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Tonight at Six.
A new front in the battle against
the online grooming of children.
Police warn that abusers are turning
to live streaming apps
to manipulate children.
We go undercover -
posing as a teenage girl -
within minutes she's targeted.
She's 14 and yet someone has just
asked her to take her shirt and her
We have a special investigation -
and look at what parents can do.
The terror threat in Britain -
an official report asks
whether the Manchester bombing
could have been prevented.
Theresa May is facing a backlash
from allies and opponents alike
as she tries to rescue
the Brexit talks.
The steelworker who's lost hundreds
of thousands from his pension pot.
He blames incorrect
While Root is at the crease
England still have a chance
against Australia -
it could be a fightback
for the history books.
Coming up on Sportsday later
in the hour on BBC News.
Will the IOC decide
on the ultimate sanction and
ban Russia from the Winter
Olympics next year?
Hello and welcome to
the BBC News at Six.
A BBC investigation has found that
online streaming apps used
by children to make live broadcasts
are being infiltrated by men
trying to groom them.
It comes as the National Crime
Agency says it arrested more
than 190 men across the UK
in a single week in connection with
sexual offences against children.
In this special report
Angus Crawford discovered how
quickly suspects try to target
children using the streaming apps -
the latest front in the battle
against online sexual abuse.
Meet this 20-year-old
online safety campaigner,
who we've transformed
into 14-year-old Samira.
She is going to try some of the most
popular live streaming apps to see
what it's really like to be
a teenage girl online.
First, Periscope, Twitter's live
video app used by children
all over the world.
So there are quite a few people,
within seconds - five, six,
seven people joining.
In minutes, the conversation
She is 14, and yet someone has just
asked her to take her
shirt and her bra off.
Next is Live.me, only launched
last year, now with more
than 20 million users.
Some send Samira direct messages
no one else can see -
clearly trying to groom her.
Omegle is a one-to-one video
chat app that randomly
connects her to users
around the world.
Most are men, some
I just said hi.
He said, may I show it?
I said, what?
He has got it out.
Pretty much as soon as I started,
all I said was hi.
I'm 14 and a girl.
And then I was inundated.
Here is a guy going on cam.
What's he doing?
He was naked.
He was naked?
And you told him you were 14?
Can you imagine if you had
been a 14-year-old girl?
My first reaction would
be to be confused.
For a second, it is nice having
the attention of the hearts,
and then it gets quite
dark, quite quickly.
And it is happening to real
children right now.
Look at this broadcast on Periscope.
Two girls we cannot identify,
around 11 years old.
2000 people are watching.
Some dare them to lift their shirts.
Read the comments as men
ask them to go further.
For those girls, it may
have seemed like fun,
but it can be devastating.
I found her inconsolable.
This is an actress,
but the words are true.
Those of a mother whose ten-year-old
daughter tried out Omegle for fun.
He switched his webcam on.
Showed her his private parts
and asked her to take photos
of herself, which she did.
He was never located.
This mother says parents have
to talk to their children
about the dangers.
Hi, I'm Sam.
That is also the message behind this
video launched today.
But for some in law enforcement,
that is not enough.
The tech companies
also need to do more.
The industry has emerged rapidly.
I think it is important to reflect
on how they are ensuring
younger children are not
using their services
and age verification,
maybe thinking about the moderation
techniques they might be
able to use.
No one from these app companies
would be interviewed.
But Periscope says it does not
tolerate this behaviour.
Omegle and Live.me did not
respond to our requests.
When children can broadcast to
the world from their own bedrooms,
whose job is it to keep them safe?
And Angus is here now.
You can imagine how worried parents
would be watching your report.
are two important messages. The
first to parents, get to know these
apps. Get to know how they can be
used safely and talk to your
children and to their schools. The
other important message is a wake-up
call for tech companies. They have
effectively created a means for
children to broadcast from their
bedroom to the world but the world
can look back into those bedrooms
and now the authorities are
effectively saying it is time tech
companies policed this space
properly and effectively.
An independent review
into the security services has
concluded that it's conceivable
that the Manchester terror attack
could have been prevented.
The report details how agents
about the bomber, Salman Abedi,
before he killed 22 people
at the Manchester Arena.
Despite this, the assessment
concludes there is "no case
for despair", saying most terror
plots are foiled.
Here's our security
correspondent, Gordon Corera.
Four terror attacks in three months,
with some of those responsible known
to the authorities, raising
questions as to whether they could
have been prevented. Today a review
said the bombing at Manchester Arena
that killed 22 in May was the only
one that might have been stopped.
The bomber Salman Abedi had been
known to the authorities in the past
but was not under active
investigation, however data analysis
of 20,000 former suspects flagged
him as one of a few dozen for
further investigation but nine days
before a meeting about this he
carried out his attack and in the
months leading up to that,
intelligence came in which if
assessed differently may have made a
In hindsight it is obvious
having received that intelligence
MI5 should have opened an
investigation and who knows what
that would have found. The fact is
they did not interpret the
intelligence that way, the
opportunity was missed.
Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in
Manchester. Her grandfather said he
did not blame the security services.
They will do the best they can with
the information they gather. Assess
the situation, make decisions and
act on it. I will not fault anyone
for doing their job.
On the other
attacks, in the case of London
Bridge, the ringleader was under
active investigation but there were
no signs of what he planned. At
Westminster Bridge, this man was a
former subject of interest but there
were no formal warning signs and in
Finsbury park, not intelligence on
the man charged. This year's attacks
were shocked to MI5 and the report
makes clear there needs to be
changes. There are 126
recommendations, perhaps the most
important that information from here
needs to be shared more freely with
police and others. The Home
Secretary said police would have the
money they needed.
We will announce
the budgets for policing for 2017-18
and I am clear we must ensure
counterterrorism has the resources
needed to deal with the threats we
As well as these attacks, nine
more plots have been stopped in the
past year and officials warned the
threat remains unprecedented.
Theresa May is under growing
pressure to find a way forward
after Brexit talks broke down
yesterday over the future
of Northern Ireland.
A deal on this first phase
of negotiations has to be in place
before next week's summit so talks
can move on to trade.
Labour has called Theresa May's
efforts an embarrassment.
Now, former Tory leader
Iain Duncan Smith says it's nearly
time to walk away from the talks -
as our political
editor Laura Kuenssberg.
You can shake hands as much as you
like. Are you confident of a deal?
But it does not mean there will be a
deal, the Spanish leader one of
dozens she has to get onside.
are a couple of issues we need to
work on, but I will be reconvening
in Brussels later this week.
this band they indeed right now, the
DUP's ten MPs, feeling their power
in every step. They refuse to back
Theresa May's deal in Brussels over
Ireland border which is they feel
will put Northern Ireland on a
different path to the rest of the
The text we were shown late
yesterday did not translate what we
had been told in general
conversations into reality.
you be willing to see the deal
We do not want to see the
talks fail and we do not want to see
no deal, we want a sensible Brexit.
Yesterday's collapse provoked
arguments on all science with some
believing Scotland, Wales and some
sectors of the economy should get
special status but in Dublin a clear
message, not budging, clinging to
the agreement that the North and
south with mirror each other's
The ball is in London's
court, the Prime Minister and the
European Commission and negotiating
teams have asked for more time.
Number 10 believes it could be back
on by the end of the week, sorted by
Christmas. But the failure yesterday
meant a barrage of attacks in the
What an embarrassment. If
the price of the Prime Minister's
approaches the break-up of the union
and reopening of bitter divides in
Northern Ireland the price is too
The suggestion we might depart
the European Union but leave one
part of the UK inside the single
market and customs union is
emphatically not something the UK
Government is considering.
is no agreement in camber that about
the -- in cabinet about what happens
next. The former leader telling the
BBC it might be time to walk away.
It is a game played out over power
and the answer boils down to who
will call the shots on this? Right
now, we have to say not good enough,
we cannot pay this price.
saying to Brussels, back off, or we
The statement is more
straightforward, you need to change
this process and to back off,
otherwise we get on with other
The Prime Minister and
DUP are yet to talk directly today.
Theresa May is not in total control
of her relationships with friends or
Our Ireland correspondent
Chris Buckler is in Stormont now.
This border issue is turning out to
be hugely complex, what are the
prospects of the solution?
has the same goal, nobody wants a
hard border, customs posts, but how
you achieve that they cannot agree
and the Irish government are
determined they had a deal that saw
no regulatory differences between
the two parts, Northern Ireland and
the Republic, but the DUP say they
will not accept differences between
Northern Ireland and the rest of the
UK. One solution has been put
forward by Ruth Davidson, for the
whole of the UK to stick to some
rules and regulations the EU will
have. Some within government are
against that because it could tie
their hands in the trade talks they
are desperately trying to get to.
Meanwhile this has left
relationships between Belfast and
Dublin antagonistic with the DUP
accusing the Irish government of
putting Anglo Irish relationships in
jeopardy and they are getting worse.
They accused the Irish government is
stopping British negotiators from
letting them see the controversial
text of the deal. As a result a
close focus on whatever words are
put forward in the future. You get
the impression Theresa May is
involved in two Brexit negotiations,
with the EU and with the DUP.
Rail passengers are facing
the largest hike in
fares in five years.
Prices will rise by an average
of 3.4% on the 2nd January.
Our transport correspondent,
Richard Westcott, is at Croydon
station in south London.
I am guessing there is a lot of
anger among commuters.
certainly is, always when you talk
to people, nobody likes to pay more
and it seems to be the time of year
when we find out what the rail fare
rise will be starting in January and
then there is a row. An example of
what it will mean, if you are a
commuter between Brighton and
London, hit by strikes and delays on
that line, the annual ticket costs
over £4000 and it will go up by
almost £150. Between Liverpool and
Manchester, that ticket costs over
£3000 and will go up by more than
£100. The average across Britain,
fares will go up by 3.4%. And the
latest wage figures we have is the
average wage is going up by about
2%, which is critical because
campaigners say for years rail fares
have gone up higher wage rises and
it adds to the feeling of working as
hard but being that little bit worse
off every year. The government and
train companies would argue they are
investing billions in the network.
There are new stations and new
trains coming on board and new
seats, but every year I think we
will keep getting this row because
of the bigger proportion of the
money used to pay for better
equipment will come from ticket
cells. It will come into effect on
January the 2nd.
Our top story this evening:
A new warning about the online
grooming of children
through live streaming apps.
Still to come:
The low calorie liquid diet helping
to reverse Type 2 diabetes.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News
in the next 15 minutes.
We'll look ahead
to tonight's Champions League
matches with three British clubs
involved, including Manchester
United, who can book a place
in the knockout stage.
The financial regulator has taken
action after a BBC investigation
into misleading advice given
to British steelworkers,
many have found their pensions have
been substantially reduced.
Under a deal to save the troubled
plants, steelworkers have been given
until December 22nd to sort
out their future
But, as Sian Lloyd reports,
incorrect advice has resulted
in some losing hundreds
of thousands of pounds.
The giant Port Talbot
Steelworks the biggest of the Tata
The company said the old gold plated
British Steel pension
scheme was unsustainable,
leaving workers here and at other
sites a range of options, including
transferring out altogether.
With around 130,000 workers
affected, huge pension pots
and lucrative commissions
for financial advisors
have been at stake.
It's cost me in the region
of £200,000, so it's a lot of money.
Richard Bevan is one
of those workers.
After 39 years at the Trostre
Steelworks, near Llanelli,
he wanted a secure future.
He went to this local firm,
Celtic Wealth Management,
who he thought were regulated
financial advisors, but they're not.
They introduced clients to a firm
of regulated advisors
based in the Midlands,
called Active Wealth UK.
Between them, they failed to give
Richard a suitability report
on which he could properly
base his decision and advised him
to transfer his pension out
of the company scheme even though
a recalculation was due
which would have substantially
increased his pension pot.
We're aware that other
steelworkers are also unhappy
about their treatment
by the two companies.
I'm not a gullible sort of person,
but I've obviously been led
into doing something that wasn't
right for me by a financial
advisor, you know.
And it's not a nice place
to be at the moment.
Both companies deny
Richard's claims, but after
we passed our findings
to the Financial Conduct Authority,
the regulator intervened
and Active Wealth is no longer
allowed to give pensions advice.
But this issue extends far beyond
the steelworkers of South Wales.
Gary Clement has worked
at the Scunthorpe Steelworks for 40
years, he'd planned to retire at 55.
He paid a team of financial
advisors, called Lighthouse,
a fee of more than £10,000
for advice which included
information about when he could
access his pension, which they've
since admitted was wrong.
You go to a financial advisor
for financial advice.
He says - this is what you do,
this is in your best interest.
I don't believe they have anybody's
best interests at heart.
I believe it's just about money.
Gary has received a letter
from his advisors accepting
he wasn't given the correct
information, but they say
they believe he would have reached
the same decision to leave
the fund anyway.
Gary believes transferring out
of the scheme when he did has
cost him hundreds of thousands.
The City watchdog,
the Financial Conduct Authority,
is worried that steelworkers
are particularly at risk.
This is a group of people,
thousands of people,
who have to make a decision one way
or the other, that gives rise
to particular complexities.
So, yes, they are particularly
vulnerable I think at this stage.
There is growing concern that
hundreds of steelworkers could be
affected by a feeding frenzy
surrounding the British Steel
pension scheme and millions
of pounds of their hard-earned
savings potentially at risk.
Sian Lloyd, BBC News, Port Talbot.
Treating Type 2 diabetes costs
the NHS billions of pounds a year.
The condition is normally controlled
with medication, but a new trial,
carried out in Newcastle
and Glasgow, has shown
be reversed through dieting.
Our health correspondent,
James Gallagher, has been
looking at the findings.
Isobel Murray thought she was facing
a lifetime of Type 2 diabetes,
but she's lost more than four stone
on the trial and has now completely
changed her relationship with food.
Her disease is in remission.
It's freedom to live your life again
and know that you're not in that
cycle any more and know that I can
control this, and I will
never go there again.
Never will I be taking
diabetic medication again.
She spent 17 weeks drinking these.
They're nutritionally balanced
soups and shakes to help
trigger weight loss.
And that's it, there's 200 calories
in a glass and you're allowed
four of them every day.
That's just sweet, really,
but that's your lot,
for up to five months.
How does the diet work?
The pancreas is critical
in Type 2 diabetes.
If excess body fat is stored
around the organ, then it
reduces the production
of the hormone insulin.
That leads to levels of sugar
in the blood getting
dangerously out of control.
Losing weight makes the fat cells
disappear and the pancreas
work properly again.
Doctors say 46% of patients
on the trial put their
Type 2 into remission.
We now have clear evidence that
weight loss of 10 or 15
kilograms is enough to turn
this disease around.
It's hugely exciting that we can do
that in routine practice,
with ordinary nurses,
ordinary GPs and ordinary patients.
Treating diabetes costs
the NHS £10 billion a year.
Type 2 is normally
controlled with medication,
but in the long-term the disease
causes damage throughout the body,
leading to organ failure,
blindness and limb amputations.
Isobel has enjoyed a normal diet
and kept the weight off
for nearly two years now.
I don't feel like a diabetic because
I don't think about it any more.
I've got my life back.
She says if she can beat
Type 2, then anyone can.
James Gallagher, BBC News.
Cricket, and England have
continued their fightback
in the second Ashes Test.
At the close of play
they were 176-4, still needing 178
to win, on what could be
a nail-biting final day.
Our sports correspondent,
Andy Swiss, reports from Adelaide.
Was this the day England's
flickering Ashes hopes
were gloriously rekindled?
First by the bowlers,
they had to skittle Australia
to have any chance and they did,
thanks to a five wicket masterclass
from Jimmy Anderson.
That still left England a record run
chase, 354, and after a good
start they faltered.
Both openers went before James Vince
wafted his wicket away,
and it seemed England's chances.
Edged and gone.
Handscomb takes the chance.
But under the floodlights
and the fiercest pressure,
Dawid Malan and Joe Root
hung in there.
Australia kept appealing,
England kept surviving - just.
It was pure sporting theatre.
But moments before
the close, Malan fell.
Australia are still favourites,
but England 178 runs
from something very special.
Well, this has been some
fightback from England.
Barely 24-hours ago they looked
beaten, the Ashes all but gone,
and yet they still have a chance
of a remarkable win.
Root will resume on 67.
If he can produce a captain's
innings, England just might conjure
one cricket's greatest comebacks.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Adelaide.
This week we've been profiling five
contenders in the running to become
UK City of Culture 2021.
Tonight we look at
Stoke-on-Trent, most famous
for its ceramics industry.
The city is up against Coventry,
Paisley, Sunderland and Swansea.
The winner, to be announced
on Thursday, will host a year-long
celebration of arts and performance.
Sima Kotecha reports.
Six towns brought together
in the early 20th Century
to form Stoke-on-Trent.
Fondly known as The Potteries,
for centuries ceramics has been
at the heart of what they do here,
giving its bid as the City
of Culture a creative backdrop.
Today, hundreds of businesses
still make carefully crafted pieces
for a global clientele.
It's been sort of the last 300 years
that we've had a significant pottery
industry and when an industry
is that important and a city is that
reliant on a particular industry,
then it obviously has a big impact
on culture and everything
that's about us.
But other than pottery, what more
does the city have to offer?
Some of the people living
here in Stoke say that
its image is tainted
by its post-industrial past.
There are streets and roads
here lined with empty
warehouses and factories,
arguably giving an impression
of a city that is tired and old.
The art sector bills itself as rich,
vibrant, unique, a contradiction
to any negative perception.
It's a rough diamond,
isn't it and that's part
of its industrial heritage.
It's one of the reasons
we all love it, to be honest.
It's got this gnarly beauty
that appeals to us all.
It's one of the reasons why it's
brilliant to make art here.
Artists can afford to come to this
city and live here and make work
and find spaces to make
that work in.
Famous faces from here include
singer Robbie Williams,
the footballer, Sir Stanley Matthews
and designer of the Spitfire,
But a huge mosaic in the centre,
made up of thousands of local faces,
aims to celebrate its identity
as the city of the people.
We're people who really understand
how to make art just from the ground
we're standing on and that's
the miraculous thing about the city.
That's why we think,
as a hidden gem of the UK,
that we need to be recognised.
Stoke-on-Trent has a colourful past,
but this place wants a future, too.
They hope the City of Culture tag
will fire up that future just
as much as the kilns did
in the pottery past.
Sima Kotecha, BBC
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Sarah Keith Lucas.
Thank you. We have lots going on in
terms of the weather through the
course of this week. Storm Caroline
has been named by the Met office,
sitting in the Atlantic at the
moment, it will move in towards
northern parts of the UK during the
course of Thursday. Storm Caroline
likely to bring gusts of 80mph and
strongest winds to the north of
Scotland. We will see significant
disruption to travel, I think. Back
to the here and now. A much quieter
picture out there at the minute.
Lots of cloud up-and-down the
country. The cloud producing rain
for the north-west of Scotland
elsewhere the odd patches of
drizzle. It will be mild tonight,
temperatures not far off what they
have been this afternoon. Across
England and Wales tomorrow we should
see breaks in the cloud. A little
bit of brightness breaking through.
A few spots of drizzle to the west
and persistent rain for Scotland and
Northern Ireland and pushing into
the north-west of England. Mild but
windy day on Wednesday. The winds
will pick up on Wednesday night when
we will see gales or severe gales
particularly around these Irish Sea
coasts aged cross Scotland too and
also pretty heavy bursts of rain
working in and heading
south-eastwards across the country.
Thursday the strongest of the winds
in association with Storm Caroline,
80mph possible across the north of
Scotland and through the central
lowlands there could be severe
gales. Rain will clear from the
south-east. More sunshine, but a
real drop in temperatures. Back into
single figures for all of us. Once
Storm Caroline clears to the
north-east we have a northerly flow
of air. It will turn colder as