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the stabbing of two people in south london by a convicted terrorist could have been prevented, says an inquestjury. sudesh amman launched an attack in streatham last year while under surveillance — after being released halfway through a prison sentence. the inquest ruled he was lawfully killed by police — but that he could have been detained in the days before his attack. we'll have the latest. also this lunchtime. the taliban continues to tighten its grip on afghanistan — amnesty international says nine members of a minority group were tortured and murdered by theirforces. there and murdered by theirforces. was a lot of there and murdered by their forces. was a lot of fighting ethnic there was a lot of fighting with ethnic militia supporting the us
military in this area so whether it was an ethnic reprisal or a government reprisal, we've seen all of this in the last few months. long term youth unemployment hits a five—year high — 200,000 under—25s have had no work for more than six months. and there's been a record number of bids to be the next uk city of culture — with 20 areas in the running. and coming up on the bbc news channel, georgia hall remains the thick of things at carnoustie on the second day of golf�*s women's open. good afternoon and welcome
to the bbc news at one. the stabbing of two people in south london by a convicted terrorist could have been prevented, an inquestjury has found. sudesh amman launched an attack in streatham last year while under surveillance, after being released halfway through a prison sentence. he was shot dead by armed undercover officers after he stole a knife from a hardware shop and began making random attacks on the public. jurors found that his death had been lawful. daniel sandford reports. sudesh amman leaving his probation hostel, a hoax suicide belt under his camouflage jacket concealed by a jd sports bag. 35 minutes later, two armed surveillance officers shot him dead outside boots. this ain't real. in the immediate aftermath, witnesses couldn't believe their eyes, but police quickly realised he was wearing the suicide
belt and cleared the area. amman died before they could be sure that it was fake. amman had been arrested aged 17 on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. searches of his mobile phone on social media showed the depth of his extremism. he was jailed for a0 months for possessing and sharing terrorist material. but under the rules at the time, he had to be released halfway through his sentence. he was held in belmarsh prison, and if anything during his time there became more radical — mixing with hashem abedi, the brother of the manchester bomber, ahmed hassan, the failed parsons green bomber, and abdulla ahmed ali, the leader of a plot to blow up planes with liquid explosives. the prison�*s mercury intelligence system recorded that amman, also known as faraz, wanted to kill the queen, become a suicide bomber and join isis. a pledge of allegiance to the leader
of the islamic state group was found in his cell. a senior counterterrorism officer, detective chief superintendent alexis boon, wrote to the prison governor asking if there was a way of delaying amman�*s release. but there wasn't, so the decision was made to follow him with armed surveillance officers wherever he went. they watched as he bought aluminium foil, parcel tape and drinks bottles in poundland. they knew these could be used to make a fake suicide belt, but felt they didn't have enough to arrest him or recall him to prison. and so it was that on the 2nd of february last year, ten days after his release, amman was being followed through south london by a nine man team of armed surveillance officers. when he went into the low price store here on streatham high road, an officer called bx87 to protect his identity was only a few metres behind. amman stole a knife and ran out of the shop. bx87 gave chase. amman stabbed two
people as he ran along. thankfully, both survived. frightened shoppers watched as another officer, bx75, joined the pursuit. when amman turned on the officers, they feared for their lives. they said they had no choice but to shoot him. the jury concluded it was a lawful killing. thejury the jury was direct the evidence at the inquest made it quite clear that the inquest made it quite clear that the two undercover firearms officers who were running after him down the street could see that he was stabbing people and when he turned on them, they honestly believed he could either attack them or others. and so that conclusion from the inquest was almost set in stone. a lot of the time was spent at the inquest looking at what should have been done on that friday night when sudesh amman bought those items from
poundland. items which in the past have been used to make hoax suicide vests. there was an emergency meeting that evening, a discussion of whether these things were being bought to make a vest and what should be done, should his reign be searched? should he be arrested? should he be recalled to prison? it was all examined in the inquest and in the end a question was put to the jury, should it have been that he was recalled to prison that night? the jury he had was recalled to prison that night? thejury he had spent was recalled to prison that night? the jury he had spent since wednesday considering that issue and in the end they concluded that, yes, there was a missed opportunity. it would have been possible to recall him to prison on the friday night, because by the rules of the probation service could recall someone if satisfied that someone�*s behaviour indicated an increased or unmanageable risk of serious harm to the public or that there was an imminent risk of further offences being committed. thejury clearly felt that when someone has bought
the materials for a hoax suicide vest and there is no other good reason, that could mean that man's risk has increased and he should be recalled to prison. if he had been, that might have only delayed any attack because he would have had to be released 20 months later. he was so radical and mixing with so many radicals in prison that the chances of de—radicalising him seemed very low. studio: thank you. the taliban is tightening is grip across afghanistan and there are growing concerns about religious and media freedoms under the new regime. the human rights group amnesty international says the group murdered nine men from the hazara minority last month — some of them were tortured. and the german broadcaster deutschewelle says taliban fighters carried out a door—to—door search to find one of its journalists — he'd left the country, but they shot dead one of his relatives. 0ur diplomatic correspondent paul adams has the latest.
the long, desperate weight for relief. all around the heavily guarded airport, thousands of afghans are still desperate to get out. people with british and other western passports, hoping their names are helmand from west london was about to make it through. in the thick of it, british troops are trying to make sense of the chaos. all around the airport, pockets of people waiting out in the open. with time running out, the operation is gathering pace. western nations want to have all of this done by the end of the month. we to have all of this done by the end of the month-— of the month. we are focused on accelerating _ of the month. we are focused on accelerating the _ of the month. we are focused on accelerating the evacuation - of the month. we are focused on accelerating the evacuation as i of the month. we are focused on l accelerating the evacuation as best we can. in the last 2a hours we brought out 963 people which is a significant acceleration on the 24—hour period before that and we'll at least match that number again today. in
at least match that number again toda . . , ., ., , at least match that number again toda. . , . ., today. in the city, a heavy taliban presence- — today. in the city, a heavy taliban presence. voters _ today. in the city, a heavy taliban presence. voters have _ today. in the city, a heavy taliban presence. voters have flooded . today. in the city, a heavy taliban | presence. voters have flooded the streets, sending an unmistakable message complete control —— fighters have flooded the streets. it is a shia festival, celebrating peacefully with no sign of interference from their new sunni masters. amnesty international says persecution of hazaras may be happening again. persecution of hazaras may be happening again-— happening again. there often rerisals happening again. there often reprisals against _ happening again. there often reprisals against people - happening again. there often reprisals against people for l happening again. there often - reprisals against people for being associated with the government, or being associated with the americans. there was a lot of fighting with hazara ethnic militias supporting the us military in this area. whether it was an ethnic reprisal or government reprisal. we've seen all of this in the last few months as things have really deteriorated in afghanistan. the things have really deteriorated in afghanistan-— things have really deteriorated in afuhanistan. . ., ~ ., afghanistan. the taliban are keen to show another _ afghanistan. the taliban are keen to show another face. _ afghanistan. the taliban are keen to show another face. in _ afghanistan. the taliban are keen to
show another face. in the _ afghanistan. the taliban are keen to show another face. in the northern l show another face. in the northern city of mazar—i—sharif, women studying as usual. is this propaganda and will it last? clearly, it's not enough to dispel the fears of those converging on kabul airport. this chaotic exodus has been going on for a week. how much longer will it last? in the last hour, the foreign secretary dominic raab has defended his actions over the afghan crisis — saying he did not call the afghan foreign minister last friday when he was advised to because he was prioritising security and capacity at kabul airport. earlier it had emerged that a phone call requested by his officials to discuss getting interpreters out of the country was not made by him or by a junior minister. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley reports. the foreign secretary yesterday afternoon, on a conference call with g7 ministers. the government says it is doing everything it can to get
british citizens and eligible afghans out of the country. last week dominic raab was on holiday and now he's under pressure for failing to make a call to afghanistan's foreign minister to try and speed up the evacuation of interpreters who worked with the uk. yesterday the foreign office said the call had been delegated to a junior minister. today, the government confirmed it hadn't happened at all. i today, the government confirmed it hadn't happened at all.— hadn't happened at all. i don't think any one _ hadn't happened at all. i don't think any one phone _ hadn't happened at all. i don't think any one phone call- hadn't happened at all. i don't think any one phone call at - hadn't happened at all. i don't| think any one phone call at the hadn't happened at all. i don't - think any one phone call at the back end of last week would have changed the speed at which the afghan government fell nor the speed at which we were able to get it up and running. the which we were able to get it up and runninu. ., which we were able to get it up and runnin. _ ., ,, . ., , which we were able to get it up and runninu. ., ,, . ., , running. the foreign secretary said he was privatising _ running. the foreign secretary said he was privatising the _ running. the foreign secretary said he was privatising the situation - he was privatising the situation here and getting as many people out as quickly as possible. he confirmed he asked someone else to make the call. but afghans who have settled in the uk are worried about how long
there is to get others out under threat from the the taliban. there are terrorist _ threat from the the taliban. there are terrorist groups _ threat from the the taliban. there are terrorist groups who _ threat from the the taliban. there are terrorist groups who don't - threat from the the taliban. tie- are terrorist groups who don't trugt are terrorist groups who don't trust democracy, human rights, nothing at all. killing for them isjust like playing with a toy, that's what it looks like for them. he playing with a toy, that's what it looks like for them.— playing with a toy, that's what it looks like for them. he says that collating up _ looks like for them. he says that collating up interpreter - looks like for them. he says that collating up interpreter should i looks like for them. he says that| collating up interpreter should be looks like for them. he says that i collating up interpreter should be a priority. yet it should be an urgent action but unfortunately it's not going to happen. labour says the government has been too slow and the foreign secretary should go. the senior aides _ foreign secretary should go. the senior aides around dominic raab were _ senior aides around dominic raab were recommending he may buckle. they will_ were recommending he may buckle. they will not have been making that recommendation unless they had clear information— recommendation unless they had clear information which demonstrated it would _ information which demonstrated it would he — information which demonstrated it would be a very good thing to do and would _ would be a very good thing to do and would deliver a positive outcome, potentially even save lives. ministers say they are meeting at pace to get people out of afghanistan and the prime minister will chair another meeting of the
emergency cobra group this afternoon. but the government's critics say it was underprepared for the of the the taliban and that when it came, ministers acted too slowly. the foreign secretary shows no signs of resigning but pressure on him and the government continues. the snp and the scottish greens have agreed a new power—sharing partnership at holyrood. the deal would take the greens into government for the first time anywhere in the uk. it would also give the scottish government a majority to pass legislation — including a new independence referendum bill. 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon is at the first minister's official residence at bute house in edinburgh. explain the significance of this. well, at some point in the next hour we expect the co—leaders of the green party to arrive at beach house ware alongside nicola sturgeon they will give more details of this
power—sharing partnership. we've never seen anything like this before. it stopped short of a formal coalition but goes further than the confidence and supply issue by issue support that the scottish greens have given to the snp during previous snp administration. it means there will be areas where support has been formally agreed but worth looking out for those areas where there is still disagreement, where there is still disagreement, where there is still disagreement, where the greens remain outside and effectively in opposition. it will be the first time the greens have beenin be the first time the greens have been in power anywhere in the uk. we expect them also to have ministerial appointments. the snp, it perhaps gives them more stability, it means they will have an outright majority, in some areas of the programme although not all of course. it also sends a message ahead of cop26 about where they stand on environmental issues and as you mentioned, making the scottish greens part of government clarifies that majority
that already exists in the scottish parliament in favour of another independence referendum. we are already getting response from the opposition in scotland with the scottish conservatives describing this as a coalition of chaos, saying the snp have lost the plot for the greens to have a seat at the government table.— greens to have a seat at the government table. there's been an unexpected drop in retail sales, which fell to their lowest level since the shops reopened in april when lockdown restrictions were lifted. emma simpson is at bicester village shopping outlet in 0xfordshire and sent this update. yes, a sharp fall in retail sales but there are a couple of key factors at play. firstly, we spent less on groceries. that's because we spent a bit more on going out. that's not surprising, given the further easing of restrictions, so—called freedom day. and remember, we had the euros injune, which was great for supermarket sales. now, the other thing, beautiful day here today, but we had such topsy—turvy weather. remember the torrential downpours.
that will have had a real dampener on non—food shopping out on the high street, although online sales did pick up. so although we had a huge full month on month, ——so, although we had a huge fall month on month, much worse than expected, sales are still higher than pre—pandemic levels. and of course, a lot better than last year. another thing to mention this morning is marks & spencer. they put out an unscheduled trading update saying that they expected profits to be better than expected. now, i can't recall the last time m&s did this. they are saying sales are better than expected, including clothing and home. so, momentum there. here at bicester village, you won't find m&s. this is a designer outlet with 160 brands, and they have relied on foreign tourists, especially chinese visitors, to drive sales. but, interestingly, domestic visitors, the business is up
20% compared with 2019. they're notjust out and about here today — i'm seeing plenty of shopping bags too. our top story this lunchtime: the stabbing of two people in south london by convicted terrorist sudesh amman could have been prevented, says an inquestjury. and still to come — the subscription site 0nlyfans, known for its adult content, has announced it will block sexually explicit photos and videos. coming up on the bbc news channel: we'll have news of rafa nadal, whose season is over because of a foot injury. he's another top player who'll be missing from the us open, which starts at the end of the month. a bbc investigation has discovered
that up to 4,500 people were unlawfully detained in police custody in england and wales because of delays in transferring them to mental health facilities. a freedom of information request led to the publication of a sensitive government report from 2018. the government says it is committed to supporting people experiencing mental health crises — but it's understood that unlawful detentions are still happening in some areas. our home affairs correspondent sean dilley has more. i was in bed and he came into my room with a pillow and put the pillow over my face. and i managed to push him away and i said, "why are you doing this to me?" and he says, "my thoughts are telling me if i kill you now i won't experience the pain of you dying when i grow up." this is blue. this is thomas, annette's 15—year—old son. earlier this year, he twice attempted to take his mother's life. but she insists he's not a killer and he's not a criminal. instead, she says,
he was experiencing an acute mental health crisis. so, the next thing, i could hear them saying, "right, we're going to arrest you on suspicion of attempted murder." my heart sank. i didn't call them to have him arrested. i called them to help him. thomas was taken to southend police station. the next day, he was identified as needing hospital admission but it wasn't until three and a half days after his arrest that he was found a suitable bed. essex police said that after his arrest thomas was bailed. following his release from custody they supported him in a safe environment within essex police premises, in a specially—designated room for vulnerable children, while they worked hard with their partners in health and social care to find the best place for him to receive the care he needed. but thomas' case isn't isolated. we used freedom of information laws to force publication of a sensitive 2018 government report that
estimated there had been up to 4,500 cases where people experiencing a mental health crisis were unlawfully detained in police custody in england and wales in a year. a lack of suitable mental health beds was most often the cause. police sources have told me they've been working closely with nhs partners to reduce significantly the number of times people are unlawfully held until beds become available. nobody, though, has been able to provide any figures, as they're not recorded, and the picture's different too depending where you are, with some forces managing to end the practice completely and in other areas unlawful detentions are still happening. the national chair of the police federation and wales said the dirty little secret continues and one custody sergeant tweeted that in his large force area it's a daily occurrence. he said he's not proud to illegally detain people but sometimes feels
it's the absolute right thing to do. you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't. it was the concerns of this recently retired chief constable that prompted the report. there's a point that comes out where actually somebody could be released from custody, wasn't being released from custody and, at that point, i would deem that to be unlawful detention whilst we're waiting for a bed, a mental health bed, to become available. a number of my colleague chief constables around the country said that the chief has given the authority for people to be kept unlawfully in custody and any challenges that came then the chief would deal with that. this approved mental health professional, who prefers to remain anonymous, attends custody and has the power to detain people under the mental health act, but he can only do that when beds are available. people like me are being asked to do things without being resourced or equipped to do it properly. i would describe the system as being dysfunctional and struggling to cope.
i felt like my heart was wrenched out of me. it really broke me. they need to put more funding into it. and they need to help people. they need to support these children and adults. annette marshall speaking to our correspondent sean dilley there. the supermarket chain morrisons has accepted an improved takeover offer, of $7 billion, from a us private equity group. there's been a bidding warfor the chain. our business correspondent katy austin is here. what katy austin is here. more is going on here? this is the what more is going on here? this is the latest twist in that bidding war. it doesn't necessarily mean it will be the last. the board had previously accepted an offer from a different group called fortress but now that recommendation no longer stands because a bigger offer has come a of 7 billion p. fortress has said it is considering its options but if nothing else changes it will
be the start of october when morrison shareholders have the chance to make a decision. the chairman of morrisons has said that this is good value while protecting the supermarket�*s fundamental character. morrisons is based in bradford where it was founded back in 1899. it owns the vast majority of its stores and it is one of the uk's biggest producers of fresh food. both would—be suitors have essentially promised not to make big changes. we will have to see if that and the price is enough to convince shareholders but this all comes at a time when there has been a lot of interest and activity from foreign private investors in getting their hands on uk companies listed on the stock market. hands on uk companies listed on the stock market-— around one in 85 people in the uk would have tested positive
for coronavirus in the week to last saturday — according to estimates from the office for national statistics. the estimated number of infections in england and scotland fell, but there was a rise in wales. the pattern was uncertain in northern ireland. government borrowing fell injuly compared with a year earlier, as the removal of most covid restrictions in england gave the economy a boost. official figures show that borrowing, the difference between spending and tax income, was £10.4 billion — more than £10 billion lower thanjuly last year. but, despite that fall, the figure is the second—highest forjuly since records began — with billions being spent on measures such as furlough payments. the coronavirus lockdowns have impacted many sectors of the economy — but some of the hardest hit are young people. long—term youth unemployment has hit a five—year high — with 200,000 under 25s out of work for more than six months. as the economy opens up, sarah corker has been speaking to youngsters about their career prospects.
when we first met portrait photographer drew back in october, covid restrictions were tightening and his manchester business was struggling. i already cut down on the expenses, i haven't left the house in months, i stopped paying for my office. you know, i've got rid of all of that stuff and it's not enough. today his outlook is much brighter. as entertainment and art venues have reopened his bookings are coming back, but he knows the recovery will take time. what was the longest period of time that you went without any work? about 11 weeks. compared to a regular month i'm still earning around a0 to 50% of what i was doing pre—pandemic. it's building and it's getting there but it's painfully slow. during the pandemic competition forjobs has been fierce. here in hull 20% of people live in workless households. david has two degrees and had applied for more than 100 jobs. you are out of control of your own life by that point
as to where is the money going to come? you can't really think long term so you are constantly thinking about how am i going to get a job? in the end he left his home city and moved to manchester to find new opportunities. he is now working for an organisation which supports disabled people. if you are the type of person that has applied for a lot ofjobs, like anybody has at the minute, i suppose, and you don't get those responses, it can really hurt. for others, lockdown has led to reinvention. cc from london quit herjob in advertising to follow her artistic dreams. i have gone from a large office in the middle of soho to being at home painting in my bedroom. and the career change is paying off. she's just moved into her own studio. being able to actually work on bigger pieces, have people come to the studio and see the work and talk to them and it not being in my bedroom
and on a more practical level not smelling paint fumes every night and actually not waking up with a headache is really nice. while it may take longer for their careers to recover from the pandemic there is optimism for better times ahead. sarah corker, bbc news, hull. the subscription site 0nlyfans, known for its adult content, has announced it will block sexually explicit photos and videos from october. the announcement comes after bbc news had approached the company for a response to leaked documents concerning accounts which posted illegal content. 0nlyfans says it goes far beyond "all relevant global safety standards and regulations" and does not tolerate breaches of its terms of service. noel titheradge is here — what's this all about? 0nlyfans 0nlyfa ns is a 0nlyfans is a bit to subscription —based social media site that has grown hugely in the pandemic was 120
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comply with requests from its banking partners. it says it will allow nudity but not sexually explicit content on the site from october. 0nlyfans says the documents 0ctober. 0nlyfans says the documents are not manuals are official guidance and its age verification systems go over and above regulatory requirements. systems go over and above regulatory requirements-— the competition to be the next uk city of culture, in 2025, has attracted a record number of bids. the 20 applicants include cornwall, a joint bid from counties either side of the scottish border and wrexham. the winner will be announced in may. colin paterson has more. in the week when a hollywood—style sign appeared on a slag heap overlooking wrexham, it has been confirmed that the town is now aiming to become the uk city of culture 2025. wrexham county borough's entry is one of 20 that have been put forward. including a bid spanning both sides of the scotland england border. dumfries and galloway and scottish borders arejoining forces with northumberland,
cumbria and the city of carlisle, a combined area almost 15 times the size of london. and cornwall�*s bid is very much as a county rather than its only city, truro. coventry�*s time as the city of culture has not gone to plan. covid meant that the start was delayed five months. but events are now up and running — the 360 allstars three week run there today. and the organisers insist that the city has benefited. the city of culture is really the beginning of a journey. it's not the end of the journey. it's the beginning of thinking about the role that culture can play in cities, in bringing people together, in creating pride, in expressing identity, in supporting regeneration and economic development, in promoting tourism, and really putting your city on the map. a longlist will be revealed at the end of next month,