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Tonight at Ten: They used punishment beatings to keep victims in line.


11 people from one family are convicted over modern day slavery.


Members of the Rooney clan lived a life of luxury,


while their workers were paid little or nothing at all.


Police described the conditions some of their captives had to live


They were living in caravans that were dirty.


Many had to use the wood as a toilet and some


were living in stable blocks, with animals.


The convictions come after one of the biggest ever investigations


His advisors are pursuing diplomacy, but President Trump maintains


America is "locked and loaded", ready to deal with North Korea.


We'll either be very, very successful quickly,


or we're going to be very, very successful in a


The cannabis factory inside a nuclear bunker.


Three men are jailed, after drugs worth ?1 million are seized.


And a seven-goal thriller at the Emirates - as Arsenal beat


Leicester in the first match of the new Premier League season.


And coming-up in Sportsday on BBC News:


We're live at the World Athletics Championships with the latest


from the London Stadium, and the rest of the


11 people from one family in Lincolnshire have been convicted


of involvement with a modern day slavery ring.


It follows one of the biggest police investigations of its kind.


The Rooney family ran a driveway resurfacing company,


and targeted vulnerable homeless people as workers.


But their victims were paid little or no wages, and suffered punishment


They were also housed in squalid conditions that detectives described


Our correspondent Judith Moritz reports


Fathers, sons, cousins across the generations,


11 members of one family, whose cruelty has


The Rooneys were the masters - this is where they kept their slaves.


They were forced to live in these caravans in squalor


and in filth, conditions not fit for human habitation.


Whilst those who controlled them lived in comfort and luxury.


The Rooneys had many victims, including this man, whose


interview has been re-voiced to protect his identity.


I've been on and off the streets for years, drugs and alcohol.


I haven't seemed to be able to get settled.


Sometimes I have flashbacks, and, you know what I mean,


The Rooneys were flashy with their money, going on holidays


to Barbados and paying for cosmetic surgery.


By stark contrast, the 18 men they kept as slaves lived


One man was held for quarter of a century.


Patrick Rooney was one of those posing as a respectable


But in reality, the family used slave labour, forcing vulnerable men


One customer, who has asked not to be identified,


They weren't treated as civilised at all.


They were treated as if they were subhumans.


There was no machine to strip the old tarmac off, nothing.


And it was extremely hard work for them, I'll give them that.


They didn't have any breaks, anything.


All they got was we made them a few cups of tea,


They were delighted to get a cup of tea, because I knew


and they knew that they weren't going to get anything else.


In contrast, the family lived lavishly.


This expensive funeral for one relative showing their wealth.


In the local Lincolnshire community, it didn't go unnoticed.


The people they were preying on were the most vulnerable.


They made a lot of money out of them, and the stories


I was hearing about big wodges of cash.


Bringing the 11 family members to book has taken several years.


The police needed to win the trust of victims,


The clothes they were wearing were terrible.


When we took them to the reception centre, one individual used


an entire bottle of shampoo to make himself feel clean.


To how they are now, in employment, going to college, they're reunited


It's absolutely heart-warming and amazing to see the transformation,


They preyed on the homeless and the desperate, offering


But there was no dignity in this - only lives exploited and destroyed.


President Trump tonight further ramped up the rhetoric


Concerning their nuclear and ballistic missile programme, he said


Kim Jong-un would truly regret it and regret it fast, if Pyongyang


took any military action against America or its allies. Mr Trump had


already tweeted that the US was locked and loaded, if North Korea


chose to act unwisely. Russia and Germany have called for both sides


to calm. From Washington, our correspondent Nick Bryant reports.


After fire and fury comes "locked and loaded" -


not the title of some Hollywood summer blockbuster,


but the words of America's commander in chief,


describing his country's state of military readiness.


These are the latest pictures of B-1 bombers stationed in Guam,


the motto of this squadron - "Fight tonight."


President Trump reminded people of that


He's deploying social media to fire off warning salvos.


"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded,


Hopefully, Kim Jong-un will find another path."


And again tonight he wrapped up the rhetoric even further with this


verbal broadside aimed at the North Korean leader.


This man will not get away with what he's doing, believe


And if he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat, which,


by the way he has been uttering for years and his family have been


uttering for years, or if he does anything


anyplace else that an American territory


or an American ally, he


As the government of Japan deployed missile interceptors to guard


against North Korean rockets, international leaders essentially


I'm firmly convinced that an escalation


of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict.


TRANSLATION: When a fight has nearly broken out,


the first step away from that dangerous threshold should


be taken by the side that is stronger and smarter.


Amidst this verbal brinkmanship, it's emerged the Trump


administration has been secretly talking to North Korea


about Americans in prison there, and deteriorating relations.


The news came as America's Defence Secretary emphasised diplomacy.


You can see the American effort is diplomatically led,


it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results.


And I want to stay right there, right now.


The tragedy of war is well enough known.


It doesn't need another characterisation beyond the fact


Holiday-makers on Guam, the island North Korea has


threatened with missiles, still seem unfazed.


It would take just 14 minutes for a North Korean missile to reach them.


But amongst the beach reading this morning,


a fact sheet from the Guam government, warning not


Nick, is there a strategy underpinning President Trump's tough


rhetoric? I think this week we've seen a pattern. I'm not sure you can


describe it as a deliberate strategy. It's this. You get these


incendiary warnings from Donald Trump, using alliterative language.


This that has been improvisational at times and has taken his A by


surprise at times. From other members of this administration you


have seen more measured language, language that focuses on diplomacy.


It's worth pointing out at this very moment Donald Trump is meeting his


top two diplomats, his US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his UN


ambassador Nikki Haley. There's been an element of good cop, bad cop.


It's also reminded some people of what President Richard Nixon used to


call the madman theory. New plant in the mind of your adversary the


notion that you are unpredictable, that you are volatile, that you are


willing to do anything, that you are willing to take the military option,


in order to frighten them in order to make them back down. Now, there


are some mainstream Republicans who think that makes sense. But there


are others who think that is very dangerous, because one


miscalculation, one mistake, one act of misplaced bravado, and you could


have a war. Nick Bryant, thank you, at the White House.


The steel company Tata has been given the go-ahead


to separate its UK pension scheme from the rest of the business,


which will help tens of thousands of the firm's workers.


Staff voted earlier this year to accept less generous pensions,


in return for investment to secure jobs.


The move is expected to clear the way for a possible merger


Our correspondent Wyre Davies reports now from Port Talbot.


Tata Steel had warned for years that its UK business was under


threat and it wanted to radically reduce pension benefits to workers


or face the prospect of having to close it Port Talbot plant.


For months, employees who stood to lose thousands of pounds


from their retirement plans, have been meeting to


All of a sudden you're coming to the end of your working life,


you have two years left and you have to work another seven years


in order to get what you've worked your entire life


for without any penalties, and they feel cheated.


You think you're going to be secure when you're 60, 65,


and now they've taken that away from you.


The ?15 billion British Steel pension scheme is one


Around 130,000 members will be affected and the new plan would see


current owners Tata paying ?550 million into the


The scheme will also get a stake of one third of Tata's UK business


Workers who sign up to today's proposal will have


Other options include transferring into a personal pension scheme.


Or they can stay with the old British Steel


scheme, which is backed by the Pension Protection Fund,


and that's the really controversial part, because that's normally only


available to companies that have gone out of business.


The Pension Protection Fund is there to protect the members,


not the companies themselves, so I think the issue that everyone


has is why should they be allowed to join the PPF,


because the liability is with Tata Steel worldwide,


which has plenty of cash, as we know.


Although this agreement does protect workers' pension plans,


it also makes the company, Tata Steel, much more attractive


And with the German steel giant ThyssenKrupp waiting in the wings,


there will be renewed concerns about future job losses and even


closures at some UK steel plants, including Port Talbot.


The German firm says it wants to consolidate


European steel-making, but industry experts say Port Talbot


I think the immediate future for workers in Port Talbot


Port Talbot has restored its competitiveness.


It's been helped by the exchange rate of the pound


Port Talbot has been synonymous with steel-making for 70 years,


and although only one fifth of the once 20,000 strong


workforce still work here, today's deal on pensions should


A brief look at some of the day's other news stories.


A man has been told he'll serve at least 20 years in prison


for murdering his brother, and attempting to murder


his brother's girlfriend on New Year's day.


Blair Logan, who's 27, admitted killing Cameron Logan.


Nearly 20 countries have now reported finding eggs


contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil, which can damage


Four UK supermarkets have removed egg products from their shelves,


although it is only dangerous in high doses.


Lawyers representing a man - arrested in relation


to the Putney Bridge jogger investigation - have categorically


denied that he was involved in the incident.


Eric Bellquist was detained by police trying to find a man


who pushed a woman in front of a bus.


He says he can prove that he was in America at the time.


The results of the Kenyan presidential election have


just been announced, with the incumbent


President Kenyatta taking 54% of the vote,


and the main opposition candidate Raila Odinga winning 44%.


The President's critics say the election was rigged,


but as our Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead reports,


monitors say the poll was largely free and fair.


Uhuru Kenyatta's supporters knew this was coming.


Preliminary results had given their man an unassailable lead.


But first there was an electoral process to follow -


The result from every county had to be read out,


before the moment the nation had waiting for.


I wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect.


After three days of holding their breath, Kenyans have now


had confirmation that Uhuru Kenyatta will have a second term in office


The question now is how the opposition will react in defeat,


Will they challenge it in the courts?


Before the results were even released the opposition alliance


had walked out, repeating allegations


I think this has been an entire charade.


They had run a parallel counting centre and claimed discrepancies.


That the election commission commuter was hacked,


President Uhuru Kenyatta stepped up to acknowledge his victory


and spoke about unity, ten years on from the terrible


I extend the hand of partnership, knowing fully well that this country


needs all of us pulling together in order for us to succeed.


These were the scenes in the stronghold of the losing


candidate Raila Odinga in western Kenya earlier in the day.


There have already been a few clashes in the slums of Nairobi.


The fear is these ugly, if isolated protests could spread


if the opposition decides to call its people


Tonight Kenya is still holding its breath.


Three men have been jailed, for turning an underground


nuclear bunker designed for the Army into the "largest cannabis


factory to be found in the south of England".


One received eight years, the other two were sentenced to five.


All three admitted conspiracy to produce drugs, after several


thousand cannabis plants with an estimated street value


Hidden beneath the wooded hills of Wiltshire,


even today, the bunker remains a secretive, subterranean world.


Its old antenna and air vents the only sign of its existence.


But five metres below ground this Cold War sanctuary was transformed


This was where 4000 cannabis plants were found, spread over two floors.


The men behind it were Martin Fillery, Plamen Nguyen,


and Ross Winter, who were jailed today, for admitting conspiracy


Police say using the nuclear bunker, once owned by the Ministry


of Defence, meant the gang could exploit its


This was a highly organised operation, and of course the nuclear


bunker provided that level of security and covertness


A secret headquarters for regional government


150 officials could survive here for a month.


They found everything from a big-screen TV, to a fish tank.


And all with the home comforts of an underground world


where the underworld could go to ground.


The gang even bypassed the mains meter, ripping-off ?650,000


All to keep the cannabis growing and drying around the clock.


In fact, they thought this facility would provide them with the perfect


Well, first of all you can't see it from the road.


And the complex itself can be locked up.


They managed to keep this place a secret for three years.


It was only when the gang inadvertently opened the doors


the police were able to finally get in and reveal the industrial scale


One now consigned, like its Cold War setting, to history.


Duncan Kennedy, BBC News, at Chilmark, in Wiltshire.


The Premier League is back, with Arsenal hosting Leicester City


at the Emirates Stadium tonight, in a seven goal thriller.


Our sports correspondent Andy Swiss was watching.


It is back on Friday, an unprecedented start to the Premier


League season, but for the fans, that familiar question, could this


be their year? Amid the summer spending splurge, Arsenal splashed


out 50 million this man, AlexLacazette, and it took 94


seconds to show why. That is what you call making and impact. A dream


start for him and the hosts -- Alexandre Lacazette. Leicester hit


back. Shinji Okazaki with the equaliser as Arsenal's old frailties


returned to haunt them. Soon the foxes were in front, Jamie Vardy


lashing at home. On the stroke of half-time, Danny Welbeck levelled it


up. Four goals in 45 minutes. Welcome back. In the second half


Arsenal delivered, Vardy did not. 3-2, four Arsene Wenger the summer


break a distant memory. But then the craziest of comebacks. Aaron


Ramsey's flawless finish gave the Gunners hope. Moments later Olivier


Giroud created an extraordinary turnaround. 4-3 to Arsenal. The rest


of the season has some act to follow. Yes, as curtain raisers


though, that was something pretty special. A chaotic clash. Arsenal


fans for one night at least are on top of the Premier League table.


Thank you. And the Swiss at the Emirates.


With just two full days left of the World Athletics Championships


in London, British athletes narrowly missed out on another medal tonight,


with Dina Asher-Smith finishing fourth in the 200m.


It means Sir Mo Farah's gold is the sole medal


As Natalie Pirks reports, UK Sport's target of between


Instead, the enduring images of these championships


from a British perspective, have been of tears and heartbreak.


You are measured in medals and Mo may end up being our only gold


medallist, maybe double gold medallist, but he is leaving


Five years on from London, when you think about legacy,


you'd have to say probably it's not great.


A spin and heave. The Hammer does not look the most sophisticated of


disciplines but Nick Miller is pretty good at it. His third throw


took him briefly into silver medal contention. But his final throw went


nowhere. That face of dejection all too familiar. And there was more


disappointment to come. This long jump did not quite go to plan


tonight. This was all she could manage. So that is that, another


medal opportunity gone for Great Britain. It seems they cannot get


the luck they need right now. Last night, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake


was the latest Briton to come forth in his event,


making up a club of the oh so close. Just inches separated


the likes of Kyle Langford Nevertheless, it now means UK


Sport's target of six to eight Especially with Greg


Rutherford injured. It's very, very difficult


to win medals in athletics Now, other sports, and especially


with Olympic sports that win a lot of gold medals,


it doesn't take anything away from their achievements,


but there's not as many people or countries that participate,


so this is arguably the hardest sport in the world to win


major titles in. Dina Asher-Smith carried Jessica


Ennis-Hill's it at the London Olympics. Tonight she carried the


crowd's hopes. She broke her foot in February and only started running


again in June. And Dina Asher-Smith four. Of course, it was for yet


again, but this was quite an achievement. We have had loads of


fourth that at same time, loads of those have been people who are so


young with a decade in them. They may not have got a medal today but


they will be the ones to watch in championships to come. Experiences


like this will eventually bring the reward she deserves.


Our sports editor Dan Roan is at the stadium for us tonight.


Close but no cigars. That is right. I think it inevitable but when a


body like UK athletics is in receipt of public money from UK sport and


yet only has one medal from eight days of home championships to show


for it, there will be some kind of inquest. Having said that, British


Athletics are putting a positive spin on this. There have been plenty


of fourth place finishes and top eight finishes from some very


promising athletes. And with the long-term target of the 2020 Tokyo


Olympics that bodes well. And it could improve with the relay and so


Mo Farah in the final days. There is a growing fear that success in


recent games may have papered over some cracks when it comes to the


coaching structure in the sport domestically, and an over defendants


on the likes of Sir Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg


Rutherford may be overexposed. There could be consequences of the funding


cut if it stays like this. If it is tough now, it will only get tougher


when the band Russian team are back. Indeed, thank you.


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