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Tonight at ten, heavy snow causes

serious disruption across large

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parts of the UK as bitterly cold

weather takes hold.

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In Southern England up to 10

centimetres fell in some places

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and hundreds of schools were closed

across the UK.

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On the roads, driving conditions

were treacherous with dozens

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of accidents reported.

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We will have the latest on the snow

and icy conditions with tonight

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already looking much worse than last

night.

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Also tonight...

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Brexit and the Irish border -

Downing Street categorically rules

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out any return to a "hard

border" after a leaked

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memo from Boris Johnson.

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A ceasefire in the Syrian suburb

of Eastern Ghouta collapses,

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meaning the UN can't deliver aid

to hundreds of thousands

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trapped there.

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A man wrongly accused of assault

is saved by this CCTV evidence,

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but why was it only disclosed

to lawyers at the last minute?

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Supposing you didn't go that

far back, that's right.

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And the film director Lewis Gilbert

- the man behind Bond films

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like You Only Live Twice -

has died at the age of 97.

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And coming up on Sportsday

on BBC News...

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No old boys routine for Swansea City

boss Carlos Carvalhal,

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as he looks to knock his former club

Sheffield Wednesday

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out of the FA Cup.

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Good evening.

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Snow and freezing temperatures have

caused major disruption across many

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parts of the UK today

with forecasters warning that there

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is much worse to come this week.

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More than 560 schools have been

closed across England,

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Wales and Scotland.

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Driving conditions were

"treacherous" in some places -

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in Lincolnshire there were 20

accidents in the space of just

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of just three hours,

including one which left

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three people dead.

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There've been big problems

on the railways, with more than 300

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cancelled by Southeastern

and Greater Anglia.

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Dozens of flights

were cancelled too.

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In a moment we'll hear

from Danny Savage in North Yorkshire

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but first this from Robert Hall

from Ashford in Kent.

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The warnings had been clear, but the

snow which swept in from Europe

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still gave travellers a taste of

what this week as in store. On this

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motorway in Kent, is drivers filmed

traffic gridlock as ice and snow

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closed roads. The county declared a

snow emergency but the freezing

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weather overwhelmed the efforts of

the gritting teams. Police reported

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dozens of accidents. These images

are from the A120 in Colchester,

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littered with damaged and abandoned

vehicles. In Lincolnshire, three

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people died in a collision on the

A15 near Baston. Elsewhere, school

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children escaped unhurt when their

bus veered off the road. Across the

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worst affected Southern counties,

traffic crawled and journeys

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lengthened. As is always the case,

the greater hazards lie away from

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main roads, where there is less

traffic and the snow has had time to

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settle and freeze. That has brought

a series of accidents which began

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before dawn, it has disrupted bus

services and caused the closure of

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dozens of schools. The village of

Leeds near Maidstone was complete

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the cut off for a time as ice and

compacted snow stranded cars and

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lorries. Landlord Jason Tharp helped

to clear the road. You have seen the

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forecast, are you worried about the

rest of the week?

Yes, it will be

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the same tomorrow, and Thursday

evening as well. It will be the same

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again.

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Norfolk also saw school closures.

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At Mulbarton Primary school,

the head teacher said

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she'd had no option.

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I felt it was't safe to open.

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You know, I'm here, but I can't

look after 420 children,

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so that was why I made the decision,

it's still snowing now,

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the roads aren't safe,

and I just didn't want staff

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being put at risk.

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Tonight, rail operators who had done

their best to protect timetables are

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reflecting on a day of

cancellations. Temperatures have

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dived again. And more snow has

fallen. Travelling will remain

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unpredictable and potentially

hazardous in the coming days.

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Robert Hall, BBC News, Kent.

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On high ground near the east coast

of Yorkshire tonight, these are

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typical driving conditions.

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Few are venturing out.

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Earlier, some of the biggest

problems were in Teesside.

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Traffic came to a standstill on many

roads through the morning rush hour,

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and several schools were closed.

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There is a little van stuck here,

so I've got to go round him,

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so I'm going to hope

there is nothing

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coming the other way.

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20 miles further south, on one

of the steep roads over the moors,

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negotiating Sutton Bank

was like an uphill slalom.

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And as the snow came down

again, things got worse.

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What this illustrates

is just how little snow

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is needed to cause a problem.

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There's hardly any on the surface

here, but it's frozen up,

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it's got really slippery.

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And it's caused chaos

on this road this morning.

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In the towns and cities on lower

ground, snow wasn't such a problem,

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but the freezing temperatures were.

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These homeless men in Leeds

haven't got shelter.

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Even in this weather.

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I shouldn't be doing

this, I know that.

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But I've nowhere to go.

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I've nowhere to live,

so I've nowhere to go.

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So...it's all about survival.

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I'm out in the cold,

and nobody tends to help you,

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because people are skint.

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Back on the hills late morning,

and the clouds briefly parted

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to reveal stunning views.

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There is life, and trade, up here -

carrying on as normal,

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despite the conditions.

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Dave and Kath Wood were digging

out their driveway.

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They're used to bad weather

but expect it to get

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worse later in the week.

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We're clearing it now so that

when the next lot comes,

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we don't have so much to clear

after that, you see,

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because I don't want it

padding down particularly.

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So no, it's just a light flurry.

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To be honest, this is

the worst winter that we've

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had for quite a while.

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Last year, we hardly had any

snow, but like I say,

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going back a few years,

I just couldn't believe the amount

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that we actually had.

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There was feet and feet of it.

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With lambing already

underway in some areas,

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these are not conditions farmers

need at the moment.

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Weather warnings for snow and ice

are in place until at least Saturday

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for the vast majority of the UK.

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Plenty more of this is to come.

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And the snow has been falling

steadily this evening across large

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parts of northern England and Kent

as well. As a result, there are

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scores of roads now closed because

of stranded vehicles and police are

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appealing on Twitter for people not

to travel unless absolutely

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necessary. Anticipate a much worse

rush hour tomorrow morning than we

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had today. 40 centimetres of snow

expected in some areas by Thursday

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evening. Temperatures as low as -15

Celsius. More problems to come over

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the coming days. Sophie. STUDIO:

Danny Savage, thank you.

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Train services were

badly affected today -

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though not all because of snow.

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Network Rail had to apologise

to passengers after it closed rail

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lines in areas where heavy snow

was forecast but then didn't fall.

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Our transport correspondent

Victoria Fritz is at

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London Bridge station.

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Those cancellations and severe

disruptions were met with

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incredulity and even some anger from

commuters trying to get into work

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today. Perhaps not even seeing a

single snowflake when they started

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their day. In terms of the amount of

disruption on the network,

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south-eastern, for example,

operating trains in out of London

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Bridge here saw cancellations of

more than 100 services between Kent

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and London today. Southern also had

a reduced service. And the real big

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part of the transport story today

was on the East of England, talking

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about Greater Anglia, great

Northern, C2C, they are all focusing

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their efforts on trying to get as

many people as possible through the

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arterial train routes and into

London and into Cambridge. We are

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going to see lots more disruption

coming up later on this week. There

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is a brief reprieve from people

working on the train lines and also

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for passengers across England

tomorrow. It will be Scotland that

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is affected by high wind, high

snowfall. We will see big snowdrifts

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and anyone travelling on ScotRail is

like

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like to see severe delays tomorrow.

The later part of the week will fit

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the biggest part of the network

around south-western, south-eastern

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and Seven. When it comes to

disruptions, the worst may be yet to

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come.

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Downing Street has categorically

ruled out any return to a "hard

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border" between Northern Ireland

and the Republic after Brexit.

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It comes after the leak of a letter

from the Foreign Secretary Boris

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Johnson to the Prime Minister

in which he appears to contemplate

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the possibility of future customs

border checks after the UK leaves

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the EU customs union.

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Earlier today the International

Trade Secretary Liam Fox warned

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against remaining in a customs union

with the EU saying that would be

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a "complete sellout".

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Here's our Deputy Political

Editor John Pienaar.

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They are the Cabinet's

true believers.

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Foreign Secretary, does the UK need

a fairy godmother?

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Brexit's wishful thinking say

the critics today, but no,

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senior ministers agreeing that

Britain, all of Britain

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and Northern Ireland, too,

will stick together and win,

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despite all the obstacles

and all the doubts.

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APPLAUSE

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So, today, the International Trade

Secretary said critics were wrong

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to say that Britain should stay

in a European customs union and give

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up the freedom to strike

independent trade deals.

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Not just wrong...

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We would be in a worse

position than we are today.

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It would be a complete sell-out

of Britain's national interests

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and a betrayal of the voters

in the referendum.

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But even before that warning,

the critics were joined

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by the former head of Dr Fox's

own Department, and free to speak

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out, he is not holding back.

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If we go to Brussels and say we want

access to the single market,

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but we want it on our terms,

all of the benefits and we will

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decide which obligations,

no negotiator in the world can bring

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you that - you would

need a fairy godmother.

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How would the Trade

Secretary deal with that?

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Is the greatest danger that Brexit

could lead to national self

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harm or there are simply not enough

true believers like you?

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We cannot afford to be

bound by the practices

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and the patterns of the past.

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We have to take the opportunities

available unfettered by those

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who would make the rules

on our behalf.

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What we need is a hard-headed

leader, not a fairy godmother.

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What else could block

the Brexit plan?

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Dublin wants a written

guarantee of no north-south border

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checks,

even if that means a customs union.

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Tonight, Downing Street

has had to restate,

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there will be no hard border,

after Boris Johnson seemed

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to suggest, in a leaked

paper, one might return.

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Even though very few

checks need to take place.

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He is now saying no-one

wants border checks,

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but was it even helpful earlier

to compare the border to managing

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traffic through the congestion

charge zone in London?

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There is no border between

Camden and Westminster,

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but when I was Mayor of London,

we

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And aesthetically and invisibly...

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aesthetically and invisibly...

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took hundreds of millions

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of pounds from the accounts

of people travelling between those

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two boroughs without any need

for border checks, whatsoever...

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Come on, you cannot compare two

boroughs of London with the kinds

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of difference in the arrangements

that would be in place

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between the UK and EU.

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I think it is a very

relevant comparison.

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Either way, the path to Brexit

is still being mapped out

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by ministers from Theresa May down,

and it is anything but clear.

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Today the government's Brexit

ambitions have been attacked as the

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stuff of fairy tales. Labour wants

Boris Johnson sacked for what the

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opposition is calling his Brexit at

all costs approach to the border.

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Dublin has demanded Britain signs up

to staying in the customs union as a

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last resort could yet jeopardise

hopes of a transition period. The

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Prime Minister has budgeted talk

about when she sets out her latest

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thinking in a big speech on Friday.

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STUDIO: John Pienaar, thank you.

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Our Europe Editor Katya Adler

is in Brussels tonight.

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A big day in Brussels -

a draft of the Brexit treaty

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is being published -

setting out the terms

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of the Uk's departure.

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Explain what it is and how

significant this moment could be.

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Let me start off by saying what is

not in the document will stop its

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not about a future trade

relationship between the EU and UK,

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and that's because those

negotiations have not yet started.

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This document is about the European

Commission looking into legally

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binding texts the agreements so far

reached between the sides. Those

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divorce issues, citizen 's rights,

the so-called Brexit bill and the

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Irish border, and also the

transition agreement. That is what

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will be in the 120 page document.

When it goes in black and white like

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this, it'll be interesting to see to

what extent the UK Government and

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European Commission are on the same

page. When it comes to issues where

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no final agreement was reached, such

as political hot potato is like the

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future role of the European Court of

Justice, or the Irish border, well

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we will hear from the commission

what its fallback position is. When

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it comes to Northern Ireland, that

is controversially keeping it inside

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a customs union within the EU as

part of the single market to

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safeguard, says the commission, the

Good Friday Agreement. That is

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likely to cause uproar tomorrow

inside and outside government

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circles. But we must remember it is

a draft legal text that will still

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be discussed and amended by the

other 27 EU countries and will then

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be passed to the UK Government for

negotiation, and I am sure they will

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have a lot to say about it.

Catty

Adler in Brussels, thank you.

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More than a thousand defence lawyers

in England and Wales have reported

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failures in the disclosure

of evidence, by police

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and prosecutors, in cases

they were involved in.

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97% of the solicitors and barristers

who responded to a BBC survey said

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they'd experienced problems

in the last year.

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The former director of public

prosecutions, Lord MacDonald,

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has described the situation

as a crisis in the criminal

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justice system.

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Clive Coleman reports.

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You know, who could be

dreaming up some sort

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of monstrous thing against me?

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William, a teacher for 40

years, has never been

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in trouble with the police.

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Last year, he was accused

of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old

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girl in a supermarket.

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He couldn't remember the incident,

but was convinced the store's CCTV

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would exonerate him.

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But in interview, the police

told him the CCTV was poor quality

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and too far away to identify him.

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My lawyer wrote to the Crown

Prosecution Service six times,

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and thank goodness we got it before

the trial because our entire

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defence was based on that CCTV.

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Contrary to what the police had

said, William was clearly

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visible on the CCTV.

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For legal reasons,

the complainant is not shown.

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I never saw these two girls.

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I brushed past one of them,

and that's what the CCTV shows.

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Based on the video, the court threw

the case against William out.

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Thames Valley Police told

us its officers carried out

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a full investigation

and followed standard procedures.

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Now, 1,300 criminal lawyers have

provided a picture of widespread

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disclosure problems to the BBC.

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97% had encountered disclosure

failings in the last year.

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Half of these were in

the magistrates' court.

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And nearly a third believed it had

resulted in a possible

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wrongful conviction

or miscarriage of justice.

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The snapshot provided by this survey

blows away the idea that disclosure

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problems are limited to a few

high-profile cases

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in the Crown Court.

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It paints a picture of daily

difficulties in magistrates' courts

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like these, where the overwhelming

majority of criminal

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cases are tried.

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We're facing a crisis

around disclosure.

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If courts are not able to trust

that the disclosure process has been

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completed fairly and accurately,

they're not going to have

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faith in prosecutions,

and I think we'll see that

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reflected in verdicts.

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In a statement, the Crown

Prosecution Service said it had

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serious concerns about the BBC

survey, which presents a highly

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skewed and one-sided picture.

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But it acknowledged that there

are systemic disclosure

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issues across the entire

criminal justice system.

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For William, it's just a relief

he finally got the evidence that

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proved his innocence.

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If people were at all doubtful

of me, it could have

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destroyed my reputation with family

and friends, and I'm just very lucky

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that I have the kind

of friends who believe in me.

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Clive Coleman, BBC News.

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A mother and her two teenage sons

are believed to be among

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the five people who died

in an explosion in Leicester.

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Mary Ragoobeer and her sons,

Shane and Sean, lived in the flat

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above the shop on Hinckley Road,

which was destroyed

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in the blast on Sunday.

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The other two victims were thought

to be working in the Polish

0:18:220:18:25

supermarket on the ground floor.

0:18:250:18:26

A 27-year-old man has been arrested

on suspicion of murder after three

0:18:260:18:29

people died in a house fire

in Northern Ireland.

0:18:290:18:31

Police, who were called

to the rural bungalow

0:18:310:18:33

in County Fermanagh early this

morning, believe the fire

0:18:330:18:35

was started deliberately.

0:18:350:18:36

The three victims are thought to be

members of the same family.

0:18:360:18:41

Fighting has resumed

in Eastern Ghouta, the rebel-held

0:18:410:18:44

suburb of Syria's capital Damascus,

despite what was supposed to be

0:18:440:18:47

a "humanitarian pause."

0:18:470:18:48

It was hoped that the daily

five hour ceasefire,

0:18:480:18:52

ordered by Syria's ally Russia,

would allow civilians to leave,

0:18:520:18:56

but the United Nations

says it collapsed before

0:18:560:18:58

it was due to expire.

0:18:580:19:00

Nearly 400,000 people

are trapped in the area,

0:19:000:19:02

which has been besieged

by government forces since 2013.

0:19:020:19:05

Our Middle East editor,

Jeremy Bowen, reports.

0:19:050:19:12

It was supposed to be a chance

to get some aid into Eastern Ghouta,

0:19:120:19:16

but the temporary ceasefire,

at best, was ragged.

0:19:160:19:24

No civilians left down the newly

designated safe corridors.

0:19:240:19:27

Once again in Syria,

the Russians are setting the pace.

0:19:270:19:35

This Russian officer, stationed

in the humanitarian corridor,

0:19:360:19:41

claimed armed opposition groups

were stopping civilians leaving.

0:19:410:19:47

The day turned into a demonstration

of Russian power in Syria.

0:19:470:19:55

Their jets were in the sky

and their soldiers,

0:19:550:19:57

alongside the Syrians,

were on patrol and they showed off

0:19:570:19:59

clinics for displaced people.

0:19:590:20:00

The humanitarian pause

was President Putin's

0:20:000:20:02

decision, not the UN's.

0:20:020:20:03

He seems to have put aside

the UN resolution calling

0:20:030:20:05

for a 30 day ceasefire.

0:20:050:20:07

The people of Eastern

Ghouta are being failed

0:20:070:20:09

by international diplomacy.

0:20:090:20:14

Eastern Ghouta is big,

about the size of Manchester,

0:20:140:20:17

a mix of farms and concrete suburbs.

0:20:170:20:21

The 400,000 people there have spent

most of the last week in cellars.

0:20:210:20:25

The Russian humanitarian pause

won't be enough to silence

0:20:250:20:28

critics of their military

operations in Syria.

0:20:280:20:33

The plan to suspend shelling

from 9:00am in the morning to 2:00pm

0:20:330:20:36

seems to have broken down

on the first day.

0:20:360:20:43

Persuading civilians it's safe

to leave will be difficult.

0:20:430:20:45

The UN ceasefire is not close

to coming into effect.

0:20:450:20:49

It's supposed to last for 30 days,

right across Syria.

0:20:490:20:55

Jihadists like Al-Qaeda

are excluded, but the Russians have

0:20:550:20:58

said that all armed opposition

groups are terrorists.

0:20:580:21:03

The ceasefire resolution has no

start time, at Russian insistence,

0:21:030:21:06

and that is a fatal flaw.

0:21:060:21:10

This was Eastern Ghouta today,

filmed by a local resident.

0:21:100:21:13

Humanity, love, asserts itself

in the most desperate places.

0:21:130:21:20

And this was 24 hours earlier.

0:21:200:21:26

Another assertion of humanity,

White Helmets civil defence

0:21:260:21:32

risking their lives to rescue

children after an air strike.

0:21:320:21:36

War is the reality in Syria.

0:21:360:21:39

Since it started, every

ceasefire has failed,

0:21:390:21:42

and nothing suggests the latest

attempt will be any different.

0:21:420:21:46

Jeremy Bowen, BBC News.

0:21:460:21:52

Police have launched a child

protection investigation

0:21:520:21:55

at a suspected unregistered school

in Essex following

0:21:550:21:58

a BBC investigation.

0:21:580:22:00

The synagogue says it's closed

the school on its grounds while it

0:22:000:22:03

examines allegations

about the treatment of children.

0:22:030:22:05

More than 350 schools

in England and Wales

0:22:050:22:08

are thought to be unregistered.

0:22:080:22:12

The schools' regulator,

Ofsted, says it lacks

0:22:120:22:14

the powers to close them down.

0:22:140:22:22

Here is our special

correspondent, Lucy Manning.

0:22:240:22:28

Young children on their way

to school, except this one

0:22:280:22:30

is believed to be unregistered.

0:22:300:22:31

8.55am, and a school bus arrives

at the house in north London

0:22:310:22:34

with the last of the children.

0:22:340:22:36

We counted at least 30 going in.

0:22:360:22:37

Schools need to register

if they teach more than five

0:22:370:22:40

children for at least 18

hours a week.

0:22:400:22:42

When we knocked at the door,

we were told it was a club.

0:22:420:22:45

Suri - not her real name or voice -

lives in Stamford Hill,

0:22:450:22:48

in North London.

0:22:480:22:50

She says her son will be expected,

because of community pressure,

0:22:500:22:52

to enrol in a different,

unregistered school for 13

0:22:520:22:55

to 16-year-olds, known as a yeshiva.

0:22:550:23:00

She's distraught about his

education - or lack of it.

0:23:000:23:02

We're living in Britain.

0:23:020:23:04

Boys can't speak English.

0:23:040:23:06

They're going to be

dependent on benefits

0:23:060:23:08

for the rest of their lives.

0:23:080:23:10

It's just not giving

children any choice.

0:23:100:23:13

She told the council and Ofsted

the school was unregistered.

0:23:130:23:16

How did it leave you feeling,

that none of these people

0:23:160:23:21

who you approached seemed to be able

to do anything about this

0:23:210:23:24

unregistered school?

0:23:240:23:25

It's really, really upsetting.

0:23:250:23:26

I was really angry because I'd

gone out of my way.

0:23:260:23:29

I'm doing something that

I shouldn't be doing,

0:23:290:23:31

and they turned me away.

0:23:310:23:33

They told me they can't help me.

0:23:330:23:38

Madrasahs and other centres

providing religious education only

0:23:380:23:41

after school don't need to be

registered, but there

0:23:410:23:43

is still concern about

the associations of some.

0:23:430:23:48

The Qadria Trust Community

and Education Centre in Birmingham

0:23:480:23:51

teaches children for three

hours a day.

0:23:510:23:56

During an event at the centre,

where some children are present,

0:23:560:24:02

they sing the anthem

of a Pakistani militant group.

0:24:020:24:07

Its leader is said to be

an inspiration for the killer

0:24:070:24:09

of a Glasgow shopkeeper,

murdered for his religious views.

0:24:090:24:11

One verse promotes an enthusiasm

to die for the sake of religion.

0:24:110:24:14

The centre said the singer

had added his own words

0:24:140:24:17

and they had strongly objected.

0:24:170:24:21

Last night, we reported

on a suspected unregistered school

0:24:210:24:24

in Southend where a child was man

handled and another

0:24:240:24:28

appeared to be slapped.

0:24:280:24:30

Police have now launched a child

protection investigation.

0:24:300:24:35

The community here denied this

was a school, but we've now

0:24:350:24:38

discovered there was even

a brochure advertising it.

0:24:380:24:41

It says, "The entire atmosphere

at the school is one of love

0:24:410:24:43

and personal attention."

0:24:430:24:46

It's now been closed

while the synagogue investigates.

0:24:460:24:49

The BBC has obtained a copy of legal

guidance which might help to explain

0:24:490:24:53

why so few of these schools have

been shut down.

0:24:530:24:56

Drawn up in 2014 for Jewish

religious yeshivas, it's also known

0:24:560:25:01

to have been cited internally

by the Department for Education.

0:25:010:25:07

It says places only providing

religious education can't be classed

0:25:070:25:11

as schools and therefore can't

be shut down.

0:25:110:25:14

The implication - the less

maths and English taught,

0:25:140:25:18

the easier it might be

to escape inspection.

0:25:180:25:20

We do not want kids growing up

here who are only taught one

0:25:200:25:23

religious way of thinking,

and that religion covers

0:25:230:25:26

their whole way of life,

from what they can work as,

0:25:260:25:29

who they can be, what type

of jobs they can do,

0:25:290:25:32

how they should treat women.

0:25:320:25:35

That's crazy.

0:25:350:25:37

So even if it's technically

legal, it's wrong.

0:25:370:25:39

The Department for Education says

it can't comment on legal

0:25:390:25:43

opinions prepared by others.

0:25:430:25:45

It says where a school

is operating illegally,

0:25:450:25:47

action must be taken.

0:25:470:25:48

But thousands of children

are still arriving each morning

0:25:480:25:51

at suspected unregistered schools.

0:25:510:25:54

Lucy Manning, BBC News.

0:25:540:25:58

Shares in Sky have risen sharply

today after the American media giant

0:25:580:26:01

Comcast made a surprise takeover bid

for the British broadcaster,

0:26:010:26:05

pitting itself against

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox,

0:26:050:26:07

which had already made an offer.

0:26:070:26:09

Our media editor,

Amol Rajan, is here.

0:26:090:26:15

Something of a surprise, is this a

game-changer?

I think it is, Sofie.

0:26:150:26:19

There are three separate bids for

Sky. The first is the 21st Century

0:26:190:26:24

Fox from Rupert Murdoch's family for

full control of Sky the 61% they

0:26:240:26:27

don't know. The second bid from

Comcast, the US cable giant. A key

0:26:270:26:31

difference between the two bids.

Rupert Murdoch's bid, the Fox bid,

0:26:310:26:37

is stuck in a quack

0:26:370:26:47

is stuck in a quack mire whether the

Murdoches have too much power. There

0:26:470:26:49

is a separate bid from Disney for

Fox. The reason all these bids are

0:26:490:26:53

happening is because there is a

frenzy of deal making an

0:26:530:26:57

consolidation going on in

international media where basically

0:26:570:26:59

the owners of great content, the

programmes, the ideas and the

0:26:590:27:03

stories, are joining forces with the

owners of the distribution channels,

0:27:030:27:06

like Sky, who have access to 23

million customers in Europe. It's

0:27:060:27:10

good news if you are a Sky customer.

A third massive company that wants

0:27:100:27:15

to give you great programmes.

Fantastic news if you are a minority

0:27:150:27:20

shareholder in sky. If you are

Rupert Murdoch and you face the

0:27:200:27:23

prospects of becoming a minority

shareholder unless you fork out more

0:27:230:27:27

cash, that isn't the Hollywood

ending that Rupert Murdoch was

0:27:270:27:29

hoping for.

Amol, thank you.

0:27:290:27:36

Germany's second biggest city,

Hamburg, is going to start banning

0:27:360:27:38

older diesel vehicles from April

following a landmark ruling.

0:27:380:27:40

A federal court says German cities

can stop the most heavily polluting

0:27:400:27:43

diesel cars from using their streets

in a bid to tackle air pollution.

0:27:430:27:46

The German government

and its powerful car industry have

0:27:460:27:49

always opposed a ban.

0:27:490:27:50

Jenny Hill reports from Hamburg.

0:27:500:27:56

Time to clear up

Germany's dirty secret.

0:27:560:28:02

On this Hamburg street,

all but the knew newest diesel cars

0:28:020:28:05

are to be banned at certain times.

0:28:050:28:07

It's a first for the country,

and Charlotte's delighted.

0:28:070:28:09

We are worried about our health.

0:28:090:28:10

I've got heart problems

and I realise it's getting worse.

0:28:100:28:17

There are some days, you know,

when the pollution is higher

0:28:170:28:22

than other days and you can

really notice it.

0:28:220:28:29

In court today, an historic moment.

0:28:290:28:31

The judges can't order reluctant

cities to impose diesel bans,

0:28:310:28:34

but the environmental lobby

is ready to try.

0:28:340:28:37

After all, 70 cities regularly

exceed EU air pollution targets.

0:28:370:28:45

TRANSLATION:

There's

a whole range of measures -

0:28:460:28:48

develop public transport,

build bike lanes, but they only

0:28:480:28:51

work in the long-term.

0:28:510:28:51

We have an acute problem

for the population now.

0:28:510:28:53

The only immediate solutions

are a driving ban or

0:28:530:28:56

lowering the speed limits.

0:28:560:29:00

More bad publicity for Germany's

beleaguered car manufacturers.

0:29:000:29:08

Diesel sales slumped

after the emissions scandal.

0:29:080:29:10

Angela Merkel, who opposes diesel

bans, widely seen as a bit too

0:29:100:29:13

close to the industry.

0:29:130:29:14

"Most German cities",

she said today, "don't exceed

0:29:140:29:16

pollution levels by much.

0:29:160:29:21

But, she added, she'd work

0:29:210:29:23

closely with those that do.

0:29:230:29:26

In a country where the car is king,

today's ruling is controversial.

0:29:260:29:29

People living along this stretch

of road worry that by banning

0:29:290:29:32

diesel vehicles here,

the problem is simply

0:29:320:29:34

sent elsewhere.

0:29:340:29:40

Those who really want to clean up

this country's air believe that

0:29:400:29:43

what's needed isn't a court

decision, but a change in culture.

0:29:430:29:45

Jenny Hill, BBC News, Hamburg.

0:29:450:29:53

The British film director

Lewis Gilbert, the man behind some

0:29:560:29:58

of the most famous Bond films,

like the Spy Who Loved Me

0:29:580:30:02

and Moonraker, has

died at the age of 97.

0:30:020:30:03

He directed more than 40 films

during his long career,

0:30:030:30:11

including Alfie and Educating Rita

starring Michael Caine.

0:30:150:30:17

David Silito looks back at his life.

0:30:170:30:19

That's it, that's fine.

0:30:190:30:20

When Lewis Gilbert took on Bond

in You Only Live Twice,

0:30:200:30:22

he was already a director with more

than 20 films to his name.

0:30:220:30:25

He'd directed Orson Welles,

Kenneth Moore, Dirk Bogart, but 007,

0:30:250:30:28

with its seemingly unlimited budget,

was new territory.

0:30:280:30:30

I've made 25 films and I've never

been on a film where this

0:30:300:30:33

doesn't ever come up.

0:30:330:30:34

If I said today, "Look, I want 5,000

people flown in from Tokyo",

0:30:340:30:37

I'm sure they'd be flown

in, you know.

0:30:370:30:42

Cover up.

0:30:420:30:44

In the '50s, Lewis Gilbert had

made his name with a string of tales

0:30:440:30:47

of stiff upper lip wartime

British valour.

0:30:470:30:50

And then in the '60s,

a film that helped define

0:30:500:30:55

a very different era -

Alfie.

0:30:550:30:56

My understanding of women only goes

as far as the pleasure.

0:30:560:30:59

No, no, no, Michael,

we're going right.

0:30:590:31:02

On set, he was easy-going,

charming, unflappable.

0:31:020:31:06

The child of musical

performers, he'd spent his

0:31:060:31:08

life in show business.

0:31:080:31:16

And 17 years after Alfie,

he was reunited with

0:31:170:31:19

Michael Caine in Educating Rita.

0:31:190:31:21

My God, I thought it

was something serious.

0:31:210:31:22

And after that came

Shirley Valentine.

0:31:220:31:24

Lewis Gilbert, a career that reads

like a greatest hits

0:31:240:31:26

of the British film industry.

0:31:260:31:27

The film director Lewis Gilbert,

who's died at the age of 97.

0:31:270:31:34

That's all from us.

0:31:340:31:45

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