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this is bbc news. the headlines at 3pm: leave supporter arron banks insists all the money he donated to campaigns for brexit before the referendum was generated from his own businesses in the uk — and none came from russia. i'm telling you it came from a uk company... which company? ..which had cash generated in the uk. which uk company? rock services. we have evidenced that to the electoral commission. rock services is a shell company, it doesn't generate money. tributes are paid to the former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, sirjeremy heywood who has died from cancer aged 56. an investigation‘s begun into how eight children fell from an inflatable slide at a fireworks display in woking last night — seven of them have now been discharged from hospital. we don't still know yet exactly what happened, but eight children appear to have come off near the top of the slide, around the top of the slide, we are not quite sure yet, and landed on the floor alongside it. leicester city players arrive
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in bangkok to join funeral ceremonies for their chairman who died in a helicopter crash. a 33—year—old man from lincolnshire has become the first person to swim around the british coast. it feels weird now, to be looking back and almost reflecting. because for 157 days, i almost didn't allow myself to do that. so now it feels quite nice! and in half an hour, click looks at artificial intelligence, and the newjobs its creating. welcome and good afternoon. the pro—brexit businessman,
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aaron banks, has again insisted that all the money he provided for the referendum campaign was generated from his own businesses in the uk, and none came from russia. the national crime agency has launched a criminal investigation into claims that millions of pounds came from sources which are not permitted under electoral law. manveen rana reports. amid calls from campaigners to cancel the interview, arron banks arrived at the bbc to answer questions about where he'd found the money to fund the brexit campaign. it was the first time he'd been questioned in detail since the national crime agency announced that he was under investigation. the electoral commission had cast doubt on the true source of the £8 million arron banks had loaned to his brexit campaign groups. mr banks claimed the money came from his uk—based company, rock services. however, the electoral commission suspects the money came from the parent company, rock holdings, registered in the isle of man, which would make it an illegal source of funds,
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under the uk electoral law. the money trail was at the heart of the interview with andrew marr. where did the money originally come from? it is not like i'm using a super injunction to try and hide my affairs, here. where did the money originally come from? i'm telling you, it came from a uk company... which uk company? ..which has cash generated in the uk. which uk company is that? rock services. rock services is a shell company. it doesn't generate money. we have looked at this and we don't see how rock services can generate eight million quid. are we not in a position where the electoral commission have referred that? we will explain ourselves and the accounting that went behind it. i am very happy with that. arron banks was adamant the money came from his uk—based company, rock services. the electoral commission, who have seen the accounts of rocks services, claimed there were insufficient funds to justify such a large donation. as the criminal investigation gets under way, arron banks can expect months of scrutiny about his finances. manveen rana, bbc news. police and accident investigators are trying to find out why eight children fell from a giant inflatable slide during a fireworks display in woking in surrey last night.
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all eight children were hurt — although none suffered serious injuries. police declared a major incident at woking park last night — and the fireworks display was cancelled. frankie mccamley reports from there. a popular town park left deserted, now the centre of an investigation, after a major incident was declared last night. this morning, officials from the health and safety executive on the scene, looking for clues as to how eight children were left injured. it was very, very crowded. i mean, they say there was about 12,000 people coming. it looked about that number. and there's only a handful of rides, which meant the few rides there were were very, very crowded indeed. 0rganisers, though, accept it was busy but not overcrowded. pretty shocked and distressed by the whole thing. i don't think the area was overcrowded. it happened during the build—up to the fireworks, so it wasn't as full as it would have been at 8pm. so we think there was probably
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something like 5,000 people in the park at the time when this incident occurred. the area around the inflatable slide still remains cordoned off this afternoon as the health and safety executive carry out their investigation to find out exactly what happened here. as you can see, behind me, this slide remains deflated. just behind that is a stall that didn't have time to pack up before police arrived. it was around 7:30pm yesterday when this evening of family fun was suddenly cut short. the park was evacuated, as ambulance crews tried to help the injured children. the air ambulance also called in to help. as the 30—foot slide was shut down, the firework display was abandoned. the children injured here taken to hospital. some are now calling for a government review into the regulation of inflatables. what needs to happen is a temporary ban, and i stress temporary,
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ban, on bouncy castles and inflatables in big public areas until we've updated the regulations, until we've changed the inspection regime, and parents can be 100% confident that, when their children go on these things, there's nothing to worry about. a reassurance many parents may well be looking for today. markjohn — managing director of the inflatable manufacturer company airquee and chairman of a body that inspects inflatables — said such equipment goes through rigorous testing processes. it is tragic when something like this happens. all you can do as an industry is reflect and look at what you can do to improve things and maintain public safety. to put people's minds at rest, fundamentally, inflatables are very, very safe. we think there are more than 23 million users, uses, a year on inflatables and, in the main, they go into events and people have a great time with no accidents or injuries whatsoever. they go through vigorous testing processes and the checklists that
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are followed and the inspection routines follow a published european standard that is, in itself, very sorry indeed. that's what we can do, really. and that's on an annual basis, and like i said, is very thorough and people should be feeling pretty confident that we do as much as we can to protect them. sirjeremy heywood, the former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, has died from cancer at the age of 56. his career spanned over 30 years, and all of the prime ministers who worked with sirjeremy have been paying tribute to him. theresa may described him as having ‘worked tireless to serve our country and he is a huge loss to british public life'. david cameron said: he was an amazing man, brilliant civil servant and dedicated to our country. it was a privilege to work with him. gordon brown said: ‘the country has lost a leader of exceptional ability and unquestioned integrity.‘ tony blair called him,
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‘quite an outstanding public servant and someone i came to have enormous respect for.‘ speaking on sky news‘s ridge on sunday, the former labour cabinet minister, yvette cooper, paid this tribute. jeremy, i think, was a wonderful public servant and i think he did a huge amount to hold governments together at very difficult times. i obviously knew him very well personally. and i think, you know, all thoughts with his family. i think it‘s... umm, people will not be aware of quite how many remarkable things that he did to solve crises, to deal with some of the most difficult problems and, as a very honourable public servant, to hold people together and to make sure that the government, frankly, did not do stupid things on many occasions, and make sure there were solutions. so i think his contribution to public life, for all governments, whatever your politics, his contribution to public life
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was immense and i think we all owe him a debt of gratitude. earlier lord gus 0‘donnell, who preceeded sirjeremy as cabinet secretary, described him as a real driving force in the civil service. i think the thing you‘ll find is that, as a great civil servant, you know, he took overfrom me, he‘s the kind of person that will get accolades from across all the parties. and from all his colleagues in the civil service. he was impartial but a real driving force to get things done. he would never give up on something. he would get round the obstacles and ensure solutions were found. but he also had an enormous work ethic. he would, basically... just keep at things, until he got them right.
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he did that very successfully for people of very different political persuasions who wanted to do very different kinds of outcomes. this gives you the impression that it is a battle between the civil service and the ministers, but when it works the in the thick of its gives you the impression that it is a battle between the civil service and the ministers, but when it works really well, and with jeremy it nearly always did, they combined to be an incredible effective force. we are all very emotional about this. i worked withjeremy for years and years. it‘s a real shock. the former sports minister tracey crouch, who resigned in a row about fixed—odds betting terminals, has told the bbc she will continue her fight to impose limits on the machines. speaking in her first interview since she resigned, ms crouch blamed supporters of the gambling industry within parliament for delaying the measure.
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leicester city‘s football players are in bankok to attend funeral ceremonies for their former chairman, vichai srivaddhanaprabha. mr vichai died in a helicopter crash outside the king power stadium last saturday. four other people were also killed. the team flew out to thailand after their match against cardiff yesterday. 0ur south east asia correspondent, jonathan head, spoke to us earlier from the temple where the funeral ceremony has been taking place. we are on the second day of the funeral. we saw the players arrive here, as you say, directly from that match in cardiff. they got here as soon as they could. just about an hour ago, off a bus and taken straight from the airport. they are not all here but we saw jamie vardy, captain wes morgan, goalkeeper kasper schmeichel, of course, who was particularly close to mr vichai. coming off wearing black suits with other players, and officials. they were taken straight into the temple complex.
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you can see behind me where the funeral will go on for many, many more days. there are four more rituals over the next five or six days, but then the cremation itself will not be for at least another, well, close to 100 days. they are there today with the daughter of thailand‘s current king, maha vajiralongkorn. this is a royally sponsored event. it makes it a very elite and illustrious occasion indeed. a reflection of vichai‘s extraordinary business success, and the status he achieved in a relatively short time. he made his money relatively quickly here in thailand, and of the very good network he had. we have seen the cream of the great and good coming to show their respect for him. but it does not have the same kind of feel as the tributes we have seen back in britain. his sporting success, while many thais have taken pride in it, can‘t have the same impact as it has for a team like leicester and the people of that city. this is much more of a formal buddhist occasion where there isn‘t much engagement with the thai public. jonathan head there in bangkok. he mentions some of the players who
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have arrived in the thai capital. we can show you some of the latest pictures coming into us, as some of those players, you can see jamie vardy there among others meeting some of the relatives of their chairman, the players are due to be in thailand for two days, attending some of the ceremonies taking place today. kasper schmeichel there, the leicester city goalkeeper, due to attend other ceremonies tomorrow because, as jonathan attend other ceremonies tomorrow because, asjonathan was saying, there is as much of a week of ceremonial events planned. leicester city players are due to come back to the country on tuesday. 12 people, including a family of nine, have died in floods and landslides caused by torrential rain around palermo in sicily. italian authorities say that 29 people have lost their lives in fierce storms that have battered the country this week.
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katie silver reports. it was in this house near palermo in sicily that a family was all but wiped out. nine people died in the incident, from children aged one, three and 15, to their grandparents. it happened when a small river nearby burst its banks. translation: it's not a good situation. it is something we never would have expected. so much rain in casteldaccia. 0n the other side of the island, firefighters recovered the bodies of a man and woman whose hire car was swept away by a flooded river. another man‘s body was found in hisjeep. while rescuers are looking for a missing doctor who was en route to the hospital to start his shift. rescue teams evacuated many families from the agrigente area. "we can‘t go into our homes," she says.
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"someone lent me clothes. i don‘t even have underwear. we are devastated. i am speechless." italy is reeling after heavy rain and gales have hit large parts of the country over the last week. many have died from falling trees while a german tourist and an 87—year—old woman were struck by lightning. near a northern city, torrential rain caused a massive landslide, blocking a regional road and cutting off a number of towns and villages. in the region of veneto, which has borne the brunt of the damage, authorities believe it will cost one billion euros to repair and 100 years for the forests to regrow. the destruction has been widespread. all of these regions have been hit by bad weather, from veneto and the piedmont regions in the north to sardinia and sicily, which has been the area most affected in the last 2a hours. the danger now appears to have passed in the north—east but authorities in the south
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and north west are bracing themselves for more wild weather to come. italy‘s civil protection agency describes it as one of the most complex weather situations of the past half—century. katie silver, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... leave supporter and businessman, aaron banks, insists all his brexit donations complied with electoral law and came from his uk businesses. an investigation‘s begun into how eight children fell from an inflatable slide at a fireworks display in woking last night — seven of them have now been discharged from hospital. and the former head of the civil service, sirjeremy heywood, has died of cancer, less than a fortnight after stepping down from government. and in sport... wayne rooney will come out of international retirement, to make a final farewell appearance for england, next month. he‘s is expected to play against the united states at wembley to earn his 120th cap and raise money for his charity foundation.
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justin rose has reclaimed his world number one ranking, after winning the turkish 0pen. he beat li haotong of china, in a play—off for his 19th career win as he returned to the top of the rankings. and in rugby legaue, england are playing their second test against new zealand. england won the first test in the series. it is 6-6 it is 6—6 as they approach half time at anfield. i‘ll be back with more on those stories later. republicans and democrats have begun a final burst of campaigning — ahead of tuesday‘s mid—term elections in the united states. president trump told supporters at rallies in montana and florida that democrats wanted to flood the country with illegal immigrants — and described the barbed wire being erected along the border with mexico as a "beautiful sight". danjohnson reports from washington. the presidential plane in front of montana‘s snow—covered mountains.
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winter is coming, and so is donald trump. clocking up the miles repeating his familiar campaign themes — a strong economy, record job numbers, promises of tax cuts and tough talking on iran and immigration. remember the wall? well, it still isn‘t built. so instead it‘s troops to the mexican border and talk of tent cities. we have our military now on the border. applause. and i noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight. what the president doesn‘t say is that the current group heading through mexico is made up of only a few thousand migrants and they‘re still a few thousand miles and probably months away. he claims this is one of america‘s most important elections. so do the democrats. barack 0bama gave the sort
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of criticism former presidents usually avoid. they are hopeful of taking control of the house of representatives and frustrating the president‘s plans. on tuesday you can vote for a politics that is decent. for a politics that is honest. for a politics that is lawful. for a politics that tries to do right by people. record numbers have already voted. there are more rallies to address, more crowds to please. in the final few days, it looks like turnout on tuesday will be high. danjohnson, bbc news, washington. earlier i spoke to our washington correspondent jane 0‘brien, who is near fedex field stadium in maryland, where the home side are taking on the atlanta falcons in the nfl in a few hours‘ time. people are really try to get away from politics for at least an hour
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or so, not letting them do that of course! it is a very interesting match. atlanta is in georgia and a red state. we are watching that stay closely because there is a very tight governor‘s race, which should not be tied. donald trump took georgia in 2016 but it‘s an indication of how riled up democrats are and how this is really a referendum on donald trump. we are watching that race closely. it is home to a number of house races. again, very tight. the democrats only need 2a seats to take control of the house. at the moment, they are odds—on favourite to do that rather than the republicans, who should keep control of the senate. possibly even increasing their majority. we are hoping to speak to fans later and find out whether they see the bellwethers coming into play. when they can turn themselves away from their barbecues! fair enough. do you think that both sides are energised for different reasons in this election,
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to actually go out and vote? very much so. although, as i said, donald trump is the big factor in this. republicans overwhelmingly support him. democrats overwhelmingly oppose him. what we are not sure about at the moment is where those independent voters are. the moderates. the coalitions that brought donald trump to power. are they sticking with him, or have they been alienated by some of his rhetoric? including the language he is using about immigration that you have just heard. is the economy, and the fact the economy is doing really well, going to be enough for those moderates and independents who are uncomfortable with donald trump, to hold their noses and vote for him again, or have they had enough and they go to the other side? 0n the implications on what could happen,
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say the democrats make limited advances and therefore are in control of one element of congress, what difference does it make to the running of the us? it is huge. it willjam up the works for the next two is effectively. the democrats take control of the house and the republicans keep the senate. that‘s partisan legislation prevented from getting through and it could halt the momentum of donald trump for the next two years. but it will not affect the supreme court because the senate decides the supreme court and if another seat becomes vacant, donald trump would be expected to get his third choice through onto the bench. that‘s another reason why republicans really see this mid—term race as crucial, and one of the reasons why we‘ve had such extraordinary turnout. 29 million americans have already voted. the biggest turnout we have seen here for decades. so both sides are very much energised. the husband of a pakistani christian
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woman acquitted of blasphemy after eight years on death row has pleaded for asylum from the uk. asia bibi‘s husband, ashiq masih, said they were in great danger in pakistan. the supreme court overturned her conviction on wednesday, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence, but she has yet to be freed. her acquittal sparked violent protests, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country. earlier i spoke to tom tugendhat, who chairs the foreign affairs committee in parliament. he‘s calling on officials here and in pakistan to urgently review mrs bibi‘s safety. well, look, this is an innocent woman, who already spent many years in prison, for something that we wouldn‘t even begin to consider a crime. and even the pakistan courts say is not a crime, because she didn‘t do anything. so, i think she should be released. but, sadly, notjust released to home. because, the reality is, as we‘ve seen in recent days, that there is a very great danger
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of mob violence. and of her being killed. the governor of punjab, who spoke out on her behalf, was killed, only seven years ago. taseer, governor taseer. and a leading member of the cabinet, minister bhatti, was killed in the same year. both of them for speaking out against the way in which this woman has been treated. this is a matter of freedom of conscience and freedom of faith. and we support the freedom of individuals to practice theirfaith, or no faith, all over the world. so, seeing this woman being victimised, because of her christian beliefs in pakistan, is extremely worrying. and i think we should not only be offering her asylum, but we should be making it very clear to the pakistan government that we view this with extreme seriousness. a 17—year—old college student stabbed to death in south london has been named. malcolm mide—madariola was fatally stabbed outside clapham south tube station on friday afternoon. he was the second student in the space of 24—hours
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to be stabbed in london — after 15—year—old jay hughes was attacked near a chicken shop in bellingham in south—east london. voters in the french pacific islands of new caledonia have decided to remain part of france. an independence vote was promised three decades ago, after a violent campaign by separatists from the indigenous kanak people. 0ur correspondent phil mercer gave us this update. well, if you believe the opinion polls, then it is likely that new caledonia will say no to independence. it would seem that economic insecurities have swayed many voters to stick with france. paris does pump an awful lot of money into its strategic south pacific territory. and there are concerns that if the archipelago goes it alone then the flow of cash could impact on the way of life in this pacific paradise.
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and it is a beautiful place. but it is a place that has been scarred by ethnic tensions, right since the french colonised the islands in the 1850s. the kanaks, the indigenous people, have waged a separatist campaign, sometimes extremely violently. and, in return, there have been retaliations by the french, that have further inflamed those tensions, over the years. so, it‘s those simmering sensitivities that have come to the fore during this vote in the south pacific. we are expecting a result in the next couple of hours. but safe to say, if it is a no vote, there is a provision, under a treaty here, for there to be another referendum on independence in 2020 and 2022. so, the issue, even if there is a no result today, is unlikely to go away. a week away from remembrance sunday when we think of those who lost their lives in all conficts including the great war. and even before the end of world war one there was a great need
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to remember those who had fallen. men had fought and died in numbers never seen before, and hundreds of thousands had no known graves. 0ne army chaplain understood the grief of the nation and he was determined that there needed to be a great gesture to serve as a symbol for all of the lost men. natalie graham has the story. at the west end of the nave of westminster abbey is the grave of the unknown warrior. but, for many, the story the unknown warrior is itself, unknown. how did this one person come to represent all those who died? to find out the answer, we have to go back to the first world war and meet a curate from folkestone. the year war began, the reverend david railton was living in the kent town. he saw young men, destined for the battlefield, flooding into the area. byjanuary 1916, david was himself on the western front,
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witnessing death and injuries on a scale never seen before. one night, after he had been conducting a burial service, there was a simple grave on which there was a white, wooden cross, which someone had written on, in black pencilled letters, "an unknown british soldier". my grandfather said thatjust started him thinking as to who that person was. well, of course, he had served on the western front, he'd seen the makeshift graveyards for soldiers. they didn't look like this, it would have been rows of wooden crosses, often small groups, many of them, of course, unidentified. now the war was over, his idea was to choose one fallen soldier, whose identity could never be traced and bring him back to be buried with full honours in westminster abbey. he would represent the fallen,
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but the heart of the idea was that, for anyone grieving, it could be their loved one buried amongst kings. a chaplain was given the task of taking the teams out and bringing bodies all across the battlefield that the british army had fought in. then they were draped in flags for brigadier general wyatt to come and choose one of the bodies, by laying his hand on it, and that was the body that then made that famous journey back to westminster. 0n the morning of the 10th of november, the body was taken from the castle bologne to hms verdunne. the body was put aboard and laid on the quarterdeck, guards posting with heads bowed. in dover, crowds were waiting as the unknown warrior came home. hundreds of thousands crowded into the streets to capture a glimpse of the coffin and just as david railton had hoped, many were comforted — this could be their loved one. the reverend david railton was an inspirational clergyman from kent who could not, and would not, forget the men he‘d left on the western front.
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and so he found a way to bring them all home. and you can see the full story of the reverend david railton‘s vision to remember the men from the great war who had no known graves in tomorrow‘s edition of inside out 7.30pm on bbc one in the south east. now it‘s time for a look at the weather with stav. hello, part two of the weekend was quieter for many, lighter winds and variable cloud and sunshine, but also some rain, particularly across the south west of the country. this rain is going to pep up and move northwards across much of the irish sea into northern ireland and western scotland, as the night wears on.

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