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carl beech, a paedophile who made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against famous people, has been jailed for 18 years. one of his victims has denied condemned him. i feel every bit as wounded as if he had physically attacked. but my mental wounds will never heal. the criminal damage that he did to me, aided by the police, cannot be healed. we'll have the latest from newcastle crown court. the other main stories
on bbc news at 5pm: borisjohnson says the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers for england and wales will begin within weeks. a possible all—time high for the uk — the met office has received a provisional temperature of 38.7 degrees yesterday in cambridge. after the record—breaking heat come the storms — halting trains and planes, and causing more disruption for passengers. tens of thousands of gamers are gathered in new york for the world championship of fortnite, with more prize—money on offer than wimbledon. cheers, mum. and a new horrible histories hits the big screen. find out what jason solomons made of that and the other big releases this week, in the film reivew at 5.45pm.
welcome to the bbc news at 5pm, i'm jane hill. our top story: a 51—year—old man who made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against famous people has been jailed for 18 years. the judge told carl beech that he had deliberately, repeatedly and maliciously told lies to the police, and had no remorse. our north of england correspondent, fiona trott, is at newcastle crown court. carl beech showed no emotion as the judge passed sentence. the prosecutor said i am satisfied that you are a resource for, manipulative, devious man. you acted out of motives of personal gain, pleasure, and attention seeking. the sentencing marks the end of a very long chapter for sentencing marks the end of a very long chapterfor all of sentencing marks the end of a very long chapter for all of those people he falsely accused and their families, but today we got a real
sense of how his lies will be affecting them for the rest of their lives. we heard from harvey proctor, the former mp, who broke down several times as he gave his witness impact statement, and he told reporters afterwards about how he was critical of the metropolitan police for originally saying that carl beech, claims were credible and true. my my life, as i planned it to be, and my belief in british institutions and fairness have gone. i am frequently tortured by the realisation that had missed a beach been successful in his scheme to pervert the course ofjustice, i would have been imprisoned until my death. we also heard from daniel
jana qc, his father was also accused, he said. locations like this stick like mud, they are vile and leave a stain that is how to remove. that is something we have heard from a lot of people, they say when you put my name on the internet, our names will always be associated with these false allegations, and in a statement read out, lady diana britain, the widow of leon brittan, said the impact of the trial in newcastle has been like a second degree. his name has been cleared but he will never know this. before sentencing, the prosecutor said, made some points on how serious carl beech's crimes well. he said the nature of the crimes were sophisticated, well—planned criminal behaviour, it gave false hand —— false hope to the family of the boy who went missing in the 1970s, carl beech claimed that this boy he said was murdered may have been martin, and that gave false hope to the
family, thinking they may have known what finally happened to him. and don't forget that while carl beech was lying to the police, he was being treated as a victim, and he himself was a paedophile. he was making and possessing indecent —— indecent images of children, and thatis indecent images of children, and that is why combined with 12 counts of perverting the course ofjustice, and another count of fraud, that is why he was jailed for 18 years today. rail and air passengers have been affected by more delays after record—breaking temperatures caused travel chaos yesterday. the country experienced the second hottest day ever and the hottestjuly day on record. the heat caused overhead railway cables to sag, meaning they were then damaged by passing trains. there were also delays and cancellations at london airports, after storms across europe. despite cooler temperatures today, much of the transport
network is still affected, as jon donnison reports. the heat may have relented, but today rail passengers are still getting burnt. at london st pancras another frustrating morning, with many trains cancelled on the east midlands line up to sheffield and nottingham. all the trains out of st pancras have just been cancelled, all the lines are down. so we're trying to find our way via peterborough and then over across to loughborough, we think that that's going to work. i was supposed to travel up to luton last night. i wasn't able to so i had to head back home, which is down south. looked this morning and it looked all right, but i've just been stopped at st pancras and i need to find somewhere else. engineers are still struggling to repair overhead power lines which sagged in the severe heat. disruption remains on thameslink and great northern trains. overnight thunderstorms came as a relief for many, but not for those with a plane to catch.
at heathrow, dozens of cancelled flights left some passengers having to sleep on the floor overnight. others were told to simply find a different airport. we were due to fly to denmark yesterday for one of my best friend's weddings, we boarded the flight at about 6:15 only to be told of delays due to a storm passing through london. the delays kept coming and coming. by 10:45, they cancelled the flight, as the crew had run out of hours. they also have our bags, so we're off to the wedding with nothing to wear! but hopefully we will be able to find something at gatwick. those travelling, though, like all of us, may have to be increasingly prepared for the heat. but is the infrastructure ready? with climate scientists predicting extreme weather will become more frequent, some argue our networks are in need of an upgrade.
we have to go to every part of our infrastructure and look at whether it can cope with the increasing extremes. remember, this is not as bad as it will get, it will get worse in the future. we will see higher temperatures for longer, and so we have to adapt the rail network and our roads system, and the infrastructure to deal with the coming climate, and we can't even cope with the current one. the message after another record—breaking week of weather — invest now or suffer the consequences. jon donnison, bbc news. our correspondent james waterhouse is at heathrow airport, which has been the scene of travel chaos. how things are looking now, james? not too great. if you were hoping to get a not too great. if you were hoping to geta train not too great. if you were hoping to get a train or plane over the last 24 get a train or plane over the last 2a hours, the odds could not have been more against you. first, the
hot weather, thunderstorms over mainland europe which have caused dozens mainland europe which have caused d oze ns of mainland europe which have caused dozens of flights to be cancelled across london's main air court —— airports, luton, heathrow, and gatwick. and the air control authority for uk airspace reported a computer glitch, data failing to reach a radar which didn't allow controllers to get all the angles necessary to properly govern the sky. that means that tighter limitations in terms of the gap between aircraft landing and taking off which in turn causes a lot of disruption. they say that felt has almost been fixed. gatwick airport have told us flights coming and taken off at a more steady break. heathrow have apologised because they are still experiencing disruption. we have heard from passengers trapped inside the terminal building looking for somewhere to stay, trying to find out what was happening to their
ﬂight, out what was happening to their flight, but the disruption is still being caused by the left —— whether coming up by the fault so much. either way, it is really tough for passengers. what we always hear when things like this happen is people complaining that they simply don't get the information. that is half the battle, isn't it, for companies, for airlines to communicate this effectively? it is very difficult. i think the advice at the moment from operators and airlines is to check the website, in terms of where your next flight may be, and in terms of what compensation you might be eligible for. there is a pub right by where i am stood, by the runway, and people have been coming in and coming out, call —— according to the landlord, complaining of back to back flights getting cancelled. these are people with holidays to get to, meetings to get to. this is what is happening on top of the missouri on the rail, in terms of overhead power lines. repairs will
go into the weekend while they try to restore a normal service. thank you very much for keeping us up—to—date. the uk's highest—ever temperature could have been recorded in yesterday's heatwave, according to the met office. the reading of 38.7 celsius at cambridge university botanic garden has still to be officially verified, but if confirmed it will beat the previous hottest day — when 38.5 was recorded in faversham in kent in 2003. our weather presenter chris fawkes is here. whichever way you look at it, it was a scorcher. it was stinking hot, wasn't it? 2003 is a good place to start with the story, five and was the highest temperature ever recorded in the uk but if you go back to august 2003, at that time i was working, and it was gravesend,
38.1, and it stayed gravesend has been a record temperature throughout august, it was only in september where one of these climate scientists that reports every month rather than every day, that the data came in that fashion became the hottest place in the uk ever, 38.5 celsius. having this process of getting site verified later on isn't unprecedented, it actually happened at the last heatwave back in 2003. you are quite bright, now we think it 38.7 celsius at the botanic gardens in cambridge, cambridge university botanic gardens, 38.7. if that gets verified, that will be the record. what they will be doing initially, as they will be doing a statistical analysis. was this an unusual temperature? they will be looking at sites roundabout. we know yesterday temperatures reached 38.1 in cambridge. that is it definite?
yes. ina in cambridge. that is it definite? yes. in a way, it is likely to pass that test. what they will then be looking at is the site, was at a standard site? was the grass kept as it should be? was the stevenson screen kept as it should be? we don't know what that is. it's a big white box above the ground that has to allow flow of air and the instruments cannot be in direct sunlight. if you put the sunlight on a thermometer, instead of monitoring the temperature of the air, you are measuring the temperature of the glass that the thermometer is made of. that is why we chuck them in a stevenson screen away from the sun. they will check the temperatures and the monitor and see if there are any biases there and if they aren't, they will be verified, that will be our new temperature record. fascinated. when will we find out? last time it took several days and weeks, i suspect things will be quick at this time around but it is worth bearing in mind that we had
new national temperature records also set in germany, belgium, netherlands, luxembourg, this has been an unprecedented heatwave, either way you look at it. chris, really interesting, thank you very much indeed. chris folks with that analysis and explanation, and the forecast coming up later. now, time forecast coming up later. now, time for the headlines. carl beech, a paedophile who made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against famous people, has been jailed for 18 years. boris johnson says the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers for england and wales will begin within weeks. a possible all—time high for the uk — the met office has received a provisional temperature of 38.7 degrees yesterday in cambridge. in sport, spectacular collapse in
ireland says england beaten by hundred rounds. one of the lowest totals in test cricket history. today per back mount on is abandoned with 35 kilometres... we have a new head coach of the england women's netball team. tracy neville stepped down from the position. that's it for now. but with more on the stories at half past. the prime minister boris johnson says his plans to recruit 20,000 more police officers in england and wales over the next three years will begin within weeks. the college of policing, which trains officers, welcomed the move but said there are logistical challenges, including a lack of instructors. forces in england and wales lost more than 20,000 officers between 2009 and 2017. our correspondent phil mackie reports.
frontline policing still goes on, but over the past decade, in places like the west midlands, it's got a lot tougher and violence is on the up. there's been a surge in knife crime here in the past five years, so the announcement of more investment is welcome news. the force is short of officers, no question. a quarter of the budget is gone, fewer police officers the 1974, and i have been clear we don't have the number of officers and sometimes the service feels that. there are currently 120,000 police officers in england and wales. in 2010, when theresa may become hopme secretary, there were 143,000 officers. so the extra 20,000 promised by mrjohnson over the next three years would see a return to levels of a decade ago. the prime minister has set out this very ambitious target of hitting 20,000 over the next 36 months. now, it is going to be a challenge to get there, the whole policing family will have to come together to see the largest expansion in policing for some time.
it's the rise in violent crime that's giving most concern in places like birmingham and other urban areas across the country, which is why the police and crime commissioner in the west midlands, labour's david jamieson, has urged the government to send the new recruits to big cities. public confidence will need to be restored too. only this month, we learned that a number of crimes solved by the police are at an all—time low. if i think, as a former special constable myself, of the challenges facing the police now, a huge increase in violent crime and the resources to tackle that, which everyone agrees are not just about the number of police officers, but about protecting children as early as possible. so the lack of youth services, the lack of sure start, the lack of mental health, diversionary activities, you know, we need to think about investing in that as well. the government's also promising to continue to relax rules governing stop and search, which have already made an impact
on the streets of the west midlands and elsewhere in the country. get on the ground, get on the ground now! the new recruits will also help, but it will take time. the government says three years. as this footage shows, the extra help can't come soon enough. (pres)sir peter fahy was the chief constable sir peter fahy was the chief constable of greater manchester police from 2008 to 2015; he joins me from staffordshire. thank you for your time. i'm interested what went through your mind when you heard that there are going to be, or certainly there is going to be, or certainly there is going to be an attempt to recruit an extra 20,000 officers. the first thing is i think the police service will finally feel it is being loved again. there has been a big hit on police morale, a lot of police officers feel they have been neglected, that the government has
not valued the police service. at the same time as the cuts, the police have had to take on new duties around mental health, often filling in for other agencies. so this is very welcome news. there are a number of people in your package saying it will be much more than about police numbers. you may remember recently, i think five retired commissioners at the metropolitan police wrote to the times to say there now needs to be fundamental reform of the police service. it is great that this recruitment is going to be moving forward , recruitment is going to be moving forward, without any delay, but i would hope at the same time there will be a bigger programmer police would perform, recognising that the police has fundamentally changed, particular when you think about the number of offences that are on the internet, and new forms of criminality that the police have to deal with. that is interesting, you use the word reform, do you mean thatis use the word reform, do you mean that is what is needed is more specialisms? i don't want to put words in your mouth but we hear time
and time again that the drain resources of police around cybercrime, and that could be a very specialist area, and with specialist training, surely? it is, but is it is not just about the specialism, training, surely? it is, but is it is notjust about the specialism, it is notjust about the specialism, it is also about the fact that the current criminal justice system, is also about the fact that the current criminaljustice system, the way the police traditionally investigate crime, the way the courts deal with it, can't really cope with these new forms of criminality. you know, the level of complexity, the way that evidence now has to be collected. we have seen this also in things like rape cases, mobile phones having to be taken from victims. all those things show how the nature of policing has become more complex. also, police are dealing with more issues around mental health, vulnerable people, the public quite rightly want those sorts of people to be looked after, the police take more concern over that, but it has meant the investigation of crime has become more of a minor activity for the police. it is all those sorts of
issues that means it is notjust about more police officers, it will be about how those police officers are going to use their time and a sort of support they will have around them. and it is this actually doable? some police buildings have been sold off, we have seen the cutbacks in numbers in the last few yea rs, cutbacks in numbers in the last few years, they aren't the trainers, the building to do the training. what would be your concern, if you are still in post? all those issues, it is about the training capacity. the police ever said introduced a new training programme to make sure it will be at graduate level. they have planned that without thinking they would be a huge increase in numbers so that will cause some logistical challenges. some forces, particularly in the cities, they have been struggling to find people that want to join the police service. in london, there are adverts on the sides of police vans, it is not just adverts on the sides of police vans, it is notjust recruiting but holding on to the ones they've got. but this increase in more officers, this change of tack from the
government, that will help increase police morale and help with the retention of existing officers. really interesting to hear your thoughts, thank you forjoining us, all my chief constable of greater manchester police. let's talk about the politics of it all as well. our political correspondent nick eardley is at westmister — what is your reading of the reasoning? prime ministerjohnson coming up with big domestics. there are questions, how much will it cost, 500 men in the first year, but over the course of that recruitment, there is no finalfigure over the course of that recruitment, there is no final figure yet. likewise, just a logistical challenge of getting all those new police officers is a big one. this is the biggest recruitment forces will have seen for years. but it is
not controversial. it is something that people across the political spectrum are welcome, even if they have some caveats because they want to see more police. he is basically saying that i have a last eight or nine years with the tories in power, the cuts that have been made are being reversed. 20,000 police have disappeared since 2010 in england, we are going to replace them. we have had some reaction in the last two minutes from the labour leader, jeremy corbyn. providing he provides the funding for the new police officers, we would obviously welcome it, since we've been calling for this for the past three years. if we don't increase the numbers of police on the street, the problems get worse and worse. but i would also say, look at the sources and causes and consequences of crime, which are in part to do with a lack of youth facilities, in part to do with poor housing conditions, in part to do with poor empoyment opportunities. it isn't just police that solve crime, it's a whole society and community that solve the issues of crime. i think we can file that one under
cautious welcoming, but they will be more from mrjohnson, i'm sure, the next couple of weeks, trying to see the things he is doing at home, but after that in the next few months one thing will dominate, it will be brexit. and that is it, isn't it? that is him saying it is notjust brexit but actually it still comes back to that and there has been more latter—day. back to that and there has been more latter-day. there has. whenever you start a newjob as prime minister, you seem to spend a lot of time on the phone. boris johnson you seem to spend a lot of time on the phone. borisjohnson has been on the phone. borisjohnson has been on the phone. borisjohnson has been on the phone to the leaders of the devolved nations, nicola sturgeon the scottish first minister, mark dra keford the scottish first minister, mark drakeford in wales and the dup and sinn fein leaders in northern ireland as well. most interestingly, he has held his first official talks as prime minister with both the german chancellor angela merkel and the french president emmanuel macron. saying to both of them what he told the country on wednesday. the brexit deal needs to change. he
is not just the brexit deal needs to change. he is notjust going to try and repackage it and have a few tweaks here and there, that the backstop, the controversial insurance policy to stop a hard border in ireland, has to go. there has to be some sort of replacement for that. i'm sure that both angela merkel and emmanuel macron have made clear to boris johnson that that is in a central pa rt johnson that that is in a central part of the deal that has been agreed. both have said consistently they are not going to renegotiate, but the arguments are being put on the table for the first big confrontation, whenever that comes. we have also heard this afternoon from ireland's foreign minister, who sounds less than impressed with the red lines that mrjohnson is drawing. he seems to have made a deliberate decision to set britain on a collision course with the european union and with ireland, in relation to the brexit negotiations. and i think only he can answer the question as to why he's doing that, but i've think it's been very clear from the taoiseach, from michel barnier,
from presidents tusk and juncker, that the approach the english prime minister seems to now be taking is not going to be the basis of an agreement. so, we are getting a real idea of what the big confrontations with europe over the next few weeks are going to be. really interesting listening to the new prime minister of the last few days trying to put pressure on brussels and saying, we wa nt to pressure on brussels and saying, we want to sort this out, you need to renegotiate, and if you want to give us something that we can agree to, we'll leave without a deal. that doesn't seem to be getting through. there are big negotiations to come, big confrontations to come, but there are many here that think the red lines that have been drawn mean we are getting ever closer to leaving without a deal. dramatic footage on social media shows two arsenal players involved in an attempted carjacking in a london street.
the pictures show sayed kolasinac chasing off an armed gang. he and his team—mate mesut ozil both escaped unhurt. simonjones reports. taking on the would—be robbers. sead kolasinac sees off one at the front of the 4x4, then an attacker approaches from the back. he is armed with some sort of metal object. it is a brief but terrifying ordealfor kolasinac and ozil, who is in the vehicle. but it doesn't end there. police say they were called to this area just before five o'clock yesterday afternoon to reports of an attempted robbery. what the footage doesn't show is kolasinac then gets back in the 4x4 and the two footballers headed in that direction, but they are pursued for around a mile by the men on motorbikes. but the footballers have called ahead to a turkish restaurant they know, saying they are in trouble and they need help. as the footballers abandon their vehicle and race into the restaurant, the staff come out and chase the motorcyclists away.
witnesses say the would—be robbers attempted to smash the windows of the 4x4. it is not clear whether the footballers were targeted because of their vehicle or because of who they are. we didn't first of all understand what had happened. and then when we see the motorbike passing from here, we realise it is serious. and the players are very lucky. yes, thank god nothing happened to them, and i think we are all of us it is lucky nothing happened to them. hello! last year, in the same area, the comedian michael mcintyre was robbed by two men on a moped while he was parked outside his children's school. the men smashed his car windows with a hammer before taking his watch and fleeing. last week, a wealthy financier was targeted for her watch. police insist they have not lost control of moped crime and, after a spike, offences are falling. sead kolasinac is being hailed a hero, notjust by arsenalfans. he has tweeted that he is fine.
the players are due to be back in action on the football pitch on sunday. simonjones, bbc news, north london. time for a look at the weather, here's chris fawkes. heat waves have been using for many today, temperatures are low to mid 20s, but we have still had some very high temperatures across the far north of scotland, high 20s here, and similar across east anglia. but recently we have seen big thundery downpours work across eastern england, they are working into eastern parts of scotland so some wet weather here for the next few hours. it will tend to become expansive and heavier over england, more generally heavy in scotland as well as a go on through the night. some heavy rain to come overnight. temperatures, 14 to 17 degrees. that will be a much more comfortable nightthe next leap ahead, though perhaps a little on the warm side. for the weekend weather, we have a
slow—moving front, parts of scotland and north of england and east anglia and north of england and east anglia and the south—east, the front will bring a lot of rain, 40 to 60 millimetres in places, although the amount you get will vary a lot. that is getting on for a ‘s worth of rain, and it will still be falling into sunday so there is a risk of localised flooding. the best of the weekend weather, southern wales and southern england. more weather coming up in the next hour.
this is bbc news. the headlines: carl beech, a paedophile who made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against famous people, has been jailed for 18 years. one of his victims, harvey proctor, has condemned him tonight. i feel every bit as wounded as if physically attacked. but my mental wounds will never heal. the criminal damage that mr beach, aided by the metropolitan police service, did to me, cannot be healed. borisjohnson says the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers for england and wales will begin within weeks. a possible all—time high for the uk — the met office has received a provisional temperature of 38.7 degrees yesterday in cambridge. after the record—breaking heat come the storms, halting trains and planes
and causing more disruption for passengers. hail, emperor nero! hail me. cheers, mum. and a new horrible histories hits the big screen — find out what jason solomons made of that and the other big releases this week in the film reivew at 5:45. lets get a round—up of the day's sport — jane dougall is at the bbc sport centre. ireland's dreams of winning their first test match against england have been left in tatters. the need to score 182 to seal a famous win at the match at lord's, but they were bowled out for just 38, the match at lord's, but they were bowled out forjust 38, the seventh lowest score in test poche history. joe wilson was following the match.
what england managed to bring to this day was intensity and a sense of purpose which they admitted they liked in the last two days. it's difficult to raise your game and be mentally fresh after so much cricket has already happened this summer. but the ashes next week, everybody knows that, and this which will serve as some kind of preparation for that. brought took the wickets today in bowler—friendly conditions, and that came back at the close of play. with these conditions, favourable for the bowlers, be replicated in the series against australia and is therefore is it really a meaningful preparation? i guess time will tell. as for irish crickets, when mother get an opportunity like this? just 182 runs to wina opportunity like this? just 182 runs to win a test match at lord's, a crushing sense of missed opportunity must hold them tonight. but they must hold them tonight. but they must remember what they did earlier
in the test event that got them to this position of hope. this is what your router to say after the match. i thought it was not even close to a fair contest between bat and ball throughout the whole game. i thought there were periods where it did get a little easier and better to bat. we weren't at our best by any stretch. in certain periods we put ireland under pressure, and ireland exploited the conditions on that first morning very well. but we found a way to win again. that one off was a warm up for england for the ashes, today, australia announced their squad for that, and announced their squad for that, and a player who was banned over the
sandpaper scandal gets caught up. steve smith and david warner are also named for the first time in a test year since their bands. a chaotic day at the tour de france with team ineos rider now in possession of the yellow jersey. with team ineos rider now in possession of the yellowjersey. one of the leading contenders withdrew with a leg injury, and that was just the start of the drama. another ineos rider who thrives in the mountains got away from the current race leader, julian alaphilippe, high and the alps, but then a hail storm force the stage to be abandoned and the riders' times were taken from the periods where the stage was stopped. so now but now has the yellow jersey with stage was stopped. so now but now has the yellowjersey with one meaningful stage remaining. geraint thomas second overall. ferrari have dominated second practice at the german grand prix this afternoon.
the practice session had to be stopped temporarily after red bull's pierre gasly crash on the last corner cause huge damage to his car. lookalike was second fastest coming in, quicker than his team—mate sebastian vettel, who was second fastest. lewis hamilton was then in his mercedes. the new head coach of the england women netball team has been announced, replacing tracey neville, who guided the side to commonwealth gold and more recently bronze at the world cup in liverpool. we will have more and sportsday at 6:30pm. white voice thank you. now, video game tournaments — or e—sports — are big business and some of the world's best players are competing this weekend for prize money higher than that earned by the wimbledon champions. they're playing the popular game fortnite, which is holding its first ever world cup in new york. among the contestants are british teenage hopefuls, asjoe tidy reports.
for two years, fortnite's unique brand of dancing, shooting and looting has brought gamers together online. avast, ye land lubbers! now it's time for the cream of the crop to meet in person, for the first—ever world cup. the prize pool is a record $30 million — or £24 million. the winner takes home $3 million and this trophy. some of the favourites are british, including 14—year—old kyle jackson from london. he's known online as mongrel. it's a lot more serious than people think. it's notjust playing the game forfun or whatever, you have to play, like, consecutive months, a lot, every day. you don'tjust get here from chance. another contender is 15—year—old benjy fish from middlesex. him and his teammate have both qualified as a duo and individually, meaning they're guaranteed $100,000 each, even before a single shot is fired. i think it'll be a bit different
when i'm on the stage, because i've never been on a huge stage like that before, i've only ever played in my bedroom. but right now, i'm really confident. and what a stage it is. 40 million players tried to get here, but now less than 200 remain. fortnite's rise to this point has not been without controversy. prince harry once called for it to be banned for being too addictive. but for these players, it's already changed their lives. and with the prizes on offer here, some are dreaming of even bigger things. there's a lot of faces looking back at you, bro. and joe tidy is in new york for us. i'm reeling from the amount of prize money on offer, but i guess it's pretty exciting where you are? money on offer, but i guess it's pretty exciting where you are ?m is, at the prize money is outstanding, $30 million for this weekend at. all the action will take
place in that stadium. but this won't even be a record that lasts a very long, because next month, there is another competition at dota 2, is already the prize money for this has been beaten, $32 million for that one. thousands of people through the gates here, this is a fan festival, eve ryo ne gates here, this is a fan festival, everyone a massive fan of fortnite, we have had players out here signing and taking selfies with huge stars of the game. it's notjust the players who are stars, this character here who looks like a walking bush, that is one of the characters you can play as in the game. it's the sorts of things that has made fortnite such a big deal, the branding around the game. it's more than a game, all the ascetics are unmistakable and made the game a
popular phenomenon, around 250 million players currently around the world. i was working out earlier on, in the stadium, the us open winner gets about 3.2 million, so it's not fairto gets about 3.2 million, so it's not fair to say the winner will get more then the us open winner, but there are 18 players across the weekends qualified for the geos and individuals, and if one of them wins both, they were winner more than the winner of the us open. i'm glad you explained about the child dressed as a hedge, i did wonder why a young man wanted his photo taken with him. we can all do that, can't we, stand bya we can all do that, can't we, stand by a hedge? thank you very much, have a great weekend in new york. we will have the film review coming up in the next little while, a couple more firm stories for you first. the head of a birmingham school which was criticised by some parents for teaching about lg bt relationships has told bbc news
that the government put pressure on her to stop the lessons. hazel pulley says she felt totally compromised. the teaching of the course is optional. the government denies applying pressure, and says it's tried to encourage dialogue. our midlands correspondent sima kotecha reports. parkfield community school. for weeks there were protests outside, with parents calling on the school to stop teaching children about different relationships. they can't tell you when and how they should be taught. its equality programme, called no outsiders, involves story books with pictures of same—sex couples. in march the school suspended the programme after protests escalated. now the woman in charge of parkfield says it's been a tough experience. i think there's only one word, and from inside school looking out it has been horrendous. i have felt, sadly, rather isolated. and she accuses the department for education of pressurising her to stop teaching about equality.
the government has told me several times that it did not place pressure on parkfield. that is untrue. we experienced extreme pressure to stop, but we agreed on suspend the programme, to stop no outsiders, and we feel it was only with one aim, and that was to keep the protests out of the papers and to stop the protests. how did you feel about that? totally compromised. the department for education said no pressure had been applied on parkfield to stop teaching about equality. it added any suggestion the dispute should be kept out of the media was about bringing an end to the protests and ensuring tensions weren't further inflamed by sensationalist coverage. the plan is for all schools in england to teach lgbt content from next year. but it will be up to head teachers to decide at what age. ms pulley wants the new prime minister to change the guidance to say lgbt teaching should be
compulsory in primary schools — something some parents are very much against. an update on some of the politics we we re an update on some of the politics we were talking about in the last half hour, because of the last few minutes, the prime minister has responded to accusations from the irish foreign minister that he has deliberately sent to the uk on a collision course with ireland and the european union. borisjohnson has been telling journalists that in no circumstances does the uk want to introduce checks on the irish border. i want to say to our irish friends, and what i've said repeatedly, is that under no circumstances will the uk be instituting any kind of checks at the frontier in northern ireland, of course not, we don't want that. but
the uk will be coming out of the eu on october 31 and after we come out, of course, there will be all sorts of course, there will be all sorts of discussions to be had with our irish friends about how to ensure that we have continued, frictionless traits, which is what we want. the prime minister talking in the last few minutes. the headlines on bbc news: carl beech, a paedophile who made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against famous people, has been jailed for 18 years. borisjohnson says the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers for england and wales will begin within weeks. a possible all—time high for the uk — the met office has received a provisional temperature of 38.7 degrees yesterday in cambridge. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states, this is how the dow and the nasdaq
are getting on. now on bbc news, a look ahead to sportsday at 6:30 tonight. ina in a shock developments, the tour de france has been halted because hail and snow made the stage 19 mountain stage too dangerous. this is a huge blow forjulian alaphilippe who has lost the overall lead to the team ineos rider. meanwhile tracey neville has been announced as leaving england netball. islands colla pse leaving england netball. islands collapse against england, all that and a second innings forjust 38. now time for the film review.