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today at 5: the prime minister says he's cautiously optimistic of getting a brexit deal. but he's faced backlash in yorkshire, where a heckler told him to get back to parliament. why are you not with them in parliament, sorting out the mess that you have created? would you mind? i'm very happy to get back to parliament very soon. but what we want, i think to see... why don't you sort it out, boris? the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, says the government's proposals so far fall short, and he's not aware of any change in the dup‘s position — something reported earlier today. we'll have the latest on the brexit talks. the other main stories on bbc news at 5: a teenager who died from an allergic reaction at burger chain byron was misled into thinking his meal
was safe for him, a coroner has said. levels of the most powerful greenhouse gas known to man are rising in the atmosphere with dire consequences for the environment. the king and queen is are coming to stay. what? here we go. and in the film review: downton abbey transitions from the small screen to the big screen. see what mark kermode thinks of it and the rest of this week's releases at 17:45pm. it's five o'clock. our top story: the prime minister has said he won't be deterred by anybody from leaving the eu on 31st october.
borisjohnson says he's cautiously optimistic of getting a brexit deal, but the uk will leave by the deadline, whatever happens. he's due to have talks on monday with the european commission president, jean—claude juncker. meanwhile, his irish counterpart, leo varadkar, has said he's not sure mrjohnson will be able to make the compromises necessary to get the deal through, and he played down reports that the dup had agreed to shift its red lines about the backstop. mr varadkar‘s comments weren't the only difficulty for the prime minister today. in rotherham, he was heckled by a man who told him to get back to parliament. our political correspondent, jessica parker, reports. in the mood to do a deal? borisjohnson is in yorkshire today, but will hotfoot it to luxembourg next week for brexit talks.
during a speech, the prime minister was heckled over why he suspended parliament. i am all in favour of oui’ parliament. i am all in favour of ourmps. parliament. i am all in favour of our mps. why are you not with them in parliament? i would say i am cautiously optimistic. is that a good enough characteristic? meanwhile, there is this man. he is loud, expressive... i couldn't give a flying flamingo what your view is! divides opinion and until the end of october remains the highest authority in the house of commons. the european union withdrawal... and enact recently passed is designed to force the prime minister to seek a
delay to brexit, but borisjohnson says he will not, and ministers have talked about testing the law to its limit. another speaker has fired his own warning shot, saying he is prepared to be creating and upholding the will of parliament. not obeying the law must surely be a nonstarter. period! john bercow is making it clear he would do what he can to stop any prospect of mps being sidelined when parliament returns, and he has form for defying convention and delivering some procedural surprises. so these latest comments suggests he will not be shy of doing so again. the office of speaker has become irretrievably politicised. and radicalised. it would have been unthinkable ten or 15 years ago of the house of commons to launch a personal attack on the prime minister like this. the way
through for boris johnson prime minister like this. the way through for borisjohnson is far from clear. a crowd of obstacles await, whether it is getting a brexit deal with the eu or getting his way in the house of commons. in a moment, we'll speak to our ireland correspondent, emma vardy, in belfast, and our europe correspondent, gavin lee, in brussels, but first let's speak to our political correspondent, helen catt, in westminster. the phrase we keep hearing is cautious optimism. what is that based on? it is cautious optimism and the emphasis is on cautious, borisjohnson and the emphasis is on cautious, boris johnson says and the emphasis is on cautious, borisjohnson says he thinks the rough shape of the deal. he is set to set to go to brussels on monday for his first meeting with jean—claude juncker. this is for his first meeting with jean—claudejuncker. this is the first meeting he will have had since borisjohnson first meeting he will have had since boris johnson became prime
first meeting he will have had since borisjohnson became prime minister and will also meet michel barnier, the chief negotiator. expectations from that though are being slightly downplayed, this is seen as another in those ongoing series of face—to—face meetings that boris johnson has been having across europe, already speaking to angela merkel and emmanuel macron, so this is another in the series of those rather than this being thought this is massive breakthrough moment. downplayed expectations here in westminster. do we assume this is a weekend of continuing behind negotiations, running into that meeting on monday, that you mentioned? we say it all the time but the deadline is getting ever closer. absolutely, and boris johnson again sing today we are leaving on the 31st of october, which is not all that far away, and the government says it is working ha rd to the government says it is working hard to try and reach a deal and thatis hard to try and reach a deal and that is still its aims so the implication is that is ongoing work behind the scenes and we will see how that plays out when he goes to
brussels on monday next week and what happens over those days and weeks. lepers might head to belfast andjoin emma weeks. lepers might head to belfast and join emma party. weeks. lepers might head to belfast andjoin emma party. a weeks. lepers might head to belfast and join emma party. a curious day in terms of the issue of the backstop, whether the dup may have shifted a bit, then a denial of that, where are we tonight?m shifted a bit, then a denial of that, where are we tonight? it all comes back to the irish border because if there is going to be a deal, there needs to be a breakthrough on the agreement between the eu and the uk on how to deal with avoiding checks on the irish border. an ep, borisjohnson‘s allies, they have played such a key role because they have had the staunch red lines. —— and the dup. opposing any idea that northern ireland might have a separate arrangement to the rest of the uk, thatis arrangement to the rest of the uk, that is what theresa may signed up to under the backstop, an agreement which would have voided checks on
the irish border per meaning that northern ireland had to stick to some eu rules will address the uk did its own thing. they were opposed to created this hurdle to overcome. what dropped on the front page of the times today was the suggestion that some of the dup would soften on those red lines, rode back a bit and allow borisjohnson to get a deal. but that was instantly dismissed as soon as those front pages were published last night by arlene foster. we had the dup's brexit spokesman rubbishing those stories, saying they are nonsense. the dup will not accept any difference between northern ireland and the rest of... great britain when it comes to introducing new checks over the irish sea that do not already exist, that is because the dup says gb is its most important market. we are back to the irish border question over how we can reach an agreement, that the eu, the republic of ireland and the dup and northern
ireland will sign up to. it is proved the most difficult hurdle to ove rco m e proved the most difficult hurdle to overcome all the way. perhaps we thought there was a chink of hope with that, suggestions overnight slapped down tonight, there was a suggestion there could be this all ireland deal which would have reduced the need for some checks on the irish border but the irish government says that does not go far enough and the irish prime minister has already said today he believes two sides are still a long way apart. and we will go to brussels as well of course. gavin lee following all the twists and turns there. some continuing talks there, gavin, what are you hearing as we approach the end of the week? i have had a whatsapp message in the past hour also by a senior official of the european council who said to me if he could have a euro every time a predecessor of borisjohnson and theresa may, david davis, exit
negotiator, dominic raab said the words they were cautiously optimistic time and time again, they could buy a round of belgian pay for all of the people in the european commission. we have been here before, what has happened today, the language coming from downing street on the site of the water, official saying that is not what they see is the case. it is not a reality. david frost, the convoy for borisjohnson, has been in brussels today, meeting michel barnier‘s teams. he laid out according to the representatives for him today that they have a new idea foran him today that they have a new idea for an alternative to the backstop, an sps solution, so checks on food link animals away from the border. the eu says this will not work because if you just have a customs rule the animals, it opens up all sorts of loopholes for smuggling elsewhere, it opens up other possibilities for other eu countries
to say, we will take these rules but not x and y. we are going round in a circle as the eu see it despite this new positive movement, and let's see what happens on monday because boris johnson comes to luxembourg, meets for the first time with jean—claude juncker and also the luxembourg prime minister. the optics look good, a sense of movement as we head towards the 31st of october, nobody wa nt to towards the 31st of october, nobody want to see that, but until then, the eu are tight—lipped, they are saying what will be said when they see it. interesting what you were saying about the contents of that whatsapp message. it is fairly acerbic wouldn't we all love to be a fly on the wall in those meeting some day? will want to pay from the british side, something concrete and new? yes. i get a sense... michel barnier will pass these cameras a
couple of hours ago today, and as polite as the eu chief negotiator is, iget polite as the eu chief negotiator is, i get a sense the abode of their own rhetoric, we hear the same thing time and time again, they are waiting for something new. maybe there will be something on monday but nobody here is holding their breath. thanks for now. just to bring you news about brexit associated with. .. bring you news about brexit associated with... brexit. in the last few moments, the times newspaper has just put on its website, excerpts from an interview with david cameron. i believe it is running in the times magazine tomorrow but as you might expect they have put experts on the website in advance. some of them we can we
tonight. there is the headline, i know some people will never forgive me, david cameron the man who took britain through an av referendum. he has been writing a book about all of this. —— and eu. we have our political correspondence at westminster, looking at what the interview says thus far to see crucially what he thinks about the direction the country has taken over the last three years since he took that decision. so, as soon as our political correct contents have had a chance to read that, we will have more on the views on david cameron. we will for now take a look at some of the day's other main stories. an inquest has ruled that a teenager who died from an allergic reaction
to a chicken burger hadn't been made aware of the ingredients in the dish. owen carey, who was 18, collapsed after eating at a branch of byron in east london in 2017. his family has called for a change in the law to protect people with allergies. keith doyle reports. it was a meal to celebrate owen carey's 18th birthday. but the teenager died a short time after eating a chicken burger and suffering an allergic reaction in april 2017. the inquest heard that despite telling staff he had allergies, he was not made aware that the chicken was marinated in buttermilk — something he was allergic to. the coroner said a lack of information on the menu, which did not mention the presence of buttermilk in the chicken, meant both owen and the staff were reassured by it. his family spoke outside the coroner's court and called for what they named as owen's law. owen was the shining light in ourfamily and his death should not have happened. we hope now that something good can
come out of it and we are calling on the government to change the law on allergen labelling in restaurants. the restaurant chain said its procedures were industry standard for the time but accepted more can be done to protect people with serious food allergies. it is clear that the current rules and requirements are not enough. and the industry needs to do more, more to help support customers with allergies and more to raise awareness of the risk of allergies. the coroner concluded owen carey died from a serious anaphylactic reaction less than an hour after eating the meal, a meal he had been reassured would not trigger his allergies. keith doyle, bbc news. with me is thomas jervis, the solicitor for owen carey's family. a desperate situation, fundamentally
what more have the family been saying to you, what did they want to come out of today's ruling and all the publicity that comes with it? come out of today's ruling and all the publicity that comes with mm has been a really long road for this family. they have been through hell and back. they finally got some a nswe i’s and back. they finally got some answers today following the coroner's conclusion. and their primary focus is to make sure that other people with food allergies do not end up dying after simply going out for a meal, so they want to see a change in food regulation across the uk. we will talk more about that. a lot of people following the details of this case today would be astonished that a member of staff anywhere would not realise that a certain ingredient was in a certain dish, that they could not then pass that information onto the customer, does what does that say to family
about the state of regulations today, the knowledge within the industry? i think there are millions of people in the uk alone with food allergies. there is a certain section of people with food allergies where it can be fatal. it is serious stuff. we are seeing incidents like this happen more and more often and, in this day and age, you would think that big food businesses like byron would take theseissues businesses like byron would take these issues more seriously. there clearly needs to be a change in the food industry as a whole. and when you talk about the change in legislation that the family would like to see, people might be watching, thinking, we heard so much about the case of a girl who died after eating a packet, there were changes after her particular case,
but there is a distinction here. changes after her particular case, but there is a distinction herelj also represented natasha's parents in that case. they have achieved what is called natasha's low. there isa what is called natasha's low. there is a distinction between those two cases. natasha's law meant it is now mandatory to go to full labelling forfood pre—packaged mandatory to go to full labelling for food pre—packaged for direct sale, so if you were to go into a shop like pret a manger where they make up foods on the premises, they now have to label whether the item contains any of the 1a eu allergens. 0h contains any of the 1a eu allergens. oh in's case is similar in that we are talking about food allergies still but we are looking at it within the context of a restaurant. and the law as it currently stands means that massive chains like byron
can get away with providing customers with allergen information verbally if they have a particular notice saying, speak to a member of staff if you have allergies. a particular notice is normally buried at the back of menus in tiny print and, if you are relying on staff provide that important information verbally, you can introduce this element of human error, you can get it wrong. so owen's law is to provide uk consumers with mandatory eu allergen information on menus in writing as well as having the ability to have that dialogue with staff. it was to be a double pronged approach to make sure that people with allergies say. thank you so much for coming in. thank you for your time.
it's the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, one that can cause terrible damage to the atmosphere, yet most people will have never heard of it. sulphur hexafluoride, or sf6, as it's known, is widely used to prevent fires and accidents in electrical equipment in power stations, wind turbines and right across the electricity grid. but when it leaks, it can have dire consequences for the environment. and it has been leaking — the levels of sf6 have risen rapidly in the atmosphere in recent years. across the eu alone, leaks have been equivalent to putting 1.3 million extra cars on the road in just one year. matt mcgrath investigates what's behind the rise. we are about to witness the startling destructive power of electricity as technicians prepare a short circuit test at this laboratory. this is why industry relies so heavily on sf6. it prevents overloads that destroy installations. but the gas is also the most powerful climate warming
substance known to science — 23,500 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. and levels in the atmosphere are increasing. it's leaking into the air faster than ever before. this is a very potent greenhouse gas, and it's very long—lived, so what we put up in the atmosphere will essentially stay there for hundreds or thousands of years. so, if we don't cut emissions, then we'lljust continue to add to that atmospheric burden. the main reason for the rise in the use of sf6 has been the change in the way we make electricity. in the past, we relied on a handful of large coal stations for our power, but these have been replaced by dozens of wind farms requiring many more substations and connections to the grid. the electricity generated by wind farms is sent via underwater cables to substations on land. it travels along high—voltage lines, and the power is then converted so it can be used in homes and offices all over the uk. on every step of the journey, switches and fuses are used
to prevent short circuits and fires, but around 80% of the ones in the uk depend on the powerful greenhouse gas sf6. the eu will review the regulations on sf6 in 2020, but some energy companies are sensing that changes coming. this new wind farm is one of the first and largest in the work constructed without sf6. however, there are limitations. the turbines are connected to the substation, and still relies on the gas. but this factor in the netherlands, they have been making an electrical switch products without sf6 for decades. we are already over 40 years in the field. they are reliable and safe and really working with no use of sf6. changing from sf6, a reliable and cost—effective material, will
not be easy. of gem says it is setting targets for companies to move away from the gas, but a the substance is thought unlikely before 2025. -- substance is thought unlikely before 2025. —— put a ban on the substance. joining me now is dr dan say, who has done research into the sf6 gas that's emitted. i had never heard of this, i'm afraid to say, and i hope i'm not the only one, i suspect a lot of people do not know about it. some of the stats are under such staggering! why is there not more awareness on this? it is a frightening greenhouse gas. there's lots of awareness about carbon dioxide and methane, but sf6 has slipped under the radar. it is not discussed in the news particularly often but it is incredibly potent. one tonne of sf6 releases the equivalent to 23,000
tonnes of carbon dioxide is, if we talk globally, emissions from 2018 alone of sf6 were equivalent to 43 million cars on the road. we have been using pictures of wind turbines, and that is because it is ina lot turbines, and that is because it is in a lot of functions within wind turbines, for example. i wonder where on earth the industry starts to try to deal with this. is it possible? it is certainly possible. we will not happen overnight. there are alternatives in the market. it will take a long time. one of the main issues with sf6 is that, when it is put into this equipment, it stays there until the end of life that equipment. so all the sf6 ever produced, it will eventually be emitted to the atmosphere. and we measure sf6 in the atmosphere, and
what we have seen is an order of magnitude increase in the abundance of this gas in the atmosphere over the last 20 years. and this is all ourfault, by which i mean this is entirely man—made. ourfault, by which i mean this is entirely man-made. absolutely. there isa entirely man-made. absolutely. there is a tiny fraction that perhaps comes from rocks, but the overwhelming majority is from man—made sources. overwhelming majority is from man-made sources. just to clarify, are we in a situation where it is not used now because there is some legislation that says it should not be used, or are still exemptions, it is used in some areas? absolutely. it is still used widely in the electronics industry. historically, it was used for throwaway items, so to pressurise tennis balls and air pockets in trainers, those were banned under eu regulations. but the electronics industry said there was no viable alternative so they still
use sf6, and huge quantities of it manufactured and used in this equipment. thank you very much indeed from the university of bristol. prime minister said he was cautiously optimistic on getting a brexit deal but the uk will leave by the deadline, whatever happens, he said. his comments follow news that the dup leader had rejected reports that party is prepared to buy by some european rules after brexit. according to the times, the unionist party had agreed to shift its red lines as part of a new deal to replace the backstop. with me now is stephen farry, deputy leader of the alliance party
in northern ireland. he is in our studios in belfast tonight. earlier on today, were in the meeting where greg was talking about alternative arrangements, did you hear anything there that persuaded you there is a plan of action here? we are very sceptical about the alternative arrangements. it is important they are understood as being different from the backstop. the backstop is the here and now in terms of the withdrawal agreement and any alternative arrangements will be for future discussions. and even then, i am sceptical for anything other than customs alignment on both parts of the island. but the backstop does have stockport in northern ireland,
either uk wide backstop or a northern ireland only backstop. it is also important to recognise that the backstop is more than an issue of the border, it is about protecting the good friday agreement. the all ireland economy and people's rights. a lot of people live on both sides of the border, those communities are directly affected by brexit, and the backstop is there to give them that safety net. what do you make of all the mood music around this topic today? we all woke up this morning to the suggestion is the dup would soften its stance slightly. i feel as if i'm detecting a slight smile on your lips, and that has been knocked back. certainly, i would like lips, and that has been knocked back. certainly, iwould like to lips, and that has been knocked back. certainly, i would like to see the dup change their position. they are out of step with most people here in northern ireland. there is a strong here in northern ireland. there is a strong consensus here in northern ireland. there is a strong consensus in northern ireland, including from virtually all the business community, farmers,
the trade unions, the universities, that see the backstop as important. northern ireland voted heavily to remain, and if we can still remain that would be our prince. the dup has taken a very different view and have wrongly portrayed the backstop of some sort of constitutional threat with the notion we do things differently here. the fact is, northern ireland is a very special place. if it is to the uk. a lot of devolution, and even beforehand we do things differently including economic issues on terms of a single electricity market, we already have a single zone in terms of animal health, so that there are many precedents in which we can build. at this stage, northern ireland will proceed with a negotiated brexit, but it's important people follow through and what is in the interest of northern ireland. given
everything you have outlined, when you hit the prime minister today use the phrase cautious optimism, what do you make of that? what is that based on? we are very concerned about the approach that has been taken. we about the approach that has been ta ken. we believe about the approach that has been taken. we believe the only way forward is either we go to a people's vote or we follow through with the withdrawal agreement. that must include the backstop. whenever he previously said he wanted to bend the backstop, we saw that is pursuing a new deal, and that would be catastrophic for us in northern ireland. iam be catastrophic for us in northern ireland. i am not sure where he is heading with this. he is boxed in by parliament and they may rethink his approach, but he does need to recognise what is the only realistic way forward, and that does involve the backstop. whether it is called something else is a different matter but the fundamentals of what has already been agreed do need to continue. thank you very much for your time
tonight. now, staying with brexit in a way as we were touching on earlier, the times hasjust a way as we were touching on earlier, the times has just released excerpts from its david cameron interview which will be in the magazine tomorrow. our political correspondent has been reading the first excerpts that have been released and this was the man who called the referendum. what does he had to say now? he has been very quiet since he stepped down as prime minister and this is the first in—depth look ahead of his memoirs. as you'd expect it focuses on that decision to call the referendum and what is noticeable is throughout he still believes it was inevitable. he says it was inevitable he had to call the referendum but he recognises some people will never forgive him for calling it, others will never forgive forgive him for calling it, others will neverforgive him forgive him for calling it, others will never forgive him for losing it. he was asked if he had any regrets about this. he says, i think
about this every day. every single day i think about that, the referendum, the consequences and the things that could have been done differently. he worries desperately about what will happen next. he reflects on his own attempts to avoid that by renegotiating, saying he allowed the expectations of what he allowed the expectations of what he could achieve to get too high and that therefore it couldn't be met. and what views it he expressing so faron and what views it he expressing so far on the current state of affairs, the deadlock we have been reflecting on again here tonight? with october the 31st booming. he is clear he doesn't believe a no deal brexit is the right way forward. he is quite critical about some of the red lines that have been laid down over the last couple of years. one boris johnson he is reasonably gentle but he has reserved some criticism for recent events in parliament. he describes the prorogation of parliament as a shop practice. he
says taking the whip from hard—working conservative says taking the whip from ha rd—working conservative mps says taking the whip from hard—working conservative mps has rebounded. he does not support either of those things. he is quite sort of worried and bleak about what happens next, but absolutely cast i am sure he believes that having a referendum was inevitable. he also says you cannot full out having a second one, not that he says that would be a good or bad thing, just in the situation we are in with parliament, we may need to unblock the blockage. thank you. you are watching bbc news. we are going to move along this hour. we have the film review coming up but right now, we will catch up with all the latest sports news. we start with the solheim cup. europe made a good start to regain the truthful. we can go live there tojoin our reporter. the truthful. we can go live there to join our reporter. what is the
latest? it was a positive morning. just to remind everybody, europe have not won this in the last two editions so they are looking for a first win since 2013. they have never won the solheim cup when they have lost the morning sessions but they didn't lose them here. it went well for them and their final pairing of charlie hull, she is a vetera n pairing of charlie hull, she is a veteran of this event. herself and her partner secured a point for them. they were up against the american rookies so in terms of the former pairing is that we did have in the morning sessions, it did end up in the morning sessions, it did end up with 2.5 points to 1.5 points. georgia hall, herself a major champion last year, guiding europe to another point. the calleda sisters who made history, now we are
under way in the afternoon. we do have the first points on the board for the americans. a record equalling win for them. that was a seven and five win for them. they we re seven and five win for them. they were against the european pair. there are three matches still under way. it is looking like the first one will go towards europe, that is close to finishing with suzanne pedersen and ann van damme going well there. the other couple are closer. one in particular, bronte law, proving a fan favourite here today with her celebrations. she is playing along with european player carlotta sikander. she is the top european player. the americans have now put it to one up. we are just waiting, it is that final hour or so
in the evening when we are waiting to see where things stand. at the moment, it is 2.5 to 2.5 with three matches to go with europe up into two of them. chilly but sunny at gleneagles. england's bowlers have been on top of australia on day two of the fifth and final ashes test and one of the rickets they have taken, extraordinarily, is steve smith. having made 294 in their first innings, england made immediate inroads. david warnerfailing once again. archer took his third wicket. unfazed, smith moved relentlessly to another half—century, that is a record tenth in a row for him against england. at the other end, wickets tumbling. sam curran snapping up three, two into balls. in the last few minutes, smith
trapped leg before, the first ball after drinks, by chris woakes. remarkably himself falling short of another century. about 480 and australia are trailing by 93. remember the day, steve smith out. you can follow both of those big events you can follow both of those big eve nts o n you can follow both of those big events on our sports website. golf highlights on bbc two at seven p:m.. sportsday is coming up at 630. let's ta ke sportsday is coming up at 630. let's take a look at a few other new stories. domestic violence deaths are at their highest level for five years. figures obtained by bbc news show there were 173 domestic killings across the uk last year — an increase of 32 on 2017. the majority of victims of violence in the home are female. several of the victims were stabbed, leading one criminologist to describe them as the "invisible victims of knife crime". the government says it's fully committed to tackling domestic violence, and ministers have
promised legislation when parliament returns next month. tom symonds reports. rodrigo giraldo killed his wife, margory villegas, then put her body in the boot of this car before burying her in a shallow grave. officer: how long were you out looking for her? he lied to the police, claimed he tried to find her... for how long? two, three hours. ..and, as in so many domestic violence cases, what he did has shattered his family. there is the fact that we no longer have the greatest ally we've ever known, which is my mum, and really why i feel blessed to be here to be able to say these things because of her, her sacrifices, everything she ever did for us. you don't know when you can end up in a situation where you end up basically by yourself because you've lost your mum and your dad. we've obtained police figures showing killings involving domestic violence reached a five—year high in 2018.
they're also contributing to the rise in knife crime. our analysis of the first 100 killings in the uk this year shows six women and one man were stabbed to death in domestic violence. the vast majority of victims are female. invisible in knife crime is the number of women who are killed by the use of a knife, in the kitchen or in the bedroom, and that is part of the issue about violence against women — it mostly remains invisible. what is happening? well, there is a big concern that measures introduced to protect women and men threatened by domestic abuse are not being used enough. this is clare wood. she was murdered in 2009. the killer, her boyfriend, had an appalling history of violence against women. clare's law, as it became known, allows anyone to request information about their partner's past, but it has still not been made an actual law.
that was due to happen this year and then brexit chaos intervened. campaigners say it is vital. the public‘s knowledge and awareness of this scheme is quite low so the aim is to improve that, but really we need to see a bill which goes beyond the criminal justice system because only one in five victims will ever report to the police. there are so many more ways that we can intervene, from health, housing, right across the public sector, and that is what we need this bill to deliver. this week, borisjohnson tweeted his commitment to push ahead with the package of new measures. we're fully committed to tackling this horrific crime, he said. as the children of margory villegas know, it tears families apart. a nursery worker convicted of sexually abusing young children in her care will be banned from entering devon and cornwall when she's released from prison. vanessa george, who's from plymouth, is expected to be released soon, after being jailed in 2009.
the parole board says she no longer poses a significant risk to the public. duncan kennedy reports. it was in 2009 that vanessa george was jailed for a minimum of seven years for sexually abusing children in plymouth. she had taken photographs on her phone of her abusing children in a nursery and swapped the images over the internet. two months ago, the parole board said she could now be released. but because of the reaction of victims' families and others to that, the head of the national probation service has now taken the highly unusual move of writing an open letter to the people of plymouth, in which she says vanessa george will not be allowed to return to devon or cornwall. the parole board has imposed an unusually large exclusion zone which reflects the nature of her crimes and the number of her victims." but some have questioned how such a wide ban could be enforced.
i really think that they have a job on their hands because these are the most comprehensive parole conditions i have ever seen. she is not able to come to devon and cornwall, she is not able to access any internet—enabled devices, and, in the 21st century, that's really difficult. i want to see as robust enforcement of these conditions because really she should still be behind bars. in custody, vanessa george admitted her crimes to police. i knew it was wrong when i was doing it. what was wrong about it? it was vile. but she has never given detectives the identities of all those she abused. it is one more reason why her imminent release is so controversial. duncan kennedy, bbc news. a new exhibition of military personnel‘s tattoos is proving that many of the designs and the stories behind them go far deeper than what some may assume is macho pride. john maguire has been
finding out more. for matt tomlinson, a decorated former royal marine, the national memorial arboretum in staffordshire offers a permanent reminder of friends and comrades lost in the war in afghanistan. it takes its toll, it does hit you, and again, coming back and just paying — paying tribute and remembrance to these amazingly courageous, brave people. that's the least we can do, really, isn't it? here, their names are immortalised in granite, but matt carries a personal reminder — ink, tattooed into his skin. ijust needed something that i could take with me. the courage and the bravery that they showed, the respect, the leadership, and they were just fantastic colleagues that i fought alongside and, you know, that's the least i could do is to have their names tattooed on my back. he is one of the servicemen and women photographed
for tribute ink — a new exhibition by the royal british legion. it opens today at the national memorial arboretum and matt is seeing his photo for the first time. what do you think of that? absolutely amazing. yep. that's what it's all about — the whole project, i think. and it helps me, you know, deal with their — their loss. i just feel that they're still around me, or, you know, a part of me, and, you know, they will always be with me, so to speak. among those featured is lance sergeantjohnson beharry, awarded the victoria cross in iraq, and who rarely wears his real medal. he, too, carries a constant reminder beneath his uniform. these images portray not just a current trend, but a rich military tradition. military tattoos are centuries old. this is — tribute ink — is about tattoos but it's not about tattoos. it's about the stories of sacrifice, it's about remembrance, it's about these military men and women that go and do extraordinary things for us and how they remember others and the things
they have done. the legion is inviting otherformer and serving members of the armed forces to send in pictures of their tattoos, with themes including remembering the fallen, a badge of belonging, and marking memories. which, for senior aircraftman beth dunning, means a penguin. my tattoo represents a great accomplishment for me. i got the penguin after six months in the falklands. it was my first tour, the first time prolonged out of the country away from home, and it was just — it was the best experience i've had so far of my career. after the arboretum, the exhibition will travel the uk, offering very personal insights into the people behind the uniform. john maguire, bbc news, staffordshire. just a few more details about the