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Tonight at 10.00pm: a rise in cases

of domestic violence prompts calls

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for more to be done to protect

the children caught up in it.

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Her ex-partner threatened to beat

her and her 12-year-old child up.

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The Children's Commissioner calls

on the Prime Minister to introduce

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introduce greater protection to deal

with the growing problem.

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You'd be in the middle

of having this fight,

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and you'd be looking at your kids

and you'd have eye contact

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with your kids, and you'd see

the fear and look at them crying

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and stuff and you wouldn't know

what to do because you can't get

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out of the situation.

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The BBC has been following

Northumbria Police as officers

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try to deal with more

and more cases.

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We have a special report.

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Also tonight:

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Palestinians clash with Israeli

forces in protest at

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President Trump's decision

to recognise Jerusalem

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as Israel's capital.

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Stretched to the limit before

winter has really set in -

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warnings about the huge pressure

on the NHS.

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Hip hip.

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Hooray.

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Hip hip.

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Hooray.

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The Queen officially commissions

into service the Royal Navy's

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largest and most expensive warship -

HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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And celebrations in the West

Midlands, as the title of UK City

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of Culture 2021 is sent

to Coventry.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News,

the best player in the world,

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Cristiano Ronaldo, is named

the winner of the Ballon D'or

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for the fifth time.

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Good evening.

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The number of cases of domestic

violence reported to police

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in England and Wales is on the rise.

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Now the Children's Commissioner

for England has called

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on the Prime Minister to put

in place greater protection

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for children who are exposed

to the problem, at home.

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The latest figures show an increase

in the number of cases police

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in England and Wales are involved

in almost 650,000

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in the year to March.

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It's estimated that one in seven

children and young people under

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the age of 18 will have

lived with domestic abuse

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at home at some point.

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And it's when children

are involved that there's added

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pressure on the police

to respond quickly.

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Jeremy Cooke has

this special report.

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It starts with Claire's

story, which I should

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warn you is upsetting.

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Jack was the eldest, he was 12.

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He was a musician.

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He was just a lovely,

quiet, gentle boy.

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Paul was cheeky, full of confidence.

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A good sportsman, he was a runner.

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Personal best was

always in his mind.

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Claire, proud mother.

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Domestic abuse survivor.

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She left the man who had controlled

and bullied her and her

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children for years.

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But the abuse continued.

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It escalated, with the two boys

caught up in a world of fear.

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They were frightened of their dad

and they were frightened for me

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and they were very protective

of me and worried.

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Despite everything, the boy's father

had a right to see them.

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Claire sensed the growing danger

but was powerless to stop.

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What happened next?

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There was a policeman

stood at the door.

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I said, "What's he done?

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He's done it, hasn't he?

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He's done something to them."

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Domestic abuse is a reality in every

part of the country.

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POLICE RADIO: There's a domestic.

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Someone has been stabbed

with a screwdriver.

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Northumbria Police are dealing

with calls for help 24/7.

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POLICE RADIO: Are there any

children at the address?

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And they often involve children.

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Her ex-partner threatened

to beat her and the

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12-year-old child up.

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So, we're going to get somebody

up there straightaway.

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Children can, and do,

suffer direct abuse.

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But they also witness violence.

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It has a terrible

impact on children.

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We know those children

are often going to find it

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difficult to build relationships,

may have difficulty holding

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down work.

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I've had black eyes.

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I've had elbows and knees

and my head would be

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bashed off something.

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Jane finally fled after

she and her kids endured

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almost five years of domestic abuse.

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We've changed her name to protect

her and to protect the children.

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I see the massive effect

it has had on them.

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We'd be in the middle of having this

fight and you'd be looking

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at your kids, you'd have eye contact

with your kids, and you could just

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see the fear with them crying and

stuff and you wouldn't know what to

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do because you can't get

out of the situation.

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POLICE RADIO: Taken hold

of the female's arm

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and hit her on the back.

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After the 999 calls, the response.

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Northumbria Police on the case.

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Every year across the country, the

number of recorded domestic abuse

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incidents is rising.

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We're on our way to

a domestic violence case.

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Every incident like this

is treated very seriously

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but when there are children

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involved, it all takes on an even

greater sense of urgency.

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And there are also routine checks.

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Tonight, the police are visiting

Melissa, along with a specialist

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from Wearside Women In Need.

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We'll give you a call...

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There are no kids here.

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Melissa felt she had no

choice but to give up her

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newborn baby for adoption because

she was trapped in an abusive,

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controlling relationship.

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Domestic abuse, breaking the bond

between mother and child.

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It has cost you your baby and it has

cost your baby his mum.

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I'll never see my baby again.

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I'm in so much pain.

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It's ruined my life, basically.

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Is there anything you need

for your flat I can help you with?

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No.

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Melissa is trying to

turn things around.

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She's got a job and wants

to look to the future,

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with the ongoing support

of Wearside Women In Need.

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For kids caught up in domestic

abuse, there's always damage.

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But for Claire, as she was rushed

to Sheffield Children's

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Hospital, it became

a matter of life and death.

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I walked up to the bed

and they stopped the CPR and I held

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him in my arms, held him so tight,

and my tears were in his hair, and

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then his eyes closed.

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Paul was gone and Claire became

aware of another bed, doctors

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fighting to save Jack.

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Their abusive, violent

father, had also died in a

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fire he had deliberately set after

trapping the boys in the attic.

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The boys couldn't get out but Jack

tried and he had managed to get Paul

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to the edge of the attic but he'd

fallen through

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into the flames below.

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When the fireman picked him up,

he said, "My dad did this and he

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did it on purpose."

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A family destroyed.

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But still more agony to come.

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I went with Jack to

Manchester Burns Unit

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and he went straight into theatre.

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Jack fell asleep in my arms

after a five-day battle

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in Manchester Children's Hospital.

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Early intervention can help

children and save lives.

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Here, a Northumbria Police team

scans the overnight reports of

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domestic abuse for cases

involving children.

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Its Operation Encompass and is now

rolling out across much

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of the country.

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It means the school is called early

morning so that they

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can support that child.

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The first thing we will do

is we would make sure we greet

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that child with a smile.

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If they've not got school

uniform on, we can offer

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them school uniform.

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We check they have had breakfast.

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We just check they are all right.

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The national statistics are bleak.

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One in seven children

experiences domestic violence

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and there are calls for a more

consistent, multi-agency

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response, nationwide,

driven from the top.

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I would like the Prime

Minister to make this a

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priority for the whole of government

and actually send out strong

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messages and a framework

for government and public

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services throughout

the land that children need the help

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now - they can't wait

for that support.

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Claire now campaigns

with Women's Aid.

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Their Child First

project has recorded 20

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cases since 2005, where children

have been killed by fathers who are

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known perpetrators of domestic abuse

but still had access to

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their children.

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Domestic abuse and coercive

control is a silent killer.

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It needs to be

recognised and stopped.

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Claire demands that family

courts put child safety

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at the heart of every decision,

a demand she makes in

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the name of her Paul, and

her Jack.

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I promise no other parent would have

to do what I did and hold

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their child in their arms

as they died, knowing

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it is at the hands of somebody

who should love them

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and protect them the most.

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Jeremy is here with me.

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Claire's story is tragic.

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One of the big problems, though,

with domestic abuse is often it is a

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hidden problem

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with domestic abuse is often it is a

hidden problem. What more can be

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done to protect children in

particular?

We are learning more

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that this is a nationwide problem

and children can be affected in many

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ways, sometimes witnessing domestic

violence can leave a profound and

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lasting impact. Sometimes things get

completely out of control as we saw

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with Claire and her Paul and her

Jack, tragic circumstances. So there

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is a problem there. What can be

done? Well we saw Operation

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Encompass there in my report. That's

when the police are immediately

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informed by school when a child is

caught up in a domestic abuse

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incident so help can be put in

place. That's rolled out in more

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than half of the police forces

across the UK. And that's exactly

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what the Children's Commissioner

wants to see a more joined up

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approach. Yes involving police and

schools but also social workers and

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the NHS as well. The Government says

it is on this, it was certainly

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mentioned in the Queen's Speech. But

Claire wants to see much more being

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done. For her a crucial issue is

that child welfare should be put at

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the very centre of the Family Court

system.

Thank you Jeremy.

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If you or someone you know is

affected by the issues in Jeremy's

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report you can call the BBC

actionline:

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The leader of Hamas,

the Palestinian Islamist group,

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has called for a new popular

uprising, or Intifada,

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following President Trump's

recognition of Jerusalem

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as the capital of Israel.

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Traditional allies of the US,

including Saudi Arabia and France,

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condemned President Trump's decision

but Israel said it was

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a welcome step forward.

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Our Middle East Editor, Jeremy

Bowen, reports from Jerusalem.

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This report contains some flash

photography.

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Over the years, Palestinians have

burned many American flags.

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The question is

whether something fresh

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is happening.

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Whether this old conflict has

entered a new stage.

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Volleys of tear gas were directed

at Palestinian demonstrators

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by Israeli security forces

in towns around Jerusalem.

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Many Palestinians have serious

doubts whether these street

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clashes change anything.

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Jerusalem, though,

is as special for Palestinians

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as it is for Israelis.

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And Trump's decision to ignore

Palestinian claims to the city has

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caused real anger.

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Israel's Prime Minister,

Benjamin Netanyahu, is

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jubilant.

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He posted this video, saying,

these are great days in

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Zionism's history.

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But these are not great days

for Israel's foreign

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relations.

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Many countries feel

they have a stake in Jerusalem.

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Turkey's President

Erdogan on a visit to

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Greece said the US and Israel were

trampling over international law,

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rejecting a UN resolution.

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Mahmoud Abbas, the

Palestinian president, on

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the right, travel to Jordan for

emergency talks with King Abdullah,

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whose warnings of danger ahead

were ignored by President Trump.

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Afterwards, President Abbas said

America no longer had a political

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role in the Middle East.

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In Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh,

the leader of Hamas,

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called for drastic action.

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"It's time", he said,

"for a third Palestinian

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uprising.

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Another intifada."

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Uprisings carried a heavy price

and didn't get them independence.

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An intifada is a

dangerous option which

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many Palestinians

don't want to repeat.

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But their anger is real.

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This was a demonstration tonight

in a Palestinian refugee camp in

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Jordan.

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And they have international support.

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The Americans are preparing

a new peace plan.

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It will need something

very special to succeed.

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It's important to realise there is

no peace process, and there hasn't

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been for a few years.

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But back when they used

to have serious peace

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talks, the negotiators steered well

clear of the issue of the future of

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Jerusalem.

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That's because all sides realise

that it can unleash some

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really powerful and potentially

destructive forces.

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They treated it as a politically

radioactive issue.

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It was tense tonight

at Damascus Gate in the old city.

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Sometimes in Jerusalem

nationalism and religious

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difference are overwhelming.

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Perhaps it's too much

to hope for a peace

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deal.

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Jeremy Bowen, BBC News, Jerusalem.

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Theresa May has been

speaking to the President

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of the European Commission

and the Irish Prime Minister this

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evening, amid signs of possible

progress in efforts to restart

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the Brexit negotiations.

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The talks stalled on Monday,

after Northern Ireland's Democratic

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Unionist Party objected to the draft

plans because of their concern over

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the status of the border

with the Irish Republic.

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Our political editor

Laura Kuenssberg is in Westminster.

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From what you understand,

are they getting closer to a deal?

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Well, it seems that way, Sophie.

After the in-person collapse of the

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whole thing on Monday when Theresa

May had gone to Brussels and had to

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then come back without a deal,

things have been kept pretty close

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in a tight circle here in

Westminster. We know there have been

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lots of phone calls tonight, lots of

talks. But both sides have been

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pretty tight-lipped. And when we saw

the Westminster leader of the DUP,

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the Northern Irish party, Nigel

Dodds, emerged from talks at

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Whitehall this afternoon, he very,

very much avoided answering any

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questions or giving anything away.

However, tonight, there certainly

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have been signs that we're moving

towards some potential conclusion.

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We know Theresa May has spoken to

the Irish leader and also to the

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president of the European

Commission. There have been some

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quite positive noises coming out of

Europe. I've told by other sources

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there are serious proposals now on

the table, that in London, Brussels

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and Westminster most people are

pretty content with. The question

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is, however, what will the DUP make

of this? Are they ready to say, yes.

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I understand there are plans in

place for them if it all works, for

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the Prime Minister to fly to

Brussels very, very early tomorrow

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morning to be able to sign on the

dotted line, to dot the eyes,

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crossed the Tees and get this

agreement going. -- .de Nazanin.

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They are very much using this moment

to get the maximum leveraged they

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can. There certainly is progress.

Even if there isn't a deal tomorrow

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things are closer than they were 48

hours or so ago.

Laura Kuenssberg,

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thank you.

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The investigation into a tram crash

in South London last year has found

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that the driver probably fell asleep

before the accident.

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The tram went around a tight bend

in Croydon three times faster

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than the speed limit.

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Seven people died and more

than 60 were injured.

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Investigators have made

a number of recommendations,

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including introducing automatic

braking systems and putting

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in tougher windows and doors.

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Our transport correspondent,

Richard Westcott, reports.

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Going three times the speed limit

around a 90 degree bend,

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costing seven people their lives.

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Today the final report

into the Croydon tram crash found

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that the driver probably dozed

off at the controls.

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Well, you can see just

how tight this bend is.

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The tram was meant to be going

around it at 13 miles an hour -

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one three, a snail's pace,

like we are now.

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It actually went around the bend

at nearer 45 miles an hour,

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and one of the survivors

was standing exactly

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where I am standing now,

just checking his phone.

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The injury I sustained on the tram

that day just changed my life.

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It is more than a year ago, but for

Taiye the memories are fresh.

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I just put my phone away,

and I held onto the pole

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in front of me and I said,

God, please save my life.

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And I closed my eyes.

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There were some people

still screaming and

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shouting under the tram

because they were trapped.

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"Please don't step on me -

I am still alive."

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Investigators found

other worrying facts.

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Another tram nearly derailed

on the same corner just

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nine days before, but it

wasn't investigated properly.

0:18:410:18:42

In fact nine drivers admitted

they had used emergency or heavy

0:18:420:18:45

braking on the same bend

but were worried about

0:18:450:18:47

reporting near-misses.

0:18:470:18:48

It also talks of

inadequate speed signs.

0:18:480:18:53

Half of the passengers

were thrown out of the tram

0:18:530:18:55

through smashed windows and doors -

it was the main cause

0:18:550:18:58

of injuries and deaths.

0:18:580:18:59

Investigators say tougher glass

could save lives in future.

0:18:590:19:04

Since the accident,

new speed signs have gone up

0:19:040:19:06

and there is a new system that

vibrates the seat if the driver

0:19:060:19:09

closes their eyes for more

than a second or so.

0:19:090:19:11

Marilyn Logan lost her husband

Philip in the accident.

0:19:110:19:15

She is furious at the failure to act

on previous speeding problems.

0:19:150:19:20

Very, very angry because these

procedures should be

0:19:200:19:22

there to protect the public,

and that is not

0:19:220:19:25

protecting the public.

0:19:250:19:28

The company controlling the trams

says it's putting things right.

0:19:280:19:30

There's a number of lessons learned

that we immediately put

0:19:300:19:33

in place after the events,

and that is better monitoring

0:19:330:19:37

of our drivers, greater education

of our drivers in terms

0:19:370:19:40

of well-being, and working

with Transport for London to make

0:19:400:19:42

sure that the network is safer.

0:19:420:19:52

The Croydon driver is

still being investigated

0:19:550:19:56

by police.

0:19:560:19:59

Richard Westcott, BBC News, Croydon.

0:19:590:20:02

Accident and emergency departments

across the UK are already stretched

0:20:020:20:05

to their very limits and it's only

the start of winter.

0:20:050:20:07

That's the warning from the Royal

College of Emergency Medicine,

0:20:070:20:10

which says there's more pressure

than ever on hospitals.

0:20:100:20:16

BBC research has found

that the number of patients waiting

0:20:160:20:18

more than four hours -

the official target -

0:20:180:20:20

has more than doubled in the last

four years across the UK.

0:20:200:20:27

Our Health Editor,

Hugh Pym, has this report.

0:20:270:20:30

Many hospitals are struggling

to cope with the A&E

0:20:300:20:33

workload but this one,

Luton and Dunstable has consistently

0:20:330:20:35

hit its four-hour waiting time

target for five years.

0:20:350:20:37

So, what's the secret?

0:20:370:20:41

It is about getting the whole health

economy involved and that

0:20:410:20:43

includes primary care...

0:20:430:20:46

A senior consultant told me

it was all about managing patients

0:20:460:20:49

as they moved from A&E

into the hospital

0:20:490:20:51

and freeing up beds.

0:20:510:20:53

We have a team of people

who are dedicated to this

0:20:530:20:57

process and serve only this

Emergency Department,

0:20:570:20:59

to get them through the hospital

and the system and back out,

0:20:590:21:02

so we can see new arrivals

and new emergencies.

0:21:020:21:08

It sounds simple but it's taken this

hospital time and a lot of hard work

0:21:080:21:12

and with the right leadership,

to ensure that patients are brought

0:21:120:21:17

into the hospital and through it

and then back home again,

0:21:170:21:19

as efficiently as possible.

0:21:190:21:20

But across the UK, it's been

a lot more challenging.

0:21:200:21:23

Over 3 million patients who visited

UK A&Es waited over four hours

0:21:230:21:26

in the last 12 months,

according to BBC research.

0:21:260:21:28

120% more than four years earlier.

0:21:280:21:31

By comparison, the number of visits

has only risen by just over 7%,

0:21:310:21:34

to just under 27 million.

0:21:340:21:38

Hayley, from South Wales,

endured a lengthy wait for treatment

0:21:380:21:41

after fainting and banging her head.

0:21:410:21:42

She felt unwell and

was advised to go A&E.

0:21:420:21:50

I phoned 111 first,

just for some advice

0:21:500:21:52

and they were like -

no, you need to go to A&E.

0:21:520:21:55

I headed down.

0:21:550:21:56

Waited about an hour.

0:21:560:22:00

Then there was a tannoy to say

a seven-hour waiting time.

0:22:000:22:03

I got checked over and I

was able to go home.

0:22:030:22:05

About five-and-a-half hours,

six hours in total.

0:22:050:22:09

Scotland has the best A&E

performance in the UK.

0:22:090:22:12

England is behind, followed by Wales

and then Northern Ireland.

0:22:120:22:14

The Department of Health covering

England said more money had been

0:22:140:22:17

allocated for social care

and the NHS this year.

0:22:170:22:23

Are you ready to leave?

0:22:230:22:28

Back in Luton they work hard to get

patients home when safe to do so,

0:22:280:22:31

freeing up beds for new arrivals,

with senior social care

0:22:310:22:34

experts in the hospital

assessing their needs.

0:22:340:22:35

For Den they've made sure his home

he has been prepared

0:22:350:22:38

so he's ready to go.

0:22:380:22:41

All the facilities that

I need for the toilet,

0:22:410:22:49

for my mobility and everything

you can think of.

0:22:490:22:51

Chair raisers, you name it,

they've provided it and I can't

0:22:510:22:54

praise them enough for it.

0:22:540:22:56

Local health managers visit

the hospital to discuss whether any

0:22:560:22:59

patients who've been admitted

could have been treated

0:22:590:23:01

closer to home.

0:23:010:23:02

They've prepared for winter.

0:23:020:23:07

They know it could be even

tougher than what they have

0:23:070:23:11

seen before.

0:23:110:23:12

Hugh Pym BBC News Luton.

0:23:120:23:14

The Foreign Secretary,

Boris Johnson, says he will travel

0:23:140:23:21

to Iran in the next few

days to urge the release

0:23:210:23:23

on humanitarian grounds of dual

0:23:230:23:24

nationals who

are being held there.

0:23:240:23:26

They include the British Iranian

mother, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe,

0:23:260:23:28

who has been imprisoned since last

April on charges of trying

0:23:280:23:30

to overthrow the regime,

which she denies.

0:23:300:23:32

Her husband, who's been

campaigning for her release,

0:23:320:23:34

has welcomed the news.

0:23:340:23:35

He's been speaking to our

correspondent, Caroline Hawley.

0:23:350:23:44

This was Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe,

with her daughter, Gabriella,

0:23:440:23:46

just a week before her arrest.

0:23:460:23:48

She has been behind bars now

for 19 months, held first

0:23:480:23:50

in solitary confinement

0:23:500:23:51

and now in a communal

cell, accused of spying.

0:23:510:24:01

On Sunday she has been told

she will be back in court

0:24:010:24:03

to face additional charges

of spreading propaganda.

0:24:030:24:05

Boris Johnson has called her case

a mockery of justice but he has been

0:24:050:24:08

accused of complicating her ordeal

when he said last month

0:24:080:24:11

that he was training journalists

when she was in Iran

0:24:110:24:13

with her daughter on holiday.

0:24:130:24:14

He had to apologise.

0:24:140:24:16

It was my mistake.

0:24:160:24:17

I should have been clearer.

0:24:170:24:21

I apologise for the distress

and anguish that has been caused

0:24:210:24:24

to Mrs Zaghari Ratcliffe

and her family.

0:24:240:24:28

This is Gabriella drawing mummy.

0:24:280:24:29

She's always got very long hair.

0:24:290:24:33

She will normally ask

to see which colour...

0:24:330:24:36

Tonight, her husband, Richard,

showed me a picture that Gabriella

0:24:360:24:38

drew in the last few days

of her mother.

0:24:380:24:40

He's campaigned for the Foreign

Secretary to go to Iran

0:24:400:24:43

to push for her release.

0:24:430:24:44

I'm not sure he's going to bring her

home on the plane but the fact

0:24:440:24:48

of him going there can make

such a big difference.

0:24:480:24:57

How is Nazanin and what is

she expecting from the visit?

0:24:570:25:00

Emotionally, she feels like she is

at the end of her tether.

0:25:000:25:03

She talks about having lost control

of her temper and getting

0:25:030:25:06

really angry about tiny things.

0:25:060:25:07

Talks about having flashbacks

and worries and clearly not looking

0:25:070:25:09

forward at all to the court

case on Sunday.

0:25:090:25:17

Family and friends hope to have

the family reunited for Christmas.

0:25:170:25:19

Boris Johnson will appeal for her

release on humanitarian grounds.

0:25:190:25:22

But Iran and Britain have a fraught

relationship and no-one knows

0:25:220:25:24

when Nazanin Zaghari

Ratcliffe will be home.

0:25:240:25:32

Caroline Hawley, BBC News.

0:25:320:25:35

A British man, whose name

was included on a leaked

0:25:350:25:38

registration document for so-called

Islamic State, has been convicted

0:25:380:25:40

of terrorism offences.

0:25:400:25:43

26-year-old Mohammed Abdallah

from Manchester was found

0:25:430:25:46

guilty of IS membership,

possession of a gun and receiving

0:25:460:25:48

money for terrorism.

0:25:480:25:51

The Old Bailey trial heard how

he travelled to Syria

0:25:510:25:54

where the leaked document listed him

as a "specialist sniper".

0:25:540:26:02

Several new wildfires have broken

out in Southern California and are

0:26:020:26:05

threatening hundreds of properties.

0:26:050:26:13

200,000 people have been moved

to safety and more than 1000

0:26:130:26:16

firefighters are tackling the blaze.

0:26:160:26:17

The governor of California has

declared a state of emergency.

0:26:170:26:20

It's the the largest and most

expensive warship ever built

0:26:200:26:22

for the Royal Navy and today

the Queen commissioned

0:26:220:26:24

HMS Queen Elizabeth

at a ceremony in Portsmouth.

0:26:240:26:26

The ship, which won't take part

in military operations until 2021 ,

0:26:260:26:31

cost more than £3 billion

and has become the

0:26:310:26:33

flagship of the fleet.

0:26:330:26:34

Our defence correspondent

Jonathan Beale has more

0:26:340:26:39

A day of pride for the Royal Navy

and for the nation.

0:26:390:26:42

The Queen has already named her.

0:26:430:26:47

Today she made her first visit

on board to commission

0:26:470:26:49

HMS Queen Elizabeth into service.

0:26:490:26:53

Almost lost in the cavernous hangar,

still waiting for aircraft.

0:26:530:26:56

As the daughter, wife

and mother of naval officers,

0:26:560:26:58

I recognise the unique

demands our nation asks of you,

0:26:580:27:01

and I will always value my special

link with HMS Queen Elizabeth,

0:27:010:27:04

her ship's company

and their families.

0:27:040:27:14

The raising of the White Ensign

means she's now legally recognised

0:27:140:27:16

as a Royal Navy warship.

0:27:160:27:23

Over the past few months,

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her 700 crew

0:27:230:27:26

have been testing her at sea.

0:27:260:27:29

She's the first of two new carriers.

0:27:290:27:39

Russia has already described her

as a large convenient target,

0:27:390:27:42

but the Government insists

she will be a potent

0:27:420:27:44

weapon and symbol of

British military power.

0:27:440:27:45

This isn't just the largest warship

ever built for the Royal Navy,

0:27:450:27:48

it's also the most expensive,

costing more than £3 billion.

0:27:480:27:52

The F-35 jets that will eventually

fly off her will cost billions more

0:27:520:27:55

and this at a time when the defence

budget is under severe pressure,

0:27:550:27:59

with the prospect of further cuts.

0:27:590:28:02

Today the only cuts being made

were to the elaborate cake,

0:28:020:28:06

made to mark the occasion,

but the Navy is having to consider

0:28:060:28:12

axing other ships in the fleet.

0:28:120:28:15

They still believe it's worth it.

0:28:150:28:16

We knew this ship was coming

and her sister ship,

0:28:160:28:18

Prince of Wales, and the F-35s

they will operate

0:28:180:28:21

so we have been on a long,

complicated, but committed journey

0:28:210:28:23

to get to this point

and the commissioning of the ship

0:28:230:28:26

is a key milestone in that journey.

0:28:260:28:30

Work on the ship began

before the youngest crew

0:28:300:28:32

member was even born.

0:28:320:28:33

But, like the Queen,

she'll be expected to offer

0:28:330:28:35

decades of loyal service.

0:28:350:28:36

Built for the next 50 years.

0:28:360:28:42

Jonathan Beale, BBC

News, Portsmouth.

0:28:420:28:49

Coventry has been named the next

City of Culture for 2021 -

0:28:490:28:52

beating Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent,

Sunderland and Swansea to the title.

0:28:520:28:54

The people leading Coventry's bid

say winning will have a huge

0:28:540:28:57

economic impact not just on the city

but also on the West Midlands.

0:28:570:29:00

Colleen Harris reports.

0:29:000:29:09

This is a huge moment for Coventry

tonight. The city's rich heritage

0:29:090:29:13

will be under the spotlight for a

year. It's the birthplace of Philip

0:29:130:29:17

Larkin the poet. And of the two tone

ska movement. This is its chance to

0:29:170:29:22

show the world everything it has to

offer in culture.

0:29:220:29:27

And the winner is...

0:29:270:29:28

Coventry.

0:29:280:29:30

Its rise from ghost town to host

town has been sealed.

0:29:300:29:34

It was youth at the heart

of its bid and that clinched

0:29:340:29:37

it for Coventry, named tonight

the UK City of Culture 2021.

0:29:370:29:40

That's fantastic news for the city.

0:29:400:29:43

Such a huge opportunity to make such

a massive difference.

0:29:430:29:45

It's amazing.

0:29:450:29:46

I'm so excited.

0:29:460:29:48

All that work we put

in has really paid off.

0:29:480:29:50

It's amazing.

0:29:500:29:51

I'm so happy.

0:29:510:29:52

I'm a product of Coventry.

0:29:520:29:53

I love the city and I'm

so happy we did it.

0:29:530:29:56

Once the celebrations die down then

the hard work will start.

0:29:560:30:03

Country will have until 2021

to prepare a host of

0:30:030:30:05

events in the city that will help

boost its economy and tourism

0:30:050:30:08

and its long-term legacy.

0:30:080:30:12

It is 40 million people

within two hours' drive time.

0:30:120:30:14

We're looking at visitors of two

and a half million in 2021.

0:30:140:30:17

We're going to do something

incredibly special.

0:30:170:30:21

We're going to give

something special to the UK.

0:30:210:30:25

The city was bombed

in the Blitz and was once

0:30:250:30:35

the heart of the British car

industry - transformed over

0:30:370:30:40

the decades by immigration.

0:30:400:30:41

The judges said

it was a city that

0:30:410:30:42

constantly reinvented itself.

0:30:420:30:44

Now, a £3 million

Heritage Lottery Fund will

0:30:440:30:46

kick-start its year

of art and performance.

0:30:460:30:47

I think it is about more

investment, I think it's about

0:30:470:30:50

retaining people here

after they've done their studies.

0:30:500:30:52

I think it's about potential

jobs and employment.

0:30:520:30:54

Culture is about a celebration

of our lives and this is just a

0:30:540:30:57

fantastic journey now.

0:30:570:30:58

As the people of Coventry

have been saying

0:30:580:31:00

tonight, you won't be sent

to Coventry, you'll come here

0:31:000:31:02

by choice.

0:31:020:31:05