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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at ten: police in england and wales are being given greater stop and search powers to tackle rising knife crime. it's a very important tool. it's a vital tool in fighting serious violence. i want police officers to feel more comfortable to use it so they can protect more communities. theresa may considers her next move to break the brexit deadlock following the latest defeat of her withdrawal plan. there's been a sharp rise in the number of adults calling a national helpline for the children of alcoholic parents, according to figures seen by the bbc the founder of facebook, mark zuckerberg, calls for governments to play a more active role in regulating the internet. and we'll be looking into the resistance french women face when they speak up
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about sexual harassment. good morning. new stop and search powers are being given to police in england and wales to try and tackle rising knife crime. the home secretary, sajid javid, is making it easierfor officers to intervene where they think serious violence may occur. but opponents say it's intrusive and won't work. our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw, has more. another knife off the streets. this 3.5 inch blade was found when a young man was stopped and searched in north london. now police in the seven areas worst affected by knife crime will be able to carry out more
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searches, because the government is relaxing rules brought in when theresa may was home secretary. the whole government agree that stop and search is a vital power. we still, of course, want it to be targeted and focused and intelligence—led, which it will be. but with these new increased powers, we all agree, including the prime minister, this is exactly what is needed to help fight the rise in serious violence. under the changes, police will be able to search anyone in areas where they believe serious violence may occur. police inspectors can approve the powers rather than more senior officers. this police say stop and search acts as a deterrent, helping to prevent violence and keeping weapons off the streets, but it's an intrusive tactic and highly controversial. too many of my experiences and stories i've heard have been very unpleasant, which leads to feeling a lot of tension between police and the young people to the point where you have young, innocent civilians running away from police just to avoid
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being stopped and searched. but for the vast bulk of knife searches police conduct, they need reasonable suspicion that someone is carrying a weapon and those powers remain the same. danny shaw, bbc news. we can talk about this now with the national chair for the police federation of england and wales. do you welcome this increased use of stop and search? i welcome the support for the stop and search but let us make it clear, this is not a new powerful stop it has been with us new powerful stop it has been with us for a long time. there have been some amendments made which will make it easier at a local level. but yes, the government's support of stop and search, of course i welcome, because it has been lacking for too long. search, of course i welcome, because it has been lacking for too longm it has been lacking for too longm it likely to make a real difference to knife crime or is it one of the ways knife crime can be tackled?m
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is one of many ways. stop and search is one of many ways. stop and search is not the panacea of all the problems. it is not going to solve everything. but it does help. stop and serve —— search used proportionately can be a fantastic tool in the combat against violent crime. i hear critics say police officers don't use it properly. we are now in a place where police officers, the vast majority, have body worn cameras, so everything they do is being videoed. they are accountable more than any other police force in the world, i would suggest. stop and about better youth engagement with youth community groups. it is about better neighbourhood policing, better education. it is far broader. but yes, i welcome support. in search because i would ask critics, what is the alternative? we need to target criminals in society. stop and searches one way of doing that.
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there is a lot of criticism of stop and search and consequently the use of it has fallen in recent years. do you think that is a mistake? yes, and let us understand the reasons why it has been reduced. it is because my colleagues, dedicated police officers in england and wales, were lambasted by the current prime ministerfor using wales, were lambasted by the current prime minister for using stop and search. but now politically it suits. so the support is now there. iam not suits. so the support is now there. i am not dismissing the support. it is right it is supported by government because there are too many young kids being murdered on streets. there are too many people carrying knives in the community with very little sanction is happening to them. that is why stop and search was dropped. because it was not acceptable for police to use them. the claim was it was used inappropriately and raised racial tensions? yes, and that is why the
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police need to work more effectively with local groups and communities. this is on the back of 22,000 fewer police officers, neighbourhood policing being cut to the bone. the only time that many of these young kids, young groups, will interact with police is during an emergency oi’ with police is during an emergency ora with police is during an emergency or a stop and search encounter. it is no surprise that that tension was there. without doing stop and search, more kids are going to get murdered on our streets and there is no credible alternative. finally, do you think the authorities are beginning to get their act together in looking at knife crime and dealing with knife crime? yeah, i think it has been taken more seriously by government than it has been. i would say the police service, the police federation and others, have been talking about the rise in violent crime for some time. and we have been ignored. accused by the prime minister herself of crying
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wolf. but we need to now work together to make sure that we do all we can to protect the young kids on oui’ we can to protect the young kids on our street who are the subject of this horrific violence. it has gotten out of hand and we need to deal with it. gotten out of hand and we need to dealwith it. thank gotten out of hand and we need to deal with it. thank you for being with us. the national chair of the police federation in england and wales. the prime minister is considering her next move in the brexit process, ahead of yet another decisive week in the commons. her withdrawal agreement was defeated for a third time on friday. despite that, theresa may is thought to be considering putting the deal back to the commons as soon as tuesday. that vote could be affected by tomorrow's indicative votes, when mps consider another round of brexit alternatives. the front—running options for a majority are expected to be a customs union and a second referendum, although parliament didn't find consensus on either of those ideas last week. earlier, our political correspondent, jonathan blake, explained about the week ahead.
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it remains her ambition to try to get her deal negotiated with the european union passed in the house of commons. but it has been defeated heavily twice, and then by a slightly narrower margin, at least the withdrawal agreement part of it which sets the divorce terms for the uk and the eu, on friday. she will though have an eye on what is going to be happening in the house of commons this week because mps will try again on monday to find a consensus of some kind around an alternative to the prime minister's road deal. it seems as if the most likely contender for the course of action mps can unite behind is a customs union with the european union. a slightly softer brexit as some would see it to the deal the prime minister has negotiated. that will be an attempt by mps to force that on the prime minister and to force the government's and into taking a different course of action.
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time and again theresa may has ruled that out as something which would not only break manifesto pledge to ta ke not only break manifesto pledge to take the uk out of the customs union and the single market, but also not be delivering brexit in terms of what people voted for in the referendum. so not for the first time, the prime minister with a new deadline now of two weeks' time set by the eu. the pressure increasing. she is running out of time and options, but keeping us guessing on her next move. there is talk of a possible run—off between her deal and whatever parliament can coalesce around possibly the customs union idea? is that feasible? it is a possibility. it is not necessarily something anyone in government is saying is going to happen but it is a possibility. it would fit with the strategy of sorts that downing street has pursuit of letting time run on and presenting the deal to mps repeatedly in the hope that they
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will see it as what has come now to be the least worst option as far as a lot of members of parliament are concerned. the alternatives may be a further referendum, may be a long indefinite extension to the brexit process , indefinite extension to the brexit process, may be some kind of softer brexit, revoking article 50. as far asa brexit, revoking article 50. as far as a lot of mps are concerned, these are not palatable or realistic ideas. i don't think theresa may has necessarily given up hope yet that her deal will be passed but it remains a significant challenge to get mps to back it. there are the hardline brexiteers, i think they call themselves the spartans now, still refusing to back a deal, saying they will never back a deal? yes, there is a group, may be a couple of dozen, who come what may remain staunchly opposed to theresa may's deal, where others opposed to it until this point, decided to switch on friday and back the
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withdrawal agreement. 0thers, switch on friday and back the withdrawal agreement. others, as you say, do remain completely opposed to it and will vote against it come what may. there are others in parliament whose minds may yet be changed and there are some on the labour side who would be willing to back the deal in certain circumstances. but a deadline of the 12th of april now looming, just under a couple of weeks away. the prime minister has to get her deal through or come up with a new plan, otherwise it is an indefinite extension, a longer extension, or a no—deal brexit. extension, a longer extension, or a no-deal brexit. jonathan blake. there's been a sharp rise in the number of adults calling a national helpline for the children of alcoholic parents, according to figures seen by the bbc. in 2013, the majority of calls to the national association of children of alcoholics were from children. but now, more than 80% of calls are from people over the age of 18. the department of health said it was investing six million pounds to tackle the issue. adrian goldberg from 5 live investigates gave us more details.
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these figures come from national association of children of alcoholics. back in 2013, they tell us alcoholics. back in 2013, they tell us that the majority of the calls that they received seeking help and support from their helpline, the majority of those calls were from children. they did at that time have around 6500 calls a year from adults, and anybody over the age of 18. that figure has rocketed during 2013 and 2018 to the point where last year they had 23,000 calls from people over the age of 18. that now makes up around 81% of their caseload. a really significant increase in the number of adults contacting that helpline for support and assistance. we know why there has been such a big rise? it's very interesting. around 2015, when you had high—profile figures like labour mp liam byrne talking as an adult
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about his experiences, having been a child of an alcoholic, and finally overcoming what he perceived to be the shame and stigma, coming forward to talk about that, that has prompted other adults to come forward and say that they too had problems like this as a child with a pa rent problems like this as a child with a parent who had turned to drink. but national association of children of alcoholics also say they are getting an increasing number of calls as well from people who are adults but finding that their older parents are turning to drink in later life, maybe as a result of a bereavement, feeling lonely, may be having retired and losing a sense of purpose. we have got both of these strands going on at the same time, meaning there is a significant increase in the number of adults reaching out for help dealing with someone reaching out for help dealing with someone in their family who is reaching out for help dealing with someone in theirfamily who is or has been an alcoholic. and the government saying they are putting money into trying to deal with this problem? yes, there is an additional £6 million being offered for support
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for alcoholics. the target group for thatis for alcoholics. the target group for that is children, people under 18, but there are calls for more assistance as well for those hitherto unacknowledged group of adults who find that their older pa rents a re adults who find that their older parents are then developing alcohol problems. that is where the demands are coming now for greater help in the future. the government has allocated an extra £6 million for alcohol support and advice. adrian goldberg. more than £200 million is being handed to councils in england as part of government plans to improve road surfaces. the department of transport says the money could help local authorities resurface more than a thousand miles of road. a report published last week warned that councils in england and wales would need to spend nearly £10 billion over a decade to bring all their roads up to scratch. it's another £200 million to repair potholes, it's enough to re—tarmac a road from london to edinburgh and back. it's part of the financial support that's been rolled out over the last
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few months, 400 million extra in the budget. but we're also now really driving to improve the technology used to repair potholes. this money can'tjust be used to patch and mend. we've got to do a betterjob, we've got to hold utility companies to account, and we're putting in place measures to do that. people are frustrated with broken down roads and we've got to change that. the headlines on bbc news... police in england and wales are being given greater stop and search powers to tackle rising knife crime. theresa may considers her next move to break the brexit deadlock following the latest defeat of her withdrawal plan. there's been a sharp rise in the number of adults calling a national helpline for the children of alcoholic parents, according to figures seen by the bbc. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson.
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good morning. huddersfield have equalled the record for the earliest relegation from the premier league after defeat and results elsewhere ended their two year stint in the top flight. the race for the title looks set to go down to the wire. manchester city are back on top for the time being at least, with liverpool up against tottenham at anfield later. here's ben croucher. as we all spring forward this morning, huddersfield are falling back. commentator: the final curtain comes down on huddersfield town's stay in the premier league for now at least. these fans had seen it coming for a while. defeat at crystal palace merely confirmed it. a penalty and patrick van aanholt‘s strike ending huddersfield's two—year stay in the top flight. over the majority of the games, we couldn't bring quality on the pitch. last season we had a fast start, this season not, and, as i said, it's really hard to accept at the minute and i think it's going to take some time.
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huddersfield's plight relied on two other results going against them. southhampton's1—0 win at brighton and burnley surprising wolves 2—0. good goal! their first win in five games lifts them five points clear of the drop zone. at the top, manchester city kept giving pep guardiola plenty of reasons to be cheerful at fulham. liverpool here was a tough game for them and chelsea was tough for them. that's why it was a tricky game, we spoke about that, but the way we start and we controlled the game, more than satisfied. the way they started was to go ahead inside five minutes with sergio aguero ensuring city will be top until this afternoon, at least. 0le gunnar solskjaer won his first match since being appointed permanent manager at old trafford, and there were also wins for everton and leicester.
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in the scottish premiership, celtic could take a huge step towards securing an eighth successive title later if they win the old firm derby. celtic ten points clear of their rivals. a win later would all but clinch the title. rangers can certainly expect a fierce atmosphere. i want rangers to feel the noise, feel the power that we can generate in the stadium, not just from the team but the supporters as well. that is what being at home in a derby is all about, generate that atmosphere and feed off that. the european championship semifinal line—up will be completed later. monster micro left it late to book their place with keith earls going over to score the winning try with ten minutes remaining against edinburgh at murrayfield. the hosts were leading
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before monster‘s late push. they will play two—time champions saracens in three weeks. british heavyweight boxer david price wasn't happy with last night's opponent kash ali, who appeared a little hungry. having taken a bite out of his shoulder in third round, he moved onto his stomach in the fifth and was disqualified. price labelled him an animal with further calls for him to be banned. shades of mike tyson and evander holyfield. ferrari have a superstar in the making as charles leclerc helped put their disappointing opening race in australia behind them with pole for today's bahrain grand prix. the 21—year—old from monaco became the second youngest driver to claim the top spot on the grid. he beat ferrari team mate and four time world champion sebastian vettel by almost three tenths of a second. mercedes' lewis hamilton will start from third.
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beating tiger woods doesn't happen very often. lucas bjerregaad will fade my scooter later this evening in the wcd matchplay. sergio garcia struggled with his bunker shot at the 18th. that saw him finishing two down on matt kuchar. look who was back on the football field. paul gascoigne made a return playing in a tottenham legends match at their new stadium against an inter side, managed byjose mourinho. he only managed 15 minutes before going off injured. earlier robbie keane scored an acrobatic goal for spurs, although they would lose.
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this acting as a test event before their first match at their new stadium next week. that is all the sport for now. keep up that is all the sport for now. keep up to date with those stories on the website. for now, that is all from me. thank you. good to see gaza at back. absolutely. now for some other stories on bbc news. an anti—stall system has been blamed for the fatal crash of a boeing 737 max aircraft in ethiopia earlier this month. sources involved in the investigation say the black box shows the nose of the plane was pushed down by the system, before it crashed killing all 157 people on board. in mozambique, the authorities say the number of cases of cholera in the port of beira has doubled over the past 48 hours. 271 people have now been infected with the disease since cyclone idai struck beira two weeks ago.
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hollywood actor george clooney is calling for a boycott of nine luxury hotels with links to brunei, after the country said gay sex and adultery would soon be punishable by death. from the 3rd of april, homosexuals could face being whipped or stoned in the south east asian state. facebook founder mark zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content. writing in the washington post he says the responsibility for policing content is too great forfirms alone. he has called for new laws in four areas including harmful content and election integrity. dipayarn ghosh is a former public and privacy policy adviser to facebook, who also advised the 0bama white house on technology. he gave the bbc his reaction.
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i think it is a good step in the right direction. of course, mark zuckerberg has come out and said this under intense pressure from civil advocates in the united states and around the world, not to mention regulatory agencies and legislators around the world. some might say he has been pushed into a corner and is only saying what is going to happen anyway. and thereby trying to put himself and his company in a good position. but that would be a cynical take. earlier i spoke to dan sodergren a digital marketing and technology specialist, and asked him what he made of mark zuckerberg's comments. we have to think about the second and third consequences about not only what mark zuckerberg and other folk are saying, about what we are going to be doing about the future of the world itself. it is a pretty
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big topic. the thing you have really got to think about is that if we are allowing facebook to start policing the social media world with 2.2 billion people on it, that is a huge responsibility in the way of cost etc, but from a moral and societal point of view. we have to be really careful if we are going to say but mark is doing us a favour by saying governments should be involved. governments should be really, really involved. this is the future of citizen journalism and a host of other things as well. it is a big topic. do you think facebook have been guilty of doing too little in the past to address this issue? we have all got to take a bit of responsibility. as individuals and society we maybe have not been digitally aware enough and digitally mindful about what we're doing on social media. from a government point of view, the governments could have been pushing a lot quicker against a lot of things happening. however, facebook and others have
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made money from sites that are very negative and extremist because they make money from some of the advertising. i think that is the pa rt advertising. i think that is the part where facebook has to have a real responsibility. they have to crack down on those sites and stop profiting from them with this kind of click advertising that is happening. do you think technically they can do that? is it simple for them to do? it is certainly easier than article 13, which is going to be hard to police and impossible to maintain. the other side of it from the politically extremist side of it, they could cut down on that quite quickly. the only problem is if we allow them to, then we have an issue because they will have to start using facial recognition softwa re start using facial recognition software and other things to police this. then you could start finding that they have too much power.m the past social media companies have
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said, we are not publishers, we are platforms. do you think they are changing their minds? no, i think governments are trying to change their minds. i don't believe any of them are publishers. they are platforms. it's a little bit like blaming a library for the kind of books it has inside it and the kind of thoughts in those books. then you get into the horrible point where you start blaming the wrong person. if you blame the platform and make them legally responsible, what they will do is clamp down on everything to start off with and then you have a bigger problem because we are not really thinking about the democratisation of social media, of media power, should i say, and we have to remember that one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. social media can do some fantastic terrorist. social media can do some fa ntastic stuff terrorist. social media can do some fantastic stuff and does all the time. if we clamp—down on it, especially from the viewpoint of a few rich people in the western world, it could be a big problem for the globe. that was a technology
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expert talking to me earlier. it's been described as uber, but for haircuts — a new barber service offering male grooming on the go. dougal shaw has more this may look like an ordinary van on an ordinary street but there's something a bit different going on here. this is actually a mobile barbershop. it's a sight londoners might have to get used to if one young entrepreneur has his way. so when we originally created the idea, we modelled the customer model, we modelled the experience around someone like me, young, black male. he's been running his business for a year now from these offices in brixton, south london. more than 17,000 people have downloaded the app used to book the barber vans. he has a fleet of three which are fully booked, working morning to night. the idea behind the service is that a new generation of young black men doesn't have time to be waiting around in barber shops anymore. even though for many years
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they were an important social hub for the black community. and remain so. i'm 23, i'm managing properties and i work part—time. so i don't have time to go to a barbershop and wait for my turn. i can communicate him like a client rather than having the whole, like, background noise and everyone debating and everyone screaming. the team say that they were surprised by the demand for the service in the commercial areas of central london where a new breed of successful black professional can't find the kind of barbershops they want. the service has also attracted white and asian clients as well. and whoever uses the service, parking is always a consideration. but not everyone is convinced that the traditional barbershop has had its day. it's for socialisation and entertaining people around the community. when they all want to have fun, they come to the barbershop. there's a lot ofjokes that is going on in the barbershop. so we keep the place entertained. doug shaw, bbc news.
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all across the world famous landmarks have descended into darkness, albeit only for 60 minutes. it is part of a global call for action on climate change. earth hour takes place every year, and nearly 200 countries and territories take part. tim allman reports. hong kong is renowned for its iconic skyline. but even here, they sometimes have to turn out the lights. earth hour takes place every year, and nearly 200 countries victoria harbour suddenly a lot less illuminated than normal. and the fight against climate change was the inspiration. we need to find a balance with this planet. it has finite resources, and we believe that there are things that people can do, that cities can do, to help us achieve a sustainable future. earth hour began over ten years ago in australia. so it was no surprise to see sydney taking part. both the city's famous harbour bridge and the opera house cast into darkness.
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the big switch—off taking place at 8:30 in the evening, local time. dozens of countries, thousands of cities. this is mumbai's main railway terminus. 0r here in moscow. the kremlin, for an hour at least, becoming a place of shadows. in greece, the acropolis, which long predated electric light, an island of darkness in the centre of athens. and in paris, the eiffel tower celebrating its 130th birthday was briefly extinguished like a candle. so many places, one special hour. but as the swedish teenage activist greta thunberg tweeted, earth hour is every hour of every day. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor.


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