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the government plans a temporary visa scheme to make it easier for foreign lorry drivers to work in the uk. this is the third petrol station we have seen cusack. —— it follows queues for fuel because of a shortage of hauliers — despite motorists being told to buy petrol normally. if people adhere to their normal buying patterns there is more than enough resilience in the service station network as a whole to deal with that. there's no need for people to rush out and fill up their cars with fuel, the country is not running out of fuel. final details of the government's plans will be unveiled this weekend. also on the programme. a candlelit vigil for the london teacher sabina nessa, whose body was discovered in a park near her home — her sister
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spoke of their loss. words cannot describe how we are feeling. this feels like we are stuck in a bad dream, and can't get out of it. our world is shattered. the death of 13—year—old olly stephens — three teenagers are sentenced to a total of 28 years for his killing. the migrants freezing and stranded on the border between poland and belarus. and the 43rd ryder cup finally tees off in wisconsin — but can europe upset the odds to win again? and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel... anthonyjoshua weighs in 20 pounds heavier than oleksandr usyk ahead of their world title fight tomorrow. good evening. ministers are working on plans for a temporary visa scheme to make it easier for foreign lorry drivers to come to the uk
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after bp and esso shut a number of petrol stations due to a lack of tanker drivers. motorists in different parts of the country have been pictured queuing for fuel, leading another retailer to put a 30 pound limit on customers. just around 100 petrol stations out of 8,300 have closed because of delivery issues. the problem isn't a shortage of fuel but of hauliers, the industry says around 100,000 more lorry drivers are needed. we'll have more on the government's plans injust a moment, but first our business correspondent katy austin reports. the government has told people not to panic—buy, but that didn't stop these drivers queueing at petrol stations today, including bromley, evesham and sheffield. this is the third petrol station we have seen queues at. we actually have to get petrol. we are not panic—buying. the boss of another in stockport is waiting to hear when his next supplies will arrive.
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well, they are saying that, "we hope you get it, but we can't guarantee it." so, we're just not sure until we get, in about two days' time, the current rates, we'll want another. whether we'll get it or not, we just don't know at the moment. the firm that delivers for bp sought to reassure motorists. 0ur trucks keep rolling, we have seen a small amount of panic buying, and i think i'll be clear, if people adhere to their normal buys patterns there is more than enough resilience in the station service network to deal with that. there is no need for people to rush out and fill up, the country is not running out of fuel. there isn't a shortage of fuel. where we are seeing issues, it's because of another problem — the lack of available lorry drivers. it's thought there's currently a shortfall of tens of thousands in the uk. the problem has been building for years, but has been made worse by factors including the pandemic and brexit. this haulage firm in northampton has neverfound recruitment so hard. in the past few months, we've increased salaries twice,
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by a significant amount, which we then need to pass on to our customers, where we can. so, this is all driving up costs, basically? absolutely, it is. next door, there is a business which trains up new drivers. steering quickly, driving as slow as you can. it's getting plenty of interest from locals. the testing system is set to change soon to make it simpler, but the manager here says that's not a quick fix for the shortage. the idea is that they remove the middle test, so that you can go from your fiat 500 straight into an articulated vehicle class one, cat ce. in actuality, you're probably going to find that the pass rate will drop. the course length will have to be longer. you're going to be delivering fewer tests. the government has so far resisted calls for temporary visas to plug the gap. however, today, the transport secretary didn't rule it out.
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it is now working on plans to introduce them. i would do what ever is required, if that would help. what i don't want to do, and i have been hinting at this, is undercut with, as has happened before, cheaper european drivers and then find that our drivers drop out because they are being undercut. that doesn't solve the problem, it creates a new problem. after a week when warnings of supply chain problems and labour shortages have dominated, businesses say action is needed fast to prevent the wheels coming off the economy's recovery. katy austin, bbc news. 0ur deputy political editor vicki young is at westminster. what more can you tell us about the government plans?— what more can you tell us about the government plans? downing street has ut out a government plans? downing street has put out a statement _ government plans? downing street has put out a statement saying _ government plans? downing street has put out a statement saying it _ government plans? downing street has put out a statement saying it is - put out a statement saying it is looking at temporary measures to avoid any immediate problems. there is no official confirmation of this, but i understand that will include a visa scheme to cover foreign lorry drivers, and may be other workers from other sectors also, although,
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again, the details have not been set out yet. this isn't a particularly popular idea with many cabinet ministers, because the new immigration system that came in after brexit was all about saying to companies, you can't rely on cheap foreign labour any more, you've got to focus on the workforce here in this country, you've got to train them, you've got to pay them better wages. of course, relaxing those immigration rules now really undermines that message, that could lead, of course, to other sectors saying, look, we want special treatment too. ministers know the situation could get very difficult, very quickly, so they do have to act, even though this will cause huge political embarrassment. labour already saying that we told you about this, we said they should happen months ago. borisjohnson knows all too well that his opponents will be very ready to say, we told you so. a candle—lit vigil to remember the primary school teacher sabina nessa has been held this evening in kidbrooke, the community where she lived. police are searching
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for a man captured on cctv near where the 28—year—old was killed in south—east london a week ago. it comes as officers have released another man they were questioning in connection with her death pending further investigation. june kelly reports. last friday, sabina nessa was heading for a night out here in pegler square, in kidbrooke. tonight, people gathered at the same spot to remember her. sabina was 28 and a primary school teacher when her life was suddenly taken. and at the heart of this gathering, her broken family. her sister spoke for them. sabina loved her family. we have lost our sister. my parents have lost their daughter and my girls have lost such a brilliant, loving, caring auntie who dearly loved them. words cannot describe how we are feeling. this feels like we are stuck in a bad dream and can't get out of it.
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our world is shattered. most people here never knew sabina but they were urged to say her name. sabina nessa... sabina nessa. a confirmation of what has been lost became a refrain, cutting through the autumn air amidst the sadness there was anger that another woman has died in an act of violence. all of us want to live in a world where every woman and every girl is not only safe but are free. free from the fear, free from the threat of violence or harassment. sabina was on her way to meet a friend in a bar here but never arrived. her body was found in nearby cator park last saturday. police are now trying to track down this man. detectives are desperate to identify him. he was caught on cctv
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in pegler square. it's understood he had access to this silver car. if you've seen him or you know who he is, please, please do come forward. any little bit of information may be critical for us. and in the square just before the vigil began, police were still carrying out searches. this area is a crime scene. sabina's killing has once again brought into sharp focus the issues of women's safety and male attitudes. and around the country tonight, people remembered sabina. from newcastle in the north to brighton in the south, there were vigils. 0n the downing street doorstep, a candle. others did the same. in kidbrooke there was a minute's silence and then this. # i am light, i am light...#. a time to reflect at the end of a terrible week.
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# i am light, i am light...# well, in the spring there was a vigilfor sarah everard, who was raped and murdered by a london police officer. in the summer, there was a vigilfor the police officer. in the summer, there was a vigil for the sisters who were killed a year before in a park after a birthday party. and now, the start of autumn, we have another victim, and another vigil. all of these killings happened in london, but violence against women has been described as a national epidemic. and around the country, we saw vigils tonight happening, people coming out in support of sabina. basically, her death has resonated around the uk. three schoolchildren have been sentenced to a total of 28 years in detention or prison for killing 13—year—old 0lly stephens in berkshire injanuary after a row on social media. a girl lured him to a field in reading where two boys stabbed him to death.
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his parents have paid an emotional tribute to him and spoken of their devastation. 0ur correspondent helena wilkinson has more. 0lly was, his parents say, generous, caring and always a stand up for the defenceless. here he is leaving his home on the day he was killed. he'd just told his mum he loved her. 15 minutes later, there was a knock at the door. and then i went to the door and it was a boy that i knew... ..0lly wouldn't have anything to do with, normally. and he said, "0lly�*s been stabbed." and ijust remember running back towards the stairs, because stuart was upstairs and shouting, "0lly�*s been stabbed," and his sister was up there as well, and they both came screaming down the stairs. and you ran out without your shoes on over to the field, and ijust, i remember when i got there, stuart just fell to his knees, and he just was screaming, "my boy, my boy, no!" and he screamed that, and i looked over and 0lly wasjust
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com pletely lifeless. an off duty nurse found 0lly. she tried to resuscitate him but he died at the scene. today, 0lly�*s parents came to the court to see the three ia—year—olds who killed their son sentenced for their crimes. to have shared the short amount of time we had with him was a gift in itself. we relaxed for a few moments, preoccupied with getting on with life, and took our eyes off him forjust a moment. it cost us and him dearly. 0urjourney, our life sentence has just begun. life without our beautiful boy. 0lly was lured to the park by the girl as part of a set—up. the two boys were already there, waiting to attack. they believed 0lly had "grassed on them" to the brother of a boy they had mocked in a social media group chat. they sent voice notes and messages, where they talked about taking revenge. videos and photos found on the boys'
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mobiles were shown to the jury. this is the younger boy, showing off his knives in his bedroom. he was 13 when he stabbed 0lly. the older boy was 14, and had posed with a knife for photos himself. in her sentencing remarks, judge heather norton addressed the three ia—year—olds. she said what they had done that day was utterly cruel. she said to them they had taken one life, damaged their own futures and caused so much pain to so many people. when 0lly left home the day he was killed, his parents said he had a spring in his step, and laughter in his heart. that, they say, is how they'll remember him. helena wilkinson, bbc news, reading crown court. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk
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show that there 35,623 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means in the past week, there was an average of 33,459 new cases per day. there were 7,124 people in hospital with covid, according to the latest data. another 180 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. and more than 350,000 people have booked a coronavirus boosterjab since the programme was launched in england last week. 0ur health editor hugh pym reports on the state of the vaccine programme. reunited — 91—year—old maggie keenan and matron may parsons. morning. 0h, maggie. good morning. we're allowed to hug, right?
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in december, may gave maggie her pfizerjab — the first in the world. today, they were back at university hospital coventry for their booster jabs. ready? yep. since that first dose, maggie says she's had attention from around the world. i'm big news! what's it like being big news? 0h... i did a lot of writing. i've had... some lovely people by writing to them, you know? i write loads of letters now. but with more than five million in the uk who've not had any dose, the head of nhs england is stepping up the drive to persuade more people to get vaccinated. if we have young people, or indeed people of any age who are uncertain about whether it's right for them, then follow the science — it's still the best thing you can do to protect yourself, to protect others. having moved quickly ahead of most other nations,
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the uk has fallen back a bit against some of the leading economies, in terms of share of the population who've been fully vaccinated. it's worth noting that some other countries started offering jabs to children before the uk did. but the uk is ahead of countries like the us, japan, and germany. those figures are for the whole population, notjust adults. experts say there are still challenges. we need to try and maintain the enthusiasm that we saw earlier in the programme for the boosters, for those that are eligible. all of these things are difficult. there's fatigue in the population and we just need to keep people's minds focussed on the importance of these measures. the full roll out of covid vaccines to 12—to—15—year—olds has started in england and scotland. wales and northern ireland are set to follow. in england, the latest weekly survey suggests the only age group to see case rates rise was the under 16s. hugh pym, bbc news. prince andrew's lawyers in the us
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have accepted that he has been served with legal papers alleging that he sexually assaulted an american woman, virginia giuffre, when she was a teenager in 2001. the prince has always denied the allegation. documents published by a court in new york say that he has until the 29th of october to file a response. this sunday will mark the end of a political era in germany, when elections take place for a new leader to replace angela merkel as chancellor after 16 years. a whole generation of young germans have known no other leader, and one of the big issues of the election campaign has been climate change, with activists holding big rallies in cities across the country. 0ur europe editor katya adler reports now on the campaign to succeed mrs merkel. relaxing on a friday evening after 16 years at the helm of the eu's most powerful country,
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angela merkel is relieved, perhaps, that it's almost all over. the migrant crisis, the euro crisis, four us presidents, five uk prime ministers, 100 eu summits and more during her time in office. hers will be a tough act to follow, at home and on the world stage. many germans say they'll miss the stoic, pragmatic politician nicknamed mummy. merkel is going to be strongly missed, i think so. i will miss merkel very much. because? because i am fond of her, yes. i think it will be very hard for any candidate who comes next - or the next chancellor. like, to fulfil this role _ because there will always be those comparisons to merkel. and at eu hq in brussels, there'll also be a big merkel—sized hole. 0n the global landscape, i mean it really matters and you know i think merkel was a very, very well respected
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leader so everybody is looking at who is going to follow in her footsteps? of course, there's the potential for germany to take a dramatic new direction after 16 years of angular angela merkel and that would be felt here and abroad. this is the eu's most influential country. but in the end, most germans are stability hungry and so the calls for radical change, while loud, are limited. what we're probably looking at here is change but with a small c. this is the frontrunner to replace angela merkel, a centrist social democrat, currently germany's finance minister, seen as a safe pair of hands. his closest rival is a europhile conservative from angela merkel�*s cdu party. and the green party candidate is tipped to win a powerful position in the next german government. the environment is a big issue in sunday's election and in crowds
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like these you find a fair few merkel critics. no justice. .. no peace! tens of thousands gathered in front of the german parliament today, demanding change and accusing chancellor merkel of failing to prepare germany for the challenging future ahead. but climate concerns are now for the in—tray of angela merkel�*s successor. this photo went viral this week after she visited a bird sanctuary, appearing far more relaxed than usual. the merkel era in german politics is drawing to a close. katya adler, bbc news, berlin. the united nations refugee agency says it's deeply disturbed by accounts given to the bbc by migrants who say they have been unlawfully deported from poland, and left stranded near its border. recently there's been a huge increase in migrants crossing into poland, latvia and lithuania, from neighbouring belarus.
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its president, alexander lukashenko, has been accused of deliberately sending thousands of migrants across the borders of his eu neighbours. poland, in turn, is accused of forcing them back, breaking international law. both countries deny any wrongdoing. 0ur correspondent nick beake reports from the poland/belarus border. hidden in a freezing forest in eastern poland, europe's latest crisis is unfolding. we meet men who fear that they will be the next to die here, overwhelmed by the cold. they'd flown to belarus from far and wide, each with the promise they could then reach an eu country, but they're stranded. if the belarusians could send me back to my country, fine. i will be ok. better i die in my country. this 21—year—old from cameroon tells us how belarusian troops took them to the polish border.
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they monitor the polish police across the border. they tell us, this way there's no polish police. so they will tell us we must cross those wires. belarus, often called europe's last dictatorship, is accused of exploiting these men in retaliation for eu sanctions. but poland, an eu country, is accused of pushing them back — breaking international law. they are playing us like a football. belarus would beat us, push us to poland. in poland, they catch us, beat us, push us back to belarus. we put this to the local commander, who's just arrived. have your border force been pushing migrants back into belarus? he won't answer that one. poland has now sealed off this border area, saying it's under attack from belarus. aid agencies and journalists are banned, as we soon find out. we're british journalists.
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you can't go into this area. well, it was pretty obvious the border official wasn't going to let us into the restricted area and human rights groups are really worried about what's happening inside this place. we know at least four migrants have died and the concern is the world simply isn't getting to know what's happening there. some aid workers have travelled towards the border to try to help those trapped. there's just people that need assistance, people that need medical assistance, people that need international protection to not be returned to the country where they face danger. so here on the ground it's absolutely not politics, it's just humanitarian crisis that we are dealing with right now. another young man emerges from the trees, he's 20, from iraq. he's got hypothermia. the weakest are taken to hospital.
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the rest to a quarantine centre, but all fear they will soon be sent back to the freezing forest yet again. nick beake, bbc news, on the poland/belarus border. the uk's teenage tennis star emma radacanu has been in action again today, but this time with a new partner on court — the duchess of cambridge. the us open winner was joined by kate for an event at the lawn tennis association in london. today, raducanu announced that she's split from the coach that helped her to victory. the 43rd ryder cup is under way between the world's top golfers from the united states and europe. the covid—delayed competition is taking place at whistling straits on the shores of lake michigan — three years after europe last romped to victory. but as our sports correspondent andy swiss reports, it's the united states who took the early advantage. # born in the usa #. just six in the morning, but already whistling straits was rocking.
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the dawn dash was on, as thousands battled for the best seats. and come sunrise, the sound of american optimism echoed round the course. usa! usa! usa! how confident are you guys feeling? oh, my god, what, are you kidding? 100% confident. go usa! can't bet against my boys. usa, baby. let's go. usa! usa! usa! usa! for europe's players, though, the welcome wasn't quite so warm. jon rahm and sergio garcia. booing the spanish duo soon set about silencing the crowd, taking the first match and the first point for europe. tremendous effort from garcia. but it was largely a morning for american magic. just watch this. jordan spieth almost tumbling into lake michigan but with remarkable results. how about that?! and others were just as inspired.
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debutant xander schauffele and patrick cantlay thrashing rory mcilory and ian poulter and by the time brooks koepka sealed another point, the us had seized the initiative. 3-1 it is. so with the wind picking up, could europe pick themselves up? well, they began the afternoon matches promisingly, especially viktor hovland, but the ryder cup pressure is already on them. it's in! yes, europe trailing 3—1 after the morning matches and things have also turned against them in the afternoon matches. they are currently leading in one match, trailing in two matches and it's currently all square in the other match. still early days, of course, but europe already with plenty of work to do. thanks very much, andy. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. good evening.
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it's been another fine, dry and reasonably warm day across many parts of the uk. and that story really continues into the weekend as well, so a mostly dry, warm weekend ahead with some sunny spells before things turn more unsettled into next week. but before we get there, for the rest of this evening and overnight, things looking predominantly dry. quite a lot of cloud around on the maps, you can see here. could be a bit of mistiness here and there and some low cloud first thing tomorrow morning, but temperatures staying on the mild side, generally the mid—teens. just a bit cooler to start your saturday across the northeast of scotland. through the day tomorrow, a lot of dry weather with some sunshine breaking through. particularly sunny for the likes of north wales. parts of the midlands, eastern england in eastern scotland, a few spots of rain for the west of scotland through the day, where the breeze will be picking up. but temperatures doing very well, up into the high teens or even the low 20s — 22 or 23 degrees at best. that fine, dry weather holds on for many of us into sunday, too, before things turn more unsettled into next week. bye for now.
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the headlines — ajudge in canada has dropped the extradition case against a top huawei executive, allowing her to return home to china. meng wanzhou has been fighting extradition from canada to the us on charges of financial impropriety for nearly three years. german political parties are holding their final rallies ahead of sunday's elections in which a successor to angela merkel will be chosen. the chancellor herself urged voters to choose her conservative alliance to "keep germany stable". tens of thousands of people have marched in global cities calling for greater action on climate change. swedish activist greta thunberg told crowds in berlin that no political party there was doing enough. president biden has been meeting the leaders of india, australia and japan at the white house. the so—called quad group is seen as part of an american effort to counter china's growing influence.

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