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tonight at ten, tributes to 23—year—old saskia jones, killed in the london bridge terror attack. her family says she was a wonderful influence on many people's lives. the cambridge graduate was killed while working as a volunteer at the prisoner rehabilitation conference, attended by her attacker. remarkable images reveal the bravery of members of the public taking on the convicted terrorist. it turns into a game of pinball bomb with added knives. this is extraordinary things happening done by ordinary people. the conservatives and labour blame each other for the early prison release of the killer, usman khan. we'll have the latest. also tonight... after mass protests in malta, the prime minister says he will step down following an inquiry into the murder of an anti—corru ption journalist.
no role for coal says the un, as it warns "digging and drilling" must stop, to combat climate change. and, a welcome return to form for the england captain, joe root, in the second test against new zealand. good evening. the second victim killed in the terrorist attack on london bridge on friday has been named. she was saskia jones, who was 23 and from stratford—upon—avon. a volunteer with the charity learning together, her family says she was a wonderful and positive influence, at the centre of many people's lives. jack merritt, who was 25 and from cambridgeshire, was also murdered, while three other
people were injured. the attacker, usman khan, who was later shot dead by the police, was a convicted terrorist, who'd served eight years of a 16—yearjail sentence. today, the conservatives and labour blamed each other for his early release. more on that in a moment, but first for the latest on the investigation, here's our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford. saskia jones, 23 years old, a cambridge graduate who wanted to join the police. herfamily said she had a passion for helping victims of injustice and would leave a void in their lives after she was named today as the second person murdered in friday's attack. friend remembers a determined young woman. she would have stood her ground, which breaks my heart even more. she would have stood up for herself and i dread to think what would have happened, to be honest will stop its just not fair. this world has changed, a 23—year—old girl dying like that, it should
never have happened. it shouldn't come to that. running awayjust after killing saskia, usman khan on london bridge, pursued in an astonishing act of bravery by a man armed with a fire extinguisher and another wielding the tusk of a narwahl, an arctic whale. he's brought to the ground and held before armed officers arrive and realise he's wearing what looks like a suicide vest. what is going on? he's got a bomb! they shoot him dead. today, toby williamson, who runs the venue where the attack took place, was at the scene and told the bbc about the bravery of his staff, who had been assisting at this conference when the bloodshed began. this is an extraordinary thing that's happening, done by ordinary people. let me just bounce you round. in rece tion ou've got dawn and gareth — one trying to keep that door
closed against a vicious knifeman, the other calmly placing emergency calls. and then famously, you get andy and lukasz starting a fightback. they used fire extinguishers, they used chairs, they used these narwhal tusks ripped off the wall in the heat of the moment and they took the game back to the knifeman. usman khan also stabbed jack merritt, another cambridge university graduate specialising in helping prisoners to reform. khan was one of the people he'd assisted after his release from an eight year prison sentence for plotting terrorism, but he turned onjack merritt and killed him. this afternoon, some of jack's friends came to london bridge to mourn him, and the head of cambridge university paid him this tribute. well, we're devastated. i metjack only once but i must say that he impressed me as a person of tremendous charm but also extraordinary commitment.
he really believed that the work that learning together is doing is fundamental for the future of our society. fishmongers' hall remains closed, a crime scene being pored over by counterterrorism detectives. because, although there won't be a trial, there will be a detailed inquest into the deaths of those who were killed here on friday afternoon. the investigation continued into the night. police gathering every piece of evidence to help the families of two young people understand exactly how they came to be killed. daniel sandford, bbc news, london bridge. well, borisjohnson has faced questions today over why usman khan had been released early from prison. the prime minister blamed laws introduced 11 years ago by the labour government, and vowed that serious offenders would in future serve their full sentences.
however, labour claimed tory prison and probation cuts were responsible for what it described as "missed chances to intervene". our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. another terror attack. more familiar now, but still a shock to the country, and this time the focus of bitter political controversy. and rapid election pledges and point—scoring. from borisjohnson today, a promise of a 14 year minimum jail term for those convicted of serious terrorist crime. i think it's ridiculous, i think it's repulsive, that individuals as dangerous as this man should be allowed out after serving only eight years. and that's why we are going to change the law. on the early release of prisoners, he was keen to blame labour, but the story is not that simple. in 2008, labour changed the law. it meant offenders could be released early, halfway through their sentence. some dangerous prisoners, including usman khan in 2012, were still handed indeterminate
terms. but in 2013, the appeal court gave khan a fixed term of 16 years. he was automatically released halfway through. and the tories have been in government alone or in coalition since 2010. after ten years you have done nothing to change the system or toughen it. now you are saying, "ah, now i will." what we are going to do. i have been in office for 120 days. we're going to bring in tougher sentences for serious sexual and violent offenders and for terrorists. cheeering and booing. in york today, the labour leader focused on the impact of cuts to public services like probation and policing. when those public services are cut back, as they have been during the past decade of austerity, they leave behind huge gaps. and that can lead to missed chances to intervene in the lives of people who go on to commit absolutely inexcusable acts. at south london's southwark cathedral today, mourning for the dead and sympathy for theirfamilies.
a moment of quiet reflection in the midst of what has become a fierce political dispute. we'll hear more from john in a moment, but first daniel sandford is here with me. in the middle of this blame game between the tories and labour, where does the truth lie, do you think?m the end, amidst all the political heat, or what we have here is a total system failure. yes, it is true that if there had been tougher sentencing us and khan would not have been freed to kill at this stage. it is also true you could have better assessment of dangerousness before release. but then you have a prison and probation service that has endured a lot of cuts and has struggled to attract any investment for decades. so it has become harder and harder to have the one to one contact with offenders who need to try to understand them. the attempts to de—radicalise usman khan seems
to have completely failed. this is a man who'd spent almost a third of his life in prison, in the care of the state, but they had been unable to change his mind set. and the security services and counterterrorism police network is supposed to be looking out for the threats posed by people like usman khan and they failed to spot the threat coming. all that said, usman khan is one of 7a terrorism prisoners who have recently been released and he is the only one who has go on to kill. but it is true that tonight another one of the 7a has been arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, but that is not linked to the events of friday. daniel sandford, thank you. and to john pienaar now at westminster. the row between the conservatives and labour taking place in the middle of an election campaign. the promises and point—scoring have followed on fairly predictable lines from the tories, tougher sentencing
and more resources for rehabilitation from their opponents. and from all of them, a promise of better monitoring of offenders and suspects. there will be action as a result of this attack on london bridge, spurred on by the fact it took place during an election campaign. boris johnson was took place during an election campaign. borisjohnson was very quick to crank up the volume. he presents himself as the voice of an angry country. it is also true that he is leader of a party that inherited this system and has been managing it in coalition and in government for the best part of a decade. you talk to leaders in all the big parties on all sides and they freely admit that there is no way to guarantee total safety from a murderous fanatic armed with a knife ona murderous fanatic armed with a knife on a british street. but of course, that doesn't stop and hasn't stopped parties taking swipes at each other, scoring points and promising the country they will be the ones to deal with, confront and contain this threat if only they are given the
chance on polling day. john pienaar at westminster, thank you. malta's prime minister, joseph muscat, says he will stand down in the new year, once his governing labour party has chosen a successor. he made the announcement in a national television address. mr muscat had been under intense pressure to quit, over an investigation into the murder of the anti—corru ption journalist, daphne ca ruana galizia. 0ur europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, reports from malta. chanting: gustizzja! gustizzja! they filled the centre of valletta this evening. driven by a sense that something is rotten at the heart of this tiny island nation. a woman murdered, a multimillionaire accused of complicity in her assassination. angry that the prime ministerjoseph muscat was still in office. we are meant to be a democracy. enough, enough. 0ut. the prime minister? joseph muscat, out, now. i am fed up of the injustice that has been going on. they murdered daphne, they murdered my friend.
we wantjustice. daphne ca ruana galizia, an anti—corruption campaigner, was blown up by a car bomb two years ago. she had discovered in the panama papers leak, secret offshore companies linking senior political figures close to the prime minister to malta's richest man, yorgen fenech. what precipitated this crisis was when, late on saturday, mr fenech was brought to court and charged for being part of the plot to murder thejournalist. this was mr fenech just a day earlier outside court as the net closed on him. among his close associates, the prime minister's chief of staff, who stood down last week. he said the chief of staff should also be under investigation. and these people are responsible? the truth will come out, i'm confident. i'm confident and i'm determined. so malta's prime minister was fatally compromised. he left his country residence this
morning, but pressure has finally told and tonight he addressed the nation. joseph muscat said the businessman's arrest showed justice was being done and he will now quit his post after a new party leader is chosen injanuary. shortly before he spoke, this was the scene outside his office. disgust at their prime minister. they believe malta has been sullied and corrupted on his watch and there needs to be wholesale change to see justice for daphne caruana galizia. tonight, the president has appealed for calm. the prime minister's resignation may not be enough, though. many here want all those behind the killing of daphne caruana galizia brought to justice and all the corruption cases she was working on pursuit to the end. damian grammaticas, bbc news, malta. the un secretary general, antonio guterres, says the world
must end its "war against nature". speaking on the eve of a two week climate summit in madrid, he said the "digging and drilling" had to stop, and mankind should take advantage of the vast possibilities, offered by renewable energy. 0ur science editor, david shukman, reports now from madrid. years of drought across huge areas of africa have resulted in these scenes in zimbabwe. and scientists say it's a glimpse of far worse to come as the world gets hotter, putting millions of people under pressure. it's the gases blasted into the air by power stations and industries that are raising temperatures, and despite all the warnings over decades, the world keeps adding more. mr guterres, david, from the bbc. and when i met the head of the united nations, antonio guterres, he was unusually outspoken about how the trends are going in the wrong direction. this is why we need to put a lot of pressure, in order to increase ambition, and in order to reverse the present trend in which unfortunately climate change is running faster than what we are.
and with the risk at the relatively short amount of time, to become irreversible, that we will not be able to contain the temperature rise. his big worry is that huge investments are still being made into fossilfuels. china is one of many countries expanding its use of coal. mr guterres has appealed for this to stop. is there any sign of that happening? not yet. as i say, emissions are still growing, and that's why i'm worried. over the weekend in germany, protesters invaded a coal mine. in many countries, governments support their most polluting industries. the un secretary—general says that makes the impacts of climate change even more damaging. it's time to stop subsidies to fossil fuels, because what is dramatic is that we are using taxpayers' money, our money, to boost hurricanes, to melt glaciers, to destroy corals, to create all the negative impacts of climate change.
he was speaking amid final preparations for a un climate summit here in madrid. there will be some tough negotiations. it's really striking that the head of the un is being so blunt with the governments meeting here, saying that, whatever they say about their efforts to tackle climate change, many of them, by supporting fuels like coal and oil, are actually making things worse. david shukman, bbc news, in madrid. now, with all the day's sport, here's 0lly foster at the bbc sport centre. good evening. the england cricket captain, joe root, has scored his first test century since february. he batted for the whole of day three in hamilton as they look to level the series against new zealand, but they still trail the kiwis' first innings. here's our sports correspondent natalie pirks. first came relief, then realisation and finally redemption. the smile was firmly back as joe
root plundered his 17th test century, and it's been awhile. his last tonne came in the caribbean months ago. the heat has been on ever since. poor performances in the ashes are followed by low scores in the opening test in new zealand saw him drop out of the world top ten batting rankings for the first time in five years. the big questions we re in five years. the big questions were asked about his captaincy, along with his ability. but here he was taking the fight to new zealand, and his critics. we saw glimpses of his natural talent. very well controlled from joe root. and the occasional nervy moment. it was an innings of endurance, of great and of patients. joe root‘s sixth century as england captain was his slowest to date, taking more than 250 balls. not that england fans cared, with fellow centurion rory burns as his partner, root seems to have rediscovered some much—needed
form. england has never lost a test match when root has scored a century, but rain and two late wickets meant they still had plenty of work to do. natalie pirks, bbc news. day four is under way in hamilton. root still unbeaten on 133. there were four games in the premier league today, all the goals are coming up on match of the day 2 after the news but here come the results. there was a late winner for leicester at home to everton. substitute kelechi iheanacho scoring in injury time for the 2—1victory that sees them return to second in the table, eight points behind liverpool. arsenal's match at norwich finished 2—2. the gunners' interim manager, freddie ljungberg, was in charge for the first time following the sacking of unai emery on friday. the matches at manchester united and wolves were also drawn. there was another premier league sacking today, quique sanchez flores' second spell at watford lasting less than three months. he leaves them at the bottom of the table. it's as you were at the top of the scottish premiership, rangers won 5—0 at home to hearts but celtic stay top on goal
difference after their 4—1 win away at ross county. ryan christie scored twice. that's their 10th win in a row in all competitions. world champion lewis hamilton has won the final formula 1 race of the year. he led from start to finish at the abu dhabi grand prix for his 11th victiory of the season. he had already secured his sixth world title. lots more on the bbc sport website, of course, where you watch all 11 of arsenal's goals against bristol city as they returned to the top of the women's super league. with less than two weeks to go before the general election, in northern ireland, political parties on both sides of the sectarian divide are forming pacts to maximise their chances of success, partly because of brexit. broadly, nationalists voted to remain and unionists to leave, with the eu referendum intensifying long—standing divisions. in north belfast, the nationalist
sinn fein are being given a clear run to try to unseat nigel dodds, the democratic unionist party's leader at westminster. from belfast, here's emma vardy. british or irish? for most voters in northern ireland, elections have always come down to this fundamental choice. ulster shall remain firm to the very end! what we in sinn fein want to do is to build political opposition and to quantify opposition to the british presence. a conflict condemned to repeat itself at the ballot box. the politics of today still echo the troubles of the past, and brexit has deepened old divides. these peace walls have long separated communities, but now, on each side, new alliances have formed, pitting unionists against nationalists and leave versus remain. across the political spectrum, parties have stepped aside for each other, to maximise votes in each camp. it means north belfast has become
an out and out fight between the democratic unionists and sinn fein. it is nigel dodds' seat, the leader of the dup in westminster, for two years the conservatives' allies in government. trying to unseat him, a prominent sinn fein politician with strong republican credentials, belfast‘s lord mayor, john finucane, the son of a belfast solicitor murdered by loyalist pa ramilitaries during the troubles. well, i think this will be a ferocious battle, it will be toxic, it will be divisive, because really, in the end, it is the dup versus sinn fein and old animosities will come again to the fore and people are very afraid about the divisiveness of this contest. brexit has reopened the constitutional issue in northern ireland, it has become intertwined with the constitutional issue so it has polarised opinions here. you're either for leave or remain and it has marginalised people who are in the middle who have more nuanced opinions around brexit. 0n the shankill road,
loyalist banners condemn the ira bomber sean kelly. there is anger that a man who killed nine people during the troubles is now canvassing on the doorsteps for sinn fein. the campaign became bitter early on. police have investigated alleged paramilitary threats against staff of the ulster unionist party after at first it said it would field a candidate against the dup, but the party later changed its mind. a threat by loyalist paramilitaries against supposedly their own side, sinn fein said proved the dup work hand in glove with illegal groups. a party that don't play by old sectarian rules, alliance, neither unionist nor nationalist, are hoping to make gains, but the brexit—driven electoral pacts across a number of seats is leaving many voters with a far more binary choice in an election which further underlines northern ireland's unresolved divides. emma vardy, bbc news,
hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. let's get more now on the news that malta's prime minister, joseph muscat, has told state tv in malta, that he will start the process of appointing his successor with the hope of a new prime minister installed towards the end of january 2020. he had been facing growing calls to stand down. his government has come under intense pressure, after an investigation into the murder, of the investigative journalist, daphne ca ruana galizia. two senior members of the government have already resigned. earlier i spoke to alice taylor, a journalist for the shift news that was set up after daphne caruana galizia was murdered. she also worked with her at the malta independent. i asked her if it's enough that the prime minister has said that he'll step down. not at all, what he has
done today is enough to placate those calling for him to resign and yesterday the council of europe requested he resign as well. there are concerns because at the moment, constitutionally, joseph muscat is the head the police and judiciary and whilst we are at a very important stage in the murder investigation which implicates a number of staff and his cabinet, it's a huge conflict—of—interest for him to be sitting in his position in this role so people want him to resign right away so we can be confident that the inquiry into her murder will continue in an independent manner. people believe that while he is still prime minister until the 12th of january, that is not possible. does this go beyond, "this happened on your watch, you need to resign"? why are maltese people so angry with him and these events being described
as "the greatest injustice in the history of malta"? daphne was assassinated two years ago and this labour party government joseph muscat and his senior cabinet members, were the main subjects of many of her investigations and she was the one who uncovered many of the scandals which are still going on today and there has still not been justice for so there is not only that but his chief of staff was actually arrested and interrogated in relation to the murder. another minister has stepped down and another minister, economy minister, was questioned as well. the manjurgen fenec who has been arranged for conspiring for her assassination yesterday, he, according to reports from the times of malta, he has named joseph muscat as having a connection to the case. people see it as a huge co nflict—of— i nterest and they believe that he has protected members of his cabinet who are directly
implicated in her murder. he has said it is in no way connected to the murder of daphne. how would you like to see the transfer of power to take place? because there could be snap elections and it doesn't sound like you have faith in thejustice being done. i think what needs to happen in malta is he needs to resign immediately, there needs to be a transitional government installed until a new party leader can be elected, then there should be snap elections, but then, obviously, this political instability could affect what is going on with the murder investigation. time for a look at the weather with darren bett. it has been a cold start to the new month, more frost on the way tonight, perhaps in different sorts of areas, the cloud and showers towards south—eastern parts of england should get pushed away. clearer skies for england and wales, more cloud coming into northern ireland and scotland
which is why by the morning it will be milder here with rain in the north of scotland but a frost widely across england and wales. here we are underneath this cold area of high pressure. the position of the high is changing slightly, allowing this milder air to come in from the atlantic and bring all the cloud into scotland and northern ireland later in the night into monday. some more rain to come, particularly for the highlands and islands. some of that cloud will push into the irish sea, the best of the sunshine continuing towards the south—east. temperature 6—7 celsius, milder in northern scotland. the rain should get pushed away during the evening, high pressure dominates again, but the centre of the high is more toward southern parts of england and wales, and this is where we have the risk of fog returning overnight and into tuesday morning. particularly towards the south—east of england, parts of wales,
and that could linger through the morning. elsewhere though, the change in the wind direction should push the rain away from scotland, sunny spells in scotland and northern ireland, england and wales. temperatures looked similar on tuesday. as we head into the middle part of the week, the high pressure tends to retreat towards continental europe, a weakening weather front toppling in from the atlantic, but ahead of that, still enough moisture to give more fog around. more widely on wednesday lingering into the afternoon, that weak weather front topples rain down towards cumbria and then it brightens up the scotland and northern ireland with one brightens up for scotland and northern ireland with one or two showers. mild, but cold weather, mist and fog lingers. that should get blown away by the time we get into thursday. another weather front streaks in from the atlantic turning wet and windy in western scotland. this is what is to come. after a cold start it turns
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