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ministers "prepare for the worst—case scenario" — in case gas prices stay high and more energy companies collapse. nearly 1.5 million people have been hit by firms going bust — they might now have to pay more for their energy. we're very unsure who's going to be taking the money next month, who we are going to be paying, who our actual supplier is, and it's very mixed messaging. bp and esso close some of their petrol stations because of a shortage of lorry drivers — downing street says people should buy fuel as normal. with the economy under pressure on various fronts, we'll be looking at how the cost of living looks set to rise. also tonight... the death of sabrina nessa — one man is arrested and police release this image of another man they are searching for. the mother, the father, and the baby who was taken from them in the 1970s —
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because they weren't married. and the world cup should be played every two years rather than every four — so says arsenal's former manager, arsene wenger. and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel... heather knight's stunning century helps england wrap up their series against new zealand — and make history along the way in derby. good evening. the government is preparing for the worst case scenario after the collapse of several energy companies due to soaring gas prices. nearly one and a half million customers have been hit in the last two weeks by firms going bust — and the government is now working with the energy watchdog ofgem to protect customers if, as feared, more companies go under. smaller and newer providers have been overwhelmed by a global spike in wholesale gas prices.
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all affected customers will still receive energy while a new supplier is appointed by ofgem — but it might be more expensive. here's coletta smith. as the wholesale gas price goes up, suppliers are going under and customers have been caught in the middle. 1.5 million people are now in the process of being transferred to a new energy company. jamie's supplier went bust at the weekend and he tried to switch himself so he didn't end up paying too much — but it's backfired. i should be able to take advantage of any offer that's out there on the marketplace at any given moment, not have to wait for my bust supplier to move me to a supplier that ofgem have put me in contact with. in two weeks�* time you're going to be be facing another bill, but you don't know who it's coming from and you don't know how much it's going to be. we're unsure if we're paying people's energy next month, we're unsure if we're paying british gas because they've sent us an e—mail saying they will collect a direct debit from us. we have set up a new direct debit
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with sainsbury�*s energy. we're very unsure who's going to be taking the money next month, who we're going to be paying, who our actual supplier is. jamie's frustrated he might end up paying more, even for a few months, but the government say they've only got one goal. protecting customers, especially vulnerable ones, from price spikes, and the solution to this crisis will be found from the industry and the market, as is already happening. government, i repeat, will not be bailing out failed energy companies. labour says the government have taken their eye off the ball. complacent about the crisis in the market, complacent about the impact on families, complacent about the cost of living crisis. the official advice is to wait to be transferred. if your supplier goes bust, the gas and electricity will keep flowing. within two weeks you'll be transferred to a new supplier. right now, most of those transfers are to british gas. that's the moment where most of us would jump on a price comparison site,
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but even they are telling customers to sit tight right now. you may be switched to a more expensive tariff but it shouldn't be higher than the price cap, which is around £100 a month for the average household. the power to switch energy supplier is in your hands... with all the warnings of price rises and the number of companies going bust, it's no surprise people are still trying to switch because it's what we've been told to do for years. millions have already switched... the government are warning that more suppliers will go into administration but smaller companies say their hands are tied. the government are saying we won't move the cap because we're going to protect consumers but that's naive. it's like being king canute on the beach trying to resist the incoming tide. these are global events and if we don't react, companies go bust. a slice of everyone�*s bill goes into a central pot to fund customer transfers when a company goes bust. but because so many firms have hit the wall, that charge will be going up. so whatever happens to your supplier, we'll all end up paying more to cover this turmoil.
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colletta smith, bbc news. bp has temporarily closed some of its petrol stations after a shortage of tanker drivers has led to supply issues. the company said it was working hard to solve the short—term problem. esso also revealed that a small number of its sites have been affected. downing street said there was no shortage of fuel and people should continue to buy it as normal. our news correspondentjon kay has this report from the town of sherborne in dorset. going pump to pump, hunting forfuel in sherborne tonight. the town's only petrol station was expecting a delivery, but nothing's turned up. shocked, really. how am i going to get to work? my missus is nine months pregnant, she's about to drop, and i could actually get stuck somewhere and not be able to get back. you'd better get some petrol. yeah. i'm on empty now, . i'm running on fumes. what are you going to do?
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hopefully get home. he should be ok, because petrol stations a couple of miles away are still open and national supermarkets are reporting no issues. across the country bp and esso say a small number of businesses have temporarily closed. eight pumps. paul is waiting for supplies at his forecourt in coventry. we should have had a fuel delivery in tomorrow. now that's cancelled until saturday. are we sure we're going to get it on saturday? who knows. and no fuel means sales in paul's shop are also drying up. there's not enough drivers. vincent runs a haulage company in essex. can you get on the agency drivers to help out? no. he says it's partly the pandemic and staff taking long overdue holidays, and other factors. one of them is foreign drivers going home after brexit, and historically the youngsters
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aren't coming through to take these jobs. the government insists there's no shortage of fuel and says panic buying will only make things worse. jon kay, bbc news, dorset. let's talk now to our political correspondent alex forsyth, who's at westminster. —— damian grammaticas. energy firms going bust, some petrol stations closing — ministers must be worried? the issue is you have two different problems there, but they are coming together. they have different causes, so the rising energy prices, the shortage of drivers delivering fuel, but they are pointing to other issues as well. what one minister called the acute shortage of labour across the economy, feeding into people's fears about rising prices and the availability of goods in the run—up to christmas. the government feels it has systems in place to
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deal with energy companies going bust, to bring in more drivers, to deal with some of the labour shortages, but the problem here i think is the opposition parties are finding an idea that they can coalesce around, this idea of the cost of living crisis. think of what's coming down the line, just down the line we have the end of furlough and the end of the universal credit uplift, that will feel like a cut to many. it will make this feel like a difficult winter notjust make this feel like a difficult winter not just for those make this feel like a difficult winter notjust for those on the receiving end of the issues but perhaps for the government. damien, many thanrs- — well, rising energy costs and worker shortages have led the bank of england to issue a stark warning about inflation. our economics editor faisal islam is with me. what is the bank saying? you can see it on the forecourts and energy bills and also ports, farms and some shopping shelves and it's a combination of the rebound post
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lockdown that we've seen globally with prices going up, but also some uk specific factors including the post—brexit immigration rules, and you put those together and what the bank of england have said is that you can see it's notjust a series of localised anecdotes, you can sing a material impact on the big numbers across the economy. most obviously in the inflation number. we thought this was going to go pretty high, over 4% is double the target we seek to get in the economy, but they thought that would come down rapidly, there would be a temporary rise in inflation. now they are saying there are some reasons why that might persist for longer. and secondly the bank of england citing these shortages of both materials and workers in the number of sectors for why internally they've downgraded their predictions of growth. so affecting the recovery from the pandemic, increasing the dilemma of the bank of england about what to do with interest rates, but also the pressure on government to deal with the issues.— deal with the issues. faisal islam, thank yom — police have arrested a second man
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in connection with the death of primary school teacher sabina nessa. the 28—year—old's body was found by a member of the public in a park in south—east london on saturday. they've also released a cctv image of another man they are searching for. a man in his 40s was arrested earlier this week and released under investigation. lauren moss reports. a community in shock and looking for answers. the death of primary school teacher sabina nessa, her body was found just minutes from her home in kidd brook. we just minutes from her home in kidd brook. ~ , ., , , just minutes from her home in kidd brook. ~ , . , , . ~' brook. we believe as she walked through the _ brook. we believe as she walked through the park _ brook. we believe as she walked through the park she _ brook. we believe as she walked through the park she was - brook. we believe as she walked - through the park she was approached by an individual and fatally attacked. sabina's body was sadly found by a member of the public and we are appealing for anyone who was here on friday evening and who thinks they saw anything unusual to come forward. thinks they saw anything unusual to come forward-— come forward. tonight police have made an arrest, _ come forward. tonight police have made an arrest, a _ come forward. tonight police have made an arrest, a 38-year-old - come forward. tonight police have. made an arrest, a 38-year-old man come forward. tonight police have - made an arrest, a 38-year-old man is made an arrest, a 38—year—old man is in custody on suspicion of murder. detectives have also released cctv images of a man seen in the area they'd like to speak to and are
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asking anyone who recognises him all this silver car to contact them. it's understood the 20 entry old left her home on astell road about 8:30pm on friday. she walked through cator park heading towards the depot bar. her body was found near the community centre on saturday afternoon. hersister community centre on saturday afternoon. her sister has posted a tribute on social media. she wrote, my beautiful, talented and caring sister, never in my life did i or my sisters or my mum or dad think this could happen to us. six months after the murder of sarah everard in clapham, campaigners say the streets still aren't safe for women. this is not on women _ still aren't safe for women. this is not on women to _ still aren't safe for women. this is not on women to protect - still aren't safe for women. this is i not on women to protect ourselves. we need the perpetrators to be stopped. there is nothing done about harassment level offences, there's very little done about indecent exposure offences. people don'tjust go out and murder right away. there are signs, there are history, there are signs, there are history, there are reports made ahead of time, people scared of these men before
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they perpetrate these crimes but i a postmortem examination was inconclusive. a candlelit vigil will be held in kidd brook tomorrow night. lauren moss, bbc news. it's a practice that went on for decades — forcing women to give up their babies for adoption because they were unmarried — and it's now to be the subject of an inquiry by a parliamentary committee. it follows a number of reports here on bbc news earlier this year into how women were denied the right to keep their children by doctors, nurses and social workers. the scottish government is also looking at the issue. duncan kennedy has been talking to three members of a separated family about the pain they have suffered. this is the family that was never allowed to be a family. yvonne, the birth mother, andy, the birth father, and liz, their daughter, who was taken from them at birth. yvonne's story began in 1973 when she became pregnant with andy's baby out of wedlock.
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you're not married, so therefore you're not keeping the baby. which really hurt me. you wanted to have the baby? iwanted... to have my child. but in the �*50s, �*60s and �*70s, thousands of women like yvonne were pressured by social workers, doctors, nurses and churches into giving up their babies for adoption. yvonne says the nurses took her baby at birth. i never even got the chance to hold her, straightaway. i felt cross that i'd just been left like a piece of meat laying on a slab. later, yvonne asked for one final cuddle before her daughter was adopted. but her social worker refused.
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i felt that my baby had just been snatched away from me without a final goodbye. not knowing if i would ever see that child again. sorry. andy, the birth father, says he was never permitted to see liz, his newborn baby. i'd been told without a doubt that i wasn't going to be allowed into the hospital to see yvonne or the baby. so there was a huge chunk of her life where she didn't... ..have any relationship with her birth parents.
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and it was difficult, yeah. liz was adopted into a loving family, but says she was always confused by what had happened to her. what did you come to think of your birth mother? did you come to resent what she did? was there any anger? yes, idid. because i had no idea why. why would you give up a baby? i never understood that as a child. i just couldn't understand. since the bbc first broadcast the story of forced adoptions, dozens of other people have come forward to tell their stories. and today it was confirmed parliament's joint committee on human rights is to hold an enquiry. it took yvonne, andy and liz 29 years for them to reunite. and they say it's time now for an official apology. i was literally taken _ from my birth mother's arms.
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so i think an apology- wouldn't take away the pain, but it would certainly help, yes. my little daughter made a comment to say that... ..they'd been... they'd been denied a relationship. for so much of their lives. i will never, ever have another child. so i lost the only thing in my life that i ever wanted. yvonne labrum ending that report by duncan kennedy. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk show there were 36,710 new infections
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recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means in the past week, there was an average of 33,034 new cases per day. there were 7,588 people in hospital with covid, according to the latest data. another 182 deaths have been recorded, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid test, taking the average number per day in the last week to 143. 0n vaccinations, 89.6% people aged 16 or over have had theirfirstjab, while 82.1 % are now double vaccinated. the health ministerfor wales, labour's eluned morgan, has apologised for patients having to wait several hours for emergency care. welsh hospital a&e units have recorded another set of worst ever performance figures, with nearly 8,000 people waiting more than 12 hours to be seen in august. here's our wales correspondent, hywel griffith.
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it is a symptom of a system in crisis. ambulances queued outside a&e unable to hand over their patients or reach others in need. amy knows what that means. two weeks ago she fell from a horse and ruptured her spleen. unable to move, she waited nine hours for the paramedics to arrive. i got very disoriented because i wasn't allowed to move my legs. my legs were really aching and to not be able to move your legs for nine hours, it's not very nice at all. the ambulance did get called 11 times. and they didn't even send out a first aid person to come and see me. the ambulance service has apologised, but paramedics likejohn warn there is often little they can do if they are held outside a hospital, sometimes for an entire 11 hour shift.
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i think what we are facing is a lot of frustration, because we are waiting at hospitals and we are hearing the calls on the radio asking for any available crews to respond, and we're just not able to respond, and that is very frustrating. because at the end of the day we are there to provide care and that's what we want to do. waiting times inside a&e are now the worst on record. the four—hour target has never been hit. the pandemic has worsened what was already a decade—long problem. of course i apologise to people within wales who have been waiting for such a long time, but this is an unprecedented time, and of course we do hope that people will bear with us. the pressure is coming from every angle. more elderly patients who have become more frail during lockdown, but also younger people, whose mental health has suffered and find a&e the only place to turn. doctors on the front line here say it feels like winter has already hit, and warn even tougher
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times are ahead. we could see patients having to wait longer for admission to a bed. and we will see the hospital becoming more crowded as those admissions go up with patients, notjust with covid, but also with flu and other respiratory infections. the ambulance service has now called on the army for help, but few expect an instant cure for the nhs�*s ails. hywel griffith, bbc news. letters shown to the grenfell inquiry show successive governments were warned by london fire brigade about the potential fire risk of cladding panels — up to eight years before the fire, which claimed 72 lives. the brigade made its first warning after its initial investigation into a fire in southwark in 2009, when six people died. the government's chief fire safety advisor, sir ken knight, replied that there was insufficient evidence then to warrant the warning the brigade wanted.
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in 2012 several fire safety recommendations for tower blocks were made tojunior minister brandon lewis, but not implemented. mr lewis will give evidence at a later date. te na nts a re tenants are being evicted because of rent arrears built up over the pandemic, despite the government saying that covid wouldn't leave anybody without a home. one third of eviction hearing is monitored in england and wales over the summer stated covid as the reason rent had not been paid. the us special envoy to haiti has resigned just two months into hisjob, criticising president biden�*s approach to deporting haitian migrants back to their homeland. it follows pictures appearing to show border police appearing to whip migrants trying to cross the rio grande river in texas. in the dead of night, immigration
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agents in northern mexico drag haitian families from their hotels as they sleep. just miles from their destination, they can go no further, no matter how desperate they are. evenif no matter how desperate they are. even if they had made it, they would have been greeted by scenes like this. as migrants attempted to cross from mexico to a makeshift camp in texas this week, they were pushed back by mounted border patrol officers using whips. the biden administration has already deported thousands back to haiti, prompting the us special envoy to resign in protest. deportation is these people's worst nightmare. having travelled from south america to the border town of mexicali, they gather in a haitian restaurant for the only meal a day they can afford. this man has lost more than most. his mother died and his father was left badly injured as the family home collapsed in the recent earthquake. having traversed 11 countries and the dense jungle of the darien gap to get here, he says he can't be sent back now. translation: there is nothing for me in haiti, nothing. -
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if they're going to send me back, they may as welljust kill me, just end it all. the late summer temperatures in mexicali are brutal. beyond this border wall lie many miles of inhospitable desert. yet the haitians who have arrived here in recent days say they will endure almost anything to avoid the same fate as many of their countrymen — deported from texas back to a country on its knees. meanwhile, there is no sign of an end to this crisis. tens of thousands of haitians are scattered in scores of mexican cities, and many thousands more are trapped en route in colombia. in truth, very few will be let into the us. migrant rights groups say the biden administration's policy towards haitians is exclusionary and racist. the united states has functioned for hundreds of years as a country that has not welcomed, provided opportunity, or provided justice to black people.
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across mexico, police continue to intercept buses and raid hotel rooms. close bilateral cooperation, or doing the americans' dirty work. for the haitians travelling north, it amounts to the same thing. will grant, bbc news, mexicali. the former arsenal manager arsene wenger has today defended his plans to restructure the international football calendar — including highly controversial plans to have the world cup played every two years instead of four. in an interview with bbc podcast the sports desk, wenger — who's now fifa's head of global development — told our sports editor dan roan he was ready to gamble to make football better. it would be the most radical shake—up in the history of football's showpiece event. fifa is proposing to hold world cups twice as often, ripping up decades of tradition. former arsenal manager arsene wenger is the man spearheading the overhaul, and told me the tournament must be more accessible. yes, we can organise
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a world cup every two years. because that's where the best play against the best. and that makes everybody better. there are 211 countries, you know, in the world. 133 have never been at the world cup. why are you meddling with the game's best loved competition? the risk is to make football better. and i'm ready to take that gamble. currently, clubs can lose their top players to international qualifiers up to five times a season. wenger wants to cut that to just one or two. everybody knows it's chaos in the programme. there is no clarity, no simplicity, no modern way to organise a season. what i propose will not produce more games for the players. a better rest period, less travelling, more quality competition. the idea has split the sport. there are fears it could shift the spotlight away from both the women's game and 0lympics. the head of uefa, meanwhile, has threatened a boycott. 0nly yesterday, european football's governing body, condemning the plan.
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meanwhile, premier league clubs have also voiced their concern. terrible idea. because i'm a traditionalist, and i think scarcity makes things very valuable. and every four years feels about right to me. it's the rarity that makes it special. what would your principal response be to that concern? i would say the world cup is such a huge event that i don't think it will diminish the prestige. you want to be the best in the world, and you want to be the best in the world every year. what about the cost to fans, who are desperate to see world cups, and now face double the cost? i have huge sympathy for that, of course. that is a factor that has to be analysed. one of football's most successful ever managers, wenger insists he'd back the idea if still coach, rejecting suggestions this is about fifa wanting more money. my proposal is purely based on football. i'm not on an ego trip. i've just been asked to help to shape the calendar of tomorrow.
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most federations are open to considering a change to the world cup cycle and a full consultation has been promised. but with a possible vote in december, football's latest fight is entering a critical phase. dan roan, bbc news. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. good evening. we've had an unusually warm september so far. there's some more warmth in the forecast over the next few days. and even where it's been quite chilly today across the northern isles, these outbreaks of rain moving through overnight will introduce some mild and more humid air by the early part of friday morning. that humid air introducing lots of cloud across western scotland, northwest england, northern ireland, the odd spot of rain with that. some clear spells further south, allowing it to get a little bit chilly, but most of us starting tomorrow morning in double digits. for tomorrow, a westerly wind blowing across the uk. quite a strong wind across the northern half of the country, bringing a lot of cloud and some spots of rain, but for eastern scotland
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and certainly for eastern, southern parts of england, parts of wales as well, we should see some sunshine. the sunniest spots could get to 23 or 2a degrees. as we look ahead to the weekend, there's plenty more dry weather in the forecast. still quite warm, the increasing chance of showers on sunday, but next week looks more unsettled, and it will turn cooler as well.
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the us special envoy for haiti has resigned, describing the biden administration's policy of deporting haitian migrants as inhumane and counter—productive. the white house hasjust said — daniel foot — had never raised his concerns about migration. german politicians have been holding their final debate before the country heads to the polls on sunday. voters will be selected a successor to angela merkel — she's led as chancellor for 16 years. electricity prices are hitting record highs across europe, slamming people with higher power bills and putting politicians on the spot. it has forced some uk energy suppliers out of business — affecting 1.5 million customers. the european commission has announced plans to ensure that chargers are made compatible with all portable electronic devices. it said a universal charger for all mobile phones, tablets and headphones would cut waste and avoid duplication.

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