under current legislation. so disrupting the signals is currently illegal. in the channel islands, they need legislation to do it and that's a solution for the rest of the uk. very interesting speaking to you both. thank you. snowy scenes around the country. this is alistair smith's you around cou nty this is alistair smith's you around county durham, he sent us this. and in manchester, we have some flakes coming down. and this picture,
showing the snow in this back garden. it snowed on the same day six years ago, apparently. he has a very good memory! or a very good diary! michelle's car has been covered this morning. she says the snow has been falling since seven o'clock. we love seeing these pictures. i know that darren has been keeping us up to date with snow around the country, with snowy scenes. here is another one... your picture library is full of these! i knew that you would take that reaction! this is highland scotland. snow shocker. the north—eastern part of england, showers have got going here in the last few hours. it's a dry start to the day, some sunshine around. but for all it feels cold
out there this morning and will stay cold all morning. we had a mix of rain, sleet and snow, some wintry wands across northern scotland across this area of wintry showers coming into the north—east of england. those showers, they will be mostly of rain, running things through the morning. they push into the midlands and eventually into the south. more showers coming into northern and eastern scotland. in northern ireland and in wales in the south west, it is turning dry here. we do have brisk wind, coming in from the north. gusty winds around the coasts. it's a touch milder in the coasts. it's a touch milder in the south—west but it will feel colder given the strength of the wind. i will attempt to clear up this cross change —— clock change mystery. clocks go back one hour from 2am, back to 1am. you get an extra hour in bed. as we had through
the night, we have showers in eastern england, and a whole packet of showers coming into east anglia and the south—east. temperatures on the north sea will not be as low. we have a bit of blue on the charts, and icy patches with a touch of frost here and there. we get the lower temperatures in the north—west of the uk because the wind is dropping out. to me, sky is clear. a change in wind direction, a north—easterly, off the north sea. this is where it pushes in. a scattering in eastern england, frequent showers in kent, essex, towards the channel islands, wales and the midlands, north west england, north west scotland, a dry day. quite a bit of sunshine. but it is cold, temperatures struggle to eight or 9 degrees. and with clearing skies overnight, as we head
into monday morning, we have a widespread frost. temperatures of —2 01’ widespread frost. temperatures of —2 or —3. at the start of next week, looking ahead, things start off drive. unsettled, an outbreak of rain developing. as that happens, temperatures rise and it will not feel as cold as it does this weekend. thank you. you're watching breakfast from bbc news, it's time now for a look at the newspapers. former raf group captain and former invictus advisor, vicky gosling is here to tell us what's caught her eye. let's look at the front pages. the daily telegraph claims baroness brady, the apprentice star and conservative peer, has been brought into a "growing furore surrounding sir philip green" following the allegations of harassment and abuse against him, which he denies. baroness brady is a chair of one of sir philip's holding companies. the times carries the picture
of scottish conservative leader ruth davidson and her partnerjen wilson who have welcomed the arrival of their baby boy, finn paul. the i leads with news the chancellor is due to "slash shop rates" in monday's budget to help struggling retailers. the daily express leads with news that millions of women are in line for a pension boost, following a landmark high court ruling. lloyds bank has been told it must equalise pension benefits for men and women, which could have huge consequences for thousands of companies. welcome back. this is a really interesting story this morning. i had pig skin grafted to my foot, i would have preferred sharp. this is katie ormerod? i picked this because she is a legend of snow sports. the way that she has bounced back, literally katie was one of our
potential medal winners, and is still one of our serious rising stars. it was two days before the olympics when she fractured her breast. she went on and broker healed 24 hours later. she has undergone several operations, and just recently she has bounced back. she is saying how, despite what she we nt she is saying how, despite what she went through at age 21, it has made her stronger. mentally and physically she feels ready for it. we saw her giving her snowboarder go for the first time in the snow dome. was it just for the first time in the snow dome. was itjust that? she fractured her arrest 24 hours earlier and then she we nt arrest 24 hours earlier and then she went on to broker healed. the injuries that she sustained, it was super serious. —— to break her heel. she has bounced back. you can see her character coming out where they originally offered her shark. she
thought that would be cool and then they switched it to pigskin! she is incredible. were people wondering if she could compete again? the break was horrific. she literally broke her heel. it was a dreadful injury. people were very concerned. but the risks that she takes, and how she competes, it is inspirational.m risks that she takes, and how she competes, it is inspirational. it is a dangerous sport, isn't it? yes but it is inspirational to watch. bonfire weekend this week, we have oui’ bonfire weekend this week, we have ourformer bonfire weekend this week, we have our former colleague bill tumble on the picture here with his dogs. this is great, classic fm have research that if animals listen to classical music pumped into their kennels they find it really calming. so, bill is
doing a programme on saturday 3rd of november where they are playing different classical genes to effectively aim it at pets. to calm them from being distressed? advice is always to keep your pets in at this time of year. they have no comprehension as to why there is a lot of loud bangs around in the evening. it is a really good thing to be doing. put on some calming music to soothe them. earlier and we we re music to soothe them. earlier and we were talking about this girl can, and their latest campaign. it doesn't matter what you do as long as you do something? absolutely. i love the story. it's great to see that he is talking... this is graeme swann, he is doing strictly at the moment. he has won the ashes ten
times but he has talked about how the exercise is incredible and he has lost two stone in doing so, to the extent where his lucky pants no longer fit! but it is a really good way of getting exercise in and dancing. it's very enjoyable, isn't it? we were speaking to poll earlier on and she loves it. i should say, a little caveat to this, that they train up to nine or ten hours a day. moving nonstop. it is extreme. the weight loss that happens so quickly. it isa weight loss that happens so quickly. it is a positive message. we were talking about pumpkins yesterday. people don't know what to do with the insides. there is a lot of wastage. you should leave them in the garden for badgers, wildlife and hedgehogs, because they enjoy them and they decompose naturally.”
picked it because it is that time of year. i love pumpkin picking with the children. when she was a young girl, she ended up getting a pumpkin stuck on her head. it is one of those caveats, do not leave children alone with pumpkins! when it is soft on the inside, it can cave on the inside. she deliberately put it on her head and could not get it off? it wasn't great, really. but i thought it was one of those things, you can imagine, children have the outfits with pumpkins but normally it is material... do not try this at home. i am it is material... do not try this at home. iam intrigued by pumpkin picking. i did not know that it was such a thing. you can only pick one pumpkin, can't you? it is a great thing to do with the kids, you have a pumpkin farm and they pick the biggest pumpkin they can, the kids
ta ke biggest pumpkin they can, the kids take it home and they carve it. it has become quite a tradition. they are everywhere. literally one of the things that my friends will say is what you are doing at the weekend, you wander through the pumpkins. and don't put them on your head! didn't someone this week were a 24 —— a 24 stone pumpkin? you could live in it! a pumpkin house! be on your body and not your head! ! we will speak to you later about the invictus games. i don't know what matt tebbutt would look like with a pumpkin on his face... have you ever tried that, a 5°99y face... have you ever tried that, a soggy pumpkin on your head?‘ face... have you ever tried that, a soggy pumpkin on your head? a soggy pumpkin on my head? i was wondering that he would go left field but it is pumpkins. i've never done that but today is the day! it might be the time to try it... would it look
good? better! i was the time to try it... would it look good? better! iwas falling into that one! listen, we have a lot of pumpkins later, we have pumpkin pie, and a pumpkin carving competition. our special guest today is the brilliant alex horne. are you into pumpkins? no! you are facing our food hell and food heaven.” pumpkins? no! you are facing our food hell and food heaven. i have chosen sausages and scallops, for me they taste really nice. my hell, though, is salad. to me, it doesn't taste very nice. superfood salad. we have our two chefs here too. good morning, i have our two chefs here too. good morning, lam have our two chefs here too. good morning, i am doing a quins tied to town. and making his saturday kitchen debut, we have tom brown.” am doing a baked lemon seoul. delicious. and ollie smith is in charge of drinks. any surprises? we
have a wine from greece, another from australia, a beer from denmark and a brew from bermondsey! don't forget, you guys at home are in charge of whether alex eat his heaven or hell later. join us at 10am for pumpkin fun! thanks very much! the headlines in a moment. hello, this is breakfast with naga munchetty and charlie stayt. here's a summary of this morning's main news. president trump has called for america to unify following the arrest of a man suspected of sending parcel bombs to leading liberals critical of his presidency. during a campaign speech, mr trump accused the media of driving people apart. 56—year—old cesar sayoc, who was arrested in florida, faces five charges including mailing explosives and threatening ex—presidents. the chancellor is expected to set out a £1.5 billion package to support britain's struggling high street in the budget next week. philip hammond is due to announce plans in monday's statement to help small retailers with business rates.
business groups welcomed the plans but labour said the rates relief did not go far enough. the billionaire, sir philip green, who's facing claims of sexual and racial harassment, has accused the labour peer, peter hain, of breaching the house of lords code of conduct by revealing his identity. lord hain has defended his decision to use parliamentary privilege to name the tycoon, defying a court of appeal injunction. sir philip denies all the allegations against him. fracking is due to resume in lancashire later today after it was suspended because of a small earthquake. yesterday, the energy firm, cuadrilla, halted operations at the uk's only active shale gas excavation site for 18 hours, this after a tremor of 0.8 magnitude was recorded. fracking was stopped in 2011 and didn't resume for seven years after being linked with earthquakes. campaigners say plans for a million new homes in central england would damage the countryside forever.
they'll be built around a new expressway linking oxford, milton keynes, northampton and cambridge in a scheme that has the backing of the transport secretary, chris grayling. a decision on the project is expected in next week's budget. the closing ceremony of the invictus games, is getting underway in sydney, australia. the games, founded by prince harry, are an international event for wounded servicemen and women. the event is attended by the duke and duchess of sussex who will then travel to new zealand as part of their 16—day commonwealth tour. this is of course the sydney olympic park. the closing ceremony, this is the fourth edition of the games. 500 competitors from 18 participating
nations have taken part. open to competitors from all parts of the armed forces. these games have inspired so many, haven't they? and they are just going from strength to strength. just look at the size of the crowd on the spectacle it has become in a short space of time and given so many people another chance to excel, to become proper elite athletes as well. the australians love their sport. when they brace and occasion, the 2000 olympics, where this was held as well, they really do go for stuff. yes, can only wish i was there. prince harry and meghan markle, the choir that sang, that was a uk—based gospel choir. they are going to be singing there. they have been taken over to sing there. fantastic. just a few minutes until that gets under way properly. in the meantime, you can bring us up to
date on a big weekend in sport. we a lwa ys date on a big weekend in sport. we always say that. it's another huge weekend in the career of lewis hamilton. qualifying for the mexican grand prix is this evening. his dogs are part of his team. they stay in lovely hotels. roscoe, on the left, earlier you said that was charlie. i have got the glasses on. roscoe had his birthday on thursday and lewis hamilton may be preparing for this huge weekend but he managed to give them a birthday party. and they could all be celebrating. a huge weekend for lewis hamilton this weekend. hamilton's within touching distance of his fifth formula one world title, an achievement that would take him second in the all—time rankings. patrick gearey reports.
smooth acceleration with some well taken corners. do that with a bit more horsepower behind him and lewis hamilton will be world champion. of course, a formula 1 car is more complicated beast, especially on a scorching track in mexico city. hamilton wasn't happy with his pace in second practice. only managing to go seventh fastest but if he finishes seventh in the race, that will be enough to win the title. that's because he leads sebastien battle by 70 points in the driver standings. even if hamilton finishes outside the top seven, sebastien battle will need to win in mexico to have any chance of catching him. still, hamilton wants to win the and the championship, and at session with victory that was their even as a blue peter boy racer. we won the race! well done. the phrase has been repeated on team radios in 71 grand prix is. hamilton has overtaken legends like the sunday drivers, passing graham hill andjim clarke's two titles each and accelerating
beyond the great jackie stewart as the most successful britain in formula 1. breaking the lap record time and again. tomorrow he could be alongside juan manuel fangio, an iconic figure in the sport. while michael schumacher is still out in front on seven titles, he won his last aged 35. hamilton is still only 33 and slowing down is not in his nature. in football, liverpool could go top of the premier league table, if they beat struggling cardiff city at anfield, today. it's a game that will see two of the premier league's most expressive managers, neil warnock and jurgen klopp, meet for the first time. i just like the way that he is, really. he cares, he is passionate, he pulls some places. he's got everything, really.
it must be lovely to be in charge of a team like that but he is great at it. he saw what weaknesses there were in the last two years and he showed that up this year. i'm really looking forward to meeting him. i've heard a lot about him and he's obviously... he is very talented. it will be a big pleasure to meet him. not sure during the 90 minutes but after, i'm sure, so it would be so cool it that's the truth, but it's not. forget the match, i can't wait to see how they greet each other.
tell me about that last, it is very infectious. i have it as a ringtone. tottenham had hoped to be playing in their new stadium, for over a month by now, instead they now won't move in until, next year. the 62,000 seater ground has been delayed by safety issues and more work is needed before spurs can play there. their chairman daniel levy says they'll continue to play home games at wembley until the new year at least. it's not been a good morning for england's netballers. they've been up against malawi, in the fast 5s, basically 5 a side netball, in shorter games. so this was in the last couple of hours, in australia, england taking a one goal lead, with 23 seconds to go, but malawi then got the ball up the other end to score and because it was in their powerplay time, it was worth double, so it meant england lost, 27—26. the roses have played now two out of their three games today, losing to new zealand in match one. they face south africa later. after thrashing toulon, last week in rugby union's champions cup, edinburgh suffered a disapointing loss away at zebre last night. the scottish side,
who were without several players because of international call—ups, blew a 13 point half time lead, to lose 34—16 in parma. scarlets, ulster and ospreys all won though. now, he did it at the olympics, with two golds in rio, and now max whitlock is on course for more success. he qualified top, for the final of the pommel at the world gymnastics championships in doha. he's aiming to win that title for the third time. dom cunningham and james hall are in the all—around final. meanwhile, the four—time olympic gold medallist, simone biles, had to go to hospital, suffering from kidney stones, less than 24 hours before qualifying, for the women's, all around event. she tweeted — this kidney stone can wait. doing it for my team. as the players get bigger and the challenges get even more bone crunching in full contact rugby, it's perhaps no wonder, that more, are turning to the tag version of the sport. before the 88—strong british team took off for australia, for the tag world cup, i went to train with them.
if you want to play more rugby but don't want to get flattened, well, there is an alternative. this version of the game that has boomed over the last decade. the worst that can happen in this game is that you get your tags taken off. a bit like rugby league, you get six phases, six tackles before you see possession. that is a tackle. taking you down in a normal game of rugby. you can get the luxuries of rugby. everything that rugby brings
to foster great work—out and playing the game that you love without having to come out with a black eye. it's mixed, so it's men's and women's, which makes it a nice, all—engaging sport. when i left school, i went to play pro men's rugby club and people were 6'5" and then there is me, five foot nothing. it's quite daunting. there is a bit of a contact but it's fairly minimal. it suits people like me who are a bit on the lighter side. this form of tag rugby was invented by an australian rugby league team in 1992 that wanted to keep players fit in off—season and there is a lot focus on the shorts. mike, tuck your shirt in, please. safety, apparently. cheating! but don't be lulled into thinking the lack of tackles makes it easier to play.
it's virtually nonstop for 20 minutes per half. it's a whirlwind. it is so fast. it's furious. the ball doesn't go to ground, there is no line, slowing things down. it's consistently go, go, go. you don't know what's happening half the time but you get such a thrill playing it to make those tags and catch those balls. a lot of different skill sets you can bring into it. the kicking and the shoulder height is really good. having arrived in the uk just nine years ago, more than 20,000 players are now involved in league matches every week and the pick of the players are heading to the world cup in australia this weekend to pave the men's, women's and mixed great britain teams. i come from a netball background so quote, unquote, they wanted girls who can throw and catch so i was thrown into a tournament one day and it went from there. it's gone from social grading 2012 up to gb in 2018. maybe the gb players
were saving themselves. maybe they were bamboozled by my wiggling hips so eventually, i jived my way through to score points with my shorts untouched. shortly after that, i've never been so glad to hear a final whistle. i've never done anything as exhausting. running and sweating, the mental tactics and positioning skill. standing in good stead. training to the world cup. well done. it was very quick. good luck. all the best. well played. i was just i wasjust in i was just in awe of them at the end because they are so fit. never
stopping. and you don't actually need the tags, you can play in the park with your friends. it isa park with your friends. it is a gay version of touch rugby. australia they are hoping to host the tournament. they were impressed by your contribution. i think they were being kind. all about the taking part. absolutely. that is the theme throughout the programme. it is all about the taking part. here's darren with a look at this morning's weather. there is no on the ground. well, there is a bit of snow. not a huge amount of snow. we have a wintry scene in some part of the
country. very typical for this time of the year. those sheep in the picture. the most part of the country, it is cold but bright. that is the weight is likely to stay as well. let me show you the radar picture from earlier on. this shows the showers that have been coming in that northerly wind. the north—east of imminent has been picking up a covering of snow in quite a few places. over high ground. —— of england. more coming into northern and eastern parts of scotland. the showers in northern ireland, wales and the south west should get pushed offshore. increasing amount of sunshine. a northerly wind, it will make it feel cold. these are the temperatures. a touch milder across south wales and the south—west of england. let me take you into this
clock change. tonight, the clocks go back. once it gets to two o'clock, they moved back to one o'clock. we gain an extra hour in bed, unless you are working a night shift, of course. more showers overnight. moving into lincolnshire and east anglia and the south—east of england. temperatures should be around four or england. temperatures should be around fouror5 england. temperatures should be around four or 5 degrees. colder further west and north. a bit blue on the chart. a touch of frost, icy patches. it is colder in the north—west because high pressure is building. the wind is dropping as well. a change in wind direction for sunday. a north—easterly. everything coming off the north sea in terms of showers. frequent ones coming into essex and kent and the channel islands. while yields, west of scotland, northern ireland, having a dry day. should not feel too bad.
another chilly sort of day. monday morning, it could be quite a wintry, frosty scene. temperature is minus two or minus three celsius. the first couple of days off next week may well be dry but there is a tend to turn it much more unsettled with rain at times, especially in eastern areas. those temperatures should tend to rise just a little bit. areas. those temperatures should tend to risejust a little bit. but is it from me for today. be careful with the slippery conditions this morning. if you watch breakfast regularly, you might remember last week, we spoke tojeremy, he told us about his 17—year—old daughter, bethany, who is autistic and suffers from extreme anxiety. she's in an assessment and treatment unit where she'd been kept in seclusion and fed through a hatch in her door. the health secretary, matt hancock has promised an investigation into betha ny‘s care. here's what her dad had to say about her quality of life. bethany cannot cope with everyday
requests like a parent telling her to have a shower. it causes a massive anxiety attack and she will melt down and she can become quite aggressive and abusive. for the last 22 months, her treatment has been to lock her in a cell and when i go to see her, i have been kneeling down and talking to her through a hole in the door. it has been absolutely horrific. when you last came in, you detailed this and it is very harrowing and a huge reaction from our audience. it has made a change of some sort. tell
us has made a change of some sort. tell us what has happened since. there has been almost a twitter storm. so many people following and they have taken notice. many people following and they have ta ken notice. my many people following and they have taken notice. my daughter, her care has changed dramatically. she is now ina has changed dramatically. she is now in a lovely suite of three rooms. she has a bespoke team of staff who are trained in pda. herbie avia has changed massively. it is amazing. —— her behaviour. how typical is this case? unfortunately, it is typical. these units are designed to be short—term, to assess the treatment people need in the community. in reality, the average day is five and a half years “ average average day is five and a half years — — average stay. average day is five and a half years —— average stay. it is not short term and it is due to their not being the right community support, the numberof being the right community support, the number of young people in assessment unit has doubled, rather than reduce. is this cost related?
this is something we talk about a lot in terms of funding. when someone hears that bethany is in a three room suite at the moment, they'll be thinking, not everyone can they'll be thinking, not everyone ca n afford they'll be thinking, not everyone can afford that kind of resources and to apply to everyone who is having these difficulties. the challenges are not overall cost related. there is enough money in the system. it costs much more to keep someone in assessment and treatment unit and put them in a successful placement in the community. the problem is that the money to pay for someone in an assessment and treatment unit is paid for through primary had budgets. —— health budgets. but is paid to the local authority, social ca re paid to the local authority, social care budgets. there is pressure on the system. there is a financial disincentive to move people into the community. the units are more expensive and they don't work. community. the units are more expensive and they don't workm community. the units are more expensive and they don't work. it is clearly a good thing that bethany is ina clearly a good thing that bethany is in a better circumstance now but jeremy took the decision to go
public with this and that has prompted a lot of decisions being made. there must be a lot of other people in very different circumstances who are not able to get the publicity it would seem that got them to a different place. this is good that it has happened now but it isa is good that it has happened now but it is a bit alarming that it took that to get to a better place. that is absolutely right. i think we are seeing people move out of assessment and treatment units but unfortunately people are moving in. this is a systemwide problem and we see successful stories, people successfully moving out and having a better quality of life but that is in spite of the system, rather than because of the system. we spoke to matt hancock, he has agreed to meet you, hasn't he? what has that —— what is that conversation going to be about? i want anybody locked in one of these assessment and treatment unit, i want there care to be assessed by an accident —— external body. these units cannot continue to lock people
away. i want a recognition of pda as away. i want a recognition of pda as a proper diagnosis. things must change. my daughter ‘s care has changed within just ten days. why wasn't that been done 22 months ago? it isa wasn't that been done 22 months ago? it is a very good question and i suspect that we will see follow—up on this story in the future as well because as you say, individual circumstances have changed, some of the problems remain. thank you. it's the sporting event designed to help injured armed forces personnel in their recovery from the traumas of combat. the closing ceremony for the invictus games is currently under way sydney, australia. founded by prince harry in 2014, this year's fourth edition of the games saw 18 nations take part over seven days of events. in a minute, we'llspeak to one of the advisors to the uk delegation. but first let's take a look at some of the highlights. the invictus generation has exemplified sportsmanship, bravery and world—class athleticism. they have shown us all that the most difficult challenges can be overcome. a shining example of
that, can you ? vicky gosling, who's been on the papers for us this morning, but who's was also heavily involved with this years uk delegation joins us now. it is great to see. it is now the fourth games. having just come back from australia, it has been an incredible games. they have done really well in sydney and the athletes just continue to inspire. it is great. the closing ceremony in fa ct, it is great. the closing ceremony in fact, we can see prince harry and meghan markle, just a glimpse for a moment. they are attending the closing ceremony, as it is taking place. it is a dramatic event. a lot of smiles and happiness but i am managing, we have seen some of the individual reports from the athletes, it is a roller—coaster of emotions going on. greatjoy and real achievement but some of the back stories are very harrowing. and often very modest. there is a gritty
determination and great modesty when you hear the stories. what you see with some of these men and women, they have gone to hell and women, they have gone to hell and back and they come back fighting and back and they come back fighting and the determination that they show masks some of what they have actually experienced but you get characters such as mark ormerod, what they have been through and they perform and they are effectively alongside their comrades... mark on rod is a triple amputee. he has one arm but his performance in terms of what he can achieve in the sporting arena is phenomenal. mike giddy achieve really well. he swims like a fish. you talk about these people, these great athletes. the selection process, how competitive is it to make the team?
it is really competitive. we originally had something like 600 expressions of interest. we then ended up slowing down to about 360. we did trials at bath university. and then we had to get it to 72 places, which was really hard because everybody has a great story. and then they get there and the real work to reflect all the training they have done begins. what is it like being there? what is the atmosphere like? the atmosphere is fantastic. these men and women have fought alongside each other in uniform and now they are back alongside each other but this time they are competing for their nations. the pride is still there. they put on their sporting uniform and the camaraderie is great to see. and across the nations as well, a really good international platform. this is prince harry ‘s invention, effectively. he picked up from an idea in america. is his presence really felt question mark we are
seeing him at the closing salary. it is personalfor him. he is seeing him at the closing salary. it is personal for him. he is a seeing him at the closing salary. it is personalfor him. he is a huge figurehead for this. you can see in the first couple of days when he was there just how his heart and soul is in it. has it made a difference having meghan markle there as well? absolutely. they are clearly an iconic couple and having the pair of them there has definitely been really, really well were welcomed. the ceremony is going on right now. it is very impressive and inspiring. thank you for spending time with us this morning. and you can see highlights from the sydney invictus games at 1.15 this afternoon here on bbc one. that's all we've got time for today. breakfast is back tomorrow from six here on bbc one. until then, have a good day. this is bbc news. the headlines at 10. a man is charged over a series of letter bombs sent to prominent
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