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Police investigating the abduction of a five-year old girl in Mid-


Wales say there were no signs of a struggle.


Friends who were playing with April Jones yesterday evening say they


saw her climb into the driver's side of a van.


Clearly, it would be every family's nightmare to suffer a child going


missing in the circumstances. The teacher who ran away with his


pupil Megan Stammers tells a court in France that he's willing to


return to the UK. Six people are arrested after 37


people are killed in a boat collision in Hong Kong.


The Ryder cup is back on European soil as it arrives at Heathrow with


The British inventor who is able to run a car on liquid air - his ideas


could transform the power industry. Later on BBC London:


The Surrey head teacher of the two children thought to have been


killed by their father speaks of the shock of their deaths.


And Hammersmith and Fulham's radical plans to remove tenants


from council houses after five Good a friend and welcome to the


BBC News At One. Police investigating the abduction


of a five-year-old girl in Mid- Wales have been given more


information about the moment that she disappeared last night. They


say that April Jones was last seen getting into the driver's side of a


grave than at about 7pm. She had been playing with friends near her


home in Machynlleth. Hundreds of volunteers have spent the night


searching the area for her. April Jones, seen here in the


purple coat she was wearing when she went out to play yesterday


evening. But the five-year-old never came home. Where she is now


remains a mystery. The children she was with say they


saw her get into a vehicle on the road outside her home.


They describe it as a small van, small in the front and large at the


back. That could be interpreted as something similar to a Ford Connect


van, something like a Land Rover. Also, April got into the driver's


side. It may be that she got in with the driver. Of course, that


could mean it is a left-hand-drive vehicle. Clearly, it would be every


family's nightmare to suffer a child going missing in these


circumstances. We have got dedicated, trained officers


providing support to April. We have staff with the family from the


outset. This morning, the police resumed


the search of the town in the countryside. Once again, the local


community has rallied to their support.


Have you got a car? Hundreds have volunteered to take


part in the searches. They are being co-ordinated at the local


leisure centre. Many were also here last night.


Others heard the news this morning and have travelled from up to 60


miles away to help. Nothing has ever happened like this


before here. We are a bit complacent. We think nothing here


will happen. Tragically, it has. We were on Twitter and Facebook,


and I particularly sore and a lead from a gentleman who lives in


Machynlleth. -- are particularly sore and alert.


With no sign of -- April, panic is growing. The next few hours could


prove critical. We will come back to that story


later. Lawyers for the radical Muslim


cleric Abu Hamza are in court arguing he needs to have his


medical condition examined before he can be extradited to the US to


face charges of terrorism. Last week, the European Court of Human


Rights rejected an appeal from his lawyers. Our home affairs


correspondent is at the High Court. Firstly, this argument about his


health. Yes, Abu Hamza has a number of his abilities. He has lost both


his arms and is blind in one eye. What is lawyers arguing is that


because, they say, his medal -- medical condition has deteriorated,


he should have a scan. They say it clear that the medical opinion is


that a scan is necessary, and if it were to show he was unfit to plead,


it would be a wrong thing to extradite him. They say his health


has worsened. They claim sleep deprivation, and what they say is


the unrelenting, harsh environment in which he is being held.


This legal action has been going on for years. Is this the last ditch


attempt? Yes. In fact, this hearing involves


Abu Hamza and four other terrorist suspects wanted by Americans. It


had both hands up's case, ministers have been desperate to get him out


of the UK. -- in Abu Hamza's case. This is the last lap of that


marathon. This hearing may go on into tomorrow, and we are not sure


when we will get a decision. The maths teacher who ran away to


France with a 15-year-old schoolgirl has told a court in


France that he is willing to return to the UK to explain himself to the


authorities. He appeared in court in Bordeaux this morning for the


extradition proceedings. He was arrested on suspicion of child


abduction on Friday. Matt Price was in court.


It was only last Friday that Jeremy Forrest and Megan Stammers were


walking hand-in-hand through this beautiful French city, apparently


planning their future here together. As you said, he was arrested. She


was put into child-protection. Today, the latest twist in the


story unfolded in the court house behind me. As Jeremy Forrest faces


extradition hearing, here comes this report. It contains some


fluffed a degree. -- some flash photography.


The maths teacher was brought to court in Bordeaux, not to decide


his guilt or otherwise, but to work out whether the French authorities


would agree to extradite him. They hid him from view as best they


could. In court, he looked fairly relaxed. He said he would not try


to stop his extradition. He has agreed to be extradited back


to the UK. We look forward to the story emerging from England. He is


very appreciative of the support and assistance given to him by his


family, and in the Tickler, his parents. Naturally, Jeremy is most


concern about the impact of this episode on all those affected.


That, presumably, means Megan Stammers in particular. Jeremy


Forrest and the schoolgirl had been missing for over a week. They had


last been spotted on a cross- Channel ferry. She flew home from


Bordeaux on Saturday, leaving Jeremy Forrest behind in a French


prison. The judges will return to court on Thursday to deliver their


ruling. They are expected to allow the extradition. Jeremy Forrest


could be back by Thursday evening to face questioning and possible


charges. The expectation really is that


those judges will rule in favour of this expedition. There are a number


of flights from Bordeaux to Gatwick, to the south of London, which the


airport at Megan Stammers flew into on Saturday. Again, the expectation


is that he would certainly be won on -- on one of those flights. It


would be up to Sussex Police to decide where this case now then


goes. The Labour leader Ed Miliband will


make what is billed as a highly personal speech to the Labour Party


conference in Manchester today. He will describe how he has been


shaped by his family background and comprehensive school education. Is


expected to set out how he would shake up vocational qualifications


for those who don't go to university. Our political


correspondent reports. To come up with new policies,


Labour's leader has learned some lessons from his old school.


Haverstock Comprehensive has close links with local companies.


We work in partnership with the school to provide fair access to


business. We provide work experience opportunities, mentoring


programmes. Ed Miliband will say he would stand


up for the forgotten 50% of people who don't go to university. He


would ensure that children stay in school until the age of 18, but


would introduce a new qualification to give less academic pupils


experience of the world of work. That is what we are concentrating


on, is how we have a new deal for the forgotten 50%, with better


technical education, a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy,


with work experience in bedded in this curriculum between the ages of


16 and 18. But the Conservatives say the reforms would devalue the


exam system and that the government has already improved young people's


skills. Ed Miliband pledges to go further and would compel private


companies that want government contracts to provide proper


training for staff. When it Miliband takes to the state,


he has to do more than simply set out policy ideas. After two years


leading his party, he is still an unknown quantity to many voters. He


will have to do more to protect his own personality and convince us he


really is a potential Prime Minister.


He will tell us more about his family life today, and imply that


his upbringing was less privileged than David Cameron's. Although he


was visible on the streets of Manchester, how easy was he to


recognise? Ed Miliband? No. Delegates are


queuing up to hear him speak this afternoon, but his challenge is to


be heard by less committed voters. In a few hours, the Welsh


government will publish its spending plans for the next year.


Its draft budget will reveal how ministers propose to divide up


almost �15 billion between departments. Labour only holds half


of the seats in the Assembly so it will have to do a deal with another


party to secure a majority. An inquest into the death of a 25-


year-old man who died in police custody has heard that he pleaded


with officers not to hit him. Jacob Michael was arrested after a


struggle at his home in August last year in which police used pepper


spray to subdue him. Ed Thomas reports.


The final moments of Jacob Michael's life were captured on


CCTV. The inquest into his death were shown these pictures. The


court was told police used pepper spray and battens to arrest him.


He says, I'm sorry, at least four times before he is taken away.


The jury was told that the 25-year- old had been drinking and taking


cocaine. He became agitated and rang police after telling his


father he had been threatened with a gun.


This CCTV from outside his house shows police arriving. Inside,


there was a struggle. Next, you see him run out. The


officers chased him, and again, there's a scuffle. What happens


next is not covered by the cameras. Today, his mother Christine told


the inquest what she sought after more officers arrived. She said he


put his hands up and said, please, don't, I haven't done anything, and


that they were constantly hitting him with their buttons.


It then takes four officers to carry him into the holding cell.


Inside, look at the two officers at the top of the picture. Both stand


on his leg. 45 minutes after Jacob Michael rang for the police, he was


pronounced dead in hospital. Christine Michael, his mother, told


the court she knew he was taking cocaine, and that he had been taken


to hospital on a couple of occasions after he started to panic.


The coroner asked people to question whether anything could be


done to prevent the death. The time is coming up to a quarter


past one. Our top story: Police investigating the abduction of a


five-year-old girl in Mid-Wales says she was last seen climbing


into the driver's side of a van. And coming up: Downloading films in


just minutes - super-fast mobile services could be widely available


in the UK by next summer. Later on BBC London: An interview


with a woman involved with the undercover police officer, Mark


Kennedy. And soldiering on - the West End


play inspired by time recovering in Woolwich Barracks hospital.


One of the world's natural wonders is disappearing. More than half of


Australia's Great barrier Reef has been lost in the past 25 years


after being hit by cyclones, affected by a coral bleaching and


destroyed by some of its own native species.


It is the world's large coral reef system, an unrivalled marine dual


funding 2.5000 Covenantors of Australia. -- 2,500 kilometres.


Cyclones account for nearly 50% of the destruction. A further 40% has


been damaged by a crown of thorns starfish, a species that eats the


Coral. Around 10% of the damage has been


done by bleaching, which is caused by rising water temperatures and


increased acidity. The result is a global climate change.


If nothing else changes, the outlook is bad. People will -- the


paper we have published suggests that with the same conditions over


the next 10 years, we would see another 50% reduction. These


changes are happening before the major impacts of climate change.


The Australian government says it is spending millions to protect the


reef. But the UN says that unless more is done, the reef risks losing


its World Heritage status. That would turn this not only into an


ecological disaster but a financial The reef has been scanned by Google,


but are these pictures about to go from being an up to date window on


an aquatic masterpiece to a collective for an archive of a


Now, Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup team flew into Heathrow this


morning, their captain paid tribute to his team for their extraordinary


victory after one of the greatest comebacks ever in sporting history.


I am very pleased to say he joins me now from Heathrow, good


afternoon, you must have spent the last few days celebrating, how are


you feeling? I am feeling a little tired, but OK, so the! It was the


most extraordinary comeback, what you put it down to? Well, I put it


down to extraordinary men that they achieved something unbelievable. I


think it will go down into the history books of the Ryder Cup. We


came back from four points down, but they believed, they believed it


was possible. We knew it was done before, even though it was done by


the home team, but and we knew it was going to be more difficult this


time, but the die is believed -- the dye is believed when Ian


Poulter won that point on the 18th, I think that was a change of


momentum, and they believed on that. What is it, do you think, about the


Ryder Cup that produces these extraordinary nail-biting finishes?


Well, actually, the format is great, I think, matchplay, it is different


to what the play pretty much a week in and week out, but at the same


time you have 24 of the best players in the world playing


against each other, and the difference is there, and that is


why the matches are so close. have had messages of


congratulations from all around the world, I am sure, and one very


special one for you today. Yes, actually, the King of Spain gave me


a phone call to congratulate me and tell me that he was really happy


that our lot of his friends from all around the world have been


calling him to congratulate him on this wonderful victory, so it was a


nice touch, yeah. Would you say this is your proudest moment in


golf? Well, I would say it is the best moment of my life as a golf


professional. I know I have won a couple of major events, but you


know how special this event is, how close it is to my heart, and, you


know, that is why it is ranked number one now. Wonderful to talk


to you, very many congratulations At least 37 people, including five


children, are now known to have died when two boats collided in


Hong Kong last night. One of the boats, which had been hired for a


party, was carrying more than 120 people when it sank. Richard Galpin


reports. Throughout the night, the search


continued for survivors from the stricken boat. Within minutes of


the collision, it had started singing, with more than 120 people


on board. They had been going to watch a firework display in a


harbour. Survivors brought onshore described how they had been trapped


inside the boat, breaking windows so they could swim to the surface.


Many thought they would die. This is the other boat involved in the


collision, a ferry which suffered much less damage. Today the


authorities announced the arrest of the crews of both boats.


TRANSLATION: When they are operating the vessels, they have to


make sure they are safe. In the course of the operation, we suspect


that somebody did not fulfil their responsibility, and that is why we


made the arrest. In daylight, the rescue operation has been easier,


but it is still not clear if everyone has been recovered. No-one


knows how many passengers were on board. Already, relatives have been


coming to the city's more to identify those killed in what has


been Hong Kong's worst tragedy since the 1990s. Amongst the dead,


at least five children. The relatives will want answers about


how the boats managed to collide with such catastrophic consequences.


Super-fast mobile services which will allow you to download films in


just minutes and access fast internet services on the move could


be widely available to millions of people in the UK by next summer if


talks later today are successful. The telecoms regulator, Ofcom, is


promising to speed up the arrival of O G phone networks to end the


threat of legal action by some mobile operators. -- 4G. Rory


Cellan-Jones is here. The issue is that one operator is being allowed


to introduce this a while before the others. That is right,


Everything Everywhere was given permission to go ahead using its


existing network to turn it into 4G. It will be launching probably in


the next few weeks. Its rivals were furious about that. They have


threatened to derail the process by going to court, and they have


demanded that the regulator act to speed up the 4G auction and allow


them to get ahead with their services, and it looks like a deal


has been done and that will happen. That is what we are expecting today.


So 4G would be widely available by next summer probably. What


difference will it make to people? There is a tremendous difference in


speed. I have done a test recently, and it was 10 times as fast on a 4G


network as it is on an existing 3G network. That will enable all the


operators to roll out new services, and it will provide a lot more


capacity, and the hope will be that in some parts of the country which


do not get much of a fixed broadband connection, they might


even be able to use their mobile phones as their primary way of


connecting to the internet, but it is supposed to provide a great


contribution to the economy overall. Now, he started out as a typical


garden shed inventor, but it seems that Peter Dearman may have found


an answer to one of the planet's biggest problems, our energy


supplies in the future. He has developed a system that uses liquid


air to power engines, and now some of the UK's top engineers are


trying to see if it could be used to store energy from wind farms on


a large scale. Environment analyst Take a bucket of liquid air,


chilled to minus 190 Celsius. Allow it to warm and turn back into a gas.


If you fix a tune, the liquidator will expand and rush up the tuned


to turn a motor. It has been developed by a lone inventor, Peter


Dearman. This is the smallest one, I just use this for demonstrating


to people, to show then the technology, and then I went up to a


bench prototype, and then I thought, well, I had better do a car,


because that is more impressive. That is when I did the car. And he


hears, fuelling the car with liquid air again. -- here he is. It runs


around the streets of Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire. He has


been working on the idea of liquid air motors for more than 40 years.


His laboratory is his garage. It is strewn with liquid air motors.


is the first one, which was a modified lawnmower engine. Now this


backyard gadget man is being taken increasingly seriously by the


Especially since a power station in Slough came up with another use for


cold liquid air. Storing energy from electricity produced by wind


farms in the middle of the night. In the coming decades, we have


plans in the UK to bring large amounts of wind generated


electricity on to our system, and the challenge there is that the


wind only blows at certain times of day, and we need to be able to


store that electricity four times when the wind is not blowing.


liquid air system may offer one option for that power storage.


There is another innovation here, the liquid at process is kick-


started by waste heat from the industrial plants next door, heat


that would otherwise sail up the chimney. In a power-hungry world,


we need all the inventiveness we Now, more on our top story, police


investigating the abduction of a five-year-old girl in mid-Wales


have been giving more information about the moment that he


disappeared last night. Jon Brain is in Machynlleth, where she lives.


Jon, police have been talking about their last known movements, she was


seen at about 7 o'clock last night playing with friends. Tell us more


about what police are saying. is right, Sophie, she was blamed on


her bicycle around the back of her home when she went missing. Some of


the children she was what reported that she got into a vehicle, a


light-coloured vehicle, possibly a small van, a 4x4, but what is


curious is that she seems to have gone in at the driver's side,


suggesting that possibly she may even have known the man or woman,


trusted them, or of course it could have been a left-handed vehicle,


but there does not appear to have been any struggle. The police are


very anxious to trace that vehicle and its driver. That does seem to


be the main line of inquiry at the moment, but they are stressing that


it is not the only line of inquiry. They have been releasing


photographs of April to encourage the public to look out further, and


there has been a huge search operation, many people just coming


out to help overnight. Well, we hear that phrase so often, a close-


knit community, it can be something of a cliche, but I think in this


case it is entirely appropriate. As you say, literally hundreds of


people from this area have turned night and this morning, just to


turn up and see what they can do to help. No-one put out an appeal to


ask them, they just came and are now taking part in searches of the


streets and countryside. This is an area with a great deal of woodland,


quite a difficult search area, so obviously the efforts of these


people are being appreciated. But with each passing hour, the


situation gets more critical. cannot imagine what the police are


going through, as the police said, the worst nightmare for any parent.


Well, yes, and that is why many people say they have turned out,


that they put themselves in that situation. We have not heard


directly from the parents yet themselves. Often, of course, you


get an appeal from the parents in this situation, but at the moment


they are still very concerned, hoping that something can be done,


people are hoping for the best, but obviously fearing the worst as well.


Thank you very much. There will be plenty more on that story on the


BBC News Channel, but right now let's look at the latest weather


Typical autumn weather continues, wild swings between heavy downpours


and sunshine, producing images like this, a double rainbow from


Hereford, and there will be more images like this across parts of


the United Kingdom this afternoon with showers continuing, some


sunshine if you are lucky, fairly dusty winds as well. This is the


rainfall picture so far, showers lining up through western Scotland,


north-west England and Wales. As the afternoon goes on, some of them


will track further east, accompanied by gusty winds. It is a


dry and bright today in the south- east, but even here the cloud and


outbreaks of rain move in later this afternoon and into this


evening. Showers pull back across south-west England this afternoon,


heavier downpours across Wales, merging to give longer spells of


rain through north-west England, and you could see Hale and rumbles


of thunder, all the while with gusty winds. More heavy rain across


Northern Ireland to end the day, and across Scotland a fair few


showers, as we saw on the rain for picture. The winds here are


relatively light compared with elsewhere. In north-east England,


quieter weather to come, but we will still see some rain for a time.


Showery start to tonight, longer spells of rain, Northern Ireland


and southern Scotland well into the night. The north-west Highlands


cold, close to freezing for some of us. To the south, gusty winds


continue, running along the south coast, but later in the night


something drier and clearer for central and eastern England,


temperatures generally around seven-12 degrees. Tomorrow may look


the same, but there are subtle differences, more sunshine between


the showers, the potential for a longer spell of rain in the south-


east. Those showers merge into one area of rain feeding through north-


west England and into North Wales. The winds ease into the afternoon,


but still low teens for the temperatures. A bit of a break on


Thursday, this bumper and the isobars quietening things down


before more showers come from the West later. A lot of uncertainty


but there is the potential from Friday and Saturday for England and


Wales to see further outbreaks of rain that could at times be quite


heavy. After that lunch on Thursday, rain on Friday, but do not take


that too literally yet, because there is a lot of uncertainty about


the Northern extent of that rainfall, and we will keep you


updated. At the moment, into the weekend, it looks like things will


A reminder of our top story, police investigating the abduction of a


five-year-old girl in mid-Wales say she was last seen climbing into the


driver's side of a ban last night. On the BBC News Channel, Ed