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this is bbc news. the headlines at a:00: the metropolitan police pays compensation to retired field marshal lord bramall, and the family of the late lord brittan over false accusations of child sex abuse. nearly 60,000 rohingya, the muslim minority in myanmar, have fled the country after violence erupted a week ago. translation: so many people were killed. they just set fire to everything. ijust ran. they were shooting at us and i got hit. there were people whose throats were slashed with knives. more than m00 people have died and a0 million have been left homeless or displaced after catastrophic flooding across south asia. paying for road closures — new proposals to charge utility companies by the hour for roadworks which cause disruption. also in the next hour — a missing episode of comedian tony hancock's half hour has been found, almost 50 years after his death. are you mr hancock?
yes, by all means, oh yes i am, yes. i am savannah pirelli. and you can hear some of that episode in about 20 minutes' time. and in half an hour, jane hill takes a look back at the week's news. that's in dateline. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the metropolitan police has confirmed it's paid compensation to the former chief of the defence staff, field marshal lord bramall, and the family of the late home secretary, lord britton, who were both falsely accused of child sexual abuse. both men were named by an informant known as ‘nick‘, who's now being investigated for allegedly perverting the course ofjustice.
angus crawford reports. they were horrifying allegations, of a paedophile ring at the heart of the establishment — but they all proved to be false. during 0peration midland, police raided the homes of the former chief of the defence staff lord bramall, ex—home secretary leon brittan, and former tory mp harvey proctor. all on the say—so of this one man, nick, whose real identity can't be revealed. but a scathing review of the investigation found: nick's credibility wasn't properly assessed, search warrants were inaccurate, and the investigation went on too long. it's now been confirmed that lord bramall and lord brittan‘s widow have received compensation from the met. reports suggest as much as £100,000. the d—day veteran, speaking last year, questioned the way detectives
handled the inquiry. i've never complained about being investigated. it was only the heavy—handed and the unintelligent way that they went about it. i mean, i think they could have said, well look,... if they'd taken any trouble to put their effort onto questioning the so—called victim, i think they would have found that it was very unlikely. it's thought former mp harvey proctor, also cleared of any wrongdoing, has yet to agree a settlement. the true cost of the failed 0peration midland is still being reckoned. angus crawford, bbc news. nearly 60,000 rohingya, the muslim minority in myanmar, have now fled the country after violence erupted a week ago. the united nations says scores of people are reported to have died since rohingya militants
attacked police positions. subsequent clashes have sent civilians from all communities fleeing. sanjoy majumder has been to a refugee camp on the bangladesh—myanmar border, from where he sent us this report. exhausted and traumatised after escaping death. many of these rohingyas have walked for hours across hills, and wading through paddy fields to avoid border patrols before making it here. these are fresh arrivals, rohingyas who have just arrived after crossing the border, and with every passing hour, there are more and more of them coming. there is absolutely no space left any more, so they are just living on any piece of open ground they can find, and many of them have the most disturbing testimony to share. i meet a man who is nursing a bullet wound in his foot. he tells me that his village, just across the border, was attacked, allegedly by the myanmar military and armed mobs. translation: so many
people were killed. theyjust set fire to everything. ijust ran. they were shooting at us and i got hit. there were people whose throats were slashed with knives. there had been reports of villages being torched and hundreds of rohingyas being killed in myanmar‘s rakhine state. the violence kicked off after a rohingya militant group attacked dozens of police posts in the area last week. those who can have fled the fighting, building temporary shelters and trying to make a home for themselves. bangladesh, after initially trying to stop them coming, is now letting them in. so, for now, this represents freedom. but at what cost, and what lies ahead? phil robertson is the deputy asia
director of human rights watch. he joins us now. what are you finding, what are you hearing from the migrants? well, we have a team working with the people coming across the border into bangladesh. we are also finding people with gunshot wounds, shrapnel wounds, exhausted, not having eaten for several days, in very serious need for medical assistance. so it is very important bangladesh is letting these people in because this is a humanitarian emergency. this is a crisis and bangladesh is doing the right thing if it is letting them in and stopping their previous efforts to turn them back. myanmar army chief has been quoted as saying everything is in the framework of the law. the bengali pub, which is how myanmar refer to the rohingya,
was a long—standing one which became an unfinished job? it sounds like they will continue their policy of violence against these rohingya villages. we have, with satellite imagery which shows a rohingya village completely burned to the ground. 0ver village completely burned to the ground. over 700 structures destroyed. where the people are, where they have gone, who burned it, when was it burned? all we know is soon after the attacks by the insurgents on the morning of the 25th, that village was on fire. it really begs any sort of understanding to say that when he says, we will finish this, the history of the burma army is one where they will target civilians, target whoever they feel they need to if they think they will go after insurgents. it is against
international human rights law. he said it is according to bernie ‘s law, but that isn't what is in play here. human rights watch has had the devastation we are caring about, because we cannot see it for ourselves, because it is in lockdown, the devastation may be worse than originally thought, why do you say that? if you look at the previous period when we had 0ctober to november last year, we had about 1500 structures destroyed. this is 110w 1500 structures destroyed. this is now being investigated by a un commission set up by the human rights council. we are looking at 700 structures destroyed and 60,000 refugees have fled in a period of one and a half weeks. 80,000 fled over three months last year. you can see the scale of this. it is much larger, much more severe and it is
something that has got to seize the attention of international policymakers at the un and governors who care about human rights around the world. how likely is that to happen? this persecution of the rohingya has been going on for some time, what has the be done to turn the attention on the plight of the rohingya? burma has to be pressured to allow this fact—finding mission set up by the human rights council to go into the country and start investigating and start assessing who is accountable for these human rights abuses. who is responsible... the second point is, we need to start talking about taking burma up at the un general assembly and taking it up to the human rights council on putting it at the forefront of the agenda to try to pressure burma's neighbours in southeast asia, any organisation for islamic proliferation to step up and put concerted pressure on burma.
people watching this and following the story of the rohingya, don't understand why they are persecuted. can you give any perspective or background to this? the rohingya faced systematic discrimination. they not considered citizens of burma. this, ithink they not considered citizens of burma. this, i think is a fundamentalfailure burma. this, i think is a fundamental failure of the burmese government to recognise that fact, these people have been in burma for a long period of time and they deserve citizenship and they needed to be dealt with dignity and respect. they have been hated, persecuted and now they are facing these tactics that are driving them out of the country. it has been a pleasure, thank you. a 35—year—old man has been arrested after a crossbow bolt was fired on to the pitch at the 0val cricket ground. here's how the incident unfolded on thursday to listeners on bbc radio five live sports extra. what is that in the field of play,
they just pointed at what is that in the field of play, theyjust pointed at something, it is poking up out of the ground. some sort of meaty, what on earth is that? it has just dropped onto the field, by the looks of it and they are coming off the field of play. that is quite extraordinary. some sort of projectile, has dropped in middle of the field. it is sticking out of the ground quite clearly, about a foot or so, sticking out of the ground. they immediately pointed to and now everybody is running off the field be our legging it off the field. i have never seen anything like this before in cricket. 0ur correspondentjohn donnison is with me now. nobody seen anything like that before, bring us up today? dangerous, 35—year—old man has been arrested after attending a police station in south london. he is under
suspicion of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and has been released on police bail. this happened towards the end of play on thursday in the match between surrey and middlesex. as we heard, people didn't know what was going on. the ground had to be evacuated by armed police. thankfully, no one was hurt. but this was a crossbow bolt, and i wrote about 1.5 feet, it landed towards the centre of the pitch and obviously it could have been very, very dangerous. the man has now been bailed pending further enquiries and it will be resumed in september. a grammar school , which forced pupils to leave half—way through their course because of their exam results, has reversed its decision. parents at st 0laves in south—east london began legal action, after students who did not get at least a b—grade at as—level were told they could not continue.
the lawyer representing the families says the school has changed its mind. 0ur correspondent angus crawford has more. it is almost like a policy of post—selection, which on the surface of it is unlawful. st 0laves is an outstanding school, founded in the 16th century with a long history of academic achievement. this year it got 96% in their a—level results. and there appears to be the problem. it was an open secret that the school but if in your first year of a—level study if you didn't get b grades in your subjects, you would be asked to leave. this year, it has happened to two pupils. very small numbers? yes, but it is a policy of some years standing. the parents of these children have threatened to
sue you the school because you cannot post select at a—level. we cannot post select at a—level. we can only be asked to leave the school for behavioural or other problems. in the face of this legal action, the school has backed down and said those peoples can come back and said those peoples can come back and also that policy will be abandoned. angus crawford. peter read is a former head teacher, who now offers independent advice on education and schools. he says the scandal represents a nationwide problem. the pressure on schools today is immense, to deliver, deliver. league tables are forcing all sorts of things to go wrong in schools. this isjust one example, but it is destroying the careers of young people. i have had an e—mail today. this is from last year. it is a parent i have kept in touch with. what happened to our daughter has had a massive impact on her. she is still limping along. her confidence was so damaged, we do not believe she will ever believe in herself in the same way again.
this is traumatic for young people, who think they are going along to a—level and they are then thrown out on the scrapheap. it's now believed more than 14—hundred people have died, than 1a00 people have died, after catastrophic flooding across several south asian countries following heavy monsoons. about 41 million people have been affected, in bangladesh, nepaland india. millions have been left homeless, and more than 950,000 homes have been destroyed. parts of india's financial centre, mumbai, are under several feet of water and in the eastern state of bihar, more than 500 people have been killed. 0ur south asia correspondent, justin rowlatt, is in bihar. now this should give you an idea ofjust how vulnerable south asia still is to flooding. we had one hour, one hour of heavy
rain, about an hour ago, and these floods rose up in what is a regional capital of india. that is how vulnerable even a city still is to flooding, and let me tell you, this floodwater is absolutely disgusting. the first thing that happens is the drains back up and you get a toxic stew, a toxic stew of waste in the water. sorry, sir. imagine for a moment what it is like, this is a city, imagine for a moment what it is like for a villager in a hut made of mud and straw, that is how tens of millions of people still live in india. for that villager, sitting in a waterlogged field, beside a river. inevitably rains come, the waters rise up again. this flooding is not isolated to bihar, the state in northern india that i am in at the moment. this flooding stretches across the entire region, so from bangladesh in the east, through north india, where i am now, through nepal, across the whole of the basin underneath the himalayas, to the financial capital of india,
mumbai, and pakistan, all of it affected by flooding. 41 million people so far affected, 1,400 killed. this tragedy continues to unfold across south asia. president trump is heading back to texas and also louisiana, to meet people directly affected by the floods. he leftjoint base andrews in maryland a short while ago accompanied by the first lady. more than a million residents have been forced from their homes and 50 are feared dead from tropical storm harvey. the president has asked congress for an initial payment of £6 billion for aid. the headlines on bbc news: the metropolitan police has paid compensation to the former head of the army, lord bramall, and the family of the late home secretary, lord brittan, who were falsely accused of child sexual abuse. a campaign group says more than 700 homes have been burned down
in a rohingya muslim village, as tens of thousands of the minority group continue to flee the country. more flooding feared in south asia, 1a00 people have been killed, and a0 million left homeless or displaced. in sport— qualifying for the italian grand prix is back under way after a two and a half hour delay. heavy rain saw romain grosjean crash. he wasn't hurt. in the second heat 20 blast semifinal, nottingham outlaws made 169—7 against hampshire, who have started their innings. 0nly made 169—7 against hampshire, who have started their innings. only a win will do. that is the warning from chris coleman as wales prepared to ta ke from chris coleman as wales prepared to take on austria in a crucial world cup qualifier this evening. that matches at 7:45pm and we will
have details at 5:30pm for you. utility companies could be charged by—the—hour for digging up busy roads in england. the government believes it could force contractors to speed—up repairs, reducing delays. the local government association has welcomed the proposals. simonjones reports. misery for motorists in leeds today, costing time and money. now the government is considering making companies pay to do work in peak time. i think that's a good idea, and it may cut the roadworks down and stagger them a bit more. you often come past and they'll nobody here but a lot of the time, and you think, why did you dig it up if you are now working over there, you know, how can you do it? so, yeah, that could make a big, big difference. 2.5 million roadworks are carried out each year. it is estimated to cost the economy £4 billion, as people are late to work or deliveries don't arrive on time. companies could be charged up to £2500 per site, to work on roads during the day. the government says trials have already seen severe congestion fall by a half.
we've been trialling it in london and kent and it's proved extremely successful, and we estimate that there's been about 600 less incursions into the highway surface than would have happened otherwise. motoring groups want some reassurances. the idea that lane rental will actually be introduced to encourage the utility companies to conduct their road works more efficiently is great news. we just want to ensure that the quality of the work they take and do to our roads is sufficient and it's not going to end up with the local authorities coming back and repairing the job they've done. the group that represents utility companies points out that they are carrying out big infrastructure projects designed to boost the economy, and if they have to pay to close roads, it offers less value for money for their customers. they also say that around half of all roadworks aren't carried out by utility companies, but by highways authorities, defined to improve the layout and surface of the roads. firms are being told they could avoid the charges
by carrying out work at night, or coordinating plans with other companies. the scheme could be introduced in 2019. simon jones, bbc news. three more us diplomatic staff in cuba have reported health problems, following what american officials suspect was a covert sonic attack. 19 people have now reported symptoms, including damaged hearing. the us believes a sonic device was placed in or near diplomats‘ homes. some of the victims suffered mild brain injuries and permanent hearing loss, according to the union representing us diplomatic staff. cuba has denied any involvement. william marquez, a reporter with bbc mundo has the background to the story. this started really late last year
when some diplomatic us personnel and at least one canadian started saying they had some sort of symptoms. then it all came out in may when the us throughout two cuban diplomats from washington in retaliation, to what they said cuba failing to protect their personnel in havana. in august, we knew there we re in havana. in august, we knew there were 16 people who had been affected with some hearing loss, mild brain injury, headaches, loss of balance. and yesterday, the state department came out with saying it was 19 and the latest attack had occurred as recently as this august. but they don't rule out more attacks, is what they say. he's regarded by many as one of the funniest people ever and a missing episode of tony hancock's half hour will be shown at a fan event in his home city of birmingham. it's called the italian maid, and here's an excerpt. are you mr hancock? yes, by all
means. yes, yes. i am isabella parini. what a lovely name. i am here. yes you are indeed. you are here. yes you are indeed. you are here all right. i don't understand, i thought you were expecting me? you, expecting you? you are the woman. . . you, expecting you? you are the woman... who was coming...|j you, expecting you? you are the woman... who was coming... i want my new home here... earlier i spoke to martin gibbons, archivist with the tony hancock appreciation society. i asked him whether the latest missing episode to materialise is funny. it is classic. recording from the 19505 it is classic. recording from the 1950s and it is so clear, it was an
amazing find. how did you come across it? in 2016, the tony hancock appreciation society spotted some reel to reel tapes on ebay. they looked interesting and the sleeves of the tapes have the italian made on one and the horror serial, which is another lost hancock's half—hour on the other. we contacted the seller and we discovered the last episode of the italian made and also the horror serial. they have been recorded by geoff elliott who was a locksmith in birmingham and recorded in the 1950s on first broadcast. did it start at ten o'clock this morning? yes, we have an event in birmingham which includes missing, presumed wiped episodes of not only hancock but a broad range of television. what has the reaction
been like? fantastic. it is absolutely classic comedy and all of the audience were absolutely nothing right through the broadcast. does it match anything like his famous, the blood donor? yes, this is interesting because he didn't normally have guest stars appearing on the show. usually there was a small group of players who supported hancock, but for this particular episode, the italian actressjoined the show for just the one episode, the italian actressjoined the show forjust the one episode. i think for that reason alone, it is a particularly special episode for us to have recovered. he was described as the comedian's comedian. he was something of a tortured soul. how much of an appetite is there still out there for his brand of comedy?” think there is a huge appetite.
there is significant interest in the radio shows and in the television shows. there are regular cd releases through bbc audio and there is one out later this year of some rare material that is outside of hancock's half hour mainly. but there is still a huge interest and i think the comedy remains as fresh today as it did when it was first broadcast back in the 1950s. for fa ns broadcast back in the 1950s. for fans who weren't able to come to this showing in birmingham, will be still be able to see it once it closes at 6pm this evening? yes, the episode will appear on a future bbc audio release. i am not sure of the exact date when that will come out, but yes, they will be able to. it is the soundtrack, not the actual video of the episode, but the episode will be able to be heard on the cd released in due course. is there more to come, what is the likelihood
he will keep on coming across footage like this, lost footage? these two, the first we have found in the last 12 years. but we remain optimistic there is, in somebody‘s loft or garage, a reel to reel tape that contains more lost episodes. these two, there were two back in 2005 and there have been another of their recordings of other material outside of hancock's half hour, mainly interviews and that type of material, but still of interest to hancock fans. time for the weather. it has been a fine day, we look out to the west to see some changes. we have rain which will arrive in northern ireland this evening and as the wind picks up we will see rain in the western parts of wales, the
south—west and western fringes of scotland. there is high cloud ahead of the rain—soaked night shouldn't be as cold as it was last night. hazy sunshine in eastern scotland and the eastern side of england. it may stay dry here because this rain is moving slowly eastwards and at the same time, the rain becoming lighter and drizzly. but we're left with a low cloud for many western areas. a cool day, temperatures 15, 16 degrees. towards the east coast, could get up to 19 degrees. the rain continues to peter out as we head into monday. another belt of heavy rain coming into scotland and northern england. we're left with a lot of cloud, warm and humid air, highs of 22 or 23 degrees. the headlines at a. 30. the metropolitan police has paid compensation to the former head of the army lord bramall and the family of the late home secretary lord
brittain who were both falsely accused of child sexual abuse. a campaign group says more than 700 homes have been burned down in a rohingya suss him village as tens of thousandsthe minority group continue to flee the country. more than 1a00 people have died and a0 million have been left homeless or displaced after catastrophic flooding across several south asian countries. utility companies could be charged by the hour for utility companies could be charged by the hourfor digging up our busy roads in england in a bid to encourage contractors to speed up their work and reduce delays. stay tuned. now it's time for dateline london. hello and a very warm welcome to dateline london.
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