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tonight at 10: rolling power blackouts could hit britain this winter — if the energy crisis escalates. in a worst case scenario, homes could lose power for three hours a day — energy companies say more could be done to change people's habits. i think it would be really helpful, as in other european countries, if the government took the lead in encouraging people to use less energy. as european leaders meet to discuss ukraine and energy security, the prime minister says she is confident the country can cope. we do have good energy supplies in the uk, we can get through the winter, but of course i'm always looking for ways that we can improve
the price for consumers. we'll have the latest on the pressure on gas and electricity in the wake of russia's invasion of ukraine. also on the programme... we have a special report — hearing one family's story of living with dementia, and the struggle to navigate the care system. i phoned 42 care homes to look for a respite _ i phoned 42 care homes to look for a respite bed _ i phoned 42 care homes to look for a respite bed forjoe and didn't get one _ respite bed forjoe and didn't get one the — respite bed forjoe and didn't get one. the social care system, everybody _ one. the social care system, everybody knows it's broken. at least 38 people, many of them children, have died after a former police officer carried out a gun and knife attack on a nursery in thailand. there are a stunned disbelief not just in this village but all across thailand, that however troubled his life may have been this former police officer could have carried out such a cruel and desperate act.
and public figures including prince harry, eltonjohn and baroness doreen lawrence are suing the publisher of the daily mail, alleging gross breaches of privacy. and coming up on the bbc news channel, all the news from the night's european football, including manchester united's comeback win in cyprus thanks to two goals from substitute marcus rashford. hello, good evening. households in britain are being warned they could face rolling electricity blackouts this winter if problems with gas supplies deteriorate further. national grid, which oversees supplies to england, scotland and wales, said stoppages would be a worst case scenario — but said russia's invasion of ukraine had created unprecedented turmoil and volatility in the energy markets. this evening the prime minister insisted the uk had good energy supplies and would get through the winter.
our business correspondent emma simpson reports. the nights are drawing in, with an energy crisis across europe. will we be able to keep the lights on this winter? we need gas notjust to heat our homes but to produce a lot of electricity as well. national grid says the network should be able to cope with demand, but if it's a cold winter like this one we may need to rely more on imports. national grid says these are unprecedented times, thanks to the war on ukraine and its impact on gas supplies from russia. you can see from this chart we produce nearly half of their gas from the north sea. the rest is imports, and only a fraction from russia. of course that is now gone, but other countries where much more dependent on russian gas. though
supplies have been slashed and there is a scramble for new sources. if it is cold in december, at the start of the winter, when european inventory is of gas are high, then we might be all right. gas will follow the highest price — that might be here, it might be in europe, but there will be enough to meet demand. but as inventory is drawn down or over the winter and into january, there is a risk that there won't be enough physical molecules to go around. and that's when the scenario that national grid set out of the potential for power cuts could come into play. gas—fired power stations like these help us produce most of our own electricity. we also import from europe when needed. if we can't do that and there is a shortage of gas, then households and businesses could be cut off for up to trevor my hours at peak periods, for instance between four and 7pm, in plant —— for up to three hours at peak periods. households and businesses could be paid to use less energy.
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today stark warnings show how challenging the situation is. an awful lot is riding on the weather this winter. emma simpson, bbc news. well, as we saw, the prime minister has been talking about energy security at a european summit in prague. she was attending the first meeting of a new club of nations called the european political community. the brainchild of the french president emmanuel macron, it was attended by the leaders of more than 40 countries — with the war in ukraine and energy security top of the agenda. our europe editor katya adler reports from prague. the uk is back — not on the eu but the wider european stage. that was the prime minister's determined message here today. liz truss is assured of a warm welcome here. this meeting would not have been seen to have the same significance without the united kingdom, so the fact that she's come here along with more than 40 other european leaders shows the sense of crisis on the continent. how important is it
that the uk is here today? that is very important. and it is the uk which has provided so much leadership over the last nine months after the terrible aggression started by russia against ukraine. can this meeting produce concrete results and how important is it that the uk is here? i think it's a very important fact that all of us leaders of european countries are here together to sit around one table to talk about security, to talk about energy. energy was at the forefront of the prime minister's mind, with talk of possible blackouts at home. lots to discuss with other leaders here. from gas prices to russian aggression, they share similar concerns. it's the first time since brexit a uk prime minister has engaged with europe like this. "it's in our national interest," says liz truss, previously known for her eurosceptic tones. this is not about moving
closer to europe. this is about working with europe on issues that we both face. and we both face rising energy costs — that's why i took the decision to put in place the energy price guarantee, so people in britain weren't facing bills of up to £6,000. that's where we're working with our european neighbours on doing more on the north sea, on offshore wind, which i've been talking about today. awkward—looking maybe, but productive. nuclear cooperation, including a new nuclear power station in suffolk, was a focus of talks with president macron along with migration. so many leaders, so many opinions. the concerns at this first—ever pan—european meeting here in prague castle was nothing concrete could come out of it. national interests still come first for most of course, but tonight
the consensus is pressures across europe are such, even once reluctant countries are cooperating. of course the main driver in getting so many disparate european leaders here was russia's invasion of ukraine and what is seen as its manipulation of the international energy markets. president zelensky joined leaders by video link tonight urging europe to remain by his country's site. liz truss has praised what she said was impressive solidarity here, but this is where this show of continental unity begins to fracture because, yes, europe's leaders are united in condemning russian aggression, but they remain divided as to how far to go to stop it. katya, thank you. katya adler in prague. well, as european leaders continue to discuss the war in ukraine, russia's assault on the country has continued — at least seven people were killed after the city of zaporizhzhia was hit by seven missiles in a series
of pre—dawn attacks. kyiv says the strikes were deliberately aimed at residential buildings. the city, close to the front line, is the capital of one of the regions that russia has illegally tried to annexe — though the city itself is still in ukrainian hands. the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, europe's largest, is nearby, in an area controlled by moscow. the missile strikes came as the ukrainian army continues to make dramatic progress against russian forces in the east and south of the country. 0ur correspondent paul adams reports from zaporizhia. when things go wrong on the battlefield, is this how russia responds? this was not a military target. this is where ordinary people lived, where they were sleeping. from dawn, rescue workers looked for survivors among five floors of smouldering wreckage. it's not known how many people died here. this is the very centre of zaporizhzhia. we're not that far from russian—controlled territory
here and it's not unusual for explosions to be heard in and around the city. but for an entire apartment building like that to be demolished, that is unusual — and shocking. they know what war looks and sounds like, but they're stunned. and furious. translation: i have no words. it really hurts, and it's going to hurt even when i'm gone. i will never forgive russia for this. i won't. we shouldn't forgive russia for killing our children. we should take revenge and take it to the end. alla has relatives living in the building. she doesn't think they're alive. translation: why are they doing this to us? | what are they trying to prove? killing old people, why? for what? this morning's attacks
came with no warning. explosions just a series of huge explosions in the darkness before dawn. not far away, on a quiet residential street, more destruction, more urgent work. a modest house reduced to flames and rubble. at a third building, a miraculous escape. russia is lashing out, firing missiles and drones into cities across ukraine. it feels desperate and dangerous. paul adams, bbc news, zaporizhzhia. the alzheimer's society says nearly 60% of people diagnosed with dementia aren't getting the help they need. a study of more than 2,000 people affected by the disease also found that more than half of carers say they've reached crisis point.
there are 900,000 people in the uk living with dementia. tonight, in the first of two special reports, our correspondentjeremy cooke tells the story of a couple in newcastle whose experience of the condition, and navigating the social care system is echoed across the country meetjo wilson. hi, jo — are you washing up? i'm trying to get something out for my dinner. that's drjo wilson, phd. high—flying, globe—trotting career woman. she was damn good at what she did and had an international reputation. all of that, and now it's come to this. do you know how old you are? do i know how old i am? of course i know how old i am. how old are you? how old am i? i don't know, because i haven't made my mind up yet. alzheimer's is cruel — devastating, isolating. my number—one girl. so this isjo's story —
but it's bill's story, too. i love you to bits, don't i? and he's invited us in to see their lives, to see the impact of what he describes as the care crisis. up, stand up. help me, jo, help me. all right, well... no, don't sit down again. i've phoned 42 care homes to look for a respite bed forjo and didn't get one that was prepared to offer respite care. the social care system, everyone knows it's broken. jo is just one of so many living with dementia. it's estimated there will be more than 200,000 new cases this year alone. we need to get some shopping. no, i'm not talking to anybody, i'm just going to sleep. with alzheimer's, everything gets harder. wait... jo...
even a routine supermarket run. jo, hang on, this way. i'm not going shopping at all, i'm going home. don't walk away, please. jo, jo, i have to pay. how was that? better than normal. it's such hard work, though. is this sustainable? you jump in here. well, bill wants to keepjo at home, but he is realistic. i've looked into residential care, and i've been to places, cos i know that it's going to happen. and, you know, residential care costs £1,500 a week. you heard that right — £1,500 a week. a few care homes charge less, many charge a lot more. there's your tablet and some water. you need some, cos you've just put a tablet in as well. it's bedtime forjo. i didn't put a tablet in. but no rest for bill. sometimes he has help, but getting carers is not easy. we've just taken your shoes off... and that's something the government says it's committed to fixing. it took me two years to get
a care package in place forjo, and i only got that becausejo had a collapse at home and was taken into hospital. but it didn't solve all of bill's problems. forjo, changing care staff and rigid timetables don't really work. so it's back to bill. finally, jo is settled. bill's hoping for some sleep. if only. it's now five past five. it took me so long to actually wake up... ..that by the time i did, it was too late, so now the beds wet. what kind of husband doesn't put his wife first? i'm just so tired. morning, is it morning? how are you? come in, please. i'm not good today. this is what exhaustion looks like. it's devastatingly hard, watching the woman that you love starting to disappear
from your life, starting just to fade away somewhere, and almost 47 years together, was leaving me. and it was like... i don't want you to leave me. i need you here with me. please lift your foot. i'm so tired, i can't struggle with you this morning, so i really would like you just to do simple things to help me. jo does go to a daycare centre a couple of days a week. it's a welcome break for bill, but the background noise of money worries never fades. let's just see how much gas and electric we're using today, scare the life out of me. the cost of most illnesses is covered by the health service. but with dementia, families can face huge bills. the government says that's because there are limited medical treatments for dementia, and so a limited role for the nhs. there is a huge disparity
between being ill that is treatable by the nhs and having the illness of dementia, which is local authority care. why? i don't understand. because she has dementia, nothing's free. we have to pay for everything. so huge bills, rising costs, staff shortages, a care system stretched beyond capacity — calls for radical change. we know currently that three in five people with dementia do not get the support that they need once they have that diagnosis. and that leads to crisis in care. it's about a ten—year plan and not just sticking plasters, but really thinking about how we properly transform, how we care for people into the future. if it all sounds bleak, well, it can be. oh, what have you got? but for bill and jo, there are positives, too. and niece debbie and her kids —
a bond that cuts through the fog of dementia. i think if anybody can help bill through whatever- may come in the future, - it'll be them two little children. and there's something else, too — bill and jo have each other. if you had jo back for a moment, a lucid moment, what would you say to her, bill? "i love you." nothing else. jeremy cooke, bbc news, newcastle. joining me now is our social affairs editor alison holt. that is one couple's story but it will resonate with families up and down the country. 50 will resonate with families up and down the country.— will resonate with families up and down the country. so many families are touched — down the country. so many families are touched with _ down the country. so many families are touched with dementia. - down the country. so many families are touched with dementia. it - are touched with dementia. it reminds me of a man i spoke to over a decade ago and he described when
doctors diagnosed his wife, they handed him a leaflet and said we will see you in six months. he said it was the loneliest day in his life. things will change but in bill and joe's story we see the difficulty in navigating the system. there are similar pressures around the uk. cost of living pressures, covid, all of those things have added up to make it difficult to recruit in a low—paid sector. care home fees, people who pay for themselves, they prop up the system. on average they pay 40% more than someone who is funded by the local authority through a means tested situation. the government has promised to reform the system, it wants to cap the cost of care for individuals and it is promising significant extra funding. but a lot of that money will go on the
reforms, it doesn't really tackle the low pay or the issues of an ageing population and the growing number of working age adults with complex disabilities who need support. so councils at the moment, just today have said they are facing a perfect storm of workforce and financial pressures. injoe and bill's story we see the struggles and fears of many families and we see a social care system on its knees. . ~ see a social care system on its knees. ., ~' , ., at least 38 people, many of them young children, have been killed by a lone attacker who targeted a nursery in north eastern thailand. the man, armed with a gun and knife, stormed into the building in the town of uthai sawan. 0ur correspondentjonathan head reports from there — his report contains some distressing images. this is a community now consumed by grief and shock. that children so young
had been deliberately killed by a fellow parent. the children were taking a midday nap inside the nursery when the attacker turned up to collect his son, who wasn't there, and then opened fire. translation: it all. went down really fast. he was slashing the knife, he didn't use the gun, he kept slashing in there, it's all by knife. translation: he was in the middle of reloading the gun. _ i held my hands up and begged for mercy. i didn't know what to do. survivors were taken to the nearest hospital. but there weren't many. the authorities say the attacker was a former police officer who had been arrested and was being tried on drug charges. they removed the last of the victims from this day care centre a few hours ago and there is little left now to indicate the horrific events that took place here. there is a stunned disbelief not just in this village but across thailand that however
troubled his life may have been, this former police officer could have carried out such a cruel and desperate act. a few distraught family members stayed close by hoping for answers but there were none. this woman is lucky to have survived. she is a teacher at the centre. she described hearing the first shots as she was preparing lunch. she recognised the gunmen as a parent she said. "but we never thought he would attack the children." this country is accustomed to gun crime. but nothing on this scale involving so many children.
did. there will be talk of gun access but it looks like mostly he used a knife. i don't think there are explanations can find, he was clearly a troubled man but beyond that this is something almost inexplicable and i think it will leave a lot of scores in this community. now a look at some other stories making the news today. a former met police officer, who was suspended after a bbc investigation revealed he had been posting racist content on whatsapp, has been arrested. rob lewis, who is now a home office official, is being held on suspicion of offences under the communications act and misconduct in a public office. three people are in hospital after being stabbed
in the city of london. the bbc has been told a victim of a "phone snatch" was injured after fighting back. police confirmed the case was being treated as a suspected robbery, adding it was not terror—related. nurses across the uk are being balloted on strike action, in support of a demand for an above inflation pay increase. the royal college of nursing is asking its 300,000 members whether they're prepared to walk out, though it says crictical care wouldn't be affected by strike action. prince harry, baroness doreen lawrence, sir eltonjohn and elizabeth hurley are part of a group who have launched legal action against associated newspapers. for alleged gross breaches of privacy. 0ur alleged gross breaches of privacy. our home affairs correspondent has the story.
they are veterans of the fight against media intrusion. now prince harry, sir eltonjohn, liz hurley and sadie frost have combined forces to take on the mail, along with, and this was a surprise, baroness doreen lawrence. she has had a warm relationship with the daily mail, two of her son's killers were jailed in 2012. �* more than a decade, the in 2012. for more than a decade, the mail helped keep the case in the headlines but this is what lawyers now say associated newspapers journalists have been involved with. bargain cars and homes. listening to private telephone calls, paying police officials for sensitive information. and obtaining illicitly medical and financial records. more serious allegations even than phone hacking according to a lawyer who has been involved in legal action against associated newspapers. thea;r against associated newspapers. they are hiuhl against associated newspapers. tie: are highly intrusive, they against associated newspapers. ti9:1 are highly intrusive, they are against associated newspapers. ti91 are highly intrusive, they are means
of delving into the private lives of people and private lives which are protected by statute under the human rights act and by convention by the european convention of human rights. it is a gross invasion of privacy if these things occurred and it will be right and proper if they did occur that associated newspapers and hopefully some of the senior figures are held to account.— are held to account. phone hacking was not practised _ are held to account. phone hacking was not practised by _ are held to account. phone hacking was not practised by the _ are held to account. phone hacking was not practised by the mail - are held to account. phone hacking was not practised by the mail on i was not practised by the mail on sunday— was not practised by the mail on sunday or— was not practised by the mail on sunday or daily mail. that was not practised by the mail on sunday or daily mail.— was not practised by the mail on sunday or daily mail. that was the former editor _ sunday or daily mail. that was the former editor in _ sunday or daily mail. that was the former editor in 2012. _ sunday or daily mail. that was the former editor in 2012. today's - former editor in 2012. today's statement from associated newspapers, we utterly and unambiguously refute these preposterous smears which appear to be nothing more than a pre—planned and orchestrated attempt to drag the male titles into the phone hacking scandal, concerning articles up to 30 years old. baroness lawrence had been persuaded to endorse lies, the company said. it is all heading for court and is likely to take years to resolve. if owners are to lose, the
stakes are enormous. whales women have reached their first world cup final after beating bosnia—herzegovina. there had victory in hamden. a record crowd at the cardiff city stadium, filled with fans eager to watch wales women shine. all willing them to take a step closer to the world cup. 14,500 fans held their breath as wales did everything to score against bosnia—herzegovina. second chance! hits the post. wales couldn't have been closer. but it didn't seem to be their night. four times they had the ball in the net, every one ruled offside. how many times can this happen to wales! it took extra time for wales star strikerjess fishlock to do this. itjust had to be!
brilliant finish from a brilliant, brilliant player! worth the wait. that goal means they now travel to switzerland for an historic play—off final match. ata at a ring scotland fans were buoyant after watching but in extra time, substitute abby harrison headed them into the world cup play—off finals two. into the world cup play-off finals two. , :, :, :, :, into the world cup play-off finals two. , :, :, :, the two. he is a goal for scotland! they will host the — two. he is a goal for scotland! they will host the republic _ two. he is a goal for scotland! they will host the republic of _ two. he is a goal for scotland! they will host the republic of ireland. i jane dougal, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here's stav da naos. a fine day across southern parts, a lot of sunshine around, quite breezy. further north very unsettled with windy weather, plenty of showers and that is how it will mean tonight and tomorrow because my low pressure sits to the north of the uk. it really has been piling in to
the argyll and highlands, the rainfall through the afternoon, further south showers have been few and further between and much of the south—east has been dry. as we head through this evening it stays windy for all areas, particularly in the north and we have this weather front spreading southwards which will have heavy rain on it. fairly mild in the south because of the breeze, cooler further north. this cold front will have heavy rain on it, short lived as it spread southwards and lots of isobars on the chart so it stays windy. it pushes southwards across england and wales through the day. ahead of odd shower but plenty of sunshine across across the south and east. that rain eventually reaches the south—east into the evening period but further north a mixture of sunshine and showers, again windy for all, of sunshine and showers, again windy