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today at six — a warning to pregnant women to get covid—jabbed, due to the high risk of serious illness if infected. one woman, unvaccinated and pregnant with twins, describes her hospital nightmare. they were taking decisions on my life, thinking, 0k, this woman might not make it. i wouldn't want any woman to face what i faced. between july and september one betweenjuly and september one in six macro covid patients needing the most critical care in england were unvaccinated pregnant women. they're more likely to need intensive care. they are also more likely to give birth prematurely, which has long—term effects for the baby also on the programme... industry leaders tell ministers to stop "sitting on their hands," and find a solution,
to soaring energy costs. all they do is talk and the problem is to get action on the ground, and that's what i've been trying to do for the last 40 years. prince charles tells the bbc politicians must take bold action on climate change, rather than "just talk". and, captain kirk, the actor william shatner, explains why he'll soon be going into space, to explore, the final frontier. and coming up on the bbc news channel, it is another night of world cup qualifying as wales continue their bid for a place in qatar. they take on estonia in tallinn. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six.
the nhs is appealing to all pregnant women to get their coronavirus jabs, as new figures show one in six of the most critically ill covid patients is pregnant and unvaccinated. the royal college of midwives says pregnant women are at a greater risk of becoming severely ill from the virus. nhs england found that betweenjuly and september, out of 118 people who needed the most intensive kind of life support, 20 were pregnant women, with 19 unvaccinated. one had received a single dose of a covid vaccine. here's our health reporter, hugh pym. we've been trying to have a baby for a long time now. i can't believe we are still both here, to be honest. it's not long now and he's going to be in the world.— be in the world. claire is reliving her covid deal _ be in the world. claire is reliving her covid deal in _ be in the world. claire is reliving her covid deal in july, _ be in the world. claire is reliving her covid deal in july, seriouslyl her covid deal injuly, seriously ill when she was 26 weeks pregnant and then on a ventilator in
intensive care 12 days. i thought i was auoin intensive care 12 days. i thought i was going to _ intensive care 12 days. i thought i was going to die _ intensive care 12 days. i thought i was going to die and _ intensive care 12 days. i thought i was going to die and i _ intensive care 12 days. i thought i was going to die and i thought. intensive care 12 days. i thought i was going to die and i thought he was going to die and i thought he was going to die and i thought he was going to die and we'd waited so long for this family that that was the greatest fear, that my husband was going to lose us both. claire was going to lose us both. claire was about _ was going to lose us both. claire was about to _ was going to lose us both. claire was about to book— was going to lose us both. claire was about to book her— was going to lose us both. claire was about to book her first jab i was going to lose us both. claire was about to book her first jab but was about to book her firstjab but it was too late, she got the virus. along with medical experts she's appealing to all expectant to get vaccinated. some said the guidelines earlier this year were confusing but health leaders say covid creates serious risks for pregnant women. it serious risks for pregnant women. if they become unwell with covid—19 they become unwell with covid—19 they are more likely to need intensive care. they are also more likely to give birth prematurely, and that has a long—term effect for the baby. they are unfortunately more likely to have a stillbirth and much more likely to have a cesarean section. ., ., ., , ., section. here at royal papworth hosital section. here at royal papworth hospital in _ section. here at royal papworth hospital in cambridge, - section. here at royal papworth hospital in cambridge, there . section. here at royal papworth hospital in cambridge, there is| section. here at royal papworthl hospital in cambridge, there is a specialist unit using technology known as ecmo, in effect an artificial lung. some women who have
just had their babies have become so sick that they have had to brought here for treatment with the most intensive form of life support available for covid—19 patients. rachel is a consultant in intensive care. she has witnessed the heartache for mothers separated from their babies. i heartache for mothers separated from their babies. ., , their babies. i think it is devastating _ their babies. i think it is devastating for - their babies. i think it is devastating for the - their babies. i think it is - devastating for the mother, for their babies. i think it is _ devastating for the mother, for the family and for our staff, seeing a woman separated from their baby for weeks, it could be months. i often see tears in the unit from both sides. ,, . , see tears in the unit from both sides. ,, ., , ., ., , sides. she was one of those mums, twins were — sides. she was one of those mums, twins were by _ sides. she was one of those mums, twins were by emergency _ sides. she was one of those mums, twins were by emergency cesarean l twins were by emergency cesarean because she was so ill with covid. she had to be transferred without them to intensive care at royal papworth. them to intensive care at royal pa worth. ~ them to intensive care at royal papworth-— them to intensive care at royal paworth. ~ ., .,, , , papworth. while i was asleep my twins were _ papworth. while i was asleep my twins were born. _ papworth. while i was asleep my twins were born. i— papworth. while i was asleep my twins were born. i had no - papworth. while i was asleep my | twins were born. i had no idea my babies were born. they were kept
somewhere else. i'm lying down somewhere else. i'm lying down somewhere else. i'm lying down somewhere else deteriorating, and they were taking the decisions on my life thinking, 0k, they were taking the decisions on my life thinking, ok, this woman might not make it. life thinking, ok, this woman might not make it— not make it. sultana says she didn't aet not make it. sultana says she didn't net to hold not make it. sultana says she didn't get to hold her _ not make it. sultana says she didn't get to hold her baby _ not make it. sultana says she didn't get to hold her baby girls _ not make it. sultana says she didn't get to hold her baby girls for - get to hold her baby girls for weeks. ., ' , , get to hold her baby girls for weeks. ., ' , ., weeks. for 41 days, this will always be a aa- weeks. for 41 days, this will always be a gap in — weeks. for 41 days, this will always be a gap in my _ weeks. for 41 days, this will always be a gap in my life. _ weeks. for 41 days, this will always be a gap in my life. my— weeks. for 41 days, this will always be a gap in my life. my husband - weeks. for 41 days, this will always | be a gap in my life. my husband was taking care of them, changing their nappies. my sister was doing that. why i was not doing that? that gap can never be filled, regardless, i have the diaries, i have the photos, i was them through the screen. so i wouldn't want any woman to face what i faced. wouldn't want any woman to face what ifaced. we wouldn't want any woman to face what i faced. we are so excited today! these are happier times. she hadn't had ajaber these are happier times. she hadn't had a jaber because she got ill in the early stages of the vaccine roll—out, but her plea to all
expectant mothers is to get vaccinated as it can help families as well as protecting mums to be. —— hadn't had a jab. the health secretary sajid javid has written to secondary school students urging them to getjabbed. the government has pledged to offer vaccinations to all 12—15 year olds before the half term break this month, beginning on friday. but in england, only 11% in that age group have been vaccinated so far. in wales, the figure's 24% — and scotland 36%. northern ireland has not begun vaccinations of this age group yet. here's our health correspondent, dominic hughes. the decision to vaccinate all 12 to 15—year—olds was complicated. the health case was finely balanced, but other factors, like the impact on education through missed school days, meant the uk's chief medical officers decided it should go ahead. for this head teacher in greater manchester, it was the right decision but not
one he wants to force on parents. we make sure we give all the information to the parents from the local authority. we've been very clear that we are not a vaccination centre. we haven't been effectively promoting vaccinations and we've left it up to the parents and the pupil to make that decision. well, it's now three weeks since the launch of this vaccination programme for 12 to 15—year—olds but there are some concerns that, in england at least, it's been a bit of a slow start. a number of factors have affected the roll—out. schools need to get parents to sign consent forms. parents who are hesitant about vaccines need to have a discussion with a health professional to address their concerns. and while drop—in centres are used in scotland, jabs in england are only delivered in schools. high infection rates among pupils have also delayed the process. you have to wait 28 days after testing positive before you have the vaccine. so far, vaccination rates in scotland are much higher. perhaps reflecting that use of drop—in centres. the nhs in england says almost 200,000 children have already been jabbed and experts believe the programme will
make a difference. not only does this vaccine help to prevent severe disease and hospitalisations and, of course, deaths, but it also helps to reduce transmission, so if we have 12 to 15—year—olds vaccinated, they are not only less likely to be sick, but they are also much less likely to give this virus to someone else. and the parents we met in altrincham were happy to give their consent. they need to be secure as well. for their education, too? that's correct, to stop spreading the virus, definitely in the class, because there are many students in there, so why not? we just looked at both the positives and the negative sides of the vaccinations and we decided, in terms of avoiding the risk for covid, we would like to take the pfizer for my son, actually. there are some concerns that, after a good start, the vaccination programme across the uk has stalled, at least compared to other european nations.
the progress of this latest roll—out will be an important test. dominic hughes, bbc news, altrincham. anyone in wales wanting to visit nightclubs or large events, nightclubs or large events will, from today, need to prove they've had two doses of a covid vaccine, or produce a negative lateral flow test. the welsh government says it hopes the rules will ease pressure on the nhs this winter. hywel griffith, reports now from cardiff. rickets. — there's the tickets. upper circle. - and your covid passes. produce your pass, pick out your paperwork. and your lateral flow test, please. or proof of a negative test. there is no way into this concert without one. i don't see any issue with it at all, to be honest. it's very straightforward and, yeah, no problem at all. it rejected my identity, so i've done a lateral flow test instead. covid passes have already been used at some festivals and, ahead of this gig, not everyone got the message. it's a small venue, we're wearing masks and, yet, you know, they won't let us come in.
so how do you get your hands on one? stephen is a double—jabbed student in swansea. so it is asking me to record a short video. a video? of my face while i tell... while you tell it four numbers. two, one, seven, six. after all that, it arrived. stephen wouldn't mind the pass becoming permanent. i am happy to do this continuously now, like, forever. if that's what it takes. it's like a new thing, if that's what it takes now, it's just the new normal, that's what we do have for the rest of our lives, then that's what it is. but research suggests around about a third of people are opposed to the idea of having to show a pass. for some people, mandation can be counter—productive, you know? we do see this, that some people will say, well, actually, now, i don't want to get it. and there have been criticisms that perhaps the system is open to gaming, or people putting in fake covid—19 tests. there is a £60 fine for faking a test, but it depends on people reporting their own result. the point of the fine is mostly
to be a deterrent to somebody... who's going to police it? well, the policing of it can be done through the checking system that we have, but it's not the point of it. the point of the system is to keep you safe and other people safe. having a pass isn't the same as not having the virus, but, from today, these students will need one for a night out. have you got your covid pass yet? no, i have not, sorry. do you know about the scheme? do you know what you have to do? i found out a few hours ago. soon, passes may notjust be for entry to clubs, concerts and stadiums. the welsh government says it could add care homes and hospitals to the list if covid cases rise. hywel griffiths, bbc news. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk, show there were 40,224 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period.
that means on average there were nearly 38,000 new cases per day, in the last week. as of friday, there were more than 6,500 people in hospital in the uk, with coronavirus. another 28 deaths have been recorded, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive test. on vaccinations, 85.5% of the population aged 12 and over, have had their first dose of a vaccine, and 78.6%, have been double jabbed. the business secretary, kwasi kwarteng, has now made a formal request to the chancellor, to support industries affected
by soaring energy prices. yesterday, treasury officials accused him of making up claims he'd already discussed the issue with them. the steel industry has asked ministers to stop "sitting on their hands" — and come up with a swift solution. here's colletta smith. welcome to europe's biggest bottling plant. they make 5 million bottles a day here. and these furnaces have to get up to 1600 celsius. it's incredibly hot in here! and it is all powered by gas. it is extraordinary times, we haven't seen anything like this since we started in business. at the moment, domestic customers are partly shielded from the current price spike because of the price cap and fixed deals, but big companies like this one are feeling the heat right now. they are charged a new rate for gas each day, reflecting the global market, so the price they are having to pay to run this place feels nearly as high as the temperature. we have little option but to pass these prices on to our customers who will, in theory, pass them onto retail and consumer is and that should be a big concern, i guess, for government and for all of us. we are only a couple of miles down the road but this is where we will all feel the impact because products made using that
expensive gas will be hitting the shelves within the next couple of weeks and we will all be having to pay more as a result. so should the government step in to help big business? what about all companies? know what i mean? the small independent shops and hairdressers, all companies, they are desperate but what about the families on the street as well? why should it be just companies? you know, it is something about the prices that needs addressing full—stop, really. if the government is going to pay the gas bill, then they— should own the company. why should the british taxpayer pay? things are going up all the time. you know, things that were 20p last week are now 29p and 39p. everything is going to go up. a few weeks ago, the government decided they would step in and pay their gas bill for cf industries so they could keep making carbon dioxide. that funding has come to an end and today we heard a deal has been raised forfood companies
to just pay more for the carbon dioxide they buy. but, with gas prices staying high, other industries are now demanding the same treatment. either the government foots the bill or customers will be paying more at the tills. colletta smith, bbc news. our political correspondent nick eardley is at westminster. there eardley is at westminster. was confusion over wha business there was confusion over what the business secretary claimed the treasury was doing to help businesses in all of this, is that it now cleared up?— it now cleared up? despite the warninus it now cleared up? despite the warnings about _ it now cleared up? despite the warnings about how _ it now cleared up? despite the warnings about how serious i it now cleared up? despite the| warnings about how serious the situation could be for some businesses and for jobs situation could be for some businesses and forjobs around the country, we have had this pretty remarkable public spat between the treasury and the business department. yesterday, the business secretary told the bbc that he was in talks with the chancellor about trying to find solutions, but a treasury source said that was a mistake. the treasury nor the chancellor weren't involved in this process at all and with the prime minister on holiday, it was led to
his spokesman to pick up the pieces and say, of course, ministers are working across departments to try and come up with a solution. this evening, we do have a bit of clarity on what is going on behind closed doors. the business secretary has made a formal application to the treasury for help for these high energy intensity companies over the next few weeks and months. there is some reluctance in government to p"°p up some reluctance in government to prop up some companies that are otherwise profitable in the long term, so i think that if there is any support, it will be targeted and temporary, but it is worth remembering that the last 36 hours has shown us the two departments leading this charge, the relations between them are far than rosy — far from rosy. between them are far than rosy - far from ros . . ., between them are far than rosy - far from ros . w' ., ., between them are far than rosy - far from ros . w ., ,, i. the time is 6:16 pm. our top story... a warning to pregnant women to get covid jabbed as betweenjuly and
covid jabbed as between july and september, covid jabbed as betweenjuly and september, one in six covid patients needing the most critical care in england where unvaccinated pregnant women. coming up, dozens of people arrested in dawn raids after a police operation to smash an organised crime ring making fake passports for criminals. coming up in sportsday on the bbc news channel, england's marcus rashford talks to us about the support he's received since he missed this penalty at the euros and the subsequent abuse he suffered. prince charles has told the bbc that world leaders gathering at the un climate change conference in glasgow next month must take bold action on global warming, rather than "just talk." in a wide—ranging interview, the prince of wales also said he understands why climate change activists take to the streets, but that actions like blocking roads aren't helpful. he spoke to our climate editor, justin rowlatt, in the gardens of the balmoral estate. lovely to see you. great to see you.
this was a rather empty field that the farm didn't need any more, so i thought, "ah." the great thing was i managed to plant it the same year my grandson was born, the eldest, george. it's a legacy, an inheritance for your grandchildren. how worried are you about the state of that inheritance? deeply worried. i've always felt that we are somehow trained to believe that nature is a separate thing from us and we can just exploit and control and suppress everything about it, without suffering the consequences. the narrative has changed. you know, lots of the things that you said are now mainstream. it's taken far too long. and world leaders are gathering in glasgow to talk about the kind of issues that you were... yeah, but they just talk. and the problem is to get action on the ground, which is what i've been trying to do for the last 40 years. what about the people that protest? what about, kind of, extinction rebellion? do you understand why they go out? yes, of course i do,
but it isn't helpful, i don't think, to do it in a way that alienates people. so i totally understand the frustration. the difficulty is how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive, rather than destructive? so people should really notice how despairing so many young are. is our government doing enough to make these things happen? i couldn't possibly comment. it's true to say that you've got a pretty hefty carbon footprint. it must take a lot of gas to heat a palace. yes, yes, but i have tried, for a very long time, to make sure that the heating's done in a way that's as sustainable as possible. so i've got electric cars. like my old aston martin, which i've had for 51 years, runs on, can you believe this, surplus english white wine. and whey from the cheese process. so what would you say to people watching this in terms of diet? should they be eating less meat? for years, i haven't eaten meat and fish on two days a week.
and i don't eat dairy products on one day of the week. it's an autumn garden, isn't it? it's really for autumn colour. and a bit of spring. a lot of parts of britain arejust prairie farms. avenues... one of the things i've been wanting to do... avenues of trees? yes, i've been wanting to help plant avenues of trees which can commemorate all the people that have died this pandemic. died during this pandemic. in fact, there was a wonderful example in australia, after the first world war, when they planted avenues of trees to commemorate all the people who died. when you take what a difference, you know, urban trees make, and they are wonderful in the landscape as well. prince charles talking to our climate editor justin rowlatt there. the family of a healthcare worker who died after the manchester arena bombing have criticised the north west ambulance service
——bombing have criticised some emergency services for making "mistake, after mistake". john atkinson might have survived if he had been treated properly. today his family refused to accept an apology from the service's operational commander on the night. mr atkinson suffered a fatal cardiac arrest more than an hour after the blast having suffered severe loss of blood. judith moritz reports. john atkinson was badly hurt in the bombing at manchester arena but it was nearly an hour before he got professional medical help. ambulances raced to the scene, but most paramedics stayed outside the building and it was decided that casualties should be lifted downstairs to the station next door for treatment. but there were no stretchers and john atkinson was dragged along this bridge on a display board, which broke. a police officer asked for help but the paramedic in command said he should be left where he was, and last week apologised to mr atkinson's family. all the paramedics, all the emergency responders that went to that scene wanted to do their very best,
and i am truly sorry if any decision that i made, any decision, impacted on his survivability. john atkinson's father, his mother and sisters have listened to days of heartbreaking evidence and say they believe mistake after mistake was made in his case. this should never have been allowed to happen. john had so much more to give. we heard the apology last week from mr smith from the north west ambulance service. we cannot accept this apology. actions speak louder than words and we want to see what actions are taken to ensure that this never happens again. in stark contrast to their anger at the emergency services, john atkinson's family have called the member of the public who stayed withjohn for an hour a hero, saying that the kindness of strangers has offered them a glimmer of hope in their darkest moments. john atkinson had a caring nature.
he worked with autistic children. his family say his death has left a massive void and raises so many questions which need to be answered. judith moritz, bbc news, manchester. the metropolitan police has decided not take any further action against the duke of york, following a review into sexual assault allegations against him. an american woman, virginia giuffre, is suing prince andrew in america, claiming she was assaulted when she was a teenager. he's consistently denied any wrongdoing. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell is here. so where does this leave the prince? virginia giuffre was not interviewed by the metropolitan police as part of this enquiry, they last spoke to her some years ago, as i understand it. this was a paper—based review, at the end of which the metropolitan police has decided not to take it any further. one must assume that is any further. one must assume that is a matter of relief for prince andrew but of course this matter is not
over. the civil lawsuit in new york continues and, having for months appeared to want to ignore it in the hope presumably it would go away, andrew and his lawyers have clearly changed their tactics. they have no appointed lawyers in the united states to represent him in the lit civil lawsuit but here is the thing i think we'll be occupying the thoughts of other members of the royal family and royal officials, thoughts of other members of the royalfamily and royal officials, we are now less than four months from the start of the queen's platinum jubilee when she will market, and many people in this country will want to celebrate, her 70 years on the throne — she will mark. there is no doubt the family will hope he can establish his innocence. he has repeatedly said that there has been no impropriety, but there are real reputational issues here as other members of the royal family must realise. will we see andrew again in public? will we see him, for example, riding as part of the jubilee trooping the colour, as colonel in chief of the grenadier
guards? ~ ., . ~' colonel in chief of the grenadier guards? ~ ., a ., , guards? well, iwonder. nick, many thanks. guards? well, iwonder. nick, many thanks- the — guards? well, iwonder. nick, many thanks. the coroner _ guards? well, iwonder. nick, many thanks. the coroner has _ guards? well, iwonder. nick, many thanks. the coroner has concluded l thanks. the coroner has concluded that warwick university missed opportunities to engage with a student who disengaged from his course and took his own life. william bargate, in his second year, was found dead near his family home last october. the inquest heard that a referral to the university �*s well—being service wasn't triggered, despite the student's failure to submit attend exams and respond to university e—mails. dozens of men have been arrested, after a police operation to smash an organised crime ring, supplying fraudulent passports to criminals. officers from the national crime agency, raided homes across the uk in the early hours, following a europe wide investigation. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds has the details. it's 5am, and quietly, at least at first, the national crime agency moves in for the climax of an investigation which has taken years. shouting
the target, a gang which allegedly supplied bespoke passports for serious criminals. the national crime agency believes that this is a criminal group providing a genuinely important service to other suspected criminal groups, providing them with fraudulently obtained but genuine passports, not forged, and that means they are extremely valuable in international crime. according to the nca, the gang would obtain passports for specific criminal clients by finding someone with an existing passport who looked like them, and paying this person to apply for a replacement. when the application was sent in, the client's picture was sent, rather than that of the original passport holder, allowing the client to travel using a false identity. we have a lot of criminal groups out there, all of whom were looking for this service.
we worked with our colleagues in the passport office to, first of all, close that gap but also to exploit it so we could identify those individuals who were applying for the passports. the national crime agency says it allowed them to track down criminals like jamie acourt, currently serving nine years for drug offences. he was also a suspect in the stephen lawrence murder. more than 100 people allegedly using the passports have been arrested for serious crimes. and the way the passport office handles applications for replacements has been tightened up. tom symonds, bbc news, south london. his character and crew boldly went where no others had been before. but now william shatner, who played captain kirk in the cult �*60s television series star trek, will finally make his own journey. he'll be onboard the spacecraft developed by the multi—billionaire founder of amazon,
jeff bezos and, at 90, he'll become the oldest person to travel to the edge of space. our correspondent, sophie long, has more from texas. as cool and calm as captainjames t kirk. for decades, he played a character synonymous with space exploration. now, at 90 years of age, he is preparing to boldly go where no living sci—fi star has gone before, proving you are never too old to really be who you want to be. whata thing... he's the oldest guy to go into space. i want to have the vision, i want to see space, i want to see the earth. i want to see what we need to do to save earth. i want to have a perspective that hasn't been shown to me before. and you are going to hear the engine cut off. his highly anticipated blastoff has reignited interest both in the star trek... that's what i would have done. ..and blue origin brands, taking the world of pr to a stratospheric level. now, fire blind, lay down a path. this second blue origin passenger
flight came after employees claimed the company had a toxic environment and failed to adhere to proper safety protocols. accusations it denies. thatjust hasn't been my experience of blue. we are exceedingly thorough. i have worked on new shepherd for eight years now in a variety of roles and i can't say enough about the team of professionals that work on this programme, from the earliest days up through now as we have started our human flights, and safety has always been our top priority. # rocket man # burning out his fuse out here alone... there is debate over whether they will return to earth astronauts, but, as shatner said, he will be a real rocket man. oh, wow! he'll experience weightlessness during a journey that should last less than 11 minutes. the billionaires leading the space race say it is more than a rocket—fuelled ego trip. they claim it could help us all to live long and prosper. sophie long, bbc news, west texas.
time for a look at all the weather news and matt taylor is here in the studio, it is a pleasure to have you. lovely to be back, it has been a while and i don't bring you the finalfrontier but while and i don't bring you the final frontier but the glorious view of aurora from earlier in the month across scotland and there is a chance and if you could see that repeated tonight. i say a few because the big spoiler in the story is cloud, running around this area of high pressure which will bring to us all in coming days but that cloud around the eastern edge bringing quite a lot of rain around scotland today and will extend further southwards, blotting out the view of aurora for many, the best chance across the far north—east of scotland. there will be clearer skies further south but a chilly night, temperatures last night down to two or three degrees, similar story tonight. much milder elsewhere with the cloud in place. tomorrow, more cloud generally speaking, some sunshine in orkney and shetland is but even here, more cloud than we