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today at 5:00 — a female health care worker is arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others at a hospital. it follows a long—running investigation into the deaths of newborns at the countess of chester hospital in 2015 and 2016. we'll have the latest from chester hospital in a moment. the other main stories on bbc news at 5:00... how many of you? 13? brilliant... the 12 children and their football coach found alive in a cave in thailand — rescuers consider the best way to bring them to safety. the boys were found by two british divers nine days after they disappeared — colleagues paid tribute to their professionalism. john and rick, they're calm, they're very collected, they're very organised, extremely disciplined and consummate professionals.
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improving the lives of lgbt people — ministers promise an action plan to tackle discrimination and identify hate crime. # football's coming home. getting behind england at the world cup as they prepare to take on columbia for a place in the quarterfinals. iam sarah i am sarah rainsford at the stadium in moscow where england will find out tonight if they are playing sweden later in the quarterfinals. at wimbledon — british number ones johanna konta and kyle edmund are both through to the second round in straight sets. good evening.
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our main story at 5:00 — a health care professional has been arrested in cheshire, on suspicion of murdering eight babies and trying to murder six others. the woman's arrest is part of an investigation into the neonatal unit at the countess of chester hospital, between march 2015 and july 2016. our correspondent sarah walton is at the hospital. this is a complex investigation. they were called in last year because of an unusual spike in the depths of newborn babies and babies under the age of four weeks. they we re under the age of four weeks. they were looking at the depth of 15 babies also the near death of six other babies. they have expanded
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their investigation and are looking at the depths of 17 babies and the near depths of 15 others in the period of just over near depths of 15 others in the period ofjust over a year. it led to the arrest yesterday of a woman described as a health care depression will we have no more details on that on her exact profession but she is being questioned on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six others. police say this is a significant step forward but are reminding people of this is a sensitive investigation. at the heart of this are parents who lost their newborns in incredibly sad circumstances. we had a statement from a solicitor representing two of those families saying "the death of a trial is a tragedy for any family and now we hope to get answers". how have the hospital reacted? they say they are
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operating fully with this investigation. it was the hospital who called in police at them to investigate and the staff are keen to find out what happened to these children. the neonatal unit has been downgraded since that time and it no deals with high risk pregnancies. the hospital are confident this is a safe place for women to come and have their babies. sarah, thank you for that. 12 boys and their football coach who are trapped in a cave in thailand will need to learn to dive or wait weeks for flooding to recede, before they can be brought out, according to the army there. the group was found by british divers yesterday, nine days after going missing. richard galpin reports. the boys and their coach were finally found deep inside the cave on monday by british rescue divers. they're reported to be weak from hunger, but managed to drink water from gripping stalactites. today thai navy divers, including medical officers,
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have gone to join them, bringing food and medicine. the children's families, jubilant at these developments over the past 2a hours. translation: it's unimaginable. i've been waiting for ten days. i never imagined this day would come. i would like to thank the military, police and all the officials who came to help to find my son. but the expert diving teams from thailand and around the world taking part in this rescue now have to work out how to get the boys and their coach out of the cave safely. and before monsoon rains cause more flooding. it's in the far north of thailand in chiang rai that the long tham luang cave complex lies. after entering, the group moved a long way inside, trying to get to high ground to escape the rising flood water. there are now several
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options being discussed for getting them out. translation: if the water level goes down, the children will be able to walk out from the front of the cave. if not, they might have to dive. if they don't, we will have to use a full mask, which we if they dive, we will have to use a full mask, which we are waiting for now. but as the rescue teams themselves have found, the diving is dangerous, through murky, narrow underwater passages. which has led to another suggestion — giving the children breathing equipment, but strapping them to stretchers so they can be pulled through the water if the passages are wide enough. if none of this is possible, then the boys may have to wait for the water levels to drop, which could take months. the football team had cycled to the cave ten days ago after a training session, going inside supposed to have been part of a birthday celebration. although they have been found, their ordeal is far from over, with no easy way out at the moment.
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there's been huge praise for the work of the two british divers who found the group. thai authorities called for help from rick stanton and john volanthen who have a reputation as among the best cave rescuers in the world. colleagues have described the pair as the "a—team". daniela relph reports. on the far left is rick stanton, on the far right isjohn volanthen. highly accomplished and experienced cave divers. the reassuring words ofjohn volanthen the first contact with the outside world the boys and their coach had had in more than a week. monday, monday. one week, monday. you have been here ten days. ten days. you are very strong.
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this wasjohn volanthen this morning, helping prepare thai navy seals. the team have been in thailand for several days, chosen for the expertise of low visibility cave dives and specialist knowledge of breathing equipment. john and rick, they are calm, very collected, very organised, extremely disciplined, and consummate professionals. so i feel confident from this point on that things are going to work. the british cave divers are volunteers. rick stanton is a retired firefighter from coventry. he was awarded an mbe in 2012 for services to cave diving. john volanthen is an it consultant from bristol. he's been cave diving since he was a teenager. his family have been closely following this rescue. it's a feeling of pride, but to john, it's just another everyday job. he's quite a private person. if you're a mother, you know
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what it is like to worry about your children, no matter how old you are. once a mum, always a mum. in 2004, the bbc filmed both men as they attempted to reach chamber 26 of wookey hole in somerset, where no one has ever gone before. it was an insight into their skills and courage. when people landed on the moon, they had a map, they knew where they were going. but in a cave, if you are beyond the known limit of the cave, nobody knows where it goes and you will never know what will happen round the corner. the british divers are just part of a huge rescue effort, but their experience will now be crucial going forward. daniela relph, bbc news. our correspondent howard johnson is outside the caves and gave us more details about how the rescue might unfold. it's evening here at the cave complex but search and rescue operations are going on in the caves behind me here.
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we've heard that two navy seal divers are currently with the boys in this cave network underneath in this small pocket where the boys are sheltering roughly one metre above the water level on this muddy ledge somewhere near an area called pattay beach beach, around three kilometres inside this complex. what we've heard is they will be giving them energy sachets, gels to try to give them their vitamins and sugars they have been lacking in the last week. they've been reported to be very emaciated since they haven't eaten in more than ten days. also looking at stockpiling food and air with in the chambers, the flooded chambers down here, to get that through to the boys so in the worst case scenario, if this monsoon season carries on for another three or four months, they will have enough supplies of food and air to get them through that time. they're also exploring this idea of getting them
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out using scuba gear, we saw earlier on to day an appeal for full facemasks for children. we must remember these children have never swam before and they have certainly never scuba dived before and that's quite a difficult task for these expert divers to teach them how to get through this complex tunnel system. we must remember many parts of it are flooded and if it's going to be your first time diving that will be a very daunting prospect. one of the areas they'll have to dive through is a bottleneck. it was full of mud the day before the crews managed to get through to where the boys are. we've been told if they need to get through that area, they might have to dive that section alone. this is a race against time at the moment. no matter how much water they've been pumping out, around 10,000 litres an hour which is roughly one centimetre. the water level dropped within the cave thanks to the pumping efforts. we've heard there is another weather system coming this way in the next couple of days that could bring
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a deluge of rain. chrisjewell is a cave diver at the british cave rescue council. he is also a friend of the divers in thailand who have been helping with the rescue operation. we can speak to him now via webcam from loughborough. thank you forjoining us. chris, from what we hear, from what you are hearing, what do you know about how the rescue is actually going? the operation is now in the hands of the thai military and the thai navy seals. the cave rescue council have been working with the thai navy seals. we help them find a way through the difficult underwater passageways and rick and john, as we know, finally made it to where the
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boys were stranded. the thai navy seals have taken over the effort and are leading the way. rick and john are leading the way. rick and john are acting in an advisory capacity, operation control being very much with the military. as we were hearing from our correspondence, appeals have gone out for the right equipment so they can dive their way out. given there is some distance they would have took over and through these incredibly narrow channels, that would clearly be a really big challenge, wouldn't it? absolutely. it is an option are probably last resort but in this unprecedented scenario, there aren't many options for the thai military to consider. it is being considered, asi to consider. it is being considered, as i understand, but your correspondence on the scene is getting details and updates as we are hearing in the uk. do you think
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it would make more sense, if possible, to try to get the water down so they could get out without having to go through such a risky diving situation? it is unlikely they can lower the water to a sufficient level that they can get out without diving. the options are that probably the boys stay in for many months and have been supplied with sufficient food and comfort items to last many months. that is not a popular option, but that remains one possibility. another theory is the idea of drilling in from the surface, which again has various problems, locating a small chamber underground and drilling a long way, is fraught with difficulties. but pumping out the water is an unrealistic option. pumping has been assisting and they have got the water down to a certain extent and that has made the diving more possible but i don't see it will get the water write—downs are
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the boys can come out without diving at all. briefly, knowing the dangers there are in caves like this, knowing the climate, the monsoon season, knowing the climate, the monsoon season, was a knowing the climate, the monsoon season, was a pretty risky to take the boys down there in the first place? caving is a sports, it has an inherent risks. we all make just rent —— judgments about the risks. the weather is a factor that is hard sometimes to bring in. caves, that are known to be flood prone, you would assess the conditions before going into the cave. i know this monsoon, this storm was coming in quickly and was unexpected, so there is an element of bad luck. but as cave as we would seek to minimise the risk whenever we go underground. chris, thank you very much indeed for joining chris, thank you very much indeed forjoining us this afternoon. you
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are welcome, thank you. the headlines on bbc news... a female health care worker is arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six, in cheshire. the 12 children and their football coach found alive in a cave in thailand — rescuers consider the best way to bring them to safety. improving the lives of lgbt people — ministers promise an action plan to tackle discrimination and identify hate crime. and in sport, for the first time in 24 and in sport, for the first time in 2a years, sweden are through to the quarterfinals of world cup after switzerland 1—0. so now all eyes are on who they will face, will it be england or will it be columbia? two hours until kick—off in moscow. johanna konta, the british number one wins in straight sets and she is through to the second row. joining her is kyle edmund. he dominated his
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match, also winning in straight sets. much more on that to come and the build—up to england and colombia from russia in about 15 minutes. kick off is less than two hours away in england's crucial world cup game against colombia. manager gareth southgate has called tonight's match england's biggest knock—out game in a generation because if england win, they'll reach their first world cup quarterfinal since 2006. our sports correspondent natalie pirks has sent this report from moscow. they sing. "colombia, land that i love". their songs are full of pride for their distant homeland. england may be much closer, but red and white flags are harder to find. but the english that have made it are allowing themselves to dream of victory and of a new fashion craze. i think it's going to be tough. i think we'll do it.
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i think we've got enough to beat them, maybe 2—0. i'm praying it doesn't go to extra time and penalties, that's for sure. initially, i said the semifinal. i think now we mightjust push it, might just get through, because the draw's really got easy. you wait. when we get back to london now, that'll be a thing. on nights out, you'll be coming out in your waistcoat and light blue shirt and you'll be doing the southgate. the manager has clearly gained the respect of those fans, and notjust for his waistcoats. but whilst they might believe this is england's best chance, gareth southgate insists his team will not get carried away with thoughts beyond colombia. what we sense in the group is an excitement, an understanding that, you know, it's pointless looking any further. we know the quality of the opposition and we know we've got to be spot—on to be able to beat them. colombia became every neutral‘s favourite team in 2014 for their choreographed goal celebrations. but you have to go back a lot longer for than that for the last time they faced england at a world cup. the year was 1998,
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the location lens. england's second goal, vintage beckham. but he is long gone and this new generation have new dreams, not least captain harry kane, who currently has the most goals of any player in russia. i like to just kind of give myself little targets, really, to see how quick i can beat them. it's just motivation for myself, to keep myself on my toes, keep myself working hard and just try to be the best version of myself. england will be back to full strength after defeat to belgium, but the dreaded penalties could now come into play. let's hope there are no dark clouds on the horizon. our correspondent sarah rainsford is with some england fans in the centre of moscow. joins us now. sarah, we were hearing a huge amount at stake, tell us more about the atmosphere in the england camp? huge expectations of course
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but the colombia, the same. i am outside the stadium in moscow. look at these crowds, the vast majority at these crowds, the vast majority at these crowds, the vast majority at the moment, a couple of hours ahead of the cake of our the colombians. they have their faces painted, they are in the funny hats and they are in the majority. but england fans are starting to arrive. we have seen them all day in the centre of moscow and red square with their flags centre of moscow and red square with theirflags and centre of moscow and red square with their flags and their songs and hopes of calls as well. we brought together both sides, not quite a football match but an encounter between fans. let's get a sense of the mood. just tell us, this is a huge match for both of you, your expectations this time?|j huge match for both of you, your expectations this time? i am really scared, it is a great game and i hope we win, whatever it takes as long as we win, i am happy. we are going to win. we are going to win. very confident for colombia, what about england, it is a young side,
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the country watching a waiting, what will happen? it is coming home. we have a young team, they look excited. confidence, confident. have a young team, they look excited. confidence, confidentlj have a young team, they look excited. confidence, confident. i am a lot more nervous. i don't know. it is tight. just got to hope we get the results. the next opponent for whoever wins this will be sweden, how do you fancy your chances against sweden? i don't know, i don't necessarily like the way they play. they don't have the beautiful game but they are very strong. play. they don't have the beautiful game but they are very strongm england makes it to the next stage of the quarterfinals? no easy games in this world cup, russia and spain have proved that. one game at a
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time. it is definitely a world cup of total surprise is, nobody knows what will happen next. russia knock down spain, can england knockout colombia? down spain, can england knockout colombia ? the down spain, can england knockout colombia? the england fans are hoping that will happen but as we have heard from the colombian fans, they are pretty optimistic. sarah, looks like you are in for an exciting evening. we will have much more on how england might approach this game in the sport. and at 5.45, we'll be hearing from fans gearing up to watch the match on big screens here in the uk. one of britain's most wanted fugitives is in custody in switzerland, where he's been arrested after two years on the run. mark acklom, who's 45, allegedly duped a woman into handing over £850,000 of her life savings, after posing as an m16 agent. he was tracked down to a luxury apartment in zurich. there will now be an extradition hearing. police on the island of bute are attempting to piece together the last movements of a six—year—old girl, whose body was found in woodland yesterday.
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officers are treating the death of alesha mcphail as unexplained, and are keen to speak to any of the islands residents who joined the search after she was reported missing. a man known only as nick, who sparked a £2.5 million police investigation into a claimed westminster paedophile ring, has been charged with allegedly lying about child murders and abuse. the accuser whose name has been withheld for legal reasons, made a series of bombshell allegations including killings, rape and torture by senior figures in politics, the army and security services. joining us on the set is our home affairs correspondent danny shaw. thank you very much for talking to us. just remind everyone of this case and what it was all about? this enquiry was known as operation
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midland and was barbed in 2014 by these claims made by nick. it is one of the most controversial claims made in the history of scotland yard. they described nick's count as credible and true. during the investigation and number of senior figures were investigated including the retired lord bramall, also in the retired lord bramall, also in the late lord leon britton and harvey proctor, the former conservative mp. they were investigated and no charges were brought against any of them and the enquiry was close. scotland yard was heavily criticised by a judge in the report. then report was sent to northumbria police, a separate force to investigate nick himself and whether he had been the truth. the repercussions of this case have already been significant, what is likely to be the further fallout now he has been charged with allegedly
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lying about some of these powerful allegations which he made? this will bea allegations which he made? this will be a case that will go to trial. we expect nick will appear in court in september and the allegations he faces a re september and the allegations he faces are serious. 12 counts of perverting the course ofjustice and they include claims he falsely claimed to have witnessed three boys being murdered, that he provided sketches of where the abuse took place, falsely claiming he memorised those locations and it is also alleged he falsified an e—mail account falsifying information he named as having witnessed the abuse. in addition he faces an allegation of fraud in which he received £22,000 criminal injuries compensation, providing false allegations. so serious allegations and that will come to court later this year. danny, thanks. bbc news has been told that conditions at birmingham prison are "horrendous and chaotic".
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the prison was the scene of a riot involving 600 prisoners in 2016. now, the chairman of its monitoring board says inmates are living in inhumane conditions. g4s, which runs the site, insists it is in control and is making improvements. from birmingham, sima kotecha reports. december 2016 and hmp birmingham saw the worst prison riot in decades. it took 12 hours before the authorities were back in charge. this is me having one of my attacks. 18 months later and one of the prison's former officers says he's suffering from severe anxiety after working at the jail. his wife recently filmed him having a panic attack. 5085: what have i done? he describes the privately—run jail as being at a crisis point. it was absolutely horrendous. you didn't really have any control of the prisoners.
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the prisoners were controlling you. the prisoners were running the jail. he says he was dismissed by g4s in october on medical grounds. hmp birmingham... a recent video filmed by inmates inside the prison shows them smoking drugs and using mobile phones. we need to get some people in here to terrorise them. the man who monitors this jail paints a picture of a place in desperate need of attention. there are cockroaches and rats around the premises, so the prison is infested with vermin in the victorian side. that causes people distress in terms of their living conditions. the cells are crowded so two people are living in a cell that the victorians designed for one and effectively it's an open toilet. even so, he says new leadership has led to significant improvements and sees the jail going in a positive direction. g4s took over the running of this prison in 2011. a senior source at the organisation told the bbc the company
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is in a state of chaos and they're struggling to figure out how to bring control at this jail. g4s strongly refute the allegations made in this report. over recent weeks i've seen a downward trend in violent incidents. i've seen an upward trend in positive staff indicators. to me, that indicates that change is happening in an appropriate way. nick but a stark verdict from someone who's lived and breathed jail life. it's getting worse. it's worse post—riot. they had the chance to get a grip of things and change things and they never did. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. time for a look at the weather. this glorious sunshine cannot
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continue? yes it can. but we have introduced the chance of some showers. we have seen showers across the channel islands and south—west england today. they will continue to leaving into the southern counties of england but they will be very few and far between. extra cloud rolling into parts of scotland and north—east england. temperature dropping down to 10 degrees in newcastle overnight, 16 in the centre of cardiff. tomorrow will be cloudy for many and a lot of the cloudy for many and a lot of the cloud trying to retreat towards the coast and down to the south this area of more extensive cloud and just the odd shower but most places will avoid them and stay dry. with the extra cloud temperatures down
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but still getting to 24 or 25 degrees. in the south, close to 30 by the end of the week. cooler for a time but only for a time, across the north. this is bbc news. the headlines... a female healthcare worker is arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others at a hospital in cheshire. the 12 children and their football coach found alive in a cave in thailand — rescuers consider the best way to bring them to safety. improving the lives of lgbt people — ministers promise an action plan to tackle discrimination and identify hate crime. time for the sport with olly foster. he is where else but in moscow? yes
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indeed. we are now counting down to that england versus colombia game at the spartak stadium in moscow. whoever gets through that match will be facing sweden in the quarterfinal. they have won their first world cup knockout match for 24 years. they came through against the swiss. just one goal in st petersburg. emil forsberg's strike midway through the second half heavily deflected. sweden just about deserving that win. the swiss have a terrible record at world cups, having scored in a knockout match since 1954. so they go home and sweden go through, waiting to see what happens at the spartak stadium. england have arrived for that match against colombia and we have also had confirmation from the head coach gareth southgate that he is going to
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go back to that team that started this tournament a couple of weeks ago now against tunisia. remember, they needed harry kane's late goal to win that world cup opener. they won that 2—1. harry kane is still leading the race for the golden boot. he is back in. that means dele alli is over that thy strain as well. but colombia will be a tough team. they have reached the quarterfinals at the last world cup. james rodriguez was the golden boot winner in brazil. speaking about the opposition, southgate knows that england will have to be at their best. good team. i was in brazil four years ago and you saw what it meant to the fans. i love the energy that they all bring and the style they play. of course, our public will know some of the players, but we also have to have belief in our boys, because i know if we play at the level we have been playing at, we can win the game.
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we will have a comprehensive build—up in sportsday at 6.30 on bbc news. it is about 20 other world cup and day two at wimbledon. yes, day two at wimbledon and it was johanna konta who was up first earlier this morning. she did successfully wi n earlier this morning. she did successfully win that match, but she did not make it easy for herself. she took the first set 7—5. she then struggled in the second, eventually taking it to a tie—break. she needed her sixth match point to beat the russian and take her place in the second round. she will of course be hoping to emulate her success here last year, where she reached the semifinals. but many people are saying she may have to appear a lot
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stronger in the second round with a more consistent game. also in action today, naomi broady. she is the british number four. did today, naomi broady. she is the british numberfour. did extremely well against the defending champion, garbine muguruza, but she was beaten in straight sets. elsewhere, kyle edmund, there is a lot of pressure on this man. no andy murray. he is the british number one. high expectations considering he had success getting to the quarterfinals of the australian open and today he looked in fantastic form. smooth sailing for the most part. totally in control in the first two sets. didn't drop a point. the third set was trickier, but he did manage to ove rco m e was trickier, but he did manage to overcome his australian opponent to win 7—5. very impressive and a lot of support here for him. in the last hour on centre court, there was a lot of noise for one man, the world number one, rafa nadal, who has been
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in action and looking very good on the grass court. and making handy work of his opponent from israel. he won in straight sets looking very at ease. he has had no warm—up tournaments in the build—up to this. so still feeling very positive about his wimbledon campaign and he says he still has high expectations. novak djokovic is still to come in action this evening in the next hour. and we had a shocker. petra kvitova, the two—time champion, has made her exit. more details on the website and you can keep across all the latest matches on the red button. the government wants to ban gay conversion therapies as part of an "action plan" to tackle discrimination. it comes after the largest national survey of lgbt, lesbian, gay, bisexual and tra nsgender people. ministers are also promising to improve sex education in schools
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and give police more training to identify hate crime. campaigners have welcomed the plans, but insist there is still a long way to go before lgbt people achieve full equality. richard lister reports. the people started abusing us. these three men know what it is like to be abused for their sexuality. it is hard to express your feelings. because we are also humans. so why people treat us badly? 40% of the lgbt community surveyed said they'd suffered a hate crime. most never reported it and thousands said they had been offered so—called conversion therapy to change their sexuality. it should be banned, this therapy should be banned. conversion therapy is torture, it is like a punishment. the government's lgbt survey is the largest ever carried out. it got responses from 108,000
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people. 2% said they had undergone conversion therapy while another 5% said they had been offered it and said no. the royal college of psychiatrists supports the government's plan to ban it. your sexuality and gender identity are inherent and there is no evidence base and no therapeutic treatment to change what is part of a person's nature. michael davidson says therapy helped him resist homosexual feelings, and he now offers it to others. simply to ban it on the grounds that for many gay activists, there is only one point of view and one ideological perspective, i think is not acceptable in this date and age. i think is not acceptable in this day and age. banning so—called conversion therapy is one of more than 70 things on the government's action plan to improve the lives of lgbt people in the uk.
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also on the list, better police training, sex education reform and appointing an national lgbt advisor. the government says it wants to deliver lasting change for people who, too often, still feel the need to hide their sexuality. richard lister, bbc news. paris lees is a journalist, campaigner and writer — she recently became the first trans woman to be on the front page of british vogue, and was also the first openly transgender presenter on radio 1 and channel 4. what do you make of the proposals in this government plan?” what do you make of the proposals in this government plan? i think it's great that we are having this conversation and it's great that there is going to be somebody who will take care of these issues and push them forward. we clearly still have a long way to go. i feel that it falls short in some areas, particularly education. i was
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bullied at school, as many lgbt kids are, for being different. and i believe every school in britain should have a zero tolerance anti—bullying policy that explicitly protects a chance kids who don't fit into the norm. —— gay and trans kids. attitudes have changed a lot, but the survey seems to suggest there are large numbers of lgbt people who are suffering hostility and abuse. yeah. what we are looking at here is a picture of our supposedly diverse, accepting and civilised society where in reality, people don't feel safe to walk down the street. something like two thirds of gay people don't feel like they can hold hands with their partner. that in itself is shocking to me. as a trans person, literally just walking down the street can be really scary. i have experienced
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that, people accusing me in the street, people basically feeling you are not safe to exist and be in a public space. touch wood, there is no wood here, but i haven't had any abuse in the street for a few years andi abuse in the street for a few years and i consider myself to be very privileged. i have friends who are abused every time they leave the house. how can we call ourselves a caring, compassionate and modern and inclusive society when people feel it is not okayed to be themselves? we do of course have laws against hate crimes, against abusive behaviour. do you think there needs to be more specific laws to protect the lgbt community? we do have a lot of laws in this country, and maybe we don't give ourselves enough credit for that sometimes. that is why my focus in activism has not been reforming the law. we have a lot of rights. it is really about people's hearts and minds. i think journalists have to take
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responsibility for the really unpleasant and cruel discourse around these issues. this is an anti—bullying issue. when you have somebody like germaine greer saying just because you lop your bits off and put on a dress, doesn't make you and put on a dress, doesn't make you an effing woman, kids are hearing that. when you havejenny murray having four pages in the sunday times to say trans women are not real women, kids are seeing that. so if we want to protect kids in schools, adults need to lead by example. there is a lot of cruelty and hostility towards lgbt and particularly trans people at the moment. it is horrible and that has to change. freedom of speech is of course something that many people would argue for strongly, but surely this is ultimately about changing social attitudes. how do you think we can do that? i think the whole freedom of speech issue is a red herring. there are all sorts of
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things that are rude to say to people that we don't and that people would rightly say, that's out of order. at the moment, we have a situation where transphobia and anti—trans situation where transphobia and anti—tra ns bigotry has situation where transphobia and anti—trans bigotry has passed the dinner table test, where people feel it is acceptable to be unpleasant and rude. surely that is changing, though? it is and it is not all doom and gloom. if you look at the situation for lgbt people around the world, we are advanced. i am firmly of the opinion that you don't compare yourself to worse. even in the last couple of years, i have seen a huge difference. most of the stuff that i grew up thinking about trans people was produced by people who were not trans and they were just recycled stereotypes. in the past few years, we have seen trans people getting their voices heard and saying, we are not that stereotype, we are diverse and we arejust going stereotype, we are diverse and we are just going about our business
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and not hurting anybody. i hope more people can look at that and realised that this is just about accepting that this is just about accepting that it that this is just about accepting thatitis that this is just about accepting that it is normal for people to be different. people come in all different. people come in all different shapes and sizes and everybody should feel safe and loved and able to live their lives to theirfull and able to live their lives to their full potential without being stigmatised and bullied. thank you very much. this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the royal air force, and events are happening around the country to mark the occasion. today there was a rehearsal with some of the aircraft that will take part in a major flypast over london next week featuring the largest concentration of military aircraft in recent memory — from spitfires to the most modern aircraft. many of the planes that will take part will be from one of the raf‘s most iconic moments ? the battle of britain ? described by winston churchill as their finest hour. only a handful of pilots are still with us, and over the next three days we ll be hearing from three of them. today, robert hall speaks to squadron leader geoffrey wellum, now 96, who joined the raf atjust 18 years old, in 1939.
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i can remember walking out with a parachute over my shoulder, helmet on, and looking at this elegant, relaxed fighter, obviously a thoroughbred, and thinking, i've got to fly this. the chap said to me, go and fly it, he said, but don't you dare break it. it was a magnificent machine. and it seemed to flow around the sky. and i thought, there is a very important part of this trip coming off, we've got to land it. eventually i managed to land it — well, it landed me, really. i'd like to spend a little time, if i may, just talking about life on dispersal, waiting for that phone to ring. the moment that phone rang, you went... absolutely... that was a difficult time.
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once you were strapped in your aeroplane and airborne, then it was up to you. and that was, for me, that was the relief of this waiting. tell me about your first combat mission. i can remember the controller coming on and saying, vector 140, 150 plus coming in over dungeness. 150 plus. and my goodness, it looked it, too. and we went into it head—on. and i was lucky enough to get a hind call that day. but i can see it now. 150 plus. with the 109s escorting them above, like a lot of gnats on a summer evening. they were doing 300 miles an hour. we were. that's 600 miles an hour closing.
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so it's a very quick initial burst. everything happened very quickly. and you are also watching your tail, or somebody is having to watch your tail, even if you aren't, because of these fighters. the whole secret of survival was never to stay still, straight and level, for more than 20 seconds. i was shot out three times, and one of the blokes shot me out quite badly but i didn't even see him. the other thing i wanted to ask you about was the way in which all of you coped with the losses. you dismissed it. you just accepted it. it was a dangerous game. it was a dangerous war. if you lost a particularly close friend, yes, there was a little bit of... but let's go out to the local pub. you accepted it. you
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had to. what sense of pride did you have at that time? you didn't have any pride at all. i wouldn't have said pride. we were young fighter pilots doing a job, which was defending our country against the king's enemies. some extraordinary reminiscences. the headlines on bbc news... a female healthcare worker is arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies — and the attempted murder of another six in cheshire. the 12 children and their football coach found alive in a cave in thailand — rescuers consider the best way to bring them to safety. improving the lives of lgbt people — ministers promise an action plan to tackle discrimination and identify hate crime. next week, new york will be the first city
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to report its progress on tackling climate change to the united nations. across the united states, cities have stepped up their efforts to manage the impact of global warming despite the fact that president trump has pulled out of the paris climate agreement. nada tawfik has this report from new york, one of the most vulnerable cities leading efforts to fight the problem. the invading waters of jamaica bay have already altered life here in broad channel, and they may yet make this island unliveable before the end of the century. this is one of new york city's lowest lying neighbourhoods. it doesn't take much to flood these streets, just a high tide. this may look dramatic, but it's actually a regular occurrence here in broad channel, so much so that the city has had to raise several of the streets. so it's easy to see why new york is so concerned about rising sea levels.
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we can go out on the deck and you can see the marsh. barbara lives in the flood zone. new york has more residents in these high—risk areas than any other us city. it's a key reason why this island metropolis is still committed to the paris climate accord, even though the trump administration withdrew a year ago. is it a matter of belief or is accepting what scientists have i think trump's attitude is completely wrong. but the united states could still meet the paris commitment, thanks to the actions of cities. at this high school in queens, solar panels now help power the lights and computers. new york city has earmarked $1 billion to make buildings more energy efficient. when we started doing this, 40 cities came together and created the cities coalition for climate action, and today there are over 200 cities who are part of that.
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these are the largest places on earth, all working together, sharing the best ideas and lessons learned. downstairs in the classroom, the science students monitor how much energy the solar panels have saved. their studies have left them with a sense of urgency about tackling climate change. just being with my classmates, all of us now make jokes about turning off the lights because we want to save energy, stuff like that, recycling everything. you become more conscious of it when it's something you're working with. and when you're living with it every day, as the residents in broad channel must, then it's impossible not to imagine a future when your home will have to be surrendered to the water. let's return to tonight's world cup clash between england and colombia, which kicks off in just over an hour's time. all eyes will be on england's captain harry kane. he's come a long way since his days at school in essex.
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andy swiss has been to chingford to hear how kane is inspiring a new generation of young fans. skipper, scorer, superstar. and it is in from harry kane again! it's what every young footballer dreams of, but where did the young harry kane's dreams begin? here, larkswood primary in chingford, where the current crop of harry hopefuls are full of pride for their famous former pupil. he's the best striker in the world. really exciting because you wouldn't think that a professional footballer, especially the england captain, came to our school. i really want england to win the world cup. do you think they can win it with harry kane? yes. staff member mrs denney remembers the young harry kane as polite, kind and a finder of lostjewellery. i had this ring and in those days it was slightly looser than it is now. didn't even think about it falling off and all of a sudden, he came up to me and said ifound a ring, does this belong to you?
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i said, oh my goodness, harry, thank you, yes, it does! he was a happy little chap, very friendly, used to kick the ball around occasionally. when you look back, you think, is this little harry? then when you see him now, it's just wonderful. for harry kane, it has been some journey from school days in chingford to a world cup in russia, but here they are hoping their star pupil can become england's hero. he's been helped by another chingford boy. at 11, kane went to david beckham's soccer academy along here with his schoolfriend katie, who is now his fiancee. kane also played for the same local club as beckham, ridgeway rovers, although remarkably at first, as a goalkeeper. he came along, was in goal first of all and i think mum said to the coach, he plays better out on field, and he's gone on from there. so can he now fire england to glory? back home, they will be hoping their old boy can give
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another goal—scoring masterclass. andy swiss, bbc news, chingford. well, injust over an hour, fans up and down the country will be gearing up for the start of the match. james neish is on brighton beach where fans have gathered to watch the game. tell us about the atmosphere. it looks pretty relaxed. yes. as you can imagine, the excitement is on, pubs filling across the country, huge screens erected up and down the country like the one we have here on brighton beach. as you point out, rather quiet. people are still starting to arrive, but we are expecting more than 2500 people on the beach here in brighton to witness england go up against colombia at seven tonight. it's a match in which england cannot afford any mistakes. a lot of the people who are coming here tonight have already been here for the three
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previous matches and they want to see another england win. of course, if england lose tonight, that's the end of the road for them in this world cup. but people think and they are already saying that they will be back on this same beach on saturday night, when england go into the quarterfinals and play sweden after sweden won against switzerland earlier today 1—o. sweden won against switzerland earlier today 1—0. but before that, the big challenge. england have two defeat colombia tonight. kick—off is at seven. the excitement is here and this is going to be buzzing for the next hour. james, enjoy your evening on brighton beach. well, not all football fans in the uk will be rooting for england during tonight s world cup knock—out match against colombia. ashleyjohn—baptiste in moscow has been to speak to some british colombians who, although born and raised in london, are facing a bit of a dilemma... two teams, one game and one dilemma — who to support? ian and jeff are
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both british columbians. british—born, colombian raised. i'm a cockney colombian from the kings road. i feel lucky to a cockney colombian from the kings road. ifeel lucky to have a cockney colombian from the kings road. i feel lucky to have a a cockney colombian from the kings road. ifeel lucky to have a lot a cockney colombian from the kings road. i feel lucky to have a lot of traits from both of my cultures. i know what it is to eat fish and chips. i know what it is to understand cockney rhyming slang. i understand cockney rhyming slang. i understand east london. i love being a londoner. but i'm also very proud to have the colombian culture that i have from when i was a kid. i can dance salsa and speak spanish. they both support tottenham football club. tottenham striker harry kane against our top defender, sanchez. how tall are you with this match?“ someone had said to us at the beginning of the world cup that we would be in the position we are in between colombia and england, just after the group stages, i would have called you a liar. it's hard to choose between the two. i'm torn between my two cultures, my two
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loves. england fans, here we go. has has your time loves. england fans, here we go. has has yourtime in loves. england fans, here we go. has has your time in russia been? # football's coming home! which spun into some england fans. how was it? it felt good to be among england fans. there weren't enough this year. walking near red square, we then bump into some colombian fans, and so they then throw on their own colombia shirts. you don't get this sort of dancing with the english fans. you get salsa, merengue. having brought both england and colombia shirts, whoever wins, they will have the white shirt to wear the next day. ashley john—ba ptiste reporting there from moscow. time for a look at the weather with ben rich. plenty will be watching the match on
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big screens, looking for a glorious evening for it. that is the way to do it because things look very pleasa nt do it because things look very pleasant if you like warmth and sunshine as we go into the evening across sunshine as we go into the evening a cross m ost sunshine as we go into the evening across most parts of the uk. this is how it looked earlier across northern ireland, county down. as we go through the rest of this week, it will stay mostly dry and warm, often sunny. but there is also the chance of catching a shower. that was how it looked in devon earlier, the shower clouds really starting to develop. on the satellite picture from earlier, you can see most places have been basking in sunshine. a little different in the channel islands. we have had these showers moving in off the near continent, some of them heavily. some of these showers will continue to creep towards southern parts of england and south wales in the evening. everywhere else, we end the day with sunshine and then we see
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clear skies overnight. however, we will see more cloud drift in and across parts of scotland and down the eastern side of england. the showers continue to move across southern england and into south wales. quite humid and money towards the south—west. a bit cooler and fresher for the north and east. tomorrow, we will have a bit more clout than today across scotland. that cloud should retreat towards the coast. but many places will stay dry with a bit more cloud in the forecast, temperatures just a touch lower. there will be a bit more cloud overhead at wimbledon tomorrow. perhaps some sunny breaks at times. just a very small chance of catching a shower at the championships. looking towards thursday, we start to bring this frontal system into the picture. if you are hoping for rain, this might give you some hope, but there will
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not be much rain along this front. but it will introduce cooler and fresher air across north and western parts of the country. a bit more cloud as well as we go through thursday. further south and east, a lot of sunshine. still a small chance of a heavy shells towards the south, but look at the temperature chart. a big contrast on thursday. north—western areas are cooler, in the south—east there is a lot of heat. whereas for glasgow, edinburgh and belfast, we are looking at more like 19 or 20 degrees. but temperatures in northern areas will climb again as we head towards the weekend and further south, with some sunshine, we will then approached 30 degrees. a female health worker is arrested on suspicion
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of the murder of eight babies — and the attempted murder of another six. the arrest follows a long running investigation into a high number of baby deaths, at the countess of chester hospital in 2015 and 2016. we'll have the latest. also on tonight's programme: the schoolboys trapped in a cave in thailand — one of their football coaches says they are tough: translation: these are the kids that i have trained. they are strong. i have built them up to play at a professional level. the number of people dying from drug taking in scotland is the highest since records began, 20 years ago. england expects — less than an hour to kick off,


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