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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. police in london are facing fierce criticism over clashes with crowds who gathered for a vigil in memory of sarah everard, whose body was found days after she disappeared. we absolutely did not want to be in a position where enforcement action was necessary, but we were placed in this position because of the overriding need to protect people's safety. the foreign secretary has made another call for the immediate release of british—iranian nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe after reports suggest she has appeared in court to face a new allegation of anti—government propaganda. authorities in the republic of ireland have recommended temporarily suspending use of the astrazeneca vaccine,
after a report of four news cases of blood clotting events in adults who'd received the jab in norway. coronavirus cases increase in many european union countries as a third wave of the pandemic gathers speed. and it's the music industry's biggest awards night of the year — the grammys — this year it'll be a virtual ceremony in los angelese because of the pandemic. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. there are calls, here in the uk, for london's metropolitan police commissioner, dame cressida dick, to resign after firerce criticism over how her force handled a vigil in memory of sarah everard — the 33—year—old woman whose body
was found in woodland days after she disappeared. some of them were handcuffed. the met has defended its actions, saying that with hundreds of people packed together, there was a risk of spreading coronavirus. but the home secretary priti patel has asked for full details about exactly what happened. simonjones has the latest and his report contains flashing images. shouting. police move in to try to break up an unofficial vigil to mark the life of sarah everard near to the spot where she was last seen. more than 1,000 people had gathered. the police said it wasn't safe under lockdown restrictions. but the organisation reclaim these streets, which had cancelled its own plans a vigil, said it was deeply saddened and angered by scenes of officers physically manhandling women
at an event against male violence. this image has made front—page news. people are angry. they're angry that we were silenced, in this case about women being silenced and women having violence against them. the police said they had repeatedly asked people to obey the law and go home, but, in a tweet, the home secretary said... the mayor of london said, although the police have a responsibility to enforce covid laws, the response the mayor of london said, although the police have a responsibility to enforce covid laws, the response was, at times, neither appropriate nor proportionate. and there are calls for the met�*s commissioner, who visited clapham on friday, to resign. the leader of the liberal democrats said cressida dick had lost the confidence of the millions of women in london. in the early hours of this morning, the police defended their actions, saying hundreds of people had been tightly packed together, posing a very real risk of covid being spread. part of the reason i'm speaking
to you tonight is because we accept that the actions of our officers have been questioned. we absolutely did not want to be in a position where enforcement action was necessary. but we were placed in this position because of the overriding need to protect people's safety. in brixton hill, reclaim these streets lit candles to mark the lives of women killed by men. sarah everard was remembered, too, at downing street and by the labour leader. a serving police officer, wayne couzens, has been charged with her murder. he'll next appear in court on tuesday. sarah's family, who describe her as bright and beautiful, are now trying to come to terms with her loss. simon jones, bbc news. 0ur reporter emily unia joins us now from clapham common in south london. emily, we can see some of the people
who have come better pay their respects and the flowers that have been made as well. yes, there has been made as well. yes, there has been a steady stream of people arriving here all morning at clapham common to lay flowers, to light candles and to pay their respects, they are pausing and they are having a moment to reflect and think about what happened to sarah everard. it is very peaceful, it calm, people on the whole very quiet, actually but, you know, there are a lot of people here. it started out very can but around six o'clock the play said the situation changed as large numbers of people gathered here and there was shouting and chanting and they asked people to leave because the social distancing was impossible. when that didn't happen the police that they had no option but to move in to disperse the crowds to protect public safety and four arrests were made but, of course, the problem that we have this morning, those images on the front page of the newspapers, this was meant to be a very, sort of, peaceful vigil, really to highlight male violence
against women and instead we have these pictures of police of the straining women, handcuffing them leading them away and that is not a good look for the metropolitan police and other articles per day in cressida dick, the metropolitan police, to resign and also questions being asked of us lately how things escalated to the stage so that is an explanation, expectation today that at some point cressida dick will have to come out and say something about what happened. liberal democrat leader sir ed davey has called on met commissioner dame cressida dick to resign. the lib dem peer lord paddick — a former deputy assistant commissioner of the met — said sir ed was right to speak out. look, i was a colleague with cressida dick for decades. i would like to think that cressida is a friend of mine and i don't want to get into that debate. but what i would say is that my leader, the leader of the liberal democrats, ed davey, last night wrote to cressida dick asking her to consider her position and i absolutely agree that that was the right
thing for ed davey to do. there has been cross—party condemnation of the met�*s handling of the event last night. i've been getting more details from our political correspondent helen catt. this week, in the last few days, we've seen this real outpouring from women about what it is like to be a woman walking down the street on your own and how women can feel safer about the issue of violence against women. the home office reopened its call for evidence for violence against women and girls on friday evening. in the first 2a hours of that, they say they got just under 20,000 responses, so there's been a huge reaction. and the political language about this, the political reaction has been to say, ok, we're listening. we're listening, we understand
the sensitivity, and we're hearing you, and of course what we saw last night did not that message at all and was completely at odds with that and that is why you are getting such a strong political reaction why there is such a focus on the way the police chose to deal with this. so, have a listen tojess phillips who is labour's shadow domestic violence minister. i think the police got it wrong at every single term. i think the police got it wrong at every single turn. not just the final image that we see but all day yesterday and the day before the police did not try and find a way for a peaceful protest. not a protest, actually, a vigil, a moment. they did not try and find a way to work with women who are sad and angry and upset to be able to, not even gather but just go to clapham common. there are a million ways that that could have been organised but the police put their foot down before they put their boot in and at every stage they made the wrong call. of course, the mayor of london sadiq khan made the point
that the police do have to enforce the covid laws, the coronavirus laws, but from the images he had seen he thought that the response was at times neither appropriate nor proportionate and the home secretary has asked for a full report from the metropolitan police commissioner cressida dick. today, victoria atkins, who was a home office minister, said that that was the right thing to do. if you will forgive me, i am not going to trespass on the conversation at this stage between the home secretary and the metropolitan commissioner. she will be laying out the report, the home secretary will be considering it very carefully and we will see what happens after that. i do want to make the point that we shouldn't tar the whole policing family with these incidents. i've had the pleasure of working with police officers both as a minister and also actually before when i used to prosecute criminals and i wouldn't want people to think that that is the police response more generally to these very difficult issues.
now, there are going to be questions asked of the government, too, about how the police have been put in is very difficult position of having to decide which protests — or in this case, which vigils — go ahead, and i think they were going to be questions asked around should there be some sort of provision within the coronavirus legislation to allow this sort of thing? i think there will be pressure on them to explain that and this all comes at the start of quite a big week for the government, putting forward its police crime sentencing and courts bill tomorrow, which covers a huge range of things to do with the criminaljustice system, one part of which, though, is about giving the police more powers to restrict or to enforce nonviolent protest. i think the backdrop to discuss that in is properly not the one they would have wanted. helen catt, our political correspondent. labour are now saying they would
vote against that police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, a bill which would allow the police more powers to enforce against nonviolent protest, so labour announcing they will vote against that. dame vera baird is the victims�* commissionerfor england and wales — she was previously police and crime commissioner for northumbria and is a former solicitor general. thank you so much a being with us on bbc news. what did you make of the police actions on bringing to an end this vigil clapham common? ifelt that they did get it wrong and that it was disproportionate. i look forward to the home secretary's comments on the report which she has requested from the metropolitan police commissioner, but as an inadvertent message to send out to women in particular who have been saying over the last week that the streets are lawless, men can say and do what they want to women and the criminaljustice do what they want to women and the criminal justice system do what they want to women and the criminaljustice system doesn't help it is the most appalling parody that
we are left with these photographs of police officers with any on the back of young women whilst they handcuff them which was indeed intended to be and was i think throughout a peaceful demonstration in which other regulations. in their defence they metropolitan police are saying that there were hundreds of people gathered there and a risk of people gathered there and a risk of people spreading covid—i9. what you to that? i don't know how you to restrict the impact of spreading covid—i9 by restricting and dealing with it the way they did. their understanding is that there were other places like the west midlands were the same sequence happened where somebody organised, police said it couldn't go ahead, people councils, but nonetheless a motion is very high and people felt very sorry this winter so intimate a point for sarah everard and still went. —— people cancelled. they were under control, they had a vigil, they had a moment's silence, the police were nowhere to be seen, they
were there but they made no impression on it at all. they simply saw the people there and said it was too late and let's just stand by and it is exact what happened, what happened in my local bike as well, my friends tell me. police attended, watch something happening just didn't end of eden. what can you do? you try to stop it, it hasn't been stopped, and taking quasi military tactics like circling the band stand around, which everybody has put their posies of flowers in memory of sarah everard trampled and then cut off from it, you know, it is very provocative way of going forward. it is a shame. it is a shame, you say. does that mean that cressida dick, metropolitan police commissioner should resign? there are a lot of people calling for her head now. it there are a lot of people calling for her head now.— there are a lot of people calling for her head now. it wouldn't be my lace to for her head now. it wouldn't be my place to do — for her head now. it wouldn't be my place to do that. _ for her head now. it wouldn't be my place to do that. of— for her head now. it wouldn't be my place to do that. of course, - for her head now. it wouldn't be my place to do that. of course, in - for her head now. it wouldn't be my place to do that. of course, in the l place to do that. of course, in the end she carries the can for what
goes wrong with it seems to me that the difference between what happens in my local park and clapham common seems to indicate that there was some local influence over how this was policed as well so i think the right thing to do is to say the police have a difficultjob, they didn't do this one very well, the home secretary to know what happens, happens, let's wait until real say that and let's hope the home secretary thinks it right and proper, properselect secretary thinks it right and proper, proper select that statement of what happened come into the public domain because a lot of people who are angry about this now who do see it as a gross parody that male police officers were violent to women who are complaining about male violence against women, so people will need to know what has been said what the just. 0ccasions are and what the just. 0ccasions are and what the just. 0ccasions are and what the home secretary has my view it is. he what the home secretary has my view it is. , , , ., , , what the home secretary has my view itis. , , , ., it is. he 'ust give us your sense of wh it is. he just give us your sense of why women _ it is. he just give us your sense of why women clearly _ it is. he just give us your sense of why women clearly feel _ it is. he just give us your sense of why women clearly feel they - it is. he just give us your sense of why women clearly feel they are l why women clearly feel they are being let down time and again by the police but also by the criminal
justice system in this country? i think you can see it in what has been said over the past few days. women of all kinds, you know, from journalists like you to trade unionists to students to doctors who have all experienced predatory male behaviour on the street and whoever therefore really saying, the streets are lawless. there is no criminal justice system. we don't feel reassured one receive some ikea footprints behind is that somebody will help without out of it if we make a complaint it will go somewhere. —— we don't feel reassured when we hear footprints behind us. clearly the criminal justice system is not deterring this behaviour for males because justice system is not deterring this behaviourfor males because it justice system is not deterring this behaviour for males because it is happening so frequently. the backdrop against which it happens is that the prosecution rate for rape is i.4%. that the prosecution rate for rape is i.4%. more than 98% of the 55,000 women and some men who have
complained of rape in the last year, 98% have had no prosecution brought, so of course women say to themselves they won't prosecute rape, they are not going to take my complaint seriously about being harassed in the street. it is not good. this is a risk now. 50% of the population looks as if it is losing confidence in the criminaljustice system. thank you very much a time. victims commission for england and wales. a british—iranian woman, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, has appeared in court, just days after she came to end of a five—year prison sentence. her lawyer says the charges involve her participating in a demonstration in front of the iranian embassy in london 12 years ago, as well as giving an interview to the bbc�*s persian service. ——involve her allegedly participating herfamily believe she is being used as a diplomatic bargaining chip by tehran. 0ur diplomatic correspondent caroline hawley has been following today's proceedings.
we know that she appeared in court this morning. but we know that richard ratcliffe had asked the british embassy to accompany her. we know that didn't happen. we know that nazanin herself was extremely stressed and nervous. it came out last week that she is suffering from serious mental health issues as a result of her ordeal over the past five years, so she was extremely tense and nervous, but her lawyer has said that the proceedings in court were calm, that he presented his defence, and he expressed the hope afterwards that she would be acquitted because the charges are lesser charges than those for which she has already served the five—year sentence. he did say that, legally, the court should announce its verdict in a week's time but he said that was up to the judge and there, i think, you have the wiggle room for the iranian authorities. richard ratcliffe has always said this is not a real court process, that his wife is being held
as a bargaining chip over a tank debt, a debt that britain owes to iran for an arms deal in the 1970s that was not fulfilled after the islamic revolution, so we don't know what will happen. the uncertainty for the family continues. an uncertainty that is especially poignant, i suppose, on mother's day. we were just looking at pictures there of nazanin with her daughter gabriella. she's been separated from herfor so long. that's right. i mean, this is extraordinary painful for the whole family. i understand that it is not mother's day in iran, so nazanin focus will have been very, very firmly on those court proceedings today about which she was so nervous. richard ratcliffe, we haven't heard from him yet. we only have the lawyer's word and richard did tell me last night that sometimes her iranian lawyer is more optimistic and puts a more
upbeat spin on things and sometimes more comes out later to worry the family, so we are waiting to hear what they have told richard today and what nazanin herself has told richard today and what it may mean. we have had that statement from dominic raab which says that it is unacceptable and unjustifiable to continue with this case against my nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe they say they if a new government has deliberately put her through a cruel and inhumane ordeal. the foreign secretary says nazanin must be allowed to return home to herfamily in the uk without further debate, delay allowed to return home to herfamily in the uk without further and we will do all we can to support her. that statement from the foreign secretary. france has begun transferring patients out of intensive care units in paris to hospitals elsewhere in the country to alleviate pressure on the capital's health system.
several patients have been flown out of paris to bordeaux, and france's emergency services director has suggested that high—speed hospital trains could be used to transport patients to facilities in the west and south—west, as happened in the first wave last year. the number of new coronavirus cases is increasing in many european countries as a third wave of the pandemic gathers momentum. some argue it's because eu countries are not vaccinating their populations quickly enough. meanwhile, voters in two german states will choose new regional governments today — where the christian democrats have been criticised for the rising infection rates. aru na iyengar reports. germans are frustrated with the sluggish coronavirus vaccine roll—out, supply shortages, excessive bureaucracy and, in the last week, resignations within the cdu due to a facemask procurement scandal. health officials say the number of new infections went up by a third compared to a week ago. there were more than 12,500
new infections on friday. chancellor angela merkel, in power since 2005, is not seeking re—election in september. her cdu party has a battle on its hands in baden—wurttemberg and rhineland—palatinate. it will be an early test of the christian democrats' prospects of retaining power in a federal vote later this year. italy, with the second—highest toll in europe after britain, is bringing in additional restrictions on monday. shops, restaurants and schools will close in most of the country and a national lockdown is planned for the easter weekend at the beginning of next month. poland reported more than 21,000 new cases on saturday — the biggest increase in more than three months. france hopes to exceed its target of getting 10 million people vaccinated by mid—april, according to prime ministerjean
castex, after the country's death toll passed 90,000 on friday. meanwhile, dutch voters head to the polls next week in a major test of a european government's coronavirus policies in 2021, with by minster mark rutte on course to win a fourth term in office. aruna iyengar, bbc news. here in the uk, around two million vulnerable people will receive a text from nhs england this weekend, urging them to book their coronavirus vaccination. those with conditions such as diabetes and certain types of cancer who have not yet received a letter from their gp will be able to make an appointment via a link in the text. authorities in the republic of ireland have recommended temporarily suspending the use of the astrazeneca vaccine while investigations are carried out into four new reports of blood clotting in patients who've received the jab in norway. 0ur health correspondent,
louise cullen, gave me this update. well, ben, in republic of ireland the statement was issued this morning that they would be suspending the use of the oxford—astrazeneca vaccine following these reports from norway. the deputy chief medical officer for ireland, doctor ronan glynn says it is precautionary, but these reports from norway and several other countries have included what they call thrombolytic events, clots, skin bleeds and so on. that's important to say there've been around 30 of those events across europe, and that's out of 5 million europeans getting thejob. european medicines agency, the european regulator and the world health organization has said there is no evidence to establish a link between getting the vaccine and these thrombolytic events. but ireland joins a list of european countries that have now suspended either the vaccine or certain batches of it while investigations
are being carried out to see if there is a link to establish some safety parameters. now, the national immunisation advisory committee in ireland is meeting this morning following that announcement and there should be an update later today. louise cullen, our health correspondent. music's biggest night of the year — the grammy awards — take place in los angeles tonight. but, because of the pandemic, it won't be the same star studded red carpet event we're used to. 0ur west coast correspondent sophie long has been speaking to some first time british nominees who will be watching from afar. # shining through the city with a little funk and soul # so i'ma light it up like dynamite, whoa oh oh. dynamite immediately became a record—breaking song on multiple platforms for k—pop band bts. it's earned a grammy nomination for them and for the london duo who wrote it. wow! we've got a grammy nomination. so, getting a grammy nom on a song that we wrote over zoom in lockdown and in the midst of a pandemic has just got to be a silver lining to any dark cloud and any terrible year, so we are just so, so happy. it wasjust like, a mad like,
surreal 20 minutes of watching it and a buzz and then suddenly it was, just, like, back to real life. keep it moving. david and jessica have written hundreds of songs together, and kind of knew this was a little different. we understood how huge bts were. we knew that it was their first—ever english—speaking song which was a major thing that we were like, i think this is it. and then it only got more and more exciting when we see the visual, we see the video and we were like, this is like nothing we could ever imagine, it's just the levels of this is like nothing that we've ever worked on before. in los angeles, the stage is being set for bts to perform on sunday night, but due to the pandemic, jessica and david will be watching thousands of miles away in london. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles.
sophie longer boating. good luck to them and all the nominees and by the way the oscar nominations are tomorrow as well so it really is award season. you are watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts. hello there. after the wet and windy start that we had on saturday morning it was a far more pleasant start for many to the day today with some sunshine but already for the west that's not the case. we've had the rain streaming in and the clouds been gathering across the atlantic. this is yesterday's lows sweeping away. now, this is the rain for the day, already across northern ireland and into western fringes of scotland, england and wales. and that process of pushing southwards and eastwards will continue. so it might be that the north—east of scotland sees the lion's share of the dry and sunny weather. the sunshine fades, the rain arrives probably late afternoon
in southern and eastern areas on that brisk wind. by that stage it may be drying up in northern ireland. temperatures are up on those of yesterday but again tempered by all the cloud and the rain and that brisk wind. now, that breeze will ease a little overnight, pushing our cloud and rain away so i think once again it is going to turn chilly, particularly in the glens, perhaps north—eastern parts of england, a touch of frost in some rural areas but by and large most towns and cities staying above freezing and certainly so in the west because we've got our next weather front coming in. it's coming into the build of pressure so gradually these weather fronts will become weaker affairs but will introduce quite a bit of cloud. so yes, it may well start bright and sunny with a little bit of mist and fog first thing in eastern areas potentially as the winds fall lighter but we already have our next band of cloud, patchy rain coming into northern ireland and western fringes of scotland, england and wales. driest and brightest with lightest winds and feeling pleasant in the sunshine across central and eastern areas. 11 to 13 celsius. we turn the tables by tuesday because by that stage our weather front has toppled into eastern areas
and eventually being pushed out of the way on wednesday and that high pressure rules the roost. but these weather systems and these tightly packed isobars never too far away from eastern parts of england and scotland so eastern areas certainly with more cloud we think tuesday to begin the day pushing away southwards with a northerly breeze. not the warmest direction at this time of year but if you shelter from that breeze through the central lowlands and south wales it will feel quite pleasant as we appreciate the strength of the march sunshine. not a great deal of rain on these weather systems as you can see throughout the rest of the working week into the weekend but still looking like quite a bit of cloud. there's ever more online.
body was found days after she disappeared. the foreign secretary has made another call for the immediate release of british—iranian nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe — after reports that she has appeared in court to face a new allegation of anti—government propaganda. authorities in the republic of ireland have recommended temporarily suspending use of the astrazeneca vaccine, after a report of four news cases of blood clotting events in adults who'd received the jab in norway. coronavirus cases increase in many european union countries as a third wave of the pandemic gathers speed. just having an update on that policing row of what happened at kaplan common with the
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