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the prime minister says he wants to come down hard on drugs gangs, promising to break up hundreds of them. it's part of a ten—year strategy for dealing with drug abuse in england and wales, including more treatment for the addicts who commit a large proportion of crime. the drugs gangs are doing major damage to life chances of kids growing up in this country. i think it is a disgusting trade and we need to fight it. i want to see the plans, i want to see the strategy, i want the prime minister to take responsibility for the money that's been taken out of criminaljustice in the last ten years that's because many of these problems. we'll be assessing the government's new drug strategy, and asking whether it can cut both addiction and crime. also this lunchtime — "the next pandemic
could be even worse" — a warning from the woman who helped create the astrazeneca vaccine. anger in nigeria, as it's added to the red list of uk travel restrictions from today. four years in jail for the myanmar�*s former civilian leader, aung san suu kyi — her supporters say the charges are bogus. lucky to be alive — the gap year student who was dragged under by a crocodile and lived to tell the tale. and why every household in wales is going to be given a tree. and coming up on the bbc news channel, darren gough has been appointed as the interim managing director of yorkshire county cricket club replacing martyn moxon, one of 16 people to leave the club last week.
good afternoon, and welcome to the bbc news at one. the government is promising to crack down on drugs gangs, as part of a ten—year strategy for tackling drug misuse in england and wales. ministers say they want to dismantle so—called county lines drugs gangs. they're also promising the biggest ever single investment in treating and rehabilitating addicts, who are responsible for a large proportion of crime. according to the home office, drugs are connected to nearly half of killings in england and wales. they're also linked to two thirds of shoplifting, more than half of burglaries, and just over a quarter of robberies. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has this report. and a warning that his report contains flash photography. police! an early morning raid, part of operation toxic,
as police conduct an ongoing investigation into county lines gangs. organised crime groups that control the drugs trade. prime minister boris johnson seeing for himself the challenge the police face. some 300,000 heroin and crack addicts are responsible for nearly half of crimes like burglary and robbery. the prime minister promising his new strategy will change that. we've got to do two things at once. we've got to be tougher on the county lines gangs, we've got to be tougher on the criminals who are doing it, but you've also got to make sure that you find those 300,000 people and you help them away. you can't simply arrest them time after time and put them back in prison again and again. you've got to do rehab as well. the government's ten—year strategy promises £300 million to pursue drugs gangs. it believes it can take down 2,000 county line in three years. police will get help, for more drug tests on arrest, identifying problem users earlier than before. but the strategy also looks at demand, recreational users
such as some clubbers will face losing their passports and driving licences if caught. labour says a strategy is desperately needed. there is no doubt that the drug problem has got a lot worse in the past ten years, particularly drug—related deaths and the county lines which are destroying lives. the question for the government is notjust about plans today but the money they have taken out the system. millions of pounds have been taken out of the system over the years and that has caused a lot of the problem. ministers are promising record investment for schemes such as this rehab programme targeting why some people take drugs. the former independent reviewer of drugs today urged the government not to put all the focus on chasing users, but to help them change their lives. of course it is important. we do want county lines to disappear, but, unless you give equal balance to treatment and recovery, we are really not going to move forward. we have had enforcement for many years. and we haven't really solved our problem. couriers working for gangs
are known to smuggle drugs on trains, so sniffer dogs are now on the front line, but with drugs deaths at a record high, people say that the prime minister must back his words with with a strategy that will deliver quick results and bring about change. dominic casciani, bbc news. our political correspondent iain watson is in westminsterfor us. iain, the government really trying with this strategy to break the link between drugs and crime. absolutely. many governments around the world have had wars on drugs and many have won battles but no country yet has scored the decisive victory. this is a multifaceted strategy for the next ten years, and i think also a highly political one too because borisjohnson was elected on people's priorities including tackling crime, so we got measures for example to try and disrupt organised crime groups, but equally he was also very much in favour of levelling up the country, he said, and where local communities are blighted by the drugs trade, he says
he has an answer to that, tackling county lines, for example. but equally there will be this big emphasis on rehabilitation, the single biggest investment in rehabilitation, we are told. we will get the details of that in parliament this afternoon. but this is also proving highly political because labour is suggesting effectively their position was they wouldn't have started from here, they want the government held to account notjust they want the government held to account not just since they want the government held to account notjust since borisjohnson became prime minister but since the conservatives came to power in 2010. they say that class a drug use, the most serious drug use, is up by more than a quarter, the highest number of drug deaths in england and wales a year ago, of drug deaths in england and wales a yearago, and of drug deaths in england and wales a year ago, and they also say that around £100 million has been taken out of programmes, rehabilitation programmes, that might well have made a difference. so they are going to very much draw dividing lines with the government on this this afternoon when the new drug strategy debated. what the government says it is now beginning at least to tackle something notjust as a short—term fix but for the longer term too. in watson, thank you. iain watson, our
political correspondent. —— iain watson. one of the scientists who created the oxford astrazeneca covid vaccine has warned that a future pandemic could be even more lethal than this one. professor dame sarah gilbert says funding is needed to make sure we don't lose the advances made in the last two years in how to prepare for a pandemic. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson has this report. the leader of the opposition this morning doing his bit to boost boosterjabs seen as the best way to protect people from both the delta and the new variant of omicron. i would encourage absolutely everyone who is eligible to come forward and have their booster. don't be taken in by the information come forward, have your booster, think of yourself, think of others, think of your communities. last month we observed surges in cases. one of the lead scientists behind
the oxford astrazeneca vaccine warned of the dangers of future pandemics and said the world needed to be more prepared. the truth is, the next one could be worse. it could be more contagious or more lethal, or both. we cannot allow a situation where we have gone through all we have gone through and then find that the enormous economic losses we have sustained mean that there is still no funding for pandemic preparedness. the world health organization has said just under a0 countries around the world now have cases of the new variant here in the uk. a further 86 cases were reported yesterday by the uk health security agency, bringing the total number identified to 246. but some scientists believe the true figure may be more than 1,000. the early signs are that it will probably spread quite quickly and probably start outcompeting delta and become the dominant variant probably within the next weeks, or a month or so, at least.
scientists are still unable to confirm whether omicron causes less severe disease. that may not be known for many weeks. i don't think that we need to change the overall guidance and advice we're giving about omicron in this country. we're still waiting to see exactly how dangerous it is, what sort of effect it has in terms of deaths and hospitalisations. from today, anyone aged over 12 who's permitted to travel into the uk is now required to show a negative pcr or lateral flow test in an attempt to slow the new variant�*s spread from abroad. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. from this morning, nigeria has been moved on to the uk's red list for travel, meaning anybody arriving from the country must isolate in an approved hotel for ten days. ministers say it will help protect people from the spread of the omicron variant of covid. but nigeria has described it as a form of travel
�*apartheid'. we'll speak to our transport correspondent katy austin in a moment but first let's talk to mayeni jones in lagos. mayeni, anger in nigeria at being put on the red list. yes, real anger and also confusion, the anger because many nigerians, and other africans, who are on the red list, feel this decision is discriminatory. they say they feel the levels of covid in africa have been much lower in the pandemic, nigeria is averaging 91 new cases per day, only 200,000 positive cases have been recorded throughout the entire pandemic, which is a small fraction of its massive population of 200 million people. but there is also confusion because so far the national centre for disease can says that only three cases of the new omicron variant have been identified here, that was five days ago, those numbers may have gone up but they
say that all of them came from travellers who came from south africa. so a lot of people here are frustrated that christmas plans have been thrown into disarray, many nigerians in the uk will be hoping to come back this year and celebrate christmas with their relatives. they are now having to either cancel their plans or think of really expensive alternatives for quarantine when they return to the uk, so it is having a devastating impact on nigerians here, on the service industry and on ordinary nigerians whojust want service industry and on ordinary nigerians who just want to spend the holidays with their relatives. mayeni jones, holidays with their relatives. mayenijones, thank holidays with their relatives. mayeni jones, thank very much. our transport correspondent katy austin is here. frustration and confusion in nigeria about being on the red list. yes and the nigerian — about being on the red list. yes and the nigerian high _ about being on the red list. yes and the nigerian high commissioner- about being on the red list. yes and the nigerian high commissioner to | the nigerian high commissioner to london has been speaking to the bbc this morning and doesn't think the country's addition to the red list is justified. country's addition to the red list isjustified. we have spoken country's addition to the red list is justified. we have spoken to some people planning on travelling from the uk to nigeria in december over christmas, in some cases to see relatives they have not seen for many months now, who feel their plans are now in doubt and some do
feel that is a very unfair situation. we are also hearing from people who are uk residents still in south africa trying to find their way home from the come of that country went on to the red list a week ago. many are still struggling to find government approved hotel quarantine room is available on the date of their flights come in and that's becoming a very stressful situation for some now as they try and rebook flights and in some cases paid to stay in the country longer. we did have a few weeks when there weren't any countries in the red list, and the hotel quarantine system was mainly wound down. now it is having to be reactivated very quickly. the government admits there is pressure on capacity. in a statement a spokesperson from the department of health and social care told us it had doubled the number of hotel rooms available and would continue to increase availability on a daily basis. they are not putting any numbers on that, though. all right, katie austin, thank you very much indeed, a transport correspondent.
the former leader of myanmar, aung san suu kyi, has beenjailed for four years on charges that include inciting unrest, and breaking covid restrictions during last year's election campaign. aung san suu kyi has been under house arrest since a military coup in february toppled her elected civilian government. she has denied all charges. jonathan head is in bangkok. and jonathan, there could be worse to come for aung san suu kyi? yes. these are the first tier of a total of, we believe, 13 charges of the military has piled on her pretty much since the first day they detained her, literally the day they seized power and deposed her government. now, if you put all those charges together, its possible she could be facing a combined jail sentence of more than 100 years. she is already 76 years old herself. that looks pretty grim. but i think you have to look beyond that. the military isn't really pretending, ortrying that. the military isn't really pretending, or trying to pretend this is a fair trial process. the trials are in secret, she has had
limited access to her lawyers and nobody has even seen her in public, she has been kept in isolation for the last ten months. this is about trying to disable her from a political future role in trying to disable her from a politicalfuture role in politics. but that depends very much on what happens in myanmar, and right now the country is sort of collapsing into turmoil, there is growing armed conflict because all those young people you sawjust a few months to out protesting peacefully on the streets, when they got shot down by the military in large numbers, a lot of them are taking up arms now, we are seeing assassinations, bombings almost everyday, armed groups fighting the military. that is what will decide what happens in myanmar, and what that turns out be will probably decide what kind of role aung san suu kyi will have. jonathan head, thank — aung san suu kyi will have. jonathan head. thank you. — aung san suu kyi will have. jonathan head, thank you, jonathan _ aung san suu kyi will have. jonathan head, thank you, jonathan head - aung san suu kyi will have. jonathan head, thank you, jonathan head in l head, thank you, jonathan head in bangkok. a barrister representing the victims of the grenfell tower fire has told tower fire has told the official inquiry that governments concealed the extent of risks to building safety, and it should be seen as one of the "major scandals of our time".
72 people died injune 2017 when the tower block in west london caught fire. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. there had been warnings of what might happen. a fire in knowsley on merseyside. another in irvine, north ayrshire. and a third in southwark, south london. eerily similar — flames spreading up the outside, lives put at risk, lives lost. but, did the government and other public bodies spot the risk? take action? that, and much more is what the grenfell inquiry will investigate in its finalfive months. this inquiry is not a game of cat and mouse where core participants might hope that their witnesses might smuggle something past counsel the inquiry or that counsel to the inquiry might miss a trick. core participants including the government and other industry bodies. a key question, why a fire classification known as class zero remained in place for decades. cladding panels rated class zero
were allowed on tall buildings, but class zero included materials which catch light easily so, after grenfell, all the cladding had to be removed. the grenfell disaster is a predictable yet unintended consequence of the combination of a laudable desire to reduce carbon emissions, coupled with an unbridled passion for deregulation. in particular, a desire to deregulate and boost the housing construction industry. cladding helps keep buildings warm, cutting carbon emissions, and all recent governments have wanted to help home builders build homes, but deregulating the safety of their industry created risks, the inquiry was told today, and the government kept them quiet, it was claimed. the result is a prolonged period of concealment by the government, which should properly be regarded as one of the major scandals of our time. ministers and officials will give evidence in weeks to come,
in the final stage of the search for answers to the question, how could this happen? tom symonds, bbc news. the education secretary, nadhim zahawi, will make a statement to mps today after announcing a national review into the death of six—year—old arthur labinjo—hughes. arthur was tortured and killed by his father and stepmother after social workers found "no safeguarding concerns". anisa kadri reports. remembering a little boy killed during lockdown by the people who were supposed to take care of him. a vigil over the weekend took place near the house in the west midlands where arthur labinjo—hughes was tortured by his stepmum and father. neighbours have expressed their shock and sadness. i'm a mother and a grandmother, and i would go to the ends of the earth for my children and my grandchildren. i'd never ever let anything happen to them. and i think a lot
needs to be done still to protect vulnerable children. after �*s stepmum emma tustin was jailed 29 years for his murder and his father thomas hughes got 21 years for manslaughter. the government has now announced an urgent inspection of social care, health, police and probation services in solihull where arthur lived and died. i understand people's anger about this case, and i understand their demand foranswers, quickly. but we owe it to him, actually, to all those children out there to carefully piece together the lessons that we can learn from this, then put them into as we can after we have learned the lessons. as well as a review into lessons to be learned nationally, they say it will be a deep and independent look into what happened. and the education secretary is expected to discuss the case in parliament today. the reality is we don't learn from the way we operate. we constantly do the same thing. rather than looking at individual failures, we should be
looking at systemic failures. and that's what's happened here. we haven't learned the lessons, and talking more about lessons learnt and more reviews won't really help when the previous reviews that we've just heard about, the munro review and the laming review, haven't actually been implemented yet. arthur, are you going to play for england? i it is hoped any review will answer questions around the warning signs and what could have been done to help arthur. anisa kadri, bbc news. the time is 19 minutes past one. our top story this lunchtime. the prime minister says he wants to come down hard on drugs gangs — part of a ten—year strategy for dealing with drug abuse in england and wales. and sowing the seeds to tackle climate change — the plan to give every household in wales a tree. coming up on the bbc news channel. england's test cricket captain, joe root, still has some key decisions to make, including whether to play ben stokes, before he announces his starting xi
for the first ashes test against australia. the finances of some of the uk's biggest care home companies should be investigated, according to the former health and social care secretary, jeremy hunt. he wants the competitions watchdog to look at whether big care providers are operating in the interests of consumers. it comes after a bbc panorama programme on the complicated structures and debt of some care companies that are backed by private equity firms. here's our social affairs editor, alison holt. what was it like growing up here? lovely, everybody knew everybody. tess grew up in cannock in staffordshire. her mum died when she was young so her dad mick was at the heart of the family. it's more than a year since he died in a care home nearby, and she's been left with many questions about the care he received and the company that ran the home. four days in, five days in, the cracks start to appear.
his bed was never made. the toilet area was shocking. my dad is walking in the urine, so my dad shouldn't be walking in that. that home is run by four seasons health care group. it says the home's management team has since changed, but tess wanted to know where the fees paid for her dad went. four seasons? four seasons, yeah. panorama asked experts to draw up a family tree for the group. it was owned by private equity investors, but because of its high debts, in 2019, two key companies went into administration. it still has more than 160 companies in the group. i'm gobsmacked, to be honest with you. four seasons says its structure doesn't affect the care it provides, and the homes continue to operate. but business experts say the complexity and use of offshore companies makes it difficult to work out where that money goes.
it should surely be the case that these structures should be transparent. they should either bring them onshore, or else they should be required to disclose the full finances of the entire group. it's as simple as that. the former health and social care secretaryjeremy hunt says in a sector looking after vulnerable people, government reforms should include more checks on company finances. there is a real opportunity now to lay down a long—term plan for the sector, and to channel private sector investment in the way we want. that could be a very positive thing. at the moment, it's the wild west out there. the government says it's up to local authorities to ensure providers offer good care, improve staff conditions and invest in services. alison holt, bbc news. and you can see more on panorama "crisis in care: follow the money"
tonight at 7:30pm on bbc one. there's been a change at the top of yorkshire cricket club, which has been engulfed in a scandal over racism. darren gough will be the new managing director of cricket, until the end of next season. the former england international, who spent 15 years at the club, says he wants to play his part in rebuilding it and making everybody associated with it feel welcome. up to 1,200 workers at tesco distribution centres across the uk are set to strike in the run up to christmas. the workers, including warehouse staff and hgv drivers, are based at sites in antrim, belfast, didcot and doncaster. they're angry the supermarket has offered a 4% pay rise, which unite said amounted to a "real terms pay cut" because of inflation. tesco maintains the deal is fair. a british teenager who survived a crocodile attack in zambia says she is "very, very lucky"
to be alive. 18—year—old amelie osborn—smith was white—water rafting on holiday when the crocodile clamped onto her leg and tried to drag her under the water. she's now recovering in hospital. louisa pilbeam has the story. amelie osborn—smith was on a gap year trip of a lifetime in zambia. but in the waters near victoria falls, the 18—year—old was attacked by a crocodile. she suffered such serious injuries to her leg, she feared she'd never walk again. when the accident happened i fully accepted the fact that i was going to lose my foot. and i accepted that and i said to all my friends, it's fine, i've lost my foot, i'm still alive. and then i was told that my foot�*s going to be fine and that i was going to be able to walk again, and it is such a relief. the accident happened on the zambezi river while amelie was white—water rafting with a group. she was airlifted 240 miles to the capital lusaka where surgeons performed a life—saving operation
and saved her leg. people say, like, you see your life flash before your eyes but you don't. you just think, how do i get out of this situation? and your brain just goes into overdrive and you just think how to get out. but i was just very, very lucky. amelie is expected back in the uk to be transferred to a hospital for more treatment. the student says the ordeal has made her more determined to return to zambia. i think, especially now, i've just seen that your life can be over so quickly, so if you're going to live thinking... it sounds so cliched, but if you're going to live thinking i'm going to regret everything, you're never going to have a fulfilled life. so ijust think do it all while you can. louisa pilbeam, bbc news. rescue teams in indonesia have had to suspend their search for 27 people, missing after a volcanic eruption, because of strong winds and the threat of more ash. mount semeru — the biggest volcano on the island ofjava — erupted on saturday,
throwing out lava and ash that killed at least 15 people. rescuers have been trying to dig through the volcanic mud to reach possible survivors before the ground cools and hardens. japan is one of the world's biggest users of coal. it's still building coal—fired power stations against the rising tide of concern about climate change. as the country has no reserves of its own, vast quantities of coal have to be imported. and yet, the tokyo government is promising to reach net carbon zero by 2050. it appears to see hydrogen as one of the key ways of achieving that — but how will they produce the hydrogen? rupert wingfield hayes has been finding out. takao saiki and his fellow activists are furious. the reason, this giant new coal—fired power station being built in their hometown. i'm totally against the burning fossil fuels because
i'm so worried about the future of young generations. so how is japan going to cut its co2 emissions to zero when these plants are expected to run for the next a0 years, at least? the answer is hydrogen. japan wants to be the first country in the world run on hydrogen, and it's starting with cars. all around the world big car companies are now talking about the future being battery electric vehicles. toyota, so far, has not produced any battery electric vehicles. instead it is building this, the mirai, and this is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. it's a very different technology. so why does toyota think that hydrogen is the future instead of batteries? translation: we believe we need more choice than just _ battery electric vehicles. and therefore, fuel cell technology which uses hydrogen is also very important in order to achieve our goal
of zero emissions. the only waste the mirai produces is water. but where does the hydrogen to fill its tank come from? last month this ship leftjapan and sailed to australia. it's the first ship in the world that can transport liquefied hydrogen. but that hydrogen is being made from coal. 100 kilometres north of tokyo, huge mountains of coal shipped here mainly from australia. at the momentjapan imports close to 200 million tonnes of coal a year. japan knows it can't carry on doing this, so instead it is going to convert the coal to either hydrogen or ammonia, in far—away australia, and then ship those here. it's what the industry calls blue hydrogen and blue ammonia. the conversion process still creates lots and lots of carbon dioxide. but that co2 will not count
as japanese emissions. instead, in theory, the co2 will be buried in the ground in australia. japan is promoting its hydrogen society as a zero carbon alternative to pure renewables. but producing blue hydrogen will mean digging up coal for decades to come. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. every household in wales is to be offered a free tree in an effort to tackle climate change. the welsh government scheme will give people the option of planting the tree in their garden or having it added to a woodland on their behalf. our wales correspondent hywel griffiths reports. from these young seedlings, one day, entire forests may grow. the welsh government says it wants to see 86 million trees planted across wales by the end of the decade to capture carbon and combat climate change.
that's why next year it will offer over a million native trees for free — either to be added to a woodland like this, or for people to plant themselves at home. but at the cost of £2 million to the taxpayer, how likely is it that they'll survive and thrive? trees are tough, actually. you've got to treat them pretty badly to kill a tree. you know, just a bit of tender loving care and it will be fine. bit of space and plenty of water. to reach 86 million, many, many more will need to be planted. a national forest stretching across wales is planned. a similar scheme is happening in the midlands. but planting to capture carbon is the subject of scientific debate. it depends on the type of tree and its location.