this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am. spain's king and queen attend a special mass in barcelona to honour those killed in the catalonia attacks. and the man hunt continues for the suspect who police believe drove the van on las ramblas, who escaped the scene on foot. a british paramedic who was stabbed four times in the finland terror attack insists he's no hero. hassan zubier was attacked while trying to save a women's life. i'm just a i'mjusta human i'm just a human being who cares for other human beings. maybe it sounds silly, but that's me. i would do it again. iraqi forces have begun an offensive to retake tal afar, the last major city in the country to be held by so—called islamic state. more than 80 firefighters have
tackled a fire in essex. an investigation to find the cause of the fire is under way. and ready to set sail from the docks of liverpool. as 12 racing yachts prepare to castaway on their 40,000 mile round—the—world adventure in the clipper world yacht race. and coming up, a panel of foreign correspondents give their view and analysis following the latest terror attack in europe. that's in dateline london with jane hill at 11:30am. good morning and welcome to bbc news. a memorial service in honour of the victims of the barcelona terror attack is taking place this morning at the city's famous sagrada familia basilica. king felipe and queen letizia of spain have been attending the mass and on saturday, the royal couple visited some of the dozens of people injured when a van was driven into pedestrians in las ramblas, killing 13.
tonight the city's football team will wear black armbands and shirts bearing the words "we are all barcelona" as well as holding a minute's silence before they play their first game of the season at their home stadium while the city mourns, a manhunt is still under way for moroccan—born younes abouyaaqoub, the 22—year—old believed to be the van driver who escaped after the barcelona attack. 0ur correspondent, gavin lee, is in barcelona. gavin, the investigation that there have been some developments. bring us have been some developments. bring us up to date. yes, we are going back to thursday, the attack here in barcelona on las ramblas which has 13 people killed, 54 ramblas which has 13 people killed, 5a people still in hospital. five hours later in the coastal town of
cambrils, five people injured and one person killed. in terms of the investigation, the police say this isa investigation, the police say this is a carousel of at least 12 men, most of them from the same area called ripoll, full stooge of roller, a village in the pyrenees. many of them were shot dead in cambrils where the other car attack, five in the car. 0ur colleague shortly spoke to the father of two of those men who were dead. this is 0marand muhammad. the of those men who were dead. this is 0mar and muhammad. the father has said that he spoke to 0mar, the younger son, 19 years old, two hours before the las ramblas attack at 3pm on thursday. he said by then, he had no indication that anything was wrong, that anything was being plotted. he also spoke about a man that police sources say is at the centre of this investigation, the imam of the mosque were some of these men between 18 and 2041 said have attended. he is missing for two
months, he is said to have been the imam of the mosque footie years. police sources have told us and the spanish media report that these —— this man possibly influence this attack. he is missing and to complicate things, on the day before the attacks that was an explosion at a house. there is now a search going on is believed to potentially be links to this imam where the explosion happened, he may have been killed testing bombs before they carried out these attacks so the investigation is underway, lots of complicated procedures, complicated parts to this, but essentially, they believe they are getting closer to understanding what has happened. thank you for bringing out all of that update. gavin lee in barcelona. margaret gilmore is a senior associate fellow at the royal united services institute. speaking to me a little earlier she gave me her analysis of last weeks attack. i think what we have seen in the
last six months or so in particular is that isis has been setting up and establishing itself more strongly and making stronger links with the groups in northern africa. in this particular case, morocco is fairly close to spain and therefore easier to get to. there are moroccan communities. but i think we have to be careful about making that is strong. morocco is a country that is very friendly to the west. what we have here is a group of people who are from a particular community that happens to be a moroccan community. they have become extreme in their views, they are closely knit, groups of brothers, they have grown up together in the same place and formed a cell and then, under the influence of probably somebody who has been guiding them as a cell but also under the influence of isis so supporters of, i would say. given
that they were able to come together and operates, organise for almost a whole year undetected, is that because they were a close family link? how is it possible to get to this stage undetected ? link? how is it possible to get to this stage undetected? well, it does appear that none of them have been on the radar and that is unusual. in virtually every other attack in recent yea rs, virtually every other attack in recent years, they have either had a criminal background or they have been known to the authorities, but there has not been enough evidence against them. also, one member of the cell is often the weaker link if you are operating together. i think what they seem to have done is they have established themselves as a very mainstream, ordinarily, on facebook, going out with girls and reading a fairly westernised life and underneath it all, it seems that they have been reading a second, double life and maybe that's something they have been doing intentionally so that they don't draw attention to themselves, but certainly it is unusual for them to
have kept together such a large group for so long undetected. but then they have not got any kind of records that has brought them to the attention of the authorities. will be ever know whether they were guided by so—called islamic state or whether they were operating effectively themselves with influenced by them? influence, absolutely. these groups mix and morph and change. i think we will find out much, much more. when you have a cell like that, there are a lot of people and a lot of information. there will be other people who may be linked to are still alive. if they are caught alive, you can find information on that. the other thing is that right now, the spanish authorities and i suspect our own authorities helping them will know a lot more than we do in the public. either they will have access already and will be trawling through their computers, who they we re through their computers, who they were dealing with, what websites they were going onto, where they may have travelled in the last year or two and most importantly, who they
have been speaking to. have they been speaking to people on particular phone lines and where are those for mine set up? at they set in morocco or in other countries? margaret gilmore from the royal united services institute. a british paramedic, stabbed repeatedly during a terror attack in finland, has described how he tried in vain to save the life of one of the victims. speaking from his hospital bed, hassan zubier has told the bbc he wouldn't hesitate to do the same again, but insists he is no hero. two women died and eight other people were wounded in the city of turku on friday. simonjones has this report. the market square that became the scene of a terror attack. hassan zubier was on holiday in turku. he tried to protect his girlfriend and help those who had been injured, kicking the attacker. speaking from his hospital bed, he said despite his efforts, one of the women died in his arms. i'm nota hero, i'mjust a human being who cares for other human beings. maybe it sounds silly, but that's me.
i would do it again, anytime, because the world is such a dark place. and if we don't help each other, who is going to help us? at the same time, a girl lost her life. i feel so upset that i could not save her. this is the world we live in at this time. tributes in the square to those who lost their lives and were injured. the attack was witnessed by many. i was in the bank with my wife. people were running from here. the window, from the window, i saw people just running there. i thought, what's happening? i came out. the guyjust stepped from out the front of the bank. police say the attack are deliberately targeted women. an 18—year—old moroccan was arrested after being shot by police. four other suspects are being held. this is the first terrorist attack in finland.
of course, the whole nation is mourning now, and so the whole europe is mourning with us. hassan zubier, who now lives in sweden, is being offered support by the uk embassy in finland. the iraqi army has begun an offensive to retake tal afar, the last major city in the country held by so—called islamic state. the iraqi prime minister, haider al—abadi, said the militants had no choice other than to leave or be killed. sarah corker reports. iraqi armed units head for the city of tal afar, 80 kilometres west of mosul. troops have the area surrounded and for several days, warplanes bombed is positions. so—called islamic state has held it since 2014. in a televised speech, the iraqi prime minister announced the start of the ground offensive to retake the city. translation: i told them
to either surrender or die. as we promised before, we promise now, we will continue the liberation process. it's five weeks since the iraqi government declared victory in mosul, iraq's second city, after a fierce nine—month battle. around 2,000 is militants are thought to remain in tal afar. thousands of civilians have fled under the cover of darkness for weeks now. it's not known how many remain. translation: if they had caught us, they would've given us a bullet to the head. thank god we fled. the situation over there is dire. they have no food, water anything to drink. the un has warned of a new wave of displaced civilians with fighting intensifying, and if the iraqi troops succeed in liberating tal afar, it will be a severe blow to the is presence in iraq. earlier i spoke to a professor from
nottingham university. he said the offensive would be a blow to the militant group. with the city following after also, there is no major city in iraq that they will control, although there are small towns and villages around the euphrates river valley that they have already began to disperse around. again, in the next few weeks, we would expect that raqqa in syria would also fall. after that, this myth of an islamic state, this myth of a caliphate, effectively evaporates. the organisation and its followers will still be around in small pockets. they will become what they started off with which is desperate cells of terrorists
conducting operations throughout the region, iraq and syria particularly, but this idea of a caliphate which is inspiring a lot of attacks across the world, not just is inspiring a lot of attacks across the world, notjust in europe, that becomes unsustainable and i would expect that if things are managed properly, we would see this recent burst of terrorist activity in europe and across the world to begin to subside. it will disappear, but that motivating factor that has caused many of these people to think they can change the world through this mythical caliphate, i think that will begin to go. you think that will begin to go. you think that those kinds of attacks will subside because i have been during the point of view saying that while islamic state loses its territorial, it then becomes encouraged to go and cause chaos and terror elsewhere. it then becomes encouraged to go and cause chaos and terror elsewherem does, but in the medium to long term, it will subside. we saw this,
exactly the same happened when 911 happens. after 911, the war on terror put pressure on bin ladin and we saw a burst of terrorist activity as the pressure increased, as al-qaeda became weaker. but after a while, because al-qaeda could not sustain the myth of attacking the west, it's meant that the terrorist attacks, particularly in the west, dropped. 0ur security posture is reduced, our resources reduced because people didn't see the threat being as strong as it was. the same thing, we are seeing now. we have seen the decline of ies‘s territory for quite some time and it is this decline that has left to this recent burst of attacks. but once the idea, this myth of a caliphate, evaporates, what are they going to
fight for? there will be some crazy quys fight for? there will be some crazy guys who will do stuff, but many of them actually genuinely believed that they are going to have this state and they will be confronted with the reality that it came and it's gone and it will succeed. the headlines on bbc news... spain's king and queen have attended a special mass in barcelona to honour those killed in the catalonia attacks. and the manhunt continues for the suspect who police believe drove the van on las ramblas, who escaped the scene on foot. a british paramedic who was stabbed four times in the finland terror attack insists he's no hero. hassan zubier was attacked while trying to save a women's life. sport, now — a full roundup from the bbc sport centre. thank you. good morning. first the premier league, and tottenham will host chelsea for their first premier league home game at their temporary stadium, wembley.
spurs manager mauricio pochettino says he's looking forward to playing the match. to play against chelsea with the la st to play against chelsea with the last premier league champion always is massive motivation for us. i respect chelsea. it'sjust is massive motivation for us. i respect chelsea. it's just a is massive motivation for us. i respect chelsea. it'sjust a plain out and try to show that we are better than them and it's always a challenge to play with a champion and try to be better. in the lunchtume kick off, newly promoted sides huddersfield and newcastle play later this afternoon. newcastle will be hoping to pick up their first points of the season, while for huddersfield — who impressed in their win over crystal palace last week — it will be their first home game in the top flight for 45 years. the good thing is that we have a chance. this is a good thing and as isaid chance. this is a good thing and as i said before, you play yourfirst premier league game at home and we altogether have the feeling we have
altogether have the feeling we have a chance to be successful against newcastle. this is the only thing which you'd like to have, the feeling that you have a chance but for this, to be successful, we have two be our best on sunday. you will play against a side which are normally very difficult, but in this case, because it is at the beginning and they did really well the other day, expectations are very high so it will be tough, for sure. how difficult? i will tell you in six months it was difficult or not. in yesterday's other premier league games, manchester united fans celebrated a 4—0 win, for the second week running. romelu lukaku among the scorers against swansea. elsewhere watford won 2—0 at bournemouth. west brom beat burnley. and brighton lost 2—0 again, this time to leicester in the scottish premiership, the champions celtic continued their amazing unbeaten domestic run, with a 2—0 win at kilmarnock. brendan rodgers made six changes to the side that won 5—0 in the champions league in midweek, but this was still business as usual for celtic. james forrest getting their first just before half time,
while callum mcgregor rounded of the victory. celtic are now 52 domestic matches unbeaten. elsewhere in the scottish premiership, stjohnstone and aberdeen also have a perfect league record, with three wins from three. rangers could only draw 0—0 at home with hearts. england's cricketers took 19 wickets in a day, to beat west indies by a record margin — an innings and 209 runs in the first test, at edgbaston. stuart broad took three for 34 in their second innings, as west indies crumbled to 137 all out. it means broad moves up to second in the all—time list of england's leading test wicket takers, above sir ian botham, which broad describes as a special day. he's obviously been a hero of mine, watching him bowl and play throughout my younger years, obviously playing with my dad and the influence he has had on me, his
performances against australia is inspirational. so it's great to chat to him now. you can see how happy he is for me and, look, it's a special day but as i say, a wonderful team performance. a very powerful team performance. a very powerful team performance but it was lovely to get that three wickets spell towards the end of the day to see us home, really. chris froome's aim of becoming the third man to win the vuelta a espana and the tour de france in the same year got off to a good start, team sky finished fourth in the team time trial. several riders struggled with the technically challenging course in the french city of neem. but team sky crossed the finish line with five riders, nine seconds behind the leaders. froome leads his nearest challenger by 22 seconds in the general classification. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. fraudsters aiming to scam people out of their pensions savings could soon face fines of up to half a million pounds. the government will introduce new measures to protect older savers, such as a ban on cold
calling and tougher rules for those setting up pension schemes. criminals tricked savers out of nearly £5 million in the first five months of this year. here's our business correspondent joe lynam. for thousands of pensioners, a ringing phone has become something to dread rather than look forward to. that's because fraudsters are preying on older people on an almost industrial scale, trying to get their hands on their pension savings. the government is acting, though, by introducing new laws. banning anyone calling you without express permission to sell you an investment. you'll soon only be able to transfer large sums to proper companies with up—to—date accounts. and convicted fraudsters could face fines of up to half a million pounds. the government is reacting to a situation we have found by way of consultation and evidence gathering. we're responding to what the police and pensioners organisation have said.
it is massively supported by organisations like aiduk. but there is little the government can do to prevent criminals overseas contacting older people, so the message from aiduk is always be vigilant, and if in doubt, hang up. joe lynam, bbc news. age uk's director of policy and research jane vass joins me now from buckinghamshire. when we hear about this industrial scale action, trying these solicited phone calls trying to extract money from pensioners, how do these sound? well, typically, you get a call but is not always. sometimes an e—mail or even a text from an organisation with a very authoritative sounding name and quite often they might ask you a free pensions review. they may even imply that they are authorised somehow by the government or by the
regulator. they persuade you to tra nsfer regulator. they persuade you to transfer your money to the scheme or, indeed, to put it in their investment, but what happens is that actually the investment is worthless or the money disappears completely. how do you know if you have been scammed? well, some people get that nasty feeling as soon as they put the phone down and it's really important to act quickly if that is the case. there is an organisation called action fraud. alternatively, the pension advisory service or pension rights can all tell you what common scams are going around at the moment. how effective do you think these measures, the banning of cold calling and texts and e—mails, and expected is this going to be? well, it's a very welcome first step, but it's a very welcome first step, but it is not going to be the silver bullet and we don't as yet have a start date for it. we know however that scammers are pretty convincing
and as soon as one loophole is plucked, they move another. when it comes down to it, investors and pension savers really have to be on their guard. dig your own research and just remember that reputable companies will not try to pressurise you into making a quick decision with pensions and money. it's always worth having a think and if you are not sure, discuss it with someone else. what is your best advice? asian, if in doubt, just hang up? certainly, we do not think there is a place for a cold call selling these days so if in doubt, hang up. alternatively, the pensions advisory service and pension wise will offer you free guidance so you can look on the government website to find contact details for them. they will
give you guidance about what your options are to do with your pension. jane, on that guidance, thank you very much. thank you for your time. the clipper round the world yacht race departs from albert dock in liverpool later this morning. 12 teams will spend a year sailing the globe in a 40,000 nautical mile race, featuring 700 participants over eight stages. 0ur correspondent andy gill is at the liverpool albert dock. he sent this update earlier this morning. the race begins at 1230, the first leg of a 35 day voyage all the way across the atlantic to uruguay. about 40% of the people on the crews have never done any ocean sailing before. of course, they have been trained. with me is the founder of the clipper race, sir robert knox— johnson. sir robin, why do people put themselves through this?” johnson. sir robin, why do people put themselves through this? i think there is a sense of adventure in people and they want to do something
a bit different, that special with their lives. they want to do something they can turn round and say, i have done that and i'm proud. you are the first man to sail solo nonstop around the world. when you see them going out, do you have a hankering to think, i want to do it ain? hankering to think, i want to do it again? yes, but of course i did it on my own. you have all this great year so it's a slightly different thing. watching them sail away, i sort of feel... yes, i would quite like to be going. when they are going through the training, do you ever find people who going through the training, do you everfind people who put going through the training, do you ever find people who put themselves forward and you think, actually, they are not going to make it? yes, we do. i'm usually it turns up in the first week of training. normally, they will discover it for themselves and say it isn't for me and we say fair enough. occasionally, the odd person we will say, really, you're not right for this. best drop out now. what do you think the most difficult thing will be for people who have not done it before to get used to? living in such a confined space, having to
give and take, the discipline of a boat, the teamwork that is necessary. but, you know, you can't switch channels when the weather gets nasty, you've just switch channels when the weather gets nasty, you'vejust got switch channels when the weather gets nasty, you've just got to live through it. the boat is your priority throughout. look after the boat, you're be all right. so that's something you have to get used to andi something you have to get used to and i keep telling them, look after the boat and it will look after you. there are thousands of people we see here. this is a big day for liverpool as well, isn't it? because of its maritime history. liverpool a special like that, you know. liverpool has a maritime personality so when you throw out an event to the sea in liverpool, people come out to watch it, is you have great crowds turning up at a very exciting for the crews to have that sand. when they come back, they will be different people from when they set off, once they? certainly. they will have that inner confidence that comes from taking on nature in the
role which i have been through. things people can't believe, 80 foot waves, things like that. i have done that. thank you very much indeed. the 12 yachts will be back in liverpool for the end of the race in july next year. time for the letter. —— of the weather. can we expect some sunshine? sunshine across many parts of the country at the moment. let's look at the weather watchers shots behind me. a lovely day so far are there in dudley and fairly similar scenes for many but there are changes on the go at the moment. changes on the go i should say across parts of wales in south—west england. cloud thickening and continues to turn grey hair and grey throughout the day. outbreaks of rain and drizzle becoming heavier. fabrics of rain in ireland sliding towards cardigan bay affecting the south of ireland.
across central england and scotland, the isolated shower maybe but mostly dry. warmer than yesterday in light winds. outbreaks of rain extensive across parts of the midlands, wales and southern england tonight. heavy bursts of antoni wit in northern ireland. south of that, where a misty and damp. a cruel but bright start to monday across northern england and scotland with sunny spells. the far north of scotland with sunny spells but cloud increasing elsewhere. drizzle and wetter weather coming from northern ireland in into southern scotland and northern england. next in the sunshine to the far north and warm and humid in any sunshine breaking through in the south and that terrible bush ‘s way northwards as we go through monday night and into tuesday. hello, this is bbc news. spain's king and queen have attended a special mass in barcelona to
honour those killed in the catalonia attacks. and the manhunt continues for the suspect who police believe drove the van on las ramblas, who escaped the scene on foot. a british paramedic who was stabbed four times in the finland terror attack insists he's no hero. hassan zubier was attacked while trying to save a woman's life. iraqi forces have begun an offensive to retake tal afar, the last major city in the country to be held by so—called islamic state. now on bbc news, dateline london. hello, and welcome to dateline london. i'm jane hill. this week, we discuss the latest uk proposals
for leaving the european union. we'll look at india, 70 years since independence. and we ask, is there really a crisis in donald trump's white house? my guests today are the writer and political commentator adam raphael, stephanie baker, senior writer with bloomberg news, london correspondent for le point and le soir, marc roche and columnist for the national and the arab weekly, rashmee roshan lall. a warm welcome to you all. we will talk shortly about those brexit proposals. and columnist for the national and the arab weekly, we will talk shortly about those brexit proposals. let's start though this week with a word about the two terrorist attacks in spain, which killed 14 people in two cities and injured many more. let's reflect on the events of a grim few days.