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this is bbc news, i'm carole walker. the headlines at eight. travel chaos on some roads in southern england as heavy snow sweeps in from the west — a severe weather warning is in place. people have been stuck for hours because of the heavy snowfall that came down from mid to late afternoon it started. ever since then, it has been fallling fast and a lot of people have been caught out with it. foreign secretary, jeremy hunt says brexit could be delayed if enough progress isn't made in the coming weeks to break the impasse. if we ended up approving a deal in the days before the 29th of march, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation. there's been a big increase in the number of young people contacting a suicide prevention helpline after the case of molly russell, a 14—year—old who took her own life a year ago. two male students at warwick university are to be allowed back to study next year despite threatening to rape fellow students.
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in sport, england are bowled out forjust 187 on the first day of the second test against the west indies. good evening. parts of southern england and wales are being hit by heavy snowfall which has brought chaos to the roads and warnings of communities being cut off and disruption to power supplies. the met office has put a severe weather warning in place — an amber warning, which means people should prepare themselves for disruption and delay — and is forecasting more snow overnight. south—west england has been particularly badly hit mix screen
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particularly badly hit. around 100 vehicles are currently stuck on the a30 in cornwall, and emergency services there say they're dealing with many calls across the county. and nearby on the a39 snow ploughs are out trying to clear the roads after heavy snowfall brought cars to a halt — with some drivers forced to abandon their cars after their vehicles became stranded. with the snow expected to move east, transport for london is urging commuters in the capital to complete theirjourneys by 9pm to avoid the freezing conditions and snow later this evening. we'll get the latest on what's forecast shortly — firstjon kay is in okehampton in devon, with the situation in the south—west. we've had to come off the main a30 dual carriageway because of this and we are not the only ones tonight. the a30 is the main dual carriageway that goes right through the middle of devon and cornwall, connecting the southwest of england with the rest of the uk. tonight, some of the raised areas,
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the stretches over the moors are closed and people have been stuck because of the heavy snowfall that came from mid to late afternoon it started. ever since then, it has been falling fast and a lot of people have been caught out in that. so they have either stayed on the dual carriageway, stayed put and waiting for the roads to be cleared by emergency vehicles and some farmers we have seen going out on tractors and we seen other people just coming off and parking up on the side roads like this and calling friends with four by 4's to come and pick them up instead. it is going to be moving through the southwest of england quite quickly. we don't expect this to last terribly long but because it is the first widespread snow we've had this winter it's taken a lot of people unaware and it is notjust the roads that are going to be affected rush hour this evening. that is going to have a knock—on effect into tomorrow on the railway as well and it could have an effect on rail transport and air transport as well. so a challenge for some of our regional and national airports.
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the advice is take care, don't make any unnecessaryjourneys, that is what police here are urging the public to the due tonight and also just make a check before you go outside to him you go outside about what the situation is out there because that is changing all the time. we'll find out how the story and many others are covered into my apartment front pages. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the guardian columnist, dawn foster, and deputy political editor of the daily telegraph, steven swinford. the foreign secretary has warned that britain may need to delay its departure from the eu if a deal is not agreed until late march. jeremy hunt said extra time may be needed to pass the necessary laws. the government has insisted all steps are being taken to avoid any delay. here's our deputy political editor john pienaar with the latest. something, anything to brighten
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the brexit blues in downing street. chinese new year celebrations, a week early. fortune cookies. what's in theresa may's, a last—minute delay to brexit? maybe. even if there's a deal to celebrate at number 10. if we ended up approving a deal in the days before 29th march, we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation. but if we can make progress sooner, that might not be necessary. passing laws, shuttling legislation between mps and peers in parliament, takes time. a late deal would need time to turn it into law. no deal could mean a rush to pass legislation on immigration, health, fisheries and more, ready for life after brexit day on march 29th. today, labour's leader said any brexit delay should be used to get a deal. the government has run down the clock and continues to run down the clock. it's possible that there would have
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to be an extension to get an agreement because we cannot leave the eu on 29th march without an agreement. brexiteers seem relaxed about a short delay, as long as it is short. those who want the longer delay, the open—ended delay, well, we know what that's about. that's about opening the door to have a future referendum, or to stop us leaving. the pressure‘s on. today the government signalled that next month's parliamentary break was being cancelled. we are making good progress. we are under pressure, but it's all very much under control. the official line — brexit preparations are on track. all day, the government's been reaching out to mps in all brexit factions, looking to build support for a deal. there's talk of more money for worse off areas. no one will say it's about buying support, but could it help win round labour mps? the areas that voted leave the most are the areas that have not had that major, tra nsformative investment. that's what i want to see. no one knows if parliament will back a deal. so many minds on all
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sides still to change. in the final countdown to march 29th, brexit could still be pulled up short. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. 0ur political correspondent, jonathan blake is at westminster. we were hearing labour mps being offered dollops of cash for their constituencies at the prime minister seems to be desperately scrambling to get votes from wherever and however she can. you are right. the prime minister does need support from wherever she can get it, to get whatever brexit till she comes back with what she does go back to brussels and try to renegotiate the agreement she has. she needs to use all of the means at her disposal and if that means encouraging labour mps to vote for it, potentially by the reallocation of funds from the eu regional development fund to labour constituencies which in many people
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eyes have been left behind and are struggling to regenerate, then so be it. but as you saw the report, this is that being characterised by any of the labour mps who have those conversations with her. as any kind of cash for votes or any kind of transaction or arrangement. in fact, many of them would be voting for the deal in the first place, so it is really a way for those mps to highlight the fact that the people in their constituencies will hopefully be benefiting in some way from that and also i don't think it does downing street any harm to demonstrate to other labour mps and maybe others from other parties that there are potentially benefits for coming on board with backing the deal. hughes difficulties remained, we heard the foreign secretary suggesting that there might be have some delay. but if there is, the government will have to get the backing of parliament and of the eu if they really want to get a delay.
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yes, it is notjust a case that we need a couple of extra weeks or a little but after time. —— shrink a bit of extra time. it is something which has to be agreed by both parliament and the european union. i think there are two things under consideration here. we had jeremy hunt talking about in the piece just 110w hunt talking about in the piece just now it was potentially a couple of extra weeks to tie up the loose ends and make sure the parliament does have all of the time he needs to get the legislation through in time for brexit. similar, the leader of the house of commons suggested that a similar arrangement in a couple of weeks ago. and i think most mps would probably not have too much of a problem with that. there are those who suspect that it may be the fit end of the wage may who may be a some other delay tactic to postpone brexit either entirely or by months 01’ years brexit either entirely or by months or years into the future. that is not really what has been talked about at the moment and there is a widespread opinion here in
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westminster that if parliament is going to get legislation through in time for the brexit deadline, it is going to need every single minute of every day that has available and we have seen it and the government announcing that the february half term break is been cancelled. thank you. fresh fruit and vegetables could be in short supply and expensive if there's a no—deal brexit. that was the warning this week from many of the uk's leading supermarkets. and that's because we import a lot of it from the continent. our business correspondent emma simpson looks at the impact brexit could have on much of the food we eat. sunny southern spain, a sea of greenhouses. salad city, keeping us supplied with fresh produce. meet the team at benissa. they've been sending tomatoes to british supermarkets for more than 50 years. you can already smell how the tomatoes will be...
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this is the start of a long journey for these cherry tomatoes. we are growing about 60 million kilos per year of tomatoes. so it's quite a big amount. 60 million? yes. and a third of them end up on our dining tables. it's a well—oiled machine, but how will this trade flow after brexit? the truth is that with no deal, we will have more costs to add into the chain. that could be at least another 10%, from extra staff to process customs forms to potential tariffs. if all the costs are increasing, our margins are at their lowest point at the moment, so we cannot absorb any more into that chain. if we put anything else into it, this will not make a profitable business for us and we will have to decide to do something else. this perishable product is all picked and packed within 2a hours. it's now 5pm on monday and 20,000 kilos of tomatoes are now going onto this lorry.
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and the clocks now ticking, because the supermarkets want them on the shelves by friday. a 2,000 kilometre journey now lies ahead. he's heading for calais. before too long, he's hit the real winter weather. this spanish haulage company does hundreds of loads a week to the uk. we haven't been prepared enough, hauliers and agents, to handle all the paperwork. it could mean delays. it could have a huge impact on the volume that we transport to the uk. 0ur lorry‘s now at the eurotunnel border crossing, but it's having to stay the night. this place is soon to be the brexit front line. we're ready. hard brexit, soft brexit, we've been preparing for this for two and a half years. we've taken the worst case as our goal all the way through. can you guarantee everyone else will be ready? no. early this morning, our tomatoes reach england, bound for the shelves.
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0ur journey stops at the supermarket distribution centre. the nature of our very efficient food supply chain is that there's very little surplus cost, so the more inefficient it becomes, the ability of suppliers and indeed the retailers here in the uk to absorb that for very long is very limited. they will be passed on to consumers quite quickly. the story of this cherry tomato shows us just how reliant we are on the eu for fresh produce, especially at this time of year, and just how slick an operation it is to get it here. emma simpson, bbc news. just a reminder. if you're finding any of the language around brexit confusing... you can use our online jargon busting guide to check the most used terms and phrases. all you need to do is go to or the bbc news app — and click on brexit jargon explained. lets go back to the severe weather thats hit parts
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of southern england and wales — heavy snowfall has brought chaos to the roads and warnings of power cuts and communities being cut off. the met office has put a severe weather warning in place — an amber warning, which means people should prepare themselves for disruption and delay — and is forecasting more snow overnight. 0ur weather forecaster alina jenkins is here. we are hearing already that the snow has arrived in parts of the west country. bring us up—to—date with the picture. of the west country. bring us up-to-date with the picture. we have been looking get this for a couple of days. it started off as heavy rain, almost one inch. quickly as it moved this way north and eastwards come we saw it falling to snow and 110w come we saw it falling to snow and now we have reports of through to four cm of snow across parts to devon and cornwall. it is continuing to work its way north and eastwards into parts of a wales, reports of
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snowfall now across hampshire and the new forest and working his way towards the sussex downs will stop it is quite patchy on the northern edge. some people might say where is the snow. but it is slowly moving its way north and eastwards. if you are anywhere from south wales across to sell folk and southwards, that is probably where you will see some snow the next two hours. we are seeing a few pictures there. some of the roads down and cornwall were already motor brits are experiencing real problems. with that snow moving across the country overnight, tell us across the country overnight, tell us what we can expect over the next two hours and into the rush hour. us what we can expect over the next two hours and into the rush hourlj can probably show you the radar picture. lou, that was rain at first, white is obviously the snow. you can see working his way east. it is quite fragmented. there is some holes in it. we will see a arriving into the london area and working its
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way to the home counties. some of the cost while could see several centimetres was that we could see five to ten cm over higher grounds across parts of wells. this is the amber boarding we were talking about. it expires at nine o'clock. after, the yellow one up front that was to have severe weather warnings in place after that has expired. so i potential for five to ten cm of snow in that area. from south wales suffolk and this evening. it looks like in parts of the country, the snow could be serious enough to cause some real problems. as we saw in those pictures, just an example of the chaos that we can see and we don't see snow very often across the southern parts of england so when it happens, we try to be as prepared as we can but we are just not used to driving in this situation. it is the uncertainty of knowing how to drive in the snow and ice. and we are also
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talking about ice but also that ice is has been a problem as this clears away. we already see temperatures across scotland down to —9. it will not be as cold as last night, ice will still be a problem though once the snow is gone. thank you. the headlines on bbc news... there's an amber weather warning as freezing termperatures and snow hit wales and southern england this evening. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt says the uk may need extra time to negotiate brexit — if a deal isn't agreed quickly enough. and there's been an increase in calls to a suicide prevention charity after the case of molly russell, a 14—year—old who took her own life a year ago. sport now, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's steven wyath.
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some rather depressing news from the west indies. i wish i had something better for you. england's batsman have suffered another torrid examination against west indies, this time on day one of the second test in antigua. the hosts winning the toss, and making the most of their decision to bowl first — dismissing england for 187. 0peners rory burns and debutant joe denly both fell cheaply and whilstjonny bairtsow offered resistance there wasn't nearly enough support from the likes ofjoe root, jos buttler and ben stokes and bairstow finally fell just after lunch for 52. there was a recovery from 93 for six, led by moeen ali and ben foakes, but once ali was out for 60 england crumbled quickly. in reply, west indies are 4—0. you can follow the action with the cricket social on the bbc sport website and app... not a huge amount to get exciting
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about, so far, on the final day of the january transfer window. although a recognisable figure is departing manchester united and the premier league. marouane fellaini's on his way to china. leaving old trafford after nearly six years. he'll join shandong luneng in the chinese super league after the two clubs agreed a deal. newcastle united have completed the signing of miguel almiron from atlanta united... the paraguay international has joined on a five year deal thought to be worth around 20 million pounds. another deal that has been finalised is denis suarez‘s loan move to arsenal — this is how they announced it on social media. hejoins from barcelona, and is a man that manager unai emery knows very well having worked with him at sevilla. and there's also a return to the premier league for 38—year—old peter crouch — the former england striker
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is on his way back to the top flight with burnley. .. sam vokes is going the other way to join stoke city. he knows what he is. he has never bothered with any buddy else's opinion of a cell. that is important. i have never been worried too much about people's age. we had a michael duff and also i think myself and the premier league at 37. that is not an issue. i know about his fitness and distance covered. there is a desire to still make a mark on football from him. all the transfer deadline day news on the bbc sport website. including news of youri tielemans joining leicester on loan from monaco, wolves making the signing ofjonny permanent and details too of a new contract signed by manchester united's anthony marital. england's world number one justin rose is seven shots off
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the lead after day one of the european tour's first saudi international event. the belgian thomas pieters leads by two shots ahead of a group of six which includes two englishmen alfie plant and ross fisher who are five under par after their first round. the tournament has attracted a top—class field despite scrutiny over the country's human rights record. eddiejones has named his side to play ireland in their opening six nations match this weekend in dublin. and there's a first start in the competition in six years for manu tuilagi. he'll play at centre in the absence of ben te'o who's injured. elliot daly will start at fullback, with mike brown left out of the matchday squad entirely. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at half past ten. thank you.
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there's been a big increase in the number of young people contacting a suicide prevention charity helpline since we highlighted the case of 14—year—old molly russell last week. she took her own life just over a year ago. herfather blames her death partly on images of self—harm and suicide that she saw on instagram. molly's story prompted a huge response — with many families getting in touch to share similar experiences and concerns. facebook, the owner of instagram, has said it's "deeply sorry" about her death and mps have been calling for social media companies to take more control over their content. but will anything actually change? 0ur reporter, angus crawford has spoken to some of the families who got in touch with us. i must warn you his report is upsetting and contains some images you may find distressing. she had so much to offer. molly russell's story... and that's gone. ..has sparked a debate... these are companies that count their profits in the billions,
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and they turn round and say to us that they can't protect our children? ..that may change social media for good. do you have the power to compel them to do what needs to be done? yes, absolutely. and it's also struck a chord with families across the country. like ian and his daughter libby, so horrified by what happened to molly that they've decided to speak out. libby once had 8,000 followers on instagram. 16 and now firmly in recovery, libby used to self—harm, an obsession learned on and fed by the platform. i don't think it made me do it, but i think it definitely accelerated the severity of it, because i'd see people and then you'd almost go, "that's ok, then, it doesn't matter how bad it gets because they're not dead, it hasn't killed them, doing that". so it kind of made it feel more safe to do it worse. her dad tried to get the worst content taken down, but says it was a waste of time.
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you go, "right, i'll try and get rid of this account, there must be a way to stop it", and there's nothing. and they're not interested. and until one of their close family members falls down that rabbit hole, they won't do anything about it. until it affects them or their wallet, they are not interested. meet chloe, who's 12, and her mum emma. shocked by molly's story, they rang the bbc. chloe had stumbled across just this kind of content. platforms on social media could, like, kind of stop a report or take down bad things on the internet that are scaring people, because i know it's just notjust me who's getting scared by it. i know there must be other people. users should be at least 13 to be allowed on instagram, but emma says age restrictions aren't the point. the reality is that people
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are using them at that age, so whether there's the age limit... and when she's13, what difference is there going to be? molly was 14. does that mean it's acceptable for her to see those images? i don't think there's any age that's acceptable. a hard—hitting video with a simple message, encouraging young people to talk about suicide. molly's death has certainly done that. there's been a 40% rise in calls to this charity's helpline. this is james murray. his son ben took his own life last year, aged 19. a technology consultant, james knows social media can change. do you think the penny is dropping? the penny‘s dropping. i think molly's case could be a turning point. what they should be doing when somebody is looking at self—harm or suicide is promoting positive content over and above the negative content. so the algorithm could be used for good? yeah, absolutely, and it's high time
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the social media companies delivered on the promise of social value and became a force for good in the community. instagram says: "we have a deep responsibility to make sure young people using instagram are safe" and it has begun "a full review of our policies, enforcement and technologies around suicide and self—injury content". molly's story has touched a raw nerve and sparked a demand for change. the social media companies now have to decide if they will embrace reform or have it forced upon them. if you're distressed about any of the issues raised in this report and would like details of organisations which offer advice and support, go online to or you can call for free at any time to hear recorded information 0800 066 066. there were more than four and a half thousand rough sleepers
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in england last year according to government estimates. the overall number is slightly lower than the year before but the number of people sleeping on the streets in london rose by 13%. homeless charities say that the estimates — which were collected on a single night — don't provide a full picture. here's our social affairs corrrespondent michael buchanan. everyone calls it a young man's game. it shouldn't be no one's game. sleeping bag. you don't really sleep, do you? you take cat naps. this is england in 2019. in a doorway of a shop selling thousand pound mattresses, ten rough sleepers seek rest. more than 4,600 people sleep outside each night, 2% lower than last year,
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165% higher than 2010. i was in and out of doorways before. my mate said, "do you need a tent?" wayne has been rough sleeping for five years, forced from home, he says, after his marriage collapsed. why don't you take up a shelter place? you end up being bullied or picked on, don't you? i'd rather be outside, it's safer. it's safer? i feel a lot safer on my own. in greater manchester city centre, they've seen more rough sleepers, but numbers have fallen in the wider region. this newly opened hostel is part of an initiative by mayor andy burnham to provide a bed to rough sleepers all winter. everyone says i have more lives than a family of cats, never mind one cat. the place has been a godsend to scott, who was rough sleeping while suffering from crohn‘s disease. i had to wear a stoma for 18 months, which sent me completely over the edge. i tried taking my
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life numerous times. i had the stoma there, like a bag with my colon coming out of it. but trying to keep that clean while being on the street and no one offering you any help, i was waiting to die. rough sleeping has worsened in several big cities. the overall fall is due to large reductions in smaller towns, and ministers say, to the millions they're spending tackling the problem. we need to make rough sleeping a thing of the past. and whilst these figures today underline some progress, and it's important to note that, i know there's a lot more work to do. today's numbers are a snapshot, a mixture of counts and estimates for one night in november. both labour and homeless groups say the real problem is much bigger. but the figures that really matter are resting in sleeping bags and doorways, and thousands of them need help tonight. michael buchanan, bbc news. welljoining me now is ravinder singh, founder of khalsa aid.
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they provide aid to people in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world and tonight they're running a shelter for the homeless. thank you forjoining us. we heard there that the overall numbers for there that the overall numbers for the number of homeless people appears to have gone down. but are you actually seeing a reduction in the number of people who are needing help? no, we are not. we actually see an increase. i think since 2010, numbers have gone up three to four times. even shelters are arguing with these numbers. we see many more people in need stop homeless and vulnerable and also those who are struggling economically to make ends meet. we are not saying a drop. you are running a special project in coventry tonight, tell us about that. our team, linker means
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community in the sikh faith. the tea m community in the sikh faith. the team is doing a fantastic thing helping the people and surrounding towns with food drops to help children and homeless. the last four 01’ children and homeless. the last four or five years, this year, the team approach to local groups, saying let's do a bit more, when it is freezing weather like this, let's get together to help those who are most vulnerable. already in the last week, when it has been freezing weather, our team have provided beds, hot meals and hot drinks, even showers two people sleeping. are you seeing large numbers of homeless people that need that sort of help? in the beginning i think people were not sure but now the beds are getting filled an emergency, when we have more people turning up, if the beds are no longer available we will work with other charities to help them. there is a network to catch anybody following through as long as
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i walk into the centre but there is increasing needs so we are now looking into how we can increase the bedding and facilities for those people in this rough weather. we have been talking a lot about the weather and snow arriving in in the south and west of the country and clearly even if it's not actually snowing, and these very low temperatures people out sleeping rough are really at risk.|j temperatures people out sleeping rough are really at risk. i think yesterday, young man was found dead in birmingham, a roughly brick and basically cardiac arrest and he died in the cold. he cost quite a commission in the community not asking how did we let this happen. sadly, it is happening and will happen more unless we were walk together. briefly, you're asking other churches and so want to allow homeless people to use the premises. i'm asking all faith groups from sikhs, muslims, whoever, opened their doors, to let people who are
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struggling in the weather, god doesn't want building some he wants humanity so we need to now act as humanity so we need to now act as human beings come open those doors which are dormant, the but it limit buildings are set at night, fast buildings are set at night, fast buildings in vast resources are set to those who needed most, we need to open our heart and the building. thank you forjoining us. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello. we have some disruptive weather across the southwest of england to south wales at the moment, very heavy snow is falling, snarling traffic and a number of rows have been close in this amber warning issued by the met office until nine o'clock. the heavy snow is likely to lead to accumulations to five to ten cm, even down to lower levels, but particularly over the hills, this also goes to the high ground across southern and southeast england. the snow will tend to ease away from the southwest through the night, it will push its way northwards in eastwards affecting parts of south central wales
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through the midlands into the southeast but it will become patchy in some areas and they can see a bit, others might not see that much. with the heavy snow, and falling snow, there will be a risk of ice tonight. this is the picture through the night. sleet and snow across southern areas gradually picking out and becoming lighter, snow showers affecting eastern part of the country elsewhere very cold and frosty. hello, this is bbc news... the headlines... travel chaos on some roads in southern england as heavy snow sweeps in from the west — a severe weather warning is in place. foreign secretary, jeremy hunt says brexit could be delayed if enough progress isn't made in the coming weeks to break the impasse. there's been a big increase in the number of young people contacting a suicide prevention helpline after the case of molly russell, a 1k
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year old who took her own life a year ago. two male students at warwick university are to be allowed back to study next year despite threatening to rape fellow students. in sport, england's batsmen are bowled out forjust 187 on the first day of the second test against the west indies. wales is bracing itself for a night of heavy snow and freezing temperatures. it's already started snowing heavily in some places. paul heaney reports. brave, perhaps, to head out into these conditions, even with the right equipment, but climbers and walkers in snowdonia are being asked not to go out in the mountains unless they are properly prepared. earlier this week, a group had to be rescued from snowden following an avalanche. quite severe conditions,
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we are talking about with wind chill factors at the top, we're talking about —20 degrees. so we are trying to emphasise the importance of preparing well before going out. make sure you got the correct equipment, the correct skills, and make sure you are aware of the actual conditions on the ground itself. we've got some fresh snow, fresh powder snow, which can cause a risk of an avalanche on the slopes. they cover 28 separate gritting roots across the county, 25,000 tonnes of salt to help make roads safer. that can be some of the most difficult decisions of whether we should or should not go out. we have a road forecast from our providers at dusk, which is actually road conditions, and it is quite intricate. we have radar so it is quite detailed really so it is quite an ask.
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obviously, we are trying to presalt on the side of caution really. counsel workers out in force to in south wales just a light dusting of snow in the heads of valleys. ——valleys and roads so far. so far, southeast wales and the valleys seem to have avoided any serious disruption because of the weather, but the snow is now falling more heavily, and the weather warning is still in place until nine o'clock this evening. the welsh ambulance services arranged four by 4's to help get their staff into their call centre, also a reminder to think about other services before dialling 999. there is the online symptom checker. we have nhs direct. we have we have got 111. 0ur vehicles do have four by four capability, but obviously when it is adverse weather, it sometimes will take us longer to get to you. so it is about ensuring that you do dial 999 when it is a life—threatening emergency. so less disruption than some expected but with subzero temperatures expected again tomorrow, some schools have already decided to close.
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paul heaney reporting there. lets have a look at some of the other stories on bbc news... footage showing the moment a 3—year—old boy had sulphuric acid thrown over him in a shop has been shown to a jury in worcester crown court. the child, who can't be named for legal reasons, suffered serious burns at a store in worcester in july last year. six men, including the boy's father and one woman, are accused of plotting the attack. the home secretary has announced plans to impose curfews and ban the use of social media for anyone suspected of carrying knives. anyone over the age of 12 could be subject to a knife crime prevention 0rder. breaching the order would carry a maximum sentence of two years. 20,000 extra staff, including pharmacists and physios, will be recruited over the next five years to work alongside gps in england.
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the nhs says it will allow doctors to spend more time with the patients who need them most and increase the range of services at local surgeries. the government is under pressure over its readiness for brexit. today, the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, was forced to admit that if a deal with the eu is reached shortly before the deadline of march 29th, ministers might need to delay britain's departure ,while it pushes the necessary legislation through the house of commons. and there's been a separate warning, that the uk would not be ready to leave the eu without a deal if talks with brussels fail — because the new laws needed won't be passed in time. here's our reality check correspondent, chris morris. leaving the eu with no deal is the default position on march the 29th unless a deal can be approved in parliament in the next few weeks. the only other options are to extend article 50, to buy a bit more time,
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01’ to withdraw it altogether, which means brexit will not happen. so with two months to go, how ready is the government for no deal? well, according to the institute for government, there is a very significant risk that the laws that need to be in place to try to cope with no—deal simply will not be ready in time. do not forget that eu laws will no longer apply in the uk, with immediate effect of the leave with no deal. so they need to be replaced, but five big bills in parliament on things like trade, agriculture, and immigration are given a red light, suggesting major challenges to get them passed. the government's fragile majority makes things worse. another law on international health care is still thrashing amber. the ifg says the government is also behind on passing smaller changes to the law. only about 100 of the 600 required for a no—deal brexit have been approved. roughly 250 have not even been tabled in parliament yet. an even bigger risk, the ifg says, is that new
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processes, systems, and staff have to be in place by the end of march to avoid disruption. in many cases, they simply will not be ready. eight out of 11 broad policy areas including borders, health, and law and justice are given a red light, meaning the government will be unable to avoid some major negative impacts. all of this of course is the work of government, but as the ifg points out, businesses also need to be ready. it will normally be given years to prepare for huge changes like this. but the government only started releasing technical notices in august 2018, five months ago. business also has not been told yet what kind of tariff regime will operate after brexit. 0ur survey suggests small businesses have not had the time or the resources to prepare properly for no—deal. the government is also criticising this report for ——criticised in this report
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for excessive secrecy, although many of the problems, the report acknowledges, are down to the sheer scale and complexity of the task. that is, of course, why the government says it wants a deal and a transition period afterwards for at least 21 months, when all the rules and regulations would stay the same. if a withdrawal agreement is approved, the only legislation that would need to be passed before brexit day would be a bill turning that agreement into uk law. even time to do that is running short. but the department for exiting the eu told us that the government has conducted extensive planning and preparation for all brexit scenarios. and it will ensure that all the right laws are ready for the day we leave. 0ur reality check correspondent, chris morris. meanwhile, investment in the uk car industry has fallen nearly 80% in the past three years according to the society of motor manufacturers and traders. it says uncertainty over brexit had put
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the industry on "red alert". car production last year dropped to its lowest level since 2013. lets talk to david leggett, editor ofjust—auto, an online news site for the car industry. thank you for talking to us. is this billy because i brexit? yes, i liked it is. vehicle manufacturers are heavy investors and new models and to link the terms under which we are going to be trading with our biggest trade partner export market get the eu as faras trade partner export market get the eu as far as brexit is concerned is a major worry. many vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are sitting on their hands waiting to see how this will unfold. theresa may manages state get the uk out of
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the uk at of the european union and get a deal at the last minute if possible, but will happy? that investment could come constrained but we will have a transition period under the proposed deal and that creates a deal of uncertainty for the next three to five years which will dampen investment a little bit. you have been saying about the concerns of a no—deal brexit, but isn't it a fact that industries like the car industry if we do leave without a deal was simply have to change the weight they wake to adapt to these different roles and the fa ct to these different roles and the fact that there will be different trading arrangements with the eu? yes, certainly, a degree of adaptability would be required. i
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think the wary is the extent to which how it is currently configured in britain is not a competitive industry. the margins are dead. anything that affects that, tariffs, 01’ anything that affects that, tariffs, or additional delays with borders, delays on parts and adjusting time, they are worried about anything that will add cost. and how it is at the moment, a no—deal brexit will certainly add cost. isn't that the current things they think the industry is not just current things they think the industry is notjust about brexit, we had seen the concerns about china and the us, the wider slump and demand? china is a particular worry. the biggest vehicle manufacturer in the uk has had to count —— cut production already because of the
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chinese car market, which is the largest car market in the world. certainly, a lot of worry about the chinese car market going down. i think that chinese car market went out for the first time since 1990, so out for the first time since 1990, so the chinese market is certainly a big worry for britain. thank you very much indeed for talking to us. the headlines on bbc news... and there's a severe weather warning as freezing termperatures and snow hits wales and southern england this evening. the foreign secretaryjeremy hunt says the uk may need extra time to negotiate brexit — if a deal isn't agreed quickly enough. and there's been an increase in calls to a suicide prevention charity after the case of molly russell, a 1k year old who took her own life a year ago. two male warwick university students
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who were involved in a chat group which threatened to rape female students, will be allowed back into the university next year. two of the five students were banned from the university for 10 years — but they've had that reduced on appeal to one year. one of the female complainants in the case published an open letter to the university in student newspaper the boar. in it, she described how the case has affected her mental health, saying, "over the past 18 months, i have relapsed twice into my depression. i have relapsed into my eating disorder. i have developed anxiety. you have failed to protect countless students like myself, and you don't even have an adequate system in place to look after students who are suffering and hurting." the university has issued a statement in response, saying, "we are unable to comment further on individual student discipline cases, but we can assure you that the university has a robust student discipline procedure that includes a detailed investigation and consideration
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of the case by a committee of senior academic staff and students union sabbatical officers." well, earlier i spoke to the editor of the student newspaper that broke the story, daniel ruben. just speaking to students around campus, it has gone down very negatively. speaking to female students who are going to be here next year, lots of them are very scared. they do not know whether they are going to be in seminars with the students or if they are going to be safe, and i do not think anyone is very happy with the decision. why do you think that the university has taken this course of action given the outcry that this case has provoked? of course, i cannot say because the university has been so quiet about what has gone on during this appeals process, and that is really one of the major issues here. it is the lack of transparency. so injune when the original rulings were made, saying that student was to
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be banned for life be banned for life for ten years, the university came out straightaway with press statement saying that this is what is going to happen. this appeals process that took place over the summer and concluded late september. there has been no official word by the university that this has happened. it is only because of the student media finding out and these female students coming out about it that the people 110w know. and the people just want to know why the university is keeping quiet, and they really need to say something to relay those fears. so what more could you as a student union do to try to address this, perhaps to get the ban extended ain? so i should make clear that i am a current student and as an editor of the paper, we are independent of the student union, but i think people from the student union has said that they are unhappy with how the process has been carried out. there is also the issue that two student officers did say on that process.
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so i think a lot of people are kind of looking for answers from the student union and the university on why this has happened and how they are going to help protect students next year. the number of assaults in prisons in england and wales has reached a record high. according to figures released by the ministry ofjustice, there were more than thirty—three thousand attacks by prisoners between september 2017 and the following year. the charity — prison reform trust — described the latest figures as "disturbing". the scottish government has promised to increase funding for local councils and allow them to introduce their own taxes. the measures are part of a deal between the minority snp administration and the scottish greens that allowed the budget to be approved by the holyrood parliament this afternoon. the agreement was reached only minutes before the parliament began a debate on the budget. the energy company npower is set to cut up to nine hundred jobs as part of its plan to reduce operating costs. the german—owned firm,
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employs over 6,000 people in the uk, the chief executive described the retail energy market as "incredibly tough" but insisted that they will continue to focus on service and value for oui’ customers. a coroner has ordered that the inquests into the deaths of five people in the guildford pub bombings should be re—opened, more than a0 years after they were suspended. four soldiers and a civilian were killed in 1974 when two ira bombs went off. four people accused of carrying out the attacks had their convictions quashed and were released after serving 15 years in jail. duncan kennedy, reports. the horse and groom had been packed with soldiers and others. a second device went off in another pub. it was here where the deaths took place. five men and women were killed. their inquests were opened, but adjourned whilst the police investigated. that investigation here at what was the pub led to four
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people being jailed for life. the coroner at the time said that as all the evidence was heard at their trial, there was now no need for a full inquest. but 15 years later, that evidence collapsed, and the guildford four were cleared. one of them, patrick armstrong, said today he was pleased a full inquest would now hear all the evidence. very, very happy. i am very emotional, very delighted for the families and the relations of the people that got killed in the bombs and were injured, because they deserve it. the coroner said today it was in the public interest to resume the inquest. lawyers say the families of those who died just want an untainted account of what happened. this is their opportunity for truth, justice and accountability, and also hopefully to allay the continuing rumours and suspicions surrounding the guildford pub bombings. the ira gang involved in the balcombe street siege said they carried out the guildford
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bombing, but no one was ever charged. the new inquest is due to resume later this year, in the final attempt to unravel this prolonged tragedy. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in guildford. the queen has one of the greatest collections of leonardo da vinci s drawings in the world. to mark the 500th anniversary of the old masters death, she's sharing 144 of his works with museums across the uk. our arts editor will gompertz has been travelling around the country to see the drawings. leonardo da vinci was the ultimate renaissance man, a polymath who could turn his mind to anything and produce exquisite drawings, examples of which have been lent by the royal collection trust to 12 museums across the uk. each venue has a group of drawings selected to reflect the diversity of leonardo's interests. we are in the national museum in cardiff among its 12 leonardos,
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all of which are magnificent, of course, but i wanted to point out two of the works. the first is this late anatomical drawing, which is great, but it does contain a mistake. in this left—hand edge leonardo has left an inky thumbprint. and then over here is a drawing which shows the artist's deep interest in botany. it's a beautiful symmetrical design of a grain bearing grass from asia. ...known asjob's tears. at the time it was very rare in the rest of the world. in fact, this is thought to be the first record of it in western europe. the drawingas on display here at the ulster museum in belfast give a sense of the extraordinary range of interests that leonardo da vinci had, from costume design to extreme weather effects. and of course, famously, his detailed analysis of the human body, with images which are still well regarded today. but are they accurate? they certainly are, will. if you look at the level of the anatomical detail here, it is equal to any standard surgical text in the modern era.
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more importantly, he's somehow picked up the functionality of these muscles and imbued them with life. the display here at the kelvingrove art gallery and museum in glasgow shows the two sides of leonardo. on the one hand, you have the fine artist who is interested in modelling form in delicate detail using light and shade. on the other hand, you've got leonardo the engineer, who is interested in the movement of a horse and in designing weapons or fanciful war machines, as he called them. and he also liked to make maps such as this one of the central region of italy, including the arno valley where he was born. these, he made to support his architectural work. the final venue on this whistle—stop tour is the sunderland museum, where i am joined by carly collier from the royal collection. this is the image i really want to talk to you about. basically, it's an essay. absolutely. leonardo was an artist, a scientist, but also an intellectual, and here he is investigating the nature of light. obviously, there is some drawing
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because it's leonardo. in the great scheme of things, how good was he, from michelangelo to picasso? he really was a great draughtsman. and he is very unique in the way he uses drawing to truly understand the world. ultimately, the subject of all these beautiful drawings is leonardo and the workings of his remarkable mind. will gompertz, bbc news, sunderland. now the weather is causing all sense of trouble across the country. we have some disturbing weather out the night across the country. pushing into the cold air, the rain has turned very quickly into snow. across the southwest of england and into parts of south wales it is moving very slowly, heavy snow
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falling in a short space of time. heavy snow warning has been issued in parts of south wales, here snow is likely to be very disruptive even places to lower levels. particularly on the hills where you can see more than that across southern and eastern wells, i want this one to seven cm sitting on the high ground in the southeast of england. as we move into the overnight period, the band of snow blows northwoods, but it goes to the southeast of england and they will be some patchy areas seeing a little and others seek quite a bit. for the rest of today it's a friday, that is and will be some disruption across the southwest with some roads to be close. this is the picture through the night. across southern areas continue to
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accumulate. showers pushing to the eastern part of the countries in the north of scotland. whether it is filing, ice is going to be a significant risk. temperatures below freezing. there tomorrow morning again, we will see sleet and snow begins at peter out. mainly brain from coast—to—coast. we could see a covering of snow on the high ground here. despite what you get the sunshine, it will be another cold day. the weekend, it is looking quieter. showers across northern and eastern areas and west coast as well. besides that, it will be crisp winter sunshine. it will make it said three or six or 7 degrees. the weather system pushing and to bring some snow to northern areas, stay tune defy the weather forecast. hello, i'm ros atkins,
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this is outside source. venezuela's self—declared interim presidentjuan guaido says his family has been threatened by police visiting his home looking for his wife. britain's foreign secretary, jeremy hunt says brexit could be delayed. if we ended up approving a deal in the days before the 29th of march, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation. with just two months, until britain is due to leave the eu — how ready is either side, for the possibility, of a no—deal brexit, with fears of empty shelves in supermarkets. at least eight people have died in the us midwest after the coldest spell there in decades sees temperatures fall as low as minus 30 degrees celsuis.
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