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today at six, whether it's on the railway, on the roads or in the air it's a bad time to be thinking of travelling. the biggest daily rise in petrol prices for seventeen years — filling a family car could cost more than £100 by the end of the week. and if you're thinking of letting the train take the strain, there's a planned rail strikejust in time for the headingley test match and glastonbury. i think it is going to be a complete nightmare with the cost of the fuel and the train tickets themselves that i can't use. and the train tickets themselves that i can't use. and what hope of an end to air travel misery? also today... two weeks on from the mass shooting at a primary school in texas, us politicans hear harrowing evidence from survivors,— including a child who
pretended to be shot. our current wait time for a doctor, seven and a half hours. telling it like it is — the reality for patients at an essex a&e department and a new report that calls for better nhs leadership to tackle its problems. the commonwealth games in birmingham, the showcase sporting event of the summer, but organisers are still trying to recruit thousands of workers. and coming up on the bbc news channel... wales are back in action after the high of reaching a first world cup in 64 years. they take on netherlands in the nations league tonight. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. it's the prefect travel storm. the next few weeks are likely to see anyone on the move facing misery whether they're on the roads,
planning a railwayjourney, or hoping to get away by air. the price of petrol saw its biggest dailyjump in 17 years yesterday straining family budgets even more than they are already. on the railways the rmt union is planning a walk—out of thousands of its members onjune 21st, 23rd and 25th. downing street has called the move selfish and both the union and industry officials are under pressure to renew talks. and then there's the disruption to flights caused largely by staff shortages which are unlikely to be resolved soon. our travel correspondent katy austin has more. prices at the pumps are up again. it is £2 a litre. it was a big surprise. i is £2 a litre. it was a big surprise-— is £2 a litre. it was a big surrise. ., , surprise. i do deliveries part-time and it is not _ surprise. i do deliveries part-time and it is not worth _ surprise. i do deliveries part-time and it is not worth it _ surprise. i do deliveries part-time and it is not worth it any - surprise. i do deliveries part-time and it is not worth it any more. i surprise. i do deliveries part-timel and it is not worth it any more. we have gone — and it is not worth it any more. we have gone electric and that is the reason, _ have gone electric and that is the reason, because _ have gone electric and that is the reason, because the _ have gone electric and that is the reason, because the price, - have gone electric and that is the
reason, because the price, as- have gone electric and that is thel reason, because the price, as you can see, — reason, because the price, as you can see, £2 — reason, because the price, as you can see, £2 for— reason, because the price, as you can see, £2 for diesel, _ reason, because the price, as you can see, £2 for diesel, it - reason, because the price, as you can see, £2 for diesel, it was - can see, £2 for diesel, it was impossible _ can see, £2 for diesel, it was impossible-— impossible. the rac says it yesterday's _ impossible. the rac says it yesterday's petrol- impossible. the rac says it yesterday's petrol price - impossible. the rac says it. yesterday's petrol price jump impossible. the rac says it - yesterday's petrol price jump of 2p a litre was the biggest in 17 years, a litre was the biggest in 17 years, a cocktail of factors are being blamed, including the fallout from russia's invasion of ukraine and the current exchange rate. as motorists pay more than ever to fill up their tanks, there is travel misery ahead for people planning to take the train if the biggest rail strike in decades goes ahead the week after next. the three days of proposed action will affect the whole week in which the first in—person glastonbury festival since 2019 will take place, among other events and some gcse exams. glastonbury volunteer robin was meant to be travelling down on the tuesday. it travelling down on the tuesday. it means i will probably end up driving, which puts another car on the road, which is against everything that glastonbury stands for, it is against what i stand for. i try to be as environmentally friendly as i can, not to mention
the cost with the fuel and the train tickets themselves. the the cost with the fuel and the train tickets themselves.— the cost with the fuel and the train tickets themselves. the rmt union sa s tickets themselves. the rmt union says strikes — tickets themselves. the rmt union says strikes are _ tickets themselves. the rmt union says strikes are on _ tickets themselves. the rmt union says strikes are on the _ tickets themselves. the rmt union says strikes are on the cards - says strikes are on the cards because after of pay freezes rail workers need a pay offer which reflects the rising cost of living. it has also accused network rail which maintains and operates the railway, or planning thousands of job cuts. we railway, or planning thousands of “0b cuts. ~ .., ., railway, or planning thousands of 'obcuts. ., _, job cuts. we cannot possibly sit round while _ job cuts. we cannot possibly sit round while our _ job cuts. we cannot possibly sit round while our members - job cuts. we cannot possibly sit i round while our members become poorer and they are going to lose theirjobs. that is not acceptable to us and my members expect us to have a robust response to employers and be who are completely aggressive towards our members and who are putting them under threat threat. the rail industry is under pressure to save money. billions of taxpayers permit cash was used to keep services running during the pandemic and the government effectively took control of the railways. passenger numbers and review have not recovered before the pandemic. network rail says no firm job losses have been proposed and rail bosses are hoping for talks with the rmt in
the next few days. we recognise that in order to run the rail more efficiently, we need fewer people. we are using technology that was not possible ten years ago, but we want to do that in agreement with the rmt and with the people who volunteer to leave. what makes the planned strike unusual is the involvement of network rail who staff include crucial signallers. network rail who staff include crucialsignallers. freight as network rail who staff include crucial signallers. freight as well as passengers would be severely affected. plans are now being worked on to keep vital goods moving as much as possible. for example, fuel for power stations and products travelling to supermarkets in scotland. freight could take priority over passengers at times. meanwhile, disruption at the airport and flight cancellations continue amid staff shortages, including of baggage handlers. this footage of powered up luggage was taken at manchester airport today. the boss of heathrow has warned it could take up of heathrow has warned it could take up to 18 months for them to get back
up up to 18 months for them to get back up to 18 months for them to get back up to full capacity. whether it is by car, train or plane, it is looking like a turbulent summer ahead. katie austen, bbc news. katie austen, bbc news. the uk economy is predicted to stagnate next year as inflation remains high according to the economic think tank, the organisation for economic cooperation and development. our business editor simonjack is with me. simon, making any sort of forecast in such a volatile economic environment is pretty difficult? it is pretty hard and these are forecast from a think tank, but it is a well—known one and its analysis is a well—known one and its analysis is followed of the global development economies. and that there is some good, bad and some ugly for you today. the good is, this year the uk is forecast to be the fastest growing economy of the g7 at 3.6%. bear in mind it had one of the steepest falls, so there is a trampoline effect as it comes back up. it is helped by an earlier reopening of the economy. here is
the bad, next year we go from the past as to the slowest growing economy at 0%. this does not include the recent package of help by rishi sunak which may alter it a bit, but they say it is that trade as a percentage of our economy has been hard hit. then back to the top of the league for the ugly, which is inflation, forecast as we know to hit io%. inflation, forecast as we know to hit 10%. again the uk imports more thanit hit 10%. again the uk imports more than it exports and the uk economy has been weaker when it comes to oil and gas which trades in dollars. that is the key thing influencing politics, people's lives at the moment. you saw from katie austin's package that people feel their living standards are going down and they are getting poorer every day and the cost of living is outstripping wages. you can see the battle for pay is well and truly under way. the bank of england says it cannot bow to pressure for high pay rises and that will stoke
inflation further and that infuriates the unions and this will not be the last industrial battle we see this summer. just two weeks ago we reported on the mass shooting at a primary school in texas. an 18—year—old gunman used a powerful assault rifle to kill 19 students and two teachers. since then there's been yet another nationwide debate about the sale of firearms. today a congressional committee has been hearing evidence from survivors and their families. 0ur north america editor sarah smith reports, and some of what you'll hear is quite distressing. this is the last photograph of lexi, getting a school prize just hours before she was shot dead, the last time her parents or her. you don't want to think _ time her parents or her. you don't want to think of _ time her parents or her. you don't want to think of lexi _ time her parents or her. you don't want to think of lexi is _ time her parents or her. you don't want to think of lexi is just - time her parents or her. you don't want to think of lexi isjust a - want to think of lexi is just a number. she was intelligent, compassionate and athletic. she was quiet, shy unless she had a point to make. when she was right, as she so often was, she was firm, direct.
kimberly rubio is demanding lawmakers take action on gun control to ban assault weapons like the one used in uvalde, texas. 50 to ban assault weapons like the one used in uvalde, texas.— used in uvalde, texas. so today we stand for lexi _ used in uvalde, texas. so today we stand for lexi and _ used in uvalde, texas. so today we stand for lexi and as _ used in uvalde, texas. so today we stand for lexi and as her— used in uvalde, texas. so today we stand for lexi and as her voice - used in uvalde, texas. so today we stand for lexi and as her voice we l stand for lexi and as her voice we demand action. we seek a ban on assault rifles and high—capacity magazines. we understand that for some reason for some people, two people with money, to people who fund political campaigns, the guns are more important than children. at this moment we ask for progress. mia was in the classroom when the gunman burst in. in this video recorded for the committee she describes smearing herself in the blood of a classmate to pretend she was dead. he herself in the blood of a classmate to pretend she was dead.— herself in the blood of a classmate to pretend she was dead. he shot my friend and i — to pretend she was dead. he shot my friend and i thought _ to pretend she was dead. he shot my friend and i thought he _ to pretend she was dead. he shot my friend and i thought he was _ to pretend she was dead. he shot my friend and i thought he was going - to pretend she was dead. he shot my friend and i thought he was going to l friend and i thought he was going to come back to the room, so i grabbed
some blood and put it all over me. there are now cross—party talks on gun control, but unless democrats and republicans can agree, there can be no new laws. any legislation will fall far short of what has been demanded. there will not be a ban on assault weapons, expanded background checks is likely to be the most they can agree on, and even that is far from certain. the school shooting in texas has forced a national conversation on gun control, highlighting an epidemic of mass shootings, nearly 250 already this year, but it has not provoked any kind of consensus about what action to take. sarah smith, bbc news, washington. whether its staff shortages, creaking infrastructure or a shortage of beds, we all know the scale of the challenges facing the nhs. a report released today, and commissioned by health secretary sajid javid, has added problems with leadership into the mix. it says better training for managers would lead to better outcomes for patients.
0ur health editor hugh pym begins his report at an a&e department in essex. a patient�*s view of the a&e department at harlow in essex on monday night. see if you think that's acceptable. i discussed that video in an interview today with the health secretary, sajid javid. this is not what anyone wants to see. and they are... that's people's real experience in an a&e unit, waiting hours and hours and hours. it is in some parts of the country, and it's not what i want to see. it's not what anyone in the nhs wants to see. and that is exactly why we're providing this record level of support. 0n the day where i'm not crying
at the end of a shift, i'm just glad i survived. carmen, who's a member of the royal college of nursing, says staff shortages and stress have left her considering herfuture in thejob. not a week goes by where i don't think that maybe i'll have to leave eventually. how close to it are you? in an ideal world, i'd love to stay. i trained, you know, a few years to enter this profession, and i'd very much regret leaving. i'd be extremely upset about leaving colleagues behind. but ijust don't see a long—term future in nursing. this is the general. so could improved leadership help solve some of these staff retention problems? a retired general was brought in to help run a review. i think that, with better. leadership at every level, the outcomes for patients i and service users of all kinds and the productivity _ of the organisation can be improved.
mrjavid said he would accept the report's recommendations, including improving diversity and getting the best managers into the most challenging areas. i think, in some regions, the nhs trust has just been constantly challenged there with poor leadership, and one of the difficulties is getting the best leaders to move to those regions. and what this report talks about is exactly how you can do that, how you can incentivise that, how you can have the right packages. the health secretary and the general opened a new ward on today's visit. the question now — will their leadership review cut through for staff and patients? hugh pym, bbc news. a woman has been killed and 12 others injured after a car drove into a crowd on a street in berlin. the person who died was a schoolteacher who was on a trip with a class of teenagers. it happened during the morning rush—hour on one of the busiest shopping streets in the west
of the city. police say it's not known if the incident was an accident or intentional. the driver, a 29—year—old man, has been arrested. ukraine's second city of kharkiv has come under renewed attack with a number of russian missile strikes over the past 2a hours. although russia's main focus remains the donbas region further south, kharkiv is just 20 miles from the border and the strikes have raised concerns that it could again become a target for intensive russian artillery fire. wyre davies has this report from the city. after a relatively benign few weeks, kharkiv has again become the focus of russian attacks. a late—night missile strike on this shopping centre in the eastern suburbs caused considerable damage but no casualties. elsewhere in the city, a man was reportedly killed and several others injured in another bombing. munitions explode. right at the start of this war, as russian troops invaded, there was intense fighting around kharkiv, a key russian objective.
ukraine's second largest city, an important industrial complex and just 20 miles from the russian border. but ukrainian troops prevailed... man shouts. ..forcing the russians back, but not far. and that's the problem. from just across the border, kharkiv and its 1.4 million residents are still well within range of russian artillery and missiles. translation: we are worried - because people started coming back to the city with their children and families, yet it's all starting again, really bad things, the bombardments are even more intense. much of the focus of recent russian attacks has been down in the donbas region, but recent intelligence reports do suggest that the russians might be
regrouping and refocusing, attacking again places like kharkiv further to the north. it's a monumental effort defending the donbas cities of severodonetsk and lysychansk, where civilians struggle to survive under relentless russian fire. if russia was to amplify the northern and eastern fronts, it would undoubtedly stretch limited ukrainian resources. president zelensky has appealed for more military help. longer range rocket launchers have been promised by the uk and others. but time is of the essence. munitions explode. wyre davies, bbc news, kharkiv. well, while the war in ukraine has led to untold suffering in the country itself, there's increasing concern about its knock—on effect across the world. ukraine is a major grain exporter and today the head of the world trade organization has told the bbc she fears a "dire situation worldwide" if it's not able to get its harvest out.
our global trade correspondent dharshini david joins me. the head of the world trade organisation gave you the interview, 0rganisation gave you the interview, what evidence has she got to be sounding alarm bells? herr; sounding alarm bells? very stark words from _ sounding alarm bells? very stark words from her, _ sounding alarm bells? very stark words from her, she _ sounding alarm bells? very stark words from her, she is _ sounding alarm bells? very stark words from her, she is saying - sounding alarm bells? very stark words from her, she is saying it i words from her, she is saying it could be a food crisis which lasts years, not months, unless action is taken. usually ukrainian crops can feed 400 million miles, but russia stands accused of turning that breadbasket into a stealth missile, because of all of the blockading of the ports, the exports have slowed by about 80%, which is really worrying for countries like libya and egypt which are really reliant on ukrainian grain but it is also a problem for the rest of us because it has pushed up prices, wheat prices up by 35% since the start of the war. the russian foreign minister has been in talks today to try and look at the possibility of a grain corridor, safe passage for ships, but there has been no agreement and he is not taking any
responsibility, anticlockwise ticking. another harvest is due in a few weeks' time and if that is wasted on top of what is already languishing in silos, that could mean the hunger pangs being experienced by some, the social unrest, risks becoming a human terry and crisis for some of the most vulnerable on the planet. —— humanitarian crisis. our top story this evening... the biggest daily rise in petrol prices for 17 years — filling a family car could cost more than £100 by the end of the week. a final practice run for phil mickelson before tomorrow's innaugural game of the new saudi—backed golf league. it could change the game forever. coming up in sportsday we will be live at the centurion club on the eve of the controversial new golf series, as yet more big names are being linked to a move to the breakaway event.
the 0rganisers of the commonwealth games say they're still trying to recruit up to 5,000 staff to work at birmingham 2022. the chief executive of the organising committee said thatjobs in security, catering and cleaning still need to be filled and that they've spoken to the military about stepping in if necessary. the games begin on 28thjuly. phil mackie is in birmingham this evening. phil, it doesn't sound good, inevitably, it is a showcase event, people will make comparisons with the 2012 olympics? ﬁnd people will make comparisons with the 2012 olympics?— people will make comparisons with the 2012 olympics? and numero memo, georre, the 2012 olympics? and numero memo, george. that _ the 2012 olympics? and numero memo, george, that there _ the 2012 olympics? and numero memo, george, that there were _ the 2012 olympics? and numero memo, george, that there were some _ the 2012 olympics? and numero memo, george, that there were some issues . george, that there were some issues about security staff, not enough security numbers, and then the army had to step in. so, the organisers of the commonwealth games are saying they are taking a precaution, they have learned lessons from london 2012, but 5000 jobs, as you say, out of a potential workforce of 45,000, is slightly above 10%. they do think that students will fill a lot of those jobs and there are a lot of people out there who are not working
at the moment who they think will be attracted by the prospect of a short—term job and they think that two or three weeks, at a fun, big event, might attract them, they are leafleting and recruiting very strongly at the moment. as you can see from the countdown clock, just 50 days to go until the opening ceremony, so far, things have gone smoothly, they have recruited all the volunteers, the venues are ready, the alexandra stadium, and the aquatics centre, this is a bit of a glitch, but it is across the economy, at the moment, hospitality, entertainment, struggling to recruit, they think they will manage it but as i say, plan b, caught in the army, if they need them. phil, thank ou the army, if they need them. phil, thank you very _ the army, if they need them. phil, thank you very much. _ former hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is facing two criminal charges of indecent assault. the alleged offences took place in london 26 years ago. the metropolitan police charged mr weinstein after reviewing the evidence against him. to politics now, and speaking in the commons for the first time since winning monday's vote of confidence, borisjohnson said
nothing would stop the government delivering for the british people. in just over two weeks, the voters of tiverton and honiton in devon will get a chance to give their verdict in a by—election. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth has been talking to some of them. tom's family has farmed this land for decades. it sits in a quiet corner of devon, usually considered safe tory turf. now, though, there's a lot of political noise here. 0pposition parties are trying to overturn the conservative vote. at this farming business, they're trying to decide which way to go. with rising costs and a labour squeeze, they are disillusioned. it's notjust the conservatives i think people are fed up with, i don't think there's anyone in westminster, really, that represents anyone on the ground. i mean, you know, labour and the lib dems have had a golden opportunity now, they seem to be lacking policy, everyone seems to be a career politician now,
there seems to be a lack of people from industry. so, perhaps, a political hill to climb in this rural seat. the lib dems are keen to be seen as the main challengers to the tories here, despite labour coming second last time round. in the market town of tiverton, annie, who runs a lifestyle shop, has been listening. i just want to vote tactically to ensure that the tories do not get in again at the moment. so i will vote lib dems. boris is ripping up everything that is democratic about our society, and that's not right. with so much riding on it, some residents can't help but notice they carry a lot of clout right now. we've certainly had more leaflets than ever. a pile like that by the door, yeah. this isn't the only seat the conservatives are defending. there is another by—election in wakefield in west yorkshire on the same day, and they're trying to hold off labour there. both are a test for borisjohnson,
with plenty of his own mps, including those are still unsure about his leadership, watching to see whether or not he can still win votes. here in devon, the stakes are particularly high, given its been solid conservative for decades. in honiton, local bar ownerjim thinks it should stay that way. 0bviously we're pretty conservative down in this part of the world, have been for a long time. i don't know, it's an awkward one. my man, boris, what can you say about him? he's... i don't think anyone else could have done any better. what do you do, you vote him out and go and vote in another party that will probably only do what he does. whichever road voters here and up choosing, here end up choosing, the consequences could well travel far beyond this seat�*s boundaries. alex forsyth, bbc news, tiverton and honiton. you can see the full list of candidates standing in the tiverton and honiton by—election on your screen now.
there's also a by—election coming up in wakefield and here are the candidates standing in that poll. you can find plenty more on both on our website, bbc.co.uk/news. 0ur deputy politcal editor, vicki young, is at westminster. so, today was the first time in the commons for borisjohnson after that vote of confidence. any sign that those who voted against him are now willing to rally around? i those who voted against him are now willing to rally around?— willing to rally around? i guess prime minister's _ willing to rally around? i guess prime minister's questions - willing to rally around? i guess prime minister's questions is l willing to rally around? i guess i prime minister's questions is not the best way to judge the mood of the best way to judge the mood of the conservative party, there were 200 people there who were willing to cheer borisjohnson on, but there were plenty who didn't roar their approval. he certainly did not look like a man who had just lost the support of 40% of the people sitting behind him. he batted away some detailed questions about problems in the nhs from the labour leader, and sir keir starmer didn't really aggressively go for the prime minister in the way that many would have thought. speaking to tory mps afterwards, they say that the prime minister would be wrong to think that everything is ok. they are pointing to those two by—electionss, they say that that could be the next
crunch point for him. why is that? it is because earlier in the week when the prime minister pleaded for the support of his backbenchers, he said, i am a winner, i can deliver you the next general election, and any suggestion that things are starting to go wrong at the ballot box, well, that could mean that there are more tory mps looking for an alternative leader.— sir david attenborough has been officially appointed a knight grand cross of the order of st michael and st george. he was given the honour by the prince of wales at windsor castle for services to broadcasting and conservation. sir david, 96, was called a "visionary environmentalist" by the duke of cambridge at saturday's platinum jubilee party at the palace. the world of professional men's golf is being rocked by a saudi—backed invitational tournament that gets under way tomorrow in st albans. the eight events will have a total prize pot of £200 million with many players rumoured to be getting paid hundreds of millions more simply
forjust turning up. the current professional golfers�* association has threatened bans for any of its members that play in the events. our sports editor dan roan has the story. it's the new rebel tournament driving a wedge through the sport. final practice on the eve of the world's most lucrative golf event, six—time major winner phil mickelson, rumoured to be pocketing a staggering £160 million to take part. and having ended a four—month exile from the game after describing the circuit�*s saudi funders as scary, the american star told me how he felt about the controversy surrounding his role. isn't there a danger that you're also being seen as a tool of sports washing? i don't condone human rights violations, i don't now how i can be any more clear. i understand your question, erm... but again, i love this game of golf, i've seen the good that it's done, and i see the opportunity for liv golf to do a lot of good for the game throughout the world
and i'm excited to be a part of this opportunity. the highest ranked player here is ex—world number one dustinjohnson, reportedly earning £120 million, he's had to quit the pga tour, giving up his opportunity to feature in future ryder cups. but he told me it was worth it. playing on the tour for a long time, i love the pga tour, i'm very thankful for everything that it's done for me and my life, and this isjust kind of a new chapter, and i felt like this was just what was best for me and my family. featuring a shorter, condensed three—day format, live music and a team element, organisers of the eight—match liv series claim it will attract new audiences. others, however, believe there is another motive. it's the saudi government using its financial clout to invest in golf and put positive pr about itself out into the world. so, if any players are going to go and participate in that tournament, they should educate themselves about the human rights situation in saudi arabia and be prepared to speak out about it. this is the latest global sports investment by the saudi sovereign wealth fund.
newcastle united is another, of course. the club's new chairman is also the man behind the liv series, and earlier he told me he was looking forward to shaking up the sport. it's the big thing in golf, and we're going to enjoy it, that's why i'm here. thank you very much. can i just ask you quickly about suggestions of sports washing, what do you say to that, what's your response? i'm really not sure about this terminology. despite doubts overjust how popular all this will prove, with more big—name signings set tojoin the breakaway, organisers insist it can be about growth and notjust greed. but with the threat of sanctions hanging over those who take part and the prospect of a legal battle ahead, it might also tear the sport apart. dan roan, bbc news, hertfordshire. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. what sort of weather might they have when dating off tomorrow? that when dating off tomorrow? not bad, d and when dating off tomorrow? not bad, dry and sunny. _ when dating off tomorrow? not bad, dry and sunny, what _ when dating off tomorrow? not bad, dry and sunny, what you _ when dating off tomorrow? not bad, dry and sunny, what you really - when dating off tomorrow? not bad, dry and sunny, what you really don't| dry and sunny, what you really don't need for golf is thunder and
lightning, and we have seen some of that today. if you took a straw poll with the weather, i think it would be a split decision today, if you had scenes like this, absolutely glorious, feeling quite warm. but once the showers arrive, they really did mean business today. this photograph came from west sussex, torrential downpours. irate photograph came from west sussex, torrential downpours.— torrential downpours. we have seen some and stones _ torrential downpours. we have seen some and stones and _ torrential downpours. we have seen some and stones and thunder- torrential downpours. we have seen some and stones and thunder and l some and stones and thunder and lightning. this has been the story over the last few hours, persistent rain easing its way through northern scotland, some sharp and thundery downpours across north—east england, one ought to endorse it and along the south coast over the last couple of hours, they will be easing away this evening. you can see this line of cloud and bits of rain moving across the pennines. furthermore, even with the clearer skies, it is going to be a relatively mild starting off tomorrow with the best of the sunshine across central and southern parts of england and wales. during the day we will see some
cloud and showery rain coming in from the west. the winds will start to strengthen. the cloud will creep steadily eastwards during the day. there should not be that much rain across the east. it is worth bearing in mind, if you've got the sunshine, you've starting to reach the peak of the grass pollen season. going into friday, we have got the remnants of an ex—tropical storm which means windier weather conditions to the far north and west. some showers on friday and saturday, but for england and wales, for the start of the weekend, it looks likely to be dry and bright with a good deal of sunshine with temperatures back up. a reminder of our top story...