today at five — britain's defence secretary is told by his russian counterpart of an �*increasingly tense�* situation in ukraine. been holding talks in moscow about the best way forward. we listened to the that they would not invade ukraine. and we urged dialogue as a way through to address any concerns that the russian government may have. that comes amidst reports _ government may have. that comes amidst reports tonight _ government may have. that comes amidst reports tonight at _ government may have. that comes amidst reports tonight at the - government may have. that comes amidst reports tonight at the biden administration is increasingly concerned that russia may invade in the coming days. also it's a nice
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the defence secretary ben wallace has warned russia that any invasion of ukraine will have "tragic consequences" for both countries. following talks in moscow with his russian counterpart, mr wallace said he made it clear that any invasion of ukraine would prove dire. those talks comes as the us warns its citizens to get out of the country — though diplomatic efforts are continuing. us presidentjoe biden has been holding virtual talks this afternoon with a number of world leaders including borisjohnson, the nato secretary general, jens stoltenberg and the leaders of france, germany and the president of the european commission. let's reflect for a moment on what the defence secretary ben wallace has been saying in moscow. he told reporters that british troops sent to ukraine for training purposes would return soon and that he hoped his talks had contributed to a de—escalation
in the standoff over ukraine. he also said russia's government told him it had no intention i was clear about the tragic consequences that any invasion of ukraine could have. for all people both ukrainian, russia and the security of europe. we listened to the assurances given by the minister that they would not invade ukraine. and we urged dialogue as a way through to address any concerns that the russian government may have. the defence secretary ben wallace gave that speech after a few hours after talks with his russian counterparts. we should say that there are comments two comments coming through out of the us in the short while following on from those
virtual talks that we know president biden has been having. and he senses that the biden administration is increasingly concerned that russia could invade ukraine in the coming days. we will be live in washington in a moment. we can go to moscow and joined the bbc�*s caroline davies. the anxiety that is clearly present within the biden administration, thatis within the biden administration, that is clearly not what ben wallace is a lintels from everything where you are. is a lintels from everything where ou are. , , , is a lintels from everything where ouare. , ,, , you are. yes, this is repeatedly been russia's _ you are. yes, this is repeatedly been russia's position - you are. yes, this is repeatedly been russia's position saying . been russia's position saying they're not planning to be aggressive towards the ukraine, not planning to engrave invade the ukraine but in fact there are troops stationed in the russian side close to the ukrainian border means that the us, uk, nato do not believe that thatis the us, uk, nato do not believe that that is not an option. that russia are suggesting that this could potentially happen. this is something that's been the ongoing discussion here. it was interesting
to listen to ben wallace earlier on, holding the press conference solo whereas yesterday we heard from liz trust and serve a lover of inefficacy past lynette press conference with w could read the body language more clearly. in this case it was just ben wallace addressing the press on his own. he was trying to strike a balance, i think about the current situation. he wasn't saying that he was optimistic that this would all be resolved at the same time he was talking about the fact that he hoped that there might be the possibility of being able to do some form of de—escalation, that having a conversation with russia was something that was crucial at this point. he described before the talks in the preopening remarks that the current relationship between russia and the uk was at 0%. and his alternate had said that they read 0% with a potential to go into the negative. of course, a difficult starting point. ben wallace said afterwards that the relationship was
now at more then zero suggesting that things potentially improved during the course of the conversation, having a conversation is better than not is ultimately what he was trying to put across. at the same time knowing, mentioning that this is still something that the uk are concerned about as a potential military action taken by russia. . ~' , ., let's go straight to washington. let's speak to our washington correspondent barbara plett usher. give us a sense of what the biden administration is saying tonight. well, the biden administration continues to raise the alarm about a possible invasion of ukraine. you had mr biden recently in an interview saying, urging americans to relieve the country saying that crazy things can happen. you have the secretary of state saying that as he has before the window was open
for a possible invasion at any moment. and we do know that mr biden has organised a meeting of european leaders, nato and eu commission as well as the prime minister to talk about this. they seem to be very concerned because they continue to see troops being sent to the front, to the ukraine border. at the same time, they don't see the russians engaging in any meaningful diplomacy. it seems that they have calculated that this period, now that the military exercises have started in belarus, which is next to ukraine up until the point when the end that this is a particular moment of danger. so that's the message they are putting out there. and it has been something that they've been doing for some time now and i think the european allies are also very concerned with the military buildup. some of them draw a different conclusion about what might be happening. they seem less sure that
there is an imminent invasion, they think more that the russians are perhaps building up brinkmanship to squeeze concessions out of the west. is the administration standpoint that it is the administration standpoint thatitis is the administration standpoint that it is nato, which is key here to what extent does this current administration see itself as willing and or able to be engaged in this particular crisis? it’s and or able to be engaged in this particular crisis?— and or able to be engaged in this particular crisis? it's150% engage, it's ve particular crisis? it's 15096 engage, it's very much _ particular crisis? it's 15096 engage, it's very much taken _ particular crisis? it's15096 engage, it's very much taken over- particular crisis? it's15096 engage, it's very much taken over the - it's very much taken over the leadership of the response to the russian military buildup. it has very much telegraphed its support of nato, it is sent troops to strengthen nato forces in the eastern european countries near russia and it has very much mobilised the european ally to come up mobilised the european ally to come up with a very tough response if the russians do invade. that has been extremely central to the response here, that they take leadership in
that they also work every angle to continue to consult with and unite allies. some of the commentators here have suggested that there is constant drumbeat, this relentless warning about an imminent invasion might be what you would call sort of deterrence and the information space. getting out there was sharing a lot of intelligence, making public their concerns, what they think the russians could be up to you and in that case helping to mobilise allies. also, if there is going to be some sort of stealth attack of some kind ticking away the cover for anything like that which might be a deterrent. they are very much, the americans working at meeting the response to the russian military buildup. response to the russian military buildu. . ~ response to the russian military buildu. ., ~ ,, , response to the russian military buildu. . ~ ,, , . response to the russian military buildu. . ~ , . ., buildup. thank you very much for now. in washington _ buildup. thank you very much for now. in washington with - buildup. thank you very much for now. in washington with the - buildup. thank you very much for. now. in washington with the latest and much more to come out of washington i'm sure in the coming hours. we will very much keep an eye on that.
the search is under way to find a replacement for britain's top police officer, after dame cressida dick announced her resignation from the metropolitan police last night. dame cressida said she'd been left with "no choice" but to go, once the mayor of london sadiq khan made it clear he had no confidence in her leadership. the home secretary has written in london's evening standard newspaper as the process to replace dame cressida gets started in the piece priti patel says as the first woman to lead the met, dame cressida dick �*exemplified the increasingly diverse
daniel sandford reports. arriving for work at new scotland yard this morning, the most senior police officer in the uk, who has now been forced out of the job. cressida dick made the decision to quit yesterday. careful, careful. feeling she had been put in an impossible position by the london mayor, sadiq khan. some of the crises and controversies that led to her departure date back decades. a report into the murder of daniel morgan in 1987 was published last year and said the force had been institutionally corrupt. failures the force made while investigating the serial killer stephen port back in 2014 led to allegations last year of institutional homophobia. the inappropriate conduct of a group of officers at charing cross police station in 2018 led to whatsapp
messages being published last week showing racist and homophobic attitudes, and officers joking about rape. but by far the most damaging was the murder of sarah everard by a serving met officer. and the handling of a protest afterwards which hugely undermined confidence in the force. cressida dick is regarded by many officers as the most talented of her generation, but being the face of the force in such crisis meant she was personally criticised too, and she sometimes failed to communicate what she was doing to fix the problems. it was a very sad end to somebody who has given a0 years of very distinguished police service to the public of london, and indeed to the public of the country. her departure will make — or will not make, the world a safer place, it will destabilise the met and frankly, she has been dealt with in a very unprofessional, rude fashion.
what did for cressida dick in the end was concerns about the culture in some sections of the police, so her successor will have to have strong ideas for reform. what we�*ll be looking for, those of us who are pushing for reform, is somebody who has a history of speaking truth to power, somebody who is able to bring people to the table, somebody who can show that they have been at the forefront of these matters. the successor will be chosen by the home secretary in consultation with the london mayor. doubtless, the prime minister will also have a view. today, priti patel said that it�*s clear that strong and decisive new leadership will be required to restore public confidence. daniel sandford, bbc news. will discuss the challenges that the eventual successor will face at the met. will discuss the challenges that the eventual successor will face at the met.
let�*s speak now with sarah charman, professor of criminology at the university of portsmouth. changing culture of any large organisation is a challenge, isn�*t it? what do you see as the starting point for whoever is eventually appointed to replace president dick? is in an incredibly difficult task to change the culture of an organisation. —— cressida debt. we seen a lot of talk about changing leadership at the top changing policies but nowhere really is there any discussion about what it takes to become a police officer and learning to be a police officer. we must look at it from the other angle look at new recruits from police officers and how they learn. culture may come from the top as many people would argue. but i suggest strongly that it starts at the bottom. my research that i followed new recruits asking them what is it to be a police officer, how can you learn to be a police officer? and
what became very apparent to be early on is the formal learning. so it was what they were taking out from college, that culture of being thrown in the deep end after their training and having to learn on the job and they were doing that by picking up the habits and practices of those around them. so yes, we need to look at policy and procedure but we also need to look at that informal learning. that�*s where many of the cultures and practices are learned in those early stages. that�*s interesting because you�*ve done actual research, as i understand the different forces across the country and is it as simple, perhaps at the right work, are we talking about two people, on the beach, in a cop car, wanted to recruit learning from someone rather more experienced but if that individual has built up ways of dealing with the public over the years and if there are bad practices in that behaviour then by definition
a new recruit is going to pick up on that and think that�*s how police officers behave? in that and think that's how police officers behave?— that and think that's how police officers behave? in the same way that ou officers behave? in the same way that you wouldn't _ officers behave? in the same way that you wouldn't want _ officers behave? in the same way that you wouldn't want me - officers behave? in the same way that you wouldn't want me to - officers behave? in the same way i that you wouldn't want me to teach that you wouldn�*t want me to teach you how to drive because you might pick up that bad practices that are god for that we�*ve got to be careful of that informal learning. this isn�*t to blame the tutors there were doing a great of recruiting new recruits. they�*re doing it under enormous report did not pressure, they�*re not properly for the board of i put new recruits as they suggest that the tutor is the most important person in their learning. it's important person in their learning. it�*s not the person being trained by college, it�*s not their sergeants, it�*s there tutors they have an enormous responsibilities of training police recruits of the future but under enormous pressure and not necessarily being given the time to do it. and not necessarily being given the time to do it— time to do it. really interesting. you would _ time to do it. really interesting. you would say — time to do it. really interesting. you would say it's _ time to do it. really interesting. you would say it's less - time to do it. really interesting. you would say it's less about. you would say it�*s less about recruitment than? because there�*s a lot of talk and it was in the light
of the sarah everard murder of the sort of people who were being given a job within any given police force in the first place was what extent can you weed out ingrained racism, sexism when you are recruiting a candidate?— sexism when you are recruiting a candidate? ., ., . candidate? the formal recruitment -rocess candidate? the formal recruitment rocess is candidate? the formal recruitment process is obviously _ candidate? the formal recruitment process is obviously going - candidate? the formal recruitment process is obviously going to - candidate? the formal recruitment process is obviously going to be i process is obviously going to be incredibly thorough. i think it�*s what happens when officers joined the organisation that we need to be more careful about. we also need to listen to the voices of the people joining the organisation. there�*s a tendency for new police officers that have to conform very regularly to the process and system. and then not listen to. and when officers are not listen to. and when officers are not listen to there�*s a disappointment. and with disappointment. and with disappointment and cynicism. we don�*t want cynicism with young recruits, we want enthusiasm that they come into the foursquare. i think we got to be really careful that we check on that level of conformity and allow those voices to be heard. so if we are talking about cultural change in they met in
office across the country ask what would make for a happier environment. you know what that cynicism to creep into policing. you want officers to feel they have a voice in a state within their organisation.— voice in a state within their oruanisation. ~ , , , organisation. okay. also presumably a wa for organisation. okay. also presumably a way for him — organisation. okay. also presumably a way for him and _ organisation. okay. also presumably a way for him and officer— organisation. okay. also presumably a way for him and officer to - a way for him and officer to whistle—blower if they see, are concerned about poor behaviour, poor standards is the inclination still not to speak out, because these are your colleagues you�*re working with jay today and you don�*t want bad relations with them, is not a problem that they feel they can�*t call out that behaviour? it is problem that they feel they can't call out that behaviour?- call out that behaviour? it is a very difficult _ call out that behaviour? it is a very difficult problem - call out that behaviour? it is a very difficult problem for- call out that behaviour? it is a l very difficult problem for police officers. because almost from day one they are told that they are joining a policing family, that there one of us now. they are set apart from the public in a sort of us versus them idea. with that idea of being in the family there is loyalty in the family. and with the solidarity you get there are many benefits for police officers and be a part of that family. i think there
are pressures to conform in the organisation. particularly when you�*re relying on your colleagues in potentially quite dangerous situations. fitting and doesn�*t necessarily mean joining situations. fitting and doesn�*t necessarily meanjoining in situations. fitting and doesn�*t necessarily mean joining in with the behaviours but sometimes does they need to be away for officers to be comfortable to challenge what they see and it�*s a very difficult situation for police officers. see and it's a very difficult situation for police officers. very, very interesting — situation for police officers. very, very interesting to _ situation for police officers. very, very interesting to hear _ situation for police officers. very, very interesting to hear about - situation for police officers. very, | very interesting to hear about your research. we will stay with us. let�*s speak now with andy george, president of the national black police association, an organisation which represents black and ethnic minority police officers across the uk. hello. thank you very much for your time. first of all, is it right that cressida dick stood down, do you believe? i cressida dick stood down, do you believe? , ., believe? i definitely agree with that. it's believe? i definitely agree with that- it's a _ believe? i definitely agree with that. it's a challenging - believe? i definitely agree with that. it's a challenging day - believe? i definitely agree with that. it's a challenging day forl that. it�*s a challenging day for police and i think that this nature
is what prevented that progress being made. ithink is what prevented that progress being made. i think now is the right time for mac and step down. i think she started off a lot of good in her career but at this particular moment in time we need change across the met and policing in general. wholesale change because of the culture specifically? mast culture specifically? most definitely. _ culture specifically? most definitely. a _ culture specifically? most definitely. a lot _ culture specifically? most definitely. a lot of - culture specifically? most| definitely. a lot of culture culture specifically? most - definitely. a lot of culture issue but i think to tackle misconduct, the offences and they a culture of fear of officers actually challenging behavior. at times they are the ones that will be seen as the problem. and trying to blow the whistle or issues of discrimination stay are the ones that are set aside, seen as a problem and its failure to tackle without racism, misogyny with just general behaviour that was hindering police from moving forward. i that was hindering police from moving forward.— that was hindering police from moving forward. i hope you could
hear some _ moving forward. i hope you could hear some of— moving forward. i hope you could hear some of what _ moving forward. i hope you could hear some of what our _ moving forward. i hope you could hear some of what our previous l moving forward. i hope you could - hear some of what our previous guest was saying but i�*m also interested in your ideas about how you go about changing the culture. because we�*ve spent the last few minutes reflecting on how tricky that can be, even if the will is there. what thoughts do you have on the first steps that whoever replaces it cressida dick it might take? for me it's definitely _ cressida dick it might take? for me it's definitely instilling _ cressida dick it might take? for me it's definitely instilling trust - cressida dick it might take? for me it's definitely instilling trust in - it�*s definitely instilling trust in the public i think is one of the first things. i think what cressida dick did really well as listen to the staff was ultimately of her downfall, it is less in protecting the reputation of the met over protecting the communities that we serve. first thing we need to do is build that trust back up. one of the things we�*ve always been around an independent grievance procedure for the ones racism and discrimination what we often have his people within the organisation investigating each other. what we found is there�*s about one and 25 cases of racism and
found in the grievance paper. that�*s a good indication of how far these issues are being tackled. that person is then left reallyjaded with the actual culture itself. the person that is bullet down, made decision to discriminate against them, they are in part to carry on and it seems that the organisation for the we do not track that behavior. and the certain incidents received officers getting promoted even though they been involved in a behavior. we do not track and trace people in the organisation, we are not consistent across all. getting that independent loop of that and that independent loop of that and that misconduct system i think would be key to taking it outside of the policeman seance. with many years ago of police complaints being established we now need that for internaljustice established we now need that for internal justice as well. established we now need that for internaljustice as well.— internaljustice as well. really interesting — internaljustice as well. really interesting to _ internaljustice as well. really interesting to hear— internaljustice as well. really interesting to hear your - internaljustice as well. really - interesting to hear your thoughts. thank you so much. senior officer with the police service of northern
ireland. it is six months this weekend since jake davison shot dead five people in plymouth. including his mother and a three—year—old girl. tonight in an exclusive interview the governments father has described his sorrow for the victims family. he claims he asked the police not to give his son a shotgun licence because of his history of mental health problems. devon and cornwall police say they cannot, while the case is being investigated.— cannot, while the case is being investiuated. , . ., , ., , investigated. these are real people, i don't investigated. these are real people, i don't know— investigated. these are real people, i don't know what _ investigated. these are real people, i don't know what was _ investigated. these are real people, i don't know what was going - investigated. these are real people, i don't know what was going on - investigated. these are real people, i don't know what was going on in i i don�*t know what was going on in his mind. it must be terrible for the victims families. it must be horrendous. the victims families. it must be horrendous-— the victims families. it must be horrendous. ~ , horrendous. mark davison still can't believe it. horrendous. mark davison still can't believe it- on _ horrendous. mark davison still can't believe it. on a _ horrendous. mark davison still can't believe it. on a quiet _ horrendous. mark davison still can't believe it. on a quiet evening - horrendous. mark davison still can't believe it. on a quiet evening last i believe it. on a quiet evening last august his son shot dead five people here implement. first he killed his
own mother in the cul—de—sac where they lived. he then shot three—year—old sophie martin and her dad lee who were walking past. followed by stephen washington, a grandfather and artist kate sheppard. it was the uk�*s worst mass shooting it more than a decade. 22—year—old jake davison then turned the gun on himself. six months on, what do you want to say to those of the families now? i what do you want to say to those of the families now?— the families now? i 'ust like to say i'm sor . the families now? i 'ust like to say m sorry. wa _ the families now? i 'ust like to say i'm sorry. it'd been — the families now? ijust like to say i'm sorry. it'd been bad _ the families now? ijust like to say i'm sorry. it'd been bad enough i the families now? ijust like to say i'm sorry. it'd been bad enough ifl i�*m sorry. it�*d been bad enough if he did what he did to his mom. but to go out and go around and shoot the poor victims, people he didn�*t even know. i am sorry and i am ashamed and somebody has to stand up and say. it�*s a horrendous thing that�*s happened, it really is, it�*s horrible. a little kid, a three—year—old little kid i mean,
they must�*ve been so special to have a little kid like that and the other victims as well. this a little kid like that and the other victims as well.— victims as well. this is mark with his son two _ victims as well. this is mark with his son two years _ victims as well. this is mark with his son two years ago. _ victims as well. this is mark with his son two years ago. he - victims as well. this is mark with his son two years ago. he says i his son two years ago. he says he didn�*t see much of him because he and his wife were divorced. but mark claims that when he heard jake davison was applying for shotgun licence in 2017 he called police to raise concerns about his son�*s mental health issues and violent behavior. i mental health issues and violent behavior. , ., , ., ., behavior. i phoned them up and told them these — behavior. i phoned them up and told them these things. _ behavior. i phoned them up and told them these things. you're _ behavior. i phoned them up and told them these things. you're not - behavior. i phoned them up and told| them these things. you're not asking them these things. you�*re not asking dad, can i have a water pistol, it�*s a shotgun. and people with mental health issues, whatever that may be, whatever the labels are, he should�*ve never had the gun in the first place, he should never ever had a gun the first place.- first place, he should never ever had a gun the first place. devon and cornwall police _ had a gun the first place. devon and cornwall police say _ had a gun the first place. devon and cornwall police say they _ had a gun the first place. devon and cornwall police say they can't - cornwall police say they can�*t comment on mark davidson�*s claims as they are being investigated over the issuing of the firearms license. but
tonight, the independent office for police conduct has confirmed that his allegations are part of that investigation. what was he like? describe jake to me. he was in his own world at times. jake did struggle to show emotion, that run alarm bells for me. it seemed to me that sometimes he didn�*t really have the concept of consequences for actions. ., ., , ., actions. the government has now tirhtened actions. the government has now tightened up _ actions. the government has now tightened up gun _ actions. the government has now tightened up gun laws _ actions. the government has now tightened up gun laws but - actions. the government has now tightened up gun laws but mark. tightened up gun laws but mark davison wants them to go further. such a horrendous thing... he says his christian faith has turned his own life around after a spell in jail. six months after the shootings he says his thoughts and prayers are with his sons victims this weekend. 26 minutes past five. a patient has died from a glass or fever. two others are being treated after
travelling to africa. will find out from our health correspondent naomi. just a reminder on what this is because people might�*ve heard of it but don�*t know what it is. it�*s but don't know what it is. it's related to — but don't know what it is. it�*s related to ebola virus in it causes a fever like disease to begin with. it can progress and get really nasty and often involves a sort of bleeding of orphans out of your mouth and eyes, really nasty disease. and it can attack the organs as well which is why if in serious cases people are hospitalised, 15% of those end up dying. and we hear now that there is one death already here in the uk. good news is it�*s very rare in the uk, its spread mainly through rats, actually in west africa. and also in effecting bodily fluids. they uk�*s security say there is a very low risk to the general public here. it's
risk to the general public here. it�*s a question of a awareness rather than anxiety that this is a risk to people?— rather than anxiety that this is a risk to people? yes, these three cases in the _ risk to people? yes, these three cases in the uk _ risk to people? yes, these three cases in the uk probably - risk to people? yes, these three cases in the uk probably came i risk to people? yes, these three - cases in the uk probably came about to west africa. we think they are all related in terms of the family going there. there is another patient being treated in london and a third patient has recovered now. so they�*re obviously taking it seriously obviously because of your travel can spread. as i say, the chances of other members of the public getting it is very low. thank ou ve public getting it is very low. thank you very much _ public getting it is very low. thank you very much for _ public getting it is very low. thank you very much for that. _ public getting it is very low. thank you very much for that. we - public getting it is very low. thank you very much for that. we will. you very much for that. we will talk a little bit about covid. remaining covid laws in wales — including face coverings and self—isolation — could be scrapped by the end of march. the welsh government also says covid pass rules will be axed from february 18th. that applies to cinemas, clubs and
larger vans. although businesses have been told they can still use them if they want to. we heard a little bit, she says she�*s feeling about plans easing. little bit, she says she's feeling about plans easing.— little bit, she says she's feeling about plans easing. even going out and whilst i — about plans easing. even going out and whilst i felt _ about plans easing. even going out and whilst i felt safe _ about plans easing. even going out and whilst i felt safe and _ about plans easing. even going out and whilst i felt safe and started i and whilst i felt safe and started to question whether i will be doing that. i have no idea of covid passes ——. the knowledge of anyone going into the same restaurant whether they been vaccinated or had a negative test before going would make me more secure. but the idea that none of that will be there anymore, really it�*s hard to think about going back out in places again. even slightly busy places now. let�*s hear that a business perspective on theirs. hello, evening to you. your thoughts on the
changes coming quite soon, february the 18th. yes, it�*s nothing but good news as far as i�*m concerned. and that night the economy as well. i�*m looking forward to the change. businesses are given the right of us we�*ve heard to keep asking people for passes if they want, actually. i�*m interested in whether you think of doing that. i i'm interested in whether you think of doing that-— of doing that. i think not. if i'm bein: of doing that. i think not. if i'm being truthful. _ of doing that. i think not. if i'm being truthful. if— of doing that. i think not. if i'm being truthful. if the _ of doing that. i think not. if i'm being truthful. if the advice - of doing that. i think not. if i'm being truthful. if the advice is l being truthful. if the advice is that they�*re going to take away that sort of aspect that i�*m not going to pursue it any further. we embraced it when it was introduced in september of last year. and now as weary of being informed from next week there is no longer going to be a requirement. i�*mjust week there is no longer going to be a requirement. i�*m just looking forward to opening a new era, as far as a long covid aspect. oi forward to opening a new era, as far as a long covid aspect.— as a long covid aspect. of course. such difficult —
as a long covid aspect. of course. such difficult times _ as a long covid aspect. of course. such difficult times in _ as a long covid aspect. of course. such difficult times in terms - as a long covid aspect. of course. such difficult times in terms of i such difficult times in terms of running a business. i�*m interested in why you don�*t want to take up that offer of using them. is it because it comes with costs, extra staffing or is it more you think when it was implement it in september, we embraced it like every other business in the immediate area. we literally put resources into ensuring that it was effective. which obviously comes at a cost. that cost, we absorb that cost and are passing on to our customers, but now, as i have already said, if the advice is that there is no requirements to pursue it, then i�*m not going to. ﬁnd requirements to pursue it, then i'm not going to— not going to. and how are you surviving _ not going to. and how are you surviving financially? - not going to. and how are you surviving financially? it's i not going to. and how are you j surviving financially? it's been not going to. and how are you i surviving financially? it's been a surviving financially? it�*s been a long two years, and particularly for someone trying to read business like yours. how have you coped and how
optimistic are you going forward? we optimistic are you going forward? - coped ok. if the truth be known. the venue is only open thursday, fridays, saturday. we were shut for a total of 18 months, and then christmas day, effectively, until last week, but, yes, it was hard, but again you�*ve just got to roll your sleeves up and get on with it. we had great support from the customers in the immediate area and surrounding areas, so, yeah, thankful to them that we are still able to trade going forward. that's aood to able to trade going forward. that's good to hear- _ able to trade going forward. that's good to hear. good _ able to trade going forward. that's good to hear. good luck— able to trade going forward. that's good to hear. good luck to - able to trade going forward. that's good to hear. good luck to you. i good to hear. good luck to you. thank you very much. that�*s mark parry. thanks for your time, mark, owner of club ice. passes no longer required for places like mark�*s from figure 18 in wales.
it is time to catch up with the sport. the latest details come from lizzie greenwood use. thank you, jane. good evening. it�*s been a mixed day for team gb at the winter olympics. the men�*s curlers bounced back to beat norway in the round robin stages, but there was disappointment in the sliding, as — for the first time in the history of the games — there won�*t be a skeleton medal for great britain. our correspondent andy swiss rounds up day seven in beijing. she�*s the olympic bronze medallist. can she find a little bit of magic here? another day when british hopes seems slide away. laura deas won bronze four years ago in the skeleton, a sport britain has dominated in recent years, but not here. these in 21st place at the halfway stage. for the first time this century, britain�*s skeleton athletes set to leave an winter olympics empty—handed. hopes in the cross—country skiing also failed to materialise.
andrew musgrove came 46th in the 15km classic, an event won by finland. no joy at the cross—country. team gb were targeting between three and seven medals, but at the moment, just one would be a start. written�*s kohler still had high hopes, although they had very mixed days. —— written�*s curlers. the men lost to the usa but thrashed norway. they have won two of the three matches so far. the women have lost two of their three. they were beaten by south korea. eve muirhead�*s team already with plenty to think about. but on another tough day for british hopes, others were rising high. none more so thanjapan�*s ayumu hirano, a breathtaking run to take gold in the half pipe. the day�*s most emotional moment was this, the final flourish of a snowboarding legend. america�*s shaun white could only
finish fourth in his last event before retirement, but after a career including three olympic golds, you could see just how much this meant. it�*s not about today, it�*s about a whole lifetime of this sport, and i�*ve got to thank the competitors for embracing me this whole way, the kind words they... the kind words they said to me at the bottom, you know, that i had inspired them and pushed them to get to this point. thank you, guys, thank you, snowboarding. it has been my life. it has been a roller—coaster through the years. the fondest of farewells, then, to one of the game�*s most enduring stars. andy swiss, bbc news, beijing. meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the delayed team figure skating medals continues, as the world anti—doping agency confirmed it will lodge an appeal with the court of arbitration for sport. the appeal comes after it emerged that russia�*s 15—year—old kamila valieva — who was part of the winning team
in the figure skating in beijing — had tested positive for a banned substance back in december. russian athletes are only allowed to take part in the games if they can prove they weren�*t part of the state—sponsored doping scandal in the last decade. valieva had been cleared to compete by the russian olympic comittee. she�*s due to skate in the individual competition on tuesday. west ham�*s manager david moyes says kurt zouma is available for sunday�*s premier league game at leicester. there�*s been a lot of debate surrounding his inclusion in the team since video footage was released showing the defender drop—kicking and slapping his cats. the rspca has since removed the animals while they investigate the incident. moyes has already been heavily criticised for playing zouma against watford on tuesday and faces more at the weekend but he says he stands by his decision. i don�*t think a cop could�*ve taken more action more quicker than what they have done at the moment. —— a club. west ham have done a good job
to find maximum wages. and i�*m not condoning them, his were terrible. we have all accepted they were diabolical and nobody has liked it. but we have decided to play him and we stand by that. cricket�*s governing body has lifted a ban on international matches being held at yorkshire�*s headingley ground. the county side was stripped of the right to host england games after the allegations of racism at the club made by former player azeem rafiq. the ecb today said it would now overturn the decision, subject to the club meeting the remaining key requirements by the end of march. headingley will host a test against new zealand and a one—day game against south africa this summer. that�*s just about it from me. all the weekend�*s six nations build—up is on the bbc sport website, including news of england�*s new line—up for their game in italy. that�*s... and olly foster will have a full round—up in sportsday at 6.30pm here on the bbc news channel. thanks, lizzie. the time is 5:37
p:m.. we have the film review coming up, and we are going to talk about koalas coming up. the uk economy continued to rebound from the pandemic last year, growing by 7.5% in total, despite a slight dip in december caused by the omicron variant. the chancellor rishi sunak has welcomed the latest figures, which follow a dramatic collapse in the economy of 9.4% in 2020 because of coronavirus. but economists are warning that inflation will continue to rise in the coming months, affecting people�*s spending power. here�*s our economics correspondent andy verity. in sutton in ashfield in nottinghamshire, at this maker of precision components for the likes of rolls—royce and bentley, business has bounced back rapidly, just as it has in the wider economy — up by 7.5% last year, the fastest growth in more than 80 years.
it�*s the opposite problem to the stillness of the first lockdown. plenty of work but a struggle getting the staff to do it, and the cost of raw materials threatens to wipe out profits. profit margins obviously were affected in terms of rises in supply and material costs, etc, but driving efficiencies for us was really important in 2021 and will continue to be even more important as we move forward in 2022. although growth was faster than expected, the economy was still o.4% smaller than two years before. as omicron struck in december, it shrunk by o.2%. today�*s figures show that despite omicron, the economy was remarkably resilient. we were the fastest—growing economy in the g7 last year and are forecast to continue being the fastest growing economy this year, so that shows our plans for the economy are working. the office for national statistics cast doubt on government claims we are the best performing economy in the g7 group of advanced industrialised countries, whose leaders met in cornwall in the summer. our bungee jump economy fell faster in 2020 than other countries and has therefore bounced back faster. but compared to before the pandemic,
we�*re not top but middling, and consumers are going to have less spare cash to spend come april. people are facing a triple whammy of rising prices, and in particular energy prices, tory tax rises that are being imposed on the economy at the worst possible time and declining real wages. and all of these things are coming together to enforce a squeeze on household incomes, the like of which we haven't seen for some decades. most economists are now forecasting the economy will grow only slowly this year as consumers cut back on spending that�*s not essential. if surging demand for goods and services bumps up against the maximum work firms can take on, then inflation — now at a 30—year high — is likely to get even higher. andy verity, bbc news.
the labour mp neil coyle has been suspended from the party because of allegations that he made racist comments to a journalist in a house of commons bar. mr coyle has apologised for comments he made to henry dyer — who is british—chinese — and who has made a formal complaint to the parliamentary authorities. an australian icon, the koala, has been classed as endangered. the number of koalas have fallen sharply along much of the east coast due to land clearing, bush fires and disease. scientists say the population in the state of new south wales has decreased by up to 60% in the past 11 years. jon ovens is lead keeper of koalas at longleat safari park in wiltshire, england�*s only koala sanctuary. i must confess i did not know that, but thank you forjoining us. tell us what you love about koalas, why they are so special.— us what you love about koalas, why they are so special. koalas are such an incredibly _ they are so special. koalas are such an incredibly iconic _ they are so special. koalas are such an incredibly iconic animal, - they are so special. koalas are such an incredibly iconic animal, when i an incredibly iconic animal, when you can australia public think of koalas. i have been lucky enough to work with them since they arrived here four years ago and they such an unusual, almost mythical creature, that the fact that they have a pouch
and they give birth to their baby after 36 days, it develops in the pouch. the eat eucalyptus, which is toxic. they�*rejust pouch. the eat eucalyptus, which is toxic. they�*re just incredibly iconic. toxic. they're 'ust incredibly iconic. �* ., ., , ., ., iconic. and what are they dangerous? what is endangering _ iconic. and what are they dangerous? what is endangering them? _ iconic. and what are they dangerous? what is endangering them? koalas i what is endangering them? koalas suffer, like most— what is endangering them? koalas suffer, like most animals - what is endangering them? koalas suffer, like most animals across i what is endangering them? koalasl suffer, like most animals across the globe, with the changes in climate change, so everybody is fully aware of the catastrophic effect of the bushfires back in 2020. certain parts of australia lost huge publishers of koalas, and that was almost overnight, so you also have habitat loss, which lots of them will suffer with across the globe. koalas especially suffered really been genetically stop they suffer with illness and disease. we have southern call this here at longleat, and they suffer bad with their kidneys. —— southern koalas. they
have lots of underlying issues, and it�*s really sad news today. it isn�*t a huge surprise, but itjust shows you if we don�*t act fast, we are going to lose what is an incredibly iconic animal.— iconic animal. jon, fantastic to talk to you. — iconic animal. jon, fantastic to talk to you, brief _ iconic animal. jon, fantastic to talk to you, brief though i iconic animal. jon, fantastic to talk to you, brief though it i iconic animal. jon, fantastic to l talk to you, brief though it was, but really, really interesting to talk to you. 90 for your expertise. jon ovens is lead keeper of koalas at longleat safari park in wiltshire. spain is dropping its entry requirement for children over 12 from non—eu countries to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus — from monday, they�*ll be allowed to enter as long as they have a negative pcr test. our business correspondent ramzan karmali explained more. from monday, if you�*re thinking of going and you�*re going with someone aged between 12 and 17, they won�*t have to be double jabbed, but they will still have to show a negative pcr test within three days — 72 hours — of arriving in spain. and then on top of that,
apart from the under—12s, everyone else has to show proof of being fully vaccinated and within at least 16 days of arriving in spain. also, if you�*ve had your second jab over 270 days ago, then you�*ll also have to show proof of having your boosterjab as well. on top of that, and it gets a little bit more complicated as well, you also have to show a qr code to the authorities when you arrive by filling out a spanish health control form as well, so there�*s still a few hurdles to achieve before you�*re allowed into the country. but this does make things a lot easier. but for some hoteliers that we�*ve spoken to on the spanish islands, this news may have come a bit too late. they said they�*ve lost millions of pounds in trade just from these cancelled half term bookings. apta, though, the industry body here, say that hundreds of thousands of people are still getting away for winter sun breaks and ski breaks this half term. the latest on spain and its changes to coronavirus rules. not coming until monday. let�*s have a quick look at what is coming up in sportsday. look at what is coming up in sportsday-— look at what is coming up in sortsda. ., , , sportsday. coming up in sportsday, the latest from _ sportsday. coming up in sportsday, the latest from the _ sportsday. coming up in sportsday,
the latest from the winter - sportsday. coming up in sportsday,| the latest from the winter olympics. after seven days of full competition, you�*re waiting team gb, a british medal. the skeleton team are usually bankers for a medal, especially the women�*s team, who have made a podium for the last 20 years, but not this time. we will also look ahead to the next six nations fixtures. west ham keep playing kurt zouma despite that our spca investigation overweight. and it is also super bowl weekend. but now on bbc news, it is time for the film review. hello and a very warm welcome to the film review on bbc news. i amjane hill, and to take us through this week�*s cinema releases is mark kermode, as ever. what have you been