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the black cab rapist, john worboys, will remain in prison for now, after two of his victims challenged a decision to release him. the parole board planned to free worboys after ten years of his sentence, for assaulting 12 women — but the high court has quashed that decision. the head of the parole board resigned immediately — though one lawyer said the government bore some responsibility for the failings. it looks as though he's been scapegoated for something that is not solely the responsibility of the parole board. we'll be asking what today's ruling means, and looking at the widespread repercussions it could have. also tonight... tackling plastic pollution — plans to make shoppers in england pay a refundable deposit for every bottle they buy, to encourage recycling. north korea's leader travels to beijing for talks with the chinese president — his first foreign visit since becoming leader seven years ago. australia's ball—tampering scandal — captain steve smith and vice captain david warner are banned for a year. applause
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and a final round of applause and a full house for sir ken dodd, at his funeral in liverpool and coming up on bbc news... manchester city and chelsea women are in champions league quarterfinal action this evening. could it be the first time there are two english sides in the last four? good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the serial sex offender, john worboys, will remain in prison after two of his victims went to the high court to challenge plans to release him. the parole board's decision to free the former black cab driver after serving ten years of his sentence, has been quashed. worboys was jailed for offences against 12 women, but police think he may have attacked
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more than a hundred. the head of the parole board resigned immediately. john worboys will now remain behind bars while his future is decided by a different parole board. here's our home affairs affairs correspondent, june kelly. john worboys, first so many years a sexual predator, once made money as a male stripper. a decade ago, the black cab rapist was finally convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 of his passengers. but it's believed he had done the same to more than 100 more.” it's believed he had done the same to more than 100 more. i think a lot of women can actually sleep a little bit happier tonight. one of the women who brought this case to keep him behind bars new orleans victims we re him behind bars new orleans victims were standing behind them in support. he has conned the parole board and it is quite clear he has conned the parole board. the fact he is still doing that and able to deceive people, is a clear
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indication he hasn't changed. that is what he was like one we got into that cab. at the heart of the case was whetherjohn worboys had shown true remorse for his crimes and acknowledged the scale of his offending. today's ruling said the pa role offending. today's ruling said the parole board had failed to examine these issues, and worboys‘ sudden repentance not long before his pa role repentance not long before his parole hearing. after the judgment, lawyers for his victims said even 110w lawyers for his victims said even now more allegations were being made against him. i have been approached by numerous other victims of worboys. in excess of ten women who we re worboys. in excess of ten women who were attacked by him. many of them never reported it before. there was drama even before the court convened with the news that nick hardwick, the head of the parole board, had been made to resign. in his resignation letter to the tour —— justice secretary, his bitterness at being forced out was clear. one of the victims‘ lawyers was
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among those regretting his departure. that is very disappointing. it looks as if he has been scapegoated for something that is not solely the responsibility of the parole board. and even to the extent the parole board were wrong, it was a failure on the part of an individual panel who didn't have the benefit of a legal chairman. in the house of commons thejustice secretary who made him go was having to admit failings in his own department. a dossier on worboys‘ passed from the ministry ofjustice to the parole panel had lacked vital information. i apologise for that. but i think we also should be clear that the ministry for justice, working through the national probation service, recommended that worboys was not released. four years john worboys was the master
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manipulator as he manipulated and abused scores of women. his victims have now taken control of his immediate future. they have kept him behind bars and he will now have to face a new parole hearing. june kelly, bbc news. joining me is our home editor, mark easton. it‘s a fascinating case — the high court is saying that the parole board should have taken into account allegations that weren‘t proven in court? that is right. let‘s be clear. the job of the parole board is to decide if it is safe to release a prisoner. it isa if it is safe to release a prisoner. it is a risk assessment. the high court medicare today it is not their job to do —— decided prisoners guilty of other offences or whether there sentence is long on off. with worboys, they had to decide if he was the open and honest person he claims to be. their argument was it was common sense the parole board should look at the allegations made against him, even if they hadn‘t resulted in a conviction. so now, yes, we will see the rules being changed so that other evidence not tested in court will be included in the dos year and they may consider
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it. some are worried that a prisoner due for parole, who has served his time, then the parole board comes along and says, there is a lot of other stuff, that is unfair. others argue that a parole board panel and thinking about public safety should ta ke thinking about public safety should take into account all the evidence. none of this is easy. the rules will be reviewed, the process will become more transparent. but the hard part will be in devising a new system that deals with the shortcomings of the parole board without threatening its vital independence. mark easton, thank you. shoppers in england could soon have to pay a deposit on plastic drinks bottles and cans, in a bid to reduce waste and plastic pollution. the government scheme would see people reimbursed when they returned the containers for recycling. uk consumers currently use billions of plastic drinks bottles every year — many of which aren‘t recycled. our environment editor, david shukman, reports. plastic bottles are suddenly getting political attention. 13 billion of them are bought
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in the uk every year. but at least 3 billion are never recycled. and this is where discarded plastic can end up, drifting in the oceans and polluting them on an ever—growing scale. ten years ago, i saw for myself how sea birds in the pacific can suffer from plastic waste. and some countries have responded quickly to this emerging threat. in norway, for example, people returning bottles get a refund of the small deposit they paid while buying the drinks. germany and denmark have similar schemes. and they have massively increased the rate of recycling. british ministers think something similar could work here. other countries have got it right. we can learn from them. but there are particular circumstances in the uk. the way in which local government, for example, currently recycles material. the way in which our corner shops attract customers. we‘ve got to make sure that this scheme works. already a lot of plastic
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does get recycled. in dagenham in essex today, this waste firm showed us they do with 300 million plastic bottles every year. some kinds of plastic can be used again, and they fetch good money. so this is just one example of how plastic can be recycled. old milk bottles brought in, to be chopped up into these fragments, and then processed into these pellets, which are the raw material of the plastics industry going on to make new plastic milk bottles. it‘s what they call a circular economy, and the deposit scheme should encourage it. but some key questions about the new scheme have yet to be decided. the types of bottles to be included — all drinks orjust some? where the collection machines will go. that could be tricky in small shops. and crucially, who will pay for the scheme? we asked people in birmingham about the deposit idea. recycling is a serious thing, especially where we are now in our
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day and age. the more incentives we can offer the public, the better really. yeah, it's worth a try. it might work. i'd do it. we‘re paying 5p for the bag charge, so we‘re used to it by now. but definitely if it means saving the environment, because plastic pollution isjust insane. in somerset yesterday, shoppers pulled their food out of plastic packaging. plastic waste is now a major issue, and the government has clearly noticed. david shukman, bbc news. north korea‘s leader, kimjong—un, has left beijing after talks with the chinese president. it‘s his first known foreign trip since he came to power in 2011, and comes ahead of planned summits with south korea next month, and with donald trump in may. from beijing, robin brant reports. there were mystery motorcades and a distinctive but unknown train sitting in beijing‘s main station. but it was only well after he left, that china revealed it was kim jong—un who had journeyed west to meet president xi.
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starting with a guard of honour, mr xi ensured that his guest, 30 years hisjunior, was given a substantial welcome. we usually see pictures of others taking notes as kim speaks. this time though it was different. china is north korea‘s only big benefactor. it accounts for the vast majority of its trade. but the relationship has soured significantly over kim‘s nuclear weapons programme. this was about telling the world they are repairing the friendship. in recent years the divide has got wider and wider, because china appears to have lost its patience with its neighbour. that‘s mainly because of the type of reckless language it thinks north korea has been using in those very public spats with donald trump. but now there is a real chance of talks on the table, china wants to reassert its influence. only china can provide him with a certain level of security. and of course if china can persuade others also to
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provide this kind of security, then so much the better. kim reiterated he is committed to denuclearisation. his country has long said that though. china conveyed a message to the white house after the visit. president trump, in his usual way, said he‘d been told the meeting went very well, and that kim "looks forward to his meeting with me". one thing is very clear. as north korea prepares to sit down in the next few weeks with its neighbour in the south, and then president trump, china wants to have its say as those nuclear talks get closer. robin brant, bbc news, beijing. a motorist who was two and a half times the drink—drive limit when he knocked down and killed three teenage boys in west london, has been jailed for 13 years. harry rice, george wilkinson and josh mcguinness died instantly, when jaynesh chudasama struck them at more than 70mph in hayes. he had admitted three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
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two ulster and ireland rugby players have been cleared of rape after a nine—week trial. paddyjackson and stuart olding had been accused of attacking the same woman at a house in south belfast injune 2016. the pair had always denied the charges. mrjackson was also acquitted of one charge of sexual assault. austrialia‘s cricket captain steve smith, and his vice captain david warner, have both been banned for a year following the ball—tampering incident against south africa. cameron bancroft, who carried out the cheat, was given a nine—month ban. cricket australia has now revealed that sandpaper had been used to damage the ball. from south africa, dan roan reports. cast into cricketing exile. australia captain steve smith, leaving johannesburg today, the best batsman in the world, sent home in disgrace. one of players banned as the damning details of the sport‘s ball—tampering scandal were laid bare. and cricket bosses got tough. do you honestly believe
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that only three men were involved in this plot? the investigation which was done by ian roy, our head of integrity, has found that there were only three players that knew of this plan. and we are absolutely satisfied of that. people want to use their own words, but cheating is certainly one of them that is probably appropriate in the circumstances. one of the australian sports most famous faces, david warner, was found to have concocted the plot. one of the things i look forward to when i come home is being able to sit on my couch... the vice captain will certainly have more time to do that now — also banned for a year. and in a shocking twist it was revealed thatjunior batsman cameron bancroft was instructed to use sandpaper to rough up one side of the ball during the cape town test. not sticky tape, as initially claimed. he gets a nine—month ban. it makes a lot more sense that sandpaper, i mean, if you‘re going to do thejob, do it properly! it‘s not good though, is it? no, it‘s a bad look,
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i‘m afraid, it‘s a very bad look. australia were meant to be training here at the wanderers today ahead of the fourth and final test match against south africa on friday. but the session has been cancelled. their preparations in disarray. tonight coach darren lehmamn called for the players to be given a second chance. and said he feared for their mental health. but even if an outraged australian public manages to forgive, it is unlikely the moment of madness will be forgotten. dan roan, bbc news. our top story this evening. the black cab rapist, john worboys, will remain in prison for now, after two of his victims challenged a decision to release him. still to come... the musician who‘s won a high court battle over damage to his hearing from an orchestra playing "as loud as a jet engine". the political battles over
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brexit have been furious. the negotiations are complex and fraught. but with a year until our departure, what do voters make of the brexit progress so far? we‘ve been to coventry, a city where just over 55 per cent of people voted to leave, to meet a group, balanced between leave and remain. they were selected for the bbc by the research company, britain thinks. our political editor, laura keunssberg, was listening in. i just thought it was a straight "out." you know? goodbye. i don't think anybody knows. i don't think the prime minister knows who's going to be the winner. we've left. so let's get on with the leaving. for all the political shenanigans, brexit was a decision taken by the public. what you‘re about to see isn‘t scientific but a slice of opinion — a flavour of the conversations that
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you, we, are all having around the country — about brexit with a year to go. i think that they were really clever... yeah, it‘s clever because they chose the two biggest issues that bother us — the nhs and immigration. absolutely pummelled us all with that and then didn‘t give us enough information to stay in but they attacked us with the weaknesses, if you know what i mean. i work with some fantastic nurses from eu countries — fantastic nurses and doctors. and, without them being able to move freely, we wouldn't have those staff. but, on the flip side, we're treating so many non—british patients — that's putting a strain on us. just not happy about it at all. and it worries me, like the future of kids. i put up with brexit
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because of the large companies threatening to pull out. if we go ahead with it, and this is going to happen, we're talking thousands ofjobs. so, it's ruined for everybody because it's notjust say a big company, it's all like the supply chain and it's a ripple effect. it's billions of pounds that we're still going to be paying into the eu when we've left. and they've done a deal and they're going to pay this or pay that. and you think, where's it all come from? where does it go to? where is this eu market? simple things. they need to break it down. we are arguing with 27 other countries who do not want us to leave. so, how on earth are we going to get anything out of it
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that is advantageous to britain? it's nearly two years since we've been left. i don't know why we couldn't have left sooner than we have done. most of us have all got children and our main concern is their futures. by the time my children grow up, we will be in full... we will be a country on our own, and what position are we going to be? when votes are required, we are promised the world but when we then vote and someone comes in to force, nothing happens. toughen up. stand up for people of the uk and what is best for them and the country and stand up to brussels and stop pandering to them. yeah. don‘t back down and keep telling us the truth — start telling us the truth — sorry, and fight for the nhs. stop beating around the bush. be strong in what we've decided, be proud in what we are, who we are. we won't crumble. this is the uk. some pride, some fears but in patients as well. brexit was a promise but it is not
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straightforward to keep. and tonight, at 11:30 pm on the bbc news channel, you can see more of that discussion to mark one year before the uk leaves the eu. households in england will be hit with the steepest council tax increase in 1a years from april. the average home will be paying an extra £81. the increase works out atjust over 5% on band d properties. it comes as local authorities take advantage of new freedoms to increase bills. detectives investigating the hatton garden heist three years ago have arrested a 57—year—old man on suspicion of burglary. almost £14 million was stolen — the biggest burglary in legal history. six men have already beenjailed for their part in the raid but a man, caught on cctv and referred to as basil, has remained on the run. a memorial service for the french police officer, who was murdered after swapping places with a hostage during last week‘s islamist attack, has taken place in paris. lieutenant—colonel arnaud beltrame‘s funeral procession crossed paris, before president macron led tributes.
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the 44—year—old has been awarded one of france‘s highest accolade — the legion d‘honneur. an orchestra musician who suffered a life—changing injury to his hearing at the royal opera house has won a landmark high courtjudgment. chris goldscheider was playing the viola during a rehearsal for a wagner opera in 2012. he was sitting directly in front of the brass section when noise levels exceeded 130 decibels. that‘s roughly the same as a jet engine. our legal correspondent clive coleman reports. chris goldscheider was a virtuoso viola player, seen here at the royal albert hall in 2005. but his brilliant career came to an end in 2012. he suffered acoustic shock when he was placed directly in front of the brass section at a rehearsal at the royal opera
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house‘s famous pit — a space smaller than this one. so, if you sit there... if i‘m a trumpet player or a horn player... i would have been this close to you. and what sort of noise can the brass section generate? well, in this instance, it was near 130 decibels, which is a jet engine sound. the noise had a devastating effect on chris‘s hearing. i suppose the nearest analysis is if you imagine, for a normal person to walk on normal ground. then you imagine walking barefoot on grass. chris sued the royal opera house and today won his case — the judge ruling that musicians are entitled to the same protection as any other worker. it‘s just been a very difficult time. i‘ve suffered an injury, lost my career. lost everything i had worked for. so, this is a fantastic moment to have an acknowledgement of my injuries. hopefully, as i said, prevent anyone else being hurt. today‘s ruling is huge.
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this is the first time that a judge has examined the music industry‘s legal obligations towards musicians and it‘s the first time that acoustic shock has been recognised as a medical condition that can be compensated by a court. in a statement, the royal opera house said it was surprised and disappointed by thejudgment. some 60% of musicians say they have suffered hearing loss. this case will send shock waves through the music industry. for chris goldsheider, playing in an orchestra is a distant memory. clive coleman, bbc news. this sunday, the royal air force will be celebrating 100 years since its formation. since its creation at the end of world war one, it has continued
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to push the boundaries of aviation. now though it‘s looking to space for the future as three women serving with the raf explain. i wasn‘t even aware that i could be a pilot. i thought that maybe i was not clever enough. i had this image in my head that people in the air force, in the military in general, were almost like superhuman — like super strong, superfit. so, i‘d already put all these limitations on myself before i‘d even found out anything about it. i went for the selection and i found out all the boxes i needed to tick i could tick. i feel like being a woman in the raf is almost no different from being a man. you still have physical selection tests you have to pass every year. you still have your flying tests. that‘s what matters, is whether you can get the job done. the air force is hugely supportive families, of parents, and so i‘ve got a two—year—old daughter and am about to have another child really soon actually. when i was young i used to really want to become an astronaut. when ijoined the raf it was something that was ignited again. the candidates are facing a series of gruelling tests. initially i was really apprehensive
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about doing this programme but, actually, i‘m so glad i did it because they were so many different tests and challenges that opened my eyes to all the different skills astronauts had. as soon as the astronaut selection opens for the european space agency i will be applying. i'm quite an inquisitive person by nature and, when i saw what carbonite—2 was aiming to be — the first, full, high—definition video in space — ijust jumped at the opportunity and really wanted the position. you saw the launcher going up into space and knowing that carbonite 2 was on board that one was such a surreal feeling. it is so tense in here. and the second they had that contact, everyone was so happy. space is definitely the future for the royal air force. it‘s a capability that we need to exploit and i really hope this will be part of the next 100 years of the royal air force.
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i would certainly sign up to becoming the first doctor on mars. i have just come back from a month spent in the deserts of oman. we were there simulating a martian mission and i was the medical doctor providing medical care for the whole field crew but also specifically understanding the risks and developing the medical capabilities for the mission and monitoring the astronauts during each of their spacewalks. the raf is one of the only places to train people in aviation and space medicine. it's not your normal nhs medical specialty. this is a really exciting time to be involved, not only in the air force but in the aviation and space industry, as we develop new technologies and new ways of pushing human boundaries. three women with their eye on space.
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we have our eyes on the earth. here‘s ben rich. earlier there was a lot of cloud that cleared during the day. this was liverpool earlier. we keep a mix look to the weather over the next few days. clear skies overnight which will allow things to ten chile with the widespread frost. there could be icy stretches and freezing fog patches as well. more of a breeze in scotland and outbreaks of rain. not as cold in the south—west. during tomorrow the showers will spread northwards into the midlands, wales and northern ireland. some hills though. in between a decent slice of sunshine. temperatures generally quite disappointing for this time of year for top the best of the brightness might get you up
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to 10 degrees in hull and norris was low pressure the main player in our weather story. —— and norwich. we‘re not talking about rain all day long. heads of ourfrontal not talking about rain all day long. heads of our frontal system we are talking about dry weather. behind oui’ talking about dry weather. behind our frontal system we should see sunshine returning but there will be wet weather at times. still on the cool side with temperatures stuck in single digits. some of the rain will be lingering on saturday. just a showery affair. in between the showers plenty of dry weather. some decent comic usable weather to get out and about between the rain. sunday looks like a dry day, easter day, for the vast majority but it does look like those he rain spreading up from the south west on easter monday. that‘s it. in a moment the news
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where you are but we leave you with images from liverpool as hundreds of people lined the streets to say a final farewell to sir ken dodd. # happiness, happiness, the greatest gift that i possess. # i thank the lord that i possess... #. was he a good comic? no. he was better than that. he was the greatest stage comedian i have ever seen in my life. this is bbc news — our latest headlines. a decision to release the serial rapistjohn worboys from prison has been overturned by the high court. the threejudges said the parole board should have looked further into worboys‘ offending and must now make a "fresh determination". a drunk driver is jailed for 13 years — for killing three teenagers
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in a crash in hayes in west london injanuary. the ireland and ulster rugby players, paddy jackson and stuart olding, have been found not guilty of rape, following a trial at belfast crown court. a viola player who suffered irreversible damage to his hearing has won a landmark high court judgment against the royal opera house
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