09/07/2017 BBC Weekend News


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The new Justice Secretary has pledged to tackle the problems

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of drugs and violence in prison after new figures revealed 200 kilos

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of drugs and 13,000 mobile phones were found in jails in England

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David Lidington said the Government was increasing the number of prison

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officers following cuts under the last coalition government.

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Here's our home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani.

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London's Pentonville prison late last year. Orders from inmates for

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drugs and mobile phones being delivered by gangs on the outside.

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Packages thrown or catapulted over walls and security net income of

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prisoners use makeshift hooks to recover them.

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It is big business. New figures from the Ministry of Justice show the

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industrial scale of what happening. 225 kilograms of drugs seized last

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year, 13,000 mobile phones, 7000 extra Sim cards. Prison inspectors

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have repeatedly criticised jailed for failing to stop the smuggling,

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which. What I am determined to do is bring

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about improvements, to build on what my predecessor Liz Truss did in

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getting extra prison officers and putting in place effective measures

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to detect more accurately the problem with drugs, the new

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challenge we have with drones and mobile phones in prison so they are

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more secure places. Each jail in England and Wales now

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has hand-held mobile phone detectors, and there are 300 most of

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the dogs looking for drugs. Ministers have also pledged 2500

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extra prison officers by the end of next year. Critics say that is fewer

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staff than in 2010 and the smuggling will continue to have a huge impact.

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The numbers are pretty eye watering, a

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huge number of fines for both drugs and mobile phones, that is a good

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thing because the trade in prisons is very dangerous, it causes

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bullying, violence and self harm inside the prison, and outside the

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prison families have money extorted from them to pay for drugs and

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phones. This is one of the biggest challenges, stopping gangs from

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using drones under the cover of night. Walls cannot stop the air

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bound contraband is the police and prison governors are trying to

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identify the gangs behind them. So 511 men have been jailed for a total

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of 40 years but most experts say many more I read their determined to

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do the same because there is big money still to be made.

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The Iraqi army has been mopping up the last pockets of resistance

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from militants from the so-called Islamic State in Mosul.

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An official declaration of victory from the Government

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Iraqi forces have been trying to retake the city

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Our correspondent Jonathan Beale is in Mosul waiting for the victory

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declaration and told us what the situation

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Well, just in front of us is what the Iraqi security forces

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say is the last bit of IS territory that they predict will soon fall.

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Meanwhile, rescue teams, search and rescue teams,

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This looks like it was an air strike, considering that

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And they are going through the grim job of trying to find bodies.

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But, of course, most of what they are finding

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The chances of people being alive here are very, very slim.

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Not just the devastation but the extreme heat as well.

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We are seeing people who have been trapped under IS control

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coming out looking gaunt, looking haunted, wanting food

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and water desperately, being taken down this road just past

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where the search and rescue teams are.

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There is still a lot of misery in Mosul.

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Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a rally

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in the Turkish city of Istanbul this afternoon to protest

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against the government of President Erdogan.

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The event is being held to mark the end of a 280 mile march

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from Ankara organised by the opposition to highlight

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the mass arrests and sackings since last year's failed coup.

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We can speak to our correspondent Mark Lowen, who's in istanbul

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Mark, how significant is this protest likely to be?

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It has become extremely significant. It began a month ago as a protest

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when an opposition MP was imprisoned but has become an unprecedented act

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of defiance against the Erdogan government. Tens of thousands of

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people walking 280 miles from Ankara to Istanbul. I joined them last

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Monday about 70 miles from Istanbul as they marched in the boiling heat

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along a motorway. They had trudged through rain, up two hills and

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villages. They are led by the sprightly 68 Sage opposition leader

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but it is not under a political banner, it is under the word

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justice. They are fighting what they see as the erosion of Turkish

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democracy. 50,000 people arrested since the failed coup last year,

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more than 140,000 dismissed or suspended. A feeling that the

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Government has seized the opportunity to crush all dissent. It

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has rattled President Erdogan -- President Erdogan, who has long

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busted the March for, in his words, siding with terrorist groups. Jeremy

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Corbyn has written a letter of support to the march as it reaches

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its end point near Istanbul where the opposition

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MP has been imprisoned for the last 25 years. The question now is

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whether this can grow beyond today to bridge the divisions in Turkey's

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notoriously fractured opposition and become a credible political

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challenge to the Erdogan Government in the next election. Thank you.

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Fresh clashes erupted early this morning in the streets of Hamburg

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German police attempted to disperse dozens of protesters with water

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It was the third day of violence in the city in which more than 200

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police officers have been injured and a hundred and 43

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Sir Vince Cable, who is likely to become the next leader

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of the Liberal Democrats, says he is beginning to think

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He told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that the problems were too enormous

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and the divisions between the two major parties too great.

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I'm beginning to think that Brexit may never happen.

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I think the problems are so enormous...

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The problems are so enormous, the divisions within the two major

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parties are so enormous, I can see a scenario

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The parents of Charlie Gard are delivering a petition

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to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, calling on doctors

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to allow their terminally ill baby to travel to the US

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The petition has been signed by more than 350,000 people.

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The 11-month old boy's case is due to return

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Still desperately fighting to keep their son alive

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Charlie Gard's parents started a legal battle

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with Great Ormond Street Hospital in March.

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They'd raised ?1.3 million to take Charlie, who has

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a rare genetic condition, to the US for

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But doctors here say they believe there is no chance of improvement,

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and as the 11-month-old can't hear, see, move, cry or swallow,

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instead his life support should be switched off.

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So far the courts have agreed with them.

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But support has grown for the family, with Charlie's story

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crossing borders and reaching the American president and the Pope.

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Seven specialist researchers led by the Vatican Children's Hospital

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signed a letter saying the use of nucleoside therapies should be

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reconsidered following success in conditions similar to Charlie's.

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We're quite happy with today's outcome, and we're hopeful that

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A hearing at the High Court in London tomorrow will determine

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whether or not this evidence changes the legal decision.

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Great Ormond Street has made clear its view remains the same,

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But his parents are keeping the pressure up, hoping against hope

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that at some point soon, Charlie's future will

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Well, our correspondent Wyre Davies is at Great Ormond Street

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The Charlie Gard case is being heard again in court tomorrow,

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so why do you think the parents are handing in this

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That is a very good point, the petition itself will have no impact

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in the courts even though it might have been sent by 350,000 people.

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But the parents clearly feel they have been given a ray of hope given

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the new information from Italy and the United States. I think it is

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important to say that the hospital's position has not changed, they are

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in concurrence with the original High Court decision that Charlie's

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quality of life cannot be improved and doctors should be allowed to

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turn off his life-support systems, allowing him only palliative care.

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The parents are clearly emboldened, they have new support and new

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information from the United States and Italy. A lot of that will be

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heard tomorrow in the High Court. Thank you.

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The next news on BBC One is at 6:35pm.

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Heat has been one of the main summer weather talking points so far this

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year, not so much this

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