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today at five — the governor of the bank of england issues a warning about the possibility of a no—deal brexit. mark carney tells the bbc: the risk of the uk leaving the eu without a deal is now "uncomfortably high". i think the possibility of a no deal is uncomfortably high at this point, yes. you say quite clearly a no deal brexit would be a disaster? it is highly undesirable. his warning comes as theresa may interrupts her summer holiday to meet the french president to discuss her brexit plans. the other main stories on bbc news at five: 18—year—old safaa boular is jailed for life, with a minimum term of 13 years — she's the youngest woman convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on british soil. the leader of zimbabwe's main opposition party says he's ready to go to court to prove vote—rigging led to his loss in the presidential election. the sister of a midwife missing for a week makes an emotional appeal for information — samantha eastwood was last seen
at the end of a hospital night shift last friday morning. spain and portugal swelter in a heatwave — locals and holiday—makers are urged to take care as temperatures climb well into the 40s. . hold on. and, paul rudd dons his ant—man suit again, in ant man & the wasp. find out whetherjames king thinks it has much of a buzz about it, in the film review. it's five o'clock. our top story: in the next few minutes,
theresa may will have a private meeting with her french counterpart emmanuel macron, in an effort to win backing for her brexit plans. these are pictures of the french president arriving at his private retreat, which happens to be on a fort in the south of france. the prime minister is expected to arrive any minute now. we'll be live in the south of france shortly, but the meeting comes amid a stark warning from the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, that the possibility of a no—deal brexit is ‘uncomfortably high'. mr carney told the bbc that such an outcome would be highly undesirable, and the uk and eu should do all things to avoid it. our business correspondent rob young reports. it's less than eight months until brexit. but we still don't know
what economic life outside the european union will actually look like. ministers have been warning about the risk that a deal won't be done in time, potentially leading to disruption. today, the man in charge of the banking system intervened in that debate. the possibility of a no deal is uncomfortably high at this point. it does mean potential disruption, certainly it does mean disruption to trade as we know it. and, as a consequence of that, a disruption to the level of economic activity, changes, higher prices, for a period of time. few people move financial markets when they speak, but the bank of england governor is one of them. his warning about the risks of a no—deal brexit hit the currency markets, weakening the value of the pound and angering some pro—brexit politicians. what i would have thought the governor should be doing is speaking up for britain and saying we have a great opportunity when we come out of the european union,
instead of being pessimistic. you have to ask why he is being pessimistic, and i think it is because he has an agenda of project fear. since the credit crunch, banks have been working hard to get their finances into shape. rbs has recovered from its near—death experience a decade ago and now looks like a normal bank again. but the boss of rbs says the uncertainty of brexit is holding them back. the thing that we are preparing for is a no deal. and we are holding very strong levels of liquidity and you have seen our capital position is i think probably the best in the marketplace now. so we are preparing this bank for a very, very slow time in 2019. but let's hope we get a deal that actually helps the economy. many companies say they don't know how to plan for brexit. they want the government to speed up the publication of advice — telling firms what to do if there is no deal with the eu. but the bank of england says people
don't have to be concerned about the safety of their cash. people will have things to worry about in a no—deal brexit, which is still a relatively unlikely possibility, but it is a possibility. but what we don't want to have is people worrying about their money in the bank, whether or not they can get a loan from the bank, whether it is for a mortgage or a business idea. the government says it's confident of securing a good deal with the eu. theresa may is travelling around europe selling her plan for brexit. but ministers say they are preparing for all possibilities. rob young, bbc news. i'm joined now by adam fleming, who is at fort de bregancon. you look like you are the beach, but
you can explain where you are. this is about as our situation for the brexit talks. on this a completely normal beach for the south of france, but over my shoulder, fort bregancon, long the retreat of french presidents. emmanuel macron has invited theresa may here for discussions over dinner on the first day of his holiday, with his wife and her husband. what a way to start your summer and her husband. what a way to start your summer holidays! they will probably talk about defence and diplomacy, because emmanuel macron is launching a new defence initiative outside the eu that he wa nts initiative outside the eu that he wants the uk to be involved with, but of course, brexit will inevitably intrude in this idyllic location. theresa may will want to do leader to lead, face—to—face, explain the british government's white paper, its vision on the future relationship between the uk
and the eu. she will want to do that face—to—face to cut out the middleman, because i have detected concerned on the british side that michel barnier, the chief negotiator, has misunderstood or mis—sold, perhaps accidentally, what the british government is proposing, particularly when it comes to the british pledge to stick to rules on the environment and state aid, and also what the eu wants to do about financial services. this is a chance for theresa may to lay it all out on the table with one of her fellow leaders, just like her fellow cabinet members did recently. leaders, just like her fellow cabinet members did recentlym there a sense in which emmanuel macron is almost an intermediary? france and germany are so important in this. can we say they are first among equals, if you like? and this is perhaps a more relaxed approach
to get her point across? when you speak to diplomats from other countries in brussels, they always say that the people who are the biggest sticklers for the rules and who are being the toughest france and germany. that is the way that eu discussions unfolds, they pay most into the budget, and they have the most power. there is a sense that some countries are using france and germany as a fireguard, saying, it is not as being tough but angela merkel and emmanuel micron. it is designed to be a big collective effort. just after brexit happens, all 27 —— brexit happened, all 27 leaders got together to agree guidelines on how to handle the process. they did that again in may, publishing an update to those guidelines which was their vision for the future relationship between the uk and the eu. they have agreed those rules collectively, stuck to those rules collectively, stuck to those guidelines religiously ever since. the argument theresa may is
making is that she feels she has made some big compromises and big steps towards the eu, and it is time for the eu to meet her halfway, and maybe they should collectively start rewriting their blueprint for how they see things happening. she will have another chance to make the case that in salzburg in austria — i know, another desirable location for me to head to — but there is an indication that mrs may wants that... i wasn't going to say that, but since you mention it! our correspondent, adam fleming, at emmanuel macron‘s retreat in the south of france, theresa may due to arrive any minute. i'm joined from paris byjournalist anne elisabeth moutet. what do you think emmanuel macron wa nts to what do you think emmanuel macron wants to get out of this meeting? why is he keen to have this meeting
with theresa may? two reasons: one is of opportunity, and the other is emmanuel macron‘s nature. he is coming out of a two—week crisis, which is exactly what he doesn't wa nt to which is exactly what he doesn't want to seem rehashed with the media, with one of his security guards getting too big for his boots and committing a number of infractions. that has been an affair in france for two weeks, looking statesman—like, trying to save the european ideal, receiving another head of state at fort bregancon, which he has said he wants to turn into the french and little camp david. it all plays well to the french public that is one thing, but another is that angela merkel took months to build up a coalition, and emmanuel macron found himself as the de facto or visible leader of the european union. this is a role that he relishes. the idea that he could
help bring something about is also something that he likes. we have nicknamed him the trump whisperer because he managed to stand his ground against president trump when he visited america. he also made points that the eu and france believed in. he managed to stay on good terms withjohn, and possibly pa rt good terms withjohn, and possibly part of the result is that the ta riffs part of the result is that the tariffs on aluminium and steel did not happen for europe. —— on good terms with donald trump. what he is not going to do is advise europe to meet the british government halfway. we are now eight months from britain leaving europe. there is a feeling in brussels and in paris that the british government was incredibly unprepared and has done nothing professional to tackle the problems
of brexit, i hesitate to say. yes, mrs may should get some help because eu will sufferfrom a mrs may should get some help because eu will suffer from a hard mrs may should get some help because eu will sufferfrom a hard brexit with no deal. at the same time, the feeling that it is up to the europeans to counter the other partners in this divorce who had not prepared anything and says meet me halfway, that is probably not going to happen. that is really interesting, that you think he won't sort of meat in the middle, so he is going to be a sounding board for theresa may, but he is ultimately on the side of, as we heard our correspondent says, france and germany sticking to the rules here. he might try to find concessions so that mrs may doesn't lose face, and this may be io%, and if she's lucky, 20-25%. the this may be io%, and if she's lucky, 20—25%. the whole thing of going over the head of the negotiator, that doesn't work, because even the
negotiator has not been especially diplomatic. this is what the eu 27 c as playing hard ball diplomatic. this is what the eu 27 c as playing hardball in a negotiation. but if mrs may says, we signed up for debt and funding the eu until 2021 and we will honour that, which has played badly in england, we are aware, then the europeans would say, right, we have something. he doesn't want to break european unity and is willing to try and find something that would enable eve ryo ne and find something that would enable everyone to keep pace. this is something he is very aware of. changing radically things on freedoms, on handling european customs and the business of customs if there is a hard brexit, i don't think it is something that he will give in on, and i don't think he has the latitude to give in. he is not the latitude to give in. he is not the eu negotiator. very interesting
to hear your perspective. thank you for your time tonight. i think our viewers will remember the phrase trump whisperer. amid chaotic scenes in the zimbabwean capital, harare, the opposition leader, nelson chamisa, has promised to mount a legal challenge against the outcome of the presidential election, which he lost. the winner, emmerson mnangagwa, of the zanu—pf party, has rejected claims of a "coup" but said he will urgently investigate why riot police tried to break up mr chamisa's news conference. richard lister reports. the riot police turned up before the press conference had even begun. news teams hoping to hear from the opposition leader nelson chamisa were ordered out, and tensions quickly rose. don't push. the police said they suspected a political rally was about to take place without the proper permissions, but party workers
sensed something more draconian was under way. obviously disrupted what was supposed to be a peaceful address, i believe, by the leaders of the mdc. there was no violence. there was nothing illegal happening here. theyjust came from nowhere, literally, and disrupted it. they were quite threatening. eventually, mr chamisa arrived, the press returned and supporters hailed the man they believed had won this election. the authorities say mr chamisa lost, but it soon became clear he wasn't going to accept that. as far as we are concerned, this election has a result that is fraudulent, illegal, illegitimate and characterised by serious credibility gaps and some serious legitimacy issues that we feel must be raised. we must place it on record without equivocation that we
won this election. zimba bwe's election commission says otherwise, delivering its verdict in the dead of night that the incumbent, emmerson mnangagwa, would retain the presidency, nine months after his former ally, robert mugabe, was removed from office in a coup. president mnangagwa today said nelson chamisa also had a role in zimba bwe's future, but the election was over. countrymen and women, i am proud to have been elected to be your present. i pledge to be the president of all zimbabweans, a president of those that voted for me, and those who did not. at least six people were killed on wednesday, when opposition supporters took to the streets to claim that the election was being stolen from them.
it was the worst violence seen there in years. by contrast, the confirmation of the election result was greeted with a tense silence this morning. the nation is waiting to see how far nelson chamisa is willing to push his claim for the presidency. our correspondent shingai nyoka is in harare. let's start with the point — is this going to go to a legal challenge? is that the way it is looking tonight? that is what the movement for democratic change leader nelson chamisa hinted at. he said that the party would take legal and constitutional roots. he said they had evidence of their own to show that ballot boxes were stuffed and that ballot boxes were stuffed and that votes were moved and taken away
from him and given to emmerson mnangagwa. we have not had any concrete evidence from him, though, to substantiate those claims. but we have also heard during the course of today that there is an independent observer mission that was also on the ground, dating those figures, and they seem to verify the results that were announced by the electoral commission, so it's an uphill battle for nelson chamisa in his quest for what he believes is a victory that he won fairly and squarely. what is your sense of the mood, as much as one can generalise? it has been such a difficult and tense week, and we have seen people lose their lives. what is your sense of certainly harare, where you are tonight? after president—elect emmerson mnangagwa's win, the city was quiet and subdued. we are seeing that life appears to
be going back to normal as some vendors were on the street. but shops remained largely closed to stop we saw police public relations officials moving around with a loud—hailer urging businesses to open. so there is still tension bubbling under, uncertainty about what the days ahead will bring. for now, thank you very much indeed. the latest there tonight in harare on the elections. the headlines on bbc news... the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, tells the bbc the risk of the uk leaving the eu without a deal is now "uncomfortably high". 18—year—old safaa boular is jailed for life with a minimum of 13 years after becoming the youngest woman convicted of plotting a terror attack on british soil. the leader of zimbabwe's main opposition party says he's "ready to go to court" to prove vote rigging led to his loss in the presidential elections. in sport, the battle is on at
edgbaston as england try to stop india of reaching their target of 194 to win the first test. the latest, in the 54—3, ben stokes with the latest wicket. on the second day of the european games, cyclist emily kane wins —— emily kay wins silver in the women's scratch race. women's pursuit guaranteed at least a silver medal. more sportjust after half past. join me then. the youngest woman to be convicted of plotting a terror attack on british soil has beenjailed for life with a 13—year minimum term. safaa boular was convicted of preparing acts of terrorism and attempting to travel to syria tojoin militants from is. she was part of britain's
first all—female cell with her mother and sister, who were jailed in june. i'm joined by our home affairs correspondent june kelly, who is at the old bailey. for people who don't remember this case, remind us of what a teenager was trying to do. safaa boular's mother and sister are already in prison for one terror attack that was being planned by this e—mail terror cell, all members of the same family. safaa boular, jailed today, was planning her own separate attack. when she was just 16, she was trying to marry a man in syria, an ivs fighter she met over the internet. it was an online
relationship. our plan was to —— so—called islamic state fighter. she was planning to carry out an attack but was thwarted in her plan to get to syria, she then turned her attention to the uk and began planning an attack here in the area around the british museum in central london. remind us how she was caught, how they tracked her down, and what was said about how she became involved in all of this in the first place. well, this whole issue of this female family terror cell was exposed in april last year when police moved in on a house in north—west london and arrested her sister, who was shot during that operation. safaa boular was already in custody, and during the trial, it emerged that she had lived in what was described as a very extremist household. it is said she had been
radicalised by other members of her family, although it was said today in court that she was a strong individual, despite her age. the judge said that she knew her own mind. then she became radicalised by this man that she met in syria, or was groomed by him. we have a combination of her being groomed and radicalised, it was set. it was also said by her barrister that since she has been in custody, she has reflected on what she had done, and she now was expressing remorse and basically there had been a transformation in her behaviour, she had changed. the judge transformation in her behaviour, she had changed. thejudge did not accept this and felt that she still posed a risk to the public, and that the evidence wasn't there that she was a transformed individual. he handed down this lifetime and said that he must serve a minimum of 13 yea rs. that he must serve a minimum of 13 years. june, thanks very much. the sister of a midwife who's been missing for a week has made an emotional appealfor information. samantha eastwood, who's 28, was last seen leaving her nightshift at the royal stoke university
hospital in staffordshire last friday morning. a 32—year—old man from stoke—on—trent arrested in connection with her disappearance has been bailed under investigation while inquiries continue. police are searching a number of addresses, as phil mackie reports. samantha eastwood was described by herfamily as happy, bubbly and smiley and an amazing midwife. today, her sister made a tearful appealfor help in tracing her. she is my best friend and partner in crime. without her, half of me is gone. samantha, if you are listening, please get in touch, we all love you and miss you very much. we just need you home where you belong. samantha is a fantastic woman and friend. she is warm, friendly, loyal, kind and generous with a great sense of humour. this was the last sighting of samantha, on the left, —— on the right,
leaving work after a night shift at 7:45am. she didn't turn up to work later that evening and hasn't been seen since. samantha's car was driven home and her keys found inside the house. neighbours have said they heard a scream at around 2pm last friday afternoon. police have said that is one of many lines of investigation they are following. a 32—year—old man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and has been released on bail. detectives say samantha's distinctive radley purse is missing and appealed to the public for help. we are keen to hear from anyone who has been out in staffordshire and in rural locations over the weekend and have seen vehicles parked in locations they think are unusual, if that is in laybys, isolated car parks, if they have seen people acting suspiciously in rural locations and don't think there is something right about it, get in touch with us. police have described it as a high—risk missing—person enquiry. friends and family still hope that samantha will return to them soon. i just want to say if she is out
there or anyone knows where she is, just please get in touch. get her home. phil mackie, bbc news, staffordshire. the heatwave in spain and portugal is now the most severe for 15 years. the sweltering temperatures come after weeks of sustained heat across europe. the authorities are on alert forforest fires, and locals and holidaymakers are being urged to take care, because the region could see the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the continent this weekend. tom burridge reports. when they are talking about a heatwave in spain and portugal, you know it's really hot, so time to drink a lot and keep a cool head. for some on holiday, it is stifling. you walk out and it is just oppressive, it is like nothing else. i couldn't even have predicted it.
i have been to portugal many times over the years and never, ever felt it like this before. i thought it was hot in london, but this is another level. look at the top temperatures yesterday. in portugal, 45 celsius, but 40 in northern spain is really unusual, even in august. further south, away from the coast, it is well above that. the heat we are getting this summer is extreme, for sure. temperatures over the next few days are likely to reach 46 degrees or so for spains, so close to their national record, which stands at 47.3, but the hottest weather will be further west in portugal where i think we could see highs of 47 celsius. the portuguese national record is 47.4, set in 2003 and we will look to get close to that as we go through saturday. and spare a thought for those racing in portugal's volta. some riders suffered heat stroke yesterday. stage two today is 200 kilometres
in temperatures above 40, with an uphill finish at the end. it is hottest inland, in the mid—40s, in picturesque cities like montoro. when it gets that hot, some of the advice might surprise you. you need to keep yourfluid intake up and coffee and tea are fine, up to about eight cups of tea, four cups of coffee a day, unless it is really humid, in which case you won't sweat, so cold drinks are better. a fan is great, unless the temperature is above 37, in which case it can make matters worse rather than better, and when you are inside, keep the windows closed until night—time. you will actually be cooler inside that way. forest fires like this one in south—westerly spain are not unusual at this time of year, but the boiling weather makes the job of putting them out that bit harder. for holidaymakers, well, the coast will be a bit cooler.
tom burridge, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's helen willets with the forecast. we have had 33 here this afternoon, in wisley. it is hot fuzz, but tha nkfully in wisley. it is hot fuzz, but thankfully not as hot as it is across spain and portugal. the sustained heat there is obviously a concern. it has been exceptionally hot this summer in places in scandinavia, up to the arctic circle. we have had the sunshine in scotla nd circle. we have had the sunshine in scotland and the low 20s, the low 30s further south. we have a few thundershowers in scotland and north east england. they move out of the way, and overnight, it will be more co mforta ble way, and overnight, it will be more comfortable for sleeping behind our weather front. in the south, comfortable for sleeping behind our weatherfront. in the south, not comfortable for sleeping behind our weather front. in the south, not so
much. it will be uncomfortable again. there has been some hill fog and coastal fog around the irish sea coast. tomorrow looks dry for northern england, north wales, southern and eastern scotland, but just a pastaing of showers in the west of scotland. in scotland and northern ireland, into the low 20s, the low 30s possible in the south. we should just up to see those temperatures ebbing off just we should just up to see those temperatures ebbing offjust a little. but it is still hot, 29 or 30. this is bbc news. the headlines... the governor of the bank of england mark carney tells the bbc the risk of the uk leaving the eu without a deal is now "uncomfortably high". 18—year—old safaa boular is jailed for life with a minimum term of 13 years — she's the youngest woman convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on british soil. the leader of zimbabwe's main opposition party says he's "ready to go to court" to prove vote—rigging led to his loss in the presidential elections
to robert mugabe's successor emmerson mnangagwa. the sister of a midwife missing for a week has made an emotional appeal for information — samantha eastwood was last seen leaving work last friday morning. and spain and portugal on alert: locals and holidaymakers are urged to take care as temperatures climb well into the forties. more to come on many of those stories and it is the film review at quarter to, but now we catch up with the sports with lizzie greenwood—hughes. there is a fascinating contest going on at edgbaston as england try to stop india reaching their target of 194 in the first test match. day three started badly for england,
resuming on 941. captainjoe root went forjust 14, resuming on 941. captainjoe root went for just 14, caught off resuming on 941. captainjoe root went forjust 14, caught off the bowling by ravi ashwin. but most of the damage was done by ishant sharma and at one point, england were 87 for seven. but step forward the young sam curran, batting at number eight and playing in only his second test for england. the all—rounder hit a brilliant half—century to help set a target of 194. in reply, india are now three down, stuart broad taking the first two wickets including the opener, shikhar dhawan. the latest score, 62—3. india are chasing a target of 194. the new look multiformat european championships is under way in glasgow. seven sports brought together over 11 days of competition. in the cycling, six golds are up for grabs today. britain's laura kenny will contest one of those after reaching the finals of the women's team pursuit. she is guaranteed at least a silver alongside alan barker, katie doubled and neah evans after they beat france earlier today. kenny and cole
will be back on to face italy in the final at around 6.52 night as they go for gold. meanwhile, emily kay has won the first british medal of the championships with a silver in the championships with a silver in the women's scratch race. the world champion, kirsten wilde of the netherlands, won the gold. kirsten wilde was scratch race champion last year. i knew it was going to be a tough sprint, and it was really close on the line. i am really happy. in the men's team sprint, jason kenny alongside philip hinds and ryan allens, struggled in their w011. and ryan allens, struggled in their won. they were beaten by poland after philip hinds slipped at the start. it means they can't qualify for the medal races. and in the men's team pursuit, great britain started fast but were beaten by italy. it means gb will contest the bronze medal race later against germany. italy will race switzerland for the gold. in the pool, there has
been a bronze in the last half for hannah miley in the women's 400 metres individual medley. the scotswoman, second from the top here, was third behind the french woman. she took the gold. aimee willmott started slowly, but could only manage fourth. adam peaty will be in the pool in the next couple of minutes in the 100 metres breaststroke semifinal. he has already broken the championship record, winning his won. you can follow all the action on the bbc sport website and it is on bbc two throughout the evening. in the gulf, england's georgia hall is just in the gulf, england's georgia hall isjust a shot in the gulf, england's georgia hall is just a shot off the lead in the women's british open behind the thai golfer, who leads on ten under par at the role lytham and st anne ‘s. georgia hall got to nine under par ina georgia hall got to nine under par in a three—way tie for second place. her compatriot florentyna parker is five off the pace. but the shot of the day so far came from canada's brooke henderson. she got a hole in one on the par—3/9. one bounce, and
it was straight in. frank lampard makes his managerial debut tonight as the football league season gets under way. lampard's derby county travelled the reading, who are managed by the former derby county manager paul clement. so how is lampard manager paul clement. so how is lampa rd feeling ahead manager paul clement. so how is lampard feeling ahead of the game?|j am lampard feeling ahead of the game?” am excited, definitely. i am focused. it has certainly brought another intensity to my life this week and it was an intense preseason anywhere before that. but now i am excited and of course there will be nervous, match day, because this is a new role for me. serious games are going to come thick and fast now. that's it from me for now, but sportsday will be back at 6.30 with a round up all the day's sport including the latest from edgbaston, where it is getting very exciting. let's get more now from zimbabwe where the opposition party, the movement for democratic change, is disputing the official result of the presidential election.
emmerson mnangagwa was declared winner of the country's first post—mugabe poll. but his challenger, nelson chamisa, is claiming the vote was rigged — and is urging his rival not to accept what he calls "corrupted results". just before the opposition leader's news conference in harare this afternoon, journalists were in what looked like a standoff with riot police — who seemed to move the media away from the area. mr mnangagwa quickly criticised the police's actions. on twitter, he wrote: he added: well, mr chamisa's news conference eventually went ahead, and he explained why he's planning
to challenge the official result. as far as we are concerned, this result is fraudulent, illegal, illegitimate and characterised by serious credibility gaps and some serious credibility gaps and some serious legitimacy issues that we feel must be raised. we must place it on record without equivocation that we won this election, and that because we won this election, we are ready to form the next government, subject to the processes. so in terms of detecting the will of the people, we are not accepting this fiction. we want a proper result to be announced. we will pursue all means necessary, legal and constitutional, to make sure that we
protect the people's vote. the people have voted. they have cheated. the people have won. they are subverting that win. we will not allow it and we will not accept. mr mnanagwa said, may you remember your commitment to the liberation ethos of one man, one vote. respect the people. do not usurp power. do not sit on the throne of power without those who empower you, the citizens. a short time after that news conference, president emmerson mnangagwa made his own address to the media, insisting the vote was free, fair and credible. we are now united in the aftermath of the democratic process, indeed, in ourdreams and in our aspirations. though some will inevitably be disappointed with the outcome, i urge everyone to be calm and peaceful and to look forward,
to remember that we are all brothers and sisters, and that this land is all we have. we all want the same thing — to be stronger and to succeed as a nation. my brothers and sisters, i have always said that the voice of the people is the voice of god. now that the people have spoken, i hear your call. i pledge to be a listening president, a fair president, a responsible and inclusive president. emmerson mnangagwa, speaking in zimbabwe earlier in harare. the number of deaths attributed to sepsis in english hospitals has risen by more than a third
in two years. that's according to figures given to the bbc by a leading health expert. sepsis can result from any bacterial infection, from small wounds to pneumonia. campaigners have described the rare but serious complication as a "silent killer". andy moore reports. jaco nel lost both his legs after developing sepsis. he was scratched and became infected after playing with his dog. he survived with terrible injuries. many others don't. sepsis is responsible for more deaths in the uk than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. it can strike very quickly. within 24 hours from a normal, healthy man, i became disabled, lost my legs, most of the fingers on my right hand. one on my left hand. and my face was scarred.
so, yes, it was dramatic. experts at imperial college in london say there were just over 15,700 deaths recorded in english hospitals in the 2016—17 year, where sepsis was the main diagnosis. two years previously, there were only 11,300 deaths. that's a 38% increase. the nhs in england says there's been a huge effort over the last few years to improve the diagnosis and recording of sepsis cases. so the figures may not prove an actual increase in the number of deaths. but experts in sepsis say the trend is worrying. we've got the very real and current risk of increasing resistance among bacteria to antibiotics, which is going to play a part and play an increasing part as time goes on. and, added to all of that, we've got the increase in pressure on the nhs. we've got fewer health care professionals delivering more care to ever—increasing numbers of patients and that's got to play a part in these figures.
william mead died of sepsis aged just 12 months, after health professionals failed to diagnose him. the illness is very difficult to spot, but awareness is improving. campaigners like his mother believe the struggle against sepsis is far from over and it will take a much bigger effort to bring it under control. andy moore, bbc news. some news coming in westminster in the last few moments concerning the continuing row about anti—semitism within the labour party. we are just hearing the jeremy within the labour party. we are just hearing thejeremy corbyn, the labour leader, has written an article for the guardian which the paper has just put on its website. he has acknowledged as part of this piece that there is a real problem. that is a quote. he is rejecting the idea that the party throws is any ——
poses a threat to the jewish community in the uk. he says, i will root out anti—semites within labour. they do not speak for me. i am paraphrasing a fairly lengthy article. but clearly, it would appear he has written a piece now that endeavour to be a rebuttal of the criticism that has surrounded him. there have been senior people within the party criticising him and the way the party has handled this. and he says is part of this that labour has been too slow in processing cases involving anti—semitism. that is developing use, jeremy corbyn writing for the guardian. there is doubtless more to come on that this evening. regular exposure to even low levels of air pollution may cause changes to the heart, similar to those found in the early stages of heart failure — according to a new study carried out by the british heart foundation and researchers at queen mary, university of london. scientists have called
on the government to reduce air pollution more quickly. jon donnison reports. doctors say air pollution is one of the biggest risk factors in determining how long we live. it is estimated it contributes to the deaths of around 40,000 people in the uk each year. this study looked at how the quality of the air we breathe affects the heart. this is a report that looked at data from 4,000 people and it found that people living near busy, loud roads and therefore exposed to air pollution, had changes in the structure of the heart and, although these people were healthy and they had no symptoms, the concerning thing is that those changes are similar to those you see in people with heart failure. faiza yassin has had a heart condition from birth. she works in london as a yoga teacher, but says pollution has made her live outside the city, in maidenhead. pollution plays a massive part in my condition, especially when i come into a city.