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tonight at ten... prince harry launches legal action against the owners of the sun and the mirror over alleged phone hacking. the move comes in the same week his wife, meghan, launched a separate legal case against the mail on sunday. royals rarely reach for a lawyer or a writ, and the reason is that it's such a high—risk strategy. they can be cross—examined. they can also have disclosure go to places that they don't really want. we'll be looking at the significance of the royal couple's second move against the press this week. also tonight: the man who made false claims of a vip paedophile ring — a review of the police inquiry into the case is heavily critical of scotland yard. president trump faces growing pressure over his dealings with ukraine, as democrats pursue their attempts to impeach him. the extraordinary achievement
of doctors, enabling this paraplegic man to move in an external skeleton, controlled by his mind. and an emotional moment, as britain's katerina johnson—thompson finally becomes the world champion heptathlete in doha. getting this gold medaljust means the absolute world to me. itjust means that, you know, i wasn't deluded in thinking that i was able to do these things! and coming up on sportsday, on bbc news: both great britain's axioom relay teams ease through to the final at the world athletics championships in doha.
good evening. buckingham palace has said that prince harry has begun legal action against the owners of the sun, the now defunct news of the world, and the daily mirror, in relation to alleged phone—hacking. it's not yet clear when the prince's allegations date from, but in a phone hacking criminal trial in 2011, he was named — along with prince william — as a victim. his move follows the announcement earlier this week that his wife, meghan, was taking a separate legal action against the mail on sunday. our royal correspondent, johnny dymond, reports. all smiles at the end of a high—profile tour, but in the works, a legal bombshell. harry is suing two of the biggest newspaper groups in britain. mirror group newspapers, publishers of the daily mirror, and newsgroup newspapers,
which publishes the sun and the now closed news of the world, are the defendants. the case, allegations of harry's called being hacked in the early 20005. the news of the world closed down as a result of phone hacking revelations. its owner paid out huge sums to celebrities, as has mirror group newspapers. i think it is because prince harry has declared a one—man war against the tabloid press, an ill—advised one, i think. i'm not defending phone hacking in any shape or form, but the timing is so significant and i know that there is division between senior royals and their advisers over the wisdom of what he has done. the news comes just two days after it was revealed that meghan is taking legal action against another newspaper, the mail on sunday, for publishing a letter she wrote to her father.
as that was announced, harry launched an angry and deeply personal attack on the tabloid press and what he said was its ruthless campaign against his wife. royals rarely reach for a lawyer or a writ and the reason is that it is such a high—risk strategy. they can be cross—examined, they can also have disclosure go to places that they don't really want, so it is a very high—risk strategy, the things are outside their control, but it is also a high—risk strategy for the editors who are going to have to give evidence too. the royal family is always high—profile, but harry has pushed back before. why this action from the prince now? well, remember that statement on wednesday? harry has a very long and tangled relationship with the tabloids. but that statement on wednesday it was particularly strong. he spoke of relentless propaganda and a ruthless campaign against his wife. the phone hacking
is an old business. it has been well aired. but it is hugely embarrassing to these very big newspaper groups. and harry has clearly decided to go up and harry has clearly decided to go up there with everything he can. 0k, many thanks. an investigation by the metropolitan police into claims of a vip paedophile ring at westminster — which proved to be false — had more than a0 failings, according to an independent review. the report, by a former high courtjudge, is highly critical of the police, finding that they "unlawfully obtained" warrants to search the homes of prominent figures — who'd been wrongly accused by carl beech. he's now serving an 18—year prison sentence for lying and for paedophile offences. the metropolitan police has said it is deeply, deeply sorry. our home affairs correspondent, june kelly, reports. among the many prominent figures carl beech named was lord bramall, a former chief of the defence staff. also falsely accused were lord brittan, who had served as home secretary,
the ex—conservative mp harvey proctor, the late prime minister sir edward heath, and long—time labour politician lord janner. in police interviews, carl beech claimed that these men were part of a high—profile paedophile network in the ‘70s and ‘80s, who sexually abused and tortured boys. he even said he had witnessed three boys being murdered by the group, one hit by a car. there was a lot of blood, i had blood on my hands. it was in october 2012 that carl beech approached the wiltshire force, making limited abuse claims. there was no action. in july 2014, beech first met the labour mp tom watson. this was after he had published wider claims online. by by december that year, scotland yard we re by december that year, scotland yard were investigating, describing the claims as credible and true. a senior retired judge, 66 mcrae was
brought into head the inquiry. his report details one of the most damaging episodes in the modern history of the metropolitan police. but today, the force refused to do any interviews. instead, there was this statement. i am deeply, deeply sorry for the mistakes that were made and for the ongoing pain that these mistakes have caused. i promise we will do all we can to prevent them happening again in the future. steve rodhouse was the officer who headed the investigation known as 0peration midland. now in a top policejob outside known as 0peration midland. now in a top police job outside the met, he is castigated on a number of fronts in the report and this includes sanctioning the phrase credible and true to describe delegations from carl beech, then known by the pseudonym nick. sir richard henriques says in his review...
the police team are described as being under pressure from tom watson, a campaigner on child abuse. 0ne detective described the politician as a priority. the review says:. harvey proctor lost his home and his job because he was under suspicion. today, he said tom watson should resign as deputy labour leader and be expelled from the party. i have icy contempt for mr beech. it is matched with my icy contempt for tom watson, and the labour party should immediately dissociate themselves from mr watson. what has 0peration midland done to you? i have no money. i have no resources. i cannot plan my future.
i'm not sure that i have a future. tom watson incest review contains multiple inaccuracies. can i get a reaction, please, are you going to resign? but there was no further comment for the cameras today. another of the falsely accused, lord brittan, died during the police investigation. never knowing that he had been exonerated. 0fficers investigation. never knowing that he had been exonerated. officers are accused of unlawfully obtaining wa rra nts to accused of unlawfully obtaining warrants to search the homes of suspects. today's review criticises the contact some journalists, including from the bbc, had with carl beech. 0verall, including from the bbc, had with carl beech. overall, this case has raised questions about the competence of the country's largest police force and its independence in the face of political pressure. june kelly, bbc news. our home editor, mark easton, is here with me now. a scathing review of the police. what lessons can
they learn from this? i think this is really a reminder of how badly things can go wrong. when institutions are just the principles that underpin their behaviour. after jimmy savile and other scandals, the metropolitan police knew that it had to change the way it dealt with allegations of child sexual abuse. senior officers were under significant, professional and cultural pressure from victims, from the press and government and indeed from her majesty's inspectorate of co nsta bula ry from her majesty's inspectorate of constabulary which said in the clearest terms, the presumption that the victim should always be believed should be institutionalised. and the met did try to institutionalise that change, embedding it into every level of the organisation. and it was not just level of the organisation. and it was notjust the met, growing public horror at the sexual abuse of children by people with power led to a moral panic that demanded a response from mps, prosecutors, social workers, journalists and as
we have heard from the bbc as well. but institutional change must be conducted with extreme care because it risks disturbing foundational values. you to recover here and have unintended consequences over there, doing more to protect one kind of victim actually creates another kind of victim. that, i think, victim actually creates another kind of victim. that, ithink, is victim actually creates another kind of victim. that, i think, is the real lesson from this sorry affair. 0k, mark, thank you. the government has acknowledged for the first time that borisjohnson will send a letter to the eu asking for a brexit delay, if no deal has been reached by the 19th of october. the details were included in papers submitted to the court of session in edinburgh, where campaigners are seeking a legal ruling to ensure the prime minister complies with the an act passed by mps last month to prevent a no—deal brexit. 0ur scotland correspondent, lorna gordon, is in edinburgh tonight. given everything else that we know, this is something of a surprise, isn't it? well, yes. the prime minister has
previously said he would rather be deadin previously said he would rather be dead ina previously said he would rather be dead in a ditch and have to ask for an extension to the brexit deadline and he has said he will obey the law. but here at the court of session today, we learnt two things. we learnt that the government will write a letter as required by the benn act asking for an extension if no deal is in place by october 19. no deal is in place by 0ctober19. we also learnt it will be the prime minister who writes that letter. clea r? minister who writes that letter. clear? well, not exactly. because as this was going on, borisjohnson was tweeting on social media, saying, new deal or no—deal, but no delay. downing street was also briefing that the country has not prevented from leaving at the end of october. adding that the government will make its true position on a delay, is making its true position on delay known privately in europe and that this will become public very soon.
well, those who brought this case to the court here argued in court today that their position is that boris johnson is not an honest man. they pointed to some of these contradictory statements over the past few weeks, saying that these are why they think the court needs toissue are why they think the court needs to issue a legally binding order to compel the prime minister to comply with and not frustrate the benn act. we expect thejudge with and not frustrate the benn act. we expect the judge here to issue his decision on monday, and expect another court case to follow very shortly thereafter. 0k, lorna gordon, many thanks. questions are growing over whether donald trump abused his power by putting pressure on ukraine to undermine the president's leading opponent. democrats have released new text messages in which several top us diplomats discussed withholding military aid from ukraine, while pressing it to investigate mr trump's political rival, joe biden. us law bans seeking foreign help for electoral purposes. 0ur north america editor,
jon sopel, reports. a single phone conversation, whose consequences could be massive. the call between the president and his ukrainian counterpart has sparked a bitter impeachment battle. but newly released text messages between senior us diplomats show that donald trump's efforts to strong—arm the ukrainians into launching a corruption inquiry were determined and systematic, and the administration wanted one company in particular to be under the spotlight — a gas company thatjoe biden's son, hunter, was a director of. kurt volker, a political appointee and former ukraine adviser to the president, says... but the only career civil servant in these text conversations, bill taylor, raises a red flag over the decision to halt agreed military aid. he writes...
and the ukrainians are still waiting for a date to be set for their meeting at the white house. i want to thank you for, er, invitation to washington. yeah. you invited me. but i think, i'm sorry... i'm sorry, but i think you forgot to tell me the date! laughter. to the charge that donald trump has sought help from a foreign power to undermine a political rival, the president shrugs, insisting it has nothing to do with politics. this is about corruption. and if you look and you read our constitution, and many other things, we... i have an obligation to look at corruption. i have an actual obligation and a duty. most republicans are maintaining an uncomfortable silence, but senator mitt romney has broken cover, issuing a statement saying...
the key sound bite from the president today is that this is about corruption and not politics. but when asked whether donald trump had ever sought a foreign leader to launch a corruption investigation into someone who wasn't a political enemy of his, donald trump said he would have to check that. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. for the first time, all primary school pupils in england are being offered a free flu vaccine this year as part of a huge nhs vaccination programme, bringing england in line with the rest of the uk. it means that in total, around 30 million people almost half the uk population will now be offered the vaccine. there were almost 1,700 flu—related deaths in england last year alone. the former conservative leadership contender rory stewart is standing down as an mp to run for london mayor in the election next may, as an independent candidate.
mr stewart was one of 21 mps expelled from the tories in the commons last month when he rebelled and voted to block a no—deal brexit. he described westminster as a "gothic shouting chamber" and said the way to make change was "intensely local." hong kong's entire metro system has been shut down to try to quell the increasingly violent pro—democracy demonstrations that are taking place. thousands of people were on the streets again tonight. protesters are being banned from wearing face masks in public, and could be jailed for up to a year if they do. rupert wingfield—hayes reports from hong kong. hong kong's chief executive made her whole cabinet stand with her and face the cameras together, visually declaring their support for the dramatic step she was about to take. we believe that the new law will create a deterring effect against masked violent protesters and rioters, and will assist the police in its law enforcement.
the objective of this regulation is to end violence and restore order and i believe this is now the broad consensus of hong kong people. that is certainly not what it looked like on the street outside. in hong kong's central business district, news of the facemask ban brought angry office workers onto the streets in their hundreds. they tore down a giant banner celebrating communist china's 70th anniversary, and rapidly put it to flame. within hours, the numbers on the streets had swelled from hundreds to thousands. carrie lam has told the people of hong kong, if you come out on the streets tomorrow wearing masks, you will be a criminal. well, this is their response. they are furious. they are challenging her and her government to do their worst. this young woman did not want to show her face butjust
listen to her anger. we are not afraid of this unlawful act, and we will tell the government that we will not surrender because of their suppression and also their authoritarian government because they are pro—beijing. we are hong kong, we should be given the democracy to rule by the rule of law. attacks on police by masked protesters like this one on tuesday are the reason the government says it has been forced to bring in the facemask ban. but tonight it seems to be making the violence even worse. this is video of a policeman under attack in the town of yuen long. the officer has fired his gun. now the protesters respond with petrol bombs. as the midnight deadline passed and the new facemask law came into effect, the tear gas grenades continued to rain down. the streets continued to burn. rupert wingfield—hayes,
bbc news, in hong kong. the leader of plaid cymru says he expects a referendum on welsh independence within a decade and says he sees the nation's future as a member of the eu. adam price told his party's annual conference in swansea that they need to look beyond brexit, and he offered disillusioned voters a new political home. wales will live and thrive as a european nation, or it will die as a british backwater. that is the choice we face and on that choice our fate depends. meanwhile, the green party have gathered in newport with their co—leader jonathan bartley opening the party conference. during his speech, mr bartley stated the green party would abolish the home office and replace it with a ‘ministry for sanctuary‘, before setting out the party's position on another brexit referendum. we may disagree with those on the
other side of the debate over europe, we may disagree with the corruption of the referendum but thatis corruption of the referendum but that is not a reason to ignore and sideline those who voted to leave. applause we have always said that the referendum must be the start, not the end, of a democratic process. if we wa nt the end, of a democratic process. if we want to stay in europe, we must win the argument on europe. doctors have achieved the remarkable feat of enabling a paraplegic man to move all of his limbs by wearing a mechanical exoskeleton suit controlled by his mind. the 30—year—old from france was paralysed from the neck down in a fall four years ago. he said using the suit made him he feel like "the first man on the moon." 0ur medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. this is mind controlling machine. thibault, who is paralysed in all four limbs, is sending instructions to his exoskeleton suit
using brain signals. the movements may bejerky, but it is a significant technological achievement. the study in the journal lancet neurology explains how thibault had surgery to place two 5cm implants on the outer membrane of his brain, above the areas which control movement. electrodes read his brain activity then beam messages to a computer which converts them into instructions for the exoskeleton. thibault practised by learning to control an avatar in a computer game, and then gradually mastered increasingly complex movements. this is a brain—computer interface... scientists at imperial college london are pioneering uk research into implants. they've praised the french exoskeleton study as ground—breaking. this is a very important
and significant step. usually it has been demonstrated a movement ofjust a single limb, and in this case they have demonstrated all four limbs simultaneously, although the complete exoskeleton was still attached to the ceiling, so many other elements are missing, such as balance. any device implanted in the body carries the risk of infection, but the potential benefits are huge. the technology that merges brain, body and machine is moving at a rapid pace. as well as paralysis, there are potential applications for implants in the fields of epilepsy, even depression. 0ne team here at imperial is even working on a gut implant to suppress appetite to control obesity. the exoskeleton can't yet be used outside the lab, and the technology is so expensive it will be out of reach of most of those with spinal—cord injuries.
but, as a proof of concept, it is an impressive step forward. fergus walsh, bbc news. there was disbelief on the face of britain's katarina johnson—thompson when she became heptathlon world champion in doha last night. after a career scarred by disappointments, it's the first time she's won an outdoor medal at this level, and she achieved four personal bests in the process. 0ur sports correspondent natalie pirks reports from the world athletics championships. it actually felt like a dream, and the lights and everything, it has been unbelievable and i can't believe this is the result. there have just been so many attempts at trying to perform on this stage and i'm so, so happy. it was a night when one british woman stood on top of the world, after the performance of her life. that's an excellent run! 13.08! she had barely slept but this morning told me how
it is all beginning to sink in. getting this gold medaljust means the absolute world to me. itjust means that i wasn't deluded in thinking that i was able to do these things! she was born in liverpool in 1993 to mum tracey who first brought her to the track. winning became second nature while she attended girls school stjulie's but, after winning the world heptathlon youth title in 2009, there was fear her talent would not make the step up to senior level. can she do it? calamitous moments followed on the world stage. in 2015 it was the long jump. that is too close. katarina johnson—thompson has had three fouls. at the rio 0lympics, a poorjavelin. i have to say, it's a pretty feeble throw. and in london 2017, the highjump was a particular low point. last attempt... no. but a change in coaching setup and a permanent move to montpellier in france has delivered an epic turnaround in fortunes. four of her seven events
here were lifetime bests. this is long! that is an enormous throw! look at the smile on her face, she knows! there were those years and those stages after major championships where kat had that huge disappointment where i think we all thought, was this going to be herjourney? and no, she kept battling through setback after setback, at major championships as well. she had some really tough times and to come back and to deliver finally in this way is incredible. jess was a huge inspiration for me. that was my first ever senior international experience, the olympics in 2012 when she did get that british record so it is unbelievable to me still that, you know, i've stepped up. in breaking ennis—hill's british record, johnson—thompson beat her rival, nafi thiam, by the biggest winning margin in 32 years. she is the world champion! music: god save the queen.
her points total was the sixth best in championship history. next stop is tokyo, as the world's best. natalie pirks, bbc news, doha. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday. coming up on tonight's programme... reigning world champions great britain ease through to the final of the mens 4x100 relay while the women keep dina asher—smith's hopes of a third medal alive. just 12 months after battling to avoid relegation, salford reach their first ever super league grand final after upstaging five—time champions wigan warriors. and england's biggest challenge so far as eddiejones warns his side will have to be at the top
of their game to beat argentina. hello and good evening. we start tonight's programme in doha where britain's relay teams have ensured their place in tomorrow night's final. the men's team — the defending champions, made it through their heat placing first — while the women did without their golden girl dina asher smith to qualify with a seasons best time.. that does mean, asher smith's hopes of a third medal at these championships remain in tact. 0ur reporter ade adeoyen rounds up the action. she is having the season of her
life, breaking the world record at the trials, and she came here to attend to win one gold medal that eluded her but she was under pressure from a compatriot who beat her twice on the dining league circuit and she took the last hurdle for us and in that pressure for the closing stages but she lowered her world record and in the process she and herself $100,000 and katrina johnson thompson retrieved her gold wet stomach metal and the other golden girl remains in question when her third metal and she was not involved in the action tonight but her team—mates successfully made their way into the final. the men who are the defending champion also qualified and they clocked the fastest time the well this year and finish somewhere ahead of an american quartet. three britons will contest the 50 metres final. they
successfully negotiate their way through the final dash to the final. and the fastest man in the well this year is from kenya this year. some 20,000 members of the public came to the. not bad for a man who battled injuries over the last two years. and here's the image we've all be waiting for. katarina johnson—thompson with that gold medal in her hands. after breaking the british record to win the heptathlon in style yesterday. she picked up her medal this evening. this is herfourth world championships, and she'd failed to medal at any of the previous events. so, a huge moment for kjt who i'm sure won't be letting that go any time soon. just 12 months ago, they were battling to avoid relegation. but tonight salford red devils have made it through to