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at six, the former bbc presenter bill turnbull has died at the age of 66 — he'd been suffering from cancer. hello, this is breakfast with sian williams and bill turnbull. bill hosted bbc breakfast for 15 years, much of it alongside sian williams. she says he used his diagnosis to help others. his she says he used his diagnosis to help others-_ she says he used his diagnosis to help ethere— she says he used his diagnosis to help others. his candour about his own symptoms. — help others. his candour about his own symptoms, about _ help others. his candour about his own symptoms, about his - help others. his candour about his own symptoms, about his own - help others. his candour about his - own symptoms, about his own prostate cancer, _ own symptoms, about his own prostate cancer, helped hundreds, perhaps thousands— cancer, helped hundreds, perhaps thousands of men get checked themselves. also on the programme: merseyside police release cctv of the moment a gunman fled the scene after the fatal shooting of nine—year—old olivia pratt—korbel.
on the front line in eastern ukraine, a special report as ukrainian forces attempt to retake parts of the donbas. the threat here isn'tjust the artillery you can hear. it also these landmines, all along this pathway. on patrol in pakistan, the rescue workers trying to help thousands of people stranded after the devastating floods. and powering on, serena williams delays her retirement from tennis as she makes it through to the third round of the us open. and coming up on the bbc news channel — its transfer deadline day. we'll have the latest big movers, as chelsea agree to sign barcelona striker pierre—emerick aubameyang. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six.
the broadcaster and former bbc breakfast star bill turnbull has died at the age of 66. he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer almost five years ago. he began working at the bbc in the 19705 but became best known for his partnership alongside fellow presenter sian williams on the bbc breakfast sofa — a programme that he hosted for 15 years. after bill was diagnosed in 2017, he campaigned to raise awareness of prostate cancer and its symptoms, admitting that he'd waited too long before going to see a gp. graham satchell reports. thank you for letting me into your home in the morning, whether it's in the kitchen or in the living room or, as i'm often told, the bedroom... bill turnbull�*s final show on bbc breakfast tv in 2016. breakfast back as usual tomorrow from six. until then, have a great day, bye—bye. he became a much—loved fixture in people's homes. so, this is where it all started for me, up there on the top floor.
in those windows there was the newsroom of radio clyde 261, the heartbeat of glasgow and the west of scotland. bill was, at heart, always a reporter. his bbc career took him to the biggest stories, like the bombing of pan am flight 103 over lockerbie in 1988. this may have been one of the shortest days of the calendar year, but for lockerbie, it's been the longest in its history. we met two children selling bread... his style — honest, straight—talking, down to earth. we've been here for about 20 minutes and people have made us feel very welcome, but there is also a sense that at any point something could go wrong. from tearaway toddlers... oh. — 0h, he's back. you're planting a seed of doubt in the electorate's mind. ..to prime ministers... no, not at all. even if it's explained away later. order has been restored. ..he was always ready with a quick one—liner. i was taking great interest in your isobars there. would you say they were tightly packed? they are quite tightly packed, yes. i said nice to see
you and you said... nice to be seen by you, ma'am. today, former presenters paid fond tribute. i'll remember 30 years of friendship and support and laughter. what you saw on the telly was how he was. kind, gentle, funny, clever. just a lovely bloke, really. bill became a star of shows like strictly and children in need. i'm going to place that there. oh, that's so sweet. but it was while filming celebrity bake off for stand up to cancer that he revealed his own diagnosis. the doctor said, "it's fairly clear from this that you have advanced prostate cancer." may the healing properties of your bees... again, bill was straightforward about the condition, clear with his advice. for heaven's sake, go and get yourself tested. if you catch it early, then that's much better
than finding out too late. his openness had a remarkable impact. the number of people getting treatment for prostate cancer went up by more than a third in a year. i don't think there are many people in this world who can change lives, save lives by what they say, and he did that, and i think that is an incredible legacy and i know there will be people who will be waking up tomorrow morning safe and well because of him and that's an incredibly generous thing to have done. helping thousands of other men remains perhaps his greatest legacy. the broadcaster and former bbc breakfast presenter bill turnbull, who yesterday died at the age of 66. prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men — one in eight will be diagnosed with it. our medical editor, fergus walsh, is here. bill was diagnosed with it very late, wasn't he? he didn't feel right, but he kept putting off going to see the doctor? yes, sophie.
bill had pains in his legs and hips which he put down to old age — but which turned out to be signs of his cancer spreading. every year, around 52,000 men in the uk will be diagnosed with cancer of the prostate, a walnut—sized gland at the base of the bladder. more than three—quarters will survive prostate cancer for at least a decade, but the trouble is too many are being diagnosed once the cancer has spread. prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50. a family history of the disease is another risk factor. and there's a much higher incidence among black men. early prostate cancer doesn't usually have symptoms. but problems with peeing — needing to go more often, difficulty starting or stopping can be a sign — although it's not usually cancer. pain in the back, hip or pelvis, or blood in the urine or semen are other warning signs. there's no single test for prostate cancer — physical exams, scans and biopsies are all used. you may be offered a blood test —
high levels of the protein psa can indicate cancer, but it's not always reliable. a trial is under way in london to see whether an mri scan and psa test can reveal which prostate cancers are growing aggressively and may spread. if successful, it could eventually lead to a national screening programme like that for breast or cervical cancer. sophie. merseyside police have released cctv capturing the moment a gunman fled the scene after the fatal shooting of nine—year—old olivia pratt—korbel in liverpool last week. officers also revealed that two guns were used in the attack that killed the little girl. our north of england correspondent judith moritz has the latest. judith. yes, and having worked with forensics, ballistics experts, detectives here now say they know that eu weapons were used by a man
they are still hunting for. —— two weapons. they have described them as toxic to the community but say that nevertheless, people within it are likely to be protecting his identity. running away from the horror he caused, this is the man who used two guns to shoot a nine—year—old child dead. moments after the murder, he disappeared into the darkness. the investigation into the fatal shooting of olivia pratt—korbel is said to have made significant progress. but police say they need more help to identify the gunman. today they released new footage, hoping it would jog the memories of people in the area. we know this man is climbing through gardens and through people's back yards in order to avoid being identified, as well as using the roads, as you can see. now, i know that there will be people shielding him and helping this man avoid being found by the police. if you are found doing this, then we will do everything legitimately possible to bring you to justice.
today the police continued to protect olivia's house, standing guard in front of the door which the gunman burst through last monday night. detectives say they are trying to trace everyone who was in the area at the time. they've released footage of a man who was near to olivia's house, saying he may have information which is important to the inquiry. tributes continued to be laid at a makeshift memorial nearby. this afternoon olivia's mum cheryl spent time here privately reading the messages. she's thanked the community for the support it's giving her as she copes with the loss of her little girl. judith moritz, bbc news, liverpool. the head of one of the uk's largest energy suppliers has proposed a plan to help people struggling with their bills. the founder of ovo energy, stephen fitzpatrick, says power firms should be able to borrow from a state—backed fund to subsidise bills. he also called for the government to bring forward financial support
so that struggling families get more help before christmas. it comes on the day that the outgoing prime minister, borisjohnson, gave his backing to a new nuclear power plant in suffolk to try to combat future energy crises. our business editor, simonjack, has the details. how can we solve an energy crisis that threatens millions of households this winter? the boss of energy company ovo which has over 4 million customers said we need a solution quickly or we will face dire consequences. we are going to see a winter like never before with people going hungry, going cold, and the nhs being overwhelmed by the health impacts of the energy crisis this winter. so how exactly can households be protected? ovo's ten point plan includes bringing forward existing support, all households will get £400 and those on qualifying benefits an additional 650 paid from october for the next six months, get that all this side of christmas. stop charging people on prepayment meters more per unit than people who pay monthly. but the centrepiece — establish a massive government
backed fund of tens of billions of pounds the energy companies can borrow against to keep bills low. a similar proposal was rejected by the treasury because it was going to give the same relief to richer and poorer households. this plan sees support to taper off as you earn more. but neither this plan nor the price cap cover businesses, which include this sheltered housing development, which is already having to pass on rising costs to residents like maria and richard blamey whose bills have tripled. i don't use the hairdryer any more. everything that needs electric we turn off. cooking wise, it limits our cooking because it is using electric, so trying to keep it down as much as possible. the number of households unable to meet basic needs will rise by 3 million, and even typical households will see savage cuts to living standards, according to new research. the average household income is set to fall by 10% this year and next year, and that is the highest two—year fall that we have seen
in the last century. today, prime minister, till monday, borisjohnson enthusiastically backed a future new nuclear plant in suffolk, but promised more help from his successor. so, we're helping people now with the cost of living, - land of course there will be more| cash to come whoever takes over from me in the months ahead. substantial sums. that's absolutely clear. the labour leader is a price rise is needed to be stopped now. freeze the price increases across the board for struggling millions of people. freeze it. don't do anything less radical than that. and use the excess profits from oil and gas companies as a windfall tax to pay for that. whoever becomes prime minister on monday, the intervention will need to be big if it's to match the size of the crisis that sits right at the top of their inbox. simon jack, bbc news. the disasters emergency committee has launched an urgent appeal to help the millions of people affected by the flooding in pakistan
after exceptionally heavy monsoon rains this year. more than 1,000 people have died and around a million homes have been destroyed or damaged. the floods have also swept away crops and killed livestock prompting fears that without substantial food and humanitarian aid the death toll will rise significantly in the coming months. our correspondent pumza fihlani reports from dadu. finally on safe ground — but kareem is injured. it takes a group of people to carefully help her out of the boat. she's shaken and disorientated. translation: one of the walls fell on my leg, i was stuck there and couldn't move for days. i've lost everything. i thought i was going to die. kareem is then treated by medics. officials say 80% of dadu is already under the water, and it's spreading to more villages.
people need saving, and there isn't much time. the military, aid agencies and villagers are all part of the frenzy to evacuate those stranded. wejoined them. just look at all this water. it's like being in the middle of the ocean, exceptjust over there are people's houses, and there are many more in far—flung communities, and the water levels here in dadu are rising. and officials say around 250,000 people are at risk of drowning unless they can get them out to safety. after some time searching, we come across a village. tens climb on board, but not everyone can make the trip. some have left relatives behind. translation: i left everyone behind, but i'm worried. _ because i don't know when the next boat will arrive and when i'll be able to return to them. but i have to go and find food for us, we are going hungry.
on our way back to dry land, more people. they've been in the water for hours. three boats had gone past them in a rush to get to other people. for one of them, help came too late. translation: our friend drowned |just moments before you arrived. | he slipped, and he was swept away. we couldn't save him. he's gone. in other parts of dadu, families who have lost their homes are sleeping on the roadside. some do not even have tents, let alone food. and it's all become too much. "our children are hungry," she says. "we're not getting any food, why is no—one helping us?" the water is coming from all sides — from the overflowing indus river and the mountains in the north, and in the middle of it all are people growing more desperate by the day.
pumza fihlani, bbc news, dadu. the time is 6:15. our top story this evening: tributes to the former bbc breakfast star bill turnbull, who has died of prostate cancer at the age of 66. and she's not finished yet, serena williams goes through to the third round at the us open, delaying her retirement for another day. coming up in sportsday on the bbc news channel — burghley�*s back. one of eventing's toughest tests returns for the first time since 2019. we'll be live at the event in lincolnshire. now to the war in ukraine. a team of inspectors from the un's nuclear watchdog have arrived at ukraine's zaporizhzhia power plant, which has been under russian occupation since the spring. it comes amid a ukrainian push to
recapture territory taken by russian troops in the south of the country. they're also hoping to take back land in the east too. our correspondent quentin sommerville has this exclusive report from the front line in the donbas region in eastern ukraine. i should warn you it contains some distressing scenes. in donbas there will be no harvest. as russian shells fall about us these fields and furrows are instead plowed by gun tracks and fighting men. ukraine's national guard leads us through the barrage. they pause only briefly and by the cover of tree lines. this is a war of artillery of seemingly artillery, of seemingly limitless firepower, and of scorched earth. the destruction is measured in the square kilometres. with phosphorus and cluster bombs, russia burns and scores what it seeks to capture.
a canopy of acacias gives some protection from drones. but from here onwards they must go on foot. the breakthrough in kherson has buoyed spirits, even as russia's dominance in donbas rings out loudly. but this was isn't only being fought at long distance. take care, there is a land mine, be careful. careful. the threat here isn'tjust the artillery you can hear, it's also these landmines, they are all along this pathway. that's why i'm following very closely in the footsteps of the men ahead. there is another one. explosion and there are more threats, some locals are ambivalent, others
hostile to ukrainian forces. but not sergei. where is your wife? is it hard being apart? translation: yes. _ every hour, every moment i miss her. it's difficult without her because i love her. and she loves me. what a life. but i think we will get through it all. everything will be for the better. despite the shelling, yeva and her mother appear numb to danger. explosion. we can hear the shelling all around us. explosion. translation: i am afraid. i have a small selection of medical supplies which could be helpful if suddenly, god forbid, something happens to my child or to anybody at all, i will give them first aid and take them somewhere for further treatment. but at the moment, as long as i have strength, i want to stay at home. so for now yulia and yeva will hang
on here amid the illusion of a normal life. explosion. in villages and towns for hundreds of kilometres, there is no school, no work, no life. a country frozen in time and in conflict. few live this war as fast and is close to danger as ruslan and his team of army medics. the cost of hesitation lies all too apparent by the roadside. speed is a matter of life and death for them and for their patients. their ambulance can't afford to wait until the shelling stops. but there are times when even ruslan and his medics have to take cover. explosion.
translation: over there you can see smoke, their mortar is working. - ruslan, we can see incoming russian mortarfire here. what do you do when you have casualties out there and this kind of firepower is coming in? what decisions do you have to make? translation: when you see the enemy | and the enemy sees us, but the enemy| hides in the tree line there, disguising himself. we can't do that, our ambulance is exposed. we have to pick up the injured and take them out. man screams. russia's viciousness is the daily burden of ukrainian combat medics. this man curses in agony. only moments earlier he was wounded by a mine. they are still not sure of his injuries. but in this field hospital they have an intimate knowledge of the damage that shrapnel and artillery do to the human body. they are covered in blast wounds, their limbs broken. his colleague too has been hit.
time is critical here for two reasons — the patient�*s life and the medics never know when more casualties will arrive. this is only a snapshot of the cost of this war. without a decisive breakthrough, ukraine's stalemate of suffering will endure. quentin sommerville, bbc news, donbas. the un has accused china of "serious human rights violations" in a long—awaited report into allegations of abuse against uyghur muslims. china had urged the un not to release the report — with beijing calling it a "farce" arranged by western powers. investigators said they found "credible evidence" of torture possibly amounting to "crimes against humanity". china denies its findings.
a review has been launched into failings at an nhs maternity unit after dozens of babies died or were injured. the independent inquiry, led by a midwife, is calling for families who were affected from about 2012 to come forward as it examines what went wrong at nottingham university hospitals trust. our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. there is a stillness, an order to this home that shouldn't be here. i put my trust in them to look after me and to look after louis. louis died last november before he was born when his mother was 37 weeks pregnant. i'll neverforget it, the moment they put the doppler on, |just knew, because they never struggled to find his heartbeat. and then they brought the scan machine in and |just remember her turning around, and she said, "i'm so sorry, i can't find a heartbeat." and |just screamed. the family were initially told it was just one of those things.
two months later the hospital called to say that a blood testjenna had done while pregnant showed she had gestational diabetes, but medics had lost it. that was like a knife through the heart. i so didn't want there to be anything that somebody might have missed or done wrong. do you believe your son's death was avoidable? yeah. yeah, ido. the couple were treated at the nottingham university hospital's the nottingham university hospitals trust where hundreds of families have raised concerns about maternity care. this lawyer is dealing with around two dozen cases. from my clients' perspective i think the common theme is very much feeling ignored and not being listened to. asking, for example, for a cesarean section and being told to carry on and persevere a little bit longer.
the chair of the independent review told me she hopes to conclude the inquiry in 18 months and says families and staff have already been in touch. we've been accepting into the review messages from multiple _ members of staff and lots and lots of families. - there are dozens and dozens. i can't count them. _ but please do continue to contact us. - the trust whose maternity care is rated as inadequate by inspectors say they know they must do better. we'll welcome donna ockenden and the review team into nottingham and we really hope that by providing her all the information that we've got we will be able to give families assurance that we are moving forward. how are you doing, duncan? i get up each morning, i do what i've got to do and come home. to a broken home. to a home which is missing something that's been taken from us.
michael buchanan with that report. for details of organisations which offer advice and support go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline. originality, impact and wow—factor are just some of the criteria forjudges deciding who will win the natural history museum's prestigous wildlife photographer of the year competition. this treefrog pool party was taken in costa rica — the photographer waded through chest—height water to capture the breeding frenzy at dawn. and this image — shows one of the 20 polar bears who took over an abandoned island in russia. a low—noise drone was used to capture the striking photograph. richard robinson took this picture of a young southern right whale in new zealand — he said the encounter lasted 30 minutes, with the whale
circling him, swimming off, then returning for another look. and finally, this stag was photographed by a six—year—old during a snowstorm in london's richmond park. joshua cox, who's now eight, has been highly commended in the competition. all of the finalists will be showcased in an exhibition at the natural history museum and a winner will be chosen in october. to the tennis now, and serena williams is eking out the time before she retires after reaching the third round of the us open, saying she has nothing to lose. in the men's singles, british number one cameron norrie is due to play portugal'sjoao sousa in the second round later. fellow brit dan evans is also in action, as laura scott reports from new york. the trademark twirl that signals the serena show is getting another act. a departing great going toe to toe with the second seed. this felt like a final, not a second round. a thrilling tie—break went to williams. they roared like she'd won, not seeing the twist anett kontaveit was plotting. this was going the distance. she knew this could be it. so did they. she gave them vintage, she gave them valiant, and ultimately she gave them victory.
and there was another upset on the cards, british 20—year—old jack draper greeting the latest win in his meteoric rise with a wry smile before the celebration became less muted when it sunk in — he'd just beaten last year's semifinalist. over in the less glamorous surroundings of court 12, another brit has been impressing today, dan evans making a solid start to his second—round match against the australian james duckworth. dan da n eva ns dan evans was two sets up but he has just lost the third. he will be followed on to court by his compatriot cameron norrie who will be hoping to make it more micro british men to make it to the third round here for the first time in more than 50 years. laura, thank you. time for a look at the weather. here's louise lear. we have just heard this is the joint hottest summer since 2018.
yes, since 2018 for england, not quite for scotland and northern ireland but certainly are summer to remember, and i can tell you that despite today being the first day of meteorological autumn, actually, we have still had some summer sunshine and some warmth today and in east sussex we saw a high today of 26 degrees. but that is going to change, and has done in the last couple of hours as we see a few sharp thundery downpours pushing up from the channel, and it looks likely those showers are going to continue through this evening as well. some of them heavy some of them thundery. there is going to be rotation from east to west overnight and out, clearance dies across scotland. here are the temperatures will fall into single figures and in the west a bit more cloud forming. where we have the clearest skies we could have patchy mist and fog forming as well. we start tomorrow morning with a few scattered showers continuing across england and wales. clearer skies through eastern scotland and out towards the north and west. we have some wetter
weather starting to show its hand. here it will be a bit cooler with 18 degrees. we have sunshine across the south and east once again and it will be quite warm and humid, in fact. but it will all change into the weekend, take a look at this, thundery showers developing, longer spells of rain and it will turn windy for all of us, as this area of low pressure is going to sit to the west, throwing these weather fronts in an anticlockwise direction. we have a weather warning out for northern ireland and southern scotland as the rain will tend to linger there for much of the weekend. elsewhere, it is a bit more showery and the weather fronts will sweep steadily north east. in terms of the feel of the weather, about 17-20 in of the feel of the weather, about 17—20 in the north, still 2a if you have the sunshine, but on sunday increasingly wet again, and windy, and as we head out of some day into the early half of next week, dare i say it, it may almost feel like