this is bbc news. the headlines at a:00: the bank of england cuts its growth forecasts and warns that uncertainty over brexit is weighing on businesses and households. as the consequences of sterling's fall have shown up in the shops and squeezed their real incomes, they cutback on spending, slowing the economy. ajudge condemns mental health support for young people and says the state could have blood on its hands over the case of a suicidal teenager. five weeks into a bin strike that's left rubbish piling up on the streets of birmingham, we meet the volunteers taking matters into their own hands. feeling the heat — emergency measures are put in place, as temperatures hit record levels in many parts of europe. and can they roar to glory? england's lionesses are ready to take on the host nation in their euro 2017 semi—final. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news.
the bank of england has warned that the uk economy will remain sluggish because of uncertainty surrounding the future relationship with the eu. the bank of england has downgraded the uk growth forecast for this year and next. our correspondent simon gompertz reports. for more than eight years, the guardian of our financial system, the bank of england, has been trying to spur on the economy by keeping interest rates at record lows and providing banks with cheap money to lend out. one day, that will have to end — but this is not that day. the anxious wait in financial markets for the monthly 12pm announcement from the bank. its base interest rate, which influences how the rates we pay move, to stay down at 0.25%. two out of eight on its rate—setting committee voted for a rise,
fewer than last time. low interest rates are designed to keep people confident, spending and borrowing, but we know the bank is now worried about that level of borrowing it wants to moderate it and cool it slightly, so so far they have had strong words and warnings, but they haven't raised interest rates to try and hold the household in its steps. what the bank of england is watching out for when it decides how to raise interest rates is whether there is a shopping spree, whether borrowing is taking off, whether wages are increasing fast. so far, it's not now, not yet. what we do have are new forecasts from the bank on how the economy is likely to develop from here. and the bank's less optimistic. in its previous forecast in may, it said total uk production would grow this year by 1.9%. that has been revised down to 1.7%.
the rate at which prices are rising, inflation, it sees as peaking at 3% in october, before falling to 2.6% in a year. today's inflation report is sifted through for signs of how the governor, mark carney, and his team think we are doing in the wake of the financial crisis and with the uncertainties of brexit hanging over the economy. financial markets, particularly sterling, marked down the uk's relative prospects quickly and sharply. households looked through brexit related uncertainties initially but, more recently, as the consequences of the fall in sterling have shown up in the shops and squeezed real incomes, they have cut back on spending, slowing the economy. there are no clear answers. will be uk be in good enough shape to withstand a rise in interest rates from the bank in a few months or next year? some say that's what we
have to be ready for. in truth, nobody knows. with me isjonathan ports, professor of economics at king's college london, and is a member of the pro—eu think tank, uk in a changing europe. we should preface anything the bank of england forecast by saying they have not got it right a lot of the time? by saying we are not a pro eu think—tank, we are funded by the research council to provide objective, non—biased research. we don't take any position on brexit. forgive me. now we have cleared that up. in terms of what the bank of england has forecast, they talk about brexit uncertainty. it shouldn't be a huge surprise, there has been brexit uncertainty for a while? that's right, but it's quite interesting. economists predicted there would be short—term impact of brexit. they predicted the exchange rate for, which they were right about. also this huge uncertainty that would hit business and consumer
confidence. we were wrong about that in the short term, that is why the economy stayed relatively strong. mark carney is saying that we are beginning to see some of those medium and long—term impacts of brexit on business investment coming through, at least anecdotally, when people from the bank talk to businesses. they say they are losing confidence in the ability of the government to deliver successful brexit. the difficulty with anecdotal stories is that they have anecdotal stories is that they have a danger of becoming self—fulfilling prophecies. if the bank of england start saying everybody is jittery, everybody becomes jittery. start saying everybody is jittery, everybody becomesjittery. that's right. of course, that did happen last summer. everybody panicked for a little bit and then people came back from their holidays and said, well, nothing is really happening, maybe we should carry on as normal, and they did. we don't know if that will happen again. it will depend a lot on political developments, the brexit negotiations, about whether this feeling of lack of confidence coalesces into something more definite that really does weigh on
the economy, or whether people think, actually, the government does have a plan. when we use those words, nothing really happening, there is a horrible sense that is what is going on right now, when we should be getting to grips with our european union colleagues at the moment, but these discussions should be going somewhere? the problem is, as many people have pointed out, we can't negotiate with the europeans because, first of all, the cabinet, and the country as a whole, has not negotiated with itself. we need to decide if our vision of the uk is remaining very closely bound economically, if no longer politically, with the eu, or is it global britain going our own way, leaving europe, at least in part, behind. the cabinet is completely split. i think so is the country. causeway transitionary period are really just buying time? causeway transitionary period are reallyjust buying time? —— calls for a transitionary period. exactly. for how long, and to what? it's ok saying we will notjump off a cliff,
saying we will notjump off a cliff, saying we will notjump off a cliff, saying we won't do it now, but we might do in a couple of years is not good for business confidence. we need to decide which direction we are going to take to avoid jumping off the cliff. everything pointing to the autumn statement. there is huge pressure on the chancellor now? there is, but there is a limited amount he can do in the autumn statement. he can ease austerity somewhat, which will be good for the economy and provide support for economic growth, and would be good for public services, which are creaking under the strain. i think you should do that anyway. but it doesn't solve the brexit problem. that has to be sorted, firstly around the cabinet table, and then in negotiations in brussels. working at the bank of england forecast, a forecast of 3% inflation, before the end of the year. that puts added pressure on the government. people are going to start hurting with wages failing to keep up with that. indeed, one thing about the
forecast, not only do they say inflation will go up a bit, which we re inflation will go up a bit, which were already knew, mostly because of the exchange rate, they expect growth rates to remain very weak this year and next. not only will inflation go up, hopefully temporarily, but even over the medium term we're not going to see wage growth we need to maintain living standards. thank you very much. breaking news coming in. we are hearing that robert hardy, the actor has died. the star of all creatures great and small. here he is, in an earlier film. also starred great and small. here he is, in an earlierfilm. also starred in harry potter films. he earlierfilm. also starred in harry potterfilms. he died earlierfilm. also starred in harry potter films. he died at the age of 91. this is coming from an announcement from his family, following what they describe as a giant career in television, theatre and film, spanning more than 70 yea rs, and film, spanning more than 70 years, from the early start with the shakespeare company in stratford, to the later role in the harry potter films. he played the minister for
magic. he will perhaps best be remembered for two iconic roles, firstly in all creatures great and small and in his many distinguished portrayals as winston churchill. a statement from the family, they say, dad is always remembered as a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and champion of literature, as well as a highly respected historian and leading specialist on the longbow. he was a central part of the team that raised the great tudor warship, the mary rose. let's look back at his life. it was all creatures great and small that confirmed robert hardy as the actor of choice for directors who wa nted actor of choice for directors who wanted old —fashioned aristocratic bluster. .. i hold wanted old —fashioned aristocratic bluster... i hold you responsible, james. bluster... i hold you responsible, james. with the hint of a soft heart beneath the tweed. fugitives from the debtors prison... he played the
cantankerous siegfried. the series ran for cantankerous siegfried. the series ranfora cantankerous siegfried. the series ran for a dozen years and made both actors household names, as well as giving them a taste of a real country giving them a taste of a real cou ntry vet's giving them a taste of a real country vet's life. there was a day when we did a landing sequence or through the night, in the ice cold of winter, deep snow. an endless frost. it couldn't be calcium deficiency? robert hardy had long been a familiar screen face. in 1965, he appeared with his friend, richard burton, they met at oxford, in the spy who came in from the cold. in the troubleshooters, he played a ruthless businessman. the real robert hardy had a short fuse to and admitted he could sometimes be difficult to work with. we few, we happy few, we band of brothers!
in his youth he was a fine stage actor. in 1960, he played henry v in actor. in 1960, he played henry v in a television adaptation. these are some of the prose that were shot from longbows. he later became an expert on the english longbow, which won henry v his detry at agincourt. it appealed to his patriotism. the weapon of the common man, the hunt. therefore prescribed by the rulers of england. it always in the background, ready to become the great war weapon of the middle ages. shia the germans are not working for equal status, they are looking for weapons! now, they will soon be looking for war! he more or less cornered the market in portrayals of winston churchill, playing him at least six times. now in germany they
have not found as yet any outlet but upon germans. he even had a special place made to help them mimic churchill's speech impediment. the reason that i went to these lengths, i thought, here is churchill, who had to get over a disability. as a young man, he had gone to the finest speech therapist, who said, my young man, give it up. whatever you do, no operation can be performed that will help you. whatever you do, don't ta ke help you. whatever you do, don't take upa help you. whatever you do, don't take up a career which means you will have to speak in public. you are the most sacred and dainty thing i have in this world... few actors had careers as enduring or could play a british bulldog quite so convincingly. robert hardy, who has died at the age of 91. one of britain's most seniorjudges has said "we will have our blood on our hands" if a suicidal teenage girl is released from custody without adequate supervision. sirjames munby says he had to speak truth to power about the case of a vulnerable 17—year—old girl,
identified only as x. sirjames said, "it is a disgrace to any country with pretensions to civilisation, compassion and, dare one say it, basic human decency that a judge in should have to deal with a case like this." he warned that when the girl is released, if the state does not provide the necessary support and she is enabled to make another attempt on her life, "then i can only say, with bleak emphasis, we will have blood on our hands" with me now is our home affairs correspondent danny shaw. very, very stark language. what is the background to the case that has led to this? this case really revolves around a very disturbed young girl, 17 years of age. she was brought up in cumbria and the local authority they're applied for a care order two years ago, because she was absconding from home. her mother was finding it incredibly difficult to
look after her properly. her father is dead. she was very aggressive. she has a criminal record for offences including assault and assault of a police officer. some quite serious offences of violence. she has been detained in a secure unit, ina she has been detained in a secure unit, in a custodial setting, for almost six months. she is coming up for release in the middle of this month. that is why the judge has got so concerned about what will happen to her when she is left out. inevitably, one can imagine some of the headlines tomorrow, this puts huge pressure, given the time there is left before she is released, to find somewhere for her? yes, and it is not the first time the judge has raised this issue. he has heard about the case before and has asked for a care plan to be put in place. the experts agree that because of her mental health problems, she has a range of disorders including a personality disorder, she has learning difficulties, because of
that, she needs to be in a therapeutic setting, in a clinic, which specialises in treating adolescents. no bed can be found at the moment. there is a waiting list in one unit for six months. the concern is, because she has repeatedly attempted to kill herself in custody, the concern is that within 2a or 48 hours in custody, the concern is that within 24 or 48 hours she will take her own life. that is what the experts have told the judge and that is what has prompted him to make this assessment and these comments today. danny, thank you very much. mental health patients across the uk are spending years stranded in acute units awaiting discharge. a bbc freedom of information request reveals that some people are waiting more than three years to be discharged from hospital, even though they are medically fit to leave. nhs england says it is investing in providing alternatives to hospital admissions. 0ur social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, reports. i enjoy doing collages... toni adeniyi likes art and music. but she loves her new home. she proudly shows me around a supported accommodation complex
that she shares with five others. the 32—year—old, who suffers from a personality disorder and schizophrenia, has spent almost half her life in psychiatric hospitals. i think we could do with some more pictures on the wall. but she moved in here last year, months later than she should have done, due to arguments between health and social care agencies over who should pay for her room. i used to see other people leaving before me and i'd be like, "yeah, but i've been ready a long time and i'm more equipped", but they seem to get out quicker. many psychiatric patients will recognise toni's experience. we have discovered that at least five patients waited more than three years to be discharged. nearly 100 waited more than a year. more than 200 spent six months longer in hospital than they needed to. the complex where toni lives is provided by a national charity, who say there simply aren't enough
similar units for mental health patients. often people are in a revolving door of hospital placement and then a failed community placement, because that step is just too significant. so by providing a very comprehensive, quite intensive package of support, we hope to be able to break that cycle. delayed discharges are a problem across the nhs. but this research shows mental health patients are suffering excessive waits. spending longer than necessary in one of these units can slow a patient‘s recovery and prevent others from getting a bed. this psychiatrist, who often struggles to move her patients from hospital, says investing in community services is crucial. not all admissions can be avoided or should be avoided. but certainly there are a number when you have really good community service crisis resolution that will not need to go into hospital. and obviously, most people, for the most part, would wish to stay in their homes.
toni says she will soon move from here into a small bungalow in the complex. a further step in rebuilding her life. nhs england say they are increasingly providing alternatives to hospital admissions, but too many patients are still spending too long in psychiatric units. michael buchanan, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the bank of england cuts its growth forecasts, and warns that uncertainty over brexit is weighing on businesses and households. ajudge condemns mental health support for young people — and says the state could have blood on its hands over the case of a suicidal teenager. the actor robert hardy, famous for all creatures great and small and the harry potter movies has died at 91. we know there will be no rematch between blood amir klitschko and
anthonyjoshua. the former world champion has announced his retirement from boxing today. joshua beat him in april and was hoping he would sign the rematch clause. despite a day of wrangling, neymar‘s world — record despite a day of wrangling, neymar‘s world—record move from barcelona to psg is still on the cards. and we are three and a half hours from kick—off, as the dutch stand in the way of england's women and a place in the euro 2017 final. i'll be back with more on those stories at 4.30. see you then. robert hardy has died at the age of 91. that announcement, coming from his family a short time ago. his family said his death followed a giant life in theatre, television and film, spanning 70 years. he was best known for playing six freed in all creatures great and small. ——
siegfried. you hear the name, you may not be able to put a face to it, as soon as you see the face, your whole childhood comes back? some people might remember him from theatre in the 1950s. he acted opposite sir laurence olivier, he had richard burton as a friend. others will think of the ruthless businessman in the troubleshooters. the thing that made him a genuine star, all creatures great and small, many people will remember him as the blustering siegfried, the long—running bbc series. a whole generation of young people will remember him as the minister of magic in three or four matter of the harry potter movies. he was somebody that appealed to so many different ranges of theatre fans, tv fans, cinema fans for 30, 40, 50 years. my favourite role of his is not particularly well known. he was in a
series called hot metal, about the tabloid press are written by david renwick, who was behind jonathan creek. he played both the proprietor of the newspaper and the editor, the joke being somebody that the proprietor cast somebody so magnificently in his image, that they were indistinguishable. that is they were indistinguishable. that is the other great thing he could do, he could do the great drama of some be like churchill, but he could play the comedy in a series like that. one of the great actors. somebody known to so many generations for a whole range of roles. you mentioned churchill, a role he returned to so many times because he was so good at it? encapsulated the man so well. we had some a people playing churchill, and still do, people like gary oldman playing him in films coming out this year. for so many people, he was the man that didn'tjust get the look of him spot on, the feel of
him, the atmosphere, the real personality of the man. at won him a bafta. what a difficult role to play. somebody who people have a strong mental image of. if you can get somebody on screen that can actually do that, without making you think, that somebody trying to impersonate him, or he doesn't look like him, it's a really fantastic move. robert hardy managed to do that. you really believed you were watching churchill. that was his great gift. a gruff englishman, but a lwa ys great gift. a gruff englishman, but always an elegance and trundle about him? that aristocratic generation, personified in all creatures great and small and those kind of roles. tweed wearing. that is why he was a natural choice for the harry potter movies, cornelius fudge, who first appears in the fourth film. i was very lucky, i was on set and i watched him filming one of his scenes for that. it was just great, seeing the way that the other
members of the cast treated him with this great reverence. this was a harry potter cast but have so many fabulous names, not just harry potter cast but have so many fabulous names, notjust british and irish, but names from overseas as well. they really treated him as a great star among them, and that is how he will be remembered, one of the great british character actors. thank you very much. four men from the west midlands who plotted a terrorist attack on british police and military targets have been jailed for life. the men, from birmingham and stoke—on—trent, were told by mrjustice globe that they were dangerous offenders who had a longstanding, radical violent ideology. earlier i spoke to our correspondent nick beake and asked him how close these men were to carrying out an attack. these men were caught in a joint operation between m15 and west midlands police. they set up this fake courier company called hero couriers and got two of the men to work as drivers for them. it was only when they tried to bug the car of one of them that they found a bag of weapons, a partially constructed pipe bomb, ammunition and a meat cleaver with the word "kafir" —
or "nonbeliever" — scratched onto the blade. the judge said he thought an attack was imminent and it would lead to a considerable loss of life. that is why he gave the sentences to these men. they said they would serve at least 20 years in prison. they called themselves the three musketeers. each had beenjailed previously for terrorism offences. the first two had gone to an al-qaeda training camp at pakistan but they became disillusioned, rang their mothers and returned to the uk where they were arrested and jailed. a fourth man joined the plan later on, he will serve at least 15 years. their lawyers had argued that they were fitted up, framed by west midlands police and m15. but the judge said any allegation of that sort was completely unfounded.
he said they were dangerous, dangerous men. he said you only have to look at the terrible events recently in manchester and in london to see the carnage that people can cause when they go out intent on killing people, equipped with an explosives and a knife. president trump has accused the us congress of damaging relations with russia. he took to twitter to say... that comes a day after he reluctantly signed into law new sanctions against russia — they were overwhelmingly passed by both the house and the senate. earlier the russian prime minister, dmitry medvedev, said the measures demonstrated the complete impotence of the us president. our correspondent laura bicker is in washington sarah rainsford is in moscow. laura,
let's go to you first. president trump, upping the states, upping the language? yes, but not against russia, against politicians in this country. he's basically saying to congress and us politicians, you are, in some way, preventing me from myjob, by boxing me in with the sanctions. let's remember what the sanctions. let's remember what the sanctions would do. they place limits, constraints, on the president lifting or waving sanctions against russia in future. they also limit, in donald trump's eyes, his ability to negotiate with regards to the energy sector and jobs with russia. he believes that, in some way, the shackles are being put on him. remember, he had no choice but to sign this bill because congress had overwhelmingly voted for it. that means if he had vetoed it, they would have overridden it. he was boxed in and he wanted such a
good relationship with russia, part of his campaign and part of his pledges. here he is, months on, unable to do what he promised he would. president trump is angry, let's go to moscow. the russians are not best pleased either? no, they are not. we had a pretty strong statement from the prime minister, dmitry medvedev, talking about donald trump being humiliated by congress and saying that what he has done, signing this bill into law, has basically condemned relations between the united states and russia toa between the united states and russia to a very bad place for a very long time. obviously russia regrets that. we have heard a lot of statements in re ce nt we have heard a lot of statements in recent days talking about what has happened and warning that russia will not be bullied, essentially, into changing its policy. that is what we have heard again from the foreign minister today, another strong statement saying attempts to pressure russia to change course are
short—sighted or even dangerous. strong language. whether or not that translates into counter sanctions from russia, the moment i think it is unlikely. russia has already moved to order the americans to reduce the diplomatic president is —— the dramatic presence here. that isa —— the dramatic presence here. that is a dramatic step. i think russia will hold back and see what else happens from the united states. the language is strong. in terms of measures, probably we are in a holding pattern. all eyes on washington and what is going on there. do you think behind the scenes that there is some relish at the prospect of donald trump facing so much grief from his own side, given a concentration on his links with russia, talks of meetings with russians behind closed doors, this isa russians behind closed doors, this is a good time for russia because nobody is focusing on things like syria? well, certainly that is one argument that you hear quite a lot here. a sense that perhaps the
enjoyment of the chaos in the united states is quite strong, yes. russia is talking a lot about how it is being used as a tool in an internal political fight in the united states. it certainly believes, and saves time and time again, that it has done nothing wrong, that it is the victim in all of this. of course, it insists it did not interfere in the american election. russia always presents this situation as if it is being used as a tool against donald trump by his enemies there. i think russia likes nothing better than to look at what isa nothing better than to look at what is a superpower and say, look at the chaos it is in, and then to compare its own situation here and feel rather superior, because of course russia has had the same president for 17 years and there is one thing you can say about russia, it is a sta ble you can say about russia, it is a stable country, at least. it doesn't seem that long ago would be president trump was praising
vladimir putin, saying that there would be a new phase in relations between america and russia. i suppose he wasn't wrong, it's just perhaps not the phase he was thinking of? those comments horrified many within his own party. many horrified many within his own party. ma ny stalwart horrified many within his own party. many stalwart republicans, who have seen for many years, and believed for many years, that russia is not a friend, they are a foe. and then you have intelligence reports suggesting russia interfered in the presidential election. when president obama took that reaction after the intelligence agencies made that conclusion, he decided to act, he dispelled 35 diplomats. at the time, vladimir putin decided not to retaliate because he said there would be a new relationship with the trump administration. six months on, congress has tied donald trump's hands with regards to try to forge a new relationship and he is now blaming them publicly on twitter. thank you. the headlines coming up, first a
weather update. it has been an u nsettled weather update. it has been an unsettled day, very strong winds, gale force across southern areas. those winds gradually easing this evening and overnight, along with the showers, but they will continue across northern areas. we have had some very heavy ones across northern areas. we have had some very heavy ones are across northern areas. we have had some very heavy ones are parts of northern scotland. fewer showers further south, light winds but still quite breezy. we start friday off on a fairly breezy note it, largely dry with some sunshine. northern areas, we will continue to see the showers developing. southern areas with a fine afternoon, more in the way of sunny spells and feeling a touch warmer as well, 24 degrees in the cell. a bit cooler across the north because we have a north—westerly wind, and when the showers, long feeling cooler than that. into the weekend, we hang on to the sunshine and showers them on saturday. some
quite heavy. on sunday a ridge of high—pressure moves in, so it should bea high—pressure moves in, so it should be a fine day, drier with some sunshine and light winds. part two of the weekend might be the best one. good afternoon from you watching bbc news with me, simon mccoy. the headlines at just after 4:30pm. robert hardy, star of all creatures great and small and the harry potter films, has died at the age of 91, his family has announced. the bank of england says the economy will remain "sluggish", as it cut growth forecasts to 1.7%. meanwhile, interest rates were left unchanged at a record low of 0.25%. one of the most seniorjudges in britain has warned that society will have blood on its hands, if a 17—year—old girl, who has tried to kill herself a number of times, is released from custody without adequate supervision. a group of men, who called themselves the three musketeers, have been jailed for life for plotting a terror attack on police and military targets. the old baileyjudge presiding over the case said the men had been gripped by a "violent ideology".
a group of volunteers in birmingham are clearing the streets of rubbish, left piling up because of a bin collector strike. the industrial action, over job losses, has continued for five weeks. time for the sport at the bbc sport centre with will perry. wladimir klitschko has announced he's retiring from boxing, which means there'll be no rematch with anthonyjoshua. we had been waiting for an update on another fight between the two in las vegas in november, but the 41—year—old has decided to hang up his gloves after 27 years, including holding the world heavyweight championship crown for over ten. he's thanked his team, family and fans for their support. i'm honestly doing this with the greatest respect for the new challenges, but also with tremendous
excitement, passion, dedication, expecting and hoping that my next career, which i've already been planning and working on for some yea rs, planning and working on for some years, will be at least as successful as my previous one. once again, arsene wenger has insisted that alexis sanchez will not be leaving arsenal this season. with one year left on his current contract, the chile striker has been strongly linked with a possible move to manchester city, as well as paris st—germain. sanchez returned to the uk from south america this week, and discussed his future with his manager. he is focused. my decision is clear. he is focused. my decision is clear. he will stay. and he will respect that. it is as simple as that. the frame of mind of a football player is quite easy, you know, once you go out and play can you focus on the game and you enjoy the game. this is a thing that passes quickly in your life, so enjoy every single moment,
and he loves so much the game, that's what he does. we're just over three and hours away from kick off in holland, as the dutch stand in the way of england's women, and a place in the euro 2017 final. england manager mark sampson says he wants his side to not only become the best team in europe, but the best in the world. it'll be a sell—out tonight, with more than 27,000 expected in the crowd. full commentary and build up is on radio 5live and the bbc sport website from seven. brazilian striker neymar could become one of the world's most expensive players, when he completes a move from barcelona to paris saint germain but the deal, worth nearly £200 million, still hasn't been done yet. our sports news correspondent richard conway is in paris. it was perhaps inevitable, with a deal of this size and scale, that a snag would be encountered at some stage. neymar‘s lawyers went to the offices of la liga this morning.
they tried to deposit the money, or a bank document, to buy out neymar from his contract with barcelona for of course the 220 million euros, but la liga have rejected that attempt to buy out the contract. they won't give any further details, however i can report that in the last few hours, i have spoken to senior officials at paris saint—germain, they are confident that this is an obstacle that can be overcome. steps are being taken, they say, and there will be no significant delay the closing this dealfor will be no significant delay the closing this deal for neymar. they wa nt closing this deal for neymar. they want him to be a psg player before the weekend, before their first game of the season. and they believe what the la liga has done today is not within the confines of spanish law. so, slightly confusing position at the moment, little bit of uncertainty, but the main protagonists in this deal, psg, the clu b protagonists in this deal, psg, the club involved, who art paying all this money, they believe that it can
be overcome and in the end there will be no significant delay to the conclusion of neymarjoining them. we will keep you right up to date with that. it's the opening round in the women's british open today at kingsbarns in scotland. american michelle wie is top of the leaderboard after an impressive opening round of 64 — she's one shot ahead of south korea's kim inchi yung. england's laura davies, who's won three majors but her last was the us pga in 1996, has enjoyed a great start, she's currently on six under. and the highly—rated filly winter won the feature race, the nassau stakes, at goodwood. the odds—on favourite was ridden to victory by ryan moore, making it winter's fourth group one win of the season. blond me finished second. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. let's return to the news that the
most seniorfamily let's return to the news that the most senior family court judge let's return to the news that the most senior family courtjudge in england and wales has hit out at what he says is the disgraceful and shaming lack of support services for young people with mental health problems. he made the comments after revealing the only treatment available to a girl who had tried to kill herself had a six—month waiting list. i asked kill herself had a six—month waiting list. iasked norman kill herself had a six—month waiting list. i asked norman lamb if he agreed with the judge's comments. list. i asked norman lamb if he agreed with the judge's commentslj welcome agreed with the judge's comments.” welcome what sirjames mumby has said. it is shameful what goes on. this is not a unique case, i'm afraid. lives are lost unnecessarily because of often teenagers left without significant access to care and without proper care plans in place when they leave care. so this is an intolerable situation and it does shame all of us that this continues. you are saying that the
state already has blood on its hands? i'm afraid that is the case. of course we are all learning about mental health. ten years ago it was a hidden illness, no one talked about it at all, awful things happened without any public debate. there has been a revolution in the last ten years. it is now out of the open much more which i very much welcome. i've tried to play my part as minister in the coalition government but the gap now between rhetoric from the government, which is on the whole pretty good, and reality, is stark, and we need investment up front. my great frustration is that in the last budget of the coalition, we secured an extra 1.25 billion over five yea rs an extra 1.25 billion over five years for children's and young people's mental health. but not all of that money that was promised in the budget is getting through to where it was intended. is it all about money, because in another story we are reporting on this afternoon, mental health patient across the uk are spending years waiting discharge when they are fit
and able to leave? so there is a disconnect somewhere. it is not all about money. extra investment in children's mental health to improve access is absolutely necessary. i had someone in my advice surgery whose17—year—old daughter was told she had to wait six to nine months to start her treatment, and she was acutely unwell. so money is vital, but also the system is still too dysfunctional. we don't join but also the system is still too dysfunctional. we don'tjoin up care nearly when enough, and we don't ensure that when someone is ready to leave ca re ensure that when someone is ready to leave care and inpatient treatment, that there is housing and support services available in the community for them. we are looking at here is a 17—year—old girl, she is vulnerable, she will be discharged in11 vulnerable, she will be discharged in 11 days and everyone is fearing the worst case scenario, which one suspects is what will happen. well, that of course is the massive fear. look, suicide is the biggest killer of young men of any cause in our
country, and across the western world. whilst we've made great strides in reducing the death rate from all sorts of conditions, heart disease, stroke and so forth, we've made no real progress globally on reducing the death rate from suicide, and there is an absolute imperative that we do so, and we know there is evidence of what we can do to improve the situation, and there is a moral imperative that we do it. norman lamb talking to me earlier. for five weeks, rubbish forfive weeks, rubbish has been piling up on the streets of birmingham. now volunteers have started to clear the streets themselves. a midlands correspondent reports. piles of rubbish outside homes and shops in birmingham. the smell of rotting food and human waste is no stranger to some parts of the city since bin workers went on strike five weeks ago. they say it's over
conditions and pay cuts. each day, they strike for three hours. and at this florist, it is causing alarm. it is unsightly and it is unhealthy for anybody. we have got rats around here. we have got foxes around here. and every day it is a question of re—bagging stuff and re—sorting stuff and making sure that it is as tidy as we can keep it. we pay for this service quarterly, in advance, and it's not cheap either. for them to just not do it and ignore us isjust very bad. this pile of rubbish is sat next to a chinese restaurant and this weather means the rotten food inside is getting wet and therefore it is smelling a lot worse. now people who live here are taking action by cleaning it up themselves. the whole purpose of this is to encourage everybody else to stop relying on the council, roll up your sleeves. and if you can't do it, get in touch with us and we'll happily come out and clear the rubbish for you. it's absolutely disgraceful and disgusting that in the 21st century in britain, in 2017, we're living in like fourth world conditions. the council says it wants bin
workers to work a shorter five—day week rather than doing four long days. bin workers say that means less money and fewer supervisor jobs. in a statement the council says... they have now collected about half of the rubbish, but that leaves a lot of it still around. and if there isn't a resolution soon, the strike could go on until september. seema kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. residents of a tower block in north london have told the bbc that urgent safety work carried out in the wake of the grenfell tower disaster is either shoddy or incomplete. thousands of people living
on the chalcots estate in camden were told to leave their homes, with only a few hours notice, so the work could be done. camden council has told the bbc that it's now finished, and has been signed off by building control at lambeth and westminster council. earlier i wasjoined by our correspondent sangita myska who explained what work was done on the chalcots estate. what the london fire brigade did was what needed to be done on the inside of the building. that was essential fire safety work, which was needed to be done to stop fire spreading from one part of the building to another. that is called containment. camden council say all that work has been done and signed off and people can move in. residents have told us that the work is incomplete and shoddy. they say that they don't feel safe, and i was invited in to take a look around. what did you see? one resident at the top of one block, taplow tower,
asked me to walk around with him. we covered about five floors before being asked to stop recording by council officers. we continued to record inside people's flats and i also took photographs of the work done in the communal areas which were supposed to be part of the urgent fire safety work. let's run through these photos. this is a fire door leading to the only staircase. the quality of work, say the residents, is inadequate. you can see the seals which went on, designed to stop smoke and fire, they are peeling off. the fire door does not shut tight. another fire door took over one minute to close on its own, it should close within seconds. many of these problems repeated on other floors. meanwhile, the staircase, that shows have nonslip strips that glow in the dark. these are worn thin and another stairs, they were completely missing.
the front door to flats at the top and the bottom should be sealed off but one has a gap big enough for me to put my entire hand underneath. the danger would be that fire in the flat would spread outside. on top of that, all the front doors and the fire doors should have also called closers. they automatically close the doors when somebody goes out to stop fire spreading. you have shown these photographs to experts, what was their view? we took them to two independent experts, one said that he had been inside the building independently, and said that the building was not safe for residents to live in. the second expert said that the doors to him did not appear to meet current british safety sta nda rds. those photographs are available on the bbc news online site. what have the council said about this latest investigation?
so there are a series of other allegations. we put all of our allegations to the council in great detail. they said that they could not put georgia gould on the programme to review the allegations, very disappointing. they went on to say that the urgent works to contain fires was complete and was signed off by the council and they have worked closely with the fire brigade. in a moment a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first, the headlines on bbc of england cuts its growth forecasts, and warns that uncertainty over brexit is weighing on businesses and households. ajudge condemns mental health support for young people — and says the state could have blood on its hands over the case of a suicidal teenager. the actor robert hardy, famous for the tv series all creatures great and small
and starring in the harry potter series, has died aged 91. iam i am alice baxter. let's see how markets in europe have ended the trading session, in the wake of the bank of england's decision to keep borrowing costs at a record low words again and trim its forecasts for economic growth business year and next, while hinting again at a possible rate hike next year. shares right across europe rallied, including the ftse100. uk blue chips rose to a one—year high on thursday with the bank decision lifting export orientated stocks and boosting a market already buoyed by solid earnings updates. meanwhile, stirling, which often moves inversely to the blue—chip index, that has hit a nine—month low against the euro. investors now thinking the bank is in no hurry to
raise rates. it meant that big international firms like diageo extended gains, while the mystically focused, next was the biggest gain, while a medical company was the biggest fall after posting lower first—half profits. the major ta keaway first—half profits. the major takeaway from the bank of england's inflation report was at the session to downgrade its growth forecast from 1.9to1.7%. governor mark carney warning that uncertainty over brexit is already weighing on the economy. and while the decision to keep interest rates on hold at their historic lows came as no great surprise. this is now the 120th month in a row that the monetary policy committee — or mpc — has voted to keep them at a quarter of a percent — there were hints that we may see a rise in the second half of 2018. and what of the pound? traders were bracing themselves to see the effect the bank's decision would have on sterling — which has been fairly steady over the past few weeks ahead
of today's announcement... today we saw at slip against the euro to levels we have not seen since november. more now on the twists and turns of super thursday, as it is known. jeremy cook is chief economist at world first. good to talk to you, let's start with sterling and a drop, how significant is it and how low can 90, significant is it and how low can go, do you think? not too much of a significant drop, a nine—month low ina significant drop, a nine—month low in a currency is not something we would want to see obviously, but two hours before the press conference sterling hit an 11 month high against the us dollar, and as you said it has been fairly stable. it has been weak against the euro, strong against us dollar. how low can it go is obviously the key question now, and if we break below the 110 level in sterling euro, which is about 91p in euro sterling, then people are starting to talk about calls of it moving maybe three or 4% lower than that. the decision or 496 lower than that. the decision by the bank to downgrade growth, both this year and the next, what
did you make of governor mark carney‘s comments in the press conference after the announcement, when he talked about brexit uncertainty weighing on the economy? certainly he stuck his or in mortar brexit than we have seen in the past couple of speeches. he seems fairly wedded to the idea that the uk economy needs a transition period between the end of article 50 and the uk leaving the european union. he has sided himself with philip hammond and some of the more remainer elements of the cabinet during this press conference. but also it suggests that while at the beginning of the year all of these economic forecasts were forecast around a smooth transition out of the eu, maybe they are just starting, even the let's just say the slow start to the negotiating period, that it might be slightly more rocky, and baking that in the
venomous, more rocky, and baking that in the venomous, hence lower growth, larger fears around the uk economy. yes, just 600 days to brexit. those interest rates, it was not a surprise at all that the bank voted to keep them on hold at those historic lows, a quarter of a percent. but the committee within the bank of england that decides what to do about rates, it is split, because it has to walk this tyro between wanting to rein in inflation because wages are keeping pace with prices, but they are trying to keep the economy going, getting a spending. so there is this split and thatis spending. so there is this split and that is what people were focusing on and were adjusted in today. we wa nted and were adjusted in today. we wanted to see how split it would be, six members voted to hold rates as they are, and two external members voted to normally hike interest rates. there had been a belief that it could be three voters come about that did not come through. it was also another reason why the pound fell from here. the argument about raising rates at the moment. there is an element that inflation is
still higher than target, but we believe that, given the fall in the pound post brexit, starting to work its way out of the numbers already, that inflationary pressure will start to fade away. also you can look at it and say if we want to cut rates later on in the future, if we had another damp patch of economic growth, we have very little room to do so, so maybe hiking rates now affords us a little bit more comfort in the future. but for now rates are staying as they are. a lot of questions about whether the bank of england chief economist would vote to raise rates, but he chose not to. thank you, jeremy. a quick reminder now. a reminder of how the ftse100 finished the session here in london. meanwhile, across the pond us stocks have opened with very little changed compared with yesterday's close — with the dow barely above 22,000 — a milestone it breached a day earlier on the back of apple's strong quarterly results. but worth noting that so far, apple, alphabet, facebook and amazon are all lower in early trading. don't forget you can get
in touch with me and some of the team on twitter — i'm @bbcbaxter. that's all from me, there is a round—up of all the other top business stories on our website — bbc.co.uk/business while it might feel like autumn in many parts of the uk, huge swathes of europe are in meltdown. health warnings are in place as a record—breaking heatwave is sweeping the continent — from romania to portugal. in southern italy it's forecast to hit 45 degrees celsius. richard lister reports. southern europe is sweltering. the swimming pools may be full but many rivers and reservoirs have been emptied by drought. millions of people are struggling to stay cool on a continent getting hotter. normally across southern europe, temperatures are generally between 28 and 30 degrees. those temperatures are around ten to 15 celsius above average at the moment. very high. and the persistence of the heatwave is causing problems across the region. there is no relief at night, either. in menton in the south
of france it is 31 degrees. that is at almost half past ten. this constant heat has consequences. wildfires have become a growing problem across europe. this one is in croatia, where more than 150 people battled through the night to protect those living nearby. climate change means problems like this are likely to get worse. southern european climate is variable year—on—year but the evidence would begin to suggest that what we are seeing here is out of the ordinary, and perhaps evidence that these extreme temperatures, heatwaves, are becoming more extreme and also more frequent. 2003 saw the hottest european temperatures in 500 years. the impact was devastating. it caused the biggest fall in agricultural output in a century, and tens of thousands of deaths, most of them in france. that is something else we may have to be ready for.
if left unchecked, it's estimated the rising global temperatures could cause 40% more heat—related deaths in britain by the end of the century, more than 18,000 a year. but in central and southern europe, those deaths could double, to more than 173,000 each year. for those on the beach at weston—super—mare today, a little bit of sunshine might have been welcome. europe's heatwave is not expected to reach the uk, this week at least. but climate change means we could all be in for some unwelcome weather in the years to come. richard lister, bbc news. looking a little down in the dumps, richard. let's have a look at the weather, with the latest forecast. again it has been unsettled, low pressure has been nearby driving a lot of showers are way with some sunshine in between and also some pretty strong winds. this is the area of low pressure. scotland has
beenin area of low pressure. scotland has been in the middle of it where there has been no wind with heavy showers and thunderstorms forced england and wales, though, under those tight packed isobars, very windy. gusts 30 to 40 mph. you can see the trees blowing here in this weather watchers picture in kent. meanwhile across scotland, winds have been light but big thunderclouds particularly across the eastern parts of scotland, producing torrential downpours. most of those showers have been streaming through quite quickly across england and wales. slow—moving showers slowly dying out this evening across scotland. looks a little bit dry across england and wales as we head into the overnight period. quite breezy but not as windy as it has been. some light rain returning between northern and western scotla nd between northern and western scotland would the end of the night. for friday again, low pressure still anchored to the north—east of the uk this time. it is going to bring us further showers and also some sunny spells. the focus of these showers will be again across northern areas,
where the odd one could be quite heavy. in between, some showers but because of the north—westerly wind it will feel cooler than it has done today to stop we are looking at the low to mid teens celsius, particularly when the showers come along. in the sunshine we could make 18 or 19. further south, fewer showers around. not a bad day for many. if you miss those showers altogether it will be pretty pleasant. light winds too, still quite breezy, but we could see tem ptress quite breezy, but we could see temptress quite widely in the high teens, low 20s, maybe 23 or 24 across the south—east. there is the area of low pressure pushing off to scandinavia. we start to see the influence of high—pressure starting to nose in from the atlantic. it does mean that we will still see some showers on saturday thanks to a weather front but they could be some heavy ones through central parts of the uk. the temperature 16 to 20 degrees, nothing too special. sunday is the better day of the weekend. a weather front will bring some rain to northern ireland and western scotla nd to northern ireland and western scotland late in the day, slowly
moving eastwards, but elsewhere for the good part of the day it should be largely dry. variable cloud, some sunshine and light a win. the weekend, sunshine and showers again, sunday for much of the country looks like it could be largely dry with lighter winds and some sunny spells, so feeling quite pleasant. so a little bit of hope there in the forecast. today at five, the bank of england cuts its growth forecast for this year and the next, and leaves interest rates unchanged. the governor mark carney, says uncertainty over brexit is weighing heavily on businesses and affecting households. as the consequences of sterling's fall have shown up in the shops and squeezed their real incomes, they cut back on spending, slowing the economy. we will be talking to the chief economist of the cbi. is she as gloomy as the bank of england about the prospects for growth? the other main stories on bbc news at five. it has been revealed some mental health patients are spending years stranded in acute units awaiting discharge, even when they are medically fit to leave.