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tonight at ten — a manhunt on merseyside after a nine—year—old girl is shot dead. olivia pratt—korbel was killed when a gunman chasing another man ran into her home and opened fire — sending shock waves through her community. you are scared for your girlfriend and your— you are scared for your girlfriend and your daughter going to the shop, are they— and your daughter going to the shop, are they going to come back? are they safe — are they going to come back? are they safe going to the shop? police say the key to finding her killer could lie in liverpool's criminal fraternity — and anyone with information should come forward. this is not the time for anyone who knows who is responsible for this shooting to remain tight—lipped. we'll look at gang culture — and gun crime — in liverpool and more widely.
also tonight: another warning on energy bills — half of all uk households could face fuel poverty this winter. student nurse owami davies has been found safe and well — after going missing seven weeks ago. and jupiter close up — new images showing the giant planet in detail and coming up on the bbc news channel... another lioness says goodbye — euro 2022 winnerjill scottjoins ellen white in announcing her retirement from football. good evening. police in liverpool are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a nine—year—old girl last night after running into her home in pursuit of another man. after running into her home olivia pratt—korbel�*s death
has sent shock waves through her community and beyond. tonight police are asking the "criminal fraternity" to examine their consciences and help identify olivia's killer. here's our correspondent danny savage. it was exactly this time last night that the shooting took place in the street behind me and people would have woken up this morning to the news a nine—year—old girl was shot in her own home, shocking in itself, and fast forward to lunch time and police revealed what happened and in 27 years of reporting i have never known a more extraordinary and tragic and upsetting series events surrounding the death of a child. mother and daughter at home, they hear a commotion, the mother opens the door with her daughter behind her and what happens after that is a truly tragic sequence of events. olivia pratt—korbel, nine years old and killed in the most shocking and unimaginable circumstances. police were called to the street where she lived at about 10 o'clock last night.
neighbours heard the gunshots — and counted them. i was watching the football and i heard the four shots, three, and then a later one rung out. and i come up stairs and said, "did you hear that?" she said, "yeah." i said "i don't think it was fireworks." it's absolutely disgusting. i woke up to find a little girl, a nine—year—old girl's been shot dead. yeah, it is getting too close now. it is getting that way, . someone has been shot or stabbed and you go, - "another one, another one." olivia and her mother cheryl were completely innocent victims caught up in a barely believable sequence of events. police say last night a 35—year—old man and his friend were walking down kingsheath avenue. they were confronted by a man wearing a balaclava who starts shooting at them. cheryl korbel opened her front door, with olivia standing behind her, after hearing the commotion.
the man being chased forced his way into olivia's house and the offender ran in after him, firing a number of shots, with complete disregard for olivia and herfamily who had no connection with the gunman or the man who forced his way in. sadly, olivia was fatally wounded when the gunman fired at the man who was trying to get into the house. the gunman fled. a car then came and picked up the 35—year—old man, who was taken to hospital by friends. but they left olivia and cheryl here. police say those responsible must now give themselves up. the killing of a nine—year—old child is an absolute tragedy and crosses every boundary and i would urge them to do the right thing so we can can put this person behind bars. olivia was a pupil at st margaret mary's catholicjunior school. today, her head teacher
paid tribute to her. she was bubbly, she had a little heart of gold, - nothing was too much trouble for her. - she loved to help the teachers. she was the life and soul of the class. i loved to perform. in fact, we have just i done our recent school production, the wizard of oz, - and she was performing on the stage. she was a munchkin. so, a lively little soul. . life and soul of the class. very, very popular with all her peers. i her family are said to be inconsolable and heart—broken. the answer to what happened here appears to lie in liverpool's criminal underworld. will it now give up those responsible? those criminal gangs are likely to be local to liverpool and the city is like an island, and if history is anything to go by, a serious incident like this has been associated with feuds between local gangs and local families and police will have an idea who's done this
but the criminals will be hoping no one gives any information over, but listen to the language of the police, that is really important. they say very clearly today that boundaries have been crossed and that what has happened is directly aimed at the criminal gangs, the language, and they say that the matter of a nine—year—old girl dying is unacceptable and they want the person who has done it.— person who has done it. danny savaue, person who has done it. danny savage, thanks _ person who has done it. danny savage, thanks for _ person who has done it. danny savage, thanks forjoining - person who has done it. danny savage, thanks forjoining us. | the death of a child in such circumstances has sparked fear as well as shock — so what do we know about the extent of gun crime in the uk. tom symonds our home affairs correspondent is here. there was an 87—year—old grandfather stabbed to death in his mobility scooter last week which i reported on, and these are very unusual age groups to be victims of this kind of violent crime, that is the first thing to say, in the second thing is, if you look at surveys dating
back to the 1990s, violence has reduced, actually, but it is not the whole story. let's look at the figures for gun crime, in england and wales, you can see here they have fallen until about 2015, but they have started to go up again and then they have dipped during the pandemic, and so far no sign in these figures of an increase after these figures of an increase after the pandemic, but that doesn't account for the summer. these figures are until march. and now a knife crime, these are violent offences involving a knife and a long—term fall but then an increase until the pandemic and then a dip during the pandemic but then the line is going up again and that is a concern. ~ , ., , line is going up again and that is a concern. ~ , . , , concern. why might that be the case? the government _ concern. why might that be the case? the government and _ concern. why might that be the case? the government and the _ concern. why might that be the case? the government and the police - concern. why might that be the case? the government and the police have l the government and the police have stressed one thing which is county lines drug gangs, those gangs which take drugs out of cities and try to sell them elsewhere in the country and also export violence, one possibility, and also theories
around social media being the cause and children falling out on social media and it becoming an issue in the real world, youth crime in particular. if you talk to people on what you might call the front line of this problem, youth workers, they say this is about deprivation, lack of educational opportunities, it is about cuts to youth services and police numbers during austerity and thatis police numbers during austerity and that is where they say we should be looking for solutions.— looking for solutions. thanks for “oininu looking for solutions. thanks for joining us- _ there was another stark warning today about the hardship caused by rising energy bills, with the boss of one of the uk's biggest energy suppliers talking about the number of calls from struggling customers and the likely extent of fuel poverty this winter. our economics editor faisal islam has been looking at the factors affecting bills. faisal. on friday we will get the new announcement of the energy cap for households in great britain — which will effectively set most bills. it will be further bad news. the rise from last summer,
where the cap meant an average household dual fuel bill at under £1200 has already been concerning enough — reaching nearly £2000 right now and this week for winter, it is expected to exceed £3500 — around £300 per month — unthinkable for millions. and it could go higher. in fact, the industry — including the french—owned supplier edf — now calculates the majority of households will struggle. without support from the government, more than half of the uk households will be likely to be in fuel poverty in january. which means that they will have to spend more than 10% of their disposable income to pay for their energy bills. this is being driven by extraordinary and unprecedented rises in the price companies pay for gas. similar charts exist for electricity. this is the price paid for delivery of gas this winter — when it really matters. and it's the prices during this period
including the invasion of ukraine by russia that will drive friday's hike in the prices consumer pay. but you'll see in this very latest period the situation has got even worse worse than at the peak of invasion. effectively, across europe energy companies and governments too are paying whatever it takes amid concerns about security of supply for this winter. let's have a look at what is going on across europe. currently shortages are being exacerbated by a number of reasons. the russians have announced a three day stoppage of gas on its nordstrom pipeline into germany — for maintenance reasons, but some fears that this is part of a tactic of pressure. the key norwegian pipeline of gas also has maintenance issues. and in electricity markets, many french nuclear power stations are also under maintenance. now while the uk isn't physically dependent on russian gas,
it does affect us because the prices paid in this market set the price for everyone. paid in this market set something else is happening — the german government is helping fund efforts to fill up to the brim its stores of gas to protect against a longer russian shutdown, and that is also pushing up the price ever higher. the uk simply doesn't have the same capacity to store gas, after shutting some facilities. on the continent they are also organising to reduce demand for gas by 15%, including here in dresden, turning down the lights. here we wait for the outcome of the conservative leadership contest — and despite these very recent developments, they're sticking to the same solutions offered by their campaigns. i would cut vat off - energy bills to coincide with the increase in the price cap. that's something we can do very quickly. i but beyond that, for two groups - of people, for pensioners and those on the lowest incomes, - i will make sure they get direct extra financial support over - the autumn and winter to help them with those bills. we will be following through, if i'm elected as prime minister, on my pledges to reverse the national insurance rise, to have a temporary moratorium on the green energy levy, to save people money on their fuel
bills and to get the economy going. so, this crisis will be at the top of the intray of the new prime minister. and if the prices we are seeing now sustain, then next year average prices are heading above £5000 — catastrophic levels — like a second mortgage. the industry says tens of billions of 20 year loans will be required to spread the cost and prevent bills rising so high. as we wait, the problem is not solving itself, in fact, it's getting even worse. our business editor simonjack is with me. how much our energy now the ones who are different solutions? —— are. they say this needs covid scale interventions and the industry does have a plan, it has garnered support which was presented to ministers in westminster last week and it would involve freezing all bills where they are right now, at £2000, involve freezing all bills where
they are right now, at e2000, and lending government backed loans to the government company so they can go out and buy the gas at these enormously high prices but still charge the same prices now. they estimate to do that over two years would now cost £100 billion so to give you a sense of perspective, the furlough scheme will we paid the wages of 11 million people that cost £70 billion, so ministers are now considering this, and there is self interest from the energy companies, they know millions of people simply won't pay the bills in winter because they can't, so what happens then? they need big government support, to help people pay those bills, or the big ones that are left may follow the dozens of others we saw go bust into insolvency. thanks for “oininu saw go bust into insolvency. thanks forjoining us- _ scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon has called for energy bills to be frozen for at least two years — with the money paid back over a much longer period. it comes as scotland's largest
offshore wind farm — off the angus coast in the north sea — begins generating electricity. when it becomes fully operational next year seagreen will have 114 turbines. that's enough to displace more than 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel generated power every year — and comparable to a third of scotland's annual car emissions. our scotland editorjames cook has been to take a look. way out in the north sea a monster is stirring. within the past 2a hours, these colossal turbines have started to pump the power to the uk. the tip of each blade soaring to almost twice the height of the tower housing big ben. it is only when you're this close that you get a sense of the scale of this project and it is vast. when this wind farm is finished and running at full tilt it can
power the equivalent of two thirds of all the homes in scotland. energy firm sse boasts this is the deepest wind farm to be fixed to the sea bed in the world. it says it's supporting thousands ofjobs and helping to make us a greener nation. with, you know, more renewables coming on to the system, if we can accelerate the development of these projects, by 2030 we fully expect renewables to drive down the cost of bills. that is a long time to wait for customers facing hardship this winter. it is, and what we need is the uk government, the scottish government, to help us reduce the time it takes to consent these projects. in the control room on shore the manager, grant, hopes this is just the start. his is one of many oil and gas works
who have made the shift to renewable energy. just looking for a change really and something exciting to get involved in. and obviously renewables have a massive buzz about it. so when i heard about seagreen and the size of the project and the scale of engineering, ijumped at the chance to get involved. more north sea wind farms are in the pipeline, including the world's biggest, off the coast of england. but some experts say meeting the uk's carbon cutting commitment by the end of the decade needs the equivalent of four of these every year. there's a section of the bbc news website dedicated to the cost of living crisis — including details of support and advice available if you're struggling with bills. go to bbc.co.uk/news, or the bbc news app. the united states is set to make a £3 billion aid package available to ukraine — its largest single donation the country since the full scale russian invasion began. that was six months ago tonight.
our defence correspondent jonathan beale — who's reported himself from the front line — is here. jonathan. six months ago today russia was within hours of launching its full scale invasion of ukraine. it started in the early hours of february the 24th. this map is a reminder of what ukraine looked like before the invasion. russia already occupied crimea — and separatists controlled parts of the east. russian forces then attacked from multiple directions. from the north, the east, and the south. western intelligence said russia expected to surround the capital kyiv within a matter of days. but its advance soon stalled with fierce ukrainian resistance. by april russia was retreating from the north to refocus its offensive in the east. but even here, it's been slow progress. it took another three months for russia
to capture the entire luhansk region. ukraine's still holding on to parts of neighbouring donetsk. in the south, russia has captured the cities of kherson and marioupol. but ukraine's been preparing for a counter offensive. six months on — and this is the limit of russia's advances. one senior western military chief told me the one certainty so far is russia's so called "special military operation" has not gone according to plan. their command and control has been poor. their logistics has been poor. they have suffered from political interference into the conduct of both their strategic operation, but also even down to the tactical level. we have seen a lack of trust between the military and the political class. all of those things we knew, but i'm surprised that they had all of them at the same time.
the invasion has become a slow, grinding war of attrition, at times resembling scenes from the first world war. ukraine's forces dug in. and russia, using its artillery, to try to break through their defences. the effect, there have been heavy casualties, with estimates that tens of thousands of troops on both sides have been killed or injured. ukrainian cities, too, have been reduced to rubble. this is what is left of mariupol. one dynamic that has changed, though, is the supply of western weapons to ukraine. at first, it was small, like these british supplied portable anti—tank missiles. more recently, it has been heavy weapons, like these us himas rockets, used to hit russian supply lines from a distance. but is it enough to tip the balance in
ukraine's favour? i enough to tip the balance in ukraine's favour?— enough to tip the balance in ukraine's favour? i expect this to be a lona ukraine's favour? i expect this to be a long conflict, _ ukraine's favour? i expect this to be a long conflict, and _ ukraine's favour? i expect this to be a long conflict, and i - ukraine's favour? i expect this to be a long conflict, and i don't - be a long conflict, and i don't think there will be decisive action taken this year on either side. whilst there will be counter attacks and counter offensives, and one hopes that the ukrainians will be successful in their objectives, i don't think it is something that in this calendar year will be decisive. the more immediate concern is what president putin does next. tomorrow marks notjust six months of the war. it's also ukraine's independence day. the us has already advised its citizens to leave. it's expecting russia to launch more attacks in the coming days. the student nurse owami davies has been found safe and well seven weeks after going missing. she was located in hampshire after a member of the public came forward following a police appeal. celestina olulode is outside scotland yard for us. what do we know? well, it has been
almost two — what do we know? well, it has been almost two months _ what do we know? well, it has been almost two months since _ what do we know? well, it has been almost two months since owami - what do we know? well, it has been i almost two months since owami davies was first reported missing to essex police. since then, officers have trawled through hours of cctv footage. so, of course, today's news has come as a massive relief to owami's family and friends, and the key top police officer in charge of the investigation, detective chief inspector nigel penny, today said he was ecstatic upon hearing the news. now, the 24—year—old was found after a member of the public got in touch with the police, following a media appeal. so, this was the 118th sighting of owami. now, i should also tell you that there are questions over how this case has been handled. for example, we know that the metropolitan police issued the wrong image of owami when she
was reported missing during an appealfrom them. now, the police changed that image hours later and they have apologised. there is also questions as well overjust when and how long it took for owami to be marked as missing on the police database. that has renewed calls for one national missing persons database to be available to all police forces in the country. but, for now, the met to say that they will review the investigation alongside essex police. now a look at some other stories making the news today. a man has appeared at the old bailey via video—link, charged with the murder of an 87—year—old man in west london. lee byer is accused of stabbing thomas o'halloran to death, while he rode his mobility scooter in greenford last week. the west midlands has become the latest area to be
classified as in drought. officials say rainfall has been insufficient to replenish rivers, ground water or reservoirs to normal levels but there's enough water for essential business and household needs. meanwhile europe appears to be on course for its worst drought in at least 500 years, according to a european commision led report. it says two thirds of the continent is under some form of alert, and the conditions are reducing crop yields, drying up rivers and sparking wildfires. bin strikes across 13 more scottish local authorities are to start tomorrow, despite a 5% pay rise offer being made. rubbish has been piling up in edinburgh where hundreds of union members in the city's waste and recycling service walked out last week. the number of migrants crossing the english channel in small boats in a single day has reached a new record high. the ministry of defence says 1,295 people arrived in the uk in this way
on monday — the highest daily total since records began four years ago. so far this year, more than 22,500 people have made the crossing. at the equivalent point last year the total was just under 12,500. our correspondent simonjones reports from dover. more than 100 people are picked up in the channel by the border force this morning and brought to shore, a day after record numbers made the crossing. the lifeboat at dungeness, the coastguard, the mod, all stretched to the limit on monday, tracking 27 boats, with an average of 48 people on each dangerously overloaded dinghy. local fisherman matt coker said it was becoming a familiar sight at sea. it's been building and getting busier every day, and with the fine weather, it's been perfect conditions. but the people smugglers certainly seem to be getting more organised now. they have all the same boats
and same engines and they're very quick to make the most of a weather window. the government has repeatedly promised to make the cross—channel route unviable. it's given millions of pounds to the french authorities to increase patrols on beaches in northern france. the mod has been brought in to increase surveillance at sea, but the numbers have continued to grow. back in 2018, just 299 people made the crossing. but by last year that had risen to more than 28,000 people, with this year's figure fast approaching that. ministers had been hoping the plan to send some asylum—seekers to rwanda would act as a deterrent, but the first flight was grounded and the policy is facing challenges in the courts. groups supporting refugees in kent say more safe and legal routes are needed for those wanting to claim asylum to try to stop the crossings. it's incredibly dangerous, it is the busiest shipping lane in the world. it's easy to look out on days like today in the beautiful sunshine and forgetjust how dangerous it is.
it's incredibly windy, very dangerous. why don't people claim asylum in france, which is a safe country? many people do claim asylum in france and in other countries in the eu. the main reason people come here is they have english as a second language, they have family connections. it gives them a head start. the government, though, says the rise in dangerous channel crossings is unacceptable. it says its nationality and borders act will break the model of the people smugglers, so determined to exploit the vulnerable. simonjones, bbc news, london. england and manchester city player jill scott has announced her retirement from football. the 35—year—old has been in ten major tournaments — including two olympics for great britain — and was part of this summer's euro 2022—winning squad. she made her lionesses debut in 2006 and with 161 appearances, is second on their all—time list of most capped players.
new pictures have been released by nasa showing our largest planetary neighbour — jupiter — in unprecdented detail. they've come from the new super space telescope, the james webb, and show moons, rings, and storms in what astronomers have called incredible detail. here's our science correspondent, helen briggs. jupiter in a whole new light. the famous great red spot, a storm larger than the earth, visible as a radiant white dot. glowing light shows — or auroras — dancing at the poles. faint rings, and two of the planet's many moons, standing out against a backdrop of glittering galaxies. scientists say the stunning new images, artificially coloured to make the features stand out, are better than they could ever have hoped for. these images are so much more than just pretty pictures. yes, they are pretty, aesthetic, glorious. but they're crisp, they're detailed, they're showing parts ofjupiter,
of its cloud cover, that we haven't really appreciated before. this isjupiter, as seen through the hubble space telescope. hubble's more powerful successor, the james webb, was launched in december. and since the summer, it's been sending back extraordinary images of the universe. over the years to come, the telescope will be peering ever further back in time, transforming our knowledge, both of distant worlds and of planets in our own back yard. helen briggs, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. there were a lot of people coming into london today, going, it's really humid, it's really hot. and it was, 29 degrees across parts of east anglia this afternoon. there is some rain in the forecast at the
moment. it's pushing on across parts of south wales. some of it will turn quite heavy as well as we head into tomorrow. this rain is important in some ways, is the dividing line between the human air we are talking about. it's going to bring heavier bursts across wales and into the north of england, and a view scattered showers moving their way up scattered showers moving their way up to scotland. but look at the overnight lows across eastern and southern england, perhaps 17, 18, may be 19 degrees first thing tomorrow morning. a very mild start. it is this where the front that is going to continue to bring some rain out to the west, in contrast to the feel of the weather. further north and west it is fresher, but we have humid air once again across the southeast. i'm afraid, again, you are going to be saying it is too hot and humid, for some of us, particularly across east anglia and south—east england. some of the rain turning heavy across south—west england and wales, and into south—west eglin. behind, the showers will ease away. yeah,
noticeably fresher, 15 up to 21 degrees. south and east of that, we could see 28 or 30, perhaps into mid 80s fahrenheit. that heat and humidity could start some sundry downpours, as we go through the night. take a look at this, liam, very heavy, thundery rain could potentially brush with essex, kent and east anglia. then it drifts away during the first part of thursday, leaving some cloud behind. clearer skies as well, a few scattered showers and a much more comfortable feel for all of us. temperatures between 15 and 2a celsius during thursday. as we push out of thursday into friday and the bank holiday weekend, yes, the last bank holiday for northern ireland, england and wales. dry, settled and sunny with some rain into the far north—west. and that's bbc news at ten on tuesday the 23rd of august.