Skip to main content

tv   BBC News at Six  BBC News  June 29, 2018 6:00pm-6:31pm BST

6:00 pm
the police commander in charge on the day of the hillsborough disaster is to stand trial. david duckenfield faces charges of manslaughter by gross negligence for the deaths of 95 liverpool football fans. four other men will also stand trial in connection with the disaster nearly 30 years ago. also tonight. as theresa may leaves the eu summit, the uk is told it's the last call to lay its cards on the table to get a deal in time. the firefighter who left his colleagues and tried — but failed — to rescue a girl trapped in the grenfell fire. ijust wanted to go up and get her. that's a little 12—year—old girl on her own and, you know, ijust wanted to go and get her out. as the heatwave goes on, the first hosepipe ban comes in. and the carbon dioxide shortage, now it spreads to crumpets! later we'll have sportsday with the
6:01 pm
latest reports, results and features from the bbc sports centre. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. nearly 30 years after britain's worst sporting disaster at hillsborough football stadium, a judge has ruled that the police commander in charge on the day can face trial. former chief superintendent of south yorkshire police david duckenfield will face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence in relation to the deaths of 95 liverpool football fans. an order preventing mr duckenfield being tried had been imposed 18 years ago. four other men will also face trial in connection with the disaster and its aftermath. our correspondent, judith moritz, has been following the case and she's outside preston crown
6:02 pm
court now. what led to this change of heart regarding mr duckenfield standing trial? it's a year since the crown prosecution service said it wanted to bring charges against david duckenfield. first it had to apply to lift that legal order. the court he heard arguments from the crown about why a prosecution should take place and from david duckenfield's lawyers about why they didn't feel it should go ahead. today the judge ruled that the former chief superintendent will go on file. —— on trial. nearly 30 years since david duckenfield was in charge at hillsborough, he will now appear in the dock of a criminal court. it is the first time that anyone has been charged with the deaths of 95 liverpool fans, who were killed when the terraces at the sheffield ground became overcrowded during an fa cup semifinal in 1989. mr duckenfield is accused of failing to take reasonable care for their safety,
6:03 pm
and it is alleged that amounts to gross negligence. 96 supporters were crushed. the youngest, a boy of ten. the oldest, a pensioner of 67. the match commander can only be charged in connection with 95 of the fans. for legal reasons, he can't be prosecuted by the death of the final victim, tony bland. we are unable to charge the manslaughter of anthony bland, the 96th casualty, who died almost four years later. this is due to time limitations imposed by the law as it applied at the time. 18 years ago, david duckenfield was prosecuted privately. an order was then imposed to prevent him being put on trial again. now that order has been lifted. four other men will also stand trial. graham mackrell, former sheffield wednesday club secretary, is charged with breaching health and safety and safety at sports ground legislation. separately, two senior police officers, donald denton and alan foster and a solicitor, peter metcalfe, are accused
6:04 pm
of perverting the course ofjustice by amending police statements in the wake of the disaster. former chief constable sir norman bettison has applied to stop the proceedings against him. his case has been adjourned until august. some of those bereaved by hillsborough were in court today to watch the ruling. they will be back again when the first trial gets under way. the men facing these charges will now be split into separate cases. the first trial, involving david duckenfield and graham mackrell, is starting in september and the second trial, involving those charged in relation to the alleged amended police statements, that should follow on at the start of next year. thank you. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has issued a last call to the uk to "lay its cards on the table" if it wants to resolve all outstanding brexit issues
6:05 pm
in time for a crunch summit in october. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, says "huge and serious" differences remain between both sides. theresa may says she is "ready to intensify and accelerate the pace of negotiations", and the government's promised to publish more detail about its plans, in a forthcoming white paper. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports from brussels. hovering in the background, brexit has been a footnote, not the main order of business here. but brussels' main broker had prepared a very big message to give. huge and serious divergence remain, in particular ireland and northern ireland. now we are waiting for the uk white paper and i hope it will contain workable and realistic proposals. but the very, very, very long night of talks that became 5am in the morning was dominated by the stresses and strains of migration around the mediterranean.
6:06 pm
then, a deal pushed by italy emerged, eventually with support of the others. not clear if it will give enough relief to angela merkel, in deep trouble on the issue at home. but the eu's frustrated with what they see as britain's lack of decisions on brexit. it sounds, though, like the prime minister is irritated right back. we are ready to intensify and accelerate the pace of negotiations. i want to see that from the european commission and the european union. but by sunrise, it was all quiet on the british front. theresa may had been and gone and it's that relative silence, as the eu sees it, that frustrates them so. gathering again, they mulled over the state of play. 0ne government source said this is a prolonged finger wagging exercise but insiders suggest there is real despair among the member states. this time next week, the cabinet at home will be locked
6:07 pm
away in their own talks, trying to resolve once and for all what will the relationship with the eu really be? the best friends orjust respectful neighbours? there's a great deal of work ahead. and the most difficult tasks are still unresolved. if you want to reach a deal in october we need to great progress. this is the last call to the lay cards on the table. then again... a simple message: we cannot wait any more. european voices can shout ever louder but the coming drama for theresa may is the one that awaits her at home. can she solve, in just seven days, the contradictions that the tories have struggled with for two long years? do you think theresa may will be able to resolve the differences in her cabinet? yes. and what happens if she does not? she will. she will, why are you confident when...? because i know her.
6:08 pm
so you trust that she will be able to get her party together? i was always trusting the british. yet the eu's frustrated. hanging around for britain. in a week, we should know what they are waiting for. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, brussels. as we've heard, a deal was reached in the early hours of this morning at the eu summit on how to manage the issue of migrants. it comes as aound 100 migrants are missing after a boat sank off the coast of libya just today. during marathon talks overnight, eu leaders agreed to set up secure centres inside and outside european union countries on a voluntary basis to identify migrants who do not have a right to be in the eu and return them to where they came from. also agreed were new efforts to strengthen controls on the borders of the eu and more money for turkey and countries across north africa to help stop the flow of migrants. 0ur europe editor, katya adler is in brussels for us. this has been a very difficult negotiation within the eu, and even now they don't seem sure they've reached a solution they're
6:09 pm
all happy with? no, not really. in the end you can say that what leaders agreed on migration they pretty much failed on two big france. firstly trying to prevent more migrants entering europe illegally and trying to stop them at sea, as we saw today on the coast of libya. the idea behind the processing centres you mentioned is too put economic migrants off even coming to europe when they realised that only those with a legal right to asylu m that only those with a legal right to asylum or refugee status can stay. in the summit conclusions we heard that the centres will be volu nta ry heard that the centres will be voluntary inside and outside of the european union so we do know where, when or even if they will be operational and in the meantime, migrants will take the risks across the mediterranean. the second failure is more political. the —— since the height of the migrant
6:10 pm
crisis, the numbers have gone down 95%, so the stresses are very political. angela merkel said that a significant step forward was made but this i a hint that in true eu but this is a hint that in true eu summit style, they papered over the cracks. but is europe now united behind a common migration policy? absolutely not. thank you. a firefighter who singlehandedly tried — and failed — to rescue a 12—year—old girl trapped alone inside grenfell tower has told the inquiry how he cried every day after it. david badillo recounted in heartbreaking detail how he tried to savejessica urbano ramirez from the 20th floor and how it has affected him ever since. from the inquiry, tom symonds reports. there was only one easy way up and down grenfell tower. remarkably it worked. but firefighters quickly found they were unable to control where it stopped. yet for david badillo the grenfell lift became a way to possibly save a life.
6:11 pm
i saw little 12—year—old girl on her own and, you know, i just wanted to go and get her out. jessica urbano ramirez‘s flat was on the 20th floor. would it be right to say that you were on a personal rescue mission? yeah. he had been given the keys to the flat. he went up in the lift. he told no—one what he was doing. the doors opened and a big rush of black smoke filled the lift. he was five floors short. what did you think of that? that i'm in trouble here. somehow he managed to get down the stairs, but then, amid the chaos on the ground, david badillo grabbed breathing gear and went back in, with colleagues, up to jessica's flat. there was a bigger room with a big window and the whole window was an orange flame on the outside. butjessica wasn't there.
6:12 pm
he never found her and she didn't survive. it's all right, mr badillo, it's really difficult for you, i quite understand that. his pain was obvious at today's hearing. and his witness statement sets out his anger at the difficulties he and today's evidence highlighted yet another problem, the firefighters‘ radios often failed to work. at critical times they couldn't send crucial messages and tonight the fire brigades union has said that fire services need to improve communications. tom symonds, bbc news at the grenfell tower inquiry. water companies across the uk are warning of shortages as the heatwave continues. northern ireland water has announced the first hosepipe ban. it says demand is outstripping supply. emma vardy is in belfast, tell us more. this seems almost inevitable after
6:13 pm
days of hot weather. tell us more. northern ireland has been experiencing a summer unlike any other in years, so demand has been unprecedented for water during this time. northern ireland water company says it is pumping water to institution network as fast as it can but it can't keep up with the high demand. people in some areas have had low pressure and failures in their supply. the hosepipe ban is in force, it came into force at 6pm. northern ireland isn't alone, parts of north—west england are facing record demand for water, parts of shop she and staffordshire have been watching —— running out. the advice has been to ditch the garden and head to the beach. if only we could! our top story this evening: the police commander in charge on the day of the hillsborough disaster is to stand trial for manslaughter by gross negligence. coming up, i'll be at england's
6:14 pm
world cup training base, where their beginning preparations for the must win match against colombia next week. and later we'll have sportsday on the bbc news channel, with the latest reports, results, interviews and features from the bbc sports centre. a shortage of crumpets is the latest result of the carbon dioxide shortage hitting britain's food and drink industry. warbutons, the baker, admits being forced to reduce production to nowhere near it's usual 1.5 million crumpets a week. the simultaneous shutdown of several major carbon dioxide plants is effecting supplies of many everyday products, including soft drinks, beers and meat. here's our business correspondent emma simpson. crumpets — they‘ re an everyday staple. mmm, yummy!
6:15 pm
they should be making 25,000 of them an hour at this factory. but the production lines have ground to a halt. two of warburtons‘ big bakeries have run out of c02. this is the point at which we package our crumpets and here we fill every packet with c02. that helps us maintain the freshness and quality of our product over the shelf life. i‘eg get. this! plants'hgrg that" " it's a massive impact on our ability to provide our customers. but supermarkets aren't running out of crumpets just yet. it's notjust some bakery products that rely on c02. it's everything from fresh salads, chicken, meat, ready meals, sliced cheese. because the c02 in the packaging helps keep your shopping fresh for as long as possible. c02 also puts the fizz into lots of soft drinks — and beer. this gas really matters to our food
6:16 pm
and drink supply chain. especially in abattoirs. they need c02 to stun pigs and poultry before slaughter. the gas is in short supply because some of the chemical plants which produce it are closed for maintenance. it's having an impact at scotland's biggest pig processing plant. it's been shut since tuesday and we don't actually know when it's going to open again. added on to that, a number of the packing plants and mince and things like that use c02 in that and the shortage those plants have had, it's hard to see how we're going to avoid some disruption to the product on the shelves. at warburtons, they're not sure when things will get back to normal either. but c02 producers say they're working as hard as they can to resume production. emma simpson, bbc news. the bbc has apologised to its editor and news presenter carrie gracie
6:17 pm
for underpaying her and says it "has now put this right" by giving her back pay. she is donating the full amount to a charity that campaigns for gender equality and women's rights. gracie resigned as china editor injanuary claming the bbc had paid her unequally. 0ur media editor amol rajan is here. i think it is. i think carrie gracie can declare victory and vindication because she has got the bbc to admit it messed up. she has got them to acknowledge she had an understanding that her pay as china editor would be in line with that of the north american editor and the bbc did not live up to that plan. the bbc went further today that it was prepared to do in january. further today that it was prepared to do injanuary. why? at the top of the organisation is it is meant to be pragmatic and draw a line under this case with its specific circumstances to avoid the ongoing
6:18 pm
bad headlines and the ongoing saga. what impact this will have with other people who have a grievance against the bbc is too soon to know, but around the country awareness of equal pay has dramatically increased because of carrie gracie and it is a 5555355 5? e5ff'5 $555 535 if. '5 5 7 5555555 5? 555'5 5f5e'5 555 if. i5 5 7 victory for 5555555 5? 555'5 5f55'5 555 5. i5 5 7 victory for a significant victory for a high—profile campaign. this victory will give succour and encouragement to other people across the generations and the gender divide who are also fighting for equality. one of the nurses who worked at the gosport war memorial hospital where hundreds of patients had their lives cut short after being given high doses of powerful painkillers has apologised to relatives who lost their loved ones, but says she was only trying to make patients comfortable. the nurse, who doesn t want to be identified, says she is struggling to understand how so many people died. she has been talking exclusively to duncan kennedy. the scale of deaths at the gosport hospital has been incomprehensible for relatives. this former nurse, who doesn't want her identity revealed, was one of those who worked there and has never spoken publicly before.
6:19 pm
were you worried about the use of these high levels of painkillers? i suppose i was concerned. but at the same time, i was pleased that these people seemed to be more comfortable than they were before they were given it. that is what nursing is all about. making sure people are comfortable. that word — "comfortable" — was highlighted in the independent report. "please make comfortable" was medical shorthand for putting patients on the powerful painkiller diamorphine. the words were often written on patients‘ notes byjane barton, the doctor who oversaw drugs prescriptions at the hospital. i feel that dr barton is being tarred with the same brush as harold shipman. but it's completely different. he was a wicked man but dr barton wasn't. she was a good woman and still is. i felt so very sad for her. lives were shortened.
6:20 pm
what do you think of this whole tragic affair? very sad. very sad indeed. i feel, looking back, didn't i do myjob properly? i'm sure i did. and as nurses, are we classed as murderers? she says some nurses may have been given too much responsibility with the drugs. what would you say to those relatives of those people who died who believe they were given the wrong medicines? what would you say? i would say, i'm sorry if you feel your loved ones have died in this way. i feel sure that they were well looked after and we gave all the care we could to make sure they were comfortable. but i did my best. rrelatives of those who died say a new police investigation must start as soon as possible.
6:21 pm
duncan kennedy, bbc news, in gosport. england's footballers have returned to their repino training camp after their first world cup defeat with opinion divided among fans about whether losing to belgium last night could actually benefit the team in the long run. gareth southgate's side will now face colombia on tuesday. our sports editor dan roan is at the england team base. how is morale there? it is high. after all, as you say, england find themselves in what looks like on paper at least the easier side of the draw. they are 110w easier side of the draw. they are now just three wins away from the world cup final itself. wouldn't that be something? equally, by the middle of next week they could find themselves back home because it is win or bust against colombia on tuesday, the biggest game for a decade. gareth has to make
6:22 pm
decade. gareth southgate has to make his team do something they have not done for 12 years, when a knockout game ata done for 12 years, when a knockout game at a major tournament. england returned to their training base this morning to begin preparations for a match that this time they know they cannot afford to lose. after two opening wins a much weakened side faltered against belgium in kaliningrad last night and they now have just four days to regroup before the first knockout match against colombia. gareth southgate has done a good job and i think he will take us further in the next few years. i think for us to get to the semis would be a massive achievement. it is possible. as we have seen in this tournament people can beat anybody. so it is a possibility but realistically i think they would do very well to get that far. england may be in the kinder half of the draw, but tuesday's opponents colombia represent a stern challenge, quarterfinalists at the last world cup. the south americans are also one of the best supported teams here in russia. i have heard that we are like 30,000 fans in russia, so that's incredible. it's better that we have england in the next round than belgium. i guess both are going
6:23 pm
to make a great game and i hope colombia wins. the tournament has now reached its halfway point and there has been no shortage of drama, from the host nation surpassing expectations to one of the world cup‘s greatest shock exits. ronaldo! but the game's top talent remains both on the pitch and off it. after various concerns in the build—up to russia 2018, organisers are hailing the success of the last fortnight. all our plans are well implemented, but on top of that there is a great atmosphere. we are happy that so many foreign fans came to our country. but this world cup has also been notable for a young england team that has reconnected with its fans. next week will reveal just how long they continue to have something to shout about. all this week we've been reporting on 70 years of the national health service and hearing from the doctors
6:24 pm
and nurses that are an integral part of it. but around 40% of the nhs workforce are non—medical staff, such as porters, cooks and maintenance workers. our community cffairs correspondent adina campbell has been to meet some of them. i like myjob very much. and the job that i do every day is to help patients, meeting people and talk to people. it must be quite tough at times, though, seeing people when they've lost someone or when they've been given some very hard news. a tough pill to swallow, when it comes to their own health or someone else's health. oh, yes, because i have witnessed a lot of relatives, when they lose someone. it's not easy. sometimes we have to try and talk to the relatives, console them, you know, give them good and vice. give them good advice.
6:25 pm
i've think the nhs is made up of many cogs and we all try to make the relatives turn in one way or the other. so we all have a greater role. in terms ofjob satisfaction levels for you doing this role, you've been doing it for a very long time. too long! is it rewarding? yes, it is. i suppose just the fact that when you hand post to patients or staff and see their smile and you see the fact that they are excited, that is quite rewarding. without electricians, without fitters, without porters, without domestics, cleaners, you know, the nhs wouldn't run. there's not a power supply, the water doesn't open. how's yourjob role changed over the last 25 years? it's changed quite a bit because technology changed we used to primarily have steam generators that would supply the heating. now we've moved to gas boilers. when i've done my role i can see it working, the lights are back on, the power's back on,
6:26 pm
the heating's back on, the refrigeration, the air conditioning is back on. that's quite good. can you see yourself doing this for another 25 years? if my body allows me! yes. it would be nice. adina campbell, talking to some of the unsung heroes of the nhs. time for a look at the weather, or heatwave, update. here's daren bett. for five days in a row we have had temperatures reaching 30 plus somewhere in the uk. today the hottest weather was again in gwynedd where the temperature hit 32 celsius. a bit of a different story along eastern coasts as we saw low cloud coming down into cromer. that was earlier on. it has always been hugging those eastern coasts. most places will have a lovely sunny evening, but overnight that cloud will come inland on the breeze,
6:27 pm
pushing the cloud into scotland and england as far as the midlands. further west this is where it will be warmest overnight. into the weekend and we are taking the heat that we have had over the past few days into the weekend. most places will be dry, very warm or hot and sunny. there could be some downpours in the fire south—west as this area of low pressure gets closer at the weekend goes on, so pressure will be falling eventually. ahead of those storms we are drawing in our area from the near continent by sunday and that will pick up that humility, particularly in the south. saturday isa particularly in the south. saturday is a quiet day. missed and low cloud and by ten o'clock it is pretty much gone. blue skies and the heat building quickly, gentle easterly breezes. higher temperatures further west. the mid to high 20s. 0n breezes. higher temperatures further west. the mid to high 20s. on sunday that winds picked up a bit more in the south—east. the chance of one or
6:28 pm
two thundery showers in the south—west and into wales, dry for northern ireland, and the rest of the uk should be hot and sunny. those temperatures climb in the south—east upto 31 celsius. a reminder of our top story: the police commander in charge on the day of the hillsborough disaster 30 yea rs day of the hillsborough disaster 30 years ago is to stand trial for manslaughter by gross negligence. now it is time to join the hello, i'm 0lly foster. live in moscow, this is sportsday at the world cup... hello and welcome to sportsday. we ll get the latest from england,
6:29 pm
that defeat, and now the debate about the draw. just how easy is the path towards the final? and a 99 percent success rate for var say fifa, but what about those incidents they didn t spot? i'm holly hamilton at the bbc sport centre — with the rest of the day's sports news, including...... all the details from this year's wimbledon draw — but is andy murray ready for his opener against benoit paire? and it's a mercedes one—two as lewis hamilton tops the time sheets with a practice double for the austrian grand prix. hello there, a rest day at the world cup, the last 15 days have been full on,
6:30 pm
especially the last week, with the conclusion of the group stage. sixteen teams are now out, 16 preparing for the knockout stage which starts tomorrow. england will be last up. they face colombia here in moscow on tuesday night. they are now back at theirtraining camp oustide st petersberg after that defeat to belgium in kaliningrad. from repino, here's our sports correspondent david 0rnstein. england arrived back here to their hotel at 4:30am and today has been all about rest and recovery. they will return to training tomorrow ahead of travelling to moscow


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on