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speak out for the first time in court. One tells a jury that the


Coronation Street star William Roache pushed her into a men's


toilet at Granada Studios when she was 14.


At a separate trial, a court hears that the former Radio DJ Dave Lee


Travis sexually assaulted a trainee newsreader in a radio studio. We'll


get the latest from our correspondents in court.


Also this lunchtime. The Prime Minister says he will veto


any proposal by the Royal Bank of Scotland to increase the overall


level of pay and bonuses. The Alps murders - police say


they're taking no further action against the brother of a man shot


dead with family members in France. And lightning strikes spark


wildfires in Australia, already scorched by more than 40 degree


heat. Later on BBC London.


Throwing out big bins - why Lambeth is the latest council to introduce


smaller wheelie bins. And find out when you can swim in


the Olympic Aquatics Centre - and how much it will cost.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.


A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted when she was 14 by the


Coronation Street actor William Roache has begun giving evidence at


his trial. The woman, who's now 63, says she went to Granada Studios for


an audition for a talent show and bumped into the actor in a corridor


afterwards. He denies charges of indecent assault and rate between


1965 and 1971. Our correspondent, Judith Morritz, is at Preston Crown


Court. Inside the dock of courtroom number one, William Roache sat and


listened intently as the court heard from his first alleged victim. The


woman, who is now in her 60s, described being indecently assaulted


by the actor Billy 50 years ago. -- nearly 50 years ago. William Roache


arrived at court for the second day of his trial, accompanied again by


three of his children. Yesterday, the prosecution made the case that


the actor had taken advantage of his stardom to abuse teenage girls.


William Roache has played Ken Barlow in Coronation Street form or than 50


years, having appeared in the soap since its first episode in 1960.


Today, the court heard evidence from the first alleged victim, who said


she went to the Granada Studios in Manchester am aware the programme


was filmed, in 1965, when she was 14. The jury heard she had gone to


the studios to take part in a children's talent show and that


William Roache had pulled her from his dressing room into the men's


toilets. Now 63, she described being indecently assaulted.


In the dock, the 81-year-old actor listened as the jury was told that


soon after the assault, he had sent a letter to the girl which included


the lines: The actor is charged with seven


sexual offences against five girls, and denies them all. The case


continues. The woman has also been


cross-examined by the defence this morning. She has explained that some


of the details of what happened 50 years ago are difficult to recall.


But that she does remember that experience with William Roache at


the Granada Studios. We are also expecting later on in the trial to


hear evidence from the other women who have made allegations about the


actor, who denies all the charges against him.


At a separate trial, a woman has been telling a jury that she was


indecently assaulted by the former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis in a BBC


studio in the 1980s - when she was a trainee newsreader. He denies 13


counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault. Our


correspondent, June Kelly, is at Southwark Crown Court.


The allegations against Dave Lee Travis span from 1976 to 2008.


Yesterday, the prosecution here began outlining their case against


him. Today they began calling witnesses.


Dave Lee Travis has been described as an opportunist who targeted the


honourable young women. He denies all 14 charges against him --


vulnerable young women. He told police that his 11 accusers were


after money or media attention. Today, the court heard from the


first of them. Like all of his alleged victims, she cannot be


identified. In the early 80s, she was based at the headquarters of BBC


Radio, Broadcasting House. She was a trainee in her mid-20s. She


described how Radio 1 was close to the radio for studio where she was


working, when Dave Lee Travis walked in. Today, he listened as the woman


testified against him from behind a screen. She described how he


indecently assaulted her while she was introducing a programme. She


said, I was aware that Dave Lee Travis was right up behind me.


She said she couldn't report him because he was one of the big stars


of Radio 1. She believed the management response would have been,


you are a big girl, deal with it, and there would have been a black


mark against her. The jury has been told that some of the other


complaint against the former DJ also relate to his BBC career. Others are


said to have happened after he left the corporation. This first witness


was cross-examined by the barrister representing Dave Lee Travis, and he


said his client's contention was that this incident simply did not


happen. And if it had happened, somebody else would have seen it.


This witness replied, Dave Lee Travis in to regard it as a prank


rather than a sexual assault. As seemed to regard it. This first


witness has completed her evidence just before the lunch break, the


second of the alleged victims went into the witness box who worked with


the former DJ at children's radio, and she is due to continue her


evidence this afternoon. David Cameron has said he will veto


any proposal by the mainly state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland


to increase the overall level of pay and bonuses. But speaking at Prime


Minister's Questions, he refused to agree to a call by the Labour


leader, Ed Miliband, for a limit on share-based pay-outs that could be


worth more than 100% of an employee's salary. Our political


correspondent, Chris Mason, reports. Just as it is a fair bet that


January will bring foul weather, you can also bet there will be a bust up


about bankers bonuses. Plenty working in banking and modest wages


but for those at the top, it is bonus season, and some are set to be


whopping. It poses a tricky question, what should it say about


bonuses at the Royal Bank of Scotland which is predominantly


owned by taxpayers. RBS are talking to parts of the government about the


proposal to pay over 100% bonuses. He is the Prime Minister, the


taxpayer will foot the bill. Will he put a stop to it right now by


telling RBS to drop this idea? I will tell him exactly what we are


saying to RBS. If there are any proposals to increase the overall


pay, that is pay and bonus bill at RBS, at the investment bank, any


proposals for that, we will veto it. What a pity the past government


never took an approach like that. There is, as ever, a complicate in


quest. A cap being imposed by the European union to the bonuses that


can be paid by the top earners in banks. It doesn't affect bonuses


this year but will next. The government is irritated by the whole


idea and it is challenging it in court. The Treasury says it is not


only pointless but counter-productive. After a speech


about the EU this morning, the Chancellor made his view very clear.


These European rules will not lead to bankers being paid less. It will


lead to a Fred Goodwin style situation, where you will not be


able to get the money back off the bankers when things go wrong. We


aren't bonuses and battles with the EU, there is another challenge with


the banks, making them work better for us as customers. The BBC has


learned that Labour wants to shrink the size of the dominant high street


names by making so-called -- helping so-called Challenger banks to emerge


by taking them on. The idea is we would get a better deal, better


service and access to loans. The Conservatives are saying they are


merely trying to solve a problem that was caused when they were in


government. Bankers bonuses, always a hot


topic, particularly in Parliament. Explain the significance of the


arguments going on. Indeed, particularly this time of year.


January is the time of year when the big banks decide on what bonuses


they are going to hand out, based on the previous year's performance, in


this case 2013. David Cameron was referring to RBS, the taxpayer as


the majority stake so the government's involvement is keenly


watched. Cash bonuses will be capped at ?2000. That was the case in


previous years. He says as prime minister and as a government they


won't agree to any increase on the amount being paid out in salaries


and bonuses foot up in previous years, the bonus pool has been


reduced anyway for bankers. He was responding to Ed Miliband talking


about an EU cap on bank bonuses. That won't technically start until


the next January pay round, in a year's time. That is saying if you


want to pay bank bonuses at twice Alaric, you have to get approval of


shareholders. The government has a share in RBS. George Osborne and


David Cameron won't have to decide on that relating to next year until


RBS's general meeting in May of this year. I think Labour will keep the


pressure on, but as always in Prime Minister 's questions, a lot of


smoke and thunder but different lines being discussed.


The Chancellor, George Osborne, has raised the prospect of Britain


leaving the European Union if it fails to improve competitiveness,


cut welfare spending and protect the rights of member countries not in


the eurozone. In a speech in London this morning, he said that the


treaties underpinning the EU were no longer "fit for purpose". And a


failure to renegotiate and reform would condemn the continent to


further economic crisis and decline. We need two things. First, we need


economic reform that enables the EU to create jobs and economic security


and compete in the global race, something it is not doing well at


the moment. Second, as the eurozone undertakes the integration required


to make the Euro work, we need constitutional reforms to make sure


that those countries who are not in the euro-macro can remain in the U,


confident that their interests and rights will be protected. Let's


speak to our political correspondent, Vicki Young. What's


the reaction been to his speech? It was interesting, many of those


sceptical Tories were sitting in the audience, they would have been


heartened by some of the things that George Osborne had to say, by saying


that you needed to think big, it needed major reforms -- the EU


needed to think big. Making the point that the EU had to be more


competitive and to do that, it needed changes. It wasn't just about


Britain demanding all these things that it wants, this is good for the


EU, too. The wider message is that Britain is not isolated on this. He


said the cut in the EU budget showed that Britain could work with


like-minded countries, Germany for example, and get results. It doesn't


take away the fact that dozens of Conservatives want to go far


further, demanding that the UK Parliament has a veto over all


existing and future EU law. George Osborne said there is not civil war


in the Tory Party, he said they are simply having a sensible, grown-up


debate. The brother of a British man shot


dead with his family in the French Alps in 2012 has been released from


bail after police said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him. Zaid


al-Hilli was accused of orchestrating the murders of his


brother Saad and his wife who were from Surrey and his mother-in-law.


The couple's two young daughters survived. Our correspondent,


Christian Fraser, is in Paris. What has the reaction been from the


French authorities to this news? On a number of occasions that I have


interviewed the chief prosecutor in this case, he has consistently told


me that he believes the answers to this crime lie in Britain. His


suspect has aways been Zaid al-Hilli, it continues to be and


they have said today they will continue to issue him. Although he


left his house talking about his release, that the British police had


cancelled his bail, I am sure he is being advised not to travel to


France because if he did come he would certainly be arrested. The


trouble for the French police is that although they have come up with


this motive, the idea that there was a dispute between the two brothers


over their father 's will, the search for meaningful evidence has


always come up short. Last year they raised a Photofit of a motorcyclist


who was spotted near the murder scene on the day. And that has


brought pretty much a blank response. In mind of that, they are


scaling back the investigation. There is no official statement on


that but it is happening, no great surprise given the number of police


officers that have been involved. Over the past 16 months. There will


be some relief for Seidel Hurley. For the al-Hilli family at large,


will be disappointment -- relief for Zaid al-Hilli.


Our top story this lunchtime: The trial of the Coronation Street


actor, William Roache, he is from his first alleged victim, a teenager


at the time, she says she was assaulted by the star at the Granada


Studios. Still to come, back with a bang, the


British tennis player who has overcome cancer and is through to


the second round of the Australian open.


Later on BBC London, scenes from London Underground, the capital


caught on camera more than 20 years ago on the tube. We will be showing


you morgan says of a lost London from the last century.


Scorching temperatures are set to continue in parts of Australia this


week. The south-east of the country has seen temperatures soar into the


40s. In Victoria, lightning strikes have sparked more than 250 fires,


and now a fire ban has been issued across the state. Our correspondent,


Jon Donnison, sent this report. This week, Australia has once again


been burning. These were the hills around Perth on Monday. People doing


their best to defend their homes, but more than 50 houses were


destroyed and one man died. The heatwave has now moved eastwards,


bringing more bushfires elsewhere. Dozens of lasers are burning in the


states of Victoria and South Australia -- blazes. This historic


guesthouse was among the buildings lost. When I got here, the fire and


the heat and the smoke, it was clear that no one was going to bring it


under control. The city of Melbourne in Victoria has been baking, with


temperatures now over 40 degrees for several days. This is a serious


public health issue. We know that there are serious consequences from


extreme heat, and that can mean increased hospitalisation is and


unfortunately, increased deaths. And spare a thought for those engaged in


sport. Fans of the Australian Open tennis have been doing their best to


keep cool. But there are fears for the health of the players, after the


Canadian collapsed on court this week. A ball boy also passed out.


Meanwhile, the country's firefighters are facing a difficult


few days. The forecast shows no letup in the temperatures until the


weekend. 2013 was just declared Australia's hottest year on record,


raising questions about the impact of climate change here. If this year


continues as it has darted, the record may not last long.


The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is as half the population of Syria,


more than 9 million people, urgently need humanitarian aid. He was


speaking at a conference of donors in Kuwait, where the United Nations


is asking for ?4 billion to deal with the crisis. This report from


Lee Buchanan does contain flash photography.


Syria's growing desperation has brought these Foreign Minister is to


Kuwait. They came to pledge aid a year ago, but now the humanitarian


crisis has escalated and much more money is needed. We are bit


frustrated, because the needs on the ground are much higher than the


response from the international community, and we do hope that


during this conference, there will be some response and more money will


pour in in order to meet the needs of the Syrian refugees.


Vast tent cities have sprung up outside Syria. The US and 28 big


donors and the UK has promise to another ?100 million. Justine


Greening recently visited this refugee camp in Jordan. Today, she


said: and that's because some areas are


under siege and delivering aid is impossible, so cease-fires as well


as a new died. One UN official described how hard it was foreign


aid convoy to reach a refugee near Damascus. Bursts of gunfire,


including machine-gun fire, erupted close to the trucks and under


vehicles, suggesting that there was a firefight. Also, one mortar


exploded very close to the convoy. Western governments have long


condemned the Syrian regime, but in a new development, it's now appears


that Western intelligence agencies have visited Damascus for talks on


combating radical Islamist groups. When these countries ask us for


security cooperation, then it seems to me that there is a schism between


the political and security leaderships. Many of these countries


have contacted us to coordinate security measures. If true, these


contacts will undermine trust with Syria's rebels at a crucial time.


The main opposition group still has to decide if it will attend peace


talks in Geneva next week. Emily Buchanan, BBC News. A man and two


boys aged 17 have been convicted of a series of rapes and sexual


assaults against three young girls in Peter borough after a trial


lasting two months, the jury at the Old Bailey found the three guilty of


a total of 14 rapes and three sexual assaults.


Three other defendants including a 14-year-old boy workload of any


involvement in the attacks. The jury is still considering other verdicts.


Birmingham city council is having to decide whether to sell off some of


its most famous assets in order to pay off mounting legal bills. Like


many local authorities, it's having to make big pay-outs in order to


settle bills for equal pay cases, mainly women, who for years were


paid less than their counterparts on the same grade. Our correspondent,


Phil Mackie, reports. When a court ruled in favour of


these council workers who had been paid significantly less than


colleagues in the same grade, it allowed tens of thousands of fresh


claims for back pay. The latest figures from Birmingham City Council


show that it's now owes ?1.1 billion . It has been allowed to borrow


about half, but there is estimated shortfall of around 550 million.


There are some things that are another going to be sold off, like


Birmingham's ran new Central library, but the City Council owes


so much money that it is going to have to make some tough decisions


soon about what is to be put on the market, including potentially some


big-ticket items, like the international convention centre. The


ICC is part of the council owned NEC group, which also includes the


National exhibition Centre, the LG Arena and the National Indoor Arena.


The whole lot could be worth up to ?300 million. Speaking to BBC radio


W, coming's leader, Sir Robert Bork, confirmed that selling the NEC


group is under consideration. We need to invest in the NEC in order


to ensure the future over the next 20 years or so, and it may be that


to do that, Birmingham City Council has to diversify. SOUND PROBLEMS.


The reason it has taken so long is that council administrations have


been fighting every single case and refusing to enter into a reasonable


negotiation with ourselves to try and settle this own behalf of our


members. And the sell-off has already started.


From council offices to these public toilets, which were recently sold


for ?35,000. But in increasingly difficult times, one thing


Birmingham wants to avoid is a wholesale clear out. Phil Mackie,


BBC News, Birmingham. More than 70% of clinical contracts


that the NHS has awarded since April last year have gone to private


companies. The figure comes from the NHS Support Federation, which is


opposing the introduction of a competitive market into the health


service. The Department of Health said that when all NHS work is


considered, only around 6% is currently carried out by the private


sector. Our health correspondent, Dominic Hughes, reports.


Are you finding that establishing the feeding is easier? ?? WHITE Just


a few days old, baby Georgia Reid has already received the best care


the NHS can offer. She was very poorly when she was born at


Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, so mum Lauren and father


James are relieved to see her getting stronger. We have had a bit


of a tough time for the last couple of days with her, but we have had


lots of experts coming to help us. Everyone has been really


accommodating, wanting to do everything they can to get the best


outcomes for all of us. But Hinchingbrooke Hospital is unlike


any other in England, a unique collaboration between the NHS and a


private company. It looks and sounds like any other NHS hospital, only


this one is run by a private company called Circle, who took it over when


the previous trust was on the verge of going bust. Reforms to the health


service in England mean any qualified provider is now able to


bid for NHS contracts. Since April last year, more than ?5 billion


worth of contracts have been advertised. Of those that have been


awarded, more than 70% have been won by private companies. They include


diagnostic services like scans and blood tests, mental health and GP


services. Campaigners believe the process of having to bid for


contracts is undermining the health service. ?? YELLOW The government is


wasting tens of millions of pounds on these contracts, money that


should be spent on front line patient care. NHS care has already


moved from the hospital to the high street, almost becoming a brand that


reassures patients. Having a hearing aid fitted in the local optician's


is now fairly common, and the private sector sees plenty of other


opportunities. I'm sure if there are other services that could be easily


provided on the high street, they will benefit. Patients like it. They


don't want necessarily to have to go to a hospital environment. Are you


using a tube? Hopefully not any more. By the time baby Georgia is


ten years old, some fear competition will have led to a privatised NHS.


Others believe equally strongly that this is the only way the NHS can


hope to survive. Dominic Hughes, BBC News.


West Country beef and lamb have joined the ranks of Cornish pasties


and Stilton cheese by gaining protected EU status. The European


Commission has awarded animals born and reared in parts of the South


West "Protected Geographical Indication" status. Anglesey Sea


Salt was given similar recognition, which prevents other products from


using its name. Just over a year ago, British tennis


player Ross Hutchins was diagnosed with cancer. He missed the whole of


the 2013 tour while he underwent treatment. But now the doubles


player has marked his return to Grand Slam tennis with a first-round


win at the Australian Open. Alex South sent this report from


Melbourne. After a year away from tennis


beating cancer, you would think Ross Hutchins would just be happy with


being out on the court again, but that couldn't be further from the


truth. He appreciates the sympathy he's received, but now he just wants


to win tennis matches. Before the disruption and the chemotherapy and


the thousands of letters of support, Hutchins and his double partner


Colin coming had advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and US


open. The aim is to get back to that level as quickly as possible. And


judging by this display, he and Fleming are heading in the right


direction but coming from a set down to join Hutchins' best friend Andy


Murray into round two. I don't want people to feel sorry for me. I want


to be treated as another player who has just as much chance to win or


lose and to be ruthless out there with these other guys and to become


a better competitor and to win matches in our own right, not to


people taking pity on us, which hopefully they don't, and we can


beat them on their own merits. My best friend over there, Ross


Hutchins, he was diagnosed with cancer. About... It is a far cry


from last January, when Hutchins was fighting Hodgkins lymphoma. Murray


helped bring the attention of the world on his friend's disease,


playing a charity match after winning at Queens. It has been a


difficult time for all those close to Hutchins. I have never literally


once thought that we wouldn't team up again. I saw was play in December


at the Davis cup, and he was playing well then. So there has never been a


stage when I thought we would not get back to a good level. This time


last year, Ross Hutchins walked into the hospital to start his first


round of chemotherapy. Now he is walking into the second round of a


grand slam as a tennis player, just how he likes it.


Time for a look at the weather. It is super hot there in Melbourne.


For anyone watching, the heat may not have picked yet. That may be on


Thursday. Not a problem we have here at the moment, but we do still


continue with our mild weather. 20 of cloud across the British Isles


for this afternoon. Sunshine in short supply. Patchy rain for the


next few hours with this swathe of cloud. This line towards the west


promises to bring in some punchier showers this evening. Bear in mind


that the rain will get worse before it finally clears awake eastwards


tonight. Squally winds accompanying those showers on their weight used.


Showers tend to gather around the coast. Generally a mild night, with


clearer skies across Scotland which mean that could be a frost here


first thing tomorrow. There could also be patches of fog. There could


be a risk of some ice on untreated surfaces first thing. Still some


showers clinging on across Aberdeenshire. Early showers the


Dumfries and Galloway. Some are likely to get carried further


eastwards, but as a rough rule of thumb for the day as a whole, the


further west you are, the more likely you are to encounter the


showers. Some of them will be quite punchy as well. We could get quite a


bit of rain from some of them over a short space of time. And we are


still vulnerable to localised flooding. Some decent sunny spells,


though, between the showers tomorrow. But fog may linger over


the north-east of Scotland. But generally, a mild story. Not much to


pick between Thursday and Friday. Very similar day again. Showers


crowding into the south and west. Elsewhere, some sunny spells, and we


are still talking about a mild day. This weekend, the threat of heavy


rain is spreading across the British Isles again. Saturday, we are


talking about that . Sunday looks like the driest and brightest day of


the weekend. Bit of a question over where the heaviest rain to Saturday


will be. Currently, it looks like it will sit to the west of the British


Isles, but that could be subject to change, so it is worth keeping


up-to-date with the forecast. Sunday, it looks like we will see


that clearing through more and we will see more sunshine after any


early mist and fog lifts. It is definitely the driest and artist of


the two days this weekend. You can get the outlook from where you are


online. Now a reminder of our top story this


lunchtime. The trial of the Coronation Street


actor William Roache hears from his first alleged victim 14 years old at


the time. She says she was indecently assaulted at the star at


That's all from us. The Now on


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