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tonight at ten: they used punishment beatings to keep victims in line. 11 people from one family are convicted over modern day slavery. members of the rooney clan lived a life of luxury, while their workers were paid little or nothing at all. police described the conditions some of their captives had to live in as "truly shocking". they were living in caravans that were dirty. they had no running water. many had to use the wood as a toilet and some were living in stable blocks, with animals. the convictions come after one of the biggest ever investigations of its kind. also tonight. his advisors are pursuing diplomacy, but president trump maintains america is "locked and loaded", ready to deal with north korea. we'll either be very, very successful quickly, or we're going to be very, very successful in a different way, quickly. the cannabis factory inside a nuclear bunker. three men are jailed, after drugs worth £1 million are seized. and a seven—goal thriller at the emirates — as arsenal beat
leicester in the first match of the new premier league season. and coming—up in sportsday on bbc news: we're live at the world athletics championships with the latest from the london stadium, and the rest of the day's sports news. good evening. 11 people from one family in lincolnshire have been convicted of involvement with a modern day slavery ring. it follows one of the biggest police investigations of its kind. the rooney family ran a driveway resurfacing company, and targeted vulnerable homeless people as workers. but their victims were paid little or no wages, and suffered punishment beatings if they complained.
they were also housed in squalid conditions that detectives described as "truly shocking". our correspondent judith moritz reports from nottingham crown court. fathers, sons, cousins across the generations, 11 members of one family, whose cruelty has spanned the decades. the rooneys were the masters — this is where they kept their slaves. they were forced to live in these caravans in squalor and in filth, conditions not fit for human habitation. whilst those who controlled them lived in comfort and luxury. the rooneys had many victims, including this man, whose interview has been re—voiced to protect his identity. i've been on and off the streets for years, drugs and alcohol. i haven't seemed to be able to get settled. see, they've scarred me. sometimes i have flashbacks, and, you know what i mean, nightmares and that.
i'm always wary about them. the rooneys were flashy with their money, going on holidays to barbados and paying for cosmetic surgery. by stark contrast, the 18 men they kept as slaves lived in misery for years. one man was held for quarter of a century. his family gave him up for dead. patrick rooney was one of those posing as a respectable businessman, laying driveways. but in reality, the family used slave labour, forcing vulnerable men to work for little or no reward. one customer, who has asked not to be identified, remembers how the workmen appeared. they weren't treated as civilised at all. they were treated as if they were subhumans. i was truly astonished. there was no machine to strip the old tarmac off, nothing. these guys did it all by hand. and it was extremely hard work for them, i'll give them that. they didn't stop.
they didn't have any breaks, anything. all they got was we made them a few cups of tea, a few chocolate biscuits. they were delighted to get a cup of tea, because i knew and they knew that they weren't going to get anything else. not for the day. in contrast, the family lived lavishly. this expensive funeral for one relative showing their wealth. in the local lincolnshire community, it didn't go unnoticed. the people they were preying on were the most vulnerable. they made a lot of money out of them, and the stories i was hearing about big wodges of cash. bringing the 11 family members to book has taken several years. the police needed to win the trust of victims, who were very vulnerable. they were dirty. they were thin. the clothes they were wearing were terrible. when we took them to the reception centre, one individual used an entire bottle of shampoo to make himself feel clean. to how they are now, in employment,
going to college, they're reunited with their families. it's absolutely heart—warming and amazing to see the transformation, and it makes it all worthwhile. they preyed on the homeless and the desperate, offering them shelter and work. but there was no dignity in this — only lives exploited and destroyed. judith moritz, bbc news, nottingham. president trump tonight further ramped up the rhetoric towards north korea. concerning their nuclear and ballistic missile programme, he said kim jong—un would truly regret it and regret it fast, if pyongyang took any military action against america or its allies. mr trump had already tweeted that the us was locked and loaded, if north korea chose to act unwisely. russia and germany have called for both sides to calm. from washington, our
correspondent nick bryant reports. after fire and fury comes "locked and loaded" — not the title of some hollywood summer blockbuster, but the words of america's commander in chief, describing his country's state of military readiness. these are the latest pictures of b—i bombers stationed in guam, the motto of this squadron — "fight tonight." president trump reminded people of that on his twitterfeed this morning. he's deploying social media to fire off warning salvos. "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should north korea act unwisely. hopefully, kim jong—un will find another path. " and again tonight he wrapped up the rhetoric even further with this verbal broadside aimed at the north korean leader. this man will not get away with what he's doing, believe me. and if he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat, which, by the way he has been uttering for years and his family have been uttering for years,
or if he does anything with respect to guam oi’ anyplace else that an american territory or an american ally, he will truly regret it. and he will regret it fast. as the government of japan deployed missile interceptors to guard against north korean rockets, international leaders essentially told both sides to cool it. translation: i believe that... i'm firmly convinced that an escalation of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict. translation: when a fight has nearly broken out, the first step away from that dangerous threshold should be taken by the side that is stronger and smarter. amidst this verbal brinkmanship, it's emerged the trump administration has been secretly talking to north korea about americans in prison there, and deteriorating relations. the news came as america's defence secretary emphasised diplomacy. you can see the american effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction,
it is gaining diplomatic results. and i want to stay right there, right now. the tragedy of war is well enough known. it doesn't need another characterisation beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic. holiday—makers on guam, the island north korea has threatened with missiles, still seem unfazed. it would take just 14 minutes for a north korean missile to reach them. but amongst the beach reading this morning, a fact sheet from the guam government, warning not to look at fireballs. nick, is there a strategy underpinning president trump's tough rhetoric? i think this week we've seen a pattern. i'm not sure you can describe it as a deliberate strategy. it's this. you get these incendiary warnings from donald trump, using alliterative language. this that has been improvisational
at times and has taken his a by surprise at times. from other members of this administration you have seen more measured language, language that focuses on diplomacy. it's worth pointing out at this very moment donald trump is meeting his top two diplomats, his us secretary of state rex tillerson and his un ambassador nikki haley. there's been an element of good cop, bad cop. it's also reminded some people of what president richard nixon used to call the madman theory. new plant in the mind of your adversary the notion that you are unpredictable, that you are volatile, that you are willing to do anything, that you are willing to do anything, that you are willing to do anything, that you are willing to take the military option, in order to frighten them in order to make them back down. now, there are some mainstream republicans who think that makes sense. but there are others who think that is very dangerous, because one miscalculation, one mistake, one act of misplaced bravado, and you could
have a war. nick bryant, thank you, at the white house. the steel company tata has been given the go—ahead to separate its uk pension scheme from the rest of the business, which will help tens of thousands of the firm's workers. staff voted earlier this year to accept less generous pensions, in return for investment to securejobs. the move is expected to clear the way for a possible merger with a rival german company. our correspondent wyre davies reports now from port talbot. tata steel had warned for years that its uk business was under threat and it wanted to radically reduce pension benefits to workers or face the prospect of having to close it port talbot plant. for months, employees who stood to lose thousands of pounds from their retirement plans, have been meeting to review their options. all of a sudden you're coming to the end of your working life, you have two years left and you have to work another seven years in order to get what you've worked your entire life for without any penalties, and they feel cheated. i've been there for 23, 24 years. you think you're going to be
secure when you're 60, 65, and now they've taken that away from you. the £15 billion british steel pension scheme is one of the uk's biggest. around 130,000 members will be affected and the new plan would see current owners tata paying £550 million into the restructured pension scheme. the scheme will also get a stake of one third of tata's uk business to help meet future pay—outs. workers who sign up to today's proposal will have lower annual increases. other options include transferring into a personal pension scheme. or they can stay with the old british steel scheme, which is backed by the pension protection fund, and that's the really controversial part, because that's normally only available to companies that have gone out of business. the pension protection fund is there to protect the members, not the companies themselves, so i think the issue that everyone has is why should they be
allowed to join the ppf, because the liability is with tata steel worldwide, which has plenty of cash, as we know. although this agreement does protect workers' pension plans, it also makes the company, tata steel, much more attractive to a potential takeover or merger. and with the german steel giant thyssenkrupp waiting in the wings, there will be renewed concerns about future job losses and even closures at some uk steel plants, including port talbot. the german firm says it wants to consolidate european steel—making, but industry experts say port talbot is in a relatively strong position. i think the immediate future for workers in port talbot is actually very good. port talbot has restored its competitiveness. it's been helped by the exchange rate of the pound against other currencies. port talbot has been synonymous with steel—making for 70 years, and although only one fifth
of the once 20,000 strong workforce still work here, today's deal on pensions should bring some relief. wyre davies, bbc news, port talbot. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. a man has been told he'll serve at least 20 years in prison for murdering his brother, and attempting to murder his brother's girlfriend on new year's day. blair logan, who's 27, admitted killing cameron logan. nearly 20 countries have now reported finding eggs contaminated with the pesticide fipronil, which can damage the kidney, liver and thyroid gland. four uk supermarkets have removed egg products from their shelves, although it is only dangerous in high doses. lawyers representing a man — arrested in relation
to the putney bridge jogger investigation — have categorically denied that he was involved in the incident. eric bellquist was detained by police trying to find a man who pushed a woman in front of a bus. he says he can prove that he was in america at the time. the results of the kenyan presidential election have just been announced, with the incumbent president kenyatta taking 54% of the vote, and the main opposition candidate raila odinga winning 44%. the president's critics say the election was rigged, but as our africa correspondent alastair leithead reports, monitors say the poll was largely free and fair. uhuru kenyatta's supporters knew this was coming. preliminary results had given their man an unassailable lead. but first there was an electoral process to follow — and it was a lengthy one. the result from every county had to be read out, before the moment the nation had waiting for.
i wish to declare uhuru kenyatta as president—elect. after three days of holding their breath, kenyans have now had confirmation that uhuru kenyatta will have a second term in office by a considerable margin. the question now is how the opposition will react in defeat, having claimed this was rigged. would they accept this result? will they challenge it in the courts? or will they go to the streets? before the results were even released the opposition alliance had walked out, repeating allegations the vote was rigged. i think this has been an entire charade. this is a disaster. they had run a parallel counting centre and claimed discrepancies. that the election commission commuter was hacked, that the vote was fraudulent. president uhuru kenyatta stepped up to acknowledge his victory and spoke about unity,
ten years on from the terrible ethnic post—election violence. i extend the hand of partnership, knowing fully well that this country needs all of us pulling together in order for us to succeed. these were the scenes in the stronghold of the losing candidate raila odinga in western kenya earlier in the day. a lengthy stand—off with police. there have already been a few clashes in the slums of nairobi. the fear is these ugly, if isolated protests could spread if the opposition decides to call its people out on the streets. tonight kenya is still holding its breath. three men have beenjailed, for turning an underground nuclear bunker designed for the army into the "largest cannabis factory to be found in the south of england". one received eight years, the other two were sentenced to five. all three admitted conspiracy to produce drugs, after several thousand cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £1 million were seized.
duncan kennedy reports. hidden beneath the wooded hills of wiltshire, even today, the bunker remains a secretive, subterranean world. its old antenna and air vents the only sign of its existence. but five metres below ground this cold war sanctuary was transformed into a cannabis factory. this was where 4000 cannabis plants were found, spread over two floors. the men behind it were martin fillery, plamen nguyen, and ross winter, who were jailed today, for admitting conspiracy to produce the drug. police say using the nuclear bunker, once owned by the ministry of defence, meant the gang could exploit its secrecy and security. this was a highly organised operation, and of course the nuclear
bunker provided that level of security and covertness to avoid detection. this was the bunker as it was. a secret headquarters for regional government in the event of a nuclear war. 150 officials could survive here for a month. this was the canteen then... ..and when the police arrived. they found everything from a big—screen tv, to a fish tank. and all with the home comforts of an underground world where the underworld could go to ground. the gang even bypassed the mains meter, ripping—off £650,000 worth of electricity. all to keep the cannabis growing and drying around the clock. in fact, they thought this facility would provide them with the perfect cover for their illegal activities. why? well, first of all you can't see it from the road. it's completely isolated.
and the complex itself can be locked up. they managed to keep this place a secret for three years. it was only when the gang inadvertently opened the doors the police were able to finally get in and reveal the industrial scale cannabis production line. one now consigned, like its cold war setting, to history. duncan kennedy, bbc news, at chilmark, in wiltshire. the premier league is back, with arsenal hosting leicester city at the emirates stadium tonight, in a seven goal thriller. our sports correspondent andy swiss was watching. it is back on friday, an unprecedented start to the premier league season, but for the fans, that familiar question, could this be their year? amid the summer spending splurge, arsenal splashed
out 50 million this man, alex la cazette, out 50 million this man, alexlacazette, and it took 94 seconds to show why. that is what you call making and impact. a dream start for him and the hosts —— alexandre lacazette. leicester hit back. shinji okazaki with the equaliser as arsenal's old frailties returned to haunt them. soon the foxes were in front, jamie vardy lashing at home. on the stroke of half—time, danny welbeck levelled it up. four goals in 45 minutes. welcome back. in the second half arsenal delivered, vardy did not. 3-2, arsenal delivered, vardy did not. 3—2, four arsene wenger the summer break a distant memory. but then the craziest of comebacks. aaron ramsey's craziest of comebacks. aaron ra msey‘s flawless craziest of comebacks. aaron ramsey's flawless finish gave the gunners hope. moments later olivier giroud created an extraordinary turnaround. 4—3 to arsenal. the rest
of the season has some act to follow. yes, as curtain raisers though, that was something pretty special. a chaotic clash. arsenal fa ns special. a chaotic clash. arsenal fans for one night at least are on top of the premier league table. thank you. and the swiss at the emirates. with just two full days left of the world athletics championships in london, british athletes narrowly missed out on another medal tonight, with dina asher—smith finishing fourth in the 200m. it means sir mo farah's gold is the sole medal british athletes have won so far. as natalie pirks reports, uk sport's target of between six to eight medals, looks increasingly unlikely. we had hoped for more of this. instead, the enduring images of these championships from a british perspective, have been of tears and heartbreak. you are measured in medals and mo may end up being our only gold medallist, maybe double gold medallist, but he is leaving
and going to the road, so... five years on from london, when you think about legacy, you'd have to say probably it's not great. aspin and a spin and heave. the hammer does not look the most sophisticated of disciplines but nick miller is pretty good at it. his third throw took him briefly into silver medal contention. but his final throw went nowhere. that face of dejection all too familiar. and there was more disappointment to come. this long jump disappointment to come. this long jump did not quite go to plan tonight. this was all she could manage. so that is that, another medal opportunity gone for great britain. it seems they cannot get the luck they need right now. last night, nethaneel mitchell—bla ke was the latest briton to come forth in his event,
making up a club of the oh so close. langford is coming. he's still coming. 0h! just inches separated the likes of kyle langford and laura muirfrom a podium spot. nevertheless, it now means uk sport's target of six to eight medals looks a distant dream. especially with greg rutherford injured. it's very, very difficult to win medals in athletics and that's a fact of life. now, other sports, and especially with olympic sports that win a lot of gold medals, it doesn't take anything away from their achievements, but there's not as many people or countries that participate, so this is arguably the hardest sport in the world to win major titles in. dina asher—smith carried jessica ennis—hill's it at the london olympics. tonight she carried the crowd's hopes. she broke herfoot in february and only started running again injune. february and only started running
again in june. and dina asher-smith four. of course, it was for yet again, but this was quite an achievement. we have had loads of fourth that at same time, loads of those have been people who are so young with a decade in them. they may not have got a medal today but they will be the ones to watch in championships to come. experiences like this will eventually bring the reward she deserves. our sports editor dan roan is at the stadium for us tonight. close but no cigars. that is right. i think it inevitable but when a body like uk athletics is in receipt of public money from uk sport and yet only has one medal from eight days of home championships to show for it, there will be some kind of inquest. having said that, british
athletics are putting a positive spin on this. there have been plenty of fourth place finishes and top eight finishes from some very promising athletes. and with the long—term target of the 2020 tokyo olympics that bodes well. and it could improve with the relay and so mo farah in the final days. there is a growing fear that success in recent games may have papered over some cracks when it comes to the coaching structure in the sport domestically, and an over defendants on the likes of sir mo farah, jessica ennis—hill and greg rutherford may be overexposed. there could be consequences of the funding cut if it stays like this. if it is tough now, it will only get tougher when the band russian team are back. indeed, thank you. that's it from us tonight. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday. i'm lizzie greenwood—hughes. the headlines tonight: there's a goal—tastic start to the new premier league season, as arsenal come—out on top over leicester. linsey sharp is reinstated
in the 800 metres final at the world athletics championships. and rory mcilroy‘s hopes of the title look all but over after a difficult day at grill hollow. it's so lots of great sport for you tonight. it's we're starting at the emirates, where the new premier league season got off to cracking start. the first time it's kicked—off on a friday and it was everything we'd hoped for, as arsenal best leicester four goals to three. our correspondent andy swiss was watching. andy, if this is what the rest of the season will be like, we're in for an exciting few months aren't we? yes, as curtain raisers go that was
something pretty special indeed. so much of the intention in the start of the match was in the news striker, alexander lacazette. he didn't take long to show why he had that price tag. 94 seconds it took him to score his opening goal. a dream start for him and for arsenal but then things started to go wrong for the gunners because a few moments later leicester equalised. shinji okazaki with a header to bring leicester level. two goals in the first five minutes. it was some start to the match and 1—1. arsenal ‘s defensive dithering came back to haunt them. their frailties from last season, because after half an hourjamie vardy put leicester city ahead. it was some finish from jamie vardy and he lashed it home with
nothing the keeper could do about it which put leicester city in front, 2-1 which put leicester city in front, 2—1 after half an hour. at that point arsenalfans 2—1 after half an hour. at that point arsenal fans were fearing the worst. back to their credit on the stroke of half—time, just when it seemed they would go into the break 2-1 seemed they would go into the break 2—1 down, they equalised. danny wellbeck —— danny wellbeck with the equaliser. 2—2 at half—time, so it meant that it was level pegging at the break. we thought the second half couldn't be as exciting as that. well, extraordinarily it was because just ten minutes after the break leicester went back ahead. it came from a corner, a great header from jamie vardy. not much defending from jamie vardy. not much defending from arsenal and that put leicester 3-2 from arsenal and that put leicester 3—2 up and at that point arsenal fa ns were 3—2 up and at that point arsenal fans were considering that they may be in serious trouble, then they just had ten minutes left and they
brought it around. erin ramsey was the man who levelled it up again at 3-3. the man who levelled it up again at 3—3. less than ten minutes to go and it was some finish from aeron ramsey, such coolness under pressure. it made it 3—3 and then remarkably a few moments later olivier giroud made it 4—3 to arsenal so arsenal secured quite an extraordinary win. one of the most exciting matches that we have seen on the opening day of any premier league season. it was chaotic and classic but arsenal fans will be breathing a sigh of relief. ok, just inside —— just—in—time handing back to the studio! liverpool's season starts at watford tomorrow, but they're already in a battle to keep hold of star player phillipe coutinho. the brazilian midfielder responded to the club saying they won't sell him to barcelona by handing in a transfer request. earlier today, liverpool denied reports he'd put in the request and have already rejected a bid of £90 million from barcelona saying he was definitively not for sale.