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Today: Tuesday 26th October

Security chiefs have ordered that police be given more training to counter the threat of terror attacks by gunmen in crowded public places. And the latest figures on growth are expected to show a slowing of the economy between July and September.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Economist Trevor Williams, evaluates new figures showing how fast the economy is growing. Commercial director John Connor, of the British bike company Pashleys, discusses the problems caused by the loss of the Royal Mail contract and the challenges faced by one of Britain's last bike manufacturers.

Whitehall security chiefs have ordered an acceleration in police training to prepare for any future 'Mumbai-style' gun attack in a crowded public place. Recent intelligence reports have warned that jihadist militants were planning to replicate the Mumbai attacks of two years ago in which 166 people died. Our security correspondent Frank Gardner explains.

The latest GDP figures are published this morning. Also, the think tank the Legatum Institute draws up what it calls the "prosperity index", which tries to measure not just performance but our feelings about ourselves. Home affairs editor Mark Easton analyses the index's findings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

By this time next week the US elections will be over and we will know if President Obama's Democrats have lost control of Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, and most commentators think the Republicans will form the majority. North America Editor Mark Mardell has been looking at how the President might cope with defeat.

The Fire Brigades Union said its members will take strike action on 5 November. Bonfire Night is one of the fire service's busiest periods, and the fire and rescue services minister, Bob Neill, says they should think again. Matt Wrack, the FBU's general secretary, discusses the implications with Today presenter James Naughtie.

Silbury Hill, the neolithic chalk mound in Wiltshire, is Europe's largest pre-historic man-made feature. It has been pored over and excavated through the centuries but we still appear to be learning things about it. A new book has challenged some of the long-held assumptions about it. Its author, Jim Leary, outlines his thesis.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

How "free" will Free Schools in England be? One of the ideas being considered by the government is that rules about teaching qualifications should be relaxed, allowing some people to take classes who did not have the required teacher training. Reporter Zubeida Malik has been speaking to a couple of trainee English teachers at Kings College, London. The NUT's Christine Blower and Rachel Wolf, of the New Schools Network, debate the proposal.

Paper review.

One of the UK's largest wild animals, a 9-foot high Exmoor stag called the Emperor, has been shot. Photographer Richard Austin, who took a widely-seen still of the beast last week and the British Deer Society's David Kenyon debate the propriety of killing such an animal.

Thought for the Day with Anne Atkins - Novelist and Columnist.

The police are now preparing to respond to a "Mumbai-style" in Britain. Armed response units are being given more powerful weapons and are training to deal with such situations. Colonel Richard Williams, former commander of the SAS in Iraq and Afghanistan and Roger Gray, former member of Scotland Yard's elite armed response unit, outline how Britain should respond.

The think tank the Legatum Institute has compiled a measure of "national success" showing the UK is well outside the top team. The index is being published today with an introductory speech from Lord Mandelson, a key figure in the Labour government whose policies appear to have produced these results. He explains the importance of the figures.

The Independent is launching a new print newspaper - smaller, more concise and cheaper than the main Independent. The editor in chief of the Independent, Simon Kellner and Kelvin Mackenzie, former editor of The Sun debate the relevance of the new paper.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The vast bulk of the police authorities in England and Wales are not well prepared to cope with the cuts imposed by the government, according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). HMIC's Zoe Billingham and Rob Garnham, of the Association of Police Authorities, discuss how well the police services are focussed on the future.

A art installation features a room full of ex-MPs' heads impaled on spikes. At first view, it sends out a pretty obvious message, perhaps about the expenses scandal. But all is not what it seems. 150 MPs stood down at this year's general election - an unprecedented number - and the artist, Shelly Wilson, thought something should be done to honour them. The BBC's David Sillito explains.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It's all down to the private sector for the next few years. That is a brief paraphrasing of David Cameron's speech to the CBI conference yesterday. Are Britain's companies up to the task? Warren East, chief executive of ARM Holdings, outlines his thoughts on the private sector's capacity to provide growth and jobs. 0849
In Zimbabwe, President Mugabe is calling for a new presidential election. Now, the BBC has obtained evidence of violence and intimidation in the country. Our southern Africa correspondent, Karen Allen, reports from Johannesburg on what commentators are now describing as a "gathering storm".

How do you rate the intrinsic quality of entertainment? Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, currently a star of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, and Alistair Spalding, artistic director at Sadler's Wells theatre, discuss how to best appeal to audiences through family entertainment.


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