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this is bbc news. the headlines. a major incident has been declared here. the flames have even spread near to the grade two listed gardens. an investigation is underway into how a young girl died after being thrown from a seaside inflatable in norfolk. the head of nhs england says extensive planning is under way to prepare the health service for a no—deal brexit. at the start of a crunch week for brexit, 30 conservative mps demand the prime minister takes a tough line with eu negotiators. the communities secretary, says he is "confident" cabinet will agree a common position later this week. i think there is no doubt that there is strong views on either side and that is what i would expect as we lead into the discussions on friday.
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more than 100 firefighters are working in what are described as "extremely testing conditions" at the scene of a huge moorland fire in lancashire. yesterday strong winds caused two fires to merge — with the blaze now covering several square miles. officials say it could take at least a week to put out the flames. our correspondent sarah walton is in winter hill in lancashire for us this evening. tell us about these testing conditions. this is the control centre for the fire on winter hill and it is here where a fire crews have been arriving all day. the size of the fire has not really changed today. they have managed to save a crucial tv antenna up there which serves about 7 million people. they dug a trench around but that is not enough. there are still large areas here which are still on fire.
it's hot, sweaty work, and there's no end in sight. firefighters have spent a third full day on winter hill, but despite their best efforts, eight square kilometres of moorland are still alight. there's fires in quite an extensive area on two faces of winter hill, so we've got two areas, in the region of about four square kilometres each, so significant fire fronts. fire crews have travelled here from as far away as south wales and warwickshire, working in the intense heat and thick smoke, fighting flames not just on the ground, but also from the air. the fire here is spreading notjust through this very dry grass, but also underneath the ground, where the soil is very peaty. firefighters are finding they'll put out one area of fire, but the ground underneath is still so hot that it will be back alight just minutes later. and that's a worry for these workers
from rivington gardens, a site of national importance, now just metres from the fire. timber! they're chopping down surrounding vegetation to try to stop the flames. well, the gardens are listed at grade ii nationally, they're one of the top ten lost gardens in the whole country, the gardens themselves being listed, and ii of the structures within them. i mean, it's a really important heritage asset. while there are bigger concerns with life and other loss elsewhere, we're desperately trying to make sure the fire doesn't reach them. fire crews will have to leave the moor once the sun goes down. they'll be back at first light, but say it could be weeks before this fire is out. sarah walton, bbc news, winter hill. we have just heard that about 68 firefighters will stay here overnight in case things flare up again. there have been people coming
to leave donations of food and cold water for the firefighters dealing with those high temperatures, but the fire service is asking people not to bring them here, it is not safe and they are asking people to ta ke safe and they are asking people to take them to the local fire centre which —— fire training centre in chorley. thank you very much. the head of nhs england says "significant planning" is under way in the health service, for the possibility of britain leaving the eu without a brexit deal. simon stevens said the nhs was working with the government to make sure medical equipment and drugs continue to enter the country ‘in all scenarios.‘ with the cabinet preparing for a key meeting on brexit this friday, the communities secretary, james brokenshire, says he's confident ministers will reach an agreement. chris mason reports. how does the health service ensure it can get medicine it needs if the uk leads the eu without a deal on future the staff, equipment and medicine it needs if the uk leads the eu without a deal on future cooperation? that is the question nhs organisations are grappling with,
according to the man who runs the health service in england. there is extensive work under way between the department of health, other parts of government, the life sciences industry and the pharma companies. it is about getting a good deal. we are preparing for all eventualities. the point is that our focus, our attention, all the detail and effort must be about getting that deal. that is what is in the best interests of our country. we must be prepared and we will be. the cabinet is badly split on what that deal should look like with several ministers making their personal views publicly known. all of which makes finding agreement and setting out the government's proposals in the so—called white paper in less than a fortnight very difficult. the uk leads the european union at the end of march next year and has until the autumn to sort out a deal. theresa may is notjust
negotiating with brussels but with her own cabinet, through an ocean of disagreement, trying for consensus. it is weird that two years on the government has not produced its white paper. they will have a cabinet weekend in chequers to work out the strategy. we are two years since the referendum, no wonder the eu is asking what is britain's strategy? here on friday the cabinet will gather to try to sort proposals for the future relationship with the eu that all members of the prime minister's team can find up to. it will not be easy. to tell us more our political correspondent chris mason joins me. it feels that every week is a big brexit wake. what sets this apart? there are four and a bit big brexit
weeks and every month and that will be all the way until march when the uk leads the european union and for a long time after that. the challenge this week is trying to reach some sort of agreement within the cabinet. when you speak to people in government and say how are you going to do that because there are huge disagreements, you do not get much of an answer. it is incredibly difficult and she has to try and find some sort of consensus and then sell it to the european union. there will be a bit ofa pr european union. there will be a bit of a prjob coming up with european union. there will be a bit of a pr job coming up with the european union. there will be a bit of a prjob coming up with the prime minister speaking to lots of european leaders, potentially going ona trip european leaders, potentially going on a trip to meet some leaders, speak to others on the phone. we will get ministers fanning out following the publication of this white paper. the tricky thing for the government here is that this white paper has to be pretty specific. in the past there have been a platter of options, our way
of keeping as many cabinet ministers in the tent as possible. brussels is not likely to buy that, they will wa nt to not likely to buy that, they will want to know which things we want and then discuss them. the tricky thing is, how much detail is there in that white paper? i am told on the customs row, which has been rumbling on for ever, particularly around the irish border, you might remember there has been a discussion about two possible options, neither of them were particularly well liked andi of them were particularly well liked and i am told an alternative has been dreamt up. i do not know what it is but there is an alternative. the ministers will meet in chequers in buckinghamshire on friday. there will there be a period of six days until the following thursday when the white paper will be published and it looks like quite a lot of work will be done on that white paper after the cabinet meeting. they will not be presented with the done deal and told to sign on
thursday, there will still be quite what —— quite a bit of work done on it after the meeting. the curious thing with this process is that people like me are forever looking to the horizon and saying, there is this big thing coming. the curious thing is, normally when you approached the horizon, the thing gets bigger, in brexit, it seems to be the other way around. last week at the eu summit they were saying, we need full transparency, we need theresa may to put her cards on the table. does she know what those cards are given the fact that she has got all this disagreement in her cabinet? she has a reasonable idea of what card she would like to play but it is being able to play those while maintaining a semblance of agreement. we know there is not an agreement. we know there is not an agreement but is there a document she can draw up that they are willing to put up with, inevitably, anything that they are willing to put up with, some will be more happy
with them others and then the reverse might be true on another point. there is also the potential at some stage that some within the cabinet simply cannot live with what is agreed and you get some sort of resignation or walk out or whatever. given the situation the prime minister isn't politically after the election, that would pose all sorts of questions which pop up every so often since the last election along the lines of, can she survive? we are well into the realms of speculation here but all these things are possible given how transparent those disagreements are and how relatively politically week the prime minister is since that reversal one year ago. it was all supposed to be going quiet in the recess. it is and brussels traditionally goes very quiet in august but one of their senior negotiators were saying, we will be around in august. politically and traditionally it is quiet. it has
not been for about the last three yea rs. not been for about the last three years. i'm not sure that this will be. do not book a holidayjust yet, we need to hear. and we'll find out how this story —— and many others —— are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers —— we'll be joined by the former fleet street editor, eve pollard and the assistant editor at the times, anne ashworth. norfolk police say a girl has died after reportedly being thrown from inflatable play equipment on a beach in gorleston—on sea near great yarmouth. officers were called just after 11 o'clock this morning. the girl was taken to a hospital where she died. team sky say they are confident chris froome will ride in the tour de france next weekend after organisers reportedly tried to block his participation after a dispute over a drugs test. meanwhile, the doctor at the centre of previous allegations against the team, over a mystery ‘jiffy bag' package sent to sir bradley wiggins, has broken his silence. in his first interview, richard freeman told our sports editor dan roan that he had
severe depression as a result of being investigated, but that he was not guilty of any wrongdoing. he is the doctor at the heart of the scandal that rocked british cycling. richard freeman was the sport's most senior medic, helping sir bradley wiggins and team sky to beat the best. but, for two years, he has faced suggestions he misused medical treatment to enhance performances of riders, refusing to answer our questions when i approached him in october, 2016. now finally he has broken his silence. you never helped sir bradley wiggins or anyone at team sky to cheat? no. and your ethics as a doctor were never compromised? never. you were never asked to compromise? never asked. i wouldn't have joined team sky unless they had taken the moral high ground. did they live up to it? i believe they did. are you sure about that? yes. wiggins has denied an allegation he was given a banned asthma drug, triamcinolone, at a race in 2011,
insisting it was a legal decongestant, fluimicil. freeman was the man who took delivery of the mystery medicaljiffy bag. once and for all, on the record, what was in it? fluimicil nebules. freeman cannot prove that because his laptop containing patient data was stolen but his medical record—keeping was also criticised by uk anti—doping. my travelling medical records are kept on a laptop which were not backed up to my... i am sorry about that. they should have been backed up, but they weren't. this year wiggins denied an accusation by mps that he crossed an ethical line after freeman gave him triamcinolone for medical reasons before three major races. if you had the opportunity again, would you act differently? unfortunately, on medical grounds yes, i would not now, i would also advise him, because i treat a patient holistically, there's a reputation at risk here. freeman has been criticised for writing a book quite yet failing to attend a parliamentary committee hearing last year, citing ill—health.
the former british cycling doctor says he is sufficiently recovered from the effects of the scrutiny he faced. i had what a layman would call a breakdown and it was the final straw. that was portayed or seen by some out there as convenient that you weren't able to give evidence in person, an excuse. i suffered from a major depressive illness and can have suicidal thoughts. you can commit suicide. you had those thoughts, did you? yes, yes. this comes as team sky prepare for next weekend's tour de france, but will chris froome be riding? organisers reportedly blocking him from going for a fifth win because of an unresolved anti—doping case after an adverse analytical finding last year he denies wrongdoing and team sky say they are confident and appeal will be successful. but, for cycling, moving on from past controversies is proving no easy task. dan roan, bbc news. andy murray has said he's pulling out of this year's wimbledon tournament, which begins tomorrow. he has onlyjust started playing again after eleven months out of action with a hip injury, and said he was withdrawing
with a ‘heavy heart'. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. andy murray is a winner. why start a grand slam tournament unless you believe you can finish it with the trophy? we may have just started to imagine him doing this again this month. he clearly feels his body cannot manage it. in a statement this afternoon, he said... this is a surprise, considering we have seen andy murray back in action in the last fortnight, at queens, for an example. he seemed ahead of schedule, but he thinks long—term. he began the year with a major operation. the us open in late summer is a more realistic opportunity. that is little consolation to wimbledon right now where his absence will be felt deeply. kyle edmonds made good progress,
but only when andy murray is not there do we truly realise how much british tennis has depended on him. voting's been taking place in mexico, with the left—wing former mayor of mexico city, andres manuel lopez obrador, tipped to win the presidency. he's promised to tackle rampant corruption and crime. campaigning was marred by violence, with more than one hundred and thirty candidates and political workers killed. voters are also electing members of congress, senators, governors, and mayors. the headlines on bbc news... dozens of fire crews continue to tackle an aggressive moorland fire near bolton. lancashire fire brigade say they expect the blaze to continue for days. a young girl has died after she was reportedly thrown from an inflatable on a beach in norfolk. an investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances. the head of nhs england says extensive planning is under way to prepare the health service
for a no—deal brexit. celebrations have been held in tredegar today, as the community remembered its famous son and founder of the nhs, aneurin bevan. its been the culmination of a week of events in the town, where bevan used the local workingman s medical aid society, as the blueprint for the national health service — which turns 70 later this week. our wales correspondent, sian lloyd, reports. brass band plays. tredegar took to the streets for bevan day in traditional style. hundreds joined the local band on a banner march to remember this former mining town's famous son, and to commemorate 70 years of the national health service he founded. i think we're all paying homage to nye, and if he were here today, i'm sure he would be incredibly proud. i've brought my son, as well, who thanks the nhs,
had some life—saving operation when he was six weeks old, so it is really quite emotional to be here today. aneurin bevan was labour minister for health, when, in 19118, a new service to deliver free health care for all was launched. what he'd seen in his hometown was said to have provided the blueprint to "tredegar—ise" the uk, as he put it. the town's medical aid society saw miners and steelworkers contribute to a fund that paid for people's health care, who otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford it. there were political messages today from senior labour figures, including the leader, jeremy corbyn. but, above all, a festival for localfamilies. among them, three of aneurin bevan's great nieces, including nyerie, a nurse named after the man everyone called nye. i just think the health service touches everybody, i mean, if you have babies, if you have parents, everybody uses the health service,
and ijust, because of that, just think it's so special. it treats the many and not the few. brass band plays. a new piece of music has been commissioned, and a miner's lamp will be carried to parliament, a legacy of a collier‘s son. sian lloyd, bbc news, tredegar. the rail operator, govia thameslink, could be stripped of its franchises —— unless its services in the south east of england start to improve. passengers who use thameslink and great northern trains are also set to be offered compensation equivalent to a months free travel. hundreds of thousands of people have faced weeks of disruption following the introduction of new timetables in may. people renting homes in england could be given more security, under government proposals to introduce a minimum tenancy term of three years. eight out of ten tenants currently have contracts of six or twelve months. ministers say longer agreements would strengthen communities. millions of people who book
their holidays online will be protected under new eu rules which come into force today. until now, trips booked via websites like expedia and on the beach did not have the same protection as traditional package holidays from travel agents. our business correspondent joe lynam has more. expedia, lastminute.com, ebookers and on the beach are all popular websites for booking holidays. but they are intermediaries. it means if things go wrong, they are not directly responsible. that ends today. more and more people are buying their holidays online, but they don't get the same protection as they would have got from a traditional travel agents. so, thanks to these changes today, anybody who buys a holiday and, for instance, there's an ash cloud, or the hotel isn't up to standard, or the airline goes bust, they'll be protected thanks to these new directives. 83% booked a holiday
online last year. most of that was through booking sites. but only half of those holidays were financially protected if the hotel, airline or car rental company failed. that will change. but if you book each component part of your holiday separately, you won't get the new protections, as that's not considered a package holiday. when we book our holidays, we usually go online and just look for certain companies, making sure it's, like, atol protected. there's a lot of websites where you can get really good deals for holidays. i know we've been looking into a few, but ijust feel a bit cautious going forward with that because the deals are so good that we don't know if we're going to get the same protection. when i'm sort of looking at protection for a holiday, i don't really think that much about it. ijust usually, you know, find a kind of cheap insurance deal. the new protections — which are eu—wide —
only apply to holidays bought from today, so if you've purchased already online and haven't travelled yet, you won't be covered. in that respect, travel insurance is always recommended. joe lynam, bbc news. the pakistan army has rescued two british mountaineers from the ultar sar peak in the hunza valley. the army said the climbers' tent had been hit by an avalanche. bruce normand and timothy miller were rescued by pilots at about 19,000 feet above sea level. another climber, from austria, died in the avalanche. seven out of 10 council leaders in england believe income tax needs to rise to fund adult social care. that's according to research by the local government association, which says more money is needed now. the department of health and social care says it will publish its proposals in the autumn. our reporter simonjones has more. with an ageing population and a squeeze on council budgets, the strains on care services can no longer be ignored — that's the message from the local government association, which supports local authorities, ahead of its annual conference next week. although councils in england have been able to increase council tax in recent years to help meet
the cost, many say it's not enough. it's the overwhelming concern of council leaders across the country that the crisis in the funding for social care is becoming more and more acute. the nhs will fall over unless councils get extra money to help people keep in their own homes. all chant: no nhs cuts! this weekend, thousands of people marched through central london to protest at what they say is the underfunding of the health service. the prime minister has pledged billions more for the nhs in england but councils are asking — what about social care? a survey of council leaders and cabinet members suggests 96% believe there is a major nationalfunding problem in adult social care. 89% think national taxation must be part of the solution. 70% say increases to income tax should be considered. just over half of english councils, which provide adult social care, responded to the local government association survey. here at the department of health and social care,
they say they recognise the social care system is under pressure and they are committed to introducing reforms to ensure it's sustainable for the future. in the autumn, a consultation document will be published with proposals for debate. but the local government association says bold and radical political decisions are needed now. simon jones, bbc news. the search for twelve young boys and their football coach, trapped in a flooded cave in northern thailand, has entered its ninth day. rescue teams have been trying to reach deeper into the chambers of the tham luang cave in the hope of finding the children, who are all aged between 11 and 16. howard johnson reports. water, gushing out of the tham luang cave complex. earlier this week, engineers began pumping it out from a flooded cavern. other teams have also worked to divert streams from flowing into the area. what we are seeing here
is part of a new superjet pump being delivered. it's hoped that when it's fully operational, even more water will be pumped out of the cave complex to the right of me here. the falling water levels have galvanised search and rescue teams. last night, thailand's elite navy seal divers returned to a chamber around a kilometre away from the pattaya beach, a high sandbank where many hope the missing boys and their football coach are sheltering. the team will now use fixed ropes and stockpiled air tanks to attempt to push further into the cave. but downstream from the pumping operation, paddy fields are being inundated with water. this village chief says more than 16 farmers have been affected, but his message to the community is simple — the priority is to save the missing 13. one villager said the fate of the children is more important than her livelihood. translation: authorities need to release water onto our rice paddy. if it's to save the kids,
we say, no worries. just let the water out to save their lives in the cave. and so as the rescue operation enters a critical second week, the people of thailand continue to support it with everything they have. in just a moment we will have the national news, but for now though, i'll look at the weather prospects. now —with a track passing through the bronte country and acting as filmset for the railway children, worth valley railway is one of west yorkshire's top attractions. and this weekend it's celebrating its 50th anniversary. the line was re—opened for business back in the late 60s by a group of railway enthusiasts — after it was closed to passengers earlier in the decade. now over a hundred thousand people a year enjoy the route. phil bodmer reports. it was a little—known yorkshire branch line made famous
by a 1970 british movie. the railway children, starring jenny agutter and bernard cribbins, became a global hit. but injune, 1968, a small group of volunteers, determined to save their local line, were not to know that. exactly 50 years on from that original journey from keighley to oxenhope, it's been recreated using the original tank engine number a121”. access to platform three can be made by using the subway located in the middle of platform four. fireman phil heelis was on that footplate injune, 1968. this is one of the few railways that is a complete branch line and the thinking behind it originally was,
"the british railways are going to close our branch line, we'll take it over and run it ourselves." to mark the 50th anniversary, a modern—day locomotive was named after it. this day is really to mark the volunteers' achievements over the last 50 years because we have done a lot of things on the railways, such as rebuilding stations, restoring a huge fleet of locomotives. the original train fare back in 1968 was four shillings. some of today's passengers were on that very first one. i was in this very carriage on this very train 50 years ago and i was there as a journalist, as a newspaper reporter. and i turned up to interview an old chap called ken roberts who looked after this carriage, and indeed is still involved with it, and ken said, "before i talk to you," he said, "here's a brush, sweep it out." today is very special for me, very special. didn't expect to be actually on this train because i'm not involved, obviously, in the keighley worth
valley. but very kindly friends invited us tojoin in. i blew this whistle 50 years ago to set the train off, this train off, from keighley. for half a century, this heritage line has been at the very heart of the worth valley. its dedicated volunteers will be determined to see it through its next 50. phil bodmer, bbc news, west yorkshire. peter firmin — the co—creator of the clangers — has died — aged 89. in a career spanning six decades, he helped to create basil brush, as well as bagpuss, ivor the engine and noggin the nog. in 1999 bagpuss was voted the most popular bbc children's programme ever made, and in 2014 peter firmin received a bafta lifetime achievement award.
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