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


health provision for young people in England.


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


and utterly shaming in such a rich country.


Families are being let down routinely across our country


and there is a moral imperative that we address this,


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


What does her plight say about the state


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


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


Playing catch-up all the way through school.


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


Tributes to the stage and screen actor Robert Hardy,


Now, can England's Lionesses cope with the weight


of expectation in their Euro football semifinal tonight?


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


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


from Barcelona to PSG will still go ahead as planned.


Hello and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


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


attack on mental health provision in England.


Giving judgment in the case of an extremely vulnerable teenage


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


disgraceful that it is proving so difficult to find suitable


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


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


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


should attempt to take her life again.


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


A disgraceful and utterly shaming lack of proper provision for young


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


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


extra ordinary statement after being unable to find any suitable hospital


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


After complaints from police that cells were used to accommodate


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


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


Doctors warn there is still a critical shortage of appropriate


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


mental health services in England found 62% had seen adolescent


patients held in inappropriate settings.


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


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


had attempted suicide while waiting for a suitable bed.


The report urged government to prioritise investment in young


people's crisis care as a matter of urgency.


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


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


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


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


21000 and the Prime Minister has promised a revolution in mental


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


young woman suggest the revolution has some way to go.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


families are facing the worst squeeze on their incomes for more


than a century. It has warned of slowing


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


said that uncertainty over Brexit was curbing pay rises and leading


to delays in business investment. Here is our business


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


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


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


sunshine when the Bank of England governor delivered its latest


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


starting to make us all poorer. Households look through Brexit


related uncertainties initially. More recently, as the consequences


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


confidence and businesses, faced within uncertainty, are not making


investments they otherwise would have made. All of those pressures


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


Business investment is still likely to grow below historic averages,


with adverse consequences for productivity, capacity and wages.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Jack, BBC News. Three men convicted of terror


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


jailed for life for plotting an attack on a police


or military target. Naweed Ali, Mohibur Rahman


and Khobaib Hussain, all from the West Midlands,


were told they would in prison for their role


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


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


their prison cells to There is new evidence tonight


about the challenges faced by England's poorest children


when it comes to making A study by the Education Policy


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


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


they finish secondary school. Our education editor Branwen


Jeffreys reports from Darlington. Nicole given is not afraid tough


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the lack of experience and lack of opportunities that they perhaps


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


our future as well. A surgeon who was jailed


after carrying out unnecessary breast operations has


had his sentence increased. The Court of Appeal ruled that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


said no sentence could properly reflect the suffering of his


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


Government lawyer that challenge the original sentence said Justice had


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


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


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


before his sentencing, mutilated patients after deceiving them into a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


everything. Tracy and Deborah and hundreds more


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


time. One of Britain's most senior judges


condemns mental health provision Why Scotland's whisky producers


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


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


status in athletics, with Bolt bowing out


after the World Championships, England's Lionesses are primed


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


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


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


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


since the 1966 World Cup. Our sports correspondent


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


winning their first major tournament. But they won't


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


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


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


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


for this semifinal. The England supporters may feel a little


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


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


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


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


the two centre-backs have been phenomenal throughout the


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


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


Sunday, England are hoping to overstay their welcome.


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


Well, for one thing, during the EU referendum,


producers were big supporters of the Remain campaign.


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


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


like India, where they currently face massive tariffs.


Our Scotland editor has been talking to some of them.


The barley, the water and the weather, make


on this small island, whisky is very big business.


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


so Brexit will certainly be felt here.


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


status for Scotch whisky offered by EU law and they worry


about the bureaucracy that leaving the single market might entail.


Whereas it was very easy to export into Europe,


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


And certainly, for smaller companies, I think that


will have an impact, because of the amount of people


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


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


that supported remaining inside the EU.


But they are now eyeing up the opportunities


The whisky industry is hoping to expand sales


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


If a new bilateral trade deal could eliminate


or slash those tariffs, sales would increase enormously.


The UK Governnment can't guarantee tariff-free


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


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


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


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


and getting the right deal for the whisky industry is one


Scotch whisky is a valuable product, contributing about


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


It's an industry that first feared Brexit,


and now hopes to make it work for them.


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


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


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


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


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


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


The 2017 World Athletics Championships are almost upon us,


as the stars of track and field flock to London.


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


who will be athletics's next big star?


Our sports editor, Dan Roan, has been speaking with


one man who believes he can fill the void,


the 400m sensation Wayde Van Niekerk.


Final preparations at London's Olympic Stadium,


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


The man charged with organising track and field's


World Championships telling me the sport should


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


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


Possibly going forwards, you need to see slight


changes to the format, the compression


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


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


a fitting farewell to the sport's greatest star.


Wayde van Niekerk smashed the 400m world record at last


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


as he took a cab ride through London.


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


I definitely believe that I can reach the heights


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


Confident words from a young man who admits he's


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


And believing myself, in myself, as an athlete.


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


These Championships will of course evoke memories of London 2012,


which for many at the time seemed like the ultimate


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


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


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


recovered, this represents an opportunity which


There was no Russian team preparing here this afternoon -


the country suspended for state-sponsored doping.


And tonight, two Ukrainian athletes were provisionally suspended


from the Championships for the use of prohibited substances -


a reminder of the challenge the sport now faces.


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


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


so that people who are competing are not tempted to take


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


The enthusiasm which surrounded the 2012 Olympics appears undimmed,


with record ticket sales for a World Championship.


But at a crucial moment in athletics history,


London 2017 must now stand for a new start.


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


His career on the stage, on television and in film


He became a household name in the 1970s,


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


for Magic, Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films.


Our arts correspondent David Sillito looks back at his career.


It was All Creatures Great And Small that made


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


career was rather Shakespearean, he revelled in the grand patriotic


speech and will for ever be linked with one particular patriotic


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


system making inroads into Northern Ireland and western Scotland. Away


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


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


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


drier. That is all from


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