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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: ajudge rules the identity of the teenage boy who raped and murdered six—year—old the identity of the teenage boy who abducted, alesha macphail to be revealed — raped and murdered six—year—old he's16—year—old aaron campbell. alesha macphail is revealed. the name and face of 16—year—old aaron campbell can now be disclosed, after a judge ian austin has become the ninth mp lifted a reporting ban. to quit labour this week, he said the crimes against alesha caused revulsion blaming leaderjeremy corbyn unmatched by any case for "creating a culture in recent times. of extremism and intolerance". lawyers agree it's an exceptional case. it has to be based the un is warning the world's food on public interest. what appeared to be the main system is under threat factors were the heinous from a lack of biodiversity. nature of the crime. and the other main stories and huge crowds have turned out on tonight's programme... in sheffield for a fly—past ian austin becomes the ninth in honour of the american airmen whose plane crashed there mp to leave labour, during the second world war — declaring he's ashamed including the man who'd campaigned of its failure to tackle anti—semitism. twenty years since the milestone macpherson report into policing and race, we talk to three fathers and sons about its impact. moves in botswana to bring
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back elephant hunting, despite them being a vulnerable species. and a flypast for ten us service men who died in a crash, watched by the pensioner who campaigned to honour the dead. applause that was worth waiting 66 years for. we are live at the principality stadium in cardiff ahead of the big match tomorrow, wales against england, one which could determine the outcome of this year's six nations. good evening. the teenager who raped and murdered six—year—old alesha macphail on the isle of bute has been identified as aaron campbell,
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after the judge who presided over his trial lifted the ban on him being named today. until now, campbell was given anonymity in all reporting because he was under 18. but media outlets, including the bbc, made a case for reversing the court order which protects his identity. lorna gordon reports from glasgow. what's up, guys. it's aaron campbell here. the first images of a teenage killer, freshfaced in the videos he posted on social media, they give little clue of the cold, cunning murderer he was. cctv from aaron campbell's own home showed him acting strangely on the night he killed alesha macphail, after checking the footage his own mother had contacted police suggesting he might have information about the case. alesha was described as a sweet, innocent little girl. she had been visiting her father and grandparents who lived on the island when aaron campbell took her from
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her home and brutalised and killed her. because of his age, her murderer had automatically been granted anonymity, but following a hearing brought by media organisations to name him, that changed. judge lord matthews said, i can't think of a case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion. i intends to grant the application. the press may name the accused and publish images of him. it has to be based on public interest. what appeared to be the main factors were the heinous nature of the crime. this is believed to be the first timea this is believed to be the first time a murderer under 18 has had his anonymity lifted in scotland, though it has happened elsewhere. but there are concerns from some that revealing his identity might prove counter—productive. revealing his identity might prove counter-productive. what i would say is that this is the most terrible crime andi is that this is the most terrible crime and i hope we never see it again. but actually what we need is to rehabilitate this boy. in order
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to rehabilitate this boy. in order to do that, we shouldn't have named him as. aaron campbell's acts were described as the wickedest most evil crimes the court had heard. he will be sentenced next month but has already been warned his release may never come. and lorna joins me now from outside the court in glasgow. it is unusual for a 16—year—old to be named in this way, no, it isn't, but i think there could be many, many people in the court of public opinion who think this is the right decision. aaron campbell, remember, stole alesha macphail away from her bed in her family home while four adults were sleeping in the house at the time. he brutalised the little girl. she suffered 117 injuries in total and throughout the trial here at the high court in glasgow, he showed no remorse. but in a court of law the
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arguments are quite complex. you look at his age, his vulnerability, his rights, and that has to be weighed up against any damage, the public interest and the nature of his defence, where he blamed a 19—year—old for his crimes. the judge ultimately came down in favour of naming campbell, a boy who carried out a truly depraved acts. will it set a precedent? i think thatis will it set a precedent? i think that is unlikely. lawyers we have spoken to say it is not likely to open the floodgates. this has to be looked at as exceptional, rare and appalling crimes. lorna gordon, thank you. ian austin has become the ninth mp to resign from the labour party this week. mr austin, who represents dudley north, launched a blistering attack onjeremy corbyn as he did so, saying he was ashamed of the party because of the leadership's failure to tackle "extremism, anti—semitism and intolerance. "
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meanwhile, theresa may has been warned she could face a mass revolt of normally loyal conservative mps if it looks like the country is heading for a no—deal brexit. this report from our chief political correspondent vicki young contains flashing images. he is accused of allowing a culture of bullying and intimidation to take hold in the labour party. nine of jeremy corbyn's mps have walked out this week and he is under pressure to do more to prevent others heading for the exit. ian austin is leaving after more than 35 years in the party. he has been one of mr corbyn's fiercest critics, saying he's not fit to be prime minister. corbyn's fiercest critics, saying he's not fit to be prime ministerlj think he's not fit to be prime minister.” think underjeremy corbyn's leadership there has been a culture of extremism and intolerance that has been allowed to develop, as well as anti—semitism that has flourished. jeremy corbyn is not taking it seriously enough and i think he's incapable, if i'm honest, of dealing it properly and i think he has failed to get to grips with it. ian austin says he will not join
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the new independent group set up this week by other disgruntled collea g u es this week by other disgruntled colleagues and does not agree with them about the need for another brexit referendum. jeremy corbyn was in spain today talking about brexit. this was his response to the defection. i am sorry he has taken that course of action. he was elected like me in 2017 under a ma nifesto elected like me in 2017 under a manifesto that pledged to deal with poverty, injustice and in britain. that's how we were elected and i think we should campaign on those issues. when other labour mps including luciana berger resigned on monday they partly blamed mr corbyn's inability to deal with anti—semitism. ian austin'sjewish adopted father was forced to fully with the nazis. he told former colleague jess with the nazis. he told former colleaguejess phillips that leaving labour had been a painful decision. i have been thinking that i should have been doing this for months, for a long time. i watched luciana berger on monday and i thought, in
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the end i have to stand with her. do you think moore will go now as well? i don't know. i haven't talked with other people about this. this week both jeremy corbyn other people about this. this week bothjeremy corbyn and may have seen mps to search them for different reasons. for the conservatives, brexit is the issue threatening to tear them apart and the prime minister has another growing rebellion to deal with the head of crucial votes here next week. leave means leave! dozens of normally loyal conservative mps say they will not sit by and allow the uk to leave the eu without a deal and are threatening tojoin a the eu without a deal and are threatening to join a cross—party attempt on wednesday to take control of the brexit process. there is a perfect storm is emerging of people who want to overturn the result, which i think is outrageous, and people who want to deliver brexit, but who don't want a no—deal brexit. that alignment, they are being forced together by the intransigence of brexiteers, some of my fellow brexiteers, i think that's dangerous for those of us who want to deliver
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brexit, believe in it and want to deliver it on time. but eurosceptics deny they are jeopardising brexit by refusing to back theresa may's deal. we all sit on the same platform and the withdrawal agreement does not deliver on the manifesto so it's not intransigence, it's accountability. unity in both the conservative and labour party is coming under enormous strain. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. the coroner at the inquest into the death of 13—year—old amber peat, who hanged herself in nottinghamshire in may 2015, said she was "not been able to determine" if she'd the intention of killing herself. amber was found dead three days after she walked out of her family home, following an argument about chores. the coroner said a number of professionals had missed chances to help amber, and that her parents had "very little consideration for her welfare" at times. a man fatally stabbed in front of a group of teenagers
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at a youth club in south london has been named locally as 23—year—old glendon spence. he died at the scene of the attack in brixton yesterday evening, in what police have described as a "premeditated and ta rgeted" assault. at least one person has died and several others have been injured in clashes at venezuela's border with brazil. local media report that security forces fired on a group of people to stop them from crossing the border. the president, nicolas maduro, has closed that border in a row over humanitarian aid being delivered. it comes as two concerts in support of venezuela's people get under way on either side of a bridge linking venezuela and colombia. our international correspondent, orla guerin is there now. as you can probably hear, the concert is in full swing. the location here is highly significant. we arejust a location here is highly significant. we are just a short distance away from a bridge into venezuela, a
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bridge that has been blocked by the troops of nicolas maduro. this concert was organised by british billionaire richard branson. we spoke to him early this morning and he said of all the events he has run in his life, this was the most important he had ever organised. he said it came together in just three weeks following a phone call between himself and the leader of venezuela's opposition juan guaido. juan guaido told him there was an urgent need for medical supplies, food aid and things couldn't wait any longer. all of the artists here are giving their services free of charge and there are some major south american stars. president nicolas maduro was also planning to hold a concert in the region but the really important question is whether or not tomorrow the opposition will be able to bring aid across the border a short distance from here. so far, president nicolas maduro has said his troops will prevent that aid coming through. orla guerin,
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you. thousands of people gathered this morning in sheffield to watch a special flypast marking the 75th anniversary of a crash which claimed the lives of ten american airmen. the flypast came about after a chance meeting between pensioner tony foulds, who witnessed the crash as a young boy and has spent decades tending a memorial park to the airmen, and bbc breakfast‘s dan walker. david sillito has the story. normally tony foulds‘ daily visit to the war memorial in the sheffield parkis the war memorial in the sheffield park is a moment of quiet and solitary reflection. but today he was not alone. from first light, thousands had begun to arrive to share a very special moment. unbelievable, unbelievable. it's breathtaking, this. and then from a cloudless sky the planes began to arrive. his dream of a fly—past had
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come true. a commemoration that had begun with a chance encounter in the park with dan walker of bbc brea kfast. park with dan walker of bbc breakfast. the first thing i do, of course, as i always kiss them first. tony explained how as an eight—year—old he watched a us bomber crashed into a nearby woodland. he felt the crew might have survived if he hadn't been in the way. and so there were some complex emotions as he once again waved at the plane, just as he had done as a child in 19114. exactly 75 years on from that terrible day, here's tony in the exact same place, and who could have imagined what he's seeing today. does this help things for you? no, no. it never will. but surrounding him were thousands who had been touched by his story, including a
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relative of one of the plane crew. to know that today everyone is remembering him and the other nine and the service they gave, it just means more than words could ever convey. so many feelings. what a day for tony foulds. it started off as more or less nothing. to see how many people have actually taken note, it's for these lads. they are family to me. david sillito, bbc news, sheffield. our top story this evening: the teenager who raped and murdered six—year—old alesha macphail has been identified as aaron campbell after a judge lifted the ban on him being named. and still to come: why botswana has recommended lifting a ban on elephant hunting. coming up on sports day on bbc news, we are live at the principality stadium in cardiff are looking ahead
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to the third round of the rugby union six nations championship. the big one here tomorrow afternoon, wales against england, a match that could determine the destination. this weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the macpherson report, which controversially found the metropolitan police to be "institutionally racist". the inquiry examined the bungled police investigation of the murder of the black teenager stephen lawrence, who was stabbed to death in a racist attack in london in 1993. the report was damning about the met‘s failings and critical of the policing of black citizens nationally. ahead of the anniversary, i spoke to three fathers and their sons about the report's impact and legacy. the stephen lawrence inquiry was a watershed moment for the police. its chair, sir william mcpherson, shocked many by dubbing the metropolitan police institutionally racist. freddy nwaka was a young man then, now he's a father. his encounters with the police in london
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were difficult. back in the stay, they were very hands on and you was very much guilty of something, even if you had done nothing. so their approach was very, very argumentative. some of the things he had done and the way he had lived his past life, i've learned a lot from that. historians inspire me a lot, so i get passionate talking about it. i try to share a lot with him so he doesn't have to go through the thing i went. even when it comes to dealing with the police, i've spoken to him a lot about how if they stop you how you conduct yourself, if you haven't done nothing wrong. so just be polite. tensions flared at the inquiry when the five white murder suspects gave evidence. men whom the police then had failed to properly pursue and prosecute, despite numerous tip—offs. disparities in police treatment were put under the spotlight, including stop and search, which black people were five times more likely to experience than white. driving past it was monkey chants, or the n—word would pop out. it was one more thing
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to navigate in society. that's how the police used to treat roger griffiths. he lives in bristol, as does his son lawrence, a city visited by the inquiry. lawrence found stop and search an ordeal. i used to handle pretty bad, i used to get arrested quite frequently forjust speaking my mind and kind of like my dad said, rebelling against the police, but nowadays ijust give them my information. freddy understands that anger, black people now are nine and a half times as likely to be stopped and searched as white people. police defend the tactic, saying it produces results. as does freddy, who thinks young black men have to accept it. i know at least five or six parents that have lost their children to gun crime and knife crime. we always say it's wrong and it's frustrating, but i would much rather the police stop and search a hundred children a day if it means it is going to keep my son safe, you know what i'm saying?
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it means we're stopping you to keep you safe. the exposure of police failings was accompanied by recommendations by mcpherson for the future. key among these was that police services should reflect their communities. leroy logan was a serving officer back then and gave evidence to the inquiry. what was it like for him working in an organisation dubbed institutionally racist? i was a supervising officer and i was chair of the black police association. i sensed a lot of deception being said about me, but i knew something was going to happen. you know, you can't push the boat out so far and it's not going to have ripples. did his son miles ever consider becoming a police officer? even though my father was a very big advocate to get young black men into it, yeah, personally i didn't want to get involved. because you didn't think this was a place for you? yeah. i guess so. yeah, definitely. even if you look at the streets nowadays, it
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is a very white, european—based force. especially to interpret the city that london is, it doesn't show any diversity. this week, the present day commissioner of metropolitan police said the mcpherson report had defined her generation of policing. a landmark case for the police and minority communities — all triggered by the brutal murder of one promising and innocent young man. the mother of a schoolboy who died in the hillsborough tragedy in 1989 has told a jury at preston crown court that the pitch "looked like a battle ground" when the fatal crush happened. dolores steele's15—year—old son philip was one of the 96 people who died at the fa cup semifinal. judith moritz was at the court in preston. philip stevel is steel is one of the children of hillsborough, just 15
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when he died on a football match on a day out with his parents and brother. philip's mother has lived without her son for the last 0 yea rs. without her son for the last 0 years. —— 30 years. the steel family we re years. —— 30 years. the steel family were all at the match. the parts up stairs in the seated area, their children standing on the terrace below. dolores steele remembers that it suddenly looked very crowded down there. she could hear the crowd shouting, open the gates, people are dying. mrs steel looked at the jury and told them she couldn't see her boys. she saw someone carried on to the grass and a jacket put over her face. she said the pitch looked like a battleground. there was so many people lying around. the steel's younger boy, brian, survived and spent hours waiting by the car
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hoping his brother would turn up. his parents were told to ring a helpline. dolores steele told the jury helpline. dolores steele told the jury they tried the emergency number over and over and over again without success. she said, wejust over and over and over again without success. she said, we just couldn't get through. we were at our wits end. the family went around the city toa end. the family went around the city to a hospital and a reception centre before returning to the ground where they identified his body. david duckenfield denies his manslaughter and that of the other fans. 96 men, women and children died. a century ago as many as ten million african elephants roamed the continent. now, fewer than half a million remain. but today in botswana, a government report has recommended lifting a ban on elephant hunting and using elephant
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meat for pet food. 0fficials claim if they don t act, the ecosystem will be damaged. but others are highly critical of the proposals. from the 0kavango delta in botswana, our africa correspondent alastair leithead sent this report. botswana has more elephants than anywhere else — 130,000 of them, a third of the elephants left in africa. but some think it has too many. this is the destruction they can cause when they come into conflict with rural communities. elephants are just moving here around the rooms, just breaking our ploughing fields, killing our cattle, just breaking all the trees. two people have been killed in the village in five years since the big game hunting ban came into force. since the government stopped the hunting, so the elephants became more and more and more. i think the government can
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introduce hunting of elephants again, killing them so maybe they will the reduced. that's what they're planning to do. the cabinet delivered a report proposing to lift the hunting ban and to allow the regular but limited culling of elephants and the canning of their meat for pet food. tourists provide botswa na's second income after diamond mining. this lodge charges up to 7,000 a night per couple. some conservationists believe hunting would drive many away. as soon as we stopped the hunting, brand botswana grew around the world and botswana became the most sought after tourist destination in africa. the tourism arrivals, the revenues paid, they all shot through the roof, my worry is it is going to knock the big picture and will have a negative impact on jobs, occupancies, government revenues etc. some wilderness areas are not suited for tourists.
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well—regulated hunting can be used as a conservation tool. and in an election year, hunting appeals to rural voters. well, this is the remains of a cow that was killed by predators, right on this join between the conservancy area over that side of the fence and the community area over here. the real cost of living next door to elephants, which knock down fences. the human/wildlife conflict is big, but so is the tourism money that comes with having so many elephants. botswana now has to decide whether culling and hunting is better or worse for the country's conservation. its a fierce rivalry going back nearly 140 years. tomorrow, wales take on england in rugby's six nations at the principality stadium in cardiff. with both teams having won their games so far, it's being billed as the tournament decider. our sports correspondentjoe wilson looks ahead to the match.
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however you travel through cardiff, you can't miss it. it is here tomorrow the meeting of the unbeaten. wales versus england. the tea m unbeaten. wales versus england. the team that wins perfectly placed for the championship. so in cardiff's market, what else is there to discuss? does it matter more than any other match? yeah, i think so. welsh pride ain't it? definitely a different atmosphere. more exciting than the other games. if the england captain was here, what would you say to him? i wouldn't be rude to him. but they are a bit arrogant the english aren't they? well the banter is what 0wen farrell expects. everybody wants to play in these games, i don't see any reason why you shouldn't enjoy it, love the occasion and being part of it. you should allow it to bring the best
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out of you. maybe some people here will remember when wales beat new zealand in 1953 and of course the great welsh team of the 70s is still an inspiration. but statistically the best welsh team ever could be the best welsh team ever could be the one right here. it would be a record 12th consecutive victory if wales win this game. the game. record 12th consecutive victory if wales win this game. the gamem record 12th consecutive victory if wales win this game. the game. it is historic, you watch the players that have gone before you on both sides and what they have achieved and what this game has meant and how it could affect the championship. rugby can seem like a game for giants, but anyone can be inspired. when you're carrying all of wales, it helps to have proud shoulder. it is true england have had the upper hand in recent yea rs, england have had the upper hand in recent years, but six years ago an england team came full of confidence and conceded 30 points. 1983 was the last time this fixture ended in a
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draw. maybe it's time for another? time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. i think there will be more winners than losers in the weather this weekend. many saw blue skies and sunshine. and temperatures in wales up sunshine. and temperatures in wales up to 18.1. it is still february. but it was a different story close to the south coast, some cloud and fog in sussex and temperatures of eight degrees. that is closer to where we should be at this time of year. that area of cloud, mist and fog will move north into the midlands, east anglia and lincolnshire. some cloud, mist and patchy fog. windy across the west. and temperatures not dropping far. between five and eight degrees. if you are starting your day in parts of england and the midland, there could be some cloud, mist and fog
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patches, which could make for some troublesome travelling conditions. many places tomorrow staying dry with sunshine once the fog has cleared. this band of rain moving across northern ireland and western scotland, perhaps into west wales later, just some light and patchy rain. most of us dry and most of us warm for the time of year. going into saturday night, we will see more cloud and fog developing and it is going to be a chillier night, down to the south—east and for north—east scotland we could see a touch of frost on sunday morning. 0n sunday there could be some widespread fog. 0n the roads there could be some poor visibility on sunday morning. much of the fog will lift and clear. by the afternoon i'm hopeful most of us will see sunshine. temperatures the still above where they should be. next week starts off fine. monday and tuesday will be beautiful. 0nly slowly does it turn more unsettled later in the week. thank you.
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