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missing three year-old boy from Edinburgh. A police helicopter,


sniffer dogs and coastguard teams are also involved in the search.


Mikaeel Kular hasn't been seen since his mother put him to bed on


Wednesday evening. I remain optimistic, of course I do, but as


time passes, I become deeply concerned. We'll be live there in a


moment. Also this lunchtime: Ed Miliband outlines his plans to


break up the big high street banks if Labour wins the next election. An


alleged rape victim of Coronation Street star William Roache tells the


court she was so humiliated by the attack that she kept it a secret


time. A woman has told the court how the DJ Dave Lee Travis put his hand


up her skirt while he was presenting an episode of Top of the Pops. Not


only a bumper Christmas, but also a bumper year on our High Streets


according to new figures released today. The Japanese soldier who


wouldn't believe the Second World War had ended and spent nearly 30


years hiding in the jungle has died at the age of 91.


Later on BBC London: The police watchdog promises to interview


officers in the Duggan case that haven't spoken before. And the


Government will fight a ruling stopping a London school becoming an


academy. Hello, and welcome to the BBC news


one. -- the BBC News at one o'clock. It has become a massive ground, sea


and air search, as hundreds of local people join the emergency services


in the hunt for three year-old Mikaeel Kular. He was last seen when


his mother put him to bed at their Edinburgh flat on Wednesday night.


But despite a systematic search of the area, there is still no trace of


the little boy, and police say they are deeply concerned. Our


correspondent Kevin Keane is in Edinburgh. Yes, this is the centre


of the search for this missing boy, the flat behind me, which has been


entered by more police officers this morning. They have also been taping


off areas of dustbins, looking for clues as to where he is. Most of the


attention is now focusing away from the street and into the vicinity


where he could be. There are huge numbers of people in small and large


groups. You can see the scene from our helicopter. People are combing


the area, looking for clues, and more importantly, seeing if they can


find this missing boy. It is a community which is coming


together. Residents from all across Edinburgh gathered to help police in


the search. Despite the passing hours, there is determination,


energy and fear. The community spirit here has been fantastic. That


is absolutely recognised by ourselves, and our sincere thanks to


everyone who's come out and help so far. It's great to see that


continuing today. Hundreds of people have come to join the search for


varying reasons. Someone here yesterday, some I hate the first


time, like Magnus. Why are you here? -- some are here for first time. I


am a parent so I'm naturally concerned. My children have grown


up, but you have to do, because it is a child. I am a father and


grandfather. If my grandson had gone I like to think people would come


out and search for the lad. Mikaeel Kular was last seen at 9pm on


Thursday when his mother put him to bed. He was reported missing the


next morning when his bed was found empty at 7:15am. By 5pm, the UK had


opened a hotline. At 10am this morning the police responded to a


police request for help. Every possible method is being applied to


search for Mikaeel, from the air, water, even on horseback. Police are


looking everywhere and asking residents to do the same. We are


very open-minded and follow all lines of enquiry open to us, but


please help us with the search. Check your local premises, your


garden, your sheds, your cars, anywhere a small three-year-old who


might have been out and about would find some shelter. After some cold


nights and a day and a half of searching, concern is growing, but


so is this community's determination to bring the boy home. These


volunteers have been out throughout the night, in all weathers. It has


been cold, and are quite a few hours it was raining heavily as well. The


weather is now favouring them, but it is still quite close to zero, and


that will be of concern to the police and the family in terms of


the little boy's safety. They will continue searching through the


course of the afternoon, and as far as the volunteers are concerned, as


long as possible, until the boy is returned. The Labour leader Ed


Miliband has outlined his plans to break-up Britain's high street banks


if he wins the next election. He says it's time for a "reckoning"


with the industry, and that a Labour government would create at least two


so-called challenger banks, by forcing some of the Big Five to sell


off branches. Our political correspondent Carole Walker reports.


Ed Miliband says the banking market, dominated by five big players, is


broken and it is the root cause of many of the problems in our economy.


Last year he took on the energy giants. This year, it is the banks.


Mr Miliband set out his plans to break up a system in which four


banks control 85% of small business lending. That is one of the most


concentrated patterns of ownership in the world and it means there is


just not a spur to competition that we need. So we end up with small


firms not getting the lending, with poor customer service and high


charges. Under Labour's banking reforms, the competition and market


authority would tell the big banks to sell branches, oversee the


creation of at least two new Challenger banks, and at least set a


maximum size for banks. The Prime Minister, at a road improvement


project in Norfolk, dismissed Labour's proposals. What we need is


an entire economic plan that builds roads and railways, helps small


businesses, creates jobs, cuts taxes. That is what this government


is delivering and it is what the country needs. All the parties agree


on the need for more competition in the banking system and more lending


to small businesses, but bankers warn of big problems in the Labour


Party plan. They point out if a bank is told to cut the size of its


business to make way for a new rival, it could simply shared its


least profitable customers. If the bank is near the cap on customers


allowed by the government, you go into the bank and they will have to


say we cannot serve you, we have reached the number of customers and


you have to go somewhere else. It's not good for customers, competition


or the country. There are warnings that the plan will create


uncertainty over the future of Lloyds and RBS, making it harder for


the government to sell off its shares and return the bank to


private ownership. Taking on the banks could be a popular move, but


voters only believe it will work as part of a wider plan to rebuild the


economy. Let's speak to our chief political


correspondent Norman Smith. Norman, on the face of it, it sounds like a


major policy announcement. How significant is this? I think this


was a big moment for Ed Miliband and labour as he seeks to reignite the


argument on the economy and their offensive over the cost of living,


to regain some of the momentum after his party conference pledge to


freeze energy prices. Over recent months, the offensive over the cost


of living has floundered in the face of better economic news on jobs,


inflation and growth. Today Ed Miliband's pitch was to say a few


months at a news will not solve the cost of living crisis, this is a


long-term, generational problem -- months of good news. He wants to


give space to smaller banks so they can lend to small and medium-size


businesses to create new, decent, long-term jobs. That is how you


tackle the cost of living crisis. He also tried to refrain some of the


language and the mood music. Less emphasis on the cuts and hardships,


but talking about the families who are doing OK but felt they and the


country should be doing better. It is a move that comes with huge


risks. The first is breaking up the banks simply doesn't work. Already


the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has expressed


scepticism. Labour have hit back suggesting he does not get involved


in politics. But they have had to concede that their move would damage


shares in Lloyds and RBS, making it harder to solve. But above all it is


a risk, because Ed Miliband is taking a gamble on the mood and


tempo of the British public. He is gambling that they are in the mood


for radicalism, for reckoning. Rather than for the slow, patient


grind of plan A. An alleged rape victim of Coronation


Street star William Roache has told a court she was so "humiliated" at


the attack that she kept it a secret at the time. Preston Crown Court has


been told she was a "gullible kid" who was raped twice in 1967 at the


actor's then home in Lancashire, the first time when she was 15. Roache,


who has played Ken Barlow since the launch of the ITV soap, denies the


charges against him. Our correspondent Daniel Boettcher


reports. William Roache arrived at court for


the fourth day of his trial accompanied by members of his


family. The 81-year-old actor faces seven charges, including two


allegations of rape. The court heard evidence from a woman, now aged 62,


who said she was raped when she was a teenager at this bungalow in


Lancashire which, at the time, belongs to William Roache but is now


owned by somebody else. She also alleges he raped her again at a


different property that he owned. Today the woman was cross-examined


by the defence barrister representing William Roache. The


witness, whose identity is protected, appeared by video link on


and was asked why she did not tell her family or friends at school what


had happened. She said she was so shocked she would never have


mentioned it because I had been so gullible to have been caught in the


situation, and added, I was humiliated, disgusted and ashamed.


Asked about the second alleged rape, the witness said she agreed to


go into the cottage because she thought somebody else was inside,


but she said she knew straightaway that something wasn't right. She was


asked by the defensive she tried to stop William Roache.


William Roache denies two counts of rape and five indecent assault. The


trial is expected to last for four weeks.


A woman has told a court how the DJ Dave Lee Travis put his hand up her


skirt while he was presenting an episode of Top of the Pops. The


woman, who can't be named for legal reasons, said she was 17 when Travis


indecently assaulted her at the BBC studios in Shepherd's Bush in 1978.


He denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.


Our correspondent June Kelly reports.


Under scrutiny in this trial is Dave Lee Travis's behaviour in his long


career both inside and out of the BBC. He is pleading not guilty to 13


charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault over a period of


more than 30 years. Today in court, the focus was on one of the earlier


counts against him, dating back to the late 1970s. Good evening, it's


Thursday, and time for some of the best music around on another edition


of Top of the Pops. At the time he was a regular presenter of one of


the BBC's biggest shows. It's claimed that on this edition, Dave


Lee Travis assaulted the teenager on the right of the screen as he


introduced the next record. Today she became the latest of his alleged


victims to testify or stop like the others, she gave her evidence from


behind a screen -- to testify. She told the court how he put his hand


up her skirt. The woman said she and her friend


were told by one of the Top of the Pops crew that the DJ had asked for


them to stand next to him. She said she could not watch the show when it


was broadcast. Dave Lee Travis was also a regular on the radio one Road


show. Today a woman said she assaulted her when the road show was


in the West Country and she was working at a local hotel. Throughout


the evidence from both women, the former presenter shook his head when


he listened to the accounts. The court has now adjourned for the


week. Dave Lee Travis is due back in the dock on Monday.


The French president, Francoise Hollande has made his first visit to


hospital to see his partner. She was admitted a week ago after reports


emerged that the President's affair with the actress Julie Gayet. An


inquest has heard that a man lay dying at home waiting for paramedics


while an ambulance was outside a hospital for nearly five hours


dropping off a patient. Fred Pring, aged 74 and from Flintshire, died 42


minutes after his wife had first called 999. She had rung four times


but there was not an ambulance available. Our correspondent Cemlyn


Davies reports. Pictured by his wife on his


birthday, Fred Ping was 74 when he died at his home near mould, he


suffered with heart trouble but, in the early hours last March one


morning, his condition deteriorated. Fred died at quite severe chest


pains. I asked him if it was bad enough to call the ambulance. He


said yes. I dialled 999, and explained what his condition was.


They said help would be coming. Joyce called for an ambulance for


times, but 40 minutes after first dialling 909, the paramedics still


hadn't arrived. Eventually, he couldn't take any more, and he just


passed away. The inquest heard recordings of the calls. The first


made at 1:09pm. Ten minutes later, she rang again and said: After


dialling 99 93rd time, the operator told her, this service has been very


busy in the area but an ambulance would be down as soon as possible.


The final call made at 152, began with, this is my fourth call, I


think my husband has died. Today a member of the Welsh ambulance


service said and added should have arrived within eight minutes but


there wasn't one available. That was because several ambulances were


being held up outside accident and emergency departments waiting for


patients to be admitted. Once spent nearly five hours waiting at Wrexham


Maelor Hospital. The ambulance service chief executive is due to


give evidence this afternoon. Our top story this lunchtime.


Hundreds of people have joined the search for the missing


three-year-old Mikaeel Kular from Edinburgh. A police helicopter,


sniffer dogs and coastguard teams are also involved in the hunt.


And, still to come: Counting the cost of the winter storms.


The bill could run into the hundreds of millions.


Later on BBC London: A charity criticises staff shortages on the


Tube, saying disabled people are being shut out.


And we visit Saracens in training, as they bid to become the only


London rugby club to make the Heineken Cup quarterfinals.


Shops on the High Street not only had a bumper Christmas, but new


figures this morning say it was a bumper year too, with the fastest


annual sales growth for more than nine years. Retail sales in December


were up 5.3% on a year ago, much higher than many analysts had


predicted. Online shopping is still expanding, and demand for the latest


technology and clothing drove sales. Our correspondent Tim Muffett looks


at our changing shopping habits. Yet another convenience store, but


one that illustrates the changing face of food shopping. This is


Sainsbury 's 594 smaller shop which has just opened in Balsall Common


near Coventry. Like Tesco, this supermarket giant now has more


convenient stores than supermarkets. There has been a lifestyle change in


the way people shop. People want to make sure they can shop more


regularly and frequently which is what we have seen, in the


convenience area. It allows customers to control how much they


spend. Figures released today showed retail sales were up 5.3% compared


to one year ago, better than many predicted. In the grocery sector,


growth was smaller. The challenges and opportunities facing food


retailers seem to be ever-changing. The convenience store sector is


predicted to grow by a third over four years according to some


analysts. It is worth ?35 billion annually. The other big area of


growth is online grocery shopping. That has led some supermarkets to


open stores with a difference. No checkouts, no customers, this


so-called dark store is run by Waitrose. The only people in it are


staff picking products for customers who have ordered online. We don't


have sufficient capacity to meet the demand from customers. So we create


a dedicated operation like this one here which is purely for our


customers to order online. Waitrose plans to open another dark store


soon. Tesco already has six. Changes to the way we live mean supermarkets


are having to transform the way they do business.


Tim off, BBC News. A former soldier has been sentenced


after he had admitted causing or allowing the death of his daughter.


Liam Culverhouse's 19-month-old daughter Khloe Abrams died in a


hospice in November 2012, 18 months after he assaulted her. The


25-year-old had previously survived being shot by a rogue policeman in


Afghanistan in 2009 during an attack which left five of his colleagues


dead. Let's speak to our defence correspondent Jonathan Beale.


Take us through what has happened in court this morning?


As you say, this is all about Liam Culverhouse who was a soldier


serving, he did three tours, Barack, and Afghanistan. Severely injured in


November 2009. This case is all about what happened in May 2011 when


his seven-week-old daughter Khloe was taken to hospital. We have been


hearing about some of the injuries to Khloe who died 18 months later in


care. She had injuries to her brain, including haemorrhage, to her body


including fractures, internal bleeding, consistent we hear from


medical experts with shaking. When he was arrested, Liam told -- said


he had been heavy-handed but said he had never hurt her. He admitted he


had a tempter -- temper. When he was asked if he had changed because of


his experience in Afghanistan, he said, no, I have changed a bit but I


am still the same person. We will hear his mitigating circumstances


about PTSD later, before he is sentenced.


The recent storms and floods have caused hundreds of millions of


pounds-worth of damage to the road network, according to estimates


released by the Local Government Association. It says the bill's


likely to be at least ?400 million in England and Wales alone. The


Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Gatwick our


correspondent Mike Sergeant is in Ashford in Surrey. Airport.


Over to you. Here, they are replacing the entire surface of the


road, part of the long term work to make these roads stronger and more


resilient. Councils affected by the floods are also engaged in thousands


of repair jobs, reinforcing bridges, mending flood defences, fixing


potholes. All of that is proving very expensive.


As the deluge continues in some parts of the UK, they are counting


the cost. All that water seeping into roads, eroding and cracking


surfaces. Mary has a giant pothole right opposite her Surrey home.


My yard is filled with water, no drivers could see it. One car has


had its wheels damaged. Anyone on a bicycle would be in serious trouble.


Council repair teams came out to fix this section of road today. But an


overnight downpour made the job impossible for now. Until we get rid


of the water problem and it subsides, then we will come back and


repair the pothole. If it keeps raining, you can't fix it. All we


can do is make it safe. Today there were flood warnings again in parts


of Surrey and Sussex. Estimates for the damage of recent weeks are


expected to rise. Surrey says it will probably spend ?5 million


repairing roads this year. North Norfolk is facing costs of ?3


million. Call zero says it has ?2 million of millions, insurance


problems, that lies alongside it. It is a bad situation.


Some of the biggest expense is in coastal towns battered by giant


waves, where seaside roads were ripped up and turned to rubble. Most


of the money local authorities spend will be automatically reimbursed by


central government under an existing scheme. But councils say they need


an extra emergency fund to meet the rising cost of the winter storms.


Within the last half an hour, the local government Minister Brandon


Lewis has confirmed an additional ?7 million will be made available to


councils with the repair efforts. A Japanese soldier who refused to


surrender after World War Two ended, and spent 29 years continuing the


fight, has died aged 91. Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda finally accepted the war


was over in 1974, but only after he was persuaded to come out of the


Philippine jungle in by his former commanding officer. Our


correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes sent this report from Tokyo.


NEWSREEL: Japan's surrender delegates are received in Manila


with cold formality. 20 August 1945. In Manila, Japanese


generals have arrived at the end of the war.


These envoys from Emperor Hirohito are here to get their surrender


orders. In the dense jungles of the


Philippines, small groups fight on. Gradually, they are killed or die,


or give themselves up. All except one.


It is not until 1974 that Lieutenant Hiroo Onodo finally walks out of the


jungle. Still in his battered uniform, still with his Samurai


sword at his side. At Tokyo Airport, huge crowds welcome him home. At the


bottom of the steps, his elderly father and mother await him. Thank


God you have come back alive, she says. The last time she saw her


son, he was 22. Now, he is 52. His return made headlines around the


world, and he was welcomed in Japan as a hero. The Japan he came back to


had completely changed. The Emperor no longer a god, Tokyo a booming


metropolis of 20 million. He did not like it at all. A year later, he


headed to Brazil where he bought a ranch and raised cattle. But he came


back to Japan often and, even at the age of 90, was still giving speeches


about loyalty and survival. Lieutenant Onodo was the last relic


of another age. Part hero, part fanatic.


A 16-year-old schoolboy from Bristol is close to becoming the youngest


person ever to get to the South Pole. Lewis Clarke has spent the


last few weeks trekking through the Antarctic. He's expected to finish


his journey this weekend. Jon Kay reports.


After years of dreaming and months of training, Lewis Clarke is nearly


there. He has checked for 700 miles through the toughest terrain, and is


almost at the South Pole. Hello, Lewis. Fantastic to hear from you!


Before the final slog, the 16-year-old called his classmates


back in Bristol to answer their questions. George from the junior


school says, is it an experience he will never forget? This last week,


my body is just telling me to stop. Lewis has spent more than 40 days,


sometimes at -40 Celsius, heading to the South Pole with just one adult


guide accompanying him. I think when I get there, there will be relief,


not having to slog it out nine hours a day, skiing, I will be happy being


there. His taste for adventure began when he was just 12. He was part of


the youngest team ever to swim the English Channel. To prepare for his


South Pole adventure, Lewis had to put on three stone to protect his


body in the extreme cold. After all the waiting, I just want to go now.


Well, do it, he nearly has. His family back home can't quite believe


his determination. Obviously there was Captain Scott, Shackleton, in


more recent times, brand of fines. There is a British session with the


polar wastes, Everest as well. You feel like Lewis is now in that


group. Really proud he is my brother, and that he has done all


this stuff. And he is raising money for charity too. So, as he comes to


the end of this challenge, what is your next task after this one?


Probably getting my GCSEs. Well, at least, geography and PE won't be a


problem. Time for a look at the weather.


Here's Louise Lear. Some nuisance showers today,


particularly across south-east Wales and South East England, they caused


disruption this morning to the south of London. Weather warnings have


been issued, still in force for the next hour, but they will ease away.


In fact, sunny spells and scattered showers remained the headline for


the afternoon. Hopefully the showers should ease in intensity. Where we


saw the worst, we should get sunshine coming through for Northern


Ireland, north-west England and Wales. Miserable for the far north


of Scotland across Shetland, gales, rain, some sleet at lower levels.


Generally, for most of us, up to 10 degrees. This evening and overnight,


those showers should continue to ease for a time across England and


Wales. Clearer skies further north. It stays wet and windy to the


extreme north. In the South West, we seek wet weather, accompanied by a


southerly breeze. Seven degrees first thing. Three degrees in


Scotland. It is the intensity of the rain which causes concern in the


south-west, particularly Devon, Somerset, Dorset and south-east


Wales. Another inch of rain, already falling on saturated ground. River


levels are high, the potential for localised flooding. That rain will


continue to move further north through the morning into north-west


England and Northern Ireland for a time. Some of it again quite


intense. Elsewhere on Saturday, starting rather cloudy and grey.


Quieter, particularly through eastern England. The rain will shift


north and east, patchy and light. Highs on Saturday similar to today,


up to 10 degrees. The weather front continues north and east overnight


into Sunday morning. Allowing things to quieten down on Sunday. We pick


up a southeasterly breeze which will make it feel cooler. The winds are


still a feature in the far north-east of Scotland. Elsewhere,


patchy frost and Fog, some dents in places. Some sunshine, a few sharp


showers to the north and west. If you want to know more about the rain


we see today and we have got to come, more details on our website.


Now a reminder of our top story this lunchtime. In the last few moments,


Police Scotland have asked the public for help after a potential


sighting of a child matching the description of the