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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at eight. ministers identify more than 150 buildings which still need to be made safe — following the fire at grenfell tower in west london two years ago. the bbc broadcaster danny baker is sacked — after tweeting a picture about the new royal baby — showing a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee. the alleged serial rapist, joseph mccann, who was arrested in congleton in cheshire following a police manhunt — now faces a total of 21 charges. the church of england's accused of "secrecy" in a report on the way it handled child abuse cases in the 1990's. as labour launches it's european elections campaign, jeremy corbyn criticises the government's handling of brexit and the cross party talks.
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chelsea and arsenal are looking to set up another all—english european final tonight — both their europa league semi—finals are under way. good evening and welcome to bbc news. two years after the grenfell tower fire, the government is to spend an estimated 200 million pounds on the replacement of dangerous cladding on privately—owned high rise buildings. there had been growing concerns that individual leaseholders would have to pay for the work — because some private landlords were not coming up with the money. as our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds reports, there are questions about whether the taxpayer should be bailing out the private sector.
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flats in this block in bromley can cost up to £300,000, but it's now a fire risk and that means having someone on duty to raise the alarm if the worst happens. hugely expensive, so the flat owners do it themselves. we are on waking watch duty, 24—7, and we have been doing this for a year and a half to keep everybody safe. it will take seven minutes for the flames to reach the top. seven minutes for everyone to get out. this is the escape route for the ninth floor of the building. there's the fire door. and this is flammable cladding. it has got to go, the cost is £70,000 perflat. the building owner will not pay so they say the government has got to. the situation has come about because of a failure of government regulation, so it is right the government take responsibility.
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166 private buildings need remedial work. some building owners have contributed. but the housing secretary said some others had been reckless. first and foremost, this fund is about public safety. it will allow remediation to happen quickly and it will restore peace of mind and it will allow residents living in these blocks to get on with their lives. but look at the numbers. the government is spending £200 million to make about 170 buildings safe. but here they have been told the bill could be 5.2 million. and at other buildings, i have been told, the bill could be five million or even ten million. today's money is just to sort out aluminium cladding. the government is about to start new tests similar to this on other materials. if they fail, the bill could go up. which is why in manchester, katie had this reaction to the news. 0n the one hand, it is a good start,
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but ultimately i felt gutted. she has been told her wooden cladding and the construction behind it all needs to be removed. it doesn't include us. this is essentially a cladding lottery in terms of what our building has been covered in and we are not one of them. it is going to take months and even years to sort out, which is why back in bromley, flat owner luke will continue the unpaid waking watch. tom symonds, bbc news. sarah—jane gordon lives in a block of flats in east london with grenfell—style cladding. thank you for coming in. your response to this announcement today? it is quite overwhelming actually, a large number of us gathered together meeting in parliament yesterday evening and representatives from blocks all up and down the country
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who had come together to speak to ministers and to have other experts like a professor giving their experts on the issue. the wake of this morning, and had this announcement is this morning, and had this announcement is a this morning, and had this announcement is a really, it will overwhelming. we have been fighting for so long and feeling we were not making any progress at all. to have this very significant statement from the government is a very welcome and particularly, in terms of what the house or secretary said on the programme this morning, he is really listening to and and understood the strain and stress this was putting on people. —— housing secretary. we really are glad he has picked up on that and very grateful to them both for what they had done to start moving in the right direction on this issue. let's address the strain and the stress. the financial strain, before today, what where you financially responsible for and how much was accosting you? in my block, there are 87 flats, and the amount
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we have been the bill so far through the service charge for things only relating to fire safety is just touching half £1 million. so different flats are based on different flats are based on different amounts for the averages that close to £6,000 per flat. we we re that close to £6,000 per flat. we were then obviously anxious about cladding replacement cost coming further down the line which would certainly have been probably seven million pounds or something from numbers that are not doable for any of us. we heard there are some building owners who have been responsible and moved to replace some of that cladding. what did jerry building on or say to you? some of that cladding. what did jerry building on or say to you? so, i think it depends on the people situation. —— you are building on to say. whether it was recently but bill uk companies, a lot of them have stepped in and it is in terms leigh in their interest in through the reputation to do the right thing but we have a building like mine, where the developer is no longer in
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business, and bill for more than ten yea rs, business, and bill for more than ten years, no guarantees or anything in place any more, and we had a freeholder who made a very clear from the exit that all of these cost, including what we are having to pay currently for just cost, including what we are having to pay currently forjust being able to pay currently forjust being able to be safe in our building and not evicted, had to be met by us and he would not pay any of that for us at all. what has been like living with that pressure? it is horrible. it is horrible going to sleep every night wondering if there were to be a fire in the middle of the night, how quickly wouldn't spread in a building like yours covered with cladding and would you get out in time. quite apart from safety aspect of it, you then have this huge financial stress of paying for all these measures that needed to be put in place, initially, when everybody side of the greenfell fire, it was horrific for everybody to watch, then we get a letter saying the
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government is now requiring us to test all the different buildings, and he could come back as one of these two categories, you wait and it is like waiting for her awful test results from the doctor. we then find that you have absolutely then find that you have absolutely the worst types that need to be replaced, and then sometime after that, a hurried e—mail went around to everybody in the building the fire of regret have been around and said this is not a say property, you either put the fire wardens in the place immediately, three people on eight hour shifts, nine shifts we have to pay for every single 2a hours, or they would've evicted people from the building. what do you understand is happening next now? what the government has said this morning is really welcome because given that we have got so little from them so far. it is very good that they have agreed to fund the replacement of acm cladding and for me personally, that is a great story because that is what my
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building is covered in. however, when we all met as a group yesterday evening, it was very clear that there are other people for whom this announcement today it will not be any help because when we ask for a sure of hands about who has acm or something different, half the people in that room had a different format cladding that is none the less combustible cladding. have you considered moving from your flat? combustible cladding. have you considered moving from yourflat? is that even a possibility? it is not a possibility, for any of us living in the body. because it would be impossible to sell the flat, because no bank will offer a mortgage on the property in my building at the many, even people who try to remortgage for various reasons have not been able to remortgage with a different provider, they have only in some cases when allowed to remortgage with their existing provider. you couldn't even come to my family originally are from scotland, if there was a family emergency that needed me at home, i cannot even
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move and rent out my flight to somebody else because you are not able to rent them out the people at the moment. that's run out my flat. good luck with the next up. thank you for sharing your story. this is bbc news. it is ten past eight. and we'll find out how this story — and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at around 10:40 and 11:30 tonight in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are political commentator, giles cunningham, and the director of the centre—left social policy thinktank, demos', polly mackenzie. danny baker, one of the best known presenters on radio five live — has been sacked after posting a tweet about prince harry and meghan's baby which led to accusations of racism. the tweet — which we've decided not to broadcast in full — showed a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee, and captioned "royal ba by leaves hospital". david sillito has the story.
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as the press arrived at danny baker's house this morning, he opened the door to reveal he'd just been sacked. the conversation had not been cordial. i said (bleep)(bleep). so by mutual agreement, it was terminated. the reason? this tweet. a vintage photograph of a couple and, we are not showing the full image, but between them was a chimpanzee dressed in a coat and a bowler hat and a reference to the royal baby. we take all those arguments on board... danny baker says it was a mistake, he deleted the tweet and it wasn't a comment on the duchess of sussex‘s african—american heritage. but many feel it was unforgivable. among them, a fellow presenter on a five live podcast. when i saw it, i was shocked, genuinely shocked, disgusted. how someone thought that was acceptable is beyond me. we are going through a day and age at the minute in 2019
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when unfortunately footballers are dealing with banana skins and bananas being thrown on the pitches. both my brothers played football and they had to deal with a lot of fans making monkey noises at them and that was not that long ago. but still it's happening in 2019. and then for a picture like that to come out from somebody who has quite a lot of status, it wasjust beyond me, i was genuinely upset and just let down by it. the bbc said this was a serious error of judgement and goes against their values and danny baker will no longer be presenting his weekly show. however, the presenter says this was a grotesque error and he claims he had no idea which royal baby it was and who the parents were. i asked him again, did he really not know whose baby it was? no, i genuinely don't. a royal baby, archie. i put one joke up about underneath the arches... that's the thing, i know you have an incredulous look on your face you simply wouldn't do that, if somebody
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of colour had a baby, you wouldn't do that. you are the only person in the country who didn't know that she'd had a baby. apparently the proof is in the pudding, i would not. remember, he is an award—winning broadcaster on a national radio programme. his career at the bbc is over. and david is here with me now. a number of hours on, just reflecting, how is he handling all of this? two elements to it, first of this? two elements to it, first of all, the tweet in the first place, and then i think the secondary element, the explanation in the apology. now one phrase he said it never occurred to him that it was a racial, because he said his mind is not disease. that language alone has absent some people. and the idea that you can see hi on, one with african—american heritage, being compared to a chimpanzee, for some people, you can see it only one way. —— see a child. and ask a
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question about how did he not see it and also, this is a multi—award—winning broadcaster who has a very bright and very sharp mind may very entertaining, very witty. how could he not spot that? absolutely amuses me. if it is as he saysis absolutely amuses me. if it is as he says is a grotesque error. it raises many questions. then of course there is the details about his interaction with the bbc, which appears to have been from the beginning of that, less tha n been from the beginning of that, less than contrite. which made many people think is this really an apology, so all that and the third element, which does strict credulity that he simply did not know whose child it was. i am that he simply did not know whose child it was. iam not that he simply did not know whose child it was. i am not the only one who raise my eyebrow at that. interestingly, i've been approached by people come i work for the bbc, and comments i was told is that if this with the bbc is about? he is
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representing the corporation. but he still has his defenders out there. very much so. there are a lot of people saying he did something, he admitted within a minutes that it was wrong, it was deleted, he says he is mortified come a grotesque error, but it was an error based on innocence that he did not grasp at all how it was going to be perceived because of his lack of knowledge of the royal family. he because of his lack of knowledge of the royalfamily. he said i'm good on football come about on the royal family. what are not you believe that are night, and there are other many people who have said things in haste on twitter and should he lose hisjob over it. haste on twitter and should he lose his job over it. there haste on twitter and should he lose hisjob over it. there is haste on twitter and should he lose his job over it. there is that side to it but there are many people out there who believe not only was it wrong what he did in the first place, but feel very unhappy in the way he had expanded. thank you, david. the alleged serial rapist, joseph mccann — who was arrested in congleton in cheshire following a police manhunt is now facing a total of 21 charges.
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mccann, is accused of eight rapes, four kidnappings, two charges of false imprisonment and one of actual bodily harm, as well as six other sexual offences. he was due to appear by video link at westminster magistrates‘ court, but refused to come out of his cell at belmarsh top security prison. in a highly unusual move, the chief magistrate, lawyers and journalists travelled across london to the jailfor a hearing. the headlines on bbc news... two years after grenfell the taxpayer will step in after many private landlords fail to remove cladding from tower blocks. the bbc broadcaster, danny baker is sacked — after tweeting a picture about the new royal baby — showing a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee. the alleged serial rapist, joseph mccann, who was arrested in congleton in cheshire
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following a police manhunt — now faces a total of 21 charges. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's lizzie. it is already getting a siding. we've already getting a siding. we've already had a few goals and some of the matches. —— getting exciting. chelsea at home. no goals at the moment. still tired. chelsea have the advantage for arsenal have already two goals in valencia. it was 3—1 to arsenal on aggregate come ofa was 3—1 to arsenal on aggregate come of a lessee or were all over arsenal for the first part of the met. they scored fairly early on, kevin with their goal but also the limit arsenal have recovered quickly and
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have equalised. a a equaliser for them, 1—1 at the moment, arsenal at them, 1—1 at the moment, arsenal at the moment going to the final. a long way to go. 17 minutes on the clock. anything can happen. so both chelsea and arsenal looking to make it two all—english finals in a week. last night spurs joined liverpool in booking their place in the champions league final in madrid on the 1st ofjune. they found themselves 3—0 down on aggregate to ajax, like liverpool started their game 2a hours earlier against barcelona, but went through on away goals with virtually the last kick of the game. ronny rosenthal played for both clubs, and thinks liverpool have the edge. the way that it is set up, it is amazing. you can think about. you think it is a dream, to see liverpool and tottenham coming from nowhere, you know to win it. it is
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something crazy. i think liverpool will have a better sport of players, but for a title them, something amazing. tottenham, i don't remember them as achieving something like this. matthewjordan has a two shot lead at he british masters golf after the first round. the young englishmen who's playing in only his 12th event as a professional, broke the course record at hillside in southport — making nine birdies and no bogeys in a 9 under par round of 63. well the golf went on despite the persistent rain that put paid to the one—day international between ireland and bangladesh the game at malahide in dublin was a complete wash—out. the tri—nations game was abandoned shortly after 2'o clock. ireland's next game is against west indies on saturday by whom they were heavily beaten in their opening match. that series is a warm up for the cricket world cup which gets under way in three week's time — in england and wales. former england captain and bbc commentator michael vaughan believes
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newly qualified all rounder jofra archer should feature in both england's world cup campaign and the ashes series this summer. archer has only played two ‘one day internationals' and one twenty20 match for the hosts so far, but vaughan has been impressed. i personally will drop to the selected house and ask him some strong questions if he is not a bar. hejust had a gift. he has that natural ability to release the ball at 90 miles an hour. —— if he is not involved. he can cope with the pressure. he has been playing in the franchise system for a few years. i would be staggered if he is not in the world cup and absolutely staggered if he is not playing in the ashes series. with the world cup and the ashes so close together, england having a strong chance in both, i say the players are so fortu nate. both, i say the players are so fortunate. to get this chance to play on home pages with a home crowd behind them. with two sides that are pretty good, the test team did a little bit of work but a one—day site has been exceptionalforfour
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yea rs. site has been exceptionalforfour years. do not miss this opportunity. danny cipriani says he is ‘honoured' to have been named ‘player of the year‘ by the rugby players‘ association. it‘s voted for by his fellow players, and cipriani wins after guiding gloucester into the play—offs. he says he‘s now targeting premiership glory with his club and a place in england‘s world cup training squad. that‘s all the sport for now. i‘ll have more for you in sportsday at 10.30. thank you. the partner of the first victim of the london bridge attack in 2017 has told an inquest she had "premonitions about terror attacks" the day he died. the body of xavier thomas was found in the river thames — after he was struck by a van driven by one of the three attackers. christine delcro wept as she gave evidence at the old bailey inquest. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford was in court. 0n the night of the attack, christine delcros and her boyfriend xavier thomas, were seen on cctv walking hand in hand on london bridge, heading
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for a drink in the shard. they had gone out despite her premonition that something bad might happen. two minutes behind them, this white van, driving at speed. today, christine delcros, still injured herself, gave tearful evidence at xavier‘s inquest. even the interpreter wept. she described seeing the van just before it hit them and then coming around on the pavement with a stranger caring for her. she told the coroner... his family have questioned whether the subsequent search of the river was adequate. bbc producer hollyjones was on the bridge when she heard the van revving up and swerving into a group of people. in the witness box, she said...
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hollyjones told the coroner she got a good look at the driver of the van as it hurtled towards her. his eyes were wide open and he looked angry and demented. he was struggling to control the vehicle as it swerved on and off the pavement. the court also heard from the coastguard who led the search for xavier thomas on the night, but called it off after almost two hours. daniel sandford, bbc news at the old bailey. police investigating the murder of the journalist, lyra mckee, in londonderry, have arrested four people under anti—terrorism legislation. the 29—year—old was shot during rioting in the creggan area last month. those arrested are being questioned in custody at a police station in belfast. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 15—year—old aspiring musician.
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tashaun aird was stabbed to death in hackney, in east london, on the 1st of may. detectives believe the teenager was killed after an argument with other young people in a park. in a statement released through police last week, his family said: "tashaun was family—orientated" and "we loved him dearly". the former england football captain, david beckham, has been banned from driving for six months — for using his mobile phone at the wheel. he pleaded guilty to using the device while driving his bentley, in central london, on 21st november last year, and was given six points on his licence — leading to his disqualification, as he already had 6 points. jeremy corbyn, says the prime minister has yet to make what he called — "a big offer" in cross—party brexit talks — aimed at ending the brexit deadlock. the labour leader said negotiations were difficult — because the government
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was in disarray. launching the party‘s european election campaign, mr corbyn said labour was more interested in uniting people, than labelling them remainers or leavers. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, has more. brexit is a long and strange journey. labour in kent today to launch a campaign for european elections that were never meant to happen. trying to impress all of us with a promise from jeremy corbyn he‘d compromise to take us out of the eu. applause. a vote for labour is a vote to bring our divided country back together. labour is the only party with a plan to unite our country and make it work for the many, not the few. calls for another referendum lurk here. jeremy corbyn‘s mention of the possibility raised a cheer. cheering and applause. and the chances of talks with the tories working out seem very faint.
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there has been no big offer and the red lines remain in place. it is actually quite difficult negotiating with a disintegrating government. can you tell voters if labour is now definitely a brexit party, or could you still be a remain party? we triggered article 50 and that was respecting the referendum. 0ur manifesto includes an option of a public vote on the outcome. labour mps backed brexit in the commons but might still offer another say. they love him here, but there are nerves about facing so many ways. i am very disappointed in the kind of half and half attitude of the party. he is looking at what is important for the country, not what is important within the labour party. he is looking at a wider picture. remain lost the vote
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and they need to vote to go and get us out of europe. jeremy corbyn says he can pull the whole country together. it shouldn‘t matter who was leave and who was remain. but that question is live and kicking in his own party and in the country. labour‘s careful compromise and ifs and buts on brexit, might not find many friends at a time when so many voters are aching for something crystal clear. they have no strategy, they have no way forward and i think they are making mischief. go on, get on with it and work with what we have got, really. the labour party is sitting back, feeling we are glad we are not in the tory's position. what do you think about what is going on? it is a fiasco. but whose fiasco? yours to judge at the ballot box in two weeks‘ time. laura kuenssberg, bbc news.
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the scottish national party also launched their european election campaign today, with a straightforward appeal to vote for them — in order to stop brexit. leader, nicola sturgeon, accused the tories of treating the scottish parliament with contempt. she said the elections were scotland‘s chance to make its voice heard, as lorna gordon reports. nicola sturgeon‘s core message on the european union has never wavered. scotland is a country which, she says, lies geographically on the edge of the eu but wants to remain at its heart. this is by far the most important european election in scotland‘s history. the party she leads, the snp, would like to see two referendums — another vote on europe and, if the country leaves, another on scottish independence. if people do vote for the snp in the european elections, do you see that the strengthening your case for independence for scotland? people who support independence will want to vote snp
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to express that view, but my message to the other people is if you don‘t want to see scottish continually ignored and our interests disregarded and cast aside, and if you want to see scotland and the whole of the uk stay within the european union, vote snp. her argument that westminster politicians have ignored scotland‘s interests for too long is not new, but she says this vote is a golden opportunity to send a strong and unequivocal message that scotland is not in favour of brexit. is this likely to whet the appetite of scottish voters? i want to vote for something like remain, i could vote for the greens, kind of labour maybe, but i could also vote for the snp or change uk. i don‘t know. i would like the snp to win the day on that and for scotland to stay in europe. i always wanted to be part of europe but i'm split now. they will be hoping to change his mind with a campaign
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theme clear to all. lorna gordon, bbc news, edinburgh. prince harry has taken time away from parenthood today, travelling to the netherlands to talk about the invictus games. the duke of sussex gave a speech in the hague to mark the one—year countdown to the games, and received some gifts for his newborn son, archie, including an invictus games babygrow. the netherlands will host the tournament — which celebrates the athletic achievements of wounded, injured and sick service personnel in 2020. here‘s what prince harry had to say in the hague. today‘s visit has given me a real taste of what competitors and their family and friends can expect next year. i know that once again you will fully get behind the service men and women who have represented their countries so bravely, and that everybody watching here and around the world will not want to miss a single moment of these games. make these games your own.
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we chose you for a reason, and it was notjust because i like the colour orange. thank you all for guarding the spirit and see you all in 2020. now it‘s time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. hello. another day of showers today, some of us have had to run for cover to avoid the downpours. a few more showers in the forecast for tomorrow, but as far as the weekend goes, and into next week, looks like the weather will be settling down and perhaps some slightly warmer weather heading our way as well. the latest satellite picture shows a loss of cloud across the uk, the best of the weather was across southwestern areas. cornwall, devon, and some parts of wales basking in the sunshine. tonight, clear skies across eastern scotland in northern england will lead to a touch of frost first thing on friday. newcastle around zero degrees first thing but closer to eight degrees in the south of the uk.
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friday morning will start sunny, not everywhere, a bitter cloud and someone in showers and some areas but through the morning into the afternoon, while cloud will develop and showers will brew. temperatures up to 17 but still pretty fresh there in the northeast. 0nly ten in newcastle. hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines: two years after grenfell, the taxpayer will step in after many private landlords fail to remove cladding from tower blocks. the bbc broadcaster danny baker is sacked after tweeting a picture about the new royal baby showing a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee. the alleged serial rapist joseph mccann, who was arrested in congleton in cheshire following a police manhunt, now faces a total of 21 charges. the church of england‘s accused of "secrecy" in a report on the way it handled child abuse cases
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in the 1990s. as labour launches its european elections campaign, jeremy corbyn criticises the government‘s handling of brexit and the cross party talks. the church of england has been strongly criticised for the way it handled allegations of child abuse in the diocese of chichester. 18 members of the clergy in the area were convicted of offences during a 50—year period. a report by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse said the church‘s response had been marked by "secrecy" and its apology "remained unconvincing". 0ur religion editor martin bashir has been at the inquiry in central london. this is a damning report that describes the diocese of chichester‘s response to allegations of child abuse as marked by arrogance, clericalism and tribalism. and it‘s the focus on bishop peter
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ball that is most damning. bishop peter ball set up a young people‘s movement called give god a year, but this was just a ruse for him to sexually abuse children. and in 1992, when allegations began to emerge, then archbishop of canterbury george carey rushed to support him, wrote him endless letters when he stood down, when peter ball stood down in the report said it inappropriately praised ball to members and his resignation as an act of self—sacrifice and offered no apology to his victims. additionally, the prince of wales made contact with the archbishop of canterbury and the duchy of cornwall also purchased a property specifically
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for peter ball to live in. it‘s that contrast between support for a predatory priest and a lack of compassion for his victims that are the keynotes of this report. and you heard martin mention prince charles there, we‘ve had this response from his spokesperson saying, "it remains a matter of deep regret that the prince of wales and others were ‘deceived‘ by peter ball." the report described the prince‘s actions as "misguided". joining me now via webcam is david greenwood, the chairman of the stop church child abuse campaign group. thank you for speaking to us here. first talking what your reaction from what we heard today for the church of england. well, it is deeply upsetting. a deeply upsetting report for many victims who have suffered at the hands of priests over the years chichester was only one diocese that was examined in the independent inquiry into sexual
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abuse. this cannot thing has been happening in other dioceses. we heard a panorama programme late last week about the lincoln diocese in which the same kind of thing was happening. it is deeply shocking that these things can happen within such an organisation. why do you think it is that this culture of secrecy think it is that this culture of secrecy and dismissing victims and their concerns... why do you think it is been allowed to continue for so long? well, many reasons for it. first of all, the church wants to protect his own reputation. and within the church, it is a fairly small world and at the top of the pyramid in each diocese sits a bishop. and it is down to his decision—making as to whether or not reports are made to the police or social services about allegations. and if he or she decides that that
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is not going to happen, then these things are covered up. we saw in chichester that there was fusion f —— confusion as to who had responsible to report these things. we saw a repeat effigy rations in which priests abused or allegations we re which priests abused or allegations were covered up by bishops. we saw files being tampered with. and even destroyed. it is shocking. it is all really down to the church being able to protect its own reputation. what it does is create a space for paedophiles to operate without being reported to the police. we also heard from the pope today of the catholic church saying that reporting allegations now has to be mandatory. many people listening to that would think why was that never
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in place in the first place? why it now? yes you were there is a long history to this. this secrecy written into the catholic church‘s law that has been in place since at least 1962. the church of england, to its credit, has had this mandated reporting in its rules at least for many years. i think the catholic church realise the game is up, that time is up and they —— there have been so many scandals exposing this ludicrous idea that things can be handled within the church and not reported to the police. i think the pope has decided that enough is enough and it needs to start to report things to national authorities. at least a first step. it isa authorities. at least a first step. it is a welcome first step. but we need to know how many cover—ups there have been in the past, how may
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people have been affected, how many lives —— life priests are still out there operating under the cover of this secrecy and we need them to be passed over to the police. obviously you were in the position to know this. the reality of trying to a nswer this. the reality of trying to answer those questions. i‘m quite interested know what sort of challenge if you come up against trying to get to the truth when you are having to deal with churches who are having to deal with churches who are effectively policing themselves. and how long do you think is going to ta ke and how long do you think is going to take before these changes are adopted and people do come forward and victims are listened to? is very difficult. we are not the holders of the information. the churches are the information. the churches are the holders of the information. and the holders of the information. and the catholic church and the church of england are very good at keeping records. they have unfortunately held onto those records and not shared them with others. we have to
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in some cases, in many cases with the catholic church take them through the courts. to get hold of these records and demonstrate what has been happening. lots of survivors are too fearful of that process and don‘t trust the process and don‘t really want to engage with having to go through the courts. and so many are left without recourse to justice. we really need some kind of oversight, some kind of independent organisation which has the power to delve into these records and work out what has been happening, because of the moment, we are being beaten through the courts by these church organisations who are using technicalities to avoid justice. interesting. david greenwood, thank you very much. there are calls for the government to do more to support black male survivors of sexual abuse. a report by mps this week says black men are not coming forward to report historical abuse because of the stigma
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in their communities, a lack of trust in the police and a failure of charities to caterfor them. the bbc‘s lgbt correspondent ben hunte has been speaking to survivors. his report contains descriptions of sexual abuse which some may find distressing. it‘s like a scar that you can‘t get rid of. chris was just 11 when he was groomed by a 19—year—old prefect at his school. he asked me to take my pants off. and... i had no control. i took my pants off, and then he raped me. you know? ijust don‘t know where to go. i think, if i had a black gp or a black therapist, i could easily relate to them. you know, it‘s easy to relate to someone who gets you, and it would make a huge difference. other black men have had similar experiences, including me.
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i was sexually abused as a teenager by someone older who i trusted, but when i looked for help, i couldn‘t find any. my experiences made me want to find out what is holding back black male victims of sexual abuse from speaking out. over the past few months, i‘ve spoken to several black men who have also struggled with childhood sexual abuse. most of them have stayed totally silent until now. people like sose, kevin and stephan, three black men living very different lives, but all experiencing the same struggles because of the sexual abuse they faced as children. they think there are three main areas holding back the black community. at the end of the day, our backgrounds were that you don't trust police. they've never helped us in the past and they're not going to help us through, what, black man getting abused? they're not going to help. i think the problem is we don't come forward, so, because we don't come forward, there's not a problem. we‘re also coming from a culture where, you know, you shut up and put up. whatever you talk about, you keep it in the family. this is one of the therapy rooms that we use... willis, a trauma therapist, knows
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all about the black male struggles. it's possible. black men are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and i think they become, i suppose, invisible, so they are visibly not seen, if that makes sense. you could put a telephone number out there, but i think we need to ask ourselves what are the voices and images represented that go with those phone numbers, and a large number of them will be white european males. nobody knows how many black men out there have been sexually abused as young people, but what we do know, through my experiences and others, are the lifelong effects of the abuse for black men who don‘t get the help they need. ben hunte, bbc news. and if you‘ve been affected by issues in this report, there is a range of organisations and websites that can offer you advice and support. you can find them listed on the bbc‘s actionline website at
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new ministerial appointments have been announced this evening, following the promotion of rory stewart to international development secretary. robert buckland has been made the new ministerfor prisons and probation, moving from his former role as solicitor general. lucy frazer, formerly a junior minister at the ministry ofjustice, has replaced mr buckland as solicitor general. dozens of civilians have been killed during two weeks of intense bombardment in northwest syria. the syrian government backed by russia has been carrying out airstrikes in the last rebel stronghold of idlib. 200,000 people have been forced to flee the fighting. martin patience reports from neighbouring lebanon. you may find some of the images in his report distressing. she was pulled from the rubble into the darkness. this little child was only one of her family to survive the air strike.
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her family had fled their home village in search of safety. their best option, a chicken farm, where they lived in a henhouse. now, she is being cared for by her grandfather. translation: my son, his wife, and two of their children died, and only his daughter survived. we collected the bodies from the hospital and buried them. she‘s the only one left. russian and syrian aircraft have been seen in the skies above northwest syria. idlib province remains the last rebel stronghold. an agreement last year was supposed to end the fighting, but that‘s now been shattered. activists say the russian—backed syrian regime has been striking hospitals. targeting medicalfacilities is considered a war crime.
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for the sick and injured, there is no escape. once again, syrians are taking shelter wherever they can find it. the war is older than many of these children. people here fear the syrian government may now launch a ground invasion in a corner of the country where there is nowhere to run. martin patience, beirut. more than £1 billion a year will have to be invested in flood defences in england, and in some cases entire communities will have to move to protect homes and infrastructure from the effects of climate change. that‘s according to the environment agency, which says more than 5 million people could be affected. 0ur environment analyst, roger harrabin, explains. floods have wreaked havoc
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in the uk in recent years. 17,500 properties were flooded and several bridges collapsed in storms desmond and eva. the collapse of tadcaster bridge sent locals on a ten—mile round—trip to get from one side of town to the other. the environment agency forecasts more intense bursts of rain and continuing coastal erosion with climate change. it says currently two—thirds of properties in england are served by infrastructure that‘s at risk of flooding, and it calculates that for every home flooded, around 16 more suffer problems with power, transport or telecommunications. we should invest heavily to protect properties, it says. we can‘t continue to wage a war against water by building ever higherflood defences and barriers. so, we are preparing for resilience measures, bringing in a range of different methods for better protecting communities against flooding and climate change.
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some whole communities may have to be abandoned to get them out of harm‘s way, the agency says. meanwhile, house building on flood plains to cope with the uk‘s growing population will mean that properties built on a flood plain will double over the next 50 years. and that in turn will mean more spending on protection. green groups say the uk should be trying harder to prevent climate change in the first place. we believe resilience is undeniably important to protect communities up and down the country who are at risk of flooding. but, if the government really wants to protect those communities, we need to tackle the climate crisis at its heart, and to do that we've got to urgently invest in greener transport, cleaner energy and doubling the uk's tree cover. but extreme weather looks here to stay, however quickly the uk cuts its own emissions. the government said it was taking flood risks very seriously and would be seeking evidence for its own flood policy in the autumn. roger harrabin, bbc news.
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the headlines on bbc news: two years after grenfell, the taxpayer will step in after many private landlords fail to remove cladding from tower blocks. the bbc broadcaster danny baker is sacked after tweeting a picture about the new royal baby showing a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee. the alleged serial rapist joseph mccann, who was arrested in congleton in cheshire following a police manhunt, now faces a total of 21 charges. train companies are making it difficult for passengers to claim compensation when their service is significantly delayed, according to new research. the consumer group which? found that some train companies require passengers to submit 2a separate pieces of information. it says an automatic system for paying refunds is long overdue.
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0ur transport correspondent, tom burridge, reports. catch a train and if you arrive more than 30 minutes late, you might be entitled to half your money back. an hour and it could a full refund. but getting the money you‘re owed often isn‘t easy. we had a lot of delays and cancellation with my trains all the time, but i‘ve never claimed it, because there‘s no point claiming it. i heard that via someone on the train, talking to someone else. i thought i'd give it a go, and a couple of weeks later, after i tried it, i got my money back. i don't really know how to go about it, like, how to get the compensation, i don't really know. so, i'd probably think about it and then just forget and not actually go through with it. according to one survey, only around a third of eligible refunds are actually claimed back. the consumer group which? says it‘s because the system is too complicated. it found that some train companies were asking claimants for as many as 2a separate
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pieces of information. when you‘re considering a system now that is asking for reams of information, 2a separate pieces of information, train companies often put forward the idea they‘re trying to prevent fraudulent claims coming through. the easiest way that could happen is now looking at automatic compensation being put in place. systems need to be updated. smart cards need to be introduced. these are all things these train companies should be getting to grips with, sooner rather than later. train companies say they‘re working to make compensation claims easier and that information from passengers is necessary to guard against fraudulent claims. some operators automatically pay compensation, but it‘s still the exception, not the norm. and passenger groups say that needs to change. tom burridge, bbc news. the number of universities with a financial deficit has more than doubled in the past five years, research by bbc news has found.
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a quarter of higher education providers spent more money last year than they received in income. unions say the figures show the higher education system is under growing strain, whilst the government says its policies have boosted universities. david rhodes reports. for second—year student maria, she didn‘t think the finances of her university would matter to her until she noticed staff being made redundant. there have been a lot of cuts, actually, around academic staff. if you need help with your dissertations, your projects, your work. we know we can see our academics are quite stretched in the amount of work they are doing. it has put a lot of mental stress on students. staff cuts at the university of bradford have been caused by financial pressures and more universities across the uk are feeling the strain. five yeas ago, 18 education
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providers said they were in debt. that was back in 2012. there are pressures on universities, especially on the environment. there is an impact on universities and there is a change in terms of the environment. there are pension increases, potentially, which will have an impact on university finances. the university of bradford has one of the largest deficits in the country caused by a redundancy programme and improvements made to student accommodation. we are in the middle of a two to three—year programme of reshaping the way we operate internally. that plan will leave us in a viable and sustainable position over the medium—term. but universities in england are now worried about an introduction of tuition fees, their main source of income. labour want to abolish them. the conservatives are considering a plan to reduce them from £9000 a year to £7500. but universities say a cut in fees would have consequences.
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larger class sizes. they might have less contact time. potentially fewer resources available to support their learning. the government says its policies have boosted the sector by £6 billion since 2012 and the decision about tuition fee levels is expected to be made later this year. david rhodes, bbc news, bradford. now, to what has been described as the uk‘s equivalent of the tomb of tutankhamun discovered between a supermarket and a pub in essex. perhaps not where you‘d expect to find an anglo—saxon prince. the burial chamber was found under a roadside near southend—on—sea back in 2003, but its precious contents have now gone on permanent display, as debby tubby reports. this is the mound where the prince‘s burial chamber was found between a supermarket and the appropriately named saxon king pub and only discovered
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because of roadworks 16 years ago. since then, 50 experts have worked on the project, and little did they know what then was one and a half metres below their feet. this is a reconstruction of what the burial chamber would have looked like, precious items now moved to southend museum had sat untouched. all of the latest dating technology has been used to reveal the secrets of the past. this is all that remains, tiny fragments of tooth enamel from the grave... liz helped lift the precious items from the ground and headed up the team to analyse them before putting them on display. this is said to be the uk‘s equivalent of tutankhamun‘s tomb. this burial is full of gold and objects, gilded objects, important luxury goods so it has that richness, it is an elite burial. so, who is he?
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we will probably never know who it is, but someone from the highest echelons of society who can afford these luxury goods. these gold crosses would have been placed on the man‘s eyes, these buckles help the experts work out he was five foot eight inches tall, all found on the doorstep of southend‘s museum, where it will now be displayed. it is really exciting and it's a privilege to work on something like this. there is so much local pride around this collection within southend, so i think there will be a lot of excitement about going to see it. this fading sign is the only thing that remains to prove the burial chamber was here. the site has been excavated, and the artefacts will go on display for the first time on saturday. debby tubby, bbc london news. and before we go, a reminder to always check the small print. australia‘s new $50 note features a quote by the country‘s first female member of parliament, edith cowan, and an eagle—eyed user
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spotted the word "responsibility" had been spelt as "responsibilty". there are 46 million notes since it came into circulation in october last year. well, the reserve bank of australia has admitted responsibility and said the error would be fixed in future print runs. now, it‘s time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. we still have a few evening showers lurking around. they will continue through the night in one or two areas, but for most it will be dry tonight. tomorrow, however, further showers in the forecast and some could be heavy again, but don‘t think there will be as many as the last couple of days. the latest satellite image shows a lot of cloud across the uk. you see, pretty sunny earlier on across the south west of the country, cornwall and devon and also the south coast of wales basking in the sunshine there. the forecast then into this evening. still some evening showers around through parts of the south east, the midlands and the north west of england. northern ireland, too.
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the north east of the uk will be clear and chilly tonight, and temperatures by early friday could be as low as freezing or lower, even in the bigger towns and cities. but further south, it will be more like 4—8 degrees, eight in central london. forecast for tomorrow morning, a lot of sunshine from the word go, but not everywhere. some northern areas could be quite cloudy, there across yorkshire. and clouds bubble up through the morning and in the afternoon, further showers will develop. possible almost anyway. dry in the north east, but cool here and in newcastle. later in the day, all this weather here. some of that rain will probably reach cornwall and devon. as we head into the weekend, high pressure builds across the uk, putting a stop to any weather fronts heading in our direction, so that means the weather will settle down but it will be a very gradual process. that means through saturday, still some blobs of blue, still showers in the forecast and out towards the west, cornwall, devon, wales, northern ireland and western scotland with the dry weather.
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temperatures higher, into the middle high teens quite widely across the uk on saturday. sunday, the high pressure is slam—bang across the uk and really establishing itself. a lot of dry weather around and fluffy, fairweather cloud and also turning a bit warmer. temperatures could hit around 18 in cardiff, which is not that spectacular for the time of year. still pretty chilly on the north sea coast, around 12 celsius. the high pressure is still with us next week. this is a blocking high, and it means it will stick around for quite some time. so it looks as though the week ahead is going to be settled and progressively warmer with warmer weather coming our way out of the continent. bye— bye.
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hello, i‘m ros atkins, this is 0utside source. talks aimed at ending the trade war between the us and china are about to resume. and president trump has set the tone: we are the piggy bank that everybody steals from. including china. the us says china has backtracked on a deal — china says it hasn‘t. we look at what‘s gone wrong, and the chances of the two sides ever agreeing. pope francis issues guidelines for priests and churches around the world, aimed at fighting child sexual abuse. syrian government forces are launching assaults on the last rebel—held areas in the country. we will bring you up—to—date on the stage of this conflict, which is now eight years long.


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