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Tonight at Ten, a child sex network in Newcastle -
18 people are convicted of abusing young girls and women.
The men and one woman groomed, drugged and raped vulnerable
girls as young as 14 over a four year period.
No-one should underestimate the trauma that these young
girls have gone through, but undoubtedly they have
made our communities safer places by their actions.
But controversy, as it emerges that police paid a convicted child rapist
thousands to act as an informer and expose the network.
There are dangerous men behind bars and vulnerable people protected,
that would not have been the case if we had not used that.
The convictions are part of a wider investigation into grooming
which could involve hundreds more victims and perpetrators.
A fresh warning from President Trump to North Korea -
he says America's nuclear arsenal is now far stronger and more
Former Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison appears in court with four
others on charges related to the Hillsborough disaster
Trying to find a cure for type one diabetes -
new hope after first trials of a pioneering new therapy that
On his own against the clock. Athletics at its best in that sense.
And bizarre scenes at the World Championships,
as Botswana's star sprinter - barred yesterday by illness -
And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News,
we will have all the details from the World
Athletics Championships, including Sir Mo Farah's race in the
17 men and a woman who groomed girls and young women for sex in Newcastle
have been convicted of crimes including rape, trafficking and
Newcastle Crown Court heard that vulnerable girls,
one as young as 14, were exploited by an "organised,
cynical organisation" and passed between abusers.
The convictions took place over a four year period.
Its also emerged that Northumbria Police paid ?10,000
to a convicted child rapist for information that helped
Guilty of causing girls and women serious harm.
Caught as part of Operation Sanctuary, one of the
biggest sexual exploitation investigations
Almost 100 perpetrators have now been convicted.
One 17-year-old was raped at a party session organised by local men.
The wardrobe was pushed against the door.
Her police interview was played by the court.
To protect her identity, we have asked actors
He had had six with us while I was asleep.
Still now, I'm a bit confused about it.
How did you feel when he told you he done that to you?
How many sessions would you say you have been to?
It is in houses like these where the sessions took place.
Victims were given drink and drugs and could not defend
But in 2013, two of them came forward.
One had been trafficked from a children's home.
It started a long and complex investigation.
Controversially, officers recruited a convicted child
It's not an easy decision, and I'm not going to sit
here and suggest for one moment it was.
It's a decision that we've had to wrestle
But I can categorically state sitting here
today, that there are dangerous men behind bars now and vulnerable
That would not have been the case had we not used
that informant, and it's in that context that you have to view
A charity that campaigns against child abuse says such an
offender should never have been put out in the field.
It beggars belief, frankly, the decision to cross this child
protection line really by employing a child rapist.
In all other aspects it seems to us at the NSPCC that a very good job
was done by Northumbria police, except this very, very concerning
situation, where they used and deployed and paid a child rapist.
Most of the perpetrators were from Pakistani,
This city councillor says leaders from all faiths could
re-educate some local men to stop similar exploitation in the future.
People should not be telling the Asian community how
to live their lives and what to do. It's quite important.
This is like saying to the white community that we should be talking
about what Jimmy Savile did. We should not do that.
However, there is a huge opportunity to talk about
these issues on a regular basis, of rights of women, and I think it's
important to use religion, particularly Islam, to educate some
What happened on these streets is now the subject of
But the council chief executive says it is
not the only authority with problems of this kind.
We do not believe that what we have uncovered in Newcastle is unique.
Indeed there has been evidence of similar offending in
We believe that any area that says it
does not have a problem is simply not looking for it.
For the victims they harmed, it has been a long and
But the evidence they gave has helped to jail four of
The rest are due to be sentenced next month.
Our home editor, Mark Easton, is here.
The controversy is over the police paying this convicted offender to
help them expose the network. How unusual is it? The police have long
been paying informants. It has always been controversial but they
have always done it because they believe if you can get the prize --
convictions, the ends justify the means. In the last five years, UK
police have paid ?22 million to criminal informants. It is not rare.
This case has an additional moral dilemma. Is it justifiable to put a
convicted rapist in proximity to young women who are being groomed
for six Khan police argue yes. They say that was the only way they were
going to smash this gang. I think it is indicative of a new determination
among police and prosecutors to do whatever it takes to deal with the
scandal of gangs, of predominantly Asian men, sexually exploiting
predominantly young white women and girls. There have been dozens of
these cases now. Rochdale, Oxford, Derby, Cardiff, Oldham, barking,
Ipswich, Manchester, Telford... The list goes on. Having been criticised
for not doing enough, particularly in concerns about political
correctness, police forces have become much more proactive. Officers
are routinely briefed on what to look for, the types of abuse, the
different locations, the likely victims. Prosecutors are advised to
think hard about the victims. Often these are very vulnerable people who
may be in trouble with the police themselves, they may distrust
authority, they may have become so controlled by their abusers that
they don't recognise they are being abused. New guidance tells
prosecutors to focus less on the credibility of the victim and more
on the credibility of the allegation. And today's convictions
may be seen by some as a sign that that new approach is paying off.
Mark Easton, thank you. President Trump has issued another
warning to North Korea telling the country's leader that America's
nuclear arsenal is "more He was responding to a warning
from North Korea that it was considering firing missiles
at the US Pacific territory of Guam. The US Defense Secretary also issued
a warning to Pyongyang, saying North Korea should stop any actions
that would lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction
of its people". Our North America correspondent,
Nick Bryant, reports. A far-off American outpost in
the tropical waters of the Western Pacific now finds itself at
the centre of a dangerous stand-off. This is Guam, the site this summer
of US military exercises. American territory, that
North Korea says could now From North Korean state TV came
this chilling headline. That Guam could be targeted
by medium to long range rockets. And it came just hours
after President Trump threatened Pyongyang with some of the most
incendiary rhetoric used by a US The words improvised,
the tone agreed upon North Korea best not
make any more threats to They will be met with fire
and fury like the world More tough talk on
Twitter this morning. "My first order as President
was to renovate and It is now far stronger
and more powerful Hopefully we will never have
to use this power, but there will never be a time
when we are not the most powerful On a refuelling spot in Guam,
the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, used more
soothing language. The island faced no
imminent threat, he said. And Americans shouldn't
lose any sleep. What the President is doing
is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that
Kim Jong-un would understand, because he doesn't seem
to understand diplomatic language. This small island is more than 2000
miles away from Pyongyang, but well within range
of its missiles. With two military bases
it is a strategic military hub for America in the Pacific
and home to 160,000 people. I guess the first thing
that comes to mind is, immediately first,
where is my family? To come up with a plan
if anything happens. I think the response
that President Trump as Past administrations have just
let it slide and kick the can down the road,
so now North Korea feels Donald Trump has vowed that he will
be the President to deal decisively With the rhetoric already
at such a perilous pitch, there is the danger that both sides
become captive to That they talk themselves
into a more serious Our correspondent,
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, Given the threat, what is the mood?
There is clearly a deep concern here in Guam because the threat against
gram made by the North Koreans was very specific and very detailed, and
that has never happened before. There is also a sense that it is a
rhetorical threat, that if North Korea really ever did fire missiles
at this island, it would be suicidal for the North Korean regime. Why do
it? Firstly, as Nick said in his report, this is a very juicy target
for the North Koreans, strategically important to the United States.
There are two huge military bases, a big airbase behind me and a naval
base as well. This is also a psychological battle. So after
President Trump made those remarks about fire and fury, this is North
Korea firing back, saying, you threaten us, we can threaten you in
the same way. Our threats are realistic, you must take's seriously
and we will not be intimidated. Across this region, particularly in
South Korea and Japan, there is a feeling that the way President Trump
talks about North Korea in these on scripted remarks is not the way to
deal with Pyongyang. Rob Wood -- and Q.
Tensions have been rising in the region since North Korea
carried out two nuclear bomb tests last year and two intercontinental
So with America and North Korea locked in an extraordinary standoff.
what are the options for resolving the crisis?
Our diplomatic correspondent, James Robbins, reports.
Behind the fiery rhetoric from the two leaders, has the threat
Recent tests suggest the country is much closer to being able
to launch a long-range missile carrying a nuclear warhead, as far
The North Korean regime and Kim Jong-un wants nuclear weapons
because it believes they are the ultimate
No one is going to risk attacking you once
But already North Korea has massive non-nuclear firepower.
Its artillery placed Seoul, South Korea's capital,
We're not looking at an immediate nuclear war
But we should also be aware of the opportunities
for miscalculation and escalation that could lead to nuclear use.
So what should be the international response to
Well, years of talks failed to persuade North Korea to give up
its nuclear ambitions, and now it's refusing dialogue.
Past carrots, including support for a weak
And the stick of limited sanctions, well, that
The new response is more severe economic pressure.
It is now backed by the United Nations, including the US,
Although China has yet to show how far it really will go.
It leaves the grimmest option of all, American military action.
President Trump's comments this week only increase North Korea's paranoia
about the threat from the United States, and it's not
going to change North Korea's current course of action.
We need to get on the road towards dialogue with the North, as
difficult as that is, to decrease tensions and find
How should world leaders try to balance all the risks?
Is it an acceptable risks to allow the
regime to get its nuclear weapons, and then rely on them being
rational, like other nuclear weapon states,
The answer to that depends on getting
But he is harder to read than say, the old Soviet Union.
With the Soviet Union, we had some reasonable visibility
into the system. We don't have that with North Korea.
And so, although we can hope and assume that Kim
Jong-un is rational enough and sensible enough to understand
that any misadventure would attract a lot of retaliation,
very few people from the outside have actually met him.
It is because the really tough questions
are so hard to answer with any certainty,
that the crisis with North Korea is very serious.
Five men have appeared in court charged in connection
with the Hillsborough tragedy and its aftermath.
96 Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at the FA Cup
Three of the men who appeared in court today
From Warrington, Judith Moritz reports.
Many of the families who lost loved ones at Hillsborough have become
Today, they were together again at court to see those charged
in connection with the disaster and its aftermath.
Sir Norman Bettison has served as the Chief Constable
The families stood outside the Magistrates' Court building
Graham Mackrell was company secretary and safety officer
at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in 1989.
96 Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush at the Hillsborough
ground when the terraces became overcrowded during
Now, nearly three decades later, prosecutions are under way.
Mr Mackrell is charged with breaching both health
and safety and safety at sport ground legislation.
Two senior police officers, Donald Denton and Alan Foster
and a solicitor, Peter Metcalf, are accused of perverting the course
of justice by amending witness statements in the wake
Sir Norman Bettison is charged with misconduct in a public office,
accused of telling lies about his involvement
in the aftermath of Hillsborough and the culpability of fans.
The five men sat in a row inside the glass walled dock
of the court, they all indicated that they deny the charges
The match commander, former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield,
faces the most serious charges, 95 counts of gross
He didn't have to appear in court today as before proceedings
Prosecutors must apply to lift an existing court order. The MEP were
all released on bail. They will appear at Preston Crown Court next
month. A brief look at some
of the day's other news stories. The number of tip-offs made
by the public to the Government's anti-terrorism scheme, Prevent,
has doubled in the last four months, around the time of the Manchester
and London terror attacks. Police received some 200 referrals
between April and July, compared to about 100
in the four months before. Figures released by
the European Commission, after a court battle,
show that its 28 Commissioners spent almost half a million euros
on official travel in the first two European Commission President Jean
Claude Juncker spent more than ?22,000 on a private plane
to take nine people to Rome. The Commission said the spending
was within the EU's rules. The family of an 83-year-old dog
walker, stabbed to death in Norfolk, have described him as a "lovely,
gentle man, who was immensely kind." Peter Wrighton's body was found
on Saturday, three miles Police say they've received over 100
calls in connection with the attack Two months after the Grenfell Tower
fire in West London, officials say hundreds of people,
including large numbers children, are in need of mental health support
to deal with the trauma An estimated 80 people
were killed in the fire in June and the Metropolitan Police believe
that there were around Our special correspondent,
Lucy Manning, has been talking to one woman who lost five members
of her family in the blaze. # You've got the words
to change a nation # You've spent a lifetime
stuck in silence # Afraid you'll say
something wrong #. She could certainly sing,
12-year-old Firdaws Hashim, # You've got a heart
as loud as lightning Her voice would be silenced
by the Grenfell fire. Her aunt watches with tears the home
videos she has shared. Little Yaqub, full of life,
inside the Grenfell flat where he would die with his sister
Firdaws, his brother, mum and dad. Six-year-old Yaqub,
Firdaws and 13-year-old Yahya loved to dance,
their aunt wanted to Firdaws, you were the most
intelligent, wise... You were so talented,
but still so kind and humble. Yahya, my most kind, handsome,
pure hearted, sweet nephew. You would have been a pride
to Islam and humanity. Yaqub, he was a very
energetic, lively boy. Assema wants to bury the family
together but, eight weeks on, Waiting this long for them to be
identified and to bury them and have some type of closure,
that is tormenting everybody. Two months on and those
connected to Grenfell The BBC has learnt more than 500
people have been referred for mental health assessments,
nearly 100 of them children. usually you have a support network
that will help you get through these times,
but a lot of these people that you would normal rely
on are in the same trouble And with only 14 Grenfell families
rehoused, the council leader still can't offer all the relief
of long-term housing. How long will it be until all these
families are permanently rehoused? Well, it's quite difficult
to answer that question, We're doing it as absolutely
as quickly as we can. The judge leading the Grenfell
inquiry will write to the Prime Minister this week
to explain what it will cover. The family of these children
want the inquiry to look at not just how they died,
but why the fire burned for so long, A man suspected of attacking
soldiers on patrol in a suburb of Paris, has been arrested
after a dramatic car chase along Six soldiers were injured when a car
was driven at them at speed, in what is being treated
as an act of terrorism. The suspect got away,
but officers later fired on a BMW to bring it to a halt and took
the driver into custody. Officials in the US have confirmed
that the home of President Trump's former campaign manager was raided
by the FBI last month. Agents seized documents and other
materials from a property The raid was part of
the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign
and Russia ahead of the 2016 The English football Premier League
season gets under way on friday. Spending by clubs is expected
to exceed ?1 billion for the first time ever this summer,
but the league's chief executive says he doesn't expect to see clubs
reach anything like the ?200 million paid by French side Paris St Germain
for the Brazilian player Neymar. It's back, with the help of some
famous footballing faces, the Premier League launched
the countdown to the start Amid the usual hype,
all the talk on the lengths clubs are going to in
the pursuit of glory. Champions Chelsea have invested
?125 million on players this summer, even their manager is surprised
by the amounts being spent. The money is incredible,
but it's very important to try to improve our squad
and our quality because win one more competition and we needed to prove
that the club knows very well, which is my opinion,
my ideas about this issue. These are just some of the big-money
signings Premier League clubs have splashed out on this summer,
with a total of more For the first time,
the Premier League season will kick off on a Friday night,
here at the Emirates, when Arsenal take on Leicester City,
but with the transfer window open until the end of the month,
the spending spree is set to continue in a way never seen
before, and some are concerned. We sit back and go -
wow, what's next? And that's the problem,
what is next? In terms of how football
finance is evolving, it's clear that the top seven clubs
are spending more money on bigger transfer fees and that's having
a serious effect in terms it's clear that the top seven clubs
are spending more money on bigger transfer fees and that's having
a serious effect in terms of the financial dynamics
of the Premier League. The top seven clubs as a group,
their economic performance is deteriorating at a faster rate
than the remaining 13. Gary and Alan, like the rest of us,
looking forward to a new season, 25 years ago, in the first Match of
the Day of the Premier League era. Since then, ever more lucrative live
broadcast rights deals have transformed clubs spending power,
but will it continue? When the Premier League started
in 1992, where it was with our tour neighbour and where it is now,
?40 million then, ?3 billion now. If you compound that growth,
you can't see the next 25 years What I can see though is still some
reasonably sustainable growth which will allow the teams
to continue to grow I don't think, as I say,
the thing is out of control. With newly-promoted clubs alongside
some familiar faces, the Premier League's all set
for its latest chapter. The challenge - to maintain
the drama and the interest that's made its first quarter
of a century so lucrative. The UK has one of the highest rates
of type 1 diabetes in the world with 400,000 people currently living
with the condition. At the moment it's incurable,
but now trials of a pioneering therapy are being carried out
to try to slow the advance And initial results show
the treatment, a form of immunotherapy, is safe and can be
used in wider trials. It's hoped it could one
day lead to a cure. Here's our health
correspondent, Dominic Hughes. Two years ago, Alex Rowlandson's
life took an unexpected turn. She was diagnosed with type 1
diabetes, one of hundreds of thousands of people who develop
the condition in the UK. But then she was offered
the chance to take part The results of which now
show real promise. More optimistic knowing
that the study is going well and that they can use that
to find further treatments. Even if it doesn't help me myself
and it might help other people in the future,
it's just good to know that Last year, Alex was one
of 27 volunteers who, over a six-month period,
underwent a course of The aim, to stop her diabetes
by tapping into the immune system's Type 1 diabetes is caused
when the immune system mistakenly attacks specialist beta cells
in the pancreas which produce insulin, the hormone
which regulates blood sugar levels. The injections contain
protein fragments designed to retrain the immune system,
so that rather than attacking The early results from this latest
trial demonstrated the therapy was safe and showed signs
of slowing the disease. I think it's exciting that we have
been able to change the immune system in patients using this
approach, but it's very early days and we need to know how that
translates into benefit for patients This is the first time this
particular technique of trying to train the immune system to slow
the advance of type 1 diabetes has It's a very small step
in what will be a very long process. But the fact that it's
safe and seems to have helped the immune system,
well that is a big step forward. There's currently no cure
for a condition that, if not carefully managed,
can have life-changing consequences. For reasons that aren't entirely
clear, the number of people who, like Alex, are having their lives
turned upside down after developing Immunotherapy has begun to transform
the treatment of other England's women began the defence
of their Rugby World Cup title in style today,
as this year's tournament England beat Spain 56-5
in Dublin, with four tries But there was no dream start
for Wales, they lost to the All Blacks by more
than 30 points. Hosts Ireland beat Australia
in a tight match, winning by 19-17. There were bizarre scenes
at the World Athletics Championships in London this evening as Botswana's
star sprinter, banned from the stadium yesterday
after a norovirus outbreak, was allowed back for a solo
200 metre time trial. Isaac Makwala, forced to withdraw
from last night's 400 metres final because he was still formally
in quarantine, was tonight allowed Our sports correspondent,
Andy Swiss, reports. For Isaac Makwala,
a remarkable day in his He began it quarantined in his hotel
and barred from competing, He said the athletics authorities
had sabotaged his hopes. Something fishy they
don't want to tell us. The Iaaf insisted such
claims were absurd. Come the afternoon,
a dramatic twist. Isaac Makwala heading to the stadium
having been told his quarantine had finished and he could race his 200
metres heat, some 48 And so, in appalling
conditions for sprinting, Makwala against the clock, he needed
20.53 to make it to the semis, and with the crowd willing him on,
it was never in doubt. That is a message to the Iaaf,
to say I am fit and healthy. Even his rival could
only watch and applaud. What a run that was,
under the most testing circumstances, after everything
he has been through. Isaac Makwala is through
to the semi-finals. Which meant barely two
hours later, he was back. The new fan favourite -
but if Makwala was tired, From the inside lane,
he summoned his strength, What a performance
from Isaac Makwala! Afterwards, he thanked
the authorities for his chance, but said it was the crowd
that inspired him. I wish to thank the Iaaf
to give me another chance, They led me to believe,
I just want to thank this crowd. And so a man who couldn't even visit
the stadium this morning What began as a personal
nightmare, just might What a story would be if he could
win that 200 meters final tomorrow. Among his rivals will be South
Africa's athlete and Mitchell Blake who qualified. It was a good night
for M mow Farah. He is safely through to the final of the 500
meters. He finished second in his heat. That final takes place on
Saturday for Sir Mo Farah it will round off his final. Track
championships with another title, Sophie. Andy, thank you.
And on Newsnight, no-one can forget our MPs' expenses scandal,
well there are some details of EU Commission expenses out today.