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today at 5, a former football coach is found guilty of more than a0 counts of indecent assault against boys. bob higgins attacked his victims, who were mostly southampton and peterborough youth players, between 1971 and 1996. bob higgins is a predatory paedophile. he thrived on controlling and manipulating the situation he found himself in. he held the career prospects of those young men in his hands, and he exploited that in the most disgraceful way. yes, bob higgins, once a leading football coach at clubs like southampton, has been found guilty of abusing 23 young men over a 25 year period. we'll have the latest
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from our correspondent at bournemouth crown court. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. under growing pressure, the government delays publication of theresa may's revised brexit plans, amid a backlash in her own cabinet. indian prime minister, narendra modi, secures another five—year term after winning a landslide general election victory. the authorjudith kerr, who delighted millions of children with her bestseller the tiger who came to tea, has died aged 95. and coming up later in the hour, we talk to david linsey, whose brother and sister were killed in the sri lanka terror attacks. it's 5 o'clock. our main story is that bob higgins, a former youth football coach
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known as a "star maker" at southampton and peterborough, has been found guilty of indecently assaulting young trainees. a jury at bournemouth crown court found him guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault. the allegations arose after the nspcc set up a dedicated helpline for people who had encountered childhood abuse within football, following coverage on the bbc‘s victoria derbyshire programme in november 2016. higgins is due to be sentenced at a later date. our correspondent duncan kennedy is in bournemouth with the latest. this is one of the worst cases of abuse to come out of that football scandal that first arose in 2016. bob higgins worked for many years at clu bs bob higgins worked for many years at clubs like southampton football club and also peterborough united as well as other clubs, here and abroad. today he was found guilty after an eight—week trial of 45 counts of indecent assault against 23 young
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men, many of whom hugged each other, and burst into tears, as the guilty verdicts were read out. his abuse lasted in total 25 years. bob higgins was a youth coach who guided the lives and nurtured the dreams of generations of young footballers. but he was also a sexual manipulator who abused dozens of boys from the 1970s to the 1990s. he was head of youth development at southampton football club and brought on future england stars like matt le tissier and alan shearer, although neither of these men were involved in the higgins trial. my life's been chaos, really. billy seymour says he was one of higgins‘ victims. he waived his right to anonymity. he was among a party of boys who went with higgins on coaching trips, like this one to sweden. he believed higgins could make him a football star — but instead, he says, higgins became a predator.
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he'd come and sit down on the bed, stroking my hair, and then he would tell me to move up and he would lay on top of the covers and his hands would be going under the covers and touching my groin area. but billy seymour never lived to see his tormentor face justice. he died in a car crash injanuary. his funeral, attended by others who say their lives were also blighted by bob higgins. dean radford, who has also waived his right to anonymity, was another youngster subject to higgins‘ attentions. his time at southampton football club overlapped with alan shearer — highlighted here to the right of dean — although there is no suggestion alan shearer was a victim of sexual abuse. but for dean radford, higgins became a manipulative, overbearing presence.
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it's not until you get a bit older where you actually realise that everything he said wasjust evil, disgusting lies, so that he could get what he wanted from controlling, grooming and abusing me. in 1991 dean radford's abuse was the subject of a separate trial involving bob higgins, but the case collapsed. we coach them in the mornings, we have the cup competition in the afternoon... higgins went on to abuse other boys over a number of years. it was a huge level of trust that the families put into mister higgins, that he would not only look after them but look after their careers and a general well— being. and it is clear he abused that trust. southampton football club have told the bbc that they weren't aware of that abuse of trust until 1989 and that when they did find out they immediately told the police. the football association say they have appointed an independent lawyer to investigate all the allegations involving bob higgins.
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after his arrest, higgins was questioned for 15 hours. have you ever engaged in any behaviour that could be construed in any way, shape or form as being conducted for your sexual gratification? but he didn't say a word. nor did he say a word about this. leading a football parade in 1986 where the man at the back is the notorious former football coach barry bennell, himselfjailed last year for 30 years for raping and abusing junior players. a month later, the two coaches were pictured together again, surrounded by youngsters. higgins wore this bizarre disguise to court, but it was his abuse he really tried to conceal. a gatekeeper to boys who dreamed of a career in football, but actually someone who slammed
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the door on their innocence. many of higgins‘s victims have been in court across this eight—week trial and when the guilty verdict came through, some of them burst into tears and some of them hunt it other. these are now middle—aged men. they were young boys at the time and owed their careers to bob higgins, he had that kind of control —— some of them hugged each other. the officer leading the investigation described higgins as a dangerous man. bob higgins is a predatory paedophile. he thrived on controlling and manipulating the situation he found himself in. he held the career prospects of those young men in his hands, and he exploited that in the most disgraceful way. many of them haven't been able to speak about this for all of their adult lives. as you've seen, it's been a very, very emotional reaction to the verdicts that have been delivered today. we have to acknowledge that not everyone will have got the
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verdict they wanted, on the grounds that there were 45 guilty verdicts and five not guilty. but the court has listened to the evidence, they've listened to the bravery of the victims and witnesses over two trials, because bob higgins maintained his innocence throughout both trials. they've given that evidence and we must respect the decision thejury has made today. bob higgins is one of many cases to come out of this football abuse scandal. it first surfaced as a result of enquiries by the bbc back in 2016. tonight the fa have issued their own statement into this, saying that it welcomes the decision from the court today and recognises the distress the victims and survivors have endured a particularly preparing for and giving evidence through two criminal trials. we already know the fa is conducting its own enquiry not only into the case of bob higgins but various other cases that have been
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thrown up by these allegations in the world of football. thousands of allegations made, and their report is due at some point. meanwhile, higgins himself will be sentenced at a later date. many thanks. you can watch a special programme on the trail that led to bob higgins‘ conviction after decades of abuse at 9.30pm tomorrow on the bbc news channel, and also on the bbc iplayer from today. the government has decided to delay publication of theresa may‘s revised brexit withdrawal bill, which was due tomorrow. it will now be made public in the first week ofjune. the news comes as a growing number of conservative mps openly call for mrs may to resign, after she revealed changes to her brexit plans earlier this week. but the foreign secretary
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jeremy hunt has insisted mrs may will still be prime minister when president trump arrives for his state visit onjune 3rd. from westminster, here‘s our political correspondent nick eardley. and a warning that his report contains flash photography. not everyone at westminster is panicking just yet. larry the number 10 cat doesn‘t seem to have a care in the world on his morning stroll, but inside, it is far from business as usual. there are big questions about the future of the prime minister‘s brexit plan and how long theresa may will be living here. the chief whip has the task of getting a deal through parliament, but after an outpouring of criticism, publication of the brexit bill has been delayed and no date for a vote has been confirmed. we do plan to publish the withdrawal act bill in the week commencing the 3rd ofjune, we‘d hope to hold second reading on friday 7th ofjune, at the moment, we have not secured agreement this this in the usual channels but we will update the house when we return from recess. labour thinks the plan is dead. the prime minister has yet again put her own political survival ahead
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of the national interest. it is clear she does not command a majority for her approach to brexit and has failed to accept this political reality. last night, the leader of the house of commons quit, unhappy at the new brexit plan. is it time for the prime minister to resign? that‘s a matter for her. but for me, i felt i couldn‘t in all conscience stand up and deliver the business statement today with the a withdrawal agreement bill in in that i couldn‘t support elements of. i have no doubts that i made the right decision and, of course, it is up to the prime minister to decide what is right for her and the country. will you be following in the steps of andrea leadsom and resign and strenghten your position? no. but others have concerns too. the foreign secretary spoke of his today. he insists she will be in post in a fortnight, when mps were due to vote again on brexit, and president trump is town. theresa may will be ready to welcome him and all of the discussions
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between foreign secretary and prime minister should remain confidential and i won‘t change that this morning. tomorrow, the pm will meet the chair tory backbench tory committee today. something innate want her to announce her departure, and if she doesn‘t, they could force her. tory mps in open revolt, cabinet ministers unhappy at government policy — it all paints a bleak picture for theresa may. she has clung on before, but increasingly around westminster, there are those who predict theresa may has days, rather than weeks left here. downing street says the pm is listening to concerns, but finding the answers that can keep her party happy and keep her in power may be proving increasingly elusive. 0ur chief political correspondent vicky young is at westminster. what‘s your reading of things today? certainly theresa may‘s plans have been derailed in the sense that the bill not being published tomorrow as she wanted. the question i suppose
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is whether she‘ll ever be allowed to get her plans back on track. there are many who are pretty concerned about them. we heard jeremy hunt, the foreign secretary, going to see her. sajid javid, the home secretary, had a meeting with her today. they had a frank discussion but it‘s understood that she‘s listening to the concerns being put to her. the question is whether she‘s planning on that bill, and forging ahead, and whether she‘ll be allowed to do that because there are many tory mps who feel the time is up many tory mps who feel the time is upfor many tory mps who feel the time is up for this and it‘s time she moved on. tomorrow in her diary is a meeting with sir graham brady, head of the 1922 committee executive. he‘ll be asking presumably for a date for her departure. if she doesn‘t get one, then the threat is that after a vote last night, the executive may have decided to change the rules so she can be challenged
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immediately in a leadership contest. the results of the ballot were sealed in an envelope and may be shown to her as a threat, really, that she couldn‘t survive very much longer. as we heard from jeremy hunt, he feels she will be in place when president trump comes to the uk in ten days‘ time. when president trump comes to the uk in ten days' time. that was interesting, looking ahead to some of the big events coming up and the kind of traditional roles the prime minister would be expected to fulfil. this to hunt signalling that despite the turbulence, he expects mrs may to be in the post then —— mr hunt. yes, but what else could he say in the circumstances? people are speculating about whether she‘ll make an announcement today, or later next week. even then there‘s the possibility, if any of this comes to pass, that she could stay as the prime minister while the leadership contest prime minister while the leadership co ntest goes prime minister while the leadership contest goes ahead, so there‘s no reason she wouldn‘t necessarily be fulfilling those functions. a state
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banquet, and other things, when president trump comes here. speculation at the moment but there‘s certainly a lot of unhappiness amongst conservative mps. thanks again. the headlines on bbc news. the former football coach, bob higgins, is found guilty of more than a0 counts of indecent assault against boys. under growing pressure, the government delays publication of theresa may‘s revised brexit plans, amid a backlash in her own cabinet. indian prime minister, narendra modi, secures another 5—year term, after winning a landslide general election victory. and in sport... just days after the death of mercedes chairman niki lauda, driver lewis hamilton has paid tribute by posting the fastest time in practice at the monaco grand prix. tracey neville has announced her 12—player squad for the netball world cup — her england captain is serena guthrie. the tournament starts in 50 days. and great britain‘s heather watson has been knocked out of french open qualifying
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in the second round — after throwing away two match points. but katie swan is into the main draw after beating china‘s xiyu wang in three sets. i‘ll be back with more on those stories later. the government has condemned as "appalling" the abuse of vulnerable patients, reported by bbc panorama, at a hospital in county durham. secret filming showed staff mocking and intimidating people with autism and learning difficulties at whorlton hall. the health minister caroline dineage, has apologised on behalf of the health and care system. this report from our social affairs correspondent alison holt contains some distressing detail. see that tiny, tiny car? i can see it. guess whose car it is. who? mine! alex is 20 years old and profoundly autistic. she spent ten months here at whorlton hall hospital in county durham, a private hospital
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looking after about a dozen nhs—funded patients with learning disabilities or autism. here, panorama‘s undercover reporter found a culture of bullying, intimidation and taunting. alex is scared of men and should only be looked after by women. alex screams. but when she gets upset, two male care staff soon arrive. the female carers are told to go away for five minutes. alex‘s screams can still be heard as they reach the end of the corridor. alex‘s parents, tony and sarah, have agreed that her face can be shown. i feel so upset that alex has had to put up with that. we don't know anything about any of this. because she wouldn‘t tell us. they are meant to be working to get alex better, to move out of that environment, and they are making it worse. and alex is a regular target. staff joke they are pushing the man button.
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professors glynis murphy and andrea mcdonnell are leading experts on learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour. it‘s like torture. i think it is like psychological torture, because she‘s stuck there, she can‘t actually get away. it‘s a secure unit. they are deliberately taunting her and deliberately upsetting her. i'd agree with professor murphy. that's torture. that's adding something to a situation to visibly cause distress to another human being. the care regulator, which had rated the hospital as good, has apologised to patients and families. it says a review it‘s carried out for the government has also underlined the failures of the wider system. these hospitals should shut because they are no longer needed, but that was said seven or eight years ago, and it hasn‘t happened. so it‘s delivering on that promise of providing alternative services — that‘s what has to happen.
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the government has said patients living out of their local area will now be visited every six weeks if they are a child, or eight weeks if they‘re an adult, and in answer to an urgent question in the house of commons, the care minister condemned the treatment seen at whorlton hall. we are adamant that no stone should remain unturned in identifying problems and identifying poor practice and care which falls short of quite frankly what we‘d expect for our own family. but this comes eight years after panorama exposed abuse at the now—closed winterbourne view, another hospital for people with learning disabilities. colin groombridge, who was the original whistle—blower there, has heard this all before. we‘ve had reviews, we‘ve had promises, we‘ve had sound bites from politicians. people with learning disabilities and their families were made promises. those promises have been broken,
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they‘ve been lied to and let down. the company that recently took over whorlton hall says it‘s cooperating with the police investigation and all patients have now been moved elsewhere. alison holt, bbc news. voting is under way for elections to the european parliament. 73 meps will be elected across england, scotland, wales and northern ireland. the prime minister theresa may has cast her vote in her bekshire constituency. leader of the brexit party, nigel farage cast his vote earlier today. as did the liberal democrat leader sir vince cable, labour leaderjeremy corbyn and the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon. results will be announced on sunday once voting has finished in all eu countries. a man has recalled the moment a bulletjust missed him, when armed officers opened fire on the london bridge attackers two years ago. simon edwards was leaving a pub
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when he saw the three suspects carrying what appeared at first to be ‘red sticks‘. 0ur correspondent richard lister gave us the latest from the inquests at the old bailey. two very lucky escapes for mr edwards, and he told the court about them in some detail today. he was outside this pub, watching the three attackers are bearing down on him with what he took to the red sticks. they were, of course, knives covered in blood. he said people were shouting at him to get back in but he was rooted to the spot and it was his wife nicole who eventually dragged him into the pub, somebody closed and locked the door, who eventually dragged him into the pub, somebody closed and locked the door, one of the three attackers khuram butt immediately tried to kick his way in.
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mr edwards said he seemed calm but just determined to get through the door. he said he eventually took out a knife and started smashing the panes of glass in the door to try and get in. mr edwards said people in the pub were screaming and were very scared about what was happening. eventually, he said the pub was filled with blue lights, the arrival of the police armed response unit. within a matter of seconds, there was a volley of shots and the attackers went down. mr edwards said that he himself dropped down to his knees and the court was shown cctv images of inside the pub, showing the moment one stray police bullet passed through the glass, missing mr edwards by centimetres, and hitting the man behind him, neil mccleland, who did suffer a severe head injury but survived. in the aftermath, mr edwards talked about trying to get medical assistance for mr mccleland. he repeatedly open the door of the pub even though there was gunfire outside. he was aware that the attackers had what looked like suicide vests on. he repeatedly tried to get to the police to send medical assistance and they eventually did. it was only after they got out of the pub that mr edwards said that he too had suffered slight
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injuries from shrapnel. let‘s have a look now at some other stories in the news today. the oscar—winning actor geoffrey rush has been awarded australia‘s largest individual libel payout after being defamed by sydney‘s daily telegraph newspaper. he was wrongly accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour in a front page story in 2017. the australian judge described the allegations made against the hollywood actor as "wreckless sensationalist journalism". the former black cab driver john worboys has appeared in court by videolink charged with four offences against women. referred to by his new name, john radford, he was accused of using drugs with the intention of carrying out sexual offences. during the hearing, the 62 year old did not enter a plea and was ordered to appear at the old bailey next month. the last ship known to have smuggled slaves from africa to the us is said to have been discovered after a year—long investigation. the remains of the clotilda were found at the bottom of the mobile river in alabama.
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the ship operated in secret, decades after the slave trade was banned, and was sunk in 1860 to hide evidence of its use. india‘s prime minister narendra modi has promised to build a strong and inclusive nation, after his hindu nationalist party, india‘s prime minister narendra modi has promised to build a strong and inclusive nation, after his hindu nationalist party, the bjp, won decisively in the country‘s general election. more than 800 million people voted, in the world‘s largest exercise in democracy. 0ur correspondent sanghita myska reports from delhi. dancing in the streets of india‘s commercial capital, mumbai. no waiting for official results here. sweets are eaten, the stock market rallies, the media have declared a landslide victory for the hindu nationalist bjp. their leader, incumbent
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prime minister narendra modi, has dominated this election. this antiestablishment son of a tea seller is loved and loathed with equal passion. modi, modi, modi... mr modi‘s supporters afford him a cult—like status, saying he will enrich the nation, not himself, unlike the politicians of the past. he‘ll deliver development, they say, fulfilling india‘s fate as a regional superpower. but at what cost? violent attacks on people at the bottom of the hindu caste system and indian muslims have gone uncriticised from mr modi‘s government, but today, he tweeted a message of unity. together we grow, together we prosper, together we build a strong and inclusive india. but in a nation where the majority of the population is under 35, critics say debate over rising unemployment —
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now at a its—year high — has been drowned out by nationalist rhetoric. yet, despite the loud speakers and the road shows, india‘s only national party of opposition, congress, has struggled to be heard. rahul gandhi, whose family has yielded three generations of prime ministers, has been accused of being complacent, assuming victories rather than earning them. this election is about much more than who governs india over the next five years. enshrined in this country‘s constitution is the idea that india is built on socialist principles and a secular society. mr modi‘s critics claim that he is inching india towards a country that is built on hindu principles, and where one citizen is more equal than another, based on caste and religion. this, they say, is a fight for india‘s soul. sanghita myska, bbc news, delhi.
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hundreds of eu nationals who live in the uk have been unable to vote today, because of admin problems. 0ur reporter leigh milner has been looking into this. what‘s been going on? what's been going on? during the european elections, all european citizens living in the uk, before they register, they must complete a uc1 form, 0k? they register, they must complete a uc1 form, ok? we found out that the deadline for the form had to be the 7th of may. when i spoke to the electoral commission, they said that the eu elections were announced on the eu elections were announced on the 8th of april. i‘ve spoken to the cabinet office and they‘ve revealed that‘s wrong, it was actually announced on the 7th of may, the same day that these forms had to be handed in. so they never really had
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a chance. i‘ve been speaking to the electoral commission even more and they‘ve said we must understand the frustration. they said there was short notice from the uk government about the participation and it has had an impact for people to complete the process. they hold their hands up the process. they hold their hands up and they say ok. they had to fill inaform, up and they say ok. they had to fill in a form, they may not have had time to do it. what we don‘t know is whether people simply forgot to send in the forms. maybe they forgot. maybe it is a problem with the council, and admin error. the problem is a bit unclear. 0n the same day that the eu elections were announced by the government, is the same day that these forms had to be handed in. not exactly helpful. if you are a new citizen wondering where it leaves them, what‘s the answer? not in a good place. the
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electoral commission say that at the end of the day it is local council —— county councils who are responsible, so if you complain, you must go to them. what next? you lose out on your vote. we‘ve spoken to a lobby group for eu citizens, 3 million, and they claimed that thousands have been affected. not just hundreds. thousands. thanks for the update. now, the weather. 25 degrees in the south—east of england, so very warm in the sunshine. a fine end to the day for many places. this is what we had earlier, a bit of cloud and some spots of rain in the far south—west. much cooler under the cloud and patchy rain in northern scotland but turning dryer here overnight. more cloud being forced down on the wind, cloudy for northern ireland into
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wales and the south—west of england. further east, clearer skies. chile in ruralareas, further east, clearer skies. chile in rural areas, down to four or 5 degrees. a cloudy day for parts of scotland. some rain coming back into the highlands. more cloud for northern ireland, some showers. the cloud is going to push into england and wales. maybe the odd shower. most and wales. maybe the odd shower. m ost pla ces and wales. maybe the odd shower. most places dry. warm in the sunshine in the south—east. further north, with more cloud in the afternoon, temperatures may not be as high as they were today.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the former football coach, bob higgins, is found guilty of more than a0 counts of indecent assault against boys. bob higgins is a predatory paedophile, he thrived on controlling and manipulating the situation he found himself in. he held the career prospects of those young men in his hands and he exploited that in the most disgraceful way. under growing pressure, the government delays publication of theresa may‘s revised brexit plans, amid a backlash in her own cabinet. indian prime minister, narendra modi, secures another 5—year term, after winning a landslide general election victory. the authorjudith kerr, who delighted millions of children
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with her bestseller the tiger who came to tea, has died aged 95. before the rest of the news, it is time to catch up with the sport with jane. good afternoon. with just 50 days to go before the start of the netball world cup, tracey neville has named her 12—player england squad — eight of whom enjoyed commonwealth games gold in australia last year. vice—captainjade clarke was a part of that success and says theres no reason why it can‘t be repeated in liverpool injuly. i feel like a ifeel like a kid i feel like a kid again, ifeel like a kid again, having a home world cup, i‘m so excited, more excited than ever. it is always so special wearing red in front of your home crowd, it has been an emotional day and everyone is so excited. that crowd is like your eights player, so everything you do, every shot that
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goes in, we know the crowd will go mental. for the england games are sold out already, which is amazing, so sold out already, which is amazing, so it is going to be epic. next month it‘s the women‘s world cup in france and england and scotland get their campaigns under way when they face each other in nice onjune the 9th. this week phil neville‘s players were surprised by the marines at their st george‘s park training base — and it made for an interesting experience. it was awful! a lot of the girls didn‘t have much sleep. as soon as we arrived, we had to cover ourselves and face paint so we didn‘t get recognised. everyone was scrubbing it off this morning, everybody has spots. but it was funny, it was a good team building. we had to cook our own meals on the stoves a nd we had to cook our own meals on the stoves and we had marshmallows on the campfire. we just chilled and chatted and it was good to get that ina chatted and it was good to get that in a different environment. many teams at the monaco grand prix have been paying tribute to formula one legend niki lauda, who passed away this week at the age of 70. first and second practice has been
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taking place at the famous street circuit in the principality today. second practice finished earlier — and after a bit of difficulty for lewis hamilton, as you can see here — the world champion made sure he set the fastest lap, having also gone fastest in first practice. his mercedes team—mate valterri bottas was just behind him. hamilton leads bottas byjust seven points in the championship. katie swan is through to the main draw of the french open — qualifying after beating china‘s xi—yu wang over three sets. swan is hoping to reach herfirst grand slam main draw outside wimbledon. heather watson has played in the french open six times, but she won‘t be there next week — she lost a third set tie—break to valentini grammatikopoulou of greece. her second round defeat means katie swan is the only british player left in qualifying. the cricket world cup gets under way this time nexyt week with england taking on south africa at the 0val. former sri lankan great — and mcc president — kumar sangakkara says that, while england might be favourites,
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that will count for nothing because of the nature of the tournament. it doesn‘t matter who that tag falls onto. once you get to a knockout, it is anyone‘s game. you can be the favourites coming into a tournament but once that stage ends, the tag is off and it is everyone‘s fair game. that is the excitement that is key to this world cup and i would love to see what happens once those knockout games start. for the coverage is on bbc radio five live. that‘s all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that‘s bbc.co.uk/sport. more now on india‘s general election where narendra modi has promised to build a strong and inclusive nation, after his hindu nationalist party, the bjp, won decisively. more than 800 million people voted, in the world‘s largest exercise in democracy. the win will give mr modi another
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five year term as prime minister. the leader of the main opposition congress party — rahul gandhi — has admitted defeat. let‘s have a look at the latest results so far. the bjp party and its coalition allies have a resounding majority with 348 seats. the inc or congress party and their allies have 84 seats. and the rest of the parties that we‘ve grouped together as others have 110 seats. let‘s hearfrom prime minister modi speaking a short time ago. translation: the country got independent. so many elections took place. but after independence, after so many elections took place, the one election... the failures were in this election.
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and that was also with 40—112 degrees of heat, and most of the people voted. this is, by itself, this isjust because of the democratic india that we have these days, and the whole of the nation, people have to register this. that india‘s democracy has to be accepted and determined. professor sunil khilnani is a historian, and author of "the idea of india"
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from kings college in london. good to have you with us, thank you for joining good to have you with us, thank you forjoining us. . what does this victory mean for india? it is the extent of the victory, notjust victory mean for india? it is the extent of the victory, not just the number of seats that the bjp has won, but the share of the vote, a massive share, 45% from what we can tell, suggests a major shift in the beliefs of indians, a sense that actually, the older revision of india, the vision that the founders of gandhi established, it is now under a lot of pressure. in some ways, some could argue it has collapsed. the different vision of india, which modi stands for, he says it is inclusionary, but i think it is quite an exclusionary vision, one that is in tension with the pluralist division of india. that division now has a strong platform
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to build itself. what does that mean in practice for people? and the way this man governs and wants to leave the country for the next five years? in practice, what does that different vision mean? it means, certainly for india‘s minorities, and these are not small numbers, we are talking about 180 million moslems, many other former untouchables, even hinduism itself is full of minorities, those who don‘t conform to the majoritarian definition of hinduism, which is what modi and the bjp is pushing, they stand to feel excluded in many ways, or treated as second—class citizens. so i think modi has planned to rework the constitution, to change crucial aspects of india‘s secular identity, and to make it more difficult not to conform to a
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hindu definition of national identity. if you accept that this was in effect a referendum on him, not just a was in effect a referendum on him, notjust a general election, but a referendum on him and his leadership, he has now been empowered to further the vision, regardless of the tensions that may arise because of the very point that you just made. yes, arise because of the very point that youjust made. yes, in principle, it looks so. but in many ways, he is also constrained. he is constrained because one of the results of this election is many more extremist elements of the movement that he stands for have come into the parliament. for instance, a campaign against terrorism, and yet, one of the candidates who stood on the party‘s platform is accused of terrorism herself, was involved in a bomb explosion which killed six people including a child. in essence, he will be under much more pressure from the extremist elements to push their agenda. also, there is the story of the economy, which is
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what he can paint four in 2014, promising good times for all. —— what he campaigned for in 2014. and in this campaign, the economy didn‘t figure at all, because there wasn‘t much to talk about. indeed, india is growing, just under 7%, it sounds good by many standards, but in fact, it is not producing the jobs. so badly is it not producing jobs that the figures were not properly released, they were fudged, and official figures were suppressed. just a final point on india‘s place in the world, and the way it presents itself and conducts itself on the world stage. are we likely to see any kind of adjustments or changes in that area?|j see any kind of adjustments or changes in that area? i think modi has come to be known for a fairly aggressive form of nationalism, putting it in the regional neighbourhood, and also in international fora. so neighbourhood, and also in internationalfora. so i think they will —— there will be more of that,
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and this is a global climate where nationalism is dominating the agendas of all the states. so in that sense, modi will be very at home. it doesn‘t make for a co mforta ble home. it doesn‘t make for a comfortable period ahead. thank you for joining comfortable period ahead. thank you forjoining us. all this week, the bbc‘s "we are middlesbrough" series has been focusing on stories from the town, and bringing the concerns and interests of local people to a wider audience. today, we‘re examining why secondary school pupils there are more likely to face periods of exclusion than anywhere else in england. some in the community are trying to turn things around, by offering alternative learning and support to help young mothers and teenagers. 0ur education correspondent frankie mccamley has the story. johnny helps out at youth centres across middlesbrough, offering guidance and support through games. he was bullied in school, which led to depression. around when i became 16, after prom,
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that‘s when it all kind ofjust hit me at once. i‘d got my hands on alcohol when i shouldn‘t have. i attempted to drink myself to death. and why were you in such a bad place? partly the bullying, and partly, ithink, i just let myself get into that state. "i just give up. "i just want to be done with this now." studying for a degree, he now wants to help increasing numbers of people struggling in the town. so, if you just keep going with it, you‘ll get there. lewis was excluded from school. i've been communicating to different people. feeling better, training to be a mechanic, and hopefully an apprenticeship. get me somewhere in life. increasingly, it‘s some of the most vulnerable children, living in deprived areas in england, who are most at risk of exclusion. but here in middlesbrough, you don‘t have to go far to see the other side of the story. there are more young people going to university, and the number of those not
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in education or employment is lower than the national average. part of the reason for that is the people in this community. hundreds of women come to lisa‘s training salon every year. i found it a bit easier to do that. these colours always suit an olivey skin. 20—year—old aisha was excluded from one school and moved to another, which can have an impact on a child‘s mental health. anxieties went through the roof, and i wasn't around my friends. ijust felt i was all by myself in a tiny hole, like, i couldn't get out of. many of the women here have also struggled with confidence. ijust believe in them, give them hope and help them with their aspirations to become a reality. and one of those people who‘s used opportunities is lisa‘s former student, alisha, who ended up in hospital with depression. she‘s now opened her new shop.
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i didn‘t even want to talk to my parents, and wanted to stay in my room. now i‘m always down talking to them, telling them my ideas. from selling to friends to selling around the world alisha‘s main idea, the sky is the limit. the headlines on bbc news: the former football coach, bob higgins, is found guilty of more than 40 counts of indecent assault against boys. under growing pressure, the government delays publication of theresa may‘s revised brexit plans, amid a backlash in her own cabinet. indian prime minister, narendra modi, secures another 5—year term, after winning a landslide general election victory. the brother of two british victims who died in the easter sunday sri lanka attacks is creating a foundation in their memory.
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david linsey lost his brother and sister, 19—year—old daniel and 15—year—old amelie, in the attack at the shangri—la hotel in colombo. now he wants to raise £500,000 to support the families of local victims and to improve medical facilities in the area. david joins me in the studio now. it's it‘s nice of you to join us and to talk about something that is clearly going to be challenging, but you are trying to do something that is so constructive and positive and viewers will appreciate that. explain what you want to achieve. viewers will appreciate that. explain what you want to achievem the light of what has happened, i believe that in the long run, the fight against extremism is important and we need to stop radicalism. you cannot ignore what has happened to all these people, and i think particularly, i have this inseparable bond with the other victims and sri lanka, and they are not getting the same attention that we are. i would like to direct support for the families of the
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victims, so, housing, counselling and education for the families if they cannot afford it. second, it is more for the medical system. my father described the scenes and the hospital in colombo, he had to do is scream to get help from my brother, and really, they didn‘t seem to be trained that... of course, no one expects this, but they didn‘t seem trained for this event. if we were able to improve that process, it would mean a lot for the future. to say the least, that is admirable. i am thinking, given what you have gone through and your family has tried to deal with, how did you get to the point where you came up with this plan? it is quite ambitious as well. it will involve a lot of work and fundraising, but how did you get to this notion? what was it about the course of events that lead to you thinking that this was the response you would like as a family?
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it was really when my father came back, he was escorted by the fbi to the airport. when he came back, we grieved as a family, we had a roof over our heads, my father still has hisjob. as you over our heads, my father still has his job. as you see the headlines coming out, we were not the only ones, at least 250 more people died in these attacks. for them, losing someone in these attacks. for them, losing someone is the beginning of their worries. my mind then turned to that andi worries. my mind then turned to that and i feel it is a way we can reconcile ourselves as a family, is that something good has come out of something so bad. indeed, and we are seeing some nice images as we are chatting, and it is nice for viewers to see those. when you discussed this as a family, what did you think would be the response? have you had a response so far? are you encouraged by what has been said so far? i have had so much encouragement, both from my family, they are grieving, so not as involved, but from my friends, people i haven‘t heard from in yea rs, people i haven‘t heard from in years, people reaching out to me, even from shall anchor who hi i‘ve
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never met, saying they are appreciating it and it means so much to me, and it is part of the healing process. “— to me, and it is part of the healing process. —— even from sri lanka. there should be some help from state authorities, government and charities, is this very much you going it alone? 0rare charities, is this very much you going it alone? or are you trying eventually to build some kind of relationship with other organisations? how are you structuring it? we are trying to be realistic, i am talking at the moment with several charities in sri lanka, education, mental health charities, and also the hospital in colombo that treated my siblings. definitely before i get my feet on the ground, we will try and work through existing organisations. david, we wish you well with it. it isa david, we wish you well with it. it is a remarkable thing for you to try to do asa is a remarkable thing for you to try to do as a family in response to such a tragedy. we hope it goes well for you. thank you. david kindly coming in to talk about their plans
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for a foundation. the distinguished children‘s author, judith kerr, best known for her book "the tiger who came to tea", has died at the age of 95. it sold 5 million copies, and has never been out of print. her publisher paid tribute saying she was a "brilliantly talented storyteller". daniela relph looks back at her life. judith kerr was in her 40s when she wrote the tiger who came to tea. a former art teacher and script writer turned full—time mother of two small children. it got really very boring. you‘d go for a walk and have tea and then that was it really. we wished somebody would come. so i thought, well, why not have a tiger come? so that is where the story came from, really. she drew the pictures to a story she had previously told her daughter. the tiger was friendly, not fierce. his appearance mildly surprising,
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not downright surreal. the book was a runaway success. judith kerr had been drawing since childhood in pre—war berlin. her father was a prominent theatre critic and a critic of the nazis. the family was forced to flee when hitler came to power. she later wrote of her experiences in when hitler stole pink rabbit. a translation of the book became a set text in german schools. in london, she went to art school and worked as a designer before marrying and starting a family. when her son protested that the books he was learning to read from were too boring, she embarked on the mog series about a family cat using, she said, as few words as possible as well as possible. mog is dead. sorry to be brutal about it to those of you who were brought up on the mog the cat stories, but there is no getting away from the fact that after 30 years of mog books, judith kerr, her creator, has killed her off.
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killing the central character was almost unprecedented in a children‘s book. but then the energetic kerr was an unusual children‘s writer who had confronted the possibility of death when herself a child. she always said she wrote for those many children in nazi—dominated europe, who, unlike her, did not survive to live full and happy lives. just a lovely flavour there of the what the books are all about. david wood is an actor, writer and the director of the stage version of the tiger who came to tea, he also was good friends with judith kerr. lovely to have you with us. she lived to a great age, and an amazing life. yes, and i think the legacy is so huge that we have to celebrate,
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rather than be terribly sad. we are very sad, my wife and i got to know her very, very well. it was 12 years ago that i wrote the adaptation for the stage and it has been on tour ever since. she comes to see it and has been very supportive. so, what is the magic involved here? if you we re is the magic involved here? if you were to... we are looking at these lovely images, all viewers will be familiar with these images, and so many parents as well share in the pleasure, if you were to try to analyse, what is the magic? she and i used to talk about why the tiger had been such a success. both her book and then fortunately for me, my play. we came up with ingredients and we said, there is an animal, children always like animals, a lot of picture books have animals, so thatis of picture books have animals, so that is one thing, the next thing was food, children like food and
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there is a lot of food in the book. the next thing was the fact that it was a family, and the mog books have a family, her own family, and children like a domestic situation, and also, there is a child protagonist, so you identify even when you are three or four, with the child. then, you add onto that this extraordinary thing, considering it was her first book, extraordinary thing, considering it was herfirst book, the extraordinary thing, considering it was her first book, the surreal nature of the story, the fact that there is a ring on the door bell and there is a ring on the door bell and there is a tiger there. and you think, where on earth has that come from? she always said it was an idea that came to her when playing with her daughter, and they used to get a bit bored and they like the zoo and her daughter loved tigers, so it came that way. other people had said there is a darker side to it, the fa ct there is a darker side to it, the fact it might be the gestapo knocking on the door. it has been said that may be psychologically, it might be that, but she always denied
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that and said, no, it was a simple story that the tiger wanted some tea and so they him some. no gloriously simple. what was the transition into the play, the stage version? how did you tackle that? she didn‘t think it was possible, a producer, nick brooke, wanted to do it, and i was privileged to be allowed to have a go. idid privileged to be allowed to have a go. i did a synopsis and eventually, we talked about it. i had to expand ita we talked about it. i had to expand it a bit, because it is a short story. instead of starting at tea—time, i went earlier and we start before breakfast. and daddy, who comes on towards the end of the book, was there, and was going to work, and they were seeing him off and it meant that breakfast time, the milkman arrived, he is in the book but not used in that way, and then the postman arrives at 11 o‘clock, and then by lunchtime, and on you go. . .
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o‘clock, and then by lunchtime, and on you go... at the point being is that we are waiting for the tiger. so every child in the audience assumes that the door bell is the tiger, but it isn‘t. and the tiger comes in and everything is set loose. the other thing, she was so generous, i didn‘t want the tiger to talk, for various reasons. it was a full costu me talk, for various reasons. it was a full costume and having a radio mic inside would have been echoey. i also felt it would be better if he mimed the fact that he was hungry and the audience were to pick that up and the audience were to pick that up and be empowered, if you like, to no more than and sophie on the stage. she thought about it and said, well, yes, you could try that. when she came to see the show, she said, yes, you were right. that was a m said, yes, you were right. that was a joy to said, yes, you were right. that was ajoy to me, said, yes, you were right. that was a joy to me, the fact that the theatricality i was trying to put m, theatricality i was trying to put in, which is there in the book, but needed a slightly different techniques in order to bring it bring it alive, it seemed to work. ina bring it alive, it seemed to work. in a couple of sentences, what was
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she like to work with? an absolute joy, she like to work with? an absolute joy, she was very funny, and very hard—working. my word, there is a new book waiting to come out in september, she managed to finish that, and even when i spoke to her on the phone for the last time, when we knew that she wasn‘t very well, she actually said, i think i might actually have an idea... and i said, come on, keep going. sadly, that wasn‘t to be. come on, keep going. sadly, that wasn't to be. lovely to share the memories, thank you so much, david. lots of people will have watched and have very fond memories of the book. in my case, i have read it dozens of times! thank you forjoining us. david wood with lovely memories of judith kerr. now it‘s time for a look at the weather. we have had some warm sunshine around today for many parts of the country, it seems like this, plenty of blue skies, felt warm in
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lincolnshire. as towards the far south—west and in cornwall, the cloud has increased earlier on, thick enough to give some spots of light rain coming from the cloud. also some rain across the far north of scotland, it has been cooler here. but in the sunshine in the south—east, temperatures hit 25 degrees today, a very warm evening here certainly. 0vernight tonight, most of the rain in northern scotla nd most of the rain in northern scotland pushes away, but we will see the cloud getting drawn further southin see the cloud getting drawn further south in the breeze. a lot of cloud for northern ireland, some cloud for wales and the south—west of england, with clear skies further east. temperatures in rural areas for — five. tomorrow, likely to find some more rain into the highlands, and there will be more cloud for southern parts of scotland on friday. cloudy skies in northern ireland, the odd shower here. sunshine in england and wales, but the cloud will increase and some showers are possible. on the whole, it is dry, still warm in the
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sunshine in the south—east, not quite so one further north with more cloud. 0ver quite so one further north with more cloud. over the bank holiday weekend, there will be some sunshine at times, there will be some rain, too, mainly in the north and west of the uk. for all of us, temperatures will drop away as well. saturday sees one or two early showers across england and wales, those will fade and then a sunny spells. more cloud further north and light rain and drizzle setting and across scotland, later across northern england, that will lower the temperature is here. further south in the sunshine, it will feel warm, 20—22. 0vernight, we will feel warm, 20—22. 0vernight, we will find more rain moving in. this weather front here, and will find more rain moving in. this weatherfront here, and low—pressure approaches from the atlantic, that will push a second weather front. the rain will turn heavier overnight and into sunday morning across scotland. moving quickly from northern ireland, but some heavy rainfor northern ireland, but some heavy rain for north—west england north wales. more showery rain as it pushes to the south—east of england, where it is still warm in the
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sunshine. turning drive for northern england, southern scotland and northern ireland. still wet in northern scotland. in her own cabinet. her withdrawal agreement bill was due to be published tomorrow, but downing street says the prime minister is listening to the concerns of colleagues. and all this as pressure increases on mrs may to step down. we‘ll have the latest from westminster. also on the programme... a former youth football coach, bob higgins, is found guilty of indecently assaulting numerous boys over more than 20 years. his supporters are happy, but can prime minister modi unite a divided india after a landslide victory, in the general election? no the gymnast scoring a perfect
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