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this. the threat level for uk ships — iranian waters in the gulf is raised to its highest level after an incident involving a british tanker. a royal navy frigate that was shadowing a tanker owned by bp had to intervene in the strait of hormuz, one of the busiest oil shipping lanes in the world. three iranian vessels tried to block its passage. the royal navy frigate had to move to protect the british vessel. it comes after iran threatened to retaliate following the seizure of one of its tankers off the coast of gibraltar. we'll be looking at the implications of this latest move. also tonight: shot dead by police in cheshire — a public inquiry says a "catastrophic series of failings" by senior police officers was to blame for the death of an unarmed man. firearms commanders authorised and planned the operation incompetently and in breach
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of national guidance. tommy robinson, the former leader of the english defence league, is sentenced to nine months injail for contempt of court. and jubilation as england power into the cricket world cup final for the first time in 27 years after thrashing australia at edgbaston. and coming up on bbc news. simona halep knocks out elina svitolina to reach a fifth grand slam final, herfirst on grass here at wimbledon. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. british ships in one of the busiest oil shipping lanes in the world
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have been put on the highest state of alert after a royal navy warship had to warn off three iranian gunboats that were trying to intercept a tanker owned by bp in the gulf. the ministry of defence says hms montrose moved between the tanker owned by bp and the iranian vessels. the montrose issued several radio warnings, and the iranian boats then turned away. iran has denied that any confrontation took place. but it had already threatened to retaliate after british royal marines seized an iranian tanker last week, which is being investigated for breaking eu sanctions. our defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. the warship hms montrose was on patrol when the british tanker was approached by three armed iranian fast boats. montrose was reported to have quickly arrived at the scene, training her guns on the iranians who turned away after several warnings were issued over the radio. the tanker, british heritage, was about to transit the narrow
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volatile strait of hormuz. as she approached the disputed island of abu mousa, defence sources say the iranian boats tried to force the tanker to change course. just before the british warship arrived and escorted her to safety. obviously very concerning developments, but also i am 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. iran's revolutionary guard regularly patrol what is one of the busiest sea lanes in these fast boats. and in the past, they have threatened to close it. more than 30% of the world's oil travels through the strait of hormuz. tensions there have been rising ever since president trump pulled out of an international deal aimed at curbing iran's nuclear programme. last month the us accused iran of targeting two tankers in the region, with mines.
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one week later iran shot down a us navy drone. and then last week, british royal marines seized a tanker off gibraltar carrying iranian oil to syria, in breach of eu sanctions. it is that incident that prompted this warning from iran's president. 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. british merchant vessels in the the gulf have been put at the highest security level, with the advice not to enter iranian territorial waters. officials here at the foreign office say they are keeping britain's military posture under constant review in the region, but they insist they do not want to see tensions escalate.
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america's already beefed up its military presence to protect its interests, with up to 30 british merchant ships in the region on any day, the royal navy's frigate will have its work cut out, even if iran still denies it tried to seize the tanker. jonathan beale, bbc news. provides our diplomatic correspondence james landale is here, tensions in the region keep on rising, what are the implications of this? this wasn't a surprise. ever since that tank containing iranian oil was seized off gibraltar last week for allegedly breaching eu sanctions, iran promised a response, this is likely to be eight, but it shows that there are parts of the iranian machine which are still willing to continue harassing shipping in the area in response to us sanctions. it also shows now that as an implication americans are going to push harderfor some kind of multilateral naval protection force in the region, but the uk and
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the europeans are far more cautious about this, because they fear that would be an escalator we step, putting even more military hardware in the region, and that highlights there is a policy difference between there is a policy difference between the us and the europeans. you have the us and the europeans. you have the european saying, let's de—escalate, support the deal, the american saying, no, let's keep the maximum economic pressure and a stronger military deterrent. the problem is this come us and iran say they don't want war, but one day one of these incidents will not end as peacefully as it did today. a public inquiry has blamed greater manchester police for a "catastrophic" series of errors which led to an unarmed man being shot dead. 36—year—old anthony grainger was in a stolen car in cheshire when police shot him seven years ago. the officer believed he was about to reach for a gun. no firearm was found. thejudge heading the inquiry concluded today that the police operation was incompentently planned, as our correspondent danny savage reports. anthony grainger, shot dead by police seven years ago.
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a judge today blamed a catastrophic series of errors by police for his death. it was a saturday in march 2012, when armed police drove into this car park and blocked in a red audi which was parked in this space. they believed the men in the vehicle were planning an armed robbery. one officer quickly fired one shot through the windscreen, killing anthony grainger, who was sitting in the front. that officer later said he thought that mr grainger was reaching for a gun. but no weapon was found in the vehicle. the judge today said mr grainger was probably reaching for the door handle and there was no intelligence to suggest he was armed or had access to firearms. the policeman who fired the fatal shot had been on duty for 14 hours. but in evidence he said he would make the same decision again, if the circumstances were repeated. there's no worse feeling for a mother for that knock to come on your door and say a police
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officer has killed your son. anthony grainger‘s mum concedes her son was in a stolen car and had a criminal record but he should never have been shot that day. if he was doing something wrong, he was in a stolen car, why wasn't he arrested? why does he have to be shot? the judge who chaired the two—year long public inquiry concluded that police failed to authorise, plan and conduct the operation properly, the officer fired due to a misleading briefing from his superiors, exaggerating the risk, and officers reconstructed official logs after the event. the judge also questioned whether the tactical firearms unit which killed anthony grainger has learned from its mistakes, a view backed up by mr grainger‘s partner. gmp firearms operations aren't fit for purpose, they're unsafe, and until it's addressed and there's some serious systematic changes implemented, i don't think they are safe to be on the streets of manchester. greater manchester police say
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many changes have already been made locally, regionally and nationally since the death of anthony grainger. "we will continue to strive to maximise the safety of all policing operations." a man was killed here, due a long list of police errors. anthony grainger‘s family now want the authorities to consider criminal charges. danny savage, bbc news, liverpool. the labour deputy leader tom watson has said he is appalled by allegations of anti—semitism raised ina bbc allegations of anti—semitism raised in a bbc panorama programme and has called for a fully independent investigation, but the labour party has hit back, saying the former party officials who spoke to the programme were disaffected opponents ofjeremy corbyn. the whistle—blowers had claimed that close associates of mr corbyn interfered in the way the party dealt with allegations of anti—semitism. the party has rejected any claim that it is anti—semitic. john pienaar reports. a more jeremy
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corbyn is criticised, the louder the defence. there is neighbour's verdict on the media — they don't stop bullying. he is saying nothing about the latest claims that under his leadership labour has been soft on anti—semitism. his close ally came out fighting, whistle—blowers accou nts came out fighting, whistle—blowers a ccou nts of came out fighting, whistle—blowers accounts of anti—semitism had been distorted, they claim is disputed by colleagues. some serious charges there but hotly contested, some of there but hotly contested, some of the ex—staffer statement have been contested by existing staff, there has been complaints about the bbc, andi has been complaints about the bbc, and i think the baby she should investigate those. has the labour party leadership done enough to tackle anti—semitism 7 party leadership done enough to tackle anti—semitism?” party leadership done enough to tackle anti-semitism? i think it has, it was too slow, but that has improved dramatically. but last
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night's panorama has inflamed the row with striking testimony from whistle—blowers. row with striking testimony from whistle-blowers. they might not call mea whistle-blowers. they might not call me a dirtyjew, but they will call me a dirtyjew, but they will call mea me a dirtyjew, but they will call me a dirtyjew, but they will call me a dirty zionist. i do not think the labour party is a safe space for jewish people any more. but mr corbyn‘s deputy is denying whistle—blowers were politically motivated, demanding automatic expulsions and an independent complaints body. i was shocked when i saw panorama last night, and i am angry this morning. the only way to deal with this is to address, you know, action not words. this is about practice and culture. it must have taken great courage for them to whistle—blower, and for them to have to call out poor practices, i think, is deeply sad and deplorable that we would just dismiss them as in some way sort of disaffected. this row is also getting personal. mr corbyn‘s close adviser, seamus milne, is accused of improper interference in
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discipline cases, as his party general secretaryjennie formby. the official labour statement backs them up official labour statement backs them up and condemns the bbc for what it calls an overtly biased intervention. time and again, labour has tried to damp down this row, but it has only ever grown worse. i am told many more whistle—blowers have submitted evidence to the equality and human rights commission investigation into cases of anti—semitism and a deputy leader is demanding access to the party's submission to that inquiry. this is hurting labour, and the pain can only now become worse. john pienaar, bbc news. the far—right activist tommy robinson has been sentenced to nine months in prison for contempt of court. robinson, whose real name is stephen yaxley—lennon, was found to have disrupted a criminal trial in leeds. lucy manning reports. we want tommy out, we want tommy out! heading back to jail. don't believe everything you read on a t—shirt — stephen yaxley—lennon wasn't convicted ofjournalism, he was found to have interfered with a trial,
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encouraging vigilante action against the defendants. do you regret interfering withjustice and harassing people? so today in court he was sentenced to nine months in prison. he will be out in two and a half. how are you feeling about your verdict? last year outside leeds crown court on a live social—media broadcast, he confronted men accused of sexual exploitation. there were strict temporary rules about reporting to make sure there was a fair trial, but he encouraged people watching to confront them. harass him, find him, go and knock on his door. follow him. the judge told stephen yaxley—lennon that he had recklessly disobeyed a court order protecting the trial at leeds crown court and had seriously risked the integrity of it, that he lied about what had happened there and sought to portray himself as the victim. the sentence was greeted with anger and some violence by his supporters outside, who claim he was just doing
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what otherjournalists do when reporting court cases. the judges didn't agree, and he was taken away to prison, his nine—month sentence reduced because of time he'd already spent in jail before his appeal. his supporters then marched to westminster and, despite mr yaxley—lennon complaining he'd been imprisoned forjournalism, they surrounded other journalists working there, abusing and threatening them. it's likely they'll see him released from prison in september. lucy manning, bbc news. there were jubilant scenes at edgbaston a short time ago as england beat australia to reach their first cricket world cup final for 27 years, winning convincingly by eight wickets. they will now meet new zealand in sunday's final at lord's. sports correspondentjoe wilson was watching. since 1975 it's the message which has never quite arrived. now delivery time —
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well, semifinal time. australia's captain marked his territory for a long stay. aaron finch lasted one ball — lbw, gone. england's dream scenario — get rid of david warner early. so here is what a cricketing dream come true looks like. chris woakes, pride of birmingham. next, too good for peter handscomb. well, try facing jofra archer. alex carey actually did brilliantly here to catch his helmet before it fell on his stumps, and he batted on bravely to make 46. steve smith was australia's anchor, but watch england's wicketkeeper, jos buttler, here, gather the ball and hurl it — smith run out for 85, confirmed by the replay. england hit their targets. australia 223 all out, job half done. now england chased that total. the opening batsmen normally thrill — if roy doesn't hit it,
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bairstow will. another hundred partnership. australia brought steve smith on to bowl — red rag to bull. some of the biggest hitting birmingham's ever seen. it is up here in the commentary box! jason roy overdrive — get the match over with. roy was given out for 85. england had used their review, couldn't challenge the decision. well, he didn't hit it, but you have to go — that is cricket. it meant the captain, eoin morgan, could wallop thejoyful winning runs. england won with a flourish, they won with ease, they won with nearly 18 overs to spare. morgan said the performance was close to perfect. results have suggested that england's one day tea m suggested that england's one day team is the best in the world. now in the final againsts they have the chance to prove it and a lot of people will be able to watch it. the igame people will be able to watch it. the i game will be live on channel 4.
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free—to—air coverage that, has been an issue no the sport for year, one thing is for certain, english cricket needs to grasp this opportunity because another one like it, will not come again. indeed. thank you. our top story this evening: british ships are put on a high state of alert as three jane nan vessels try to stop a tanker. and the chase for history is still on for serena. it takes serena williams 59 minutes to get to the wimbledon final as she goes for a record 24th grand slam title. australia set england a target of 224 to win their cricket world cup semifinal here at edgbaston, find out if eoin morgan's side could book their place in sunday's showpiece against new zealand.
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more and more people in england are struggling to get hold of their gp according to a new survey. more than three quarters of a million people took part — a third of them said it wasn't easy to get through to their practise on the phone and a similar number were also unhappy with the appointment times available when they did get through. but when patients did get an appointment there were the doctors scored highly for trust and satisfaction. our health editor, hugh pym, reports. morning opening at this gp‘s surgery in peterborough and literally hundreds of patients who have been queueing up for on—the—day appointments are allowed in. and what's more, the practice aims to see all of them within a few hours. sounds impossible but the secret, apparently, is to use a wide range of health staff. i think general practice is an exciting career... one of the doctors told me how it was done. establishing whether they smoke or what their blood pressure is, what their current weight is, and these are things that can be done very usefully by the health care assistant staff,
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and then the gp is able to come into the room, have the basics already on the screen and understood, can read through that material and then establish if there is anything more that needs asking, or dive in a little bit more. but some patients aren't so lucky. the latest survey shows that around one third are struggling to get through to their gp practice by phone. fewer than two thirds were satisfied with the appointment times available to them but overall satisfaction with gps remains high at 83%. the survey suggest some people are finding it more difficult to get through the door of a practice in order to see a doctor but once they have an appointment they are broadly happy with gp care. that is one reason why nhs england says it will carry out a review of access to general practice including the whole system of appointments and bookings. luton is one of the areas with the highest level of dissatisfaction with local gp services. for me, it is hard to get an appointment when i need one, and it isjust a joke, to be honest. it has definitely changed over
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the last few years but i have been able to get myself and my daughter seen when necessary. i have not had any issues in terms of getting through on the phone. obviously, in terms of actually getting an appointment, you have to wait sometimes a couple of weeks. while patients like these get to see a gp there are increasing delays with hospital appointments. the latest figures for england show a record number on waiting lists for non—urgent treatment — nearly 4.4 million. a woman who sexually abused children in her care at a nursery in devon — vanessa george — is to be released from prison. george was sentenced to a minimum of seven years imprisonment in 2009 after being found guilty of abusing children and then swapping images of the abuse over the internet. the parole board has judged she no longer poses a significant risk to the public.
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iranian vessels try to stop a tanker. and the chase for history is still on for serena. it takes serena williams 59 minutes to get to the wimbledon final as she goes for a record 24th grand slam title. some of the worst offenders are well—known in westminster and their behaviour has been tolerated and accepted for too long. wales's former first minister, carwynjones, has been strongly criticised by the family of the welsh assembly member carl sargeant — who hanged himself after being sacked as a government minister. he'd been facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. his family spoke out at the end of the inquest into his death. the coroner said more support needed to be given to ministers who lose theirjobs. sian lloyd reports. carl sargeant had one of the top jobs in welsh government. the inquest heard he had been left broken by his sacking and subsequent suspension from the labour party, amid allegation of sexual misconduct which he denied. his family have been critical of the way his dismissal was handled by the former welsh first minister carwynjones. today, they had strong
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words for him again. as a family during these proceedings we have been subject to underhand tactics, delays, and opportunism engineered by the former first minister. it has also been a distressing and dehumanising process that has added to our heartbreak. carwynjones has given evidence twice at this inquest. on monday he revised his earlier testimony about what support had been offered to carl sargeant who had suffered from depression. offering his condolences today to the sargeant family, carwynjones said the nature of these proceedings that meant that there appeared to be two sides of the matter, and while it is right that these arguments are tested he said, the process had driven an unnatural wedge between people who remain united at the very least in their ongoing shock, trauma and grief. the death of carl sargeant in 2017 sent shock waves
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through welsh government. some changes have been made, but tonight, the coroner said more needs to be done to support ministers who are removed from office. sian lloyd, bbc news. social media is being used by fraudsters to promote a scam exploiting loopholes in the main welfare benefit, universal credit. bbc news has found sites on facebook, instagram and snapchat advertising the fraud, which often leaves victims with hundreds of pounds worth of debt. the department for work and pensions says they are working with social media sites to shut down accounts that promote fraud — as michael buchanan reports. thanks for my 400. happy customers. a government grant, free money. the bogus boasts of the social media sites being used to falsely claim universal credit, defraud the taxpayer, and leave victims with large debts.
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this is the facebook site that left sophie owing hundreds of pounds. the 26—year—old health care assistant needed money to decorate her home when she came across an offer of a grant. i said it's not a loan, it's a grant? and they said no, it's a government grant, you don't have to pay it back. so they reassure you all the way through the process. they used false e—mail address, they put i had five kids, my rent was £1600. based on the details that the criminals supplied, the mum of two had a £1200 advance loan paid into her bank. she paid the fraudsters half of it. she is now waiting to hear how much she have to repay the government. it was like i had fell into a big black hole, i didn't know how to get out. when you are trying to get out, with someone's help, there was no help, so you're still stuck there, that's how i felt, i was literally alone. universal credit is a new service that helps ensure you're better off
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in work than on benefits. we have been told the benefit has been mercilessly exploited, among the successful bogus claims we have heard about are one fraudster naming five nonexistent children give me some money. now young briton in ibiza are applying to top up their summer job salaries and the homeless and drug users have been exploited for their personal details. opposition mps say the government has failed to protect the victims. they have known about these criminal scams since november, and i'm not convinced they have done enough to protect people who are claiming these advance payments, claiming universal credit from these criminal scammers. the government say they are working with social media sites to shut down accounts that promote fraud, and are warning people not to hand over their personal details. for the moment, though, a benefit designed to make work pay is instead making lying lucrative. michael buchanan, bbc news.
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and finally serena williams is through to the wimbledon final. it took herjust 59 minutes to beat barbora strycova in straight sets as andy swiss reports. one of sport's most familiar sights. another serena celebration, another step towards history. if she'd been a little rusty at the start of the tournament, she's now back to her gleaming best. that pulverising rising power was as irresistible as ever, but williams' poise was also plain to see. beautiful. poor barbora strycova was soon hurtling towards the exit. all over in less than an hour, in suitably emphatic style. williams now in sight of a record equalling 24th grand slam title, a remarkable feat for a remarkable athlete.
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i have a greatjob and i love what i do and i'm still pretty good at what i do, i guess, so ijust enjoy it. it's just a remarkable experience every time. in the final she will face romania's simona halep, after she breezed past elina svitolina in straight sets. today sees the start of the wheelchair events here. plenty of british interest, including the return of a former champion. jordan wylie won her last title here while 11 weeks pregnant. now back as a mum, today ultimately brought defeat. but there was better news for andy la pthorne — he's through to his final. who else fancies becoming a champion? andy swiss, bbc news wimbledon. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. i , well can't believe it but the weather was impeccable today. edge pass on the, when the match was
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over, the showers arrived, thank goodsness they didn't arrive earlier on, the sharpest of the showers today so far have been up into the north east. some of these with thunder mixed in and we will see a few sharp showers in the next hour, they will die away as we go through they will die away as we go through the overnight period. most ease away as the temperatures fall buzz they won't fall very far. it will be a mild night after a pretty humid day across the country, overnight lows of 12-17. but across the country, overnight lows of 12—17. but the winds are changing direction, slowly but surely and that will make it feel that bit more co mforta ble that will make it feel that bit more comfortable tomorrow. so we start off on comfortable tomorrow. so we start offona comfortable tomorrow. so we start off on a quiet note, there will be sunny spells coming through, scattering of showers tomorrow, not as many as today, and chiefly the further east you are, the reason being high pressure is building from the west. in terms of the feel of things 15—25 degrees, that is 77 fahrenheit. so that high pressure sitting out in the atlantic will gradually drift its way slowly eastwards for the start of the weekend, so eventually it will kill
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the showers is off completely, and sunday should be a dry affair, but on saturday, a north—easterly breeze might drag in more cloud along the east coast and we could see isolated showers around, generally speaking if you dodged the showers you keep sunny spells coming through, it will bea sunny spells coming through, it will be a pleasant start to the weekend, with highs of 16—24. just a slim chance perhaps on saturday of a shower threatening wimbledon but by sunday for the men's final the risk should have eased down considerably, again dry, light winds, settled, we have lost the humidity but the preponderances —— temperatures promising in the south—west with highs of 25 again. that's all from the bbc news at six. on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.
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