good afternoon. the government has announced it will create 10,000 new prison places and expand the powers of the police to stop—and—search suspects. it's claiming the plans show it's serious about fighting crime, but the announcement today has led to new speculation that boris johnson is preparing for a snap general election. labour criticised the announcements, saying that they are unfunded and saying arbitrary stop—and—search tactics are a recipe for unrest. here's daniella relph. expanding powers to stop and search,
pa rt expanding powers to stop and search, part of a package of law and order announcements from the prime minister with a pledge to get tough on crime. a pilot scheme allowing greater powers to stop and search will now be extended to 43 police forces across england and wales. the home secretary dismissed criticism that the approach unfairly targets certain communities. she said her own experience talking to victims of violence strengthened her view that stop and search works. they are from those communities that want to see more policing, they are from those communities that want to see more stop—and—search and they themselves from within those communities that have suffered trauma and pain are saying they want to see our police officers empowered to do theirjob and use stop—and—search. officers empowered to do theirjob and use stop-and-search. on prisons, the government says there will be 10,000 new places created from the building of newjails and expansion and refurbishment of existing ones. it will cost £2.5 billion but as yet
there is no detail where the money will come from. most recent figures show there are currently 83,000 men and women in prison. that number is close to the current capacity of just over 85,000. the announcement todayis just over 85,000. the announcement today is a substantial rise in places, increasing prison capacity by around 12%. in addition the prime minister also wants an end to prisoners being released early, having served just half their sentence. all of this as well as a previous announcement on the recruitment of 20,000 more police officers, but from labour there was caution and criticism. unless you are taking it in that holistic way and looking at prevention in the first place and early intervention to tackle the causes of crime, there is no way borisjohnson can hope to bear down on a huge rise in violent crime we have seen over the last six yea rs crime we have seen over the last six years that has been a result of tory austerity. boris johnson says the wave of announcements is about
ensuring criminals and not the public are afraid but it will also inevitably lead to speculation that downing street is preparing for a general election in the autumn. 0ur political correpsondent mark lobel is here. why this announcement now? boris johnson and priti patel are concerned about rising knife crime and rising reoffending rates and they want to look and sound tough on crime, but the opposition are cynical. they think the groundwork is being prepared for a snap election and even lord heseltine agrees with them. he is afraid of the implications of a no—deal brexit and is accusing the government of trashing money around the place like there is no tomorrow, are specifically clear election target. and criticised too the details of these promises. there was a similar pledge for prison places in 2016 and if you look at stop—and—search there was a three—month trial in seven
places and after only initial feedback the government has decided to bring it across england and wales. the question is why now? thank you. an eighteen—year—old man who got into difficulties in the sea off essex on thursday has died. haider shamas and his 14—year—old sister malika were pulled from the sea close to the pier in clacton. police say a 15—year—old girl, a relative of haider and malika who was with them, is expected to make a full recovery. the chinese government has told britain it should stop interfering in hong kong's affairs after the foreign secretary, dominic raab, suggested there should be an investigation into violence during the recent pro—democracy protests. beijing said the days when the uk ruled the territory were "long gone". it comes as police fired tear gas at demonstrators in a working—class district of hong kong, in what is the tenth consecutive weekend of protests. 0ur correspondent, jonathan head, has the story. there is a rich supply of materials
in this city for determined protesters, and they have turned improvising barricades into an art form here. these hit and run blockades seem intended to provoke a police reaction. especially when they are surrounding a police station, as here, taunting the officers inside... 0ne even scaling the walls to disable the cameras. and inevitably they get a response. this is now a familiar weekend routine in hong kong's street. the protesters quickly retreating, the police noisily retaking some of the ground and then stopping to consider their next move. the protesters are sticking to their five demands, including an independent investigation of police tactics. the
suggestion backed by a foreign secretary, dominic raab, which has now prompted china to tell britain to stay out of hong kong's affairs. these protesters justify these actions by the need they say to defend the freedoms of hong kong, but to china this looks like intolerable disorder and it is making it clear it won't put up with what it sees as foreign interference. china has accused outside powers of encouraging these protests. in truth, for all their desperate hope of foreign intervention, hong kong's dissidents are on their own and up against an unyielding and increasingly impatient chinese government. jonathan head, bbc news, hong kong. 0ur china correspondent stephen mcdonell is in hong kong for us now. stephen, this sounds likes a worsening of relations?
absolutely, but where you stand i guess depends on how you feel about those comments from the foreign secretary. for example these protesters have been dodging tear gas all day. many of them think this has been a long time coming and have wa nted has been a long time coming and have wanted the british government to stand up to china in terms of it honouring the conditions under which hong kong was handed back to mainland china. however there was more loyal to beijing think, why on earth is britain meddling anymore in hong kong? after all this is part of china. but it shows how seriously beijing views this. beijing has accused western governments of funding and organising these protests, although it doesn't really have any evidence to show so anything like this, it is really clutching at it to try to prove that thesis, if you like. thank you. clashes have broken out injerusalem
between israeli police and palestinian worshippers at the site of the al aqsa mosque. the police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowds, after tens of thousands of palestinians assembled to celebrate the muslim festival of eid al—adha. ukraine has described a visit by russian president, vladimir putin, to the annexed crimean peninsula for a bikers' festival as a blatant violation of ukraine's sovereignty. mr putin, who arrived at the event astride a motorbike, appeared to be the guest of honour at the event, hosted by a right—wing nationalist bikers' group. crimea was annexed from the ukraine by russia in 2014. wales could move to the world number one spot in rugby union's rankings this afternoon if they can avoid defeat to england in their world cup warm—up. it would be the first time they've been ranked as the best side in the world. patrick gearey is at twickenham for us.
just over a month to go to the start of the rugby world cup but wales could end this weekend is officially the best side in the world if they beat or draw with england. then they will go above new zealand, who lost to australia yesterday. wales have picked a strong side in this game, in itself a risk given the threat of injuries with other matches scheduled. england's team is more experimental, in part because of injury, with some not in the squad today after reports of. in the camp. head coach eddie jones today after reports of. in the camp. head coach eddiejones says he can't have been happier with his side's preparations for the world cup. the first time we can judge that is this afternoon at twickenham. thank you. you can see the result of that match and the rest of today's stories on the bbc news channel through the afternoon. the next news on bbc one is at 6:35pm.
bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. more now on the government's new measures on policing and prisons. the prime minister wants to see an extra 10,000 places made available for prisoners with the introduction and expansions ofjail at a cost of £2.5 billion. i've been discussing the plans with mark day, head of policy at the prison of reform trust. trying to do something about our overcrowded and dilapidated prisons does make sense, but the trouble is that the government has promised for decades to do something about it. they have always underestimated what is involved. for instance, it would take 9,000 additional spaces just to eliminate the levels of overcrowding we currently see in the system.
it would need a further 3,000 spaces to absorb the new prison sentences coming down the line and that is not counting any additional changes in sentencing policy which the prime minister is promising. this rhetoric around prison, we have seen what it does before. it simply inflates sentencing and the use of custody. it is a bit like building an extra lane on a motorway. we know from experience that it is quickly filled and you are still left with the same overcrowded prisoner state that you had in the first place. that, i suppose, is the worry and frustration for those working in the service because presumably if you are going to have these extra places, you will need additional prison officers to supervise them and look after the prisoners and the impression at least is that the prison service has struggled somewhat to find enough staff to do the existing job before
you add the additional places. indeed, a lot of these costs are likely to be absorbed by the cost of recruiting and having additional prison staff. so, yes, the government promised up to £2.5 billion to fund this. i think the words "up to" are quite instructive. there is no firm commitment here in terms of the additional resource which the government is putting forward. the headlines on bbc news... the prime minister pledges £2.5 billion to create 10,000 new prison places, and says all police forces will be given extended stop—and—search powers. police in hong kong fire tear gas at pro—democracy protesters in the tenth consecutive weekend of anti—government demonstrations. the fbi has opened a formal investigation into how
the american financier, jeffrey epstein, was apparently able to kill himself in prison, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. sport and here's a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. we'll see if manchester city stay top of the table for the first premier league weekend. their big win yesterday sees them clear of liverpool, brighton, burnley and spurs on goal difference but there are three more games today, leicester city face wolves, arsenal make the trip to newcastle , those are both 2 o'clock kick—offs while there's a tough start for frank lampard, his first match in charge of chelsea is at manchester united. i always enjoy playing at old trafford. incredible stadium, incredible history. always a difficult match, no matter what team you are up against. 0f
difficult match, no matter what team you are up against. of course it is a completely different thing. we are both... i suppose we might be in a similar stage in that we know people will talk about 0llie and his chance to make a stamp on the team. with the window and the pre—season behind him. andi the window and the pre—season behind him. and i am trying to make a stamp here. and i am trying to make a stamp here. two matches today in the scottish premiership. rangers and hibs both won last weekend something's got to give at ibrox. aberdeen travel to st mirren. england and wales face each other twickenham in a world cup warm up match in a little less than an hour. england have had to deal with injuries and also an alleged fight between two of their players, mike brown and ben t'eo at a training camp last week. here's our rugby union correspondent chris jones eddiejones is trying to brush it under the carpet and say nothing to see here. but there was an incident between brown and ben t'eo. that is
fa ct. between brown and ben t'eo. that is fact. it has contributed to ben t'eo not being in england camp this week. it was held last evening. it was quite a boozy one. some players had afair bit quite a boozy one. some players had a fair bit to drink. brown was not drunk because he is professional off the field and rarely has too much to drink. but he was there with eddie jones. ben t'eo was the aggressor. at the details are a little bit sketchy. these things always tend to come out in the wash. even though england and eddie jones come out in the wash. even though england and eddiejones want to say that there is nothing to see here, i'm sure the full picture will emerge before too long and whatever eddiejones will be desperate to do is put a good performance out on the pitch with this inexperienced england side. if they take a beating against wales, a lot of questions will be asked. jimmy anderson has been talking about the calf injury that has ruled him out of this weeks
second ashes test at lords. england's leading wicket taker could only bowl four overs in their defeat at edgbaston last week. it felt great in that first few overs and my fourth over didn't feel quite right so i went off to get it checked. all test that they do on the calf to see if it is all right, it just wasn't playing the calf to see if it is all right, itjust wasn't playing ball. hugely frustrating. you feel a lot of emotions. ifelt frustrating. you feel a lot of emotions. i felt angry as well having done all the work to get there, missed the ireland gamejust asa there, missed the ireland gamejust as a precaution to make sure i was 100% for the ashes. and then for it to just not play ball, ijust wasn't happy. more of that interview on the tail—enders podcast. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories
they had been looking with police and army workers in this area for any trace of nara. they have been looking along river beds, using sniffer dogs, a loud—hailer, recording her mother's voice saying i love you, i am here. they've been playing that repeatedly in the hope that that might coax her out of the jungle if she is indeed in the vicinity. the family also say there isa vicinity. the family also say there is a trend she may have been abducted, given that the window to the villa was left open onto the ground floor the night she disappeared. the police are not ruling out that she was abducted and they will continue to pursue this case as a missing person plasma case. there has basically been no sighting of her since she disappeared? no sighting whatsoever. no leads. they talked to the taxi driver who took her to the resort last saturday. nothing from that. they have been questioning the staff at the hotel.
we have also heard that in the area around there are some resort owners who haven't been questioned yet but there will be a press conference here in the next hour or so with the police. we will be putting some questions to them to see if there is any evidence today that might point us in the direction of where nora might have disappeared to. that's howard johnson reporting from malaysia. the saudi—led coalition fighting houthi rebels in yemen has called for an immediate ceasefire. it follows separatists seizing control of key military positions and the presidential palace in aden — the seat of the internationally recognised government of yemen. john mcmanus reports. now the region's project alliances are fractured once more. several
days of fighting between southern separatists who want to spread from the north of yemen and forces loyal to the internationally recognised government culminated in the southern part is taking control of the presidential palace and securing several military barracks as night fell. today we achieved a big victory and ten battalions were defeated. at night we took control of the presidential palace. both sides are fighting the rebels but by the loyalist forces are supported by saudi arabia, the soldiers who want to be independent are backed by the united arab emirates. southern forces have accused a loyalist of allowing islamist to penetrate their ranks. in return, the forces loyal to the internationally backed government are unhappy with the push for southern independence, led by this man. fighting flared on
wednesday at the funeral of several southern soldiers who had been killed in a drone and missile attack and claimed by them. there were accusations that islamist loyal to the government forces were responsible, which led to classes. the international crisis group is called for a solution, saying... at the four year war rumbles on, tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 3 billion forced from their homes. the un says that nearly all of the population now need humanitarian aid. a powerful typhoon that struck the south east coast of china near shanghai is now known to have killed at least 28 people. more than a million have been forced from their homes. lekima is the region's worst storm in five years.
freya cole reports. a young ayoung girl a young girl is hauled to safety as rapid flood waters sweep through the city. she is just rapid flood waters sweep through the city. she isjust one rapid flood waters sweep through the city. she is just one of more than 1 million people forced to flee as strong currents inundate homes. with huge force, the typhoon made la ndfall huge force, the typhoon made landfall on saturday morning. it hit the east coast of china, talk through the province and is headed towards shanghai. it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before causing widespread devastation. 0ne not before causing widespread devastation. one of the worst hit areas, where torrential rain caused areas, where torrential rain caused a deadly landslide. entire homes we re a deadly landslide. entire homes were pulled apart leaving rescuers with piles of rubble to search for survivors. those who managed to escape in time sought safety in mass evacuation centres. in shanghai alone more than 250,000 people were in need of shelter. in this shelter
we provided evacuees with essential items like bedding, water, biscuits and mosquito repellent so that they can try to get through the typhoon in peace. authorities say the worst might be over but the danger is not. it will take several days for floodwaters to subside and many months for people to rebuild. hollywood actor richard gere has urged the italian government to help migrants who've been stranded on a spanish charity vessel in the mediterranean for more than a week. the italian interior minister, matteo salvini, has repeatedly refused requests by migrant ships to dock. mr gere accused the minister, and also us president donald trump, of demonising migrants as gail maclellan reports. dawn on the open arms rescue boat, and still no safe port in sight. there are 32 children on board the boat which has been trapped as governments tighten control
in the mediterranean. under the existing european union agreement, migrants rescued in open sea should be taken to the nearest safe haven. in this case, malta or italy. both have denied the ship access to their part. richard gere visited the open arms ship on friday to express solidarity with people he say the refugees running away from fire. i grew up a christian. i am a buddhist now. i can't imaginejesus christ would be happy with a law which says it is illegal to help people. it makes no sense to me. it is completely crazy. i am ashamed for all of this planet that it is illegal to help people. italy's interior minister matteo salvini didn't take long to respond. he has already pushed through sanctions on ngo boats aiming to bring rescued migrants to italian ports and he didn't hold
hold back, saying... desperate migrants continue their attempts to cross the sea towards europe. with less chance of rescue and no plan in place from european governments, such journeys are increasingly perilous. the national farmers' union is calling on the government to make the uk more self—sufficient, and to stop relying on the rest of the world to feed britain's growing population. it believes this autumn will be critical to the future of british farming as greg mckenzie reports. farming is the backbone of the country's largest manufacturing sector, food and drink. it contributes more than £120 billion to the uk economy. but the national farmers union which represents the industry is calling on the government to make
a strong commitment by ensuring a secure supply of home—grown food for shoppers. it says new figures put the uk's self—sufficiency level at 61%. the nfu want british farmers to produce more food. it says that if we had eaten only british produce since the 1st ofjuly this year, today is the date that the country would notionally have run out of food. a spokesperson for defra says it will always trust in british farmers and food producers and insists leaving the eu will give the government an historic opportunity to create new domestic policies that work for farmers. from house construction to prosthetics, 3d printing is increasingly being used as a faster and cheaper alternative. but can it help keep fighter planes flying? 0ur science correspondent richard westcott has been given rare
behind—the—scenes access to a us air force base in suffolk to see the technology in action... you have probably seen them, you will definitely have heard them. eagles are a common sight over east anglia. the american fighter planes, that is, recognisable by the two tails at the back. but tucked away on their home base, we have been allowed to see the new technology used to keep them fixed and flying. we are going to a secret bunker now. you can see it is very cold war chic. what was this used four years ago? adam, hello. and this is your special bunker, is it? this is where you do your high—tech stuff. i love the door bell, by the way. the aircraft has some cracks here. fighter planes break a lot. it used to take months to order
replacement parts from america. now they just print them. what kind of level of detail can you get? can you scan any part from any aircraft? yes. the level of detail goes down to about 40 microns. so it is. i don't know what that is. that is smaller than a human hair. it can pick up the fine details of the hairs and fibres on things. it can take nearly a day to print this so here, as they say, is one they made earlier. this is the broken part. adam, you have the part you printed. what's so good about that? we could print this in 23 hours. it may sound a long time but it prevented a few weeks of downtime to order in the equipment. and this is the technical bit. in another part of the base, where the engineering is a bit more old school.
i assume that because planes are made of metal it fatigues all the time when they pull those g forces? yes. especially the fighters. they are older and like to break a lot so we have to replace more parts than what we would normally have to. what difference have these made to yourjob? a huge difference so far. it cuts down at least a day off the repair more convenient for us. we can mass—produce parts here and we do not have to waste time to heat treat. beforehand you had to trial and error fit a part but with this thing it is accurate? absolutely. it lets us mould the part to exactly what we need and that way we can fit it 100% of the time every time we need it. 3d printing will transform the world. imagine a future where a doctor gives you a prescription and you print the drug in your home. for now, however, this technology is the key to keeping these aircraft in the air.
white now it's time for a look at the weather. the winter across southern areas know nowhere near as strong as they we re know nowhere near as strong as they were yesterday. elsewhere, further area of rain in the forecast, with more flooding possible in southern scotla nd more flooding possible in southern scotland or northern england. this is where the focus will be for more persistent rain through the afternoon. some heavy, thundery showers to the south a bit. things brightening up in northern scotland after a dumb morning. brightening up in northern ireland. for the central belt of scotland, to the boarders, down to cumbria and northumberland, heavy consistent rain could cause flooding. heavy downpours could cause problems in wales and the