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Two boys aged 15 and 16 are arrested after acid was thrown in people's


The assaults happened over a period of just 90 minutes.


The boys, on mopeds, struck at five different locations.


There was a scream which was not normal, it was a fearful,


Will be asking what more can be done to prevent them. Also tonight:


the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard is to be examined in London


by an American doctor who says he can improve his condition.


where two Presidents now seem to be the firmest of friends.


A jail sentence of 17 years for the TV producer who tried


to hire three separate hitmen to kill his partner.


and, first set to Roger Federer, seeking to reach his 11 Wimbledon


final. We will round up all of the day 's


action from here plus we will be at Trent Bridge, as England look to


recover from a poor start. Two teenagers have been arrested


after a string of acid attacks Five people in separate incidents


had acid thrown in their faces, causing in the case of one


man "life-changing" injuries. The attacks happened amid rising


concern about the number of assaults in the capital


involving corrosive substances. The attacks were carried out at five


separate locations in east London This report, from our Home Affairs


correspondent Daniel Sandford, contains some disturbing images


from the start. VOICEOVER: In the aftermath


of an acid attack last night... Police officers desperately trying


to reduce the burning John Moody watched the whole thing


from the window of his flat. And one of the officers said


to him, quite firmly, "I'm going to pour this into your


eyes, keep your eyes open." The guy did exactly what he was told


because obviously he was in shock. They were just dousing his head


and his entire body with water, The attack on a 32-year-old moped


driver here turned out to be the first of five over the next hour


and a quarter, all involving acid being thrown


at the victim. At every crime scene,


the target had been driving a moped. was left with life-changing injuries


because of the acid used. The Prime Minister said


the attacks were horrific. Police have arrested


a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old. National statistics for acid attacks


are hard to come by but in London, they have risen from 129,


two years ago, to 224, last year, and by April this year,


there has already been another 66. One of the most high profile recent


attacks was last month, when 21-year-old Resham Khan


and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, were targeted while sitting


in their car at a traffic light. We are concerned because the numbers


appear to be going up. we will enforce the law


as we can, and we are working with


the Home Office to see Stephen Timms is one


of the MPs in east London where the problem is most acute,


he has been campaigning for a change in the law and will lead a debate


on acid attacks next week. I would like the Minister to confirm


on Monday that the possession of acid will be an offence in future


in exactly the same way that possession of a knife


is an offence today. I would like the law to be changed


so that sulphuric acid will only be It seems that some criminals


are using the laxer rules on acids to avoid the tough laws


on carrying a knife. The Home Office has promised


to take action but changes You touched on calls for something


to be done, what can be done? No doubt there is a discrepancy on the


laws between carrying a knife and carrying a bottle of acid, a knife


is more likely to kill, but a bottle of acid can cause life changing


injuries to the face and eyes, there is a call, and it would be possible


to clamp down on the most dangerous, common the use acid, sulphuric acid,


but governments are always wary about quickly changing the law in


response to emerging crime trends. There are already existing offences,


for instance, possessing a corrosive substance with intention to cause


harm, that could be used. It is already true that if somebody throws


acid into somebody else's face, they could face a life sentence under the


existing law of causing devious bodily harm with intent. I don't


think it is inevitable that the government will respond to this by


changing the law. Thank you. The American doctor who has offered


to treat terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard is to come to the UK


next week to examine him. Dr Michio Hirano is overseeing


an trial therapy in the US which he says could improve


Charlie's condition. The baby's parents are in


the High Court, asking a judge to reverse his earlier decision


that their son be allowed to die. Our Health Correspondent Sophie


Hutchinson was in court. The court was told that the American


doctor who is recommending this experimental treatment will be in


London on Monday and Tuesday next week, as you say, he is professor


Michio Hirano, he's from Columbia University medical Centre, and he is


coming to assess Charlie at Great Ormond Street, joined by an Italian


doctor and they will meet the treating team, the medical team


treating the 11-month-old. The lawyer for the hospital, Great


Ormond Street, said today in court that the professor had been invited


to come to London in January but had never taken up that invitation until


now. The judge said, he warned in fact, he was not likely to be


persuaded by someone who had not seen Charlie, so you can see how


important this trip is, and Charlie's mother will be at the


meeting. Was there any more on the ongoing discussion about whether or


not Charlie is growing? This discussion is focuses on his head


size, Great Ormond Street Hospital believe that his head is smaller


than it should be and this reflects a lack of brain development, they


believe he has catastrophic and irreversible brain damage. Charlie's


parents completely disagree and that is one of the reasons why they think


this experimental treatment might be able to help their son, Charlie's


mother says that she has measured his head and come up with a


different measurement from the hospital. The judge has said this


has got to be resolved and an independent person has got to carry


out an accurate measurement, or, the little boy has to have a brain scan.


Thank you. A former television producer


who tried three times to hire a hitman to kill his partner has


been jailed for 17 years. offered three men ?200,000


to murder his partner Hazel Allison. and to start a new life with a woman


he'd met in a brothel. David Harris was with his partner,


Hazel, for 30 years, unknown to her, he also had a girlfriend, who he had


met in a brothel. To keep her and get rid of Hazel, he went looking to


high not one, not to, but three hit men, all of whom were completely


innocent of his real intentions. He first approach Christopher May, a


private detective, who secretly recorded Harris, suggesting Hazel


should be killed after a visit to the hospital. Once she comes out of


that she has five or six days, lessons, I don't know if anything


could be done then. -- he went looking to hire.


Harris then made this chilling comment:


when Christopher backed down, Harris turned to Duke Dean, the pair were


seen meeting here, I was told that he was offered ?175,000. Did you get


the impression he was serious about getting rid of Hazel? He was stone


serious, yes. That is what he wanted, yes. Heat it off police, who


then used an undercover officer to pose as hit man number three. -- he


tipped off police. When Harris was arrested he told police all he was


doing was researching a book on hit men. The judge rejected that today,


saying his real intention was to kill Hazel and get his hands on her


money. David Harris and Hazel Allinson did have happy times, but


his obsession with another woman, 40 years younger, led him to push three


men to kill, to satisfy his last, greed and distorted fantasies.


STUDIO: The boss of a yachting company has been


to ensure the safety of one of its vessels, the Cheeki Rafiki,


after four crew members were lost at sea.


The yacht capsized in the mid-Atlantic in May 2014.


Douglas Innes was convicted at Winchester Crown Court,


from where we can speak to our Correspondent Steve Humphrey.


Described to us what happened in court today. Another very tense day


in court, for the families of the four men who died when the Cheeki


Rafiki capsize, it is another long wait for the process to end. Back in


May, 2014, the 40 foot yacht capsized on its way back to the UK


from Antigua, the three-time keel snapped off. The bodies of the four


men who died, Andrew Briggs, James Male, Steve Warren and Paul Gosling,


had never been found, despite an extensive air and sea search at the


time. The yacht was under the management of Douglas Innes and his


company, based in Southampton, today, a jury found Douglas Innes


and the company guilty of failing to ensure the safe operation of the


yacht. The prosecution told the court there had been a failure to


maintain and inspect the yacht and keep up-to-date safety information.


In his defence, Douglas Innes said that reasonable steps been taken. --


James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin. He also faces


four charges of manslaughter through gross negligence. This afternoon,


the jury was discharge, after being unable to reach verdicts. There will


be a retrial, Douglas Innes denies all of those charges. Thank you.


Two Israeli police officers have died after Israeli Arab gunmen


opened fire on them near a sacred site in Jerusalem.


Police chased the three attackers into the area known


as Temple Mount or Haram al-Sharif, where they were killed.


Friday prayers at the mosque complex were cancelled


and the city's top Islamic cleric says he's been detained


President Trump has said America's relationship with France


as he attended the Bastille Day military parade in Paris.


since the Americans entered the First World War,


been held to remember the 86 people killed in the Nice attack,


Our Paris correspondent Lucy Williamson reports.


APPLAUSE Today's events were not about the


ties between men but between nations. Even so, the growing


personal alliance between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron was on


display. They were joined as symbols of their two nations by Armed Forces


from both America and France, beginning with a fly-past from


visiting fighter jets. There are soldiers led the parade together, in


tribute to America's role in World War I. The US is an ally of theirs,


sometimes you don't think so but France is there for us and we are


there for them. I did not vote for President Trump but he is the


president and we are proud to have him here. Speaking to crowds in


central Paris, Emmanuel Macron thanked the US for the choice it had


made a century ago, and said that France and America would never be


divided. TRANSLATION: The France of today was one of two,


with a military band playing music by Daft Punk. The change in culture


here is mirrored by changing security threats. -- the France of


today was honoured as well. The security threats have changed over


the past few years, repeated terror attacks have refocused attention on


safety at home and the values that France has chosen to protect. The


ceremony ended with a military band playing the city anthem of Nice,


scene of the last major terror attack in the country one-year ago


today. Tributes were laid in Nice to the 86 people who died in the attack


on the city's promenade Anglais. This afternoon, president manual


macro flew from Paris, to join remembrance services. The debate


still hangs over this country as it pays tribute today to its values,


its history, to the idea of France. -- president Macron. -- Promenade


Des Anglais. Two boys aged 15 and 16 are arrested


after five separate acid attacks in 90 minutes in east London -


one man has Croatia's Marin Cilic


takes the first spot in the Wimbledon final,


but will it be Roger Federer Coming up on BBC News. We will round


up the rest of the action on the mend's semifinal day at the


All-England Club. Dementia, in old age, is the biggest


cause of death in the UK. But in some families,


extremely rare gene mutations can cause Alzheimer's


disease in middle-age. Now experts believe that studying


the development of the disease in such families could hold the key


to treatment in the future. There are currently thought to be


around 500,000 people in the UK Around 1% of people with the disease


are thought to have inherited it. Those who inherit Alzheimer's often


develop it in their 40s and 50s. Our Medical Correspondent Fergus


Walsh spoke to two families, with a history of Alzheimer's,


both of whom are taking I am almost just waiting for the


first sign. The minute you forget something, the mini you cannot find


your car keys. So free from Suffolk has a 50-50 chance of having


inherited a rare gene for Alzheimer's. She is now around the


same age symptoms first emerged in her mother and aunt. If she has the


early-onset gene, she could have passed it on. It is scary, I can


almost cope with the thought it happens to me, but I cannot cope


with the thought it could happen to my daughter. I don't think I will


ever come to terms with that possibility. But what does her


16-year-old daughter thing? It is not like the blue thing to talk


about. I know a lot about it. It has brought us closer together. We have


always been close, but closer. Just cherish every day, really. Families


from all over the world who carry rare Alzheimer's genes are in London


for a major conference. Might this family from north Dakota. Dean has


early-onset Alzheimer's, but is still able to work full-time. I


think I am doing all right. I just live day by day with it and keep


moving on. I think I am doing well. Two of Dean's brothers and sister


died from dementia in their mid-50s. Dean is 54. The fear now is for


their children. We are here because we don't want to watch another


generation have to go through my husband and his father and his


grandmother have gone through. I worry for my husband, but the fear


of the unknown for our children. We will find a cure. Dean's son, Tyler


has been tested. But like Sophie, has chosen not to know the results.


It is our life changing thing. If you find out, it is not only you, it


is your family and the repercussions it has on them. Both families are


part of an international trial testing Alzheimer's drugs. Sophie


has an infusion every month. They are playing a vital role in the


search for treatments. From them, we understand the bio markers, the


changes in the body that happen so you can see the disease before it


causes symptoms. And finally, we hope we can find a treatment that


works within that group and therefore we can extrapolate that to


the Alzheimer's population in general. There is still no drug that


can slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease. In the past year, two major


clinical trials ended in failure. Despite that, there is optimism that


decades of research will bear fruit. And for families with Alzheimer's


genes, that would lift a shadow over future generations. Fergus Walsh,


BBC News. People who live in the area


of Grenfell Tower have taken part in a silent march to remember those


who died, and others It's a month since the tragedy


and this morning friends and family of five-year-old Isaac Paulos,


one of the youngest to die in the disaster,


gathered for his funeral. Carried with love. Followed by pain.


Five-year-old Isaac Paulos was today described as a smart and generous


little boy, who had just learned to read. Isaac lived on the 18th floor


of Grenfell Tower, he tried to escape but he got separated from his


family. His body was found on the 18th floor. We are devastated as a


school community. The reception class he was in, just feel something


is missing, someone is missing. We are trying our best to support the


families and to look out for those children who are really struggling


with this and the families that are struggling. Provide as much support


as we can. Johnny helped Isaac's younger brother to safety, but he


lost his best friend in the fire. I tried to be strong and go back to


work, but I couldn't. It is still emotional, even myself. Mentally, I


am not settled yet. It takes a while. If it is affecting me that


much, I don't know. As for those who cannot bury their loved ones because


they have yet to be identified, some news today to say goodbye and keep


the tragedy in people'sthoughts. A month on and residents and people


from the local community have come together for a silent march to show


support and remember that night but changed their lives for ever. Some


now plan to repeat the demonstration on the 14th of every month. And a


few miles away, another funeral for 82-year-old who lived on the 11th


floor. He tried to take the lift because he had a heart condition. He


never made it out. A brief look at some of the day's


other other news stories. A member of staff from hospital in


car line has been arrested in connection with tampering with say


line bags at a hospital. Cumbria police have detained


the 24-year-old for questioning, but that say that no


patients have been harmed. Thousands of people lined


the streets for the funeral of six-year-old Sunderland football


fan Bradley Lowery, who died last Many wore football shirts,


including the former Sunderland player Jermain Defoe,


who had become friends The budget airline EasyJet


is setting up a new company in Austria, to protect its European


business interests after Under current European law,


the airline is able to fly freely throughout the European Economic


Area. But there is no guarantee it


will keep those rights after Brexit. Easyjet Europe will


be based in Vienna. Two police forces, Devon and Dorset


have become the first to launch a drone it unit. They can help search


for missing people, respond to road accidents and take photographs of


crime scenes and are a fraction of the cost of using the helicopter.


Roger Federer is in action on court in the mend's semifinal. Marin Cilic


got the first spot in the final, as Joe Wilson reports.


There is a man transported around the All-England Club, as if he was


the trophy himself up Roger Federer is so precious. This is what he


looked like in 1998. But then your phone may have been at home and your


camera had a film in it. The world changes, but Federer's appeared


timeless. His appeal spanning nations and generations. Nobody is


perfect, but nobody has seemed closer. First on Centre, two the


world changes, but Federer's appeared timeless. His appeal


spanning nations and generations. Nobody is perfect, but nobody has


seemed closer. First on centre, two pretenders, Marin Cilic versus Sam


Querrey. First set, six games each. Before the tie-break, which was won


by Sam Querrey, the conqueror of Andy Murray. That is power. The


American's exertion caught up with them as Cilic of Croatia won the


second set. Gently does it... Cilic took the third on a tie-break. Roger


Federer waited somewhere. At the bottom of the hill, there is a pond,


with a screen. Don't fall in. Then it reached its spring, Cilic did it.


Some fearsome tennis which tested the limits of the players and


probably the equipment. And so the Tomas Berdych and to Roger Federer.


He didn't win this title seven times through brute force, but by


manipulating points, moving and timing. But Berdych has his own


Wimbledon pedigree, he has reached the final before beating Roger


Federer before. He went to a tie-break. One by Roger Federer,


under pressure and under control. The evening can be the best part of


the day, but at 35, can Roger Federer be getting better? There was


some evidence to suggest it. A good semifinal is a close semifinal.


Another tie-break and another set to Roger Federer. Another step closer.


Of course, Tomas Berdych could come back and win this match in five


sets. It would be the biggest feet of his career if he did. Jamie


Murray and Heather Watson are still going in the mixed doubles and the


wheelchair tournament is underway. But the hold Federer has on this


place goes beyond national identity. It is unique as he goes for this


record eighth title. Well underway on the Centre Court at the moment.


Thank you very much, Joe Wilson. Time for a look at the weather,


Here's Nick Miller. Little bit warm at Wimbledon this


weekend, but no where near as hot as Spain. Montero got 247 Celsius and


that is the highest temperature ever recorded in Spain. Back to the UK


and we are in the comfortable range. A few degrees either side of 20


Celsius. Whilst many have had scenes like this this afternoon, breaks in


the cloud and sunny spells it is a wet end to the day in Northern


Ireland and some of the rain reaching into western Scotland. Then


going to northern England later in the night and the west of Wales.


Some clear spells in East Anglia and south-east England. Temperature is


not going down too fast. Nights getting warmer. We start with


sunshine tomorrow in south-east England. That will not last long,


cloud and night breaks of rain spreading east across the UK. Some


splashes of rain at times. Southern and eastern parts turn dry again. In


the West, a lot of low cloud, health, patchy rain and drizzle and


the rain pepping up in the north and west of Scotland and then into


Northern Ireland. It is more humid tomorrow and then tomorrow evening


we take rain from Scotland and Northern Ireland and push it into


northern England. At Wimbledon, there is a chance for rain around


lunchtime early afternoon tomorrow. Although it is warmer on Sunday,


there is still thick cloud around and a spot of rain or a shower is


not out of the question. This weak weather front pushes its way


southwards across England and Wales on Sunday. To the north of that on


Sunday, Sun sunny spells, but with this weak weather front to the


south, thicker cloud for time and maybe pick a spot of rain. But it is


still warm and humid.