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the headlines at 5pm. the president of the bulgarian football union resigns, after last night's match with england was marred by racism. the euro 2020 qualifier in the capital sofia was halted twice, with black england players the target of racist abuse. we've made a huge statement and, frankly, we were in an impossible situation. uefa, who i've spoken to throughout the game at half—time and at the end of the game, will be carrying out a thorough investigation. we'll be speaking to the former professional footballer fabrice muamba, who also experienced racist chanting in bulgaria. also coming up... the eu says they must agree details of a brexit deal by the end of the day —
but the irish pm warns there might not be time. where there will be able to conclude a revised withdrawal agreement, which after all is an international treaty, in time for the summit on thursday, that is as of now unclear. the number of hate crimes reported to police in england and wales reaches a record high. former bosses at thomas cook are told to "do the right thing" and hand back their bonuses, as they face mps over the travel firm collapse. snp leader nicola sturgeon tells her party conference that a second referendum on scottish independence must happen next year. the duke and duchess of cambridge meet pakistan's prime minister imran khan, during theirfive—day visit to the country.
hello, it is five o'clock. it's 5pm — our main story is that the head of bulgaria's football union has resigned in the wake of racist chants from home fans directed at england players in last night's game in sofia. in a statement, the president of european football's governing body, uefa, aleksander ceferin, blamed a rise in nationalism across europe for fuelling racism at matches. the game — which england won 6—0 — was stopped twice because home fans were making monkey noises and nazi salutes. borisjohnson and the football association have demanded that uefa take tough and immediate action. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. you could say this game began with marcus rashford's blistering finish to score the first england goal. in fact, it began before that. it began when england's players first heard the monkey chants, the racial abuse. whistling. hey, don't do that!
i mean, i heard it before i even got to the other side of the pitch in the warm—up. we spoke about it, coming off the pitch, after the warm—up and then, obviously, it was happening in the game but, like i said, it's difficult to categorise the whole country. i think it's perhaps a minority and the second half was a lot better, so perhaps a victory all round. uefa, who i've spoken to throughout the game, at half—time and at the end of the game, will be carrying out a thorough investigation — not just what the ref saw and what the officials around him saw, but also live footage, witness statements to make sure that this appalling scene of terrible racism is treated appropriately. there were intense discussions between england players, management and officials through the first half and an announcement was made to the crowd that the referee might suspend the game if the abuse continued. it was greeted by boos.
there were nazi salutes in the ground. when england's players left this pitch at half—time, they then actually discussed whether they should even carry on with the match. they decided to play on and england's captain told me he believes that was the right decision. everyone wanted to carry on and do their talking on the pitch, which i'm extremely proud of. it's not easy to play in circumstances like that, but the 6—0 victory and the way we played, the manner in which we played, i'm extremely proud of, for sure. england's manager felt they had handled the situation in the best way. i'm incredibly proud of all of the players and all of the staff. i don't think... of course, we could be criticised for not going far enough, but i think we've made a huge statement and, frankly, we were in an impossible situation to get it right to the satisfaction of everybody. but bulgaria's manager gave a different perspective. translation: i was totally concentrated on the game. i didn't actually hear anything, but i've just talked to the english
press officers and i told them that if this is proven to be true, then we will have to be ashamed and apologise for it. but, once again, firstly, it has to be proven to be true. one answer to the abuse was the scoreline. commentator: up towards kane. manager gareth southgate has openly acknowledged that english football has its own issues to deal with, but racism was displayed in its starkest, most blatant form in bulgaria. england's players exposed it, but the reaction can't stop here. it is worth remembering that the bulgarian football authorities were angry when england even brought up the issue of racism in the build—up to this game. we heard bulgaria's manager tell us there was not an issue in this country with racism. clearly, racism stretches way beyond bulgaria, but nothing was ever changed in a spirit of denial. joe wilson, bbc news, in sofia.
let's talk now to former professional footballer fabrice muamba, who also experienced racist chanting while playing for the england under 21s team against bulgaria. thanks so much for being with us. just tell us what that was like. i know it is quite a few years ago, but what was it like when you were playing in bulgaria and experienced those racist chants yourself?” remember the event like it was yesterday. i can remember the pitch exactly, the same stadium, it was raining and every time myself, tom huddleston or gabriel agbonlahor touched the ball, you could hear it blata ntly, touched the ball, you could hear it blatantly, but we remained calm throughout the whole game, managed to remain calm, but looking at it yesterday, it hasn't changed. there hasn't been much progress in that pa rt hasn't been much progress in that part of the world and it is disappointing we are focusing on that, we are supposed to be talking about the game yesterday, how well some of the guys who have come in
have done. now we focus on it as something that is beside football. some people have said the england tea m some people have said the england team should just have walked off, harry kane should have just led the players off and say we are just not going to play in the circumstances. do you think that would have been the right thing to do? is most of the right thing to do? is most of the guys who have gone on the radio say today, the players have the power now. the players have the authority to do whatever they feel like they can do. walking off would give them an advantage but also a disadvantage. by staying in the pitch, it sends a strong message that we are here, we are sticking with our team—mate, regardless of what you think of their skin colour, we will be with them because they are our team—mates, we will be with them because they are ourteam—mates, and we will be with them because they are our team—mates, and that is what football is about, bringing people together, whereas the players walking away, it would have been a bit difficult to deal with. but now i think as we have seen how english players came back during the game, you have to commend them. they do the same thing wherever they are regardless of whatever level you are
playing, you must always remain calm when you face that kind of situation. you are saying when you are in bulgaria are experiencing those racist chants, you stayed calm, but did you feel like you would have liked to walk off at any stage during that match? at that time, iwas stage during that match? at that time, i was young then, i think i just wanted to go on and play my football, but now as an adult i see things a little bit different. i won't tolerate that, why should i put up with this? this is a game where we are supposed to love it, but it turns out that you are having agoat but it turns out that you are having a go at me because of my skin colour and i'm not going to put up with it. i would probably do something different now that i've stopped playing, to be honest. what about the authorities, and uefa in particular? a lot of people frankly say they have been pretty pathetic in the way they have handled racism down the years. you know, fines and
so down the years. you know, fines and so on, and some people say let's just kick bulgaria out of the tournament altogether.” just kick bulgaria out of the tournament altogether. i agree. just kick bulgaria out of the tournament altogether. iagree. iam not sure if you have seen the fine, but for the english team for disturbing the national anthem yesterday, which is a bit bizarre, because i don't think the english fa ns because i don't think the english fans deserved that, but i think we have done the point deduction, we have done the point deduction, we have done the fine, and we have done closure of the stadium. i think kicking the team out of the tournament would be a stronger statement than just finding the team come because every country has the money, and bulgari has the money too. so if we can kick bulgaria out of the major competition, that will send a strong statement, because we won't put up with this any more. very good to talk to you, thank you for joining very good to talk to you, thank you forjoining us so much, fabrice muamba, thank you. thank you. now
some breaking news concerning the pa rents of some breaking news concerning the parents of harry dunn, the 19—year—old who was killed on his motorbike after that collision with the wife of an american diplomat in northamptonshire in august. his pa rents a re northamptonshire in august. his parents are in the united states, trying to raise awareness about the case, and specifically trying to get that diplomat‘s wife who left the united kingdom to go back to the us, to get her to return to britain, and to get her to return to britain, and to face justice, as they put it. we are now hearing from harry dunn's family adviser that the white house have now invited harry dunn's pa rents to have now invited harry dunn's parents to a meeting this afternoon, us time, and the family advisers say we are looking forward to getting further answers as we search for justice for harry dunn. so harry dunn's parents, during that visit
that was intended to put pressure on the trump administration to have the diplomat‘s wife sent back to face british investigators, it seems they have now secured a meeting at the white house this afternoon. the european union's chief brexit negotiator says a deal needs to be agreed with the uk tonight — if it's to be signed off at the summit of eu leaders on thursday. michel barnier said an deal would be difficult but still possible but only if the legal text is agreed by tonight. the government says it is still too early to know whether parliament will hold a special sitting on saturday to consider the outcome of the brexit negotiations. our europe correspondent adam fleming reports. what felt like all of europe was waiting to hear, if the brexit talks were making progress. even if the agreement will be difficult, more and more difficult, we think it is still
possible this week. looking tired after negotiations went into the night, michel barnier chose every word carefully. reaching an agreement... ..is still possible. obviously, any agreement must work for everyone. inside, he laid out the timeline for ministers from the 27 other countries. if there is to be a deal for eu leaders to approve at their summit starting on thursday, that deal would have to be agreed by tonight, tuesday, but, in brexit, deadlines exist to be missed. it is, of course, possible to move beyond the summit, and to continue talks next week. that is feasible because the uk isn't due to leave the european union until the end of the month. but from everybody‘s perspective, if we could provide clarity at this leaders summit that would be a welcome development.
we have a high level of solidarity with ireland from the beginning. and we try to protect the integrity of the markets. if it is possible to stick to such a red line it is possible to have a deal. then we will see if it is also possible for the british parliament to agree on that. will there be a deal tonight? in london, the prime minister welcomed an observer of this process, the nato secretary general. if the pm seals the deal with his other european colleagues it'll have to be approved by parliament, and notjust that, it'll have to be turned into british law, too, which means more votes. parliament, once it has agreed something, can legislate very quickly. so if the meaningful vote goes through, the legislation will merely be the ratification in domestic law of the treaty, and that, i think, is a relatively easy bill to pass, if there is a deal. what matters now is whether the negotiating team can work their magic in brussels.
there were still big differences, like the customs check on the island of ireland, and the shape of any future trade agreements. gaps that have to be bridged injust a matter of hours or there will not be a deal this week. in the last hour, the irish taoiseach leo varadkar has been speaking in dublin. the initial indications are that we're making progress, the negotiations are moving in the right direction, but whether we will be able to conclude a revised withdrawal agreement, which after is a international treaty in time for the summit on thursday, that is as of now unclear. the prime minister said to me that if we could come to an agreement between the eu and the uk that he was confident he would be able to get it through the house of
course there are a few hurdles between now and then. first we have to come to an agreement, secondly it would have to be approved at the european council and third go through the house of commons, so there are a few more hurdles to go through. a few more hurdles. in a moment, we'll get the thoughts of our chief political correponsendent vicki young — but first to brussels to speak to gavin lee. gavin, rumours are swirling around this evening that they may be very close to some sort of deal. what are you hearing? officially nothing, in terms of whether or not there will bea terms of whether or not there will be a breakthrough but bear this in mind, there are 28 diplomats, ambassadorial teams, function are's, who briefed different people across different governments in different countries. i have seen some journalists suggesting they are close to reaching a deal. we have just sent a message one of the
senior eu officials, very informed on the state of the top is, who has just sent a whatsapp message back to us just sent a whatsapp message back to us saying please come down everyone. that gives us a sense they are on edge as much as everyone else's right now, we are roughly 36 into talks, since the weekend in that building, the fifth floor, several rooms, i'm told, 2a technical negotiators, i2 rooms, i'm told, 2a technical negotiators, 12 on either side, with michel barnier going from room to room, working out where they can manoeuvre full stop roughly 5.5 hours left before we should get a readout from both sides, whether or not they have reached a deal and therefore there will be a deal in time for the eu summit this thursday and friday, and one source suggesting this morning to the bbc that it does involve significant concessions from the uk, that northern ireland remains within a backstop, so northern ireland keeps within the eu customs union and there is a border in the island of ireland, to which theresa may a few
months ago said that would be too much too for the integrity of the uk. laura kuenssberg suggested a short while ago that a number of brexiteers have gone to downing street, perhaps there are conversations but i should indicate pretty strongly at the moment but the message please come down suggest to us no official comment. we have a few more hours to go. we are always calm here at the bbc news channel. gavin, thank you. vicki, i know you are calm but tell us a bit more about that meeting gavin was alluding to, the brexiteers, the erg, i think they have been in downing street. is this ahead of a possible deal, and borisjohnson trying to get them on side? as gavin was saying, it looks like there may be significant concessions from the british side. i think what is fascinating is that even if the two sides are still some way apart, the briefings gavin is getting a very similarto briefings gavin is getting a very similar to the ones coming out of downing street, which is to be very cautious. i get the sense from some in downing street that they feel progress is being made, they agree with leo varadkar on that but they
are letting the negotiators do their job and downing street has always said four weeks, if not months, but if there is a deal to be done it will be done at the eu council. so whether that midnight deadline from michel barnier is something they are adhering to is another matter, but you are right of course, getting a deal is the first thing, getting it through parliament is the next big hurdle for boris johnson. through parliament is the next big hurdle for borisjohnson. as through parliament is the next big hurdle for boris johnson. as you say, people like steve baker, those on the wing of the tory party, who never did vote for theresa may's deal, they have been going into downing street. now, i'm not sure they are getting any detail, i think they are getting any detail, i think they are getting any detail, i think they are being kept up—to—date by what is being put forward by the british government, i'm not sure they are being told exactly what is coming back from the other side. there have been contradictory messages all day about how close the two sides are to getting a deal. now i think looking ahead to saturday, all that talk of a very rare sitting of parliament on saturday potentially, that has not been confirmed by the government and they will not make a decision on that may be until late thursday, early
friday, because i suppose, from their point of view, there is not much point in holding that if there is nothing to talk about. the clearest path for boris johnson is nothing to talk about. the clearest path for borisjohnson i would be to get a deal, bring it back to parliament on saturday, get it through with the support he would hope of the dup and the whole of the tory party, but there will be an issueif tory party, but there will be an issue if this idea of a border down the irish sea part of that, that is going to be a very big problem for some in the tory party and for the democratic unionist party. so of course even if that deal is got, he has to go through parliament and the problem for boris johnson really is that the deadline is not the 31st october, he has this other thing, the so—called ben act. which means if there is no deal approved by saturday night, then he has to, by law, asked the eu for a delay to brexit. something he says he will never do. thank you very much, vicki young, our chief political correspondent, and gavin lee in brussels. our latest headlines now.
the president of the bulgarian football union resigns after last night's match with england was marred by racism. the white house has asked for an urgent meeting today for the family of harry dunn, who died in a road accident involving the wife of a us diplomat. the european union say they must agree details of a brexit deal by the end of the day, but the irish prime minister warns there might not be time. and in sport, uefa president aleksander shefflin says the football family needs to wage war on the basis of the abuse of england players in bulgaria, there are england players in bulgaria, there a re calls england players in bulgaria, there are calls for bulgaria to be thrown out of euro 2020 qualifying. good news for england ahead of their rugby world cup quarterfinal against england, believing a polar likely to be fit to start for the match on saturday. britain's world heptathlon champion katarina johnson—thompson has been nominated for the world i doubly enough athlete of the year award. more to come on all of those
toys at around half past. the number of hate crimes reported to police in england and wales has reached a record high. figures from the home office show there has been a ten % rise from the previous year. more than three quarters of the offences were related to racism. recorded transgender hate crime increased by more than a third from the year before. our home affairs correspondent sarah corker reports. there has been a rise in all types of hate crimes reported to police. but it is racially motivated offences that make up the majority. at the east london mosque, this woman supports muslim women who have been subjected to hate crimes. she has been targeted also. my childhood experiences, being kicked by doc martin boots, racial abuse. going back home. i have been brought up here.
this is my home. figures show there were more than 100,000 hate crime offences recorded by police in england and wales in 2018—19, a record number and a 10% rise on last year. race hate crimes accounted for around three quarters of all offences, more than 78,000 cases. there needs to be difficult conversations around the subtle forms of islamophobia and other forms of discrimination in british culture because we see forms of hate rise when they become embedded in the culture. and tra nsgender hate crime has risen by 37%. josie said she has been verbally and physically abused on the tube and in the street more than 150 times. some things go deep, things like, you should have been strangled at birth, people like you do not deserve to live.
and they walk away and i am left standing there going... the home office said the rise is partly due to better reporting and recording by police forces, but there was a spike in incidents after terror attacks in 2017 and the eu referendum. figures show few of these cases are being solved. police forces are under pressure to do more to catch those responsible. reports of hate crime rate across the board. including disability hate crime which went up by 11; percent. chloe tear is a 21—year—old disability blogger from west yorkshire — who is pa rtially—sighted and has cerebral palsy. three years ago — chloe was a victim of hate crime — and says it took a long time to recover from the incident. chloejoins me live now
from our studio in leeds. chloe, thank you very much for being with us. i mean, in the context of these figures we have had today, which are pretty shocking, just tell us which are pretty shocking, just tell us about your experience. so my experience, i had come back from an event with friends, i was using a wheelchair, which i was doing pa rt—time, wheelchair, which i was doing part—time, and i had eggs thrown at me while i was waiting for my pa rents to me while i was waiting for my parents to pick me up. so i was targeted because i was in a wheelchair. and, yeah, i reported it to the police and things were done but i don't believe it was enough. so the police to take it seriously? but you must have been, what went through your mind, shock, anger?” had only been using a wheelchair for a short amount of time and then, and i think it really did shake my views about myself, about using a
wheelchair, but also how the general public see disabled people in general. and when you say, how they see disabled people in general, what do you mean? how do they see people in wheelchairs, do you think? so obviously i can't speak for the vast majority of the general public, but there are still people that see disabled people as less, and see us not worthy of opportunities, of experiences, and of life, at the end of the day. what would be your message to people who think like that, the sort of people who threw eggs at you? what would you say to them, if you could come face—to—face with them? i thinki them, if you could come face—to—face with them? i think i would just want to try and educate them. i think a lot of it is down to stereotypes that we have about disability, and it is only through education and raising awareness that we are actually going to get rid of those. these figures show hate crime across
the board actually, a whole range of different hate crimes, transgender people, racist hate crime, a large portion of it, do you think we are becoming a society that are hating people more, or is it as has been suggested partly at least due to a rise in the recording of these hate crimes? i think people now are more able to be themselves, which is great and amazing, but unfortunately does put them at risk to hate from other people. but i also think gaining the confidence to be yourself means that people are reporting more, which will raise the figures but it also highlights how much of a big issue it actually is. and how do you, as you go about your life, come to terms with this? do you just have to develop a very thick skin? how to deal with this sort of thing? i think unfortunately
comments or cuts are part of life when you have a disability, and i think the general public might not realise that but a lot of these comments are isolated incidents that you can't report as a hate crime, you can't report as a hate crime, you don't know who they are, you will never see them again but u nfortu nately will never see them again but unfortunately it is part of what we face on a daily basis. you have a blog i think, and you are trying to ta ke blog i think, and you are trying to take this on, this kind of hate crime? yeah, i think it is really important to highlight issues like this, andi important to highlight issues like this, and i know i've got lots of disabled friends who face very similar experiences and it is only by coming together that we are able to tackle these. very good to talk to tackle these. very good to talk to you, chloe. thank you so much for your time. just some more breaking news to bring you on those brexit talks. as we were talking to our chief political correspondent vicki young about that meeting of brexiteers in downing street, the european research group, the erg,
whose votes mrjohnson will definitely need if he is trying to get this through parliament. there is iain duncan smith, mark francois, bill cash, steve baker, all seen at that meeting in downing street today, and we have been hearing actually from some of them talking after that meeting, saying they are optimistic that it is still possible that we reach a tolerable deal. that was steve baker in fact saying that. iam was steve baker in fact saying that. i am optimistic that it is still possible we reach a tolerable deal, and that i will be voting for it, and that i will be voting for it, and bill cash said "we are making progress, we can leave the eu on 0ctober progress, we can leave the eu on october 31". so that is them going into that meeting on downing street. amid the reports that the uk may have made some concessions on the irish backstop issue in those talks. clearly the prime minister trying to get the brexiteers, the erg, onside,
and they they are optimistic that they may be able to vote for a deal. more on that as it comes into us. royal mail is facing its first national postal strike in a decade, after postal workers overwhelmingly voted to take industrial action. around 110,000 members of the communication workers union were balloted in a dispute over terms and conditions and job security. 97% voted in favour of a strike, with turnout in the ballot at 76%. now the latest weather with helen willetts. at least it has been drier for most of us today. yes, we have a few showers around but after for some over 20 days of consecutive rain, it has been welcome. but we don't have to wait too much longer for our unfortunate next band of rain andi for our unfortunate next band of rain and i say that because the ground is still so saturated. we still have several flood warnings at the moment so that will clearly cause more concerned with spray and standing water as it comes through
the night. at least the temperatures won't fall very low because you have all the cloud, the rain and then went to greet us tomorrow morning but it is clear quite quickly from northern ireland, from wales, western scotland. there is a question as to whether we will see another pulse of rain coming back into southern areas as we go through the day. but elsewhere, a little ridge of high pressure, very few showers, light winds, the little sunshine, not too bad for this time of year, 11; to 16 degrees. the showers gathering once again tomorrow night and that sets us up for a couple of days of sunny spells and quite torrential showers at times, with hail and thunder, so no sign ofa times, with hail and thunder, so no sign of a respite for very long. planninguk hello again you are watching bbc news. . 0ur planninguk hello again you are watching bbc news. . our latest headlines, the president of the bulgarian football union has resigned after the match by england was marred by racist stomach racism.
at the end of the game they will be carrying out a thorough investigation. conservative era sceptics say they are optimistic they will be able to vote for a brexit deal that is currently being negotiated as the eu says the details must be agreed by the end of today. the white house has asked for an urgent meeting today with the family of harry dinan, who died in a road accident involving the wife of aus road accident involving the wife of a us diplomat. the number of hate crimes reported to police in england and will rails reaches a record high. former boss is thomas cook are told to hand back there bonuses. the duke and duchess of cambridge meets pakistan's prime minister during the five day visit to the country. let's get all the latest sport for you now and be full sports round up
at the sports centre and john, more on the fallout from the england match and bulgaria. that is where we start stopping ahead of ua five says that the paul family must rage war on the racists. in a statement european football governing but it in my body says it is doing everything he can to eliminate this disease from football. ua file have opened ford disciplinary proceedings against bulgaria including racist behaviour and throwing objects. to charges against ingram including an sufficient number of travelling stay. a former england player is unsure this will change anything and bulgaria. i do not believe that the bulgarians themselves will do much about it because they are moment will not accept there is an issue and it is good to see that the pm has actually come out and said that
they do make the display from last night brought this grace to their football but now they need to follow it up and follow it out by taking sanctions against all of those individuals. and you wonder if they are actually football supporters or if they just went there to cause a problem they did because that is also something we know has happened. we will reflect more on this story and more on ua flight at 6:30pm tonight. good news for rugby, against their quarterfinal on saturday. number eight is very likely to be fit to start according to defence coach. he injured his ankle ten days ago but is close to returning. ingram has beaten the wallabies in the last six meetings but have not won a world cup knockout game for 12 years. wells will be driven on by the pain of their 2011 semi final defeat against france when they take them on in the
quarterfinal in japan. according france when they take them on in the quarterfinal injapan. according to stephen jan's same quarterfinal injapan. according to stephenjan's same nest a conversion as the welsh lost 9—8 in new zealand. they are remembered for the red card and they will meet on sunday for the second time that a world cup. it is a tight game even went down to 111, we battled hard and it still could have gone either way. but this is obviously difficult for players, some were involved that day but the vast majority when and when you look at recent games against france, and the boys have had some good success. it will be a challenge for them on sunday and obsession we respect and rightly so and it is about getting our house in order and making sure we get our responsibilities. kateryna johnson thompson has been nominated for the iaaf world athlete of award. she did
with the british record as well and when the european award and marched. and that there is also well among the ii and that there is also well among the 11 nominees. england all rounder jenny gunn has announced her retirement from international cricket. she is the second top female player in all formats and she is part of the 27 world cup side. the managing director of women's cricket said she was an exceptional role model for the sport and will be missed. andy murray is due out on court in the first round of the being open and later on and he may have to leave the early, because his third child is due this month and he will return to london if his wife goes into labour and he says he will ta ke goes into labour and he says he will take a month off and the baby does arrive. he is scheduled to play a
local favourite in around an hour's time. plenty more to come and sports day and plenty more on events and sophia last night. that is around 6:30pm but that is all from sportscenter. and that has been centred for 12 yea rs and that has been centred for 12 years in prison after running over a police officer. he received life—changing injuries when he was run over with a hijacked police car. what happens next beggars belief. that is a brick being thrown. the pc arrived and support, both before he was tasered. astonishingly despite
being hit several times he shook off five officers and jumped into the unmarked police car. that shocking footage shows pc phillips being knocked to the ground. what came next was shown in court but is too distressing for us to show here. he was left fighting for his life. he has shown no regard for the safety of police or any member of the public and his actions show no respect for humanity really. he hit 97 mph as he drove through traffic and 30 mph zones. he eventually stopped here and people came out of the shops and passer—byjoined and to try to restrain him but he still would not give up. get down on the floor, now! even with a gun pointing
at him, he still try to escape before finally surrendering. amazingly despite extensive injuries, pc phillips was able to walk into court today to see the man who drove over them jailed and he may never fully recover. in the last few minutes a statement was read out outside of the court by the superintendent of the west midlands police he was accompanied by the injured officer. none of them had ever witnessed such a violent attack on a collie. we put in place to help staff struggling psychologically with the trauma and i would say that in all my years of policing, i never knew an incident at such a dramatic impact on staff including myself. to —— despite the
impact, and had to say they have remained stoic in the face of adversity and they are out there doing what they do best, arresting criminals and protecting the public. that was the super intendant there accompanied by the injured officer. international pressure on turkey is growing after the launch of its offensive against kurdish forces in northern syria. the united states has now imposed economic sanctions on turkey, while the uk says there'll be no new arm sales to the country. president erdogan has insisted he won't back down from his campaign against what he describes as terrorists — he says he wants to a safe zone along the border. but casualties are mounting and around 160,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. mark lowen reports. week two of the turkish invasion and there is no let up. intense battles this morning in this syrian border town. turkish troops have pounded targets
but kurdish forces have fought back. turkey and the syrian fighters it supports have taken over 60 miles from the kurds they call terrorists. they have made a rapid advance, taking down kurdish control in key areas. the kurds have now called in help from the assad regime, giving his forces free rein into towns they lost seven years ago. it is compromise or genocide, said one kurdish commander. and the pullback has allowed some islamic state fighters the kurds were guarding to break free. this is said to be an empty prison where some had been held. the kurds have got other worries now. turkey is drawing international condemnation — britain halting new arms export licences to ankara, and the us has slapped sanctions on turkish ministers and tariffs on its steel. the vice president denied that donald trump's decision to withdraw
troops from syria gave turkey a green light to move in. at the president's direction the united states has imposed punishing sanctions on turkey and made it very clear that that will only be the beginning, unless turkey is willing to embrace a ceasefire, come to the negotiating table and end the violence. meanwhile, kurdish fighters and civilians are dying, dozens killed in the past week. more than 10,000 kurds have died fighting is. this, they say, is how the west repays them. and the humanitarian crisis is building, 160,000 displaced in the last few days. turkey's leader is pushing on, vowing to secure the region. but for old and young, in place of security there is fresh bloodshed, fresh foes and a deepening of syria's nightmare. mark lowen, bbc news. emile hokayem is a senior fellow
for middle east security, at the the international institute for strategic studies, and specialises in political and conflict analysis. he is here with me now. first of all we have seen the americans saying they are imposing sanctions on turkey because of the offensive and some are saying that as locking the stable door after the horse has bolted and donald trump has effectively given the green light for this offensive. it looks like the us is trying to compensate for a rash decision by donald trump and basically overturns us policy in syria and policy with the kurds. the size of the turkish response and humanitarian catastrophe that lie ahead have prompted western capitals to see what they can do to pressure turkey and that is difficult to do and we have seen the decisions to
stop selling weapons or suspend existing arm sales but all of this will not force president erdogan to consider. he sees the leading kurdish forests and syria as an existential threat to turkish national security so i am not sure western pressure and enough itself will get turkey to reconsider. and of course turkey is a nato ally. but they... it of course turkey is a nato ally. but it is understandable to an extent and has been a western policy vacuum over syria for a number of years but the us has retreated to a large extent by the us presence and northeast syria was in flux for some time and donald trump always hated that presence there and it is really the bureaucracy and national security and washington that try to restrain him from this earlier so
erdogan is basically saying that he operates on his own terms and you ca re operates on his own terms and you care what you worry about . for strategic vacuum it leaves in northeast syria with the presence of russia and iran and the new ham and italian catastrophe means western capitals like i was to others have to do something but you did not want to do something but you did not want to fundamentally antagonize turkeys to fundamentally antagonize turkeys to make turkey so they are constrained in their possession. the resurgence of islamic state because a lot of their prisoners, some that already seems they have escaped or theirfamilies already seems they have escaped or their families escaped and many more may still escape now so how dangerous is that situation now in terms of the resurgence of islamic state ? terms of the resurgence of islamic state? the resurgence of the isis has been ongoing for some time and this will amplify an already
existing trend. isis may not turn out best time to be the monster it was in 2013 and 2014 when president 0bama at the time compared it to al-qaeda but that was complacency by regional actors but this time eve ryo ne regional actors but this time everyone is more focused on it but at the same time the campaign against isis was successful in large pa rt against isis was successful in large part because it was a military countered terrorism campaign and no one really cared about the bigger picture, the regime of bashar al—assad, the russian role, the iranian role, and others. isis was defeated militarily but that was not enough. with the help of the kurds and a lot of people are saying that donald trump has betrayed the periods and they helped defeat islamic state and now america has effectively betrayed them and as a result of all of that, islamic state is on the rise again. it is entry into a large extent and the kurds
also have their own self interest and needed to defeat isis because it was a threat for the kurds themselves and defeating isis meant that they could build the autonomous zone and northeast syria where they could attempt to build a clause a state which they have done in the past few years so it is a big trail and it is felt as a betrayal and it is certainly going to damage us credibility in the region for a long time and who is going to work with the us in the future to deal with these terrorist threats and others. kurds have faced a very difficult situation where they have to decide whether to face turkey or make a deal with the asad regime and they opted for the latter stop thank you very much indeed. thank you for your time. the second referendum on scottish independence must have send next year. nicola sturgeon confirmed she would ask the uk government for
formal consent by the end of this year. our correspondent as there. yes that was the most striking part of her speech, at the passages where she was talking about her timetable for independence and what was really noticeable was that three times during that part of the speech members in the hall stamped their feet and stood up and cheered and clapped and it was clear from that that in a way they were sending a message to the leadership that for then independence and making it happen as soon as possible was really the most important thing and of course brexit matters and of course there are social issues to deal and scotland but for the delegates who are here today, it is all about independence and nicola sturgeon laid out to them her vision as to why scotland should be an independent nation. we had a wealthy country bursting with talent and
potential. this is our scotland, rich enough and strong enough and big enough to take our place among the proud independent nations of the world and that is what we must now do. applause brexit in any form puts our prosperity at risk so we must reject a post brexit race to the bottom and embrace instead a race tojoin that top—tier of independent nations and consider this. as an independent, european country, scotland will have a unique advantage. we will be a nde eu single market and the closest neighbour to our friends and the re st of neighbour to our friends and the rest of the case. a bridge between europe and uk making our country a
magnet for global investment co nfe re nce magnet for global investment conference and that is what i call the best of both worlds. it was not just about those big issues of brexit and independence, there were also sections about domestic social policy and she talked about how she wa nted policy and she talked about how she wanted to make all non—residential social care free and scotland and that was conditional on the next scottish elections in 2021, if it is a winfor scottish elections in 2021, if it is a win for the s&p as it has been in previous years, then those policies we re previous years, then those policies were promised by the s&p, the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon. thank you very much. indians have called on thomas cook executives to hand back there bonuses. 0ne former boss told across party group of mps that he was not the only one to blame for collapse. asa the only one to blame for collapse. as a result of the class, 9000
workers lost their jobs as a result of the class, 9000 workers lost theirjobs and 140,000 holiday makers were left stranded overseas and had to be brought home as part of the biggest repatriation to europe and this time. here is the report. a day of reckoning for thomas cook's bosses. led by the former chief executive. we understand the collapse of thomas cook caused a huge amount of stress, disruption, and anxiety. me and my colleagues are still devastated about the outcome. since the collapse, questions have been brimming overfrom politicians and from thomas cook staff, including airline crew who thought they were making a profit. we were doing very, very well. and we are wondering why we were allowed to fail, actually made to fail, when the rest of the company went. mps homed in on the pay,
nearly £9 million over four years, including a half £1 million cash bonus for 2017. do you think that bonus should be paid back? i fully understand, i fully understand where you are coming from, and ifully understand the sentiment in the public, i fully understand, as well, the sentiment of some of our colleagues. however, what i can say to that is that i worked tirelessly for the success of that company, and i'm deeply sorry i wasn't able to secure the deed. the chairman, who was on £300,000 a year, said the company was crippled by big debts and then bad luck in the form of the hot summer in 2018 when foreign holidays were less attractive. then came the heat wave, the anxiety of brexit, and the business no longer survived.
but he was told they had brought the company down and should show humility. i think you are deluded about the business you ran. you chaired a business which has gone under because of the decisions made collectively by your management team. stores are now being reopened after they were bought from the wreckage of the business by a rival. so, why couldn't the whole group be saved? the bosses say a government rescue would have turned it into the best funded travel company in europe. financial advisers who went through different... but fankhauser remembered over the last six days of thomas cook he wasn't able to speak directly to a minister about his request for help, only to officials. at no point a government minister? me, personally, at no point in this process from tuesday to sunday we had a minister on the phone.
the clock cannot be turned back. travellers had to be rescued. the jobs went. but mps want lessons to be learnt. how such a holiday nightmare could be avoided in future. simon gompertz, bbc news. and human rights lawyer working for extension rebellion asked them to with draw an order restricting protest action or it will file a claim in the high court. extension rebellion activists continue to protest despite a london wide band. and has already led to 105,000 arrests including the co—founder who was arrested after climbing onto the entrance of the department for transport. the duke and duchess of cambridge have met pakistan's prime minister imran khan on the first full day of their visit to the country. the former cricketer was a friend of princess diana's and knew prince william as a child. secunder kermani has been following the royal couple.
a warning, his report does contain some flash photography. the royal trip kicked off with a visit to a school in islamabad. education, along with climate change, are understood to be the issues the duke and duchess of cambridge want to focus on in particular whilst in pakistan. they also met the country's prime minister, cricketer turned politician imran khan. for both countries, this is a key international relationship. in pakistan, this royal visit is being seen as an opportunity to highlight how much security has improved in recent years. the authorities here are keen on attracting more foreign investment and more foreign tourists. british officials say this trip will focus on showing pakistan as a forward—looking country and that is something many ordinary people here welcome. i mean, it is a great message to the world outside to tell how pakistan is a new country, we are up and blooming and we are not as what they portray us to be.
the timing is really good, pakistan needs to improve its image and prince william and kate, who are visiting pakistan, we welcome them. the tour will have an added emotional significance for prince william, as he traces some of his late mother's footsteps. princess diana made three visits here during the 19905 and is still warmly remembered. this woman was a leading politician assigned to look after diana during her first visit in 1991. there was a sort of magic which surrounded her. she was like a fairy tale princess and women especially came out to see this fairy tale princess. later this week, the royal couple will be travelling to the city of lahore, to the mountainous north of pakistan. security preparations have been intense but the couple are said to want to see as much
of the country as possible. secunder kermani, bbc news, islamabad. 6pm news coming up in a moment and here is the weather. good evening. at least today for most of us has been dryer, welcome dry there? dryer weather for most and it is a respite from two or three weeks of rain and some parts of the united kingdom have had 23 consecutive days of rain and there are still flood warnings and forests and the ground is still saturated. we have more rain on its way. here it is on the satellite picture and here is the massive crowd here coming in and that will bring more rain to this evening, overnight and tomorrow. we have enjoyed some sunshine as well and seeing the flooded fields here in gloucestershire this afternoon and we have enjoyed a little sunshine in many parts. it has as i say, 12—18
hours for dry weather for many. but in comes the rain and it does not look as persistent as it has been but the strengthening wind and increasing rain will have a fall in temperatures overnight. five or six i think will be the lowest temperature we see. it does mean a rather sunny start for the day and somehow fog underneath the blanket of clouds and rain. the sun comes back to northern island and western and central areas throughout the day. winds will fall lighter and a range of high pressure will curtail the amount of showers we have and the amount of showers we have and the question is how fast it clears 90 scotland but will we see further process of rain, that will always be at threat three tomorrow and smile evening but between the one system
clearing late in the shower is going to class, tomorrow night looks colder because it could be some ground frost. low—pressure moving and and when there weather once again, blowing in the shower is particularly prevalent, though showers. and western and southern areas. given the increasing wind speed they will be pushed across many eastern areas as well. it could be quite torrential downpour is at times and as he had seen in recent weekly showers and hail thunder and lightning as well. a distinct lack of sunshine i think in the showers will continue into the weekend and often pretty blustery and winds near those showers. a cooler night but it will at least be a little bit of sunshine between that it showers. it looks like they can congregate across the southern parts and lengthier spells of rain and winds are falling lighter in the north and they will be slow moving as well.
today at six: bulgaria's football boss resigns, but it's not enough to silence the anger about racism at last night's game. from hitler salutes to monkey chants, england players faced racist abuse from the very beginning of the match. i heard it before i even got to the other side of the pitch in the warm up, so we spoke about it coming off the pitch after the warm up and then it was obviously happening during the game. we'll hear what pupils at england star raheem stirling's old school think. also on the programme... mps give thomas cook's former boss i think you should reflect on what you can do to put something back to