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Tonight at 6pm - four serving soldiers arrested on suspicion


Three of them are believed to be members of the Royal Anglian


Regiment. They are being detained under terror laws.


They're accused of belonging to National Action -


it was banned last year for being racist,


A fifth person, a civilian, is also being held.


Also tonight - the toddler stamped to death by her mother -


a review blames care workers for believing the killer.


South Korea shows off its weapons - Russia's President Putin warns that


a military stand-off threatens a global catastrophe.


Kate and William win their privacy battle over topless photos -


a French celebrity magazine is ordered to pay damages.


My run will start from Los Angeles and it will go


And she'll end up in New York - meet Mimi the grandmother who's


And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News, Gareth Bale says Wales


will face their World Cup qualifier with Moldova tonight with conviction


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


Four serving members of the British army have been arrested on suspicion


of being members of National Action, a banned neo-Nazi group.


They are being held under terror laws,


although police say the public was never in danger.


Three were arrested in Britain and a fourth in Cyprus. A fifth person, a


civilian is also being detained. Our Home Affairs Correspondent Tom


Symonds is at West Midlands Police These arrests are highly significant


because they are the first in connection of suspected membership


of an extreme right-wing organisation. These men are in their


early 20s and 30s and they are being questioned at an unidentified West


Midlands Police station. The BBC has been told three of the


men are members of the Royal Anglian Regiment which recruits in Norfolk,


Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge. Four arrest in the UK, one in Cyprus. An


army spokesman said we can confirm...


That group is National Action, which described itself last year in the


language of Hitler's fascism, as a national socialist youth movement.


Its members marched the streets. The focus was as much on spreading


neo-Nazi ideas online but experts say the far right is not well


supported. I think extreme right groups in Britain are very good


these days about creating a sense of greater scale on social media than


is actually the case. The National Action group are people that tend to


do that the very best. When the Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered by a


loner influenced by similar propaganda, the government acted,


prescribing or banning National Action. Despite the name, National


Action's court seeks doom by communities and stir up hatred.


Prescribing this neo-Nazi group will prevent its mothership growing,


prevent them spreading propaganda which allows a culture of hatred and


division to thrive. Legally, the group should not now exist but


police in Birmingham are questioning five suspected members under Counter


Terrorism laws while searches properties are carried out.


Three years ago toddler Ayeeshia Jayne Smith was murdered


by her own mother at the family home in Burton on Trent.


Today a review into her case has found that care workers


let their concern for the mother overshadow the needs of the child.


The report found that Ayeeshia's death could not have been predicted


but criticised social workers for taking what the mother


said at face value. Kathryn Smith is serving


a 19-year jail sentence. Sima Kotecha reports.


Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith, known as AJ to her family.


A toddler with a thin frame and described


as a happy and smiley child. At 21 months old, her


life was brutally cut short by her mother.


Kathryn Smith, a former drug addict with a history


of aggression and self-harm, stamped her daughter to death.


Today, the Serious Case Review said social workers and medical staff


should have asked more questions. The report says...


Derbyshire County Council has said sorry.


How can you assure people at home that this won't happen again?


Can you actually provide that assurance?


We work with hundreds of children every single day and we work hard


to keep them safe and the majority of times, we are successful


at doing so, but one death is one death too many.


And a death in such tragic circumstances, of course


we are all impacted by it and I am determined to make our services


as strong as they can be to minimise the risk of this happening again.


AJ was at home in the ground-floor flat behind me


Medical experts believe her heart was torn by one forceful stamp.


Pathologists also found 16 other injuries on her body including


an historical bleed to the brain and a damaged spine.


She was taken to hospital on more than one occasion


in the year she died, including four cuts on her lip


in the year she died, including for cuts on her lip


and chin and after collapsing. Again, warning signs were missed.


The Trust agree with the report's findings.


We had two instances where we definitely didn't show


enough professional curiosity around Ayeeshia-Jayne's attendance.


The febrile convulsion wasn't as it turned out a febrile convulsion.


We didn't go into Ayeeshia-Jayne's social situation, her family


situation as much as we should have, we didn't ask enough questions.


Concerns raised by AJ's biological father, Ricky Booth,


The aim of this review is to learn lessons.


But for AJ's family, today's report will bring little


comfort after the ordeal they have been through.


Russian President Vladimir Putin says further sanctions


against North Korea are useless - and that ramping up military


preparations could lead to global catastrophe.


It comes after the US said it would table a new UN resolution


on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of


a hydrogen bomb by the North. From Seoul, Yogita Limaye reports.


Off the eastern coast of South Korea, today


it was the Navy's turn to show its strength.


The Commander of this fleet said they were training


to bury the enemy at sea. South Korea has held military drills


for two days now in response to the North's nuclear test.


Pyongyang claims it successfully made a hydrogen bomb that can be


fitted on to missiles capable of reaching America.


At a UN conference in Geneva, North Korea's


The recent self defence images by my country DPRK,


are a gift package addressed to the US.


The US will receive more gift packages from my country as long


as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts


Those attempts include further squeezing of North Korea's economy.


But some don't think that's a good idea.


TRANSLATION: The use of sanctions of any kind in this case is already


As I told my colleagues yesterday, they will eat grass


but they will not give up this programme if they do not feel safe.


South Korea doesn't feel safe either and so it's setting up this American


anti-missile defence system, designed to shoot


And now, President Trump has said he is allowing Japan and South Korea


to buy more sophisticated military equipment from the US.


He's also agreed to remove limits on these South Korean missiles,


lifting restrictions on the weight of the they can carry.


lifting restrictions on the weight of the warheads they can carry.


It's this country, South Korea, which has the most to lose


Some people here even still have family living up in the North.


But they have heard these threats for so long now that they've almost


And yet, things are a bit different now.


TRANSLATION: The experiment North Korea did this time was much


larger in scale and so it makes me nervous.


This woman says she is worried but she doesn't believe war


Barely 50 kilometres from the border with North Korea,


people here live each day with the knowledge that


But with a strong belief that the peace that has held


for more than 60 years is not about to be broken.


Today was the first chance after the summer recess for MPs


The Brexit Secretary, David Davis, has said there are, what he called,


"significant differences" with European Commission over


the so-called divorce bill Britain will have to pay when it leaves


Here's our deputy political editor, Jon Pienaar.


What did you do this summer? David Davis tried to get exit talks into


high but it's been tough and colleagues like Foreign Secretary


Boris Johnson are demanding hardball with Brussels. Petty officials, so


much to do, so little time. Jeremy Corbyn's team look up for it, Naib's


EU policy is not all clear, his deputy talks about may be staying


inside the EU system. His Brexit spokesman doesn't go that far but


Labour have pledged to challenge ministers in Parliament's role,


judging Brexit, the devolved assemblies' role as well as workers'


rights. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Time to


answer questions and face the sceptics. Negotiations have been


tough at times but we have made progress on the important issues.


Britain was nowhere near agreeing the Brexit divorce bill or as he put


it... There are significant differences to be bridged in this


sector. So not easy but not our fault. The UK's approach is more


pragmatic and flexible than that of the EU as it avoids unnecessary


interruption to British business and consumers. Labour of course wasn't


buying it. No deal, which I had hoped had died a death since the


election could raise from the ashes. His message: get real. Too many


promises have been made about Brexit which can't be kept. Today, Labour


has decided to vote against the bill, turning all EU legislation


into British law. Ready to be kept in all weeded out later. If and when


they lose that road, it will just be the start of something like


parliamentary siege warfare while Labour look to win over the handful


of Tory rebels they need to pull ministers up short. Impatient with


Brexit? It's just the start. The two big parties on tune with respecting


referendum and now nothing else. How are you feeling about Brexit? There


is progress on Brexit? They will argue and say, it's impossible and


in the end, they will agree they have got to agree and it will be


done. This demo wanted Brexit stopped and many don't. While


negotiators plate a game of who blinks first, a vision of economic


uncertainty and political storms ahead now seems plain to see.


Scotland's First Minister has set out her party's programme


Nicola Sturgeon placed education and health reform


at the top of the agenda, and says she'll lift the 1% cap


Ms Sturgeon called the plans "fresh, bold and ambitious" -


but was accused by Conservative leader Ruth Davidson


of "over-promising and under-delivering".


Our Scotland Editor Sarah Smith is at Holyrood for us this evening.


Politics here have been so dominated this year so far by arguments over a


second Scottish referendum, Nicola Sturgeon is now trying to turn the


page. She knows she needs to show she's energetically attacking


politics in Scotland, schools and hospitals, not just worrying about


independent says she has come up with a long list of measures for


this parliamentary year. Nicola Sturgeon has got her hands


full and she wants all of us to know it. She promised to refresh her


policies after a disappointing general election result and now she


wants to seize back the political initiative with what she calls a


bold and ambitious programme for government. At it heart is this


ambition to make our country the best place in the world to grow up


and be educated. To live, work, visit and do business and the best


place to be cared for in times of sickness, need or vulnerability and


the best place to grow old. The First Minister announced significant


government investment in high-tech manufacturing and financial


technology and she was getting her own lesson today in digital skills.


But its education that will be the biggest test for the SNP. Faced with


falling standards in Scottish schools, they plan to give


headteachers more powers and responsibilities. Teachers along


with nurses and police officers will be among thousands of workers


getting a higher pay rise next year as Scotland is scrapping 1% public


sector pay cap. No details on how that might be paid for yet but a


strong hint, higher income taxes may follow. The opposition say the SNP


had to earn back the trust of the Scottish electorate. They must be


frank about the huge challenges Scotland faces. Not seek as its


first response to bury bad news or pretend it doesn't exist. Given what


we know of this government, we will wait to see whether these words are


backed up by action. The government should know this, after this last


year, it is on probation with the people of Scotland and it is time to


change tack and time to deliver. The Scottish Parliament will be busy and


the 16 new bills announced today, including the creation of a national


investment bank. And, free personal care for under 65 is suffering from


dementia and eight deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and


pardons for men convicted of same sex offences which are now legal.


The Scottish Government also wants to go further, faster with electric


cars. Promising a huge expansion of car charging facilities and plans to


phase out new petrol vehicles by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK


target. But remember, as a minority government, the SNP need the support


of other parties if they are to drive headpiece plans the next year.


Four serving members of the British Army have been


arrested on suspicion of links to a neo-Nazi group.


Hurricane Irma, now classified as extremely dangerous,


Our weather presenter tells us how bad it could be.


Coming up in Sportsday on BBC News: Chris Froome wins the individual


time trial at the Vuelta a Espana and nearly doubles his lead.


He's aiming to wrap up a Tour de France-Vuelta double.


The UN is warning of a risk of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar after a


dramatic increase in the nub of Rohingya Muslims cleaned into


Bangladesh. They are a minority group in the Buddhist state.


Fighting in the state of Rakhine has left at least 400 people dead.


The UN says 35,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh


That brings the total seeking refuge to more than 123,000


Our correspondent, Sanjoy Majumder, has sent this


Desperation is what is driving the Rohingya refugees. And Bangladesh,


which has taken them in, is being overwhelmed by the numbers that are


surging in. A truck has backed up to take all these refugees to the


nearest relief camp. You can just see the chaos as they are all


desperate to get on board. It is a chance for them to get somewhere


where they will be safe and where they can rest. They are getting a


sense now that things are slowly spinning out of control. Soldiers


try to bring in a sense of order. But the refugees are weak,


dehydrated and disorientated after days on the road. The Rohingyas


group are described as the worst persecuted minority, the Buddhist


majority Myanmar has denied them citizenship despite living there for


centuries. Now they have been driven out. Their villages burned, hundreds


killed, in a wave of religious violence. People are either being


shot or burnt alive in their homes. We had to flee for our lives. They


are making sure that no Muslims are left there. So they fled, carrying


with them whatever they could salvage from their wrecked homes.


Local volunteers meet them as they arrive. Handing out packets of


cooked rice and meat. Their first proper meal in days. But with so


many refugees coming game, space is running out. Existing camps are


stretched beyond capacity. New ones are being built by the hour, open


fields and hilltops have now become huge settlements. And the conditions


are basic. This pit filled with rainwater serving as the water


supply. These new arrivals are scattered in different locations,


different villages, makeshift site and the two existing refugees plight


is whether UN works. Those camps are reaching such a point and in one of


them, the population has more than doubled. -- saturation point.


Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated nations and


now it has to somehow find space for all the Rohingyas who are pouring


in. Princes William and Harry have


visited a new centre that is offering advice


and counselling to families affected They met members of the community


and volunteers in North Kensington at the Support 4 Grenfell community


hub. At least 80 people are thought


to have died in the fire Meanwhile, a French magazine has


been ordered to pay ?90,000 in damages to the Duke and Duchess


of Cambridge after it published topless photos of Kate


while on holiday in Provence The couple filed a criminal


complaint against 'Closer' magazine On one side of the Channel


today, there was barely a front page without her -


the Duchess of Cambridge, Her private life a cause for media


interest, national comment, But when does interest


become intrusion? In the Paris suburbs today,


judges ruled that French celebrity magazine Closer did


invade her privacy by publishing topless photos


of the Duchess on holiday. The pictures were taken from et


hello photo lens as they were sunbathing in a private villa.


The magazine Editor and Chief Executive were each


fined 45,000 euros - the maximum penalty,


C'est le montant maximum prevu par la loi.


The Royal couple were also awarded 100,000 euros in damages.


A high figure for France, but far smaller than the 1.5 million


The lawyer for Closer described the amount requested


as 'extravagant' and said the private lives of


the Royal Family were a matter of public interest.


TRANSLATION: The photos showed a couple in love.


And I'll remind you that in the case of the Duke's parents,


we were led to believe that they adored each other


by being given official photographs and it wasn't the reality.


Here, at least, the photos aren't offensive and show


It's in the public interest to know that.


The Duke of Cambridge said the clandestine way the photographs


were taken had been particularly shocking and all the more painful


given the way his mother Diana had died here in Paris,


In a statement after today's ruling, Kensington Palace described


the photographs as "a serious breach of privacy" and said the couple


"wished to make the point strongly that this kind of unjustified


Last week, William went to view tributes laid to Princess Diana


on the twentieth anniversary of her death.


Having watched the media make both hero and hostage of his mother,


the Duke of Cambridge seems determined to stop the same thing


For most people, running a marathon is an achievement.


For one grandmother from Kent, it's just a training session.


Mimi Anderson began running in her late thirties -


to overcome anorexia - and has since gone on to become one


of the top endurance runners in the world,


Now she's preparing for her biggest challenge yet, to become the fastest


For the next seven and a half weeks, Mimi Anderson will be running


at least 55 miles every single day as she makes her way


It's taken years of planning and a lot of training.


Oh, it's been really, really hard work, but I've sort


of built up my distances so that I will do a week where I'm running


And then the following week, I'm running a marathon every single day.


And then I'm doing 30 miles every single day.


My run will start from Los Angeles and it will go


She'll pass through 12 states in all, as she tries to break


the women's Coast-to-Coast record, set in 1979.


Oh, here are all your medals, what a haul!


I have to say I'm quite proud of them, actually, quite proud.


But Mimi is used to tough challenges.


She took up running in her mid-30s and, since then, has conquered some


of the hardest endurance races in the world.


This one here, the Marathon des Sables - which is 250


kilometres over six days, in the Sahara desert -


Nearly died doing it, but I loved it!


And then this race here, the iconic Badwater Ultramarathon.


Which is 135 miles in Death Valley, in America, so I think Death Valley


And they are races that have pushed her body to the limit.


The Arctic Race is called the 6633 Extreme Ultra Marathon.


It's 350 miles, nonstop, over eight days, in temperatures


And I actually won that race overall, male and female.


And I came in I think it was 24 hours ahead of the only other


But running across America is her toughest challenge yet.


I love, erm, the thought of me physically and mentally -


because that plays a big part - of actually being able to run


To power her to a new world record, she's relying on a lot of coffee,


ten pairs of running shoes and a support crew including her


She's already dreaming of the finish line.


When I get to the steps of the New York City Hall, ah!


Those steps, I'm just going to love them.


And I'll get down on my knees and I'll kiss them if necessary!


Mimi Anderson, who starts her journey across America on Thursday.


Now, we've barely seen the back of Hurricane Harvey,


but there's another one brewing, and it could be even bigger.


These are satellite images of Hurricane Irma, taken


It's been upgraded to Category 5, meaning it's extremely dangerous.


It's heading for the Caribbean, and then onto the southern


United States, and could bring wind speeds of around 175 miles-per-hour.


It is incredible, it is the strongest Atlantic facing hurricane


on record, winds of 180 mph and stronger gusts that could reach 220


mph. So just catastrophic damage they could do but they are half the


story. There is also going to be huge rainfall and into the centre of


the pressure in the middle of the storm, the sea surface bulges up and


we get a storm surge as the sea works into the land and that itself


could be 11 foot. I am six foot three, imagine two of me, a wall of


water blown in by the hurricane. It works in a cross and he get in the


next 11 hours. Across the British Virgin Islands as well. And we will


see further damage from the storm. Across the UK, a relatively quiet


day with a band of rain pushing East. Patchy in nature is brighter


skies try to working from the West. The cloud has broken up in Dorset


with sunshine coming through here. Still feeling humid across central


and eastern England and the humid air gets blown out of the way by a


westerly breeze as the cloud and rain clears Eastern counties.


Clearing skies and a dry night for many but there will be showers


across the North and West of Scotland running into North West


England. Temperatures overnight 11 or 12 degrees Delhi Wireplay --


fairly widely and it feels fresh, but not humid. Wednesday is going to


be a decent day come up mostly dry with sunshine to start the day and


Fairweather cloud and some showers mainly affecting North West Scotland


where it is quite windy and some sneaking into the Irish Sea coast of


North West England. Foremost, it stays dry and in the sunshine,


16-20dC. It does not stay settled for long because towards the end of


the week and the weekend, low pressure takes up residence and the


weather turns increasingly unsettled with rain showers on most days.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday, blustery winds making it feel cold


as well. That's all from the BBC News at Six,


so it's goodbye from me. And on BBC One, we now join


the BBC's news teams where you are.