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this is bbc news. the headlines at midday. people being harassed by cold callers will be given powers to stop them, in new measures introduced by the government today. companies will see the new change in law and i think they will desist from the activity. when they don't, i'm afraid people are going to have to complain. labour mp chuka umunna has accused jeremy corbyn of driving centre—left mps like himself out of the party in a speech this morning. my message to our leadership is clear. it is within your power to stop this, so call off the dogs and get on with what my constituency, one of the most diverse communities in the country, demands we do. also coming up this hour: for the first time ever, there's going to be an attempt to get into the middle of the pacific ocean to try to clean it up. thousands of top university graduates are competing forjobs as prison officers, in a scheme aiming to transform the uk's toughest prisons.
and at 12:30, click investigates the emerging phenomenon of gaming addiction. new powers come into force today designed to stop nuisance calls from personal injury and claim management firms. you'll now need to opt in to allow companies to contact you. businesses that don't comply could face a fine of half a million pounds. manuela saragosa has more. for many of us, cold calls are a daily torment. hello? the financial conduct authority says some 2.7 billion nuisance calls texts and e—mails were made over the past year. that works out to be about 50 calls, texts and e—mails sent to every single adult in the country. many are made by companies offering to settle personal injury claims, or to claim back ppi —
payment protection insurance. but, from now on, these companies will have to check first that the recipient has explicitly agreed to receive those calls and messages. companies that don't could face a fine of up to £500,000, and people are encouraged to report them to the ico — the information commissioner's office. some companies will see the new change in law and i think they will desist from the activity. when they don't, i'm afraid people are going to have to complain. the ico does need the information from people about these calls, and she will then tackle, use her powers and, slowly but surely, we will get on top of it and they will completely cease. campaigners say the new rules do not go far enough. they will not, for example, stop calls from fraudsters and note, too, that firms based overseas are not covered. the issue of consent, they argue, is a red herring and they would prefer to see the authorities rule that unsolicited direct marketing calls
are not a legitimate way of doing business. manuela saragosa, bbc news. earlier i spoke to martin bostock, who has been campaigning against nuisance calls. he started by describing the volume of phone calls he had been receiving. i had about 12 per day on my landline and that was very important because i do most of my work from home. also, at the same time, my very elderly pa rents home. also, at the same time, my very elderly parents were receiving perhaps eight or nine a day. in my mother ‘s case it was mostly charities and for my father it was scammers. he was in fact scammed. 0ne scammers. he was in fact scammed. one of my brothers recovered substantial funds. and i one of my brothers recovered substantialfunds. and i had taken it up because which? were running...
beginning a campaign and they asked the people who actually had the statistics, if you like, who had records, and i had been keeping records. so ijoined up and i have been involved in the campaign since its inception, as, if you like, one of the foot soldiers, one of the victims. and did you find out who the companies were and how crucially they had got hold of your numbers? the difficulty is that many of the worst culprits are part of a network. i have challenged some of the list providers that people have used. in fact, the list providers that people have used. infact, probably the list providers that people have used. in fact, probably my best example was an entirely legitimate company in manchester who had decided to ginger up their marketing and they in good faith had bought a list of what were supposed to be qualified prospects and i was on that list. and i had not agreed with anyone that i should be on the list.
in fact, the man on the other end was very helpful. he told me who provided the list, a company in watford, i asked them where they had got my name. it had been sold on from someone else. it really was about time that someone gripped this pa rt about time that someone gripped this part of the problem, which is that there are people who have not opted into anything, who are passed on in a chain and nobody in the chain has any duty to check and so consequently, people pay good money for prospect lists of people to call. so the new system, the minister suggesting this will work, people will now have two opt in. do you think this goes far enough? do you think this goes far enough? do you think this goes far enough? do you think it is going to work?” think it will work partially. any little bit helps. i have got to the point now where i take active measures of my own and i have probably the most sophisticated call reception system, computer...
computerised, if you like. but the problem is that costs people a lot of money. it is very useful and i can put it down as and expense of doing business but this would not have helped my parents. it is not help people who know good —— do not know all the numbers will be people who might call them. this system of opting in is only for those who are going to comply with the law anyway. another example i can give you is a company in birmingham who pestered me andi company in birmingham who pestered me and i spoke to the man and he was quite come you know, happy chap becoming he said, oh, it is quite simple, he said, if you don't like oui’ simple, he said, if you don't like our cause, you can complain all you like because we will simply liquidate the company and i think there are other measures, dealing with corporate offenders, that can and should have been taken, so yeah, i think it is partial progress but i don't think it goes far enough.
police in south yorkshire have made an arrest after reports a man had been stabbed in barnsley town centre. one person suffered minor injuries and police have said there will be a high visability police presence in the town centre this morning, asking the public to be vigilant. police say no other injuries have been reported. the labour mp, chuka umunna, has appealed to his party leader, jeremy corbyn, to "call off the dogs", and stop centre—left mps being driven out of the party. it comes as a third labour mp, chris leslie, has lost a vote of no confidence among some members of his constituency party. i've been speaking to our political correspondent, pete saull, about mr umunna's comments. there is a real growing unease, i think, amongst some of those moderate centre—left labour mps that they are being unfairly targeted now and that really is what chuka umunna
is saying in this speech today. he of course has been ardently critical of course has been ardently critical ofjeremy corbyn in the past, there is no surprise there, but it is striking, the language he is using here today. he says he's proud of the party ‘s centre—left tradition but the danger is that tradition is being driven out. having only been re—elected by their constituents last year, often with big majorities, already ce ntre—left mps are being systematically targeted with motions against them in their local parties, motions brought against them for standing up for these centre—left values. for example, demanding we have a zero tolerance of racism in the labour party. more motions are expected by colleagues in the weeks and months to come. my message to our leadership is clear. it is within your power to stop this, so call off the dogs and get on with what my constituency, one of the most diverse communities in the country, demands we do. without equivocation, fight this tory brexit. that is where all of our efforts should be. that is chuka umunna. and yesterday
we had tony blair intervening, saying he felt that the party had been lost to what he called the hard left, that the moderates could not really get it back. jeremy corbyn hit back yesterday. a pretty strong statement from labour in response to those comments by chuka umunna, saying they are incoherent and inaccurate. you mentioned this kind of co—ordinated campaign. we had two votes of no confidence just this week alone. chris leslie, the former shadow chancellor has lost a vote of no—confidence in one branch of his local labour party. he feels there will be a wider vote in his party as well. he has said to me today that there are obviously motions is now being august by the leaderships machine. a pretty firm rebuttal to
that this morning. labour says there is no such campaign, ourfocus continues to be opposing this failing government and offering solutions our country needs. these no—confidence votes, what do they mean? they have no official force, these no—confidence vote but i suppose it is about building up the pressure. it is about these members, supporters ofjeremy corbyn, saying we are here, we have the numbers if it comes to it to potentially deselect you. if you step out of line, we are going to respond and we have the power to get rid of you with ubuntu. —— if we want to. a former trump campaign adviser has been jailed for 14 days, for lying to fbi agents investigating alleged collusion with russia. george papadopoulos, who admitted the offence, was also ordered to do 200 hours of community service and pay a fine of 9,500 dollars. mr trump has denied campaign collusion with moscow. a massive operation to scoop plastic waste from the middle of the pacific ocean is being launched today. a 600—metre long floating device
will be towed out from california, as jenny kumah reports. sites like this have shocked people all over the world. the damage to wildlife has inspired a bold project with an ambitious goal — to rid the ocean of plastic. and this is the structure that will help to do it. it's been built in san francisco and is launching from there today. it will travel to an area in the eastern pacific known as the great garbage patch, where currents trap plastic. if we don't do it now, all this plastic will start breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, and the smaller the pieces are, the more harmful and harder to extract from the marine environment. so we feel there is a sense of urgency. so how will it work? a giant tube, 600 metres long, will float on the surface in the shape of a horseshoe. over time, the plastic should gather in a small area and then can be taken out.
underwater, a barrier will hang three metres down and trap plastic below the surface. it is meant to allow fish to swim underneath it. but some experts worry that the system can harm wildlife. our major concern is for those passive floaters, rather than fish, mammals, plankton, jelly fish, for example. they simply cannot get out of the way of this, they are going to be crammed into this and not be able to escape. the plan is to start with one collection device and eventually deploy 60. the people behind the project estimate a full roll—out will clean up half of the great pacific garbage patch in five years. jenny kumah, bbc news. a russian exile who was murdered in britain last march believed that two men from moscow had tried to poison him five years earlier. nikolai glushkov, a former deputy director of the russian airline, aeroflot, — was found apparently strangled at his home in south—west london, a week after ex—spy sergei skripal and his daughter,
yulia, were poisoned in salisbury. tributes have been paid to the us rapper, mac miller, who's died after an apparent drug overdose. the 26—year—old, who's real name was malcolm mccormick, was found at his home near los angeles. he rose to fame after topping the us charts with his debut album in 2011. earlier this year, the musician went through a well—publicised break—up with his long—term girlfriend, the singer ariana grande. what's it like to be a rookie prison officer at a time of high levels of violence, drug—taking and self—harm ? two years ago a scheme to get some of britain's brightest university graduates working in jails was unveiled. so would the new recruits go the distance? last year our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw, met one of the graduates as she started work at coldingley prison in surrey and now he's returned to find out how she's getting on. i'lljust give you a quick
rubdown, mr brown. she's one of the newest prison officers at hmp coldingley, but has the confidence of someone far more experienced. sophie is one of the standout recruits on a programme designed to attract the brightest graduates into prisons. we first met her 12 months ago, when she started work. i've finished my degree. 0k. the new officers were visited by the then justice secretary david lidington. a year on, how has it been? it's been challenging, but it's been rewarding, as well. the best thing is all the interactions that i have with the guys. we make progress all the time. the small wins are the best things — like, getting someone that has been refusing to go to work that is actually finally engaging and going to work. that's the best thing ever. have there been moments when you've doubted whether this was the job for you? when incidents happen and i've been faced with, like, an act of self—harm or someone being under the influence, and that's when i'm like, "am i right for this job?" sophie is one of eight graduate
prison officers here at coldingley. they are among more than 50 who started the scheme last year. and now it is being expanded and sophie is helping to train the next set of recruits. if they are not in there, you open the flap. these new recruits graduated in subjects including anthropology and social policy. now, they are earning up to £30,000 a year and doing a masters in their spare time. show that you are listening, that you understand. and this is how the graduates learn about techniques they need to do the job. hello, it's 0 from alpha 1. we have an unconscious officer, officer ralph. it's a training exercise in a classroom at the university of suffolk. i can see there's a rope group going through the window, we have missing keys. in this scenario, a prisoner has escaped after assaulting a member of staff. we have an e—list prisoner escaping out of education 1 with a set of officer's keys. the skills you get from being a prison officer, if you can de—escalate a landing full of prisoners, if you can convince someone who's
offended their whole life that they want to change and turn their life around, essentially, the skills that they're going learn with us will set them up for leadership and whatever they go on to do. at the time, we had real problems with recruitment. attracting people to the service, there was a lot of negative press. rising levels of prison violence and concerns over pay have made it hard for governors to find and retain staff. 2,000 front—line officers left the service last year, hundreds of them new recruits. to get some of these bright young people into it, was like a shot in the arm. but sophie isn't at coldingley for long. next year, she'll leave for good, using her experience in another part of the criminaljustice system. danny shaw, bbc news, at coldingley prison. the headlines on bbc news: companies can no longer make cold calls unless a claimant has opted in to receive them. claims management companies that break the rules can be fined up to £500,000. labour mp chuka umunna has accused jeremy corbyn of driving
centre—left mps like himself out of the party. there's going to be an attempt to get into the middle of the pacific ocean to try to clear plastic waste. almost 120 council estates in london are facing redevelopment, which campaigners fear means the loss of thousands of council homes. freedom of information requests, submitted to all london councils, reveal that dramatic changes to the capitals social housing stock are underway, which will affect the lives of tens of thousands of residents. gareth furby reports. across london, thousands of council properties are being demolished as estates are being refurbished and redeveloped. but is this good news? some campaigners and experts say it may not be. we have a situation of what we might call hyper—gentrification.
council estates have very much become a target for making profit. the claim is that social housing across london is being lost because, when the improved estates are completed, there tend to be fewer homes for council tenants. the green party's sian berry claims she has new figures which prove that regeneration is having a negative impact. i looked at what is called the london development database. we have a net loss of over 4000 homes, schemes that have been completed over the past 15 years. and when you look forwards, schemes that have planning permission now, it gets even worse. there are 7600 homes to be lost over the next ten years. so the whole process is accelerating. city hall says council homes lost in estate demolitions have been replaced through other housing schemes and, overall, numbers are up. but the pace of change is significant. a total of 118 council estates are undergoing or earmarked for regeneration in the next five years.
affecting 31,000 residents. more than 80 estates will be fully or partially demolished. author anna minton says the track record of some regeneration work, such as at the heygate estate in southwark, hasn't been good. the heygate estate was demolished a couple of years ago. it's been replaced by elephant park, a luxury apartment development. almost 3000 homes — of those, only 82 are social housing. campaignerjerry flynn, who lived here before redevelopment, says it is all about the money. the property developers are the winners of regeneration. all the regenerations are public—private partnerships. the profitability of the scheme is the first benchmark of deciding whether the scheme is going to go forward. southwark council says most of the original tenants have been rehoused in the borough and lessons have been learned. the mayor, sadiq khan, says he has introduced controls to ensure redeveloped council estates to keep
their social housing. but campaigners fear social housing is under threat and say they will keep up the fight. gareth furby, bbc london news. you can see more on that story, with a special programme from inside out london at 1.30pm here on bbc news. final campaign rallies are being held in sweden today on the eve of elections that are expected to confirm a surge in support for an anti—immigration party. 0pinion polls suggest that the sweden democrats, who have roots in the neo—nazi movement, will take about 20% of the vote. neither the centre—left governing parties nor their centre—right opponents are expected to win an outright majority. let's talk now to karolina skoglund, a political reporter with expressen newspaper in sweden. she's in stockholm on the campaign trail today with the current leader of the opposition, ulf kristersson, from the moderates.
you are with the moderates, following their campaign, but most of the tensions here is on the sweden democrats. tell us a bit about them and whether everyone there is also talking about their increased popularity. yes, sweden democrats has maybe almost doubled their size since the last election and this election... a lot of the campaign has been about talking about what are you going to do with the sweden democrats? will they work together? and what are their
policies, of course immigration seems to be dominating the agenda and the number of people that have come into sweden has of course caused some anxiety and they are talking about that, is that their main theme in this election? that is their main theme but they tried to rebranded as well and have talked a lot about welfare and health care. so, a lot of immigrants is their most important question but they are tried to rebuild a bit. has the response to immigration in sweden... what kind of anxiety has it caused for voters ? what kind of anxiety has it caused for voters? is it a big issue for them? yes, it is a big issue under a lot of parties have changed their policies on the question about immigrants during this last year. so it isa immigrants during this last year. so it is a very important question. i think the voters sense it has been
the most important question until a few days ago and now it is the environment. but it is one of the most important questions and swedish democrats is of course interested in that. it is always hard to predict election results but most people think there will be a political stalemate at the end of this and there will have to be parties working together, is that what you think will happen? yes, that is exactly what is going to happen because both the social democrats and the moderates say that they won't vote for each other and some of them will lead to the swedish democrats getting in. it will be tricky after the election. one will be election results be known? late night tomorrow. you can vote until about eight o'clock and about 20 past eight, you will see the
first... ido past eight, you will see the first... i do not know how to say the words. thank you very much. we will look forward to that tomorrow. just like broadchurch or baker street, the shetland islands have captured visitors' imaginations thanks to a popular crime thriller based there. they're experiencing a tourist boom because of shetland, a tv drama based on novels by author ann cleeves. as the final book in the series is released, our reporter jothohnston has been to see the set for himself. shetland. the crime drama has enjoyed worldwide success with its likeable characters, strong storylines, not to mention the bleak windswept scenery. this place looks like a much better place to come to. when you read the news, everything seems terrible and i think people are taking a wee bit of comfort in island murders! but now writer ann cleeves is bidding farewell to the popular detective. she has released a final novel, wild fire. well, i cannot tell
you whether the ending is tragic and jimmy dies, or whether it is happy and he goes off into the sunset with the love of his life, because you will need to read the book to do that. but i can tell you that the tv series will continue. since the series first aired in 2013, thousands of tourists, many from cruise ships, have been heading to shetland on the trail of the murders. we have visitors from america, australia, and i suppose specifically scandinavia, who like the detective noir. this must be the actual house! ithink so... we came to see this lovely scenery which we have been seeing in the tv series and reading about in the books. we enjoy the stories and the mystery of trying to solve the puzzles before detective perez does.
set. and action! filming is already under way for series five. it is quite a tough storyline and it gets quite gothic towards the end. so, yeah, buckle up. woman screams: jimmy! fans will have to wait until early next year for yet more shetland noir. jimjohnston, bbc news, lerwick. now it's time for a look at the weather. the weather is a little all over the place today. it was difficult to summarise it. we have got both rain and sunshine in the forecast. the rain will continue to fall across
central parts of the british isles through this afternoon. you can see across wales, particularly northern wales, quite heavy. north—west england, through yorkshire, bits and pieces across the midlands. in scotland, it is looking bright. northern ireland and the south coast. this evening the rain clears away before it comes back again early hours of sunday morning but the winds will be shifting direction. they will be blowing out of the south—west. temperatures will not fall too low at alternet. in fa ct not fall too low at alternet. in fact in some areas, no lower than around 15, 16 celsius. showers across scotland, northern england, northern ireland, but across much of england and wales eventually it will bea england and wales eventually it will be a bright and very warm afternoon. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. new powers designed to end
nuisance calls from personal injury and claim management firms come into force today. companies will face large fines unless the people they call have given epxlicit permission. labourmp chuka umunna has urged jeremy corbyn to "call off the dogs" in a speech he said that centre—left mps risk being driven out of the party. a californian coast clean—up begins today, as plastic from the ocean is collected using a 600m long boom. and graduates from top universities are about to leave the lecture hall behind and enter the uk's toughest prisons as officers. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's mike. good morning.
it may be his last test match, but for now alistair cook, has taken a back seat in the pavillion at the oval, while the england tailenders, try to bolster a weak first innings score against india. the hosts started the day seven wickets down, the one of adil rashid, but joss butler has stood firm and is unbeaten on 39 and he has taken the total onto 270 for 8. a much better situation. world number one rafael nadal, says he "will keep fighting", after he was forced to retire from his us open semi—final, against huan martin del potro, because of a knee injury. he's now 32, and won the french open earlier this summer but couldn't continue playing after the end of the second
set, unclear how long he will be out for. to keep playing, at the same time having too much pain. it was not a tennis match. at the end it was one player playing and one standing on the other side of the court. i hate to retire, but stay one more set out there playing like this... it will be too much for me. in football, scotland suffered their heaviest defeat at home, for 45 years against belgium in a friendly, ahead of their nations league opener against albania on monday. romalu lukaku opened the scoring in the first half, and then three goals after the break did the damage.
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