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Thousands of homes are still
and motorists and rail passengers
face continuing disruption,
as the UK struggles
with the bitter weather.
Snow drifts are blocking some major
roads and many rural
communities remain cut off.
As temperatures begin to rise -
easing problems in some areas -
there's a new threat of flooding,
with severe warnings in place
in parts of north-east
and south west England.
Dan Johnson reports.
At least Manchester and Leeds
were reconnected this morning
when the M62 opened.
Lots of other roads over these
hills are still blocked,
It's been quite incredible,
never seen anything like it.
We've had sort of five
or so foot drifts
around where we live, the other side
of the hill over there.
Cars getting stuck.
Including police cars and so on.
The ice roads of the North Pennines.
This lane leading to the tiny
village of Bewcastle's been blocked
This morning, local
farmers cleared the snow.
You never see a gritter
out here, never.
People here are feeling
a bit forgotten.
I rang the highways department
yesterday morning asking
them to send out some assistance
as our tractor was stuck in a
And they said there's no way
anybody was going to be out
I think it's absolutely disgusting.
Right across the North, there's
still plenty of snow to clear.
We don't want any more, but,
you know, it is what it is
and we can cope with it.
When you see the amount of snow
here you get an idea
of what this community has had
to endure this week.
This is not the only village
that has been cut off.
High tides and flooding are now a
risk. This is Dawlish on the
south-west coast. And look what the
trains have to plough through in
We actually hopeful of a
near normal service tomorrow, which
will set everything of people going
back to work on Monday morning. Very
hopeful we can provide a really good
service come Monday.
homes across Wales were without
power. Leaking boilers have only
added to the misery.
damaged, the bed itself is gone,
soaking wet, the carpet such rated.
Some supermarkets are running short
after the beast from the east, the
hysteria from Siberia. There are
signs of warmer climes back in
Bewcastle. The long, slow thaw might
have started, that doesn't mean the
problems are over.
North Devon has seen particularly
heavy snow and some remote villages
have been cut off for days.
Jon Kay is there for us.
Yes, this is the A39 which crosses
Exmoor and heads towards the tourist
town of Lynton connecting lots of
little remote villages. When we got
here the road was completely covered
in snow. Snowploughs are going
through bit by bit very gradually.
They've just got round the corner
there, that's as far as you can get
at the moment. It is incredibly slow
progress. Here is why.
One scoop at a time.
But it is a massive task.
Clearing the A39 to free
this area of Devon.
We need to dig through
to get the roads open
Dan has been helping out
as a volunteer, helping council and
So supplies can get
in and villagers can get out.
Down in the dip it
gets even worse, so
it's just going to take
how long it takes.
And it won't be quick.
It could be days
before they reach the
town of Lynton four miles away.
What's happened here
is that the high winds have brought
all this snow in off the moors
and it's basically
become trapped on the road
by the high trees and the bushes.
And it can't go anywhere.
It can't get away.
Compare it, look, with
the hills after the side.
There the snow has
pretty much melted now.
But on the road itself,
We received these pictures from deep
within Exmoor today.
How long until all this thaws?
Karen's worried help
might not be able to
reach her village if
there's an emergency.
Life here is getting tough.
People are running low on supplies
and I think that worries
people in this day and age
when we are not used those sorts of
Linda is helping her neighbours.
These remote communities
are clearly working together.
What you do is put
an appeal on the village
Facebook site and somebody will come
up to the door and help you out if
you're really stuck.
So what have you had?
Well, it's always nice getting some
potatoes when you're
short of potatoes, isn't it?
But there can be no fresh deliveries
until all this is cleared.
So tonight the work
continues on the A39.
Jon Kay, BBC News, Devon.
Use Justin. Three men have been
charged with manslaughter and arson
over an explosion in Leicester which
left five people dead. Several
people were also injured in the
blast in the Hinckley Road area of
the city last Sunday. Three members
of the same family died when the
shop and flat were destroyed.
Reports from Syria suggest
government forces have gained more
ground in an assault
on the rebel-held area of eastern
Ghouta, near the capital Damascus.
Once again, no aid was delivered
during the daily five-hour
humanitarian ceasefire in eastern
Ghouta - and no
civilians mad it out.
civilians made it out.
President Assad's ally Russia says
rebels have prevented
civilians from leaving.
The rebels deny this.
The trial use of new video
technology, to assist football
referees, is proving controversial
in the English game.
Now football's world governing body
has approved its use,
and it's set to be used at this
year's World Cup in Russia.
The system allows referees to review
key moments during a match,
such as goals and penalty calls.
But critics say it's slowing down
the action and ruining the game ,
as Richard Conway reports.
From Diego Maradona's hand of God
to injustice in the biggest games.
Football has long opposed technology
to help officials make the important
But after an historic vote,
all that has changed.
Video assistant referees
or VAR, as it's
known, finally given the go-ahead.
VAR is good for football,
it's good for refereeing.
It brings more fairness in the game.
And for these reasons
we have decided to
VAR will be used to correct errors
relating to goals, penalties,
straight red cards
and mistaken identity.
Nearly 1000 games have formed
part of a two year VAR
Tottenham's match against
Rochdale last week was
included in the trial but was
criticised given lengthy delays
while the referee
Leading to claims
technology is killing the
atmosphere and pace of the match.
The holy grail of football is the
World Cup, surely if it's not good
enough for the FA Cup we can't we
let out into the most prestigious
tournament we have every four years.
But one of the architect of the new
system told me there is evidence
video assistant is working.
On clear error situations,
the accuracy of
the referee decisions went from,
initially, 93% up to around 99%.
Of course there are
grey areas where an
incident could be a penalty, could
not be a penalty, and they will
always remain grey areas.
Football's leaders want to eliminate
game changing mistakes.
As the video trial has shown, anyone
who thinks technology will stop
controversy may want to think again.
Richard Conway, BBC News.
Scientists are testing
new technology which could lead
to the early detection
of oesophageal cancer.
It's one of the deadliest
forms of the disease,
claiming around 8,000 lives each
year in the UK.
Now doctors and physicists
in Cambridge have developed a camera
to spot 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 doctor's 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 is we get a change
in the chemical composition,
and different chemicals
have different colours,
meaning 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 present
with a cancer that is already
spreading to the lymph glands,
and after that it can go to distant
organs like the liver.
If we treat a cancer at that point
at which it is still
within the tissue of the tissue
itself and has not spread anywhere,
we can remove it all and cure it.
That is is that what
happened to Jackie.
They caught her disease in time,
and now she is fine.
I knew there was something wrong.
People should not have
heartburn for 20 odd years,
actually it was 30 years.
They will start trials
of 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.
Richard Westcott, BBC News.
We're back with the
late News at 10:10.