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the parents of a british teenager who travelled to syria to join the islamic state group are found guilty of funding terrorism. jack letts — dubbedjihadijack — was a muslim convert. police warned his parents not to send money. today, john letts and sally lane said they'd done what any parent would do if they thought their child was in danger. their son, who's been held in syria for two years now, admits he betrayed britain and regrets joining is. idid i did what i did. i made a big mistake and that's what happened. i regretted what i did. also on tonight's programme. reports this evening that police we re reports this evening that police were called to the home of boris johnson and his partner after screaming and shouting were heard.
president trump says the us military was ready to retaliate against iran but he changed his mind ten minutes before planned strikes. the president reveals three targets had been chosen, everything was in place, so what changed his mind? a government minister's response to a climate change protester at a city dinner. mark field is now suspended from hisjob. iam 93! and we speak to one of the last surviving passengers to sail here on the empire windrush, over 70 years ago. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news — hayley turner makes history again, this time as the first female jockey to win a race at royal ascot for 32 years.
good evening. the parents of the oxford teenagerjack letts, who left home in 2014 and travelled to syria to join the islamic state group, have been spared jail after being found guilty of funding terrorism. john letts and sally lane sent money to their son, dubbed "jihadijack", despite concerns he had joined is and warnings from police that they would face prosecution. his parents said they believed their son's life was in imminent danger and they were just trying to help him. from the old bailey, chi chi izundu reports. jack letts with his parents, sally lane and john letts, a picture—perfect childhood. but this afternoon the pair were found guilty for sending money to their son in the middle east, knowing or having reasonable suspicion that it could be used for terrorism. the heavy price we paid today is an indicator of the love we have for our children. we are committed to help jack return home. we will continue our campaign to help those that the government has turned its back on.
thank you. jack letts got interested in islam as a schoolboy and attended this mosque in oxford at 16. two years later his mum, a fundraiser for oxfam, and his dad, an organic farmer, said he told them he was travelling to the middle east to study arabic. within months he was inside islamic state group—held territory in syria. the jury at the old bailey was told this one—fingered salute was associated with is. sally lane had told the court that she was horrified when in september 2014 her sonjack had telephoned her to tell her where he was. she said she'd screamed at him, how could he be so stupid? nearly a year after being in syria, jack letts had begun asking for money, first to help out a poor friend with a large family, then he said it was to get out of syria. like i've run out of money completely. didn't you say if it was to get out, you'd send? the pair had argued in court that they just wanted to get their son out of syria safely. in a police interview john letts tried to explain.
i've got to get him out somehow and how am i going to do that? he's in danger and ifeel i have to do something, but on the other hand i don't want to get put away, i don't want sally to get put away. i've got another son to worry about, so what am i supposed to do? despite warnings from police, ms lane was captured on cctv at her local western union in oxford sending £223. speaking to the bbc back in 2017, they said they believed him when he said he wasn't involved with any banned group. we've always been in contact with him from the beginning. i think that's unusual for anybody who was some sort of a fighter — they tend to drop all connection with their parents. he's always been in touch with us and he's always from the beginning denied that he is ever a member of isis or involved with isis, or a fighter or anything like that, and i believe that. there is a law and it's not for individuals to decide when it applies to them or when it doesn't. the really strong message is despite whatever you might think you are doing, ultimately you're breaking
the law and that's not ok. in court, judge nicholas hilliard said he understood they were parents who loved their son very much, but the warning signs were there. he sentenced them each to 15 months in jail suspended for a year, and ordered them to pay £140 in fines. chi chi izundu, bbc news. jack letts was 18 when he dropped out of school and left for syria five years ago. he married and had a child with an iraqi woman, before being captured and imprisoned in syria by kurdish forces in 2017. our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville met him last year. we had to wait until his parents‘ trial was over before we could broadcast this interview. one of the islamic state group's most notorious recruits was former oxford schoolboy jack letts. he agreed to speak to us in october last year. only now that his parents‘ trial is over can the interview be broadcast.
he said he wasn't speaking under duress and he wanted to come clean about his membership of is. i asked him if he had betrayed his country. what were you? were are you a traitor or were you are a collaborator? that's the question i'm asking you. a traitor to britain? you mean a traitor to britain? it's the first time i've heard that term in a long time. i was definitely an enemy of britain. i have no doubt about this. i haven't tried to make myself innocent. i did what i did, i made a big mistake and that's what happened. i regretted what i did and thought, supposedly the british idea is that even if you do make big mistakes, you can sort of go back. not go back to britain, i mean go back from your mistakes. you can set things right. did they ever ask you to put on a suicide vest? they don't ask you but they encourage you. in a sort of indirect way. i used to want to at one point, believe it or not. i now think it's actually haram.
that's the first time i say this. i might as well tell the truth. i did at one point want to. not a vest, i wanted to do it in a car. so i said, if there's a chance, i'll do it. i didn't request to do it but at the same time it was obvious that, i made it obvious to him that if there is a battle i'm ready. this is one of the places where jack letts lived in syria. he loved raqqa to begin with. he says he fought on the front lines. in iraq, he was badly injured. later he got married and had a child. he says, though, he eventually grew disillusioned and attempted to leave is. but why did he abandon britain in the first place? i had a comfortable home, i had a very good relationship with my mum especially. my dad as well, actually. i thought it was leaving something behind and go into something better. i thought i was never going to see them again. in britain they call youjihadijack.
while you've been away, there have been attacks in manchester, the london bridge attacks, there have been attacks in paris. there's very little appetite to give you a second chance because of what you've done. to be honest, i'm not asking any... it's not like i'm appealing to the british public to give me a second chance. it's not something anyone would do. if i was a member of the british public, i wouldn't give me a second chance, probably. maybe in the specific situation but i don't expect that from anyone. so what do you expect, jack? that's the problem, i don't know what's going to happen. i've been here two years, every few days i hear any promise. it never gets kept. as for, and it's probably not that important, but in manchester, what happened in london on the bridge, etc, i was in prison at the time. this was a long, long time after i left isis. yeah, but, jack, that's the point. your recruitment as a westerner, as a white middle class boy from oxford, signed up and joined the so—called islamic state, that you were a rallying cry. you gave their insanity more credence for other people
to go and join them. that's one of the things i regret. i realised that me coming was a lot more... had more meaning than a syrian coming to isis. the fact that i came from england, i understand that it made a big difference. that's one of the things i regret as well. they used us as well. they used us as a sort of, what do we call it in english... like a poster boy. his kurdishjailers say he can't stay in syria. jack letts also has canadian citizenship, although he's never lived there. the british government says it washed its hands of him the day he joined the islamic state group. quentin sommerville, bbc news, northern syria. police were called to the london home of the conservative leadership candidate boris johnson and his partner carrie symonds early this morning after a neighbour reportedly heard screaming and shouting. chris mason is in westminster.
what more do we know? the guardian is reporting police were called to the home of borisjohnson and his girlfriend late last night after a light neighbour heard a loud argument. the newspaper says it spoken to a neighbour and this neighbour tape recorded some of the i’ow neighbour tape recorded some of the row and the guardian says it's heard this recording. the bbc has not heard the recording. they say the neighbour said that mrjohnson was my girlfriend could be heard telling him to get off me and get out of my flat. she was allegedly heard saying that mrjohnson had ruined the sofa with red wine and told him, you just don't care for anything because you are spoiled, you have no care for money 01’ are spoiled, you have no care for money or anything. in a statement the metropolitan police has said yes, it did take a calljust after midnight this morning from a local resident concern for the welfare of a female neighbour. police say they attended and spoke to all the occu pa nts attended and spoke to all the occupants at the address, who were all safe and well. there was no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action. as for his reaction,
a spokesman for mrjohnson tonight has said, no comment, but he didn't deny the story, and in a contest where character as well as policy is going to be under scrutiny these are headlines that borisjohnson could really do without. 0k, chris, thank you. president trump has confirmed that he called off a military strike against iran last night, with minutes to spare, after deciding that too many human lives would be lost. the attack had been planned in response to the shooting down of an unmanned us drone by iran earlier this week. mr trump tweeted that the us had been "cocked and loaded", but he's now facing criticism from democrats for revealing details of the plan. our north america editor jon sopel reports. he is outside the white house for us 110w. yeah, this time yesterday there was an extraordinary level of activity at the white house. the lights burned late into the evening. large numbers of officials around. there was an expectation in washington, across washington, that something was going to happen, but nothing
did. in iran they are celebrating taking out of the sky a $130 million us drone — the latest escalation in tensions between washington and tehran. today, on iranian tv, the results of their handiwork were being shown off. america has no shortage of military assets in the region but the anticipated retaliation never came. it turns out military strikes had been ordered. but at the last moment donald trump had a change of mind. he confirmed this on twitter this morning... "on monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in international waters. we were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night on three different sites when i asked, how many will die? 150 people, sir, was the answer, from a general. ten minutes before the strike, i stopped it. not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone." but now a rather different account from the president.
the planes weren't even in the air, so weapons couldn't have been locked and loaded. were planes in the air. we were about ready to go. no, but they would have been pretty soon and things would have happened to a point where you wouldn't turn back or couldn't turn back. that wasn't quite the impression he gave yesterday at the white house, when watched by his hawkish national security adviser and secretary of state, he seemed to suggest that action was imminent. one of iran's deputy foreign ministers told the bbc they were only acting in self—defence. when you violate iranian territorial space, then we defend. this is defence. and to back up their argument, iran's foreign minister produced a sketch to claim the drone was flying over iranian territorial waters. the us put out a more formal looking map to claim it was in international airspace. regardless, the federal aviation authority has issued orders preventing american airlines from flying over the persian gulf
and the gulf of oman as a result of this incident. british airways is doing the same. at friday prayers today in tehran there were renewed chance of "death there were renewed chants of "death to america". last night donald trump pulled back, but this is still a tense and dangerous situation in a highly volatile region. what is clear is that donald trump wa nts to what is clear is that donald trump wants to avoid war but he equally wa nts to wants to avoid war but he equally wants to avoid war but he equally wants to avoid being accused of being weak. so he is trying to have framed this as "by my restraint, 150 iranian lives were spared by the decision i took last night as god. not all republicans see it that way, some say it is weak and suggests to iran they can get away with shooting down a us drone without consequence. democrats come on the other hand, say this is the price you are paying for pulling out of the nuclear deal with no plan b. i should say that europeans in washington are even more scathing. diplomats i have
spoken to have said this shows the com plete spoken to have said this shows the complete failure of us policy towards iran. many thanks. not long ago, it seemed that iran was heading for better relations with the west. it signed an international deal to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the relaxing of tough sanctions. but a change of leadership in the us has set things on a different course. with more, here's our diplomatic correspondent james robbins. james. reeta, this is a moment of huge tension between donald trump and iran's supreme leader. but is it a drift towards full—blown military confrontation? or instead, calculated brinkmanship on both sides which could still be contained? four years ago, the nuclear deal between iran and six world powers, including barack obama's united states, appeared to be a breakthrough. it slowed iran's nuclear programme in return for the easing of international sanctions, but it didn't resolve the west's wider disputes with iran. president trump's arrival at the white house changed everything. he called the nuclear agreement
"the worst deal ever", reversing the easing of sanctions, adding new ones and falling out badly with allies, including britain. president trump accuses iran and its militias of causing trouble across much of the middle east. on this, america's traditional allies do agree, but the broader united front has gone. so iran is exploiting that and flexing its military might near the strait of hormuz, a key route for global oil supplies, and warning it will soon break the terms of the nuclear deal. in tehran today, a leading cleric warned that the strait of hormuz would be a graveyard for trespassers. and with the us military build—up almost leading to an american strike, the risk of confrontation is clear. that should worry all of us. but equally, iran's choice only to destroy an unmanned american drone and president trump's last—minute decision not to retaliate both leave open
the hope that this crisis may still be contained. reeta. a by—election is to be held in brecon and radnorshire, after more than 10,000 constituents signed a petition to recall their mp. the conservative chris davies was convicted of submitting false expenses claims. —— faking two expenses claims. more than 10% of the electorate had to a recall petition to trigger the by—election. one of the country's leading stage actors, sir mark rylance, has quit the royal shakespeare company over its sponsorship deal with bp. the oscar winner has held long—term objections to the funding from bp, which he's accused of trying to obscure its damaging environmental impact by supporting arts organisations. the rsc says that corporate sponsorship is "an important part" of its funding. thousands of people in hong kong have surrounded the police headquarters, calling for an extradition bill to be scrapped. millions of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks
to protest against the bill. the proposed law would allow extradition to mainland china. it's been suspended, but not shelved. police urged protesters who remained late into the night to withdraw peacefully, saying their presence would "seriously affect" emergency services. the foreign office minister mark field has been suspended from the government after grabbing a climate change protestor and marching her out of a dinner in the city of london. mr field said he acted instinctively when the woman approached the stage, during a speech by the chancellor philip hammond. the minister has apologised. the woman he confronted has said he needs anger management classes. here's our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. in red dresses, suffragette—style sashes and dinnerjackets, the climate emergency protesters had little difficulty getting past security and into a room full of senior politicians and bankers. there, they staged a noisy protest as the chancellor, phillip hammond, tried to make his speech.
some diners intervened and there was pushing and shoving. among the protesters, janet barker, a long—term greenpeace activist. she starts to make her way to the top table and the chancellor and the governor of the bank of england, at which point foreign office minister mark field intervenes and angrily manhandles her out of the room, holding her by the back of the neck. can you get this person out? two months ago, he had called on police to take a firmer grip on climate protesters. today, janet barker told the bbc she didn't want to go to the police, but she had concerns about the minister. i would quite like him to go on anger management perhaps, and i hope he doesn't do it again, because there was some serious anger there. but for me, the concern is the environment. it is what i've lived for. i've done it for 22 years and i will continue to do it.
mark field has apologised, saying it was an instinctive reaction, but the prime minister was very concerned and suspended him as a minister. he recognises that what happened was an overreaction, but what we need now, in his interests but also in the interests of the lady involved, is a proper independent inquiry by the cabinet office. greenpeace said mark field's actions were an assault, but what exactly is the law? the first question is did he honestly believe that it was necessary for him to use force? and then the second question would be, was the force that he used reasonable in the circumstances as he believed them to be? emergency! this is an emergency! you've made your point. the city of london, which organised the dinner, said it was reviewing security, but it was the minister's actions that caused the greatest shock. daniel sandford, bbc news. for the first time, britain is on course this year to generate
more electricity from zero—carbon sources such as wind power and solar than from fossil fuels such as coal. that's according to new figures from the national grid. 48% of our electricity came from zero—carbon sources in the first five months of this year, putting it slightly ahead of polluting fuels for the first time. wind power now provides 19% of our total electricity production, up from 1% a decade ago. and while most of our electricity is still generated by burning gas, just 3% now comes from coal, down from 30% ten years ago. cricket now and a major upset in the world cup tonight after sri lanka beat england by 20 runs at headingly. runs at headingley. our sports correspondent andy swiss reports. sunny skies, an in—form england, against a struggling sri lankan team. what could possibly go wrong? well, not much at first, as england's bowlers
seemingly set them on course for victory. it all seemed so easy. out, good catch. the catches stuck, the wickets tumbled, and sri lanka's total of 232 seemed substandard. but sri lanka have lasith malinga, "the slinger" as he's known, and he slung his side back into contention. his remarkable action cutting through the england batting. huge shout, the finger goes up! by the time jofra archer became the ninth man out, england still needed nearly 50 runs. it seemed all over. but then a late twist. ben stokes with a barrage of sixes. single—handedly he clobbered england in sight of their target. withjust 21 runs needed, though, mark wood edged... what a win for sri lanka! and sri lanka erupted. the shock of the world cup so far. england can still make the semifinals but theirjourney may have just got a whole lot harder. andy swiss, bbc news.
just over 70 years ago, hundreds of caribbean migrants sailed here on empire windrush to help rebuild postwar britain. many decided to stay and create new lives in the uk. tomorrow is the first national windrush day, celebrating the contribution made by that generation and their families. one of the last living passengers is 93—year—old alford gardner. adina campbell has been to meet the former raf serviceman at a family get—together in west yorkshire. i was one of lucky ones. that's why i'm still here. there are four generations of alford gardner's family — eight children, 16 grandchildren, and more than 20 great—grandchildren. i lived injamaica a long time ago. i don't know about you lot, but as a little boy, i was bright. i was very bright. and i knew it. laughter. at the time, there was no work,
especially in my field. where did you hear about the ship and when did you go? my sister heard about it and sent me the news. so within days after hearing about it, my brother was off to book his ticket. i didn't have any money, so i had to ask my dad! and he gave me the money. what happened on the ship? we had no problem. we had a bright happy ship. not much to do. just enjoy it. about three days out of england, we were told sleep as best as you can because it's cold. we had a very good time. very good time. but this wasn't his first time in the uk. he joined the raf at the age of 18 and served in the second world war. what was your first meal? lamb chops!
and they were right little. my very, very first night, i had a problem. we had dinner, and there were some little bits of bone there, so i took a bit of the bone and by the time i sat down, they were onto me. i had stolen two young men's ration! are you used to the cold yet, granddad? you never get used to it! how old are you? my brother said i'm three. you're three? iam 93. wow. 93. 90 years more than you! one of the first windrush arrivals, there, ending that report with adina campbell. that is it from us. now on
bbc one, time for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm lizzie greenwood hughes, the headlines tonight... problems for england after a bruising defeat to sri lanka at the cricket world cup. england's women make it 14 wins in a row after beating the west indies by 42 runs in their latest twenty20 match. and hayley turner makes history again as the first woman since 1987 to ride a winner at royal ascot.
so lots to get through and we're starting with cricket and england's 20 run shock defeat to sri lanka in the world cup group stage... a shock because sri lanka have been poor so far in the tournament while england have been the long time favourites... and with some tough games still to come, this was one they needed to win. austin halewood has the story of the match at headingley. sign in blue skies and heading lee first taste of the cricket world cup. —— sun, blue sky. after three weeks, the faithful were straightaway caught up in action. brett carr and the deep by mowing ollie and two wickets in the first three overs for england. a nightmare start by sri lanka who needed a win. already there fans need a lift. but one came from fernando. archer sent
out of the ground and an explosive camera all 49. angelo matthews battle his way to a hard fort 85. but consistent wickets kept runs at a premium for becoming the tournamentjoint leading wicket taker with three in the match. 233 it looked like like to chase. at least it should've been. jonny ba i rstow went least it should've been. jonny bairstow went to his first ball and james vince didn't last much longer. finally, something to cheer about. a50 from joe root steadied the ship, but only momentarily. fineness of next kept the finest of games in the up next kept the finest of games in the upjasper went next kept the finest of games in the up jasper went for a ten, sri next kept the finest of games in the upjasper went for a ten, sri lanka started to bully. —— jos buttler. upjasper went for a ten, sri lanka started to bully. ——jos buttler. it wasn't going to plan. allie, chris woa kes and out wasn't going to plan. allie, chris woakes and out of her seat all out cheaply with england still far from home. hope arrested with the ben stokes bus up back up back to back sixes said he wasn't feeling the pressure. that's all hope rested with was that when wicket left, too
far edge of. a semifinal spot looks certain for england, now they have plenty of work to do. you look at the basis that we make basics of a rent chase, partnerships are very important. we struggled to get enough partnerships. —— i a rent chase. that is not get enough to win a game. when we get beach end we tend to come back quite strongly. we tend to come back quite strongly. we tend to come back quite strongly. we tend to resort to aggressive smarts and positive cricket. —— when we get beat. let's hope that's the case on tuesday. so this is how the table now stands england's defeat means the pressure is now on to stay in the top four and reach the semi finals. sri lanka have kept their hopes alive. tomorrow it's india versus bottom side afghanistan and west indies against new zealand. england's women have taken a one zero lead in their three match twenty20 series against the west indies. they won the second t20 by 42 runs. danni wyatt top scored with 81 off 55 balls as england set the west indies 181 to win.
their run chase started relatively well but they lost five wickets for 29 runs and finished on 138 nine. it's a 14th win in a row for the england women a new record. the third and final t20 is on tuesday. hayley turner has become the first female jockey to ride a winner at royal ascot for 32 years and just the second ever... she rode ‘33 to 1' outsider ‘thanks be' to victory in the sandringham stakes leaving the queen's horse ‘magnetic charm' in second. turner was later given a ban and a fine for over using the whip during the race. frankie dettori won his seventh race at this year's royal ascot winning the group 1 commonwealth cup on advertise. dettori won four races in a row yesterday with the bookmakers set for a munster pay—out before losing his final two races of the day. he once rode seven winners in a day at a september meeting at ascot in 1996. onto tennis... and it was another busy day for the 18—year—old canadian felix auger alia seem