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75 years after the d—day landings, honouring those who fought and remembering those who never came back. piper plays. this morning a lone piper marked the moment british forces went ashore — the beginning of a campaign that determined the fate of generations. hundreds of veterans have made the journey to normandy — perhaps for the last time — and remembered the brothers—in—arms that never came back. when my life is over, and i reach the other side, none of them wanted to be part of another war, but when the test came and freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought.
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a new memorial dedicated to the 22,000 british troops who died in the campaign. the prime minister paid tribute to their sacrifice. to our veterans here in normandy today, i want to say the only words we can. thank you. it was the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. 11 months later, hitler had been defeated and europe freed. also on tonight's programme, another body blow for britain's car industry. ford is to shut its plant in bridgend. 1700 jobs at the favtory and hundreds more at suppliers will be lost. ford blames huge changes in the car industry. khuram butt, the ringleader of the london bridge attack, played with his children hours before the killings. the latest from the inquests. a new inquiry into patient safety at liverpool's failed nhs trust. concerns that 150 deaths were not
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investigated properly. and coming up on bbc news... all the latest reports, results, interviews and features from the bbc sports centre. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six from arromanches. and the new d—day garden that has been built here. 75 years after allied troops stormed the beaches of normandy, hundreds of veterans have returned for the anniversary of one of the most momentous operations in military history. today began with a lone piper
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marking the moment british troops first landed on the beaches onjune 6th, 1944, alongside mainly american and canadian forces. prince charles, theresa may, along with the presidents of france and the united states, attended commemorative events across northern france to honour those who fought here. lucy williamson has the story of d—day, 75 years on. piper plays the sounds that made europe's history are buried on these beaches. above gold beach, where gunfire rang out 75 years ago, a lone piper marked the moment when british soldiers set foot in occupied france. the din of battle echoing for some beneath the silence of the crowd. along the coast at ver—sur—mer, theresa may and emmanuel macron saw the foundation stone laid
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for a new memorial in honour of the 22,000 british—led troops who died in the normandy campaign. the faces around them, a reminder that wars between nations, between ideologies, are fought by individuals, that this war was fought by these men. these young men belonged to a very special generation, the greatest generation. a generation whose unconquerable spirit shaped our post—war world. they didn't boast. they didn't fuss. they served. they did their duty, and to our veterans, here in normandy today, i want to say the only words we can. thank you. george batts, a d—day veteran who'd campaigned for the monument in honour of his fallen comrades, rose to remember them.
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none of them wanted to be part of another war, but when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought. they were soldiers of democracy. they were the men of d—day, and to them we owe our freedom. last post plays. at bayeux cathedral, those who never returned from the normandy beaches were honoured by veterans and leaders from the commonwealth in a service of remembrance. the prince of wales paying tribute alongside the men who'd fought under his grandfather. the bittersweet words of the kohima epitaph read on behalf of the fallen here in the first french town freed by the allies. for your tomorrow, we gave our today. at the us cemetery, america's modern
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day president gave his thanks to the servicemen of the past. you are the pride of our nation. you are the glory of our republic. and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. the experience of american soldiers on 0maha beach among the most brutal of the allied campaign, etched onto the faces in front of him. we know what we owe to you veterans. 0ur freedom. on behalf of my nation, i just want to say thank you. at arromanches, british veterans gathered on the beaches they once took. as europe remembers those who will never grow old, there is a need to cherish those who grow older each year. those for whom remembrance is memory, for whom a nation's
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heroes are friends. for whom a minute's silence holds within it the noise of war. this is it, they are on the beach, plunging waist deep into the sea and treading their way among the steel asparagus tops that reject out of the water. as the sounds of remembrance drifted back across the channel, there is a sense there may not be many more moments like today. when europe pays tribute to the heroes who are here with us, as well as those who aren't. lucy williamson, bbc news, normandy. the d—day landings were the biggest combined land, airand naval operation in history. up to 7,000 ships delivered more than 150,000 allied troops to five beaches along the normandy coast, which was heavily defended by the occupying nazi forces. so how did the events of that
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momentous operation unfold? there comes the grinding of heals on shingle and our troops... there comes the grinding of heals on shingle and our troops. .. at 6:30am, the first of more than 130,000 allied troops began to scramble onto the beaches of normandy. american, british and canadian forces had to wade through chilly waters onto shore under heavy fire. many never even made it onto the beach. to the west, more than 57,000 americans landed on two beaches, code—named utah and omaha. at 0maha they face the stiffest resistance from german troops who were digging in on the cliffs above. that's where the allies suffer the highest number of casualties on d—day. further east, a force of more than 84,000 led by britain and canada, landed on gold, juno and sword beaches near the city of caen. around 75,000 german troops we re of caen. around 75,000 german troops were waiting for them in normandy,
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but many of them were young and inexperienced. they knew an invasion would come but hadn't expected it until later in the summer, so on d—day they were taken completely by surprise. and they were slow to react. elaborate deception schemes in the months before the invasion convinced many nazi commanders that a second invasion force would also strike elsewhere, so many of their best soldiers and tanks were held back. none could be moved without hitler's direct approval, and he wasn't woken until 10am, hours after the allies had begun to land. such delays help to the invasion force to gaina delays help to the invasion force to gain a significant foothold, but at a high cost. there are no precise figures for casualties on d—day, but it is estimated around 11,000 allied troops were either killed or wounded. german casualties were high as well, between four and 9000 that day. tens of thousands of french civilians were also killed in the bombing and intense fighting across normandy that continued for almost
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three months. hundreds of those who served have made their way to normandy for the anniversary. for some it is the first time they have returned. robert hall has spent this week with the veterans, on theirjourney back to northern france. he is now on what was called gold beach. robert. ever since we sailed from dover last sunday, these are the places that have been foremost in the minds of veterans. the five beaches that bring back memories of their own experiences but also, has you have been hearing, of those they lost. but today was an opportunity to remember the men whose names are carved in cemeteries and also a chance for the french, who suffered so chance for the french, who suffered so much during the fighting, to welcome back their liberators. along the narrow streets of bayou, dappled with sunlight this morning,
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the site of old men paraded with pride. in 1944, the first ally liberators moved cautiously between the old houses. the people here have never forgotten what that meant. humbling. it makes you feel humbled that people want to come out and applaud you. not enjoy, but i've come here to remember those that never came back. how important is it for you to be here on the anniversary? we are all getting old, aren't we. i'm nearly 96. ken hay came ashore with the dorset regiment. i got captured a couple of weeks later. i went out coal mining in poland. it's a bit overwhelming. they are so welcoming. at the
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cemetery at bayeux, eric strange, his head full of last night's emotional departure from portsmouth. asa emotional departure from portsmouth. as a young officer, eric commanded a landing craft under fire from german offences. there was this royal marine lieutenant, and his chest was not very good. all one could do was try to get some first aid up to him as quick as, but... for a moment, among the lines of white stones, eric and his fellow veterans were back on the beaches. there is a lot of lads there that were unlucky. you've got to thank god that i was lucky, but it's very moving when you see that, the people who did give their lives for it. eric rarely talks about his d—day experiences, but his voyage over has helped him
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to open up and today he found a willing ear. this evening, as vetera ns willing ear. this evening, as veterans reach the journey‘s end, the message they carried was simple. don't say i'm a hero. i'm no hero, i was lucky, i'm here. all the heroes are dead. robert hall, bbc news, arromanches. the commemorations today have focussed on the efforts of allied troops. french president macron has talked about the sacrifices the french made from his country, both civilians and the resistance. 0ur correspondent matthew price is in caen, which is less than 20 miles from here. that city paid a terrible price during the liberation, didn't it? that city paid a terrible price during the liberation, didn't mm really did. whilst those troops were arriving on fighting on the beaches, appear on the roof of the building behind me, now the city hall, french civilians were painting a giant red cross symbol, and they were doing it
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because other french civilians were arriving here to take sanctuary from the battle they knew was about to commence. in all, 10,000 french civilians lived inside this building for 43 days. that's how long it took the allies to take caen. it's how it long it took the war effort to push forward through normandy. it's a reminder that d—day was just the beginning of the end of the second world war. what is striking today is how many world leaders have come here to normandy... a great show of helicopters behind us. what is the message they have brought with them? i think the overwhelming message has been one of the need for continuing international collaboration to make sure this never happens again. but what was particularly striking was that in the ceremony first thing
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this morning went to reza mae, basically on the world stage for the very last time before she resigns as prime minister, alongside french president emmanuel macron, listens to emmanuel macron saying, we built all these global institutions, nato, the european union, the united nations, they emerged from the rubble of world war ii, and we must protect and preserve those institutions. he made the same message in front of president donald trump of the united states, who actually nodded at that point in his speech. there was that message, very much an echo of what her majesty the queen said in portsmouth yesterday, of the need for continued international cooperation. perhaps the best symbol of that i have seen is here on the streets of caen, a city that was occupied by german forces. and today, just down the road from here, there are flags flying on pendants. fourflights, the british, the american, the french and the german flags. matthew
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price in caen, thank you. that's all from normandy for now. i'll be back before the end of the programme. now it's over to george with the rest of the day's news. the car maker ford has confirmed plans to close its engine plant in bridgend in south wales next year. the company blamed huge changes in the industry and insisted the decision was not connected to brexit. 1,700 workers have been sent home after receiving a letter, which says they will lose theirjobs in phases from 25th september, 2020. it is the latest blow to car manufacturing in britain, following honda's decision to close its swindon factory. 0ur wales correspondent sian lloyd is in bridgend. george, there was a sense of inevitability about this announcement, but that does not soften the blow felt by the workforce here. indeed this plant is said to have been worth £3 billion
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to the local economy over the past ten years, and it has been described asa ten years, and it has been described as a dark day in this community. it's been a turbulent few years for workers at this plant. many had feared this news could come, but not quite so soon. at lunchtime today they were sent home. i'm not backing until monday. we have been told we will have support but what that means we don't know. quite a lot of us means we don't know. quite a lot of us located from southampton to bridgend and there's not going to be anything left when the place closes. got it for the workers. since it openedin got it for the workers. since it opened in the 1980s, this factory has been the biggest employer in this area. at the company says customer demand for the type of engines made here has fallen and it hasn't been able to find additional work. ford announced injanuary that
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1000 jobs would be lost. today they said the plant would close com pletely said the plant would close completely by the end of 2020. union leaders said the workforce felt abandoned. what they have done is conditional. when that day happens, like today, it is a devastating blow and ourselves as a union will be fighting them on this. the impact of these job losses will be felt in the wider community too, including at this local cafe. i do quite a bit of business with ford, and to take that away will leave a big black hole. graham rees has worked at the plant for 35 years, he was one of those sent home today. there is no light at the end of the tunnel. you have just got to face the truth and the truth hurts. workers hope to learn
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more on monday, but many like graham believe their future prospects are bleak. sian lloyd, bbc news, bridgend. our business editor, simon jack, is here. it's not as if any of the workers had done anything wrong. no, there are huge forces at work in the manufacturing industry at the moment. you had the confusion over diesel and diesel gates, the rush to electrification, and global car manufacturers are thinking about what they make, where they make it, and who they make it with. against that backdrop you have a plant operating in a way that is expensive and inefficient and making a product of the past and not the future. what does this tell us about the wider car market? you mentioned honda in swindon. we do know the investment in the uk car manufacturing industry
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has fallen over the last three years so has fallen over the last three years so it is tempting to think, is this to do with brexit? ford today insisted this was not to do with brexit. they are looking at a future. this is an industry that is struggling to pay for its own future, and i'm afraid that as a future, and i'm afraid that as a future that does not look like bridgend will be a part of. simon, thank you very much. at the inquests into the london bridge terror attack, the wife of the ringleader, khuram butt, broke down in court, saying she still could not look at photos of her husband's eight murdered victims. zahrah rehman described how she refused to go on holiday to turkey with him and their children over fears he would flee to syria, asking her family to take away their passports. from the old bailey, here's our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford. just hours before he led the london bridge attack, khuram butt with his family, but after lunch that day he walked out of the family home and they never saw him again. his widow,
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zahrah rehman, told the inquest... that evening, while she was out for afamily that evening, while she was out for a family meal, he returned to the flat with the other two killers, making his final preparations for the murders at london bridge. zahrah rehman told the court that when she got back to the flat that night the lights were on and the back door was open. she was furious and started texting her husband but she said, obviously by that time, he wasn't even alive. eight people had just been killed, the three attackers we re been killed, the three attackers were themselves shot dead. the next day she was told that one of them was her husband. khuram butt and zahrah rehman had
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married in 2013, she said he was charismatic, confident and funny, but her husband was spending time with the extremist anjem choudary. when khuram butt booked a family holiday to turkey, she worried he was going to take them to syria. at one point, khuram butt‘s brother—in—law even called the anti—terrorist hotline but nobody thought he would attack britain. zahrah rehman said that in the aftermath she had secretlyjoined other londoners laying flowers at the bridge. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the old bailey. an independent inquiry has been launched into the running of a failed nhs trust, amid concerns 150 deaths were not properly investigated. liverpool community health ran services such as district nursing and dentistry on merseyside for almost eight years before
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being taken over last year. the inquiry will look into "historic incidents of serious harm" and 17,000 cases related to patient safety. 0ur social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, reports. personally, it destroyed me. personally, it destroyed melj personally, it destroyed me. i was suicidal. 0ur decision was overruled and the lady died six hours after she was admitted. last year former staff at liverpool community health told me what it was like to work there. today we learned what some of there. today we learned what some of the consequences of that culture were. 150 deaths were not properly investigated, 43,000 further incidents were not accurately recorded including 17,000 which involved patients. they will have to give evidence... labour mp rosie cooper, whose own father was badly cared for by the trust, has campaigned for six years to uncover the scale of the failings. this time
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the scale of the failings. this time the people of liverpool will actually understand what was done to them in their name by a group of renegade nhs directors and managers. this board was dysfunctional from the start, and all the regulators, not one regulator spotted it and held them to account. it has been a disgrace. more than 20 of the deaths being investigated occurred at liverpool prison. some of the records were found in a cabinet in the health care unit but there is little evidence they have ever been entered into a computer system, even less so than any of the information they contain had been acted upon. in fa ct they contain had been acted upon. in fact it took investigators a while to get access to the records. nobody could find the key. medication errors led to patients not getting the drugs they needed or getting double doses or the most severe pressure ulcers would the left
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unchecked. the harm that had on their wellbeing needs to be established. in my years at the nhs i haven't experienced something that feels so systematically not fit for purpose. the person who led the trust for four years said today she was truly sorry for the failings of the trust. this independent inquiry should now reveal the problems in full, cleansing a dark and shameful period in the history of the nhs. michael buchanan, bbc news, liverpool. time for a look at the weather. here's nick miller. rain on the way? yes, some gardeners might like the idea of that. tomorrow's sunshine will be harder to come by as this low pressure comes our way. some rain tonight in normandy and here it comes towards us. normandy and here it comes towards us. unusually windy for the time of year too. 0vernight, ahead of it,
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the showers we have at the moment fade away. it becomes dry, quite chilly, some places close to freezing, but here comes the rain on the low pressure into southern england and it is spreading northwards. the spell of heavy and persistent rain across much of england and wales as the day goes on, it may fringe northern ireland later, but elsewhere in northern ireland and scotland still some sunny spells. the wind is picking up with the rain as well, initially in easterly, which means north—west scotla nd easterly, which means north—west scotland could see the highest temperature tomorrow, up 19 degrees, most of us up to 14 degrees. the rain heads north into saturday, but in this area where it is clear, parts of wales and central and southern england, there could be heavy and thundery downpours producing a lot of rain in a short space of time. the wind will reach up space of time. the wind will reach up to 50 mph along the coast, may be more in the channel islands as the wind strengthens around this area of low pressure, still very much with
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us low pressure, still very much with us into the start of the weekend. at that stage, these places should be brightening up but it will be a blustery start of the weekend. parts of central and eastern england could reach 50 mph in places, unusually windy for the time of year. not particularly warm, but it feels warmer on sunday as the winds ease, there is sunshine and showers. active sophie in normandy. nick, thank you. it has been an intensely emotional day in normandy, particularly for the 400 or so british veterans who have returned here, many for the first time. this garden we are in, the d—day garden, is all about the old men, the vetera ns is all about the old men, the veterans looking back at their younger selves and their fading memories but what so many of those who have spoken to today said they hope we remember what they did and the price that so many have paid. from all of us here in normandy,
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goodbye. last post plays. these young men belonged to a very special generation, the greatest generation, generation whose unconquerable shaped our post—war world. when my life is over and i reach the other side, i will meet my friends from normandy and shake their hands with pride. today america embraces the french people and thanks you for honouring our beloved dead. i am no hero, i was lucky, i'm here. all the heroes
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are dead. singing.
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