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Police have identified
more than 200 witnesses,
and are examining around 240 pieces
of evidence, in the investigation
into the attempted murder,
of a former Russian spy
and his daughter.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
chaired a meeting of
the Government's emergency committee
Cobra today, and says
investigators are being given
all the resources they need.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia are still in a critical
condition, and the officer who tried
to help them after the nerve
agent attack, Nick Bailey,
remains in hospital.
Dominic Casciani reports.
A vehicle designed to save lives,
now posing a grave risk to the
public. This was the scene at
Salisbury and blends station this
evening as chemical warfare
specialists began the latest phase
of this investigation. More than 180
military personnel now helping at
counter-terrorism investigation that
already includes more than 250
detectives. This is the second major
military operation in Salisbury in
24 hours. Last night we saw them
take away a police car from the
hospital. Today they have taken away
ambulances which were potentially
contaminated last Sunday. Everybody
is watching and waiting to see when
this emergency will end. The nation
is watching and waiting to find out
who is behind this crime. Today, the
second meeting any week for the
government's emergency committee,
This investigation is focused
on making sure we keep people safe
as a priority. That is what the
Cobra meeting was about. And also
making sure that we collect all the
evidence, so when it comes to
attribution we will be absolutely
clear where it Lee.
where Sergei and Yulia Skripal dined
is now quarantined. Today, the
city's main cemetery was also closed
to the public as officers examined
the graves of Mr Skripal's wife and
son. Today there was no change in
his condition or that of his
daughter. Still critical, still in
intensive care. Wiltshire police
released a statement on behalf of
the third victim of the nerve agent,
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. He
said he and his family are hugely
grateful for all the messages of
support from the public, and
colleagues from the police family.
He was part of a group of officers
and other emergency service
colleagues who dealt with the
initial incident. He doesn't
consider himself a hero, he was
really doing his job, a job he loves
and is immensely proud of. Salisbury
is a proud city. And trying to get
on with normal life. Shoppers in the
market and officials drawing up plan
to help businesses affected by the
police operation. But with more
barriers going up tonight at the
park with the emergency began, it
may be weeks yet before it is all
Those barriers I talked about have
gone away again. It looks like
police found it a bit of a struggle
to fit them tonight. Let's see what
happens. That shows how intensive
this operation is. An awful lot of
activity, a lot of painstaking work.
At some point this city will be free
of this investigation. At that point
it will go behind the scenes as
counterterrorism specialists pick up
this evidential thread. Ultimately
they will have two provide some
answers as to who was behind this
Dominic, thank you.
The Education Secretary says
he wants to resolve a recruitment
crisis in England's schools,
by cutting the work
load of teachers.
Damian Hinds told a conference
of head teachers that the government
would "strip away" pointless tasks,
so their staff can "focus
on what actually matters".
Here's Elaine Dunkley.
This is Passmores Academy in Essex.
Like so many schools,
it's struggling to recruit teachers.
Classrooms around the country
are now relying
on agency supply teachers
to cover permanent vacancies.
The government keeps missing targets
about recruitment into the
possession -- profession. We have
4000 less teachers than we need,
especially in the key subjects,
English, maths, science.
is not just about recruiting new
staff but stopping existing teachers
from leaving the profession. In the
next five years, pupil numbers are
expected to increase in England,
along with pressures and demands on
Planning, marking, assessments. The
actual teaching part of it took of
the least time. That was one major
factor. I got out of the education
system thinking and feeling the
whole thing needed to be turned on
Today at a conference for
headteachers, the government
promised to address these issues.
For the rest of this parliament they
will be no new additional statutory
tests for assessment for primary
schools, no further changes to the
national curriculum. And no more
reform of GCSEs and A-levels.
Stability in schools was the
message. The government accepting it
needed to work harder to relieve
pressures in the classroom.
Elaine Dunkley, BBC News.
Monitoring groups in Syria say more
than a thousand people have been
killed since government forces
stepped up their bombardment
of Eastern Ghouta three weeks ago.
Soldiers loyal to President Assad
are reported to have made
and are believed to have cut off
the biggest town in the area, Douma,
as well as isolating another.
Talks have been taking place
in Brussels between European Union
and US trade representatives,
over President Trump's plans
to impose higher tariffs on steel
and aluminium imports.
The EU described the discussions
as "frank", but said it wasn't clear
whether Europe would be exempt
from the proposals.
Further talks are
planned next week.
With news of Ireland being crowned
Six Nations champions,
and all the sport, here's
Olly Foster at the BBC Sport Centre.
Many things, Clive.
Ireland have won the Six Nations
Championship with a game to spare.
That's after their bonus point win
against Scotland that England failed
to match, despite beating France
in the last few minutes.
They lost 22-16 to France.
From Dublin, here's our sports
correspondent, Joe Wilson.
This afternoon we didn't know how it
would stop, only where it would
start. The Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
Scotland waiting. This way.
Scotland's style fast and loose.
When it fails, it can and tries to
the opposition. Jacob Stockdale for
Ireland. They give to safely
delivered. Then came his sixth of
this Six Nations. Earlier in the
second have a Scotland move finally
worked, Blair Kinghorn scoring. But
Sean Cronin's dive over the line for
Ireland was more significant, their
fourth try, which not only ensured
victory, Ireland had a bonus point
as well. 28, eight in Dublin. After
Paris. Elliot Daly's monster penalty
was impressive but England needed
more. They needed to match Ireland's
result. They needed for tries.
England were defending desperately.
A high tackle from Anthony Watson,
sin bin for him, France awarded a
penalty try. Things were not going
to plan. Understatement. A try came.
A good one. Not enough. France won,
Just to confirm, England can't
catcher Ireland. Nobody can catch
Ireland. There is intense
satisfaction in Dublin this evening.
But also anticipation because next
weekend they could win the grand
slam by beating England at
Twickenham. I think some hasty
travel plans are being made all
around me right now.
I'd imagine there will be.
Joe Wilson, many thanks. West Ham
are investigating the pitch
invasions and crowd disturbances
that marred their defeat to Burnley.
Elsewhere in the Premier League,
Marcus Rashford scored both
Manchester United goals as they beat
Liverpool at Old Trafford. They
remain second, 13 points behind
Manchester City, who don't play
until Monday night.
Patrick Geary reports. From the age
of industry to the age of the
selfie, Manchester and Liverpool
have quarrelled. The row started
about trade. These days these teams
rely on imports. Jose Mourinho opted
for some local produce. Marcus
Rashford of Wythenshawe. Look what
it meant for him to score. Rashford
is England's great hope but hadn't
started a league game for his club
this year. He can consider this a
chance taken. After the break,
Liverpool started to fight back and
felt they should have been given a
hand. No penalty though. They did
get some luck. An own goal macro. A
mix-up to set off a big finish. The
pressure mounted. Liverpool corner.
Mo Salah over the bar. United know
the title is heading across town to
Manchester City. This was a day for
their bit of Manchester.
Patrick Geary, BBC News.
Great Britain have their first medal
at the Winter Paralympics in
Teenager Millie Knight
with her guide, Brett Wild, took
silver on the opening day
of competition in the visually
skiing in Pyeongchang.
Slovakia won gold, but Knight
described their second place
as "the best feeling in the world".
Lots more on the BBC sport website,
including all the Winter Paralympic
results, and also details of the one
day series win for England's
cricketers against New Zealand.
That's all for now. Clive. Ollie
There's more throughout the evening
on the BBC News Channel,
and I'll be back with the late
News at Ten.