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Tonight at 10pm -
football coach Barry Bennell,
is convicted of more than 30 counts
of child abuse.
Bennell had denied dozens
of offences involving 11 boys,
one of whom claimed to have been
abused on more than ten
During the trial, witnesses
described how Bennell had exercised
a power hold over them,
as ambitious young players.
The jury asked for more time
to consider seven others counts,
we'll have the latest
from Liverpool Crown Court.
Also tonight -
Jacob Zuma is formally told
by his own party, to stand down,
as president of South Africa,
following allegations of corruption.
Lung cancer patients, including many
who have never smoked,
say it's time to devote far more
resources to research.
It felt like I was being punished
for a crime I hadn't committed.
I've never smoked.
In fact, I used to be
the butt of jokes at school
because I wouldn't.
Sky and BT Sport pay over
£4.5 billion for football
rights, but is it as much
as the Premier League
had been expecting?
Christie is out of it
And, at the Winter Olympics,
the moment when Britain's
Elise Christie crashed,
on the last lap, of the women's
speed skating final.
And coming up on
Sportsday on BBC News:
Could Spurs recover from a terrible
start in the Champions League
knockout stages against Italian
giants Juventus in Turin?
The former football coach,
Barry Bennell, has been found
guilty of multiple sex offences
against young boys in the 1980s.
Bennell had denied 48 charges,
including indecent assault
and serious sexual assaults,
but the jury convicted him
on dozens of counts,
and asked for more time
to consider seven others.
During the trial, prosecutors
described him as a predatory
paedophile who molested young boys
on an 'industrial scale'.
Our correspondent Danny Savage
is at Liverpool Crown Court tonight.
The jury in this case listened to
evidence for five weeks in total.
They went out to consider their
verdicts last Thursday and came back
this afternoon with the majority of
their verdicts. Barry Bennell, the
football coach who abused his
position to molesting young boys,
listened on via a video link and
shook his head and muttered as those
guilty verdicts were returned with
some of his victims in court
He was the charismatic coach
who convinced the parents
of promising young footballers that
staying at his house
was all part of the game.
We really work the kids,
they're learning all the time,
and we do a lot of talking
to them as well...
But in the words of the prosecution,
Barry Bennell was a child molester
on an industrial scale.
Now a shadow of his former self,
the 64-year-old was today convicted
of sexually assaulting boys aged
between eight and 15.
He was found guilty
of assaulting ten of the 11 boys
this trial centred on.
He was the gatekeeper
to a dream in football,
He was the gatekeeper
to a dream world in football,
but his victims had to silently
suffer horrific abuse.
He assaulted some of
the boys at his homes,
one of which was in this
He had arcade games and exotic pets,
and always had a reason
for the youngsters to stay over.
His victims were associated
with Crewe and Manchester City,
where he was involved
in the junior setups.
He was said to have been treated
like God at Manchester
City's Maine Road ground.
In court, it was said Bennell
had groomed the parents
of the complainants so he could
carry on the abuse.
He offered no evidence
in his defence, and his barrister
accused some of the men,
who were boys at the time,
of inventing stories about him
and jumping on the bandwagon.
Bennell has previously
received jail sentences
in the United States,
and here in the UK,
after being convicted
of similar offences.
This afternoon, as throughout his
trial, this serial child molester
appeared via video link.
He shook his head as the guilty
verdicts were returned.
Some of his victims
had come to watch.
Hearing finally that the man
who abused them when they were
little boys has been convicted.
So, what happened today is that he
was found guilty of 36 of the
charges and the jury is still
considering seven others. So the
judge has told them to go away and
continue their deliberations
tomorrow, although he will accept a
majority verdict on those seven
outstanding cases. This trial is not
finished yet, the jury must still go
through some deliberations on those
of the charges and that will be
starting from tomorrow morning.
Danny Savage, many thanks, our
correspondent at Liverpool Crown
In South Africa, the ruling
African National Congress has asked
President Jacob Zuma to resign.
The ANC says he's agreed to stand
down, but only after a transition
period of three to six months,
which the party says
Mr Zuma has come under
increasing pressure to resign,
following a series
of corruption scandals.
Our Africa editor Fergal Keane sent
this report from Johannesburg.
Not quite the Night of The Long
Knives but still the party moving
definitively to be rid
of a defiant President.
Late last night the convoy
of the ANC leader Cyril
Ramaphosa coming to tell his
executive that after
a short meeting Jacob
Zuma was refusing to
With the media kept at bay the party
debated what to do next.
It's half-past midnight and they're
still talking in there.
More than ten hours
after they started.
Now, there's a sense
that the whole future of the ANC,
and indeed of this country,
hinges on what happens now.
This afternoon in Johannesburg
after a meeting that eventually ran
for 13 hours,
the ANC revealed that its
patience was exhausted.
In its wisdom the NEC
decided as follows -
One, to recall Jacob Zuma.
Recalled, in other words
they were calling on
Jacob Zuma to resign.
And if he doesn't it's
likely they'll force
him out through a motion of no
confidence in parliament.
But it's potentially risky.
The President still has many
supporters in the party.
Do you worry that this
is going to split the ANC,
divide the movement irreparably?
I don't know whether
the ANC will split.
But we are leaders,
we belong to branches and
we are appealing to our structures
to understand that the National
has taken decisions.
So, as the ANC officials believe
they have now thrown down a
gauntlet to President Jacob Zuma.
They've given him time,
lots of time, they say,
to respond to their demand
that he step down.
It's now up to him.
Nobody could accuse
the ANC of rushing to
remove Jacob Zuma.
The leadership did
nothing while corruption
during nine years of his rule.
An Indian immigrant
family, the Guptas, was
allowed to purchase vital national
enterprises, employing the
President's son in what became
known as state capture.
Now the opposition believes
President Zuma no longer
cares about dividing
his party or country.
Now he's just defiant.
You know, these are
the last kicks of a
But it becomes dangerous.
He doesn't care.
He's not even scared of impeachment.
So, he is prepared
to lose everything.
Jacob Zuma has lived and ruled
in the shadow of greatness.
However it comes about,
he will leave office a
Well, tonight the finance minister,
a man who was formerly a close ally
of Jacob Zuma has come out and said
he expects the President to do the
right thing and step down and it's
significant that in the last 24
hours no cabinet ministers have come
out in support of Jacob Zuma. It
matters greatly that the ANC doesn't
descend into factional fighting over
this because that would leave the
new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, the
new leader of the organisation,
trying to rescue this country's
shattered economy and root out the
deep corruption, while at the same
time trying to contain struggles in
his own ranks.
Fergal, thank you once again, Africa
editor Fergal Keane with the latest
on the presidential story in South
Boris Johnson, in a major speech
tomorrow, is expected to reach out
to those who still have deep
misgivings about Brexit,
and to underline what he says
are the potential benefits
of leaving the European Union.
The Foreign Secretary will say that
he's detected a deepening
of the anger in relation to Brexit.
Our political correspondent
Ben Wright is at Westminster.
Is this some kind of admission that
the Government still has a lot of
work to do to unite people?
it's a call for national unity a
long time after the referendum in a
very conciliatory tone of the sort I
don't think we have heard very much
from Cabinet ministers. Boris
Johnson will use his Valentine's Day
speech to try and woo despairing
Remain voters who feel Brexit is a
disaster and he's written a piece in
tomorrow's Sun along those lines.
He's one of the leading figures of
Bo-lieve campaign, or he was, and he
says he understands the grief and
alienation of our Brexit many people
feel and he detects a hardening of
the anger. He says it's not good
enough to say to the 48% who voted
Remain get over it for survey says
concerns and excite is need to be
listened to. He says it would be a
disastrous mistake to try and stop
Brexit and cause Britain's departure
from the EU the great project of
age. The tone of this is really
interesting. I think for people who
are sceptical about Brexit, maybe
people watching on from the EU, it's
not the tone, it's the conduct of Mr
Johnson's speech and other
ministers' speeches in the next few
weeks that they will judge this
speech by, what would would have us
about how divided Cabinet plans to
get the Brexit deal that No 10
Ben Wright, thank you, the
latest from Westminster.
The Government has unveiled
an online tool, powered
by artificial intelligence,
that it says can accurately detect
jihadist content and stop
it from being viewed.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
says she wouldn't rule out bringing
in a law that would force technology
companies to use it.
But with extremist propaganda
from so-called Islamic State
appearing on more than 400 platforms
last year, there are concerns that
such groups will simply
adapt their methods
to reach new audiences.
Our media editor, Amol
Rajan, has the story.
Militaristic, cinematic and often
shot with high-level production
values, these propaganda videos
for the so-called Islamic State
espouse terror and hatred.
They're also easy to find
on the internet right now.
So what we have here are two videos,
one of which is extremist content,
the other which is perfectly
legitimate news coverage.
Now an artificial intelligence firm
in London has used Home Office money
to target such extremist content.
The creators claim the technology,
which is obviously secret,
can spot 94% of IS content online
with an accuracy of 99.995%.
The technology distinguishes
between news and extremism
and flags up examples,
such as the one on the right,
with a high probability
of being extremist content,
to be vetted by a human.
What we are looking to do is to try
and remove this content
from the public web.
If it requires somebody to have ten
passwords and an incredibly
complicated Tor browser before
they can get access to content,
we see that as a win.
It means that it can't just be
shared between friends on, like,
their mobile phones.
While attention is focused
on big firms like Twitter,
Google and Facebook,
crucially, this technology
will benefit smaller platforms,
who will have free use of it.
Islamic State supporters used over
400 unique platforms last year,
145 of them for the first time.
Like other forms of modern media,
has now shifted online.
What's so striking about this
new tool is both that it's funded
by government rather than technology
firms, and that it's powered
by artificial intelligence.
In other words, it's an admission
that machines rather than manpower
will be most effective at finding
and removing extremist
One former jihadist, who now works
argues that terrorists will always
adapt their methods to find
new audiences and the platforms need
to be willing to take action.
The big players in this area
are taking a lot of action,
but what we've found is that it's
the smaller companies who aren't
necessarily prepared to play
ball with government,
sometimes because they're
suspicious of government,
sometimes because they simply don't
regard it as being part
of their business model.
It's not yet clear how widely
the technology will be taken up,
but the Government says its instinct
is to collaborate with industry.
We're not going to rule out
taking legislative action
if we need to do it,
but I remain convinced that the best
way to take real action,
to have the best outcomes,
is to have an industry-led form,
like the one we've got.
Your algorithms are doing that
grooming and that radicalisation.
It's a war of attrition,
but the chair of the Home Affairs
Select Committee says the onus
is still on the biggest
I think it's imperative on the tech
giants, on all of these companies,
to do more to operate swiftly
to remove illegal material.
If they don't, there has to be some
form of penalty on them
for not doing this because,
in the end, this is
about illegal material.
It's important to be
realistic about the costs
and consequences of the open web.
While technology and government
pressure can reduce harm,
the fight against digital extremism
is a war without end.
Amol Rajan, BBC News.
Lung cancer claims more lives
in the UK than any other form
of cancer, and its victims include
many who have never smoked.
Despite the fact that it's the UK's
biggest cancer killer,
it still receives relatively
little research funding.
Around 35,000 people
die from lung cancer
in the UK every year,
and around 44,000 new
cases are diagnosed.
But just £708 is spent in the UK per
person who dies from lung cancer.
A fifth of that spent on breast
cancer and a tenth of the amount
on leukaemia research.
Our legal affairs correspondent,
Clive Coleman whose sister Sarah
recently died of lung cancer,
has been finding out more
about the non-smokers
who are affected, why it attracts
less research funding
than other cancers.
When you're first diagnosed
with cancer, it's really scary
and I was very scared.
I was diagnosed with non-small cell
lung cancer in August 2015.
This is my younger sister, Sarah,
she died of lung cancer in December,
two years after being diagnosed.
In the months before her death,
she made this film
about her condition.
Before she got the illness,
I knew relatively little about it.
I suppose I shared the common view
that it was a smoker's disease.
I had no idea how many healthy,
non-smokers got it or that in the UK
it kills more than breast,
prostate and pancreatic
cancer put together.
Keep into the sides, that's it.
Like my sister, Joanne Marshall has
never smoked, but has stage 4 lung
cancer because of a non-inherited
fault in her genes.
She's being treated
with targeted drug therapies.
They provide a very
effective stay of execution.
So for me, for example,
I've been on a targeted
therapy for about a year,
which meant that I could live,
essentially, a normal life.
I was very active,
I could breathe properly.
But they don't last forever,
that's the problem, cancer tends
to be one step ahead.
The children help
just by being here.
I mean, they're really doing
everything they can.
His life has completely changed
and it's not what I wanted for him.
But, you know...
If we get through this,
we'll be so strong.
Scientists don't know why seemingly
more and more healthy non-smokers
are getting lung cancer,
but visiting Joanna and her family,
I had learned that the disease kills
98 people each day in the UK.
14% of those who get it have
never smoked and yet,
in terms of research funding,
it receives a small fraction
of the money spent on breast
or testicular cancer or leukaemia.
It's a massive problem
because these people
who are diagnosed with lung cancer,
who've never smoked,
are really quite angry that it's
assumed that they have smoked
and that they have self-inflicted
this cancer upon them,
when clearly they haven't.
Because of the way that the disease
behaves and that these people
are not expected to be diagnosed
with cancer, they're not high risk,
they're usually diagnosed at a later
stage and therefore treatment can
often not be curative,
which is a complete
and utter disaster for them.
Lung cancer remains the ugly,
poor relation of the cancer family,
it doesn't discriminate
between smokers and non-smokers
and there'll be many more cases,
like my sister's, before
a long-term treatment's found.
Clive Coleman, BBC News.
A parliamentary committee has taken
the unusual step of using its powers
to force the financial regulator
to hand over a report
into the mistreatment
of business customers by RBS.
The Financial Conduct Authority had
said it could take weeks or months
to publish the report,
which found that mistreatment
of business customers by the RBS
Global Restructuring Group,
was widespread and systematic,
as our economics correspondent,
Andy Verity, explains.
Glenn eggels the golf venue in 2007
RBS NatWest promised to lend the
property developer enough money to
buy two plots of land here and
develop them into luxury homes. But
then in 2008 the bank moved Derek
into what became the RBS Global
Restructuring Group, within months
the bank broke its promise. His
business was wrecked and the home he
was lived in on this street was
lost. He fought back, acting as his
own lawyer and won in the Supreme
Court, but it took well over a year
for the bank to compensate him.
was unfair. Actions against me and
the actions against lots of other
people. That really leads me back to
where is the accountability?
the Financial Conduct Authority
commissioned a report which found
inappropriate treatment was
widespread and systematic. It
published a summary of the findings
but MPs have been pressing the
reluctant regulator to publish it in
I'm going to write to you,
probably in the next couple of days,
with a clear request to publish and
a time scale within which to
publish. Otherwise it will be the
case that the Financial Conduct
Authority finds events overtake him.
A copy of the full report was
published on the internet. What it
contains are phrases that neither
the bank nor the regulator wanted
the public to see including phrases
like, "rope, sometimes you need to
let customers hang themselves."
Another one, "GRG management was
aware or should have been aware. We
view these issues as part of an
intentional or coordinated strategy.
It was this strategy that was the
underlying cause of the poor
treatment." The businessmen who
first accused the bank of
mistreating customers say those
behind the scandal aren't being held
The whole FCA process
has taken far too long. Over four
years is ridiculous. But what's
probably worse than that is the way
they seem to have worked hand in
glove with RBS and negotiated
behind-the-scenes with RBS about
what would be in the report. To the
point where the regulators are
saying, I'm not sure we want to
publish this yet because RBS might
sue us. Who is regulating who.
Neither the bank nor the regulator
will give an interview but neither
is objecting to publication. They
are being forced to hand over a
unredacted copy by Friday. Andy
Verity, BBC News.
A brief look at some
of the day's other news stories.
Israeli police say there is enough
evidence to indict the Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
for bribery, fraud and breach
of trust in two separate cases.
They relate to claims he received
luxury gifts in exchange
for political favours and asked
the publisher of a newspaper
for favourable coverage in return
for reigning in a rival publication.
Mr Netanyahu says the allegations
are "baseless" and he intends
to continue as leader.
unchanged last month at 3%.
The cost of food and some
imported materials fell,
but prices for clothing and some
leisure activities rose.
Last week the Bank of England warned
that interest rates may go up
quicker than expected
to help curb inflation.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have
made their first official
joint visit to Scotland.
The trip began with a walkabout
at Edinburgh Castle,
where the couple had a close
encounter with the mascot
of the Royal Regiment of Scotland -
a Shetland pony - before visiting
a cafe in the city
which helps the homeless.
A judge has upheld the UK arrest
warrant for the founder
of the Wikileaks website,
It was issued when he breached bail
conditions in 2012 and sought refuge
at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London,
where he's been ever since.
He was facing sexual assault
allegations in Sweden,
which have since been dropped.
The country of Guyana,
in South America, is one
of the smallest in the world,
with a population of under 800,000,
and yet it has the highest
suicide rate among women,
some five times higher
than the UK, according
to the World Health Oganisation.
Our reporter, Tiffany Sweeney,
reports now from the capital
Georgetown on the scale
of the problem and the latest
initiatives to tackle it.
From the lush greenery
of its countryside,
to its vibrant capital Georgetown,
it's a place of beauty and colour.
But below the surface,
there's a darker under current.
Underlying all of this
is a cultural acceptance that
suicide is part of Guyana.
It's not just one thing that makes
someone think that, you know what,
I'm going to end my life.
Every day my parents would have
money and many of those things
are contributed to it.
And it was seeing her parents find
it difficult to feed her family that
led to Lisa's depression and trying
to take her own life,
at the age of 14.
Yeah, I felt as though, you know,
they were struggling a lot
and I wanted to do more
and to help them.
I felt like if I was out
of the equation, then things
would be much better.
But Lisa is here today because one
teacher encouraged her to talk.
She won Miss Guyana and used her
platform to set up Pora,
-- Pots, prevention
of teenage suicide.
# I would take back
everything back #.
Lisa shares her story
of how she became a singer
and a model, it's her way
of inspiring young people.
After the discussion,
five school children wanted to talk.
About things that happen.
I'm always in school.
I never, never like to let people
know my feelings, I always smile.
They all shared similar stories,
of family members dying, absent
parents and bullying at school.
Some were so overwhelming,
it was clear they needed support.
Support that this school gives
through its teachers,
but here they're still waiting
for a counsellor, something
the government has pledged.
If you're so young and vulnerable
at that age and no-one's telling
you that you can be something
or you can make something
of your life, I believe in you,
then you feel worthless,
and that's essentially
what these kids are feeling.
So what's the best theme?
Mine one is, say it...
Beverley Cyrus is the head
teacher at this school,
she believes tackling issues at home
are just as important as education.
Some of them are living,
like, in different homes
at different periods of time.
So most of them are not
in a stable home.
So you find various behaviours
are coming out because what mum
would encourage, grandmum wouldn't.
She, like Lisa, believes
by nurturing the children to focus
positively on the skills they do
have, it will help to improve
their mental health.
The government is opening several
specialist centres this year
to address the fact the suicide rate
among women is the highest
in the world and for men
the second highest.
Suriname is two hours
from the capital and is
the region most affected.
The hospital here says one
of their main issues is the negative
way in which suicide
is commonly discussed.
You hear it sitting in a car.
It's discussed, it's laughed at.
It's like an every day conversation.
She called for other governmental
bodies to play their part.
As I've said, we can't stand
alone, we're a house,
so we need all the pillars
to ensure our people stand.
The authorities are trying to find
a way out, but it will take
a cultural shift to change
the conversation surrounding mental
health to one that will change
the tide in a positive direction.
Tiffany Sweeney, BBC News, Guyana.
The English Premier League has
tonight revealed how much UK
broadcasters will pay for the right
to show football over a three-year
period, starting next year.
Our sports correspondent,
Richard Conway, is here and has
been casting an eye over
what we know so far.
Tell us about the figures. What
deals have been struck?
Sky are the
big winners tonight. Theyed have
secured 128 games under this new
deal. They will pay £1.2 billion per
season for those games. That will
extend over a three year period. The
company will pay 16% less per match
though. A reduction on their current
contract. BT, they have secured one
of the seven packages available them
will show 32 games across Saturday
lunch times at a cost of £295
million per season. £9 million per
match twochlt more packages of games
remain. For bank holiday and midweek
games. They remain to be sold am
they are multiple bidders interested
in them, we are told. There is
speculation the tech giants, Netflix
and Amazon and Facebook they could
come for those packages remain we
have to wait and see on that. In
all, the BT and Sky have paid £4.5
billion over three years. It's a
huge sum, not as much as last time.
It will mean that the clubs in the
Premier League will still be able to
fund the big transfers, big wages
and the big money to agents. More to
come from overseas deals. Fans, they
will want that dialogue over fair
ticket policies to continue. They
will want to know what is happening
with grass-roots money as well. The
big money remains in English
football, but the broadcasters
appear, for now at least, to have
reached a limit on what they are
prepared to pay.
Richard thank the
again for latest on that. Richard
Conway there for us.
In the Champions League,
Tottenham Hotspur made a remarkable
comeback in Italy against Juventus
after going two goals down.
After Harry Kane scored,
Christian Eriksen equalised
from a free kick to give Spurs two
away goals to take back
to Wembley for the second leg.
In the other tie, Manchester City
cruised to a 4-0 win in Basel,
all but securing them a place
in the quarter-finals
of the competition.
Hopes of a first medal for Britain
at the Winter Olympics,
in South Korea, were dashed today
when the speed skater,
Elise Christie, crashed on the last
lap of the Women's 500 Metres Final
and finished last.
Our correspondent, Andy Swiss,
reports from Pyeongchang.
Racing for redemption,
Elise Christie hoping to turn
heartbreak into Olympic glory.
go, the final is on.
They get away first time.
Four years ago in Sochi, Christie
endured a personal nightmare.
she nearly quit the sport.
Surely it couldn't happen again?
She has work to do
to get back into contention.
But stuck in fourth place,
she spied a gap, went
for it and what followed
was horribly familiar.
to make it on the inside.
Christie crashes out.
Christie is out of it once again!
Fontana going with Choi Min-jeong.
It's a photo finish on the line!
Once again, Christie's hopes
were sent sliding into the barriers,
it was Sochi all over again,
and as Italy's Arianna Fontana
took gold, Christie
was left in utter despair.
Well, can you believe it,
another Olympics, another
tumble for Elise Christie.
She still has two more events
to come, but her Games have
started in disappointment.
Replays suggested Christie's hand
had been hit by a rival's
skate and afterwards,
she was inconsolable.
As the tears flowed,
she tried to make sense
of her seemingly endless misfortune.
I know it's short track
and I know I'm supposed
to be prepared for this,
but it still hurts, you know.
Obviously, it's still almost a week
until my best distance,
so that's the positive...
I don't know, right now
I just can't see living
with this feeling, you know.
But, I mean, it's out of my control,
I got knocked over and that's that.
Oh, they've gone down!
Those memories of Sochi
four years ago, though,
may now prove hard to erase.
She crashed in the same final there,
but her team are urging
her to stay positive.
I think you could all see she tried
to put everything out
there to try and get gold.
She wasn't going for anything else.
You know, that's the
nature of the sport.
You know, crashes do
The question now, though,
is whether Britain's biggest medal
hope can pick herself up again
on a desperate day of deja vu.
Andy Swiss, BBC News, Pyeongchang.