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failed by the system. hundreds of children who were sexually abused while in care in nottinghamshire were let down by local authorities, despite "decades of evidence". children were repeatedly raped and abused in residential care and in foster homes. should the inquiry into sexual abuse says councils still haven't learnt lessons. we're not talking here about one that either blocked or actively participated in the sexual abuse of children. we are just talking about a regime that over many years, just did not recognise what they needed to do to protect children. and i can't repeat strongly enough just how shocked i am. anger issues, obviously, because of what happened to me. i did not trust anybody at all, which led me to basically get into trouble, self—destruct.
we'll have the latest on this damning report, live from nottingham. also this lunchtime. strikes at british airways this summer move a step closer, after the airline lost its legal attempt to stop them. the prime minister is in northern ireland for talks with all the main political parties, and promises to try to help restore the power—sharing government. homes are flooded, as a month's rain falls in four hours in north yorkshire, and more downpours are on the way. and england make theirfinal preparations to take on australia in the ashes at edgbaston. and coming up on bbc news, triple world champion adam peaty has said not enough is being done to tackle doping in swimming. it comes after protests over an athlete who had previously served a drugs ban.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. an investigation has found that hundreds of children who were abused while in care in nottinghamshire were failed by the local authorities who were meant to be looking after them. the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse found two councils exposed more than 350 children to repeated rapes and abuse for a period of 50 years. and the inquiry says the councils haven't learned from their mistakes, and it's still concerned about some children in care. sima kotecha reports. —— let's your first from john o'brien, the secretary into the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. i have been independent inquiry into child sexualabuse. i have been in the inquiry since march 2015 and in terms of scale, i think this was the
most shocking we have seen and if you think about it, we're not talking about one individual that either or actively participated in the sexual abuse of children. we are talking about a regime that over many years did not recognise what they needed to do to protect children. 0ur correspondent phil mackie is outside nottinghamshire county council headquarters. it is desperate reading, this report. give us a little more sense of what it is saying and the scale it is talking about. it is horrific, 160 pages, i have not had a chance to read through all of it although i've skimmed through quite a bit and every single new makes for difficult reading. —— mike read the summary of the report says these were vulnerable children who should have been nurtured, cared for and protected by nottinghamshire county council and nottingham city council but instead were the victims of predatory staff and carers over a period that began in the 1960s and
went on to four decades. there is criticism of nottinghamshire police who talk about a deep rift between the varying local authorities. if you read through the detail of the report, it tells you the whole thing simply wasn't working properly. there were no real checks and measures in place and even though people were complaining, young children were coming forward and saying they had been abused, some staff were raising concerns as well but nobody was really paying attention or taking any notice of what were saying. for a very long period of time. this inquiry say they heard from 350 victims but the chances are that is just the tip of the iceberg and they were many more. we are talking about 12 residential ca re we are talking about 12 residential care homes in nottinghamshire plus others around the county and of course, foster carers as well. 26 people have been jailed course, foster carers as well. 26 people have beenjailed over the past four decades, having been convicted of various sexual offences. some of them have had many life sentences for the crimes they
committed against these young children. but that is probably not enough to satisfy those victims who have had to live with the consequences of this for the rest of their lives. and this is children let down by local authorities. what kind of response are we getting so farfrom kind of response are we getting so far from the local authorities? we are expecting statements from nottinghamshire county council, the city council, from nottinghamshire police as well, this afternoon. in a short time, i'm going to go and speak to some of the victims who have gathered in a hotel suite not farfrom here, have gathered in a hotel suite not far from here, having have gathered in a hotel suite not farfrom here, having read the report, to give their reaction to what they want to say. we have heard from the leader of nottingham city council who has described this period as one of shame. he previously was in charge of children's services for nottingham city council. but let's not forget this is not just city council. but let's not forget this is notjust about historical sexual abuse. the report also says that things are not right at the moment, they are saying there are still currently no regular reporting
procedures for allegations of abuse. they are not happy with the way things are being run at the moment and they are certainly saying that the local authority at least have not learned any lessons from the past. there will be some tough questions to answer from the various local authorities involved in this. we should hear what their response will be later. phil mackie, for now, thank you very much. british airways is facing a summer of disruption after the airline lost its legal attempt to stop pilots from taking strike action as part of a pay dispute. members of the balpa union are now expected to walk out in august. 0ur transport correspondent tom burridge is at the court of appeal. the height of the school summer holidays, should holiday—makers watching this this lunchtime be concerned? well, anyone with a ﬂight concerned? well, anyone with a flight booked with british airways in the coming weeks will naturally be concerned but my message is don't panic and the reason is this. firstly, the pilots' union has not
set a date for a strike get and secondly they've got to give british airways at least two weeks notice and thirdly, if they could under law wait months until actually call a strike and fourthly, in a couple of hours, talks will resume to try to break the deadlock. the pay offer on the table from british airways to the table from british airways to the pilot is an 11.5% increase over three years which they say is fair and the union says, look at the profits that british airways and its pa rent profits that british airways and its parent company made last year, a whopping profit and pilots deserve better. the context of all this, as you mentioned, is around 150,000 people will fly with british airways on any single day in the summer months. it is a big if at this stage but if a strike where to go ahead, it would cause significant damage to the reputation of british airways and to its finances. the airline could have caused try to mitigate the impact, try to pull in pilot ci’ews the impact, try to pull in pilot crews from other airlines to try to get the key routes running on a strike day but i think if a strike we re strike day but i think if a strike were to go ahead, it would be very
significant unprecedented, says ba, it says it is disappointed by today's decision but after the latest court decision at the court of appealjust a latest court decision at the court of appeal just a couple latest court decision at the court of appealjust a couple of hours ago, i think a strike is more likely 110w ago, i think a strike is more likely now but still far from certain. tom burridge, thank you. boris johnson has been in northern ireland today for his first visit as prime minister. he's been meeting the main parties for talks over power—sharing at stormont. he said his priority was to restore devolution to the northern ireland assembly, which has been suspended for two and a half years. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy is at stormont. as you say, there hasn't been a devolved government here for so long. now boris johnson devolved government here for so long. now borisjohnson is hoping to bring fresh energy into the process to change that. but it is difficult territory come here, because northern ireland is gripped by anxieties over the new harder line that boris johnson anxieties over the new harder line that borisjohnson is taking over leaving the eu and the two biggest
parties here still have huge issues yet to be resolved. boris johnson's road ahead borisjohnson‘s road ahead on northern ireland may not always be this clear. the rival parties he is here to meet are deadlocked, while the uk is facing deadlock in its brexit talks with the eu. it is great to be here in northern ireland, and clearly, the people of northern ireland have been without a government, without stormont, for two years and six months, so my prime focus this morning to do everything i can to help that get up and running again because i think thatis and running again because i think that is profoundly in the interests of people here and all the citizens in northern ireland. make sure boris johnson doesn't ignore us! you wouldn't come to us so we have come to you. campaigners came with a cacophony of northern ireland's most divisive issues. shipyard workers alongside anti brexiteers and activists for victims of the
troubles. but it is the irish language and proposed laws to protect it that has become the most difficult issue for the power—sharing talks to overcome. the democratic unionists' arlene foster was the only party leader to dine with boris johnson was the only party leader to dine with borisjohnson last night. he needs her ear and her party's votes in westminster. they discussed the tensions with dublin over the irish border, a dispute which, if unresolved, could see the uk leaving the eu without a deal. we talked about the fact that we both wanted to get a deal. we talked about the fa ct to get a deal. we talked about the fact that dublin and indeed brussels needed to dial back on the rhetoric and bea needed to dial back on the rhetoric and be a willing partner to find a deal, notjust for the uk but for the republic of ireland and the whole of europe. it is important we focus on trying to get a deal moving forward instead of just focus on trying to get a deal moving forward instead ofjust focusing on a forward instead ofjust focusing on 3110 forward instead ofjust focusing on a no deal scenario. no deal is on the table because of the fact we have a very belligerent european union. nice to meet you. boris
johnson's closeness to the dup has deepened the divide with their arch rivals, sinn fein. he tells us that he will act with absolute impartiality. we have told him that nobody believes that. nobody believes that because there are no grounds to believe that there is any kind of impartiality, much less strict impartiality. a majority in northern ireland voted to remain. in the irish republic, there is warnings are no—deal brexit could lead to 50,000 job losses. many feel borisjohnson lead to 50,000 job losses. many feel boris johnson leaves lead to 50,000 job losses. many feel borisjohnson leaves this island holding its economic future in his hands. just to remind people, boris johnson wants to ditch the irish backstop, which was negotiated with the eu to try to avoid checks on goods crossing the irish border. the eu says there can be no deal without it and many here believe that a no—deal brexit could increase the likelihood of a border poll, and a
united ireland. thank you forjoining us. the owner of ladbrokes—coral is facing a fine of almost £6 million for failing to protect vulnerable customers and guard against money laundering. the gambling commission says the company didn't have proper safeguards in place to stop customers suffering gambling harm. the regulator says one customer lost almost £100,000 over two and a half years. borisjohnson is being urged to take personal responsibility for tackling the increase in youth violence across england and wales. mps on the home affairs select committee say the current strategy is completely inadequate and are calling on the government to reverse cuts to youth services and increase police numbers. the home office has rejected some of the committee's findings. danny shaw reports. a young life cut short. yousef makki from greater manchester died in march after being stabbed in the heart. he was only 17. the knife violence which led to the death of yousef and a growing
number of other teenagers is described in a new report as an epidemic. the home affairs committee says young people are being failed by agencies and whitehall departments that are meant to keep them safe. teenagers are dying on our streets and families are being devastated. but the government's response is just completely inadequate. we have had a perfect storm of youth service cuts, police cuts, county lines drug networks and school exclusions, and the government is not taking strong enough action on any of them. in april, theresa may held a summit on youth violence and set up a ministerial task force. but the committee is concerned momentum is being lost and says the new prime minister must take the lead. the report says borisjohnson must drive activity to reduce youth violence. it says schools in the worst affected areas should have dedicated police officers, and it calls for a youth service guarantee, to ensure funding is provided for outreach workers
and community projects. that would mean more groups like this boxing club in south—west london. it helps disadvantaged young people and aims to steer them away from crime. when you look at funding and when you look at results, people want to see results in one year, two years, three years. but actually, if you really want to work with those that are costing society the most and those that are involved in some of the more serious youth violence, you need to have a long—term plan for those people. the home office disputes the committee's findings and says it is taking urgent action to keep communities safe. it has already announced plans to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers over the next three years. danny shaw, bbc news. the time is1:14 the time is 1:14 p m. our top story this lunchtime. failed by the system. hundreds of children who were sexually abused
while in care in nottinghamshire were let down by local authorities, according to an inquiry. and coming up — the village survival guide — new advice to help rural communities keep local services open and thriving coming up on bbc news, just over 2a hours until the ashes begins and the war of words has already started, with ben stokes saying england will hit the aussies hard and fast from the first ball at edgbaston. scores of homes have been flooded in north yorkshire — after a month's rain fell in four hours in some areas. a bridge has collapsed, road and rail travel is disrupted — and more rain is expected, with a yellow weather warning still in place across northern england and parts of the midlands. 0ur correspondent fiona trott is in grinton in the yorkshire dales.
this is one of the villages where the river has burst its banks and you can see that some trees have just snapped. the helicopterflew overhead a few moments code to assess the damage because in this pa rt assess the damage because in this part of the world around 100 homes have been affected and some residents here in grinton arejust too upset to talk. it is going to be difficult to get back to normal. they started the clear up today but roads in and out of the village have closed and a bridge has completely collapsed. part of the village is cut off, the emergency services were called to grinton early yesterday evening. an alarming theme for the villagers revving the flood in their cars. meanwhile in flemington the ca i’s cars. meanwhile in flemington the cars we re cars. meanwhile in flemington the cars were simply left abandoned. and elsewhere it was the hailstones that brought villagers to a standstill for place is where rescuers themselves could not escape the floodwater. really busy day but
u nfortu nately floodwater. really busy day but unfortunately the fire station has been one of the first victims of the flooding because the crews were already out and about helping local communities. today the local community is pulling together is the clear up operation begins. the road is basically a river and the firemen put sandbags in front of the door and we had water coming into the door and through the back door. people are just inundated with water in their houses and you just feel helpless going there because as fast as you pump it out it comes back in. really it isjust damage limitation to make sure people are safe. in grinton the damage is clear to see. the sheer force of the floodwater pushed cars and debris across the road. some farmers have not seen anything like it before. we did not lose any livestock as we managed to
get them to safety but the worst thing is the winter forage, we get them to safety but the worst thing is the winterforage, we had 160 bales of silage and most of that has been washed away and damaged. and they are ruined, i have never seen anything like it. for those forced from their homes and neighbours have taken the men. forced from their homes and neighbours have taken the menlj forced from their homes and neighbours have taken the men. i was concerned for the residents here because water has gone through their houses and some people had to move in with the lady next door and some are living upstairs in the house as well. the whole community seems to be helping and gathering round. this was supposed to be a focal point for the community this week but the festival has been cancelled now with the priority to clear up and help those who need it. the latest from the environment agency is that ten flood warnings are in place now across uk and notjust here in north yorkshire and lancashire and the midlands was that there could be more flooding to come as more rain and thunderstorms are expected
later. well as some people mop up after flash flooding, new research shows how climate change is warming the uk. scientists at the met office say all 10 of the warmest years on record have occurred since 2002. more details from our environment correspondent matt mcgrath. the state of the uk climate report has been released just days after a new high temperature record was set in the uk. last week's short scorching heatwave saw the mercury hit 38.7 celsius in cambridge. but that new high mark doesn't come as much of a surprise to climate scientists. for those tracking the data the uk is simply mirroring a global trend, showing the human impact on our climate. we are likely to see more warmer years on record, possibly record—breaking temperatures in the future. those colder conditions are going to become less frequent so the beast from the east events will still happen from time to time but they will become less frequent, less extreme when they do happen,
and the warm events, the rainfall events, the heavier rainfall events, will become a much more frequent occurrence. as an island, the uk's climate is extremely variable. but when natural variability gives us a hot year it's far more likely to be in the top ten because of the warmer background. while 2014 didn't break any heat records it was consistently warm enough to top the met office list. despite a sizzling summer in 2018, the year was only the seventh warmest thanks to cold spells and increased snowfall. the last time the uk at a top ten cold year was 1963 when arctic conditions saw the seas freeze in some places. climate change, says experts, has significantly increased the difference between the hottest and the coldest years. we have actually added new data for the period from 1884 until 1910 and the top three coldest years are in that period. so there is a stark separation between the coldest years in the uk and the warmest and this
is a consequence of our changing climate. the evidence from this report is that hotter years are now the new normalfor the uk. and people will have to adapt to cope with life in a rapidly warming world. matt mcgrath, bbc news. the body representing the uk car industry says new investment has fallen dramatically, as companies spend hundreds of millions of pounds preparing for a no—deal brexit. the society of motor manufacturers and traders says production fell by more than a fifth in the first half of 2019. the organisation is warning that no—deal will present an ‘existential threat‘ to the industry. our business correspondent, theo leggett reports. car making is one of britain's biggest manufacturing industries and it accounts for a large part of exports but its prospects are looking increasingly bleak. in the first six months of the year, production fell by a fifth as sales in major markets
abroad dropped sharply. meanwhile new investment in the industry has plummeted . not long ago companies were investing billions of pounds every year in new factories and facilities. so far the figure has been a paltry 90 million and the smmt says uncertainty over brexit is at least partially to blame. it's been a massive drop off because we have that fear of no deal. yes, we're in a bit of a down point of a cycle but anecdotally what we're seeing is the fear of no deal is causing investors to hold back and wait and see what's going to happen. new investment is badly needed. honda's announced plans to close its factory in swindon in two years' time while ford wants to shut its engine plant in bridgend. thousands ofjobs will be lost and at the moment they're not being replaced. meanwhile vauxhall‘s parent company has said if there's no deal over brexit, it will reverse plans to build a new version of the astra at ellesmere port, threatening the future of the cheshire plant.
it's not all bad news. jaguar land rover has announced plans to spend nearly £1 billion developing electric cars. that news came in too late to make it into the official figures. the smmt says it's very welcome but it's also an outlier and that elsewhere investment has simply dried up. but companies are still having to spend money. the smmt says at least £330 million have gone on preparing for a no deal brexit at a time when it says funding is badly needed to develop new technologies. it's incredibly difficult to prepare to innovate while thinking that we may go to a no deal brexit with no transition. that's the biggest concern of the car industry in the uk at the moment. in a statement, the government said... "we continue to talk to industry including the automotive sector in the run up to exit day to ensure they're prepared and can maximise the opportunities of our exit from the eu."
but the smmt insists that failing to get a good deal could jeopardise the entire future of car making in this country. theo leggett, bbc news. it's the final day of campaigning in the brecon and radnorshire by—election. voters go to the polls tomorrow in the first electoral test for borisjohnson as prime minister. 0ur correspondent tomos morgan is in brecon. remind us why this by—election is taking place? the story began in march when chris davies tory mp for brecon & radnorshire was found guilty of submitting £700 worth of fake expenses claims. that conviction led toa expenses claims. that conviction led to a recall petition just last month and with more than 10% of his constituents signing the position it meant that mr davies had to relinquish his seat in the by—election was triggered. historically the seat is switching
between the conservatives and the lib dems over the years. jane dodds will stand for the liberal democrats and if she were to win it would be a huge coup for the new leader in a nation where they have no liberal democrat mps tom davies will stand for labour, it applied to meat nor the green party will field a candidate this time around for the is in the county of powys where in the european parliamentary elections in may the brexit party came up top so in may the brexit party came up top so for them and des parkinson, a retired police chief superintendent toa standing, retired police chief superintendent to a standing, this philip standing for you cup and the monster raving loony party, no doubt the main talking point at the moment for tomorrow will be the timing just a week after boris johnson tomorrow will be the timing just a week after borisjohnson went into number ten. of course if the tories lose the seat it will reduce their majority in westminster down to one seat at a time at which boris johnson needs all the support he can
get. thank you. and you can find the list of all candidates standing in the by—election on the bbc news website. rural communities across the uk face increasing challenges as local services close. shops, pubs, and libraries are all affected. now, a charity backed by prince charles has published a "village survival guide", containing advice about how to keep local amenities open and thriving. tim muffett reports. rod's lived in coddenham in suffolk for 19 years. he loves the people and the community spirit, but feels many things have got worse. we have lost probably ten shops, three pubs, the only shop for miles around closed down at the end of may. this is the bus stop. what is the service like? patchy. we've got four or five services a day. we need more. doesn't always go to the places that people need it to go to.
people like us, when you get to a certain age and you can't drive, you do rely on the bus. familiar problems for many who live in villages, as the prince's countryside fund found out in its survey of rural life last year. it's a charity backed by the prince of wales. the main issues people reported were needing a car to get anywhere, the issues of public transport in rural areas are so huge. and then things like the lack of affordable housing particularly for young people and the lack of reliable broadband and mobile coverage which makes working in rural areas really quite difficult. the charity is today launching its "village survival guide" with advice on everything from community run shops and pubs to tips on improving transport links and attracting younger residents. amy's been able to move to coddenham because she could rent this house from a local charity at an affordable rate. schemes like this are amazing because it does enable young people to come to the village. do you think often the challenges villages face get overlooked? absolutely. i mean some people, even friends of mine, don't understand the challenges we may face.
even when they come over for dinner and they try to connect to the broadband and things like that. it's just another world! until it closed in may, there'd been a shop on this site for 300 years. rod and david, who also lives in the village, hope to reopen it in september. because the majority of the workforce will be volunteers, the overheads can be less than they would be for a commercial shop. any profit over and above the running cost of the shop will be available for community projects within the village and immediate area. for a community to thrive it needs to have somewhere to go. a lesson residents of coddenham have learned the hard way. tim muffet, bbc news, coddenham. two weeks since england's cricketers won the world cup, attention now turns to the ashes. the latest battle in one of sport's greatest rivalries gets under way at edgbaston tomorrow. england are looking to reclaim the famous urn they surrendered in australia 18 months ago.
from birmingham, our sports correspondentjoe wilson reports. well, grey skies overhead, that tingle of anticipation inside. and james anderson getting ready. it can only be the day before the ashes. the sight of anderson here at edgbaston, now aged 37, is in immediate reassurance for english supporters. after all, he is england's most successful bowler of all time and an expert in what we call these english conditions. but let's be clear, there are uncertainties elsewhere in the england team and age does not always equal experience. sojoe denly, 33, is preparing for the ashes for the first time. suddenly presented with the biggest week in his career? yes, i think so. an ashes series is i think the ultimate for any young lad growing up. you know, i've watched the ashes series before and imagined and wished to be part of one and now i've got the chance to do that.
so it's very exciting. an ashes series at the age of 33 probably wasn't where i thought i'd be, to be honest. and you know, thankfully it's come along and i'm very excited. well, if you do fancy booing australians from the stands over the next few weeks, there will be plenty of opportunities. all three of their players who were banned in the wake of the sandpaper ball tampering scandal, that's warner, smith and bancroft, are in their ashes squad here. generally it's perceived this will be a series where the bowlers dominate, which should mean low scores, high drama. but recall the emotion we've already had this summer, that english world cup win. 0k, a different format and some different players. but i think the key question for england is having scaled that emotional summit, can they reach another peak by the end of the ashes? we may not know the answer until the middle of september, but it all begins here in birmingham tomorrow. joe wilson, bbc news, at edgbaston.
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