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