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Good afternoon.

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Hundreds of people in Salisbury,

who visited the same restaurant

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and pub as the poisoned Russian

spy and his daughter,

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are being advised

to wash their clothes

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and possessions as a precaution.

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Traces of the nerve agent have

been found in the Zizzi

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restaurant and Mill pub.

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Those who were at the two locations

last Sunday and Monday

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are being asked to take extra

measures, but England's Chief

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Medical Officer says

she is confident that there's been

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no harm to the health of any

members of the public.

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Kathryn Stanczyszyn

reports from Salisbury.

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A city under a watchful eye, a week

on from the moment these Skripals

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were found collapsed on a bench in a

Salisbury Park, the 30s are still

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trying to piece together what

happened to them. Last night traces

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of the nerve agent used in the

attack were discovered in the

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Italian rest and they had eaten at.

No hundreds of people who spend time

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at Zizzi row or the Mill are being

asked to take precautions.

Wash

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clothing you haven't already,

ideally in the washing machine. Any

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items which cannot be washed which

would normally be dry cleaned should

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be doubled back in plastic until

further information is available.

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Wipe personal items such as phones,

handbags and other electronic items

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with baby wipes and dispose of them

in plastic bags in the bin. Wash hat

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items such as Julie and spectacles,

which cannot go in the washing

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machine, with warm water and

determine. --

Exactly what the nerve

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agent used is still not known. For

one victim, it is history that

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should not be repeating itself. 12

years ago, the former Russian spy

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Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned by

Russian agents in London. His widow

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received this letter from the then

Home Secretary Theresa May,

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promising such a thing would never

be repeated again.

Unfortunately it

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happened again. It means something

was not done, and a lesson was not

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learned.

Five locations are still

cordoned off today and some

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businesses remain closed. But those

who live here are trying to make

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Mother's Day as normal as possible,

despite the fact today's service at

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St Thomas's will include prayers for

the well-being of the community, a

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community in the grip of an

extraordinary investigation.

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Well, this park behind me is where

the Skripals were found almost seven

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days ago. The public are starting to

ask, though, if this remains a bit

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of interest, as the pub restaurant,

will precautionary measures be

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taken, why were they not told before

now? In terms of the condition of

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the Skripals, we know they are still

seriously ill in hospital. More

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questions likely to be answered at

the scheduled press conference Alex

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Aragon by Wiltshire Police and

emergency services.

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The Chancellor, Philip Hammond,

has rejected calls to announce

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the end of austerity.

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Speaking two days before

he delivers his Spring Statement,

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Mr Hammond said the Government

would still need to continue

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paying down the debt,

but that there was

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"light at the end of the tunnel".

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Labour have the accused the

Government of holding back growth.

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Our political correspondent

Jonathan Blake reports.

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Morning, Chancellor!

Is that a

spring in the Chancellor's step?

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Philip Hammond looked reasonably

cheerful this morning as he arrived

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to deliver his message that the

economy could be turning a corner.

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After a gloomy through years of

relatively low growth, and things

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could be looking brighter bungalow

there is light at the end of the

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tunnel because what we are about to

see is debt started to fall after it

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has been drawing for 17 continuous

years.

That is a very important

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moment for us. But we are still in

the tunnel at the moment. We have to

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get get down. We've got all sorts of

other things we want to do, we've

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taken a balanced approach.

That get

the Chancellor talked about is too

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high for his liking, but forecasts

show the amount the UK owes could

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have beat and might fall in the

coming years. No cause for

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celebration according to Labour who

say other factors tell a different

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story.

We shouldn't be celebrating

that hostility, this isn't me saying

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it, the head of the OBR has said it,

starting is holding us back and

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wages are below what they were in

2000 -- in 2007 to 2008.

This week a

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report that many councils were at

breaking point uppercuts and central

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government funding. One example of

the effect that strict limits on

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spending can have. We will not see

the Chancellor's red box this week.

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The Budget has been moved to the

autumn. His Spring Statement on

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Tuesday will be just an update on

the economy. And a reminder that

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whilst his political opponents say

people have suffered under austerity

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for too long, there will be no

spending spree any time soon.

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The water regulator will investigate

why thousands of homes in England

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and Wales suffered shortages,

or a total loss of supply

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after the recent cold weather.

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Ofwat says its review will determine

whether companies had proper

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contingency plans in place.

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Homes and businesses faced days

without running water after pipes

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burst during the thaw.

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China's Parliament has voted

to abolish the two-term limit

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for the country's president.

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The move will allow Xi Jinping

to stay in office beyond the end

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of his second term in 2023

and possibly rule indefinitely.

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The amendment changes a rule that's

been in place since the early 1900s,

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and has seen leaders serve ten years

before passing on power

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to the next generation.

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John Sudworth is in Beijing.

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John, does this matter was like the

Chinese Communist Party is a big

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monolith, doesn't matter which man

in black hair dye and safe suit runs

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it?

Well, you cannot tell how

significant a story is in China by

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how little coverage it gets on state

media. That is certainly the case in

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this instance. The official

Communist controlled news sources

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giving only scant mention to the

constitutional change, and

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discussion of it on social media

being heavily monitored and

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censored. It matters because China

was once thought to have solved the

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big challenge facing all

undemocratic authoritarian states,

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how to handle leadership

transitions. The constitutional

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change that was brought in, the

2-term limits, after the long role

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of Chairman Mao and the disaster and

chaos of his years, was done

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precisely to make sure that those

sorts of things did not happen

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again. So this is hugely significant

and it raises fundamental questions

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of how power is exercised in what is

now of course the world's

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second-largest economy.

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Both came in the women's

visually impaired super-g.

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Millie Knight and her guide

Brett Wild, who finished in second

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place in the downhill,

replicated that result

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in today's race.

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From South Korea, here's our sports

reporter, Kate Grey.

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No time to celebrate

yesterday's silver medal.

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Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild

were first on the slopes today,

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this time in the super G.

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A more technical course

to test the partnership,

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but that didn't slow them down.

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Clearly brimming with confidence,

the standard was set.

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Could their team-mates

do any better?

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Menna Fitzpatrick and guide

Jen Kehoe crashed out

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of yesterday's downhill,

but there were no signs of holding

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back in their favourite event.

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Already super G World Cup champions,

this was their best medal chance.

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And they delivered.

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Not quite enough to beat Millie

and Brett, but a podium

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finish nonetheless.

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The winner of yesterday's

race followed them down

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the hill and she again

outperformed the Brits.

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So it was a silver and bronze.

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Today's run was just about building

that confidence and then

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by about halfway down,

you've got into it.

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She started skiing really well.

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Yeah, we are super pleased.

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It's a massive dream come

true for both of us.

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I'm just so glad we've

done it together.

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Elsewhere on the snow,

Britain's first representative

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in Nordic skiing for 20 years,

Scott Meenagh, went

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in the 15km cross country.

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A gruelling course and he

finished a long way down

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the field in 17th place.

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On the ice, the curlers were hoping

to build on yesterday's win,

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but the Swiss hit the mark

when it mattered.

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Back to the drawing

board for the Brits.

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Well, the curlers are back in action

as we speak, they are currently up

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against Finland, and the score is

7-2, Great Britain leading with just

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two ends to go. That is the latest

from here in Pyeongchang.

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Congratulations to all those

competing, impressive performance.

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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The next news on BBC One

is just after six.

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Bye for now.

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