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  1. Violent crime up 18% in England and Wales 20 July 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Violent crime has risen by 18% across England and Wales in the last year, according to new statistics. The Office for National Statistics said the total number of crimes reported to and recorded by the police had risen 10% between April 2016 and March 2017. It is the largest annual rise in crime for a decade and includes increases of 16% in robbery and 14% in sex offences. But the Crime Survey of England and Wales, based on people's experiences of crime, showed a 7% drop. John Flatley from the ONS said some of the rises were due to changes in recording crime, but some categories were down to increases in offences committed. "Some of the increases recorded by the police are in the low volume, but high harm, offences such as homicide and knife crime that the Crime Survey is not designed to measure," said Mr Flatley. "If the increases in burglary and vehicle theft recorded by the police continue, we would expect these to show up in the survey in due course." View the full article
  2. Philip Hammond: Public servants are paid 'premium' 16 July 2017 From the section UK Politics Philip Hammond said public sector workers receive a 10% "premium" over the private sector, as he defended the government's pay policy. The chancellor told Andrew Marr, the figure was a "simple fact" once pension entitlement is taken into account. He would not comment on reports that he said public servants were "overpaid", adding that ministers should not be discussing private cabinet meetings. John McDonnell said Labour would end the 1% cap on pubic sector pay rises. The shadow chancellor said his party had set aside £4bn on an annual basis, to bring pay in line with inflation. Reality Check: Is public sector pay higher? Pay rises for most public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% each year since 2013. Before that, there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but the lowest-paid workers. The government has come under pressure over the policy since the general election, with some Conservative ministers speaking out in favour of lifting the cap. View the full article
  3. Teenager charged over London acid attacks 15 July 2017 From the section London A 16-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with five acid attacks in London on Thursday has been charged with 15 offences, police have said. The charges include robbery, grievous bodily harm and possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Stratford Youth Court on Monday. A 15-year-old boy arrested after the attacks has been released on bail. View the full article
  4. Police probe four linked acid attacks in east London 14 July 2017 From the section London Image copyright PA Four attacks in east London which involved corrosive substances being thrown in peoples' faces are being investigated by Scotland Yard. They all happened within 90 minutes in Hackney and Stoke Newington on Thursday night and are being treated as linked. The attackers, who the Metropolitan Police are seeking, were on a moped. The victims were taken to hospital, with one of them suffering what has been described as "life-changing injuries". No arrests have been made. View the full article
  5. Brexit may never happen - Sir Vince Cable 9 July 2017 From the section UK Politics Sir Vince Cable - the likely next Lib Dem leader - says he is "beginning to think Brexit may never happen". He said "enormous" divisions in the Labour and the Tory parties and a "deteriorating" economy would make people think again. "People will realise that we didn't vote to be poorer, and I think the whole question of continued membership will once again arise," he said. He was speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show. The former business secretary said the Lib Dem policy on a second referendum on the terms of a Brexit deal could offer voters a "way out". He looks set to be crowned Lib Dem leader as the only candidate to have thrown his hat into the ring following the resignation of Tim Farron. He wants to work with Labour and Tory MPs to block what he regards as Theresa May's "hard Brexit" policy. View the full article
  6. Prison Service finds 225kg of drugs in one year 9 July 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Prison officers confiscated about 225kg (496lbs) of drugs in one year, according to the Ministry of Justice. In 2016 20,000 mobile phones and sim cards, which are also contraband, were also seized from prisoners. The haul comes after £2 million investment in mobile phone detectors across the service, as well as 300 specialist dogs for drug detection. Prisons minister Sam Gyimah said that the amount of drugs and phones in prisons is "unacceptable". He said: "I have been clear that the current levels of violence, drugs and mobile phones in our prisons is unacceptable. "These figures highlight the determination of prison staff to disrupt this behaviour." Illegal mobile phones are used by some prisoners to continue their criminal activity, and can be rented for up to £1,000. A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice added that the Prisons Service was working to curb the use of drones in delivering phones and drugs, by creating "a specialist squad of prison and police officers". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch a drone deliver drugs and mobile phones to London prisoners in April 2016So far 35 people have been arrested and 11 others have been convicted for drone-related activities. Mr Gyimah added: "The issues within our prisons will not be resolved overnight, but we must make progress in tackling these problems." In February, a reporter from BBC's Panorama programme went undercover at HMP Northumberland, where he found a number of inmates incapacitated from taking the drug spice. In 2016, more than 45% of prisoners in a survey conducted by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons said it was easy to get drugs behind cars. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUndercover footage shows prisoners incapacitated by drugsMr Gyimah said that the ministry was continuing to employ more prison officers in England and Wales to help tackle the problem. It is hoped there will be an extra 2,500 members of staff by 2018. The department began rolling out tests for psychoactive substances at prisons in September 2016, in a bid to curb the drugs problem across correctional facilities in England and Wales. It is also working with mobile network operators to develop ways of blocking mobile phone signals in prisons. View the full article
  7. Bradley Lowery: Sunderland fan dies after long illness 7 July 2017 From the section England Image copyright PA Image caption Bradley loved Sunderland and was invited on to the pitch at the Stadium of Light Six-year-old Bradley Lowery, who touched tens of thousands of people, has died following a long illness. The Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer - when he was 18 months old. Bradley went on to be the club's mascot and became "best mates" with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe. He also led England out at Wembley for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. His death was confirmed on social media by his parents. Image copyright Owen Humphreys Image caption Bradley's mum Gemma Lowery had previously said his deterioration had been "heartbreaking" Bradley underwent treatment and was in remission, but relapsed last year. Well-wishers raised more than £700,000 in 2016 to pay for him to be given antibody treatment in New York, but medics then found his cancer had grown and the family were informed his illness was terminal. In December, Bradley's parents Gemma and Carl, from Blackhall Colliery in County Durham, were told he only had "months to live". Four months later they were told the latest and final round of his treatment had failed. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bradley was a mascot for England when they played Lithuania back in March He underwent "tumour-shrinking treatment" at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary but the cancer continued to spread. On 24 May, Mrs Lowery said Bradley had left hospital to start palliative care at home, adding that more tumours had been found and further radiotherapy was planned. Then, on 28 June the family wrote on Facebook: "Bradley is deteriorating fast, his temperature is going very high his breathing very fast his oxygen levels low. Image copyright PA Image caption Bradley walked down the red carpet at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year "He is sleeping most the time apart from odd times awake. We knew this was coming but we are heartbroken beyond words." On 1 July his family posted a picture of Bradley with Defoe who, after signing for Bournemouth, returned to the North East to see him. On Thursday, before Bradley's death, Defoe broke down in tears during a press conference for his new club and said the six-year-old would "always be in my heart". Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bradley with his dad Carl at the match between Everton and Sunderland Bradley became known worldwide following an appeal which saw him receive 250,000 Christmas cards from countries as far away as Australia and New Zealand. In December he met England manager Gareth Southgate and Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year bash in Birmingham. Bradley then won the programme's December goal of the month award after he took a penalty ahead of Sunderland's game against Chelsea. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Bradley became firm friends with his hero Jermain Defoe He has also appeared as a mascot for Everton, who pledged £200,000 to his fundraising campaign, and was visited in hospital by a number of Sunderland players. A dream came true when he appeared as mascot for the England team at Wembley Stadium before a game that saw his hero Defoe score a goal. He was also given honorary 41st place in the race card for the Grand National at Aintree in April. On 30 June the charity single "Smile For Bradley" by LIV'n'G entered the singles chart at number 28. All proceeds from the song will go to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which has been set up in his honour. Image copyright Frank Keogh Image caption Bradley got to try out the racecourse's weighing scales - coming in at 2st 12.5lb (18.37kg) He was named Child of Courage at the Pride of North East Awards just days before a party was held to celebrate his sixth birthday, which was attended by Defoe and 250 other well-wishers. Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed each year with neuroblastoma and most living with the condition are under the age of five. What is neuroblastoma? It is a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children It develops from specialised nerve cells (neuroblasts) left behind from a baby's development in the womb It affects about 100 children each year in the UK The cause is unknown In very rare cases children in the same family can be affected, but generally neuroblastoma does not run in families Source: NHS Choices View the full article
  8. Girl dies in A38 Birmingham school trip crash 7 July 2017 From the section England Image caption Police were diverting traffic away from the near the scene of the crash A 14-year-old girl has died in a minibus crash involving pupils going on a school art trip. Emergency services were called to the crash between the minibus and a lorry on the A38 in Castle Vale, Birmingham at 09:00 BST on Friday. Another teenage girl had minor injuries and a further 24 people were treated by paramedics, including the lorry driver. The pupils were all from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire. The girl died at the scene, the ambulance service said. See more stories from across Birmingham and the Black Country here West Midlands Police said three teachers and a further 20 pupils were on the minibus. The teenager who suffered minor injuries was taken to Heartlands Hospital. Police said several others were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Image copyright Google Image caption The school said pupils in Years 9 and 12 were involved in the accident Supt Dean Hatton, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said: "The family of the teenage girl has been informed and they are being supported by officers from our family liaison unit." "We are also in contact with the school, and our colleagues at Staffordshire Police, who are understandably devastated as this occurred while their students were on a school trip." In a statement published earlier on its website, the school added: "A number of our Year 9 and Year 12 students that are on an art trip have been involved in a serious road traffic accident this morning. "We are working to support those directly affected." The calendar on the school's website suggests a trip had been planned for Friday to Birmingham's Botanical Gardens and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. It also shows the school's Year 11 prom was due to be held on Friday night. Image caption The Kingsbury Road was closed following the crash West Midlands Police's Force Contact team earlier tweeted that the air ambulance had been sent to the crash scene and the road was expected to be closed for a "considerable time". It said: "Multiple resources are continuing to deal with a serious RTC on the A38 near to Forge Lane. This will be closed for some considerable time." Road closures in place following the crash: A38 Kingsbury Road is closed between Tyburn Roundabout (A452 Chester Road) and Midpoint Park. Diversion route via A452 Chester Road, Eachelhurst Road, Walmley Ash Road and Minworth Roundabout. Access to Castle Vale via A452 Spitfire Roundabout (Tangmere Drive) or Park Lane. Erdington MP Jack Dromey also tweeted his shock at the crash. Skip Twitter post by @JackDromeyMP Report End of Twitter post by @JackDromeyMP The school is a specialist science and leadership academy and has 1,500 pupils. It is located in Barton-under-Needwood, close to Burton-upon-Trent and Lichfield. View the full article
  9. Grenfell Tower: Government sends in 'taskforce' 5 July 2017 From the section UK A taskforce will be sent in to take over parts of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the BBC understands. The local authority has been heavily criticised for its handling of the disaster on 14 June that killed at least 80 people. Both the council leader and chief executive have resigned as a result. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  10. Stalking victims being failed, say watchdogs 5 July 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Victims of harassment and stalking are being left at risk because of failings by police and prosecutors in England and Wales, say two watchdogs. Crimes were not being recorded, said a report by the Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. It also said too many investigations were poorly run and failed to give victims legal protection. Police and prosecution chiefs have pledged to improve performance. Stalking and harassment cases were often misunderstood, despite powers being available to protect victims, the inspectors said. The report also said police officers would fail to recognise repeated signs of a stalker, by treating each complaint in isolation rather than being part of a pattern. That, in turn, meant police and prosecutors did not see the bigger picture and appreciate the full scale of the harm being suffered by the victim. Victims' stories Image copyright Getty Images According to a report on the authorities' response to stalking, victims have faced stalking and harassment in their homes, at work, and on social media. It says one threat made to a victim stated that: "I will stay in your life forever... I will make sure nothing in your life or your family's ever runs smoothly". One victim told a researcher: "And it got to the point where I actually said to me mum one night that 'Do you know what? I'm going to be a story in the newspaper. I'm going to be another one of these girls that gets murdered by her ex'." A female bank employee told police that a male stranger kept visiting her at work, leaving gifts and following her after she finished work, to a bus stop - he had acted in a similar way with the victim's colleague. The employee was transferred to another bank branch, but the man tracked her down. She then confronted him, and he became angry. Police did not arrest or interview the man, but instead issued him with a Police Information Notice - a protection order designed to help prevent this type of offence. But the report said PINs were misused and did not cover all types of offences. Wendy Williams, who led the inspection for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, said: "Police forces must act quickly to protect victims, including survivors of domestic abuse leaving coercive or controlling relationships. "It is not acceptable that victims and their families are left to live in fear. "While we found some evidence that the police and CPS understand the risks of the repeat behaviours... we found worrying failings at every stage, including reporting, investigation and prosecution. Changes need to be made immediately." The report calls for: A review of the key law on harassment More clearly defined offences Better risk assessments for victims Expanding court orders to cover more circumstances One procedure used to warn a suspect that they would be prosecuted if they do not stop harassing a victim was found to be so misused that the inspectors said it should be scrapped. They also warned that a proposed court order to protect victims of stalking would not help victims of harassment, such as people fleeing domestic violence. What is stalking? The report says stalking is "a pattern of unwanted, persistent pursuit and intrusive behaviour... that engenders fear and distress in the victim and is characterised by an obsessive fixation with the victim". It can include following the victim, repeatedly contacting them or trying to do so and monitoring their activity online. How is harassment different? Someone commits a crime of harassment if their behaviour is oppressive or unreasonable to such an extent that it causes alarm or distress, or puts someone in fear of violence. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which runs the National Stalking Helpline, said the failures identified in the report were unacceptable. And Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said she would introduce mandatory stalking and harassment training for all prosecutors. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Sherwan, the National Police Chief Council's lead for stalking, said: "I will be writing to all chief constables to make sure officers are aware of the powers they have to tackle cases of stalking or harassment and that cases must be recorded and monitored. "We want to see numbers of people prosecuted for stalking and harassment increase." View the full article
  11. Boris Johnson joins calls to end public sector pay cap 3 July 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright PA Boris Johnson has become the latest senior cabinet minister to put pressure on the chancellor and the PM to end the public sector pay cap. Sources close to the foreign secretary made it clear that he wants better pay for public service workers. He joins those, including Michael Gove, who have suggested the government's 1% pay cap should be lifted. Downing Street has said that any decisions on pay will be taken on a "case by case" basis. A Whitehall source said Mr Johnson "strongly" believed pay rises could be achieved in "a responsible way", without putting undue pressure on the public finances. In the Queen's Speech debate last month, Chancellor Philip Hammond made clear his aversion to higher borrowing. Tax question However, on Sunday, Environment Secretary Michael Gove appeared to reject suggestions that taxes would need to go up to meet the cost of any pay rises. Pay rises for five million public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% since 2013. Before that, there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but the lowest-paid workers. The Conservatives went into the election pledging to maintain the cap until 2020, but there are growing Tory calls for a rethink after the party lost its majority in the general election. The pay review bodies cover a wide range of professions, from prison officers and nurses, to judges and senior NHS managers. Those covering police and teachers' pay are due to report this month. Analysis Image copyright EPA Image caption Nurses last month held protests against the public sector pay cap BBC political correspondent Iain Watson Boris Johnson's intervention is significant because the BBC understands that some of the independent pay bodies are likely to call for pay increases above 1%. So, if ministers choose to accept those recommendations, the pay cap would in effect be breached. Mr Johnson's intervention also places more pressure on the principle of collective cabinet responsibility. Allies of both Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening have made no secret of their wish to see pay policy relaxed. The debate within cabinet is now likely to focus on whether taxes should be raised or spending cut to fund any pay increases. Speaking on Sunday on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Gove did not call directly for the 1% cap to be lifted, but said ministers should respect the "integrity" of the pay review process. "I think that we should listen to the pay review bodies who govern each individual area of public sector pay," Mr Gove said. Andrew Marr suggested the cap, imposed by the chancellor, set the parameters for the bodies' recommendations. Mr Gove said the bodies took into account the cap, but also other factors, such as whether an increase in pay was needed "in order to ensure we get the very best people into the profession". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove's quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show - Brexit and his return to the cabinetLast week Labour attempted to scrap the 1% cap but was defeated in Parliament. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said reports on the divisions within government over public sector pay revealed there was "turmoil" in the Conservative Party. "They're saying 'Wait for the pay review bodies', even though they're the ones insisting on a 1% cap," the Labour frontbencher told Andrew Marr. "We're saying to the pay review bodies: 'Get rid of the 1% cap and give a fair pay rise.'" Asked what level of pay rise Labour thought was fair, Mr Ashworth said the pay review bodies should consider one in line with the rise in average earnings across the economy. The pressure to ease austerity has intensified since June's general election, with a number of backbench Tory MPs arguing that it cost the party votes and contributed to the loss of its majority. On Saturday, thousands of people gathered in central London for a demonstration against austerity that was addressed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning View the full article
  12. Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap 2 July 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright EPA Pay review bodies' recommendations for public sector jobs should be respected by ministers, Michael Gove has said. The environment secretary said that while ministers needed to reduce the deficit, they should also respect the "integrity" of the pay review process. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the current 1% public sector pay cap. It follows demands within the party for an easing up of austerity. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Mr Gove said: "You've got to listen to the public sector pay review bodies. "When they made recommendations on school teachers' pay, I think I always accepted them. "My colleagues who deal with these pay review bodies would want to respect the integrity of that process." Cabinet split Pay rises for five million public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% since 2013, before which there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but the lowest-paid workers. The Conservatives went into the election pledging to maintain the cap until 2020, but some MPs are now calling for a rethink after the party lost its majority. Some pay review bodies are expected to call for pay rises that exceed the government's cap. The cabinet is split on the principle of scrapping the cap, but it could be dismantled bit by bit. This month, two review bodies - dealing with the pay of police and teachers - will make recommendations. Last year, the teachers' body said there was a case for an increase above 1%, and the police body expressed concerns about low morale in the force. Deciphering the public sector pay hints Public sector pay cap 'under review' Thousands join anti-government protest Analysis Image copyright Reuters By BBC political correspondent Iain Watson Privately, ministers believe it is perfectly possible that at least some of the pay review bodies - which also cover health service workers, prison officers and senior public servants - will call for average increases of more than 1%. A government minister with good links to Downing Street told the BBC that review body recommendations would be honoured, even if this breaches the current pay cap. But No 10 insists that ministers will decide whether to accept recommendations on a case-by-case basis. So while the pay cap may not be abolished for every public sector employee all at once, it is possible that its erosion will begin soon. Mr Gove's interview coincides with reports in some of Sunday's newspapers of a growing revolt within the Conservative Party over its approach to austerity and public spending. The Observer says there is a "chorus of demands" from within the party for a radical overhaul of state funding, with cabinet ministers and senior MPs calling for more money for NHS workers and schools, as well as a "national debate" on tuition fees. According to the paper, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening are lobbying for an easing of austerity. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An anti-austerity rally in London on Saturday addressed by Jeremy Corbyn attracted thousands of people The paper says the pressure to abandon austerity puts Chancellor Philip Hammond under pressure to consider raising taxes to fund any extra public spending. The Telegraph, meanwhile, reports that Ms Greening has told Prime Minister Theresa May she wants the government to abandon plans to cut per pupil funding over the coming years. The paper says it is understood the education secretary wants a public statement within weeks outlining the change in direction so that schools know the funding they are to receive before they break up for the summer holidays. Image copyright EPA According to the paper, the proposal would mean spending an extra £1.2bn by 2022. The pressure to ease austerity has intensified since June's general election, with a number of backbench MPs arguing that it cost the party votes and contributed to the loss of its majority. On Saturday thousands of people gathered in central London for a demonstration against austerity that was addressed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning View the full article
  13. Lib Dems seek end to pay cap for emergency services 25 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police have been stretched by attacks in London and Manchester The public sector pay cap should be scrapped in recognition of the work of the emergency services following recent disasters, says Tim Farron. The outgoing Lib Dem leader said firefighters, police and medical staff "deserve so much better". The pay cap, which has been in place since 2012, limits pay rises for public sector workers to 1% a year until 2020. Ministers have said that wage restraint in the public sector helps protect jobs and repairs the public finances. Grenfell Tower: Praise for 'heroic' firefighters UK terror attacks: Home secretary says police stretched Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay - Hunt But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier this month he had "a great deal of sympathy" for the case made by nurses for an end to the pay cap because of the "enormous amount of goodwill and time given free of charge" by staff. Labour and the Lib Dems both pledged to scrap the 1% pay cap in their 2017 manifestos. In the past few months there have been terror attacks in London and Manchester, and the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Mr Farron said the pay cap should be replaced by pay rises in line with inflation. His party says the cap means that emergency service staff are seeing their wages cut in real terms, with the average firefighter set to be an estimated £1,423 a year worse off, in real terms, by 2020-21. Mr Farron said: "Terror attacks in London and Manchester and the Grenfell Tower tragedy have reminded us how our emergency services deal with the most terrible of events with professionalism and courage. They deserve a pay rise, not a pay cut. "This is about choices. During the election campaign, Theresa May reacted with indifference when asked why nurses were having to resort to using food banks. "But in recent months we have seen time and again that our emergency services run towards danger when others run away. They deserve so much better. "The Liberal Democrats call on the government to stand up for our firefighters, police, doctors and nurses and give them the pay rise they deserve." 'Recruit, retain, motivate' Home Secretary Amber Rudd admitted last week that terror attacks in the past three months had left police resources "pulled very tight". A Treasury spokesperson said: "The whole country truly values the extraordinary professionalism and courage that the police and the emergency services have shown in recent weeks and it is crucial that the public sector continues to recruit, retain and motivate the highest quality staff. "Pay restraint is one of the many difficult choices the government has had to make to protect jobs while helping to put the UK's public finances back on track. "The independent Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that our current pay policy will protect 200,000 public sector jobs." View the full article
  14. Brexit: EU citizens deal fails to allay fears 23 June 2017 From the section UK Politics Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: I'm giving EU residents certaintyProposals from Theresa May to allow EU citizens to stay in the UK have not allayed the fears of those affected. Mrs May unveiled plans at a Brussels summit on Thursday, which would grant a new "UK settled status" to EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years. But Europeans living here said they are still "panicked" and the proposals give "more questions than answers". Britons living in the EU are also worried about what it will mean for a reciprocal deal. May unveils Brexit offer for EU citizens Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks? Brexit: All you need to know The settled status would give EU citizens the right to stay and access healthcare, education and other benefits, after the UK's exit deadline - which is 30 March 2019. The prime minister also promised to streamline the system, including doing away with an 85-page permanent residency application form. However, no cut-off date has been specified from Downing Street and further details of the plans will not be released until Monday. Bulgarian Maria Spirova, who has been living and working in the UK for five-and-a-half years, said she was still concerned about what the scheme would mean for her future, despite the announcement. "I am panicked on the inside," she told BBC Breakfast. "I arrived here before 2014... but [the proposals] open more questions than they answer. Image caption Maria Spirova worries if she will be able to stay living and working in the UK "It was the British public that voted to leave, we didn't vote, and we have had no control over our future as part of this country. "With Mrs May saying there could be no deal, what happens to us?" Anne-Laure Donskoy, founding member of the 3million - which aims to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK - said the offer was "neither fair, nor really serious". She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The announcement that Theresa May made really falls short of our expectations. "It is like a teaser this statement, it gives you general direction of travel potentially, but there are things in the statement that need to be unpicked." On the other side of the Channel, British people are also concerned about what their futures hold. 'We feel betrayed' Glynis Whiting has been living in Brussels for 20 years and has taken the decision to adopt Belgian citizenship because of her concerns. "People are worried, people are angry and we have had 12 months of this," she told Today. "We didn't get a vote and we feel betrayed and disappointed." John Brown has been living in Belgium for 21 years. He said: "It is when you get down to the nitty gritty, you uncover all the real issues, and I don't think any generous offers will get down to the real details." But speaking at the start of the second day of the EU Summit, Mrs May said she wanted to reassure EU citizens in the UK that "no one would have to leave", adding: "We won't be seeing families split apart." She said there had been a "constructive start" to the talks, and that the UK had "set out the issues that we want to start talking about early in the negotiations" - including citizens' rights. Labour's Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, criticised Mrs May's plans as "too little too late" and "falling far short" of the unilateral guarantee he says his party would offer. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron also said the proposals left too many unanswered questions. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the offer was "a good start". Both the UK and the rest of the EU say they want to come to an arrangement to secure the status of the 3.2 million EU citizens in the UK and the estimated 1.2 million Britons living in EU countries. The European Union has said they should continue enjoying the same rights, enforceable by the European Court of Justice, but the UK has said rights should be upheld by British courts. UK opposition parties had urged the government to make a unilateral guarantee to the EU migrants - but ministers have insisted a reciprocal deal is needed to ensure British expats are protected. View the full article
  15. UK weather: Fifth day above 30C predicted, matching 1995 By Mario Cacciottolo BBC News 20 June 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images In the week the sunshine never ends, the UK is close to matching a sizzling June run not seen in two decades. If Wednesday's temperature tops 30C - and forecasters confidently predict it will - that will be five days in a row. The last June that we sweltered for so long was 1995, when the heat affected us so much Robson and Jerome stayed at number one for the entire month. And if Wednesday reaches 33.9C, it will be the warmest day in any June since 1976 - the classic long hot summer. BBC Weather says it is "very likely" that these temperatures will be reached this week. The Met Office has issued an amber Level 3 heat warning until Thursday. It has advised people to stay out of the sun and to show awareness for people who may be vulnerable people, such as the elderly. Weather Watchers' picture gallery Tuesday is the fourth consecutive day where the temperatures have exceeded 30C somewhere in the UK. Monday was the UK's hottest day of the year so far, with 32.5C being reached at Hampton Water Works in Greater London. Image copyright PA Image caption It's not just humans who need to keep cool - animals do too Of course, not all of the UK has seen particularly high temperatures - Edinburgh hovered around 18C on Tuesday, while Belfast was about 19C. However, by early afternoon on Tuesday it was 27C in Bristol, 30C in Chivenor and 30C in Hampton Water Works. And excessive heat should be seen in its proper context. While these temperatures are high for the temperate climate of the UK, they are lower than many parts of the world usually experience. For countries like Portugal where fires are currently raging and people have died, heat can be particularly deadly, while heat waves in India can also prove fatal. And even in the UK, the heat can be problematic for older people, leading to bodies like the NHS, the charity Age UK, and the Royal Voluntary Service all issuing advice for the elderly when the temperatures rise. These include: Drinking six to eight glasses of water or fruit juices a day Dressing appropriately, such as in a hat and loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes Staying out of the sun during hottest parts of the day Also the RSPCA regularly issues warnings about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. And for those (human) Britons simply trying to get a good night's rest, there's the #TooHotToSleep hashtag on Twitter. But the British obsession with its recent temperatures has given rise to the rolling of eyes in other parts of the world, especially places like Australia. The website has written a story about Brits not coping with our temperatures "as high as, hmm, 32C". Suffice to say, some of the reaction to this story on Facebook has not been sympathetic. "You sure wouldn't want to be in Australia in the middle of summer. Walk outside and you'll look like a shrimp on the Barbie," writes Julie Rae, while Mark Whiting scoffs that Britons "need to get out more". He also mentions how the town of Birdsville "nudges the 50C mark". However, a few people commenting on that same story have offered a more understanding point of view. Lawton Rose points out that "the UK is just not built for this sort of weather", while Australian Daniel Richardson also posted that hot weather feels like "a different kind of heat when you live in an old city designed to mostly just handle cold". Perhaps those Aussies with scathing views of Brits sweltering in the heat are grumpy because it's their winter right now. Just take a look at Bondi Beach. Image copyright Getty Images Meanwhile, in much of the UK... Image copyright Getty Images View the full article