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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8.00pm: a breast cancer surgeon accused of playing god" with people's lives is found guilty of carrying out "completely unnecessary" operations on hundreds of women. the scar as i thought were there because they were a badge of honour and now because he has needed it to me andi and now because he has needed it to me and i have been to this for nothing. mr paterson has enjoyed any remorse for the terrible things he has done and he has really damaged the trust that the public has in the health service and put some of our health service and put some of our health professionals. health service and put some of our health professionals. concerns had first been raised about ian paterson more than 20 years ago — we'll be asking how he was able to continue operating for so long. the other headlines tonight: police say they have foiled an active terrorist plot after a woman was shot during a raid in north—west london. also: the man detained while carrying knives in whitehall yesterday has been identified as 27—year—old khalid mohamed omar ali, who went
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to school in tottenham. britain's economic growth slowed sharply in the first three months of the year — growing byjust 0.3%. face to face — anthonyjoshua and vladimir klitchko square up ahead of what is being described as the biggest fight in british boxing history. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a breast cancer surgeon has been found guilty of carrying out completely unnecessary, but life changing, procedures at nhs and private hospitals in the west midlands. a jury convicted 59—year—old ian paterson of wounding with intent after hearing how he had lied to patients and exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer to convince them to go
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under the knife. it is still not clear why he did it. the charges related to nine women and one man, but there are hundreds more victims. the nhs has already paid out nearly £18 million in damages and hundreds of his private patients are also suing him. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. surgeon ian paterson — described as charismatic and charming, but who lied to his patients in order to deliberately wound them on the operating table, pretending they were at risk of cancer when they were not. today some of his victims, who thought the surgeon was saving their lives, showed their relief after the jury at nottingham crown court found paterson guilty of 17 counts of deliberately harming patients. i have been left physically damaged, ifeel like i have been mutilated, all this was for nothing, all the scars i thought were there because they were a badge of honour, now because he has mutilated me and i have been through this for nothing.
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paterson was also found guilty of three counts of unlawful wounding. but why he did it remains a mystery. so you are convinced, are you, this was him trying to play god, in a way, with patients' lives? that is the way some of the patients have described his actions. i really do not know his true motivation. certainly financial motivation is something that has featured during the investigation and trial. unless he tells us what his motivation was that we will never know. during the trial the jury heard how ian paterson told patients they needed to have lumps or entire breasts removed, but expert witnesses told the court the risk was nonexistent or greatly exaggerated and that no reasonable surgeon would have acted in the way paterson did. one of those experts was professor philip drew who says he has been deeply affected
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by the evidence he examined. i can't understand it. it is distressing to even think about, that someone would deliberately mislead a patient and submit them to effectively a deforming surgery for no good reason. professor drew had previously met paterson and said he seemed warm and credible and patients had called him wonderful. it made him think of another notorious doctor. shipman was bizarre. and paterson is bizarre in that they both were deliberately harming people and, again, you have to understand the whole mindset of the medical profession is that is so wrong it does not even occur to you it would happen. it is just so wrong. so i think both of them demonstrated some degree of almost psychopathic approach to care for their patients. this case revolved around paterson's work at two private hospitals in the west midlands.
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he also worked as a surgeon at the nhs solihull hospital, where he treated hundreds more patients. one of his patients, francis perks, underwent a series of operations, including a mastectomy, all of them unnecessary. how can anyone in their right mind do that to people? i just find it unbelievable. how he has made us all suffer, and people as well have lost their lives. it is pure evil to me, pure evil. paterson left court with his daughters after being granted bail before sentencing next month, but the man whom mutilated so many has been warned he is likely to face a prison sentence. ian paterson's youngest victim was just 16 when he first
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convinced her and her family that she needed surgery. 12 years later, she's been left scarred and traumatised. our midlands correspondent sima kotecha has been speaking to her. i can't remember this, this must have been before i actually had any operations. jade was just 16 when she found a large lump in her left breast. herfamily had private health insurance, so she was immediately referred to ian paterson. it wasn't anything scary, but it was big enough to warrant coming out and he suggested that we get it out. months later, she found another lump in her right breast and again paterson told her it was best to have it removed. she said she believed every word he said. very charismatic, very friendly, made you feel really at ease and everything he said was said with such, kind of, justification that you felt like that, well, yes, obviously because mr paterson is saying it, so obviously that's what's going to happen.
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over a four—year period, the surgeon operated on herfour times after lumps kept reoccurring. but in 2011, doctors told her three out of those four operations had been unnecessary. she was devastated. it's anger, it's sad, it's shock that you can't believe that a man of his kind of calibre had put somebody through something like that so unnecessarily. now that paterson's been found guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations on several other patients, jade hopes she can close this chapter of her life. do you think you can ever forgive him for what he did? it would not be healthy to hold on to something like that, but i think that i'm always going to have the scars on my body, so every day when i get dressed the scars are there, i think that it will be easier to draw a line under it now
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it's all kind of done. jade edgington speaking to our correspondent sima kotecha. joining me now from our nottingham studio is mark sibbering, a consultant breast surgeon and vice—president of we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.1i0pm this evening in the papers. joining me tonight are the editor of politics home, kevin schofield, and the public affairs consultant alex deane. police investigating an active terrorist plot carried out an armed raid on a house in north—west london last night. one woman was shot and seriously injured. five others have been arrested. the metropolitan police say they are trying to contain a growing number of threats . our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. just before 7pm last night... gunshot. masked armed police officers at a north london flat. gunshots. firing cs gas canisters into the front window. i ran to my partner in the kitchen and was like, "quick, quick, there's armed officers
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outside, armed officers". at that point you heard another bang, and another bang. video obtained by the sun shows some of those arrested in the flat being led away, and then a woman who was shot by police during the counter—terrorism raid being treated on the pavement. there was a woman brought out of the house. she was on the ground, face down, officers on top of her, ambulance officers around. she was screaming incredibly loud. it was quite awful. and the police were just saying, "if you could just stay still, we'll help you. "you just need to be still and we'll help you". police said the flat had been under observation in an investigation into a suspected plot against the uk. the armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence we were dealing with, and involved armed 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. in all, six people were arrested,
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including one in kent. three women, two men, and a 16—year—old boy. and that doesn't include the woman in hospital, who'll be arrested once she's well enough. and the extraordinary events here last night came just a few hours after the arrest of a man in whitehall, just a few yards from downing street. he is khalid mohammed omar ali, the bbc exclusively revealed today. he is still being held on suspicion of terrorism and carrying knives. he is not linked to last night's arrests. khalid mohammed omar ali is 27. he is british but was born overseas, and went to school in tottenham, north london. he was arrested after being stopped and searched in what police called an intelligence—led operation, which included a tip—off from family members. it is very difficult for the police and security services, as hard as they work, to keep ahead of the terrorist threat. they depend hugely on cooperation from the public. there are many cases
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in which the first leads have been given by the public and those leads have led to developed intelligence. that is the way in which terrorists are caught. this afternoon, police could be seen at a north london property linked to ali, where forensics officers were searching the garden. seven years ago, he was involved in a controversial convoy delivering aid to gaza. tonight, he's still in custody but has not yet been charged. with me is olivier guitta, a security consultant who has worked with the home office and the eu. thank you for coming in. what does this incident in whitehall tell you about the challenges that the security services and police face here. since september 2015 in the uk has come at the top of the list of
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targets for the intervention in syria. before that they were a tear to country, if you will, compared to france and the us. we also have a couple of issues with the returning jihadists. we estimate 400 of them have returned, so that is one challenge that the security services to face but also in terms of home—grown jihadists that are really the problem, we are talking potentially 3,000 people on uk soil. the government they are trying to maintain containa the government they are trying to maintain contain a whole number of threats. it is lower tech attacks that they are facing. very much so. the uk is more specific than other countries on the continent because it is much more difficult for terrorists to get hold of an ak—47 thanit terrorists to get hold of an ak—47 than it is in front of belgium. likely to see attacks with knives
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and with cars or trucks. how much more difficult is a plan like that to stop? extremely difficult. i think the security services were very lucky yesterday to grab the individual, but it was on information gathered from people around him. what is the influence behind that change in focus away from explosives to things like cars and knives? as you said, it is very low tech, very easy—to—use because everybody has a car and you don't need to be technically minded like you would be to use explosives. as dash of now, it is nearly impossible to stop. there will be a connection with a cell, someone online relationship with people feeding information and advice. how did the
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police find these people, and how much are they reliant on the community to help? the only way they can get access to information before it happens is through the community, through the people close to that individual and that would come forward and tell them, because otherwise it is unfortunately the nightmare of the security services all over the world. without that kind of intelligence we are at a loss. thank you for coming in and talking to us. some breaking news to bring you from greater manchester police. they say a man has been charged after michael samwell was murdered in chorlton. in the early hours of sunday morning, police were called to an address in chorlton and there were reports that 35—year—old
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michael samwell have been hit by his car, trying to stop thieves from stealing it. police are now saying that ryan gibbons, also from chorlton, has been charged with murder, burglary and aggravated taking a vehicle without consent and has been remanded in custody. a 15—year—old boy from south manchester has also been arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary. two men also arrested on those charges have also been bailed. so, three arrests, ryan gibbons, following the murder of michael samwell. more now on our top story — a breast surgeon has been convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding, after carrying out a series of unnecessary, life—altering operations. nottingham crown court heard that
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ian paterson lied to his patients and exaggerated or even invented the risk of cancer to convince them to go under the knife. joining me now from our nottingham studio is mark sibbering, a consultant breast surgeon and vice—president of the association of breast surgery. thank you very much forjoining us. with regard to these crimes that ian paterson committed, how could he have gone about doing this over such a long period of time? these are historical cases. the cases first came to question in the nhs sector and have been covered in the report that was reviewed and published in 2013. his colleagues did raise concerns and these did not get taken up concerns and these did not get taken up and did not progressed within his
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trust and lots of lessons have been learned from that. a catalogue of m ista kes learned from that. a catalogue of mistakes was made between 1998 and 2011. how to you and other surgeons regard would he has done? absolutely outraged. he has let our profession down. this man has worked against com pletely down. this man has worked against completely against what we stand for. he has let down all of his collea g u es for. he has let down all of his colleagues that work hard to care for their patients every day. the police said they have no idea why he carried the side, it may have been driven by money. obviously you can't understand why he did it, but what might have been his motivation? it seems battling with you or alt. do no harm. mr patterson was in the member offer organisation and never has been. i don't have the details
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of him and the police would no far better than myself. what does it do for patient trust? we have heard appalling testimony from his victims. clearly, night everybody will be worried can i trust my local breast surgeon. i would reassure patients that these cases, prior to 2011, modern breast care is delivered by specialist teams, so not by surgeons in isolation. if you are diagnosed with cancer, a cancer specialist, an oncologist and we as teams look after the patient together. is that the same in the nhs and the private sector? together. is that the same in the nhs and the private sector7m should be. the standards that apply to the nhs should apply to the private sector and we as an association had made that very clear to our members, that the standards
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are to our members, that the standards a re exactly to our members, that the standards are exactly the same and the process that you follow in the private sector should mirror those in the nhs. what are the checks and bala nces to nhs. what are the checks and balances to safeguard patient to get somebody like ian paterson, that wasn't in place when he was committing those crimes that are now in place? there is a greater awareness amongst health care professionals of their responsibilities to raise concerns if there reserve are concerned about safety or care of the patient, that is paramount and that is what we are all about as health care professionals. there is greater emphasis in trusts to respond to concerns that were raised and we know that if our concerns are addressed we have a responsibility to report to disciplinary bodies such as the general medical council. thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news: the breast surgeon ian paterson has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients by carrying out unnecessary operations.
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police say they have foiled an active terror plot after a raid in north—west london. a 20—year—old woman remains in hospital after being shot by firearms officers. britain's economic growth slows sharply as the economy expands byjust 0.3%. sport now and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's lizzie. good evening. the countdown continues to the world heavyweight title fight between britain's anthonyjoshua and former champion wladimir klitschko at wembley stadium tomorrow night. the fighters weighed—in this afternoon withjoshua ten pounds heavier than his ukrainian opponent. klitschko weighed—in at 17 stone 2 pounds. it's his first fight since losing his belts to britain's tyson fury in 2015, but this is klitschko's 69th professional fight, joshua has had just 18. joshua scaled 17 stone, 12 pounds — the heaviest he's ever been
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for a fight and is the bookies favourite to win, but an interested spectator will be american deontay wilder. six foot six apiece, a good fighter, but one that i will have to come up against. i'm ready to go as far as i need to go to get the win. i've shown it before. i have the skill and determination but i'm really willing to dig deeper. and staying with wembley because tottenham have confirmed they'll play their home games there next season. spurs are having a new stadium built next to their current home at white hart lane but they'll need to move out for the 2017/18 season to finish off the new 60,000 plus seater venue. newly promoted newcastle will keep alive their championship title hopes with a win at cardiff tonight. it's goalless at the moment and if newcastle lose, brighton will be champions. there's one match which affects
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the foot of the scottish premiership this evening, inverness who are bottom by five points, are at ross county, goalless at the moment. andy murray is through to the semi—finals of the barcelona open after a hard —fought victory against albert ramos—vinolas — who knocked murray out of the monte carlo masters last week. the spaniard took the first set, but the world number one fought back to take the second and the third went to tie break which murray won 7—4. meanwhile, maria sharapova is through to the semi—final of stuttgart‘s wta tournament as she continues her comeback from a drugs ban. sharapova saw off estonian qualifier annette kontaveit for her third—straight win on her return after 15 months out of the game. the 30—year—old five—time grand slam winner has yet to drop a set in stuttgart. the first stage of the tour de yorkshire has been marred by a big
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crash within sight of the finish line in scarborough. danish rider magnus cort nielsen fell with less than two hundred yards to go on the 107 mile stage. the crash brought down several other riders including 22 year old briton tao geoghegan—hart, who's in his first season as a professional rider with team sky. dutchman dylan groene—wegen won the stage, all those caught up in the crash will be given the same time. great britain is one of four countries to formally express an interest in staging the 2022 commonwealth games. liverpool, birmingham and london have been listed as potential host cities after durban lost the right to put—on the event. england last staged the games in 2002 in manchester, accompanied at times by some typical manchester rain. the other nations to have expressed an interest for the 2022 games — are australia, canada and malaysia. sebastian vettel looks determined to increase his lead in the formula one drivers‘ championship after topping the timesheets in practice ahead of this weekend's russian grand prix.
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the ferrari driver was a quarter of a second ahead of his team mate kimi raikkonen and more than half a second ahead of the mercedes of valtteri bottas and championship rival lewis hamilton. several teams showed their support for british teenager billy monger who had both legs amputated following a crash in a formula four race a fortnight ago. more than £750,000 has been raised to help his recovery. on to snooker and the semi—finals of the world championship at sheffield's crucible theatre. john higgins is seven frames away from a place in the final as he leads barry hawkins 10—6 but tonight defending champion mark selby resumed against the man he beat in last year's final, dingjunhui. these are live pictures on bbc 2. it isa it is a repeat of last year's final. that match finishes tomorrow morning. that is all this board for
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now. we will have paul morford view in the next hour. the uk economy slowed more than expected at the start of this year with consumers tightening their belts in the face of rising inflation. figures from the office of national statistics show growth slowing because of falling retail sales and a jump in living costs. the economy expanded by 0.3% from january to march. that's down from growth of 0.7% at the end of last year. our economics correspondent andy verity has the details. this sector is now bright spot of our economy — this shrewsbury—based manufacturer makes parts for cars. the drop in the value of pound before and after the brexit vote should have helped business a lot. because it is cheaper for foreign buyers paying dollars are euros to buy the parts. but new order are not growing as quickly. there are customer whs are saying let's wait and see what happens
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with brexit and whether we can buy from the uk or europe and what we are saying it look, we will continue to invest and grow, what we need is a bit more commitment from the government to get the deal done. the car makers could be investing more to meet demand, but their customers are consumers and spending there is slowing down. what is a matter of concern for businesses is if the consumer starts to give way, because of pressure from inflation and their ability to spend, that could hold back investment and be the beginning of a broader slow down. that message was not lost on the the politicians on the campaign trail, who each had their own take on the slow down. britain's economy is forecast to grow at 2% this year, employment is at record highs and is set to go higher. the british economy is resilient. the figures are ominous and suggest
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the way the economy has been kept afloat since brexit with a lot of consumer spending and supported by credit, this is not sustainable. for years, consumer spending has been the motor of growth, but now we're hitting the brakes. interest rates are slow, but a problem has returned — interest rates are low, but a problem has returned — prices again are going up faster than wages. a key measure of whether we are getting better off is the value of economy per person, also known as gdp per head that. also known as gdp per head. that dropped after the financial crisis and only recently got back above the 2008 level. it has grown by 0.1% this year. i think the gdp figures should be setting alarm bells ringing and it underlines the importance of making sure there are voices there arguing
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for a common—sense outcome. it is shocking, because it comes on top of the figures around inflation going up and earnings stagnating. i think it is worrying for the average household now. it shows you why theresa may has gone for this early election, because the economy is now on the turn. if you're an optimist, the shift to manufacturing is welcome. a rebalancing the previous government tried to achieve. but that won't be much comfort who households whose income is shrinking. the isle of wight‘s conservative mp andrew turner has announced he will not be standing at the general election following reports he told a group of sixth—formers that homosexuality was wrong and dangerous to society. mr turner, who has represented the constituency for 16 years, said it was time for a new generation to take on his role as mp.
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ukip's leader, paul nuttall, has launched the party's election campaign, describing it as the brexit election. he claimed a big conservative majority would allow theresa may to backtrack on promises over brexit and he promised that ukip would fight the election with vigour. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. ukip are a nasty party. even their campaign launch was interrupted by members of a socialist party. the party leader said his policies are not racist and ukip still has a role. we go into this snap election determined to hold the government's feet to the fire on brexit. we will act as the government's backbone. at the last general election, ukip was riding high and shaping
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the debate around immigration and the referendum. but this time, it is fighting to prove its relevance. in essex, the party lost by a few thousand votes the last time. part industrial, most people backed brexit. does ukip still matter? they haven't put themselves around. i don't know the name of the new leader. without ukip we wouldn't have brexit. you think they have a role now. i think they have a major role. but this councillor has quit to join the tories, saying after brexit, ukip lost its way. there was so much fighting, we didn't look like we had a plan to atament. he disagrees. we want to see cuts to immigration as do most people, we will be the only party to slashing the foreign aid budget to ensure british taxpayers' money is spent on the nhs and we will go
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in where commitments to raise defence spending and to have more police officers on the streets. ukip has agreed not to stand against some candidates if they're committed to prebgt. committed to brexit. but he said they will fight to add a national voice to the debate. louise lear has the weather. bank holiday weekend just around the corner and it looks reasonably comfy. there will be dry weather in the story. some rain to come, cheaply into the south—west on sunday, so enjoy the weather on saturday if you can. there will be some decent sunshine around and showers will be isolated in northern ireland, south—west scotland and maybe close to the lake district.
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elsewhere, sunny spells, like trees. highs of 17 celsius. the winds will strengthen from the west that wriggled through the day and as he moved to the overnight period we will see heavy rain starting to arrive into cornwall, eventually devon, dorset and south wales. that will give the twin north and east. there will be a good slice of dry weather through daylight hours for many and it will be warmer, for some. scattered showers remaining for bank holiday monday and temperatures not too bad for this of year. the breast surgeon ian paterson is facing a long prison sentence after being convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent by carrying out a series of completely unnecessary and life changing operations on his
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patients. mr patterson hasn't shown any remorse for the terrible things he has done and he has really damaged the trust that the public as in the health service and would sum for health professionals. scotland ya rd for health professionals. scotland yard believe they have fought an active terrorist plot of a woman was shot and six others were arrested. he figures out today showed that economic growth has slowed sharply. the economy expanded byjust not .3% in the first two months of the year. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, tells a un security council meeting that all options for responding to further provocations from north korea remain on the table. president trump has assured the national rifle association, which was one of the biggest backers of his campaign, that they will not be treated as a persecuted minority ina be treated as a persecuted minority in a speech to their convention in atla nta.
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in a speech to their convention in atlanta. the first president to address them since ronald reagan in 93. a man has been charged over the murder of mike sandwell. the 35 was over by his car which was stolen from his home in manchester in the early hours of sunday morning. more now on our top story. the breast cancer surgeon has been convicted of 17 can't avoiding with intent and three of unlawful wounding after trying out a series of unnecessary, life altering operations. birmingham crown court heard that in person like that in paterson lied to his patients and exaggerated or even invented the risk of cancer to convince them to go under the knife. the 59—year—old did to forward the jury the 59—year—old did to forward the jury were told were which may have
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included the desire to earn extra money. outside court this afternoon, one of his victims and the police give their response. he has shown no remorse for any of the terrible things he has done. it is hard to describe someone who has done such awful things. you do struggle to find the words to say what type of person he is. i would not be able to put a bride. i would say is that west midlands midlands police have spoken to 240 of his patients, all of whom have taken statements and we have taken a number of those cases to the criminal courts, which is what this trial has been. why did he do it? there has been a lot of some of the victims said he wanted to
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play god with their lives, or about some perverse satisfaction out of it. we really do not know. it is not, during the trial. we will probably never know. not, during the trial. we will probably never knowlj not, during the trial. we will probably never know. i told everyone i was lucky to have the best consultant, i don't ever when i was lucky to be in private medicine so i could get in strict weight and get treated. in all those years i found that all of that has been betrayed andl that all of that has been betrayed and i have been left physically damaged. i feel like and i have been left physically damaged. ifeel like i have been mutilated. while this was for nothing. all these cars were there because they were a badge of honour, not the order because he has mutilated me. i have been through this for nothing. i am angry that we have waited for so long. this is not
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just physical damage, it is mental damage. i know ladies easy for me every night and say i cannot sleep. they just pray every night and say i cannot sleep. theyjust pray thatjustice is done and justice is served, because they cannot go outside their house. they have had years of mental anguish, so thank god justice has been done. i have had to fight for information on my own case. lots of things were hidden. thank god now these brave people who spoke up in court have got the right verdict. debbie douglas and caroline marsh from west midlands police speaking earlier today. the uk economy grew by far less than was expected in the first three months of this year. figures published today by the office for national statistics show that gdp grew by 0.3%, down from 0.7% in the last three months of 2016. economists had been expecting a slowdown, but not by as much. rising prices and the weakness of the pound have meant consumers are tightening their belts more
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than was predicted. joining me from our cambridge studio is professorjagjit chadha, who is the director of the national institute of economic and social research. thank you very much forjoining us this evening. why have economists been caught up in this way. they we re been caught up in this way. they were not expecting this. the news on the economy is disappointing, but not devastating. we expected gdp to grow in the first quarter of this year by around 1.5%. .3% is a little bit lower, but it is not far outside the margin of terror. this is a preliminary estimate. this is a key weeks after the end of the quarter. the ons constructed as did with only around 44% of the final amount of information we will have in a couple of years. it is only one quarter,
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isn't it? absolutely. we want to measure it over a number of quarters before we draw any firm conclusions. one could say the higher number at the end of 2016 is balanced by the lower than anticipated number in this year. overall, growth is a bit puzzled trent and a bit disappointing, but it is not devastating news the economy. why is it lower? the two components of output but have underperformed relative to expectations or services and construction. manufacturing has held up rather well, possibly in response to the fall in the exchange rate we saw after the referendum last year. both services and construction have underperformed relatively speaking. that might well reflect consumers, in defence of higher inflation, deciding they will not spend or do not have enough money to spend as prices start to rise and wages have not got up to
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the same degree as the increase in prices. politicians will want to use these figures to their advantage. brexit, of course, appears in a lot of thinking these days. what is the brexit effect here, if only? it is ha rd to brexit effect here, if only? it is hard to tell. the institute did not think the vote would have much of an impact one way or the other last year. the impact of leaving the european union will affect the economy this year, but offsetting thatis economy this year, but offsetting that is faster growth in other parts of the world, the united states and in the emerging economies. overall, the impact, as far as this year is concerned, might be marginal. we still expect the economy to grow below trend and if we measure things like the might of output per head, or income per head, that is not growing very fast at all either. there are headwinds causing us some concern, but at the moment we are not seen a tremendous slowdown causing us to worry in a deeply
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about the state of the economy. what might this mean for interest rates? we have been expecting the buckle up and then they don't and then they will, where does that leave us? the bank will set interest rates in order to hit the inflation target. default pasture will bring about an increase in inflation this year and next year, but providing people believe the target will be meeting for the long run, that there is no reason immediately for the bank of england to raise interest rates u nless england to raise interest rates unless it felt inflation would not fall unless it felt inflation would not fa ll over unless it felt inflation would not fall over the forecast horizon. we do not see any good reason why inflation will be dislodged from those long—running patent that we have seen over the last 20 years since we had central bank independence. thank you very much. labour has reaffirmed its permitted crackdown on tax avoidance, pledging to build a country that works for the money, but the few. shadow
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chancellor spoke in the bulletin of the attacked the government record on child poverty. last week, an all—party group parliamentary report told us, in the school holidays, when kids cannot get their free school meals, there are 2 million children in this country now at risk of malnourishment. this is 2017, not 1917. this is what this economic theory and the policies have delivered. a government that cannot even feed its population. also, you look at what they have done in terms of poverty. we now have 4 million children living in poverty. the labour government, between 1997 and 2010, lifted 11 million children out
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of poverty. there are now 4 million and it is increasing. two thirds of the children in poverty are in families where someone is at work. what does that say to you about the level of wages in this country? a government that cannot even ensure its population preferred. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonald, speaking in liverpool. 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.
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long journey, long battle, tiring battle. 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 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 and his conviction was reduced to manslaughter. but although that manslaughter
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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. the headlines on bbc news: the breast surgeon ian paterson has been convicted of intentionally wounding patients by carrying out unnecessary operations. police say they have foiled an active terror plot after a raid in north—west london. a 20—year—old woman remains in hospital after being shot by firearms officers. britain's economic growth slows sharply, as the economy
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expands byjust 0.3%. an update on the market numbers for you, here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. donald trump spoken to the national rifle association convention. he told delegates to head a true friend and champion in the white house, pledging to work with the nra to promote responsible ownership. they eat your assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. he has a true friend
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and champion in the white house. no longer what federal agencies the comment after law abiding gun owners. no longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as americans. instead, we will work with you, by your side. we will work with you, by your side. we will work with the nra to promote responsible gun ownership, to protect our wonderful hunters and their access to the very beautiful outdoors. even at my son, i can tell you both sons, they love the outdoors. frankly, i think they love the outdoors more than they love fifth ave, but that is ok. we want to ensure you have this could right of self for all of our citizens. donald trump speaking
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in atla nta. our citizens. donald trump speaking in atlanta. the president of the european council, has said before negotiations on future missions with uk, there must be agreement on people, money and ireland. he's delivered his message in a letter to eu leaders, but not the uk. he was sure itam eu leaders, but not the uk. he was sure it am the summit tomorrow to adopt thejoint sure it am the summit tomorrow to adopt the joint negotiating position on brexit. yes, the leaders of the 27 remaining eu states will hold a summit here in brussels tomorrow. it pretty sure some of which they will kneel down their negotiating position, their negotiating guidelines on brexit over the next couple of years. let's talk about to martinez from the centre for european reform. thank if further with this. what do you expect to come out of this? tomorrow we will see more of what we have seen over the last few months which is a very
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connected eu 27 with a clear set of priorities, including citizens rights, the eu budget and a number of other things related to the ec], for example. a very strong and united europe with a very clear mandate to negotiate with britain. what is the thinking, because angela merkel has said there are some people in britain who seem to have illusions about the sort of deal they can get, in other words, that britain is maybe living in fantasy land? the difference between expectations and reality is quite thick and the perception we have here in brussels is that some in the government might think they can achieve more than is actually achievable. especially because of election time. we fear that reason they and others might be making promises they cannot deliver and i think that is a common fear that other politicians have and they want to make clear, head of the elections, just promise what you can
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deliver and do not go beyond. what about the financial settlement? donald tews, the european council president has made it clear that has got to be progress on that before he talks about trade and so on. how much in the end will britain have to pay? if i could much in the end will britain have to pay? ifi could say much in the end will britain have to pay? if i could say that i would much in the end will britain have to pay? ifi could say that i would be paid millions. ithink pay? ifi could say that i would be paid millions. i think britain will have to pay something. i do not think the 60 billion floated... that is the price some people have said? i think that will be too much. the council will be willing to go down if that insofar as the uk agrees to pay, because i think it is a sign of goodwill that the uk will pay the bill, so at the end of the day we do not care how much, but you have to pay your bill. i think that is clear for the eu 27, that is one of the priorities they have in the
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guidelines. the second one is the eu budget and how this bill will be settled. the message is clear that has to be sufficient progress on that before about a trade deal. has to be sufficient progress on that before about a trade dealm has to be sufficient progress on that before about a trade deal. in a good case of eu jargon, we talk about phases of negotiation. within article 50, the two years, we can only move the second phase of negotiation, which is looking at the future, once we have settled citizen's rights, the eu budget and the ec]. that is clear from the eu 27. all right, thank you very much indeed. it is going to be a pretty brief summit tomorrow when they do finalise their negotiating position on brexit. it is scheduled to last about three and half hours and only one item on the agenda and that is brexit. the general election will be a tipping point for education, according to head teachers, who claim the stability
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of the whole system is at risk. a survey by the national assocation of headteachers found that nearly three—quarters of heads say their budget will be untenable within two years. our education correspondent, marc ashdown, reports. and when you square something what do you do in your maths when you square something? pupils at the corbett school in shropshire are on top of the figures. today, head teachers are warning that they are struggling. many have already had to make savings to balance the books and schools funding will be a key issue during election campaigning. we are going to have to look very carefully at our staffing levels. if you start doing that in a small school like the corbett you are in danger of restricting your curriculum, you are in danger of having to increase school class sizes, all of that affects standards, all of that affects the quality of education. money is tight at schools across england. ahead of its national conference, the national association of head teachers surveyed its members. 72% said their budgets will be untenable by 2020 and 18% said they are already in deficit.
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it comes as the institute for fiscal studies says to keep up with inflation and freeze funding in real terms the next government will need to find an extra £2 billion over the next parliament. anything less would effectively amount to a cut. all the main parties have said funding schools is a priority. we will have to wait for the manifestos to see how they will make the figures add up. marc ashdown, bbc news. campaigners claim that controversial plans to build a garden bridge over the river thames are dead, after the mayor said he would not support the project. sadiq khan wrote to the garden bridge trust saying it could poses too great a financial risk to london's taxpayers. here's our transport correspondent, tom edwards. this is a huge blow for the garden bridge, which is meant to be built here and its future is now hanging bya here and its future is now hanging by a thread. as part of its planning
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permissions, which expire in december, it was meant to have financial guarantees for maintenance and operation. today, the mayor pulled the plug on those. the reality is there is a £70 million funding gap. attempts to get pledges are going backwards, not forwards. the pledges the garden bridge have are the pledges the garden bridge have a re less the pledges the garden bridge have are less than they were in spring 2015. circumstances are such that will not sign a blank cheque. why did you not killed a year ago?|j will not sign a blank cheque. why did you not killed a year ago? i was clear that no more taxpayers money would be spent on it. i was clear from day one i would not spent a guarantee, but you have got to be fair. those against the bridge a lwa ys fair. those against the bridge always said it was being built in the wrong place and they also didn't like the fact that it was using transport funds for building work, in essence, was a tourist attraction. campaigners now say the
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whole project dead. do you think the garden bridge is dead now? yes, without a doubt. they haven't got the money. they have spent years tried to get the money and they need a guarantee. sodhi kers said and will not underwrite this, londoners will not underwrite this, londoners will not under read this. we will not keep this thing alive. there is a tiny chance of the garden bridge trust will find another public body to give these financial assurances, but the wider picture now is political support from the mayor has now evaporated. all of this crucially means that the taxpayer will have lost £46 million. the big question is why and who is to blame? well, the garden bridge trust has said it received the mayor's letter with great regret— and will study it in detail before it formally responds. the trust chairman lord mervyn davies has said there's been enormous support from funders and he's very confident the remaining funds needed can be raised. here is louise with the weather
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forecast. it may not have escaped your attention that it is the bank holiday weekend this weekend. the weather looks half decent, actually, considering. if you went to the launch of the tour de yorkshire, this was the story. it was dry and pleasant enough. that has been the story from most of us today. the rest of the breaks have been to the east, the conflict enough elsewhere for a few showers which have yet to drift away steadily eastward. they will do so overnight and, as we move into saturday, you can see that we keep the theme. there were different wedding in the wings to arrive for sunday, but let's not bring about that yet. two groups posting on saturday, these will be the temperatures, five to nine celsius. a frost free skype. lots of sunshine coming through from the word go. this of showers likely. south—west
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scotland, northern ireland, into the la ke scotland, northern ireland, into the lake district will be nice. it largely quiet day with some sunshine and a southerly breeze, temperatures will climb to a high of 17 degrees. if you are going to the geordie yorkshire for the weekend, it looks as though the weather is set fair. the breeze on sunday it mightjust ta ke the breeze on sunday it mightjust take the edge off the field of things a little bit. if you are looking enough to have tickets for wembley for the boxing, it looks as though it will be dry. as we move out of saturday into sunday, the wind will strengthen and a different arrive into this is worst. this is where we could potentially see the whitest and heaviest rain across much of cornwall, devon, dorset and into south and central wales. not pushing further into the north of england in until the end of the day. as of 18 degrees and maybe in sheltered western scotland with the breeze, temperatures will respond as well. the frontal system almost dies off as it pushes its way through
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north—east england. a band of showers remains on monday. perhaps not even making its way into scotland. it is sunny spells and scattered showers were a backward on monday and reasonable temperatures. these are worried should be for this time of year at around ten to 16 degrees. all in all, the buckley began his looking favourable. breezy but one in comparison to earlier in the week. the chance of rain, but not all. the heaviest rain will be donein not all. the heaviest rain will be done in the south—west. see you in half an hour. this is bbc world news today, broadcasting in the uk and around the world. i'm kasia madera. the headlines: the us secretary of state warns the world must adopt a new approach to north korea
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