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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 -