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Every large town and city is affected.


There are hundreds of police operations to break up


The National Crime Agency says it's only the tip of the iceberg.


What we have found over the last in terms of the scale and scope


of this problem has shocked us and worried us.


From high street nail bars to social care and building


sites, there are tens of thousands of victims.


Even now I feel like my heart is start beating a little bit.


We'll be looking at what's driving this cruel and


Hundreds of thousands of contaminated eggs


Sandwiches and salads are among the products


A new threat from North Korea - its ready to launch missiles


towards the Pacific island of Guam where America has a massive


Robby and Leonora, the couple still recovering


The doctor called me the miracle lad.


Even after the operation I don't think he thought...


The veteran playwright Alan Ayckbourn turns to science


Coming up in world athletics Sportsday...


Later in the hour on BBC News, we'll look ahead to the seventh day


of competition with two British finalists, including Eilidh


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


The National Crime Agency says modern slavery and people


trafficking in the UK is a far larger problem than


It says victims are likely to be found anywhere


There are likely to be tens of thousands of them working


More than 300 police operations are currently targeting


In just two months this year, the National Crime Agency says


Here's our social affairs correspondent, Dominic Casciani.


Another day, another anti-slavery operation.


Over the last six months, the National Crime Agency has


coordinated operations to smash trafficking and slavery gangs.


This suspected brothel, run in the north-east of England,


Today a new analysis from the agency suggests the true scale of modern


slavery is far greater than previously suspected.


This man from Romania was coerced into hard labour.


The gang controlled his life for four months until he got out.


It's just horrible, I tell you, it's just horrible.


Even now, I just feel like my heart is start beating a little bit.


Modern-day slaves are tricked into UK by gangs promising a better


life, and coerced into work they can't escape from.


Women forced into prostitution make up to ?600 a day.


Men are trapped in gruelling work in food processing or agriculture,


and victims are on high street in nail bars and car washes.


You are more likely than ever before to unwittingly come


A cannabis farm in a suburban home, run by workers under


It's impossible to count all the victims because like this


enterprise, they are hidden from view.


But investigators say the more they look, the more they find.


We have also seen people as young as 13 and 14 being sexually


exploited and forced to engage in prostitution.


This is a growing problem for which we think there's a shared


responsibility across society in the United Kingdom to address.


But critics say more could be to identify trafficking.


The UK's anti-slavery commissioner has accused the NCA


of acting too slowly on its own intelligence.


Charities investigating abuses say there are obvious signs that someone


They are forced to work against their will.


The trafficker controls their finances, controls their movement.


In the small villages there are few jobs and no money...


A new online campaign by the National Crime Agency.


It's pledging to carry on raids month after month, but investigators


say they will still need the public's help to


Dominick is with me now. A massive problem is you have just said. Do we


know what is driving this trade? This is a story of our modern times.


You will recall how globalisation has transformed the way people move


around the world. With that comes modern problems and crimes. What has


triggered a lot of the problems in the UK is international crime gangs


shifting from bog-standard stuff like drugs into trading people,


seeing them as commodities. You can trade in drug once and you can use a


person time and again. Make far more money than ever before. One big


issue is that critics say there are serious inconsistencies in how some


of the forces investigate what is going on around the UK and they want


a more joined up approach. A National Crime Agency says it is


doing what it can. Our Prime Minister and former Home Secretary


made this a priority when she was at the Home Office. New laws are now in


place. The message from the NCA is it is time to get tougher but they


need the public's help to get there. Thank you very much.


The Food Standards Agency says that some 700,000 imported eggs


contaminated with a pesticide have entered the food chain here.


That's a massive increase over the original estimate of 21,000.


Several supermarkets have withdrawn egg-based products but the FSA says


they are unlikely to pose any risk to public health.


Dumped and discarded. This Belgian farmer has had to destroy not just


his eggs but his hands as well. The produce is contaminated with an


insecticide which is banned for use in the food chain. That is where it


has ended up on a potentially massive scale.


TRANSLATION: You cannot put your eggs on the market for three months.


And so I took the decision to kill the animals because it is really too


expensive. The company which came to treat the red lights with an organic


product really used Fipranol. He is not alone. This farm is in the clear


that millions of eggs have now been pulled from supermarket shelves on


the continent. Fipranol may be popular for getting rid of fleas on


pets but it can be dangerous to humans. Here in the UK, we produce


our own eggs but also import them full stop some of the eggs from


affected farms have ended up here as well. We're not talking about fresh


eggs we buy off supermarket shelves. The affected eggs went into


processed foods like sandwich fillings and salads. A few days ago


the Food Standards Agency said 21,000 eggs were affected. Today


that shot up to 700,000. Sounds a lot but that is just .007% of all


the eggs we eat every year. There is no reason why people should avoid


eating eggs. Our assessment it is very unlikely it is a public health


risk. People need to not have food which contains a substance that


should not be there. Four supermarkets of limited number of


products as a precaution. Others will already have been consumed. Yet


another food scare, highlighting just how complex supply chains can


be and how easily problems can spread.


Just when you thought the war of words between North Korea


and America could not get any more heated Pyonyang has pushed


A statement from the dictatorship says it has a plan to launch


missiles into the sea around the US Pacific island territory of Guam.


Washington has threatened a devastating response.


From Guam, Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports.


It may not look like it but there is trouble in paradise. This little


Pacific holiday island is now the focus of unwanted worldwide


attention. This is the reason. From North Korea today, this strangely


detailed threat. TRANSLATION: The rocket will be


launched by the Korean People's Army and will cross the sky above Japan,


flying 3356 kilometres for 1065 seconds before hitting the water is


30 to 40 kilometres away from qualm. This is the missile. On parade in


Pyongyang this spring. No one should doubt it can reach qualm. In recent


months, North Korea has successfully tested a host of long-range


missiles. But it'll holiday island is now within the reach of Kim Jong


Un. At the volleyball court, the locals seem strangely unperturbed. I


think we are kind of used to the whole ebb and flow of hearing we're


going to be bombed and it not happening and hearing about it


again. It is not anything that is new to us. It never follows through,


so I was not really concerned. Think it is probably like the distraction


maybe, a political kind of move on the side of US and career, just to


get attention may be. If the aim of North Korea is to scare people, have


a look, it does not seem to be working. People are not cleaned the


beaches for the airport. The threat is very specific. That has a few


people worried that maybe, just maybe, Kim Jong Un is planning some


sort of action to fire one or more missiles over Japan in this


direction. Qualm was mighty macro huge military bases are home to a


fleet of B-1 bombers. It makes the island are very attractive target.


The tourists, on whom this island depends, are always a much more


jittery than the locals. TRANSLATION: I saw the news and


started to check where the US military bases are located. I am


worried. Everyone here is hoping this latest threat is more North


Korean bluff. They are also starting to wonder, what that they will do if


it is not. -- what will they do if it is not?


Police looking for a jogger who knocked a woman into the path


of a bus on Putney Bridge in London have arrested a man.


Video of the incident was widely distributed on social media


A man aged 50 was arrested at property in Chelsea


and has been released pending further investigation.


The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England


in June was the highest since December 2007.


NHS England said around 4 million patients were


Other key targets were also missed - including urgent


He has had his operation but he had to wait a long time for it.


Andy waited more than 40 weeks before


going into surgery on his foot to relieve serious arthritis.


During that long delay, everyday life became


I couldn't walk great distances and it was


quite painful afterwards, taking an awful lot of painkillers


to sort of try and keep the pain down.


And although I do IT work and sit at a desk


all day, I was finding the middle of the afternoon


I had to stop, lie down, put my feet up just


because it was too painful to sit any longer.


The total waiting list for a routine surgery in England


fell back a decade ago after government investment.


But in recent years, it has crept back up again


and in June, it's estimated to have gone above 4 million.


Most worryingly of all perhaps is this is


the sign of a trend that is going in the wrong direction.


Progressively we are seeing more and more people


on the waiting list and with continuing austerity there is no end


NHS England argues that more operations are


A spokesperson said, more than nine out of ten patients


We're working hard to cut long waits and the


number of patients waiting over a year the treatment has dropped.


Key waiting time performance targets have been missed again but NHS


England's leaders are stressing today that in an important aspect of


emergency care, progress has been made.


That is the treatment of patients with heart failure after


A new report shows fewer lives were lost


in England and Wales after heart failure,


partly because more specialists and new medicines were available in


Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also seen


rising waiting lists for surgery though with different target


Andy's 10-month wait was unusual but more patients


around the UK are experiencing longer delays, more pain and


Our top story... Modern slavery is in every large town and city. Police


say there are thousands of victims. Coming up... I am here at the London


stadium as the man who defied illness now tries to beat his rivals


to the world title. And coming up in


Sportsday on BBC News... Rory McIlroy starts his quest for a


third US PGA title as play


gets under way in North Carolina. Weeks on from the bomb attack


on Manchester arena, nine victims 22 people were killed


and 116 were hospitalised in the suicide bombing


by Salman Abedi on the 22nd of May. They included Robbie Potter


and his partner Leonora Ogerio, who were waiting to collect


their daughters from the concert. The couple were in the lobby


when the bomb exploded. Judith Moritz has been talking


to them about their long You may find parts of her


report distressing. I remember everything of that night


we went through, everything. It's probably only a 20, 30-second


thing, but it feels like an hour. This was Robbie Potter


with his girlfriend, Leonora, after the Manchester Arena


explosion. They stood next to the attacker


and lived to tell the tale. I will never ask his name,


I don't want to know his name. There's no point hating a man


that's already dead. They had gone to collect


their kids from a concert. The children were safe inside


but their parents were in the lobby The brightest flash I have


ever seen in my life. It was like a cloud


of mercury exploding. You see bits of silver flying


everywhere, which was obviously the bolts and nuts he'd packed


into his bag and his body. My girlfriend went


flying, hit the floor. There was a group of four or five


kids, I think there were. I just jumped in front of them


and told them to follow me, She dived, where she obviously


collapsed and fell on the floor, but I found out I'd punctured my


lung and had a couple of bolts You came very close


to not surviving. Even after the operation,


I don't think they thought. This bolt fired from the bomb


straight into Robbie's heart. He cheated death


by a hair's breadth. You can see the two ribs here,


that's the back of the ribs... The bolt was removed with incredible


precision by this surgeon It was wedged between the back


wall and the front wall of the two blood vessels,


so a millimetre either way Thankfully it didn't,


but we wouldn't be having this One, two, three, four,


I declare a thumb war. Robbie's daughter Tegan


was separated from her dad Next time she saw him,


he was in a coma. She called him names


to try and wake him up. It's just hard to see, with him just


lying there, not talking. Tegan said "come on


Fathead, it's Peahead." Obviously that's our names


we call each other. And as soon as that happened,


the eyes just lifted. Robbie's girlfriend Leonora was also


badly hurt and sedated in hospital. Waking up, she didn't know


what had happened to him. The first question I asked was,


where is he, and they said Leonora has multiple fractures


to both of her legs. She and Robbie each face many


months of rehabilitation. We want to look after each other


but we can't do that. We can't do that because we


are both on the mend. Before the blast,


Robbie played rugby. Now every step is an effort


but he says he's determined that A leading charity is warning


that the number of rough sleepers in England,


Scotland and Wales is set More than 9,000 people are thought


to be homeless and research conducted for Crisis suggests


the Government's official figures The charity highlights the growing


problem of so-called sofa surfing, where people temporarily bed down


at friend's houses. It's nice when you know you've got


somewhere safe to go to. It's nice when you know you've


got a sofa to go to. That night you know you're


going to be comfortable. It might last today,


it might last tomorrow, but then that's it, I'm back out


on the streets again. He goes from one house to the next,


sleeping on friends' couches to try It gets to you a little bit


because you've got your friendship with your friends, you're happy


they have looked after you for a little bit,


and then you know you've got to go. Then again, you're sitting


there thinking every day, "Right, it's a struggle,


what am I going to do What have I got


to get motivated for? Today's report suggests


more than 68,000 people It's a hidden type of


homelessness because it goes Campaigners say it's


on the rise and will get worse For those sleeping rough,


their patience is wearing thin. That's why people drink


a lot and are on drugs. I don't blame them


because they can't live. It's not difficult to find people


like this here in Leicester City centre who say they have no choice


but to sleep on the streets. This man says he's been homeless


for years, and he believes the main drivers for homelessness are drugs


and mental health problems. He now helps those


who have nowhere to go. We have new things like legal highs


now that are coming out. People who are in chaos,


got nowhere to turn, will take these legal highs and it


just makes homelessness a bit more harder because it's hard


to engage with these people. The Government says it's investing


more than ?500 million It says new legislation that will be


implemented next year will put pressure on councils to do more


to help rough sleepers. I'm fed up of living


like this, sick of it. Most days I don't make


enough for what I need Relatives of some of


the 29 people killed in the Omagh bombing are to sue


Northern Ireland's Chief Constable for alleged failings


in the investigation. The families believe mistakes made


by the police allowed They are seeking damages


and a declaration that their human The attack in 1998 was


the deadliest of the Troubles. Athletics - and the Botswana athlete


Isaac Makwala will compete He was unable to take part


in the heats on Monday night because officials said he had


the norovirus but - unusually - he was allowed to run a time trial


on his own last evening. it is fair to say not many of us had


heard of Isaac Makwala a few days ago but he's become one of the stars


of these championships and it's an incredible story. On Monday Makwala


was barred from competing because authorities thought he had the


norovirus. Makwala insisted that wasn't the case and yesterday


finally he was allowed to run his 200 metres heat two days after his


rivals on his own. It was quite remarkable sight. He made the


qualifying time, and a couple of hours later he raced in his


semifinal. He finished second, then qualified for tonight's final and


has a really good chance of winning it although he faces high quality


opposition. The final is at 9:50pm, live on BBC One and it could be very


special indeed. Andy, thank you very much.


Now, we know that all sorts gets washed up on our beaches.


But walkers enjoying the North Norfolk coast


Just take a look at this - that's right, those are people


This one was at Eccles on Sea - and measured over 100 metres


The Coastguard say they were being towed out to Algeria from Norway


Sir Alan Ayckbourn is one of Britain's most successful


playwrights, best known for comic portrayals of the middle classes.


Now, aged 78, he's turned to science fiction for the first time.


His new play 'The Divide' is co-produced by the Old Vic


and premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival tomorrow.


It's set 100 years from now, in an England where a deadly


contagion has separated men from women.


Our Arts Editor Will Gompertz asked the playwright what prompted


It was, I think, an attempt by me to bridge my ageing writing


personality to a younger generation, and the way to do that, I thought,


was through the medium of science fiction.


It gives you an even playing field, where you say to your younger


audience, "Now this is a world that I don't know but I have


created and you don't know, and you can inhabit it."


Is it a concern of yours that the theatre is failing


If you look in the average audience, maybe because of money but they seem


The sort of people I want in there... You can get the very young,


you can catch them before they are ten but after that they are lost


tribe. I want that audience back. where we are considered mature


enough to be possible carriers How do you keep on


challenging yourself? How do you make sure, you know,


after all these plays you don't find yourself


repeating past ideas? That is a real problem


because I keep thinking I must have I had a stroke a few years back,


and for the first time in my life Then a little germ arrived


and I go, wow, they're still manifesting and of course


now manifesting furiously. I feel very excited


but a little bit nervous. I've written next


year's play as well. It's a play called


Better Off Dead, I hope that Sir Alan Ayckbourn speaking


to our Arts Editor Will Gompertz. Time for the weather now with Tomasz


Schafernaker. Today was a pretty good day across most of the UK but


we are starting the weather forecast with some ominous clouds. That means


the weather is going little bit downhill tomorrow. The clouds will


increase across many parts of the country with rain in the forecast as


well. There's an extensive area of cloud across the Atlantic, we are in


a window of fine weather which we have got out there right now and


this is what it looks like a few hours ago. You can see plenty of


weather, scattered fairweather clouds and some showers in the


south-east. This evening, dry weather across England and Wales


this coming night. By the end of the night we will probably have rain in


Northern Ireland, western Scotland and additionally it will turn windy,


even gale force winds. This is the low that will be moving across the


UK tomorrow. In the evening for many it's not looking too bad. But


western areas, with that south-westerly wind blowing off the


Atlantic, comes also a big shroud of cloud and spots of rain. Most rain


will be light so it is not a wet wet day but it will turn overcast. The


south-east might stay dry through most of the day. Into Saturday the


weather front moves through, the weather improves, but the morning


might be a bit cloudy with drizzle but the afternoon is looking a lot


better. Saturday overall a fine day, temperatures more like September to


be honest, and much the same on Sunday, but compared to what some of


us have had over the last few days we can say Sunday is looking fine.


Here is the headline for the weekend, largely dry with sunny


spells so finishing on a positive note. That's all from the BBC News


at six so it's goodbye from me