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Hundreds of people in the north
of England and in north
and mid-Wales, are without power,
as the UK struggles
with the continued effects
of the week's bitter weather.
Motorists and rail passengers
have been told to expect
with Scotland receiving
the heaviest snowfall,
and some of the lowest temperatures
in the UK.
expected to get milder.
As the snow begins to melt,
the Environment Agency has issued 13
flood warnings for parts
of north-east and
Dan Johnson reports.
Another day of Britain taking a
battering. After the snow, from the
high tides and the flood warnings.
On the coast, the seas have taken
over the railway line in Dawlish. On
the outskirts of Cardiff, the snow
is hanging around. 400 homes without
power. Some people have now seen
Very pretty and all of that
but I must admit it is getting on my
It has affected me in
terms of not being able to go to
I didn't expect it to be as
bad as it is and we are getting
The motorway across the
Pennines was deserted because of
heavy snow and high winds. Leeds and
Manchester were reconnected earlier
this morning. The traffic may be
flowing here but most of the roads
across these hills are still blocked
with snow and there are strong winds
in places, too, potentially causing
more snow drifts. The A1 has
reopened further north. Over the
border, just look what the trains
are having to plough through in
Scotland. With even more snow
expected to fall. Rail travel is
difficult across the UK. As well as
snow and ice, services are affected
by strike action in Merseyside.
Hundreds of flights have been
cancelled with teams battling to
keep runways open. In Manchester,
officers searching for a man who
went missing after leaving a
nightclub pulled a body from the
canal. Scarborough is one of the
places starting to clean up. There
are flood warnings in place in the
south-west and the north-east. The
long thaw may have begun but more
problems are still to come.
Some of the worst disruption
is in Scotland where much
of the rail network
is badly affected.
Our correspondent Catriona Renton
is at Glasgow Central Station.
It has been the coldest start to
march on record, what are the signs,
if any, of improvement?
Quite a lot,
actually. Some good news for you,
although it is far from a typical
Saturday here at Glasgow Central
Station but services are starting to
run. No trains between Scotland and
England but there are final checks
happening and it is hoped the
mainline will be up and running
later today. ScotRail are hoping for
a full service tomorrow. Other
travel, airports and roads, take
extra care and check before you
travel to the airports. We have
forecast for more snow here so
untreated roads still icy. The
Scottish government have urged
people to carry on that community
spirit we have seen over the last
few days and to keep helping each
other out. The picture around the
rest of the UK? As we heard down
say, it is gradually improving but
there are still warnings for icy
roads which remain treacherous. Then
there is the next thing when these
snow starts to melt and there are
flood warnings in parts of the
south-west and north-east of
England. With all of this disruption
around the UK, it'll take some time
to get everything back on track.
Consumer groups have criticised
the energy company E.On's
announcement that it's raising
prices for many of its customers.
The company, one of what are known
as the Big Six energy suppliers,
is scrapping the discounts offered
to some of its dual fuel
customers as well as removing
the discount for those who opt
for paperless billing.
Our business correspondent
Joe Lynam is here.
We often tend to think we are --
where one of these companies Leeds,
others will follow. Will they?
early to say. E.On are saying they
are making it simpler for customers
to understand their tariffs and
compare them with other suppliers.
They are scrapping the discounts the
dual fuel customers, which has the
effect of raising the cost for
customers from next month by £22 on
an average bill. The real issue is
whether this will spread and cause a
new wave of price rises. We don't
know but we know oil prices are up
14% in the last year and there was a
huge spike in wholesale gas prices
as a direct result of the Beast of
the East. We know that companies buy
in large quantities which protects
them from these large spikes in
demand so they shouldn't raise their
prices as a result. The other key
thing to remember is that wholesale
gas prices is one of your -- one
part of your bill. Distribution,
getting it through your cables, is
about a quarter of the bill. And
their profits are 5%.
It is an
environment where the energy
companies are facing quite a lot of
political pressure. Are they worried
about the implications of price
There is a price cap on its
way, it'll be in force by next
winter, probably. And then, of
course, there is the Labour Party,
talking seriously about
nationalising a lot of the companies
and the water companies.
A number of people have been injured
and at least 100 arrested
in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
Clashes between police
and anti-government demonstrators
occurred after the authorities
ordered a search of a protest camp
near the parliament.
Scientists are trialling
a new camera which could help
with the early detection of one
of the deadliest forms of cancer.
Almost 8,000 people died
from oesophageal cancer
in the UK last year.
Now doctors and physicists
in Cambridge have joined forces
to develop a new camera that
could pick out abnormal cells before
they develop into cancer.
Our science correspondent
Richard Westcott reports.
Right now, this is how you find one
of Britain's deadliest cancers.
Oesophageal cancer kills 21
people a day because it is
so difficult to spot.
Using a camera with a normal
white light on the end,
the doctors are looking
at the dark red patch.
These physicists already
use different coloured
lasers to study electrons,
now they are adapting the technique
to look for early signs of disease.
What happens is the tissue becomes
cancerous, you get a change
in the chemical composition
and different chemicals
have different colours,
which means that if we look
at the cancer with a technique that
allows us to capture information
from all of the different colours
of light that are being reflected,
we can get a fuller picture
of the disease state
that is present.
And this is how it might look.
Two thirds of our patients
will present with a cancer
that's already spreading
to the lymph glands.
And, then, after that, it can go
to the organs, like the liver.
If we treat a cancer
at the point at which it's
still within the tissue itself
of the oesophagus, and it hasn't
spread anywhere at all,
then we can remove it all,
and cure it.
And that's exactly
what happened to Jackie.
They caught her disease
in time and now she's fine.
I knew there was something wrong.
People shouldn't have
heartburn for 20 odd years.
Well, actually, it was 30 years.
They'll start trailling
the new camera on patients
in the next few weeks.
If successful, it could also be used
to spot other cancers
before they become fatal.
With all the sport,
here's Mike Bushell
at the BBC Sport Centre.
The system may have been
ridiculed in the week,
after the Spurs Rochdale FA cup
match, but the use of video
assistant referees has
today been approved
by football's world
governing body, Fifa.
It means despite the confusion
and delays it caused in that match
on Wednesday at Wembley,
it could now be used at this
Summer's World Cup.
It will mainly be used to decide
if a ball has crossed
the line for a goal,
in penalty decisons,
red cards and situations
of mistaken identity.
Lots of football matches
are off so check the sport
website for the details.
But the Scottish Cup quarter-finals
have survived so far.
The Scottish championship side are
holding up so far, goalless it
remains in the first half.
Seven Premier League games
all still on as well.
Burnley and Everton are just
coming up to half time.
And Everton are leading 1-0,
Turkish striker Chenk Tosun
scoring his first goal
since signing in January.
England are celebrating victory
against New Zealand in the third
one day international.
The Kiwis made a steady start,
as they chased 235 to win.
But Ben Stokes took a brilliant
catch, off Adil Rashid,
to start a run of wickets.
Moeen Ali took three wickets
as the Kiwis lost four
wickets for six runs.
A century from Captain Kane
Williamson did take them close
but in the end England won by four
runs and lead the series 2-1.
The man who has masterminded
Great Britain's domination of rowing
over the past two decades,
Sir David Tanner, has
retired this week.
But, while he'd been in charge
for over 21 years and his crews won
35 Olympic and Paralympic medals,
he never attracted much attention.
So, our reporter Tim Hague went
to meet him, to find out more.
Surprising really that one of
Britain's best elite coaches ever is
little known outside of running yet
British rowing under Sir David
Tanner's two decades of
Great Britain on the
Have won 35 Paralympic and
Olympic medals. Why is he retiring?
Why am I retiring? It will be hard
to step out. Rowing gives my hobby
and my life, in some ways but I
won't leave rowing. I've done 21
years which is quite a long time.
The first rowers have been out from
7am. You can see the sun is still
coming up and that commitment to
being the best comes from Sir David
all the way down. He is an ex-head
teacher and he still carries it with
We've all been called into the
headmaster 's office and he has
created this incredible place of
success and inspiration and he will
always be remembered.
confident that with financial
support, and that is where the
lottery comes in, I could build
something very good but not world
leading as we are now.
Does he feel
sorry for his successor? Comparisons
have been made with the
irreplaceable Sir Alex Ferguson when
he left Manchester United.
see myself as Sir Alex Ferguson at
all. I don't think I am a big cheese
in that way. I'm not modest about
being the leader of the best rowing
nation in the world, OK? But I don't
need to be somebody who puts his
head above the parapet too much.
success like Sir David's should be
celebrated. Did you know that since
you took over you've had a hand in
40% of British rowing medals in
I hadn't worked
that out. Is that right?
first games was 1900.
It's not bad,
is it, then?
Not bad at all. And we
wish David a happy retirement.
That's all the sport for now.
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