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De jury begins in in Wales. Mark Bridger denies murdering April


Jones. Also this lunchtime: Men from the West Midlands planned to


used home-made bombs in an attack which police say could have proved


deadly. The Dutch have a new monarch. Queen


Beatrix abdicates to make way for her son who becomes the first king


of the Netherlands in more than 100 years. This is the scene in


Amsterdam where the investiture of the Willem-Alexander is taking


place in front of large crowds. No more perks for prisoners.


Prisoners will have to earn their privileges in the future.


Are a crisis in animal cruelty. The RSPCA say they are struggling to


cope as cases go up in England and Wales.


On BBC London: Separating cars from cyclists on


London roads - could the Dutch Hello, good afternoon and welcome


to the BBC News at One. The jury in the trial of a man


accused of killing schoolgirl April Jones has heard how she was seen


getting into his car on the day she disappeared. Five-year-old April


vanished while playing on her bike near her home in mid-Wales last


year. Her body has never been found. A Prosecutions they had best friend


saw her talking to Mark Bridger and getting into his car. He denies


abducting and murdering April. The prosecution has just started


outlining how they believe Mark Bridger, on October 1st last year,


took away a happy, smiling young five-year-old April Jones. He


abducted her, murdered her and then concealed or destroyed her body.


Mark Bridger arrived at court amid heavy security. In the dock he


started listening to the prosecution case against him. They


say his crimes were sexually motivated. At his home he had a


computer full of indecent images of children. On the same computer he


stored pictures of local girls. Now I forensic examination of his home


found bloodstains in three different areas and the DNA from


that blood matches the DNA from April Jones.


Very difficult details being heard and April's family watching in the


courtroom? Yes, both Coral and Paul Jones arrived at court this morning


both wearing the pink ribbons which have become emblematic of the


search for their daughter over six months. They sat listening to the


evidence carefully. They will have been prepared for this moment but


they are having to listen to heartbreaking details. It was


spelled out to the jury that April cannot tell them what happened and


that Mark Bridger will not tell them what happened. He will say


during his defence that he did kill April Jones in a road accident and


put her body into his car but he has no recollection of what


happened afterwards. He denies the three charges of abduction, murder


and perverting the course of justice.


Thank you. The government is planning to make life tougher for


male prisoners in England and Wales by making them earn privileges such


as TV's in cells and access to gyms. Under the new regime inmates will


be banned from watching films with an 18 certificate and will have to


work a longer day. Our home affairs correspondent reports.


A typical cell at Pentonville Prison. Not exactly luxury but


there is a TV. You misbehave, you get the TV taken away, if you don't,


you have got it. If you work again there is a reward for it because


you are out, you can make your phone calls, keep in touch with the


family, it eases the stress level right down. But ministers believe


these perks are too easily obtainable. Standard privileges


allow inmates to have a TV in their cell, where their own clothes,


associate with other prisoners, have visits and earn money. There


are enhanced perks for good behaviour, better jobs, more visits,


more time out of the cell. But Break the Rules and it is basic


privileges including no TV and wearing a prison uniform. The new


regime will require inmates to show a positive good behaviour, not just


an absence of bad behaviour to learn more perks. Prison working


hours will be longer and new inmates will receive restricted


privileges for two weeks. In the past we have sent the wrong


messages. I want a regime which sends the right messages. Turn your


life around and there will be a good regime in prison. Prisoners


will not lose the Curragh privileges unless their behaviour


changes but if they are enjoying cable or satellite TV, currently


used in private prisons, they will lose that. Ministers say it is a


perk which cannot be defended. Visiting Pentonville prison they


argue changes will focus prison life on punishment but also


rehabilitation, preparing for the outside world. Critics are not so


sure. There is no evidence to show that a tough approach works. To be


more effective you have to focus on employment and skills training, on


making sure people have saved housing to go to and they have good


contact with their family. Privileges can also make it easier


to run a crowded prisons. Everyone will be watching the effect these


changes have. Two prisoners are on the run after


a gang of masked men ambushed a prison van in Greater Manchester.


It happened during the rush-hour traffic in Salford. Police are now


trying to find the men. A spokesman said there is currently no threat


to the local community. They are appealing for anyone with any


information to get in touch. Our correspondent Dave Guest is that


the scene of the ambush. What more do we know at this moment? In the


past few moments the prison van has been hitched on to a low loader and


taken away from the scene for further examination. We know around


9 o'clock this morning the ban was on its way from Merseyside to


Manchester Crown Court where it was ambushed by a number of masked men.


They smashed their way in by breaking the front windows. They


forced the guards to open the side door and a lap two prisoners out.


At the moment we do not have any details about the prisoners but


police say there is no immediate threat to the public. They have had


a higher prison -- presence throughout the morning. The police


are trying to track down these two as quickly as possible. Thank you.


She has been Queen for a period spanning four decades. Today she


abdicated, handing the Royal reins to her son. The news means Willem-


Alexander becomes the country's first king since the 19th century.


Thousands of people gathered outside the royal palace in


Amsterdam to greet the new King following the signing of the


abdication. Matthew Price is outside the palace with more.


Those crowds are still here. It has been a fantastic morning here it in


Dam Square, in front of the royal palace where the Queen a few hours


ago signed away her right to the throne. Now over to the right in


that church, the investiture ceremony is taking place of the new


king. It is not a coronation. He does not by tradition get crowned.


But this is perhaps the most pond filled and emotional part of the


day, in what has been a memorable day for the people of the


Netherlands. They gathered in front of the royal


palace. Dressed in the national colour. A-C of orange for the House


of Orange, from which the monarchy comes. Mosely. Apparently it is 200


years since the House of orange. Readers thought it was a historic


occasion and it was nice to come along. -- we just thought it was a


historic occasion. Hit his once-in- a-lifetime which is why I wanted to


be here today. What are those for? It is going to be very emotional


today. Is an informal country with an informal kind of monarchy. Her


Majesty went around the room, the Queen going to her guests, her son


and heir following in her footsteps. There was no pomp, little ceremony.


She took a pen and then signed Then briefly, now just Princess


Beatrix, she squeezed the hand of her new king. Outside, 33 years of


rule had passed seamlessly to the first king here in 123 years.


TRANSLATION: A few moments ago abdicated from the throne. I am


happy and grateful to present to you, your new king, King Willem-


The fact that everybody can get so close is a sign of how down-to-


earth the royal family here is, or at least once to appear to be.


Unlike the monarchy in Britain, for instance, if they don't have that


same untouchable feel about them. In fact, the new King says he wants


to be seen as a man of his people, he will not stand on ceremony.


Together, they sang the national anthem. Then, out came the next


generation. On foot, no horse and carriage for the Dutch, the royal


family went to church for the investiture. Tradition states they


do not crown their monarchs here, but they have their new king and he


has his kingdom. And that investiture ceremony is


taking place right now. It probably is the most regal feeling part of


all the events today. Certainly watching this here in Dam Square,


are one thing that struck me is how much more relaxed the royal family


here seems with their public, than perhaps the more distant royal


family of the United Kingdom. There are no horses and carriages, they


simply walked from the royal palace to the church. This it is quite


legal but the King says he just wants to be a man of the people. --


This is quite Regal. Thank you. With just two days of


campaigning to go for local elections in England and Wales, the


battle lines have been drawn in the most hotly contested areas. Our


political correspondent Robin Brant has been to Derbyshire.


In a quiet old lead mining village in the middle of Derbyshire, a


battle is going on. It has got one park and one flagpole, but the


Conservatives are fighting to keep Bonsall. Derbyshire was a surprise


gain. Since then the Tories have ruled. I think people have been


surprised how successful we have been able to be. We have avoided


frontline redundancies in the council and cat local services.


more than ever, local elections are defined by national issues, what to


keep and what to cut. The Tories in Derbyshire have cut �25 million of


the budget of over half a billion this year. County Hall in Matlock


is a must gain for Labour. They lost support in marginal areas four


years ago and that is in places where the next general election


will be decided. On a brownfield site by the motorway, I met


Derbyshire's Labour leader, currently in opposition. People


tend to focus on the national picture but they have seen at the


last four years, some dramatic changes to services they value and


it has brought home to people that you can make a protest vote on


national issues, but it sometimes has drastic local consequences.


day after we met, Ed Miliband was near that motorway site in


Chesterfield. His party is pushing hard in Liberal Democrat held areas


and the coalition is an issue in the crooked spire city.


certainly don't have an effect and we have got to recognise that. But


we are a party of local politicians. We are down-to-earth people living


and working in the community. Where you look in the community, you will


see Lib Dems working hard. smaller parties are part of the mix


as well in this election. In the Derbyshire town which any party


would love to represent, the Greens are standing. Transport is a key


issue for them. If there was better public transport and the council


invested more and encouraged private operators to provide buses


which ran when people want to go to work, more buses. A price worth


paying? Definitely and integrate it with the train. The unknown entity


in this election is the UK Independence Party. They are put in


at 1,700 candidates, the most ever in this election. What would they


do if they ran Derbyshire. Council tax as the most important part. We


would make sure we spent it in the right way. But there are many


issues. You are asking me to give you one particular one but there


are a lot of policies which we have that we will be implementing from


day one. David Cameron was here campaigning last week. The Prime


Minister knows that if the Conservatives are to have any


chance of staying in power both in the street and Downing Street, then


his local candidates have got to elections, but they raise big


questions for the parties back at Westminster. For the Tories, how far


austerity is draining their support in areas like Derbyshire and their


heartlands. For Labour, if they cannot win in somewhere like


Derbyshire, which has traditionally been Labour, is it goodbye for Ed


victory just a blip? The big question is the emerging threat from


UKIP, not so much how many seats they might win, but who they might


take their votes from and what sort of impact it might have at the next


election? Indeed, much made of the rhetoric mounting between the


parties, but also of the betting of 1700 candidates. Another day,


another scandal for UKIP, this time with one of their candidates down in


Somerset, pictured allegedly doing a Nazi salute. Now, he is the latest


in a series of UKIP candidates who appear to have been caught out on


social media expressing extreme views. He insists he is the victim


of a smear campaign. Nigel Farage insists there will be an


investigation, but I think the incident tells us a number of things


- if UKIP want to play in the big league, they are going to have to


expect an awful lot more scrutiny. And they like to present themselves


as political outsiders, not bound by the normal restrictions of the


established parties, but that comes with a risk, and the risk is that


they have much less control over who their candidates are and what they


say. Norman, thank you. You can also find


much more information about the one, our top story this lunchtime:


The jury in the trial of a former lifeguard accused of killing April


Jones in mid Wales last year he is how she was seen getting into his


car. And still to come, Sam Warburton is named captain of the


British and Irish Lions, he will lead a squad dominated by Welsh


players. On BBC London, longer running hours


on the Tube and more traffic free days on Oxford Street, some of the


recommendations from a new group set up to look at the future of the


area. And a full weather forecast in 15


Convictions for animal neglect and cruelty in England and Wales rose by


a third between 2011 and 2012 according to the RSPCA, which says


it is struggling to keep up with what it calls a growing cruelty


epidemic. Our correspondent is at an RSPCA centre in Worcestershire for


us, Jeremy. Yes, welcome to the Birmingham RSPCA centre, let me


introduce you to a dog whose story is typical of many of the stories


here. He was found about one month ago,


and emaciated in a garden along with another dog. He had a severe ear


infection. The staff here are in no doubt that he is the victim of


cruelty, but he is improving really well, although he is very much one


of the lucky ones. At this centre, every available


cannot is occupied, and many of these dogs are victims of cruelty or


abandonment. All of them need a new home, a new life. Daisy was born


with a genetic condition which means she need an operation on her eyes.


Treatment is expensive, and inspectors think she was abandoned


because of the cost. The category is also full. Each of the animals has


its own story, and caddie is sadly typical. When she came into us, she


was in very good condition, virtually no further, and it was


yellow, stained. Very thin, and a major injury to the eye. He is well


on the way in his rebuilt Asian, he is in good condition now, and


hopefully you will find a new home. Latest statistics show a 15% rise in


the number of people convicted for neglect and cruelty in England and


Wales. In 2011, 1341 people were found guilty by the courts. In 2012,


that number rose to 1552. But it is not necessarily mean there are more


acts of cruelty being committed. change in the law means that we can


intervene before an animal is actually suffering. In the past, it


have to suffer before we could do anything. Now we can give people


advice, and if they do not take it, we can intervene earlier. More


intervention means more animals rescued, but it also means more


animals needing a new home. Yes, great news for Mac, and the


ASCII that he was brought in with, because somebody is going to adopt


both of them. Pretty soon they will be leaving here and starting a new


life. Six men from the West Midlands have


pleaded guilty to planning a terrorist attack on an English


Defence League rally. Five of the group took a home-made bomb to the


EDL rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, in June last year. They


arrived, though, after it had ended. They were caught when there car was


stopped by police for not having insurance. June Kelly is outside


Woolwich Crown Court to explain more. Well, these men decided to


respond to verbal attacks on Muslims by the English Defence League with a


planned legal physical attack. Now, usually in terrorism cases, we say


the arrest came as a result of intelligence, but these arrests were


down to pure luck. Police on the M1 in South Yorkshire


have pulled over a vehicle in a random check. On the hard shoulder,


the driver and his passenger. What the police here do not realise is


that, by stopping this car, they are breaking up a terrorist cell. The


driver, Omar Mohammed Khan, had committed a motoring offence, but


within days he and his passenger, Jewel Uddin, were exposed as violent


extremists intent on murder. Today they were among six men from the


West Midlands who pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to terrorism


charges. And this was their intended target, a rally in Dewsbury by the


far right English Defence League. Five of the men have travelled here


from their homes in Birmingham, but by the time they got to Dewsbury,


the EDL demonstration was over. If they had arrived earlier, they could


have been carnage in its Yorkshire town. It would have gone ahead, and


we could have seen a series of massacres, lots of people could have


been hurt, injured, possibly killed as well. And there would be no


discrimination, young people, old people, black, white, Asian. Anybody


could have been affected. With the plot aborted, the men were stopped


in their car was impounded for not having insurance. According to


police, there were no grounds to search the car, so officers did not


look in the boot. It was two days later that the contents of the boot


were finally discovered. In one holdall, there were machetes, swords


and knives. The men were clearly planning part of their attack to be


at close quarters. In another bag there was sawn off shotguns and live


ammunition, as well as an improvised explosive device packed with nails


and ballbearings. There were also pipe bombs in the making. And


amongst their armoury their message, it was to the English


Defence League, David Cameron and, in that Diamond Jubilee summer, to


the Queen. They denounced as a none leaders, Jewel Uddin, was an


associate of a group of Birmingham men jailed last week over a suicide


bomb plot. In fact, he had been under surveillance and, just five


days before the EDL rally, he was observed going into this shop. What


the police surveillance team did not know was that he bought knives to


use in the attack. At that point, he was not considered to be a serious


threat. The information that we had at the time did not require or did


not determine that we should have been doing close as a valence on


him. I am really comfortable that, within both my own organisation and


other partner organisations, we did not fail to join the dots. After the


guilty pleas, the men are due to be sentenced in June.


Well, both the police and the security service MI5 say there was


no evidence that the man and as a valence was involved in attack


planning. As I say, they will be sentenced in June. It is often said


that the terrorists only have to get lucky once, and in this case the


luck was on the side of the police and MI5.


Now, anyone with a family member who has dementia will know how


distressing it is if they go missing with an agonising wait until they


are found. Police in Sussex have become the first force in Britain to


pay for GPS tracking devices to both help reduce that distress and cut


the cost of finding people when they go missing. Duncan Kennedy has more.


For three years, Bernard was taking care of his wife Jill, who has


dementia. But he has helped now in the form of a GPS tracking device


that has already helped save a life after she went missing in nearby


fields. The ground was full of mud and water, and she had got stuck in


the mud, and to be frank, without the GPS device, I would never have


known where to look for hope. dementia patients go missing, it is


usually the police were called to find them, but that is expensive, so


Sussex Police have become the first force in the Britain to buy the


tagging devices and issue them to the most vulnerable in the


community. It will be very cost-effective to police, reducing


anxiety to the family, and reducing the amount of police time spent on


the issue. It costs �27 per month to rent one of these. Compare that with


the cost of a police helicopter, which starts at about �800 per hour.


Savings for the police force will run into the thousands. The devices


are rooted to the Chichester Council call centre. The council says police


backing will help everyone involved. For us, it just helps cement the


whole system together and we can help each other. 800,000 people in


Britain have dementia. Now, with their forward-thinking initiative


involving tracking devices, the police have become part of their


care. Sport now, and Wales flanker Sam


Warburton has been named captain of the British and Irish Lions for that


of Hong Kong and Australia, one of the summer's most hotly anticipated


sporting events. The squad was unveiled at a news conference today,


and Dan Roan was there. Looking very Welsh dominated, then.


Absolutely, yes, they provide 15 of the squad, and it is no surprise,


they have been Six Nations champions for the last two seasons, they are


well-known by the Lions coach, Warren Gatland, who has also been


the Wales coach himself, and they also provide Sam Warburton, who


becomes the youngest ever Welsh Lions captain. England provides ten


players, the Irish nine, Scotland just three. It is largely as


expected, the squad, but there are a few surprises. Spare a thought for


Chris Robshaw, the England captain, who was being talked about as a


potential leader, but he misses out altogether, very tough for him to


take. Jonny Wilkinson is the main news today, because he ruled himself


out yesterday when he spoke to Warren Gatland, no place for him.


The big surprise inclusion is Matt Stevens, the England prop.


Ben Richards has joined us, and it this afternoon, and if you are


looking for April showers on the last day of the month, you will have


to look pretty closely, because it is going to stay fine and dry for


the rest of the afternoon with plenty of sunshine. Starting with


the satellite picture, the view from space, and you can see plenty of


cloud gathering in the Atlantic which is eventually destined to push


into north-western part of the country, but not just yet for most


of us. Clear skies in many areas, lots of sunshine. A little bit of


fair weather cloud could just be big enough to squeeze out a very light,


and certainly more cloud generally for Scotland and Northern Ireland


with a few showers here. But in the best of the sunshine further south,


14 or 15 is quite likely. Down to the south coast, up to 1617. Where


we have have our sunshine today, it is going to turn chilly again,


England and Wales could see the odd patch of fog, but mild in the north


and west where you have cloud, a strengthening breeze, outbreaks of


patchy rain. These are the countryside temperatures, rural


spots could get below freezing, so we could see a touch of frost here


to start the day. Further north, we start to see signs of a change, a


weather front coming in from the north-west, and that will bring


patchy rain, strengthening winds in the north, and that is going to


slice the country into tomorrow. This is how we start tomorrow


morning - to the north of the front, things brightening up, very windy


with a few showers, then a zone of damp weather through Northern


Ireland and a large part of Scotland. To the south of that, we


have the best of the sunshine to start Wednesday, blue skies for the


most part once early mist and fog have cleared. Yes, a chilly start


here, but once the sun gets to work, it will feel quite pleasant.


Through the day, many areas of central and southern England and


Wales hold onto the sunshine. The cloud works into northern England


and North Wales, a few bits and pieces of patchy rain. To the north


of that front, it brightens up, a few wintry showers in the far north.


Pretty windy in the far north with gales, but feeling warm in the


south. And it stays warm in the south as we go into Thursday, this


sunshine could lift temperatures to 17 or 18 degrees in places. But a


bit of a change in the north, cloud and rain, feeling much cooler, eight


or nine year. Big contrasts in the temperatures, further north it is up


to 18, and if you want a sneak peek at the bank holiday forecast, you


trial of a formalised guard accused of killing April Jones in mid Wales


last year 's here's how she was seen getting into his car. The two men on


the run after escaping from a prison van have been nail by police. The