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The man accused of killing April Jones weeps in court, as the


charges are read to him. BOOING


Mark was driven to magistrate's court in Aberystwyth. He's accused


of murdering the five-year-old and perverting the course of justice.


The search for April continues a week after her disappearance - the


number of police officers on the ground doubles.


The Chancellor confirms cuts into the Welfare Bill and says he's


considering a limit on the number of children that can be supported


on benefits. How can we justify giving flats to young people who


have never worked when working people twice their age are still


living with their parents because they can't afford their first home?


The Director-General of the BBC says there will be an examination


of allegations of sexual abuse against Sir Jimmy Savile, but only


once police work has finished. A teenager has her stomach removed


after drinking a cocktail bought in a bar which contained liquid


nitrogen. And defacing a multi-million-pound


mural - a man adds black paint to a modern masterpiece but denies being


a vandal. Later on BBC London:


Plans for a multi-billion-pound Disney-style park near the M25, and


the anniversary of the harrow wealdstone rail a crash. -- Harrow


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at 1.00pm. The man accused


of killing five-year-old April Jones has wept as he appeared in


court charged with murder, child abduction and perverting the course


of justice. FivMark Bridger cried as the charges were put to him.


April was last seen a week ago, police are continuing their search


for her - the numbers of officers on the ground doubled today. More


on that in a moment, first, our correspondent Jon Brain is outside


the court in Aberystwyth now. This time last month, April Jones


was safe and happy in a classroom at her school. This morning,


specialist search teams have again been looking for the little girl's


body. It's been an emotional week for everyone concerned, emotions


which were reflected at today's court appearance. Seven days after


April Jones went missing, the man accused of being responsible for


her disappearance was brought to court.


A small but vocal group were waiting to hurl abuse.


BOOING In the dock, Mark Bridger looked


tearful as the charges were put to him that he'd abducted and murdered


April and disposed of and concealed her body with the intention of


perverting the course of justice. Idea if he understood, he said yes.


His voice faltered. Mark Bridger has now been remanded


in custody. His next appearance will be via a video link at


Caernarfon Crown Court in two days' time. April was last seen a week


ago climbing into a car outside her home. Despite the efforts of


hundreds of people, there's been no trace of her since then.


Specialist search teams are out in force yet again today still trying


to find April and evidence of what may have happened to her.


There are a number of search areas that are new to search, but also,


we're rechecking, and what these search officers - are very skilled


and experienced. They'll do a meticulous and systematic search


really to eliminate to as high a possible level as we can that we're


not missing anything. Meanwhile, Mark Bridger has been taken to


prison in Manchester to await his next court appearance.


This is all a heart-wrenching time for April's family, of course. This


morning her mother issued an appeal on Facebook asking for people to


keep that search going. In it she says, "Please keep looking for my


baby girl." Thank you. Jon Brain from


Aberystwyth. More than a hundred police officers


are involved in the search for April Jones, and detectives say


their operation has switched emphasis, with a change in their


resources. Rhun Ap Iorwerth is in Machynlleth now.


As we were saying, police numbers have increased, but has the focus


changed at all? They're still certainly look in and


around the Machynlleth area, but the nature of the search has


changed I believe stemming, more than anything, from the decision by


mountain rescue yesterday to suspend their operations. These are


volunteers, of course. They'll be back should there be new


intelligence, so the police response about the number of


officers they have - a hundred and more officers searching for April,


and 17 specialist teams in Machynlleth searching open areas


within Machynlleth town itself. We have been up today near the home of


Mark Bridger, but still, the River Dyfi remains a focus. We have seen


marine units using specialist eight-wheel-drive vehicles to take


supplies up to specialist officers working just upstream from where I


am here, rope access, looking in gullies, in creeks. This is a very


difficult river to search, plus of course the many tributaryrys to


this river. The picture has changed. I'd have been waist deep in fast-


flowing river a few days ago. Now the water level has receded. As the


picture changes with the river, so the police have to again search


over and over places they have already searched within the past


week, so still a very wide area, and the police insisting that the


momentum will be maintained. At the same time, we still have a


community here that is devastated by what's happened over the past


week, and tonight at around 7.30pm, we believe, the family has asked


that balloons be released to the sky above Machynlleth as they


continue to think of April. Thank you.


The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed he's considering whether


there should be a limit on the number of children in a family that


can be supported on benefits. He's just told the Conservative Party


Conference in Birmingham that he intends to cut a further �10


billion from the welfare budget and a system that encouraged families


to live a life on benefit had to be tackled. He said the Government


wouldn't budge from its plans to cut the deficit, but that it


couldn't be done only the "wallets of the rich". From Birmingham, our


political correspondent Carole Walker reports.


George Osborne insisted there was no question of taking apart his


economic strategy. On a visit to Birmingham University, he announced


some extra funding for research. This is incredibly difficult...


his overall message was a tough one - �10 billion of welfare cuts by


the first full year of the next Parliament. In his conference


speech, the Chancellor acknowledged it was taking longer than he'd


hoped to pay off the deficit, but with the Prime Minister lending


visible support, he declared he would finish the job of repairing


the economy. Today in the face of the great economic challenges of


our age, we here resolve - we will press on. We shall overcome.


APPLAUSE He repeated his mantra, "We're all


in it together" and insisted those with the most money should


contribute the most, but he defended his decision to cut the


top rate of tax. It is a completely phoney


conception of fairs than you stick with a tax rate you know raises no


money that you know drives away jobs and investment, that you know


weakens the economy just to say you've kicked the rich. Mr Osborne


said what he called the most radical reform on welfare for


generations wasn't just about saving money. It was about fairness


and enterprise, making sure it pays to go to work. How can we justify a


system where people in work have to consider the full financial costs


of having another child while those out of work don't?


APPLAUSE But any future limit on benefits to


children would be highly controversial. Turning around to a


group of children and saying, "Look, your parents made the wrong


decision. You shouldn't have been born" I think is really dangerous.


Those children will be with us, and we've got to as a society say,


actually, we owe these children an obligation morally but also on an


economic level, because, as I say, they're our future workforce.


tough message on welfare was always going to go down well at Tories at


their conference. Ministers believe it will resonate with voters too,


but what about the Lib Dems? The coalition partners accept there


will have to be more cuts to benefits but on this scale? Nothing


has been agreed in detail to cuts and saves to welfare. The


Conservatives are perfectly entitled to set up their stall as


to what we do as a country. We have to tighten our belts further, as we


indeed were at our party conference. The Chancellor said any wavering


from the hard choices would risk Britain's economic credibility. He


said he would not gamble with the nation's future.


Let's talk now to our political correspondent Norman Smith who


joins us from Birmingham too. We were hearing George Osborne saying


a radical reform of the welfare budget was needed, a tough message.


Why such a tough, blunt message from him today? Well, the


calculation is that by levelling with the British people, by being


straight with voters about the scale of economic pain we've still


got to get through - another �10 billion of benefit cuts, Mr Osborne


will at least win plaudits for candour, but there is another


calculation, and that is among so- called striving classes, benefit


curves actually plays rather well. Again and again we heard from the


Chancellor but also other Ministers talking about people who have to


get up early in the morning, feed the dogs, get out to work, get on


the commuter train - how they resent it and look over their


shoulder at their neighbour's house where they may be on benefits and


they're still lying in bed asleep, so the view is benefit curves are


an economic necessity, but politically, they also play well


with the aggrieved, squeezed middle. Yes. Now, Boris Johnson, the Mayor


of London, at a conference today - he speaks to the conference


tomorrow. What are people there saying about his appearance? Well,


it's interesting. David Cameron refers to Boris Johnson publicly as


a "blond-haired mop". In private, I suspect he's grinding his teeth and


clenching his teeth at the mere mention of Boris's name. Why?


Because Boris Johnson seems to delight wandering around hurling


turnips at the direction of the Prime Minister over Heathrow. Many


more people here view Boris Johnson with affection and maybe affection


and of course he's going to sound testy at the mention of this Tory


Prince, but at the moment, my sense is despite that Boris Johnson is


not yet a threat to the Prime Minister. Norman, thank you. Norman


Smith joining us from Birmingham. The Director-General of the BBC,


George Entwistle, says the corporation will examine


allegations of sexual abuse made against Sir Jimmy Savile once


police have finished their investigation. There have been


calls for an independent inquiry into claims BBC staff knew about


suggestions the presenter was abusing young girls, but failed to


act. David Silitto reports. The allegation against Jimmy Savile


have mounted, and now a week on, the BBC today said sorry to the


women involved. I would like to apologise on behalf of the


organisation to each and every one of them for what they have had to


endure here. The police are leading inquiries but the Direct Line of


the BBC told radio Four's Today programme that the corporation at


the right moment would carry out its own investigations. When the


police have finished everything they have to do and have given us


an assurance there is no way of us compromising or contaminating the


investigation, I'll take it further and make sure any outstanding


questions are answered. And there is growing pressure. Everyone has


to ask themselves the question is there new evidence that needs to be


looked at? Are there new things as an organisation we should examine?


But from what I have read, and that's just a consumer of the media,


as it were, truly shocking things have been said. So BBC has


apologised, but what exactly are they apologising for? And this is


beginning to go wider than just the Jimmy Savile case. A number of


female TV presenters spoke up over the weekend about a number of


incidents and the wider sexual culture this broadcasts at the time.


This goes much wider than criminality. This goes to a culture


that seemingly existed, and this is said by people who were in that


environment at the time, a culture that existed. It was a pretty


rotten culture that allowed young girls to be molested and worse.


The star's reputation as a lovable, if eccentric, charity fundraiser


has been treaded. The Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust today confirmed


it's considering dropping his name. I think we get the idea, you know,


that whatever has happened, there's something very unpleasant that's


been going on, so therefore the Jimmy Savile name is going to be


very difficult to - for people to think of in a good light. Others


have spoken out about his knighthood, so now a police


investigation and a BBC apology to the women who, for years, felt


unable to speak out about one of Britain's biggest stars.


A teenager has had her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail


containing liquid nitrogen. The 18- year-old complained of severe pain


and breathlessness after having the drink during a night out in


Lancaster. The bar which sold the cocktail has stopped using liquid


nitrogen, which creates a smoky dry ice effect. Danny Savage is outside


the Lancaster bar. What's being said there about what


happened to this girl? Well, this goes back to last Thursday evening,


and Gabby Scanland, the 18-year-old who is now in hospital with serious


injuries, was out celebrating her 18th birthday here in the City. She


came here behind me to Oscar's wine bar, and while she was here, she


had a cocktail that was prepared using liquid nitrogen. She had that


drink, and later on in the evening, she had - began feeling unwell. She


had a severe reaction to it. She collapsed. She was taken to


hospital, and she had to have emergency surgery to remove her


stomach. Police say they have been told by medics that if she hadn't


had that operation, she probably would have died. Liquid nitrogen is


obviously not meant to be ingested, but it is made as a sort of trendy


drink at the moment to make cocktails look as though they're


smoking. It appears she's had some very severe reaction to what


happened. The bar say they're cooperating fully, and they've now


stopped selling that sort of dink. Meanwhile, what of the victim


herself? What's her condition? Do we know? She's in a serious but


stable condition at the moment. Her school have released a statement


saying she's one of the most hardworking, mature sthunts had


simply gone out to celebrate her birthday. Our whole community is


shocked by what happened. They say, "We're pleased to hear that she's


making better-than-expected progress." But she's obviously had


a very serious operation and a serious reaction. Her friends are


thinking a great deal of her for the moment. They're worried, but


she should make a recoverry, we understand, but it is something


that'll change her life forever Chelsea and England left back


Ashley Cole has been charged by the FA in relation to a Twitter comment,


which it said was improper or brought the game into disrepute. He


reacted angrily after a commission passed doubt. High-profile backers


of Julian Assange, who together put up a large sum in security money


have been ordered to pay more than �0,000 by Westminster Magistrates'


Court. They gave -- �90,000 by Westminster Magistrates' Court.


They give him backing in June. He is trying to avoid extradition to


Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault. 79 women are to


be offered extra screening after they were given the wrong results


for their breast cancer tests. An urgent inspection is under way,


after the tests carried out on the patients at Sherwood Forest


Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. What happened?. Well, all the women


were seen here and they were all undergoing a test to decide which


treatment is best for them, following best cancer. There were


problems in the laboratory with this test, which I am told is a


very complicated test, involving a lot of processes. What went wrong


has not been identified yet. It is known 120 women were given the


wrong results. That is between the years 2004-2010. What's more, we


are told it may have contributed to the deaths of some patients, the


experts reckon between one and three patients may have died as a


result of this mistake. What is happening now is all the patients


affected are being contacted and their families, to recall them,


where necessary, and to try and explain in the cases where the


women have died, what role this played in their death, if any. Tell


us more about Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


It's not been the best day for the trust. Not only has this problem


come to light, but there are also huge problems repaying the Private


Finance Initiative deal - that's the money spent building this


hospital behind me. It is cost over �300 million. Private companies put


up the money and the NHS is paying back over many years. The Trust is


struggling to make the payments. It may run out of money in January and


it is posstbl Government may have to step in with a loan to bail the


hospital out. Today they are reassuring women are getting on top


of this problem with the screening and those affected are being


written to. Thank you. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-


Moon, has expressed deep concern about the escalating attacks


between Syria and Turkey. Mr Ban said the continuing shelling and


artillery fire in the border region was extremely dangerous and he


called for action to stop the flow of arms to Syria. Our correspondent


reports now from the Turkish-Syrian border.


Turkish soldiers have a perfect view of Syria. The Arab country is


right next door. It's 19-month long conflict has now begun to cross the


border. This is what happened yesterday


afternoon in the border town of abgabg - a single mortar round from


Syria landed in a field inside Turkish territory. No-one was


injured, but Turkey responded by firing artillery across the border.


This morning, this primary school stayed shut in case of further


shelling. "Everybody is afraid. The children do not understand. The


schools are closed and the children are home."


The tea-drinkers just across the street decided to take a few more


risks. TRANSLATION: War is blood and destruction. I am concerned,


but I am against war. Everybody should be. Down the road, Turkey's


forces keep their eyes on their neighbour. Turkey wants to defend


its territory. At the same time, it doesn't want to get dragged into


fighting a war. The Government says it does not want Syria to become


Now, a look at the time: It is 1.20pm. Mark Bridger t man accused


of killing April Jones, appeared in court charged with murder and


perverting the cause of justice. Coming up: The people of Walsall


stage a home-coming reception for Ellie Simmonds.


Later on BBC London: The Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole is charged


with misconduct by the Football Association for a comment they


allege brought the game into disrepute. And the struggling


dancers given a chance to make it A mural by Mark Rothko, one of the


most famous artists of the 20th century has been defaced at the


Tate Modern A Russian man walked up to the artwork and daubed wit black


paint, saying he was doing it as part of a movement called


"yellowism." The gallery said it did not have a price for the piece,


but paintings by Rothko often fetch tens of millions of pounds. It is


called Black on Maroon - a work of art by one of America's most famous


post war painters. Now it has been defaced and a message of


"yellowism." It is part of an exhibition of work by Mark Rothko.


Yesterday, visiters ot the Tate Modern were left stunned when the


painting was defaced. The question now is, can it be repaired? There


is a fantastic team who are knowledgeable. They have got to the


paint quickly. I think there's every hope that it will be cleaned


without any... Well, it is difficult to clean off, but it will


be cleaned off and the painting will be back to how it used to be.


The yellowism website attempts to explain the philosophy. He insists


he was not trying to damage the painting and that he's not a vandal.


I would like this picture to be presented in the context of


yellowism and consider it to be about yellow colour only. Rothko's


paintings sell for many millions at auction. It is not clear how the


value of Black on Maroon will be affected by the stain of yellowism.


Let's hear now from our arts editor, who joins us from the Tate Modern


in London. This man said he's not a vandal. Give us a further idea of


his reasons behind this? He's describing it as an act of pure


expression. He is citing the father of conacceptualal art as hirz


inspiration. -- his inspiration. He picked off a


urinal and put it on the wall. The big difference is that those


artists have either defaced works of art they already owned, had


permission to deface, or were cheap throw aways, like a postcard. They


did not walk up to a work of art, in a gallery, which is being looked


at by other people and start drawing on it. That is not a work


of art, that is an act of vandalism. We heard the Tate saying they can


repair it. No doubt it is extremely embarrassing? Embarrassing,


annoying, upsetting. The way these galleries work, not just in Britain


but across the world, is on a basis of trust, that you can go up and


look at these artworks, you can go up and put your nose up against


them. They are not shut off against panes of glass. This act breaks


that trust. It is like on football pitches, there are no longer fences


keeping fans from the pitch. The fans do not go on the pitch,


because they understand that is the deal. The deal is the same for


people who visit art galleries. You don't touch or ruin the exhibits.


If you don't do that you get great access to them. Yes, this is


embarrassing. What can you do? Five million people come to this place


every single year. They cannot watch every single one of them. I


am told that this single incident will mean they will change their


policy of letting people see the art up close. Thank you. This


year's Nobel Prize for Medicine has been won by the British scientist


Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan for their ground-breaking


work on stem cells. It showed mature cells could be reprogrammed


to undertake new functions. This should revolutionise the


understanding of how cells and/or begannisms develop. The Venezuelan


President, Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office. He finished


ten points ahead of Henrique Capriles. He said Venezuela could


continue its march towards socialism, but also promised to be


a better President. This had been billed as a tight


race, but in the end the results came quickly after the final


polling stations had closed it gave Mr Chavez a clear ten-point lead.


TRANSLATION: To those who promote hate, to those who promote social


poison, to those who are always trying to deny all the good things


that happen in Venezuela - I invite them to dialogue, to debate and to


work together for Venezuela. His followers were jubilant. Chavez


has won because he's given free education to all. He has given free


health system, he has given housing to poor people. TRANSLATION:


have the best President in the world. We all love him. The women


love him and we're going forward and we're growing with him.


Street parties like this one broke out almost as soon as results were


announced. Just as the politics is polarised, so as some people are


celebrating tonight, others will be commiserating. The opposition


candidate, Henrique Capriles, standing for a coalition of parties,


conceded defeat. With his promises to maintain social programmes, but


also encourage private business, he had managed to mount a serious


challenge for the presidency, but in the end it does not enough.


-- it was not enough. Mr Chavez was treated for cancer earlier this


year and many will be watching the state of his health closely as he


begins another six-year term of office. For now, his supporters are


thinking only of celebrating. One of Britain's Paralympic stars


has been taken an open-top bus tour of her home town. Crowds have


turned out to welcome the swimmer Ellie Simmonds back to Walsall. Our


correspondent is there for us now. Good afternoon. They turned out in


force to welcome home their paraoimian golden -- their


Paralympian golden girl, Ellie Simmonds. How does it feel to be


back here? Amazing. Going to my postbox and then to my old school


and to open a pool they have opened after me and to come here to


Walsall, it is good. I am looking forward to chatting to all the kids.


It is really good. You are only 17. How does this make you feel? Really


good. Amazing. The support I've had during the Games, it has been good.


You opened a school swimming pool today? It is a pool I used to swim


in. It is from when I used to go to primary school, they named the pool


after me, called Ellie Simmonds. It is really good. That pool, perhaps


one of the legacies of the summer of Olympic and Paralympic glory.


Thank you and congratulations to Ellie Simmonds too. Let's get a


Ellie Simmonds too. Let's get a look at the weather. Cloudy


conditions, bits and pieces of rain around. You are not alone, I have


to say. Those situations across the You will notice there, southern


Scotland and north of England and Northern Ireland too, a good deal


finer and drier. There are some decent gaps in that cloud. The same


cannot be said further south. I am hopeful over towards the western


side of Wales some brightness there. We improve our chances up towards


Northern Ireland and across a good part of Scotland. Of course you


have that band of cloud to contend with. The showers and few between.


You will notice north of there a bracing feel to the day. Lovely for


the in order of England. Once we sink further south, a complete veil


of cloud is yours to be had. Rain across parts of the south-east.


Come down towards the far south- west, yes a lot of cloud here, but


a different feel to the afternoon - 11-12 Celsius, but towards towards


the south-west, 15-16 Celsius could be yours this afternoon. Overnight,


we thicken up the cloud across the far south-west. There'll be more


coherent rain pushing in, which stays on the mild side further


north. Notice how the cities dip away. In the countryside there'll


be a frost for sheltered Scotland there. Down to minus four Celsius.


We have to thank the high pressure You can see the migration of that


rain - some moderate bursts here for Wales and the south-west and


creeping further north. Further north again, across Scotland and


the north of England there, a little bit of fog to contend with.


Once we get going, again, plenty of sunshine around. On Wednesday


something of a north and east, south and west split, with the best


of the sunshine towards the north and east. Cloud pushing in towards


By Thursday, I think we will talk about something much wetter for all.


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