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emotion as he was cleared of rape and indecent assault but his family


broke down in tears. This is what he had to say as left court. In these


situations, there are no winners and I think we should all be much kinder


to ourselves. We'll have the latest from Preston Crown Court. Also this


lunchtime. Another big storm on its way - severe weather warnings issued


for parts of southern Britain with more than 1.5 inches rain expected


in some places. There are serious concerns for communities,


particularly in Somerset and the South West, already dealing with


heavily flooded and saturated land. A big boost for British


manufacturing as Bombardier wins a billion pound contract to provide


trains for the London Crossrail project. They're off. Britain's


Billy Morgan is first up at the Sochi Winter Olympics. And why the


Government's plans for a 5p charge on plastic carrier bags in England


are being branded a complete mess. More services are running on the


Tube on day two of the strike. And teachers walk out at a North London


secondary in the first-ever industrial action at a free school.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One. The Coronation


Street star William Roache has been cleared of all sexual abuse charges


by a jury at Preston Crown Court. After a month-long trial, the jury


dismissed claims that the 81-year-old had assaulted five


teenagers in the 1960s and 70s - claims the actor had always denied.


As he left court he made a brief statement and finished by saying


he'd like to get back to work. ITV say they'll be talking to the actor


about his return. Danny Savage has been following the trial. He's there


now. Just before the jury returned its verdict, Bill Roache was told to


stand and he did so with hands find his back and faced the jury. The six


charges were read out and after each one, not guilty was heard. Bill


Roache showed no emotion as those verdicts were returned but his


family did. They are tears and sobs could be heard across the courtroom


as their father's name was cleared. Cleared of all charges, Bill Roache


left court today with the words not guilty ringing in his ears. A


statement of calm relief followed. In these situations, there are no


winners. I think we should all be much kinder to ourselves. But now,


if you will excuse me, I would like to get back to work. The world 's


longest serving soap star was cleared of a string of sexual


offence allegations against girls aged 16 or under the twin the


mid-1960s and early 1970s. The image of respectability painted by his


defence team was upheld. If someone has done something wrong, the law


will take its course. Some of the claims came to light because of this


television interview. He suggested victims of sex crimes were paying


for actions in past lives. Everything that happens to us is the


result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever. But this


was a reflection on anything he had done and he later apologised for his


remarks. I would ever say that victims of sexual offences are


responsible for the abuse they suffered and I apologise profusely


if I have been misunderstood. If you will join me... Too many people,


Bill Roache is Ken Barlow, one of the stars of Coronation Street but


he has been written out since the allegations were made. But


Coronation Street came to court to defend one of its own. Members of


his on-screen family and other colleagues described him as lovely,


kind and a perfect gentleman. The jury dismissed claims that he


assaulted teenage girls at Granada's Studios in Manchester,


houses in Lancashire and in his Rolls-Royce. A handwritten police


statement by the actor last year summed up his feelings about the


claims. It ends... I would like to reiterate that I have not, nor would


I ever, was any person to engage in a sexual act against their will. In


particular, I would not seek to force a young girl to do so. Claims


nearly 50 years old saw a pensioner dragged through the courts and to


the brink of disgrace. They could have ruined a brilliant career in


show business but the man who plays Ken Barlow was today declared


innocent. There has been a statement from ITV about his future at


Coronation Street and they say they look forward to talking to him about


his return to work. What about the bigger picture? About high profile


cases like this? In the words of the defence barrister, she said in the


post-Jimmy Savile crisis of conscience, when someone makes an


allegation, it has to go to court. It made and Bill Roache was cleared.


Thank you very much. Another big storm is predicted to hit much of


Britain this afternoon. The Met Office has issued severe weather


warnings for southern and South West England and south Wales from this


afternoon. In some places, more than an inch-and-a-half of rain is


expected to fall on already saturated ground. This morning the


Government announced another ?30 million for flood repairs on top of


the ?100 million announced by the Prime Minister yesterday. In a


moment we'll be hearing from Duncan Kennedy, who's by the Thames in


Berkshire. But first to our correspondent at Moorland in


Somerset, Simon Clemison. Good afternoon. There has been a break in


the weather overnight and into today, a chance for the Environment


Agency to get this flood area up to hold the waters back but this is


only a brief break. More rain is expected later on. That has led to


some difficult decisions. How long can one community go on fighting the


weather? Today, the people of moral and have to decide. Do they stay or


go? We have been working all morning with sandbags, so we do not want the


water in our house. We will stay as long as we can but if we are forced,


we will go. The official advice is to leave now. The floodwater has not


done its worst yet but the early warning signs were enough to


persuade this family to load their car. We had to leave that. It is in


the house. As you can see. We got the kids out. People are offering


each other places to stay, cattle are being taken to auction and you


get the sense that the time is up. The water is encroaching that bit


further all the time. Some people will sit beside but it is getting


that little bit quieter all the time. -- said this out. Quiet on one


of the main railways. The line at Dawlish has been destroyed and local


businesses believe it could cost millions of pounds. Homeowners have


been left in a perilous state. The wall was filled by sand so we are


looking at an innovative technique using a tunnel between Tiverton and


Taunton, Bray -- spraying concrete and we want to bring that machine


here today to see if we can add some protection. The days are turning


into weeks and months in this nonstop flooding. And there is no


end in sight. Not yet, anyway. There are plenty of people still here and


the levels have fallen this morning but this is only a brief respite.


More rain is expected later and then it will be worse on Saturday. A


destructive pattering that people here would like to see an end to.


Whether that is saying is another matter. Thank you. -- that is soon.


There are more than 300 flood warnings across the UK, many along


the River Thames. Duncan Kennedy is at Pangbourne in Berkshire. It is


raining here yet again, just like everywhere around here. It could


mean the flood story heads east, back to the Thames Valley. It has


also been raining upstream in Oxfordshire and that what has only


got one place to go. The River Thames, to the lower reaches in


places like Berkshire, which is why the people here are bracing


themselves for more flooding. The waters are rising here and the


gardens are filling up. Home owners steeling themselves for more


flooding. It is coming up. They have made some preparations with the


pumps but who knows? The last time it was up to our waste. We will see.


Tomorrow, I'm sure the flood level will go up. In places, the Thames is


creeping up to the levels it reached two weeks ago, when hundreds of


homes were inundated. The Environment Agency say it takes


between two and seven days for rainwater to translate into swollen


rivers like here in Berkshire. It has not stopped raining over the


past few weeks, which is why these levels are so high and why the


residents here are pretty evenly worried about what will happen over


the next 48 hours. -- pretty worried. Another weather system has


its sights on Britain this weekend and forecasters say this might need


another rewriting of the record books. We are only starting February


but statistics have brought us the wettest December and January since


records began so we could possibly be shaping up for the wettest winter


on record. Eric Pickles. The government updated MPs today on the


extent of the damage done by the winter storms. It said it did not


yet have all of the information. The full picture of the damage caused


has not yet emerged and the weather conditions have proven to be so


savage. The government will therefore carry out a rapid review


of the additional work needed to restore our flood defences and


return them in target condition. Environment Agency staff are making


sure pumps and people are being primed for the forthcoming weather.


Coast or inland community, summer seems a long way off. Those


Environment Agency people are all over this area, they have seen the


warnings and they must put preparations in place. It would not


take much for this what to come over the edge and flood these houses,


some of which are still flooded from last time. Which is why the next 48


hours, as we always say, are absolutely crucial for the people of


this area. Thank you very much. Let's speak to our Chief Political


Correspondent, Norman Smith. More money promised by the government and


the Prime Minister will check the Cobra committee for the second time


in two days. And still be political right about how this is being


handled rumbles on. And that tells us that although we are a long way


from the flooding at Westminster, it dominate the agenda with the Prime


Minister defending his government's handling of the agenda, saying it


was proactive and having to defend Owen Paterson. And again, deciding


to chair another meeting. We have had more money, that extra ?30


million, we will get a review of the overall flood strategy and there


will be greater use of the monetary and more meetings with council


leaders to discuss what they want and more of everything. And this


frenzy of activity is designed obviously in part to get on top of


this crisis but also to be seen to be doing something. It is almost


like the hurricane Katrina factor, when you remember President Bush,


his reputation was profoundly damaged by the perception that he


was not on top of this issue and he was slow to respond. Ministers want


to make sure they do not fall into the same trap. Norman Smith in


Westminster. Thank you very much. For all the latest on the weather,


you can visit our website: It has updates on the situation across the


UK and you can find out information for your local area. The Derby-based


company Bombardier has won ?1 billion contract to build the trains


to be used on the new crossrail route. The Canadian owned company


will build 65 trains, helping create and secure hundreds of jobs at its


plant in Derby. London's Mayor said the new trains would revolutionise


rail travel in the capital. Here's our Business Correspondent, John


Moylen. A happy and building rolling stock for railways here in Derby


since the 1840s. Now, this historic site has a secure future. -- they


have been building. Workers have faced uncertainty over jobs in


recent years but not any more. Absolutely ecstatic, I was in the


office when the announcement came and it was a joyous moment. All of


the guys who work here have been waiting to hear this news and it is


great. Brilliant, I have been here since an apprentice, five years. It


has secured my future. It saves me looking for a job. The new trains


will be needed for crossrail, Europe's largest construction


project. 12018, it will carry millions of passengers across London


and the South East and Bombardier will build the trains as part of a


?1 billion contract. There will be 65, a total of 600 carriages, and it


will safeguard up to 840 jobs, of which 340 or new jobs. Its future


was thrown into doubt when it lost out on a major contract that went to


Siemens in Germany. Unions launched a campaign to save the firm and that


led to the government to review the procurement of major projects but


today the government insisted that Bombardier offered the right price.


There is a competitive process, there has to be. Legally required.


It was one on its merits and I am delighted they are buying British


and supporting a very good company. And they will support 800 jobs. That


is vital for the recovery of the economy. This is one of several


crossrail station 's currently under construction in London. This project


has been criticised by some as evidence that too much public money


is spent on transport infrastructure in the South East. Today's news


means will be a lasting legacy for Derby and British Korean


manufacturing also. They write over Bombardier raised fundamental


questions about how the government supports the manufacturing base and


the first trains will leave as planned in three years. Hospitals in


England are still under severe financial pressure making it more


difficult for them to put patients first. That's according to the


health think-tank the Nuffield Trust. Their findings come a year


after a scathing report into the scandal at Stafford hospital, which


declared that public and patients had been "betrayed" by the NHS. Our


health correspondent, Jane Dreaper, reports.


Shocking failings in the care of frail, older patients. The problems


at Stafford Hospital show England's NHS is needed to make the changes.


What has happened in the past year? This is new research suggests


hospitals are listening to patients and their complaints, but also says


managers are under pressure to keep costs under control. It feels very


difficult for the people running the hospitals at the moment. Some of


them think there is still some savings, but bad quality care needs


to be eradicated and we will save money. But others say we need more


nurse nurses and the money needs to come from somewhere. We need to


speak up and say we cannot do this within the financial limit.


Hospitals are doing more work to manage basic care on wards. But the


man who report cause shock waves says it will take time to turn


around NHS culture. It is disturbing and there is still this feeling of


pressure, feeling that if I don't meet a target or balance the books,


then my job is at stake. I feel that needs to be looked at. There are now


3500 extra nurses on hospital wards in England. More NHS whistle-blowers


are ringing a special hotline, over 700 this year. Seven reviews have


reported back to ministers who insist the health service is turning


a corner. I think the public will draw comfort from the fact that a


year on from the reports, far from gathering dust, it says hospitals


are taking on the lessons. 80% say those actions have already started.


The government points out the best hospital deliver fantastic care


within budget. More are predict ting deficit this year, but the lessons


of Stafford is that patients come first.


Our top story this lunchtime: The Coronation Street actor, Bill Roache


has been found not guilty of two rapes and four indecent assaults


against women in the 1960s and 70s. And still to come: One of the new


men in charge of English cricket speaks to the BBC about the future


for the team and the decision to drop Kevin Pieterson.


Later on BBC London: Unregulated and bad for your health - why the


authorities are cracking down on the use of Shisha in the capital.


And bracing ourselves for more heavy rain - we'll have the forecast for


the next 24 hours. There's still a day to go before the


Winter Olympics officially begin in Sochi but the sporting events are


already underway. And a Briton, the snowboarder Billy Morgan, was the


first competitor out there. Nearly 3,000 athletes are competing for 98


gold medals over the next two weeks. And Team GB are hoping for a record


medal haul. But The Games in southern Russia are still being


overshadowed by security concerns. Our sports correspondent, Andy


Swiss, is in Sochi. Welcome to the Olympic Park in


Sochi. Behind me you can see the stadium where the opening ceremony


will take place tomorrow night. There has been a difficult build-up


to these games with more concerns about security this morning. Up in


the mountains, about 30 miles away, the action is already underway.


Getting The Games off to a flying start, Britain's Billy Morgan, the


first competitor in the first event, qualifying for the snowboarding.


Blue skies, snow, almost picture perfect. Away from the sport there


are still concerns. With thousands arriving, the US are warning


explosives could be hidden in toothpaste tubes and smuggled on


aeroplanes to Russia. Security is tight, but the British team say they


are satisfied. Our threat level has not changed since we came out. We


are not aware of any of the threat you have just mentioned and we are


in constant dialogue and monitoring the situation. Britain has 56


athletes, among them skaters, Nick Upland and Penny Combs and they say


it is only sport that is on their minds. I feel very safe. The village


is very quiet at the moment. Obviously a lot of teams coming. We


have our accreditations and cannot go anywhere without them. We have to


go through airport security to get into the village. I feel very safe,


and it is great so I can concentrate on my skating. Nine closed doors,


rehearsals have been taking place for the opening serried where


Britain's flag bearer will be this man, now at his third games. To be a


leader of a team and lead the team in performance would be great. To


see Chris Hoy, at the last Olympics in London was fantastic. To see his


emotion and what it meant to him. I can see how much it means to carry


the flag and it is fantastic. These Olympics are already testing the


best. That is a big hit. This Norwegian


lady lucky to walk away from this. But Britain's Jamie Nicholls was


among the first star performance, safety through to Saturday's final.


The organisers say they hope it is the athlete that sees the headlines.


This afternoon we have the first action in the Olympic Park which is


hosting the indoor events. The figure skating is just underway.


Candidates are into the final week of campaigning for a by-election in


Wythenshawe and Sale in Greater Manchester. It was triggered by the


death of the Labour MP Paul Goggins. It is a safe Labour seat but the UK


Independence Party is determined to give them a run for their money, as


Chris Mason reports. It is time for a pint in the


Fairbank pub in Wythenshawe. Had a good day, mate? Time to meet the man


who will be our guide to this spot politicians are scrapping over.


Lived in the area all my life, had as Mrs in the area all my life.


Passionate about Wythenshawe. It is improving and over the last three


years it has got better and better. There is a feel-good feeling about


my business at the moment. The area is getting better and people are


spending. Not everyone here is so optimistic. How are the party is


likely to fare? It is a micro-chrism of what we are seeing in national


politics. Two, two party politics. Labour will be looking to recruit


Liberal Democrat support. Over on the right you have the battle


between the Conservatives and UKIP. This is the 17th by-election race in


the last three and a half years and in five of those, the UK


Independence party has finished second. And the overall winner is


pretty predict the ball, but they still set hearts racing at


Westminster because they are real votes in real ballot boxes and


giving the party is a real sense of whether they are popular or not.


This time next week, voters will decide which party's candidate is


smiling most and heading to Westminster.


If you want more information on the candidates running the Wythenshawe


and Sale by-election, details of all seven of them can be found on the


BBC website. Life goes on for England's


beleaguered cricket team with the latest squad announced in the past


hour. Kevin Pietersen's name is of course absent and the fall out after


his sacking continues to dominate English cricket. Our sports


correspondent, Joe Wilson is with me. Are we any nearer to finding out


why he was dropped? The national selector, James Whittaker was almost


forced to come and speak to the media. In the past few minutes he


has done an interview. Asked directly why he got rid of Kevin


Pietersen, his ancestor was because of a legal position he was not at


liberty to say. What James Whittaker talked about in more general terms


was needing new players to re-evaluate the culture and values


of the team. I suppose we can infer that in some way Kevin Pietersen


infringed culture and values. It is an intense period of cricket for


England. Go to the West Indies, then they play in the Twenty20 World Cup.


Amongst the players, we have a young man, potentially very exciting but


it is Kevin Pietersen's absence which still dominated. David Cameron


said he was an enormous fan and said there was a powerful argument for


Kiki him -- keeping him in the side. Then he added that he should stay


out of it. But it is Kevin Pietersen and nobody wants to stay out of it.


Plans to introduce a 5p charge for carrier bags in England next year


are a "complete mess", that's according to a committee of MPs.


They say there are so many exemptions, for example there'll be


no charge for paper or biodegradable bags and that people are likely to


get confused. Here's our Business Correspondent, Emma Simpson.


We may not use them for long, but we do use an awful lot of them, over


eight billion disposable plastic bags in England each year. This is


where too many of them end up, the government hopes that by getting us


to pay 5p a bag will help reduce waste. But a group of MPs says the


government's plans are a mess. There will be exemptions for biodegradable


bags, there is going to be an exemption for paper bags. It is also


going to bring in an exemption for small businesses. It sends out mixed


messages. MPs said the scheme should be simple, like the one introduced


in Wales. There is a flat at 5p levy on all carrier bags. That has led to


a 75% reduction in their use. They started charging for all plastic


bags in Northern Ireland last April, Scotland will follow suit


this year. There are still plenty of bags on the streets of Belfast, but


the scheme is working so well they are planning to double the charge to


10p. I work in a clothes shop and a lot of people do use their own bags.


It is only 5p. It does not make a difference to me. There is less


plastic bags litter, so there is. How best to bin the bags? England


will soon catch up with the rest of the UK. MPs are worried the


exemptions will be too confusing for consumers, but the government


insists its plans will reduce their use that they should not come at the


cost of burdening small businesses. The Met office is saying we could be


headed for the wettest winter on record. Now the weather.


Whoever came up with the phrase, it never rains but it pours, has a lot


to answer for. It is stormy as we move towards the weekend. If we look


at this cloud in the satellite picture, that is Saturday's storm. A


brief lull before it is, but another area of low pressure moving in


bringing more rain. Light and patchy at the moment but we will see the


rain intensified for the rest of the afternoon and through the evening.


Further north across Northern Ireland, northern England, eastern


Scotland, not a bad afternoon with sunny spells coming through. A few


spells into the North West. It is this rain down to the South that is


the next cause for concern. Amber weather warnings, be prepared for


further disruption. We could potentially see another 40


millimetres falling to higher ground. Those amber warnings will


remain in force into the weekend. If you are travelling away from London


at 6pm there will be a lot of rain around, surface water and spray.


Same across the Midlands and into North Wales. At 7pm, it intensifies.


Despite the lull in Somerset we saw earlier, we will see the rain


pepping up in the latter stages of the evening. Pulses of wet weather


pushing in across England and Wales throughout the night. Breezy, but


not the strong winds we saw from the last storm. Towards the end of the


night across the North Cornish coast, the winds will pick up. Under


clearer skies we could see a touch of frost as temperatures for just


below freezing. We start off with wet weather to clear away from the


East. Snow across the Pennines for a time, but a brief lull in


proceedings on Friday. Sunny spells coming through. Highs around five to


10 degrees. I hope you can make the most of Friday's weather because


Friday night, towards Saturday, almost a repeat the four months of


the store we saw on Tuesday into Wednesday. Heavy rain and severe


winds. It will focus its attention into the North on Saturday with


showers across England and Wales. You can always look on our website.


A reminder of our top story this lunchtime: the Coronation Street


actor, William Roache has been found not guilty of all rape