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Tonight at ten - thousands
of motorists are stranded on roads
in England and Wales,
as more snow and blizzards sweep in.
These cars on the A31
in Hampshire haven't moved
since 5pm this afternoon.
Conditions on many other
roads are treacherous.
We live in Devon, where there is a
severe red won warning tonight and
people are being told not to drive.
-- red warning.
And what hope for the homeless -
we report on how they're coping
with the bitterly cold temperatures.
I've been shivering for about three
weeks, do you know what I mean?
If it weren't for people coming
along with blankets then
I would be dead in a doorway.
The Met Office has weather warnings
in place for most of the UK tonight,
with up to 50 centimetres of snow
expected in some places.
America First - President Trump says
he'll tax imported foreign
steel to protect jobs.
Some fear a trade war.
One of Russia's new generation
of nuclear weapons unveiled
by President Putin -
he says they can evade US
missile defence systems.
Boko Haram strikes again,
kidnapping over 100 more
schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Their parents tell us
of their desperation to find them.
And hoping for Oscar glory -
the profoundly deaf six-year-old
from Swindon who'll be joining
the stars on the red
carpet this weekend.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News -
could Arsenal avenge
their League Cup final defeat
against Manchester City,
with the Premier League leaders
tonight's visitors to the Emirates.
Hundreds of motorists
are stranded on roads in parts
of Southern England tonight,
as heavy snow and blizzards continue
to sweep across the UK.
The Met Office has issued weather
warnings for almost everywhere
Many have been stuck for hours on
the M62 near Rochdale, others in
The Met Office has issued weather
warnings for almost everywhere
tonight, with amber alerts -
the second highest level
of warning - in place over
large parts of the UK.
But the worst of the weather
is here, in these parts of southwest
England and South Wales -
where a red alert is in force,
meaning there's a risk to life.
And Jon Kay is in Tiverton
in Devon with the latest.
Yes, as you join us tonight, the
snow seems to have stopped for a few
moments, but it's been replaced by
this horrible freezing rain and
that's going to cause all sorts of
extra problems tomorrow morning on
the roads. That's why this red
severe alert remains in place into
tomorrow. It was issued at 8am this
morning. We were told then stay off
the roads, but it seems a lot of
people have still been called out.
-- caught out.
The red warning zone, but tonight
there's only white to be seen.
Workers abandoning their cars
in Tiverton, hoping
to get home on foot.
It's slippery, it's cold.
It's just not very nice at all.
I wouldn't risk going out in it
tonight, there's too much risk
of having an accident.
Across the West Country
and South Wales tonight,
thousands of drivers have been stuck
and not just on remote
These are some of the main
routes outside Cardiff -
strangers helping one another out.
It's a very busy road,
everybody's driving about 20
to 30 miles an hour,
people are going faster than that
but we're just stuck.
Despite all the warnings
and the plans, Holden Hill outside
Exeter has ground to a halt.
A dual carriageway now
a shivering car park.
This is the only route I could go,
this is the only one I thought
was going to be open,
but what can you do?
Yeah, it's been chaos.
We haven't been able
to move anywhere.
I thought we would
get home, didn't we?
Not be victims.
They call this the English Riviera.
Torbay, in South Devon.
But this afternoon
everything suddenly changed.
Snow from the east mixing
with winds from the south.
It's very easy in modern cars to be
cocooned from the outside
environment and to actually lose
touch with the fact that
it's freezing, the road
surface is becoming more
and more challenging.
Other than the main
roads which are gritted,
but that's proving challenging
for our Highway Authority
partners, we are saying take
real care on the roads.
In some areas of Devon
and Cornwall this seemed to be
the best way to keep moving.
Or maybe not.
It is the lethal combination
of snow, wind and ice that
so concerns the authorities,
and there is much more of all
of those to come in the hours ahead.
As well as treacherous freezing
rain, which could also be added
to the list tonight.
Jon Kay, BBC News, Devon.
Hundreds of motorists have been
stranded by the snow for at least
five hours on the A31
in the New Forest
in Hampshire tonight.
Our correspondent Duncan
Kennedy is one of them.
Yes, that's absolutely right. We
arrived here at 5:15pm, and we've
barely moved an inch since, so
nearly five hours we've been stuck
here. I'm actually standing on the
A31 as we speak tonight, along with
dozens, possibly hundreds of other
drivers in their cars. We've seen
children in cars, we've seen people
coming home from work, who have been
stranded here for hours and hours
and hours. It's about -10 here with
the wind chill factor, it's snowing.
We've seen people walking back down
this dual carriageway here to try
and find an escape route. We've seen
cars driving against the flow of
traffic on the hard shoulder, add
then to try and find an escape
route. Why is it happening? We're
not really sure. We've been told on
the radio there were some accidents
up ahead but those accidents have
been cleared and yet the traffic is
still stationary. What's more, these
people are going to be spending
hours here tonight, because these
haven't moved for hours and hours
and hours and also it's going to be
snowing right through the night.
Duncan Kennedy with the latest from
the new Forest, thank you.
Thousands of schools
across the UK will remain closed
for a third day tomorrow,
and railways will again
be severely affected.
In Lincolnshire many roads have
been impassable today.
The RAF was drafted in to help
the emergency services,
and police asked farmers
with tractors to help
clear the snow.
Danny Savage reports
on the situation.
Lincolnshire, one of many counties
battered by the Siberian weather.
This fan will not be
going anywhere for a
Make sure if the public stop
to speak to you, please engage
with them, more than happy.
A critical incident
was declared here
and the RAF was called in to help
the emergency services.
In County Durham, many
people woke up to find
Behind every frozen door
was a snapshot of life around the UK
today, children off school,
and parents wondering just how long
this is all going to go on for.
Childcare is an issue
for a lot of parents.
We end up with a house
full of children.
We've got old people,
vulnerable people that unfortunately
can't get out.
It's hard, you know,
to dig each other out.
A lot of community spirit goes on.
And they were digging
out from first thing
with all ages lending a hand
before it snowed again.
And here in Middleton
in Teesdale the unofficial
snow depth is 33 centimetres.
Venturing out into the countryside
around here was a battle with
What's different today is the wind
and the immense wind-chill
that comes with it.
It's whipping the falling
snow and the stuff
that's going around
into these huge drifts.
Exposed to the strong easterly
wind, drivers in Norfolk
ended up in bother too,
and out came the shovels.
I phoned in to work and said I can't
make it because I'm stuck
in a drift and I won't be in.
So I'm just trying to get home.
It's really deep.
I'm only just able
to get through in low
ratio here so this is going to be
tricky and I don't think I've got
enough traction to pull this car
through the snow drift.
What are you going to do?
Go home and have a cup of tea.
I think that's the answer
to everything, isn't it?
The A19 near Teesside
saw accidents and
It was conditions
like this which meant
little Sienna Waring
was delivered nearby on the side
of the A66 at Stockton.
Dad Andrew helping his wife Daniela
in the freezing conditions.
This is what trans-Pennine
A roads looked like
in North Yorkshire and this wasn't
even on high ground.
The A65 between Skipton
and Kendal was best avoided.
In Ireland, a severe weather
warning has been issued for
The Siberian freeze
from the East has crept
Tonight, thousands of drivers are
stranded in long delays on the M62,
which has been closed because of
heavy snow and high winds.
Conditions are atrocious. Danny
Savage, BBC News.
The conditions have also had
a big impact on the NHS,
with many non-urgent operations
and appointments cancelled.
In Scotland, troops have been
drafted in tonight to help get
hundreds of hospital staff to work.
Some stranded passengers
are spending a second
night at Glasgow Airport,
while hundreds of motorists spent
last night on the M80.
Our Scotland correspondent
Lorna Gordon sent this report.
Scotland's road to nowhere.
Hundreds of drivers stuck in miles
of stationary traffic
on what is usually one
of the country's busiest roads.
I left Stirling at about eight
o'clock and I've been
here since, unfortunately.
That is a good 17 hours,
maybe, at the moment?
Just knocking on that, yeah.
I think I've moved about 100
metres in that time.
Last night, there was some old boys
came out with biscuits
and crisps and this morning,
it was all the schoolkids that came
out, so we're getting looked after.
I've got two biscuits.
The worst of circumstances bringing
out the best in people.
Volunteers handing out
food and water to those
stranded in their cars.
This storm was forecast well ahead
of time, but despite the warnings,
people did still venture out.
Now, after waiting nearly 18 hours
on this stretch of motorway,
it looks as if, finally,
the traffic might just be
about to start moving again.
Police officers clearing
the way ahead, one by one.
We've been coming up and down
the northbound carriageway,
because of the queueing vehicles
and the vehicles stuck
most of the night.
Hard work, I've seen
the guys digging it out.
Very much so, very much so.
Giving the public reassurance to say
we're getting to them
albeit, yes, it's slowly.
But the appalling weather saw even
the emergency services
struggling at times.
No worries, thank you.
Those though who have experience
of working in these extreme
conditions have been
putting their knowledge to good use.
We're picking up a prescription
for somebody out in the countryside
near Hawick who has not been able
to get their essential medication,
so we're going to take it to them.
For much of the day,
trains in the affected areas have
been off and the vast majority
of flights were cancelled from
Edinburgh and Glasgow once again.
There was fun for some...
But with blizzards, freezing
temperatures and drifting snow,
there are serious concerns for those
out in these conditions,
even as those who could heeded
the warnings to stay at home.
Lorna Gordon, BBC News, Denny.
The conditions this week have been
particularly harsh for the homeless.
In some big cities, hundreds
of extra beds have been made
available in shelters,
hostels and churches.
But in others, it's
a different picture.
Our social affairs correspondent
Michael Buchanan has spent the past
two nights talking to homeless
people on the streets
and has sent this report.
It's bad enough being
homeless, but in this?
Staying warm, never easy,
has been almost impossible.
Some have turned to
alcohol, lots of it.
Well, I'm going to be
helpful if you'll
In big cities like London
outreach workers have been
encouraging rough sleepers to use
emergency hostels, and offer that
some have readily taken.
But in other towns support
is less available.
By the coast in Eastbourne
the increasing numbers of
rough sleepers have
a particular enemy.
A biting wind has frozen
Kevin to his core.
Time passes slowly when
the temperature feels
like 12 below zero.
A warm drink donated does
help, but only for a
I've been shivering for about three
weeks and if it weren't
for people, along with blankets,
do you know what I mean, I would be
dead in a doorway.
What are you doing tonight?
Sleeping in a doorway.
Like I did last night and the night
before, and for weeks
There are few services for rough
sleepers in Eastbourne,
the town struggling to cope
with its rapidly rising
Part of the reason
a town like Eastbourne
has a growing number
rough sleepers is that homeless
people from elsewhere in the UK have
moved here because the weather
tends to be warmer.
It hasn't been this week.
Local churches are
taking the strain.
Each evening throughout winter
a different parish hosts a
A welcome respite for
those that can make it.
Refugee in my own country, I am.
That's the best way
of explaining it.
Refugee in my own country.
The breakdown of his marriage
has met Graham has been
homeless for the past fortnight,
the first time he's ever
had to sleep outside.
There's lots of dangers
you have to watch out for.
Like not making yourself sweat.
Things like that.
just around the corner.
Are you frightened?
Yeah, wouldn't you be?
I'm 56 years old.
I'm not a young man.
Not a young man at all.
I'm sorry, but I'm
finding it impossible.
He's no idea what he'll do when this
shelter closes on Monday.
For others, perhaps suffering
with psychiatric problems,
they prefer to remain outdoors,
prepared to dice
daily with nature's wrath.
BBC News, Eastbourne.
You can keep up to date with
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wherever you are by visiting the BBC
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That's at bbc.co.uk/news.
You can also get updates
from the BBC news teams
where you are after this programme.
President Trump has announced he's
going to impose hefty tariffs
on imported steel and aluminium next
week to safeguard American jobs.
He said the industries had been
unfairly treated by other
countries for decades.
But his plans have already drawn
international criticism tonight
amid fears of a trade war,
as our Washington correspondent
Nick Bryant reports.
The derelict steel mills of
America's old industrial heartland
provided the seedbed
for the rise of Donald Trump.
He wouldn't have won
the presidency had it not been for
the support he received
from the rust belt.
The promise he gave to protect US
manufacturers from cheap
imports, even if it meant sparking
a global trade war, echoed through
these empty plants.
During his first year
in office he didn't erect the
kind of protectionist
barriers he'd promised.
But today came his most
controversial trade move yet.
Meeting with industry leaders
he announced big tariffs on foreign
steel and aluminium.
What's been allowed to go
on for decades is disgraceful.
And when it comes to
a time when our country
can't make aluminium
steel, and somebody said it before,
and I will tell you, you almost
don't have much of a country because
without steel and aluminium your
country's not the same.
Chinese steel only
accounts for a small
proportion of US imports but the
massive expansion of its industry
has produced a global glut
driving down prices,
which has angered the President.
Mr Donald J Trump!
Much of his America
First rhetoric has
been directed against Beijing.
Because we can't continue to allow
China to rape our country, and
that's what they are doing.
It's the greatest theft
in the history of the world.
There's already been a fierce
The European Commission
of countermeasures in response
to what it called a blatant
intervention to protect US industry.
On Capitol Hill too, senior
Republicans are urging a rethink.
Free traders who have long believed
liberalised global commerce is good
for the American economy.
Fears of a trade war
helped trigger a large
sell-off on Wall Street.
Donald Trump is invoking
a Cold War era
measure not used since the Reagan
years, which allows US presidents to
impose tariffs in the interests
of national security.
But the fear is it could spark
a 21st-century global
trade war, which damages
Nick Bryant, BBC News, Washington.
Theresa May is expected to set
out her plans tomorrow for the next
stage of negotiations
with the European Union over Brexit.
The speech, in London, comes
at the end of a week in which the EU
unveiled its negotiating strategy,
leading to tensions over issues
like the Irish border.
Our political editor
Laura Kuenssberg is in Westminster.
How much detail are we going to get
from the Prime Minister
about her plans?
You can see why the Prime Minister
had to move her speech from the
north-east to London but I'm not
sure the climate will be much more
hospitable here for her. I'm told by
ministers who saw the draft today
and disgust at around the Cabinet
table it is a long speech chock full
of details, in part in answer to
some of Theresa May pop critics who
for months have said she's being too
vague, greedy and she wants
everything and is not being
realistic. She's going to try and do
two jobs, the first to send a clear
message to the EU. She will say, we
know what we want and we understand
your principles too. Essentially
saying, I'm not unsure, not clear, I
know what I'm trying to get for the
UK and also implying that she is
willing to compromise, that she
doesn't even realise that the UK
cannot have its cake and eat it. One
of her colleagues in Cabinet said to
me today Theresa May will feel like
she's being honest with the public
tomorrow and that message could come
with some hard truths to use their
phrase. But the second thing she's
going to try and do tomorrow after
such a brutal time of debate in
Westminster since the referendum
that frankly in recent months it has
become very ugly, not just inside
the Tory party but also to call for
the country to come together, to say
that it is time to move on from the
referendum, to try to pull together
and create a sense of unity. Now, of
course, this is a complicated
process, politically very
controversial and one speech is not
going to answer one of the very many
questions that there are. But there
is hoping government that while this
might be an incremental step rather
than a giant leap, it does allow the
negotiations to get some momentum
again and to proceed to the next
Laura Kuenssberg, thank you.
Russia's President Putin has
unveiled a new range of nuclear
weapons, which he says could evade
American missile defence shields
and hit targets around the world.
He said the arms, which include
an underwater drone and a missile
capable of travelling at five times
the speed of sound, were either
ready or being developed.
He made the unexpected
announcement during his state
of the nation speech,
ahead of the Russian
presidential elections in March.
From Moscow, Steve
He never slips into a room quietly.
Vladimir Putin took the stage
for his annual State of the
The audience was expecting to hear
about the economy, social
issues and there was some of that,
but then the Kremlin leader took
everyone by surprise.
On a video screen he
showcased the very latest
Russian nuclear weapons.
with nuclear engines.
He claimed they could hit any target
and dodge any defence.
"And there's more," he said.
And the show continued.
The missiles kept
coming and with them a
warning to the West.
"Those who tried to
contain Russia have
failed," President Putin said.
"Believe me, I am not bluffing."
I think we're entering,
if not already
in, a new Cold War and that's not
just because of Putin's statements
You hear President Trump also
thumping his chest and
talking about having
the best nuclear systems.
But in Moscow the reaction
from the hall - Russia is
acting in self defence.
It's reminiscent of
the Cold War, is it not?
We're talking about
an arms race here.
I don't believe - at least,
the statement of my President
isn't a Cold War rhetoric.
And if you are looking for the roots
of the next edition of the Cold War,
look to the West.
The Kremlin was delivering two
messages today with this speech.
The first message was to the West.
Russia will not be pushed around.
The second message, ahead
of elections here, was to
the people of Russia.
Vote for Putin and you will
have security at home.
That's how the Kremlin
wants Russians to
see their President,
the embodiment of Russia,
as the protector of their country.
Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow.
Four years after hundreds
of Nigerian schoolgirls
were kidnapped by the jihadist group
Boko Haram, the militants
have struck again.
They've taken over 100 more
in what Nigeria's president
is calling a national disaster.
The girls were kidnapped
from their school in the town
of Dapchi, in north eastern Nigeria,
ten days ago.
Boko Haram wants to establish
a hard line Islamic State
in the region, and opposes
Western teaching methods.
Our reporter Stephanie Hegarty has
been talking to some of the families
of the missing girls in Dapchi.
This is where Fatima
ran when the militants
attacked her school.
It was 7pm, she was in her dorm
with her best friend Zara.
They were just about to eat their
dinner when they heard gunshots.
One of our teachers
told us to come out.
When we came out we saw bullets
flying in the air like fire.
There was confusion
all over the school.
Students screaming and
rushing towards the gate.
But the gate was locked.
This is the path that
many of the girls took
to try and get away.
The main exit is down that way
and you can see some
of their discarded sandals.
They're littered all
along this path here.
Then we saw
the militants' trucks
and they were shooting and calling
us to get into the trucks.
They were pretending
they would help us.
During the attack Fatima managed
to run away from the militants twice
but she was with her best friend
Zara when they were attacked
and they got separated.
She said altogether five
of her closest friends are missing.
This is Zara.
Her friend Fatima said business
was her favourite subject.
Her sister Falmata is 25 and went
to the same school as the girls.
She was close to Zara.
It was three days before
the government admitted
that there had been a kidnapping.
Last week the authorities claimed
girls had been rescued.
Then they said that claim was false.
For Zara's mum that was
the hardest moment.
Nigeria's President has said
that the military and air force
are searching for the girls.
But parents aren't reassured.
In this school
there are no children
of government officials.
All the students are
the daughters of poor people.
Now the school is eerily quiet.
The scene is chillingly similar
to the aftermath of the kidnapping
of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014.
It was three years before most
of those girls were released,
and over 100 of them
are still missing.
The parents of Dapchi are afraid
that they will also wait years
to see their children again.
Stefanie Hegarty, BBC News, Dapchi.
The Government has scrapped plans
to hold the second stage
of the Leveson Inquiry,
which was due to look
into unlawful conduct
within media organisations,
and relations between
police and journalists.
Lord Justice Leveson accused
ministers of breaking their promise
to phone hacking victims.
But the Culture Secretary said it
wouldn't be in the national interest
They were dubbed Britain's lost
children - thousands of them
forcibly sent abroad to countries
such as Australia and Canada
after World War II.
They were promised new lives,
but instead many suffered
physical and sexual abuse.
Now an independent inquiry
into the scandal has urged
the British government to pay
compensation to all the survivors,
as Tom Symonds reports.
A dark history.
British children lied to, deported,
sexually abused, and even tortured.
The pain has not gone even now.
All we did was do as we were told
and suffered immensely for it.
The child migrants
from poor backgrounds
were promised a better future.
When visitors came,
especially from Britain,
that's how it seemed.
But last year the now-elderly
migrants gave hours of chilling
evidence of what their carers said.
You're from the gutter,
You've got nobody.
You've got no parents.
They're all dead.
And even worse, did.
The verdict today, even
by 1940's standards,
what was indefensible.
And the official archives show
the government didn't stop it
for fear of upsetting the charities
and religious groups involved,
or the Australians.
Politics put before children.
They ignored our plight.
They encouraged paedophilia
to a degree because they were made
aware of problems in Australia
where they were sending us to come
and yet they continued sending us.
Now, what does that tell you?
That tells me that they didn't
give a rat's backside,
if you'll pardon the vernacular,
about the British children.
Campaigners were delighted today
that the British government has
been held responsible.
At last, a measure of truth
and a measure of responsibility.
The buck stops with the government.
She uncovered all of
this in the 1980s.
Britain apologised in 2010 but this
report has called for all surviving
migrants to receive compensation
within a year.
considering its response.
It's the first time this
has bared its teeth.
But the evidence heard in this room
was never really in doubt and this
was a scandal very much in the past.
The inquiry's other investigations
may not be as straightforward.
But this work had to come first
because half of those who have been
called Britain's lost children have
already passed away.
Tom Symonds, BBC News.
A six-year-old girl from Swindon -
who is profoundly deaf -
will be joining the stars on the red
carpet at the Oscars on Sunday.
Maisie Sly stars in the British
drama The Silent Child,
which has been nominated
for best short film.
Colin Paterson reports.
It's a story so happy it could be
the plot of a Hollywood film.
Maisie Sly had never even acted
before her parents were told
about film-makers looking
for a profoundly deaf girl to star
in their film, The Silent Child.
And now, here are the nominees
for Best Live Action Short Film.
This is the moment in January
when the team gathered to find out
if they had been nominated
for an Oscar.
My Nephew Emmett.
The Silent Child.
And so, this week,
they reunited at Heathrow...
Hello, welcome on board.
And headed to Los Angeles.
Most people prepare for the Oscars
by meeting stylists and planning
Maisie's schedule has
been rather different.
Welcome to Hollywood!
Although she is having to get used
to people recognising her.
I saw her on television,
just last week.
They say she's nominated.
Do you think she'll be able
to get a job one day?
Rachel Shenton wrote and stars
in The Silent Child.
She learned sign language after her
own father lost his hearing.
The nomination means
that ultimately, now,
we are in over 600 cinemas
in the US, which is huge
for us as a short film.
And really important
for the subject, which is obviously
deafness, and shining a much-needed
light on access to education
for deaf children.
There's Meryl Streep.
Her former Hollyoaks co-star
Chris Overton directed the film and,
at a lunch for all the nominees,
they got to meet one of his heroes.
Steven Spielberg was in
between me and Rachel.
And the person taking the photo
said, oh, can we move,
because the light's not good.
So we were ordering
Oh, an Oscar!
Now all that remains is to find
out if there will be
a Hollywood happy ending.
On Sunday night, Maisie could get
her hands on a real one of these.
Colin Paterson, BBC
News, Los Angeles.
And finally a quick update
on those stranded motorists
on the A31 in Hampshire -
the police now say it's a major
incident and the military
are being called into help.
That's all from us -
now the news where you are.