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this is bbc news, i'm lewis vaughan—jones. the headlines at 8pm. new measures on law and order — saying it's serious about fighting crime, the government promise 10,000 more prison places in england and wales, and extend police stop and search powers, to tackle knife crime. the use of stop and search in the right, legal and professional way drives the right outcomes, and that is what we are seeking to do. lawyers for the alleged victims of the multi—millionaire businessman and convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein say his death shouldn't stop the investigation into his alleged crimes. china tells the uk to stop interfering in hong kong's affairs, as police again use tear gas, on thousands of protesters. going underground — how these fighter planes get repaired with a high tech fix.
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manchester united get off to a winning start in their premier league campaign, hitting four against chelsea. and in half an hour, the travel show heads to lebanon to find out how beirut is trying to regain its reputation as the entertainment capital of the middle east. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the government has announced a package of measures on law and order, saying it's "serious about fighting crime." labour has dismissed the plans as no more than empty promises — ahead of a possible general election. so what is the government proposing?(ani) ministers want to create 10,000 new prison places across england and wales.
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and a pilot scheme, giving the police wider powers to stop and search suspects, will be extended to all 43 forces. critics say there's little detail about how the policies will be funded, and warn that extending stop and search, could lead to social unrest. 0ur correspondent, richard lister reports. stop and search, the government says it cuts crime and it wants more police forces to use it more often. the plan is part of a law and order package unveiled by a prime minister who says he wants criminals to be afraid. figures suggest black people are almost ten times more likely to be searched than white people. but the home secretary said the initial feedback she had had from police was that stop and search works. from all the police forces that i have been speaking to, even in london yesterday, i have heard that crime under 25s, the age group, has gone down by 15% because of the use of stop and search. that means takes more
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weaponry off our streets. of course, the use of stop and search in the right way drives the right kind of outcomes. london's police force is one of seven that have been running a pilot programme launched by the previous home secretary in march. but today they were unable to provide any figures on how the programme has worked. i'm not aware of the pilot being evaluated or there being an equality impact statement. so i wonder on what basis has the decision been made and why hasn't the information been made available publicly? why hasn't it been a transparent decision for? britain's jails were another part of the announcement. £2.5 billion to be spent on another 10,000 prison places. a major increase. there are some 83,000 men and women in prison in england and wales. that is close to the total capacity which is around 85,000 prison places.
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today's announcement of an additional 10,000 places is an increase of around 12%. the government said the first new prison will be here in yorkshire. that expansion was first announced more than two years ago and the home office has been unable to give a full—time table for the plan. we are seeing headline—grabbing policies with no evidence or resource behind them in the potential run up to a general election in the autumn and nobody should be fooled with boris johnson. he has form for empty promises. the prime minister has previously pledged to recruit another 20,000 police officers. he also wants criminals to spend more time in prison. 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake has also been following the story. i spoke to him a little bit earlier. the treasury has said the treasury has said £2.5 the treasury has said £2.5 billion
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the treasury has said £2.5 billion will be available to fund the 10,000 extra prison places but as to where the money will come from and how they will raise it, they cannot say at the moment so it is another promise from the prime minister since he came to office which has a hefty price tag attached but in terms of how the government will fund these pledges, that is all adding to speculation that this announcement for prison places and tougher prison sentences for violent offenders and extra stop and search powers coming very soon after the announcement to recruit the extra 20,000 officers, all of this is part, many say of a plan by ten downing st to prepare for a general election which could be which could be coming very soon although the prime minister says he doesn't want one and the government says it's not preparing for one that is the sense you get and whether it is at a time
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of the prime minister's own choosing, a general election may not be far away, and these sorts of promises on law and order and crime are the sort of thing that conservative mps and the prime minister himself would like to be able to point to during an election campaign to win votes. making those promises is one thing, but funding them and delivering them is a different matter. jonathan, and on one of them specifically, stop and search, it's always an issue that is controversial. it is. and if you look at the detail of what is happening with the expansion of powers for police across england and wales, it means that the officer giving the go—ahead for a stop and search to be done in a certain area isa search to be done in a certain area is a lower rank than previously and it's about who can authorise the stop and search to happen and the threshold for which the officer is allowed to stop and searches slightly is lower. so although they
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believe crime might be committed, not will be committed, so it changes the nature of how and when the powers can be used in a relatively su btle powers can be used in a relatively subtle way, although the government made, and the prime minister made the point in his editorial in the mail on sunday today, that it is important for police officers to feel as though they have cover and the backing of their political masters and senior officers when conducting stop and search. but as you saw in the report a moment ago, it's a controversial tactic, and there are those who claim it u nfa i rly there are those who claim it unfairly penalises young, black men. so it will be on the basis of how these powers are use that the government may or may not be able to point to it in the future as to being a success or not. jonathan blake there. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are journalist and author yasmin alibhai—brown and former conservative
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advisor mo hussein. the chinese government has told britain to stop interfering in hong kong's affairs, after the foreign secretary, dominic raab, suggested there should be an investigation into violence against pro—democracy protesters. beijing says the days when the uk ruled the territory are long gone. police officers have again fired tear gas at demonstrators today, as they face the worst unrest there for decades. from hong kong, jonathan head, reports. this is how it starts every weekend now in hong kong. they've turned improvising barricades into an art form here. they work with impressive speed and coordination. there is never much time before the police arrive. these confrontations are now a familiar routine in hong kong's streets. generally, the protesters retreat, avoiding direct contact. but, by nightfall, the clashes
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were happening in multiple locations across the city and getting worse. the police are stressed and acting at times with little restraint. this was an underground station where protesters were corralled by the police and then beaten down the escalators. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, has called for an independent investigation into police tactics. it's one of the five demands of the protest movement. but his intervention has been rebuffed by china which accuses britain of meddling in its internal affairs. there are those here who still hope for some kind of foreign support for their cause. in truth, though, they are largely on their own and up against an unyielding and increasingly impatient china which has warned it won't stand by if this unrest goes on.
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a political row has broken out in washington, following the death ofjeffrey epstein, the multi—millionaire businessman and convicted sex offender. he was found in his prison cell in new york yesterday, apparently having taken his own life, while awaiting trial on new sex traffiking charges. donald trump is facing strong criticism from democrats, for retweeting a conspiracy theory, linking his death to the clinton family. chris buckler reports from washington. jeffrey epstein was once the man at the centre of high society parties and a figure instrumental in the abuse of underage girls. his death in a new york prison, just weeks after another apparent suicide attempt, has raised many questions. some, including the city's mayor, have called it convenient, given the countless claims about his crimes and the alleged involvement of some of his rich and famous friends.
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among those retweeting conspiracy theories was donald trump... you know what, he had information on the clintons and the man ended up dead... ..who gave publicity to com pletely u nstu bsta ntiated allegations about another president — bill clinton, whose wife hillary ran against him for the presidency. this is another example of our president using his position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories. mr trump was himself at one time a friend of epstein's. they were pictured partying together. but that was many years ago and the president and the white house insist he is now concerned about getting to the truth about what happened at events epstein organised in florida and new york. i think the president just wants everything to be investigated and you know trying to connect the president to this
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monster from years ago where they're seen dancing in a video, as opposed to other people who were seen actively i suppose flying around with this monster. the duke of york, who was at church today at balmoral with the queen, was one of epstein's other famous friends. he's strongly denied a groping accusation made against him in court documents, with buckingham palace describing it as categorically untrue. but there is a push in the us for everything to be investigated and a demand that the inquiries into epstein don't end with his death. an 18—year—old man who got into difficulties in the sea off essex on thursday has died. haider shamas and his 14—year—old sister malika were pulled from the sea close to the pier in clacton. malika died at the scene. police say another relative, a 15—year—old girl being treated in hospital, is expected to make a full recovery. a 200—strong search team has continued to scour dense forest near the resort where a 15—year—old british schoolgirl went missing, more than a week ago.
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nora quoirin, who has learning difficulties, disappeared while on holiday with her family. her mother has thanked the teams looking for her daughter. malaysian police have set up a hotline dedicated to receiving information about the teenager's disappearance. ukraine has described a visit by russia's president, vladimir putin, to the annexed crimean peninsula, as a blatant violation of ukraine's sovereignty. mr putin was the guest of honour of a right—wing nationalist bikers' group. crimea was annexed from ukraine by russia in 2014, violating international law. a number of flood warnings and alerts remain in place across the north of england and southern scotland tonight. there's concern about the river eden in cumbria, and the river rede burst its banks in northumberland — which left some people counting the cost of the damage. jonathan swingler reports from the village of 0tterburn, which has suffered some of the worst of the flooding.
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ewa n ewan has been running this business since the early 1990s and flood water has caused £50,000 of damage. they spoke to me earlier today and there were tears in my eyes. the tea m there were tears in my eyes. the team have been great to me, nursing me through it. but he says his cafe here will be back up and running soon. here will be back up and running soon. we will be open on tuesday morning and everyone is very welcome, and the weather is supposed to improve by then. the fire service had been working hard to prevent further damage. what is happening here is the water has been drawn away from you and's business. the rain is still coming down though. 0ver rain is still coming down though. over at rothbury, they have problems with their water supply. the bad weather has disrupted a water treatment plant and in some cases door—to—door deliveries are being made. by this afternoon, 4000 bottles have been picked up from the school.
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what happens when you turn the taps on? there is a lot of variation in the water and it's not particularly clea n. the water and it's not particularly clean. initially there were up to 1500 households in the area affected by this and the northumbrian water company have worked through the night to get the treatment facility back up and running. the heavy rain has seen others nervously waiting to see how high it will go. a cordon has been lifted at worthing seafront, following an incident earlier this afternoon involving hazardous materials, which left people vomiting and with sore eyes. a section of the beach was evacuated and two people were taken to hospital following the chemical incident in the sussex coastal town. police said both people had since been discharged. a little earlier, chief inspector simon starns, from sussex police, gave an update on what's been happening.
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i think everyone out and about today will be aware of the weather conditions and the wind is blowing strongly, when people reported it to the police they move from a location where it was felt with the first effect so it gives us an opportunity to start out wide and then narrow it, but we managed to keep the peer running and everyone is having a nice day out and the town has been u naffected nice day out and the town has been unaffected in terms of the centre so the recommendation for everyone is to carry on enjoying the day and if you have had stinging eyes today, the advice is to make sure you go home, wash your clothes and douse your eyes with water. the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister pledges £2.5 billion to create 10,000 new prison places and says all police forces will be given extended stop and search powers. the fbi is investigating the death of the multi—millionaire businessman and convicted sex offender, jeffrey epstein, who was found dead in his new york prison cell. police in hong kong fire tear gas at pro—democracy protesters in the tenth consecutive weekend
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of anti—government demonstrations. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. manchester united's premier league season began with a 4—0 win over chelsea in what was frank lampard's first league game in charge. arsenal made a winning start, just the one goal proving the difference against newcastle, as adam wild reports. at old trafford, and here were pressed faces and a manchester united's world record signing, harry maguire but the chelsea, a returning hero in new manager frank lampard. behind all a rivalry that brings to mind glorious past. these are clubs in transition. time and patience required. still, chelsea's tammy abraham seemed in little mood to wait and abraham seemed in little mood to waitand in abraham seemed in little mood to wait and in the opening moments he could scarcely have gone closer, but at the other end this was a chelsea
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defender getting too close, penalty the decision and marcus rashford getting united's season started. after the break they would find their stride. anthony martial poking ina their stride. anthony martial poking in a second for manchester united, and just seconds later, third with marcus rashford, calm, measured. united's new start never clearer than when danieljames added a debut goal, 4—0, some start. newcastle and arsenal, two more clubs beginning a fresh, but amidst the movement there remains a constant, the goals of arsenal's pierre emerick aubameyang. he was the difference on their opening day and some things do not change. it finished goalless between leicester city and wolves but var had a part of play once again. they had a goal disallowed after the video replay showed that leander dendoncker‘s header from a corner had rebounded to him off the arm off wily boly , much to the frustration of the wolves manager.
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everybody is going to speak about this. because it is a decision that they have to make, the referees, but they see it clear, that's no problem, but what was six months ago... six months ago it was a goal, so this is the issue of var. anxiety, we celebrate, and then the fans of leicester celebrate. that is not the spirit of the game. they are working on it. i am positive about it. i hope with time it improves. in the scottish premiership, jermain defoe's first rangers hat—trick ensured the club's perfect start to the season continued against ten—man hibs, beating them 6—1 at ibrox. elsewhere, st mirren claimed their first scottish premiership win of the season over aberdeen. england have beaten wales at twickenham this afternoon 33—19 as both teams ramp up their preparations
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ahead of next month's rugby union world cup injapan. england made the initial breakthrough, thanks to the power of forward billy vunipola who crossed over. wales hit back through gareth davies, a great break away try as the six nations grand slam champions went for the win which would have seen them move to the top of the world rankings. wales wnet on to score two more tries, but as luke cowan—dickie crossed for england's third, george ford knocked over thee penalties — wales were overpowered. these two meet again next weekend, at the principality. jamie chadwick has become the first winner of the w series motor racing championship which aims to provide a pathway for female drivers into formula one. the 21—year—old from bath started from pole, but soon slipped back to third and eventually finished fourth behind race winner and fellow briton alice powell. however, that was enough to secure
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the championship by ten points ahead of dutch rival beitske visser. former world number one andy murray is to step up his return to singles by playing two more events in zhuhai and beijing. the briton had already confirmed he'd be playing singles at this week's cincinnati masters — seven months after fearing he might have to retire. he's added the tournaments in china in september and october to his schedule but has not committed to playing singles at the us open — the final slam of the year — which starts at the end of august in new york. great britain have finished 5th in the three day world team athletics championships in poland but there was a bizarre mix up in the final event of the day. gb accidentally put the name of a shot putter, youcef zatat, down on the start sheet for the mens 4 x 400m relay instead of rabah yousif, meaning the team could not race and earned no points towards the gb total.
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that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. floods have killed almost 150 people in southern india. nearly half the deaths occured in the southern state of kerala, where continuing heavy rain and landslides forced more than 100,000 people to take shelter in relief camps. 0ur reporter deepthi bathini is in kerala with the latest. we are here at one of the relief camps in the district of kerala and we have been travelling across the districts that have been announced as red alert and faced the severe impact of the float in the last week, and we went to one area where a lot of people have been shifted to the relief camps and various other places where there have been landslides that were reported in the last two days and a minimum of more than 50 people have been announced
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dead as a result of the landslides. although the relief camps are seeing the family is trying to get to know about what has happened to their loved ones while still stuck under the debris of the landslides and other places, but here in this district what we see out the relief camp is most of them have shifted here, and there are 130 people living in this relief camp and you can see the people here who have come and they all belong to one religion, they are agricultural labourers who work in the fields as agricultural labourers. i've been speaking to some of them are most of them have been telling me that their entire houses have been washed away due to the flood and right now, at this relief camp, they have facilities which have been provided, food, shelter and clothing but now you the future seems doubtful but their houses have been washed away
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and they do not know what to expect in the coming days. from house construction to prosthetics, 3d printing is increasingly being used as a faster and cheaper alternative. but can it help keep fighter planes flying? 0ur science correspondent richard westcott has been given rare behind—the—scenes access to a us air force base in suffolk to see the technology in action. you have probably seen them, you will definitely have heard them. eagles are a common sghte over east anglia. the american fighter planes, that is, recognisable by the two tails at the back. but tucked away on their home base, we have been allowed to see the new technology used to keep them repaired and flying. we are going to a secret bunker now. you can see it is very cold war chic. adam, hello. and this is your
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special bunker, is it? this is where you do your high—tech stuff. i love the door bell, by the way. the aircraft has some cracks here. fighter planes break a lot. it used to take months to order replacement parts from america. now they just print them. what kind of level of detail can you get? can you scan any part from any aircraft? yes. the level of detail goes down to about 40 microns. so it is... i don't know what that is. that is smaller than a human hair. it can pick up the fine details of the hairs and fibres on things. it can take nearly a day to print this so here, as they say, is one they made earlier. this is the broken part. adam, you have the part you printed. what's so good about that? we could print this in 23 hours.
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it may sound a long time but it prevented a few weeks of downtime to order in the equipment. and this is the technical bit. in another part of the base, where the engineering is a bit more old school. i assume that because planes are made of metal it fatigues all the time when they pull those g forces? yes. especially the fighters. they are older and like to break a lot so we have to replace more parts than what we would normally have to. what difference have these made to yourjob? a huge difference so far. it cuts down at least a day off the repair that we do and makes it far more convenient for us. we can mass—produce parts here and we do not have to waste time to heat treat. beforehand you had to trial and error fit a part but with this
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thing it is accurate? absolutely. it lets us mould the part to exactly what we need and that way we can fit it 100% of the time every time we needed. 3d printing will transform the world. imagine a future where a doctor gives you a prescription and you print the drug in your home. for now, however, this technology is the key to keeping these aircraft in the air. now, if you find juggling difficult with your hands, have a look at this. incredible footage has emerged of a dolphin playfullyjuggling a jellyfish at it swims through a harbour. the footage, which comes from sonderborg harbour, denmark, was captured by two friends while out sailing. in the video, the jellyfish can be seen flying in mid—air as the dolphin dips its head back down in order to catch it under the water. rupert kirkwood is a maritime wildlife expert. hejoins me now from devon. hi, rupert, a question i didn't
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think i would ask today, but why is a dolphin throwing a jellyfish in the air? how fantastic is this. nothing has a feel—good factor amongst life diet —— wildlife fans asa amongst life diet —— wildlife fans as a dolphin, and this is one of the reasons why a dolphin slinging a jellyfish around is just for the fun of it. and just for the fun of it is the intriguing bed. and as their iron —— any kind of evolutionary advantage to dolphins playing for the sake of it. i'm beginning to sound like a scientist, and they are a lwa ys sound like a scientist, and they are always trying to rationalise this. they hate saying things like dolphins are playing and are friendly. i have a scientific background and i'm sorry to say, it looks like it's having fun. having fun, and it certainly fun to watch. it's incredible, and a sign of what dolphins are capable of. absolutely. this is a bottlenose dolphin and you might want to say it is trying to eat the jellyfish but a bottlenose
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jellyfish have varied diet. they eat fish, shrimp, crabs, but to the best of my jollies —— fish, shrimp, crabs, but to the best of myjollies —— knowledgejellyfish are not on the menu. what about the poor jellyfish. it are not on the menu. what about the poorjellyfish. it doesn't seem to have any say in this game. i've been looking at the video closely and in actual fact looking at the video closely and in actualfact i think looking at the video closely and in actual fact i think it looking at the video closely and in actualfact i think it might be looking at the video closely and in actual fact i think it might be a series of jellyfish actual fact i think it might be a series ofjellyfish and you might say that the dolphin is being kind and is alternating between the jellyfish and each one only gets thrown up in the air a few times. and is it getting stung?|j thrown up in the air a few times. and is it getting stung? i also looked at that closely and these are moonjellyfish, also known as common jellyfish and they do not have a sting. 0k, good to know. and what other kind of things can dolphins get up to? i look at dolphins very closely as i paddle around the uk in my kayak and i've never seen them doing anything like this, but they doing anything like this, but they do seem to spend an awful lot of timejumping around and do seem to spend an awful lot of
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time jumping around and just a p pa re ntly time jumping around and just apparently just time jumping around and just apparentlyjust for time jumping around and just apparently just for the fun of it. slightly more serious point about watching and observing dolphins. we shouldn't get too close, should we? there are very definite codes of marine conduct and i go out my kayak so it is on —— unobtrusive, but a boat with an engine is a different matter. it can injure the dolphins and also the noise of the engine can disturb them, so they have to be approached very carefully and certainly not closer than 100 metres. rupert, we have to leave it there, but thank you for your scientific and non—scientific analysis of the jellyfish and dolphins. now it's time for a look at the weather with helen the rain is still causing issues across parts of scotland and northern england.

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