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number one priority. getting ready for it is now the government's number one priority. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says his party will do everything it can to block a no—deal brexit. iran says it will reduce its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal until its interests are protected. the comments come after senior diplomats from britain, france, germany, russia and china met representatives from iran in vienna. a 15—year—old boy from essex wins nearly £1 million in the world cup finals of the online game fortnite — and he's only the runner up. now on bbc news, the best of the week's interviews and reports from the victoria derbyshire programme. hello and welcome to the programme.
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over the next 30 minutes we will bring you some of the highlights and original journalism from a programme over the last week. on monday we revealed how leading surgeons told this programme that women who had some types of breast implants should be warned about a condition linked to chronic pain and extreme fatigue. tens of thousands of women on online forums claim they have suffered from what is known as breast implant illness. it is not an official diagnosis and there is little scientific evidence that implants cause the symptoms, but some surgeons say more research is needed and patients should be warned about the condition. anna collinson reports. naomi macarthur is five foot two and can lift double her weight. she's a fitness instructor and is proud of her strength. five months ago her life very different. yes, i am terrified.
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ithink... sorry. in november 2014 she decided to get breast implants. she knew she looked great, she felt that she was dying. i had the most horrific symptoms, like i remember i started getting, like, severe pains in my stomach, like gut problems, and the tiredness i felt, almost like i had ran a marathon and dug like a million trenches and done a load of stuff and i hadn't done anything. i was writing, and i said to my mum, it is not right, it is too hard. writing with a pen was that tiring. she changed her diet and made lifestyle changes but the symptoms kept coming, including hair loss,
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allergies and rashes. it's like every time i think about it, it upsets me. i knew that i would get emotional, doing this. take your time, we can stop whenever you want. it has been absolutely horrific. the amount of pain and suffering i've had to go through, going to clinics with hospitals and doctors and saying to them, i am so ill, and they are saying it was not to do with the implants. last summer she discovered breast implant illness. she joined online support groups and found that tens of thousands of other women were like her. she started a video diary. if i had gone to the clinic before i had my breast surgery and they told me about this condition, i would never have had implants, and i think people need to be aware of this.
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naomi made the difficult decision to pay thousands of pounds to have her implants removed. there was no guarantee that her health would improve. it is for the best. i'm sure it's for the best. i'm alive! very quickly, the symptoms that had played naomi for the past four years disappeared. i cannot believe how amazing i feel, and how much i have bounced back. it is insane. my eyes have gone completely white. like, what the hell? i had completely bloodshot eyes all the time and my eyes are white, now. this is crazy. but despite stories like naomi's, there is still scepticism in parts of the medical community. i spoke to one surgeon who said
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that he does not believe breast implant illness is a thing. how does it feel to hear something like that? i find that really, actually, saying that, it is kind of a bit offensive. i feel a bit offended by it, really, because i know that what i experienced was real. who do you belive — a surgeon who is making money or thousands of other women were ill? there have been more than a million breast implant operations in the uk and most of them turned out well, but complications can arise which can ruin lives, complications which some women say they were never warned about. consultant plastic surgeon norah nugent has helped patients like naomi. breast implant illness is poorly recognised, to be perfectly honest. it is where women have several symptoms which can vary from person to person.
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they have not conclusively proven that silicon causes direct harm to the body's tissues or causes these reactions, but there are not very many studies directly studying these effects, and, if you get improvement after having your implants removed, then clearly that was the right course of action to take. going forward, do you think all surgeon should warn their patients about breast implant illness? ideally, yes, patients need the most information possible. the british association of aesthetic plastic surgeons have told this programme that women should be told about the risks ahead of surgery, despite there still being limited scientific evidence. anyone who believes they have the condition has been advised to see their gp, but removing implants does not guarantee improved health. breast implant illness has been discussed amongst women for decades. do you think it is shocking that we still don't know exactly what it is and what is going on?
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it is disappointing that we don't have all the answers but it is encouraging that we are still looking for the answers. hundreds of thousands of women were affected by the pip implant scandal which broke in 2010. six years later a national safety implant register was set up and women are encouraged tojoin it so that they can be traced if something goes wrong in future. it's hoped it will also lead to a better understanding of breast implant illness. naomi and i have come to meet a woman preparing to have her implants removed, also known as explanting. hi, nice to meet you. stephanie harris has tried three different types of implants and each time has experienced auto—immune symptoms. this is one of my explanted implants
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that i had the first time, my pip implant. doctors believe that her symptoms are impla nt—related. i spend 90% of my time lying down alone in my bed. i cannot read for very long. i cannot write for very long. my memory struggles with it. i watch movies, that is what i do, 90% of the time, then people see me like this with my make—up on, and up and they think, fine, there's nothing with you, but only those that are really close to me see that, after this, i will be in bed for two days because i'm running on adrenaline right now. dealing with breast cancer is one thing, but that was easier. that is going to sound strange, but it was easier to deal with than the chronic fatigue, and for lots of people that will sound ridiculous, but i can say that i have been through both and this is harder.
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uk medical devices watchdog has said more than 1500 adverse incidents involving breast implants have been reported in the last five years. it currently does not recognise breast implant illness. steph wants the nhra reporting system to be made more accessible so that the true scale of complications is known. you're having your explant on the 15th. naomi, have you got any advice? i completely understand how horrible it is. i'll be phoning you! but what made me feel better about it all was just knowing that you would be ok by next year. it is dreaming about things like going for a walk and if i can get back to work, if i can get a little bit more energy to make life a bit easier, it would be fantastic. in the end your health is the most important thing.
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it is now one week after implants removed. she says she is feeling pretty good and has been for a few gentle walks. she is hopeful about the future. on tuesday, joanna gosling spoke to 28—year—old sarah boyle, a mother of two who was wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer. she was put through chemotherapy and lost most of her hair, then underwent a bilateral mastectomy, the surgical removal of both breasts. doctors only realised their mistake and that she didn't have cancer several months later, by which point the damage to her body had already been done. i wouldn't have much prefered them to say you have done it, well done, all of those months of that. it would have been worth it. now you are dealing with the frustration you have described. take us back to how the diagnosis came about, what happened? i was feeding teddy at six months old.
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he was great. he naturallyjust latched on. there was no "i'm struggling," it was fantastic. when he was six months he stopped feeding on one side. and became really distressed. i thought i would get this lump checked out. you had had a lump for some time. you had been told it was nothing to worry about. it would fluctuate with hormones and size. so i got it checked out. and i was fast tracked and it all happened really quickly. it went from there, really. obviously, as you said, you had louis‘ older brother was just a baby then so you are dealing with a newborn baby and going through treatment. it must have been incredibly hard. it is a suffering that no mother
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should have to go through. when they have got... we were newlyweds with our honeymoon baby, everything was perfect. it was perfect. and then it is just an explosion that goes off. how long did the treatment go on for? i had eight cycles, one every three weeks, and then a month when my blood had recovered again i then had my bilateral mastectomy, so i got diagnosed in november 2016, and i had the treatment finished on the 23rd of may 2017. when did you then discover that actually you hadn't had cancer? you had a follow—up check. it all led up to today, really. in bits and bits and bits. more has been emerging.
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with the initial checkup you were told great news, you have beaten cancer you are in the clear? no, i called in and we found no cancer, there has been a terrible mistake, they said. sorry! justjuggling him, yes, thank you. you were told then that you didn't have cancer and you had never had it. how did you react to that moment? it is a mixture, because i thought, have i beaten it? is it gone? is that what they mean? so my brain latched onto that. i have beaten cancer. i do not have cancer. it is fantastic, and my husband is saying, no, sarah you do not have cancer, you have never had cancer.
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yeah, so it is like... since then, i am told i'm dealing with post—traumatic stress disorder so one of the main things is the brain does not understand that situation. is it ok? sorry. no, that is fine. thank you very much. so, where you are now, then, nothing can put right what you have been through. no. and what you're continuing to go through. yeah, so mentally, i still cannot get my head around it. so i lie there at night time and all of a sudden, i get that wave of fear, thinking, is it going to come back? then i am reminded nothing is going to come back because you do not have it, but for all that time, when you are told that you have cancer, and you are having your treatment and you are feeling poorly and you're not with your children, and your hair is falling out
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in the bath, all those traumatic things, you cannotjust erase that. that is something that will be for the rest of my life, especially when i look in the mirror and see my scars. do you have plenty of support through this? what is getting you through? i am in no—man‘s land. one of the main things i was saying to your researchers is, there is no support after cancer. my breast care nurse is fantastic. she is brilliant and she has referred me to the cancer psychology team, but it is not the cancer psychology team that i need. you're in, maybe not a completely unique situation, but i would imagine a tiny group of people. yes, really, this is what i'm hoping, that somebody contacts me and says, i can help you. because they have been through it? yeah, because at the minute, i do not have anybody. there is nobody i can talk to and i do not want to talk to a breast cancer psychologist
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because i do not have breast cancer, i do not need to accept anything, but she is great. of course. you're saying you're dealing with something that is beyond the realm of what most people have experienced and you want to find someone that can understand that? a lot of people as well will find that husbands and partners... it is so lonely. my husband has contacted several people and said, i need help and support and they have said, our duty is not to care for you. 0ur duty of care is not to you, stephen, it is to your wife, and so he is thinking, who is there for me, what do i do? he gets the generic, "we will refer you to this," and it is like, i need support. nobody can be there for him. it is no—man‘s land. finally, more than 6,600 suspects have been investigated for historic child sex abuse since
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the jimmy savile scandal broke in 2012, that is according to new figures seen by this programme. one in three crime reports later led to a conviction but faced with a massive increase in cases, critics say police sometimes accepted and believed those claims without a proper investigation, so how common are false or wrongful allegations of historic sexual abuse and what impact can they have on the lives of those accused and later cleared? 0ur reporterjim reid has been looking into it. right, i'm going to start you by asking about st george's school. if you can imagine a lovely mansion in the middle of the rolling suffolk countryside, which now became home to 300 boys. it was a beautiful school to look at. simon warr has spent his whole life teaching, languages mostly, but also rugby
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with the older pupils. i am looking forward to today's class, i might learn something. he has also been a teacher on tv reality shows and a sports reporter on local radio. he was nearly 60 when at 7:15 one morning his life changed. i think it was the second day of the christmas holidays, and i heard a banging on the kitchen door and as i opened the door, four police officers swept past me, pushing me back onto the cabinets and the fifth one in read me my rights, the fact that i had been arrested for an historical assault on a pupil at st george's. that arrest took place just after thejimmy savile scandal in 2012. since then, more than 6,600 suspects have been investigated for historical abuse in a school,
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care home or other institution. but many other cases were dropped or the suspects found not guilty at trial. i am ros burnett, research associate at the university of oxford. yes, i have done some research on the impact on people who have been wrongly accused. most of the people that we interviewed said it had affected them, their health, their relationships, their family relationships, a lasting sense of having changed as a person. after his arrest, simon was taken to martlesham police station near ipswich. he was told the allegation was of a sexual nature, a former pupil said he was touched
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inappropriately after a pe lesson some 30 years earlier. i said to the police, before we get any further, i do not teach pe, i do not teach 12—year—olds games, i am sorry, there has been a mistake, this is mistaken identity. i think i explained to the police but they would not listen. police took his diaries, his photographs, his computer, his phone. he says they used those to contact at least a dozen former pupils at his old schools. his name and the details of his arrest were broadcast on bbc tv and radio. they started under the premise, this man, who we have arrested, is guilty. the police tried desperately for others to come forward. and when they went to see former pupils of mine, i learned this afterwards, people have told me, that was made quite clear,
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that i was guilty, i was going to be prosecuted, and they were looking for people to be strong enough to come forward, get off their conscience the fact that i had done similar things to them. in the past, it has often been very difficult for victims of historic abuse to get any form ofjustice. a series of changes were meant to improve that. those accused no longer have a right to anonymity. police guidance has said there should be a presumption a victim should always be believed. but the danger is, this also increases the risk of false allegations. last week, carl beech was sentenced for making up claims he was abused by senior politicians. police have apologised after first describing his allegations as credible and true. the journalist david rose has spent 20 years investigating historic abuse. if you look at some of the recent cases, especially in the wake of savile, there is no doubt
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that the police have taken the view that allegations are going to be true. i mean, they have said it. the commander said during yewtree that you will be believed if you make an allegation aboutjimmy savile. we have had this statement about the vip paedophile ring, that allegations are credible and true before they are even investigated. it later appeared that they were an absolute pack of lies, but at the time, it created a total moral panic. you put all these elements together and you have almost created a perfect storm for miscarriages ofjustice. campaigners for the victims of child abuse would make the point that these cases are incredibly difficult, often no forensic evidence, therefore investigations need to have almost a special status. i would turn that around. yes, you're not likely to have forensic evidence, there may well be no other witnesses, but that, it seems to me, imposes a duty to be more careful than ever.
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so you can see there is quite a number of these files, and they are full of the hundreds and hundreds of pages of documentation. six months after his arrest, simon was told a second former pupil had come forward, alleging he was abused. both complainants were friends, and both had already been awarded compensation in a different abuse case at the same school. you forget what it is like to have peace of mind, that is the biggest challenge of the lot. every waking hour, you think of nothing else. i was not eating, i was not sleeping. i was a wreck, i was an emotional wreck. the scale or prevalence of false allegations is almost impossible to measure. there are next to no statistics on historical cases, academics say there is little doubt
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the majority of victims are genuine, but even a small number of false allegations can still have huge consequences. what i feel is that false allegations have not been considered enough, the possibility of false allegations has almost been airbrushed away, and so, yes, there is an almost complete neglect of the presumption of innocence. in final remarks to the jury, the prosecution said mr warr was clearly an excellent teacher. it took two years for simon warr‘s case to come to trial. 0n the stands, a complainant and witness both changed key details of their stories. more than 20 former pupils, parents and teachers gave evidence in his defence. in the end, thejury returned its verdict in a0 minutes. he was found not guilty on all seven charges. it was a tremendous relief, i think probably out of body
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experience is what it is, because you have it in your mind, if any of those seven are guilty, my life is in ruins. the fact you have been accused, even, that will be, you will be inextricably tied in with that forever. simon warr left teaching after the trial. he said the publicity made it difficult to find another job. he is now calling for some of the legal protections in historic abuse cases to be restored, and for those accused to have their name and identity better protected. and in a statement, suffolk police, which investigated simon's case, said, we collated the available
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that is it for this week's programme. you can contact us. last week was all about the heat with an all—time record high for the uk. in the week ahead things will be cooler and fresher, and showering as well. we have had a weather front across the uk that has outstayed its welcome across some areas. still some heavy rain for parts of the midlands and north—west england through evening, drifting further north into scotland through the
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small hours of monday. misty and murky to the north, and humid night with those in the mid teens. clear skies to the south, those 12—13. for monday, the front moves northwards, and drier prospects for many as we sit between weather systems. a tiny ridge of high pressure, but later in the day this will come into play, and it is a big feature. first thing monday, a lot of cloud around. as that front drifts north, showers for scotla nd that front drifts north, showers for scotland but brightening across northern income. sunny spells for many, temperatures mid 20s. strong and gusty winds later in the day around the coasts, particularly the south—west. and perhaps south wales as well. that low—pressure area will bea as well. that low—pressure area will be a feature through the week ahead. monday into tuesday it drifts further east. strong winds on tuesday affecting much of the south
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coast. some frequent showers piling into the south—west of england and wales, that lil will destabilise things, showers breaking out as far as scotland. eastern counties of england will be driest and brightest. temperatures into the mid 20s. wednesday that lowe is still with us. east anglia and the south—east will have some heavier rain along with northern england and the midlands. some brighter prospects for the south—west. the far north of scotland and shetland doing well with some pleasant spells of sunshine. towards the end of the week, more showers around for a thursday, but friday should bring a drier and brighter day.
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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at apm: riot police in hong kong have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of protesters who defied a ban and marched through the streets for an eighth weekend of protest. many, many rounds of tear gas have been fired. rubber bullets. but still the preparedness of this protest movement to turn out no matter what is still quite strong. michael gove, the minister who has to prepare the uk for a no deal brexit, says it's a "very real prospect". getting ready for it — is now the government's number one priority. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says his party will do everything it can to block a no deal brexit. iran says it will reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal signed in 2015, until its interests are protected —

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