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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm: police evacuate several properties in sunbury—on—thames in surrey as officers search a house in connection with yesterday's bomb attack at parsons green station in west london. earlier an 18—year—old man was arrested at the port of dover. it's understood he is suspected of planting the home—made device. at this stage we are keeping an open mind over whether more than one person was involved in the attack, and we're still pursuing many lines of enquiry at great pace. at least four people are killed in a crash involving several vehicles on the m5 motorway in gloucestershire. the foreign secretary borisjohnson revives his contested claim that brexit could free up more money for the nhs. also in the next hour, hundreds of thousands of passengers are told their ryanair flights could be cancelled. the airline says it plans to axe up to 50 services a day for the next six weeks to improve punctuality. and sergio aguero scores a hat trick
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against watford to help put manchester city top of the table. we'll have that and the rest of the day's sporting news in sportsday in half an hour. good evening and welcome to bbc news. detectives investigating the bomb attack on the london underground have arrested an 18—year—old man, on suspicion of leaving the device on the train. they say they are keeping an open mind over whether more than one person was involved in the attack. 30 people were injured when it detonated yesterday at parsons green station. the man was taken into custody this morning in the port area of dover. the police believe the attack was motivated by islamist extremism. this evening an armed police operation is under way in sunbury
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on thames, in surrey. robert hall is at new scotland yard. deputy assistant commissioner from the counterterrorism unit has made a statement, he has been leading us through what has been a very fast moving day here in london, on the coast of kent and back into surrey at lunchtime. there has been more detail on what has been going on. he was stressing at the beginning, and will come to in a moment how hard the police have been working, aaron the police have been working, aaron the clock, he said, through the night. developments today have followed on from assiduous work looking at cctv footage, talking to members of the public, more than 100 witnesses they have spoken to. let's
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go straight to him and hear what he had to say. i like to update you on the ongoing investigation into the terrorist attack at parsons green tube yesterday morning. after which i will take questions. the metropolitan police and its partners across the counterterrorism policing network have been working around the clock and through the night to identify, locate and arrest those responsible for this cowardly crime. at approximately 7:50am this morning local police offers us in kent arrested an 18—year—old man in the departure area of the port of dover. he was arrested on suspicion of being concerned with the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. he's now been transferred to custody at a police station in london. officers from kent police have to partially evacuate the port of dover around 11:40am this morning. this was to
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enable them to search the premises asa enable them to search the premises as a precautionary measure. that work is now complete and they have re cove red work is now complete and they have re cove re d a work is now complete and they have recovered a number of items during a search. a short while later, around 1:40 p:m., with the assistance of surrey police, met police officers also evacuated house in sunbury—on—thames. as a precautionary measure we evacuated the surrounding buildings and set up accordance with any 100 metre radius. i want to reassure the community that our experts are quickly and thoroughly searching that address, and we're working to ensure that it is safe. once this is done a detailed search will take place. but i would like to thank residents in sunbury and people travelling in and out of dover this morning for their patience and understanding while officers carried out this precautionary but important work. their support has enabled us to act swiftly. police and surrey
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local authority are working to support displaced residents and to get them back into their homes as soon get them back into their homes as soon as get them back into their homes as soon as possible. at this stage we're keeping an open mind over whether more than one is responsible for the attack, and we are still pursuing numerous lines of enquiry and at great pace. i couple of points come out of that. when i pressed at the end of the press about whether they believed in individual they detained had direct links, and perhaps been responsible in some way for what happened yesterday, he would not be drawn. recently used the words which we heard earlier in the day that this was a very significant arrest. but again stressing the open mind, stressing that they were not ruling out the fact of the possibility that there might be other people involved in what happened. one other detail which we did not know was the size of the operation at the port of dover during the morning. clearly there was considerable disruption because he went on to thank
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travellers whose journeys had been delayed or altered or affected in some way by that search in dover which caused a partial evacuation that obviously went on for most of the morning. let's turn to this afternoon to sunbury—on—thames, the operation which began when convoys of police vehicles moved into that area, and officers and search specialist, that operation is still going on. john mcmanus is therefore for us this evening. john, give us a sense of where you are for people who do not know that part of london, that part of the country, and a sense of what is going on. this is a very unassuming part of surrey, sunbury—on—thames. south—west of london, not far from the capital. an unassuming place, but this afternoon it was the centre of a major police operation. we started at around 1:40
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p:m.. residents were forced to evacuate after police started their operation. one man told me that the first he knew anything was going on was he heard a drone in the sky and when the director '5 house he saw police coming up the road and sealing it off and ordering residents to leave immediately for their own safety. those residents we re their own safety. those residents were ta ken their own safety. those residents were taken to a rugby club nearby and that is where they remain at the moment. as you can see the road is still sealed off as police carry out a search behind me. the house is the one painted apple. that is the focus of police operations this afternoon. the ongoing this afternoon. there has been a huge amount of disruption to local residents. one of them told me earlier but had been going on. to local residents. one of them told me earlier but had been going onm was a normal saturday afternoon, getting ready to go and do shopping. my seven—year—old said there is something going on outside. i do when diners as police officers, shouted to a neighbour and was told,
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we got to get out, we're being evacuated. then had an opposite bang severely and say "get out, out, now, you get two minutes. those quotes i walk down the road, just a really scary scene for what is normally a small and quiet time. never anything like this before. having the guns and the black masks, try to walk your seven—year—old son, telling him it is all it's quite scary. to be here, it's unbelievable, it really is. so quite a scary and unsettling afternoon for residents of this part of baize—mac this afternoon. we think about 200 people were evacuated from their homes this afternoon. a few of them have been going back in gaelic valuables, medication, some of them to pick up pets. but most people have not been allowed back into the road. we understand that the local council is starting to make lands for them to
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be housed somewhere overnight if this operation continues into this evening. this operation is still underway, the search still an ongoing operation. thanks, john, and to pick up, people were reassured today that they would try to carry out the work they had to do as quickly as possible, but the tone was, we have a lot to do, there is a detailed search to be carried out for safety reasons, and he would not go into what that was. we need that evacuation zone to be in place and we will complete things as fast as we will complete things as fast as we can. word reassurances important today because we're still at any alert stage of critical, but possibility of an imminent attack, the possibility not ruled out by police in the last hour that there may be others involved with what happened yesterday, that means that the public still need to be vigilant. that was the message from
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the metropolitan police commissioner cressida dick and the home secretary when chicken out of the government's emergency cobra committee meeting at lunchtime. people should remain vigilant. at the fact that we are as critical, the fact that soldiers have been called in to help support police, to release and officers onto the streets to take part in operations in active reassurances very important. although that is still very much going on. the operation in sunbury still active, and as we heard, an 18—year—old is in custody, being spoken to by counterterrorism officers here in london. robert, thank you. robert with the latest from new scotland yard. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining us tonight playwright and commentator bonnie greer and journalist
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kevin schofield. at least four people have died in a crash on the m5 in south gloucestershire. it happened between junctions 15 and 14, and involved several vehicles, including a lorry. the motorway is closed in both directions, and avon and somerset police say it will be shut for a considerable amount of time. highways england says traffic is queuing for about six miles. dr amer hamed, was on the road at the time of the incident. the three of us doctors, a senior gp, a cardiologist, and myself, consultant cardiologist. we went to see who was affected. the truck driver, he was ok, but his legs. were stuck, so we could not help them because the fire engine was not there. and then we went to see the other
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people, the first car who had the massive destruction by the truck. a car went into the ditch and the lady was critically injured. borisjohnson has renewed the controversial claim that britain will save £350 million pounds a week by leaving the eu, which can be spent on the nhs. the foreign secretary was setting out his vision of what he called "britain's glorious future" after brexit, in a newspaper article. labour's barry gardiner said the government divisions have now been laid bare, and accused mrjohnson of plotting a challenge to theresa may's leadership. it's all about boris. this isjust ridiculous. we have a cabinet in chaos. we have a prime minister who is openly being talked of as being challenged within weeks. we have a government that is supposed to be negotiating our future at the most critical stage of these negotiations in europe, and we now have a foreign secretary who is launching his own challenge to the prime minister, setting out his stall before
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she makes her major speech on the eu in florence this thursday. this is quite ridiculous. with regard to the claim about £350 million, this is something that the office of national statistics, which is the watchdog for these things, has already said is a bogus statistic, that politicians were wrong to use in the referendum campaign. it is the gross figure, not the net, and it should not be used. for boris to have made the mistake over a year ago in using that figure is one thing. to do it again is mendacious. it is notjust being a bad statistician, it is actually telling fibs to the british people, and we need to nail it. ryanair is facing a wave of complaints, after announcing it is cancelling up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks. the move could affect hundreds of thousands of people. and some passengers who've already flown abroad with ryanair have been informed by text that their flight
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back to the uk has been cancelled. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. it's europe's busiest airline, but it is grounding hundreds of its own planes. in doing so it is ruining holidays for thousands of its own customers, some of whom found themselves stranded overseas having been notified by text or e—mail by ryanair. the next flight to newcastle is next thursday. we cannot get through to anybody on ryanair we can't get through to a manager, the app does not work. if you phone ryanair all you get is "we are having a large volume of calls." you bet! ryanair says air traffic control issues and the weather as well as a surge in pilots and cabin crew taking holidays is forcing them to ground up to 50 flights a day until the end of october. that means passengers set to fly in the coming weeks simply do not know whether their flight
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will take off. it could be cancelled right up to the moment they arrive at the airport. the spin that ryanair is putting on this is saying we want to make our timekeeping better, so we're putting more planes on the ground in case something goes wrong. from a passenger's perspective, someone like me who has a booking in the next few weeks, that looks like total tosh. basically it is a massive administrative foul up. basically the cabin crew and pilots are taking holiday before the end of the year. so what could you get back? eu rules say you're entitled to full compensation, the airline also has to cover food and accommodation if you're stranded and it should offer to pay for a flight with a rival airline if it cannot get you on a flight to your destination. this means that these cancellations could cost the enigmatic boss of ryanair, michael o'leary, up to £100 million. passengers potentially booking elsewhere? priceless.
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the headlines on bbc news: police are keeping an open mind about whether more than one person is involved in the parsons green bombing. an 18—year—old man was arrested this morning. at least four people have died after a crash involving several vehicles, including a lorry, on the m5 motorway in south gloucestershire. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, revives the promise of billions of pounds of extra funding for the nhs after brexit. in syria, russian troops have taken control of the eastern city of deir al—zour, forcing out so—called islamic state fighters. the city had been held by is for three years. russia's presence in the country has helped president assad hold onto power, despite the country's civil war. the bbc‘s steve rosenberg is the first british journalist to enter the city since is was driven out.
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on a russian military helicopter, we are heading east across syria. we are escorted by two gunships in case we come under attack. eventually, we arrive in deir al—zour, a city only starting to recoverfrom a nightmare. for three years, this part of town was cut off from the rest of the world, surrounded by is fighters. well, with the help of russian air power, the syrian army broke that siege just a few days ago. now people here tell us that is militants have been pushed back around three miles. but security is still a concern. russian special forces accompany us to the market. the syrian soldiers here, well, they're a little more relaxed. supplying the city with food and drink and medicine is easier now. during the siege, deir al—zour had to rely on humanitarian aid by air.
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thanks to god, thanks to the syrian army and the russian army, this man says. syria is victorious. there is still fighting in deir al—zour, but the syrian army has reclaimed much territory in and around the city. this oil—rich region was the heart of islamic state's economy. defeating is here would be a major victory for president assad. life may be returning to this city, but there's still danger here. steve rosenberg, bbc news, deir al—zour. north korea's leader, kimjong—un, has said his goal is to match the military power of the united states. his comments come after the united nations security council described the latest missile test overjapan as highly provocative. washington has again warned pyongyang of possible military action. but russia and china say diplomacy is the only solution. stephen mcdonnell reports from seoul.
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north korea has released footage which it says is of its latest ballistic missile test, the day after it was carried out. also images of an elated kim jong un, present at the site. the country's state media has quoted their leader as saying "this was to achieve equilibrium of force, so that the us would not even talk about a military move against his regime". across the pacific, washington is considering its next move. we've been kicking the can down the road and we're out of road. so for those who have said and been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option. it's not what we would prefer to do. we call on all nations to address this global problem, short of war. when the us administration talks about everyone, that really means china.
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yet beijing says it's the americans who are not upholding their end of the un sanctions bargain. the un resolution also calls for reopening dialogue and resolving the issue through consulations. the resolutions should be implemented fully. meanwhile, with no solution in sight, the public in south korea and japan are left wondering what their futures might hold. in both countries, it's not only the hawks who are considering if they are being adequately protected from a nuclear armed neighbour. here in seoul, not surprisingly, the current crisis is dominating politics. there's an opposition party petition being circulated, in an attempt to create ten million south korean signatures calling for the reintroduction of tactical nuclear weapons here. the government says this willjust inflame the situation here. 0ne
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one hour ‘s drive away, north korea says it is close to achieving full nuclear missile capability. liberal democrats have gathered in bournemouth for their annual conference,the first since vince cable became leader of the party. 0ur political correspondent eleanor garnier is at the conference and said the party will be looking at how to move forward after the general election result. there will be soul—searching here, thinking abut the state of the party and why it did not do better earlier in the year. they are the most pro—eu party, you would think they would have the pick
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of the 48% of remain voters of the 48% of remain voters in the referendum. add to that that labour under jeremy corbyn has been moving towards the left, so the liberal democrats believe there is a gaping hole in the middle of british politics that is theirs for the taking. but remember at their height they had 57 mps, then after the coalition the number of mps felt a single figures. and the general election earlier this year did not deliver the result they were hoping for. i asked the new leader how big a challenge he thinks he and his party faces. we had mixed results. we've got more mp5, more diversity, an increase in membership. there is a lot of energy and enthusiasm. but yes, the result did not live up to expectations. we've got to turn it round. but politics is becoming very polarised between extreme, hardline brexit government, and hard left labour party. people will be looking for a sensible, moderate, middle ground politics,
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and that's what we can provide. you are obviously up for it despite having been off writing a novel and doing other things, you're back in politics. isn't this a bit of a poisoned chalice, being the new lib dem leader? it's a challenge. i wouldn't have taken it on unless i was optimistic. we have a lot going for us, the state of affairs in british politics, which is very polarised, people are looking for common sense solutions, not extremes. i think we can move into that space. is vince cable, the new leader, the person to take the party into that space? i think we should expect a lot of talk at this conference about his experience. remember he was a former business secretary. he had a short stint as leader about ten years ago. he is one of the few politicians to predict the financial crash. but clearly at the age of 74 he has decided not to go slowly into retirement, and instead is giving himself a rather large challenge. three years ago prince harry
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founded the invictus games, an international sports event for wounded service personnel. and next week, 90 competitors — the uk's biggest team yet — will take part in the games in canada. pa ra—athlete steve brown, a former wheelchair rugby captain, has been to meet a fellow athlete competing who's determined not to let a life—changing injury hold him back. i was found there. but life goes on. stewart graduated from the raf one day after his 18th birthday. he proudly served in northern ireland, iraq and afghanistan. however, his life was changed forever when his
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vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device or ied while on a routine patrol in helmand province in 2013. my only overriding memory of that whole time was the fact that because i could open my eyes and still see, i was still alive. and the moment yourself and your wife locked eyes, that must "a moment for her as well as you. she knew when she saw me in the hospital but despite the number of injuries and a number of limbsi despite the number of injuries and a number of limbs i was missing at the time, she knew it was me. i've managed to take the first step and get at the hospital, i'm walking, let's try other things and get involved in sport. and obviously using the invictus games as tool for that. it is a process i know well. after i was injured 13 years ago i
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was introduced to wheelchair rugby and eventually captained the gb paralympic team at london 2012. it's crazy to link that you watched me play in 2012 as captain, and now you are there, the invictus games kept on going on for your second captaincy. i know, if only i'd known back then... it was great to watch you guys back then. maybe a little bit subconsciously it might have kick—started that fire within to play the sport. difficult circumstances led to children playing it. more than 300 people applied tojoin playing it. more than 300 people applied to join the playing it. more than 300 people applied tojoin the uk playing it. more than 300 people applied to join the uk squad, playing it. more than 300 people applied tojoin the uk squad, the biggest number since prince harry founded the games in 2014. 2014 was exciting opportunity. we had no idea what invictus was going to be, what the outcomes would be, and how it would grow. what we have seen over the last three years to bring us to 2017 is such a public appetite for what we're doing and sachin interest
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from the guys and girls, and a really positive recovery impact. stewart was part of the team that won last year in orlando, and now the chance to serve his country again and wants to do it even better. one of the biggest names in the indian film industry is in the uk this week. salman khan is one of the top grossing actors in bollywood and has made more than 100 films. his tour in the uk will be the first in 12 years. he's been speaking exclusively to the bbc asian network's haroon rashid, ahead of his first concert tonight. he's an international superstar with hundreds of millions of fans around the world. and this weekend salman khan is in the uk. 0ne the world. and this weekend salman khan is in the uk. one of bollywood's most famous actors is performing here after a decade. i'm a huge fan. 0h, performing here after a decade. i'm a huge fan. oh, my god! ijust got to dig a picture with salman khan.
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he told me what it's like to meet his british fans. it's amazing. the grandparents and the parents, when the kids are growing up, they have ke pt the kids are growing up, they have kept them in touch with our culture. its mythology, it's religion, families together, and the movies. how do you put a tour like this together? the last time you did this was over 12 years ago. how do you go about constructing the production? earlier used to do to every year and aor earlier used to do to every year and a or two years, and then i got tired of it. and then we just thought just changing into little bit, with much better production value, we could once again, do this. it's not about the money here, it's about the interaction with the sands. i like
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you, you like me. i like you that much that i come here and perform. this week you were honoured at the house of commons. you are given a global diversity award. does that mean to you? what does a global citizen award mean? it's an honour. i don't know if i deserve it not. i gladly accepted. i never thought i would be in a position like this today. i never thought that i deserved that first big film. but wherever it goes away, i hope it goes to somebody well deserving. with thousands attending his concerts, it doesn't look like his famous going away any time soon. a koala has been rescued after it crawled into the wheel arch
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of a vehicle and went on a ten mile journey. the female was found clinging to the axle of a 4—wheel drive after the driver stopped and heard her cries. the wheel had to be taken off to free the animal, but it was uninjured and after a few days of resting and feeding in captivity, it was released into the forest. it's been a day or pleasant spells of sunshine but heavy downpours. a mixed picture. pleasantly warm in the shelter and sunshine but quite a cool northerly breeze at the bowman. the showers we still have will fade away overnight but some continuing across parts of wales, southern england, the channel islands. you could use the odd rubble of the year. largely clear spells tomorrow.


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