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president trump has scrapped plans to host next year's g7 summit at his florida golf resort — after critics claimed he was misusing his office for personal gain. he's accused democrats and media outlets of "crazed and irrational hostility" and said the event may now be staged at camp david in maryland. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has confirmed he's received a formal request from boris johnson to delay brexit. he'll now start consulting eu leaders on how to react. the british prime minister sent the letter after mps voted not to approve his dealfor the uk to leave the eu until all the legal steps had been completed. a curfew‘s been imposed in parts of the chilean capital santiago, where violent protests are continuing. the demonstrations began in response to a planned rise in metro fares, but have since spread, despite a promise from the president to suspend the
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move. let's get more on brexit now. what do people beyond westminster make of it all? our political correspondent, alex forsyth spent the day with voters in birmingham. at moseley rugby club this morning, people were certainly poised for a big result. the country on tenterhooks, many hoping for a decisive outcome. but while the sport was settled, the wrangling in westminster goes on. as does, for some, the frustration. it's not about whether we're going to leave or not. it's shall we have a deal that they won't vote for, therefore we'll have no brexit, but it's not our fault, therefore we'll have to have an election, and then they'll say, well, you didn't back us up, so you shouldn't vote for them. it's childish politics, and they‘ re playing with people's economic futures. in birmingham city centre, despite diwali celebrations, there was a weariness at the brexit state of play. itjust seems that itjust keeps going round and round without getting anywhere. the economy is stagnant, because of brexit. because of the delay.
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that view is just what boris johnson had hoped might convince mps to back his deal, the desire among some to get it done. come on, mosley! back at the rugby club, there's support for that stance from those angry at mps' actions today. i think it's outrageous. they're just cocking a hoop at us, basically, saying, no, we're not interested in what you think, we're going to do what we want to do. i think it's an absolute joke. they're just holding it up. itjust needs to be sorted. and if they want to go to a general election, go to a general election. my view is that parliament's lost it. parliament doesn't represent the people any more. parliament has its own agenda. faced with further delay, it seems boris johnson is being defiant, trying to put himself on the side of the people who are frustrated that this process hasn't yet been resolved. the problem with that strategy is that some people think parliament has done the right thing. i think it needs a delay to give more time for the deal to be scrutinised. because it's all a bit
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last minute and rushed. so, i think it's probably a good thing. i think we had a better deal with theresa may. and this one is worse. i'm a remaineranyway. boris johnson is starting to get his comeuppance. so, with westminster set for a rematch, the public view remains divided, in what seems to many like a political game, albeit with crucial consequences. coming up at 6:00, breakfast with chris mason and rachel burdin. but now bbc news explores the rise of teenage knife crime in london. these are stories over a three—month period from the front line of the epidemic of knife crime in britain. they just stabbed him. my brain was telling me... your brain was telling you that...'re nearing death. we're just killing each other and it's pointless. it's still early. the guys aren't even tipping out of the pubs yet. absolutely anything
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could happen tonight. let's face it, doesn't take much to get stabbed in our society today. on any given day in britain, a knife attack will intrude on a young life. the youngest to die so far this year just 1a. how best to give our youth a chance we've been trying to find out with the help of one of the busiest trauma centres in europe. it's, um, what, just after 1:00 in the morning, we've been here now for five days, and there have been seven in all, stabbing victims, admitted to the royal london. so at least one a day. and what's really sad is that the staff say it's been a slow
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week. this is 16—year—old lucas. at approximately 1630 he's been allegedly assaulted by a group of people. a single incision wound to the left upper quadrant. lucas perry has been stabbed in the chest. one of two knife victims admitted to the royal london hospital this evening. his painkillers haven't kicked in. 0k, chest x—ray, complete the primary. consultant martin griffiths will soon operate on lucas. he's stabilised but nothing's certain. how are you doing? i'm right here. open your eyes. look at me. what's your name? lucas.
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how old are you? 16. and what happened to you? the attacker‘s knife pierced his liver and punctured his stomach after lucas refused to hand over his bike and phone to a group of teen robbers. i got a phone call that my son had been stabbed. i just can't believe... i just... it's absolutely awful. they have just got to open him up and see where the knife‘s gone, what it's hit, and take it from there, really. there's lots of things that could go wrong. lucas was randomly assaulted, but a rising number of victims are being specifically targeted by people who know what they're doing. we know we're seeing a lot more, about a 10% rise year—on—year. and we get the feeling we're seeing more complex wounds, in junctional areas like the neck and the groin, and that suggests that there's a movement towards more severe wounds, more numbers of wounds, so individual people get more wounds in more dangerous areas that require
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the expertise of our service. what you think is going on then? what's going on out there? i hope it'sjust a blip. i worry that there's a change in attitude towards knife injury — that people are becoming better educated on how to cause more damage. those often first on the scene, the paramedics, have noticed a trend, too. in the last year or two years we've seen more severity in the stab wounds and the frequency as well. this is a 17—year—old, slashed seven or eight times in the buttocks, lower back, really deep wounds. martin is very, very worried, because this man has lost a lot of blood. it's going to be touch and go. another victim comes in, stabbed in a targeted strike several times. one patient who didn't want us to show his face had been cut around the buttocks and the surgeon
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who treated him speculated his attackers were hoping to permanently damage his anus. forcing him to use a colostomy bag. one example of the twisted nature of the story of knife crime. a veteran of all the violence, martin griffiths has now been appointed the national health service's violent crime reduction chief for london to educate wider society on the causes of knife crime to find solutions. let's strip away conventions, really, let's strip away what we expect to happen in our lives. let's strip away, um, resource, shelter, warmth, comfort, parenting, structure. let's reintroduce chaotic parenting, inconsistent food, inconsistent shelter, with no aspiration, who have no aspiration, and a group — or society around you in which that behaviour is the norm. and put around that a big fence, from where people are judging
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you from and deeming you to be worthless. and let's give you no access to get out of that place. and let's see how you behave. what will happen? it's going to be explosive. it won't be positive. # i got stabbed in my arm seven times and my trigger finger still works... today's poets, writers, and musicians haven't shied away from the nightmare. ask rapper michael polden, a cautionary tale from his own music video. i got stabbed 11 times recently. what am i meant to do, stay in my house? hide? you know what i mean? this time a blade has injured tendons in his left arm and may have severed an artery going into his wrist. he shies away from telling us exactly what happened. so i could meet with some... i got stabbed 11
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times. i made a song that week talking the talk and got millions of views. michael, that's pretty bad. no, it's not that bad. it's not that bad! i've got a song called it's not that bad. music plays. he's now trying to escape a world where violence is glamorised. no longer suggesting it's cool to carry. but the bottom line is there's not one borough on the whole of this map in london that is not affected by youth violence and has not been affected by young people being murdered on the streets. and that's the reality. and, you know, the fact that we're living in a where this is normal... how is that acceptable?! children being murdered on the street. roisin keville works alongside martin griffiths. an outreach worker, she offers the support some families need to prevent young people from turning to violence. if you're big enough to be walking around with a knife and thinking
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you're bad enough — but the reality is these kids don't fully understand, they fully don't comprehend, ‘cause how many of them, i do wonder, actually intend to murder? some do, i reckon, because of the level of violence that they inflict on their victims, but i don't believe that they set out on that day, "yeah, i'm gonna go and murder someone." a huge concern is revenge attacks. and, ultimately, the aim is to stop those young people getting readmitted back here. getting readmitted or becoming perpetrators. because whether they're readmitted, that's another trauma, or if they become perpetrators that's an even bigger trauma. stopping them coming from victim... perpetrator. where they'll end up in the criminaljustice system, where they could end up being responsible for taking someone‘s life. i came on duty one day to a 17—year—old in one of our beds who'd murdered one of my clients the night before. and he got 17 years. he was 17. he looked 15.
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but i told him, when i met him, because they don't know if he was fully responsible for the young person's death. i know now he's been changed he's doing the life sentence, ——charged. but i said to him "you don't even understand the enormity of what you've done. you cannot fathom it." i said, "i said if you're not guilty, you are good, innit. but if you are guilty you better start praying, you better start repenting, you need to do something, because eventually the enormity of what you have done last night is going to take its toll and it's going to weigh you down and it's going to hurt you emotionally and mentally." but some seem willing to accept that guilt for the rush of revenge. meetjermaine, a nightclub bouncer who was attacked for refusing entry to one customer. so this guy cut my face because he thought he was disrespected. it's a respect thing. it makes sense. people are fighting for their territory, people are fighting for their respect. but back in the day this would be
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so disrespectful that he'd cut my face. back in the day i'd have to prove a point that i would have a week to get him back. it's pointless. ‘cause we're killing each other. it's black—on—black. we're just killing each other and it's pointless. 0n the wind, another emergency. the anguish was overwhelming for freda and peter mulla when they found out their son gadi had been stabbed. the 15—year—old is now recovering. he was attacked on his way home from football training. "let him be alive, god, please, let him be alive," that was my concern at that point, those were my feelings as a mum. what i actually remember is i heard i got stabbed here, as you can see the things there now. i got injured, stabbed in here. and i did not see him actually aim for there. i didn't know and then i remember he stabbed me here and i think i tried to grab the knife off him and then i wasjust screaming.
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and those few minutes of violence are now forcing this family to question everything. so they're saying the best thing to do is to move out of the area. that's their fear. it shouldn't be like that. it is not new, so you've just got to live with it. but for gadi, there's a realism fuelled by social media. they are always showing you videos of people getting stabbed or they're showing you pictures of police who say they caught someone with this and then someone that was there at the time took a picture of the actual weapon used and it would be a knife or a gun and it's like you look at it and you like, well, it's london so. social media always, always,like, portraying it, everywhere. we are dealing with a generation that are angry, that are disheartened, that have been neglect, that are let down, that no—one really cares about. that is why roisin and her colleagues try to talk to stabbed victims straight after their
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surgery, to tackle their emotional as well as physical injuries. if you've got a parent who's a substance abuser, or mental health or there's domestic violence, you cannot nurture that child as much as that child really needs nurturing because you're consumed with whatever you are holding as the adult. does it depress you...? yeah. ..seeing this all the time? oh, it breaks your heart. cause you're seeing children, you're seeing families whose lives are destroyed. you know, i had a young person here a couple of weeks ago, his mum found out on snapchat — she found out on snapchat that her child had been stabbed. now, what does that say about society? after receiving the treatment he needs, michael discharged himself and is heading home. so are you worried about going back out there, onto the streets?
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not worried, i'm not worried. you'vejust gotta be more aware, more on point. if you know other people are rolling or carrying things like that, then you're going to carry things like that to protect yourself also and then it becomes... and then it becomes a spiral. do you carry a knife? i used to. my little brother has been stabbed as well. which one, the 21—year—old? the 21—year—old, yeah. did he carry a knife? he recently got arrested for carrying a knife. is that the problem that a lot of young men have in london, that fear that they are going to be attacked so they have to carry and, as a result, it is a spiral that just goes on and on. how many people have seen or heard about a friend or something that's happened to them and they think, "0oh, that's not happening, i'm going to safeguard myself and i'm going carry this to protect myself."
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i do not want that to happen to me. it is part of the game, in't. that's what i think. what game? life? yeah. it's part of life. part of... part of being in london? a young man in london? yeah, maybe part of growing up in london. it gets like that. i think so. i can't sleep well at night because sometimes i'm still up 'cause i'm just like paranoid orjust like, i think about it and i don't want to sleep. so you know, it's one of those things. back at home, gadi is experiencing nightmares, flashbacks of the day he was stabbed. these guys come up to us and they like, they said, "where you guys from?" and then ijust froze, everything just froze. like, i didn't know what to say. then my friend just said, "run". i trip over, like, i'm stumbling. i don't even remember him stabbing me here and stuff.
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and that's when he got me here. i was bleeding, i was bleeding. and then i saw loads of blood pouring out. i wasjust holding it tight, squeezing it. i told myself, what i've got to do is keep calm, at that time. don't panic because, if i panic, then you never know, 'cause your heart starts racing and then, like, you know, you're just scared. like, if you panic, if i panic, i feel i could have passed away. if i would like panic and didn't know what to do, i would've passed away but in that situation i told myself "just keep calm. " football eases his mind, helps dispel the memories, and he's good, hoping to turn professional. he has built a life around football where he lives and does not want to leave because of what happened, but his family's first instinct is to escape. if you are not safe, there's no way you're going to play football. if you are not safe, you're not going to do your gcse. but there's a tension. moving away from this part of london, will that give
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you peace of mind? probably it will give a little bit peace of mind. the dilemma of a decent family being driven away by a violence that's staying put. i am completely against it, to be honest, 'cause i have football and i have school. and that's why i'm going to put it just against the fact of moving. it's not like they targetted me, dad. i know, i know. it's like, about me being safe. how do you know they didn't target you? how do you know that? cause i'm not involved with anything. i know. why would they come and attack an innocent person, why? you right? cool six weeks later, gadi is catching up with levine smith, his caseworker from the st giles trust. she's been providing him with added support from the moment he was stabbed. they have been supportive? yeah, they said they were going to refer me to counsel. i said i'd think about it. i'll be lying in bed and i'd just get frustrated sometimes. of course. and i'd just be angry sometime. why me?
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stuff like that. why him? why all the other victims of knife crime? so many young lives disrupted at the point of a blade. lucas's operation lasted two hours. but it wouldn't go straight through you, it goes through the muscles, and into your liver — front and back — right through your liver, and it hits your stomach and punches a hole in your stomach. he is sore and on the mend but what about his family? all of you have been traumatised by this. all of you. even when you look all right. if you look all right, you're probably not all right, ok, so it is going to be a long process — not six weeks, not six months, it can be years before you're back in a happier place. being home will help that process and we catch up with lucas a few days after being discharged. you're ok now, are you? yeah, i'm good now. he's now finally able
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to tell me what happened. and they just started pulled out knives. i am not going to run away. what were they after? they wanted to push back or something. i don't know, i was on the phone but then i come over 'cause he was trying to stab one of my mates so i come over and he stabbed me. well, i think it'sjust the way the youngsters now think. it's just one of those things you hear happening so often. it isjust life, it'sjust something that could happen in their lifetime. if you're walking along the street and you see them, what's going to happen? 0bviously i'd want them to feel what i felt, but i wouldn't stab them. edmonton, in north london, a youth on a moped joins two other men attacking with knives, in broad daylight, a young man pinned to the floor.
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the shouts of onlookers have no effect. they slash and cut with impunity as normal life goes on around. as the attackers escape, one of the weapons clearly visible. 0nlookers then try to help. an ambulance eventually arrived and took the victim to hospital. he survives but this was a warning, they'd have killed him if they felt like it. the attack and everyday reality many of our cities. where did society go wrong? a consensus is now developing that tackling knife claims needs a holistic approach, that the perpetrators as well as the victims must be treated with some degree of understanding. i'm angry, not with these young boys, not with their parents, but with a society that's failed them, notjust once or twice, but throughout their entire lives
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and allowed us to create a situation whereby violence is a part and parcel they portend to meet. and they are all victims of violence, they are not perpetrators. every person i see who has been stabbed or shot, has had somebody use a weapon on them and they deserve my help. i know it is easy to fall into that sort of abyss of apathy and negativity about "these people", "these boys" "these things happen to them" and them and them and them and tolerate it, but, no, i know that every single one of these kids does not want the life they have got, deep down. they don't want the fear, or the anxiety, or the stress. when you understand the rules of the game, you understand what happens. and can you see that it is kind of oozing here? in the battle against knife crime, teenagers in parts of london now
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have the options of learning life—saving skills alongside their studies. martin's team is trying to raise awareness. it has come to this. innocence erased at so young an age but the fake blood mayjust save real lives and make a young person think twice about carrying a knife. what happens if you are out and you find out somebody‘s carrying a knife, what are you going to do? tell them, what do you think are doing! laughter. are you going to go to the police? yeah, it is pretty scary. so you are going to tell me it is good to carry? no, it is not good at all but like, where i come from, some of the people that — not that i know but i've heard that these guys have rivalries
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and they think it plays some significant in their lives and they do not really understand the impact in the long—term, that can harm them, if they get hurt or in danger. someone might not like another person and then all of these people that a friends with the people just have a reason not to like another person. itjust escalates. people who carry are not evil people, they do it for fear, they do it for protection, they do it out of peer pressure, to be part of a gang, they do it because that's what everybody else does, because no—one else doesn't do it. but knives make you more likely to be violent because it is in your pocket and you can use it. any metropolis is burdened by the capacity of a fuel for violent that will never go away. but when it comes to rising levels as knife crime, martin griffiths argues things can change, if society appreciates the true nature of the problem.
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after three months filming on the frontline of this crisis, the complexity of the issue is clear, less so, perhaps, the solution. hello there. saturday was a day of contrast. we finally got some much—needed sunshine across central and southern england and, in fact, in hampshire, we had over seven hours of sunshine. that's not bad for this time of year. it was a different story though further north, across the scottish borders. there was some heavy, persistent rain at times, and some blustery winds and, in fact, edinburgh had 34mm of rain, around an inch and a half
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of rain, throughout the day. so the radar shows where that rain tended to sit, through much of saturday. it is starting to weaken off now, as the area of low pressure is drifting into the north sea, and it's allowing a northerly flow to start to dominate across the country. so as the showers fade away and the northerly air kicks in, we will start to see those temperatures falling away, so it could be potentially a chilly start to sunday. particularly in rural parts of scotland and lincolnshire, in south—east england, we are going to see low single figures, maybe low enough for some pockets of frost. so we start off on a chilly note. that low pressure sitting out in the north sea could feed a little more cloud along those east coasts and a few scattered showers. so here it could be cold and disappointing, but further south and west, away from the low, we should see the cloud breaking up, the sunshine coming through and highs peaking at 9—11! degrees. so that's the story on sunday. just need to draw your attention to what's happening across the near continent. this frontal system may well move towards the essex and kent coast,
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overnights sunday into monday, and produce some wet weather, but the high pressure is building in from the atlantic, so that is the dominant force to the weather story on monday, as you can see. largely fine and dry but we will need to keep a close eye on events down into the south—east. that could be a little bit of a fly in the ointment. generally speaking though, highs are likely to peak, again, at 9—11! degrees. now, as we move out of monday into tuesday, that area of high pressure pushing in from the atlantic willjust slip its way steadily southwards, and that's going to allow weather fronts to topple across the high and push into the far north—west. so potentially bringing the risk of some more wet weather and certain windy weather at times as well. so only up into the far north of scotland potentially on tuesday. elsewhere, with a south—westerly feed, might be a little more cloud along west—facing coasts, but a little bit milder with it as well. you can see the theme is generally a dry one across the country, with highs of 11—15 celsius. so as we you move out of tuesday into wednesday and thursday,
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it's a similar feel to things. we keep the potential for some wetter weather up into the far north. much of england and wales stay dry and a little milder. take care.
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good morning. welcome to breakfast with chris mason and rachel burden. 0ur headlines today: unsigned, but sealed and delivered. borisjohnson sends a letter to brussels seeking a delay to brexit — but without his signature. in a second, signed letter the prime minister says a further extension would damage the interests of not only the uk but also the eu. it's another huge morning at the rugby world cup, can wales join england in the semi—finals. they take on france in the next few hours, we'll have the very latest from japan ahead of today's
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quarter—finals. # samba, jump on it! and we'll ask if mike's hip—thrusting take on the samba is enough to see him through to next week's strictly. the weather today isn't looking too bad at all. for most of us some sunshine on offer and the forecast for the beginning of the week is not looking too bad either. good morning. it's sunday the 20th october. our top story: borisjohnson has responded to his brexit setback by sending a letter to the eu, asking for an extension to the uk's withdrawal date. but he's refused to sign the document and sent a second letter warning against any further delay. mrjohnson was legally obliged to ask for an extension. that's because mps voted yesterday to withhold approval of his brexit deal, until all the necessary legislation was in place.


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