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tonight at ten: chelsea football club under the spotlight over historical sexual abuse and racism. chief scout eddie heath preyed on children in the 1970s — one victim has spoken out. everyone at a young age wanted to play professional football, as they do now. no one asked for this to happen. our dreams, our livelihoods, our life has just been basically ruined. and it's revealed that black players were racially abused in the 1980s and ‘90s — chelsea has apologised unreservedly. also tonight... michael gove, in charge of no—deal brexit planning, says the eu refuses fresh talks. it's back home for some — but it's not yet all clear for the collapsed derbyshire dam. tensions over kashmir after india scraps its autonomy — pakistan says it could go to the un.
and the celebrated american novelist toni morrison has died at the age of 88. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, wayne rooney says he can still make a big contribution, as he signs for championship side derby county. good evening. evidence of sexual abuse and racism at chelsea football club from the 1970s through to the 90s is laid bare in two separate independent reviews. 0ne reveals that youth players at the club — some as young as ten — were sexually assaulted in the ‘70s
by the chief scout, eddie heath — and that others at the club "turned a blind eye". it's heavily critical of a former chelsea coach, dario gradi, forfailing to report a complaint from a parent of a young player which could have stopped the abuse. a separate review found that black players at the club were racially abused by another coach in the 1980s and ‘90s. the chelsea board have apologised unreservedly and offered compensation. 0ur sports editor, dan roan, reports from stamford bridge. in the 1970s, he was tasked with finding chelsea's top stars, but former chief scout eddie heath was also a prolific, manipulative and sophisticated sexual abuser, according to today's damning report. garyjohnson was one of 23 former youth players who told an enquiry they were abused by heath, who died in 1983. going public about his ordeal three years ago triggered the scandal, and today he told us of the impact it's had. everyone at a young age wanted to play professional football, as they do now. no one asked for this to happen. 0ur dreams, our livelihoods, our
life has been just basically ruined. but could the club have done more? the inquiry found that former assistant manager dario gradi failed to report a complaint of sexual assault against heath, and a chance to prevent him abusing others was lost. gradi, who has previously denied any knowledge of the crimes of another paedophile — barry bennell, at his current club crewe in the 1980s — claimed he did refer the case up and denied trying to smooth over the matter. the review added that some adults at chelsea must have been aware of heath's lewd behaviour, but turned a blind eye to what they saw. you just feel horrified, horrified, that he had access to everywhere, that people at the club knew of him, knew about him, and just shrugged their shoulders. the review heard that boys aged between ten and 17 were abused by heath, with 15 reporting serious sexual assault, including rape. today chelsea issued a statement saying the club apologises unreservedly for the terrible past experiences of some
of ourformer players. heath's conduct, they said, was beyond reprehensible. the report details how abuse was able to occur unchallenged and the life—changing impact it had on those affected. having previously been criticised for their handling of this scandal, today chelsea insisted the report shone a bright light into the dark corners of the club's history. just the latest example of a high—profile club having to face up to the past since shocking allegations of child sex abuse first swept across football three years ago. a second report published today heard evidence from 22 people and found that former academy director gwyn williams subjected young black players to racist remarks on a routine basis in the ‘80s and ‘90s. he denies any wrongdoing. today, one former victim of racial abuse told us of his time as a youth player at the club. it was terrible. there wasn't any support, there was no one to go to, especially in my time there, my first year and a half. i would go into the showers and be ridiculed.
so there was expectations of... i put expectations on myself because of the ridicule i got. chelsea said the review has concluded: that numerous accounts given of severe racially abusive behaviour towards young players historically were credible. chelsea have now set up a compensation and support scheme, and safeguarding has been overhauled since the days of eddie heath, but years on, the abuse that some of the most vulnerable here suffered continues to cast a shadow over one of the country's biggest clubs. dan roan, bbc news, stamford bridge. the minister in charge of no—deal brexit preparations, michael gove, has accused the eu of refusing to engage in fresh talks, in a deepening war of words between brussels and westminster. mr gove said the uk was "ready and willing" to resume negotiations and that he was "deeply saddened" by what he claimed was the eu's approach. his comments came after eu officials
described as "unacceptable" britain's insistence on scrapping the backstop — that's the measure to prevent a return of physical checks on the irish border. here's our political correspondent, ben wright. almost two weeks after becoming prime minister, boris johnson met his first eu leader today — his counterpart from estonia. reporter: why aren't you negotiating in brussels, prime minister? have you given up on trying to get a deal? brexit talks are deadlocked. the eu insists the withdrawal agreement is closed. ministers here say it has to be changed. at the moment, the eu seems to be saying they are not interested. they are simply saying no, we don't want to talk. i think that is wrong and sad. it is not in europe's interests. but eu leaders insist britain's demands are the problem. today ireland's prime minister one at living without a deal was not the clea n b rea k at living without a deal was not the clean break that some claim and the
same issues would remain. there are people who perhaps have become frustrated with the brexit process, and they are almost saying to themselves, at least if we have no deal on the 31st of october, it's all done. i am saying that it doesn't end on the 31st of october. if we have no deal, we are going to have to talk and the first things on the agenda are going to be citizens' rights and the solution to the irish border. by ramping up plans for a no—deal brexit, boris johnson border. by ramping up plans for a no—deal brexit, borisjohnson hopes to convince brussels he is serious about walking away. he wants that threat to persuade the eu to negotiate a new deal. if there isn't one, then number ten is emphatic that the uk will be leaving anyway on october the 31st and with an early election possible. boris johnson believes pro—brexit voters are behind him. but it's a strategy fraught with risk, and if the eu doesn't budge and are no—deal brexit becomes government policy, a showdown with parliament is certain when mps return. they are taking a break at the moment, but as well as
opposition parties, there are some tory mps preparing for a fight after the summer. i think it's increasingly clear that parliament will have to act, because the reckless behaviour of the prime minister in terms of a no—deal brexit is something that parliament will have to take seriously. tonight ata will have to take seriously. tonight at a debate in belfast, ireland's leo varadkar said the uk was refusing to talk unless the backstop, designed to avoid a return to border checks, was removed entirely from the withdrawal agreement, a position he described as disappointing. as it stands, both borisjohnson as disappointing. as it stands, both boris johnson and the as disappointing. as it stands, both borisjohnson and the eu say the other side of this problem. three yea rs other side of this problem. three years after the brexit referendum, compromise has rarely looked more distant. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. 0ur europe correspondent adam fleming is in brussels. adam, are brussels refusing to talk? yes and no. the eu says its door is
a lwa ys yes and no. the eu says its door is always open. michel barnier, the chief negotiator, will get back from his holidays at a moments notice, i am told, but only to discuss ideas that are compatible with the existing brexit deal. eliminating the northern irish backstop from the brexit deal is not compatible with it. both sides are deploying similar tactics here at this stage. but you talk to the eu negotiators here in brussels tonight, and they are feeling very bleak, because they are not seeing any new ideas about solving the problem from the uk. bleak because they think the prime minister borisjohnson bleak because they think the prime minister boris johnson has bleak because they think the prime minister borisjohnson has left himself no room for manoeuvre or compromise. and bleak because they are worried that no brexit deal whatsoever would ever get through the very divided british parliament. and as day follows day, the eu is inching closer and closer to concluding that the only way this process will end with the uk leaving with no deal at all on the 31st of 0ctober. they are not there yet and they may never get there, but if
they may never get there, but if they do, there will be a big moment. adam fleming, many thanks. a 17—year—old boy has appeared in court, charged with the attempted murder of a six—year—old boy at the tate modern gallery in london. the child fell from a viewing platform on the tenth floor on sunday. the court heard the boy fractured his spine, legs and arms — and suffered a deep bleed to the brain. he's in a critical but stable condition in hospital. the teenager — who can't be named because of his age — was remanded in custody. police in madagascar say they've found the body of cambridge student alana cutland, who fell from a plane 12 days ago. the 19—year—old was carrying out research on the island. officers say her body was discovered in a remote area and will be recovered by helicopter tomorrow. 0fficials assessing the whaley bridge dam have warned that while some people have been allowed to return home — most of those evacuated last week must wait until experts confirm the site is "absolutely safe" from flooding.
1,500 people were told to leave last thursday, when the dam at toddbrook reservoir was badly damaged after torrential rain. 0ur north of england correspondent judith moritz has the story. this is the view from an raf chinook, as it makes its way across the derbyshire countryside. it's flown this journey hundreds of times, but everyjourney has to be as exact as the last. the helicopter and dam must line up, each gravel bag dropped with precision. this is a battle which has been waged from the air, across the ground and in the water. the goal — to lower the reservoir level to the point where the dam wall is no longer under threat. this morning, after six days, they did it. and tonight, the first residents were allowed back in... it's good to be home. ..as a small pocket of whaley bridge was reopened. how much of a relief is it to be back now? a lot. so much. i feel so much happier to be home. but, yeah, it'll good
to be back in my bed! but the return hasn't been without problems. utilities have been cut off at some houses. all the freezer — they turned the power off the other night, so everything's gone. it's just a nightmare. most of those whose homes were evacuated are spending another night away, but police promised them that as soon as it's safe, they'll be allowed back. how do you reassure residents that once they're back at home, they won't have to leave again? i think that's a really good question, because obviously, they are saying, "well, this has happened once — surely it'll happen again." they're going to keep the water levels as low as they can. they will keep pumps on site. there are some now in the middle of the reservoir. and they will try to keep it as low as possible, because clearly, no water means no risk, doesn't it? they've moved further away from disaster with every gallon pumped, through miles and miles of pipeline, a challenge so big that a new road had to be built to bring equipment in. the people of whaley bridge know
that this is all to save their town, and many have shown their gratitude to the emergency services. but once they're all home, the work on the dam will continue. plans to rebuild it permanently could take years. judith moritz, bbc news, whaley bridge. india's sudden decision to strip part of the state of kashmir of rights that it's enjoyed for decades is facing growing opposition from pakistan. india and pakistan each control part of kashmir — and both countries lay claim to all of it. it's a volatile flashpoint for two nuclear—armed countries. pakistan's leader, imran khan, says his country could fight the move at the un. india has locked down the territory it administers, with no phone networks or internet for a second day — and tens of thousands of troops on the street. in a moment, we'll hear from our pakistan correspondent, secunder kermani, but first with the view from kashmir and delhi, here's yogita limaye. another day in lockdown.
troops at every corner, watching for any sign of protest. phones and internet lines remain down. living in fear and confusion, kashmir‘s people are trying to make sense of what's happened. "why have we been cut off?", one man asked. "this indicates that they're doing something that will hurt us." "today we have begun to think that we're not free, that we don't live in a free country," another man said. those away from home have been struggling to make contact. this man last spoke to his parents two days ago. they were talking to me as such that, "we don't know when we're going to talk again, so just take care of yourself." and my mother was all teary—eyed, and she was just crying. in parliament, india's home minister fiercely defended his government's actions. "kashmir is a cause worth
sacrificing our lives for", he told mps. and the country's prime minister gave his first reaction. "jammu and kashmir is free from the shackles of vested groups. a new dawn and better tomorrow awaits," he said. in pakistan there had been some protests. the crowd here in lahore, chanting that kashmir will one day be part of pakistan. it has been known for years but this latest move by india seems to have caught the government by surprise. the prime minister, imran khan, addressed the parliament. his message — calling on the international community to take action. translation: i'm telling you, it will have serious consequences. everyone will lose, so
this is the time to act. the head of the pakistani army also met with senior officers today, saying they would stand by kashmiris in their just struggle. for the moment that support seems likely to remain at a diplomatic level. it was only a few months ago that pakistan and india nearly went to war with each other following a dispute in kashmir with both countries supporting rival air strikes into their neighbours' territories. no sign so far of a military response from pakistan. tensions over kashmir have existed for the past 70 years, and look set to increase. and that report was by a correspondent in pakistan. —— and that report was by our correspondent in pakistan. now, more than 100 mps have revealed they've contacted the police after receiving threats in the past year.
172 of the 650 mps at westminster responded to a bbc survey. the commons deputy speaker, sir lindsay hoyle, said some mps had told him they wouldn't stand in the next election because of safety fears. our special correspondent lucy manning reports: bleep off out of our country. "you're not even british. "you're not english. "you have to be white to be english." "you're all a bunch of lying traitors and should be taken outside and shot." pictures of decapitated bodies, with messages saying that individuals were going to come after my family. "i'm going to come round to your office, i'm going to kick down the door and i'm going effing hurt you." "simon, you're a bleep. "you're a fake, phony, pathetic excuse of an mp." "i'm going to murder you, i'm going to rape your wife. "i'm going to rape your daughters." "you shouldn't have a british passport. "you're an isis sympathiser." imean... a long line of expletives. in research conducted by bbc news, more than three quarters of mps who responded told us they had been targeted for abuse.
of those, 77% had contact with the police, and 20 mps told us they had received death threats. when your son answers the door and it's the bomb squad, in full equipment, dealing with a potential bomb attack, that's not nice for a teenager. it makes you wonder as to whether or not you've put your family inadvertently at risk. do you feel their safety is at risk? yes, i do. i've had to have increased security round about my house. i've had advice from police regarding cordoning off part of my garden so that my children can play safely. i have been threatened and abused, and somebody got 56 days. you just never know what steps somebody might take, the next step, and who they might have a go at. somebody threatened to nail bomb our office. in any other profession, you know, the hr team would be in complete meltdown with some of this stuff.
i have been in situations where i have felt threatened for my own physical safety. and i have the murder ofjo cox in the back of my mind. it's very, very frightening. research by sheffield university into twitter abuse shows david lammy is the most abused mp. that male mps receive more abuse than female ones, and injune mps received more abuse than ever before. they would have seen maybe for a month there would be about 20,000, 30,000 abusive messages. whereas if we take the month ofjune, there are now about 60,000 abusive messages in total. so, effectively, this is a very significant increase in terms of the abuse they are receiving and they're exposed to. mps now carry personal alarms. many have changed the way constituency surgeries operate and have increased security there and at home. and a police team deal with many more complaints. we know that people feel intimidated
to change their vote, they feel that the stress has gone beyond it. but it's the threat level that is beyond anything we've ever known before. and the fact is that when mps turn round to me and say, "lindsay, i'm not going to stand again, i don't feel safe, i don't need this, my family's got to come first," we are in danger of losing democracy in this country. an mp has already been murdered. there have been attempts to kill others, physical and verbal attacks... soubry, sour face! and a constant barrage of online abuse. and the dividing lines of brexit are still to be settled. it's so absolutely widespread that it has just become almost normalised as part of politics now. lucy manning, bbc news. the economic research group the insitute for fiscal studies has exposed inequalities across the uk after looking at data on income tax. they found that 43% of adults aren't
paying any income tax at all. by contrast, the top 1% of income tax payers — those earning on average £160,000 or more a year before tax — have been earning a growing proportion of our national income. this group pays nearly a third of all income tax — vital to the funding of public services. but the regional divide is growing — with the overwhelming majority of wealthy people living in london and the south east. and women currently only make up about 17% of the top 1% of earners. that gap is closing, but slowly. now, in its strongest warning yet to protesters in hong kong, china has said that those who play with fire will perish by it. the territory has seen nine weeks of anti—government protests sparked by anger over a proposed new law that would make it easier to extradite people to the mainland. today, beijing refused to rule out sending chinese troops onto the streets and restore order. 0ur correspondent nick beake
considers what could happen next. hong kong is on a dangerous path. its police force claims protesters have now destroyed law and order, and today beijing, which has so far watched all this erupt on its doorstep, issued this warning. translation: those who play with fire will get burned, and the deserved punishment will come in due course. so will this warning make the protesters back down? they've been out on the streets for the past nine weeks. more than 500 people have been injured. the police say they have fired 1,000 rounds of tear gas injune and july. yesterday alone, they fired 800 rounds. this violence is getting worse. despite all this, joshua wong, who's been jailed before for his pro—democracy campaigning, says there is no way the protesters will stop now. 0ur belief and determination on democracy and freedom is crystal clear, and none of us will be threatened by the chinese authorities.
so is there any sign that the hong kong government will back down? will they finally withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked this unrest? will the beleaguered chief executive, carrie lam, resign? and will they give in to new wider demands for democratic reform? no, is the simple answer, according to one academic who's been studying hong kong politics for more than 30 years. there is little sign that the hong kong government will back down in the near future, because the hong kong government, after all, is the public government of beijing, toeing the line of beijing. and the beijing government made clear today that it would not make further concessions on this matter. and of course the most crucial question is, what path does china now take? let's look at the options. it could sit back and hope that this protest movement loses the support of hong kongers.
it could look to replace carrie lam and her government. the most extreme option would be to send chinese troops onto the streets to try and stop this violence. and this is what it could look like, a video released by beijing showing the people's liberation army in training, seizing control in a place where law and order has broken down, a far from subtle warning from a superpower losing patience. nick beake, bbc news, hong kong. one of the giants of modern american fiction — toni morrison — has died at the age of 88. the first black female nobel laureate — toni morrison's visionary, poetic, and sometimes mystical novels gave voice to african—american history and experience, usually through the stories of women. ba rack 0bama tweeted, "what a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while." let's take a look back at her life. i remember sitting in my office, and i was so overwhelmed and i wrote a list of everything i had
to do, everything. and then i decided to write what i wanted to do, and there were two things. the first was, mother my children. the second was, write books. you know, i'd learned about what we call skin privileges when i went away to college. powerful racial discrimination. if i saw a white man walking down the street and i was by myself, i'd cross the street. if i saw a black man, i would run toward him for safety. "each night without fail she prayed for blue eyes. fervently for a year, she had prayed". it took five years for me to write that really small book, to pay attention, to pay attention to this child. maybe she's in difficulty.
she's obviously hurt. she's abused and misused. but take her seriously. please. she had the ability and the genius to create a world that had not existed before — and, not only that, a quintessentially american world. she is an american writer, she's an african—american writer. today, is it sickening you to death being labelled a black writer? no, i prefer it. oh, i thought you were probably tired of it. well, i'm tired of people asking the question. "something in the house braced and in the listening quiet that followed sethe spoke. "i got a tree on my back, and a haint in my house..." i don't read my books, except publicly when somebody asks me. do you know, i read beloved
a couple of weeks ago. and i started reading — something i normally don't say, i sometimes think. i said, "it's really good." i always felt like a partial american or as kind of a a fraudulent american. and finally not like an american at all. i felt like a black person. when this nobel prize was given to me, ifelt american, probably for the first time. toni morrison, for the nobel prize of literature... i just want to show the characters of the way the characters off the way they would present themselves. i want to bear witness to them. i want their voices out there, not mine.
iam i am delighted to be back here and i am looking forward to coming back in january and trying to help the team push forward and hopefully push with the motion. elsewhere, chelsea football cloud has apologised "unreservedly" after a damning report into sexual and racial abuse at the club. and, not afraid of the big calls, england coach eddiejones drops ben te'o and mike brown ahead of their game against wales this weekend. hello and welcome to sportsday. welcome along, we'll start with the news that wayne rooney will return to english football in january. england and manchester united's all time leading scorer has signed
an initial 18—month detail with championship club, derby county. he'll leave his current side dc united at the end of the mls season, as michael redford reports. dj rooney flew into the cook is next, the gay fans never thought they would see. wayne rooney has officially returned to english football, but not immediately. he signed an 18 month contract with the championship site, which begins in january. i am delighted to be back here, andi january. i am delighted to be back here, and i am looking forward to coming back in january here, and i am looking forward to coming back injanuary and trying to help the team push forward and hopefully push with the motion. his delay is because he stayed in america to help the current side dc united compete in the end of season playoffs and after that his destination derby with a twist. he's not just a player destination derby with a twist. he's notjust a player but destination derby with a twist. he's not just a player but a destination derby with a twist. he's notjust a player but a coach as well. the opportunity to come back to england and play, but also