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A gunman is in police custody
in Florida after killing at least 17
students and teachers
at his former school.
Panic as pupils tried
to flee to safety -
some in the building hid under
desks, and barricaded doors
as loud shots rang out.
Then all of a sudden we hear one
of our student Government teachers
say "Run as fast as you can",
and we hear a gunshot.
The gunman, 19-year-old
Nikolas Cruz, is charged with 17
counts of premeditated murder.
You come to the conclusion that this
is absolutely pure evil.
We'll have all the latest -
and asking what it will take for any
change in America's gun laws.
Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected
President of South Africa -
he replaces Jacob Zuma,
who resigned last night.
A rip-off - MPs are scathing
about financial advisers mis-selling
new products to members
of British Steel's pension scheme.
It it may highlight the fact
for other pension schemes
in the future, and this may not
happen on this scale again,
hopefully it doesn't,
but that's little comfort to people
like myself, you know.
And a strong start for Dom Parsons
in the skeleton.
And a strong start for
Dom Parsons in the skeleton.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News.
All the latest from Pyeongchang,
as Britian's curlers
continue their campaign on the ice
hoping for more
round robin victories.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One.
Police in Florida have charged a
19-year-old man with 17 counts
of premeditated murder,
after a mass shooting
at a high school.
The gunman, Nikolas Cruz,
was a former pupil at the school
who'd been expelled.
Witnesses said Cruz set off a fire
alarm, and shot at people
as they left the building.
It was the eighteenth
shooting incident in a US
school so far this year.
A warning - you may find some
of the images in Neda Tawfik's
Running for their lives these panics
students fled as fast as they could.
Others sheltered inside. These were
the terrifying sounds from one of
America's classroom, the gunman
struck moments at the end of the
school day. Police have identified
him as Nicholas Cruz, he arrived
heavily armed with a semi automatic
rifle and ammunition.
It is now understood that this was a
well planned plot to maximise the
loss of life. The shooter set off
the fire alarm to draw the children
out of their classrooms. As the
attack unfolded children hid in
cupboards and barricaded doors
went up a down the hallway, he shot
through my door and broke the
As soon as the fire alarm
got pulled I heard five pops.
hear one of our student Government
teachers say, run as fast as you
can, we hear a gunshot.
17 children and teachers were
killed. More than a dozen were
injured and are being treated in
We are furious, how cold this happen
in this country, in this state? This
is a state that is focussed on
keeping our children safe, you come
to to conclusion this is just
absolutely pure evil.
This state is not tolerate violence,
we have law enforcement that will
show up to defend our safety.
Cruz tried to escape by blending in
with students fleeing the school.
But he was later arrested without
incident in a nearby town.
Authorities are beginning to piece
together his possible motives. He
was expelled last year and students
described him as troubled.
He carried gun, he showed me them. I
saw what guns he has, he showed me
personally, the kids wouldn't pick
on him because they were scared.
This is one of the safest cities in
the country but that didn't stop it
from becoming the 18th school
shooting this year, the question
that seemingly everyone in the
nation is now asking, is whether
this is the new normal? In
Washington, there was them passioned
plea on the floor of the Senate from
a Senator whose state includes the
Sane hook elementary school where
childrens were shot and killed just
over five years ago.
nowhere else, other than in the
United States. This epidemic of mass
slaughter, this scourge of school
shooting after school shooting. It
only happens here not because of
coincidence, not because of bad
luck, but as a consequence of our
inaction. We are responsible.
Tales of heroism are emerging from
the tragedy. Tragedy. A football
coach is said to have shielded
children as the gunman fired.
He did not survive his injuries.
With each new shooting there is the
inevitable debate on gun ownership
in America. Yet this country is more
divided than ever on how to stop
David Willis is in Washington.
Let us consider the weapon used by
this former pupil of the school, a
semi automatic gun.
weapon in question, very much the
weapon of choice for mass shootings
here in the United States. And this
weapon, the AR15, easier to obtain
in Florida, a state with very
liberal gun control laws, than a
handgun, but, as much as the weapon
itself, it seems that the gunman's
knowledge of the lie of land as a
former pupil at this school, that
seems to have been crucial as well
here, not only did he know where to
find his victim, he knew how the
fire alarm system operated, and it
has been reported that he actually
activated it in order to lure pupils
out and into his path, and of course
he knew as well, how to blend into
the crowd, and make his escape.
And David, is there any sign that
this latest incident. The 18th
shooting in a school this year, is
this any sign that is going to
change the debate on gun laws?
one indication of that perhaps lies
with President Trump's tweet in the
last hour, and he said so many signs
that the Florida shooter was
mentally disturbed, everyone
expelled from school for bad
behaviour, neighbours and classmates
knew he was a big problem, must
always report incidents to the
authorities again and again, no
mention of the need for tougher gun
control laws here, it is interesting
to note that President Trump
received the early endorsement in
his run for President from the
national rifle association, which is
of course one of the most powerful
lobby gruers here in the US. Last
night just after news of this
shooting started to emerge, one
Congressman said simply America is
in thrall to the NRA as he put it.
Don't expect any changes in this
country's gun control laws any time
David, many thanks.
David, many thanks.
Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected
President of South Africa.
This is the moment in the last hour
when the former anti-apartheid
activist was confirmed in the role.
Mr Ramaphosa replaces Jacob Zuma,
who resigned last night
following pressure from his party
I declare Cyril Ramaphosa is dually
elected President of the republic of
Mr Ramaphosa replaces Jacob Zuma,
who resigned last night
following pressure from his party
Our correspondent Pumza Filhani
is in Johannesburg.
Cyril Ramaphosa elected unopposed.
Describe the atmosphere as South
Africa entering this new phase.
think if will is one word for it it
would be expectancy, there is a
sense something good is about to
happen in South Africa again. Listen
to opposition parties congratulating
the President there on his election,
they congratulated him but also
reminded him on the side of that
that while he does have their
support, this isn't a blank cheque.
There is much work to be done, but a
big sense that the right man is in
the right seat, finally, and that he
is somebody that will be able to
drive growth here in South Africa,
that will be able to return jobs in
South Africa, that will also just be
able to put finally stomp out
corruption or create a culture where
it seems corruption will be dealt
OK. Thank you very much
Thank you very much indeed.
The jury has returned more verdicts
in the trial of the former
football coach Barry Bennell
at Liverpool Crown Court.
Danny Savage is there.
Danny, tell us what has happened.
Yes, in the last few minutes many
case may sound familiar, the juries
have been going through the
deliberations in this trial, they
came back with 36 verdicts of guilty
a couple of days ago, they were sent
away by the judge to consider a
majority verdict on the rest of the
challenges, seven of them, and this
morning and this afternoon, within
the last few minutes they have come
back with the rest, saying that
Barry Bennell is guilty of those
crimes, this trial centred on 11 men
who were boys backs in the late 70s
and 80 when they were abused by
Barry Bennell and this case has
finished with the jury returning all
A charismatic and talented coach who
held the keys to the footballing
Barry Bennell surrounded himself
with young boys.
He was allowed
unfettered access to a large number
of boys who we was coaching, they
were staying with him at weekends,
over school holiday, going abroad on
football coaching trips.
little boys who wanted to play
football and when you hear them
giving their evidence at court, they
are little boys again and they are
waiting for him to say sorry.
Burnell has been convicted of child
sex offences when in November 2016
fresh allegations emerged.
In interviews on this programme two
more former footballer...
programme eventually ended up as
evidence in court.
By youth coach
As more claims were made, Ben Nel
moved out of his home, was found
unconscious as a hotel and then
detailed and charged by police. He
was interviewed 30 time, on one
occasion described how the sickening
abuse would begin.
He has presented throughout the
interviews as somebody that is
completely different to the
suffering he has caused and not once
has he shown one bit of empathy or
remorse to these victims and to what
he has put them through.
of man is he?
Cruel. And selfish.
The only person that matters to
Barry Bennell is Barry Bennell.
With dreams of becoming a
professional footballer, and
promises of the newest and best kit,
Barry Bennell lured his victims to
his homes here in Derbyshire and
elsewhere. Described as an alland's
cave for young boys, they provided a
haven for the predatory and
devolution views Barry Bennell to
abuse. He never told his side of the
story in court. Neither did he face
his accusers, appearing by videolink
because of poor health. He watched
on, smirking according to one of the
victim, as they recounted their
horrific story, of what he did to
them. Another said he knew of four
players coached by Barry Bennell who
had taken their own live, including
the former Wales manager Gary Speed.
Barry Bennell's lawyer questioned
the accusers' motives, suggesting
they were out for financial gain but
now more than 20 years after his
first conviction Barry Bennell has
been found guilty for a fourth time
of abusing young boys. A serial
child abuser who exploited a system,
his position, and young footballers'
This trial heard that Barry Bennell
was a child molest the on an
industrial scale. The BBC
understands as well as the victims
in this trial, that this case
centred on a total of 98 people have
now come forward, to say they were
abused by Barry Bennell, his victims
were mainly young footballers in the
youth set up of Manchester City and
Crewe as this trial heard. What
about the wider implications for
football and sport? Sport? From
althose events years ago, our Sports
Editor has been looking at the
background to this.
Barry Bennell worked with some of
the top clubs in the north-west of
England, identifying and developing
the most promising young players.
do a lot of talking to them, showing
them skills and explaining the game.
There is more to it than just coming
here for an hour a week. We give
But Barry Bennell was
also a serial paedophile. Gary Cliff
was one victim, abused by his former
coach when playing for junior teams
linked to Manchester city.
school holiday, Christmas time, and
this is over a four to five year
period. He ruined our lives,
numerous lives. I know because I was
there. Hundreds of boys lives. They
are mothers -- he should never see
the light of day again.
City say they are investigating but
Gary co clip insists some people at
the club would have known about the
They knew who he was but
they allowed it to continue.
Bennell's relationship with
Manchester City remains unclear but
we've obtained what is believed to
be a business card the coach handed
to young players and their parents,
describing himself as a club
representative. If this is what it
appears to be, it may show how
Manchester City -- Barry Bannan used
Manchester City's name. Simon
Cousins was a board director at
Manchester city at the time. Could
more have been done, do you think,
to pay more attention to the young
players and how they were being
With hindsight, the answer
is yes, but... Did anybody read it
at the time? Or know about it? No.
Simon Cousins died last year before
Manchester City spoke to him as part
of their enquiry. Barry Bennell was
most closely linked with Corel
Alexander Hamilton Smith was the
managing director at the time and he
says that, after being made aware of
concerns and rumours about Barry
Bennell's behaviour, he raised the
issue in a board meeting but the
coach was allowed to stay for three
I find it difficult to
believe that, with all of the banter
that was going on, all that was
happening, the special board meeting
we have, and they are still saying
they didn't know something was going
on. I went to the FA to talk to them
about my concerns and ended up
getting a dear John letter. Which
said, they'd investigated and found
nothing to be answered. Everybody
involved could have done, and should
have done a lot more.
manager, Dario Roddy, was one of
those who Smith says was aware of
general concerns about Barry
Bennell's behaviour. Now director of
football, he denies having had any
knowledge of Barry Bennell's crimes,
but he was suspended by the FA in
2016. Crewe also say they were
unaware of Barry Bennell's behaviour
before his first conviction in 1994,
when he was jailed in Florida. It
may seem hard to believe now but, in
the 1990s when Barry Bennell was
convicted, the story seems to have
made little impression, either on
football or wider society, but in
late 2016 another former victim at
Crewe started arguably the biggest
crisis the British game has ever
seen. First, former Crewe player
Andy Woodward spoke out about the
abuse he suffered at the hands of
Barry Bennell, insisting he wasn't
It's huge. The ripple effect
through football, I hope people are
Former international Paul
Stewart revealed the extent of the
abuse he'd been subject to buy a
long did it go on for?
almost every day.
The FA chairman
has launched a review.
We believe we
are doing everything we can to step
up to the mark.
investigating, the trust was set up
for the victims, 285 potential
suspects have been identified and
331 clubs now involved. The
barrister who prosecuted Barry
Bennell in 1998 told me that
football must share the blame.
Sutton that at the time there was
institutional failure -- I am
certain that at the time there was
institutional failure and I am very
disappointed that it appears, as a
result of the validity of that case,
other boys had been abused because
this danger was not drawn to the
attention of the public. -- as a
result of wider publicity of that
The youth football system now
seems a lot safer than then, but
years on, the game's most notorious
paedophile continues to haunt the
sport. Now that this trial has
finished, it moves on to sentencing,
and we understand that Barry Bennell
will be sentenced here at Liverpool
Crown Court at midday on Monday.
He's appeared throughout this trial
on video link, but we also
understand he will be brought here
in person to hear his sentence. That
will be the next stage, after the
verdict returned today. We will no
doubt have more reaction throughout
the afternoon on BBC News.
Our top story this lunchtime:
A gunman is in police custody
in Florida after killing at least 17
students and teachers
at his former school.
And still to come -
Arsenal fly to the Arctic to take
on the only English manager
in Europe's elite competitions.
Coming up in sport:
We'll bring you all the gold
medals won so far today
at the Winter Olympics,
including the oldest man to take
an alpine skiing title.
Members of British Steel's pension
scheme were the victims of a "major
according to MPs.
The Work and Pensions Committee say
the scheme's members were targeted
by "vulture" financial advisers,
who encouraged them to transfer
their savings to "unsuitable funds".
It happened when the pension fund
was hived off in order
to keep the UK company,
owned by the Indian
firm Tata, afloat.
Sian Lloyd reports.
Last year, members of
the old British Steel Pension Scheme
faced a big decision
about their retirement savings,
after Tata which had taken over
the liabilities said
it was no longer viable.
Workers could choose to transfer
their benefit out of the scheme.
A report by a committee
of MPs said some of those
who did were exploited,
by dubious financial advisers.
There have been people who probably
have been fleeced of the most
valuable asset they will have ever
had, which has been built up as part
of their pension scheme,
for which the financial vultures
have been after and,
in too many cases, been successful
in getting their claws on.
We uncovered the case
of Richard Bevan, who had
transferred his savings
into a private scheme.
He believes the financial advice
he was given was unsuitable,
which resulted in him losing
out on £200,000.
We passed evidence of his complaint
to the Financial Conduct Authority,
which regulates the industry.
It is criticised in the report
for not acting quickly enough.
Richard welcomes the scrutiny
by MPs, but says it
is too late for him.
The parliamentary report is spot on,
but where that leaves people
like myself, I need to know.
I really don't know.
It may highlight the fact for other
pension schemes in the future,
and this may not happen
on this scale again.
Hopefully, it doesn't.
But, that is little comfort
to people like myself, you know.
What happened to still
workers has been described
as a mis-selling scandal.
The report makes recommendations
to show that similar
mistakes are not repeated.
Including a ban on contingent fees,
where financial advisers only
get paid if the client
transfers their pension.
The Financial Conduct Authority
is saying it is reviewing its rules
on pension transfers,
as experts say the case should
be taken as a wake-up
call to the industry.
This is not uncommon,
and we have seen BHS,
and Carillion are similar examples
of this, so the individual details
will vary, but these
situations will arise again,
so it is important that lessons
are learned from this case.
Pension freedom reforms have led
to a boom in similar
transfers over recent years.
This report highlights that workers
like Richard need more protection.
Team GB could be set
to win its first medal of the 2018
Winter Olympics after Dom Parsons
put himself in contention
in the men's skeleton competition.
The 30-year-old is in fourth place
at the halfway stage -
ahead of the final runs tomorrow.
In the curling, Britain's men
earned their second win with a tense
victory over Japan -
while the women's team
lost their second match.
Look closely while everyone else is
at the second skin on the skeleton.
The British speed suits are under
scrutiny and, whether they give an
advantage or not, it's a good fit on
Dom Parsons. At the halfway mark he
is within touching distance of a
podium after two impressive
performances in Pyeongchang.
I can sleep tonight! The last four
years has been aiming for this one
most and -- moment, so I've got to
make the worst of it.
He'd do well
to catch this South Korean, his
effort seeing him lead on a track
which looks tailor-made for the
Koreans. The show 's piece on the
slopes, the men's downhill, the
winter equivalent of the 100 metres
final, although nothing. Aksel Lund
Svindal had nothing to show from
Sochi, but he takes a gold medal.
Magnificent, the Vikings are
Mikaela Shiffrin will
not be satisfied just yet. She
delivered in the giant slalom, a
second Olympic gold at just 22.
Favourite for the win missed her
slot, and Britain's Alex Tilley let
her Olympic debut slip by. Crashes
are common in the snowboard cross.
Wacky races on snow. Defending
champion Pierre Vaultier avoided the
ghastly antics behind him, so nobody
could catch him. -- Dass Diddley. No
less tensely curling, which has been
attracting the most unlikely fans,
including American actor Mr T, who
has been providing his own
commentary on social media. He might
have enjoyed the performance from
the British men as their campaign
continued with a narrow win over
Japan. The women suffered their
first defeat in Pyeongchang, edged
out by the USA, and the round robin
stages are not getting easier, as
they go in search of victory over
The consumption of what's
being called ultra-processed foods
could be linked to an increased risk
of cancer, according
to new research.
Avoiding highly processed foods is a
tough task for most families,
including the Saxtons from
I think it's very
difficult for a busy family on a
typical week not to eat anything
that's in front of us.
definitely, sort of thing, and I
understand bread is made, but you
wouldn't understand its
ultra-processed. They were the two
surprising things for me.
Most of us
know that highly processed foods
like chocolate, cakes and pizza need
to be eaten in moderation. And now a
new study has revealed just how
risky they can be. It followed
105,000 French people over five
years. And it found that, by
increasing the amount of
ultra-processed food by 10% in their
diet, there was a 12% rise in the
risk of cancer. What we eat is
already known to affect our chances
of getting cancer, but researchers
say more work is needed to find out
why there is a greater risk with
highly processed foods.
If we get
too many ultra-processed foods, we
pile on the pounds, and although the
study didn't look closely at weight,
we know are links to cancer, so it's
a warning sign to have a healthy
diet and be aware of the links
between diet and cancer.
are split about how easy it will be
to change their eating patterns.
still think we will end up eating
breakfast cereal and bread, because
in terms of everyday for breakfast,
we have smoothies and fruit, but
every single day, I think we'd
struggle to completely wipe out the
breakfast cereal and bread.
having a snack I might have
something healthier, like an apple
or something, instead of having a
There are many
different ultra-processed foods, but
it's clear that snacks like these,
tempting as they may be, too many of
them can be bad for us. But the new
study doesn't mean that all highly
processed foods are linked to
cancer. It simply offers insights
rather than concrete proof.
You may never have heard
of the Swedish team Ostersund,
but tonight is their moment
in the spotlight, as they take
on Arsenal in the Europa League.
The team, whose home town
is in the Arctic Circle,
has to contend with training under
ten feet of snow.
It's led by an English manager -
Graham Potter - whose only previous
experience was coaching
a university side.
Patrick Gearey has been to meet him.
Ostersund calls itself
Vinterstaden, the winter city.
It's at home in ice -
ideal for some sports,
just not particularly football.
It makes the sudden growth
of Ostersunds FK from wintry
obscurity to playing Arsenal
in Europe all the more remarkable,
and stranger still they've been led
there by an English manager
who mixes coaching with a degree
in emotional intelligence.
It's not just about how you control
or pass a ball or shoot.
It's about how we interact
with each other.
If you are a footballer for two
hours a day and then you have
to live in Ostersund,
you have to be somebody's husband,
somebody's friend, somebody's
brother, so I think it's important
we have a responsibility to help
develop the person as well.
It's brought amazing results.
Ostersund have gone from the fourth
tier of Swedish football to beating
much bigger European clubs.
They are based in the remote centre
of Sweden, nearly 300
miles from Stockholm.
The current club was founded around
a month after Arsene Wenger
took charge of Arsenal.
The whole population of the town
could fit inside the Gunners'
Emirates Stadium with loads
of room to spare.
So they've found another way,
using not just tactics
but amateur dramatics.
This is them performing
for the locals.
It builds character,
says the chairman, a former officer
in the Swedish army.
For us, competing in
Sweden and in Europe,
it's about beating the system.
Beating the system for us is to
develop very different methods.
The players become stars,
not stars that have a lot of gold
around their neck and fancy cars,
but stars who are warm,
The football season is just
starting in Sweden.
Ostersunds have only played
one cup match so far,
but you learn to warm up
quickly around here.
So Arsenal will be next
into the chiller, and they will,
of course, be big favourites,
but they wouldn't be the first side
to come to this remote little town
and find that they suddenly freeze.
Patrick Gearey, BBC News, Ostersund.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Stav Danaos.
I'll start with the rain and snow
radar, because I want to draw your
attention to where the snow is
falling, north and west Scotland,
very heavy in places. The blue
showing where the rain is. Slightly
milder air moving in, but it is a
north-south divide. Cold across the
northern half of the country, and we
have that snow. Pretty heavy in
north and west Scotland, with
accumulations of snow even down to
lower levels 15 centimetres plus
over the higher ground was with a
strong west, south-westerly wind,
gale forced, they could be drifting,
conditions. Driving conditions
across parts of Scotland and
Northern Ireland as well as further
south, much milder than of late, ten
or 11 degrees, but cold furthermore.
This evening and overnight, showers
continuing across Scotland, Northern
Ireland and the far north of
England. Most of the country will be
dry, clear and very cold. A
widespread frost, and watch out for
ice over the northern half of the
UK. Into Friday, the best of the
weather further south closer to an
area of high pressure near the near
continent. Lots of sunshine. Western
parts of Scotland, particularly the
north-west, further wintry showers.
Breezy in Northern Ireland. Cold in
the north, not quite as cold as
recently. For the weekend, things
look pretty good. High pressure
across the south, so plenty of sunny
spells. More cloud in the north and
west, with a fuel showers, and you
can see temperatures range from
between eight to 11 degrees, so a
bit milder across the board. This
feature will spoil our weather
heading into Sunday. It will bring
cloud, outbreaks of light rain and
drizzle, mainly to western areas.
The best of the sunshine in central,
southern and eastern areas. Quite
mild across the board. A
disappointing day in northern and
western areas, because of the cloud
A reminder of our main
story this lunchtime:
The former football coach Barry
Bennell has been convicted of a
total of 43 counts of child sex
abuse against 11 victims.