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Tonight at ten, Wiltshire Police
praise the bravery of an officer
who went to the aid of the Russian
former spy and his daughter,
poisoned by a nerve agent.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey
is said to be in a serious
condition in hospital.
He's well, he's sat up.
He's not the Nick that I know,
but of course he's receiving
a high level of treatment.
Tonight, the area in Salisbury
where the attack took place
remains cordoned off.
But it's still unclear how and why
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia were targeted.
We'll have the latest
reaction from Moscow,
as the Kremlin continues to deny it
had any involvement
in the attempted murders.
An Old Bailey jury is shown video
of the moment a bomb partially
explodes, on a tube train last
Donald Trump signs off on higher
tariffs for aluminium and steel
imports, sparking fears
of a global trade war.
New figures show tens of thousands
of patients had non urgent
as the NHS struggled to cope
with the winter crisis.
And the cycling senior citizens,
who are as fit as fiddles.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News, it's a perfect night
for Arsenal in the last 16
of the Europa League.
2-0 they lead AC Milan,
heading into the second leg.
Police in Wiltshire have
praised the bravery of one
of their officers, who went
to the aid of the former Russian spy
Sergei Skripal and his daughter,
after they were poisoned by a nerve
agent in Salisbury.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey
is still in a serious
condition in hospital.
It's still unclear how
and why Mr Skripal,
and his 33-year-old daughter,
were targeted last Sunday afternoon.
Our home affairs correspondent
Tom Symonds reports from Salisbury.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is 38
years old, a decorated officer
with plenty of experience
on the front line of policing.
He's still in a serious condition,
but the good news today
is he is awake and talking.
He's a great character.
He is a huge presence
in Wiltshire Police, a well-loved
and massively dedicated officer.
He is clearly receiving high,
He is well, he's sat up.
He's not the Nick I know,
but he is receiving
a high level of treatment.
He's very anxious, he's very
concerned. He did his very best on
that night. All of our stuff that
attended the incident in Salisbury
in the Maltings performed the role
that police officers and police
staff do every day up and down the
The inquiry's not letting up.
Police began what appeared
to be a major search
and possible decontamination
of Sergei Skripal's house today.
For a while, they even taped off
the graves of his wife and son.
The use of a nerve agent on UK soil
is a brazen and reckless act. This
was attempted murder in the most
cruel and public way. People are
right to want to know who to hold to
account. But if we are to be
rigorous in this investigation we
must avoid speculation and allow the
police to carry on their
The BBC has been told
the nerve agent used was not sarin
or VX, which have been used as
weapons of the past, but rarer.
Decontamination teams were heavily
protected on Sunday.
Look at this picture
from earlier that day.
No respirators or suits.
These officers could not have known
they were about to deal with the use
of a chemical weapon in their city.
The risk they faced became obvious
today, when a bench on which the
Skripals was sitting was exposed by
a gust of wind. Just look at the
operation needed to go in and paid
it down again. Four days on from the
incident and it wasn't just police
officers who risked being exposed
I've spoken to a doctor
who was there.
She's asked us not to name her
but she says she came
across Yulia Skripal slumped over
the bench, unconscious,
not breathing, vomiting
and having a fit.
She stepped in.
She got Yulia onto the floor,
she got her breathing
and handed her patient
over to paramedics.
She's concerned about what she's
come into contact with,
but she feels fine.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal,
attacked as she came to Britain
from Russia to visit him,
are not getting better.
They remain in a critical
condition, as the race
to find their assailant -
or assailants - continues.
Tom Symonds, BBC News, Salisbury.
Suggestions that the Kremlin may
have been involved in the poisoning
have sparked anger in Russia.
State media has complained
of an anti-Russian campaign
by the West, with little sympathy
for Sergei Skripal,
as our Moscow correspondent
Steve Rosenberg reports.
Moscow feels a world away
from the drama of Salisbury.
Relaxed Russians are out
enjoying a public holiday,
determined not to allow a spy
scandal to spoil their day.
People here are short
on sympathy for Sergei Skripal.
The fewer secrets
you sell, the longer you'll live.
betray your motherland.
Then you'll have no problems.
When he was in prison
in Russia, he was healthy.
He goes to Britain
and gets poisoned.
He should have stayed here.
It's a similar message
from Russian TV.
The Kremlin-controlled media have
been mocking Boris Johnson
and making fun of Britain.
If you're a professional traitor,
he says, my advice,
don't move to England.
Something's not right there,
the climate, perhaps.
But too many bad things go
on there - people are hanged,
poisoned, helicopter crashes
or they fall out of windows.
Under Vladimir Putin,
the Kremlin has sent a very clear
message to the Russian people
that their country is a besieged
fortress, threatened by enemies
abroad and traitors at home.
That's why there's little sympathy
here for Sergei Skripal.
And if Moscow did target
Most Russian people, not me,
of course, most Russian people
would take pride in it
because there is a very black
and white worldview -
it's us against them.
Putin has brought this
back in a big way.
Today, the president
delivered a special address.
No mention of spies.
He congratulated Russian women
on International Women's Day.
Moscow knows it's under suspicion
but the Kremlin is acting
as if it's business as usual.
Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow.
Our security correspondent
Gordon Corera is live outside
the headquarters of MI6 tonight.
Are we any closer to understanding
who was behind all this, and why?
Well, the identity of that rare
nerve agent will still be a crucial
clue to establishing that.
Government officials are still
cautious about pointing the finger
publicly. They want to make sure
they have as many facts as possible
before doing that. But in terms of
motive, there has been speculation
that perhaps Sergei Skripal was
still involved in some kind of
active ongoing intelligence work,
but sources I've spoken to have said
there's no sign or suggestion of
that will stop there's even been
talk that perhaps he was involved
somehow in that dossier on Donald
Trump drawn up by a former MI6
officer, Chris Steele, but sources
close to Orbis, Chris Steele's
company, say they have no links
whatsoever with Sergei Skripal. So
what does that leave? Well, dull the
possibility of revenge, revenge by
Sergei Skripal's former colleagues
in Russian intelligence for his
works buying for British
intelligence, revenge and perhaps a
message to anyone else thinking of
doing the same. And that will worry
MI6 here will stop it will worry
them, because they don't want the
perception to be out there that they
can't protect the lives of their
agents, even when those agents are
in the UK.
Gordon Corera outside MI6
HQ in London.
A jury at the Old Bailey has been
shown a video of the moment a bomb
partially exploded on a tube train
in southwest London.
Some of the passengers have been
describing in court how their hair
and clothes caught fire
in the packed carriage
30 people were injured
at Parsons Green station.
Ahmed Hassan, who's 18,
denies attempted murder.
June Kelly has more.
The moment when a fireball engulfed
a packed train carriage.
It left passengers burning
and screaming in pain,
the Old Bailey heard today.
This is Ahmed Hassan, the teenager
on trial for the attack.
Here shopping at Asda the day
before, and being asked for his ID.
He bought batteries
Hassan is an 18-year-old asylum
seeker, and the following morning
CCTV showed him leaving his foster
parents' home in Sunbury, in Surrey.
Other cameras captured his journey
as he carried a little plastic bag,
said to contain his bomb.
At Wimbledon station
he went into the toilets,
where it's alleged he set the timer
on the device, and then he made
for an underground train.
A few stops down the District line,
he got off, leaving his little bag
and its contents behind.
As the train pulled
into Parsons Green station,
the device only partially exploded,
but a number of passengers
were burned by the fireball.
This computer-generated graphic
shows the scene on board
the train after the attack.
Today, some of those caught up
in the blast described in court how
the ball of flame rolled
down the carriage.
Aimee Colville told the jury
that her hair caught fire
and she saw a wall of glass.
Victoria Holloway spoke
of a whooshing sound,
as if someone had lit
a Bunsen burner.
She said the flames
were touching her legs
and wrapping around her skin.
Two of the passengers were in tears
as they gave their evidence.
They testified from behind
a screen and could be
seen by only the judge,
jury and lawyers.
One of them, known only as Miss S,
described how on that
morning her coat was burning
and her tights were melting.
She's been left scarred after burns
to her hands, legs and face.
June Kelly, BBC News,
at the Old Bailey.
President Trump has signed into law
new tariffs on steel and aluminium
entering the United States,
prompting fears of
a global trade war.
The European Union and China have
already said they'll retaliate,
and the President's chief economic
advisor has resigned over the issue.
Mr Trump says the new tariffs
are being imposed for national
security reasons, and that American
industry has been "ravaged
by aggressive foreign trade
practices" for far too long.
Our North America correspondent
Nick Bryant reports.
History is often written
with a presidential pen,
and with steelworkers who helped
put him in the White House
at his shoulder, Donald Trump
added his name to a signature
campaign promise -
putting American first
by imposing tariffs on foreign
steel and aluminium.
The American steel and
aluminium industry has been
ravaged by aggressive
foreign trade practices.
It's really an assault
on our country.
The workers who poured their souls
into building this great
nation were betrayed,
but that betrayal is now over.
Defending America's industrial
heartland has prompted his most
protectionist move yet,
one that strikes a blow
against globalisation -
the integrated system of worldwide
commerce, from which these rust belt
communities feel excluded.
A promise made, a promise kept.
Wait till you see what I'm
going to do for steel.
Now it's time for action.
It's the glut of steel
produced in China that's
angered the president,
but that accounts for just 2%
of US steel imports.
Bigger importers, such
as Canada and Mexico,
are initially exempted.
It's not clear whether
Britain will be punished.
European Union countries
could be hard-hit.
President Trump has recently
said, and I quote...
"Trade wars are good
and easy to win."
But the truth is quite the opposite.
Trade war are bad and easy to lose.
Harley-Davidson, the quintessential
Middle America brand,
and for that very reason a likely
target for EU retaliation.
Trump supporters in key battle
ground states, like Wisconsin,
could be caught in the crossfire.
A trade war won't benefit anybody.
I generally believe in free trade.
I don't think he's serious
about it, regardless.
I think he's just trying to scare
people into getting some
concessions, which is how he rolls.
It's too late to save these
old steel mills in Pennsylvania.
Many senior Republicans fear
that this act of economic
nationalism could also be an act
of national self harm.
Nick Bryant, BBC News, Washington.
All this on a day when 11 Pacific
rim countries signed a landmark
trade agreement, the transpacific
partnership which was intended by
the Obama administration as a
counterweight to China, but which
the Trump Administration pulled out
of. This feels like a milestone
moment for the international system
and another example of America
first, leaving America alone.
Nick Bryant, live in Washington.
Tens of thousands of patients in
England had their non-urgent
operations like me and hip
operations postponed in January.
Figures show AMD departments missed
waiting time targets in their worst
Our health editor
Hugh Pym has more.
New Year brought extraordinary
pressure, illustrated in the new BBC
hospital series filmed
at Nottingham University
Today we have run out of space.
We are being asked to cancel any
So not cancer, not clinically
urgent, but pretty
much anything else.
I can't see the sense
Word has come through from NHS
leaders that all non-urgent surgery
should be cancelled for the month
to free up beds for emergencies.
I'm very sorry, but I don't know
if you've heard the recent news,
but we have a bed crisis
in the hospital.
We're going to have to cancel
operations at this moment.
I'm afraid it's bad news.
We are going to have
to cancel tomorrow.
I'm really sorry.
Sometimes that meant operating
theatres were lying empty.
We don't know when we can start
operating again at the moment.
We've never had it
as bad as this before.
We're just left,
largely, at a loose end.
We're being paid to work,
but just trying to find
something constructive to do.
By February operations had resumed.
But patients elsewhere, like Scott,
are still facing delays.
He was told the day before his back
operation it had been put off,
and he doesn't know
when it will happen.
I'm very, very frustrated.
I'm annoyed and I'm hurt,
because now I've got to go
through this all over again.
In December, there were nearly
27,000 fewer routine
operations carried out
in England than the same month
a year earlier.
In January, after the national
NHS intervention, there
was a drop of nearly 14,500.
For the most recent two week
period, bed occupancy
in hospitals at more than 95%
was the highest this winter.
Some hospitals though worked hard
to avoid cancelling operations.
It is a very bad patient
experience to cancel surgery.
These patients have very often been
waiting for a very long time
to have their procedure done
and then cancelling it one or two
days before it's been planned
is a thing that you really
want to avoid.
NHS England said February
was the most pressurised month
in the history of the service,
with high levels of flu -
the background to another
deterioration in A&E performance.
Hugh Pym, BBC News.
And you can see more from that
documentary - Hospital -
featured in Hugh's report,
on BBC Two at 9:00pm
on Monday 26th March.
Ministers in Ireland have
approved a referendum
bill on whether to amend
the constitution, making it easier
for women to have abortions.
The current law gives a mother
and her unborn child
an equal right to life,
and this has been the basis
for strict abortion controls.
The nationwide referendum
will be held in May.
Our correspondent Chris
Page has been hearing
the arguments on both sides.
This is a nation which was once seen
as the most socially
conservative in western Europe,
but it feels like
change has been swift.
In the next few months, Ireland
will make a defining decision.
Tens of thousands of Irish women
have travelled to other
countries to have abortions.
Gaye Edwards' baby,
who she and her husband
named Joshua, had a fatal
condition called anencephaly.
She says having to go away
to end her pregnancy
magnified her grief.
While I knew that I had come
to the right decision for me,
it made me feel that society
viewed my decision as
being somehow wrong.
When you really need to be taken
care of you feel like you're just...
Pushed aside and into a corner.
Stories like Gaye's have helped
to bring about the referendum.
Voters will decide whether to remove
the Eighth Amendment
of the Irish Constitution,
which gives an unborn child
and a pregnant woman
an equal right to life.
These canvassers are campaigning
to repeal the Eighth.
Abortions are happening in Ireland,
they're happening dangerously
and they're happening illegally.
We're on the shoulders
of generations of women who have
been organising and working
for this shift forward.
If the change to the constitution
is approved in the referendum,
the parliament in Dublin
will determine how available
terminations will be.
Ministers want to allow
abortions up to 12 weeks
into a pregnancy and in some
limited circumstances afterwards.
But the Government
doesn't have a majority.
The two main parties
are divided on the issue.
The Catholic Church is strongly
defending the Eighth Amendment.
Its power has diminished,
but it certainly hasn't disappeared.
Life begins at conception and ends
at death and we have
to protect all life.
If it's repealed, all the rights
are gone from the baby.
Women who support the current
law are speaking about
their experiences too.
Vicky Wall's daughter, Liandan,
was still-born at 32 weeks.
She recalls what happened
when a doctor told her he didn't
expect her baby to live.
He said that my only option
was to pop to England -
insinuating an abortion.
That was never going
to be an option.
We spent the summer
just being with her.
The Eighth Amendment
showed to me that not
only did we value her,
but our country
valued her like that.
For people on both sides,
the referendum's about what sort
of society they want to live in.
It's a personal,
passionate, emotive debate.
Chris Page, BBC News, Dublin.
Millions of women in Spain have gone
on strike in protest
at gender inequality.
This was the scene in Madrid
tonight, as they took to the streets
with the slogan "if we stop,
the world stops".
Trade unions, who supported the
action on International Women's Day,
estimate that six million
women took part.
Cuts to bin collections,
closing libraries and dipping
into cash reserves are just some
of the ways councils
in England have been coping
with a squeeze on budgets.
The National Audit Office says
funding from central government has
fallen by nearly a half since 2010.
Many are struggling, in particular
with the growing cost of social
care, and the NAO is warning that
one in ten could completely run out
of money within three years.
Here's Alison Holt.
Do you want to do
An afternoon art class
at the Nexus Day Centre in Surrey
is a chance for people with learning
disabilities, brain injuries
and other conditions to develop
their skills and socialise.
For most here, the support is paid
for by the County Council,
but today's report says with local
authorities facing such
major cuts to their money
from central government,
they are struggling to cope.
Do you like its legs?
I think they're lovely!
I think its legs are brilliant...
Sue, who has multiple sclerosis,
describes this centre as a lifeline.
I come here only twice a week.
I would come more if there
was the funding for it.
Councils like Surrey
have a statutory duty to provide
support for people who are older
and disabled as well as providing
and across the board
demand is increasing.
Today's report calculates that
on average, councils in England now
spend 54% of their total budgets
on social care for
children and adults.
With money so tight,
many other services have been cut.
Since 2010, more than 33% fewer
homes get weekly bin collections
and 10% of libraries have closed.
The report warns with councils
also using their savings
to balance the books,
one in ten will have exhausted
their reserves within three years.
In Surrey - one of the wealthiest
parts of the country -
as well as increasing council tax,
they're dipping into
their savings again.
It has been really difficult to make
sure we could come in this year
with a budget that actually had
the minimum level tax level
increases that we had to do.
We have had to use £24 million
of our reserves and £15 million
of our capital receipts.
Today's report says there needs
to be a long-term central
government plan for the bins,
roads and other services
that people need.
What is it they want
local government to do,
and fund them for that,
or make funding available
from whatever sources.
Alongside that, social care needs
a funding solution as well.
The Government says a new funding
settlement has been approved
for councils, and that will mean
a real terms increase
in the money they get.
Alison Holt, BBC News, Surrey.
Nottingham Trent University has said
it's "shocked and appalled"
after a video was posted
on social media, appearing
to show a group of people
chanting racist abuse outside
the room of a black female student.
Two men were arrested on suspicion
of racially aggravated
public order offences,
but tonight have been released.
Here's Elaine Dunkley.
Recorded on a mobile phone
by student Rufaro Chisango...
What appears to be racist chanting
outside of her door in halls
of residence at Nottingham Trent
I just heard shouting
from outside my door,
and I was just shocked.
My initial response
was I was really shocked.
I felt really isolated
The incident took place
on Monday evening.
Her friends say it has left
traumatised and tarnished
their experience of university life.
I know these things do
happen, but to think
it was so close to home,
so close, being in my university.
Yeah, I was, I was appalled.
We know some people might not
like the way we are,
might not like where we come from,
our race, our religion, our creed,
but it's something that we kind
of just power through,
just knowing that maybe they don't
like us but we do our best.
Rufaro Chisango has now been offered
new accommodation and two
-- on the university said it
accepted an act quickly enough.
There was a delay, a significant
delay, and we acknowledge that.
It's vile behaviour,
it's absolutely abhorrent.
We are really, really shocked.
This is not the NTU positive culture
for students and staff
that we all recognise.
Tonight, Nottingham Trent University
are reassuring students that this
was an isolated incident.
But the National Union
of Students say when you look
at the wider picture,
they receive phone calls every week
from students who have
been racially abused,
and the only way to end it is with
zero tolerance on campuses.
Elaine Dunkley, BBC News.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman has held talks
with the Chancellor Philip Hammond,
with both sides hoping
to agree billions of pounds
of new trade and investment.
Saudi Arabia's Commerce Secretary
says this is a "moment of great
opportunity" and he's been
responding to criticism of Riyadh's
handling of the war in Yemen.
Our business editor
Simon Jack reports.
Meeting the Queen, seeing
the Prime Minister, chatting
with the Archbishop.
The British establishment rolled out
the red carpet for a man whose face
seemed to be everywhere:
Mohammed bin Salman,
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
But this is no social visit -
his Commerce Minister
is here to talk business.
Together, we can do so much
for our own people.
It will create jobs for our own
people, we will create
opportunities for our own people,
it will be win-win situation.
There is an opportunity
that we need to grab.
And we need to work as one team,
because there is a common objective
that will be fruitful and beneficial
for both nations.
Saudi Arabia is the UK's largest
trading partner in the Middle East.
Arms sales are a big part of that.
In 2015 to 16, the UK
sold £3.3 billion worth
of weapons to the kingdom.
In total, we exported £6.2 billion
worth of goods and services
to Saudi Arabia in 2016,
while Saudi investments in the UK
come to over £11 billion.
Both the UK and Saudi Arabia
are going through big changes.
For the UK, of course, it's Brexit.
Saudi Arabia is desperate to try
and wean itself off an oil industry
which up to now has produced 90%
of its income.
Some say its modernisation
programme, like allowing women
to drive, introducing public
entertainment, is an attempt to make
Saudi Arabia more palatable
to the business friends it so badly
needs to achieve that.
But Saudi bombing of targets
in neighbouring Yemen have
caused widespread outrage,
and for many overshadow any social
progress Saudi Arabia may have made.
I don't think that we can be
comfortable selling billions
of pounds worth of arms
to Saudi Arabia, knowing
where they are ending up
and the damage and the war crimes
that are taking place.
I don't think that the British
people want those
kind of trade deals.
Jeremy Corbyn and other
political leaders agree.
What do you say to those people
who don't want to do
business with Saudi Arabia?
I think that our relation,
an historic relation,
speaks for itself.
We respect their opposition
but we would like to invite them
to see and to talk and discuss why
they want to do that.
But if they want to look
at what business is happening,
and these opportunities,
I'm sure they will change
their mind, because action
speaks louder than words.
This Saudi charm offensive moves
to the US next month.
According to Saudi Arabia, there is
plenty of opportunity to go around.
Simon Jack, BBC News.
Running a marathon or long
distance cycling -
they shouldn't just be
activities just for the young.
Researchers have been
following a large group of older
cyclists, some in their 80s,
who've all remained highly active,
and the results are surprising,
as our medical correspondent
Fergus Walsh explains.
I've arranged a 60-mile ride
through the Surrey hills.
This is what healthy
ageing looks like.
These cyclists - aged 64
to 82 - think nothing
of spending five hours
or more in the saddle.
Room for one more?
I do it all for reasons for health,
because I enjoy it, because
It's just a wonderful life.
They have all been examined as part
of a trial which is challenging
perceptions of ageing.
One of the first results
I got from the medical
study was I was told my
body fat was comparable
to that of a 19-year-old.
Leading the peleton
is Professor Norman Lazarus - at 82,
a prime example of healthy ageing.
If exercise was a pill, everybody
in the world would be taking an
Really good, Norman.
He not only took part
in the study, but
helped lead the research.
This test shows his
excellent lung function.
Last little bit now, keep pushing.
An MRI scan gives another indication
of how well Norman is ageing.
These are his thighs.
Now compare Norman's muscly leg
on the the right with
that of a sedentary
50-year-old on left -
which is mostly fat.
If more of us could do
the recommended 150 minutes
of moderate physical activity each
week, it would pay huge dividends.
Across a whole gamut
of different levels,
what exercise is doing in older
individuals is giving them higher
levels of function and
better quality of life.
The most remarkable findings
came when scientists in
Birmingham examined blood
samples from a cyclist.
They found their immune
system, which normally
declines with age, was still
as strong as a young person's.
The immune system is really key
in the body, it has several roles -
it protects us from infections,
but it also helps us
to find things like cancer.
So the fact these
cyclists have the immune
system of a 20-year-old and not a 70
or 80-year-old, means they're
protected from infections
and from cancer potentially.
The advantages then of exercise
in later life are profound.
So if cycling's not your thing,
try another sport,
or what about dancing,
gardening, even brisk walking.
Most of the health benefits of these
sup-agers are easily
achievable if we just did a bit
more physical activity.
Fergus Walsh, BBC News, Surrey.
While we've been on air,
President Trump has said
South Korea will make,
what he's calling,
a 'huge' announcement
on North Korea at midnight.
Seoul has sent a delegation
to Washington, following reports
that the North Korean leader
could be open to halting
his nuclear programme.
They'll be more on that
on the BBC News Channel but from us