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Tonight at Ten, manufacturing
output in the UK reaches
its highest level in a decade.
Official figures for November show
the sector grew for a seventh month
in a row boosted by the weak pound
and the state of the global economy.
The global economy is growing.
We're a small trading nation
and that rising tide is also
lifting the uk boat.
But in contrast, the construction
sector saw the biggest fall
in output for the past five years -
we'll have the details.
After the mudslides in California
at least 15 have died
but rescuers find some
survivors, including babies.
We dug down and found a little baby,
I don't know where it came from,
we dug it out, got the mud out
of its mouth, I hope it's ok
they took it right ot the hospital.
A special report from Jordan
where thousands of injured Syrian
children are facing long
waits for treatment.
The record number of orphaned seals
found along the Cornish
coastline over the past few weeks.
And, the latest production
secrets from the director who
brought us Wallace and Grommit.
And coming up on
Sportsday on BBC News.
The VAR experiment continues.
Chelsea and Arsenal's EFL Cup
semifinal is the second club match
in England to use the new system.
Manufacturing output in the UK
is growing at its fastest rate
for a decade after recording
a seventh consecutive month
of growth in November.
Performance has been boosted
by the weak pound and by the revived
state of the global economy.
But in the same period construction
output fell by the biggest margin
for the past five years reflecting
the subdued nature of the domestic
economy, as our economics editor
Kamal Ahmed explains.
The sound of better economic news,
and the manufacturers
which are making the goods
a faster-growing world is demanding.
The weakness in the value
of the pound makes everything
Britain sells abroad more
competitive, and firms that export
are taking advantage.
So this machine actually
is a high-end wire EDM machine...
Like Brandauer in Birmingham.
Among other high-tech materials,
it makes the switches for 90%
of all the kettles in the world,
billions of them.
Its order books for household
goods, the car sector
and aerospace are bulging.
We've always exported a huge
percentage of what we make.
Currently, that's around 70, 75%.
Global growth of our customers
and the manufacturing supply chain
means growth for us.
Our customers are doing well,
and technology demands
which means Brandauer,
as a net result, will do well.
It's been a ten year roller-coaster
for Britain's makers.
Manufacturing suffered badly
in the financial crisis and has only
slowly recovered since.
But, in the last year,
things have taken a turn
for the better and output is now
at its highest since April 2008.
Behind these better figures is a big
economic trend, global growth.
For the first time since
the financial crisis ten years ago,
all the economic centres -
the USA, China, Japan
and the rest of Europe -
are seeing stronger growth,
and that rising tide
is lifting Britain.
Confidence is flowing back.
It's not all good news.
are poor and there are still
the problems of falling wages
and the increase in prices.
Many economists warn that Britain
is not out of the economic woods,
including a former adviser
to the Chancellor.
What we've seen in the UK
relative to elsewhere
is growth relatively stable.
Now, that is still better than most
predicted at the start of 2017,
because the Brexit negotiation
was expected to have a more
dampening impact on growth,
but the global environment has
actually ended up being much
stronger, and I think that has
supported UK activity.
The UK is still the laggard, though.
Manufacturing is a bright point,
but at just 10% of the UK economy
it's not everything.
The strength of Britain overall
will only become clear when the full
set of figures are published
at the end of the month.
Many economists believe
they will now be more
positive than expected.
Kamal is here with us now.
Manufacturing is one thing, clearly
an important thing, but there's more
to the economy?
The economy is a
complex mix of different trends,
that's why my job is so interesting.
But yes, this global growth story is
based around very low interest rates
which have met that. They were put
in place to help the global economy
through the financial crisis,
meaning consumers and businesses are
borrowing very cheap money, spending
that and finally, the world is
coming out of the financial crisis
funk that it's been in for the best
part of a decade which is helping
Britain. That is only one part of
the British economic story. We know
that pay squeeze is still with us,
higher prices are affecting the
price of things like food in the
shops and, of course, there's the
Brexit negotiations. They're going
to hang over everything about
economic sentiment this year, how
good they'll be, and tonight, Philip
Hammond, the Chancellor, has really
tried to kick start those
negotiations towards whatever the
new free trade deal may be with the
European Union with a warning at a
dinner in front of business leaders
in Germany in Berlin where he said
that the EU should start offering
some solutions, they should stop
talking about punishing the UK, It
Takes Two to tango, he says. Come on
EU put on the table what you want to
see happen, trying to kick start on
a very tight timetable. I think in
Brussels, the response to that will
be some raised eyebrows. Britain
decided to leave the EU, the EU
didn't decide to leave Britain, you
broke it, you fix it. I think the
key message all year will be from
Europe, as we have always been
hearing, Britain cannot have a
better deal outside the EU than it
had in the EU, we are not going to
be able to have our cake and eat it.
Thank you very much.
In Southern California at least 15
have died in the mudslides
as rescue efforts continue
people still trapped.
More than 50 people have been
rescued already but many places
are still inaccessible
with major roads closed.
For the latest, let's
join our correpondent
James Cook in Montecito.
Huw, the latest is that more than a
hundred homes, including ones behind
me here have been destroyed, more
than 300 have been damaged. That is
before this entire area's even been
fully surveyed. They are still, they
say, trying to find survivors, but
much of the focus now is on
On California's Pacific coast,
ordeal by the elements continues.
First, they endured the largest fire
in the state's history.
Next came torrential rain,
more intense than anyone
here could remember.
Then, within minutes, destruction,
caused by an unstoppable
wall of mud and debris.
14-year-old Lauren Cantin survived,
but even she does not know how.
Firefighters using rescue
dogs heard her screams
and worked for hours
to pull her from the
wreckage of her home.
Her family's fate is unknown.
Everyone here, it seems,
has their own incredible story
of a struggle to survive.
Once the boulders and trees came
through our house we climbed up
onto the roof and waited
until the creek went down a bit
and then we climbed off the roof
and got to our neighbour's garage.
We just got pulled out
of there by the firefighters now.
But he's been out
We heard a little baby crying.
We dug down and found a little baby.
I don't know where it came from.
We got it out, got
the mud out of its mouth.
I'm hoping it's OK.
They took it right to the hospital.
But it was just a baby, four feet
down in the mud, under the rocks.
I'm glad we got him.
There was a young man
that was washed away that
ended up half a mile away
from here on the freeway,
and survived that.
And has recall of actually
being washed through houses
and under vehicles,
and survived that.
These coastguard pictures show
the rescue of a family of five.
First a mother and her newborn baby
are winched to safety.
Then a little girl
makes it onto the roof.
brother is saved too.
but they are the lucky ones.
How do you describe it?
It is devastating, what happened.
The fire created a situation where
the dirt was able to wash down.
Had we still had all the vegetation
on the hills it would not have been
as much of an issue.
We just feel very sorry
for the people who have
lost their homes and their lives.
That's Coast Village
So why did this happen?
The downpour soaked an area
which had been scorched by wildfire,
burning grass and shrubs which hold
the soil in place
and baking the earth,
leaving it slick and hard.
The water had nowhere
to go but down, fast,
into the town of Montecito
with deadly, devastating effect.
This is one of the most exclusive
communities in the United States,
home to stars including actor
Rob Lowe and TV presenter
But no amount of money
can stop a mudslide.
There used to be a fence right here.
That's my neighbour's house.
Oprah Winfrey posted this
video as she assessed
the damage in her garden.
See how deep the mud is.
The destruction was not
confined to the coast.
Further inland in Burbank,
a suburb of Los Angeles,
the cameras captured another
mudslide in action.
The power of this mudslide
is graphically demonstrated here.
The people in these homes,
and there were some people
who stayed in this area,
it must have been terrifying
as boulders like this and other
debris swept down from the hills.
there is still some hope
of finding survivors,
but it is fading.
The financial cost from this
disaster will be immense.
The human toll much higher.
Questions are knew being asked about
whether this community could have
been better prepared. After the
fires, everybody knew if there was
heavy rain, then it would cause a
problem, perhaps not as serious as
this, but a problem nonetheless.
There was an evacuation order given.
It was not mandatory for this
particular community, perhaps it
should have been, perhaps people
should have listened, but most of
all, people are saying here, no-one
expected the ferocity of this
mudslide which has caused such, such
trauma. Thanks for the update,
The trial of the former football
coach, Barry Bennell,
on charges of child sexual offences
has for the first time heard
from an alleged victim.
A man who claims he was sexually
abused as a child has told the court
that Bennell had what he called
a 'power hold' over young
boys who dreamt of being
The defendant who's now known
as Richard Jones denies 48 charges
of child sexual abuse as our sports
editor Dan Roan reports.
Back in the 1980s, Barry Bennell
worked with some of the most
promising young footballers
in the north-west of England.
Youth team coach at Crewe Alexandra.
He also had links
with Manchester City.
Today, Liverpool Crown Court
was told the 64-year-old,
who now calls himself Richard Jones,
exploited young boys' dreams
of becoming footballers in order
to sexually abuse them.
With Bennell watching on via video
link, the jury was shown
footage of the first
complainant's police interview.
He said he first met Bennell
when he came to a training session
as a scout for Manchester City.
Now in his 40s, the alleged victim
said he was abused up to 100 times
along with other boys by Bennell,
at his home above a shop
he owned in the Derbyshire
village of Furness Vale.
He claimed Bennell had up to three
boys share a bed with him.
The complainant said none dared
speak out for fear of jeopardising
their football prospects.
It was almost like an
untold rule, he said.
It's going to be frank
and open and it will cover
details of sexual abuse.
The court was shown a recording
of this BBC programme from November
2016 featuring other alleged victims
which the complainant said left him
in complete meltdown,
prompting him to contact police
for the first time.
Appearing behind a screen in court,
he was cross-examined
by Eleanor Laws QC for the defence,
and asked if his complaint
was financially motivated.
I am not in it for
the money, he said.
The court was read transcripts
from Bennell's interview
with the police, in which he denied
ever abusing the complainant.
I've had no sexual contact with him.
I remember thinking he was the one
that got away with it.
He wasn't one of my victims.
The trial continues.
Dan Roan, BBC News, Liverpool.
Police in Stockport have found human
remains in a back garden.
Their search was instigated
when a woman went to police
at the weekend and told detectives
she'd killed a man.
Our North of England correspondent,
Judith Moritz, is in Stockport.
What is being said there this
Well, Huw, the
police tell us on Saturday
afternoon, a 63-year-old woman
walked into a police station and
confessed to officers that she'd
killed a man some years ago and
buried him in the garden. That
sparked a forensic search and last
night, detectives confirmed they
have found human remains at the
property behind me.
Now, the BBC understands that the
body recovered is that of a man
named Kenneth Coombs and that the
woman who went to the police and is
now being questioned on suspicion of
murder is his daughter Barbara.
Neighbours have been asked by the
police if they remember Mr Coombs,
he would have been in his late 80s
in 2005. Detectives say they are
searching for information, their
investigation is at an early stage
but that a postmortem examination
should help them to establish how
and when Mr Coombs died.
A brief look at some
of the day's other news stories.
Lawyers representing victims
of the sex attacker John Worboys
are urging the Parole Board
to ban him from the Greater London
area when he's freed from prison.
Agency officials are due to meet
tomorrow to discuss his release,
but no final decision will be made
on the conditions that he will face.
Cancer patients at the Churchill
Hospital in Oxford could face delays
to their treatment due
to a shortage of staff.
That's the warning from a senior
doctor in a leaked staff memo.
The hospital trust said
there are no formal plans
to change cancer treatment.
The head of Ofgem, the Energy
regulator, has apologised to MPs
for failing vulnerable consumers.
He said he regretted not taking
swifter action to cap
standard variable tariffs.
He said a new government cap
would "go a long way
towards fixing the market."
The former Liberal Democrat leader,
Tim Farron, has said he regrets
saying that gay sex was not a sin.
He made the statement
during the 2017 general election
campaign after which he resigned,
saying he'd found it impossible
to reconcile the demands of politics
with his Christian faith.
He says he was "foolish" to allow
himself to be pressured into saying
something which he didn't
believe was right.
President Trump has told South Korea
that the US is open to talks
with North Korea "at the appropriate
time" and "under the
The comments followed yesterday's
negotiations between North
and South Korea which resulted
in the North saying it would take
part in the Winter Olympics
in the South next month.
The White House said South Korea had
thanked Mr Trump for his "leadership
in making the talks possible."
Our correspondent, Nick Bryant,
is at the White House.
Nick, this is quite a change, isn't
it, in the space of a week or 10
Only last week, Donald Trump
was boasting that his nuclear button
was bigger than Kim Jong-un's
nuclear button. A few months ago he
was trashing his Secretary of State,
Rex Tillerson, saying he was wasting
his time pursuing diplomacy with
Pyongyang. This new openness to talk
really is a meaningful shift. The
most conciliatory language we have
heard from Donald Trump on North
Korea since he took the oath of
office 12 months ago. It follows the
meeting on the Korean peninsula
yesterday between the North and
South corp row ya. There was good
energy he shared at the White House
an hour ago. He is claiming credit
for that for his hardline stance on
North Korea, the tough economic
sanctions the pressure on China, the
fire and fury rhetoric. The
digitalised kraber rateling on wit
Twitter. We will see a continuation
of much of that. Don't be surprised
if Donald Trump mocks Kim Jong-un as
Little Rock Man. The White House
saying it will ex-cert maximum
pressure. The question is how North
Korea will respond will it lead to a
pause in nuclear and missile
testing. If it doesn't it's hard to
see direct talks taking place
between Washington and pong cong.
Nick thanks very much. Once again,
Nick Bryant with the latest for us
there at the White House.
In Syria, at least 85 people have
been killed in the past ten days
in a besieged suburb of Damascus,
which is under rebel control.
The United Nations has condemned
the recent upsurge in attacks
on Eastern Ghouta by government
forces, calling the situation
"a human catastrophe."
The area's been under siege for more
than four-and-a-half years.
Our chief international
correspondent, Lyse Doucet,
reports from Syria.
This report contains some
The bombs fall every day
now in Eastern Ghouta.
Rescue teams rush in to
bring survivors out.
Frightened children, trapped inside,
not knowing where to run or hide.
This footage, filmed by the western
backed White Helmets,
in the neighbourhood of Hamoria.
They are digging in the rubble
with whatever tools they find,
often it's just bare hands.
The attacks by Syrian
and Russian warplanes,
on this last rebel-held enclave
of Damascus, intensified weeks ago,
scarring entire streets.
The attacks don't go only one way.
Rebel groups controlling this area,
including hardline Islamists
groups linked to Al-Qaeda,
fired more than a dozen
rockets into the heart
of Damascus yesterday.
This is the face of a war now
approaching its eighth year.
This is its sound.
These children in Eastern Ghouta
have known no other life.
They survived the latest air
strikes, blood being wiped away,
not the pain, nor the fear.
And it stocks the old too,
already broken by years
of a punishing siege.
The history of Syria is written
here amongst these stones.
Three-year-old Samer was buried
yesterday by his uncle,
his father is badly injured.
Many now say Syria's war is over.
But it's not, not yet.
Lyse Doucet, BBC News, Damascus.
The children's charity Unicef says
that attacks on hospitals and other
health facilities have become
commonplace in Syria,
with less than half of the country's
health facilities operating
at full capacity.
They're struggling to cope
with the number of children
seriously injured in the Syrian
conflict, which is now
entering its eighth year.
BBC News at Ten has been
following the story of two young
girls, Rahaf and Qamar,
who were badly burnt
when a shell hit their home
in Syria six years ago.
They've both undergone
operations in Jordan,
where they now live.
Our correspondent, Caroline Hawley,
has been back to to Jordan to see
how they're both getting on.
Qamar barely remembers the day,
six years ago, that changed
the course of her life.
She was only three when a shell hit
the family home in Homs,
slamming into the children's
bedroom, setting fire
to Qamar in her bed clothes.
Qamar's hands were so damaged,
she needed help to feed
and dress herself.
She was so distressed
by her appearance, she couldn't
look in the mirror.
Her sister, Rahaf, was also badly
burnt and when we first met
the family, neither of the girls
would go out of the house, but today
they're on the way to school.
It's taken immense strength
and courage and countless operations
to get to where they are now.
This was the two of them
in Syria before the war.
When Qamar was four,
we watched as she had surgery
at a hospital run by the charity
Medecins Sans Frontieres
in Jordan, where the family
fled to for treatment.
Two years later, she had
to wear this mask to help
another skin graft heal.
These days they spend much more time
at school than in hospital.
Syrian refugees come
here in the afternoons
and the girls love it.
Qamar has had to get used to how
other children react to her.
Their teacher's worked hard to get
their classmates to accept them.
She admires Qamar's bravery.
Her parents worry about the social
stigma their daughters
will face as they grow up,
that life with their injuries
will be harder as young women.
When the children draw for us,
Qamar's first picture
is of her dream house and then
she draws a mosque.
But Rahaf has now been discharged
from MSF's hospital,
the doctors have done what they can.
Qamar is waiting for more surgery,
but with all the conflict
around the Middle East,
the hospital is inundated
with new cases, and the
waiting list is wrong.
Caroline Hawley, BBC News, Amman.
Millions of pounds' worth
of jewellery have been
stolen from the Ritz Hotel
in Paris tonight.
Armed robbers smashed
the windows of the hotel
where the jewellery was displayed.
Three members of the gang
were detained at the scene
and police say two
remain on the run.
Conservation charities say they've
been "overwhelmed" by the number
of stranded seals found along
the Cornish coast over
the past few weeks.
Record numbers of sick and abandoned
pups have been discovered
after a series of winter storms
and high tides.
Rescue centres say they
are struggling to cope.
Our correspondent, Jon Kay, reports.
On a suburban estate...
OK, shall we get them out?
..a pop-up seal sanctuary.
With the local rescue centres full,
these orphaned pups are having to be
housed in a garage near St Ives.
Father and son, David and Dan,
are fully trained and caring
for the seals 24/7.
Are you struggling to cope then?
We're at the point
where we really are.
I mean, this sort of speaks
for itself, really, having
all of these guys here.
You know, the rehab centres just
don't have the space to handle this
many pups in such a short
amount of time.
Every day, volunteers from the group
are racing to the Cornish coast
to rescue unprecedented numbers
of sick and starving pups, orphaned
and injured in winter storms.
Here's the tube, in
the corner of its mouth.
Providing emergency food
is the easy bit, finding them
somewhere to recuperate
is much more difficult.
They've had nearly 300 call-outs
already this winter.
I think we've been out 55
times this year so far.
What, since the 1st January?
Since the 1st January this year,
we've done 55 calls
and we've rescued 25.
The situation we find
ourselves in is completely
shocking, beyond belief.
It's not just south-west England,
elsewhere in the UK there have
been similar increases.
Don't be fooled by
today's blue skies.
Why this winter?
Why's it so bad now?
Because we've had a succession
of storms, over really high tides,
flooded all the beaches,
washed all those seal pups
out without enough food
inside them to survive.
Here at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
there are a couple of spaces
tonight, so Dave and Dan can bring
in two pups from their garage.
But any more that are found might
have to be taken hundreds of miles
to other parts of the country
until there is more room.
Once these pups have recovered,
they'll be sent back into the sea.
But conservationists say
if we're going to avoid
an accommodation crisis next winter,
we need to start planning now.
Jon Kay, BBC News, Cornwall.
The animation company that gave
the world Wallace and Grommit
and Shaun the Sheep,
Aardman, and its Oscar-winning
director, Nick Park,
are about to release a new film,
a prehistoric comedy
called Early Man.
It's been five years in the making
and Nick Park has been
showing our arts editor,
Will Gompertz, exactly how he's
made his creations come
to life on the big screen.
The initial idea was, you know,
what if cavemen invented football?
And, I hadn't seen a prehistoric
underdog sports movie before.
Come on, everyone.
Let's show them what we've got.
This is one of my first sketches.
I loved sketching all the time,
that's where the characters
tend to come from.
And are you thinking as you sketch
in terms of plasticine?
Yes, I do.
I sort of think in 3D all the time.
I'm always drawing as if they have
dimension and I'm thinking about how
they will interpret...
How they'll translate into models.
What strange magic is this?
We try and prepare for every shot
before the animator starts.
We do quite often
So Nick will act out almost
the entire film in front of camera,
and we go through that with him,
and that's our starting point.
We wanted, following Nick's
initial brief, to keep it
all looking very handmade.
So all of these sections
are made of plasticine,
but the mechanics inside are made
of lots of different materials.
So underneath we have armatures,
which we make all in-house.
They look something
a little bit like this.
So we have sort of ball
and socket joints in here
and hinged joints and rotates,
and then fundamentally
that's what sort of sits
inside our main characters.
Just a little bit more!
There are aspects of it,
are there not, which hark back
to your earliest days,
back to Wallace and Gromit?
Yeah, I know.
I mean, it is.
It is at the heart of it,
it is these two characters.
Dug is a caveman and
his pet hog Hognob.
I set out to try and be a bit
different to Wallace
and Gromit, but I guess
there is a sort of default.
You know, I can't help it.
The eyes are close together
and there is a sort of like a man
and dog sort of relationship,
I mean, a man and hog in this case.
It's one thing trying to make it
the film you want to make
and to stay true to your vision.
But you're hoping that it also does
work for people out in the audience.
Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.
Here's Emily Maitlis
Tonight, could a tax on plastic
convince you the Government's
the party of the environment?
The Tories are talking green, again.
Will we buy it?
Plus, the pictures of
David Bowie you've never seen.
Join me now on BBC Two.
That's Newsnight with Emily.
Here on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.