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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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