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i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at seven: theresa may comes out fighting, telling eu leaders they must treat the uk with respect and stresses, she won't overturn the result of the referendum. yesterday, donald tusk said our proposals would undermine the single market. he didn't explain how in any detail or make any counterproposal. so we're at an impasse. the european council president, donald tusk, has tonight called theresa may's stance surprisingly tough and uncompromising, but he remains convinced a compromise is still possible. a landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save nhs england, hundreds of millions a year, after the firms fail to block the use of cancer treatment for an eye condition. at least 136 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on lake victoria in tanzania. many are still missing.
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also this hour, the confusion over which plastic you can recycle. bbc research shows families don't know which bin to put their plastic waste into. and the global peace initiative which attempts to use the power of singing to unite people around the world. coming up, with panorama invited inside number ten, was it doing too much pr for the prime minister? join us much pr for the prime minister? join us at 7:45pm on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister has come out
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of her cornerfighting, after eu leaders comprehensively rejected her brexit plan yesterday. in a defiant speech, she told them it's time to start treating the uk with some respect and that it's not acceptable at this late stage of negotiations, for eu leaders to reject her plan with no alternative. the two main stumbling blocks remain trade and the irish border. in the past hour, the president of the european council, donald tusk, has released a statement in response. in it he said: "the results of our analysis have been known to the british side in every detail for many weeks." and that "after intensive consultations with member states, we decided that for the good of the negotiations, and out of respect for the efforts of pm may, we will treat the chequers plan as a step in the right direction." but mr tusk said that "the uk stance presented just before
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and during the salzburg meeting was surprisingly tough and in fact uncompromising." and that "while understanding the logic of the negotiations" he remains "convinced that a compromise, good for all, is still possible." with more on today's developments, here's our deputy political editor, john pienaar. theresa may is in a hurry, some say getting nowhere fast, landing a brexit deal. so, how to come back from had the dramatic battering? the chorus of eu leaders telling her her brexit plan wouldn't fly. her answer in downing street? defiance. it's their turn to compromise. britain had rejected the eu's basic demands. uncontrolled immigration from the eu would continue. and we couldn't do trade deals we want with other countries. that would make a mockery of the referendum we had two years ago. she was prime minister of
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great britain and northern ireland. on no customs border with ireland or on the mainland, there would be no backing down. it is something i will never agree to. indeed, in my judgment, it is something no british prime minister would ever agree to. if the eu believe i will, they are making a fundamental mistake. mrs may was prepared to walk away from negotiations, though eu citizens settled here would have rights guaranteed. but after the headlines reporting the prime minister's rejection and humiliation, she came back with her own final demand. throughout this process, i have treated the eu with nothing but respect. the uk expects the same will. a good relationship at the end of this process depends on it. european leaders lined up against her, this week.
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now she was keen to show she'd face them down. but there are potential dangers behind her, at home. brexiteer tories demanding no compromise. they are campaigning to adopt the so—called chequers plan, which leaves the uk tied to some eu rules and standards. it was making it apparent that no deal remains better than a bad deal and that she is not going to give in to the bullying by the european union. and that's very important. however, it's a mistake to persevere with chequers, that's not really brexit. the eu doesn't like it because it leads us to tied in to their roles but without respecting their institutions. from my point of view and from the point of your brexiteers, it isn't properly leaving the european union. in parliament, they say your enemies are behind you but here, mrs may's labour opponents are also preparing to defeat any deal she comes up with. their wish list, an early election, maybe another referendum. every bad day for mrs may is an opportunity to make it worse if they can. the prime minister's negotiating strategy is collapsing around her.
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and now the country is staring down the barrel of no deal. the prime minister's chequers proposal was never going to be accepted, either in the eu or by her own party. so, she is in denial. and simply repeating the mantra that nothing has changed isn't going to convince anyone. the prime minister's back in her berkshire constituency. it won't count as an escape, she couldn't get away from her troubles over brexit if she tried. john pienaar, bbc news. our political correspondent, leila nathoo, is at westminster. obviously, you have been following developments through today. we heard from theresa may this afternoon and now the eu council president donald tusk, was this a way of trying to calm things down after that very defiant prime minister we saw
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earlier? it is interesting, his choice of words. he is saying compromises still possible. but there is a bit of a riposte and then as well. he says, one of theresa may ‘s comments today was the eu side has not come up with detailed criticism of the proposals or indeed counterproposal. he is saying, nolte have studied it in detail —— know we have. i think importantly, he said that her tone in and around the summit was surprisingly tough and in fa ct summit was surprisingly tough and in fact uncompromising. and that seems to ruffle a lot of feathers on the eu side. and so, with this now sort of doubling down on that approach, if you like, coming up with this defiant, unscheduled statement, televised statement, using that very stern, being very firm about what
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she wants, i don't think that will have gone down well in eu circles because that was the very criticism they had fill in her approach earlier this week. thank you very much. so if this means a no—deal brexit is more likely, what exactly could that look like? you focus on trade and brexit. you have co—written a paper on the cost of a no—deal brexit. we are hearing a lot about the political manoeuvrings. i would like to address what it is actually going to address what it is actually going to look like, numbers. what will it cost the uk? the economic research is pretty solid in accepting that a no—deal brexit is going to be the most costly economic outcome that the uk could experience. we're looking at of around a ballpark of
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596, looking at of around a ballpark of 5%, depending on which steady you look at. and this is of course a long—term figure. in the short term, it is not that obvious exactly what the cost will be but it is going to be hugely disruptive for a number of reasons. 0k, take us through those, if you can some rose —— samurai sells for us? i will start with trade. there is suddenly going to be these huge barriers to trade that are coming up between the uk and eu —— european union, its largest trading partner. 44% of exports go to the european union. it is entirely understandable that the cost of exports will increase and it is uk firms that will suffer as a result of that. that is just one way in which the uk will be affected by a no—deal brexit. there will also be things like the uk will have to start
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charging import tariffs, it will have two agree its own free—trade agreements, there will start to be limits on labour, firms might struggle to hire certain workers. limits on labour, firms might struggle to hire certain workerslj am struggle to hire certain workers.” am really interested to know, because we are talking about trade deals and trade agreements, how many trade deals outside of the european union and is britain currently have? currently, they are all agreed to the european union. so when the uk leaves the european union, it will have none, if it leaves with a hard brexit and crashes out. the uk will have to negotiate its none. it will have to negotiate its none. it will have none to start with. where does it stand with the world trade organisation rules? i think probably the way to think about the wto is to think of it as a baseline for trade. all countries are members but actually if you look
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at all developed countries around the world, they have big trade agreements with other countries, so typically, they will be with countries that are also nearby. if you look at the us, so it will be quite unusual. uk will be the only country to only depend on wto rules. have you got the sense through the research you have carried out that while —— both parties are being truthful with the timings? how long do you really think it takes a country to secure a trade deal? we are hearing about two years, is that realistic? trade agreements typically do take a long time to agree. and the more deep and meaningful agreement that you are looking to agree, the longer
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they are likely to take. so it could ta ke they are likely to take. so it could take longer than two years, possibly? typically they take much longer than two years. a number of tanzanian government officials have been arrested after more than 150 people died when a ferry capsized on lake victoria. the vessel was sailing between two islands when the accident happened. ferries on the lake are often overloaded. they stand and watch, helpless. just a few hundred meters away, the upturned hull of the mv nyerere. rescuers who arrived by boat recovered bodies from around the capsized vessel. back on shore, relatives waited anxiously for news. translation: we can't reach my brother. translation: my nephew's
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on the island. he told me the news that his father, my brother, was on the ferry. it is unclear how many people were on board. translation: when the captain was about to slow down, the passengers were running to the other side, ready to get off. now, the wait was too much on one side of the ferry. it capsized and sank. although accidents are not uncommon on africa's biggest lake, this latest sinking was particularly deadly. but ferries are central to the lives of people here. many were back on the water, even as rescue teams continued their search. let's speak to munira hussein in dar es salaam. just update us on the latest
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figures. the latest figure, until now, the people who are feared dead, 131. that is according to the president of tanzania. he has been addressing the nation shortly before icame addressing the nation shortly before i came here. how is that rescue mission going? the rescue mission is still going. yesterday, it stopped at late hours but today, it is still going on until now. and i think they are more equipped than yesterday. they are still there and the numbers are still there and the numbers are still increasing. and they are looking forward to increase as the mission is going on. you said that they are more equipped but what sort of challenges have
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they faced in this mission? yesterday, they stop the rescue mission because there was not enough light. there was darkness. the original commissioner ordered them to stop the mission, so they stopped. but today, they are still on the ground until now. thank you. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may demands the eu breaks the impasse in brexit talks — and vows to defend the referendum result. the health service could save hundreds of millions of pounds every year after two drug firms failed in their legal efforts, to block the use a cancer treatment for an eye condition. more than 130 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds capsized on lake victoria in tanzania, many are still missing. two major drugs companies have failed in an attempt to prevent nhs doctors prescribing a cheaper
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treatment called avastin for a serious eye condition in a ruling that could save the nhs hundreds of millions a year. avastin is just as effective as the two more expensive treatments for wet, age—related macular degeneration, but it isn't licensed to be used for it here in the uk. dominic hughes reports. come and have a seat on the chair here stanley... for more than three years, stan nelson has been treated at sunderland's specialist eye hospital for what's known as wet age—related macular degeneration. it's a condition that can lead to rapid sight loss. just checking that it's the right eye that we're doing... a drug is injected into stan's eye. a little bit of pressure... helping to save his vision and preserve the independence of this 87—year—old. at the moment, patients like stan are offered one of two possible treatments to help with this debilitating eye condition, wet amd, that affects around 26,000 people in the uk. but at the heart of today's legal case is the right for doctors to offer a third option,
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avastin, a cancer drug that is just as effective, but is much cheaper. after receiving his treatment, stan told me he'd be happy to have the cheaper avastin. i don't have any objection to it at all, really, as long as it works, as long as it does the same job or better, that's fair enough. these are the two drugs currently licensed for treating the eye condition in the uk. lucentis costs £561 per injection. eylea costs even more at £816. avastin, currently only licensed to treat cancer, is far cheaper at £28. switching to avastin could save the nhs up to £500 million a year. when pharmaceutical companies are prepared to put their shareholders' profits above absolutely anything else, then that does put us in a position of conflict that we didn't really want, but we've had to take on that challenge on behalf of our patience. 0k, look straight ahead...and blink.
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doctors are now likely to be looking at other treatments that could take the place of more expensive drugs. the two pharmaceutical companies involved in today's case say this judgment marks a bad day for the nhs, undermining the regulations set up to protect patients, and they're considering an appeal. dominic hughes, bbc news, sunderland. well, let's speak to cathy yelf, who is the chief executive of the macular society, a charity fighting to end sight loss caused by macular disease. thank you for coming in to speak to us. what do you make of today's ruling? it has the potential to do a great deal of good for patients, with one proviso, that the money of their is any money to be saved from switching the drugs, if that money is ploughed back into services and the reason for that really is that age—related macular degeneration is 110w age—related macular degeneration is
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now an important public health problem. i clinics are absolutely overwhelmed with patients, many of whom will lose their sight because they are not treated quickly enough. if there are savings to be made for the nhs, the biggest impact that could possibly happen for the patients is that money is invested back into the clinic. were you aware of what was going on before the ruling? what were members saying to you about it? it has been going on for at least a decade. avastin has been around for all that time as a cancer drug. so we did ask our members a few years ago what they thought of this debate. and slightly over 50% thought that they would rather still have the licensed approved drug. i mean, drug regulation is therefore a purpose, to protect patients from unlicensed medicines that have not been
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properly tested. avastin has been tested i think it is now universally recognised that it is safe and effective. lots of patients said that they would be guided by their doctor. they didn't really mind which drug they had. they would have whichever their doctor recommended. and there were some who would genuinely choose a vast and in order to help the nhs save money. it was a mixed picture. you were saying at the moment hospitals are overwhelmed by people with macular degeneration. is the cost of current treatments affecting those that are being helped by schumacher is it a hindrance? the drugs are very expensive. and i think now the drugs are probably the second biggest cost, drug cost, to nhs hospitals of all treatments. it isa nhs hospitals of all treatments. it is a usually expensive treatment to give. so it is certainly true that
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there is the capacity potentially in this for the nhs to save money. but actually, we don't really know yet how much the nhs could save, partly because the cost of the licensed drugs is confidential. we do not know how much it is paying for those drugs. in terms of research, you said it would be fantastic if the money that is saved goes into research. where one —— where are we when it comes to research? it needs to go into services for current nhs patients who are losing their site because they are getting treated quickly enough. in terms of research, this is a very underfunded, very under resourced area of medical research and we urgently need a lot more medical research for this problem. there will be isas many people with macular disease in 20 or 30 years' time —— twice as many people. it is a massive tsunami of sight loss,
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particularly in elderly people that is going towards us and if we do not start investing in research now, we will have an absolute crisis on our hands in 20—25 years' time. the coroner overseeing the inquests into the grenfell disaster has said those who were exposed to smoke and dust should be seen by nhs specialists. dr fiona wilcox warned that those who survived the fire, including residents and emergency responders, may have inhaled asbestos, which causes cancer. nhs england says it will respond in the next couple of months. the metropolitan police has admitted for the first time, that an undercover officer had a sexual relationship with an environmental activist, with the knowledge of his bosses. legal documents seen by the bbc, show that mark kennedy's line manager and several other officers, knew about his relationship with kate wilson, and allowed it to continue. up to now the police have maintained such relationships wouldn't have been sanctioned by senior officers. here's our home affairs correspondent, june kelly. he posed as mark stone,
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an environmental activist and a single man. in reality, he was mark kennedy, an undercover police officer, married with children. one of a number of officers who had relationships with women campaigners they were spying on. 15 years ago, mark kennedy began a two—year relationship with kate wilson. as a result, she is currently involved in legal action against the metropolitan police. in her case, the police have now admitted for the first time that mark kennedy's cover officers and his line manager knew about this relationship and allowed it to continue. so, we have been told... kate wilson is currently abroad. via skype, she spoke about how this new information from the police contradicts what they told her when they paid her compensation. they gave me an apology in our civil claim where they say these relationships should never have happened, they would never
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have been authorised, and they were a case of failures of supervision and management, and that is just not the case. management were absolutely complicit in what was going on. mark kennedy, here with the newspaper during his years undercover. kate wilson thought he was her political soulmate. kate was involved in socialjustice and environmental campaigning. she does not expect that the state could actually order or allow or acquiesce in an undercover officer having a sexual relationship in order to facilitate his gathering of intelligence. it's a very, very shocking revelation in a so—called democratic society. in a statement, scotland yard said that as a result of the ongoing legal action it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage. adding again that those relationships were wrong and should not have happened. kate wilson was just one of the women who was duped
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into a relationship with mark kennedy. the question now being asked is whether police bosses knew about all his undercover relationships, and those of the other police spies. june kelly, bbc news. a bbc news investigation has found that police are struggling to combat child grooming taking place on kik, a smartphone messaging app popular with teenagers. kik has played a part in over 1,100 police investigations into child sex offences over the past five years. but officers say the company won't help identify predators unless they overcome major bureaucratic hurdles. angus crawford reports. mark, you're wanted. not the wake—up call he was expecting. hello, are you all right? mark kirby is about to be arrested. under his duvet, two phones — from his bed, he's been sexually grooming children using kik, a messaging app, free to download
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and popular with teenagers. you're under arrest... he was sent to prison for more than three years, but kik‘s users are often anonymous, so police can't trace and help his victims without help from the company. there's a child that is probably going to be abused for another 12 months before we know who that is. and kirby's case is not the only one. look — these diagrams show other offenders northampton police need to track down. so each one of these could be a predator? yes. abusing children? yes. but kik won't help unless officers start a form international legal process, taking months and costing money the force doesn't have. it's a bureaucratic nightmare. yeah, it was abuse, yeah — the worst form of hurting a person, really, is hurting a child. vulnerable and lonely, taylor was first groomed on kik at the age of 13. it started with a lot of selfies, but then, yeah, it would escalate
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to underwear photos, like naked photos, and videos, yeah, they ask you to perform sexual acts. how many men do you think may have tried to groom you? over 100, possibly up to 200, yeah. that is shocking. yeah. and it's still rife. posing as a child, within seconds we get this message from a 42—year—old man. then this. and there's more. we also find sexualised images of children and users offering to share them. kik refused our request for an interview, but in a statement said, "we take online safety very seriously, and we're constantly assessing and improving our trust and safety measures. " it says it will continue to, "provide resources to parents
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and strengthening relationships with law enforcement and safety focused organisations." safety focused organisations — what do you think of that? i think if that was the case, i probably wouldn't be sitting here talking to you now, because we're banging our heads against a brick wall. leaving offenders at large and victims unprotected. it's all going on behind closed doors, but there you can see it, that they're not doing anything about it, because at the end of the day it makes them money. angus crawford, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello again. in the wake of storm bronagh, it has been quite a showery kind of day today. casting an eye at
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this ribbon of cloud, we are looking at this next pulse that will bring outbreaks of rain across parts of the south of the uk this weekend. further showers will continue to push in overnight tonight with more general rain at times in the far north of scotland. quite a chilly night with temperatures getting down into single figures. 10 degrees or so for london, cardiff and plymouth as well. saturday morning, a cool start to the day. but showers will continue to feeding on these brisk north—westerly winds. quite windy conditions from northern scotland. later in the day, cloud thickens across england and wales and rain arriving towards the end of the day. there could be more rain on the way for sunday as well. hello, this is bbc news.
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the headlines. theresa may has called on the eu to treat britain with respect, after it rejected her brexit strategy as unworkable. no—one wants a good deal more than me. but the eu should be clear. i will not overturn the result of the referendum, nor will i break up my country. we need serious engagement on resolving the two big problems in the negotiations. two major pharmaceutical companies lose a legal bid to prevent the nhs prescribing a cancer drug to treat a debilitating eye condition. the drug — avastin — could save the nhs £500 million a year. more than 130 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds capsized on lake victoria in tanzania — many are still missing. bbc research has revealed councils
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across the uk have nearly a0 different sets of rules for recycling plastic. back to our top story, and with the eu and the prime minister at stalemate over brexit, what are the different options now for the uk? there are just six months left until we leave the eu and our deputy political editorjohn pienaar has been to paignton in devon to look at where we could go from here. how will trade work, after brexit? will we be richer or poorer? why haven't we left yet? will it definitely happen? where's the brexitjourney leading? the leavers' slogan was about taking back control, so the promise is a return trip to the way things used to be — a more british way. but from here, britain's post—brexitjourney could take any number of directions. there's the unique, bespoke trade deal that theresa may wants, or a free trade agreement,
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maybe like the deal the eu has with canada. or talks could end with no deal at all. whistle. and the truth is, the prime minister can't know where we'll end up. her plan for a common rule book for trade in goods and a free market in services goes against the eu system of a single market. and brussels is saying no. it's too close to the eu for tory brexiteers like borisjohnson, who quit the cabinet right after david davis. and others could go, too. for former tory remainers, they would like a closer relationship with the eu. the fact is, there is no majority in parliament for any outcome. just now, no—one's sure where the country will be, or where we'll be heading, when the uk ends the eu journey that started when britainjoined in 1975. it's maybe likely the prime minister's own future depends
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on reaching some destination on the country stepping off the eu train on schedule, as she pledged on march 29th next year. could britain somehow walk away from the eu and put off the really big decisions about the future until after brexit day? kick the can down the road, again. some think that's possible. and britain's long brexitjourney faces another big obstacle. thank you. thank you very much. on the island of ireland, all sides are committed to avoiding a hard irish border when the uk leaves. there's no agreement on how to do that. and there's no clear way to fudge that question, just to brexit moving. in the end, there'll be more big decisions to take at westminster, by our politicians. the pm needs to win a vote here on any deal, if there is one, in october or likely later. lose it and anything could happen. mrs may might have to go,
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so an immediate tory battle for number ten. supporters of an eu referendum are hoping deadlock could lead to what they're calling a people's vote and mrs may and brexiteers say would be a betrayal of democracy. the labour leader's not convinced. it could ignite fury among brexit supporters and as for reversing brexit? the cries of betrayal would be deafening. but some mps on both sides are hoping for even that. this row has the capacity to split the tory party and labour, too. and who knows, deadlock and crisis could conceivably lead to an early general election. brexit‘s the biggest question facing britain since world war ii. if no clear way through is found, it mightjust end where it started, with the people. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the leader of ukip has addressed the party conference in birmingham, calling for a "clean exit" from the european union. gerard batten also said it's time to stand up for free speech — against what he described as the "politically correct thought police". mrs may and her cross—party westminster establishment have no
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intention of fully implementing a complete exit from the european union, if they can possible avoid it. they'd like to reverse the decision of the referendum all together, but failing that, they will settle for brino — brexit in name only. a group of men have been sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison collectively, after they were found guilty of what's been described as an ‘alarmingly amateur‘ people smuggling operation. their trial heard how the men's "lucrative scam" used small boats to bring migrants across the english channel. they were caught two years ago after 18 albanians had to be rescued off the kent coast. duncan kennedy reports. this is the gang who tried to turn the english channel into a high way of illegal migration. and this is three members of the gang, george
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and leonard powell and saba dulaj, meeting in a pub car park in kent, discussing their nextjob. ajob like this. it is may 2016 and their boat is heading to dymchurch on the kent coast en route to france. but near calais these french police surveillance cameras pick up the migrants as they wade out to meet the boat. someone alerts the gang and they escape. they can be seen back in kent later that night. 48—hours later, using a different boat they do pick up migrants. two of the gang can be seen in the red striped jackets. they were later jailed at a separate trial. the migrants' lives here are only saved by a british border force vessel. they chose to put profit over life, they use vessels that were unsuitable for the crossing and chose to have complete disregard for any means of legislation of border control. despite repeated failures, the gang did succeed with this one boat in getting migrants across. abandoning it here in kent.
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when police discovered the boat here they found a number of children's life jackets inside. they don't know how many migrants made this crossing or where they went to. but that was an isolated case. when they bought this jet ski to transfer migrants across the english channel, the depth of their ineptitude became clear. the boat was going back—and—forth, back—and—forth. karen lewis, who lives in dymchurch, witnessed a taste of their amateurism. they didn't seem very competent, obviously because their behaviour was very erratic and the way they were directing the boat up the slipway. they didn't seem very competent at all. it was the powell family who led this smuggling ring. two brothers, george and alfie, and their father leonard, today jailed for a total of 21 years. this was a gang who ran out of fuel, couldn't work radios or navigate at night. yet still tried to charge migrants £6,000 each, to cross.
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in the end they were trapped by what the judge called their alarming amateurism, but also by the natural dangers and human security measures of the english channel. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in dymchurch. do you get confused by which types of plastic you can recycle and which you can't? if you do, it's understandable as the bbc has found that there are no less than 39 different sets of rules for plastics recycling across the uk. now the government is considering changing the guidelines to make it easierfor us, and crucially, boost domestic recycling rates. here's our science editor, david shukman. to recycle or not to recycle. lucy milligan tries to get it right under the gaze of her mother carol. plastic comes in many different forms,
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and the labels about recycling aren't always clear — if there are any. this one hasn't got anything on it. this one which, to me, is exactly the same, something that i use week in, week out, it says on the back here that it's not recyclable. so am i supposed to guess, or do ijust put it in the green bin as rubbish, or do i put it in the blue bin and then risk it being not right and it being contaminated? one problem is that the arrangements for plastic recycling vary massively across the country. there are different coloured bins for collecting it and different rules for the types of plastic that'll be accepted. in this sorting centre in reading, they take almost all forms of plastic, except bags and black food trays, but head elsewhere and it's another story. a few councils don't recycle any plastic at all.
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some of them accept as many as 15 different types of plastic. around the country, we've worked out there are as many as 39 different plastic recycling schemes. so there's a lot of confusion, and perhaps it's not surprising that our opinion poll has found that as many as 47% of people admit to having a disagreement in the household about whether a particular plastic item can be recycled. to clear up the confusion, a local resident, sue raymond, comes to the centre. the material runs through the conveyor belt here, probably about ten tonnes an hour... the manager, adrian clark, is her guide. that will be made into food trays again. sue finds out that if she gets things slightly wrong, the system can handle it. they seem quite tolerant with the amount of plastic that can go into the recycling bin, and they can do things with it, so i think i'm doing the right thing by putting it in — if i'm in any doubt, put it in. but other councils aren't so relaxed.
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some of them only want the most valuable plastic — the bottles, which can fetch several hundred pounds a tonne. that is why, in greater manchester, officials are out telling householders only to recycle bottles, not to bother with other types of plastic. amid all the confusion, the government wants to boost plastic recycling — maybe with better labels or having the same rules across the country. we'll find out later this year. david shukman, bbc news. and if you want to find out what plastic your council recycles visit forward slash news where you can access more information. one of the initiatives to mark the
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international diof peace is this. one day, one choir. a collection a million singers in more than 70 countries round the world, singing for peace. one day one choir was set up byjane hanson in 2014. new additions to their line hanson in 2014. new additions to theirline up hanson in 2014. new additions to their line up this year include azerbaijan, bermuda and bangladesh. we have literally all kinds of people joining we have literally all kinds of peoplejoining in, which is wonderful. the whole premise was that anyone could join in, however old, however able so we have 40
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cathedrals, hundreds of schools, mosque, temples old people's homes, offices and main stone prison were involved and the prison choir were singing for peace, everybody and anybody. with voices not usually known for their single talents getting involved. among those performing is mohammed, who came to the uk three yea rs mohammed, who came to the uk three years ago as a refugee from sudan. peaceis years ago as a refugee from sudan. peace is so important in our life. everyone wants, everyone needs to live in peace. there is nothing like singing to promote peace and wellbeing. i can say no more about that. we need peace right now! the theme of this year's international day of peace celebrates the 70th anniversary of of the universal declaration of human rights. opening the event the un secretary—general said it is when people are free from oppression and
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poverty. and encouraged people to speak up for gender equality, inclusive societies. theresa may demands the eu breaks the impasse in brexit talks — and vows to defend the referendum result. the health service could save hundreds of millions of pounds every year, after two drug firms failed in their legal efforts, to block the use a cancer treatment for an eye condition. more than 130 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds capsized on lake victoria in tanzania — many are still missing. now it's time for newswatch. this week samira ahmed looks at the bbc‘s brexit coverage. hello and welcome to newswatch. bbc
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