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Tonight at six, one of Britain's most senior judges condemns mental

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health provision for young people in England.

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In a court ruling, Sir James Munby says the situation is disgraceful

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and utterly shaming in such a rich country.

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Families are being let down routinely across our country

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and there is a moral imperative that we address this,

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The teenager at the centre of this case cannot be named.

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What does her plight say about the state

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The squeeze on your wages and what you can buy with it.

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It has not been this bad for more than 100 years.

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Playing catch-up all the way through school.

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A damning report on how the poorest children in England get on in class.

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Tributes to the stage and screen actor Robert Hardy,

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Now, can England's Lionesses cope with the weight

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of expectation in their Euro football semifinal tonight?

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And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News, despite a day of wrangling

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between the French and Spanish leagues, Neymar's world record move

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from Barcelona to PSG will still go ahead as planned.

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Hello and welcome to the BBC News at Six.

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One of Britain's most experienced judges has made a scathing

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attack on mental health provision in England.

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Giving judgment in the case of an extremely vulnerable teenage

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girl who is in custody, Sir James Munby said it was

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disgraceful that it is proving so difficult to find suitable

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provision for her when she is released in 11 days' time.

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He went on to say that the state would have blood on its

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hands if the teenager, who has a history of self-harming,

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should attempt to take her life again.

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Here is our home editor Mark Easton, on a case that highlights the crisis

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A disgraceful and utterly shaming lack of proper provision for young

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mental health patients in England. The words of one of England's's most

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senior judges, Sir James Munby, head of the Family Division. He issued an

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extra ordinary statement after being unable to find any suitable hospital

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bed for a suicidal 17-year-old girl honour due for release from custody

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in just over a week. It is a disgrace to any country with

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pretensions to civilisation, compassion and, dare one say it,

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basic human decency, that a judge in 2017 should be faced with problems

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thrown up by this case, he said. The girl in question is from the

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north-west of England and is currently so disturbed she is

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dressed in clothes she cannot use to hang herself in a youth custody

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centre with just a mattress on a floor and no personal belongings.

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Her behaviour is a violent, self harming and aggressive to others.

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The judge's frustration at not being able to find suitable accommodation

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spilled into public today. I feel shame and embarrassment, shame as a

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human being, as a citizen and as an agent of the state. Embarrassment as

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head of Family Justice, that I can do no more. If when, in 11 days'

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time, she is released, and if, in consequence, she is able to make

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another attempt on her life, I can only say, with bleak emphasis, we

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will have blood on our hands. X is a girl who, at the moment, has a

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determined wish, it appears, to kill herself. The big problem is that we

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do not fully understand those needs. It is on that basis that she needs

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to be in a clinical setting to be assessed properly. That is part of

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the frustration of the case. The Government offered no comment on the

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judge's remarks. All questions were referred to NHS England which said

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in a statement, we have heard the comments from the judge and

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completely agree that a solution must be found. Together with other

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agencies involved, we are continuing every effort to find the most

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appropriate care setting for this young woman. Every day we talk to

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children, young people, parents and carers in the community, worried

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about how they are going to access mental health care. There isn't

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enough support in the community and there are really high thresholds to

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get into hospital care. Meanwhile, people are left without support.

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After complaints from police that cells were used to accommodate

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youngsters who should be in a mental health unit, the government not

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introduced a law earlier in the year banning the use for such purposes.

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Doctors warn there is still a critical shortage of appropriate

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care beds. A recent survey of people working in child and adolescent

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mental health services in England found 62% had seen adolescent

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patients held in inappropriate settings.

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77% said young, high-risk patients were left in the community

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because of a shortage of beds, with 14% saying young patients

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had attempted suicide while waiting for a suitable bed.

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The report urged government to prioritise investment in young

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people's crisis care as a matter of urgency.

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This is not a unique case. Families are being let down routinely across

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our country and there is a moral imperative that we address this as a

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matter of real urgency. The Government has said it will increase

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the number of mental health staff working in the NHS in England by

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21000 and the Prime Minister has promised a revolution in mental

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health care. But the agonies of a judge unable to help a suicidal

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young woman suggest the revolution has some way to go.

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Mark is with me now. Let's make no mistake, there are just days to go

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before this young woman is released? Yes, 11 days. News in in the last

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few minutes, I've spoken to NHS England who say, this is in the

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north of England, they think they might have three potential beds

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which could be right for this 17-year-old girl. They cannot be

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sure, they are not sure that the care package can be put together.

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But at least it does appear something is happening. Sir James

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Munby's frustration goes beyond this one case. That is why he has

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insisted his ruling be sent to government ministers. He doesn't

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want this issue to go unnoticed. The problem is, there is really no easy

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answer. You can't just turn on the tap and provide the kind of really

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specialist expert care in the right setting that is very vulnerable and

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complex cases require. The Prime Minister has put mental health at

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the top of her priorities. There is a promise of more focus and more

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money. If that translates into the right level of new resources in the

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right places, all well and good. But there is no quick fix. As you were

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saying, 11 days to go and a suicidal woman, at this stage, does not have

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a place to go to. The Bank of England has said

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families are facing the worst squeeze on their incomes for more

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than a century. It has warned of slowing

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falling economic growth The Bank's Governor, Mark Carney,

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said that uncertainty over Brexit was curbing pay rises and leading

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to delays in business investment. Here is our business

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editor, Simon Jack. There hasn't been much some cheer on

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the beach in Margate this week. The weather, overcast, and some bracing

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headwinds, much like the UK economy. And there was precious little

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sunshine when the Bank of England governor delivered its latest

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forecast. He explained how the recent fall in the pound was

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starting to make us all poorer. Households look through Brexit

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related uncertainties initially. More recently, as the consequences

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of sterling's four have shown up in the shops and squeezed their real

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incomes, they have cut back on spending, slowing the economy. The

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bank cut its growth forecast for this year from 1.9% to 1.7%. It also

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downgraded its estimate for next year, from 1.7% to 1.6%. Meanwhile,

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it pushed up its inflation forecast, saying it will rise from 2.6% now to

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peak around 3% later this year. Wage rises this year remain unchanged at

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2%. That widening gap is being felt in Margate. The price of food has

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definitely gone up. Butter, cheese, bacon. I noticed those things have

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gone up. Wages aren't going up. Bus, transport, everything is so

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expensive now. I drive now, and even then, car insurance has gone up.

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It's getting ridiculous now. ?140 a month I can't afford it. Prices are

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going up and our pensions are not keeping up with it. For the same

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amount of money, you are getting about two thirds of the goods that

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you used to be. So, we are cutting back all the time. In another years'

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time, I'll be sitting here a little skeleton! Brexit was a theme that

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runs through everything the governor said today. The post-referendum fall

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in sterling has pushed up prices. In turn, that is affecting customer

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confidence and businesses, faced within uncertainty, are not making

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investments they otherwise would have made. All of those pressures

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are combining to affect the UK economy's long-term ability to grow.

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Business investment is still likely to grow below historic averages,

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with adverse consequences for productivity, capacity and wages.

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For many, the bank's pronouncements are not only to downbeat, but stray

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too far into politics. We should take the forecast with a pinch of

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salt, they are notoriously bad at forecasting. We have Project Fear

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Mark 2, the CBI and Treasury departments are ganging up to make

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is frightened Brexit. Even the bank's own staff are unhappy about

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wages. It is only when PEI starts to catch up with prices that we might

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see interest rates rise. That is not expected until next year. Simon

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Jack, BBC News. Three men convicted of terror

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offences, who called themselves "The Three Musketeers", have been

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jailed for life for plotting an attack on a police

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or military target. Naweed Ali, Mohibur Rahman

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and Khobaib Hussain, all from the West Midlands,

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were told they would in prison for their role

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in the planned attack. A fourth man, Tahir Aziz,

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was also given a life term. The trio refused to leave

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their prison cells to There is new evidence tonight

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about the challenges faced by England's poorest children

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when it comes to making A study by the Education Policy

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Institute has found that pupils on free school meals can be up

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to two years behind their better-off classmates by the time

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they finish secondary school. Our education editor Branwen

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Jeffreys reports from Darlington. Nicole given is not afraid tough

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drops. She took on a Darlington school in crisis. She worked to win

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trust from parents. Some families in Darlington, certainly, it is not

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unique to this by a long stretch, they have social mobility that is

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incredibly low and don't leave the area. Schools here get less funding

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than London and Nicole told me many families have never moved from

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Darlington. You have to take mum, dad, grandpa with me on that

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journey, so that we are all working together. There is nobody behind, we

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are all together. What other kind of fears they might have? The unknown,

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the lack of experience and lack of opportunities that they perhaps

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didn't have themselves, through no fault of their own. But it is the

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unknown and that fear of, we are all right as we are. Some parts of

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England have reduced the education gap. It's seven or eight months in

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tour Hamlets, Hackney and Southwark, London boroughs. But it is 25 or 27

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months in Darlington, Derby and South Gloucestershire. ?72 million

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of extra money to improve social mobility is going to some parts of

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England. But that money won't reach the streets in Darlington, or other

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areas highlighted in today's report. This isn't just about the cash that

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schools get, although that does make a difference. It's about

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communities, too. Communities where the belief in education as a

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passport to a different, better life has simply been lost. These

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teenagers, learning life skills on a national scheme. Already, 16, set on

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very different directions. I'm Sinead, I want to be an actress. I

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want to be in the police. I want to be in the Navy. I want to be a

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professional chef. The people doing better more likely had a better

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family situation. They've got more money than some of us. But it all

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depends on how much you want to learn as well. Do you think it would

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have made a difference if, when you were little, you believed you were

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going to go to university? Probably, because then you are determined to

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go on and go to university. The gap matters for their future and four

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hours as well. Failings in education held back our economy. -- and for

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our future as well. A surgeon who was jailed

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after carrying out unnecessary breast operations has

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had his sentence increased. The Court of Appeal ruled that

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Ian Paterson's initial 15-year jail term was unduly lenient,

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and it has raised it to 20 years. Our health editor,

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Hugh Pym, reports. It's now been increased to 20

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years... Yes! Tracy and Deborah, two Ian Paterson's victims. News of the

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higher sentence was just what they had hoped for. I felt very

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emotional. It was the right decision. The increase has given the

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right message. We have all got life sentences. 20 years, to me, at least

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he will serve a significant sentence. The Court of Appeal judges

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said no sentence could properly reflect the suffering of his

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patients, and they ruled he should serve an extra five years. The

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Government lawyer that challenge the original sentence said Justice had

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been done. The substantial increase in the sentence, to 20 years, sends

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out a clear message to the wider community that our system will not

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tolerate such egregious breaches of trust. Ian Paterson, seen here

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before his sentencing, mutilated patients after deceiving them into a

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necessary surgery. He watched today's hearing from prison by

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videolink, at times shaking his head when details of his offences were

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described. That angered John, in Court today. He was talked into a

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double must act to me. Still shaking his head in disbelief, still

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muttering to himself when he doesn't agree with what has been said about

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him. It makes me wonder if 30 years would be enough for him to find

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anything within himself that doesn't say I am completely innocent of

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everything. Tracy and Deborah and hundreds more

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victims are seeking damages. A court hearing is due in a few months'

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time. One of Britain's most senior judges

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condemns mental health provision Why Scotland's whisky producers

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are in such good spirits, Coming up in Sportsday on BBC News -

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we meet the the man tipped to take over Usain Bolt's star

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status in athletics, with Bolt bowing out

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after the World Championships, England's Lionesses are primed

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for one of the most important match Tonight, they take on hosts

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The Netherlands in the semifinals They are the highest-ranked side

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left in the tournament. The ultimate prize is, of course,

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to become the first senior England team to win a major tournament

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since the 1966 World Cup. Our sports correspondent

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Katie Gornall is in Enschede. Yes, we are just outside the stadium

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we are expecting a sell-out crowd of nearly 30,000 which would be a

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record for this stage of the women's Euros. The crowd will be

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overwhelmingly Dutch, but I don't think it will phase this England

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side, who are confident, and they have Jodie Taylor in the form of her

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life. Her goals have powered England all the way to the semifinals. Jodie

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Taylor has scored five in the tournament so far and no team has

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been able to stop her. Is relaxed off the pitch as she is when bearing

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down on goal, she knows that she could be the top scorer in the

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tournament. It would be awesome. Ask any forward, everybody wants to

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score goals. The main priority for me is for the team to win gold, I

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would love for us to win the Euros, we need to have that belief as well.

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That must have been your first touch? Yeah, pretty much... The

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31-year-old is making up for lost time after being overlooked by the

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previous regime. You can see, they are thinking, what is she doing...

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There was a moment where I thought this might not work out. I'm quite

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proud of sticking at it and the hard work I've put in, it does feel like

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it's paying off. England's players now have all the tools they need to

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go the distance. Record investment in the women's game has allowed Mark

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Sampson's side to become fitter and better prepared than ever before.

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But expectations are now at an all-time high. With Germany, the

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holders, already out, England may never have a better chance of

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winning their first major tournament. But they won't

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underestimate the Netherlands, who will have a sell-out crowd behind

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them here for this semifinal in Enschede. Like England, the Dutch

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have won all of their game and conceded just one goal. They have

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showcased their pace and flair in attack. Their fans are out in force

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for this semifinal. The England supporters may feel a little

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outnumbered. Just a little bit, but when we get into the stadium, we

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will be singing louder than the Dutch fans! Seeing how our team has

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played so far, I think we have a pretty good chance of winning.

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Especially with my lucky pants, we are extremely strong at the back and

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the two centre-backs have been phenomenal throughout the

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tournament. They just don't look like conceding. The Dutch have been

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perfect hosts in Enschede. But with the final also taking place here on

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Sunday, England are hoping to overstay their welcome.

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So, what has Scottish whisky got to do with Brexit?

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Well, for one thing, during the EU referendum,

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producers were big supporters of the Remain campaign.

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But now it seems many have had a change of heart,

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buoyed up by the prospect of one-off trade deals with countries

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like India, where they currently face massive tariffs.

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Our Scotland editor has been talking to some of them.

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The barley, the water and the weather, make

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on this small island, whisky is very big business.

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Almost 90% of Scotland's amber liquor is exported overseas,

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so Brexit will certainly be felt here.

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Small distilleries like Kilchoman don't want to lose the protected

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status for Scotch whisky offered by EU law and they worry

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about the bureaucracy that leaving the single market might entail.

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Whereas it was very easy to export into Europe,

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it's now going to be a little bit more difficult.

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And certainly, for smaller companies, I think that

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will have an impact, because of the amount of people

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that we have to comply with and all the new regulations.

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Many of the island's distilleries are owned by big firms

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that supported remaining inside the EU.

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But they are now eyeing up the opportunities

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The whisky industry is hoping to expand sales

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countries like India, for instance, which currently slaps a whopping

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If a new bilateral trade deal could eliminate

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or slash those tariffs, sales would increase enormously.

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The UK Governnment can't guarantee tariff-free

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trade, but say there is now the opportunity to try.

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As part of this new arrangement, in a post-EU world,

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where we are negotiating the tariffs, we are not bound in by EU

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terms, we're able to negotiate our own terms,

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and getting the right deal for the whisky industry is one

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Scotch whisky is a valuable product, contributing about

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?5 billion a year to the UK economy, supporting 30,000 jobs and making

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It's an industry that first feared Brexit,

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and now hopes to make it work for them.

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Once we leave the EU, we would be the UK negotiating free

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And so, that simplifies the negotiations, to a degree.

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And so, yes, we hope that it will be easier

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for the UK to negotiate a free-trade deal with, for

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Much of Scotland's economy runs on this water of life.

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And they're now looking beyond the shores of Europe to try and make

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The 2017 World Athletics Championships are almost upon us,

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as the stars of track and field flock to London.

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It will mark the final appearance of Usain Bolt and many are asking

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who will be athletics's next big star?

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Our sports editor, Dan Roan, has been speaking with

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one man who believes he can fill the void,

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the 400m sensation Wayde Van Niekerk.

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Final preparations at London's Olympic Stadium,

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as it becomes the focus of the athletics world once again.

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The man charged with organising track and field's

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World Championships telling me the sport should

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It's a huge city, passionate about sport, the world's

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greatest athletics stadium, and it's going to be full.

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Possibly going forwards, you need to see slight

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changes to the format, the compression

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So, this could be the last great, great, traditional

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Once again, the world's finest athletes will be on show here -

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a fitting farewell to the sport's greatest star.

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Wayde van Niekerk smashed the 400m world record at last

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A man in demand, we managed to spend some time with the South African

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as he took a cab ride through London.

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So, is he ready to fill the void left by Usain Bolt?

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I definitely believe that I can reach the heights

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I mean, I'm only 25 now, so I still have a lot of time left.

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Confident words from a young man who admits he's

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I've had a lot of mental challenges when it comes to confidence and...

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And believing myself, in myself, as an athlete.

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So, this last two years has been a massive, massive boost to myself.

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These Championships will of course evoke memories of London 2012,

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which for many at the time seemed like the ultimate

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But since then, the sport has been engulfed in crisis,

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and as it prepares to say farewell to its biggest star,

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there's a real sense that if integrity and popularity is to be

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recovered, this represents an opportunity which

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There was no Russian team preparing here this afternoon -

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the country suspended for state-sponsored doping.

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And tonight, two Ukrainian athletes were provisionally suspended

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from the Championships for the use of prohibited substances -

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a reminder of the challenge the sport now faces.

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Often you'll get a rotten apple in a barrel.

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What you have to try to do is change the culture,

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so that people who are competing are not tempted to take

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That doesn't take five minutes - it takes some years.

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The enthusiasm which surrounded the 2012 Olympics appears undimmed,

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with record ticket sales for a World Championship.

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But at a crucial moment in athletics history,

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London 2017 must now stand for a new start.

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The actor Robert Hardy has died at the age of 91.

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His career on the stage, on television and in film

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He became a household name in the 1970s,

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with All Creatures Great And Small, and later, as the Minister

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for Magic, Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.

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Our arts correspondent David Sillito looks back at his career.

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It was All Creatures Great And Small that made

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For 12 years, he played the vet, Siegfried. The character mirrored

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his own personality, which was describe by his family today as a

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bit rough, but also elegant and twinkly. It was a role that needed a

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bit of grit. I remember a day when we did a Lanning sequence, all

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through the night, in the dead ice cold of winter, deep snow and

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endless frost... In the 1960s, he had appeared opposite Richard

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Burton, his old friend from his days at Oxford, in The Spy Who Came In

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From The Cold. We few, we happy few! We band of brothers! His early

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career was rather Shakespearean, he revelled in the grand patriotic

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speech and will for ever be linked with one particular patriotic

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character. Churchill. They are looking for weapons! Now, they will

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soon be looking for war. He played the role is six times. We strongly

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suspect... And when the Harry Potter films needed a compass Minister for

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Magic, it was a part that could have been written for Robert Hardy. Or am

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I talking the most absolute nonsense...? Like Siegfried, it was

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what he was best at, characters full of bluster and grand gestures that

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were trying desperately hard to hide the softer, more vulnerable person

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within. We have our differences, don't we? But we do understand each

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other, wouldn't you say? The actor Robert Hardy,

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who has died at the age of 91. You don't need me to tell you how

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windy it was today, particularly in the southern counties of England.

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And further north, this was Aberdeen, where the winds were much

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lighter, in the centre of the low pressure, which is continuing to

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move away into the North Sea. Further south, those strong winds

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continue to ease down overnight. Not completely dry, the showers

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continuing across the north and west, but a little bit drier across

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the south and east. Into Friday, it's going to be a bright start for

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many central, southern and eastern areas. The showers will be nowhere

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near as heavy as what we saw today. Feeling a bit cooler across Scotland

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and Northern Ireland because of the north-westerly, but across the

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south-east, a high of 23 or 24. The area of low pressure continues to

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move away, and this high pressure begins to come in, so our weather

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will continue to come increase the Atlantic. On Saturday, with lighter

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winds, there will be some showers around, some of them heavy, through

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central parts. On Sunday, though, it looks like we will see the weather

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system making inroads into Northern Ireland and western Scotland. Away

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from here, we will see a fine day. For the weekend, sunshine and

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showers continuing for Saturday, but on Sunday, the majority of the

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country, away from Northern Ireland and western Scotland, should be

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drier. That is all from

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the BBC News at Six. On BBC One, we now join the BBC's

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news teams where you are.

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