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Tonight at 10, Scotland Yard reveals

that a nerve agent was used

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to poison a former Russian spy

and his daughter in Salisbury.

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A police officer is also

in a serious condition.

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These are new images

of Sergei Skripal.

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He and his daughter Yulia

are still critically ill

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after the attack on Sunday.

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Having established that a nerve

agent is the cause of the symptoms,

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leading us to treat this

as attempted murder,

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I can also confirm that we believe

the two people who

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originally became unwell

were targeted specifically.

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Police are still searching tonight.

There are hundreds of officers

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involved but they are not giving

more details of the substance used.

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We'll have the latest

on the investigation,

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as Moscow complains of black

propaganda being directed

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against Russia.

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Also tonight...

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Newly-released images

of the teenager accused of planting

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a bomb on a London underground

train last September.

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After the M1 crash in which eight

people died, one lorry driver

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is cleared of causing death

by dangerous driving.

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Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman

holding talks on trade

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and security in Downing Street,

as Labour protests about the Saudis'

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involvement in the war in Yemen.

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And coming up on Sportsday on BBC

News, can Tottenham Hotspur hold on

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against Italian giants

Juventus to make it

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through to the quarterfinals

of the Champions League?

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We'll have the latest report and

features from the BBC sports Centre.

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Good evening.

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A nerve agent was used

to try to murder a former Russian

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spy and his daughter

in Salisbury at the weekend.

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Scotland Yard said they had

identified the substance,

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but weren't prepared to make that

information public at this stage.

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found

unconscious on Sunday afternoon

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and they remain critically ill,

along with a police

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officer who was the first

to attend the scene.

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Police say that Mr Skripal

and his daughter were targeted

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specifically and the

attack is being treated

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as attempted murder.

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Our home affairs correspondent

Tom Symonds has the latest.

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Sergei Skripal is a man

with a shadowy past.

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Relatives said he feared it

would catch up with him,

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That he would be targeted.

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But he was using his own name,

living a normal life,

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popping into a corner shop last

month for milk and bacon.

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Tonight, he and his daughter

are gravely ill and now,

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The most senior counterterrorism

officer revealed why.

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In summary, this is being treated

as a major incident

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involved attempting murder

by the administration

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of a nerve agent.

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As you know, these two people remain

critically ill in hospital.

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Sadly, in addition, a police officer

who was one of the first to attend

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the scene and respond

to the incident is now also

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in a serious condition in hospital.

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It wasn't just police officers and

ambulance teams who came into

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contact with the victims. So did

people who just tried to help. Could

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they have been affected?

As your

Chief Medical Officer, my message to

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the public is that this event poses

a low risk to the public on the

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evidence that we have.

Now the focus

is on the nearly three hours between

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them arriving in this area and being

taken ill. Key locations remain

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cordoned off, including the Zizzi

restaurant, where they had lunch

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around 2pm. An eyewitness who saw

them there, and wanted to remain

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anonymous, told me something

appeared to be wrong. What was your

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view of them?

Initially I thought he

had mental problems. It was out of

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the blue. There was no one around

him. He started screaming at the top

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of his voice. He didn't look right.

He looked like he was going to lose

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his cool.

He and other eyewitnesses

say that Yulia had dark hair, as she

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appeared in this picture. Police

have seized this CCTV footage from

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just before 4pm, a man with a blonde

haired woman entering the shopping

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area. Detectives will need to sort

through a mass of eyewitness reports

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and CCTV to establish the truth. The

Government was briefed on the

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inquiry today.

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We need to keep a cool head and make

sure that we collect

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all the evidence we can,

and we need to make sure

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that we respond not to rumour

but to all the evidence

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that they collect.

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And then, we will need to decide

what action to take.

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But life in Salisbury is now

dominated by the response to the

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suspected poisoning. When a woman

was taken ill at an office this

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lunchtime, this was the emergency

services' reaction. This evening,

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teams in protective suits and

respirators were at a nearby

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ambulance station. Someone has used

a chemical weapon among the shoppers

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of this peaceful city. Nobody is

taking any chances.

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As we heard, police are not

revealing any more information

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at this stage about the exact

substance they've identified

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other than categorising

it as a nerve agent.

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Here to examine what we know

about these nerve agents,

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and who might have access to them,

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is our security

correspondent Gordon Corera.

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Today, the police made the dramatic

revelation that a nerve agent had

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been deployed on British soil.

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The aim to kill.

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So what does that tell us about who

was behind the attack?

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Tests have been going

on here at Porton Down,

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the Ministry of Defence's biological

and chemical research establishment.

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Its specialists have been analysing

samples brought from Salisbury.

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The tests established that a nerve

agent had been used to specifically

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target two of the victims.

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So what is a nerve agent?

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Nerve agents were first created

in the 1930s for warfare.

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They are manufactured rather

than naturally occurring.

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They are fast acting

and, unless quickly

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treated, often deadly.

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And they work by crippling

the nervous system.

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Essentially many of the muscles go

into spasm, so imagine that

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you were just having

to hold your breath,

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and just hold it, keep holding

it, keep holding it.

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And this is one of the effects,

and this is why people

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struggle to breathe.

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But you also get massive secretion

of fluid in the lungs,

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and people are trying

to breathe through that.

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And the fluid in the lungs

is a surfactant, so it's

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a slightly soapy consistency.

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So when people are breathing

through it you often see them sort

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of foaming at the mouth.

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It's not the only time we've

seen a nerve agent used

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to target individuals.

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A year ago at Kuala Lumpur airport,

two women smeared a nerve agent

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called VX on the face

of the North Korean

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leader's half brother.

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He was soon dead.

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That's one method of delivery.

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A nerve agent can also be

inhaled or ingested,

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but it's not easy to make.

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Nerve agents require not

an insignificant financial,

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logistical and technical back-up

to actually be manufactured.

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And so that would lead

to a more likelihood

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of a state manufacturing it.

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The police have been careful not

to reveal precisely which nerve

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agent was used in Salisbury.

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Tests can often trace such agents

to a specific country or even

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laboratory of origin.

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Officials have been careful

not to blame Russia.

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But it is the only suspect so far

which has the means,

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the track record and the motive

to kill a man whom some in Moscow

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Trevor was behind it would have

known that the nerve agent would

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almost certainly be identified, a

sign of just how brazenly attack is.

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In Moscow, the foreign ministry said

the speculation about Russia's

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involvement was "black propaganda"

and insisted that its case

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against Sergei Skripal had ended

when he was part of an exchange

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of spies in 2010.

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Skripal had been jailed in Russia

for passing secrets to MI6.

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Our Moscow correspondent

Steve Rosenberg has been speaking

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to some of those who knew Skripal

in his previous life.

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Piece by piece, a picture

is emerging of Sergei Skripal,

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the former Russian double agent

poisoned in Britain.

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Vladimir Svyatski knew

Sergei Skripal in the late 1960s.

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They studied together

in a military college.

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TRANSLATION:

He was very

active, with a positive

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attitude, and creative.

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A real friend.

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Many of the students

looked up to him.

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Oleg Ivanov worked with

Sergei Skripal for two and a half

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years in the Moscow regional

government after Skripal had retired

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from Russian military intelligence.

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TRANSLATION:

Sergei was the life

and soul of the party.

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He could find a common

language with anyone.

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All his colleagues respected him.

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So when he was arrested for spying

it was a real shock.

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Today Russia's Foreign Ministry

responded to claims that Moscow had

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targeted Sergei Skripal.

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This was provocation, it said,

and an anti-Russian campaign.

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Unfortunately we regard this

as a piece of disinformation.

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Because what actually the media

and all the people need

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is actual information,

official information on this case.

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As for President Putin,

he is yet to comment

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on events in the UK.

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He was on the campaign trail today,

visiting a cake factory.

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The sweet picture a stark

contrast to suspicions

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of possible Russian involvement

in the nerve agent attack.

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Russian officials have said

they are willing to cooperate

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with the UK investigation

if they are asked to.

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What Moscow isn't prepared to do,

though, is accept that the Russian

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state was behind this attack.

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Tonight, Moscow is waiting to see

whether Britain will officially

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declare it the prime suspect.

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Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow.

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Let's go live to New Scotland Yard

and Daniel Stanford. Bring us

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up-to-date on this investigation and

tell us something about the scale of

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it.

As you can imagine, after a

nerve agent attack on a

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quintessentially English medieval

cathedral city, huge resources are

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now being thrown at this

investigation tonight.

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Counterterrorism detectives at

Scotland Yard thought they would

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never see anything as extraordinary

as the polonium attack on Alexander

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Litvinenko. If anything, this could

be harder, because there would be no

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trail of radiation to follow.

Hundreds of police officers,

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detectives, forensic scientists and

analysts have been involved in this

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investigation. The best lead they

have is in fact that nerve agent. If

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it is rare enough, that could lead

them to the place where it was made,

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if it was something that could only

have been made in a very few number

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of places. So, what is going on now

is that there is a huge trawl of

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eyewitnesses and CCTV from the day

of the attack and the days leading

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up to it. They need more public help

on that. There will be an attempt to

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identify where the nerve agent came

from and also, of course, an attempt

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to find the needle in a haystack,

the personal people that delivered

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the poison. Once the evidence has

been gathered, if it still points to

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a foreign power, it will be up to

the Government to handle the

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fallout.

Thanks very much for the

latest.

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A teenager has gone on trial

at the Old Bailey, accused

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of planting a bomb on a London

underground train last September.

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30 people were hurt in the incident

during the morning rush hour

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at Parson's Green station.

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18-year-old Ahmed Hassan,

from Sunbury in Surrey,

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denies attempted murder and causing

an explosion likely to endanger

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life, as our home affairs

correspondent June Kelly reports.

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SIRENS

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An autumn morning in the rush-hour

and a major security operation

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on the London Underground system.

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Today the Old Bailey heard how

an improvised explosive device

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partially detonated on a train just

after it pulled into

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Parsons Green station.

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It created a large

fireball in a carriage

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with around 93 passengers.

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Some were caught by the flames

and suffered serious burns.

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This is the teenager

on trial for the attack,

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18-year-old Ahmed Hassan,

captured on CCTV in the weeks

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before, when his plans were said

to be well under way.

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On this bus ride, in his plastic

bag, he was allegedly carry

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one of the components,

hydrogen peroxide, he needed

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for his homemade bomb.

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Today the jury was told

Hassan left his device

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in a bucket on the train.

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Described as loaded with shrapnel

to cause maximum harm

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and damage and containing

the volatile explosive TATP.

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Prosecutor Alison Morgan said

of the passengers...

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"Many ran in fear and panic.

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They were fortunate.

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Had the device fully detonated,

it is inevitable that serious injury

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and significant damage would have

been caused within the carriage.

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Those in close-proximity

to the device may well

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have been killed."

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Hassan came to Britain as an asylum

seeker from Iraq and was living

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with foster parents.

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Ahmed Hassan arrived in this country

three years ago on a lorry.

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He told immigration officials that

he'd been forcibly taken

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by the Islamic State group

and trained to kill by them.

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But he said he was opposed

to IS and was in fear of them.

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It was said to be a matter

of luck that the device

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here did not fully go off,

it had been fitted with a timer.

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Ahmed Hassan had got off the train

at the station before,

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he was arrested 24-hours later.

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June Kelly, BBC News,

at the Old Bailey.

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The President of the European

Council Donald Tusk has warned that

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trade with the UK will be more

complicated and costly after Brexit.

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Mr Tusk was introducing

the EU's draft approach,

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to talks on the future relationship.

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Mr Tusk offered the prospect

of what he called an ambitious

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and advanced free trade agreement,

but said it was out of the question

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for Britain to take a pick and mix

approach to the single market.

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond has

appealed for financial services

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to be included in any free trade

agreement, as our political editor

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Laura Kuenssberg reports.

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A different mansion house -

this time in a Luxembourg garden.

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But there's strife ahead,

even in the most tranquil

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continental surroundings.

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The European Union

revealed its response

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to Theresa May's plans for Brexit.

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It will make it more complicated

and costly than today for all of us.

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This is the essence of Brexit.

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A pick and mix approach

for a non-member state

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is out of the question.

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We are not going to

sacrifice these principles.

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It's simply not in our interests.

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Unfortunately, and we have

to know, there will be no

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winners after the Brexit.

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Both sides will be losing.

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The EU has been united

with that gloomy message.

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But it was only on Friday

the Prime Minister said she wanted

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an ambitious trade partnership

with the bloc, but accepted

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compromises would be made.

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So, how do the two sides compare?

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Well, the EU guidelines

of a possible deal say there will be

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negative economic consequences.

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And while the Prime Minister

said all agreements mean

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picking and choosing,

the EU insists the UK can't

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cherry-pick the bits

of the EU it likes.

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But the union's accepted

the goal of a trade deal

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where there are no tariffs -

taxes on imports or exports.

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But, controversially,

only if the EU keeps access

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to fish British waters.

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But, crucially, there

is space to budge.

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The document says if the UK

positions were to evolve,

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the Union will be prepared

to reconsider its offer.

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And there is the chance

of brokering some kind

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of limited deal over services,

including the giant money machine

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of the City of London,

where the Chancellor shrugged off

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the Brussels position.

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They are very skilled and very

disciplined in the way they carry

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out their negotiation.

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It does not surprise me

remotely that what they have

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set out this morning

is a very tough position.

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Oh, lovely!

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But Labour claims the Government's

approache is all over the place.

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We can change the tone into one

of mutual interest, mutual respect.

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We can get the deal

that will protect our

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economy and protect jobs.

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There are big gaps between

what the Government wants

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and what the EU is willing to give.

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And it's clear it's easier

for Brussels, not Westminster,

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to call the shots.

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But in this long, tortured process,

today is not a moment of political

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panic, it is clear from both sides,

and from these guidelines, there

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is a real conversation to be had.

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Laura Kuenssberg, BBC

News, Westminster.

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Simon Jack, our business editor,

is in the City of London.

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Simon, what is your reading of the

response from the City of London

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today to what has been said?

Well,

the Chancellor's speech went down

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pretty well. People thought it was

pretty plausible and pretty detailed

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attempt to achieve what Brussels

said was impossible. Including

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financial services all-important to

the UK economy in a final trade

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deal. The Chancellor said, look, it

is possible because Brussels tried

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to include it in a deal they tried

to do with the EU - the US sorry.

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Not only is it possible it's

desirable. Physical you split up the

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expertise, the capital, the people

that you find here in this one stop

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stop shop of London and spreaded it

around Europe it will cause European

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Union businesses and customers a lot

more money. That was all pretty

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good. However, as one person put it

to me in the City today, this was

0:18:350:18:40

really the end of the beginning.

This was one side in the argument

0:18:400:18:45

fleshing out its own position. That

is very different from actually

0:18:450:18:50

making substantial progress in the

negotiation itself. You heard

0:18:500:18:53

yourself what Donald Tusk had to say

about that. Now, the one thing I was

0:18:530:18:56

told that nothing that was said

today or indeed last week will make

0:18:560:19:01

businesses, banks, insurance

companies hit the halt or even the

0:19:010:19:06

pause button on the post-Brexit

contingency plans. All the rules and

0:19:060:19:15

regulations will stay the same until

December 2020. That is what they are

0:19:150:19:18

waiting for. If they do that, that

will calm nerves. A good effort

0:19:180:19:22

today by the Chancellor, but still a

great deal of work still to do.

0:19:220:19:29

Simon many thanks again. Simon Jack

there for us in the City of London.

0:19:290:19:34

A lorry driver, involved

in a collision on the M1 last

0:19:340:19:37

August, has been cleared of eight

charges of causing death

0:19:370:19:39

by dangerous driving.

0:19:390:19:40

54-year-old David Wagstaff

from Stoke-on Trent

0:19:400:19:42

was on a hands-free phone call

at the time of the collision

0:19:420:19:45

and had already admitted

to careless driving.

0:19:450:19:47

Yesterday another driver,

31-year-old Ryszard Masierak,

0:19:470:19:48

who was driving the other lorry

involved, was convicted of causing

0:19:480:19:51

death by dangerous driving.

0:19:510:19:55

Our correspondent,

Helena Lee, reports.

0:19:550:19:56

The sheer force of the impact

of the crash is clear to see.

0:19:560:19:59

A crash that was entirely

avoidable, the trial heard,

0:19:590:20:02

with the most catastrophic

and tragic of consequences.

0:20:020:20:08

Ryszard Masierak stopped his

lorry in the slow lane

0:20:080:20:10

of the M1 for 12 minutes.

0:20:100:20:13

The jury was shown this dash-cam

footage from another lorry driver

0:20:130:20:16

on the road before the collision.

0:20:160:20:20

He passed Masierak's

lorry, here on the left,

0:20:200:20:24

stationary in the slow lane.

0:20:240:20:27

The court heard Masierak was twice

over the legal limit and he'd

0:20:270:20:30

been driving erratically

in the hours before.

0:20:300:20:34

Soon after, Cyriac Joseph,

the minibus driver, tried to go

0:20:340:20:37

round Masierak's lorry.

0:20:370:20:40

He missed his chance, stopped behind

it and put his hazards on.

0:20:400:20:43

Moments later, David

Wagstaff's lorry ploughed

0:20:430:20:47

into the back of the minibus.

0:20:470:20:50

During the trial, the court heard

how Wagstaff had been

0:20:500:20:53

on a hands-free call for nearly

an hour at the time of the crash,

0:20:530:20:56

and his lorry on cruise control.

0:20:560:21:00

Cyriac Joseph and seven

of his passengers died in the crash,

0:21:000:21:02

he'd been taking them to London,

where they were going

0:21:020:21:05

on to Disneyland in Paris.

0:21:050:21:07

Four others in the minibus

were seriously injured.

0:21:070:21:10

Six months on from the crash,

and Mr Joseph's family

0:21:100:21:13

feel his loss deeply.

0:21:130:21:16

I miss him a lot.

0:21:160:21:17

I mean, my life has

completely changed,

0:21:170:21:19

like completely changed so much.

0:21:190:21:20

Yeah, it's hard, and I'm trying

to get through it, like we all are.

0:21:200:21:28

Today, outside court,

tributes were paid to those

0:21:280:21:31

who helped at the scene.

0:21:310:21:33

All of the emergency services,

together with staff

0:21:330:21:36

and Highways England and members

of the public, worked

0:21:360:21:38

extremely hard to bring

comfort to those involved

0:21:380:21:41

in exceptionally

difficult circumstances.

0:21:410:21:44

Everyone who attended

will not forget the scene

0:21:440:21:46

they faced that day.

0:21:460:21:48

The Crown Prosecution Service says

this case serves as a stark warning

0:21:480:21:51

to other drivers.

0:21:510:21:54

It's a clear reminder

to all drivers that holding

0:21:540:21:56

a drivers licence brings with it

a high degree of responsibility that

0:21:560:22:01

should be at the forefront of every

driver's mind.

0:22:010:22:03

Today, the judge praised

the families of those who

0:22:030:22:05

lost loved ones for their constant

dignity in what he said was a

0:22:050:22:08

dreadful case.

0:22:080:22:09

Helena Lee, BBC News,

Reading Crown Court.

0:22:090:22:17

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

of Saudi Arabia has started

0:22:190:22:22

a three-day visit to Britain

by having lunch with the Queen

0:22:220:22:24

and holding talks with

the Prime Minister in Downing Street

0:22:240:22:27

about trade and security.

0:22:270:22:29

But the visit is not appropriate,

according to human rights

0:22:290:22:32

campaigners, who point

to Saudi Arabia's role

0:22:320:22:34

in the conflict in Yemen,

where the UN says there's

0:22:340:22:37

a humanitarian crisis.

0:22:370:22:39

Our security correspondent,

Frank Gardner, has more details.

0:22:390:22:43

A Downing Street welcome for the man

who is shaking up Saudi Arabia with

0:22:430:22:48

radical reforms. Crown Prince

Mohammed bin Salman and his

0:22:480:22:51

delegation have come to Britain

looking for new deals and new

0:22:510:22:54

partnerships. This meeting concluded

with an agreed target of £65 billion

0:22:540:23:01

of future trade deals, spread across

education, healthcare, energy and

0:23:010:23:04

defence. Today, the Crown Prince was

given an audience and lunch with the

0:23:040:23:11

Queen. Tonight he is dining with

Prince Charles and Prince William.

0:23:110:23:16

The lunch that Crown Prince Mohammed

bin Salman had with the Queen is a

0:23:160:23:19

mark of just how highly the

Government values its relations with

0:23:190:23:22

Saudi Arabia. He's not a Head of

State and four years ago almost

0:23:220:23:25

no-one had heard of him. Not

everyone in Britain though welcomes

0:23:250:23:29

this visit. A small, but noisy

demonstration outside Downing

0:23:290:23:36

Street, protesting Saudi Arabia's

air strikes on Yemen and its poor

0:23:360:23:40

human rights record. Britain is a

major supplier of arms to Saudi

0:23:400:23:44

Arabia, contracts are worth billions

of pounds and employ thousands of

0:23:440:23:48

Britons. In neighbouring Yemen,

Saudi led air strikes on Houthi

0:23:480:23:54

rebels are blamed for the majority

of civilian casualties. In

0:23:540:23:59

Parliament today a question over

whether Saudi Arabia is a suitable

0:23:590:24:02

ally.

There has been a sharp

increase in the arrest and detention

0:24:020:24:07

of dissidents, torture of prisoners

is common, human rights defenders

0:24:070:24:12

routinely sentenced to lengthy

prison terms.

But the Government

0:24:120:24:18

places huge value on Saudi

co-operation in counter terrorism.

0:24:180:24:22

The link we have with Saudi Arabia

is historic it, it hes a an

0:24:220:24:26

important one and it has saved the

lives of potentially hundreds of

0:24:260:24:32

people in this country.

Crown Prince

Mohammed is pushing a sweeping

0:24:320:24:39

economic and social reform

programme, reintroducing cinemas and

0:24:390:24:43

public entertainment. He's also gig

Saudi women much more freedom to

0:24:430:24:49

enjoy public life. From June they

can drive. We spoke to a prominent

0:24:490:24:54

women's rights campaigner.

When it

comes to human rights I think

0:24:540:24:58

there's no reform yet. I think

everything is going to happen

0:24:580:25:02

because people nowadays are like,

you know, 70% of the population are

0:25:020:25:07

youth, youngsters, and they all want

change. The Saudi Crown Prince is no

0:25:070:25:12

democrat. He locked up citizens in

this hotel until they handed over

0:25:120:25:18

their assets. Young Saudis admire

him. If he can deliver on his

0:25:180:25:22

economic promises, with Britain's

help, he will go down in history as

0:25:220:25:27

the man who modernised Saudi Arabia.

Frank Gardner, BBC News.

0:25:270:25:32

A brief look at some

of the day's other news stories.

0:25:320:25:35

Syrian government forces

have reportedly taken

0:25:350:25:36

half of Eastern Ghouta,

the last rebel-held enclave close

0:25:360:25:40

to the capital Damascus.

0:25:400:25:42

More aerial bombing has

killed at least 20 people.

0:25:420:25:44

Troops and tanks have advanced,

with many local residents trying

0:25:440:25:47

to flee the violence.

0:25:470:25:49

The leader and deputy leader

of the far-right group,

0:25:490:25:51

Britain First, have been jailed

after being found guilty of

0:25:510:25:54

religiously-aggravated harassment.

0:25:540:25:56

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen have

been sentenced to four-and-a-half

0:25:560:25:58

months and nine months respectively

after targeting Muslims

0:25:580:26:00

they believed were part of a rape

trial taking place last May.

0:26:000:26:08

Almost 1,000 jobs are to be

lost at the high street

0:26:100:26:12

fashion chain New Look.

0:26:120:26:14

The retailer says it's planning

to close 60 stores and reduce rent

0:26:140:26:18

on 400 shops as part

of rescue plans.

0:26:180:26:20

The company says the cuts

are tough but necessary

0:26:200:26:22

to restore profitability.

0:26:220:26:25

The Government is to pay

£50 million in cold weather

0:26:250:26:27

benefits because of last

week's freezing temperatures.

0:26:270:26:33

Around two million households

are receiving a top-up

0:26:330:26:35

to their benefits, worth £25 pounds,

because their area stayed below zero

0:26:350:26:38

degrees for seven days.

0:26:380:26:44

The head of world cycling's

governing body, the UCI,

0:26:440:26:46

is calling for an investigation

into Team Sky following

0:26:460:26:48

a parliamentary report.

0:26:480:26:52

David Lappartient has told the BBC

that the findings of the inquiry

0:26:520:26:55

into doping in sport

were "unacceptable"

0:26:550:26:58

and "could affect the global

credibility" of cycling.

0:26:580:27:03

The report accused Team Sky

and Sir Bradley Wiggins of having

0:27:030:27:06

"crossed an ethical line"

by using drugs allowed under

0:27:060:27:09

anti-doping rules to enhance

performance instead of just

0:27:090:27:11

for medical purposes.

0:27:110:27:12

From Switzerland our sports

editor, Dan Roan, reports.

0:27:120:27:17

They may be the dominant

force in cycling, but

0:27:170:27:19

the pressure is on Team Sky.

0:27:190:27:22

Today, they tried to focus

on their latest race in Italy,

0:27:220:27:26

but it's the way they've won

in the past that's under scrutiny.

0:27:260:27:31

Team Sky have admitted mistakes

following this week's damning report

0:27:310:27:35

by a parliamentary committee,

but today the most powerful figure

0:27:350:27:38

in the sport told me

that wasn't good enough.

0:27:380:27:40

Mistake is something you've done

with the intention to be wrong.

0:27:400:27:44

The report, it's

a little bit different.

0:27:440:27:47

It seems that it was a little bit

organised, so it's maybe not

0:27:470:27:50

a mistake but a fault,

which is different, because that

0:27:500:27:55

could affect the credibility

globally of our sport,

0:27:550:27:57

and that's why I'm

concerned about this.

0:27:570:28:02

The MPs alleged Sir Bradley Wiggins

used asthma drugs to boost

0:28:020:28:10

performance, and not

just for medical need,

0:28:150:28:16

when he rode for Team Sky.

0:28:160:28:18

A claim that both they and he deny,

but Lappartient seems unconvinced.

0:28:180:28:21

Do you feel an ethical line

was crossed, as the MPs suggest?

0:28:210:28:23

It's what in the report

and what I read.

0:28:230:28:26

When you can see that

substances were used,

0:28:260:28:28

not for health problems,

but to increase your performances,

0:28:280:28:34

then, yes, that's something

unacceptable for me

0:28:340:28:40

and the philosophy we have.

0:28:400:28:44

So if it's not breaking the rules,

can it be cheating?

0:28:440:28:47

If you are using, you know,

substances to increase your

0:28:470:28:51

performances, I think this

is exactly what is cheating.

0:28:510:28:59

Despite the controversy,

Sir Dave Brailsford remains

0:29:020:29:03

in charge of Team Sky,

but Lappartient told me he now wants

0:29:030:29:06

the World Federation's

anti-doping division

0:29:060:29:10

to launch their own inquiry.

0:29:100:29:11

I want them to investigate

and to see if there is some

0:29:110:29:14

violation of anti-doping rules.

0:29:140:29:19

Britain's top rider, Chris Froome,

continues to compete

0:29:190:29:21

despite an adverse drugs test last

year, and the Team Sky star

0:29:210:29:25

could defend his title in this

summer's Tour de France

0:29:250:29:28

with the case still unresolved.

0:29:280:29:31

What would the effect of that be?

0:29:310:29:32

That would be a disaster

for the image of cycling.

0:29:320:29:35

Even if...

0:29:350:29:36

On the legal point of view

he has a right to ride,

0:29:360:29:39

but for the image of our sport,

that could be a disaster.

0:29:390:29:43

The UCI president now wants

Chris Froome to withdraw from racing

0:29:430:29:45

until either he clears his name

or is banned.

0:29:450:29:47

The road to reputational recovery

could be a long one.

0:29:470:29:50

Dan Roan, BBC News.

0:29:500:29:57

In tonight's Champions League

football it's been a hugely

0:29:570:30:00

disappointing night for Tottenham,

who needed to avoid a home defeat

0:30:000:30:02

by Juventus to book a place

in the quarter-finals.

0:30:020:30:05

Spurs went ahead early in the tie,

but the Italians fought

0:30:050:30:07

back in the second half.

0:30:070:30:08

From Wembley, Natalie Pirks reports.

0:30:080:30:14

The saying goes that

football is more important

0:30:140:30:16

than life or death.

0:30:160:30:22

Tonight began with a reminder

that simply isn't true.

0:30:220:30:24

Emotion etched on the face

of Giorgio Chiellini.

0:30:240:30:26

In honour of their former

international team-mate,

0:30:260:30:27

the Italians were up for it.

0:30:270:30:29

Spurs, too.

0:30:290:30:30

Son had been threatening

the goal all match.

0:30:300:30:38

There's the chance,

oh, it's gone in!

0:30:400:30:42

This was just reward.

0:30:420:30:43

Yes, the strike wasn't

exactly vintage, but it

0:30:430:30:45

was huge unimportance.

0:30:450:30:46

How quickly things

can change, though.

0:30:460:30:48

First, Higuain levelled for Juve.

0:30:480:30:49

And there's the goal,

the flag stays down!

0:30:490:30:51

And, mere moments later, Dybala sent

travelling fans into raptures.

0:30:510:30:53

The Old Lady had awoken.

0:30:530:30:59

Spurs had gone from composed

to rattled, in the blink of an eye.

0:30:590:31:02

A Spurs goal would take

the game into extra time.

0:31:020:31:05

Hoisted in towards Harry Kane!

0:31:050:31:06

But the post stood between Harry

Kane and Tottenham fans' dreams.

0:31:060:31:10

Vital clearance by the

Italian international.

0:31:100:31:13

Inconsolable on the turf,

yet another year of disappointment.

0:31:130:31:21

Spurs had the advantage of of away

goals from the first-leg and when

0:31:210:31:25

Son scored everybody thought they

would go through. Juve have reached

0:31:250:31:28

two of the last three finals and

tonight that experience just told.

0:31:280:31:33

4-3 the final score across two legs.

Tottenham left shell-shocked. Better

0:31:330:31:38

news for Manchester City. They are

through to the quarter-finals

0:31:380:31:43

despite losing 2-1 on the night.

Basel inflicting their first home

0:31:430:31:48

defeat since 2016. City won 5-2 on

aggregate. City and Liverpool

0:31:480:31:53

through to the last eight.

Tottenham's run alas is over.

0:31:530:31:57

Natalie many thanks once again.

0:31:570:32:00

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