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A parting shot - Britain's outgoing EU Ambassador attacks the Government


for 'muddled thinking' in its approach to Brexit.


As Sir Ivan Rogers quits ahead of break-up talks,


arguments over whether those involved in the negotiations


We should have somebody leading for the UK who clearly believes


that the outcome can be beneficial to the UK.


I think that makes us all believe what we already suspected,


which is the Government does not have a plan.


We'll have more on this growing Brexit spat.


Shares in Next dive, as the retailer reports falling


Christmas sales and warns of 'great uncertainty' post-Brexit.


An Israeli soldier filmed shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker


A BBC investigtion uncovers the private ambulance crews


responding to emergencies after just an hour's training.


And: One of Our Dinosaurs will be missing.


Dippy the Diplodocus is dismantled, ahead of a two-year tour of the UK.


A bit sad that he is going but maybe I can see other dinosaurs.


And what do you think of him? He goes raw!


Hull City's search for a new manager has started, following the sacking


of Mike Phelan after just three months in permanent charge.


Good afternoon, and welcome to the BBC News at One.


The UK's outgoing ambassador to the European Union,


Sir Ivan Rogers, has attacked the Government for 'muddled


thinking' and ill-founded arguments in its approach to Brexit.


Sir Ivan, who resigned yesterday, said he didn't know what ministers'


In his resignation letter - seen by the BBC - he urged


colleagues in Brussels not to be afraid to speak the truth


Our political correspondent, Ian Watson, reports.


Camera shy in public, outspoken in private.


Sir Ivan Rogers has exited his role as Britain's EU ambassador.


When the BBC revealed his private advice that a trade deal with the EU


could take ten years, he was attacked by some Leave


Diplomats are supposed to be, well, diplomatic.


But in his resignation e-mail, he is anything but.


He tells his staff, I hope you will continue to challenge ill


founded arguments and muddled thinking, and that you will


never be afraid to speak the truth to those in power.


So until a recently faceless bureaucrat in Brussels resigns,


why should that matter here in Britain?


Well, the clock is ticking on the UK's departure from the EU.


The process has to get underway by the end of March.


Now, it was Sir Ivan Rogers' job to find out and then report back


the thinking of other EU member states before these crucial


The Government can't yet tell us a timescale and some


former Whitehall mandarins say his experience


Ivan Rogers leaving at this time so shortly before


the triggering of Article 50, is a loss to the Government


because he is a man of great experience and expertise in European


And we need that sort of experience to take forward the negotiations.


You know her catchphrase by now, 'Brexit means Brexit'.


But the most damaging accusation in Ivan Rogers' resignation letter


is that perhaps she isn't so sure what it means after all.


He says, 'We do not yet know what the government will set


as negotiating objectives for the UK's relationship


I think that makes us all believe what we already suspected,


which is the government does not have a plan.


It does not have clear objectives for these negotiations.


That's quite different from not revealing your hand,


It means you don't actually know what you want.


David Cameron tried to negotiate a new deal with the EU


Many Leave campaigners blamed Sir Ivan Rogers, their man


in Brussels at the time, for not pushing the other EU states


So they say his early departure as our EU


It makes sense that as we go into what is an incredibly


important negotiation, we should have somebody leading


for the UK who clearly believes that the outcome can be beneficial


I think it is fairly apparent that that was not Sir Ivan Rogers's view.


Sir Ivan Rogers is likely to be replaced by another senior civil


servant to negotiate our departure from the EU.


But this diplomatic appointment has now become highly political.


In a moment, we'll be speaking to our diplomatic


But first, to Brussels, and our Europe correspondent,


What do we make of this row there? Well, it is interesting. The


resignation of an Ambassador is an unusual event in any town,


particularly this town. They don't often comment. We have heard today


from the Commission here, who have described Sir Ivan as a


professional, knowledgeable person, they regret his loss. Interestingly,


they say he always loyally defended the interests of his government and


was not an easy interlocutor. In diplomatic speak, that is Saint Sir


Ivan was not someone who would roll over easily, defending the UK with


negotiations with the EU. He handles David Cameron's negotiations, so


that is a clear signal what they think here. But you have to remember


in his letter, he says British diplomats here do not yet know what


the negotiating objectives will be, the structure of the team, and


meanwhile, in this building, in the Commission, the EU side already have


their negotiator and their team in place working out their strategy. Is


Sir Ivan said in his letter, the opportunities to flow from Brexit


will come from what sort of deal can be negotiated here.


What does this tell us about the Government's state of readiness for


the forthcoming negotiations? It is not ready, it lacks the chief


negotiator who will be representing Britain as the Ambassador, so it


needs a replacement for Sir Ivan as quickly as possible. There are a lot


of candidates but it will be part hard to find somebody matches the


scale of his experiences and his key relationships. The other point is


the letter makes it very clear that in the view of Sir Ivan, that are


not enough negotiators in Whitehall, they are in short supply, his


negotiating team is not ready. He reveals the tensions within


government over the vision for what Britain's future trade relationships


may be, making it clear in his view, getting free trade is more than


removing some authority, the EU. It requires future deals. What Sir Ivan


is making clear is this is not just him whingeing about feeling ignored,


in his view, substantial preparations need to be made so


Britain can be ready in a couple of weeks when negotiations begin. The


Prime Minister has said they will begin before the end of March.


From Westminster and from Brussels, thank you both.


The High Street chain Next is warning that uncertainty over


Brexit will mean an "even tougher" year ahead, after a


Shares dipped 14% at the start of trading, as the firm announced


a drop in sales of 0.4% in the two months up to Christmas.


Here's our business correspondent, Emma Simpson.


Next, it is one of our biggest clothing chains, often seen as a


bellwether of the High Street. And it has had a difficult winter, sales


have fallen. Not a great start as retailers reveal how they fared over


the all-important Christmas season. Undoubtedly, it is a big


disappointment that Next has reported such weak figures as the


first retailers report, it is one of the best on the High Street. So you


would think overall, results will not be that great. Having said that,


all retailers are not doing the same things, some are trading different


strategies and there will be ups and downs. But it is difficult to avoid


the conclusion that Christmas was pretty disappointing. 2016 was tough


for many fashion retailers. Although consumer spending has been resilient


since the Brexit vote, people are spending less on what they were and


more on what they do, like eating out. The sales run, but there have


been discounts all year, competition is cut-throat and we have been


changing our shopping habits by spending more online. Next warns


today things are going to get even tougher this year, a view shared by


many in this industry. We have got all sorts of headwinds, we have got


a year of national living wage, costs will be a lot higher. But the


real, real challenge is going to be dealing with a sterling exchange


rate that is 15% also lower than before the referendum. Next is


warning its prices will go up by 5% this year as a result. Profits will


take a hit. And inflation may mean consumers have less spare money to


spend on clothes. In Manchester, some shoppers say they are cutting


back. We will be raining it in in the New Year. Definitely spend the


normal amount this Christmas, I didn't have to go crazy. Probably


pull back on certain things and see what it is like. As ever in retail,


there are winners and losers. The signs are John Lewis had a decent


Christmas with a rise in sales in the final weeks. Before Christmas


story will unfold in the coming days.


An Israeli soldier has been found guilty of killing a Palestinian man


It happened in Hebron last year, after the Palestinian,


Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, had attacked an Israeli soldier.


He was shot and wounded, but then shot again at close range


by Sergeant Elor Azaria, who said he believed the wounded man


Prosecutors said his motive was revenge.


Let's cross to Tel Aviv and our correspondent, Yolande Knell.


Well, just behind me is the Israeli Defence Ministry headquarters, that


is where these legal proceedings took place, in a small courtroom,


amid tight security. The key evidence in this trial was a


shocking video filmed by a Palestinian activist.


Caught on camera in Hebron last March, a chilling moment.


A young Israeli Sergeant cocks his gun and then this.


A single bullet to the head killed a wounded Palestinian,


Sgt Azaria, a medic, has helped treat a wounded soldier,


one of those attacked by the Palestinian and his friend.


Today, the Sergeant was in court, smiling to see


Soon afterwards, he was found guilty of manslaughter.


The military judges in the court here said that Abdul Fatah al-Sharif


They rejected the defence argument that he posed a threat.


During the trial, the prosecution said Sgt Azaria acted out of revenge


But the 20 year old does have loyal backers, in a country where most


They accused the Army of abandoning one of its own.


This soldier came to protect about little children,


The Military Chief of Staff and the Minister


On the Palestinian side, a different view.


Ahead of the verdict, Id met the parents of Abdul Fatah


al-Sharif, who accused the IDF of using excessive force.


TRANSLATION: I feel like any father would feel.


I've seen my son executed on TV, murdered.


It's so hard to see that, no-one can endure this.


It's still hard for me every time I remember what happened.


If he died instantly, it would have been much easier


than to see your son executed like that.


Such a public trial of a soldier for killing a Palestinian


The shooting happened during a wave of Palestinian attacks,


when there was a national debate about how to respond.


And this case has proved highly divisive, even


setting top politicians against the Army's top brass.


To underline those tensions, the Israeli -- and Israeli politician


spoke strongly in support of Sgt Azaria soon after his arrest. He is


now the Defence Minister and he has put out a statement urging people to


show restraint about what he said was a difficult verdict. Sentencing


in this case is expected at a later date.


Thank you very much. When people call 999,


there's an expectation that the ambulance crew which turns


up are fully-trained paramedics. But the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire


programme has discovered that some staff at a private ambulance


company, based in Essex, have had as little as an hour's training


on how to respond to emergencies. James Melley has


this special report. When we dial 999 for a medical


emergency, most people expect NHS ambulances and their highly trained


crews to respond. But increasingly, NHS trusts


are having to use private One of these companies


is the Private Ambulance Service, It carries out work like taking


patients to hospital appointments, transferring sick people


between hospitals, and also provides cover for 999 calls for the East


of England NHS Ambulance Trust. But whistle-blowers have told us


staff are not properly trained, and the equipment they use is not


up to scratch. The Private Ambulance Service


was in the news last year after the Essex Coroner criticised


it over the death of One of the company's crews


responded to a call, They ran tests and said


Mr Paige had got indigestion or had a hurt muscle,


and didn't take him to hospital. He later died, having


suffered a heart attack. We've spoken to several people


that work or have worked Paul would only speak to us


if we disguised his identity. He worked for PAS as a medic,


but lost his job last year. I never had any


induction or training. Pretty much just sent


out and that was it. So you had no induction,


no training? It was quite clear that


I was working with people that, not through their own fault,


were not trained. They were not competent


in the job and they certainly were not confident in


dealing with situations. Didn't know how to take simple


things like blood sugars, ECGs. Didn't know how to do


manual blood pressures. We started to hear more disturbing


stories about the lack of basic training for staff at


the Private Ambulance Service. Dan Duke worked at the company


in patient transport The job could require him to drive


under blue lights when taking an emergency patient


between different hospitals. What training where you actually


given in order to drive One hour's training


on blue lights, that's it. So what is an acceptable level of


training to drive under blue lights? Our whole course is four weeks


long and the first two weeks are the foundation,


if you like, to actually move We approached the Private


Ambulance Service for And told us, the Private Ambulance


Service offers a high level of patient care


to all patients transported And we do not accept


the nature of the allegations We outsource our blue light driver


training to an approved training We started using our current


provider in January 2016. All staff received


induction training and full Staff joining us from other


companies have two complete clinical skills assessments and driving


assessments prior to The NHS East of England Ambulance


Service, which uses the Private Ambulance Service to provide cover


for emergency calls, told us, the East of


England Ambulance Service needs to use private companies


to meet patient demand. These services are regulated by


the CQC and are internally vetted. The East Midlands and


the trust is increasing But nationally, NHS trusts


are struggling with the level of patient demand, so private


ambulance providers, which are regulated,


are increasingly likely to respond Britain's outgoing Ambassador


to the EU attacks the government for "muddled thinking"


in its approach to Brexit. The smart phone app helping to train


members of the public in first aid - while she takes part in Channel 4


winter sports programme The Jump. Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox


has her UK Sport funding suspended, while she takes part in Channel 4


winter sports programme The Jump. It's 50 years since


Donald Campbell died on Coniston Water, as he attempted


to break his own water speed record. He died instantly when his rocket


powered speed boat, Bluebird, catapulted into the air,


hit the water and broke into pieces. Today a number of commemorations


were held to mark his death - and our correspondent,


Judith Moritz, is at Exactly 50 years to the moment since


her father died here, Jean Campbell Road across Coniston Water in his


memory in her hands, the teddy bear which Donald Campbell used as a


mascot. And then, flowers to mark the spot where the record-breaker


lost his life. Campbell was one of a rare breed, a true patriot, flying


the flag for Britain wherever he went. The Times world speed record


holder was travelling at more than 300 miles an hour in it attempts to


break his own water speed record in the legendary Bluebird but the boat


was catapulted into the air and Campbell was killed instantly as it


hit the water and disintegrated. This morning at his grave near to


the Lake Gena Campbell remembered her father. He was a true Brit and


it was beyond those days of risk assessment and health and safety. He


went out and did what he did, he did at most times with huge success. And


just this one time it went wrong. Half a century on and Donald


Campbell? Name is celebrated by enthusiasts who also gathered in


Coniston Water today to pay tribute to him. He's a very popular man, his


is tremendous. He had a tough act to follow in his father Sir Malcolm and


in his own mind he was setting himself against his father and his


record. And to us he surpassed that. 50 years ago today he was trying to


do 300 miles an hour and the record today is 317. It is a really tough


record as tragically proved here. There is no innovation, no progress,


without risk. Gena Campbell said it was years before she grasp the


magnitude of her father? Achievements and that he will be


talked about forever evermore and remembered as a hero. The conditions


here today are almost identical to what it was like half a century ago.


Crystal clear, absolutely beautiful on Coniston Water and of course


although those memories remain vivid and enthusiasts come here to the


spot where Donald Campbell died, it is not just about the past. There


are also looking forward to the future because they tell me that


they have hopes of being able to see a restored Bluebird back out on the


water, there is work underway at the moment to make it happen and it is


hoped that either this year or next year you may yet see Bluebird coming


back to Coniston Water where it was last here so fatefully 50 years ago.


Police in Bangalore have arrested at least six people,


after reports that gangs of men carried out a number of sexual


assaults against women during the city's New Year celebrations.


Several women claim they were assaulted by mobs,


and CCTV pictures have emerged of one woman being attacked.


Crowds flocked to the centre of Bangalore to see in the New Year.


But as midnight approached, the mood became darker.


A series of women were groped and assaulted, witnesses said


I think as Bangalorians we should be ashamed,


hang our heads in shame that the community and the society,


the onlookers, did not take any action.


One politician blamed victims for wearing western clothes.


It has also raised wider questions, in a country where only 1% of women


Under pressure, the police have now made arrests.


We did not waste time, we did not wait to look


for the complainant, we have registered the case.


The investigation has started, the whole team is investigating.


And we will make all efforts to catch the culprits.


CCTV has now emerged of another assault on the same night.


Look, at the top of the screen, a woman walking home.


She fights back and manages to escape.


One night in Bangalore has highlighted an unpleasant truth


Police in Turkey have arrested five people over the New Year terror


They were detained in the Western coastal city of Izmir.


The Turkish foreign minister says the chief suspect in the attack has


now been identified, though he hasn't


It's being reported that the convicted mass murderer,


Charles Manson, has been taken to hospital.


Media reports say that Manson, who is in his eighties,


has been moved to a medical centre about an hour away from


California's Corcoran State prison where he is being held.


Prison officials have confirmed that he is still alive.


With the current threat level in the UK at 'severe' we're


all being urged to think how we would cope in the event


Military and civilian medics have launched a website and smartphone


app called CitizenAid, which teaches people how to treat


casualties in the vital moments before paramedics arrive


A warning - what you see next is a reconstruction.


This isn't real, but security officials say the terror


threat in the UK is high and despite their best


Many people could be hurt in the chaos.


The problem is, it may take some time for help to arrive.


Police and security forces have to deal with terrorists first,


making sure it's safe, before paramedics can come in.


And in that time, lives could be lost.


The first responders to that incident from a police perspective


will inevitably be trying to deal with the people causing the threat.


They won't have time to help people who may have been injured.


And we know that that gap is vital for saving people's lives.


So we're really, really interested in the work of CitizenAid.


There's a gunman in the street, three people have been shot.


The experts behind CitizenAid say the app and pocketbook give simple,


step-by-step instructions to save others.


But the public should only attempt first aid once


The app says that you need to pack the wound.


We know from recent military experience that if we give simple


skills to individual soldiers, then they can save lives


when there are very serious injuries as a result of combat style injury.


And what we are really keen to do is to ensure that we transfer that


learning from the military to the benefit of the wider public.


If someone is bleeding severely, you can use anything you have


Don't be afraid to use a tourniquet made out


Attempting first aid may not be for everyone,


but military medics say it is better to have a plan, in case


this worst-case scenario turns into reality.


Train drivers with Southern Railway are cutting their six-day strike -


planned for next week - to three days.


But their union, ASLEF, says it will strike again


for another three days later in the month.


The drivers are striking over the increasing use


Now, to the dinosaur who's about to go on tour.


Dippy the Diplodocus has been the centre piece


at London's Natural History Museum since 1905, and has appeared in two


But today he's being dismantled, ready to be cleaned up,


and then sent round the UK on a two year long tour.


He's being replaced by the skeleton of a blue whale.


Our correspondent, Daniela Relph, is at the museum now.


I'm in the busy main entrance hall, which has been done to Dippy for


along and he is such a familiar sight to all who visit the Natural


Museum. Just on the issue of pronunciation, he is a Diplocodus


and today will be his very last day here inside the museum.


It is busy here most days. But for those queueing today there was a


good bit to be had. The first sight of Dippy has been a lasting memory


for so many children. It is the first thing that you see when you


arrive. The Natural History Museum estimates around 90 million people


have stood here and looked Dippy. It is not known if the Diplocodus is a


he or she, but today is the last chance to see Dippy at the museum.


Because it is the last day, people might not have seen it before and


they will want to come over and that is why we have the crowds. What you


think of Dippy? He roars. It is amazing to think it lived a long


time ago and was actually walking around. A bit sad he's going but


maybe I can see other dinosaurs. Dippy first came to the museum more


than 100 years ago, made up of 292 bones, the dinosaur arrived in 36


cases. During the Second World War the skeleton was taken to the


basement to protect it. The Diplocodus is a plaster cast replica


of the real thing, it would have weighed 13 tonnes when alive. It has


been cleaned up and cared for here in the main entrance hall since 1979


when it took up its current position. Pulling it apart and


moving the dinosaur will be detailed and delicate work. In the morning we


will start to take Dippy down, taking the glass barrier away and


then we start to work from the tail back up to the body and then the


neck and over the next month we will take each bone down, each of the 292


bones, we will clean and inspect them and pack them up. Once cleaned


up and we assembled, Dippy goes on tour for two years. It begins


appropriately on the Dorset Jurassic Coast before moving to Birmingham,


Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff and other locations. And this is what


will replace Dippy, the skeleton of a blue whale, hung from the ceiling


to give the impression of it diving. Being a living species that needs


protecting. But today it is all about Dippy. For those feeling a


little bit sad at his departure, there are tentative plans to recast


the Diplocodus in bronze and place it in the museum grounds. But for


now, it is goodbye. Now taking Dippy apart is going to be a month --


months of work as labelling all the bones and training them and then


putting them back together again ready for the tour, that will go on


over the next couple of years or so. In terms of his replacement, the as


yet unnamed blue whale should be in position and hanging from the


ceiling by the summer. No bones about it, it is going to be


pretty chilly over the next 24 hours. In fact we are in something


of a temperature battle ground with cold air to the east but mild air


never far away out to the west. But for the time being today the cold


front is the story bringing in that cold air and pushing mild air away


to the west. It also brings some outbreaks of rain across


south-western areas and up to the north-east we have showers coming


in. They are blowing in on a pretty blustery north-west wind making it


feel quite cold and raw. Inland especially over the high ground we


have some sleet and snow and showers running right the way down to the


coast of East Anglia where again it will feel cold in the strong wind.


Further west we have sunshine but also extra cloud across the far


south-west producing the spot of rain and temperatures on chilly side


wherever you are. Then as soon as it gets dark this evening and tonight,


the temperature is are going to plunge. You can see the blue shading


spreading right across the map and where we keep the shower going


across eastern areas, there could be some icy stretches on the untreated


roads. Towns and cities widely getting down to freezing but in the


countryside we could reach minus seven degrees. So certainly a cold


start to tomorrow morning but a beautiful day with blue skies and


crisp sunshine. The showers tending to die away from eastern areas. The


temperature is really struggling. Through Thursday night we hold onto


high pressure towards the south-east and underneath the high-pressure, we


could have some dense fog patches forming butt out west we have a


change with these frontal systems pushing in. The mild air lying in


wait out west. We have some rain but behind that things turn milder. 11


degrees in Belfast on Friday afternoon and that sets us up nicely


for the weekend. It will feel considerably milder and we have some


rather cloudy conditions for most of the time. From that the odd spot of


patchy rain and drizzle at times. So cloudy into the weekend, maybe some


rain at times but before we get there prepared to feel the chill.


Some very cold weather through the next 24 hours.


A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.


Britain's outgoing EU Ambassador has attacked the government for "muddled


That's all from the BBC News at One - so it's goodbye from me -