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this is bbc news. the headlines: police in england and wales are being given greater stop this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. and search powers to tackle the headlines at 11am: rising knife crime. theresa may considers her next move police in england and wales are being given greater to break the brexit deadlock stop and search powers following the latest defeat to tackle rising knife crime. of her withdrawal plan. there's been a sharp rise it's a very important tool. it's a vital tool in in the number of adults calling a national helpline for the children fighting serious violence. i want police officers to feel more of alcoholic parents, according to figures comfortable to use it so they can protect all communities. seen by the bbc. the founder of facebook, what next to break mark zuckerberg, the brexit deadlock? calls for governments to play a more active role tomorrow, mps vote again on alternative options in regulating the internet. and if a plan for a softer brexit gets a majority, one cabinet minister says theresa may must consider it. i don't think it is sustainable to say, well, we will ignore parliament's position and therefore leave without a deal. i don't think thatis leave without a deal. i don't think that is a sustainable position for the government to take. there's been a sharp rise in the number of adults calling
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a national helpline for the children of alcoholic parents, according to figures seen by the bbc and in dateline london, carrie gracie and the panel discuss what happens next in the brexit process following last week's dramatic events in parliament. that's in half an hour here on bbc news. 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 three—and—a—half inch blade was found when a young man
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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 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 where these new powers and 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. police say stop and search acts as a deterrent, helping to prevent violence and keep weapons off the streets that it is an intrusive tactic and highly controversial. too many of my experiences and stories i've heard have
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been very unpleasant, which leads to building a lot of tension between the police and young people to the point where you have young, innocent civilians running away from police just to avoid 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. garvin snell is a community activist in the borough of hounslow in west london. he's also a school governor and speaks to schools on youth violence. last year, he had a video go viral in which he and his teenage son demonstrated how to avoid being a victim of knife crime by running away. let's take a look at that video. so, i'm here today with my son and i'm teaching him how to defend himself if anyone comes to attack him with a knife. here we go, step one. here's a knife. if someone pulls out a knife on you...come on, then! come on!
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there's no shame in running away. if someone pulls out a knife on you, get the hell out of there. get as far away as possible. there's no shame in that. there's too many brave people in the morgue, there's too many brave people that end up dead. our young people are being killed left, right and centre. if someone pulls a knife on you, get the hell out of there and run away as fast as you can. earlier, i spoke to garvin snell. i asked him what he thought about the greater use of stop and search to combat knife crime. once it's used in the correct manner, there's nothing wrong with it. every little bit helps at the end of the day. i grew up in an era in the '90s where you almost felt being young and black was enough to be stopped and searched. i don't want to go back to that sort of environment. i believe if it's intelligence—led stop and searches, yeah. for my children, if my son
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was to come home or my daughter was to come home and said they had been stopped and searched, i'd prefer that to a policeman knocking on my door to say my son or daughter had been stabbed. so when you say intelligence—led, what do you mean? the police have to do have pretty good reason to stop and search somebody? yes, for example, when i say intelligence—led, in my area i sit on a safer neighbourhood team with the police. you have got the local police officers that control that area, control that ward, and they will have a mobile number which residents can have, so if they see any activities in the area, somebody is looking a bit suspicious or suspicious movements, they can call the police directly and then the police can go out and look for them. that system is more intelligence—led rather than them just willy— nilly searching anyone. because in the past the criticism of stop and search is that it has exacerbated tensions in some areas.
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yes. if we are going to have more police on the streets, you have to have more familiar police in certain areas so police know their patch, know their ward, know who they are dealing with in the area and the people within that area, living in the community, know them as well. when i was younger, we had several local police officers that used to come into the youth centre and do different stop and search talks so you got to familiarise yourself with them, you got to know theirfaces, you build up trust and a relationship. now you don't really see police patrolling streets at all, you might see them driving through. if it's more community police officers and police officers that know their areas and know the young people or the older people and know the people in the area, i think it will build up a better relationship between the general public and the police. you were saying you were stopped and searched when you were younger and your son who is 14 has been stopped and searched, but do you mind if he is
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stopped and searched? i tell my son this, if you get stopped and searched, you have got nothing to hide. answer the questions. you have got certain questions you can ask them as well, their name, their badge number, for your own security, but cooperate, let them get on with theirjob and move on. if you have done nothing wrong, you have got nothing to worry about, that is what i say. but to what extent is increasing stop and search powers actually going to deal with the issue of knife crime and the rise we have seen in knife crime? it may have a slight little deterrent but i don't think it's going to be one thing. i did an interview last week about cressida dick, she had invested, ithink it is £100 million they are getting to spend on police. why don't they use some of that money to open more youth centres, community spaces, do more things in those communities, because a lot of these knife crime incidents are happening in the poorer parts of london.
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why don't we do something to try and raise the aspirations of these young people, try and create something, rather than say, we will chuck more police on the streets because all they will do is come along and mop it up after the incidents have happened. let's try to prevent the incidents happening in the first place. 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 or wednesday. 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 is expected to be a customs union and a second referendum. although parliament didn't find consensus on either of those ideas last week.
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our political correspondent jonathan blakejoins me now. brexit dominating the morning political programmes and we have been hearing, let's talk about the government and whatever their position might be. we have been hearing from some of their representatives. they has been no expectation that the government will make any big moves following that defeat of their withdrawal agreement on friday. we are told the primer stay was having conversations over this weekend and we will be waiting for the outcome of those votes on monday before deciding on what the next move should be. it remains, we are told, her ambition to get her deal passed through parliament. but after three defeats and time running out, just a couple of weeks until that new deadline set by the eu to either get the withdrawal through parliament or come up with another plan, theresa may's time is running out and her options are narrowing. but the justice secretary has
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out and her options are narrowing. but thejustice secretary has been speaking on the andrew ma programme this morning and giving a hint that if parliament does coalesce behind the option of a customs union with the option of a customs union with the eu, as their preferred alternative to theresa may's deal, she would have to consider that. if parliament is voting overwhelmingly against leaving the european union without a deal that is voting in favour of a softer brexit, i don't think it is sustainable to say we will ignore parliament's position and therefore leave without a deal. i don't think thatis leave without a deal. i don't think that is a sustainable position for the government to take. it is hard to know these days whether cabinet ministers are speaking for themselves or for the cabinet and themselves or for the cabinet and the government. there are other cabinet ministers who may have given a different answer and put the emphasis elsewhere, on delivering the manifesto commitments and leaving the european union in an orderly manner and in good time. david gauke is among those who are
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in favour of a softer brexit and dead against leaving with a new deal, which as you heard there, parliament having voted against that, it will be difficult for the government to ignore it. what about labour's position? labour's position has been somewhat confused over time about exactly how the party would approach brexit if it were in power butjeremy corbyn after the party conference last year came out in favour of having another referendum as an option if labour could not get its preferred form of brexit deal through parliament or there wasn't a general election. this morning, tom watson, the deputy leader has been speaking about the promises that labour would make. obviously, i don't write labour's manifesto. but it seems to me inconceivable that if there was a general election tomorrow, and we hope they will be, we have been
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calling for when four months, that the people's vote will be in that manifesto. so tom watson has been slightly at odds with the party leadership at times over the past few weeks but making it very clear they are that if we found ourselves with a general election in the offing, labour should promise to hold a further referendum and that is one of the options parliament will vote on again in that further series of votes tomorrow which could influence the government's next move from here on. thank you very much. 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 per cent 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
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live investigates gave us more details. these figures come from national association of children of 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 about his experiences,
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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 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 in their family 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 for alcoholics. the target group for that is
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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 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. 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.
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sport and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. good morning. after manchester city's win yesterday, liverpool can move ahead of the champions in the premier league title race if they beat tottenham at anfield later. it's been 29 years since liverpool last won a league title. they remain unbeaten at home this season. both teams returning to action after the international break. the only period in the whole season without any interruptions is this one because now it's really until the final match day, go for it, and that is exactly the situation you want to have, that you are still fighting for a lot of things. we are fighting for two things so that's brilliant. we will do everything we can to be as successful as possible. they are unbeaten in premier league this season. it's going to be
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a massive challenge. in the same way, we respect them, they are doing a really good job. they are a very good team and it's going to be tough. celtic and rangers meet in the third old firm game of the season. a win for the champions would move them a step closer to an eighth straight league title, one which would surely see caretaker neil lennon handed thejob on a full—time basis. he's expecting the crowd to help get them over the line later. i want rangers to feel the noise, feel the power that we can generate in the stadium, notjust the team but the supporters as well. that's what being at home in a derby‘s all about. generate that atmosphere and we feed off that. racing and toulose meet this afternoon to determine who will complete the line up for the semifinals of rugby union's european champions cup. saracens are the only british side in the last four after defeats yesterday for edinburgh and glasgow who were well beaten
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by the premiership champions, as adam wild reports. this is european rugby's top prize. never before had the scottish game had such strength in numbers. for the first time, two clubs through to the quarterfinals. in edinburgh's way, munster — experienced, competition—hardened, and here, too quick—thinking for the edinburgh defence. still, by half—time their lead was gone. chris dean's try helping the home team in front and there they stayed until the game's closing moments. keith earls with his second try, squeezing in at the corner. a frantic finish followed but edinburgh's moment had gone. munster through to the semifinals. for scotland's other hope, glasgow, arguably an even tougher task. a visit to two—time champions saracens. the english side were flawless. seven tries, now munster await. and in dublin, a quite extraordinary contest. leinster are the reigning
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european champions but here, ulster caught them off guard in the opening moments. ahead at the break, a lead they looked to have extended, when jacob stockdale crossed the line. but as their fans celebrated, video replays showed the ball was dropped. no try. a calamitous, costly error compounded as adam byrne put leinster in front. a thrilling contest that swung one way and then the other. luke marshall levelling the scores, only to see a hobbling ross byrne break their hearts. ulster, like edinburgh and glasgow, left to reflect on what might have been. adam wild, bbc news. and british heavyweight boxer david price labelled last night's opponent kash ali an animal after twice being bitten in the ring. firstly he took a bite out of his shoulder in third round, and then bit his stomach in the fifth round and was disqualified. a british boxing board of control spokesperson said ali would appear before its council "in the future"
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and is likely to face further sanction. that's all the sport for now. you can keep up—to—date with the action via the red button and the bbc sport website, including birmingham against league leaders arsenal in the women's super league. that gets under way at 12:15pm. more details on the website. the husband of the jailed british—iranian charity worker nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has delivered a giant mother's day card to the iranian embassy. richard ratcliffe has been campaigning for his wife's release since she was detained in tehran in 2016 and jailed for five years after being convicted of spying, a charge she denies. mrs zaghari—ratcliffe has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter
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to relatives in the country. four—year—old gabriella has been staying with family in iran since her mother's arrest. our correspondent katy austin is outside the iranian embassy in south west london. that is right. this week will be three years since nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was arrested in iran atan zaghari—ratcliffe was arrested in iran at an airport in tehran. since then, her husband and family and campaigners have been repeatedly pressing for her release. so far that has fallen on deaf ears and she remains injail on charges of plotting against the iranian regime, which she denies. today her family and campaigners have delivered a giant mother's day card to the embassy. no one is expected to come and collected but they have left it on the doorstep behind me along with bunches of flowers, 155 in total,
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representing one week that nazanin has been behind bars. i am joined by her husband, richard ratcliffe. thank you forjoining us. what message are you trying to send? good morning, exactly as you said, this is the third mother's day that nazanin is away. last year we were in front of the foreign office to remind the british government that the foreign secretary had made this promise to leave no stone unturned in this year we are in front of the iranian embassy, saying the iranian government needs to solve this. it isa government needs to solve this. it is a soft message, flowers, because thatis is a soft message, flowers, because that is what prisoners are given when the release so it is a mother stealing and also to the fact that she will hopefully be home soon. how ha rd she will hopefully be home soon. how hard is mother's day for you this year? it is hard for nazanin to be stuck in prison, for grant as well, there will be a prison visit today. for me, these occasions come round and they are still a way, it is an occasion to get back in the news, but the sooner they are only better. nazanin is aware this is happening? i spoke with her yesterday and she
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was very pleased and she did not think that prison deserved flowers. things like this give her hope, give us things like this give her hope, give us all hope that people care, the kindness of everyone that has organised it and one day that will work. today on mother's day we think also of your daughter, gabriella. we have had reports today that you are considering bringing her back to the ukfor considering bringing her back to the uk for school, because she is four yea rs uk for school, because she is four years old, nearly time to start school. how do you feel about that? time has passed and in some ways i like to think of her as the little baby she was when she went out but she is much bigger and we are close to school. i would rather bring them home together but life goes on and we do not get to make the plans we wa nt we do not get to make the plans we want so let's see. after all this time, nazanin remains behind bars. how optimistic are you that things will move, that the iranian regime will move, that the iranian regime will change their mind and release? the foreign secretary granted nazanin diplomatic protection and
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we re nazanin diplomatic protection and were waiting for a response from the authorities. we will see if it is a positive or negative response or no response. it will all mean different things, and we will know more when we have got that answer. thank you for joining we have got that answer. thank you forjoining us. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, did say earlier this month that the uk government would be extending diplomatic protection to nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe. we understand he is waiting for a response from the iranian regime by the iranian ambassador reap of the idea and after all, iran does not recognise dual citizenship between britain and iran. campaigners remain optimistic but there is little hope of her being released imminently. thank you. 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
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areas including harmful content and election integrity. now for some of today's other stories. 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. authorities in mozambique 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. the brazilian president has begun an official visit to israel. jair bolsonaro was welcomed by the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, a short time ago. bolsonaro's controversial pledge to move brazil's embassy tojerusalem is expected to be high on the agenda.
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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. all across the world, famous landmarks have descended into darkness, albeit only for 60 minutes, as 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. victoria harbour suddenly a lot less illuminated than normal. and the fight against climate change was the inspiration. we need to find a balance
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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. 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. or 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.
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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. thank you. many other out there may not have enjoyed the early alarm call not have enjoyed the early alarm ca ll after not have enjoyed the early alarm call after the clocks change last night but plenty of fine weather to enjoy afternoon. it is feeling colder than recent days with a breeze blowing across england and wales. the thickest of the cloud in southern counties of england and wales, where we could see showers. the best sunshine in scotland and northern ireland. tonight we cloud across england and wales will tra nsfer to across england and wales will transfer to ireland in western scotland. showers in the morning. it will be a frosty start away from the
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city centres, a chilly start to your monday morning commute but plenty of dry and sunny weather to be made use of. some showers for northern ireland, they will become heavier during the day, some thunder with them as well, spilling into central parts of scotland. eastern scotland will be dry and bright and while rain will arrive in cumbria and the isle of man, it will be a touch warmer than today with lighter winds, but it will be colder in the middle part of the week with frequent april showers.
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