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hello, and welcome to sportsday with me, will perry. the headlines tonight. seventh time lucky for trainer willie mullins, who finally has winner at the cheltenham gold cup, thanks to al boum photo. the draw for the champions league quarter finals ses manchester united face barcelona. injured when a gunman opened fire and we look ahead to an exciting final weekend of the six nations, on two mosques in new zealand. where wales, england, men, women and children or ireland could were at friday prayers still win the title. in christchurch when a man walked in and began firing — filming and broadcasting it all live on social media. my my father was shot trying to save somebody. he lea pt my father was shot trying to save somebody. he leapt over the person he was trying to save. i answered the phone and i said to her, "your husband's been shot we'll start with the final day outside the mosque". of the cheltenham festival, and i said, "don't come here, one which will live long you won't get through, in the memory of trainer but please go to the hospital willie mullins. his horse, al boum photo, powered and wait for him". to victory in the gold cup and our families had to wait for news reporter lizzie greenwood—hughes as the list of missing people grew. new zealand's prime minister called was there to watch it. it a terrorist attack and one of the country's darkest days.
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they have chosen to make new zealand their home, the cheltenham gold cup is always and it is their home. they are us. memorable, but this year even more the person who has perpetuated this so because 2019 is the year that the great irish trainer willie mullins finally won his very first violence against us is not. cheltenham gold cup. he's been a runner up cheltenham gold cup. he's been a runner up six times, the most successful trainer in cheltenham festival history, and he's finally and this evening she said gun laws done it. he did it with a horse that in the country will change after revealing the attacker had not many people expected, al boum five guns and a valid gun licence. photo, 12—1, one of four horses he also tonight... talks in westminster as senior ministers try to get the dup to back had in the race. written by paul theresa may's brexit deal before tolerant, who's been with willie a possible third commons vote on it next week. mullins since he was a young lad, and also do not make a wonderful result for them. the second when —— the lawyer representing the hillsborough match commander second place went went to... last david duckenfield tells the jury at his trial that his prosecution yea r‘s second place went went to... last year's win, native river, came in is "breathtakingly unfair". fourth place. it was a bit and try, try and try again — bittersweet for willie mullins, after years of being runner—up, because one of its other horses finally, victory at actually died in the race, had a the cheltenham gold cup for irish trainer willie mullins. fatal injury. so for him, he's going and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, it's seventh time lucky home back to ireland with one horse for willie mullins in the gold cup. al boum photo gave the irish lasts. and this is a dangerous trainer his first victory in the big race at cheltenham. sports democrats port. bittersweet
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for willie mullins, but a dangerous sport. they are trying everything they can to make this sport safer, three horses have lost their lives at this festival, seven lost their lives and last year's festival. they are doing better and working really ha rd to are doing better and working really hard to try to improve the safety and welfare. but hopefully this yea r‘s festival and welfare. but hopefully this year's festival will be remembered good evening. for the good stories, like willie 49 people have been killed mullins finally breaking that... like briony frost, and who could and dozens more injured after a gunman opened fire during friday prayers at two mosques forget paisley park, a horse that in christchurch in new zealand. a man drove up to the al noor mosque nearly died of an illness last year? he was back there for his owner, and began shooting as he entered andrew gammel, who is blind since the building at around 1:40 birth. it was quite a week, we've had quite a crowd. in the afternoon, local time. lizzie also caught up today shortly afterwards, with gold cup winning jockey paul townend. there was then a second shooting outside the linwood mosque, three miles away. the gunman identified himself as a 28—year—old australian and filmed the shootings — broadcasting it all live on social media. i ,to be , to be honest, i've neverfelt anything like it. the prime minister, jacinda ardern, my whole body was shaking and it's described it as a well—planned starting to sink in. terrorist attack and one left home at 15 gone off of new zealand s "darkest days .
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to willy's and it's great, our correspondent hywel griffith with all the trust and opportunities it's given with a gold cup you dream of doing things like that. is in christchurch for us. there will be at least one english team in the semi—finals of the champions league. yes, in the courts behind me under the stand out quarter final draw strict security, the 28—year—old man sees manchester united take on five accused of orchestrating and times winners barcelona. planning these murders is now appearing before a judge. he is last year's finalsits liverpool got accused of killing people in cold the draw they were hoping for, blood. he is accused of ending dozens blood. he is accused of ending d oze ns of blood. he is accused of ending dozens of lives and moments of chaos on the streets of christchurch. we have heard from new zealand's prime ministerjacinda ardern that he is alleged to have used five weapons including two semiautomatic weapons. she has already said that this country must change its gun laws. the concern to many people here is that some of their loved ones may have died. i have been speaking to some families who do not yet know what happened to their relatives. viewers may be distressed by some of the scenes in my report. this woman's husband left her home
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to worship at friday prayers. he hasn't been seen since. she's tried to call, searched at the hospital, and she fears he must be among the bodies lying inside the al noor mosque. what happened 7 why, why? now, now i want my daughters to come home and see what happened to my husband. you want to find him, maybe to bury him? yeah, yeah, as soon as possible, as soon as possible. when the shooting began, people fled, looking for safety as armed police searched the city streets. worshippers say the gunman shot indiscriminately, walking from room to room, sparing no one in his path. i was hearing that shooting after shooting after shooting. it went on about six minutes or more, and i could hear
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screaming and crying and i saw some people were dropped dead. my father, my father was shot trying to save somebody. he leapt over the person he was trying to save. he's 71 years old. a man identifying himself as australian—born brenton tarrant live—streamed his attack on facebook. earlier, he'd published a 73 page document full of anti—islamic hatred online, as well as images of his weapons, his slogan scrawled on them by hand. the attack targeted two mosques in christchurch. at around 1:40pm local time, police responded to reports of shots being fired at the al noor mosque in the centre of the city. at least 41 people were killed here. the second shooting was a short drive away at the linwood mosque, where at least seven people were killed.
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one other died in hospital. police also defused several explosive devices attached to a vehicle. i heard and saw what i thought were fire crackers and i saw young fellows running down the street and then all of a sudden, it got quite violent and i thought, that's not firecrackers, and they started falling. one fell just to the left of my car, one fell to the right. the guy on the street, he was trying to ring his wife. the other guy was in bad shape, but i couldn't get to him because that was where directly the gunfire was coming from. and the guy i was compressing, he was trying to ring his wife, and i managed to get it and i answered the phone and i said to her, your husband has been shot outside the mosque. i said, don't come here to deans avenue, you won't get through, but please go to the hospital and wait for him. then i kept talking
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to him and telling him that she was at the hospital waiting and he wasn't to give up. we kept pressure on him, did the best we could for him until we got him some help. the manhunt through christchurch eventually ended with a car being rammed by the police and a suspect being wrestled to the ground. four people had been arrested, one has now been released. we never assume that there aren't other people involved. that's why we've got an immense presence out there across canterbury and right across new zealand, but we don't have named or identified people that we are looking for. but it would be wrong to assume there is no one else. the city's emergency services remain on high alert. christchurch's hospital has been treating dozens of people with gunshot wounds and has closed to all other admissions. a new day has started here, with more armed officers arriving on the streets
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of christchurch to try and give the community some sense of security. across the country, mosques have been told to close their doors and for the first time ever, the country's terror threat has been raised to high. new zealand's prime minister swiftly condemned the shootings as an act of terror and reassured the country's small muslim population that they should not have to live in fear. many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to new zealand. they may even be refugees here. they have chosen to make new zealand their home and it is their home. they are us. the person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. the deep sense of shock felt in new zealand has echoed around the world. messages have been sent from the pope, president trump and the queen. new zealanders are astonished that this could have happened.
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you don't think something like this could happen in new zealand. in christchurch, of all places. we are such a small community. we are so kind and loving, so ijust don't understand why someone would hurt us like this, in such a way. just like an animal, like why would you treat us like that? in times of such sorrow, there is little that can comfort people today as they confront the question of how such violent extremism could have been allowed to fester here. bomb disposal experts have been to an address which the police is linked to their suspect. they are clearly trying to gather more information and trying to establish whether there is any ongoing threat. we have also been learning more about some of the victims from this massacre. they came from across the web to make christchurch their home,
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some coming from jordan, malaysia, some coming from jordan, malaysia, some syrian refugees. ajudge said their names should not be released at the moment out of respect for theirfamilies. we at the moment out of respect for their families. we are waiting to hear whether he will allow the aim of the suspect currently in court to be released to the media. back to you. hywel griffith, thank you. we will hear more from him in the programme. so the gunman said he was a 28—year—old australian called brenton tarrant. our security correspondent gordon corera has been trying to find out more about the man and his motives. brenton tarrant, seen here in his car, in an image he streamed live on the intellect. moments later the 28—year—old would enter a mosque to kill. so what do we know about him? born in australia, he travelled widely in recent years. seen here it is not in pakistan, he also visited turkey and europe. before the attack, he posted a 70 page document online, filled with far right ideas
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circulating on the internet. he described himself as just a regular white man from a regularfamily, but also as a racist and a fascist. he says he wanted to target people he called invaders, to incite further violence. 0n called invaders, to incite further violence. on his video, he showed an arsenal of weapons in the boot of his car. he received a gun licence four months ago, and two days before the attack, he posted images of some of the weapons on social media. he had written names on them, including of other people who had attacked muslims and of historic battles. tarrant says he was not a member of any organisation or acting under orders, but he said he did have contact with a number of groups. so should the authorities have known about him? that question was asked of the new zealand police chief. that's a very good question. what i wa nt to that's a very good question. what i want to tell you right now is that no want to tell you right now is that c want to tell you right now is that no agency had any information about these people. i can also tell you
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that i have been in contact with my australian colleagues. they have no information on them at all either. eight years ago, norway was hit by one of the worst extreme right—wing terror attacks, with dozens of teenagers shot dead by anders breivik. tarrant said this was an inspiration, and even claims to have had brief contact with breivik. he also said he supported the attack near us also said he supported the attack near us to north london in 2017, when darren 0sborne rammed a car into worshippers. and on one of the weapons are the words "rotherham", a reference to the grooming scandal in the north of england. today security at mosques in britain was tight in the mid messages of solidarity. we feel the ripples of hatred. we feel the ripples of fear, and we feel the ripples of sorrow for our brothers and sisters in christchurch. and the security service is looking into whether there could be any
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connections to the uk. there has been growing concern in the last few yea rs been growing concern in the last few years about the rise in extreme right—wing activity in the uk. with about one in four plots that have been stopped linked to it. that's why in the last six months, for the first time, the security service m15 has become involved in investigating it. tarrant says he only recently decided on christchurch as his target. the authorities in new zealand and others around the world will now be focusing on this threat with a new urgency. gordon corera, bbc news. the attack was all the more shocking because it was filmed and broadcast live as it happened on social media. facebook, google and twitter say they are working to remove any clips or copies of the video, but the footage is still online and has been widely shared. our technology correspondent rory cellan—jones is here. why is it still online? is itjust too difficult to remove it entirely? well, reeta, the social media
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companies' systems have been tested and found wanting. leslie, facebook failed to spot that this horrific material was being live streamed. they were elected by the police and then took it down. the other companies said, we are going to get rid of this material quickly. we tested this during the day. we found two versions of the video on youtube uploaded by different people. we reported them to youtube and they we re reported them to youtube and they were eventually ta ken reported them to youtube and they were eventually taken down but by then, thousands of people had seen them. the companies do try to use techniques like artificial intelligence to spot this material. it's not good enough yet. they have to rely on hundreds of people simply responding to reports, and that ta kes responding to reports, and that takes time. there is mounting pressure on them from the politicians. the home secretary sajid javid tweeted today, take some ownership, enough is enough. he wa nts ownership, enough is enough. he wants the social media platforms to stop violent extremism being committed on their platforms. so more regulation is coming, by the look of it. rory, thank you.
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the queen — new zealand's head of state — has led tributes from around the world saying she'd been deeply saddened by events in christchurch, and that "at this tragic time her thoughts and prayers were with all new zealanders". the prime minister, theresa may, offered her "deepest condolences" saying "to target muslims as they were attending their place of worship is new zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them..." the labour leaderjeremy corbyn laid a wreath outside new zealand house in london — on it the message, "in their memory we must build a world which respects our diversity". and president trump said "my warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of new zealand after the horrible massacre in the mosques. god bless all!" 0ur correspondent caroline hawley has been finding out more about the victims and the community affected by yesterday's horrific attack. the names, the faces of the dead and injured, are just starting to emerge. men, women and children gunned down as they prayed. among the missing is reported to be this three—year—old boy.
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the jordanian father and one of his daughters were both badly injured. they are reported to have been hit by seven bullets between them. the list of the missing from christchurch includes people from india, pakistan and bangladesh, and from syria, refugees who thought they'd finally found safety thousands of miles from home. the muslim community in christchurch is tiny and tight knit. in the whole of new zealand there are less than 50,000 muslims, about 1% of the population. in wellington, the capital, tributes were paid to the victims of the deadliest islamophobic attack in modern times. we believe we are living in one of the most peaceful, beautiful countries in the world. we never expect anything like this to happen. so we are all in a state of shock. rugby player sonny bill williams, a national idol in new zealand, who converted to islam, said his heart hurt from what had happened. everyone that's been killed
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today in christchurch, yourfamilies, you can take... just, yeah, just sending my thoughts to your loved ones, inshallah you guys are all in paradise. at friday prayers around the world thoughts and prayers were with new zealand. the condemnation has come from far and wide, countries and communities expressing their horror and disgust. the un security council has just held a minute's silence. the un secretary general says there is an urgent need to counter islamophobia. the hatred that's taken so many lives in christchurch has sent ripples of fear among muslims across the globe and it's notjust in new zealand that muslims are now rethinking their security. caroline hawley, bbc news.
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ministers have been holding urgent talks with the democratic unionists, to try to get them to back theresa may's brexit deal. she's expected to bring the deal back for a third vote in the commons next week — where, if it gets through, brexit could go ahead byjune 30th. but if mps reject it yet again, there could be a much longer delay. 0ur political correspondent chris mason is at westminster for us. and getting the democratic unionists to back her deal is seen as the key to all this? that's right. they are absolutely essential. they prop up the conservatives in government. what is happening now is round three of the persuasion game ahead of that but expected third vote that is likely to ta ke expected third vote that is likely to take place next tuesday. tonight, in brussels, eu ambassadors have been meeting, discussing the whole process of granting the uk an extension to the brexit process. meanwhile here in westminster the dup, heading into to meet a handful of cabinet ministers including the chancellor. they say the dup they
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weren't asking about money, it was about this issue off the backstop, the insurance policy to keep the border on the island of ireland open under any circumstances, and they wa nt under any circumstances, and they want reassurance that there could be a role for the northern ireland assembly after the triggering of the backstop in the future, if a deal is done. but remember, the dup are necessary but they are not sufficient for the government to get this deal through. they've got to persuade dozens and dozens and dozens persuade dozens and dozens and d oze ns of persuade dozens and dozens and dozens of conservative mps. a couple today, including one former cabinet minister esther mcvey, did say they'd probably vote for the deal despite calling it rubbish and obnoxious, so some good news for the government, but nowhere near enough yet. chris, thank you. the jury at the trial of the match commander at the hillsborough disaster, david duckenfield, has been told that the decision to prosecute him is "breathtakingly unfair". his defence barrister made the comments in his closing statement. mr duckenfield, who's 7a, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 supporters who died in a crush at the football ground in 1989.
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judith moritz reports. the hillsborough disaster claimed 96 lives and affected many more. today, it was said that it must be one of the most heartbreaking cases ever to come before an english court. david duckenfield is accused of causing the deaths, but his defence say he's been singled out unfairly and held responsible for other people's incompetence. they say the hillsborough stadium was potentially lethal, badly designed and riddled with faults. defending david duckenfield, ben myers qc said, it's like giving a captain a ship that's already sinking and thenjudging him by how well he's sailing it. the jury were shown this photograph of crushing, eight years before the disaster. they heard there was a history of near misses at hillsborough, but nobody had told mr duckenfield about past problems. in 1989, the crush was fatal when the terraces became dangerously full.
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this safety barrier collapsed under the pressure. 96 men, women and children lost their lives, the youngest a boy of ten, the oldest a pensioner. ben myers said that no matter how great the jury's sympathy may be for those who've suffered, convicting david duckenfield as a way of expressing it would be very wrong indeed. he said he was being judged by different standards to other people. earlier today, the prosecution said the trial was 30 years late, but it was about david duckenfield's failures, and not those of other people. judith moritz, bbc news, preston. interserve — one of the biggest providers of public services — in prisons, schools and hospitals — has been sold after being placed in administration. the company employs 115,000 people in the uk. its contracts are likely to continue and no job losses are expected. it comes after shareholders failed to approve a restructuring plan.
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two young brothers have died in a hit—and—run car crash in wolverhampton. sanjay singh, aged ten, and pawanveer singh, who was almost two, were in a car being driven by their mother when it crashed with an audi. police have urged the driver of the audi, who left the scene, to come forward. thousands of children in the uk have again left their classrooms to join a global day of protests against climate change. they took place in several major towns and cities. this was in brighton — and there were similar ones around the world. for years the irish trainer willie mullins has been trying to win the cheltenham gold cup. he's been runner—up six times. but today, his luck finally changed as his horse, al boum photo, ridden by the jockey paul townend, stormed clear of the field. 0ur correspondent andy swiss was there watching. a champion's welcome for al boum photo, but victory above all for the mastermind behind it. trainer willie mullins had been the gold cup‘s nearly man,
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and it seemed his wait would continue as might bite and last year's winner native river set the early pace. but come the last, al boum photo was clear, and there was simply no catching him. commentator: and willie mullins' first gold cup. delight for jockey paul townend, the biggest win of his career, and at last, mullins had done it. some people never win the big race in their sport, or they don't get a gold medal for whatever reason, so i had actually resigned myself to never winning it. a nice surprise today to get it. but there were mixed emotions. it later emerged another of mullins' runners, invitation only, seen here before the race, suffered a fatal injury after a fall. a somewhat bittersweet victory, then, for willie mullins, but that elusive gold cup is finally his. andy swiss, bbc news, cheltenham. let's return now to our main story —
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the attack on two mosques in new zealand, in which 49 people were killed. it was the worst mass shooting in the country's history. today, security has been stepped up at mosques around the uk. 0ur correspondent shabnam mahmood reports from bradford. friday prayers as usual at bradford central mosque. but the attack in new zealand is on the minds of many worshippers here today. some told us they were nervous about what's happened. it frightens me, absolutely frightens me, and i really am lost for words, waking up to something like this. coming to a mosque and having a peace prayer and it actually brought tears to my eyes when the imam was talking about this. people were very nervous, very emotional, even within our women's prayer area. some of the men were passing through and coming into the main hall and there was that extra vigilance and just anxiety
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was quite high today. in london too, there was an outpouring of support from the muslim community. we just wanted to express our solidarity and companionship with all the people who are suffering, the families that are suffering, the victims who have been suffering from this heinous act of violence. that message of tolerance and peace was echoed here in bradford today, alongside the call to end these acts of hate against all communities. as people across the uk reflect on events on the other side of the world, prayers continue to be said and vigils held for those who lost their lives. shabnam mahmood, bbc news, bradford. 0ur correspondent hwyel griffith is in christchurch for us tonight. a man has appeared in court now. what have we learned? well, we can
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now confirm that that man, 28—year—old, is australian—born brenton tarrant, the man the police believe is responsible for multiple murders. it was charged with one murder, but we were told he is likely to face several more charges. he appeared impassive in the dock, wearing a white prison gown and handcuffs. no application was made for bail. he is due to appear in court again at a crowd is gathering, waiting for the prison van to go away. it's fair to say that this case has caused some anger and some anguish in new zealand. there is very trite security, partly in fear of repercussions that people may try to harm him —— very tight security. but this is a case which is unprecedented in christchurch, unprecedented in christchurch, unprecedented in christchurch, unprecedented in new zealand, and it's cast a long shadow over this country. hywel griffith, many thanks. that's it from us. here on bbc one, time for the news where you are.
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