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More than 200 witnesses
have been identified
as part of the inquiry,
into the attempted murder
of a former Russian
spy and his daughter.
Forensic teams have been
re-examining sites in Salisbury,
as the Home Secretary says
investigators are being given
all the resources they need.
This is a painstaking detailed
investigation and the police need to
be given the space and the time to
get on with that.
Tonight, the BBC understands
traces of the nerve agent,
have been found in the local
restaurant where the victims had
been eating last Sunday.
Also on the programme:
How to end the teacher recruitment
crisis in England's schools.
The Government says,
cut their work load.
More than 1,000 people
are thought to have died,
since Syrian government forces
stepped up their attack,
on rebel held eastern Ghouta.
And Ireland secure the Six Nations
Championship, with victory
over Scotland in Dublin.
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.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still
in hospital in a critical condition.
The BBC understands that traces
of the nerve agent used
in the attack, have been
found in the pizzeria
where they were eating,
last Sunday afternoon.
Our home affairs correspondent
Dominic Casciani has the latest.
Is this the key location in the hunt
for whoever attacked Sergei Skripal
and Millie Yulia? Police have now
found evidence in what is now an
evolving and huge operation. This
was the scene at Salisbury's
ambulance station as chemical
warfare specialists arrived earlier
A vehicle designed to
save lives, now posing
a grave risk to the public.
This is the second major military
operation in Salisbury
in the last 24 hours.
Last night, we saw them take away
a police car from the hospital.
Today, they are taking away
ambulances, which were potentially
contaminated last Sunday.
Everyone in this city
is watching and waiting to see
when this emergency will end,
and the nation is watching
and waiting to find out
who is behind this crime.
Ministers are being briefed on the
And today, the second meeting
in a week of the government's
emergency committee Cobra.
This investigation is focused
on making sure that 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 that when it comes
to attribution, we will be
absolutely clear where
it should lead.
The main cemetery is one of five
sites under investigation. It is
being close to the public as offices
examine the grave 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
He does not consider himself a hero,
he was merely doing his job, a job
job, a job he loves.
Salisbury too is a proud city,
trying to get on with normal life.
Shoppers out in the market,
and officials drawing up a plan
to help businesses affected
by the police operation.
But with more barriers going up
tonight at the park bench where the
emergency began, it may be weeks yet
before it is all over.
So, a lot of continued police
activity in Salisbury, Dominic. Is
it clear that progress is being made
in the investigation?
progress in this investigation will
be slow, methodical and really quite
delicate baby steps. But also with a
real determination from the police,
from this large team of 250
counterterrorism experts supported
by the military to get to the truth.
What is interesting tonight is that
now we understand traces of the
nerve agent were found in word-macro
here in the centre of Salisbury,
that narrows down potentially the
investigatory window for the
detectives. -- Zizzi. It suggests
that -- the investigation suggests
that Mr Skripal and his daughter
were contaminated before they went
into the city. Detectives have to
work out how this was administered
and when they worked that out, it
will lead them to who did it.
The Education Secretary says
he wants to resolve a recruitment
crisis in England's schools,
by cutting the workload 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.
And like so many schools, it is
struggling to recruit teachers.
It has had to use innovative
ways to attract staff.
We even offer housing.
That's one of our school houses over
there, so you can come and live
cheaply at Passmores while you pay
off your student loan.
The difficulty in recruiting means
many classrooms around the country
now rely on agency supply teachers
to cover permanent vacancies.
The Government keeps missing
targets about recruitment
into the profession.
We've got about 4000 less teachers
than we need, and especially
in the shortest subjects,
Key subjects in the curriculum,
English, maths, science,
all those sort of things.
The issue isn't just
about recruiting new staff,
but stopping existing teachers
from leaving the profession.
Over the next five years in England,
the pupil numbers in England
are expected to increase,
along with pressures
and demands on teachers.
Jake Rusby left the profession
after three years.
I would work 65, 75 hour weeks,
with planning, marking,
the assessments you are doing,
the actual teaching part
of it probably took up
the least time of everything!
So that was one major factor.
For me, I got out of the education
system feeling that the whole thing
needed to be turned on its head.
Today at a conference
for headteachers, the Government
promised to address these issues,
but there was little talk
of extra funding.
For the rest of this Parliament,
there will be no new additional
statutory tests or assessments
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 needs
to work harder to reduce
pressure in the classrooms.
Is it plus or minus 21?
But headteachers say funding
is the missing part of the formula.
Elaine Dunkley, BBC News.
The nephew of the actress Liz Hurley
has been attacked repeatedly in the
Street in London. Miles Hurley was
one of two men who was attacked on
Thursday. He remains in hospital.
Police say his condition is not
Talks have been taking
place in Brussels,
between European Union and US trade
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.
Monitoring groups in Syria
say more than 1,000 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 significant advances,
and are believed to have cut off
the biggest town in the area, Douma,
and isolated another.
Our Middle East Correspondent
Martin Patience reports.
This is where the UN calls Hell on
Earth. Today, an injured man is
scrambled to safety. But warplanes
or overhead. There is no escape. The
Syrian army has now reportedly
surrounded the main
surrounded the main town of Douma.
Syrian jets are pounding the
besieged enclave. There are rebel
fighters, some extremists, but
hundreds of thousands of civilians
are trapped inside. The United
Nations calls these air strikes
collective punishment. Syria and its
back Russia are not listening. The
Syrian army is advancing. Eastern
Ghouta was the last major opposition
stronghold close to the capital.
This commander seems confident of
victory. The terrorists, as he calls
them, are on the run. But civilians
are caught. They have nowhere to
run. An aid convoy reached within
yesterday delivering food supplies.
The international organisations say
it is nowhere near enough. The
battle for Eastern Ghouta appears to
be entering the final stage. But the
end could be bloodier than what has
come before. Martin Patience, BBC
The US Justice Department has moved
to tighten restrictions on guns,
with plans to ban so-called 'bump
stocks', the devices used to turn
into fully automatic weapons.
Bump stocks were used last year
in Las Vegas when 58 people
were killed by a gunman
at a concert.
There's been growing
pressure on President Trump
to tighten gun laws,
after last month's Florida school
shooting, in which 17 people died.
With news of Ireland winning
the Six Nations championship...
and all of today's sport, here's
Olly Foster at the BBC Sport Centre.
Hello. Hello, Clive. Thank you.
Ireland are Six Nations champions
for the third time in five years.
Their 28 points to 8
victory against Scotland,
coupled with England's 22-16 defeat
to France, saw them clinch the title
with a game to spare.
From Dublin, here's our Sports
correspondent Joe Wilson.
This afternoon we didn't
know how it would stop,
only where it would start.
Aviva stadium, Dublin -
Scotland waiting this way.
Scotland style - fast and loose -
when it fails, it can hand
tries to the opposition.
Jacob Stockdale for Ireland here,
and the gift was safely delivered.
Few players have ever
made a try scoring start
to a career like Stockdale.
Here came his sixth
of this Six Nations.
Early in the second-half a Scotland
move finally worked,
completed in the corner
by Blair Kinghorn -
young star, fine finish.
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 too.
Ireland have done all they can do in
Dublin. England had to match the
performance in Paris to keep their
title hopes alive.
They needed four tries.
High tackle from Anthony Watson,
sin-bin for him and France
were awarded a penalty try to lead.
Things weren't going to plan -
A try came, but what England
produced in the 74th minute
is what they needed in the first
- not enough.
France won, so did Ireland.
Saturday night in Dublin came with
the knowledge that Ireland could not
be caught and the belief that they
could beat England next Saturday.
Now, would that be sent Patrick's
Day? Joe Wilson, BBC News, Dublin.
We are going to win it, come on!
Said Patrick's Day!
Quite a night in
Dublin this evening.
Match of the Day and Sportscene
follow the news with Premier League
and Scottish Premiership goals
but if you want some of the results
then here they come.
West Ham lost 3-0 to Burnley
but pitch invasions and crowd
disturbances overshadowed the match.
The Football Association has
strongly condemned the incidents.
Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1
with two goals from Marcus Rashford.
Manchester City's lead
is down to 13 points
but they play on Monday night.
There were also wins for Everton,
Newcastle, Leicester and Chelsea.
There were wins for St Johnstone,
Hamilton and Kilmarnock in Scotland
and Aberdeen drew with Partick.
Leaders Celtic go
to Rangers tomorrow
Leaders Celtic go
to Rangers tomorrow.
Great Britain secured a medal
on the opening day of competition
at the Winter Paralympics in South
Teenager Millie Knight
celebrated silver with her
guide in the visually
impaired downhill skiing.
Kate Grey reports from Pyeongchang.
The opening run of these Paralympics
fell in the hands of this
British debutant and her guide.
Their moment in the spotlight
did not last long though.
of the downhill proving too much,
and they crashed out
on the first bend.
Luckily, no harm done.
Over to the reigning
Millie Knight, who only has 5%
vision and her guide Brett Wild had
had their own experience of crashing
on the slopes last year.
But those demons were put to rest
today as they negotiated the course
and safely crossed the line to win
silver - Britain's first
medal of these games.
We are so excited to
have a medal under our belts.
It is the best result this season,
so we're peaking at the right time.
You've got a busy programme.
We are back up tomorrow at 4am!
To go again.
So we believe in celebrating
on the last evening.
The British action was not just
confined to the snow.
As we moved into the afternoon, a
fiercely contested match on the ice
with the wheelchair curling team.
Up against Norway
it was no easy task.
Over an hour of play came
down to the final stone.
Norway had to score two points
to take it to a deciding edge.
Norway had to score two points
to take it to a deciding end.
Not good enough!
It is a steal for Great Britain!
Britain's curling campaign
off to a winning start.
Don't forget, much more on the BBC
Sport website on the Winter
Paralympics from Pyeongchang and
also on there, details of England's
Cricketers one-day series win
against New Zealand.
Many thanks, Olly Foster.
You can see more on all of today's
stories on the BBC News Channel.
But from me and the rest
of the team, have a very goodnight.