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four men have been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on british police and military targets. a gang calling themselves the three musketeers, along with another man, wanted to commit an atrocity similar to that carried out on the soldier lee rigby. part of the trial, at the old bailey, had to be held in secret. we'll have the latest. also this lunchtime: prince philip will make his final solo appearance on royal duty today, after 65 years of official engagements. the number of people dying due to drugs reached record levels last year. british tourists have faced hours of delays at airports across the eu, because of increased border checks. # all the bowling ladies, all the bowling ladies... # all the bowling ladies, all the bowling ladies... and the three australian women in their 70s and 80s channelling their inner beyonce, to save their bowling club. and coming up in the sport on bbc news. the biggest transfer in football history looks like it's on —
a £198 million deal for neymar tojoin paris saint—germain from barcelona. good afternoon, and welcome to the bbc news at one. four men from the west midlands have been found guilty of plotting an attack similar to that carried out on the soldier lee rigby. a gang calling themselves the three musketeers, along with one other man, were planning to attack police and military targets on british soil. some of the trial had to be held in secret, at the old bailey. our midlands correspondent, phil mackie, reports. the raid at hero couriers in birmingham last august. an area near the city centre was evacuated and the bomb disposal unit called in.
it was the culmination of an elaborate undercover operation in which the four men were observed meeting each other in birmingham and in stoke. they were already well known to the authorities. naweed ali and khobaib hussain had been jailed after travelling to a terror training camp in pakistan in 2011. in prison, they met mohibur rahman, who had been jailed for possessing terrorist material. they called themselves the three musketeers. rahman's friend, tahir aziz, a former member of the banned extremist group al—muhajiroun, later joined the group. the more they watched them, the more the police became suspicious. these men, along with aziz, were very aware of surveillance and carried out countersurveillance strategies. they used unregistered phones, they used encrypted social media apps to exchange extremist and violent material. they often met in public open spaces such as parks so they could not be listened in to.
we needed to be one step ahead of them and put together an operation that was bold and ambitious, but that would ensure we kept communities safe and provided enough evidence to put before the court. the courier company just up there was a front. the boss was an undercover police officer. khobaib hussain and naweed ali were givenjobs there, and when ali went out on a delivery, they searched his car and found a cache of weapons. there was a partially constructed pipe bomb, a meat cleaver with the word "kafir", or "unbeliever", scratched onto the blade. and a replica handgun. this plot was foiled, but the release of more terrorists from prison could lead to future problems. the fact that people are being released and you know that they're terrorists, they have been convicted of terrorist offences, they are being released back into society and there's no reason to think that they have been de—radicalised. i think society across the world needs to ask themselves the question.
are you happy with that? ali and hussain come from spark hill in birmingham, where a local charity works with the home office on counter radicalisation. so can someone's view become more extreme after they've been to prison? if they've bumped into somebody inside who is actually grooming them and radicalising them then, yes, of course. but if they are provided with the right support and then they basically don't come out worse. is there any hope for somebody who's got that absolute commitment to an extremist point of view? yes, absolutely. we believe there's always hope. we believe with the right support and the right programmes, there's always hope. the four men will be sentenced later. three of them for a second time. phil mackie, bbc news, birmingham. after 65 years of official public engagements, the duke of edinburgh will make his final solo appearance on royal duty today. prince philip will attend a parade by the royal marines, of which he's the captain general. now 96, he's the longest serving consort in british history. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell,
is at buckingham palace for us. well, it was six years ago at the time of his 90th birthday that the duke said he had done his bit and it was time to take things a little easier. now, finally, he is going to dojust easier. now, finally, he is going to do just that. this afternoon, hopefully not in the rain which is falling at the moment, a parade will ta ke falling at the moment, a parade will take place on the forecourt of buckingham palace which will mark indeed the end of 70 years of his separate programme of royal engagements. he's been a familiar and sometimes forthright feature of national life ever since his marriage to the then princess elizabeth in november 1947. and although his robust approach to people and events are sometimes got into trouble, few can criticise his devotion to royal duty. most often in support of the queen, but also in pursuit of his own separate programme,
supporting issues like the environment and the development of the awards programme for young people which he created and which is named after him. but this afternoon, it will come to an end. the duke, who was 96 injune, will attend his last solo engagement. a parade by the royal marines on the forecourt of buckingham palace. it is not a complete retirement from public life, the duke will still accompany the queen to certain events. but after more than 22,000 solo engagements and more than 600 solo overseas visits since the queen came to the throne, it does mark a significant lightening of the load for the royal family's oldest member. though those who know the duke suspect that he will still be in evidence. he won't retire at all until he really can't do it. as they say, this morning, marvellous photographs of him this morning wandering round in preparation. this afternoon, the royal marines, this is a chap who is still taking the salute in a field marshal's uniform which, quite frankly,
he looks as though he has earned it. and he is not standing on steps to do it. no, he will be around for a bit. after 70 years of royal duty together, the queen will certainly miss having her husband at her side for most of her public appearances. from now on, younger members of the royal family will take the place of the duke as the self—declared leading plaque unveiler in the world finally takes things a little easier. so the question is, what is he going to do now? you will go to balmoral to do now? you will go to balmoral tojoin the queen to do now? you will go to balmoral to join the queen on the annual summer holiday and i imagine he will base himself principally at windsor, where he can go carriage driving, he is actively involved in that, and still take a keen interest in the many causes he has championed over the past 70 years. thanks for that, and buckingham palace. the number of deaths due to drugs in england and wales last year reached their highest level on record. the office for national statistics says there were 3,744 ‘poisoning deaths,‘ involving both legal
and illegal substances in 2016. the figures also show that more people in their 40s died than those in their 30s. our home affairs correspondent, nick beake, joins me. give us a bit more detail on the numbers. these figures give an insight into how many people are dying from drugs, what they are taking, how old they were, where they were living. there were 3744 drugs poisoning deaths registered in 2016. that is a rise of 2%, and crucially, the highest figure on record since the data was recorded about 1k years ago. two thirds of the death were due to the misuse of drugs. the majority of people had taken things like heroin and morphine. last year, we saw 371 people died because of taking cocaine, a rise of 16%. the 0ns
thinks this is because taking on a new all pure form of the drug. —— a more pure form. we have seen people in their 40s dying more than people in their 40s dying more than people in their 30s because of taking drugs. experts call this the trainspotting generation, a reference to the film 20 years ago, meaning people who may have started to ta ke meaning people who may have started to take hard strokes in the 1990s have died because they have lost a long—standing battle with substance abuse and substance addiction. we saw in wales an increase in the number of people dying because of misuse. in england, it is the north east of the country for the fourth year running where they have a particular problem. drugs charities say this government needs to do a lot more to support people would be sort of problems. the government unveiled their strategy for tackling drugs two weeks ago and says they are investing more money and embarking on more education programmes to warn people about the dangers of drugs. many thanks. the white house has confirmed that
president trump helped draft what turned out to be a misleading statement about a meeting his eldest son had last year with a russian lawyer. donald trumpjunior initially denied his talks with natalia veselnitskaya were about the presidential election, but his account later changed. the white house says the president "weighed in, as any father would," but denied there were inaccuracies in the initial account. richard lister reports. president trump still making headlines for all the wrong reasons. among them, the curious tale of his son and the russian lawyer. it has emerged that natalia veselnitskaya, who has ties with the kremlin, met him injune last year with the promise of incriminating information about hillary clinton. congratulations, diet! donald trump junior played a key part in his father's election campaign and his e—mails showed he loved the idea of getting dirt on hillary, but when
asked by the new york times issue if he had hit had any meetings in russia, he said... injuly, he put out a statement saying he had met natalia veselnitskaya, but he had only discussed a programme about the adoption of russian children. after being challenged on that committee finally confirmed the meeting was to talk about individuals connected to russia supporting mrs clinton. so did the president help with the initial misleading statements about that meeting? the washington post alleged he dictated it for donjr on air force alleged he dictated it for donjr on airforce one on his way alleged he dictated it for donjr on air force one on his way back from the 620 air force one on his way back from the g20 in hambrook last month. his lawyers said he was not involved in drafting statement, another white house says that actually, he was. the statement that don jr house says that actually, he was. the statement that donjr issued is true, there is no inaccuracy in the statement. the president weighed in, as any father would based on the limited information he had. this is all discussion frankly of no
consequence. but this man will decide that, robert muller is investigating claims of meddling in the russian election and whether the trump team tried to cover it up. the latest revelations do not look good. we are undermining the rule of law and transparency and openness and democracy and i think other countries are saying, this is really destructive. our stock market has reached an all—time high today. destructive. our stock market has reached an all-time high today. bush is an unwelcome distraction for the president. he says the investigation isa president. he says the investigation is a witchhunt, but it is not going away —— russia is an unwelcome distraction. the president of the prison governors association has attacked the government's management ofjails in england and wales. andrea albutt says she's "devastated" at the "complete decline" in the service, that she says over—stretched staff are able to provide. she made the comments in an open letter, after recent violence at prisons in hertfordshire and wiltshire. the ministry ofjustice says it's recruiting more prison officers. our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw, reports.
troubling times for jails in england and wales. this was the scene outside the mount prison in hertfordshire this week as a team of prison officers prepared to deal with a disturbance. there are known as tornado units, specially trained and equipped to restore order when prisoners take control. the problems add up to a crisis, caused by a toxic mix of population pressures and staff shortages. that is the view of the leader of the organisation which represents prison governors. the situation is bad. and until we get sufficient staff in our prison, the situation we are in will continue. so we will continue to try to control the situation in our prisons, but we will not be delivering in a significant number of our prisons, good—quality rehabilitative regimes. we will literally be holding and controlling people in our care and this is unacceptable. in an open letter that's
sharply critical of the government and the handling of prisons, members had seen nothing tangible from ministers to ease the burden on staff. she claimed there was a gaping hole in operational knowledge on the ministry ofjustice which she said was being filled by moving governors from their posts in prisons. but some question why western —— prison governors are only speaking out now. we would like to think they are analysed, but where have they been for the past five years? we have all been affected by it, it is not their members getting used as punch bags, it is ours! the ministry ofjustice is increasing an extra 2,500 and has set upa is increasing an extra 2,500 and has set up a new agency, the prison and probation service. the department said this will help to create a
distinct, professionalised, front line service, to ensure policy and operations working closely together to deliver these much—needed reforms. new prisons like this one in north wales are being built, but the overall prison population is increasing at such a rate, there is little spare capacity. the government's been urged to do more to persuade european union countries to increase staffing levels at airports, after british tourists faced long waits at border controls. some holiday—makers say they were forced to queue for hours because of additional security checks on travellers from outside the schengen free movement area. airlines uk, which represents british—based carriers, says ministers should use whatever influence they can to improve the situation. dan johnson reports. delays at passport control, nothing new. but some delays have been as long as four hours at airports like barcelona. passengers have even missed flights because of the wait. kate was in a group of 22 who were stuck in spain on monday. even though they were at the airport three hours early. by the time we got to the gate
they told us the gate was closed. the plane was still there, the bridge was still attached to the plane, but they refused to let 22 of us on this plane and yet it took them half an hour to unload our luggage off the plane. which is an absolute disgrace. this is all because of tighter security checks across the european countries that share passport and border control under the schengen agreement. more passengers are being checked against more databases to stop terrorists and criminals, that is all taking much longer. the reason for these delays is that some national governments had not foreseen the proper staffing resources and technology solutions at airports to make sure these checks can be done in a smoother way. these new rules have been enforced since april.
but they have really made an impact now that airports are busy with holiday—makers. august is always the busiest time of year for travel, so inevitably use the long queues at this time of year. if you add to that the fact that they're bringing in these new security requirements, understandable but those queues are than normal. so the most important thing to bear in mind is that when you leave for your destination abroad, leave some extra time to get through passport control, otherwise you run the risk of your losing your flight. there is always a trade—off, between the level of security and speed through the airport. many are calling for more staff, these new checks have not even been fully rolled out yet so the queues could get longer before they get shorter. dan johnson, bbc news. 0ur our top story this lunchtime. four men have been convicted of planning to carry out a terrorist atrocity similarto to carry out a terrorist atrocity similar to that committed on lee rigby. and british athletes are back in the country after their french
preparation for the world championships. coming up in sport. an f1 return for robert kubica — the polish driver is testing in hungary todayjust over 6 years since a rally crash cut short his career. road safety campaigners say proposals to remove speed bumps in england to help cut pollution, are ‘dangerous, daft and irresponsible.‘ the government has suggested it‘s willing to pay for councils to rip them up, because when drivers brake and then accelerate to get over them, they increase exhaust emissions. here‘s roger harrabin. children are vulnerable to polluted air. it can harm the development of their lungs and aggravate existing conditions like asthma and hay fever. but the government‘s plan to combat pollution includes offering to pay councils to rip up speed humps installed to protect those same children. here is why cars will typically break as they reach a hump and then accelerate their way out of it, increasing pollution in the process.
some motoring groups can‘t wait for the humps to go. speed bumps, we have been against them from the word go. for the past 15 years we have argued against them including the fact that pollution and excessive fuel usage that their calls. —— they cause. but the humps won‘t be removed without a fight — in many areas, local people campaigned for them to protect children from speeding cars. rachel maycock is a safety campaigner based in cardiff. where she walks her two—year—old to nursery. her organisation living streets, is writing to ministers criticising their decision to offer to pay for the removal of speed bumps. it‘s a really weak plan based on really weak evidence. getting rid of speed bumps and spending that money is not going to improve our air quality. it is going to increase the likelihood of accidents in urban areas like this. and the money can be spent better elsewhere. i think it is probably
in there because the government feels they need to be seen to be nice to the motorists. and not to demonise diesel car drivers and so forth. but we are concerned it is sending out the wrong message to local authorities. the challenge over humps created confusion in whitehall with different departments saying they weren‘t responsible for the idea. a government spokesman said later it would ensure any changes on the roads didn‘t reduce safety for children. roger harrabin, bbc news. new research suggests more than a million women in their early sixties, are financially worse off, because of the rise in the state pension age. the institute for fiscal studies, says while the government is saving £5 billion a year, many women are losing on average, more than £30 a week. here‘s simon gompertz. waiting for the state pension and struggling to get by. no trips to the pictures of the pubs. my
lifestyle has changed. i cannot do the things i used to do. surely from aberdeen is 61. she‘s not working because of ill—health and she will not qualify for the pension until is 66. the effect it has had on me,... ending it all. having to... ryan my family. my son said to me you brought me up, you always gave me when you had it and it is my turn. but it is still hard. pension at age used to be 60 for women and 65 men. by used to be 60 for women and 65 men. by the end of the decade it will be 66 for both. more than a million
women in their early 60s have on average 32 point alas the week. 18% are living in poverty,. perhaps the group west of those who want to work but are unable to do so. they cannot perhaps find work or health prevents them being able to do so. women have been campaigning for compensation with the complaint they were not given enough warning so they could not plan to work on or to save more. paying pensions later is boosting the government finances by £5 billion a year. ministers say that is fair because life expectancy is going up and that is increasing the underlying bill for pensions. they argue that with bigger life spans women will still get more pension than previous generations even though they pick the money up later. but that is not helping surely through the years until her 66th birthday. during which she is having
to depend on friends and family to keep afloat. he‘s a sporting superstar, and the fastest breaststroker on the planet. adam peaty from uttoxeter in staffordshire, admits he thrives on pressure, and last week broke his own 50m breaststroke record, twice, at the world championships in budapest. he‘sjust 22, so the big question is, how much faster could he go? andy swiss reports. two world titles, two world records. 0ne remarkable swimmer. in the sport of the finest margins adam peaty proved he is in a class of his own. 25.95! just a few days after breaking the world record twice in a day, he told me that initial shock still has not left him. did you surprised yourself that you managed to achieve that? a little bit, i was not expecting to go that speed, i
never thought that they would come. i believed it would come but when it actually happens it is a different story. the same with the olympic gold medal, you never really think it is going to happen to you. so the world record, i cannot believe it has happened. but the family has a second star, last year his grandmother had to watch his 0lympic success back home. but this year she flew out to budapest to cheer on her grandson. it is amazing that she was out there, she had not flown in 20 yea rs out there, she had not flown in 20 years and she had been packing her bags for weeks before. it means so much to me to walk out when you‘re a bit nervous and excited and have all these emotions, then you see your grandmother and mother in the crowd. it is an amazing thing. 0bviously you what to make them proud and give them as much as they‘ve given you. and the training that has got due to where ui now, many people have seen of you doing those insane push—ups.
how important is that regime?” of you doing those insane push—ups. how important is that regime? i love it, people say it is hard, probably the worst thing you could imagine every single day, six hours. as much heart exercise as you can do. but for me that is my comfort zone. and the best still yet to come? i have not even started to reach my peak yet. i need that man strength to come through, and still on boy strength. his only rival now would seem strength. his only rival now would seem to be the clock, the man taking british swimming into uncharted territory. in the last hour, the british athletics team have returned to the uk for the world athletics championships which start on friday. they‘ve been preparing themselves at a training camp in paris, but have been doing so without stars including the retired jessica ennis—hill, and greg rutherford — who will miss out through injury. 0ur sports correspondentjoe wilson is at st pancras internationa. amongst the continental commuters
arriving back in london today precious cargo of british athletes returning from a foreign preparation camps to the heat of the whole world championships. let‘s be clear about their expectations, uk sport which controls the money once at least six medals. so who will win them, just annette hill has retired, greg rutherford injured. there was still of course mo farah but who else. and where else. rio 0lympics, of course mo farah but who else. and where else. rio olympics, the women‘s four by 100 relay team took bronze in a british record team. could they do it again, 25% of that tea m could they do it again, 25% of that team is ashley phillips. there is now this expectation that the british team will win at least six medals. these targets are interesting. interesting for the media and the public but how interesting are they for the athletes, is that a fair target? we are capable of doing it, we‘ve worked so hard when it comes to the relays, i think we can definitely get medals from that and coming from
the rio 0lympics with such high spirits and the medals we took there, i feel we could spirits and the medals we took there, ifeel we could carry spirits and the medals we took there, i feel we could carry that over. so if we work hard enough, we have done a lot of work and had a lot of support. so hopefully we want to show how good we are. to get the bronze medal at had to be a british record. you think it will have to be a british record again to get a medal this time, how low can you go in terms of the time! the first time we broke it, that was in london. so if we still have that spirit behind us if we still have that spirit behind us and that crowd, we can do it again, 1%. ticket sales have been good for the championships, even unprecedented. 0f good for the championships, even unprecedented. of course british competitors are a large part of that appeal. but there‘s also usain bolt. and it will be the last chance to catch the jamaican express. as charity records go,
this one‘s a classic. three women in their 70s and 80s, from melbourne, australia, have been channelling their inner beyonce. they‘ve recorded a version of the hit, all the single ladies, as part of a campaign to save their local bowling club from demolition. in just three days, the track all the bowling ladies, has had a million views online. 0ur sydney correspondent hywel griffith has more. # all the bowling ladies... with combined age of 236, terri, janine and wyn may have thought the chances of pop stardom had passed them by. but just four days after of pop stardom had passed them by. butjust four days after posting this video online, the bowling ladies of chadstone have caught the attention of the world. their impassioned plea to save their bowls clu b impassioned plea to save their bowls club from being replaced by an indoor sports stadium has clearly struck a chord. even if they were
not too familiar with the original version. two of us have heard of beyonce but two of us had not. no idea about that song. it is a wonderful environment, especially for the older people. we do not want to lose it because then where would we go. we have to travel and most of the ladies are older than i am, i‘m 72, it is their second home. everybody cares. the local council says that the club is just one potential side being considered for a new stadium which would help meet demand for several sports. but the chadstone bowlers feel they are the victims of ageism as their sport may not be considered sexy enough. although the demanding choreography left one member saying she may need a hip replacement, the bowling ladies have clearly got their voices heard. and it would now take a brave
politician to try to test them out. barcelona football club has given star player neymar permission to discuss a world record transfer deal with paris st germain. the french clu b with paris st germain. the french club has been told it must pay, wait for this, the £198 million fee in full before the brazilian international and join them. it is understood the player was given permission by barcelona not to train, but to sort out his future. let‘s ta ke train, but to sort out his future. let‘s take a look at the weather forecast. people are wondering where the summer has gone but it is headed south—east in particular with sweltering heat in the balkans today.