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At least 13 people are dead
and the death toll is expected
to rise after mudslides slam
into homes in California.
The torrent of mud swept
near Santa Barbara -
one man heard a baby buried
in the mud and managed to pull
it out alive.
We dug down, we found a little baby.
We got it out, got
the mud out of its mouth.
Houses have been crushed by boulders
the size of small cars -
which rolled down the hillside
after heavy rain -
the first for months.
We'll have the latest
from California where rescuers
are hoping to find more survivors.
Also this lunchtime.
Cancer patients face possible delays
to their treatment at an Oxford
hospital because of a shortage
of staff, claims a leading doctor.
is riding high.
Figures show output has reached
its highest level in ten years.
Thousands of people are trapped
in the Swiss resort of Zermatt
after heavy snowfall -
one British skier waiting
to be airlifted out
says its been worrying.
We just tried to stay
as safe as possible,
and eliminate any risk rather
than taking any risks
and going out walking.
And Billy the Whizz.
The teenage racing driver is back
behind the wheel nine months
after losing both legs
in an horriffic crash.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News.
Three days after Arsenal
were dumped out of the FA Cup -
they face Chelsea in
the League Cup later.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One.
At least 13 people have been killed
in southern California
after mudslides and flash floods.
The death toll is expected to rise.
Witnesses say boulders the size
of small cars rolled down
the hillside after the first rain
for several months in
the Santa Barbara county.
More than 30 miles of the main
coastal road have been closed
and rescuers are trying to reach
a group of 300 people thought to be
trapped in one neighbourhood,
east of Santa Barbara,
James Cook reports from Los Angeles.
The rains came suddenly,
just before dawn.
Torrential and terrifying.
They coursed over the slick scorched
earth, gathering speed until mud
was roaring down to the sea
like an express train.
The deluge smashed into the very
homes which had just survived
recorded wild fire.
The result, utter devastation.
We had a very difficult
time assessing the area,
and responding to many of those
areas, to assist those people.
The only words I can really
think of to describe
what it looked like,
it looked like a World
War I battlefield.
A good friend of mine,
whose name I won't mention,
lost a father-in-law.
I still have two friends
missing right now.
So it's devastating.
The fire created a situation where
the dirt was able to wash down.
Had we still had all
of the vegetation on the hill,
it would not have been as much
of an issue.
Despite dangerous conditions,
helicopters took to the sky,
winching to safety dozens of people
who were stranded amidst the rubble.
The stories of survival
are almost unbelievable.
I heard the rumble of the rocks,
and I looked over at the rear
and trees were coming down.
We ran into the house,
and right then, the boulders
busted through our house,
and we got upstairs,
and it got up to about eight feet,
nine feet up the stairs.
We were able to crawl
from the window to the roof.
The house is wiped out,
just took everything out.
Later we were worried
about a neighbour's house,
we went over to see if they were OK,
and we heard a little baby crying.
And a fireman came, dug down,
we found a little baby.
We got it out, got
the mud out of its mouth.
I'm hoping it's OK.
They took it to the hospital.
But it was just a baby,
four feet down in the mud,
and nowhere, under the rocks.
I'm glad we got him.
Who knows what else is down there.
The communities hardest hit
were Montecito and Carpinteria
on the Pacific coast,
north of Los Angeles.
These are some of the most exclusive
neighbourhoods in the United States.
Home to stars like Oprah Winfrey.
This is how deep the mud is.
House in the back is gone.
Ellen Degeneres posted
this photo online.
The damage isn't
confined to the coast.
This is the Los Angeles
suburb of Burbank.
The mud roared down here
with terrifying speed,
sweeping everything in its path.
The firefighters won't let us go
up there any further.
They say the situation could change
in the blink of an eye,
and as you can see, this is how
dangerous it is.
Rescue workers are still scouring
scores of damaged and demolished
homes, searching for survivors.
Police say the number of dead
here is certain to rise.
James Cook, BBC News,
A senior doctor has warned that
cancer care at an NHS specialist
hospital is becoming "unsustainable"
because of staff shortages.
A memo to staff at Oxford's
Churchill Hospital, which was leaked
to The Times newspaper,
said patients are facing
delays to the start times
of their chemotherapy treatment,
as nurse numbers are
down by about 40 %.
as nurse numbers are
down by about 40%.
Our health editor
Hugh Pym is in Oxford.
What is happening there, explain the
back ground to this?
background Sophie is this leaked
e-mail is from a very senior doctor
here at the Churchill hospital, a
leading cancer care centre in this
part of England. It follows a
meeting with clinical leads, that is
other leading clinicians in the
hospital. Where it is said that
because of staffing shortages for
cancer nurses, they are beginning to
delay the start of chemotherapy for
some cancer patients, to four week,
the national target is four weeks
for the start of the treatment, so
they will remain within their
target, but clearly implied in this
is there will be some patients who
might have started chemo therapy
within a couple of week, that is
moved out to four. Four. For your
gent cases keep their pip will
continue as usual but there will be
possible changes for others maybe in
a terminal stage of cancer, the
amount of chemotherapy they get. The
trust here, which covers the
Churchill hospital is adamant there
are no formal plans to change
anything, they say they are meeting
their targets but they do
acknowledge that is a staffing
shortage, finding nurse information
the south-east of England generally,
with the cost of living and so on.
That is really exposed a major issue
across the NHS.
The NHS dominated the first Prime
Minister's Questions of this year.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
said the health service
was "sinking" under Jeremy Hunt,
but Theresa May insisted it's
"better prepared than ever before".
Our assistant political editor,
Norman Smith, is in Westminster.
A New Year by the Prime Minister
still under huge pressure over the
state of the NHS.
Mrs May has
freakily said that she wants to be
able to talk about non-Brexit
issues, about a domestic agenda like
the Health Service, she got her
opportunity today, but perhaps not
in the way she wanted, with angry,
angry exchanges with the Labour
leader, as he sought to crank up the
pressure on Mrs May over the state
of the NHS this winter, saying under
Jeremy Hunt's leadership it was
Sinning and attacking her for
remotes Mr Hunt, giving him control
of social care where Jeremy Corbyn
said he should have been sacked,
pointing to the cancelled non-urgent
operation, the hours people were
having to wait in ambulances and Mrs
May prompted a degree of inCree duty
when she said the NHS was pet better
prepared this winter than ever
before, pointing to the fact there
was more money, more acute beds,
more people were taking out flu
jabs, more were open over the
holiday eperiod. Have a listen to ho
heated some of the exchanges were.
She told the house the NHS was
better prepared for winter, than
ever before. So what words of
comfort does the Prime Minister have
to the 17,000 patients waiting in
the back of ambulances, in the last
week of December? Is it that nothing
is perfect by any chance?
accept that the NHS is under
pressure over winter, it is
regularly under pressure at winter
time, I have been very clear, I
apologise to those people who have
had operations delayed.
I think what
we learn is that for all the time we
at Westminster spend talking about
Brexit, Mr Corbyn and probably Mrs
May know for many voters, the issue
that matters above all others is
still the NHS.
We are are going to go back to our
main story, the mudslides in
California. There are warnings that
the death toll could rise. Rescuers
are searching for survivors.
Extraordinary scenes there, and this
is the area that was hit not so long
ago by the fire?
Yes, and that made
it worse, Sophie, because the fire
scorched the hill sides and burned
the vegetation away, then the rain
did that, and well you get
mudslides, I want to explain, a lot
people think the mudslides is a
couple of feet of soupy mud. That is
no not the case. That is what is in
the mud. It is dynamic, rushing down
hill very fast. Imagine it is 4am,
you are sound asleep and that comes
blasting through your home. This is
one of the home, it ripped the front
wall right off the home there. You
can see the devastation that this
causes, and this home, out of all of
these that were damaged, is actually
in pretty good shape right now.
they hoping to find more survives?
They are hoping to find more
survivors. They are going to
continue looking again today. So
here is the problem right now. I
mean you have all this debris, you
have homes covered and in some cases
they have got to dig through this,
so the rescue effort will continue
today, and they do expect to find
more people, survivors, we are not
UK manufacturing output
has reached its highest
level in nearly a decade,
after recording its seventh
consecutive month of
growth in November.
Renewable energy projects,
boats, aeroplanes and cars
for export helped grow output
by three-point-nine %
between September and November -
compared with the same
period in 2016.
Our economics correspondent
Andy Verity has the details.
This Birmingham company makes
precision metal components
for everything from surgical
implants to rear-view mirrors.
And business is booming.
It has been winning business
from customers around the world,
manufacturers to toolmakers.
And it is now looking forward
to its strongest year for a decade.
We have always exported a huge
percentage of what we make.
Currently that is around 70, 75%.
Global growth of our customers
and the manufacturing supply chain
means growth for us.
So it has been vital in terms
of our success in the last 12 months
and will remain to be going forward.
This is how well
manufacturing has done.
In the three months to the end
of November, the biggest
rise in seven years.
And there is more manufacturing
going on now than there
has been for ten years.
That has had its effect
on the deficit, the trade deficit,
the difference between what we sell
abroad and what we buy
in from abroad.
That shrank to 6.2 billion,
that is down by £2.1 billion.
That improving trade position
was helped by the car industry.
While we are buying fewer of them
at home, we are selling
more of them abroad.
And British companies that make
machines that do the manufacturing,
so-called capital goods,
are tapping into growing demand
for their products around the world.
The UK transport sector has
performed particularly strongly
over the last decade.
There has been a huge focus
on improving efficiency in the car
industry in particular
and an enormous amount
of innovation, looking
at new models, fuel
efficiency, new materials.
And that really has tapped
into a customer base
which is looking to buy those
kinds of products.
So we have been very much in tune
with the customers that
are out there globally.
The sale of works of art to foreign
customers also helped to lift
the UK export numbers.
The weak pound means that foreign
buyers with dollars,
Euros or yen to spend can buy more
British art for their money.
But construction has been
shrinking now for six months.
In the three months to November
the amount of work being
done was down by 2%.
This once booming sector is now
struggling to extract
itself from a slump.
Andy Verity, BBC News.
A 16-year-old boy has
appeared in court, charged
with the murder of a shop worker
in London on Saturday.
49-year-old Vijay Patel was attacked
after he refused to sell cigarette
papers to a group
of three teenagers.
An online crowdfunding page has been
set up by the nearby
Mill Hill Synagogue to help
Mr Patel's family.
It has already raised
more than £12,000.
A man whose body was found buried
in a garden was allegedly killed
by his daughter several years ago,
the BBC understands.
Police say that the woman went
into a police station in Stockport
at the weekend and told detectives
what she had done.
Judith Moritz is in Stockport now.
What more do we know?
the police say that the woman who is
63 turned up at a police station on
Sunday, and they say she told them
she had killed a man, some years
ago, and that she had buried him in
the garden of a property in this
road. That sparked a forensic
search, and last night, detectives
confirmed they have found human
remains here, it is believed that
this is the body of a man named
Kenneth Coombes. We know neighbours
have been asked if they remember a
man by that name, that he was in his
late 80s in 2005. The BBC
understands that the woman, who is
now being questioned on suspicion of
murder is Kenneth Coombe's daughter.
Greater Manchester Police say the
investigation is in the early stages
and many questions which still have
The President of South Korea says
Donald Trump deserves credit
for helping to foster their first
talks with the North in two years.
Moon Jae-in said pressure
from America and sanctions may well
have made the meeting possible.
The talks took place yesterday
in the demilitarised zone which has
divided the two Koreas since 1953.
Sophie Long reports from
the South Korean capital, Seoul.
Communication between the North
and South Korean governments has now
A North Korean delegation will be
present at the Winter Olympics
being hosted by the South.
And a direct military hotline
connecting to the two Koreas
has been reactivated.
But there was barely a mention,
and certainly no movement
on the fundamental issue
of North Korea's nuclear
and missile programme.
Today, the South Korean President
said resolving that was
the only pathway to peace.
of the Korean peninsula
is the fundamental pathway
we need to follow.
This cannot be compromised.
This is the only way for us
to achieve full peace
in the Korean peninsula.
Not everyone was in
favour of the talks.
Some believe that the North Korean
leaders sudden willingness to engage
with its neighbour is motivated
by the desire to drive a wedge
between those allied against him,
as the latest round of UN sanctions
imposed on his regime
really start to bite.
But Moon Jae-in was adamant
today that he would not
allow that to happen.
of security and defence,
South Korea and the United States
are the closest of allies.
We also share the same
view of the significance
of the threat from North Korea.
So South Korea and the United States
have been working closely together
against North Korea's nuclear
Moon Jae-in vowed to make
2018 the turning point
in inter-Korean relations.
He hopes the Pyeongchang games
could mark the beginning
of a process that would create
a life for people here free
from concerns about war.
But given the year started
with the North Korean and US leaders
exchanging threats and boasts
about whose nuclear button
was biggest, he has
much ground to cover.
Sophie Long, BBC News, Seoul.
Our top story this lunchtime.
At least 13 people are dead
and the death toll is expected
to rise after mudslides slam
into homes in California.
There are warnings that the death
toll could rise.
And coming up -
supportive or too soft?
A new Army recruitment
campaign divides opinion.
Coming up in sport.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy
Lawrence has died at the age of 77.
He was Bill Shankly's first-choice
keeper during the 1960s.
Thousands of tourists have been left
stranded after heavy snow
in the Alps cut off towns
and villages across Switzerland,
France and Italy.
Visitors are being airlifted out
of Zermatt, one of Switzerland's
most popular ski resorts,
where around 13000
people are trapped.
The avalanche risk in the area
is the highest it's been
for almost ten years.
In France, a 39-year-old British
skier is still missing after bad
weather hampered rescue
efforts in Tignes.
Tom Burridge has the latest.
This is the only way out of Zermatt
this morning. The luggage of
tourists stuck here airlifted out.
Heavy snow has closed all the roads.
So those who can catch this shuttle
service to a nearby town. Waiting on
that helipad this lunchtime, Rebecca
These are people waiting for
the next helicopter out.
We spoke as
she began the first leg of a long
journey back to Manchester.
A lot of
people will say you are stuck in
some were beautiful, you can go
skiing but that is not the case, you
are stuck in a hotel room because of
the risk of avalanche.
morning helicopters were also busy
clearing avalanches. Blowing huge
quantities of snow off the
mountains, which has fallen in
recent days. In remote areas one
metre of snow fell in just 24 hours.
And although conditions in Zermatt
have improved this morning, the risk
of avalanche in the area remains
high. A Swiss company captured this
avalanche just outside the town last
week. The deadly force abundantly
clear. And this was the scene after
a recent avalanche in a French town.
Further south in the resort of
Tignes, cafes hidden by the snow. It
was here that John Bromell from
Lincolnshire was snowboarding in
poor weather on Sunday. He is still
missing. In Zermatt the operation to
get tourists out on helicopters
Looking forward to
getting back down the mountain.
live in Australia and we will miss
the flight from Zurich so we're
happy to leave now.
Heavy snow this
winter has made many peoples skiing
holidays but with some slopes here
now closed, too much is causing
problems and treacherous conditions.
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond,
and the Brexit Secretary,
David Davis, are making separate
visits to Germany, to try to build
support for a trade deal
between the UK and the EU
which includes financial services.
In a joint article for a German
newspaper, they say it makes "no
sense" to put in place
what they call "unnecessary
barriers" to trade
in services or goods.
First to our Political Correspondent
Ben Wright in Westminster.
Will they be listened to? Well just
before Christmas we had high fives
around Westminster most government
ministers when the broad terms of
the divorce deal between the UK and
the EU was agreed including the
financial settlement that Britain
will have to pay. That was just a
first step, the first hurdle to be
cleared. Now we are seeing the
beginning of the second phase of
Brexit negotiations and it is all
about the future relationship
between the EU and UK and in
particular the trade relationship.
So we're seeing key ministers, the
Chancellor and the Brexit secretary,
wear on a referendum, showing a
united front by going to Germany on
a charm offensive, putting an arm
around German businesses and saying
even though we're leaving the single
market and Customs union there can
still be a really close and good
trade deal between the EU and the UK
that works in both sides interest.
The UK wants a bespoke deal
including goods and services because
it is concerned about the future of
the City of London. So that is the
case they're making Germany. The EU
for their part has said they will
not countenance is bespoke deal with
UK and the UK cannot cherry pick the
best bits of the single market and
there can be no special arrangement
about the City of London. So while
the UK is in Germany trying to woo
German business and politicians, the
EU has so far shown it is very solid
as a negotiating block.
A man who claims he was sexually
abused as a child by the former
football coach, Barry Bennell,
has hold the court that he didn't
report the abuse he suffered,
because he didn't want to "spoil any
chances" of succeeding
as a footballer.
Barry Bennell, who's now known
as Richard Jones, denies 48 charges
of child sexual abuse.
David Ornstein is at
Liverpool Crown Court.
Yesterday the prosecution laid out
their case against Barry Bennell
describing him as a predatory and
devious paedophile. Today we heard
from the first witness, it was
harrowing evidence, it must be said.
This witness said he met Barry
Bennell when he was playing for
youth team in the north-west of
England in the early 1980s, aged
between 11 and 13. And to quote him
he said he used to flash his eyes
that you, made you feel special. It
was then said that Barry Bennell
would hand-pick the best
players and invite them to stay at
his flat above a video shop. Once a
week and sometimes three or four
times a week in holiday times. They
would play fight, watch movies and
when the lights went out music would
come on loudly and the abuse would
begin. Allegedly taking place for
this individual in you said the tens
of ten is it not hundreds of times.
It was emotional evidence and the
cross-examination has now begun and
will continue after the break. Barry
Bennell faces 48 charges and the
trial is expected to last for eight
The Army has defended
a new recruitment campaign,
which focuses on the emotional
and physical support
given to soldiers.
Advertisements on television, radio
and online will try to reassure
applicants that their sexuality
or religion will not stand
in the way of becoming a soldier.
Critics of the campaign say it
shows the army has bowed
to political correctness.
Here's our Defence
Correspondent Jonathan Beale.
It is all right to cry and show a
motion in the army, a recruitment
campaign very different to those of
the past. Part of what is called,
Army belonging. Voiced by shoulders
to say there is a motion and
physical support for new recruits.
-- by soldiers. The adverts answer
questions such as can might be gay
and still join the army whilst a
Muslim soldier explains how he can
still practice his faith. All aimed
at groups not seen as the
traditional target audience. But
minorities who may have been
reluctant to sign up.
traditional cohort would have been
white milk occasions, 16 to 25 rolls
and there is not as many of those
around as once aware of. Society is
changing and so it is appropriate
for us to reach out to a broader
The Army has been struggling
to recruit, made all the more
difficult by a lack of a major
campaign like Afghanistan or Iraq.
War is often the best recruiting
sergeant. It is also competing in an
era of relatively high employment.
The regular strength of the Army
should be 80 2000. But it is
currently just over 77,000 strong. A
shortfall of more than 4000. But
some former soldiers question
whether the Army is trying to be too
politically correct with these
They are aiming the
recruiting campaign at specific
minorities and they should be aiming
at more broadly at the kind of
people who will want to join the
army, people who are looking for a
fight, looking for action and
This older advertisement
is what people might expect from the
Army, a recent plan to drop its Be
The Best motto because it was seen
as elitist, was blocked by the
Defence Secretary. It is still an
organisation whose job is to be
ready for combat. But the head of
the army says it must broaden its
appeal and reflect modern Britain.
This time last year he was being
tipped as the next Lewis Hamilton.
Billy Monger was 17,
and a star of Formula 4 racing.
Then he had a horrific crash last
April and had to have both legs
amputated below the knee.
But his recovery and determination
have astounded doctors,
and this week, Billy will be driving
in front of crowds for the first
time since his accident.
Tim Muffett has been to meet him.
'Billy Whizz', a nickname
he was determined to keep.
It's just nine months
since Billy Monger had
both his lower legs amputated
after a car crash.
This is a final practice before
driving with a stunt team
at Birmingham's NEC.
The aim is to put on a good show.
I think we've got a great team,
we've got a great bunch
of lads doing the show,
I'm just hoping everything goes
smoothly and we have a good time
and do ourselves proud.
Dunnington Park, last April.
When Billy's Formula 4 car hit
a stationary vehicle.
COMMENTATOR: That is horrendous!
All I wanted to do was to get
through it and be alive.
There was a slight moment, when I
thought I wouldn't drive again.
It still hasn't changed the dream.
The dream stays the same,
that I want to be an F1 driver.
You've got your prosthetics
here and you're still able
to control the car and the pedals.
Many people would find that
When you control the pedal normally
you do it all through your ankle,
that is how you control how much
input you're putting
into the pedals.
But with me, because I haven't got
ankles, the way I simply control
it is just through my leg like this.
Rather than going like that,
just doing a push motion instead,
to control the car.
Terry Grant has been training Billy
ahead of the Autosport
He's one of the world's
top stunt drivers.
Drive out, drive out!
Billy is a very
special lad, for sure.
Regardless of his injuries.
At the moment you are rehearsing
on an airfield, there's
going to be concrete pillars
where the cones are.
The level of control he has
got now, for prosthetic
legs, it is phenomenal.
Although Billy can use
the accelerator, his car
is adapted so that this lever
controls the brake.
He has been backed
by Mission Motorsport,
a charity which typically helps
and women drive again,
often in specially adapted cars.
Their freedom of mobility
is a phenomenal thing.
If that's taken away
from you as an adult,
it has a dramatic effect
on your life, on your
own personal freedoms.
And also, I think, a lot
about your sense of self
and your independence.
And to be able to give that back
to somebody is an extraordinary
thing to be able to do.
What do your family
think about you getting
back behind the wheel?
My mum was very nervous!
But if I don't do it what else am
I going to do with my life?
I need to make my life
into something positive.
Tim Muffett, BBC News.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Helen Willetts.
We were talking
We were talking about the mudslides
in California all triggered by heavy
After an incredibly dry period of
course. But look at this, intense
rain about two or three inches
falling in just a few hours. But the
good news is that it's clearing away
and for the coming for five days,
high pressure is building in which
will ensure some dry weather. Good
news at least for the clean-up but
it might also produced some rain
across the Caribbean. As for Europe,
another storm coming through the Bay
of Biscay today which will head
across the Pyrenees towards the Alps
tomorrow. So we could have further
snowfall and windy weather as well.
In contrast in UK, a very quiet
spell of weather and also brighter.
Much brighter for many parts. But
not all, we've had some rather
stubborn fog and this was Belfast
just a couple of hours ago. That
will not clear Northern Ireland
completely before darkness falls. We
still have leaden skies further
east, grey and damp and the rain has
been quite persistent. Overnight the
main hazard is the fog. It could
turn out to be freezing fog with
some icy patches as well.
Particularly across the Severn
Valley, parts of Wales, north-west
England and again Northern Ireland.
As for the rest of Scotland, we hope
the rain will clear away from the
mainland. But it will be a very
chilly start in the morning. Then
further south are not as helpful for
some sunshine tomorrow as the fog
will be more widespread. Affecting
some major motorway networks.
Further east we still have the
remnants of a weather front, Hill
fog here. Not as breakfast today but
some persistent drizzle around. We
will see some sunshine further west.
Five or 6 degrees. But again the
sunshine will compensate.
Temperatures around seven or 8
degrees. Feeling colder weather fog
lingers. Another repeat performance
tomorrow night, some icy patches and
fog around. And we have to wait
until next week to clear that out of
the way. Looking promising, and the
weekend looking drive for most if a
little bit grey. And just again a
reminder for tomorrow morning of
some dense fog around.