this is bbc news, i'm victoria derbyshire. the headlines at 5pm. desperate scenes at kabul airport emerge from recent days — a little girl is handed over to an american solider by people fleeing the taliban. britain pledges to remain, as long as the us controls the airport. none of our planes are leaving empty. i've seen some reports saying that. i can't vouch for all the other nations but our planes never leave empty. if we had spaces on them, we offer them up to other nations. american say that multiple gates at the airport are now open, and some 7000 people have been evacuated so far. british troops are helping control the crowds and processing people's documents. labour accuses the foreign secretary
dominic raab of putting interpreters lives at risk after he declined to make a phone call himself to get help evacuating them from afghanistan. the government has defended him. in our other main news, nearly 37,000 new coronavirus cases are reported in the uk — but researchers say the main vaccines do offer good protection against the delta variant. a coroner has formally opened inquests into the deaths of five people who were killed in a shooting in plymouth a week ago. the inquest heard from a senior policeman that jake davison shot dead his mother maxine following an argument. there have been developments in the disagreement over fair pay for gurkha veterans — with further talks agreed — following protests and a hunger strike outside the ministry of defence building. and unearthed near a berkshire church. the site of an eighth century monastery that was believed to have been "lost"
and has baffled historians. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. the government says the uk will continue to help people leave afghanistan as long as american troops remain in control of kabul airport. more british personnel are being sent to the afghan capital today to help maintain order. the defence secretary ben wallace says more than ten flights a day are bringing people here and that the uk is using "every space possible" on planes to fly people out of kabul. meanwhile, president biden says us troops may have to stay in afghanistan beyond the withdrawal deadline of the end of august.
the us says it has evacuated 7,000 people so far. outside the perimeter of kabul airport, there have been chaotic scenes as desperate afghans try to flee the country. the bbc has seen a confidential intelligence paper given to the united nations that the taliban in afghanistan have stepped up its hunt for those who helped nato and us forces. here, dominic raab has rejected calls from opposition parties to resign as foreign secretary after claims he should have personally intervened to help evacuate interpreters from afghanistan who'd assisted british troops. our first report is from our defence correspondentjonathan beale. chaotic scenes outside kabul airport. hundreds desperate to get a flight to freedom. even passing toddlers over barricades to troops guarding the perimeter. their hope that if they can't get out, their children might. this gives a sense of the scale.
here, a thin line of british soldiers trying to keep order. the heartbreak of having to turn away those without the right papers. and there are still fears for those left behind. i love this country, i want to be in this country. international community, they talk about evacuating people who worked with them, which can be good. but people who are in afghanistan, they are in need, too. first of all due to war from different provinces. some people came to kabul and they don't have a roof over their head and also, they don't have food. there is some semblance of order inside the airport, with military evacuation flights continuing. britain says it's already flown out more than 1000 people. it is aiming to do that every day. but it still depends on the taliban, who control access to the airport. our people are managing to get through, when we call them forward. they are getting to us. the local relationship with
the taliban is in a good position. they are not getting in the way. they are actually allowing people towards us. they are also allowing lots of other people, which is why you see in the media those awful pictures of public order problems. and that is really the main issue. gunfire. the us president still having to defend his decision to leave, at least like this. he had promised a safe and orderly withdrawal. he had also set a deadline of getting his troops out by the end of the month. now he says they'll stay until every us citizen is out. so, americans should understand the troops might have to be - there beyond august 31? no, americans will understand that we will try to get it done before august 31? but if we don't, - the troops will stay? if we don't, we'll determine at the time who's left. and? and if there are american forces... if there's american citizens left, we're going to stay until we get them all out.
britain also says it will stay at the airport as long as the americans remain. but it's the taliban who control access. there have been acts of apparent defiance to their rule already, with some residents in kabul parading the old national flag. it's independence day. but it's the taliban who are now in charge and will decide what happens next. jonathan beale, bbc news. our correspondent secunder kermani is in afghanistan's capital kabul and can bring you this update. in large parts of kabul of everyday life is resuming, the taliban saying they hoped government offices and banks will open up soon. there are pockets of huge chaos, one, of course, being the airport. a massive crowd is still gathered outside the entrance there. many of them without any kind of the user.
——many of them without any kind of visa. they are still hoping, somehow, to be able to leave afghanistan. the taliban, who are in charge of security there, have been firing regularly into the air, beating the crowd back with sticks. and i'm told that most foreign nationals are being able to reach the airport safely. but the taliban are, at times, preventing even those afghans who have permission to board the evacuation flights from doing so. 0ne particularly disturbing episode that is being reported is that of a baby being passed over a barbed wire fence by a desperate parent. 0ther afghans who are due to board these evacuation flights are being able to do so after being taken in on convoys arranged by officials. there is also chaotic scenes outside the canadian embassy in the centre of kabul. that was in what used to be known as the green zone, the heavily fortified area that was protected by afghan security forces. it is now sealed off by the taliban, hundreds and hundreds of people have gathered outside there. filling on blank pieces
of paper, their names, their local passport details, local id details, and they are just passing these pieces of paper to the taliban, hoping that that will somehow reach canadian officials. and that they will become eligible for a canadian visa. i'm not even sure if there's any canadian staff left in that embassy. and it seems very unlikely that many of these people will be granted any kind of visa, but it gives you an insight into the kind of frenzy that's been whipped up. the bbc�*s afghan service has interviewed an eyewitness from kabul airport — a woman with a valid visa who wanted to leave the country and was told to go to the airport to leave. the taliban forces stopped her because she was not with any "mahram" or man. she was forced to go back home.
with me in the studio is sana safi from the bbc afghan service. would the taliban and expect when and to be accompanied by a man? yes. and to be accompanied by a man? yes, that is exactly — and to be accompanied by a man? yes, that is exactly what _ and to be accompanied by a man? yes that is exactly what they would have on women when they were in power in the 90s. it's a norm and other muslim countries like saudi arabia, women are expected to have someone with them, but traditionally, an afghan society, they don't. you are not expected to have a mail with you, but taliban's version of islam and the they would expect women to have a man with them. haste and the they would expect women to have a man with them.— have a man with them. have we got
an sense have a man with them. have we got any sense of— have a man with them. have we got any sense of those _ have a man with them. have we got any sense of those who _ have a man with them. have we got any sense of those who might - have a man with them. have we got any sense of those who might be i have a man with them. have we got| any sense of those who might be too afraid to make their way to the airport for fear of afraid to make their way to the airport forfear of all afraid to make their way to the airport for fear of all sorts of things, including being stopped by the taliban like that women yes, there are many people are now staying at home in kabul, or they move to kabul but are staying closer to the airports in blocks of flats just to see whether they could make their way to the airport when things have calmed down, or when there aren't many taliban forces on the streets. but what i have been seeing on social media and from taliban accounts, they have invited or asked for more man to secure kabul. so yesterday, there where different videos of thousands of men marching towards kabul. in the taliban explanation is that the number of forces that they've got in the capital right now is not enough to
bring law and order, so they are asking for more men to come to kabul, and that is a worry for most people, especially women, because if you have got more man, then it's easy for them to search you and stop you because they can go through everybody. and that is a real worry. people are now stuck. they are working with their families to see what they could deal to find male family members to go in groups yellow macro tojust family members to go in groups yellow macro to just go alone, or to go one by one. so they are working their options. i was seeing any resistance to the child and across the country? we resistance to the child and across the country?— the country? we are. that first instance was _ the country? we are. that first instance was in _ the country? we are. that first instance was in the _ the country? we are. that first instance was in the eastern - instance was in the eastern province, and then it's followed and spread to the coup in and host their eastern provinces traditionally
associated with taliban support and today we saw that young men and women came out onto the streets to celebrate independence day with that previous flags or the flag of the republic. shots were fired. we don't know whether that was the taliban way of suppressing the protesters are whether they really wanted to disperse the crowds. i think even taliban accounts on social media are saying that we are being tested and people are coming out to test us, to test our resolve. some are even calling for banning the internet because it starts from there, banning social media, because they say it's easy for them to mobilise on social media. so we will have to wait and see what happens with these protests. wait and see what happens with these rotests. . ~ wait and see what happens with these rotests. ., ~ , ., , . ., ~ protests. thank you very much, thank ou. thousands have been evacuated, that's according to a general in the
pentagon briefing earlier. barbara platt usher is in washington. tell us more about what the general had to say. he us more about what the general had to sa . . , us more about what the general had to sa . ., , . ., ., , to say. he was quite clear that they have the capacity — to say. he was quite clear that they have the capacity to _ to say. he was quite clear that they have the capacity to airlift - to say. he was quite clear that they have the capacity to airlift quite - to say. he was quite clear that they have the capacity to airlift quite a i have the capacity to airlift quite a lot of people out at this point come up lot of people out at this point come up to 9000 today, but they clearly also don't have that number because of problems getting the people to the airport. now, the ones that they acknowledged was the state department processing of visa applications of afghan allies and vulnerable afghans and so on. that was taking a long time. so they said that they had brought in mark consular officials, something we have also heard from the state department and that they had opened and extricated the airport as well to try to facilitate this process as much as possible. now, in terms of those reports that the taliban were blocking people from getting to the airport, most of the spokes been wet acknowledged that he was hearing those reports, but said that as far as he was concerned from the american say passage agreement with the taliban was working, that they
were in constant communication so that the taliban would be letting through those who they were supposed to let through, and he also said he didn't believe american citizens were being blocked on their way in. he also confirmed that there was no plan to extend the perimeter. the american parameter, or move for presence and to kabul to escort people coming back to the airport. now, you have heard that i think the president has said that they may extend the deadline date if not all americans are out, they were open to that, he did not make that explicit promise for afghan allies, and they've got less than two weeks now to get tens of thousands of people out. . ~ to get tens of thousands of people out. ., ~ , ., to get tens of thousands of people out. ., ~' , ., , to get tens of thousands of people out. ., ~ i. , . i'm joined now by modaser islami, a social activist who is based in kabul. i wonder if you could tell us what the last few days have been like for you. the last few days have been like for ou. . , the last few days have been like for ou. ., , , the last few days have been like for ou. ., , ._ , ., ,
you. the last few days have been chaotic in kabul— you. the last few days have been chaotic in kabul city. _ you. the last few days have been chaotic in kabul city. the - you. the last few days have been | chaotic in kabul city. the situation of the conflict... however, people, they are more people out on the streets and businesses are slowly and carefully reopening, seeing women in public, of course, that taliban have been trying to control things... the taliban spokesperson said the day before yesterday there were good and positive things to say about the taliban, however, i am very critical of what they say because the actions prove their true intentions. so, things i would say
are concerning, there are reports of the door of people who worked with the door of people who worked with the government and media. there were reports by the us today that the taliban have been looking for people who work with the us and nato. however, in a situation like this, reports like these are very difficult to verify. it's very important that these things are recorded and investigated at the earliest possible opportunity. right. have you talked to anybody who has been stopped and questioned about whether they worked for nato forces? have you come across women who perhaps have been turned away from the airport wanting to flee,
but were turned back because they weren't accompanied by a man? i weren't accompanied bya man? i haven't talked to people like that, but there are incidents... there was a woman who was turned away. she was told that she had to have a mammoth or to come to her workplace. for women to go into education and workplaces, and there is also a journalist beaten today for reporting the happenings in the province and kabul today. the protests were mainly happening on the eve of independence day and
trying to replace the flags of taliban flags. at least one city has started shooting, to people are confirmed to have been killed, and two others were wounded seriously. thank you very much for talking to us. thank you. speaking with us live from kabul. labour is accusing the foreign secretary of putting the lives of afghan interpreters who worked with british forces at risk. dominic raab was advised on friday to personally ask his afghan counterpart for urgent help to evacuate them from the country. but he didn't make the phone call. mr raab has insisted he won't resign over the matter. 0ur political correspondent peter saull reports. for now, the foreign secretary is going nowhere. are you going to resign, mr rabah? ——are you going to resign, mr raab?
but did he miss an opportunity to get people out of afghanistan sooner? while the taliban were advancing, dominic raab was on holiday here in crete. rather than lounging on the beach, we're told he was working and making regular phone calls. last friday, officials here at the foreign office advised him to make one such call urgently, to the afghan foreign minister, for help in evacuating interpreters. but it's understood the job was delegated to a junior minister. and labour argues that a resigning matter. the idea that the foreign secretary wouldn't pick up the phone as the taliban were advancing and standing at the gates of kabul to see what we could do to help and to prevent afghanistan descending into a base for terror again seems to me to be extraordinary. and we believe that he should resign and be replaced with somebody who is actually up to doing thatjob. 0ther opposition parties believe dominic raab's time is up. the snp�*s ian blackford says he must resign or be sacked by the liberal democrat leader, sir ed davey, insists he must go.
so swift was the taliban takeover that kabul had already fallen by the time dominic raab got back to the uk on sunday night. and today, one of his cabinet colleagues, said there was very little be collapsing afghanistan government could have done to help. last friday, the afghan government was melting away quicker than ice and a phone call to an afghan minister at that moment in time would not have made a difference. what we were absolutely worried about and determined... ..were unsure about was whether the airport would remain open. that was at the front of everyone's minds. without a functioning airport, we were going to get nobody out, no matter how many phone calls he made, to a disappearing government. in a packed commons record for an emergency city yesterday, the government was accused of complacency.
this phone call adds to the general impression here in westminster that perhaps dominic raab has not entirely been on top of events in afghanistan. publicly, largely his colleagues have been supported but some conservatives have been grumbling about the foreign secretary's handling of the crisis. after what has been described as the biggest foreign policy failure in modern times, it is perhaps unsurprising that the foreign secretary is feeling the heat. peter saull, bbc news. james jamieson chairs the local government association — a five—year—old boy that fell from the window was an afghan refugee. that has been part —— confirmed by south yorkshire police. the government said in a statement, we are extremely saddened by the tragic death of a child at a hotel and shep yelled. the police are providing support to the family while the investigation continues and we are providing accommodation and support. that chief refugee council said this is a terrible tragedy thoughts are with the family who have gone through so much trauma and suffering
to reach the uk. it's vital the home office carry out an urgent 0ffice carry out an urgent investigation into what has happened so that steps can be taken to quickly learn lessons. we don't know the details of the incident, but it is imperative that families who come from afghanistan are given all the support they need and housed in an appropriate accommodation. they are vulnerable and they are often very traumatised. let's speak now to councillor jamesjamieson, chairman of the local government association and conservative leader of central bedfordshire council councillorjamison, councillor jamison, hello to councillorjamison, hello to you. how many families have you agreed to take in yourarea? how many families have you agreed to take in your area? we how many families have you agreed to take in your area?— take in your area? we have agreed to take in your area? we have agreed to take a number— take in your area? we have agreed to take a number of families. _ take in your area? we have agreed to take a number of families. have - take in your area? we have agreed to take a number of families. have to i take a number of families. have to correct you, i am no longer leader, i stood down injanuary. i am still chair of the lga. i i stood down in january. i am still chair of the lga.— i stood down in january. i am still chair of the lga. i beg your pardon. actuall , chair of the lga. i beg your pardon. actually. we — chair of the lga. i beg your pardon. actually. we are — chair of the lga. i beg your pardon. actually, we are talking, _ chair of the lga. i beg your pardon. actually, we are talking, as - chair of the lga. i beg your pardon. actually, we are talking, as all - actually, we are talking, as all
councils are with government because we just don't know how many families are coming over. we don't know the mix of those families. at the whole local government sector is saddened by the events in afghanistan. they are vulnerable people there who have been helping us as a country in afghanistan. we need to step up and help them, and that is what we are seeking to do with government. what seeking to do with government. what are the challenges _ seeking to do with government. what are the challenges that local authorities may face?- are the challenges that local authorities may face? well, if you look, we authorities may face? well, if you look. we can _ authorities may face? well, if you look, we can compare _ authorities may face? well, if you look, we can compare this - authorities may face? well, if you look, we can compare this to - authorities may face? well, if you look, we can compare this to the | look, we can compare this to the syrian refugee crisis, where we took a very large number of syrians over seven years. we are trying to do the same thing over months rather than years, and it isjust pace. where do you get the houses that you need, particularly as we are likely to see larger families, particularly as we are likely to see largerfamilies, so it will be more for a five bedroom house is. clearly they have had a traumatic experience, so they will need wraparound support, but that that's mental health. we need to get them in school. schools are starting in a couple of weeks' time. their health
needs. hopefully, a number of them, because a number of them are translators will have language skills, which will be very helpful, but there is just a lot that's got to be put in place very, very quickly. we are certainly up to the challenge, but it is a challenge. and we do recognise that we are not going to have a perfect solution from day one. but we clearly want to get these people out of this terrible situation and into somewhere safe, stable, where they can look forward to the rest of their lives.— can look forward to the rest of their lives. ~ ., ., g; :: :: :: their lives. we have about 3000 --eole their lives. we have about 3000 peeple sleeping _ their lives. we have about 3000 people sleeping rough _ their lives. we have about 3000 people sleeping rough on - their lives. we have about 3000 people sleeping rough on the i their lives. we have about 3000 - people sleeping rough on the streets of this country. 0ver people sleeping rough on the streets of this country. over a million people on the council house waiting list. is it understandable that some of those people say, how can we suddenly find accommodation for 20,000 people when we don't have a roof over our own heads? this 20,000 people when we don't have a roof over our own heads?— roof over our own heads? this is not auoin to roof over our own heads? this is not going to be — roof over our own heads? this is not going to be easy. — roof over our own heads? this is not going to be easy, and _ roof over our own heads? this is not going to be easy, and we _ roof over our own heads? this is not going to be easy, and we do - roof over our own heads? this is not going to be easy, and we do have i roof over our own heads? this is not going to be easy, and we do have a l going to be easy, and we do have a housing crisis in many respects in the uk, but, you know, in that context 20,000 people, you're probably talking around 3—5000
families and told all in the context of over 30 million houses in the uk, you know, it's a small difference, but the way could it make a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable, but at the same time, you know, we have been very successful through covid with the everyone in campaign with massively reducing the ref sleepers, bikes, again commits an issue we need to address, we need to address overcrowding elsewhere in housing, so, you know, there is a lot on the plate of local governments, and we are trying very hard to do all of those things.— those things. thank you for talking to us. i'm those things. thank you for talking to us- i'm sorry — those things. thank you for talking to us. i'm sorry for— those things. thank you for talking to us. i'm sorry for getting - those things. thank you for talking to us. i'm sorry for getting a - those things. thank you for talking to us. i'm sorry for getting a title l to us. i'm sorry for getting a title wrong at the beginning. thank you. that's ok. , in class into the five gunmen have opened, our correspondent is infinite. maybe we will talk to a little later, i do apologise for that. let's bring you the weather? let's bring it the bnow, here is
chris, sorry about that. for most of us through the rest of the day, the weather is going to stay pretty cloudy. there will be a few gaps in the cloud every now and then, a little bit of sunshine but some of this cloud will be thick enough to bring some rain. now the most persistent of the rain will be working across into yorkshire and lincolnshire through the afternoon. got a few showers moving from wales and the south—west into the midlands and central, southern england as the day goes by. try generally, i think, for scotland and northern ireland. just with a few glimpses of sunshine coming through every now and then. 0vernight tonight we are going to keep those pretty cloudy conditions. a few mist patches possible as well through the night. 0ur overnight temperatures between around 11 and ia celsius. tomorrow, something of a change for northern ireland, here quite quickly we will see outbreaks of rain moving. some of the rain could turn out quite heavy and eventually, we will start to see some of rain working its way into western parts of great britain as well. further north and eastwards, at least for a time, you've got a better prospect
of seeing sunshine. temperatures again into the high teens and low 20s. that's your weather. 0pposite downing street to raise the issue, telling us us —— tell us they are calling it off after the defence secretary promise to come to some solution. let's get more on this now with our correspondent veteran deepak maskey — who led the gurkha justice campaign thank you very much for talking to us. i hope you can hear me 0k. tell us. i hope you can hear me 0k. tell us about the developments today on
how the two soldiers have reacted to this news. , . , , how the two soldiers have reacted to this news. , ., , , ., this news. this has been a breakthrough _ this news. this has been a breakthrough talk - this news. this has been a| breakthrough talk between this news. this has been a - breakthrough talk between the veteran mitt minister and our ambassador. this has now open doors for a very high level official talk between the nepal government and the uk government. that is what we have been asking. we hope that later on, starting from 20th of september, which would be our preliminary meeting in london, that will be a starting point, and demands of the gurkhas would be discussed. we will
take it forward on what to take and the actual meeting will start sometime in december. i the actual meeting will start sometime in december. i can see eve one sometime in december. i can see everyone is _ sometime in december. i can see everyone is packing _ sometime in december. i can see everyone is packing up _ sometime in december. i can see everyone is packing up there. - sometime in december. i can see everyone is packing up there. i i sometime in december. i can see i everyone is packing up there. i came down there to talk to some of your supporters on monday afternoon. the hunger strike was ongoing and that was before dan had been taken into hospital on tuesday evening. what you want is equal pensions to british armed forces personnel. i know two of the soldiers get about £350 per month, where a british retiree gets £1300 per month. are you going to get an equal pension? well, let me put it this way. like you said, we get about one quarter about what our british colleagues get, and when we say equal pension, we are not asking for what the
british colleagues are getting. because we were just charge for the army or we went on pension, for example, a gurkha soldier would retire after 15 years, and of british soldier would retire at 20 years. we are asking for a proper pension. if a british soldier gets £22 after retiring after 22 years, then a gurkha soldier should get £15 on his retirement after 15 years. we serve under the same rules and wear the same uniform, we fight the same or, we are in the same danger and we face the same bullets. so, why is this different? that is what we are asking. i this different? that is what we are askinu. , , ., ., asking. i suppose one argument might have been from _ asking. i suppose one argument might have been from the _ asking. i suppose one argument might have been from the government, i asking. i suppose one argument might have been from the government, the i have been from the government, the difference is because perhaps they expected you to live in nepal, where
the cost—of—living is much cheaper. well, we don't buy that argument. we have never gone along with that argument. what we want the government to know is we served in britain, we served in the british army, not the nepali army. until 2009, most of the gurkhas were living in nepal. even if that we admit that the cost of living here was —— in the nepal was low, now most of the... after the settlement in 2009, the gurkhas are living in the uk, but they are getting pensions to support the cost of living in nepal. that doesn't add up. things have changed and then time has gone by. we have lost more
than half older people, so we think, want the government to understand the current situation. there are other things. the current situation. there are otherthings. it's the current situation. there are other things. it's been 19117 agreement that needs a review, that needs revisiting, and may be rewritten based on the 21st century. do you have confidence the government will do that? well, we have confident _ government will do that? well, we have confident in _ government will do that? well, we have confident in the _ government will do that? well, we have confident in the british i have confident in the british government because this is a country where they respect human rights. and gurkhas are regarded as very high scene, so we are very optimistic, let me put it that way, there may be one or two things we have to compromise. but in general, i'm sure
the british government will now realise that what has been done was not fair and there has been discrimination, especially when the settlement was given in 2009. like i said yesterday, it was a sort of half baked cake. the settlement was given, 0k. people were really desperate to survive here. they were living on pension credits and benefits, so that doesn't really help. so we are really hopeful that the british government will now realise all this, and we get what we are asking for. ion realise all this, and we get what we are asking for-— are asking for. can you tell me about the _ are asking for. can you tell me about the health _ are asking for. can you tell me about the health of _ are asking for. can you tell me about the health of the - are asking for. can you tell me about the health of the gurkhaj are asking for. can you tell me i about the health of the gurkha widow and the two soldiers who were on a hunger strike? today i think was 13, how are they with
they are healthy. he was taken to hospital a few days back. he's now recovering. they are very, very excited. they are very grateful that the public, the press, everybody has supported them and their lives. they will be going down to the hospital for a checkup of health, and they will be moving back to their houses. they look forward to this very high level government to government talk, and they wish that their sacrifice will not go in vain. brute and they wish that their sacrifice will not go in vain.— will not go in vain. we will certainly _ will not go in vain. we will certainly report _ will not go in vain. we will certainly report on - will not go in vain. we will certainly report on the i will not go in vain. we will i certainly report on the outcome will not go in vain. we will - certainly report on the outcome of the talks later this year. thank you very much for talking to us.- very much for talking to us. thank ou ve very much for talking to us. thank you very much _ very much for talking to us. thank you very much for _ very much for talking to us. thank you very much for having - very much for talking to us. thank you very much for having me. i
0n on his optimism that those talks will yield some fairness, which is what he says they were fighting for. one week on from the fatal shootings in plymouth the inquests into deaths of the five victims, and the gunman have opened. 0ur correspondent sarah ransome is in plymouth. it was a short hearing this morning in which we heard from the senior investigating officer, detective inspector steve family. he told the court there was a short argument between maxine davison and her son jake before he shot her at her home. the court heard davison went out into the street and shot sophie martin, the three—year—old walking their family dog with her dad, leave. davidson went down the street and shot at stephen washington. he was out walking his dog, so we are
today he was a carer for his wife. then davison went around the corner and shot at kate sheppard, who later died in hospital. the court heard those four victims did not know stephenson and all —— davidson at all. we also heard it influenced that open into jake davison �*s death. all those inquest have been adjourned until december. the independent 0ffice adjourned until december. the independent office for police conduct is carrying out an investigation into why jake davison had a shotgun licence. it had been revoked following an allegation of serious assault. today, the coroner in arrow referred to a case in county durham in which a taxi driver shot dead three women nine years ago, and he's asked the police watchdog consider any recommendations made following those
deaths. as you say, this is a week on from those shootings. that mass shooting, and i have to say, you get a real sense of the sadness and sorrow that's still there in the community. it still hangs heavy here in the city of plymouth. there is a still much for the community to come to terms with. still much for the community to come to terms with-— still much for the community to come to terms with. thank you, sarah. one ofthe to terms with. thank you, sarah. one of the uk's — to terms with. thank you, sarah. one of the uk's most _ to terms with. thank you, sarah. one of the uk's most recent _ to terms with. thank you, sarah. one of the uk's most recent african i of the uk's most recent african arrivals has told the bbc he faced the prospect of being beheaded. it was the hardest and the most difficult time i had in my life. this man's life is under threat. terrified by the taliban, this man's job as an interpreter in afghanistan put his life under threat. if i stayed, i would be, you know, tortured by taliban, and consequently get killed by them, because they perceived
interpreters to be traitors. there were many incidents over afghan interpreters. they were tortured, they were killed, they were, you know, beheaded. so, you and your family feared that, because of yourjob, that you could have been beheaded? yes, that was, you know, the worst thing could happen to someone. he, his wife and three—year—old girl fled their home, their entire livelihoods, arriving in scotland four weeks ago, under a resettlement programme. it came to me difficult when i had to say goodbye to my father. i didn't have the chance to hug him because of covid. i had to make a very difficult decision over living or getting killed by insurgents. he is now too scared to be identified overfears his family he left behind will be murdered. it makes the life not meaningful to you because you're waiting for the threat, you're waiting for your death.
this charity, refuweegee, was born in the wake of the syrian disaster, resettling people here in scotland, who were fleeing war—torn countries. now, it supports up to 150 refugees every single week, with things like emergency food parcels. and they're about to get a lot busier. i do think we should be aiming higher. i think that we have capacity, we've certainly got housing and we've got the commitment. and now that you're here, what was it like the moment that you touched down in scotland? in here, it was a sense of relief and the life was completely different in here. an afghan refugee in glasgow speaking to our reporter connor gillies. us presidentjoe biden has said us troops may stay in afghanistan beyond his withdrawal deadline, as armed taliban fighters kept desperate evacuees from reaching kabul�*s airport. mr biden wants us forces out
by the end of this month, but up to 15,000 us citizens are stranded in the country. the us president told abc news the turmoil in kabul was unavoidable. let's investigate some of what president biden has been saying in recent days on afghanistan. with me is our reality check correspondent, chris morris. the second quote we have is about the nature of the us and allied mission in afghanistan. what has he said about the size of the afghan army? he what has he said about the size of the afghan army?— the afghan army? he said in this interview today _ the afghan army? he said in this interview today that _ the afghan army? he said in this interview today that we've i interview today that we've trained interview today that we've trained in army 300,000 strong. simply isn't the case. that estimate comes from american figures which include the army and the police, but 120,000 is certainly not trained to fight in the war. but even if you include the police, the figure of 300,000, experts are unanimous in saying it's too large. that's what they called
ghost personnel. they believe there are a lot of person who have been named, people who don't exist or are no longer in service who have received money. the us administration itself has said they've been giving $300 million a yearin they've been giving $300 million a year in salaries to nonexistent military personnel. nowhere near the size thatjoe biden has been claiming. size that joe biden has been claimina. ,, ., ., ,, ., claiming. show we talk about the second quote _ claiming. show we talk about the second quote about _ claiming. show we talk about the second quote about the - claiming. show we talk about the second quote about the nature i claiming. show we talk about the second quote about the nature of claiming. show we talk about the i second quote about the nature of the us and allied missions?— us and allied missions? yeah, he said to bbc _ us and allied missions? yeah, he said to bbc news, _ us and allied missions? yeah, he said to bbc news, "we _ us and allied missions? yeah, he said to bbc news, "we decided i us and allied missions? yeah, he| said to bbc news, "we decided to engage in nice he said the purpose of the american military intervention was to produce a government that will provide a stable foundation for the
reconstruction of the country —— abc news. he said the alternative to nation—building is a chaos that breeds warlords, drug traffickers and terrorists. he was with the programme at that time. of course he has the right to change his mind, and in 2009, he basically opposed president 0bama's decision to take this surge of tens of thousands of troops going in to try to defeat the taliban. that didn't really work, so his caution was perhaps correct. but the idea that nation—building was never part of the programme, he never part of the programme, he never defended it, doesn't stand up to scrutiny. bud never defended it, doesn't stand up to scrutin . �* �* , never defended it, doesn't stand up to scrutin . �* �*, ., never defended it, doesn't stand up to scrutiny-— to scrutiny. and he's also talked recently about _ to scrutiny. and he's also talked recently about the _ to scrutiny. and he's also talked recently about the numbers i to scrutiny. and he's also talked recently about the numbers of l recently about the numbers of american casualties. what have you found out? . �* , american casualties. what have you found out? ., �* , ., american casualties. what have you found out? ., �*, ., ., found out? that's what he said about what could've — found out? that's what he said about what could've happened _ found out? that's what he said about what could've happened in _ found out? that's what he said about what could've happened in the i found out? that's what he said about what could've happened in the future j what could've happened in the future if they haven't let. we know that nearly two and a half thousand american troops have died in afghanistan over 20 years, and
that's the key point. no deaths in combat since february 2020. we know sadly that a57 british casualties. majority was about a decade ago. no surprise to know that over the last few years, the vast majority of people who died were afghans. an estimated a7,000 civilians, 66,000 military and police personnel. i think there is an argument that the mission as it stood before the rapid withdrawal, with a far lower risk, and it could have continued with very low casualties because what they were doing primarily was logistic support and training for the afghans who were doing the front line fighting. mr biden's argument they left because they wanted to avoid thousands more casualties, it seems to be unlikely the forces they
had in place at the time would have been those thousands.— been those thousands. thank you very much, been those thousands. thank you very much. chris- — been those thousands. thank you very much, chris. there _ been those thousands. thank you very much, chris. there are _ been those thousands. thank you very much, chris. there are currently i much, chris. there are currently more than 500,000 internally displaced people in the country. it added that most of those are women and children. the un children's agency unicef estimates 550,000 have fled since january. let's talk to samantha morton in kabul. tell us what it's like on day three, day four of a new taliban regime. has what it's like on day three, day four of a new taliban regime. as you mentioned. — four of a new taliban regime. as you mentioned, the _ four of a new taliban regime. as you mentioned, the crisis _ four of a new taliban regime. as you mentioned, the crisis is _ four of a new taliban regime. as you mentioned, the crisis is in full- mentioned, the crisis is in full spit. we have over 250,000 children in desperate need of basic services. many of them are in camps where
unicef is tending to their needs. we have mobile health clinics and giving them nutrition supplements. afghanistan is also in the grip of a drought, so in those camps, we're giving them water and tracking water to the communities which are most badly affected. there is a high degree of tension. i think the whole country, especially women and children, or in weight and see mode. waiting to see if the rhetoric from the taliban press conference turns into reality, we're waiting to see if girls can actually go to school, if girls can actually go to school, if women can come to work, if women can leave their homes without chaperones. there seems to be conflicting reports across the country. some women are enjoying freedoms, others aren't. some girls agreed to school, some aren't. we
know in the west, female students were told they could continue studying, but it's not uniform across the country. we're waiting for clear guidance.— for clear guidance. when we use the word displaced. _ for clear guidance. when we use the word displaced, what _ for clear guidance. when we use the word displaced, what does - for clear guidance. when we use the word displaced, what does that i for clear guidance. when we use the l word displaced, what does that mean in practical terms?— in practicalterms? well, in the last few weeks _ in practicalterms? well, in the last few weeks where - in practicalterms? well, in the last few weeks where the i in practicalterms? well, in the l last few weeks where the conflict has really escalated, what we found was that fighting came to the doorsteps of civilians. we were hearing stories of children who were in bed when there were explosions nearby. we were hearing stories of a little girl who was taking water back to her house and her mother screamed at her to run. stories of another little girl who was studying, she was using her schoolbook, and she dropped it and
fled. a little boy who ran in his pyjamas and was still in them days later. these people have left their home with nothing. many of them have got injuries. unicef has seen some horrible wounds that have not been tended to when people get to the camps in the different provinces, and they're traumatised. we see many children who have witnessed terrible atrocities and are in desperate need of psychosocial support. so, the needs are enormous and the needs that we predicted are even greater because for the longest time, we didn't have access to many areas under taliban control.— under taliban control. let's list what they _ under taliban control. let's list what they need. _ under taliban control. let's list what they need. food, - under taliban control. let's list what they need. food, water, l what they need. food, water, counselling, accommodation. what else was
? psychosocial support is a big one. unicef estimates _ ? psychosocial support is a big one. unicef estimates that _ ? psychosocial support is a big one. unicef estimates that without i unicef estimates that without immediate action, 1 million children under the age of five will be severely malnourished by the end of 2021. they need clothes, they need shelter. children need to be back in school because that is a tremendous way to get normalcy back in their lives. they're focused on something positive. lives. they're focused on something ositive. . ~ lives. they're focused on something ositive. ., ~' , ., , lives. they're focused on something ositive. ., ,, , ., , . lives. they're focused on something ositive. ., ,, , . ., positive. thank you very much for talkin: to positive. thank you very much for talking to us. _ positive. thank you very much for talking to us, samantha - positive. thank you very much for talking to us, samantha in - positive. thank you very much for talking to us, samantha in kabul. j
that's within 28 days of a positive test. 0ver a1.1 million have received their second dose. it's just pfizer works best initially, but they are equally as effective in the long run. for months, the office for national statistics and oxford university have been asking hundreds of thousands of us to do swabs for their research. do you have any symptoms? it's the biggest study of its kind in the world. unlike other studies, which have looked at how effective the vaccines are at keeping people out of hospital, this one has looked at how good they are at preventing any infection by the delta variant. the study showed the pfizerjab had 93% effectiveness two weeks after the second dose,
compared to 72% for the astrazeneca vaccine. the researchers say that pfizer's performance then falls faster, and they believe that after four to five months, the two vaccines may converge, having similar effectiveness. i would stress that both the vaccines are still giving really, really good protection. and it's important to remember that actually pfizer starts out at around 15% better effectiveness than astrazeneca, which is far more my thing, then we could ever have imagined. i think, then we could ever have imagined. so whilst it does decline, it's actually declining from a really high starting point. there's another way the delta variant is changing the vaccine landscape. although vaccinated people are much less likely to get infected, when they do they appear to have the, same levels of virus in their nose and throat as those who haven't been jabbed. the researchers say this shows the potential for people to pass on the disease,
even if they are protected against serious illness. the main message is that of the direct protective effects of these vaccines is excellent. if you get the vaccination, you're in a much better place in terms of getting sick. but the ability of the programme to actually stop the virus from circulating around in the population, it is less good than we had hoped. israel has already started offering boosterjabs to the most vulnerable after its government became worried that the pfizerjab wasn't dampening down transmission quite as much as hoped. the findings of this latest study will have to be weighed up by government advisers here, before they decide if the uk should follow suit. naomi grimley, bbc news. the uk is to offer an initial £1 million in support to haiti
as the country recovers from saturday's devastating earthquake. a royal navy ship is also being sent to the region to help the humanitarian response. more than 12,000 people have been injured and hospitals have been left overwhelmed. 0ur correspondent james clayton is in the village of marceline, near the epicentre of the quake. you may find some of his report distressing. a huge crowd has gathered you to watch a search and rescue a huge crowd has gathered here to watch a search and rescue team, to try and see what they can pull out of the rubble behind me. there were a8 apartments here, if you can believe it, and they disintegrated during the earthquake. they're trying to see if they can find anyone, but i've been told by one of the search and rescue team that at the moment, they're only pulling out dead bodies. they also said that when they smell a dead body — and i have to say you can smell death right now — they go in, the caterpillars stop and they try and pull someone out of that rubble. and that's the story, really, that we have been seeing across this region over the last few days. people desperately trying
to search for the relatives. all too often it's unsuccessful after a8, 72 hours. there may well be dozens of people still underneath this rubble. we simply don't know. and that's one of the reasons why we're really not sure how many people have died in this earthquake. james clayton reporting. the site of an eighth—century monastery that was believed to have been lost has been unearthed next to a church. the exact location of the monastery ruled by queen cynethryth, the widow of the powerful king 0ffa of mercia, had long baffled historians. however, archaeologists said they have finally found it in the grounds of holy trinity church in cookham, berkshire. 0ur reporterjoe campbell has been along to find out more. well, in normal times, this is all an overspill for the car park for the local church, but if you look at it it was once a very busy, bustling monastery site. this wasn't the actual site of the church side of things, but this is where the people who supported the monastery lived.
just down here, you can see that layer of earth, that was probably a half, it might have been somebody who was working here operating a smithy. there been no shortage of finds. for example, that is an axe that would have been used by a carpenter or a woodworker working in support of the monastery. the fact is, it's notjust the significance of the finds here, but the actual fact this was also the final home of to one of the most famous woman you've probably never heard of, queen cynethryth. she was the widow of king 0ffa, you've heard of him, he was the one who built the famous dyke that now marks the border with what is wales. but the fact that she came here, that was highly significant. joining me is professor thomas from the university of reading who has been excavating this site. why did she come here to the banks of the thames? well, the thames was a really important strategic frontier between the kingdoms of mercia and wessex, it was also one of the most important trading arteries in anglo—saxon england. if you gained control of the thames
and the thames estuary, that was a real prize. that basically gave you a route way into the wider world, trade connections with the continent and the centre of the political actions in europe, you know, the frankish kingdom, so, it was a very contested political border. the fact is that queen cynethryth was a player, she was a political animal? absolutely, she was a very powerful woman in her own right. she's the only queen to have currency minted in her own name, in her own image. she's addressed in equal terms with her husband, king 0ffa, in diplomatic terms with the continent, with charlemagne. he addresses letters jointly to 0ffa and cynethryth. she's a major player. looking all around, there are plenty of trenches, but you really have only scratched the surface so far, haven't you? that's right, we've excavated a series of small trenches to gain an impression of what's here.
what we've shown is that there's really dense settlements here right across the area and likely beyond. this is a major anglo—saxon settlement supporting the monastery. there's a wealth of evidence lying out there that's there to find. i get the feeling that you want to come back? i would like to, yes. professor thomas, thank you very much. they are drawing towards the end of this particular excavation, it's due to finish tomorrow, but they are very keen to come back and uncover more of the story of this site. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. so far this month, temperatures have been running quite close to normal. today we had a lot of cloud once again. this cloud across northern england, where we had outbreaks of rain. to
the west, we have weather fronts associated with this low pressure. that will be bringing bands of rain across the uk for the next few days. 0vernight, it's a dry picture for most of us, but we will keep extensive cloud across the skies. may be mist patches forming, but not a cold night. temperatures 10—1a. tomorrow, that area of rain will make its presence felt in northern ireland, with the rain turning heavy. a better chance of seeing some bigger breaks in the cloud, a bit more in the way of sunshine. we may well hold onto that sunshine. at the same time, the float will thicken. —— the cloud. top temperatures about 22 degrees or so. the weekend it will start off on a wet note. these weather fronts slowly pushing eastwards, sunday will be the better of the two daca
days. —— the two days. it means there is less time for temperatures to rise across eastern areas. not as hot as you might have seen in the forecast over recent days. top temperatures about 22—23 degrees. mixture of sunshine and showers following saturday afternoon for northern ireland and the southwest of england. we still have a bit of rain on the charts across eastern england on sunday. that will clear out of the way. sunday generally a day of sunshine and showers, but if the showers across the midlands, central and southern england across the southeast. they could be thundery and slow—moving in nature. potentially one or through —— one or two showers around. a lot more subtle, more sunshine. temperatures into the low 20s, so no heat wave on the cards.
today at six, the desperate scramble to escape afghanistan, and life, under taliban rule. to escape afghanistan, some in the crowds at kabul airport hand over their children to us marines, to at least get them on flights to freedom. 0thers begged western embassies for travel papers. these people have no real information about what they can do to leave afghanistan, but they are desperate. in fact, they are coming to us, asking us, "is it true? will the canadians give me a visa?" the fact is, most of these people will never get one. the uk says it will continue to help people escape, as long as the us military controls of the airport. we are the lucky ones, we made it. there are lots of people who really need help. but one young afghan boy who did