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Tonight at ten, heavy snow causes
serious disruption across large
parts of the UK as bitterly cold
weather takes hold.
In Southern England up to 10
centimetres fell in some places
and hundreds of schools were closed
across the UK.
On the roads, driving conditions
were treacherous with dozens
of accidents reported.
We will have the latest on the snow
and icy conditions with tonight
already looking much worse than last
Brexit and the Irish border -
Downing Street categorically rules
out any return to a "hard
border" after a leaked
memo from Boris Johnson.
A ceasefire in the Syrian suburb
of Eastern Ghouta collapses,
meaning the UN can't deliver aid
to hundreds of thousands
A man wrongly accused of assault
is saved by this CCTV evidence,
but why was it only disclosed
to lawyers at the last minute?
Supposing you didn't go that
far back, that's right.
And the film director Lewis Gilbert
- the man behind Bond films
like You Only Live Twice -
has died at the age of 97.
And coming up on Sportsday
on BBC News...
No old boys routine for Swansea City
boss Carlos Carvalhal,
as he looks to knock his former club
out of the FA Cup.
Snow and freezing temperatures have
caused major disruption across many
parts of the UK today
with forecasters warning that there
is much worse to come this week.
More than 560 schools have been
closed across England,
Wales and Scotland.
Driving conditions were
"treacherous" in some places -
in Lincolnshire there were 20
accidents in the space of just
of just three hours,
including one which left
three people dead.
There've been big problems
on the railways, with more than 300
cancelled by Southeastern
and Greater Anglia.
Dozens of flights
were cancelled too.
In a moment we'll hear
from Danny Savage in North Yorkshire
but first this from Robert Hall
from Ashford in Kent.
The warnings had been clear, but the
snow which swept in from Europe
still gave travellers a taste of
what this week as in store. On this
motorway in Kent, is drivers filmed
traffic gridlock as ice and snow
closed roads. The county declared a
snow emergency but the freezing
weather overwhelmed the efforts of
the gritting teams. Police reported
dozens of accidents. These images
are from the A120 in Colchester,
littered with damaged and abandoned
vehicles. In Lincolnshire, three
people died in a collision on the
A15 near Baston. Elsewhere, school
children escaped unhurt when their
bus veered off the road. Across the
worst affected Southern counties,
traffic crawled and journeys
lengthened. As is always the case,
the greater hazards lie away from
main roads, where there is less
traffic and the snow has had time to
settle and freeze. That has brought
a series of accidents which began
before dawn, it has disrupted bus
services and caused the closure of
dozens of schools. The village of
Leeds near Maidstone was complete
the cut off for a time as ice and
compacted snow stranded cars and
lorries. Landlord Jason Tharp helped
to clear the road. You have seen the
forecast, are you worried about the
rest of the week?
Yes, it will be
the same tomorrow, and Thursday
evening as well. It will be the same
Norfolk also saw school closures.
At Mulbarton Primary school,
the head teacher said
she'd had no option.
I felt it was't safe to open.
You know, I'm here, but I can't
look after 420 children,
so that was why I made the decision,
it's still snowing now,
the roads aren't safe,
and I just didn't want staff
being put at risk.
Tonight, rail operators who had done
their best to protect timetables are
reflecting on a day of
cancellations. Temperatures have
dived again. And more snow has
fallen. Travelling will remain
unpredictable and potentially
hazardous in the coming days.
Robert Hall, BBC News, Kent.
On high ground near the east coast
of Yorkshire tonight, these are
typical driving conditions.
Few are venturing out.
Earlier, some of the biggest
problems were in Teesside.
Traffic came to a standstill on many
roads through the morning rush hour,
and several schools were closed.
There is a little van stuck here,
so I've got to go round him,
so I'm going to hope
there is nothing
coming the other way.
20 miles further south, on one
of the steep roads over the moors,
negotiating Sutton Bank
was like an uphill slalom.
And as the snow came down
again, things got worse.
What this illustrates
is just how little snow
is needed to cause a problem.
There's hardly any on the surface
here, but it's frozen up,
it's got really slippery.
And it's caused chaos
on this road this morning.
In the towns and cities on lower
ground, snow wasn't such a problem,
but the freezing temperatures were.
These homeless men in Leeds
haven't got shelter.
Even in this weather.
I shouldn't be doing
this, I know that.
But I've nowhere to go.
I've nowhere to live,
so I've nowhere to go.
So...it's all about survival.
I'm out in the cold,
and nobody tends to help you,
because people are skint.
Back on the hills late morning,
and the clouds briefly parted
to reveal stunning views.
There is life, and trade, up here -
carrying on as normal,
despite the conditions.
Dave and Kath Wood were digging
out their driveway.
They're used to bad weather
but expect it to get
worse later in the week.
We're clearing it now so that
when the next lot comes,
we don't have so much to clear
after that, you see,
because I don't want it
padding down particularly.
So no, it's just a light flurry.
To be honest, this is
the worst winter that we've
had for quite a while.
Last year, we hardly had any
snow, but like I say,
going back a few years,
I just couldn't believe the amount
that we actually had.
There was feet and feet of it.
With lambing already
underway in some areas,
these are not conditions farmers
need at the moment.
Weather warnings for snow and ice
are in place until at least Saturday
for the vast majority of the UK.
Plenty more of this is to come.
And the snow has been falling
steadily this evening across large
parts of northern England and Kent
as well. As a result, there are
scores of roads now closed because
of stranded vehicles and police are
appealing on Twitter for people not
to travel unless absolutely
necessary. Anticipate a much worse
rush hour tomorrow morning than we
had today. 40 centimetres of snow
expected in some areas by Thursday
evening. Temperatures as low as -15
Celsius. More problems to come over
the coming days. Sophie. STUDIO:
Danny Savage, thank you.
Train services were
badly affected today -
though not all because of snow.
Network Rail had to apologise
to passengers after it closed rail
lines in areas where heavy snow
was forecast but then didn't fall.
Our transport correspondent
Victoria Fritz is at
London Bridge station.
Those cancellations and severe
disruptions were met with
incredulity and even some anger from
commuters trying to get into work
today. Perhaps not even seeing a
single snowflake when they started
their day. In terms of the amount of
disruption on the network,
south-eastern, for example,
operating trains in out of London
Bridge here saw cancellations of
more than 100 services between Kent
and London today. Southern also had
a reduced service. And the real big
part of the transport story today
was on the East of England, talking
about Greater Anglia, great
Northern, C2C, they are all focusing
their efforts on trying to get as
many people as possible through the
arterial train routes and into
London and into Cambridge. We are
going to see lots more disruption
coming up later on this week. There
is a brief reprieve from people
working on the train lines and also
for passengers across England
tomorrow. It will be Scotland that
is affected by high wind, high
snowfall. We will see big snowdrifts
and anyone travelling on ScotRail is
like to see severe delays tomorrow.
The later part of the week will fit
the biggest part of the network
around south-western, south-eastern
and Seven. When it comes to
disruptions, the worst may be yet to
Downing Street has categorically
ruled out any return to a "hard
border" between Northern Ireland
and the Republic after Brexit.
It comes after the leak of a letter
from the Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson to the Prime Minister
in which he appears to contemplate
the possibility of future customs
border checks after the UK leaves
the EU customs union.
Earlier today the International
Trade Secretary Liam Fox warned
against remaining in a customs union
with the EU saying that would be
a "complete sellout".
Here's our Deputy Political
Editor John Pienaar.
They are the Cabinet's
Foreign Secretary, does the UK need
a fairy godmother?
Brexit's wishful thinking say
the critics today, but no,
senior ministers agreeing that
Britain, all of Britain
and Northern Ireland, too,
will stick together and win,
despite all the obstacles
and all the doubts.
So, today, the International Trade
Secretary said critics were wrong
to say that Britain should stay
in a European customs union and give
up the freedom to strike
independent trade deals.
Not just wrong...
We would be in a worse
position than we are today.
It would be a complete sell-out
of Britain's national interests
and a betrayal of the voters
in the referendum.
But even before that warning,
the critics were joined
by the former head of Dr Fox's
own Department, and free to speak
out, he is not holding back.
If we go to Brussels and say we want
access to the single market,
but we want it on our terms,
all of the benefits and we will
decide which obligations,
no negotiator in the world can bring
you that - you would
need a fairy godmother.
How would the Trade
Secretary deal with that?
Is the greatest danger that Brexit
could lead to national self
harm or there are simply not enough
true believers like you?
We cannot afford to be
bound by the practices
and the patterns of the past.
We have to take the opportunities
available unfettered by those
who would make the rules
on our behalf.
What we need is a hard-headed
leader, not a fairy godmother.
What else could block
the Brexit plan?
Dublin wants a written
guarantee of no north-south border
even if that means a customs union.
Tonight, Downing Street
has had to restate,
there will be no hard border,
after Boris Johnson seemed
to suggest, in a leaked
paper, one might return.
Even though very few
checks need to take place.
He is now saying no-one
wants border checks,
but was it even helpful earlier
to compare the border to managing
traffic through the congestion
charge zone in London?
There is no border between
Camden and Westminster,
but when I was Mayor of London,
And aesthetically and invisibly...
aesthetically and invisibly...
took hundreds of millions
of pounds from the accounts
of people travelling between those
two boroughs without any need
for border checks, whatsoever...
Come on, you cannot compare two
boroughs of London with the kinds
of difference in the arrangements
that would be in place
between the UK and EU.
I think it is a very
Either way, the path to Brexit
is still being mapped out
by ministers from Theresa May down,
and it is anything but clear.
Today the government's Brexit
ambitions have been attacked as the
stuff of fairy tales. Labour wants
Boris Johnson sacked for what the
opposition is calling his Brexit at
all costs approach to the border.
Dublin has demanded Britain signs up
to staying in the customs union as a
last resort could yet jeopardise
hopes of a transition period. The
Prime Minister has budgeted talk
about when she sets out her latest
thinking in a big speech on Friday.
STUDIO: John Pienaar, thank you.
Our Europe Editor Katya Adler
is in Brussels tonight.
A big day in Brussels -
a draft of the Brexit treaty
is being published -
setting out the terms
of the Uk's departure.
Explain what it is and how
significant this moment could be.
Let me start off by saying what is
not in the document will stop its
not about a future trade
relationship between the EU and UK,
and that's because those
negotiations have not yet started.
This document is about the European
Commission looking into legally
binding texts the agreements so far
reached between the sides. Those
divorce issues, citizen 's rights,
the so-called Brexit bill and the
Irish border, and also the
transition agreement. That is what
will be in the 120 page document.
When it goes in black and white like
this, it'll be interesting to see to
what extent the UK Government and
European Commission are on the same
page. When it comes to issues where
no final agreement was reached, such
as political hot potato is like the
future role of the European Court of
Justice, or the Irish border, well
we will hear from the commission
what its fallback position is. When
it comes to Northern Ireland, that
is controversially keeping it inside
a customs union within the EU as
part of the single market to
safeguard, says the commission, the
Good Friday Agreement. That is
likely to cause uproar tomorrow
inside and outside government
circles. But we must remember it is
a draft legal text that will still
be discussed and amended by the
other 27 EU countries and will then
be passed to the UK Government for
negotiation, and I am sure they will
have a lot to say about it.
Adler in Brussels, thank you.
More than a thousand defence lawyers
in England and Wales have reported
failures in the disclosure
of evidence, by police
and prosecutors, in cases
they were involved in.
97% of the solicitors and barristers
who responded to a BBC survey said
they'd experienced problems
in the last year.
The former director of public
prosecutions, Lord MacDonald,
has described the situation
as a crisis in the criminal
Clive Coleman reports.
You know, who could be
dreaming up some sort
of monstrous thing against me?
William, a teacher for 40
years, has never been
in trouble with the police.
Last year, he was accused
of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old
girl in a supermarket.
He couldn't remember the incident,
but was convinced the store's CCTV
would exonerate him.
But in interview, the police
told him the CCTV was poor quality
and too far away to identify him.
My lawyer wrote to the Crown
Prosecution Service six times,
and thank goodness we got it before
the trial because our entire
defence was based on that CCTV.
Contrary to what the police had
said, William was clearly
visible on the CCTV.
For legal reasons,
the complainant is not shown.
I never saw these two girls.
I brushed past one of them,
and that's what the CCTV shows.
Based on the video, the court threw
the case against William out.
Thames Valley Police told
us its officers carried out
a full investigation
and followed standard procedures.
Now, 1,300 criminal lawyers have
provided a picture of widespread
disclosure problems to the BBC.
97% had encountered disclosure
failings in the last year.
Half of these were in
the magistrates' court.
And nearly a third believed it had
resulted in a possible
or miscarriage of justice.
The snapshot provided by this survey
blows away the idea that disclosure
problems are limited to a few
in the Crown Court.
It paints a picture of daily
difficulties in magistrates' courts
like these, where the overwhelming
majority of criminal
cases are tried.
We're facing a crisis
If courts are not able to trust
that the disclosure process has been
completed fairly and accurately,
they're not going to have
faith in prosecutions,
and I think we'll see that
reflected in verdicts.
In a statement, the Crown
Prosecution Service said it had
serious concerns about the BBC
survey, which presents a highly
skewed and one-sided picture.
But it acknowledged that there
are systemic disclosure
issues across the entire
criminal justice system.
For William, it's just a relief
he finally got the evidence that
proved his innocence.
If people were at all doubtful
of me, it could have
destroyed my reputation with family
and friends, and I'm just very lucky
that I have the kind
of friends who believe in me.
Clive Coleman, BBC News.
A mother and her two teenage sons
are believed to be among
the five people who died
in an explosion in Leicester.
Mary Ragoobeer and her sons,
Shane and Sean, lived in the flat
above the shop on Hinckley Road,
which was destroyed
in the blast on Sunday.
The other two victims were thought
to be working in the Polish
supermarket on the ground floor.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested
on suspicion of murder after three
people died in a house fire
in Northern Ireland.
Police, who were called
to the rural bungalow
in County Fermanagh early this
morning, believe the fire
was started deliberately.
The three victims are thought to be
members of the same family.
Fighting has resumed
in Eastern Ghouta, the rebel-held
suburb of Syria's capital Damascus,
despite what was supposed to be
a "humanitarian pause."
It was hoped that the daily
five hour ceasefire,
ordered by Syria's ally Russia,
would allow civilians to leave,
but the United Nations
says it collapsed before
it was due to expire.
Nearly 400,000 people
are trapped in the area,
which has been besieged
by government forces since 2013.
Our Middle East editor,
Jeremy Bowen, reports.
It was supposed to be a chance
to get some aid into Eastern Ghouta,
but the temporary ceasefire,
at best, was ragged.
No civilians left down the newly
designated safe corridors.
Once again in Syria,
the Russians are setting the pace.
This Russian officer, stationed
in the humanitarian corridor,
claimed armed opposition groups
were stopping civilians leaving.
The day turned into a demonstration
of Russian power in Syria.
Their jets were in the sky
and their soldiers,
alongside the Syrians,
were on patrol and they showed off
clinics for displaced people.
The humanitarian pause
was President Putin's
decision, not the UN's.
He seems to have put aside
the UN resolution calling
for a 30 day ceasefire.
The people of Eastern
Ghouta are being failed
by international diplomacy.
Eastern Ghouta is big,
about the size of Manchester,
a mix of farms and concrete suburbs.
The 400,000 people there have spent
most of the last week in cellars.
The Russian humanitarian pause
won't be enough to silence
critics of their military
operations in Syria.
The plan to suspend shelling
from 9:00am in the morning to 2:00pm
seems to have broken down
on the first day.
Persuading civilians it's safe
to leave will be difficult.
The UN ceasefire is not close
to coming into effect.
It's supposed to last for 30 days,
right across Syria.
Jihadists like Al-Qaeda
are excluded, but the Russians have
said that all armed opposition
groups are terrorists.
The ceasefire resolution has no
start time, at Russian insistence,
and that is a fatal flaw.
This was Eastern Ghouta today,
filmed by a local resident.
Humanity, love, asserts itself
in the most desperate places.
And this was 24 hours earlier.
Another assertion of humanity,
White Helmets civil defence
risking their lives to rescue
children after an air strike.
War is the reality in Syria.
Since it started, every
ceasefire has failed,
and nothing suggests the latest
attempt will be any different.
Jeremy Bowen, BBC News.
Police have launched a child
at a suspected unregistered school
in Essex following
a BBC investigation.
The synagogue says it's closed
the school on its grounds while it
about the treatment of children.
More than 350 schools
in England and Wales
are thought to be unregistered.
The schools' regulator,
Ofsted, says it lacks
the powers to close them down.
Here is our special
correspondent, Lucy Manning.
Young children on their way
to school, except this one
is believed to be unregistered.
8.55am, and a school bus arrives
at the house in north London
with the last of the children.
We counted at least 30 going in.
Schools need to register
if they teach more than five
children for at least 18
hours a week.
When we knocked at the door,
we were told it was a club.
Suri - not her real name or voice -
lives in Stamford Hill,
in North London.
She says her son will be expected,
because of community pressure,
to enrol in a different,
unregistered school for 13
to 16-year-olds, known as a yeshiva.
She's distraught about his
education - or lack of it.
We're living in Britain.
Boys can't speak English.
They're going to be
dependent on benefits
for the rest of their lives.
It's just not giving
children any choice.
She told the council and Ofsted
the school was unregistered.
How did it leave you feeling,
that none of these people
who you approached seemed to be able
to do anything about this
It's really, really upsetting.
I was really angry because I'd
gone out of my way.
I'm doing something that
I shouldn't be doing,
and they turned me away.
They told me they can't help me.
Madrasahs and other centres
providing religious education only
after school don't need to be
registered, but there
is still concern about
the associations of some.
The Qadria Trust Community
and Education Centre in Birmingham
teaches children for three
hours a day.
During an event at the centre,
where some children are present,
they sing the anthem
of a Pakistani militant group.
Its leader is said to be
an inspiration for the killer
of a Glasgow shopkeeper,
murdered for his religious views.
One verse promotes an enthusiasm
to die for the sake of religion.
The centre said the singer
had added his own words
and they had strongly objected.
Last night, we reported
on a suspected unregistered school
in Southend where a child was man
handled and another
appeared to be slapped.
Police have now launched a child
The community here denied this
was a school, but we've now
discovered there was even
a brochure advertising it.
It says, "The entire atmosphere
at the school is one of love
and personal attention."
It's now been closed
while the synagogue investigates.
The BBC has obtained a copy of legal
guidance which might help to explain
why so few of these schools have
been shut down.
Drawn up in 2014 for Jewish
religious yeshivas, it's also known
to have been cited internally
by the Department for Education.
It says places only providing
religious education can't be classed
as schools and therefore can't
be shut down.
The implication - the less
maths and English taught,
the easier it might be
to escape inspection.
We do not want kids growing up
here who are only taught one
religious way of thinking,
and that religion covers
their whole way of life,
from what they can work as,
who they can be, what type
of jobs they can do,
how they should treat women.
So even if it's technically
legal, it's wrong.
The Department for Education says
it can't comment on legal
opinions prepared by others.
It says where a school
is operating illegally,
action must be taken.
But thousands of children
are still arriving each morning
at suspected unregistered schools.
Lucy Manning, BBC News.
Shares in Sky have risen sharply
today after the American media giant
Comcast made a surprise takeover bid
for the British broadcaster,
pitting itself against
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox,
which had already made an offer.
Our media editor,
Amol Rajan, is here.
Something of a surprise, is this a
I think it is, Sofie.
There are three separate bids for
Sky. The first is the 21st Century
Fox from Rupert Murdoch's family for
full control of Sky the 61% they
don't know. The second bid from
Comcast, the US cable giant. A key
difference between the two bids.
Rupert Murdoch's bid, the Fox bid,
is stuck in a quack
is stuck in a quack mire whether the
Murdoches have too much power. There
is a separate bid from Disney for
Fox. The reason all these bids are
happening is because there is a
frenzy of deal making an
consolidation going on in
international media where basically
the owners of great content, the
programmes, the ideas and the
stories, are joining forces with the
owners of the distribution channels,
like Sky, who have access to 23
million customers in Europe. It's
good news if you are a Sky customer.
A third massive company that wants
to give you great programmes.
Fantastic news if you are a minority
shareholder in sky. If you are
Rupert Murdoch and you face the
prospects of becoming a minority
shareholder unless you fork out more
cash, that isn't the Hollywood
ending that Rupert Murdoch was
Amol, thank you.
Germany's second biggest city,
Hamburg, is going to start banning
older diesel vehicles from April
following a landmark ruling.
A federal court says German cities
can stop the most heavily polluting
diesel cars from using their streets
in a bid to tackle air pollution.
The German government
and its powerful car industry have
always opposed a ban.
Jenny Hill reports from Hamburg.
Time to clear up
Germany's dirty secret.
On this Hamburg street,
all but the knew newest diesel cars
are to be banned at certain times.
It's a first for the country,
and Charlotte's delighted.
We are worried about our health.
I've got heart problems
and I realise it's getting worse.
There are some days, you know,
when the pollution is higher
than other days and you can
really notice it.
In court today, an historic moment.
The judges can't order reluctant
cities to impose diesel bans,
but the environmental lobby
is ready to try.
After all, 70 cities regularly
exceed EU air pollution targets.
a whole range of measures -
develop public transport,
build bike lanes, but they only
work in the long-term.
We have an acute problem
for the population now.
The only immediate solutions
are a driving ban or
lowering the speed limits.
More bad publicity for Germany's
beleaguered car manufacturers.
Diesel sales slumped
after the emissions scandal.
Angela Merkel, who opposes diesel
bans, widely seen as a bit too
close to the industry.
"Most German cities",
she said today, "don't exceed
pollution levels by much.
But, she added, she'd work
closely with those that do.
In a country where the car is king,
today's ruling is controversial.
People living along this stretch
of road worry that by banning
diesel vehicles here,
the problem is simply
Those who really want to clean up
this country's air believe that
what's needed isn't a court
decision, but a change in culture.
Jenny Hill, BBC News, Hamburg.
The British film director
Lewis Gilbert, the man behind some
of the most famous Bond films,
like the Spy Who Loved Me
and Moonraker, has
died at the age of 97.
He directed more than 40 films
during his long career,
including Alfie and Educating Rita
starring Michael Caine.
David Silito looks back at his life.
That's it, that's fine.
When Lewis Gilbert took on Bond
in You Only Live Twice,
he was already a director with more
than 20 films to his name.
He'd directed Orson Welles,
Kenneth Moore, Dirk Bogart, but 007,
with its seemingly unlimited budget,
was new territory.
I've made 25 films and I've never
been on a film where this
doesn't ever come up.
If I said today, "Look, I want 5,000
people flown in from Tokyo",
I'm sure they'd be flown
in, you know.
In the '50s, Lewis Gilbert had
made his name with a string of tales
of stiff upper lip wartime
And then in the '60s,
a film that helped define
a very different era -
My understanding of women only goes
as far as the pleasure.
No, no, no, Michael,
we're going right.
On set, he was easy-going,
The child of musical
performers, he'd spent his
life in show business.
And 17 years after Alfie,
he was reunited with
Michael Caine in Educating Rita.
My God, I thought it
was something serious.
And after that came
Lewis Gilbert, a career that reads
like a greatest hits
of the British film industry.
The film director Lewis Gilbert,
who's died at the age of 97.
That's all from us.