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In one of the biggest investigations into modern day slavery,


11 people from the same family, are found guilty.


Members of the Rooney clan, used threats and violence including


punishment beatings, to force victims to work


Police described the conditions some of the captives had to live


They were living in caravans that were dirty.


Many had to use the wood as a toilet, and someone living in stable


And all the while the gang masters lived a life with exotic


President Trump tweets that America is "locked


and loaded," ready to deal with North Korea, if necessary.


The steel firm Tata, can offer less generous


pensions to workers, in return for safeguarding jobs.


The cannabis factory inside a nuclear bunker, three men are jailed


after drugs worth ?1 million are seized.


And Sir Mo was certainly pleased, but a succession of British athletes


have underperformed at the World Championships in London.


And coming up on BBC News, as the Premier League


gets ready to begin, Liverpool's star player


Philippe Countinho hands in a transfer request,


Good evening, and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


11 people from the same family have been convicted of running


a modern slavery ring in Lincolnshire and keeping


vulnerable people in conditions that police have described


Members of the Rooney family picked up victims from the streets


and kept them in squalid conditions in caravans


Using threats and violence, including punishment beatings to


keep them in line. Victims were forced to work in the family's


construction business for little or no wages.


Our North of England Correspondent Judith Moritz reports.


Yes, the Ronneys were flashy with their money. They went on holiday to


Barbados, they had cosmetic surgery, they shelled out thousands of


pounds. But by terrible contrast, by very stark contrast, the people they


controlled were kept in poverty. For many, many years, forced to live in


squalid conditions. The police tell us tonight that one of their victims


was held captive for, they believe, around a quarter of a century. His


family had given him up for dead. Fathers, sons, cousins across the


generations, a leading members of one family, whose cruelty has banned


the decades. The Ronneys were the masters, this is where they kept


their slaves. They were forced to live in these caravans in squalor


and in filth, conditions not fit for human habitation. Whilst those who


controlled them lived in comfort and luxury. The Rooneys had many


victims, including this man, whose interview has been re-voiced to


predict his identity. I have been on and off the streets for years, drugs


and alcohol. I haven't seemed to be able to get settled. See, they have


scarred me. Sometimes I have flashbacks, and you know what I


mean, nightmares and that. I'm always wary about them. Patrick


Rooney was one of those posing as a bespectacled businessmen, Lady in


driveways. But in reality, the family used slave labour, forcing


vulnerable men into labour. One man is the bit how the workmen appeared.


They weren't treated as civilised at all. They were treated as if they


were subhuman. I was truly astonished. There was no machine to


strip the old tarmac off, nothing. These guys did it all by hand. And


it was extremely hard work for them, I will give them that. They didn't


stop. They didn't have any breaks, anything. All they got was we made


them a few cups of tea, if you drop it biscuits. They were delighted to


get a cup of tea, because I knew and they knew they weren't going to get


anything else. Not for the day. In contrast, the family lived lavishly.


This expensive funeral for one relative showing their wealth. In


the local Lincolnshire community, it didn't go unnoticed. The people they


were preying on were the most vulnerable. They made a lot of money


out of them, and the stories I was hearing about big wodges of cash.


Bringing the 11th family members to book has taken several years. The


police needed to win the trust of victims who were very vulnerable.


They were dirty. They were thin. The clothes they were wearing were


terrible. We took them to the reception centre, one victim had to


use an entire bottle of shampoo to make himself feel clean. To how they


are now, in employment, going to college, they are reunited with


their families. It is absolutely heart-warming and amazing to see the


transformation. It makes it all worthwhile. They preyed on the


homeless and desperate, offering them shelter and work. But there was


no dignity in this, only lives exploited and destroyed. Judith


Moritz, BBC News, Nottingham. President Trump has stepped up


the war of words with North Korea, saying the US military is "locked


and loaded," with plans in place, Russia has now intervened


in the deeping crisis, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,


calling on both sides to sign up to a plan,


to de-escalate tensions. Our North America correspondent


Nick Bryant reports. After fire and fury comes


"locked and loaded" - not the title of some


Hollywood summer blockbuster, but the words of America's


commander in chief, to describe his country's


state of military readiness. These are the latest pictures


of B-1 bombers stationed in Guam, the motto of this squadron,


"Fight tonight." President Trump reminded


people of that He's deploying social media


to ratchet up his rhetoric. "Military solutions are now fully


in place, locked and loaded, Hopefully, Kim Jong-un


will find another path." And last night, there


was another personal warning He has disrespected


our country greatly. He has said things


that are horrific. And with me,


he's not getting away with it. He got away with it for a long time


between him and his family. He's not getting away with this.


This is a whole new ball game. As the government of Japan deployed


missile interceptors to guard against North Korean rockets,


international leaders essentially TRANSLATION: I believe that I'm


firmly convinced that an escalation of rhetoric will not contribute


to a solution of this conflict. TRANSLATION:


When a fight has nearly broken out, the first step away from that


dangerous threshold should be taken by the side


that is stronger and smarter. Amidst this verbal brinkmanship,


it's emerged the Trump administration has been secretly


talking to North Korea about Americans in prison there,


and deteriorating relations. The news came as America's Defence


Secretary emphasised diplomacy. You can see the American effort


is diplomatically lead, it has diplomatic traction,


it is gaining diplomatic results. And I want to stay


right there, right now. The tragedy of war


is well enough known. It doesn't need another


characterisation beyond the fact Holiday-makers on Guam,


the island North Korea has threatened with missiles


still seem unfazed. But amongst the beach


reading this morning, a fact sheet from the Guam


government, warning not A pattern has emerged this week.


President Trump continuing to use this fiery and unconventional


rhetoric. But others in his Administration using much more


nuanced, much more traditional, much more diplomatic language. Now,


perhaps there's a good cop, bad cop dynamic playing out here. It's also


reminiscent of what President Richard Nixon used to describe as


the madman theory of you plant in the mind of your adversarial the


sense that you are volatile, that you are unpredictable, that you are


prepared to do anything. Now, that strategy didn't work with Nixon in


Vietnam, and of course it is a very dangerous strategy if that is the


case to apply now, because any miscalculation, any mistake, could


so easily lead to war. OK, Nick, thank you. Nick Bryant live there in


Washington. The steel company Tata,


has been given the go-ahead to separate its UK pension scheme


from the rest of the business, which will help tens of thousands


of the firm's workers. Staff voted earlier this year


to accept less generous pensions, in return for


investment to secure jobs. The move is expected to clear


the way for a possible merger Our correspondent Wyre Davies


reports now from Port Talbot. Tata Steel had warned


for years that its UK business was under threat,


and wanted to radically reduce pension benefits to workers,


or face the prospect of having For months, employees who stood


to lose thousands of pounds from the retirement plans have been


meeting to review their options. All of a sudden, you come


to the end of your working life, And you have got to work another


seven years in order to get what you have worked for your entire


life without any penalties, I've been there for 23 years,


24 years, and you think you're going to be secure


when you're 60 or 65, and now The ?15 billion British Steel


Pension Scheme is Around 130,000 members will be


affected and the new plan would see current owners Tata paying


?550 million into the The scheme will also get a stake


of one third of Tata's UK business Workers who sign up


to today's proposal will have Other options include


transferring into a personal pension scheme, or they can stay


with the old British Steel scheme, which is backed by the pension


protection fund, that's the really controversial part,


because that's normally only available to companies that


have gone out of business. The Pension Protection Fund


is there to protect the members, So I think the issue


that everyone has is, why should they be allowed to join


the PPF when the liability Which has plenty


of cash, as we know? Though this agreement does protect


workers' pension plans, it also makes the company,


Tata Steel, much more attractive And with the German steel giant


Thyssenkrupp waiting in the wings, there will be renewed concerns


about future job losses and even closures at some UK steel plants,


including Port Talbot. The German firm says


it wants to consolidate European steel-making,


but industry experts say that Port Talbot


is in a relatively strong position. I think the immediate future


for workers at Port Tolbert Port Talbot has restored its


competitiveness, it's been helped by the exchange rate of the pound


against other currencies. Port Talbot has been synonymous


with steel-making for 70 years. And although only one fifth


of the once 20,000-strong workforce Our Business Editor


Simon Jack is here. Is this good news for workers?


Breaking pension promises is never ideal, and people will get less in


the future, but remember, workers voted for this. Tata Steel have


convinced workers, and today, the readily to, that without doing this,


then the future looked grim. If you cast your mind back 18 months, the


future of this plant looked incredibly bleak, people were


talking about closures. So this is good news. The conundrum here is,


Todd Steele said, we may go bust, but the industry expert says they


are making good money at the moment. If we don't have the drain of the


ongoing viability of the pension fund, we can make good progress. We


are going to file possibly on the idea of an imminent merger, they


say, "Look, this is an effective stand-alone company, we might do a


joint venture or merging the future. That is not definite." All in all,


if you look at where we were 18 months ago, jobs look secure for the


medium-term we have to take it as good news. OK, Simon. Simon Jack


there. The judge leading the inquiry


into the Grenfell Tower disaster, has written to the Prime Minister


with recommendations, about the scope


of his investigation. Sir Martin Moore-Bick,


has outlined his proposals, following weeks of talks


with survivors. It's expected Theresa May


will set out the terms of reference for the inquiry,


in the coming weeks. Three men have been jailed,


for running a cannabis factory inside a former nuclear


bunker in Wiltshire. One received eight years,


the other two were sentenced five. All three admitted conspiracy


to produce drugs, after several thousand cannabis plants


with an estimated street value of ?1 million were seized.


Duncan Kennedy reports. Hidden beneath the wooded


hills of Wiltshire, even today, the bunker remains


a secretive, subterranean world. Its old antenna and air vents


the only sign of its existence. But five metres below ground, this


Cold War sanctuary was transformed This was where 4,000 cannabis plants


were found, spread over two floors. The men behind it


were Martin Fillery, Plamen Nguyen and Ross Winter,


who were jailed today for admitting Police say using the nuclear bunker,


once owned by the Ministry of Defence, meant the gang


could exploit its This was a highly organised


operation, and of course, the nuclear bunker provided that


level of security, and covertness This was the bunker as it was,


a secret headquarters for regional government in the event


of a nuclear war. 150 officials could survive


here for up to a month. They found everything from


a big-screen TV, to a fish tank. And all with the home comforts


of an underground world, where the underworld


could go to ground. The gang even bypassed the mains


meter, ripping off ?650,000 All to keep the cannabis growing,


and drying around the clock. In fact, they thought this facility


would provide them with the perfect Why? First of all,


you can't see it from the road. It's completely isolated, and


the complex itself can be locked up. They managed to keep this place


a secret for three years. A place built for a icon in raw


global world tensions, it ended up as an industrial scale


cannabis production line. But one now consigned


like the Cold War itself to history. Duncan Kennedy, BBC News,


at Chilmark in Wiltshire. In one of the biggest investigations


into modern-day slavery, 11 people from the same family have been


convicted. I am here at the Emirates Stadium as the English Premier


League season kicks off for the first time on a Friday.


Coming up in World Athletics Sportsday in the next 15 minutes


We'll be looking ahead to the evening session


including Dina Asher-Smith in the 200 metres final.


Eggs from European poultry farms, containing traces of insecticide,


have now been found in nearly 20 countries.


They've been contaminated with the pesticide fipronil,


which can damage the kidney, liver and thyroid gland.


The European Commissioner for Food Safety, is calling


for high-level talks to tackle the problem, and has called


for an end to countries blaming and shaming each other.


Here's our Europe Correspondent Damian Grammaticas.


The Netherlands is Europe's biggest producer of eggs. But millions of


chickens might have to be slaughtered. This farm has been


given the all clear. The pest control company that fumigate her


band, didn't use the banned insecticide fipronil but the damage


to hurt industry has been done. The farmers trust the companies to come


and do their stuff. There are many rules in the Netherlands, so we are


thinking it is OK. The extent of the problem is spreading. Where it


started in the Netherlands, farms in Belgian, Germany and France, farms


have had to be close. Eggs have been withdrawn from sale from the UK,


Ireland to Poland, Italy and Romania. In Switzerland, even as far


as Hong Kong, there have been re-calls. All this shows how


interconnected our industrial food chains are. Belgian authorities said


the first signs of a problem may have emerged as long ago as November


in the Netherlands. There are difficult questions for European


countries, why wasn't anything done sooner? The European Commission has


called for a meeting of member states to get to the bottom of The


States. The aim is to continuously improve the effectiveness of the EU


system to deal with food fraud and food safety issues. Fipronil is used


to kill fleas in domestic pets and is not allowed on animals entering


the food chain. The amounts discovered in eggs are not harmful


to humans, but prosecutors said two people have been arrested for


threatening public health. TRANSLATION: Be mixed this substance


in something to come into contact with the food chain and they did it


for their own profit. They put health in Dayjur and damaged food


safety. That confidence in what we eat it save may be taking time to be


repaired. A man who murdered his brother


by setting him on fire, has been sentenced to life in prison


and told he must serve Blair Logan had admitted


killing Cameron Logan, at the family in East Dunbartonshire


near Glasgow on New Year's eve. He also seriously injured his


brother's girlfriend. Blair Logan, a young man


who murdered his brother in a horrific attack,


which he planned and prepared for ahead of time and


researched on the Internet. His victims, his brother Cameron,


with whom he had what's described as a hostile relationship,


and Cameron's girlfriend What is very clear is that


your stated intention, I accept your violence


here was out of character. This was, nonetheless,


an exceptionally serious crime. Logan, wearing a mask,


had entered the room at the family home where his brother


and his girlfriend were sleeping. He poured petrol over their bed


and then set fire to Cameron. 12 days later, the 27-year-old


admitted his crimes. Rebecca Williams was in court


for the sentencing. In a statement afterwards,


she said Cameron had been her best friend and partner


and that their future together had She said she wished,


more than anything, Rebecca, seen here to the right


of her father, suffered severe The horror of what happened in that


room will haunt me for ever. It was a calculated


and intentional attack. Cameron died in the most cruel way,


in front of my eyes. The actions of one evil


individual cannot be undone. The length of the sentence imposed


today was never going to be enough for such a barbaric


and ruthless murder. In sentencing him, Judge Lady Scott


said whilst she accepted Logan had a limited ability to appreciate


the consequences of his actions, he had acted with wicked


recklessness and was fully, criminally responsible


for what he had done. The judge added, she could not


imagine the pain his parents would endure, having lost,


in effect, both of their sons. Lorna Gordon, BBC News


at the High Court in Edinburgh. It doesn't seem that long ago


when the season ended, but tonight the English Premier League kicks off


again, and for the first Arsenal take on Leicester City,


in this, the 25th year of the EPL. Our Sports Correspondent Andy Swiss


is at the Emirates Yes, it is an unusual start before


the Premier League season. The first time it has kicked off on a Friday


night. Why? It is good for TV audiences and Arsenal against


Leicester is an intriguing opening match. Arsenal, looking to bounce


back from their worst Premier League season for 20 years, whilst


Leicester suffered something of a hangover last season after the


incredible Premier League triumph. It is a chance for the fans to see


some new players at the Premier League clubs have been splashing the


cash. They have spent more than ?1 billion this summer and Arsenal fans


will be interested to see their new ?50 million striker, Alexandra


lacquers. As for the question as to who will win the title, Chelsea are


the champions and Manchester City are the favourites. But as Leicester


fans will tell you, anything is possible. Indeed. Thank you.


With just two full days left of the World Athletics Championships


in London, there have been sell out crowds, but little cheer


Only one gold medal so far, thanks to Sir Mo Farah.


As Natalie Pirks reports, UK Sport's target of between six


to eight medals overrall, looks increasingly unlikely.


We had hoped for more of this... Instead, the enduring images of


these championships from a British perspective have been of tears and


heartbreak. They are measured in measured Billy McClure medals and Mo


Farah might be the only gold medallist, double gold medallist


Bertie is leaving and going to the road. Five years on from London when


you think about legacy, it is in great. Before these championships


began, the British performance director told me they would need a


lot of luck or they could be kicked in the backside. In a game of fine


margins, this isn't a team short of flair, it is short on fortune. Last


night, Nathaniel Mitchell Blake was the latest Briton to come forth in


his event, making up the quartet of the oh so close. Just inches


separated the likes of Kyle Langford and Laura Muir from a podium spot.


Nevertheless, it now means UK sport's target of six medals looks a


distant dream, especially with Greg Rutherford injured. It is difficult


to win medals in athletics. It is a fact of life. Other sports, with


Olympic sports who win a lot of gold medals, it doesn't take anything


away from their achievements, but not as many people or countries


participate. This is the hardest sport in the world to win a major


title. Athletics received the highest amount of funding. But they


think it is money well spent for the future. They are in transition, the


older group have gone and the younger ones are coming up. The


World Championships of the World Championships but overall I think we


have put on a good show. I think it is good experience but in a few


years, the gold medals. Coming. The British athletes are trying their


best, but at the moment, their best isn't good enough.


Mo Farah has been responsible for six medals and the 5,000m tomorrow


night represents his last chance of carrying British hopes on the track


at a major championships. But there are around three medal hopes up for


grabs with Dina Asher-Smith, the bash out in the women's 200 metres.


Clive. Natalie, thank you. Not getting bad, but it is cloudy


today. Lovely picture, but look at those guys, many of us have had the


source of weather today but this next picture, huge contrast. I love


the two colours between the first and second. Beautiful blues here


this is in Nottingham. This is what we have got at the moment across the


country, a lot of cloud across the UK. Clouded over in the south-east


where the first part of the day was nice. A lot of sunshine around. But


for most this evening and overnight it will be cloudy. Rain from time to


time, not too heavy. There will be breaks in the cloud so if you are


hoping to catch the shooting stars this weekend, you might get a chance


tonight. But the better will be tomorrow. The weather is improving.


The morning might start of cloudy in the south and the south-east because


we are close to a weather front which is just exiting. In the


afternoon, it will be a mixture of sunny spells, lengthy sunny spells


and a few scattered showers. On balance, I think we have a fine day


on the way, but don't be surprised if you do catch a brief, light


sprinkle of rain. Tomorrow evening is looking better. A great


opportunity to get out there and enjoy the views of those shooting


stars. Sunday, the better day, we will have more sunshine right from


the word go. There will be fewer showers, pleasant temperatures and a


bit of rain heading our way. It will be approaching early on Monday so it


will be an unsettled day on Monday, Tuesday a bit better but the good


thing is, the weekend is looking decent.


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