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of the highlights of his week. we talked about it and he asked me, "are we going riding?" _ and nine—year—old louis has down syndrome, all his family use the stables. the prime minister made it clear about lockdown, meaning i couldn't see my teachers, couldn't see my friends. it's coming back now and we're getting back in school. and you're going to get to go riding again? and i'm going to go riding again, it's like change now and... are you happy? yeah. yeah? could you come at nine? it'll feel better because we know that we can stay here forever. they went into lockdown terrified they would lose it all. but as they reopen today, their home is safe with their stables saved. fiona lamdin, bbc news. time for a look at the weather — here's stav danaos.
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thank you. some huge contrast, we start this week one but there will be rain and by the end of the week cold arctic air with even the chance of overnight frost and some wintry showers for some of us. for today we hold onto the weather front which bring some wet weather, moving north gradually with some extremely heavy and persistent rain for the west of scotland. it has been very wet recently on the radar satellite picture for cumbria, that has been moving north and has been confined for the west of scotland further south we have seen early cloud break up south we have seen early cloud break up nicely. after a cool start those temperatures rising quickly through the supplement. it stays quite breezy for all areas, windy for the north and west of scotland here. could see gusts of a0 or 50 mph but in the sunny spots further south and east we could make 19 or 20. even further north for eastern scotland for example, we could make a teen in
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aberdeenshire. through this evening and overnight it stays very wet across the north—west of scotland, an increasing risk of low cloud flooding in, windy and more cloud across northern areas, not quite as chilly as what we will have a good portion is bang on the girls with clear skies, slightly lighter winds, temperatures could drop close to freezing. we can start on a chilly night further south, quickly mist and cloud breaks. a sunny day. the sunshine going further north into southern and eastern scotland and perhaps northern ireland but for the north—west of scotland it will stay wet and windy. the temperatures creep up ever higher and we could see 22 or 23 across eastern parts of england and that is well above the seasonal norm. from wednesday we hold onto the other front across the north, could see some snow over the hard ground as cold northerly winds begin to begin, a sunnier england and wales. another 11, 22 or 23, compare that to some colder air arriving across the northern half of
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scotland, single figure values here. the cold air winds out towards the end of the week. behind the cold front it sinks southwards, it opens the door to the colder air moving south from iceland. you can see the blue colours advancing southwards as well as we close the week and heading on into the week and all areas will be much colder even as we head on into the easter weekend. it will feel chilly but by day and by night. some sunshine around, if few wintry showers in places and a return to overnight frost. thank you. a reminder of our top story... the first major easing of lockdown in england — as the covid stay—at—home rule comes to an end. the container ship blocking the suez canal swings back across the shipping line after an earlier successful attempt to refloat it. that's all from the bbc news at one. so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc�*s news teams where you are.
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good afternoon. i'm austin halewood with your latest sports news. chelsea midfielder mason mount continues to put forward his case for a spot in the england starting line—up. that's after another impressive performance in their world cup qualifying win away to albania. he scored their second in a 2—0 victory. england with a 100% record in qualifying for qatar 2022 so far. manager gareth southgate knows that all of his selection decisions will always be scrutinised and he knows there's competition from jack grealish and phil foden, among others, for that attacking midfielder role, but he says he's always been sure of mount�*s quality. i always been sure of mount�*s quality. was saying th suppose i was saying this in the autumn, i suppose now thomas tuchel picks him, probably everyone will agree, so it was frank it did not count, for some reason. but no, here is an
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exceptional player. he finds space intelligently. he manipulates the ball very well, he creates chances, he can score goals. i thought his performance was excellent. england's next qualifier is on wednesday against poland at wembley and england's defenders can breathe a sigh of relief, because they won't be facing striker robert lewandowski. he's out of action for up to ten days with a knee injury. he scored two goals in their 3—0 win over andorra yesterday, before limping off with ligament damage. he's returned to germany for treatment in the hope he'll be fit for bayern munich's champions league quarter—final first leg against paris st germain on wednesday week. as some restrictions are eased on outdoor sports in england today, the government still intends to allow fans to return to matches from the 17th of may. the fa cup final and the world snooker championship are among the proposed pilot events. up to 10,000 supporters will be admitted at that point, if infection rates permit, with the potential to lift restrictions completely injune.
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there were a small number of test events last summer, but sports minister nigel huddleston says venues will be even better prepared to welcome back fans this time around. we have learnt a lot about the virus and that is precisely why we will be conducting these pilot programmes as learning experiences. and there will be testing involved and this in terms of people perhaps being tested before and after so we can monitor and look very carefully at the one—way system, the hygiene measures and so on. so the pilot programmes are key. we want to make sure we do not make mistakes and think about safety. —— open up safely. and there's a very moving documentary on the bbc this evening looking back at the career of jack charlton, who won the world cup with england in 1966, before becoming one of the republic of ireland's most successful managers. it then goes on to show how he struggled to remember much of his time in football as he battled dementia. andy townsend played for ireland, under charlton. he had an incredible life.
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he was successful. on top of that, he was a marvellous character. he was a formidable individual. he was just big jack, he was what he was, they do not make them like him too often, so he had a wonderful story to tell and it was a pleasure to be part of it. i am just delighted and i really hope that tonight everyone watches it and enjoys it and can maybe take something from it. i think there is something in it for everybody on a number of different levels. yes, he was a brilliant character. and you can watch "finding jack charlton" on bbc 2 at nine o'clock tonight. that's all the sport for now but there's more on the bbc sport website, including the draw for the third round of rugby league's challenge cup. the holders leeds will take on reigning super league champions st helens. that's all from me for now. thanks very much. you are watching
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bbc news. sexual harassment and assault claims made by school pupils on a uk website may be the "next child abuse scandal that engulfs the nation", according to police. a police helpline is to be set up to report incidents, after thousands of allegations were posted, most of them about the behaviour of other pupils. the website everyone�*s invited was set up last year as a place where victims across the uk could post anonymous accounts of abuse they had suffered. it's now received more than 7000 testimonies, including accounts from children as young as nine. ministers say anyone making allegations will get support and protection. earlier my colleague victoria derbyshire spoke to chief constable simon bailey, the national police chiefs' council lead for child protection, and soma sara, founder of the website everyone�*s invited. she started by asking soma what kind of stories have been posted on the website. so, on the website, these
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are stories of rape culture. so, you know, when behaviour that is not normal is normalised, so things like sexual harassment, groping at a christmas party, image—based abuse, which is technology abuse, so things like revenge porn, nonconsensual sharing of intimate photos. and then we have the sort ofjust general sexism and misogyny, so when thoughts and behaviours and attitudes and beliefs in a society or an environment have the effect of normalising and trivialising sexual violence. so when things like upskirting or the nonconsensual sharing of intimate photos are normalised, this can actually act as a gateway to more extreme criminal acts such as rape and sexual assault. simon bailey, you're expecting, i think, what has been described as a tsunami of allegations once this helpline is set up. why? victoria, i would take us both back to november of 2016, the work that you did
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with andy woodward and the resulting explosion of football, footballers and victims of abuse coming forward and i have no reason to think that what soma has done, courageously, is very, very similar to what andy did four and a half years ago with the resulting outcomes and i think we have to recognise that the number of testimonials on the website has not far short of doubled in the space of a week. and i think we would all recognise that as more and more victims have the confidence and courage to come forward, that we have a real problem here and as a result of what soma has done, more of this is coming to light, more will come to light and the police service has a responsibility to then go and investigate those allegations which are of criminal nature. why do you think, chief constable bailey, why do you think there is this culture in some schools and further education colleges and universities?
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i think there has been an erosion of an understanding of what normal relationships look like and what normal sexual relationships look like. so much of that has been driven by i think the volume of pornographic material that is now being consumed and by the sexualisation of women and there has been a breakdown in the understanding and appreciation of what normal relationships look like between young men and young women and it is coming to the fore in the testimonies we are now seeing on the website. soma, what is your view about why this kind of behaviour appears to be prevalent amongst some young men? well, i agree with simon. and i would also like to add to that i think it is particularly as well the normalisation amongst peers, so, you know, it is normalised and these things can be perpetuated. and i think it is really important
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to encourage our children and our teenagers to have, you know, be empowered to stand up to their friends and call out this behaviour, because i think that is probably the most influential space. when you say it is normalised, i was reading some of the testimonies myself at the weekend, by the way it is nearly up to 8000 now, we were just showing the website, it was just over 7000 this morning. there you can see it is nearly up to 8000. some of the claims from women are, "i was at a party, i had had a few drinks, suddenly there was a fellow male pupil on top of me, his friend was guarding the door so no one would come in and he had sex with me. it was only when i told my friend the next day that she said that is actually rape." i mean, how is that normal? that is just really shocking. yes, absolutely. you know, i think a lot
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of it is to do with the fact that i believe that we live in a shame culture where sexual violence is so stigmatised, so when are survivors actually come so when survivors actually come forward with these accounts, people do not believe them and so how can they come forward? people are hiding these from adults, peers because it is devastating for a survivor to come forward after being so vulnerable. to even be given the hint of a suggestion that what they are saying is not valid can be earth—shattering. simon bailey, do you have any evidence that schools may have covered up what has been going on in their establishment? no, i do not have any evidence at this moment in time, but let's look at what took place within football. we know now that clubs covered up abuse that was taking place and we know that whilst there were concerns about some coaches, some trainers, those concerns were ignored. so i have every reason to suspect
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that, in some schools, in some universities, some colleges, and it willjust be some, allegations will have been not dealt with and treated in the same way. in fact i have had an e—mail this morning from a sixth form student that talked about how she raised serious concerns within her sixth form about abuse and the school have done nothing with it. so i think it is not unreasonable to suspect that this is ongoing. i think headmasters, head teachers, governors have a responsibility to review their safeguarding arrangements, to look at the culture that exists within the school setting and to make sure that actually, as soma has said, that it is called out and if misogyny is called out, if sexual harassment is called out and dealt with, then actually we could start to make some roads into this, but that is not going to undo the damage that has already been
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done with the inevitable number of victims that i suspect will be coming forward in the days and weeks and months to follow. what do you think of schools that might have covered up allegations of sexual assault or harassment? they have completely failed in their safeguarding responsibilities. parents send their children to school to be educated but also with an absolute expectation that they will be safeguarded and they, within the school setting, they are safe and that is safe from violence, safe from misogyny, safe from sexual harassment, and unfortunately, i think we are going to come to learn that actually, in a number of settings, that has not been the case. soma, initially i think on your website, there were a number of allegations involving private schools. it has widened, having looked at it this weekend. some universities are named. there are also schools in the state sector. is it predominantly a private school problem?
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no, i would disagree with you there. i believe rape culture is a universal problem. i think it is everywhere. i think it is in all schools, all universities and all of society. and, you know, part of the reason why the private sector was being emphasised earlier on is because of my own background. i went to a private school and i grew up in london, so a lot of the posts coming in were from that demographic, but as the days have gone on, we have seen a very significant increase in the widening of that demographic and i think that really shows that rape culture is universal and that means everyone, everyone in society, has a responsibility to act to tackle this problem. mr bailey, what would you say to anybody who might be watching out ——watching now who is a young person, who has experienced something like this and they are
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considering whether to contact considering whether to contact the police? should they? well, i am anticipating that a dedicated helpline will be established in the next few days. it will be linked to soma's website. i would encourage every victim to have the confidence and courage to come forward, to speak to the experts on the helpline. if appropriate, with your support, there will be a referral then made through to operation hydrant who, on behalf of the police forces across england and wales, will coordinate a response and come forward with the confidence that your allegations will be taken seriously. you will be believed and we will do everything we can to support you. you will treat those people with the same respect and care and courtesy as you treated those people who came forward to report allegations of historic abuse in football? absolutely and for anyone that watched those three incredibly powerful documentaries on the bbc last week, you can see just...
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it is difficult, of course it is difficult, but also a sense of relief for those players that have that courage and confidence to come forward and talk about their abuse and it brings some people some form of resolution and those programmes were some of the most powerful television i have seen in a long, long time. the importance of being believed came through so very, very clearly and it is around being confident, knowing that you are going to be listened to, knowing you are going to be treated with absolute respect and care and knowing that there are expert police officers that will be there to support you and help you through the process. that was chief constable simon bailey ending that discussion a little earlier with victoria derbyshire. we have been telling you there will be a kind press briefing led by the prime ministerfrom there will be a kind press briefing led by the prime minister from the new briefing room at number ten downing st. we can now tell you it will happen at a 5pm this afternoon
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and he will be joined will happen at a 5pm this afternoon and he will bejoined by will happen at a 5pm this afternoon and he will be joined by the chief medical officer professor chris whitty and also by the chief scientific adviser sir patrick vallance. that is at 5pm this afternoon and we will of course be bringing it to you live here on bbc news. a major french pharmaceutical company has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, over a drug which was linked to hundreds of deaths. servier produced mediator, a treatment for diabetes and weight loss, for more than three decades, despite warnings about side effects. it withdrew the drug in 2009, saying it was not until then that it learned it could cause serious heart problems. 0ur paris correspondent hugh schofield explained the implications of this verdict. mediator was a drug which was administered for many, many years from the 70s up to 2010, 2009, in france. originally developed for diabetes, it became apparent that it also helped in weight loss and many, many people, mainly women and women
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who were struggling with weight, were prescribed it over the years. the scandal came because it became apparent to some, and the argument is over when, that there were side—effects, that this was causing heart problems, hypertension, pulmonary hypertension in some, and that people were dying of it. now, it was stopped, commercialisation was suspended in 2009. the true scandal came out in 2010 when a book was launched by a pioneering doctor in brittany who discovered the link with the deaths that she had found and then we had the court case today which has resulted in mediator and servier, the lab, the pharmaceutical company, being found guilty of deception, of wilfully deceiving people, but not of fraud. so it is a slightly lesser charge than what the prosecutors were looking for, but still it is a guilty verdict and the judge said in her verdict that the company
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had ignored advice that it should have heeded as early as the 1990s that there was a dangerous link with these deaths and other conditions in people that were getting this drug. more now on the relaxing of covid restrictions in england. as we've been hearing, today marks the second stage of the easing of the lockdown imposed in early january, that's after schools reopened to all pupils on 8th march. so let's take a look at what's allowed in england from today. two households, or groups of up to six people, are now able to meet outside again, including in private gardens. outdoor sport facilities, including tennis courts and golf courses, are also reopening, and organised outdoor sports can resume. the stay—at—home covid restriction comes to an end, but people are still being urged to stay local as much as possible, to continue to work from home if you can, and keepjourneys toa minimum.
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tim has been at hillingdon lido for us this morning. yes, good morning to you. it is a bit chilly, but my goodness, the atmosphere is very warm indeed. because look at this, we have had so many depressing stories over the last year, this is very much the opposite. many restrictions in england easing today, amongst those, outdoor sports such as swimming, tennis and golf, they are permitted and groups of six are allowed to meet as well as two households and those two households can include more than six people. so a real change today. i'm delighted to be joined this morning by the marvellous, the lido ladies. nicola and jessica, good morning to you ladies, you look amazing. good morning. how does it feel to be back at the lido? it is amazing. as you know, obviously, tim, i went in a bit earlier and i'm so excited about being here i'm going back in again, so see you in the pool. ok, you canjump in, nicola. enjoy that. jessica, how important is it to be able to go swimming again and enjoy the hobby you love so much? oh, it is an absolute lifeline. i suffer from terrible anxiety, so being able
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to manage it in the water is incredibly important. but i'm really, really glad that i spent a lot of time in the freezer during the last lockdown to acclimatise to this. it is a little bit nippy. what impact do you think it will have for many other people to be able to enjoy swimming again? just incredibly. people have really, really missed it. it is so important for an all—round health, both mentally and physically. nicola, how is it feeling? it is glorious, absolutely glorious! excellent, well i'll tell you what, let's critique your technique with an expert. duncan goodhew, olympic gold medallist, is here as well. what a line—up we have this morning. what is it like to see people swimming again? it is absolutely fantastic getting people back in the water. - there are loads of events - like swimathon that take part that challenge people, i encourage them to get fit and as you have heard, the mental well—beingi is really brilliant. a lot of children particularly have really missed out, haven't they,
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on learning to swim? how worried are you by that? well, it is a whole generation - of young swimmers that have not been in the water yet and before lockdown there was a waiting list _ of sometimes three years, - so we must get those kids back in the water and some for the first time. - what advice would you give someone who is swimming maybe for the first time in many months? take it easy first. you do not have to thrash yourself to death. - enjoy the water. the water is something - that is an easy way to get fit, but really enjoy yourself, feel the neutral gravity. i you float there, the water rushes past your body. . the great thing is there are no - cameras in the water, no telephones. you can escape. indeed, and many people as well, it is the only form of exercise
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they can do, because if you cannot go running, for example, say you have bad knees, swimming is the other option. it has been a real challenge for a lot of people not being able to do that exercise. for many people, they will have lost muscle mass. i i know i have lost somej not being able to swim. that strength is really - important as you grow older and so if you get back in, _ go in slowly, but work hard to bring back the strength and the fitness. 0k, duncan, thanks ever so much indeed. jessica, you're itching to get back in, i can tell. i am, ijust want to get next to my hero! not too close, not too close, social distancing is still in place! thanks ever so much indeed, jessica. thank you, nicola, enjoy your swim. and thank you duncan as well. as i said, many lidos are opening today and this one in particular, it is operating in a covid—secure way. you do have to book in advance, there are cleansing stations, there are hand sanitisers around and also a lot of places are advising people not to swim
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backstroke to make it less likely that people will bump into each other when they are in the water. so with all that in mind, a lot of people are embracing the ability to go and partake in outdoor sports once more today. i will leave you with some lovely images of the lido ladies. nicola there enjoying the water this morning in hillingdon and jessica as well, giving us a wave. chili, but smiling. as we've been hearing, weddings in england are back on. after months of lockdown, small ceremonies can go ahead with up to six people. and one of the first was this one in hampshire. the happy couple are jess warren—basham and jenny cope. they had originally planned to get married last august, but the pandemic intervened and they were forced to postpone their wedding. the couple said their biggest challenge was reducing the guest list from 180 to just six for today with those who couldn't attend in person watching the whole thing live on facebook. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav.
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it is going to feel very springlike, in fact almost like early summer for the start of this week. plenty of sunshine, especially for england and wales and light winds around an area of high pressure, it will feel extremely warm. very wet for the north—west of scotland, pretty heavy, persistent rain. by the end of the week, the complete opposite, arctic northerly is a spreading southwards and will turn a much colder for all that, southwards and will turn a much colderforall that, even southwards and will turn a much colder for all that, even wintry showers, especially across northern areas. today high pressure over the near continent which is keeping things largely find the england and wales, but weather fronts things largely find the england and wales, but weatherfronts bringing further cloud, topics of rain, particularly fur north—west of scotland. through the afternoon, drive for cumbria, generally for scotland and northern ireland it will stay mostly cloudy. after that chilly start it is warm, temperate is creeping up to around 20 degrees through the afternoon. as we head into this evening and overnight, wet across north—western scotland, rain
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piling up here, localised flooding is likely to be a risk. further south clearer skies and lighter winds, h anyone here. may be a touch of frost in a sheltered rural spots. —— chilly here. tomorrow morning a repeat performance, plenty of sunshine telling one into the afternoon. could see a bit of brightness moving in scotland, but the rest of scotland wet, with the risk of localised flooding. mod in the north and very warm for england and wales where we can see temperatures reaching 22 or 23 celsius. as we head into wednesday, again a similarthing celsius. as we head into wednesday, again a similar thing and add wales, bit of patchy cloud around, but colder air starts to dig into northern scotland throughout wednesday and here we will have a further outbreaks of rain and even winteriness over higher ground. temperatures reaching 22 a 23 degrees in the south. single figures in the northern half of scotland. is
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a to thursday, that cold front with the cold air behind migrate southwards. certainly by the end of thursday and friday we will all be in that much colder air so we take a bite to the warmer colours there and it will stay cold, even as we had through the easter weekend. we are likely to see some overnight frosts and some wintry showers.
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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 2pm... coronavirus restrictions have been relaxed in england — you can now meet in a group of six or two households outside and outdoor sports are back. the biggest part of moving forward is seeing people you haven't seen for a year 01’ more. it will be lovely. and seeing family. what i really want to do is hug people. oh, it's making me emotional! a new study shows a single dose of either of the two vaccines being given in the uk gives substantial protection to care home residents. george floyd's death sparked protests against racism around the world — the police officer accused of his murder goes on trial. a giant container ship that was jammed across the suez canal and had been partially refloated has swung back across the channel amid high winds.
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