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soon the headlines at 3pm. "callous," "cruel," "heinous" — widespread condemnation of the shooting dead ofjournalist lyra mckee in londonderry. police say they have one message to the gunmen. you are not wanted. if your purpose in this society is to cause mayhem, try and kill people, cause damage through bomb explosions — that is not wanted. hundreds of police in central london stop suspected protestors heading to oxford circus — the focus of a climate change protest for the past five days. supporting disadvantaged familes at easter — as record numbers of children and families are living on the poverty line. and exploring what it's like being 17 — around the world. that's a newsbeat documentary
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in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. a journalist has been shot dead in londonderry in what police are treating as a "terrorist incident." dissident republicans are being blamed for the killing of 29—year—old journalist lyra mckee during rioting late last night. the trouble broke out after police raided a number of homes in derry‘s creggan area. the prime minister theresa may has described the death of ms mckee as "shocking and truly senseless." andy moore's report contains some flash photography. police said they went into the creggan area of the city to search for firearms. they were met with rioting.
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more than 50 fire bombs were thrown and two cars set on fire. during the disturbance, a man crouched in the street with a handgun and fired up to ten times towards police lines. ms mckee was hit as she stood beside a police land rover. the 29—year—old freelance journalist died in hospitalfrom her wounds. just before she was shot, ms mckee tweeted a photo of the scene with the caption, "absolute madness." a fellow journalist described what happened. no other distinguishable sound, the pop, pop, pop of a gun. when i heard that, i took cover behind a wall. but directly in my line of sight, i saw there was a police land rover right in front of me. and i saw a woman lying on the ground. police said they believe the murder was the work of dissident republicans in the new ira. this is a horrendous act. it's unnecessary, it's uncalled for,
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it's totally unjustified. but not only is it the murder of a young woman, it's an attack again upon the people of this city. you know, when i left religious education at 16... ms mckee has been described as a rising star ofjournalism, who had onlyjust moved to derry. here she was two years ago arguing for lgbt rights. we need to have conversations, difficult conversations, and fight for the hearts and minds of those who oppose us. this was the message to the men of ireland, from the priest who anointed lyra in her hospital bed. stop, i would say what you're doing is... today is good friday. the good friday agreement. this is the day when christians celebrate jesus's conquering of sin, death and evil. and you are actually adding to that today. what you're doing is insulting to christians. from across the political divide, there's been condemnation of the murder. those people who carried out this
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attack do not have any support. attack have attacked all of us. they have attacked the community, they have attacked the people of derry, they have attacked the peace process, and they've attacked the good friday agreement. this was an attack on everybody in northern ireland. it doesn't matter if you are catholic or protestant, british or irish, this is an attack on democracy. police have called the murder calculated and callous. they are now appealing for calm. andy moore, bbc news. police officials and community leaders gave their reaction to last night's events. the mayor of derry, john boyle, reflected on lyra mckee's life and death. this dreadful murder was heinous in the extreme, and threatened the lives of many more. i just want to reflect on the fact that i personally knew lyra mckee. i've known her since she was 16 years old. she was bright, she was
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warm, she was witty. but, most of all, she was an outstanding individual, a great friend to so, so many people in this city in the short time she was with us. and we are brokenhearted for her family at their loss. again, i want to just extend our deepest sympathies to them. there is an awful lot of anger in the city today. it has to be said, again, this was not done in the name of the people of the city. those responsible need to understand that. i can't put it any stronger than that. not only that, but the people of creggan absolutely abhor what happened last night. lyra was one of us.
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deputy chief constable stephen martin asked for people to come forward with information to help police investigate the murder. so as well as making an appeal today for people to come forward with what they know to assist the investigation, i have another appeal today. there are people in this city who will know that the people they love are involved in organisations like the new ira. i would urge those people to have conversations in their home, in theirfamily space, in lyra's memory, and to urge the people they love to step away from such violence, to step away from such organisations, and to recognise how out of step they are with the wishes, not only of the people of this city, but of the people of this island. we all want to live in peace, we all want a better
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future for our children. and last night's actions are just so out of step with what all of us want. so i would urge people in lyra's memory to have those conversations. let's turn something good from last night's appalling events. our reporter, julian fowler, is in derry and earlier told me what we know about lyra mckee. she's been described as a very talented, promising, young journalist. in particular, somebody who was passionate about social issues and religious tolerance. a ted talk which she gave in stormont, in particular, is being widely shared online, in which she was talking about lgbt issues and rights. also, a film which she made about her own experience of coming out to her mother. those who knew her, obviously, incredibly shocked at what happened.
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she wouldn't have been particularly known as a journalist that covered the violence of the troubles, but was more interested in telling people stories of their experiences of violence. what's behind this violence in derry? the police are saying they believe the new ira were responsible for this murder. they are a small violent group opposed to the good friday agreement, which was signed 21 years ago. the threat posed by dissident republicans, despite the peace process over the last few decades, remains classed by the police as severe. they said last night they were acting on intelligence, that they believed act of violence were being planned to be carried out this weekend. traditionally, the easter weekend, events take place to commemorate the 1916 easter rising against british rule in dublin.
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the police said they went into creggan and carried out searches to specifically look for guns and ammunition. an illegal parade by dissident republicans was due to be held in the creggan area on monday. that's when trouble broke out last night. over 50 petrol bombs were thrown at police, two vehicles were hijacked and set on fire. and then a gunman opened fire, we believe up to ten shots were fired, aimed at police. but we were told that a large number of people were present in the area and the shots were aimed indiscriminately down the street. and, really, any of the bystanders who had come out to see what was going on could have been hit. hundreds of police officers have arrived in central london — stopping anyone they think is a protestorfrom getting down to oxford circus. the area has been the focus of a climate change protest for the past five days. activists have also gathered at heathrow airport. so far, nearly 600 people
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have been arrested. sarah walton has the story. it was a peaceful start to day five of the protest. with the easter holiday keeping many commuters off the roads, there was less disruption to traffic. but demonstrators said they were as determined as ever to remain. i have come out to do my bit and we are going to come back on monday and we will be getting arrested again and probably maybe locking on here again or doing whatever is necessary until the government is prepared to speak with us. police have been making arrests, moving in in groups to carry protesters lying on the ground. but many of those detained have returned to the demonstrations as soon as they were released. the home secretary sajid javid says: scotland yard says all rest days for officers have been cancelled but the operation is now
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keeping them from core duties. this is very frustrating for us because this is going to cost millions. the sufferers from this will be the local communities in local boroughs where officers are being taken from the community areas and the funding money needs to be found to deal with what we are doing, but the knock—on effect will be that my colleagues at some stage need to have their time off, need to have their breaks, they are human beings, and it needs to be paid for. this morning, a small group staged a protest at heathrow airport but were quickly moved on by police, who had promised a robust response to any attempts to disrupt travel there. this lunchtime, police have begun making arrests again but as extinction rebellion say more people arejoining their organisation every day, it is still not clear when the protests will end. i've been speaking to sarah, and i asked her whether protesters had given any indication of when they were likely to stop their demonstrations.
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they have no intention of leaving this site anytime soon. what we have seen here on waterloo bridge in the last couple of hours is about 20 or so protesters being taken by police. on this carriageway, protesters are sitting down, lying down. police have been coming in groups, about five or six, asking each protester to move. and then when they say no, lifting them up and carrying them away to waiting police vans. the operation seems to have calmed down. the police are here, but they seem to be hanging back at the moment, just monitoring the situation, seeing what's happening. the numbers of people here on waterloo bridge have been growing through the day. there is quite a large group of supporters here, several hundred. extinction rebellion says that they are getting more and more peoplejoining their organisation, signing up on the website. also some quite high—profile celebrity backing now. the actress emma thompson has flown to the uk from america,
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taking part in protests at oxford circus. i'm sure everyone feels the same. that to inconvenience people and disrupt their lives is not desirable. but sometimes, as the suffragettes would have said when they were fighting for the vote, and let us not forget that they disrupted an awful lot of peoples' lives in order to get something that we now take for granted. what about the drain on police resources... 7 well, that's up to the police, that's not our decision, we didn't ask for police resources. it's not like we're burning things down. the police have turned up because they have been asked to turn up, that's not our responsibility. you ask the government about that, or you ask westminister about that. they decided to spend their money in this way. which i think, personally, is a waste of our taxpayers money. we're not doing anything violent.
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we've just had another protester taken away by police here. police say that more than 500 arrests have been made since the protest started on monday, a lot of the people they are taking away are being released and then coming straight back to their protest sites. they are hoping, at some point, the protesters will come together and just concentrate at one protest site at marble arch. i've been chatting to people here today, they say they have no intention of leaving their camp here. with me now is peter kirkham, former metropolitan police detective. how would you characterise the nature of these protests and the type of policing necessary?m nature of these protests and the type of policing necessary? it is a type of policing necessary? it is a type of policing necessary? it is a type of protest we don't see very often. usually, people want to smash things up and attacked the police are not his relatively simple for the police to deal with because the laws and powers are there to prevent violence and criminal damage. but when you have an obstruction of the highway, being a nuisance really, the powers are not there. the only
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powers the police have really got is the section 1a of the public order act where they can put conditions on an assembly and basically say, move away. in this case, they have said go to marble arch, you can be here. of course, if they say, make us, but not actively resist, just going for p like to see them do, it takes three orfour p like to see them do, it takes three or four officers to carry them away. they then have two transported somewhere, they might only have 600, 700 cells these days. the courts are full, the cps is full, the prisons is filled. they couldn't send them to prison anyway because of the breach of section 1a as a protester isa breach of section 1a as a protester is a fine only offence. so, there is no power to do with this. you mentioned the obstruction of the highway. these are live pictures, not far away from our building. just between here and oxford circus. there is that pink yacht that says
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tell the truth. a lot of police around that, we just wondering weather they will try and move it on in some way this afternoon. these people seem very determined, nearly 600 people arrested but very few of them charge. why have they been arrested? they them charge. why have they been arrested 7 they have them charge. why have they been arrested? they have been arrested to try and resolve the problem. of course, would you see them being released and coming straight back or being replaced. why then do the police need to be that if there is not much to police? from the point of view of the protesters, it was naive of emma thompson shouting. she should maybe stick to acting instead of telling police how to do their job. the bottom line is, there are people who think that this amount of the shopping should not take place and the police should be concerned, getting involved with people moving in on themselves, thejuly to stop. there are people not associated with the protest coming down, who may
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have ulterior motives, the police have ulterior motives, the police have to be ready for that. it is inevitable, when you do something on the scale, as well as managing the public and traffic, they have got to be there in case of various what ifs. how much of a strain on resources is it? massive, absolutely massive. after years of cuts to the services, the police struggle to the routine policing every day. they have now gone on to 12 hour shifts on divisions, they have had leave cancelled which will have to be taken on other days. as i woke down here today, i passed offices of the three minor crime hotspots in london —— officers. they are here, not in their burrows where there is a problem with my cloud. we saw a much smaller scale regarding the london bridge protest. there were people saying that our kids are getting
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cold, please do something. you can trust with this, which is a much longer term thing. but it is drawing officers in, there are probably kids at risk in the london borough is null, and someone may be stabbed and cold which may have been possible to prevent if the police had been in those boroughs. it is a massive impact, before we even get into welfare and cost. what pressure could the home secretary bring to bear on the meant to this awake? i have said we want you to use the full force the law. strange, when it comes to knife crime, he says we cannot arrest our way out of this problem and suggest that the police have nothing to do with it. isn't it to do with community relations? now, it is because they know that they have cut our policing and it has left our streets are unsafe. funnily enough, he seems to think we can't
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arrest our way out of a knife can epidemic but we can with this. we can't, we can't. it has now caught up can't, we can't. it has now caught up with the politicians, they now realise they have hollow out the police service to the point where it has no contingency capacity and new precisions. it cannot deal with this and maintain business as usual.“ you can't arrest your way out of the knife crime issue, a lot of people would say, that is not merely way to deal with it. these are more fundamental issues, to do with what is going on within families and communities. of course, but policing is part of that. they are trying to suggest it has nothing to do with policing. if they say police has a role in it, someone then why have you cut police? the desperate to do that with my cloud yet here we are,, police need to arrest their way out of this problem. they they can't do it. it's nice weather. do you think if it rains, it would be different out there? rain certainly helps. the
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day—trippers, if you like. the dedicated, the core of it, i don't think it will have any affect on them. the government must realise they have hollow that the police service and they cannot deal with business as usual, let alone any that issue like this. they must address that the fundamental fact. one of the protesters suggesting yesterday that they are succeeding because the holiday —— hollowed out state can't cope with it. they are right. two foreign nationals, aged 22 and 36, have died after they got into difficulties in the water off aberdeen beach. the emergency services were sent to the scene at around quarter to one this morning after reports of two women in the water. they were picked up by the lifeboat service and taken to hospital but both later died. police scotland say that the two women lived in the city. sport and for a full round up. from the bbc sport centre, here's will perry. good afternoon, we start with the
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football. sheffield united kept the pressure on promotion rivals leeds with a vital 2—0 victory over nottingham forest. chris wilder's side failed to create much in the first half but when yohan benalouane was sent off, mark duffy took advantage with this curling strik. and then enda stevens sealed the three points in the last ten minutes. the win moves sheffield united back into the top two but leeds will regain second spot if they avoid defeat at home against wigan leeds vs wigan kicked off at three o'clock, that's still goalless at elland road. bristol city stay in sixth after being held at home by reading. it finished milwall1—1 brentford. other goals you can see, lead united just taken the lead against wigan. press to leading a switch by 81—0.
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further ahead at swansea. some manchester united players "need a reality check" after a poor run of form, according to manager ole gunnar solskjaer. united have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions and were knocked out of the champions league by barcelona on tuesday. ahead of sunday's trip to everton, they're sixth in the premier league, with five matches remaining. it's great to have games to look forward to, and the focus was change straightaway. we spoke about it after the game, forget about this rout, we want to be here again. to be back out these stadiums, we need to get amongst the top four. a fantastic week to look forward to, players are in a good state mentally. anyone busy on social media today may have noticed lots of these hashtags appearing, with the word "enough." footballers across england and wales are leading a 24—hour social media strike, which started at nine o'clock this morning, in protest at how racism has been
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dealth with by football authorities and social media companies. among those taking part is tottenham defender danny rose, who was abused during england's euro 2020 qualifier in montenegro in march. the boycott kicks off the professional footballers' association's anti—racism campaign, entitled #enough. morally, you know what feels right and what doesn't your right. yes, you can say someone and what doesn't your right. yes, you can say someone has performed well. to be talk about dye and re ce ntly well. to be talk about dye and recently the inward, all sorts of stuff which we know it is unacceptable, you're ta ken stuff which we know it is unacceptable, you're taken to a whole new level. you're being so personal, it's untrue. super league — and hull fc took the derby bragging rights in style against city rivals hull kingston rovers. they thrashed them 56—12 at the kcom stadium, running in nine tries in the process. this superb try from jack logan sealed his hat—trick and a record derby victory.
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elsewehere, the good friday wigan versus saints derby is under way. saint helen leading 6—4. bottom of the table leeds are taking on huddersfield warrington, chilling at home. finally, boxing and jarrell miller, says he's "done nothing wrong" and will appeal the decision, to deny him a licence to face anthonyjoshua at madison square garden, on the 1st ofjune. returned an "adverse finding," in a drug test and has asked for his b sample, to be examined. former world champion paulie, mally—nadgi, says whatever the outcome in this case, boxing does have a problem. there are a lot of fighters in the spotlight over dirty. the processes are not meant to be more stringent. more often, you're going to see more quys more often, you're going to see more guys getting away with it. the fact you catch guys once in awhile, does not mean that you are catching all the cheaters, jay shows that it is
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there. drug testing needs to be washed out and on a more regular basis. that's all the sport for now. more for you in the next hour. councils, schools and community centres in parts of the country are increasing their support over the easter holidays for disadvantaged families. figures show almost three million children with working parents were living on the poverty line last year in the uk, a record number. the government says tackling disadvantage is priority, and is investing £9million to give more access to holiday clubs. frankie mccamley has been to a youth centre in manchester that has opened its doors for the first time this easter. school's out. and it's time for some good old—fashioned fun. after a morning of pretty impressive activities, everyone at this youth centre in east manchester is working up an appetite. i'm eating mash, beans and sausage. and how is it, is it good? yeah. in the holidays, i'm so bored. but now it feels amazing to be here.
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how does being here compare to being at home? it's better here, because you get some fresh air. the scheme is in an area where almost half of families live below the poverty line. food is free today and throughout the school holidays, but in term time, even though meals only cost a pound, some parents can't always afford to pay. what's it like when you see those young children and you can see that they clearly can't afford to buy that food? it's heartbreaking. they sort of walk up and down, and they're watching other children, what they've got. they think we're just behind there, serving, but we're not. we're eyes all over, watching for that hungry child or something's not right. and nobody will go hungry here. no. no one will go hungry. with the support of a government grant and money from the private sector, it's the first time they've opened for easter, and it's a lifeline for some working parents.
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in school holidays, i know they can come in, they can have breakfast and i know they'll get dinner. it's helped me out, or i'd have been really, really stuck this last 12 months, 18 months. really. manchester has one of the highest levels of child poverty in the uk. every week, around 1000 children and teenagers come to this youth centre. and it's notjust here. smaller schemes are being set up across the country over easter in schools, churches and community centres. around half the food served here is delivered by volunteers from a localfood bank. a few miles away, at the busy depot, despite quadrupling the numbers of meals they provide in the last three years, staff say there still aren't enough schemes open at this time of year to feed those who need it. our partners and charity members, theyjust don't have the resources to provide school holiday food in the summer, six weeks, as well as easter, so they are making hard choices. we would like to see more funding at easter time so we can work
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with more charities who want to do the easter holidays. and it's during the holidays when money can be tight. although children's clubs do relieve a bit of tension, council budgets are stretched, so it will be a struggle to provide resources like this everywhere. frankie mccamley, bbc news, in manchester. we can now speak to laurence guinness — the chief executive of the childhood trust, a child poverty charity based in london. thank you forjoining us. how difficult across the country are the holidays for some families? for some families and children and those families, holidays can be an absolutely terrifying, lonely and hungry time. when kids find themselves without their parents, without enough to eat, and fighting
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to go outside. last summer, we raise 1 million pounds throughout london that supported around 15,000 children. our research indicated that kids were terrified, frightened of going outside. half of the on their 11 they would be left alone when the parents are at work but there is not enough money in the family household to go to your holiday cloud. the children are scared of being spotted by gangs, they are of violence. i met an 11—year—old who had a six—year—old and an eight—year—old with them, he was selling drugs. they described to me that the estate was literally run by gangs, it was literallyjoin name orface the by gangs, it was literallyjoin name or face the consequences. why is it then that is working parents on the scale who are in poverty. something must be going wrong somewhere with the amount of money they are paid
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per hour. you have absolutely describe the problem. the minimum wage at £8.73 an hour, and what we term as landing, london living wage, about £11 an hour. there are huge amount of londoners paid under the raid. there is not enough income in families. not enough social housing. local authority budgets are being cut throughout the country. but aren't they entitled to benefits from central government? yes, universal credit, by amber rudd is own admission, has caused poverty. austerity has made families with. the children are bearing the consequences of that. really, that it is not enough resources and children are having to pay for that i'm afraid. the


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