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three teenagers are found guilty of the manslaughter of pc andrew harper — killed while on duty in berkshire last year. the officer died just a month after his wedding — after responding to reports of a stolen quad bike. the defendants drove the car which dragged pc harper behind it for more than a mile. he suffered catastrophic injuries. i don't think we can ever an urgent what she has been through, all the family, and all his friends and colleagues. it is just absolutely devastating for them. we'll have the latest from the old bailey. also this lunchtime: face coverings are now compulsory in shops in england for most people. not wearing one could mean a £100 fine. 30 million people in england will be offered
the flu jab this winter, to try to stop the nhs being overwhelmed if there's a second wave of coronavirus. retail sales were close to pre—lockdown levels last month — but while food sales did well, high street clothes stores are struggling. and today should have been the opening ceremony of the tokyo olympics. how likely are they to take place next year? and coming up on bbc news: a dreadful start for england in the deciding test against the west indies. they lose a wicket in the first over of the match. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
three teenagers have been found guilty of the manslaughter of pc andrew harper — who died in berkshire last august, after getting caught in a tow rope being used in the theft of a quad bike. the court heard how the 28—year—old officer died of multiple injuries after being dragged behind a car, for more than a mile. the defendants — henry long, albert bowers and jessie cole — were found not guilty of murder. our correspondent helena wilkinson is at the old bailey. as is at the old bailey. the verdicts were read out, pc harper's as the verdicts were read out, pc harper's widow, who he had been married to for just 28 days, harper's widow, who he had been married to forjust 28 days, broke down in tears. this has been the most harrowing of trials. much of the detail we have not reported because of the graphic nature. he was described as an officer doing no more than his job and after he was killed his widow said he was the
kindest most selfless man you will ever meet. here is the background to the case and a warning of the distressing details and flash photography. andrew and lizzie harper, beaming on their wedding day last july, butjust four weeks after they promised a future together it was so cruelly taken away when pc harper was killed. the teenagers responsible, 19—year—old henry long, along with 18—year—olds albert bowers and jessie cole, seen here laughing after their first court appearance. the teenagers had that night gone to steal this quad bike. the bike's owner watched on as the theft unfolded. i've got four masked man outside my house and they've got weapons. they are stealing my quad bike.
i'm going out there now. no, no, don't go out there. i'm going out there now. no, because they've got weapons. have you sent someone or not? officers are on their way. officers were indeed on their way. two of them — pc andrew shaw and pc andrew harper. this is the front—facing camera of their unmarked police car and the moment they found the thieves. you can seejessie cole trying to escape after unhooking the quad bike, which had been attached by the tow rope. this is now the rear view from the officers‘ vehicle, with pc shaw at the wheel. through the back you can see jessie cole's legs as he tries to get into the car, closely followed by pc harper. at that moment the officer stepped into the tow rope and was dragged away. my colleague pc harper got out of the vehicle, ran after the vehicle. i've now lost him. pc shaw gave chase. he found the officer's stab vest a short distance away, all the time getting updates from officers.
there's a body in the road, body in the road, it fell out of the vehicle. pc shaw knew who it was. it's probably pc harper. i've just found his stab vest in the road. in court the jury was shown this computer visualisation of where andrew harper was dragged for over a mile. and this is the road where the officer was swung from side to side like a pendulum at speeds of more than a0 miles an hour. it's very serious, anybody you can spare to help would be much appreciated. with the help of a police helicopter officers tracked down the teenagers‘ car to a nearby caravan site. i'm arresting both of you on suspicion of murder. as the arrests were made, henry long protested his innocence. does it look like i've done a murder? andrew and pc shaw were actually on their way home. they didn't have to respond to this call for assistance from a member of the public, but that's not what we do. we're there to protect life and property and despite having
worked a long shift already they responded to that, and tragically andrew has paid the ultimate price for that. at pc harper's funeral his widow lizzie told the congregation andrew was a gentle giant with a heart of gold. there wasn't a day, she said, that passed when they didn't say they loved each other. the couple had been looking forward to their honeymoon in the motifs and thejudge spanked to their honeymoon in the motifs and the judge spanked the family, he said, for the way they had sat through this trial. he thanked the jury through this trial. he thanked the jury for performing their task with great dedication, fairness and care. the three teenagers will be sentenced next friday. —— thanked the family.
it is compulsory for most people to wear a face covering in shops in england from today — but many retailers have said it's not up to them to enforce the rules. a covering must be worn in enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, railway stations and takeaways — with a fine of up to £100 for those who refuse to wear one. keith doyle reports. once a rare sight in shops, now covering your face is not only recommended, it's the law. the pandemic has changed everything. it's kept us in, now we can go out, but it's brought new rules. in st albans shoppers have been adapting. it's so much better now that people have a clear idea of what they are being asked to do. i'm really pleased it's coming, it's given us more confidence to come to town. we've been avoiding it up until now. from today in england you must wear a face covering in shops and shopping centres, as well as supermarkets. you also have to wear one in takeaways, but you can remove the face covering if you can sit down to eat on the premises. restaurants, cinemas, salons, gyms and pubs are some of the places exempt from the rules.
there are also exemptions for children under the age of ii and people with disabilities or certain health conditions. there is a £100 fine for those who don't abide by the regulations but the government hopes persuasion, not prosecution, will work. we know that the vast majority of people do follow the rules and there is the option for the police to be involved in enforcement or for there to be fines, but i really don't think we will need to go down that line because most people will follow the rules. people do take this very seriously. but the police say they simply cannot confront every person not sticking to the rules. we just don't have the capacity, we simply can't do it, not to the level some people expect which is for us to be almost in every high street, in every store, ensuring people are wearing a face covering. that's why i've said very clearly that the retailers and those who operate these stores or businesses, they also have a responsibility to educate the public.
at this bridal shop in wakefield they're not sure how easy it's going to be to make everyone stick to the rules. i already have brides coming in, i do make them wear a mask in the changing rooms but then they do want to take it off to look at themselves. it's very hard to envision how you'll look on your wedding day with a big mask on your face. it's not compulsory for shop workers to wear face coverings but the government is recommending that employers consider their use where appropriate. the rules are different across the uk. in wales, face coverings will become mandatory on public transport from july the 27th — that's monday. in northern ireland, they are already required on public transport, including ferries, and in scotland face coverings are compulsory in shops, libraries and on public transport. taking a face covering with you when going out shopping will now have to be as routine as remembering your keys, your purse or your wallet, and while shoppers are adapting retailers are also.
keith doyle, bbc news. danny savage is in northallerton. how have people been responding to these new rules? pretty positively. northallerton is the county town of northallerton is the county town of north yorkshire and the high street behind me has several dozen different types of shop along the main street, a department store, ta keaways, main street, a department store, takeaways, banks, independent businesses as well, and we have not yet up to a trader here in this time he believes they have had to deal with somebody who either refuse to 01’ with somebody who either refuse to or didn't want to or wasn't going to put on a mask. everybody has been wearing a face covering when they have gone on to the shops and most people are wandering in between shops without taking their face coverings. take the department stood over my shoulder, about 110 people
and say that any one time due to social distancing, but the worry is how long does this go on for? if they arrive at christmas and all these regulations are still in place with social distancing they worry about what that will mean for their trade over the christmas period and going forward, so it is something they are worried about in the long run. it is already compulsory to wear face masks run. it is already compulsory to wearface masks in run. it is already compulsory to wear face masks in scotland, run. it is already compulsory to wearface masks in scotland, in wales and ireland it is not compulsory to wear them in shops at the moment, so people are getting used to the new rules and seem to be going on with it at this time. now that a face covering must be worn in many indoor locations across england and scotland, what are the dos and don'ts? dr nilufar ahmed from the university of bristol has some answers. it doesn't have to be a mask, it can be anything that we're wearing. for example, i'm wearing a scarf now. you can use that. we must make sure that our nose and mouth are fully covered and it fits really snugly,
so like this, and you canjust tighten the scarf around you and that would be fine to go into a shop. if you are wearing a mask that has elastic straps you want to hold it by the strap. first of all, have really clean hands, wash your hands. if you're out and about have a little hand sanitiser that you can quickly rub on. if you have one of these pleated masks, you want the pleats facing downwards so if there are any particles in the air they're not being caught in the pleat, so if you had it the wrong way round they could potentially go into those folds. so, the right way is to have the folds going down. put it on across your face and loop it on one ear, then loop it on the other. if it's got a metallic strip you really want to be pushing that down so that it fits snugly across your face. if we don't do this then people who wear glasses will often say that their glasses get steamed up. that's because the air is going up and it's not staying within the mask. always keep them in a plastic bag. a zip lock disposable bag like this is great, then you can carry a couple
at a time. to wash them make sure the water is really hot, at least 60 degrees, and make sure they're put out to dry naturally and fully clean before you put them back on. nearly half of the population of england — about 30 million people — are to be offered a flu vaccine this winter, in an attempt to prevent a surge of flu cases coinciding with an expected increase in coronavirus. the nhs vaccination programme will be extended to everyone over 50, children in their first year of secondary school and people living with anyone who's shielding. our health correspondent catherine burns has more. if the government gets its way, this winter more than half the people in england will get this — the flu jab — or this, the nasal spray for children. it's offering the flu vaccine to more people than ever before. normally it is free to those who are pregnant, anyone 65 or older or people with certain medical conditions as well as pre and primary school aged children. this winter though it will be
extended to over 50s, children in the first year of secondary school, people who have been shielding and anyone they live with. the prime minister, visiting a gp in london. listen out for his slightly muffled view on people who don't believe in vaccination. because there's all these anti—vaccers now, isn't there? they are nuts. nuts, he says. he couldn't be clearer though on why this vaccination programme is being extended. the reason for doing this is to protect the nhs in the winter months because obviously we have still got covid, we've still got the threat of a second spike of covid. and it is vital therefore to keep that pressure off the nhs by everybody getting a flu jab and i really hope everybody will. he hopes they will but will they? last year, 25 million people in england were eligible for the free vaccine. more like 15 million
actually had it. flu can be serious and it kills thousands of people every year. doctors say it is sensible to tackle this head on but they need more information on how they will vaccinate millions more people at a time when they are already under pressure to keep surgeries covid—secure. the 7,000 that the practice would have to do normally out of a practice population of 20,000 is going to have to be ramped up to about 10,000 people. so, it is going to be a logistics issue but it's absolutely the right move. this will start in september and the most at—risk groups will be invited for a vaccine first. eventually, it will roll out to the over 50s too. plans for scotland, wales and northern ireland have not yet been announced. one glimmer of hope, we are now used to hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks, all to stop coronavirus spreading. maybe they will also fight the flu.
catherine burns, bbc news. the time is 1.15. our top story this lunchtime. three teenagers are found guilty of the manslaughter of pc andrew harper, killed while on duty in berkshire last summer — a month after his wedding. friday prayers are held in the historic hagia sophia in istanbul for the first time since it was designated a mosque. coming up in sport on bbc news — liverpool captain jordan henderson is voted player of the year by the football writers' association after he led his side to their first league title in 30 years. as shops have started to reopen, new figures show total retail sales returned almost to pre—lockdown levels in june. food shops did particularly well,
and there's been a big shift towards online — £3 in every ten was spent on internet purchases. but the high street is still struggling, with clothing sales down. our business correspondent emma simpson has all the details. the day the high street reopened. q was everywhere for the most popular shops. retailers now recovering from lockdown and the record decline in sales, but it's far from business as usual. take this jewellery shop in watford, a family run business that has been ticking overfor1lili watford, a family run business that has been ticking over for 144 years. dan runs it now and says sales are going in the right direction, but times have definitely changed. it's a small shop, as you know. it used to get packed and obviously we can't do that now because we are limited numbers, soi do that now because we are limited numbers, so i can't see it going back to the levels it was. so how positive are you, dan? 5050! it all
depends on consumers? absolutely, yes, they need to get out there and start spending and then the clocks can start spending and then the clocks ca n start start spending and then the clocks can start turning and we can all have a slice. in june, can start turning and we can all have a slice. injune, if can start turning and we can all have a slice. in june, if you exclude food, overall sales on the high street were still 33% lower than before the pandemic. online sales were up 54%, driving much of the growth. have you been splashing the growth. have you been splashing the cash post lockdown? not at all. i've still been really careful. a lot more online, obviously but yeah, we've been spending the same amount to be fair. since we've been able to get out a few more bits and pieces, bits of the garden. a few more people have been gardening. a few treats as well, mainly chocolate! watford is a popular shopping destination. the mall dominates the town and here you can see the dramatic changes in retail as our shopping habits change. since lockdown it's lost debenhams and now john lewis. the shutters never to
reopen a huge blow. way face big challenges at the moment with the closure ofjohn challenges at the moment with the closure of john lewis challenges at the moment with the closure ofjohn lewis and debenhams here, so the key thing for us is to adapt to that and make sure we can continue to welcome people into the town centre. we know we've got to adapt and changed because the world around this changing. john lewis has been the anchor store in this shopping centre for 30 years and it wasn't even paying any rent. even so, like many other retailers, it says the store just isn't financially viable given how much shopping is now online. it's good news for retailers that sales are growing, but they are all now having to adapt. emma simpson, bbc news. adverts on television forjunk food could be banned before the 9pm watershed, as part of new measures to try to curb obesity. people who are overweight are believed to be at a greater risk of becoming seriously ill with the virus. the move marks a change in stance by
the prime minister, who has previously criticised taxes high on sugar, fat and our correspondent jessica parker reports. he used to say people should eat what they like but after battling coronavirus and now on his own health kick, the prime minister is encouraging people to go on one too. i'm not normally a believer in a bossing type of politics but the reality is that obesity is one of the real co—morbidity factors. it's losing weight is frankly one of the ways that you can reduce your own risks from covid and actually it's one of the ways you can generally improve your health. the problem of obesity is not new. neither are some of the ideas in the mix. restrictions on advertising unhealthy food before the 9pm tv watershed, protection for children
from online ads, curbing shop promotions on foods high in fat, sugar and salt, but there will be called to go further. i think it's absolutely clear that this one measure will not solve obesity in itself. it has to be done with a whole host of other solutions, which we re whole host of other solutions, which were proposed two years ago and we never have had implemented. boris johnson may have had something of a change of heart but not everyone will feel the same. these kinds of ideas have been proposed before. they've met resistance and they will again. on restricting adverts, already an industry letter to the prime minister warning while the effect on obesity would be insignificant, the ban would have a severe impact on revenues and jobs across the advertising sector. suck ina across the advertising sector. suck in a tower burger... plans are expected to be officially unveiled early next week but obesity is an immediate problem. some of these
ideas have already been poured over four years. jessica parker, bbc news. the duke and duchess of sussex have begun legal action after paparazzi photographs emerged of their son. the photos were at their home in los angeles. according to the lawsuit the duke and duchess are constantly followed by paparazzi who have flown helicopters over their house and cut holes in their security fences, as david willis explains. in this lawsuit the couple's lawyer says meghan and harry moved to los angeles in order to escape what he calls the incessant attention of the uk tabloids and for six weeks all was well, until the daily mail published details of the couple's address, whereupon they were besieged by members of the paparazzi, according to this lawsuit. some of whom flew drones as low as 20 feet above the roof of their house, or used helicopters in
an attempt to get pictures of the couple and their young son. now, the lawsuit alleges that pictures were taken of archie playing in the back garden by somebody who later claimed that those pictures had been taken ina public that those pictures had been taken in a public place because such action is illegal under california law. the lawsuit alleges that whoever took the pictures used either a telephoto lens, trespassed onto the couple's property, or took those pictures using a drone, and whilst the couple doesn't know who actually took the pictures they are suing for invasion of privacy in the hope of establishing the photographer's identity and to warn potential buyers that those pictures we re potential buyers that those pictures were taken illegally. david willis in la. today should have been the opening ceremony of the 2020 olympics in tokyo — and the culmination of years of training for thousands of athletes. but with the games postponed for a year because of
the coronavirus pandemic, enthusiasm for hosting the games in the city has plummeted, and people are wondering whether they will ever take place. from tokyo, rupert wingfield—hayes reports. tetsuya sotomura is one of japan's best trampolinists. at beijing in 2008, hejust missed out on a medal. now, at 35, tokyo 2020 was going to be his last hurrah. but covid—19 has killed his dream. "back in 2008, if the beijing games had been postponed by a year, i would have thought, ok," he says. "it's another year to train, another year to grow. but now i'm 35, a year feels like a very long time, so i've decided retirement is the only option." there is another reason tetsuya is retiring. he thinks tokyo's new olympic stadium may never get to hold an olympic opening ceremony.
and he's not alone. a poll this week found only 23% of japanese support holding the games, even next year. by now, the buildings around me here should have been bustling with thousands of athletes from all over the world getting ready to compete against each other. of course, because of covid—19, they're not here. this place remains a ghost town. but will it be any different a year from now? if covid—19 is still circulating widely, if there isn't a vaccine, then how will it be possible to host an olympics here in tokyo safely? from brazil to india, south africa to the united states, covid infections are accelerating. medical experts here think there is little chance the pandemic will be over by next summer. if a very effective vaccine became available, that could be a game changer. even with the lessening of the spread of the illness thanks to vaccinations,
still it is more likely that the viral illness or pandemic will continue by the year 2021. the olympics is supposed to be about bringing the world together, but could tokyo be held without foreign spectators? senior olympic officials say absolutely not. they have to decide, do they want the games to go ahead or are the risks too severe to countenance it? in which case, i thinkjapan would probably propose, and the ioc would probably accept, a cancellation. last night, inside the olympic stadium, they reset the countdown clock. one year until the opening ceremony. maybe. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo.
cricket now, and it's day one of the third and deciding test between england and the west indies, at old trafford. england are batting, and are 66 for two at lunch. andy swiss reports. he's back. after missing the last game for breaching england's's biosecure bubble a recall forjofra archer, earlier in the week archer revealed he'd had racist abuse on social media and once again the players showed they were united, taking a knee in support of black lives matter. england were put into bat and they were soon in trouble. very close, it must be, yes. dom sibley gone for naught, the west indies clearly meant business. this, remember, is the series decider and it was suitably tense. rory burns with england's first boundary but it had taken them nearly an hour. enter the west indies' new cult hero, 6'6", 22 stone, rahkeem cornwall,
minimal run but maximum spin. 0h, beauty! cornwall was soon posing and gland problems but it was fielders that did the damage. joe root run out for 17, england's captain gone before lunch leaving his team with some work to do. andy swiss, bbc news. the historic hagia sophia site has held friday prayers for the first time since turkish authorities ruled it could be converted into a mosque. the 1,500—year—old unesco world heritage site was originally built as an orthodox cathedral — it was then converted to a mosque in the middle ages, and became a museum in 1934. now its return as a mosque hasn't been without controversy — as paul adams reports. a vast crowd to witness a new chapter in a 1500 year history. this grand cathedral turned mosque turned museum, once again a place of muslim worship.
for older conservative turks, a moment of huge national and religious pride. translation: our 86 years of longing and is today. we've been waiting for the opening of aya sophia for a long time. today we are going to perform friday prayers at ayasofya. we are witnessing history today. today is the day ayasofya returns to its origin. a moment of triumph too for tu rkey‘s origin. a moment of triumph too for turkey's president, a day to put other concerns, a fragile economy, political challenges and the effects of coronavirus, to one side. his supporters compare him to the sultan who captured constantinople in 1453, and claim this byzantine cathedral for islam. but the president's critics, it's all part of a worrying trend. this is a symbolic act of reversing the turn towards the west and secularism and establishing the
fa ct and secularism and establishing the fact that turkey defend the right of islam as much as it defends its own national rights. inside, 500 invited guests attended prayers. in a vast space revered by muslims and christians alike. the pope has called this moment painful but mr ada gunn says christians have nothing to fear. hagia sophia will remain open to all, he says. depictions of the virgin mary will be covered but only during prayers. in an address full of references to the country's ottoman glories, tu rkey‘s the country's ottoman glories, turkey‘s top muslim cleric said a long period of national heartbreak had come to an end. it's certainly a day for a zip erdogan to save a bit for all the sense of the celebration today's move does little to foster unity ina today's move does little to foster unity in a country full of
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