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tonight at six: the former tennis star boris becker is sentenced to two and a half years in jail is sentenced to two and a half years injailfor hiding millions in assets after going bankrupt. that's it, he's done it. he's a three—time wimbledon champion was accused of paying his debts —— accused of avoiding paying his debts, including two of his trophies. it is avoiding paying his debts, including two of his trophies.— two of his trophies. it is a shame, he had so — two of his trophies. it is a shame, he had so much _ two of his trophies. it is a shame, he had so much talent _ two of his trophies. it is a shame, he had so much talent and - two of his trophies. it is a shame, he had so much talent and so - two of his trophies. it is a shame, i he had so much talent and so much two of his trophies. it is a shame, - he had so much talent and so much to offer. everything snowballed and maybe it is catching up with him. we will take a look at the rise and fall of a sporting superstar. also in the programme: the conservative mp neil parish is suspended from the parliamentary party, accused of watching pornography in the commons
chamber. an aid organisation says dust mite british volunteers in ukraine have been captured by the russian military. the premiere of the british virgin islands, andrew fahie is arrested for money—laundering and drug—trafficking. and preparations are made for the most important women's boxing match in history. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the three—time wimbledon men's singles champion, boris becker, has been jailed for two years
and six months, for hiding millions of pounds' worth of assets after being declared bankrupt. the 54—year—old had been accused of trying to avoid paying his debts, including by hiding two of his tennis trophies. it's estimated his £38 million in career earnings was largely spent on a divorce settlement, child maintenance payments and what becker himself called, "expensive lifestyle commitments". our sports correspondent, natalie pirks, has more from southwark crown court. as he walked into court, his tie in the wimbledon colours that always brought him fame and fortune, boris becker was no doubt contemplating how it came to this. three weeks ago, a jury found how it came to this. three weeks ago, ajury found him how it came to this. three weeks ago, a jury found him guilty of four of the 2a counts against him, including transferring cash to avoid paying creditors from his 2017 bankruptcy, and failing to disclose a property in germany. in her sentencing remarks, judge deborah
taylor said he had shown no remorse, no humility, and had failed to heed the chances he was given from his past conviction for tax evasion 20 years ago in germany. the court was packed, becker looked shocked and red—faced as he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, with half on licence. as you can see, this case has generated considerable interest across europe. a picture was painted in court of a man with nothing to show for his glittering sporting career, a man with chaotic finances, with no future earning potential, whose reputation lies in tatters. . �* , potential, whose reputation lies in tatters. ., �* , �* , potential, whose reputation lies in tatters. ., �*, �*, ., tatters. that's it, he's done it. unknown _ tatters. that's it, he's done it. unknown and _ tatters. that's it, he's done it. unknown and unseeded, - tatters. that's it, he's done it. i unknown and unseeded, becker tatters. that's it, he's done it. - unknown and unseeded, becker forged unknown and unseeded, beckerforged an instant bond with the british public in 1985, when he won wimbledon atjust 17, public in 1985, when he won wimbledon atjust17, the youngest man to then do so.— man to then do so. again, set and match to becker. _ man to then do so. again, set and match to becker. the _ man to then do so. again, set and match to becker. the kid - man to then do so. again, set and l match to becker. the kid nicknamed boom boom — match to becker. the kid nicknamed boom boom for— match to becker. the kid nicknamed boom boom for his _ match to becker. the kid nicknamed boom boom for his aggressive - match to becker. the kid nicknamed boom boom for his aggressive play i boom boom for his aggressive play proved he was no flash in the pan by
defending his title the next year. during his 1a year career he won a total of 49 titles, six of them grand slams, making him a rich man, witha grand slams, making him a rich man, with a successful stint as a pundit and novak djokovic's coach afterwards. but boom boom was soon bus. expensive lifestyle commitments —— lifestyle commitments, including a divorce and child maintenance payments... career earnings of £38 million were gone and a tax evasion and bankruptcy case followed. i think today, the tennis world is a little bit sad about what has happened. when you see someone who was such a great talent, had so much to offer and is still a very lovable, likeable character, and i think it's very sad thinking about where he is at tonight. his partner left tonight _ where he is at tonight. his partner left tonight to _ where he is at tonight. his partner left tonight to begin _ where he is at tonight. his partner left tonight to begin life _ where he is at tonight. his partner left tonight to begin life without i left tonight to begin life without him. you will now spend more than a yearin him. you will now spend more than a
year in prison, a successfully —— successful career on court ended swiftly inside one. becker would have known the chances were high of a custodial sentence today, but nonetheless, surprised atjust how long the sentence was, and it is hard to see how his career can recover. his defence lawyer said it was nothing short of a tragedy. he had nothing to show for his career. and said it was notjust a fall from grace but a public humiliation. natalie, thank you. the conservative mp for tiverton and honiton in devon, neil parish, has been suspended from the parliamentary party, over allegations that he watched pornography in the house of commons chamber. the 65—year—old has referred himself to the parliamentary standards commissioner. here's our political correspondent, ben wright. it's an allegation that caused outrage across the commons, a tory mp seen watching pornography in the chamber by two female conservative colleagues sitting beside him. the claims were first made at a meeting
on tuesday. we claims were first made at a meeting on tuesday-— on tuesday. we can boost production... _ on tuesday. we can boost production... and - on tuesday. we can boost production... and now - on tuesday. we can boost| production... and now this on tuesday. we can boost - production. .. and now this mp, neil production... and now this mp, neil parish, production... and now this mp, neil parish. has — production... and now this mp, neil parish, has been _ production... and now this mp, neil parish, has been suspended - production... and now this mp, neil parish, has been suspended from i production... and now this mp, neill parish, has been suspended from the parliamentary tory party while the allegations are investigated. the move came after mr parrish had a meeting with the conservative chief whip who is in charge of party discipline. laboursays whip who is in charge of party discipline. labour says it should have happened sooner. the conservatives _ have happened sooner. the conservatives up _ have happened sooner. iie: conservatives up obviously known have happened sooner. i““ie: conservatives up obviously known for days who this mp was. having known, they should have done something about it and acted more swiftly. mr parrish has represented the seat of tiverton and honington since 2010 and is chair of the environment select committee, a seniorjob for a backbench mp. early this week, as speculation swirled around westminster about the identity of the mp involved, mr parrish himself was asked about the allegations on gb news. i was asked about the allegations on gb news. ~ f ~ gb news. i think they've whip's office will do _ gb news. i think they've whip's office will do a _ gb news. i think they've whip's office will do a thorough - office will do a thorough investigation, and we will wait and see that result. mr investigation, and we will wait and see that result.—
see that result. mr parrish now faces two _ see that result. mr parrish now faces two investigations, - see that result. mr parrish now faces two investigations, won i see that result. mr parrish now. faces two investigations, won by parliament's independent complaints and grievous scheme, which looks into claims of bullying and sexual harassment, and another by the parliamentary commissioner for standards. mr parrish described the allegations as totally unacceptable, joining a chorus of ministers and mps —— ministers and mps in condemning the behaviour. it appears westminster has a serious problem with misogyny and sexism, and a parliamentary culture that has to change. parliamentary culture that has to chan . e. ., , parliamentary culture that has to chance. ., , ,, ,, change. that the whip is suspended is aood change. that the whip is suspended is good news- _ change. that the whip is suspended is good news. clearly. _ change. that the whip is suspended is good news. clearly. everyone - is good news. clearly. everyone innocent until proven guilty, so let's go through the right processes, but i am pleased that that action has been taken. this evenin: , that action has been taken. this evening. neil— that action has been taken. this evening, neil parry _ that action has been taken. this evening, neil parry said in a statement he would be co—operating fully with any investigation, would continue his work as an mp, and be making no further comment at this stage. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. now, for the latest on the situation in ukraine, let's go to my colleague, ben brown, who's in the capital, kyiv.
hi, clive. two britons who came here to ukraine to help with a distribution and the evacuation of refugees from here are now feared to have been captured by the russians. dylan healy and paul urey had travelled to the city of zaporizhzhia in the south of country in a car. they said they were going to help a woman and her children get out of the country, but on monday contact with them was lost. danny savage has the latest. dylan healy and paul urey, two british volunteers who it's believed have now been detained by russian forces in ukraine. they were in the country self—funded working as volunteers, but those who know them stress they are not spies and not military. it's understood they were trying to rescue a family from a village south of the city of zaporizhzhia at the time of their capture. they had negotiated their way through front—line checkpoints, but were detained when they reached the russian—controlled side.
they were in touch with a charity umbrella group. we have had contact with the lady they were evacuating south of zaporizhzhia, and we've had a statement from her to say actually three hours after they were supposed to get there on monday that the russian soldiers were interrogating her and her family about these two british guys that they had picked up, that they were trying to get her to evacuate. why are they talking to british spies and things like that? paul urey is in his mid—40s, diabetic and usually cares for his mum linda. what's your message to those people that you believe are holding them? please give them back. he's a family man. he's my carer. he helps me. and he's been gone two weeks now, and a week they've had him. i can't cope without him. i've not eaten, i can't sleep.
for the families of these two men, these are desperately worrying days. they want information that their relatives are safe and stressed they were in ukraine trying to help civilians. danny savage, bbc news, preston. russia has faced worldwide condemnation for launching a missile attack here in kyiv — a couple of miles from here, in fact — just after the united nations secretary general antonio guterres had finished a meeting with ukraine's president zelensky. ukraine has said it was effectively an attack on the un, and an attempt to humiliate the organisation. the secretary general told me he was shocked by the attack. this report from our eastern europe correspondent sarah rainsford. the report contains images you may find distressing. vera gyrych was carried from the wreckage of her home in a
body bag. she'd been found buried beneath rubble after a russian missile strike on central kyiv. vera was 55. a journalist for the american broadcaster radio liberty. it said it's shocked and outraged by the meaningless manner of her death. we saw forensic workers bring out what looked like fragments of missile. russia's defence ministry claims it was firing precision weapons. only the military factory opposite the apartment block is scorched, but still standing. this couple feel lucky to be alive today, even able to salvage something from the ruins. misha said they'd just got home when they heard the first blast. if we had been in a lift a minute longer, he tells me, we'd have been burned or killed. russia may well have been aiming at a military facility across the road
here, but once again it is civilians who are the casualties of this strike. the mayor here in kyiv now says 100 civilians have been killed in ukraine's capital alone in a war that russia began over two months ago and still shows no sign it wants to stop. and down in mariupol, the besieged city by the sea, there are still civilians and fighters under fire. surrounded at the giant asov steelworks. the rest of the shattered city is now under russian control. 0lia's husband and natalia's brother are both soldiers there. trapped, with supplies running out. so the women came to kyiv to urge the government to do more to save them. they are talking about civilians, but not about military and i'm really worried about it, because the military are also people. they don't want to die in that city that is already destroyed. why do they have to do it? i don't understand.
they have been holding the whole ukraine and even europe for two months and they deserve to come back alive. kyiv itself has begun to come alive again. now that russian force have retreated. but even this half normality is fragile when moscow has shown it can strike at any time. sarah raynsford, bbc news, kyiv. and meanwhile the fighting in the east — in the donbas — is intensifying. ukraine admits it's suffering heavy casualties there but also claims it's inflicted what it calls "colossal" losses on the russians. that's all from me in kyiv — back now to clive in the studio. then, many thanks to you and the team out there in ukraine. the premier of the british virgin islands has been arrested in florida, on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
andrew fahie was detained by us agents posing as cocaine traffickers. here's our diplomatic correspondent, james landale. this is andrew fahie, premier of the british virgin islands, 0pening opening a recent athletic schemes. , effectively the prime minister of the small british 0verseas territory in the eastern caribbean, but perhaps not for much longer. and now he's facing charges of drug—trafficking and money—laundering. he was arrested at this airport in miami by undercover us drug enforcement agents pretending to be part of a mexican cartel seeking his help smuggling cocaine to the us. an agent reported that in one meeting, mr fahie asked for a slice of the profits from smuggling the drugs. the court papers state that fahie pulled out a calculator and worked out that 10% of $78 million would be
$7.8 million. fahie agreed to use the ports to ship the cocaine. the drugs would be hidden in five kilograms buckets of water proofing paint. it is alleged that mr fahie was shown part of his payoff in a private jet, was shown part of his payoff in a privatejet, designershopping was shown part of his payoff in a privatejet, designer shopping bags private jet, designer shopping bags containing privatejet, designer shopping bags containing $700,000, and when he was arrested, he reportedly said, why am i getting arrested? i don't have any money or drugs. the foreign secretary liz truss said she was appalled by what she called the serious allegations. she spoke to the governor of the bvis john serious allegations. she spoke to the governor of the bvisjohn rankin who represents the queen there. he has been overseeing a commission of inquiry into separate allegations of corruption in the caribbean tax haven. today it concluded their work gross failures of government in the bvis and serious dishonesty. it recommended the island's elected government would be suspended and the governor take over direct rule for two years. i the governor take over direct rule for two years-— for two years. i pledge that the
best interests _ for two years. i pledge that the best interests of _ for two years. i pledge that the best interests of the _ for two years. i pledge that the best interests of the people - for two years. i pledge that the best interests of the people of| for two years. i pledge that the i best interests of the people of bvi will continue to be my overriding concern. ensuring transparent, honest and open governance, in accordance with the rule of law, to strengthen the foundations of the british virgin islands. herr; strengthen the foundations of the british virgin islands.— strengthen the foundations of the british virgin islands. very good to see ou. british virgin islands. very good to see you- the _ british virgin islands. very good to see you. the foreign _ british virgin islands. very good to see you. the foreign secretary, i see you. the foreign secretary, visitin: see you. the foreign secretary, visiting the _ see you. the foreign secretary, visiting the netherlands - see you. the foreign secretary, visiting the netherlands today, | see you. the foreign secretary, - visiting the netherlands today, said the report showed that sense but —— substantive legislative and constitutional change was needed on the islands, but she has yet to decide whether she will accept the recommendations of the commission. as for mr fahie, he is expected in court in miami later today. james landale, bbc news. 0ur our top story, boris becker is sentenced to two and a half years in jailfor hiding assets sentenced to two and a half years in jail for hiding assets after going bankrupt. the government appoints a tzar to look into supply problems
with coming up in sportsday on the bbc news channel: the headliners get ready for history at madison square garden. undefeated katie taylor and amanda serrano are to become the first all—female main fight at the iconic new york venue. new figures show the extent of the cost of living crisis, with around 90% of people across britain, saying they're having to pay more for essentials. the office for national statistics, says food, fuel and energy, were the main commodities those surveyed, said had shot up in price. citizens advice has also told the bbc, that the number of pay—as—you—go energy customers seeking help, is already higher this year, than for the whole of 2021. here's our business editor, simonjack. thank you for calling. how is it i can help you today in this department? most customers of this energy company in hampshire are on prepaid metres. sorry, just take deep breaths
and i'll look through this and i'm sure that we'll be able to do something for you, 0k? many are living day—to—day. so, do you have any debts outside of utility? eking out their energy between benefit and wage payments. what day do you get paid? some are desperate. we had a customer that found us a couple of weeks ago that had to sell all their belongings in order to be able to heat or eat. april's crippling rising bills has been too much for some, and there is worse to come when bills rise again in october. we were already seeing people in financial stress during this last winter. it was a relatively mild winter. you know, 54% price increase now, another 20% in october, it's going to be... i think one of my industry colleagues described it as being horrific. i think that's probably a fair statement. anything on standby will actually use up your credit... _ the calls being taken behind me are from the front—line of the cost—of—living crisis, people unable to heat their homes, their food or both. and although energy prices are the biggest shock
to household incomes, it's not the only one. food prices are rising, petrol and diesel have set records in recent weeks, and national insurance went up in april, reducing take—home pay. the biggest cost—of—living squeeze in 70 years got under way in earnest in april, and it's affecting millions of people. in the streets of eastleigh, everyone was feeling it and having to make changes. everything's gone up — gas, electric, council tax went up. i didn't get a pay rise this year. the tax on national insurance has all changed as well. if i get the cooker on or whatever, i make sure the heating's off because i think, well, i'm warm enough. things like holidays and like that are out of the question, - days out and things - because it's more important. we've got to eat and heat our house and everything. - citizens advice saw an eightfold increase in calls from prepayment metre customers this april. so far this year, we've already helped as many people as we did in the whole of 2021 with not being able to afford to keep their prepayment metre topped up.
and so we're really seeing a huge increase in that issue, and in march, we also saw a record number of people coming to us for a crisis support in terms of fuel vouchers as people just don't have enough money to eat and live. with hardship like this, little wonder the chancellor is under pressure to increase support beyond the £350 per household package already announced before bills rise again just before winter. simonjack, bbc news, eastleigh, hampshire. the labour party has admitted its deputy leader, angela rayner, was present when sir keir starmer was seen drinking beer with colleagues in april last year — at the time there were coronavirus restrictions in place limiting who you could mix with indoors. labour had previously denied she was at the event, but now says that statement was a "mistake" made in "good faith". a former member of the taskforce that helped plan the rollout of covid vaccines, has been appointed to address the supply problems, affecting hormone replacement therapy drugs.
madelaine mcternan and her new team, will work with manufacturers, the nhs and the royal college of gps, to help pharmacists and prescribers respond to demand. the products are used by women to treat symptoms of menopause. our health correspondent, catherine burns has that story. the conversation about menopause has been getting louder. hot flushes and night sweats and mood swings. with celebrity campaigners raising awareness. i'm trying to help woman at a time. and mps sharing their experience in parliament. i'm bringing focus to the menopause. add menopause into the mix and it's a nightmare. doctors and drug companies talk about the davina effect, saying demand for hrt after that presenter�*s documentary on menopause last may. i could not believe actually
the last documentary, like a tsunami. her follow—up comes out next week and the industry is poised for another surge. as demand has gone up, some suppliers have not managed to keep up. this probblem really started with one product, the makers of this drug they are bringing about twice as many of these bottles into the country now compared to this time last year but it's not enough. the plan is for this product to be back in full stock in june. in the meantime if women cannot get theirfirst choice, there are other gels, sprays and patches that do the same job. he has been a nightmare getting all of this stock, we've been looking for every like half an hour or so. he did manage to get some end but it has been really difficult. the worry now is a domino effect as it's getting harder to get alternative products.
yasmin has been relies on the gel but cannot get any. i essentially have i to go without most of the time and then that has - a knock on effect with my health and increases in other areas - with like migraines and sleep. it's been a wake—up call for government and a wake—up call for practices and a wake—up call also for manufacturers that we need to stay ahead of this demand. the government's responding to the wake—up call using lessons from the successful vaccine roll—out. madeline mcternan heads up the vaccine task force and now has anotherjob title, hrt tsar. on day one, she said that chemist can only give three months supply at a time of gel and two other hrt meds and her next task to be finding out how many women are on hrt. no one knows for sure. one of the things we would like to see done is look at this and understand the uptake but also this will help us predict problems as we are seeing now and create measures to prevent them.
the best estimates are that around 10—1a% of menopausal women are taking hrt. that number is only expected to rise. catherine burns, bbc news. the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the uk, has fallen by nearly a quarter. the office for national statistics says around 1 in 23 people would have tested postive for the virus, in the week to the 23rd april, that's down from 1 in 17 the previous week. a member of the islamic state group known as the beatles has been jailed for life in america. alexander koti pleaded guilty to charges of torture and murder in syria. with the local elections less than a week away, all of london's 32 boroughs are upfor grabs. labour and the conservatives are battling it out for wandsworth and barnet, while the lib dems are hoping to capitalise on growing
support in richmond and kingston. 0ur political correspondent, alex forsyth, assesses the electoral mood, of the capital. 0n the busy streets of south—west london, a political battle is under way, a contest for control of the capital's councils. so, inside tooting market, what issues count? i'm working, and i should be able to be saving so much money, but i physically cannot because, like, everything's just so expensive. there's always a lot of rubbish on, like, the floor and everything everywhere. even in here, like, people... everywhere people put their stuff than in the bin. every vote on offer is crucial here. wandsworth's a symbolic council held by the conservatives for decades. now labour's fighting to take control in local elections that will test the national mood. keep your legs straight, _ walk your hands back to your feet. at this fitness centre, they know they're choosing local leaders, but say the big picture matters, from parties in downing street to the cost of living. 0ur rent is going up by, i mean, literally 50% i of what we were paying already. all the rates are creeping up, everything isjust-
completely out of control. i if there's some sort of genuine reali impetus from the politicians to make a difference on getting things under i control, then that would be great. i i think there'sjust so much distrust at the minute, - and we are regularlyl being told nonsense. in london, every council seat�*s up for grabs, so what happens here really counts. last time these elections took place, labour had one of its best results in london in decades. sir keir starmer needs to build on that support, not slip back. for borisjohnson, it's being seen as a test of his leadership. losing high—profile councils here would be a blow. but this is not a two—horse race. the capital will be a crucial litmus test for other parties, too. the lib dems need to keep the support they have in places like kingston and make inroads elsewhere. the greens are standing across london as well as independents and smaller parties. at the busy lizzie baby group, parents are clear what's on their minds.
air pollution and the environment, but especially living in london, air pollution levels just going up and up. the environment's really important. also the upkeep of our local playgrounds. so, do events in westminster matter? i would say it does because you need responsible and accountable leadership. for local elections, i do tend to think a little bit more locally. probably less since i've had him. now it really is about what's l happening within about a mile radius of where i live. it's issues like swimming pools and refurbishing playgrounds . and stuff like that, j things i never used to think about and now kind of top of the agenda. - local issues will, of course, factor. each part of london is a diverse and distinct community where voters will show who's in tune with the public or whose political bubble it might burst. alex forsyth, bbc news, london. tomorrow will see one of the most anticpated boxing matches in history
between two female fighters, katie taylor and amanda serrano. they're on the bill, at the iconic madison square garden, where the undefeated taylor will put her lightweight titles on the line, against seven—weight world champion serrano. 0ur correspondent, ade adedoyin joins us now. yes you join me where the weigh in will take place. amanda sera know and katie taylor will be on the stage. the bout, the puerto rican and irish fans in great spirit and opinions divided on how the bout will play out on saturday. the best facing the best. the names up in the lights, katie taylor a lights, katie taylor and amanda serrano reaching new heights in new york. a photo op on the empire state building ahead of this landmark moment in boxing. i think saturday night
could definitely will be the best night of my career. just everything about this fight, this is a moment in history. for the first women to headline madison square garden. ireland's former 0lympic champion is the crossover star. amanda serrano a seven way world champion the coast are looking to steal the show. 13 years as a pro fighter, - i've struggled, i've fought my way to this spot right now— and i want to go out there and just secure that victory. and the target, the undisputed lightweight title and a place in history. oh, there it is! the left hook right the mouth! a chance to join the list of the all—time greats who have secured milestone wins at this iconic venue. so what can we expect on fight night between katie taylor and amanda serrano? we have a clash of styles and after about a round, katie taylor can box no longer, she has to brawl. and that's we get what i call the rocky moment, when everybody stands up and you can hear
the tunes in your head and theyjust hit each other for ten rounds. this blockbuster bout is notjust significant, but also lucrative. both will earn over $1 million, and that's double the challenger�*s career payday. and youtuberjake paul, who promotes serrano, is putting his money where his mouth is. i bet amanda wins for $1 million. and the bookies agree with him. let's shake on it, let's go. the last time katie taylor fought here at madison square garden, she unified the division. all those belts are up for grabs on saturday, and the odds—makers are backing the local favourite amanda serrano to dethrone the champion. ade adedoyin, bbc news, new york. time for a look at the weather, here's stav danaos. the bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us and it is looking mixed. some sunshine around, but some rain in the forecast. many gardeners will be glad of that. although rain on a