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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.