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Hundreds of people in Salisbury,
are being advised to wash
their clothes and possessions,
after last week's nerve agent attack
on a former Russian spy.
As police continue their
investigations, it's confirmed
traces of the poison,
have been found in a local
pub and restaurant.
I think I've been more
worried as the week's gone
on and the gravity of the event that
took place in our small
city has unravelled.
But England's Chief Medical Officer
says the risk is extremely low,
and no one should be alarmed.
Also on the programme.
The water regulator
is to investigate, why
thousands suffered shortages,
following the recent cold weather.
China's Parliament gives
President Xi Jinping
the right to rule, for life.
Brats wild and Millie Knight,
And at the Winter Paralympics,
Millie Knight and Brett Wild
win their second silver medal,
in the women's downhill super-G
for the visually impaired...
-- Brett wild.
Hundreds of people in Salisbury,
who went to the same restaurant
and pub visited by a poisoned former
Russian spy, have been advised to
wash their clothes and possessions.
England's Chief Medical officer says
anyone who spent time
at the Zizzi Italian restaurant,
or the Mill Pub last Sunday
or Monday, should take precautions,
but she stressed the risk
is extremely low and no
one should be alarmed.
The BBC has learnt that the table
where Sergei and Yulia Skripal
ate in the restaurant,
has been destroyed.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Daniel Sandford reports.
Wearing gas masks and protective
clothing, military personnel
were spending Mother's Day
in Salisbury, loading potentially
contaminated cars onto trucks.
The two Vauxhall vehicles had been
parked behind a church,
not far from the city centre.
Bizarre and extraordinary scenes
once again, this time in a pay
and display car park in this
historic cathedral city.
It was the attack on Yulia
and Sergei Skripal, with a rare
and lethal nerve agent last Sunday
that led to this huge operation.
Today, police confirmed that
traces of the nerve agent
were found in The Mill pub,
as well as the Zizzi restaurant,
where the BBC understands,
the table used by the Skripals
was so contaminated,
it had to be destroyed.
Today, the Chief Medical Officer
gave this advice to people
who were in the pub and restaurant
on Sunday afternoon and Monday.
Wash clothing, you haven't already.
Ideally, in the washing machine.
Any items which cannot be washed
and would normally be dry cleaned,
should be double bagged in plastic
until further information
Wipe personal items such as phones,
handbags and other electronic items,
with baby wipes and dispose of them
in plastic bags in the bin.
Wash hard items, such
as jewellery and spectacles,
which cannot go into the washing
machine, with warm
water and detergent.
Steve Cooper was in the pub
on Sunday at exactly the same time
as the Skripals and told me
that he is now getting worried.
Certainly, because they have not
revealed what the nerve agent
was and exactly what the effect,
long-term on anyone's
health could be.
I would like to know more
about that, what measures
I can personally take,
rather than just washing my clothes,
if I have already been exposed,
what are the long-term implications
for me and my wife.
Using baby wipes to wash my phone
and my watch, I do not really think
will get rid of a nerve agent.
So, did the police and other
emergency services respond fast
enough to last Sunday's events?
Are you satisfied that you escalated
this incident quickly enough
at the beginning of last week?
The machinery, the support, the
national advice, the capability and
expertise of local and national
partners was mobilised.
ancient medieval city, it has been a
surreal and at times frightening
seven days. But if the suspicions
proved right, what happened here,
the use of a chemical weapon, a
nerve agent, to attack two people,
is likely to have huge implications
for Britain's relationship with
Daniel is in Salisbury -
are the community reassured?
People have been on a journey. First
of all, they were frightened and
upset by what had happened, what the
Bishop of Salisbury called a
shocking attack and a violation of
their community and then they had
become a bit more reassured, they
have got used to the police cordons
and the men and women in strange
protective clothing and those large
military vehicles. What happened
today came as a bit of a fresh,
especially to those people
especially to those people who had
in the Zizzi restaurant and The Mill
pub. They had been told there was
little risk to the public and
suddenly they are being told that
those items they cannot watch, it
should be sealed in plastic bags and
stored safely away from people. That
has been a bit of a surprise, Clive.
Daniel, thank you.
The Chancellor Philip Hammond,
has rejected calls to announce
the end of austerity.
Speaking two days before he delivers
his Spring Economic Statement,
he said the country was still
heavily in debt, but there was
"light at the end of the tunnel".
Labour has accused the government,
of holding back growth.
Our Political Correspondent
Jonathan Blake has more.
There was little disguising...
Phillip Hammond's smile this morning
and perhaps there was even a spring
in his step as he arrived
to deliver his message
that the economy is looking up.
There is light at the end
of the tunnel, because what we are
about to see is debt starting
to fall, after it has been growing
for 17 continuous years.
That is a very important
moment for us.
But we are still in
the tunnel at the moment.
We have to get debt down.
That debt the Chancellor talked
about looks like this.
Big, by historic standards.
But, forecasts suggest
the amount the UK owes,
relative to the size of the economy,
could have peaked.
Labour, gathering this weekend
in Dundee for their Scottish
conference, claim there
is little to celebrate.
They want to turn
on the spending taps.
Lives have been destroyed and
millions have been left in despair.
And it is thanks to the failed
economic policy of neo-
liberalism and austerity.
Austerity was a political choice,
it was not an economic necessity.
We choose socialism.
On Thursday, a report highlighted
the pressure on many councils
in England with squeezed budgets
and reduced services,
after cuts in central government
funding and Phillip Hammond
is already under pressure
for extra spending on defence
and the health service.
But, Tuesday's Spring Statement
will be a low-key affair.
He will not appear on the step
there, for instance,
brandishing his red box.
will instead be reserved
for the Budget, in the autumn.
But, today's political skirmishes
serve as a reminder of just how
different the instincts
are between Conservatives
and Labour over the economy.
Chris Mason, BBC News,
in Downing Street.
The Liberal Democrat leader
Vince Cable, says too many older
people who voted for Brexit,
were "driven by nostalgia" for
a world where "faces were white."
Speaking at his party's spring
conference in Southport,
he said the voting of the older
generation, had "crushed the hopes
and aspirations of young people,
for years to come."
The water regulator, Ofwat,
is to investigate why thousands
of people suffered water shortages,
after the recent cold weather.
Homes and businesses faced days
without running water,
when pipes burst during the thaw,
which followed freezing
Our Business Correspondent
Joe Lynam reports.
Jonathan Lewis in Balham
had no water at all for
three days last week.
He couldn't wash either
himself or his clothes.
To make matters worse,
he heard nothing from his water
provider, Thames Water.
There was very very
little information coming
in from the water company.
you know, you are so used
to just turning on a tap,
but not having any water
to flush the toilet,
have a shower, do your washing...
Jonathan was one of at least 20,000
homes in London that
had no water last week.
Thames Water apologised and provided
many customers with bottled water.
After The Beast from the East
had burst many pipes.
The water watchdog, Ofwat,
says its review will examine
what caused the water shortages
and whether water firms
have the proper contingency plans
for such eventualities.
After all, the icy blast had been
forecast well in advance.
Finally, how well did water
with their customers?
Water UK which represents water
providers said that only 1%
of customers had lost supply
and that special teams had worked
around the clock to make sure
that people had water
as soon as possible.
If the review finds that
water suppliers had
breached their license,
they could be fined up to 10%
of their annual turnover.
That is cold comfort, though,
for Jonathan and many others
who had no water for days.
Despite living in a country
with no shortage of rain.
Joe Lynam, BBC News.
A charity co-founded
by the U2 singer Bono,
has apologised, after bullying,
harassment and abuse
claims, made by staff.
The ONE organisation,
says employees in South Africa,
have alleged they were belittled
and subjected to sexist comments.
In a statement, the charity admitted
to "institutional failures,"
and promised to improve its systems.
China's parliament, has voted
to abolish the two-term limit
for the country's president.
The move allows Xi Jinping,
to stay in office beyond the end
of his second term in
2023, possibly indefinitely.
Our China Correspondent
John Sudworth reports.
Xi Jinping was the first
to cast his vote for a change
that could, if he wants,
make him President for life.
The applause proof if any
were needed that the result
was a foregone conclusion.
Out of almost 3000 delegates,
only two voted against.
Passed, the announcer says and this
man's hold on power is now both
complete and indefinite.
The cost of opposition to the rule
of Xi Jinping can be high.
This woman shows me the papers left
behind by her husband, a lawyer,
who recently wrote an open letter
calling for democratic elections.
He has now been detained
on subversion charges.
TRANSLATION: He did everything
within the boundaries of the law,
yet it is not allowed here.
Now, many people are
afraid of speaking up.
As China enacts its most profound
political change in decades,
all public discussion
is being tightly
controlled and censored.
The two term limit solved a problem
facing all undemocratic,
It helped China ensure orderly
and regular leadership successions.
What has happened here today, then,
is highly significant.
A choreographed, compliant
rubber-stamped Parliament has
removed the last limitation
on Xi Jinping's power.
John Sudworth, BBC News, Beijing.
With all the sport,
here's Olly Foster at
the BBC Sport Centre...
We saw one of the great old firm
matches today, Celtic came from
behind twice against Rangers and
they also had a man sent off by
winning 3-2 to stretch their
Premiership lead to nine points. A
familiar noise and the usual colour
but for the first time in years, a
resurgent Rangers fancied their
chances. With fewer than three
minutes gone, they showed why. 1-0,
cue mayhem. When the equaliser came,
it was special. The reminder of
Celtic's quality. Rangers came
again. 2-1, but Dembele cancelled it
out to round off a breathless first
half. Was this a red card? The
assistant thought so and Celtic were
down to ten men. The fighting spirit
remained. On came the champions in
what was a titanic struggle and they
got their reward. A delightful
finish, deserving of a double fist
pump. There was drama to come, a
great save lead to a terrible miss.
It was not to be for the home side
and Celtic edge closer to seven in a
row. There were two games in the
Premier League, Spurs are up to
third after they came from behind to
beat Bournemouth 4-1 away. After
three league defeats in a row,
Arsenal beat Watford 3-0. They are
still 12 points off the top four and
the Champions League places. There
have been more British medals in the
Paralympics including a second
silver medal for Millie Knight. No
time to celebrate yesterday's silver
medal, Millie Knight and her guide
Brett Wild were first on the slopes
today, this time in the super G. A
more technical course, but it did
not slow them down. Brimming with
confidence, the standard was set.
Could their team-mates do any
better? They crashed out of the
downhill yesterday but there were no
signs of holding back in their
favourite event. Already super G
World Cup champions, this was their
best medal chance and they
delivered, not quite enough to beat
Millie Knight and Brett Wild, but a
podium finish. The winner of the
race yesterday followed them down
and she outperformed the British
competitors, so it was a silver
medal and a bronze medal.
dream come true for us both. I am so
glad we have done it together.
Elsewhere, Britain's first
representative in Nordic ski for 20
years went in the 15 kilometre
cross-country. A gruelling course
and he finished a long way down the
field in 17th place. But the second
day done and dusted, the attention
turns to snowboarding and for the
first time ever, Great Britain have
athletes taking part, all three
going for gold. Kate Grey, the BC
news. Our labour the 6 Nations
yesterday but Wales are up to second
in the table after a bonus point win
in Cardiff. George North scored two
tries. They face France in the final
weekend. The Italians defeat means
they will claim the wooden spoon for
a third year in a row. The sports
website have highlights of all the 6
Nations rugby but that is all the
sport for now.
There's more throughout the evening
on the BBC News Channel,
and I'll be back with the late
news at Ten.