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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