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this is bbc news — the headlines at four: a serving metropolitan police officer has appeared before magistrates — 48—year—old wayne couzens is charged with the kidnap and murder of sarah everard. an event to remember sarah in south london has been cancelled — and replaced with a doorstep vigil. new coronavirus restrictions in italy to stop the number of new cases — schools, shops and restaurants will close from monday. at least eight people have been shot dead by the security forces in myanmar — as protests continue across the country against last month's military coup. an increase in the price of your mother's day bouquet — florists and stockists have been hit with new costs because of brexit. and, more than 35 year since his last adventure — superted is being brought
back to life once again. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. a serving metropolitan police officer has appeared in court charged with the kidnap and murder of sarah everard. sarah, who was 33, disappeared whilst walking home in south london ten days ago. her body was discovered in woodland, in kent, a week after she went missing. 48—year—old wayne couzens appeared before magistrates this morning — as our correspondent, helena wilkinson, reports. arriving at westminster magistrates�* court this morning, pc wayne couzens
believed to be in this police van. the 48—year—old met police officer joined the force two years ago. today he appeared in the dock — charges of kidnap and murder were formally put to him. it's ten days since sarah everard disappeared in south london. her body was found here — in woodland, near ashford, in kent. it was found inside a builder's bag and identified through her dental records. extensive searches are continuing close to where her body was found. 13 miles away, the police officer's house in deal, in kent, is also a focus. and an old garage, in dover, where he used to work is being searched. in clapham, where sarah was last seen, a vigil has now been cancelled. organisers had hoped it was a chance for people to express their sorrow, but also send a broader message that many women feel unsafe alone on the streets. the group effectively lost a challenge, though,
at the high court over covid—19 regulations. it doesn't end here by any stretch. we are encouraging people, as we said, to light a candle in their doorstep or in their street at 9:30pm to remember sarah everard and her life, but also the lives of so many women that we've lost to violence of this kind. what happened to sarah everard has started a national conversation about women's safety and has become a political issue. the government is seeking further views on how to tackle violence against women and girls. sadly, the messages coming from women have been very powerful and important. the message i am giving back to government is do something, do something meaningful, or my committee will be holding your feet to the fire over why not. but for sarah everard's family, what they are dealing with is unimaginable. they'll be wanting answers
as to what happened to sarah — who they say was bright and beautiful, and a shining example. helena wilkinson, bbc news. let's ta ke let's take a look at the latest common figures on coronavirus. a further 121 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the uk. there have been 553a new cases— that's people if you have tested positive for the virus. the number of those receiving the first vaccination is now over 23.5 million. those are the latest government figures on coronavirus, which havejust been published.
shops, schools and restaurants will close across much of italy from monday after the prime minister, mario draghi, confirmed the country was now experiencing a fresh wave of coronavirus. cases have been rising steadily with more than 25,000 new infections now reported each day. 0ur rome correspondent, mark lowen, reports. it's just over a year since italy imposed the world's first national lockdown of the pandemic. now the first country in the west to be overwhelmed by covid is in a third wave. with cases rising for the past six weeks — exceeding 25,000 a day — italy is closing its doors again. from monday, schools, shops and restaurants will shut in more than half the country. for three days over easter, they will close nationwide. the new prime minister, mario draghi, said urgent action was needed. translation: i am aware that today's restrictions will have _ consequences on the education of your children and the economy and on everyone�*s mental health.
but they are necessary to avoid a worsening of the situation that would require even stricter measures. it is a bleak situation in some other parts of europe, too. poland has seen its second highest daily number of cases since november, and germany is reporting a rapid rise among schoolchildren, with new variants to blame. the speed of vaccination programmes in most of the eu remains sluggish. italy has administered just over 6 millionjabs — about a quarter of the doses of the uk, with similar populations. austria's chancellor said vaccines weren't being fairly distributed among member states, with signs that some countries were striking side deals with manufacturers. mark lowen, bbc news, rome. here, wales has begun easing its lockdown restrictions. the stay—at—home rule has been replaced with a requirement to stay local. it means that, as in scotland, up to four people from two different households can now meet outdoors to socialise, including in private gardens.
the irish foreign minister, simon coveney, has accused the uk of "perverse nationalism" for trying to get its own trade deal with the us. he said the eu, uk, us and canada should join together to reach a joint trade agreement rather than each racing to sign a deal. mr coveney has also called for talks to end the dispute over brexit border checks on goods going from britain to northern ireland. the eu wants to resolve these issues through negotiation, to listen to business leaders in northern ireland, to understand what the problems with the implementation of the protocol are, and to try and accommodate the concerns. that's what we all want to do. nobody wants disruption or rancour or division. we've had enough of that on brexit. eight people have been shot dead by the security forces in myanmar, as protests continue across the country against last month's military coup.
images posted online show several severely injured people, including a buddhist monk. at least two men were killed in yangon, while a woman was shot dead in mandalay. earlier, jonathan head, our south—east asia correspondent, gave us more details on the situation in myanmar today. we now have a total of eight dead, three overnight, in different parts of yangon, with a lot of people seriously injured, and you could argue the circumstances are the same at night time, obviously a lot more chaotic. big rallies today in mandalay, it is a stronghold of anti—coup feeling, they had a general strike. they were going most of the day, and then towards the end of the protest, suddenly you heard this whiplash of high velocity bullets being fired into the crowd, and they are still basically assessing how many people have died and how many may well die later because of the severity of their injuries.
essentially, the pattern is that wherever there is a confrontation with the security forces, without really any warning at some point the security forces will fire directly into the crowds using battlefield weapons. these are absolutely lethal. that was the pattern last night, in one case the residents had gone down to the police station to ask them to release three people they had detained, and the police just opened fire on them. another man was manning a barricade at night as a volunteer night guard, because the army and the police are going into these neighbourhoods at night and terrorising the population, so they are trying to keep them out so people can have some kind of sleep. again, someone opened fire from the security forces side, killed this man. mandalay was a massacre. we have seen in mandalay, there are reports of people being killed in pyay, another town, today. you never know where it will be. there are protests in multiple cities almost every day, and in those cities the police and army who work
together on this either decide they will use tear gas and rubber bullets or they decide they will shoot in the crowd and kill a few people. there is no particular obvious objective to it except to terrorise people, and one presumes the strategy is the hope that the sight of these dreadful, dreadful injuries of people hit by these bullets will eventually put them off, but it has not yet. people are very angry and that anger is nationwide. this has all the hallmarks of a civil war, but it is not really a civil war because only one side is armed. jonathan head reporting. new york's governor, andrew cuomo, says he will not bow to what he calls "cancel culture" and resign. there are growing calls for him to step down after allegations of sexual misconduct. us democratic senators, chuck schumer and kirsten gillibrand, have joined the list of politicians saying he should go. paul hawkins reports. andrew cuomo, new york governor — but for how much longer? 0nce widely praised for his
leadership during the first wave of coronavirus, he's now fighting for his political life. i did not do what has been alleged, period. there are often many motivations for making an allegation. seven women have now come forward making allegations against him, including sexual misconduct and assault. politicians who don't know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are, in my opinion, reckless and dangerous. the latest of those politicians includes chuck schumer, one of the most senior democrats in congress and the senate majority leader. along with fellow new york senator kirsten gillibrand, they released a statement, saying...
but, they add... already, more than 55 democratic legislators in new york have signed a letter calling on him to step down. the city's mayor, bill de blasio, says he should go. so, too, some democrats in congress, including alexandra 0casio—cortez. and as for the white house... the president believes that every woman who has come forward deserves to have her voice heard, should be treated with respect, and should be able to tell her story. there also is an independent investigation that is ongoing, of course, in the state, with subpoena power overseen by the attorney general, and he certainly supports that moving forward. andrew cuomo says he'll wait for the outcome of that investigation before deciding whether to step down. people know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. i'm not going to resign.
but there's also another investigation, a federal one, into claims the state undercounted the true covid death toll in care homes. the pressure for him to go now could be too much. paul hawkins, bbc news. now to the american city of minneapolis, and one of the largest pre—trial settlements in us history, $27 million, to the family of george floyd. he's the african—american man who died while being restrained by police officers in may last year. lawyers for his family say the city has agreed to settle in the civil case for damages. separately, a former minneapolis police officer, derek chauvin, is standing trial on criminal charges, including third degree murder, following the incident. here's the floyd family lawyer, ben crump. the financial compensation most directly impacts george floyd and his family, the future of their family.
but it is the policy reforms that affects all of us. ben crump. today marks the one—year anniversary of the killing by police of breonna taylor in her apartment in the us. the police shot 26—year—old ms taylor eight times — and no criminal charges have ever been brought over her death. her death sparked protests in her home city of louisville, kentucky, and across the country — and it became part of the wider black lives matter movement. kehinde andrews is professor of black studies at the university of birmingham. he spoke to us about both george floyd and breonna taylor, and said the experiences of many people suggests things haven't changed in the past year. it's a good that there's been a settlement in the george floyd case, but we have seen that before with these high—profile things. but, actually, with the day—to—day experiences, you've seen many more
black people be killed in the last year, and, actually, the treatment of breonna taylor and her family shows that things haven't really changed at all. there's no accountability for this. you see this again and again in the united states — that the police are allowed to get away with this kind of wanton violence. a big settlement for george floyd doesn't change that unfortunately. the reason it resonates here is because we have the same problems. police don't kill as many people in the uk because they don't carry guns, but you're still more likely to die in police custody, more likely to be arrested, charged, etc. so it does resonate with our experience. if we're honest, there was a lot of talk last summer of everything changing, and then a year later, i'm not sure it's any different. in fact, there's been quite a backlash, where now we talk about race of things like the royal family and the national anthem, and we've kind of lost focus on the real issues that matter. the headlines on bbc news: a serving metropolitan police officer has appeared before magistrates — 48—year—old wayne couzens is charged with the kidnap and murder of sarah everard.
an event to remember sarah in south london has been cancelled — and replaced with a doorstep vigil. new coronavirus restrictions in italy to stop the number of new cases — schools, shops and restaurants will close from monday. sport — and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's chetan. good afternoon. we start with the six nations — it's england against grand slam—chasing france at twickenham later, but before that things but before that a big win for wales this afternoon, they are one win away from a grand slam after beating italy 48—7 in rome. wales sealing a four—try bonus point before half—time. wingerjosh adams scoring the first of their tries. hooker ken 0wens scored two in the first half to put the result beyond any doubt. italy got one try of their own, but it was never going to be enough.
louis—reese zammit scoring the pick of the welsh tries after the break. a of the welsh tries after the break. more than convi straight a more than convincing win. 31 straight defeat now in the six nations for italy. in rugby union's premiership — defending champions exeter survived a scare to beat harlequins. exeter were trailing 20—7, but fought back and snatched victory — when dave ewers scored this try withjust six minutes remaining. the win keeps exeter second — five points ahead of their opponents. bath eased to victory in today's other lunchtime kick—off. they ran in six tries — tom dunn with two of them — as they thrashed newcastle 38—19. the win moves bath up to eighth. thomas tuchel�*s unbeaten run is now up to 12 games with chelsea, but they've missed the chance to go third in the premier league after a goalless draw at leeds. leeds almost gifted chelsea a goal early on when luke ayling's clearance rebounded off a team mate and the bar. at the other end tyler roberts went close, seeing his shot
rebound off the woodwork. but that was as close as either side got. i'm happy, i think maybe for the spectators on the tv is not so clear, but on a pitch like this against a team like leeds, who put a lot of pressure on you all the time, we escaped many times out of the pressure in a very fluid style and could have created a lot of attacks. so, in general, i'm happy with the performance, normally... if we had a better team, we want to win it's clear. the boys are disappointed, which is a good sign. wilfried zaha has become the first premier league player not to take a knee before kick—off. he promised a couple of weeks ago that when he returned from injury he would "stand tall" instead — and that's exactly what he did before play got underway at selhurst park this afternoon against west brom. in a statement released before the game, zaha said, "there is no right or wrong, i feel kneeling has just become
a part of the pre—match routine," and he points to abuse still continuing. palace are currently 1—0 up in that game, luka milivojevic with a first half penalty. everton could move to within two points of chelsea in fourth if they beat burnley at 5.30. the leaders manchester city meanwhile can open up a 17—point gap at the top if they beat fulham in the late game. in the race to the premier league — swansea have moved back into the automatic promotion places in the championship. they're second after beating luton1—0 — conor hourihane with the goal afterjust three minutes. the win leaves swansea seven points behind leaders norwich, but they'll be replaced in the top two if watford beat cardiff this afternoon. britain's geraint thomas and his ineos grenadiers team mate, egan bernal, have had another bad day on the tirreno adriatico race. they struggled on the final climb of the fourth stage, slipping back from the main group. tour de france champion taday pogarcher broke clear of his rivals to win the stage
and take the overall lead of the race. thomas has moved up into the top ten, but is now almost a minute and a half off the lead. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. on monday, two years will have passed since a gunman opened fire at the al noor and linwood mosques in christchurch, new zealand, killing 51 people. bereaved families joined religious and political leaders to honour those lives at a remembrance service on saturday — with the overarching theme of unity. tanya dendrinos reports. singing. a community gathered in solidarity. the emotion in the room was raw and palpable. the speakers took to the stage to honour their loved ones,
51 precious lives lost at the hands of terror and hate. haroon smiling goodbye on the morning of friday, march 15, still echoes in my mind. little did i know that the next time i would see him, the body and soul would not be together. little did i know that the darkest day in new zealand's history had dawned. one of those proud kiwis we lost was ali elmadani. he was my dad and he took with him a part of my soul. the repercussions of that day still very much felt by a nation traumatised and still haunting for those who survived. i sat on the ground beside the ambulance with nine bullets in my body, filled with pain and fear. an inquiry into the massacre found a series of failures ahead
of the attack, but concluded the tragedy was unpreventable. the prime minister's call to action, one of kindness and empathy. there will be an unquestionable legacy for march 15. much of it will be heartbreaking but it is never too early or too late for the legacy to be a more inclusive nation. please accept these to hold on behalf of our people and the people of new zealand and christchurch, within your mosque. a nation galvanised by grief, today standing united in love. tanya dendrinos, bbc news. during the pandemic, many of us have missed out on the chance to celebrate special days with the ones we love — and mother's day tomorrow will be no exception. fiona lamdin has been speaking to mothers and daughters for whom this year will be especially significant
for very different reasons. the doctors said, "your mum's heart is slowing down now. it's time, she's leaving us." so we just said our goodbyes and it was heartbreaking. listening to my dad begging my mum to wake up was probably the thing that's just going to be stuck in my head and etched in my memory for the longest time. kaz�*s mum, susan, caught covid two months ago and deteriorated very quickly in hospital. my dad called, crying, and he said, "your mum's been put on a ventilator. her heart stopped. they had to resuscitate her and put her on a ventilator." so within a day from being taken to hospital in the morning to then taking her last breath in the
evening, i still can't believe it. 0n the same day, kaz�*s grandmother, minerva, was also taken to hospital. she died from covid that same evening. as a family, they've always celebrated mother's day. i technically am motherless on mother's day. what will you do this year? i'm definitely going to still buy those flowers for her and for my nan. i'll definitely pay them a visit. they are buried side by side. your mum prepares you for everything. she prepares you to fight, prepares you to get through the bad days, but the one thing your mum doesn't prepare you for is when she leaves. and that is what i am struggling with the most. for others, this will be their first mother's day. kate gave birth last march on the first day of lockdown. she already had covid symptoms
as she went into labour. when we arrived at the hospital, the midwife who had been on the phone with us came out and put masks on my husband and i. they were all in ppe. by now, she was in the final stages. extreme pain and then that release and then a swab and pain, release and a swab. so you actually did the covid test... during labour. between contractions, yeah. just hours after giving birth, kate received her test results. i really wasn't expecting it to say i was positive for covid, but i was, and i think i wasjust so afraid they would say, "we must take your baby away, you have to isolate, she has to isolate, you can't breast—feed." this new family of three were now allowed home as long as they wore masks. the only sadness for kate is she won't be able to see her own mum this weekend. a situation familiar for many of us.
and that's why ten—year—old sunny in bristol is making and baking treats for her local care home. 50 cards and 50 cookies. i wanted to put a smile on their faces because obviously them not seeing all their family and all their loved ones, i thought it would be nice to make them happy, and give them cards and cookies. this mother's day, another celebration which is paused for so many as the pandemic continues to keep families apart. he was the teddy bear with magic powers that became a cartoon favourite among a generation of children — and now superted is being brought back to life once again. more than 35 years since his last adventure, his creators are working to recreate the show for a new audience. tomos morgan has the story. this is a story about. an ordinary teddy bear. almost 35 years later, and this little bear could be back
on our screens once again... that bear became superted! ..foiling cigar wielding bank robbers and skeletons. oh, no. just when i was beginning to enjoy myself. the original idea behind superted came in the form of a bedtime story for the creator's stepson. he was a bit afraid of the dark. i found myself standing in the bedroom with a tea towel in my hand, i'd been washing the dishes, there you are, and there was a teddy bear on the bed so i tied the tea towel round its neck and i said, "this teddy bear, he is also afraid of the dark but when he whispers a secret magic word he changes into superted!" first broadcast on welsh language channel sac in november 1982, its success led to it being dubbed into 32 languages, beamed in over 100 countries, and it became a huge hit, even within the royal family. we had the superted children's ward
at the princess of wales hospital. princess diana came down to open the ward, etc, and i was introduced to her and, first of all, don't forget she had two little boys at the time, she could give me chapter and verse on superted, she could pitch superted to me. she knew all about superted. i didn't see anything to tickle my fancy. not even this? we will certainly have to pitch it to netflix and disney plus and hbo max and a lot of the big guys, because you're probably looking at investment of $10.5 to $11 million to make a full series. the plan is for the original superhero teddy bear to be upscaled into high—res first... i'm terribly sorry. yes, everyone makes mistakes. it's only human. ..before being reimagined into cgi. only one thing could top this little bear�*s reappearance for his creator. it's either superted or cardiff city winning the european cup,
one or the other. it'll be another two years at least for this dream to become a reality but the curtains haven't closed just yet... i will use some cosmic dust. ..on a nostalgic resurrection of another animated superhero. bubbling blancmange! where's texas pete? tomos morgan, bbc news, cardiff. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. the weekend has got off to a windy start, plenty of showers moving west to east on that wind, but we have had some sunny spells in between. the showers continue into the evening, some of them working south across england and wales. after midnight, a scattering of showers to the west where many places will be turning drier. the coldest weather overnight will be across north—east england
and eastern scotland, some of us here getting a touch of frost into the morning. the fine start tomorrow is not going to last. some sunny spells initially, but a weather system brings rain into northern ireland, southern and western scotland, then into wales and the midlands. the dryest weather will be in north—east scotland. eventually the rain will work its way to the east and south—east of england late afternoon. not quite as windy as it is today. temperatures may be a degree or so higher. calmer, drierweather on the way next week. hello, this is bbc news with rebecca jones. the headlines: a serving metropolitan police officer has appeared before magistrates. 48—year—old wayne couzens is charged with the kidnap and murder of sarah everard. an event to remember sarah in south london has been cancelled, and replaced with a doorstep vigil.
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