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A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering the missing five-year-old


April Jones. 46-year-old Mark Bridger - who's been held since


Tuesday in connection with her disappearance - is now being


questioned about her murder. There's shock in April's home town


in Mid Wales as police ask the public to leave the search for the


little girl to specialist teams now. The dynamics of the search have now


changed and due to the passage of time and the developments within


the investigation it is no longer appropriate for us to expect


untrained members of the public to continue the search.


Warnings of UK power shortages and price rises over the next few years


as EU rules force coal-fired power stations to close.


Three Kenyans tortured by British colonial authorities during the Mau


Mau uprising in the 1950s have won the right to sue the UK Government.


The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, has been sacked


for gross misconduct. Bond, James Bond. And, 50 years after 007 first


burst into life on film, James Bond fans celebrate the famous spy.


Later on BBC London: Police launch a murder investigation after a


stabbing in Woodgreen and a report by the FA says John Terry did mean


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One. The man who's been


held in connection with the disappearance of five-year-old


April Jones has now been arrested on suspicion of her murder. Mark


Bridger, who's 46, was first arrested on Tuesday - a day after


April was seen climbing into a vehicle near her home in Mid Wales.


This morning, police said they would not stop their efforts to


find April but they appealed to the public to leave the search to


specialist teams now. Jon Brain is in Machynlleth. Well, today's


announcement of a murder arrest is really the first public


acknowledgement by the police that they believe April is no longer


alive. A huge blow for a town here which has been searching for her


for five days. But this is now purely a criminal investigation.


Mark Bridger has been in police custody since Tuesday on suspicion


of abducting April. At a news conference this morning the police


announced they now believe he is responsible for her death. Mark


Bridger has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of April


Jones. He remains in custody at Aberystwyth police station and


continues to be questioned. The arrest does not detract from our


efforts to locate April and we remain committed to finding her.


But it means any ling everying hopes of finding April alive have


all but evaporated. What exactly happened to the five-year-old still


isn't clear. Search teams are out again today,


but they're now looking for April's body. And for evidence to aid a


criminal prosecution. Although the area of the search operation


remains a vast one the teams keep returning to this one particular


spot at the river Dovey, it's yards from where Bridge Night was arrest


-- Mark Bridger was reu rested -- April went missing from near her


home at 7.00pm on Monday evening. Bridge Night was arrested on


Tuesday afternoon while walking along the A847. On Wednesday,


detectives released a photograph of his Land Rover Discovery. The next


day police searched a small farmhouse in a nearby village where


Bridger lived most recently. This morning he has been arrested on


suspicion of murder. Stkpwhrp. The volunteers who have


been looking for April were crestfallen by today's developments.


Some are still clinging on to the belief she may be alive.


This child has not been found. We still have hope. I have been saying


this from the very beginning. We still have hope until somebody


tells us anything different. That's what the town of Machynlleth is


going to say. We still have hope. Hope shared by classmates at


April's school. The little girl's teddy bear is the centrepiece of a


special tribute. This lunchtime it's emerged that


Mark Bridger attended the same school parents' evening as April's


parents on Monday night. April received such a glowing report from


her teacher that her mother allowed her extra play time outside as a


treat. It was during that play time that she was taken.


Jeremy Cooke is outside Aberystwyth Magistrates' court.


The fact that he has now been arrested on suspicion of murder


doesn't change the fact that the police only have until 5.00pm this


afternoon to question him at the moment. That's right, at the moment


Bridge Night is being questioned -- Mark Bridger is being questioned a


short distance from here, of course being questioned now in connection


with the alleged murder of five- year-old April Jones. The time they


got to speak to him runs out at around 5.00pm this afternoon. They


would have to charge him or release him at this point but we are here


at the magistrates court because we expect that during the course of


the afternoon it may well be that Mark Bridger is brought here for


another closed session. Detectives are asking the magistrates for an


extension in the time they can have to question Mark Bridger. If they


are granted that, it would take us into late tomorrow afternoon,


Saturday, early evening. Then they would have to decide whether to


charge this individual or release him.


The UK faces a greater risk of power shortages in the next few


years as coal-fired power plants are forced to close. EU


environmental legislation means the plants will no longer be able to


generate power. The energy regulator says it expects the risk


of an energy shortfall to be at its highest in three years' time, when


the spare capacity in the system will fall from 14% to just 4%. Our


industry correspondent John Moylan reports.


Is this a vision of Britain in just a few years' time? With power cuts


and energy shortages? According to the industry regulator, the risk of


this happening has increased. report which looks at the spare


electricity capacity on the system shows that spare capacity is going


down from around 14% now to around 4% in three years' time. Now any


decrease in capacity margin will increase the risk of electricity


shorpbgs -- shortages. It's a warning light to us. The problem is


that many of our older more polluting power plants have to


close due to EU environmental targets.


In March next year much of this plant will be turned off.


Ofgem says the probability of a blackout has increased from one in


3300 years now to one in 12 by 2015. What's needed is more investment.


The Government's energy bill, which due to be published in the coming


weeks, is intended to pave the way for a new generation of nuclear,


wind and gas-fired plants. Companies say that can't happen


soon enough. We have for sometime been concerned that the absence of


haeufpg the -- having the energy bill that gives regulation and


regulatory OK has left uncertainty and has made investment decisions


not come forward. Today the Government said it would like to


see more spare capacity on the system, but that the forecast drop


to just 4% was adequate and only represented a low risk to


households. The Chief Constable of Cleveland


Police, Sean Price, has been sacked for gross misconduct. A


disciplinary hearing found that he lied to the Independent Police


Complaints Commission about his role in recruiting the daughter of


a former Police Authority chairman to a civilian role in the force. He


also instructed a member of staff to lie. Danny Savage is in


Cleveland. Tell us more about this, Danny. Well, Sean Price has been


the Chief Constable here since since 2003 but he has become the


first officer of the rank to be dismissed for 35 years. This


surrounded allegations of him lying to the Independent Police


Complaints Commission who are investigating the appointment of a


female civilian worker here. She was the daughter of the former


chairman of the Police Authority here in Cleveland and Sean Price is


said to have lied to the IPCC about that, but more seriously, say the


Police Authority here, he then pressured a more junior colleague


also to lie to the IPCC about what happened. Now, they have said that


his behaviour was shameful, that he intimidated and bullied his staff,


but Sean Price says the decision reached was incorrect. The Police


Authority here in Cleveland say this is about one man and shouldn't


affect the way the public perceive the police in this area. But there


is a wider picture here, as well, something like six officers have


been investigated over a variety of allegations nationwide at the


moment. It shows what sort of public scrutiny those officers are


under. Three Kenyans who claim they were


tortured by British colonial authorities have been told they can


proceed with compensation claims against the Government. The two men


and a woman were detained during the Kenyan emergency in the 1950s


on suspicion of being involved in the Mau Mau uprising. The


Government says it will appeal against the High Court's decision.


Peter Biles reports. The court proceedings have lasted


less than tpoeuf minutes, the judge ruled even though incidents of


torture took place in Kenya nearly 60 years ago a fair trial is still


possible. Those who have been supporting the Mau Mau veterans in


their efforts to sue the British Government were delighted by the


judgment. Today was an historic day in terms of bringing the British


Government to book for what it did all those years ago. Our clients


are absolutely delighted but not just the three of them, but all the


other thousands of Kenyans who will be able to use this judgment to get


justice as well for them but also perhaps for all the other colonies


where similar sorts of abuse occurred, that for all of them this


will be a major day. It was one of the darker periods of Britain's


colonial past. The Mau Mau uprising was a rebellion against British


rule in Kenya. During a state of emergency in the 1950s, the three


claimants who brought this case say they were brutally tortured while


in detention. Kenyans were waiting in Nairobi


today for the news from London. The claimants had given evidence at the


High Court earlier this year and this was another important judgment


in the struggle for justice. Absolutely thrilling. You can see


it for yourselves. Everybody yourselves. The Foreign Office said


said it was disappointed and plans to appeal. The Government's


argument has been there could not be a fair trial so long after


atrocities were committed. A full trial could still be a year away.


It's no longer disputed the torture did take place in Kenya in the is


the 50s pwrb pwrb in the 1950s but they still want an apology and


recompense for what happened. After years of legal wrangling,


High Court judges are about to give a final ruling on a legal bid by


Abu Hamza and four other terrorism suspects, to stop their extradition


to the United States. Our home affairs correspondent June Kelly is


at the High Court. This is very much a last ditch


attempt, isn't it? That's right. This has been a legal marathon, but


this really is the end game now for Abu Hamza. This afternoon we will


learn whether he is going to be put on a plane to the United States.


There's been a demonstration here this morning in support of Abu


Hamza and some of the other terror suspects also facing extradition.


Abu Hamza's lawyers argued here that the extradition should be


played -- -- delayed one more time until his mental health had been


assessed. Now the judges here gave that short shrift and said they


were decent medical facilities in America. They've given the


impression they want to crack on with this and bring it to a


conclusion. In over an hour's time we will all learn his fate.


The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police - who was


criticised in a report last month on the Hillsborough disaster - is


to retire next March. Sir Norman Bettison has always denied taking


part in a cover-up of police failings. He said he hoped his


departure would allow the Independent Police Complaints


Commission to examine his conduct thoroughly.


This was Sir Norman Bettison last weekend at the national police


memorial service, West Yorkshire's Chief Constable was due to leave


his post in 2014. Last night, he said he would go in six months


instead. Today, there was no sign of Sir Norman at his home. Last


night he linked his decision to go to events in recent weeks which


have seen the publication of the Hillsborough report. The judgment


was that the chief clearly has had to - that decision was about how


much of a distraction the matters relating to Hillsborough following


the report were going to be. So, we understand and we support that


decision. 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of crushing at the


Hillsborough stadium in 1989. A Taylor Inquiry found that South


Yorkshire Police were to blame. At the time, Sir Norman was an


inspector. The report found that he was involved in an intensive


efforts to promote the police and smear the fans. For 23 years, those


bereaved by Hillsborough have campaigned for the truth about how


their relatives died. With the publication last month of the


Hillsborough Independent Panel Report, they feel they've achieved


that aim and they now have much more information about how officers,


including Sir Norman Bettison, behaved in the aftermath of the


tragedy. The Hillsborough campaign groups have long wanted Sir Norman


to go. Today, they welcomed his decision to leave. But with


reservations. There is a difference on retiring but actually getting


the sack on your full pension, without your full pension. That's


our goal, we have got to make sure we take that knighthood away, we


get rid of that and he does not retire on a full pension.


Norman has always denied amending police statements as part of a


coverup. The Association of Chief Police Officers said he would be a


great loss to policing. Campaigners The 46-year-old man, held in


detection with the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones has been


arrested on suspicion of murder. There's shock in April's home town.


Police are asking the public to leave the search for her now to


specialist teams. Later on BBC London: Is it or isn't


it anti-Semitic? The mural in Tower Hamlets which the Council says must


be removed. And why a new container port here


could make it easier for the capital's businesss to trade with


A team of British and French archaeologists have entered a


labyrinth of tunnels under the some battlefield in franch, untouched


for almost 100 years. They're the deepest tunnels discovered in the


area. They were dug so troops could lay explosives below enemy lines.


Robert Hall has been given exclusive access to them and is in


the village of La Boisselle. To be more precise underneath La Boissele,


under the old British front lines. If we had been here during the


First World War these lines would have been filled with the sounds of


picks and shovels perhaps men's voices and the soldiers made their


way to the deeper levels, currently under exploration. There is the


route that this team are following as they piece together more detail


than ever of how those men lived and died.


A slow dissent into a wartime underworld, a world of darkness, of


fear, of extreme and sudden violence. During the battle of the


some with opposing forces unable to advance, commanders looked for new


ways to gain the advantage. Along the front teams of tunnellers


borrowed beneath no-man's land to lay explosives which could destroy


enemy trenches. It rises slightly here. It's taken the team two years


to find and enter this tunnel system. No-one really knew what to


expect when entering a labyrinth, sealed for the best part of a


century. This is my colleague Rick, whose grandfather as way -- was a


tunneller. It is hard to put in words. You're slightly overwhelmed


by feelings below ground. I try not to think about it too much. But,


yeah I've got a great deal of respect for what these guys did


down here and what my grandfather did. It gives you an idea of what


it was like for him. But the cramped galleries were perfectly


preserved, littered with wartime debris, stretching away into the


gloom. Down here, tunnellers strained to hear the sounds of the


enemy working nearby and soldiers prepared to face an attack. I have


no inkling of what it must have been like to work in a place like


this. We're only exploring it. We have lovely bright torchs, air


monitors and everything else. This is a battleground. You had a game


of blind fold cat-and-mouse and no second place for the loseer. That's


it, you're blown up under ground. An horrific way, horrific way to


die. This exploration will take us all closer to the men who travelled


from mining towns to do their bit. In a blocked gallery lie the


remains of two tunnellers buried by an explosion in 1915. The work now


under way is a tribute to them and to so many more.


They'll be closing the site up for the winter over the next couple of


days. Before they do, they'll hold a moment of remembrance near the


spot where those two miners lie. They are hopeful that they'll be


back next year. There's a great deal to explore, about eight


kilometres of tunnels. That is only what they've managed to see so far.


There are shafts leading up into another labyrinth which is for the


future. For now, they're content with being able to uncover as many


of those secrets as they possibly can.


A committee of MPs says too many public sector employees are being


paid without having their tax deducted at source. The Public


Accounts Committee has criticised pay arrangements in Whitehall and


at the BBC. Our business correspondent Emma


Simpson reports. Most of us pay tax, just how much, though, can be


controversial. Earlier this year, it emerged that the head of the


Student Loans Company Ed Lester, on the left, was being paid via a


service company instead of PAYE, potentially saving thousands in tax.


It caused an outcry. Now the focus has turned here to the BBC. The


Parliamentary watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee, acoo you coo --


accused it of not requiring tax to be paid at source by many of its


workers, some of whom are reckoned to be household names. I think


we're shocked to find that so many people whose income is derived from


the public purse are paid in ways which mean they avoid paying dew


tax and national insurance contribution. That goes from the


civil service through to the NHS, local Government and I'm afraid,


the BBC. So why might the BBC want to pay some of its staff through a


service company rather than direct from the payroll? The BBC benefits


because it removed an obligation on them for PAYE and national


insurance and it shifts it across to the service company. As far as


the presenter or whoever is concerned operating through a


service company rbs they may or may not get a benefit. It may be they


pay the same amount tax any way if it's paid out as remuneration.


BBC has 17,000 fulltime staff. It issued 25,000 off-payroll contracts


last year, including contributors and technicians. There are 467


presenters on long-term contracts being paid via a company. If people


who work with us, work with other organisations as well, and they


work with us through a service company, this enables us to provide


the Inland Revenue with the details of the work that they do for us and


therefore ensure they pay the right amount of tax. The Chief Secetary


to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has written to the BBC's new boss


to draw his attention to today's report. The corporation says it's


already reviewing these tax arrangements.


This afternoon, the latest jobs figures in America will be


published and they'll be closely examined. Unemployment is a big


issue in the States ahead of next month's presidential election. It's


also a big issue for young Americans. Half of all recent


graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. And, as our


correspondent Zoe Conway reports from Philedelphia, they're also


saddled with more debt than ever. Mack has qualified as a lawyer, so


he can now put his law books away and turn his attention to his


$170,000 student debt. The whole gravity of it didn't hit me until


about a few months ago, when all of a sudden it's like, wait a second,


that's not just a number, that's actually representative of


something. The debt is not unusual. Americans owe $1 trillion in


student loans and they're also struggling to find work. More than


half of recent graduates are unemployed or under employed. At


Temple University students fear being trapped in low-paid jobs.


hope for the best, but I just know from previous experience, my


brother graduated from Penn State, he had high grades. He's been


searching for jobs and can't find anything. The student vote helped


to get President Barack Obama into the White House four years ago.


He's still likely to win much of their vote, but gone is the message


of hope and change. The American dream has been at the heart of this


election, because many people fear that it's under threat. No more so


than on campuss like this one, where students worry they'll be


worse off than their parents. fearful that basically that I might


not get a job, so I might have to be in debt all my life. In a tough


economy, university is still seen as a good investment because non-


graduates are faring even worse. The Football Association has


explained the reasons behind their decision to ban and fine the


Chelsea captain John Terry. They said the language he used towards


Anton Ferdinand was used as an insult and there was no credible


basis for the skipper's defence he was repeating words that he


believed the QPR defender had said to him.


Fifth of October 1962, that was the day that 007 first burst onto our


screens in Dr No. Now 50 years later, James Bond fans are


celebrating half a century of that most famous spy gracing the silver


screen. Lizo Mzimba is at Pinewood studios where Dr No was made. Yes,


thank you very much. Pinewood seen by many as the home of Bond, so


many classic scenes filmed here and classic cars part of the appeal too.


The rolls rois from Goldfinger. An Aston Martin from Die another Day.


The team has celebrating all that's been achieved for 50 years and more


than 20 films on Bond's way to becoming a symbol of Britain known


and loved the world over. The stars, the stunts, the girls,


the gadgets, the quips. He had to fly. The cars. Just a few of the


things that have made the Bond series recognised the world over


and which has help today maintain its phenomenal popularity for half


a century. It was 50 years ago that cinema audiences first heard 007


say... Bond, James Bond. Lines delivered to the very first Bond


girl Sylvia Trench played by Eunice Gayson. I'd never seen him so


nervous as he was that day. So I had to take him into the come sear


and -- comissay and have a drink. He came back on set, "My name's


Bond, James Bond." Wonderful. Who knew it would be such a success.


That's exactly what Bond became, thrilling audiences and delivering


huge returns along the way. Box office gold to the tune of more


than �3 billion worldwide over 22 movies. As for Bond himself, his


enemies have consistently failed to kill him off. Do you expect me to


talk? No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die. And the love of his fans has


kept him alive at the box office for five decades. In another 50


years' time, might the Bond team be raising their glasses to a century


of 007? As long as we left it, I leave it in as good a place as when


I found it, it's going to be OK. It's an enduring story. Who knows.


In some form, I think it will. It's had too big an impact. So much so,


this summer Bond even appeared alongside the Queen. Good evening


Mr Bond. It was a very special thing to be part of Danny Boyle's


Opening Ceremony. Her Majesty was very game. The ultimate accolade


underlining the franchise is prestige and its position as a


cinema icon, unashamedly and triumphantly British.


Well, it's not just here, there are events happening in several


countries to commemorate this special anniversary. Also to


celebrate the fact that at 50 years old, this film series is now almost


half as old as cinema itself. half as old as cinema itself.


Let's look at the latest weather now.


The weekend is nearly upon us of course. The weather's playing ball.


We have good weather on the way, both Saturday and Sunday across


most parts of the British Isles. Before we get there, we have a bit


of rain to come. Courtesy of this cloud in the south-west. This cloud


thickens up to bring outbreaks of rain from the south-west of England


across other southern counties as we go through the rest of the this


afternoon with more northern areas having the best of the day's


sunshine. Having said that, we've still got fairly widespread showers


across Northern Ireland. They'll continue through the afternoon, but


will be on the light side. The showers moving in across the


Highlands and Western Isles they'll be heavy for a time later this


afternoon. Most of the rest of Scotland stays dry. Just a few


showers into Dumfries & Galloway for a time this afternoon. Showers


will continue to affect the North West, particularly around Greater


Manchester area for the day. To the east of the Pennines it's dry.


Through the Midlands and East Anglia, into cloudy weather. It


mostly dry until after dark. Outbreaks of rain spread towards


the south-east of England and for the south-west, it's going to be a


wet end to the day here. Most of the rain not too heavy until after


dark. Some of the rain fringes into southern areas of Wales. But a fair


amount of cloud spilling in ahead of that for central and northern


parts of the country. Now overnight tonight, the rain is going to get


heavier across south-west England. That swings towards the south-east.


Could see around an inch of rain falling, 20-30mm or. So the rain


pushes into the south-east overnight. Not too cold here thanks


to the cloud and rain. Further north with clearer skies, it could


be low enough for a touch of frost in rural areas, maybe mist or fog


patches as well. Saturday morning starts off with the ain first thing


across the south-east. There is a bit of uncertainty how quickly that


push as way into the near continent. By the afternoon it's a dry story.


Most keep the sunshine from dawn till dusk. There are showers in the


far north and west of Scotland. What about the second half of the


weekend? Well, high pressure overnight Saturday night will begin


to build across the British Isles. With those clearing skies, it turns


out to be a cold night. Again a touch of frost. High pressure will


keep weather systems at bay for a time. So, what are we looking at


Sunday? A fine start to the day with sunshine. Could be fog patches


across southern counties. Later in the afternoon, we will see the


cloud building in across the south- west threatening outbreaks of rain.


It turns wet again overnight. So we're looking pretty good, cold


mornings and nights. Sunny spells by day and the risk of rain at


times. Flirting with the southern counties of England. Not bad. We'll


take the sunshine while we get it. Nex week it's set to turn unsettled


again. A reminder of our top story. Mark