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The new Justice Secretary has pledged to tackle the problems


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


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


David Lidington said the Government was increasing the number of prison


officers following cuts under the last coalition government.


Here's our home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani.


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


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


Packages thrown or catapulted over walls and security net income of


prisoners use makeshift hooks to recover them.


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


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


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


have repeatedly criticised jailed for failing to stop the smuggling,


which. What I am determined to do is bring


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


getting extra prison officers and putting in place effective measures


to detect more accurately the problem with drugs, the new


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


more secure places. Each jail in England and Wales now


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


the dogs looking for drugs. Ministers have also pledged 2500


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


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


The numbers are pretty eye watering, a


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


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


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


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


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


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


bound contraband is the police and prison governors are trying to


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


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


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


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


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


An official declaration of victory from the Government


Iraqi forces have been trying to retake the city


Our correspondent Jonathan Beale is in Mosul waiting for the victory


declaration and told us what the situation


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


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


Meanwhile, rescue teams, search and rescue teams,


This looks like it was an air strike, considering that


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


But, of course, most of what they are finding


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


Not just the devastation but the extreme heat as well.


We are seeing people who have been trapped under IS control


coming out looking gaunt, looking haunted, wanting food


and water desperately, being taken down this road just past


where the search and rescue teams are.


There is still a lot of misery in Mosul.


Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a rally


in the Turkish city of Istanbul this afternoon to protest


against the government of President Erdogan.


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


from Ankara organised by the opposition to highlight


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


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


Mark, how significant is this protest likely to be?


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


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


of defiance against the Erdogan government. Tens of thousands of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Government has seized the opportunity to crush all dissent. It


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


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


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


its end point near Istanbul where the opposition


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


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


notoriously fractured opposition and become a credible political


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


Fresh clashes erupted early this morning in the streets of Hamburg


German police attempted to disperse dozens of protesters with water


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


police officers have been injured and a hundred and 43


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


of the Liberal Democrats, says he is beginning to think


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


and the divisions between the two major parties too great.


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


I think the problems are so enormous...


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


parties are so enormous, I can see a scenario


The parents of Charlie Gard are delivering a petition


to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, calling on doctors


to allow their terminally ill baby to travel to the US


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


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


Still desperately fighting to keep their son alive


Charlie Gard's parents started a legal battle


with Great Ormond Street Hospital in March.


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


a rare genetic condition, to the US for


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


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


instead his life support should be switched off.


So far the courts have agreed with them.


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


crossing borders and reaching the American president and the Pope.


Seven specialist researchers led by the Vatican Children's Hospital


signed a letter saying the use of nucleoside therapies should be


reconsidered following success in conditions similar to Charlie's.


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


A hearing at the High Court in London tomorrow will determine


whether or not this evidence changes the legal decision.


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


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


that at some point soon, Charlie's future will


Well, our correspondent Wyre Davies is at Great Ormond Street


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


so why do you think the parents are handing in this


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


heard tomorrow in the High Court. Thank you.


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