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police say they've foiled an active terror plot in london. one suspect — a woman in her twenties — was shot and is in a serious condition. in a major security operation, armed police surrounded the property and have arrested six people, including one in kent. the armed entry was necessary due the nature of the intelligence we were dealing with and involved armed officers firing cs gas into the address. it's understood that the man arrested in whitehall yesterday is mohammed khalid omar ali who's 27 and originally from north london. we'll have the very latest live on both those stories — also this lunchtime. britain's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year. official figures show gdp grew byjust 0.3%. a fund set up to improve access to cancer drugs in england has been condemned by researchers as a huge waste of money. sergeant alexander blackman, the foil —— former royal marine jailed
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for shooting dead a taliban member in afghanistan, has been released from prison. and vauxhall has been severely criticised by mps over the way it dealt with a number of fires with it zafira b model. and coming up in the sport on bbc news. the arsenal manager arsene wenger believes the only way to completely stop players betting would be to ban gambling altogether. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. police say they've foiled an active terrorist plot after carrying out an armed raid in north—west london. a female suspect was shot during the operation and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. six people have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts. two women, two men and a 16—year—old
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boy were arrested at or near the property yesterday evening; another woman was detained in kent. police said the operation was unconnected to the arrest yesterday of a 27—year—old man armed with knives in westminster. richard galpin reports. early yesterday evening in north west london. and armed police begin their raid on a house here. gunshots sparking alarm in the neighbourhood. as i made my way to the living room i heard bang, bang, bang! so i ran to the front window and i saw police officers aiming and i ran to my partner in the kitchen and said there are armed officers and heard another bang, another bang. the sun newspaper obtained this amateur video showing officers pointing their weapons at the house. by the end of the operation, five people had been arrested here. and this appears to show officers attending to
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someone outside the house. the police have said they shot and seriously injured a woman. they believe they foiled an active terrorist plot. last night at approximately 7pm, our highly trained firearms officers carried out a specialist entry into an address in harlesden road. we had that under observation as part of a current counterterrorism investigation. the armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence we were dealing with and involved officers firing cs gas into the address. during the course of that operation, one of the subjects, a woman, was shot by police. she remains in hospital. i can say that her condition is serious but stable. it's thought to be the first time a woman has been shot by the police for a decade and it's now being investigated by the independent police complaints commission. meanwhile, the police have
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been searching three more houses in london, including here in willesden, where yesterday's raid took place. earlier yesterday, there had been another incident in central london. a 27—year—old man arrested by armed police near downing street and the foreign office in a separate counterterrorism operation which was apparently intelligence lead. nearby, they found a rucksack with knives inside. this is how we prevent terrorism. what you saw today and yesterday is police preventing a terrorist attack, which is important because when a person gets to the point of blowing themselves up or shooting people it's too late, we willjust have victims. what we need to do is what we saw, police intervening before the attack happens. this has been a traumatic period for londoners.
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memories are still fresh of the five people killed in the attack near parliamentjust a few weeks ago and now it seems the police are uncovering many more alleged plots in the capital. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford is in willesden, in north west london. bring us up to date then, daniel, with what we know. first of all, i think it is significant very large number of people arrested in this operation. we have obviously seen recently the loa n we have obviously seen recently the loan actors, as it were, of the westminster bridge attack and the suspected loan actor of the man arrested at whitehall yesterday, but this was a suspicion of something a bit more than that, with several people involved. this began as an intelligence operation and with rather specific intelligence which suggested the possibility of something dangerous inside the house and that is why, quite unusually in
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these days with a counterterrorism operation, a lot of armed officers we re operation, a lot of armed officers were present. what you got eventually was an entry using cs gas canisters. they put them in through the top window of the house and that immobilised the people inside, allowing be armed officers to go into the house to make their arrests, but at some point during their operation, this woman has been shot, and talking to the neighbours here, she was screaming in pain having been shot, and the police we re were saying to her, if you stay still, we will be able to help you. she didn't appear to want to be touched after having been shot. she was then taken away in an ambulance. six people have now been arrested. that doesn't
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include her. it is inevitable, i think, that she will be arrested, but police will let her have treatment best. she is still, as i understand it, in a serious but sta ble understand it, in a serious but stable condition. i think it will be sometime before we find out what the alleged plot these people are accused of part of becomes clear. i'm joined now by our home affairs correspondent, june kelly, because there's been a development in yesterday's arrest of a man charged with being in possession of offensive weapons in westminster. the police have stressed it is unconnected but what can you tell us? the man arrested was mohammed khalid omar ali, who is 27 and he went to school in tottenham in north london. he is a british national but it is believed he was not born in the uk. he was on the radar of the security service and the police, but it is understood it was a tip—off from a concerned family member which led armed police to me then yesterday afternoon and arrest him in that dramatic way. we know a number of knives were recovered at the scene. we saw a number of knives close to his rucksack. he is now in
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custody at a high security london police station and searches are going on at two addresses in the capital. there's been a sharp slowdown in the uk's economic growth, according to official figures for the beginning of the year. the economy grew byjust 0.3% in the first three months of 2017 — worse than predicted — and the slowdown was particularly marked in the service and retail sectors, previously engines of growth, as our correspondent andy verity reports. this sector is now the bright spot of our economy. this manufacturer makes internal parts from land rover to the nissan cash card. the drop in the value of the pound before and after the brexit should have helped with this a lot, because it is cheaper to buy the cars abroad that these parts go into. but even here, new orders are not growing as much as they did a year ago. there are potential customers with orders who say, wait 12 months, see what
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happens with brexit, see what happens with brexit, see what happens at tariffs, the wii can buy from the uk orfrom europe. we are saying we will continue to invest and grow. what we need is more commitment from the government to get things done. the figures are ominous. they suggest that this is not really sustainable. opponents sought to play down brexit. i think the gdp figures should be setting alarm bells ringing and it underlines the importance of making sure that there are voices that arguing for a common—sense outcome. are voices that arguing for a common-sense outcome. the government
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was far more upbeat. britain's economy is forecast that 2% this year, employment is at record highs and that to go higher still. the british economy is resilient. for yea rs, retail british economy is resilient. for years, retail has driven growth but now consumers are hitting the brakes. looking at the figures, there is a sense that the economy is stabilising at a strong level. but when we look at underlying factors, when we look at underlying factors, when we look at underlying factors, when we see some of the strength in 2016 is underlined, there is a strong sense that we are at a turning point for the economy. strong sense that we are at a turning point for the economym you are an optimist, the shift to manufacturing is —— if you are an economist, they should do manufacturing is a benefit, something the previous government tried to achieve. that went be of comfort to households though. there's also been a drop in house
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prices — the second month in a row, according to nationwide building society. with me is our personal finance correspondent, simon gompertz. if it is that we send the nationwide is pointing to, that families are being squeezed, they are seeing price rises in the shops and therefore have less to spend on property, that is significant. it is likely to carry on for a long time. it is not unusual to see a drop for a month, but in april, they were down 0.4%, and in march, down 0.3%. it hasn't happened two months consecutively for nearly five years. year—on—year, prices are up, 2.6%, but that is the lowest rate for several years. look at the house price. the average is 207,000 pounds. it has got up to a very high level. prices just are pounds. it has got up to a very high level. pricesjust are not affordable for some people. they have two moderate and stamp duty for
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some of the highest priced houses is very high. that is discouraging people from moving. mortgages are wrapped their cheapest ever though, so wrapped their cheapest ever though, so that is encouraging and gives people more to spend. lenders are being told to be much more careful about who they lend to you as well, checking income and expenditure. it isa checking income and expenditure. it is a good thing, people shouldn't over stretch themselves, but it does put a damper on the market. ukip's leader paul nuttall has launched his party's campaign for the general election, describing it as the "brexit election" and a great opportunity for ukip. but mr nuttall refused to confirm which seat he will be standing in, promising an announcement tomorrow, as our political correspondent eleanor garnier reports. some say there's never a dull day with ukip. ukip want to blame migrants, refugees and muslims all the problems in society. protesters from stand—up to races and did their best to ruin ukip's election launch
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but their party leader paul nuttall is determined to stay bold. we will continue to believe the agenda. he is promising ukip would curb immigration, put more police on the streets and ban women wearing full face veils, fronting accusations that ukip itself is sowing division. it is all about the quality, breaking down barriers, integrating people in society, because as you know, a number of reports recently have shown that integration is failing. communities are becoming more and more divided. but was june 2016 the party's peak? since the referendum result, ukip has been troubled by division. it has had three different leaders, the party's only mp has quit and its 20 meps will soon be redundant because of
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brexit. many have said there is now no point to ukip, having won the eu referendum. but the party insists it is needed to keep the pressure on the prime minister and ensure she delivers an ukip's vision of brexit. ukip will go into this election with clear policies, it will go into this election with distinctly radical policies, whether that is on immigration, british culture, whether that is on constitutional reform, whether that is on the nhs, defence spending and whatnot. there will be clear blue water between where ukip stands and the other political parties. he has insisted he will stand but whenjet reveal where. it is perhaps significant that the party thinks it should give way in certain marginal seats to give the so—called real brexiteers from whichever party is the best chance of getting elected. a special fund set up to improve
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patient access to cancer drugs in england has been condemned as a "huge waste of money". the cancer drugs fund, which ran from 2010 until it was replaced last year, cost more than £1.2 billion. but researchers say the majority of drugs failed to show clinical benefit. our medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. the cancer drugs fund was set up to pay for expensive medicines that the nhs was not funding. in part, it was a political response to repeated negative headlines about patients being denied treatment. nearly 100,000 patients received drugs, but the study in the journal annals of oncology found just one in five treatments delivered a significant benefit, extending life by an average of three months. researchers say it was an example of policy made on the hoof, and it failed. it was a major missed opportunity for the national health service and the cancer community to learn in the real world about the actual impact of new medicines. a great deal of money, over £1 billion, was expended on this. and we didn't collect the data
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to look at individual cancer patients. that's a missed opportunity. the study concludes many patients may have suffered unnecessary side—effects from drugs. but a leading breast cancer charity said the fund has had a totally transformational impact for many, offering precious extra time with loved ones for terminally ill patients. the fund was brought under the remit of the national institute for health and care excellence last year, so there is greater scrutiny over which treatments are approved. our top story this lunchtime. police say they've foiled an active terror plot in london. one suspect, a woman in her twenties, was shot and is in a serious condition.
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and still to come, they're off! cycling's three—day tour de yorkshire has started this morning defending champion mark selby stages an early recovery on day two of his semifinal against ding jenhui at the world snooker championship in sheffield. mps have accused the car maker vauxhall of showing a ‘reckless disregard for safety‘ over the way it handled a series of fires on its zafira b model. a report by the transport select committee found the company was too slow to act, especially when it allowed people to drive in cars which were still a hazard. our transport correspondent, richard westcott, reports. from driving along normally to an inferno injust a from driving along normally to an inferno in just a few minutes, family cars bursting into flames, out of the blue. even vauxhall says it is lucky no one was seriously hurt. that is my mirror, completely
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melted. claire had been next to the petrol pumps when she first smelt burning. she barely had time to react. within 30 seconds you could not see the inside of a car for black smoke, then within 30 seconds, flames. it is pure luck that the tilden were not with us that day, the fire inspector did say that if we had not got out of the car, then my husband would have been killed. this is one of the affected cars, it should now be saved because it has been recalled twice and prepared twice. it is a zafira b. . smoke came through the vents, and then within minutes, the car in golf in flames. today's report is scathing about the way that the company handled the issue, vauxhall would let people drive around in ca i’s would let people drive around in cars that were supposed to be fixed, but good in fact still catch fire.
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it took them a long time to act, when they did act, and said they put things right, cars were still bursting into flames. even at that point, they did not recall the cars fully, and this is totally u na cce pta ble fully, and this is totally unacceptable and it is putting lives at risk. vauxhall has apologised to owners, it says safety is its top priority and it has changed the way it deals with recourse to speed things up. now, mps are calling for new laws to prosecute car—makers who fail to sort a safety issue quickly. claire does not want anyone else facing this. we just want it safe, we wa nt facing this. we just want it safe, we want everybody to be safe and nobody to have to go through what we went through, because it was a horrible experience. president trump has again warned that a major conflict could break out with north korea over its nuclear and missile programmes. mr trump did say he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute and appeared to be more sympathetic
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towards kim jong—un. he also praised his chinese counterpart, saying he was trying very hard to put pressure on north korea. pope francis has arrived in egypt this lunchtime for a short visit, he'll show his support for egypt's christian community in the aftermath of bomb attacks on churches that have killed dozens of people. there'll be tight security arrangements. but in keeping with his desire to be closer to the crowds, the pope won't make use of
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an armoured vehicle. the husband of a young mother who died in a mental health unit has said the conclusions of an inquest jury have provided some justice for his wife. antiques roadshow expert alice gibson—watt died in 2012 — and a jury found that neglect and gross failures by staff at lakeside mental health unit contributed to her death. in his only interview after the inquest concluded, anthony gibson—watt spoke to the bbc‘s sarah campbell about the impact her death has had on herfamily. a name that's rather long, beginning with b... an expert in the field ofjewellery, alice gibson—watt appeared on the antiques roadshow. two years after this episode was shown, when she was 3a, she gave birth. four weeks later her husband anthony awoke to find his wife screaming and shaking their daughter, convinced she was dead. i was terrified. i had no idea what was going on. when there's a young child involved as well, one's natural instinct is to protect your baby. she was suffering from postpartum psychosis, which affects one in every 1000 new mothers, half of whom, like alice, have no history of mental health problems. it's characterised by violence and delusions. she was admitted to lakeside psychiatric unit in west london. i was so relieved when i got the call from the consultant doctor that evening, who was very erudite and helpful in giving me the reassurance that i needed that she was in the best possible hands.
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alice was assigned a room similar to this. arrested two days later in the early hours of the 16th of november, as she was under one—to—one supervision, she went into cardiac arrest. the jury referred in their conclusions to the fact that three members of staff tried to find a pulse before cpr was started, a defibrillator was brought into the room but not used by staff and emergency paramedics were delayed as initially the doors to the unit were locked. the jury had been told that alice gibson—watt‘s heart hadn't properly restarted for an estimated time of over 20 minutes. she suffered severe brain damage. the jury concluded that neglect and gross failures from the staff had contributed to her death. vital potentially life—saving minutes were lost. a defibrillator was brought into the room but not root used. emergency paramedics were delayed as the doors to the building we re delayed as the doors to the building were locked, they eventually broke in. —— brought into the room but not used. immense relief that it's done and a good job was done on behalf of my wife. one day i will have to expand my
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daughter as best possible what happened, so at least we now have some answers. the west london mental health trust apologised for the care received and said they were continuing to learn from her death. a former royal marines commando, alexander blackman, who shot dead an injured taliban fighter in afghanistan has been released from prison. sergeant blackman had originally been found guilty of murder but his conviction was reduced to manslaughter on appeal last month. duncan kennedy reports. it was just after midnight alexander blackman was driven out ofjail, having served more than three years of his seven—year sentence. sitting on the back seat, his head covered by the white blanket, he was taken away for a reunion with his wife, claire. for fellow marines who've campaigned to get alexander blackman released, this was a moment of satisfaction. long journey, long battle, tiring battle.
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but it is amazing. and especially this morning to see al and claire together, it has made the last three and a half years worthwhile, without a shadow of a doubt. this was the reaction of campaigners at the appeal court last month, whenjudges ruled that alexander blackman had broken the geneva convention by killing an afghan insurgent but that his sentence should be reduced, allowing him to be a least. —— released. this is the moment we have all been fighting hard for. it's hard to believe that this day is finally here. it was in 2011 that sergeant blackman was shown on this video shooting an injured taliban insurgent. he was later found guilty of murder. but after a campaign by the daily mail and others, new evidence emerged showing he had suffered horrendous combat stress
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and his conviction was reduced to manslaughter. but although that manslaughter ruling meant that alexander blackman could be driven out of this prison here in wiltshire today, thejudges made it clear that he had unlawfully killed that taliban insurgent. they stressed he was being made a free man, not an innocent one. he is now expected to give his first full public account of what happened on that day in afghanistan. his time in prison over, his period of adjustment about to begin. now across the uk political campaigning is in full swing, and not just forjune's general election. polling takes place on may 11th for local elections too. in scotland voters will be electing councillors in all 32 local authorities. one of the most intriguing contests is in glasgow. for decades it was considered strong labour territory but now one of the party's last bastions of power is under threat as local and national politics collide. steven godden reports. voiceover: on glasgow's southern
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fringe, the ward of newlands old burn, traditionally, voters here have helped labour to control the city council, against a busy political backdrop, could that be about to change. on the face of it, this election is about choosing who is responsible for looking after parks, schools, collecting the bins, but it has become wrapped up in wider national questions, like the general election and the prospect of a second independence referendum. —— newlands/auldburn. in recent years, labour have suffered heavy losses at uk and scottish elections, once known as red clydeside, glasgow city council now represents a last bastions of power for the party. the fixation that the conservatives, i am guessing, independence referendum, the issue, it has confused people about which election they are fighting on. we are fighting this council election, sending a clear message against the conservatives that we have the best plans for the city. we will get it put up the road. canvassing nearby,
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their biggest rivals, the snp candidate, a far cry from when she joined the party, when the labour vote had to be weighed, rather than counted. we are on the verge of another great happening, this dating of glasgow. the citadel. it gives us wonderful credibility. credibility is what we need. we have a lot of it already, this is the big one. don't forget to vote, there is one for your daughter. this ambition could be a0 by what previously might have seemed unthinkable, emboldened conservatives. finding favour with glasgow voters. —— could be thwarted. for the very first time across glasgow, lots of doors actively considering us, they want to hear from us actively considering us, they want to hearfrom us and hear what we have to say. but the people we are turning to, notjust the constitutional question, because they want a strong local council, somebody to focus on the ward. a six
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election in three years for scottish voters will soon be settled, time then for some brief respite before number seven rolls around. and here's a full list of all the candidates for the local election in the ward of newlands oldburn. cycling's tour de yorkshire has started this morning in bridlington. the three—day event came about after yorkshire hosted the opening stages of the tour de france in 201a. large crowds lined the roads back then and similar scenes are expected over this bank holiday weekend. our correspondent phil bodmer is on the course in pocklington. let's ta ke let's take a look, how is the move, looks like a good turnout already! yes, it is, decent turnout... cheering the crowds are lining the marketplace, we will see harmony people have come out to enjoy this spectacle. they left bridlington
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less tha n spectacle. they left bridlington less than one hour ago, in the next few minutes they are expected through this main marketplace. the route will take them in through pocklington, into north walk meat yorkshire, and along the route, some witty evil climbs as well, including a notorious climb up on the north york moors, they will go into whitby and then head down, by the coast road, and into scarborough's north bay, and at a:a5pm this afternoon they will get there. this racing to get bigger every year, 2 million people turned out last year, and this year, in the wake of what was hosted back in 201a, we are expecting the races through here any time soon, when they do come, what a yorkshire welcome they will receive from pocklington. thank you very much indeed, enjoy that! time for a look at the weather.
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these are the scenes up the road in pickering, for the tour de yorkshire, specs looking good for stages one, two and three, sunny spells taking us through the weekend, strong breeze, giving us a flavour of the forecast for all of us, convocation comes, what will happen to this cloud, that is a few days away, broken cloud across most parts of the uk, producing the odd shower, here and there are, particularly across western areas, but some of the cloud will continue to break up, sunny spells going through forjust to break up, sunny spells going through for just about all, lengthier sunshine across parts of east anglia, and of course, lighter winds then yesterday, starting to feel that little bit warmer. the exception, parts


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