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‘ number 101, w; n be: ‘|i1-3‘|i fur-c ‘ur w; ‘w bfie ‘ii1-31i r-mc'u15 he nonemergency number 101, quoting the unique reference number of 1761 of the 19th of october. that is calling 101 and quote reference number 1761 of the 19th of october. we will also be providing access via our major incident police portal and further details will remain shortly. if you do not wish to talk to the police you can of independent charity crimestoppers anonymously. i am now available for one or two clarifying questions. it is said it is believed the police sketch at people involved knew each other? how does that fit with what people look we are saying about it being gang—related? we are doing everything we can to gather information, a number of people were present at the party, officers will speak to those people and piece together what has
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happened, very early stages yet, i don't want to comment on specific causes. no indication of any connection with drug dealing networks or anything? a gap as i said, very early stages of the investigation, we will assess the information we have got and progress from there. we will follow our normal process, postmortems will ta ke normal process, postmortems will take place in due course, we have deployed specially trained officers to support the families, and names et cetera will follow in due course. any indication of how big the party was and whether these four were invited? a gap that is difficult to sayjust invited? a gap that is difficult to say just now. i invited? a gap that is difficult to sayjust now. i do believe that the people involved as the victims here we re people involved as the victims here were invited to that address, and i was about 15—20 people present for most of the time, that is as far as ican go most of the time, that is as far as i can go in terms of the investigation at this stage. were the fatal injuries incurred on the pavement or inside the house? i got really difficult to say at this time. what is the situation in terms
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of arrests or people you wish to question? it is i dynamic investigation, we have offices making inquiries, as we have more information, we will be sure to let you know. that was detective chief superintendent ian hunter of thames valley police just updating us on the latest information following that double murder that took place in milton keynes in buckinghamshire in the early hours, or ratherjust before midnight. it took place, we learned, at 11:59pm when police were called to the scene. it was a private house party, about 15—20 people, all invited, were present, and as the detective chief superintendent said, they all knew each other, he believes. one person, a 17—year—old, died at the scene, a
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second died at hospital. two other people were injured, a 17—year—old and a 23—year—old man. this is a fast—moving and dynamic investigation, he said. the investigation, he said. the investigation at the scene is going to ta ke investigation at the scene is going to take place over a few days, so officers will remain at the scene, and he said that they are appealing for help from the public. no confirmation if this incident yet is gang—related. more on this as and when we get it. the government says it's pressing ahead with efforts to pass a brexit deal this week in spite of a letter the prime minister was forced to send to brussels last night asking for a delay. ministers today insisted that the uk will leave the eu at the end of this month. it comes as labour says it will push for a new eu referendum when the government brings its brexit plans to the commons. here's our political correspondentjessica parker. there's no point pulling
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the tents down just yet, not after yesterday's events. westminster is setting up for more battles to come, but ministers say they are confident that the prime minister won't be steered off course. the game changer this week, which was hardly talked about at all, is that he has defied the doubters and got a deal. we appear to have the numbers to get this through. the only question is, why aren't we getting on with it? it is after borisjohnson had to, by law, send this letter asking for a delay. but where a signature would normally be — a blank. another letter makes it clear he thinks any extension would be damaging. labour's not impressed. the law is very clear. he should have signed one letter in accordance with the law. he's being childlike. as the government is set to introduce the legislation needed to turn its brexit deal into law, there are opposition plans again to try for a further referendum. we need an amendment to say that whatever deal gets through, it should be subject to a referendum
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where that deal is put to the public and they are asked, do you want to leave on these terms, or would you rather remain in the eu? so next week is going to be busy. the ayes to the right, 322, the noes to the left, 306. mps have made it clear that they are no pushover after voting yesterday to withhold any approval of borisjohnson's deal. but this lot isn't easily pushed around either. will eu leaders grant a further delay? here comes the architect of yesterday's manoeuvre which meant that borisjohnson had to at least ask for an extension. my own gut instinct has been all the way along that if we got to the end and we were going to crash out otherwise, and we had made a request for an extension, very probably you would say you would have an extension. super saturday has left its mark, though some think it was
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all a waste of time. a clear way forward hasn't shone through just yet. jessica parker, bbc news. earlier, i spoke tojessica, who told us what we can expect in the coming week. monday, tomorrow, the government will at least try again for the idea of a meaningful vote, that is what they tried to do yesterday, a straight up and down, in principle, do mps back this deal? of course, amendments started being put in, things became confused, they didn't have that binary vote, so they will try to do that tomorrow. however, speakerjohn bercow will get to decide whether that goes ahead, and i think ministers are feeling nervous because they think that he may not rule in their favour. so that might happen tomorrow, we should find out in the early afternoon. we also know the government will try to introduce the legislation that is needed to implement the brexit deal, so they are going to introduce that, we might get a vote on that on tuesday, and they will keep
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trying to push through this legislation over the coming days. ministers today voicing some confidence that they do have the numbers to get this through, but as ever nothing so simple, you could see amendments tabled to that legislation that make things ever so complicated. ok...and labour have also been saying a lot, we are getting, again, this dialogue about a second referendum, another referendum. one of the amendments likely to be put forward in terms of the legislation is the idea of a further referendum, so shadow brexit secretary keir starmer confirming that this morning, not saying that the labour front bench would table that amendment, i do not think we are necessarily going to see jeremy corbyn's name at the top of that amendment. whether the numbers are there, they haven't been before, we'll have to wait and see, but that will be on the agenda, and other ideas will likely come forward as well, trying to influence the eventual relationship that we have with the eu, such as whether we should be
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in a customs union or aligned to the single market. those ideas will come out. that is why the government's task of getting this legislation through very quickly could be made even harder. the tone of the letters that were sent, it was never going to be straightforward, was it? could we end up in the courts with these? well, there is a hearing scheduled for tomorrow in scotland at the court of session, my understanding is that is still due to go ahead. a couple of different views on this matter. the benn act specified that borisjohnson had to send a letter, he has done that. obviously, he hasn't signed it. he did sign a second letter saying he didn't think an extension was a good idea. so there is an argument to say that he sent it, the eu received it, they are considering it, so he has met the provisions of the benn act. but another argument is that by sending the second letter, by not signing the first one, he has gone against the spirit of the law, and those are the kind of arguments you could see played out tomorrow.
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meanwhile, eu ambassadors met in brussels this morning. our correspondent adam fleming sent this update. eu ambassadors met for a grand total of 15 minutes this morning to talk about brexit, so they did not want it to occupy a lot of their weekend. the main subject was the ratification process on the eu side, which requires a few bureaucratic and legal steps, and a big vote in the european parliament in strasbourg, which could happen as soon as next week. they got an update from michel barnier, the eu chief negotiator, who summed up the events of yesterday as a hold—up rather than a rejection of the deal. of course, the eu would rather have seen an approval of the deal. and in the meantime, donald tusk, the president of the european council, who chairs the summit, is going to embark on a couple of days of consultation with eu leaders about the uk's request for an extension to the brexit process, a delay beyond october the 31st.
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that consultation period has bought the eu a bit of time to sit back and watch and see what unfolds in the political process in the uk. they may not need an extension at all, if all goes to plan. there may have to be a short, technical extension if the uk needs just a little bit more time, perhaps to finalise the legislation that implements the deal into british domestic law. or if there is a real problem, if the stalemate persists and just cannot be unblocked, then perhaps we could be looking at a much, much longer extension, either to the end of january, as specified in the british law that forced boris johnson to write the letter — some people here suggesting maybe even tojune next year, because that is the point at which the eu has to start making big decisions about its future and they would prefer to not have the uk hanging round the table influencing those decisions. but — but — if that is to be a big extension, we could see another summit of eu leaders before the halloween deadline for brexit.
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earlier i spoke to catherine barnard, professor of eu law at the univeristy of cambridge. i asked her what she thinks is likely to happen next. what we know is that, following the letwin amendment yesterday, no meaningful vote will go through until the withdrawal and implementation bill has gone through parliament, and it is an important piece of legislation because it converts the withdrawal agreement, boris johnson's text, into domestic law, and without it, it won't have legal effect in the uk. it is a really major piece of legislation, and yet nobody has seen it, it is likely to be laid for the first time on tuesday, probably quite long because there is an awful lot of heavy lifting that it has got to do, and it needs careful scrutiny. the question is whether borisjohnson can get it through by the 31st of october. that is my next question, because legal documents need to be scrutinised — can legislation be
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passed that quickly? well, we certainly know it can, the benn act itself was passed with remarkable speed, in less than a week, but the benn act was a matter of a page or so, it is very likely this will be about 100 pages, and there will be things in it which will cause concern on the part particularly of the brexiters. for example, it continues to give supremacy to eu law, during the transition period, it continues to give circumscribed roles to the european court ofjustice, something that brexiters really do not want to have, and of course it lays bare the fact that we have to pay 39 billion to settle our debts, and again a number of people don't like that either. as for amendments to be laid, the question is how many and how long it will take to bow to those amendments.
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the leader of the alliance party, naomi long, has confirmed that her party's representatives will not attend tomorrow's recall of the northern ireland assembly, describing it as a "political stunt". a number of mlas, most of them unionist, will attend a sitting at stormont to demonstrate opposition to the decriminalisation of abortion in northern ireland at midnight. the move will be largely symbolic as the assembly cannot fulfil its functions without a power—sharing executive in place, which collapsed two and a half years ago. the foreign office has confirmed that a british child has died in cordoba in southern spain. spanish media says the boy is 15 and an exchange student. it reports that he died in an accidental fall from a seventh—floor window. the foreign office says it's supporting the family. the headlines on bbc news:
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the government says it's determined to press ahead with efforts to approve boris johnson's brexit plan even though he's been forced to ask for an extension to the deadline. a double murder investigation has begun in milton keynes after two 17—year—old boys were stabbed to death at a house party late last night. two men who were also injured are being treated in hospital further violence on the streets of hong kong as police fire tear gas at demonstrators marching in defiance of a police ban. sport now, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's lizzie. good evening. wales are through to the semifinals of the rugby world cup after dramatically fighting back to beat france 20—19 in oita. a late ross moriarty try sealed the victory after france were reduced to 111 men. wales will play south africa next sunday. our sports editor,
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dan roan, reports. a second termination is through to the semifinals of the rugby world cup, wales securing a last—gasp, very dramatic victory against their french opponents. it was france who started by far the better, two early tries, wales then responded through aaron wainwright, who scored a try of his own. at that point, it was anybody‘s, france were 19— turn up at half—time, but then the turning point, early in the second half, sebastien vahaamahina, point, early in the second half, sebastien va haamahina, the point, early in the second half, sebastien vahaamahina, the giant french law, elbowed wainwright during a mall on the wales line, there was no need for it, but during there was no need for it, but during the remaining half hour, of course, there were reduced to 111 men. it looks like time was running out, wales struggling to make that advantage count, but in the final
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reckoning, moriarty it was who p°pped reckoning, moriarty it was who normed up reckoning, moriarty it was who popped up to score the decisive try, dan biggar converted to edge wales head for the very first time in the match, and so they are through to a second semifinal in the last three world cups, and i will now believe, having not been at their best but somehow finding a way to prevail, they can go all the way, reaching first world cup final and gave coach warren gatland the defining moment in this, his final tournament that is long and successful tenure deserves. so wales will now take on south africa, who knocked out the tournament hosts, japan, 26—3 in the day's other quarterfinal. two trys from makazole mapimpi and one from faf de klerk ended japans hopes of repeating their famous victory over the springboks four years ago. there's just one game in the premier league this afternoon, but it's a big one. liverpool can move eight points clear at the top of the table again if they maintain their 100% start
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to the season. they've arrived at old trafford to face a manchester united side just one point above the relegation zone. that kicks off in 15 minutes' time, we will have the latest on the bbc sport website. i don't think there are a lot of teams who would love to play against us at the moment. it looks like man united is the only one that wants to play us and we have to make sure that is a misunderstanding. but it's just normal. i would do the same, exactly the same in that situation. it would be the other way around. they are doing well in the league, and that is for sure. but we are looking forward to this game. i think it is a perfect game for our players, for our fans. we have had a tough time lately, so i am sure we will give them a good game. rangers missed out on the chance of returning to the top of the scottish premiership.
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they were held to a 1—1 draw at hearts. reotaro meshino putting hearts ahead afterjust six minutes. alfredo morelos equalised later in the first half. but the point leaves them second in the table, level on points with celtic but behind on goal difference. andy murray is struggling in his first tour final for two and half years. he's a set down to stan wawrinka at the european open in antwerp. murray is still on the road to recovery following major hip surgery in january. he lost the first set 6—3. wawrinka has a break of serve in the second, currently leading a 3—2 and a serving at the moment. both players have won three grand slams in their careers, but due to his long lay off, murray is currently ranked number 2113 in the world, while wawrinka is 18th. that's all the sport for now. marc edwards will be back with more sport at 5:30.
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lizzie, thank you very much for that! more violent clashes have taken place between police and protesters on the streets of hong kong, with thousands of people marching despite a police ban. the pro—democracy protestors are increasingly concerned that china is seeking greater control over hong kong. officers fired tear gas and used water canon after shops, banks and metro stations were vandalised. our correspondent nick beake is in hong kong. for the 20th consecutive weekend, hong kong's police have faced a battle to reclaim the streets. we saw violence on again today. earlier, there was a mass rally, thousands of people defying a ban on gathering and wearing masks, and they made their way through as part of hong kong, kowloon, normally a busy shopping district, but today we saw petrol bombs being shown at police officers and at the police station. officers fired tear gas from the top of a building, eventually water cannon was used to clearly demonstrate as a way. the police fired really powerful jets of blue water, and eventually the people moved away.
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as you can say, they still haven't reclaim to the streets tonight, the big question, what happens next? china has said that people who interfere in the situation here, they will be crushed, anyone who does that, so very hard to see a solution. the protesters and politicians seem as far apart as ever, all the while the violence continues. the us secretary of defence says all remaining american troops in northern syria are expected to be relocated to iraq. turkey has been carrying out an offensive against kurdish forces in northern syria, following president trump's decision to withdraw us forces from the border region. a temporary ceasefire has been declared, but both turkey and the kurds have accused each other of breaches. it's reported that up to 300,000 people have fled their homes since the offensive started.
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our correspondent barbara plett—usher is a couple of hours from the border in the south of the country. earlier, she told me there are sporadic reports of attacks but largely the ceasfire is holding. this is a temporary suspension of the turkish offensive, they stopped the advance for five days to allow the kurdish militias to pull out of a large zone along the border. that hasn't happened yet, the kurdish commanders say that is because one of the towns that has seen some of the heaviest fighting, ras al—ayn, is besieged by the turks and their militia allies, and they want to evacuate fighters as well as the injured, primarily, from this town, and i say that they would pull back once the evacuation had been complete. now, we understand that that evacuation has proceeded today, a large convoy of vehicles, 50 of them at least, including ambulances, have visited the town and taken out wounded and perhaps other people as well, and so we will see if this is enough for the kurdish forces to say that is it, now we are going
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to pull out from this zone. they have until the end of tuesday to do that. the thing to watch is to see whether civilians leave, because the forces taking over the town a syrian militias, which are allied to the turks, and they have a reputation for thuggery and abuse, and people will be afraid, i think, afraid of them as the kurdish forces leave. barbara, this was partly instigated by the withdrawal of us troops by president trump which allowed for the offensive to take place by turkey, where are those troops, and what is it doing to that battle against so—called is? yeah, the troops are consolidating, actually, this is in northern syria, consolidating from various outpost into larger bases, and over the next couple of weeks they will be pulling out by aircraft, by ground convoys. they are not going home, though, as mr trump said, bring them home. the defence secretary has said they will be moving to western iraq, and, yes,
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they had been in northern syria for the last couple of years, working with the kurdish fighters to combat the islamic state group, and in the process they have provided a protective umbrella for the kurds against the turks, who see them as terrorist groups. that has been lifted, we have seen what has happened, but what will happen to the fight against the islamic state group? well, the defence secretary has said that is being discussed, one option might be for special operations forces to carry out counterterrorism operations in syria from iraq if necessary, but also the kurdish commander, the commander of the kurdish forces have said they will continue the fight against islamic state in the territory that they still control, which are still quite considerable. president trump has said the turkish government, the turkish forces, needed to take control of the prisons in the area where they have invaded, the prisons that are holding islamic state militants. we are not entirely sure what the picture is there, but the turks have said over
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the past 24—48 hours they have captured around 250 people, most of them women and children, family members of islamic state militants who escaped from a camp during the fighting. so the picture is still quite uncertain, and the defence secretary will be looking at ways to keep the battle going, even though the troops are pulling out, against islamic state. that was barbara plett—usher speaking to us from southern turkey. the mother of a junior doctor who went missing off the devon coast two years ago says her daughter has been let down by the nhs. dr lauren phillips' mother, andrea graham, who is herself a former nhs manager, has called on the health secretary to do more to support those on the front line of our hospitals. marie ashby reports. andrea graham comes to woolacombe bay in devon to feel close to her daughter. this is where her car was found abandoned. dr lauren phillips, who was 26,
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had told her mother she was worried about starting a newjob in a&e in bristol. doctors have a fear that if they admitted they had struggled with a particular situation at work, or if they admitted that they were struggling from mental health problems, that that might be taken into account in future career, or it might demonstrate that, actually, they're not strong enough to be a doctor. lauren did seek help and was advised to sign up with a gp. the nhs practitioner health service has supported thousands of doctors in london over the last 11 years. this month, it has been extended across england to cope with demand. its medical director is a government advisor. every year, if we compare it with the last year, we have had 100% more patients, so we are doing something to these wonderful young people, and i think what we are doing to them is not showing them kindness and compassion, and we are treating them
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as if they don't matter. one doctor every three weeks takes their own life in england. currently, the nhs is struggling with record demand and a shortage of 10,000 medics. do you accept that understaffing has put more pressure onjunior doctors? yes, of course i do, and i see it in hospitals. and we are hiring more doctors, partly because of the pressures on them. and i want to make sure that everybody who goes into work as a doctor gets the support they need, but also people, you know, when they sign up to become a doctor in the first place, they are signing up to work and give their working life to the care of others, and we need to care for them. dr lauren phillips' body has never been found. i don't have anywhere to go to grieve for lauren.
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i can't sit beside a grave. but this has to be a more beautiful place to be and to think about lauren. marie ashby reporting, and you can see more on that story on inside out south west at 7:30 on monday and later on the bbc iplayer. the longest nonstop commercial passenger flight has landed successfully in sydney. the qantas plane took just over 19 hours to fly direct from new york. the airline is considering whether to begin regular nonstop flights between the cities, and it's enlisted the help of university researchers to find out how such a long flights affect passengers and crew. the duke and duchess of cambridge have paid a second visit to a children's village in lahore in pakistan, after thunderstorms prevented their return flight to islamabad. it's understood that the duchess was particularly keen to return to the organisation, which supports more than 150
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orphans in boarding homes. after a quick game of cricket, william and kate were given friendship bracelets — a pink one for the duchess and a blue one for the duke. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren. hello there. it's been a little chilly today underneath the cloud, and with a northerly breeze, a lot of these showers or longer spells of rain that we've had in the north east of england tending to fade away. cloud thickening, though, towards the south east, threatening to bring some rain in from the near continent, and it should blow in a lot of cloud and keep the temperatures up across this part of the uk. but further north, we've got clearer skies, and it's going to be cold enough for a frost in parts of scotland. quite sunny here, though, to start the day, some sunshine for northern ireland. quite a cloudy start for most of england and wales. we've got this threat of showery rain towards east anglia and the south east, especially near the coast in the morning. elsewhere, few if any showers around by the afternoon, probably a bit more sunshine too, ten in the central belt,
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111 for southern parts of england and wales. colder start, i think, on tuesday for england and wales, some fog patches lasting well into the morning. after those clear, there should be a good deal of sunshine. still largely dry further north, a bit more cloud, but a decent day for eastern scotland and also around the moray firth.
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hello, this is bbc news with lu kwesa burak. the headlines: the government says it's pressing ahead with efforts to pass a brexit deal this week, in spite of a letter the prime minister was obliged to send to brussels last night asking for a delay. we are going to leave on october the 31st, we have the means and the ability to do so. the prime minister's determination is absolute, and i am with him in this — we must leave on october the 31st. labour say whatever deal gets through the house of commons should be subject to a second referendum. whether it's this deal or any future deal, it's got to go back so the public and say, do you want to leave on these terms? and if so, then we do, if not, we remain. a double murder investigation has begun in milton keynes — after two 17—year—old boys were stabbed to death at a house party, late last night. two men who were also injured are being treated in hospital. further violence on the streets
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