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a former police chief accused of blaming liverpool fans for the hillsborough disaster has had all charges against him dropped. sir norman bettison had faced four counts, of misconduct in public office. i've been forced to deny strenuously that i have done anything wrong in the aftermath of the disaster. and today's outcome vindicates that position. relatives of some of the 96 who died, say they're distressed by the decision, and are calling for an independent review. five other men still face separate charges, in connection with the disaster and it's aftermath. also on the programme... the brexit sectretary says the rights of eu nationals will be secure, even if there's a ‘no deal,‘ with brussels. a british businessman leaves oxfam tens of millions of pounds, after his death in a plane crash, last year. a new migrant route to the uk.
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stowing away on lorries in normandy, heading to portsmouth. and, where golden eagles dare. a small group is released at a secret location, in southern scotland. coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news, buttler leads the way as england dig in at trent bridge to frustrate india in the third test. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the crown prosecution service has dropped all charges against the former chief constable sir norman bettison, following the hillsborough disaster in 1989. he faced four counts of misconduct in a public office, after being accused of lying about his involvement in the handling of the tragedy,
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and blaming liverpool fans for what happened. the collapse of the case against sir norman has greatly angered relatives of the 96 people who were killed. five other men are all facing separate charges in connection with the disaster and it's aftermath. judith mortiz reports. sir norman bettison says he's been the whipping boy for revenge, his name long linked with hillsborough, accused of lying and blaming the fans. he was facing prosecution, but, today, the announcement that he won't stand trial. my involvement in the events around hillsborough has often been misrepresented, even in parliament. since then, i've been forced to deny strenuously that i have done anything wrong in the aftermath of the disaster. and today's outcome vindicates that position. there may be no criminal case, but did you always behave
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properly, sir norman? have you a clear conscience, sir norman? did you say anything directly to the families? you say you're vindicated. it's been you against them for a long time. 96 liverpool fans died when the terraces at hillsborough became overcrowded in 1989. in the wake of the tragedy, sir norman, then a chief inspector, was part of the team that gathered evidence about the police for the taylor public inquiry. in 1998, he was appointed chief constable of merseyside, home to many of the bereaved families. his appointment was deeply unpopular and, touring tv studios, sir norman asked for support. my experience of life is people generally, and i think people in merseyside in particular, are fair—minded people. they'll judge for themselves. they'll look into the whites of my eyes, they'll ask me the questions they want, and they'll decide for themselves. now give me that chance, that's what i'm saying. one of the recent charges faced by sir norman bettison goes back to the time
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of his appointment on merseyside. he was accused of lying about his role in the wake of hillsborough. sir norman was also facing prosecution for his behaviour when he was chief constable of west yorkshire in 2012. he was accused of issuing untrue press releases which said he'd never blamed fans for the disaster. you have just had a meeting with the cps? in court today, the bereaved families heard there is no longer enough evidence to prosecute sir norman. afterwards, some of them met with the team who'd investigated him. it got very angry and i can assure you we put a lot of people in their place in that room today. you asked questions of them? we asked them whether they had done theirjob right. the money, the millions of pounds that this investigation has cost — and i'm talking about millions, now. they've had the evidence there and what happened today, for it basically to fall, is down to a lot of people. sir norman left court without further comment. some hillsborough families say
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they believe the wrong charge was brought and they want a review of today's decision. in the 1996 book on hillsborough which sir norman bettison wrote, he said he was the poster boy for conspiracy theorists. in court today, his barrister said there had been naked political interference in the bettinson case and that prosecutors had been put under pressure to bring these charges. for their part, the prosecutors, the cps and also the investigators, the police watchdog the io pc, have said today they cannot say very much because there are still other hillsborough trials pending, there are still five men who face prosecution in relation to hillsborough, including the match
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commander, david duckenfield, and his trial, in which he is charged with 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter, is expected to start in january. manslaughter, is expected to start injanuary. judith, manslaughter, is expected to start in january. judith, thank you. the treasury received £2 billion more in tax than it spent injuly, the biggest surplus for the month in 18 years. self—employed tax receipts helped boost the figures. as the chancellor comes under pressure to spend more on public services, our economics editor, kamal ahmed looks at how november's budget could be affected. the requests for more money are already rolling in. from a prison service under pressure, for more police officers to fight crime, for high spending on defence, and a multi—billion pound commitment for hospitals. yes, better borrowing figures mean the treasury has more wiggle room on spending, but caution is still the order of the day. we had great figures today for the public finances, but, at the same time, the government is already committed for additional spend
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on the nhs, which means that, overall, the chancellor is more or less where he started and there is not a lot of extra spend that he could use in the autumn budget. the story of government borrowing over the last 18 years is a story about our economy. if we go back to 2000, the government was actually raising more in taxes than it was spending on public services. that is what is called a surplus down here on the graph. then the financial crisis hit, followed by recession, and borrowing ballooned as the amount of tax paid fell and government costs rose. then came austerity and a slow economic recovery, leading to this borrowing fall, to the lowest level for 11 years. but why was the chancellor philip hammond's reaction to these better figures this — "we must not be complacent." because the overall
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debt of the government, that's the total amount it has borrowed over years and years is this. £1.8 trillion. that's 1.8 million million pounds. the government is committed to bringing that figure down. it still leaves the chancellor with a big choice to make. he could decide to spend more. we could borrow pretty cheaply, but if he does decide to spend more it looks very unlikely he will meet his own target, which is to get us to budget balance in a few years‘ time. the health service, prisons, police, all jostling for resources after a long period of austerity. yes, the treasury will have more to spend in the autumn budget, but the risks around the economy still remain. the brexit secretary dominic raab has told the bbc he'll move swiftly to secure the rights of european union citizens in the uk in the event of no deal being agreed on the future relationship between the uk and the eu.
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mr raab said there was absolutely "no question of eu citizens being turfed out". he was speaking after talks with the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, who says overall discussions, are now entering their final stage. ben wright reports from brussels. many of the continent—hopping train travellers at the eurostar this morning probably didn't notice the man who now leads the uk's brexit negotiating team. dominic raab landed the job last month after david davis quit the cabinet in frustration at the government's own brexit plan, so it is dominic raab who is trying to get a deal with the eu over the line by end of march next year. how, iasked him, was he planning to do that? more energy going to these negotiations. we get the deal i think both sides want. more energy? energy, but also some creativity and some innovation. brussels is sleepy and away for the summer.
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but dominic raab and his opposite number are here trying to find a breakthrough. there was a lot to do, particularly on preventing a hard border in northern ireland. the so—called backstop. our teams will sit together tomorrow to try to make progress. last week, ourteams already had a discussion of the island of ireland, and northern ireland. as we know, we need a legally operational backstop in the withdrawal agreement. over the summer, withdrawal agreement. over the summer, some withdrawal agreement. over the summer, some of theresa may's ministers have ramped up warnings there could be no deal at all. but what would that mean for the many eu citizens who live in the uk? we value their contribution, we want them to stay. it is inconceivable we would do anything other than make sure they are legally in a position where they are security state, but we need to set out the details of
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that in due course to do it in a responsible way. it is working out the structure, but legally they will be able to stay, they should not worry about being turfed out of the uk? there is absolutely no question you will see eu citizens turfed out, we have made that clear in the past, andl we have made that clear in the past, and i am happy to do that again today. the uk's latest plan for a new trading relationship with the eu has been dismissed by brexiteers as a betrayal and criticised by the eu. is it not the truth that even if you have a vague outline of what it looks like, it is a leap into the dark? it would take years to negotiate this stuff? that is wrong, certainly we want to make sure we hammerout as certainly we want to make sure we hammer out as much of the detail as possible. it's really important to make sure, also for the eu, that we pick a clear model. unions and officials are propping up the miles. brexit talks are now intense, the clock is against them and the final destination remains far from
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certain. ben wright, bbc news, brussels. 0xfam has been left tens of millions of pounds, in the will of a british businessman, who was killed along with members of his family in a plane crash in australia on new year's eve. the gift from richard cousins is thought to be the biggest single donation ever to the charity. 0xfam has been struggling to recover from a sex abuse scandal which led to a significant reduction in public donations this year. here's richard galpin. a tragedy last new year's eve near sydney. a seaplane taking british tourists on a sightseeing tour of the area had crashed into a river, killing everyone on board. the businessman richard cousins was head of one of the world's largest catering companies. with him in the plane were his two sons, edward and william, and his fiancee emma bowden, and her daughter heather. the uk actually is doing extremely well... mr cousins was known for his humanity. what wasn't known was that he had changed his will by using a special clause, so tens of millions of pounds would go to oxfam
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if he and his children died together, leaving his brothers with £1 million each. a common tragedy clause is a clause stipulating who the beneficiaries will be if your immediate family were to pass away at the same time. it's also called wipe—out clause and also known as a disaster scenario clause as well. at the 0xfam offices today, there has been astonishment at the money they will now receive. it could be the biggest amount ever given to oxfam by an individual donor. in a statement, the aid agency said... and it could not have come at a more important time. 0xfam is reeling from a scandal which has lead to cuts in government funding and a drop in donations after some staff working in haiti following the earthquake eight
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years ago were accused of sexual misconduct. clearly, any charity which receives a donation of that size is going to make an incredible difference to the causes they are working on. a donation of this size for 0xfam is going to be incredibly important, and i suspect will be something that sustains them for a number of years. and that's an extraordinary turnaround for 0xfam, which in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal has been planning cuts of £16 million, mainly through job losses. richard galpin, bbc news. the home secretary has apologised to 18 members of the so—called windrush generation, after a review found they may have been wrongfully removed from the uk or detained. almost 12,000 cases have been re—examined, with sajid javid saying he's committed to "righting the wrongs of the past." the windrush generation refers to the hundreds
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of thousands of immigrants, who moved to the uk from the caribbean and other commonwealth states, between 19118 and 1971, but were never given proper documentation. our home affairs correspondent danny shaw is at the home office. what is the significance of this apology? it is a clear acknowledgement that the home office got it wrong in respect of these 18 people and potentially dozens of others as well. what officials have been doing is trawling through almost 12,000 cases, they have come up almost 12,000 cases, they have come up with a pool of 164 were people who had been living in the uk from caribbean countries prior to 1973 we re caribbean countries prior to 1973 were either removed from the uk or detained. and they believe that, of those 164, 18 have very, very strong grounds for saying that they were
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unlawfully or wrongfully removed or detained. that is why the home secretary is going to issue them with a formal apology. they will also be directed towards routes for claiming compensation, and for those living abroad they will be given the opportunity to return to the uk. however, it is very difficult to put a price on what has happened to some of these people. their lives have been torn apart in many cases. they have lost their careers, they have been separated, perhaps, from friends, family and colleagues. for them, it is going to be very difficult to get those lives back. the time is 6.16pm. our top story this evening. all charges have been dropped against former police chief sir norman bettison who was accused of blaming liverpool fans for the hillsborough disaster. coming up — a first test century forjos buttler but england are facing defeat against india at trent bridge. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, swapping spikes for studs. usain bolt‘s mission to become
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a professional footballer has taken him to australia. british lorry drivers are said to be in a state of panic, as hundreds of migrants continue to try to stow away to the uk from france. police in the little fishing village of 0uistreham say that with the heavy police presence now in calais, migrants are targeting ferries running from normandy instead. andy smythe reports. it happens all day, every day. a desperate scramble to get on a lorry bound for england. tiger says he's from the darfur region of sudan. he spends his time risking his life, running after moving lorries. you must try every night.
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maybe in a day i will get in a car three times. 0uistreham is a small fishing village. the beach was used in the d—day landings, but it's the ferry to portsmouth that docks here now. it's attracting migrants who, with calais fortified, think this is their best chance of reaching the uk. as we film, this happens. three migrants found hiding in the hull of a vote. it's causing division in the town.
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noemie and alain are angry. they say they've had to move out of the port area. the migrants are not allowed to set up camps. they sleep where they can. the police say they should seek asylum properly, in france. but last year, less than 17% of asylum applications here were successful. so, they're determined to get to england instead. mostly, they'll be found at the port and released, to try again tomorrow. andy smythe, bbc news, in normandy. you can see more on that story on the victoria derbyshire programme tomorrow at 9am on bbc two
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and the bbc news channel. the health regulator has approved a new, less invasive treatment for men suffering from the common condition, of an enlarged prostate. the treatment involves steam, and can be carried out under local anaesthetic without the need for surgery. one in three men over the age of 50 suffers from the symptoms, of an enlarged prostate. our medical correspondent fergus walsh is here. what exactly does the treatment involved? it's a novel approach involving water vapour heated to 103 centigrade. a thin tube is inserted into the prostate and a blast of stea m into the prostate and a blast of steam applied which kills off the excess tissue. it causes the prostate to shrink. it has far fewer side effects than the conventional surgical treatment undergone by thousands of men each year. the
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prostate is a gland in a man's helpless and it's incredibly common for it to be enlarged in later life —— in a man's pelvis. the help regulator nice has approved two other treatments for this condition. the first is a laser which zaps the excess tissue with a green light and the second one involves tiny synthetic beads which blocks some of the blood supply to the prostate causing it to shrink. scientists say they've discovered definitive evidence of water—ice, on the surface of the moon. it follows the analysis of data from an indian spacecraft which explored the moon more than a decade ago. the ice deposits, which are likely to be ancient, were found at the north and south poles, in places untouched by the scorching sunlight. despite a first test century forjos buttler,
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england appear to be heading for defeat against india, in the third test at trent bridge. a short time ago england were eight wickets down and still needing 247 runs for victory. 0ur sports correspondent patrick gearey has been watching today's play. nottingham loves an outsider. their statue of outlaw hero robin hood was built to last 6000 years. england's batsmen only had to survive two days. this morning, keaton jennings lasted three minutes before ishant sharma got him. brace yourself, we have been here before. alastair cook next. bowl, edge, catch — repeat. what now for england's record run scorer? joe root followed, symmetrically. this had a familiar look. young 0llie pope suddenly fallible. virat kohli's catch remarkable. so the resistance was down to two of england's more attacking players — ben stokes and jos buttler. both proceeded with care. jos buttler made 50 before tea, a full hearted half—century. ben stokes had been understandably understated.
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just a week ago he walked free from court after his affray trial. now he too made 50, quietly. he letjos buttler take the lead. he'd been dropped on one. this was 100. his first test century, just when england needed it. india needed a change. it came from the new ball. finally, on 106, the buttler was dismissed. in came jonny bairstow, complete with fractured finger and first ball shattered stumps. india suddenly look far merrier men. the wickets have kept coming, india have removed ben stokes and chris woa kes and they have removed ben stokes and chris woakes and they need two wickets for victory. the victory has been coming since sunday when england lost all ten wickets in a single afternoon. england have shown some fight but india now back in the series with two test matches still to play. following ten years of planning, a small group of golden eagles has been released at a secret location
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in southern scotland. they were moved from nests in the highlands where the majority of the birds are to be found. there are fewer than five breeding pairs in the south of scotland and none in england or wales. 0ur correspondent lorna gordon has been given exclusive access, ahead of the eagles taking flight, for the first time. they are a sight more familiar to the moors and the mountains of the highlands and islands. but this young golden eagle is about to be released into the wild much further south. the raptor is hooded to keep him calm. he's one of three birds moved to a new home in a part of scotland where less than a handful of pairs remain. this is a male, he's really healthy. got a nice bit of meat on his sternum. and he's ready, ready to go, do you think? he's definitely ready to go. before that, they are measured. 124. examined to ensure they are healthy. then fitted with one of these,
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a satellite transmitter to track them once they take to the skies. the birds have been handled just twice — once when they were taken under licence from their nests in the highlands and then just now when they have been checked over and tagged before being released. scotland's golden eagle population has faced challenges, from changing land—use to persecution, but those behind this project are confident they will get a warm welcome here. young golden eagles are heavily persecuted. a third of them have been killed, either through shooting or poisoning. down here, in the south of scotland, we've been able to reassure ourselves that persecution is not an issue, it'sjust a small, fragmented population which needs this helping hand from us. filmed on remote cameras, when the time comes to spread their wings, the birds hesitate. that's not though, unexpected. then those first, short flights harried by buzzards above the heather.
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so this will be their first time out of the aviaries. they may fly a few metres, they may fly a few hundred metres up the valley. we've chosen a spot where there's lots of different sites they can rest and perch, rocks for them to sit on and things like that. so hopefully they'll fly out into the valley, find somewhere to settle and then just in their own time, get up into the skies and start to explore. their range could reach from the rolling hills of southern scotland to the lake district or wales. the hope is, they may eventually return to sites last populated by golden eagles more than 100 years ago. lorna gordon, bbc news, in the moffat gills. a beautiful day in southern scotland. something much cooler by the end of the week. it has been a lovely day across much of england and wales temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s. two staying dry for most
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but across the north—west of the country we will see this weather front bringing in wet and windy weather. initially to west of scotland, then northern ireland and then most of scotland. to the south staying largely dry with a bit of cloud building in western areas of england and wales. for most, another warm and muggy night. this weather from marking a change to the weather. it will bring that rain into the north—west corner of the country bringing cooler and fresh air. the weather from country bringing cooler and fresh air. the weatherfrom lying country bringing cooler and fresh air. the weather from lying across southern scotland and northern ireland to start tomorrow morning. the rainbow and thinking south and east as the day wears on, lying across the midlands into wales and south—west england. it will be the dividing line between something cooler and fresher to the north—west and something warm and humid to the south and east. as we head into the weekend some areas across the
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south—east could be at least 10 degrees lower. as we head through wednesday night that weather front continues to push into east anglia and the south—east. quite a week feature by then. another weather front pushing into western scotland, northern ireland. lost re—at times with a fresh into the night. something fairly warm in the south—east. it won't be long until that cooler air spreads and by friday all blue. much chillier to end the week. it stays chilean to the weekend as well. a few spots could see a touch of frost —— it stays chilly into the weekend. that's it. hello this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines: the former police chief, sir norman bettison, accused of trying to blame liverpool fans for the 1989 hillsborough disaster, has all charges
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against him dropped. relatives of the victims say their devastated and will seek an independent review. the brexit secretary, dominic raab says the rights of eu nationals to remain in the uk after brexit are secure — even in the event of no deal. in his first major speech as foreign secretary, jeremy hunt has called on the eu to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with the us in taking a tougher stance against russia. the home secretary, sajid javid, apologies to 18 windrush migrants who could have been wrongfully removed from the uk.
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