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this is bbc news. i'm ben bland. the headlines at 8pm... detectives investigating the death of a police officer have said he died of "multiple injuries", as they were given more time to question 10 suspects. within an hour of the incident happening we had arrested ten males aged between 13 and 30 on suspicion of murder. i can confirm that the males were arrested from a local authority—run caravan and mobile home site. a 17—year—old has been charged with the murder of lawyer peter duncan, who was stabbed with a screwdriver in newcastle on wednesday. pro—democracy protesters take to the streets of hong kong once more — they've been supported by thousands of teachers. jeremy corbyn‘s proposal to be installed as a caretaker prime minister to prevent a no—deal brexit is rejected by another senior conservative mp.
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england bowl australia out for 250 and finish the forth day 96 for four in the second innings of the lord's ashes test. good evening. police in berkshire have been searching a caravan site close to where a 28—year—old policeman was killed on thursday night. thames valley police have confirmed that a post—mortem examination revealed pc andrew harper died from multiple injuries. officers said it was consistent with him being dragged along a road by a vehicle. detectives are continuing to question ten people aged between 13 and 30 years old arrested on suspicion of murder. daniela relph reports.
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friends, colleagues, the local community. the tributes to police constable andrew harper have been constant. almost exactly a month ago to the day, pc harper was getting married. now, instead of heading off on honeymoon next week, his new wife has to face life without him. a postmortem was carried out on andrew's body yesterday and the cause of death has been recorded as multiple injuries. the cause of death is consistent with our current belief that andrew was caught between the vehicle and the surface of the road and then dragged for some distance. forensic teams have continued their search for evidence throughout the day. there have been extended road closures, widening the search area. much of the focus has remained on the four houses corner caravan site, around three miles from where pc harper was killed. forensic teams working along officers leading the murder inquiry. all having to face the difficultjob of investigating the death of one of their own.
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the death of pc harper has highlighted the dangers facing police officers in their everyday work. it's a pressure recognised by other emergency services, some of whom were here today to pay their respects. a lot of people say we have a dangerousjob but most of our opinions is that ourjob is nowhere near as dangerous or as difficult as the police and the ambulance service. trying to establish a detailed chain of events remains a police priority. as the thames valley force deal with the professional challenge and the personal angst of solving the murder of a much—loved police officer. daniela relph, bbc news, sulhamstead in berkshire. a 17—year—old has been charged with the murder of a lawyer who who was stabbed with a screwdriver in newcastle on wednesday evening. peter duncan, who was 52, died after being attacked outside a shopping mall in the city centre. northumbria police say the teenager — who can't be named for legal reasons —
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will appear in court on monday. a search and rescue operation is underway in kent to find a six—year—old boy who has fallen into the river stour near sandwich. crews from kent fire and rescue are working with the police and coastguard, which has deployed a helicopter to help with the search. the fire service is also briefing members of the local community on how they can help. riot police have cleared roads in hong kong after a standoff with pro—democracy protesters as the political crisis in the city enters its 11th week. a rival pro—government rally also drew thousands, highlighting the deep divisions that have been widening ever since china took back control from britain two decades ago. from hong kong, here's our china correspondent, john sudworth. and a warning — his report contains some flashing images. hong kong's summer rains have done nothing to dampen the fury. most of it directed at the police —
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now seen as agents of a hostile state by people who say they are fighting for their city's freedom. just a short drive away, china has stationed paramilitary police in the border city of shenzhen, designed, it seems, as a very visible and ominous warning. are you worried china will send troops to hong kong? no, because if they do, they'll have to pay for that. we don't want to pay for anything. on the other side of this deeply divided city, pro—beijing groups were rioting. they reject the claim that china is eroding hong kong's special status. and they support the police, who by nightfall were once again facing off against the pro—democracy protesters and sweeping them from the streets.
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well, what began as a provocation by a small group of hard—core protesters has turned into this. a massive show of force by dozens of riot police, clearing a busy shopping street. it is a clear illustration of the intractable nature of hong kong's political crisis and of the breakdown of trust on all levels. bystanders, drawn in by the scenes, also hurled abuse at the police. a once confident, outward —looking city trapped in a cycle of recrimination and bitterness. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. the senior conservative mp, sir oliver letwin, has said he could not support a plan to prevent a no—deal brexit that would result in jeremy corbyn appointed as a caretaker prime minister. it's another blow for the labour leader's plan to form a time—limited government of national unity. our political correspondent,
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nick eardley, gave us the latest. the numbers are not there, he needed to win over a considerable number of conservatives to make this work and this is not happening. some of those who said yes, jeremy corbyn, we want to meet you to talk about tactics, have made it clear that does not extend to potentially making him prime minister and the latest to say that today is oliver letwin. not a household name but somebody really important in this process because he has been spearheading cross—party talks to try to stop no deal for the last few months. mr corbyn‘s argument is simple — he is a leader of the biggest opposition party and because of that he should be the man who takes over. this is what he said today. i suspect all those people that are now making lots of noises in the media will realise that the option that will be put to parliament of supporting a motion of i'io parliament of supporting a motion of no confidence against the government in orderto
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no confidence against the government in order to prevent an no—deal brexit is the most important vote they will ever do in parliament. because it will prevent this country being brought to a great problem by ano being brought to a great problem by a no deal exit and i suggest they think about that and support the motion i would put forward. mr corbyn is warning lib dems and rebel tories that if they really want to stop no deal they have to get behind him but the problem is there are this is in flying. rebel tories are not being won over and oliver letwin made it clear this morning that he will not back mr corbyn as prime minister. i would much prefer a moment to try to get to something that will actually get us a substantive alternative we can agree on without finding out whether people are in the end willing to do that or not. i would rule it out if it led to jeremy corbyn being that or not. i would rule it out if it led tojeremy corbyn being in downing street. and i am not convinced that there is any solution that involves such a mechanism as you are describing that would not have that result so we are talking
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about very distant possibility and i would prefer to focus on the question of how get that. where does this leave us? does this make under the brexit were or less likely? considerably more likely because the opposition parties cannot get their ducks in a row to figure out what the alternative is. and they're coming up against a downing street thatis coming up against a downing street that is resolute, whatever happens, the uk leaves on the 31st of october. it is getting ready, it is putting various plans into action andi putting various plans into action and i suspect that many in downing street will be sitting, fairly relaxed about the fact that the opposition parties are spending more time arguing with each other on tactics than they are with downing street on whether an no—deal brexit isa street on whether an no—deal brexit is a good thing or not. in terms of the urgency, we are getting ever closer to that key date of october 31. the default position is if there is no alternative government of
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national unity, the default is britain leaves without a deal?“ something does not change then that is exactly right, we leave the eu on the 31st october a deal. there is no sign as things stand that europe is about to renegotiate the deal, though that might change over the next few weeks, boris johnson's ope is closer to d—day you get the more likely it is that europe might blink but there is no sign just now. the parliamentary manoeuvres in early september will be crucial because that vote from jeremy corbyn will almost certainly happen, whether he wins it is another matter. some tories are reluctant to bring down a conservative government, even to stop no deal if that did happen the big rise or over who takes over. the other thing that is being worked on that some people hope will manage to unify the various factions at the moment is legislation to try to force the prime minister in late october to go back to europe and ask
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for another extension. but another warning from oliver letwin today was that it warning from oliver letwin today was thatitis warning from oliver letwin today was that it is fine and well trying to stop no deal but if you don't have an alternative, that is what we will come back to. that is a default, u nless come back to. that is a default, unless you come up with something else. nick eardley. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30pm and 11.30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the broadcaster lynn faulds wood and anne ashworth, associate editor of the times. police in germany say two people have been killed after a stabbing at a railway station in the city of iserlohn in north rhine—westphalia. a man is in custody and police say there is no risk to the wider public. us officials have issued a warrant to seize an iranian oil tanker and its cargo a day after a judge in gibraltar granted the vessel's release. the grace 1 was stopped by royal marines last month amid reports it was heading for syria, in breach of eu sanctions. tehran denies the claims but the us
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department ofjustice has accused the tanker‘s operators of conducting "deceptive voyages". a group of 27 teenagers has been allowed to disembark on the italian island of lampedusa after more than 16 days at sea aboard the spanish rescue ship open arms. the italian coastguard took a rib out to the ship to pick them up and take them ashore, but more than 100 migrants remain on board the vessel, which has been anchored off the coast for three days. the open arms crew had said the conditions on its ship were untenable, with so many migrants packed together on deck sharing very limited facilities. a massive fire has swept through a slum in the capital of bangladesh, dhaka, leaving 50,000 people homeless. about 15,000 homes were destroyed in the blaze in the chalantika slum late on friday. no deaths have been reported, however, several people were injured. most residents were out of their homes celebrating the muslim festival of eid al—adha.
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the bangladeshi government have confirmed relief will be provided for the many thousands who are now without shelter. crowds have gathered in the sudanese capital to celebrate the signing of a power—sharing deal between the ruling military and the civilian opposition alliance. sudan's dominant military figure, general dagalo — better known as hemetti — told the bbc that the council would abide by every letter of the deal. the agreement is intended to end months of pro—democracy protests during which the long—serving president, omar al—bashir, was toppled. our correspondent in khartoum is sally nabil. since the early hours of the morning people have gathered here in the streets of khartoum singing and dancing. by all means this is a historic day for sudan. just after the signing of the constitutional declaration we have seen women in tears, we've seen children waving the sudanese flag.
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you can see this type of festivity all over khartoum. the declaration paves the way for a civil government which is expected to be formed within a few days. the people here are pinning a lot of hope on this government. we expect it to put the country back on track. sudan suffers from poverty, high inflation and poor infrastructure. i've been talking to the people here and they tell me today is a day to be remembered. a dream coming true. a moment they have been waiting forfor so long. some of them tell me they do not trust the country's military rulers to abide by the political agreement. but they do believe in themselves, more than ever before. the headlines on bbc news:
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detectives investigating the death of a police officer have said he died of "multiple injuries", as they were given more time to question ten suspects. a 17—year—old has been charged with the murder of lawyer peter duncan, who was stabbed with a screwdriver in newcastle on wednesday. pro—democracy protesters take to the streets of hong kong once more. they've been supported by thousands of teachers. and after the sport, we'll bring you the remarkable story of a british athlete at the para—canoe world championships this week. sport and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's jane dougall. good evening. it might be early days in the season, but getting any points from premier league champions manchester city is vital for teams aiming for the title. that is what spurs did today with a 2—2 draw at the etihad, but under rather controversial
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circumstances with var playing a major part in the final few minutes of the game. ben croucher reports. manchester city fans arrive to matches these days full of confidence. normally a matter of when rather than if they take the league. after 15 straight league wins, predicting their first goal scorer wasn't too tricky either. de bruyne, sterling, 1—0. what many wouldn't have seen coming was a subdued spurs hitting straight back. their first shot on ederson's goal found the city stopper offering half of it to erik lamela. so city turned to another tried and tested formula, de bruyne, aguero, 2—1. something had to change for tottenham. this is lucas moura being brought on in the 56th minute. ten seconds later, this is lucas moura equalising. two shots on target, two tottenham goals. what city would give for such prolificacy. when they hit the target they found hugo lloris in the way. when they beat him, they found the crossbar in the way. taking aguero off did not go down well. it looked inspired when gabriel jesus fired city ahead in stoppage
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time only for var to spot a handball in the build—up. it left city leaving the etihad feeling a little hard done by. lama i am a little bit old school, i love the floor of the game, the enthusiasm but if they want to make the game better, i have no problem, i think the only thing that ijust learned after the game, if the ball had touched somebody of the hand of tottenham, it would have been a penalty, so that is totally absurd. that is a rule which should be looked at. if it goes one way it should go the other way. liverpool followed up their opening day win with a 2—1 victory at southampton. jurgen klopp's side with their 11th successive top—flight victory. sadio mane scored against his former club before roberto firmino made it 2—0. there was a dreadful mistake from goalkeeper adrian which let danny ings score to get one back for southampton, but ings squandered the chance to get a second. elsewhere, arsenal won
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the day's early game, 2—1, against burnley. aston villa lost their first home game back in the top flight to bournemouth. brighton and west ham drew 1—1. everton had their first win of the season beating watford 1—0 and promoted norwich beat newcastle 3—1. four out of five of today's scottish league cup second round games went to extra time. ajames forrest goal in the 114th minute saved celtic‘s blushes against dunfermline, finishing 2—1. lots of goals in the hibs vs greenock morton game. it finished 5—3 to hibs. and partick thistle beat ross county 3—2. cricket and steve smith made the headlines again on day four of the second ashes test, but not only because of another impressive batting performance. resuming on 13, he soon reached his 50, aiming to become the first batsman to score four successive ashes hundreds in england. but smith was forced off the field of play after being struck by two jofra archer deliveries.
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he did return to make 92, australia 250 all out. that gave england a lead of eight, but they struggled with the bat. captain joe root was one of the wickets to fall. england closing on 96—4, a lead of 104. rugby and wales will move to the top of the world rugby rankings for the first time in their history after beating england in cardiff. the only try of the match came in the first half, george north scoring after a superb kick by dan biggar. england responded with two george ford penalties but it wasn't enough and the match finished 13—6 to wales. the win means new zealand's ten year run at the top will be over when the rankings are publlished on monday. congratulations to wales. that's all the sport for now. thank you very much. we will see you $0011. the hollywood star peter fonda has died at his home in los angeles.
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he was 79 and had been suffering from lung cancer. the actor was best known for the 1969 film easy rider, which he co—wrote and produced. our correspondent, peter bowes, takes a look back at his career. easy rider, the counterculture classic. the open road, sex, drugs and rock and roll. the film was written, produced by and starred peter fonda, along with dennis hopper, playing a pair of long—haired bikers travelling through the american south—west and deep south. it touched a nerve with the country's youth and captured easy rider, the counterculture classic. the mood of the times. it also spawned a new era in film—making, focused on younger generations. it earned peter fonda an oscar nomination for best original screenplay, and catapulted him to stardom in hollywood. later in his career, he was nominated for best actor in the 1997 drama ulee's gold, in which he played a florida beekeeper. he won a golden globe for the film. peter fonda was part of hollywood royalty,
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the son of the actor henry fonda and younger brother ofjane fonda. like his father, he was honoured with a star on hollywood's walk of fame. a lasting tribute to the actor, and as news emerged of his death, a place for his fans to remember their hero. in a statement, peter fonda's family said they were mourning the loss of a sweet and gracious man who had an indomitable spirit and love of life. jane fonda said he was her sweet—hearted baby brother and went out laughing. earlier i spoke to film critic peter debruge from variety magazine. wild angels, the trip, these two counterculture movies he made with roger corman on micro budgets and that inspired him to make easy rider where he is really representing the rebel, he and dennis hopper on their motorcycles, riding across country, doing drugs, real drugs on camera,
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and representing this generation. but he lived 50 years longer than easy rider and this summer is the anniversay of the release of that film and in that time that rebel spirit sort of became not necessarily mainstream enough, but respected enough. by the time he made ulee's gold, the otherfilm you were discussing there, he had mellowed into what we think of the hippies as now. so here is someone who ripped up hollywood and reinvented it and became in a way the gentle old grandfather or uncle in his late career. an amazing transformation, both in an actor and in the culture that he did a huge service to sort of revolutionise. and that film easy rider was one of the first independently made films that broke through and showed that independent films could succeed so how
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important was that? easy rider was the movie that really blew that old model apart. it was radical that it was done on almost no budget. instead of it being moralistic and outside the hippie generation, judging them harshly, it was made from within and was something that young viewers could identify with. and because it cost so little money and it was so current, hollywood was scrambling to figure out how to make more movies like that and connect with that audience that was turning its attention to television. looking at his family tree, not only was he destined for a career in movies but almost certainly destined for a successful career in movies. it is interesting because jane fonda was nominated for an oscar the same year as peter. she was starring in they shoot
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horses don't they? over the next decade she won two oscars and this was an incredible dynasty. one of the things that marks the career of peter fonda is that in the face he looks like his father henry, an incredibly handsome and striking man, with high cheekbones, a strong chin, and when you see him in easy rider, basically he is rebelling against the conservative dad figure. this guy looks like an icon of hollywood, basically representing this rebellious younger generation. but of course, yes, he had not only the dna and also the upbringing to put him on this path and he was in great company. people often talk about easy rider and he co—wrote and produced that film. but in his later years, how did his influence on hollywood show itself if indeed it did? i think in the immediate aftermath
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of that movie you had things like dirty larry, crazy mary, this wild kind of car chase movie where again he is uprooting the establishment. playing the outside hero. he was in cannonball run. but leaping forward to later on, post ulee's gold, he is remembered as this kind of bike rider icon. he plays the leader of a bike gang. in ghost rider he is a kind of a demonic mephistopheles overseeing the fate of ghost rider. he had been branded by that iconography of the captain america role that he had in easy rider.
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reflections on the life and the legacy of peter fonda. this week, the para—canoe world championships take place in hungary and for one british athlete on the start line, it'll continue a remarkable journey. three years ago, suffering from an agonising condition, hope gordon made a life changing decision to have her leg amputated. now after switching from competitive swimming to para—canoe, she's hoping to make waves in the sport. ben croucher has the story. so, when i was 12, i went to school one day, just absolutely fine, just your average kid. during school, my leg, essentially, just stopped working. eventually, i got diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, so i went through nearly ten years' worth of treatment and most of them actually made my leg worse, not better. eventually, i elected to have my leg amputated. we often hear how athletes make tough decisions. hope gordon knows all about this.
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three years ago, she took the drastic decision to have her leg removed after it had been causing her constant pain for a decade. the nhs does not offer amputation as a treatment for hope's condition because there's no medical guarantee that it will stop the pain, but hope was willing to take that risk, so she raised money for a private doctor to perform the surgery. yeah, life isjust so much better. everybody tells me that i look like a new person. my quality of life is just through the roof. and just a year after her operation, she became a national champion in the swimming pool. i kind of went from being able to do anything i want to not being able to walk within the space of the day. yes, i did train, i did compete, but, actually, i really used it to get me through some really tough times. i don't really want to imagine what life would have been like if i didn't keep swimming. after competing for scotland in the pool, gordon responded to an advert looking for para— canoeists, and took to that equally well. she's a great success story for the scottish canoe association, one of our home nations up there.
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she's worked on their talent programme and then has progressed through on to the full world—class programme and it's fantastic to see herjust absolutely blossoming, really. the next target is to perform at the world championships in hungary. only then can gordon start thinking about a paralympic debut. i'm not going to the world championships looking or expecting to medal. i want to go and enjoy it and put down the best race i can and if i can do that, then, hopefully, that will put me in a good position. she's now on the start line of the next phase of her life — just a flat—out sprint ahead. we'll have the headlines and just a moment. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello again. well, broadly speaking, today has been a day of sunshine and showers, with rather breezy conditions as well. some very large, towering clouds threatening there in the skyline in the highlands of scotland, and here we have seen a number of heavy showers tied up with an area of low pressure just to the north—west.
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across the south of england, meanwhile, we have this wiggling weather front that is going to be heading in over the next few hours. that will threaten outbreaks of rain, scraping its way across the south of england before turning north, bringing rain potentially into parts of east anglia and south—east england, but for the time being, it is a largely dry picture across england and wales, only isolated showers. the majority of the downpours working in across scotland and northern ireland where they will continue to be through the rest of the night time. there is that rain working into south—east england, probably getting into a good part of east anglia as well for a time overnight, with clearer skies elsewhere across england and wales but the threat of a few showers in the west, showers continuing to feed in on the blustery winds in scotland and northern ireland, overnight temperatures between 11—14 degrees. on sunday, there is this wave on the weather front to start with, bringing rain to east anglia and south—east england. that will clear out of the way, and with low pressure close by to the north—west of scotland, again, this is where we will see
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the lion's share of the showers on sunday, some of them turning heavy and thundery, and showers getting in at times to north—west england, northern wales, a few showers down towards south—west wales and south—west england, the driest weather probably across the midlands, east anglia, south—east england, once we have lost the threat of the early morning rain. into monday, the area of the low pressure that has been with us through the weekend will drift closer to norway. we still have weather fronts tucking in across parts of scotland and northern ireland bringing further heavy showers or perhaps even lengthy spells of rain for a time. the showers reach in across parts of northern england and the north—west of wales. the driest weather across south—eastern areas of the uk. temperatures below par for the time of year in scotland, 15 in stornoway, 16 in edinburgh, but in the best of the sunshine further south, temperatures will reach the low 20s.


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