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to see go down because we have want to see go down because we have got better at the prison population inside ourjails. reductions by sweeping sentencing cuts are not a magic bullet, they are a dangerous attempt at a quick fix. we need to do hard work. we need to do a lot of ha rd do hard work. we need to do a lot of hard work. we need to do the hard work of improving community sentences, dealing with problems like drink and drugs and making our prisons more effective at reforming the people inside them. but if we are resolute we will see oui’ but if we are resolute we will see our society become safer and we will see our prison population reduced. thank you. applause thank you very much for that fascinating speech, we have got time
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for three or four questions. the gentleman just here, if for three or four questions. the gentlemanjust here, if you could say your name. sure, paulfrom itv news, you say that there is no quick fix but many of your predecessors say there is, simply to send fewer people to prison, isn't that the immediate way to reduce the pressure on our immediate way to reduce the pressure on our prisons? as i pointed out in my speech, we are sending fewer first—time offenders to prison and we are sending fewer people to prison, for short sentences. but the fa ct prison, for short sentences. but the fact is, we have seen an increase in prosecution rates, for areas like sex crime, and an increase in sentences for those, which i think reflects the seriousness of those crimes and i think it would be wrong to arbitrarily reduce those sentences are not prosecute as many cases. so we are keeping a steady prison population, that is what has happened for the last six years, we are reducing the number of people
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coming infor are reducing the number of people coming in for the first time but it is right that we pursue those types of dangerous crimes. the gentle man with the orange tie. george grant. may ijust begin by saying that i agree entirely with you, that rehabilitation is the key and that it can be done and that more importantly it is being done. in the two years we have been around, how to former prison officers, sitting here... i have met them before. they are the lead contingent, i know that. that they have taken their book so far, 78 had been interviewed forjobs but 71 have got those jobs. and these are just the soft options, and the reoffending rate among this group, is 6.8%. say can be done, but
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the problem is that until very recently, it was entirely voluntary because for smaller organisations like us, i will go into how it works by it does work. but getting the syste m by it does work. but getting the system taking you seriously is very difficult and i would like to know, out if you are serious like this, how small organisations can in circumstances help? you are absolutely right, we see the number of first—time offenders going down and it becomes even more imperative that we stop people who are already in prison reoffending and we have an opportunity, while people are inside, to turn their lives around, to change attitudes and get them off drugs and get them to work and as you say getting into work when you leave prison is an incredibly important indicator, of how likely you are to reoffend. restoring family ties is very important, getting people off drugs is very important. that is why what we are
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going to do is measure governors in terms of how successful they are. that will be a strong incentive in every prison to link with local employers, to work together, to create the apprenticeships and the training opportunities, i have seen some great examples. also the bars per from land security, some fantastic example in the catering industry. we are seeing a lot of good things happening locally. we are not seeing systematic change. what they would do, is make that the lead purpose of the prison system for the first time in legislation, is reforming offenders and that will bake some of the things into the system so that there is a huge incentive to work with organisations like you to make things change. the justice department was expected to roll out
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technologies to jam mobile phones in jail score what has happened to that plan? has it been shelved for fears of starting more riots. and if i may, or colleagues in the house of commons, who are trying to remove the speakers, say they have got the backing of a dozen cabinet members. are you one of them? would you give your thoughts on it? first of all, we are pine in look —— pioneering world leading technology to get mobile phones out of our prisons. that is currently being worked on in three prisons and i get regular updates as does the prisons minister, be assured we are committed to this and it will be a world first when we succeed in doing this. in terms of the speaker, that isa this. in terms of the speaker, that is a matter for parliament, this. in terms of the speaker, that is a matterfor parliament, as this. in terms of the speaker, that is a matter for parliament, as the leader of the house made very clear yesterday. one last question. tamara cohen from sky news, your
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predecessor michael gove, said it is an inconvenient truth that there are too many people in prison and too many of them are there for too long. do you agree and if so who shouldn't be injailand who do you agree and if so who shouldn't be injail and who could be let out ofjail more quickly? as i made very clear at the end of my speech, it is desirable to have a lower number of people in prison but we have to do it in the right way. we have two intervened before people end up committing crimes that lead to prison hence why i want to see more mental health treatment requirements, more drug orders. and we have to do better at stopping the cycle of people leaving prison, and half of them committing a crime within a year. that is the way that we will lower the prison population, but there is no quick fix magic wand that we can race just to do that it will take hard work and effort. channel 4 news. not fake news. a
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people killed themselves in prison last year, dean saunders was one of them, electric you did in chelmsford. the ombudsman, the inquest jury chelmsford. the ombudsman, the inquestjury said that chelmsford. the ombudsman, the inquest jury said that the chelmsford. the ombudsman, the inquestjury said that the entire system for safety was a shambles. i just wonder whether you intend to meet any of these families who have done nothing wrong to explain to them how you intend to make custody safer. first of all everyone of those deaths that you talk about is a tragedy, i will be visiting hmp chance that this week to learn more about that specific case that you mentioned. i will also be meeting with the family —— hmp chelmsford. what is important is the 2500 extra officers that we are hiring across the prison estate, which will enable us the prison estate, which will enable us to have every officer having a caseload of six offenders, who they can both help turn their lives around and also support them in difficult times but it is an issue that we take very seriously and we are looking at how better can we support those people in prison? that
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is all the time we have got come before we hear a couple of words from a chairman iain duncan smith... studio: so liz truss arguing that prison numbers will go down, if prison numbers will go down, if prison gets better at reforming offenders. the current rate of reoffending is 25.3%, shejetted calls to reduce the number of prisons is in england and wales by half saying that such a move would be reckless —— is the number of prisoners in england. she says it will enshrine in law that reforming offenders is a key purpose prison that the secretary of state has a responsibility for delivering it. this she said will utter in the biggest reforms of our prisons in a generation and it will transform our prisons from offender warehouses to disciplined and purposeful centres of reform. we were expecting perhaps
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a question about a night panorama but there wasn't one from the press there, this evening. this follows, an investigation by an undercover reporter from the bbc panorama who spent two months working as a prison officer at a jail near morpeth. he secretly filmed widespread drug abuse and discovered that all arms didn't work, and there was actually hole immoral of the fences. the minister ofjustice says that it looking into the allegations ——. undercover in one of our biggest jails. for two months, bbc panorama filmed the drugs feeding addiction inside. and staff pushed to their limits. hmp northumberland is a private jail run by the french company sodexo and home to more than 1,300 inmates. 0n the undercover reporter's first day inside, 2.5 kilograms of spice, an illegal high with a prison value of £250,000 was found in two cells. despite this, panorama was told
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there was no lockdown, so the block could be completely searched. the bbc secretly filmed inmates high on drugs. this man had taken spice. and then there's the violence. cctv cameras recorded an inmate being stamped on. at one point, panorama's undercover reporter was threatened by an inmate. during filming, the bbc discovered
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a serious security breach, alarms on two doors weren't working. nearby, officers found wire cutting tools and later, a hole in an inner security fence. it meant drugs could have been passed into the jail. the reporter asked the governor what went wrong? sodexo, the company that runs the prison, said the safety of staff and inmates is their top priority. the ministry ofjustice said it would urgently investigate the bbc‘s footage and that the government
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is determined to reform our prisons. at least 4 people have died and up to 5 others are missing after an avalanche in the french ski resort of tignes this morning. resort is particularly busy at this time of year with french and british school holidays. simon koke snowboarding instructor, ithink school holidays. simon koke snowboarding instructor, i think you we re snowboarding instructor, i think you were the scene a bit earlier, what was it like? it is probably the biggest avalanche i have ever seen in the area. it is covering a huge area and at the bottom it would have been 20 to 30 metres deep. the village was actually built to protect from avalanches? the way the avalanche came down, into a man—made error which is designed to protect
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the village, but if you are caught ina the village, but if you are caught in a avalanche, you are taken down into this big well which builds up with snow. reports suggesting that these skiers were actually off piste at the time, that doesn't surprise you? no, it is a very skied area, lots of tracks, it wasn't like fresh snow. but it is never a guarantee thatis snow. but it is never a guarantee that is going to be safe. they told everybody that they didn't bring anybody else out alive and they couldn't find anybody else after they found four people, still five people buried. they have kind of decided there is no chance they will be pulled out alive. we are actually hearing a five in fact did not turn up hearing a five in fact did not turn upfor hearing a five in fact did not turn up for their class so the hope is that i've vast, that at least, a ray
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of some good news in what has been a tragedy. let's face it, avalanches are not unusual in this part of the world ? are not unusual in this part of the world? they are not, quite common occurrences. something we are dealing with. taking the risks very seriously. no matter how much courage you seriously. no matter how much courage you have seriously. no matter how much courage you have got you never know what might happen. and reports that perhaps, there had been skiers higher up the mountain who may have been involved in the triggering of this? yes, i have heard a few people say that. it is quite a common way of it happening. there is etiquette of it happening. there is etiquette of not skiing above people who are below you off piste. but not everybody follows that. it is something i heard did happen. simon cook, a snowboarding instructor,
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thank you forjoining us. you're watching bbc news, it is coming up to a quarter past three, these sarah headlines. thejustice secretary liz truss says there is no quick fix, to reduce the prison population in england and wales, it follows a n population in england and wales, it follows an undercover investigation showing security breaches. and avalanche time the french alps has killed four members in and off piste skiing. the troubles co—op anka puts itself up for sale with ongoing financial problems. joe root says he is provision very excited after being named the new english test cricket captain. he succeeds alastair cook after more than four yea rs alastair cook after more than four years in charge. ben stokes has been appointed vice captain. the swansea winger nathan dyer has been ruled out for the rest of the season after a round ruptured achilles. he limped off after their 2—0 win against
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leicester. and manny pacquiao has asked his twitter followers who should be his next opponent, amir khan is one of the four suggestions. we will be back later. the co—0p bank has announced it's putting itself up for sale. the high street bank — which has more than 4 million customers — almost collapsed in 2013 after a series of financial problems. it was bailed out by american hedge funds but has struggled to strengthen its finances because of low interest rates. the problems started with the merger with britannia building society in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008. our business editor simon jack explained what it could mean for its customers. by 2013 some of those loans had gone bad, punched an enormous hole in the finances of the company and ever since then it has found it very hard to nurse itself back to health. it said today that it has not been able to earn enough money to put money into the kitty for a rainy day, it does not have enough capital.
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the other option is to ask the owners, american hedge funds, and the co—op group which still owns 20%, they might be reluctant to put in extra money because it is difficult to make returns in this low interest rate environment. so the third option is to put yourself up for sale and hope that a bank with 4 million customers might be a good idea to add to an existing bank. some candidates out there, perhaps including tsb, might be able to put the bank together and have some economies of scale and get on with things and make a success of it. for customers there is nothing to worry about. they are not in any danger whatsoever. this is a process that will go on, the bank of england will be watching and those 4 million loyal customers who have stuck around after its reputational problems, they have nothing to worry about. britain's biggest supermarket, tesco has promised to take immediate action after a bbc investigation revealed that two thirds of deals on the shelves were out of date and weren't being deducted at the checkout. an undercover team visited 50 branches across england
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over a 3 month period. tesco says it's working to make sure its prices are accurate. jonathan gibson reports. if we see a special offer on the supermarket shelves, we expect to pay that price at the till. but that doesn't always happen at tesco. the gingerbread sarah on offer, to pull £3 but it hasn't come off. and the cat food was three for £8. and the cat food was three for £8. and here's why. the bbc‘s inside out programme visited 50 tesco stores across england and found out—of—date special offers in 33 of them. the person who does this job did leave. the person who does thisjob did leave. at some stores, staff say it's a recurring problem. does that happen much then? there
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has been lots of it has there? yes. yes. and at another store a worker blames the error on being short—staffed. cut third apart sinha. in most stores, workers removed the label straightaway but not everywhere. at this store the cashier refunds the difference but doesn't remove the label, so it's still on display when we go back in the next day, the next week and one month later. the fourth cashier finally removes it. there are obviously major problems with the control of the special offers. special offers bring customers in, make people reach for more and maybe spend more than they meant to when they came into the store, so that is very, very worrying. throughout our investigation, tesco did refund the difference when informed about the discrepancies. the company wouldn't provide anyone for interview but, after reviewing the bbc‘s evidence, said... following our investigation,
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britain's biggest supermarket has said it will be double—checking the accuracy of every price in every store. that's more than 3,500 stores across britain. jonathan gibson, bbc news. and viewers in most english regions will be able to watch inside 0ut‘s full report on bbc one at half past 7 this evening — and online on the bbc iplayer. police in the pakistani city of lahore say at least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded after a large explosion. it's believed to have happened outside the punjab assembly building — where a protest rally had been underway. well lets get the latest from our correspondent secunder kermani who's in pakistan's capital islamabad. what is the latest you are hearing? world this blast took place right in
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the heart of pakistan's second—biggest city in lahore. and it took place just outside the regional assembly of the punjab, with a large number of protesters from the pharmaceutical industry had gathered outside to demonstrate against changes to drug regulations. because of that protest there are also large number of police and local journalists and also large number of police and localjournalists and in fact also large number of police and local journalists and in fact there are some very dramatic images on pakistani news channels, of the moment the exposure and took place. you can see hundreds of people running in terror. the latest numbers of casualties that we are hearing is at least ten people having been killed and around 60, who are injured. many of them, have been taken to hospital. among the dead is a number ofjournalists and at least ‘s policemen. the claim of responsibility has been made, by a faction of the pakistani taliban, they if you remember what also
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responsible for another attack in the city of lahore last march which killed over 70 people on easter. thank you very much for the very latest. president trump will meet canada's prime ministerjustin trudeau at the white house today for their first meeting since last november's election. mr trudeau said he expected the two leaders would find ‘a lot of common ground', despite their differences over trade and immigration policies. gary 0'donoghue is in washington. at first glance they don't seem to have much in common but then she do need to get on, don't they? yes let's see, justin trudeau is a liberal, he is a feminist, he says immigration is a strength that he has taken 40,000 refugees since he came to office. not a lot in common to be honest. but geography is a powerful motivator and bearing in
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mind, 75% of canada's exports come to the us, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of trade, millions of drugs depending on the proximity of these —— millions of dollars of jobs. so, ithink these —— millions of dollars of jobs. so, i think we will see a lot of that side of it emphasised today, the differences minimised. and they have done something very clever. the canadians have done something very clever, pa rt of canadians have done something very clever, part of the event today will bea clever, part of the event today will be a round table, task force type thing, promoting women not to pronounce. this is something that donald trump's daughter has talked a lot about, ivanka. that is a way of showcasing something that they can actually agree on and having a photo call out on, rather than arguing over syrian refugees. there will be a lot of attention on the body language between these two men but
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it may not be long before they really think about each other because they both know about social media? donald trump has been pretty quiet on social media for a weekday, he is on there every day. justin trudeau does a bit of that too, particularly when it comes to donald trump, what i think the youngster called sub tweeting, criticising in a roundabout, secure way. —— of skew away. he did that with the immigration ban and during the transition period to. they both know how to use that. justin trudeau, is a very popular, likeable, telegenic chap. but he has had some domestic problems of his own over the last year or $0, problems of his own over the last yearorso, he problems of his own over the last year or so, he was problems of his own over the last year or so, he was seen problems of his own over the last year or so, he was seen seemingly elbowing one of the other members of parliament during a commons vote and he had some difficulties over the
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use of private helicopters, of middle east power brokers. so he is not without difficulties in cell. this is an opportunity for them to try and work out, what a reworked north american free trade agreement would look like which is one of donald trump's campaign promises. would look like which is one of donald trump's campaign promiseslj can donald trump's campaign promises.” can confirm that sub tweeting is exactly what young people call it. we will have more on the latest developments from the trump white house to might at 7pm. that's at 7 here on the bbc news channel. the body that approves church law, the general synod of the church of england, is meeting today. much of the debate is likely to centre on the synod's response to a report on gay marriage, which upholds a traditional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. 14 former bishops have written an open letter, accusing the church of ignoring
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the views of gay christians. while british film talent was somewhat eclipsed at the baftas last night, british musical talent dominated at the grammy awards in la — thanks to adele and david bowie. adele made history becoming the first person to win the top three awards twice. but she didn't want to accept the grammy for best album — saying it should have gone to the american star, beyonce — who she called the artist of her life. from la — james cook reports. she was the night's big winner, but adele looked far from comfortable with that, and dedicated album of the year to beyonce. but i can't possibly accept this award. my artist of my life is beyonce, and this album, for me, the lemonade album, was just so monumental... the performance by the proudly pregnant megastar was stunning. there is a curse... but this most consequential of artists really was only winning consolation prizes.
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the night wasn't all adele's. for the second year in a row, she had performance problems. i know it's live tv, i'm sorry, i need to start again. i can't do it again like last year. i'm sorry for swearing and i'm sorry for starting again, can we please start it again? it was a good decision. the second take of her tribute to george michael was flawless. # i miss my baby... chance the rapper won best rap album and the big best newcomer award. while david bowie won more grammys in death than in life. and then there was the politics. "persist" was the word on katy perry's arm — a political statement from an artist who campaigned for hillary clinton. busta rhymes was even less subtle, calling mr trump "agent orange".
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i just want to thank president agent orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you've been perpetuating throughout the united states. this was billed as a battle between beyonce and adele. but behind that simple summary was a deeper layer of questions, not least about race and a country where cultures continue to clash. it was a star—studded night in london for this year's baftas — and hollywood musical la la land dominated the awards. the film won five trophies in all, including best film and best actress for one of its stars emma stone. there were also awards for the film lion, including best supporting actor for british star dev patel. ken loach‘s i, daniel blake, was named outstanding british film. casey affleck was named best actor for manchester by the sea and viola davis won best supporting actress prize for fences. and with the best weather forecast
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for the next four of five minutes or so. for the next four of five minutes or so. it has been more greenland really, over this coming week whereas last week was more like iceland. we have got the weather changing, it is getting milder with a bit more springlike out there. as we have seen today. some areas with the sunshine and clearer skies, we have seen temperatures up to 11 degrees. contrasting that with the wind off the sea in north—eastern areas, very much colder. those wins areas, very much colder. those wins are quite keen at the moment, they will ease down a bit and be less gusty, we'll see low cloud notjust across scotland but maybe on the hills and northern england and wales and there may be some showery burst of rain, so miles here. the chilly weather, clearer skies, of rain, so miles here. the chilly weather, clearerskies, it could of rain, so miles here. the chilly weather, clearer skies, it could be even colder than that. it won't be
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quite as windy tomorrow but it will still be a breeze blowing and we will see changes on the south—west, more clout, wales, midland and southern england, proving in the south—west later on and then it will be dry with some sunshine further north, as temperatures will be a bit higher than today and continuing to climb as we head into the middle of the week. hello. this is bbc news with simon mccoy. the headlines at 3.30pm: a bbc undercover report has found evidence of major security failings at a prison in the north—east of england, which holds hundreds of inmates. meanwhile, justice minister liz truss warned against making "quick fix" changes to britishjails. she says there is no quick fix for
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problems and there are good reasons why so many people are behind bars. the criminaljustice system has got better at catching criminals who perpetrated some of the most horrendous crimes imaginable and sentences reflect the severity of crimes like domestic violence, rape and child abuse. it is not the sum of human wicked thises that has doubled, it is the way we're driving that wickedness out from the shadows and we're putting it where it belongs — behind bars. four skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the alps. they were hit while off—piste near the resort of tignes, in france. the co—0p bank has announced it's putting itself up for sale four years after it almost collapsed. the bank, which has four million customers, says it hasn't been able to strengthen its finances due to low interest rates and is inviting offers to buy all of its shares. it is time for the sport. it is will
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perry. joe root has been named as england's new test captain with the the ecb chairman colin graves calling him the "perfect choice". ben stokes has been named as vice—captain. root succeeds alastair cook, who resigned last week after more than four years in charge. root‘s first test in charge will be against south africa at lord's in july. a tremendous performance. that's a magnificent 100. joe root has got used to being english cricket's great hope. now he faces something newer, great responsibility. the way in which he plays his cricket, the way he goes about his business, you would imagine it would lend itself to being a great captain. he became a father. it is one of those things that you have to learn on the job. i suppose being a dad you don't really
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know what to do until you have to go with it and see how it goes. i imagine that would be similar. you can see baby alphie is in height. this is a family that starts them early. you will find the root root here on the outskirts of sheffield is where it began forjoe. root still goes back to sheffield cold lej at. his brother billy and dad matt played here and the name appeared on local scorecards further back still. the family are everywhere, even upstairs where the grandmother plays bridge. how do those who know him bestjudgejoe's hand? yes, i think he should be ok, but you can only really tell when they get in the job. it's very much learning on thejob being a cricket captain. and there is a lot of responsibility of being england cricket captain. you see roots don't get carried away. despitejoe's
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progress to world number one batsman for a progress to world number one batsman fora time, he progress to world number one batsman for a time, he scored 11 test centuries and plays all three forms of the game. still, there are concerns. he has only rarely led his cou nty concerns. he has only rarely led his county and might root the captain compromise root the run maker.m county and might root the captain compromise root the run maker. it is a big job, butjoe compromise root the run maker. it is a bigjob, butjoe is compromise root the run maker. it is a big job, butjoe is that kind of person who will take it in his stride. he is more than capable of dealing with the pressures. root inherits a team that lost 4—0 in india and faces south africa in the summer india and faces south africa in the summer before the ashes tour come winter. no knows how he'll fair. in the words of grandfather, "mad keen." nathay dyer will have to miss the
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rest of the season due to injury. sale sharks wing tom arscott has been found guilty of passing on confidential team information to bristol by the rugby football union. arscott was suspended by sale on 4th january and then sacked 16 days later after an internal investigation by the premiership club. the rfu investigation concluded bristol were aware of sale's line—out set—up and their defensive pattern. bristol won the match by a point on new year's day. the rfu say arscott‘s behaviour was inappropriate and have issued him with a written warning. one of the best boxers of all time has asked his twitter followers to pick the opponent for his next title fight. manny pacquiao, a six weight world champion and current holder of the wbo welterweight title has given four options. the british pair of amir khan or kell brook, australia'sjeff horn and american terence crawford. pacquiao retired in april last year but returned to defeat jessie vargas in november. he has said the title fight would be in the uae. that's all sport for now.
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the atlantic council says the us must take a bottler approach in future after what it described as the deliberate and systematic destruction of the city. the report urges president trump's administration to take a bolder and wiser approach focussing on protecting civilians, areas and enforcing ceasefire agreements with sanctions. maks czuperski is the author of that report. hejoins me from our washington studio. what's new in the report and where has the information come from? the important part about the report is that it sets the record straight for a lot of what we actually already know. it captures the tragedy of the
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city of aleppo, how the assad regime has systematically, especially in the last few months to force the civilian population there and the noncombatant civilian population there and the noncombata nt population there civilian population there and the noncombatant population there into submission through a concentrated campaign of destruction that many ways has been aided by the russian military as well as iran and the important part about this report is that it important part about this report is thatitis important part about this report is that it is trying to help set the record straight at a time when there is so much disinformation happening. at the time, russian air strikes we re at the time, russian air strikes were hitting hospitals. the russians we re were hitting hospitals. the russians were saying they were taking as much restraint as possible, but clearly that's not true? time and again specific hospitals have been hit. now, it does happen in wartime that certain targets get hit that were unintentional, but what we have discovered is there seems to be a pattern of intentional bombardment
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towards hospitals in eastern aleppo. within of the cases we looked into isa within of the cases we looked into is a hospital m2 and m10 where the strikes happened continuously and repeatedly and one has to raise the question how that could be a mistake? was there anything found out in the report that actually shocked you? it shocked me to hear the same time that the russian government, even the assad regime we re government, even the assad regime were saying they weren't committing the crimes, that they believed these we re the crimes, that they believed these were not hospitals. you have to understand that these hospitals are hospitals that were built during the assad reign so the assad regime knows where the hospitals are and the excuse that these were accidental strikes and not an intentional campaign violating all kinds of international laws and most likely also the geneva conventions, that's quite striking. the message
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to president trump, america should be bolder because inaction has consequences? absolutely. it is not just the message to the new administration here in washington. it isa administration here in washington. it is a message to the european allies in europe. understanding that the consequence that is we're dealing with today in syria and in aleppo as an example, are ones of a restraint approach in the past yea rs. restraint approach in the past years. now, that doesn't mean that we have to over extend moving forward , we have to over extend moving forward, but we have to hold the people that claim to be partners in solving this conflict whether it is russia or others we have to hold them accountable at a time when they are them accountable at a time when they a re clearly them accountable at a time when they are clearly having a very different action on the ground and a very different dialogue at the negotiation table. thank you for joining us. thank you for having me. almost 200,000 people living below america's tallest dam in california have been ordered to evacuate their homes. residents started fleeing the area after being told a channel used to release water was in danger of collapsing.
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at one point authorities feared a ten—metre wall of water was about to be unleashed on towns downstream. kathryn stanczyszyn reports. 100,000 cubic feet per second of water, rushing out of lake 0roville in california. this is home to the tallest damn in california, and after weeks of heavy rain, water levels have been rising. but a measure designed to help the situation has instead made things much worse. when water began flowing down this never before used emergency spillway, it started to crumble, leaving a 30ft hole and 230,000 people who live below the 0roville dam in peril. what we are looking at is approximately a 30—foot wall of water which will be coming out of the lake, not the lake draining but a 30—foot wall of water, that's why we took the measures that we did. and those measures meant a massive evacuation.
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we're looking at approximately 35,000 residents under evacuation. in the other county, we're looking at 65,000. in yuba city, 76,000. marysville city, 12,000. people tried to get away quickly, as it was predicted that the spillway could collapse within an hour, causing potentially devastating flooding. those who have left their homes are being provided for at a special centre around 20 miles away. it was surprising with all the trafficjust in my neighbourhood was already basically empty. i panicked and started putting things in my car. i'm a little bit scared. we're trying not to go near the flooding area so we can go home, but we're going to be probably stuck down here. for the first time in 25 years, the national guard has put out a state—wide alert. we'll be sending eight helicopters to assist with the spillway reconstruction activities beginning tomorrow. those aircraft will also be available for search and rescue if we have to move into that mode.
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we're sending military police to assist with law enforcement and securing the evacuated areas. we're also going to be sending mass care and shelter units which can shelter either responders or displaced people. engineers say the lake's water level has now dropped, meaning repair work can now start on the spillway. but the state governor said the situation remained complex and rapidly changing. with more water predicted later in the week, the people affected may not be allowed back to their homes for some time. a six—figure sum has been raised for the children of a couple who died of cancer within days of each other. the three children released this photograph of their terminally—ill parents' mike and julie bennett's last moments together as they held hands in a merseyside hospice. mr bennet died last monday and his wife died on saturday night. family friend heather heaton—gallagher said the photograph had generated an overwhelming response from the public. the photograph was taken by a
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relative. by one of the aunties. it was purely because it was a beautiful photograph. these were two people who were peas in a pod and who loved each other dearly and they expressed that love with each other and they brought their kids up with that. they are a solid family unit. the kids released the photograph because of who they are and where they sit—in the community. everyone was asking all the time, "how is julie. how is mike? what's the update? can we do anything?" it was lots and lots of those questions so to help understand everyone where they are at it was a case of dad's passed and this was taken. it was born out of love sharing the image that they were 0k and they were there together. that's how the photograph came around, but we didn't expect the response that we had from everyone around the world. it is really overwhelmed everyone and we are astonished and we are really grateful for the support that the family has got at the moment. we've set—up a just giving page and
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that's around raising funds to help the three kids luke, hannah and 0lly to fulfil the dreams and ambitions thatjulie and mike knew they had. they didn't want luke to drop out of university. they don't want hannah to end college and go into a job. they want them to continue their stewed ies they want them to continue their stewedies so that's what the fund was set—up for. the fund has grown and it has expanded beyond our belief. they are astounded. some of the comments, they just belief. they are astounded. some of the comments, theyjust can't believe the support and it really struck a chord with everyone and it helps them understanding this a big deal and it is life changing for them. this huge community has got together and put their arms around them and said, "it is a bit pants right now, but it's going to be ok." that was the friend heather talking aboutjulie and mike bennet.
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let's get more on liz truss' plans to reform the prisons. danny, she was saying there was no quick fix and cutting numbers wasn't the priority. yes, she made it clear that she is not if favour of some cut in the prison population either by capping numbers or by sentencing changes which would mean that fewer people would go into prison. she doesn't wa nt to would go into prison. she doesn't want to do that. she said she would like to see the prison population fall, but that she believes can only happen through re—offending rates coming down. she says the level of re—offending is appalling. that's the problem at moment. it's not about the number of first time offenders entering the justice system. those numbers are coming down. it is the fact that re—offending rates remain stubbornly high. she wants to tackle by improving rehabilitation programmes, getting more drug offenders on to
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treatment orders, that is something that she feels is under used. so i've got to say there is to great policy announcement here. there is no great policy shift, but this liz truss' first setting out if you like of her belief about how the prison system, the penal system should work in the future. no great radical change of direction. there was one moment when we thought perhaps she was going to announce perhaps changes to the system for holding indeter minute at sentences, but she said although more resources were going into clear the backlog of those inmates that there will be no change to the release test. prisoners will only be released interest those sentences when it is safe to do so. she mentioned the prison and courts bill. sheeted didn't talk about tonight's panorama and the issues that are raised in that? no. she didn't talk about that
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programme and that programme really lays bare the problems in prisons in england and wales. this is undercoverfilming in england and wales. this is undercover filming in northumberland jail. it shows staff struggling to control the prisoners. a real problem of spice the former legal high drug. some prisoners almost walking around like zombies because they have taken this drug. a prison officer lying on the floor convulsing because he has inhaled fumes from spice and also some security failings at the prison. a hole in an internal perimeterfence. these are issues that will be familiar to liz truss and her team of ministers. they go to prisons and they know what the reality is like. she did announce that there is going to bea she did announce that there is going to be a beefed—up prisons inspectorate with real teeth to ensure the recommendations they make when they visit prisons like northumberland and other jails when they visit prisons like
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northumberland and otherjails are acted upon. danny, thank you very much. danny shaw there. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first the headlines on bbc news: the justice secretary, liz truss, says there's no "quick fix" to reduce the prison population in england and wales. it follows an undercover bbc investigation which discovered widespread drug use and security breaches inside northumberland prison. an avalanche high in the alps has killed at least four members of an off—piste skiing party. tesco promises action after a bbc investigation finds two—thirds of its deals were outof date and discounts weren't given at the check—out. in the business news: the co—op bank is putting itself up for sale.
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it says it will struggle meeting its capital requirements over the next few years. in 2013 it almost collapsed and was bailed out by us hedge funds. the bank has four million customers and part owned by the co—op group. typical pensioner households are now £20 a week better off than their working age counterparts. that's according to a new report from the resolution foundation. it says that the gap has been driven by larger pensions coupled with the lack of salary rises for working age people. consumer spending is the big driver of the uk economy, but there are signs it is slowing down, says credit card firm, visa. their research found that spending injanuary slowed to its lowest rate in five months. the co—op bank says it is putting itself up for sale and is inviting offers to buy all of its shares. the bank almost collapsed in 2013, and was bailed out by us hedge funds. our business editor, simon jack says there may already be a potential buyer. it is bedevilled by legacy issues.
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it is bedevilled by legacy issues. it is bedevilled by legacy issues. it is unclear how much money any new buyer would have to pump in to get it back to health. 0ne name that springs out which is the tsb which was carved out of lloyds after the hbos lloyds merger. that has 630 branches and it is struggling to make a lot of money add. adding four million co—op customers, they both have the ethical, local, simple flavour. the brand is a good fit. having said that, tsb have got other priorities. they have separated themselves out from lloyds. a massive it project to do that so it is not top of their in—tray, but if the price was right, they would look att the price was right, they would look at tfiguring the price was right, they would look at t figuring out what the price is for a trouble bank is going to be very difficult indeed. so a really tough moment for a bank that's been around since 1872. the boss of one of the world's biggest airlines has urged
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president trump to keep arrangements for flight routes between the us and the european union as they are. willie walsh runs international airlines group which owns aer lingus, iberia and british airways. he spoke to theo leggett about the us president's ban on travellers from seven majority muslim countries. it's obviously something that causes concern to individuals. from an industry point of view, again, we're able to adapt. we have seen these measures introduced in the past. they come in unannounced. it takes us they come in unannounced. it takes usa they come in unannounced. it takes us a bit of time to adjust. we adjust and then we move on. i think when you look at ravation between the us and europe or the us and the uk, it's definitely something that has worked very well. the us industry, the uk industry, the european industry, you think we are all alined. we want to see the current open skies regime to continue. we don't want to see new barriers put in place. but where these barriers are put in place, we deal with them. i can think back to
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the disruption caused by the liquids ban. it was severe in the short—term. but we adapted. consumers adapt and today, we're back travelling, it is inconvenient for a lot of people, but we're capable of adjusting to any restriction or any new measure that is put in place. pubs and restaurants are calling for the chancellor to soften the impact of higher business rates on their sector due in april. many pubs and restaurants occupy prime real estate in town and city centres which could be hit hardest. the association for licensed multiple retailers says the rate change will land its members with an extra £3 to £500 million in extra costs. british businesses are feeling the pressure on staffing supplies following the vote to leave the eu. they say they're struggling to fill vacancies because of the drop in the supply of eu nationals. a survey by the chartered institute of personnel and development say that wholesale, retail, accommodation food services, health and social work are most vulnerable. the european commission has downgraded forecasts of uk economic growth in the wake of
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the brexit vote with the rest of the european union overtaking britain in 2017 and 2018. the commission warned that the impact of the vote to leave the eu has yet to be felt. it has dropped its forecast to 1.5% for this year, in contrast to the bank of england which has increased its forecast to 2% for 2017. shoppers at waitrose might be interested in knowing that the supermarket is going through some rebranding at the moment. it is having to revisit the way it labels its british range of ready meals as some of their lamb meals are made with lamb from new zealand. mining shares are leading the pack at the moment. there's a strike in chile at the world's largest copper mine which is boosting the price of copper. so we've seen anglo—american, glencore and rio tinto all do well out of that. that's all the business news for now. a bell—ringer at worcester cathedral had to be rescued by the emergency
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services on saturday evening after his foot got caught in the rope and he was pulled upside down. the 51—year—old, who was one of 20 bell—ringers in the bell tower, fractured a bone in his back. 0ur correspondentjon ironmonger has the latest from worcester. well, this was a very unfortunate mishap, buta well, this was a very unfortunate mishap, but a rather miraculous rescue operation. ian bowman was one of 20 bell—ringers who visited worcester cathedral to ring the bells. if you look behind me, above the altar here, 80—foot in the air you can see the altar here, 80—foot in the air you can see four lights and the lights are on the under side of a trap door which leads to the clock room. if you imagine another eight feet above that, you have another room which is called the ringing room which is called the ringing room and that's where ian was and it was in the middle of the service on saturday when ian released the rope to what's known as the tenor bell. that's a large bell. within of the largest in the country we believe
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and as it shot upwards it coiled around his ankle, hoisting him into the air before dropping him several feet on to his back and he hit his head as well. so the emergency services were called. hereford and worcester emergency services arrive and they are faced with the challenge with how to get ian from this vantage point safely to the church floor without moving him. they strapped him it a spinal board and they winched him down through the ringing room trap door and through the clock room trap door and down through this space to the church floor, safely. he was taken to hospital as a matter of urgency and was checked out for a head injury and fracture to his spine, but he was discharged that night and able to walk around. ian is resting at home. he has praised the emergency services for the rescue operation and he played down the circumstances. he says it was just an accident and these things do a p pa re ntly an accident and these things do apparently happen. there is a change in the weather. it
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was darren and now it isjohn hammond. a new weatherman! within a few days it will feel like spring. today the satellite picture looks different and for some it has been gloriousment almost beach weather in cornwall where temperatures have peaked at 13 celsius. we have seen a lot of sunshine across many parts of the country. however, not for all as we move up the country. however, not for all as we move up to north—eastern areas particularly eastern scotland. we have been stuck in the gloom all day long and at frazier brew, this was the scene and temperatures struggling to get above four celsius. very unfair indeed. we keep the cloud across the east of scotla nd the cloud across the east of scotland and some areas of low cloud developing across other northern and
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eastern areas. a lot of clear sky out there, but rain will arrive by morning time. temperatures just above freeze, but a few places could see a above freeze, but a few places could see a touch of frost. a different day tomorrow across the south—west of england. rain spreading into cornwall first thing in the morning with a shield of cloud. a lot of sunshine through the central slice of the uk. it will be cold, but that sunshine will be lifting the temperatures quickly. still a breeze though. still a lot of cloud across the north—east of scotland and here again, it is never going to get terribly warm. that easterly wind will still have an edge to it. for many other places there will be fine weather with sunshine. but this rain on this weather front here will be moving its way up through other parts of south—west england and into wales and maybe southern counties seeing the odd spot and into northern ireland. no great amounts, but prepare for a few dribs and drabs. the but prepare for a few dribs and dra bs. the best but prepare for a few dribs and drabs. the best of the brightness further north. still the contrast in temperatures. north—east to south—west. 0n
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temperatures. north—east to south—west. on wednesday, the feature moves its way up across the country. something more potent arrives across the south—west during the course of wednesday. we could see the course of wednesday. we could see heavy, possibly thundery bursts of rain pushing in across southern and western areas. of rain pushing in across southern and western areas. don't take the position of these blobs of blue too literally. it will be turning wetter. probably the best of the dry and bright weather will be across the north and the east and the u pwa rd the north and the east and the upward in temperatures continues. in many places they will be up into double figures. for the rest of this week, it will be milder, but for some week, it will be milder, but for some of us, there will be rain around. i'm back in halfan some of us, there will be rain around. i'm back in half an hour. this is bbc news, the headlines at four. widespread drugs use and a lack of control, what the bbc uncovered inside one of britain's biggest jails, uncovered inside one of britain's biggestjails, thejustice secretary that form will happen. this will not be fixed in weeks and months but if
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we are resolute we will see our society become safer and we will see how prison population reduced. for french skiers die in an avalanche in the alps, they were hit while off piste in the sort of kenya. the co—op bank has put itself up for sale four years after it almost collapsed. deal or no deal, numerous tesco offers are revealed to be out of date while people are being charged full price at the till. also the next hour, thousands of people evacuated in north
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