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he'll now have to pay her more than £251 million, as well as make ongoing payments the number of people who've died after typhoon rai struck the philippines last week has risen to more than 375. the red cross says many areas have no power, no means of communication, and very little water. thousands of military personnel,have been deployed to help in the relief operation. researchers have found the largest ever fossil of a giant millipede. analysis of the discovery by cambridge university suggests the creature was as long as a car and weighed about 50 kilos. the species crawled across the earth more than 300 million years ago. although millipedes typically feed on decaying plant matter, scientists say it might have been carnivorous
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hello again. for many of us it's going to be another fairly cloudy day but having said that, there will be a bit more sunshine around than yesterday. especially from the west. we also have a week when a front across the far north of scotland producing patchy rain, breezy in the south—west of england and channel islands with a maximum of two in aberdeen and nine in plymouth. through this evening and overnight there will be clear skies and under those clear skies we will see patchy mist and fog form and we are looking at a widespread fast. but figure cloud coming from a heavier band of rain and across the west it won't be as cold for you. these temperatures represent towns and cities but in rural areas could be —3 or “4. it does mean a sunny start tomorrow with the fog lifting but cloud will start to build in the waste heralding a band of rain and temperature wise as we go through the course of tomorrow we are looking at two in newcastle and ten in plymouth.
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now on bbc news... wejoin a pastor in burnley, struggling in a pandemic—fuelled crisis. and a warning you might find some of this programme upsetting. iama i am a broken and recovering drug addict. i have got a second chance. i love the poor because i know i am the poor. . as covid brings crisis to so many, in burnley, people of faith are stepping up to the front line. this is their story
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in a year of loss, hardship, but also hope. boris johnson: we must act now to contain this autumn surge. - stay at home, protect the nhs and save lives. no need to push, there's plenty. i you see all these people? they have children, hungry children. we need social distancing or we're gonna get in trouble. you need to form a queue, please! it's hard to keep your distance when you're cold and hungry. politician say it was a leveller, this coronavirus, which is a lie, because if you're poor, you've got no chance. high quality bag for you, love. it's november 2020, and burnley has already faced months of restrictions. now, a second national lockdown. people are coming down here for hot food that they can eat now. there's tuna pasta bake and all sorts in here. for people in this car park, this is salvation. i'm unable to get a job. i'm caring for a disabled person, that's a full—time job. it's really hard to get food for myself because i haven't got much money on me
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and i can't go out anywhere. a couple of days�* food means everything to us. we've got nurses over there because these guys can't access healthcare. that's what's happened. the needs massive, absolutely colossal. i suffer from depression and this coronavirus has made it ten times worse. if it hadn't been for all these, i'd basically be dead. i've seen people who are working that can't make ends meet. any time you've got money, it disappears as fast as you've got it. the bills swallow it up. with the coronavirus as well, with the reduction in wages, it's not easy to cope. so this means you can eat? eat, yes, and it helps out wherever you're stuck. are you worried about coronavirus? yes, yeah, i don't want it. why don't you stay at home, work from home? protect your family, keep them safe? i'd love to. but i can't...the job
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i do doesn't allow me to stay at home. it's physically demanding inside a very hectic, busy weaving shed. i think they've i all got chocolate! all this is laid on by pastor mick. i'm sorry, we're not asda. tonight, some of these guys are sleeping on the concrete. this is the church i represent. the level of need here in burnley at the moment is, ithink, unprecedented, and it's upsetting. we've got some bread as well, yeah? visiting a family who had no carpet, no settee, who had no gas, had no electric, had no food... it broke my heart because, um... ..nobody cared for them. they fell through the crack. pot noodles, that kind of stuff, all right? this is st matthew's church. father alex supports pastor mick. many are desperately looking for help. i think the people are being forgotten about. it's about money and numbers and statistics. we can't rely on a foodbank.
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it doesn't seem right. it doesn't seem modern—day britain. but it is. the biggest part of coronavirus has been the loneliness. you look like you're on the mend, honestly, you do, you know, thank god. i hope so. i keep trying - to force myself to eat. most days, pastor mick's on the road helping people like viv. she's 55. i stopped eating. for about a week. ijust ended up collapsing on my bathroom floor - and i were there for... i think i were there for a full day. - so hypothermia had kicked in and everything. _ living alone in isolation brought back painful memories. it'sjust brought it all back. i've lost my husband, - i buried two of my babies, i gave birth to them and all i wanted them to do were cry— and they didn't cry, yeah. no mother has to go through that. i
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the coronavirus brought all this back? yeah, it's brought every moment back to me. i when you collapsed, what went through your mind? just let me go, let me... know. — my number must be up. i thought my time were up. she were trapped, she was trapped inside her house. imagine being trapped inside your own mind. you can't go out. and a lot of people... so what does she do? she stopped living. she just stopped. what have these past six months been like for you? really difficult, because doing the dayjob, the prayers, the pastoral calls, funeral services, trying to be a dad, parent, and you've got this massive cloud that's just sat up there. coronavirus? coronavirus, yeah.
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the local government association said that from march to august 2020, 4 million people in households with children experienced food insecurity. anybody that's poor and has been suffering, covid's tenfolded it. i had to get loans out so we could eat and pay the bills. food parcel, pete. thank you. for pete, an issue with his family's benefits meant payday loans and financial crisis. how much were you in debt for? well over £1,000. got it down now to £200, £300. what stress did that do to you? some stuff, it's depression because of it, and so does my wife. you feel like you don't count. you're just a number. i go into houses and i sometimes have children ripping the bags open to get at the food as i carry them
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into the door. and it's not all right, that. that's not all right. and it wasn't as bad as that before the virus. pastor mick says he's hearing more and more of these stories. we're trying to fetch a bit of hope to people's lives. the unfairness of health deprivation. i feel angry because . people aren't listening. what has coronavirus meant for your care? it stopped it. i'm supposed to have _ a blood test done once a month, for my cancer count. nobody's been and done it, six months _ may was the last time i had mine done. - i've just been found after six months . of being left without care, what they thought -
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was two's not. it's one huge hernia. and i can't be operated on because i won't survive it. | so sheila now relies on family, especially her granddaughter. because i don't want to be a drain on the system - that's already dying, - because i'm already dying. people need the nhs. we can't do nothing to help. we've just got to sit back and watch it. yeah, but you don't sit back, do you? . no, i can't do that. we canjust be here. there's nothing we can do. there's not many people lose a child, and there's even less that lose two. the first lady of our foodbank on saturday came and, um, she broke down. her daughter had
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killed herself. we pray injesus�* name... sobs you have to try and find words. we'll get there. - we'll have to, yeah. we'll get there, we'll get there. without their support, what would've happened to you? me, i'd probably be where my daughter is now... up there. i probably would've took my own life if it weren't for them. together, pastor mick and father alex are the hope for thousands through this crisis. sobs sorry. i'm sorry, talking about it... i'm sorry about getting upset, because, you know... you carry people's burdens. you try to tell them that it's all right.
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they're so... it's so upsetting. newsreel: the united kingdom| has recorded the highest number of covid deaths in a 24—hour period since the pandemic struck last year at more than 1,600. experts say it's likely that the coming weeks will see figures even higher than this. we thank you for their lives. we thank you for their love. in burnley, the second wave has taken a heavy toll on the poorest. amen. my days are full, seeing families dealing with the torment, the death, the tears, you know, and the devastation that these times are causing us.
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deaths from all causes join the second wave in burnley were 60% above the english average. give us the strength and the courage to get through it. and, lord, we pray that grace's face, her memory, it's just there and it's strong and it goes out there to change lives, and know that smile... today's prayers are for grace. something that we can remember and love. her mental health suffered terribly during lockdown. she was 28, everything going for her, a son, a daughter, my mum, she were like a daughter to her. and i feel like i've failed her now. you haven't failed her, no. she leaves behind a mum, nanna and son. nobody sees children.
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no—one to see him get married. he's been so brave. he's trying to _ hold his head up for us. what do you want to happen? just bring her back and tell her never to go, stay with me. i mean... i'm only ten, i'm too young. it makes it worse being a young age. donations from friends and pastor mick are paying for grace's funeral. at first, i was saying, what are we going to do? where are we going to get the money from? i can admit, i was suicidal. ijust didn't... if i'm out of it, then i don't have to deal with it. that's what it did to me. without mick's help, what would have happened to grace? she would have been cremated now and she'd have been in a pauper's grave without no ceremony, no...
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she'd have just gone in with people she didn't know. they don't want paupers�* funerals. they want a proper service and due respect given to their loved ones. you know, they want to celebrate their life. they want some dignity. it's about dignity, this, you know, not about money. it's about dignity for the poor. in areas of poverty, who can afford £4,000 or £5,000 to bury your people? people you're not expecting to die. nobody has that money. it's becoming more and more and more obvious that there's a growing number of people that are too poor to die. janet is preparing for her husband's funeral. it's a funeral and it will be a real funeral, but with no body.
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but her situation is becoming increasingly desperate. lord, we pray that this service on sunday is just something thatjust makes such a big difference to the life and, lord, give us strength to stay alive. kevin had acute respiratory problems. his health got worse during the pandemic. he couldn't walk, he didn't even know me, he didn't know anybody. were you asking for help? we kept asking, saying we wanted carers in, but we didn't get nowhere. how old was he when he passed away? 56. janet had no money to collect kevin's body, so he will be cremated by the hospital. when they've done it, they're going to ring me and tell me, and then i have to get somebody to go over for his ashes to fetch them back.
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do you know when that's is going to happen? no. pastor mick has agreed to carry out a service for the whole family. to be honest with you, mick, if we hadn't got this help, i were going to think about suicide. you were? iwere. well, at least we can give him a proper send—off, even though he won't be there, he's there in our hearts. for some of the most deprived areas, january was the deadliest month since the pandemic began. i'm doing funeral after funeral after funeral after funeral of people that don't have the finances and support. and we've come together to grieve for kevin, and for his family. and now this is pastor mick's church. a closed—down gym, another casualty of the pandemic. and today is valentine's day, and it speaks about love and what real love is. i want to tell you what real love is. it's you. you turning up here
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to pay your respects. and it's here janet and her family say goodbye. we can express our love and our grief together as one. i appreciate doing it this way. at least he's getting a send—off, and the whole family can be there. and it's goodwill and charity that has gifted grace's family this day. oh, i can't do this! you can. you can, we're nearly there, you can. she's not on her own. i mean, there's thousands out there going through the same| as what we are. we therefore commit grace's body to you, lord. these people are not statistics. they hurt, they bleed, they cry. mum, don't leave me. ijust want you in my life forever. - just stay with me.
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these children that are losing their parents, they are not numbers on a board, snd i want their stories to be told, because this should not be happening. is this testing your faith? no. because it's given me an opportunity to live out the gospel to serve the poor and to help the needy. all those people that you may have seen weeping, that i do believe that god weeps as well, and wants this to go away and for people to celebrate a sense of community and care for one another that is much needed in this town. newsreel: mental health - services in england have been hit particularly hard _ by the impact of the pandemic, and in east lancashire, - urgent and emergency mental health referrals for the most serious of cases almost - quadrupled injuly compared to the same month in 2019. |
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he's gone over, hasn't he? has anybody rung an ambulance? months later, we return to pastor mick's church. every other person i meet is struggling with one form of mental health or another. i've been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and i have anxiety. to come out of- a psychiatric unit... to the street. the street. whether that's anxiety, paranoia... they stare at me all the time. ..unable to cope in everyday life. i feel lost. i want to be human again. it's notjust here in burnley, it's all over the country. and the people who suffer most are the ones at the bottom of the pile, always. i don't think i can do it. it's too hard. i've really worked hard for you this afternoon! j this closed—down gym now reborn, a refuge for the desperate. stop shouting and talk to me properly. -
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come on, come with me. every week, hundreds climb these steps. it's all right. tonight the church stays open forjohn. he's poorly, he's got mental health issues. people being horrible, nasty towards me! if i lock this door... we'll sit down here, come sit here. ..he dies. come on, tell me what's happened. john's paranoid. he needs urgent care. take a deep breath. take a really deep breath. all right. i'm panicking. so tell me what the big panic is, what's the big one? cos i'm sick of this happening, across the road. all right, 0k. i've just had enough, it's been going on too long. before this, john said he rang his gp for a prescription, but was told to call back in 48 hours. nobody else has listened. he's the only one that ever actually does sit down. it's all right, john. i know, but i'm a dirty mess.
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john says he's not seen a gp all year. you don't know what to think, what to do, who to speak to. people look at you like you belong in a lunatic asylum when you speak about your mental health. it's like...they don't realise there's thousands suffering. we're church on the street, we've just had a telephone call... and she don't want to live anymore? yeah, and she's took an overdose. you do know we have to ring an ambulance, don't you? i this evening, pastor mick received three calls in an hour from people at risk of suicide. she's only just took them. but he can't answer every call. i didn't answer the phone. and i got the message that "if you don't answer the phone, i'm going to kill myself." and they did. help also came too late for robert. he was a really kindhearted person. he struggled through lockdown. two weeks afterjoanne asked
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for support, he took his own life. the day he killed himself, i had a phone call from the mental health team, says, "can i speak to robert ryan?" "well, he's not here no more." they went, "what do you mean?" i said to them, "i've just found him dead." i said, "you're a bit late, aren't you?" what did they say? "i'm so sorry to hear that, i wish i could have got back sooner. " and it feels like it's my fault, because i didn't get the help... it's not your fault. ..quick enough for him. and now she can't forget. and i can see the flashbacks in my head all the time. it's like, it's always reminding me, i can see him every day in my head, when i get up, when i go to sleep. i don't think i can do it. it's too hard. if robbie had had early help... i think he would've been all right, he would've still been here.
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what has covid done to this town, this country? i think it's made any issues for people that were already struggling ten times worse. services are overstretched, overworked, can't always help everybody. i can't spell good, i can read ok, but... during lockdown, robbie was admitted to a psychiatric unit after trying to end his life. is this all you've got in life? yeah, just a bit of loose change. after six months, he was released yesterday without accommodation. this where did you sleep last night? i was at some old guy's house, didn't have no gas or electric, he was smoking gear, so i ended up going from there and walking around town all night. he's come out of a psychiatric unit... to the street. the street. 2a hours after being released, robbie is close to crisis. confusion, upset, suicidal. it's like they've designed it to make me do it, cos they don't want me here no more. but i'm just trying to better myself, ijust want a better life, that's all i want.
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i'm sick of this. this is just the tip of the iceberg, theyjust feel left behind because they can't get any help. so what do they do? well, they turn to addiction, a lot of the time. and that means they're seeing more of this. no, he's gone over, hasn't he? can you remember how to do the naltrexone? give him another one. up to five? he's 0d�*ed, him. the most vulnerable are at risk of losing their life. he's overdosed, him. people don't like to see that, because it's outside our front door and everything. but that's the reality of every city and every town in this country, and i'm sorry if it offends people, but they're dying. weeks after being referred, john was unable to speak to the mental health team. it's non—existent, my future. i don't really want to live no more cos my mental
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health's that bad. joanne is being supported by church on the street. robbie was placed by burnley council in a b&b. within 72 hours, he was readmitted to a psychiatric unit. lives struggling for mental healthcare. it's non—existent, in my mind, in this country now, because of the way everybody's been treated and all this coronavirus and all the excuses. because that's all they are, aren't they? they're just using excuses. the government says it's committed to reducing deprivation and has spent more than £100 billion on welfare is support during covid. the last 12 months has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. one from realjoy and pride
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in what we're doing as a church in serving the community, but it's also difficult for me to manage that mentally. you listen to people's drowning moments. it's a revolving door, week on week, different people, different stories, different lives. but all individuals who are precious. no need to push, there's plenty! at times it's been relentless, a year of pain and suffering. but there's also been transformation and hope. if it weren't for this, i could — i would be dead. to be able to serve people who are dying has become the biggest privilege of my life. and it's made me a better person, a stronger person, a softer, more gentle person.
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i feel the best i've ever felt in my life. i feel free. for many of us is going to be another_ for many of us is going to be another cloudy— for many of us is going to be another cloudy day- for many of us is going to be another cloudy day but - for many of us is going to be i another cloudy day but having for many of us is going to be - another cloudy day but having said that, _ another cloudy day but having said that, there — another cloudy day but having said that, there will— another cloudy day but having said that, there will be _ another cloudy day but having said that, there will be more _ another cloudy day but having said that, there will be more sunshinel that, there will be more sunshine around _ that, there will be more sunshine around than — that, there will be more sunshine around than yesterday. _ that, there will be more sunshine around than yesterday.— around than yesterday. especially from the west. _ around than yesterday. especially from the west. we _ around than yesterday. especially from the west. we also - around than yesterday. especially from the west. we also have - around than yesterday. especially from the west. we also have a i around than yesterday. especially i from the west. we also have a week weather front across the north of scotland producing patchy rain,
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breezy across the south—west of england and the channel islands with a maximum temperature between two in aberdeen and nine in plymouth. through this evening and overnight, there will be clear skies and under those clouds —— clear skies we are looking at a widespread frost. but a figure cloud coming in a band of rain and it will not be as cold for you. these temperatures represent towns and cities and in rural areas it could be —3 or —1t but it does mean a sunny start tomorrow and the fog lifting the cloud will start to build in the west heralding the arrival of band of rain in the breeze will pick up and temperature wise as we go through tomorrow overlooking —— we are looking at two in newcastle and ten in plymouth.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... downing street urged to provide more support for businesses hit by the 0micron surge. the chancellor's set to give more details this afternoon. they've got cancellations, they have got less turnover, they are not making profit. they are carrying the staff and carrying the cost, so that evidence is there. about 0micron and what it will be in the future, we might not know, but the damage is being done now. 0micron now accounts for nearly three—quarters of new coronavirus cases in the united states. as the variant spreads globally, the world health organization urges caution over the festive season to save lives. certainly not cancel christmas, but have a careful christmas so that you can have notjust a happy new year but many happy new years.
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