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today at five... the children sexually abused while in care, and failed by the local authorities meant to protect them. hundreds of children were sexually and physically abused in residential homes in nottinghamshire. an inquiry says it was widespread for 50 years. we are not talking here about one individual that either blocked or actively participated in the sexual abuse of children, we are just talking about a regime that, over many years, didn't recognise what they needed to do to protect children, and i can't repeat strongly enough just how shocked i am.
i had very bad anger issues because of obviously what happened to me, i didn't trust anybody at all, which led me to get into trouble, self—destruct. we'll be speaking to the local mp who's been campaigning on behalf of some of the victims. the other main stories on bbc news at 5... borisjohnson urges political parties in northern ireland to step up their efforts to restore power—sharing, during a visit to belfast. clearly the people of northern ireland have been without a government, without stormont for two years and six months, so my prime focus this morning is to do everything i can to help that get up and running again, as i think that is profoundly in the interest of people here. ryanair warns of job cuts in the coming weeks, saying the airline has 900 too many pilots and cabin crew. bridges collapse and hundreds of homes are flooded in north yorkshire, as almost a month's rain falls in four hours. research shows the effect of climate change on the uk — the met office says the ten warmest years on record have occured since 2002.
and coming up in sport... england make their final preparations for the start of the ashes at edgbaston. an investigation has found that hundreds of children who were abused while in care in nottinghamshire were failed by the local authorities who were meant to be looking after them. nottingham city and nottinghamshire county councils exposed vulnerable children to repeated rapes and physical abuse, according to a report by the the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. the inquiry found some 350 individuals reported being sexually abused while in the care of the local authorities from the 1960s. it said the true number of victims
is likely to be considerably higher. the chair of the inquiry, alexis jay said... our midlands correspondent sima kotecha has the story. beechwood children's home in nottingham, where abuse in the past was rife. today's report concludes from the late 19705 to earlier this year, 16 staff were convicted of sexually abusing children. but the crimes didn't just take place here. this report concludes that the abuse of children in foster care and residential homes was widespread during the 19705, ‘80s and ‘90s. it says all the homes were run by nottinghamshire councils. i have been in the inquiry
now since march 2015, i think this was probably, in terms of scale, the most shocking that we have seen, and if you think about it, we are not talking about one individual that blocked or actively participated in the sexual abuse of children, we are talking about a regime that, over many years, just didn't recognise what they needed to do to protect children. caroline was abused during that time while in care. the impact it had on my life, basically, from that age, obviously, put so many blocks getting older, and obviously i basically withdrew in myself, as i got older, i had very bad anger issues. the report says around 350 people said they had been sexually abused whilst in care in the region from the 1960s. police say the true number is likely to be considerably higher. it also says some perpetrators were allowed to carry on working with children, even though there were doubts about their conduct.
i think we were slow to respond, slow to listen to the concerns that came out, and i really am sorry about that, because you know, these were the most vulnerable children in our society, and we had taken them to protect them in our care, and we didn't do a good job. but the chair of the inquiry has said that neither of the councils have learned from their mistakes, despite more than 30 years of evidence of failure to protect children in care. sima kotecha, bbc news, nottingham. 0ur correspondent phil mackie is outside nottinghamshire county council headquarters for us. picking up on the point at the end of the report, the problems are not just historic, identify cure, but some are ongoing. yes, and there are still ongoing investigations, still
problems identified in the report today which said there is still no proper reporting procedure for allegations of abuse and neither council has learned the lessons that should have, they were not robust enough when people came forward to express concerns about foster carers 01’ express concerns about foster carers ora express concerns about foster carers or a residential staff. not enough is frankly being done. i spoke to some of the many victims today, a group gathered not far from here this afternoon to read the report. i think they are grateful now people are listening to them, in a sense. when they were frightened children in those residential homes in nottinghamshire, nobody paid attention to them at all. but they are worried that, just like the authors of the report suggested, that things might be going on the same way as before and they argue not enough is being done. we have had statements from the county
council and city council today and they have said they are sorry and they have said they are sorry and they know they made mistakes and nothing can put things rightjust yet, and they promised to listen to the recommendations and put things in place. but how often over the yea rs have we in place. but how often over the years have we stood outside county hall is in the country when reports like this come out and been told that lessons have been learned and things have moved on, only to come back several years later to hear the same thing? i think that is the big concern listening to today's story, that may be notjust here but certainly in this county and city, not enough attention has been paid to people who suffer the most abject misery when they should have been looked after. these were vulnerable children who were abused, raped, sexually assaulted, when they should have been cared for. let's speak nowjohn mann, the labour mp for bassetlaw in nottinghamshire, who has been actively campaigning on behalf of around 30 victims of this abuse.
let's pick up on the point that phil was making in a moment but first i would like to see what you think about the inquiry report today. are you satisfied it shows they are listening at last? i think the report is excellent, everything i wa nted report is excellent, everything i wanted to see and it as they are. it is not hundreds of children who were impacted, it is thousands, many thousands. we should bear in mind, i am representing people, covering six different local authorities, not just nottinghamshire. the only difference in nottinghamshire is that a group of survivors organised to get publicity. that is why the inquiry came to nottinghamshire. this could have been one out of very many councils across the country, this isn't simply a nottinghamshire problem. if people think that, they are missing the point entirely about
this scandal of looked after children and child abuse. it is interesting you say that because of course the inquiry itself is looking at institutional failure across the piste, the police, social services and the care of those very vulnerable children, and i suppose that was going to be a question i would ask you, do you think every stone they left, they will find this kind of horror underneath?” stone they left, they will find this kind of horror underneath? i could name six local authorities where if they did the same thing they would find the same thing, perhaps even worse. the fact that the police and two local authorities are criticised so two local authorities are criticised so heavily for what they are still doing, what they have done in recent times, it gets to the nub of the problem. it is notjust not listening, it is not acting appropriately. the role of elected
politicians in this, this report holds indirectly. where is the curiosity to find —— home in directly. it is still a problem today. we have heard from nottinghamshire, the county and city level, they are sorry, they have said, and wants to act on the recommendations. do you think this is going to happen and to the inquiry is going to close the line and this should never happen again, at least in nottinghamshire it will be dealt with? constituents are not bothered about apologies. i have a constituency who last week, after fighting for three years, still cannot get his unredacted file from the council so he can try to track down his mother who he is not seen
for 50 yea rs down his mother who he is not seen for 50 years to see whether she is alive or if not what happened to her and where she is buried. pretty straightforward. that hasn't happened. no mac compensation has been paid to any of my constituents. it is not money for them to go on holiday. i have a constituent and the main thing he wants is to learn to read and write because he never went to school. it has handicapped him in his working life throughout. he would like to read and write. who will pay for that and give him specialist training? that is what compensation should be for. we are sick and tired of waiting. these are simple things. what about the looked after children, those who get excluded from school today, and the problems they have? how sure can we be that the systems are robust?
frankly i am not confident they are in nottinghamshire or anywhere else in the country either. that is not just a nottinghamshire problem. boris johnson has been in northern ireland for his first visit there as prime minister. he's been meeting the main parties for talks about powersharing at stormont. he said his priority was to restore devolution to the northern ireland assembly which has been suspended for two and a half years. during the talks he also repeated his message that the uk would be leaving the european union at the end of october, "come what may". emma vardy reports. boris johnson's road ahead on northern ireland may not always be this clear. the rival parties he is here to meet are deadlocked, while the uk is facing deadlock in its brexit talks with the eu. it is great to be here in northern ireland, and clearly the people of northern ireland have been without a government, without stormont, for two years
and six months, so my prime focus this morning is to do everything i can to help that get up and running again, because i think that is profoundly in the interests of people here and all the citizens in northern ireland. make sure boris johnson doesn't ignore us! you wouldn't come to us, so we have come to you. campaigners came with a cacophony of northern ireland's most divisive issues. shipyard workers alongside anti—brexiteers and activists for victims of the troubles. but it is the irish language and proposed laws to protect it that has become the most difficult issue for the power—sharing talks to overcome. the democratic unionists were the only party to dine with borisjohnson last night. he needs their ear and their votes in westminster. today, they discussed the tensions with dublin over the irish border, a dispute which, if unresolved, could see the uk leaving
the eu without a deal. a sensible brexit is one that recognises that nobody wants to see a return to the borders of the past or infrastructure on the borders. what we want to see is a sensible way forward that recognises that the whole of the united kingdom are leaving the european union, the republic of ireland are staying in the single market, and therefore we have to find a way of dealing with that. we can do that, i believe firmly we can do that, but there has to be a willingness on both sides to achieve that. borisjohnson‘s closeness to the dup has deepened the divide with their arch rivals, sinn fein. he tells us that he will act with absolute impartiality. we have told him that nobody believes that. nobody believes that, because there are no grounds to believe that there is any kind of impartiality, much less strict impartiality.
finding the middle ground here is hard, and with brexit unresolved, nothing comes easy. there was no breakthrough in talks today, and many feel that borisjohnson leaves this island with its economic future in his hands. there's warings a no—deal brexit could lead to 50,000 job losses in the irish republic alone, so many communities are facing nervous months ahead. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. let's talk to our correspondent sara girvin who is at stormont in belfast. comings and goings in the building behind you there today, but are these talks likely to make any difference? i think it is too early to tell as yet but northern ireland has not had a functioning devolved government for 2.5 years. when theresa may was prime minister she travelled to northern ireland and tried to engage with the parties to break the
deadlock but was unsuccessful. can borisjohnson deadlock but was unsuccessful. can boris johnson succeed deadlock but was unsuccessful. can borisjohnson succeed in northern ireland where theresa may failed? we don't know yet. a more hands—on approach? we don't know the answer to that either. many politicians we re to that either. many politicians were meeting boris johnson to that either. many politicians were meeting borisjohnson for the first time today. one told me he was very a cross first time today. one told me he was very across his northern ireland brief and he took more notes in a0 minutes than they saw theresa may and the secretary of state for northern ireland karen bradley take in more than two years. but huge issues still remain here not least around brexit. the two main parties, the dup and sinn fein, it is fair to say they remain worlds apart on the issue. that problem of how to resolve the irish border backstop, such a huge bone of contention in the eu withdrawal agreement negotiations, there is no detailed
01’ negotiations, there is no detailed or viable solution in place yet, whether or without borisjohnson‘s visit today. coming back to power sharing, we heard sinn fein in that report talking about their disbelief in impartiality of the prime minister. you can see it is difficult for him to play honest broker given he needs the dup votes at westminster. yes, the relationship between the conservatives and the dup has been heavily criticised by the other parties for quite some time, especially when they found out that borisjohnson had especially when they found out that boris johnson had dinner last especially when they found out that borisjohnson had dinner last night with members of the dup before today's talks. but just with members of the dup before today's talks. butjust as those issues remain, so are the issues that brought down stormont in the first place, the problem of how to deal with the legacy of northern
troubles. they cannot agree on same sex marriage. and the establishment ofan irish sex marriage. and the establishment of an irish language act, they cannot agree on that. these problems have not been resolved in 2.5 years. there have been talks, there have been talks of talks. it seems unlikely that the political parties speaking for boris johnson unlikely that the political parties speaking for borisjohnson for four hours today will see stormont up and running again any time soon. the headlines on bbc news... a report says hundreds of children were abused while they were in foster care and residential homes run by nottinghamshire councils. borisjohnson urges political parties in northern ireland to step up their efforts to restore power—sharing, during a visit to belfast. power—sharing, during ryanair says it has hundreds more pilots and cabin staff than required and job losses will be announced in the coming weeks. in sport, england are withoutjoffre
archer ahead of their ashes opener with australia. we have more from captainjoe with australia. we have more from captain joe root on with australia. we have more from captainjoe root on the preparations. britten‘s adam peaty says a more aggressive stance should be taken to stamp out doping in the swimming. the eight time champion said better education was needed from the sport governing body. and he may well be the manager but mauricio pochettino says he is not in control of transfers at tottenham and says his job title should be changed. the boss of ryanair has warned staff to prepare forjob cuts after saying the firm has too many pilots and cabin crew. in a video message to employees, michael 0'leary said redundancies would be announced by the end of august and could affect 900 members of staff. our business correspondent theo leggett is here.
can you explain why the sudden need to cutjobs? can you explain why the sudden need to cut jobs? there is a certain irony that not so long ago this company had staff shortages. what michael 0'leary said in what was for him a humble video, to his staff, because of competition in the marketplace, airfares have come down, now ryanair marketplace, airfares have come down, now rya nair likes marketplace, airfares have come down, now ryanair likes to boast about that in public but it reduces their profits. fuel prices have gone up their profits. fuel prices have gone up as well. that doesn't help. ryanair has up as well. that doesn't help. rya nair has changed up as well. that doesn't help. ryanair has changed terms and conditions for employees. it has increased staff costs because of this. so costs are going up and reve nu es this. so costs are going up and revenues are under pressure. ryanair has too many pilots already. and the grounding of the boeing 737 max, involved in two appalling crashes this year and last year, means there
are fewer planes operating this year thanit are fewer planes operating this year than it thought. that reduces requirements for staff. 0n than it thought. that reduces requirements for staff. on top of that, michael 0'leary said the threat of a no—deal brexit could have a big impact on routes between the uk and ireland so he saysjob cuts are inevitable, he won't say how many are aware they will be, but they will start in september and 0ctober they will start in september and october and more to follow after christmas. give me a quick update on what is happening with ba. the pilots have won mac a step in their legal fight pilots have won mac a step in their legalfight on pilots have won mac a step in their legal fight on the right to strike. british airlines pilots won the right to agree to strike last week, british airways went to court to get an injunction to prevent them to do that, they lost, therefore the
pilots can give two weeks notice to strike but we understand there are talks this afternoon to find a compromise. if they cannot, then balpa will have to name a date and their impact on passengers could be substantial. scores of homes have been flooded in north yorkshire after a month's rain fell in four hours in some areas. a bridge has collapsed, road and rail travel is disrupted and more rain is expected, with a yellow weather warning still in place across northern england and parts of the midlands. 0ur correspondent fiona trott is in bellerby in the yorkshire dales. this is where the army has been laying sandbags to stop water from getting into the centre of the village. firefighters have been out to as well, going from door to door, laying sandbags at homes. their own fire station in leyburn has been flooded, vehicles damaged, so their fire trucks are now based at a local farm. that is where the fire brigade is operating from this evening.
earlier we were in grinton where a bridge completely collapsed. part of a village cut off, the emergency services were called to grinton early yesterday evening. an alarming scene for the villagers braving the flood in their cars. meanwhile, in fremington the cars were simply left abandoned. elsewhere hailstones brought villages to a standstill. in leyburn, rescuers themselves could not escape the floodwater. really busy day but unfortunately the fire station has been one of the first victims of the flooding because the crews were already out and about helping local communities. and today the local community is pulling together as the clear—up operation begins. the road was basically a river, and the firemen put sandbags in front of the door, and we had water coming under
the door and through the back door. people are just inundated with water, and you just feel helpless going there because as fast as you pump it out, it comes back in. really it isjust damage limitation and making sure people are safe. in grinton, the damage is clear to see. the sheer force of the floodwater pushed cars and debris across the road. some farmers have not seen anything like it before. we did not lose any livestock, as we managed to get them to safety, but the worst thing is the winter forage, we had 160 bales of silage, and most of that has been washed away and damaged. and they are ruined, i have never seen anything like it. for people forced out of their homes, neighbours have taken them in. i was really concerned for the residents here because water has gone through their houses, some people had to move in with the lady next door, and some are living upstairs in the house as well.
the whole community seems to be helping and gathering round. this was meant to be a focal point for the community this weekend, the mountain bike festival has been cancelled — the priority now is to clear up and help those who need it. you can probably see the bottom window ledge of that pub here in the village and that is where the floodwater came to. people talk about how shocked they were and how quickly it happened. 0ne about how shocked they were and how quickly it happened. one woman was working in northallerton nearby and said it was a sunny afternoon but by the time she got home he or she had to get a lift in a tractor to get to her home, get through the floodwater. people here have a sense of humour, there is a community spirit here as well. one man was here emptying a wheelbarrow into this script and said he was helping out his friends, mucking in. he said
it is what we do. good luck to everybody there and cleaning up. the owner of ladbrokes—coral is facing a fine of almost £6 million forfailing to protect vulnerable customers and guard against money laundering. the gambling commission says the company didn't have proper safeguards in place to stop customers suffering gambling harm. the regulator says one customer lost almost £100,000 over two and a half years. six people have now died in suspected drug—related incidents in south essex since monday. tests are being carried out to identify the exact substances involved but police believe the deaths are linked to class a drugs. public health england are urging drug users in essex to be extra careful. a group of mps has urged the prime minister to take personal responsibility for tackling the increase in youth violence across england and wales. mps on the home affairs select committee say the current strategy
is completely inadequate and are calling on the government to reverse cuts to youth services, and increase police numbers. the home office has rejected some of the committee's findings. danny shaw reports. a young life cut short. yousef makki from greater manchester died in march after being stabbed in the heart. he was only 17. the knife violence which led to the death of yousef and a growing number of other teenagers is described in a new report as an epidemic. the home affairs committee says young people are being failed by agencies and whitehall departments that are meant to keep them safe. teenagers are dying on our streets and families are being devastated. but the government's response is just completely inadequate. we have had a perfect storm of youth service cuts, police cuts, county lines drug networks and school exclusions, and the government is not taking strong enough action on any of them.
in april, theresa may held a summit on youth violence and set up a ministerial task force. but the committee is concerned momentum is being lost and says the new prime minister must take the lead. the report says borisjohnson must drive activity to reduce youth violence. it says schools in the worst affected areas should have dedicated police officers, and it calls for a youth service guarantee, to ensure funding is provided for outreach workers and community projects. that would mean more groups like this boxing club in south—west london. it helps disadvantaged young people and aims to steer them away from crime. when you look at funding and when you look at results, people want to see results in one year, two years, three years. but actually, if you really want to work with those that are costing society the most and those that are involved in some of the more serious youth violence, you need to have a long—term plan for those people. the home office disputes
the committee's findings and says it is taking urgent action to keep communities safe. it has already announced plans to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers over the next three years. danny shaw, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. we have gone from one extreme to another from a week ago with record temperatures and now flooding. some more rain today, across northern england, unfortunately. not as intense or widespread as yesterday. we have also had thunderstorms, lightning flashes there. a lot of them in western parts of scotland. it is still wet at the moment and will be for the next few hours but then we start to see the white weather drawing a way out into the north sea is an area of low pressure responsible for all the rain moves
east. turning dry overnight, 11—1a. a little breezy on north sea coasts, otherwise lighter winds, sunny spells in the morning, sunny spells developing in scotland and in the afternoon northern england, perhaps into the south as well. showers could still be thundery but on the whole most places should be dryer and temperatures a little higher. 0n friday, some showers developing, not so much in scotland, showers should be lighter, temperatures in the low to mid 20s.
this is bbc news. the headlines... a report says hundreds of children were abused while they were in foster care and residential homes run by nottinghamshire councils. borisjohnson urges political parties in northern ireland to step up their efforts to restore power—sharing — during a visit to belfast.
ryanair warns of job cuts in the coming weeks — saying the airline has 900 too many pilots and cabin crew. bridges collapse and hundreds of homes are flooded in north yorkshire — as almost a month's rain falls in four hours. research shows the effect of climate change on the uk — the met office says the 10 warmest years on record have occured since 2002. and coming up — a00 years since the first enslaved africans were sent to america, the speaker of the house of representatives condems the "grave evil" of slavery, on a visit to ghana. time for a look at the day's sport — jane dougall is at the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. we start with the ashes on the eve of the tournament.
archer was the leading wicket taker and the successful world cup campaign that has been recovering from side strength that he did play a t20 match for sussex last friday. tapping jail route is about that number three says he picked the strongest line—up not quite four archer to make his test debut. strongest line—up not quite four archer to make his test debutm coming back from a quite serious injury and we looked at the conditions and made a decision on what we thought was best to take 20 wickets here and also allows him time to get absolutely ready and fit and make sure that he has got his workload up and ready to go for it later on in the series. the farmer ranger died at the age of 7a. he was hit for six 60s in the match and
struck an freighted 36 balls and over. as a bowler he captained his county and took 993 first—class wickets in the course of his career. tottenham take on bayern munich in the final of the pre—season audi cup this evening, but the match has been overshadowed by comments from their manager mauricio pochettino. he's said that he's "not in charge" of transfers at tottenham — and believes hisjob title should be changed from manager to coach. tottenham broke their transfer record to sign lyon midfielder tanguy ndombele earlier this month — theirfirst signing in 18 months. pochettino says he knows nothing about the situations of his players, and that anything contractual is dealt with by chairman daniel levy. iam not i am not in charge about that situation and of course i am the boss, the signing to play and
philosophy, it is in my area but another area i am today, i feel that iam the another area i am today, i feel that i am the coach. england forward toni duggan has signed for spanish league champions atletico madrid on a two—year contract. duggan left barcelona earlier this summer, after spending two seasons with the catalan club. she helped them reach last season's champions league final, where they were beaten by lyon. duggan played three times at this year's women's world cup in france and has scored 22 goals in 75 appearances for england. meanwhile england's women are set for a record home crowd, after selling more than 50,000 tickets for a match against germany at wembley in november. the previous record was a5,618, when germany were also the opponents and claimed a 3—0 win at wembley in 201a. 100 metre breastroke world record holder adam peaty has said more needs to be done by swimmimg's governing body to stamp out doping. peaty won three gold medals at the world aquatics championships in south korea last week, a competition which saw two
swimmers warned for protests against the chinese swimmer sun yang. peaty told us earlier that it has a lot do with education around doping. we asked him if he thought the governing body is doing enough. no, not nowhere near. i think across the board, iaaf have taken a massive sta nce the board, iaaf have taken a massive stance that the olympics will be an interesting time to see what happens with that but we just let it develop and see what happens but again we have been saying this for three yea rs, have been saying this for three years, still nothing has been happening now who knows what motivations they have to keep them in sport. finally, frankie dettori has continued his impressive form. he won the big race of the day at glorious goodwood — the sussex stakes — on board ‘too darn hot‘. the evens favourite is trained byjohn gosden and owned by andrew lloyd webber. he was briefly in trouble at one stage, but eventually pulled clear to win easliy from ‘circus maximus' and ‘i can fly‘.
congratulations to him. that is it for now. we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past six. earlier we heard that scores of homes have been flooded in north yorkshire — after a month's rain fell in four hours in some areas. it comes as new research shows how climate change is actually warming the uk. scientists at the met office say all 10 of the warmest years on record have occurred since 2002. more details from our environment correspondent matt mcgrath. the state of the uk climate report has been released just days after a new high temperature record was set in the uk. last week's short, scorching heatwave saw the mercury hit 38.7 celsius in cambridge. but that new high mark doesn't come as much of a surprise to climate scientists. for those tracking the data, the uk is simply mirroring a global trend, showing the human impact on our climate. we are likely to see more warmer years on record, possibly record—breaking temperatures in the future. those colder conditions
are going to become less frequent, so the beast from the east events will still happen from time to time, but they will become less frequent, less extreme when they do happen, and the warm events, the rainfall events, the heavier rainfall events, will become a much more frequent occurrence. as an island, the uk's climate is extremely variable. but when natural variability gives us a hot year it's far more likely to be in the top ten because of the warmer background. while 201a didn't break any heat records, it was consistently warm enough to top the met office list. despite a sizzling summer in 2018, the year was only the seventh warmest thanks to cold spells and increased snowfall. the last time the uk had a top—ten cold year was 1963 when arctic conditions saw the seas freeze in some places. climate change, says experts, has significantly increased the difference between the hottest and the coldest years. we have actually added new data for the period from 188a until 1910 and the top three coldest years
are in that period. so there is a stark separation between the coldest years in the uk and the warmest and this is a consequence of our changing climate. the evidence from this report is that hotter years are now the new normalfor the uk. and people will have to adapt to cope with life in a rapidly warming world. matt mcgrath, bbc news. paul ceppi is a lecturer at the grantham institute for climate change and is here with me now. thank you so much for coming in. doesn't make you wary that ten hottest years in this century alone? i would say it is a significant result and not surprising in the sense that it is exactly what we would expect from global warning so we have to keep in mind that we have 1 degrees of global warming since the mid—19th century and preindustrial times and we still have an actual year to year
fluctuation in temperature because of random weather but what we are doing is we are shifting the odds towards a more warm events and fewer cold events that we can still have the occasional cold snap like the beast from the east and last year and despite that in 2018 we were still a one year and this was a warmer than average year. can you explain why we get so much rain i do not know if you saw our reporter in yorkshire who had to come home and a tractor because the water was so high? temperature is not the only impact but we also know from theory that extreme events will also become more and so heavier downpours so to speak to put in simple words and the connection as a bit weaker said the link towards hot extremes was very robust and the link to extreme rainfall is weaker but still there.
and obviously the government is moving en masse in the uk does now have legally binding commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions are we in your view moving fast enough to get to net zero carbon? first of all, it is important to highlight useful targets and essentially the only way to mitigate climate change is the concentrations of the atmosphere and that is the right goal to cut down carbon emissions so i think the attention is very good at and the challenge will be to actually implement the right policy to achieving that goal that michael which is another challenge. to achieving that goal that michael which is another challengelj to achieving that goal that michael which is another challenge. i was interested to see an opinion poll last week from one of the polling companies in this country that was suggesting over 70% of the population saw climate change as the biggest ongoing challenge. the
general public is becoming increasingly aware and concerned by this issue obviously because we can experience climate change with the hot spells so i think because we are democracies and hats that be the will of the people so i think that is an important component of the change that needs to happen and of course it needs to be policy change towards achieving the goals. we have towards achieving the goals. we have to leave it there but thank you so much. the body representing the uk car industry says new investment has fallen dramatically, as companies spend hundreds of millions of pounds preparing for a no—deal brexit. the society of motor manufacturers and traders says production fell by more than a fifth in the first half of 2019. the organisation is warning that no—deal will present an ‘existential threat‘ to the industry. our business correspondent, theo leggett reports. car making is one of britain‘s biggest manufacturing industries
and it accounts for a large part of exports but its prospects are looking increasingly bleak. in the first six months of the year, production fell by a fifth as sales in major markets abroad dropped sharply. meanwhile new investment in the industry has plummeted. not long ago companies were investing billions of pounds every year in new factories and facilities. so far the figure has been a paltry 90 million and the smmt says uncertainty over brexit is at least partially to blame. it‘s been a massive drop off because we have that fear of no deal. yes, we‘re in a bit of a down point of a cycle but anecdotally what we‘re seeing is the fear of no deal is causing investors to hold back and wait and see what‘s going to happen. new investment is badly needed. honda‘s announced plans to close its factory in swindon in two years‘ time while ford wants to shut its engine plant in bridgend. thousands ofjobs will be
lost and at the moment they‘re not being replaced. meanwhile vauxhall‘s parent company has said if there‘s no deal over brexit, it will reverse plans to build a new version of the astra at ellesmere port, threatening the future of the cheshire plant. it‘s not all bad news. jaguar land rover has announced plans to spend nearly £1 billion developing electric cars. that news came in too late to make it into the official figures. the smmt says it‘s very welcome but it‘s also an outlier and that elsewhere investment has simply dried up. but companies are still having to spend money. the smmt says at least £330 million have gone on preparing for a no deal brexit at a time when it says funding is badly needed to develop new technologies. it‘s incredibly difficult to prepare to innovate while thinking that we may go to a no deal brexit with no transition. that‘s the biggest concern of the car industry in the uk at the moment.
in a statement, the government said... "we continue to talk to industry including the automotive sector in the run up to exit day to ensure they‘re prepared and can maximise the opportunities of our exit from the eu." but the smmt insists that failing to get a good deal could jeopardise the entire future of car making in this country. theo leggett, bbc news. it‘s the final day of campaigning in the brecon and radnorshire by—election. voters go to the polls tomorrow in the first electoral test for borisjohnson as prime minister. from brecon, our correspondent tomos morgan sent us this update the story all started in march when chris davis, the then tory mp was found guilty of submitting £700 worth of fake expenses claimed. that conviction led to a recall petition just last month here and with more than 10% of this constituency signing
that petition that meant mr davis had to relinquish his seat and a by election was triggered. historically this was the seat has flitted between the conservatives and lib dems over the years and chris davis had been reselected to stand for the tories and jane dodd will stand for the liberal democrats. she is the welsh liberal democrat leader and if she was to win it, it would be a huge coup for this leader, joe swenson in a nation where they do not have any liberal democrat in seats. 29—year—old tom davis will be standing for labour, others have not decided to field a candidate this time around. this constituency lies where in the european parliamentary election the brexit party actually came out on top. for them, there is a retired chief police superintendent will stand. liz phillips stands for ukip and another would stands for another party. but no doubt the main talking point for tomorrow will be the timing, just a week after borisjohnson went into number ten. and of course if the tories do lose the seat, it reduces the majority in westminster down to one seat
in a time in which mrjohnson of course needs all the support he can get. and you can find the list of all candidates standing in the by—election on the bbc news website. the headlines on bbc news... a report says hundreds of children were abused while they were in foster care and residential homes run by nottinghamshire councils. borisjohnson urges political parties in northern ireland to step up their efforts to restore power—sharing — during a visit to belfast. ryanair says it has hundreds more pilots and cabin staff than required and job losses will be announced in the coming weeks. it is a00 years since the first victims of the transatlantic slave trade arrived in north america. today, speaker nancy pelosi led a us congressional delegation to ghana to mark the event.
ms pelosi made the trip with 12 members of the congressional black caucus at a time of heightened racial tension in the us. last week president trump told four congresswomen — all american citizens — to "go home". thomas naadi reports from accra this trip has been about what connects the united states and ghana, friendship but also a dark past. it is a00 years since the first africans were sent across the atlantic, the start of a trade that will claim millions of lives and shape both countries forever. this is the door of no return, the exeter which thousands of enslaved africans we re which thousands of enslaved africans were forcibly shipped to america and the caribbean to live a life of slavery. visiting the castle clearly had a profound impact on the us
lawmakers as anti—police he told the parliament. at the castle we saw the dungeons where thousands were grotesquely tortured. and we saw before the door of no return, where cou ntless before the door of no return, where countless millions caught their last glimpse of africa before they were shipped to a life of enslavement. being here has been a transformative experience for all of us. for ghana, 2019 has been celebrated of the year of return to reconnect with the ancestral home. for many reminded them of the way the past has shaped their future. it is offering as a moment of sober reflection, to get to know the thing that our forefathers went through. we were sold by our own chiefs, our own
uncles and fathers and we should stop blaming people, and we should concentrate on working hard looking after ourselves. 400 years down the line, not remembering how they were taking off our shores, it is a privilege to be alive today. no one would be left out or left behind when it comes to their race or colour or background. and finished with a press conference at the us embassy, coming at a time of heightened grace racial tensions in the us. a man has been arrested after three people were assaulted in wigton, in cumbria. police said two men and a woman were injured and have been taken to hospital. 0ur correspondent alison freeman is in wigton for us. liking you tell us? we know that the
police were called here just before 2pm this afternoon to reports of three assaults, those assaults have actually turned out to be stabbings, police confirmed this afternoon they recovered two bladed articles or knives from the scene. we know the first stabbing happened just around the corner from here on church road where a woman was stabbed and moments later to men were stabbed on the road behind me. in the past few minutes police have clear the cordons and the town has been and locked down throughout this afternoon. we know that the two males who were attacked where picked up males who were attacked where picked up by males who were attacked where picked up by northwest air ambulance and we re up by northwest air ambulance and were taken to hospitals and press tan and black. he we know the man had been taken to preston is not thought to be suffering from life—threatening injuries. it is very unusual to have happened in this town and everyone knows each other. we have been chatting to people around here today and they say that as soon as the attacks
happened the place was swarming with police and helicopters were overhead and everyone was told to stay in their homes and businesses. a man has been arrested, he is currently in police custody and police are looking for anyone else in connection to these attacks. just three months ago, 18—year—old khadijah mellah sat on a racehorse for the very first time. tomorrow, she competes in the prestigious ‘magnolia cup‘ at goodwood. it‘s an extraordinary story that sees her go head to head with the likes of 0lympian victoria pendleton. it will be a big moment for british racing too, as khadijah will be the firstjockey to race wearing a hijab. miriam walker—khan went to meet her. khadijah mellah only sat on a racehorse for the first time in april. at goodwood on thursday, she‘ll be making waves in the racing community in front of around 25,000 people. i feel ready. i have ridden the horse i‘m riding for the race many times
and i am feeling confident. but there‘s always a little nervousness because i have never ridden a big race ever. the muslim women‘s sport foundation says you can count the number of female muslim jockeys in the uk on one hand. but khadijah doesn‘t view her background as a barrier. generally i like explaining where i‘ve come from and how i‘ve got to where i have. when i do ride out there i try and spot other people or any other women of colour and there was only one woman of colour in 200 riders. it doesn‘t faze me in any way. it means that ijust end up talking to loads of people and making great connections, so i‘m happy. ebony horse club in brixton provides access to horseriding for young people who wouldn‘t usually be able to afford it, as well as children from special schools and young offenders. seven years ago, khadijah‘s mother came across a leaflet for the club and she has been coming ever since. khadijah, as long as i've known her, has always been extremely ambitious
and extremely determined and she will be here every week riding but also helping out the young riders here. i've never seen her be anything less than super excited to take on a new challenge. for khadijah, finding a club in such an urban part of the country wasn‘t a problem, but for many muslim girls it‘s not that simple. of the nearly 3 million british muslims, the vast majority of them live in big cities, making equestrian sports difficult to get into. i what the club‘s done here is quite amazing. it‘s brought the club to the community and has made it accessible for lots of young people here who might not have had the chance to participate in horse riding and racing had it not been in such an urban environment. but how easy is it for other muslim girls to get involved in sport when they don‘t have people from the same backgrounds to look up to? 0n the elite platform, we struggle to find females who represent the muslim community as well. so role models are something that will, i think, help muslim girls to try sport at least and if they do
like it to try and progress through so it is not just about grassroots — it is about supporting these women to the elite. i never thought initially that i would have a future in racing at all but now that i‘ve been introduced and i‘ve, you know, been riding race horses for the past couple of weeks, and i‘ve fallen in love with it and i‘ll definitely keep at it. and somehow, maybe one day i‘ll get into big races, and become an amateur or an apprentice. miriam walker—khan reporting. good luck to her in the magnolia cup tomorrow. before we go to weather, let‘s look at these amazing pictures from china, a toddler who survives a 6—story fall. that is a child following happily into a blanket, ta ke following happily into a blanket, take another look there you can see that the red circle around the
child, who was apparently home alone and how he got out on that balcony hanging there i did not know. it is a little boy apparently. very lucky. a quick thinking woman on the ground below who found a blanket. now we have to go to the slightly more grand subject of the weather. i have been hearing that there is flooding around the greater manchester area which does not really surprised me to be honest because it has been raining pretty much all day, one shower after another after another and and has been heavy rain as well. we have showers developing across western parts of scotland and quite a few thunderstorms here and even some thunderstorms and the wet weather across northern england. north yorkshire has not been anywhere near as wet and courtesy of this area of low pressure and has drifted up from the southwest and this is where it has been over the past few hours or so and that is why we see so much rain around it.
northern england and all the lightning flashes there, with some slow living and heavy downpour is. wet weather over the west and over the next year hours and then we find it starts to dry off the bed and the showers become fewer and fade away and set parts of the uk, temperature is 11-1ad and set parts of the uk, temperature is 11—1ad with still a few showers lingering tonight across parts of scotla nd lingering tonight across parts of scotland by the area of low pressure tomorrow rather than sitting right over northern england will be in the north sea and that will take away a lot of the showers but not all of them mind you. many places will start dry tomorrow and centring around and it will bubble up the cloud as it warms up and it will be quite breezy and we have showers developing and scotland and then in the afternoon across northern england and southern counties of england and southern counties of england as well, could be heavy and boundary and were placed they should be dry, and a little bit higher than today and mike wins later it should
feel warmer and start of the ashes, there is a chance of a shower with most parts it should be dry with little sunshine as well. on friday as well, still a few showers on friday but not so many and scotland and in general those showers should be lighter on friday so get some sunshine and those temperatures will be up to the low to mid 20s this time of year it should feel warm and the sunshine. at what is coming our way for the weekend? another area of low pressure, another big one but sitting through the west of us through the weekend. is pushing i had these from the atlantic. a few light showers around by getting quite why mess weekend in the southeast on the uk where it is further north and west wet weather friends coming up on sunday and bringing patching mostly late rain.
hundreds of children in care in nottingham were sexually abused by the people who were supposed to be looking after them. a damning report says the abuse was widespread over a period of more than four decades — one woman who was in care at 11 says she still suffers nightmares. you learned very quickly that you were basically just their entertainment. we were there for their entertainment. whatever they wanted to do. also on the programme tuck heavy rain brings flash flooding in parts of northern england — of northern england — in north yorkshire a month‘s worth fell in just four hours. parts of greater manchester and cheshire are under water after 20