this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines: the home secretary says police must raise the bar, by taking the harassment of women more seriously. her thoughts are echoed by health secretary, sajid javid. what the metropolitan police have said about the reforms that they will be looking at i think is absolutely right. we need to also be looking at what more a government can do to help build that confidence. the army will begin delivering fuel to petrol stations across the uk from monday, after days of queuing at the pumps. the queen at holyrood, addressing msps to mark the opening of the sixth session of the scottish parliament. provisional clinical trial results suggest an experimental drug for severe covid cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half. and two new streams of lava pose a further threat of destruction
as the la palma volcano forces thousands more to flee. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the uk's home secretary has said police must raise the bar by taking the harassment of women more seriously. priti patel said crimes such as flashing and verbal abuse should not be taken lightly. she said women should feel confident to call out such offences. ministers have promised reform to the criminaljustice system, following the murder of sarah everard by a serving police officer. simonjones reports. the death of sarah everard prompted an outpouring of public grief.
now the government says it is determined her murder will bring about permanent change in how society deals with violence against women and girls. the prime minister says there are too few prosecutions and convictions for sexual violence. the time from report to referral, from referral to court proceedings, from court proceedings to the conclusion — all three of those segments — is far too long. and what you are seeing is the whole system snarled up with evidential problems, data issues, mobile phones disclosure, all that kind of stuff, and it's a nightmare for the women concerned. wayne couzens kidnapped, raped and murdered sarah everard, he then dumped her body in woodland in kent. cars registered to him had previously been linked to two allegations of indecent exposure, but he wasn't identified as a potential sex offender. it's claimed couzens also used a whatsapp group to swap
misogynistic messages with officers from the metropolitan police, the civil nuclear constabulary, and the norfolk constabulary. we also have to address the issues going on in the police force, and you will have seen this stuff about the officers on a whatsapp group. we have got to come down very hard on them. the home secretary says the police must raise the bar by taking harassment and flashing more seriously. priti patel told the telegraph, they should not be considered low level crimes. the met says it is putting more officers in places where people feel unsafe. we're absolutely committed to tackling violence against women and girls. it is one of our priorities. so you will see us out on patrol in hot spots. but there are calls for more scrutiny of the police themselves. this has been going on for many, many years, and i'm rather tired of police forces saying "we are going to learn lessons from some tragedy." the lessons don't seem to be learned. women's suffering of this sort
of stuff has to stop. and women up and down the country are saying that. you have to listen, and police forces are not doing that. and so it has to be listened at a lower level, and i'm sorry that means resourcing and more police available and more money put into policing and the court system. but we also have to have much better processes of training police and those in the justice system. opposition politicians accused the government of starving the police and courts of resources, but there is a growing consensus that the death of sarah everard must act as a watershed moment. simon jones, bbc news. the deputy chief constable of hampshire police maggie blyth our political correspondent, ione wells told me ministers are increasing pressure on the police on how they deal with violence against women and young girls. there is certainly huge public and political pressure that is now growing on the metropolitan police in particular, particularly around this question of whether they could have done more
to prevent a serving police officer from murdering sarah everard, not least because it has now emerged that he has been linked to two previous cases of, or allegations of indecent exposure but also allegations of exchanging misogynistic whatsapp messages with other police officers as well, so those questions now very much kind of facing the metropolitan police and earlier, as you say, the health secretary, the former home secretary sajid javid did say that both the government and the police needed to look at reforms about what could be done to try and stop something like this happening again. what the metropolitan police have said about the reforms that they will be looking at, i think is absolutely right. we need to be looking at what more the government can do to help build that confidence, building on the violence against women and girls strategy that was published in the summer. this is obviously an appalling, shocking case and we must make sure that at least something that comes out of this is that we can give more confidence to more women about their own safety. we've heard there, obviously, the health secretary calling
for some kind of reform into what has happened, but there are some on the opposition particularly calling for something a bit more specific. we have had people like the labour mp and chair of the home affairs committee yvette cooper, for example, saying that the metropolitan police issuing apologies just isn't enough and they have been calling for a specific enquiry notjust into what happened in the specific case but also into the wider culture within the police force as well. we obviously 25 years ago or more now had the enquiry into the killing of stephen lawrence and that led to a finding of institutional racism. is there a concern politically that we may be looking at a question of institutional misogyny that has become built into the dna of some parts of the police service? that is certainly an allegation that has been put forward by people across the political spectrum really. it's interesting to note that even people like the policing minister kitt malthouse himself has said that the police will have to work a lot harder to restore confidence and trust now in the police force and this is trust, i think, on quite a number of levels here. this is trust not only in the fact
that if a police officer stops an individual, like they did with sarah everard, that police officer will not do somebody harm. it is trust that the police will root out any misconduct within its own force. as you mention, given what we've seen and what has now emerged about these alleged whatsapp messages between other police officers exchanging misogynistic comments as well, but also trust that they will make sure that nothing like this happens again and that any kind of vetting that is done out any problematic behaviour, as we have seen was the case with this individual. the army will begin delivering fuel to forecourts from monday, to try to ease the pressure at petrol stations. ministers are also allowing up to 300 of the 5,000 hgv drivers being recruited from abroad to come to the uk immediately. the government says the rest will arrive later this month, as our political correspondent peter saull reports. we started to see scenes like this in parts of the uk last weekend. frustrated drivers desperately
trying to fill up. and now the government is calling in the military. some service personnel will be out providing support today, and from monday soldiers will be driving petrol tankers themselves. so why has it taken so long? first of all, you're asking military personnel who are trained to drive tankers cross—country to take tankers full of highly flammable liquids into built—up areas, onto forecourts where you and ifill up our cars. and it has to be the case that we make sure they get the appropriate training to do so. i think we would all expect that to be the right thing. and at the same time, we have to work with industry so that we know where we're sending them. we can'tjust send them to random garages. it has to be properly deployed. as well as support from the armed forces, more drivers will be allowed into the uk from overseas. a new scheme will enable up to 300 tanker drivers to come
and work here immediately. haulage firms will find potential recruits and apply to the government for licences. up to 4,700 lorry drivers specialising in food delivery will start to arrive from the end of this month. this temporary visa scheme has been extended until the end of february. and 5,500 poultry workers will be granted the right to work here, too — until the end of the year. ministers hope these measures, along with efforts to recruit more british staff, will address some of the problems in the supply chain — but there could still be a tough winter ahead. peter saull, bbc news. brian madderson from the petrol retailers association described the situation out on the roads this morning. we're seeing from our poll this morning much the same as yesterday. an improving situation from the midlands through the north and into scotland but, in fact, worsening situation in london, the southeastern parts of east england, so what we've been asking
the government, and i have had a long conversation with grant shapps this morning, it's very good. the government are talking closely to industry about the problems and what i've asked him is that the prioritisation, all deliveries must now go to london and the south—east and to the independent forecourts which make up 65% of all forecourts across the uk. if your local filling station doesn't have fuel and then you travel further and find yet more filling stations without fuel, then consumer confidence is going to remain at a low ebb. there could be a breakthrough in the way we treat covid 19. interim trials suggest a new, experimental drug could cut the risk of hospitalisation, or death, by about half. if authorised by regulators, the treatment will be the first oral, antiviral medication for covid 19. mark lobel reports. this is the first covid pill. trial results suggest it can cut
hospitalisations or deaths by half. the news of the efficacy of this particular antiviral is obviously very good news. the company, when they briefed us last night, had mentioned that they will be submitting their data to the fda imminently. the data are impressive. pills were given to 775 unvaccinated, elderly or medically at risk volunteers within five days of them showing coronaviruses symptoms. the data from a phase three trial showed 7.3% of patients on the drug were hospitalised, compared to 14.1% of those who didn't take the tablets. eight patients who were given a placebo or dummy pill later died of covid, but there were no deaths in the group taking the pill. the trial was stopped early because the pill was so successful. but data still needs to be peer reviewed.
so how does it work? as coronavirus replicates itself inside your body, these antiviral pills trick it into using the drug, which then inserts errors into the virus�*s genetic code, blocking the virus from replicating. it completely corrupts the genome of the virus so it can't replicate, and that's the beauty. and then, even if the virus mutates, it could be still useful. people are now talking about this, that if we have another coronavirus pandemic in the future, this drug will still work for that coronavirus. because it is agnostic to variants. there are existing clinic—based intravenous treatments which are even more effective, but this appears to be the first pill to treat covid, and as long as it's taken early on could offer an alternative at roughly a third of the price — at $700 per treatment. accessibility is a problem with a monoclonal antibody. for this one, it's a simple pill
so obviously a lot easier to administer and a lot easier to administer as an outpatient as well. merck hopes 10 million courses of the treatment will be available by the end of the year. it has agreed to supply the us with close to 2 million, and to license the drug to several india—based generic drug makers, which could supply it to low and middle—income countries. for countries that don't have the vaccine available, this could be another stopgap. the us authorities say the drug is no substitute for preventative vaccines, but this is an exciting development — as the us drug company seeks emergency approval within weeks as the first company to report trial results of an effective and relatively cheap pill to treat covid. as others companies also work on similar treatments. mark lobel, bbc news. the number of deaths caused
by covid—19 in the united states has now exceeded seven 100,000, according now exceeded 700,000, according tojohns hopkins university in maryland. it's the highest number for any country in the world, outstripping other badly affected nations. the us is facing a further resurgence in cases due to the prominence of the highly contagious delta variant. the roll—out of third doses of covid vaccines for vulnerable people with weak immune systems has gone "badly wrong" according to two charities. kidney care uk and blood cancer uk say many people are still struggling to access their third jab a month after it was recommended by the vaccine experts, thejcvi. nhs england say eligible patients should be offered the injection by the end of next week. steve harrison is among those still waiting. ijust think it's been pretty terrible all the way through, really — with the communication right from the very beginning. it's made a lot of patients quite anxious and angry, because without this we're kind of almost shielding again.
vaccine passports came into effect for the first time in scotland last night. people need proof of vaccination to gain entry to nightclubs or large events. the scheme will be mandatory on the 18th of october. ajudge rejected a challenge to the roll—out by the nightclub industry. the launch of the app had been hit by technical problems. we've ultimately made a decision as a society to respect people who don't want to get vaccinated. i think that's why it's a little bit disappointing, even though i myself am double vaccinated, that there isn't an option for people who don't want to get vaccinated. we're not sort of respecting their opinions by being able to submit a negative lateral flow and then still be able to go into a nightclub. we're saying, effectively, "don't come". the headlines on bbc news: the home secretary says police must raise the bar, by taking the harassment of women more seriously. the army will begin delivering fuel to petrol stations across the uk from monday, after days of queuing at the pumps. provisional clinical trial results
suggest an experimental drug for severe covid cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half. do not be alarmed if you are anywhere else in the world, it 1215 in the uk! the president of the philippines, rodrigo duterte, has said he's retiring from politics. he'd been offered the chance to run as vice president in the election next may, because the constitution bars him from a second term in office. he won the presidency in 2016 on a platform of crushing crime and fixing the country's drugs crisis but critics say that he has encouraged police to engage in extrajudicial killings. the decision potentially clears the way for his daughter, sara duterte carpio, to contest the presidency instead. taiwan has accused china of wanton aggression after an unprecedented number of chinese military aircraft crossed into its defence on friday for island's prime ministers in china had damaged regional peace by
engaging in bullying tactics. taiwan said it scrambled combat planes toward 38 chinese military aircraft which entered the zone into waves on friday. china's national day. taiwan was seized as breakaway province and has been stepping up pressure on the island to accept chinese sovereignty. the volcano that's been erupting for the past 11 days on the spanish island of la palma is spewing out two new streams of lava, threatening further destruction. many homes and crops have been destroyed and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate since the eruption first began last month. dan johnson reports. this volcano is still really active, and there is fresh lava flowing from new vents that have opened. that means other homes and villages are under risk. more than 6,000 people now have been evacuated and are staying with friends and family or in emergency shelters. we saw people today making the decision that it's time for them to leave, to get to somewhere safe because they have lived
with this for over 11 days now, and some people arejust fed up. they have had enough and they want to get to a safe place. more than 1,000 properties have been destroyed, and this is having a really big impact, notjust on daily life here but people's livelihoods. i was talking to a fisherman in the harbour who cannot go out to sea because there is such a big exclusion zone around the area where the lava is pouring off the land, into the water and setting hard. it is actually creating new land. la palma is growing. it is such a destructive process and the fisherman thought that he may not have a future here in that industry. he may leave and potentially never return. even before it has ended, the impact of this eruption are wide ranging and long lasting. what nobody knows is just how long it is going to go on. for now, the volcano keeps erupting, the lava keeps flowing, but it's unpredictable. where is it going to go and how much more damage will it do? danjohnson, bbc news, la palma.
from gunge and slime to phone ins with pop stars, saturday morning kids tv has been entertaining children for decades. it all began 45 years ago today, when noel edmonds first presented the multi coloured swap shop and though presenters and programmes have changed through the years, it's continually kept young ones amused. and i'm pleased to say i'm joined by one of those who kept them entertained the former cbbc presenter kirsten 0'brien. good morning to you. how are you? i'm very good, thank you. dare good morning to you. how are you? i'm very good, thank you.— i'm very good, thank you. dare i miss whether _ i'm very good, thank you. dare i miss whether you _ i'm very good, thank you. dare i miss whether you miss - i'm very good, thank you. dare i miss whether you miss getting l i'm very good, thank you. dare i l miss whether you miss getting up i'm very good, thank you. dare i - miss whether you miss getting up on saturday mornings because presumably you use to get up very early to be bright and breezy by this time of the day. i bright and breezy by this time of the da . . , . bright and breezy by this time of the da. .,, ., ., bright and breezy by this time of theda. ., ., the day. i was a lot younger then and i have _ the day. i was a lot younger then and i have had _ the day. i was a lot younger then and i have had kids _ the day. i was a lot younger then and i have had kids now- the day. i was a lot younger then and i have had kids now so - the day. i was a lot younger then and i have had kids now so i - the day. i was a lot younger then and i have had kids now so i aml the day. i was a lot younger then - and i have had kids now so i am used to much harsher wake up these days! what do you think is special about saturday mornings for kids? weill.
what do you think is special about saturday mornings for kids? well, i think they are _ saturday mornings for kids? well, i think they are bitching _ saturday mornings for kids? well, i think they are bitching about - saturday mornings for kids? well, i think they are bitching about and, l think they are bitching about and, again, having little now, they are bidding about, they do not have to go to school, they are looking for something to do and that was the joy back then of all your favourite band is used to be on saturday morning telly so you could see your absolute favourite people were on whether it was interviewing pop stars, film stars, everything was happening there and then and as a kid, you could sit down, and as a presenter, i got to meet everybody. it could sit down, and as a presenter, i got to meet everybody.— i got to meet everybody. it was incredible- _ i got to meet everybody. it was incredible. swap _ i got to meet everybody. it was incredible. swap shop - i got to meet everybody. it was incredible. swap shop as - i got to meet everybody. it was incredible. swap shop as it - incredible. swap shop as it gradually became known, the multicolour bit dropping off, started in 1976 and had its own kind of purple dinosaur figure but he was not really interacting with the presenter. by the time we get to the saturday aardvark, the, dare i admit it, pop it is getting equal billing. ijust wondered what it, pop it is getting equal billing. i just wondered what that was like.
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times a programme would either go down or there would be a technical problem, especially back in the day when it was very manual, a person pressing a button and finding the tape was not there, i would have pictures to show. never now do i do live radio or anything without thinking, what is my backup if something goes wrong? so that is the training in action. did something goes wrong? so that is the training in action.— training in action. did you find there was _ training in action. did you find there was a — training in action. did you find there was a different - training in action. did you find . there was a different atmosphere training in action. did you find - there was a different atmosphere in there was a different atmosphere in the studio on a saturday morning? did everyone feel a bit more relaxed? because my memory of tv backin relaxed? because my memory of tv back in the �*70s and �*80s was that a lot of people in studios still work thais and things like that, it still felt quite formal. i'd wondered if it might feel more relaxed —— they stillwater thais. you were working in the �*90s but it felt a bit more relaxed. in the '90s but it felt a bit more relaxed. ~ , ., ., , ., relaxed. we use to get a delivery of bacon butties _ relaxed. we use to get a delivery of bacon butties and _ relaxed. we use to get a delivery of bacon butties and egg _ relaxed. we use to get a delivery of bacon butties and egg babs - relaxed. we use to get a delivery of bacon butties and egg babs to - relaxed. we use to get a delivery of bacon butties and egg babs to get l relaxed. we use to get a delivery ofl bacon butties and egg babs to get us going. i remember one time, speaking of things going wrong, they came back to as early and there man who
puppeteers 0tis had a mouthful of sandwich and so 0tis was having to speak muffled, couldn't get his words out, so people were just happy to be there. it was a joyous environment, i was really, to be there. it was a joyous environment, iwas really, really lucky to work on saturday mornings on such a big show like that. kirsten 0'brien, thank you so much for that and for celebrating the anniversary with us here on the bbc news channel for all the lovely memories you have made for kids and, indeed, some people who were not kids, parents over the years was lovely to speak to you. thank you so much. kirsten 0'brien there marking 45 years of children'stv for kids. nicholas sergent has been addressing msps in the opening of the sixth session of the scottish. the queen spoke where the snp are beginning theirfourth
spoke where the snp are beginning their fourth consecutive period spoke where the snp are beginning theirfourth consecutive period in charge but with a coalition with the greens after the elections in may. the queen talked about the importance of the parliament as the country moves towards recovery from the covid pandemic. the scottish parliament has been at the heart of scotland's response to the heart of scotland's response to the pandemic with people across this country looking to you for leadership and stewardship and i hope you will remain at the forefront as we move towards a phase of recovery. while some of you will have differences of opinion, i trust you will continue to work together. and the first minister said that despite disagreements between msps, she hoped they would find the resolve to reach consensus and common purpose for the benefit of all scots. , , ., all scots. there is, i believe, a desire across _ all scots. there is, i believe, a desire across our _ all scots. there is, i believe, a desire across our country - all scots. there is, i believe, a desire across our country as i all scots. there is, i believe, a| desire across our country as we emerge — desire across our country as we emerge from the trauma of the pandemic— emerge from the trauma of the pandemic for a better, emerge from the trauma of the pandemic fora better, more emerge from the trauma of the pandemic for a better, more hopeful approach _ pandemic for a better, more hopeful approach to—
pandemic for a better, more hopeful approach to politics and to governance. at a time when the challenges facing scotland and the world _ challenges facing scotland and the world are — challenges facing scotland and the world are so great, we cannot and must _ world are so great, we cannot and must not — world are so great, we cannot and must not allow our responses to be small _ must not allow our responses to be small the — must not allow our responses to be small. the responsibility, therefore, indeed, the duty of this si>
change — marvellous, are hankering for a change and better life.- sturgeon, the first minister. let me bring you some breaking news involving the morrisons supermarket group in the uk. a bit has been approved from clayton dublin and rice. you are watching bbc news. i should say claytonjulia and rice have won the auction for morrisons. according to the takeover panel which governs merger and acquisition agreements in the uk, they offer 280 7p agreements in the uk, they offer 280 7p per share during the course of a bidding process taking place on saturday morning. it was the bid that the board of morrisons had already agreed unanimously in favour of that takeover, so they will be delighted by the outcome. —— clayton, dubilier & rice. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor: it will not be a wash—out of a weekend, but are fairly damn afternoon for the much mystic majority of the brain heavy in some
southern areas, but we will see the strongest of the wind is confined to parts of the south and east, gail is expected here. tomorrow looking much brighter, mixed up some training showers, the strongest of the winds in the very far north of scotland. today strong winds are on the eastern end of this developing persistent rain which will head upwards to be by scotland tomorrow but underneath it, various weather fronts are combining, plenty of rain around to take us through the afternoon. a dry start across parts of eastern england, a good part of scotland and drying up across parts of northern ireland after this morning was migraine, scattering of showers across the afternoon, turning wet in central and southern scotland, maybe some parts of northern england, saudi scotland, reina late in the afternoon, driest for the form of the scotlands. 11— 15, lively showers but some sunshine in between in wales in the south—west later, winds are lighter here than this morning that the strongest on the southern counties through to east anglia, 40— 60mph gusts and some very unpleasant travelling conditions. through this
evening and overnight, strong rain and heavy winds which remain in parts of scotland as the area of low pressure moved its way northwards. elsewhere, some clearer skies, scattering of showers in the west, a fresh start to sunday morning with deborah bridges down into single figures for the vast majority. the chart for sunday shows low pressure centred by this stage and it is around that that we will see the strongest of the winds, but we are bringing in fairly cool air masses from the north and west with a mixture of sunshine and showers for the vast majority, driest conditions to begin with and eastern areas, something dry all day long the one or two showers possible into the afternoon as the breeze picks up your, strong winds in the far east of scotland with shetland, especially with 16— 17 up our wins and it will spill cool in the breeze, offset with mongers and your spouse. there will be some sunshine in london for the marathon and perfect running conditions for many. a few showers potentially later in the day as the day picks up, much more sherry for the belfast marathon, of course, which is also
hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the home secretary says police must "raise the bar" by taking the harassment of women more seriously. her thoughts are echoed by health secretary, sajid javid. the metropolitan police have said about reforms that they will be looking at, that is absolutely right. we also need to look at what government can do to build that confidence. after days of queuing at the pumps, the army will begin delivering fuel to petrol stations across the uk from monday. the queen officially opens the sixth session of the scottish parliament at holyrood. provisional clinical trial results suggest an experimental drug for severe covid cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half. and two new streams of lava pose a further threat of destruction as the la palma volcano forces thousands more to flee.