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Up to 500 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
it's confirmed traces of the poison
have been found in a local
pub and restaurant.
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
But questions have been raised
as to why it's taken a week
to issue the advice.
China's Parliament gives President
Xi the right to rule for life.
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.
And a symbol of defiance and pride.
Why more people are choosing
to wear Afro hairstyles.
There's a public health warning
for hundreds of people
in Salisbury tonight
who went to the same premises
visited by the Russian spy
the day he came into contact with
a deadly nerve agent.
They're being advised to wash
their clothes and possessions,
after traces of the poison,
were found in an Italian
restaurant and a pub.
England's Chief Medical officer has
stressed the risk is extremely low,
and no one should be alarmed.
But questions have been raised,
as to why it's taken seven days
to issue the advice.
Our Home Affairs Correspondent
Daniel Sandford reports.
More surreal and extraordinary
scenes in Salisbury this afternoon,
wearing gas masks and protective
clothing, military personnel
contaminated cars onto trucks.
The vehicles, some but not
all of them with police markings,
were being recovered from a
pay-and-display car park behind a
behind a church not far
from the city centre.
It was the attack on Yulia
and Sergei Skripal,
with a with a rare and lethal nerve
agent last Sunday, which led
to this huge operation,
called Operation Morlop.
Today, police confirmed that traces
of the nerve agent were found
in the Mill Pub as well as the Zizzi
restaurant where the BBC understand
that the table used by this couple
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 bag
in plastic until further
information is available.
Wipe personal items such
as phones and 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
in 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's getting worried.
They have not revealed
what the nerve agent was,
and actually what the effect,
long-term effect on everyone's
health could be, so I would
like to know more about that,
I would like to know what courses
I can personally take.
Rather than just washing my clothes.
Having potentially already been
affects for me and my wife,
and then using baby wipes
to wash my phone and my watch...
I don't really think is going to 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 both national and local partners
was mobilised by Monday.
For this ancient medieval city,
it has been a bizarre and at times
frightening seven days.
The Bishop of Salisbury said this
afternoon that what he called
"the shocking attack" had
violated their community.
But if suspicion is 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 Russia.
Bring us up to date with the
progress of the investigation so
Clive, one week on from this
unprecedented nerve agent attack on
UK soil, police clearly have made
some progress, they have identified
an air of ageing used in the attack,
though they have not made that
public, they have named two public
venues where they found traces of
the nerve agent, that can give us
some idea that they are having some
success in following the trail back
to where Sergei and Yulia Skripal
may have been attacked, the amount
of nerve agent found on the table
where they sat suggests that by that
time, they got it all over their
hands, and that is obviously a
useful clue. Detectives have
recovered the car of Sergei Skripal,
and they have spent several days at
his house, but they have not said
how much progress they are making at
identifying those who carried out
the attack or crucially, the
involvement of the Russian state, if
any. The national security council
of ministers and officials will
tomorrow be meeting, they will be
giving an update on the progress in
the investigation and meanwhile,
troops spending an awful amount of
time recovering vehicles and other
object which may have become
contaminated. Some objects, for
instance, the table where Yulia and
Sergei Skripal sat, have been
destroyed. A lot of work still going
on, one of the focus is tonight is
The Mill pub just around the corner,
a lot of work going on there this
evening, we think that is likely to
be decontamination work.
China's parliament has voted
to abolish the two-term limit
for the Presidency.
The constitutional change,
which was passed almost unanimously,
could see the current leader,
Xi Jinping, rule for life.
Our China correspondent,
John Sudworth reports from Beijing.
China's parliament was preparing to
hand unlimited power to its
president. And there could be no
doubting the outcome.
Should Xi Jinping
rule for life, I ask.
Of course, they answer.
Please don't say that it is for
life, it is just that there is not a
limit for the number of terms.
whatever you call it, the change
means that he can rule China for as
long as he wants. He was the first
to cast his ballot. The applause
further proof of the inevitability
of the result.
of the result. At almost 3000
delegates, only two voted against.
Past, the announcer says, and this
man's hold on power now becomes both
complete and indefinite. -- passed.
The cost of opposition to the rule
of Xi Jinping can be high. I am
shown papers left behind by a
husband, a lawyer, who recently
wrote an open letter calling for
democratic elections. He is now
being detained for subversion.
He did everything
within the boundaries of the law,
and yet, it is not allowed here.
Now, many people are afraid of
What has been the
effect on you and your 13-year-old
My son loves his father, this
situation is a huge blow for him.
All public discussion of the
constitutional change is being
tightly controlled and censored. The
2-term limit solve a problem facing
all undemocratic authoritarian
states, it helped China ensure
orderly and regular leadership
succession is. What has happened
here today is highly significant, a
rubber-stamped Parliament has
removed the last limitation on
Sheedy Peng pot power. As the
delegates left, they may have
glanced at this, Chairman Mao's
portrait, a stark reminder of the
risks of lifetime role. -- Xi
Tell us what this constitutional
change means for ordinary Chinese
You can sometimes tell how
significant a story is in China by
how little coverage it gets and that
is certainly the case here, the
constitutional change is being given
very scant mention bike coming as
controlled news sources, alongside
massive and heavy censorship of
social media, where China to hold
the debate, they would argue that Xi
Jinping is no Chairman Mao, that the
country is lastly different, more
sophisticated, more wealthy, and the
public would never tolerate his
level of terror and tyranny. Critics
would point out that this is now the
second largest economy in the world,
governments decisions are highly
complex, and the concentration of
power on this scale in the hands of
just one man is fraught with danger.
Both for the country and for him.
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
Chris Mason has more.
The Chancellor suggested today that
after years of gloom,
the public finances might,
just might, be getting closer
to emerging into the sunlight.
There is light at the end
of the tunnel,
because what we're about to see,
is debt starting to fall
after it's been growing
for 17 continuous years.
That's a very important
moment for us.
But we are still in
the tunnel at the moment.
We have to get debt down.
We have all sorts of other
things we want to do.
We have taken a balanced approach.
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, and 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 dogma
of neoliberalism and austerity.
Austerity, I will keep repeating
time and time again,
austerity was a political choice,
it is not an economic necessity.
We choose socialism.
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
Philip 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 won't 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 instincts
of the Conservatives
and Labour over the economy.
Chris Mason, BBC News,
in Downing Street.
Demonstrators have caused delays
and serious disruption
at two of Britain's
busiest railway stations.
Kings Cross in London had to be
closed earlier this evening,
as police held back protesters,
opposed to Turkey's military
offensives against Kurds in Syria.
at Manchester Piccadilly station
made their way from the concourse
on to the tracks.
The station was closed for three
hours, causing long delays.
The Liberal Democrat leader
says too many older people
who voted for Brexit
were "driven by nostalgia" for
a world where "faces were white."
He was speaking at his party's
spring conference in Southport.
His comments have been
criticised by, among others,
the cabinet minister Sajid Javid,
who said Mr Cable was "wrong
There've been extraordinary
at the conclusion
of the Crufts dog show.
Shortly after the whippet,
Colloonney Tartan Tease,
was named as best in show,
a man appeared to run
onto the arena floor.
The show's organisers,
the Kennel Club, says it can't
confirm, if it was a protest of some
kind but added they are,
"looking into the incident".
With all the sport, here's
Olly Foster at the BBC Sport Centre.
In one of the great Old Firm
matches, Celtic came from behind
twice against Rangers and also had
a man sent off before
winning 3-2 at Ibrox.
Their Premiership lead
is now nine points.
Here's our Scotland football
correspondent Chris McLaughlin.
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, Josh
Windass, 1-0, cue the mayhem. When
the equaliser came though, it was
special, Tom Rogic with a reminder
of Celtic's quality. Rangers came
again, Daniel Candelas, 2-1, but
Mousa Dembele cancelled it out to
round off a breathless first half.
Was this a red card? Resistant
certainly felt so, Simunovic off. On
came the champions with a titanic
struggle and they got their reward,
a double fist pump, drama to come
after the goal from Eduard. It was
not to be for the home side, and
Celtic edged closer to seven in
aerobic. -- Edouard. -- edged closer
to seven in
There were eight goals
in the Premier League today,
they are all on Match of the Day 2
after the news, but if you'd
like to know the two results
then here they come.
Tottenham are up to third in the
table after they came from behind
to win 4-1 at Bournemouth.
Heung-Min Son scored twice
but Harry Kane was substituted
with an ankle injury.
Petr Cech saved his first penalty
for Arsenal almost three years
after joining the club and kept his
200th Premier League clean sheet.
They beat Watford 3-0.
There have been more British
medals on the second day
of the Winter Paralympics
in South Korea including a second
silver for teenager Millie Knight.
Kate Grey reports from Pyeongchang.
No time to celebrate yesterday's all
the medal, Millie Knight and died
were first on the slopes today, this
time in the super-G, more technical
course to test them, but the
standard was set, good team-mates do
crashed out of the
downhill but there was no sign 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
but a podium finish nonetheless. The
winner of yesterday's race followed
them down the hill and again
outperformed the Brits, so it was a
silver and bronze.
come true for both of us. And I am
just so glad we have done it
Elsewhere on the snow,
first representative in Nordic
skiing 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. With
day to, done and dusted, tomorrow
the attention turns to the
snowboarding and for the first time
ever, Great Britain have athletes
taking part. -- Day two. All three
going for gold.
Ireland won the Six Nations
Championship yesterday but Wales
are up to second in the table
after a bonus point win
against Italy in Cardiff.
George North scored two of their
five tries in the 38-14 win.
They face France
on the final weekend.
Italy will win the wooden spoon
for the third year in a row.
The BBC Sport website has highlights
of all the weekends Six Nations
but that's all the sport
for now, Clive.
It's been a symbol of
defiance and empowerment.
Well, now, more black
people are choosing
to wear Afro hairstyles.
A photo exhibition of young girls
in Atlanta, in the United States,
has attracted lots of attention,
and the creative team
behind the pictures,
is now looking for children
in the UK, to be part
of their next project.
Our correspondent Elaine
Dunkley has the story.
It's a celebration of
the beauty of black girls,
the Afro, a symbol of pride.
The collection is called Afro Art,
but it's more than that,
it's about the acceptance
of who you are.
Chin up, there we go, perfect.
Little girls who don't need to use
or have straightened hair
to feel that they too are
In this time I think it is very
important when you see beautiful
African-American kids with natural
hair and their real selves in that
art, it's very inspiring to see
for young kids these days,
to see that they are beautiful
and their natural hair is beautiful
and their culture is beautiful,
and they don't have to put any extra
effort into being who they are.
What's the look you are going for?
Today we are going for
I love the Harlem Renaissance
period, I think it was a period
were really powerful.
The portraits have gone viral,
young black girls in classical
poses, regal, elegant,
depicted in the way that
history often didn't allow.
Others show the Afro as futuristic,
a promise of things to come.
To see them with their hairstyle
this way, with this type of clothing
in these types of periods,
it's something that hasn't been seen
before, it's been a journey
for society to see us as beautiful,
a lot of girls in the past,
they have been sent home for wearing
braids or wearing their hair
in an Afro, and over time,
we have wanted to wear our own hair
that grows out of our head.
The politics of black hair
is deeply rooted in history.
The reason for it, you might say,
is like a new awareness among black
people that their own natural
appearances, physical appearance,
is beautiful, for so many years,
we were told that only white
people were beautiful.
In the 1960s, the Afro emerged
during the civil rights movement
as a symbol of rebellion,
pride and empowerment.
Once again, the natural hair
movement is growing.
But there has been controversy,
with black stars like Solange
having their natural hair airbrushed
from the covers of magazines.
Portraits have stirred conversations
around the world, in this salon,
in Lewisham, in London,
the need for positive images
in childhood resonates.
Where I grew up I was always the odd
one out because everyone
around me was white,
I never saw anyone who had similar
hair to mind, it was quite hard.
And I really hated my hair.
It took such a long time just
to have a black Disney Princess,
so I've never grown up seeing images
like that when I was a child.
Once you start seeing positive
images of yourself, it will help you
as you grow up to love yourself
On social media, these
youngsters have become stars, icons
of the Afro. Doing what they do
best, being themselves.
You can see more on all of today's
stories on the BBC News Channel.