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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11. to recruit 20,000 new police officers will begin within weeks. but is it achievable? it is ambitious and the government have said it is ambitious. there are some real changes in how you make all parts of the system faster and how we bring people into that kind of speed the paedophile who made false allegations of murder and child sex abuse against famous people has been just 18 years. a possible trade deal for britain and the us as borisjohnson and donald trump discuss unparalleled post—brexit opportunities. it is mr
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johnson's first phone conversation with the us president since becoming prime minister. after record—breaking heat yesterday, storms holds trains and planes, causing more travel disruption for passengers. trouble for sports direct as it reveals its profits have fallen. the retailer says it regrets rescuing house of fraser and that the department stores problems may be terminal. we have got all of today's book coming up including the news that garrett hale may be on the verge of a move from real madrid to china. and at 11:30 we will be taking an in—depth look at the papers with susie boniface and michael booker.
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a very good evening. it's boris johnson's flagship leasing policy, to recruit, within the next three yea rs, to recruit, within the next three years, an extra 20,000 new offices across england and wales. the plans would reverse a sustained period of cuts in police numbers in the last decade. 0n cuts in police numbers in the last decade. on a visit to the west midlands today, the prime minister said it was the most fundamental investment that can be made in society. but some question whether the cost around £121 billion, is the most effective way of spending money to tackle crime. the college of policing with trained officers has welcomed the plans but say that there may not be enough instructors to actually meet the deadline. 0ur home editor mark easton has a report. it's about turn on government policy on police recruitment. theresa may,
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as home secretary and prime minister, presided over a 20,000 reduction in the number of offices in england and wales. her successor, borisjohnson, has said he will increase the force by 20,000.|j think is the most fundamental investment you can make in society. reducing crime, making our streets safer. safer streets equals more investment, equalsjobs, equals growth. recruitment at the level promise has never been seen before, with natural wastage it means hiring roughly 35 extra officers every single day. experts doubt that even with can—do spirit and political exhortation it will be easy to achieve. this is incredibly ambitious but i think we ought to be ambitious but i think we ought to be ambitious because this is the right thing to do. how you attract and train people, once you bring offices m, train people, once you bring offices in, obviously they need equipping. there are a range of stages that need it. crime has risen up the list of public concerns. there have been
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increases in some categories and serious violence, including stabbings. although the risk of being a victim of violent crime is actually at the lowest level since records began. alarming images of crimes like this attempted car jacking yesterday involving two arsenal players and a gang armed with knives fuel arguments that cuts to police budget with its and workforce have made people less safe —— budgets. the claim that more police equals less crime is quite ha rd to police equals less crime is quite hard to demonstrate. since the early 80s we have seen crime rise to a high point in the mid— 90s and then fall before stabilising the last four years. over the same period, we saw police numbers go up slightly, as crime sword, then rise fast, as crime went down, and then go down as crime went down, and then go down as crime levels also went down. there is no obvious correlation. governance analysis suggest the main
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influences on crime levels of the economy, unemployment, inequality, technology, and broader cultural and social changes. police activity is not on the list. although there is evidence that intelligence led policing a targeted action can deal with crime hotspots on certain offences. look at the sources and causes and consequences of crime, which are, in part, to do with lack of youth facilities, in part to do with poor housing conditions, in pa rt with poor housing conditions, in part to do it for employment opportunities. it isn't just part to do it for employment opportunities. it isn'tjust police that solve crime. the politics of crime tends to focus on police resources , crime tends to focus on police resources, but even if 20,000 extra officers can be recruited injust three years, is far from clear that that will be the deciding factor in making people safer. west midlands police forcibly retired 600 officers with 30 years of service under the controversial regulation a 19. the court of appeal
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ruled in 2017 that the measure, used against four other police forces, not amount to age discrimination. well, the overall headcount in the west midlands has dropped by more than 2000 since 2010. earlier spoke to detective inspector warren hines, a member of the west midlands police federation and who has been a policeman for 22 years. the announcement is very welcome, obviously policing has been hollowed out to one unrecognisable sort of position. but boris has said he wa nts position. but boris has said he wants these 20,000 officers imposed, all working diligently, within the next three years. well, if you look at the number of officers that we are likely to lose over the next three years through retirements and other wastage and so on and so forth, we are going to lose about 20,000 through those processes. so actually three years but i'm, we will only be where we are now. this allegation has been made, when you
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remember his time as london mayor, he said he was going to include an extra 5000 officers and it wasn't, it was more of a replacement for lost offices. that's right. just to get a feel for what a low number of police officers does to a community, how did it affect the west midlands force 7 how did it affect the west midlands force? it has had a really catastrophic effect. you know, they have investigated homicides where intelligence is key to resolving those kind of issues, mr thompson touched on the supply of drugs, everybody is aware of county lines and that level of exploitation. but we're not getting the intelligence in that we used to because we are not out patrolling, not out there speaking to people. we are true —— too busy trying to mop up what is going on. all that community intelligence dries up. you can't progress to serious investigations. if you haven't got the grassroots intelligence of what is going on in different communities. so how has the west midlands force had to
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change its way of your being to reports of crime? —— reacting to. change its way of your being to reports of crime? —— reacting tom has been difficult. mr thompson users the noble user today, we have less offices now than we had in 1974, when west midlands police was formed. well, the world is a com pletely formed. well, the world is a completely different place to how it was in 1974. we are aware of how much more serious crime there is, a lot of historical crime, the population has spiralled significantly since that time. so we are having to prioritise the resources that we have got. that means we will attend most serious incidents as seriously as we can because we have to do, but the longer term problem—solving that we use to be quite good at has had to sort of go on the back but a little bit, really. and while the 20,000 officers that are supposed to be recruited, it is welcome, we have to look across the whole criminal justice system because that has been
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hollowed out as well. the cps is struggling, half the magistrates courts have been closed. we have no police stations anymore because they have been sold. we have nobody to refer people to for diversionary work and the probation on its knees. so 20,000 police officers is not going to resolve all of that. the whole of the criminaljustice system needs a massive investment to try and undo, you know, the last ten yea rs. and undo, you know, the last ten years. that was gi warren hines are speaking to me earlier. a fantasist who made false allegations of murder and child sex abuse against several high—profile figures has beenjailed for 18 years. thejudge high—profile figures has beenjailed for 18 years. the judge said that carl beech was a manipulative and devious person who fabricated a vip paedophile ring accusing people with the highest integrity of vile acts. 0ne the highest integrity of vile acts. one of those was the former home secretary lord brittan. and then a victim impact statement his widow said her late husband died never knowing his name would be cleared.
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al home affairs correspondentjim kelly reports. as he lived his life as a school governor and hospital inspector, carl beech watched others suffer as a result of his lies. poppies, pinned to my chest while they did whatever they wanted to do. he'd handed over names in police interviews, claiming high profile figures formed a vip paedophile ring. beech revelled in the attention he received, before he was exposed as a paedophile himself and a cruel and dangerous manipulator. today, it was the turn of those whose lives he tried to destroy to have their voices heard. the former mp, harvey proctor, lost his home and hisjob because he was under suspicion. carl beech claimed he'd actually murdered two boys. beech listened from the dock as a series of powerful and poignant impact statements were read to the packed courtroom. lord bramall, a former chief of the defence staff, now in his 90s, wrote...
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the widow of lord brittan, who died during the investigation wrote... and the godson of the late prime minister sir edward heath said... danieljanner, son of another politician falsely accused by beech, spoke for his family. the effect is hard to describe, but it's the stigma
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of an allegation as serious as rape against a loving father. harvey proctor later gave a news conference. my life, my future as i had planned it to be and my belief in british institutions and fairness have gone. the metropolitan police assertion that his allegations were credible and true is already part of my obituary. carl beech has been sentenced for lying about his abuse claims, downloading hundreds of sexual images of young boys, and secretly filming a boy indecently. he will serve half of his 18 year sentence in prison. the judge mrjustice goss said beech‘s offending called for a severe and deterrent sentence. tonight, the man who wanted to put other people in the dock is beginning his jail term. june kelly, bbc news
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at newcastle crown court. prime minister boris johnson prime minister borisjohnson and us president donald trump have discussed the unparalleled trade opportunities offered by brexit in telephone talks. the two world leaders use the call on friday evening to discuss tensions with iran. here is the us president speaking shortly after that telephone call with borisjohnson. it isa telephone call with borisjohnson. it is a good guy, a friend of mine. i think we will have a good relationship. and boris is going to bea relationship. and boris is going to be a great prime minister. they predict is going to be a great prime minister. he has what it takes. they need him for a long time. uk needed him fora need him for a long time. uk needed him for a long time. and let's see what happens. here, he and i will spent a lot of... we just spent a lot of time when i was with the queen in a great couple of days that i've ever experience. she is a
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tremendous woman. an incredible woman. we get along very well. so boris and i atejustice boag. congratulated him and he is all set to go. we were working already on a trade agreement. i think it will be a very substantial trade agreement. we can do, with uk, we can do three — four we can do, with uk, we can do three —fourtimes, we we can do, with uk, we can do three — four times, we were actually impeded by their relationship with the european union. we were very much impeded on trade. and i think we can do 3—4, five times. we don't do the kind of trade we could do with what some people say is great britain and some people say, what you don't hear too much, is england, which is a piece of it. but with the uk we can do much, much more trade and we expect to do that. 0k. 0k. well. i have our political correspondent nick eardley from westminster. and also joined
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correspondent nick eardley from westminster. and alsojoined by correspondent nick eardley from westminster. and also joined by our washington correspondent chris butler. we will start off, nick we have news that prime minister johnson and the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, have also been speaking. it has been very busy this evening. but in terms of talks with the us president, what can the uk get out of this? that is the big question. there are a lot of people who fear that the us will hold all the cards when it comes to trade talks. yes, president trump wants to doa talks. yes, president trump wants to do a deal with his pal borisjohnson when the uk eventually leaves the european union, but there is some concern that would mean accepting us farming products into the uk, potentially opening up the nhs to some sort of us competition. i don't think that is something boris johnson wants to do. i am sure he will try to resist it. and what he would like us to take away from this is that he has a good relationship
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with us president and when the uk does leave the european union, he says at the end of october, then the groundwork is already there to establish a quick free trade agreement, something the two have spoken about on the phone tonight. but it is far from simple. trade deals don't happen overnight. and there are some here who are saying that that process could take a while. chris, obviously he is talking there about 3— four times worth of trade that we had in that clip, you cannot... president trump has disrupted the trade playing field, the world trade playing field, should we take him at his word? there are trade battles going on with people that president trump says he has a very good relationship with, remember he talks up our close he and president xi jinping are, it is worth pointing out there is a huge trade battle taking place between the us and china in which tariffs have been put on both sides,
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and which could potentially cause damage to the chinese economy, it could cause problems to america too. a great relationship is not all —— not always needed to get a deal with president trump. he wanted on his terms, he wants america to be the winner in all this. at the same time there is absolutely no doubt that he sees a lot of himself in boris johnson, only earlier this week in washington he was describing boris johnson as being talked about the uk as "britain trump", that is the fraser use, and there —— they are both leaders who have come to power ona both leaders who have come to power on a wave of populism but both from privileged backgrounds. certainlyl think borisjohnson were privileged backgrounds. certainlyl think boris johnson were welcome this idea that president trump is prepared to discuss trade deals. it was certainly something president trump was very keen to talk about as soon asjournalists got trump was very keen to talk about as soon as journalists got into the 0val soon as journalists got into the oval office, he had onlyjust hung up oval office, he had onlyjust hung up on boris johnson. oval office, he had onlyjust hung up on borisjohnson. it is more complicated, and actually the final details of getting a trade deal could be problematic. but
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essentially in this, what you had was him talking up the possibility ofa was him talking up the possibility of a good trade agreement with the uk, and talking down the eu. it is worth pointing out that even as we speak, there are problems in american officials talking about the difficulties they are having with france, that bromance that we once saw with macron in france has disappeared, that is something that borisjohnson could disappeared, that is something that boris johnson could potentially take advantage of. the headlines on bbc news: borisjohnson says the recruitment of 20,000 police officers for england and wales will begin within weeks. a possible trade dealfor britain begin within weeks. a possible trade deal for britain and the begin within weeks. a possible trade dealfor britain and the us is boris johnson and donald trump discuss unparalleled post brexit opportunities. it is mrjohnson's first phone conversation with the us president since becoming prime minister. kyle beach, a paedophile who made false allegations of murder and child sexual abuse against
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famous people has beenjailed for 18 yea rs. famous people has beenjailed for 18 years. —— carl. i know deal brexit could lead to a united ireland and the breakup of the united kingdom, that is according to irish prime minister leo varadkar. boris johnson according to irish prime minister leo varadkar. borisjohnson told the commons on thursday that the route toa commons on thursday that the route to a brexit deal would be to persuade the eu to abolish the irish border backstop, here is ireland's foreign minister who addressed the commons earlier. 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 is doing that, but i think it has been made very clear from michel barnier, from leo varadkar, from
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presidents eight task and juncker, at the direction the parameter is taking will not be the basis of an agreement. libya's read crescents as it has recovered the bodies of 62 migrants one day after one of the deadliest shipwrecks this year in the mediterranean. about 145 migrants were rescued after an overloaded boat sank off the libyan coast just east of the overloaded boat sank off the libyan coastjust east of the capital near the port city of homs. the united nations is calling for safe package eight —— safe passage to be found for refugees so they don't have to get on a boat. the british computer hacker who helped stop a major cyber attack affecting the nhs in 2017 has avoided a jail sentence in america on malicious hacking charges. marcus hutchings was convicted of creating malware designed to steal banking information. he faced a maximum sentence of ten years in prison but thejudge said he sentence of ten years in prison but the judge said he should be spared any furtherjail time.
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the judge said he should be spared any further jail time. the uk continues to bask under a heat wave, the met office have said that a new provisional record temperature was set yesterday, reaching 38.7dc, in cambridge botanic gardens. today railand air cambridge botanic gardens. today rail and air passengers have been struggling with delays following that searing heat of yesterday. there is disruption at heathrow, gatwick and sta nsted there is disruption at heathrow, gatwick and stansted airports, and a number of trains between london st pancras and the north of england as well as other services have been cancelled or delayed. there are delays on the eurostar between paris and london after a power cut disrupted services. our transport correspondent tom burridge has the details. not a comfortable wait at heathrow. nearly 100 flights cancelled in a testing 24 hours. our first flight from manchester to heathrow was delayed by three hours, so we missed our connecting flight to rio and we can't fly out to rio until tomorrow.
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with stormy weather last night, passengers boarded flights which didn't take off and some like jess sims headed to another airport. they have our bag, so we are off to the wedding with nothing to wear. but hopefully we'll be able to find something at gatwick. but at gatwick and other airports in the south and midlands, weather problems made worse by a damaged radar at air traffic control. since we got to naples airport last night, we had absolutely no information. no help, no staff anywhere. hopefully, after last night's escapades which was basically after waiting nearly five hours, about to board the plane and being told all the food was spoiled and we weren't allowed on the plane. tonight, things at heathrow are getting back to normal. but at europe's busiest airport, virtually every take—off and landing slot is full. so a fairly minor issue can cause
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significant disruption. radio: would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. 0n the railways, the chaos of last night calmed. but with overhead cable still damaged, few trains on the midlands mainline and tricky journeys. i'm headed to harrogate, north yorkshire. i should have gone from sandy in bedfordshire up through york, it should have taken me an hour and a half or two hours. it's going to take me... well, i don't know, five or six hours according to this. services cancelled too on the eurostar today — not the ideal start to her weekend. sports retailer sports director has published its delayed financial results and reported a fall in earnings following its takeover of house of fraser. sport direct‘s owner mike ashley described the problems with the department store chain which had bought —— which he
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bought last august as nothing short of terminal and said turning the business around would not be quick or easy. originally they were expected more than a week ago and that did not happen, then today they we re that did not happen, then today they were supposed about 7am, that didn't happen, and over the course of the day they kept getting delayed and delayed. finally they dropped around 5pm, and unsurprisingly it was not good news, profits were down, a seniorfigure is leaving and good news, profits were down, a senior figure is leaving and there was this news that the belgian authorities are demanding a tax bill, unpaid taxes to the tune of about £600 million. that is deeply concerning. then there was this statement from, a quite extraordinary statement from mike ashley where he sounded deeply remorsefulfor ashley where he sounded deeply remorseful for the decision to buy house of fraser, which was purchased last august, and he called problems there terminal, he said had he known, had he had the benefit of hindsight he may not have made the decision they made at the time. all
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of that helped drive underlying profits down, and they were down by 6%, to about £290 million, and the difficulties it house of fraser are somewhat to be expected, we have known for some time that department stores are struggling, things have changed, consumers are shopping more online, trends are different to how they were several years ago. that is all part of the picture and we also heard today that there could be store closures as well house of fraser, although we don't know how many. so it is not really looking too great for sports direct. no it is not, one positive i guess it if you take out house of fraser, sport direct itself was up around 11%, so in itself it is doing 0k, and growth has been quite strong over the years although it is also facing issues like writing competition, the shift to online, people, the rise of specialist sports stores and so on, so it does say that is grappling with those issues, and then there is
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an unpaid tax bill, and it was had by that will yesterday, it has emerged, we don't know all the details yet but that will be worrying for everyone at the business. 0verall worrying for everyone at the business. overall it is not good, and on top of that you have the behaviour we talked about today, the company saying "two hours and we will announce the results, another two hours, they are coming, they are coming", it is unusual behaviour, publicly listed company and it does not instill investor confidence. and you can sit in the share price, she has opened down an early morning trading, they did recover over the day but and they close down around 496. some day but and they close down around 4%. some of the world's best video gamers are lumbering up for the biggest ever ease sports tournament, getting tomorrow in new york. the winner of the fortnite world cup will pocket nearly £2.5 million, and some of the competitors are nearly —— are still only teenagers. it's the biggest gathering ever for the biggest game ever. the inaugural fortnite world cup whittled down 40 million wannabes
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to less than 200 finalists. now it's time for the cream of the crop to fight for the titles. some of the favourites are british, including kyle jackson, known online as mongrel. it's a lot more serious than people think. it's not just playing a game for fun. you have to play consecutive months, a lot every day. you don'tjust get here three chance. another contender is 15—year—old benji fish from middlesex. him and his team—mate have both qualified as a duo and individually, meaning they are guaranteed $100,000 each before a single shot is fired. i think it will 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. benji and his parents bet big on the sport. his mum and manager ann decided to home—school him so he could concentrate on fortnite. certainly when the potential of the world cup came up,
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we knew he was going to be competing with guys that were going to be practising for 10—12 hours a day. so i wanted to give him the best opportunity. it's a sellout here at the arthur ashe stadium, with tens of thousands of fans expected over the weekend and potentially millions more online. it's also a big moment in the maker of fortnite's history, as they can finally say they are a big player in esports. according to analysts, the global esports market will exceed the $1 billion revenue mark this year. almost all the finalists are boys under the age of 16, but some celebrities playing over the weekend include 13—year—old rising star ewok, whose made waves is the first major streamer who is deaf. fortnite's rise to this point hasn't 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.
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wales forward gareth bale is set to move to the chinese super league. sources in spain say the 30—year—old is close to leaving real madrid after signing a three—year deal. it is reported he will earn more than £1 million a week. time for the weather. new data has become available which shows at the peak of the heatwave on thursday temperatures reached 38.7dc at cambridge university botanic garden, this is a provisional recording, if the met office subsequently confirmed this, and verify this recording, it will be the highest temperature we have ever recorded here in the uk. the hottest day on record. that goes with these records that have been smashed over recent days in germany, belgium, netherlands and also luxembourg. it has an exceptional heatwave, has, because it has cleared out of the way now and instead this weekend we have low pressure in charge and this slow—moving weather front which will
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cause a few problems, we could see some localised surface water flooding building in, because the rain band is going to be heavy in places, and also slow—moving, so the rain we get will vary from place to place, but some areas, perhaps into scotland, northern england, lincolnshire, could see as much as 40-60 lincolnshire, could see as much as 40—60 millimetres, a months worth of rain, perhaps even more over the hills, hence the risk of localised flooding. the weather will probably cheer up over northeast scotland and across southern wales, south—west england, maybe northern ireland too, should stay dry with sunny spells for much of saturday. different day, same weather front is only, we are taking the rain in the second half of the weekend into northern ireland and wales, moving into central and southern england to the far south—west and mainly dry, if few showers for scotland but also some bright sunny spells, and temperatures back to where they should be, it will be noticeable this weekend with notes feeling a lot more comfortable for sleeping as iam sure lot more comfortable for sleeping as i am sure will be good news for many of you. monday, the dregs of the weather front will be affecting the
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north—west of the uk but that one is weakening, the next system coming

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