this is bbc news. i'm vicky young. the headlines at 8pm. a historic meeting between the leaders of north and south korea, as they promise complete denuclearisation'. kim jong un and moonjay—in vow to end decades of conflict between the two countries. translation: we are one nation. when we met, we realised we cannot be parted. we are one nation. translation: we declare there will be no war in korea and a new age of peace has begun. also in the next hour. disappointing economic figures. the british economy grew at its slowest rate for more than five years, in the first three months of the year. the two young brothers killed in a hit and run crash in coventry, the driver is sentenced to nine years in prison. his royal highness prince louis of cambridge, the new royal baby, fifth in line to the throne, is named. and thank you for more
music, abba reunite to record new songs, for the first time since 1983. ironman the hulk and 20 more superheroes unite to fight their most powerful enemy yet in avengers infinity ward. here what was thought of it and the rest of this week's cinema and dvd releases in the somerville —— avengers: infinty war. good evening and welcome to bbc news. after a historic face to face meeting, the leaders of north and south korea have declared their commitment to work towards the complete de—nuclearisation of the korean peninsula.
kim jong—un and president moon jae—in shook hands on the border, in the place where an armistice was signed in 1953 pausing the korean war. in a joint statement at the end of their talks, the leaders said there would be no more war on the korean peninsula. laura bicker reports from south korea. this one outstretched hand could offer the korean peninsulas a fresh start. the north korean leader, often a figure of fear, smiled as he took the historic step south. then he decided to direct the action. together, the two leaders crossed back and forth... over a border that has separated them for 65 years. mr kim announced he felt a swell of emotion. an upbeat honour guard seemed to capture the mood
as they headed for talks. a new chapter of history is being written, he said. i came here as if standing at the starting line, firing the starting signal. it's an emotional moment in this class, as nearly half of the children are from north korea. their faces we cannot show. many left their families behind. a peace treaty may be the only chance they have of seeing them again. when was the last time you saw your mum? translation: i last saw herjanuary 21st, 2011. i hope from this meeting we can live in a world where there is no war and no more nuclear weapons. after lunch, mr kim was running a bit late, which meant a good
work—out for his security detail. and then, in a day of extraordinary moments, came this. they simply went for a stroll in the most heavily fortified border in the world. and then sat for a chat while the world tried to lip—read in korean. they didn't keep us waiting long for their declaration. translation: facing each other, i wholeheartedly feel once again that north and south are the same people, the same blood and we cannot be separated. translation: chairman kim and i reaffirm today that a korean peninsula without nuclear weapons is the shared goal for complete denuclearisation. so longed for peace treaty
and denuclearisation. 0n the face of it, strong words of ambition and hope, but amidst the lofty language, there is very little detail. there was more political theatre as the two said farewell. and more signs of a burgeoning bromance. this is indeed a very good start, but as they both go home, the way ahead is still not clear. when it comes to today it was heavy on symbolism and heavy on ceremony but when he came to those words of denuclearization, nothing was
explained. there was no details. there was no framework. and this agreement signed today is previous, is like previous agreements. certainly the languages similar. those agreements, the north has broken before. it says this is all about building trust. little by little. stage by stage. but trust is a difficult thing to build with a neighbour. he has promised before. in the past hour, president trump applauded the efforts of both countries in the summit. this afternoon i want to congratulate the republic of korea on its historic summit with north korea. we were impressed by president moon and kim jong—un‘s expressed goal of complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. i will be meeting with kim jong—un peninsula. i will be meeting with kimjong—un in the coming peninsula. i will be meeting with kim jong—un in the coming weeks. peninsula. i will be meeting with kimjong—un in the coming weeks. we look forward to that. and hopefully it will be productive. i want to thank chancellor merkel for her
leadership in our campaign of maximum pressure on the north korean regime. which has helped us to reach this important step. this moment where we are right now has taken a long time, many, many decades to get here. let's see what happens. we seek a future of peace, prosperity and harmony for the whole korean peninsula on marking not only a brighter future peninsula on marking not only a brighterfuture for peninsula on marking not only a brighter future for the people of korea but the people of the world. however in pursuit of that goal, we will not repeat the mistake of past administrations. maximum pressure will continue until denuclearization occurs. i look forward to our meeting. it should be quite something. president trump there. with me now is scott snyder, senior fellow for korea studies at the council on foreign relations, and author of ‘south korea at the crossroads'. thank you very much forjoining us
this evening on bbc news. is there a nyway of this evening on bbc news. is there anyway of knowing whether today is more than the political fear that my theatre, the symbolism and the ceremony that we saw there? well, there is a lot of i think repetition and building on past eight minutes and building on past eight minutes and this declaration. but these of the civic new element that is a part of that statement is the effort to try to do in a process by which to pursue peace and pursue it into recurring relations and the missing piece is the uniquely or rosacea piece is the uniquely or rosacea piece which really is going to have to be done by trump and kim. —— the nuclearization piece. how they are quick to achieve this, do we know how they are going to move forward in the next stages? we have got some hands and times of the security relationship and trying to manage tension reduction. there should be a meeting of defence ministers between north and south korea that actually
may precede the meeting between president, and canton. and there's a very ambitious timetable on the peacemaking side. the question is whether that can accommodate denuclearization and that time frame and those two really do have to move in tandem for this to potentially work. president trump has said he is looking forward to his meeting with president and john. past president kim jong—un. can you trust president and john. past president kimjong—un. can you trust him? what is driving kim jong—un to kimjong—un. can you trust him? what is driving kimjong—un to do kimjong—un. can you trust him? what is driving kim jong—un to do this? well, i don't think that we're going to know exactly what is driving him to know exactly what is driving him to do this. the more important question in my view is whether or not we can bind him to international promises rather than focusing exclusively on his own domestic agenda. and so the process is really
designed to bind him. it's absolutely true that they knew damn —— that he still remain in control of the offensive. he can turn it on and off for however he wants. what did you think when you saw the picture today. there seems to be a genuine rapport between the two. you think that is the case was not clearly there is some personal connection. i think it reminded me of the summit meeting in the year 2000, simply by virtue of the fact these were two men that knew they we re these were two men that knew they were making history. they had planned and are dated and the 2000 case. it was scripted by pyongyang, in this case the south koreans. i have recently spent a lot of time trying to stage this historic meeting in a way that will conform to south korean objectives of extending peace. talking of historic meetings, looking ahead to the meetings, looking ahead to the meeting between kim and president trump. he and his only says it is
going to be quite something. that will be an incredible moment, won't it? what you think income from that? well, it will be. but i am really struck having watched this summit at how little material we have to work with. in the us— north korea relationship will stop compared to the builds up series of at least four declarations in the inter—korean relationship. in many ways trump and kim are starting from scratch. and he trust is going to have to be built from scratch. based on the effort by trump and kim to define a common interest between the us and north korea. we must leave it there. thank you very much scott snyderfrom the there. thank you very much scott snyder from the council on foreign relations. thank you. the economy grew at its slowest pace for more than five years, in the first three months of this year. figures from the office for national statistics show it grew by 0.i%, less tha n ma ny a nalysts had predicted.
bad weather and the beast from the east had some impact, but experts say that wasn't entirely to blame, because construction and manufacturing in particular were already struggling. more details from our economics editor kamal ahmed. the big freeze. snow and ice are rarely good for the economy, and the last three months have seen plenty of both. whether you build houses or drive trucks, it's been a tough opening to the year. it took us the best part of six weeks to clear up the backlog we had from a couple of days' snow. we know it's certainly hit our business dramatically, and i'll be honest with you, financially very very hard. and it was the best part of £250,000 or so, bottom line. the chancellor of the exchequer. it all seemed so different in march. i am at my most tigger like. now a more cautious treasury on the economy, and it's not just the weather. there are underlying weaknesses. this is the worst economic
growth figure since 2012, auntie worried people will think you are complacent? i'm not complacent at all. we are doing all we can, whether its listing our skills, investing in infrastructure, whether it is making sure that we have the land for housing to do what we can. we've got record levels of employment, and now some of those challenges that we've had for years and years, whether it's about our skills, whether it's about infrastructure investment, those now need to be dealt with. and quickly. poor figures on construction, weak figures on manufacturing. bad figures on house—building. the government's economic record is in the dock. the issue is, lack of investment in our economy, which is being held back, still lower than they were in 2010, and people in significant debt. this is an economy that needs investing in, the whole of the economic policies that the government have pursued for the last eight years have brought us to the state where our economy is
grinding to a halt. why is the economy performing so poorly? there is the bad weather, that has an effect, there's brexit, and many economists believe that is a big negative for britain. and there is the fundamental issue, and that's about us, the consumer, struggling with the squeeze, and that has brought real gloom to the high street. firms have closed, jobs have been lost, carpetright the latest high street name to feel the pain. with a weaker economy, all attention is now turning to the bank of england. will they really raise interest rates next month? if the trends that we are seeing at the moment of a slightly weaker growth continues throughout this year, then interest rates are likely to remain lower than otherwise. the consumer drives 60% of that growth, if we are too worried to spend then the whole economy feels the negative effects. kamal ahmed, bbc news.
president trump has said he has a really great relationship with the german chancellor, angela merkel, whom he's welcomed to the white house for talks. the two have apparently had awkward encounters in the past, differing in style and on policy. mrs merkel is expected to try to persuade mr trump to stick with an international deal aimed at curbing iran's nuclear programme. she's also hoping to head off possible us tariffs on eu exports of steel and aluminium. let's listen to a little of their press conference from the past hour. the close cooperation across multiple fronts, military intelligence, economic, academic, is critical to the defence of our civilization as we know it. and they. close friend ship between the german and american people enriches
the lives of millions and millions of our citizens. chancellor, thank you again for visiting the white house. it is an honour to have you. 0ur alliance is strong and driving and together we will overcome shared up and together we will overcome shared up domain obstacles, seize upon shared opportunities and build an incredible future for our country and our people. translation: we want a trait that is in mime with the multilateral trading system of the wto but we also acknowledge that for many, many yea rs also acknowledge that for many, many years wto also acknowledge that for many, many yea rs wto has also acknowledge that for many, many years wto has not been able to bring about international agreements. so bilateral agreements may well replace that. that is something that we on behalf of the european union already have done and have negotiated with a number of countries over the past few years. soi countries over the past few years. so i can well envisage such negotiations with the united states as well. let'sjoin barbara plett—usher now, our news correspondent in washington. barbara, the president of talk about
having a great relationship, they don't agree on. 20 marks about defence spending. yes, that is one of the things that your taste them very much wishes that the germans did not pay 20% of their gdp towards defence spending, which is what the goal is for nato members. he saw there that angela merkel tried to persuade some of the christendom. she said the germans in the year 2019 would spend 1.3% spending which brings it up from 1.2% right now. so a modest increase. the most that will satisfy mr trump but miss merkel was clearly trying to hold out an olive branch on that issue, possibly because the germans are aware that there might be some legitimate criticism there, but also because there are other quite big problems that she will like to get some response to from the americans. watching the two of them together it is very hard not to compare them with the previous visit of this week. emmanual macron, the president
of france. they really was as they keep saying a bromance. that is just not angela merkel‘s style anyway. you think there is a good emerging relationship between president trump and angela merkel? you can imagine not just and angela merkel? you can imagine notjust on and angela merkel? you can imagine not just on policy and angela merkel? you can imagine notjust on policy differences but they are really not the same kind of person, are they? no. it is a legitimate question because mr trump just plays a lot of value in personal relationships. in terms of how he conducts his foreign policies and stopped in terms of the kind of decisions he makes, maybe not so clear that that ultimately has an impact. but it is his style. they are extremely different people. that is just are extremely different people. that isjust quite are extremely different people. that is just quite obviously, when she came last year came not a very awkward ways which suggested that they were not actually getting along. they probably have a working relationship, but they don't have any chemistry. theyjust don't seem to have much chemistry. although they both seem to have made an effort at it this time. when she arrived in the press conference they seemed more relaxed. there have been
some cheek kisses, some handshakes. they make sure they had a handshake this time. so the style is very different. it is being noticed more now because as they mike rome made such an effort in the other way. —— president macron made such an effort and the other way it was one of the main talking point in history. and the other way it was one of the main talking point in historylj suppose it is whether angela merkel still seen as the leader of the eu as he always has, and now she has been slightly weakened after her election result. as emmanual macron really ta ke n election result. as emmanual macron really ta ken over election result. as emmanual macron really taken over that mental? these things are a process. that is certainly the question people are asking, especially because she was very much seen as the main, america's favourite european shall we say under barack 0bama. they ended up having a reasonably close working relationship although there we re working relationship although there were almost pick—ups, but she was seen as carrying that mantle —— there are always hiccups. surely after mr trump was elected he praised her and there was this talk about whether she was the new leader
of the free world in the place of president trump. that has not been the case in terms of people who project power project influence. she has been very much tied up with our own political problems at home since september. this is ourfirst own political problems at home since september. this is our first trip overseas since then. that has preoccupied her. president macron has obviously very much wanted to step into that gap. he is very good at it in terms of coming up with the optics and coming up with the speeches. and backing of his statements, too. very much courted native with the us quite closely for instance, but being the first person on the phone with those of strikes against syria after the chemical weapons attack. so there has been a shift in perception of european leadership. thank you very much, barbara. the headlines on bbc news. the leaders of north and south korea have declared their commitment to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. the british economy grew at its slowest pace for more
than five years in the first three months of the year. a man has beenjailed for nine years for causing the deaths by dangerous driving of two young brothers in a hit—and—run collision. sport now. and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's will perry. good evening to you, after filings this week after the semifinal liverpool held an extraordinary meeting with roma, uefa and italian police today after the leg second in the italian capital. liverpool officials described the meeting as positive and productive and say they will not share what they discussed today with those fans travelling to rome. jurgen klopp meanwhile has spoken for the first time about the incident which left one of their supporters in a critical condition. when i heard first time about it,
0k, and cannot describe my emotions in english to you to be honest. it was horrific still. that should never have happened. it should never have happened before, it should never have happened in the future. and we all has to do everything to make sure that things like that will not happen any more. former liverpool captain steven gerrard is now the frontrunner to take over as manager of rangers. we understand thejob is his if you want it, liverpool boss jurgen thejob is his if you want it, liverpool bossjurgen klopp we just heard from has given gerard his backing as he said, his managerial career. i scotland scott wiffleball four has more. from short list to frontrunner. if these the new rangers manager? his old manager had this to say today. i was a little bit surprised when i seen it. but i think the most important thing when you are starting out, it is about when you feel the time is right. and when you feel the time is right. and
when you feel ready. especially when it is your first off, is not necessarily a club is about the right club. this is his current club, the liverpool legend is now a development coach. those at anfield wouldn't stand in his way. development coach. those at anfield wouldn't stand in his waylj development coach. those at anfield wouldn't stand in his way. i think if you think he is ready, he is ready. that is how it is. and if he wants, if he thinks he wants to do something, a really big if, would be completely happy for him and we will support him. for a story that smell rumbling for a few days, here's what we know. he is indeed on a short list. here created by the rangers. he has been told thejob is his if he wanted. girard himself and his agent said absolutely nothing. but you do get the sense there are those here at this club who think he might well just say yes. today the man currently in charge came out fighting. i think i've done a good
job so far. the club knows i want to stop. it has never been any doubt about that. if you are him and steven gerrard get the job, you say to yourself he's no more qualified thanl to yourself he's no more qualified than i am for the job. in fact he's closed longer than steven gerrard has, so he may be thinking is the just year because of his name. that is the question that the man himself has yet to provide rangers with an answer. bbc news, glasgow. 0ne game in the scottish premiership tonight and it has big indications at the top of the table. aberdeen have taken the lead will stop a victory would take them three points clear of rangers in second place. 2— 09. —— 2—0 now. meanwhile in the championship fulham are in action this evening as they try to keep their push going for a return to be premier league. if they'd avoided defeat they will move above cardiff into second into the second
automatic promotion spot. they are trailing by 1—0. joel scored and what is essentially a dead rubber for sunderland. they have already been relegated to league 1. let's bring you up—to—date with the world snooker championship in sheffield. five—time champion also blend has a fight on his hands to get to the third round. we will take you to live pictures. 0n third round. we will take you to live pictures. on a break at the moment, you see the table on the right is where he is playing. they haven't started the day well. someone into the evening session 5—3 down against carter who is ranked 15th. also the mosque he first two frames of the session. pulled one back, 8—11 entrails alan carter, the first of 13 will head into the third round. you can keep up—to—date with that on the bbc sport website and app. some the grazing is tonight. tuque kt walsh has announced she is retiring from the sport. the 33—year—old broke the news after abe narrowed when writing. among her
achievements the best place female jockey and grand national history, finishing third on the bass back in 2013. -- finishing third on the bass back in 2013. —— sea bass. we will have all the sport for you today at 10:30pm. see you then. thank you. now, 35 years after they last worked together, the swedish supergroup abba announced today that they've recorded two new songs. # mamma mia. # mamma mia. # now # mamma mia. #now| # mamma mia. # now i really know. this, of course, isn't the new work, no release date has been set for that, but one of the tracks, titled i still have faith in you, will be performed in december, on a tv special to be broadcast by the bbc. the group said in a statement that when they went back into the recording studio it was as if time had stood still, and they'd just been away on a short holiday. guest dj mike reed joins me in the studio now. what is your view on them getting that together? we have had lots of people getting back together at this point they're coming and writing new songs. do you think it is a good
idea? yet, they were always great writers. it's a good vehicle to do that. he claimed is because they have got these avatars. yes, they have got these avatars. yes, they have been recreated, broken down and recreated. they have a new show on bbc at christmas. two new songs for that. then it is a tour. they should really call it an avatour or something clever. they last record in 1982. if a group from 1947, 35 yea rs in 1982. if a group from 1947, 35 years earlier had said hey we have got two new songs, how many people would have been interested? not many. but they have got a new audience, haven't they? i was talking earlier to the group and actually they said they have got younger people in the audience, it is not just people younger people in the audience, it is notjust people my age. it is people younger. a new generation, our children who are also now really keen to hear their music. absolutely and when you think how many multimillions in their gold albums sold and they had nine number ones, they are very durable. the state
sheu they are very durable. the state shell and the film has kept them alive to new audiences —— stage show. they are durable and good songs. because they are not from the uk, they wrote in a slightly different way. your phrasing was slightly different and intriguing. by slightly different and intriguing. by the beatles, they have backing bits. when you take those out you think i'm a what is happening there. they fill it with loads of vocal sounds. and they don't need the money, obviously. why do you think they have done this?” money, obviously. why do you think they have done this? i bumped into benny a rolla go doing a solo album. he has been around. maybe theyjust started getting that thing about writing again. as soon as you get a goodidea writing again. as soon as you get a good idea and you write a good song you want to do something with it. you don't want to have musical constipation. they don't have any outlet presumably anywhere else other than abba so if you write some new songs you must think what are they going to do with them? let's put a couple in there. they're only
two songs, not a whole album. but he might start them off doing more. it's unlikely there will tour. do you think? i'm not being rude about their age, but also and i thought a documentary, she is quite shy. she did a bit of a solo career. i'm not sure they are going to be so touring around the court world. they will not tour as human beings. they only torres avatars. and hollow —— holograms. the danger was always that having been such an incredible world—famous that having been such an incredible world —famous super band that having been such an incredible world—famous super band with incredible tunes, that the next one of these two new songs, they don't live up to it. that is always the danger. the pressure is what are the songs likes? are they the best songs they have ever done? are they 0k? are people going to be really judging them? we did a blue back for my country and breaking for bbc newsday last year —— for abba. they did a video piece and they were thrilled to have a blue plaque. that
is still in you, if you write music and you love it and you get awards you don't stop enjoying that. but i don't think they will physically tour at all. we will look forward to hearing the music. thank you for coming to speak with us. now it is time for the weather with sarah keith—lucas. cast your minds back to last weekend when temperatures were in the high 20s. this weekend some places will really struggle to reach double figures it's an unsettled and two april, certainly. this was the scene painted in devon earlier in the day. a lot of cloud around particularly across england and wales. we've still got all that cloud as we had this evening and tonight. still some patchy outbreaks of rain which should mostly ease their way toward the east tonight. there are skies for many northern and northwestern parts of the country, but across scotland, northern ireland and morphing with, too, under clear skies, on his cold end of the crop with algae outbreaks of rain further south. saturday we will stick with that cloud across much of england and wales.
patty outbreaks of rain at times per parts of the midlands, eastern england as well. sunshine and a few scattered showers northwest. temperatures are going to struggle to reach eight or 9 degrees under that cloud. a little bit milder in the sunnier spells. into sunday we see a lot of dry weather, but later in the day an area of low pressure moves and towards the southeast bringing wet and windy weather. bye— bye. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: the leaders of north and south korea have declared their commitment to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. the british economy grew at its slowest pace for more than five years in the first three months of the year. a man has beenjailed for nine years for causing the deaths by dangerous driving of two young brothers in a hit—and—run collision. the duke and duchess of cambridge have named their new son, louis arthur charles. after an historic
face to face meeting, the leaders of north and south korea have declared their commitment to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. kim jong—un and president moon jae—in shook hands on the border, in the demilitarized zone, at panmunjom where an armistice was signed in 1953 pausing the korean war. in a joint statement at the end of their talks, the leaders said there would be no more war on the korean peninsula. with me now is daryl kimball, executive director of arms control association. thank you forjoining us this evening. so when it comes to north korea's nuclear capabilities, we heard so much about it and the tensions rising with america and the west. do you think in some ways that
has led to the point we are at now? 2017, last year was certainly a tension filled year with intercontinental ballistic missile tests a nd intercontinental ballistic missile tests and a massive test explosion by north korea and threats of fire and fury from the us president. i do not think that helps the situation but what has brought about the inter—korean summit in the us summit is the fact that the north koreans are ina is the fact that the north koreans are in a more confident position. they have advanced their nuclear missile could capabilities and can go into the position in strength and the sanctions have become more effective, though not completely effective, though not completely effective in changing north korea's calculations about restraining their programme and president moon exploited the narrow opportunity by
the korean 0lympic exploited the narrow opportunity by the korean olympic games with the fruitful summit that happened earlier today. the question everyone will be asking is whether north korea can't be trusted in this. do they really have the commitment to do this and is he really going to be willing to give up the nuclear willing to give up the nuclear weapons? those are important questions but they are not questions that we can fully answer until this process really begins in earnest. we have not had an negotiation with the north koreans on nuclear issues for over a decade. so this is a new leader. he does seem more sincere, he does seem more confident. we do need to see whether he is willing to deliver on be very difficult steps that would eventually lead to a full denuclearization. we will also have
to see if donald trump can be disciplined enough, if he can avoid being impulsive and have the patience to stick with the process and deliver the goods. because the north koreans will have their own asks and demands so this will be a give and take process. success is going to require persistence and principled diplomacy on the part of the us in concert with our allies. i would note that one important thing that has happened recently, a good sign from north korea, they have pledged to hold intercontinental missile testing and that is just one step but it is a step in the right direction. at the summit that president trump will have with kim jong—un, he will have to solidify the freeze perhaps by getting north korea to sign the test ban treaty and also stop producing plutonium
and also stop producing plutonium and highly enriched uranium. that will set up the conditions for further talks on more ambitious steps down the road. and kim jong-un will have his own demands, he will not do all of this for nothing. would you think are the other areas that he is going to want movement from america and everyone else? there is an important line in the joint declaration that came out earlier today and that is that north and south korea will work together on the phased disarmament of the korean peninsula. so long as progress is achieved with respect to reducing military tensions. the north koreans have made it clearfor a long time that they are, in their view, they're near to the mac nuclear arsenal is to deter hostile attacks, to deter a united states regime change straight and if the
hostility goes away they are willing to negotiate away the programme. that sounds great on paper but the devil is in the details and follow—through. the north koreans will be looking for security guarantees, tangible steps by south korea in the united states to pull back some of the forces that could launch an offense of strike against the north. this will be difficult. they are also going to be looking for a formal end to the korean war. that could be negotiated quickly but it will be a difficult negotiation as well. thank you very much for speaking to us this evening. the executive director of the arms control association. a serial criminal who killed two young brothers in a hit—and—run, less than a week after being released from prison, has been jailed for nine years. robert brown had admitted causing the death of corey and casper platt—may, who were aged 6 and 2, in coventry in february. the court was told brown had a cocktail of drugs in his system at the time of the crash. sima kotecha reports. just days after being released
from prison, 53—year—old robert brown got into a car and ran over to boys in coventry. casper and corey were rushed to hospital with severe injuries but neither of them survived. every time i go past year, i just say a little prayer. people living close to where it happened are still in shock. two young boys going about their everyday lives going to the park like every little boy should... no, it is just horrible. back in february, corey and casper were on their way to the park with their mother and nine other children. around 2pm, they were hit by a black ford focus. behind the wheel was robert brown. today, he was sentenced to nine years in jail after admitting two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. driving without a license and driving while disqualified. corey and casper‘s parents called on the government for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers.
they spoke outside the court through their solicitors. we do not blame the judges for the sentencing imposed but what today has highlighted is that those who rip families apart seem to be the ones who get off more like leave. —— more lightly. robert brown showed a total disregard for the law when he got behind the wheel that they. because of him we are leaving living a life sentence knowing we will never see our boys grow up. the court heard how robert brown had a cocktail of drugs in his system at the time of the crash, including cocaine and antidepressants. he had previously been convicted of 30 driving offenses and had never passed a test. the 53—year—old showed no emotion in the court. in coventry, the pain goes on. two lives lost so young and so suddenly. dozens of nhs trusts in england have
accused the home office of putting patient safety at risk by blocking visas for a hundred indian doctors who'd been recruited by the health service. bbc news has learned that 35 trusts have written to the home secretary demanding the decision is reversed. our health correspondent dominic hughes reports. for the past nine months, indian doctor has been working in the nhs, helping overcome a shortage of qualified doctors. they have 12 new patients ready. thank you, shelley. thank you. highly skilled and motivated, she is sitting to improve her own knowledge for when she returns home. she is part of the respected postgraduate training scheme that has now fallen foul of home office visa rules and that could cause the nhs badly needed staff. there are people who are willing to help and there are people who are willing to grow, they are not out for yourjobs, they are just trying to learn and they are willing to help you out for the crisis, then
help us help you. a letter sent on behalf of 35 nhs trusts involved in the training scheme says the decision will affect patient care and safety and run a risk of errors, expensive logos will be needed to plug gaps in road is normally filled by trainees and given the pressures faced by the nhs, the decision is almost impossible to understand. the 100 or so doctors who're meant to be starting work in 35 trusts including this one were desperately needed to ease pressure on a system that is already struggling to recruit and retain properly qualified staff which is why this visa ban has prompted such a strongly worded response. the right medications are aspirin... this doctor is medical director of one of the trust that was relying on the new recruits from india. now he fears patients could suffer. we do not have enough doctors to look after the sick, frail, elderly patients in the nhs. and many times the existing doctors are working long hours, which is very tiring.
it makes them an unsafe doctor. the home office says around a third of the available visas already go to nhs workers and some solicit fake roles as emergency medicine, application roles are never refused. —— some specific roles such as emergency medicine. and nhs employers organization believes this is having a much broader effect on recruitment. in the period since december, at least 400 doctors who we have been trying to recruit to come and work in the nhs in england have not been able to enter the country and take up posts. and what that does leave his shortages on our road is and also shortages on our rotas and also means delays in treatment. health service bosses say they are horrified and bewildered the home office is obstructing them from accessing a skilled workforce that could help with a recognized shortage of doctors. the name of the latest addition to the royal family has been revealed, four days after he was shown off to the world's media.
the duke and duchess of cambridge's third child is louis arthur charles, he'll be known as prince louis of cambridge. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. it's taken four days, twice the time it took to decide the names of george and charlotte, but finally the cambridges' new baby has a name. louis. it's a departure from the anglo—saxon names the royals normally choose, for something which is french and german in origin. so what's going on? is this a subtle message of solidarity with europe? or is it simply that william and catherine like the name? the evidence suggests the latter. after william's birth in 1982, he was named by his parents william arthur philip louis. it was a tribute by prince charles to his beloved great—uncle lord louis mountbatten. earl mountbatten of burma, who'd been murdered by the ira three years before william's birth. five years ago, william
and catherine named theirfirst—born son george alexander louis. so the name has threaded its way through the generations. now, with the arrival of the latest royal baby, the british royalfamily has a prince whose name has family links and a cross—channel connection. louis is a name with strong european associations in royal terms. most particularly with france. france had 18 kings called louis, including louis xiv, who reigned for 72 years. so what do people make of the name louis? we are french so we kind of like it, obviously. and as for the brits? i love it, i love the name louis. i'm so pleased it's not going to be arthur, so pleased that's a middle name. louis arthur charles. four days old and little louis is already creating his own entente cordiale.
nicholas witchell, bbc news at kensington palace. the headlines on bbc news: the leaders of north and south korea have declared their commitment to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. the british economy grew at its slowest pace for more than five years in the first three months of the year. a man has beenjailed for nine years for causing the deaths by dangerous driving of two young brothers in a hit—and—run collision. now on bbc news it's time for the film review with ben brown and mark kermode.