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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. the home secretary says she expects to receive a report from the metropolitan police by the end of today into its handling of a vigil in memory of sarah everard — it follows clashes between police and crowds on clapham common. 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 makes 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 new 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 — they're being held at a virtual ceremony in los angeles. there are calls for the metropolitan
police commissioner, dame cressida dick, to resign after fierce 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. good afternoon. police were seen scuffling with women at the event on clapham common, in south london, close to where sarah was last seen alive. 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. the home secretary says she expects to receive a report from the metropolitan police by the end of today into its handling of the vigil. simonjones has the latest and a warning 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 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.
we can see lots of people again coming to pay their respects and to lay flowers. coming to pay their respects and to lay flowere— lay flowers. yes, there has been a steady stream _ lay flowers. yes, there has been a steady stream of _ lay flowers. yes, there has been a steady stream of people _ lay flowers. yes, there has been a steady stream of people coming . lay flowers. yes, there has been a i steady stream of people coming here all morning, laying flowers, lighting candles, just pausing for a moment to pay the ever flexing to have a moment of wrist flexion to think about nazanin —— have a moment of reflection to think about sarah everard. despite the official video having been called off people still came here. people seem to go home and said it wasn't safe and social distancing couldn't be observed. when that did happen, they then moved in to disperse the crowd but full of s were made but i think there is widespread unhappiness this morning about the way police handle things last night. you only have to see those images on the front pages this morning. this was meant to be a video highlighting male violence towards women and instead what we have seen as police manhandling women, handcuffing them, leading them away. it is an image that
really is just not a good look today for the metropolitan police and that is why we are now hearing these calls for dame cressida dick to resign. at the very least, i think, to come out and make a statement to the nation of exactly what went wrong. the nation of exactly what went wron: . , the nation of exactly what went wronu. , . ~' the nation of exactly what went wronu. , ., ~ ,, y the nation of exactly what went wronu. , ., , . wrong. emily, thank you very much indeed. reporting _ wrong. emily, thank you very much indeed. reporting from _ wrong. emily, thank you very much indeed. reporting from clapham i indeed. reporting from clapham common. there has been cross—party criticism of the met�*s handling of the vigil in south london last night. 0ur political correspondent helen cattjoins me now. we have heard that the home secretary asked for a report into exactly what happened in terms of the policing of that event and she is going to get that report by the end of today. is going to get that report by the end of today-— is going to get that report by the end of toda . , ., , , end of today. yes, there has been, she said, end of today. yes, there has been, she said. quite _ end of today. yes, there has been, she said, quite a _ end of today. yes, there has been, she said, quite a lot _ end of today. yes, there has been, she said, quite a lot of— end of today. yes, there has been, she said, quite a lot of criticism - she said, quite a lot of criticism from across the board from politicians around whether this was policed in the right way given the sensitivities, even though the reaction that there has been spiked by the death and disappearance of sarah everard and this wider debate that has been sparked about women's safety, about violence against
women, whether this was the right way to police that process, police that vigil. the shadow domestic violence ministerjess philip said absolutely was not. 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. now, the london mayor sadiq khan has made the point is of course the police have to enforce covid rules but he said from what he had seen it did not look like the response was appropriate or proportionate. now,
as you mentioned, the home secretary has asked for a report from the metropolitan police on this. earlier, the safeguarding minister victoria atkin said that was the right thing to do. if you'll forgive me, i'm not going to trespass on the conversation at this stage between the home secretary and the met commissioner. she will be laying out her report, the home secretary will be considering it very carefully, and we will see what happens after that. but, you know, i do again want to make the point that this... 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 but 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, we are expecting that the port to be with the home secretary by the end of today. ﬁnd to be with the home secretary by the end of today-— end of today. and coincidentally this week mps _ end of today. and coincidentally this week mps are _ end of today. and coincidentally this week mps are looking - end of today. and coincidentally this week mps are looking at. end of today. and coincidentally this week mps are looking at a i end of today. and coincidentally i this week mps are looking at a new bill on police powers. yes. this week mps are looking at a new bill on police powers.—
bill on police powers. yes, it is an absolutely — bill on police powers. yes, it is an absolutely enormous _ bill on police powers. yes, it is an absolutely enormous bill - bill on police powers. yes, it is an absolutely enormous bill that - bill on police powers. yes, it is an absolutely enormous bill that is i absolutely enormous bill that is going through the commons tomorrow and tuesday and deals with a whole range of criminaljustice measures, everything for making sure that some offenders had to spend more time in prison before they are leased to making it illegal for sports coaches to have relationships with 16—year—olds in a care right up to enshrining the police current in law, whole group of things, but one bit has been controversial and this is giving the police more powers to deal with non—violent protests. the government says they are talking in this instance about the disruptive protests but it would allow the police are set further restrictions and could apply to a single person protest and allows the home secretary to decide what constitutes disruption so has been very controversial. labour have come out this afternoon and said they will vote against this in parliament on tuesday. they are tying it to the of the weekend. the shadow secretary of state forjustice said that this is no time to be rushing through poorly thought out measures to impose disproportionate controls and free
expression and the right to protest. he also said that the tragic death of sarah everard has instituted a national demand for action to tackle violence against women and label want this bill widened to include more measures like, for example, extending the minimum sentences for papists and stalkers. the conservatives, in response, have pointed to some of the other measures that i mentioned were going to be in this bill too. they said that by voting against this bill labour would be voting against tougher sentences for child murderers, killer drivers are measures that protect the vulnerable. i measures that protect the vulnerable.— measures that protect the vulnerable. ~ . measures that protect the vulnerable. ~' ., ,., vulnerable. i think there are some wa to no vulnerable. i think there are some way to go on _ vulnerable. i think there are some way to go on that. _ vulnerable. i think there are some way to go on that. helen - vulnerable. i think there are some way to go on that. helen catt, - vulnerable. i think there are some way to go on that. helen catt, our political correspondent. one of the images on the front pages and being widly shared is that of patsy stevenson being held to the ground. she released a video on twitter afterwards. after what happened today at clapham common, i want to redirect the focus away from the police and towards what actually happened. we need to be seen and heard.
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 allegedly 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. 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. 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's 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. the foreign secretary, dominic raab says the uk government has formally requested access to the hearing, and issued this statement...
the foreign secretary, dominic raab says the uk government authorities in the republic of ireland have recommended temporarily suspending 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.ead 0n let's speak to our correspondent louise cullen who's following this story... so, by the republic of ireland temporarily suspending its following in the number of other european countries in the same thing. yes. countries in the same thing. yes, re orts countries in the same thing. yes, reports of — countries in the same thing. yes, reports of thrombolytic _ countries in the same thing. is: reports of thrombolytic events, clots and bleeds and so were made across europe. they have been about
30 of these events reported across europe but that is in the context of around 5 million europeans getting the oxford asked as an accountjab but as of this morning ireland has joined a list of countries that have either suspended the use of the vaccine other use of certain batches of it. —— the oxford astrazeneca jab. that list includes norway, ireland and several other european countries as well. at zeneca has been given in the republic of ireland around one fifth of the vaccine is administered. it has been used in the uk more than 11 million times of the regulator here in the uk says there is no evidence of any excess deaths are clots reported in association with it. it is important to say the european regulator, the ema, and the world health organization have also said there is no evidence of a link between the vaccine in the thrombolytic events. astrazeneca says that clots are naturally clothing and that the numbers that are being reported no greater than what would be expected
in an unvaccinated population. the national emulation advisory committee in the public has been meeting this morning following that announcement and we are expecting an update from them for some today. louise, many thanks. look at our latest headlines now on bbc news. police 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 from the streets of south london. 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 new cases of blood clotting in adults who had received the jab in norway.
sport now, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's gavin. hi there ben, nice to see. we will start with some sad news from the world of boxing. a former middleweight champion has died at the age of 56. former middleweight world champion �*marvelous' marvin hagler, has died at the age of 66. hagler dominated his division from 1979, until a controversial defeat by sugar ray leonard in 1987. the american won 62 of his 67 professionalfights — 52 of those by knockout. hagler�*s most memorable win was arguably in 1985 when he beat thomas �*hit man' hearns in a fight known as �*the war�*. tributes have been paid to hagler across the sport — former featherweight world champion barry mcguigan tweeted: "shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the incredible marvellous marvin hagler. i'm honoured to have spent some amazing times with him." former middleweight champion oscar de la hoya also tweeted, "saddened to hear about the death of marvelous marvin hagler. one of the greatest to ever step in the ring." we're into the second half
of the early premier league kick off at st mary's — between southampton and brighton. rising above ryan bertrand here. lewis dunk put brighton in front, with a header rising above ryan bertrand here. didn't take long for the home side to pull level — che adams — a man in form at the moment — with his third in three games. leandro trossard has just extended brighton's advantage though. you can catch that over on bbc one. three more premier league games today. sheffield united — who parted company with manager chris wilder on friday — are at leicester in a two o'clock kick off. the day's big match is the north london derby at the emirates at 11:30, while manchester united host west ham in the late game.
kicks off at 2:30 this afternoon. there's one match already under way in the women's super league. reading women are hosting tottenham women. it's just coming up to half time and the score is 0—0. scotland will play for the first time in a month today — after their third six nations match against france was postponed, due to a coronavirus outbreak in the french camp. they face ireland at 3, with both sides looking for their second win of the tournament. scotland haven't beaten ireland since 2017... but they say they know what to expect this time around. ireland's head coach andy farrell, isn't concerned. they can say whatever they want. it's irrelevant. what i know is we are vital for this game. we it's irrelevant. what i know is we are vitalfor this game. we know it's irrelevant. what i know is we are vital for this game. we know how difficult it is going to be going up to murrayfield but our boys are really brimming for a top performance on sunday afternoon. we know it was not going to be a real physical— know it was not going to be a real physical contest. we know ireland will have — physical contest. we know ireland will have some time in our 22 and we're _ will have some time in our 22 and we're going — will have some time in our 22 and we're going to make sure they don't come _ we're going to make sure they don't come away— we're going to make sure they don't come away with points on regular basis _ come away with points on regular basis but— come away with points on regular
basis. but we've got to take our chances — basis. but we've got to take our chances when we do get them. should be a tasty encounter, _ chances when we do get them. should be a tasty encounter, that _ chances when we do get them. should be a tasty encounter, that one. - finally — lee westwood will go head—to—head with american bryson dechambeau once again this evening — this time at the players championship in florida. westwood will take a two shot lead into the final day after a bogey free round yesterday, getting four birdies, including this one at the seventeenth. dechambeau just edged out westwood at the arnold palmer invitational last week. this is one of the toughest golf courses to front run on as well. you know, it is — courses to front run on as well. you know. it is easy _ courses to front run on as well. you know, it is easy to _ courses to front run on as well. ym. know, it is easy to lose your mind out there and lose perspective and get the situation gets out of control on yourself and people can come from behind you so just to shoot a low round today came from 200 to ten under so it is possible round here and, like i say, it is a tough and running course. that is 'ust about
tough and running course. that is just about it _ tough and running course. that is just about it from _ tough and running course. that is just about it from us. _ tough and running course. that is just about it from us. you - tough and running course. that is just about it from us. you can, i tough and running course. that is just about it from us. you can, of| just about it from us. you can, of course, get all the latest from england's photos and a second t20 international against india. india have won the toss and have chosen to bowl first. that's match starts around ten minutes' time, england bowl first. that�*s match starts around ten minutes' time, england 1— up around ten minutes' time, england 1— up goal —— england 1—0 up in that series. 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. 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. it's mothers day, but for many of us the day will be spent separated from our families for a second year — with gifts sent by post and celebrations happening virtually. international travel restrictions also mean many people in the uk will miss spoiling their mums who are living in other parts of the world, as caroline davies reports. there's nothing quite like mum's cooking, but for karam, it's been a long time since he's been in his mother's kitchen in pakistan. my kids are growing up. they need to see their grandad and grandmother and everything like that. i have got nieces and nephews, they haven't seen me in ages as well. it's always the kids... it's a very vital part
of a child's life. regardless of how far away your mother lives, this year, many of us won't be able to see ours on mother's day, but for karam and many others with family abroad, the weight is likely to be even longer. everyone is sending cards and flowers and chocolates and cakes to their mother and i'm just stuck here at the moment. it's hard for me to do anything special for her. after the prime minister's road map announcement, pakistan was the second—most searched for destination according to skyscanner. we want to be very optimistic but that the same time, bordering on caution. the government hopes that this summer looks possible, if not certain. towards the beginning of may, we will look at it, and if it looks, and if we're just talking about tourism and just the tourists that want to come from britain, then we would look at if they've had, if they've been vaccined, we can have a sort of bubble for them. many others are also missing family. cheng and his parents who run a restaurant to visit vietnam every year. very difficult time for us and for them as well. i we're so, so worried about it.
we can't book anything at the moment, but we were planning on hopefully, fingers crossed, going back christmas—time this year. it's all kind of up in the air, so we actually, you know, we have no idea when we'll be able to get back. vietnam's government told us that they're considering the possibilities of reopening the borders using a travel corridoor or a vaccine passport, but there are no dates yet. on the other side of the world, jamaica was one of many countries that closed its borders to the uk to stop the spread of the uk variant. sharon hasn't seen her mum, who lives there, since october 2019. it's worrying because she's on her own, she... you're concerned that if you say to her, "how are you?" she sort ofjust, you know, says, "i'm fine, i'm fine, oh, i'm doing fine." you miss the physical contact and the time, the amount of time that you can spend together when we are actually in each other's presence. the uk ban is still in place, butjamaica's tourism minister is hopeful that that will change.
make sure you take your vaccine. we are going to be in a position l with all the faith i have to be able to invite all our family and friends and guests into jamaica _ certainly by summer. but while karam can't see his mum in person, he has a special message for her. i greeted herfor mother's day and also said that you are always going to be in my heart. international travel won't be possible from england until at least the 17th of may, so, for now, many families have to wave and send their love through a screen. caroline davies, bbc news. 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. our 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 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, 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." 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 had 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. what's your grammy night going to look like? i will be watching it in bed with my girlfriend and my dog. that's as rock and roll as it is going to get. yeah, i think i'm going to be doing the same, but i'm probably going to have to set an alarm, because i think i will be in my dressing gown drinking mint tea and i think i'm gonna fall asleep by like 1:00am and that's when it comes on. yeah, yeah.
they won't get to hang out with host trevor noah this time but a grammy nomination — or two, in david's case — is a massive achievement and a vote of confidence in their partnership. you have had such amazing success together, are you, like, stuck together now, do you think? she's going to be stuck to me. whoever she ends up marrying, whatever, like, i'm here. they may be missing out on the parties, but that's not killing the excitement closer to home. it's absolutely pure joy from my whole family. i think if it wasn't for both of our families being so mega—supportive we actually wouldn't be able to do this job we are doing right now, that we're doing right now, we would have gave up a long, long time ago. so it's actually credit to our family support that we have been able to be even nominated for a grammy because itjust wouldn't have got to this point without their support. the winners will be revealed in a socially—distanced
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