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More than 200 witnesses

have been identified

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as part of the inquiry,

into the attempted murder

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of a former Russian

spy and his daughter.

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Forensic teams have been

re-examining sites in Salisbury,

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as the Home Secretary says

investigators are being given

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all the resources they need.

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This is a painstaking detailed

investigation and the police need to

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be given the space and the time to

get on with that.

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Tonight, the BBC understands

traces of the nerve agent,

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have been found in the local

restaurant where the victims had

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been eating last Sunday.

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Also on the programme:

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How to end the teacher recruitment

crisis in England's schools.

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The Government says,

cut their work load.

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More than 1,000 people

are thought to have died,

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since Syrian government forces

stepped up their attack,

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on rebel held eastern Ghouta.

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And Ireland secure the Six Nations

Championship, with victory

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over Scotland in Dublin.

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Good evening.

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Police have identified

more than 200 witnesses,

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and are examining around 240 pieces

of evidence, in the investigation

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into the attempted murder,

of a former Russian spy

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and his daughter.

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still

in hospital in a critical condition.

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The BBC understands that traces

of the nerve agent used

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in the attack, have been

found in the pizzeria

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where they were eating,

last Sunday afternoon.

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Our home affairs correspondent

Dominic Casciani has the latest.

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Is this the key location in the hunt

for whoever attacked Sergei Skripal

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and Millie

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and Millie Yulia? Police have now

found evidence in what is now an

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evolving and huge operation. This

was the scene at Salisbury's

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ambulance station as chemical

warfare specialists arrived earlier

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today.

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A vehicle designed to

save lives, now posing

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a grave risk to the public.

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This is the second major military

operation in Salisbury

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in the last 24 hours.

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Last night, we saw them take away

a police car from the hospital.

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Today, they are taking away

ambulances, which were potentially

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contaminated last Sunday.

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Everyone in this city

is watching and waiting to see

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when this emergency will end,

and the nation is watching

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and waiting to find out

who is behind this crime.

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Ministers are being briefed on the

unfolding situation.

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And today, the second meeting

in a week of the government's

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emergency committee Cobra.

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This investigation is focused

on making sure that we keep

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people safe as a priority,

that is what the Cobra meeting

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was about, and also making sure

that we collect all the evidence,

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so that when it comes

to attribution, we will be

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absolutely clear where

it should lead.

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The main cemetery is one of five

sites under investigation. It is

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being close to the public as offices

examine the grave of Mr Skripal's

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wife and son.

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Today, there was no

change in his condition,

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or that of his daughter: still

critical, still in intensive care.

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Wiltshire Police released

a statement on behalf of

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the third victim of the nerve agent,

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

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He said he and his family are hugely

grateful for all the messages

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of support.

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He does not consider himself a hero,

he was merely doing his job, a job

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job, a job he loves.

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Salisbury too is a proud city,

trying to get on with normal life.

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Shoppers out in the market,

and officials drawing up a plan

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to help businesses affected

by the police operation.

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But with more barriers going up

tonight at the park bench where the

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emergency began, it may be weeks yet

before it is all over.

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So, a lot of continued police

activity in Salisbury, Dominic. Is

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it clear that progress is being made

in the investigation?

I think

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progress in this investigation will

be slow, methodical and really quite

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delicate baby steps. But also with a

real determination from the police,

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from this large team of 250

counterterrorism experts supported

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by the military to get to the truth.

What is interesting tonight is that

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now we understand traces of the

nerve agent were found in word-macro

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here in the centre of Salisbury,

that narrows down potentially the

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investigatory window for the

detectives.

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detectives. -- Zizzi. It suggests

that -- the investigation suggests

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that Mr Skripal and his daughter

were contaminated before they went

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into the city. Detectives have to

work out how this was administered

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and when they worked that out, it

will lead them to who did it.

Thank

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you.

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The Education Secretary says

he wants to resolve a recruitment

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crisis in England's schools,

by cutting the workload of teachers.

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Damian Hinds told a conference of

head teachers, that the government

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would "strip away" pointless tasks,

so their staff can "focus

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on what actually matters".

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Here's Elaine Dunkley.

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This is Passmores Academy in Essex.

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And like so many schools, it is

struggling to recruit teachers.

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It has had to use innovative

ways to attract staff.

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We even offer housing.

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That's one of our school houses over

there, so you can come and live

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cheaply at Passmores while you pay

off your student loan.

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The difficulty in recruiting means

many classrooms around the country

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now rely on agency supply teachers

to cover permanent vacancies.

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The Government keeps missing

targets about recruitment

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into the profession.

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We've got about 4000 less teachers

than we need, and especially

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in the shortest subjects,

Key subjects in the curriculum,

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English, maths, science,

all those sort of things.

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The issue isn't just

about recruiting new staff,

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but stopping existing teachers

from leaving the profession.

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Over the next five years in England,

the pupil numbers in England

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are expected to increase,

along with pressures

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and demands on teachers.

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Jake Rusby left the profession

after three years.

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I would work 65, 75 hour weeks,

with planning, marking,

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the assessments you are doing,

the actual teaching part

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of it probably took up

the least time of everything!

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So that was one major factor.

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For me, I got out of the education

system feeling that the whole thing

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needed to be turned on its head.

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Today at a conference

for headteachers, the Government

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promised to address these issues,

but there was little talk

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of extra funding.

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For the rest of this Parliament,

there will be no new additional

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statutory tests or assessments

for primary schools,

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no further changes to the national

curriculum and no more reform

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of GCSEs and A-levels.

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Stability in schools

was the message.

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The Government accepting it needs

to work harder to reduce

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pressure in the classrooms.

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Is it plus or minus 21?

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But headteachers say funding

is the missing part of the formula.

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Elaine Dunkley, BBC News.

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The nephew of the actress Liz Hurley

has been attacked repeatedly in the

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Street in London. Miles Hurley was

one of two men who was attacked on

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Thursday. He remains in hospital.

Police say his condition is not

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life-threatening.

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Talks have been taking

place in Brussels,

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between European Union and US trade

representatives,

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over President Trump's plans to

impose higher tariffs on steel

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and aluminium imports.

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The EU described the discussions

as "frank," but said

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it wasn't clear whether Europe would

be exempt from the proposals.

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Further talks are planned next week.

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Monitoring groups in Syria

say more than 1,000 people

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have been killed,

since government forces stepped

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up their bombardment

of Eastern Ghouta, three weeks ago.

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Soldiers loyal to President

Assad, are reported

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to have made significant advances,

and are believed to have cut off

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the biggest town in the area, Douma,

and isolated another.

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Our Middle East Correspondent

Martin Patience reports.

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This is where the UN calls Hell on

Earth. Today, an injured man is

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scrambled to safety. But warplanes

or overhead. There is no escape. The

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Syrian army has now reportedly

surrounded the main

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surrounded the main town of Douma.

Syrian jets are pounding the

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besieged enclave. There are rebel

fighters, some extremists, but

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hundreds of thousands of civilians

are trapped inside. The United

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Nations calls these air strikes

collective punishment. Syria and its

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back Russia are not listening. The

Syrian army is advancing. Eastern

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Ghouta was the last major opposition

stronghold close to the capital.

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This commander seems confident of

victory. The terrorists, as he calls

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them, are on the run. But civilians

are caught. They have nowhere to

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run. An aid convoy reached within

yesterday delivering food supplies.

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The international organisations say

it is nowhere near enough. The

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battle for Eastern Ghouta appears to

be entering the final stage. But the

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end could be bloodier than what has

come before. Martin Patience, BBC

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News, Lebanon.

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The US Justice Department has moved

to tighten restrictions on guns,

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with plans to ban so-called 'bump

stocks', the devices used to turn

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semi-automatic rifles

into fully automatic weapons.

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Bump stocks were used last year

in Las Vegas when 58 people

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were killed by a gunman

at a concert.

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There's been growing

pressure on President Trump

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to tighten gun laws,

after last month's Florida school

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shooting, in which 17 people died.

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With news of Ireland winning

the Six Nations championship...

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and all of today's sport, here's

Olly Foster at the BBC Sport Centre.

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Hello. Hello, Clive. Thank you.

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Ireland are Six Nations champions

for the third time in five years.

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Their 28 points to 8

victory against Scotland,

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coupled with England's 22-16 defeat

to France, saw them clinch the title

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with a game to spare.

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From Dublin, here's our Sports

correspondent Joe Wilson.

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This afternoon we didn't

know how it would stop,

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only where it would start.

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Aviva stadium, Dublin -

Scotland waiting this way.

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Scotland style - fast and loose -

when it fails, it can hand

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tries to the opposition.

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Jacob Stockdale for Ireland here,

and the gift was safely delivered.

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Few players have ever

made a try scoring start

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to a career like Stockdale.

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Here came his sixth

of this Six Nations.

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Early in the second-half a Scotland

move finally worked,

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completed in the corner

by Blair Kinghorn -

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young star, fine finish.

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But Sean Cronin's dive over

the line for Ireland

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was more significant,

their fourth try.

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Which not only ensured victory,

Ireland had a bonus point too.

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Ireland have done all they can do in

Dublin. England had to match the

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performance in Paris to keep their

title hopes alive.

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They needed four tries.

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High tackle from Anthony Watson,

sin-bin for him and France

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were awarded a penalty try to lead.

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Things weren't going to plan -

under statement.

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A try came, but what England

produced in the 74th minute

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is what they needed in the first

- not enough.

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France won, so did Ireland.

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Saturday night in Dublin came with

the knowledge that Ireland could not

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be caught and the belief that they

could beat England next Saturday.

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Now, would that be sent Patrick's

Day? Joe Wilson, BBC News, Dublin.

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We are going to win it, come on!

Said Patrick's Day!

Quite a night in

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Dublin this evening.

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Match of the Day and Sportscene

follow the news with Premier League

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and Scottish Premiership goals

but if you want some of the results

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then here they come.

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West Ham lost 3-0 to Burnley

but pitch invasions and crowd

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disturbances overshadowed the match.

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The Football Association has

strongly condemned the incidents.

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Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1

with two goals from Marcus Rashford.

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Manchester City's lead

is down to 13 points

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but they play on Monday night.

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There were also wins for Everton,

Newcastle, Leicester and Chelsea.

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There were wins for St Johnstone,

Hamilton and Kilmarnock in Scotland

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and Aberdeen drew with Partick.

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Leaders Celtic go

to Rangers tomorrow

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Leaders Celtic go

to Rangers tomorrow.

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Great Britain secured a medal

on the opening day of competition

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at the Winter Paralympics in South

Korea.

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Teenager Millie Knight

celebrated silver with her

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guide in the visually

impaired downhill skiing.

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Kate Grey reports from Pyeongchang.

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The opening run of these Paralympics

fell in the hands of this

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British debutant and her guide.

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Their moment in the spotlight

did not last long though.

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The unpredictability

of the downhill proving too much,

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and they crashed out

on the first bend.

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Luckily, no harm done.

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Over to the reigning

world champions.

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Millie Knight, who only has 5%

vision and her guide Brett Wild had

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had their own experience of crashing

on the slopes last year.

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But those demons were put to rest

today as they negotiated the course

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and safely crossed the line to win

silver - Britain's first

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medal of these games.

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We are so excited to

have a medal under our belts.

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It is the best result this season,

so we're peaking at the right time.

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You've got a busy programme.

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We are back up tomorrow at 4am!

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To go again.

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So we believe in celebrating

on the last evening.

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The British action was not just

confined to the snow.

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As we moved into the afternoon, a

fiercely contested match on the ice

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with the wheelchair curling team.

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Up against Norway

it was no easy task.

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Over an hour of play came

down to the final stone.

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Norway had to score two points

to take it to a deciding edge.

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Norway had to score two points

to take it to a deciding end.

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Not good enough!

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It is a steal for Great Britain!

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Britain's curling campaign

off to a winning start.

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Don't forget, much more on the BBC

Sport website on the Winter

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Paralympics from Pyeongchang and

also on there, details of England's

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Cricketers one-day series win

against New Zealand.

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Many thanks, Olly Foster.

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That's it.

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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But from me and the rest

of the team, have a very goodnight.

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