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tonight at ten, the bank of england cuts growth forecasts for the economy, saying the squeeze on family incomes will continue. as demonstrators, including the bank's own employees, protest over wages, the governor mark carney says uncertainty around brexit is hitting businesses and households. as the consequences of sterling's fall have shown up in the shops and squeezed their real incomes, they've cutback on spending, slowing the economy. the bank has kept interest rates on hold at 0.25%, to ease pressure on what mr carney calls a "sluggish economy." also tonight... ajudge has condemned mental health support for young people in england as "disgraceful and utterly shaming," as the authorities struggle to find suitable care for one suicidal teenager. a british computer expert who helped shut down the recent hacking of nhs systems has been arrested in america, accused of links to other malicious software. a damning report details how the poorest children in england fall behind more affluent pupils all the way through school.
tributes have been paid to the stage and screen actor robert hardy, who's died at the age of 91. and england's lionesses are tamed by the dutch at the women's euros. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: brazilian striker neymar becomes the world's most expensive player, moving from barcelona to p56 at a cost ofjust over £200 million. good evening. the governor of the bank of england has warned that the economy will remain "sluggish" because uncertainty over brexit is hitting businesses and affecting households.
today, the bank downgraded the uk's growth forecasts for this year and the next, with mr carney saying a lack of clarity about the uk's future relationship with the european union is holding back investment and consumer spending. he added that real income growth was at its weakest since the middle of the 19th century. interest rates will remain at the record low of 0.25%. here's our business editor, simonjack. there hasn't been much summer cheer on the beach in margate this week, the weather overcast and some bracing headwinds — much like the uk economy, and there was precious little sunshine shed when the bank of england governor delivered its latest forecast. he said the post—referendum fall in the value of the pound was now beginning to hit home. households looked through brexit—related uncertainties initially, but more recently, as the consequence of sterling's fall have shown up in the shops and squeezed their real incomes, they've cut back on spending,
slowing the economy. the bank cut its growth forecast for this year from 1.9% to 1.7%. it also downgraded its estimate for the next year from 1.7% to 1.6%. meanwhile, it pushed up its inflation forecast, saying it will rise from 2.6% now to peak at around 3% later this year, while wage rises remain stuck at 2%. that widening gap is being felt in margate. the price of food has definitely gone up. butter, cheese, bacon, those things have gone up. and yeah, wages aren't going up in line with inflation. bus, transport, everything is so expensive now. i drive now and even then, car insurance has gone up. it's getting ridiculous now, £140 a month. can't afford it. for the same amount of money, you're getting about two thirds of the goods that you used to, so you're cutting back all the time. in another year's time, i'll be sitting here a litle skeleton. brexit was the theme that
ran through everything the governor said today. the post—referendum fall in sterling has pushed up prices. that in turn is affecting consumer confidence, and businesses faced with uncertainty are not making the investments they otherwise would have made. and all of those pressures are combining to affect the uk economy's long term ability to grow. business investment is still likely to grow below historic averages, with adverse consequences for productivity, capacity and wages. for many, however, the bank's pronouncements are not only too downbeat, but also stray too far into politics. we should take the bank of england's forecast with a pinch of salt. they are notoriously bad at forecasting. then, of course, we have project fear mark two. the bank of england, the cbi and the treasury department are all ganging up again to make us frightened of brexit. even the bank's own staff are unhappy about wages. it's only when pay starts to catch up with prices that we may see interest rates rise.
that's not expected until next year. simon jack, bbc news. one of the most seniorjudges in britain says society will have "blood on its hands" if a 17—year—old girl who's tried to kill herself several times is released from custody without adequate supervision. the president of the family division in england and wales, sirjames munby, says it's "disgraceful" that it's been so difficult finding suitable provision for her when she's released in 11 days‘ time. nhs england says it's making "every effort" to find appropriate care. our home editor mark easton reports on a case which highlights a crisis in mental health care. "a disgraceful and utterly shaming lack of proper provision for young mental health patients in england" — the words of one of england's most senior judges, sirjames munby, head of the family division. he issued an extraordinary statement after being unable to find any suitable hospital bed for a suicidal 17—year—old girl, due for release from custody in just over a week. the girl in question is from the north—west of england
and is currently so disturbed that she's dressed in clothes she cannot use to hang herself, in a youth custody centre with just a mattress on the floor and no personal belongings. the solicitor representing the interests of the 17—year—old, named only as x, says she's at significant risk. x is a girl who at the moment has a determined wish, it appears, to kill herself. the big problem we've got is that we don't fully understand those needs, and it's on that basis that she needs to be in a clinical setting to be assessed properly. that's part of the frustration of the case. that frustration spilled into public from the judge today. the government offered no comment
on thejudge‘s remarks. all questions were referred to nhs england, which said tonight that three potential beds have now been identified for the 17—year—old, with a care assessment being conducted tomorrow. but mental health professionals say the problem is not an isolated one. every day we talk to children, young people, parents and carers who are in the community, worried about how they're going to access mental health care. there isn't enough support in the community, and there are really high thresholds to get into hospital care. meanwhile, people are left without support.
a recent survey of people working in child and adolescent mental health services in england found 62% had seen adolescent patients held in inappropriate settings. 77% said young high risk patients were left in the community because of the shortage of beds, with 14% saying young patients had attempted suicide while waiting for a suitable bed. the report urged government to prioritise investment in young people's crisis care as a matter of urgency. the system for people with those sorts of needs is simply not fit for purpose. the nationally commissioned services don'tjoin up with locally commission services, there is no strategic oversight and as far as i can see, and i've been trying to push this at various levels for a number of years, there doesn't seem to be any strategic plan to resolve the matter. the government has said it will increase the number of mental health staff working in the nhs in england by 21,000
and the prime minister has promised a revolution in mental health care, but the agonies of a judge unable to help a suicidal young woman suggest the revolution has some way to go. these are some of the most candid and toughest words many have heard a judge at. what do you think his motivation for such stark language is? i think his immediate motivation was the welfare of a very troubled 17—year—old girl who will be released into the community in ii days' time without, as it stands, a ca re days' time without, as it stands, a care package for her. and in that, perhaps, he appears to be successful after months of frustration. within hours of his statement and the news stories associated with it, the nhs said, we have now found three potential beds. 0ne said, we have now found three potential beds. one must hope that that works out. but the judge also demanded that his remarks also be
sent to government ministers, to the ministry ofjustice sent to government ministers, to the ministry of justice and sent to government ministers, to the ministry ofjustice and the department of health, because he is determined that this lack of proper provision of mental health services, as he sees it, should not be forgotten. the government is already promising specifically on child and adolescent mental health care 2000 nurses, consultants and therapists, and that is part of a wider £1 billion package for mental health services. but none of this can of course be done overnight. recruitment and training will take time and meanwhile, many families will be just as frustrated as sir james at the failings of a system that as we have heard, senior practitioners say is not fit for purpose. mark, many thanks. a british computer expert who shut down a world—wide cyber attack that crippled the nhs in may has now been arrested in the united states. marcus hutchins, who's 23 and from devon, is said to have stopped the wannacry ransomeware virus from spreading further, but is now alleged to be linked to other malicious software, targeting bank accounts.
0ur north america correspondent james cook reports. marcus hutchins was hailed as a hero for stopping an attack which crippled the nhs and spread to tens of thousands of computers in 150 countries. his arrest is not related to his role in neutralising the so—called wannacry ransomware, which he discussed in this recent bbc interview. i checked the message board, there were maybe 16, 17 reports of different nhs organisations being hit, and that was the point where i decided "my holiday‘s over, i've got to look into this". in the past week, mr hutchins had been in las vegas for the defcon cybersecurity conference. he was apparently arrested at the airport minutes before he was due to fly home. better known as malware tech, his most recent tweets were prescient... "priority boarding so you can add to the time you're sat on a plane that is nowhere near ready to fly", he wrote. we've now obtained
a copy of the indictment against marcus hutchins and another unnamed defendant. it reveals they are facing charges in the us state of wisconsin. they're accused of creating and selling a programme to harvest online banking data and credit card details. prosecutors say the arrest here in las vegas came at the end of a two year long investigation. cybersecurity remains a top priority for the fbi, says the special agent in charge. marcus hutchins may now face his biggest challenge yet in an american courtroom. james cook, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories... a surgeon given a 15 year prison sentence for carrying out needless breast operations has had his jail term increased to 20 years. ian paterson was jailed in may after being convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against 10 people. three men convicted of terror offences, who called themselves the three musketeers, have been jailed for life for plotting
an attack on a police or military target. naweed ali, mohibur rahman and khobaib hussain, who are all from the west midlands, were told they'd spend at least 20 years in jail. a fourth man, tahir aziz, was given a minimum term of 15 years. a man who died after a police chase in london last month had swallowed a package of paracetamol and caffeine, according to the independent police complaints commission. rashan charles, who was followed and restrained by police, became ill after putting an object in his mouth. the investigation into allegations of russia's interference in last year's us election took a significant turn tonight. the wall streetjournal is reporting that the special counsel robert mueller has convened a grand jury as part of his investigation. 0ur north america editorjon sopel is in washington for us tonight. how significant is all this? it is
significant, but let me add a couple of caveats. it doesn't mean that prosecutions are imminent. it doesn't mean there will ever be a prosecution, but that can't be prosecutions without the setting up ofa grandjury. prosecutions without the setting up of a grand jury. what it means is that they will now be able to take sworn statements from witnesses. they will be able to subpoenaed documents. so if you like, this is the logical next step in this investigation. but it also means, if you ask the simple question, is this inquiry winding down or is it ramping up, there was only one conclusion. it is ramping up. there has been a conciliatory statement from donald trump's lawyers tonight about this. the white house favours anything that accelerates the conclusion of the work of robert mueller. the white house is committed to co—operating with mr mueller‘s investigation. but my guess is that donald trump will be spitting tacks about this, firstly because he believes it is a witchhunt, secondly because he
believes it could go on for months, even believes it could go on for months, eve n years , believes it could go on for months, even years, when he wants to get on with the rest of his business, and thirdly because this investigation could sprawl from russia into donald trump's financial activities, and thatis trump's financial activities, and that is something the president has expressed deep concern about. jon sopel expressed deep concern about. jon sopel, live in washington. children from the poorest families in england, can end up two years behind their more affluent classmates, by the time they finish secondary school. the findings from the think tank, the education policy institute, suggest youngsters who've been eligible for free school dinners, which is a key measure of poverty, are increasingly lagging behind by the time they sit their gcses. 0ur education editor branwen jeffreys reports from darlington, one of the areas judged to be failing to close the attainment gap. nicole gibbon isn't afraid of tough jobs. she took on a darlington school in crisis, worked to win trust from parents. some families, and darlington certainly isn't unique to this by a long stretch, social
mobility is incredibly low and don't leave the area. schools here get less funding than london, and nicole told me many families have never moved from darlington. i have to take mum, dad, nan, grandpa with me on thatjourney, so that we're all working together and there's nobody behind, we're all together. what are the kind of fears they might have? the unknown. the unknown, the lack of experience and lack of opportunities that they perhaps didn't have themselves, through no fault of their own. but it is the unknown and that fear of "we're all right as we are". some parts of england have reduced the education gap. it's seven or eight months in tower hamlets, hackney and southwark, all of them london boroughs. but it's 25 to 27 months in darlington, derby and south gloucestershire. £72 million of extra money to improve social mobility is going to some parts of england. but that money won't reach these streets in darlington,
or other areas highlighted in today's report. this isn'tjust about the cash that schools get, although that does make a difference. it's about communities, too, communities where the belief in education as a passport to a different, better life has simply been lost. these teenagers are learning life skills on a national scheme, but already, at 16, set on very different directions. i'm sinead, and i want to be an actress. i'm jess and i want to be in the military police. i'm nicole and i want to go to the navy. i'm dave and i want to be a professional chef. the people who were doing better more likely had a better family situation. they've got more money than some of us. but it all depends on how much you want to learn as well. do you think it would have made a difference if, when you were little, you believed you were going to go to uni? probably, because then you're determined to
carry on and go to uni. the gap matters for their future and for ours too, because failings in education hold back our economy. bra nwen jeffreys, bbc news and darlington. during the eu referendum, many of scotland's whisky producers, supported the remain campaign, worried that brexit might affect exports. but now it seems some are having a change of heart, buoyed by the prospect of one—off trade deals with countries like india, where they currently face tariffs of 150%. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith has the story. the barley, the water and the weather make islay malt unique, and on this small island, whisky is very big business. almost 90% of scotland's amber liquor is exported overseas, so brexit will certainly be felt here. small distilleries, like kilchoman, don't want to lose the protected status for scotch whisky offered by eu law, and they worry
about the bureaucracy that leaving the single market might entail. whereas it was very easy to export into europe, it's now going to be a little more difficult. certainly for smaller companies, i think, that will have an impact, because of the amount of people we have to comply with all the new regulations. many of the island's distilleries are owned by big firms that supported remaining inside the eu, but they're now eyeing up the opportunities brexit could bring. the whisky industry is hoping to expand sales in countries outside the eu, countries like india, for instance, which currently slaps a whopping great 150% tariff on scotch. if a new bilateral trade deal could eliminate or slash those tariffs, sales would increase enormously. the uk government can't guarantee tariff free trade, but say there is now the opportunity to try. as part of this new arrangement in a post—eu world,
where we are negotiating the terms, we're not bound in by eu terms, we're able to negotiate our own terms, getting the right deal for the whisky industry is one of our priorities. scotch whisky is a valuable product. contributing about £5 billion a year to the uk economy, supporting 30,000 jobs and making many drinkers happy. it's an industry that first feared brexit, and now hopes to make it work for them. once we leave the eu, we would be the uk negotiating free—trade deals, rather than a block, and so that simplifies the negotiations to a degree. so yes, we hope that it will be easierfor the uk to negotiate a free trade deal with, for example, india. the economy of islay runs on whisky, much of scotland's economy relies on this water of life, and they‘ re now looking beyond the shores of europe, to try and make the best of brexit. sarah smith, bbc news, islay.
the worldwide anglican communion counts many more worshippers in africa than it does in england. and while there are disagreements over homosexuality, the archbishop of canterbury has been trying to find some common ground on the refugee crisis in south sudan, with one of the most conservative african archbishops, stanley ntagali, in uganda. 0ur religious affairs correspondent martin bashir reports. above the lush plains of uganda, two archbishops are on a mission, heading north toward refugee camps on the border with south sudan. the welcome they receive in moyo is rapturous. but the conditions are horrendous. may i come in? thank you. the whole family sleeps here. it's very, very tough. it's horrible. there are nearly a million south sudanese living in camps like this, after fleeing a brutal
civil war, with many families rushing to the border carrying only their children. while the archbishops are of one mind in their support for these refugees, there is another issue about which they are deeply divided, and it concerns not one country in one continent, but the entire unity of the anglican communion. your grace, shouldn't you be in the middle? stanley ntagali, a conservative evangelical, walked out of a global gathering of archbishops last year after the american episcopal church voted to endorse same—sex marriage. he says the bible teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that the growing ugandan church will not remain in fellowship with those who support same—sex unions. you have been invited to the primates' meeting in october. will you be attending?
no. why not? i have made it clear i am not attending because of the position the church of uganda holds. and that is that homosexuality is wrong? i thought you wanted to ask about the refugees, but now you are concentrating on that subject. i do not want to continue. that's enough. stanley ntagali says he remains committed to the anglican communion and will not be pulling the ugandan church out. although we have differences of opinion over issues around human sexuality, when we were dealing with refugees, we were exactly on the same page. archbishop justin welby concluded his visit by praying for peace and reconciliation in south sudan, a prayer that he probably repeated privately for the church that he leads. martin bashir, bbc news, in northern uganda. the brazilian footballer neymar
has signed a five—year contract with paris saint—germain. the french club paid a world record fee of £198 million to release him from his contract with barcelona. he will be introduced to fans on saturday at psg's first game of the season. it's reported he'll earn after—tax half £1 million a week. the 2017 world athletics championships begin tomorrow in london, and will see the final appearance of usain bolt in major competition. so who'll be athletics‘ next big star? 0ur sports editor dan roan has been speaking to one man who believes he can fill the void, the 400 metres star wayde van niekerk. final preparations at london's olympic stadium, as it becomes the focus of the athletics world once again. the man charged with organising track and fields world championships telling me the sport should savour every moment. london has a unique offering.
it's a huge city, passionate about sport, the world's greatest athletics stadium, and it's going to be full. possibly going forwards, you need to see slight changes to the format, the compression of the championships. so, this could be the last great, great, traditional—format championships. once again, the world's finest athletes will be on show here — a fitting farewell to the sport's greatest star. wayde van niekerk smashed the a00m world record at last year's rio 0lympics. a man in demand, we managed to spend some time with the south african as he took a cab ride through london. so, is he ready to fill the void left by usain bolt? i definitely believe that i can reach the heights what he has reached. i mean, i'm only 25 now, so i still have a lot of time left. confident words from a young man who admits he has struggled with self—doubt. i've had a lot of mental challenges when it comes to confidence and... really? and believing myself, in myself, as an athlete. so, this last two years has been a massive, massive boost to myself. yeah.
these championships will, of course, evoke memories of london 2012, which for many at the time seemed like the ultimate for track and field. but since then, the sport has been engulfed in crisis and, as it prepares to say farewell to its biggest star, there is a real sense that if integrity and popularity is to be recovered, this represents an opportunity which simply must be grasped. there was no russian team preparing here this afternoon — the country suspended for state—sponsored doping. and tonight, two ukrainian athletes were provisionally suspended from the championships for the use of prohibited substances — a reminder of the challenge the sport now faces. 0ften you'll get a rotten apple in a barrel. you can't stop that. what you have to try to do is change the culture, so that people who are competing are not tempted to take those short cuts. that's the culture that you want. that doesn't take five minutes — it takes some years. the enthusiasm which surrounded the 2012 olympics appears undimmed,
with record ticket sales for a world championship. but at a crucial moment in athletics history, london 2017 must now stand for a new start. dan roan, bbc news. the odyssey is over for england's footballers at euro 2017. they reached the semi finals, but were beaten 3—0 by the netherlands. our sports correspondent katie gornall reports. the dutch certainly know how to get their team. england fans may be feeling a little outnumbered here in enschede today, these semifinalists were a perfect match, because the only two teams to have won all their games, something had to give. and early on it was those in orange who shone brightest. miedema heading them in the direction of the final. with england behind for the first time in this tournament, jade moore almost mustered the perfect response. and as half—time approached, ellen white had a strong claim for a penalty,
but the referee thought differently, much to the frustration of mark sampson. for a team that has captured the imagination back home, these were nervous times. what was needed in such a cauldron was a cool head, but fara williams usually so reliable, did nothing to settle the nerves. double delight for the dutch, and england only had themselves to blame. with time running out, jody taylor nearly gave her side hope, but it would get worse for england. an own goal with the last kick of the game the millie bright summed up the miserable night for mark sampson's side. 0verwhelmed in the stands, overwhelmed on the pitch. against expectations, it's the netherlands who advanced to the final, england are back to square one. this was a dark and disappointing night for england. rankin, reputation or flavoured mark
sampson's side coming into this, but although they made progress on how they've played and reached the semifinal they were woefully ineffective against the netherlands, who fully deserve to go through to the final against an narked. although mark sampson's players may struggle to find the positives tonight, this tournament and the profile it's been given will have boosted the women's game back home, evenif boosted the women's game back home, even if they weren't able to take those final steps. thank you for that. the actor robert hardy, best known for his role in all creatures great and small and the harry potter films, has died. he was 91. his family have described him as "gruff, elegant, twinkly and always dignified, and celebrated by those who knew him, loved him and enjoyed his work." david sillito now looks back on his life. it was all creatures great and small that truly made robert hardy a household name. for 12 years, he played the vet siegfried farnon. biggins? well, i hold you responsible for biggins, james. the character mirrored
his own personality, which was described today by his family today as a bit gruff, but also elegant and twinkly. and it was a role that needed a bit of grit. i remember a day when we did a lambing sequence all through the night, in the dead ice—cold of winter, deep snow and endless frost. our own agency — an international feature service. it pays well. in the ‘60s, he'd appeared opposite richard burton, his old friend from his days at oxford, in the spy who came in from the cold. often, i don't know who does publish, i confess. we few, we happy few! we band of brothers! his early career was rather shakespearean. he revelled in the grand patriotic speech and will forever be linked with one particular patriotic character.