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this is bbc news. the headlines at seven: modern slavery in the uk, the national crime agency say they are shocked by the scale of problem, with tens of thousands of victims being exploited. it's just horrible. even it'sjust horrible. even now, ijust feel like my heart started beating a little bit. a new threat from north korea — it says it's ready to launch missiles towards the island of guam, home of a us a naval base nhs. nhs figures show that waiting lists hit a ten—year high in england. other key targets including urgent referral for cancer care have also been missed. also in the next hour: the number of potentially contaminated eggs sent to britain from dutch farms is much higher than initial estimates. the food standards agency says 700,000 may have reached the uk, but stresses that any risk to public health is "very unlikely". robby and leonora — the couple still recovering
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from the manchester arena bombing. he tells us he's lucky to be alive. the doctor called me the miracle of lard. —— lad. afterthe the doctor called me the miracle of lard. —— lad. after the operation, he said it was still touch and go. and from despair to delight — three days after being barred from the heats of the world athletics championships, isaac makwala runs for gold tonight. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the national crime agency says modern slavery and people trafficking in the uk is a far larger problem than previously thought. it says victims are likely to be found anywhere from the high street to a farm. there are likely to be tens of thousands of them working "in every large town and city".
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more than 300 police operations are currently targeting the criminals involved. in just two months this year, the national crime agency says there have been 111 arrests. here's our social affairs correspondent, dominic casciani. another day, another anti—slavery operation. police! over the last six months, the national crime agency has coordinated operations to smash trafficking and slavery gangs. this suspected brothel, run in the north—east of england, just one of many that's been raided. today a new analysis from the agency suggests the true scale of modern slavery is far greater than previously suspected. this man from romania was coerced into hard labour. the gang controlled his life for four months until he got out. it's just horrible, i tell you, it's just horrible. even now, ijust feel like my heart is start beating a little bit. i think we cannot call them people.
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modern—day slaves are tricked into uk by gangs promising a better life, and coerced into work they can't escape from. women forced into prostitution make up to £600 a day. men are trapped in gruelling work in food processing or agriculture, and victims are on the high street in nail bars and car washes. you are more likely than ever before to unwittingly come into contact with a victim. a cannabis farm in a suburban home, run by workers under the control of a gang. it's impossible to count all the victims because like this enterprise, they are hidden from view. but investigators say the more they look, the more they find. we have also seen people as young as 13 and 1a being sexually exploited and forced to engage in prostitution. that should worry us all. this is a growing problem for which we think there's a shared responsibility across society in the united kingdom to address. but critics say more could be
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to identify trafficking. charities investigating abuses say there are obvious signs that someone is being held against their will. their passports are taken off them. they are forced to work against their will. they are held in squalid conditions. the trafficker controls their finances, controls their movement. in the small villages there are few jobs and no money... a new online campaign by the national crime agency. it's pledging to carry on raids month after month, but investigators say they will still need the public‘s help to find all the victims. we can now speak to aidan mcquade, who's director of anti—slavery international. thank you for coming in. if this figure of ten to 13,000 people is the tip of the iceberg, what is your best estimate of how many victims that are in this country?” best estimate of how many victims that are in this country? i think we are beginning to see, what the
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national crime agency is get to grips with the problem and they are saying it is several orders of magnitude largely than has previously been thought. how has it come to this state then? what are the conditions in the uk to allow these gangs to flourish?” the conditions in the uk to allow these gangs to flourish? i suspect it has always been the sort of state. the beef simply have not been paying attention. ijoined anti—slavery international in 2006 and already we had identified this was a major issue within the uk. it is something that has been gaining momentum over the years in terms of awareness and actually against it. the system is still inadequate in dealing with it. just recently, it has been transformed into the gang masters labour authority to begin to address these issues and the national crime agency took on 300 ongoing investigations. some of these sectors in which the abusers have been most race, there is
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insufficient police, insufficiently properly trained police and the immigration system in place that the uk the moment often facilitates trafficking. the police approach to it? some good specialist units up and down the country, most ordinary cops do not have much of a grasp of what is going on. i had a client about a year ago who had been to two different police stations and to dott presenting himself as a victim of possible trafficking and he was told it was a immigration matter. he had evidence to support his claim. the police do not know what the response of these are in dealing with this issue. how much of the problem is that? some people are trapped in that situation do not
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realise that they are victims of modern slavery. they would not think they needed to raise the alarm. many of the people we have spoken to in the past have thought they are victims of bad luck not clear about where they may be able turn to for some sort of help. that certainly is a barrier to opening up the system but bear in mind is while the introduction of the crime of illegal working in the 2016 immigration act, many people who present themselves 110w many people who present themselves now who are victims of slavery may end up being arrested and deported rather than being treated as victims of crime. immigration law at odds with the modern slavery act? yes. we lacked a properjoined up government isa lacked a properjoined up government is a relationship to this. there is some good work being done internationally, the home office is seeing some good work, diplomacy itself has not really taken on board theissue itself has not really taken on board the issue of slavery yet. what role,
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if any, do the public have in making the authorities aware of what might be going on right on their doorstep? i think it's important to pay attention and see, bear in mind that slavery has not been made a thing of the past, it is something that is around with us and if you think if someone is that difficult or dangerous situation, be prepared to report that. —— is in a difficult or dangerous situation. we are getting politicians in this because there's more that needs to be done in developing a more systematic approach against this issue. a lot of us don't want to feel like we are putting our noses into something that might be legitimate. what are the size that we could look for that might tell us that somebody was at risk? one of the interviewees in the package, if you're looking at people who are working long hours, or living in dangerous or difficult conditions, those will be indications to start with. if you're
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not seeing them out and about very much, if they are not speaking english or do not seem to be engaging with the community, if they are an isolated environment, if you do get to speak to them, if they have their passports with them, how much of a game paid, are they being properly paid untreated, making minimum wage? these are the things to be looking at. aidan mcquade, thank you very much. thank you. north korea says its working on plans to fire four ballistic missiles towards the american territory of guam. pyongyang denounced donald trump's warnings of "fire and fury" and said the us president was "bereft of reason". north korean state media said its rockets would pass over japan and land in the sea around 17 miles from guam. rupert wingfield hayes reports from the island. it may not look like it but there is trouble in paradise. this little pacific holiday island is now the focus of unwanted worldwide attention. this is the reason.
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from north korea today, this strangely detailed threat. translation: the hwasong-12 rocket will be launched by the korean people's army and will cross the sky above japan, flying 3356 kilometres for 1065 seconds before hitting the water is 30 to a0 kilometres away from guam. this is the hwasong—12 missile on parade in pyongyang this spring. no one should doubt it can reach guam. in recent months, north korea has successfully tested a host of long—range missiles. the little holiday island is now within the reach of kim jong un. at the volleyball court, the locals seem strangely unperturbed. i think we're kind ofjust used to the whole ebb and flow of hearing we're going to be bombed and it not happening and hearing about it again.
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it is not anything that is new to us. it never follows through, so i was not really concerned. i think it is probably like a distraction maybe, a political kind of move on the side of us and korea, just to get attention maybe. if the aim of north korea is to scare people, have a look, it does not seem to be working. people are not fleeing the beaches for the airport. the threat against guam is very specific. that has a few people worried that maybe, just maybe, kimjong unis planning some sort of action to fire one or more missiles overjapan in this direction. guam's two huge military bases are home to a fleet of b—1 bombers. it makes the island a very attractive target. the tourists, on whom this island depends, are always a much more —— are already much more jittery than the locals. translation: i saw the news and started to check where the us
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military bases on guam are located. i am worried. everyone here is hoping this latest threat is just more north korean bluff. but they are also starting to wonder, what they would do if it is not. the number of people waiting for routine surgery in england injune was the highest since december 2007. nhs england admitted around four million patients were on lists for operations. other key targets were also missed — including urgent referrals for cancer care. 0ur health editor hugh pym reports. he has had his operation but he had to wait a long time for it. andy waited more than a0 weeks before going in for surgery on his foot to relieve serious arthritis. the nhs target is 18 weeks. during that long delay, everyday life became increasingly difficult. i couldn't walk great distances and it was quite painful afterwards, taking an awful lot of painkillers to sort of try and keep the pain down.
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and although i do it work and sit at a desk all day, i was finding the middle of the afternoon i had to stop, lie down, put my feet up just because it was too painful to sit any longer. the total waiting list for routine surgery in england fell back a decade ago after government investment. but in recent years, it has crept back up again and injune, its estimated to have gone above 4 million. most worryingly of all perhaps is this is a sign of a trend that is going in the wrong direction. progressively we are seeing more and more people on the waiting list and with continuing austerity there is no end to it potentially. nhs england argues that more operations are carried out every year. a spokesperson said, more than nine out of ten patients were waiting less than 18 weeks. we're working hard to cut long waits and the number of patients waiting over a year for treatment has dropped. key waiting time performance targets have been missed again but nhs england's leaders are stressing today that in an important aspect of
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emergency care, progress has been made. that is the treatment of patients with heart failure after they arrive in hospital. a new report shows fewer lives were lost in england and wales after heart failure, partly because more specialists and new medicines were available in hospitals. scotland, wales and northern ireland have also seen rising waiting lists for surgery though with different target standards. andy's10—month wait was unusual but more patients around the uk are experiencing longer delays, more pain and frustration. hugh pym, bbc news. police looking for a jogger who knocked a woman into the path of a bus on putney bridge in london have arrested a man. video of the incident was widely distributed on social media following the incident. the woman suffered minor injuries. a man aged 50 was arrested at a property in chelsea and has been released pending further investigation. relatives of some of the 29 people killed
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in the 0magh bombing are to sue northern ireland's chief constable for alleged failings in the investigation. the families believe mistakes made by the police allowed the killers to escape justice. they are seeking damages and a declaration that their human rights were breached. the attack in 1998 was the deadliest of the troubles. the food standards agency says that some 700,000 imported eggs that are potentially contaminated with a pesticide have entered the food chain here. that's a massive increase over the original estimate of 21,000. several supermarkets have withdrawn some egg based products but the fsa says they are unlikely to pose any risk to public health. emma simpson reports. dumped and discarded. this belgian farmer has had to destroy notjust his eggs but his hens as well. the produce contaminated with fipranol, an insecticide which is banned for use in the food chain. but that's where it has ended up on a potentially
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massive scale. translation: you cannot put your eggs on the market for three months. and so i took the decision to kill the animals because it is really too expensive. the company which came to clean and treat the red lice with a so—called organic product really used fipranol. we have all been fooled by the seller. we are all a victim of him. he is not alone. more than 100 farms are affected in the netherlands too, although this one is in the clear. millions of eggs have now been pulled from supermarket shelves on the continent. the reason, fipranol may be popular for getting rid of fleas on pets but it can be dangerous to humans. here in the uk, we produce our own eggs but also import them. and some of the eggs from affected farms have ended up here as well. we're not talking about fresh eggs we buy off supermarket shelves. the affected eggs went into processed foods like sandwich
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fillings and salads. a few days ago the food standards agency said 21,000 eggs were affected. today that shot up to 700,000. sounds a lot but that is just .007% of all the eggs we eat every year. there is no reason why people should avoid eating eggs. 0ur assessment is it is very unlikely it is a public health risk. people need to not have food which contains a substance that should not be there. four supermarkets are withdrawing a limited number of products as a precaution. others will already have been consumed. yet another food scare, highlighting just how complex supply chains can be and how easily problems can spread. the headlines on bbc news: the national crime agency says the scale of slavery in the uk is far bigger than previously
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thought with victims in every large town and city in the country. the war of words escalates — north korea says a plan that could see it fire four missiles near the us territory of guam will be ready in a matter of days. nhs waiting list have had a 10—year high in england. 0ther nhs waiting list have had a 10—year high in england. other key targets including urgent referral care for cancer ca re have including urgent referral care for cancer care have also been missed. the botswana athlete, isaac makwala will compete tonight in the 200m final at the world championships in london. he was unable to take part in the heats on monday night, because officials said he had the norovirus but — unusually — he was allowed to run a time trial on his own last night and went on to win his semifinal. let's cross over to 0lly foster to get the latest news from the london stadium. how has bad news gone down about
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makwala? he's a popular figure. that is for phyllis francis, the anthem behind me, who won the 400 metres last night. the american, of course. it is all going on here at the track. it has been a terrible thing, the norovirus that has spread through one hotel, public health england have confirmed that ten more cases have been identified elsewhere. isaac makwala, he was perhaps unlucky to be caught, without a doubt some athletes have slipped through the net. back to monday, when he was denied the chance to compete in the 200 metres, he was denied the chance to compete in the 400 metres final but then we had this extraordinary theatre there on the track when once his quarantine period was over a 48 hours, they said you can come back and try and run a qualifying time to
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get into the semifinals, which he did theirand get into the semifinals, which he did their and the whole stadium broad. another 200 sprinter, who won the 400 title, he congratulated him and he said isaac makwala is a great athlete, he's the fastest man over 200 metres. we are looking forward to that, the last race on the track later this evening. what about the british interest better night? 0nly british interest better night? only one british medal, mo farah's called. we saw him go in the heats of the 5000 last night. he looks 0k. we are looking forward to seeing katarina thompson johnson in we are looking forward to seeing katarina thompsonjohnson in the highjump. katarina thompsonjohnson in the high jump. that was the discipline that let her down in the heptathlon at the halfway stage. her strongest event, 198 her personal best. she fell well below that, 18 centimetres below that. was playing catch—up
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after that i did not get close to the podium. that's right, she can hit her personal best, would've been good enough to win gold rio last yeah. morgan uttley, is also going into individual qualifications. —— morgan late. jonathan edwards, the world record that stood for 22 years could be broken by christian taylor. when the last couple of minutes, the opening heats of the 5000 metres. three british runners, steph did not get through in the heat. laura muir, she was heartbroken to miss out in the 1500 metres by a fraction of a second. she was in the first heat and she only came seventh. the top five guaranteed as going through but laura muir, she found it really tough. you can see her there. she was spread—eagled on the track at the end. not knowing whether that would be good enough to get into the 5000 metres final. it was because
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her heat was a lot quicker than the second heat. in the second heat, the daughter of liz mccolgan, finished fourth. thanks has being a quicker heat, here she comes back. she went through automatically, liz mccolgan. expect once again be used africans to hoover up in this event if laura muircan be on to hoover up in this event if laura muir can be on their shoulders somewhere or a list mccolgan in that final bend in the 5000 final, maybe she can get in the slipstream. the incredible ethiopian who won the 10,000 metres by over 45 seconds, she is going for the double here is while. plenty of british interest but at the moment, the word we are getting from the team is it as a transitional year and let us celebrate some of these up—and—coming athletes getting into finals. but of course with all that
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lottery funding and the demand for medals because we have been so spoilt down the years, we were just love a little bit more. we might have to wait for mo farah in the 5000 metres to. does it make you feel inadequate? all these young things coming past me? no, i have had my day on the track.|j things coming past me? no, i have had my day on the track. i would have liked to have seen that.” had my day on the track. i would have liked to have seen that. i will tell them about the good old days. i was a high jumper. tell them about the good old days. i was a highjumper. so tell them about the good old days. i was a high jumper. so was i, tell them about the good old days. i was a highjumper. so was i, no one will ever believe it of any of us. thank you. that is another story. long jump thank you. that is another story. longjump and running. an investigation is underway after a bus crashed in london into a shop this morning. two passengers had to be cut free. a nurse claimed the driver told her he blacked out before the collision. at the start
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of rush a devastating crash. passengers travelling on this number 77 bus in clapham described how it veered off the road and into a shop. a lot of screaming from passengers on the bus. a lady in the front right seat, you could only see the upper half of our body. she was screaming for help, there was a lot of blood. i went to try and help, the first reaction was to try and pull out but it was impossible to pull out but it was impossible to pull her out about she was wedged in. the london fire brigade had to save her. she and another woman on the topic were rescued using equipment. an aerial ladder platform which is a fight vehicle which were used to reach either tall buildings or in this case, where we've got had to on the upper deck of the bus, as we have in this situation, we can use it to provide a stable and safe platform to bring the casualties down. other passengers on board were
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treated by paramedics at the scene and the driver was taken to hospital. it is claimed he had some sort of seizure while driving the vehicle. i did not see the bus driver but i heard from other passengers the bus driver blacked out. another lady on the bus that you saw him slack—jawed with his eyes open. no one was inside the shop as it has not yet open. the shop as it has not yet open. the shop said his thoughts are with the passengers. you shop said his thoughts are with the passengers. you can see shop said his thoughts are with the passengers. you can see the fullest going of the damage of the bus and how the front top end of the bus smashed into the side of the shop. transport for london, along with the met police, are now investigating what happened. the united states has expelled two cuban diplomats amid suggestions that mysterious technology was used to damage the hearing of us embassy staff in havana. us state department officials believe covert sonic devices may have caused the severe hearing loss. cuba says it's investigating the claims.
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the bbc‘s will grant has the latest from havana. it sounds like a plot twist straight from the pages of the finest cold war spy novels, rather than relations between the united states and cuba in 2017. but this latest episode does appear to show that ties have taken a turn for the strange. let's just go over what we know. the state department expelled two cu ban diplomats, they're not persona non grata but they were asked to leave washington after a series of unexplained incidents led to deafness in a number of staff of the us embassy here in havana. now, it is believed that deafness, that temporary, perhaps severe loss of hearing in those members of staff came about because sonic devices were placed either inside or around their homes. it is not yet clear and the state department are not commenting on how those devices came
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to be in place, who put them there, who they are blaming for it. all they are saying at this stage is that a number of their staff received treatment and we know have left the island. it is a unique new twist in this most convoluted of relationships and one that does nothing to help ties under president trump, ties that were, just a few months ago, warmer than ever and now beginning to fray. a number of large plastic pipes destined for algeria have washed up on the shores of north norfolk, after coming free from a tow boat. some of the pipes, which are around 100 metres in length and two metres in diameter, came to shore on the beach at eccles—on—sea. the maritime and coastguard agency says all of the pipes have been brought under control and pose no danger to the public or the environment. the weather. today was a vast
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improvement weather—wise on yesterday for most of the country and that has been reflected in pictures. this was sent in an earlier in the afternoon from cornwall. you can see the sunshine was pretty abundant. but we can't have started to gather towards the north and the west and that is the next change heading our way, strengthening wind pulling in more cloud over night. stopping the temperature is from falling across northern ireland and scotland as the rain comes in. initially quite heavy. undo the clearing skies, it will be fairly cooler than it was last night. but we break the new day with a lot of cloud across scotland and northern ireland. a stiff breeze pushing the rain patty in nature as it moves but it will move eastwards. it is the southeast that hold onto the fine and right weather. that is why we will see the highest temperatures. these skies may brighten a little, i cloud the day without breaks of rain. the weekend,
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a lot of dry weather and some sunny spells for most. slavery and human trafficking in the uk is "far more prevalent than previously thought," according to the national crime agency. it warned that estimates of about 10,000 victims in the uk represented just the "tip of the iceberg north korea has denouced donald trump's warnings of "fire north korea has said it working on plans to fire for ballistic missile towards the us island of guam. she also weight the food and as the agency has said that 700,000 pedantic eminent the pedantic food standards agency has said that 700,000 potentially contaminated eggs from dutch farms have been sent to the uk — up from an earlier estimate ofjust 21,000. the agency said it was very unlikely that there was a risk to public health. figures from nhs surgery so the
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number of people waiting for surgery is higher than ever. 4 million people are supposed to be waiting from operations. the opposition in kenya has urged the election authorities to declare its leader, raila 0dinga, the winner of tuesday's presidential poll. the result released so far appear to put the incumbent, uhuru kenyatta, ahead by a clear margin. but the opposition claims the electoral commissions computers were hacked to give mr. uhuru that lead. international observers say the polls were conducted in a transparent and credible manner. the bbc‘s tomi 0ladipo reports from nairobi. the official result of kenya's elections have not yet been announced, but the main opposition party says the tally is a fraud. we demand that the ibc chairperson announce the presidential election result a forthwith and declare the right honourable raila 0dinga and his excellency stephen kalonzo musyoka is the duly elected president and
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deputy president of the republic of kenya respectively. early results indicate its leader raila 0dinga is trailing his uhuru kenyatta rival by a clear margin. now, the opposition say a source within the electoral authority has provided numbers to prove they won the vote. the opposition had earlier claimed the electric database was hacked and election results manipulated. the electoral authority admits there were unsuccessful and hacking attempts, but insists the results were not tampered with. foreign observers also described the process as credible. we believe this system is accountable so far and that if every step is followed, if somebody monkeyed with it, one would be able to tell. so, trust in the process going forward. that is the key. on tuesday, millions of kenyans displayed that faith and had been waiting on the outcome.
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the opposition claims are likely to add to the nerves here. life kenya has been largely on hold since election day. a political stalemate will only bring more of the uncertainty that kenyans had been hoping to avoid. the electoral committee says it still verifying the results as they come in. official figures are not expected for at least another day. more now on the number of potentially contaminated eggs sent to britain from dutch farms is much higher than initial estimates. the food standards agency says 700,000 may have reached the uk — but stresses that any risk to public health is "very unlikely". joining me now is our correspondent andy moore. 0nly, why are some supermarkets withdrawing egg containing products?
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adamant excessive caution. the food standards agency said that there is a very low risk to human health. you have do consume a vast quantity of eggs to even possibly be at risk from this pesticide that may be inside the eggs. i think we have some updated figures from the food standards agency. the figure of 21,000 is what the agency said was previously the number of imported eggs, that has now shot up to 700,000. so, a substantial rifle davey writes. if you look at the percentage of annual consumption, is still a tiny percentage of the total amount of eggs. the vast amount of exit we eat, 85% of 12 and happily in eggs, our home—grown. these eggs that have been imported from the continent are in processed foods. they will be deleted with other
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posted eggs. a lot of them may have already been consumed. 0nly posted eggs. a lot of them may have already been consumed. only 17 patients have that macro and we haven't seen patients queueing outside accident and emergency, so the risk remains low. it's notjust the risk remains low. it's notjust the uk being affected by this, is it? now it is like the horse meat scandal. it gone across europe and it's difficult to find out where the eighth have gone. for example, we are hearing that denmark is saying that it imported 20 tonnes of these eggs. they say the eggs went to cavity areas, —— cafeterias and catering firms. they say they'd be met eggs and not insulting to supermarkets —— sold in supermarkets. if anybody is concerned, there is a list of products that have been withdrawn on the bbc website and on the food standards website. it products like eggs and which standard bat egg
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salad sandwich fillers and there's a dozen more others. andy, thank you very much. weeks on from the bomb attack on manchester arena, nine victims are still being treated in hospital. 22 people were killed and more than 100 people were hospitalised in the suicide bombing in may. they included robbie potter and his partner leonora 0gerio, who were waiting to collect their daughters from the concert. the couple were in the lobby when the bomb exploded. judith moritz has been talking to them about their long and challenging road to recovery. you may find parts of her report distressing. i remember everything of that night we went through, everything. it's probably only a 20—30—second thing, but it feels like an hour. from a concert to a coma. this was robbie potter with his girlfriend, leonora, after the manchester arena explosion. they stood next to the attacker and lived to tell the tale. i actually looked at the bomber. he was only ten metres away from me. i remember his face to this day. i will never ask his name, i don't want to know his name.
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there's no point hating a man that's already dead. but you know it was him? yes, i know it was him, yes. they had gone to collect their kids from a concert. the children were safe inside but their parents were in the lobby when the bomb went off. i felt a lot more shrapnel hit me. she dived, where she obviously collapsed and fell on the floor, but i found out i'd punctured my lung and had a couple of bolts there was a group of four or five kids, i think there were. i justjumped in front of them and told them to follow me, and i started running down. i felt a lot more shrapnel hit me. she dived, where she obviously collapsed and fell on the floor, but i found out i'd punctured my lung and had a couple of bolts stuck through my heart.
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you came very close to not surviving. it's a miracle you're here. yes, it is. the doctor called me a miracle lad. even after the operation, i don't think they thought. he said it's still touch and go. this bolt fired from the bomb straight into robbie's heart. he cheated death by a hair's breadth. you can see the two ribs here, that's the back of the ribs... the bolt was removed with incredible precision by this surgeon at wythenshawe hospital. it was wedged between the back wall and the front wall of the two blood vessels, so a millimetre either way at any velocity and... thankfully it didn't, but we wouldn't be having this conversation in this setting. 0ne millimetre difference. literally. one, two, three, four, i declare a thumb war. robbie's daughter tegan was separated from her dad when the blast happened. next time she saw him, he was in a coma. she called him names to try and wake him up. it'sjust hard to see, with him just lying there, not talking. having machines all over him. so you spoke to him? yes.
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tegan said "come on fathead, it's peahead. " obviously that's our names we call each other. and as soon as that happened, the eyesjust lifted. from that day, with force every day. robbie's girlfriend leonora was also badly hurt and sedated in hospital. waking up, she didn't know what had happened to him. the first question i asked was, where is he, and they said you are in the same hospital. and i was like... i started to cry. leonora has multiple fractures to both of her legs. she and robbie each face many months of rehabilitation. we want to look after each other but we can't do that. we can't do that because we are both on the mend. morning, ladies. before the blast, robbie played rugby. now every step is an effort but he says he's determined that one day he will play again. judith moritz, bbc news, wirral. a leading charity is warning
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that the number of rough sleepers in england, scotland and wales is set to soar in the next decade. more than 9,000 people are thought to be homeless and research conducted for crisis suggests the government's official figures underestimate the problem. the charity highlights the growing problem of so—called sofa—surfing, where people temporarily bed down at friend's houses. sima kotecha reports from leicester. it's nice when you know you've got a sofa to go to. that night you know you're going to be comfortable. it might last today, it might last tomorrow, but then that's it, i'm back out on the streets again. mike is a sofa surfer. he goes from one house to the next, sleeping on friends' couches to try and stay off the streets. it gets to you a little bit because you've got your friendship with yourfriends, you're happy they have looked after you for a little bit, and then you know you've got to go. then again, you're sitting there thinking every day, "right, it's a struggle, what am i going to do
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for the next day? what have i got to get motivated for? who's going to help you today?" today's report suggests more than 68,000 people across britain are sofa surfing. it's a hidden type of homelessness because it goes on behind closed doors. campaigners say it's on the rise and will get worse if the government doesn't act now. for those sleeping rough, their patience is wearing thin. it's disgusting. that's why people drink a lot and are on drugs. i don't blame them because they can't live. they've got nowhere to live. it's a disgrace. it's not difficult to find people like this here in leicester city centre who say they have no choice but to sleep on the streets. this man says he's been homeless for years, and he believes the main drivers for homelessness are drugs and mental health problems. patrick used to be homeless. he now helps those who have nowhere to go. we have new things like legal highs
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now that are coming out. people who are in chaos, got nowhere to turn, will take these legal highs and it just makes homelessness a bit more harder because it's hard to engage with these people. the government says it's investing more than £500 million into solving the problem. it says new legislation that will be implemented next year will put pressure on councils to do more to help rough sleepers. i'm fed up of living like this, sick of it. every day is a struggle. most days i don't make enough for what i need and that's it, i'm out here. sima kotecha, bbc news, leicester. a south african who was kidnapped by al-qaeda in mali six years ago, has spoken about his time in capitivity two weeks after his release. stephen mcgown, who has dual south african and british citizenship, was one of four foreigners seized in the city of timbuktu in 2011.
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the south african government denied paying a ransom to secure his release. speaking at a news conference in johannesburg, mr mcgown explained what he believed his captor‘s motivation to be. ido i do not believe that the new my nationality. the obviously would have preferred me to be british. 0nly took a long time for the british ideas to fall away and i think my family were concerned because it's so dangerous. to be british. i think you to issue are the top tier. they kidnap me because andi the top tier. they kidnap me because and i suppose they they want prisoner exchanges, but i'm not sure, i don't know how the details
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of how i've is released, but i yet so limited that anybody i understand, because if their numbers. it takes a long time to get your head and get around the situation. they didn't understand the language, the environment, the worst was when we put into a camp andi worst was when we put into a camp and i was like 0k and i'm probably in the situation because my british ties. and over of confusion. the headlines on bbc news... the national crime agency says the scale of slavery in the uk is far bigger than previously thought, with victims in every large town and city in the country. the war of words escalates —
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north korea says a plan that could see it fire four missiles near the us territory of guam will be ready in a matter of days. nhs waiting lists have hit a ten—year high in england. other key targets including urgent referral for cancer care have also been missed. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. more than £27 billion wiped off the chip stocks on tuesday, investors remain spooked by tensions between the us and north korea. mmu isa mmu is a quick sale frankly uses
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sale claimed he was paid less than half of what he sold his own four. when he sold his bedroom injust harden in french he received a £68,000 from the £165,000 a. he is one of four alleged victims of a house sale scheme supposedly based in the midlands. geraint thomas reports. it is advertised as easily fast and hassle—free way to sell your property but some claim that using a quick sale company has ruined their lives. how they get away with it, it'sjust ruined their lives. how they get away with it, it's just not right. philip edwards so i noticed in the local paper and sold his parents's farm over. he was unclear how much the firm
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would deduct from the sale. mr edwards expected to receive mr edwards expected to receive around £100,000 for the sale of his property, once payments had been deducted, but once the sale was complete he received just over £4000, while two named companies received £51,000 and £45,000 each. mortified, really. it's as if everything that my parents worked for, and what i've worked for, you know, and at the end of the day there's nothing. it appears to be a large scale operation and west midlands police have confirmed that they are investigating a number of complaints. two of my three clients are suffering from cancer. they've lost their life savings in these transactions. nigel cole is pursuing negligence claims against one of the solicitor firms which handled the sales on behalf of the victims. he says they're all elderly, vulnerable, or in ill health. all of them say exactly the same thing to me. they don't know the name of these companies these large amounts were paid to. it's only when they received the balance of the proceeds
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of sale that they realised that they are missing in one case £99,000, another case, £96,000, whilst there are genuine companies which offer quick home sale deals, the warning is that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. take a bit more time to read through all the paperwork, find out exactly what you're getting, get some expert advice if you can. go and see a solicitor you trust, not a solicitor that they recommend to you, because if there's a scam they may well be in on it as well. hey, come here. go on, lad. mr edwards is now hoping that the police and civil investigation will see justice done, but some of the other clients of the firm may never be found. there are estimates up to four people a month were attracted by the company's advertising and promises over a four year period, and reports that speedy property were active as recently as june this year. so the number of people affected may be much higher. just a quick update for you on the
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state of things with north korea and the united states. president trump has been speaking again. he says that statements made so far by north korea aren't tough enough and that north korea should be very nervous if it does anything to the united states. this is following the warning from john yang that there could be for missiles ready for bat pyongyang for a lot at guam in a matter of days. he also thinks that china could do a lot more on north korea. china seems to have the most influence withjohn north korea and he thinks that they could do more.
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we seeking to our washington correspondent at eight o'clock for the latest on that. the imminent sale of tiny island in the solway firth. from then on the island in general and that they hold special significance. willie johnston reports. david colin has been to little rock ‘s many times. but then visit more than any, the 18th of august 19 60. after some time the men became aware of it obvious lack of it ever tnn sound of a telephone being unanswered. they went to investigate the keepers cottage. we
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found the lighthouse keeper who had been murdered. clark, senior on the left had been shot at point—blank range by his assistant, robert dixon. the dead man left with a bloody towel covering his head. dixon. the dead man left with a bloody towel covering his headm never crossed my mind that we had discovered a murder. you don't think of murder on a august day on a remote island. it is the last thing that would enter your head, we thought the mass and fallen —— man had fallen. but robert dixon had fled the island. he was later arrested in yorkshire. despite pleading insanity, he was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to hang. david colin gave evidence.” felt very troubled by seeing a gunman sentenced to death in dumfries. my trouble defining the actual victim. ifound dumfries. my trouble defining the actual victim. i found it dumfries. my trouble defining the actual victim. ifound it horrific, witnessing someone sentenced to
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death. the death penalty was later commuted to lighthouse in prison but dixon committed suicide in prison. now, the sight of his crime against sale. —— is on sale. it was reported to be plenty of interest. protected buyers are undeterred by its inaccessibility, solitude, nor by the history of this lighthouse, islands patisserie. ——. history. school children in some of the most deprived parts of wales are getting free meals this summer during the holidays — paid for by the welsh government. however, only 500,000 has been allocated for the scheme, which means thatjust a small number of schools are covered. a report earlier this year said that up to three million children across the uk risked going hungry in the holidays. catrin nye has been meeting children in cardiff. can you tell me what your favourite foods are? i like chicken nuggets with beans.
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chicken nuggets with beans? yeah! school holidays equals hungry kids. what did you have for lunch yesterday? bolognese. and how many bowls did you have? three. three bowls! this is millbank primary in cardiff. it is one of 39 schools in the most deprived parts of wales providing breakfast lunch and activities in the school holidays. it is funded by the welsh government's education department, a government's education department, a budget controlled in cardiff rather than westminster. you guys have to go to school all year round, are you not fed up with it? no. you don't mind coming in the summer? my mum thinks it is good because she works, she has a full—time job and normally i stay home with my nan but because i am in the school, it makes a big difference. if the parents don't have enough money, they can bring us
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into school and then we get to have food. i think every parent that brings their children into this grateful for it, so lots of different reasons. childcare, food, entertainment. at this time, so many people are really struggling like me, i am not working at the moment. i'm having to make sure the kids get fed, anything giving them the right food. they are interacting with other children, they are playing, they are having a nice meal. it's not a full school day, they don't look at it as they are in school, they look at it as it is fun. ok, you guys have eaten more of your vegetables than me. i'm going to get in trouble. a report by a cross—party group of mps earlier this year warned that 3 million children across the uk risk going hungry in school holidays. a third of the children that go to the school have free school meals but you don't need to be eligible to get the free food in the holidays. if you think that, you know, it has been decided that children need free
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school meals because of the amount of income the family has got, it is not surprising that during the long summer when suddenly those free meals are not there that the families are struggling. this is still only in a tiny proportion of the schools in wales and at the moment the education departments in england and scotland are not allocating specific funding for lunch clubs. charities and local authorities are able to set them up but there are calls for more central government money. sir alan ayckbourn is one of britain's most successful playwrights, best known for comic portrayals of the middle classes. now, aged 78, he's turned to science fiction for the first time. his new play —— ‘the divide' —— is co—produced by the old vic his new play the divide is co—produced by the old vic and premieres at the edinburgh international festival tomorrow. it's set one hundred years from now, in an england where a deadly contagion has separated
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men from women. 0ur arts editor will gompertz, asked the playwright what prompted his change of direction. it was, i think, an attempt by me to bridge my ageing writing personality to a younger generation, and the way to do that, i thought, was through the medium of science fiction. science fiction is a great leveller. it gives you an even playing field, where you say to your younger audience, "now this is a world that i don't know but i have created and you don't know, and you can inhabit it." i can't enter their world, which is for me as a 78—year—old, incomprehensible now. i mean, most of what my grandchildren say is complete gobbledygook. and anything i say is beyond their comprehension. is it a concern of yours that the theatre is failing to engage the younger audience? it's a fear, it's always a fear. if you look in the average audience, maybe because of money but they seem to be middle to late middle age.
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the sort of people i want there... you can get the very young, you can catch them before they are ten but after that they are a lost tribe. i want that audience back. we've now reached the age where we are considered mature enough to be possible carriers and therefore a danger to men. how do you keep on challenging yourself? how do you make sure, you know, after all these plays you don't find yourself repeating past ideas? i think it's a terror. that is a real problem because i keep thinking i must have done about everything by now. i had a stroke a few years back, and for the first time in my life for a few months i had no ideas. and i thought, well that's it. then a little germ arrived and i go, wow, they're still manifesting and of course now manifesting furiously. i feel very excited but a little bit nervous.
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it's a good feeling. i've written next year's play as well. it's a play called better off dead, i hope that doesn't predict anything! sir alan ayckbourn speaking to our arts editor will gompertz. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather, with helen. good evening, today was a vast improvement weather—wise for most of the country and that is reflected in our weather watcher pictures. this came in from cornwall and you can see that the sunshine was pretty abundant. but, the cloud started to gather from the north—west. that is the next change, as strengthening wind pulling in more cloud over night, stopping the temperatures falling across scotland and northern ireland as the rain comes in. clearing skies further south and east, it will be fairly cooler than it was last night. but,
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we break the new day with a lot of clout. —— cloud. fairly stiff rain pushing that breeze, but it will be patchy. it is the south in the east that hang onto the fine and dry weather for the longest. these guys may brighten in the western little bit further, but on the whole are much cloudier day. for the weekend, a lot of dry weather and since sunny spells right. —— foremost. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: modern slavery in the uk: the national crime agency say they are shocked by the scale of problem — with tens of thousands
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of victims being exploited. what we have found over the last yearin what we have found over the last year in terms of the scale and scope of this problem has shocked us. the war of words escalates — trump tells north korea to get its act together or, he says, they'll be in trouble. it's the first time they have heard it like they herded. frankly, the people that were questioning that statement, was it too tough? maybe it was not tough enough. nhs figures show that waiting lists hit a ten—year high in england — other key targets including urgent referral for cancer care have also been missed. also in the next hour — the number of potentially contaminated eggs sent to britain from dutch farms is much higher
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