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a university lecturer — thought to be one of britain's most prolific paedophiles — has been jailed for 32 years after admitting 137 offences. dr matthew falder‘s crimes included encouraging the rape of a child, and blackmailing victims to film themselves in degrading positions. there were contacts made with people in slovenia, australia, there were victims in the united states, and there were victims all over england and wales and scotland. we'll be live with our correspondent who was in court — and be looking at the international operation that brought falder to justice. also this lunchtime: the prime minister is to launch a review is to launch a review of university tuition fees in england — admitting it's "one of the most expensive systems" in the world. oxfam reveals that three of the men accused of sexual misconduct in haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. the film three billboards outside ebbing, missouri hits jackpot
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at last night's baftas, with winners including its star frances mcdormand. and the russian curler who's being investigated for doping after winning bronze at the winter olympics. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: can great britain score a much needed win over switzerland in the women's curling to boost their chances of making the last four? good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. a lecturer at birmingham university, said to be one of britain's worst against children. matthew falder pleaded guilty to 137 charges, including encouraging the rape of a minor — and blackmailing his
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victims into sending him obscene footage of themselves carrying out degrading acts. the operation to catch falder included law enforcement agencies across the world. us homeland security described him as "the worst child exploitation offender" it had ever seen on the internet. sima kotecha is outside the court in birmingham. matthew falder has been described as one of britain's worst paedophiles, today he showed no emotion as he was sentenced to more than 30 years in jail. some of the officers in the court were crying, victims looked distressed. the judge told court were crying, victims looked distressed. thejudge told him, a person of your intelligence did not realise the harm they were doing and did not stop. he said falder was controlling, manipulative and cruel. what is it i have done? what is it i am supposed to have done? document
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you filed are being arrested at his workplace last year. he spent years posing as a female artist online to trick his victims and to sending them naked pictures of themselves. distributing indecent images of children. he then searched for the profiles on social media and use that information to blackmail them into sending him more images. he even installed secret cameras in people's home. falder contacted more than 300 people worldwide offering them money in exchange for photos. his youngest victim was just 13. one of his victims told us she can no longer trust anybody. of his victims told us she can no longer trust anybodylj of his victims told us she can no longer trust anybody. i did not want stay at home because he knew where i lived. i could not concentrate on anything. i could not talk to my family. i felt ashamed anything. i could not talk to my family. ifelt ashamed of anything. i could not talk to my family. i felt ashamed of what i was doing. idid family. i felt ashamed of what i was doing. i did not want to go out onto the street because he might be there. i did not feel safe anywhere. last year he pleaded guilty to 137
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charges including encouraging the rape of a child and possessing a paedophile manual. you have a victim, and e—mail contact, that is it. it's a tricky starting point and what you have then got is people like him who are using all the tools in the tool box which are available to him to stay hidden. falder was under surveillance for several months during a four year investigation. the cambridge graduate was then identified by the national crime agency and it worked with partner agencies across the world for the first time including the fbi, the australian federal police and euro poll to find the man behind the messages. there were contacts made with people in slovenia, australia, there were victims in the united states and all over england and wales and scotland. and we then had to try and piece together information across many different police forces. falder
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lived in this block of flats, he worked at birmingham university. officers say he motivation was power and control. he wanted his victims to feel embarrassed adam gemili at it and he was confident he could outwit the other of these —— embarrassed and humiliated. he had the intention of manipulating people, using names such as 666devil to communicate with other paedophiles. on the dark internet he wrote about one of his victims, saying, "to be honest i am thinking how in love and mentally struggling she seems to be that i should be able to get some good nudes from her willingly. i'm not sure if i care whether she lives or dies to be honest". in court the paedophile showed no remorse. thejudge told him that you wanted to assume total control over your victim. you are cruel and manipulative.
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this case raises questions as to how authorities can remain one step ahead of people like falder you are so ahead of people like falder you are so technically savvy they are able to exploit vulnerable people for so long without detection. the prime minister says there should be better value for university students — as she launches a year—long review into how higher education is funded in england. in a speech this afternoon, theresa may will admit that the current system of charging maximum annual fees of £9,250 had not resulted in the "competitive" market hoped for. a university education in england is now one of the most expensive in the world. labour says the entire system needs to be restructured. a prime minister who free university tuition visits sixth formers in
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london to discuss student debt and the courses they plan to take. one meant free radical physics. 0h the courses they plan to take. one meant free radical physics. oh gosh. such as the reaction many students and their parents now have about the cost of education in england. the government says the whole system needs to be examined again. we have an issue of fees, concerned notjust from students but families, parents and grandparents about the level of debt the build—up and also a concern that basically universities charge the same whatever course you are doing. currently english universities are free to charge just over £9,000 a year. depending on the course. only a handful charge less than the maximum. graduate in england leave university with average debts of more than £50,000. interest rates on student loans now stand at 6.1%. with labour promising to scrap tuition fees altogether there is pressure on the conservative government to tackle
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this. you have to be fair to the student and the taxpayer. we need to reform higher education, support further education, make sure disadvantaged students get the best universities and the bestjobs at the end of it. within the review the government will consider the reintroduction of maintenance grants, but there is even dispute amongst students about the policy trade—offs involved. amongst students about the policy trade-offs involved. when i applied i knew i would get into debt over £50,000 but now you have a situation where you don't even have maintenance grants so people like me from working—class backgrounds will have to seek out more loans and that puts students off. i would be disappointed if my party cut tuition fees at the expense of losing bursaries for underprivileged backgrounds. a key conservative backgrounds. a key conservative background is helping to help people to help themselves. ministers are not saying the state should pick up this bill. the challenge for the
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government is coming up with policies which don'tjust look like a pale imitation of what labour are offering. the prime minister says that many students find the level of fees charged to not relate to the quality of the course. cranking up fees to £9,000 was meant to create the market theresa may now wants to investigate. she is in search of the silver bullet which will lead to increasing fees but nothing for the government, there is not a silver bullet, she is time to put the choice is off until after brexit. number ten is also stressing this will cover technical and vocational education as well and the rebalancing of post secondary education away from universities toward educational study could be the biggest change being considered. our education correspondent elaine dunkley is here. we know the prime minister thinks the system needs to be changed but how difficult is that going to be? this is a real university challenge
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for the government. students are graduating with debts of £50,000, a number of issues there, high interest rates at 6.1% and also scrapping maintenance grants which we re scrapping maintenance grants which were replaced with loans. the government believes if you go to university you should contribute something and one of the things they are looking at is the idea of variable fees. the education secretary damian hinds says the fee could be dictated by the subject so for example if you study at university course which does not cost much to deliver and yourjob prospects are not as lucrative at the end it should be cheaper. the arts and social sciences should be cheaper than doing a science degree, studying english should cost you less tha n studying english should cost you less than studying engineering. but what critics have said is that that could lead poor students to doing courses which are cheaper which means when they going to the job market its valued less and they are paid market its valued less and they are pa id less market its valued less and they are paid less money and relatively speaking they end up paying more for their education. another issue this
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review will look at is vocational courses and making a clear a path for students who do not want to go to university. one of the key things this review needs to address this country is facing a shortage of nurses and teaching, we have heard the nursing bursary was scrapped, what is the government going to do? we have heard labour say they will reintroduce maintenance grants in the election, jeremy corbyn popular with younger voters by saying they would scrap jewish with younger voters by saying they would scrapjewish and peace. we are not quite sure what this will say in a year's time but we will have to look at a whole raft of measures —— saying they would scrap tuition fees. our assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster. we have heard a little bit about the politics behind this from ben wright, please expand ? politics behind this from ben wright, please expand? the politics are in part that it is a move to try to reach out to younger voters because many tories they had little positive to positive to say to them at the last election. in part it is
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designed as a riposte tojeremy corbyn and his offer to scrap tuition fees. it's in part designed to have something to talk about apart from brexit, blooming brexit. and imparted is driven by the thought that the current system is not working, its bad value for money. one of the most expensive systems in the world. but theresa may has somewhat tied her hands by insisting that taxpayers should not have to bear a bigger portion of the burden. she does not want to scrap the current system and her education secretary says they will not tell universities what they should charge which pretty much passes the ball back to universities of their own back to universities of their own back to universities of their own back to start cutting the cost of university education. so far they have shown remarkably little inclination to do so. they all pretty much charge the top whack and their view is we have got more and more people applying to come to university including from
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disadvantaged backgrounds, what on earth are we doing wrong? the real risk for theresa may is you have a review which trundles on for a year and you end up with firmly pro—limited reforms dependent on the universities to implement and pale in comparison to some of the big, bold, brushstroke offer from jeremy corbyn. norman smith, thank you. it's emerged that three of the oxfam employees accused of sexual misconduct in haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. the charity has published an internal report which said more needed to be done to prevent problem staff working for other charities. but despite the warnings, several men linked to the alleged abuse did subsequently take up roles at other charitable organisations. our correspondent james landale reports. for more than half a century oxfam has been helping those in need such
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as these victims of conflict in nigeria in the late 1960s. but the hard—won reputation nigeria in the late 1960s. but the ha rd—won reputation has nigeria in the late 1960s. but the hard—won reputation has been put at risk by the behaviour of some staff in haiti in 2011. an internal report published today shows one was dismissed and redesigned using prostitutes on oxfam premises. two more were dismissed for bullying and intimidation. one of whom also downloaded pornography. and another man was sacked for failing to protect staff. what some mps want now is for offenders like these to be placed on a public register. now is for offenders like these to be placed on a public registerlj be placed on a public register.” don't think these reports should be secret and now that it is out in the open we can do something significant about it and that is what i will be asking them to do, to have a central register so that we lead the world and so that we know anyone we give money to, any charity has got the right procedures in place and that the children and women are absolutely safe. the report also
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says three of the men physically threatened witnesses during the investigation, something which shocked the prime minister. the behaviour we have now discovered was horrific, far below the standards we expect for the charities we work with and i understand there have been further revelations today which show that actually there was physical intimidation of witnesses. this is horrific, exactly the problem we see which means all too often people do not feel able to come forward to report what has happened to them, the behaviour they have been on the receiving end of. oxfa m have been on the receiving end of. oxfam shops have been a familiar sight in high street for years. the prime minister spokesperson said this morning there is still a long way to go to public trust. former football coach barry bennell has appeared in court to be sentenced — after being found guilty of 50 counts of sexual abuse against 12 victims. bennell — who coached at a number of clubs including crewe and man city had appeared via videolink from prison for his five—and—a—half week trial because of health problems.
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danny savage is in liverpool for us. just tell us what happened in court today. the judge has retired to consider his sentence at the moment and he will do that at quarter past two this afternoon. but this afternoon, between 12 and one, we heard from many of the victims of barry bennell and this case, giving their personal impact statements about how what had happened to them has affected their lives. one man repeatedly sexually assaulted by bennell in the 1980s said he did not tell his parents what had happened until two years ago. his father replied to him that he was sorry for not being a good dad and the words the victim said broke his heart. he went on to say he turned to alcohol to blot out the trauma of what has happened to him. he stopped his children now going to sleepover this because of what had happened to him asa because of what had happened to him as a child. minutes later, another
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victim walked over to where barry bennell was sitting and said, barry, barry, why, why? no reaction from bennell who was moved away by a security clock in the court but it gives an illustration of how strong the feelings and emotions were in the feelings and emotions were in the court hearing this afternoon. another man said he turned to drugs to deal with what had happened to him and ended up in a young offenders institution. several victims said they contemplated suicide and a clear picture has emerged bennell being a manipulative and controlling the man, who turned the dreams of young football players in nightmares over a period of time. and those nightmares still haunt many victims today and this will not give many of these men closure today. he'll still living with the trauma of what happened to them all those years ago. and their tormentors sat in the dock staring at the floor and giving no reaction. he will be sentenced at quarter past two this afternoon, rita. danny,
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thank you. the time is 13:18. our top story this lunchtime: a university lecturer — thought to be one of britain's most prolific paedophiles — has been jailed for 32 years, after admitting 137 offences. and still to come... employers accused of living in the dark ages, as a new report finds firms failing to understand the legal rights of women taking maternity leave. coming up in sport: former england captain casey stoney announces her retirement, and she's already lined up a newjob, teaming up with manager phil neville. three billboards outside ebbing, missouri was the big winner at the baftas last night — taking awards in five categories. the drama — about a woman's struggle to getjustice for her murdered daughter — was named best film, and its star, frances mcdormand, won best actress. most of the guests attending
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the event wore black, in support of the time's up and #metoo campaigns against sexual harassment. our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, was there. black dresses on the red carpet — all part of the ongoing time's up campaign, aimed at fair treatment for women. it wasn't just stars. two of the original dagenham girls — whose 1968 strike action at ford led to the equal pay act — were there too. well, we thought it would end by now. we thought everybody would have got their rights but, unfortunately, it hasn't happened, has it? somewhat appropriate, then, that the night's big winner — three billboards outside ebbing, missouri — focuses on a woman, played by frances mcdormand, who won best actress, looking for justice. i have a little trouble with compliance. laughter applause but i want you to know that i stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black. power to the people.
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the movie — which won a total of five baftas, including best film — has struck a chord with audiences around the world. hey there, mildred, you didn't happen to pay a visit to the dentist today, did you? no. huh? muffled speech: i said no. best actor went to gary oldman, who played winston churchill in world war ii drama darkest hour. he thanked his female co—stars. i love you, kristin. i love you, lily. you have a singular vision and a huge heart, and they were never more on display than in this beautiful film. and best director was won by guillermo del toro for the shape of water, another female—focused film, starring sally hawkins as a woman in love with a mysterious water creature. and the winner of the rising star award was britain's daniel kaluuya. he paid tribute to one particular woman. i'd like to thank my mum. mum, you're the reason why i started, you're
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the reason why i'm here, you're the reason why i keep going, and this is yours. for the past three years, the baftas and the oscars haven't agreed on best picture, but this 2018 oscar race is the most open in years. and with voting starting on the other side of the atlantic on tuesday, many will be saying that three billboards‘ strong showing tonight might, just might, give it the edge at the academy awards in march. lizo mzimba, bbc news. a 26—year—old woman has been arrested after an abusive hand—written note was left on the windscreen of an ambulance which was responding to an emergency call in stoke—on—trent. the note said the vehicle had no right to be parked where it was, with the writer making clear they couldn't care less if the whole street collapsed. the note ended by saying, "now move your van from outside my house." employers are being accused of having "antiquated" attitudes to recruiting women, after a survey of 1,100 bosses
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revealed that more than half believed a woman should have to disclose if she was pregnant during a job interview. the equality and human rights commission has accused firms of "living in the dark ages", and says its study shows many employers need more support to understand the basics of discrimination law. richard lister reports. they do see you coming, don't they? sarah rees was on maternity leave when she noticed her name had vanished from her employer's website. her daughter, caitlin, had just been born, but it was weeks before sarah was told formally she'd been let go. i felt really sad and i almost felt ashamed that, you know, what had i done wrong? because i had only gone and had a baby and, yet, i knew that i loved the job i was doing. and there was still a place for me in that organisation because, months later, they did employ new stuff in jobs they did employ new staff in jobs that i could have done quite easily.
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although having a child is a life—changing experience, the law says it shouldn't affect a woman's employment rights. but a survey of 1,100 of britain's bosses revealed more than a third thought it was ok to ask a female job applicant about pregnancy plans. more than 40% thought pregnancy puts an "unnecessary cost burden" on the workplace. and six in ten bosses believe a woman should disclose whether she's pregnant during the recruitment process. we were shocked but, unfortunately, not surprised. but what we want to do is to work with employers to move things forward. and that's why we're asking employers to put a stake on the ground and tojoin our working forward initiative, to work alongside other employers and take advantage of tips, guidance and advice and support. the confederation of british industry has acknowledged there is a problem, saying today's poll "shows how far away have to go in some firms to change attitudes towards pregnant workers and new mothers. businesses should not ask
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about prospective employees' family plans at interview, nor act on any assumptions about their career plans. " solicitors like this one have helped around 4,000 women bring unfair dismissal cases against their employers in the past four years. around half of one settlement. bina hale won her case, but it was a gruelling process. 54,000 women a year lose theirjobs because of such discrimination. so there is awareness, it's just we need the government to do something now with those findings. in this day and age, this shouldn't be happening. women are a valuable part of the workforce. government figures show one in nine working mothers lose theirjobs due to maternity discrimination. today's poll reveals just how deeply ingrained that discrimination still is in workplaces across the country. richard lister, bbc news. former shareholders in the collapsed construction giant carillion are calling for its management to be investigated. some have told mps that the compa ny‘s
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executives must have known — or should have known — about its cash flow problems well before it went into liquidation last month. our business editor, simon jack, is here. tell us more about what the shareholders have said. the big question is, in march 2017, carillion filed this document is a its finances were fine. three months later, an £850 million hole was written the company from which it never recovered. mps want to know who not to rush what and when? we have had response from shareholders today ranging from standard life aberdeen who say, we began selling in december 2015 and we did not think the company was taking the risks seriously enough. and one big shareholder has said that all clear grounds for an investigation into whether management knew or should have known about the need for this £850 million provision. the question will be, the company says, it was a big surprise to us, things went very
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bad very quickly and was able bigshot. mps want to know whether there is more to that. the focus will move to thursday when the auditors who signed off on these accounts will face mps and they will say, why did you sign these of when the company collapsed ? say, why did you sign these of when the company collapsed? it had a whole written it several months later and they want to know, what did they do to make sure the company's did they do to make sure the compa ny‘s accounts were did they do to make sure the company's accounts were fine? simon, thank you. an anti—doping case has been opened against a russian medal—winning curler at the winter olympics. alexander krushelnitsky, who won bronze with his wife in the mixed doubles on tuesday, is suspected of testing positive for the banned substance meldonium. on the ice, team gb‘s women's curling team are taking the men's team won a victory over denmark. as they seek qualification to the medal rounds. our sports correspondent, andy swiss, has this report from pyeongchang. the first—ever bronze medal in mixed doubles curling. from delight to a doping controversy.
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barely a week after celebrating a medal alongside his wife anastasia, alexander krushelnitsky could now we stripped of it. but his is a case with far broader implications. olympic athletes from russia! krushelnitsky is russian. his country is banned from these games because of, guess what? a huge doping scandal. olympic organisers allowed him and 160 other russians to compete as neutrals. now, though, it is an all—too—familiar story. it was a very good pre—games testing where, for example, the russian athletes were tested to a significant level more than others. but when an athlete, in the broader sense, when an athlete is called for doping, of course it's extremely disappointing, but it does show that the system works. while the decision to allow russian athletes to compete had to parade under a neutralflagy
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the ioc considering lifting the ban = this latest scandal, can they really? it's very frustrating that the story has come back halfway through the games. you don't want any positive tests in the olympics but for it to be an applicant company that country we re be an applicant company that country were told the athletes would be clea n, were told the athletes would be clean, that is hard news to. away from the controversy of the curling, encouraging news for britain's men's team. victory over denmark boosting their hopes of the semifinals. on their hopes of the semifinals. on the snow, though, amy follow‘s hopes came toa the snow, though, amy follow‘s hopes came to a painful end. the event is called big air, but in this case, not quite enough. she later posted this photo. bruised, but thankfully no worse. but there was redemption for this athlete who missed the last games after a horrible crash but four yea rs later after a horrible crash but four years later booked her place in the half—pipe final, a long wait, but
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finally worth it. andy swiss, bbc news, pyeongchang. tea m team gb‘s action are dutch women are in action in the curling in round nine of their game against sand. a win would greatly improve their chances of reaching the semifinals. now, take a look at these striking images of thousands of starlings swooping over blackpool beach over the weekend. the mass movement is known as a ‘murmuration' — with flocks of birds swirling through the skies together, before settling into their roost for the night. the numbers swell in winter, when they are joined by migratory starlings from scandinavia. absolutely lovely. time for a look at the weather. here's sarah keith lucas. misty and murky today and this picture sums up the field to this morning's weather. a lot of low
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cloud and mist and a slight improvement this afternoon with some brightness across western parts of the country. through the rest of this week after a mild start, things turning colder later in the week. and also becoming mostly dry. at the end of the week in a moment, but back to the here and now, and two weather fronts affecting the country. a warm front across eastern pa rt country. a warm front across eastern part of the uk and a cold front approaching from the north west. in between these two, that is milder airand the between these two, that is milder air and the yellow on the map and blew towards the east not far away. some more cold air later this week. rain this afternoon across parts of eastern scotland, down eastern counties of england.
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