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An investigation uncovers a catalogue of failures that
contributed to the death of a man who should have been
25 year old Dean Saunders electrocuted himself in jail a year
ago despite repeated warnings from his family that he
I'm telling you know, if you do not put my son
back on constant watch he will kill himself.
You won't be able to say you didn't know.
His death comes as new figures are expected to show record levels
Theresa May was informed of a Trident test carried out
when she became prime minister - but Downing Street won't comment
The government says it will focus on science, technology and
infrastructure in the post-Brexit economy.
Overcooked toast, potatoes and crisps -
government scientists warn they could increase the risk
And coming up in the sport on BBC News, could Nicola Adams be turning
The double Olympic champion retires from amateur boxing
to pursue other career opportunities.
Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.
An investigation into the death of a prisoner has found a catalogue
of failures contributed to his suicide and he should have
25 year old Dean Saunders electrocuted himself
at Chelmsford prison in Essex in January last year.
The Prison Ombudsman said that staff ignored significant risk factors
when they cut back observation of him in jail.
It comes as figures due out later this week are expected to show
the number of suicides in prisons in England and Wales last year
Here's our social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan.
Dean Saunders had no previous history of mental illness
but in December 2015 the young dad suddenly became paranoid
and delusional, convinced he had to kill himself.
I think I'm still, on a day-to-day basis, trying to understand
His family were plunged into despair.
Within hours he attacked his brother and father with a knife.
Already injured, Mark could only stand and watch as his son took
He brought the knife down and it did not cut.
And that's when we both realised that in his haste to pick the knife
up it was the back of the blade that had gone to his throat.
As Dean tried to kill himself Mark was stabbed in his stomach
but held the knife in place to save his son's life.
At that time I thought I cannot let him have the knife.
And I put my hand over the top of his so he could not pull it out.
He tried to pull it out, I held it in, I could not let him have it.
Dean Saunders was charged with attempted murder and sent
Though initially on constant watch, three staff, none
of whom were medically trained or had read his notes,
reduced his observations to every half hour.
His family pleaded with officials not to do it, but were turned
I said, I'm telling you now, if you don't put my son back
on constant watch then he will kill himself.
You won't be able to say you weren't aware, because you know.
If he kills himself it will be your fault.
Efforts were made to move Dean to a secure hospital but a shortage
of beds and delays over Christmas and New Year meant
On January 4th of last year, Dean Saunders killed himself.
His partner now has to raise their son without his father.
I suppose I kind of promised Dean, there will never be a day that
will pass that Teddy won't know how much you love him.
Dean was so looking forward to the point where Teddy would be
walking around and running and kicking a football with him.
Two days after Dean went, Teddy started walking.
Today's report says Dean Saunders should have been in hospital,
not in prison, but basic failure contributed to this loving
This report comes in a week where there will be focus on the numbers
of suicide that have taken place in prisons in England and Wales in the
past year. Indeed. Divisional figures provided to one charity
suggest the number will be 113, in 2016. If it is around that figure it
will show numbers have doubled in nearly five years. What the charity
are saying is, when you look at things like staff and budget cuts,
at the same time as a rise in prison population, what you have is a toxic
mix in these places and prisons themselves are simply not safe for
an awful lot of vulnerable individuals. The point the Saunders
family want to make, reiterated in this report from the prison
ombudsman, prisons simply aren't learning lessons. While the death of
Dean Saunders was tragic circumstances, there have been four
other suicide at Chelmsford prison, and the same issues have come up
again and again. What the Saunders family and many other campaigners
want is for prisons to start learning from these incidents, and
not, as we heard in the inquest, the paperwork becoming a tick box
exercise. Downing Street says Theresa May
was told about a Trident missile test carried out in June last year -
when she became prime minister. But Number 10 wouldn't confirm
or deny reports that the unarmed missile had malfunctioned
and veered off course. The defence secretary will now make
a statement to MPs this afternoon. Our assistant political editor
Norman Smith is in Westminster. The Prime Minister was under huge
pressure to reveal how much she knew. We have a better idea but not
the full picture. We don't. There is it growing clamour across all
parties at Westminster for clarity about what on earth happened with
this apparently botched Trident test. Some reports suggesting the
missile was so badly off course it was even heading in the direction of
the United States. And yet the response from number ten so far has
been to pretty much hunkered down and say as little as possible.
Theresa May yesterday refusing to answer four times what she knew and
when. And today her press spokesman doing pretty much the same sort of
thing, merely saying that she was given a briefing about nuclear
issues when she moved into number ten and that included this test I
HMS vengeance. Crucially not saying on whether she'd been told that has
had gone wrong or even indeed if the test had gone wrong. The difficulty
is that some of her supporters, former defence ministers say the
position is simply not tenable, that the truth, in effect, will be out.
And that it is not sufficient to say this is an operational matter of
national security. As they say that other countries, including Russia,
will probably have known about this test and whether the missile had
gone off course. More than that, if you are asking Parliament to
sanction ?40 billion of additional spending to upgrade Trident, then
MPs have a legitimate right to know. You sense that when the Defence
Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, appears in the Commons this
afternoon, not voluntarily, he has been forced to appear there, but
when he does so he's going to have to do be pretty good at the
political bodycheck and Stonewall. Because he's going to face an awful
lot of questions. Thank you. The Prime Minister has launched
the Government's new industrial strategy for a post-Brexit Britain
during her first Cabinet meeting Theresa May says the government
will take a "new, active role" - focusing on science,
technology and infrastructure. Our industry correspondent
John Moylan reports. How can the government drives the
economy forward? For the Business Secretary, places like this are part
of the answer. It's a new automotive innovation Centre in Warwick,
designed to get the centre firing on all cylinders. One of the big things
of our industrial strategy is to build on our great successes, but
also to make sure we drive growth in all parts of the country. The
industrial strategy will be committed to driving very hard to
spread the opportunities right across the country and to drive not
just jobs but really good, well paying jobs, in all parts of the
country. The strategy was unveiled by the Prime Minister at the
regional Cabinet meeting this morning in Daresbury in Cheshire. A
Green paper sets out key areas from research and development to skills
and infrastructure, to boost productivity. But will it help all
regions of the UK? We need an industrial strategy that combines
hard and soft infrastructure. We desperately need the transport
spending the government has talked about and is yet to deliver. But we
also need to is his skills strategy, we need to see education right back
to early years if we are owing to make sure the Northern economy can
flourish. The strategy will play to our strengths, backing areas like
battery technology and life sciences. Other sectors will also be
able to strike deals for government support. Over the years governments
of all shades have blown hot and cold over whether we need an
industrial strategy or not. The big test of this plan is whether it can
get the economy firing on all cylinders as we prepare to leave the
EU. This high-tech auto firm in Berkshire makes gearboxes for racing
cars. Its boss once any strategy to deliver certainty for the long-term.
We invest millions of pounds a year into people coming to training
coming to the expertise coming to technology, into machinery. We are
looking for some degree of certainty that the environment we operate in,
there is going to be some stability for it right through, so we know if
we make the investment we can get a return because things are not going
to change around it. ?4.7 billion of funding announced last autumn will
back the plan, and there is new money to boost skills in science,
technology and maths education. Today Labour called it too little,
too late, and the Lib Dems said any strategy while leaving the EU single
market is laughable. Our political correspondent
Eleanor Garnier is in How important will this be for the
government? Of course the biggest challenge in Theresa May's inbox is
Brexit. And this is all about equipping the country, getting it
ready for Brexit, getting the economy ready for Brexit, too. And
that means improving productivity and boosting skills up and down the
country, and that's why Theresa May has come to this high-tech campus
near Warrington to emphasise the importance of regional development,
but also to highlight her government's commitment to investing
in places like the North of England and the Midlands. This is not the
first industrial strategy we've had from a government of course. What is
interesting about this one, is that it is far more active. I think that
shows Theresa May thinks the benefits of business success will
only spread around the country with the help of government pushing it
along. Pressure is on the government to make sure this is not just about
one-off cash injections here and there, but it's about the long-term
impact. And of course to make sure that those new skills are developed
in time ready for life outside the EU. There is also pressure to make
sure that this does reach every part of the UK, and not just London and
the south-east, and that's of course to meet the government aim of an
economy that works for everyone. Labour, though, is worried about the
money. They say there simply isn't enough cash being put in to equip
the country for the challenges of the 21st century. Thank you.
President Trump says he has a busy week ahead -
with the focus on manufacturing jobs and national security.
That's what he tweeted a short time ago at the start of his first full
Our correspondent Richard Lister looks at what else may be
This is Donald Trump's workplace, now.
He's embarking on programme of radical change.
And he's had the Oval Office redecorated, too.
Bringing in gold curtains and a bust of Winston Churchill.
He said today will be his first proper working day.
So what does his to-do list look like?
If he sticks to his campaign promises for day one,
The former President's health-care reforms which Donald Trump actually
He's said he'll withdraw from the transpacific
trade partnership with 12 Pacific Rim countries.
The White House insists that will happen.
President Trump said on day one he would also abolish gun free zones
in places like schools, but that will take legislation.
I would very, very strongly get rid of the attack on the border.
We have a border that is like a piece of Swiss cheese.
That border will be the single first thing I do.
He has changed his position on the new border wall suggesting it
wouldn't be built along the whole border and he might not insist
But his supporters will expect some action quickly.
And it's not just American borders he's looking at.
President Trump has pledged to move the US embassy in Israel
The Palestinians say this would undermine their own
The White House has confirmed that initial talks are underway.
Other foreign capitals are also waiting to see
Moscow said today it expected to arrange a first phone call
between Presidents Putin and Trump soon.
TRANSLATION: We see quite a few things eye to eye on foreign policy.
Some things Donald Trump has said closely overlap
with President Putin's vision of foreign policy goals.
Britain's Theresa May has a ready bagged the first meeting
Are you looking forward to meeting President Trump?
If his first tweet of the day is any guide, President Trump's primary
focus for now will be on domestic issues.
Jobs, national security, and manufacturing.
The issues on which those who voted for him will judge his presidency.
Our correspondent Gary O'Donoghue is in Washington.
What an extraordinary start. Absolutely extraordinary started. A
battle with the press, over the weekend, over the numbers that
attended his inauguration. Perhaps setting the tone for a
confrontational and abusive relationship to go forward. This
first week he has promised to hit the ground run, today he is having
meetings with business leaders and union, which I think is an
indication perhaps of trade will be one of the first things he takes
concrete steps on, we are hearing that he is planning to sign an
executive order, pulling out of the trans Pacific partnership. That will
is that deal with the countries in athat that accounts for something
like 40% of world GDP that seems dead in the water and what will
happen with the wall. Will we see actions on signing some kind of
order to start building that wall along the Mexicaner? He has problems
with cab neat nominees in the Senatement only two of them are in
place. Two more are likely to be voted on this afternoon, but this
time, this stage during the Obama's first administration, he had seven
in place already. Thank you.
And at 7 o'clock the BBC is launching a new series covering
Donald Trump's first days as President, the Brexit
That's 100 Days with Katty Kay live in Washington
If you regularly roast, fry or grill potatoes and bread
at high temperatures for a long time - it could increase the risk
of cancer - that's according to government scientists.
The Food Standards Agency says a potentially harmful compound,
But other experts say the focus should be on far more well
established foods and habits with links to cancer -
Our Health Correspondent Robert Pigott reports.
A new warning about food, and one that strikes at the heart
Food scientists say best selling products such as crisps, chips,
cakes and biscuits contain a molecule called acrylamide that
It's created when the sugars in these starchy foods react
with the molecules that make up protein at temperatures
Starchy foods, when you cook them at high temperatures, toast, roast,
The longer and the hotter, the more acrylamide there will be.
We know in animal studies it can create cancer.
So we are concerned if there is the same mechanism in people,
The official advice is to bake, fry and grill food to a lighter colour,
follow instruction on packaging carefully, avoid storing
potatoes in the fridge, where the cold produces more sugar,
and eat a balanced diet to minimise the risk of cancer.
Even our daily toast is under scrutiny.
The Food Standards Agency says we should go for gold, rather
With toast on the menu at this Glasgow cafe,
Because we eat quite a lot of burnt toast.
Doesn't matter what your eating, there's always something to say,
The Food Standards Agency says although manufacturers have
significantly reduced the acrylamide content of processed food, over
Acrylamide has been round since someone stuck a piece of bread
There is no strong evidence that it causes cancer in humans.
If you give massive doses to mice they have an increased risk
in tumours, but the amount people consume is 100 times less than that.
Cancer Research UK says acrylamide may pose a risk to people,
but there are bigger proven dangers such as being obese, drinking too
. Only two of them are in place. Two more are likely to be voted on this
afternoon, but this time, this stage during the Obama's first
administration, he had seven in place already.
Thank you. An investigation uncoffered a catalogue of failures
that contributed to the death of a chance ho should have been in
hospital, not prison. And coming up. A beautiful name
for a lovely village. The new town of the 60s
celebrates its 50th birthday. Johanna Konta's dominant form
in the Australian Open continues, as she sets up a quarterfinal match
up with 22-time Grand Slam Almost 8,000 motorists were caught
using hand-held mobiles at the wheel in just a week during a major police
operation in November. The figures have been released
as a new clampdown starts today. It's all part of an attempt
to make driving whilst using a hand-held mobile as socially
unacceptable as drink-driving. Vered a catalogue of failures that
contributed to the death of a chance ho should have been in hospital, not
prison. And coming up. 8.00 this morning and the rush hour
rash of drivers on their phones is already under way. We are out with
John and Adam from Hampshire Police, and they soon come across this man
using his device. They pull him over. And Sheps what he has done and
gets a Fixed Penalty Notice. -- he accepts Lesson learned? Yes, it is
the first time for me so yes. This man is texting, even in slow traffic
it is an offence to use your phone. I am reporting you for the
offence... He too is pulled over, and given a ticket.
We carry on, and even with the added dangers of today's fog, drivers
continue the use their phones. That driver has now about to get on
his way, he is the fourth driver we have stopped here this morning, and
we have only been out for an hour. No wonder today's figures show such
a huge increase in the number of drivers using their phones while at
the wheel. In a one week nationwide police
operation last November, nearly 8,000 people were stopped using a
mobile phone. That is nearly four times the number, just two years
ago. How do we break the habit? It's a
combination of education, enforcement on our part and changing
to legislation which the Government have planned, it has taken 30 odd
years for drink-driving to become socially unacceptable. We need the
use of mobile devices to become socially acceptable as well. In 2015
Lemar tin was killed by a driver using his phone. Lee's brother says
the public must wake up to this menace. People kind of forget they
are supposed to be looking at the road. It is easy to not do. People
need to learn to not pick up the phone when they are in the car.
In March the fines and penalty points will double for drivers using
mobile phones. The law is trying to get ahead of this human behaviour
your but it is not there yet. -- behaviour.
New efforts to resolve the six-year old conflict in Syria
It's the first time talks between the Syrian government
and rebels have been convened by Russia, Turkey and Iran,
Our chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet
The talks are under way, what has been said this morning? Well, you
can see the huddles behind me as journalists from around the world
surround either the Government representatives or the opposition
representatives, when they come out to brief the press. There is a huge
interest in what is happening here, because as you say so much the new,
it is the first time that Syria talks over this last six years of
the conflict have been convened here in Kazakhstan in Russia's backyard,
the first time they have been sponsored by Russia, Turkey and
Iran. And the first time that it is the rebel commanders who are sitting
at the table and the day began with an Opening Ceremony where again for
the first time, rebel commanders sat at the same table in public, with
Syrian military generals. Nobody walked out. They listened to their
opening statements. Now that might seem like a small step but after six
years of a devastating war, and all of your viewers would have seen that
the horrific images, this is one small step forward, because it is
Syria, no sooner than the opening ceremony end that the head of the
Government delegation accused the opposition of making a speech he
described as insolent and provocativement the opposition said
you are trying to pro vex us to leave the talks and we are staying,
both sides say they are here to succeed but they are not ready yet
to meet each other face to face but they are meeting indirectly, being
mediated by Russian, Turkish or UN officials, they may make some
progress but the end of the war isn't going to happen any time soon.
Thank you. The Welsh First Minister,
Carwyn Jones, has called for Britain to retain "full and unfettered
access" to the European single His Labour party has joined
forces with Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats
to publish proposals to restrict freedom of movement to those EU
migrants who already have a job Theresa May has said that Britain
will leave the single market. Rescue teams are continuing
to search for 23 people who are still missing after a hotel
in central Italy was swamped Nine survivors have been pulled
alive from the ruins so far. Yesterday, rescuers found
the body of a man, taking The hotel - located
at the foot of a mountain - was hit by an avalanche triggered
by an earthquake. She has two Olympic gold medals
to her name, and now the British boxer Nicola Adams has announced
she's turning professional. The 34-year-old -
who is Great Britain's first female Olympic boxing champion -
is now turning her back on Tokyo 2020 to pursue other
career opportunities, Ay they are here to succeed but they
are not ready yet to meet each other face to face but they are meeting
indirectly, being mediated by Russian, Turkish or UN officials,
they may make some progress but the end of the war isn't going to happen
any time soon. Thank you.
This report contains flash photography.
Nicola Adams the first woman to win two Olympic titles in the boxing
ring. As Britain's most successful and recognisable female boxer,
Nicola Adams is used to breaking new ground. Now the double Olympic
champion is seeking a fresh challenge. After winning the gold in
2012, I decided I wanted to stay amateur and continue my career as an
amateur, because I wanted to leave the, amateur game, World Champion as
well as a double Olympic champion, so I decided to stay to fulfil my
goal, I wanted to be a double Olympic champion, World Champion and
leave ranked number one as well. As an amateur she had nothing left
to prove. Last year in Rio she became the first British boxer to
successfully defend an Olympic title in nearly 100 years She is the
reigning world European and Commonwealth champion. Nicola Adams
has secured Commonwealth gold here. Every major fight ending with that
famous smile. Her announcement means giving up the chance to represent
Team GB. Today a statement was released praising her contribution
the Olympic programme and the sport of boxing, adding her place in
history is zured. She follows another high profile champion into
the professional game. The Irish fighter creatured on the undercard
of Antony Joshua's title fight. They biggest challenge could be finding
suitable points in the future. Ryman Mason is in a stable condition
after suffering a fracture skull in the game against Chelsea. He
suffered a clash of heads with Gary Cahill. He is expected to remain in
hospital for several days. Milton Keynes is celebrating
its 50th birthday today. Originally designated a "new town",
it's now home to 270,000 people and contributes more
than ?10 billion As Graham Satchell reports,
the town was a unique experiment Milton Keynes, a beautiful name
for a lovely village. Milton Keynes was the last
of the post-war new towns. A collection of villages half way
between London and Birmingham, it would become home to a quarter
a million people. The big inspiration behind
Milton Keynes is an American urban designer called Melvin Webber,
who wanted to create community without propinquity,
which basically means loads of people together, but not
all densely packed in. Each square a community,
with no real centre. An American-style town,
built for the car. Embedded in the master
plan were principles. One of them was freedom of choice,
and if you think about the grid, it always gives you the option
to go another way. Ken Baker was part of the original
design team 50 years ago. Milton Keynes has
the freedom of choice, And while some do hate it,
Milton Keynes is surprising. It has 180 miles of footpaths
and cycle tracks, the fastest growing economy in the UK,
22 million trees and shrubs. Jill Prince has taken a series
of photographs called It has 40% green space,
the parks and garden are lovely, and it's a brilliant place to build
a business, grow a family, The Government has announced 14
new garden towns and villages, so can they learn lessons
from Milton Keynes? Well, this is not part
of the original master Milton Keynes is itself
is expanding rapidly, but campaigners say new developments
here are too densely populated and the original principles
of the town have been lost. Myopic people with the wrong agenda,
who don't realised the greatness of what they have got,
that has been copied all over the world, but here
they are busy destroying it. Love it or hate it, nothing
with the open spaces, the high minded design principles
has been tried since. And 50 years on, nothing
like it is planned today. Graham Satchell, BBC
News, Milton Keynes. Thousands of apassengers are facing
flight delays caused by thick fog in southern England. Heathrow said it
cancelled 100 flights because of reduced visibility and City Airport
cancelled more. With more here is Chris. Yes, the fog causing problems
at airports although the visibility is picking up. It did cause problems
not just at the airports earlier today, but also out on the roads,
this was captured by one of our weather watcher, the fog in West
Sussex and we still have fog patches in the south coast of Sussex,
Hampshire and Kent. Things should improve slowly I think this
afternoon, across the north and east of the UK yes, in Scotland, we have
some sunshine here, and one of our weather watchers sent us this
stunning scene, the sunshine in Midlothian, as we go through the
afternoon, what will happen, this lump of cloud we have moving in in
the Midland, it will push into south-east England. That will
probably help lift some of the fog. It will probably stay misty,
south-west England, southern Wales in the sunshine, but the north-west
of Wales, staying cloudy, one or two showers coming in from the Irish
Sea. In Northern Ireland, mixed conditions here, we have some
sunshine, some cloud and mist, temperatures in the sunshine s eight
degrees in Belfast, northern around eastern Scotland having fine sunny
weather through the rest of day. So a big mixture of conditions. It
Defra have very high... Probably conditions should improve as we
start to draw morph a south-westerly wind overnight. That will bring
milder air in. It will push into western Scotland too. For England
and Wales it's a different story, again, we are looking at the thes
the plummeting, there will be a widespread frost in the coun side,
the coldest weapons with temperatures down to minus six and
again, mist and fog will make an unwelcome return. The foggiest
weather will be in the Midlands, into central southern England as
well, but there is a potential for getting transport disruption as we
start off the day on Tuesday, and some of the fog will linger and
loiter into the afternoon, but there will be sunshine outside of the fog
banks in England and Wales, with another quiet cold day of weather
coming up. For Northern Ireland and Scotland, a south-westerly breeze,
bringing cloud, one or two spots of rain, but also bringing milder
weather, so temperatures up to nine or ten degrees for the lines of
Belfast, and into the western side of Scotland as well. Now we are
going to see further changes in our weather towards the middle part of
week. As high pressure slips to Europe we will start to get tightly
packed isobar, the winds will be strengthening, coming up from the
south, the winds will help clear the fog and the winds will bring us some
milder weather so towards the end of the week, most of us should have
thes up into double figure. The main story this lunchtime. An
investigation uncovers a catalogue of failures that contributed to the
death of a man who should have been in hospital, not in prison.
have been in hospital, not in prison.
That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me,