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tonight at 10 — the home secretary announces an independent inquiry into the murder of sarah everard. announces an independent inquiry priti patel said it would look at how sarah's killer was allowed to serve as a metropolitan police officer despite concerns about his behaviour. the public have a right to know what systematic failures enabled his continued employment as a police officer. we need answers as to why this was allowed to happen. also on the programme tonight... as the army steps in to help with fuel deliveries, the prime minister insists there's no supply crisis and he's not worried... what you can't do, and must not do, laura, is, simply go back to the old, tired failed model of the uk economy that has led to a relative under productivity
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by comparison with all our major competitors for decades, and has held wages down. a former facebook employee turned whistleblower tells us law makers that the social media giant is harming children, stoking division and weakening democracy. at least 200,000 children in france were assaulted by priests and monks in the catholic church over the past 70 years according to an inquiry that's sent shockwaves through france. and a russian actress and director arrive on board the international space station in a bid to beat the united states by filming the first movie in orbit. coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel, a tough night at the office for arsenal as they came up against the holders barcelona in the women's champions league. good evening.
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the home secretary has announced an independent inquiry into what she called the "systematic failures" that allowed a serving police officer to kidnap, rape and murder sarah everard. in her speech to the conservative party conference, priti patel said the public needs answers to ensure "something like this can never happen again". last week wayne couzens was sentenced to a whole life term in prison. our special correspondent lucy manning has this report. so many questions after sarah everard's murder — how could wayne couzens be a police officer? why wasn't he stopped earlier? why are women still not safe? nearly a week after we learned the full distressing details of what a police officer did to sarah everard, there will now be a wide—ranging inquiry. the public have a right to know what systematic failures enabled his continued employment as a police officer.
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we need answers as to why this was allowed to happen. applause i can confirm today that there will be an inquiry, to give the independent oversight needed to ensure that something like this can never happen again. the first part will look at couzens, his previous behaviour, and any opportunities missed to stop him. the second part will examine policing, looking at vetting how police investigate themselves and their behaviour, but the inquiry won't have the power to demand witnesses and evidence — but ministers promise that will change, if needed. it's not statutory, notjudge—led, both of which we think it needs to be, and it can'tjust be about wayne couzens, it's got to be about the entire aspect of the case and also about women's treatment by the met. 0nly yesterday, the met police commissioner announced a review
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into her own force by an independent person working alongside her. there's also the police regulator investigation into whether the met and kent police properly looked into three indecent exposure allegations against couzens. the home office can't say if any of the inquiry will be held in public, but the conclusions will be published. and just last month, the police inspectorate said there was an epidemic of violence against women and it needed to be treated as seriously as terrorism is, so it's not as if the government and the forces haven't been aware of many of these issues. tonight in eastbourne they held a vigilfor sabina nessa, one of more than 80 women killed by men since sarah everard. but this morning, the prime minister refused to back calls for misogyny to be classified as a hate crime because he believes current laws are sufficient. this new inquiry must notjust highlight the problems but make the changes,
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so that all women can be safe. lucy manning, bbc news. borisjohnson has said he's not "worried" about rising prices and the disruption to food and some fuel supplies, saying the country can't go back to what he called the "failed model of the uk economy." the prime minister said the government can't "magic up" solutions and argued supply chains would "sort themselves out." he was speaking to our political editor laura kuenssberg at the conservative party conference in manchester — and her report contains some flash photography. this is fantastic. he doesn't hide how much he is enjoying himself. ahead in the polls with the plump percussion of a huge majority back at parliament. but carefree? the country is not. with rising prices, some empty shelves. prime minister, why wasn't the government prepared for what you describe as very real stresses and strains on the country right now?
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this is a function of a global recovery and you are seeing stresses and strains caused by the world economy sucking demand for everything from gas to hgv drivers across the planet. rather than government stepping in to mend and patch and mend every bit of our supply chains, what you've got in this country is fantastic expertise, fantastic skill in logistics, you listen to some of the supermarkets, they will manage this. but it is real world problems people are facing. you were warned back in april about the shortage of hgv drivers, you were warned about fuel costs back in july. there was a letter to you from the meat industry back injune. isn't the point that you were warned about every single one of these issues and you are basically still sitting saying, well, the government might be able to help around the edges but basically business has got to sort it out? on all of those issues, and certainly there are issues in all of those sectors, but what you can't do and must not do, laura,
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is simply go back to the old, tired, failed model of the uk economy that has led to relative under productivity by comparison with all our major competitors for decades and has held wages down. government can't magic up changes to their systems overnight. british farmers... those farmers may have to cull healthy animals they cannot process and sell. and drivers haven't been able to fill up at the pump. yet the prime minister seems happy for the government to take a back—seat. people are experiencing real problems with all of these things and it sounds like what you are basically saying is, it is not my problem. in terms of the consumer, we are giving all the protections that we can. some of the people who have been writing to me may be worried about this but i'm not worried about this because actually i think it will be good for their businesses to invest in people and to invest in capital... so you aren't worried about inflation? i believe supply will match demand
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and that is what we must encourage. what you have got to do as a government is look at the long term and look at how you can make the investments now that will bear down on costs. that's the way to deal with the cost of living and the supply chains will start to sort themselves out very, very rapidly. for the prime minister, changing the economy is part of a deliberately different tory look. good afternoon, carrie, looking forward to conference? very much so. carriejohnson striding in to take her own place on stage at an event supporting lgbt rights tonight. who is supporting her? special guest coming to conference later, looking forward to that? i'm always looking forward to all guests coming to conference. your wife is coming to speak, are you going to go and watch? i'm sure it is going to be great. he did find the time to fit it in, to be part of her crowd. we know there is still _ to be part of her crowd. we know there is still a _ to be part of her crowd. we know there is still a long _ to be part of her crowd. we know
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there is still a long way _ to be part of her crowd. we know there is still a long way to - to be part of her crowd. we know there is still a long way to go. . there is still a long way to go. this is a show of confidence from jamiejohnson all week. but this week is a show of confidence from team johnson but it could tip into complacency, risk some tories fear the prime minister is too ready to take. tomorrow a time for his speech on a stage he has made his own, may be time to explain what could be a turbulent next chapter for all of us. laura kuenssberg, bbc news. our business editor simonjackjoins me now. is there growing tension between business and the government? afairamount of a fair amount of finger—pointing in the blame game. borisjohnson said some of the questions are global issues, that is true about rising fuel and gas prices around the world, but less true about hgv, poultry and agricultural workers where we have a specific problem here which is worse than the eu average, but he is saying it is the fault of business who need to wean
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themselves off eu workers who were some of the last people to put up with the pay and conditions created by a lack of business investment. business say, we had a pandemic to deal with and we did not know what the terms of brexit were going to be, and even some of the pro brexit businessman are saying the labour shortages are real and they will push prices up and they can't sort themselves out without more government intervention. it is fair to say that the atmosphere between business and government is as wary and distrustful of each other as any i've seen in the last four years and it has been a pretty fractious few years. the problems of fuel prices and rising gas prices, food shortages, who everfault and rising gas prices, food shortages, who ever fault it is, they are everyone's problem, and business eight will take everyone to sort that out, including business andindeed sort that out, including business and indeed government — business say it will take everyone to sort that out. . ., ., , a former facebook employee turned whistleblower has told a us senate
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committee today that she believes the company's products have harmed children stoked division and weakened democracy. frances haugen told lawmakers the social media giant knew its apps were harming the mental health of some young users. facebook said the company sees protecting its community as more important than maximizing profits. 0ur silicon valley correspondent james clayton has this report. eleanor and freya are both 1a and like many teenagers, they are both on instagram. as a teenager, you're looking at these people, all these models, and influencers, they all are very skinny and they have a perfect body and when you're looking at that and then kind of comparing yourself to it, i think it could be really damaging. when you're feeling at your worst and then you go on instagram and you see things that are targeted at you because you've looked at these kinds of things before, you see them, like models, influencers, celebrities and things like that and you're just like,
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"oh, i will never be like that." eleanor and freya's concerns are, in fact, shared by one rather important company. facebook, which owns instagram. in fact, leaked internal research found that teens who struggle with mental health say that instagram makes it worse. the woman who leaked that report is called frances haugen, and today she gave evidence in washington. the documents that i have provided to congress prove that facebook has repeatedly misled the public about what its own research reveals about the safety of children. she also said that facebook�*s motives were driven by money rather than the mental health of its users. i saw facebook repeatedly encounter conflicts between its own profits and our safety. facebook consistently resolved these conflicts in favour of its own profits. here in silicon valley, facebook has pushed back, saying that some of the research presented is misleading, and despite the fact that instagram concluded that it could be damaging for children's mental health,
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it also says that it can have a positive impact. reacting to this evening was the facebook president.— reacting to this evening was the facebook president. again, any time ei . ht facebook president. again, any time eiuht sinale facebook president. again, any time eight single teenager _ facebook president. again, any time eight single teenager is _ facebook president. again, any time eight single teenager is having - facebook president. again, any time eight single teenager is having a - eight single teenager is having a bad experience, that is one time too much. but we are asking these hard questions. much. but we are asking these hard cuestions. ., , much. but we are asking these hard cuestions. much. but we are asking these hard uestions. ., . questions. facebook has postponed a controversial— questions. facebook has postponed a controversial project _ questions. facebook has postponed a controversial project to _ questions. facebook has postponed a controversial project to create - controversial project to create instagram for kids, it says, but we now know that two very important politicians in washington, they believe the company has put profit over the mental health of teenage girls. james clayton, bbc news, san francisco. mandatory covid passes for nightclubs and large events will be introduced in wales after a knife edge vote this evening in the senedd. from the 11th october, people will need to show evidence of being fully vaccinated or having a recent negative covid test. hwyell griffith is at the senedd. this vote was very tight? 28- 27, a
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si . n this vote was very tight? 28- 27, a sin of this vote was very tight? 28- 27, a sign of how — this vote was very tight? 28- 27, a sign of how contentious _ this vote was very tight? 28- 27, a sign of how contentious this - this vote was very tight? 28- 27, a sign of how contentious this plan i this vote was very tight? 28- 27, a j sign of how contentious this plan is an even after the voting was done, senedd members couldn't leave the building behind me because of the protesters outside. inside, the welsh labour opponents said it would introduce a checkpoint society. ethical questions and also runs about enforcement, not least what would happen at a big event like an international rugby match. the welsh labour government insist passes have been introduced successfully over the summer at festivals and say it is a covid pass i'm not a passport so you can get one even if you only have a negative lateral flow result. but with less than a week before this is it introduced at venues up and down wales there is still some practical problems to overcome, not least if you download a pass to your phone at the moment in wales, the words that come up on screen are valid in england.—
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let's take a look at the uk's latest coronavirus figures. the government data shows there were 33,869 new infections recorded in the latest 2a hour period, so just over 3a,000 new cases were reported on average per day, in the last week. 6,747 people were in hospital with coronavirus across the uk yesterday. there were 166 deaths, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid 19 test. that means on average, 111 deaths were announced every day in the past week. the latest figures on people who've been vaccinated haven't yet been made available. the number of pupils absent from state schools in england for covid related reasons rose by two thirds at the end of last month. latest figures from the department for education showed over 200,000 children were off school on the last day of september. but numbers are much lower than the end of last term, when bubble systems were still
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in place and more than a million children were absent. 0ur education correspondent elaine dunkley has been to a high school in west yorkshire to see how they are coping with ongoing challenges posed by coronavirus. hi, it's adele webster, the student welfare officer, calling from honley high school. another phone call to parents, another pupil with symptoms. he's complaining of headache and a cough, and it could possibly be covid. covid is still causing disruption. we need to just isolate from the other students, so if you just come with me and we'll sit at the back of the hall. is that 0k? it's a busy week for adele, the welfare officer. if you can phone dad for me... since the start of term, an increasing number of children are missing school. yesterday, we sent four home. two of those have come back confirmed as positive. i'd say it's probably the busiest we've been in terms of cases in school. we've spent a week at honley high in west yorkshire. like other schools in england, restrictions have been lifted by the government.
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it's been absolutely amazing to have what feels much more like a normal school again. are you all right, girls? all of the children going to their lessons in their subject specialist teachers' rooms, science experiments happening. but at the same time, we're dealing with, unfortunately, a rise in the number of cases. he's tested positive for covid now... as of today, we've hit 200, with students and staff, which i think the highest number we had last year at any one time was 28 cases across the school. bell rings here, an old building makes ventilation an issue. a spike in cases means open evenings are now online, assemblies are cancelled and the wearing of masks is being encouraged. how have you been, then? i haven't felt as bad as i thought i would be. for pupils in school and at home, these are difficult times. i think the hardest thing is not seeing everyone. i've been away from my family. so what are you doing, then? i've been doing teams from home. the teachers, they usually put powerpoints on for, like, what lessons we can do, so i've just been going through
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the powerpoints by myself upstairs. and it'sjust a bit lonely. honestly, i'm so excited to come back. everyone's missing you loads. yeah, everyone's missing you. emily is in year 11 and will be sitting her gcse exams next summer. it's a bit nervy for all of the year iis, because we've not only missed year 10 of our learning of our gcses, we've also missed year 9, which has been really disruptive. hiya, you all right? just as we explained on the phone call... meanwhile, there's no let up for the welfare officer. ..go and get him a pcr test. this pupil is going home. if they're negative, if he's feeling well, he can come back to school. we have been doing the lateral flow tests and they've all come - back negative, so... but in the meantime, i i'm working from home, so it's all right for him to be at home with me. _ yeah, right, 0k. from tomorrow, the school is preparing to vaccinate i2—is—year—olds. and it's very difficult to break that cycle... the department for education says along with vaccinations, it's about managing the risks
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with ventilation and regular testing. but with just over 200,000 pupils absent in schools in england, covid continues to keep children from the classroom. elaine dunkley, bbc news. a report into sexual abuse by the french catholic church has estimated that more than 200,000 children were assaulted by clergy and lay people over the past 70 years. the independent commission said the church had been guilty of "negligence, failures and silence". the report has sent shockwaves through france, as our paris correspondent lucy williamson reports. 70 years of horror — hundreds of thousands of victims, laid bare in one explosive report. its language stark, itsjudgment grim. for a very long time, it says, the french catholic church showed "complete, even cruel indifference to those who suffered abuse". the report estimates the number
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of child victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests, deacons, monks or nuns at 216,000. if non—clergy are included, that figure rises to 330,000 — a third of a million children. translation: there was, above all, a catalogue - of negligence, failures, silence, an institutional cover—up which appeared systematic and on which the commission came to a unanimous conclusion — the church did not see, did not hear, did not know how to pick up quick signals. the investigators analysed decades of church archives, court records and testimony from victims. most abuses happened in the 1950s and �*60s, too long ago for anyone to be prosecuted now. one of those who testified was this priest. he told the panel how in the year he turned 18,
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during clerical training, he was repeatedly raped by a senior figure in the seminary. translation: it destroys people. there is a physical violence but there is also a whole context of control, which destroys not only the body but the heart and the mind. that's why these sexual assaults are so serious. this report has shattered public perceptions and public trust in an institution that still has a strong presence in france. the sheer number of victims estimated by the inquiry has dwarfed previous scandals here and exploded the idea that they're just isolated events. at churches across france today, a test of faith as clergy and congregations absorbed the news. translation: it's a catastrophe. it's a betrayal. there are predators everywhere. translation: i was raised in a religious institution. i among 20 priests, there was one we were warned about.
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i think the report probably underestimates the number of victims. at many services today, priests spoke about the challenges laid out by the inquiry. this dark corner of church history makes painful reading but the report is also, for many, a light at the of a very long road. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. a panel has called for a public inquiry to be held into institutions for unmarried mothers in northern ireland. the devolved government committed to an investigation after research into mother and baby homes was published. women said they were detained against their will, used as unpaid labour and had to give up babies for adoption. the inquests have opened into the deaths of four young gay men who were all murdered by the serial killer stephen port. the jury was told the inquests
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will focus on whether police "missed opportunities" to stop him sooner. the victims were all given fatal overdoses of the drug ghb by port, who was jailed for life in 2016. since the start of the pandemic, almost 6 million people on universal credit have had an extra £20 a week to help some of the poorest families in the uk. but it comes to an end tomorrow. the government says it was always a temporary measure and the focus now should be on making sure work pays with higher wages, rather than higher benefits. from londonderry, our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan has been speaking to some people affected by the change. in one of the uk's most deprived areas, anyjob is a good job. laura mcshane works full—time as an admin assistant at an advice centre in londonderry. her husband also works full—time, but as both are on low wages they started claiming universal credit at the start of the pandemic. as such, laura didn't realise her benefit payment included the £20 a week uplift.
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our first payment, we got enough to help us pay at least half of our rent and the other half came out of our wages but we thought that was fine, it was more than manageable. so we were counting on this is what we'd get every single week and then we got a message saying "we're taking this money off you as of this date", and we were just lost. the uk government say the extra money was always meant to be temporary and that with the economy reopening, there arejobs to be had, with vacancies plentiful. for deirdre mccausland, childcare is a significant barrier to work, however. the former teacher, a single mother, can't find a job that works around her son's school hours. i hate to say it because i was one of the people in my local asda when i was teaching in england and there was a big crate and you put it in, the food bank crate, and i never knew where it went. i'm now one of the people who will be using food banks.
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at the women's centre, derry, an experiment to show how much £20 can buy. they did an online shop and managed to buy all this — breakfast, lunch and dinner for a few days. £20 means the difference between somebody eating and not eating. £20 meant the difference that a woman had the dignity of being able to feed her family, and do it in a nutritional way, and not feel less than. that's what that £20 means to me. maintaining the extra £20 a week would cost £6 billion, a figure ministers say is unsustainable. instead, they've set aside £500 million to help the most vulnerable and want businesses to increase wages, as some have already have. 0ther employers, however, can't afford pay rises, and if you love yourjob, choices are limited. what are your options in terms of making up that shortfall? absolutely nothing, i'm already full—time at myjob and my husband's
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already full—time at his job. there is nothing else we can do. we are just gone without that money. so what are you going to do? pray! laura mcshane ending that report. yulia peresild is a russian actress who's starred in dozens of films, but her next one should make history. she has become the first actor to go to space to star in a film. she and her director have just arrived on board the international space staion at the start of a 12 day mission. they'll film scenes for their movie, the challenge, about a doctor going to space to help an astronaut. they are hoping to beat a similar hollywood project planned by tom cruise and nasa, as richard galpin reports. arriving in the international space station earlier today, a very unusual team of cosmonauts. russian actress yulia peresild, and her producer—director klim shipenko.
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they'd blasted off from the baikonur cosmodrome in kazakhstan earlier today on a unique mission — to become the first to make a feature film in space. the film's called the challenge, about an emergency inside the international space station. the actor and director both had what was described as a crash course in space travel before heading off. translation: we have been working really hard. - although we look all happy and smiles, we are very tired. it's been very difficult, both mentally and physically. but the russians have beaten the americans, who wanted to make a film in space with tom cruise. they're now spending 12 days flying above the earth, making their film. richard galpin, bbc news, moscow. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
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this is bbc news, the headlines. a facebook whistleblower has told us lawmakers that she believes facebook�*s products harm children, stoke division and weaken democracy. frances haugen has called for better regulation of the company. in the last four days nearly 150 chinese warplanes have flown into taiwan's air defence zone. taiwan's president warns of catastrophic consequences for peace and democracy if the island comes under chinese rule. the staggering scale of child sexual abuse within the french roman catholic church has been revealed. an inquiry has identified more than two hundred thousand victims spanning the past 70 years. and a russian actor and her director have blasted off to film the first movie in space. the crew are hoping to beat a similar hollywood project planned by tom cruise and nasa. they'll spend twelve days in space filming "the challenge".

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