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a government report says mental health remains a taboo subject in many workplaces — and employers must do more. i was already feeling quite low at that point, i was quite promptly dismissed. and we'll be looking at the challenges that mental health issues pose to police services. also tonight... the husband and wife convicted of terror offences — prosecutors say they put terror at the heart of their marriage. moments before the murder that shocked the world — today all documents related to the killing ofjohn f kennedy are being released. a five—day funeral ceremony for the king of thailand, who died last year — huge crowds of mourners take to the streets. and a test drive for the rocket—propelled car that's hoping to beat the world land—speed record. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news. the fa chairman greg clarke says it's lost the trust of the public over its handling of discrimination claims against ex—england women's
manager mark sampson. good evening. the uk is facing a far greater mental health challenge in the workplace than previously thought. a review carried out for the government found that mental health is still a taboo subject for many employees — and that employers are not doing enough to help their staff. the report shows that 300,000 people are leaving the workforce every year because of a lack of support for mental health problems. up to 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition. the cost of poor mental health to the economy is enormous — up to £99 billion each year. our health editor hugh pym has the details. it's a stark new message
for workers and their bosses. behind the appearance of getting on with the job, some people are really struggling with their mental health — and getting no help from their employers. jaabir had a breakdown at work, and was signed off sick for several months. he heard nothing from his employer until an upsetting letter arrived... they basically stated how much of a burden i had placed on the company, and how they had had to work very hard to fill my position and take on temporary staff. that obviously inconvenienced the business... which was very difficult to hear, because i was already feeling quite low at that point. and then i was quite promptly dismissed. some organisations like royal mail are supporting staff with mental health challenges. the report says employers should adopt key standards, such as routine monitoring of staff well—being, and encouraging open conversations.
one of the authors, the former business leader lord stevenson, made this plea to companies. there is a win—win for you. make your employees much more content and much happier, and save yourself money at the same time by improving mental health throughout your organisation. you've had challenges in this area. how does your personal experience shape your view of the way businesses should behave? i thought with mental health — oh, there must be something wrong with me, to have mental ill—health. actually, i now realise that i have mental health like you have. like everyone has. it sometimes goes up, it sometimes goes down, and i've learned how to cope with the downs and i wish everyone to have that experience. the prime minister promised the government would take a lead. we need to address this. government will start with nhs england and the civil service. that will cover 2 million employees. we will be ensuring the support is there. i want other employers to do so too.
how are you feeling since that time? good practice can look like this. regular chats with his manager at the environment agency have helped jonathan to cope with his condition. having the bipolar diagnosis, there are times where i feel completely low, or completely manic and i have to find that balance at all times. the fact that i've got management and a support network around me who check in with me, and have the ability themselves to talk about it with me freely, and do not feel scared. that has helped me no end. it'sjust words, there is no compulsion on companies — but by shining a light on mental health in the workplace and setting out the costs of not acting, the report is making a big statement. hugh pym, bbc news. when it comes to dealing with the problems of mental health, it's the police who are on the front line in most of our cities. they say they're spending too much time waiting for people in crisis to be admitted for treatment, because of under—staffing
in nhs services. 0ur social affairs correspondent alison holt has spent several days following the metropolitan police's rapid response unit. her report contains flashing images. a met police rapid response team heads to an emergency call that's just come in. this is our second mental health call for the night. it's our second call of the night, we haven't dealt with anything else but two mental—health calls already. we spent four shifts with front line officers as they dealt with 999 calls. this address has come back for a male who has suicidal thoughts. you don't have to spend long with the emergency response team to realise just how many of their calls involve people with mental health issues in some way or another. hello?
police. officers have been called in by a neighbour worried by a man who is shouting and swearing. are you 0k? can we just come in and chat to you? he doesn't want them to come into his flat and is clearly very agitated. stop shouting, please. we're not shouting at you, we're checking that you are ok. local residents are also upset. because we are living with this. we cannot do anything more. day in, day out. listen, i'm sorry, we can't — because he's in his house there is nothing we can do. it is becoming unbearable. the man has a history of mental health problems and they don't feel he gets the help he needs. there is a catalogue of really, really serious incidents where he is a danger to himself and a danger to other people. yes. and as they talk, the man comes back onto his doorstep worried about what's going on. so this is just going to antagonise the situation even more now, isn't it? yes, and we're antagonised. day in, day out. it's quite hard to deal with when you've
got both parties at you. you're just trying to help everybody out as much as you can. and by day, there is no letup either — the met estimate it gets a call involving mental health every five minutes. officers are on that way to what at first appears to be a domestic dispute. in fact, the woman has a history of self harm and her ex—partner is worried. can we come in, what's wrong? why are you upset? she's reopened old cuts, hasn't taken her medication, and is in floods of tears. do you want a cuddle? come on. she won't go to hospital but her former partner says he'll stay with her. really she needs help from a doctor. she needs to see a counsellor. you know? and we are not trained in that area. we are not trained counsellors, but we try. we do a lot of counselling in our own way. we try. worried by the increasing number of such calls,
the met now works more closely with health services. of course it is a concern, but that's why we are working with ourfriends in health, that is why we are looking for different solutions, different ways of working, so that we can get to the person in crisis to the care they need as quickly and as efficiently as possible. if we get you just to see him. no problem. that means back on the street where officers were dealing with the man who is ill and upset neighbours, they can now call in a mental health nurse. hi, sweetheart, you know me from the team. she is able to see how he is doing and arrange for another professional to see him in the morning. for now, at least, it takes the pressure out of this situation. alison holt, bbc news. a woman from birmingham has been found guilty of terrorism offences, after buying a weapon for her husband to use in an attack. 21—year—old madihah taheer had denied preparing an act of terrorism by helping ummariyat mirza — he pleaded guilty to plotting an attack earlier this year.
our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani reports. wrestled to the ground in an armed stop, a birmingham man setting out to kill. the suspects seized in a joint intelligence led operation by mi5 and the west midlands counter terrorism unit. a week after the westminster attack in march, ummariyat mirza wanted to rampage in his home city. now convicted, alongside his wife madihah taheer, who helped him, and his sister zainab, who encouraged planning via social media. mirza was obsessed with knives and replica guns. he wanted to fight in syria. instead, he turned his attentions to home. his pregnant wife bought him this combat knife on her credit card, and then he trained on this martial arts dummy. mirza's attack plan wasn't fully formed when he was arrested, but he has admitted preparing an act of terrorism by researching targets,
including a synagogue and this raf careers office in the city. it's one of seven foiled plot so far this year. i think it's typical of the kinds of terror threat that we are now seeing in the united kingdom. small groups of individuals, in this case family members, but it could just have easily have been friends, sharing very explicit extremist materials, being inspired by other attacks they have seen in the united kingdom or abroad. taheer told the jury she wanted to escape her abusive father. she fell in love with mirza, and he brainwashed her into supporting so—called islamic state. as their wedding approached, taheer messaged her boyfriend saying "i want you to kill people for me. i have a list". mirza said "the day of the marriage i will kill them all. give me the list". her reply, "you can't have it until you put a ring on it". she also talks about killing public
figures including colonist katie hopkins. —— journalist katie hopkins. radicalisation experts say her conviction is symptomatic of the new role that some women now play. we have seen a woman who seems to be in control, she is confident. she isn't someone who is going to stand there, she is actively encouraging. i think that needs to be borne in mind in terms of a shift in gender roles. the jury concluded that madidah taheer was no naive young woman. she was her husband's willing partner in crime. she'd wanted a hero, like the painting she placed on her facebook profile, and she found him. now, they both face jail. dominic casciani, bbc news. a man who was arrested as part of an investigation into the banned far—right group national action has been charged with encouragement to commit murder. the bbc understands that the charge relates to the labour mp, rosie cooper. christopher lythgoe, who's 31 and from warrington in cheshire, is one of six men charged with being members of national action. in spain, the catalan leader
carles puigdemont has pulled back from calling snap regional elections as a way of breaking the deadlock with madrid. in a much—delayed speech, and amid speculation that he'd declare independence, mr puigdemont said they'd be no vote while the spanish government threatens to impose direct rule. katya adler is in barcelona. where does this crisis now go? let's first remind ourselves why there is so first remind ourselves why there is so much international attention on a regional parliament in spain. that's because everybody wants to know if catalonia, this region, will declare independence from spain. today, we thought we would find out. this question has been hanging in the air for weeks, there was a lot of toing and froing and upping the ante but it seems we will have to wait until tomorrow. we keep saying tomorrow, but we do know that the spanish governorate in madrid is planning
dramatic action. it is planning to unleash a lord never used before in spain. that's to unravel the great autonomous power that catalunya has. at the same time, the catalan parliament will meet again, debating and to vote. hard—line separatists hope that after the vote they can declare an independent republic of catalonia. but, will they be able to? for now, this evening, spain continues to hold its breath... katya adler, thank you. three people have been killed in kenya in clashes between police and opposition protesters, as the country goes to the polls in a re—run of august's presidential election. president uhuru kenyatta, whose original victory was annulled due to irregularities, has urged people to vote. but the opposition leader raila 0dinga has told his supporters to boycott the poll. from the capital nairobi, anne soy reports. disturbing signs of a country in crisis. upheaval on election day in the opposition's
stronghold of western kenya. no voting took place here. it's now been postponed to saturday. in nairobi, more neutral ground, there was little enthusiasm. this is the second election in three months and kenyans have grown weary of the process. and a gloomy, grey day only adding to the despondency. i was here in august right around this time and there were long queues of people, it was unbelievable, all around the field there were long lines. but today, they are using just half the field and in some stations people don't even have to queue. right now there's a lot of uncertainty in the country, so probably people are still feeling a bit scared to come out. kenya needs to move on. kenya needs leadership, kenya needs to make a decision, kenya needs to have direction. and staying away, i don't think will solve any of those. the incumbent president, uhuru kenyatta, had his win
overturned by the supreme court last month. he needs this election and a decisive win, if only to save his government's legitimacy. the opposition leader raila 0dinga has called the poll a sham. without his participation, the outcome will hardly be representative. a low turnout or no turnout in many areas will lead to questions about the credibility of this election and the political stalemate in this country is a long way from being resolved. anne soy, bbc news, nairobi. our top story this evening: hundreds of thousands of people across the uk are leaving theirjobs every year because of long—term mental health problems. and still to come, cracking down on people smugglers in the uk. a series of overnight raids leads to the arrest of 14 people.
coming up on sportsday on bbc news. another day, another managerial sacking, this time at rangers, who part company with pedro caixinha after seven months in charge. it was an assassination that shocked the world. the shooting of us presidentjohn f kennedy by lee harvey oswald in dallas in 1963 has spawned countless conspiracy theories — resulting in hundreds of books, films and web sites. today, more than 300,000 classified documents related to the killing have been made public for the first time. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant reports. november the 22nd, 1963. it appears as though something has happened in the motorcade. something has happened in the motorcade route. notjust one of the most shocking days in american history,
but also one of the most disputed. president kennedy has been assassinated. it's official now, the president is dead. the official explanation is that john f kennedy was assassinated in dallas by unknown gunman, lee harvey oswald, but the case has never been closed in the american mind. were there soviets involved? the cubans? the mafia? renegade elements within the government he led? the national archives holds 5 million documents on the assassination. 99% have already been opened in some form. but it's that final i% of mainly cia and fbi files that's so intriguing. i would welcome a eureka moment. i doubt that we'd get a eureka moment. most of what we're going to see is going to be about details and incremental advances in our knowledge about the assassination. but again, i hope i'm surprised, i hope there is something there that'll help us to solve the enduring mysteries of the kennedy assassination. what's fuelled the conspiracy
theories is that lee harvey oswald was himself murdered just days later by dallas nightclub ownerjack ruby. the documents may reveal more about a trip that oswald made to mexico just weeks before where he met soviet and cuban spies. it's more than 50 years since america mourned the loss of its young leader. a national wound that has never truly healed, and a chapter in the national story that has never had a satisfactory ending. the assassination ofjohn f kennedy was a turning point notjust because a 46—year—old president had been cut down in his prime, but because many americans came to believe that their government simply wasn't telling them the truth. part of the reason why congress ordered this document dump was to regain that lost trust. the historical irony is that the decision to release the files rests with the modern—day
president, donald trump, who has promoted jfk conspiracy theories himself. but will they bring a sense of closure? nick bryant, bbc news, washington. 11 people have been arrested in one of the biggest operations against people—smuggling in the uk. 200 officers took part in overnight raids in london, birmingham, and gateshead, targeting a gang who used secret compartments in vehicles to smuggle people into the country. other arrests were made simultaneously across europe. daniel sandford reports. at 5.00am this morning, officers across europe launched a series of simultaneous raids on a suspected people smuggling gang. immigration! stand clear! in west london. birmingham. and gateshead. 11 people were arrested here in britain.
and 15 more were detained in bulgaria and belgium. in today's raids, immigration enforcement are targeting a group of men suspected of smuggling people into britain using hidden compartments in vehicles. the gang specialises in purpose—built cramped units like this in the back of a white van. and also hides people in the bases of flatbed trucks. it's quite upsetting when you see some of the photos of how these people are held within vehicles. they're specifically built hides and concealments in vehicles and they can spend a number of days in those locations before they're actually recovered. two men were arrested this morning in birmingham, two in gateshead and seven in london. many of those detained were afghans, as were many of the people they're accused of smuggling. the international part of the operation was
co—ordinated by eurojust — part of the european union. there were close to a hundred prosecutions for people smuggling in britain last year, but it is still a multi—million pound criminal industry. daniel sandford, bbc news, birmingham. an artillery salute, buildings draped in yellow marigolds, hundreds of thousands of mourners in black, and a procession marked by drums and flutes — all part of the five—day funeral ceremony for the late and revered thai king bhumibol. he died last year aged 88 — and today people lined the streets of bangkok to pay tribute. our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes sent this report from thailand. strict laws there mean he is restricted in what he can say. this was not a funeral fit for a king. it was a funeral fit for a god. for in death, that is what many thais believe king bhumibol has become.
his golden funeral urn placed on top a giant golden chariot. hauled by 222 soldiers. as the giant chariot passed, 70,000 invited mourners prostrated themselves. even a year after the king died, many still unable to contain their grief. in the streets close to the funeral route, hundreds of thousands more flooded in. waiting for hours to offer a floral farewell. among them, this woman and her sister. translation: he was a king but he always went to the poorest places. he met with the poorest people. he didn't need to do that but he did. for me he was like a father. i don't know what to say. sorry... it is extremely hot here in bangkok today but that has done nothing to dampen the really extraordinary
outpouring of love and devotion, for the old king. for 70 years king bhumibol really held this country together, through the cold war, through numerous military coups, through wrenching economic change. love for the old king is one of the very few things that almost all thais can agree on. this evening, thailand's new king arrived at the golden crematorium, specially built for his father's final journey. the three—times divorced vajiralongkorn is not loved as his father was. inside, the old king's body was prepared for cremation. as one era ends here, a new much more uncertain one has begun. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in bangkok. travelling at 200 miles an hour — this is bloodhound. a british built rocket—powered car that's actually designed to go
at an unimaginable thousand miles an hour. its makers hope to break the world land—speed record in 2019. today, bloodhound was tested for the first time on the runway at newquay airport in cornwall. here's robert hall. on the taxiway at newquay airport, a five tonne vehicle that can generate six times more power than an entire formula i grid and accelerate to i30 mph in eight seconds. you are clear to roll. the wind is 2 o'clock, and five knots. this is a really important day for bloodhound and her team. if they can get the engines and the systems working together at 200 mph, then the car is well on its way to its eventual target. hurtling down the 1.5 mile runway, driver andy green, a former fighter pilot, had no room for error. switching from throttle to brakes, just in time to halt bloodhound safely.
how did it go, andy? that was surprisingly hard work. it's the longest runs we've done so far, the fastest runs we've done so far. this is massive for us. bloodhound is go. this car is now operational and is demonstrating something it was never designed to do. short distance runs to a very high speed with high acceleration and it's making it look easy. this project has cost £30 million to date and captured the imagination of a worldwide audience. over 4000 watched today's run, and thousands more will be here over the weekend. among them, the 85—year—old engineer who came up with the original blueprint. i'm proud that we've got this far. what i really want to do is make nice loud supersonic bangs that will reverberate around the world. in the coming months, rocket systems will be added to bloodhound as its speeds are gradually increased ahead of that record attempt on the sandy plains of south africa. robert hall, bbc news, cornwall. there have been times in the last
nine years since the project was launched, when the bloodhound team wondered if they would get this far, so you can imagine there is enormous relief that this test has gone so well. there will be further tests in the coming days, there is a lot to do, more funding to be raised, you heard the huge sums involved, and more technological development to be completed, but one thing is for certain, as each day passes, the tea m certain, as each day passes, the team that watched the test and have watched this vehicle get to where it is today, they grow more and more confident that bloodhound will get to the end of its journey. robert, thank you. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. the temperatures are going on a journey and that will go downwards, i'm afraid. pretty gloomy in buckinghamshire, but at least it was mild, and seems like that repeated
across many areas, especially the southern half of the british isles, where we had extended cloud. clearer skies in the north. through the evening and overnight, the area of cloud will go south to allow more areas to have clear spells. in the far south, temperatures will hold up under the cloud, but further north, quite a cold night, six in manchester and glasgow, and in the countryside could be cold enough for a touch of frost and also for the patches. tomorrow we have a beautiful day, with plenty of sunshine, quite windy in the far north, gales across the northern isles of scotland, very small chance ofa isles of scotland, very small chance of a shower in east anglia but most people find, temperatures a couple of notches down. a bit of a change on saturday, more cloud in north—western areas, north west england and north wales, some drizzle and murky conditions, and
quite a breeze, the best conditions further east. enter sunday, we have northerly winds and they will bring very chilly conditions all the way from the arctic feeding —— feeding very cold in the north east. and even further south, don't rest on your laurels, by monday temperatures, nine in birmingham and 11 in cardiff, so a bit colder than it should be for this time of year. a reminder of our main story: hundreds of thousands of people across the uk are leaving theirjobs every year — because of long—term mental health problems. 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. this is bbc news.
the husband and wife convicted of planning a terror attack in birmingham. madihah taheer was found guilty of buying a combat knife for her husband to use. 300,000 people leave theirjobs every year in the uk because of mental health issues, a new study finds. 11 people are arrested across the uk as part of an international operation against people smuggling. and in barcelona, thousands demand independence from spain but the president refuses to call for new regional elections. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'mjohn watson. the headlines tonight. greg clarke says the fa has lost the public‘s trust — so will their planned ‘cultural review‘ win it back?