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Gove and Labour's Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer as well. Join me now on


Good evening. BBC Two.


One of the survivors of the Tunisia massacre in 2015 has told the BBC


she doubts anyone will ever truly be held accountable for what happened.


The inquests onto the deaths of the 30 British tourists


who were killed in the gun attack opened today.


Alison Caine from Staffordshire survived, after she and her husband


barricaded the door to their hotel room and hid for 3.5 hours.


We started hearing screams. People were running.


Baron said, just run as fast as you can and get to the room.


The gunfire was very rapid, there were grenades going off.


Alison and Baron Caine were just four days into their summer holiday.


Their instincts to barricade themselves inside their room


at the Imperial Hotel probably saved their lives.


We had a knock on the door, a man with a Tunisian accent said he


At that point we looked at each other and we just


thought, this is it. We're going to die.


Outside the hotel, Sayfedeen Rezgee pulled


a Kalashnikov from a parasol he'd been carrying and killed 38 people.


So-called Islamic State claimed responsibilty.


It took the authorities roughly 40 minutes to get to us.


Among the dead - Joel Richards, his uncle Adrian Evans and grandad


Patrick Evans from Wednesbury, along with Sue Davey from Tamworth.


Previous years, there has been four guards on the front gate.


There was one sitting on the back gate to the beach, that year, there


was one guard on the front gate and no other guards.


The inquests will look at what, if anything, the UK government


and travel companies knew about the risk of an attack


Three months earlier, 22 people were killed in an attack


on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis.


Thomson's parent company, TUI, has told the BBC it's:


"co-operating fully to help ensure the tragic


deaths are thoroughly investigated - the relevant facts determined


18 months on, Alison is still receiving counselling.


I have never felt fear like it in my life and I never want to again.


I think that's one of the problems, trying to move on from this,


you are frightened you are going to be in that situation again.


The Imperial Hotel is now closed - the beach deserted.


Alison says she's not confident the inquests will give her


Four teenagers have been found guilty of wounding -


and conspiracy to cause damage - after stones were thrown


A woman in her seventies was left with a fractured skull


after the stone came through the window of the taxi


she was travelling in, on the Bristol Road on the 25th


The boys who cannot be named for legal reasons


It could have caused death, it was that serious,


that close, but like I said, injuries do heal but it's


the mental torture after, to have that confidence again to go


into a cab, will that happen again to us?


Around 300 people took part in a protest against cuts


to disability services, put forward by


The authority needs to make total savings of ?76 million across its


But campaigners say some of the city's most vulnerable


citizens will be affected, including those with mental health


Six workers at a logistics firm in Staffordshire have


been taken to hospital, with suspected carbon


Paramedics were called to Kuehne and Nagel in Draycott in the Clay,


near Ashbourne, just before 1pm today.


Two women and two men were taken to the Queen's Hospital in Burton,


another woman and man were taken to the Royal Derby Hospital.


A caterer has stopped delivering sandwiches to patients


at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princes Royal in Telford,


because managers have asked for more time to settle the bill.


BBC Radio Shropshire has learnt that the Trust


which runs both sites, is asking suppliers to wait


Our reporter Ben Godfrey is in Telford for us now.


So, what's happened with this food supplier?


It's not often you're discussing sandwiches


and the NHS in the same breath but here at the Princess Royal


Hospital, patients are going without them


because the Trust can't pay for them - at least at the moment,


such are the financial constraints they're bearing.


Last autumn, the Trust was forecasting it would be in debt


to the tune of ?8 million by April this year.


So now, you have a sandwich-making firm - refusing to wait till the end


of March for payment - that's when the Princess Royal


and Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals would prefer to pay for the catering.


The Chief Executive of the NHS Trust, Simon Wright,


a man perhaps more used to discussing the future of A


provision in Shropshire, is tonight reassuring patients that there'll be


"increased availability of toast, yoghurts and fruit".


Yes, he says, suppliers have been asked to accept new terms of payment


because of additional pressures they are facing - and that's even


after cutting spending on agency staff, for example.


But he adds this is a temporary issue with sandwich supplies -


and hot meals are available on wards as an alternative.


If you were hoping for a sandwich in Telford or Shrewsbury tonight, think


again. Thank you. A third of Coventry's bus lanes


were opened up to ordinary traffic today to see if the measure


will help reduce congestion. The council's starting


a six month pilot scheme, and also hopes it might cut


the pollution caused Bus operators fear it will be harder


to stick to their timetables and taxi drivers are also


concerned. Now there are "rail pastors" -


volunteers who will accompany the police to offer help to those


in distress across the rail network. Last year British Transport Officers


in the West Midlands were called to 460 incidents near railways,


involving people with mental health problems -


and to 21 suspected suicides. They spent 26 days responding


to incidents of self harm or suicide At Stourbridge junction journeys


beginning and ending, lives intersecting.


Not everyone, though, has a place Just have to look


after people, really. It's the lonely, the lost


and the desperate the rail We've had some excellent training


from the Samaritans. They told us how to speak to people


and what to say and more And with training, I would feel


quite confident trying Like street pastors already


established in many midlands towns and cities, the rail pastors


are local church volunteers working some sort of partnership,


that its community feeling in basis and the rail pastors,


you can come in the eyes and ears of British Transport Police


we are not available, to actually interject


and ease any issues. Is not just about the distressed


and depressed, though. With acts as drastic as suicide,


there are consequences for many. It's absolutely devastating,


not just for the family, the person that has undertaken


the act, but for station staff, drivers, senior


conductors and people that Heading to Birmingham's Snow Hill


station tonight, there is a welcome If they want to help people, it is


good. A lot of people are depressed and if someone is there to talk to


them, it is nice. When you see please, if you scared but with these


people, you will be more comfortable to talk to them. Police reckon there


could be 80 potential life-saving interventions last year. The rail


pastors aim to cast the net wider still.


Finally, proud parents Emily and Tommy have been


showing off their daughter, Darcey, today, the baby born


in the back of a police car last week, because of the snow.


The couple from Stone were on their way to the hospital


when their car broke down - and they had to be


As soon as I seen that police car, it's, "Ah... Yes!


"We might get some proper assistance."


But I was hoping they'd get us to the hospital


That's all from me, have a good night - I'll leave


Good evening. What a dark and dingy day. You would not want to get out


of bed let alone walk to the bus stop. A gloomy day through much of


the region. This is how it is looking. Most will have to wait


until the weekend for brighter conditions. It will turn colder. We


are under a massive cloud, hill fog across the spine of the region and


spots of rain towards the north-west. Temperatures between


three and five Celsius. A cloudy day tomorrow but drier than this


morning. Patchy rain to the north-west. A few flickers of


brightness but generally, a dull day. A light Southern League


release. Tomorrow, a laden cutting across the south-east dividing us


from the cloudy conditions. Fairly widespread frost. Otherwise, cloudy


and mild. A dry night tomorrow. With the dry day but a cold one.


Temperatures rising to six and seven Celsius. The lingering front across


us will finally move South. High pressure still dominating. Still


caught in the clutches of the cloud on Thursday and Friday. The national


forecast is next. perhaps a little milder. If you like


the mild weather, you'll have to head elsewhere in the country. Find


out more in the national weather forecast. Our weather is going


against normal expectations this week. In Highland Scotland some snow


to be seen on the hills. Temperatures as high as 12 Celsius


today. Over the next few days the coldest air is in the far south-east


of England where there is sunshine to be had. Four or five Celsius in


Kent. Differences remain over the next few days and here is why. I


pressure in control of the weather. Some clear a continental air, but


coming into Scotland from the Atlantic plenty of clouds around.


Outbreaks of rain through Scotland and Northern Ireland overnight,


patchy drizzle into parts of England and Wales, but where you've got


cloud the temperatures are holding up. Clearer skies in parts of




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