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drama in the gulf: a royal navy warship warns off three iranian gunboats. hms montrose issued radio warnings to the iranians, who were trying to intercept a british oil tanker. obviously very concerning developments, but also i'm very proud of the royal navy and the role that they played in keeping british assets, british shipping safe. we'll be live with our defence correspondent. also this lunchtime: a public inquiry says this father of two was shot dead after a catastrophic series of failings by greater manchester police. firearms commanders authorised and planned the operation incompetently and in breach of national guidance. labour says whistle—blowers who've made allegations about anti—semitism in the party are disaffected
opponents ofjeremy corbyn. a new study suggests sugary drinks including pure fruitjuice could increase the risk of cancer. commentator: battling. 0h, not for much longer. what a beauty. and australia on the ropes — england snatch early wickets in their world cup semifinal. and coming up on bbc news... can serena williams book her place in an 11th wimbledon singles final on what is ladies semi finals day today? good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
a royal navy warship has warned off three iranian gunboats that were trying to intercept a british oil tanker in the gulf. the ministry of defence says hms montrose moved between the british heritage and the iranian vessels. the montrose issued several radio warnings and the iranian boats then turned away. iran had threatened retaliation after british royal marines seized an iranian tanker last week, suspected of breaking sanctions. our defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. iran's revolutionary guard regularly patrol the narrow waterways in and around the strait of hormuz. a major highway for oil and international shipping. these pictures, taken earlier this year of an iranian exercise, show the type of fast boat that harassed a british tanker last night in what is being viewed as an attempt to seize it. the tanker, british heritage, was entering the strait of hormuz from the gulf when it was approached
by three armed, fast iranian boats. the incident began near the disputed island of abu musa, claimed by iran. british officials say the iranian boats tried to force the tanker to change course into iranian waters but a royal navy warship rushed to its aid, positioning herself right next to the tanker and exporting her to safety. the frigate, hms montrose, was already there providing reassurance. an american military surveillance aircraft above watched and filmed the incident. the usa hms montrose trained its weapons on the iranian boats. the us said hms montrose trained its weapons on the iranian boats. the mod says it issued warnings over the radio. no shots were fired. obviously very concerning developments but also i'm very proud of the royal navy and the role they played in keeping british assets, british shipping safe. we are continuing to monitor the situation very, very carefully. tensions have been rising in the gulf, with iran already accused of targeting vessels.
the us says it was responsible for placing mines on two tankers last month. and then last week, british royal marines seized a tanker off gibraltar loaded with iranian oil, prompting iran's president to issue this warning. translation: you, britain, are the initiator of insecurity and you will realise the consequences later. now you are so hopeless that when one of your tankers wants to move in the region you have to bring your frigates to escort it because you are scared. there is a special place in iranians' thoughts for america as the great satan. they always see us as the little satan and they always feel that they lose face if they back down against either us or the united states, so i think it is an ongoing issue. america, which has taken a much harder line on iran and its nuclear programme, has already reinforced its military presence in the region.
it has sent an aircraft carrier with several warships. the question now is whether britain will have to send more as well, and would that risk deepening the crisis? and jonathan beale is with me now. could this crisis escalate? i think ithink so, i think so, the first issue is iran denies it was harassing this vessel, says that is worthless claims from the uk. there is a video of this incident. does the mod, which filmed it, and the us which has a video release of that and if it did would it increase tensions? the bigger dilemma is should the british government essentially increase its military presence in that region? the official line is they want to see the situation de—escalates, they don't want to increase tensions. sending more warships, and there are
a limited number, to that region could inflame tensions but this might be an impetus for what the us once which is a coalition of countries to provide escorts for their tankers in that region. to be honest at the moment the british have one forget, hms montrose, in the region with four minesweepers and detachment of royal marines which probably isn't enough to keep an eye on every ship with the british link and british interest. jonathan beale, thank you. a public inquiry has blamed greater manchester police for a ‘catastrophic‘ series of errors which led to an unarmed man being shot dead. anthony grainger, a father of two from bolton, was in a stolen car in cheshire seven years ago when police shot and killed him with a submachine gun. they believed he was planning an armed robbery. but thejudge heading the inquiry has concluded that the police operation was planned incompetently. our correspondent danny
savage is in liverpool. anthony grainger‘s family say the ruling handed down today proves his death could and should have been prevented. yes, he was in a stolen car, yes he had a criminal record but an assumption made by the police that he was part of an organised crime gang and that he was armed that day was incorrect and that wrongly influenced the decision making by the officer who shot him dead. this inquiry has lasted some two years, dead. this inquiry has lasted some two yea rs, heard dead. this inquiry has lasted some two years, heard from more than 80 witnesses, and the chairman said it was an open and fearless investigation. this is what he had to say today. i have concluded that greater manchester police is to blame for the death of mr grainger because it failed to authorise, plan or conduct the firearms operation in such a way as to minimise recourse to the use of lethal force. firearms commanders authorised and planned the operation
incompetently and in breach of national guidance. i have made a number of recommendations that i hope will reduce the chance of such a catastrophic series of failings and errors ever being repeated. the findings of the inquiry were handed down here at liverpool crown court this morning and some of anthony grainger‘s family were in court, his partner as well, there we re court, his partner as well, there were many in tears today as they listen to the conclusions. they are now referring this to the crown prosecution service because they say it is arguable whether or not anthony grainger was unlawfully killed and they want the cps to have a look at that and they also want a root and branch investigation into greater manchester police as well. this is what anthony grainger‘s mother had to say. four sevenths yea rs mother had to say. four sevenths years we mother had to say. four sevenths yea rs we have mother had to say. four sevenths years we have fought for justice for anthony. it has been a long and
emotional road to the truth. as a family we have been shocked at the dangerous levels of incompetence on the part of greater manchester police. greater manchester police say they are looking closely at the ruling to see if things should change and the judge has ruling to see if things should change and thejudge has made ruling to see if things should change and the judge has made the point he said he thinks there is still a similar culture in the greater manchester police firearms unit at this time. danny savage, thank you. the labour party has denounced whistle—blowers who spoke to the bbc‘s panorama programme about alleged anti—semitism. labour says the former party officials were disaffected opponents ofjeremy corbyn. the whistle—blowers had claimed that close associates of mr corbyn interfered in the way the party dealt with claims of alleged anti semitism. the deputy labour leader, tom watson, says he was shocked, chilled and appalled by the allegations in the programme. helena wilkinson reports.
reaction was swift and strong to the panorama programme on anti—semitism within labour ranks. the party is now under huge pressure after being confronted with what are serious allegations. but no reply from the man at the top. his shadow chancellor though did have something to say. some serious charges there, they have been hotly contested. some x staff and statements have been contested by existing staff. i think the bbc should investigate the claims and we can come to a conclusion. others within the labour party have expressed deep alarm at what was said by former staff, that mr corbyn's closest allies, including jennie formby, try to interfere in the disciplinary processes involving anti—semitism cases. her testimony
is difficult to hear. the thought crosses my mind as to whether i should send her my resignation and then do something nobody should ever consider, and i actually considered committing suicide. the labour party has totally rejected the allegations. it said... but the party was own deputy leader, in direct contrast to the leader, says that as a deplorable thing for labour to say. to see those young members of staff, many of whom come from different wings of the party, it must have taken great courage for them to whistle—blower. it must have taken great courage for them to whistle-blower. now a letter has been sent tojeremy corbyn them to whistle-blower. now a letter has been sent to jeremy corbyn from three prominent labour mps, margaret hodge, louise ellman and ruth smee.
in this letter they criticise mr corbyn for what they say is his continuing failure to act and say the current complaints process has not only failed but normalises and encourages anti—semitism, and they wa nt encourages anti—semitism, and they want a fully independent inquiry process. given anti—semitism has dogged the labour party since mr corbyn came to power, something he is the only person who can and should fix this. our assistant political editor norman smith is at westminster. how damaging for labour is this panorama programme and its fallout? i think the seriousness can be gleaned from the ferocity of the reaction from team corbyn, which basically has been to go to war with the bbc and to seek to undermine the credibility and frankly to denigrate the character of those young whistle—blowers who spoke out in the programme, a stance which hasjust
intensified the dismay and anger of many labour mps including the deputy leader tom watson who is now calling for a complete overhaul of the complaints procedure suggesting it should be a fully independent process , should be a fully independent process, perhaps with representation from members of thejewish community, then members who make anti—semitic remarks should be automatically excluded. whatever the changes to the complaints process, i doubt many labour mps are convinced that will sort this out because there is a view that at the end of there is a view that at the end of the day all roads lead to mr corbyn, that you cannot disentangle him from this controversy. tom watson says he has allowed a permissive culture towards anti—semitism, and what he means is that by the huge expansion in membership seen under mr corbyn, there has been a vast influx of individuals from the far left with views that previously would never have been acceptable in the labour party, coupled with mr corbyn's own
mind set on the middle east, deeply hostile to israel, which has bled over into attitudes of anti—semitism. on this i think mr corbyn's critics and supporters perhaps do agree, in the end it is all about his leadership. norman smith, thank you. a report says there is still a ‘significant problem' of bullying and harrassment towards staff who work for mps despite a new code on parliamentary behaviour. the report also says some of the worst offenders are well known in westminster, and their behaviour has been tolerated and accepted for too long. our political reporter peter saull is in westminster. crucially this report does not name names but its findings are striking. the author of the report says it is a significant problem with the way many mps treat their staff here at westminster. it says there are many staff who are vulnerable to
bullying, harassment, in some cases sexual harassment, which can go as far as forced touching. the most common complaint is mps talking down to their staff. we will leave that there, thank you. the founder of the far—right group the english defence league, stephen yaxley—lennon, has beenjailed for nine months for contempt of court. yaxley—lennon, otherwise known as tommy robinson, seen here arriving at court this morning, was found guilty after a two—day hearing at the old bailey last week. the charges came after he filmed men accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and live—streamed the footage on facebook, breaking reporting restrictions. new figures show the number of people waiting for hospital treatment in england has hit a record high of 4.39 million with the total waiting for treatment in may the highest since records began more than a decade ago. our health correspondent
nick triggle is with me now. talk us through the figures. talk us through the figuresm talk us through the figures. it is not unusual to see a rise at this time of yearfor not unusual to see a rise at this time of year for people waiting for routine treatment in hospitals, but given it has reached a record amount and ata given it has reached a record amount and at a time when doctors and the government are locked in a dispute over pension tax payments, it raises a suspicion that dispute is having an impact on patient care. we heard this week how doctors do overtime shifts and the nhs relies on them to do this because of the shortage of staff but those doctors have found themselves landed with unexpectedly large tax bills because of changes to pension arrangements which means once they earn over a certain threshold, the tax—free allowance goes and they start being taxed which came as a surprise to many doctors over the last year or so and we are seeing them withdraw those overtime shifts which is causing problems and seems to be adding to
the numbers of patients waiting for treatment. thank you very much indeed. the time i 1:16pm. our top story this lunchtime... drama in the gulf: a royal navy warship, hms montrose, warns off three iranian gunboats who were trying to intercept a british oil tanker. and still to come... the dark secret of the river keekle — it's lined with plastic that now has to be removed. coming up on bbc news... england's bowlers have had the perfect start to their cricket world cup semifinal against australia. having been sent into field they took their first three wickets for just 14 runs. tonnes of plastic are being removed from a river bed in cumbria. the keekle was lined with plastic around 20 years ago in an attempt to stop the water being polluted by a disused mine nearby. but that plastic is now being eroded and fragments of it are being washed away into the sea. so now the plan is to replace
the plastic lining with a riverbed of rocks instead. alison freeman has been to watch the work. at first glance, the river keekle looks like any other, but take a closer look and you can see its dark secret. reams and reams of black plastic. this plastic was used to line the river to protect it from contamination from a nearby disused mine. but over the past two decades it's deteriorated and it's become the pollutant itself, as well as an eyesore. there's been such a knee jerk reaction to worry about what the river will do once the coal mine operations had finished. it was a natural thing — let's just constrain the river, put it in plastic, and then we can walk away and it will be fine. well, in only 20 years that plastic‘s starting to degrade. we've got to remember that, we're not just taking plastic out of a river — rivers go to the sea. so this potentially would end up in the sea. what's happening here is thought to be the biggest river restoration
of its kind in the uk. this summer's project is a pilot with plastic being cleared from a 200 metre stretch. next year the rest of the 2.5 kilometres will be restored, costing more than £1 million. it'll benefit wildlife as well as people. the plastic isjust a sheer plane, so the water's going down the river very quickly. there's no boulders and cobbles and things to stop that water. so the water's whooshing downstream into cleator area, where there is some flooding of some homes. what are the improvements we are going to see when the plastic‘s gone? it will be a fully functioning river. so it will be meandering, it will work properly, it will shift its gravels as rivers like to do. and we'll get much more wildlife, there'll be more fish spawning. at the moment there are hardly any fish in here because there is no spawning habitat for them. and people will be able to enjoy it much more. catherine and her family live nearby. they welcome the project. the benefit of getting this back to nature for us as a community
is that we'll be able to spend more time here safely and we'll be able to enjoy more wildlife, because when the river's restored, obviously the wildlife that lives in it will be increased as well. it will be a better habitat, a more natural habitat for the wildlife. it's just going to be brilliant. and dogs can paddle and there will be so much wildlife and kids can paddle in it. it's just going to be amazing. more rivers have been re—naturalised in cumbria than anywhere else in the uk. but the keekle is the most challenging by far. alison freeman, bbc news. six tourists, including two children, have been killed and more than 100 other people injured after gale—force winds, rain and hailstorms struck northern greece overnight. the freak storm, which lasted around 20 minutes, caused widespread damage in the halkidiki region of greece. more than 140 rescue workers have been brought in to help deal with overturned cars, fallen trees, torn roofs and mudslides.
the storms come after very high temperatures in the region. the french senate has approved a new tax on the world's biggest internet and technology firms, such as google and facebook. the measure, which will initially raise around £360 million a year, sets a precedent that's being closely watched by governments around the world. president trump has already ordered an investigation into the french plans, which could lead to retaliatory tariffs on french imports to the us. research in france suggests people who have a lot of sugary drinks, including pure fruitjuice, may be at a slightly higher risk of cancer. the study found that drinking an extra 100 millilitres a day increased cases of cancer from 22 to 26 in a thousand — over a five year period. the study did not establish a direct causal link, and doctors say more information is needed. lauren moss reports.
bottles of pop and sugary drinks are often at the centre of the debate about healthy living and obesity. but now a study by scientists in france suggests that they are significantly associated with the risk of cancer. researchers looked at 100,000 people for five years. the average person drank around two cans of sugary drinks a week but the study found if they consumed about two more cans on top of that, around 100 millilitres a day, they had an 18% increased risk of cancer, which worked out at 26 people in every 1,000. those who consumed the highest amount of sugar in the study, the equivalent of around four teaspoons a day, were at an increased risk. not only from fizzy drinks but from 100% fruitjuice as well. these may contain vitamins and count towards your five a day, but they are also full of sugar. scientists didn't find any links with artificial sweeteners and cannot conclude that
sugary drinks do cause cancer but health campaigners say it's another reason to cut back intake. the fact that this did find a link, regardless of weight, is interesting and potentially concerning but we do need more research on this. in the meantime there are lots of reasons to cut down on these drinks. obesity is a major cause of some cancers but researchers claim the association they found suggests sugar levels in the blood may also play a role. since last year uk manufacturers have been paying a levy on high sugar drinks, but boris johnson provoked criticism from health professionals by vowing to review what he called sin taxes when he becomes prime minister. the british soft drinks industry says overall sugary intake from drinks has dropped by almost 30% since 2015, and they are safe as part of a balanced diet. both scientists and doctors agree more research is needed but the findings will no doubt feed into the ongoing discussion about how we should
live healthier lives. lauren moss, bbc news. there's new evidence that modern human beings lived outside africa much earlier than previously thought. a fossilised skull discovered in southern greece suggests the first homo sapiens may have arrived in europe about 210,000 years ago — a time when the continent was populated by the neanderthals. our science correspondent pallab ghosh has more. in the distant past, the first of our kind evolved here in africa. there were also other now extinct species of human, such as the neanderthals and denisovans in europe and asia. our ancestors eventually left the continent and spread across the globe, and quickly took over from all the other species. so the theory goes. but the discovery of this human—looking skull in apidima in southern greece has changed everything. scientists used to think that 200,000 years ago,
europe was exclusively populated by the neanderthals, whereas our kind, modern humans, remained in africa until 40,000 years ago. but the discovery of the new skull in greece has shattered that view. it doesn't have the flatter, elongated shape of the neanderthal, but rather, it's much more like our own, rounder. so this means that the two species could have interacted for 100,000 years. it had been thought that our ancestors had been prevented from leaving africa for tens of thousands of years, perhaps by the other types of humans, or the climate. researchers now have to rethink their old ideas. there was nothing to stop modern humans getting out of africa more than 200,000 years ago, and expanding. it potentially means that even places further to the east, so there are claims of modern human fossils in china at 130,000 years,
i'd been very sceptical about those up to now, but given the evidence from apidima, maybe i should be more open—minded about those early chinese records' claim to be homo sapiens. it's potentially the biggest shift in our understanding of how modern humans left africa. instead of overlapping briefly with neanderthals in europe, our kind may have coexisted with a wide variety of human species all across the world for tens of thousands of years. pallab ghosh, bbc news. england have made a strong start in their cricket world cup semifinal against australia at edgbaston this morning, grabbing three early wickets, but former captain steve smith led the fightback with a gritty half century. a short time ago australia were deep in trouble at 171—7. joe wilson has been watching the action. since 1975 it's the message
which has never quite arrived. now — delivery time. well, semifinal time. and whatever new way you choose to make the flags, it's those old opponents. australia won the toss, batted first. that's an advantage if you use it. captain aaron finch, his first ball, lbw, gone. how england would love to get rid of david warner early. commentator: edged and taken. that's the sight of a cricketing dream come true. australia were 10—2. there's more. bowler is chris woakes again, pride of birmingham. batsman, peter handscombe, wondering what just happened. try facing jofra archer. alex carey actually did brilliantly here to catch his helmet before it fell on his stumps, and more importantly after treatment he seemed ok, but for australia this was tough going — proper tough going. they had steve smith slowly, patiently trying to rebuild the crumbling innings.
yeah — he's good at that. alex carey was batting bravely, an emerging australian talent patched up and determined, there was time to make things better. direction of the game remained uncertain until carey decided to test the edgbaston sky. who lurked on the boundary edge? james vince, england's substitute fielder. oh no — oh yes. adil rashid's turn to change the game. he deceived stoinis next. another lbw and england had their fifth wicket. now, the ground behind me was by no means full when this match began, i think a lot of indian fans had bought tickets thinking that team would be playing here today, in fact india were knocked out yesterday. our australia going to be knocked out today? they are still struggling to set a meaningful total. after a0 overs they've reached 1a5—7. in this
world cup we already see england try and failto world cup we already see england try and fail to chase down totals batting second, but dare we say it standing here now everything for england is going to plan. sounds good, thank you very much, joe wilson reporting. from the cricket to the tennis. it's semifinals day in the women's singles at wimbledon today. david ornstein is at the all england tennis club. the first semifinal is under way, simona halep leading against elina svitolina on centre court by a break of serve, but the big semifinal that everybody is looking forward to is that that involves serena williams, as she goes for an eighth wimbledon title and aims to reach an 11th wimbledon final. she's up against 33—year—old barbora strycova, the old est 33—year—old barbora strycova, the oldest first—time grand slam single semifinalist and this of course is a huge day for her. she says she has
nothing to lose, the czech player, and she plans to continue with her serve and volley tactics that served her so well against britain's johanna konta in the quarterfinals but she's got a big task, it's safe to say, against serena williams. serena of course still trying to win her first serena of course still trying to win herfirst grand serena of course still trying to win her first grand slam singles title asa her first grand slam singles title as a mother so an extra little bonus there for her, and she says she's now feeling the best that she is felt since january really, when she had a number of injuries plaguing her. we'll also see some britons in action in the mixed doubles on a court yet to be decided, not before 5pm, evan hoyt and aidan silva. thank you very much indeed. time for a look at the weather. nick miller is here. glorious at wimbledon, there's a chance of a shower edgbaston and may be thunderstorm as we go through this afternoon. the chance in one location is quite slim but the potential is there and also across