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Travel misery for many
as more than a foot of snow falls
in some parts of the UK.
Drivers in central
Scotland bore the brunt -
hundreds were stranded for hours
overnight on the M80 near Glasgow.
I left Aberdeen at 4:30pm yesterday
afternoon and got stuck here about
eight o'clock last night.
Been here ever since.
Not moved an inch yet.
Eastern England has been
hit hard overnight.
Many roads are blocked
and there fears that some
villages might be cut off.
I'll be reporting live from the
angel of the North in Gateshead.
There are currently blizzard
conditions, subzero temperatures and
an amber warning of more severe
Hundreds of schools have stayed
closed in the worst affected areas -
and a new front is expected to bring
blizzards, and more
significant travel disruption.
Also this lunchtime -
Theresa May is meeting
the European Council
leader in Downing St,
ahead of a big
Brexit speech tomorrow.
British children who were forced
to settle abroad in the 1940s
and who were abused should be given
says a new report.
And Prince William is to make
the first official visit
by a member of the Royal
Family to the Occupied
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News -
the Scottish Rugby Union
says its appalled by the behviour
of these fans, as England coach
Eddie Jones was physically
and verbally abused
on a train journey to London.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One.
More than 300 drivers have
endured freezing conditions
stranded in the snow
on the M80 in central Scotland.
Some spent as long as 18 hours
stuck in their vehicles,
after lorries reportedly
slid into each other
while trying to go uphill.
The extreme weather also left
drivers stuck for hours
on roads in Lincolnshire,
where many main roads are blocked,
and the military has been called
in to help.
Throughout the UK, there is severe
disruption to transport and travel.
A second red alert -
the most severe weather warning,
meaning there's a risk to life -
has been issued for southwest
England and South Wales
from three o'clock this afternoon.
The icy blast is expected to last
at least another 48 hours.
Let's get the latest from Ben Brown
who's in the north east of England.
We are at the angel of the Northern
Gateshead. It's pretty brutal here
at the moment. We have had lizard
conditions, subzero temperatures,
winds of around 40 miles an hour.
There are a few hardy souls on the
sledgers here, trying to enjoy the
snow. This is the a 617, just off
the A-1. There are cars going up and
down but we have seen cars stranded
as well. But nothing as bad as in
Scotland where dozens of drivers
were stranded overnight for many
Catriona Renton reports.
Gridlock north of Glasgow, a main
route brought to a standstill.
left Aberdeen at 4:30pm yesterday
afternoon and got stuck here about
eight o'clock last night. I've been
here ever since. Not moved an inch
yet. Not seen the police but the
Fire Brigade delivered water last
night. Most of the help has come
from locals, delivering cups of tea
and copy and blankets. Bottles of
water. About 400 metres from me is a
motorway bridge where people have
set up a tea and coffee stall for
anybody needing refreshment.
Conditions were terrible. At its
height, around 1000 vehicles were
stuck with tailbacks of
approximately eight miles. At
Glasgow airport, the departures
board says it all. 200 people spend
the night in the terminal building
because roads were inaccessible and
morning, nothing seems to be
happening. They are still not giving
as an answer as to when the next
flight is or anything like that.
We've been here since yesterday
afternoon with our six-month-old son
and our daughter.
Staff say they
will get the airport fully open
again as soon as it is operationally
safe to do so. But as so many fights
have been cancelled, it will take
some time to get things back to
normal. Yesterday afternoon,
conditions in Edinburgh were
was filmed on a dash cam by a van
driver. The red warning, the highest
level, has now been lifted but much
of the country is now still on alert
Be prepared. A lot of
people have heeded advice this
morning. Looking at the motorway
network, it's eerie to see how quiet
it is. People have heeded the
warning. Thereafter the ball still
out there, I understand there is
essential travel. Really, if you are
doing that, you are putting yourself
This is the Scottish
Borders. With weather warnings still
in place, events are being
cancelled, including the Scottish
Conservative Party conference which
was due to start on Friday in
Aberdeen. When the weather improves,
it will take time for this deep snow
We are here in the north-east of
England. There is an amber warning
this morning, more severe weather
ahead. More heavy snowfalls and
strong winds. To the south in
Lincolnshire, they have been really
hard hit. The military have been
drafted in to help move people
Britain is battling with some of the
most brutal winter weather for
years. Not only the so-called beast
from the east but also storm Hanna
coming up from the south. -- Emma.
Victims have been stranded in
subzero conditions. Roads like this
one in Norfolk are like ice rinks.
Drivers ventures out at their peril.
I phoned in to work that I am stuck
in a drift and I won't be in.
just able to get through in low
ratio. This is going to be tricky. I
don't know if I have the attraction
to get through the snow drift.
are you going to do?
Go home and
have a cup of tea. That's the
In Lincolnshire, police are
warning people to think carefully
before setting off on any journey.
It's been a challenge since the
early hours. We've seen significant
snow drifting, particularly on the
east coast and south of Lincoln.
Vehicles have been stuck,
predominantly HDVs. But there is a
problem with high winds.
military have been brought in to
help the NHS staff, hospitals and
We are coordinating
drivers and vehicles from RAF
wittering to very essential
personnel from their home addresses
to where they are required. These
are primarily health care
individuals but also from the
Some people in
Lincolnshire were determined to get
to work, even if it meant walking
for several hours.
I like a
challenge and I wouldn't be
defeated. I am dedicated and I
wanted to come and relieve the night
staff that have been here and let
them go home.
this is officially the first day of
spring. It certainly doesn't feel
anything like it. There is a warning
that in some parts of the country,
very cold conditions could last well
into next week. Let's talk more
about that red warning of possible
danger to life. That's the issue
this afternoon in the south-west and
is in Tiverton in Devon.
How bad is it there?
A lot of people
woke up and thought it was not that
bad. Yes, the grand Western Canal
here in Tiverton has frozen but life
has been going on. Then that red
warning around breakfast time. Still
people thought, we can get around.
But let's be clear. This red alert
warning doesn't become active until
three o'clock this afternoon. In a
couple of hours. That is when large
amounts of really heavy snow are due
to start falling, plus the high
winds from storm Emma. We are
talking blizzard conditions,
drifting, not just in the moat,
rural communities but some of the
main routes as well. People are
being warned, you might have thought
earlier it was OK but it's going to
get nasty, right through that red
strip. It's not going to blow
through quickly. It's going to stick
around for 48 hours or so. People
have been stocking up at
supermarkets for the last few hours
and the headline is to take action.
You are warned to stay in, stay warm
and stay put if you can.
Let's go to Victoria Fritz our
transport correspondent at
Paddington station. What is the
To make matters
worse, Paddington station actually
closed because it was snowing inside
the terminus building itself. It has
now reopened but services are
incredibly limited. There is just
one train going to Bristol at the
moment. There has been about two
trains in the last three hours
trying to get to Heathrow. A very
limited service indeed. The trains
that are running our very busy and
the platforms are packed, waiting
for that one train heading west. If
you are trying to get into London,
the high-speed services as stopping
at Reading. For the services that
have been cancelled, great Western
Railway say they are not putting on
buses or taxes because road
conditions are too dangerous to use
alternative forms of transport.
There is a warning that has just
come out in the last half hour for
people in Wales. They are told these
go home as soon as possible. There
is plenty more transport disruption
Victoria, thank you.
Victoria, thank you. Also
to John Kay at Tiverton.
to John Kay at Tiverton. Around the
country, not surprisingly, record
supplies of gas are being used as
people try to keep warm.
National Grid has warned that it
might not have enough gas to meet
the UK's needs and has asked
suppliers to provide more.
Demand for gas hit a six-year high
yesterday, and large industrial
users are being asked to cut back.
Our Business Editor
Simon Jack is here.
Cold weather has increased demand
but why is it critical?
A surge in
demand, 30% higher than usual as
people keep their heating on. That
is twinned with a cut in supply from
Norway, from South Hook and from gas
plants here. Supplies have been cut.
Demand up, supply down. It has led
to a warning that demand could
outstrip supply. That when you turn
on your heating or cooker that it's
not going to work? It doesn't but it
has set in motion a number of
measures to try and balance demand.
That includes national grid going to
heavy users and asking them to use
less. Some have agreed to do that.
They hope it will bring things back
into kilter. Domestic use is not
affected but industrial users are
affected. It is a test of the
measures put in place to try and
equalise supply and demand. Of
course, it will raise questions
about long-term investment in
Britain's gas supplies.
We'll have more on the big freeze
and a full weather forecast
at the end of the programme.
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Our top story this lunchtime.
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falls in some parts of the UK.
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England's women's football team Phil
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match this evening.
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Theresa May is holding talks
on Brexit in Downing Street
with the President of
the European Council, Donald Tusk -
after he warned that trade
restrictions with the EU will be
inevitable if Britain leaves
the single market and customs union.
The former Prime Minister Tony Blair
has criticised Theresa May's Brexit
plan, saying that the fundamental
dilemma remains avoiding
a hard Irish border.
Our political correspondent
Jonathan Blake reports.
to avoid any slip-ups.
Cabinet ministers carefully
made their way into Downing
Street this morning.
Inside, Theresa May asked them
to agree to her latest
big pitch on Brexit.
A speech tomorrow setting out
what Downing Street has called
an ambitious economic partnership.
Before then, this man will have
lunch at Number Ten.
Donald Tusk, as President
of the European Council, represents
the 27 remaining member states.
This morning, a challenge
to the Prime Minister
on the question of Northern Ireland
and a defence of EU's so-called
backstop option that it
could in effect remain part
of the customs union.
Until now no one has come up
with anything wiser than that.
In a few hours I will be asking
in London whether the UK Government
has a better idea that would be
as effective in preventing a hard
border between Ireland
and Northern Ireland.
The Brexit process is now well
in motion, but those against it
are still keen to stop it.
Tony Blair, the second former
Prime Minister in as many days,
to put forward his ideas.
The first is that the British people
start to understand this is a very
costly and complex process,
much more so than we realised.
Secondly, I think we have to show
people who voted leave
there are different ways of dealing
with their anxieties, but the third
thing is to say to Europe,
Brexit may be bad for Britain,
it's bad for Europe,
it's going to diminish Europe,
it's going to weaken it politically.
That kind of talk exasperates those
who want the government to get
on with delivering our
departure from the EU.
The fundamental problem is two
ex-prime ministers simply cannot
accept a democratic vote.
It beats me if they
were ever democrats.
Leaving Cabinet this morning
Boris Johnson appeared confident.
Can you sell this deal to the EU?
The government maintains a solution
can be found to the Northern Ireland
border issue and in the end a good
deal done with Brussels.
Expect some details tomorrow.
For now, plenty to
discuss over lunch.
Jonathan Blake, BBC News.
Our assistant political editor
Norman Smith is at Downing Street.
What sort of reception do you think
Donald Tusk is likely to be getting?
I think he will get a pretty frosty
reception, not just because of the
freezing weather but because
relations, you sense, have cooled
between Brussels and London, with a
marked hardening of attitudes and
language over recent days, with that
war of words yesterday over
Brussels' proposals for the Northern
Ireland border. And this morning you
sense Mr Tusk almost upping the
ante, saying before he got on the
train to come here that there was no
prospect of Mrs May getting a
frictionless trade deal so long as
we were intent on leaving the single
market and the customs union, and
demanding Mrs May set out her plans
for Northern Ireland and insisting
that EU leaders would not put
pressure on their negotiators, they
were fully behind them. You get the
feeling the pressure is really being
ratcheted up on Mrs May, was also at
the same time big noise Cup
Remainers piling in, today, Tony
Blair, Jeremy Corbyn at the start of
the week shifting Labour's position
to maximise remain support. Tomorrow
is Mrs May's pushback moment when
she delivers that long-awaited
speech setting out her vision for
the sort of Brexit deal she wants to
secure. But it is for Mrs May D-Day,
Detail Day. She's got to spell out
the sort of detail is central to her
deal if she's to fend off her
The Independent Inquiry
into Child Sexual Abuse has urged
the government to pay compensation
within 12 months to all surviving
child migrants forced
abroad in the years
after the second world war.
Its report says the sending away
of British children from poor
backgrounds was "indefensible"
and entirely wrong.
Around 4000 children
were sent to Australia,
Canada and elsewhere.
Some were sexually
and physically abused.
Our home affairs correspondent
Tom Symonds is in Central London,
where the report has
just been published.
This report, which is damning, is
the first time that the British
government has been directly blamed
for that programme of child
migrations, a programme that's been
described today as child
trafficking. We are talking about
British children here in the years
following the Second World War, 2000
of those 4000 are still alive and
this report says that that continued
because successive governments,
right up to 1970, put politics
before child protection.
They have been called
Britain's lost children.
At the end of their lives,
they are still blighted by the
horrors they faced when very young.
The liner arrives at Fremantle
from Great Britain with 931 new
Many were in care when sent
in the post-war years to live
abroad, as they were told,
in the sunshine.
But some ended up
in places like this
the Boys School
in Western Australia.
The enquiry was told it was run
by paedophiles who used their
position to inflict vicious abuse.
We were 60 miles from Perth.
We had no parents,
we had no relatives and
there was nowhere we could go.
These brothers, these paedophiles,
must have felt they were in heaven.
The child abuse enquiry's verdict
today, the migrant scheme should
never have happened. Successive
governments failed to end it and
surviving victims should be paid
compensation within 12 months. The
evidence of what went on has been in
the National Archives ever since but
was never fully considered in this
country until this enquiry. Because
of that, many of the lost children
have not lived to see this day, when
finally the scale of their suffering
has been recognised. At the other
side of Westminster the Child
Migrants Trust is giving its
reaction right now to this report,
but what it says is that finally the
government is having a finger
pointed directly at it and it will
be now for the government to decide
how much every single one of those
child migrants is paid. This report
says they should get a flat payment
in compensation, regardless of any
suffering they experienced over the
years, but crucially that it must be
paid quickly, because these are
people that are nearing the end of
their lives and they do want to see
justice before those lives are over.
The government has abandoned
the second part of the Leveson
Inquiry into press standards
and regulation, saying it would be
too "costly and time-consuming".
It was due to look into unlawful
activity within media organisations.
Our media correspondent
David Sillito is with me.
Tell us more about why this has been
Remember the Leveson
Inquiry, 2012, a huge investigation
into malpractice within the
newspapers. However, there was a
second part to it, looking at
illegality, looking at police
corruption, that they couldn't look
at at the time, even though the
government said it was definitely
going to do it because of all the
legal action that was taking place.
That legal action came to an end and
now the government has said, no, it
won't actually do part two, looking
at all office. Matt Hancock, the
Culture Secretary, says it is not
proportionate, not in the national
interest, essentially newspapers
have got their house in order, a new
form of regulation and that police
practices have changed. Also there's
the other element of this, section
40, which is essentially the stick
forcing the newspapers to sign up to
formally regulator. The newspapers
really didn't want to do this, they
haven't signed up to any formal
regulator and this was supposedly to
encourage them by giving them
penalties within the libel courts.
Now, this is going to be scrapped at
the earliest possible opportunity,
because they said the newspaper
industry, newspapers, couldn't face
these costs if they were ever in
that situation. So two elements and
Labour said this is a breach of
promise to the victims and simply
the government has been waiting for
the wind to change to make this
A former Royal Marine has been
jailed for a minimum of 28 years
for murdering an 83-year-old
dog-walker in Norfolk last year.
Peter Wrighton was stabbed 45 times
before his body was dumped
in undergrowth near East Harling.
Alexander Palmer had previously told
mental health professionals
that he wanted to kill a stranger.
He was given a life sentence
at Nottingham Crown Court today.
Walmart has become the second big
retailer in the United States
to restrict the sale of guns.
The company said it was acting
in "the light of recent events" -
a reference to the shooting
at a school in Florida that has led
to growing demands for tougher
controls on firearms.
Walmart says it will not sell
weapons and ammunition to people
under 21, which follows a similar
decision by another
chain store, Dick's.
One of President Trump's closest
aides - his director
of communications, Hope Hicks -
has announced that she's resigning.
Her departure comes just a day
after she appeared before
a congressional committee
and admitted telling "white
lies" for Donald Trump.
Hope Hicks was Mr Trump's longest
serving political aide.
He will now be looking for his fifth
White House communications chief -
Prince William is to make
an historic official trip to Israel,
Jordan and the occupied Palestinian
territories this summer.
It's the first time an official
visit has been made
to the territories by a member
of the British royal family.
Our royal correspondent
Nicholas Witchell is with me.
How significant is this?
significant, yes, sensitive, yes,
further evidence that William is
taking on these most important
responsibilities within the royal
family. It will be the first
official visit by a member of the
Royal family to the occupied
Palestinian territories. The Queen
has never visited Israel. The Prince
of Wales has been there to attend
funerals, but he's never made an
official visit as such, so this will
be the first official visit via very
senior member of the British Royal
family to Israel. It's therefore
significant and I think it's been
carefully judged that it should be
William and not his father making
the visit. All of course decided by
the Foreign Office, the Foreign
Office Minister has said this
morning that it will be an important
opportunity to promote diplomatic
and cultural ties. Welcomed by
Israel's president, he's linking it
to Israel's 70th anniversary of
independence, he's called it a very
special present. When will it take
place? It will also include Jordan
and Kensington Palace is saying in
Phil Neville, the new coach
of the England women's football
team, has his first competitive game
tonight, as his side takes on France
in the She Believes Cup -
being hosted by the US.
In a BBC interview, Neville says
he feels there are "probably people
His appointment in January
was criticised because of his lack
of coaching and women's football
Jo Currie reports.
From international player
to international head coach.
Tonight, Phil Neville will take his
seat on the bench for the first time
as England women's manager.
His appointment was controversial.
Critics said he lacked
had never worked in the women's game
before, and he was forced
to apologise for sexist tweets
on his first day in the job.
However, Neville insists he's
the right man to lead the Lionesses.
It's about getting results
on the field, and yes,
it will take a little bit of time,
but like I say, there's
a thirst for learning.
Wins buy you time to implement more,
and I think this tournament gives us
a great, great opportunity to win
games of football against the best
teams in the world.
The She Believes Cup represents
a real baptism of fire for Neville.
After tonight's match
against France, they then take
on the top two teams in the world -
Germany and then the USA.
Somebody who knows just how tough
that's going to be is former England
captain Casey Stoney,
who recently retired to take
up a coaching position
on Neville's backroom staff.
He's very driven, he's very focused,
but he's also quite relaxed.
He's a relaxed guy,
he's easy to talk to,
and he's very keen on getting
to know the players.
Neville insists he shouldn't be
judged on just this one tournament
and says that whilst there are those
that would like to see him fail,
he can handle the pressure
of being an international manager.
You can look at it two ways -
you can say, wow, three
massively difficult games,
or it's an opportunity
to make an instant impact,
and that's the way I'm
looking at it.
This is the third year England have
taken part in the She Believes Cup.
They've only ever won game
at the tournament, an historic win
against the USA in 2017.
This time around though,
all eyes will not be just on how
the Lionesses perform,
but also how their
new boss does, too.
Jo Currie, BBC News, Ohio.
More now on our main story.
Our correspondent Duncan Kennedy has
been finding out about the problems
facing the elderly in this
terrible winter weather.
As you can see here in Dorchester
the snow is really coming down now
and it's freezing cold, which is why
helping the elderly is so important,
particularly with things like meals
and meals on wheels. Patrick is from
St Jude's care, delivering meals,
about 300 today?
one for Bill.
I have one for Bill,
ready to go in.
Where delivering to
74-year-old Bill Barton.
Bill, St Jude's here.
We come to his
lovely warm flat. Hello, Bill, thank
you for letting us in. Bill is
getting meals on wheels and an
important time of the day for you,
because this is extremely important
to get this food?
Why is it
Because of the bad
weather we're at the moment.
it important to get a hot meal? What
have we got today, Patrick?
chicken in chicken and mushroom
sauce, with mashed potatoes and
Why is it important to have
a hot meal? Because of the warmth?
If you didn't get that, what
would you have to do?
myself, in the microwave.
difficult would that be?
difficult at times will stop
important is it, Bill, to get
company from people like Patrick?
Well, if I didn't have anybody
coming, like Patrick, I wouldn't
have anybody to talk to, only if I
phoned my relations will stop
often do you see people during the
day? If Patrick didn't come, would
you see anybody?
Yes, one of my
carers. Am I allowed to mention
Thank you, we won't
interrupt your warm meal. It's
throwing it down with snow here the
bill is one of 300 or so people in
this area going to get a hot meal
over the next hour or so and as you
can tell it's very welcome indeed.
Thank you, and Bill as well. What
more does the weather have in store?
Here's Louise Lear.
We haven't seen a red warning for
snow since 2013 and we had two in
consecutive days. Today, it's
brought Southwest Wales and
south-west England as well and in
actual fact, if we look at the snow
radar if this clump of snow that's
going to be moving up through the
Channel Isles that will cause the
issues. We've got a rash of snow
showers piling into eastern Scotland
but it's not as bad as it was
yesterday. We've lost the red
warning, take action. We still got
amber warnings in force for East of
Scotland, be prepared for further
disruption. The same for north-east
England and Northern Ireland. Down
into the south-west we have another
red warning, this means take action.
We are looking at severe weather for
the end of the day, blizzard like
conditions here. We will widely see
as much as 20 and two metres of
falling snow and we could see more,
30-40 centimetres to higher ground.
It will be awful out there and with
strong gusty winds it will blow the
snow around. It will move through
Wales and into Northern Ireland
through the evening and overnight,
towards midnight, we still have
those snow showers across eastern
Scotland will stop not as heavy or
as frequent as yesterday, but still
a nuisance and still there.
Elsewhere, under the bitterly cold
night. Again, temperatures falling
below quite widely. -- falling below
freezing. A miserable start to
Friday morning and although the snow
will start to ease away across
southern island don't be fooled.
There is another pulse of snow
circulating around the area of low
pressure that will moving across
Southern counties into South
Midlands and maybe south Wales as
well. We keep the snow showers into
eastern Scotland, sandwiched in
between the two something drier and
brighter, but still the cold
easterly wind making it feel quite
more out there. Factor in the wind,
we will see a gain a significant
wind-chill and it will feel below
freezing if you are out and about.
It looks as though Friday will be
the last bitterly cold day. We had
this Beast from the east all week
but as Emma comes up from the
south-west you will start to see
something less cold,
something less cold, lighter blue
starts to nibble away across
Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
The real cold air sits across
eastern Scotland. As we head into
the weekend it's still going to be
cold, but little less cold across
much of England and Wales Cricket
but however any precipitation we
still see over the weekend could
still fall as snow.