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three people are found guilty of being members of the banned neo—nazi group national action. that's ten successful prosecutions this year. the jury heard the latest case involved "a specific type of terror "born out of a fanatical belief in white supremacy." two of those convicted, named their baby boy adolf, out of admiration for hitler. a really dangerous, well—structured organisation. at its heart is a neo—nazi ideology, that seeks to divide communities. one of those convicted this year was a serving soldier. also on the programme: we have a special investigation looking at the children in england spending days in school isolation booths designed for disruptive pupils. the prime minister under pressure as she tries to reach a brexit agreement, in days. and, the number of dead rises to 31 in california's devastating widlfires. later in the hour, we will have
sportsday on the bbc news channel with all the latest reports, interviews and features from the bbc news centre. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. of being members of the banned neo—nazi group national action. adam thomas and claudia patatas, whom the jury heard had named their baby boy adolf, out of admiration for hitler, were convicted at birmingham crown court, along with daniel bogunovic. we can now report that ten people have been found guilty, of being members of national action this year, with eight linked to a cell in the midlands, which included a serving soldier. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford has the story.
we are going to help white families and white children. provocative national action demonstration before it was banned as a neo—nazi terrorist organisation after celebrating the murder of the labour mpjo celebrating the murder of the labour mp jo cox. celebrating the murder of the labour mpjo cox. on the left ear, giving the nazi salute, the group's main organiser in the midlands, alex deakin, open nazi, recruiting university students and even schoolchildren. after the ban, he took his members underground, borrowing tactics from so—called islamic state and communicating using an encrypted chat group named after the ku klux klan, eight of his members have been found guilty of belonging to a banned group. they are learning from other terrorist organisations how to communicate, how to radicalise, how to recruit individuals and gather equipment. there is so much concern about the
growing concern from —— growing threat from extreme right—wing groups that the security service, mi5, is taken over from the police in gathering and analysing intelligence on them. these groups are being dealt with in the same way as other terrorist organisations. perhaps the most dangerous man in the midlands group was a serving long score in the british army, he wrote about creating civil disorder and attacking infrastructure and accumulated a personal arsenal of guns and crossbows and knives. he had guns and crossbows and knives. he ha d a ccess guns and crossbows and knives. he had access to young soldiers in his regiment, royalanglian, had access to young soldiers in his regiment, royal anglian, and recruited at least three to the neo—nazi cause, he has been thrown out of the army, along with one of his recruits. if there are such serious breaches of values and standards the army will take the most serious action against these individuals. what does that involve?
that ranges but it can result in termination of service. one of the soldiers originally suspected of being involved is still in the army. one of the most extreme people in the midlands group was adam thomas, who also wanted to join the army, he and his partner, cloudy put us as —— claudia patatas, gave their son the name adolf, amazingly, he had previously lived in israel, but by the time of his arrest, he had been caught stockpiling weapons. they even discussed stealing an assault army with —— an assault rifle from the army and with his friends darren fletcher talked about killing mps. it has not been just talk, in wales, a former member of national action, zach davis, was convicted of trying to murder a seat dentist. a third,
jackals and was found guilty of building a viable pipe bomb in yorkshire. —— murder in sikh dentist. national action was banned at the end of 2016, but police are still looking to convict several of their members including founding members. a bbc news investigation has found that more than 200 schoolchildren in england spent at least five consecutive days in isolation booths last year. these are facilities designed for disruptive pupils to remove them from classrooms but keep them in school. more than 5,000 children with special educational needs were also found to have been put into isolation rooms. but some experts say pupils are being detained too frequently, and for far too long. our special correspondent ed thomas has this exclusive report. the shelves, the wing mirrors, the bare walls, it was like that every single day. let me know if you get tired. i was quite athletic, i was happy,
then i felt ill and that is when it all went off. they put me in a room in my own so i was in isolation. how did you learn? i didn't. i copied out of gcse revision books. nobody's ever marked the work. that would happen for months. they forgot about me. i did not exist. casey said he spent three months in a room on his own. his school said despite their best efforts, his regularly disruptive behaviour meant he could not benefit from the full school experience. they also say the room he was in was not the school's actual isolation facility and they dispute the length of time he spent on his own. many isolation units look like this. we've learned they are widely used across our schools. some resemble classrooms
but most are lined with so—called consequence booths, where pupils sit at partitioned desks in silence, facing the wall. this teacher has spent the last 15 years visiting isolation rooms as a behaviour consultant. i have seen 50 children in isolation books, children with asperger's and autism. i met one child that spent 36 days in isolation, that is not an education but a custodial sentence. he says he is seeing more schools using it for punishment. where is the regulation around it and the reporting? i asked the same question every time igo in, "how many children here have additional needs?" and the answers was the same, all of them. if it allows other to carry on? totally unneccessary.
separate them, help them to get back into the classroom, that would be perfect. it is like we now believe that imprisoning children is the route to better behaviour. show me the evidence. our information requests asked more than 1000 secondary schools, 600 replied. more than 200 schools in england use them, one dozen in wales, six in scotland and none in northern ireland. we've learned that more than 200 children spent more than five consecutive days in isolation booths for a single punishment. —— spent at least. we've found out 5000 pupils with special educational needs attended isolation and dozens of those have education, health and care plans. pupils with complex needs. we've obtained the rules for hundreds of isolation units. two, which include bathrooms, do not allow children to leave for the entire day, not even to go to the playground.
we have also been sent these pictures, a room of isolation booths and seclusion room, used in a primary school. staring towards the wall? richard is the executive head of 13 schools. would you keep a child here for a week? no. he believes isolation can be effective but only for short periods. would you ever have a child with special educational needs in here? it would be extremely unlikely. for them it would be very hard. he also says he understands why schools need sanctions. there is the gathering storm in the system regarding student behaviour. we have seen cuts in services in local authorities and the ability of schools to purchase a well—run alternative provision. schools are less well funded than they have been in the past. they have not got the means to deal with this. government guidelines says schools are free to decide how long children should spend in isolation but it should be used reasonably. wilfully misbehave for that lesson to be
completely detonated. this is the independent adviser on behaviour to the department for education. we have heard over 100 children spending more than five days in isolation. is that acceptable? it depends what is happening to them in isolation. i actually think it is a positive thing to do sometimes. it can prevent long—term exclusion by keeping them in the school and looked after by the school because a lot of the children are at risk ofjoining gangs... in a booth, staring at a wall. some isolation places are like that. that can be for a day or an hour or longer but frequently these places are where children are given lessons and work. for casey, his time on his own has had lasting impact. i went into a deep depression. i locked myself in my bedroom every day. i shut the blinds and was in complete darkness. it felt like being isolated was normal. the department for education says children should be in isolation no longer than necessary and their health, safety and welfare
of pupils must always come first. ed thomas, bbc news. police investigating the disappearance of the estate agent suzy lamplugh in 1986 say no new evidence has been uncovered after a two—week search of a garden and garage in sutton coldfield. the 25—year—old was last seen leaving her west london offices to meet a client. our correspondent sima kotecha is at the house where the search took place. yet again, no solace for the family. the disappearance of suzy lamplugh gripped the nation's attention although she is a two weeks ago police began searching the garden of this house after receiving new this house once belonged to the mother of the man suspected of killing suzy lamplugh, john can the man suspected of killing suzy lamplugh,john can and, the man suspected of killing suzy lamplugh, john can and, he is in prison serving a life sentence for the murder of another woman, but
denies killing suzy lamplugh. the metropolitan police have said in a statement that no evidence has been recovered but the case remains open and the met is committed to bringing her killer tojustice. and the met is committed to bringing her killer to justice. —— john cannan. we have spoken to the brother of suzy lamplugh and he said that even though the police have made this reassurance, he really does hope that all these years after her disappearance, they continue to look for his sister. the government has ruled out loosening the rules on when police officers can stop—and—search people in england and wales. senior officers had been in talks with the home office about potentially lowering the threshold that requires police to have "reasonable grounds for suspicion" to stop and search someone, but today policing minister nick hurd said there were no plans to change the requirement. theresa may is under renewed pressure from some in her own party, who are unhappy with her proposals for britain leaving
the european union. but the prime minister still hopes to announce an agreement with brussels this month, though problems over the northern ireland border still persist. here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. where can the prime ministerfind shelter? not in parliament, not in brussels. and for number ten, they know theresa may can't be sure of finding full support for her brexit plan in the cabinet yet. these don't sound like the words of a minister eager to sign up... the important thing is that there's two checks on this deal. there's cabinet, and there's parliament, and so cabinet'sjob is to put something to parliament that's going to deliver on the referendum result, and we need to work together as a cabinet to do that, and i'm going to be supporting the prime minister to get a good deal for this country. lovely to see you. the brexit secretary's trying to make it work, but it might need more than a cup of tea to stiffen the nerves this week.
sources suggest if the cabinet can't agree in the next couple of days, the government can't stick to its timetable of a deal with the eu this month. they might not want to say it publicly, but there are nerves at the top table over whether the uk could be stuck in a relationship with the eu even after brexit, with no way out. the prime minister's trying to get the very, very best deal for britain, and are negotiating team are out in brussels. i wish them, you know, all the good luck in making sure that we get absolutely the right deal. but the prime minister's allies believe she has to push on. though we understand there was widespread discontent in the heat of the summer over number ten's preferred proposal struck at her country house, chequers. multiple ministers — remainers as well as brexiteers — calling the proposals worrying. it was, and is, a very unhappy compromise. but the prime minister and her allies are determined to push on. last week, cabinet agreed they had to try to get a deal this month.
and that means signing something off this week, but that seems to be slipping. three different cabinet ministers have told me theresa may has to ditch her current proposals, because they simply won't get enough votes in here in parliament. one told me to continue this way would be to self harm. another suggested it's time for her to walk away. judgment day is coming, and they will be judged on whether or not they have the moral courage to defend their country, or whether a car and a red box and being called sir by a civil servant was more important than their nation's destiny. the government seems to be running into trouble everywhere. labour's trying to make ministers publish their legal advice on brexit, and might get enough support from others in a vote tomorrow to force them. of course governments need confidential legal advice but there is exception to that rule, we are in
exceptional circumstances, we have a legally binding treaty, mps will be asked to vote for it and in those circumstances we need to see the legal advice which sets out the basis on which votes are being asked for. cabinet will gather again tomorrow, as of now, it is just not clear if they will delay or decide, but there is simply no refuge for theresa may right now. the time is 6.16. our top story this evening... a couple who named their baby after adolf hitler are among three found guilty of being members of a banned neo—nazi group. coming up: the foreign secretary in saudi arabia is in saudi arabia, to discuss the war in yemen. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... real madrid are set to appoint santiago solari as their permanent manager. the ex—player was an interim charge, and led them to four wins in their last format games —the best start for any manager in the club's history. at least 31 people have now
died in the deadliest wildfires on record in california. more than 200 others are missing. around 4,000 firefighters are involved in the emergency operation, but they're struggling to deal with flames fanned by hot, dry winds. the town of paradise has been hardest hit — pretty much destroyed by a blaze called camp fire, with 29 people dying there. while further south, near los angeles, flames from the woolsey fire have claimed two lives, damaging beach resorts including malibu. an estimated 25,000 people have been forced from their homes. dan johnson reports now from los angeles. they are called the devil winds, and they are called the devil winds, and they are doing the devil's work. hot dry breeze carries a wall of flame over these hills, stricter anything in its wake. thousands of homes have burned to the ground, some gone in a of minutes. here in malibu, we
coastal have been charred to ash. the winds blew across, and the firestorms it started coming down, and we had to run to the ocean, then they just blew through and we had to run to the ocean, then theyjust blew through here like a tornado. the rich and famous haven't been spared. welcome to my home in malibu. this is film star gerard butler is returning home to find there is very little left. save the whole block... and here neighbours have been reunited after running for their lives. keep it that tree out right there, and that could have... you know, thank you. tyler stayed to fight the fire so whilst he and his wife watched homes across the street on, he used the garden hose to keep away the flames. if i knew what i know now i'm not sure i would have run back in, because there was a
point i was standing on the roof and i thought... you thought you were going to die? 10096. the only way i could have gotten off was to jump off my back roof come into my neighbour's yard, but there was a point where i was thinking, "i can't get off this roof," but luckily enough i was able to figure it out and it passed in another time i was able tojump and it passed in another time i was able to jump down and it passed in another time i was able tojump down and, you know, hugged everyone around me. in areas like this you have some properties that are safe, have been completely untouched, and yet right next door at their homes like this that have been completely destroyed. there's very little left here. no sense to it and no fairness. hundreds of miles away, different story. in paradise, everything's gone. this was total wipe—out. for now, the priorities concerning the blazes — thousands of firefighters on the ground, being supported in the air, but they are
not yet winning this battle. and you can see there are people here who have lost absolutely everything, and while these fires are still raging there is anger about the first response of the president, blaming poor forestry management here. in the last hour donald trump has tweeted support for firefighters and emergency services, but the winds are picking up once again and more communities are at risk, and there are places like this we re risk, and there are places like this were a lot of rebuilding will have to be done. studio: dan, thank you. danjohnson in los angeles. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt has been meeting king salman of saudi arabia. their discussions in the capital riyadh, focussed on the war in yemen, and the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. our diplomatic correspondent james landale is here. james comey the uk ramping up the saudis over the death of this journalist? yes, ramping up and keeping it there. it is six weeks since this saudi journalist was
murdered in the consulate in istanbul and they want to make it clear that the international pressure will not go away, just because it hasn't been in the news as much as recent days. jeremy hunt is making it clear. he wants to know what the saudi authorities are doing to bring those responsible to justice, and secondly also what they will do to demonstrate that it is not going to happen again. i think what will be absolutely crucial it is meeting tonight with the country's de facto ruler, king salman, because he is so central to this. once we see that meeting, we will get a sense of where the saudis are. and they are of course or instrumental in waging part of the war in yemen. what pressure can jeremy hunt bring to bear on that situation? you think there is a window of opportunity here, in part created by the khashoggi are there, which potentially could mean seeing to both sides in this conflict, the iranian—backed with the rebels, and the saudi backside on the other, there is potential to end the
fighting, he is trying to get both sides run into some kind of process that would end hostilities —— iranian—backed houthis rebels. in recent days, however, the fighting has got worse. however, un sources suggest there has been a bit of a lull today. james, thank you. james landale. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories... and a british tourist has died in morocco, after contracting rabies. it's thought the victim was bitten by a cat. public health england has reminded travellers to avoid contact with animals, particularly dogs in rabies—infected countries. two brothers, elliott and declan bower, have been remanded in custody, following a court appearance after a car crash in sheffield, that killed four people, including a one—year—old boy. they'll appear in court again, in december. the average rent arrears for council tenants on universal credit is two and a half times higher than tenants who still receive
the old housing benefit. the revelation follows an investigation by the bbc‘s panorama programme. the chancellor, philip hammond, announced extra money for universal credit in his budget last month, to counter warnings that moving onto the all—in—one benefit, it could push people into extreme poverty. here's catrin nye. anthony smith lost his job a year ago and had to claim universal credit. he struggled with the online system and lost benefits for missing job centre appointments. i have just explained to you... he owes £4000 in rent to the council and is facing eviction. i've even looked for somewhere to live, and i've found a bridge. the only thing i'm not playing ball with is i can't work the computer. we're left behind, i'm left behind. under the old system, housing benefit was paid directly to the council, but now it's paid direct to claimants like anthony as part of one single benefit, universal credit. anthony should then pay rent to the county council, but he's way behind, and so are others.
we had a rent arrears position last year of 1.6 million. it's now £450,000 worse than it was then, and a large proportion of that is solely attributable to universal credit. panorama has discovered across the uk council tenants on universal credit are falling behind on their rent, owing on average £663, compared to £263 for those still on housing benefit. that's more than double the debt. the government has rejected calls to return to the old system, paying rent direct to councils. the key point here is to make sure that people get support in terms of funding, and that is why earlier this year we introduced a package worth £1.5 billion, which means anyone coming onto universal credit who is currently receiving housing benefit will get two weeks of extra money. critics argue much bigger changes are still needed. catrin nye, bbc news.
and viewers can watch the full panorama programme this evening on bbc one, at 7.30 in england and 9.30 in wales. now, for many this photo symbolises world war i. but until recently, the imperial war museum has only known the name of two of the soldiers. last week, a third was named — and today, a fourth can be revealed. sian lloyd has been to meet robert winston's granddaughter — who until the build up to the armistice centenary hadn't realise the importance of this photo. you always had this photograph of the stretcher bearers, and i used to ask him," what is this... ?" he would say, "oh, it was during the war." using the family history behind a photograph which became
iconic in war records. robert winston didn't talk about his service in the medical corps, but his granddaughter norma knew he was one of the stretcher bearers ca ptu red one of the stretcher bearers captured struggling through the mud at the battle of passchendaele, on the 1st of august 1917. every armistice day, you know... but yesterday, you know, so poignant. the whole bit, itjust brought it all back to you. robert winston survived the horror of the trenches, and went back to his job as a telegraphy —— in telegraphy at the end of the war in swansea. norma would now like to know the stories of the other men he was with that day. i would love to know more about them, i would like to know the names and where they came from, and what happened to them. did they survive that work? did they come home safe to their families? —— that work? did they come home safe to theirfamilies? —— did they survive that war? i think it is a
tribute to the imperial war museum. time for a look at all the weather news. here's susan powell. thanks, clive. if you have been caught in any of the downpours the payoff make of been some scenes like these, and there was also a lot of rain about. that is the plus side, but the downside, showers still packing in this evening, for the rush hour drive home, and if you're heading out in the next couple of hours. but by the end of the night skies start to clear, to the south and also in northern ireland. we are left with some showers across northern england and scotland. that kind of sets the tone for how the day will shape up on tuesday. moving away from the area of showers we have currently, under this ridge of high pressure. it will calm things down for tomorrow. actually, tuesday will be a largely dry day, especially in
comparison to today, but still quite breezy. but a lot of sunshine could come and i think it will be mild. tuesday, the show is where we left them at the end of the night. first thing in the morning across england and scotland, and then in a few hours they started peter out and i think by lunchtime we are essentially looking at the dry picture, maybe a few afternoon showers across wales and a few in the bristol channel, but much lighter than today. highs of 13 and 14, and towards the west the sunshine will be a little hazy later in the day as cloud builds ahead of the next front. that will be overnight tuesday into wednesday, but high pressure is close by across the continent, and we are keeping a close eye on that because it will come increasingly into play through thursday and friday. friday, high—pressure extending right the way across the uk and i think through the latter part of the week and on into next week we will be complaining about lingering areas of cloud and some stubborn fog instead of showers. susan, thank you. that's it. goodbye from me. it is now time