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A former Russian spy is critical
in hospital after a suspected
poisoning in Salisbury.
Sergei Skripal, convicted of spying
on Russia for the UK,
has been living in Britain
for nearly eight years.
Police in protective clothing have
sealed the area after the Russian
and a young woman were found
unconscious on a bench.
There was a couple, an older
guy and a younger girl.
She was sort of leant
in on him, it looked
like she had passed out, maybe.
He was doing some strange hand
movements, looking up to the sky.
We'll bring you the latest as police
and doctors race to establish
if this is another example
of a Russian being
poisoned on UK soil.
Bradley Wiggins tells the BBC he's
not a drugs cheat after MPs
accuse him of taking medicine
to boost his performance.
This whole thing has just been,
you know, a complete mess
of innuendo and rumour and nothing
has been substantiated
and it is just...
I am having to deal
with the fallout of that now.
An aid convoy gets in at last
to the people trapped by bombing
in Eastern Ghouta in Syria.
And Gary Oldman wins his first Oscar
at 59 while profoundly deaf
Maisie Sly is in her first Oscar
winning film aged just six.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News, find out if Manchester United
can get a win at Crystal Palace
tonight, which would take them back
to second in the Premier League.
Could this be another
example of a Russian
being poisoned on UK soil?
The BBC understands that
a man in hospital tonight
is Sergei Skripal, a Russian
convicted in Moscow
for spying for Britain
and now living in the UK,
is in a critical condition.
He and a young woman were found
unconscious on a bench in a shopping
centre in Salisbury.
She is also critically ill.
A number of locations in the city
centre have been cordoned off
and police in full protective gear
have been using hoses
to decontaminate the street.
The hospital where the couple
are being treated has
declared a major incident.
Tom Symonds has more.
Whatever happened here is now the
subject of a delicate and
potentially hazardous investigation.
And so officers in respirators were
tonight searching bins in the square
where Sergei Skirpal and the
33-year-old woman he was with were
found slumped and delirious
yesterday afternoon. Eyewitnesses
said the pair had been sitting on a
bench now covered with a police ten
when it became clear that something
There was a couple, an
older guy and a younger girl. She
was sort of leaning on him, looked
like she had passed out, maybe. He
was doing some strange hand
movements and looking up to the sky.
I felt anxious and like I should
step in, but they look so out of it
and I thought I was not sure how I
After they went to
hospital, the square was cordoned...
And teams in full hazardous material
suits were called in to make the
area safe. A major incident was
under way. Both victims are in a
critical condition at Salisbury
District Hospital. Sergei Skirpal is
Russian. He is 66 years old. He was
arrested by Russian secret service
officers in 2004, accused of handing
over state secrets to MI6. In 2006,
convicted by a military court in
Moscow of high treason. But in 2010,
he was pardoned by the Russian
authorities and came to this country
in return for the release of ten
spies from the US. Police who were
at his home in Salisbury today said
they are keeping an open mind.
have access to a wide range of
resources and services that are
helping us to understand what we are
or are not dealing with at this
time. The focus at this moment is
trying to establish what cause these
people have -- to become critically
ill and we are working with partners
to prioritise this diagnosis.
would not discuss the possibility
that he was targeted because of his
past. If so, there are many
unanswered questions. Why did it
happen here in the centre of
Salisbury in such a public area? How
was he targeted? The pair were both
found with no sign of external
injuries and why and why now? And
tonight, sections of the city centre
remain closed off while a few miles
away, two people are fighting for
their lives in hospital. Tom Symons,
BBC News, Salisbury.
Our security correspondent
Gordon Corera is here.
If this is a poisoning,
too early to say, it has
with what happened to another
Russian living in the UK,
What are the priorities
for this investigation?
That is right. The parallels are
striking to the case of Alexander
living and go. He was a former
Russian intelligence officer who
came to the UK and fell ill for
reasons initially unclear which
turned out to be poisoning. Again we
have a former Russian intelligence
officer falling ill of what is said
to be an unknown substance. The
police are stressing they do not
know what cause the owners and their
not saying that they even know of a
crime was committed. While there are
similarities, it is too early to say
that these are the same. In the case
of Alexander Litvinenko, it took
days to establish what had happened
and what the poison was. In that
case, eventually, a judge found that
the link and the orders for it went
not just to the Kremlin but most
likely to Vladimir Putin himself.
What are the priorities?
What are the priorities? The first
is understanding what that unknown
substance is. That is vital for
treating these people. It is vital
to establish for sure whether it was
a deliberate poisoning, because if
it was, it means that the
perpetrators could still be at
large, perhaps even still in the UK
and beyond that, the question as
with Alexander Litvinenko is why? Is
this someone who was targeted
because Russian intelligence but he
was a traitor or is there another
reason, if it was a deliberate
poisoning? If it was and the trail
leads back to Moscow, then I think
there will be real pressure on
the British Government to respond
and real questions asked about
whether they did enough in the past
to respond to previous incidents to
deterrent this kind of thing
happening again and again and
Sir Bradley Wiggins has told the BBC
that he is categorically
not a drugs cheat -
after he was accused
of "crossing an ethical line".
A report on doping compiled
by a committee of MPs claims
he took an asthma medicine,
which is permitted for health
reasons, to boost his performance.
The findings cast a shadow
on the cyclist's victory
in the Tour de France in 2012.
In an exclusive interview
with our Sports Editor Dan Roan,
Sir Bradley said he had done nothing
wrong - and that his family
was going through a "living hell".
He's Britain's most decorated
Olympian, but today
Sir Bradley Wiggins was effectively
accused of cheating.
MPs alleging the first Tour de
France winner that he used asthma
drugs to boost performance and not
just for medical need.
But today, in his first
interview for 18 months,
Wiggins came out fighting,
telling me he'd done nothing wrong.
The report by the DCMS select
committee said you cross
the ethical line, did you?
The report by the Select Committee
says that you crossed the ethical
line, is that fair?
No, we did not.
Not at any time during my career
could be crossed the
As I said before, I had a medical
condition, that I went
to a doctor.
This has been treated
since back in 2003 when I was
diagnosed with it,
through the doctors
at British cycling at
This was the treatment that I had
been prescribed for that
which was seven years ago now.
supervision as well.
And in place of the rules
of that time, you were
allowed to apply for use
of this medication.
This was not a medication
that was abused in order
to gain an advantage.
That is not what your
former coach said.
He said that your use
of that drug was,
That hurts me, actually.
Shane knows around that time,
exactly what and why I was
taking her medication.
taking that medication.
The revelations that he used
exemptions for a powerful banned
steroid before three major races
triggered the saga. MPs have
suggested he came to rely on it to
shed weight without losing power.
Only one other time
did you use the drug
other than the times we know about?
The report says, they suggest you
may have taken it nine times in four
This, I do not know
where that has come from.
I really would like to know.
This is an anonymous source,
an anonymous person.
It does not mean it is wrong.
You say it is a lie?
I refute that 100%.
This is malicious.
This is a direct...
This is someone trying to smear me.
Sitting here now, you can
categorically say that you did not
Never throughout my career.
I worked and had the passion I had
for this sport for 15
or 20 years.
Jerseys, I am doing a book,
I have been writing a book,
about my love of the sport.
To do that to the sport...
I mean, it is just absurd.
These allegations, it is the worst
thing to be accused of,
I said that before.
It is also the hardest thing
to prove you have not
We are not dealing
in the legal system.
I would have more rights
if I had murdered someone in
I have been gagged for the last 18
months because there was a
legal investigation going
on and I could not say anything.
We were still waiting
on this report.
These allegations had
never been put to me
I have only found out today
what I am being accused of.
The whole jiffy bag
thing was a shambles.
The Geoffrey Bible is a mystery
medical delivery in 2011, and lack
of record-keeping adding to the
suspicion, Bradley Wiggins insist he
only had a legal decongestant that
they -- the Jiffy bag.
What was in it?
Your guess is as good as mine.
That package, as we
have been told in the
houses of Parliament,
contain the drug.
At the end of the day, the buck
stops with me. We travelled six
hours later on a train with the
doctor came and I was treated that
The report's criticism has
raised questions over the future of
Sir David Aylesford who launched
Team Sky promising to be whiter than
white but despite denials of
wrongdoing, he is now embroiled in
the grey areas -- Sir David
If proven, maybe he
should go, but until that is, we
cannot take this report as that is
it, set in concrete.
How much of the
toll has this taken on a Bradley
I am trying to do
other things with my
life and the effect it
has had, the widespread
effect it has had on
family, it is horrific and I do not
know how I will pick up the pieces
with the kids and stuff and I am
left to do that as well as try and
salvage my reputation from this.
I would not wish it upon anyone.
But the MPs report as gone way
beyond cycling. Record-keeping
around the injection of a substance
for Mo Farah has seen athletics
criticise. The most powerful figure
in track and field, Lord Coe accused
of misleading Parliament about when
he first knew about corruption
allegations, claim he denied. This
is a chastening day for some of
Britain's biggest sporting
An aid convoy has delivered
supplies to people trapped
in Syria's Eastern Ghouta -
for the first time since a major
bombardment by pro-government forces
began two weeks ago.
But it was forced to cut its mission
short as shelling began.
Dozens of people are reported
to have been killed today.
Forty six lorries carried
provisions intended to feed
around 27,000 people.
The region has a population
of around 400 thousand -
and bombing and artillery fire have
continued , despite
a UN backed ceasefire.
Our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
was there as the convoy set off
into Eastern Ghouta -
heading for the town of Douma -
and sent this report.
46 lorries moved through some
of the most dangerous territory
around Damascus to get
into Eastern Ghouta.
The Syrians refused
to let them take in 70%
of their surgical and trauma kits,
but they carried food and medical
supplies for 27,500 people.
It was a start.
We need to be sending convoys
at least three times a week
to a besieged area such
as Eastern Ghouta,
where there are serious shortages
of medical equipment,
medical supplies, food and nutrition
for nearly 400,000 people
trapped on the inside.
The lorries moved through the final
Syrian army checkpoint
on the edge of Eastern Ghouta.
The fact this convoy
is moving at all is a sign
of President Assad's confidence.
Syrian armed forces are pressing
ahead into Eastern Ghouta
that way, of course,
with their Russian allies.
And if they win, and at the moment
that's the way it appears to be,
President Assad will have scored
a significant victory,
because, for the first time
since the war started,
he will have secured his capital.
The enclave has been controlled
by Islamist militias since 2012.
Some militias are negotiating,
and there's talk of a deal,
but not yet.
The Syrian army says it is fighting
terrorists in Eastern Gouta,
who fired hundreds of mortars
into Damascus this year,
killing many civilians.
Even so, Damascus, a few miles away,
has suffered much less destruction
and death than Eastern Ghouta.
But, as I found in a small basement
flat, statistics don't
matter when an attack has
changed your family's life for ever.
Everyone in this family was wounded
by a mortar ten days ago. They were
out together, picking up the
children from school when the mortar
hit. This man lost three toes.
His wife has a serious leg mood and
-- leg wound. I asked them what they
would take to the man who fired? "I
Would tell him, when you fire the
mortar at innocent people, imagine
if these were your kids. Would you
want this to happen to your kids?
Your blood is on your hands until
. I would tell him he was an evil
coward, if he wasn't a coward he
wouldn't fire on us.
President Bashar al-Assad is the
strongest he has been since the war
started. He says the West is lying
about the humanitarian crisis in
Eastern Ghouta. Inside the siege,
heavy shelling and air strikes
continued throughout the day.
A white helmet civil defence rescue
team was caught up in an attack.
Into this came the aid convoy.
Carrying a limited amount of relief,
for a place the UN Secretary General
calls "Hell on earth". They ran out
of time, leaving before they could
unload all beaten tracks, because of
more shelling. -- all the trucks.
Eastern Ghouta's underground clinics
have been working at full stretch
for weeks. More casualties were
coming in, and for this doctor it
was almost nonstop.
This was filmed for the BBC. The
Syrian government won't allow us
into Eastern Ghouta. The doctor
doesn't flinch any more when shells,
in. She didn't think the convoy
would change anything.
How can a
small convoy help us, including some
food and materials? It isn't enough
even for a few days.
People live close together in
Eastern Ghouta. There is nowhere to
hide, and plenty of places to die.
The grown-ups war is spending and
breaking another generation. --
bending and breaking another
Three men have appeared in court
in Leicester in connection
with an explosion that killed five
people in the city.
They are all charged
with manslaughter and arson
and remanded in custody.
The blast, in the Hinkley Road
area, destroyed a shop
and the flat above it.
After the big freeze
has come the big thaw -
and it's causing problems
with thousands of people
losing their water supply
because of burst pipes.
Water companies in London,
the Midlands and South Wales
are urging people to use as little
as possible to conserve supplies.
Bottled water has been distributed
to people in parts of the capital.
But in Cumbria, remote households
remain cut off by snow
and helicopters have been making
drops of food and firewood,
as Danny Savage reports.
Getting to the cut-off communities
of the Pennines can only be done
on foot or quad bike.
The 'Farmy Army' are
still doing their bit.
The snow was up to the top
of the door here, with the window.
We had snow all over
the front window.
It just stuck, it's
like living in an igloo.
Gill and her husband have
been cut-off for a week.
So this RAF Chinook over their home
was a welcome sight.
It's been doing the rounds
in Cumbria today, going
from isolated hamlets to cut off
farms, offering help.
They've run out of heating oil here,
so a delivery of logs
for the burner was very welcome.
What is their reaction
when you drop in?
I think they're quite
surprised, but I think
they are pleased to see us.
We are here to assure them
that help is on its way.
Obviously working with the police
and the Mountain rescue and they are
doing their bit as well.
A few minutes later, they were away
to their next cut-off location.
Further south, rising temperatures
have seen a sudden spike
in burst water pipes.
Supplies have been cut off
in London, Kent, Scotland and Wales.
In Carmarthenshire, Darren has
been without running
water since Thursday.
Getting rainwater from outside
and from my neighbour,
so it's not been impossible.
But I would say the worst thing
is not being able to keep
the washing up in the kitchen clean
and also keep myself clean,
having a shower everyday.
Just a very basic wash
in a basin with cold water.
As people queued for bottled
water in south London,
frustration grew at the lack
of a basic service.
7:30 in the morning they sent me
a message the water was fixed.
Nothing was fixed.
I think this is
It's shocking that
there is such poor...
Well, there is zero communication.
In the Midlands, big companies
like Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury,
halted production so Severn Trent
could sustain supplies
The cold weather
devastated wildlife too.
The storms killed millions
of sea creatures.
In East Yorkshire, they have been
rescuing lobsters and reviving them
in salt water at fish markets.
I think the industry will be fine,
but from an natural perspective,
it's quite shocking what mother
nature can do.
Back in the hills of northern
England, people living
beyond the snowdrifts hope to be
reached by road, rather than air
over the next couple of days.
Danny Savage, BBC News, Cumbria.
Two anti-establishment parties
in Italy have each claimed they have
won the right to govern the country
Support for the far-right anti
immigration League party also
surged to record levels.
The Eurosceptic Five Star
Movement became Italy's
largest single party -
which has won almost
a third of the vote.
A hung parliament is the most likely
outcome with weeks of negotiation
and coalition building ahead..Our
Europe Editor Katya Adler reports.
Her report contains
Luigi Di Maio's Populist Party has
turned Italian politics on its head.
Now, he can't walk up on stage
without getting crushed.
What a scrum, the press
are hungry for him.
Before the elections, Luigi Di Maio
and the Five Star Movement
were dismissed by the Italian
establishment as naive,
Now he's the man and they are
the party of the moment.
Looking like he couldn't quite
believe what's just happened,
the 31 year-old declared
a new Italian republic -
of the people, for the people.
Five Star's leaders have holed
up in this Rome hotel,
planning their next move.
But are they really ready to govern?
This is a revolution.
Italians understood they can't trust
the old politicians.
It's time for us to work
on serious issues.
But here is the dampener on those
plans - Five Star hasn't won
an absolute majority.
Just look at this map.
Italy is divided.
Five Star supporters in the south,
highlighted in orange,
while a group of right-wing parties
dominates the North,
led now by this man,
another Italian Populist,
but this time of the
anti-immigration Eurosceptic kind.
some people are worried.
They are wrong.
With the Italian vote,
the people of Europe have taken
a step towards liberation from rules
and regulation that bring
about poverty and insecurity.
Now, behind guarded doors,
the political horse trading begins.
It will be weeks before Italians
know which Populist politicians
make it into government
and whether they keep
The EU is watching events unfold
here carefully. Brussels is jumpy.
The two main Populist parties are
sceptical in nature, they don't want
to leave the EU but want to change
and are much less likely to keep to
its rules. That could put Rome on
collision course with Paris and
Berlin just as they are trying to
deepen European integration. And
when it comes to Brexit, political
turmoil in Italy means yet another
EU country could be distracted from
negotiations with the UK.
One of the most significant
for a generation has
opened in China.
The National People's Congress
will consider a proposal to abolish
presidential term limits,
which would hand the current
President, Xi Jinping,
a mandate for life.
The idea was welcomed
with applause at today's meeting.
The Prime Minister is urging
developers to do their duty
and build the homes
the country needs.
She says owning a property is now
largely unaffordable to young people
without "the bank of mum and dad".
Theresa May claims changes
to planning rules -
which would penalise developers
who delay building on their land -
should help to deal
with the shortage of properties.
Labour described the proposed
changes as 'feeble.'
Here's our Home Editor Mark Easton.
The Prime Minister donned the hi-vis
today, determined to show she's
tackling what she describes
as a national housing crisis.
But Theresa May's not the first
senior Tory to get her shoes
muddy on a building site.
Today, the PM had the big builders
and developers in her sights,
blaming some of them for putting
profit before their patriotic duty
to restore the dream
of home ownership.
The bonuses paid to the heads
of some of our biggest developers
are based not on the number of homes
they build but on their
profits or share price.
I expect developers to do their duty
for Britain and build
the homes our country needs.
Some builders will tell
you their first responsibility
is to their shareholders,
and it is unusual for
a Conservative Prime Minister
to tell private companies she's
considering changing the rules
to make it more difficult
for them to make a profit.
Among possible planning reforms
is the idea that developers
with a reputation for not building
homes fast enough, might be denied
planning permission by councils.
Not only do house-builders make
returns to their shareholders,
we're also cross subsidising almost
half of the affordable housing
in this country every single year.
So we're doing the job
Mrs May wants lots more
houses but doesn't want
to upset her core vote.
Hello, do you know about...
People like these residents
in true blue Surrey,
who are supported by their MP,
Environment Secretary Michael Gove,
in their opposition
to a new garden village.
Planning reform worries
I think this is going to be
a backward step and we are really
worried that these sort
of developments, which are really
damaging to the environment
and the community as a whole,
will be pushed forward,
against the peoples' wishes.
Some Conservatives want the Treasury
to relax borrowing rules so councils
and housing associations can build
many more genuinely
Others see the priority
as protecting England's
precious green landscape.
It's a surprise, perhaps,
the Prime Minister didn't think it
wise to wear a hard hat today.
Mark Easton, BBC News.
The inventor Trevor Baylis -
best known for developing
the wind-up radio -
has died at the age of 80.
And to make it work,
you simply wind this and now...
Mr Baylis was inspired to design
the radio after watching
a documentary about Aids in Africa.
He believed the invention would help
halt the disease by making
educational radio broadcasts
accessible to more people.
He died this morning
at his home on Eel Pie Island,
in south-west London,
after a long illness.
The British actor Gary Oldman
is celebrating after
winning his first Oscar.
He picked up the award
for his portrayal of
Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest
The British short film -
The Silent Child -
starring six-year-old Maisie Sly
from Swindon who's deaf -
also won an Oscar.
But the night belonged to The Shape
of Water which won four awards,
including best film.
Our Arts Editor Will
Gompertz was there.
The night began with host
Jimmy Kimmel using his opening
monologue to round up some
of the elephants in the room.
Black Panther and Wonder Woman
were massive hits, which is almost
miraculous, because I remember
a time when the major studios didn't
believe a woman or a minority
could open a superhero movie.
And the reason I remember
that time is because it
was March of last year.
That joke set the agenda
for the evening.
In the year of the 90th
Academy Awards, it was Time's Up
for a monocultural male
dominated movie business.
It's a new day in Hollywood...
Said Jennifer Lawrence,
before announcing that the winner
of Actress in a Leading Role was...
Francis McDormand, Three billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
So, I'm hyperventilating
a little bit.
If I fall over, pick me up,
because I've got some things to say.
If I may be so honoured to have
all the female nominees in every
category stand with me in this room
tonight, the actors...
Meryl, if you do it,
everyone else will, come on.
Look around everybody,
look around ladies and gentlemen,
because we all have stories to tell
and projects we need financed.
The call for equality and tolerance
was made time and again
and was perhaps best captured
by Guillermo del Toro,
whose film The Shape Of Water,
a story of misfits and outcasts,
won Best Picture
and he Best Director.
I am an immigrant,
and like many, many of you,
the greatest our art does
and our industry does is to erase
the lines in the sand.
We should continue doing that
when the world tells us
to make them deeper.
Roger A Deakins...
There were long-awaited wins
for two British veterans.
After 13 failed attempts,
the cinematographer Roger Deakins
finally converted a nomination
into a golden statue for his work
on Blade Runner 2049.
And for his portrayal
of Winston Churchill
in The Darkest Hour,
Gary Oldman won his first Oscar.
I say to my mother, thank
you for your love and support.
Put the kettle on, I'm
bringing Oscar home!
The Silent Child, a British film
about a deaf four-year-old,
played by Maisie Sly,
won the Short Film Category.
I made a promise to our
six-year-old lead actress that
I'd sign this speech.
My hands are shaking a little
bit, so I apologise.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Maisie, who is deaf in real life,
had friends and family
watching the ceremony nearby
when the announcement was made.
The Silent Child, Chris Overton
and Rachel Shenton...
Our daughter is the face
of change, let's hope.
You know, it's just...
I don't know what to say.
A lot of the reaction from last
night's Oscars were they were a bit
boring, there were no real
surprises. Indeed, the early viewing
figures show that to be the fact,
down about 15%. That would be to
ignore the fact that a line was
drawn last night between the past,
the present and the future, where
diversity is more than just rhetoric
and talk, it's a real thing and I
think it will change the shape of
Hollywood in the future.
Will in Los Angeles, thank you. Back
to our top story, in the last few
minutes Wiltshire Police say a
restaurant in Surrey has been closed
as a precaution after a former
Russian spy on the woman he was with
were left critically ill in hospital
with suspected poisoning.