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thomas cook's stores are to be bought by a rival, hays travel — the move could save several thousand jobs. the company says it wants to reopen many of the shops as soon as possible — and has already recruited hundreds of former thomas cook staff. we have already employed over 400 so far, we have already employed over 400 so fa r, really we have already employed over 400 so far, really quickly. so, a lot of them have cried when we offered them jobs so it's really emotional. we'll ask what the long term prospects are for the travel chain. also this lunchtime... parliament is to hold a special saturday sitting, on october 19th — after the eu summit seen as the last chance for the uk and eu to agree a brexit deal. the foreign secretary urges the us to do the right thing about the diplomatic immunity given to a driver — after 19—year—old
harry dunn was killed in a motorbike collision. a remarkable recovery — the teenager who had more than five hours of surgery after splitting herjaw in two in a horse riding accident. i'm live in penzance, where as part of the bbc‘s coastal britain series — we're looking at the issues facing towns like this — as new bbc analysis shows people living in coastal areas are likely to earn considerably less than those living inland. we'll be asking why. and coming up on bbc news: scotland have set up a rugby world cup showdown with japan following a comfortable bonus point win over russia today.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. one of the uk's largest travel agents has agreed to buy all thomas cook's stores, in a move that could save thousands ofjobs. sunderland—based hays travel has already hired more than 400 former thomas cook staff. the chain collapsed last month after failing to secure a last—minute rescue deal, leaving 150,000 passengers stranded abroad. our business correspondent emma simpson has the latest. two weeks ago, they shut the shops. the worlds oldest travel agent had just gone bust. some 9000 uk workers we re just gone bust. some 9000 uk workers were made redundant. here in nottingham, looking up and walking away. today, some good news. hays
travel, the countries largest independent travel agent, has done a deal to acquire all 555 thomas cook outlets. the couple who own this business say they will be taking on as many former employees as they can. elated to get the deal over the line. to employ so many people, hopefully it will be 2500, people will have jobs very soon. to get them back in employment has been, well, we've already employed over 400 so far really, really quickly. so, a lot of them have cried when we've offered them jobs, so it's really emotional. thomas cook stores will be rebranded as hays travel, a business that will no more than triple in size. but with all these shops remain open in the long run?
we hope so. certainly that is the intention. that is the plan and we feel that hays travel will be able to trade those shops hopefully at least as well if not better than thomas cook. we are an independent agent and we of all tour operators, we will always put the customer first. taking on these hundreds of stores is a big, bold move, especially given the rise in online bookings. it shows that despite thomas cook's demise, the package holiday is far from dead. it's very easy to book holidays online but the fa ct easy to book holidays online but the fact that hays travel and other retailers were really interested in the thomas cook branches underlines how many customers still want to speak to a professional and get expert advice and be financially protected. hays travel says it aims to reopen as many shops as it can as
soon as possible, but over the next six months much depends on what deals it can strike with landlords. emma simpson, bbc news. mps will be called to parliament for a special sitting on saturday october 19th, after next week's crucial eu summit. it's expected that if a brexit deal is agreed there, boris johnson will ask mps to approve it — if not, a range of alternative options may be put forward. the summit is considered the last chance for the uk and eu to agree a deal by the deadline of 31st 0ctober — something the irish prime minister leo varadkar has warned will be ‘very difficult' to achieve. nick eardley reports. it's uncharacteristically quiet here today. parliament has been suspended ahead of the queen's speech, mps are backing constituencies. there is a frantic fortnight ahead in which we'll find out if brexit is happening this month and if so, what it looks like. after a downing
street source said that a deal was essentially impossible, ministers we re essentially impossible, ministers were today trying to sound more optimistic. nothing is over yet, there is a european council meeting that will take place next week, there are plenty of bilateral discussions are still taking place. we want to leave on october the slst with a deal but at the same time we are absolutely clear we will leave without a deal if that is the situation we are being put in but we are prepared come what leave in 0ctober are prepared come what leave in october the 315t. are prepared come what leave in october the 31st. the odds are still stacked against agreement. boris johnson is expected to hold talks with the irish taoiseach tomorrow, perhaps a last chance to find a breakthrough. leo varadkar doesn't sound wildly confident. part of the difficulty at the is the position of the uk government that northern ireland must leave the eu customs union and must be part of the uk customs union, no matter what the people of northern ireland think. that is their position at the moment
and that is where there is a grave difficulty for us. a message echoed in brussels stopping the proposal doesn't represent a satisfactory solution. 0ptimism is in short supply. downing street had hoped to sign offa supply. downing street had hoped to sign off a deal at a summit next friday. mps are preparing to be here the following day, theirfirst saturday sitting since the falklands war. if boris johnson saturday sitting since the falklands war. if borisjohnson pulls a rabbit out of a hat, mps will vote on a brexit deal but if not, they could be given a series of alternatives. perhaps even a choice between an ideal exit and revoking article 50. either way, that saturday is likely to bea either way, that saturday is likely to be a crucial point at which the next few months become a lot clearer. 0pposition mps have changed the law already to try and force a delay if there is no deal. ministers think there might be a way round it. 0bviously think there might be a way round it. obviously we will be there on the 19th. the prime minister has an opportunity to announce he has obeyed the law, signed the letter,
sent it to brussels to ask for the extension which will give us time to work out a sensible relationship with europe. this government has sta ked with europe. this government has staked its reputation on delivering brexit by the end of the month. in the coming ten days we could find out if they can deliver. 0ur assistant political editor norman smith is at westminster. saturday sitting, what's the of that? it's going to be an epic defining day. parliament has only met four times on a saturday in the past eight years, once for the outbreak of the second world war, then for the suez crisis and then then for the suez crisis and then the invasion of the falklands. to that we cannot brexit deal or no deal. if it all goes according to plan, mrjohnson would return from the eu summit clasping a deal in our time and he would put that to a vote in the house of commons and be pretty confident of getting it
through. however, that doesn't look very likely given the tattered state of negotiations. more likely is he returns empty—handed and faces house of commons baying at the prime minister to signed that letter to brussels asking for another brexit delay as set out in the benn act. he will have to clarify how he's going to comply with the act while at the same time taking us out of the eu on 0ctober same time taking us out of the eu on october the 31st. expecting too to try and wrong—foot his parliamentary opponent by tabling a series of votes on different brexit options, to show that mps can't agree on anything. in other words, to buttress his case that this is essentially a dysfunctional parliament and it's time to have a general election. while all of that is going on, there will be another huge demonstration from the people's vote campaign taking place on the
streets of london at precisely the same time. it is going to be a massive political day. although i'm not very big on working on saturdays, what politicaljournalist would want to miss that? thank you. meanwhile, scotland's highest civil court has said it won't rule on a legal attempt aimed at forcing the prime minister to request a brexit extension, if no deal is reached by october 19th. the seniorjudge said he would look at the case again on the 21st if necessary. the court appreciates that there is a limited amount of time before the expiry of the existing extension period. it understands the concern of persons on both sides of the political debate on the brexit issue. the political debate requires to be played out in the appropriate forum. the court may only interfere in that debate if there is demonstrable unlawfulness which it requires to address and to correct. at present there has been no such unlawfulness.
0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon is in edinburgh. what does all of that mean? well, those who brought this case argue that the government to speaking with two voices, saying one thing to the courts, promising the prime minister will ask for a delay to brexit if no deal is in place by october the 19th and then saying something else entirely in anonymous briefings to the press coming out from downing street. they describe the strategy asa street. they describe the strategy as a calculated focus group appealed to the base and have argued that the prime minister cannot be trusted. today, what we got was a decision delayed by the court. they said that the prime minister has not acted unlawfully. they refused to grant the order that those campaigners requested, they wanted the courts to compel the prime minister to write a letter asking for an extension if no deal is in place and if the prime
minister refused, for the courts to write that letter on his behalf. the courts refused to write that letter but they acknowledged circumstances may change over the next ten days and that those campaigners may wish to come back to court on october the zist. to come back to court on october the 21st. the result has been welcomed by the campaigners, who say it keeps the prime minister on the straight and narrow. thank you. two people have been killed in a shooting in eastern germany. the attack happened on a street in the city of halle. german police they have arrested one person but have urged the public to stay alert. german media reported the shooting took place outside asynagogue. the foreign secretary dominic raab has urged the us ambassador in london ‘to do the right thing' by the family of 19—year—old harry dunn, who was killed in august when his motorbike collided with a car allegedly being driven by the wife of a us diplomat.
anne sacoolas has diplomatic immunity, and has returned to the us even though she'd told northamptonshire police she had no plans to do so. duncan kennedy reports. britain's prime minister is calling on the wife of an american diplomat to return to england to face charges in a deadly crash. 19—year—old harry dunn was killed while riding his motorbike in august. the death of a british teenager is now headline news in america. harry dunn's parents are making an appeal to the american public to ask anne sacoolas to come back to the united kingdom. you know, we're six weeks on, and even though the supposed diplomatic immunity has put a cloak around her, protected her, surely as a human and a mum herself, ijust want her to know that we are completely broken. she's broken our family.
19—year—old harry dunn was killed in august when his motorbike hit a car. the accident here in northamptonshire is just 200 yards from an american communications base. it was from there that anne sacoolas, a diplomat‘s wife, drove her car, apparently on the wrong side of the road, and collided with harry. she subsequently flew back to america, despite being a suspect, a move that has led to the foreign secretary dominic raab to call on the united states to return mrs sacoolas even though she had claimed diplomatic immunity. most often, when there is a controversial case of this kind, with real injustice for the victim, and where the two states concerned are allies who respect each other's legal systems, both of whom have independent and impartialjudiciaries and a fair trial, then in those circumstances, there is a strong case for a waiver in order to ensure
thatjustice is done. the american state department has told the foreign office here that it has offered its condolences to harry dunn's family but that it very rarely lifts the diplomatic immunity of its foreign nationals serving abroad. if that remains their position, harry's family say they may never get justice. duncan kennedy, bbc news, central london. our top story this lunchtime. thomas cook's stores are to be bought by a rival, hays travel — the move could save thousands ofjobs. we'll have the latest from the rugby world cup — with scotland's crushing defeat of russia. coming up on bbc news: striker tammy abraham says that england are prepared to walk off the pitch if they are targeted by racist abuse in their euro 2020 qualifiers this week.
people living in coastal areas are likely to earn £1,600 a year less, on average, than those living inland, according to research carried out by the bbc. the government insists a £200 million fund is changing lives. today across bbc news, we're focusing on life inside one seaside community as part of our coastal britain series. simon mccoy is in penzance in cornwall. thank you, jane. many of us will be familiar with seaside towns like penzance — hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country come to places like this for their holiday. but that can be a problem for the people who live here. whilst there's plenty of work in the summer — things can quickly change as the season comes to an end.
that can cause concern particularly for the younger generations. jon kay has been speaking to one family in penzance to find out what it's like to live here. just a mile from the beach. the treneere estate, one of the poorest parts of britain. the coram family wanted to show us how they get by. we survive day by day. dad mike is a full—time security guard and earns 18 grand a year. he is paid on a friday and it's soon gone. by monday morning i will be already into my overdraft. thursday, i could be asking my boss if she could sub me from next week's wages so i can put fuel in my tank to go to work. and that is every week in life. and then she will take that out of my wages so next week i will be lower again.
so it's a vicious circle? so we just start again, yeah. it's a familiar story here in penzance. a town literally at the end the line. analysis by the bbc has found that a typical worker in coastal areas like this earned just over £22,000 last year. whereas a typical worker inland earned more than 23,500. that's a difference of £1600. there are 12 grandchildren and seven adults. mike's wife amanda runs the household budget and has to make food last. it's a matter of you have to find the cheapest option to live. are you all right back there? she's a trained chef but can't find a job around here that pays anything like what she would earn inland. it is disgusting. i don't see how we should be paid so much less. i mean, you are going to get lower wages, it's a smaller place.
but you can't afford to go out. where are you going to go? well, we do, mcdonald's. mcdonald's for a cappuccino. mcdonald's is our weekly treat, we get a cappuccino and go and sit on the beach because that's about all you can afford. the government says it is investing millions to boost coastal communities like penzance and level up the uk. but a lot of tourism jobs here are only seasonal. and other big employers like fishing, farming and mining have all been hit. the coram's daughter lucy dreams of getting a place of her own. energy would be £49 a month. prices round here are high. and even though she works 50 hours a week on the minimum wage, she feels trapped. it is so, so ridiculous. people further up have this money and i would go and spend this money willy nilly, because you know, it's easier
for them because they earn more money up there. we don't earn so much down here. lucy now thinks she will have to move inland, splitting up the family who are cornwall born and bred. why should i have to move from my home to get more money? i don't see why we should be treated any different to anybody else. well that's just one of the issues that we're looking at in our coastal britain series. and there are claims that successive governments have failed to understand the problems facing areas like this. we'll have full coverage from penzance all afternoon on the bbc news channel and across the bbc. back to you, jane. culling badgers could increase the risk of spreading tuberculosis to cattle, rather than controlling it, according to new research. findings from london zoo and imperial college london suggest culling drives badgers much further afield. the government and the national farmers' union argue
that the controversial practice is effective. more details from our environment and rural affairs correspondent claire marshall. badgers come to this house in wiltshire almost every night for a free meal. but this is now a cull zone. the aim is to stop the spread of bovine tb. but today's research shows once a group of badgers starts being shot, they begin to roam much more widely. this year's cull target is 63,000 badgers, this study found once a cull starts, they roamed around 45% more fields and were 20 times more likely to encroach on the territory of other badgers. they trespass on one another‘s territories much more frequently, they visit more cattle fields and that means that those badgers have the potential to transmit the disease over a wider area to more cattle and to other badgers. so although there may be fewer badgers after a cull, actually each remaining badger is potentially more
infectious to cattle. if a cow gets infected, it and potentially the whole herd has to be killed. it is devastating for farmers. the nfu says the study should not change the current approach. the report itself is based on a very, very small population in one part of the country. and i'm not prepared to draw any wider conclusions at this stage. what i draw conclusions from is what i see across the country, farmers who have been devastated by this disease for years are finally starting to go clear of the disease. what is incredible is the scale of the cull, marksmen are now allowed to shoot badgers, a protected species, on 90% of wiltshire, that is pretty much as far as you can see, along with 80% of somerset, devon and cornwall and other places. vaccinations is another option, this
is a trial going on in cornwall. a year ago a government review recommended exploring alternatives like this but so far there has been no change in policy. claire marshall bbc news. a teenager has been talking about the remarkable facial surgery she's undergone, after herjaw was broken in a horse riding accident. emily eccles' surgeon described the injuries as the worst he'd seen outside a war zone. the 15—year—old smashed into a gatepost while riding in derbyshire in august. it took medics five and a half hours to rebuild emily's face, using three titanium plates and more than 160 stitches. andy moore reports. for five days after the horrific incident, emily avoided seeing her reflection. but now, eight weeks later, she is happy to see the results of her recovery. her scar is healing well. this was the ct scan taken soon after her freak horse riding accident. part of herjaw was completely
detached and hanging byjust a thread of skin. it was a life—threatening injury. she was told if the impact had been a centimetre away, the result could have been catastrophic. immediately afterwards, she was in shock and could not quite comprehend the scale of her injuries. i asked the lady next to me, is that myjaw? and she just looked at me and she was like, yeah. that's your jaw. and i could see, like, teeth. and the surgeon later then said, you are one of the only people who have seen the inside of their mouth and, you know, lived. emily and her mum want the surgeon who carried out the operation to get a knighthood. they have already written to the palace and have received a favourable response. when michelle eccles first arrived at hospital she was warned about the extent of her daughter's injuries. but even so she saw a sight that no mother should have to see. i think you just go into automatic pilot and ijust, yeah, tried to focus on her eyes and not
show to her how horrific it was. because obviously she was sitting there and, you know, just wanted reassurance from her mum and dad. it was just hanging. 0n the breakfast sofa this morning emily and her mum appeared with the surgeon who reconstructed her jaw. they think he's the greatest, but he said it was a team effort. you look at what you have got and you look at what you've got to build on. so you start with the bony structure, you build a foundation and then you put the muscles, nerves and the skin back together. so you look at it, but you can see through what you need to do to start rebuilding. emily's recovery has been described as remarkable. now she is planning to go skiing and even hopes to get back to horse riding. andy moore, bbc news. scotland kept their rugby world cup hopes alive with a crushing 61—0 defeat of russia this morning. they now face an all or nothing tie
against the hosts japan on sunday. meanwhile wales had a much harder battle against a spirited fiji before running out 29—17 winners. katie gornall watched the game. it was a thrilling game here between wales and fiji and we will show you the best of those tries shortly but first the game between scotland and russia. 0nly first the game between scotland and russia. only a win would do for scotla nd russia. only a win would do for scotland and the pressure was on them and they responded emphatically scoring nine tries for the andy swiss was watching. a scorcher in shizuoka and scotland's fans arrived knowing the heat was very much on. anything other than victory against russia, and their world cup hopes would be finished. so how about this for the perfect start? adam hastings, son of former captain gavin, settling any early nerves. russia needed a comeback, but instead found only calamity.
first a horrible slip gifted hastings another. and if that was a touch embarrassing, well, watch this. george horne handed a try on a plate, barely 20 minutes gone and scotland already out of sight. but crucially, they needed a fourth try and with it, a vital bonus point and soon after the break, they got it in style. darcy graham's brilliance setting up george horne once again and it wasjob done. from there russia was simply run ragged. with george horne going on to complete an impressive hat—trick. a thumping, morale boosting win, then, for scotland and a place in the quarterfinals could still be theirs. and so to what promises to be some showdown. scotland will now have to beat the hosts japan in theirfinal group game and even then it could all come down to bonus points. but at least their world cup hopes are still alive. andy swiss, bbc news, shizuoka.
it all comes down to that mammoth game against japan it all comes down to that mammoth game againstjapan and that game is under threat because there is a super typhoon make its way to japan and sit to hit the area where the game is due to take place we do not know the contingency plans and when or where the game will take place for the wales do not need to worry about the weather as they are to the quarterfinals after a thrilling game against fiji for that it was capped off with a wonderful child from liam williams. but they came through a physical battle here. momentum swung one way and then fiji took an early lead. but wales are now true to the quarterfinals with a game to spare. women in iran will be allowed to attend a men's international football match in tehran tomorrow — the first time in decades that women will have been permitted entry to a game in the country. football's world governing body fifa demanded the change in rules
after a female football fan set herself on fire and subsequently died, having been refused entry to a match earlier this year. dan roan reports. out of tragedy can sometimes come change. sahar khodayari died last month having set herself alight in tehran in protest to having been arrested for trying to attend a football match. her story led to a global outcry. iranian women can go to matches like this one at last year's world cup in russia, but back in their homeland, they have been banned from men's sports events for the last 40 years. that is now set to change with several thousand women allowed to buy tickets for an international in tehran this week, and fifa will be there watching closely. we are totally focused on making sure women can attend this match on the 10th of october and then working just as pragmatically with the federation and the local authorities to ensure women also can attend local matches in leagues
in iran, going forward. we are firm and clear, we expect all women in iran to be able to attend football matches. in recent years the protest movement against iran's unofficial ban enforced by religious leaders has been gathering pace. growing numbers of women even risking arrest by disguising themselves as men to attend games. but khodayari's death has brought the issue into sharper focus. fifa has come under mounting pressure to do much more to try and ensure that women can freely watch football in iran and there is now much at stake. this is a case that has shone a spotlight on the extent to which sports bodies are prepared to wield their influence to try and tackle discrimination. 0ne activist, the sister of the captain of iran's men's team says fifa should have got tough sooner. we have been sending letters to fifa for years. if fifa took this issue more seriously the death of this girl would have been prevented.