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Tonight at Six - the thousands who sleep rough on our streets -
Latest figures on the homeless in England show it's more
than doubled since 2010 - we find out what it feels like.
It's horrible, it does torture you, and other people walk past
you like you're scum because you've had a problem in life.
We'll be looking at what's driving this sharp rise in numbers.
He promised a wall, now he says he's going start building it in months -
Donald Trump sets his plans on immigration control.
Reliving the horror of Italy's avalanche -
we speak to a couple who survived - as the search for five
Two girls born with a disorder no-one could explain -
now scientists unlock the causes - and offer hope to other families.
Now Usain Bolt loses one of his record nine gold medals
And coming up in the sport on BBC News,
Serena Williams says Britain's Johanna Konta can be
a future Grand Slam champion, after knocking her out in this
Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.
There's been a sharp increase in the number of homeless people -
with more than half the councils in England recording a rise.
On a single night last year more than 4,000 people
were sleeping rough - that's according to
It amounts to a 16% jump on the year before -
campaigners say it's an appalling rate.
Our Midlands Correspondent Sima Kotecha reports
now from Birmingham - one of the areas with the largest
As the darkness creeps in, the wind chill begins to bite.
Those who have nowhere to go look for shelter.
Volunteers roam the streets, making sure nobody has died
The young man there, I'm just checking that he is
He's fine, he is fast asleep, so I'm not going to wake him up.
Paul is just checking up on a rough sleeper here.
He says he's in a lot of pain, severe pain, in fact.
So Paul has called an ambulance to make sure he's OK.
He says he was stamped on by a couple
of strangers in the middle of the night.
Minutes later, a paramedic arrived and he was taken to hospital
As dawn broke, a rough sleeper expressed his frustration.
It's horrible, of course it's horrible out here.
What are you supposed to do, you have no prospects, you know.
And people walk past you like you are scum
because you have had a problem in life.
There needs to be more help out there.
Some charities blame council cuts for putting more vulnerable
Local authority budgets have been reduced by around 20%
Which they say have led to fewer support services.
Homelessness is affected by austerity, the cuts that have
come down from nationally, the cuts to the NHS,
local authorities and also those in terms of benefit caps,
that has a huge impact on why people are on the streets.
Birmingham City council are doing a lot to try to reduce this
by partnership work, we are working with key agencies,
we are doing outreach, surgeries, and we are actually listening
At this centre, they come for relief from the cold.
This place is funded through private donations.
Paul, who was once homeless, came up with the idea.
A lot of these guys in here are skilled people that need a break.
We all deserve to have a kick start again.
And try to get our lives back on track.
And that's why places like this are so needed.
The government says by 2020 it will have invested
more than ?500 million on tackling homelessness.
But with a further squeeze on council spending expected
in April, there are concerns that hostels and shelters
What can be done about these rising numbers? It is not inevitable and we
know with political will you can solve it, in 1999 the labour
government said there were a certain number of people on the streets and
they could reduce it by two years, and they did. They said they would
eradicate rough sleeping once and for all, in 2008, they thought they
could, and then in 2008 we have the financial crash, policies of
austerity and welfare reform were introduced to deal with the economic
crisis and critics say, as you heard, that exacerbated the
homelessness crisis. The figures for those sleeping rough have been
increasing rapidly over the last few years. A couple of examples.
Christchurch in Dorset, no one star there in 2010 but today ten people
are on the streets. -- no one slept rough there in 2010. In Brighton,
down 144, and that 4000 figure that we have been quoted, that is an
estimate, probably underestimate of the numbers sleeping on any one
night across a year. Tens of thousands of people are bedding down
over the year. There have been schemes, the government is
supporting a private members bill which will put a duty on local
authorities to try and prevent homelessness. Something already
exists in Wales, and there is some money for that, some, but no one
thinks this is the answer to rough sleeping and in the end you have got
to find places for people to afford to be able to live in. Thanks for
joining us. Now that he is president
Donald Trump is wasting no time in returning to those pledges
he made during the Today he is announcing his plans
for immigration control - including the controversial promise
to build a wall between Our correspondent James Cook
reports from the border Donald Trump's vision of a fortress
America was at the heart of his controversial campaign
for the presidency. Now in office, he faces
the challenge of pulling up the drawbridge, by strengthening
and extending the existing barriers on his country's
frontier with Mexico. Ultimately it will come out of what
is happening with Mexico and we will stop those negotiations relatively
soon. When will construction begin? As soon as we can physically do it.
A few months? I would say so, yes. Mexico continues to resist any
effort to make it pay for the wall. Here in the Mexican
border city of Tijuana, business leaders are worried
about the impact on trade and sceptical about
the president's plans. The problem is that the majority
of Americans are not really And consequently the idea of a wall
seems to be appealing. But the truth of the matter is that,
you know, I think that is a symbol. This fence at the Pacific Ocean
is the very start of the land border between Mexico and the United
States, and President Trump has always said he wants
to build a much taller, much better, much bigger wall,
stretching all the way from here, nearly
2000 miles, to Texas. But even in liberal California,
there is backing for President Trump's hard line
on immigration, not least from these supporters who call
themselves The Trumpettes. I always say my Scripture
is Ezekiel 22:30. "I sought for a man
who would build a wall." And I was reading that the other day
and it just stuck out in my spirit And I pray for America and I pray
that God will shore up The president's exact plans are not
yet clear but it is reported he will sign orders suspending
the arrival of refugees and halting immigration from certain nations
where Muslims are in the majority. Mr Trump says this will be a big day
for national security. It will also be a big
test of his resolve. James Cook, BBC News,
on the US-Mexico border. Our North America Editor Jon
Sopel is in Washington. This is part of a security agenda
and we are learning more about what Donald Trump would like to do to
make America safer. Yes, there is a draft executive order which sounds
like a throwback to the George Bush era, talking of enhanced
interrogation techniques and extraordinary rendition,
waterboarding. The kind of methods which can be used against potential
terrorists outside of America, at Guantanamo Bay, reversing the
policies which have been introduced by Obama to stop torture which had
been voted on by Congress. This is controversial star. He will face
opposition from Republicans and Democrats and even maybe his own
Defence Secretary -- this is controversial stuff. Thanks.
The Prime Minister says the government will, after all,
publish a detailed policy document setting out its plans
Theresa May has been under pressure from Labour and some of her own MPs
to lay out her plans in what's called a White Paper.
Legislation to trigger the formal process of leaving the EU is set
Our Deputy Political Editor John Pienaar reports.
A once dominant PM out on his ear when Britain chose Brexit.
David Cameron's doing charity work now, today visiting
Are you worried about defeat Prime Minister?
Now, his successor's got her hands full with
And today Theresa May kept a half step ahead of her critics.
She'd outlined her Brexit game plan in a big speech.
And as the time came for questions...
She had held off promising MPs a policy paper but now...
I can confirm to the House that our plan will be set out
in a White Paper published in this House.
Could we know when this White Paper is going to be available to us?
Will they withdraw the threats to destroy the social structure
of this country by turning us into the bargain basement
But the Prime Minister's kept the initiative and the Brexit paper
is unlikely to tell MPs more than they know now.
It was an easy concession for Theresa May to make but Tory MPs
She is also keen to appear ahead of the game when she visits
Donald Trump in the White House later this week.
And she told MPs she won't duck policy differences.
I'm not afraid to speak frankly to a President of the United States.
I'm able to do that because we have that special relationship.
MPs queued to offer issues where she could take
He must abide by and not withdraw from the Paris
President Trump has repeatedly said he will bring back torture
When she sees him on Friday, will the Prime Minister make clear
that in no circumstances will she permit Britain to be dragged
Will the Prime Minister tell President Trump that she is not
prepared to lower our food and safety standards or to open
She and her government would stand their ground.
We will put UK interests and UK values first.
Another former Prime Minister's been in Brussels.
Tony Blair knows getting close to the White House
at the wrong time can end badly, and MPs on all sides are anxious
Rescue teams in Italy have found more bodies in the ruins
of a hotel that was struck by an avalanche last week.
In all 24 people were killed with five
Our Rome correspondent James Reynolds has been speaking
to two people who survived - and they say it's
How many of us will ever know what it's like to come back to life? On
Saturday these two people were appalled from the hotel. The couple
had been trapped underground for 59 hours -- were appalled. This
afternoon we met them at home, they tell be what happened when the
avalanche it. TRANSLATION: It felt like a bomb, I felt glass exploding
and it felt as if an entire wall had hit me. Somewhere underneath these
tonnes of snow and debris, they were jammed together in a tiny space.
TRANSLATION: I looked at Vincenzo Nibali is I was panicking, the first
thing he told me was, we have got to become. We just have to wait. I
touched him to see if we were OK, if we were injured. We were lucky, we
were alive. I thought we would be trapped for a week, I did not want
to tell her. After two days rescuers made contact with them. TRANSLATION:
When we heard a rescue it was as if an angel was talking to us. As if
someone had come to pick us up literally from under the ground, I
was born again. It was a miracle. I feel as if I'd been brought to the
world for a second time. And this time not by my mum, but by God. They
survive, but many others died. One week on, rescuers continue to search
for those still missing under the snow. James Reynolds, BBC News,
central Italy. The thousands who sleep
rough on our streets - latest figures on homelessness
in England show it's more the woman who was told to wear heels
at work or go home, turns out
she's far from being alone. Usain Bolt is stripped of one
of his nine Olympic gold medals, after his teammate Nesta Carter
was found guilty of doping, British scientists have identified
14 new developmental They sequenced the genes
of thousands of children with rare, undiagnosed conditions
from across the UK. Pinpointing the genes responsible
should lead to a greater understanding of the serious
disorders which affect the development of the brain and body -
and might eventually Our medical correspondent
Fergus Walsh reports. A big moment for these two families,
meeting for the first time. Ten-year-old Tamika and
nine-year-old Caitlin have the same newly identified genetic condition
called CDK 13 disorder. There are only 11
known cases in the UK. The girls are so alike,
they could be sisters. Living so close, we could have
easily bumped into each other. We could have gone home
with the wrong child. Looking at them,
it would have been easy. It's quite amazing to finally come
across somebody who also has a child so different to anybody else's child
and, yet, here we are To look at them, they are
so similar, aren't they? The developmental disorder
affects the girls' learning Tamika has good language skills,
Caitlin has only a few words. It definitely gives me hope that
Caitlyn's speech will form. This is where Caitlyn and Tamika's
genetic condition was identified, at the Wellcome Trust
Institute near, Cambridge. They mapped their genes and found
an identical fault in their DNA. But the mutation was not passed
on by their parents, Each of us inherit half our DNA
from our mother, through the egg Sometimes, when those
genes are passed on, spontaneous mutations occur
that cause rare developmental
disorders in children. The older the parents,
the more likely that is to happen. Scientists here have identified
14 new developmental disorders calculated that one in every 300
babies will be affected by a spontaneous
genetic condition, In the UK, that amounts to around
2000 children every year. The research, in the journal Nature
provides reassurance for many families
all over the country. The discoveries end the long odyssey
that these parents have had trying to find the underlying cause
of the child's condition. It provides them with the risk
of future pregnancies. Which, for these conditions,
is actually very low. And it provides opportunities
for research into the causes and possible therapies
that might be applied. Katja was told last year
that she had not passed And that gave her confidence
to have another child, Both families say being part of this
research has been hugely rewarding. It's like belonging to a club
or a new-found family. It has felt like we've been
for the whole nine years that But, now, knowing that there
are other families it's all changed. Laws to prevent women
being discriminated against when it comes to dress codes at work
aren't being enforced properly - The report was commissioned
after a receptionist was sent home When MPs began to investigate,
they were inundated with complaints She was told to wear
high heels on her first day Scarlet Harris is the women's
equality officer at the TUC. Melanie Bramwell runs
a recruitment agency. I caught up with them to hear
about dress code discrimination and how Nicola refused
to toe the line. When I realised that they were
insisting that all women wore high heels to portray their desired
image, it made me realise that, actually, my employer didn't want me
to just look smart and professional, they wanted me to look attractive
and I didn't want to be seen So, Scarlet, how
widespread is the issue? The committee found lots
and lots of women talking about their experiences
of being made to wear, not just high heels but a certain
types of make up, being asked to wear sheer blouses,
being asked to wear skirts The government said Nicola's
dress code was unlawful, But MPs said that the law wasn't
effective enough, leaving employers It is open to interpretation,
as we say, the word reasonable is used there and that is
open to interpretation. Is it so bad to ask a woman worker
to wear a heel when we ask male I think they are two
entirely different things. They took lots of evidence
from women saying they were going home with bleeding feet,
they were taking painkillers at night to be able to sleep
because they were in so much pain from the shoes they'd been
wearing during the day. That's just not comparable
to wearing a tie or a suit jacket. Some might say this is all a bit
of a storm in a teacup. They might very well do but you have
to look at the bigger picture. It should be about choice
there are plenty of women who like to wear heels to work
like to wear a face full This issue, the high heel thing,
is symbolic of a hangover from that 1950s kind of era where women
were only seen as secretaries and receptionists and now
we are running the companies. Let us wear what we want,
as long as we are smart. Usain Bolt has been stripped of one
of his nine Olympic gold medals - for the 4 by 100 metre relay
at Beijing in 2008 - Nestor Carter tested positive
for a banned stimulant It means Bolt no longer holds
the accolade of having won the triple-triple -
as Katie Gornall reports. In a sport measured
in fractions of a second, this was an astonishing
feat of longevity. COMMENTATOR: The triple triple!
He's done it. Usain Bolt's nine gold
medals at three different Now, through no fault of his own,
that history has been tarnished. The reason lies with
this man, Nesta Carter. Bolt's team-mate in the relay
at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His start propelled Jamaica both
to gold and to a world record. But last year Carter's sample
from these Games was retested and today he was found
guilty of doping. Under the IOC rules the whole team
is now disqualified. It is an outcome that Bolt
has feared for some time. I asked him about it back in August
in his hometown of Kingston. At any point I lose one of my gold
medals it would be devastating. After all this hard work,
that this would happen. But I think the sport is in a really
bad place right now and the only It must be hard, as well,
because the triple triple Sadly, while Usain Bolt
stood clean, his rivals Justin Gatlin has been banned twice
for failing drugs tests. Tyson Gay has tested positive
for an anabolic steroid. And his fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell
has served a six-month ban. Today, Nesta Carter was found
to have taken the banned You can't rerun the race,
you can't get those medals back. And in the case of Bolt,
after what we saw in Rio, we now know that that was his last
Olympic Games, so it has gone from those nine medals, that
were unbelievable, to eight medals. But that is still unbelievable,
what he achieved in his career. He will now have to hand back one
of his precious medals, but he will still retire
with his legacy intact. It's been a mixture of weather today
but across the board called. This beautiful picture was sent in from
Cornwall. I'd like to be there rather than under the foggy skies
we've seen in the south-east of England today. This was Kettering in
Northamptonshire. You can see where we've had cloud and where sunshine.
This evening, there could well be some fog around. The wind lifts it
onto the hills overnight. There could be some will fog. The wind
will prevent a frost in most places tonight but cold air is still coming
in. Frost quite widely in Wales and the Glens of Scotland. With thicker
cloud and some drizzle, it could be quite icy first thing in the
morning. Once again, ice on untreated roads and pavements. Fog
sitting on the hills through tomorrow. But into the Peak
District. Brighter across Scotland with some sunshine coming through
here. A little cloudy across Northern Ireland. That wind really
has a difference. It will pull in dry air for the South tomorrow
afternoon. Temperatures will only get to 4 degrees. Add on the wind
and this is how it will feel. A change in the wind direction on
Friday. Not quite so cold. Some showers coming into the western side
of the country. Still feeling awfully cold.
Before we go - a look at what's coming up on the BBC News at Ten -
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