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this is bbc news, i'm carole walker. the headlines at 10:00: the music retailer hmv is about to go into administration putting more than 2000 jobs at risk. after a surge in the number of migrants crossing from france — calls to step up patrols in the english channel. potholes are getting worse — more than 500,000 were reported for repair last year, according to research. thousands more prisoners are to get phones in their cells under plans to tackle violence and boost rehabilitation. documents released from the national archives reveal that john major's government was furious with president clinton for inviting sinn fein leader gerry adams to america. and in half an hour, victoria derbyshire looks back on some of the memorable moments from her programme in 2018. the music retailer hmv is at risk
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of becoming the first post—christmas high street casualty as it teeters on the brink of administration. the group, which has over 100 and 20 stores and employs over 2000 staff, has filed a notice to appoint administrators and could go under as early as today. our business correspondent theo leggett is with me now. so, things are looking pretty bleak for hmv? yes, notjust for hmv, the whole of the traditional high street has been under a lot of pressure. this year we have seen the collapses of toys "r" us, poundworld, maplin. there are a lot of pressures. this
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is because traditional businesses have high costs, they have to pay business rates, they had to operate stores, and they are facing a lot of competition from online outlets. at the same time, consumer confidence is weak, people are being more careful where they spend their money and there is a lot of discounting going on. it boils down to life on the high—street been very hard indeed. we understand the run—up to christmas has been particularly difficult. 0n christmas has been particularly difficult. on top of that, hmv‘s traditional business was selling music and videos. people are not going out and buying physical products any more, they are buying streaming services online. although hmv does have an online presence, it also has stores to cope with and thatis also has stores to cope with and that is an additional factor. it's old business model is not as successful as it once was. indeed, the days when lots of us would be buying cds or dvds as christmas presents, it hardly ever happens?” struggle to go out and buy cds when i want struggle to go out and buy cds when iwant to, struggle to go out and buy cds when i want to, so that is true. this decline has been going on for a number of years. in fact, hmv itself
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went into administration in 2013. at the time, it had 400 stores up and down the uk. it is much smaller now, it has 130 shops. but it is still struggling to make ends meet. and thatis struggling to make ends meet. and that is a big problem, because the administrator's reverse job would that is a big problem, because the administrator's reversejob would be to try to find a buyer for the stores, tried to keep it going as a going concern if at all possible, but what is a buyer going to be able to do that existing owner would not do? it is an old—fashioned retailer, in many ways, even though it markets technology. how can change to keep the business up and running? the prospects for those or so employees look pretty grim at the moment? on the face of it, they do. it depends entirely what happens when the administrators get in. they have not yet been appointed. we understand it is likely to happen before the end of the day, it could be in the coming days. they will have some idea about what the prospects for the company are, whether there is anybody interested in buying the business as a whole, or buying parts
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of it. that will affect the fate of those workers. for the moment, 2200 workers are facing an uncertain future. a surge in migrants risking their lives crossing the english channel has increased calls for the government to step up border patrols. 66 people have reached the uk in the past three days. only one of the five boats operated by the border force is currently patrolling the channel between dover and the french coast. simonjones reports. risking their lives, attempting to cross the busiest shipping lane in the world. despite the warnings, the attempts continue. this, one of four small boats used in the channel by migrants yesterday. it is totally unprecedented, what has happened over the last few days. perhaps it's understandable. it's the long dark nights, the weather has been relatively mild, there has only been a gentle breeze blowing and the first few boats that made a success of it, the message gets back to the camps
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and then more and more people try. 23 migrants reached kent on thursday. that's in addition to 40 on christmas day. in total, at least 209 people have arrived by small boats since november. just one of border force's five cutters is operational in the channel, along with two coastal patrol vessels. the former head of border force, tony smith, says that more resources are needed. and dover mp charlie elphicke has called on britain to get a grip. the home office says that the border force's deployments are under constant review but bringing back a cutter from the mediterranean could encourage more people to make the perilous journey, as it may be seen as a rescue rather than a patrol boat. those who support migrants say they should not be demonised. a small number want to come here because maybe there is a community they wish to join or because they already have english as a language.
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but many more migrants and people seeking asylum are going to countries like germany. the national crime agency blames traffickers, organised criminals with a complete lack of regard for human life. it insists that by working with the french, a good number of crossings have been prevented but it warns that more of these types of attempts to reach the uk are likely. many believe that if they continue, it is only a matter of time before there is a tragedy. tony smith is the former director general of the uk border force, and now a global border security consultant. thanks very much indeed forjoining us. thanks very much indeed forjoining us. we were hearing that only one of five boats is on patrol. is this a borderforce five boats is on patrol. is this a border force that simply is not taking the problem seriously?” border force that simply is not taking the problem seriously? i am sure they are taking it seriously. the difficulty is, the border force has a lot of other things to do. we
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are also responsible for the passengers arriving over the holiday period at the airports and seaports, and we have a very broadly spread workforce. we don't always look in this direction. illegal immigration to this country, of until now, has largely been in the back of vessels. we have done some really good work in calais, tightening up controls in the french feeder airports. this is the french feeder airports. this is the latest attempt to try to defeat the latest attempt to try to defeat the border force with these unprecedented numbers of small boat arrivals. so, does the force needs to do more to try to counter what appears to be a growing problem? yes, it does. we have always see maritime as a potential threat. but it never really materialised in this volume, in this way. as your report shows, we only have a small number of cutters, we have a small number of cutters, we have a small number of patrol vessels. within the force itself, there is not a huge capability to interdict on the
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enlist channel. i would be looking at myself for more resources, if i was commander in this situation, to other agencies such as the coast guard, the police, potentially defence. also, ithink guard, the police, potentially defence. also, i think we need to work very closely with our collea g u es work very closely with our colleagues in france, the french law enforcement agencies, to try to stop the problem at source. as the national crime agency has said, some are opportunistic, others are organised and that requires an international response. i hope that we will be working very closely on the other side of the channel as well to stop this. watch should the policy be? —— what should the policy be? we were hearing concerns that if there are more boats that bring these migrants assure, where they can claim asylum, it would encourage others to follow suit. you clearly have people at risk in these small votes, that cannot be left in the enlist channel. but it is very
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difficult to return them to france? yes, it is. you are right. 0nce difficult to return them to france? yes, it is. you are right. once they are on the channel and if they are picked up in our territorial waters, 01’ picked up in our territorial waters, or by one of our vessels, they will be brought ashore, if they claim asylu m be brought ashore, if they claim asylum they probably will not be returned to france or the source country. that does, i'm afraid, fuelled the supply line. we have seen this and other parts of the world. we have seen it in australia, we have seen it on the mediterranean sea. there is a real problem here. international law obviously demands, quite rightly, that health and safety is paramount. these are mainly search and rescue operations. but it does mean, the side—effect is, that there is a net increase in illegal migration. and what's more, that continues to fuel the supply chain and the international organised crime gangs before them. the only real way to deal with this is to disrupt the gangs and stop the problem at source, which is the point at which these individuals are
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disembarking towards the uk. we are hearing some of the gangs are saying to these migrants that they need to get there before brexit, because it will be more difficult to get into the country. will it be more difficult to stop people coming here? will the force be stretched dealing with the other requirements, leaving less scope to deal with the growing numbers of migrants coming in small boats? i hear a lot of talk about us not having control of our borders. that is one of the reasons why we need to leave the eu, but we have got control of the borders, we have got control of the borders, we have one of the best in the world. i think that is a bit of a red herring. the worry about brexit for me would be that there are parts of the withdrawal agreement which would enable us to continue to cooperate with friends and neighbours in belgium, the netherlands, as we do
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now, onjoint operations surveillance, sharing of intelligence and information. one would hope that the withdrawal agreement goes through, that does enable us to continue to operate across the eu and more broadly, to tackle international organised crime. that would be my main worry, rather than not having the capability. we have the capability, we don't necessarily have the resources that we need to stop this type of concerted attempt by general maritime. that would be my main focus right now. tony smith, former head of the uk border force, thank you very much indeed for talking to us. a ship carrying more than 300 migrants has arrived in southern spain. the open arms vessel, run by a migrant rescue charity, has docked in the city of algeciras near gibraltar, after being turned away by both malta and italy. its passengers have been on board since being rescued off the coast of libya a week ago. they'll be provided with food, clothes and medical assistance before being moved to shelters. more than 500,000 potholes were reported to local councils in england, scotland and wales last year, according to the rac.
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it's calling on the government to spend money raised from fuel duty on tackling the problem. 0ur transport correspondent tom burridge has more. they're a hazard, sometimes huge, almost impossible to count. so, this is a typically damaged wheel. we see no less than six a day. sometimes as many as ten cars a day, which are only here because of pothole damage. just one garage, in one area. for the last two or three years it has been getting worse and worse. the scale of the problem nationwide, it must run into millions and millions in terms of the cost of damage to the road user at the moment, it is really, really scary. and today we have new figures confirming a big rise in potholes on our roads. the number of potholes reported by people in 150 local authorities in england, scotland and wales rose by a whopping 44% in two years. this guy feels potholes are his calling.
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he argues that real investment in repairing road surfaces, instead of patching potholes up, would ultimately save money. if you did a proper investment plan, changed the culture, training, contracts, supervision, the right quality of materials, 95% of potholes could be eradicated from ever appearing on our road network. the rac says councils don't have the money and the government needs to act. what we require is a long—term funding mechanism whereby local authorities can plan ahead and actually deal with the specific issue of the structural defects, rather than simply filling in potholes. the government says it's giving councils an extra £400 million for local road repairs this year, and funding trials to identify potential potholes so roads can be repaired before they form. jeremy corbyn has urged the prime minister to recall parliament early to allow mps
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to vote on her brexit deal. he's accused theresa may of trying to "run the clock down" by not holding a vote until the third week of january. downing street said the labour leader was trying to frustrate brexit. the headlines on bbc news... the music retailer hmv is about to go into administration putting more than 2,000 jobs at risk. after a surge in the number of migrants crossing from france, calls to step up patrols in the english channel. potholes are getting worse. more than half a million were reported for repair last year, according to research. sport and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's katherine downes. west ham are into ninth position
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in the premier league after coming from behind to beat southampton at st mary's. felipe anderson was the star for the hammers. after southampton took the lead, the brazilian scored this beauty from outside the box just two minutes later. west ham's most expensive signing really starting to show his worth. and if you thought that one was good, well, his second wasn't bad either. an eighth goal of the season smashing the hammers into the top 10. i think that tonight was a very good game, from the beginning, it was high pace. we didn't allow southampton to reach our box. they didn't get one chance. u nfortu nately we started one goal down, but we drew as soon as we can and after that we completed the second goal. arsenal manager unai emery has been handed an fa charge for improper conduct. it's after he kicked a bottle
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which hit a brighton fan towards the end of wednesday's 1—1 draw. the spaniard went to apologise to the home supporter immediately after the incident and again at full—time. russia's anti—doping agency has appealed to president vladimir putin to help them avoid being suspended again by the world anti—doping agency. a wada inspection team was denied full access to a moscow anti—doping laboratory last week. russia must transfer athletes‘ sample data by monday or risk being banned again from international events. india are edging towards victory in the third test down under, despite a late fight back by australia. they're leading by 346 runs with two days to go. pat cummins has given the hosts a faint hope of a comeback after they were bowled out for 151. he took four quick wickets, including india's captain virat kohli for a duck, as the tourists ended the day on 54 for 5. the series is currently tied at one all with just the sydney test to go next week. ifi
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if i don't believe myself, who else will? i always try to back myself in any situation that i go. yes, the start has been good, played in england, south africa, three different kinds of conditions. whenever you go to different countries, it's a different experience, new learning that you ta ke experience, new learning that you take away from every country. i'm really ha p py take away from every country. i'm really happy with the start. let's see how it goes. the favourite elegant escape won the welsh grand national at chepstow — a second success in three years for trainer colin tizzard. the 3—1 shot, ridden byjockey tom 0'brien fought off a late charge from ramses de teillee to win by over a length. in the last few minutes, 0le gunnar solskjaer has held a press conference. he's urging romelu lukaku and alexis sanchez to follow the example of paul pogba and step up their performances
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for manchester united. both players have struggled for form this season and their new caretaker manager couldn't say if either will go straight back into the side once they're fit. united host bournemouth on sunday. i cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch. paul has done it himself, the players have done it himself, the players have done the performances. my chats with anthony, romelu, alexis, has not felt they could produce the best of football, i am felt they could produce the best of football, iam here felt they could produce the best of football, i am here to guide them, help them on the path and it is up to them to do it on the pitch. a lovely mix of norwegian and manchester accent! that's all the sport for now. the united states coastguard has suspended its search for a missing british cruise ship entertainer. 20—year—old arron hough from sunderland was working on the harmony of the seas. he was last seen on deck during the early hours of christmas day, but the alarm wasn't raised until nearly 10 hours later when he failed to turn up for work. media reports in iceland say that a bridge where three british tourists — including a child —
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died yesterday does not meet current safety standards. the crash happened in a popular tourist area in the south east of the island. four other british people in the vehicle were critically injured, as ben ando reports. the two families were in a toyota land cruiser, which crashed through railings and fell around 20 feet onto a dry riverbed below. first on the scene were the police and a local tour guide, who did all he could to help. i tried to talk a bit to the driver to calm him down. he was trapped inside the car. i was trying to tell him to save his energy and try to be patient, we will try to get him out of there. it was a very difficult situation. two adults and a child died at the scene. four others, including two children aged seven and nine, were airlifted to hospital in a critical condition. translation: it was immediately
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clear that this was a very serious accident. a car had careered off the bridge, so immediately all available responders and resources were mobilised. it's understood that those involved come from two families and are british nationals of what's being described as indian origin. foreign office officials are assisting icelandic authorities, but the indian ambassador to iceland visited the hospital, where four survivors, two men and two children, are being treated, and spoke to doctors and nurses there. the bridge is a single track and is on the south—east section iceland's national ring road, in an area known for its spectacular waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers. this morning, investigations into the cause will continue. though icelandic media reports that this bridge is a known accident danger spot and does not meet the latest safety standards. thousands more prisoners will be able to make phone calls from their cells under government plans to tackle violence
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and re—offending. currently 20 prisons in england and wales have in—cell phones, which are monitored and can only call pre—approved numbers. £10 million will be spent extending the scheme to 50 prisons by early 2020. thejustice secretary, david gauke, said inmates would benefit from the extra support. the number of illegal knives seized at the uk's borders has more than doubled in a year. official figures show officers took possesion of more than 7,600 blades during the 12 months to september. it comes as knife crime in england and wales reaches an eight—year high. a fisherman who fell overboard off the cornish coast clung onto his nets forfive miles before being rescued. the alarm was raised when the fishing boat crashed into the south pier in newlyn yesterday afternoon. the solo skipper was rescued by lifeboat and taken to hospital with severe hypothermia. coastguards say he had fallen overboard whilst repositioning nets
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some five miles offshore but was able to hang on to netting over the side as his boat steamed along on automatic pilot. the man is now recovering at home. downing street has released a series of files relating to events and issues in 1994. among the new insights is a look at uk government fury at the decision of then us president bill clinton to allow gerry adams into america. katie fox is a records specialist at the national archive and shejoins me now. thank you very much indeed for coming in. you have been looking through all of this. lots of fascinating stories that appear to have emerged and we are seeing some of them in the papers today. let's talk about the issue of gerry adams. backin
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talk about the issue of gerry adams. back in 1994, of course, the situation was very different here at home and the government were furious he was allowed into the united states ? he was allowed into the united states? absolutely, the us government issued a visa for gerry adams to go to new york in 1994. i think the file is really interesting, because it shows that special relationship between the us and the uk that we often hear so much about. the two leaders, the prime minister and bill clinton, we re prime minister and bill clinton, were able to have quite a francophone conversation about the issues, which i think is really interesting. —— quite a frank phone conversation. it is worth reminding people, in those days, gerry adams was part of a proscribed organisation? yes. within the file there is lots of discussion about gerry adams, his links to the ira and the implications that would have in granting him a visa to the us. now, margaret thatcher, not someone that we normally think of as being a
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huge football fan, but there are some fascinating insights into what happened when she met some of the england team? absolutely. after the italia 90 football world cup, margaret thatcher invited the players and coaching staff to downing street to meet them. within a file that has been released at the national archives, there is a draft speech in which she praises the team, they had won the fifa fair play trophy, and she also said that she was really impressed they were not diving like the foreign players who come in her opinion, it was like they were acting at the death scene from richard iii. so, she was not too taken by some of the behaviour of some of england's opponents? no. what is really interesting is an adviser suggests to hear that it is adviser suggests to hear that it is a great opportunity to give the speech to show that she was not anti—football, but rather anti—football, but rather anti—football hooliganism. fascinating. also interesting, we
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are hearing about some advice to john major's government, that he needs to get up to speed with some of the new technology coming online. literally coming online. the internet, e—mail, astonishing to think that in 1994 these were such new developments. and some resista nce new developments. and some resistance to some of this? absolutely, there is a line in the file that essentially says that e—mailand file that essentially says that e—mail and the internet would never ta ke e—mail and the internet would never take off, which obviously seems ridiculous today, because the government is totally reliant on e—mails and the internet in order to communicate. certainly advisers were saying thatjohn major needed to be seen to be on top of the new technology, because of concerns that a then young labour leader, tony blair, might try to seize the initiative? absolutely. he is mentioned in the file as being particularly up on the internet, which is interesting. i think it is a great demonstration of what was
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going on in 1994, and have so much has moved on in the last 25 years. so many different stories emerging from that era. there was also a meeting with sir ian mckellen. that is about lowering the age of consent for, homosexuals? yes, he went to discuss some of the concerns that 93v discuss some of the concerns that gay men had at the time. one of the things he raised was the age of consent. at the time, it was 21. he wa nted consent. at the time, it was 21. he wanted it to be lowered to 16, the same age as heterosexual couples. in fa ct, same age as heterosexual couples. in fact, a couple of years later, the age was lowered to 18. it seems as though that meeting did affect government policy? yes, perhaps. within the file you can see that john major was really interested to hear what sir ian mckellen was saying and find out more about the issues. that is one of the 500 files
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that were released today, which we have in our reading rooms, anybody can come along and have a look at what we have released. lots of fascinating stuff, katy fox, thank you very much adjoining us. royal mail has withdrawn a stamp marking the 75th anniversary of d—day after bbc news pointed out it showed us troops landing not in northern france, but in dutch new guinea, 8,500 miles away. captioned "allied soldiers and medics wade ashore", it was said to depict the normandy landings but was actually taken in what is modern—day indonesia. the stamp was due to be released next year in a "best of british" collection. royal mail says it offers its sincere apologies for the error. now it's time for a look at the weather with simon king. hello, well, there is not much going on weather—wise for the rest of this year. high pressure firmly in charge of things. it was going to be quite
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cloudy, quite settled, really. a bit of sunshine from time to time. this was the scene in wiltshire. we had quite a bit of mist and fog affecting southern areas of england and south wales. a few missed and —— mist and fog patches. sunny spells for northern ireland. elsewhere, there could be a few glimmers of sunshine, mostly cloudy for england and wales. a mild afternoon, temperatures getting up to about nine or 11 degrees. through tonight, there will be a few clear spells but rain will clear through northern ireland and into scotland. it will seem quite heavy overnight. eventually it will push into northern part of england. temperatures staying up about three or7 temperatures staying up about three or 7 degrees. a frost free start to saturday morning. the weekend looks mostly cloudy. the best of the sunshine will be across eastern areas of scotland, eastern parts of england. a mild weekend. temperatures 11—13 degrees. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. the music and film retailer hmv is on the brink of
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collapse, putting more than 2000 jobs at risk. after a surge in the number of migrants crossing from france, calls to step up patrols in the english channel. potholes are getting worse, more than half a million were reported for repair last year according to research. thousands more prisoners are to get phones in their cells under plans to tackle violence and boost rehabilitation. and now on bbc news victoria derbyshire looks back on some of the memorable moments from her programme in 2018. including tracking dementia patients to see how the disease has affected their lives and an interview with the mother of a nine—year—old boy who she says killed himself after being bullied for being gay. hello, welcome to our programme. over the next half an hour
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will bring you some of the most exclusive interviews and original stories that we've broadcast over the last year. we start with a tv first, a live programme from a pupil referral unit in north london. we were there in february after we uncovered a big rise


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