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Time's running out for Carillion,

the Government's biggest contractor

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as talks continue over the future

of the troubled company.

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It comes as the Government's warned

by Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable

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that it should not bail

the company out.

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The government can't just do

a financial bail out.

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The shareholders and big banks

have got to take a hit,

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they can't just offload

all the losses onto the taxpayer.

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"This is not a drill" -

panic in Hawaii as people

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are mistakenly told they face

an imminent missile strike.

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No more extra charges to be levied

on anyone using credit or debit

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cards to pay for goods.

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And Exeter Chiefs score six tries

against Montpellier,

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to keep alive their hopes

of reaching the quarter finals

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of the European Champions Cup.

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Good evening.

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The leader of the Liberal Democrats,

Sir Vince Cable, has warned

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the government not to agree

to bailout the construction company

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Carillion with tax payers money.

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There are fears the firm,

which has debts of £1.5 billion,

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could collapse.

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Carillion employs about 20,000

people in the UK and is one of

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the government's main contractors.

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Our business correspondent

Joe Lynam reports.

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This is Liverpool's newest

hospital under construction.

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It will be the biggest single

bed hospital in the UK,

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and it's being built by Carillion.

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Now there's concern that projects

like these could be affected

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if the company collapses.

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From prisons to hospitals,

to schools and rail, Carillion

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is responsible for some of the UK's

largest infrastructure

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and maintenance projects.

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So, should the Government bail

the debt-laden company out?

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I think what has to

happen in this case -

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the contracts have to be kept

going and supporting the supply

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chain and the tens of

thousands of workers.

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That can be done by the Government

taking lots of this in-house,

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or re-tendering in other cases.

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The Government can't just do

a financial bailout.

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The shareholders and creditors -

the big banks - have to take a hit.

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They can't just off-load

all the losses onto the taxpayer.

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Carillion is a major British

company with hundreds

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of contracts running prisons,

maintaining hospitals and MoD

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facilities, with almost 20,000

employees here and tens of thousands

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more dependent on the company.

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But it has run up debts

of £1.5 billion, including almost

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£1 billion to its banks,

whose patience has run out.

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Britain's biggest ever rail

infrastructure project,

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High Speed 2, starts major

construction this year.

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And here at Euston station.

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Carillion is meant to build it.

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But given its mountain of debts

there's a very real chance

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that the Government might have

to step in and give those contracts

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to other companies, or simply

bail the company out -

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with all the moral

hazard that comes with.

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The RMT union has called

on the Government to provide

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reassurances to thousands of workers

who could be affected.

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Also caught in the crossfire

are hundreds of smaller companies

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who carry out subcontracted work

on behalf of Carillion.

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Potentially, it

could be devastating.

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Because many of them are owed

millions by Carillion.

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And if they don't get those monies,

of course they are at

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risk as a business.

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The other thing is there

will be thousands of jobs,

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potentially, lost as a result.

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If Carillion cannot be

saved or restructured,

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the consultants EY have been put

on notice to take over

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as administrators.

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It's a precautionary measure

which the Government and thousands

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of staff hope won't be needed.

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Joe Lynam, BBC News.

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It's emerged tonight that

the Justice Secretary David Gauke

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is considering a judicial review

over the decision to grant

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parole to the serial sex

attacker Jon Worboys.

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That decision - announced

earlier this month - caused outrage.

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Our political correspondent

Alex Forsyth is here.

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So what more can you tell us?

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There was a huge backlash from the

parole board's decision to release

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John Worboys from those who thought

it was the wrong decision and those

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who were critical about the way

victims had been informed about it.

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The Sunday Times newspaper has

discovered and is reporting that the

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justice sector it David Gauke has

commissioned advice about people's

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ability and potential success of a

judicial review of that decision by

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the parole board that Justice

Secretary. He won't proceed unless

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he thinks there are grounds to do

so, but this is very significant. It

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is highly unusual, even

unprecedented, for a Justice

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Secretary to intervene in the

decisions of a parole board and that

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is because the parole board has very

deliberately -- is very deliberately

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independent of government. David

Gauke takes the independents very

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city and wants to maintain it so at

the moment he's just looking at the

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possibility -- very seriously. The

parole board said that the

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procedures had been followed in this

case.

Thanks for joining us.

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An investigation is under way

in Hawaii, after an alert

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was mistakenly sent to residents'

phones, warning them of an imminent

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ballistic missile attack.

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The text message urged people

to take shelter due -

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and added "this is not a drill".

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It was 30 minutes later revealed

to be a false alarm.

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Richard Galpin reports.

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It's just after eight o'clock

in the morning local time

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and suddenly the broadcast of this

basketball match is interrupted.

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HOOTER

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The US Pacific command has detected

a missile threat to Hawaii.

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A missile may impact on land

or sea within minutes.

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This is not a drill.

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If you are indoors, stay indoors.

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If you are outdoors, seek immediate

shelter in a building.

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The chilling alert of what was

apparently an imminent missile

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strike on Hawaii was also sent out

to everyone's mobile phones.

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When we got the alarm

we were actually terrified,

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we were on the 36th floor

of our hotel.

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And we didn't know what to do.

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I was just sleeping,

my friend just woke me up.

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He says, hey, let's go,

there's a bomb coming in Hawaii.

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I didn't take it serious,

but you know, I started running,

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eventually saw a place,

a concrete building.

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People were just

running on the street.

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But it turns out

it was all a mistake.

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The US-Pacific command

confirming in a tweet

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there was no missile threat.

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This should not have happened.

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We are investigating the sequence

of events that occurred.

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An error was made in emergency

management, which allowed this

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false alarm to be sent.

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Just last month, the Hawaiian

authorities decided to resume

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testing of the nuclear warning

system for the first

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time since the Cold War.

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These islands are the closest part

of the United States to North Korea.

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And over the past year,

North Korea has carried

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out a series of tests,

proving it does now

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have nuclear weapons.

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So, no wonder people in Hawaii

were panicking today.

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Richard Galpin, BBC News.

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In South Africa, the new leader

of the ruling ANC party has

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given his first speech

since being elected last month.

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Cyril Ramaphosa gave a damning

assessment of the party,

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saying it's been beset

by infighting and corruption.

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Our Africa Editor,

Fergal Keane, was at the rally.

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If you want to know how the wind has

changed in South Africa,

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then listen to this.

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Jacob Zuma...

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BOOING

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Booed by his own party,

Jacob Zuma is increasingly isolated.

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Even supporters acknowledge his

days as the country's

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president are numbered.

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The crowds have a different

hero now, the new ANC

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leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Businessman, skilled negotiator,

who's promised to end the capture

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of the state by a corrupt elite.

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We are going to confront corruption

and state capture in all its forms.

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The investigation and prosecution

of those who are responsible

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will be given top priority.

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We are resolute in our commitment

to make this the year

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in which we build our movement

and turnaround the economy

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of South Africa.

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Not since the end of apartheid

in 1994 have I seen such a hunger

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for change in South Africa.

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We've heard a lot of promises from

politicians, do you believe him?

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Yeah, we have to believe him, he's

our president, our new president.

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Hopefully they can fix,

everything is broken.

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That's a big, big hope.

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Yeah, it's my hope, and the hope

of all South Africans.

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Hope springs in part

from desperation.

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The corruption of the Zuma

era dragged the economy

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into junk status.

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Not far from the stadium,

this woman washes cars to earn cash.

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She's ten years out

of school and unemployed.

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We have voted for ANC

but we don't see any changes.

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We want Cyril Ramaphosa,

we want jobs.

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If Cyril Ramaphosa can root out

corruption and rescue

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this country's economy,

he will be seen

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as a worthy inheritor

of Nelson Mandela's legacy.

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But more than that,

given the importance

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of South Africa on this continent,

he could emerge as one of the most

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important political

figures in the history

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of post-colonial Africa.

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That is the prize.

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The challenges are immense.

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Fergal Keane, BBC News, East London.

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Consumers here will no longer be

charged extra simply

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because they're paying

for something using a card.

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Some retailers have already said

they will raise overall prices

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in response to the change.

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Adina Campbell reports.

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They are the small fees

added at the very end

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of the buying process.

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In percentage terms it

may not be that much,

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but these card surcharges add up.

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Not any more.

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Under new EU rules, retailers,

on or offline, can no longer charge

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customers for paying with a credit

or debit card.

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The Treasury says these

surcharges cost consumers

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£166 million every year.

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But some companies such as concert

venues can still charge

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a booking or service fee.

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No longer will they be

penalised just for paying

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by credit or debit card.

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Now with the end of surcharges

you're comparing like for like.

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The price you see

is the price you pay.

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You don't get a nasty

sting at the end.

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But some shoppers are not convinced.

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They can do it very sneakily,

can't they, and just hide that 2%

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or whatever it's going to be,

in the cost of what you're

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going to purchase.

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I don't see why we should have

to pay that for actually

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using a means of payment that's kind

of, you know,

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universally acknowledged.

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At the end of the day,

they'll end up passing

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it onto the consumer,

so it doesn't make that much

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difference, to be quite honest.

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Traders could feel the effects, too,

because card companies will still

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charge for their services,

but can no longer pass

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that fee onto customers.

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Vin Vara runs a group

of small businesses

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and is also president

of the British Independent

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Retailers' Association.

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Nearly 63% of our sales

are by credit card and debit card,

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so it will affect us

in the long-term if rates

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and increased rates do go up.

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For retailers like this

hardware store, today's ban

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throws up several options.

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They may decide to suck up

the cost of processing

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a debit or credit card.

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Alternatively, they could simply put

up their prices or they may decide

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to re-brand these fees

as a service charge.

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One business that's already been

criticised is the delivery company

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Just Eat, which has said it

will impose a new service

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charge for card payments.

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There are now calls

for the new changes to be closely

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monitored to ensure consumers

are not punished for

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paying by plastic.

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Adina Campbell, BBC News.

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Four British men have set

new a world record for rowing

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unaided across the

Atlantic - in 29 days.

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The amateur crew beat

the previous record by six days,

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completing the 3,000 mile crossing

from the Canary Islands

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to Antigua this morning.

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With all the sport -

here's Karthi Gnanasegaram

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at the BBC Sport Centre.

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Good evening.

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It was a record breaking day

in the Premier League but it is time

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to pop out of the room if you don't

want to know today's results

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before Match of the Day

which is at 1030 on BBC One.

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Harry Kane has become

the highest scorer in

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Tottenham's Premier League history.

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Kane's two goals in Spurs's 4-0 win

over Everton means he has now scored

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98 goals for the club,

breaking Teddy Sherringham's record.

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Champions Chelsea were held

to a goalless draw by the champions

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before them, Leicester City.

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David Moyes's 200th game

as a Premier League manager,

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ended with a 4-1 victory over

Huddersfield.

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While West Brom had their first

win in 21 league games

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beating Brighton 2-0.

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English rugby union champions,

Exeter Chiefs, have boosted

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their chance of qualifying

for the quarter-finals

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of the European Champions Cup

with a dominant display against

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Montpellier.

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There were also wins for Ulster,

Harlequins and Northampton.

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While European champions Saracens

are currently leading Ospreys 15-12.

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Adam Wild reports.

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Sandy Park is where you find

the Chiefs, and this was certainly

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an occasion for leaders.

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Top of the English league Exeter

against Montpellier -

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top of the French.

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A cross-Channel challenge

with plenty at stake.

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Defeat for Exeter would end

their European hopes.

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Dave Ewers' first half

try keeping them alive.

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Tense, tight, not much space,

but with Olly Woodburn on the wing,

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you don't always need it.

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This secured the bonus point

which might yet prove crucial.

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In the fight for second

in their group, the Chiefs

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are back in charge.

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In Ulster, a battle to lead Pool 1,

that is where La Rochelle have

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been for most of the competition.

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The French side once

appearing unbeatable,

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now seemingly breachable.

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Tries either side of half-time

enough for Ulster, who now go top

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with just one game to go.

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That is against Wasps who had

harboured hopes of their own,

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against harlequins, and this fixture

was once a daddy, and while Wasps

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have moved, the rivalry remains.

This red-carpet James Haskell, and

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with the game's final breath,

Harlequins let out a war and a huge

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blow to their former neighbours, an

extraordinary victory which leaves

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Wasps needing something

extraordinary if they are to

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progress.

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Adam Wild, BBC News.

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England's Lisa Ashton has won her

fourth BDO World Darts title.

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Ashton beat Russia's

Anastasia 3-1 in the final.

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It puts her second

on the all time list,

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behind Trina Gulliver.

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The day's sports stories

are on the BBC Sport website,

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including the England Test captain

Joe Root is fit to play in the first

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One Day International

against Australia later tonight.

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That's all from me.

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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Goodnight.

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