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this is bbc news. the headlines at 12. thousands of crime suspects, some involving murder and rape, are being released without any conditions because of new bail rules. america says moscow has no justification for its tit—for—tat expulsion of 60 diplomats, as britain's ambassador seeks answer in moscow. the use of a chemical weapon on the streets of the united kingdom that has threatened the lives of a number of people in the country, we have still not received adequate answers from her questions. -- our questions. nearly a0 labour mps and peers call onjeremy corbyn to suspend a senior official at the centre of the latest row about anti—semitism. personal details of 150 million users of a popular online fitness programme are compromised by a data security breach. also in the next hour: senior staff at some academy trusts are accused of taking "unjustifiably" high salaries.
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mps say the academies in england are using public money that could be better spent on children's education. and the week the world got a wake—up call over the misuse of personal data. that's in click in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. thousands of people suspected of violent and sexual offences have been released from police custody without any bail restrictions, according to research by bbc news. it's after new rules were introduced in england and wales a year ago, designed to stop people being kept on bailfor a long time. here's our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw. it was the case of paul gambaccini that sparked concerns about precharge or police bail.
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the bbc radio presenter was questioned about alleged sexual offences and released on bail months before being told he wouldn't face any charges. —— released for 12 months. as home secretary, theresa may said the use of police bail had to change and last year a 28—day limit was imposed. if police want to bail suspects for longer, they need approval from a senior officer or magistrate. as a result, the number of suspects bailed has dropped dramatically by about two—thirds. it means thousands don't have to report back to police and faced no restrictions on who they contact or where they go. bbc news obtained figures about people suspected of violent and sexual offences from 12 forces. more than 3100 were released under investigation without conditions between april and june last year. the number included 31 murder suspects and 768 people suspected of rape,
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all still subject to police investigation. we are contacted by survivors all the time who are telling us about their worries about their safety, the failure to use bail conditions in many cases means the victim could be vulnerable to being stalked, harassed, suffering further violence from a dangerous abuser. the home office said a large drop in the use of bail should not affect the way police respond to incidents of domestic abuse but it said ministers had asked forces to make sure those who should be on bail are not being released without conditions. the ambassadors of countries which expelled russian diplomats following the salisbury nerve agent attack, have been arriving at the russian foreign ministry in moscow in the last few hours. it's believed moscow is expelling officials in retaliation. it has already ordered
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out 60 americans. the uk's ambassador emerged from the russian foreign ministry a little earlier, where he had this to say. we have had a further discussion with the foreign ministry in moscow about the action both sides have taken after the events in salisbury. i will not go into any details for now but we will study what i've been told and make according decisions. why this crisis has arisen in the first place is the use of a chemical weapon in the united kingdom which has threatened the lives of people in my country. we have not received adequate answers from the russian state after asking. the bbc russian service's yuri vendik has been telling us that russia aren't looking to escalate the matter. yes and before russia have decided and declared
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what they are going to do in response to the diplomat expulsions, some russian commentators have said it could be... russia could escalate the conflict and do something more than what has been done. the foreign minister has said the response will be symmetrical. that means the rest of the countries who have expelled russian diplomats, 27 apart from britain and the united states, will probably see the same kind of retaliation. by that we can assume that this round of the diplomatic conflict will be over, but of course the conflict itself in general has not dissolved. expulsions presumably can only go on for so long. what happens after that? we can only guess. probably there will be something after the conclusion
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of the investigation here about what happened exactly. and when the british side will present some hard evidence about what has happened, then maybe some further steps will be taken. but that is only a guess. then again, as i said, the conflict in general with russia has not dissolved. there will be many new pretexts during this yearfor new diplomatic and political conflicts. the countries who have joined in solidarity with britain,
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tell uni—n g tell uni—n fishmgii she has tell them about she has any them about she has any ideal about in salisbury. tale us more here in salisbury. tale us more about how the salisbury community is responding to the events of the last few weeks. there was a procession getting under way behind you a ——
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when i spent earlier. we are at the guildhall. this was the finishing point for a procession which set off an hourago point for a procession which set off an hour ago from the cathedral, bringing together local churches within the community. a regular easter events but on people pass by mines where the events that have made this city and international headline. —— on people's mines. 0ne person i spoke to said for the past few weeks said this was a city facing up to a trauma. many allergy are wanting to show the message that salisbury is opening for business and people are not cowed by what has happened. concern that people outside the area are staying away. the local council has free car
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parking here in the city centre this weekend to try and bring people back because some of the local businesses are saying takings up and down 80%, some have not been able to open at all because they remain within police cordons. 0ne encouraging bit of news, many of the sites that have been guarded by police over the past few weeks have now been handed back from the met police to wiltshire police who say now rather than being treated as a crime scene it will be a case of decontaminating these sites. the warning to local people is this will not be days or weeks, this is likely to take months. still a large amount of police activity and people in pursuits and the cleaning operation is going to take rather a long time. —— people in suits. 39 labour mps and peers have signed a letter, urging jeremy corbyn to suspend a senior official, over her handling of a complaint about anti—semitism. christine shawcroft stood down as head of the party's disputes panel, after calling
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for the reinstatement of a council candidate accused of denying the holocaust, but she remains a member of labour's national executive committee. 0ur political reporterjessica parker has been telling me what impact this letter could have on mr corbyn and the wider party. it certainly ramps up the pressure on this issue. ifjeremy corbyn had been hoping for this issue to quieten down over the easter weekend, this shows that it is not going to do that. with these calls for christine shawcroft to be suspended from the party, she was of course the party's former disputes chief, a post she quit this week after it emerged that she had opposed the suspension of a council candidate who'd been accused of holocaust denial. christine shawcroft has said she wasn't aware of the facebook post, which she described as abhorrent, that had led to this council candidate's suspension. nonetheless, 39 labour mps and peers are calling for her suspension from the party, saying she should also be removed from the party's national executive committee,
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of which she is a member. they've written an open letter tojeremy corbyn saying "we are deeply concerned that christine shawcroft remains a member of the national executive committee. you pledged this week to be an ally in the fight against anti—semitism. this action would represent an initial step in honouring that commitment". it is certainly true to say that feelings on this issue are running very high. lord winston, a labour peer, has been speaking to this week, the programme, and he says he is deeply concerned. anti—semitism has infected the labour party, so it's become endemic. i'm deeply ashamed of my party. and whether he likes it or not, jeremy corbyn has a lot to answer for. he has encouraged anti—semites and he's endorsed them. in the modern world, using social media, their conspiracy theories about jews and statements about hate spread like a disease, and this virus is affecting the labour party. so lord winston is saying
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that anti—semitism has infected the labour party. clearly, jeremy corbyn‘s handling of the christine shawcroft case will be under the microscope, won't it? very strong words from lord winston, but it's worth saying that there are those who think this issue is being used to destabilise jeremy corbyn‘s leadership. nevertheless, jeremy corbyn has tried hard this week to show that he's taking the issue seriously, saying that he wants to take action. he's written tojewish community leaders saying that he is a militant opponent of anti—semitism. he wrote to labour mps yesterday as well, addressing tensions around the issue of israel and palestine, saying to labour mps that support for justice for the palestinian people should provide no—one with the excuse to insult, harass 01’ encourage hatred of jewish people. jeremy corbyn has pledged action on this issue. the bbc understands that we may see a speeding up of disciplinary procedures as a result of what's
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been going on. but some politicians have made it clear overnight that when it comes to christine shawcroft, they want to see something specific happen soon. the mayor of manchester, andy burnham, has told firefighters they are "wrong" to feel ashamed about their response to the manchester arena attack in may last year. an independent report published earlier this week said the crews "didnt play a meaningful role for nearly two hours" after the attack because of failures in leadership and communication. in an open letter to fire staff, mr burnham said no front line firefighter should feel they needed to apologise for anything. he says they were prevented from helping by decisions taken above them. the personal details of around 150 million users of the myfitnesspal app were accessed in a data breach. parent company, under armour, which owns the software, said usernames, email addresses and passwords may have been stolen. it's a pretty big data breach, 150 million people.
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that's quite high up on the list of biggest breaches. but yahoo have lost more than a billion customers' user data in the past, to put that into perspective. under armour is a sportswear brand. it also operates this website called myfitnesspal, which offers dieting and exercise advice to people, helping them lose weight. it became aware that they had been hacked last week and that the breach took place in february. since then, it's been working with security firms to find out what's happened, how much information has been stolen and so on. it seems that the information includes e—mails, usernames and passwords. but the passwords are encrypted. it doesn't include credit card data, because that is kept on a separate system. how well encrypted are those passwords? they use a fairly good encryption system called becrypt. it means the passwords are hashed up. but it's not a total guarantee that they're safe. so if you have a weak
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password like abc1234, there are ways hackers can model that and work around the encryption. so weak passwords are vulnerable, but that is still better than having unencrypted or weakly encrypted passwords. but in terms of the precautions that under armour has taken with its encryption, it's pretty good? it is reasonably good and they have brought in security companies to help them from this stage. they are now advising customers to change their passwords as quickly as possible and to put in a secure password, something that is relatively difficult to get around, so not anything like abc1234, and also to keep an eye out for any suspicious movement on their accounts. there's no evidence yet that any users have been disadvantaged or had money stolen? not so far, but the advice is to keep an eye on accounts just in case and not to respond to suspicious e—mails, not to click on links in unsolicited e—mails that ask for information
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and that kind of thing. the headlines on bbc news: thousands of crime suspects, some involving murder and rape, are being released without any conditions because new bail rules. america says moscow has no justification for its tit—for—tat expulsion of 60 diplomats, as the daughter of the poisoned russian spy regains consciousness. nearly a0 labour mps and peers call onjeremy corbyn to suspend a senior official at the centre of the latest row about anti—semitism. sport now...and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. australia's cricketers are back in action minus the three players that were sent home following that ball tampering scandal in south africa that erupted during the previous test match.
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the search for a new head coach will begin after darren lehman steps down. the culture has not been right for some time, it is said. i am disappointed for the players and the knock australian cricket has taken. and world cricket. i happen disappointed with the behaviour of the australian team over the past couple of years, they have felt they are almost above everybody else and that is disappointing because they are a good enough and skilled enough cricket team without having to resort to the tactics they had. solid start from the home side. unbeaten half—century. without david warner, cameron bancroft and steve
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smith have all returned home after the cheating scandal. early wickets in christchurch. 97 not out with england 290—8 at the close. after the week of sordid scandal, a picture perfect place to discover the game's more beautiful site. a dismal performance in the first test, england need to recover. this is not the way to go about it. gone before things got started. remaining fragility all too readily exposed. top batsmen once again falling in quick succession. 94—5
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top batsmen once again falling in quick succession. 9a—5joe root and stoneman. jonny bairstow sprung to the wicket offering england a way to begin repairing damage. 0thers intent on certainly causing more. stuart broad the seventh ago, jonny ba i rstow stuart broad the seventh ago, jonny bairstow picking up the pieces again. 50 in fine fashion, supported by mark wood reaching his half—century. jonny bairstow finished three short. a long way to go. the batsmen may have struggled but anthonyjoshua can redress the balance as cardiff gears up for another world heavyweight title defence. he holds two titles, wba and ibf. he will fightjoseph parker and the fighters will weigh in later today. aiming to become the world's
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undisputed heavyweight champion. contenders warming up ahead of golf‘s first major of the year. for others, a win in houston will earn a place in the tournament next week. harrington could be involved. solid first round. 0n the first lpga major of the year. stunning hole in one. 0rganisers offered to map a first class tickets anywhere in the world that she fancied after that.
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a report by mps has accused some academy school trusts in england of using taxpayers' money to pay "excessive" salaries to senior staff. the public accounts committee says the schools need to be more transparent with their finances. more than two million pupils are educated in nearly 6000 academies. the government says they operate under a strict system of financial accountability. marc ashdown reports. school budgets are under pressure from rising costs, but this report says more than 100 senior managers were paid a salary higher than £150,000. academies are free to decide for themselves how much to pay staff, but mps are warning it's difficult to tell if they are getting value for money. we are really pushing for greater transparency so that parents, pupils and others, the public, can see how their money is being spent, particularly senior managers and executive heads covering a number of schools, we've seen a real, huge increase in some of those salaries with little justification or explanation, some of that not even very transparent and sometimes, pay rises that are really out of kilter with the type of pay rise
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a classroom teacher would get. the report also raises concerns about the weak scrutiny of payments for services by academies to people or companies with a link to the senior leadership team or board. it is all likely to anger teaching unions, which represent classroom teachers and meet today for their annual conferences. here we have got billions of pounds of public money going into the hands of trusts and sponsors and actually, a lack of transparency. the department of education has already asked trusts to explain salaries greater than £150,000, and told some that their initial explanation isn't good enough. this report calls for even more action. marc ashdown, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. councils with high numbers of rough sleepers are to receive a share of a £30 million fund to tackle the problem. a rough sleeping task force, made up of experts from government departments and agencies
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will provide services to try to reduce the numbers of homeless people in england and wales. labour called the initiative "a pitiful response to a national crisis". two men in theirfifties have been arrested in connection with the death of a restaurant owner in ayr more than 2a years ago. ansar shah was stabbed to death in a seafront car park in the town in october 1993. the government has called for an inquiry into the costs of fuel at the country's motorway service stations. the transport secretary chris grayling says fuel at motorway service stations costs up to 19p per litre more than elsewhere — he's asked the competition and markets authority to find out why. the prince of wales has recorded a good friday easter message in support of people who are being persecuted because of their faith, particularly in the middle east. in the video, which will be broadcast today, he describes how "deeply moved" he's been,
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while meeting christians who have had to flee from persecution — and is calling for more understanding between christianity, judiasm and islam. all three abrahamic faiths have known and continue to know the bitterness of persecution when religion has fallen into the barbaric grip of those who distort and misrepresent faith. so this easter, i want to salute the fortitude of all those who, whatever their faith, are persecuted for remaining faithful to the true essence of their beliefs. an unmanned chinese space station weighing more than eight tonnes is expected to crash back to earth this weekend.
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experts aren't sure exactly where or when tiangong—1 will come down but the good news is they say the chances of being hit are slim. here's our science correspondentjonathan amos. a memorable day in space. this was astronaut wang yaping giving a lecture on life in space in 2013 to millions of schoolchildren across china but now her laboratory and classroom in the sky is heading down to earth. tiangong has been abandoned and engineers on the ground have lost contact with it. quite where it will come in is uncertain but its flight path means it can only be in this pink band around the equator. the experts say no—one should be alarmed, however. my estimate is that the probability to be injured by one of these fragments is similar to the probability of being hit by lightning twice in the same year. there is a huge burst. as with previous returning spacecraft, the chances are that with earth mostly covered by ocean, any tiangong debris will hit water. and as for china, it's pressing on with its space ambitions.
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it's putting up more modules and hopes to have a bigger and more permanent manned space station built in a decade. jonathan amos, bbc news. if you're a parent, one of the moments you never forget is seeing your child take their first steps. but for five—year—old felix from northumberland those steps came very late — and were completely unexpected. felix has a condition that's thought to affect only a few hundred people in the world, and has never walked unaided — until now. gerry jackson reports. his classmates witnessed it but his pa rents his classmates witnessed it but his parents thought it might never happen. only a few hundred people on the planet and around 20 in the uk share this condition. he began showing the symptoms
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in infancy, and while his peers were beginning to walk, felix simply couldn't. but that didn't mean he'd given up. with supporting hands, he has been practising for the past couple of years. and suddenly, here was his moment, at school, caught on a mobile phone. walking, walking... he is off! come on! clever boy! so felix's mum had missed his milestone. a quick phone call brought her to share the celebrations. it was amazing. everyone was in tears. i'd gone armed with a pack of hankies, and it wasjust incredible, incredible to see. he's amazing. got home, she showed us the video, and we almost fainted. it was amazing. yes, just thinking after five years, every day we're thinking no, he's not going to do it, he's not going to walk. and one day, he eventually did it. we don't know what he'd be like if he wasn't like this. but we wouldn't change it, would we?
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no, felix is perfect. all felix has many battles left to fight, but he can take one breakthrough of the list. good lad! the weather for the easter weekend. i don't have anything as heart—warming. things on the cool side this weekend. very mixed. a lot of cloud at the moment. the view behind me in lowestoft. generally rather cool but in amongst all of that, some spells of sunshine. soggy afternoon across parts of the south, some sleet in high ground. at the
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wintry showers across parts of scotland. rain itself edging further north. wintry weather over high ground. clear spells into northern scotla nd ground. clear spells into northern scotland parts of northern ireland. perhaps cold enough for frost but many prices well above freezing. breezy. feeling raw. some brightness in the far north of scotland. perhaps brightening in the far south later. debbiejust perhaps brightening in the far south later. debbie just disappointing for a time of year. easter monday, the risk of some snow. stay tuned to the forecast.
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