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today at 5:00 — building bridges in davos as theresa may and donald trump hold talks at the world economic forum. it's their third face—to—face meeting and the president insisted that trade was top of the agenda. one thing that will be taking place over a number of years is trade, it will be taking place many times. we're working towards a trade relationship in the future. we'll have the latest from davos, as plans are being made for a visit by president trump to the uk later this year. the other stories on bbc news at 5.00: a rise in recorded crime in england and wales and the highest number of killings and murders for a decade. the prime minister condemns the men—only president's club dinner. she says it objectified the women who were there. the number of people sleeping rough
on the streets in england reaches the highest level since current records began. and, after his best performance in a grand slam today, britain's kyle edmund stops at the semifinal in the australian open. it's 5:00. our main story is that president trump, at the start of his visit to the world economic forum in davos, has predicted a "tremendous increase" in trade between the uk and usa. he spoke after he held talks with theresa may and insisted that both countries were "joined at the hip" on military matters. mr trump's trade policies, and his "america first" approach , are under scrutiny at the gathering of the world's political and business elite. it's rare for a serving us president to attend the forum,
and the president, who recently cancelled a visit to the uk, also rejected claims that there were growing differences between britain and america, no least on the global terror threat. our correspondent richard lister has the latest. sweeping in across the mountains, the first sitting us president to come to davos in almost two decades. it was the softest of landings for donald trump but in his first year in office he has offended as many friends as enemies. the path ahead here could be a slippery one. even the so—called special relationship with the uk has cooled in the years since he held hands with theresa may outside the oval office. in november, the president retreated far right hate video and the prime minister said he was wrong. the president replied curtly... so is there a risk to heal in davos? the
prime minister and myself have got a really great relationship, although some people don't necessarily believe that. i can tell you i have tremendous respect for the prime minister and thejob tremendous respect for the prime minister and the job she tremendous respect for the prime minister and thejob she is doing. i think the feeling is mutual from the standpoint of liking each other a lot. we continue to have that special relationship between the uk and the united states, standing shoulder to shoulder because we are facing the same challenges across the world. we are working together to defeat those challenges and working for a good trade relationship in the future. plans will be finalised for a presidential visit to britain this year. with brexit looming theresa may wants a us trade deal at some point and she stressed the need for fewer trade barriers. there is much more to be done by the whole international community. and frankly, too often
oui’ community. and frankly, too often our rhetoric in support of free trade here in davos, is not matched by our actions. that could be seen as a swipe at us policy. this week the president signed new protectionist measures against foreign goods, tariffs of up to 30% on chinese solar panels and up to 50% on south korean washing machines. mr trump has threatened to come out of the north american free trade agreement with canada and mexico. but all this talk of trade might be overshadowed with this meeting with the israeli prime minister. benjamin netanyahu welcomed the president injerusalem. this is a historic decision that will be in the heart of our people for generations to come. but mr trump is furious to the palestinian‘s hostility to the move. that money is on the table and it is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace. i can tell
you that israel does want to make peace and they will have to want to make peace, or we will have nothing to do with it any longer. on his first day here, the president is setting the agenda in davos. our north america editor jon sopel is in davos. can we start with the meeting between donald trump and theresa may. what is the substance of the relationship as you see it now?|j think relationship as you see it now?” think they put themselves back on an even keel after the kind of cancelled visit that was due to take place next month. after the tweet stormont donald trump retreated those anti—muslim videos and theresa may criticised donald trump. i think they have put it back on the right path. righted the ship. for bilateral meeting of this nature it was as much as anyone could have hoped for on the british side. warm words from the president talking
about his very special relationship with theresa may. similar sentiments from theresa may herself and of course, beyond all of this is the trade deal that might have to be negotiated when britain leads the european union. theresa may needs donald trump to be on board as much as possible on that. i think the british were very keen to make progress on that. can we take it there will be a presidential visit to the uk this year? let me read you what they said at the end of the downing street briefing. the pm and president concluded by asking officials to work together on finalising a visit by the president to the uk later this year. first thing to note, not talking about finalising a state visit. when theresa may visited donald trump at the white house just after he assumed the presidency, it was going to bea assumed the presidency, it was going to be a state visit. it will be trimmed down version of that. british officials thought they had a
visit by president from taking place in three weeks to open new us embassy. that went wrong. i don't think anyone will be taking anything for granted that it is automatically a given it will definitely happen. it is something they will work towards. but with president trump, you never know what might happen next. the final point, it is rare for a serving president to go to davos, what is he hoping to achieve there? when he makes his speech tomorrow, i think first of all it will be a victory lap about the us economy and i think donald trump will pat himself on the back for what has happened. it is true, a lot of it is down to the policies he has bishoo, the tax—cutting agenda, the deregulation that has come in since he took over, and the us economy is doing well. gdp is up and the stock market is at record highs and unemployment is at record lows. you will be talking about that. i think he will be saying yes, free trade
but not on fair trade and that will be the point. it was telling that just at the start of this week on he introduced tariffs on goods for washing machines and solar panels. it is not a trade war but it was a warning shot from donald trump to the free traders here, they won't be able to get away with what they like. the americans are watching closely and are prepared to retaliate. jon sopel, thank you very much. there's been a sharp rise in recorded crime in england and wales. it rose by 14% last year, with even bigger increases in knife crime, robbery and sex offences, and the number of cases of murder and manslaughter is the highest for almost a decade. however the crime survey, separate figures based on people's individual experiences, suggest that crime has actually fallen. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds has this report. knife crime can in an instant take, ruin and change the lives of young people, like these students at coventry college. so this morning, they are being given it straight.
their choices in life are what matter. he said, "i didn't mean to kill him, that wasn't my intention, ijust wanted to slash him, cut him across the arm, take photos and upload it to social media." she's talking about the youth who murdered her 18—year—old son, josh ribera, who performed as the grime artist depzman. armani mitchell is now in a category a prison serving life, for that one choice. for these students, an unvarnished description of a murder was not easy to listen to, but the countless choices of young people who carry knives are reflected in the today's figures. overall crime recorded by police was up 14%, knife crime went up 21%, and violent crime overall, up 20%. on new year's eve in london alone, there were four knife murders. police are facing the reality that falls in violent crime are being reversed. police officer rob pedley, also
speaking today in coventry, believes we need to start thinking about it differently. i see similarities more with contagious disease, that kind of thing. it's contagious, so we need to prevent it, cure it. the cure is prison, but prevention has got to be massive too. recently, the government has emphasised the role of law enforcement to tackle the problem. tougher policing, stop and search, making it harder for young people to buy knives. but this morning, ministers promised to change tack and increase the work done to persuade young people that their actions have consequences. we have to get to the root causes and we have to work as a society, government, police and civil society, to get the root of this cultural issue and try to steer young people away from violence, from feeling it is normal and necessary to carry a knife. here, at least, the message had got through.
if you know someone is doing something, take a step back, think about it and make the right choice. you don't listen to what your friends say, you do what you think is best, not what your mates think is best. while they are thinking something bad, you could be thinking something good, so go with what you think. but this is a problem which may almost require the changing minds one by one, an enormous task. tom symonds, bbc news, coventry. joining me now from central london is chief and crime commissioner for west yorkshire, mark burns—williamson. thank you for coming in. this contradiction between experience and perception and the official figures, what do you make of that? the
recorded figures are disappointing. sadly, it reflects, in my view, the cuts in resources to policing to some extent, but clearly we have all got a role to play in working with our communities in persuading young people not to get involved with violence and knife crime because of the awful consequences that we know about. indeed, in your area, what effo rts about. indeed, in your area, what efforts are being made in that regard and how successful are they being? reinvestment in policing is key to this because working with schools, voluntary groups, absolutely key. however, when you look at the cuts to youth services and local authorities and the decisions they are having to make, there isn't a joined up approach from central government around some of the funding decisions and in my view, they need to think again. where is the lack ofjoined up?m is the consequences of cuts, not
only to policing but in local communities as well. community policing works together to combat these types of crimes. i have gone around some of the communities and seeing the consequences of cuts in things like youth services and youth diversion programmes that were in place and sadly now on. just to be clear, you are telling viewers there isa clear, you are telling viewers there is a direct correlation between the amount of money going into police resources and the level of crime, is that the message? i don't think it is the whole story but when you look at the 21,000 police officers that have gone from policing over the last five or six years, it is bound to have a consequence. in west yorkshire we have lost around 2000 police officers and staff. we are trying to rebuild the front line
numbers, but these are long—term consequences of decisions by government over a number of years. when you say front line, obviously that definition for lots people can change these days from being your traditional bobby on the beat to fighting technological crime, cyber crime so how do you define front line? that is right and those are some of the threats that are changed. cyber crime is technology enabled crime. we are equipping our offices with hand—held mobile devices, body worn cameras on looking at how we can provide the specialist skills that are often required to now look at these different types of crime, but all these things do take time to put in place. to what extent do you think central government is listening to the case being made by people like you, who have very close connections with what is happening on the ground? to be fair to the police minister, he has been listening and
engaging with many police and crime commissioner is, but unfortunately the reality of the funding decisions, which is a flat cash settle m e nt decisions, which is a flat cash settlement means in reality, unless police and crime commissioner ‘s raise the local precept by a significant amount, there will be no growth at all in police services. we have all been consulting our communities through surveys and the public are very supportive of seeing more resources put into policing. thank you very much for coming in. this is bbc news at 5.00 — the headlines: theresa may and donald trump hold talks at the world economic forum, with the president insisting trade is at the top of their agenda. a rise in recorded crime in england and wales, and the highest number of killings and murders for a decade. the prime minister condemns the men—only president's club dinner. she says it objectified the women who were there. in sport, kyle edmund's dream run in
the australian open is over. he was beaten in straight sets by marin cilic this morning. there will be a new name and the women's title. and the wales scrum—half has been ruled out of the match with scotland as further injuries hit the welsh squad. i will be back later with more of those stories. the prime minister has condemned the presidents' club charity dinner, where there were allegations of hostesses being groped and harrassed. theresa may says the men—only event was appalling and objectified women. downing street has reprimanded the government minister nadhim zahawi, who said he attended the event, but left early because he felt uncomfortable.
our correspondent richard galpin has the latest. today, the repercussions for those who attended the scandal—ridden dinner continue. this is nadhim zahawi, minister for children and families. he says he left early because he felt uncomfortable and has condemned what he described as the horrific events reported by the financial times. and now the bbc has testimony that the alleged sexual harassment of women working as hostesses at the event last week was not something new. we spoke to a woman who worked at the event four years ago with her sister. we were made to line up in two lines heading onto the stage, and we walked out basically like pieces of meat, really, onto the stage. my sister met this older gentleman who had a daughter around her age,
so she felt really safe with him but later in the evening after a few drinks, he grabbed herwaist and leaned in for a kiss. at that point, i witnessed it, went over and decided it was time to go. some of the men who say they were attending the charity event for the first time have also been speaking out. a leading businessman who was invited by a friend but left early said there had been a warning about inappropriate behaviour. the presenter did make an announcement that "you have got young girls coming to look after you. make sure you remember they are somebody‘s daughter and sister, so don't misbehave". this morning at the world economic forum, there was further condemnation of what happened at the presidents club dinner from the prime minister. when i read the report of that event that took place, i was appalled. i thought that sort of approach to women, objectification of women, was something we
were leaving behind. we have made progress, but it is clear there is a lot more to do. although the presidents' club has now been disbanded, there are still many questions to be answered, not least whether what happened here is also happening at other men—only events and venues. richard galpin, bbc news. jacob rees—mogg, the leader of an influential group of conservative mps which strongly supports brexit, will strongly criticise the government's approach to the brext talks, in a speech tonight. he will say the tone needs to fundamentally change and will warn that no one "voted for the management of decline". it comes ahead of the brexit secretary's speech tomorrow, when david davis will outline the government's approach to the next phase of the brexit talks. our political correspondent leila nathoo is in the house of commons lobby for us.
i think this is a particularly significant intervention by jacob rees—mogg on the eve of this speech by david davis, in which the brexit secretary is due to set out what he sees as the transition period after britain leaves the eu for a potential two—year period of transition. jacob rees—mogg, an influential backbench chair of a group of tory mps and tory eurosceptics, using some pretty strong language to talk about the government needing a shift in tone, warnings of the danger of closely aligning with the eu at the brexit and talking about seizing the opportunities of leaving the eu. i'm joined by the conservative mp, iain duncan smith. philip hammond in davosis duncan smith. philip hammond in davos is reported to have said in his speech, he hopes for only a very modest change in the relationship between britain and the eu after britain leaves, and here we have
jacob rees—mogg making these comments? i was surprised that the chancellor's intervention. the public voted the two parties, leaving the single market and the customs union. that was explicit in the manifesto signed up to by the government and which the public voted for. that means quite substantial change, not minor change. we want to remain good friends and allies, cooperate and have a good trade arrangement but it is substantial change. to that extent, i haven't seen the jacob rees—mogg speech, but i think he is closer to where the government was at the time of the election and needs to be as we go through, which is we have a need for clarity, a sense of vision about our future, where we intend ourselves to be and a restatement of the fact we won't be ina a restatement of the fact we won't be in a customs union of any sort with the european union after we
leave and that during the implementation phase, new rules and regulations will have some way of dealing that otherwise we will be ruled takers, in a worse position than where we are now. is this about the transition period or a broader concern about the eventual end state of the relationship between britain and the eu after brexit? people have accepted there will be an implementation period, which is different from transition. in means you will implement the things you agree with. everyone has accepted that and it could be up to two years but the commission said it could be shorter. the big question is, what is our relationship with them afterwards. that is where the negotiations are important. but there are clear red lines from the manifesto from the government's position at the lancaster house speech and in florence, which is we won't be members of a customs union and no specially cobbled together customs union afterwards. we will know longer see the role of the
european court of justice. know longer see the role of the european court ofjustice. they are substantial changes but we want to have a good relationship with europe, trading and otherwise, but thatis europe, trading and otherwise, but that is not the same as staying in. they need to be specified and clear. what about the timing of this intervention byjacob what about the timing of this intervention by jacob rees—mogg, what about the timing of this intervention byjacob rees—mogg, it is pre—empting a major speech by the brexit secretary david davis tomorrow, it is a show of strength? i cannot get inside jacob rees—mogg's head, but the element is, if there is going to be a speech made by the secretary of state, he needs to deal with these issues that are going around at the moment. the party, the country was clear about our position. we need to ensure that clarity is restated tomorrow and that going forward, in due course, the prime minister is able to say this is my vision about our relationship with europe and, the jewel in the crown of this, is to get trade arrangements. we have
heard america wants to do one, first in the queue. australia, new zealand and lots of countries ready to do this. but we cannot do that if we are locked in a customs union or the implementation period too long. these are the essential bloodlines. clearly a live debate going on within the conservative party about what the transition period and the end state of our relationship with the eu will look like. the government are clear they see britain as seizing the opportunities presented by brexit. i think downing street's position is they want to get this transition period down before moving onto the major issue of sorting out the next stage of negotiations. thank you for the latest that westminster. survivors of the holocaust havejoined politicians, religious leaders and dignitaries at westminster, for a national service to commemorate holocaust memorial day. on saturday, people will attend events across the uk to remember and honour the millions of people murdered in the holocaust and in subsequent campiagns of genocide. our religion editor martin bashir was at the event
in westminster and joins us now. good afternoon. welcome back to the qe2 conference centre, where a commemorative service to mark this yea r‘s commemorative service to mark this year's holocaust memorial day has concluded. there is a hubbub behind me people talking, eating and getting refreshments. the theme for this holocaust memorial day is the power of words. we have had some remarkable recitation of words delivered by actors like maureen lipman, derekjacobi and charles dance. we also had two rousing speeches by the secretary of state for communities and look of ‘s sajid javid and the chief rabbi. i am joint now by an individual who i am delighted to introduce you to. jones salter. joan, you were born in 1940,
tell us about your family and what happened to your father? we were polishjewish. my mother happened to your father? we were polish jewish. my mother and happened to your father? we were polishjewish. my mother and father had lived in western europe most of their adult life. i was born february 9040 in brussels and made the tenth, the nazis invaded. they started rounding up the foreign men and my father, being polish, was one of the first to be rounded up. he was to be deported and actually, in the early days they were sent on ordinary passenger trains. my father jumped off the train and he made his way to paris, where a cousin of his, who was french, hit him in his apartment. my mother stayed with my older sister and we stayed in
brussels for about six or seven months. then, my mother made her way to paris with my sister and myself and we stayed with one of my relatives, who was married to a french professional. they thought being french, they would be ok. was the family ever reunited? we were not. well, yes, my mother, myself andl not. well, yes, my mother, myself and i were nearly rounded up injuly 1942 and my father had already escaped down into vichy. and for a matter of a month or so we were together. but my father was interned again and he again escaped. he escaped into spain. he sent back for us, but we didn't turn up and the
quakers said to him, as he was polish, if he could get to the polish, if he could get to the polish, sorry the british consul in portugal, he might be able tojoin the polish free forces. a remarkable and miraculous story of survival. i can tell you, joan's story is repeated by multiple individuals across this whole. it has been a remarkable service. back to you in the studio. martin, thank you so much and sharing those moving and painful experiences with us. baroness said tessa gel has been given a standing ovation in the house of lords after delivering a new and moving speech for new cancer treatments to be available on the nhs. she gave herfirst interview after being diagnosed with a severe form of brain cancer. this is how she ended the speech and it happened in the last hour in the house of lords. i hope this debate will give
hope to other cancer patients like me so that we can live well together with cancer, not just me so that we can live well together with cancer, notjust dying of it. all others, for longer. thank you. applause exceptional scenes in the house of lords within the past hour as ba roness tessa jowell gave lords within the past hour as baroness tessa jowell gave that speech, talking about her experience, very difficult experience, very difficult experience, of cancer and making a broader point about the kind of quality of cancer treatment that should be available to all patients right across the uk. time for a look at the weather. mixed fortunes today with storm
georgina clear in out towards the east. we have seen heavy showers and sunny spells. blue skies largely in the east and these photos were sent in earlier. there were some heavy, thundery showers over in the west. some of those have fallen as snow. as we go through this evening and overnight showers will edged their way slowly eastwards, losing intensity as they do so. in the north there will be clearer skies we re north there will be clearer skies were pa rt of north there will be clearer skies were part of scotland, northern ireland and in western parts of wales and england. that will allow temperatures to fall away but where there is more cloud, slightly milder and showers persisting. high pressure pushes in tomorrow and that will take control of the weather, keeping things settled. northerly wind so we will feel cold and where we have the clear skies of seeing a touch of frost first thing tomorrow and touches of ice. it will brighten
with plenty of sunshine developing. light winds but not feeling particularly warm. the this is bbc news — the headlines: theresa may and donald trump hold talks at the world economic forum , with the president insisting trade is at the top of their agenda. one thing that will be taking place over a number of years will be trade. it will happen many times. working for a good trade relationship in future. a rise in recorded crime in england and wales, and the highest number of killings and murders for a decade. the prime minister condemns the men—only president's club dinner, she says it objectified the women who were there. sport now, here'sjohn watson.
it was the farthest he's been at a grand slam, but the semi finals of the australia open proved a step too farfor the british number two kyle edmund who was beaten in straight sets by the world number six marin cilic. adam wild was watching. from east yorkshire to melbourne. kyle edmund, in every sense, has come a long way. his arrival so soon has been a surprise for some. now, could his extraordinary journey continue? well, to go further, edmund would have to stand his ground against marin cilic. that is anything but easy. the travails of this tournament seemingly now taking their toll, edmund was outplayed from the start. the first set lost, there was to be a little encouragement, first from his coach and then from frustration. a disputed line call, a lengthy row and for a moment, it seemed like the spark edmund needed. that took him towards a tie—break. but once again, the challenge of cilic was proving all too much.
having come so far, for edmund, there was no coming back. the croatian was at times quite brilliant. the young brit's journey was at an end, but everything suggests there is plenty still ahead. in the short—term, i'm disappointed and i have to accept that. i didn't get my best out on court, for sure. but there are so many positives that override the whole two weeks. i have to focus on that and be pleased with what i've done. the women's trophy will have a new name etched on it come saturday because neither of the two finalists simona halep or caroline wozniaki have won the tournament before, nor have they ever won a grand slam. halep — the world number one — came through a cracking semi against 2016 champion angelique kerber — wining the decider 9—7.
wozniacki also one. wales scrum half rhys webb has been ruled out of their opening match of the six nations with scotland, adding to a growing list of absentees in the camp. in he remains a doubt for the rest of the tournament and is one biggar and liam williams also out. jose mourinho has signed a contract keeping him at manchester united until 2020. he has been praising the deal done to bring alexis sanchez from arsenal. he has already shown the quality that he has in the premier league. we have got one of the best attacking players in the world. i think united have made a fantastic
deal. arsenal made a fantastic deal. i got deal. arsenal made a fantastic deal. igota deal. arsenal made a fantastic deal. i got a fantastic player. alexis has changed from a fantastic club to a giant club. and mkhitaryan change also for a fantastic club, so i think it was a great deal for everybody. wales‘jamie donaldson has a one shot lead after the first round of golf's dubai desert classic. the welshman is 10—under par, one ahead of england's david horsey and anthony wall. a bogey on the ninth was the only blemish in a round that featured nine birdies and an eagle. rory mcilroy‘s encouraging start to the year continues, he's in fifth. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past six. more now on the world economic forum in davos. while the focus was on trade and the meeting between theresa may
and president donald trump, the prime minister used her keynote speech to challenge technology companies, to do more to protect users from harmful and illegal content online. she said the firms needed to ‘step up' to their social responsibilities. first, technology companies still need to do more in stepping up to their responsibilities for dealing with harmful and illegal online activity. companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery, or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content. we have made some progress. last september at the un, ijoined president macron and prime minister gentiloni in convening the first—ever un summit of government and industry, to move further and faster in reducing the time it takes to remove terrorist content online, and to increase significantly their efforts to stop it being uploaded in the first place.
but, we need to go further, so that ultimately, the content is removed automatically. joining me now is james bell, the author and technology journalist. what does that amounts to, that call on the prime minister? i think it is quite underwhelming, really. i don't think many people disagree with her. we have got huge technology companies, and you want to see them do what they can to prevent images of abuse spreading, and terrorist content. she has said there is a few times before, and to repeat this message that she has said if you times is a bit disappointing on this stage. where is her plan to actually do this? do you think they have come up do this? do you think they have come up with more specific measures or proposals that are not to do with clamping down on certain forms of activity, and urging global companies, they are not companies
which are in the jurisdiction of the uk very often, to do more? i think it is obvious that more needs to be done. i think you get some difficult issues when you come to extremist content. issues when you come to extremist co nte nt. at issues when you come to extremist content. at what point does it move from a view that we might be uncomfortable with disarming that should be banned or criminal? that isa should be banned or criminal? that is a question for war lawmakers and not facebook. they should be doing more and being held accountable. theresa may is a bit of a stuck record. this is supposed to be her best policy area. it feels like she just always has one answer, which is to talk about encrypted messaging, which has not been linked to any terror attack, and to say that facebook should do more. you sort of feel like maybe theresa may should do more, as well. wright if somebody
was to come to you, and save, what have we technology companies been doing practically, that was different to three or four years ago? they would tell you that they have tens of thousands more staff. they would point fairly reasonably to the efforts that they have done to the efforts that they have done to stamp out images of child abuse. that has been very successful, but thatis that has been very successful, but that is easier to tackle than the point of which a video goes from being a sort of, far right position that you might not like, to quite an extreme representation of heat content. it is asking a bit too much, i would say that mark soderberg would be in charge of where those limits would be. that is for parliament to decide. that is a tricky proposition for a lot of people, isn't it? they would like
better be far more clear demarcation lines... if it is the law, it is clear, you are either breaking the law or you're not. what you are saying is that defining that is not easy. one country, germany, has made it very clear that holocaust denial is illegal. you cannot show content that does that. that content does not get shown in germany. it is easy for theresa may to blame the tech giants, but it is easy for her to shout about it, the tech giants have shown that they do fall into line if they are given clear... so, there needs to be more clarity. that was then? i think theresa may is trying to pass the buck a little bit here. the number of people sleeping rough
in england has increased for the seventh year in a row, according to figures just released. official statistics show there were 4,750 people sleeping on the streets in england last year, that's up 15% on 2016. the government says it's investing £550 million by 2020 to address the issue. our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. this is the daily struggle of a homeless man. tony is 72 and lives near milton keynes railway station. he says he was evicted from his flat last february, but won't give the exact reason why. a concrete underpass in milton keynes is no place for a 72—year—old to be sleeping. no, no, iagree, it's not, but i mean, what can i do? every time i wake up, i class it as a bonus. it's another day i've got to get through. homelessness has risen sharply in milton keynes in recent years, the town's booming economy making
housing unaffordable for those with little. the growing problem here is replicated across england. rough sleeping increased by 15% last year. that amounted to more than 4,700 people with nowhere to sleep, a figure that's risen by 168% since 2010. this man, who wants to remain anonymous, is homeless but working. he's a painter and decorator, earning £50 a day. i still can't manage to get enough to put deposits down. the prices are just far too high at the minute. it's awful. a bedsit flat, £580 a month was the cheapest one i found. this tour bus will become an innovative solution to milton keynes' rough sleeping problem. once used by robbie williams and rod stewart, it's been converted into 16 bunk beds. the first homeless people will move in next month.
the accommodation is of course quite cramped, but for the lucky people who are going to be coming here, it's better than being on the street — and crucially, of course, as well, they are given some hope. it's an impressive idea, this. tom davies, once homeless himself, came up with the idea. the bus will offer people hope, opportunity, some support, from a postal address to being able to register with a gp, doctors, being able to acquire their id and have somewhere safe to store their personal belongings, basically, all the fundamental things anyone requires to actually live. rough sleeping is often a sign that people are struggling to get help with mental health and drug and alcohol problems, as well as having no home. ministers say they are committing to ending the problem by 2027. it's going to be difficult. michael buchanan, bbc news, milton keynes. health officials in england say
the winter flu outbreak appears to have peaked, with the rate of increase beginning to slow. rates have also risen in wales, but fallen slightly in northern ireland and scotland. the number of people admitted to hospital with flu has also fallen, although officials said the numbers, estimated to be around 4,000 last week in england , were still ‘very high‘. figures out today from nhs england show a slight easing of pressure on the system , with a reduction in the number of delays to ambulances handing over patients at hospitals. our health editor hugh pym is here. the key thing here is that they remain high in some areas. in wales, they were up again, but in northern ireland and scotland, down. that is significant. hospital admissions are down, slightly. i don‘t think that anybody is saying that blue is about to hear, but it has been one thing
that the others has been extremely worried about, a little bit less worried about, a little bit less worried now. latest figures for england in this area... a bit of an improvement, with the pressure off very slightly. real problems in the first week of january. in the latest week, that was last week, the numbers of ambulances waiting outside hospitals to discharge patients and delays, that fell. bed occupancy was a bit lower. so, moving very slightly back, but still huge pressure across the service, right around the uk, and of course, nobody in the nhs is thinking this is the beginning of a quieter period necessarily. this could be still tough weeks ahead. there was that controversy following the prime minister‘s attack on the health service in wales. yesterday, in the
commons, theresa may compared england and wales saying that patients who waited 12 hours were much higher in wales baningime. but there was a backlash. in england, there was a backlash. in england, the waiting only starts after the decision to admit a patient. you are not comparing like with like. mr jones has aired a misleading use of statistics like this is unacceptable. we will have to wait for a ruling from this that authority, there, but it shows how highly charged this debate on the nhs is coming. this is bbc news at 5 — the headlines: theresa may and donald trump hold talks at the world economic forum, with the president insisting trade is at the top of their agenda. a rise in recorded crime in england and wales,
and the highest number of killings and murders for a decade. the prime minister condemns the men—only presidents club dinner, she says it objectified the women who were there. plans have been announced to set up tens of thousands of free water refill points across england. water uk, which represents water companies and suppliers, says it wants to expand a refill scheme first launched three years ago. it hopes that will cut pollution by reducing the amount of water sold in plastic bottles. our correspondent tim muffett reports. across bristol, since 2015, businesses have been inviting people in — not to spend money, but to refill water bottles for free. people want really practical ways of how they can stop using as much single—use plastic in their lives and refill is a really obvious way of doing that. natalie fee set up the scheme.
an app tells people where refills are available, as do these signs. i think it‘s great as a way of not using as much plastic. it's a nice, easy thing to do, increases foot fall to the cafe. there are now 200 refill points across bristol. the scheme‘s spread to other places including durham, norwich and brighton, but it‘s about to get much bigger. every water company by september this year is going to draw up what they can do to sign up more businesses to provide free refill points. we want tens of thousands of refill points by 2021. we think we can take tens of millions of plastic bottles out of the waste stream. so more of this. less, it‘s hoped, of this. it‘s just horrible down here, along the banks of the river avon. there are hundreds of plastic bottles down here. it‘s disgusting. so many of them are drinking water bottles. your project, your initiative, is going to be run on a national scale. that must be very exciting?
it is. for this to really work it needs to be on every high street, in every shop and cafe. in the uk, we buy more than 1.7 billion litres of plain bottled water every year, according to the grocer magazine. for the first time sales are outstripping that of cola, but if soon it‘ll soon be far simpler to refill a bottle with tap water, what effect will that have on demand for these? i don‘t think it‘s going to have a significant impact. kinvara carey runs the natural hydration council, set up and supported by companies that produce bottled water. bottled water is different to tap water in the sense that it‘s naturally sourced, it‘s not chemically treated and a lot of people choose it for those reasons or for taste reasons. the natural hydration council says it backs the refill scheme as it wants more people to drink water, but it believes disposing of bottles responsibly is a bigger issue.
the bottles themselves are 100% recyclable. it‘s the bottle, the label, the lid. whether it's recyclable or not isn't really the point. half of the plastic bottles used in the uk aren't getting recycled and the majority of them are escaping the waste system and ending up in places like these. ending plastic pollution will require major change. natalie hopes that‘s one step closer. tim muffett, bbc news. at least three people have died after a train derailed near the italian city of milan. hundreds of commuters were on board the service heading to milan from cremona in northern italy, when it came off the tracks just before seven o‘clock this morning.
footage released by firefighters shows them working to free several people trapped in one of the carriages. a senior us diplomat, asked by myanmar to join a panel investigating alleged crimes against rohinga muslims has resigned, calling it a whitewash. bill richardson was especially critical of aung san suu kyi, the leader of the government, accusing her of lacking moral leadership. myanmar has dismissed mr richardson‘s words as a ‘personal attack‘. our correspondentjonathan head sent this report. bill richardson clearly felt that the panel that he was a part of was ineffective. he‘s described how he felt it didn‘t have a mandate, it wasn‘t addressing the real issues, but he could have resigned more quietly. he‘s somebody who used to visit aung san suu kyi as far back as the early 1990s, when she was under house arrest, and has remaining engaged, deeply engaged, in myanmar, with a lot of projects here as well. it‘s a very detailed statement. he describes her as having an arrogance of power, of being trapped in a bubble, surrounded by sycophants and psychopaths telling her what she wants to hear. he said he was taken aback by the hostility that she and other officials showed
towards international organisations, the media, the un, human rights groups, blaming them for the trouble in rakhine state, and felt in all conscience, he said, he simply couldn‘t continue in his role. he‘s actually said that she is in effect parroting the generals, that she‘s speaking their language, and not speaking up at all for the things she once said she believed in. that‘s why he said he is so disappointed, that he expected her to show some moral leadership. he accepted that she‘s in a difficult position, but he said there‘s no excuse for not showing any leadership at all. so the picture he paints is of a very isolated leader, of somebody stubbornly sticking to her views, and more than anything else, parroting the military. in particular you reference those reuters journalists. he came here perhaps mistakenly believing that his influence might help to get them released. he raised their case consistently with aung san suu kyi. a lot of people feel they were set up, that they‘re being targeted by the military for their investigation into rakhine state. her response, he said, was to insist that they‘d broken the official secrets act and to get so angry, he said, that at one point
he thought she might hit him. it‘s one of nature‘s most dramatic battles, the big cat pursuing its prey. but now scientists from the royal veterinary college have analysed in minute detail how the predators catch the animals they hunt, and it‘s not just about speed. they‘ve fitted tracking collars to wild cheetahs and lions, with some surprising results. our science correspondent victoria gill explains. the fastest land animal on earth. cheetahs are built for speed and acceleration, but with a sprint they can sustain for less than a minute, every twist and turn of the hunt is critical — a high—speed battle. and these veterinary scientists have now studied it at the finest scale. so we see the spectacle of hunting on wildlife documentaries. but here we‘re capturing thousands of runs, and they‘re actually
showing what they do — all the things we don‘t see when they hunt at night, when they hunt in denser cover, and building up a full story, which means you can then create a computer model that can actually tell us what the effect on hunt outcome is. scientists fitted tracking collars to cheetahs, lions and the prey they pursue, recording their position more than 200 times every second. that captured every moment of the chase, revealing just how closely predator and prey match in their athleticism. but it also demonstrated that the hunt is about much more than speed. by outmanoeuvring a predator, turning at the very last minute, an antelope can control the chase and evade capture. only about 50% of cheetah hunts actually end in a kill and this research has really unpacked that co—evolution between predator and prey, the delicate balance between the survival of these big powerful cats and the animals that they eat. lions and cheetahs are both known to be vulnerable to extinction
and this study also reveals how fine that line is between life and death in the wild. if you‘re going to protect them, having an in—depth understanding of their requirements in their natural habitat is so, so important. research into the kind of prey they eat, how much sort of home range they need, it all links in to their conservation. these are the extreme athletes of the animal kingdom and it‘s meant tracking their every step to really unravel the drama of each chase. victoria gill, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. a bit ofa a bit of a mixed bag, today. some of us have seen is a beautiful blue
skies. these photographs that in by a weather watcher. blue skies largely in the east. but, that was not the same stories everybody. there have been some heavy and thundery showers making their ways from west east. the brighter the colour, the happier the rain. edging their way eastwards as we move through the day today. as we move through the day today. as we move through this evening and overnight tonight, they continued to work their way eastwards, an area of high pressure coming in tomorrow, and a bit drier on the horizon. they will lose a bit of that into him —— intensity as they move east, and that will allow temperatures to fall away with the clearer skies. not quite as cool, and still one or two showers persisting. it is that area of high pressure pushing in as we move through into tomorrow which will keep things fairly dry and
settled, and it will also bring some cool as northerly winds. tomorrow morning, bright start in scotland, one or two showers in the north and east. there could be a touch of frost, first thing, for northern ireland and western part of england. the always be further west you are, a bit more cloud. but, the temperatures are more like four or 5 degrees. that‘s glad will finn and break as we move through the day, gradual brightening up, and plenty of sunshine. with like twins, it might not feel too bad. temperatures a maximum of 9 degrees. we see that weather front waiting in the wings, it will push its way eastwards as we go into saturday, dragging in some mild airfrom the go into saturday, dragging in some mild air from the south—west, with it. there will be some dry weather, but some wet and windy weather.
showers heaviest in the north. temperatures back into the double figures, and into that mild air. the mother and will continue to feel in into sunday, plenty of moisture in that air. there will be plenty of crowd began —— cloud again. you can see, again, temperatures in the double figures. maximum 13 celsius. a sharp rise in serious violent crime and sex offences, as the number of incidents recorded by police in england and wales last year soars. more than 37,000 knife crimes were recorded — a rise of more than 20%. the mother of one victim says the government needs to do more. they are standing up and doing their token gesture. and it isn‘t working. how many young people have to die for them to admit that what we are doing is not correct? we‘ll be examining the figures in reality. also tonight... a rift? what rift?
president trump tells theresa may he loves britain and expects a tremendous increase in trade between america and the uk. we have great respect for everything you‘re doing. we love your country. we think it‘s really great. more than 4,500 people sleeping rough on the streets of england — the highest level since current records began.