this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 12: at least eight people are killed by bushfires in australia, in the deadliest day since the wildfire crisis began. hundreds of homes are destroyed and some communities cut off. there are a couple of isolated communities where we have reports of injuries and burn injuries to members of the public. we haven't been able to get access via roads or via aircraft. it's tough. it was scary. you don't really know what to do, even if you've thought about it, it's hard to know what you'd do or feel at that moment, for sure. the mother of the british teenager found guilty of lying about being raped in cyprus says she believes the resort of ayia napa is unsafe. in their new year messages, the prime minister says brexit will mark a new chapter for the uk,
while the archbishop of canterbury urges people to reconnect with each other. celebrations around the uk mark the start of a new decade, with fireworks displays in london, edinburgh and other major cities. good afternoon, if you have just joined us, welcome to bbc news. australian officials say eight people are known to have died yesterday in bushfires in the south east of the country. some of the victims were trying to protect their homes, while others were found inside burned out cars. the australian navy is sending ships to help people trapped in coastal communities. from sydney, phil mercer reports. these are extraordinary times in australia.
the bushfires have brought terror into the lives of ordinary people. they are devastating and deadly. more lives have been lost. help is yet to reach some residents who've reportedly suffered burns. it was genuinely terrifying. it was like the day never happened yesterday. there was no dawn, it was just red and dark and smokey the whole day and we didn't know what was going to happen. it was very moveable and very scary. the authorities say it's been too dangerous to send in rescue teams by roads or by air. we have a very real challenge at the moment with a couple of isolated communities where we've got reports of injuries and burn injuries to members of the public. we haven't been able to get access via roads or via aircraft, it's been too dangerous and we simply can't access, nor can the people in these areas get out. conditions on new year's day have eased, but the danger remains. dozens of fires still burn out of control and the crisis shows no sign of ending.
at the very least, weather conditions on saturday will be as bad as what they were yesterday and that's why all of our people on the ground, thousands of them are taking advantage of the milder conditions to make us as well prepared as possible for saturday when any of these fire fronts can again exacerbate and cause damage. bushfires have always been part of the australian story but officials say this crisis is unprecedented. they warn that some of the blazes are so intense, that efforts by firefighters to put them out will fail. what australia needs is fire—drenching rain, but no significant falls are expected for at least another month. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. our correspondent shaimaa khalil is in new south wales — she says thousands of people ravaged by the fires are trapped and unable
to move from the area. this part of the princes highway is the only access in and out of the devastated areas on the southern coast of new south wales, and it has been completely cut off, this is as close as we can get. we are told there is a bushfire down the road and firefighters are trying to control it, prevented from coming closer and covering more bushland. that means that thousands of people in the areas that have been ravaged by the blazers are still trapped there, unable to move. for example, in the coastal town of batemans bay, people have been encircled by a ring of fire and they are unable to move anywhere. there are water shortages, food shortages, telecoms and power are down, they are not able to communicate with relatives, and family members were on their way here who are trying to get in and are worried but are unable to get in. the real challenge is not to just control this huge fire front,
but also to get out safely. people living in the path of ferocious bushfires in australia, have described the scene as "like the end of the world". it's feared hundreds more homes have been lost, as the fire continues to spread. billy tusker howarth is visiting family in new south wales and described the conditions. it's been tense, and i guess it's been rough in terms of not knowing what is happening. we've spent a lot of time sitting inside, listen to the radio on repeat and trying to understand what's happening around us. and even though at the edge of the town of bega, just down the road was the evacuation centre, so we felt our house personally was quite safe, but it didn't feel or look that way outside and you're still aware that 20 minutes away, people are losing their homes and that's other people in the local community. so it's tough, it was scary. you don't really know what to do. even if you've thought about it, it's hard to know what you will
actually do or feel at that moment. at times like today, you can see it's still smoky, but nowhere near the red, orange, ferocious conditions we saw yesterday, but we know that's coming again in a few days. so it means thinking through what we'll do in certain circumstances. if we're really under risk, our plan would be to leave. so when would we make that decision, where would we go, what would we take? we sat down as a family the other day and wrote out answers to those exact questions, to be ready and know what we would do to reduce the panic if that comes up, which was helpful because it also made us feel like we were doing something rather than just sitting and waiting. billy tusker howarth there, who is on holiday in new south wales. two men aged 25 and 23 and a woman aged 20 have died
following a collision between a lorry and car in sta nwell last night. a fourth person is seriously injured in hospital. let's talk to our news correspondent who is in necessary for us. in terms of what has happened so far, what we know about the circumstances that led to this accident? desperately sad news to start the 2020. we know that this accident happened just before midnight yesterday on new year's eve, before midnight yesterday on new yea r‘s eve, and before midnight yesterday on new year's eve, and a car carrying four oi’ year's eve, and a car carrying four or young people, and this morning, confirmation from the police that two men, aged 23 and 25, and a woman aged 20 were killed. another woman has been taken to a london hospital where she is being treated for serious injuries. behind me, you can see where the trees have been knocked down, where a lorry ended up ina ditch. knocked down, where a lorry ended up in a ditch. the scene has now been cleared. the police say the lorry
driver was not injured in the accident but was taken to hospital asa accident but was taken to hospital as a precaution. no arrests have been made and the investigation is very much continuing into what happened here. they next of kin of the victims have been informed but have not been named. tolu adeoye in surrey for us, thank you very much. the mother of the british teenager found guilty of lying about being raped in cyprus, has warned parents in the uk that the holiday resort of ayia napa is unsafe. in an interview with bbc radio 4's "today" programme, she also said she was supporting a call for tourists to boycott cyprus. jon donnison reports. it's two days since the young british woman walked out of a cypriot court having been found guilty of falsely claiming she was raped by 12 men. her supporters say both the police investigation and the court process were flawed and her lawyers are planning to appeal. now, the i9—year—old's mother has told the bbc of the impact the case has had on her daughter's mental health.
her words are read by an actor to protect both of their identities. she's suffering from ptsd. she spends a lot of time with hypersomnia at the moment. that means she's sleeping an awful lot of the day. she sleeps probably 18, 20 hours a day. she's also quite withdrawn, which is very sad for me to see, and she also experiences hallucinations and she needs to get back to the uk to get that treated. that's my absolute primary focus. these are the young israeli tourists who originally faced accusations that they'ad raped the young woman. they were freed and allowed to fly home after she retracted the allegation. but she said she only did that because she was put under huge pressure by police questioning when she was vulnerable. now, her mother is supporting a call for tourists to boycott cyprus. this is not an isolated incident. the place isn't safe. it's absolutely not safe. and if you go and report something that's happened to you,
you're either laughed at as far as i can tell, or in the worst case, something like what's happened to my daughter may happen. the foreign office has called the teenager's case deeply disturbing and says it will be speaking to the authorities in cyprus. the cypriot government says it has full confidence in its justice system and courts. jon donnison, bbc news. the us has announced the immediate deployment of hundreds more troops to the middle east, in response to an attack on the american embassy in iraq. protestors set fire to a guard post and scaled one of the walls of the fortified compound in baghdad. the demonstrators were supporters of an iranian—backed militia group that lost 25 members on sunday during a us air strike. and an update on that story, it has just been reported by reuters that some of the parliamentary groups
haveissued some of the parliamentary groups have issued a statement urging their supporters to withdraw from the perimeterfor supporters to withdraw from the perimeter for fear of further clashes. yesterday, some cards and also the iraqi military fired tear gas and stun grenades. small numbers remained around the embassy overnight. at least eight people have died in devastating floods around the indonesian capitaljakarta. the flooding, caused by heavy rain, has brought transport to a standstill and forced thousands of people to flee their homes. president trump has said he believes kim—jong unis a man of his word and has signed a contract about denuclearisation. it follows a speech by the north korean leader in which he declared his country would abandon its moratoriums on nuclear and long—range ballistic missile tests. and he's threatened north korea could develop a new strategic weapon. police in hong kong have clashed with pro—democracy protesters during a new year's day march by tens of thousands of people in the city centre. police fired tear gas and some demonstrators responded by throwing petrol bombs. today's demonstations follow
clashes with riot police as the new decade began. human chains were formed at major sites across the territory, as people chanted "liberate hong kong, revolution now!" pro—democracy demonstrations gripped hong kong for much of last year. a little earlier i spoke to my colleaguejonathan head, who is at the protests. he said police were trying to get demonstrators to leave the centre of the city. the police are pushing us back and trying to clear the streets at the moment. there was a large rally here earlier with a very large number of people, but they have tried to clear the streets. a small number of hardcore protesters lingered on after a lot of people had gone. the police allowed the protest to go on for about four hours and declared its permission was over. we were left with a hardcore set of protesters who built improvised barricades along this street. the protesters made it clear they did not want to fight. however, the police are not tolerating anyone here, they want to clear the streets completely.
this is in the centre of hong kong, this would normally be busy, but they have all been emptied for now. it seems they want to shut everything down tonight, they don't want to take any risk that protesters might come back and carry out symbolic attacks which is what they had seen in the past. the protesters don't want to fight, but it has been a fairly typical day in hong kong. for those who organised the mass rally where you saw a much broader spectrum, they got the numbers out and they have sent the message to the government that what we saw last year, the extraordinary protest movement that lasted for almost seven months, carries on, the grievances that have driven this movement have not been settled and in essence, what we have today is a continuation of this tremendous battle of will between two sides that won't back down. you would have talked to many more than i have of the protesters. i remember one guy said to me, we don't really expect a change of direction by the government, but we just don't think we have any choice.
it feels like we are in a situation that is without resolution, until exhaustion or something terrible happens. i think you are right. exhaustion is clearly what the government and its chinese backers hoped would have had an impact long before now. there are five demands they chant, they want hong kong's special autonomy to be protected, they feel it has been eroded by china, but the demands are quite moderate. behind that is a sense that this city with a unique history and status is losing its identity. for young hong kong people, there's a sense of despair. many protesters, this is far more about expressing their anger and rage rather than any expectation they will achieve anything. 0n the side of the government, the chief executive, carrie lam, probably one of the most unpopular leaders in
the world, doesn't make any concession or suggest it, because she can't, she has to get permission from china and china doesn't want any sense of weakness. there are two sides stuck in roles we have seen them playing for months now with no indication they will stop. it is extraordinary that we still have so much public support in a territory where the economy has been so badly damaged from a protest movement that is not willing to give up. just hearing them chanting in the background is a reminder of how physical and vocal the young protesters are in particular. —— how visible and vocal they are. what about the attitude to how the world is responding to this? we had a big announcement by donald trump that he would be giving support to protesters and they went to march to the us embassy some weeks ago and show their appreciation. the uk is a joint guarantor, supposedly, the freedoms of hong kong. do you get any sense of people feeling that the there is
a sense of disappointment of the government response so far? there is a lot of disappointment, we are constantly reminded that britain was supposed to be the guarantor of the agreement. china's view is that once hong kong reverted to chinese rule in 1997, that was it, china has the final say. china insists it is not violating the basic law, although many people would dispute that. there isn't a great deal the usa can do. a lot of protesters take a lot of encouragement. you can see a unionjack flags, american flags being flown, but deep down, everybody knows that this is something that has to be fought between the people of hong kong and their government and ultimately with china. it is the attitude of china that is decisive. that is what fills the sense of despair, these young protesters know that however hard you push the government here, they can't do anything unless china says yes. china has made a decision
that it cannot be seen to make concessions, it is still waiting this out in the hope, and i hope that has proved futile up to now, that eventually, some of these people get sick of protesting and you're only left with a few hardcore that they can isolate. everyone thought it would happen before now, it hasn't yet and it doesn't look like it will happen any time soon. jonathan reporting from hong kong. the headlines on bbc news: at least eight people have been killed by bushfires in australia, in the deadliest day since the wildfire crisis began. two men and a woman are killed after a lorry collides with a car in stanwell in surrey on new year's eve. the mother of the british teenager found guilty of lying about being raped in cyprus says she believes the resort of ayia napa is unsafe. hope and reconciliation are the main themes in a number of today's new year messages.
borisjohnson has said that 2020 can allow the country to turn the page on the division and uncertainty of recent years. he's pledged to represent all voters, and said that the new year means the start of a new chapter. and the archbishop of canterbury has called for the uk to "start healing divisions" as our religion editor, martin bashir reports. it is a challenging day, weather—wise. although this is not his usual habit, the lifeboat rescue station in dover is within the diocese of canterbury, and archbishop justin welby chose to come here to deliver his new year's message. 0k. so, what we need to do, run ahead of that red one and then turn to starboard. 0k. that's it. that the right speed? yeah, you're fine. the station is staffed year round by 70 volunteers. it's notjust a group of people working together. it's a family. the seagoing crew includes a student, a train driver,
a chef, an electrician. the youngest is 17, the oldest is 62. my wife made me a lovely christmas morning breakfast, and just as the knife was going into it, the pager went off again and we were back out to the channel, yeah. justin welby said their commitment to service is the practical application of the most famous parable in the bible. when we hear someone described as a good samaritan, we think about that person taking the time to help another. but it's a story told byjesus about someone taking the risk of reaching out to another who was very different to them. dover also happens to be the closest place in britain to continental europe, and the archbishop concluded his message by inviting all of us to take up the challenge of healing divisions between individuals and communities. let's go for a heroic
new year's resolution. let's resolve to reconnect, to reach out to just one person we don't know or from whom we have drifted apart. make that connection. let's begin cementing our unity one brick at a time. martin bashir, bbc news, dover. the pope has used his first message of the year to defend the rights of women. speaking at a packed mass at st peter's basilica, the pope denounced the abuse of women in modern society and defended women's rights to migrate in search of a better future for theirfamily. before celebrating mass, the pope confessed that he had lost patience with an admirer who grabbed his hand on saint peter's square on tuesday. he apologised for what he said was the "bad example" he gave when he slapped the woman's hand twice to break free from her grip. he said: "we lose patience many
times — it happens to me too." new year celebrations have taken place around the world — with some spectacular firework displays. gareth barlow reports. new year in new york. crowds at times square for the big apple's annual party, a celebration that could have only one soundtrack. # start spreading the news # i'm leaving today...# down in south america, cheers on copacabana beach, a carnival of colour, new year brazilian style. big ben strikes the hour.
meanwhile, in london, big ben welcomed in the new decade, with the iconic london eye sparkling on the south bank. in france, saluts and salutations. parisians partied along the champs—elysees. the arc de triomphe triumphantly hailing 2020 had arrived. and in dubai, the world's tallest building, the burj khalifa, was transformed into a tower of lights and pyrotechnics. as parts of australia are ablaze
amid relentless wildfires, a political firestorm focused on sydney's display, but the fireworks did go off over the city's harbour bridge. bright lights amid dark days. and in scotland, an alternative take on new year's celebrations. a flaming, spinning spectacular, you shouldn't try at home. gareth barlow, bbc news. as a new decade arrives, businesses around the world are under pressure to improve their sustainable credentials to consumers — and the fashion industry is no different. globalfashion production produces 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon per year, more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. how can an industry of mass consumerism change? could swapping rather than selling help? simon browning reports.
a new style of shopping for a new decade. they call it a "swap shop". bring the stuff you no longer wear and exchange it for something else. i really like the idea of, like, exchanging with people, and, like, recycling. society is shifting and it is changing into something that is more conscientious. jade and lucy set up their clothes—swap business, loanhood, because they were horrified as the sheer volume of clothes they saw every day while working in the modelling industry. i would choose some a0 to sometimes 70 outfits a day. it was overwhelming to think how many clothes are being produced. most stuff is brand new. it is quite shameful on our part. one of the first to arrive at the swap was samantha and her family. so much stuff that we do not wear. and even him, he got given things when he was born that he hasn't worn and i just thought this is such a great way to get rid of the things that we don't want and then get new things but without buying more junk.
bags and bags and bags of clothes for swapping pour in. for each item, you receive a token. the team then make this east end nightclub into a shop. then it is time to ready, steady, swap. the fashion industry is facing a huge challenge as it is built on mass consumerism, but every single garment made has an environmental impact. take a pair ofjeans — 10,000 litres of water to make one pair. and it is leading to serious questions for retailers, manufacturers and suppliers about what changes they need to make. there's the men's stuff. great shirts. jade and lucy believe we have the power. i definitely think that the more we shout about what we want, and we want it to be more sustainable, then businesses will then listen. but last summer, those businesses were accused of not listening or acting fast enough, when extinction rebellion protesters tried to stop london fashion week. the environmentalists believe fast fashion is one of the world's worst polluters. this woman runs a parliamentary
group on fashion. she brought the protesters and industry bosses together. she says big behavioural changes are needed. we have all got to stop thinking that buying seven bags of clothes on a friday is a good idea, whether it is something from primark or something from prada, do you really need it? are you going to wear it at least 30 times? we asked six big retailers for an interview — no—one was available. sustainability means producing and buying less to reduce our impact on resources but, for shops who want to sell, that is a profit problem and a big business challenge. but here, pre—loved and reworn. a little sustainability just one swap at a time. simon browning, bbc news. a little earlier i was joined by irene de pascuale, who organises clothes swaps. she says the idea has really taken off in the last year.
if you could go swapping at loads of places in your community centre to your local church. we did a really big one in november, it was an anti—black friday movement, an alternative to shopping, where a50 people gathered together, there was live music, food, entertainment, workshops, they all brought clothes, like ones here. you have brought a selection here, our attitude has changed a bit to clothes anyway, leaving aside environmental concerns, because notjust because of costs, but how much more prevalent shops are that sell second—hand clothes, often for charity, and how good some of those clothes are. yes, some treasures to be found. there is a bit of everything. show me what you've got. i've got this. that it is a typical bit of sportswear.
yes, the 90s are back. and some trousers. you can never go wrong with genes. yes, and also not the easiest to make. they do so much stone washing, so presumably a lot of work is done on those after they are produced. if you find someone who has a waist size a bit smaller than yours, they are always a good one. this is another quite nice piece. there is something for everyone. that's lovely, yes. not really for this time of year. more something like this, i suppose. this would have been perfect for new eve for someone, glittery, sparkly. this is what i'm wearing today. some people say, i'm not sure about wearing other people's clothes.
there is a little bit of stay, and you mentioned vintage, vintage style is more positive. i think people should be wearing second—hand proudly. in fact, i am asking people to take a pledge and to buy second—hand or sustainable fashion, basically nothing new, for the whole year. that's great, it could be a new year's resolution is for the first month and see how you get on. on a personal level, have you noticed that you have saved quite a lot of money doing this? for sure, but maybe i'm an exception because i've been doing this for quite a while. but all my close friends, they have, they have been saving money, they are more conscious about it, how they spend their money. and they feel good about it. presumably, the challenge is getting the industry to spot this. in this industry, it is built on mass consumerism, the whole thing about this spring collection, the summer collection,
surely, that will have to change before this is going to really take off? i will tell you more. 0ur habits is to change because some people were bringing those habits into these events, and again, you don't need 100 pieces, you need ten that can be combined. although i'm not a fan of social media, if you follow the right people, you get really inspired. they give you good examples because you can see them combine different things. and it looks like a different outfit even though the elements, you have seen in previous pictures of. yes, then you realise that you have been trapped all along, they want you to consume, where there are alternatives. the duke and duchess of sussex have released a new photograph of their son archie, in a new year's message posted on instagram. the picture of archie, who's now seven months old, being held by his dad, came at the end of a video compilation summarising his parents‘ year. the royals wished their followers health and continued happiness in the video's caption.
now it's time for a look at the weather with phil avery. a day of contrasting fortunes across the british isles to start the new year. for some, a lot of cloud around sitting quite low in the atmosphere to say the least. in some spots. elsewhere there have been some really decent breaks in the cloud, particularly across the north, east and parts of scotland too. 0verall north, east and parts of scotland too. overall a fairly quiet start to the new year and we have to thank that area of high pressure still dominating the scene, not1 million miles away from the continent, not1 million miles away from the far north—west of scotland and we have a weather front that will loom large as we get on into thursday but with all the cloud overnight and the southerly flow and quite a bit of it it won't be an overly cold at night and we are still at this stage
swayed in mild air is about creeping closer to that north western corner of scotla nd closer to that north western corner of scotland there are cooler conditions behind these weather fronts which will be a real player in the weather across scotland and northern ireland as you see in the first part of thursday. there's not one but weather fronts seeping their way ever further towards the northern and western parts of the british isles and what is going to bea british isles and what is going to be a pretty gusty day across all parts of the british isles. wins strongest perhaps across the western isles of scotland but given that direction it is not going to be a cold day. milder than was the case in the first part of the week. thursday night into the first part of friday we complete the transition of friday we complete the transition of introducing those cooler air is, it is not a raging northerly by any means at all for friday so brighter which i think is the thing you will notice. showers getting to into the far north of scotland getting into
the highest grounds. temperatures not plummeting away, single figures for many but holding onto double figures in the south. to test out the weekend there is a ridge of high pressure that comes in to kill off some of that shower activity across northern scotland and for many it is a reasonable weekend in prospects. saturday is dry and fine weather, more cloud for scotland and northern ireland and a little bit of rain in the far north—west. temperatures a degree or to either side of 10 degrees. into sunday, a milder day throughout but i think it still stays pretty breezy.
good afternoon. millions of people across the uk have been celebrating the start of a new year and a new decade, with fireworks and street parties in london, edinburgh and other towns and cities. in a new year message borisjohnson said the uk was beginning a "new chapter", and promised to represent everyone, on all sides of the brexit divide. the archbishop of canterburyjustin welby has called on the nation to "heal divisions". helena wilkinson reports.
three, two, one... fireworks in london to welcome in the new year and the new decade. tens of thousands watched from the banks of the river as the capital's skyline burst into colour. for many, this decade will represent hope for better and kinder times after years of uncertainty and bitter division. today, there are calls for reconciliation. the prime minister says he hopes the country will move forward united, a chance he says to start a new chapter in the history of our country and he vowed to govern everyone. the archbishop of canterbury delivered his new year's message from this lifeboat rescue station in dover which falls within his diocese. justin welby urged all of us to try and heal any divisions. let's go for a heroic new year's
resolution. let's resolve to reconnect, to reach out to just one person we don't know or from whom we have drifted apart. make that connection. let's begin cementing our unity, one brick at a time. the archbishop's message is echoed in this open letter signed by leaders of prominent british organisations, including those on both sides of the brexit debate. their hope is that this should be a decade of reconnection. the organisation set up reconnection. the organisation set up in memory of the mpjo cox who was murdered in 2016 is one of the signatories. there are amazing people out there in communities who are bringing people together, tackling loneliness, knife crime and mental health and those problems we do face and we have to be realistic about, but we have to be optimistic we can all do our bit to tackle them as well. in scotland, they celebrated the new year in the most
traditional way. the new decade, a time to reflect on the past. but also a time to work out how this country will come together and move forwards. helena wilkinson, bbc news. two men and a women in their 20s have died in a crash in surrey. they were in a car which collided with a lorry at stanwell, near heathrow airport, shortly before midnight. a second woman was seriously injured. 0ur correspondent tolu adeoye is at the scene of the accident. what can you tell us about what happened? well, desperately sad news for the start of 2020. it was at 11:40pm on new year's eve when this accident happened involving a lorry and a car carrying four young people. this morning, the news that three people have died, two men aged 23 and 25 and a woman aged 20. another woman, 25, was taken to a
london hospital where she is said to have serious injuries. the scene has now been cleared. some trees have been knocked down where the lorry ended up in a ditch. police said the lorry driver wasn't injured but he was taken to hospital as a precaution. we note the victims‘ next of kin have been informed but they haven‘t yet been named. next of kin have been informed but they haven't yet been named. thank you. nine people are known to have died in australia‘s bushfires in the past 2a hours, with more missing, in the worst loss of life since the crisis began in september. more military personnel are on the way to try to protect isolated communities in the south east of the country. many are cut off without power and some are running out of water. phil mercer has sent this report. these are extraordinary times in australia. the bushfires have brought terror into the lives of ordinary people. they are devastating and deadly. more lives have been lost and hundreds of homes
have been destroyed. you walk around a bit of your house, and you go, that was the bedroom, that was where my antiques were from my family history. all of my baby memories from the kids, just everything, just gone. i don't know what i'm going home to, so... ijust hope for the best. it's upsetting to lose your memories, that's very upsetting. but you can't dwell on it, you know. if you dwell on it, then you'd just be upset all the time and that doesn't get you anywhere. you've got to move on. help is yet to reach some residents who reportedly suffered burns. the authorities say it‘s been too dangerous to send in rescue teams by road or by air. we have a very real challenge at the moment with a couple of isolated communities, where we‘ve got reports of injuries and burn injuries to men as of the public. we haven‘t been able to get access via roads or via aircraft,
it‘s been too dangerous and we simply can‘t access. nor can the people in these areas get out. conditions on new year‘s day have eased, but the danger remains. dozens of fires continue to burn across several states. bushfires have always been part of the australian story, but officials say this crisis is unprecedented. dry and windy weather is forecast for saturday and australia will once again brace itself for another onslaught. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. the mother of a british woman convicted of lying about being raped by 12 men in cyprus has backed calls for tourists to boycott the country. the woman told the bbc that ayia napa — where her daughter had been on a working holiday — was unsafe. the foreign office has expressed what they call "serious concerns" about the case. john donnison reports.
it‘s two days since the young british woman walked out of a cypriot court having been found guilty of falsely claiming she was raped by 12 men. her supporters say both the police investigation and the court process were flawed, and her lawyers are planning to appeal. now the 19—year—old‘s mother has told the bbc of the impact the case has had on her daughter‘s mental health. the words are read by an actor to protect both of their identities. she is suffering from ptsd and spends a lot of time with hypersomnia at the moment. that means she‘s sleeping an awful lot of the day. she sleeps probably 18, 20 hours a day. she is also quite withdrawn, which is very sad for me to see. and she also experiences hallucinations. and she needs to get back to the uk to get that treated. that‘s my absolute primary focus. these are the young israeli tourists who originally faced accusations that they had raped the young woman. they were freed and allowed to fly home after she
retracted the allegation. but she says she only did that because she was put under huge pressure by police questioning when she was vulnerable. now her mother is supporting a call for tourists to boycott cyprus. this is not an isolated incident. the place isn‘t safe. it‘s absolutely not safe. and if you go and report something that‘s happened to you, you are either laughed at, as far as i can tell, or in the worst case, something like what‘s happened to my daughter may happen. the foreign office has called the teenager‘s case deeply disturbing and says it will be speaking to the authorities in cyprus. the cypriot government says it has full confidence in its justice system and courts. jon donnison, bbc news. football — and the new year‘s premier league games kick off today — with liverpool holding a formidable 13—point lead at the top of the table. so is there any hope left of last season‘s champions manchester city retaining the title?
katie gornall is at the eithad stadium for us. good afternoon, what are the prospects for today? hello. pep guardiola recently described city as england‘s team of the decade and they had certainly enjoyed a lot of success they had certainly enjoyed a lot of su ccess over they had certainly enjoyed a lot of success over the past ten years. 2019 hasn‘t ended the way they would have liked. they are sitting third in the table with the title slipping from their grasp. with liverpool playing tomorrow, they have a chance to eat into their hefty lead when they take on everton here later. although this fixture is certainly looking more tricky than it would have done a few weeks ago. if you said to any everton fan at the start of december that they would come here ten in the table with carlo ancelotti as their manager, none of them would have believed them. here they are revitalised, looking to make it three wins from three under the italian. this is one of nine
games taking place today, another one that catches the eye is in london as david moyes takes charge of west ham for the first time since returning to the club. he faces fellow strugglers bournemouth, both clu b fellow strugglers bournemouth, both club and manager hoping for a new year and club and manager hoping for a new yearand a club and manager hoping for a new year and a new start before arsenal man united ran things of this evening. —— round things off. man united ran things of this evening. -- round things off. thank you. for the first time, more than 100 billion music tracks have been streamed online in the uk in a single year. it comes at the end of a decade that saw more of us ditch the cd and embrace the digital download. 0ur entertainment correspondent, colin paterson reports. # these are the moments that i‘m going to remember most, yeah. # just got to keep going...# oh, how a decade has changed how we consume music. 2010 started withjoe mcelderry‘s the climb at number one. at that stage, cd singles were being phased out as paid—for downloads dominated. # there‘s always going
to be another mountain. # i‘m always gonna wanna make it move...# subscription streaming services for music were so in their infancy that no official figures were collated, and they wouldn‘t even count for the charts untiljuly 2014. # now the day bleeds into nightfall...# fast forward to the end of the decade. 2019, the first year in uk history when more than 100 million tracks were streamed. # i was getting kind of used to being someone you loved...# the most listened to song, lewis capaldi‘s someone you loved, which was streamed more than 228 million times. that‘s the equivalent of every person in the uk playing it three and a half times. gennaro castaldo from the bpi says this decade has seen a total transformation in our relationship with music. there has been a huge shift from analogue and physical product
through to streaming and digital, although we‘ve reached a point now where we‘re enjoying the best of all worlds, where we tend to go online and we stream and 75% of us now stream for our day—to—day needs and access to music and discovery, but the beautiful thing is that when we come across an artist or album that we love, we‘ll actually still go out to our local store or online and buy that album on cd still, box set, and increasingly on vinyl as well. # it's comin' round like a shock wave...# the result is that we as a nation now stream 30 times more music than we did in 2012, when the figures were first compiled. however, a couple of old school oddities remain. sales of vinyl lps increased for a 12th consecutive year, with liam gallagher‘s why me why not topping the year—end charts, but to put that in context, it only shifted 29,000 copies
on vinyl, far fewer than will see him injune at his hometown heaton park show in manchester. # christmas time, christmas time, merry christmas. # and a happy new year...# and then there‘s the cassette revival. sales have increased by 600% in the last three years, with acts such as robbie williams choosing to release on their favourite ‘80s format. # so here it is, merry christmas...# the rather large caveat — cassette sales account for 0.1% of overall recorded music, so things are not going to be spooling back that quickly any time soon. there‘s more throughout the day on the bbc news channel. we‘re back with the late news at 5:20pm.
hello, this is bbc news. more now, on how for the first time, more than a hundred billion music tracks have been streamed online in the uk injust a single year. it comes at the end of a decade that saw more of us ditch the cd and embrace the digital download. not everyone was doing it, cassettes have also made a bit of a comeback. lewis ca paldi‘s "someone you loved" was the most streamed song of the year — with 228 million streams on sites like spotify and apple music. earlier i spoke to the singer songwriter tom speight and record label chief executive vanessa higgins about whether streaming would replace buying physical recordings.
i just think people are streaming, they are listening to music differently. they are still buying records, vinyls, cds etc, maybe that is more of the hard—core fan. yeah, or, dare i say it vanessa is also a factor of the quality of the kind of internet that people have. there are still parts of the country where music streaming is still quite difficult to do. that is a factor, broadband doesn't reach all areas of the country in a way that it really should do for a whole host of reasons but i think that is why we are seeing, one of the many reasons we are seeing streaming grow and grow and grow. and is it, a factor that will increase presumably when 5g becomes a reality for many people just the speed and convenience? absolutely, yes we are probably not going to download things onto our phones so much that just stream constantly because you have those connections. so, the streaming industry is quite new in itself so we are seeing it
mature but you are absolutely right, there is a long way to go. these numbers can get much bigger. tom, is there an issue at the moment about availability in terms of where you find stuff in order to be able to stream it and the convenience of it because a lot of the internet has been about, dare i say the middleman or the middlewomen, in other words the site that gets you to the information stuff you want to have access to? is it the same with the music? are you still dependent on the different ways of downloading? i think it is a period where it is more liberating to be a musician because i remember when i started my musical career about ten years ago, you had to rely on having a major label or a label to release your music and now with things like spotify, apple music, you can just get it out there and this is amazing and you can reach a worldwide audience. and is that what you do because you have a physical album as well. yes, we have vinyl, we have cassette, we do it all and i think, you know, we have quite
a big worldwide audience. we went to brazil and american that is due to streaming and my cd isn‘t out in brazil. i can tell you that. but presumably you have to have the budget to promote you in brazil or peru or wherever. for music fans there, it must be a big deal. they are crazy about music over there and they are so thankful that i suppose due to the streaming that english artists are coming out there and playing because they now have an audience. but i think it is just a very liberating time for music really. and encouraging time for lots of new artists to break through. vanessa, you are running a record label, do you worry a bit about this because the point that tom is making, the publisher‘s power is arguably being diminished by the technology and i know you will say that is a good thing when you stand back but you are running a business? the music industry is still an industry, i am an artist myself soi know the struggle and i run an independent record label. i think musicians want to make music and they are always going
to need people around to help them get that to as many people as possible, whatever format of your music they're going to use so the record label is still going strong, lots of artists are running their own and there is nothing wrong with that. you can run your own label. i think are seeing a whole host of new labels coming through which is exciting in itself. i should ask you, what kind of music do you perform? i like to call it dark pop. i'm a piano player and singer. oh, i am intrigued, we will have to hear some of that. you can stream it. the cassette sales thing. highest number in 15 years, 80,000 sold in 2019. that is baffling for a lot of people because many of us long since threw out the cassette recorder. i think it is interesting in this digital age, people still crave something they can hold, they can show, they can demonstrate their taste and their choices in music... 0r lack of it. well, you know, i don't know what you've bought. exactly, i‘m not telling you. it is interesting to see the different artists coming through on vinyl, it is not
just the old classics, it is liam gallagher, also billie eilish sold very well on vinyl which might surprise a few. yes, indeed. tom, where do you think it is all going? i think it is going to carry on like this for a while. i don‘t think it has peaked yet, i think it is still growing, things like spotify in new countries and things like that so i think the hard—core fans will carry on. they want the cassettes, the cds and everything else that goes with it. have you got still got vinyl at home? yes, i buy vinyl every week. my favourite thing is going round a record store and buying a new record. but sometimes there isn‘t the substitute for that and physically walking into a place, flicking through, discovering surprises. a bit like going into a book shop. well, exactly. and sharing these things with people. i mean, you do share music online. people do share their taste in that way but i would love to see the resurrection of record stores
where you can stay and spend time, maybe have a coffee and it would be like a real hub of music and creativity. that would be a wonderful thing to see. day of contrasting fortunes. elsewhere there have been some really decent breaks in the cloud, particularly across the north wales, parts of england, eastern side of scotla nd parts of england, eastern side of scotland too. 0verall parts of england, eastern side of scotland too. overall it has been a fairly quiet start to the new year. for that we have to thank the big area of high pressure still dominating the scene, not1 million miles away and the near continent but not again1 miles away and the near continent but not again 1 million miles away and the near continent but not again1 million miles miles away and the near continent but not again 1 million miles away in the far north—west of scotland we have a weather front that will loom large as we head on into thursday. with the cloud overnight and the southerly flow and quite a bit of it, it won‘t be an overly cold night and we are still at this stage swayed in relatively mild heirs but
creeping ever closer to that corner of scotland, fresher conditions behind these weather fronts which can bea behind these weather fronts which can be a real player in the weather because scotland and northern ireland as we see the first part of thursday. not one but two weather fronts seek their way ever further to the north and western parts of the british isles. what we are pretty gusty day across all parts of the british isles winds strongest across the western isles of scotland but given that direction it will be a slightly milder day than it was the case in the first part of the week. thursday night into the first pa rt week. thursday night into the first part of friday we complete the transition of introducing those colder heirs, it is not a raging northerly by any means. the showers getting into the far north of scotland, some wintry across the very highest grounds. there temperatures really not plummeting
away, single figures for many but holding onto double figures for many in the south. a little ridge of high pressure that comes in to kill off some of that shower activity in northern scotland and for many it is a reasonable weekend in prospect. saturday a lot of dry and fine weather across england and wales, more cloud for scotland and northern ireland and a bit of rain in the far north—west. temperatures 8 degrees or two side of ten and four sunday a milder day throughout but i think it still stays pretty breezy.
this is bbc news, i‘m shaun ley. the headlines at 1: at least eight people are killed by bushfires in australia, in the deadliest day since the wildfire crisis began. hundreds of homes are destroyed and some communities cut off. there are a couple of isolated communities where we have reports of injuries and burn injuries to members of the public. we haven‘t been able to get access via roads or via aircraft. it's tough. it was scary. you don't really know what to do, even if you've thought about it, it's hard to know what you'd do or feel at that moment, for sure. two men and a woman are killed after a lorry collides with a car in stanwell in surrey on new year‘s eve. the mother of the british teenager found guilty of lying about being raped in cyprus says she believes the resort of ayia napa is unsafe.