this is bbc news with the latest headlines: after days of queuing at the pumps — the army will begin delivering fuel to petrol stations across the uk from monday. the home secretary says police must �*raise the bar', by taking the harassment of women more seriously — a view echoed by health secretary, sajid javid. as the metropolitan police have said about the reforms they are looking at, it is absolutely right. we also need to be looking at what government can do to help build that confidence. the queen officially opens the sixth session of the scottish parliament at holyrood. an experimental drug for severe covid which could cut the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half. and two new streams of lava pose a further threat of destruction — as the la palma volcano forces
more to flee. good afternoon. the group which represents most of the uk filling stations says the fuel situation is getting worse in london, the south east and parts of eastern england. but the petrol retailers�* association also says scotland, the north of england and parts of the midlands have seen what it calls a "distinct improvement". the government has announced that 100 military drivers will start delivering fuel to petrol stations from monday. our business correspondent katy austin reports. there were queues for fuel again this morning in parts of southern england. this is the first time i'm queuing up because my boy
normally gets it for me, but today, oh, my gosh. the organisation which represents independent forecourts says the supply picture has improved in the midlands, the north of england and into scotland. no problems at all, ijust put £100 in. a few days ago it was hard but i think it's picking up. i there is a warning the situation appears to be worsening in london and the south—east. we've been asking government and i had a long conversation with grant shapps this morning. it's very good. the government are talking closely to industry about the problems and i've asked him that the prioritisation now go to london and the south—east and to the independent forecourts which make up 65% of all forecourts across the uk. 200 military personnel have been called to help with deliveries, 100 of them are drivers. they are currently training before the first cohort to start on monday.
the first big amount will be working through this weekend, deploying on monday, probably on their own and then by the end of the weekend another 60 or 70 will come online. this comes amid a chronic shortage of hgv drivers across the economy. last weekend visas were announced for 5000 to come in from overseas lasting until christmas eve. that includes 300 fuel tanker drivers. now we know they will be able to start immediately and the length of time they can stay in the uk has been extended to the end of march. 11,700 of the visas are for food lorry drivers. they won't be able to start until later this month but the length of their stay has also been extended until the end of february. the government still says visas are only a short—term fix and businesses must invest in building the domestic workforce. ministers insist the fuel situation will continue to improve if people buy only what they need.
even when supply levels return to normal, motorists are being told they should expect to pay more as wholesale prices rise. katy austin, bbc news. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley is in manchester where the conservative party conference is due to begin tomorrow. he told me it's not the ideal backdrop for the conference, with the fuel situation getting worse in london and the southeast, and the army being brought in from monday. there is the fact that you have theseissues there is the fact that you have these issues with fuel, you add into these issues with fuel, you add into the mix the rising energy prices we are seeing, inflation which many tory mps are really worried about, and you have this nervous air that although the conservative party is in quite a strong position electorally and in parliament, there are nervous about exactly what the next few months and weeks are going to look like. and specifically on
the field point, i think there is a hopein the field point, i think there is a hope in downing street that we are past the worst of this, they have been saying that for a few days but there has been the consistent message that even if there are pockets of problems, like in the south—east of england, other parts of the country are getting slightly better. that said, the government is doing some things that it didn't want to do, so it didn't particularly want to send in the army to send petrol tankers around the country from monday, but it's also worth bearing in mind although the governments position has changed in terms to visas. we heard consistently from boris johnson that he doesn't think consistently from borisjohnson that he doesn't think immigration is the answer to supply chain issues, he wants people to get betterjobs and pay and that will encourage more folk into the hgv driving industry but overnight, the pressures are
such that 300 emergency visas are being issued in the next few days and the a500 of these is that the government is issuing more broadly for hgv drivers, the time for which they will apply has been extended as well. it was supposed to run till just before christmas, they will now run until the end of february, so there is also nervousness about their supply chains. we have heard it from various ministers and as you say, the backdrop to this conference where borisjohnson wants to talk about the economy rebounding after covid, getting some of his plans back on track, you can see it back there, getting on with the job, back on track, you can see it back there, getting on with thejob, that can be tricky when you have all those other pressures. the home secretary has said police must �*raise the bar�* by taking the harassment of women more seriously. priti patel said crimes such as indecent exposure and verbal abuse should not be taken lightly. she said women should feel confident to call out such offences.
ministers have promised reform to the criminaljustice system, after the murder of sarah everard by a serving police officer. simonjones reports. the death of sarah everard prompted an outpouring of public grief. now the government says it�*s determined her murder will bring about permanent change in how society deals with violence against women and girls. the prime minister says there are too few prosecutions and convictions for sexual violence. the time from report to referral, from referral to court proceedings, from court proceedings to the conclusion — all three of those segments — is far too long. and what you�*re seeing is the whole system snarled up with evidential problems, data issues, mobile phones disclosure, all that kind of stuff, and it�*s a nightmare for the women concerned. wayne couzens kidnapped, raped and murdered sarah everard. he then dumped her body
in woodland in kent. cars registered to him had previously been linked to two allegations of indecent exposure, but he wasn�*t identified as a potential sex offender. it�*s claimed couzens also used a whatsapp group to swap misogynistic messages with officers from the metropolitan police, the civil nuclear constabulary and the norfolk constabulary. we�*ve also got to address the issues going on within the police force, and you�*ll have seen this stuff about the officers on the whatsapp group. we�*ve got to come down very hard on them. the home secretary says the police must raise the bar by taking harassment and flashing more seriously. priti patel told the telegraph, they should not be considered low level crimes. the met says it�*s putting more officers in places where people feel unsafe. we're absolutely committed to tackling violence against women and girls. that is going to be our focus. it is one of our priorities. so you will see us out on patrol in hot spots. but there are calls for more
scrutiny of the police themselves. this has been going on for many, many years and i�*m rather tired of hearing police forces say "we are going to learn lessons from some tragedy." the lessons don�*t seem to be learned, and the lessons are that women�*s suffering of this kind of stuff has to stop. and women up and down the country are saying that. and you have to listen, and police forces are not doing that. and so it has to be listened at a lower level, and i�*m sorry that means resourcing and more police available and more money put into policing and into the court system. but we also have to have much better processes of training police and those in the justice system. 0pposition politicians accused the government of starving the police and courts of resources, but there�*s a growing consensus that the death of sarah everard must act as a watershed moment. simon jones, bbc news. the health secretary sajid javid said says reforms of the police are needed.
what the metropolitan police have said about the reforms they will be looking at is absolutely right. we also need to look at what more government can do to build confidence. this is obviously an appalling, shocking case, and we must make sure that at least something that comes out of this is that we can give more confidence to more women about their own safety. joining me now is dr gillian harrop, senior lecturer in forensic psychology at the university of worcester — and heads up the bystander intervention programme at the university. just talk to us about what exactly this programme is. the just talk to us about what exactly this programme is. just talk to us about what exactly this rouramme is. , ., ., ., , this programme is. the programme was created as a way — this programme is. the programme was created as a way to _ this programme is. the programme was created as a way to train _ this programme is. the programme was created as a way to train our— this programme is. the programme was created as a way to train our staff - created as a way to train our staff and students to stop to spot problematic behaviour and be able to call it out when they see it, rather than being reactive and saying,
let�*s respond if there is an issue, let�*s respond if there is an issue, let�*s create a positive community where we are sending a clear message to say violence and abuse won�*t be tolerated, and we will ask people that when they do spot it, they speak out and we trained them in terms of what they can actually do. just give us some examples of what we are talking about, this kind of behaviour that you want people to spot, look out for and maybe do something about. it spot, look out for and maybe do something about.— something about. if you are in a whatsapp _ something about. if you are in a whatsapp grow _ something about. if you are in a whatsapp group and _ something about. if you are in a whatsapp group and you - something about. if you are in a whatsapp group and you see i something about. if you are in a - whatsapp group and you see someone making sexist, misogynistic comments, perhaps you saw a male student make comments about some of the female students, don�*t laugh it off, don�*t call them a ladies man, don�*t say he is one that likes the girls. call it out, so it�*s not ok and if you feel confident, call it out in the group, ask others what they think if you don�*t feel able to do that, simply leave the group.
that sends the message that you don�*t think it�*s ok. it�*s about not saying, that makes me uncomfortable but stopping and doing something about that. it starts to change the culture about what we consider to be acceptable. you culture about what we consider to be acce table. ., _ culture about what we consider to be accetable. ., , .,, , acceptable. you say people see behaviour— acceptable. you say people see behaviour may _ acceptable. you say people see behaviour may be _ acceptable. you say people see behaviour may be on _ acceptable. you say people see behaviour may be on a - acceptable. you say people see behaviour may be on a bus - acceptable. you say people see behaviour may be on a bus or l acceptable. you say people see behaviour may be on a bus or a j behaviour may be on a bus or a train, a woman being harassed or verbally abused, that people should intervene, is that what you�*re recommending? intervene, is that what you're recommending?— intervene, is that what you're recommending? absolutely. it is im ortant recommending? absolutely. it is important we _ recommending? absolutely. it is important we do _ recommending? absolutely. it is important we do so _ recommending? absolutely. it is important we do so safely - recommending? absolutely. it is important we do so safely but. recommending? absolutely. it is i important we do so safely but there are many things we can do. intervening may be calling a guard to check the person is ok, if you are in a group, you see a woman receiving sexual comments, say, do you want to sit with us? you may be asking that woman, are you 0k? do you need support? i can be a witness. it doesn�*t mean you have two jump in witness. it doesn�*t mean you have twojump in and be witness. it doesn�*t mean you have two jump in and be allowed witness. it doesn�*t mean you have twojump in and be allowed in witness. it doesn�*t mean you have two jump in and be allowed in the moment. you feel confidentjumping
moment. you feel confident jumping in moment. you feel confidentjumping in and saying stop, fantastic, but lots of us don�*t. but there are still some things we can do, bring someone else in, ask them if they want to sit by you, do something, just don�*t walk by. the want to sit by you, do something, just don't walk by.— just don't walk by. the point is that some _ just don't walk by. the point is that some of _ just don't walk by. the point is that some of these _ just don't walk by. the point is that some of these smaller - just don't walk by. the point is - that some of these smaller offences whether it�*s verbal abuse or harassment or indecent exposure, they can lead to more serious offences and that is the real worry. absolutely. people do notjust start their criminal career doing the kind of behaviour that wayne couzens are misogynistic whatsapp groups, if someone calls someone else when they show that behaviour, it may not make that person think that behaviour is wrong but it may make them feel less comfortable. call people out and organisations should be called people out as well. when someone says someone in the organisation has said this, take it seriously and then people who were on the receiving end, who are often women
and girls, don�*t have to keep repeating that trauma simply to try and get someone to believe them. believe the first time and when people hear it, believe it and do something about it.— people hear it, believe it and do something about it. thank you very much indeed _ something about it. thank you very much indeed from _ something about it. thank you very much indeed from the _ something about it. thank you very much indeed from the university i something about it. thank you very much indeed from the university ofj much indeed from the university of worcester. an american private investment company has won a bidding war for morrisons, the uk�*s fourth biggest supermarket. clayton, dubilier and rice offered almost 7 billion pounds for the group. it�*s advised by the former tesco boss, sir terry leahy. the queen has been addressing msps at holyrood. this will be the s and p�*s fourth consecutive term in government. the ceremony would normally take place injuly but it was postponed because of the corona virus pandemic. alexander mackenzie reports. the queen and the duke and duchess of
rotc made the shortjourney from the palace of holyrood house to the scottish they parliament. were greeted by the party leaders, including the first minister nicola sturgeon. msps gathered as the mace and the crown of scotland were placed in the chamber, symbolising this new session of parliament. marking this new session does indeed bring a sense of beginning and renewal. the scottish parliament has been at the heart of scotland�*s response to the pandemic. the people across this country looking to you for leadership and stewardship and i hope you will remain at the forefront as we move towards a phase of recovery. due forefront as we move towards a phase of recovery-— of recovery. due to the pandemic, much of the _ of recovery. due to the pandemic, much of the music _ of recovery. due to the pandemic, much of the music was _ of recovery. due to the pandemic, much of the music was recorded l much of the music was recorded around the country. like here in
plockton. and this group of asylum seeking and refugee musicians in glasgow. seeking and refugee musicians in glasuow. .,, seeking and refugee musicians in glasuow. ., , ., seeking and refugee musicians in glasuow. ., , , glasgow. those of us who sit in this chamber will— glasgow. those of us who sit in this chamber will disagree _ glasgow. those of us who sit in this chamber will disagree often - glasgow. those of us who sit in this chamber will disagree often and - chamber will disagree often and often very vigorously, but in the years ahead we will also, i hope, find the resolve, indeed the courage to reach beyond our disagreements and find consensus and common purpose where we can. the and find consensus and common purpose where we can. the queen also used her speech _ purpose where we can. the queen also used her speech to _ purpose where we can. the queen also used her speech to reflect _ purpose where we can. the queen also used her speech to reflect on _ purpose where we can. the queen also used her speech to reflect on happy - used her speech to reflect on happy memories of the many times she spent in scotland with her late husband the duke of edinburgh. she said this was a time to look to the future and a new generation. alexander mackenzie, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the home secretary says police must �*raise the bar�*, by taking the harassment of women more seriously. after days of queuing at the pumps — the army will begin delivering
fuel to petrol stations across the uk from monday. provisional clinical trial results suggest an experimental drug for severe covid cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here�*s gavin. both manchester united and everton failed to take the chance to move top of the premier league, in the lunchtime kick off. it finished 1 all at old trafford. united went ahead in the first half, and were enjoying a much better run of the game anthony martial scored his first goal since february. 0ne nil to united at that point. that was on the stroke of half time. but everton battled back after that. andros townsend finishing off,
after the breakaway from a united corner. everton thought they may have won it too — but yerry mina was offside, from this pass — nojoy for them. but both sides are level on points with leaders liverpool, who play tomorrow. i think we played against a very good team. it�*s not easy to get that result here and we did it well. we were defending well in the first half, we conceded a late goal that maybe we were not expecting but the reaction of the team in the second half was quite good. everybody was doing what we had to do, working hard to create chances and we did it. it was a pity, the last one but we were pleased with the way we played and the result at the end. there are six more games today and plenty at the clock kick off. chelsea could go back the head of the table with a win over southampton. norwich are hoping to end their six—game losing streak, it is 0—0 against burnley and depending
on the chosen result, brighton could move up in the table if they beat arsenal. the top spot is up for grabs in the scottish premiership today. hearts and motherwell could well go on top with a win. they meet at tynecastle and after 15 minutes it is 1—0. what a result for coventry in the championship — they�*ve moved up to third and above fulham who they hammered a—1 at home. the visitors even led 1—0 at half time, but four goals in just 23 minutes helped coventry put their own midweek 5—0 thrashing by luton behind them. fulham are fifth — it�*s their worst league defeat for more than two years. chelsea have moved to the top of the women�*s super league table with a 3—1win over brighton and hove albion. guro reiten scored the first before
sam kerr�*s fifth goal of the season gave chelsea a comfortable lead at half time danielle carter pulled one back for the seagulls but beth england�*s goal ten minutes from time secured the three points for chelsea. britain�*s cameron norrie has enjoyed another impressive win — he�*s into the semi—finals of the san diego 0pen after dropping just four games beating fourth seed denis shapovalov. he dropped just four games to beat the fourth seed. norrie�*s brilliant form of 2021, has stalled in recent weeks but this victory took him into his sixth atp semi—final of the year, where he�*ll face the top seed, andrey rublev. south africa�*s 1995 rugby world cup winning captain francois pienaar is among a consortium of investors taking a controlling share in saracens, in a 32—million pound takeover. pienaar played for the club for three years, and coached them for two, and he�*ll bejoined by another
former saracen, maggie alphonsi, on the board. they won promotion back to the premiership last season, after being fined and given a points deduction for breaching salary cap rules in 2019. and saracens are at home to leicester this afternoon. after 15 minutes, they have the upper hand. both sides have won all their opening games. leicester two out of two, saracens have won their games elsewhere. northampton saints are 17-1a elsewhere. northampton saints are 17—1a up against london irish. that is all the support for now. vaccine passports came into effect for the first time in scotland last night. people need proof of vaccination to gain entry to nightclubs or large events. the scheme will be mandatory from the 18th of october. it is being trialled at some football stadiums at scottish premiership matches this afternoon. megan paterson reports.
a night out in glasgow. as well as showing id, vaccine passports too. some people will definitely be driven to get vaccinated in order to participate in this kind of event. it's definitely an incentive but my main reason is to be protected, obviously. i don't agree with the whole concept of, like, you know, | having to show something to get into a duh — i don't agree with that in terms of freedom. i proof of two doses of vaccines will be shown for people over 18 entering nightclubs and any event with more than 10,000 people in attendance. for some club owners there is concern about what it means for customers. it is disappointing there isn�*t an option for people who don�*t want to get vaccinated. we are not respecting their opinions by being able to submit a negative lateral flow. we are seeing effectively, don�*t come. at football grounds including ibrox,
today will be the first test of the scheme at matches. the app has been plagued with technical problems and although it went live yesterday it won�*t be enforceable until the 18th, causing confusion for clubs. aberdeen have postponed the trailing of proof of vaccine for entry at sunday�*s premiership meeting and hearts and rangers say no—one will be refused entry at their test events against motherwell and hibs. with access to the terraces, dance floors and elsewhere soon to be reliant on the vaccine passport, the scottish government�*s reissued reassurances about the app�*s capacity, saying systems have been improved to better cope with demand. megan paterson, bbc news. some charities have warned that many vulnerable people are still waiting for a third dose of a covid vaccine. 0fficials recommended the jabs for eligible patients a month ago — but kidney care uk and blood cancer uk say the rollout has gone "badly wrong". nhs england say all those affected should be offered the injection by the end of next week.
there could be a breakthrough in the way we treat covid—19. interim trials suggest a new, experimental drug could cut the risk of hospitalisation, or death, by about half. if authorised by regulators, the treatment will be the first oral, antiviral medication for covid—19. mark lobel reports. this is the first covid pill. trial results suggest it can cut hospitalisations or deaths by half. the news of the efficacy of this particular antiviral is obviously very good news. the company, when they briefed us last night, had mentioned that they will be submitting their data to the fda imminently. the data are impressive. pills were given to 775 unvaccinated, elderly or medically at risk volunteers within five days of them showing coronaviruses symptoms. the data from a phase three trial
showed 7.3% of patients on the drug were hospitalised, compared to 1a.1% of those who didn�*t take the tablets. eight patients who were given a placebo or dummy pill later died of covid, but there were no deaths in the group taking the pill. the trial was stopped early because the pill was so successful. but data still needs to be peer reviewed. so how does it work? as coronavirus replicates itself inside your body, these antiviral pills trick it into using the drug, which then inserts errors into the virus�*s genetic code, blocking the virus from replicating. it completely corrupts the genome of the virus so it can't replicate, and that's the beauty. and then, even if the virus mutates, it could be still useful. people are now talking about this, that if we have another coronavirus pandemic in the future, this drug will still work for that coronavirus.
because it is agnostic to variants. there are existing clinic—based intravenous treatments which are even more effective, but this appears to be the first pill to treat covid, and as long as it�*s taken early on could offer an alternative at roughly a third of the price — at $700 per treatment. accessibility is a problem with a monoclonal antibody. for this one, it�*s a simple pill so obviously a lot easier to administer and a lot easier to administer as an outpatient as well. merck hopes 10 million courses of the treatment will be available by the end of the year. it has agreed to supply the us with close to 2 million, and to license the drug to several india—based generic drug makers, which could supply it to low and middle—income countries. for countries that don�*t have the vaccine available, this could be another stopgap. the us authorities say the drug is no substitute for preventative vaccines,
but this is an exciting development — as the us drug company seeks emergency approval within weeks as the first company to report trial results of an effective and relatively cheap pill to treat covid. as others companies also work on similar treatments. mark lobel, bbc news. delegates at a meeting in the run up to next month�*s cop26 climate change summit have agreed that a 100 billion dollarfinance pledge has to be delivered on. the money is to help poorer countries cope with rising temperatures. alok sharma, the british minister in charge of cop26, was speaking in milan where climate ministers from around the world are holding talks. it is on all of us but particularly the g20 nations. there was a discussion around the fact we need to deliver on the 100 billion a year and i have said many times before,
and i repeat again that delivering on the 100 billion is a matter of trust and of course at this conference, we need to start the discussion on what comes in terms of post 2025 but the delivery on 100 billion will be vital. from the meeting in milan, here�*s our science correspondent victoria gill. as representatives drift away from this closing pre—cop meeting in milan, i think there�*s a sense of cautious optimism that there is hope that we can really tackle climate change and get to an agreement at that crucial un climate conference in glasgow in just a month�*s time. but also there is a lot of work still to be done. in his closing press conference, the us climate envoyjohn kerry said he didn�*t want to single out specific countries, he didn�*t want to target them, but there was a heavy intimation that china and india, the pressure really needs to be put on them to step up and deliver on what they promise. so basically to put in writing
what they will do to limit emissions, and reach that climate agreement in glasgow. there are two major issues that have really stood out in this gathering, and that�*s that 1.5 celsius threshold. this is the critical number that scientists have said beyond which we get to the much more dangerous impacts of climate change, and the more vulnerable nations really want us to stay on a trajectory to keep that target within reach. but also finance. developed nations, the richest nations that are responsible for most of the emissions need to step up and deliver on a promise that they made a decade ago to pay developing countries $100 billion every single year to be able to mitigate, but also adapt to a changing climate. the volcano that�*s been erupting for the past 11 days on the spanish island of la palma is spewing out two new streams of lava, threatening further destruction. it is a river of red hot lava.
raising fears of further destruction on the island. many homes and crops have been destroyed and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate since the eruption first began last month. europe�*s first mission to mercury is completing its first fly—by. the bepi colombo spacecraft will fly by the planet at high speeds taking pictures and sending them back to earth. it�*s moving too fast to go into orbit but will begin more detailed observations in four years�* time. right, let�*s take a look at the latest weather forecast. hello. tomorrow should be a little bit warmer and drier as well. today we have had thick cloud and rain across much of the country. still some wet weather this evening across the eastern part of the uk and it has been windy in the south—east. the winds should ease and the rain will get swept into the north sea up to shetland, whereby the end of the night winds could be gusting up to