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the suffering of the rohingya children as thousands flee myanmar only to face new dangers. 12,000 have crossed in to bangladesh every week since august into an uncertain future. many are succumbing to disease and malnutrition despite the efforts of aid agencies. tears come to my eyes sometimes. it's dreadful. we've a special report from the border of myanmar and bangladesh as desperate children and theirfamilies keep on coming. also tonight... don't read my lips — eu leaders and theresa may in talks to try to break through the brexit deadlock. a big rise in crime in england and wales with violent crime up 19%. and fly—tipping is increasing too in our cities and countryside — we'll be looking at why. tunes, typewriters and tom hanks — the actor turns author with a series of short stories.
and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: the fa fallout continues following the dcms hearing into what the sports minister has now called a "sorry saga" involving racism and bullying allegations. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. "this crisis is stealing their childhoods. we must not let it steal their futures". the words of the un children's agency unicef as it describes the desperate living conditions being endured by hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims — and in particular, the 12 thousand rohingya children who are now fleeing myanmar for neighbouring bangladesh every week. over half a million refugees have left their homes in myanmar — where they'd faced a military offensive and been burned out
of their homes — following long standing tensions and violence in the area. clive myrie reports from the kutupalong refugee camp just over the myanmar border in in bangladesh. you may find some of his images distressing. every breath is a struggle for mohamed ibrahim. six months old and fighting pneumonia. he is terribly weak and malnourished. he has just a 50—50 chance of seeing out another day. a sense of sorrow hangs heavy in the air in this clinic in bangladesh. 80% of the patients are rohingya muslim refugees, and many are malnourished children. the weakest of the week. the weakest of the weak. the mother of this 18—month—old girl summed up the nightmare of so many rohingya women. translation: we had
to run from our village. but we had so little to eat. then when we managed to get food i could not feed my child. she is so sick, but if god wishes it, she will survive. working with the local staff here is ian cross, a former gp from leicester. tears come to my eyes sometimes. it's dreadful. you just do what you can, you know. in a way, i'm lucky that i'm a doctor. i've got my hands and my tools, i can help to make people better. if i wasn't able to do that, i'd feel so frustrated and i'd feel even worse. but when you're hard at work, it's... you cope. it is a depressing truth in this crisis, the close to 60% of the more than half a million are injured muslims who've escaped myanmar are children and teenagers. and they have seen some terrible things, like this girl.
she has called this refugee camp in bangladesh home for almost two weeks. her story of the night she had to flee myanmar is depressingly familiar. villages torched and her mother dying in the flames. "they're killing all the muslims," she told me. "slaughtering innocent rohingyas. we've always been treated as less of people in our own land. now they want to finish us off." but dangers lurk in exile as well. young women are vulnerable. and the chance of children falling into the hands of sexual predators or exploited for their labour is ever present. the families here have nothing. they are trying to survive on a daily basis, and some of them at some point might be tempted to give away one of their children for domestic work. you know, not going to school, sometimes sexual abuse. so the risks are high.
but there is light against all the gloom. children in the camps are getting vaccinated against cholera and other diseases. there is even a chance to watch cartoons. and youngsters are never allowed to feel ashamed of who they are. in this class, they are reciting nursery rhymes from their homeland. but some will never return. the day after we filmed mohamed ibrahim we were told he died. he was buried in a tiny grave before sundown. clive, there were harrowing images in your report and yet more and more children are arriving every day? that is right, fiona. i hope you can hear me because i am battling a tropical cyclone here. it has turned
the refugee camp into a mud bath, making it even harderfor the refugees. yes, more people are coming in. the selfless dedication of the people here and the international workers who are trying to make a difference, is incredible. but doctor you saw my report from leicestershire, he simply answered and advert on facebook for people to come out and help and five days later he was on a plane. there is good news tonight. the daughter of that woman that i interviewed at the clinic today, she is now gaining weight, the 18—month—old girl, for the first time she is putting on weight. so there is some light at the end of that dark tunnel for her. i took part in a 0&a the end of that dark tunnel for her. i took part in a q&a session last night on social media. a number of people got in touch. they wanted to know the fate of the 15,000 rohingya muslims who got over the border but we re muslims who got over the border but were stranded for three days with no place to go essentially. well, i can report tonight that they have now
begun to be allowed to move to refugee camps like this, and as a result, there is light at the end of their tunnel as well. things are improving here for some people but it has to be said, overall, this is a dire, dire situation and a very tragic one for so many people. clive myrie, thank you. clive myrie, thank you. you can find out more about the roots of the rohingya refugee crisis on the bbc news website at bbc.co.uk/news. theresa may is in brussels tonight with eu leaders to assess the progress so far towards brexit — and crucially, whether talks can start on a trade deal. the german chancellor angela merkel says there are "encouraging" signs of progress. speaking britain's language? not so
much. because in this town, it is money that talks. the prime minister thinks the uk has promised enough to settle our accounts. we will also be looking at the concrete progress that has been made in our exit negotiations and setting out ambitious plans for the weeks ahead. i particularly want to see an urgency on reaching an agreement on citizens rights. are you willing to budge? i set out a few weeks ago in florence a very bold and ambitious agenda and vision for our future partnership between the eu and uk. but the most powerful woman in europe not think so. britain has made encouraging progress, but it is not enough. her knew best french friend agrees. we are united and strong, he says. and here, the others. as the uk made
enough big promises? enough compromises to get brexit moving?” think theresa may has persuaded herself and her government to be more forthcoming and realistic on the package, the total package negotiations. she's not being realistic right now? not yet. i said theresa, please make clear what you mean with that, at least when and how you will propose to tackle this debate. if she won't come eyes on the money, we are heading for a breakdown? at least between now and december, it would help a lot. don't let that happy trio full year. the eu's big brokers do not think the prime minister has come enough. theresa may has
suggested we paid 20 billion euros as we go. but they want to know if we will also cover a share of eu pensions, projects and commitments we signed up to as members, and although some smaller countries are sympathetic, the negotiations will not move on until we tell. there will not be a deal on citizens rights or the irish border either. the labour leader rallying in brussels today as well said the risk of no deal is dangerous. it is not good enough, all this time after the referendum, to still not be able to tell us what is happening, what the position is what the outcome will be. barring a miracle that is almost impossible that this lot will agree to start in trade talks with britain tomorrow. but what theresa may does expect is a promise to at least broached the idea with each other in the coming months. but they wa nt other in the coming months. but they want in return from the british side is more compromise, more cash on the table. we are still in the club but
no longer included in the group hug. 0n the outside and to move on we or they will have to budge. meanwhile here downing street insists london will "remain the world's leading financial centre", after the head of goldman sachs cast further doubt about the bank's future in the uk post brexit. lloyd blankfein tweeted that he'll be spending a lot more time in frankfurt where the bank is now planning to shift a portion of its uk operations. let's speak to our business editor simonjack who's in the city for us this evening. how do you assess the importance of this tweet from the head of goldman's? well, goldman sachs employs 6000 people here in london, highly paid and highly taxed. it is no secret that they were considering frankfurt in their plans. today's jaunty text is this just left frankfurt, enjoyed it, good, because i will be spending a lot more time there. what this underlines is that for many in the city, what work contingency plans are now becoming plans they are moving forward with. london will continue to be a great
financial centre, the government said. that is definitely true. but what this outlines as many people here have had these plans in reserve and they are moving from contingency plans to plans they are moving forward with. we will not see london disappear overnight, it has been here for centuries. it does not mean it cannot be damaged and other european centres like frankfurt will be picking up business on the back of brexit. simon jack, thank you. 0ur europe editor katya adler is in brussels this evening. the news from goldman sachs tonight an indication of how important it is to get agreement. how far apart are the two sides now? we have known not to get any breakthroughs at this particular summit. progress has been made, not enough on the divorce issues, and the sticking point is money. money the sticking point is money. money the eu says britain committed to paying once an eu member. it wants
us paying once an eu member. it wants us to honour those commitments now it is leaving. jean—claude juncker said it is like going to the pub with your friends. said it is like going to the pub with yourfriends. everyone said it is like going to the pub with your friends. everyone gets in around but the uk goes home without paying. that said, all the eu leaders here at the summit, they don't want theresa may to go away empty—handed. they know she is facing difficulties at home and they know this money issues potentially explosive for her. i understand they wa nt to explosive for her. i understand they want to give her a kind of present. the present she wants is moving those talks about future transition deals and trade deals as well. the eu says no. but they said as of monday, i have been told, they will start talking about these issues amongst themselves. it is progress —ish. some sources seem almost hurt that the prime minister isn't shouting herath from the rooftops at this planned eu gesture. thank you. —— shouting hooray.
the number of crimes recorded by the police in england and wales has reached the highest level in 10 years. it's thought the rise is partly due to the police improving how they record crime — but a surge in violent crime is believed to be genuine. and it's that rise in particular that has helped to push the total number of recorded offences up to 5.2 million for the year leading up to june. that's up 13% on the previous year. but data from the british crime survey — which asks people about their experience of crime, and includes offences that may not have been reported to the police — suggests overall crime is going down in the long term. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds has been looking at the figures. 0ne one week, a snapshot of crime in britain. on tuesday, this raid by thieves who escaped a memo pad. the day before, a man was stopped after confronting drug dealers. meanwhile police were hunting for a possible serial sex attacker and for any number of suspected burglars like
this man in lancaster. but there's also the crime we cannot see, an estimated 12,000 frauds will be reported each week. all of these types of offences are now increasing. the changes in crime are revealed by today's figures. 19% more violent crime recorded by police, 26% more cases involving knives and sharp objects. 8% more people killed and murdered ones major events such as this year ‘s terror attacks are taken into account. a quarter more robberies, those mopeds gangs are growing problem. in the last ten years the number of offences recorded by police has fallen and then risen again to that 5 million mark. in the british crime survey, where people described the crime they have experienced, the number of incidents has continued to fall, but experts say that hasn't yet picked up on the rise in more serious offences police are now dealing with. that's
certainly the case for some categories of violent crime, particularly those involving a knife when we have hospital data to back that up. similarly in fraud, as well as the 4% rise in quarterly crime figures, fraud is rising across the banking andi figures, fraud is rising across the banking and i none services sector. the picture is similar in scotland though not in northern ireland were violent crime continues to fall. ministers in westminster say police are getting better at recording offences and there are more to commit. within the violent crime category you have new crimes like stalking and harassment and we are pleased we have these new offences and that more people are coming forward to report those crimes. norfolk police is considering getting rid of these community support officers who deal with lower—level incidents. budgets are squeezed, the force knows it has to deal with the rise in serious crime.
when you look at the release of the crime statistics today, it makes the point. sexual and violent crime is up, i need a workforce that is able to tackle the threat and deal with the high risk crimes. the government insists it is protecting the thin blue police front line, that will meanfunding blue police front line, that will mean funding pay increases for officers and the rise in reported offences just piles on the pressure. our top story this evening: the suffering of the rohingya children as 10,000 refugees pour into bangladesh from myanmar today alone. and join me talking to him about this. hey, it's my new book! coming up on sportsday on bbc news: as the ramifications into claims of bullying and sexism continue, the england women's team attempt to get away from it all as they prepare for a friendly in france. it's become a common blight in many towns and cities — the illegal
dumping of household waste, builders' rubble, tyres and even animal carcasses. new figures out today show more than 1 million cases of fly—tipping were reported in england in the last year. that's a rise of 7% on the year before, and up for the fourth year in a row. 0ur correspondentjon kay has been looking at the scale of the problem. it's getting worse and worse. fly—tipping is a growing problem in every part of the uk. cardboard boxes and underlay... we started the day in devon... there's mattresses, gates... ..where jenny told us she feels sick... disgusted. ..every time she leaves her house in torquay. when you see this on your doorstep, how does it make you feel? terrible, terrible, because it makes you feel dirty, doesn't it? stood here now, you're getting a smell from it all, aren't you? yes. i can smell it, it's horrible.
and you've had a rat? yeah, in my kitchen. since last year, councils in england have been able to hand out fixed penalty fines but fly—tipping is still getting worse. two thirds of the waste that's dumped is household rubbish. it costs councils almost £58 million to clear up the mess. most councils charge for collecting bulky waste but it's up to £100 per vanload. this is probably our worst case on the farm here. our next stop, somerset, and when fly—tipping happens on gary's farm, it's up to him as the landowner to get rid of it. we've got builders' rubbish, bricks... most of this is industrial waste, and gary reckons things would improve if councils accepted it at the tip for free, but he also thinks there's a cultural problem. i think sometimes it's just down to the people. some peoplejust don't care, they really don't,
so theyjust lob it out and it's not their problem, is it? and this is now your problem? yes. it's big urban areas that are worst affected. our final stop, inner—city bristol. abby thinks there would be less fly—tipping if councils collected the bins more often and she's worried about the effect on her children's health. they want to go dumping rubbish everywhere, it's not nice. yeah. hopefully one day it will stop. and people will start picking up the rubbish? yeah? yeah. do you think they will stop? no. councils say they want the system speeded up, so persistent fly—tippers can be prosecuted and punished more quickly. but the government says local authorities already have the powers they need. jon kay, bbc news. four people believed to be british missionaries have been kidnapped in the remote southern niger delta
area of nigeria. police have identified a small, local militant gang calling themselves karowei as being behind the kidnap. at the moment it's unclear what the group want. the foreign office is yet to comment. three of northern ireland's most senior police officers, chief constable george hamilton, his deputy drew harris and assistant chief constable mark hamilton are under investigation for alleged misconduct in public office that could amount to conspiracy to pervert the course ofjustice. all deny any wrongdoing. the spanish government has said it will start the process of stripping the region of catalonia of its autonomous powers on saturday after the catalan leader refused to back down in his push for independence. at the beginning of the month, catalans voted for independence in a disputed referendum which the spanish government declared illegal. 0ur correspondent tom burridge is in the catalan capital barcelona. this is an incendiary move by the spanish government. it isa
it is a landmark moment in spanish politics. the idea of the spanish government stepping in and taking control of a disobedient regional government is so controversial that i think spanish officials tonight will at least in private be working to consolidate support abroad. i'm also told by a source close to that prime minister that the opposition parties are on board. the spanish government can have all of the supported likes abroad and in the rest of spain but the key test will be how any measure it announces this weekend and implements in the coming days, weeks or months goes down here with the catalan public. i think the spanish by minister mariano rajoy will work methodically, possibly slowly, and every movement his government makes will be backed up by plenty of legal argument. but the spanish government is aware that any movement it makes has the potential to backfire and make a complicated situation here even worse. thank you. the 0scar—winning actor tom hanks, whose career has
spanned four decades, has told bbc news that there is no chance that the disgraced producer harvey weinstein, facing allegations of rape and sexual harassment, can return to work in hollywood. the star said this was a watershed moment for the industry. he was speaking to our arts editor, will gompertz, in new york to mark the publication of his new book of short stories. here we go. one thing about the hermes 2000, it was a lot heavier than the toy typewriter. the dream—carrying case banged against her legs as she carried it home. she stopped twice, putting the machine down. not because she needed to rest but because her palm had gotten sweaty. were you worried about coming out as a novelist? well, petrified, of course. i still can't believe that people have put my stories in a book and are going to try to make people pay in order to read them. it's astounding. all these, broadly speaking, are set in america. what was the picture you were trying to paint? america is a place of
relentless ongoing chances. you don'tjust get second chances in the united states, you get third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh chances. you get to remake yourself in the united states. is there any chance for harvey weinstein to come back? no. i think we are at a watershed moment. this is a sea change. i think his last name will become a noun and a verb. it will become an identifying... it will become an identifying moniker for a state of being for which there is a before and after. i don't... no, not at all. imean, no. perhaps all men, myself included, should pipe down and not try to explain it and not
try to comment on it. certainly not to try to defend it. i was talking to a very famous, very well respected actress who is a very good friend of yours, who said almost entirely the opposite. she said it's time for the men to stand up and do something. well, i'm saying that first we've got to hear from everybody so that we understand how fast and how all—encompassing this was. so that we understand how vast and how all—encompassing this was. that's a. b is it's all got to change. you're one of the actors' representatives on the academy board, i believe, so you must have been involved in that conversation about... yes, i was. ..having harvey weinstein removed from the academy. i'm a member of the board of governors, so yes, i was present at the meeting. and what did that conversation sound like? i'm not at liberty to discuss. i'd be going against my responsibilities. did you talk about issues like, should we have a code of ethics etc? honestly i'm not at liberty to discuss it. just touching on donald trump... 0k! is he a character you would like to play?
oh no, dear lord, no. we've had fools that have governed us and we've had brilliant people that have governed us but sometimes the fools got more stuff done than the brilliant people. and who's governing you at the moment? fool or brilliant? oh, well... let's not say brilliant! draw your own conclusions! let's ta ke draw your own conclusions! let's take a look at the weather. darren is here. we have had a lot of rain around today, and if you like today was the calm before the storm, and the storm i'm talking about is storm brian, recently named by the irish match service where we will have the biggest impact but it is currently deepening into a big area of low pressure that will arrive for the start of the weekend. we have gales running to the south—west for a
while through the english channel and a band of rain squeezing eastwards. mild night, yes, further north it will be grey and mystique in the morning with fog over the hills slowly lifting. maybe some brighter skies arriving over northern ireland for a while. the rain slowly peters out, although there will be some large areas of cloud. temperatures are pretty much where they should be at this time of year. we have this band of rain coming into the west and that's on this weather front which is wrapped around our storm brian. that rain sweeps across, as the centre of the storm gets closer to the uk the winds pick up. 50 mph inland, up to 70 around some of the coasts. these strongest of the winds on saturday arrive with some high tides giving some very big waves and the threat
of some coastal flooding too. but not just windy across this part of the uk, but windy everywhere i suspect. largely bright forest in parts of england for a while but you can see the showers packing in one after another. the very wet day for the western side of the uk. the centre of the storm will be exiting into the north sea on sunday so whilst it is windy it is not as windy. there will be sunshine and showers but more rain waiting in the wings. it remains unsettled as we head into next week. that's all from the bbc news at six so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. the prime minister is in brussels, hoping for progress in brexit negotiations, as an eu summit gets under way. there's been a big increase in the number of crimes, particularly violent offences, in england and wales. the actor tom hanks has described the sexual misconduct allegations against harvey weinstein as a "watershed moment", that will lead to a sea change in hollywood.
thousands of rohingya muslims, who continue to flee violence in myanmar, are now stranded on the border with bangladesh. the constitutional crisis in spain has deepened, with madrid declaring it will impose direct rule on catalonia. in a moment, it will be time for sportsday, but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. in beyond 100 days at 7pm, while the spanish government says it will start the process of stripping catalonia of its autonomous powers on saturday, we'll hear from an mep from the region. as theresa may sets out her latest thoughts