it shouldn't be something we have to worry about. it shouldn't be. just to get to work or get home from work, it should be something we think about secondary to ourjobs. natalie and steph, both in their early 20s, are currently on benefits but doing work experience at the youth centre. the increasing cost of transport means making some hard choices. well, sometimes, if you're running low on money and you really have to get somewhere, you've either got to choose between eitherfood or your bus pass. you can't get to places that you need to go to, like jobcentre, youth zone, work, yeah. it's a story repeated across england. subsidy is cut, fares rise, passenger numbers fall, routes become uneconomic. thousands of services have been reduced or scrapped, with devastating consequences for many people on low incomes. the cost and unreliability of public transport has changed the thinking of the groups which calculate the minimum income standard used by government to set the living wage. back in 2008, a single
person was allotted £13.50 a week for bus fares. now, they're deemed to need £24 for bus fares, £3 towards the occasional rail trip, and £10 a week for taxis. you've been listening to the groups as they decide what people should have as a basic minimum. what were they saying about transport? tra nsport‘s absolutely key. people are still saying public transport is how you would meet the majority of your needs asa minimum. however, that's becoming more and more difficult and the shortfall between what you need and what you are able to get at with a bus pass is growing, so people are having to supplement their transport budget with taxi use. the lack of public buses means blackburn's food bank puts on its own service to ferry in people like james, currently homeless and looking for work. thejobcentre says he must be prepared to commute up to an hour and a half or risk losing his dole money. i've had job interviews, as well, in, like, manchester, or summat like that,
but i just can't afford to get there. i'm just stuck in this town, can't get out of it. as buses have declined, people are forced to share minicabs. record numbers now ply their trade in towns like blackburn and across the country. no longer a luxury, taxis are now a necessity. mark easton, bbc news, blackburn. a british woman will go to court in dublin tomorrow seeking damages from a catholic adoption agency that allegedly adopted her son illegally. tressa reeves spent nearly four decades trying to find her child. at one point she was told there were no records of her case. in may, the irish government revealed that dozens of children had no idea they were adopted because they'd been registered illegally as the biological children of their adopted parents. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. he went in the little cot.
she told me not to touch him — the midwife. "you mustn't touch him, you mustn't bond with him. "he has to bond with his mother, not you." and then, in the morning, she came in and she took him away. tressa reeves only got eight hours with her son after his birth in 1961. her mother arranged for the 20—year—old to go to dublin from hampshire for the birth, to a home for unmarried women run by catholic nuns. her parents refused to let her take home her baby, so tressa agreed he should be adopted. i remembered signing the papers. they had a false address on one of the papers, and i said, "i've never been to northumberland road. "what is this address?" and the sister said, "oh, we always use that address." life moved on. tressa got married to dennis and had four daughters, but she never forgot her only son. i worked out that my son was 15, and i used to look at these boys skateboarding around and i said, "i wonder if one of you is him. "i would if that's him,
i wonder if that's him." in the late 70s, tressa travelled back to dublin, the start of a four decade quest to find her child. knowing she'd want to meet him, she'd given her son an unusual name, andre, so he would be easy to find. but the catholic adoption agency say there were no records of him, or her. the woman there said she thought i must have imagined it — was i sure i'd had a baby. isaid, yes! yes. yes, i was asked that, by a nun. 20 years later, the adoption agency finally admitted to tressa they had herfile. she obtained her son's birth certificate and discovered she'd been erased from his life. his date of birth and name had been changed. crucially, his adoptive parents were registered as his birth parents. tressa's son had not been adopted. he'd simply been handed over to a childless couple. and this is the man tressa spent decades looking for. his name isn't andre, but paddy farrell,
a married father of two. he found out he was adopted just six years ago, aged 52. i came to wondering what it would have been like to have met my mother at an earlier stage. basically speaking, my whole life has beenjust one big lie. everything about me is incorrect. tressa and paddy are now finally family. i'm very proud to be her son. in dublin's high court tomorrow, they will seek damages from the adoption agency they allege could have reunited them decades earlier. the agency deny wrongdoing, but in many ways they've already won. does he call you mum? yes. i said to him, call me... everyone calls me tressa. but he said, no, you're my mother, and i'm going to call you mum. it's nice. michael buchanan, bbc news. the four—time tour de france winner chris froome is free to begin defending his title this weekend after cycling's world governing body
dropped his anti—doping case. he tested positive last year for excessive levels of a legal asthma drug in his system. froome says he's "grateful and relieved". there's been more drama at the world cup in russia tonight. belgium came from 2—0 down to knock japan out of the tournament with a winning goal in the last seconds of the match. tomorrow it's england's turn to try to secure a place in the quarterfinals — they face colombia in moscow in their most important match for years. let's join our sports editor, dan roan who's there. this has already been one of the classic world cups. so many great games, incidents, no shortage of surprises either, the likes of germany, spain and argentina are already knocked out. today it got even better. two more of the supposed favourites, brazil and belgium, playing their last 16 games. as richard conway now
reports, there was no shortage of drama. in a city famous for building russian space rockets, brazil were hoping there'd be no failure to launch today. mexico fans meanwhile were left to pray this wasn't the day their trophy hopes died. after defeating germany in their opening game, mexico tried to inflict the same kind of pressure on brazil in the first half. but the five—time world champions emerged with a renewed focus after the break and within minutes had their reward. willian creating the space, neymar beating gabrieljesus on the slide. and there was just time for firmino to claim his first goal in the world cup. 2—0 and brazil through, but sterner tests await. so brazil march on, but who will they play in the quarterfinal? well, this has been a tournament of surprises. could japan spring one of their own against belgium? these belgian players have high hopes of making it all the way to the final. japan, though, had ideas of their own. haraguchi opening the scoring early in the second half. nicknamed the blue samurai,
japan sliced the belgian defence apart again just minutes later. commentator: oh, what a strike! with another shock result on the cards, it took a stroke of luck to jolt belgium back to reality. commentator: vertonghen. and in. but they all count, and the next most certainly did. marouane fellaini imposing himself to level the scores. commentator: the big goalfor belgium! and then, the cruellest of twists. a swift break, a cool dummy, a devastating winner. commentator: absolutely extraordinary! heartbreak forjapan. belgium know how close they came to going home. richard conway, bbc news, samara. brazil and eventually belgium safely through to the quarterfinals. can england join them here in moscow tomorrow evening? there is a real sense this is the biggest game that england will have played for some 12 yea rs, england will have played for some 12 years, perhaps even longer, because they have been in the doldrums, and
because of the potential prize at sta ke. because of the potential prize at stake. quite simple, they will never have as good a chance to reach a world cup final. 0nly have as good a chance to reach a world cup final. only one of the teams in their side of the draw is ranked above them, switzerland. first they have to overcome the danger men of colombia, and as natalie pirks reports, they have no shortage of support. chanting. they're loud, they're proud, and they‘ re bringing south american flair to the streets of moscow. commentator: gooooal! yes, the colombians are here for a good time, and, they hope, for a long time. this is one of the biggest chances that colombia has to go to the next stage and maybe why not semifinals? we're positive and we're going to do it. we're going to make it, yeah. if we win this match against england, we think we will get to the final. england have other ideas. they may not have won a knockout game for 12 long years, but the spirit in camp has never been higher. this is their time to shine. this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have gone before and,
you know, i think they're relishing that chance. you want to be involved in the games that matter and, you know, the lads have the chance to write their own stories now. well, last night, these streets were buzzing after russia's surprise win over spain. today, they've returned to their usual mix of tourists, including england fans, and they are growing ever more confident. it's hard not to think about the final. but we've got to beat colombia first. it's coming home, we're dreaming at home and we're dreaming here. surely, it's coming home. either that or the team will come home empty—handed. but former players insist england have every right to be confident. you can't help but be drawn to our side of the draw, looking at it and starting to think, hang on a minute, you know, maybe we can start to dream a bit here because our side of our draw is favourable. it's the world cup, you've got good sides here, and anything can happen. the last time england played colombia in a world cup, this happened. no golden balls this time, just a golden opportunity
for england to write their own history in russia. natalie pirks, bbc news, moscow. no one is saying this would be easy for england. it could go all the way to penalties. but do the business, and who knows how far they could go. for what could be a defining moment for english football. studio: dan roanin for english football. studio: dan roan in moscow, thank you. it was the first day of wimbledon today and the eight—time champion roger federer began defending his title storming to a straight—sets victory. meanwhile, seven—time champion serena williams was back in action after giving birth last year. she too went through in straight sets beating arantxa rus from the netherlands, but acknowledged afterwards that it had been a tough match. joe wilson was there. viewed from space, the wimbledon queues would give a lesson in human patience for any alien life form. these people will walk in line to the tennis, whoever‘s playing. but we all know who's missing.
for british tennis right now, andy murray may seem irreplaceable and his absence certainly leaves a hole. so, who to fill it today? well, what about the greatest male player of all time? roger federer is playing in his 20th consecutive wimbledon. while others sprint, he stilljust glides. on centre today, he needed just 79 minutes to defeat dusan lajovic. perfect? well, the perfect gentleman would notice that girl's sign and make her day before he left court. well, of course he did. he's roger federer. at 19, katie swan of bristol is making her name. today she beat an opponent ranked 168 places above her. well, swan has a mentor in her management company called andy murray. maybe we are missing the man, but seeing his influence. serena williams is rediscovering her game. a mother now, of course. and today she dug deep.
7—5, 6—3, against arantxa rus, a determined dutch opponent. "i didn't play my best but i will get there," serena said. and who would doubt her? a timeless start to these championships. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. that's all from us — now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. hello, i'm olly foster live in moscow, this is sportsday at the world cup, these are our headlines: belgium have brokenjapanese hearts, 2—0 down, 3—2 winners with the last kick of the match. they are into the quarterfinals. its brazil next for the belgians, not so much drama in beating mexico, but plenty from neymar.
and i'm tim hague at the bbc sport centre — with the rest of the day's sport, including... a serene start for serena on day one at wimbledon. williams returns to the grass for the first time in 2 years — with a win. and roger federer also eases into the second round as the defending champion eyes a ninth wimbledon title. this tournament continues to be an absolute knockout. hello there, we saw one of the great world cup comebacks this evening. belgium looked down and out againstjapan, the blue samurai with a performance that no—one saw coming. they were 2—0 up, but the belgian bench came to the red devils rescue. nick parrott reports.
to be champions, you need both ability and character. belgium displayed the format as they cruised through the group stage with the best record. as the weakest team left, japan weren't expected to test their character. but something about belgium didn't look quite right. chelsea goalkeeper thibaut courtois is usually reliable. if that was heart stopping, it was nothing compared to what was to come after the interval. japan looks completely different. surging forward, hannah ricci did no one was expecting. eden hazard rattled the post. before they could compose themselves, the japanese took advantage of their disarray. bewildered belgium needed someone disarray. bewildered belgium needed someone to save them. their forwards