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this is bbc news, i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 8pm. at least 35 people are feared to have died, as a major motorway bridge collapses in northern italy. emergency workers are trying to free people caught in crushed vehicles and under rubble, near the town of genoa. anti—terror police are questioning a 29—year old man, arrested after a car ploughed into pedestrians and cyclists outside parliament. three people were injured by the ford fiesta. one woman is in a serious condition. given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident. the england cricketer ben stokes, has been cleared of a charge of affray, at bristol crown court. unemployment fell by 65,000 to 1.3 million, in the three months tojune. that's the lowest level in more than a0 years. but it's not all good economic news. homebase plans to shut 42 stores, putting up to 15 hundred jobs at risk.
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and, should straight actors play gay characters? jack whitehall‘s casting in a new disney film, has angered some. good evening. at least 30 people are now known to have died, after a large section of a motorway bridge collapsed in the italian city of genoa. many more are thought to be seriously injured. a number of cars and lorries on the bridge crashed to the ground after a tower holding up part of the high suspension bridge gave way during heavy rain. emergency workers are trying to free people caught in crushed vehicles or who've been buried by rubble. james robbins reports. a man cries out to god.
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it is the stuff of nightmares as a vast motorway bridge collapses in a storm. watch again, and you can see one of its towers simply disintegrate and plunge down into the valley below. another eyewitness reported lightning striking the bridge. a rescue helicopter flying through the storm relayed the first horrifying pictures. 0ne tower of the suspension bridge has simply disappeared, with it the long, central section of motorway which relied on it. on one side, a truck is perilously close to the edge, but it's clear many other vehicles have plunged up to 90 metres, or 300 feet, down to the valley floor, narrowly missing these apartment buildings. emergency teams used helicopters, cranes and hoists to recover the dead and injured, as others started the search of rubble to look for more of the victims.
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translation: from the information we have in our possession, 30 cars and some heavy vehicles were driving on the span of the bridge at the moment it collapsed. already urgent questions are being asked. how could this motorway bridge, built in the 1960s, fail with such terrible consequences? the toll road operator said work to shore up its foundation was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding that the bridge was constantly monitored. but italy's deputy prime minister has demanded that motorway operators must be held accountable. translation: i have crossed that bridge hundreds of times. now, as an italian citizen, i will do everything to get the names and surnames of past and present managers, because it is unacceptable to die like that in italy. this was the bridge in happier times. part of a vital motorway
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system linking genoa and the italian riviera to the south of france. the engineering of italian motorways used to be a subject of immense national pride, but this disaster, after other incidents, is already being blamed by some on spending cuts and possible neglect of basic safety in the name of reducing italy's huge public debt. james robbins, bbc news. marco zatterin is deputy editor in chief at the italian newspaper, la stampa. he joins me via webcam from turin. hello to you. thanks very much indeed for being with us. first of all, what's your understanding as to the number of people that have died and those numbers that might still be caught up in this tragedy? the number confirmed is 22. but the number confirmed is 22. but the number of casualties will probably rise because there are at least ten
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people missing so far and they are still searching for people. so 35 to 40, maybe more could be the final score. it's a tragedy. just for our theatres a lot of people have been reporting 35 people and may have died. that probably seems to be including some of those missing your suggesting. indeed. the official is 20 50. this happened in the middle ofa 20 50. this happened in the middle of a powerful thunderstorm. heavy rain as absolutely no way that should be enough to bring down a bridge, right? not at all. the bridge, right? not at all. the bridge has been a subject of very weird speculations since the early 90s. there has been a plan to reduce the load of traffic on the bridge
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which was already started 25 years ago. then there was a terrible political row about this and was suspended. so the suspect that the bridge was on fitz is something that we have been hearing and that has been reaffirmed for years and years. the suggestion is that well over 100,000 vehicles crossed the bridge every day. it was built in the 1960s i believe, and certainly not able to withstand that volume of traffic then. reinforced over time but you are saying there have been suggestions that ideation that it was not fit for purpose for some time. indeed. just in the month of july time. indeed. just in the month of july the company who is managing a motorway and therefore the bridge launched a competition, a public
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procurement in order to have 20 million euros of new works, and the roadworks on the braves starting in september. it is indeed a clue that they were a little bit worried about they were a little bit worried about the fitness of the bridge itself and so the fitness of the bridge itself and so maybe they thought that they needed a lot of refurbishing and maintenance. now we know they were right. it didn't be a prime minister is saying that they have a lot of questions to answer. the bridge was refurbished only two years ago. yes, but is a very old bridge in a very critical area. for those that are not aware or not very familiar with genoa, genoa is a huge port city by the sea. just behind genoa are very high mountains, and then it is a
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very narrow valley that goes towards the mountains which is crossed by the mountains which is crossed by the bridge. so it is exposed to the fury of the sea, the wind coming from the sea from the salty winds that can corrode very easily a bridge such as this. it is a very critical place. it was a critical project and maybe the italian republic should have done more about this. people proposed to do this 25 yea rs this. people proposed to do this 25 years ago but nobody listened. this. people proposed to do this 25 years ago but nobody listenedm there a fear now given the financial difficulties italy has been through in recent years? allegations of crumbling infrastructure right across the country. is there an urgent need for major bridges to be looked at and secured following this tragedy? yes and no. there have been three bridges that fell down in the past six months in italy. italy is a
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very u nsta ble past six months in italy. italy is a very unstable country. i do not think these are something to do with the italian debt, because in the past three years italy received 34 billion euros of financement for infrastructure from the european union. you cannot blame them for that because the european union is paying for infrastructure. if you wa nt to paying for infrastructure. if you want to blame somebody and you want to blame them on the day of the tragedy, you can blame the public administration, you can blame others, you can blame those who were totally care less about such an infrastructure which everybody was telling him was not safe. nothing to do with the european union, nothing to do with the data. we will leave it there. thank you so much for your analysis. thank you very much.
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and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are asa bennett, brexit editor of the telegraph and laura hughes, political correspondent of financial times. a man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, after a car crashed outside the houses of parliament, leaving several people injured. eyewitnesses described the vehicle as deliberately hitting members of the public. the driver, a 29—year—old british citizen, originally from abroad, was alone in the car. officers are searching three addresses in the midlands in connection with the attack. at around 7:30am this morning the silver ford fiesta swerved into cyclists and pedestrians outside the houses of parliament, injuring three people. the car then continued down the road, careering off into a side—road with security barriers. it then crashed, and armed police surrounded the vehicle and arrested the suspect. our home editor, mark easton, arrived at the scene within minutes,
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and swent us this report. filmed on a cyclist‘s helmet cam was this silver car a weapon being readied for the second terror attack on our parliament in under 18 months. a bbc rooftop camera records what happened at just months. a bbc rooftop camera records what happened atjust after 7:35am this morning. a ford fiesta pulled sharply off parliament square on the wrong side of the road through a group of cyclists waiting at the lights accelerating down millbank towards two police officers protecting the palace of westminster. they leapt out of the way before the car smashes into a security ballard. barry williams, a bbc picture editor was walking to work when he saw the car career out of the morning traffic. it's a cyclist and swerved over to the safety barriers where please make
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sure cars to go through. what was your impression, was it a deliberate act? i wasn't sure whether he managed to hit a cyclist, that have been away but he accelerated hard towards the barrier. the car hit the security bollards so hard it briefly lifted off the ground. security bollards so hard it briefly lifted off the groundlj security bollards so hard it briefly lifted off the ground. i saw him crash into the bollard at high speed, he was driving at least 50 miles an hour. the guy seemed very unfocused, he was not planning to or anything. as he crashed i yelled to the police officers stopped him, he had to cyclists. then as he had the car barrier we realised it was something else, armed police behind them ran up saying everybody clear them ran up saying everybody clear the area. within minutes armed response teams arrived in some ran towards the incident. i was about 200 metres down this road is the incident happened and saw about half a dozen police range rovers and
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motorcycles driving at speed up this road away from the incident. it appears that was part of a planned response to exactly this kind of emergency. this was the scene just a few minutes after the car crash. the cyclist waiting at the light at the side of the road ended a beloved was in attendance almost immediately. we now know three were hurt, to man and a woman but none of their injuries are life—threatening. the driver of the fiesta was alone in the vehicle we re the fiesta was alone in the vehicle were arrested. the assistant commissioner of selling artist is the driver, a 29—year—old uk national is refusing to co—operate with police. given that this appears to bea with police. given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the counterterrorism command. parliament
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is currently in recess, westminster occupied by more foreign tourists than domestic politicians. the prime minister on holiday in switzerland that her thoughts were with the injured and thanked the emergency services for their courageous response. we have seen across the world major cities faced acts of terrorism from people who want to divide our communities, cause injury and death. as the city we continue to give all our sponsors to terror attacks but also to keep us safe and deter the attacks were taking place in the first place. i am reassured our police service and security services, that all of us are doing what we can to keep his city safer. the response from the police was good well rehearsed and well executed. if this was another attack on the epicentre of uk democracy it was very quickly neutralised. less than a year was very quickly neutralised. less thana yearand was very quickly neutralised. less than a year and a half after the westminster bridge attack once again
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the area around parliament was in lockdown today. the message to the public stay calm, but remain vigilant. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has been giving us more details about the suspect, and his final movements before the incident. well, he is a 29—year—old man to me can see clearly in the pictures that he's a black man, we'll believe he's from the birmingham area. certainly to addresses in birmingham are being searched along with an address in nottingham. he was at the wheel of the car police believe in a plowed into that barrier very nearly hitting two police officers. the key thing of course is what is his motivation? my understanding is what he was not known to the counterterrorism police or am 15 there was some foreknowledge by the police and what was that, and trying to work out whether this deliberate act as the police believe it was was
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motivated for some political reasons because of course that is what would make it a terrorist act. it's quite interesting to look at what his vehicle did in those last minutes and hours before the attack. he has been believed to have driven down from birmingham to london overnight. just to the east of here they were about six hours or so between midnightand about six hours or so between midnight and six a m than to have beenin midnight and six a m than to have been in the whitehall area between six o'clock in the morning and 737 when he plowed into that barrier very narrowly missing two police officers who are very lucky to have escaped without serious injury. the headlines on bbc news. dozens of people are feared to have died as a motorway bridge collapses near genoa in italy. fire brigade sources have told reporters of 35 casualties , the official number of dead is 22. anti—terror police are questioning a 29—year—old man , who was arrested after a car was driven into barriers, at the houses
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of parliament this morning, injuring a number of people. officers are also carrying out searches at three addresses in the midlands as part of their investigation. england cricketer ben stokes is found not guilty of affray at bristol crown court. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0nly foster. only foster. celtic are up against it increases among me, they're losing to have an zero to advance. that means the earth 3—1 down on aggregate. visit their third round qualifying tie. the home side scored early on. roderigo the sixth amendment. they into the second half now about 15 minutes in. the winners will rest of a two legged playoff round. if sought to go out as it look like they will then they won't even get parachuted into the europa league. that's the last chance for
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them and maybe the last half—hour of european football this season in athens. ben stokes has been recalled to england squad for saturday. they canjust a to england squad for saturday. they can just a couple of hours after he was found not guilty of a freight at bristol crown court. their independent disciplinary commission will now meet to decide if they should take any action against him. and his team—mate who was not charged with any criminal offence but was with him when he was involved in a street fight other months ago. stokes has already missed the ashes series as a result of the incident. here's the cricket a nalyst of the incident. here's the cricket analyst simon hughes. he's an aggressive creditor and a brilliant cricketer. he plays a great deal of passion which makes them successful and very compelling to watch and to follow. 0bviously off the field he has just got to take a deep breath, have a few mates around into
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controlling an unnecessary but at timesjust take controlling an unnecessary but at times just take a little bit of stock and say i don't need to behave like this. on a public figure and i do want to behave and perform an aggressive and passionate way but key that off the field and on the field just chill out. fernando alonso will not race in formula 1 next season. the spaniard that has been with mclaren for five years when the title in 2005 and 2006 says it's time for a change after 17 yea rs. it's time for a change after 17 years. they moved to race in the united states could be on the cards for me has long been his ambition to com plete for me has long been his ambition to complete the motorsport triple crown. this is the latter he is still to win. if he did that he would become only the second driver to achieve the feat after graham hill. he will be missed at f1 though. racing with them was very tougher. he would never ever give up ina tougher. he would never ever give up in a wheel to wheel battle. would always be trying to find a way back
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in the next corner. off the track he was relatively quiet, got on with what he had to do but he wasjust really well—respected amongst everyone in the formula 1 paddock especially his peers. tyson fury has been calling out his heavyweight rival dion say as his comeback continues this weekend and belfast. it was tyson's second fight back after a troublesome two years were so him battling depression and an anti—doping case. he faced him at windsor park where the bie bc champ will be ringside. the oceans for the two to meet and december are at an advanced stage. i'm on fire, expect advanced stage. i'm on fire, expect a good performance because fury is on fire. his defence is terrified. i put on a show and good performance. get back to top climate comeback top
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of the ladder. i expect a great atmosphere. looking forward to boxing at windsor park and looking forward to watching them fight and that's it. i will have a good time. quick update from athens, celtics still losing to having zero. celtic are crashing out of europe as it stands. more in sports day at half past ten. as you we heard in the sport bulletin, the england cricketer ben stokes has been found not guilty of affray, after a brawl outsdide a nightclub in bristol. another defendent, ryan ali — who was knocked unconscious in the fight, was also found not guilty of the same charge. our sports editor dan roan followed the case. it had taken almost a year, but finally ben stokes emerged from court today having cleared his name. 0ne court today having cleared his name. one of the world's top cricketers found not guilty of afraid. the
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verdict represents the end of an 11 month ordealfor which verdict represents the end of an 11 month ordeal for which time he verdict represents the end of an 11 month ordealfor which time he has had to maintain his silence at times a minute on social media and certain parts of the price per determine his guilt long before the trial began. the past 11 months have circulate just how highly he values his position as an england representative both in terms of the privilege that role entails any responsibilities that accompany it. also acquitted, co—defendant ryan alley, one of two men knocked unconscious by ben stokes in a late—night brawl last year. unconscious by ben stokes in a late-night brawl last year. i'm very relieved it's all over. thus i would like to say at this time. police body can put it showing him being detained in mum is earlier he had been involved in this fight punching both aley and his friend ryan hale who was cleared of afraid last week. the local resident who filmed the violets said the man had
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behaved like football hooligans. ryan left with a fractured eye socket. stokes insisted he had been acting in some defence after confronting a pair over homophobic language. cctv footage showed them earlier in the evening trying to reenter a nightclub after celebrating an england winter. eat pussy asian said he be seeing mocking the game and but stokes claimed it was just banter. these the two men seen chatting to stokes and other were called as witnesses in the trial. i was more on the sideline. it was turning into a massive brawl and i got scared so i carried on walking on. i witnessed most of the fight, when the guys we re most of the fight, when the guys were on the floor a thought it was too much for me. had he been found guilty he could have a suspended prison sentence, instead after almost two and a half hours of deliberations a jury cleared him, a decision that allows a controversial
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career to resume. it has been a cost the episode for a playerjust ten ago started as england beat india in the first test. in the wake of the incident stokes was left out of the squad for the ashes series but today he was reinstated for the third test which starts on saturday. in a message for the cricket fans? this could be the biggest victory of his career but with the disciplinary commission set to decide on any cricketing punishment for stokes in the coming weeks today is not the end of a saga that has damaged the reputation of both the player and the sport. as the verdict was read out in court today he close his eyes with relief while his wife cried. this is a case that has raised a number of important questions not list what should happen now to stokes and his england team—mate? given this is a time when english cricket is trying to appeal to a new, younger, family audiences show thatis new, younger, family audiences show that is serious about upholding the values of the game. how have the ecb
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handled this crisis and to have it, with a drinking culture in the england team? and finally even though ben stokes could take the field injust four though ben stokes could take the field in just four days' time how long will the shadow that is cast over him and the england team now last? the government is considering giving tenants in england more support to hold landlords to account — by speeding up the complaints procedure and publishing league tables. the measures are part of what ministers call "a landmark opportunity for major reform" on social housing. but campaign groups say what's needed is more homes for people on low incomes. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. the grenfell fire was meant to change the nation's attitude to housing the poor. for too long in our country under governments of both colours, we have not given enough attention to social housing. it is a national crisis and one that we are ready to meet. today, ministers revealed much changes this tragedy would mean for social housing across england.
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tenants will get more powers to hold landlords to account, government support to ensure their homes or other decent quality of this housing adviser, the proposals after a year of waiting are pitiful. we expected something impressive, some action that would really benefit people and this is weak and disappointing. and we have to carry on trying to pressure the government, obviously, into taking the action on housing that we need. for those living in social housing, the proposals should see their complaints handled quicker, that landlords treat them better. this is an important next step and we want to consult on this further but it sets up the significant principles that are about delivering that step change in social housing. ensuring this is about a new deal. the proposals fail to address the biggest crisis in social housing. the sheer lack of it.
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there are more than 1 million people in england waiting for a council house. analysts say we need to build up to 90,000 social houses each year to meet demand. the latest figures showjust over 5000 such homes were actually built. this new housing scheme in south london is being built on the site of more than 300 former council homes and it highlights why so few social homes are being built. when this development is completed there will be 54 properties available for social rent so a massive reduction on what used to be here. but housing associations say that if they do not construct a mix of housing on his estates, then even fewer social houses will be built. and social landlords fear today's proposals, when a welcome first step, will not create more homes. we have waited 40 years for this conversation and it is right that we should be exploring it. but if the government does not engage with the really big question
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about how we build the homes that we desperately need, then it is at risk of failing the next generation. ministers say they will spend £9 billion in this parliament building all kinds of houses, private and social. but more social homes are currently being demolished than being built. and so we have a growing housing crisis. michael buchanan, bbc news. let's get the latest on the weather front. good evening. it has been a day of mixed fortunes across the uk. sunshine for some, but for many more, generally quite cloudy conditions, particularly across scotland and northern ireland, where the cloud has brought some outbreaks of rain. through this evening and tonight, we will continue to see a fair amount of cloud feeding in from the west. some more rain pushing into northern ireland and the western side of scotland. eastern areas seeing some clear spells at times and temperatures not falling too far, 12—17 degrees. pretty warm night and quite muggy, especially in the south. so we go into tomorrow with quite
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a cloudy start but that cloud should break up to give us spells of sunshine toward central and eastern parts of england. should be largely dry for the southwest. for wales and northwest england, a bit of patchy rain. certainly cloud for northern ireland and scotland. 19 degrees in glasgow, and still up into the mid—20s across parts of the southeast. however, as some rain sweeps southeastwards on thursday, it will leave cooler conditions behind and remains pretty changeable as we head towards the end of the week. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. dozens of people are feared to have died as a motorway bridge collapses near genoa in italy. fire brigade sources have told reporters of 35 casualties. the official number of dead is 22. anti—terror police are questioning a 29—year—old man, arrested after a car ploughed into cyclists and pedestrians, at the houses of parliament. three addresses in the midlands are being searched, as part of the investigation. the england cricket
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all—rounder ben stokes, has been cleared of a charge of affray at bristol crown court. his lawyer says he's looking forward to getting back to playing the game. the diy chain homebase plans to close 42 stores, putting up to 1500 jobs at risk. and, as unemployment falls to the lowest level in more than 40 years, we'll be speaking to a leading economist who warns that wages are still not rising as fast as expected. let's get more now on now on our main story: part of a motorway bridge has collapsed in the italian city of genoa, killing at least 22 people, though sources say the number could be higher. earlier, i spoke to katherine smale, technical journalist at the new civil engineer magazine. she explained more about the bridge's structure. 0bviously obviously the magnitude of the colla pse we obviously the magnitude of the collapse we cannot underestimate how serious this is, and we don't know
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because of it yet and it's possibly too early to speculate that we can talk about a few things. some of the things we know, it was a poor span prestressed concrete cable stayed bridge and it was slightly unusual in design because the prestressed ca bles were in design because the prestressed cables were encased in concrete and we think that they were... what that was done was a weatherproofing issue to stop the cables from growing but whether or not that played —— paid leave that played a part we don't know. and it was refurbished two yea rs know. and it was refurbished two years ago? we have heard, there are reports of it being restructured in 2016. what that means, we don't know again, it is a very vague term and not one i've come across before so i think it is something, but restructure is vague so we don't know but we know it has been maintained in the last 20 years or so. what they were doing, again we don't know. right. this happened and we have seen some of the pictures on screen, terrible weather. lightning
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and a powerful thunderstorm. surely thatis and a powerful thunderstorm. surely that is not the kind of thing that'll make bridges collapse, is it? no. it is really unusual. whether circumstance or not we all know but wind and rain should not a bridge. i'm sure this bridge has seen far worse storms “— bridge. i'm sure this bridge has seen far worse storms —— should not colla pse seen far worse storms —— should not collapse a bridge. lightning, interesting. i spoke to one person today who was potentially saying it sounds very cartoonish, but potentially there could have been a failure of the anchor block because of the lightning hitting it. this is all kind of all all their stuff at the moment but no one is discounting anything. the failure type of the bridge was quite unusual in terms of it is very unusual for a full tower to collapse. normally it might be a section of the deck, so for a full tower to collapse that raises more questions about why that might happen in the first place. how often does a structure like this have to
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be looked at and maintained to make sure that its integrity is there for more than 100,000 vehicles i think per day. yes, it is an interesting one because the maintenance regime depends completely on what kind of structure it is, where it is, what use it has got, the weather conditions, the materials of the bridge, how old it is. all of those different factors will come into the maintenance regime that people carry out. i know in the uk we have very strict maintenance regimes on keeping infrastructure and so hopefully in the uk this would not happen but in italy i do not know. i've heard reports of people saying it's supposed to be inspected for times a year, but again all speculation, i don't know. the rate of unemployment in the three months tojune of this year fell to its lowest level since februrary 1975. today's figures also show that pay rose on average by 2.7%, higher than the official rate of inflation. there was also a record fall in the number of eu nationals working in the uk.
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0ur economics correspondent andy verity reports. many of the uk's workers weren't yet born when unemployment was last this low. at this leeds factory, workers have to be skilled to make its products for use in everything from water treatment tanks to showers. economic theory says when there are not as many workers, you have to pay more. to attack and keep them. —— attract and keep them. this firm fits that mould. pay rises have been between 3—4% for the last four years. it gets more expensive living. i remember my dad saying about seven years ago the national minimum wage was in his words "0k". if you're clever with your money, it will be all right. to me, i didn't really think so. because everything just seems to be going up and up and up. and i just think that we as a company had to work on ensuring that it was a fair reward for what people did. paying inflation—beating pay rises
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is working at this firm. staff who feel value are prepared to stay, even if they could get more elsewhere. i got offered double and i didn't ask what he wanted doing, i said i wasn't interested. it is not the money here, it's the people. that is what makes it good to work here. workers are now being dealt a stronger hand. to press for higher pay. the average pay rise was 2.7%, more than inflation and the number of unemployed is just 4.0% of the available workforce. separately, today's figures show the number of eu workers is down by 86,000, the biggest fall in 21 years. employers can afford to pay rises if the amount each worker produces is going up.
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also known as productivity. give that today's figures also show that that is improving, the puzzle for some is why pay isn't rising faster. unions don't have the same influence they did and in the private sector in particular there is only about 15% of people who have anyone to speak up for them. that drives the sentiment. that people take what they are given. unless people can change employment, they're stuck with the wages they have. many employers are worried they won't get the skilled workers they need. to meet demand for their goods, which could get worse when we exited the eu, holding back economic growth. we can now talk to vicky pryce, chief economic advisor at centre for economics and business research. hello you. to thank you for being with us. this is all good news, isn't it? absolutely. i think it is rather good that we have seen unemployment continued to fall,
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we're seeing employment continued to increase. i think what we need to bearin increase. i think what we need to bear in mind is that despite that improvement, wages although better than they are used to are not picking up, anything like as fast as you would expect given the demand for labour. the second quarter compared to the first wage increases have been slightly below where they we re have been slightly below where they were then so we are not seeing any acceleration and remember we had an increase in restraints on the back of expectation by the bank of england there could be —— be more inflation because of high wages. that is not happening at this stage and that is a real puzzle. the economic orthodoxy is that if you have got low levels of unemployment, you've got people being able to pick and choose jobs wherever they want to, that means they have leverage over bosses and people who pay wages. they can ask for higher wages, but that does not seem to be
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happening. why is that? >> pulley i think some areas where high skills are essential, this is beginning to happen we have read that a bit about that in the piece before. what we have seen is that a lot of things taking place are in areas of low productivity, although it is the bass picking up a little bit. there are areas where productivity is quite low in relation to what it is everyone is producing per hour, so if you look for example at the care sector, the hospitality sector, the general service sector, maybe goober drivers, if you look at those aspects of where the demand for labour has increased —— uber drivers, there are areas where pay has remained very low for a long period of time and where that type of thing is not there. there are loads of people available to do that work and frankly there is absolutely
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no reason for anyone to raise their wages particularly and also sadly the consumer would react rather negatively if prices went up enough because we have disposable incomes... does that mean we are in a cycle, this vortex of low root wages for many years to come until somehow magically productivity rises in this country, the problem is productivity has been a problem for the uk for many, many years now. for productivity to rise you need a lot of investment and a lot of... one of the aspects, service has been reacting to the increase in demand they had seen whether domestic or foreign debt has been coming quite strongly in recent quarters. by hiring more people, it is easy to do that. it is easy to hire, fire, whereas if they invest it that is much more risky, more costly and given under the brexit uncertainty,
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trade concerns we all have right now does not make an awful lot of sense for them to do so. what they do is suggest a higher living wage but there is uncertainty out there. if there is uncertainty out there. if there is uncertainty out there. if there is no investment in the product will not increase and wages people get are going to stay quite low. we have the small matter of the uk leaving the european union in a few months' time. how's that going to affect the picture, do you think? we have seen already shortages in areas particularly skilled areas. a lot people coming from the eu are highly skilled, not you workers are low skilled. many of the migration we have seen has been family members and so on. where we have been relying on increasingly for people to come in and take some of the jobs that companies absolutely need to have built. those people are not coming in the numbers they used to come before, there are already concerned in many sectors, construction for example particularly in london, what would
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happen when they don't have the numbers that have been doing so far. no one really knows. will firms be able to pay more? 0r no one really knows. will firms be able to pay more? or are theyjust going to say we are going to something else, some or. thank you for joining something else, some or. thank you forjoining us, vicki. city regulators are urging people to "be on their guard" against pension fraud — after new figures showed victims lost a total of £23 million in scams last year. the financial conduct authority and the pensions regulator say people are being tricked out of an average of £91,000 each — and it's thought the problem could be far wider, with just a minority of scams ever reported. kevin peachey has more. first, jennifer‘s trust was wanted in her savings were lost, stolen by the rosters who offered a return too good to be true —— fraudsters. the rosters who offered a return too good to be true -- fraudsters. he knew everything. i asked questions
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and he had the answers to everything. the scam began with a cold call from someone claiming to be an investment adviser. he promised an instant cash sum by a regular return, enticing jennifer and he had the answers to everything. the scam began with a cold call from someone claiming to be an investment adviser. he promised an instant cash, followed bya promised an instant cash, followed by a regular return, enticing jennifer e her husband into transferring their pensions of it was the last they saw the money. life is going to be very difficult from now on, trying to think about what are we going to do when we get older because we have nothing to fall back on now. in cases like this fraudsters call, text or e—mail out of the blue, offering a free pension review, exploiting the greater access to pension pots that favours now have from the age of 55. they convince victims to transfer their savings to high—rolling investment in hotels or green energy schemes, but the fraudsters pocket the money. more than 250 cases were reported and investigated by police backed action from last year, losses in
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those cases told £23 million, and i watering average loss of £91,000, but cases are massively underreported. the regulator says more than 100,000 people approaching retirement could have been victims ina year. retirement could have been victims in a year. just shy of 40 years pension. they took all of the. now the city regulator, the financial conduct authority and the pensions regulator have unveiled a campaign featuring the tv advert urging people to watch out for that warning signs. prevention is better than cure so we signs. prevention is better than cure so we want to get people really handy tips to be aware of, particularly if they are being confronted by fraudsters. top of that list is looking on the fca website to check that a pensions or investment firm is authorised, but campaigners say the government, not just the public, should act. the government is introducing a ban on pension cold calling, it has premier gated over that position that
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decision, it will be in place by autumn 2018. the big question is the extent to which that will help people and protect people and what more policymakers will do to ensure people don't get conned out of their retirement savings. ahead of the band, expect more calls, but don't give the fraudsters your time or your money. let's get more now on the 29—year—old man arrested on suspicion on terrorism offences, after a car crashed outside the house of parliament, leaving several people injured. in the last few minutes the home secretary, sajid javid has been speaking. my my thoughts are with the members of the public that were injured in this incident. thankfully none of them received life—threatening injuries, andi received life—threatening injuries, and i would like to take this opportunity to wish them a speedy recovery. i would also like to take this opportunity to thank the emergency services in the way they responded him of the speed with which they responded and in the way they apprehended immediately the suspect and it is a reminder to us all that the work they do day in,
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day out to keep us safe. i have received a briefing on the incident from the head of counterterrorism policing and the security services, and obviously it is a live investigation. there is a limit to what i can say at this point, but we must give the time that the police need to do their work and they will be providing regular updates. lastly, i would also like to thank the people of london. this is not the people of london. this is not the first time we have seen an incident of this type on the streets of london. i would like to thank them for their resolve, the resilience they have shown and their determination to make sure that those who seek to exploit these types of incidents will not be allowed to divide us. how concerned should people be about what happened here today? it appears to be the second attack at the gates of parliament. is it the truth that anyone can turn a car into a weapon if they want to? from what we do know from the police so far they are treating it as a terrorist incident.
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they obviously do need to investigate it much more. it is limited in what i can say at this point, but the police have said that its a 29—year—old that is a uk national. the man, the driver of the currently he to be known to police if not the security services. how was that he was able to get that close to carrying out what could have been a really horrific attack? there are understandably a lot of questions about the incident at this point. i think people would appreciate it onlyjust happened in the early hours of this morning. from a briefing i received from the police and counterterrorism policing and the security services it is the work that's ongoing. i think they're doing everything they can to find out more about the —— about the incident and we must keep an open mind about what actually happened. i'm sure we'll need to get more information they will say more. the home secretary they're speaking in the last few minutes. the struggling diy retailer homebase, is set to close a further 42 stores, putting around 1,500 jobs at risk. the parent company hilco bought the chain for £1 in may, and says the current number
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of outlets is no longer viable. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. homebase has already been shutting stores. this one in west london is about to go and 42 more are set to follow. it's a shame, it really is. i mean, because there's nothing. where can we go here in walking distance to get some plants and things like this? there's nowhere. i'm sort of ambivalent about it in a way but, obviously, there's a loss ofjobs that kind of thing, then it's very tricky for people. there's no doubt retailers are having a tough time but, here's the thing. homebase was a profitable business until it was bought two years ago by one of australia's biggest companies. they thought they could teach the brits a thing or two about diy but they made a real hash of it. we've got carpet and we've even got rugs. in australia, the bunnings diy chain is a big success but, in the uk, its product mix didn't work and the losses quickly mounted.
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lowest prices are just the beginning. homebase was then sold for £1 in may to the turnaround company, hilco. it said many of the 42 stores were losing money and decisive action was needed. it's going to be really tough homebase to win customers back. the housing market is stagnant and consumers are prioritising essential spend. they're are also facing rising competition at the value end of the market, players like b&m and home bargains who are doing a great deal more in bargains and homewares. we already lost some of the biggest names on the high street this year — others are slimming down. homebase is just the latest. its plans need approval from its landlords. the chain says, its long—term future depends on it. emma simpson, bbc news. jack whitehall‘s casting in a new disney film has sparked an outcry,
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following reports he will play a character who's gay. the comedian wrote that he was "honoured" to be part ofjungle cruise, which is due out next year, and it was later reported that he would be playing a gay man. the news has led some people to ask why a gay actor wasn't cast for the role. lizo mzimba has more. world, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. welcome tojungle cruise! based on a theme park ride, jungle cruise starring dwayne "the rock" johnson and filmed on huge sets in hawaii, is set to be one of 2019's biggest movies. it comes from disney. the studio has been praised for the way it's dealt with issues like diversity in films like black panther. hi everybody, welcome to the set ofjungle cruise. but the movie, which also stars emily blunt, is facing controversy over how her character's brother has reportedly been cast. class, i've got good news and bad news, what do you want? the bad news. it's not really that jack whitehall, best known for his stand—up act
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and the tv comedy bad education, has been cast. it is that according to a newspaper report his character is a gay man, with many people saying they are upset that a gay actor wasn't picked for the role. it's great that disney has got a gay role like this in one of their big films. but there are so many gay actors who could have played the role that it seems a missed opportunity. lgbt people are underrepresented in the media and in films, so disney had an opportunity here to improve that representation by having a talented gay actor that can embrace the role and play something like this in the film. neitherjack whitehall nor disney have confirmed the character's sexuality, but unsurprisingly the issue is still being vigorously debated on social media. 0mar shariffjunior is an actor and campaigner on issues like gay representation, he said: "really, disney? however stephen fry, who has also campaigned on issues
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affecting gay people, tweeted: disney are no doubt already carefully assessing whetherjungle cruise still looks likely to sail to box office success, or whether they think it's already heading for difficult waters. lizo mzimba, bbc news. melbourne has been knocked off the top spot may not come as a complete surprise to australians. in the index of wellbeing compiled by the national australia bank, melbourne has fallen to its lowest level since the list began five years ago. one reason for the gloom is that wages aren't getting much higher. phil mercer sent this report from sydney. prosperous, safe and sunny. australia is seen as the place to be for the good life. there's not been a recession here since the early nineties.
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—— early 1990s. and as for economic growth, at over 3%, it's the envy of the world. natural gas exports and massive infrastructure projects will keep the australian economy marching on. but does gdp accurately reflect how the country feels about wealth and financial security? well, the answer to that is no. according to the national australia bank's well—being index. it's found that levels of satisfaction and happiness are at their lowest since the survey began in 2013. many australian families say they're struggling to get ahead. in football terms, they're 2—0 down with five minutes to play thanks to rising debt, soaring utility bills and sluggish wage growth. my plan now is to try and bring some more money in because i work as a nurse, finish off my registration in nursing. and if i can do an extra job, i will. but this is a distraction,
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playing football, to distract me from reality. well, it's ok for us at the moment, because both my husband and i are working in fairly stable jobs but i'm a bit worried about my children's future. we're still in a very lucky country at the moment. but no—one is safe, the economy i think it isjust moving sideways at the moment and it's just unpredictable. people are increasingly questioning the relevance of gdp as an indicator. we know that gdp has been strong in the last year but we also know, workers are not seeing wage increases. and there's also a high level of job insecurity. the survey also showed that many australians aren't working as much as they'd like. as income falls, stress invariably rises. those with the lowest level of well—being are labourers, people who don't own property and young women. but the government knows that the benefits of a strong economy don't always trickle
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down to workers. and within eyes fixed firmly on winning the next federal election, it's promising tax cuts and lower power bills to help ease australia's financial stress. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. when is a rainbow trout not rainbow trout? well... when it's salmon — according to chinese authorities. new rules mean the fish can now be labelled and sold domestically in china as salmon. it comes after media reports caused a splash by revealing that rainbow trout had for years been labelled as the similar—looking fish. instead of banning the practice, authorities decided the best solution would be to legitimise it. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben. good evening. it's been a day of
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mixed fortunes across the uk. sunshine for some, the south coast was quite favoured for that. that is how it looked in eastbourne earlier on but for many more it's been pretty —— pretty cloudy and the thickest of the cloud up been across parts of scotland and northern ireland where we have seen outbreaks of rain and you can see what's going on on the satellite picture. there weather systems lining up in the atlantic. these are moving particularly towards the northwest of the uk where further south rings are that bit quieter. through this evening and tonight we will see are the cloud and rain moving in across northern ireland and the western side of scotland. further east and south largely dry with some clear spells, generally quite a lot of cloud around and temperatures not dropping very far at all, 12—17d, quite a muggy feel particularly in the south. a fairly cloudy start to wednesday. through the day eastern and southern parts of the country will see some spells of sunshine at times, but the southwest for wales, northwest england a little bit of patchy rain and for northern ireland
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and a good part of scotland we will see cloud, bands of rain bushings out eastwards at times. it will also be pretty breezy here and that's pushing southeastward. toward the far northwest, temperatures around 19 in glasgow. you can see extra cloud and patchy raids in northwest england, wales into the southwest but through the midlands east anglia and the southeast a little sunshine at times. it will still be breezy but the temperatures are into the mid—20s celsius, however as we go for wednesday night into thursday we see frontal systems budging southeastward across all parts of the country bringing out break of rain and behind that some cooler, fresher air rushing its way in. no more mid—20s across the southeastern corner on thursday. the day will start off with outbreaks of pretty heavy rain, behind that the skies brightened, spells of sunshine, hefty and perhaps thundery showers into the northwest corner, temperatures at best between 16—20d and considerably fresher feel. moving out of thursday into friday
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all eyes on the atlantic again. low— pressure all eyes on the atlantic again. low—pressure spitting up up up bringing rain once again particularly across northwestern pa rt particularly across northwestern part of the country, also quite windy across these northwestern areas, could be wind gust of 40 mph or more. further south quite breezy but largely dry and it states quite changeable into the weekend. —— it stays quite changeable. hello, i'm philippa thomas, this is 0utside source. at least 35 people are killed when a motorway bridge collapses in the italian city of genoa. the deputy prime minister speaks out: i have crossed that bridge hundreds of times, but now as an italian citizen i will do everything to get the names and surnames of those responsible past and present because of the unacceptable people can die this way in italy. a car crashes outside the houses of parliament in london, injuring bystanders, police are treating it as a terrorist incident. she was a senior white house aide — now president trump has called her a "dog" and his campaign is suing her. we'll have more from washington.
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